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Odd Little Houses (And a New Swap!)

Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Little House Kit, Swaps

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The theme for February’s kit is Little Houses. This is the more floral/colorful kit of the two being announced for February (the Add-On Kit: Odd Houses has coordinating papers, collage sheets and more houses, but the scrapbook papers are more like building materials or wallpaper prints).

And there’s a swap this month, too! The Mad, Mad, Mad House Swap. Both kits include images perfect for the houses in the swap.

Update: See the swap prize winner here!

Back to what is in this first kit, there are THREE new collage sheets!
– Fancy French Houses Collage Sheet (3 houses that can cover the entire side of one of wider houses from the House Oddities Box (or the houses in this kit). Plus pediments sized to fit the width of the same wide houses, and extra bits like a wrought iron fence, large wrought iron window grille, and a set of Art Nouveau lamps.)
Brick, Arches & Climbing Roses Collage Sheet (This one wandered around awhile before settling, but I like how it turned out. The 3 panels of a brick building in lower left fit the narrow houses in the House Oddities Box. Also includes a wide fence with wrought iron gate, and lots of options for arch-shaped doors (and climbing roses).)
Rustic Trees & Foliage Collage Sheet (Silhouetted potted plants, a bench with a shrub, a tree, and a rooster (plus some tall panels of country cottages and bee skeps).)

This kit also includes THREE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (A mix of papers from the new Provincial Collection with some Springy pink roses.)

And finally, a sweet little set of chipboard houses (that could be used with the House Oddities Box — in the add-on kit or sold separately). And even used alone they can be hinged together to make a cute little house-shaped card all by themselves.

More info, photos and artwork are on the Little House Kit page.

Next up, the Odd Houses Add-On Kit! (I know, I know… we’re surrounded by adorable artwork for the swap. But both samples are made with the House Oddities Box (that is part of the Add-On Kit)!

This kit contains:
New! House Oddities Box (A box with a door on the front cover (with cut-out panels in case you want to replace them with faux stained glass) and inside a set of 7 house shapes! Each house shape has a different silhouette (so that you’ll be able to catch a peek of the houses behind the first one when you open the “cover” (door) of your box).)

3 collage sheets:
New! Oddities Box Doors and Windows Collage Sheet (Large images sized for the front and both sides of the House Oddities Box. Includes multiple sizes of flowers in pots that can be used in window boxes or sitting in front of the front door. Note: the front door image on this sheet will cover the entire chipboard door of the House Oddities Box.)
New! Window Frames & Shutters Collage Sheet (Windows, shutters, some ivy to go around a window (and a few Spring birds). All sized to fit the houses in the House Oddities Box (or any other small project needing windows).)
Mini Old Windows & Doors Collage Sheet (Designed by Laura Carson for last Fall's Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set, but fit the houses in this kit, too.)

This kit also includes THREE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper from the new Provincial Collection. More industrial prints (like building materials or wallpaper prints) than the more floral prints in the Little House Kit. I’m kind of in love with that cobblestone pattern…

And finally, Decorative Windows Set 1:24! Adorable little windows, each about 1″ wide (4 shapes and each has a matching frame to give it dimension, so 8 pieces).

More info, photos and artwork are on the Odd Houses Add-On Kit.


Hooray for the February Kits Giveaway!

No surprise here! Today’s Giveaway is… BOTH NEW KITS!
Little House Kit
Odd Houses Add-On Kit

To enter the February Kits Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, February 1, 2016).

AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: Are you joining the swap? And even if you’re not able to, what crazy houses would you make with this Giveaway?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Petite Pink Villa Giveaway? That would be Stacia!

And she replied to my query “Dollhouse Scales… which is your favorite? 1:12? (The bulk of the dollhouse miniatures we carry.) 1:24? (Like the half scale furniture in Nichola’s artwork today.) 1:48? (Remember that cute White Rabbit’s Hutch that Teri Calia made with 1:48 scale furniture inside a Miniature China Cabinet?)”

1/12 is easier to work with, but 1/24 makes finished scenes small enough to display… Yeah, I can’t decide.

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, January 31st, 2016

84 responses to “Odd Little Houses (And a New Swap!)”

