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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Creative Circle Design Team's December Blog Hop


Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team's December Blog Hop.  If you're new to the crafting world or not familiar with the acronym, CCDT stands for "Creative Circle Design Team". This is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who love creating using electronic cutters for their designs as well as Stampin' Up! products and who love to participate in blog hops.  

We hop on the first Thursday of each month and every 3rd month Liz Holloway, the leader of our group provides a pattern and challenge to create something using her 3D SVG and Silhouette formats.

The teams' challenge this month ties in with Christmas and is to create a Church of our choice using Liz's pattern but it must include some type of holder for cards, a mini album, candies or even home decor.


Here is My Project:
For anyone who lives in or who has been through the Sumas Washington area you may be familiar with an old landmark church on the way to Mount Baker that was turned into a pub in its later years called the "Holy Smoke".  This was the inspiration for my church design.  My holder is for Christmas cards.  Enjoy!
In this picture you can see the drawer which opens on the backside of the church open and holding the cards.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Hearts Come Home

Inks: In Colour 2017-18 Markers (Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig),Momento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark 
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black,White Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Liberty Bell, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Gold Thread. Stitched Shapes Die Cuts, Detailed Gate Thinlets Die, Sponge, Tom Bow Glue


Details:
I won't be providing measurements for any of the church assembly since it's all covered in Liz Holloway's design package.  But, the following are some of the things I added to my design for the challenge portion of it.  

I made a small box half box to fit inside the church and hold two battery operated candles.  The Church fits over top of the lid of the box and the box holds the church in place.
This is the insert for the support box for the church and holds the candles in place.
In this photo you can see how the church fits over top of the support box.  I actually attached the support box to the center of the drawer platform I made and it very effectively holds the church in place. 

In this photo you can see the base of the church is now mounted to the drawer.  It works similar to an easel card box.  The drawer is located at the back of the church and has a little bead pull to open it.  The drawer will hold four cards and envelopes.
Here you can see the cards inside the box and the drawer pull on the outside.  the platflorm is covered with glimmer paper so it looks like snow. 
When I was decorating my church, I opted to add three windows to the back of the church which was quite plain. 
This view shows the church off the platform.  I created a fancy door and scroll work on the sides and back of the church using the Detailed Gate thinlet die.  I cut one full gate from Basic Black card stock and then cut it down to three pieces of gridwork and the door portion.  I really liked the addition of these pieces to the overall look of the church. 


This is a closeup of the door.  It is cut from the top center of the Detailed Gate.  I mounted it on Whisper White card stock and cut around the design to form the door.  This was added with dimensionals to the front of the church.  The wavy lines you see on the church panels were made with the Seaside Embossing folder.  I wanted to give the appearance of wood siding on the church.
I absolutely love this Detailed Gate and the fact that it's not just for Halloween.  This beautiful die is from the Holiday Occasions catalogue and is only available until January 2nd, 2017.  It is product # 144669.
Here is my night view of the church.  The candles are on and you can see the lights flickering through those cute little vellum windows.  Unfortunately I don't have a closeup of the windows but them were assembled with the SVG cut outs and the vellum was coloured with this years In Colour Markers to give a pretty glow.

I found the degree of difficulty with this SVG design high but achievable and it was a fun project to tackle. I hope you've enjoyed my post and will check out the other design team artists to see their incredible projects.
  










Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot  

14 comments:

Juan Ambida said...

Love all your projects Penny. The church is beautiful and love how you made the drawer inside to hold the cards. Gorgeous detailing all around. :)

Penny Hanuszak said...


Thanks Juan. So appreciated! Glad you like it.

lisa808 said...

The tealights and card drawer are added bonuses to this beautiful creation. Fabulous how you used the Halloween gate.

Kate said...

I like the way you used the gate die. This is wonderful

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Kate. I had to improvise with the gate as I don't have a lot of stamps or equipment here. Appreciate your comment.

Mitosu Crafts said...

Such a great idea adding details on the back of your beautiful church. The candle holder and drawers for the base adds functionality to the decor all year long. Great job!

Penny Hanuszak said...

I'm glad you liked the extra details on the back of the church. Because the drawer opening was on that side I thought it warranted a bit more design detail. My only regret with the drawer was not having the "thick" white card stock as it would have made for a sturdier base, but I do like being able to stash cards in it.

Sandy Mott, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator said...

Penny, this is so beautiful! Love it!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Sandy. Appreciated.

Lolascrap said...

Very beautiful project! I like very much the way you used the detailled gate

Liz Holloway said...

Wow Penny! Love your ideas!

Heather Hopson said...

Penny, you continue to amaze me with your creativity. What a beautiful project! And yes, it does remind me of the Holy Smoke Pub. Great detailing.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heather. Glad you could see that it was like the Holy Smoke.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Liz, glad you liked it.