It's always such a pleasure and a privilege when I find a pocket of time to ink up. This week I started on some Easter-themed paper dolls with the new Blue Daisy stamps. The Blue Daisy dies will be available soon, and I have a really fun new animal ear collection of dies that I can't wait to share.
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The Blue Daisy has a couple new faces (the first and third paper dolls shown), along with one from French Laundry (second from left) and Paris Flea (fourth from the left). I hope I made it easier than ever to create the Character Constructions paper dolls by coupling them with parts from existing collections. As of today, I began the process of having six new custom dies manufactured to make cutting out small intricate pieces simpler. That's one of the benefits of finding some time to ink up and cut out some of the new parts, I learn first hand how much time it can take to cut out some of these parts. And, I like doubling and in most cases tripling the layers to strengthen and also to create a clean backing to my dolls. Because the three tiny little dolls in Blue Daisy are kind of tricky, I am putting all three on one die (like the eyeglasses in Paris Flea). The lamb and basket of flowers are going to have custom dies, as will the face and arms on plate 5 (those little fingers will look much neater when cut with a die), and the necklace on plate 6.
Speaking of dies, doesn't the crinoline die from Paris Flea look fantastic coupled with that new Blue Daisy belt and layered over those lacy bloomers?
Also, I encourage you to try to use the new Blue Daisy chemise to create a graphic dress, such as the two that JeanneMarie recently shared.
If you like the horse, scroll down to capture this free template from my blog!
Good Morning and Happy Friday! This has been a very busy and chaotic week preparing The Blue Daisy for shipment but at week's end, happily, things are back to normal. UK based artisans have been requesting, so I am very excited to announce that you can now purchase Character Constructions in the UK at That's Crafty!
Greetings everyone! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Blue Daisy art stamp collection, ETA tomorrow evening. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm about this collection. In addition to cowgirls, as you know I also promised to give you a stable, a horse and a corral. These items are truly too large for stamps so I created them as templates so that you can have everything on your wish lists! Accordingly, you have my permission to screen capture these images. If you have any issues with quality, please let me know and I can always e-mail them. Of course, these are for your personal use, including for teaching projects, but any other use requires written permission. Thank you for your continued support of my little stamp company, and please enjoy!
The new characters have evolved. There will be five new outfits, as well as some sassy lacy items. Last week was all about adding little extra items to the plates. The new characters are in manufacturing. As soon as I have an ETA, I will post.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., today we celebrate his birthday as well as his legacy of nonviolence, unconditional love, peace and forgiveness. Here is one of my favorite Dr. King quotes: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Have a great week everyone!
Along with The Blue Daisy, there will be an updated Flower Fairy available in February 2017. This is something that I have been hoping to accomplish for some time. I think she will be a fun addition to the Theater of Dreams collection. You can use the face shown, or the one on the right which was has been edited to make the hat fit more comfortably. However, the old torso was the primary reason for the change. I think this little dress works much better. The legs and shoes were also edited, and an additional pair of shoes and a pocket are now available. The original legs and shoes still work just fine. The face shown on the fairy, arms and wings, from plate 11, are unchanged. There have been some additional accessories added to the collection, the teapots, umbrella, flower wand, a daisy, and a few new quotes. Anything that you already have will still work with this new torso, but now you also have some additional options to play with. You can check out the new plates on my web site Theater of Dreams collection, but the new additions will not be available until some time in February. Plate No. 13 (the new flower fairy torso) is back ordered until the end of March 2017.
I've got lots of great plans, and I am poised to hit the ground running this year! Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative New Year. I am inspired and humbled by all the many beautiful pieces you create with Character Constructions, and looking forward to our continued friendships and art collaborations.