Book of houses

Right now, I don’t feel I have a lot of time for playing craft and when I do find those precious moments I feel it should be quick, simple and easy. This is not the time for major mucking and messing about. ButΒ this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge – books – had the power of Narnia (book reference see?!) and pulled me to the land of let’s do the opposite πŸ™‚


As soon as I saw the challenge that Hels had set I knew I was going to make a concertina book. Then I realised that here was an opportunity to try out my new Invoke Arts stamps AND play with inks – it was a done deal. Now I know this could have been more complicated and detailed but after mucking it up once I kept on the straight and narrow for attempt two.


The book was made with a piece of black A4 card cut in half lengthwise and folded into equal portions. I cut the leftover bit off one, for there was a little, and used the other to join the two pieces together. Then I made backgrounds from old booked pages and stamped a different border on each one using mainly my Lindsay Mason Zendoodles String Theory set by Papermania.


Each of the houses was stamped on to card, cut out and then inked with distress inks. A few have white highlights add – some even have them where I didn’t mean to put them!


This stamp set is amazing, not only are there five houses (the sixth, the one with the stars, is a separate stamp) but loads of little extras such as swirls, stars and hearts. I added one or two here and there but not as many as I would have liked. The cover has stamps from the set too plus a bit of doodling by me and a hand cut heart left over from yesterday’s project.


I think making little books is one of my favourite things to do – throw in whimsical houses and distress inks and you have crafting bliss.



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Book of houses — 14 Comments

  1. Amazing project. I love the new stamps and your inking looks stunning, fabulous colour combinations. You must be delighted with how this project turned out.

    Dionne xxx

  2. These are really wonderful. I like the way you have displayed the project using the A4 card as a starting point. Wonderful. Just wonderful. Thanks

  3. ooh loverly jubberly… love the little houses, they are just SO cute! And the concertina book is a fabby idea… hope all is goodly with you! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  4. I always love when you make little houses. Is that stamp set English or American? Will have to look for it as would love to make some houses. How you embellished every one is perfect, very eye catching. You are so busy all time, where do you find time to be creative? I enjoy making little books also and garlands of different materials for seasons, holidays.
    Well onto more of your “might want to see ” projects. Happy weekend dear lady.

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