Tuesday, 9 April 2013

This Ole House



     Hello to everyone peeking in this blog to see what I have made! Welcome to 'This Ole House'!

         I was on a shopping trip recently at 'The Range' and couldn't resist picking up a couple of paper mache houses. They were only £1 each so a real bargain and I couldn't wait to start decorating.

    ......"Home is where the heart is" came into my head and I thought of incorporating a heart and lots of shabbiness - Lets see what happened.....


    And as you can see it has a surprise.....


       The roof lifts off and......


Out pops a heart!

      I covered the sides of the house with some patterned paper. I decided to use corrugated card for the roof - leaving scraps of the paper covering over it to add to the shabby look. I painted the roof with Vintage Photo DP and dry brushed it with Fresco French Roast acrylic paint, adding a few streaks of Antique Linen DP afterwards to add highlights.

     The base section of the roof was painted in Bundled Sage DP and I wrote across it in white gel pen the words "I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself" which is a quote from Maya Angelou.




     The windows were made by covering a piece of card with Black Soot DI and drawing crooked window shapes with white gel pen. I cut them out and stuck them on to the building. The door was made with Fired Brick DI blended onto card and drawn over with black pen. I stamped some script stamp in archival black in over some of the sides of the house, randomly dabbing it in places, and then drew around the edges of the building in black pen.



      Various tissue tape was stuck onto the building and edges were darkened with Walnut stain DI. A metal cog was stuck to the back of the building and a section of a die cut was used as a plant at the front - covered with Peeled Paint DI.






















The words were stamped with an alphabet stamp from the Range - another cheap £1 buy......I stamped the words and drew around them in black pen. I then smudged some Walnut Stain DI around the edges before sticking them on the roof.




         The inside of the box was covered with scraps of Melange tissue paper. When I select pieces I use for projects, sometimes I need to cut pieces off to get the right part....but it is all too precious to throw away the leftover bits....so I collect them all and when I need a very small amount I go to the scraps box rather than cut a new piece. This time I covered the box in all the scraps rather than cut new pieces for the box. So it was a really nice to get to use up some leftovers!



       After the glue was dry I covered it with a watery layer of Fresco Vintage Lace acrylic paint.

      I cut out a heart shape and inked it with Fired Brick DI. I blended some Black Soot DI around the edge and doodled over the heart with the white gel pen - one of my favourite things to do...just sitting there drawing random swirls heart, stitches and dots.




              I then wound some rusty wire into a spring and attached it to the back of the heart with some tissue tape..........



..............and attached the other end into the box with some more tissue tape (which blended in very well with the tissue paper already in there)




 - And finally, a little message for my mother-in-law, who will 'probably' like this little house - It is yours (If you want it!)

         Thank you so much for coming here to take a look - Please leave a comment! It would be lovely to know what you think of this ole house!





   I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

Try it on Tuesday - Spring is Sprung (Include something that moves) - The 'spring' in my project is the rusty wire spring attached to the heart - which moves.
Fashionable Stamping Challenges  - Journalling
Crafty-emblies - Anything goes
Anything but a card - Who are you inspired by? - Whenever I make anything 'House' or 'Miniature' related I am inspired by my mother-in-law (Cestina's dolls houses)
The Artistic Stamper - Texture



44 comments:

  1. this is wonderful, so full of detail, love it, thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us on TIOT.EE

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  2. another beautiful make, love the rusty wire...and the corrugated roof ! trace x hugs x

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  3. This is wonderful, Laura, I love it,

    Lucy x

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  4. Wow great make Laura, I really like the added effect of the crooked windows, corrugated roof and the little cog on the side that looks like a mini waterwheel. Hugs Mo x

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  5. Laura...this house is darling! I LOVE everything about it. Your attention to detail is just insane! I love all of the little extras you always put into your work. Thank you so much for the very nice comment you left on my blog. I am sure if you made a little bird book, it would be phenomenal!!! <3 Candy

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  6. This is really fantastic! I love the hidden heart of your home but best of all are those little windows and door - a lovely ole house indeed! Love, Chrisx

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  7. I found you through Alison's blog. You gals certainly are creative! You little house is so full of eye-catching details and just the right amount of whimsy.

