Monday, December 12, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge

Hi all! Today I'm sharing a glittery holiday decor piece I created for December's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This month our theme is 'All I Want for Christmas'. We were challenged to create something using our favorite die - the one we'd want to receive if we didn't already own it. I had a really hard time choosing a favorite, but the new Iron Fence Pop Up is such an amazing die, I would definitely run out and buy it. There are so many ways you can use it!

You might remember back in September I shared a Halloween diorama that was inspired by my teammate, Raquel Mason. I knew while I was making it that I wanted to try a Christmas version, and this was the perfect excuse to make one. I needed something for the centerpiece and decided to create a sparkly little house, adapting Karen's Holiday House slightly to create a 3D version (you might remember a more rustic house I made a couple years ago with the same die). I took a few photos along the way to show you how it came together.

To make the house 3D, and also change the direction of the roof line, we'll actually be using the house die to make the sides, instead of the front. Cut the pieces as shown above. The long strip is used to give the vestibule sides, creating a dimensional front.

Cover white cardstock with adhesive and die cut three fences. Remove adhesive and cover with glitter.

Adhere fence pieces to a disk of styrofoam (I found a pack of two at my Dollar Tree).

To create the trees, die cut mint cardstock using one of the tree dies from the Evergreen Pivot Card die set (another one of my faves). Fold each tree in half and adhere to each other, back to back. I used four per tree. Cover with glitter and insert a toothpick.

After house is assembled, cover with glitter. Tie a length of tinsel twine around it and add a Christmas Typed Token. Tie a bit of pink twine around a little deer and adhere to disk. The snow is a combination of polyester batting and Martha Stewart's snow glitter.

I didn't glue my house down - I wanted to be able to add a battery-operated tea light so it would glow at night. So pretty! If you wanted it to be more stable, you could glue it down and cut a hole in the back and add a candle that way.

I added a bit more batting in the chimney as a final little touch. I just love the wispy look of it. I hope you enjoyed my little glittery house - I had so much fun making it! And I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I hope you're inspired to make one of your own.

Great news! The Holiday House and Evergreen Pivot Card dies are both on sale at Elizabeth Craft Designs right now! You can find the other supplies I used at ECD and Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out Karen's blog Tuesday to see an incredible new tutorial, plus lots of inspiration from the team.

Have a great week!

I'm entering this into Simon Says Stamp's 'Let There Be Snow' challenge and Frilly and Funkie's Home for the Holidays challenge.


  1. So fabulous! Love the pastel colors. Wonderful use of the dies as well.

  2. A darling little house and that fence is gorgeous!

  3. Fabulous vignette. Love the pink house and all the glitter. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  4. This is so pretty! I love the pink and green pastel colors together. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  5. This is so sweet! I bet it looks awesome lite up.

  6. wow this is just cute and adorable...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  7. This is so festive and lovely! Thank you so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!!

  8. I love your Christmas decor. I made one similar to yours but using Stampin' Up! products. If you would like to see how mine turned out, please come by my blog to check it out at


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