February 19, 2010

Tour de Freaks ~ February


It's time for another fabulous Tour de Freaks blog hop.  All projects this month are created with products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini catalog.

I'm posting my creations early as I'm heading out for a workshop.  Remember, the blog will officially begin the 20th of the month, so make sure you come back Saturday in the morning to see the entire hop.

More than likely you have just come from the oh very talented Gretchen Barron's blog.  She does a fantastic job with all her projects.

This month, I've created something to focus on the awesome designer papers in the mini catalog.  My first project is an Easter dress using the Shades of Spring paper.  The large flowers in this paper series are so beautiful, to cover them up is not an option so I try to use them in a way that will best showcase their beauty.

Start by cutting a dress template from the paper, focusing on where you want your flowers on the dress.  Additional flowers were cut, jazzed up with glitter and applied to the dress with a dimensional.  

THANKS to everyone who enjoyed my Easter dress.  I've had multiple request for the pattern.  You can download your Free copy at Craftside.typepad.com



Here's the back of the dress.  I ran it through a texturz plate for a little added detail and sponged Saffron ink around the edges along with some Sahara Sand.

What do you think of my satin ribbon flower?  I took an interest in ribbon flowers during the holidays.  With a quick trip to the library, I checked out as many books as I could on the subject "Ribbon Art".  This rose worked perfect for the back of the dress as you can not see it when looking at the front of the dress.   

For the ruffle, (on the base), I used the new Scallop trim punch from the SAB catty and crimped it.  Then there's a layer of pink tissue under that I just HAD to add.  Maybe it's a Southern thing, LOL!  It made it so much more girlie!



Hard to see here, but all those white circle surronding the yellow flower have crystal effects added to them.



Next up I have an Easter card.  Again, the paper here is from the new Occasions Mini catalog (Sweet Pea Designer Paper).  The top of the card uses the new Perfect Polka dot embossing folder.   The ribbon is one of the several new Satin ribbons available in the catalog also. 





If you're wondering about the ivory and grey swirls on my images, they were created with My Digital Studio.  Just having some fun with the cool software.

I hope you've enjoyed my samples this month.  Next on the hop is LeeAnn Greff.  She's got some beautiful creations waiting for you.  Hop on over to LeeAnn's blog by selecting the button just below.



43 comments:

Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway said...

whow how wonderful your cards are
I just love the little skirt idea!
I sure enjoy your design
Thank you for sharing your talent

Tiffany Bauer said...

WOW!!! This dress is BEAUTIFUL!!! You have blown my socks off!!!! And your card is awesome too!! I think we need this dress template offered in a PCS one month!!!

Mary said...

Oh Melanie...that dress is just SOOOO FABULOUS!!!! It has so many delightful details! Your Easter card is so wonderful too!

Robin said...

Melanie-that dress is over the top! Wowza!! Love the card, too!

Julie said...

WOW - what a great card for a little princess, so pretty and elegant!

Lisa said...

Your gowns are just beautiful! Very nice!

Dawn Olchefske said...

Oh my GOSH!!! These dresses are awesome. Love all the details!

Cindy Major said...

Oh my gosh, that dress card is totally exquisite! I am in love with it! I am always, always looking forward to what you've put together for the tour, Mel! You never disappoint :D

Have a fab weekend!
Cindy

CRYSTAL said...

Oooh, my word! Those dresses are completely FABULOUS, and I adore the card, too! Great work!! tfs

Patty Bennett said...

Wow.. totally amazing and lovely !! Whoohoo!
Patty

Alex said...

those dress cards are AMAZING, just gorgeous!! And, I love that card, just beautiful! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Wendybell said...

Totally WONDERFUL "dress" card!! All of the attention to every little aspect just makes this card AWESOME!! And that card is just fabulous!! :)

Jenn Brown said...

These cards are BEAUTIFUL!!! The dresses are stunning! I want to wear one!

