Friday, November 25, 2016

November Wrap-up: "You Have Me In Stitches"

Our November challenge over at Creative Carte Blanche has been themed: "You Have Me In Stitches" and today I'm wrapping it up with this sweet little holiday vignette box house. My early days of crafting began with quilting, sewing and cross-stitching. Nowadays I don't find much time for these beloved projects, but instead I incorporate stitching into my paper crafting projects. It adds a nice textural touch and it's quick and easy. Let me show you how I made this fun piece.


Cut pattern paper into 1" squares. Adhere to a rectangle of plain cardstock measuring 4" x 4 1/2". (The dimensions of the inside of the vignette box house.) Adhere the squares to the cardstock. You'll end up with 1/2" row at the bottom. That's okay. You'll be covering most of that later.


With tan thread in your sewing machine, and a denim needle, sew a small zig-zag stitch along all the seams. This only takes a few minutes. And it adds such great texture.


For those who don't want to drag out the sewing machine, there are wonderful alternatives like this stamp set from Technique Tuesday. (appropriately named "In Stitches")


Adhere the stitched unit into the box. Add coordinating pattern paper to the inside walls and the top rectangle of the "attic."


To dress up the framing, add some shimmer tape. I rub some Elmer's Extreme glue stick on the framing before placing the tape to ensure a good, long-lasting hold.


Add a banner with foam tape. I used Graphic 45's St. Nicholas banner die-cuts as well as a small pennant punch from Stampin' Up to create my banner.


Die-cut a 4" doily (or use a real doily) and trim to fit the floor of your house.


After placing text or paper behind an ornate plate, adhere it to the wall with strong metal glue, like e6000. Then color an Idea-ology Wreath with alcohol markers and adhere with metal glue to the top of your house. I also hot-glued some greenery in the "attic."


Here's a closer look at the metal wreath with color added.


Lightly shade an Idea-ology Decorative Deer with an alcohol marker. See the difference between the plain, uncolored deer on the left and the colored one on the right? Subtle. You can always shade or add accents later like I did.


While you have your alcohol markers out, create a little present by making red stripes on a 3/4" wood block, then glue a flower on top. Simple! 



Now you can embellish your house. I've dipped some metal bells and a pinecone charm into Mushroom alcohol ink before adhering in place.


A little Christmas tree in the corner, the present, bells...and yes, two deer IN my house. Why not?


Add a sparkly star to the top of your tree. This star was silver, so I dipped it into Butterscotch alcohol ink before adhering it with hot-glue to my tree's top.


For further embellishment, I added red tinsel around the outside of my house, then some antique brass keys and brad heads with metal glue. (Graphic 45)


I had this tiny cardinal in my holiday stash, so I glued him in there. You can fill in with berries, a flower, and a pretty bow.


I adhered these pretty, antique metal photo corners to the bottom corners of my house.


I left the outside of the house untouched because I like the wood exterior and gave just a light brushing of glue and a sprinkle of "snow" as a finishing touch.

These vignette box houses are so fun to adorn. You can add lights and more goodies, or even create a village with several different ones! 


By the way, this is a great craft project with friends and family. We have a Thanksgiving tradition with the women in my family to create together after dinner. Guys do the dishes and watch football and we get to PLAY!


For my American friends, I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and filled with joy, family, friends, and good food. Thanks for stopping in today.


BUT WAIT! Would you like to WIN a free kit of this project? Simply leave a comment here today and you'll be entered in a random drawing. One lucky winner will be announced Monday, November 28th here on my blog. Good luck!


40 comments:

  1. I love the vignette box house, and really like the painted wood present idea. Would love to win the kit. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your vignette box is adorable, and I love that you brought the deer inside to enjoy the pretty tree and decorations. What a festive Christmas project (and what a great tradition after your Thanksgiving feast).

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  3. Annette, this is so beautiful, I love all the little details, the painting on the wreath, your fabulous stitching, the colouring on the deer and pinecone, the gorgeous little present - so many details! I just love it! It would be wonderful to win a kit too!! Anne xx

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  4. Just adorable, Annette. All your details are perfect. I love the stitched quilt background. And those deer! So sweet and you're right, they're better after you've added additional shading. I love that you made this a family activity, what a great idea. Merry Christmas!

