Monday 7 November 2016

Christmas on Sweet Peppermint Avenue

Hello! Thank-you for visiting.

If anyone out there needs cheering up then hopefully you've come to the right place! Several weeks ago, when my postman delivered papers by Prima 'Sweet Peppermint' collection, they certainly made me smile (I'm a simple soul at heart!). I hope my altered chipboard Christmas house will make you smile too.

As above, all papers are from Prima 'Sweet Peppermint' collection - I used both 12*12 and 6*6 sizes. The papers have been variously gilded, stencilled, splattered, Frantaged, inked, painted, gessoed, Snow-Tex'ed and sparkled to within an inch of their lives!

Flowers / leaves are from a few of the Sweet Peppermint floral embellishments sets. Little holly leaves are diecut and all the berries are from stash. The Christmas tree is Idea-ology.

Twirling to the right side ....

Chipboard house itself is by Melissa Frances, fence is by Dusty Attic, lamp-post is Kaisercraft, box feet are Idea-ology. Other chipboard elements are Wycinanka. All have been painted / decorated to match the candy colour theme. The Christmas tree was dyed using 'Cracked Pistachio' spray stain.

Thank-you to Ger who gifted me sequins (amongst other goodies) that were a perfect match to project. There are also Sweet Peppermint druzy stones dotted about - they're like little sparkly jelly tots! Ranger DIs in 'Cracked Pistachio', 'Wild Honey' and'Candied Apple' were used throughout. A whole lotta Distress Glitter 'Clear Rock Candy' and Finnabair's Art Sugar 'Light Pink' coat surfaces.

Check out the rear ...

Lots of dies were employed throughout project including:
Sizzix 'Mini Reindeer' and 'Reindeer Flight'
Sizzix Thinlits 'Woodland'
MFT Die-namics 'Scalloped Edge' for roof
Poppystamps 'Stitched Buttons' (I've threaded each and every one with embroidery floss)
Lawn Fawn - 'Stitched Borders'
Memory Box 'Stitched Landscapes'
Creative Expressions - Holly

The remaining side...

As usual with my Christmas makes I've added little metal toy charms and jingle bells from stash. Various trims and ribbons adorn the house too. To watch over the scene is a Prima resin angel.


Please pop back in another few days when I'll be posting a matching 'Sweet Peppermint' sleigh - it's rather cute!

Very many thanks for taking the time to visit - I appreciate every one, together with any comments that you leave.

Nicola x

I wish to enter house to the following challenges:

Prima Product Pick - (I've opted for, Sweet Peppermint flowers with mint/pink/neutral colourways)

Simon Monday Challenge - Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Scrapyland - Anything Goes - using die brand carried by Scrapyland
Winter Wonderland - Add ribbon / lace and or Christmas Flowers
Deep Ocean Challenge - Diecuts / Punches
We Love Vintage - Make a vintage creation with sweet image
Mixed Media World - Assemblage / Altered Art
ABC Christmas Challenge - V for Vertical
Scrap & Craft - Christmas Time
Alphabet Challenge - R for Recipe (Flowers/Dies/Embossing)


  1. Wow! This is amazing. So much work and so wonderful.

  2. Nicola, this is just brilliant, fun and utterly amazing! What a lovely scene you've created. Truly an inspiration. I love this paper line and want it all the more now! Hugs, Autumn

    1. Congrats on your spotlight at SSS! So happy to see this project take center stage. Hugs, Autumn

  3. This is much to many You have been a very busy lady.
    Thanx for joining us at WLVC.
    xxx Plony

  4. Oh my goodness Nicola, - this is completely AMAZING!! The detail and skill in this project is just incredible! It has the real wow factor for sure!!

  5. Oh my good gosh, Nicola, this is one of the most amazing projects I've seen!! Wow!! It took me forever to comment because I've been studying the pictures, trying to soak up every fabulous detail!! I love the papers and you showcased them perfectly!! Every detail you added, every design element is spectacular!! I love, love this!! Truly a work of art!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Can you hear the applause ringing out from Perth to Dublin :) An absolute triumph of sweetness. It reminds me of houses made from biscuits and sweets, conjuring images of nostalgia.
    I would love to know how many hours of labour this is, it certainly is a labour of love.

  7. Such a stunning project and so much to see, realy nice work.
    greetings from Anneke ( WLVC )

  8. Wow, this is incredible Nicola. You've done a fabulous job on this super sweet house! Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge.

  9. Up in the middle of the night with 'flu so in need of cheering up and this house certainly hits the spot! The colours, the gorgeous elements - I don't know how long I've been sat here soaking in the details of each image. This is truly stunning! Ger x

  10. Just picking my jaw up from the ground and popping my eyes back in their sockets!!! Oh my goodness Nicola you have created the most exquisite house that fits the title of the papers perfectly. You are the queen of detail and design and I applaud the way you use your skills, talent and time to perfect such a magnificent creation. Loveeeee it xxx

  11. Goodness me Nicola, where to start ? I can't imagine how many hours this took you are the amount of patience it took, but worth every moment as it's amazing.

    B x

  12. Good morning Nicola. You are absolutely right, this somptuous work brought a wide smile on my face ! This is truly magnificent, I love everything on this beautiful fairytale house ! And your photos allow us to enjoy every very detail, I could spend minutes and minutes to pay attention to every side. Would I come back to a previous photo, I'd notice something else that I missed the first time. Thank you for sharing part of your wonderworld nicely filled with Christmas spirit. I'll try to find again on your blog other similar Xmas houses you made to watch them carefully again.

