Cards, Christmas, Fall

Gingerbread House Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Do you love decorating gingerbread houses but don’t like the mess? Fear not I have the perfect craft for you! This gingerbread house features Honey Bee Stamps Gingerbread House Add-On Stamps and Dieset. Combine it with the House Builder Card Dieset to make tons of cute house cards for all occasions.

For this card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x with the House Builder Card Dies, chimney (from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on), and one gable from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock, the roof, 2 scalloped windows, the scallop door frame, the round gable window and snow for roof and chimney from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, the door from Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock. I inked around the edges of all those pieces with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I wanted to make the gingerbread and frosting look more like real so using the ink especially around the “cookie” pieces helps give it dimension.

I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the House Builder Card Base Dies to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart. Then stenciled a brick pattern on the front of the card using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Tim Holtz Bricked Layering Stencil. I diecut small rectangle window frame from the House Builder Card Dieset with Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red 110lb 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock and the window and door inside pieces from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ using the circle and rectangle dies from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on and the House Builder Card Base Dies and inked with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink Pads.

I adhered the roof, windows, gable the scallop door frame, the round gable window and snow and door to the card.

I used Stampin’ Up! Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for trees, wreath and some gumdrops, Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red 110lb 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for some gumdrops, the wreath bow, and berries on wreath, Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for gumdrops, Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White for all the peppermints and two candy canes (which I colored with Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Marker), Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock (discontinued) for the chocolate kisses and the tree trunks (which I stamped with the tree trunk stamp from Gingerbread House Add-On Stamps and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink), and a gold metallic paper for the door knob, diecut with the House Builder Card Base Dies. I also stamped two lollipops from the Gingerbread House Add-On Stamps and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White and colored them with Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint Distress Markers.

Once adhered to the card, I added sparkle to the snow on the roof, chimney and gumdrops with a Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle Pen, some “snow” with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White and white higlights with Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Add-On Stamps.

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Cards, Fall, Halloween

Halloween House Cards featuring Honey Bee Stamps Haunted House Add-on Dies

I’m back with another adorable card featuring the House Builder Card Base Dies from Honey Bee Stamps!!! This time I created Halloween houses which was so much fun! I love Halloween (always been my favorite holiday since I was a kid) so I have to make as many cards as possible! And yes I DO send out Halloween cards to family and friends, whether they have kids or not. Adults are entitled to some Halloween magic too, am I right?!? But this year especially I am making a point of sending out as many holiday cards as possible.

For the first card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x from the House Builder Card Dies, chimney (from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on), and one gable from Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired), the roof and stairs from Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Green Apple, and the gable roof from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card with the House Builder Card Base Dies and Honey Cuts Haunted House Add-on.

I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the House Builder Card Base Dies to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart. I adhered the roof and diecut out the windows from the front piece then added Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink to everything. I also added Tim Holtz Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Ink. In fact everything except the ghosts and pumpkins had Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink added to them to age them.

I used Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card for the door and the bats, Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door gable, and fence, Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door handle, grave stones and webs (from Papertrey Ink – Tiny Town: Spookville Die), Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White for the ghosts, Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the wood and tree, and Stampin Up! Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for the pumpkins. I backed all the windows with Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. TIP: To hide the cardstock pieces behind the windows, I diecut another house from Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) and adhered it to back of the card front. I added some shimmer to the bats and the ghosts with a Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle Pens.

On the inside of the card, I diecut another house from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White, trimmed it down and adhered it to the card base. Then stamped the sentiment from the Queen and Company Halloween Hoopla stampset with Simon Says Stamp GREEN APPLE Ink. I added a web, diecut from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and a pumpkin.


For the second card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney (from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on), and one gable from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card, the roof, window shutters and stairs from Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) and the gable roof from Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Green Apple with the House Builder Card Base Dies and Honey Cuts Haunted House Add-on.

I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the House Builder Card Base Dies to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart. I adhered the roof and diecut out the windows from the front piece then added Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink to everything. In fact everything except the ghosts and webs had Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink added to them to age them.

