Friday, September 12, 2008

Papertrey Holiday Gift

Last year at Christmas time, we were given a wonderful gift from one of our neighbor families. They gave us a prebaked and constructed gingerbread house along with baggies full of candies and other things to decorate the house. It was such a fun gift! We had lots of fun decorating the house as a family.

So, when Nichole presented the Papertrey Ink design team with the challenge to make a holiday gift along with the packaging, I immediately thought of making a gingerbread house and packaging goodies that could be used to decorate the house.

I know how fun it is to decorate a gingerbread house with your kids, but having lots of the work done for you (gathering supplies and making the house) is even better. I started out by baking and constructing the gingerbread house. Then, I decorated an egg box to hold all the goodies in little bags and a tin to hold some buttercream frosting.

I started out decorating my egg box by creating a scene for the top. I just love the new Home for the Holidays stamp set! It is meant to be used with Boards and Beams. You can create the cutest little holiday scenes. I stamped the house and the snowman. Then, I masked the snowman and stamped the fences. Then, I masked the fences and stamped the trees. I colored my scene. Then, I stamped the door and windows on another pieces of paper, colored them, cut them, and adhered them in place. I love this Christmas house and will definitely be using this set a lot. I stamped the Fresh Baked sentiment in the corner from the Holiday Treats stamp set. Then, I matted my image with pure poppy and silver shimmer cardstocks.

This was my very last step, but I'm going to share it here while I'm talking about the top of the treat box. I added liquid applique and glitter to my house and let it dry. Then, I tapped the excess off and have some pretty shimmery snow.

I painted my egg box with dark blue acrylic paint and the lid and interior of the egg box with light blue paint. After they were dry, I used white acrylic paint to random stamp one of the snowflakes from Pine's new Rustic Snowflakes stamp set all over the bottom of the box. You can't tell in the photo, but there are little silver dots in the centers of the snowflakes (stickles). When everything was dry, I added some pure poppy stitched ribbon and some silver tinsel ribbon around the lid and added a bow.

Tucked inside my holiday treat box are lots of little glassine bags filled with all kinds of goodies for decorating the gingerbread house. I used the small glassine bags. I filled each one with a different type of goodie and then punched some scalloped ovals in silver shimmer and pure poppy. I layered the ovals, folded them in half, punched a hole through bag and all and tied them with pure poppy satin ribbons.

One last thing that I wanted to include in my holiday gift was a tin filled with buttercream frosting for decorating the gingerbread house. (It worked okay, but was not quite sticky enough. Another great option would be to decorate a container of premade frosting.) I filled the 8 oz tin with frosting first so that could wipe off any frosting that happened to get on the outside. (Luckily none did, but it was a good precaution to take knowing how messy I can be when I bake.) then, I cut a piece of silver shimmer cardstock to fit around my tin, random stamped some snowflakes, and heat set just for a second before adhering it to my tin. (Most likely, you would not need to heat set unless you were putting the cardstock right onto the container. If it sat for a few minutes, the ink would not smear.) I stamped the sentiment for the top of the container (from Holiday Treats) in pure poppy ink, punched it out, and layered it with a pure poppy scalloped circle. Then, I tied some ribbon around the tin and added a little tag.

After I got all the photos I need of the gingerbread house and goodies, my kids got to decorate the houses. I actually had plenty of dough when I made it and made two house so they each got to decorate their own. I spread the frosting and they decorated. They had so much fun and were hyped up on sugar right before bed!


Tyler's gingerbread house turned out so cute. When I bought the white fudge covered pretzels, I was thinking they would work great for a fence, but he wanted them on the front of his house and I love how they look. He pushed a little too hard while decorating the roof, so there was some bulging going on. It slowly collapsed on the backside not long after these photos were taken last night, but he still had so much fun making it!


Madison was so proud of her gingerbread house. This is how a 2 year old decorates her gingerbread house: put a few pieces of candy on the house, take one off and eat it, put a couple more on, take one off and eat it . . . *smile*

I had so much fun with this project and so did my kids. Gingerbread houses are always lots of fun and would make a great gift for a family at Christmas time. I can't wait to see what the rest of the design team came up with for this challenge. Be sure to check out all their blogs for lots of fun ideas: Nichole, Lisa Johnson, Lauren Meader, Heather Nichols, Mish Wooderson, Melissa Phillips, Debbie Olsen, Geny Cassady, Becky Oehlers, and Dawn McVey.

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Recipe
Cardstock: white, pure poppy, silver shimmer (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: dark chocolate, pure poppy (Papertrey Ink), noir (Palette)
Accents: pure poppy stitched ribbon, pure poppy satin ribbon, silver tinsel ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Packaging: egg box, 8 oz circle tin, small glassine bags (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: copic markers, liquid applique, glitter, white acrylic paint, sponge paint brush, tag trio die (Spellbinders), circle punch, scalloped circle punch, scalloped oval punches, crop-a-dile, silver stickles (Ranger)

31 comments:

WELCOME to my blog, Explore. Dream. Discover. said...

