Warning – LOTS of pictures in this post!

I’ve just started making my Christmas cards/gifts for the year but I’ve only got a couple of ideas to date.  I don’t want to make the mistake of investing too much time researching what I plan to make as I find that leaves me with lots of ideas but no finished projects.

Over the weekend I made a half dozen gingerbread man ornaments as a gift.  I’ve been wanting to make these ornaments since I saw them on Anna Wight’s blog last year.   I bought the Tim Holtz die while I was in Florida and cut out two dies from chipboard for each ornament (I glued them together for extra stability).   I used white flat-backed pearls as the eyes (I coloured them with a black copic marker and now have interesting dots all over my hands) and used my Cricut to design a folkart heart for the embellishment as I didn’t have a suitable die.  I glued together 3 hearts for each ornament so the cardstock would be nice and sturdy.  Here’s what they look like:

(the guy on the left cracks me up.  The music underneath the eyes makes it look like he’s frowning!)

Of course, I couldn’t just steal borrow Anna’s idea without adding my own creative (ish) flair so I made a cute little gingerbread house box to package the ornaments:

I used Jolly Holidays – which is a Cricut Lite  cartridge – to cut out the house.  I decorated the front house but left the back one plain.  I made a simple box from cardstock to glue the house front and back to.  The box measures 3 3/8 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high.  The house extends to just over 6 inches.  Here’s a profile shot so you can get a better idea of how I made the box:

The box is 1 3/4 inches deep and comfortably holds 6 ornaments without crowding or leaving too much space.

If you made the  box a little taller, you could punch holes in the roof tops and tie the box closed with some ribbon but  I wanted to use a clear bag to package mine and add a handmade gift tag:

Here’s a closer look at the tag:

I used leftover patterned paper from the ornaments as well as an extra heart embellishment.  Lots of Anna Wight influence going on here.  The sentiment on the tag (plus the background sentiments) is from one of her cling sets (Whipper Snapper), the extensive use of a tracing wheel is 100% Anna, and the tag is even her type of style (IMO).  There’s a reason she’s my idol ya know!

P.S.  If you want the cut files for the house and its embellishments, I can email them to you.  I’ve had a Cricut for a while but don’t use it and this is the first time I’ve even saved anything that I made with Design Studio.  I’m hoping to get more use out of my Cricut but I do find it a little fiddly to work with all those little pieces of cardstock and I’m not the most patient person.  My email address is kelly AT kellybee DOT ca