Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fairy Tale Paper Doll Set

This great new set is a fantastic play set for those young at heart (it’s really too complex for young children).

I have designed a paper doll set you simply cut out and join together with brads following my instructions to create simply gorgeous paper dolls. Their sensational clothes are all created from collaged images sources from retro childhood images and decorative papers. The paper doll faces are hand drawn and coloured by me and as such are unique.

On the sheets are parts to make one doll body with five different heads, six dresses, two shirts, two skirts, two sets of gloves and seven pairs of shoes (– which gives you literally dozens of combinations! ) as well as a fabulous envelope to store your paper doll pieces that has been created from a print of a collaged sheet and a length of ribbon to secure the envelope. All you will need to have is sharp small scissors and a cutting blade or scalpel.

The finished doll height is 25cm tall (that's around 9 inches).

Each Fairy Tale Paper Doll Set is sold and shipped in my unique packaging and you could even use the label for a bookmark!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bearly Containing Enthusiasm

This collection of little bears in various costumes was adopted recently by my daughter from the Lifeline shop in Brendale. Looking at them you can see why we had to have them! There is no shame in loving large groups of cute bears.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Birthday by the Lake

We had the sixth birthday party for my daughter on Saturday. We had the party at a park on Lake Samsonvale. Despite the overcast conditions and threat of rain, we had a wonderful afternoon and my daughter loved her cake - a Barbie inspired Dolly Varden.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wedding Belle

Here is another in my series of lovely paper dolls found at the Lifeline Bookfest. This beauty is also a comparison of wedding dresses from 1847 and 1988. She was created by Lorraine Morris for National Doll World from May/June 1988 (page 31,34). She is my daughters favourite from the dolls we found, but then she is a romance-aholic.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How to Beat Artists Block

I found a link to this great list today and it is so worthwhile to read and be inspired by that I had to share:

The artist is called Irwin Greenberg. His complete Words to Paint By are posted on the Painters Keys site at the bottom of the above page. Here is a sample of them, and it is worth the visit.

Words to paint by (Irwin Greenberg)

1. Paint every day.
2. Paint until you feel physical strain- take a break and then paint some more.
3. Suggest.
4. When at an impasse, look at the work of masters.
5. Buy the best materials you can afford.
6. Let your enthusiasm show.
7. Find the way to support yourself.
8. Be your own toughest critic.
9. Develop a sense of humor about yourself
10. Develop the habit of work. Start early every day. When you take a break, don’t eat. Instead, drink a glass of water.
11. Don’t settle for yourself at your mediocre level
12. Don’t allow yourself to be crushed by failure. Rembrandt had failures. Success grows from failure.
13. Be a brother (or sister) to all struggling artists.
14. Keep it simple. 1
5. Know your art equipment and take care of it.
16. Have a set of materials ready wherever you go.
17. Always be on time for work, class and appointments.
18. Meet deadlines. Be better than your word.
19. Find a mate who is really a mate.
20. Don’t be envious of anyone who is more talented than you. Be the best you can be.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shrinkie Dink Fun

I remember Shrinkie Dinks from the 70's - little pieces of plastic from your cereal that you coloured and shrunk in the oven. I still have a K-9 from Doctor Who and The space ship from The Black Hole movie somewhere. They were fun and made great beads.

So I thought I would play with the more modern Shrink Film to print out some of my Paper Dolls and check them out in miniature. The images were easy enough to copy on and to cut to shape, but the ink can get a little sticky, so the idea probably needs some further play. But who knows!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Giveaway on Love, Janie Lou Blog

I just had to spread the word. Love, Janie Lou: is holding a sensational birthday giveaway of a super lovely doll and a so cute journal. If you are like me must win these items, go leave a comment (but if you don't I may then win. Hmmmm....)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Enjoy a Good Doll Show ?

I found a flyer for this years Northside Doll, Bear and Craft Show and I can't wait. The show is on Sunday 22 February at the Lawnton Show Grounds Gympie Road Lawnton from 9:00 to 3:00.

