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    Gingerbread! And a Bake Sale!

    Filed under Giveaways, House Ornament Kit, Miniatures, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    What’s New Today? Gingerbread Houses!

    Ok… not just gingerbread houses… we have artwork by TWO Design Team Members, both with a gingerbread theme! One made the most delectable gingerbread house for your mantel you’d ever want to see! And the other made a whole Christmas market baked good scene!

    FLASH SALE! What’s so much gingerbread without a BAKE SALE! The ENTIRE Baking Miniatures is On Sale at 20% to 50% off!

    Yep, that includes the new Chocolate Sandwich Cookies used in Shannon’s artwork (shown below, though you may have to spend a bit o’ time to find them among the treasures, so i added a preview at right) and the new 1 Inch Gingerbread House! The sale ends Friday night, December 2nd at midnight PST!
     


    Starting with this amazing Holiday Sweets Hutch by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper… wow!

    I love how Shannon reimagined the Kitchen Cabinet Kit into a market stall (she left off the cabinet doors on the top, and the piece looks like a whole different cabinet painted white).

    “I cooked up a sweet little Christmas Hutch and set it in a mini scene. It is sort of like a market stall, but using a smaller hutch instead. The cabinet is a Chrysnbon kit that I assembled and painted, but this Mini Oak Hutch would save some construction time.

    “There’s a lot to look at, isn’t there? Haha! Every time I thought I was finished, I saw an empty spot that needed something… The shelves are crammed with glass bottles and jars filled with candies and jams. There is a bowl of lemon drops near a chicken dish, a cookie sheet of gingerbread men, heart shaped sugar cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies, and a classic Yule Log. The glass balls near the gingerbread sleigh are actually ornaments that are filled with microbeads.

    My intentions were to hang them on the garland but then I got the cutest cookie cutters on the planet! I fashioned little hooks from wire, glued a snippet of sewing thread in a loop on the back of the cookie cutter, then hung them from the hook. They are my favorite part of the entire project.

    “The hutch has a slide-y out-y bit (is it a prep area? A kneading board? I have no idea) that I used as a gift wrapping station. The flour bin holds all the gift wrap and ribbon, so it is all nice and tidy.

    “The dainty pot is kind of a fave, too. (See bottom left of the photo, with the lollipops in it.) It started out terra cotta colored but with a little paint and glitter, it fit nicely between the pudding and the lollies. There is a longer pot in that set also, and I painted it the same way and filled it with gingerbread hearts there to the left of the lollipops. Most of the cakes and candies I made from polymer clay, but the round suckers are made from hot glue and colored with Sharpies. “

    Read more tips (and see more photos) in Shannon’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     

    Next up: a FABULOUS project from the Chipboard House Ornament Kit by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas that looks so yummy: The Gingerbread House! (See the wide photo below.)

    “Here’s a favorite tradition that my girls and I love to do every year, making Gingerbread Houses! The thing I love about this little house is that not only can it light up, but it can be kept for years to come because none of it is edible!

    “Creating this faux gingerbread house put me in the Christmas Spirit early. It was simple to create, using “icing” (Dimensional Snow Writer) to attach the walls, roof and chimney. I also used it to add the many pieces of candy. Add a dot, then mush the candy right into place.

    “The tiny peppermints were created by slicing this fun Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane. A little goes a long way and it slices like butter with an exacto blade.”

    Be sure to check out Rhonda’s blog post as she provides a tutorial on using the Tiny Shingles Stencil to create sparkly “snow” shingles. And here’s her Supply List.


     

     

    Hooray for the Gingerbread Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items, from today’s new goodies, some old faves, and from both of the art projects:
    - Chipboard House Ornament Kit (with scrapbook papers and 2 collage sheets!)
    - 1 Inch Gingerbread HouseNew
    - Cookie Sheet with Gingerbread Men
    - Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
    - Gingerbread Collage Sheet (did you notice those cookies on Shannon’s tree from this sheet?)
    - Sweet Christmas Collage Sheet
    - Santas Village Collage Sheet
    - Gingerbread House Mini Silicone Mold
    - Gingerbread Houses Scrapbook Paper

    PLUS I’m including both of the Chrysnbon Cut-Ups books (both have lots of ideas on rearrnaging parts from the Chrysnbon kits) — and both books have just been put on clearance sale!

     
    To enter the Gingerbread Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, December 2, 2016)!

    And tell me: What can you think up to make with all the items in the Giveaway? And/or: what technique from Rhonda or Shannon’s artwork would you like to try?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Christmas Ornaments Giveaway? That would be Starqueen! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    Posted by Leslie, December 1st, 2016


    60 Responses to “Gingerbread! And a Bake Sale!”

    1. Susan Nelson Says:

      I would make a super cute necklace out of these!

