Tuesday, 20 December 2016

When All is Silent...

Hello and welcome to my second Christmas house and sleigh for this year. You'll be glad to see that post is brief...

The scene is set and it's proving very difficult to get the excited children to go asleep...

Eventually, when all is silent, along come Dasher and Blixen hauling their sleigh...

Finally, Santa appears in the reflection of the rear window! Those children are going to awake with great delight...

Maja Design various collections

Flat chipboard house by Melissa Frances

Dies & Punches
Sizzix / Tim Holtz - Mini Reindeer
Sizzix / Tim Holtz - Prancing Deer
Sizzix / Tim Holtz - Sleigh Ride
Sizzix / Tim Holtz - Pine Tree Thinlits
Marianne Design Creatibles ' Oval & Pop Up LR0371' (for little square boxes)
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch (on roof)
Fiskars Snowflake punch

That's Crafty Dinky Snowflake stencil. Wendy Vecchi Vintage Quilt Stencil. Dreamweaver Texture paste

Snowflakes by Nunn Design. Idea-ology Feet, Idea-ology battery operated mini lantern, Idea-ology Tree and Wreaths by Tim Holtz. Kaisercraft wooden twin lamp post. Bells, pearls and other charms from stash

Ranger Distress Inks, Krylon 18ct gilding pen, Platinum stickles along various edges. Snow-Tex. Gesso. Gold glitter. Lots of DecoArt white paint. Ranger Distress Glitter 'Clear Rock Candy'. Stampendous detail gold embossing around sleigh base and antlers. Stampendous Frantage in Shabby Blue

Very many thanks for your visit and for any comments you might leave, especially as everyone's time is particularly in demand.
Warmest Wishes,
Nicola x

I wish to enter house and sleigh to the following challenges:

Maja Design - December Mood Board

A Vintage Journey - Winter Magic
Deep Ocean Challenge - Silent Night
Live & Love Crafts - Smörgåsbord - B Bingoboard (Lace/Vintage/Pearls)
Craft for the Craic - Anything But A Christmas Card
The Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes
Country View Crafts - Christmas
We Love Vintage - Anything Vintage Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Anything But A Card
Simon Monday Challenge - Party Time


  1. OMGoodness Nicola!!! You really have outdone yourself this time, not only a breathtakingly beautiful house but a sleigh and reindeer too - you really are spoiling us! Your house is so magical, I love the snow on the chimneys, the beautiful deer on the roof, the gorgeous Santa in the window, those fantastic Maja Design papers on the roof (and elsewhere)..... No one does these houses quite as beautifully as you do! The sleigh is fabulous, as are Dasher and Blixen, I love the gold Christmas tree and the wonderful little gifts in the sleigh. I think you get the picture - I LOVE this!!

    Whilst I am here, I would like to thank you so much for adding this to our Winter Magic challenge at A Vintage Journey too! Hugs, Anne xxx

  2. This is spectacular Nicola....so many gorgeous details. I love the glimpse of Santa in the window. Thanks so much for joining in with our Christmas challenge over at Country View xx

  3. Absolutely divine! The blue and white and gold color scheme is gorgeous. The people in the windows is such a nice touch, and the sleigh and reindeer, oh my! I do not know how you made those teeny, tiny packages but they just add to the whole scene. This might be my favorite you have made. (Maybe)

  4. How absolutely wonderful and serene. You are a master with these creations, Nicola, and I just love every one! Hugs, Autumn

    1. Biggest congratulations on being selected Pinworthy at AVJ!

  5. Oh my gosh, I don't even know what to say, Nicola!! I am speechless!! Truly, every single detail is amazing!! Your attention to detail is phenomenal!! I love the reindeer pulling the sleigh and the Santa peeking out the window!! Wow!! Each detail is perfection!! This is an amazing work of art!! I would love to have this on my fireplace mantle!! You are so incredibly talented!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. You did it again!! This house is absolutely incredible. I am amazed at how cohesive all your details are. I love the papers and the color scheme. Wonderful. Thank you.

  7. Absolutely stunning and great story telling to go with the photos. Your eye for detail and your brilliant designs are always such a pleasure to see and this one is amazing. Love, love, love it. Only 5 more sleeps!!! Xxx

  8. All I can say is wow Nicola. Your creations leave me speechless as they are such works of art and may have said before, but I would so love to be a fly on your wall when you are creating as it would be a real education.

    Merry Christmas.

    B x

  9. Oh my goodness Nicola, you have completely out done yourself with this one, - it has the total wow factor!!! Amazing detail and I just love those wintry colour tones!! What completely fantastic use of those wonderful Maja papers. Both the house and the sleigh are out of this world, - stunning, stunning work!!

  10. Beautiful is your creation thank you for entering our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge "Anything but a card" good luck and hope to see you next time Dt Sandra H xx

  11. Oh my goodness, also from me, Nicola, this is just amazingly ,amazingly stunning. The most beautiful Christmas house ever, the reindeer and the sleigh , father Christmas waiting inside, it is spectacular dear ,a dream to watch, and so magic, filled with all the spirit of Christmas . I just want to go on looking . Xox

  12. Nicole, I just had to stop by and let you know how much I love your amazing project!! I had to pin it, it truly is a wonderful Christmas treasure! hugs, Maura

  13. Another stunning house and Santa sleigh and so many details as always - just love Santa delivering the presents inside the house.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas,
    Hugs, Avril xx

  14. Nicola your house is out of this world gorgeous.
    Sandy xx

  15. This is a masterpiece. I've lost words and speech, it's truly amazing. You've got such a great eye for details. And your style is unique. I love visiting your blog. Sorry I haven't been around lately, I've had no time, work and travel, family visits which have been nice but oh so little time for everything.... Wishing you a merry Christmas!

  16. OMG....it isn't normal....what a great project. I am realy speachless.....I loveeeeeeeeeee this......Girl you are an artist...
    Thanx for sharing this at our last WLVC-challenge and a very merry Christmas to you and your loved-ones. xxx Plony

  17. Wow oh wow... This house must be a pretty good size to be able to get so much in and around it. I LOVE the blues... Love the whole scheme of it. Gorgeous... And love the children too.

  18. Wow, this is so beautiful, love it, thanks for sharing on WLVC. gr. Liesbeth

  19. What a stunning project ! Thank you so much for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  20. What a beautiful project. I love the soft blue for Christmas. Do you have a tutorial for your projects? Thank you for sharing your lovely work. Hugs xx

  21. This is absolutely awesome! I love the heavenly blue mixed with glitter gold. Perfect 3D project. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Happy New Year!

  22. Aaaaaahhhh - deep sigh of pleasure! So glad I found the time to do some catching up here... I know it's always worth it. This is a beautiful piece of winter decor, and brilliantly put together. So many fabulous details, and the wintry colours are wonderful with that touch of festive gold. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing your Winter Magic with us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  23. Bear with me a moment while I gather myself and pick my jaw up of the floor ....... WoW, WoW and WOW! Nicola. Your creativity is incredible and your attention to detail remarkable . This truly is a magical christmas creation that is an absolute delight .
    You are one very super talented lady .
    hugs x

  24. Oh wow Nicola. What a fab house. No wonder kiddies are too excited to go asleep. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us over at Craft for the Craic for our December challenge. Happy New Year.

  25. WOWZERS Nicola!!! That's an incredible creation!!! Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at A Vintage Journey xx

  26. Hi Nicola, the christmas house looks so gorgeous!!!
    Fantastic frosty winter colors, and the deco is an absolutely dream. I like this very well. What a complex craft and so many details.
    Best regards Petra


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