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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!

    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.


    Posted by Leslie, December 1st, 2016

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