Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Artful Christmas Village

I sold a village kit a few years ago and every year people ask for it.  Sadly, it has been discontinued by the manufacturer so I thought I would attempt to make another.  I wanted it to be compatible with the original so I kept it in the same colors and style.  These houses are much bigger than the first village but I will find a way to mesh the two together.
I love how they turned out...my favorite part being the banner flying from the big house that reads "Wonderland".
Come with me and I will show you how I made it from scratch.
All the main pieces are cut using the Sizzix Alterations Artful Dwellings die and Grungeboard.  Once you know how to make one house, you can repeat the technique over and over again till you have a village or an entire county for that matter.
 I cut the Artful Dwellings die twice so I would have a front and back to each house.
Then I used my roller cutter to cut the sides and the roof pieces.  I will provide the measurements at the end of the tutorial but really you can make yours whatever size you want.
This is the largest of the house shapes plus the side piece.
I covered the front and back with vintage music paper.  As you can see, for each front and back piece I left a bit of paper on each side.  The extra paper will eventually wrap around the house to secure the side panels.
Then I covered two side pieces.
I decided to cut a few windows in this house.  Did you know there was a window die?  Well there is.  It's called Mini Openings.  I am going to use the one with the rounded top on the front of the house and the 4 pane die for the sides.
Since the window openings are a Movers and Shapers die (meaning you can move them wherever you want the opening or shape) I decide I needed to tape the die to the right spot on my house.  I just used some tissue tape but you could use blue painters tape if you like.
After running it through the Vagabond machine I took the tape off and just like that I have a nice clean window cut.  I did go on to cut the two side panel windows even though I did not photograph it.
I decided to use some of the Mirrored product for the window openings.  I just added some 3-d tape to the back of each opening.
Then cut the Mirrored to fit.  Super easy. (You could also use a transparency in the window shapes if you were thinking about using an electric candle inside.)
Okay, so let's assemble.
I recommend the 1/8" Wonder tape for this project...seriously the exact size needed.
Run the Wonder tape on each side of the front and back.
Then add one side at a time.
Use a collage glue stick on the paper edge.
Then roll toward the side panel.  Repeat for each corner of the house.  You might notice the edge of the paper is ripped and it wasn't when I folded it up.  I found that I liked the ripped edge better than the straight one.  So once I adhered it to the side panel, I just peeled the edge...(meaning I ripped it slowly till it wasn't straight anymore).  I found the paper to be more flexible when the glue was already on the backside.
Next, I added more Wonder tape to the roof line (don't pull the protective red covering yet)
I cut another piece of Grungeboard to fit the base.  No glue needed, it just fits snugly.
 
