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Tuesday, 1 June 2010


Hi All,

Huge apologies for not being around for you during May's wonderful challenge set by our VERY talented guest designer Gaby.

Thank you sooo much Gaby for the brilliant challenge, you took us outside our comfort zone with some great results too many thanks for holding the fort in my absents by visiting all the lovely blogs who took on your challenge.

Gaby you did us PROUD x

Family matters kept me away... everything is going in the right direction now....thank you to all the lovely emails and warm wishes left by each and everyone of you. x I have 57 emails to catch up with :) x

Junes challenge ....can you believe it is half way through the year....

Another very special guest designer for you this month ....Margaret and I feel she is going to take us back a little bit to our childhood.

Does anyone remember making little paper dresses I know I did for my 'Bunty' comic paper doll

OH how I loved working with paper designing dresses for her and I am going to get the chance again to create some gorgeous little outfits for this challenge.

About Margaret,

I am a self-taught mixed media artist living in Switzerland.
I love all things paper and paint and have recently renewed my interest in machine stitching. I've been blogging for a couple of years and feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful creative community.

At the beginning of this year I set up a project called 'Dress Up' on my Blog.

I invited blogger's to make and display a dress every month and post a link. I've been overwhelmed by the positive response and have had so much fun blog hopping, meeting new faces and admiring so many beautiful creations.

When Chriss asked me if I would be June's Guest Designer we both immediately fell upon the idea of a mini 'Dress Up' ATC.

Me again, (chriss)
Here are Margaret's fabulous ATC's she is putting up for Junes swaps and if you would like to be in with a chance of owning one then all you have to do is join in this months theme with us.

(Margaret again)
A while ago I was shown how to make a folder page pocket which can be used for all sorts of things!!
I decided to use this idea as the ATC and make a little dress that tucks neatly into the pocket.
Start by cutting or ripping your page into a 13cm x 19.5 rectangle
see Margarets tute by clicking on the link below

I like to sew around the pocket to stabilize it, however if you don't have a sewing machine you could hand stitch around the edges to add a bit of texture
You can decorate the pocket if you like, I added some tissue scraps to the back and front to give it a little colour.

Cut the dress template to fit your pocket and get decorating!

I hope you have as much fun with this as I did, enjoy!
Me again,
Thank you Margaret.
When you have completed your ATC's please add them to your blog leave a link on this post and we will come and visit you.
Let the fashion show begin!!!!


Chriss Rollins said...

Thank you Margaret, hope that you all enjoy creating your swaps this month

chriss x

Jo said...

Mmmmm, this is a bit different and I'm liking it! Thanks Margaret, I'm off to create, xx

Susan said...

Ooo this looks like a lot of fun :) Will see what I can come up with. Thank you, Margaret.

So glad things are moving in the right direction again, Chriss. Please give your grandson lots of good wishes for me :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Margaret, you bring those dresses with you wherever you go. I really love the pocket tut. What a clever way to make a pocket. You must have made origami in your childhood. What a fun project. I bet there are going to be some fun and stunning swap entries from this one.

Karen said...

oooooo this is a brilliant idea!!!! I love making my dress every month for Margaret so will have so much fun with this!!! HUGS XXX

Gaby Bee said...

It was a pleasure to be May's guest host. I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely comments. Hope you enjoyed the "peeling paint" challenge.
Thanks so much to all players, you all have done a great job. It was such a delight to see the variety of entries!

Now have fun with Margaret's challenge.
I wish you all tons of creativity and unending art filled ideas!!

Gaby xo

Dawn said...

I think this is a stunner and we get to make dresses? so cool I may just play along for this swap

Love Dawn xx

margaret said...

Lovely to see the challenge Chriss, I hope you have a lot of fun playing dress designer, I know I have! Margaret

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful ATCs, Margaret is such a talent! I have enjoyed her monthly Dress Up so much...brilliant to do a mini version of Dress Up as well :)
I was sorry to miss Gaby's peeling paint, those looked fab too...I honestly do not know what happened to MAY!

bad penny said...

wonderful... maybe I'll get my head round ACTs one of these days !

bad penny said...

oops ! I mean ATCs ! see - I said I couldn't get my head round them !

bad penny said...

oops ! I mean ATCs ! see - I said I couldn't get my head round them !

Lynn Stevens said...

Guess its time to hit the catwalk and create some designer ATC's, sounds like fun.

JAN said...
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JAN said...

hi Margaret and Chriss. Here are my entries for the june swap
I do hope they are suitable as this is my first ever swap wiht you all. please could you let me know what i do next where is send them ect ty janet

tinylou said...

bit of a false start but im done..

and ive put most of them on my blog here

Thank you chriss..

Loving it still...x
(4 weeks and 3 days till we leave the Abode!!)

Sherry said...

What a fabulous challenge! I made 5 mini dress up pocket ATCs and put them on my blog. Will you please let me know what happens next. Many thanks.

My dresses are here

jonaks said...

this is so cute! how do I join this theme swap?

FarHai said...

Wonderful ATCs, Margaret :)

My dresses are here

Debs said...

Hi Chrissy,
Absolutely love this one! I've just finished my dresses and wondered if the ATC itself MUST be a folded one as in Margaret's tute, or can it be a normal ATC with an added piece to keep the dress secure?
Debs x

Pan's daughter said...

Oh, I'm so excited to be a part of this challenge! This is my first try at ATC's. You can find them here:
I'll get them in the mail tomorrow. The only problem is, I don't know which one to keep...Thanks for stopping by to look!

Dawn said...

You can seee my swaps if you like there ready! You can see them here . I had so much fun making these great swap

Love Dawn xx

Chriss Rollins said...

at last you can find my swaps over here


thanks Margaret for a fab challenge x

Lynn Stevens said...

Mine are done and posted on my blog Trash to Treasure Art
It was fun!

Jo said...

Phew! I've just finished my little dresses and they can be seen on my blog here:-

These were fun to do! I've seen some of the other swappers lovely dresses, but I'll have a peek at the rest now, xx

Jeanie Callaghan said...
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JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

This was a fun swap!
Thank you Margaret for a fab theme and inspiration!
Here are my Dress ATC's

Jan x

Jeanie Callaghan said...

I re-worked my dresses. They are here.

FarHai said...

more dresses

Electra said...

What fun this was, I could make "dress ATC's" all day! Thanks for the inspiration Margaret!! Mine are here

Pea said...

I have finally completed this months challenge and Chriss they are definitely on the way to you!!! Maybe next month I can get better organised and get them sent in plenty of time... You can see them here:


Jenxo said...

Mine are finally finished too, this was a fun one , thanks Margaret...

Jenxo said...

i meant to add i'm not sure what happens next either :)

Jo said...

Sorry mine are a bit late being sent to you - I've been walking about with them in my bag for 3 days! I'll really try and get them in the post today (or maybe tomorrow....!).

Hope you're ok, Chriss.