Going to School

Red Lead Paperworks sells several shapes of chipboard houses that are so much fun to alter! This one was made for a “casa” swap with one of the Yahoo groups to which I belong. The pencils in the roof were stamped with an image that is also sold by Red Lead. Love that store! The book images are from Deviant Scrap,and the mathematical equation stamped in the background (hard to see) is from Club Scrap. Punching a hole in the chipboard was a beast. If you know of an easy way to do this, please leave a comment and let me know how!! Thanks!

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Altered Dress Form #7 {Queen Bee}

This is the last of the dress forms I swapped with my Yahoo group and I believe it turned out to be my favorite. I love this vintage image, and the paper from Pink Paislee (the Queen Bee collection) is some of my favorite. It was hard for this paper hoarder to cut into, but I’m so glad I did! The wings image is of actual insect wings that I found on the web and printed on a transparency. I immediately embossed them with clear embossing powder as soon as the transparency came off the printer and before the ink had a chance to dry completely. They really look like I just plucked them off a wasp! I added a little black paint to the bee and the hive to tone down the gold a bit. And isn’t it cool that the hive fit the top of the dress form exactly? This was a fun project — more time consuming than making ATCs, but I’m glad I played along in this one!

Altered Dress Form #6 {Audrey}

I couldn’t resist making one of my dress forms into a “little black dress,” and what better dress to showcase than the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I used Coredinations paper and sanded away some of the black top coat of the paper in order to highlight the black and white image I used of Audrey. I put shimmery turquoise paper on the back, which shows through the little heart cutout. This color was the closest I could find to match the famous “little blue box” that Tiffany’s is known for. Bling and chandelier drops remind me of Tiffany’s as well, so I added those embellishments to the dress.

Altered Dress Form #3 {Wander}

This is the third dress form I altered for my swap. I grabbed some old K&Company paper from my stash and used that for a background of this vintage lady traveler (from DigitalCollageSheets.com). The map stamped on the paper is by Inkadinkado and the hardware is by Tim Holtz. I actually used some real foreign stamps I’ve had forever — felt good to use those up! The small white flower on her hat is a vintage find. I found that these dress forms were getting easier to design with each one I completed, although they were all equally time-consuming. The sentiment at the bottom is one of my favorites.

Altered Dress Form # 2 {Twinkle Toes}

Here is the second dress form (Maya Road) I altered. The image of that cute girl is from Tumblefish Studios, as is the Orpheum banner at the bottom. I purchased it while she was a designer for Deviant Scrap, but now she sells on her own through Etsy. I think all the paper is by Graphic 45, the Curtain Call collection (and a little bit on the stars from Once Upon a Springtime). And one can’t forget the filmstrip ribbon by Tim Holtz. Love that stuff!

Here is the backside, with the message from a stamp by Printworks.

Altered Dress Form #1 {No Place Like Home}

Front side of the dress form.

I’ve been altering Maya Road dress forms for the last 5-6 weeks. It was a challenge for me, since I usually don’t alter anything bigger than an artist trading card. I made seven of these, all different styles. When I started on this project, I intended to put “legs” (moos) on each one. After I finished this one, I decided that one pair of legs was enough. The blue gingham paper (by Making Memories) always reminded me of Dorothy’s dress, so that was my inspiration and background for this one. I made the ruby slippers by covering some red buttons (left over from the days I crocheted beads on socks for my daughters) in Stickles. Worked like a charm!

Back side of the dress form.

The back of the moos have very small printing that coincides with the character on the front. The scarecrow has words from the song “If I Only Had a Brain” and the lion has words from his “courage” rant. I hope this finds a home with a Wizard of Oz fan!