Friday, March 23, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Dolls

I wasn't sure I was going to play at Inspiration Avenue's Challenge this week. First, I am NOT a doll person. I have never had dolls. I had trains, hammers, screwdrivers, miscellaneous other tools, a basketball, and a boy's bicycle as a child. Yep, I believe I was probably a tom-boy. I don't think I ever played with dolls in my life. Second, I was not even sure I could get Blogger to work. I've had trouble all day, and was just able to get on a few minutes ago. Hopefully, this will post. But I couldn't disappoint Hettiene. After all, it was her challenge this week. Since I have no dolls, at least no "real" dolls,




(Please click to enlarge)

I decided to use a paper doll to create a page in my altered book. I got the idea based on a (free) class I'm teaching on my blog because last week we discussed glue and tape in the lesson. I realized I could use some tape that came as wrapping on a gift from my friend Annette (aka Voodoo Vixen). The doll was courtesy of Priti.Lisa. She is such a sweetie and she sent me several pages of paper dolls. The house, as I previously mentioned, although "designed" by me, is courtesy of Annette. The bunnies and grass are left over from a previous project. You probably can't tell, but the "doll" was attached using pop dots. The theme of this book is "houses," and the page is called "Anna's doll house," so it fit in well with the theme of my altered book, as well as the theme for this week's IA challenge.

If you like playing with dolls (more than likely Hettiene would love to see a real doll), head on over and join the challenge this week. You have until Sunday morning.

18 thoughtful remarks:

see you there! said...

As I said on my own post, I loved playing with paper dolls as a child. Ok, maybe I still do (grin).

Great page, great that you created something that worked for two purposes.

Darla

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I, too, loved playing with paper dolls, and I had all sorts of themed ones. How I wish I still had those! I love the way you combined the challenge theme with your AB!

Barbara said...

Paper dolls,loved to play with them...I love your piece!!!

Barbara
http://barbaradennyseatofmypants.blogspot.com/

Diane said...

Oh, I wish I would have saved my collection of paper dolls from when I was young--I'd be having some fun.
Love yours!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

LOL no dolls, I had one that I cut the hair all off....like you trucks, cars, tools, tomboy's rule. Nice interpretation for a non-doll gal. xox Corrine

Yvonne said...

Fabulous page, Elizbeth! I LOVE your house too!

craftydvl said...

When I was a kid, I loved toys, plushies, and dolls, but I also loved running around in the mud, playing tag, rough-housing, and doing more "boy" like things. As a grown-up, I can be as crass as some of my guy friends if the occasion calls for it... but I love "Hello Kitty," wear pink, and still love toys. It's always cool to hear about other girls and what side of the fence they are in terms of being girly or not, and in terms of liking toys-- especially dolls, which I know some people think are too girly, and/or disturbing. As far as I am concerned, "Toy Story" and "The Velveteen Rabbit" have taught us that they all are secretly somehow alive when we're not watching-- crazy to believe, but I somehow do :-p

But I actually think Paper Dolls are some of the best kinds of dolls, because they teach a lot. A little girl interested in clothing can draw her own patterns for a paper doll, or even become inspired to make her own character designs and draw the dolls herself. Your Anna is a very cute girl and doll, and I think a kid would love to play with her, and make things for her. She has a great facial expression and overall design, and I like how happy yet mischevious she looks in her house (-:

Sorry for writing a mini-novel, but I am a big fan of this post and it got me thinking, so thank you very much for sharing your work!

Jo Murray said...

It all worked out very well Elizabeth. I was an 'up a tree with a book' kind of child so I hear you.

Anne said...

Really cute collage, love the innocent girly atmosphere! <3

Monica said...

Spent the week doing Tim Holtz's class and am becoming a groupie. love your composition

Dandelion and Daisy said...

I really don't know how I passed the fifth or sixth grades because all I remember is sitting in the back of the classroom drawing paper doll clothes for mine and my friends paper dolls. Don't remember playing with them as much as I loved to cut them out and make my own and their clothes....doubt I could even do that now!!!! I love you house of tape!!!

~*~Patty S said...

I would say you stepped up to the doll challenge very nicely E! She's a real 'doll' and looks quite at 'home' in the house you made too :)

Happy Weekend to you!
oxo

Bella~Rose said...

Great minds think alike! I used paperdolls too :)

Jennifer McLean said...

Hello YOU!
Scritches to Bluebeard, you and me both Elizabeth! Although I did love barbies, I really never got into the traditional doll thing. I loved stuffed animals but really didn't play with baby dolls. I did have a betsy wetsy that you could feed but it kinda bugged me that I'd then have to clean her up! She mostly sat in the basement with the broken toys (very few broken though, I was one of THOSE children)

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting, it was so nice to see you. Will you do the Artist's Play Room this week? The challenge goes up in minutes, it's about doodling, go look, I know you want to! Hehehe.

Best,
Jenn of www.JustAddWaterSilly.com

Hettienne said...

Aaawww thank you for for not disappointing me! I know that you were not a doll person but you always rise to the challenge!! And this is gorgeous. I must admit that paperdolls are one of my favourites!!! I still play with them in collages and assemblages!! Have a wonderful week!

Linda Manning Findley said...

oh "E" I love this little lady ... very good use of tape and image ... Linda F

voodoo vixen said...

Aha! Yep, you saved the tape off the parcel!! LOL I thought I was bad but you really do have a use for everything and how fabby does it look now it is a wee house for your cute paper doll!

IMGIRL said...

Nice work in image and re-purposing!