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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


So many of the pieces I make incorporate images of women so it is nice to create a more masculine piece.  

The frame is from my Antique Frames Set Download which I attached to a piece of chipboard covered with music themed paper.
I mounted an image from Letters from the Past Set Download behind a wood die cut window.  I imagined him sitting at a window playing his instrument.
The gentleman is from my Letters from the Past 1 collage sheet and you can also find him on the same download set as the scene behind the window.

Next I added the instrument, (I’m thinking that it's a cello?), and the sheet music.

For further embellishment I added brass pieces to the top of the windows and to the bottom I added, paper vines and flowers, beaded trim and a brass piece.

The brass piece at the bottom is a gift from Carmen Conners (an Internet art friend).  Her blog is https://papercraftgoddess.blogspot.com/.

The backside of the paper below is very close to what I used.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Dracula and his new bride are on their way to Grimsley Village to spend their honeymoon at the Buzzard Bed and Breakfast.  
Looks like the current guest have stayed well past the checkout date.
There is no mistaking Dracula’s hearse as it flies by using bat wing power, sporting a red “D” on the windows and Dracula’s insignia curtain clips.
Inside is the coffin lined with red and black suede.  On the lid of the coffin is the Dracula family crest flanked by silver vampire bats hanging on the edges of the coffin lid.  
                         With a shortage of young maidens in the area, they make a short stop for refreshments and are attended by their faithful raven butler Belvedere and wolf chauffeur Farnsworth. 

The graveyard with it’s rows of tombs makes a perfect setting to enjoy the full moon rising as it casts it’s silvery light onto blankets of clouds.  
Dracula and his bride prefer to fly when traveling which leaves the coffin free to transport necessities, in this case a collapsible blood bar stocked with anything a blood sucking creature would want; there’s bottled Dracula’s Reserve, Chateau Vlad, Dracula’s Kiss, Type O and Type AB.  On tap is Blood and Hair of the Dog Beer, the latter being Farnsworths favorite.
The couple’s favorite beverage is Belvedere’s blood martini garnished with a pickled eyeball.
Looks a couple of vampire friends have flown in to enjoy the refreshments. Nothing like an impromptu graveyard party at midnight!


All you fellow ghouls, don’t sweat the details as I made have a step by step video tutorial
Pretty much all of the great products I used for this project are being carried by Alpha Stamps.  At the bottom of the post you’ll find a link to the supply list.
The hearsecoffinbookcase (bar shelves) and stools are made from chipboard kits (love those kits).  The 6" coffin fits nicely into the hearse with room to spare. For storage purposes, all of the items in this project fit inside the hearse.  The coffin is nice and deep which made it perfect for a collapsible bar and even big enough to store the small stool under the bar shelves. 
One of the coolest aspects of the hearse is the two coach lamps with an LED light and battery powered.  The images you see in this project are from my new Dracula & Bats collage sheets described below.
Wall Sconce Victorian Coach Lamp

This collage sheet is packed with all kinds of vampire goodies.  Included are Dracula, his bride, faithful raven butler and wolf driver.  In addition are lots of bits and bobs to deck out a coffin blood bar and a set of curtains that are sized to fit the funeral coach.  

Monday, October 31, 2016


My treat for you on this spookalicious day is the Halloween Spooky Background collage sheet pictured above.  The backgrounds are ATC sized but would also work for cards and other collage projects.  Feel free to download it and use it in your artwork.  


Saturday, October 22, 2016


I thought I would take a short break from Halloween projects with this moon themed 3D grandfather clock.  To me, clocks lend themselves to all kinds of creative possibilities and themes, which caused me much angst in trying to decide which way to go before I settled on the moon theme.  No doubt you'll see me do something else with this clock in the future.

The clock is made from a chipboard kit making assembly easy.  In addition to the large clock kit I used in this project, Alpha Stamps is also carrying a smaller version that is 1:12 scale in size. 

To complement the clock kit, I’ve created a new Large Grandfather Clock Facades collage sheet.  The moon themed images I used from the sheet are just one of four different themes to choose from which also include, Alice in Wonderland, Steampunk, and Halloween.
To add more whimsy to the clock, I created a new collage sheet of costumed characters dressed as Harlequin, Columbine, and Pierrot.  You’ll notice that Pierrot appears on the front of the clock serenading the moon.