    2. Cg Says:

      An elf brothel. Hey…don’t judge…elves need a little love, too.

    3. Rhonda Sihocky Says:

      that gingerbread house and are two of the cutest things ever! I love the hutch without the doors. It is a good idea.

    4. Chris Pecherzewski Says:

      I like the idea of using the wod bead for cream puffs just add some pearl paint and a bit of glitter! Awesome!!

    5. barb j Says:

      I would like to make that holiday hutch! That would be a great keepsake to have for future family members.

    6. Karen Says:

      I would love to be selected for the adorable giveaway. It would be fun to just “play” with all these goodies and let a creative mind lead. Lots of ideas for a fun project for a quiet afternoon/evening.

    7. Connie L. Says:

      I’d use it to make a small section of the National Gingerbread Competition display at the Grove Park Inn.

    8. Jennifer Scull Says:

      these are such gorgeous projects!

      if chosen as the winner, I would love to make a little gingerbread bakery for my son’s girlfriend. she loves it when I make her crafty things and I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what to do for her gift. :) this would be so much fun!

    9. Kat Cashwell Says:

      So love Christmas – would make Santa’s kitchen!!

    10. Barb A Says:

      These would be a great start for a Christmas scene. Love the tiny shingles stencil.

    11. AM Says:

      Inside of a lit mercury ornament, these lovelys would make a beautiful xmas diarama!

    12. AM Says:

      Diorama

    13. tamara Says:

      How beautiful, love it

    14. Alicia Anderson Says:

      So many lovely goodies. This is so adorable!

    15. Francine Perri Says:

      Oh how I would love to win this I would make a little scene with all the items thank you

    16. Traci Says:

      Love the cabinet so darn cute. I also love the cute gingerbread houses-would love to make some of those. >^..^<

    17. Nadine Says:

      Love to make the gingerbread house. It would be a great project to do with my daughter!

    18. Lindy Says:

      I love all the little treats Shannon made for her holiday hutch. I would love to learn to make them too!

    19. barb macaskill Says:

      I would make a Fairy kitchen scene where the fairies are getting together to make magical gingerbread houses together! These magical houses are quite a site to see! Some can fly, others can walk on their own and that is just the beginning of the fun things these little fairies can make them do! So much fun!
      I also want to make a hutch similar to the one Shannon made! Oh my, how cool is that?!? I am in love!! Fingers crossed.
      macaskillbarbara @ yahoo.com

    20. Jean Marmo Says:

      This is just wonderful! Would make something for my daughter in law who is a baker! We love when she bakes for us!!

    21. Carla Says:

      I would make a Christmas baking scene complete with Mrs. Claus!

    22. Jeanie Panagakos Says:

      All these festive colors on one page, brought back memories of making gingerbread houses with my children when they were young! Down to the pitcher of milk, this is the most creative site out there!

    23. Peggy D Says:

      This all looks like the wonderful magical kitchen of Mrs Claus to me! I love that Hoosier cabinet! I used to have Chrysbon minis when there was a club. I forget he name…but they are really great kits and not as difficult to put together as you might think ( or they look)and they paint or stain like a dream.I would make a Mrs Claus Christmas kitchen and use every bit of this wonderful stuff!And I would have that Hoosier!!

    24. Leah Fein Says:

      I would make a fairy bake shop

    25. Michelle Says:

      What wonderful creations! I would like to make an elf kitchen shadow box scene!

    26. Jodi Hippler Says:

      I love the way Sharon made the cookie cutters into ornaments, and in fact, I am thinking I’d like to use a lot more of them as ornaments. In RL all of my Christmas stuff including tree ornaments are gingerbread and sweets—a whole “visions of sugarplum” kind of theme.
      With all of the ~A~W~E~S~O~M~E~ giveaway items, , I’d like to get my hands on the advent calendar kit, too, then bash it to make the center of the frame deeper. I’d take the loot and make a Christmas scene with Christmas tree, fireplace and all. Each day in December you would open a box to reveal an ornament which you would actually hang on the nearly bare tree. On December 25th, in the last box, there would be a beautiful angel for the topper. I have no grandkids yet, but when I do, my mind is ready for all kinds of magic making!
      I have an old Chrysnbon hutch kit that is blue. It keeps getting passed over due to it having the wrong color. I love how Sharon painted hers, and I’d like to pull mine out and give it new life, too! Paint = duh!!!

    27. Lois C. Says:

      I just want this! LOL Love everything about the hutch and would love to duplicate it!

    28. Mary Mac Says:

      I would love to make a Christmas theme bakery.

    29. Katie west Says:

      My baker friend just moved into her new house. I’d celebrate her good luck with her own gingerbread creation. I think those wonderful miniatures would make fantastic ornaments on tiny wreaths.