I went to this show last year and was thrilled by the bargains, the variety and the skill of the display creators. Now I know where I'll be on the 22nd!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A New Paper Doll 3 - Dressing Up Fun

The wonderful thing about creating clothes for paper dolls is that they look great in anything - even paper bags, or old books! I have been using a veritable treasure trove of images found in the kids book section of the last Lifeline Bookfest. It's fun combining images into collages while taking a trip down memory lane. And rescuing books that would otherwise be thrown away and turned into something else feels good.
I can explore my inner Marilyn
or princess!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Beauty in Blue

Here is another of those stunning madame Alexander Paper Dolls by Elaine Shants as featured in National Doll World in November/December 1989 (pg 34-35). The dress is a Gainsborough Gown and the dolls name is Jacqueline - very chic.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

A New Paper Doll 2 - Building a Body

I feel a little bit like Michaelangelo, a little bit like Dr Frankenstein and probably a lot like Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada". I am building a body for my new doll and it's a lot to think about.

What do you think of her!

I wanted her to be strong but long and lean(so that she can be dressed of course). That is a bit of a trade off. She must be demure but capable of carrying off fun looks. And she needs to be able to be posed.

I am quite happy with her. I've gone with a vintage paper to keep with the nostalgia theme and sepia ink.

While you are here, enjoy a dose of the Good Ship Lollipop with this retro Shirley Temple Paper Doll. She was created by Loraine Morris in 1989 and featured in National Doll World December 1989.
Did you know Shirley's full name was Shirley Jane Temple and that in Depression ruined 1935 she was earning $4,000 USD per week?
She won a special oscar in 1935 that was made miniature just for her.
And she could sing and dance as well!

Friday, February 6, 2009

A New Paper Doll 1 - The Face

I feel it is time to create a fresh new doll - an evolution from the previous paper dolls I have done. I want the doll to remain jointed, but I also want the doll to be able to be dressed up. I want to include some wonderful found images from old childrens books and I want a nostagic feel.

Sounds like a lot to combine.

I am going to share the paper dolls evolution starting with the face. I am using the face image that has followed all my work. The face is drawn in pen and then coloured with pencil and ink. The hair is from different paper sources.

Here are the first few head images.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

So Cool I've Won!

I just visited the magnificent softies central blog: and found out I won a quote competition. I'm stoked! If you've never been to check this site out you MUST go - you will be ohhing and ahhing in no time. This is just a taste.

Paper Doll Pleasure 2

This has got to be my favourite paper doll found recently. The doll is from National Doll World magazine December 1989 (pg 70) and was created by Raphael Tuck. The artwork is really detailed and lovely and the cleverness of the design - the separate head you just slide onto each outfit. The design is pure nostalgia. I can't wait to put this one on the Christmas tree this year.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lavender Lovely Giveaway on The Brisstyle Blog

I just checked out the latest Brisstyle blog and they are featuring a new segment - an interview with one of the artists. This month it's Edward and Lilly. The interview is a great insight into the creative process and to boot there is a great giveaway of a Lovely Lavender Scented Bird. This would be a great win because you can fulfil the senses of touch, sight and smell. Check it out at and check out other Edward and Lilly stuff at

Monday, February 2, 2009

Oh You Beautiful Doll

I collected quite a number of vintage doll magazines from the Lifeline Bookfest this year and many had really lovely paper dolls in them. I wanted on a recurring basis to share some of them with you starting with Coco Melanie and Wendy. These two paper dolls were from National Doll World Magazine, Wendy in Ivory from May/June 1989 (Page 31 ad 34), and Coco Melanie in Blue from January 1990 (page 34 and 35).
Both dolls and their costumes were created Elaine Shants based on real Madame Alexander Dolls (Coco Melanie 1966 and a Wendy composition bride). The art work is wornderful and the dolls look graceful and elegant and demure.

I copied the images and then pasted them onto card stock, cut out, and coated them in lacquer. My daughter loves playing with them. The artist should be very proud of her fantasic work.