Altered Dress Form

I always seem to be buying items with the full intention of altering them and then never getting around to doing it.  After altering my Valentine's day hearts, I decided to finish a metal dress form type of ornament that I bought and started last year.  But, unfortunately I made the mistake of popping into "Homesense"(our Canadian version of T. J. Maxx) last week and found yet another dress form that I thought would be fun to alter.  So, instead of working on the old one, I started but actually finished the new one! I was inspired by Graphic 45's new line, "Kraft Reflections" and the papers were perfect for this dress form.

The dress form is metal, except for the bodice part. I first cut out the cards on the paper"All Decked out" and layered them for the skirt.  One of the papers is a thin stripe(Straight to the Point) which I scored along the lines and made the shorter pleated skirt.  I then cut out the small decorative circles from a Memory Box die and layered them around the waist.  The tissue flowers were cut out with 7Gypsies tissue and the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die.

For the inside floor, I used a wood Kaiser large doily which fit almost perfectly inside, I just had to shave a bit off one edge.  I had a vintage spool and bobbin that I used.  All the flowers, leaves and swirls were hand cut from the floral paper, "Bed of Roses" except two (those were the Tim Holtz tattered flower die and mini tattered flower die) I used snaps for the centers of those flowers.  The dress form was a Wendy Vecchi chipboard piece covered in paper and then crackled with Rock Candy.

I glued some of the leaves and flourishes on the outside of the dress form too.

The form had four metal hooks around the waist, so I punched out small tags to hang on them.  I then used the spool on the Tim Holtz dressmakers die, to cut out spools with chipboard, then covered with paper and glued those to the center of the tags. Colored some seam binding ribbon with Distress Stain, and tied them to the hooks.  I cut out some butterflies from one of the papers and adhered them on the tissue and one at the top with wire.  That's it for my FINISHED altered dress form!  Now I really need to finish  that other one!
Have a great weekend!

Valentine's Day.....

is almost here and I still have a few more items that I would like to finish.  But as usual, I seem to think of things at the last minute and run out of time.  I always say to myself, I'll have to do that next year, but then I usually forget or put it off until it's too late again.  This is why I have accumulated so much crafting stuff, in the hopes that I will one day actually complete all these projects! Does this sound familiar to any of you?  But I have finished the other heart box I said I was working on, and here it is:

For those of you who can't find a heart shaped box already made, this one is fairly easy to make.  Just trace a heart shape onto chipboard(you will need 2) that you like (I found one on the internet- just search "heart clipart" and check off "images" on the left of your screen).  On one of the hearts draw a smaller heart inside, about 1/4" smaller around the edges.  Cut out the inner heart and you are left with a heart like the photo.  Next cut two strips of thinner chipboard for the walls of your box (like the thickness of a cereal box) about 1 1/2" thick or however deep you want your shadowbox.  I started at the top in the center of the heart and glued the edge of the strip to the bottom chipboard with small strips of thin paper (usually photocopier paper or thin paper bag paper, about 1/4 inch by 1 inch strips) down to the bottom of the heart.  Do the same with the other side.  Cut off the extra pieces of chipboard at the bottom where the two meet.  I covered the inside bottom and sides with patterned paper before the top was glued on.  Next, cover the top with the tissue tape, tucking the tape on the inside underneath and the outside of the taped edge will go on the outside of the box bottom, attaching the two together.  After the top is taped to your heart bottom, cover the sides with paper.  I used My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found 2" patterned paper, brads and sticker, My Mind's Eye Valentines diecut and paper, and Maya Road thin spools.
I also made these two cards:

This card was made with the My Mind's Eye Valentine collection.  I love the patterned paper with the banners which I stitched and then cut out.

I used Basic Grey's Kissing Booth collection for this card.  The folded doily was cut from a coffee filter using a Cheery Lynn die and the "forever" charm is from Prima.
I also had my monthly tag exchange to do which was supposed to include hearts.  Urban Scrapbook just got in another Memory Box order and I was happy to use their new heart dies.

