Monday, July 31, 2017

Halloween 2017 - New Stampers Anonymous Stamps

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I just got my Halloween 2017 Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous stamps. I love them. I planned on making some houses on my days off, but instead I got wrapped up in a Halloween stamping frenzy. It probably doesn't come as a surprise, but I did a framed perspective piece. I think it looks pretty cool, but of course, I would do some things differently if I were to make it again.

I keep experimenting with the frames, making them longer, narrower, sometimes just extending the length. I only had 1/2 inch between each frame so that's 1/4 inch on each side. It didn't give me much space to put my Halloween elements. Also I only extended the width on every other piece. I don't know if that worked or not. It was hard to cut the rectangles close to the same size.

I do like how long and narrow it is. The Distress Oxides formed my color palette again. I think the chalky effect looks very good with this house. I used watercolor paper for the background of the house. I distressed it using Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans and some Black Soot distress oxides and some water spritzing. The house is stamped on the watercolor paper with black ink. The windows were colored with a distress pen in Fossilized Amber. I stamped a bat in the upper right corner and the spooky tree just off the edge the right as well.

The grumpy buzzard stamp was stamped and cut out. I adhered it on the second layer of frames. I added him later in the process. He really needs more plain space behind him to show up better. I decorated the sky with bats I had cut long ago. The owl on a branch is from the Halloween shadows strip die. I don't have this year's Sizzix dies yet (which have a really cool owl die). They have been ordered though.

You can see I used the graveyard die again. I just love this die. And the branch tree. Mustn't forget the branch tree. 

I edged the entire piece in black because the edges of the under layers don't line up as well as they did on my previous pieces. It's supposed to function as a kind of funky frame. 

Just a fun piece playing with stamps and distress stuff and cardboard and glue. Itwas a good day.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Stone Stenciled Clock House

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Stone Stenciled Clock House Halloween House Putz house for Halloween decor.
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All of the information about how I made this house is on the new blog. You can read about the Stone Stenciled Clock House here.

Stone Stenciled Clock House - how to make a paper house at

I am gradually deleting this blog because Google won't recognize my new blog because of duplicate content. I am leaving the information here partly because I loved working on this blog, but also because people still visit here and I don't want them to be disappointed. Anyway, please come to my new blog at

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Study in Perspective - Again

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Here are a few photos from my project "A Study in Perspective - Again". This project is one of my very favorite non-house related posts. I wasn't sure when I made it if it was going to work, but it did! Anyway, the entire outline of the project is now located on my new blog at this location. Please do visit me at I am always working hard on making new things that you will enjoy. Thank you. Lucy

Layer 1

Layers 1 and 2

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Get In Shape" Challenge - The Tower House

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The blog post on the Tower House is here. There are more photos on the blog if you are interested reading more about the Tower House Halloween house - which I hope you are.

Again, I leave this blog here in case you follow a link or a Pinterest pin that makes you curious about the little house. I get kind of frustrated when I follow a link that leads to nowhere so I leave this blog up. But please visit me at the new blog. I really have been working hard and I think you will find LOTS of cool projects there to inspire you - lots of information to help you.

Thank you.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

All Squared Up Challenge

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I was a pinworthy challenge winner from A Vintage Journey's The Magic of Three Challenge. Very excited to be chosen. AND I was chosen with some incredible artists - Barbara who posts on a blog called YaYa Scrap and More and with Nate who has a blog named Le Scrap de Nate. So when you are a pinworthy challenge winner that means you get asked to be a guest designer for the blog sometime in the future. Well, that is today - the challenge is titled "All Squared Up".

I was told the challenge topic about 2 months ago and I was so relieved to have an idea to work on. I recently read that Vincent Van Gogh used a frame device to help with perspective. I always thought great artists like Van Gogh just instinctively understood perspective and that his drawings were flowed from that. Now I don't really know how his device worked, but it gave me an idea to work on perspective using framed squares. I used the Tim Holtz cityscape buildings as my objects that get larger as they get closer to the viewer.

This project is called, naturally enough, City on the Square.

