Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gingerbread Christmas for The Paper Players

It's Sunday and time for another Paper Player's challenge! This week the super talented Jaydee is challenging us to create any shaped card other than a rectangle or square. All right Jaydee, you really had me stumped on this one! I had no idea what to do, except that I wanted to do something a little more interesting than a circle or oval. But once I came up with an idea, I had so much fun with it!

I saw a cute card in Papercrafts Magazine this month that was shaped like a gingerbread house. That card, however, used an e-cutter which I do not have. So I went about trying to create something similar using what I did have. I used a lot of ingredients and it took me a couple of evenings to finish it up, but I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. Please don't ask me for a pattern or directions because I don't have any! I totally made this up as I went along. You can scroll down to my list of ingredients at the bottom of this post which should explain most of it.

I couldn't resist including this project with the Festive Friday challenge this week, which is to chose any of their challenges of the past year. I didn't play along with the "Sweet" challenge the first time around, but this seemed like a great opportunity to do so. I hope my ginger folk are sweet enough!

The sentiment on the inside was just perfect, I thought. It's actually a combination of sentiments from two stamp sets, Sweet Season and Teeny Tiny Wishes. As you can see there is only a little section holding the front and back of the card together so it's a little on the fragile side, but it does fit into a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" envelope. I used a Crumb Cake envelope to match the card, and lined it with some DSP from the Brights Stack to add some more color.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Scentsational Season (gingerbread people), Sweet Season (sentiments), Joyous Celebrations (mistletoe), Create a Cupcake (heart), Teeny Tiny Wishes (inside sentiment)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Designer Series Paper: Brights Stack (for envelope)
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Real Red, Soft Suede, Gumball Green
Marker: Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Die, Holiday Collection Framelits, Envelope Liner Framelit, Scallop Edge Border and Small Heart Punches
Accessories: Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Brights and Regals Candy Dots

I hope to see you all over at The Paper Players with your shaped card creations! Please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team and see their fabulous creations, too!

Happy Holidays to the folks at Festive Friday, too!

Inky hugs :)


  1. Totally adorable...I couldn't wait til this morning so I could comment on this and tell you how much I LOVE it!!! It's probably a good thing SU doesn't have an electronic cutter, I'd be in big trouble!

  2. This is such an adorable card. You can tell a lot of work went into it but it is so cute and unique. Thanks for inspiring us!!!!

  3. This is such an adorable card. You can tell a lot of work went into it but it is so cute and unique. Thanks for inspiring us!!!!

  4. Absolutely adorable, Sandy! What a perfect holiday card!

  5. I love gingerbread men and this card is absolutely adorable, Sandy!
    Thanks for letting me know about the challenge.

  6. This is truly sweet! I love the added detail of the mistletoe above their heads! Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday! Merry Christmas - hope to see you again in 2014!

  7. This is really cute! I love the sentiment inside.

  8. Wow, this is adorable, Sandy! I love the shaped card and those sweet gingerbread men!

  9. This is SO cute! I love that you went outside the box with the shape challenge. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Festive Friday!

  10. Oh my goodness, Sandy! This is as sweet as can be. It's absolutely, spot-on perfect for the season. From the little heart and mistletoe to the inside sentiment, it's adorable! For being stumped, you really rocked this one!! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! ((hugs))

  11. How clever and adorable this is! Love the ingenuity here!

  12. Sandy, the fact that you did all of this without an e-cutter is testament to your creativity. I was bowled over when I saw it and it brought a huge smile to my face. I want to reach through the screen and eat it up!


  13. Sweet enough, indeed!!! It turned out adorable--every little perfectly balanced detail! Thanks so much for helping to make the last challenge extra festive, Sandy!!!

  14. Too cute Sandy! How creative to make a gingerbread house shaped card! I love theor little "gumdrop buttons" and the mistletoe is a fun touch. Cuteness! :)