  1. Jo says:

    I would make Halloween houses with witches and gypsies.

  2. Barbara Anderson says:

    I won’t be joining the swap, but would make
    Alice in Wonderland houses…one for each

  3. Carolyn S says:

    I would make a spring garden house theme. This kit is remarkable. BRAVO!

  4. marykay chisum says:

    So many possibilities!

  5. Rhonda D says:

    Oh, these are fab! I won’t be able to participate in the swap but I’d have to make mini French chalets and elegant little apartments 🙂

  6. Emily Ann Dale says:

    I am not entering the swap but I would make eerie steampunk houses.

  7. Ina M Good says:

    I will be joining the swap I would make a Mad tea house for Alice and friends and a french Provincial countryside home would be nice also..I love all your work and collage sheets

  8. Aggie Stiefer says:

    I would not be entering the swap but would love to make a English garden house

  9. Rose says:

    I am not going to join the swap because I’ve never done one of these kits before, so this is a learning experience for me. I am looking forward to doing so when I have the hang of this. I love this kit!!!

  10. Karen says:

    Cute little houses. I think creating little scenes observed through the cute little windows and decorating the outside of the little “house” to match would be fun. Some ideas would be Halloween, Christmas and seasonal scenes or a cute little sewing room!

  11. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    No extra time for swapping, but how I would love to get my hands on this special Giveaway. I think I would try to work a crafting theme for the houses, or maybe a row of craft shops for shopping. Love this one so much!

  12. Caroline Lawson says:

    I love all the little houses. I won’t be joining the swap, but I would make some crazy bird houses.

  13. Winnie says:

    Oh I like this kit! I probably will not join the swap, but I would love to play with all these goodies!

  14. Jeanne Kelly says:

    These houses are so adorable. I would make a coffee house with this kit! I won’t be joining the swap though.

  15. jean marmo says:

    Such fun houses!! I would make a house for my sister. Sorry – I won’t be doing the swap.

  16. I would love to win this I would make steampunk houses Sorry I can’t join the swap though Thank you

  17. Stefanie says:

    I’m in the UK so I can’t join in the swap 🙁 the giveaway looks great & the houses in the box with a door – coolamundo!! I found a really cute, really old street in Norwich that I would love to recreate 🙂

  18. Noreen says:

    I’m in love with little houses! I think making row houses like those in Charleston would be fun. But I really lean toward making a spooky,crickety old house. An Easter bunny house would be fun to try, too.

  19. KIM says:

    Great give away!
    I would make a Easter theme house.
    With pastel colors ,lots of flowers and of course a bunny or two.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  20. Ritva says:

    I’m not taking part in the swap; if my ahtritis pains are on, can’t keep the timetable.
    I’ll love to make a fantasy house with faeries, bottles etc…

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    Thinking about joining the swap! I’d make a fun haunted house!

  22. Karen S says:

    I’m not taking part in the swap but with the work “Odd Little Houses” I have ideas of minis, Alice, Easter, Faeries, then someone mentioned Coffee House…OH so many ideas where to begin.

  23. Love these kits. Would make houses to represent every season. So much fun. Can’t commit to swap.

  24. Karen says:

    The great part about this precious house group is that there are so many ideas you would never run our of things to make with them! Anything your heart desires and then some!
    Swap sounds fun! Thinking maybe I should do this one.

  25. Liane Ceglar says:

    not able to join in swap, but would make some Halloween haunted houses with these, Spring themed Fairie Houses would be fun too….great give-a-way !!!!!!!
    Liane 🙂

  26. Barb Striethorst says:

    Unable to do the swap. But I would make a street of lovely houses if I was the lucky winner!

  27. Michelle B. says:

    I came from a small town in northeast Iowa. This wonderful collection
    of odd little houses would make a perfect Main Street in “my story”,
    complete with paper doll townsfolk. Just LOVE it!!!

  28. barb macaskill says:

    I think I would make a series of fantasy themed houses! Vampires, Dragons, Mermaids, Medusa and Xanadu are a few that come to mind right now but will probably think of a few more after I post this! LOL
    I am not doing the swap but it sounds like fun!! TFS!

