Skeletons in My Closet

Welcome to the All Things Altered Blog Hop!

It's getting close to the bewitching time of year, and while I'm not a big Halloween fan, I am a fan of wonderful quotations. When I saw this quote by George Bernard Shaw: "If you can't get rid of the skeletons in your closet, you'd better make sure they can dance," I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

I had been hoarding these little 6" skeletons for a couple of years and I think I bought them as a garland at Dollar Tree. They've been sitting in my Favorite Stash Drawer (yes, it's all caps because everything in there is just that important), waiting for me to take them out to dance (no pun intended).

Larry and I are junk store junkies and a few weeks ago we went to a row of them in Memphis, just spending the day browsing. I went in one and immediately turned around and came back out. The proprietor laughed at me because he knew I was afraid of the 16' stack of junk on either side of each aisle with barely enough room to squeeze through. My claustrophobia didn't help either. He assured me that it wouldn't fall on me, and I went back in once again. I sure am glad I did because I found this little wooden cigar box for Rum Runner cigars for $2. I knew immediately that it was going to become the house for my skeletons.

I am putting a condensed version of the directions on here. If you have any questions, please email me at

Cigar Box
Plastic Skeletons
Duetica Lettering Arts Studio
Sizzix dies (Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals, Tattered Leaves and Texture Plates)
Graphic 45 Papers and Metal Label Holder
Pennant Borders (Paper Dreams Factory)
Metal embellishments (Tim Holtz for all flower centers;Monn was an online purchase from an individual)
Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Inka Gold,assorted colors, and Paper Soft Color, Walnut and Orange (Viva Décor)
Makin's Air Dry Clay, Black
Book Binding Tape
Double stick adhesive (Red Liner)
3M Scrapbook Adhesive
Adirondack Color Spray, Butterscotch
Glitter, orange, porple, yellow
Organdy ribbon, 3", three colors, 12" each
Gold Angel Wings (PaperDreamsFactory)
Ink Jet Printer and cream cardstock
Small Tag
Mulberry paper
Copper Sheet
Copper Paint
Small dowel or skewer
Wire, black and copper
Tiny clothes pins
Marvy 2" circle punch

Box Cover
1. Roll out Makin's Clay, impress with texture plate and cut to make doors. Set aside to dry.
2. Sponge orange alcohol ink over skull trim. I used alcohol ink rather than dye ink because it was a slick paper.)
3. Cut flowers and leaves from chipboard(cut additional leaves from mulberry paper and copper sheet), then run chipboard and copper sheet through Big Shot with assorted texture plates. Apply Orange Paper Soft Color to all elements except copper sheet, then apply Walnut Paper Soft Color on edges. Apply Inka Gold to all pieces.
4. Adhere metal embellishments to flower centers. and set aside to dry.
5. Apply small black pennant to inside of skull trim on cover.
6. Adhere Graphic 45 paper to chipboard, cut to allow a 1/8" border on the backside of the clay doors. Apply Inka Gold to door fronts.
7. Determine where you need to punch holes to hold key and latch. Attach key with black wire and latch with brad. Apply book tape to chipboard side of shutter liners, leaving 3/4" of liner showing. This will make your hinge. Adhere liners to clay shutters with 3M glue and allow to dry.
8. Place shutters so that they touch in the middle and adhere book tape to hold in place.
9. Print "If you have skeletons in your closet" on cream cardstock, trim and adhere behind shutters.
10. Tie on tag  and attach Metal Label holder.

1.Paint skewer with copper paint. Punch holes in box sides with awl. Run skewer through to make closet rod.
2. Fold ribbon in half to make 12" x 1 1/2" wide. Gather and stitch around skeleton waist. Adhere gold wings with double stick tape.
3. Form shoes around skeleton feet with Makin's Air Dry clay. When dry, apply 3M adhesive and glitter.
 4. Form coat hangers from copper wire. Use clothes pins to attach skirts to hanger and hook over rod.

Inside lid
1.Cut black paper to fit inside of lid, leaving skull border uncovered. Apply Walnut Paper Soft Color to orange pennant border. Use double stick tape to adhere  around inside.
2. Punch out printed sentiment with 2" punch. Punch and additional piece of chipboard with punch. Apply double stick tape to chipboard circle, then, with sticky side up,  add purple pennant border around edge. Cover chipboard circle with sentiment. Apply double stick tape to back of chipboard and add orange pennant border. Glue down in box lid center.
Note: The font I used, Piper, is from the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio. I was able to scroll through and make each letter look the way I wanted, especially in the word "Dance" so it looked like they were dancing, using this software, which I absolutely adore!

