Wednesday 15 September 2021

Gingerbread House


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the midway point of our challenge. That means it is the turn of the Merry Maidens to share some more fabulous Christmas cards

This paper pack Embossed Metallic Christmas Edition designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the optional twist to feature Something Metallic on your card.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Beccy's Place who is offering the fabulous prize of $10 to spend in her store.

For my card I have used an image from one of the sets on my wishlist from Beccy's store Gingerbread Set. I adore the gingerbread house and knew it would look lovely if I decoupaged it to create multiple layers and highlight the intricate details. The whole set can be purchased from Beccy's Place store for $10 HERE

I started with a sheet of gold A4 pearl card for the base. On this is a layer of brown card and then the gingerbread paper from the Christmas Confectionery Patterned Papers set from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The great thing about digital files is that you can play about with the sizing and placement to fit your project. This is a real advantage when you have a motif that you can be certain fits into the size and shape of your project. No one wants to cut through the body of a gingerbread man!

I isolated one of each motif from the paper and enlarged them so they could be added as embellishments. Lisa's files are always really good quality and high resolution so they are perfect for this and a great way for you to stretch your supplies. Good quality digital papers easily allow you to expand your creativity in this way.

The gingerbread house is made up of 3 layers. The bottom layer is the full image. The next layer up is the whole roof and chimney. The final layer is the roof trim and the window shutters. All layers have been coloured using Promarkers.  They have been fussy cut with my trusty Fiskars embroidery scissors. These were a VERY expensive purchase when I first started making cards but allow me to cut very neatly and have lasted over 20 years. They only need sharpening every now and again by cutting through several layers of kitchen foil and they are as good as new. They have definitely been worth the initial outlay. 

The layers have been put together with some thin foam pads. Of course I have had to add lots of stickles glitter glue and some red gems. I added this to some brown cardstock and trimmed close to the image. This slight contrast gave a better separation from the element and the gingerbread paper.

I also added the trimmed gingerbread figures to card in the same way. Used a black fineliner to add some eyes and some red gems for the buttons.

The sentiment is one I created myself using a font that came in a special font package my hubby bought me from Serif who are the creators of the digital software I use:- Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. 

I have included the png and jpg files below. You are very welcome to download these and use in your creations. If you do use them please do not claim as your own. It would be smashing if you send me a link to anything you make with my freebies and I can pop over and leave you some love.

For the gold metallic sentiment mat I have used one of my fave dies from Crafter's Companion Grace Frame. This was my very first die from CC and must be about 17 or so years old. I love how intricate the border is an it is a decent size so perfect for framing a larger sentiment panel.

All in all I am really pleased with this card. Beccy's image has turned out exactly as I had hoped and Lisa's gingerbread paper is the perfect combination to make a super yummy Christmas card that is good enough to eat.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Image - Gingerbread Digital Stamps (Beccy’s Place)

Digital Paper - Christmas Confectionery (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

Digital Sentiment - Freebie Made by Mandy

Dies - Grace Frame (Die’sire /Crafter’s Companion)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments - Gems, Stickles Glitter Glue

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. So happy to see your entry at My Time To Craft Christmas.
    We love to see everyone’s work.
    Good luck, do come back again!
    Hugs, Jackie DT member x

  2. You can almost smell the gingerbread. Great card Mandy.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  3. I like the ginger men image so this card is right up my street! I like that backing paper very much!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  4. Love seeing Christmas Cards all year. Thanks for joining us on Polkadoodles Crafting! Pam, DT

  5. Fantastic gingerbread card, thanks for sharing with Polkadoodles this week Nelly dt x

  6. Oh how cool is this project. Your designer paper in the back is perfect too. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  7. Such a super adorable project! I love that patterned paper in the background. Thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again.

    Donna from Creative Pixie Designs
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team

  8. Lovely Christmas card Mandy, fab design, the image and papers work perfectly together.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

  9. I remember seeing this over on FB Mandy, it's such a fabulous card! You've done a really great job decorating the gingerbread house, I love the mix of mediums and embellishments. The two large gingerbread biscuits are super cute and work perfectly with the background paper. Love the large gold die cut you added behind the sentiment. Fabulous!

  10. How very cute! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  11. Back again, and again, so beautiful and nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  12. Cute Christmas card. Great desogn with the ginger bread men. Thank you for joining us at through the Craft Room Door this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  13. Such a fun image and lovely combination of coordinating DP's Mandy, lovely to see you at We Love Chocolate Baroque again, thank you.

    Hope the job is going OK.

    B x

  14. Such a sweet Christmas greetings card, Mandy!
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” September Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

  15. Such a lovely creation-so full of Christmas goodies! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

  16. Gorgeous festive card love the colours and design thank you for joining our challenge at WLCB this month
    lorraine x

  17. Mooie kaart. Bedankt voor je deelname aan de Creative Craft Cottage-uitdaging, veel succes. Fijne dag
    Anneke DT

  18. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  19. This is such a sweet card (pardon the pun) I love that you've decoupaged the house, decoupage is still my favourite technique. Fab sentiment too.

    Thanks for sharing your card with us.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  20. That's just a wonderful make! I love the pattern paper! Cute images, too.

    Thanks for playing along with our stamps & fun = CREATIVITY Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    *GDT* stamps & fun = CREATIVITY
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days
    *DT* Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

  21. Wonderful card, love how you used Beccy's image. Thnaks for joining We Love Chocolate Baroque, TTCRD, Beccy's Place 613 Avenue Create challenges. Anesha

  22. Super cute card! Thank you for sharing at Passion for Markers

  23. Fabulous card, love the gingerbread men!

    Thanks for joining in at IkesWorldchallenges
    Val DT x

  24. Fabulous card love the decoupage gingerbread house,gingerbread men and perfect co-ordinating paper
    Carol x

  25. Great card! Your gingerbread theme is perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  26. This is very cute and the dimension on the house is fabulous!! How perfect is that gingerbread paper??!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  27. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn, Claire DT x

  28. So glad that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Through the Purple Haze.
    Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @ TTPH

  29. Fabulous and very cute gingerbread house..
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  30. I really like your project Thanks for joining us at Patterned Paper Challenge

    DT Patterned Paper Challenge

  31. super cute holiday card. I love gingerbread men so this is a nice one! Thanks for joining the challenge at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTSCB

  32. Too darn cute! Love the matching background paper, perfect for the adorable images. So glad you joined us at Christmas with the Cuties

  33. Mandy you never cease to blow me away with your creativity. Love this card (might be because of a love of gingerbread houses). Thank you for joining us over at Penny's Challenge. Best of luck and see you again soon. DT~Jana

  34. What a delightful Christmas card, thanks for playing along with us at THAIC.

  35. Lovely project Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Wendy CT

  36. A great card. I love the patterned paper you have used. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca

  37. Beautiful card, Mandy. It looks yummy!!! Ha ha!!!
    Thank you so much for joining Ike's World challenge.
    Please join us again soon.
    Mia (my blog)

  38. wonderful Christmas card. Thank you for joining in our S and T challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.
    Dorte x

  39. Mandy this is just adorable, so well made! Thank you for playing with us at Love to Craft Challenge and we hope to see you again next time!
    XOXO, Aimeslee LTCCB DT

  40. Sweet card!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!!
    *Sorry for being so late commenting but please know that I have checked out your project and appreciate you entering my challenge!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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