Lisa Hensley said...

I totally LOVE THIS!! The ribbon flower is especially sweet!

Wendie said...

WOW! So very beautiful. Thanks for the Tour.

Merilee Lane, Where Life is But a Dream said...

I really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your dress card!!! How innovative and darling! I sew and design clothing and bringing that part of me to my paper crafting has always been fun for me. Thank you for inspiring me to get back to that! :o)

carolm said...

love the card, but the dress is out of this world! truly amazing and beautiful. thanx for sharing!

cheers ~ carol.

soggystamper said...

I want a dress like that for Easter! Oh, yes, a body to fit a dress like that too!!! I love both the dress and the card. Where did you get the beautiful flowers to stage your photos? The staging adds so much to the feeling of the photo.
Sue

soggystamper said...

I want a dress like that for Easter! Oh, yes, a body to fit a dress like that too!!! I love both the dress and the card. Where did you get the beautiful flowers to stage your photos? The staging adds so much to the feeling of the photo.
Sue

Wendy J. said...

Melanie, the dresses are beautiful! How fun would that be for a little gir's princess party! And the easter card is lovely! I love the way you used the eyelet and made the ruffle! Wonderful!

Kim P said...

those dress cards are so pretty and unique!

Michelle said...

I love the idea of the dresses...beautiful! And the way you cut it so that the patterns on the paper were in the ideal spot was a great attention to detail. I also love the idea of creating a border...little details like that kick the whole project up a notch! Thanks so much for sharing you beautiful work with us!

Michelle

Chantal said...

Wow, what a beautiful dress! Cinderella would look stunning in this one! The easter card is just as beautiful!

Beedubya said...

Shut UP! (chest shove à la Seinfeld) LOOK at that DRESS! You rocked it, sistah! Love everything!

Hugs,
Brandi

lisa808 said...

Stunning dress card!!!

Lisa Young said...

Absolutely Stunning!

Kim said...

Love the dress card, but I will probably CASE the Sweet Pea card.

Connie said...

Wonderful dress...makes great use of the huge prints on that DSP! Way to go!

Elsa L said...

Your dress card is amazing!!!
TFS

Mitzi Luttrull said...

Love your dress card! From your blog I discovered your Paper Crafters Sampler online magazine. How can I subscribe to the January issue? I didn't see an option for that. Is that possible? Thanks for giving me more information. I love your work.
Mitzi

e_donaldson said...

That dress is divine!!! I absolutely love your creation, thanks so much for sharing! It turned out AMAZING!!!!

- missimagination.com

gayla.odell said...

Love the projects. That dress is gorgeous and a lot of detail work. Thanks for sharing!
www.megastampinstudio.com

holly said...

Wow!! Awesome!!

Trish said...

I absolutely LOVE the dress! It is so elegant and I can think of so many occasions to use it. PLEASE, please share the template with us.

Kathy Hopkins said...

This is one of the most amazing dresses I've seen. I will second Trish's plea for you to share the template. Is there any way you can point us to something similar? I have been searching and can't find anything quite as unique.

Stacey Schafer said...

Hold the phone! That dress is GA GA GORGEOUS!

kreationzbyzabrina said...

Oh so beautiful!!!
Where can I find a template for it?

Jeanne Nielsen said...

Your dresses are stunning! And thank you for providing us with the template location! I especially love how you were able to capture the large flower in just the right spot!

Mary Davidson said...

Melanie, Your creations are so beautiful!! The dress is absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing the template. I love everything you've made.

HeathersHobby said...

Melanie, the dress *is* gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing it.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, this is super darling, that designer paper is soooooo fabulous...have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy *~*

Julie Marshall said...

Fabulous Card! Thanks for sharing the pattern with us...I will definitely have to try this out.

Chanda Stehlik said...

This is so pretty! I just love it! Now I'm kicking myself for not getting that Sweet Pea DSP!!! :)

Chanda