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Santa Fe Christmas House Featuring The Tim Holtz Village Collection -Review, Tips & Tricks

There are so many creative possibilities with this 87 piece collection of architectural dies. I first heard about it in a recent “live session” with Tim Holtz on Youtube. I was so inspired by what I saw that I had to order this set right away! This Southwest-style adobe house is just one of the many projects that I’m going to create with this set! The project I’m sharing with you today is inspired by my adopted hometown of Santa Fe, NM where most of the buildings are adobe architecture. The old part of Santa Fe is beautiful in the wintertime. The most magical time is on Christmas eve when the locals will set out lighted Luminarias and small bonfires in front of their homes. This is a signal for people (family & strangers) to congregate and wish each other well. To me, this Christmas tradition represents the spirit of Christmas in Santa Fe.

In this post, I will talk about all the fun that I had with this set! In addition, I want to offer you some of my tips and tricks for working with Sizzix Thinlit dies. I’m also going to share how I made this little house, along with some products that I used. Enjoy! I hope this post inspires you to create.

This is a new set of Thinlits made by Sizzix, The Village Collection #665564. . It was designed by Tim Holtz. What I like most about the set is how you can use pieces from one structure and add them to another, they are super versatile. For example, I took a piece for the house & repurposed it by using it for an opening in the base. Also, I used a thin rectangle (I still don’t know what this little piece was used for…haha) and used it for the porch.

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Sizzix Thinlits “Village Collection”

For the base for the house, I used a set of Square Thinlit dies that I found at my local craft store. You can also use a decorated craft box or a piece of wood for your base.

Thinlit Die Organization-A Must!

Let’s start with organization. How do we manage all of these tiny dies! I learned quickly that with this many pieces you really need to store them in a way that makes them both visible and safe from that rambunctious “Thinlit thief” (the same thief that steals your good scissors). To keep track of them I used big 8 X 10″ magnetic sheets and, I stored them in clear plastic sleeves. Behind the magnetic sheet (to give it strength), I added a piece of mat board. Then, I stored all of the Sizzix brand Sticky Grid Sheets that I used for that project with them. This worked beautifully to keep everything in one place.

Magnetic Sheets, Sizzix Sticky Grid Sheets
This shows all the dies I used for the Santa Fe Christmas house. The large square die is from another Thinlit set.

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8 X 10″ Magnetic Sheets 5 Pc. Set

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Project Storage-Organize All Those Little Bits Of Paper

Next, you should have something to keep all of your project pieces organized and looking pretty. I bought this storage box at Target ($3-5 section at the front of the store).

Sticky Grid Sheets

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YOU MUST BUY THESE!!! They will make your projects so much easier. This is especially true for this project where I have pieces placed within other pieces and layers that need to line up. Also, Sticky Grid Sheets last for a long time.

Quick Tip; if the adhesive sticks to your paper you can easily rub it off.

Quick Tip; Always draw around your pieces, this will ensure that your layers match up! Hold onto them and store them for future use.

Please ignore my writing on here, had to experiment with different papers.

Wha-What! You don’t have a Sizzix Big shot!

I use this machine all of the time. I have two. An old one (still works just fine) and this new one that is shown in the photo below. The big shot will also emboss your paper.

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Shown in the image below; Standard Platform, Thin Die Adapter, and two very used Cutting Pads. You will need all 4 pieces.

Cutting Pads-Do you Need A Fresh Set?

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LET’S GET STARTED!

Here are some of the supplies that I used to create this house.

The Papers I used

Glitter cardstock, Tan glitter cardstock (doesn’t have to be glitter), Silver Papers, white card stock, glassine.

You can make substitutions with the paper if you can’t find the ones that are shown here. The corrugated silver paper is hard to find; you can make your own with a paper crimper.

Scissors/Cutting Tools

I found the scalloped pinking shears online. The rest can be found at your local craft store.

Scalloped Pinking Shears

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You will need a die picker

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Glues/Adhesives

3 types; I love Elmer’s Craft Bond because it dries clear, hot glue, & double-sided tape.

Warm Fairy Lights-Add a little fairy magic to your house.

12 pack LED Fairy Lights

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These fairy lights add so much to this little house! Unfortunately, you do have to buy multiples. You will just have them for another project!

I got the idea to use these to fold my embossed edges from Tim Holtz. Great idea!

The Cutting Dies you will need…

The Base-Cut 1 white glitter paper, 1 white card stock

The Window Frame- Cut two sets

The Door & the Long Rectangle Piece- Cut 1 of each

Roof tiles, Not used for the roof! Cut- 4-5 sets.

Facade (front)-Cut 1 tan glitter Paper, Cut 1 white cardstock.

Chimney-Cut 1 tan glitter Paper

Please ignore the writing in the photo! Girl had to try a bunch of different paper combinations.

Facade (back)-Cut 1 tan glitter paper, 1 white cardstock

2 Tin Roof Sections-Cut1 Corrugated silver paper, Cut 1 Silver paper

Remember, If you don’t have the corrugated paper you can make your own with the crimper. It’s not exactly the same but, similar. Also, you don’t have to even do that…I just like the corrugated look.

For the roof over the front porch, you will need to trim the piece (use the piece with the cutout in it). Go ahead and fold it in half. Measure from that fold 1.25″ (about), measure the other side 3/4″ & cut both sides. I like to have a scalloped edge.

Make Your Facade

On the white cardstock piece, cut all the tabs off, this includes the end tab & the door. I use double-sided tape to put both pieces together. Sorry, this is a little tricky because you only have one shot at it. Next, I use tape to add the paper windows. Then, I glue the window frames with Elmer’s Clear glue. The glue is awesome, it stays tacky for a while so you can take your time pressing the window frames into place. Then I add on the white door. Once everything is dry, then I will use my heart punch for the door window.

The Base

The assembly for the base- Tape both cardstock pieces together (glitter & white). Then attach the wooden legs with hot glue. Do you remember all those roof tiles I had you make? With hot glue, wrap those around the base. Set aside two for the front porch. Use some festive twine to wrap around the base of the porch.

Assemble the house & the roof USE HOT GLUE!

You can attach those chile ristra wreaths now or later.

Attach The House To The Base

This glue is great! It’s tacky for a while so you can make adjustments.

The Finicky Porch-My Least Favorite! Ha Ha

I use paper popsicle sticks. Cut them about 1.5″ use the flat side to glue (hot glue) to the base.

Make sure the sticks are .5″ from the side AND make sure you are not blocking a window.

Fold that long rectangle piece in half and glue it to the top of the columns. Glue the columns to the hanging roof piece. Be careful to not bend them inward while the hot glue drys!

Add your porch trim (roof tiles), ribbons, Chile Ristras (metallic red pipe cleaners), Banners, and a tuft of cotton for the chimney. With some white paint and chunky glitter, create your snow effect (optional).

YOU ARE DONE!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and the most awesome new year!

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