Friday, June 21, 2013

Steampunk Village with Paula Cheney + Last Day of Summer School Sale!


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We are so pleased to have the magnificent Paula Cheney back as a guest on the blog to show us how to make this phenomenal Steampunk Village!

Hi again, Paula here!  Super excited to share my Steampunk Village with you today.  The houses are made using the Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings die - but I'm going to take it a step further and make them 3-D.  I made a village like this at Christmas time but when January rolled around and the little village had to be packed up I was so sad to take it down.  So, todays alternative is for everyday use...no packing up (at least till December).  Enjoy! 

 (All instructions pictured left to right, top to bottom)
(1)Cut a variety of 6 x 6” papers from the back of the Tim Holtz French Industrial Paper Stash. Cut at least 4 of the 6 x 6" papers into random sized strips. Also cut 3 pieces of cardstock 6 x 8 1/2” (I am using Ranger Kraft cardstock) (2)Use a Collage Glue stick to adhere the strips to each of the 3 pieces of cardstock, making sure they butt up against each other but do not overlap. (3)Use a sewing machine to stitch between the papers or for you sewers out there, “stitch in the ditch”. (4)Use the Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings die, cut TWO of the cardstock pieces as well as two matching pieces of Grungeboard.  Note: there is one rounded top house piece in this die.  I used this as a door so I only needed to cut one of them.  Only the pointed top pieces were made into houses.(5)Use a Collage Glue stick to match up the pieces and glue them together.  Once glued, place under a heavy book for 30 minutes.  This will cement the paper and Grungeboard together. (6)Since we are making three little 3-D houses, we need sides and a roof for each.  Using the measurements below, cut 2 sides and 2 roof pieces for each house from Grungeboard.  Use a Sharpie to mark each piece accordingly.

Big house - 
sides - 2 x 3"
roof - 3 x 2 1/2"

Tall house -
sides - 2 1/2 x 1 5/8"
roof - 2 x 3"

Small House - 
sides - 2 1/4 x 1 5/8"
roof - 2 x 2 1/4"

(7)Cover each SIDE piece with the remaining cardstock (do not cover the roof pieces with paper).  Each house you create should have a front and back, 2 sides, and two roof pieces. (8)
Use 1/8" Wonder tape to put the house pieces together.  Way easier than liquid glue. (9)
If there are little pieces of red thread hanging, I just covered them with extra paper bits. 


 (10) Time to embellish! One of the 6 x 6 papers has pictures of top hat men.  I found three that I could cut out for the front of the houses. (11) Then I gathered some Idea-ology bits to choose from. (12)I started adding all the bits and pieces to the houses.  So many choices that will look great with the French Industrial paper. I added a Ring Fastener door handle to the rounded piece, then used foam squares to add to the front of the big house. (13)I cut a 1/4" x 8" strip to cover the edge and cover the foam squares.  Again, I used 1/8" Wonder tape to adhere the paper to the edge of the door. (14)
Now for the roof, Cover each roof piece with Ranger Metal Foil Tape.  Cut the piece big enough so you can wrap around to the back.  Remember the roof pieces hang off the house a bit so you will be able to see underneath about a 1/4" on the sides and bottom. (15)Run each set of roof pieces through the Vagabond machine using a texture fade to create a pattern in the metal. There are so many patterns to choose from that I couldn't decide, so I made each roof different.  I went with the harlequin, honeycomb, and bingo. (16)I used Pitch Black Alcohol ink to color the metal with an Alcohol Ink Applicator and felt pad. (17 & 18)Once dry, I added several layers of Ginger over the Pitch Black, letting it dry between layers.  Love, love, love this effect.

(19)Add the roof to each house with (you guessed it), Wonder Tape. I love how the Honeycomb pattern turned out.  It looks almost like an old slate roof. (20 & 21) I added a Clock key to the big house roof before I put it on the house. (22)Then I had an idea.  Use the Riveted Metal texture fade to make metal patches for the houses!  I spotted one place on the texture fade that would give me the right size patch.  Then layered 3 pieces of Metal Tape and ran it through the Vagabond. (23)Cut them out, add some Alcohol ink and sand a bit to distress it and bring out the silver underneath.  A patch is made. (24)Peel off the backing paper and stick it right on the house where you like!  I think I could go a little crazy making metal patches. (25 & 26)The embellishments: Remnant Rub words + cash key. (27) Add philosophy tag, mini gears, game spinner, & ring fasteners!!
 
Final product shot ((drum roll please))...
Well, I hope you liked the Steampunk Village.  So many versions of the village can be made to suit your decor.  And really, why stop at three?
cheers!
 
