Sunday, February 27, 2011

More Pics of the French Ladies

Thought you may like to see them together - I did!

Ghostie Marie done

Today I finished Ghostie Marie. Just have to add her pics and how to to the directions and the pattern will be done too. I'm not real sure about her crown - don't know if I like it small floating above her head or lower in her hair. Also not sure if I like the color of the crown. I'm thinking it needs to be more white than silver - I tried to make it look as though it was made from filagree with pearls and diamonds. I also added lots of diamond dust glitter. But any way here's a pic of her with the crown floating and one of her face with the crown in her hair.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another Mini-Book

Saturday a dear friend and I went to the local flower show. It was quite a feast for the eyes. In case you haven't figured it out, flowers are among my favorite things. One of the freebies I took away was a glossy poster defending the Rain forest. I decided to recycle it and make it into a mini book. I made it a little larger than my previous book. I cut the poster down to 16"x16" so the final book is 4"x4". I printed out a bunch of vintage seed packets and used them on every page save the front cover. The little flowers are a Martha Stewart punch. The large rose, the My Garden letters and the Wish banner are from a sizzix die sand the small roses are from a Uchida punch. All the inks used were Distress inks. the birds and cage are from a Cricut Cartridge, Serenade, and the scalloped backgrounds are cut from a spellbinders die. I have enough paper to make a small one though I may play with different finishes since it has large text on it but the wrong side is also glossy. I feel one more book bouncing around in my head but I need to finish my Marie Ghostie doll first.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ghosty Girl #1 Completed

Today I finished the first of the Ghosties. Here is a pic of the bodies with the heads. the first one I did was Jeanne Antionette aka Madame de Pompadour. Had lots of fun with her. I started with all white trims, pale grey fabrics and lace and using a variety of medium including watercolor paints, dyes, and alcohol inks, tried to make clothes look faded. Next one I am going to distress the fabrics I think. All the directions will be included in the pattern. I really wanted a very white mohair for Jeanne's hair but didn't have any so I mixed in some white mohair I did have and white and silver angelina fibers. She needs something to hold-maybe a candle stick-and a flower on her lapel.

Mini Valentine Book

I am a great admirer of Tim Holtz and his art. He had a tutorial on his blog on making a mini book from 1 sheet of 12x12" paper though we did this at doll club about 5 years ago. So I thought I would make one. I don't have the tissue tape so I used a stip I made with a punch for the top, bottom and binding. The cover heart is a Tim Holtz Sizzix Die. I used Martha Stewart, Uchida and EK Success punches and stickers by 7 Gypsies. It is 3x3" and has LOTS of pages - took me a long time to finish! I love hearts and flowers so this was fun. I used Distress Ink pads exclusively and Ranger Embossing Powders. The love on the cover was cut with my Cricut.
Most of the letters are from Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzix Die. The fabric flower is also cut using Sizzix dies including Tim's Tattered Petals.

Back Cover is Sizzix Die and Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I finished another beaded fish. Really like doing these! I decided I needed a break from the Santas. I do have one dressed in Red waiting for his bag of goodies, but he can wait. I also decided to work on my Marie Antionette Stump doll Pattern. It is written, just have to trace out and scan the pattern pieces then send it off to be reproduced. I made a new doll to test with and take pics. The pattern will include directions on dying and painting lace, wefting a wig from mohair, yarn or other fiber (Marie's hair is made from Soy Silk!) Now I am making two more final versions but these will be a variation on the original dolls - Ghostly versions of these lovely ladies. Here is a pic of the new Marie and the Ghosty Faces. The bodies are done just waiting to be dressed. I am going to torture the fabrics and trims . Can't wait! All the instructions will be inluded n the pattern. The original Marie is here and Jeanne is here. Fortunately, I did take pics when I was making her. Hope everyone who expressed interest in a pattern is still interested.