  29. Maria says:

    No swapping for me. I’d like to make a fish house with special paper. Your examples arre inspiring!

  30. MaggieM says:

    WOW, love this giveaway! I think I’d create Zetti-style houses…off to check out the swap…I may enter:)

  31. Verna Stapleton says:

    Sooo funny! I will not be able to join the swap, but would still use these lovely give aways. Imwould stay with a nature theme. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Traci says:

    Love the House Oddities Box-have to put that in my cart and make something halloween with it-looks like it would make a great halloween haunted house project. >^..^<

  33. Kat Cashwell says:

    So cute!! I have never done a swap so not sure how to go about it. Since I love all Halloween I would have to make some ghoulish house with my left over haunted house kit! Thanks for the cool projects!

  34. Madonna Pincus says:

    I would gift the set to my 16 yr old grand daughter and help her make whatever type of house/s she imagined. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your products.

  35. Linda Marie says:

    Not able to join swap because I do several others, but love anything fairy or French garden.

  36. Jenni B. says:

    I’m not going to join the swap. I have too many projects to work on. I would make some Parisian style houses. Each one would have a cute little cat or dog.

  37. Angie Cook says:

    I would love to have this. House art is so much fun! I will not be able to do the swap this time, but hope to in the near future.

  38. Rise St Arno says:

    These are NOT little houses made of ticky tack.

  39. Diane Russell says:

    I would love to make a Venice shopping mall, complete with victorian mask shops and glass stores.

  40. Laure Janus says:

    I’m too busy right now to join the swap, but I’d love to make an art community with the houses; each one decorated differently and more colorful than the last. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Mary Helene says:

    I would not be joining this fun swap but would love to make an Alice in Wonderland theme house.

  42. Evleta Gruber says:

    I am sorry I won’t be joining the swap. I would make individual house shaped books for the places we have lived, that could all be in a cute door shaped box to give to our children.

  43. Thalia says:

    I love the house accordian. So cute.

  44. Luanne Shoup says:

    I could work the windows and houses into my cards!

  45. Kathy Udlinek says:

    I can already see myself making a whole street of houses.

  46. Michelle says:

    I love the odd house kit. Those windows are fabulous.

    I will not be participating in the swap (though I hope everyone takes pictures).

    As for what kind of house? With that much available, why make one? I would make rowhouses (some people know them as “townhouses”), highly detailed and aged. It is likely to be a cityscape and may take an industrial turn. I’m also thinking a lot about making backgrounds out of text. I’ve been thinking about a letter city for a long time.

  47. Susan M L says:

    Great giveaway! Not joining the swap, but would make a set of scenes you might see along a French avenue.

  48. Kim Lucak says:

    Love this, I would make row houses or a European street!!!

  49. julie m says:

    not swapping, but the row houses are such a great idea. so many possibilities.

  50. Marilyn H says:

    I will definitely be participating in the swap. I was just looking at the extras I’ll be adding to what we get when we sign up for the swap.

  51. Nancy O says:

    Can’t do the swap – all my crafts are packed for a cross state move.
    I would make a ‘Fairy House Book’ (would need to make two) for my granddaughters who are just getting old enough to believe.

  52. Evelyn Valencia says:

    Loving the swap but i wont be able to join due to family issues An Alice in wonderland house would be cute with this kit

  53. Margaret D says:

    I am thinking of joining this swap will have to see if I have the time to devote it. I am all about Alice houses but I love those crazy birds too. Maybe it is time to step outside the box a little. 🙂 I will have to see about getting the addon kit though because you can do so much more with both kits together!

  54. Nancy S says:

    I think I would make French country homes. I’ve got a friend who loves all things French so I’m sure she’d find a good home for them.

  55. Sokat says:

    Love this giveaway. Too hard to choose… Victorian Christmas, Jane Austen era village, or coastal southern charm like rainbow row in Charleston.

  56. Jen R says:

    Not able to join the swap but if I win, these will make fantastic Haunted Houses!!

  57. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun, fun give away! I am not sure about joining but would love to make some French houses and cottages.

