Good news! I talked to the director of development for Habitat for Humanity in my county and got permission to sell my houses as a fundraiser for their group. I am very happy about that. My goal is to make between 20-30 houses and have them on display at a local art gallery during the month of October this year. That’s actually a lot of houses for me to make by that time. I’ve got several left over from last year that didn’t sell and now I’ve finished 3 so far.
That explains why I am making Halloween houses in February. Here is my most recent house which doesn’t have a name. I was going to put this house on wheels and call it “Moving Day” or “On the Move” but I can’t find the type wheels I want (which is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology mini-pulley wheels because they aren’t available yet). I wanted to enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge “Transport It”. But then I figured that the moving concept doesn’t really match the house so I dropped that idea. The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, however, is “Anything Goes” so even my out-of-season house fits that challenge.
Often I use the Tim Holtz “Branch Tree” as the tree in the background but I figured if I am going to try to sell it at an art gallery I should draw an original tree at least some of the time. This one I drew on cardboard, painted and cut out with an exacto knife. It’s a little more fragile than my usual trees, but more artistic (I tell myself).
I also wanted the fence to be less prominent so I build up layers of cardboard to put the house above the fence.
I made the rusted tin roof again. It is so easy and pretty realistic looking, I think. You can find the tutorial for making a rusted roof for your paper crafts in this post.
The house shape is cut from a die I had custom made. It’s much thinner that most of the house dies I have, but I made it that way to I could use it on smaller bases, in a book or a configuration box. Also I can add an extension while keeping it as a smaller house.
Here are some other houses made from the same die so you can see how versatile it is:
- Sea Worn Beach House is probably the most popular little cardboard house made with this pattern.
- The Slate House
- Stone House with 3 Gables – added a 3 Gabled front facade piece to the pattern
That’s it for now. I am working on a project for the Simon Says Stamp “Transport It” Challenge which I hope to have done before the Monday deadline. I hope you are doing well and thank you for looking at my blog.
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