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188 comments:

  1. Super these houses! Thanks for the tutorial! You gave me new ideas! Greetings, Gerrina

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  2. Wauw what an awesome idea, and it looks amazing with these little houses here. And I can see this idea used for a small christmasvillage too. It would look so awesome.
    Thanks so much for loads of great ideas and wonderful projects here through summerschool. It has been such a pleasure to follow, and thanks to all the amazing girls, who´s shared all their great ideas and tips with us here.
    Have a wonderful week-end everyone and lots of great fun.

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  3. HOLY MOLEY!! That is fantastic!!! WOW! I must try this!

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  4. Paula, this is amazing! You rocked these houses. Thanks for all the inspiration. Fabulous!

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  5. OMG - this is a fantastic project - thanks so much Paula

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  6. These are unbelievable! I love the house with the clockwork key!

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  7. What amazing fun. I especially love the roofs and metal work - but they are all fantastic.

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  8. Wauw how supercool!! Love these steampunk houses!
    xxx Marianne MW

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  9. Perfect way to end the Summer School, these are the cutest!!

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  10. Love the houses, so cute and cool!

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  11. What fav little house and thank you for sharing the idea :). Hugs ~ Mette

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  12. Wauw Simon Says Stamp! Summer School has been out of this world amazing & just when I think it couldn't get any better Bamm! Paula brings us her Super Cool Steampunk house project. I love that I can keep this version out all year :-)

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  13. Wow!! Awesome 3d houses, love the different rooftops!!

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  14. OMG! Best Summer School Ever. I just wish I didn't have to wait a whole year to do it again. Barbara x

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  15. Wow great idea! Thanks for a great summer school!

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  16. Holy wow! These are so cute! And amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. The little steam punk village is too cute!

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  18. What an interesting project! Thanks for the inspiration & tips.

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  19. These are really cool!
    Looks like you had a lot of fun making them!

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  20. Those are really cool... You could have little villages for all seasons! :)

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  21. oh my gosh, these house are absolutely FABULOUS!!! I love everything about them! :)

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  22. OMG! What an FABULOUS Project! Thanks for sharing :)

    Suzanne
    suzwatanabe@yahoo.com

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  23. How fun! These are so fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  24. They are so cool! I love the roofs most of all ))

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  25. AWESOME job Paula!!
    but WHAAaaaa it's over? :( I was SO enjoying summer school! :D Thanks for a ton of fun!! :D

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  26. Wow, wow and wow! What a work of art!!! These are absolutely fabulous! Thanks you so much for sharing!

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  27. Great tutorial! Fun project to do with the kids!

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  28. Amazing project !!!! I really love the roof. You did an amazing job !!!

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  29. Gorgeous project...thanks so much for sharing.

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  30. Fabulous houses - they would look cute anywhere. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Exactly! Why stop at three? These are tooooo much fun to look at and study to not have a whole bunch of them to look at! Love how each roof is different and that each little house has new things to discover about it! Wayyyyy cool! Thanks!

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  32. Wow! These houses are great! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. WOW! Lots of work in those houses! Absolutely beautiful! I have really enjoyed Summer School with SSS. It has been a wealth of inspiration!

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  34. Great project. Can't wait to try my
    hand at making some houses of my own.

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  35. This is just amazing! I don't get into home decor crafting much, but this is fabulous!!

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  36. great projects.....thanks for sharing with us today...

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  37. These houses are so cool! Thanks for sharing! :-) xx

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  38. Wow, such a fabulous project. Thanks for sharing!!

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  39. Love the little houses, now I want to make a Christmas Village

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  40. This is a stunning project! Love it!

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  41. Just amazing those little houses, what a cool project! This can be adapted to a lot of different themes!

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  42. Very cool houses! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  43. Fabulous project, so perfect for Christmas or Halloween! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  44. These are wonderful! I love the metallic elements, especially the roofs!

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  45. Wonderful project! Love the little houses!

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  46. I can only say WOW. I love steam punk and this is why. Love this steam punk village.

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  47. Awesome--I like the textured roofs.

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  48. Oh I just love the way you used the embossing folders for the roof!!! Such great inspiration!

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  49. Great project! Love the roofs, the men outside the houses, and the instructions are very detailed. Thank you for sharing.

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  50. Such a fun project. thanks for the idea.

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  51. Oh WOW !! these are FABULOUS !! I love the whole design of these and will have to have a go at making something like this myself ! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  52. I love all the details! Amazing!

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  53. Wow, cool village. I love how you did the rooftops. Amazing job.

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  54. Wonderful houses!
    I have really enjoyed SUMMER SCHOOL!
    never knew it could be so much fun!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  55. What a fun project! Love the way the roofs turned out!

