Thursday, August 12, 2010

a torso...or so...

...for something completely different! this month's format is to make ATC-sized torso-shaped cards (there's a template on the SCD blog, or you can wing it) ; this week's theme is BLING! (wahey!)

here's my top tip for working in a format that requires specific dimensions: make a mortice mask! which i mean... trace the exact size and shape on a piece of index stock, and cut the center out neatly with a craft knife, so you can use the negative space as a frame while you work. seriously, it takes about 3 minutes and will save you hours of heartache, because you can see before you cut exactly how much of your design is going to fit in! i keep mine in a notebook with sketches & inspirations; i have inchie, twinchie, ATC, skinni, gothic arch, etc...and now i have a torso template, too:

ok, so, the cards themselves...i had about a zillion ideas, but i settled on making three:

vintage femme fatale

dreamy indian-inspired

(this one needs a co-credit b/c that gorrrrrrgeous lotus was stamped on sticky-backed canvas and painted magnificently by my lovely friend marisol...who excels in all things inky! thanks, miss mari!)


i don't usually do much on the backs of my cards...but at the end of the month there is a chance to *SWAP* these with the other entrants, so i made a bit more of an effort than usual! :)

you can find all the details... (and the torso template) (and some rather FAB dt examples!) ...on the SCD blog-- enjoy! ♥

(materials femme fatale: vintage paperback cover, dictionary page & battenburg lace; marah johnson brad; grunge board flourish; mambi bling word; ranger distress ink; colorbox chalk ink; indian: vintage travel book page & a bit of hindi newspaper; anahata katkin clipart wings; recollections bling; ranger distress ink & distress stickles; girlie: vintage sewing pattern reduced & copied on to sandylion patterned paper; vintage lingerie lace; petaloo flower; prima glass pebble; velvet ribbon from a trimmings shop; heidi swapp bling; stewart superior & colorbox inks; sewing machine)
totally unrelated ps: scroll down a couple of posts to see my funky vintage blog is open until midnight on friday 8-13!


  1. Oh I think my favourite has to be the 'Diva' one. I am imagining wearing it as a brooch.

  2. wowzers!! these could not be cooler! you never cease to amaze!

  3. Wow! Thanks for joining in this week...looks like we inspired you then :) Could not possibly choose which I like the best...they are all fab
    xoxo Sioux
    See you next week?

  4. OK, these are adorable! You're on a cuteness streak, girlie!!

  5. Lauren,

    What totally gorgoeus them all - thank you for joining us this week.

  6. You've outdone yourself again. These are all so very cool! I can't pick a favorite either and the bakcs are as awesome as the fronts. TFS, Lauren.

  7. WOW. These are all so freakin' cool. I love them. Love that you made 3 of 'em. I think my fav is the dreamy indian-inspired because it's so mystical. But the vintage femme fatale is so seductive, AND the pink-n-girlie is just so feminine. Okay, you got me, I don't have a fav. I LOVE them all.

  8. OMG these are just amazing Lauren... I'll just sit here and be totally blown away for a little longer if that ok with you hun! Jo x

  9. great creations and use of bling. Very inspiring work, look forward to seeing more

  10. Hi Lauren oooh your torso's are all amazing & so beautifully crafted. :) I could not possibly choose a favourite & fully understand if you can't bare to part with any!!
    Thanks for joining us this week. New torso challenge goes live in the morning. Hope to call again soon.
    Happy crafting. Gez.xx

  11. wow! these are so pretty! amazing details, too! love them!

  12. I AM IN LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! And you know me: I don't make "things". You rocked the challenge, as far as I'm concerned, anyway. ;)

  13. When I saw this week's theme, I though ... yeah, Lauren's pretty much going to rock that one ... but little did I know you would rock-it-X-3 ... seriously, I can't decide which one I love the most ... the fabulous femme fatale ... the amazing wings that extend beyond the torso ... or the lovely pattern paper ... I even like the backs.

  14. oh my GOOMIE.
    LAUREN! these are TO.DIE.FOR.
    i love them all. so much fabulousness all in one little place here! WOW.

  15. Such a lot of detailed work in just an ATC-size canvas. I'm inspired to try more dressforms !


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