Monday, August 25, 2008

Playing with Paperdolls

Paper dolls have always fascinated me. They were something I could cut out anyway I wanted and it seemed that I got better at cutting with each new set. I still have my set of The Beverly Hillbillies paper dolls from when I was young. I could make them into anything I wanted them to be. My grandmother, Mommy Walsh, used to get McCall's Magazine and she would keep the paper doll for me every month. I used to spend so much time pretending to be Betsy McCall! When I got a little bit older, one of my sister friend's showed me how to make my own paper dolls. I used to sit and design clothes and just new I'd end up being a fashion designer. Well, I did learn how to use a sewing machine! That's as close as I got to that dream.

I knew that the Paper doll Tilda was made just for me. And while it's not high fashion, I did get in a new set of Koh-I-Noor woodless color pencils and got to try them on my Paper doll Tilda. I love them! Someone said they color like butter and they were right! I'm off to play some more with them, but here's the rest of the details on Paper doll Tilda. The base of the card is the new SU Riding Hood Red and the background paper is Abbi from Fancy Pants paper and the black background is core-dinations. I got to sand it and distress it and I love the effect it had. I flowers are felt flowers from K&Comapny and I popped them up with dimensionals and the flower brads are from Making Memories.

I so adore things that give me back a piece of my childhood. It was such a wonderful time for me and I wish everyone had a time in their life like that. I so hope you enjoy her.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Some of my favorite things

This has been a pretty rough weekend, but I turned it around and threw myself into something I love, stamping, and thought about some of my favorite things - my family. All of these stamps take me back to a different time and brought back wonderful memories. I hope you enjoy them.

First there's trickortreatabella by Stamping Bella. Gosh, I love Halloween! My mom always made it fun by dressing us up and taking us trick or treating. I always tried to make it fun for my nephews and then for my daughters. And at one time or another, we were all dressed up as pumpkins! When I saw her, I just had to have her! If you look real close, you'll see the new cuttlebug folder in the background. Pumpkins everywhere!

Then there's Nurse Nellie from Stamping bella. My sister is a midwife and Tiffany was a CNA. While the thought of anything medical makes my stomach turn, while it's turning, I'm so glad I've got them to sooth and explain everything medical and technical to me. Nellie is the first image I've used my nestabilities on and had them come out right. And everything my own personal nurses tell me makes things come out right!

Then there's Edwin Fishing from Magnolia Stamps. My friend, Kristina, asked me where my Edwins were so I got off my duff and put him together. I think he came out pretty good. All of my nephews fish and Branden, my daughter's new fiance, has been lobstering and while he uses traps instead of a fishing pool and brings in lobster rather than fishes, I still am pretty proud of my first boy. Thanks, Kristina, for the nudge! I popped up his bobbin and the light blue velvet rick rack reminded me of waves.

These are all special cards to me and each recalled very special people to me. If you had the opportunity to know them, they'd all be special to you also. Enjoy!