This year, Stampin’ Up! offered some +One classes where we got to do a bonus make and take.  I chose the Village of Cuteness. It definitely lived up to its reputation and was very cute.  Each village consisted of three houses.  The houses were just two x four pieces cut to size with a roof peak.  We painted the houses with craft paint and used the Distressing Essentials Kit to antique them and stain the little doors.  Add some designer series paper and some embellishments and the result is a cute little village!  If you would like to do this as a class with your friends, please contact me

I was surprised at how well the acrylic paint coordinated with the Stampin’ Up! colors.  The creative folks at Stampin’ Up! did a great job with that.  The medium house was painted green and had a beautiful rosette embellishment.  The hinges on the door are little mini library clips and we just cut off part of them once we had them on the door.  Pretty clever use of an embellishment.

We used the same technique on the smallest house.  This house also has a nice little planter box full of flowers.  You can see a little part of it in the picture of the green house, but the little blue house has a nice big Cherry Cobbler flower on the roof as well.  Just another finishing detail that adds to the cuteness of the village.  I also noticed as I was working on this post that one of my Rhinestones came off one of the little flowers.  Rest assured, I have fixed that and my house is back to full cuteness.

The final house was the largest with Designer Series Paper shingles.  This looks like it took a long time but once I had the rhythm of attaching the circles, it went pretty fast.  The pennants were trimmed down after I punched them using the Petite Pennant Punch. 

The Village of Cuteness class was so much fun.  I worked with a great group of ladies (we did a bit of an assembly line to make sure we had all of our items punched).  They also had an assortment of cupcakes for us to nibble on while we worked on our houses.  I certainly hope the +One classes come back next year. 

God Bless and Happy Stampin’!