Christmas Bloghop!

Hello hello!  If you’ve come from Amy’s blog, you’re in the right place!  If not, go to Amanda’s blog, and find out what all the fuss is about.  I do hope you’ll enjoy this blog hop, and maybe get some fun inspiration for Christmas this year!   There’s a reward for getting all the way through my post… go find it.  And, I’m offering a Giveaway.  The details are at the very end of the post.

Well, in the run up to this blog hop I had a few mishaps and adventures.  “Adventures” in my family is code for, it didn’t go according to plan.  Namely?  Pink Eye.  Yep, I had a raging case of conjunctivitis.  So, I didn’t get a chance to finish constructing my item.  But I DID get the plans all done. So, never fear, even though only the basic house is put together, ALL THE PLANS are there for you!

House?  Did I say house?  Hmmm… maybe I”m getting ahead of myself.

If you’re anything like me, you don’t have huge blocks of time in which to do things.  You do your Christmas chores in dabs and bits as and when you have time.  Including the dreaded Christmas Cards!  And, pretty soon you have quite a pile slopping all over the place, waiting to get posted off.  Well, never fear.  I have a darling little solution for you!

A Christmas House Card Caddy:

Now, I had originally planned for it to be all decorated like a gingerbread house, with a darling little door and windows and a chimney…. and then my “adventure” happened.  But, you can make yours much cuter than mine!  In fact, the plans have two different chimneys.  One that sits on top of the roof, the other that goes along the side of the house.  I’ve also drawn up optional windows.  My suggestion for how to use them is to cut them out, then cut out the inside panels, (leaving the window frame and cross section) and fill the “panes” with yellow card stock for light “shining” through the windows.  Oh how I wish I’d had the time to get that done so you’d have an example to see!  *sigh*  Never mind.  At least you have the plans.  And, hopefully you’ll get to see my finished product in a couple days.  (In other words, check back!)

Here are the designs for the house.  They’re in JPG, ready for 8.5 x 11 printing.  Click on the photo to download the full res.

You’ll need to print off two copies of the Front/Back and two copies of the Sides.  Everything else prints enough copies that you won’t need to print additional copies to get enough pieces.  The door is designed to be 3D, but the windows are not.  If you want to make them 3D, add a popdot behind them when you mount them on the walls of the house.

I chose Kraft Paper because it looks like Gingerbread, but any good heavy Card Stock will do.

Now, you’ll notice, when you print these out, they have fold marks.  I used my cutting board and a pen to score the lines.  If you have a score board, lucky you!

By the way, it’s MUCH easier if you score everything before you go to add the adhesive.

When you put together the roof, you will have a gap at the top.  The roof will NOT meet.  That’s intentional, because it’s where you put the cards once the house is finished.

For the tiles, I chose a 1 inch paper punch and white Card Stock, but you can do whatever decoration you want on your roof.

Have fun!

Now, your reward for making it this far….. The word for my post is MOST.

And the promised Giveaway details!  I’ll be pulling a random name on Christmas Eve, 11.59pm Mountain.  If you want to win, there are several ways you can get an entry.  You can have up to 4 chances to win:

  1. Make a comment here.
  2. Become a follower (and leave a comment telling me.)
  3. Post a link (on your blog, on Facebook… wherever) to my blog (and leave me a note saying you’ve done so.)
  4. Make a Card Caddy and post it on your blog/Facebook… and link back to my blog!  (Don’t forget to leave me a note telling me you’ve done so!)

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Don’t forget… the deadline to enter is MIDNIGHT on Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas!!!!!  Now, head off to visit Briana!


Yeay!  I’ve finished mine.  Here you go!


29 thoughts on “Christmas Bloghop!

  1. Veronica says:

    Well, I already know that “Trouble” is your middle name!! Considering you do NOT have one! LOL
    Hope you post your completed house!!!! Love ya!

  2. Jennifer D says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather and sure hope you are feeling better soon. My husband get pink eye all the time so I know what it’s like 🙂 The house is such a cute idea. Sure hope you are feeling better soon and are able to finish it 🙂

  3. Sandy says:

    I will have to give the house a try! Just did a Gingerbread Lane at work filled with all of the folks at work as Gingerbread Girls and Boys…..

  4. HollyB says:

    Cute house. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  5. gilroygal says:

    Hi Adele!
    CUTE CUTE CUTE! What a wonderful idea..can’t wait to check back later and see how it looks with special details added!

    Signed up to be a follower too! Glad you are feeling better!

  6. Dana says:

    Great idea! I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards we get so that’s the perfect idea. Thanks!

  7. Cassie W says:

    What a darling idea! Sorry about the pink eye 😦

  8. GCinderella21 says:

    Love the caddy! What a cute idea!
    I’m going to become a follower too!

  9. Yolanda S says:

    Adele, so glad to hear you’re feeling better! That caddy is such a cute idea~would make a fantastic gift box too…just have to find the perfect gift to go inside! 🙂
    I am a follower now, too. 🙂

    • dleebug says:

      Oooh, Yolanda, that’s a brilliant idea! If you wanted to do that, I’d extend the roof a half inch on each side, that should close the gap, if you wanted to do that. Otherwise, you could use it more like a gift bag, and have tissue paper coming out the top!

      • Yolanda S says:

        thanks for the tip 🙂 It would look cute with tissue paper sticking out of the top, huh? I just shared this on fb, too…I think my scrappy friends will enjoy your blog!

      • dleebug says:

        Awesome! Don’t forget to post a photo of your’s when you make it! 😀

  10. meplus2 says:

    Adorable! What a great idea! Thanks for the printables!

  11. KIm (3f) says:

    Oh how cute is that?? I love it Adele, what a cute idea! It would definately make for a nice gift to fill it up with goodies. Oh how CUTE!!!

  12. So cute! Thanks for the pattern and mini tutorial!

  13. Mary Lou says:

    VERY very cute. Hope to do one but it might have to be NEXT year!!!

  14. Adele, Your house is adorable! I might just have to try my hand at one…after the holidays! I can always use it next year or maybe make one for daily use as well!!!

  15. Holly says:

    this is a suggestion for using the idea for a gift box/wrapping. You can turn a gift bag into a house by taking card stock and folding it for a roof, and adding it to the top of a gift bag, I like to use a foil red bag, or fold a bag out of brown card stock. then add the circles for snow, or a row of icesickles along the edge. Add the windows and door etc. (Adele’s mom)

  16. Stephanie - froggy530 says:


    What a cute little house! I love it. I may have to find time to make one. 🙂
    I hope you are finally feeling better and that you have a Merry Christmas.


  17. Stephanie - froggy530 says:

    Oh…I almost forgot…I am already a follower. Thanks for a chance to win!

  18. Steff (brown eyed girl) says:

    Cute, Adele! The end product was worth the effort! Thanks for sharing with us!

  19. Cynthia D says:

    Really cute!

  20. Ellen says:

    Hi Adele! What a cute idea for your Christmas card! I may just have to make one for next year! Merry Christmas!!

  21. Judy says:

    Fabulous idea and a great way to store cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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