Festive Patchwork Sisters by Michelle Talley

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I can’t believe it’s December already!  I should, we’ve had snow on the ground since November.  It looks like it “tis the season”, so it must be.  Oh, Christmas!  It is a special time of year, and hopefully we can all take the time to appreciate and celebrate the true meaning. And also remember the magical, childlike wonder of it all.  I hope the kids have fun, too!


This project is all about the fun of the season.  Holiday parties, the sparkles, the wonder, like I wonder what I should wear to the party?  Like Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Spanx hose nipping at your thighs.  And then at some point, you remember to take a breath and realize it is all about family and friends.  Strangers taking the time to smile and give a holiday greeting, or a little push, to get in front of you at the checkout.  It’s all about being thankful, for our own unique family traditions, both old and new.  And for all things sparkly!


Michelle Talley Patchwork Angels for PaperWhimsy


So here is a Joyous Holiday wish from the Three Angel Sisters: Merry, Joyful and Triumphant.  The girls are all decked out in their patchwork party dresses,  They have on all their best sparklers to take them through this magical holiday season and beyond!  They decided to go with full length dresses, so they could forego their Spanx.  Off to the party, hoping their wishes come true, and that there be peace and joy all around the world!  Oh, and there should be cake, too…


Imagine these festive Patchwork Sisters also festooned with hearts for Valentine’s Day, or flowers for the budding spring (which really is just around the corner and down the block… several blocks).  They can be dressed for any special occasion (think Red, White and Blue with glitter and sequins for a jolly Independence Day!).


Michelle Talley Patchwork Angels for PaperWhimsy



Curious Angels #3

Collage Sheets (printed or download): 301; 190; 210; 188055; 236; 190; 205;

Hybrid Images (download, only)Dots!; Geometric 17; Geometric 17b; Geometric 18

Find all the goodies from PaperWhimsy HERE

Inca Gold Old Silver


Rusted thin wire

Coffee stir sticks (an excuse to get a cappuccino at your favorite Starbucks!)

Modpodge; E6000; craft glue



1) I started by picking out all the beautiful PaperWhimsy papers for the dresses.  I decided on which beautiful faces to use, I ended up with an older sister and a set of identical twins.  Who knew?  The twins ended up being the kind that DO NOT LIKE to dress the same, hence the many papers I happily used.


2) I painted the forms and wings with Inca Gold paint.  Let dry.


3) I used a clipper to make the arms the sisters needed to hold what I decided was their Judith Leiber Holiday Tree Clutches (just big enough for a lipstick and breath mints).  Anyway, I then painted the arms and set them aside to dry.  Who knew all those extra wooden coffee stir sticks would be used for so many things?


4) I printed (but you can purchase already printed sheets) and then picked out PaperWhimsy papers working from the bottom to the top, cutting or tearing strips of paper to layer the the gowns.  I love to make a beautiful mess on my table, taking side trips on what else I can use all these beautiful papers on!  Kid in a candy store!!  Anyway, I used ModPodge glue to “do” their faces, and gowns.


5) As dresses were drying, I used a Dremel tool to drill small holes in the wings, and then after doing a short happy dance because I did not drill into my fingers, I attached the thin rusted wire (you can also use ribbon) to the wings so my angels could hang.  I glued the girls’ wings on using E6000 (Aleene’s Tacky also works well for this).


6) While that was drying I gave each girl a signature color with glitter!  One twin went old school red, the other a dreamy blue and big sis went with the ever popular holiday green.  Use E6000 or Tacky for this step as well.


7) And what says “holiday” more than something monogrammed, so each girl is happily sporting their names on their dresses,  And their faces are trimmed with their colors, and attached with craft glue.


So, the girls are ready for the holidays, whether it be Christmas as my Patchwork Sisters are; or it could be Valentine’s Day or Spring/Easter or any holiday your heart desires!


My wish to everyone is that you have the happiest season of Joyful, Merry and Triumphant holidays!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!


