Home for the Holidays for GDP119

Merry Christmas! What a wonderful day to kick off a “Home for the Holidays” theme challenge at the Global Design Project! This is a wonderful time of year – between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, there are lots of opportunities to get together with friends and family. Here’s my card for this Home for the Holidays challenge:

Hearts Come Home, Welcome Home Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP119

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDPD119Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Home Life. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while – to simply showcase the shape of a house from the Welcome Home Framelits Dies on a “new home” card. In this case, a Christmas sentiment fits perfectly. Such a sweet presentation without a lot of work! I’ve really enjoyed this Home Life bundle – if you haven’t picked it up for yourself, I hope you’ll give it another look:

    Home Life Bundle, Stampin' Up! 145311

    Home Life Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Three Times. I ran this house-shaped Framelit through my Big Shot three times to make this card. Can you name all three? Don’t worry – I’m not going to make you work for it. Here are the three times I cropped with this die on this project:
    • One. I cropped this gorgeous piece of plaid paper from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper. I have really loved this paper – filled with Garden Green, Real Red and Basic Black plaid – and have used it often this season. It’s so perfectly warm and beautiful here. Here’s a look at this paper:Christmas Around the World, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 144629
    • Two. Because I wanted to pop up the house with Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added a support layer of Thick Whisper White beneath the house. Because the Framelit gives me two shapes that are the exact same size, it’s EASY to fit two layers together. You can see a bit of the white layer on the left side of this house because the photograph is taken at an angle.
    • Three. I stamped the “Hearts come home for Christmas” sentiment from the Hearts Come Home stamp set on a long strip of Whisper White cardstock that was 1-1/4″ tall. To crop it to fit with the plaid layer, I simply placed the die over the strip to get the exact cut I wanted. Easy as can be! While Hearts Come Home is offered as a bundle (I love both the stamp set and coordinating dies), I only used the stamp set here. Here’s a look at this bundle:

      Hearts Come Home Bundle, Stapmin' Up! 146068

      Hearts Come Home Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Christmas Colors. Even with the pops of white on this card, the focal colors are Real Red, Garden Green and Basic Black. That plaid really sets the mood, right? If you like this combination of colors as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Garden Green, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  Hearts Come Home  Papers:  Christmas Around the World, Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Welcome Home Framelits Dies, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (heart), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Christmas, and I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I actually gasped with how creative this concept is. Brilliant use of the “home” framelit in conjunction with the theme!

    • Yay! Thanks, Mary! I’m so glad you like it. When I was finished, I sat back and said, “That’s a Mary Fish card,” so you can pretty much take credit for it. 🙂 <3

  2. This card is wonderful and perfect for the holidays. I love everything about it! Merry Christmas!

  3. Merry Christmas Brian ?? Beautiful! As always, just love the details.

  4. Cute idea – worth of a CASe certainly! Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas Brian!

    This card to soooo cute! It would definitely stand out from the crowd!

  6. So adorable and really exemplifies the challenge theme. I love plaid in all it incarnations and it makes an interestingly unique house. Great Project Brian.

  7. I love that you die cut 3 layers for the house. This allows for dimension without additional postage to mail it. Beautiful card with gorgeous paper and colors. You go straight to the “top of the tree” with this one Brian. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hmmmmm maybe I should say Mary Christmas – right Mom?

    • 🙂 Thanks so much, Grace. I’m happy you like it. This plaid is one of the most beautiful papers ever – and I love the house. Mom wishes you a Merry Christmas, too! <3

  8. What a lovely card! Merry Christmas, Brian!

  9. A really awesome idea Brian. I never bought this house framelits, but maybe I will need them 🙂

    • Thanks, Stefanie! I’m so glad you like it. I’ve enjoyed the dies and stamps – worth another look. 🙂 I”m certain I’ll be recreating this for other occasions. <3

  10. What a cool lad to make a house of plaid! Have a cool Yule!

  11. I love houses ! The little houses bundle was a must have for me because it is so versatile ……and just look at what you did with the other house ! So striking with the plaid !!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours !! Hugs !!

  12. I love this card, Brian, with the plaid house and the sweet sentiment. Great job! I hope you are enjoying your family today making memories.

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