Friday, May 13, 2016

The Owl's House done - Challenge Edition

Please join me on my new blog - where this project is included with more already added. Thank you. I hope to see you there.

I stayed up and finished the Owl House completely. I am pleased with how it turned out. I made the "book" out of a cardboard box that I covered with various papers and cardboard to look like a book. I used paper mache to make the tree and cover the inside of the book. There is a hole behind the owl where you could put a light so that the owl's eyes light up.

Here are a few of the supplies I used for the Owl House book:

Waltzingmouse Owl stamp and die - retired, which is really too bad because it's a great stamp
Martha Stewart Oak leaf punch
Tim Holtz Oak leaf punch
Many Tim Holtz inks and stains for the leaves and distressing the pages of the book
Teresa Collins Sophisticated Embossing Folder - I like it because it uses an 8.5 x 11 paper
Martha Stewart Scoring Board - you can't really tell from my photos, but I scored the edges of the book to look like pages.
Tim Holtz Bigz Bird Branch Die

I am going to enter this in 2 challenges because I think this piece fits well with both of them. I really like the idea of the Creative Carte Blanche challenge because of the emphasis on expressing yourself and encouraging experimentation. This month's challenge is Wood, Word, and Wild. When I read that challenge I knew that the Owl's House would be perfect for it. I've got the tree as the wood, the book has a title (the words), and the owl is wild.

The other challenge where I think it fits is the "Emboss it" challenge at this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. I didn't originally think I would be able to make something for this challenge, but then obviously I had to emboss my book cover so it works there as well.

So that's it for this project. I have been planning this one for awhile. Next I'm going to do another Halloween House. I'll tell you about that later.


  1. Love this! It's so magical and enchanting, Lucy!
    And what a clever idea to create a shadow box from a book - that adds so much to the story telling character of your adorable make!

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! To answer your question concerning the hous shapes for my "Mr. Hyde Goes Out" project: I used an X Cut "Build-a-Scene" die set. I guess it is called "Street". ;)

    Claudia x

    1. Thank you for the information on the house shapes. I am planning on ordering that die. I think it will be a perfect background for a diorama like this.

      And thank you for your comment. I always enjoy hearing from you.

  2. Lucy!! This is fabulous. I love books and I love shadow boxes and you've combined them, how clever! How lucky we are to have you joining us at Creative Carte Blanche. I hope we see lots lots more from you, talented lady.

    1. Thank you. I really like the collaborative Creative Carte Blanche. I also like that it's a monthly challenge. That gives me enough time to be creative with a project. I will keep up with your challenge as long as I have a good idea or ideas to execute.

  3. wow your book is amazing and made from an old box your adorable owl ...thanks for sharing over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  4. What a fabulous project, this book look amazing. The tree is gorgeous and the owl too. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  5. Wow! Aren't you clever! What a fun display piece this is. The faux book is genius! Thanks for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche.

  6. Thank you, everybody. I had a lot of fun making the faux book. I think I will be making several more. Lucy

  7. Oh LUCY!!
    I want to show this to the Wildlife Rehab folks!
    It's magical!

    1. Thank you Kathy. I'm going to make some Christmas ones with more wildlife figures that they may like.

  8. Lucy...not only is this dang clever it is a hoot too! hehehe...LOVE what you creative and clever! You go girl!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  9. Lucy...this owl house is nothing short of amazing! I love your concept here! Taking an old "book" and transforming it into such a cool shadowbox is genius. This is a great use of our 3Ws concept. Your tree trunk is very lifelike. I love all of the little autumnal colored leaves. Makes everything so believable! Your owl is darling and the idea of having a light behind him so that his eyes light up is so clever! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Creative Carte Blanche.