A New Year ~ Curious Ornate Santos Doll

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The funkiness of the Curious Santos Doll would normally call me to do something with dark colors or rust. However, when the winter solstice passes and the days start to get longer I start to crave lighter and brighter colors. Pink is sweet and this doll sends my wish for the New Year ahead to be rosy and bright for all of you.





On the table.



  • Paint the doll peach or pink
  • Pick a beautiful face for her.
  • Add glitter and a heart for her sleeve.
  • Add some flowers, beads, and some beautiful writing to peek out of the lock.






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I can still hear Topal singing “Tradition” in “Fiddler on the Roof” …one of my all time favorite movies…I was really lucky that I got to see him preform that iconic role at Lincoln Center many many moons ago. There’s something magical about that song and it’s meaning.We all hope to pass down old and new traditions, and in doing so,keeping the flame alive from generation to generation.

This piece was inspired by that idea.

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After gluing the bottom of the Curious Cabinet together I added Christmas themed paper to the inside of the box…

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I then added the image from Collage Sheet #300 and bulky glitter to the background…

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I glued on the top of the house and then covered the sides and back in coordinating paper…

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I painted the top in a lovely vibrant red…

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and when it dried,I distressed it…

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and to give it that extra pow,I added a thin layer of Amazing Clear cast…you can see the difference in the photo where I started adding the resin…it helps to bring out the color and detail…

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I then added some yummy scraps to finish it off …

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This being my last tutorial for Paper Whimsy I wanted to say thank you to all the kind souls that left me comments here,to the other Design Team art sisters that I admire and respect so deeply and with a heart full of gratitude,I thank Gale,for offering me the tools to let my imagination run wild.

Paper Whimsy items used in this tutorial:




Sunflower Angel Giveaway by Theresa mARTin

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Sunflower Angel

A Sunflower Angel made from the new Curious Poupée

This Sunflower Angel will be given away.

{Congratulations PATTY GRACEY!}

Winner of the Sunflower Angel giveaway!

Additional winners of the $25 Gift Certificates at paperwhimsy.com (2):

Carol Burger (comment #66)

Eileen Kirban (comment #8)


Sunflower Angel

Sunflower Angel

Here are some process photos and steps on making your own Sunflower Angel.  Below you will see a list of materials used if you would like to make one and the details of the giveaway.

Process Sunflower Angel

After putting the doll together, I made her a simple dress from Digi Sheet 067. The doll color was done with woodless color pencils.


I added a metal bow belt and some cabochons and tied a ribbon to her hands.

I added a metal bow belt, some cabochons and tied a ribbon to her hands. I also made her a halo, some wings along with a sunflower fringe for her face.


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She could be yours!




All you need to do to enter to win this Angel is leave a comment on this post. If you haven’t already done so, I know you would enjoy signing up for the paperwhimsy newsletter, or Liking the paperwhimsy Facebook page, but it is not a requirement for the giveaway. Be sure to type in your email so I can get in touch with the winner. The email will not be displayed publicly.

The winner will be chosen at random and notified on December 13th, 2014

CLASS: I am teaching a class upcoming in January on making Paperwhimsy Love Tokens and the sign up for the class, to be held in Alexandria VA, can be found HERE.




Paper Whimsy Terrarium Ornies

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I’ll admit it…I’m the kind of person that can listen to Christmas music all year long!! Even now as I type…”Sounds of the Season” is playing…Cant help it…I just get giddy about Christmas!!

Naturally I started  making some Ornies and because I had some left over Spooky Terrariums I decided to make them into Christmas treats.

I painted them with Deco Art Fluids.



Added a watermark design using a holiday stamp and then sprinkled with embossing powder and melted with a heat tool.



Cut out the image,glued it onto the base and then glued on the frame.Next I added a cheerful sticker to the frame.



I then took some tinsel strand and using a pliers made half stars and glued them under the sticker.



and added some Liquid Dots for additional texture.



