Saturday, October 28, 2017

Just Finished Invitations to the House Making Party

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I am having a "Little House Making Party" before the Christmas season really gets ramped up. It's a bit of challenge getting everything ready. I just finished the invitations.

Here is the invitation that I put on the bulletin board at work.

I made it using a new Tim Holtz die from Sizzix called Snowglobe 2. It has a LOT of little fiddly pieces so it's not something that I would make over and over, but I think it is perfect for this purpose.

The invitations look like this:

I made 60 of them using the Tim Holtz door painted and stamped to look like wood and then added a wreath on the door. Inside is just a folded piece of scrapbook paper. I included the party info on a slip of paper inserted behind the door. I didn't glue the party info page on because I think people can either use the door as a gift tag or even add a sentiment inside and use it as an ornament or card. I try to be versatile.

I did include my blog address so people could come here and read about the details on the party. I figure it's an easy way to get the information out. 

The Plan for the Little House Making Party:

1. Pre-Made Houses. The houses will already be built and primed. There will be 4 different designs to choose from. I am leaving off chimneys, windows, doors, and the bases so everyone will be able to choose how they want the house to look.

2. Paint the House. Paint will be available for painting the houses. Wear clothes that you don't care if paint gets on them. I don't think there is time to glitter the houses, not to mention the mess involved. I will have some way to dry the houses a little bit faster so crafting can proceed in a timely fashion.

3. Choose Design to cover with Scrapbook paper, if desired. There are a couple of designs that we can cover with scrapbook paper if that is how you would like to decorate your house. I have PLENTY of paper as I am a paper hoarder. You do not need to bring your own. I also have a lot of glue as well. Also you can use Christmas scrapbook paper to cover the bases as well. 

4. Add Decorative Elements to the House. When the painting is done, add windows, porch, columns (probably made out of colorful paper straws), chimneys.

5. Attach to Pre-Made Base. Hot glue to attach the house to its base so it will adhere quickly.

6. Embellish. Use bottle brush trees (about 1 large one per house, you can use a couple more of the smaller ones), Santas, Snowmen, greenery, little birds, sentiments, etc. I have LOTS of embellishments as well.

7. Take Photos at Photo Display.

I am hosting the party over 2 nights so people can choose which night is the most convenient to attend. I figure if I can get my house cleaned up for one night, I can keep it straight for a second night. 

I have 3 more Halloween houses I am trying to finish. I don't think I can get them done before Halloween, but I will have them done before my party in mid-November. 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing well. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Make Your Own Original Putz House - Part 2

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Ok, I drew up new patterns for the house that Katherine asked about. I am calling the pattern Jack's House after the first house I made with this pattern. I also scanned them and saved them as pdfs which are stored on Google docs - click on the link to get the pdf. I could not figure out how to embed the pdfs in blogger. Feel free to use the patterns if you want. Please do not post the patterns themselves on your website, but you are welcome to link back to this blog. And you are welcome to make as many houses as you want from these patterns.

Jack's House Pattern with measurements:
Click on above link to get pdf file to print

Jack's House Pattern - blank so you can shrink or enlarge it as you wish:
Click on above link to get pdf you can print.

Jack's House Pattern with Windows and Extension locations sketched in:
Click on this link for printable pdf pattern

Click on above like to get printable pdf pattern.

I hope this works.

I am busy making invitations to my November house-making party and selling the last few Halloween houses so I haven't made the last 3 Halloween houses  with this pattern yet. I will get to them.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Make Your Own Original Putz House - Part 1

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Katherine, a reader of my blog asked me about sharing the pattern for a house I made a couple of years ago. I made about 4-5 houses with this pattern.

Here are a few photos and links to the houses made with this pattern - Jack's house, Rusted Tin Roof HouseRusted Tin Roof House for Josie, and Jennifer's House.

Since I've been making houses for so long, I have actually learned a few tricks to make them much easier to make. The most important thing I learned from Howard Lamey on the Cardboard Christmas forums. If you pay attention to his patterns you will see little details that greatly simplify making cardboard houses. 

Here is the first big tip - make the pattern easy to cut out.  Cutting cardboard with a craft knife can be tough - a simple pattern and straight cuts will make your crafting so much easier. Your hands will thank you.