This sheet contains four different themed facades, sized to fit the large 3D grandfather clock.  The themes are Alice in Wonderland, The Moon, Halloween and Steampunk.  There are clock face images, front panel images and decorative borders for each of the themes.
This sheet includes 9 men, women and a cat dressed in Harlequin, Columbine, and Pierrot costumes. 


I started by assembling the clock cabinet.  Below are pictures to help you see how the pieces fit together.  
Before assembling the cabinet, I marked and punched holes for the clock weights and pendulum. 
Next, I assembled the cabinet and painted it and the clock front black. 
I then papered the inside of the clock cabinet and re-punched the holes.

For the inner workings of the middle section of the cabinet, I started by gluing chimes slightly popped up from the back of the cabinet.  The chimes are made from Mini Silver Wind Chimes  that are glued together and painted gold.  
The weights are Mini Glass Tube Pendants filled with micro beads.  You can pull off the bottom of the tube pendants to access the glass tube inside.  I hung the pendant weights on chains and then used a jump ring on the other side of the chipboard divider to keep the chain in place.  To make sure that the opening in the pendant weight faced forward (so you could see the beads inside) I added glue to the jump ring which keeps the chain from twisting.
The pendulum is a metal rod from my stash, filigree and a brass moon.  I inserted the rod through the hole and glued it in place.  For extra support, I slid a rondelle onto the rod and glued it in place. 

If you choose to hinge the clock face to the clock cabinet, you will want to hide the area with the jump rings and rod.  An option to cover that area would be to use the drawer of a matchbox turned upside down.  The compartment is deep so there is plenty of room for the matchbox drawer.  In the case of my moon clock, the clock face is glued in place so there was no need to hide the jump ring and rod or to worry about the ugly looking glue.


I started by papering the front side of the clock front with tan and brown checkered paper from my stash (the back side is painted black).

With this kit, you have the option of having the clock face fixed in place or you can hinge it to the clock front, which then gives you access to the clock face compartment .

If you were going with a Steampunk theme it would be cool for this section to open and to see the inner working’s of the clock.

For the my moon clock I choose to glue the clock face and frame to the clock front.  

Between the image of the clock face (which comes from the Large Grandfather Clock Façade collage sheet) and the clock face frame (painted red) I glued a piece of clear plastic to serve as faux glass.  I used a raw brass box foot and a bead as a faux pull.

The kit comes with two chipboard trim pieces to dress up the top of the clock.  I papered one with Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry scrapbook paper and painted the other blue.

Just as with the clock face area you have an option as to how you want to view the middle of the clock case.  You could just glue the frame in place and leave it open to view the weights, pendulum and chimes or you could add a hinged panel that opens to view the area.

For my moon clock, I decided to add a hinged door using an image from the Large Grandfather Clock Façade collagesheet.  I cut a thin piece of chipboard and glued the image on one side.  To the other side of the chipboard I glued small hinges.  Next, I glued a second version of the image on the other side of the chipboard thereby covering the hinges.  
The kit includes a frame for the midsection of the clock front.  I painted this frame blue and then glued a piece of clear plastic behind the frame to serve as faux glass.  Next, I glued the frame in place.  The frame fits flush with the opening.  I trimmed the frame area with gold tiny dot Dresden borders

Finally, I glued the hinges to the front of the clock over the opening in the frame.  I used a raw brass box foot and a bead as the door handle.
Next, I glued the front of the clock to the clock case.  If you choose to use a panel for the bottom section you should glue it in place before gluing the front of the clock to the clock case.

For the bottom of the clock you can either use the panel or drawer from the clock kit.
Below you can see a picture of how the drawer pieces fit together.  I painted the drawer red, then papered the front of the drawer with Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry scrapbook paper.  I didn't paper the sides or bottom of the drawer as I didn't want to create too much bulk that would get in the way sliding the drawer in and out.
I added a panel from the new collage sheet plus a piece of filigree and trimmed the front with gold tiny dot Dresden bordersI used beads for the drawer pull.

I papered the sides and back with Halloween in Wonderland – Wonderland Classifieds scrapbook paper. By waiting to paper the sides and back until after attaching the clock front to the clock case, it allowed me to cover up the tongue and groove areas where the two pieces fit together. 

Next, I added black and white diamond trim from the new collage sheet to the front, sides and back.  I added Dresden moons and figures from the Costumes collage sheet.

To the top center of the clock I added a decorative brass piece from my stash.   To serve as finials I stacked beads and gold star studs.  

Mini Glass Tube Pendant