Monday, December 12, 2011

inspiration monday


my sweet bloggy friend chrissy gardner participated in the mini workshop "12 artsy ornaments of Christmas" (hosted by christy tomlinson), and i couldn't resist making her cute little paper cottage project!  chrissy used vintage book text to create her cottages, but since i don't have any vintage textbooks, i decided to use some prints of my journal pages.




and after i cut them apart using the patterns that chrissy provided,
and did a little assembly work.....





i had a sweet little artsy paper cottage of my own!!  i added a few other things like the heart punch in the door, and the "smoke" coming out of the chimney......




but why stop at making just one cottage, when you can make two.....





or three!!
(this little birdie on the roof is one of my favorites!)





but what i really love about these little cottages is when you tuck a battery-operated tea light candle inside,  it looks like there's lots of love and inspiration radiating from within.....
just the way a sweet little artsy paper cottage should be!

you can read more about chrissy's project
(she adds her houses to a strand of Christmas lights.....super cute!!)
and the "12 artsy ornaments of Christmas" here!

{materials used:  prints of my journal artwork, tacky glue, exacto knife, scissors,
micron pen, heart punch, polyester fiberfill, battery-operated tea light candle}






32 comments:

Cathy Bueti said...

Lori these are too cute!! I love them!! What a wonderfully creative way to reuse your own journal pages!! :)

wv said...

a fabulous development! mountain cottages!

fran p. said...

Lori, these are adorable!!! I love that you used your artwork in creating them....it makes them more special! I participated in this mini workshop as well...I haven't had time to make these sweet little cottages but after seeing yours I am going to make time!

Janie Husband said...

sooooo fun and creative....your journal pages, so colorful and full of wimsy to use for these houses...i don't do christmas decorating making your version great to do with my grand daughter.... thanks again for the inspirition.....

Nancy said...

Your journal pages make these so cute and I love your added touches of the heart and "smoke".....great project to do with my granddaughter.......

Thanks for sharing....

Createology said...

This is what an artsy home should look like...reflecting the wonderful artist who lives inside. Love your added touches and the whimsy of the bird on the roof. Fabulous Monday Inspiration! This is the best way to begin my day. Jingle Bell Hugs Dear...

Isabel said...

omg!!!!! I love these!!!! And using your prints makes them soo whimsical:O) Love:O)

Chel said...

wow. WOW! I am so... just in awe! WOW! So cool!

Martina said...

I LOVE these! So sweet Lori! Am a blogfriend of Chrissy too - must visit her and have a look!

Jean M. said...

Love love love your little cottages:)

Jeanette said...

Lori, Are these cute or what?!? I know the welcome mat is out. The smoke drifting out of the chimney has the pleasant aroma of chocolate chips mixed in, right??? Your artwork makes these even more precious! Love it.
Hugs, Jeanette

Christine E-E said...

these are adorable... love! love! love! them... I wish we lived closer so I could soak up some of your "creative energy" --- will have to enjoy your creations from afar.

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing this make me want to make a few cottages too. I have the pattern from Cloth Paper Scissors and might just have to make a few.

Jessie May said...

So so so adorable. I am actually speechless to describe how amazing these little houses are and made from your journal pages... wow... I think I will have a go using pretty scrapbook paper.

Anita said...

How precious are these!?!?!
I'm with you, I especially love them when they are lit up!♥

chrissy said...

OH I LOVE THESE!!!!
one of my favorite things about teaching and doing workshops is that i get to see amazing people like you take the ideas i present and RUN with them...i am so super happy that you took your own art work to make these sweetest little houses! they are simply delightful! i have always adored every single thing you create on here and this is just extra special to me.
thanks for taking the class and for putting your special ELVIE STUDIO touch on my little cottage....
love you!

joanne sharpe said...

you are soooo stinkin CUTE!!!!!!! xooox

Doda said...

These are adorable. That's a coincidence too, I've been using those battery operated tealights just this last week for some simple little paper lights which I'll show on my blog sometime soon.

Atticelf said...

These are beyond cute, Lori. The little tea light and puff of smoke really take them over the top. Love them!

Lisa Ridgely said...

These are so adorable! I love all the little detail touches, and the tea lights are the perfect addition!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

I live in a new development but I think I want to move again:)...they look wonderful!!!

PaperPumpkin said...

Love! Happy December, lori!!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Such a creative and adorable cottage and really like the idea of adding the little light!

Caatje said...

Ooh, this is so cute! What a wonderful idea.

Millie said...

Super Cool!!

Lottie said...

Oh my goodness these are just fabulous - I love them!!!!

Charmingdesigns said...

I loved that you used your paper!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh my goodness! These little houses made from your cut up journal pages are ADORABLE!!! I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! and of course your lettering is stunning! You know Lori, you could come up with a line of these and sell them through some company much like Kelly Rae Roberts has done with her art. With your lettering, these little houses with the lights would sell to women like me to put in our home. Soooo cute!

♥Lee Ann

We Three 3 said...

oh Lori! I must do this!! I have been busy and haven't been able to stop by. I love this house. I just found a pack of battery operated tea lights. I know EXACTLY what I am going to do with them:)) Thank you for the inspiration! I need it! all work and no art makes me grumpy. haha!

Jane Farr said...

Absolute cuteness! Love these, Lori! (Your prints are wonderful, too!)

Diane said...

Love, love, love the "smoke"!!!! Clever girl!

Hugs, Diane

Margaret Applin said...

Absolutely Adorable!!!!

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