Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween Marie

 "Halloween Marie"
This is the card I made
for the swap at VPI

Here are the Halloween Marie
 cards I received!

Wendy Robinson, Laura Carson,  Lynn Stevens,
Martina Fuchs, Brenda Smith and April Dudko.
Lovely Marie indeed!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Retro Halloween Party

Here are the cards I made for a swap at VPI. 
 Retro Halloween Party

The first two cards 
depict the year 1915

They are from the same
 Dennison book cover



I'm not sure what year this is, 
probably 1920's or 30's


Here are the cards I received in return!
First card is by Gina Peake,
second card by
Vonda Smith.
Kris Dickinson did the third
 card and the bottom card too.
Fourth card is by Lynn Stevens.
Everyone did a "bootiful" job!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

All Hallows Masked Ball

There's a masquerade ball taking place
over at the Marie Antoinette Mail Art group.

Everyone was asked to 
create a mask for their partner.
Here is the mask I created for Laura Carson
The color requirement 
was black, ivory and orange.
 I bought a simple black mask from a craft store. 
The mask already had the handle on it.
I glued a cardboard attachment
 at the top of the mask.
The cardboard and mask were 
then covered with fabric.
I warped the stick with two 
different colors of ribbon and added a tassel. 

I found this whimsical Marie Antoinette paper doll on Etsy.


Digital Collage Print Sheets by Julia van der Werf

I dressed up her headdress with 
satin flowers, a black dresden swan,
some lace and a tiny pumpkin
stick pin. 
I added copper wings and glitter
along her neckline.
This is an articulated paper doll and 
I used copper brads
to attach the limbs.
Marie holds a Jack O'Lantern, all 
ready for trick or treating!
I also added three paper medallions
 to the top of the mask trimmed with glitter.
 Dresden trim around the eye opening,
velvet trim on the bottom and 
cording around the upper portion.
A dresden spider web with a skull
& cross bones amulet/medallion. 

I decided that while 
I was making one mask, 

 I should make two!

 Very similar to the first mask, 
but the ornamentation
is different and the 
paper doll is dressed differently.  
This was fun to create and I would love to
create more mask in the 

Halloween Sushi Antoinette

A lovely Sushi Antoinette 
swap over at MAMA resulted in these
lovely Halloween Sushi cards.
I made six cards using two
 different Sushi images.

 Here are the fabulous Sushi cards
 I received in return.
The first one is by Terri Gordon, Kris Dickinson 
created the second card.
Bottom left corner is by Rhonda Thomas, next is another 
Terri Gordon creation, and on the right hand side 
is another Kris Dickinson card.
Such fun ATC's!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tombstone Trilogy

At the Marie Antoinette Mail Art group
Debi Huntsman hosted this really fun swap!
 The masonite tombstones, are from Retro Cafe,
they have several shapes to choose from. 
The faces I used here are Madame Du Barry, Marie Antoinette
and princess de Lamballe

This is the back view of the Marie 

 I like how the princess de Lamballe 
looks in this photo.
 Here I used the flash. The paper has a different
green hue in this photo. 
 Back view, the camera flash bleached 
it out slightly. 

 Here is Madam Du Barry.
This turned out darker than the other 
two, but I really like it. 

Back view of the DuBarry

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Petite Marie

Here are some ATC's I made recently
 for The Marie Antoinette Mail Art group.
It was called "Open Themed Marie"
We had to make an ATC using a Marie image.

Here are the lovely cards I received in return.
The first two are from Amy Deubner. Third from Wendy Robinson.
Kelly Deal created number four, number five is by Terri Gordon and the sixth card is from Kris Dickinson.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Meet Ellie!

I made this doll as part of the "Age of  Elegance" group over on Flickr. 
This group's focus is the era of Jane Austen. (early 1800's)
Our task was to make a doll and dress it in the style
of this time frame.

I found this doll pattern on Etsy.
She was created by Anne at 


The doll is made of beautiful wool felt.
I loved making this doll.
I've made dolls before, so
I found this pattern to be easy to follow
and understand. 
 The face is embroidered first, over butcher's paper.

Tear away the paper carefully.

 Then you cut the body out. 
A little pink eye shadow gives 
Ellie a sweet nose and rosy cheeks.

Cut out the arms and legs, stuff, stitch then assemble the doll. 
 She's ready to dress. 

The doll pattern also comes with 
an adorable dress pattern.
Includes socks and shoe patterns. 

However, I needed to create 
a Regency/Empire style garment.

This is the dress I used for inspiration.
Caroline, Archduchess of Austria 1817

 I used a doll pattern from
Josefina who is an American Girl Doll.

I had to re-size the entire dress pattern 
as my doll is smaller than the American Girl Dolls
I added some embellishments to try and get my 
doll's dress to resemble the inspiration dress.
 I hand sewed tiny glass beads around the neckline.
 Ellie wears a pearl necklace.

I love how the sleeve turned out!
Ribbon was added to mimic
a Regency style puffy cap sleeve.

Back view.

Her socks are made from antique remnants I
bought at our local county fair about 
two years ago. 
I followed the sock and shoe
 pattern included in the Ellie Doll pattern.
The shoes are made using  pink wool felt. 
Finally, I dressed her in antique doll pantaloons.