Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Holiday Houses

A recent crafting day with my girlfriends found us making these cuuuute little houses - first, here's how they look at night...

aawwwww!!  There's a fake tealight in each (they have timers now, and come on automatically each night for 4 hours - woot.)

The two biggest were made with the Sizzix cottage die - this thing is so genius!!

I'm using the Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutter now, because I killed my old cheap one, because yes, I'm retarded and got something stuck up in there *whistles and looks away* -BUT I'm really happy about that because the Vagabond is the BOMB.   It cuts through multiple layers of paper and felt like a hot knife through butter.  Anyway, all those tiny pieces; shutters, shingles, door, chimney, etc., all get cut out in one easy pass thru the Vagabond.  Sweeeet.

The little houses I made last November at the second Spellbound art retreat, in a class taught by Cathe Holden

Here's the houses spun around so you can see how fun they are to decorate all the sides.

If you dig thru her blog you can find a template for making them - free!  Thanks Cathe!

Nothing inspires creativity like the holidays; hope you had time to make something too  =)

My House, in the middle of my street

Hi again!  Long time no post - altho I have been making stuff.  Here's something I made for a new calendar/art journal (because New Year means New Projects, right?!)

That's my front door, and my cutie lil' pup! It's done in fabric, and the photo is digitally printed on linen.  Lots of sweet vintage trims and bits, which always gives me a little thrill to use.  Knowing a fabric or bit of lace is 50 or 100 years old, and is still here being loved and used by someone makes me feel connected to the larger world somehow.

 I've started two weekly journal prompt groups, Life Book and The Documented Life Project.  I'm just kinda squishing them together, and hoping my short attention span lasts through the year with at least one of them.    This was the prompt from Documented Life, which was to use your front door.

Does it look like that's a sun in the upper left?  I might need to add some rays to it.....