Votive Ornament: Gingerbread House


Who wouldn’t love to receive this great Gingerbread House Votive Ornament to hang on their Christmas tree? These are fun and very inexpensive to make. You could omit the ribbon hanger and make the house or a village of houses to show off on a mantle. Not only is this adorable, but it’s safe to use as well.

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Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Whisper White (100730)
Ink/Markers: White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133)
Punches & Dies: Big Shot (113439), Hearts A Flutter Framelits (130159), Petite Curly Label (129405), Finishing Touches (127010), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Circles Collection Framelits (130911)
Miscellaneous: Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137), Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150), Multi-Purpose Glue (110755), Dazzling Details (124117)
Other: Battery Powered Votive Candle (available at local craft or dollar stores)




1. Print out the GINGERBREAD HOUSE TEMPLATE on home computer. If your printer prints on to card stock, print template right on Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock. If not, print template on to printer paper and glue it to card board. Cut it out and use it to trace around.


2. Once traced on to the Baked Brown Sugar, cut out the house and score along the score lines,


3. Punch out strips of the Finishing Touches Edgelits and adhere them to the top edge of the house with Multi-Purpose Glue.

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4. On the sides of the house, punch out windows with the Petite Curly Punch.


5. To make the door opening use the die that matches photo from the Hearts A Flutter Framelits.


6. On the bottom square flap use the 1-/1/2″ circle from the Circles Collection. This is for the battery powered votive to fit through.


7. Using the White Chalk Marker decorate the gingerbread house to resemble frosting. Outline the windows and doorway.


8. Add glue to all the bottom tabs with Multi-Purpose Glue and assemble house. Do not add glue to the roof tabs yet.



1. Cut out a 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock and sore at 1-3/4″ to form the roof ridge.


2. Using the Scallop Border Punch, punch out eight 2-1/2″ strips.


3. Add glue along the scallops and sprinkle with Dazzling Details to resemble snow.


4. Once the Dazzling Details dries, adhere the scallop strips on to the roof Whisper White base. Glue four on each side of roof.


5. With a Paper Piercing Tool make a hole on the roof ridge. Push a 6″ piece of Silver Ribbon through the hole and knot it on the bottom.


6. Now add glue to the roof tabs and attach roof.


Add a Frosted Finishing Snowflake on the front of the gingerbread house over the door opening and pop battery powered votive in the hole opening.


And for reading this post to the bottom here’s a FREE GINGERBREAD COOKIE RECIPE from the Lakeside Kitchen!


Gingerbread Hugs,


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Card in a Box

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Breast Cancer Ribbon ButtonHappy World Card-Making Day Stampers! I can finally share my Card in a Box with you. This Card in a Box may look complicated, but it’s easy to make. We made this at my, “Beyond Card-Making Workshop” and everyone loved it. I’m making a few others to share with you with holiday themes. I hope you try a few of these. and, the great part is they fold flat, so you’ll be able to stick them in an envelope and mail them! That’s if you can part with it…

Card in a Box Detail

Supplies you need are the following:


Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Bloom with Hope, Flower Shop

Card in a Box


Ink Pads: Momento Black, Lost Lagoon


Papers and Dimensions:

Whisper White

(5″ x 9″) one piece

(3-1/8″ x 1/2″) two pieces


Lost Lagoon

(2″ x 4-3/4″) one piece


Moonlight Designer Series Paper

(1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″) one piece

(1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″) three pieces

(1-7/8″ x 2″) four pieces


Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Butterfly Punch, Pansy Punch, Blendabilities in Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive amd Melon Mambo, Bone Folder


Please note that you can use ANY stamp set for this projects as long as the stamped image sizes work. And, I know this post is a bit lenghty, but I really would like you all to be able to make this card in a box on your own. It’s not that difficult once you make one. I also repeated the dimensions twice, once in the supply list and once in the post text. Oh and some dimensions are on the diagrams I made. I hope these sre clear. And, if you follow these step by step directions you should have your card in a box done in no time at all.


So let’s begin:


1. Cut a 5″ x 9″ piece of Whisper White card stock


2. Score along the 9″ edge of the Whisper White card stock at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, 6-3/8″ and 8-1/2″


3. Turn the card stock and score along the 5″ edge at 2-3/4″


4. Cut top flaps with Paper Snips or Trimmer, up to the 2-3/4″ score line as shown on diagram.


5. Cut off the 1/2” tab at the end to the 2-3/4” score line.CARD IN A BOX 3

Card in a Box back


6. Don’t bend the panel marked back at the score line. This panel will get two layers and will remain rigid. The first layer is a 2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of any color card stock . For this card I used Lost Lagoon. The second layer was  1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Moonlight Designer Series Stack Paper. Layer and adhere.







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7. For the bottom panels cut three 1-7/8″” x 2-1/2″ pieces of DSP. Adhere them on the appropriate panels.


Card in a Box Flaps

8. Cut four 1-7/8″ x 2″ pieces of Designer Series Paper for the top panels/flaps. Flip down the top 3 panels or flip the box over and and adhere the four pieces.


9.  Cut two Whisper White 3-1/8 x 1″ strips. Score each end at 1/2″  These are the inside strips that will hold your stamped images.


10.  Take the strips and fold one scored end back and the other scored end forward as to make a “Z”


11. Place some Sticky Tape on the outside of each  tab.They’re are four in all


12. Peel off the red lining from tape and adhere the strips inside the box as shown about 3/4″ apart. These are what your stamped images will go on.


Now that the box part is completed let’s decorate it. “Here’s How” to do that:


Card in a Box Stamped Flowers

13. Stamp images you want to pop out of your Card in a Box with Momento Black Ink on to Whisper White Card Stock.  The flower on this projects are from the Flower Shop and Bloom with Hope Stamp Sets. The butterfly is from The Papillon Potpourri set.


14. Once you’re happy with your stamped images color and cut them out either with Paper Snips or the Big Shot. To color-in these flowers I used Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities. Love these alcohol markers!


15. Once the images are stamped, cut and colored stick them in a pleasing manner on the two “Z” strips.


Any questions just email me .


Eat, Sleep and Craft!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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