Friday, September 22, 2017

Welcome to the Village of Haunted Holtzville

I would like to finally introduce you to the Haunted Holtzville Village. I've been working on it for a couple of months I think. These houses are all made from the Sizzix Village Dwelling dies by Tim Holtz. Most of the embellishments are from Tim Holtz product lines as well.  There are a couple of videos - one is kind of an outtake - you'll see why when you see it.

A kind of jerky drone view of the houses in the village. 


Testing 1.. 2.. 3 trying to figure out how to make videos. This is the outtake.


I made the Halloween house outfit  2-3 years ago. Since then I have gotten much better at Halloween decor so I redid the embellishments with a lot of Tim Holtz stuff- crackle paint, door knobs, more skeletons, bones, a skull, ravens, toxic labels, a tombstone, etc. The house costume is much better now. Now if I can only up my photography and video skills, I can show you my projects better.

This is my real true finished project for #holtzforhalloween challenge by Sizzix using the 2017 Tim Holtz Halloween Sizzix products. So I'll be posting it on Instagram and Facebook.

I used the following 2017 Halloween Sizzix products:
Bigz XL Alphabet Dies - Gothic
Feather and Ravens thinlits
Moonlit Owl thinlits
Scarecrow thinlits
Trick-or-Treat thinlits
Village Graveyard

All the little cardboard houses are made from Sizzix dies and the Halloween house cardboard costume has Sizzix dies all over it.

Thank you for reading my blog and looking at the Halloween houses. Lucy

P.S. I do have one more major Halloween project to reveal - it's the whole collection of Halloween houses. That will be another post with another wonky video as well.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Recycled Tiny Halloween House in a Jar

This is the last Haunted Holtzville house for this year - Tiny Halloween House in a Jar.

I made a quick little tiny house that would fit in a small mason jar and embellished it with some grey paint mixed with sand to look like stucco. The windows are from the Village Cottage die. The door is leftover from the Metallic Village Manor house - it's the inner door that I cut out because it's not needed. The roof shingles are offcuts from the one of the Village Rooftop dies. And then I added a tree made from a section of the Sizzix branch tree and the new Sizzix Moonlit Owl die from Tim Holtz. I had to kind of curl the tree branches a little bit so they would fit in the jar. I made the same chimney pipe as on the Metallic Village Manor because it was easy and didn't obstruct putting the house in the jar.

I just love this roof pattern. Save the offcuts if you use the Village Rooftop die because you can make great shingles with them as well. 

I am going to enter this in A Vintage Journey's Altered Art Challenge. I used the old jar because there is no place around here to recycle glass. It drives me crazy. That's what got me thinking about putting a house in a jar. The smaller version of the Tim Holtz Tiny House fits pretty nicely in the jar. The roof overhangs get stuck a little bit, but if you tilt the house, then it fits easily.

I am also sharing this with the current Sizzix Holtz for Halloween challenge. Really the entire Haunted Holtzville Village will be my entry because it is about time for the reveal. I've already done some very short videos and taken lots of photos and after tomorrow I have several days off so I hope to show you the village within the next 2-3 days. 

Thank you for reading. Take care. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shimmer and Shine Halloween House for Haunted Holtzville

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is "Shimmer and Shine". How lucky for me!! I just finished a metallic Village Manor for the Haunted Holtzville Village so I get to include it in the challenge.

I love the shadow of the ghost on the background. 

I made this by covering some cardstock with metallic duct tape and running it through one of the Tim Holtz industrial embossing folders. I cut the pattern out using the Village Dwelling and the Village Manor dies. I did not like the way it looked when I cut it out and I set it aside for weeks. Eventually I needed another house for Haunted Holtzville so I decided to build with these cut pieces and POOF! I liked it. I distressed the surface with Black Soot distress paint. And then I liked it even more. I used the 13 hour clock on the top of the house that I found that online about 2 years ago. To my way of thinking it's fun Halloween detail. I made the chimney pipe on top by rolling up black cardstock and gluing on a small cone. The chimney is distressed with Ranger's Brushed Pewter Distress Stain which provides a very nice shiny metallic effect. A hanging spider was colored with Rangers Enamel Accents and added to the foyer piece.

