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’.

theresa_mARTin Process

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.

theresamARTin Process

Paper glued on

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

1 clock cousin by theresa mARTin

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

PicMonkey Collage




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…


Michelle's Curious Reliquary - close


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.


Last Rose of Summer Santos by Michelle Talley

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Michelle Talley's Rosie Santos

Happy September everyone! My project this month evolved from a poem by Thomas Moore. An ode to the last days of summer.


“Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming along;

All her lovely companions are faded and gone.”


Once I settled on that, the rest was easy! I knew I wanted to use the ever so cool, Large Santos Cage Doll, with niche.

I knew that “Rosie” had to represent the end of summer, and the beginning of fall, so I knew my color palate needed to have golds, reds, green and some rich blue.

Ready, set, go!


From PaperWhimsy:

Large Santos Cage Doll with Niche

Digi sheet 083

Sheet 244

Mesh screen



Other assorted supplies: paper roses, metal rose, crystal flats, ModPodge, Super Glue gel, E6000, PanPastel powder: Blue, Yellow Ochre, Foam brush, short bristle brush.


Michelle Talley's Last Rose Santos faceWhen I assemble a Santo’s doll, I like to glue the base together with E6000 first. I let that dry, it’s hard to wait….but I do. I hop over to the rest of our doll and give it some love and attention with the InkaGold Old Gold paint. This layer is just to cover everything with the foam brush in an even finish. While this dries, I ModPodge Rosie’s lovely face and torso.

For her face I used sheet 244, and for the back of the niche and her clothes I used Digi sheet 083. I just love the rich colors in this sheet, it brings to mind an old tapestry, or some beautiful brocade cloth. Once everything is dry, I finish our girl with E6000.





On everything but the face and torso, put on a heavier coat of the InkaGold paint, with that tapping motion. It ends up with an uneven surface. Perfect! On to Rosies skirt! I cut about an 8 or 9 inch piece of wired ribbon, I used a green and orange stripe, nice fall colors, and it compliments the papers used in her top.

To gather the ribbon, grab the wire, and pull to gather the top. Usually it is best to pull one side, then the other to gather the whole length. Set that aside, then take the wire mesh and start shaping it for the skirt. When you have enough to go around, cut that section. This will be the lower part of the skirt. Starting about a quarter of the way down the “skirt”, start gluing the mesh on the legs.

I used super glue, and some small clamps to attach the mesh and make the skirt. It is messy, I glued my fingers together more than I care to admit, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. When you glue your fingers together (and you will) there should be acetone, it IS your friend. Take your ribbon, and attach that to the top part of the skirt, I also used super glue for that, as we know I don’t like to wait. And it does a really good job!


Michelle Talley Last Rose Santos skirt


Next, after I cut out my quote, I used ModPodge to glue it to the mesh skirt. Full disclosure, it is very “putsy”, I might have cried a little… okay I might have muttered a rude or two. Maybe. Don’t despair, it does work and I think it is very whimsical, the way the words seem to dance across her skirt.

The next step is to adorn our girl with the paper roses. She needed to really show all the other girls that SHE was the ONE! So her crown is made of beautiful roses, and they cascade down and almost seem to be wings. Why, I believe she is flaunting her petals!

To gild the Lily, she has a crystal necklace with a brass rose pendant. To give her petals a just- turning-to-fall touch, I used the pan pastel, in Blue and Yellow ochre, just a light random brush, to add depth.

Enjoy September, but remember to stop and smell the last blooms of summer.



“Just what the doctor ordered” by Cat Kerr

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I created this soldered bottle a while ago but I had reached a point where I could no longer continue.I couldn’t figure out what was missing from it,so ultimately, I put it aside and moved on to a different project.


Some time later as I was playing with my Paper Whimsy goodies,the idea of creating a hanging banner out of the smaller elements came to mind. My original plan,was to use the mini banner on a canvas or assemblage(which I still think is a great idea)…but as I created them,the bottles came to mind and I knew that they were exactly what the piece was missing.

I first covered the hearts in gesso.


Next I painted the hearts,then using a dry brush I added some Gesso.


Glue the hearts to 18 gauge black steel wire. Add some curley cues to the wire.


Add rub-ons and glitter.


And for added texture,I wrapped 26 gauge wire with seed beads around the larger wire. Lastly,I  wraped the ends of the wire around the bottle and looped the ends.


….and there you go….exactly what the doctor ordered for this soldered bottle!

Naturally…I had to make another one!


I’m thinking you can make this with any of the small Alterables….and even with the larger ones.I would just use a stronger adhesive on the larger ones.

Happy Creating!




The Mysterious Boo Sisters by Theresa mARTin

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The Mysterious Boo Sisters are decked out in their fanciest Ball Gowns made from black velvet leaves. Each wears a cage from which  another secret sister peeks out.  Familiar crows sit on their shoulders and their fine rhinestone crowns are the final touch. With their candy corn lace collars, bat wings, orange and black colors and black velvet leaf dresses, they are ready for any Halloween Ball. They ask: “What will you wear to the Midnight Halloween Masquerade Ball?”





The Boo Sisters

Start by painting the figure black. Trace the ‘dress’ from the collage sheets and arrange on the figure.

These figures are straight forward and easy to make. Spray paint speeds up the paint process, and the collage part of the dress is all easy paper collage. The final mixed media embellishment touches are the big black velvet leaves and a few rhinestones here and there.


mARTin Process Boo Sister

Put your cut ‘dress’ pieces under the bird cage and on the body.



Wickedly Wonderful Smile by Cat Kerr

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It’s hard to imagine this sweet precious girl having a “Wicked Smile” right? But when I started playing around with the mini skulls…well,her sweet smile reminded me of Veruka Salt from the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”  classic movie…I could almost hear her saying….”I want a golden egg and I want one now”!

