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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Whimsical Designs Stamp Sneak Peek!

Happy Thursday, my dear friends! :o)

Welcome to the Whimsical Designs Sneak Peek Day 1! In case you've not yet heard, Stephanie of Whimsical Designs has a new line of stamps coming out! Today all of the Whimsical Designers will be sharing sneak peeks of two stamp sets, and then tomorrow morning we'll be giving you sneak peeks of the other two sets. Tomorrow night at 7:00pm EST is the stamp reveal blog hop! All of the stamp sets will be available for purchase on Stephanie's blog in her new shop.

For my project, I used Stephanie's stamp set With Love. (How perfect is that for my sappy self?) Not only do I love the stamps in general, but I love the versatility. They certainly are not solely for card-making. I made a 'gingerbread house' out of a Sweet Tooth Boxes house, which will be filled with recipe cards and given as a gift. Given the nature, I need a few pictures to show you its entirety. :o)

(Side note: Forgive the frustratingly dark photos. I was forced to battle indoor photography... I WILL be making a light box next week.)
"Sprinkled with Love" (and a sweet cupcake)
Stephanie's sweet stamps inspired me to create a gingerbread house filled with recipes that are sprinkled with love. Just like the window boxes filled with gumdrop flowers... the extra sparkly tops I gave them are those heartfelt lovey dovey sprinkles. And the twine lollipops I made with gorgeous Trendy Twine. I used Peppermint Stick, which is perfect for a confection swirled with love. I chose this sparkly and fun Bo Bunny paper particularly for this project, as the colors made me think of a gingerbread house covered in snowflakes. I used sparkling Core Couture paper for the snowy bottom (since this is a REAL gingerbread house, after all), embossed it with snowflakes, and inked the trim in sparkling blue. Naturally this house has a heart button for the knob on the embossed door... it is secured in love! (I'm like a walking marshmallow. Endless sugar shock from all my sappiness.)

See that super cute gingerbread sweetheart? She's a digi stamp (Gingerbread Cutie) designed by my friend Cindy of Cindy's Scraptastic Designs. I had colored her recently, but needed to do it again. I love her! This time I dressed her in my Copic wintry blues and gave her a belt of pearls (reminiscent of dollops of icing) and Blueberry Trendy Twine for hair bows. She is appropriately frolicking in the snow alongside the all-important sentiment. Nestled inside a heart is the key to this box's contents. Everything is indeed sprinkled with love. Every recipe that will be inside and every hour spent on decorating the exterior. My favorite stamps are the ones that inspire me.. the ones that you don't use because it happens to fit, but you use because IT filled your heart with a creative vision. That is the case with these fabulous Whimsical Designs stamps. (And the cute cupcake is her stamp, too! It's vintagey and aged in appearance.. cupcakes are a classic! Get it? Faded with time, but still decadent. And chocolatey, since it's brown.) To complete the main scene, I shaped two vintage red and green candy canes into a heart. It just felt right.

Not captured well is the window interior. It is a beautiful golden scene, like the warm glow of a fireplace... and a festive metallic Christmas tree. And one final note on this creation: The filigree brown backdrop of the other windows and the roof... that's all fabulous chocolate. I would totally live in a house with a chocolate roof laced with icing. I used ric-rac ribbon to emulate the icing, but once again had little luck adhering it. Is it even possible?! I've tried everything. I wanted to sew it, but that's a little challenging without a sewing machine. And all my needles are covered in Stickles and Glossy Accents from jammed nozzles.

Who's ready for some blog candy?! All of the designers will be giving away one stamp set for the sneak peek week. I am giving away the With Love set, which I used today! In addition, Stephanie is giving away the entire release to one person. That is a total of 11 prizes! :o)

In order to be eligible for the prizes above, you must leave a comment on all of the designers' blogs on both sneak peek days.

Even the header cards are adorable! See?
Want two extra chances to win? Post about the two-day Sneak Peek and the Stamp Release on:
1. Facebook~ Then return to the Whimsical Designs blog and leave a comment under the sneak peek post, saying that you did.
2. Your Blog~ Then return to the Whimsical Designs blog and leave a comment saying you did.

You will have until Friday, December 2nd, at 5:00pm EST to leave a comment on the blogs. All winners will be announced during the Stamp Release blog hop.

Be sure to flutter on over to the rest of the Designers' blogs to see their fabulous creations using Stephanie's wonderful stamps. :o) Thank you for visiting me! Have a sparkly day. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Sweet Tooth Boxes
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: Snowflakes and Plaid from Winter Wonderland pack
 * Sentiment stamp: Whimsical Designs (With Love)
 * Coloring medium: Copics
 * Paper: Bo Bunny, Core'dinations, K and Company, Recollections
 * Twine: Trendy Twine



  1. Such a gorgeous creation -- I love anything 3 D and your house is so beautiful

  2. This is such a beautiful box! I love the paper and all of the sparkles! The scenes in the windows and embellishments are adorable! Super cute!

  3. That is fantastic and so cute.. Loving all of the embossing and I know about inside photography, only 6hrs of daylight here in Finland this time of year, but no sunlight.. oh the joy :)
    Great project and I'm strongly leaning towards scraplifting this from ya..LOL

  4. karen this is just beautiful! i love your papers for this and the stamp you chose to use is perfect with the theme of your project. dont ya just adore these stamps! cute snowlady digi and your other details are so sweet. have a fun day :)

  5. Karen this is the sweetest Gingerbread house I have ever seen. All of the details are so pretty. You did a fantastic job coloring Cindy's digi. I always love how you sprinkle everything with how fitting is that sentiment:) I know you were stressing over the photos, but I think they look great. Fabulous creation Karen! Hugs:)

  6. What a sweet box! I'm definitely gonna have to make one of these. Perfect stamp to use too and Cindy's little gingerbread digi is the cutest EVER! xxD

  7. Karen, it is always a special treat to stop by and see your wonderful projects. You always put so much dedication into them. I love the embossing and the swirled bakers twine lollipops. Great choice of Steph's sentiments!!!

