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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My Princess Dress Form

Usually when you think of a dress form, you think of sewing. You know, it's that mannequin thing that's supposed to be "your size", so that you can clothe it with the item you are constructing and then tailor it (the clothing item) to fit. (Just thought I'd paint that picture for all you non-sewers out there.) Well, this is a smaller version of that, intended to be "tailored" to whatever your little heart desires! It's my first assignment for my Glue Art & Paper Studio's Design Team (please click on the picture for a larger look. I tried and tried to make the picture bigger, but I just can't get it to work). It was super fun to make and our only requirement was that it reflect our style and personality as pictures of these will be used to go beside our names on the Design Team page (coming soon) of the Glue Art website. There are endless "alteration" possibilities with this little number--use fabric, paper, glitter, you name it to decorate with. Since my style tends to be a little more simple, that's what I went with--a simple design, totally papercrafted. To reflect ME, I used the themes of Faith, Family, Friends and Fun.

* Faith: Obviously, it had to have a cross, and a fun one at that!
* Family: Represented by the bow that ties us together. aaww!!
* Friends: Where would I be without them? I used some jewelry given to me by some of my bestest friends. I actually cut up an old necklace that I loved at one time but now never wear for the chain, and the cross is a stamp from another friend (more on that in a minute). The ring is a treasure that will not be staying on there, but for now is very cute! I had to use it because I am a Princess and everyone knows it around here! (I'm on the hunt for a replacement tiara. Not for me, for the dress form, sillies! Any ideas?)
* Fun: Where to begin? The fun began with the bling on the cross and the stand part, polka-dots (my all-time favorite), using red (this is actually the color of my living room), and Shrinky-dinks! Yup, the cross charm was made from a Shrinky-dink plastic! I bought it at the Goodwill store (another fun place) the other day. A brand new package for seventy-five cents! I just stamped it in Palette Noir ink, colored it with my Prismacolor markers, punched a 1/8 inch hole, and popped it in the 250 degree oven for 5 minutes! Now THAT is fun!

If you are interested in making one (or several) of these cute and EASY dress forms, check out Doodliedoo or contact one of the retailers listed HERE. I can't wait for ya'll to see what else I have up my sleeve for Glue Art & Paper Studio! Thanks for stopping by and ya'll come back now, 'ya hear!

Stamps: Michael's $1 Cross Stamp
Paper: My Mind's Eye Bohemia collection, Basic Black
Ink: Palette Noir
Other: Dress Form from Glue Art & Paper Studio, Shrinky-dink plastic, Prismacolor marker, Blue stick-on Rhinestones, Velvet Ribbon by May Arts, Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Burgundy Rose, Necklace Chain, Staple (for the jump ring), Needlenose Pliers, SU! Gluestick, Gluedots, Sanding block, Matte Spray Sealer, Black Sharpie Marker, My Actual Princess Ring for the Tiara


  1. Susan, this is SO fun! And I love how each little element on the form is so meaningful and special to you. What a great gift!


  2. That is so ADORABLE and CREATIVE that I can hardly stand it! Wow! You thought of everything ~ even down to writing the words around the bottom with some bling in between. Amazing!! You are true Greatness! When I grow up I want to be like Susiestampalot! (I'm not kidding!)

  3. What FANTASTIC color combos Susie!!! I really love seeing what everyone came up with! I especially love the crown on top:) Too cute!

  4. A Princess! How perfect I love it! I love the symbolism behind it too - that personalization makes it so special. Beautiful!

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  6. Have you checked the girl's room for a Barbie crown? That would even fall under the family category, right? Of course, I'm not sure stealing from your family would be the right message. ;)

  7. This is so great! I love all the thought put in to it.

  8. What a cute little dress form. I love your cards too. Just wanted to let you know that you have been tagged

  9. FABULOUS! Love your shrinky dink creative!

  10. This is so adorable and I love how each part represents you. It's beautiful!!!

  11. Very cute! The tiara finishes it off perfectly :)


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