Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Home Sweet Home?? The Count Awaits

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I finished the Count Awaits house last night when I added the moon with some bats on it. Not super tickled about the moon because I don't think I placed it right, but it's ok. Kids will love it, I think.

I had not planned to enter this one in a challenge because I didn't know of a challenge it would fit, but lo and behold this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is ... "Home Sweet Home". Now this doesn't really apply to the Count Awaits Bat Wing house unless you add a question mark to the end of the statement.

I am going to make another one with this pattern, but with a wider, shorter base and I'm going to angle the back of the roofline to make more of a winglike shape.

I am very happy with how the underwing looks. You may wonder why I included wing underneath the main wing. The main reason is that the pointy ends of the wings are vulnerable to bending. If I make them 2 layers of cardboard thick, then they are sturdier. Also by sliding the wing over the edges of the gabled roof that straight edge of the roof is covered up.

I think the naked moon on the back of the house needs something. I may stamp "Happy Halloween" and add a few bats.

So planned home improvements for the next house will be:
1. Angled roofline to match the wings better.
2. Wider, less steep base.
3. Make the door open up better.
4. Embossing the spider web. I am going to try a different technique. I think I am going to paint the house with white gesso after the embossing, then black paint and wipe the black off the raised spider web design. Another option is to use a large spider web stamp with embossing powder after a stamped design. Something like this was suggested by Cheryl Grigsby on the Creative Carte Blanche Facebook page. I'll experiment and see how it goes.
5. New colors maybe. May try to red to see how that works.
6. Smaller moon. Will probably try the Tim Holtz Moon that's comes as a Mover and Shaper. Here for example.

Gotta go. More crafting to do, you know how it is. Can't let blogging and the internet interfere with crafting. Ya'll take care. Thank you for reading.


  1. Interesting ideas for the home improvements on the next one, but we must call this one a success! I think it's definitely "home, sweet home" for the Count. ;) The background you used for the photo is nice, too.

  2. I love the finished result!!

  3. The Count Awaits house is so cool. I think you're right, kids will love it! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  4. This is amazing! I had to swing by and tell you just how much I enjoyed this post and how clever I thought you were to tie it in to our Home Sweet Home challenge! This made me smile and I love the whimsical style of your house. The roof-line is particularly genius and I'm so glad you shared your skills with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  5. Wow! I just love what you did.