Friday, 29 January 2016

Little houses

I recently bought a new set of stamps. I had my eye on these Polka Doodles house stamps for Christmas cards. Then I remembered that a friend is moving soon so I had to get them now!
I am rather sad as she is my best friend, moving to north Wales and I live in the south west. No more quick meetings for lunch or coffee. I may be wandering round the playground looking for new friends. 
Here is the card I made:

I need to give credit here as I was struggling to fit the sentiment on the card. It was too long and I had stamped it bout 17 different ways when I saw this card in the playground and ding, that was the answer. It is still not quite perfect and I wish I'd angled it slightly differently but I was tired of stamping it. 
I used snippets for the houses and sentiment and then found this paper which, I hope you agree, matches nicely.  The ribbon is also a snippet and the card base is pre-loved and discarded. So I am hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with this one.

So then at Merry Monday it is a One Layer Card challenge.


Often a challenge. Sometimes I can do one layer with no trouble and luckily this was one of those days. 

I have unashamedly copied the layout of Nina from the Design Team's card. Thank you for the inspiration. 
I drew a faint pencil line to make sure I stamped the house vertically. I coloured it with Pro-markers,leaving the roof white and added Stickles for glittery snow.
I bravely drew the black line around with a glitter gel pen and then drew a second which looks deckled so there is a frame for the house. I could have ruined it all but a shaky hand and a ruler did the job.  
Please be impressed by the teeny, tiny wreath stamped with a teeny tiny flower stamp which came in the set. Again without the aid of a safety net.
I'd like to link this one to the Merry Monday challenge and the first Rudolf Days challenge of 2016 - always a Christmas card or project. 

So, two very different cards from one set. I am very pleased with the stamps. I hope you like them too.


  1. Two great cards. Your friend is going to love her card!

    The Christmas one is so lovely. I like the pencil line you drew around the image. It really grounds it...

    Thanks for taking part in the January Rudolph days Challenge.

  2. Two brilliant cards and both so very different to each other. I like them both and especially the freehand line you have drawn on No 2....brill! and great attention to detail.

  3. I LOVE this merry & bright card! I like houses, and decorating them, so the wreath is a terrific touch!

  4. Two lovely cards Alison. I'm glad you got there in the end with the sentiment. I also like your drawn line round the second card it woks well.

    Sorry to hear you friend is moving away. I'm sure she'll love the card you have made for her. Hugs, Barbxx

  5. Two brilliant cards and two fab images. Love the colours you have used on both cards and that little holly swirl is fab.

    Kath x

  6. Love both cards Alison! And so right to follow the sentiment idea for your snippets card. Loving those houses :)


    Di xx

  7. Those little house are just darling Alison and you have created lovely scenes with them! Have a lovely upcoming Sunday! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  8. Oooo what a great CAS card and thanks for joining us at Rudolph Days Challenge this month, Luv Sam x

  9. You've really showcased how versatile the stamps are. I love the teeny tiny wreath on the door of the second one.
    Thanks for joining in this month's Rudolph Days challenge
    Jane DT

  10. Fabulous one layer card, love the house images. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  11. Both your house cards are sweet. Those are great stamps to play with. You rocked the one layered challenge with that Christmas version though! Knocked it out of the ball park.

  12. What a wonderful house stamp! Love both of these cards, especially the one layer!

  13. These houses are so cute and I love both cards! Very versatile. I'll have to go look them up. You did a fabulous job with your one layer Christmas card. Quite a challenge!

  14. Oh wow, the house looks totally different. I love the two cards you have created. Hugs Mrs A.


Thank you for visiting. I do appreciate your comments.