I cut a bunch of squares each one smaller by 1/2 inch. I cut out the centers to make the frames. Every frame was painted a different color. The plan was for the background to recede so I made it darker, then the rest were successively lighter. I played around with the Distress Oxide colors for these frames.

The cityscape buildings were stained with various Distress inks and Distress Oxides.

Then I arranged them on the edge of the frame to get bigger and bigger as the frames got larger. I also cut the bottom of the building at an angle. I glued some strips of cardboard on the back of each frame to help them protrude a little to emphasize the perspective.

When I conceived of the idea, I wasn't sure how it would work, but once I started placing the buildings on the the edge of the frames, I realized it did work. Kind of a fun artistic exercise for me.

Thank you everyone at A Vintage Journey for picking me for this challenge.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hip Roofed Square Farmhouse Finished with Landscaping

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The latest Halloween house is finished. It's the one with the hip roof and square sides that was inspired by A Vintage Journey's "All Squared Up". Each side is 3" x 3", each window is square, the pathway is made with squares and the fence posts are square. Oh, and the base is a square. Lots of squares.

I found some moss on the side of the road which kind of looks like tumbleweeds. I glued it down here and there.

This is the back of the house with the light hole open. I glued the fence posts in and let them dry for a day before I looped wire around the posts. The best wire I had was silver which needed to be distressed with dark brown and orange alcohol ink as well as some Prima Rust paste in brown and orange.

I made a red door just to give a little surprise color then I figured it was too bright so I toned it down with a little Black Soot distress ink. Better, I think. I made the square stepping stones out of a thick cardboard that one brand of kitty litter comes in. It has such a nice lumpy texture and looks like stone to me.

One of my online blogging buddies, Laney of Sugarplum Patchwork, asked me about what I use for the base of the siding. (Check out her work, she makes such beautiful putz houses.) At first I used the same cardboard that formed the structure of the houses. But lately I've been using 110# black card stock. It works really well with the crackle medium. The siding that is on this house consists of leftovers from a couple of previous houses. That's why there different degrees of crackles and colors. I think works for this abandoned house.

See the straw bundle on your left. I was trying to get the glue to dry with a heat tool so I could take photos and almost set the straw on fire. Sometimes you have to be patient and just let things dry on their own. You can't see the browned bottom edge from this view.

That's about it. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the Hip Roofed Farmhouse. I'm going to share it with this month's A Vintage Journey challenge.

I have some ideas for the next house. I really have to get a move on because I think I only have 14-15 houses for the sale and I really want to have more than 20 completed. Fall will be here before you know it.

Thank you for stopping by.

Recent Trip to Utah - Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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I wrote a brief post about going out west in early July, but I hadn't gotten around to a real post so here it is.

One of my favorite charities is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. It is actually a national group that aims to make all shelters "No Kill" by 2025 - a lofty goal. The sanctuary houses about 1700 animals on 3000 acres in Kanab, Utah. I had never visited but I kept hearing what a beautiful place it is to visit so I finally got the time to go. I went with my friend, Lynn, from Montana who does a lot of animal transport from high kill shelters in the west to no kill shelters. I knew she would like to go. She met me at the Salt Lake City airport and drove me to Kanab, Utah about 5 hours away in the southern part of the state.

We stayed at a cute little hotel in "downtown" Kanab called the Canyons Boutique Hotel. We signed up to volunteer at Best Friends for the next 2 days. Lynn really wanted to work with the dogs on the first day, but volunteer opportunities in the doggie areas fill up fast and there was no place for her to work on the first day. So we get volunteer in the cat area much to my delight.

Canyon Boutique Hotel

Our first job was to walk the cats. Huh? Cat walking. We were in Cat Headquarters where the cats that don't get along well with other cats live. They each have a nice sized room with outdoor access, but apparently they really enjoy going on walks in pet strollers. The first two we walked were Butch and Bruce. Butch loves to go on rides and whenever he is out of his room, he goes to the lobby and jumps in the stroller waiting for someone to walk him.