Looking at the photos I see that I forgot the window frame on both sides. That's easy to remedy at least.

My base is layers of corrugated cardboard as usual with a square cut out underneath the house to insert an LED tea light. Other embellishments include leaves made from various leaf punches and stained watercolor paper, the new Idea-ology pumpkins which were altered by gluing in a twig stem and a fussy cut vulture from the new Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Halloween 2017 release. I love how forbidding the vulture looks.

That's my Shimmer and Shine entry to this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge. Ya'll have fun with the challenge. Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail in Maine

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a week in Maine while my friend Lynn finished the Appalachian trail. I wanted to be there at the end because I had been there at the beginning and it only seemed fitting. Lynn and her hiking buddy, Crystal, were just finishing the 100 mile wilderness where you are advised to take TEN DAYS worth of food with you because there is nowhere to buy food in that area. Lynn and Crystal hiked it in 5 days. It's not wilderness like you might think because there are a large number of logging roads going through it. I planned on meeting them at the end of their 4th night in that area and bringing them some trail magic - FOOD. I had to pay to drive on a dirt logging road called Jo Mary Road - $28 for a 24 mile dirt road.

See the painted white blaze on the tree - that marks the Appalachian trail. 
Very soggy underfoot.

Somehow the map function worked on my phone (even though I was in the wilderness) until I was almost to the intersection with the Appalachian trail (AT) and I saw a US forestry worker who got me to the correct place. I loaded up my pack with food and hiked to the intersection with the AT. The plan really was for me to hike about 3 more miles with them, camp with them that night and then hike back 3 miles to the car the next morning.

When I finally ran into Lynn and Crystal, I spread out the food and they devoured it. I had Chocolate croissants covered with icing, crackers, 2-3 types of cheeses, yogurt, and fruit. After they ate, they flat out told me that this was not fun and I should go back to the car, get a hotel room for the night and meet them tomorrow at the Abol Bridge Campground. It was rainy and cold and really pretty grim so I agreed. I was afraid that I might slow them down and since they'd already gone 18 miles  the last thing they needed was someone slowing them down for the final 3 miles.

I drove back down the 24 miles of dirt road in the rain and went to Millinocket to get a hotel room. As I drove back I formulated a plan because I knew it was going to rain all night and into tomorrow. Remember that they'd already done 21 miles in the rain and they had 24 miles for the next day. I called Mike, Lynn's husband, and asked him what he thought of me keeping the hotel room the next night so they could dry out and wash clothes. The hike the day after from Abol Bridge Campground to Baxter State Park is a relatively flat, nicely maintained trail of 10 miles - a very easy day to Lynn and Crystal so they could start later. He thought it was a great idea. So I added another night to my hotel room.

Hiking near the Abol Bridge Campground. The sky is trying to clear.
Ok, so I wanted to provide them with trail magic on the 24 mile day as well. That means I had to hike on the AT a few miles at least to be on the trail. It's not trail magic unless you are ON the trail. Well, I got lost trying to find the trail. I hiked down a road for about a mile and totally missed where the trail started at Abol Bridge. This ate up my time in hiking towards them. Since I was a little late getting on the trail, I ran and hustled up the trail, trying to get far enough that the trail magic would mean something to them.

According to Lynn and Crystal, this is a very smooth trail in comparison. 
I was just cresting a hill when I saw Crystal and she yelled out "Lucy". She said she was so tired and wet and her feet were blistered and she was dreading the hill so she was very happy to see me. Lynn was wondering why Crystal was yelling my name. She was surprised to see me on the trail as well. I met them about 2 miles from the end for the day. I laid out the spread - Apple Fritters, cookies, yogurt, apples and pears, Brie, Crackers, Guacamole dip, chips. They were thinking that they'd never had trail magic like that. Lynn's husband, Mike says that the only trail magic he ever got was a soft drink or a beer. We also met up with someone they had been hiking with "Jarhead" is his trail name - a very nice guy. He also appreciated the food.

