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!

  1. gorgeous and you’ve explained it so clearly i could make one if i had the dies, but not with cats around, i need sturdier stuff like concrete houses haha

  2. I absolutely love TH’s house series of dies!!! It makes it so easy to create your own village and they make a great gift too! TFS!

  3. i already have the village base die and the surf shack, all of the rest are on my “never ever gonna end” wish list!! Unfortunately the gingerbread house one seems to be popular and out of stock in most places! I wonder why??!!! Love your simple take and soft muted colours for this! These dies are just soooo versatile and a must have!

  4. Shari–I have truly enjoyed seeing all of the village buildings you have put together! You have an incredible attention to detail and an amazing color sense that comes through in all of your projects! Thank you so much for sharing!

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