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DSC02880 (769x1024) Sherry received a set of goth girl rubber stamps for Christmas and set about playing with some altered dominos.  I saw them and asked her if she would be interested in a 1:1 swap with me. 

She asked me to create a domino for her with the theme of dressmaking for her craft room.  Using the collage image group’s images, I found the appropriate picture.  It reminded me of my Mom teaching me to sew on her old Singer treadle sewing machine.  I would seesaw a metal footplate back and forth and use it to sew clothes for my Barbie. 

The domino was created by first painting it a soft pink color since it would show through.  I then used Mod Podge to layer on the pattern pieces and phrases from the pattern onto the domino and to adhere the front image to the domino. 

I then added the buttons and stickles for the glitter on the front.  To the back I added bits of thread, a vintage sewing label, letters on a string that spell sew and more stickles.  There 

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is an eye threaded into the top of the domino for the hanger.  Ribbon with ric rack glued to it is used for the hanger.  you cannot see it in the picture, but I connected the ribbons with a tiny safety pin. 

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I hope Sherry likes the domino she will receive for my trade.  I think I held fast to her theme and am pleased with the way it came out. 

DSC02779 (768x1024)Card Happy contacted me about the Christmas ornament dominos I made to see if they were available for trade.  I let her know they were all taken, but I would be happy to make one for a 1:1 trade with her.  She asked if they might not be Christmas themed and told me that one of the things she liked was vintage ladies.  I found this image on the Flickr Collage Image Group’s pool and decided she fit the bill. 

The domino is painted gold and then I added a stamp and silver embossing powder to the back.  To the front I added the image, a faux flower and rimmed the image with some stickles gold glitter.  The eye was inserted after I drilled the domino to get it started.  I used gold and pink ribbon for the hanger. 

I am quite pleased with how she finished up.  I like the pink with the gold touches.  A perfect combo. 

DSC02155 (768x1024)This month’s MAD MAMMA challenge was to create a Mermaid paper doll.  It was using the pattern of this artist.  I had a lot of fun altering this doll.  Her background is scrapbook paper.  Her bra is fashioned from shells from a necklace I took apart and glued on.  The crown is made from friendly plastic to which I added a bit of gold embellishment and some shells.  Her hair is made using craft cord in two variegated colorways.   Her belt is created using some of my microbead haul from the weekend estate sale.

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DSC02083 (611x1024)Some other gold bits finish off her tail section.  I also stamped the background paper with my bubble rubber stamp in a light green color so it looks like she may be under water.  I finished her off with a pearl jewel where her belly button should be. 

Also, I received my tea doll from the Yahoo Fantastic Flat Paperdoll swap.  I love Berry Boop, her flowered dress and her teapot.  She looks sassy in her red heels and her jewels.  She is the creation of Kayenderes from Canada. 

I enjoy making paper dolls.  They are a lot of fun and a quick dolly to make. 

The swaps are a lot of fun and the postage is not too high.  It reminds me of playing with them when I was little.  Of course they were not quite so ornate.  Just a cardstock body with a paper dress with squares you flipped over to hold it on. 

Did you play with paper dolls?

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Betty was one of those fabulous 50’s housewives of the Harriet Nelson era.  She always dressed impeccably being sure to wear her dress, pearls and heels.  She also wore her hostess apron whenever friends came over for a visit.  She always had a little treat to share, something fresh baked and fresh from the oven and she always had coffee brewing.  Fresh, aromatic and piping hot. 

One thing that was Betty started to notice that with each cup of coffee she started to resemble the coffee pot.  Little by little her body began to change and her hips started to expand, he bottom started to spread and her tummy was a bit more rotund.  Yes, friends, Betty had gone to pot! 

This ATC was created for the Yahoo Fantastic Flat Paperdolls August ATC Swap, Coffee.  The background is scrapbook paper with an image of a vintage lady and vintage coffee pot added.  I added a brad to Betty’s torso so she can fold down to make the card ATC sized.  I added a bit of tulle and some ribbon to make her apron.

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These are the goodies I received from my partner, Kim S, for the Coffee swap.  I love her Parisian coffee card.  She also sent along an exotic teabag, a kitty postcard she made and a recipe for Wild Blueberry Tea Bread.  YUM! 

DSC01856 (516x1024) Ballerina girl, you are so lovely
with you standing there, I’m so aware
of how much I care for you
you are more than now
you are for always
I can see in you
my dreams come true

from Ballerina Girl sung by Lionel Ritchie.

I created the ballerina ATC for the Yahoo Fantastic Flat Paper Doll group.   The background is sheet music to which I added a jointed ballerina paper doll. Her arms and legs are rubber stamped, the torso and skirt are scrapbook paper, and a bit of lace was added. A crepe paper rosette is embellished with stickles and a clear gem. The face is an image from a magazine.  I love the quotation.

This month’s theme for the Fantastic Flat Paper Doll group on Yahoo is ballet.  I had originally planned to make a paper doll bunny ballet dancer, but changed my mind at the last minute when I recalled the most famous ballet is Swan Lake.  So then the doll took a whole other turn.