I hope you enjopy the rest of the hop.

Here are the participating artists' blog addresses:
1. Pammejo
2. Nicole
3. Betty
4. Gloria
5. Irit
6. Christine
7. Debbie -
8. Jennifer -
9. Jess B. -
10. Barbara R. -
11. Shelley
12. Candice -

Prize Alert!!!
Now to the best part, this is the "Prize" pictured above that one person will win. All you have to do is:
1. Leave a comment on ALL of the designers blogs and let Pam know, either on her blog or you can email her at
2. Become a follower of ALL our blogs, because as you visit through them you will be surprised how many are giving prizes away. :)

Now, hop on through all the blogs, then go hug someone you love!

I received product from Sizzix, PaperDreamsFactory, Viva Décor, Duetica Lettering Arts Studio and Makin's Clay.


Jess B. said…
This is too stinkin Awesome! Very Very Creative TFS
Sherry said…
O M G This is OUTSTANDING!!!!!! This should be winning a prize!! Wow I'm totally impressed.. Your work is more than just outstanding... wow.. FanFLIPPINtastic!!
ionabunny said…
Fantastic fun project.
Suzie Button said…
love the work you have there and I have my fingers crossed! I couldn't find the link to follow your blog though? Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net
Pammejo said…
So stinkin cute, lovin' the dancin skeletons. You did an wonderful job and I can't stop looking at it. Thank you for being a part of the All Things Altered Fall/Halloween Blog Hop
Amy Jones #8546 said…
This is so cute...I love the idea.
wendyportc1 said…
This is an awesome project!! Thanks for sharing!
Charley Walker said…
When this page came up I was in awe this is just brilliant. What a creative project and is a def will do on my list. TFS!!!
HappyScrappin said…
This is awesome. How very creative!!!
cema1cema said…
Wonderful job! Love the skeletons!
Your box is darling. Great decor to add to the Halloween mix. I love the cover. I cannot stop looking at all the textures and colors. Every time I look--I see something new. I would be happy with just the lid.Can I have it?!
I agree that your box should win a prize. Maybe enter it in a contest?
KristaInMN at gmail dot com
Anonymous said…
Love those dancing skeletons! Thanks for sharing. Have become a follower and commented on all in this blog hop. Thank you!
Red Kitty said…
Absolutley adore those dancing skeletons, adorable. The whole project is stunning. Thanks for sharing.
Sandra. x
Red Kitty said…
it wont let me follow you :(
Karenladd said…
LOL...this just made me laugh!! Great, funny saying and those little skeletons are fabulous!!
Karenladd said…
I also cannot find a link to follow our blog.
Vicki said…
Phenomenal project. I totally love your box. Would have become a follower, but couldn't find the link. I'll try again later.

vwilson577 at
Barbara Rankin said…
Candice, this is awesome. I love everything about your box. This piece should be in your next book. You are one talented artist and you always inspire me to be a better one.
Scrapfaire said…
This box made me smile! TFS!!
Lauri said…
Super cute! Love the quote and the skeletons!!
Lauri said…
Hi again - can't find a link to follow you? :(
Katina said…
I love your little altered cigar box, too stinkin' cool!!
Kee said…
This just made me smile! I love quotes too. I have a special "junk" drawer too...aren't they great. lol Love, love, love this project
Kee said…
Sorry to leave another comment :) I wanted to follow you, but couldn't see how to do it?
SmokieBlueRose said…
This is an awesome project with the double surprise!
callyannc said…
Super fun project! Too cute! CallyAnn
Anonymous said…
everyone has skeletons in their closet, but I guarantee you, no one's skeletons are as cute as this.
love. this. box!
Ana said…
That cigar box was a great treasure. You made great use of it. Creativity suits you.
Candice Windham said…
Thanks for all the nice comments. I have been trying to fix my link, but to no avail. I'll try one more time tonight, so check back tomorrow (Monday). Thanks for looking!
These are great! I love how you used those dollar store finds and made a fantastic project
Thanks for sharing
Gloria Stengel said…
Oh my! This made me laugh out loud! So fun! And so creative!
Amy Dodaro said…
very pretty .Love your work
Amy Dodaro said…
Very pretty craft Nice work AmyD
Amy Dodaro said…
vERY nICE Nice work
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