The village

Out of the box

It is always a challenge for me to come up with a idea of a card for a gentleman. It is three times as harder if you are invited for a triple birthday - a father and two twin sons.

Having just received new dies for a milk carton and a gift box, I was dying to get started. Now, armed with the tools, I am on the mission to design simple, masculine, coherent, yet unique creations.


Boxes suit ideally to be transformed into small houses, where the "roof" can still be opened for a small present. Well... greetings from the Danish royal house in this case, in their limited finest paper edition.

Brick wall

In order to create a genuine look of the brick wall, I used Sizzix strip die, meticulously removing each and every cut-out and re-applying it on to the walls of the house with a glue. Then, a layer of Gesso and slight touch of a dark brown distress ink - voilá! ok... I confess, it did take me a couple of hours, all worth it, though.


As for the rest, most of the job was done by my new favourite companion - glue gun. Like in a saying, plant the tree, build the house and... you know the rest. My village took shape, some fence and curious visitors - ravens.

I have fun so much fun.... typo... almost died making it :-)



* Dies - Sizzix (not shown), Vintage Flourishes, Marianne design and no name
* Banners & clothes pegs - from Søstrene Grene
* Ribbon - "I almost died making it for you". I just couldn't stand for this one. Currently in Flying Tiger
* Distress ink - Tim Holtz