Fragile looking mushroom on the trail. It was somewhat translucent which I've never seen in a mushroom before.
Mushrooms on a tree log. Beautiful.
Then we hiked to the Abol Bridge Campground and where they were delighted to be going to a hotel for the evening. We washed clothes and I read my iPad in the bathroom while I used the blow dryer to dry out their shoes. All 3 of them had blisters from hiking in the rain for almost 45 miles. Jarhead came along and got a room as well so he could dry out.

Another view of Mount Katahdin
The next morning I drove them back to Baxter State Park so they could do their 10 mile hike before summiting Mount Katahdin to complete the entire AT. We camped at Katahdin stream campground the night before summiting.

I was honored to be there for the finish of the AT. It will be interesting to see what is next for these super hikers.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Brief Update - Halloween houses, Maine trip

I got back from my trip to Maine where I saw my friend, Lynn, finish the Appalachian trail. She started in 2013 at Springer Mountain GA with her husband and 2 dogs. I drove them to the start of the trail since I live in Upstate SC. Their trails names collectively are "The Four Montanans". They made it 1200 miles when one of the dogs started having troubles on the rocks in Pennsylvania and they had to stop. Since then Lynn and her husband alternated doing the trail and both finished this year. I wanted to be at the finish so I flew to Maine to see her finish in Baxter State Park by climbing Mt. Katahdin. Mike (her husband) finished in August. It was an incredible trip and deserves its own post because it was both eventful and successful. I am so proud of her.

Here a just a couple of photos for starters.

Bog we crossed the day Lynn entered Baxter State Park. I hiked in a couple of miles to meet Lynn and her friends. They hiked 24.5 miles that day, most of it in the rain.
This photo is the first view we had of Mt. Katahdin from the Abol Bridge Campground just outside Baxter State Park.

Very beautiful, don't you think? Intimidating though.
More later in a specific post about the week in Maine.

I arrived home on Tuesday the 12th, the day after remnants of Hurricane Irma came through. I had incredible luck that day - one I traveled on the 12th, not the 11th and my neighbors huge oak that split in two did not land on my house.

This view is from my yard. You can see my crunched picket fence in the left hand corner of the photo. 
Next update is that I have all the houses for Haunted Holtzville done and most (if not all) of the landscaping on the houses.

Here is a brief view of the last 2 houses. First, the small one made from Tim Holtz' Tiny House die from Sizzix.

Made from the Sizzix Tiny House die. I am going to put it in an old jar so it will look like it's in a bell jar. I think it will look pretty cool. I have a few other embellishments planned. I made the chimney out of rolled paper - easy to do.

And here is the metallic Haunted Holtzville Manor.

More on it later as well.

So that is my brief update. I have a long shift tomorrow - that's why this isn't a more detailed post. 

Have a good day everybody.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Still Working on Haunted Holtzville

I tried to finish Haunted Holtzville before my trip, but I can't get it done to my satisfaction. I will show a little bit more about my outfit for the introduction. It's a Halloween costume I made a couple of years ago, but I doctored it up better and I'm going to wear it when I show the village.

This photo is a nighttime photo with the light shining behind the windows on my outfit.

I am so excited to go to Maine to see my friend, Lynn, finish her journey on the Appalachian trail. I took her and her husband to the start at Springer Mountain a few years ago. They intended to do it all in one continuous hike, but one of their dogs had some foot problems in Pennsylvania (known to people doing the Appalachian trail as Rocksylvania). The dog is fine now, but since then Lynn and her husband have alternated doing 3 week sections of the trail. He finished a few weeks ago and Lynn is finishing in 2-3 days. I've never been to Maine before so I asked if it was ok if I met her at the finish which she agreed to.

