Christmas houses

Today I have been lucky enough to have a day off work and enjoy a little festive outing to Chatsworth House, which is just a hop skip and a jump away from where I live. If you haven’t been, you really should try and go. It’s a magnificent stately home with fabulous gardens which is always beautifully decorated for Christmas. Initially, it was just Christmas decorations but in recent years they have a specific theme. This year, it’s Alice in Wonderland and it was done brilliantly. Unfortunately, my ‘phone was very low on battery power so I couldn’t take any photographs so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

So, from one very grand house to two very tiny ones I’d like you to visit via my blog today:


I’m sharing these over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is Christmas. Now I know that I used this very same technique for the last Sunday Stampers challenge, but sometimes you’ve just got to follow where you heart takes you and you know how I feel about Christmas and about little houses!


Instead of using paperclay for these, I used air dry clay so that they were a bit more chunky and would be able to stand independently. The stamps are by Lindsay Mason. I made templates from cardboard and used them to get the clay to the right size and shape, these are about 1cm in depth, then let the clay dry overnight. Once dry, I painted the houses with white acrylic paint.


I stamped the houses onto single ply tissue, using black Archival ink, and the glued them to the front of the houses using Glue’n’Seal.  Now normally I use a mixture of PVA and water but I was lucky enough to pick up a big pot of the real thing during the Black Friday Sales. I added an extra coat over the top and left it to dry.


After colouring the houses with Promarkers, I added a frosting of Snowtex and glitter and some sparkly mini pom-poms.


I think I may need a whole village of these!


There is a definite nip in the air today and the weather forecast very clearly showed a band of white making its way towards my part of the world!

Thanks for buzzing by.



Christmas houses — 9 Comments

  1. You are really rocking these little clay figures. I adore the little Santa hats on these two – the sparkle pom poms are a great touch. I can’t wait to see the whole village.

    Dionne xx

  2. How absolutely adorable, look like little hobbit houses. You just keep on amazing me Lisette. Glad you spent your day off doing something you enjoy, not cleaning house. Will you make a little village of those little houses? Promise you’ll show us when you do. Would love to see them, you’ll have the world making cute little houses out of clay. Can hardly wait to see them.
    I always thought I’d hate having a house keeper but these days and at this point in life I’d be glad for somebody else to clean for me so I don’t have to. Just want to make things, read, and piddle on here. lol. Well maybe couple more things I’d love to do but those will do for time being.
    Do you have your home decorated inside/outside?
    I’ve been putting up some things I’ve made, printing out some great free printables, scrounging in my frames for framing them nicely for holidays anyway. I usually just tape things so I can undo them after the holiday to reuse the frame for another time. Getting harder to find decent used frames here that are affordable for me. Guess I’m just an old tight wad.
    Have great weekend, have fun creating.
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