To make the roof I cut two matching pieces of Grungeboard and painted both sides with Metallic Dabber paint in Silver.
Then glittered them with Sticky Embossing powder and my "go to" platinum glitter.
Now remove the protective coating from the Wonder tape and add the roof to the house.
Set the house aside while we create a little vestibule or porch.
There was a 3/4" strip of Grungeboard left after I cut the sides and roof and I can't just leave that for the garbage.  So I covered it with the same paper wrapping around one long edge.
I used the round top house shape (from the original die cut) to create the front of the porch, covered it in paper and added a plaquette with 2 brads.
Once again, Wonder tape on the edge around the door.
Then add the long 3/4" strip around the whole thing (the wrapped side of the strip is facing up).
Clip off the excess strip and you should end up with this.  Geezzz, looks like a coffin so far.
Every door needs some Christmas decor, right?
I am using the wreath from the Woodlands tree set...I just used my finger to add some Glue and Seal.
Then dipped it into the Dry Stickles for the "snow" effect.  I dried it with a Heat Tool just because I am impatient.
Once dry I gave it a little haircut on the backside so the wreath would lay flat against the front door.
I added it to the door with hot glue.
Then added some vintage pearls with Glossy accents.
One more thing before we put the porch on...alcohol ink in gold on a fleur de lis from the old Adornments pack that I still love... (I just snipped off the ring at the top with my Tonic scissors).
And with the porch added onto the house...
To make this next embellishment you need heavy weight paper.  I used Ranger's Manila cardstock and it worked perfectly.  I cut the banner using the Tattered Banners die, then colored it with Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter.
I covered the entire banner with the stain....as it starts to dry, the stain pulls in towards itself.  Can you see that?  I quickly dried it with the Heat Tool without moving the banner.  Once dry, turn over and repeat on the back side.
The raw edge that was created gives you just enough room to add some Distress Ink.
I took a long quilting pin that has a flat top on it and added glitter, then a number cut from the music I covered the houses with.  I slid a big pearl onto the pin and then wrapped the banner around the pin, securing with hot glue and a bit of foam tape.  The word wonderland comes from the Seasonal Chitchat pack.
Once the glitter was dry I inserted the flag into the top of the roof then added a small bit of crinkle ribbon to the wreath.
House number 2 (with the key hole) goes together just the same as number one.  I just made one change...I covered the Grungeboard roof with a piece of Metal Foil Tape instead of glitter.
Just wrap the Grungeboard....
And run them through the Vagabond using the Riveted Metal Embossing Folder.  It does all the work for you!
I used Alcohol ink in Slate and Gold to color the roof pieces.  I love how they turned out and super easy to do if you have that embossing folder.
Seriously, how cool does that roof look?  I think I am in love.
For house number 3 I used the Mini Tickets die to cut a huge window in the front of the house...
The put the house together just like the last two except I covered the inside with paper and Mirrored since you will able to see inside.
I cut a Santa figure from the Seasonal Paper Stash.  I used Rock Candy Dry Glitter (with Glossy Accents) to embellish the fur on his coat and hat and boots.  It is subtle so it looks pure vintage.
I built up the back with two layers of cork and a piece of foam tape then added him to the house sicking him directly to the back panel.
I did add the mini gear and small game spinner using a mini fastener (it's tiny enough to go through the center of the mini gear) to the front panel before I added the roof.
A few extra shots...
 
All the trees are Idea-ology Woodlands.  I used two packages so I have two large trees, two small trees and one wreath for the door, with one wreath leftover for another project.  I painted all the tree bases with gold dabber paint then glittered them to match the trees in the original village.  To glitter the trees use a foam paint brush to add Glue and Seal to the tree then roll in Platinum glitter.  They look spectacular at night!
Measurements 
(cut two of each piece)
large house:
sides - 2 x 3 1/8"
roof - 2 1/2 x 3

Medium House:
sides 1 1/2 x 2 1/2"
roof 2 x 3"

Small House (with window):
sides 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"
roof 2 x 2 1/4"

Boy, I better get moving along after that long post...i've got real life stuff to do like laundry and dishes and maybe I should think about Christmas cards or a few presents, oh and maybe a tree.  What I do have is a darling village!

happy holidays!
paula




212 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for the step by step.

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  2. you have a darling village. i admire your ideas and the way you make it seem so easy! thanks for sharing the tutorial. now... where did i put that grungeboard and the sheet music, hmmm....

    Merry Christmas from SNOWY and BLOWING and COLD Saskatoon!

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  3. Just fabulous! You are amazing! love them :)

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  4. Wow! Absolutely stunning little houses. I really love the creamy color palette...they can serve as decor all winter long.

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  5. Be still my beating heart!!!!! I LOVE your houses...and your tutorial ROCKS! TFS.

    ~Linda

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  6. *gasp!* These are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous - thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

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  7. *gasp!* These are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous - thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

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  8. Looks familiar! Love it!! I need those to add to my little village!!

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  9. Adorable houses - you can be so creative with those sizzix die cuts! Love your touches.

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  10. Good Golly, Miss Molly!!!! Your houses are AWESOME.

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  11. There aren't even words to describe how amazing I think this project is. I am so in awe of your mad skills. In. AWE.

