Friday, December 1, 2017

Village Dwelling Pop-Up House

Please join me on my new blog - This project is included with lots of new projects. I hope to see you there. Thank you. 

You know I have a fascination (obsession) with 3-D little houses. That is clear from my blog. But what you may not know is that I have become somewhat obsessed with Pop-up houses. I've been trying to figure out how to make a good pop-up house for cards. I think it would make a cute invitation for my party next year so that has been my current project.

Below is the outside of the card using 2017 Tim Holtz Christmas products. I used the snowflakes from last year because they were already cut and glittered.

And this is the pop-up inside of the card with a few bottle brush trees trying to hold the card flat.

So that is the first completed card. It's still a prototype, but I like it.

If you google "Pop-Up Houses" you get a pretty good search list that you can go through, lots of videos, but seeing someone make a pop-up house and actually making one are very different things. First, you have to figure out how to adhere the house to your card and you have to figure out how you want the roof adhered because it has to move during the pop-up motion and then you have to figure out how to make the card lay flat. I have not succeeded in the last challenge.

The first house prototype I made just folds flat. It's not designed to be attached to a card. When you make it this way, you learn what needs to move and how it moves in the folding/unfolding process.

The roof is adhered on the back wall on this house so it would not work on a card because the house and roof both have to move to pop-up. It works well if you want to send a flattened house alone. I am considering doing this as an invitation to my party by writing the invitation on the inside flap of the roof. If you are familiar with Village Dwelling from Tim Holtz, you'll notice that I cut the front gable off of the house. I don't know how to make the house with the gable in front. It needs to be simple when you are learning.

If these videos load, they show the pop-up houses. 

I'd like to share this project with a several online challenges.

Sizzix is hosting #holtzfortheholidays and since I love Tim Holtz products so much I had to make something for this challenge. I will add my project on instagram.

Also this month's A Vintage Journey challenge is "Winter Wonderland". You have to see the projects that the design team did for this challenge. They are incredible.

And then the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Star Light Star Bright". Again the design team projects are beautiful and certainly worth a visit. The stars in my project are from the Stampers Anonymous stamp I used in the background.

P.S. I have always intended to participate in the 12 Tags of Christmas on the Linda's Funkie Junkie blog. I am going to try to do that this year. This is my first project for the 12 tags challenge.


  1. Your pop up card is amazing and so clever. Awesome job! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  2. Beautiful Christmas makes Lucy! I love the house!
    Alison x

  3. Welcome Lucy! I'm beyond delighted to have you playing along with my 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge this year. Your pop up card is totally amazing - wow, I don't even know what to say! The design the the front is so soft and delicate - love the color palette you used. And then when you open it, you are blown away! I can't imagine the detailed calculations it takes to achieve this effect - bravo! Thank you so much for sharing your work with my visitors!


  4. Lucy, I am tickled pink by your pop up houses in a card! I can only imagine the engineering that goes into this. (well, I'd rather NOT imagine that!) These are beautiful cards on their own, but wow! What a treat within! Hugs!

    PS I am so happy to see you joining in the 12 Tags challenge! And while I'm here, I'll also say thank you for playing along at A Vintage Journey!

  5. so fun and clever Lucy. Love the pop up card (and trees), it definitely says Winter Wonderland. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  6. What a fun and creative folded pop up house Lucy! Lovely papers and wonderful Santa in his sleigh! thank you for sharing with us at the A Vintage Journey Challenge!