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Santa’s Village Tutorial & New Collage Sheets

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I am at a loss for words. Laura Carson has created a fantabulous Santa’s Village Tutorial & New Collage Sheets! Seriously — the woman creates this amazing little village and collage sheets on top of it. I want whatever Laura is having — perhaps it’s better than the tequila I’m partaking of at this moment.

There is so much to take in with the village, I’ll have let Laura introduce it while I go for a refill.

“Ho! Ho! Ho! it’s off to the ice and snow of the North Pole where Santa’s Village awaits. I love presenting projects that have lots of options; you can start by making just one piece, or make them all. And this is the kind of project you can add to over time, perhaps making one special piece each year. I’ve started mine off with a Toy Workshop, Santa’s House, Reindeer Barn, and the Sweets & Treats Factory. I used all kinds of things for bases and houses (a paper pattern, a masonite kit, a 5 Inch Chipboard House Kit and Small Paper Mache Houses). I’ve also create new collage sheets and digital image sets that fit with the project. I’ll walk you through the details of how I made each piece and include a supply list that corresponds to the piece.”

Oh she just throws it out there so casually, doesn’t she? I will tell you that I am obsessed with the 5 Inch Chipboard House Kit. OBSESSED! The Evil Queen has only sent me one of these little houses (when I wanted 10) and I can’t wait to get more; don’t you think they’ll make the most adorable glitter houses to go with the December 2014 – House Ornament Kit?

As Laura said, she has new collage sheets that go with her amazing Santa’s Village: Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. By the way, both of those collage sheets are also available as digital downloads (with separate silhouetted .png files)!

Being the big-hearted artist that she is, Laura has put together a tutorial for you so that you can start creating your own village. Of course, my village will have to have a fully stocked liquor store (run by elves named Chris and Liza) but I digress! Grab your cup of hot chocolate (or two!) while you peruse Laura’s Supply List; then head on over to her blog to be amazed by her latest creation and tutorial.

Aren’t those snowman ornaments adorable?! Miz Bella used the template from the 3D House Ornament Collage Sheet to create them!

And those retro ’50s images from the Silly Snowmen Ornaments Half Sheet go perfectly with the writing style of the Mini Handwritten Holidays Cling Stamp Set.

Check out Miz Bella’s Supply List.


Posted by Leslie, December 7th, 2014

128 responses to “Santa’s Village Tutorial & New Collage Sheets”

  1. Patricia Worth says:

    I am always well past midnight finishing up projects for Christmas presents every year for decades!

  2. Dana Desmond says:

    I have not even started yet. I usually make everything on the 24th. lol

  3. Melynda Cash says:

    I am usually finishing up something on Christmas Eve or the wee hours into the 25th!

  4. marge says:

    would love to make a house ornament….fine collection.

  5. judy golden says:

    Wow what a great giveaway love Christmas it’s a magical time of year~

  6. Lu L. says:

    I’m usually finishing up handmade gifts about a week before Christmas. I have to have that deadline feeling to get myself motivated!

  7. Another fab giveaway! Since I travel for Christmas I have to finish up everything a day or two ahead of Christmas Eve – which is when my family opens gifts and has our main celebration.

  8. Melanie Curtis says:

    I have been up until 2am on Christmas Eve, make that Christmas Day, sewing eyelet lace trim on custom bedding for the doll bed that my husband made my daughter. Thank you for the chance to win the wonderful giveaway. I love the paper houses and would like to make a whole village!

  9. barbara macaskill says:

    I will hopefully be able to finish making gifts by Christmas Eve. I just had major surgery and am not supposed to be up and about for 6-8 weeks but if I am feeling well enough I am going to get into my craft room and finish up!
    LOVELOVELOVE this fabulous giveaway!! The house is absolutely awesome and I love all the goodies!! I might even be able to work on this laying in bed if I am the “chosen one”! LOL Thanks for the chance to win these fab goodies!!

  10. Georgina Ellis says:

    Wonderful wonderland, I am usually finishing christmas eve,breathing a sigh of relief lol,ope all have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year x

  11. LoriSW says:

    Cute! We travel for Christmas, so I am done before Christmas Eve, but usually up late nights before…

  12. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    love it!