I am trying to catch up with them a few days before they finish so I can bring them some treats. I asked Lynn what she would like as a treat and she said, "ANYTHING! We will eat anything." She actually said craves cokes on the trail which she has hardly ever consumed in her entire life. That's the way it goes on the trail. So I have my hiking shoes, backpack, tent, sleeping bag and hiking poles (which I cannot for the life of me figure out how to put together. Leki collapsible poles are supposed to go click and snap together, but I cannot get them to click).

Need to get all my stuff together. I have never been able to post a photo off my iPad so any photos will either be on my Facebook account or on Instagram.

I will talk to ya'll in about a week. Take care and stay out of the way of any hurricanes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Embellishments for Haunted Holtzville

I am working diligently on finishing up the village named "Haunted Holtzville" in honor of Tim Holtz' great products. The only problem is that I am going out of town on September 5th to see my best friend finish the Appalachian trail on Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I have 3 real work days between now and then. In other words, I am not sure I can get the village done before I leave. If not, it will have to wait until the middle of September which is ok. It's just that I can't wait to show it to you.

So here is a brief peak of some of the embellishments I'm making for the Holtzville reveal.

There are Idea-ology products, old Sizzix dies and new Sizzix dies, Distress Oxides, Alcohol inks, Distress Crayons and Paints, Opaque Crackle Texture paste, etc, etc. It's fun mixing all these elements largely because they play so nicely together.

Back to the crafty work station. Have a good day.

Try to help Texas and Louisiana if you can. There are reliable links that can be found online. All of my houses are sold to fund Habitat of Greenville, but there are specific chapters in every state that you can make donations to.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Making Books for Craft Projects

I've experimented with making houses on book bases ever since I started making little houses. I find it a little difficult to make a book out of a box, but I like it so much when it works. The hardest ones are the ones where the book has to open - a real challenge. That is why I am so excited about finally ordering Eileen Hull's journal die (but it is not here yet). I am hoping that it will seriously simplify book-making.

I wrote this post to go along with Stamps and Stencils monthly challenge "Technique School" where you make a lesson for others to follow from your project. My lesson is on making decorative books for crafting. The description in the lesson is not for books that open, just books to be used as a base for a craft project.

Here a few photos of previous experiments in making "books":

This may be the first book I made. I like the rounded spine on this one. The embossing is pretty good too. I didn't merge the house to the book very well though. I think it works better on the project I just finished. 
Another one of my first books.
"The Owl's Wisdom" - not a house, but a pretty cool book made in 2016.

I just love the inside of this "book". The house has a hole in the back so you can add a light to make the windows light up. The cover is shown below.

This current house is made from a box my brother thoughtfully saved for me. It is a very sturdy box so I made a drawer that opens. My stenciling is inside the drawer. You can see the stamping for the title.

I've scrolled through all my photos since I have been making little houses and I did not find any good process photos of how to make a book, but I can describe some of the most important details which you can see in the "books" above. This will be my lesson for technique school.

Brief Overview:
1. Get a good box sized for your book.
2. Make cover
3. Round corners of cover
4. Make spine of book, best if curved slightly.
5. Make pages of the book, scored and distressed.
6. Glue pages to the inside box forming the main structure of the book.
7. Add title to the spine

Try to find a box that is a good size for a book. I have family members and co-workers always scoping out boxes for me. They know the sizes I am looking for (basically the size of a book you can hold comfortably). Whenever anyone gets an iPad or iPhone and they don't want their box, they know to save it for me.

Make covers out of thicker cardboard which are in turn covered with a "booklike paper" either embossed, wrinkled to look like leather, painted to look like leather or canvas.  I use corrugated cardboard for the covers. Sometimes I emboss the covers depending on the size, sometimes I wrinkle cardstock to look like leather, or on the Old Book House above, I used a canvas paper that looks like linen. The covers need to be slightly larger than the body of the book (your cardboard box as a base). Don't glue your covers to the box until you have made the "pages" on the edge of the box.

Round the corners of the cover. I always round the corners of the cover because an old book generally has rounded, broken down a little bit corners.  Distress them more if you want the book to look old. I used Picket Fence distress paint on the book above to age it a little bit.

