Monday, May 30, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monochrome

Hi Everyone! I hope you've been joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. If you haven't, check out the blog for this week's challenge theme which is, "Monochrome".  There's so much inspiration! Don't forget to check out the amazing and wonderfully talented artist, Karen Hayselden. She's been an inspiration to all of us this month as our guest designer.



I chose different hues of brown for my project. I have to admit it was a little difficult not to add another color to the palette and I did sneak in a little, teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, bit of pink. I kept telling myself this was okay because some shades of brown have a pink hue to them, right? Anyway, here's my piece called, "Couture".






I cut the dress form from the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Bigz Die out of one of the sheets of cardstock from Prima's Tales of You and Me Collection.




I wanted my dress form to have a skirt so I hand cut a skirt form from the same Prima card stock collection and sprayed it liberally with water on both sides. This allowed the paper to break down so I could form a skirt.




Very carefully I manipulate the paper and fold it in a fan shape making sure each fold of the skirt is even.



When the skirt is completely dry, I place it over the dress form to see how it fits. You can see the dress form is a bit wider than my skirt.





Instead of making the skirt over again, I trim the dress form down on the sides. This will not show on the final project so it's an easy fix.




To add a little bling to the skirt, I took some sheer ribbon that had shiny thread on both the top and bottom. I folded the ribbon so the bottom thread would lay just below the top thread and sewed that down with my sewing machine. This would be the sash for my dress.




I placed the ribbon just above the skirt on the dress form. The sewing thread shows at this point but it will be covered up with another ribbon element later.




I wanted to give my dress a little touch of whimsy so I cut a butterfly from the Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Die. Here is where the little, teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, bit of pink came in. I edged the butterfly wings with Spun Sugar Distress Ink using a mini blending tool.




I then edged the wings with Ground Espresso Distress Ink to tone down the pink color.




I cut the butterfly in half with my Tim Holtz Scissors so I could place each wing behind the dress form.




I begin creating my background and cut a frame from Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle Die out of a piece of Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate card stock. I then cut out the center of the rectangle with another rectangular die. You can use any rectangle die you have one hand, I used the 2-3/4" x 4" inch pierced rectangle die by My Favorite Things.




I adhered the frame to the center of a 5x7 piece of card stock from Prima's Tales of You and Me Collection and distressed the edges using Prima's Distressing Tool.




I then adhered that to a 6x8 piece of Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate card stock and distressed the edges.




I cut my dress form pedestal off to lengthen the form. When I adhered the skirt to the dress form it was crooked, so this fixed that problem as well. I cut out a left and right fanciful flourish from a Cheery Lynn die. You can use Spellbinder's Foliage Flourish for the same look.




I glued all my elements down, added a brown ribbon to the dress and a few paper roses and called this project done!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created my "Couture" panel and that you join us this week in all the fun. Add your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you could win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store. I can't wait to see what you create!




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26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous panel Cathie, the dress looks amazing and I love the butterfly wings and roses, the whole design is so pretty :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. stunning work. i love the skirt.
    greets
    Alexa

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    1. Thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a sweet comment!

      Cathie <3

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  3. Magnifico Cathie!!! Just magnifico! Love this project so much!!!

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  4. Gorgeous, Cathie!! I love the pleated skirt you made and the tendrils of the plant coming off this.

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  5. beautiful project Cathie...haute couture indeed...your skirt looks just like fabric...hugs kath xxx

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  6. beautiful project Cathie...haute couture indeed...your skirt looks just like fabric...hugs kath xxx

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  7. beautiful project Cathie...haute couture indeed...your skirt looks just like fabric...hugs kath xxx

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  8. beautiful project Cathie...haute couture indeed...your skirt looks just like fabric...hugs kath xxx

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  9. Your creation is so gorgeous, Cathie. The butterfly wings and the skirt are fabulous. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Meihsia!

      Hugs,
      Cathie <3

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  10. Love the way you added some dimension to the skirt! Neat project! TFS!


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  11. Fabulous and a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave your sweet comment. It means a lot to me. I'm so happy you enjoyed my tutorial as it continues to encourage me to show the process.

      Cathie <3

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  12. I think that your project is totally elegant! Love your tutorial, skirt is stunning and I love so much the frame you've used! Wonderful! Barbara

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  13. I think that your project is totally elegant! Love your tutorial, skirt is stunning and I love so much the frame you've used! Wonderful! Barbara

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  14. So, so, SOooOOOoOOo cute! I don't think I have the patience to ever be a real seamstress, but if I could create paper fashion like this, then I would be content! Love the texture you added by folding the paper and really loved the butterfly wings. As always, it's a treat to see your project progress through those pictures. I keep wanting to try that on my own projects, but I always forget to snap shots in between! I admire you doing this, which is so helpful to us readers.

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    1. Aw, thanks for your sweet comment, Andrea! I really appreciate your kind words each week, they keep me going. I never know if showing the process really helps anyone but I know when I see something and wonder, "How'd they do that?" and there's only a picture of the completed project with no step photos I always feel a little sad.I think that's the main reason why I show the process. In case someone is interested, they can see how I did it and feel inspired. Thanks again for always leaving such sweet comments each week, I really appreciate it!!

      Hugs,
      Cathie ♥

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  15. Wonderful piece, Cathie! Love the gorgeous dressform and how you've dressed it! Hugs, Sandra

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