I was doing a little happy dance earlier this week when some cute little Bellas landed in my mail box! Thank you Emily!!! Yes, I'm probably the last person to get some of these cute little stamps, but it certainly made for a cheery mail day.
As a little girl I loved playing with paper dolls. Well the Bellas sort of remind me of those days - playing dress up and designing clothes for my paper dolls was something I really enjoyed. Now it's a whole lot easier with the scrumptious papers that are on the market and the fabulous stamps we have available.
I'm guessing that many of you have seen the Lockhart slippers I did in the past using paper as my base, but if it's been too long ago and the recollection has faded I thought I'd post them once again for you here. These slippers are fairly simple and it is easy to then doodle a design on them as shown at my store, but it is even easier to just stamp on some fabulous paper, cut them out and piece them back together.
So back to the Bellas. My friend LZ - the queen of shabby chic has been dressing her paper bellas and she inspired me to pull out my fabulous new Pheobe Basic Grey 6x6 pads and dress these oh so chicabellas. I've take a few pictures along the way to show my little process.
First I picked several of the different papers from the Pheobe collection. I then stamped the Bella's on a Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet so that I could place my Bella exactly where I wanted on the patterned paper. (Did I mention I'm a little detail oriented? LOL! Or perhaps you might call me a bit anal, but I prefer detail oriented :D) Now in order not to waste any of my precious paper I masked it off using my Eclipse tape. (Hopefully I'll have a link to it in my store before the end of the weekend - I live and breath with this stuff by my side - LOL). Tada - perfect placement :D So I stamped and cut out my little designer fashions.
Next I stamped the Bellas and watercolored them in using my Lyra watercolor crayons, but I left them nekked - teehee. Now to dress these adorable little creatures I found that by coloring in the area to be dressed with my Quickie Glue Pen it made it so easy to get these girls all dolled up.
It may be hard to see, but the second girl from the left has a light blue coating of glue on the dress area. This was applied with the pen. I then added a hint of sparkle with the Clear Stardust Pen. It's in their hair and on their dresses - a girl can never have too much sparkle I'd say.
So here they are - all ready to go out and stamp the town red. The ribbon attachment is a Michelle Wooderson technique that I absolutely adore. A girl can also never have too much ribbon in my opinion. I had taken this pic with the gobs of bolts of ribbon I had pulled to see what went the best and wouldn't you know it - it was the simplicity of that old grosgrain that just captured the right mood. This layout really needed to have the "calming" effect of the solid ribbon with all the busy patterned paper.
So pull out your patterned paper ladies and go dress your stamps :D