Friday, December 23, 2011

What a thrill!

Just found out this morning my dolls were prize winners in a Male Doll challenge.  I was looking for variations that I could do to make my soon to be released Santa Pattern more versitile.  Then the Friends of Cloth Dolls announced a Male doll challenge and that was just the impetus I needed.  Jules H. G. Trilby and Ignotus Peverell were born.  Jules took first and Ignotus second in the advanced category.  Jules has lots of grunge board (by tim Holtz from the Minis and Elements collections here  The sprocket monocle is also from tim holtz sprocket collection.  The "watch", and gears trim on the hat were cut with Sizzix dies also from the Tim Holtz Alterations line.  His cutaway wool men's suiting jacket is lined in black satin.  His pants are green wool crepe and his boots are leather.

The other version of this pattern is Ignotus Peverell  though he did turn out looking alot like Dumbledore. 
All faces are cloth over cloth and have set in eyes.  Directions will be given for making eyes with wooden beads (Jules and Ignotus have wooden eyes) and purchased flat back plastic as in the Santa's face.  All the hair is needle felted in place and is loose locks.  Santa and Jules are from my good friend Colleen, (I dyed Jules).  Ignotus is cut from a skin of  Kidassia Goat I purchased from Dollmakersjourney.  If you would like to see more pics of my dolls, click here

Many thanks to those who voted for my creations, to the generous vendors for their donated prizes, and to Paul from the Dollnet who did all the hard work!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fall to Winter Library Display

Our doll club meets in at the Neptune, NJ  Library.  At our October meeting, the librarian asked if we could bring her dolls to do a Fall to Winter display.  We brought the dolls to our November meeting and here are the pics of the fabulous window she did.  The theme is Imagination and it is very fitting.
Doll in the far corner by
Maria Quinones from a
Judy Ward Patern.
Sitting doll by me from a Patti
Culea pattern, Santa also mine from
new pattern, doll in front by
Margaret Fretz I think a Bunny
Goode pattern.
Window Center Doll with red hair by Jane Tedesco
Bunny Goode Pattern, Sitting Indian by me, pattern
Appeared in Doll Crafting and Costuming. Pumpkin
Head by Diane Kearney

Doll on far right by Jane Tedesco, Judy Ward Pattern,
Crow and scarecrow by Diane Kearney
Small Doll in front an original by
Mary Klawetter, Directly behind
her is an original by Maria
Quinones, doll in corner is mine
from Bees Knees pattern.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Last of the Twelve Days

I finished all the tags.  They were fun to work on and tried lots new techniques.  Day 11 included Shrink Plastic dipped in UTEE.  I did stars which worked OK except for one that curled and I couldn't flatten it out.  I had better control when I shrank it first then melted UTEE on it.  This card is almost all recycled.  The background paper is glossy stock from an old card (had to try a few before I found one with the right finish to accept the alcolhol inks), the Santa is cut from a card and the words are printed on recycled cardstock. The snowflakes on the bottom were also cut from an old card.  Day 12 was over the top!  Tim used a repro frozen charlotte (small broken porcelin doll) on his.  I was a bit more conservative.  He also used his tissue paper which I don't have but created my own with white tissue and stamping with a reflections stamp and archival ink on the dull side.  Worked great though I need to get some black - I used coffee colored ink.

I also revisited a few cards I wasn't happy with.  Day 10 needed a little pop so I added red perfect pearls mica powder to the ornament and that made a big difference.  Day 3 I changed the "charm" on the bottom to a smaller facet so it isn't so overpowering.  Like it better.  Now that these are done - I need to get to work finishing my regular cards and making an ornament for our doll club meeting on Friday for our ornament exchange.  We are working with clothes pins as a base.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day s 9 and 10 Cards

Day 9 left I love the background technique on this card and have used it many times - mostly with clear EP on printed paper then adding inks. I wanted the background to look like faded old wallpaper so I used a Perfect medium pen and added some area around the stamp. I stamped in old paper then inked with Iced Spruce. After the last layer of clear EP, I crumpled and then went over the whole thing with vintage Photo and Tea stain, then ironed it smooth with the EP side on the craft sheet. I bought that die for my Christmas cards and this is the layout I am using. I also just got the tattered doily and had to fit it in!  Day 10 is done too.  Love making those little charms.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Days 7 and 8 of the 12 Tags of Christmas

Love the tags Tim posted - the soft look of day 7 and of course the Steampunk style of tag 8.  Here are my cards.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Cards

Day 6 was working with metal tape which is LOVE to do!  I had some extra backgrounds from day 1 and decided to use one of my newer dies - a Christmas Tree - on the cards. 

I also got a chance to take pics of some of my cards so far.  Only about 50 more to go.  I don't have the rhinestone words for all of them - maybe another 10.  I have a few more trees and teapots.  The houses and the snowflakes in the Joy card are cut from last year's cards. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

New Card Day 4 and 5

I didn't get Day 4 completed yesterday - lots of drying time for the snowman and the background.  Lots of cool things on this card - plastic packaging (from an egg carton!) used for the snowflakes at the top.  The snowman is painted with crackle paint then hightlighted with distress stains.  Got to use another of my bargain finds from last year - the HoHoHo in rhinestones.  Love the colors of this.  I added the silver edging.

Day 5 also has a recycled piece of plastic down the center with Alcohol inks adding color and a process ro remove them via a stamp - in this case I used a large square snowflake.  The background is glitter paper so it sparkles.  The wording was cut from a Sizzix Tim Holz alphabet die, Typeset.  I cut them from white and black and layered so it looked shadowed.  Also go some more of my Christmas cards done but didn't get a chance to take pics yet.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 3 Card

I didn't have all the fun stuff Tim used on his tag, so I improvised!  And of course I made a card instead of a tag.  Now to spend the rest of the afternoon on my regular Christmas cards.  Think I am going to use the layout from yesterday for some of them.  I usually make a wide variety - about 7 or 8 different styles.  I'll post later with ones I am working on using recycled cards.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2 of Christmas Creations

My version of Tim Holt's 12 days of Christmas Day 2.   I only had 2 of the products he used so I improvised.  Like the way this came out though the colors are off - will get a better pic tomorrow in the daylight.  May use this design on some of my actual cards.  NOTE:  Dec 3 changed the pic so the color is closer to the real card.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Getting ready for the Holidays

I am a great admirer of Tim Holtz and have decided to try and create cards based on his new twelve days of Chistmas tags.  I finished the first one and though the NOEL is a bit hard to read for some reason, I really liked the techniques.  I also got to play with the new dies I have been collecting.  Visit his blog  to see his beautiful work.  I'll have to get a better pic of this in the daylight.  I have started my Christmas cards and doing these tags is giving me ideas.  I am making as much use as possible of the cards I received last year.  Here are some examples.  The stamped image is a Tim Holtz I found in the clearance bin last year.  The words are rhinestones also from clearance (orginally $1 ea!  I paid 10c for quite a variety).  The frames are recycled cards and so are some of the backgrounds.  I have about 25 of my 70 cards done.  I really love recycling!
NOTE:  12-2-2011  I changed the pic of the Noel card.  I added the red rose and took a better pic!