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  56. The Houses Are Great With So Much Detail! Thanks For Sharing.

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  57. Love these little houses. So sad i dont have this die. It´s great for all holidays around the year.

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  58. Wonderful birdhouse
    and great instructions.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Carla from Utah

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  59. Love the Steampunk village and I had great fun at Summer School.

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  60. Lovely village! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm thinking of using colorful papers to make mine. Fabulous projects during this fun 2 week summer classes.

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  61. Paula, your houses are amazing and so is all of the detail. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Thank you so much for a wonderful 2 weeks of Summer School....how about a back to school camp in September? It is just a thought, wink!!

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  62. Absolutely fabulous. Love the bingo roof. What a fun project

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  63. Paula's work is always amazing and these little houses are just so fabulous. Thanks for the detailed tutorial!!!

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  64. Great Summer School posts!!
    Loved it!!
    Thanks for sharing all this creativity and inspiration!
    Happy weekend!! ;)

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  65. Sorry to see summer school end. It's been informative and inspirational. Hope SSS does it again.
    Becky Johnson

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  66. Summer school rocks and so do these houses!

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  67. YEAH!! I LOVED the Summer School this year and all of the AMAZING Inspiration and sales codes that were shared!! Plus, all of the chances to win!! THANKS SO MUCH and have a Fabulous Weekend!! =)

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  68. Wow, very cool and so creative!

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  69. These houses are great. Fun looking project.
    Thanks SSS for the series and the sale.

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  70. wow this is so cool! LOVED the school sessions you've been having! Thanks so much!

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  71. That is an amazing set of houses! I love the key used as a chimney. I've enjoyed Summer School and hope it will become a tradition if it isn't already. SSS had a full and varied curriculum. Thanks for all the hard work that was put into it.

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  72. Ohhhh these are so cool! Great projects - TFS :)

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  73. Like WOW man! See you in September!!
    2 cool 2 B 4gotten.

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  74. Wow... These are awesome. So many details. I love them.

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  75. Lovely houses!! I love how you did the roofs!!

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  76. Your village is wonderful!!! Love all those details that add to the atmosphere of it.

    Thank you, Simon, for such a wonderful Summer School. I think of all the series I have seen on the many blogs I visit, this has been in my very top one or two!!! Fantastic session with terrific designers. The tutorials have been incredibly helpful and the projects so inspiring. Thank you soooo much!!

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  77. Very cool village, lots of work.

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  78. How fun are these? Looks like it would take hours just to put one together. Love these and thanks SSS for the 20% off of Ranger goodies.

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  79. Love this! The great artsy feel is unique and fun!

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  80. I love the Village, I think I would like to make a Christmas Village for the holidays, maybe I will make one for my daughter too. Wonderful project.

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  81. What a wonderful project. I love the papers and awesome design. those embossed metal roofs are such a great touch!

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  82. Love the houses, they are so cute.
    Christina P.

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  83. Completely magnificent - awe-inspiring, as well as just plain inspirational!!
    Alison x

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  84. These little houses are SO cute! Such a lot of wonderful details - especially I like the embossed roofs and the way you did the finish. The big key is a nice idea *gg* - so funny! Also I haven't seen the riveted metal embossingfolder - amazing and versatile! Very nice village, great job!
    best wishes, serafeena

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  85. So very cool and the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing.

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  86. Love this project! Thanks for Sharing!

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  87. Such a fun project. Especially love those rooftops! Too bad summer school is over. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  88. Cool project! This summer school series was so inspiring, had fun! Thanks for all the neat, creative projects! Gave me many ideas..Thanks for sharing all your amazing talent!

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  89. Home sweet home. They are amazing. I think the stamps of the men on the front is the best part. Great job . . .

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  90. Sweet projects they are so inspiring and love steampunk thanks for sharing :)

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  91. These are so neat. I love the roof.

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  92. Wow! Those little steam punk houses are so cool. I love the embossed roof.

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  93. The houses are just amazing looking. Thanks

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  94. It takes a village to be cool! I love these houses, especially those roofs!!

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  95. so sorry to see summer school end! (And I imagine THAT doesn't get said very often! :P)

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  96. I always enjoy seeing Paula's projects. The little details are amazing, I really like the metal patch. Summer School has been a blast. Thanks for all the fun times!

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  97. The magnificent Paula at her best...I especially loved the windup key extended from the roof! Just awesome.

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  98. Love these little houses. Everything Paula does is cool!

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  99. This is an amazing project. Just love these adorable houses - brilliant!