The dies I used were:
After cutting out the flourish heart, I glued it to the cut out plain heart.  I then covered it with a Metal Foil Tape Sheet from Ranger.  Using a paper stump or stylus I rubbed the entire heart, getting into all the corners.  The heart now looks like its been embossed.  I then painted a thin layer of black paint, then red, and gold. I let this dry, then rubbed off the paint on the raised parts with a paper stump.  Next ink the the heart with red, and emboss with clear embossing ink.  I'm not sure if I'm explaining this very good but Tim Holtz did this technique on his 12 tags of Christmas (I think it was tag 3 or 4). I gathered up tissue and glued it to the back, then cut out a black heart a little bigger and glued it to the back. The fine gold coiled thread wrapped around the heart is antique gold bullion angel hair. (purchased at Tinsel Trading -an amazing store in N.Y)  The tag itself was embossed with Tim Holtz's Valentine folder on glossy paper and then inked.  I cut out the cupid with Tim Holtz's smaller die, then inked and crackled with Rock Candy.  I then cut out the Valentine border (love this die!) and attached it to the back with ribbon on the side.   Love those new dies, I will be finding reasons to use those hearts!  The plain heart has a clear plastic center that has a grid for accuracy.
That's all for today, have a great week and Happy Valentine's Day!


I've got a big heart....

to share with you!  It's close to Valentine's Day and I'm in the mood to make some decorations.  I've covered a large paper mache heart (about 14" x 12") with various papers.  Here it is:

I covered the heart with Tim Holtz's tissue paper using Claudine Helmuth's Matt Medium (love this stuff) and then went over it with Pink Distress stain and brown ink.  I then stamped the edge on the one side with clear embossing ink, a Tim Holtz flourish stamp and white Utee.  Now for the patchwork side!  This wasn't very hard to do, just a little time consuming.  I cut out various squares of paper from My Mind's Eye(Love Me) and Basic Grey's(Kissing Booth) Valentine collections.  I lightly taped(scotch tape) them together on the back so they fit perfectly together. Next I took my WRMK sewing tool and various stitching heads to punch out the patterns for my stitching.  This part was a little tricky as you need to run the tool down the center of the two pieced papers.  With the scotch tape underneath the paper, the tool does not punch all the way through but enough to mark the pattern. With embroidery floss, stitch all the pieces.  After that was finished I wet the paper and gently dabbed with paper towel after.  This helps mold the paper to the heart but careful not to tear your piece.  Apply Matt Medium to the side of the heart you are  going to cover and position your paper on it.  Some areas are going to crease if your heart is curved like mine.  Before it dried, I curled up the edges.  Next I cut out various flowers. the tissue ones are cut out with Spellbinder dies, the accordion and red ones are with Tim Holtz dies.  The banners are made from My Mind's Eye banner paper, and circles cut out from various papers. I added in some prima jewels and a few diecuts from My Mind's Eye.

Here's a few close-ups:


I tied some tulle at the top so it could be hung up and it was done.  I'm working on a heart shaped Valentine box, similar but smaller than this one I made last year:

This box was from Making Memories, which was filled with Valentine embellishments.  I covered the bottom, took out the plastic on the lid and turned it into a shadow box.  I had to make my own shaped box this time, I'll show you as soon as it's done!
Have a great week!

What a nice surprise!

I checked into my blog today and read a very surprising comment!  One of my favourite scrapbookers, Jody Rogers, nominated me for a Liebster Award!  Some of you know Jody from Urban Scrapbook, as an employee and instructor but she has recently moved to Winnipeg.  We all miss you Jody!  Make sure you stop by her blog, Creative Authority and check out what she's been up to and say hello!  Thank you so much, Jody for nominating me!
Liebster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved' but it can also mean 'favorite'. The idea of the Liebster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to five other bloggers. Please stop by and visit
The Rules are:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.

5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

So with that, here are my five picks!
Grammiesthots - Nicole
La maison de Plum - Suzanne

I know all of these ladies from Urban Scrapbook, except for Suzanne, who is a very creative lady from Quebec!  These are all very creative people that share the love for paper and all things creative on their blogs.  Please visit their blogs and spread the love!

I can't have a post without something to show.  Here's a card I made using Authentique's Gathering collection.

The clock is made using a new embossing folder from Couture Creations' World Fair Collection called Renaissance.  I used Kraft Core paper, so after I embossed it, I sanded it and then cut it out.  Loved how the clock turned out. 
Have a great week!

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