My SIL has a birthday coming up and is a big Halloween fan and appreciator of handmade things. We also don’t know each other really well and don’t have too many interests in common, so when I saw this pattern in my files, I knew it was going to be her birthday gift for TheMisterT and me.
Hoo boy, there are a lot of mats to cut for this and something close to eleventy-seven individual pieces and I embeliished just about every one of them either by inking, embossing & inking, or by stamping/stamping & inking.
The “panels” of the shutters and the window vellum were stamped with a spiderweb to just give them a subtle little something. I added a little bling to the top of the fancy windows for extra fanciness.
The project is designed for the top of the tower to be a gift box with the roof as the lid. But is was just enough bigger that it would sink down below where it looked nice, so I added these beads to hold it up while still giving the house a bit more “gingerbread.” I went ahead and punched a hole in the bottom to connect it to the main body so I could string lights up in there to light up the windows.
The only orange-ish lights I could find were these with plastic maple leaves over the LEDs. I wanted to make sure it had a birthday sentiment on it, but decided to put it on the inside of the back flap instead of outside. Luckily I thought to stamp it before I assembled the house!
This evening, I’m going to try to get some low-light shots with the light coming through the windows. I will add those pics below… and here they are!
I used my Cricut Explore to cut files from svgcuts.com’s Maple Manor Kit.