VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2

Alexis Blog
CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!

Welcome Friends to our 2012 Newsletter and Best Wishes for the Season to all.

A bright and warm Thanksgiving has come and gone, and so have all the family and friends who filled our home with smiles and laughter. With only about a month until Christmas, it's time to take out our scissors and cutting pads and create some beautiful paper nativities.

That's what I've been doing, and am delighted to share with you some of my favorites inspired by the vintage originals from the Crèchemania Collection.

To our growing list of the popular Premium Downloads we've been adding Printed Sheets as well. These are quality ink-jet Printed Sheets with fade-resistant UltraChrome inks on professional, heavyweight paper, great for card modeling.

In fact, many nativities are now available as Premium Downloads — that you can print again and again — as Printed Sheets, and Combo (Premium Download & Printed Sheet) packages for a special price.

Visit the Paper Model Kiosk and see it all, especially our latest offerings:

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FREE DOWNLOADS
SAINT ANTHONY & CHILD JESUS ORNAMENT

The Christ Child, framed by a heart-shaped wreath raises His arms in embrace in a brand-new Free Download, courtesy of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato, Minnesota. On the obverse, St. Anthony holds the Child Jesus and a lily. You may wish to display these two ornaments separately, or create one finished piece, as we have done.

Thank you, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church!

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CHRIST CHILD ORNAMENT

I visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato, Minessota, In Search of The Nativity, and found its Gothic arches pierced with luminous stained glass windows. On the left wall of the church, between the Resurrection and the Annunciation, there is the Nativity.

On the second floor of the dark brick church office building adjacent to the church iis the Saints Peter and Paul Museum. It's filled with treasures — candelabra, richly embroidered vestments and processional banners, fine lace altar cloths, crucifixes — and Parish Administrator Mark Frederick kindly gave me a tour. Among all the rich testaments of history and faith, a vintage die cut, resting against a small Grecian column capital caught my eye.

It depicts the Child Jesus, arms outstretched in embrace. It's an exquisite piece, even with its left hand missing. Hand restored, thanks to the miracle of Photoshop, and the rather squarish cloud at the His feet gone, the Christ Child Ornament was born.

Enjoy, courtesy of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato, Minnesota.

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NATIVITY SHEETS
EARTHENWARE JARS NATIVITY SHEET

This 8.5 x 7 x .75 inch paper nativity not only is large enough to highlight its beautiful art, but looks at home just about everywhere: in a Christmas table arrangement, or tucked in the tree. Two quality 11 x 8.5 inch sheets printed on professional media paper are for you to cut out and assemble into a fold-out paper nativity. The manger is capped by a straw roof and a five-pointed star that is often missing in vintage German originals. For a special touch, cut out the printed window panes and replace them with cellophane of your choice.

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MINIATURE NATIVITIES
EARTHENWARE JAR NATIVITY MINIATURE ORNAMENTS

This miniature nativity measures just 3.5 x 2 5/8 inches and comes six on our quality 8.5 x 11sheet.

Three are mirror image of the others, and you may wish to display them all separately, or join them for a finished look. They look great just about anywhere

Or you may wish to hang them: they're so lightweight, they won't bend even the delicate stalk of a house plant.

Don't have miniatures in your collection? Try this, and you won't be able to stop!


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NATIVITY TRIPTYCH SHEET

Ingenious construction creates the 3-dimensional Nativity Triptych from a single, letter-sized, sheet. A five-pointed Bethlehem Star spills its rays on a manger shaded by palms.  On the left panel, a crowned King of the East stands, while his attendant, on bended knee, offers gifts to the Newborn Child cradled in His Mother's lap. On the center panel, the Virgin Mary is seated by the manger, Joseph, crook in hand, brings his hands together in worship, and a young shepherd boy is doing his best two restrain two energetic rams. On the right panel one Magi, in Oriental costume, kneels offering his gifts, and another, in colorful turban, stands, hands in prayer. At the front, a three-step platform swings up to lock the sides together, and the front gable, likewise, fits by two tabs in the roof, creating this easy-to-assemble.

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PAVILION NATIVITY SHEET

It's hard to believe this lovely nativity is made up of just one sheet. Side panels are cut out and folded to join at the center back, creating a pavilion-like manger supported by two slender columns.

Up front, a Shepherd kneels by a picket fence, and at left back a man in oriental dress is holding a walking stick. Next to him, behind the manger, stands a woman, and to the right Mary tenderly rocks the Baby in her arms while Joseph, hands crossed, sits in a bale of hay.

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BETHLEHEM NATIVITY COMBO

Two quality 8.5 x 11 sheets on heavyweight paper especially suited for card modeling and a Premium Download you can print again and again?

For a special price?

Yes, the Bethlehem Nativity is large enough — 5 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches — to show the nice details of the vintage German crèche that inspired it. And small enough to be displayed just about anywhere. Two 8.5 x 11 quality sheets create a fold-out paper nativity in three layers. Arched windows pierce the sides, and, on the left of the nativity front are depicted two shepherds, two sheep, and a wood fence. On the right, His long red cape billowing behind him, a turbaned Magi approaches, while his young page kneels holding a golden urn. In the center layer, Mary envelops the Child in a protective embrace, while to the right Joseph stands, a hand resting on the ass. On the left, the ox looks own from behind an enclosure, a Magi kneels, and his cohort stands, holding his crown on a pillow. And on the back wall, in muted blues, Bethlehem is silhouetted against the hills of Judea. A few cuts, a few folds, and you'll be delighted to add this lovely nativity to your collection. Quality images to print out, and step-by-step instructions, are included in the Bethlehem Nativity PDF.

These are just of the few exciting additions to Crèchemania.com and the Paper Model Kiosk. Visit often — and enjoy!

—Alexis

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VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 — PAPER MODEL KIOSK NEWSLETTER