  13. Lori Gesing says:

    A very merry giveaway!

  14. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    It would be a “wonderland” to finish up and enjoy my whole family on Christmas Eve.

  15. Cheryl Knowles says:

    I think santa’s village is so great. I have to do. You are all so clever love all the ideas. Keep them coming.

  16. April Dudko says:

    I have to say, everything Laura does is just wonderful. And Alpha Stamps has the best supplies, bar none!

  17. Juniper says:

    Ho Ho Ho….Merry Happy Creating!!!!I so want to do all these projects…Love em!

  18. susan higgins says:

    Love the santa village……I have worked on gifts right up to Christmas morning…

  19. Anne Boquist says:

    I try and make most of my gifts and am always too tired to stay up late Christmas Eve so wake up VERY early — like 3 am – to finish things up and fill the stockings. Then I sit by the light of the tree, with my tea and wait for the family to rouse. I love it. And I would love to be able to make that beautiful village. thanks for the chance!

  20. Unfortunately for me, all reason goes out the window when I see Christmas craft supplies like this! I love those houses. I would be thrilled to have just one to play around with. I don’t know that I could do anything as pretty as Laura’s, but I would love to try. The papers are wonderful. I am trying to expand my creative horizons and I’d love to try some projects out using these items.

  21. Diane D. says:

    Love this Village. What a beautiful way to create Christmas Joy year after year by adding new pieces to it. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  22. I just love little houses!

  23. Amanda Miller says:

    I love all of it!!! Amazing projects….like always! Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Linda says:

    What a fantastic project! Finish projects? By Christmas? Some will be done, but others…well, let’s say I have a head start on next year’s projects.

  25. Sharron Rogers says:

    Seasons Greeting Alpha Stamps Personnel…I am usually puttering around making Christmas gifts right up to Christmas Day…plenty of time to make use of this lovely Alpha Stamps give-away!

  26. Gail Gill says:

    My official story is that I work best under pressure, but the truth is I’m a terrible procrastinator. I’m usually still crafting on Christmas day and hoping stuff dries before I get where I’m going.

  27. Verna stapleton says:

    I adore little villages. These are adorable. I’m usually finished a week before christmas, but make a few more things right to christmas if i still have the desire to do so. Always good to have extra in case friends show up out of the blue! Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Cathy smith says:

    Omg soooooo cute! I love them! I usually am crafting up until the 22 nd. The 23rd is my son’s birthday and then the holiday. But I have been known to make stuff up until the new year!

  29. Debbie Rollier says:

    Such a wonderland. I have got to make my own.

  30. Holly Day says:

    Wow–what a wonderful giveaway!

  31. Karen Sholes says:

    What a fun assortment of Christmas cheer! Pick ME!!

  32. Tanya says:

    Another great giveaway! So cute! I remember one Christmas Eve when I could not find the gift I had made for my grandfather. I had another similar item started but not finished, so I was in the bedroom (while others were opening gifts) finishing up that item to wrap and put under the tree for him. As we were opening gifts that night, surprise, he ended up with 2 gifts, LOL! I had already wrapped the other gift and put it under the tree and had forgotten about it.

  33. Vicki says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!!

  34. Roxanne says:

    Most years I’m done before the 23rd…however,living in Florida,sometimes we get ‘surprise’ guests and I hastily run into my studio and whip up a sweet ornament or two! 🙂 thanks for the chance Alpha.

  35. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Fun stuff, I wonder if a Krampus could fit in there too?

  36. Emily N says:

    Very cute!!

  37. Noreen says:

    What a delightful village, and such fun details! I usually am mostly done by mid December, but there is almost always a last minute item or two that needs to be made.

  38. Sharon B says:

    Such awesome goodies!!

  39. Sokat says:

    Ha , ha, ha, or in the context of the season, ho , ho, ho… I have been known to tell a sister in law on Christmas morning, look but don’t touch. The paint is still wet…

  40. Ginger says:

    Love the Christmas Village!! I try to be finished by mid December, but I have finished a gift or two on Christmas Eve!

  41. Ritva says:

    OOOOh, this would be just great to win!