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  12. Thanks so much for the tut! I cannot wait to get started. Your village is awesome and fun!

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  13. This is fantabulous!! Thanks for sharing this,and including all measurements!!
    I have secretly longed for the 'artful dwellings' die for some time....now I have a reason :)

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  14. Love the village! More dies for me to buy. :)

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  15. Truly amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. You are so talented. Just thought I should remind you.

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    1. thanks Danee, Now if I could only figure out that binding that I have been working on!
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  17. What a fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much for going through the process in such detail. I can hardly wait to get started on my own.
    Claudia

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  18. These are just beautiful...I see more TH dies I will need to add to my 'must have' list!!! Thanks for the detailed tutorial :o)

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  19. oh my gosh, seriously amazing!!! LOVE LOVE Them!!!

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  20. Paula, you are absolutely amazing! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Hope you have the Happiest of Holidays!

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  21. Amazing....truly, and how I love that metal roof! I must get that embossing die!

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  22. OMGosh shut the front door, those are AMAZING, and to think they are handmade out of grungeboard! WOW here I thought I was gonna hope to snag a kit!! I have the house kit you sold years ago (was it years??) and I am for SURE going to be making these after the craziness of the holidays! Thank you for sharing your talents!!!

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  23. I was lucky enough to get one of your kits, and my little village is my favorite Christmas decoration. I love these new ones you've done--super cute. Thanks for sharing the directions. <:)

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  24. This is so awesome! I don't know how the original vilage looked like but this I would love to make/buy! Thank you for sharing! (another die on my wish-list it is!)

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  25. WOW! I am in love! This has to be the most festive little village I have ever laid eyes on. I love the "wonderland" flag, all the glitter and I am going completely nuts on that riveted roof. It looks so realistic. Thanks for sharing all the details, this is truly a winter wonderland! :)

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  26. WOW and THRICE WOW!!! Paula, this is absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for all your inspiration, you rock x

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  27. Oh my they are just gorgeous praying our JoAnns carries some of this I so want to make a village now

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  28. This is to cute and glorious!! Thanks you for sharing with us. Di

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  29. Oh my Christmas goodness! I am trying to resist the temptation to run out right now to buy every single item needed to recreate this yumminess.... Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, just in case I succumb xx

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  30. I found you via Linda Cain/Facebook today and have to say that this is simply astounding. I love every little clever detail. I am truly inspired! Thanks for all the step-by-steps. Awesome!

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  31. So now I need the mini openings!

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  32. Oh my gosh. I love the village. It looks like you've had it for over 50 years! Now I see anoather die that I need to get!

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  33. Insanely stunning and inspiring!! And the photography of the process is just as beautiful!!

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  34. Hi Paula, I love love love this village and I have those Tim Holtz dies! My biggest problem is finding music pages! I will definitely be making at least one or two houses - they are just wonderful!!! Thanks so much, Maureen

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    1. maureen...I find them at thrift stores or antique stores, even ebay. Old hymnals work great. I like the ones that have pages like a book as the music is small compared to sheet music.
      paula

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  35. How beautiful! I'll have to attempt this over my Christmas vacation. Thanks so much for sharing! I love it.

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  36. I am insanely humbled by your artistic vision! You are now responsible for keeping me from my own "chores" while visions of making a glistening silver and white Christmas village dance in my head.

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  37. I came here from Linda Cain's "can't miss this" FB post. And she certainly was right (as if I ever doubt anything she suggests)! What a clever village. I read through every detail and came away with some great ideas (tips). Thanks for being so thorough in the description/tutorial. LOVE THIS VILLAGE!

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  38. Darling Village indeed!! I LOVE IT :) Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial.

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  39. Who cares about laundry and dishes when your creating such a wonderland! Well... at least until the doorbell rings.
    Love the setting, the vintage look is beautiful. And that riveted roof, you amazed me again!

