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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


So many of the pieces I make incorporate images of women, so creating a more masculine piece is nice.  

The frame is from my Large Vintage and Elegant Frames Digital Image Set, which I attached to a piece of chipboard covered with music-themed paper.
I mounted an image from Letters from the Past Digital Image Set 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/.


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 has 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 its rows of tombs, makes a perfect setting to enjoy the full moon rising as it casts its 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 Farnsworth's 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 a step-by-step video tutorial

The hearse, coffin, bookcase (bar shelves), and stools are made from chipboard kits (I 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, a faithful raven butler, and a 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.  

 This sheet contains 23 bats and bat heads.


If you are interested in the other Grimsley Village pieces, you can find the video tutorials and supply list by clicking the links below.

Grimsley Village Part 1 (which includes)
Happy Bat Tavern
Grizelda's House of Beauty
The Retching Toad Eatery
Ghoul & Sons Chemists
The Thrifty Witch
Grimsley Village Part 2 (which includes)
Black Cat Emporium
Buzzard Bed & Breakfast
Cadaver & Digger Undertakers
Village Square