Lastly I drilled a hole on top,fed a jump ring and added some trim.These are ready to hang…

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Poetic Fancy Angels by Michelle Talley

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So, here we are, it’s November already.  Summer is behind us, Winter is yet to come.  November is bittersweet to me.  A lot of things have happened in November, happy, sad and in-between.  We celebrate Thanksgiving, we tolerate elections, we look forward to the magic and wonder of Christmas.


November makes me think of my mama, I am so thankful for who she was!  The possibilities that waited for us.  The knowledge that you should always think about the what ifs.  The strength to face the unknown, with humor and courage, and always with love.


In the past few months, I have seen on FB a quote that brings to mind something my mama might have said.  Do I looked it up and it is a poem written by a young woman, Erin Hanson, from Australia.  She started writing poetry as a child and sometimes the wisdom we get from children is amazing.  So, my November project is a bot of an homage to children and their parents, to remember that to live up to our potential we sometimes need to take the risk of falling, so we can find the courage to fly.


There is a freedom waiting for you,

on the breezes of the sky,

And you ask what if I fall?

Oh but my darling,

what if you fly?

Poetic Fancy Angels by Michelle Talley for PaperWhimsy


Fancy Angels #2 – PaperWhimsy Amazing Alterable

Sheet 258 from PaperWhimsy

Folk Art Chalk Paint in Cascade Blue

Viva Inka Gold in Old Silver

2 small paper roses

2 blue crystal flats

Ribbon to hang

ModPodge and Super Glue


1) Paint the angels both front and back.  I used multiple coats of the chalk paint.

2) Print out two of the largest girl on sheet 258 (I enlarged her 125%).

3) Cut out faces and use ModPodge to adhere her to the painted and dried angel shapes.

4) Once dry, swipe Inka Gold Old Silver onto wings and torso using small brush.

5) Really “glob” on the Inka Gold Old Silver to the crown to get a good texture.

6) Type and print out your poem; cut out words and adhered to wings and torso using ModPodge.

7) Super glue the roses to the crowns, and their sparkles.

Et Voila!  Two angels, each complete, but together they tell the whole story.


My mother was a very brave woman, who left the known to come to America.  Willing to brave the unknown for a chance to live freely.  It inspires me to try to be braver than I think I am, and to at least try to fly.  I can’t wait to see what December brings!


Michelle xo


The Clock Cousins by Theresa mARTin

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The Clock Cousins

The Clock Cousins

Cousins are wonderful (the first friends we have as children) and these two Clock Cousins are relatives of the Boo Sisters from an earlier post.  I used some of my gelli plate prints as well as the digital sheets from paperwhimsy and added some glitter, rhinestones and clock parts to give them some fine ‘clothes’.

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Process of making the Clock Cousins

Gelli Plate print

Gelli Plate print

I used some of the paper made by the Gelli Plate technique as the background of the angel. There are plenty of paperwhimsy background papers available to use that would work just as well.

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Paper glued on

After I glued on the paper, I trimmed carefully around it with an blade.

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One Clock Cousin

One Clock Cousin by theresa mARTin

A Clock Cousin


  • Spray paint the angel banners.
  • Add paper and trim around the edges with a blade.
  • Cut out the text from the collage sheet  for the shield and glue on. Put some clock parts on top of the shield.
  • Add a steampunk face
  • Add some glitter to the the wings and crown, along with some rhinestones.
  • Some millinery leaves at the bottom give the piece the feeling of it being a bird, which is a bit of final fun.
  • These can hang on the wall with a wire added to the back.



Shadowbox Reliquary Ornaments by Cat Kerr

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I’ll shamelessly admit it…a little squeal came out of me when I first saw these precious little boxes.


For me,they are the perfect canvas,the perfect way to start creating.With so many options, the skies the limit on what you can do with these little treasures,but this time my muse called for paper..and lots of it.After gluing the wood pieces together,I covered every inch in sweet pale colored card stock..


I then drilled two holes on the top,glued in a precious face and then covered her in 3 layers of Modge Podge.Sealing her is an important step because I next mixed up a batch of Amazing Cast Resin and poured it in the box,about 1/4 thick and let it cure 24 hrs.