    30. Marilyn Hughes Says:

      I don’t know why this shouldn’t have been obvious to me, but Rhonda using the stencil with Snow Tex to create the roof design is my favorite. Wondered how she did that.

      Both projects are out of this world.

    31. Karen Mallory Says:

      These are the cutest projects ever! I love them both. I think I want to try the dimensional snow writer to make the icing on faux gingerbread house.

    32. Kari Gluski Says:

      I would make a scene of little doll children making gingerbread houses!

    33. Roberta Yoshioka Says:

      Everything is soooo cute. Want to make one right away!

    34. Terri Scalise Hamm Says:

      I love the hutch, especially the pull out drawer with the rolls of gift wrap Inside! What a wonderful surprise!

    35. Deb Kaste Says:

      Oh my gosh, these projects are just too cute for words. Love them, especially Shannon’s hutch. I would use the items for a number of things, especially a gingerbread house. So sweet! Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway.

    36. Vicky Coleman Says:

      I would love to make a Christmas kitchen scene with my granddaughter using these items!

    37. Jackie P Neal Says:

      How adorable!! I absolutely would make a fairy gingerbread bakery!

    38. Honey Says:

      Lovely. Can’t wait to start working on this.

    39. Liz T Says:

      I want to make a Christmas kitchen shadowbox AND a gingerbread house ornament.

    40. Gabrielle Schmidt Says:

      I would love to make a fairy snow house. I love everything about it!

    41. Jackie Barth Says:

      Would love to win this, and would make a Christmas hutch.

    42. Vera Collier Says:

      Would love to recreate the gingerbread house project.

    43. Jen R Says:

      I love Rhonda’s use of the stencil to create the snow shingles. If I were to win this awesome lot of items, I would make a nice cozy Holiday Kitchen room box.

    44. Sandra Manring Says:

      I would like to make some gingerbread houses to go in several of my Christmas roomboxes.

    45. Cheryl Lee Says:

      Oh my! These 2 projects are the BEST!! You ladies have the best imagination! LOVE THEM! From Shannon I would love to try the round suckers with the hot glue and sharpie pens! INGENIOUS! And I would also like to try Rhonda’s snow shingles. If I won this, I think I would make a gingerbread baking table, and if I did win, I think I would feel like I have died and gone to heaven! lol

    46. Jo Says:

      I LOVE the gingerbread house!!! SO cute! I would love to make my own!

    47. Nancy E Says:

      Just love these projects!All the minis are just awesome…

    48. Jessica Says:

      I’d do a bakeshop.

    49. Kim Lucak Says:

      Very sweet, love gingerbread and anything having to do with baking! I would give this to my daughter who enjoys the same and would have so much fun with!!!

    50. chark Says:

      I looovvee gingerbread men and the little silver cookie cutters are adorable! Couldn’t love these two projects more and I’d have to try both!

    51. Kay W Says:

      I am in love with the gingerbread house!!

    52. Janet T Says:

      I love the gingerbread house. I would love to make one that I could keep and put out every year. The little cookie cutters are adorable.

    53. Carol Slowik Says:

      I love the Christmas Hutch! Love the lollipop technique done with hot glue and Sharpie’s!

    54. Denise Bryant Says:

      I love those cute cookie cutters!
      I’d make a special ornament for my tree!

    55. Lou Conaway Says:

      The Holiday Sweets Hutch sent me over the edge. Maybe into a diabetic coma but who cares! I love the entire scene and may give it a try. There is such an abundance of riches in this giveaway and too many possibilities to decide now, although a gingerbread house is a must. Sigh…

    56. Debbie Overton Says:

      I want to make a Gingerbread house and decorate with all the fun candy and cookies techniques on this blog. The lollipops really intrigue me being made with hot glue!! So much fun to be had!

    57. Charlotte Deerborn Says:

      I would make a Christmas kitchen scene.

    58. Dennis L Says:

      I would use the house ornament kit to make a gingerbread house and decorate it with some of the goodies in the giveaway.

    59. kimberley Smith Says:

      I love anything Gingerbread and this is adorable! Hope I get a kit!

    60. Barbara Milton Says:

      Quite a challenge you’ve tee’d up for us. The sweets hutch made my mouth fall open and my eyes dialated! If I were to win this wonderful package I would do something similar to a room or maybe a Mercado layout but it would be made to hang on a wall. I lived in Truth or Consequences, NM for a few years where there was a small hotel converted into a Mercadito. They carried so many treasures. I’d like to start adding rooms to create my own Mercadito, maybe even finding ways to create 3D effects here and there. So, ambitious as it is, that’s what I would do! Thank you! 🎄