Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bunny Houses - More Houses from the Tim Holtz House Die

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I just finished 2 more Bunny houses for co-workers. I'll deliver them on Easter morning.  That makes 9 so far - two to more to go. The last 2 I just couldn't get done before Easter. One was a late add-on to the list.

All of these houses were made from the Tim Holtz House die - called Vintage Village or Village Dwelling. It is, by far, the best die you can buy to make a little cardboard house. But still it takes me forever to get these things done. I've worked on these 2 all day and just finished. Other people are probably much more efficient than I am.

The base is the roll from some stickers covered with Easter graphics from Alpha Stamps. The rosette around the base is also a Tim Holtz die. I think it really adds some emphasis to the bottom, more than plain cardboard would. You see my Sculpey eggs once again with some Martha Stewart bunnies all around.

I used glitter paper because this is for children and I thought if I glittered the roof, there would be glitter all over the kids, the house, in their eyes (causing corneal abrasions - wouldn't want them to have to come to the pediatric ER, you know).

And the purple base Bunny House:

That's it for now. I hope you have a lovely Easter. Take care. Lucy

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Triple Trouble Bunny House

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I decided that I needed to make more Easter houses for coworkers with children. So I've cut out 10 little houses, made 10 bases, cut out 30+ pieces of grass for the base, cut some 40+ rosette cardstock for decorating the bases, make 60+ Sculpey eggs, etc, etc.

Well, during this prep phase for this next set of Easter houses I read about an online craft challenge that I thought just might work with one of the houses. It's in a new blog called "Creative Carte Blanche" and every month the design team comes up with an idea to stimulate creativity. This month's idea is to combine 3 disparate elements for creative inspiration - the elements are corrugated paper, lace, and metal. You are allowed to make whatever you want and interpret these elements as you want - meaning that metal could be metal tape, metal embellishments, or in my case - metallic paint. The challenge is called "Triple Trouble".

My Triple Trouble Bunny House does have way more than 3 bunnies. That could be trouble in itself.

I cut the Tim Holtz Vintage Village house out of my usual cardboard and then covered it with corrugated cardboard. Corrugated cardboard by itself is not very strong and would not make a sturdy house. I did the roof the same way - making the usual cardboard roof and then gluing glitter paper on top. I added a layer of lace on the roof as well because the folded glitter paper makes an ugly seam and I wanted to cover that up.

I used the blue pearlescent paint as the main color for the house. The base for the house is made like I did for my St. Patrick's Day house. It's a nice thick cardboard tube covered with paper and glued to a 4 inch circle. The top is made in a similar manner but I used a strip of paper underneath to make a rim that would insert in the cardboard tube so you can take the top off. Kids love to take the tops off. If I didn't make it that way, they would. Now a treat can be hidden in there. I cut the grass out of painted card stock to make it a little more sturdy and glued it around the edge. An added layer of bunnies and Mod Podge makes the grass stronger.

I decorated the circle on the bottom with 3 strips of Tim Holtz Mini Rosette paper. Folded in that manner it is very strong and gives some visual weight to the base. Then I glued down some Sculpey eggs including the golden egg and placed bunnies all around. The eggs, bunnies, and the rosette were also covered with 2-3 layers of Mod Podge for extra strength.

That is the first of 10 Easter Bunny Houses. I hope to assembly-line the next 9 houses, but it doesn't usually work that way. I think of some new way I want to do something and it still takes me awhile to finish them. I have ONE week to go.

Materials used:
Tim Holtz Vintage Village Die
Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosette Die
Martha Stewart Bunny Punches (unfortunately retired)
La La Land Grass Die
Cheery Lynn Anastasia Die for lace
Sizzix Circle cutter 4 inch die
Martha Stewart Cornflower Blue Pearlescent paint
Martha Stewart Scottish Highlands High Gloss paint for the grass
Martha Stewart Scallion Pearlescent paint for the grass as well
Tim Holtz Distress Marker - pink for the bunny noses
Alpha Stamps Easter collage papers
Sculpey - various colors
Mod Podge
Glue - mostly Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky glue, some Elmer's GlueAll
Liquidtex Gold ink for the door and the egg
Cardboard tube
Card stock - various colors

I hope you have a nice, creative day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Summer Country Putz Cardboard House

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I call this the Summer Country House. I made it using a Accucut custom die that I designed. You may remember a couple of other houses I've made using the same die that have a front gable - here and here. I did cut off the front gables though to simplify the design (since it is a simple country house).

I used Stampendous stamps to make the door, brick work, and windows. I love these stamps. I stamped them on a piece of paper, then colored them, fussy cut them out and then glued it to the house. I think I should have stamped directly though. The openings for the windows are so small that it would have been difficult to cut them out directly on the cardboard. I cut out a square behind the window stamp to allow light to go through. The bricks I did stamp directly on the house. The bricks, windows and door are colored with some Tim Holtz pens which worked very well.

The roof is a La La Land grass border die that I turned upside down and layered to simulate a thatched roof. I first painted the cardstock with gesso and a beige paint then ochre. I love ochre - maybe it's the name that appeals to me, but I really think it's the color. To make the roof a little more sturdy I painted a layer of Mod Podge over it for protection.

All of that was fun, but the wall was the most fun to make. I made a stencil out of the Tim Holtz Cobblestone die by cutting out a piece of 65# cardstock then covering it with multiple layers of Mod Podge until it was totally covered and sturdy. Then I cut some pieces of thin corrugated cardboard with Tim Holtz Plaque and Postage die for the wall itself. I painted it with gesso and then dark grey paint. Once that was dry, I used the Tim Holtz Texture Paste on my Cobblestone stencil to make the rocks. I let that dry overnight then swiped some Black Soot distress paint and Ground Espresso on the rocks to give more color to them. I think they look like rocks. I love the rock wall. 

Of course, there is more to do. I am planning on adding a tree to the front, but I haven't finished that yet. That should complete the Summer Country House. I'm very pleased with how this one turned out.

P.S. The title is kind of goofy because I wanted it to come up in a google search for either Putz or Cardboard house - not that it matters much really.

Friday, March 11, 2016

St. Patrick's Day House - Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Template

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One of my friends who really likes my houses is named Pat. Obviously, I felt compelled to make her a St. Patrick's day house. Since Easter is in March and I spent so much time in February and early March making the Easter houses, I didn't have much time to make a St. Patrick's day house so I used the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling template to make the house.

I made the base out of a roll that kid's stickers come on and covered it with Graphic 45 St. Patrick's Day paper. The top is designed to come off easily. You can rotate the paper to the back which has a framed Shamrock on it.

The fence is just corrugated cardboard cut with a scalloped die, painted gold and then shamrocks and purple flowers were added. The bottom is about the same.

I tried to make a thatched roof using sisal from rope, but I haven't perfected that yet. Soon, I think.  It was a relatively quick house to make (for me) and certainly fun to decorate. I hope Pat will like her St. Patrick's Day house.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tim Tag March 2016

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Easter Houses are FINISHED.

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You can find these Easter houses at this location.