Once cured,I added some rub on text,crochet trim and findings on the bottom.


I fed the wire through the holes.

 I next added silver Inka Gold to the corner pieces,as well as a flatback crystal and ivory paint dots.


I loved the way they cam out and thought they would be a perfect addition to my Christmas tree.

Paper Whimsy products used in this tutorial include Shadowbox Reliquary #3 Sheet #171,  and Sheet #292

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A Curious Night in the Woods by Michelle Talley

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Michelle Talley A Curious Night in the Woods Reliquary

Curious Spiky Frame with Stand

Beautiful Faces Sheet 323

Digi Sheet 197

InkaGold- Old Gold & Old Silver

PanPastel-Yellow Ochre, Red, Turquoise


SuperGlue Gel

Dried weeds from the lakeshore

Assorted Milagros

Cross pendant

Mini candle made of Sculpey Clay

Melted candle wax


Oh, October! Falling leaves, chilly nights and spooky things are afoot. In 1955, Ray Bradbury released The October Country. It is a collection of 15 macabre short stories. Is there anything better then curling up with a spooky book while the wind whips around the bare branches? Or maybe Stephen King is your fright of choice. No matter, grab your blanket and let your imagination loose!


My project is an homage to every scary story that has a couple of kids wandering through the woods. They just wanted to take a shortcut, so they could get home before dark. We ALL know that NEVER goes according to plan! A little lost, a little cold and a lot scared, they stumble into a small clearing. In the middle of this clearing is a Curious sight. It seems to be a marker of some sort, maybe a shrine or a mirror.

Maybe a wish or a warning. Or maybe they are all ready at home, tucked in, all cosy in their beds, having mysterious dreams because they ate WAY too much Halloween candy.  You decide…


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This project came together very quickly. As soon as I saw the Curious Spiky Frame with Stand, I just knew it had the potential to go the way of the Twilight Zone. Hauntingly beautiful town, here we come!

First everything is painted with the Old Gold paint. I printed out the Digi sheet #197 in black and white, and glued that image using the ModPodge. I used the Beautiful Faces sheet 323 for our mysterious redheaded girl, and again used the ModPodge to make sure she couldn’t get out, I mean to glue her into place. Then I glued the front of the frame to the back.

The next step was to go over the base with a tiny bit of the Old Silver, then the PanPastel in Yellow Ochre. When that was dry I glued the frame to the stand using the SuperGlue. I used the foam brush to tap more of both colors of the InkaGold paint on the spikes and front of the frame. Then with a small brush I used all three of the PanPastel paints to make the frame look old and distressed. (note to self, do not use this technique while applying makeup!)

Michelle-Talley-spooky-reliquary-milagros-closeI used the Yellow Ochre to age the ceramic Milagros, skulls and cross pendant. I made a little candle using Sculpey Clay, and a tiny piece of burnt wick. I used a candle to melt the wax for the base of the frame, and while hot I placed the Milagros. The other pieces were glued on using the SuperGlue.

When we were at the lake, I found this cool, creepy “weedy” stuff growing out of the sand, so of course I had to take some home! It was perfect to use as an embellishment , did this frame somehow grow in this clearing? Was it trapped there by the branches? Was it the by product of too many mini Snickers? In any case, it was the perfect icing on my eerie frame.




Happy Halloween! Digital Tutorial by Theresa mARTin

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The paperwhimsy collage sheets have wonderful whimsical girls and boys. I thought it would be fun to darken the mood of one of them for Halloween using Photoshop to make the gal a wee bit ominous. She is still a sweet beauty but I’ve given her a slightly spooky edge.

I opened the file in Photoshop and darkened and lightened the levels until she glowed a slight amount on the light side of her face and darkened a slight amount on the shaded part of her face. I added bat wings,  a couple of skeletons, some interesting architecture and a dark gradient to give her environment that spooky halloween feeling.


By slightly moving the dark levels and the light levels towards the center the lighting takes on a spooky feeling.



Part of the fun with digital pieces is the ease with which one can change around the images and get different versions.

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