Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas value!!!!

On a recent garden centre trip I was quite taken by the lovely little villages made up of beautiful model Christmas houses, unfortunately the cost of them was beyond my purse so sadly walked away (for that read dragged away by hubby he! he!)
So, started on Christmas cards when we got back and while looking through my stamps -PING! - I got it into my head to make my own little village.
Of course I had loads of corrugated card so what better than to use some up and take the pile down a little. I started the first house in a bit of a rush and of course it came out a bit wonky (I know - embrace the imperfection, it has stayed wonky!) 

The next one I made just using what was left from the first bit of card so that came out a bit small - that's ok too, none of the little expensive villages had the same size houses. 

I carried on and eventually made five little houses.

All were gessoed then painted with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Snowflake and Sky - not very neatly as this was what I wanted

Some texture through a Dylusions stencil using
some leftover Dries White (glue I think, didn't bring it home)
When that had dried I painted over with Silver Adirondak Dabber
A couple of leftover sticky back pearls
Dries White through another Dylusions  stencil
Crackle glaze over part of a wall
Hearts cut freehand from some old painted scraps of Dictionary paper

Some scraps and more stencils
A large die cut snowflake originally destined
for a Christmas card
Lace, snowflakes, ripped mop up baby wipe, button, snowflake cut  from more dictionary paper

More snowflakes, some through the stencil and some stamped using
a Stampendous snowflake background stamp

As you can see I pretty well made a little village for free!

And when it was dark I added some little led lights

This is staying on my table at the caravan as part of my Christmas decorations - we are hoping to get up sometime with my grandchildren so I hope they like it!
OOer! I've just realised I've gone on a bit, hope you are still here! 

I've decided to enter a few challenges

The Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog challenge - Christmas

4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas

and although there isn't a lot of stamping I'd like to enter

The Fashionable Stampers challenge - Shabby Chic Christmas

Vintage Stamping Challenges - Traditional Christmas Time

Thanks for looking, Chris


Artyjen said...

What a fabby project for the Season ;) Looks great....thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper this month....hope your Christmas planning going to plan!!! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Joanne said...

I love them so much nicer than the mass produced ones. Well done, great imagination.

Buttons said...

These are brilliant Chris. Love the imperfections - it really makes them. Yours is so much nicer than anything mass produced. Jenny x

Gez Butterworth said...

Brilliant Chris. These are just fantastic and much more special. Thanks for your kind get well wishes, lots of love, Gez xx

patcrafts said...

Wow these are fantastic Chris, they are unique your grandchildren will love them who wouldn't. Pat xx

Leanne said...

So awesome, love the village and how you shared each one, great job, the lights, just add warmth to this project. Great job! Thank you for playing our Christmas Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!
Leanne DT@4CC!

butterfly said...

Oh, Chris - they are so sweet, and such fun too. Obviously I love that they're based on corrugated card, and your brilliant use of scraps and leftovers. Love the shabby paint job - it just adds to the charm, and thank you for all the lovely pictures. A complete delight! Thanks so much for playing along at The Artistic Stamper with these.
Alison xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

These look so sweet! I love that they're corrugated card too and with the lights inside they look gorgeous! My hubby drags me away from things too!!! Often when we are in garden centres I seem to recall! I think yours are probably much nicer and more individual than the expensive garden centre villages! Julie Ann xx

Shirley Chillman said...

Fabulous what you have done with the corrugated cardboard and the LED lights twinkle through perfectly. Love all the shabby chic look of the.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Shirley Chillman said...

Back with my other hat on Chris. How lucky am I that I get to see your gorgeous project again.

Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x