Today, I will be sharing another toothpick doll. She is inspired by mid 17th Century fashion although I say that with a heavy emphasis on “inspired.”
She is wearing a green and purple dress with triple puff sleeves. Let me tell you that those sleeves were no easy task. Remember she is only made from toothpicks, embroidery floss, and glue. Each puff has layers of floss underneath to create the shape.
She also has fringe on her bodice and buttons down the front and small overskirt on the back.
I made her hair is a combination of ringlets and braids. As in the other dolls, the ringlets were created by wrapping damp floss around a round toothpick and allowing it to dry overnight.
As I look at this doll, I have to say that I love these sleeves. I think that I am far enough away from the time that I made her that I have forgotten how hard they were to make.
I think that if I created this doll again I would give her darker hair or maybe add an additional color of floss because the really light hair makes it a little hard to see her hairdo. Each of these complex dolls can take quite a long time to create since I have to leave dry time and then there is that crazy thing called life that gets in the way. Most of these dolls were created over the last five years and have just been quietly sitting on the shelve or in boxes. The “fancy” dolls have actually been living in a cigar box for awhile. I am happy that I am getting these ladies out and sharing them with the world. Cheers!
Back again, and this time with another non-card project. Today, I will be sharing an easy crochet afghan that I made for my husband. It was very basic and worked up fairly quickly. You could easily take this and change the color scheme to suit your needs.
This project began as so many do, on Pinterest. Oh, my beloved Pinterest. I sometimes call Pinterest my “Pusher,” because I feel like it is in some darkened alley telling me that I need ‘just one more project,” or that “I can do that,” or the very devious “that doesn’t look that hard.” These all get me, but I love me some Pinterest people. So, okay where was I? Ah yes, the crocheted blanket. I found this project, https://pysseldrommar.com/2015/03/29/antligen-tillbaka-monster-virkad-och-vavd-plad/. This darling striped baby blanket. It is seriously darling and looked pretty easy. My hubby had been asking for a blanket of his own and he really liked this one.
I started out creating in basically the same way she describes, but once I got to weaving in the strands of color it was clear that they were too thin for the width of the blanket. (Don’t worry, I actually tested this out on a small scale before crocheting up a whole blanket).
So, I went a different route. I started with the dark gray and double crocheted ten rows then I created the color stripes. For the color stripes, I used a half-double stitch and alternated with my dark gray. I I just kept repeating this until I had a blanket as long as I wanted. AKA – when I finally ran out of the yarn.
I then sewed my yarn tails in and added the simple border. This was just a simple single crochet in gray and bright blue. I told you it was easy. It was just what ye’ old hubbs was looking for and I was pleased with the overall product. My one issue is that I didn’t get the stitch count exactly right on the border and there is a little puckering but I decided that it wasn’t that big of a deal and so I let it go and moved on.
Since we were really focused on the colors the yarns I used are from a few different lines. You can find them below.
Eggplant, Aqua, & Charcoal – Vanna’s Choice
Butterscotch & Grass – Loops & Threads (Available at Michaels)
Premium Turquoise & Baby Gold Fish – Big Twist (Available at JoAnn’s)
I have two afghan’s on the hook right now and just ordered yarn for another because as I mentioned I cannot stop myself and Pinterest is there in the corner telling me that I can whip it up no problem. I did manage to complete my daughter’s Halloween costume so at least I have one thing under control. Thanks for stopping by!
I am back with another horse themed card. This is the other set of cards I have for an upcoming event. Before I had to retire my horses I trained to compete in eventing. I miss it so very much but that is just how things work out. Many of my friends are still in the sport and so while I am not currently riding I am still surrounded by those who do. If you are unfamiliar with eventing, it is the triathlon of horse sport.
Today’s card features a horse and rider silhouette jumping down a drop on the background of the Colorado State flag. All of the dies were cut using my handy-dandy Silhouette Cameo. I created the flag shape in my software and cut the shapes out of colored cardstock. Often I will just use white cardstock and then color my paper with Distress Ink but this time, I started with colored paper.
Once I had cut out my shapes I added a little Distress Ink to each shape. I adhered my flag background and “C” to a white piece of cardstock.
For the horse and rider, I cut out the shape in black cardstock and then inked them with Dazzle VersaMark in Champagne. I then applied Clear Embossing Powder. I reapplied the VesaMark and embossing powder three times, melting the EP between each application. While it is a little hard to see in the photos each horse and rider shape has a subtle glitter in the embossing powder. I was really pleased with how that looked.
