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Oriental Bell Temple Shrine

I came across this brass pagoda-style bell (pictured above) at a second hand store recently.  It’s dimensions are 7″ x 5″ x  2″.  It was missing a brass knob screw (top of left post) but it did still have it’s original ringer/striker, that’s it hanging on the right side. I really like making Shrines and… Continue reading Oriental Bell Temple Shrine

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Steampunk Stag – Part 2

Last post I left off with embossing sheets of silver foil. Using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, I give the embossed sheets some color and patina of age.  Once alcohol inks go on and dry, they’re pretty much there to stay.  They won’t wipe off with water, won’t smear and they’re translucent. Lots of videos out… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 2

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Steampunk Stag – Part 1

Whew!  What a great Fall and Winter season I had in my Etsy shop (Old Raven) this year (2017-2018).  And due to the fact that the shop was keeping me hopping I had no new projects to post here on my blog since the Spirit House. Traditionally, towards the end of January and pretty much… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 1

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 1

What is a Spirit House?  Well, there’s a number of different ways to answer that question depending on location, religion, culture and time, just to name a few.  But for me, this is my view point (in a nutshell):  ” A spirit house is a dedicated structure to honor the guardians of the land. It is… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 1

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Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

If you’ve read very many of my blogs you will have seen the name ‘Tim Holtz’.  Tim is the creator of the “Distress” line of crafting supplies that include Alterations that is a collaboration with Sizzix dies.  Die #658766  Ice Skates That’s what I’m going to play with today.  You can use a variety of… Continue reading Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

Today is going to see the front of this piece transformed into a Vintage Christmas Keepsake. I’ve chosen a collage sheet that features all the numbers I need for the drawers pre-printed on lovey Christmas theme patterns (see the top sheet of paper in the lead photo).  The size of these little numbered scenes are… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued