Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Parisian Dress Form & Christmas Candy

One of the things that we (The Flourishes Girls) really enjoyed at CHA this past summer was looking at all the wonderful alterable items at the Kaiser booth.  They have some really lovely wooden pieces that are of excellent quality to make something special.

Today a few of us on the DT are going to focus on some of these great items.  I was able to work with this beautiful dress form and all along planned on making something for our daughter's new room.  



The dress form is amazing, it's 14 inches tall, so it can really be a show piece.  I began by painting it with some Acrylic paint, mixing some white with some shimmery white, and putting several coats and and letting dry overnight.  I probably put 5 coats and and still could have done more, but I also didn't want it to be bright white either.  More distressed white. 

Then comes all the fun :)  You can decorate it any way you please!  I started with some swatches of fabric that I ordered on-line that we're thinking of using for our daughter's room. Here's the web address (www.OnlineFabricStore.net).  Swatches are $1 a piece for probably a 4 x 4 square.  The ones we're looking at are from the Amy Butler Collection.  I took one of the swatches and added it behind the top bodice of the dress form, attaching the fabric behind the form using Scor Tape, trimming off any excess.    Then I added a peblum to the front of the dress around the waist area with the rest of that same swatch cutting it into waves with a Spellbinders die (Fancy Scalloped Border).  I attached that with Scor Tape and puckered the waist a little, trimming it up with some crochet lace and velvet.  I also added a fabric rose from one of the swatches using the Spellbinders Spiral Blossoms One .  I would advise running it through your die-cutting machine several times/passes, and you still may need to trim some of the threads in the cuts with a scissor because of the weave of the fabric.  


Then using the dress form as a pattern I laid it down on some Navy cardstock and traced out the size of the bottom skirt, trimming it out, then stamping with elements from Country Charm Labels Set and white Craft ink, again attaching with Scor Tape.  

I gave her a cute little ribbon scarf, because our daughter loves wearing scarves.  


Just a little ribbon accenting and some faceted Crystal jewels from Prima to complete it! So now, when we get everything done in her room, she'll have a custom Shabby Chic Parisian dressform, that perfectly matches her room!  

Be sure to check out the Flourishes Blog, Cindy and Stacy today who also are showing off some Kaiser Alterable fun!

Now... how about some Christmas Blog Candy to get ready for the Season?  It snowed here finally, just a bit, so it really does feel more like Christmas is coming :)

Here's what I have to offer....


A pack of 7 Gypsies Venice 6 x 6 paper
October's Release of Christmas Candles Set
Brand New November Release of Sentiment Christmas set

All you have to do is comment on this post :)

**Please leave me your email address within the post so I can contact you if your name is chosen. 

Winners will be chosen and posted by 10:00 PM MTN Time Monday November 21.  You will have 24 hours to contact me to claim your prize :)  I know that's a little short notice with American Thanksgiving coming - BUT you do want your stamps to be able to use for Christmas too right? :) 

46 comments:

petra,s cards said...

wauwwwww cristine what a beautiful creation!!!!! bleu is my favorite colour.
thanks for the chance for winning these gorgeous candy, the beautiful crhismas stamps are still on my wishlist.
xxpetra.
fredpetra@home.nl

Marthamh2 said...

I'm sure that your daughter will love your creation. Thanks for the chance to win the Christmas Candy.

Marthamh2@aol.com

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow christine what stunning decorated dress, beautiful done.
and what a great and beautiful candy you are given away, thank you for the change to win.

karinerikvaneijk@hotmail.com

greetings karin

Valarie (vampme3) said...

I just love this little dress form and what you've done with it! In case my name is drawn for the candy, here's my email:
vampme3@yahoo.com. Thanks.

Dee in N.H. said...

That is beautiful! Love the flower and the fabric that you used! How pretty this is!
tdkonc at gmail dot com

Debc06 said...

Ohhhhhh MYYYYYYYYY beautiful colors. love the bling you added. TFS
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

Denise Willerton said...

super cute ~ I'm sure your daughter will love this ~ thanks for the opportunity to win some candy ~ have a wonderful day!

denisewillerton@gmail.com

Betty Benton said...

What a beautiful blue creation! Love how you decorated this and I'm sure your daughter is going to treasure it! Thanks for the chance to win some wonderful Christmas candy!!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous project as always. Would love to have a little blog candy, thanks for chance!
tgentry9@nc.rr.com

Shaela said...

Wow, that manequin is gorgeous!! And thanks for a chance to win - what a delight! scrappystuff at live dot com

Marisa said...

This is fabulous. Ready for the runways of Paris :) Thanks for the chance to win some goodies too!

Cheryl said...

Your dress form is beautiful! I love the little scarf and the bling across the front. Thanks for the chance for the blog candy!

inkup.blog@gmail.com

Wanda Cullen said...

Love your gorgeously decorated mannequin! Beautiful papers and embellishments!
cullenwr@yahoo.com
P.S. I'll be out of state that week and not sure if I'll have computer access. :-(

Tanya said...