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  100. This project is just wonderful Paula. I am looking at this late at night and I am too tired to take it all in so I'll be back in the morning to really check it out. I just love the village and thanks so much for sharing all the steps!!

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  101. I love your little houses! I started to make some a few months ago but got side tracked! You have me inspired again♥

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  102. The houses are amazing!! Thank you for sharing them. I want more summer school!!

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  103. Wow what a project, so many details! It deserves to be up all year! This is really nice work.
    Thank you SSS for 'Summer School'. It has been fun to see the products at work (plus lessons!) from all the amazing people you had working on this project!

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  104. I love the riveted metal patch! It works so well. The houses came out perfectly. I wish I had this much talent,but it does give me some ideas :). Thank you

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  105. Ah, this little village is SO cool! I love little houses! I can see a village in my future!
    Thanks Paula for sharing this great tutorial. Thanks too to SSS for the giveaway!

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  106. I love this village! Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration.

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  107. I think this is a excellent alternative to regular cards & tags. I will be definitely trying it.

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  108. Wow amazing project, i don't do altering items, but will definitely give it a try in the future!

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  109. Awesome project! Thanks for sharing your tricks for making the houses! I will have to try some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  110. Neat project! I am never very good at pulling off this look, but may try again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  112. Fascinating project! Thanks for sharing.

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  113. WOW! What a lot of work, but really worth it! Amazing little village!

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  114. AMAZING project! Love the buildings and oh, those roofs! :)

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  115. Absolutely love this project...the roof is so cool!

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  116. wow, wie klasse, wunderschön
    lg gila

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  117. Fantastic project!! I have been wanting this die for quite sometime and you just upped it on my list!!!

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  118. I've already made two Christmas villages, I'm working on one for Halloween with bats flying around the roofs!

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  119. Thanks for all the inspiration! Summer school was great!

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  120. This came put so amazing I luv it

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  121. Love the village. I have some small houses - now I have some good ideas on how to decorate them.
    Enjoyed summer school - I learned a lot. thanks.

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  122. awesome idea i have the die so i am going to try it thanks for the inspiration

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  123. A steampunk village---so creative!

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  124. Paula, beautiful job, as always! I admire your work so much!
    Now I have to go shopping for that village die set!!!

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  125. I am in love with your village! It is absolutely stunning!!

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  126. Cute as can be. I know i would never take all that time. LOL

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  127. This project is AMAZING! Thanks for all the details. I love the foil tape embossed roofs best!!!

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  128. These houses are incredible! I love the way you did the roof! The paper is just perfect! What an amazing job!

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  129. Totally fabulous project Paula! Nicola x

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  130. I am so impressed and love this look. I would for sure display this in my house. Its wonderful. Id love to see the Christmas one. I love your work. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  131. I actually have all the supplies to make this village! I love it! Thanks for demoing it for us!

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  132. These are so cool. Very unique and so, so, so cool. I want to try to make one. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  133. In a word... FABULOUS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  134. Amazing! Awesome! Thanks for an inspiring and thoroogh tutorial. I'm gonna build me some houses!

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  135. I can't believe those houses are made out of paper. So amazing.

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  136. Fabulous project! That is so fun. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  137. What an amazing little village....love it!!

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  138. This is so clever and so perfect. It's a great idea!!!

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  139. wow weeee those are some rocking steampunk houses..
    great use of the die. too much measuring for me but you did a great job for all of us illiterate ruler users like me. I love these..

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  140. Wow those are amazing! ~God bless~

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  141. Beautiful little houses! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  142. LOVE these houses! Looks like so much fun to create!

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  143. Oh how fun would this be for the Holidays! Dress it all up and there you go!

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  144. Such an amazing tutorial and oh how cute these village houses turned out!! I love them!

    Hugs,
    Jo

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  145. What an awesome project. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  146. Wow, these houses are so cool! Gorgeously made! Hugs, Hanneke

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  147. Fabulous and totally creative!

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  148. Love, love, love these houses. I'm really going to have to try this out. Wish me luck! :)

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  149. Wow...these houses are amazing!

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  150. I want to try this.. but I am scared.. These are so awesome.. Thanks for sharing!

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  151. I made a halloween village and a steampunk house based on my love of YOUR christmas village. Thank you so much for sharing then and now.

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  152. What a creative village. Great way to end summer school and now off to my village to shop for some crafting goodies.

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  153. This is so creative, love those houses, have to try this. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

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  154. Amazing! Thanks for all the detailed photos!

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  155. Wow Paula, These are so Fab!!, I have 2 big drawers FULL of Tim Holtz's
    awesome stuff, most of the things you used for these cool project's I already have so I'm so ready to try this out, they are so adorable, so my style. Thanks for showing us.

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