I used Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Green Apple for the door, Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door gable, the wood planks and the cross gravestone, Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door handle, grave stones, and fence, Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White for the ghosts and webs (from Papertrey Ink – Tiny Town: Spookville Die), Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card for the bats and Stampin Up! Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for the pumpkins. I backed all the windows with Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and the pumpkins with Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card. I added some shimmer to the bats and the ghosts with a Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle Pens and some Wiggly Eyes inside the windows.

I diecut another house from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card and adhered it to back of the card front.

On the inside of the card, I diecut another house from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White, trimmed it down and adhered it to the card base. Then stamped the sentiment from the Queen and Company Halloween Hoopla stampset with Memento Black Ink. I added a web, diecut from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White,and three grave stones die cut from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock.


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Cards, Fall, Fall

Fall House Card and How to Make It Into A Box featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Ok, let’s talk about how much I love the House Builder Card Base Dies from Honey Bee Stamps!!! It is sooo much fun making houses and decorating them. There are probably a million combinations you can use with these dies. The add-on dies also allow you to expand you creativity; more on those later.

For the first card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney, and 2 gables from Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and the roof, gable roof and stairs from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the dieset to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart.

I diecut all the window frames, window boxes, shutters (from the Gingerbread House add-on) and fence from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White. I used aqua cardstock from my stash for the door and a silver cardstock for the door handle, yellows and oranges for all the bushes and dark orange, yellow, orange and aqua for the flowers in the flower pots. I backed all the windows with a light aqua cardstock and used Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack to diecut curtains for the bottom windows. I created the wreath by diecutting several of the leaf vine and stacking them on top of the wreath from the Gingerbread House add-on. I also diecut a pumpkin from the Haunted House Add-on.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all 4×6 Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack Ink and diecut the “Fall” from Happy Fall Y’all Honey Cuts with orange cardstock from my stash and adhered it under the “Happy”. Love this card!


Next, I wanted to see if I could turn this card into a box easily because it could house some fun gifts for the holidays or just anytime really. And it turns out you can. I’m sure there are some other ways to do this but I chose the simplest with the least amount of cutting. The process is exactly the same as the card except, you need to decorate 2x and add the sides and bottom piece.

I started by diecutting the house card base 2x again, 2 chimneys, and 2 gables from Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and 2 roofs, 2 gable roofs and 2 stairs from Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I decorated the two houses before I adhered them to the side pieces for the box. This one was decorated much like the previous card, with the following exceptions: I used a red cardstock for the door, a different pattern for the curtains from Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack, diecut the tree from the Haunted House Add-on with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and added several pumpkins, diecut from the same set. I did the same thing to both houses.

Ok, let’s turn these into a box! This will require just one piece of letter or A4 cardstock. First, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock (same as the houses) to 3 x 9-7/8″and one to 3 x 4-1/4″. Then scored both pieces 1/2″ in from each side on the short side (holding your paper vertically) and 1-1/2″ (only scored the first section of the longer piece) and diagonal score lines from the 1-1/2″ score line to the left and right corners (see diagram below). I turned the longer (9-7/8″ long) piece 90 degrees and scored at 4-1/4″, and 9-3/8″. Folded and burnished all the scorelines and to make it easier to assemble, making sure to fold the center and diagonal score lines in both directions. This will allow the box to fold in on each side like an accordian.

I cut a little triangle 1/2″ in on the flaps where the score lines fall and the end flaps as well but only on the longer piece. I’ve included a PDF of the below diagram that you can download and print.

I used double-sided tape to adhere the sides and bottom of the box together and to the cards. I folded up all the tabs and adhered the two pieces together. You will want to adhere the second side piece to the side of the longer piece that has a 1/2″ tab (labeled bottom on diagram) then adhere your houses on either side of the box (you can see on the first of four images below how it sits against the side piece. Once the box was assembled, I used an 1/8″ punch to punch a hole in the top center of the two sides of the box and tied it with some 1/4″ red satin ribbon.

I also made a cute tag to go with it. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 2 x 3-1/2″ and use the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on one end. I diecut a fence and one bush from House Builder Card Base Dies and adhered it to the tag. I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all 4×6 Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack Ink and diecut the “Fall” from Happy Fall Y’all Honey Cuts with red cardstock from my stash and adhered it under the “Happy”. I love how this came out!

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to try out these adorable House Builder dies and make some fun cards and gift boxes! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.