The spine looks best if curved slightly but it is harder to glue on if you do that. I didn't do it on the Old Book House because I was in a hurry to finish this project. The first photo with the Triple Gable house on a blue book shows the best spine that I've done. It is nicely curved and adhered.

Lightweight cardstock or even regular paper makes the pages of the book - score it to look like the signatures (the section of the pages that are bound together). I always score them a regular intervals at first, then slightly move the paper to score again with a more irregular pattern.

Age the pages with stains, inks, coffee or tea. I usually use Antique Linen and Vintage Photo distress stains and spray.

Be sure to score before staining. The paper gets a little weaker after the stain and will tear more readily when you score if you stain first. Also it is not as flat and is harder to score after that.

Glue the paper scored to look like pages around your cardboard base. Avoid seams in the middle of the pages. The seams of your scored paper have to be at the edges. After you have glued the pages to the box is the time to glue on the covers. Inset the box a little bit so it looks like a real book. I set mine in too much I think. If I make a book to stand up like on "The Owl's Wisdom" book the bottom of the box lines up with the covers so it will stand up better.

Pick at title. On old books the titles are printed perpendicular to length of the spine, but since most of mine are on their sides as a base for a house, I make the titles lengthwise along the spine. Adding a band of cardboard the matches the book color and texture sets off the title better.

That's my lesson for Stamps and Stencils "Technique School" challenge which is a really cool challenge. I look forward to reading all the other lessons.

Old Book House

Here is my newest house - the Old Book House. It's made with a sturdy box my brother saved for me. This post highlights this particular house which I am going to share with Frilly and Funkie's "On the Cutting Edge" challenge which asks you to use dies in  your project. I don't know if I have ever made anything recently that didn't use dies. I love die cutting. I could not make these houses without the dies.

I am also writing a lesson on making books to join the Stamps and Stencil Challenge called "Technique School" which I will post later today.

The base is made from the box my brother saved. I add the covers and the spine on top of the box. The "pages" of the book are made from cardstock scored and distressed with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo stains and sprays. I have used tea in the past. Other people use coffee, but I don't have any coffee at my house as I just don't drink it. 

The house itself is cut from a die that I had custom made, but it is actually the offcuts from the die. Sometimes you can find neat shapes from the offcuts. I use a set of dies I got from eBay to cut out windows and the door and the circle for the clock, but they are not traditional craft dies. I use an arbor press to cut them out. 

The tree is Tim Holtz' Branch Tree from Sizzix. It is kind of retired. You can find it online at times, but Sizzix now sells it as a special order. It's the best tree die that I've seen so it makes me kind of sad that it is retired. I use it so much that I actually bought a spare when I realized it was being retired.

The kitty on the side is the cat from the new Trick or Treat Thinlets by Tim Holtz. I thought the house needed a black cat sneaking around.

The owl is also from a new Tim Holtz die "Moonlit Owl" which I love. I glued a tiny piece of yellow cardstock between 2 layers of the owl to make the eyes stand out better.

The other dies I used were the windows from an old classic Elizabeth Craft Holiday House die. When I make a smaller house I use these windows as the frames. If I make a bigger house I usually use the window frames from one of the Village Dwelling series from Tim Holtz. 

I lined the drawer with black paper stenciled with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet through a new Stampers Anonymous stencil called Rosette. Isn't it cool that it works so nicely on black? There is a hole at the bottom of the house that will allow a light to shine through the windows if you want to put an LED light in the drawer. I had to add a grosgrain ribbon at the notch on the drawer just to make it easier to open.

The pumpkins are polymer clay that I made last night. I ran out of my first batch this year. It may not be very imaginative to use the pumpkins on every house, but I like them. Also I put windows and clock on the back so you could use the house either way - with the spine of the book facing you or the pages with the drawer facing you. 

The roof is my standard metallic roof - aluminum duct tape, scored, then texture paste randomly applied, and stained with various alcohol inks and some Black Soot paint. 