I did try to use my Melting Pot to create the enameled look but this worked out much better. Not to mention I didn’t burn any part of myself in this process. I am still picking up little blobs of melted embossing powder from the carpet in my studio.
I glued my horses down and then once they were dry I adhered everything to my card. Thank you, as always, for taking the time to stop by my little blog!
Paper: Black cardstock – Recollections, Neenah Solar White, Cherry – Bazzill, Brilliant Blue – Stamping’ Up, Summer Sunrise – Papertrey Ink
I am back with a card and video today. Don’t worry if you are enjoying the dolls there are more of them on the way. I am planning to do a video time-lapse of the creation of my next doll. Not too sure on the timeline for that but it is in the works.
Today’s card is one I have created for an upcoming fundraiser. it is actually one of 12 cards.I created two different sets of cards each with 12 cards and envelopes. The other style will be featured here later this week.
So, a quick word about my creative process. These two sets of cards really show my two main workflows. The card today was a work-in-progress creation. I wasn’t really sure where I was going and I only knew the silhouette I wanted to use and that was it. It can be a challenge creating multiple cards in this manner but I just jumped in. This style of work requires a bit of trial and error and sometimes that looks like staring at a half-made project or ripping things off a completed card.
The other way I work is with a clear plan or vision. The other set was a project that was clearly formed in my mind. I knew what I wanted and how I was going to get there. It is just an interesting process.
So, with that out of the way on to the card and video link!!
I started with a piece of white cardstock and started applying ink in Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord. I laid down my colors from light to dark and then went back over them to blend. This can get darker ink on you ink blending tool but I haven’t had this be a problem and I think that you could just replace your sponge if you started getting ink transfer.
Next, I gave my panel a splash with water and then white watercolor paint. I used a long bristled paint brush to splatter the watercolor and that seemed to give a smaller splatter.
Next, I die cut the circles from white cardstock using my Silhouette. This is a shape that I created by using the circle tool and then the offset tool. Once I had my first circle I simply used copy and paste and then resized the circles to the size I wanted. Once I had the circle as I wanted I merged everything together. If you replicate this you will want to be sure that your circles have been made a Compound Path before you merge them, if you don’t they will be solid circles. Once I had these cut, I inked them with a little Dazzle Versamark and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.
Then onto out horse, I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to my die cut and then gave it a few spritzes with Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist. The horse silhouette is a shape that I purchased online.
I then cut out 12 hearts from white cardstock. This is a shape I created in my Silhouette, it is a very basic heart but I use it all the time. I inked my hearts with Seedless Preserves and then Dusty Concord on the edges. I adhered the horse with Scor-tape and then glued the hearts on.
So this was where I got stuck. I just couldn’t decide what to do. I stared at this card for awhile, played with embellishments and was generally lost. This it hit me! I have the wonderful Star Gazer set from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment was perfect and it fit in the space I had created and the little stars were just what I needed. I used Memento Ink and Black Detail Embossing Powder. Everything went on a black cardstock mat and then to the card bases.
I was afraid that there would be a time when I would have to scrap these and I am so glad that they came together! I hope that you all have a wonderful week.
So, awhile back I discovered these amazing illustrations by the very talented Claire Hummel. She did a whole series based on Disney Princess. They are really something special. Each princess has been reimagined in a more historically correct outfit. I was so inspired by her series that I made a Snow White, inspired by her illustration. You can view that image here.
I have seen a few people Cosplay her illustrations and so I know that I am not the only one! Here is my take.
When I start creating a doll, I generally start with a sketch. This helps me make a plan and create a workflow. The illustration that I used as my inspiration had a ton of details that I had to simplify. Fine details can be difficult to recreate in toothpick doll form. So, for this doll I left off a bit of the pattern and made the sleeves with a single puff.
I did try to make two puffs per sleeve but there were some pretty disastrous results so I went with one. While I would have preferred to have two, I think that the better execution was the better choice.
From the back, you can get a better view of Snow’s snood. A snood is a hair covering that was something like an early hairnet. This snood was single pieces of floss applied to the hair after it was glued and dried.
You can see on my reference image that there is a tree pattern on the lower detailing of the skirt. I simplified this to be simple swirls.
This doll is about the same size as the earlier dolls I shared and stands just under 3″ tall.
She has lacings on her bodice and a small medallion as well. This little princess was a lot of fun to create!