OOHHHHH, Niki! This is the ultimate fabulous idea! I always loved to decorate these with my girls, but to have the house baked and the decorations and frosting, what a super idea! LOVE the box!

Kimberly said...

Brilliant and fabulous!!!! :)

Marcia said...

Wow Niki - this is wonderful! Great gift idea!!!

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

Wholly - Cuteness!! You did amazing Niki!!

Dianna said...

So fun! I was wondering if you have a gingerbread recipe that you can recommend?

Susan said...

Niki this is phenomenal!!! I think I'm going to attempt to make this gift set for my neighbors. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us!

Lesa said...

Oh my heavens! Incredible! I am loving this one!

Kerry J. said...

THis is awesome! Our family would love to receive one of these too! Your project is fabulous and your kids are super cuties!

Kacey Elliott said...

That is a fabulous idea Niki! Love it! Your box is gorgeous too :-)

Bee said...

This is a great project, and so much fun for a family! :-) Your little scene on the top of the box is adorable and anyone would be thrilled to open that box and discover all the treasures it contains!♥

Molly B said...

What a cool idea. And adorable children too. Looks like great fun decorating those houses. I love your decorated box too. Wicked cute! -Molly B

Anonymous said...

WOW! I love this! Great idea and what a beautiful way to package it up! I'd love to know where you found the recipe for the house...I'
ve thought of being those premade ones at the store, but homemade is always better!
Melissa

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

FABulous Niki!!!!!!!! This is sooooo delicious and such a sweeeet and happy gift!!! Your box and the buttercream tin are just sooooo gorgeous!!!! Oh and are your kiddos just the cutest!!!!

Raquites said...

This is just too perfect! I know that any Mom with children will appreciate the work being done for them.
Do you mind sharing your gingerbread recipe? I have always just cheated and bought the store made stuff.

Alicia said...

Your creation is just spectacular. Wish I was on your Christmas list :-) Looks like your kids had a ball. You have me inspired to make a fall/halloween house....I think the kids would have a ball with that too!

Lauren (mytime) said...

T^His came out so cute Niki! Love the kids with the finished product!!

Adela said...

Great Project, Niki!!! Something to look forward to this coming Holiday.

Claire Brennan said...

What a fantastic idea - I absolutely love it - I'm going to make these. And won't Madison be the image of you when she'd bigger!! - you have two wee gems there.

Jeanne said...

Nikki, this is such a terrific project and I know how much fun an entire famildy will have with such a thoughtful gift! I would say that this would begin a tradition and this would become a requested gift. Love how you have incorporated the egg boxes for this! I love it when I have a supply on had to create! Thanks for the inspiration.

Joan B said...

What a brilliant idea and beautifully executed. Your kids are adorable too.

Precious Scraps by Beverly said...

Niki this is a treasured moment. What a great project and such an incredible way to involve the kid. Looks like EVERYONE had a good time on this assignment.

Melissa Bickford said...

What a brilliant idea, Niki! So, So cute!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Oh my gosh Nikki!!!!! What a clever idea................This is adorable... you are so imaginative..................

Vicki

Scrapping Julie said...

this is such a great project Niki.
awesome job. your kids are ADORABLE!!!

Jennifer Muraoka said...

This is absolutely fabulous!!! I've been to your site once before but couldn't find you again. I found you through clicking, and clicking, and clicking. You know how it goes when you start to blurf! Gosh, your work is so incredible and you children are beautiful!!! Thank you so much for all your beautiful creations. I feel like I've hit the jackpot!!! you're a brave mommy to let the babies have at it! They must have had a blast...bouncing off the walls a little after?!! haha, Mahalo, again, for a truly beautiful inspiration!!! Hugs, Jenn

Jessica said...

What a great idea! Did you make the gingerbread dough from scratch? If so, I think you should share the recipe :)

Julie Masse said...

Great idea Niki and so nicely done! I really like the silver ribbon layered on the red!! Fun stuff! :)

Jennifer Holmes said...

What a great idea for the holidays and, yes, I think just about anyone with small children would appreciate receiving it! Great work, Niki!

Debbie Olson said...

NIki, what a fabulous project! And the pictures are SO adorable--great job!

Patti said...

That's such a good idea...especially for a family with young kids. Your kids are adorable too!

Cynde said...

What a great project Niki! Your Ginger Bread house is cute. Your Kids are adorable!! This is one of those projects that I would love to get as a gift. I'm sure alot of working mothers would too. You would be more apt to do a gingerbread house if you had it all together and ready to decorate!
Great Idea!! No Fantastic Idea!!!