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Vintage Treasures and Upcycle Possibilities

BUT FIRST… The latest from my cat – Smokey.  Cats, being the total Prima Donnas that they are, how does one explain a cat finding comfort laying on shoes for a nap? She did open one eye in disdain for me interrupting the snooze.  I slunk away in shame and left her to her beauty… Continue reading Vintage Treasures and Upcycle Possibilities

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Ins & Outs of Tim Holtz Distress Medium Collage – Crazing

I just finished the Apothecary Cabinet pictured above.  I’ve made a number of these 25 drawer chests, each one different from the next whether it’s the paint I use, the paper, the type of drawer pulls (or lack thereof) or any number of other variations. In general, I prefer a Vintage patina in my work… Continue reading Ins & Outs of Tim Holtz Distress Medium Collage – Crazing

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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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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