Saturday, August 22, 2015

Progress with Gooliope Jellington: A Face Repaint Saga

Dear Reader,

Here I am with another update on my Gooliope!
Ive had her for about a month now and Ive finally worked up the guts to modify her. So here she is out of the box with the gear she came in. Very FREAK du Chique!

The first order of business was to remove that LIPSTICK!

Ah! I feel better already. 

She looks like she is winking at me here. But once you've started you can't go back! This was not my first time at a face repaint but strangely enough, I did get that "First Time Butterfly Syndrome". I take that as a sign that this is important to me and plugged on.

Alright, so all factory paint has been removed (with 100% acetone).
She is washed with warm soapy water and dried.
I then spray her with a couple of coats of Krystal Kote and begin.

I apply a thin layer of gesso primer and find the placement of her pupils.

I did decide on giving her brown eyes. I also sketched in her eyebrows.

Next, her lips.

Here she is for now in her all divine gloominess (sorry I should have warned you that there was doll nudity).

I am going to leave her at this stage for some time to get used to her "new look" before I finally gloss her up and set her.

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, August 8, 2015

12 Tags of 2015- August Tag

Dear Reader,

I couldn't wait to get to this month's tag- I really loved the look of Tim's and knew exactly the picture I was going to use for mine!

This is Tim's tag for August:

And here is mine!!

This tag uses a very special picture I have of my Mom and my Nanna!!

I love the way my Nanna is looking up at Mom. Like she is SO PROUD of her.
I think my Mom knew it too.

I thought the phrase I use here was very appropriate. Because my Mom really does leave a sparkle everywhere she goes. Her house is spotless!!

I love these acetate / 3D butterflies and they seemed so appropriate to use here.

I also love this tag with the brad because it features cities in Egypt where both my parents were born and raised.

This tag was very special to me and I know I can not give it away so I made another one for my swap partner. 

And here it is. Can you guess who this famous person is?

Let me give you a hint:

She is from the UK and she is associated with a lantern.

I love this quote for her because she was associated with very dark times in history and she always left a light out for people to find their way back home.

I also thought these air mail ephemeras were very appropriate for the times when she lived.
I also love the layered die cuts showing through all the inked and distressed areas of the tag.
As I said, this month's tag taught me a LOT about how to use my dies to layer effectively.

Here are the two tags side by side:

Two very different looks but I love them both equally.

Thank you for stopping by and did you guess who the famous person is?
Leave me a comment below.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Robots & Gears- a perfect combination!

Dear Reader:

As you may or may not know, I have 2 boys and for as long as I can remember, it has been a struggle for me to make masculine cards. Well, I think I have broken through that fear barrier because I really enjoy making boy cards now. 

I found this great free digital robot stamp here and went to work colouring them in using my Kaiser Fusion markers. 

And because I love to, I fussy cut them out giving me 12 images for robot cards...woohoo!!

Now, what better embellishment to use with robots than gears. 

I thought I would give Kaisercraft's  Cogs die-set a try.

So I usually begin making a card by picking out patterned paper for a background and adhere it to my white card leaving about a quarter of an inch border.

Next, I cut the gears out of black card stock and place them where I would like them on the background.

Next, I matted my chosen robot image to black card stock, which I then adhered to contrasting colour card stock leaving a quarter-inch border.

Next thing- a sentiment! I picked a sentiment out of this pack I've had for ages:
Kaisercraft's Attitude collection.

Adhere sentiment and any other elements you feel are needed (this is intuitive).

I kinda got the feeling that something was still missing....

Wait! I know!!!


I love him!!!

And for the inside, I kept it pretty simple.

A project life card and a gear.

For the next card, I chose the colour of the card stock for the gears to match my robot.
I then pulled out my distress inks and inked up the gears a little to give them an aged look.

I arranged them in a different formation and added my sentiment.

See how the colors match the robot and the palette of the sentiment.

I felt like the top left corner was a little empty so I thought I would add just one more element.

Looks good.

So here they are, side by side :

You'll notice that I added eyes to the second robot. A little story exists behind that. When I showed my kids my cards this morning (I usually craft at night after they go to bed), they insisted I put googley eyes on the green robot too. But then I told them that red heart robot was not going to be unique if they both had the same kind of eyes. So then I remembered I had another mini gears die-set by I.O. and now I feel that this card is complete.

It just goes to show you that the more tiny details you add, the better your work of art turns out.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you have found inspiration here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Who is Gooliope Jellington?

Dear readers,

I caved! As soon as the new 17" Monster High Doll hit the shops I bought her. Well, I waited till the toy sale (which started 2 weeks after she started appearing at our local Target) but I still call that caving.

When I saw her I thought UGH! PINK!
And her hair! UGH!
And the gloop bits! UGH!

But I still bought her.

I kept her in her box for 2 weeks.
I told myself I was taking her back. That I don't do dolls.
But then I opened her up and started playing:

Yeah...she looks odd! That hair is weird and that dress is weird.

I gathered her hair back, and made a quick knit dress for her out of my knee-length Hello Kitty Sock.

She still looks strange!! Her factory lipstick does not conform to the features of her face mould!
Urghh! Quality control boo-boo!

Yet there is something magnetic about her.

Who is she? How do I get to know her?

I think to do this, you need to personalise her! Take away all the factory-ness!

Lets start with the hair!!

Should she have brown hair? It suits her actually. But is it her?

How about blonde?

She sure can pass for a blonde!

What about black?

Rockin' the black!!



Lets try this adorable 'Anne of Green Gables' pinafore dress:

Wow- she looks good (and I think she knows it).

With the blonde?


With the black hair?

Also cute, but I think the blonde wig would look good with a light summery dress and the black wig would look good with a black dress.

What about pants?

Green pants don't go with pink skin- DUH!


Lets go back to the pinafore dress... that was cute!

Oh wait, there is still one more wig we didn't try...

Wow.... she looks good!

She looks darn good!

I think we have found OUR Gooliope. I think that wig suits her!

But for now, she'll have to hang her wig up and wait for her face-up.

I'm a bit nervous!
Once you take it off, there's no going back!
Am I ready?
Is she ready?

I'll keep you updated.

'Til we meet again,
Happy Crafting,