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    1. peggy...you are quite right about the doorbell thing! Trust me, I have never put housework in front of crafting. Good thing I have a husband who is totally supportive of my antics!
      paula

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  40. I am absolutely speechless!! Like, I'm sitting here with my chin on the table. These are incredible!! I am in total awe of your artistic talent - WOW!!

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    1. right back at ya miss Shelly! Just glad to be in your company!
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    2. Oh, you...you are too too sweet! :)

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  41. How adorable are these! And you could cut them easily with Tim's die. I love them and the different roofs are awesome!

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  42. Time for improvisation, as I don't have a die cutting machine. Alot more work I am sure, but these are so cute I just have to try. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial and photograpy!

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    1. You can do...just make some paper pattern first! I am sure it will turn out great.
      paula

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  43. Thank you! Thank you! for the instructions! Beautiful work.... I had to re-post it to my FB..... simply Incredible.....

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  44. It really is a darling village, you have created a true wonderland. It is truly amazing and inspiring!

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  45. This is so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye, thanks for sharing x

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  46. Paula: Could this be any more wonderful???? I want, I need, can I have???? Not only is it amazing...it is outstanding. Perhaps, this could be next years kit? As always you are so inspiring, creative, sharing and a fabulous teacher!
    Merry, merry!!

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    1. thanks so much Joy! funny I thought about that but I have to get through this Christmas first! haha
      paula

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    2. I am encouraged.....at least you didn't say no..... Enjoy your holiday!

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  47. Oh my goodness, this is awesome! Michelle x

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  48. Oh my goodness I am in love with this project. Sadly I don't have all the dies to make this but I can see some imagination coming into play to make this work. Thank you so much for the tutorial. My family will love seeing this year after year on the mantel!

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  49. This is simply stunning, and thank you for sharing the details of how you created it. You will treasure this for years.

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  50. Paula, your artfull dwelling are spectacular! Thank You so much for the detailed instructions.

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  51. Beautiful work and now I want to create one...I guess that means a trip to my local shop. Thank you for sharing how to make it

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  52. Hello sweet lady... This is just stunning. Hope you are happy and well xxxxx

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    1. Hey Natalie! Great to hear from you my friend. Hope things are well on your side of the globe!
      paula

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  53. Stunning! Thanks for sharing how you made it. Very inspirational.

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  54. What an amazing Christmas village! So lovely ideas :)

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  55. This is truly amazing! Thank you for the excellent Tutorial! I will have to wait until after the holidays to try this out but this is one project I NEED to do! Thanks!
    Michael

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  56. Love the textures andI already have the little window die!
    I always wanted to be a community builder!

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  57. I too just made a Christmas village, but yours is completely over the top fabulous!!! I love that it has walls and is 3D compared to flat. WOW!!! The color scheme is so vintage perfect! AMAZING project!

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  58. I was sent here by Tim....and oh wow what an amazing sight! Thanks for the tut...I'm going to have to give it a go. Love that rivet roof top, and the mirrored interiors. Laura

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  59. Thanking Tim for sending me here.I'm starting Jan 1 on this-it is stunning.You are an incredible artist.

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  60. Speechless.... Well almost. Just enough vocabulary to comment although no words really describe how amazing these houses are. Your talent is incredible, truly!! Came here via Tim Holtz (the main man, lol) on FB so knew it would be special!! A MAY ZING. Caroline :)

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  61. They are just beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial they will be popping up around the globe. Well done.

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  62. What a talented person you are! I want to take some of Alice's mushroom so I can shrink down and live in your village.

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  63. Your attention to detail is inspiring! I love your village. Thanks for taking the time to share the tutorial...Inspired me to get playing! Thanks

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  64. Wow! I saw Anita Houston's village yesterday, now yours today...this is a challenge for me for next year!

    Sally

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  65. A-MAZ-ING! Brilliant tutorial, thank you!

