Monday, May 27, 2013

An Altered Paper Doll Day

This weekend my sisters and I got together for a belated bday celebration for my sisters Frances and Maryl. We went out to lunch at a fantastic Korean restaurant (Jang Su Jang) in Milpitas and then went back to Maryl's house to make altered paper dolls. My sister Diana and I brought samples and supplies for the rest of the girls to play with.

Below are a couple pictures of the sample altered paper dolls I created.
Thanks to the talented Jackie Peters ( who shared with us her paper dolls that she made with these adorable dress stamps from Red Lead Paperworks (
I love the background paper of the dresses...the designs are so 50ish. I found this book with photos of vintage fabrics.
I photocopied several of them and then stamped the dress image on top.
I also stamped the dress on white paper and cut out the collar and cuffs and glued those onto the patterned dress. The other option is to use a white pen to color the collar and cuffs.
I think the eyeglasses really add an element of fun to the paper dolls. I purchased a die cut of different eyeglasses at the recent rubber stamp show I went to in San Jose.
The vendor I bought them from is Impression Obession rubber stamps: 

Pictured below are the paper dolls my sisters created...
As you can see, I also brought the Tim Holtz "Winged Things 1" stamps for my sisters to play with and showed them how to use the copic pens. I love how they all turned out.

The next project was embellishing thank you notes. I found these adorable thank you notes at Michael's in their dollar bins. 
I thought they would be adorable if we we put a sitting girl on the chair. I brought various sheets of sitting girls that we embellished and doodled. I think they came out adorable.
My sister Diana brought along her Julie Nutting stamps and the samples she cute!
Thanks again to Jackie Peters for showing some of her projects made with these stamps. The picture below shows the Julie dolls we made together...more cute paper dolls! My sister Pat had a great idea to put some eyeglasses on these girls...too cute!
What a fun day we had - crafting with my sisters is on my top ten list! My sister Lana was late coming to the restaurant and didn't get pictured with us...sorry.
I hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day!


  1. Thanks to all my wonderful sisters for helping to make my day special! I feel blessed.

  2. What a FUN day!!! LOVE what you all created... Colleen

  3. great blog, connie.. thanks for proving so many choices and projects. what a fun afternoon. it is always fun to play w/ 6 girls in the mock family.

    the family picture looks great... too!

  4. It was fun hanging out with all my sisters again and making whimsical paper dolls. Thanks Connie for preparing everything for us and teaching us your technique for using the copic markers. - I loved all our projects - so cute and whimsical. The eyeglasses are the cutest things.

  5. Oh my gosh... oh my ...what super fun Connie... special sister moments !!!!!!!! I enjoyed everything you shared,your amazing creative paper dolls "Over The Moon Fabulous" .I love each one so very much, so unique.I want to move I get such a big smile from what you share with us. I love all the new art dolls stamp ideas you have created with. Their is a set of legs, I will be writing to you about. hahaha The look like they belong to a vintage jointed doll stamp ? They look awesome and of course so vintage.What positive art paper doll magic you have shared, just so thrilling..I am so glad you have a huge passion for art paper dolls. Happy creating and Big Hugs Laura.xoxoxox
    P.S. Your blog is so full creative inspiration, I love it..
    Such a perfect way to end my night,thank you.xo

  6. Connie.......You & your sisters have the most special play dates celebrations etc.......I love these!!!! The glasses really add a special touch on all of them.....
    Thank you for sharing your special sisters and art!
    Laura H

  7. love these little dolls Connie. Finding the note cards with the chairs on it was brilliant as they look darling! I always want to be a fly on the wall when you are creating with your sisters! Lucky girl.