Oh dear,good thing Mr.Willy Wonka had that Eggonator to tell the good eggs,from the bad eggs.



 Add a distressed background to a 5 x 5 Canvas


Paint the Curious Spikey frame black and using a pencil tip add white and red dots.


Add some Washi tape and Rub ons to the canvas and glue the base of the Spikey frame to the canvas.


Mix up two equal parts of Casting resin and add a drop of black dye.


Using a popsicle stick add drops of the black resin to the Mini Winged Skely head.While wet,sprinkle metallic powder on to the head.


Cut out the image from sheet #085 ,glue it on to the Spikey base,then glue the frame.Add a rhinestone strand the the frame and bicone crystals to the eyes of the skely head. Finish off with some gold paint in between the spikes.





Paper Whimsy Items I used in this tutorial



Luna Santos by Michelle Talley

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Hello again! Here we are, it’s August already, and time for my 2nd project!  Still super excited to be a part of this, and I am sure that soon I will settle into a more “mature about this gig” kind of groove. NOT!

One afternoon, my doorbell rang, and when I meandered out to see what was up, I found a package from PaperWhimsy! We all know what that means! Something magical could happen, if we let it.
I opened my treasure trove and pondered the possibilities. And it happened! I saw a Curious Medallion Santos #3, with of all things, Curious Starburst wings!

Then I saw a face, and remembered a quote by E.E. Cummings, and I knew. It was going to be about a girl, we’ll call her Luna, but she could be any one of us. It’s about learning to accept who we are, and more than that, loving who we are.


So here it is, a story about a girl named Luna. A girl with self -esteem issues. Her face is too round, she blushs too easily and often, and was not amused to be called Rosy. She could be moody, often felt just too full, and, when she wasn’t, she couldn’t enjoy it, because she knew it wouldn’t last.

michelle-talley-luna-santos-for-paperwhimsy-fullThen something happened. Her friend Stella read her a quote, about growing up and courage. It made her think. She realized that every girl, at one time or another has had some guy come calling, who walked all over her, and then took off. Or maybe she thought she wasn’t bright enough.

She knew that things can wax and wane, we can be blue, and go through phases.   Finally she realized she was a force to be reckoned with, because really, what other girl could control the tide?

What Luna is made of
Curious Medallion Santos # 3 
Gothic Faerie 01PNG
Digisheet 171
Digisheet 196
ModPodge glue
Super glue
InkaGold Old Silver & Platinum
PanPastel in neutral gray
Gelato stick in red
Embellishments: Metal stars, German scrap, mica chips, frosted white bead, round acrylic pendant, and foam board to make the quarter moons.

For Luna’s lovely visage, I used one of the smaller images from digisheet #171. I used ModPodge to adhere her face to a round acrylic pendant disc. I clipped off the top, and filed it to make the circle. I outlined her face with the German scrap using super glue, and then I realized she needed a bow!

I used one of the bows from Gothic Faerie 01 PNG then used a Gelato stick to color it, I thought it should match her rosy cheeks. I also used the super glue to attach it.

On to her celestial body. I gave the base and body pieces & parts a coat of the Old Silver paint, using a foam brush. While that dried, I used the “frame” with the red rays from digisheet 196 for Luna’s “ torso”, and ModPodged it into place. I dabbed some of the Old Silver in the center, and when dry I added the quote, again with ModPodge. I love the sassy red “rays” highlighting the message.

Next step, glue all the pieces & parts together! I used E6000 and Super glue. Because what CAN’T you fix with the power of Super glue! After I pried my fingers apart, ouch, I gave the arms, wings, frame and base pieces of Luna the “mooshing “treatment with the Old Silver and Platinum paint. Happily tapping away until the texture resembles the surface of the moon. Honestly, work with me on that, because I’ve never been. When the paint is almost dry, I brushed on the PanPastel in neutral gray, just enough to give some depth to the uneven finish.


Now, the embellishments! I used some small metal stars, some moon shapes I cut out of foam board. Full disclosure, I should NEVER be allowed to use an Exacto blade, EVER!!! I just can’t talk about it. So anyway, Wayne did the actual cutting, thank goodness, so there was no need for medical intervention. Moving on, the edges are a little wonky, but that is okay because we are giving them a lot of love from the Old Silver and Platinum InkaGold paints. Really, use a heavy hand, it gets that yummy textured look, which is what we want. I did the same on the stars, and when everything was dry, I adhered it with the E6000.
All she needed was to hold a star in one hand and a tiny moon in the other, (enter the white acrylic bead) and some extra twinkle, (mica chips).

And that my friends, is how Luna found her groove, as the girl who controls the tide, and understands her moods and the courage to embrace them. Good and bad, and sometimes that is all that matters!
The end (NOT – its just the beginning!).




Royal Reliquary by Theresa mARTin

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The curious spiky frame with stand reminded me of a reliquary form and it called out to be embellished with bling.  I used a digital collage to fit the frame in Photoshop. It could just as easily  have been done using the paper collage sheets. Afterwards, I added some cabochons fit for the beautiful Sheet 200-2 image.     RoyalReliquary_theresamARTin

theresa mARTin Collage

This digital collage was cropped to fit the frame.



  • Paint Curious Spiky Frame in desired color. I used a gold spray paint.
  • Glue decorative paper to base and cut to size with an exacto blade, cover it with paint and wipe some away. Add stickler glitter and brush over paint.
  • Make a digital or paper collage to fit the frame and cut to size.
  • Add cabochons to the edge of the frame and the base.
    Prep by adding decorative paper to base.

    Prep by adding decorative paper to base.

    Prep base with color, paper and paint.

    Prep base with color, paper and paint.

    On the table

    On the work table



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