Thursday, September 27, 2012

curlicue: noun

a fancifully curved or spiral figure
Try it on Tuesday - Lots of Layers September Challenge 2
Just Add Water Silly - You Choose
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent - Anything Goes September
Anything But A Card - Texture
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
So many techniques, but here are a couple highlights:

Lots of embossing with the Donna Downey dress form stamp, I used black, bronze and silver embossing powders. Then I cut the stamped dress form using my Fiskars finger tip knife for the ribs and the outside. For the smaller curlicues I used water and soaked the areas and then pulled the paper away from the embossed flourishes which worked very well. Thank goodness, or I would have gone crazy trying to cut them out!

 I also love the masking tape around the edges, it has such a wonderful transparent quality to it. I used pastel pencils and a charcoal pencil for the outside edge which I smudged with my finger. I also used my can of Frosted Spray paint to seal it!

As for the recycled materials, her dress is made from a used dryer sheet, the netting is from a bag of fruit, and the blue tissue paper from a present I had received awhile back.

and a short slide show of the creation, no talking, no music, just a couple of pictures!
( although maybe I need to up load a song to add to it? ) in the meantime, you might want to hum along ;p

I have to say that I really enjoyed the demo and I look forward to my next one coming up in October. ( yep, I signed up to do another one on October 6th ) I was surprised how much work I actually got completed and I got to know a couple of the artists from the studio a little better too!! It was a wonderful experience!  


...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this is so gorgeous Sandee, a super creation with soft stunning colours that draw the eye...Melx :)

Julia S-W said...

I'm so behind with your posts - please accept my apologies. I've explained why in my email.
This is beautiful. Not sure what it is about the dress form and netting but it works a treat! I love the softness and femininity of your colours. The little butterflies are beautiful and I can see some lovely little beads on the hanger - they look gorgeous. I'm glad you entered this at Anything But A Card.
I promise to improve!

Redanne said...

Hi Sandee, I have got that DD stamp too but always thought it too big to use (it is hanging on the wall in my craft room) - what you have done with it is amazing. You must have the patience of Job to cut all that out! Your hanging is fabulous and your video is brilliant - a little music would be good as my humming is dreadful, lol. Crafty hugs, Anne x

CarlaKH said...

How pretty and feminine! Love the beautiful butterflies and the dress! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh very cool!! very pretty

Jeanne-Sylvie said...

What a lovely and delicate creation!

Krisha said...

Sandee, this is great! Love the dress, and how you put it together. Yes I did watch your video, did I hum? no busy ooohing and aaaahing!
Hugs from CA

Dainty Diva said...

This tag is simple magnificent.I love how you incorporated all those techniques and details. Wilmington is about 15 min from the beach.

Teresa Jaye said...

oh.Sandee. this is completely beautiful and amazing. I can't believe you hand cut the dress form, it looks like a die cut and the embossing is so pretty on it. The skirt is just gorgeous - and SO creative and the background is perfect. Thanks for sharing your techniques - you are amazing!

Katie said...

This is amazing! I love how you were able to recycle so many elements!

Currie Silver said...

even though I didn't "get it" at first about the dress form, the video cleared up my initial confusion and then I reread and re-enJOYed your entire post/process. very cool this video-making. seems like it is NOT so hard as I've been making it, keeping it at more than an arm's length off my radar ;~D.
thank you for explaining how/why you did this, too. I learn so much when I set aside this time in my weeks to peruse all that others are and have been up to on APR.

Rita said...

Sounds like it was a worthwhile venture. Lovely piece. Pretty colors. Have a wonderful day! :)

TwinkleToes2day said...

Very Beautiful work indeed. I am in awe of your processes :0)

Beverly G said...

OOOH, so many wonderful details in this very inventive recyling project. Love the colors your used. Thanks for entering Recycle, Re-Purpose, and Re-Invent.

Kalea Wavedancer said...

Love it!!!

Annie said...

This is fabulous Sandee. I love the colours and the dress is fab. Do you have it in a bigger size !!!!

TFS Annie xx

Barb King said...

This is so creative, I love the colors and the tiny butterflies.

Pat N. said...

Hi Sandee! What a pretty wall hanging; and so neat that you did a demo with it! Good for you. Seems your art wall is going well! Looked back through all your turkey cards--I love them!! Especially your comic sentiments!

Christy said...

Oh man...this is so ridiculously stunning. Seriously, this is waaaaay beautiful! Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :)

Gloria j Zucaro said...

So, so pretty! Such clever use of "found" items, too. You must keep bins of things around, just in case!
I am going to have to find out about this embossing stuff, a mystery to me! I love the butterflies, too.

Darla said...

Pretty! Fun to see how you used the dress form and the various bits and pieces.


505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sandee,

Look at you! Congrats on doing your first demo. I love the end results! I learn so much from your posts. I wouldn't have thought of using several different embossing powders on the same thing.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I do enjoy knitting. I need to make a few of the knitted bracelets (although they haven't sold in my etsy shop :-(

Tracey FK said...

The colours in the background make it pop don't they... loved the little video too... nice to see a glimpse of how you created it...xx

Jennifer McLean said...

I am loving that dress!! I can just see this framed in a little girl's room, behind a dimensional frame, so gorgeous. You did a spectacular job.

Neesie said...

Whose a clever bunny then...? ;D
You've used so many techniques...I love the colours and the different textures.
Who knew a dryer sheet could be so attractive!
The butterflies, beads and sentiment all add to a beautiful piece of art.
Brilliant job Sandee :D

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

Thanks for popping over to see me! The photos from Oliver are here jenx

HeARTworks said...

Soooo pretty! I love the dreamy colors!
Somtimes we need to be pushed into doing something to get more accomplished! Am glad you are up to the challenge!
:^) patsy

Jess said...

Beautiful project! Love your use of texture. Thanks for joining us at ABAC!

Judys Lace Creations said...

Very pretty work Sandee.Congrats on the Demo.
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

Chris Stern / CS Designs said...

Sandee, This is a beautiful piece. I keep saving my dryer sheets with the intent to use them for something and this is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for join us on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent and also for the fabulous idea and for the inspiration.
:) Chris / CS Designs

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I usually can't get videos to work, especially YouTube videos. But this one worked perfectly. I guess that was you in the picture. You are as lovely as I thought!

You know how much I LOVE recycled projects. This one was perfect. Netting, used tissue paper, and a dryer sheet are all in my arsenal. I love using them, too. You did a super job with this piece and the recycled materials.

BTW, I've used masking tape before, but never had the same transparent effect you got. That is really stunning. I like how you used it as a frame. said...

This is lovely - I so want to do these kind of tags, I will find time soon? Sam

Mandy said...

Oh wow Sandee this is absolutely gorgeous, such pretty colours, cute little butterflies and I love how you've made the dress, very creative :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx