Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween - Pictures of my Haunted House Halloween Costume

Here is a pretty good photo of my completed halloween outfit at a coworker's party.

When I added the final touches to the house, the "stairway" piece was folded under the house so I forgot to decorate it. That's why the gray behind the stairway is kind of bland. I think I am going to paint it like stonework. The costume can still be used in the future even as a decor element.

Addendum November 2 - I wrote this before I finished the house.

These last photos are not really blogworthy, but taking a selfie while wearing a Halloween Haunted House outfit is not easy. I'm still working on the costume. I have about 3 more hours to get the roof on and get it a little more polished. The real photos will be posted later. Obviously someone will have to help me get better photos.

Bathroom mirror selfie

Better view of the front of the Haunted House outfit
Back side of the Haunted House costume
The real post will be later today or tomorrow. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Finally, the last 2 Halloween houses

I made 2 houses as gifts for some friends of mine, one of whom has a dog named Josie. I found an online store that had a small ceramic yellow lab that looks like her so I made a cardboard witch hat for Josie to wear next to her Halloween house.

I used the same basic pattern that I designed for Jack's house and the rusted tin roof house. I made a total of 5 houses from that pattern. I don't really like making this particular house because I don't like making the porch, but I sure do like the way it looks when I'm done.

The first house below I covered in weathered wood paper that I downloaded from Cardboard Christmas. Since it printed kind of blue-looking, I painted it with some faded jeans distress paint and a little bit of black distress paint. I really like how it turned out.

You can see how I distressed the paint on this house. 

Close-up view of the rusted roof - made with alcohol inks on metallic tape

The next house I call "Josie's house" in honor of Josie the yellow lab.

Isn't Josie cute?
Side view of Josie's house
I will deliver these houses as a surprise tomorrow. I'll let you know how they react when they get their little houses.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Just finished one more house

Well, just finished another house. This one has a textured roof which looks like slate, I hope. It's the first time I've used a stencil with Tim Holtz' texture paste. I think it looks good. You will have to decide for yourself what you think about this house. This house is for a friend of mine who requested her house a little later and she really liked Jack's house so this is the same pattern, just another variation.

Front view of the house

Glue drying under the pumpkin.

Texture of the roof

Back view of the house. I added the ghost to cover up the bracing I used to hold the tree up.

Cemetery corner of the house. It's a Tim Holtz die that I really love, but didn't incorporate in many houses. 

I have to work early tomorrow. I'll try to write more maybe tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Two More Houses have bases - the Flying Bat House and the Rusted Tin Roof House

I just finished the bases to 2 more houses today. One is the Flying Bat House for my brother. I think it looks pretty good. The fence is a little disproportionate to the house, but it's ok. My brother likes it. He picked out this house because it was the first house with a coffin-shaped door.

The other house is the Rusted Tin roof house promised to one of my co-workers. I really think it is my nicest house. Black Hat Inn is probably the most unique, but I really love the rusted tin roof.

The Flying Bat House with the LaLa Land Scary tree, sculpey polymer clay pumpkins, coffin door
Rusted Tin Roof House - Witch with cauldron (retired Martha Stewart punch) in the window, 13 hour clock, sculpey pumpkins, paper punched leaves, Tim Holtz tree with owl.

I added a thin layer of plastic to the middle of the owl and colored it with yellow alcohol ink to make the owl's eyes stand out better. 

I love this view of the house. 

Good view of the owl in the tree and the witch when it is backlit with LED candles.

I have only 2 more houses that I've promised to people, but I hope to finish a total of 4 more before Halloween. Then I get to do CHRISTMAS HOUSES which I am very excited about. Already thinking of neat things I can do for those houses. It will be nice to have snow cover some of my mistakes and gluing errors.

Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

More Little Cardboard Houses done

I don't think I put a good photo of the Steampunk Key House on this craft blog. I think the only photo is before I improved my photo techniques and I had to take them outside on the fence post to get enough light. I love this house. I worked on it for 2-3 weeks and ordered multiple lock and key dies to get it the way I wanted it. I made all of the keys from layers of cardboard with metallic duct tape (real duct tape truly made for ducts) and inscribed them to make them look like metal. Most of the keys on the house move and the keyhole door pivots open.

