Monday, September 20, 2010

My Paper House :)

This past weekend I finally settled down and tried making one of these paper houses. I've run across them on different blogs throughout the past year or so and would always tell myself that I'd like to give one a try. Well, I finally did. I should have been doing housework, but opted to play instead. It was so funny, because my kids and my hubby kept asking me why I was making a paper house? "Just cuz...." That's what I told them. :)
I wanted to use some of my fun new supplies from McMahon Five Designs.

I used LOTS and LOTS of die-cuts, including my newest Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes and Hanging Sign. I turned the sign into the door and used the other part as a finial along the top of the roof. The shingles on the roof are made up of a border punch like what you see along the bottom edge of the house, which I then cut into little shingle pieces and used my Glossy Accents to glue them on individually. Painstaking, but fun and what a nice effect it made. Then there are Spellbinder die-cuts accented with Stardust Stickles.

This is the back and side view of the house.
Look and my cute little doorknob. It's an eyelet (simply glued on with Glossy Accents and a little aqua bauble added to it.) TOO CUTE!!! I can always count on Glossy Accents to adhere anything in addition to adding that shiny effect when I want it. It's very sturdy and always dries crystal clear.
I'm just loving all the texture and of course added a couple of my favorite seashells.
I took this picture with some different lighting because if you look very closely, you can see the textured walls of the house have a thin layer of Distress Stickles Rock Candy spread all over. Its a great effect and looks really neat, but doesn't show up very well in these photos. Thanks for stopping by. :)

I'm linking to these challenges:
The Pink Elephant - the color aqua
GingerSnap 70 - punches
Aly's Sunday Challenge 25 - sparkle and glitter
Southern Girls Challenge #1 - anything goes


Sue @ McMahon Five Designs said...

That roof is unreal, Michelle! So pretty! I didn't even notice that you had used the Tim Holtz hanging sign die on the roof and door until you said it! Very clever! You have been one busy girl and it sure is BE-U-TIFUL! Hugs Sue

TuKara said...

Magnifique!!!sweet home.

karenw said...

Wow, this is stunning, I especially love the roof. This is a work of art. Well worth missing a bit of housework for!!
Thanks for playing with us at SGC.

Carol said...

Michelle this is incredible. I absolutely adore this. I can see you put a lot of work into this. It is truly gorgeous!

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Holy cow girl!! What a stunning project!! I love your house. What an awesome use of embossing dies and cutting dies. OUTSTANDING!!!

Rufus said...

It's gorgeous! Love all the textures and the creative use of the sign and borders! Way more fun (not to mention longer lasting) than housework!

Michelle Singer said...

Oh my goodness!!! I can't believe how much detail you put into this house. I love all the die cuts and texture. Super job. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls this challenge.

Christine said...

Wow, this is amazing! So many beautiful details and well worth it!!!

Anonymous said...

This is sure pretty Michelle! Love the turquoise "aqua" color, all the embossing, punches and especially the "shell" door accent!'s so pretty, I just want to MOVE in myself!

Axel....{Carol} said...

wow this is just so gorgeous,i love that you have used die cuts it a differnt way,thats so clever.Thanks for shearing this with us at southern girls challenge

Carolyn said...

Wow, Michelle! So gorgeous. What a lot of work too. I love all the swirly flourishes, embossing and punches. I especially love the way you did the shingles on the roof. Amazing. What a great work of art.

Priscilla said...

Holy Mole..this is amazing.

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

WOW, I can not believe you did all of that!! This blows me away. I see hours and hours of love in your house, LOL So, what you thinking of it's future? I'm thinking I don't think I could ever do something like this!!

Sue Pickwell said...

Lovely project, did you use one of the cricut cratridges for the house? Great Job!

Ali Manning said...

What a stunning project! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations challenge!

Elaine said...

Love the colours of your house and all the texture that you've created. It's inspiring.

Kristine said...

I dont' know HOW in the world I missed this GORGEOUS project Michelle, but I just saw it in the li'l thumbnails after your posts. I'm am just in AWE of it's beauty! You really did a FABULOUS job on it and I'd love to make one of these and make it into a Candy House for "Hansel and Gretel"... but I need to know, is there a TEMPLATE??? Or do you have one that you made up for the house itself?? If so I'd really love to have a link to it, or if you created it do you have measurements you could share with me?? PLEEEASE???!! LOL! =)

Anonymous said...

Hi - I am definitely delighted to find this. cool job!