Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Get In Shape" Challenge - The Tower House

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is "Get In Shape". I wish my project was based on getting my own body in shape, but that is not the case. I have been making shapely little houses though. How is this particular house appropriate for the "Get In Shape" challenge? Well, it is a very unique pattern, one which I did not design. This design is from Howard Lamey, the best cardboard house maker. He graciously shares his patterns on the Cardboard Christmas forum. This design makes a tower without having to glue it on the roof. It is an integral part of the building. When I saw it, I thought to myself, that is a special design. A very special shape for a little house.

Here is the house before I added the surrounding wall. The color is pretty accurate in this photo.


The pattern is basically an inverted T with gable ends. The side walls are flaps from the body of the T.  I picked purple just to use a different color for my Halloween houses. I embossed watercolor paper with a Tim Holtz Texture fade called "Tiles" which I glued on the cardboard form of the house. Then I used my Distress Oxide Wilted Violet ink to color the tiles. I went over them with some Black Soot Distress Oxide ink for the spook factor. I really like the pattern. The windows were made from Dark Room Door window stamps on plain white paper, cut out and glued to the window openings. I used a Sizzix die Mini Scallop and Pinking to make the roof shingles. I edged the shingles with Picket Fence paint and then some Wilted Violet paint.

Here's the finished house - the Tower House.
This color may be a little too purply in the photo, but in truth, the house is purple.
Back view of the purple Tower house
Back of the house. I let the ochre paint drip off the edge of the base. I may clean that up a little bit.
I kind of like drippy edges though.

Close up view of the windows and the center door, also the polymer clay pumpkins which I put on almost all of my Halloween houses.

Bird's eye view of the front door.


Well, that is my shapely house. If you've been here before you know I am making a bunch of houses to sell in October for a Habitat for Humanity. I've got a pretty good collection going.

Thank you for reading.

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful - and so much inspiring! Great idea, to use this embossing pattern. Btw: never heard about dolly houses, very interesting! have a nice sunday
    hugs Irmgard

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    1. Thank you. The Cardboard Christmas forum has so much information on making the little houses. The Dolly Toy company was one of the US companies that made the houses. I think they started during WWII when Japan was obviously not making stuff to sell to the US.

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  2. Lucy this house is just gorgeous! I love the tile embossing and the pinked roof/shingles. But also I love the fence and the way you painted the base. The drips on the base are perfect! I wouldn't touch them. ;)

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  3. Thank you, Laney. I always appreciate hearing from you. Especially since you really know how to paint.

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  4. Great purples. I love it. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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  5. How fun and what a fabulous cause too...yay you! This is precious and festively fun...love the pumpkins and patterns. Thanks so much for visiting me too, and sorry I haven't been around.

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  6. Fabulous house Lucy!! the whole design of this is gorgeous!! :-)

    Congratulations you have won the $50 voucher on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Please email us, there is a clickable link on the sidebar of the challenge blog :-)
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  7. Oh my gosh Lucy! Biggest congrats on winning this week's prize at SSS! Good for you!!! <3 Hugs, Autumn

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