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  66. Stunning.....and your tutorial and pictures are so great, I think I could actually do this myself! I just love it to pieces!

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  67. What a wonderful treat ! Love this ! Your inspiration is truly appreciated !! Kind regards

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  68. Wow wow and thrice wow xxx love it :)

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  69. What an adorable village, love, love,love ALL the details; the roofing, the sign the door knobs... just beautiful !! Great tutorial too !

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  70. That is the cutest thing. It's much, much better to take time to play than it is to do dishes or laundry.... really! ;-) Happy creating.

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  71. Paula, this is absolutely beautiful!

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  72. Forget the dishes; keep making all these wonderful things! What would we do without you to inspire us? Love this village. I don't have the die yet but thanks for all the tutorials you and Deb have done using dies. My Vagabond has been busy! If this village is a kit next year I want to be on the list!
    Merry Christmas,
    Judy

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  73. Absolutely fabulous! I'm so glad Tim directed us here! Amazing piece of art x

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  74. Tim directed me here--and I have to say--I'm amazed! This is absolutely gorgeous--great work--and heck--who needs to do laundry when you have such a gorgeous village?

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  75. Holy Moley! So fabulous! I love these little houses. Maybe my dear daughter and I will tackle this over the weekend....we're decorating!

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  76. Just over-the-top FABULOUS! Great tutorial!

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  77. What a beautiful project! Love it!! I came from Tim's tweet.

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  78. Absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for the tutorial on how your created this little winter wonderland!

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  79. Wow,Tim was so right this is an absolutely wonderful project. Thanks for sharing it.

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  80. wow....seriously gorgeous! thanks for taking the time to share all your steps.

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  81. Gezzz Ned I sure hope you took a nap after all this. I love it. I am so so impressed. I will have to see if my sizzix eclips or pazzles will cut my grungeboard. I have never tried. But from the looks of this I am going to. I cannot thank you enough for sharing. It is wonderful and so are you.

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  82. The village is wonderful, creative and every positive word there is! You are so inspiring!!

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  83. It took 10 min to leave a comment...lol...Pure genius! Thanks for all the hard work and fine detail so we can copy! You rock, sister!

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  84. Utterly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y FABulous!!! !!! !!!

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  85. I am speechless....and that is not easy to do to me....

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  86. Oh My goodness! Wonderland it is. I guess my mom and I will be having another crafting day to grow our village and your instructions are just so great I'm sure we will make out quite well. Thank you so much for this awesome project!!!!

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  87. What fun ideas you had for this! I totally enjoyed reading how you did it. Very creative!

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

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  88. I just popped over from Tim Holtz' blog. Your project is incredible! Stunning, breathtaking! I have a new reason to dust off my dwellings die to make a little holiday village. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us!
    Have a very Merry Christmas! Hugs, Vina

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  89. absolutely stunning! Wonderful village! Hugs Barbarayaya

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  90. I've come to visit from hearing about you on Tim Holtz' blog too :-) I just LOVE your village. Your ideas are inspirational - thank you for sharing.

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  91. Love, love, love this! I'm thinking maybe my daughter will come over and we could make these houses together. As always, such a thrill to visit your blog.

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  92. OMG... this project is wonderful! Love it! Thanks for sharing the tips and tricks!

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  93. I'm glad I followed Tim's link to your blog. I'm reading this while having breakfast, it's a winter wonderland outside, I don't have to go outside and your houses are delightful. Thank you for taking so many pictures.
    Eveline.

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  94. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing this beautiful project!

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  95. Back again, just to say congratulations for being recognised by Tim for your amazing project, how wonderful!

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  96. Absolutely brilliant. A great project and superb tutorial. I can definitely see why it caught Tim's eye! X

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  97. This is sooooo amazing... A true work of Art! Thank you for sharing with us and giving us the winter wonderland feeling this is giving us:)
    Wush you a wonderful Christmas :)

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  98. Beautiful detail and style. Thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial! Just lovely!

