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.
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:
- Make a comment here.
- Become a follower (and leave a comment telling me.)
- Post a link (on your blog, on Facebook… wherever) to my blog (and leave me a note saying you’ve done so.)
- 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!