I struggled to think of a design for a St. Patrick's Day house since I had done several of them last year and I wanted to do something different. I have purchased a lot of craft supplies in the past year (serious understatement) that needed to be used. One of my most recent purchases was a set of gear dies from Tim Holtz' 2017 release. I also found some gear Sizzix texture fade folders that I thought would make a good background for the house.
I used one of the house custom dies from last year because I wanted to make the house pretty quickly. Anytime I make a house in less than a week, it's seriously speedy for me.
So here is the Steampunk Cottage for St. Patrick's Day.
I used lots of different elements to decorate the house. I experimented with the new Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Oxide inks - more fun. It really does give a lot of dimension to the colors on the house. This photo has the most accurate color representation.
I put the house on wheels just because I had to have an excuse to use the new Idea-ology pulley wheels. I think they are so cute and add a fun element to a steampunk house. My cardboard base is not exactly flat. It was until I glued the house on top. I am hoping it will flatten out when the house sits there for awhile.
I used the smallest flower from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I cut the flowers out of watercolor paper because it is so nice and heavy and has lovely texture. The paper also absorbed the Ranger Wilted Violet stain beautifully. Then I used an embossing tool to give the flower it's shape and rolled the ends of the petals around a small crochet needle for the curve of the petals. I dabbed some gold paint in the centers of the flowers.
I love the flowers.
I think I may replace the door. It is a little too small for the structure, but I am still debating about that. As you know, a house is never done.
I am going to share this project with several challenges.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bit O'Green. I used lots of greens in this project: Distress Oxide Peeled Paint, Ranger Mowed Lawn Distress Paint and Stain, Twisted Citron Paint and Stain, Peeled Paint Paint.
A Vintage Journey - All Aboard - Happy Birthday. I think this is my third entry in this challenge, but it is the first one where I have managed to incorporate wheels for the "All Aboard" aspect of the challenge. I have never entered 3 times in one challenge before. I am inspired.
SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenge. This is one of the very first challenges I ever entered over a year ago. I don't often make a project with Steampunk designs but when I do I like to enter this challenge. There are always a lot of cool things in this challenge.
Paper Artsy - Doors, Windows, Architecture Challenge. Well, my little house clearly has a door, windows and architecture (even though I should have made a bigger door). I've never entered the Paper Artsy Challenge before but I have enjoyed their inspiration.
Emerald Creek Dares - Splatter Some Fun. I only splattered a little bit on my house, some by accident. Mostly I splotched things. I splotch a lot. And splotching is fun as well as spattering. There are some cool designs here as well.
That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed seeing my Steampunk Cottage. I smile every time I walk by it. I think it looks better in real life (really, I will get a good camera and learn how to use it soon).
Thank you for reading. I hope you have a good day. Lucy
Addendum - I took some better pictures which are on the March 19th post. I also added a door frame which looks so much better.