  58. Vickie Trancho says:

    Oh, yes! I will be swapping!
    Wouldn’t they make great homes for the flowers in Alice in Wonderland!? I think so!

  59. Llynn says:

    Houses are my thing! I’d make a set of color-themed houses. This is my favorite set you’ve ever offered. Sorry, can’t swap just now, but I really wish I could.

  60. Kay W says:

    I won’t be swapping. I would love to make a row of Victorian houses.

  61. Lana says:

    I won’t be swapping this time, but would love to do so, in the future. This little house would have to have a bird theme to it, if I won.

  62. Would love to win this one, I would do French antiques with a bakery, so sweet, I love this !! keeping my fingers, eyes and toes crossed !
    melody Holland

  63. Kitty says:

    Would love to win this!! I would have to make something along the British Country Vilage theme

  64. Carol Slowik says:

    I won’t be joining the swap but I believe I would do something with the 4 season’s!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Lou Anne H. says:

    I can’t join this time but I love your swaps! I’d want to make mermaid underwater houses.

  66. Ginette says:

    No swap for canadiens. Houses are always welcome in all diorama.

  67. Leanna Alverson says:

    I LOVE this giveaway! There are so many choices I’m not sure what I’d make but, if I win, I could let you know!

  68. Jennie says:

    Oooh, maybe something like a different fairy tale in each house!

  69. Terry McM says:

    Fabulous kit!! I love tiny houses! So many ideas. . .

  70. LeAnn says:

    I won’t be joining the swap but I think a fairy village would be fun to make with this kit.

  71. cathy smith says:

    Yes! I would love to join the swap! I think Alice in Wonderland – or fairy houses. Can’t decide.

  72. I would love to do the swap. I’ve only ever participated in a pin doll swap. Not sure how this one works, but I haven’t created much recently. I think Odd Houses kit might be just what I need!!!

  73. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    Not joining the swap, but I love this kit and can see making some incredible houses with it.

  74. Sheila says:

    I work in a real estate office, though I’m not a real estate agent. This would make a perfect decoration for a table in our lobby or our classroom.

  75. Kieran Grey says:

    Definitely considering joining the swap. So many possibilities! Maybe something steampunk, maybe some sort of fantasy house, or maybe something more along the lines of a haunted house. Something fun!

  76. Dennis L. says:

    Thinking of slightly naughty, peek-a-boo scenes from an Amsterdam street; or, strange scenes you may glimpse in the windows while driving through a neighborhood from a TV reality show. Great giveaway! Would join swap if I could “steal” some of my wife’s supplies!

  77. angelic says:

    Not joining the swap, but I would love to create a bunny village for Easter or fairy village.

  78. Brenda Moehlig says:

    I just found your site last night. I would join but have no supplies to do this swamp I would definately go haunted mansion. Love your site. My mom and I just ordered a very awesome selection of your products. I still haven’t gotten my newsletter so not sure whats going on. So happy we found you.

  79. Dawn says:

    Not joining the swap, but would make a set of spring themed houses

  80. sheila AR says:

    Count me in on the swap! As to theme(s), my interests are (too) many and fun and varied–who can decide so quickly?? Will be fun to muse for awhile on Steampunk, Alice, Nature’s Creatures, Mermaids, Halloween, etc. and/or mash-ups of any or all topics. The great thing is, there are 5 houses to decorate! Might make a little banner when I get the returns.

  81. Alma Casiano says:

    Oh my gosh I can’t join the swap… fairly new at this! I think my favorite themed house would have to be anything SPOOKY, graveyard the whole works so that’s what I’d decorate mine to be.

  82. Phoebe Diamond says:

    The outside pretty, the inside not. For all those people who aren’t pleased with what they’ve got. Too bad I don’t have the time to participate in the swap.

  83. Laura callies says:

    I am notable to join the swap, but i look foward to joining in the future. I would make houses for some of my favorite freak show performers with a bit of influence from Tim Burton.

  84. Lori says:

    I won’t be able to join the swap, but I’d like to make house fronts of all the past houses I’ve lived in and connect them to make a little book and write on the back of each one my favorite memory in that house. I just adore your giveaways. Thank you for the opportunity to win!