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  5. What a wonderful tradition-the women crafting together-I just love this idea. The vignette box house is such a wonderful project, perfect introduction for the holiday season. The doily rug was awesome! So many great details. Thank you for the opportunity to win this kit, and happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  6. WOW...this is amazing!!!!!! I absolutely love the idea and maybe start of a tradition for the women in the household! I would love to do this on Christmas Eve with my mom and make it a yearly tradition!!! Yours is stunning and love how it turned it! Thank you for sharing this and giving this opportunity I would love to make this on Christmas Eve!!! Wishing you and your family a very merry christmas!!! :-)

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  7. I love this house! All of the details make it so precious. I especially liked the idea of using markers to add stripes to the wooden box. What a fun idea to craft together after Thanksgiving dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  8. I love your easy compete instructions on this project. It's gorgeous! I also love your family tradition!

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  9. This house reminds me of setting up dollhouses as a child but for an adult and with more detail/decoration! I would love to 'play' interior designer putting this together!!

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  10. Love the beautiful box-kit,
    I love to win this box.

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  11. Squee! OMG! Your house is totally adorable! Love every little detail.

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  12. That is a really sweet project and I just loved all the little details and hints you offered. Would be just so fun to do. Thanks so much.

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  13. Its a wonderful project, i love it sooo much, all the colours and the details, a big WOW.
    Hugs Astrid

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  14. Annette - I have a couple little vignette boxes that I've made this year with G45 papers - I love the little extra details you've added. Inspires me to do some adding to my creations! TFS!

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  15. Love the vignette box house and all of the detail. Your work is absolutely wonderful. I would love to win.

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  16. This is such a wonderful idea. I love it. I think I may just have to attempt to make for my daughter for Christmas.

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  17. Hi Annette! This Christmas House is over the top cute!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Very nice Annette, love the little present. I need to try my hand at those. Merry Christmas!

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  19. What a clever little scene. Especially like how you stitrched the background.

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  20. I like this idea....I could make them for my Grand Daughters! I could give them to them for their next Christmas next year. Thanks for all of the ideas you give us throughout the year!

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  21. Your attention to detail and perfection has once again resulted in a magnificent display of art. Love every little piece; and the deer are sooooo sweet!! Really like the idea of adding color to the deer and to dipping the metal bells and pinecone in alcohol ink - VERY clever!! Thank you for sharing your creativity, Annette. And, thank you for the opportunity to win this adorable kit! Best of luck everyone!!

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  22. Love the house♥️ What a great tradition!

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  23. Gloria@mrfracing.comNovember 26, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Very beautiful. Like it very much. Nice way to end the day making something with the girls and the guys to the cleanuo

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  24. How darling! I'm so glad I found your blog. Your projects are awesome and so creative.

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  25. I love your tradition of crafting together on Thanksgiving! And your Vignette is darling

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  26. Oh My Goodness... Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!! I LOVE what you have made!!! I would LOVE to give it a try...

    Faith





























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  27. Annette - this vignette box is amazing! Your attention to detail is something else! What a great way to use stitches as well as leftover paper! You have such lucky family to be able to create this keepsake after Thanksgiving dinner! What fun!

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  28. I love all the details in this project. We do a lot of dog and cat projects and I was thinking how easy it would be to substitute the deer for dog and cats. Thanks

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  29. Totally awesome, love all of the little details and the process of showing what you did, like using a denim needle in the sewing machine, haven't used the sewing machine on a card yet, but it does make a lots of sense. Thanks for sharing! Now maybe by winning this kit I will feel like I have attending one of your classes.
    Hugs,
    Gretchen

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  30. LOVE IT!!! And, love the tradition of the guys cleaning up and watching football while the ladies craft!

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  31. I also started with quilting, sewing, cross stitch etc and love to add that to my paper projects. This is such a beautiful house. I would love to give it a try. Thanks so much fo the chance to win.

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  32. So sweet! Love the details and the idea of coloring the metal wreath. Perfect touch! Fingers crossed that I win the kit. �� Thank you sharing your gift of creativity.

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  33. This is so sweet! I would love to win the kit. Got my fingers crossed! Also it's time to start this "new" Thanksgiving tradition at my house :-)!

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  34. I love the vignette house and what you did with it is awesome.

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  35. Ohhhh such fun!! We call our after Thanksgiving projects our "Christmas Craft" gets us ready for Christmas decorating ��

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  36. I love this house and all of the details. The stitching really does add a nice touch to the background. I would so love a chance at winning this kit so I could create my own.

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  37. I always love your ideas & creativity! So very talented!

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  38. Such a great project, thanks for the chance to win a kit! Love your Thanksgiving tradition of creating, but really love that the guys do the dishes 😀

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  39. This is wonderful! I would like to be a chance to create one of my own.

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  40. Annette, this is too cute. My 7 year old daughter would love to help me assemble it.

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