Initial drawing of the pattern for Jack's House:

Template for Jack's House:

Template for the front gable extension for Jack's House:

You can see that there are all these little cuts that you have to make to make the tabs that I've found are not really necessary. 

Now I would make this pattern like this - basically cutting out a rectangle. 

This is the pattern I am drawing tonight. It's a relatively large house so there are no tabs on the sides because the back piece will be a rectangle with 2 tabs to provide a gluing surface.

Here is the pattern with score lines outlined in red. I made a copy so I can cut it out. 

Now the house pieces have been cut out. See how simple that is!

Here is the back piece with the tabs on each side. It's made from another copy of the pattern.

And finally, here is the entire framework of the house temporarily taped together. This is a very similar shape to the houses above made with a simple gable pattern that is so much easier to cut out and actually more sturdy because the roof  and the gable ends are supported.

I make my houses out of cardboard to make them strong so they will last for many years, but there are a number of people who make their houses out of card stock like this. With paint and glitter and a firm base they are surprisingly sturdy.

The front gable extension pattern can be greatly simplified as well.

I've shown a side view of template taped together to show you that the extension gable is better supported this way. It is much easier to glue on a roof piece with these flaps in place. You may still have to cut the tab pieces a little bit depending on how much light you want to enter the extension.

I'll show you the transfer method to cardboard in the next post. I'll also make a pdf pattern of this simple gable house with the dimensions as well. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Owl Cabinet

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Here is my most recent project - The Owl Cabinet that I designed as a Pinworthy guest for this month's a Vintage Journey's Challenge - Crazy for Autumn Colour. I am honored to be chosen as a Pinworthy Guest Designer once again.

The tree is simply a cylinder of cardboard with the base slightly larger than the top covered with paper mache. 

Test fitting the owl and the light behind it.
The limbs are twisted pieces of brown packing paper. 

The tree itself is painted with gesso, then grey paint then Ground Espresso Distress paint. I tried to make the paper mache more "bark" like by using an old brush painting black striations. Then I went over it a little bit with my favorite yellow paint - Distress Fossilized Amber. 

The background consists of gesso, Tumbled Glass, Broken China and then a little Wilted Violet Distress Oxide sponged on in the corners to make the sky look a bit like evening is coming. I painted the sky near the ground with Fossilized Amber to lighten things there. 

I stained watercolor paper and cardstock with various colors of Distress Inks and Stains and then punched out the leaves with the Sizzix Oak Leaf Punch. 

The opening in the tree was sized to fit the owl - oversized really. It needs to be a tiny bit smaller. The owl is a Tim Holtz Ornate Owl Thinlits die which I cut out twice - once with brown inked watercolor paper, once in black and then an outline on clear acetate. I colored the acetate with various inks - yellow and then some gold and white fixative. I tried to make the owl's throat lighter because if you read about the Great Horned Owl one of its distinguishing features is the "neat white patch on the throat". I covered it with Glossy Accents which I should probably go over again to make that layer more even. There are a few birds from the Tim Holtz Scarecrow Thinly Die. They are circling far away because the Great Horned Owl is a ferocious predator. 

I cut a large hole in the back so the cabinet can sit in front of a candle and shine through the owl. 

The frame of the cabinet is just cardboard cut to outline the box. It's painted with black gesso then a generous layer of Crackle Texture Paste - my new favorite texture paste. The top of the cabinet is cut out with the Sizzix On the Edge Plaque and Postage Die. I love how it looks on the top of the project. 

That's about it. I love 3-D projects and paper mache and autumn colors and leaves. This was a very fun project as it incorporates so many of my favorite paper crafting elements.

Thank you for reading. Ya'll take care.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Return of the Two Witches Sharing Recipes

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One of my co-workers requested a wall hanging with the Two Witches so I went overboard with this one. It is much more elaborate than the previous wall hanging.

You may recall that I decided to make the witches like the folding paper dolls that we made out of newspaper as kids where you fold the paper like a fan and cut out the paper doll with the hands joined. The first time I did it, I put the edge of the die outside of the fold and cut the witches with the dresses joined. It just looked weird with the witches abutting that way. So next I put the die so that the hat and hands and brooms were joined. Because of the posture of the witches, it looks like they are leaning in to discuss an important topic - recipes!!

I made a cauldron to put behind the witches and gave them a spooky nighttime setting in front the moon. To give the skirt some dimension I folded it before I cut it out and then fluffed it a little when I glued it down. These dresses worked very nicely. The yellow dress on the witch on the right is plain yellow cardstock stamped with one of my favorite new Christmas background stamps - Sparkles. I think it makes a great pattern for the dress.

I used the same Distress Oxides for the background night sky that I used in my previous wall hanging - the Grumpy Back Seat Driver. I added the new Haunted House Sizzix Thinlits die with yellow windows and edged the house and windows with white distress crayon. I also stamped the background with the new Spider stamp using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide, but I made an error here. I stamped over my moon and it just looked weird so I had to make a new moon and glued that on top. Fortunately, my error worked out because it gave the moon so much more dimension.

Once again I used the Sizzix Poison embossing folder. I love how it makes such a creepy label. The sidebar has a spider web and with various tokens hanging from it and a toxique vial. I stamped some Halloween stamps below and then while the ink was still wet I pulled a paint brush through them to mimic streaking or melting. I did the same thing when I stamped the Happy Halloween at the top, then embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I think that covers most of the details of the Two Witches wall hanging. I'm going to be sharing it on Facebook and Instagram for the Sizzix challenge #holtzforhalloween and #timholtzhalloween2017.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you are enjoying this crafting season. Soon I have to switch to Christmas, but I actually have promised 3 more Halloween houses before I do.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Grumpy Back Seat Driver - Halloween Hearse

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jeremiah's Stone House

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This is a custom house I made for someone who didn't get their first choice last year. It's a modified pattern from the Stone Stenciled Clock House. His requests for this house included a clock in the tower and a stone base - easy to incorporate both of those features.

Here is a close-up of the mandatory clock. It's a 13-hour clock I found online. I just enlarge it or shrink it to fit the circular opening of whatever Halloween house I use it on. I framed the clock with one of the gears from the Sizzix Bigz dies called "Industrial".

And the mandatory rocky outcropping as the base is seen below. It's paper mache over corrugated cardboard painted with various layers of paints to mimic stone. I decided it was a little too barren so I cut some stepping stones from Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Dies Set - Mixed Media #4. I wanted them to really look like stone so I painted them with thick grey paint heavily laced with sand. They are bumpy and have a stone-like texture. I highlighted them a little bit with Picket fence paint. In order to make the stepping stones stand out better, I ground up some moss I found, mixed it with Peeled Paint and mushed it between the stones when they were glued in place. I am very pleased with how this turned out.

I even used the moss on the back graveyard. Later moss was added all around the house, but I took these photos before I did that.

The walls are stenciled with the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencil Set #28. I love this stencil. I painted the house with a dark grey (almost black) paint also mixed with a lot of craft sand. The texture is wonderful, I think. And it makes the house very substantial. The first color layer of the stenciled stones is Iced Spruce Distress Oxide - a color I never thought I would use, but it's so perfect for stones that I use it all the time. Then I used Tumbled Glass paint and did the highlights with Picket Fence Paint.

I wanted to do the Village Manor window frames a little different from the Stone Stenciled Clock House so I needed a different color - how about Brushed Pewter Stain? Another color that surprised me. I love the subtle shine.

The roof is made the way I do all my metallic roofs - metallic duct tape (also called metal dryer tape in the home improvement stores) on cardboard, grit texture paste, alcohol ink. I made this one darker and not so rusty-colored because the color of the house is in the blue-grey family. I also added some Brushed Pewter stain as well.

The fence is the Sizzix On the Fence edge die - a staple I cannot do without. The fence base is now covered with the Peeled Paint moss.

I added some embellishments from the new Tim Holtz Village Graveyard set. They were also painted with sanded grey paint and glued in place with moss at the base.

I think that covers most of the details of this Halloween house. There is space underneath the house for 2 LED lights so it lights up nicely. My friend is very happy about it. He loves Halloween so this adds to his collection from last year. Um. I just noticed that pumpkin looks like it has grown a tail. I don't think it is that conspicuous in real life. At least I hope not.

I am sharing this project to a couple of challenges - Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge this week is "A Walk on the Dark Side" featuring Tim Holtz products. Yes!! I love that theme. And then I will also add it to the Sizzix challenge for Tim Holtz Halloween 2017.

I hope everyone is well. Please take care of yourselves.