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  99. Paula, Your Village is fantastic.

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  100. thanks for the details on how to get the look. I know it takes a long time to write up instuctions along with photo's. appreciate the time you took to share with us the deets....
    ava g

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  101. I would like to live in your little village. GREAT tutorial!

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  102. I've just discovered your blog through Anita Houston, and Wow! I'm glad she mentioned your name, and told me about your village. I love it, these are gorgeous village houses. Thanks for the step by step tutorial.
    I may have to have a go creating a wee village now too. I don't have these dies or the metal riveted embossing folder (yet!). I will be visiting here often, as I'm now following too.

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  103. Wow! You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Thanks to Tim Holtz I am definitely a follower of your blog!

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  104. Found you through FB. Wow! Now that's crafting. Love your village. Best, Yvonne

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  105. Tim Holtz told me I should take a look...and wow! This was an amazing step by step. Thank you for being so generous with your time and sharing this beautiful Christmas village.

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  106. Tim Holtz sent me over...and I only have one word...LOVE!

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  107. Tim Holtz sent me over...and I only have one word...LOVE!

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  108. Wow...unbelievably awesome!!!

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  109. I always think you are clever, but you have out-clevered yourself with this one!

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    1. thanks Eniko, I do LOVE clever!!! that is the highest complement!
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  110. Stunning!!! Love your Wonderland!!!

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  111. Breathtaking and evocative... what a beautiful vintage wonderland!!!!!

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  112. You are my idol! I've been following you ever since your 7 gypsies days back in early 2000's (even copied some of your mini albums....shhhh). This is simply amazing. thank you for sharing your secretes.

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  113. I would say the number of comments to this post speaks volumes as to how much it is loved and admired. I've never been a "xmas village" person, but you just changed that! Powerful stuff!!! You're creative thinking outside the box (in this case, house!) is so inspiring to me. Thank you, thank you. And I salute you for putting your creative urges ahead of the chores.

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  114. These are wonderful! I am in love with these little houses and you have added so many gorgeous touches to yours-AMAZING!

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  115. Wow! Paula, these are absolutely amazing...you are such an artist girl! Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial!

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  116. Absolutely devine - so glad Time pointed us here to see your wonderful creation, just read the lot and wonder if I can do something similar with my Tando house set. Thanks for the inspiration. BJ

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  117. Again AMAZING.... such a cool project, thanks again for sharing with us.... you are so talented. Just need more hours in the day to create!!Have a great weekend.

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  118. This is realy Amazing soooooooo beautiful you did a great job.
    Hugs Astrid

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  119. Fantastic and wowza, I love love love this. great job

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  120. WOW, how cool. I know what I'll be trying to make after the first of the year. Getting a start on next year. YIPPEE
    Thank you
    Carole Miller

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  121. Wow! This is a stunning project. I love it very much. Great tutorial. Johanne L.

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  122. WOw! I know that is an understatement, but this is one of the most beautiful amazing little paper villages I have seen. Great Tute as well, thanks for sharing, and just wait on the dishes, when the rest of the fam gets hungry, they'll do them :)

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  123. how beautiful! Great directions!

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  124. This is such a beautiful set! I want to make time to fit this into my crafts before Christmas! Thanks for sharing the directions

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  125. Wowzer! All I want for Christmas is to come play at your house.

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  126. That is simply AWESOME!! What talent. Thanks so much for the step by step! What an angel! Remarkable!!! :)

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  127. Yeppers...another awesome project. Guess you know by now Tim gave you a shout out. I asked him (in my comment on HIS blog) to bring you with him the next time he comes to Whim So Doodle, you know, in St Pete FLORIDA since you seem to be skeered to come alone!

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  128. Wow!! This little village is SO AWESOME!! LOVE all of the FUN and REALISTIC ELEMENTS that you added!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! :)

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  129. Wowzers this is simply AMAZING! My jaw is still on the floor in front of me LOL! You have captured my vintage Christmas loving heart with these beauties! Every detail is captured but I LOVE that riveted metallic roof! Simply SUPERB.

