Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Collection of Dress Forms and Tilda Dolls

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Howdy visitors, friends and followers!   Fall is definitely here and it also looks like my all of my previous post have fallen off the earth.  I notified Blogger and their instructions made my head totally swim.  Trust me that doesn't take much to do.    Another thing is that I am not to computer smart so I'm basically starting new.  Update>>>>>  I did find some of my old posts and I did apply them but lost all the comments.  Maybe I am just a little computer smart. LOL!!

I thought I'd repost my dress forms and Tilda dolls that I've made with pictures only.


These are my recent sewing  projects that I've created and they are all handmade.  Looks like I'll be creating some cards here real soon.  
I want to Thank each and everyone for your visits and support.   Happy Crafting!!!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tilda Doll "Queen of Threads"

Hello fellow crafters, visitors and friends.  You may notice some change on my blog.  I deleted all of my posts and don't know how to restore them.  Opps!!!  Oh well it's all new from here on out.   Honestly I was thinking of closing down but had a change of heart.  If I can inspire just one then it's all worth while. 
I finished my newest handmade Tilda doll and I want to share it with you.  I call her Queen of Threads"

She is completely handmade.  All of the fabric was found in Walmart. I tried Duck cloth for her  skin and it's a thicker textured fabric.  I could not make her too skinny due to the  thickness of the fabric. It was  near impossible to reverse inside out.   I did order the original Tilda  skin fabric from Pandora located in France.  It arrived one week after I placed the order and this fabric is totally awesome to touch!!  Super soft and beautiful.   I can't wait to make another Tilda!!!   

Her hair is made with Red Heart Boutique Fizzle yarn.  Her crown is from Hobby Lobby Sew-o-logy.   The sewing machine is from "Tilda's Spring Ideas".  I did  French knots for her eyes.

Her jewelry is from my stash.  I dyed the lace trim with Distress Inks to match her dress fabric.

A closer look of her shoes.

Another shot of this darling doll!

 Here's another picture that I played around with the background color.

Thanks ever so much for your visit and Happy Crafting!!!!

ps I found this picture at my Mother's house.  This is  me and my Dad and look what I have in my hand.  Looks like an indication of a future crafter.   Gosh that diaper looks loose!  LOL!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lea'Abilities Frames Collection

Howdy to my followers, friends and new visitors.  I did this collection earlier this year and Darlene gave me permission to post.   I had a chance to design the Lea'Abilities Frames Collection for Dutch Paper Crafts.   This is my first time to work this this brand and I will say that they cut and emboss  very nice.  There are so many possibilities with these frames.   Money well spent!

My first creation is a White on White card featuring the  Lea'bilities Frame Circle Ribbons (45.8848)

I first used an Embossing Folder that came with my Grand Calibur and there is no name on the folder, (sorry), then I applied it to the card base.   I found this image at  Next it was printed and I  applied Mod Podge to it so it will not fade, then cut it using the Frame Circle  Ribbon die. I used my Corner Chomper on all the corners of the card.   I layered the Frame Circle Ribbon over the cut out image.   As you can see I also used many other die cuts on the bottom and here they are:
Marianne Creatables LR0245, LR0244, LR0192 and  LR0229 .  The banner is part of the Frame Circle Ribbons die set (45.8848).    A Studio G alphabet stamp set was used to stamp Friends

Inside  peak:

More embossing using a CuttleBug  Decorative Tile Embossing Folder.   Around the edge of the embossing I used a Martha Stewart Swirling Lace Around the Page Punch.  Some satin ribbon and CuttleBug Vintage Corners are added.  I inside sentiment is stamped on a Frame Circle Ribbon.  The sentiment is from my stash.

Wedding/Anniversary using Lea'bilities Frame Oval Curves 45.8923

The Bildmarlarna Mimosa Wedding Stamp is used and colored with Faber-Castell Poly Chromos pencils, then framed with the  Oval Curves Die.  Design Paper is Ella Blue by g.c.d.  On each side of the frame I used an EK Scroll Chain Punch.  The flowers are made using the Lea'bilities die 45.7674 and the leaves are punched and embossed using a Nellie Snellen FLP031.  Gems and Perfect Pearls are also added.

Inside peak:

On the inside I used  the Frame Oval Curves 45.8923 that also include the beautiful corner swirls.  The frame on the tag is also included in this set.  Notice on the left side how I intertwined the corner swirls to create a border.

Valentine Wreath Card using  Lea'bilities  Wreath Four Seasons 45.8275

After I made this card I realize that what I used as hearts are actually leaves.   Hey I think it still works!!
This Wreath die set 45.8275  comes with a variety of tiny  dies for the seasons and the bow.  I cut an example of all and I'm sure Darlene will show all the die cuts on her video.

Design Papers used are Prima Lyric Collection.  I used a Martha Stewart Lace Heart Punch , Spellbinders Blossom Two and Sizzix Decorative Corners #4.  The lace is from a friends Mother's craft collection that is very old.
 Inside View:
More  of the beautiful Prima Design Paper.    Pull out tag using a Sizzix Paper Clip from the Love Set.

Boxed Easel Card featuring the Lea'Bilities Frame Swirl 45.7674

First the box  that I made using the  Frame Swirl  cut in two different papers and also made the flowers from the dies included with this set.
On the edges of the box I used a Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch.

Now the easel card:

Magnolia Afternoon Tea Tilda is sitting on the  Frame Swirl along with Cute Magnolia Dog.  A La La Land  Heart Banner is used on the top corners.  Sentiment is from my stash.

All of these Lea'bilitites dies should be available at DutchPaperCrafts.  Just email what you would like to order  at  
Thank You all for your visits and I always love to hear from you.   I hope someone is inspired to  " Go Craft Something!"

