Monday, August 8, 2011

Once Upon a Row of Houses

I have had this delightful little template of row houses from 7 Gypsies for quite some time. A recent purchase of some Once Upon a Springtime die cuts inspired me to finally use it.

I started by covering each house in a selected piece of paper, mostly from Graphic 45.  I was sure to audition each color so that I would have a well composed piece when complete.  I used an exacto knife to cut out my windows and trim the edges nicely.

I used a trick I learned from Tim Holtz to add depth and character to each house: inky edges.  I used my foam ink applicator to darken the edges of most pieces added to this project.  This simple technique adds so much interest to each house.  Interestingly enough, the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show was to show off a Tim technique.  This is the application I use most from my hordes of knowledge from the legendary Mr. Holtz. 

I also used a trick learned from Tim on my butterflies, just alter it.  I was not happy with the look of these chipboard pieces, so I sanded, inked, sanded again, inked, stamped and then glimmer misted to achieve a butterfly that was better suited for my project.  

Another way I added interest on these fairy houses was with my fastidious fussy cutting.  This takes some patience people, but it is so worth it.  I used the imagery from the papers I had and added little fairies and flowers all over the place.  Too cute!

Another item I used for texture and interest was a bit of Tim's butterfly tissue tape.  I thought it fit in with the theme well, and well, I am addicted to tissue tape, so it wanders into most things I make somehow or another!  I also added a touch of glitter on the wings of each fairy with Stickels.  This adds just the right amount of sparkle.  Flowers from K Company were also added.  These were dimensional, so they added more depth to the piece.  I think my favorite element are the tiny birds I tucked into a few flowers.

I had put this up on my mantle to photograph it, but I think it just may stay there for a while, after all the dust bunnies up here need someone to keep them company!


  1. Well I think it should be a permanent addition to your mantle. That is a beautiful piece! So intricate and detailed and it works so nice all together. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. WOW this is beautiful

  3. I found this from your link to Simon Says and wanted you to know it is the most beautiful piece I have seen made from this paper! I have hoarded this paper for some time and now I wish I had the houses! It must have taken you forever to make it! Keep it on the mantel as it is too gorgeous for anything else!!

  4. I LOVE Graphic 45's Once upon a springtime papers and what you've done with them is stunning!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


  5. I love these houses Rhea..I have to try them .

  6. How fantastic, wonderful houses.

  7. Rhea, this is so lovely. Each panel is so well done, decorated and embellished. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  8. It looks like your mantel is the perfect place for this enchanting row of houses.


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