It's a Holly Jolly Christmas !

Hello to you all and welcome to this rather indulgent post!

I say indulgent because I just had SOOOO much fun making these wonderful little houses using Eileen Hull's House Ornament Die (as well as a few embellishments from some of her Thinlits dies). It brought back so many wonderful memories of making decorations like this as a child.

So I give you .....

...... three little Christmas houses, three great techniques!

All of which fit perfectly into our new challenge at A Vintage Journey which is

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Basically anything goes as long as it says Christmas and is in our preferred 
styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, journaling, timeworn or steampunk.

Check out some great Christmas inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides and 
all the details of the challenge for this month by clicking
the link HERE.

House Number 1
Simply covered with some gorgeous Christmas paper

For all the houses I cut windows from Eileen's House/Pocket Stitchlits die. They don't quite match the window but actually look like proper vintage astragals from a distance!

The roof is made from a piece of greyboard which I ran through a wood embossing folder and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I love clusters of flowers and berries at this time of the year and you might just be able to see underneath a couple of flowers cut from Eileen's Journalling Cards (Flowers and Leaves) Thinlits.

House No. 2

The technique used for this house was crackle paste added through a brick stencil and when it had dried I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Spray.

The roof for this house was cut from corrugated packaging which had white acrylic paint dry brushed onto it.

A similar cluster around the window but you might just make out underneath I have used the leaf spray from Eileen's Floral Arch & Words.

House No. 3
Peeled Paint!

I love this technique! A combination of washi tape, crackle paste, PaperArtsy Infusions and a final layer of Texture Paste.

You can see the full technique HERE.

For this house I placed my cluster on top of the roof ..... just for something different .... well not really! I didn't want to hide any of the gorgeous cracked paint! Again I have used leaves from Eileen's Journalling Cards Thinlits dies cut from text paper. I also dyed the ribbon with the PaperArtsy Infusions to keep everything consistent.

I think these three little houses are going to look great on our Victorian mantlepiece amongst the ivy and lights. I wished I hadn't stuck down the bottom as I think they would also look fabulous with a little light inside ..... that means I need to make another one!

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope this gives you some ideas of how to use some of Eileen's fabulous dies.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x


S@ndy Diller said…
Your little houses are so adorable, the same yet different. They will add so much to your holiday decorating. Thanks for playing along. Hugs, S@ndy
Jenny Marples said…
Oh WOW!!!! Three treatments, three totally different yet beautifully complimentary results - LOVE them all! Thank you for sharing how each one came together. Such a clever idea to use the frame from the House Pocket die set! xx
Judy said…
Thank you ever so much for sharing your adorable, little Christmas houses! This is my first visit to your blog and I'm smitten. Such unique little treasures they are, bursting with creativity; they filled me with joy!
Deb said…
What fabulous little Christmas houses Jennie, can't decide which one I like more! Gorgeous floral embellishments as always, thanks so much for sharing them, Deb xo
Wow, these little houseware amazing! They look stunning in close up and I love all the details that you created 😁. I bet they would look lovely with a light in them lighting up the windows too! Wishing you a Holly Jolly December! Hugs, Jo x
Astrid Maclean said…
Such delightful little houses Jennie and so cleverly put together and displayed! Love all those gorgeous embellishments you used, a fabulous Christmas display!
sarascloset said…
Wow, such charming little house ornaments! I love each of the effects and the floral arrangements on each one of them. I bet you did have fun making this trio, and I could see an entire tree decorated in them! What a project that would be! Merry Christmas to you! Hugs!
Julia Aston said…
Oh, I love your beautiful floral houses Jennie! Great treatment on the roofs and walls and your floral bouquets are so pretty! Merry Christmas! xx
Just stopped by to wish you and yours a magical Christmas and a very happy New Year! Hugs, Jo x
eileen hull said…
Jennie, each one of these is a mini-masterpiece! Thanks for sharing the cool techniques- they are all different but work so well together. <3
butterfly said…
I've only just realised that I never caught up with the last AVJ challenge (and now the next one is upon us) - I'm so happy to have caught these now... they are completely stunning. Fantastic techniques (beautifully explained) and they make for such decorative little objects. Utterly lovely.
Alison x
Karen said…
OMG these are fabulous- love all the different techniques you used. i definitely want to just quit everything I am doing today & make these.