Whew, we’ve been busy in these parts. I don’t even really know how this all happens. Today, I’ll be sharing another toothpick doll. This one is inspired by the Victorian Era fashion. She has a bustle, buttons, and high collar. This little doll was a lot of fun to create and I worked up some new techniques to get everything looking right.
Here she is! Cuffs and collars, hair piled high and that iconic bustle. A lady of the Victorian Era.
I find that one of the hardest things for me is trying not to get glue on the doll. The parts are small and it is so easy to get a little glue on your finger and then to transfer that to a part of the doll that was “just right.”
Her hair has been gathered into a loose bun with a few tendrils escaping.
Above you can see the bustle for this little gem. I had never really made something like this. You can get a better view of her hair. Again, the curls are created by wrapping wet/damp embroidery floss around a toothpick and then letting the hair dry. I have dolls from the early 1990s whose hair is still curly. wet
You can create different sizes of curls by using different sizes of toothpicks. I have used dowels, skewers and even a piece of wire.
I hope you are enjoying my dolls series this week! The next doll was inspired by a historic reimagining of Snow White and is one of my absolute favorite dolls.
Now, back to completing a card order, Halloween costume, and afghan! Never a dull moment.
And now for something completely different! I have always loved Monty Python references.
For a very long time, I thought that I was the only one making these little dolls and then I discovered Angela Michelle Dolls. My mind was blown. While Angela is no longer posting on this site you can see her amazing creations. Find her and seeing what she was doing with her dolls was a total revelation for me and my creations. I am still amazed by the precision and details on her dolls.
I started making my dolls in 1990 or 1991 when I happened to chance upon a flyer in my local Michaels store. It was from DMC and showcased what they were calling Worry Dolls and with that, a lifelong love was discovered. I actually held onto that flyer. Over the years I have created, fairies, wizards, a snowboarder, Uncle Sam, and more. Today, I will be sharing one of my favorites; the Queen of Hearts inspired by the Tim Burton/Helena Bonham Carter incarnation.
This doll is made using only toothpicks, floss, and glue. I usually use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue of my creations. The one downside is that I will inevitably get a little glue in my mouth and this is not at all pleasant tasting. The Queen does have some fancy embroidery floss for her skirt, it is satin floss versus the regular floss.
The string detail on the arms is a single strand of floss and the raised bumps are also trimmed down single strands.
The hair is created by wrapping embroidery floss around a toothpick and wetting it, then leaving the floss to dry. I usually leave it overnight and that seems to do the trick. The Queen stands just under 3″ tall.
I did find the Stain Floss a bit of a challenge to work with since it was so very slippery. I love the way it looks, so I guess that means that it is worth it.
I am looking forward to sharing a few more of my dolls and hope that you enjoy this taste of something a little different. If these dolls get much interest, I would be happy to share more about how to create them.
I think that today’s project has a heavy Victorian feel to it. This baby has a lot going on but I think that it all works. I have made another video to go with this card, view below:
I started with a piece of 5″x7″ white cardstock and applied ink using the wrinkle-free distress technique. I used Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, and Gathered Twigs. I actually did a second application with Fired Brick only.
Next, I applied VersaMark through a mesh stencil and then brushed on Pearl Ex Pigment Powders in Sparkle Gold and Super Bronze. I then stamped a distress floral element in the lower right-hand corner using Copper ink. I then brushed on a little more Pearl Ex in Sparkle Copper.I also stamped some wording in the top left-hand corner, I used Frayed Burlap. I then distressed my edges with my Edge Distressing tool and inked the now distress paper with more Frayed Burlap.
Next, I cut a little bird out of pattern paper and added more a little Frayed Burlap. I also cut a damask die from more pattern paper. The papers are from the same 12×12 paper collection called The Second Wind by Prima. I added more ink to the damask die cut and trimmed it to fit my paper.
I then created an element using Grunge Paper. This stuff is super cool but for some reason, I am always forgetting that I have some. I might have to see if I can cut this with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a pre-cut lock and I also cut out another bird which I layered under my pattern paper. For the lock, I inked the keyhole with Black Soot ink and then embossed it with Black Glitter Zing Embossing Powder. I inked the lock with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, didn’t like the way it looked so I colored it with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I then applied and heat Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. I added a little Aztec Gold Pearl Ex Powder for accent.