  42. Karen says:

    I never finish as I just keep adding ideas to the end of my Christmas giving list. Obviously, at some point, it’s the last minute that I have left. If we didn’t have “the last minute” nothing would get done! Love this giveaway!!!

  43. Amy says:

    Merry Christmas

  44. Beth Williams says:

    I am so bad! Sometimes it is the wee hours of Christmas morning before I get them finished. I swear every year I will do better-but than last minute inspiration hits me.

  45. Patti Flasch says:

    This is so much fun! I love the reindeer and is that a wooden soldier I see? What fun inspiration!

  46. Leah Fein says:

    This would be so great to win. Thank you for offering. When? Well, the last possible minute before putting it in a gift back would actually glue it to the gift bag.

  47. Lana says:

    Merry, cherry and bright, just right!!!!

  48. Tanya says:

    I am always working on something right until the kids get up on christmas morning.

  49. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    So sweet.

  50. MaggieM says:

    I did my Christmas crafting early this year (for a change), got my cards made and mailed, along with some great Christmas tag gift card holders using the Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas and 12 Days of Christmas collections, so I’m quite proud of myself. Usually, I’m a last minute kind of gal, but not this year. I started purchasing my supplies from Alpha Stamps in October! Great giveaway!!

  51. KIM says:

    What a wonderful give away

  52. Pam Weiler says:

    I am usually crafting until the 24th! Everyone year I say I am going to finish earlier, but I do not. Thank you for another fun giveaway. I would love to win this one.

  53. Ginny Over says:

    Just love the Santa Village, would love to win.

  54. Rosie says:

    The village rocks Santa’s world!!! I’m often times finishing in the wee hours of Christmas Eve. I really try…

  55. I love Alpha Stamps and I usually finish my gifts just before the family arrives for Christmas.

  56. Paulanne says:

    Looks so fun. I cannot resist little houses. Merry Christmas!

  57. Marcia says:

    Those chalkboard signposts are just darling!

    I’ve been known to be making enclosure xmas cards the morning of!

    And I’m coming up on the 2nd year of maybe no xmas cards at all. The Colorado floods took our basement (saved all the craft supplies!!!!) and it’s still not back to a good crafting area. Maybe 2015 will see that.

  58. Jen R says:

    I’m a last minute girl but with this kit, someone might just get an early gift!

  59. Melissa T. says:

    Sadly, I’ve been known to be finishing up presents on Christmas Eve!!! *blush*. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway. This whole set is AMAZING!

  60. Christi Conley says:

    I start working on holiday projects in October (Halloween is my FAV holiday) and I finish Christmas stuff on December 25 🙂

  61. Barbara says:

    I keep working right up to Christmas Day! It always reminds me of the year my Mother came me a piece of fabric and a pattern that she had intended to sew. The thought always makes me smile!

  62. Marilyn H says:

    Love the Santa’s Village.

    Have you ever thought about making the giveaways available as kits? I know there have been I ton I would have bought.

  63. angelic says:

    I finish my Christmas gifts on the afternoon of the 25th just before exchanging gifts. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. Janet Turner says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  65. Starqueen says:

    I’m definitely a “do it ’till it’s over” girl and we celebrate my extended family’s Christmas after Christmas, so I just keep going! But I do it because I love it, so It’s not a chore. Everything is made with LOVE (even if it’s not perfect!)
    Thanks for all the fabulous Inspiration!

  66. DebR says:

    Wonderful projects from Laura and Miz Bella and what a great giveaway! Thanks Alpha Stamps.

  67. DebR says:

    Ooops, forgot to say that Christmas gifts are usually being finished on either Christmas eve or Christmas morning in this house, doesn’t seem to matter how early I start I am always late!

  68. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Oh, can’t decide whether I like the little votive house or the chipboard house best. Maybe I need to have both. I think they will make such darling decorations. I try to be finished with Christmas gifts by Christmas Eve but have been known to give IOUs along with a picture and finish the gift up after Christmas.

  69. Stefanie says:

    Lovely giveaway! Last year I was finishing my M-i-L’s quilt on Christmas morning til about 11am – eek!!