The cover on the book was made using a canvas paper painted with a black acrylic paint and with some blue rubbed in. I aged it a little using Picket Fence on the edges.  The book title is a Stampers Anonymous Halloween stamp using embossing ink and then Princess Gold embossing powder.

Just like all the others, this house is to be sold for Habitat for Humanity of Greenville. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I do enjoy comments if you would like to ask me something or leave a little encouragement. It is always appreciated. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Haunted Holtzville Manor - House #3

This is the third house of the 2017 Haunted Holtzville series - a village of Halloween houses made from the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling dies. Named in honor of Tim Holtz, you know. This is one of my favorites. I haven't made a Village Manor since last year when the die came out and I forgot how much I love this house.

I always try to make each house different so I decided to make green crackle siding with the paint color Peeled Paint from Tim Holtz and Ranger. I also experiment each time with the bases. It's a little steeper, but not as steep as the first Bat Wing House and I didn't really cut in steps. You have to scramble up the rock to get to the house. This house is called "Where is the Kitty?" because the kitty is hiding in the foyer behind the doors. I will have to get it set up at night to show you the kitty. I couldn't get the light right today.

I plan on using the silhouette of the kids on Tim's new Halloween Shadows thinlets from Sizzix in front of the house looking for their kitty. I added the bat to the circle around upper roof window so it wouldn't look so much like a wreath.

Side view - I really try to make this straight but I never notice that stuff is crooked until I take the photos. I didn't really center the house on the base quite right. The front stoop is off center, etc, etc. BUT that's why I make Halloween houses mostly - wonky is good.

A little more wonkiness visible from the back.

I love the blue tinted windows. I've said this before, but I covered both sides of the plastic windows (leftover packaging from various craft items) with glossy accents after they were tinted with blue alcohol ink. It makes the windows so wavy and obscures the funky glue blobs and paint splotches inside the house. I also lined the house with metallic tape to reflect light better. Maybe I can take some photos later tonight to show you how nice the light looks and show you where the kitty is.

I said to a friend of mine, "Can you tell I am getting better at painting the rock on the bases?" He looked at me like I was crazy. He's not exactly artistically inclined. Anyway, I think my rock bases are looking better.

To complete this house:
Maybe glue on some moss
Make more polymer pumpkins
Owl or Bat on top
Halloween Shadows Kids in front
May add a little more color to the rock base, tone down the white a little bit.

That's it for today. I have to work most of the night so I gotta go. Ya'll take, please. Spread kindness and love and creativity.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Haunted Holtzville House #2

Just finished the second Haunted Holtzville House. I'm making a neighborhood of houses based on the Tim Holtz village series for this Halloween. Obviously, Haunted Holtzville is named in honor of Tim.

This is the second house. It does not have a name, but the family that inhabits this house has 2 children so they needed the dormers upstairs to give the children a little more room. The parents chose this house for the affordability, the color pattern on the outside and the fact that there are 2 bedrooms upstairs. The rooms are small, but the children don't really need big rooms, do they? That's the backstory on this house.

This house was constructed using the Village dwelling die along with some embellishments from the Village cottage die. I also used the roof die for the shingles. It's hard to see on the front, but there are a series of steps cut into the base to enter the house. The gate is made from one of the new Tim Holtz Halloween dies - the Village Graveyard. I didn't use the actual gate die because it was too big and formal looking for this modest home. The fence is made from 3 layers of cardboard cut from the Village Cottage die.

The texture on the surface is made from a Tim Holtz texture fade - tiles stained with Wild Honey stain and highlighted with black soot on the raised embossed surface.

I made the base my usual way - layers of corrugated cardboard glued together, covered with paper mache and painted with layers of paint. There is a space cut out for an LED light.

Landscaping is not complete on this house yet. I haven't decided what Halloween embellishments to add to the exterior at this point. So I said it was finished, but there is a little more decorating to do.