Lynn took a picture of me pushing Bruce. He was very attentive and was looking for lizards. After walking about 4 cats in strollers we got to work cleaning rooms - cleaning litter boxes, changing water bowls, sweeping and petting the kitties, of course.

We ate lunch at the Best Friends cafe which is all vegetarian (mostly vegan) for $5.00. It was great food.

Then to the Bunny House for the afternoon volunteering session. We got so lucky because apparently Wednesday afternoon is treat day for the bunnies. To keep them from getting fat, they only get treats on Wednesday and Sundays. We fed them some dried apple snacks. Now some of these bunnies are very human friendly, but a lot were very shy so coaxing them out to give snacks was a bit of a challenge. And you have to give both bunnies in the same room the treats at the same time. If you don't, one will get jealous of the other and might start a fight. Who knew? The photo below shows two "Lion Head" bunnies who are killer cute. They look like fuzzy slippers. Honey is the one with the brown coloration. I can't remember the white bunny's name. Let me just tell you - judging from their rooms - bunnies are MESSY, very, very MESSY. I am glad we didn't have clean up duty in the bunny house.

That evening we went to a service for the Sanctuary animals who had recently died - crossing the Rainbow Bridge. The service is held at a place called Angel's Rest high in the canyon - very beautiful. It was a lovely service. We cried, of course, but we were happy to hear how loved all these animals were.

We ate that night at a great restaurant in Kanab called Peekaboo Canyon Wood-Fired Restaurant. Again we ate vegetarian and loved it.

The next day we got up early because Lynn got a volunteer spot in one of the dog areas. If you go early you get to choose where you work. Most people choose the puppy room, but Lynn wanted to work in a training area. She actually got admissions and worked with dogs who had recently come to Best Friends. I think she really liked that area.

I got Cat Headquarters again where I started out walking cats, but this time I got to walk 2 cats on a leash!? Cats walk on a leash? Well, barely. Melanie easily walked out the door across the side walk and proceeded to roll over and over in the red sand. She was a dilute colored calico until she started rolling in the red sand, then she turned orangey-red. I was able to get her to walk a little bit by picking her up and moving her away from the Cat Headquarters where she walked on a wall to get back to her familiar building. I cannot remember the name of the second cat I walked, but he would not walk except 6 inches from one grass clump to another. I imagine his room was littered with grass-covered hairballs after my walk with him.

The beautiful Melanie after rolling in the red sand. Melanie is a 15 year old cat with diabetes who requires daily insulin.
Melanie missed a spot so she has to roll some more.
Melanie actually walking on a leash. 
The grass eater cat. I couldn't get him to walk at all, but you could tell he loved being outside for some grass treats.
Then I cleaned a few rooms. I cleaned one of the kitten rooms with 3 little rambunctious kittens. After I mopped the floor where they had spilled their water, I went to clean another room while waiting for the floor to dry. I made a serious error and put the food bowl on a counter to let the floor dry. When I went back to their room, they had knocked the food bowl into the water bowl making an even bigger mess than the one I had first encountered. You can't trust little kittens.

Lynn and I did a tour in the afternoon and got to play with some puppies which was really fun.
Puppy Mania.
This little boy dog named Etoufee looks exactly like one of Lynn's dogs. She almost took him home with her.
Puppy Attack. Lynn did not mind.
The most important thing about the visit to Best Friends is that it is so positive and loving and kind. I thought it might be sad, but the Sanctuary personifies the best aspects of the word. It is both a sanctuary for the animals, but also for any human who visits. You will feel love and kindness - something we all need.

I was going to include the side trip to the Grand Canyon in this same post, but I think this post is long enough. The Grand Canyon will have to wait for another day.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hip Roof Farmhouse - latest House for Habitat

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Spooky Tree Tutorial

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You can find the spooky tree tutorial here on my updated blog - If you like Halloween paper crafts, you'll find lots more fun paper houses, Halloween wallhangings on the new blog. Please do stop by and check out all the stuff there. I think you will be glad you did.

I like this tree and as I said earlier, each time I make one, I get better at it.