Friday, October 5, 2018

Gingerbread Houses for Halloween??

Back in ye olden 'Christmas in July' times I created a Village Gingerbread house Christmas decor piece set in a mixing bowl and accented with various 'cookery' bits and bobs. You can see that here. I especially loved adding vintage cookie cutters to it – I have quite a stash and they are easy to find at thrift stores. What are much less common are Halloween themed cookie cutters! About a month or so later at a thrift store I found this:

Super cool! What could I do with it? Another mixing bowl project?? What classic fairy tale involves a house made of tasty gingerbread and sweets and a witch? You got it, the story of Hansel and Gretal! I thought it was all a perfect fit for a Halloween themed mixing bowl project. I picked a 'fall colored' vintage bowl out of my collection and…

There is a lot going on in this bowl so better check out some detail photos:

I printed out a scan from a vintage illustration of our sibling duo and fussy cut them out. I was also inspired by Tim's new Fresh Baked cookie dies to make some Halloween 'cookies' to add to my bowl.  I used die cuts from Pumpkin Patch and Witchcraft as the 'frosting' and cut around them to form the cookie after I had glued them onto a suitable 'cookie' paper base. Glossy accents and glitter completed the iced cookie look.

I already had an owl shaped cookie cutter – perfect!

There is my fabulous thrifted witchy cutter!

I chose more 'fall colors' for the decorating of this gingerbread house.

Thanks for stopping by! I am entering this project into the 'Autumn Splendour' challenge over at A Vintage Journey because the fall color palate and natural elements fit right in. The witch's tempting cottage was located deep in the woods after all. ;-)

Tim Holtz Village Dwelling - (Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz Village Gingerbread - (Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz Witchcraft - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Pumpkin Patch - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves (Sizzix /  SB )

Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - various "fall Necco" colors
Ranger Texture Paste ("frosting")
Distress Collage Medium - Matte
Distress Dry Glitter - Rock Candy
Distress Glitter - Spiced Marmalade
Distress Glitter - Black Soot
Glossy Accents

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  1. How fun and creative is this Lisa!! (love your Christmas one you did too - I took a peek!) You scene is just adorable with the house and the fun vintage cookie cutters (I collect them too!) thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! Julia xx

  2. Lisa, this is such a creative and super fun idea! I love the idea of the Halloween 'cookies'. They look good enough to eat! And your little cottage in so sweet, who wouldn't be tempted to pull off just one shingle to taste!Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at A Vintage Journey! Hugs! Sara Emily

  3. Completely enchanting in every way, LIsa - this is a joy of a creation. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x


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