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Friday, 25 November 2011

Dream Doll

It all started with an empty ribbon reel that I was determined to create something with rather than just throwing it away. It ended up sitting on my desk for what seemed like ages, until I was hit with inspiration!

I had been wanting to make something with my Tim Holtz dress form alteration die for a while and had, had vague ideas of what I wanted to do.......something 3-dimensional, using the beaded ribbon I had got at the SECC show this year. All of a sudden as I was staring at the ribbon reel it all came together in my head and I knew exactly what I wanted to make............. a 3-D decorative dress form statue, and thankfully it ended up just as I had imagined!

I used the alterations die to cut two dress forms from grungeboard and decorative papers (ensuring I cut a mirror image for the back), covered the grungeboard dressform, cotton reeel and button in text paper, trimed the decorative paper to fit just the body, adhered and distressed with distress inks. Once the glue was dry I stuck the front and back together with a coffee stirrer in the middle to give it strength and a way in which to attach it to the ribbon reel.

Meanwhile I painted the ribbon reel with Inka Gold "Lava Gold" and then used a mask, embossing paste and glitter to create the pattern on the bass. Once that was dry I filled the hole in the centre with glue gel and stuck the coffee strirrer at the bottom of the dress form in it and supported it until it was dry and firmly upright.

Now came the fun bit........embellishing! I used Tim Holtz Ideaology for the wings, and coat hanger clip, a paper flower, ribbon from a hanging tab on some clothing, hat pins, beads, a stamped Tim Holtz "Adage Ticket", glitter glue, the beaded ribbon I had got at a show, the button and cotton reel and a brass scissor embellishment, using glue gel to adhere. Once they were all as I wanted I spritzed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls mist in Heirloom Gold.

And there you have it my completed dream recycled project, now what else can I re-use?

I am going to enter this piece in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge "Tickets";

as I think it fits in with the theme, I hope you all do too.


  1. Wonderful work :) love all the detail
    Von x

  2. Hello Marita! Your mannequin is beautiful! I love the beaded skirt and all of the little embellishments at her feet. The ticket attached by the hanger paper clip at the waste is a cute touch as well! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  3. Beautiful project Marita, love all the TH elements and the beading is perfect for the skirt.

  4. WOW! That beaded skirt is amazing! Beautiful project all around! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

    Ellen :)

  5. This has so many beautiful elements... the skirt is my fave!