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Monday 6 October 2014

The Mirror Crack’d #2 The Body Beautiful

We were absolutely overwhelmed at The Mirror Crack’d with our very first challenge. The team and I would like to thank everyone who supported us and for all your amazing entries and kind comments. We hope to see many of you again this month.

So down to business. Our challenge for you for October is The Body Beautiful. We would love to see something featuring the human form, a hand, or an eye, a mannequin to represent a body are some suggestions you could use, but we would love to see how your imagination works and what you can create. Please remember though, NO cards.

This post is a little picture heavy so apologies if it slows your machine down.

For my Body Beautiful I made a Dressed Mannequin, just for decorative purposes, for my Daughter to display in her bedroom.

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I started off with a blank papier mache torso, which I covered with gesso. I then stamped a scroll pattern onto tissue paper in purple stazon and applied it to the gessoed torso with mod podge, or rather my version of the same.


I did the same with the foot of the base, and then inserted that into the torso. I next applied a door knob, which I had gessoed, for a head, or at least a support for her hat, and added some broken jewellery.


I added fabric flowers to cover up where he arms would be.

I made clothes for her following the tips in the videos I found on Christina Griffiths’ Youtube Channel. Look for the ones mentioning Decorating Dress Forms.

I made two different skirts, which can be worn together, or separately.


My skirts were made with scraps of fabric in my stash, violet net curtaining, and some lovely mesh with silver mirrored sequins adorning it, and a length of purple ribbon for the waistline. I made them detachable by adding velcro buttons to the backs. I also added gorgeous little fabric buttons all around the hem of the net skirt.

and then I made a hat…… boy did I get in a muddle. But if you follow Christina’s excellent videos you will, as I did, get there in the end


I started off with a piece of card, and following the instructions ended up with a crown and brim. I decorated the hat with some gorgeous fabric paper with glittered flourishes all over it that has been in my stash for years, and also some lovely little purple ribbon roses and some scalloped lace trim. I didn’t have any in purple or lilac, so I coloured it with my copics.

Here are a few more pics of the finished torso from different angles.



I am entering this into:-

613 Avenue Create – #92 Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund – #109 Anything Goes with a Twist of Ribbons or Lace
Addicted to Stamps – #88 White and One Other Colour (please note the torso was hand stamped)
Altered Eclectics – Oct: Anything Goes
Anything Goes with a Twist – #1 Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz – Anything But a Card
Country View Challenges – October: Sparkle and Shine
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge – Oct/Nov: Anything Goes
Crafting By Design – October: Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies – #36 Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons – #103 Anything Goes With Buttons and Ribbons
Decorate to Celebrate – #85 Anything Goes
Digi Designs Challenge – Girly
Fantasy Stampers Challenge – #20 Here Come the Girls
Fashionable Stamping – #83 Anything Goes (please note the torso was hand stamped)
Inky Impressions – #179 Anything But a Card
Inspiration Destination – #1 Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – #5 Ribbons, Twine or Fibres (ribbon on hat and waistbands of two skirts)
Polkadoodles – #40 Anything But Square
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Oct: Halloween or NOT
Scrappers Delight – #32 Anything Goes, or no Designer Paper
Whimsy Stamps – #76 Anything Goes



  1. Very cute dress form. Love the colors. Thanks for joining us at The MMMC

  2. What a beautiful decorated dress form, I bet it will have pride of place in your daughter's bedroom. I love way you have used flowers to cover where the arms should be and your hat and dress are fabulous. Hope you have a good week. Sally D.x.

  3. That is stunning, Lin - bet your daughter treasures it.x

  4. This is super and what a fun decor item for your daughter. I love all the handmade clothes and the hat is to die for.

  5. Wonderful creative work Lin. Thanks for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.

  6. Stunning!! What a great idea I'm off to check the link. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Wynn DT

  7. What a lot of work you put into this art work, I hope your daughter will appreciate all your effort. Love how you coordinated the trim by using your Copics, a neat way that works well.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers. :)

  8. That's a really cool peace! You Daughter will love it! Hugs, Susanne.

  9. What a fabulous creation,love all the sparkle and shine.Thanks for sharing with us at Country

  10. I cannot thank you enough for playing along with my Dream Team and me on the launch of our new ATG challenge blog!

    About your project... WOW! This is totally fab! Your daughter is so lucky to be getting something so pretty for her room. Thanks for the link! I'll have to check it out sometime soon. I totally love what you've done. So much attention to details and I'm a huge fan of details. xx

    Again, thanks for joining us for our current ATG challenge. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    Inspiration Destination - Owner

  11. Love your altered dress form and how you used ribbons on the hat! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  12. Cute, thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. PennyRae DT

  13. Hi fabulous project hun and thanks for joining us at our first challenge at Anything Goes with a Twist hugs Judith DT x

  14. Wow, this is stunning! What a gorgeous piece. So much work, but so worth it! Thank you for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies! Best, CG

  15. Very beautiful! I love it!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Decorate To Celebrate! DTM, Sarah

  16. really gorgeous project
    thanks for playing with us at addicted to stamps

  17. wow so incredible thank you for joining us at anything goes challenges at decorate to celebrate. hugs

  18. LOVELY!!! Thanks for showing the progress! Thanks for linking up to DTC #85, too!!!

    - Katy Taylor (DTC Design Team)

  19. I hope your daughter loved the gorgeous confection you created for her! Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Challenge this time. Julie Guest Designer

  20. SO very pretty - LOVE the hat!! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  21. Wow! What a stunning project, Lin - Thanx for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers and good luck.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  22. Love it Lin - so much attention to detail I bet your daughter is delighted

  23. Wow, the tissue stamping on the torso looks incredible! Stunning.
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  24. Your girl is a lucky owner... it is so cute :)
    Ma :) Team mate

  25. What a stunning project, love the addition of the hat, and purple is one of my favourite colours.

    Thank you for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  26. Oh WOW! this absolutely beautiful and I love the lilac/purple color. Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate!

  27. This is a stunning piece, love the tissue stamping and all those gorgeous details
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  28. Wowzer, these are all so beautiful. Thank you for joining us over at Polkadoodles this fortnight for our Anything but a square challenge. Good luck, hugs, Samantha K xx If you're interested, there's a Promarker 12 set being given away on MY BLOG

  29. so much etail and outcome is fantabulous hun - ​Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month and hope to see you in future challenges.
    Hugz and love Elaine aka Ellapu​

    ​Owner of
    ​Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Altered Eclectics
    Eclectic Ellapu
    ​DT for​
    Anything but a Card

  30. Outstading! Thanks for playing along with Polka Doodles.
    hugs, Asha

  31. Two of my favorite things--dressforms and purple! Love this so much, Thanks for playing along in the Mixed Media Challenge!

  32. this is GORGEOUS! what a fabulous little dress you created! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  33. Wow! Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in our DECORATE TO CELEBRATE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper


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