Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Minute "Little Somethings" Gingerbread House Gifts

No matter how far in advance I plan, or how many extra little gifts I have on hand, I always seem to run short at Christmas time. That is one of the many reasons paper crafting is such a good hobby. At least I can whip up a "little something" for someone- or, in this case., several someones! And it also makes it easier to "justify" all my supply purchases ;-)

Recently I made these for my Daughter's birthday, so everyone could take one home after the party.

I had seen the Sizzix Gingerbread House Die at their warehouse sale last month, and hemmed and hawed over it- wondering if I'd ever actually use it. I decided not to buy it. Then, when I returned back to the sale the following day (you don't think I could resist going back for day two, do you?) I was overcome by temptation. I just could not resist. And boy am glad it was still there! I am just loving these, and they are so super fun to make!

I decided to put some liquid applique on them for "snow", but I've had my tubes for a couple of years now and it has yellowed a little bit. (Ewww... yellow snow? On gifts? I think not, lol!) So, I got out my favorite glitter, Stampin' Up!'s Dazzling Diamonds. I know, I will use any excuse to sprinkle some of that on just about any project, haha. But seriously- it totally fixed my yucky colored snow dilemma!

Then I thought maybe the heart on the house would be even cuter if it had some sparkle too. So I used XMas red Stickles. So pretty!

I was almost finished when I decided a little Christmas tree would be a cute addition. I had to do a lot of searching through my stuff before I came upon this adorable one. It's from a Sizzix strip die, and just the right size. I added some gold Stickles on it for the lights, and I just love it. Then I added gold Robin's Nest dew drops for the door knobs. And they were done. Well, ready to be filled anyway.

I put red and green tissue paper in them and then filled them to the brim with candies: Hershey kisses- milk chocolates in Christmas colored wrappers; Candy Cane Hershey Kisses (have you tried them? They are sooo yummy!); Candy Cane salt water taffy; Toffee and Almond Hershey Nuggets; little Belgian chocolates, and mini candy canes.

They were such a hit!

So... guess what my husband asked me to make for him to take to a bunch of people he works with?

I'd better get back to work... I need to have them all finished by tomorrow night so he can take them to his Christmas luncheon on Tuesday ;-)

I hope you like my gingerbread houses. Don't forget to leave a comment so you'll get an entry for the prize drawing (see last post for all the details- and be sure to specify which prize you want to be entered for).

Thanks for stopping by!


Katie Keller Photography said...

Did he really ask that? Hahaha. They are so cute and pretty. I love how you explained all the work that went into it. They are great!!!!

Rebecca said...

They're really cute! I bet the people getting them will love them!

Vicky Alberto said...

super cute

Stephanie Lizmore. said...

What a great idea! They're so cute! And glitter is perfect for this time of year, it makes them even more festive. :) And I agree with you! Candy Cane Hershey's are delicious!

sharonw05 said...

These are absolutely adorable! The red heart and the christmas tree are the perfect touches! And I just tried the candy cane kisses last week. OMGosh, they are yummy!

Wanda said...

love your gingerbread houses!!!
best regards,

maureendb said...

Oh My Goodness...those are the cutest things I have ever seen. I want to make some too!