Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Other Creations: Paris Dress

With this week's theme of "Anything Goes" for the Simon Says Monday Challenge, I thought why not go to Paris?  Mentally, that is.  So I made this piece with a Paris-bound dress:



I started with the dress, which I made by laying out a bunch of fabric scraps.  I even stamped some words on the fabric, such as "change."  I sewed the strips together then stamped the "fabric collage" with a Prima doll stamp.  The stamp was of a girl, but I cut off her head and arms (don't think I didn't feel barbaric and mean doing that, but this project was just about the dress)!



I attached the dress to a hanger and went to work on the background.  I found this divine 12 X 12 background page in Tim Holtz's French Industrial paper pack.  It has a lot of vintage images and I thought it was the perfect contrast to the dress.

Since it seemed like the guys would be staring in awe at this dress (either because they were scared of it or impressed), I made up a little sentiment/story about the dress and the girl who might own it and stamped it onto the paper.



All in all, I liked how the piece turned out and it just goes to show what you can do if the hard work (like finding great vintage paper) is already done for you!

Here are the supplies I used for this project from Simon Says Stamp:



With a theme as broad as "Anything Goes," I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Be sure to submit your fantastic creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!  Yay! 50dollar_voucher_600px

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful project Andrea! I LOVE your colorful fabric dress! A perfect pairing with the sentiment! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. This is so bright and pretty I just LOVE it!!

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  3. Beautiful dress Andrea!! What a great idea to use that stamp to create it. Such a fun sentiment too.

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  4. Hi Andrea , I was really drawn to this piece. The dress is simply stunning, I always love your use of fabric. I love the touches of stamping on the dress and the sentiment is fantastic. Wonderful design, texture and beautifully executed as always. Love love love. Tracy x

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  5. Oh, you never cease to amaze me. LOVE this!

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  6. Wow this is luscious! Love that dress and how you created it! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment -have a blessed day! Gail

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  7. I wouldn't mind having that dress in my closet, watch out Vera Wang!

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  8. Well, the "guys" aren't the only ones impressed with your dress! It is gorgeous! Love your layout!

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  9. Amazing work!!! Love your style! fantastic and original!!BARbarayaya

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  10. Wow, the dress is amazing! Love the contrast with the background paper! And the sentiment is perfect! Hugs, SAndra

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  11. This is beautiful, Andrea. What a wonderful idea. And I like the guys in the background. They tell the story that she was the woman who would never settle for average.
    This is one of those projects that make me sigh.

    I wanted to also tell you that I picked up the latest issue of Stampers Sampler today. My husband saw it and asked if I got it for the Tim Holtz feature. I told him no, that I got it because YOU were in it! Very cool mailart!

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  12. OOOH! Love this project and the way the dress literally jumps off the page! Fabulous!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  13. this is a wonderful project...so much wimsy in the dress...and such wonderful contrast between it and those papers I love too! Great work.

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  14. Wow.. this is such a gorgeous dress, Andrea. I love the great sentiment, too. Fabulous! :)

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  15. Loved the comment you left on my post, so I thought I would pop over. Then Wow! I am so amazed by your creativity in making this dress...it is gorgeous! Of course the guys and the background are cute too, but as you say.."it's all about the dress. Hopefully one day the snow will go away and it might be warm enough to actually wear a dress again!
    Joyce xx

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  16. thanks for visiting my blog and the encouraging comments you left. I just popped in to take a peek and yours and OH WOW...this was my very favorite entry this week on Mondays Blog. I love this dress. I left a comment about it on the Simon Blog. --great piece for sure. :)

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  17. Awesome, beautiful and fun - I'm awestruck as well as inspired!

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  18. This dress is amazing! I think the scene you created is so unique-and the fact you used fabric makes it even more special.

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  19. Just stunning in its conception and its creation... the dress is beautiful, the words are brilliant, and it's all just perfect on that particular paper... Love, love, love this - it took me on an imaginative journey - thank you.
    Alison x

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  20. Andrea...what can I say about you? That I adore your work. That I think you are one of the most talented people on the planet and that your work always inspires me to want to do something fresh and new? That you are always so complimentary and sweet with your comments and even if I'm having a bad day, I can read what you leave as a comment on my blog and you make my heart happy? That I think you are an amazing woman, full of talent and grace? Yes...all of those things and more. I love what you do with fabric and how you incorporate it into so many of your designs. It's such a wonderful look and I am inspired to try to do a little of this in some of my future endeavors. I love the soft look it adds to anything...and the really fun patterns and colors that fabric can lend to any piece. You make me wish I had not thrown away tons of fabric scraps from years ago when I wanted to try my hand at quilting only to find I'm too impatient to tackle anything that takes over a day or two to complete! I guess I will just need to go out and buy some new scraps, huh? :) Thank you for all of your inspiration. It was such a huge pleasure for me to be on this design team with you. Much love, <3 Candy

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  21. Love your stunning dress! Gorgeous strips of color and texture! Love that you hung it up and then put the background to tie in with the sentiment! Fabulous as always!

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  22. Andrea, this is cool! love the tattered strips of color on the dress against the sepia background and your journaling. Thanks for the comment you left me on my art journal page - it means a lot! Believe me, YOU are an inspiration to me!! Thanks!!

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  23. Hi, loving your dress. Don't see any problems with cutting off her arms and legs. I've had people say they don't like these featureless dolls. Too spooky. Problem solved. If I maintain a good working relationship with my sewing machine I may give this a go. Plenty scraps in this house.... Have a great day. Off to find your follow button cos I like your style and you make me laugh. There should be more laughter.....

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  24. I love the story!!! Those guys should be staring. Even though you used the dress idea in a later project, this had a totally different feel because of the background. Awesome make Andrea!!!!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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