Tuesday 2 April 2024

Peeking Gingerbread Cookies

As soon as I saw this sketch over at the Incy Wincy Designs challenge I was inspired to make a card with gingerbread men at a jaunty angle.

At Kate Hadfield Designs there are so many fabulous sets it is really easy to get inspired to use them. There are digital stamps which you can colour, coloured versions you can scrapbook or make into digital layouts. Papers, patterned overlays and doodles galore. No matter what your skill level there are so many goodies to play with.

One of the most fabulous things about being in this Creative Team is that we have free rein to make anything we want to using the sets in the shop. This is amazing for inspiring creativity as there are so many amazing packs to play with. I feel very, very lucky to be able to have this opportunity.

My card idea started out by using the plain kraft paper from the Red, White 'N Blue kit. I thought it could work pretty well as a base layer with a Christmas motif overlay. 

I saw this Christmas Overlays kit on the store and as I love gingerbread men that was my first thought when the idea came into my head about this card. I set the opacity to 60% for the overlay so it was a bit more subtle in the background.

To fit the sketch layout the gingerbread needed to be inside a frame. I chose the cerise round circle from the Ornamental Frames kit. I added a plain brown circle behind each one. 

The bows in the Ornamental kit are on a ribbon and were not quite right for what I had in mind so I used the one from the December Doodads kit. It was a bit shorter snd more compact.

Finally the stars of this card are the cute gingerbread images from Cookies for Santa. It was perfect to showcase all 3, Mommy, Daddy and Baby gingerbread. 

I played around with the angles and sizing until I was satisfied. I sometimes do this when planning a layout of a card. In this case I made the whole card front in one, printed it out and adhered this to an A5 sized card base.

I added iridescent glitter to to the ornament frames so they are really sparkly in real life. Mommy is decorated with pink gems, Daddy has red and green gems, baby has small pearls. Finally a little bit of Stickles glitter glue was added to the eyes and mouth.

After being really poorly with a cold for 10 days it was nice to feel so inspired to make my first Christmas card of 2024

Over at Kate Hadfield Designs there is lots going on. Kate is really generous with her freebies which are readily available. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to an extra subscriber area the Doodle Den where there are loads more freebies. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafters and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Hybrid Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Images - Cookies for Santa, Ornamental Frames, December Doodads (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Paper - Red, White N’ Blue (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Overlay - Christmas Overlays (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Embellishments - Gems, pearls, glitter, Stickles glitter glue

P.S. The cute felt gingerbread in the photo are from a banner I bought at The Works. They will be appearing on cards in the future.

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


  1. Great fun card Amanda love the peeking gingerbread men.
    Carol x
    Thank you for joining us at Scrapping4fun and Dragonfly Dreams.
    Carol DT x

  2. Wow!! Gingerbread cookies for your Christmas card are a yummy idea!!! :) My mind is boggled from reading the detailed steps and processes you used to create this 1 project!!! Wow!!! You've got some terrific digital tech skills to change opacity % and other things that you did! Awesome! Thanks for sharing at FarmQuest HomeStyle Kitchen Challenges #4!!!! --Becca

  3. This is really sweet, Mandy. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art and creativity with us at Word Art Wednesday.

  4. Super cute and fun Mandy!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Mirtillamente!
    Jackie DT

  5. A cute, fun Christmas card. You can never start to early on Christmas cards. Thank you for sharing your creative work of art at Krafty Chicks Challenge this week. We hope to see you again soon.

  6. A great layout and card using these adorable gingerbread people, thank you for joining in at CD Sunday Plus

  7. The placement and sizing is perfect! Great project. Thanks for sharing your project at A Place To Start !

  8. Fabulous card! I love your take on the sketch, works perfectly with your gingerbread man idea. Thank you for playing with the All Occasion theme with the Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane - KCC DT

  9. A super card Mandy. You had a good time with all the different elements.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  10. Thanks for joining us at The Outlawz, Festive Fridays

  11. Such a fab and fun card!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things! xxx

  12. Thank you for sharing your cute card with us at CD Sunday Plus.
    Jocelyn x

  13. Your card is simply delightful and perfect for our Gingerbread Challenge.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.

  14. I love gingerbread men! This is a great make.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  15. Hi Mandy, a fun Christmas card to start off your new stash, love the layering of images from the various sets. Thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF

  16. Lots of gingerbread men, lovely card
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  17. So cute! Thank you for playing at Dragonfly Dreams Challenge!

  18. Lovely card.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Scrapping4Fun.
    Annie (DT)

  19. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Greetings Sylvia DT.

  20. Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our STAR STAMPZ challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  21. Wonderful creation! I love design! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge April "ATG". Ileanaxx

  22. Mandy what a cute Christmas card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Gail CT

  23. So very cute. So glad you joined us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  24. Wow, what a fabulous card. I'm not surprised that lovely sketch inspired you. Love the gingerbread family. Thanks for joining in with us at Sparkles Christmas. Hugs Debs DT x

  25. Hi, It certainly is an inspiring sketch which you have interpretated so well. Thanks for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges. Caz. DT.

  26. Thank you for participating in The Crafting Challenge. Dt Manuela

  27. Your gingerbread men are delightful! Thanks so much for a fun submission to our challenge at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  28. Awesome card. Love the gingerbread images and so glad you shared over at Sparkles Christmas


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