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  130. Thank you so much for sharing your thought process and giving such wonderful instructions! It turned out so beautiful. I would like to see it with your other village. I can't wait to try putting together my own Christmas village.

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  131. Beautiful white-ish winter town. Love it all.

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  132. Looking forward to your 7 days of Christmas inspiration this year (just spent some time looking at last years).... Can't wait!

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  133. How beautiful this would be to sit on your fireplace. Thanks for sharing.

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  134. Brilliant!!! My mom has a little chipboard house that she has sat out every Christmas since I can remember. Aren't they fun!

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  135. It is just so beautiful. Thank you.

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  136. Paula, your Wonderland Village is absolutely, positively, awesome! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. Did I say awesome??

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    1. thanks so much sue...it is really cute...and fabulous at night with all that glitter on the trees! thanks again..p

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  137. Beautiful work, thank you for sharing!

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  138. Exquisite! Thanks for the instructions too. Need the die now!
    x

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  139. Gorgeous! Amazing! Stunning! Thanks for the tutorial

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  140. Love, love, love your christmas village. Amazing!!!

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  141. For sure a must see! Wow! So beautiful! How awesome for you to share! Thank you!

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  142. I'm back...
    I had to go & get a Kleenex to wipe the drool!

    YOU are quite simply...
    amazing!

    I'm totally out of words to describe you...
    I guess that's what you call speechless...
    off to look again!

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    1. why thank you miss wendy...you are too kind!

      just a few more weeks till I see you! :)

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  143. Incredibly charming...you may never see this post (you have so many)....but if you do....where did you get the music paper? Thx, Susan

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    1. Susan, I find old hymnals in thrift stores or antique stores but you can also find the on etsy or ebay. I like hymnals rather than sheet music because the music is printed on a smaller scale. The smaller the project, the small the music you need. I don't ever pay more than a couple bucks per book.

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  144. A-maz-ing! It's obvious you love what you do! Thanks for sharing your talent and giving us step by step, you know, in hopes we may even 'attempt' to make these!

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  145. wow ... you have a new stalker ....
    thanks for the inspiration - wonderful blog!
    Sandra ltb

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    1. thanks Sandra...all stalkers are welcome! :)

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  146. Wow! This is amazing!! Thank you so much for the details and for sharing!!

    Cecile

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  147. Hi Paula, just popping back in to say that I'm having so much fun making these adorable little houses! It's a great way to use up my holiday paper stash & mish mash of baubles & stuff. I'm creating a little village for the fireplace mantle.
    Thank you hugs! Vina

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    1. Vina, I hope you will send me a picture...paula@2gypsygirls.com

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  148. Wow, this is awesome and I love the wonderfully clear and precise directions! Thanks so much for sharing :)
    ~Rachel in Sacramento

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  149. Absolutely speechless and in total awe! I'm utterly amazed by your talent...thank you ever so much for sharing the details of your artful ways... Your creative mind just blows me away! How ever do you think of these things?!?....just amazed!

    Gloria from Illinois

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  150. Wow! Amazing talent...I never in a million years could have put those things together to make such a stunning project!

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  151. WOW... this is awesome... I love it!
    Thank you for the tutorial.
    Hugs Susanne

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  152. This is fabulous, Thanks for sharing.

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  153. Paula...saw this on Tim's blog and so here I am. :) Your holiday village is absolutely vintage stunning! I love every single little detail. Thanks for sharing it and how you made some of the sweet little buildings. It's magical! <3 Candy

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    1. thanks Candy...just trying to keep up with you and your antics!
      paula

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  154. Phenomenal! This is jaw dropping spectacular! I so appreciate the time you took to take such great photos and describe in detail. so hoping to do create a wonderland too.... THANK YOU!

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  155. Lovely holiday houses - thanks for sharing all the how to!

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