What a beautiful dress form. Looks like a lot of fun to dress up too! Thanks so much for a chance to win the beautiful stamps! :D

Sherry said...

Who knew a dress form could look so pretty!! It is gorgeous!!! thanks for a chance to win some eye candy!!

Angel said...

That is the coolest thing! So girly and pretty! And great candy, btwy! aced_94@yahoo.com

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Fabulous idea with the actual fabric Christine. this is darling with the scarf and colors. Beautifully created, I am sure she LOVES it.

Shirley Fread said...

Gorgeous creation which I'm sure your daughter will want as soon as she sees it!!!

sfread171@hotmail.com

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Oh dear, Christine, this is one AMAZING Show piece!! I am utterly stunned and gasping at how gorgeous you created this piece!! I love how you ran the fabric through your machine with the Spellbinders dies! What a great idea! :)
Christine, I think you need to sell these on the side! And you need to come decorate my scrap area ;)

Thank you for the wonderful Blog Candy chance to win :)

~ I forgot to add my email :)

poppy_scraps@yahoo.com

Bev J. said...

Such a cute project-I just came from Cindy's blog and it is fun to see different designs coming out. tfs

Beate said...

Oh Christine, your dress form is beautiful. I love the blues you used and that little scarf is just the cherry on top.
Hugs and smiles

Rosemary said...

wow... what a gorgeous, gorgeous decor piece you made for your daughter!! absolutely stunning!! (dennis.rosemary@yahoo.com)

Rebecca Johnson said...

Terrifc dress form for one lucky girl. Your work is utterly amazing. I truly admire your florals. Peace, Becky Johnson
princes729@aol.com

Queen Mary said...

I saw all the new alterable stuff and the dress form is on my list - well my list of what I have to have first (hee hee) and the canvas stars! Incredible blog candy -- I need all of it!
marydelrey56@msn.com

Olga V. said...

Great dress creation!!! Thank you for the inspiration! And thank you for the chance to win a yummy blog candy!

madeleineb said...

Christine
what a stunning design. I am sure your daughter will absolutely love it

Anonymous said...

Very interesting idea! Love the scarf and all the great details! I am sure she will love it! Thanks for offering some great blog candy! Love visiting your blog for inspiration.

Chris R. from Iowa
ckrobinson01@hotmail.com

Linda Carson said...

Oh what creative FUN! It is darling! I bet your daughter loves it...I would wrapped in blue & bling!! You're a good Mom!
leenda1 at cox dot net

Cheryl Winget said...

Christine - I just love your blog and all your creations. The dress form is beautiful! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Traci M said...

That is such a pretty dress form; I know our daughters would love something like that too, Christine! The colors look so "you," too!! All your pretty accents in blue add so much...I am sure your daughter will adore it!! You know I love Flourishes stamps, so thank you for the blog candy opportunity!

creativearts said...

Wow!!! I love this dress form and hopefully will get my hands on a couple! You did an amazing job of "dressing" the form. Those fabrics are so pretty! Thanks for the chance of winning some blog candy -- it looks dreamy!!
Eleanor
craftsbyej@aol.com
www.stampinginva.blogspot.com

Lillian Child said...

Oh my goodness ... SO very lovely. I love that this form is 14 inches tall!! Your daughter is going to adore this creation! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com
lillianchild at cox dot net

lisa808 said...

Wow--this is awesome! Love your decorating and the fun mannequin. Thanks for the blog candy chance.
lisawhs808 at aol dot com

Jo said...

So lovely! What fun!!

Conniecrafter said...

very cute, such pretty fabrics and love the flower, the gems are a neat touch too!
conniecrafter@charter.net

April said...

Just lovely! You did a great job!

Shawna B. said...

So creative and beautiful. I love scarves also - thought it was the perfect finishing touch!

Shawna B.
momocha4me@yahoo.com

lulyg said...

I love what you did with the Christmas stamp and the dress form - both are fabulous!

Luly G
rlgonzusa@comcast.net

stampqueen said...

Absolutly STUNNING!!! Love the colors and the rhinstones and the little scarf is perfect!!!
I can se another project in my fucture!!
stampqueen22@yahoo.com

Tammy Hershberger said...

That dress form is FABULOUS, Christine! I especially love the ribbon "scarf" around the neck... perfect finishing touch!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Oooh, this is SO pretty, girl! I love the gorgeous blues, pretty little ruffle at the bottom, and fabulous scarf! It is absolutely gorgeous, and so YOU!

Betty said...

Wow what beautiful work you do!!! thanks for the chance for winning some stamps I love the candles ones!!! thanks and have a great day

Leslie Turner said...

Wow - awesome Parisian dress form! I love the blue!! Just gorgeous! And thanks for the chance to win the Christmas candy!! :D My email addy is leslieturner58@yahoo.com

Joan V said...

Oh how cute. I love the colors of fabric and that scarf is darling. How trendy. Thanks for sharing. joanvanc@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

First time visiting your blog, love your creations, thanks for chance to win blog candy. Thanks

Shirley

sbgoudreau@yahoo.com