Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sneak peek #1: Retro Boutique!

"Retro Boutique", where have you been all my life?! If I knew Illustrator THIS is the kind of a set I would TRY to create (although Rupa did it SO much better than I ever imagined it!) Isn't this little dress to die for??

Wait til you see the other images Rupa gave you to play with in here (methinks Rupa either has a smokin' HOT wardrobe, or covets one!! LOL!) This set comes out on the 20th, the big reveal of it during the release party Friday night!
So anyway, I am so jazzed over the hanging rod!!!(can you tell what it is?) As soon as I saw the little dress on the hanger I knew it needed hanging, but I wasn't sure how I would best achieve that: wire(which I hate), I could draw a rod ("meh"), maybe a ribbon? (getting closer...) I was still undecided as I cut out my dresses, when, happy accident! my son Jonathan plucked something poking out from under the rubble on my desk and asked"what's this?" " It's a hatpin", I mumbled, still cutting, something I jab onto a card sometimes when it needs a little something (or has a sewing or hat theme). Wait a tic!! Eureka!!!! Finally! hatpins have a special purpose!! Tie a little bow or knot of ribbon through the loop end and thread some beads, pearls "spacers"*, what have you, add the cap, then attach with some sticky tape or gel glue and press firmly over the stamped hook of the hanger for the perfect rod!
Both dresses were stamped and paper-pieced with the DCVW "All Dressed Up" Pack (the background is also from this pack, many pages, like the "black dress", pre-glitterfied!), the best DP evah!!! I highlighted the waist on both dresses with a white gel pen and stamped a third dress onto some white paper to make the little petticoat underneath the black dress since it overlaps(and popped up the skirt with dimensionals). Last I stamped "you're just my style!" (lovin' this deco font!) one of many fashionable greetings in the set on a Spellbinders ribbon tag die and pulled a pink double-stitched ribbon(Hobby Lobby) through. The tied ribbon at the bottom right balances out the tied ribbon at top left, in case you were wondering how I decided which way to put each :) The focal point BTW is a Nestie Classic Rectangle.
If you came here first (thank you!!) be sure to drop by Gina's blog to see her sample of Rupa's set plus links to the other designers artwork with same(and the chance to win the stamps)! Tomorrow, sneak peek # 2, a new illustrator's in the house, get ready!!!
*this was my first time to use the spacers, they are so tiny, I just poked the point of my pin into the little SU! bag they came in in the Pretties kit to pick them up, I didn't want them too blingy, but I think they add just the right little sliding dividers I needed, I put the teensiest dab of liquid glue on each pair to keep them together and in place, experimenting with it I found it looked much better to keep them uniform than have them rolling around...

25 comments:

Stampmouse said...

wow classy looking

Linsey said...

OH, it's so wonderful, Melanie! What beautiful party dresses--and this rod--oh, simply brilliant! Thank heavens we didn't find this up little William's nose! :) (j/k-hope that didn't offend ya) these dp's are scruptious! What a marvelous card!

Carolina said...

You sure didn't built our anticipation for nothing - this is GORGEOUS!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this set...thanks for sharing such a wonderful creation with us!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhhhhh......totally.......awesome..........fantastic.........creative..........adorable.........gorgeous......can you tell I LOVE this!!!!?? LOL I've got the hat pins and the dress it up stack......I'm totally and shamelessly CASEing this!!!!

Sara in WI said...

You are just so darned clever! The rod is just perfect for the dresses to hang. And the paper that you chose, wow. When I grow up I want to have a closet full of clothes that you designed and be like you...(even though I'm probably old enough to be your mother! ha!)
Sara

Donna said...

how fun is your card!? Classy, I tell ya

Michelle Giraud said...

Gorgeous - love the dresses and the paper you used to piece them!

emilymomto3boys said...

fabulous!!!! I love love it on the patterned paper!!!

virgo5 said...

Beautiful card! The details are perfect and the use of the hat pin/rod is brilliant! I love the paper too!
Laurie

Carol said...

Oh boy does this wonderful card take me back a few years! Great card, and great retro colors too! Pink and black were the rage way back then! Beautiful job, and I love that hat pin trick!! So clever:)

Michele Zwart said...

Very nice! These dresses are gorgeous! What a nice use of the hat pin! I think I need to try stamping on DP for a change.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card and very clever use of the hat pin. It looks perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn King said...

FANTASTIC mel. LOVE those pieced dresses!

Karen V. said...

Melanie, I LOVE your card! Rupa has done all the designers proud! Your new set is great, too, and people won't be disappointed. You go, girl!

Pamela Smerker said...

OMG this is so cool! What a great job...love those new images!! will they fit on any of the animals..he he

Julie Koerber said...

Don't you love when things just "work" in your stamp room?? LOL! Your dresses rock. They are very Sex And The City!! Mine's more of a southern belle! HA!

Tanya said...

Very fun! The hatpin is an awesome idea!

Holly said...

This is just divine! I think it was divine intervention that your son found that hat pin when he did! LOL! It's great! I love it!

Holly
hogwildaboutstamping.blogspot.com

Whimsey said...

Very pretty;love the rod and the colors!!

Christi said...

This is gorgeous!!! I love EVERYTHING about this!!

Erin... said...

smart and clever with that hatpin!!! i love that dress!! Absolutely fabulous!

Michelle said...

Love those dresses!! Cute Card Mel.. I'm gathering my entries as we speak.. Not too much spare cash this month so I have to up my chances to win your stamps because I know that they are ALWAYS FABULOUS!!!!!

Deb said...

Very pretty, love the retro papers and piecing!! Show us more!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is awesome and I love the clothing rod!!! So cool!!

Rose Ann said...

I love your pretty dresses!! This is too much fun!!