Monday, September 20, 2010

My Halloween House

Are you ready for my version of the Halloween house? It took a bit for the construction to be completed but I am pretty happy with it right now. If I could make something pop through the door or one of the windows, I would..........I'll have to give it a bit more thought. I took some of the elements of what the girls made last week to add to my house. I especially love the open gate and the mouse sneaking in through the front. The not so straight gables and peaks also add to the creepiness. The bats coming out of the chimney and the stretchy web stuff all helped to add some fun to this project. This house is a bit "serious". So sit back, grab a cup of relaxing liquid of your choice because there are a bunch of photos today................

Here's the right side view of the house. That skull? It's actually cut out from the retired Ghostly Greetings DSP from 2009 - perfectly popped with a dimensional. The webs are stamped from the 2010 Wicked Cool set. Note the punched rat running across the fence...........yeek!!!! And, they really can do that!!!!

This is the back view of the house. The oh so slightly crooked chimney and peak with rats on the rook, of course.

And, here is the left side view of the house.................another rat running across the fence........yeek!

Here's a closer look at the bats with adhesive red rhinestone eyes coming out of the chimney - and that golden moon!

The front roof with ever so slightly crooked gables - and watch out for those rats................

The front "sign" also has some adhesive orange rhinestones is made using the SU Exclusive Big Shot Matchbox die - (it's one of the labels that comes with the die. Note: the size is slightly smaller than the Holiday Mini decorative punch.) make the black mat for the spooky message, follow the same method as posted on 9/14/2010 for the Spooky Peeking Ghost.......then attach to the lid with dimensionals.

Here's a closer view of the front door........there are (3) Golden yellow adhesive rhinestones on each side of the door. Watch out for the rat!

Closer look at "spooky"

This is the back peak................rat coming...............

Back of the house, Rat on his hind feet ....ready to jump

So what's inside this house? Take off the lid and there are treats and toys.......

Look at all these yummies...............

How to make this house? I can show you the pieces but the template is from Papertrey Inc. (I must admit I did have to make some major adjustments to get the most out of my paper from the template). I will not be providing the detail of the pieces. This is not a SU many of you may be aware, SU's house is slightly different and does not have a bottom (floor/foundation). I love the lid on this house so it can come off to hold many different items of your choice. So here are all the pieces:

Take the roof pieces and put through the Big Shot with any of the embossing plates. I chose the Swirls Embossing Folder. Then use a sponge dauber with White Craft ink on all the black roof pieces. Set aside.

I had assembled my house BEFORE I stamped the door and windows - dah! DON'T do that!!! It's so much harder to stamp when the house is assembled. Here's what should be done: Stamp the windows and door first. Then stamp the web and spiders on the house. Use a sponge dauber with black ink on the fold lines and edges of the house. Now if you do assemble the house first, an option is to stamp the windows and door on a separate CS, cut them out and adhere onto the house. There's always a solution.

Be sure to also stamp the dormers, peak and chimney. I did have to tear my apart to do this part....urgh............

Randomly stamp the bats on the house - (see, I had to stamp the bats with a hard acrylic block behind the CS so I had a hard surface.)

Use any available die to cut the bats. I did not purchase the bat punch since I already had this die (which worked fine). Use a sponge dauber with black ink on the edges, add red adhesive rhinestones for the eyes.

22 gauge black wire curled around a pencil is used to prop the bats up in the chimney. Attach one of the bats to the wire using mini glue dots. Use mini glue dots to attach the wire to the inside of the chimney, too. Punch a 1-1/2" More Mustard circle, sponge with Cajun Craze ink on the edges. Adhere to one of the wires, then attach one of the bats also with a mini glue dot.

Punch a bunch of rats in Black and Sahara Sand CS, sponge them using black ink. Use a fine black pen for their eyes.........hmmm......eyes should have been red color instead of black (oh well). Randomly attach rats to the house and fence. Then your project is complete after stretching some of the web stuff on the roof..............Note: the fence is attached around the house with dimensionals.

  • Stamps: Wicked Cool, Halloween Backgrounds (retired 2004), Window & Doors (non SU)
  • CS: Pumpkin Pie, Black, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Sahara Sand, More Mustard, Ghostly Greetings (retired DSP 2009)
  • Ink: Black, Craft White, Cajun Craze
  • Accys: SU Exclusive Big Shot Matchbox Die, 1-1/2" Circle Punch, Bat die (non SU, White Gel Pen, House Template (non SU), Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Tape, Sponge Daubers. Rhinestone adhesives: Orange, Yellow, Red (non SU), Punched Iron Gate (non SU), Black Wire 22 gauge (non SU), Swirl Embossing Folder (non SU)

OK - not fair, I had more time to think about the construction of my house. Thank you for your patience while I finish.............there may be more houses coming soon!


Dizzy Broad said...

Oh, my goodness! This house is amazing! I had just purchased the house template from PTI a couple of weeks ago and was searching for ways to make it into a Halloween house and BAM! found your house! Are the doors and windows also PTI? Is the gate a Martha Stewart punch? Please share, if you're allowed to! and thanks so much for such a fabulous idea!

- - Sheryl - - said...

cool - that MS fence punch is on my shopping list this week.

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is so great. Thanks for sharing the details.

Whimcees said...

Hi Patti!

I love your Halloween house! I have had the PT house set for quite some time now and have not used it but now I am inspired! I also have the fence and the bat punch so I will have to make a scary house of my own! :<)

Love all that you did to the house! Lots of treats for some lucky trick or treaters!

Wishing you a good week!


Barbara Diane

Renkata said...

Patti, this is one spoookkyyyyyyyyyy yummy house, Love the idea.

Helen said...

Wow, Patti! I love this! Look at all those details! I am tempted to make one.

KT said...

This is a work of art! It needs to go into a Paper Crafters' Museum --- Love it! TFS

Jan Castle said...

Absolutely amazing! What fun you must of had making it!!!!
Jan Castle

danyscrap said...

this project is amazing!!
so cute!!
what a great idea!!

Primitive Seasons said...

Patty this house is just too cool! Is the rat a MS punch? I just love all the details you put into it. There's something on all sides to see. Very unique!


Anonymous said...

So creative.
what a wonderful holiday decor and treat holder!

PJ(Jessie Adams)

Tanya said...

Cool haunted house! Love the bats :)

Gaby said...

Wow.........this and the following houses are sooooo cool. Look at all those details.
You are genius.

Thanks so much for sharing.