Tim Holtz Bell Tower Die with Shari Carroll

Happy Saturday everyone and welcome back to the blog! For the last couple months I’ve been making paper houses to display as decoration for the holidays. I’ve created a Surf Shack, Victorian Manor, Haunted House and Gingerbread house, all very different with various techniques and treatments for you to try.

I worked with the Tim Holtz Bell Tower die to create a clean and simple church to add to village. I wanted to keep it pristine looking so I added soft colored printed papers from the Prima Salvage collection to create a vintage look without being too grungy.


I added thin strips of paper to the sides of the structure to look like shiplap and was pleasantly surprised to see how it looked once I put a battery votive inside. The spaces between the strips allowed the light to glow through.


I have filmed the entire process of how to create my project, you can view the video below or on our YouTube channel HERE.


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I hope I’ve inspired you to create a village for the holidays! Thanks for stopping by!

DieCember(TM) BLOG HOP Bursting with Inspiration!


Hi friends! Are you ready for a very special blog hop celebrating our latest release? Let’s celebrate die cutting this DieCember(TM)!

Today’s blog hop is loaded with inspiration from the following awesome designers.  I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by their blogs and see what they’ve created for you today!  Every stop on the hop has a $25 gift card up for grabs.  Including this one!  Just leave a comment letting us know what you’d like to see us do to celebrate Diecember together.  The most creatively clever idea will win a $25 shopping spree (as determined by our Simon Says Stamp Home office – WE LOVE hearing from you and your fun ideas!)

Below are the newly released exclusive dies just for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!  We really appreciate your support!  HAPPY HAPPY FRI-YAY!!!!!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!


Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

I did a bit of a challenge for myself where I pulled out scraps of printed paper, tags and dies to put together for a collage style card. This was totally FUN and unexpected!!


What I love most about a card like this is the mix of textures between the Glimmer White cardstock, the Tim Holtz Woodlands Tree set on Linen to the shiny Mirrored Stars.


I filmed a video of how this card came together, you can view it below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Simon Says Stamp so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as ours in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!