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  8. Hi Laura, what a wonderful project, I really love the hidden heart and you've created such wonderful texture on this gorgeous little house. Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Claire xx

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  9. I do, I do! Thank you very much. The surprise made me laugh out loud :-)

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  10. Love it! Thanks for joining in the Crafty Emblies Challenge this month. hugs, Kim Crafty Emblies DT Member

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  11. Well done you for bagging such a bargain but I bet it looked nothing like it does now after your magical touch. Its brilliant - I love the surprise, the wording and the corrugated roof. Love Margie xx

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  12. Wow Laura ! Your little 'ole' house is fabulous ! The heart inside is fantastic and I love all the stamping and the words! Sue C x

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  13. Absolutely delightful, a great project and lots of fun.

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  14. Oh Laura, this is another BRILLIANT project!! I adore everything about it, the rusted tin effect on the "corrugated" roof is fantastic, it looks so real! Love also how you have done the sides of the house with the doodling and everything and the heart on the spring is just the perfect finishing touch!

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  15. Oh I am ready to move in!!! Laura, this one amazing old house and I love all the gorgeous details and that heart says it all! Love this and I am your newest follower! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, because now I have another wonderful place to visit! Hugs!

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  16. WONDERFUL!!!! Loving all the details and the heart is fabulous! Awesome design!!!

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  17. This is so lovely, Laura!

    The textures and shabbyness are gorgeous! Thank you for entering our challenge at TioT with this awesome project!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  18. Love this Laura, so clever to hide the heart away inside. Every inch has been covered so beautifully and thoughtfully. No wonder your MIL wants it! Hugs, Jenny x

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  19. A home with a heart...what a clever creation, it looks amazing.
    The details are so impressive Laura!
    Love this home with a great heart!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  20. Fantastic project, so many wonderful details, perfect for our theme at TioT's this time. Thank you for joining us.
    Yvonne

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  21. Love! This is so awesome! I'm just amazed with your creativity! You are definitely an inspiration!
    Hugs,
    Leslie
    http://leslieturner58.blogspot.com

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  22. Just stunning as always! Thanks for joining us at TioT. Cindy

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  23. Wowwwwwwwwwww Laura what a great and beautiful project
    Love every detail.
    It's fabulous.
    Greetings Janny

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  24. Beautiful creation. Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Crafty-Emblies this month.
    Elaine aka Ellapu CEDT

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  25. Wow, I'm missing words, such a wonderful house. Love the saying and the use of the corrugated cardboard. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

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  26. Wonderful! I just totally love it! Kim

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  27. WOW, Outstanding work... Love it all, You are so talented Your blog is a pleasure to visit!! Hugs May x x x

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  28. So cute... love the corrugated card (of course), and the springy heart is brilliant!
    Alison x

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  29. OMGoodnes this is stunning sooooooooo much detail to look at, loads of love went into it. I've got several box of scraps but still didn't manage to organise it. I need a system for it lol
    Thanks playing along this fortnight with TioT
    hugs
    Ildiko

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  30. Helloooo! I have something for you on my blog. Can you email me at cashplant@yahoo.co.uk. Can't email this as I am at work and it's not set up here. Cindy

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  31. Well if your MIL doesn't like it (as if!!) we know some bears who do!! It's stunning. We love your creativity. We need (yet another) trip to the Range now to find some dinky little houses. Mind you, we really ought to finish all our to do projects first!

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  32. Stunning project, love the addidition of the 'spring' heart.
    Wonderful details.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril

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  33. Swooooon...Laura your work is STUNNING!!!!!!
    xoxo

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  34. Gosh it's stunning !
    Von ☺

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  35. WOW! This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the details! Fabulous idea!
    Wishes
    Debbie

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  36. Fabulous ! Love the whole concept . The roof looks just like rusted metal brilliant work x

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  37. You've created a great piece with lovely texture and colours, fab doodling and journaling...thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC...Esther x

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  38. Truly wonderful!! If only I could come up with such wonderful ideas!!
    Sandy

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  39. Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper with your super house...it's really full of texture ...a fabulous make;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  40. Such a clever take on our challenge over at FSC! Brilliant design. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your creative project. Best, Yvonne

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  41. Simply beautiful in every way - no more to be said!!! I love the heart inside and it must be wonderful to be inspired by your MIL! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card for this challenge.
    Juliaxx

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  42. A really wonderful creation Laura. Such fabulous upcycling and just love the heart on the wire inside.
    Thanks for sharing your artwork with us at FSC.
    Fliss x

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  43. Love this house Laura - all totally gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us at TioT! x

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  44. Love the house! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge :)

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