Friday, March 17, 2017

Steampunk Cottage for St. Patrick's Day

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 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.


  1. Love this to bits! I've never seen steampunk done in green before - but it works out just brilliantly! A fab St. Patrick's Day make!
    thank you for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! (and thanks for the nice laud about our challenge blog too ;)

    Claudia x

  2. I think this may be my new favourite of your wonderful creations Lucy, this is fabulous!! I love the way you used the cog dies and the fact that you put the house on pully wheels is fantastic! A great St Patrick's make. Love this!

    Whilst I am here, thanks so much for joining in again with us at A Vintage Journey, always a pleasure to see you there. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. This fits perfectly to this day and I like it very much. Colorful power with a beautiful idea and charisma (the green nuances are phenomenal) :)!

    Hugs Senna

  4. What a lovely creation! I love that it is green for St Patrick's Day. It's lovely that you joined in the PaperArtsy Challenge for the first time. This is a very special and beautiful project. xx

  5. Gorgeous your steampunk house project!! Beautiful green colours with destress oxide and pretty flowers. It's a great imagination!! xx

  6. Love your house, wanted to see a face peeping from one of the windows, but can't see any. Great project.

  7. Lucy, here's another favorite house! I love the colors you've used and your flowers are perfect! Wilted Violet is one of my favorite Distress colors. So cool that you've added the pulley wheels on this. Yup, HOUSEWORK is never done! Thank you for sharing this with our All Aboard challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs!

  8. Oops! We can't forget that splatter! Splattering is always fun! And we're happy you had fun with your splattering for our dare at Emerald Creek Dares! Hugs, again!

  9. Thats one decorative house. Very beautiful. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp A Bit O Green Challenge. Gayatri xx

  10. tu as eu raison de mettre de la couleur dans cette magnifique réalisation ton projet et fabuleux merci de ta participation à bientot Nate

  11. What a fantastic project Lucy! The wheels are so much fun and I love the idea of a steampunk house! This caught my eye on the PA blog and I came right over, but thanks so much for also sharing with us at A Vintage Journey. You are such an inspiration my friend! Don't you live in Greenville? We need to get together! Hugs, Autumn

  12. This house is awesome! So creative and fabulously made! I love it! And of course, thank you for your kind comments! Big hugs

  13. Lovely project, thanks for joining us on the Emerald Creek Supplies Dare Challenge Blog.