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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 3

In Part 2 I left you with the thought of heat embossing on paper mache.  Does it work – oh yeah. These are the embossing powders I was telling you about.  They are Allure Powders and I bought four colors:  Oil Rubbed Bronze, Hammered Metal, Charred Gold and Burnt Copper Leaves.  I like to quickly… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 3

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 3

I ended Part 2 with covering the project with a coat of white gesso.  Now it’s time to add some color. I wanted to match, as closely as I could, the color that’s predominant in the picture cards and T.H.’s Distress Paint in Antique Linen was spot on.  I poured some in a dish and… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 3

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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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Steampunk Tyrannosaurus Rex – YES!

Did you catch my other post on Steampunk Triceratops?  That’s him next to T Rex about to get down to business.  I’ve been having SO MUCH FUN with those paper mache blank forms of dinosaurs that I found. In case you might be interested in trying your own hand at creating a ‘punk’ dino, these… Continue reading Steampunk Tyrannosaurus Rex – YES!