Little Houses Series: Family Cottage

By  Carolyn King 

size: 6"x6"

  • Family Cottage


  • Michaels Mary Engelbreit chipboard house
  • Gina K. Designs cardstock: Ivory, Kraft
  • Jillibean Soup papers: Old World Cabbage Stew Collection Head of Cabbage and Caraway Seeds, Lentil Soup Collection Ground Grains of Paradise, Egg Drop Soup Collection Green Onions and Sesame Oil
  • October Afternoon Report Card Collection Storyhour paper
  • Black adhesive pearls
  • Papertrey Ink Simply Chartreuse wool felt
  • My Favorite Things natural twill
  • Hemp twine


  • Die-cutting/embossing machine
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Die-Namics Fresh Cut Grass and Cloud Trio, Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities Standard Circles (LG)
  • Sewing machine and brown thread
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Tool
  • Ink pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky dye
  • Computer and printer
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

  • detail scissors, sponge dauber, sanding block, family photo
  • 1. Cut chimney from house. Cover house with ivory cardstock and blue grid paper. Sand edges and sponge with Vintage Photo ink.
  • 2. Punch hole at tip of house for hanger. Tie on twill and twine hanger as shown.
  • 3. Cut Kraft cardstock strip for tree trunk, ink edges, and adhere to house.
  • 4. Hand-cut flower from patterned paper for treetop. Die cut paper circle and machine-sew edges. Adhere to treetop with foam tape; adhere to house.
  • 5. Hand-cut birdhouse, a freehand heart, and two birds from papers. Tie hemp through top of birdhouse; adhere house, heart, and bird to treetop. Add pearl eye to bird.
  • 6. Die cut felt grass and polka dot paper cloud. Ink cloud edges Soft Sky and adhere to roof.
  • 7. Detail cut family photo and adhere to house. Adhere felt grass over bottom edge.
  • 8. Print sentiment onto ivory cardstock, trim, and adhere over grass. Adhere remaining bird; add pearl eye.