I then took my plain little bird and stamped a floral cluster with VersaMark and embossed this with Gold Zing Embossing Powder. I also added a clear Lush Brad, for an eye.
Then came the creation of the roses. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. I inked the medium flower with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then shaped them with my McGill Paper Blossom tools. I cut down each petal and then used my reverse tweezers to add three folds on each petal. You can see a video on how to make paper roses here. I then added some bright green leaves that I inked with Old Olive and more Frayed Burlap. I adhered the roses and leaves the card front.
Next, I added this oversized fabric covered brad. These are Downton Abbey themed and I am so wishing I had bought more. I then created the sentiment frame. I used the Tim Holtz Saying Stuff set to create the sentiment. I first stamped the frame with Frayed Burlap and the fussy cut that out. I then inked the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then inked up the sentiment “from the heart” with Frayed Burlap and then adhered that to my card using foam tape and Scor-Tape. My last step was to add the adhesive pearls and brads.
As you can tell, I was very heavily inspired by Tim Holtz for this project. My initial inspiration for this card was this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge; Powder Power. Thank you as always for visiting my Blog. I hope you enjoyed this project!
I was finally able to get in touch with tech support this morning and they got me fixed up. So, I am back to work and ready to share a fun card.
My husband has a friend that is getting married and he requested that I make a Pop-Up Box Card for her. I went with a very non-traditional color palette and I think that it turned out just right. I have made a few of these pop-up box cards before, here and here. I followed the same basic tutorial which can be found at Splitcoast Stampers, here.
I started with a sheet of Old Olive cardstock which I cut to size and scored. I then cut my pattern paper to fit on each of the squares. This paper is from My Minds Eye and is called Flirty Lil’ Girl. It was really the inspiration for my color palette.
Once I had my box assembled and the pattern paper panels adhered to the outside, I started creating the embellishments. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the hearts, butterflies, and banner.
For the main heart, I started by creating the outer heart, This was inked with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries Distress Ink. I then applied a coat of VersaMark and embossed the heart using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I then made the smaller heart, but instead of Iridescent Ice, I used Clear Embossing Powder. I then cut out the banner. I used my Silhouette Software to print out the “congratulations” banner, which I then cut out. I inked back part of the banner with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.
All of the other butterflies and hearts were colored using color mists. The yellow elements were colored with Sunlight Glimmer Mist and Gold Color Shine. The pink were colored with Cherry Color Shine and Scarlet Glimmer Mist. The green elements were colored with Money Bags and Bahama Blue Glimmer Mists.
I spritzed them all at one time and then let them dry. Once everything had dried I added a little flourish stamp in Festive Berries to a few butterflies and started adding everything to the box.
The elements that are “popping out” of the box were glued to thin strips of clear acetate. I lightly shaped the butterflies with my fingers to give them a little texture.
I used glue and pop dots. I then let everything dry overnight. The next day, I came back and went a little crazy with Stickles! I added Eucalyptus, Crystal, and Yellow to the corresponding shapes.
My last step was to add a few adhesive gems. I actually even let the Stickles dry before I jumped right into adding the gems. Normally I would have ended up with glitter everywhere.
I will need to whip-up an envelope since it ended up a slightly unusual size. Thank you for stopping by!
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Pattern Paper – My Minds Eye Flirty Lil Girl
Happy Fall! Today’s post is pretty short and sweet. I have been fighting with my computer all morning and I have sadly lost that battle. I hope that I am able to get things fixed up this weekend, and if not I should be able to get ahold of tech support on Monday. Grrr – technology! It is great when it all works and this was all kicked off by an automatic update. I am sure that I’ll be able to get it straightened out, I guess it is just a matter of when.
Today’s card is a variation on my Bronco card I made around the time of the Super Bowl. Our friends let us use their Broncos tickets recently and so I needed another Bronco themed thank you card.
I started with all white cardstock. I created the Bronco logo on my computer and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out.
I then used my Distress Inks to color each section. I threw a little Old Paper on the white portion to set it apart, a little.
I then used an old QuicKutz Font called Venus to cut out the “Thanks.” I used the Distress Inks to color it again. I was trying for a graffiti look. I also used the ink to color my orange mat behind.
Next, I assembled everything. I applied my “thanks” first. I used regular adhesives and two different heights of foam tape for the letters. I then added my horse head with the fatter foam tape.
Per usual, I had to add a little glitter. I gave the horse head a very light application of Crystal stickles. This was a really quick project but fun!
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Ink: Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Old Paper