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tilda Doll for Someone Special

Hello fellow crafters, friends and visitors!   Autumn is definitely in the air and the glorious colors are approaching us very fast.   No one can put colors together like Nature!!

I created a Tilda Doll for Sandy,a special friend of mine, who totally loves Halloween.  This past year she has sent me many books to read and how can I ever Thank her enough.  Thanks Sandy!!!!
This past week I was in Jo Ann Fabrics and spotted some nice fabric and immediately though this is for a new Tilda doll.  

The bigger pumpkin is actually a basketball that I found in the Dollar Store.  I bought it with full intentions of making it a pumpkin.   I added eyelash trim, made a stem and leaf for it and also made the smaller pumpkin.   Tilda's hair is sheep wool that my brother in law gave to me from his sheep farm.   I cleaned it ( took lots of time)  and it's perfect !


 Since I've been creating these dress forms I had to include one for this package.

The lace was ivory and I dyed it with Distress inks.  The color turned out perfect!   All of the flowers, beaded leaves and stick pins are made by me.  This dress from top to bottom of the stand is about 16 inches tall.
Closer view of the stickpins:

Finally a closer view of the roses:
Thank you so much for visiting.  Happy Crafting!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Memory Box Fillers Collection

Hello to all my friends, visitors and paper crafters!   I had an awesome opportunity to work with some Memory Box die cuts for Dutch Paper Crafts. I did this collection some time ago and Darlene has given me permission to post it.  The Fillers Collection consists of these numbers: 98470,98472, 98502, 98487, 98486 and  98456.  If you are familiar with Memory Box dies you may already know how beautifully this dies cut.  I would highly recommend  these dies.

My first creation consists of an embroidered  piece that I did on my Industrial Embroidery Machine some time ago.  I think I got tired moving it around in my craft room but it found a very good home.

I placed the embroidered piece on a Spellbinders Stately Circles die cut piece then placed that on top of a Wilton Paper Doily.  The flower is homemade by me and the leaves are Memory Box Fresh Foliage 98502.  Shabby Pink Frantage is also used and all of my DP's are from Heartfelt Creations Burt of Splendor HCDP1 235
 Now inside peak:
Die Cuts:  Memory Box Fresh Foliage 98502, Memory Box Bali Corner 98487, Memory Box Lavish Branch 98486 and Sizzix Decorative  Corner.  On the back of the card is Memory Box Blooming Vine 98470.

This next card was kept fairly simple but very elegant.
This features the Memory Box Bella Bouquet 98472 placed on top of a card cut with Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.  I used a pearlized cardstock on top of plain cardstock.  Also used some recollections pearls on the flower centers.
Inside view:
Die cuts:  Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles and Memory Box Forget Me Not 98456
Punches: Nellie Snellen Rose FLP2-027 , FLP028 and FLP 031
Stamp: Hero Arts F2540 Special Birthday
Card back Memory Box Forget Me Not 98456
 Next is my final creation which is a tag.  I love making these tags!
Die cuts: Memory Box Lavish Branch 98486, Fresh Foliage 98502
Punch: Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace
Stamps: Prima Doll
Flowers handmade by me  and I also used Recollection Pearls, Making Memories Metal Clip, Glossy Accents and Stickles
Now for the backside:
Die cuts: Memory Box Lavish Branch 98486 and Fresh Foliage 98502
Punch: EK Wavy Circle
Stamps: Studio G
Glossy Accents
This concludes this collection and you can order any of these dies from DutchPaper Crafts.  Just email   You will get great prices with fast shipping!
Happy Crafting!!!! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oh My Another Dress Form


Hello fellow crafters, visitors and friends!  Yes I did make another dress form.  These dress forms are very easy to make and I have enjoyed making each one so far.  

This fabric was purchased at Jo Ann Fabric and the lace and ribbons are from my stash.  I did make all of the ribbon flowers,beaded leaves and stick pins.  The very top piece is actually a Christmas ornament that I found in Hobby Lobby but of course painted it to match. 

The base is constructed of a wooden deck rail and a wooden square.  Black acrylic paint and a little bling gives a nice finishing touch!
View of the back side which I've kept very simple.  This dress form is 16 inches tall.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to craft something!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Secret Letter Box


Hello fellow crafters, visitors and friends.  This has been a productive week as far as crafting goes.  I was inspired by the Totally Tilda group to try something different.  They are offering a swap but I did not sign up for it; however I did try to make a Secret Envelope box on my own.  The requirements are that the box be at least 12 layers thick and measure at least 6" x 7 1/2" .  Foam was suggested to insert into the envelopes rather than  cardboard and to add some feet for the box.  Top must have three various types of embellishments.  All of my envelopes were made by using the Envelope Punch Board and "Yes"  I did go through a stack of paper to get the size as close as I possibly could.

There is a tutorial to make this on You Tube here.
I inserted foam that I found in the Dollar Store for all of the envelopes.  In the video they used cardboard.  Also if using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope punch I cut my cardstock 10 3/8" x 10 3/8" and scored on the 4 1/2".  I did not score all the way across on the first score mark because the foam is a bit thicker and the score line was a little off  when folded.  Just score on the very edge so you can see where to line up for the second score.  Proceed to score the next three sides.  I did make a template as in the video but ended up cutting all the envelopes  ( all but 2, do no cut  top and bottom) 1 1/2" around the  inside edges. (this was the width of the metal ruler that I used) 

Here's  a peak of my layers and feet for the box.

As I decorated the box I did get very carried away and now my this is a Totally Secret Envelope Box.

I made most of the flowers on top of this box from various fabric.  All of the lace is from my stash.  K and Company Merryweather is the paper pad that I used.  O course there is a very secret letter inside the box attached on the lid.
 I do have another finished product but I'll put it in my next post.
Thanks so much for visiting and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!!