That’s how the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to make a cute little town? Just some darling papers, fabulous foundations and a little something extra here or there; and poof the makings of a booming town. I was recently walking down the aisle at a Creating Keepsakes Convention when I first fell in love with these little village houses. As soon as I saw them I stopped dead in my tracks, totally enraptured by these tiny little treasures, poised almost reverently on a shelf in the Melissa Frances booth. Now, these weren’t the ceramic Christmas village pieces my mom had tenderly laid out each year handed down from generation to generation. Although just as beautiful with their vintage feel – these were modern pieces that kids could (carefully) handle without the threat of an accidental shatter on the floor.
With nostalgia in my heart and confidence that this was a project even I would finish (dozens of unfinished projects prove I might have some commitment issues) I started thinking about what I wanted my little town to be. So before you know it I started buying some real estate and “Hardy-ville” was born. Here are some things I learned along the way…
What to look for when buying a home…
You have some great choices here: Melissa Frances DIY house kits are my first choice for these darling little domicile’s, there are a variety of sizes and styles to choose from, as well as coordinating trims, resin, mica, trees and other embellishments to complete your fancy little residence.
The Heart of Texas Studio has some great board house options at very reasonable prices, one of the benefits are the large pieces and the ease of assembly. They also have a great variety of darling board books available, they cut their own board on site and have a friendly staff as well as easy online shopping.
When choosing your houses don’t forget about all of the little goodies that go into choosing the décor. These little darlings came from Prima Marketing. Prima has some great choices as far as Shabby Chic Treasures and adding color to the resin has never been easier. I used my Faber-Castell Big Pitt Brush Markers, there is so much tiny detail on these resins that the color can’t help but look fabulous!
Decorating “Hardy-ville” for each of the four seasons was really fun; the only limitation is your imagination really. So I was thinking this would also be a GREAT possibility for a CKC class next year and knowing that “It takes a village…” I wanted to ask you … what do you think? What should we teach next year? What classes would you like to see from the creative teams here at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking? Be specific, now is your chance to sound off, we’re listening, what techniques would you like to learn? What products do you want to use?
Head over to our CK Scrapbook Events page and leave a comment letting us know your 2014 class ideas. You’ll be automatically entered for a prize drawing to win the awesome products featured in this post! Be sure to comment by midnight, October 15, 2013 and we’ll randomly select 1 eligible winner!
*Sorry folk’s only United States entries are eligible to win but we would still love to hear your opinion
AND — If seeing this fun product gets you excited to start creating, then you should join us at a CK Scrapbook Event this year. Come shop, crop and learn with us at CKC-Kansas City – October 11-12, CKC-Seattle – November 8-9, or CKU-Dallas/Fort Worth – October 10-12. 2014 Show Dates Coming Soon!
A special thanks to our sponsors:
Melissa Frances, Stampin’ UP!, Prima Marketing and Die Cuts With a View
who donated to this great prize pack, good luck!
Annette and The CK Events Team