  8. This is everything a gingerbread house should be. So sweet and sparkly and your details are always fabulous Karen.Beautiful creation.
    Jayne x

  9. This is such a fun candy house! Love all the extra details you added!

  10. very cute gingerbread the embossing and candy.tfs

  11. *needs air cause I am so excited about this I can't even breathe*

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! OMJJJ!!! SIS!!! I NEED THIS!!! *scoops it up and claims it as my own* TEE HEE! I simply can't part with this one. It is just the most adorable gingerbread house I have EVER laid my eyes on! *stares in awe and drools* My buttons are literally bursting with pride right now, Sunshine. You put so much time and love and patience and sparkling heart into this project...and you know what? It shines through so brilliantly from every single tiny detail because of it.

    Wanna know what my mostest fav part of the whole thing is sis? EVERYTHING!!! Tee hee hee! And the little heart shaped door knob me, that is just 100 percent my sis and 100 percent pure genius. God bless you for giving us the key to your heart today through your sparkling design, Sunshine. Your creation is the most precious showcase of the true magic of Christmas I have ever seen. Pure joy and happiness from wall to wall.

    And speaking of walls, the happy little gingerbread girl wouldn't mind if I took a mini nibble of the chocolate parts of her house, would she? Afterall, it isn't snowing yet, so she should be ok even if there is a little hole in the roof here and there, right? TEE HEE HEE! *adjusts halo*

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!! God bless you and all your sweetest blog friends on this very happy first day of December. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the official start of the holiday season than with my Sunshine's gorgeous gingerbread house, can you?!

    *sends super good luck hugs out to everyone* Can't wait to see who wins all the amazing crafting prizes!

    My whole heart forever...
    ~~~Christina :)

  12. Oh Karen, this just couldn't be any cuter.. you did an amazing job on it.. and so loved reading about how you created it. You always bring a smile to my face. Thanks for the inspiration. hugs from ukiah

  13. OMG, this is darling my friend! And how sweet that you will fill it with recipes and give as a gift?! The paper is a perfect choice as are the sweet stamps you used. I love the twiney lollipops and the Gingerbread Cutie is just so adorable! I love the sparkly snow too! Excellent job my sparkly friend!
    And I too agree about needing to make a light box. Any ideas on how to make one economically? I think there are some tutorials out there. We'll have to chat!

  14. Amazing, Sweets! This adorable little gingerbread house looks good enough to eat. Who needs a real one? I find this even more fitting since it will be home to recipe cards, which I assume will list the makings of other yummy treats. I love the pattern you used, and I favorite part is the cloudlike snowy goodness on the bottom. Lovely! <3

  15. Utterly fantastic & full of pretty elements.
    Wonderful way to showcase the stamp set.
    Love this!
    Makes a great presentation for a gift. Heck, it is a gift itself.
    Great job!
    CRafty best wishes,

  16. This is absolutely amazing, Karen!! But then, I knew it would be because your projects always are my friend! All of the details are just incredible and I love that it holds recipes!! So clever and fabulous!! You know, next Tuesday on the FCCB blog, my quick tip feature is on how to make a lightbox!! So if you need directions on one before then, email me and I'll give them to you :D

    Hugs, Lisa

  17. Karen, this is fantastic!!! I love your little gingerbread house!!! So many fun things to peek at and drool over!!! You've really out done yourself with this super cute house! I love Cindy's cute image and you've colored it so beautifully as always my friend!!! Have a super day!

  18. Absolutely beautiful my friend! I am at a loss for words for your projects. I feel like I am saying the same are just amazing and constantly deliver such wonderful projects, ideas and inspiration. I LOVE your projects and creativity! Thanks so much for sharing! Awesome job once again!
    Sherrie k

  19. What a great idea. I never thought of using that cut as a recipe box. Love it. Bravo! Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. Hi Karen,Your project is just AMAZING my friend!I LOVE the SWEET candy house idea with my digi,SO CUTE!GREAT job with the stamp sentiment.

  21. love your 3-d house!
    while I was here I took a peek at your blog and saw that yummy apple crisp, need some apples!!!!
    your project is so cute!
    Carol N<><

  22. Oh my goodness Karen! This house looks good enough to eat :) Love that little gingergirl of Cindy's - goes perfectly with Stephanie's sweet stamps! Thanks for sharing this fabulous creation!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  23. What a wonderful gingerbread house! would love to know how you are going to make a lightbox! I am follower - look forward to seeing even more wonderful projects!

    Lisa G

  24. Your gingerbread house box is so sweet. Love the stamps that you used. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  25. What a cute gingerbread box. Thanks for sharing.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  26. Your house box is just ADORABLE!

  27. A cute little gingerbread house with out all the baking, how cute it this???!!! So much detail in your work, love how the snow covers the door, your little candies & those cute little ginger dolls...this is just darling!!!
    Puppy Hugs,

  28. Know what I find? I find I repeat myself an awful lot in your comments section. :) How many different ways can I say "I think you're amazing"? How many synonyms do "talented" and "fabulous" have? ;)

    I love this project, even moreso because it's gift. A gift filled with recipes from YOU, the Dessert Superhero! Is there anything better than that? And the DETAIL! The little gingerbread girl, the gumdrop flowers, the chocolate roof, and my favorite, the twine lollipops! Those lollies would be the first things I would steal. :)

    Awesome work my friend. I can't to see what's next!



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