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




Washi Tape Winged House Trio

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I’m always looking for new ways to add color to the beautiful Alterables in the Paper Whimsy shop! Washi Tape has been around for some time now,and I’ll be honest, I never really cared for trying them.But not to long ago a friend mailed me a goody bag and inside was a roll of Washi tape. What an awesome background I thought…and the rest is history..heehee.


Cover the front and back of the base of the house in strips of Washi Tape. Now because Washi tape does not have a strong adhesive on it I also covered it in a layer of M0dge Podge.


Add a light coating of Gesso.


Cut out your image and text and glue it on the base.


Add modge podge to the wings and cover them in glitter.


Pour two equal parts of  Amazing Casting Resin.Add a small amount of Alumidust into part A and mix thoroughly.Then combine both parts, mix thoroughly and using the popsicle stick apply it to the top portion of the house and let cure.


It takes about 10 minutes for it to go from a clear to a soft pale color.

PicMonkey Collageb

Lastly,Glue the top part of the house and wings.





Paper Whimsy Products used in this tutorial.






The Faerie and the Crow Wunderkammer

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For my first project as a PaperWhimsy design team artist, and first let me just say, YAY!, I decided to play with the Curious Wunderkammer No.2.  It is dreamy and exotic, and you just know that something curious has to be happening behind all those marvelous windows.

It started with a face, a girl from a Gothique Faerie sheet. She looks like she has a secret, and she looks like she likes to dream. Plus, she has a CROW! Our heroine is having magical dreams, drenched in moon glow, about curious places. Plus, there is a CROW! wearing a CROWN! You just know he has to have a good back story.

Come on, let’s take a peek in those marvelous windows….wait, that sounds really creepy. Hmm, why don’t I just tell you how this dream began.


Curious Wunderkammers No. 2
Embellishment keys
Digi sheet No. 029
Faerie sheet Goth 008
Door from sheet No. 013
Stars and moon from sheet No. 197

Small sponge brushes
Short bristle paint brush
InkaGold paint in Old Silver & Old Gold (or your favorite brand)
ModPodge matte
E6000 and clear glue
PanPastel Ultra soft in Turquoise & Yellow Ochre

Crystal flats
Brass charms
Vintage faceted glass flats

To find all the goodies I used available at PaperWhimsy just click, HERE



After I have everything I need, I start the fun by using a sponge brush to cover front and back of all the pieces with the Old Silver paint. I love the creamy texture of this paint. It goes on smoothly and dries quickly, which works nicely, as I have instant gratification issues!  At this point I carefully place my images on the Wunderkammer using the ModPodge. Once I know everything can be seen through the windows, I give them another coat of afore mentioned glue to adhere them.


While waiting for that to dry, did I mention I have issues with waiting?, I give all the other bits of the project a thicker coat of the Old Silver paint. For this coat, again with the sponge brush, I “moosh” on the paint, sorry about the technical term, in a random tapping motion.  When I am finished with that, I can start to glue all of the fun bits to our base. That is where the E6000 joins the party, It gives you time to adjust all the windows and other goodies before they are stuck for good, thereby making sure we can peek in all the windows before it sets.

When everything is dry, I go over the Wunderkammer again with the same tapping motion with the Old Silver paint. I love the textured effect you get by applying the paint this way. When the paint is almost dry, I take a dry bristle brush to apply the turquoise PanPastel. I randomly brush the color wherever it seems to belong, then with the sponge brush I “moosh” on the Old Gold paint, sparingly. After that is completely dry, I use a slightly damp bristle brush and start brushing the yellow ochre PanPastel over most of the painted surfaces. As you start to brush it on, you will know when to stop. I really love the aged patina you get when you combine the different paint mediums, like something you might find, forgotten in the bottom of an old steam trunk.

Now it’s time to embellish! Maybe the key unlocks her dream, the crystals surely intrigue the crow, like me, he loves shiny things. Tarnished brass swirls seemed like a must have, and if all the lovely architectural elements didn’t have vintage glass flats to make them glow, what should?

And that my friends, is how our heroine’s magical dream came true, and mine too!

The end

Michelle Talley


Ornate Medallion Frames

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Gale’s new Ornate Medallion Frames are graceful, lacy and lovely with their gentle curves. These two pieces have different moods. One is reminiscent of a Fabergé egg with it’s soft grey tones combined with white cabochons. The other is slightly more bold with gold and black tones, yet both feel delicate and dainty because of the base frame made by paperwhimsy.




Paint two parts of the frame and embellish with small cabochons



Card Detail theresa mARTin

Card paperwhimsy

Inside PW card

theresa mARTin How To

After applying the gold leaf, brush off excess and use a scissors to scrape off the extra flakey pieces.

mARTin How To Detail

Print out the Old Book and Genteel Lady and trace the part to cut out for the center.


  • Paint or gold leaf the ornate medallion frames.
  • Add small cabochons and rhinestones and glitter.
  • Cut out face for central position.
  • For the card, use the old book as a background.
  • The inside of the card can be left blank, or can display a collage as pictured.




Summer Breeze Altered Cottages

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At this time of year I long to be along the beach, specifically the Great Lakes. They are located in my home state and I have felt most content along their shores since I was a wee girl. My project was inspired in thinking of cute beach side cottages, lake/sea air, and summer breezes.

I used a palette of soft robins egg blue, lavender and periwinkle. I wanted to keep the houses simple – like a quaint little cottage. But, the marvelous part of alterables is creating the art to the extent that pleases you. Add more baubles, sparkles, and bling if your heart desires.

I hope you will have fun created this set. I altered each side so they could be changed from time to time wherever they should be displayed.



(1) Paint house edges with craft paint of your choice. I used a robins egg blue hue. Once dry, add pattern paper to front and backs with matte gel medium. Add torn strips of coordinating paper, sheet music, etc. to add dimension to each piece. I covered both front and back of each house.

(2) Paint shapes with craft paint. Add images to insides using matte gel medium. Add words to each house.

(3) Glue shapes to front of each house with E6000 glue. Add buttons, paper roses, and other embellishments.


Supplies Used:

PW-LE01-2S-300 PW-LSF01-300 PW-LEW-300


PW-LHH01-300 sheet028-150 sheet041-150


sheet112-300sheet192-D-150 sheet260-150


digisheet180-150 digisheet264-300

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