Saturday, December 15, 2012

Domino Travel Book

I found these extra large domino's on a shopping trip to Absolutely Everything in Mass. and decided to use them to make my domino book for a swap I am participating in.
Here's what I did:

I used a old world map as the back round paper, and domino sized  (1" x 2") images from a collage sheet of several different countries to give my pages a travel theme.  I then fashioned a hinge from ribbon on the one side of the book and attached a small d-ring and ribbon as the closure on the other side.  I used Tim Holtz's Pewter Distress Stain to highlight the design on the dominos. 7 Gypsies metal photo corners and and a hanging crystal bobble, Tim Holtz's small Key Hole and one of Graphic 45's small Keys to adorn the book. I then added 3 small roses to the cover, which completed my book.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Paper Doll Swap with Character Construct Stamps

I recently decided to participate in 2 different swaps using  Catherine Moore's Character Construct Stamps that was posted in her Yahoo Group.  I've been a member of this group for about a year now but have not participated in any of their swaps to date. And since I have purchased several of her stamps I thought it was time to put them to  So here's what I made for the swaps...

This is for the Christmas Paper Doll Swap

To made her I used the French Laundry stamp No6 for the base of the skirt and Mannequin Cafe No14 stamp as the base for the head and bodice of the paper doll, I don't remember what the stamp name or number is for the shoes but it a character construct stamp.
I used Graphic 45's Nutcracker Suite Paper Line ( the 8'x 8" book ) for her skirt.
And Bo Bunny's 2011 Christmas Line of ribbons and trim for the top of her dress, her wrap and ruffles for the skirt.
Her hair is made from wool that I use for felting.
I so enjoy making this  doll, hope you enjoy her too.
This is the Fall Tag Swap
  I used Character Construct French Laundry Stamps No12 and No15
Ranger Tag size 8 which I embossed to give it texture. 
Her birds nest is made from jute that I unravled and then twisted
not sure of the makers of the eggs or the wooden birds.
I titled her "Saying Goodbye to Fall".

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

 I thought I would show the Witches Hat I altered for Halloween
I used Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland Papers
  The unique thing about this hat is it's also a photo album
The album is hidden underneath the hat.  You just swing the top to one side to reveal
the album.
To make the album I first traced the bottom of the hat on chip board and card stock
(cut 2 circles of card stock 1 chipboard)  cover the chipboard,with the card stock.  Next, I cut several pages of black card stock to 7" x 7" squares for the album pages.
I used black duck tape to bind the album then glued it down to the base I made. I then punched
a hole in both the base page and the hat brim and attached with a book post. I then attached a heavy magnet to the opposite side to close the book.

Next was the fun part covering the pages with papers, pictures and bling.

 I will be adding more pictures on this page after Halloween
of Ava in her Flapper Dress that matches her little sister Maci's.
I hope you enjoyed looking at this fun project, as much as I enjoyed making it. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Costumes

 I finally finished two Flapper Dresses I made
for two sweet little girls for Halloween
Ava and Maci

Ok mom, now they just need feather boa's and pearls
It's been awhile since I have really sat down and sewed anything, it was fun. Now that the
sewing machine is up and out I guess I will tackle a few other projects I have put off
(I will post a picture of the girls in there dresses after Halloween....check back to see them.)
Just thought I would add the pictures of the girls
in their
Flapper Dresses 

Halloween Box

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love Halloween. So when Captured Moments offered a class to make a Halloween Box, you know who was

This class was really fun.We all started with a wooden box that Tiffany painted black, some and halloween trinkets. There were several of us in this class, and not one of our boxes looked alike,
which does not suprise me anymore, because everyone goes in there own direction.  As we worked on our boxes we would see each others  progress and copy the ideas we liked and  shared our ideas with others. I decided to decorate the top of my box also with a haunted house some twigs, pumpkins, a crow and of course the number 31.
Thank you Tiffany from Captured Moments for a awsome class.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wedding Memories Album

My greatneices and nephew (Kaila, Victoria and Mark)  asked me to make a gift for them to give to there Aunt MeMe for her upcomming wedding.

I used BoBunny papers and chipboard stickers from the  Enchanted Collection.           Wedding embelishments are by Jolee's For You. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Altered Paper Doll

 In the, In My Vintage Room and Beyond Art Group I am hosting a swap called Altered Paper Dolls where you design your own doll and dress her.  The idea is that you start with a base doll  from a picture or a template found on the Internet a magazine, or stamped image or one you drew yourself.  Next you dressed her, there were no rules here.  Basically the only rule was she had to be between 6" and 12" and on a sturdy card stock or chipboard and have fun with it.

Here is my Altered Paper Doll

To make her I started with stamps that I purchased from Character Construct
(Love these stamps by the way for creating dolls.) I stamped the upper half of the doll twice, once on heavy card stock and once on chipboard.  I then cut one of the image apart to make a pattern so I could cut her blouse out, slightly larger than needed to put some padding under her sleeves to give them dimension. Once the blouse was done it was just a matter of what I was going to use to make her skirt. What I did was rip some pattered papers inked the torn edges wrapped them around a pencil to curl them and started gluing in place adding some cotton lace for more texture where I thought it was need, and filled in with the empty places with patterned paper. Her hair is made from mohair (left over from a felting project) that I braided and glued on. Then I just added a few pearls and ribbons, and trinkets and made her a purse and she was done.
I did add one last trinket, and that was the pin on her skirt, because I could hear my grandmothers voice in the back of my head saying Doe Doe a lady always has a safety pin pinned in the folds of her skirt for emergency's.

Stamp sets from Character Construct used:
Mannequin Cafe Collection #14 - Head and Torso
French Laundry #6 -  Skirt
Mad Tea Party Collection # 8 - feet

Ribbon on blouse and purse:  BoBunny Wraps (Holly Berry)
Crocheted Lace is from My Mind's Eye.
The round disk and the pin are from Tim Holtz's

Thanks Gram and Aunt Ann for teaching me to sew when I was a little girl.  Love and miss you both.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Graphic 45 Little Darlings

My neice Melissa  friend Sharon asked if I would make her a  a baby album for her first grandchild.
Since I was already in possession of the New Graphic 45 paper collection Little Darlings
it was a gven as to what papers I would I would use.

Only thing I had to decide is what type of album I would make. I really enjoy making
these chipboard albums, so this one is a 6" x 12" with the binding on the left side.


 There's a little vellum pocket enevelope, for a little keepsake on this page.

I decided to make a flip book on this page for journaling.

What's really nice about Graphic 45 paper lines is that everything is coordinated,
which it makes it so easy embellish.

I didn't do anything to this page it's just to pretty to cover .


Sharon thanks for thinking of me.
Enjoy the Album.

Materials used:  Graphic 45 Little Darlings Papers and embellishments
Chipboard & Prima Flowers.