Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Houses

Here is my Christmas House that I created from a design by my friend, Kathy at Paper Phenomenon. She does a wonderful UStream class on how to create these magnificent paper mache houses. You might remember the Halloween House that I shared a little while ago, from the same design. Below are the steps that I followed....

The side view, showing the ice in the windows!

This is the basic house, from Hobby Lobby, split down the center, and opened up.

Adding the designer paper to the peaks to start the decorating!

Why does Blogger insist on turning some photos sideways? Inking the papers :)

Cutting strips of Threading Water for the roof. Some of the houses I did were covered in 3/4 inch circles of white paper instead of strips. Easier and just as cute.

Bird's eye view of the fireplace, hearth, carpets, throw rug with fringed edges, and 3D rocking horse.

Making the dimensional Christmas Tree, and adding the snowflake to the top. Hurray for the hot glue gun!

Another view, this time you can really see the Stickles on the flames in the fireplace, and teh rocking horse. So cute!

Here are the inside window treatments, with valances upstairs, and curtain rods (toothpicks) and draperies (fancy ribbon) downstairs. The bags and boxes are from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge. All windows had acrylic in them. Easy and very effective.

Here is the other side of the room.... the tree skirt is a Tim Holtz die that pinch pleats like this.

Over the fireplace is a mirror made from a frame cut from one of the cartridges (sorry, can't remember which one, and the "mirror" is shiny flashing tape. The candles on the mantle are tiny glass icicle ornaments that are standing in a bead glued to a brad, and tied with cute!

This particular house was auctioned off to raise funds to purchase shoes for children for Christmas. I am so grateful for those who purchased tickets, and it goes to such a good cause.

I have made another house for my own, but it's not quite finished yet. I'll post a photo when I get it done.

Happy crafting ~



Beth said...

Gorgeous Betty and all of the wonderful detail you have added amazing.

marysanders123 said...

What an awesome job you did Betty! I just watched Kathy's live ustream at 3pm. I hope you post your pictures on her ning site. If you don't know it, it is, I'm sure she would love to see as well as others. I just love your details and you gave me ideas I never would have thought of like the toothpicks and ribbon drapery also the rug and tree skirt. Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration.

lisa808 said...

Beautiful 'gingerbread' house. Love all your detail.

Love crafts forever said...

OMGoodnes! Absolutely gorgeous.
You did fantastic job.
Hugs, Nataliya.

Court said...

This is SO awesome Betty! I can't even believe it! It's SO impressive!

LadyA said...

wow!so beautiful :)

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Betty, oh my goodness, this is ABSOLOUTELY AMAZING!! I am so impressed by how you created this - fantastic work!!

Debbie Olson said...

Beautiful job on your house, Betty--inside and out!

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