Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Asian Beauty

When spending time with my sister at Mayo Clinic following her Stem Cell Replacement surgery in July, I had lots of time to myself when she was resting. So I was glad that I planned ahead and brought some crafts to work on. I spent hours happily making Asian paper dolls embellishments to use on cards. This week I am hosting the Monday Challenge at the wecraftcards forum [] and decided to invite participants to create a card using a handmade embellishment. This was the card I used as my sample. I made the background with scraps of origami paper and an upcycled greeting card. Then added a top layer of vellum so that the little beauty would have center stage. I looked for a pattern and instructions for Asian paper dolls on Pinterest and found a simple one here []. I then studied photos of dozens of other dolls for variations and ideas. The result was a large assortment of Asian paper dolls. Each was dressed with scraps of beautiful Origami patterned paper, and each is unique. The flower in the hair was cut from a scrap of the Origami paper that was too small to use on her clothes. And I love how it makes her look so pretty and even festive. The hair picks are also snipped made from tiny scraps.  A dear friend gave me a few packets of this Origami paper years ago and it is precious. So I let none of it go to waste when I make these. The inside sentiment is computer generated and the Blessings block is a rubber stamp that I pulled from its wood mount years ago. It might be a Hero Arts or Embossing Arts stamp. I have four additional paper dolls ready to add to a card. I provided a close up so you can see how the each is unique.
Entered into:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                    (
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Embellish It                        (
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #350-351 Anything Goes     (
The Paper Shelter- #351 Make It Bloom                                       (
DigiStamps4Joy- #152 Anything Goes                                         (
Pixie's Snippets-Week #333                                                            ( 

A recent posting featured a snow globe card [made with a template from]  I decided to make another snow globe card, this time using patterned paper instead of stamping and embossing the snowy scene. A brand new release from Di's Digi named "Christmas Crew" looks right at home in this snowglobe. I colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. For the inside sentiment, I layered a few scraps of papers to match the front, and added a freebie sentiment from
Entered into: 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Fancy Folds                                                          (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #401 Anything Goes  (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                               (
Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes                       (

The current Simon Says Monday Challenge is named "Stamp On It" and it makes me realize how seldom I use rubber or clear stamps these days. But it was kind of fun to dig into my boxes of stamps and pick out a few to use. Decided on a vintage wood mount Pinterest Bear and Printworks sentiment. The sentiment on the inside of the card was printed by hand… mainly because I couldn't find my Printworks dot-lettered Happy Birthday stamp. A heart punch, patterned paper and silver photo corners finished off a cute card.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Stamp On It                       (
Simon Says Wed Challenge- Stamp It for Stamptember  (


  1. Your Asian ladies are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter challenge and hope to see you again soon. - Patsy

  2. Fabulous project...Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Challenge and using one of Di's images :)
    Wendy xx

  3. That snow globe is absolutely gorgeous. The paper sets off the lovely image beautifully. Thank you for joining in the Anything Christmas with an optional twist of Include An Angel at CHNC.

  4. super cute card, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  5. Wow! You did such an awesome job making those dolls. Very unique. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Good Luck!

  6. Beautiful!! Thanks for playing with us at TPS this week! Good Luck! Hug Lena

  7. That snow globe is just adorable
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper challenge
    Julie T

  8. Wow Kathy - the dolls are fabulous. What a great way to use snippets as well! I do hope things are going well for your sister.


    Di xx

  9. What a gorgeous snow globe card and the Christmas Crew inside it look adorable!I love the way you made it look 3D.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers.

  10. So much inspiration and fabulous creations!
    Thank you for joining us at DigiStamps4Joy challenge, Best of luck with your entry.
    xoxo Olga DT member

  11. Your folded dolls are quite something! Also glad you got to take out your stamps again. TFS!

  12. Love your doll card. Congrats on being picked in the playground.

  13. What a jolly bunch on your Christmas card, fabulous colouring too!
    Thanks for playing along with Happy Little Stampers this time.

  14. Kathy this is a beautiful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES with A FLOWER FRENZY option challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    PS: Just love the paper folding in her dress


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