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The head is a picture of a swan that I colored with an opaque white marker and gel pens.  Her crown is a bit of a Coca-cola can, her bodice for her tutu is made from some pink handmade paper that I colored with an even pinker marker and edged with silver.  Her tutu is made from 2 layers of gathered lace, and her wings were thrifted.  The rest of her body are made from cardstock on which I drew her toe shoes. 

I like the bits and pieces that make this one unique.  That she is parts of a couple species.  Makes her a bit special. 


DSC01822 (753x1024)This week MAMMA really challenged me.  We were tasked with a new technique and using the theme of Friends.   The technique is Trish Bee’s Gesso background technique.  This was a new one for me, but I love learning new things. 

The background is the gesso technique on top of a dictionary page.  In the layers of gesso are flourishes that I rubber stamped onto the background.  I used blue and black ink to color the background.  The image is a rubber stamp that looks very distressed on the gesso background.  Sequins surround the card and the quotation is one by Mark Twain. 

We will trade them this Saturday as the swaps are every two weeks for the summer months.

I also received my card for the white swap from Nancy.

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I love the look on the clown’s face.  So pleased with himself.  Nancy does a lot with the whites on this card and I love her textured background, too. 

DSC01797 (458x1024) In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper.

The outer clothing of flappers is even still extremely identifiable. This look, called "garconne" ("little boy"), was instigated by Coco Chanel. To look more like a boy, women tightly wound their chest with strips of cloth in order to flatten it. The waists of flapper clothes were dropped to the hipline. She wore stockings – made of rayon ("artificial silk") starting in 1923 – which the flapper often wore rolled over a garter belt.

The hem of the skirts also started to rise in the 1920s. At first the hem only rose a few inches, but from 1925 to 1927 a flapper’s skirt fell just below the knee.

The flapper attitude was characterized by stark truthfulness, fast living, and sexual behavior. Flappers seemed to cling to youth as if it were to leave them at any moment. They took risks and were reckless.

Info from here. 

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As you can guess I finished my flapper doll and flapper ATC doll for the Fantastic Flat Paper Dolls May challenge.  Bits of lace and ric rac were sewn to a dress shape, the bodice is a leaf shaped piece of lace.  Her head wrap is created using some pink grosgrain ribbon.  Her boa is crocheted using fun fur yarn. 

The ATC was created using an arch pattern.  The image is from the Ziegfield Follies historical images gallery.  I added a bit of sparkle with stickles and a bit of tulle for her skirt. 

Perhaps there is a bit of the Flapper in all of us, no?

Last week’s MAMMA challenge was inspired by the technique of Bernie Berlin.  We were to use inks to die a baby wipe with the theme of words.  Immediately, the song Words by the Bee Gees started playing in my head.  That pretty much sealed the words I was going to use on the card. 

DSC01748 (1024x740) I decided to tie up my baby wipe (inspired by the creations of this lady) so that I could tie dye it.  I then inked the colors one to a segment, added blending agent to variegate it a bit, then accentuated the white and colored areas with bronze and pearl inks to add a bit of aging. 

The heart image is from a vintage dictionary and the wings are from a butterfly image from the same dictionary.  The words are lyrics from the Bee Gees’ song.  I love the colors in the background of the ATC!  I may have to try the baby wipe technique again.



DSC01751 (1024x748)I also received my card from the recycle trade from Erin.  She took the recycling challenge to heart when she took apart a computer she was scrapping for the challenge. 

Can you see the circuit board tiles she used to create the building?  What a cool idea!  Never thought of taking electrical appliances apart for challenges. 

Hmmm…maybe I need to get to it??

The MAMMA group reached our 100th member over the weekend.  That is exciting!  MAMMA picks great themes and challenges us weekly with new techniques, too.  This week she is letting us interpret this song.  There are a lot of possibilities there! 


DSC01706 (1024x939) The moonlight fades from flower and tree,
And the stars dim one by one;
The tale is told, the song is sung,
And the Fairy feast is done.
The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
And sings to them, soft and low.
The early birds erelong will wake:
‘Tis time for the Elves to go.
O’er the sleeping earth we silently pass,
Unseen by mortal eye,
And send sweet dreams, as we lightly float
Through the quiet moonlit sky;–
For the stars’ soft eyes alone may see,
And the flowers alone may know,
The feasts we hold, the tales we tell:
So ’tis time for the Elves to go.
From bird, and blossom, and bee,
We learn the lessons they teach;
And seek, by kindly deeds, to win
A loving friend in each.
And though unseen on earth we dwell,
Sweet voices whisper low,
And gentle hearts most joyously greet
The Elves where’er they go.
When next we meet in the Fairy dell,
May the silver moon’s soft light
Shine then on faces gay as now,
And Elfin hearts as light.
Now spread each wing, for the eastern sky
With sunlight soon will glow.
The morning star shall light us home:
Farewell! for the Elves must go.

Fairy Song by Louisa May Alcott

This month’s doll for the MAD MAMMA swap was to create a Button Fairy. 

Her wings were created using layered dictionary pages that were colored and aged with inks.  On top of the pages I decopaged a layer of pattern pieces, and then a layer of treads and fabric bits.  The top layer is a wash of pink acrylic paints.  The face is created using sculpey clay, acrylic paints and inks to color it, and a sharpey marker to draw the face.  The hair is created using bits of fancy yarn.  Her body is created using wire and vintage buttons along with bits of ribbon and iridescent cord.   

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