Side View of Haunted Holtzville #2. You can see the stairs a little better in the view below.

Back view of Haunted Holtzville #2. I haven't decided if I am going to extend the fencing all the way around. I may just make one more sturdy fence and cut it in half so the fencing looks complete from the front at least.

Oh, look! You can barely see the shadow of one of the inhabitants in the doorway below. The family is very shy, you hardly ever catch a glimpse of them. I think they are allergic to daylight.

That's the second house for Holtzville. More to come. 

Thank you for visiting.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Haunted Holtzville in the Works

I'm making several houses from Tim Holtz Village Dwelling dies for the Haunted Holtzville Village. I've finished the first one.

It's kind of a creepy little house, darker than I intended, but ok. I think the finish looks like embossed leather which I will use again in the future. The house started out using embossed watercolor paper with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide background and black on the prominent embossed section. But when I tried to make the black highlights darker, it got too dark and muddy. Then I painted over it with black and tried to use the Fossilized Amber over the black, but still too muddy. Then I painted it again with black and then highlighted it with red acrylic paint that I rubbed in with my finger. The red isn't as prominent as I would like, but it's kind of neat.

I need porch supports, but I haven't decided what to use yet. I kind of like the black chimney. I included the view below because you can see through the window which was stained with blue alcohol ink and then covered with Glossy Accents on both sides. It looks like old timey wavy glass.

You can't see in the doorway, but I put a black cardstock cutout of one of the kids from Halloween shadows in the doorway. It shows up nicely with the LED tea light in place.

I scattered a few leaves around to make it more seasonal. The roof shingles are made from off cuts of one of the Village Dwelling Roof dies. I like the spiky look. I've used that before.

That's it for today. I'm working on a lighter colored house now. It should be done in a day or two.

I hope you have a good day. Thank you for stopping by.

Revisiting Halloweens Past

I decided to go back and review some of my old houses - for ideas, to see the evolution of the Halloween houses, and for improvement. Most of these houses are on my home improvement blog - Green in Greenville which I haven't updated in a year.

Here is the first set of Halloween houses I made. This photo is dated October 1, 2015.

This is one of my very first houses covered with Halloween scrapbook paper. My biggest fan has this one.  At first I made them on circular bases from leftover sticker rolls from work.

I love this Halloween paper. I made this one before I started reinforcing the fencing to make it more durable. Now I would make that fence with 3-4 layers of cardstock. The retired Martha Stewart punch won't work with cardboard. The heaviest cardstock it will punch is 65 pound bond.

Steampunk Lock and Key House - I made all the keys and locks with cardboard covered with aluminum tape and then painted them with various paints to age them.

I hand cut these shingles on the house below. This was before there was roof die available from Tim Holtz. I  like the color and the texture. This fence is another retired Martha Stewart punch. I forgot what a great fence it is. I will have to dig it out.

This is my Halloween book. I wrote about it in my second post on this blog. It is still a favorite of mine. I imagine it would look even better now that we have Distress Oxides which do an incredible job on sky backgrounds.

The Candy Corn House - I actually made 3 but this is most successful of the 3. Of course, the top of the base comes off so you can put a treat inside. I made the "candy" and pumpkins from polymer clay.

The first Bat Wing House. The idea certainly evolved from that to the current Bat Wing Houses. The tops does come off of this house as well.

Clockhouse on a Frosty Morn - still love this house.

This is the 3 Gable Gothic House - I really like the book, but the house seems a little bland to me. The house structure is good. It is very similar to the Stone House with 3 Gables.

 The Silhouette House

The house below is one of my very favorites even now. See the silhouette of the witch in the front window? This went to one of my coworkers with 2 little kids. They love the house.

This is Jennifer's house.

The back may be more interesting than the front. I like the darkish green base. I need to remember that for my next house with white (whitish) siding.

Looking back on my blog, I did the same thing last year - reminisced about the old houses. It can be good to look back to get an idea of what you want to do to go forward. I will probably do the same thing next year.

Ya'll take care. Stay cool.