  70. Deb Neerman says:

    What an amazing holiday village … love it! My holiday gifts are finished on Christmas Eve … but I’ve been known to finish a gift on Christmas Day!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  71. Me Pugh says:

    I could be making gifts all the way up to Christmas Eve, especially Santa’s.

  72. Lou Anne says:

    This is a beautiful project! I hope to be done with my gifts way ahead of Christmas Eve but you never know.

  73. Marla says:

    So good to see I’m not alone. I’m usually trying to complete “one last surprise” late into the night on Christmas Eve!

  74. Diana says:

    I never finish until super late christmas eve / christmas morning. Last year I didn’t sleep. :/

  75. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous giveaway. I make most of the stuff for myself these days! LOL I try and finish all my Christmas stuff by the 20th of Dec.

  76. Beth Jones says:

    Wonderful things this year! I work on Christmas things all year long.

  77. Kim says:

    When I receive the order I placed with you and if you keep putting cool stuff together I’ll never be done 🙂

  78. Kathy Cabble says:

    Oh, please let me win. I love making houses.I usually finish my gifts in time to mail them out in the last minute.

  79. great giveaway I LOVE it

  80. Dawn Love says:

    I’m usually finishing gifts right up until the last minute…nothing like procrastination right?

  81. DianeD says:

    Merry Christmas! This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  82. Carmen says:

    What a great Christmas giveaway! All my Gifts are handmade. I try to have all my Christmas gifts completed and closed one week before, so I can mail them out in time for Christmas to everyone.

  83. Mary ann smith says:

    Love the giveaway. Glad I finally found you.

  84. Debra Gibson says:

    Would love to win this !! Merry Christmas

  85. Cocoa says:

    Amazing from the giveaways to your design team! Depends on the year but I have finished up things on Christmas Eve but not this year!!! Thank goodness!

  86. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I usually make crafts for Christmas up until about week before the big day. I love all of your Christmas products.

  87. Jennie says:

    You’re helping get me into the spirit of the season with all these holiday goodies!

  88. Lynn says:

    ” … tell me how close to Christmas do you usually finish making gifts.”

    Oh, ha ha, I think the usual is after New Year’s … but the unfinished piece and still be wrapped up and presented on Christmas Day! The lucky recipients just need to go home without their gift … 🙁

  89. Kim R says:

    Looks like Santa is coming to town with this fun kit!

  90. Susan Gunter says:

    I finish up Christmas Eve! Close!

  91. Mary Mac says:

    I like to be done by the end of Nov. for my Christmas gifts.

  92. Nancy S says:

    Love the kit. Have to admit that I’m usually finishing at least one item on Christmas Eve.

  93. Carol Slowik says:

    Still going into the New Year! Ha! Love this kit.

  94. Luanne Shoup says:

    so many ideas, so little time……

  95. orianna says:

    I finish about a week before Christmas.

  96. Joan Harsha says:

    I like to make Christmas items all year, that way there is no last minute rush and I can enjoy the season more.

  97. Christine V says:

    “I’m late! I’m late!” is my usual motto, but for some freak reason when it comes to Christmas I’m always ready early. I find gifts for loved ones throughout the year (I just cannot abide spending money just to hand someone something they probably won’t like). And since playing with paper is such a joy who doesn’t want to wrap it all up and tie it in ribbons galore?! A wonderful Christmas to all of you at Alpha Stamps who bring us joy throughout the year!

  98. Rae Wycoff says:

    I’m usually on time, as I make gifts all year!

  99. Jo says:

    Love this Christmas giveaway!

  100. Rory says:

    I start working for the next year’s gifts and cards on December 26. I make a list and assign each project a time period. I put all these time periods on a calendar with big boxes (we get lots of free ones). Then I work on each project as needed to achieve completion by the date I set. Up to the calendar with big boxes part it’s all true. After that it’s a total fantasy. I haven’t ever actually finished everything by Christmas yet. Sounded good, though, huh?

  101. Victoria Harris says:

    I have made gifts up to the night before– LOL!!

  102. Kristie says:

    I used to make everything and wrap everything so carefully and special. It seems there is never enough time anymore, but I love trying. Great Village!

  103. marybeth i says:

    usually early December – anything later than that is probably not going to get finished!

