I have been busy crafting, but not blogging. Just got back from seeing my sister and her husband in Salt Lake City. It was very nice, but exhausting.
The week before I went to Utah, I made a Halloween house for my sister’s mother-in-law because she loves Halloween and has a Dept. 56 Halloween house. So I naturally thought she might like one of my little cardboard houses. She did appear tickled when I gave this house to her.
I made the roof “tiles” using the new Tim Holtz roof die. I painted the edges of the strips so they would stand out better. This die makes great roof shingles or tiles or shakes or whatever you want. It’s great. The tree is the usual Tim Holtz branch tree (apparently sold out), but I shaded it to give it a little dimension and then cut out an extra trunk to make it stand up on it’s own. The fence is also from Tim Holtz – the on the fence edge die. I love this die for my Halloween houses.
The witch on top is a retired Martha Stewart punch. It’s a real shame that it is retired because it is an incredible punch. The iron fence on top is also a retired Martha Stewart punch, also a shame that it is no longer available.
The house is just a simple, plain house pattern that I drew. The windows are from a Papertrey ink Tiny Town basic house die. The really nice thing about this die is that you can cut 4 windows at a time rather than only one or two. It really makes things easier. I drew wood siding on a plain piece of cardstock, copied it onto regular copy paper, then painted it grey, and glued it to the cardboard house form. Now I have a basic wood siding that I can color whatever color I want. Though truthfully, I will probably color it grey most of the time. The porch pieces are wood scraps from my brother’s shop cut to fit, painted grayish white.
I hand cut the door in a coffin shape with a small window cut out. The pumpkins are made from orange sculpey incised to look like pumpkins with a small green stem. The bat is from an EK Success Halloween punch which has a snake, a spider and the bat. It’s my best bat shape from a punch.
That’s it for the widow’s walk house. I don’t have the greatest finish photos because I was in a hurry before I left for vacation. These are the iPhone photos we took after I delivered the house, but I do have a few photos of the house in progress which I will write about in a different post.
I am going to enter this is in the Creative Carte Blanche challenge (this challenge is now obsolete) which is “Winged Things”. I didn’t think I was going to have anything that would fit the topic, but my flying bat is a winged thing, right?
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