  13. Wow, just amazing. So many details... this is captivating!

  14. Wow, im really impressed!!! I can see how much work you did put into your christmas project!!Lovely details and design.Thanks for joining us at Scrap&Craft challange. good luck!

  15. Oh my word...if I was transformed to be able to fit inside here, I wouldn't want to leave as there is fun at every turn. WOW...this must have taken forever. LOVE every little bit and all the details. I hear Christmas music!!!

  16. Nicola ... I literally was on my way over here to get a closer look at this absolutely astonishing creation when I say I had a message from you on my blog. Great minds think alike :)

    I cannot believe this. You always outdo yourself with these lovely paper creations. This has all the magic, love, whimsy and spectacle of Christmas wrapper up with a bow. Stunning. I keep finding marvelous details to see. Honestly ... I might just go into diabetic shock from the peppermint beauty of this gorgeous make. Beautiful color palette (love the green on the feet!) The stockings hanging off the eaves are so marvelous. The chimneys are full of creative goodness. I adore the deer and Santa and the children peeking out of the door. Really you are a genius my friend. LOve It All!!!

    Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  17. Oh my goodness... Smile? Well, there's a wide foolish grin of delight spread across my face - does that count?! Utterly delightful - as Mary Elizabeth says there are so many stunning details, and it all feels so perfectly in tune with the spirit and colour and fun of the papers themselves. I adore the candy-striped deer, and those wonderful minty green feet. Sensational work, Nicola - bravo!
    Alison x

  18. Such a beautiful Christmas project, so many lovely details. Thanks for joining us over at ABC Christmas Challenge. Welcome back for a new fun challenge tomorrow!
    Dorte x

  19. I don't even know where to start! This is justso delightful, fun, wonderful, beautiful and everything that everyone else has already said! I am sitting here smiling, so yes it did make me smile and I have to keep going back to look at the detail. The Sweet Peppermint papers were made for creating a project like this, I love how you did the scalloped roof tiles, they look fabulous. It must have taken you an age to hand thread all those buttons! I love the sequins, they are a nice touch and the little bicycle and skates are just adorable. Each time I go back for a look I see something else. This is real triumph Nicola, I love absolutely everything about it!! You are a creative genius! Hugs, Anne xxx

  20. Straight out of fairytale land! Just divine.

  21. WOW! just to beautiful, so many amazing details and you really know how to show off a paper collection. By the way - this did make me smile - BIG STYLE!! Off now for another look, there's just so much to take in.
    Hugs, Avril xx

  22. Wow Nicola, I'm in awe!! I remember the one you did last year and now you've gone and done it again, wow!! So many fabulous details, I can almost smell the sweet candy canes and peppermint! I do hope you are setting these glorious houses out during the holidays for all to see, I would stare at them for hours if I was a visitor! Bravo my friend, bravo!! :)

  23. This is an amazing art piece , dear Nicola, so,so many little details, making this just like a fairy tale house. I can go on finding new sweet details, and beauty. You are just fantastic !! Dorthe, xox

  24. Such a lovely.Thank you for playing with us at Mixed Media World

  25. This is beautiful, such a lovely decoration to have. I look forward to the day I can make time to do something like this. Well done and good luck with the challenges

  26. So full of colors and joy, I love it ... best wishes from France ...

  27. Oh, My. Gosh!! Nicola, you have made pure magic with this miniature holiday wonderland. It's the gingerbread house of my dreams!! The dimension is over the top and every single nook and cranny has a special element to draw the eye. I want to live inside your beautiful creation. Sorry to be away so long. I broke my arm but I'm finally able to type again.

  28. Its very beautiful Nicola, amazing! Thanks for joining us by WLVC.
    Hugs , Marjan

  29. This is stunning I bet it took and age to make it. Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland Challenge. Marlene DT

  30. wow wow wow...this is amazing...a real estive treat and no mistake...thank you so much for sharing with us over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge...hugs kath xxx

  31. What a beautifull creation you have made, thanks for sharing on WLVC, I need more time to see all of it. gr. Liesbeth

  32. Wow such amazing creations, lots of yummy detail and design.
    Thank you for sharing with us at WW challenge.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  33. Oh my! There are so many details to be adoring! Amazing project, I guess it took you hours or days to make it with all the details. Great job! Thank you for glitter with us at SSS Monday Challenge. Hugs, Macarena

  34. Gosh! I could look at this forever! I can't find words!

  35. WOW!!!! A crafting masterpiece!!! That's what this is.
    Thank you for joining Scrapy Land Challenge!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  36. WOW!!!! All I can say is this is AMAZING! So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

  37. What an amazing Christmas decoration this is. Love the amount of detail and love that you've poured into this. Beautiful work. Thank you for joining us over at Scrap & Craft Inspiration. Good luck!
    Hugs Suzi

  38. Your house is absolutely stunning Nicola x the papers are beautiful and the various alterations you made to them add to the wonderful details. So much to see here.....I love it !!!!!

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie xx

    Ps I adore the reindeer and sleigh too but for some reason can't leave a comment............other wonderful creation xx


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