  104. I am a procastanater when it comes to getting deadlines done. I waited this year to finish the mussie tussies the night before I needed to take them to a Christmas party! They turned out really cute! I get projects done but on my own terns, taking my little ol time! Ha ha! Wish I could win some scrapbooking Happy Holiday cheer.Christmas is ho hum bug this year because my husband is disabled and we are empty nesters with no Grandchildren yet!

  105. Thalia Kottke says:

    The little house is the cutest thing ever!

  106. Roberta S says:

    I’m afraid that I’m one of those people who is still finishing up their projects on Christmas Day. This year I’m trying to turn over a new leaf, and winning this super kit would certainly get me going! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

  107. Lori D. says:

    Love this giveaway! It can be Christnas day and I’ll be putting the finishing touches on things. Thank you for the opportunity to win these fabulous goodies. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  108. Cathy Lounsbury says:

    My deadline is the week before Christmas — sometimes it’s pushing late night Christmas Eve…

  109. I have been known to be up all night trying to finish my crafting gifts, or trying to duplicate what I have seen here, I can’t win ! I never have exactly what I need, I have to improvise ! I like yours so much more than mine ! Merry Christmas and thank you all for your creativity ! what would I do without you !
    Merry, Merry Christmas !

  110. Diana Bittaker says:

    Nice giveaway- when I finish a gift is dependent on when I’m going to give it to them- I’ve actually worked on them in the car on the way to their house! Bad girl!

  111. Cindy Fitch says:

    I have a secret to getting my hand made gifts finished before anyone wakes up Xmas morning. Don’t tell any one but, after the kids put out milk and cookies for Santa and climb into bed…I brew a big pot of coffee then Santa and I work until everything is done. He even stays to help with the wrapping! Merry Christmas to all!

  112. Dena Cottrell says:

    I’m usually finishing up my gifts early into the wee hours of the 25th to get them all finished. Or at least wrapping everything.

  113. Nelda Johnson says:

    I usually have something I’m finishing up on the very last day.

  114. Holly Cramer says:

    I haven’t started this year except a craft Project with my sister after Christmas.

  115. Joan says:

    I would have such fun creating with this kit. I try not to leave gifts till the last minute, that said, the count down is on!

  116. Natasha says:

    This year I commited to selling at a Christmas craft fair three weeks before. I finished around 50 projects, spending every spare second and many late nights. It was my first time ever selling and my crafts were well received! However, when it comes to projects for my family, I’m not so dedicated. This will be the fourth year that I won’t have the Christmas village I keep planning to make. Maybe I wi be the lucky winner of this beautiful give away and be motivated to actually get it done. Who could resist crafting with these awesome supplies?

  117. Stacy Blow says:

    Not close at all unfortunately! Prepping for holiday craft shows took way too much time! Would love love love to try my hand at this kit!

  118. Helen Potter says:

    This is a beautiful giveaway! Unfortunately, I am usually a last minute gift finisher! I try to give myself plenty of time, but the older I get, the slower I go. LOL

  119. Rusty Davis says:

    My first time to leave a comment. I love Alpha Stamps products and inspirations that I gather from this site. I work on some Christmas items right through Christmas Eve.

  120. Susan M.L. says:

    I like to mail the relatives’ packages by the 15th and have the ornaments made for the neighbors by the 20th. I have been known to have things done by the end of November; but, I have to agree there is nothing that sparks creativity more than “the last minute rush”! Happy crafting everyone and keep your fingers unglued!

  121. Virginia Smith says:

    I love this new kit! Hope to win it. I usually have my gifts finished in good time, but I’m always making something new to add to my Christmas displays right up to the last minute. I love Christmas and hate when it’s over.

  122. Kathy bumb says:

    Love these little houses and the beautiful Christmas theme.

  123. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    I try to get handmade things finished a least a week before giving — mostly because I think of more things I want to add up to the last minute!!

  124. lynn legge says:

    happy holidays , many thanks for the giveaways … so much goodness to work with. i have been known to be gluing a project right before we leave the house ..

  125. Sylvia L. says:

    A lovely giveaway, as usual. I always try to do better, but it’s usually a scramble upt to the last minute.

  126. Tammy says:

    love it