I also finished a house that was conspicuously boring and now it looks good. I think the base paper is what makes it. It sold the minute I took it to work.  It's called the Arachnid House. You can easily see why.

I initially made this pattern because I wanted a house that was very easy to put together. And it is, but I just didn't make it interesting unlike some of the others so it depended on the base (once again) to make the house interesting.

The paper is "Arsenic and Lace" that I got from The fence is a retired Martha Stewart "Iron Gate" punch which is available on Amazon at the time of writing this post. The window  frame is from Elizabeth Craft "Holiday House" die that is currently sold out. I love the scary tree. It's from La La Land. The paper I found at Hobby Lobby - Jolee's Boutique Halloween paper pad. Several of the pages are really great. I made the rosette on the front with a Martha Stewart fence punch that I folded into a rosette and put a Jolee's halloween pumpkin on the front. The spider is from EK Success Spider and Skull set. The spider didn't show up until I painted the red hourglass shape on the back. I know that Black Widow spiders have the red hourglass on their abdomen, but I took a little poetic license for art's sake.

I made the pumpkin, cat and ghost from polymer clay. The cat and ghost were made using a mini-cookie cutter while the pumpkin I just roll into an elongate ball and cut in some indentations.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Silhouette House also finished

I made the Silhouette house a long time ago in June, but I never did get around to making a base for it. Well I just finished that tonight.

The Silhouette House is named that for the cutouts in all 7 windows and the doorway even. When I put the fence up, I put 2 silhouettes of an owl on the fence as well. The window silhouettes show up very nicely when the inside is lit with LED candles. See what you think. I am very happy with this house. I also think the diamond lattice fence works well with the "railing" on the roof.

This view shows the colors of the house better than the next 2 photos.

Kitty in the window with fence reflected on the window. You can see the polymer clay mouse in the front corner by the fence. The cat is looking the wrong way.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Finally, the Five Gable Gothic House gets its base

Finally, I finished Five Gable Gothic. It was one of my first houses that I designed on my own and putting roofs on 5 gables was not easy.

I made this one much brighter than most of the houses, but I like it. I also love the bat wing fence - it's from a company called La La Land. Their dies are awesome. The tape around the base is some halloween washi tape that I found at Michael's. I used Mod Podge Matte Medium over it because washi tape doesn't adhere too well. You can't see it from this view but there is a little gravestone in the back.

That's it for today. I hope to have the base done for the Silhouette house tomorrow. I am very pleased with how it is coming along. Then I have 2 more bases to finish all of my houses that are made so far.

The houses are at the hospital on display. Sales are a little slow so far. I put up some signs today hoping to stir a little more interest. Pricing handmade objects is very difficult - you can't charge by the hour, but you don't want to totally give your time away. I picked a number that I thought people might consider pretty reasonable considering that all the money goes to a good cause.

One co-worker bought the Halloween Candy house (I called it the Little Skeleton House in that post, but it has since been renamed) for her 3 year old son. She said he wanted to take it to school and he talked about it all day to his teacher. The teacher told my co-worker that he kept talking about some little house that didn't make sense. Then when my friend went to pick him up, she brought the house to show everyone. All the kids were gathering around it and her son was being very protective of the house. When he ate dinner, he put the house in a safe spot where he could see it while he ate dinner. I thought that was funny and cute.

I hope everyone is doing well. Stay out of the rain if you can. Take care.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Houses for Head Start

Finally, I have an overview picture of the houses that go on sale today for the Head Start program my hospital department supports for Christmas.

Back row houses:
Candy Corn 3 - hard to see, but see previous blog photos
Rusted Tin roof house - no base yet, already promised to someone though
Clock House on a Frosty Morn - sold
Triple Gable Gothic house - obscured by Candy Corn 2, but previous blog photo - sold
Bat Wing House behind Black Hat Inn
Black Hat Inn - sold
Book House - better views in blog photos - sold
Spider House - purple patterned paper house directly in front of the Book House - sold

Front row houses on the burlap:
Green House (for want of a better name) - sold
5 Gable Gothic (purple) House in front the the Green House, finishing that base today - sold
Bat Roof House with skeleton hand - sold
Steampunk Key House
Ghost Porch House
Candy Corn 1 - sold
Silhouette House - base will be finished today
Halloween Candy house - sold

I have 2 or 3 others that I am making bases for.

Here are a few additional photos: