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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You can find all the information on the Return of the Two Witches Sharing Recipes here. I added a photo or two on the new blog. I'm going to be making a similar piece so check that one out too -

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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I moved this post where I talk about making Jeremiah's Stone house here. I hope you will follow me to the new blog. I've been working hard to bring you new houses and free patterns that I think you will like. Thank you. Lucy