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Welcome to the second group post day for the January Papertrey Ink countdown!  I'm excited about today's post, but also a little sad!  This month marks the end of the Petite Places series.  I've had a ball designing all of these miniature places with all of their details, and seeing our collection grow month by month, but the time has come to wrap it up.  I think we're going to go out on a happy note though, and I hope you'll agree after you see all of the details and options for the new Petite Places: Home & Garden!  I knew that before this series could be put to rest we needed a sweet little house, and that's what we have this month, and oh, so much more!

The new Petite Places: Home & Garden stamps and dies will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm EST on January 15th, 2016 from the Papertrey Ink website.  

There are just so many things to show with this set, that a video is definitely in order!  In this video I explain all of the different options for creating the house, including using the optional 3D front entry as part of the house, or on its own as a garden shed.  I show you how everything is assembled, and give you some tips as well.


Of course I have some projects to show you, too!  First off, let's start with a project using the house inside of one of the clear domes, which I used as a box topper, perfect for some homemade goodies, or a handmade gift.  When I made this house I used the 3D front entry attachment.  For a bit quicker way of assembling the house there is a flat front as well, but here I wanted to go all out, so I used the 3D option.  I stamped the house in Harvest Gold, the front door and window boxes with Pure Poppy, and the rooftops in Dark Chocolate.  


I added a picket fence to each side of the house, and a tree on the right side.  There are two trees in the Home & Garden set, and they are mirror images of each other, so you have options for where you want to place your trees.  There is also a tiny die and stamp for adding a swing to the trees.  The trees have nice, broad branches, perfect for hanging a swing.  I added a tiny wreath to the front door, and window boxes to the front windows.  I also added a walkway and lamppost, which are from the Petite Places: Walk in the Park set.  I think that's the really fun part about the whole Petite Places series...all the mix and match possibilities between sets!  You could even use one of the little vehicles from the other sets to park outside if you wish, or the dog from the City Station set, or any number or other accessories from the other sets!


The dome is attached to a Scene It: Basic Backer diecut, which was cut from Simply Chartreuse cardstock, and then attached to a Scene It: Doily Tag Base.  I filled the dome with some Terra Textures and a few flower sequins before gluing it shut.  A strip of Pure Poppy polka dot paper is slipped through the slits in the tag base, and wrapped around the box to attach it.  The sentiment is also from the Home & Garden set and is stamped onto a Jar Labels II diecut.  The box is the same template I used for the Stitched Booties way back when (so, so sorry...when printing the template to make this project I found an error on the template!  Sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused anyone!  It's been fixed and the new template is HERE).



Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: Home & Garden stamps set and coordinating die collection

I mentioned that the 3D front entry can be used alone as a garden shed, using the other roof option available in the die collection.  What a perfect way to wrap up gifts or create cards and tags for all of your gardening friends!  This next project uses the garden shed along with the little pop-up garden plot included in the set.  An actual little garden...yes!  Complete with flowers all blooming happily in a row.  :-)  I show how it all gets put together in the video at the top of this post.  I used it to create a jar topper for a fairy garden-in-a-jar.
Here's a close-up of the garden scene inside the dome.  You can see the little garden shed (there are even tools that you can add to the side!) nestled between two garden plots.  I also used the 3D trellis/arbor from the set.  I explain how to assemble this in the video above as well. A wheelbarrow is parked out front and two trees in the background provide a bit of shade for our garden. I added a walkway under the arbor, which is from the Petite Places: Walk in the Park set.  
I even added one of the houses to my garden in the jar.  Not sure how long a paper house is going to last in there, but maybe if the watering is done carefully (and I don't think these succulents need to be watered often anyway, right?)  But it was sitting here on my table and I couldn't resist nesting it inside the plants.  The tag tied to the jar was stamped with a sentiment from the Petite Places: Home & Garden set and reads "plant dreams, pull weeds, and grow a happy life".
The lid will have to be removed by the recipient in order for the plants to survive, but it sure makes for a fun way to present it, and then it can be set off to the side as an extra accent.

Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: Home & Garden stamps set and coordinating die collection, Mint Julep ink and cardstock

 My last project today uses several of the elements from the Petite Places: Home & Garden set on a flat card, instead of a 3D item.  Of course this set, like all of the other sets in the Petite Places series, is designed to be able to be used on flat projects, too.  Here I used the flat version of the house, which there is a die for included in the die collection.  You can use it as just a single layer, or add the optional flat entry for a bit more dimension like I did here.  I embellished my house with window boxes and a tiny wreath.  I used a couple of the flower rows from the garden and trimmed off the bottom tab of the diecut so I could place them behind the picket fences.  I added a couple of trees to the background, and added the swing to the tree on the left.


The whole scene was layered over some paper from the Petite Places: Patterned Paper collection, which was diecut using the Tag Sale: Quilted die.  The sentiment is from the Love Lives Here set.  I layered my finished tag over a small card base so that the top of the tag would extend above the fold of the card, for something a little different.  I tied some twine through the hole in the top of the tag.  Under the tag is some Chicken Scratch Gingham paper.



Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: Home & Garden stamps set and coordinating die collection, Mint Julep ink

I hope you're as excited as I am about this last installment of the Petite Places series.  It sure has been fun.  But don't despair too much at the ending of the series...there are lots of exciting things around the corner in February. On to bigger and better things!  

Want to see more projects using the Petite Places: Home & Garden set?  I can't wait to see what the team made...it's sort of like Christmas!  I hope you'll hop around with me to check them all out...

Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones
Kay Miller