Thursday, February 07, 2008

our fabulous Guest Designer, Jennifer Stewart!

Wow, am I ever excited to share our guest designer, Jennifer Stewart's creations with you! Our dress shape has been *so* popular that we put a little collection together and call it The Girly Girl Closet. Meet Jennifer and enjoy her tutorial so you can recreate your own wardrobe!

Jennifer Stewart lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, David and their energetic 7-year old Noah. She was raised a small-town girl so the old-fashioned values of family, faith, and home play a huge part in her love of decorating, cooking, entertaining, and preserving memories thru scrapbooking. Jennifer began scrapbooking in 1998 and soon discovered that not only is it a way to capture memories, but also a wonderful means of expressing herself creatively thru color, patterns, and texture. Wanting to use her favorite patterned papers for more than just albums, she slowly began integrating her scrapbook supplies and art into her home décor and loved how it personalized her family’s space.

With a teaching degree from the University of Texas, Jennifer’s decision to teach local scrapbooking classes was an easy one. She later began teaching home décor project classes both locally and on the road. Her work has been published in Memory Makers, Creating Keepsakes, BHG Scrapbooks, Etc. and Scrapbook Trends magazines and Memory Makers Books. She has also worked as a project designer for several scrapbooking companies. Jennifer will be one of the featured artists teaching at Donna Downey’sInspired. Artist Workshop” in North Carolina in April, 2008. She loves inspiring others to create something beautiful with their cherished photos and beautiful craft supplies.
Directions for completing the Girly Girl Closet dresses
by Jennifer Stewart


Paint sides/edges of all 3 dresses with the acrylic paint colors of your choice. (I used celery green, baby pink, and off white.)

Choose the patterned papers you would like to use while the paint is drying. After paint is completely dry, go to step #3.

One at a time, lay the dress face down on the BACK of the patterned paper you will be using. Trace around the edge of the dress with a pencil, staying close to the edge. Cut out with scissors, cutting just inside the line you traced. (that way you won’t have any extra on the edge) Ink edges lightly with light brown ink to define the edge. Repeat for all dresses.

Cover the back of the patterned paper with a glue stick and adhere to front of dress cut out. Rub with a brayer to smooth. If you have any extra edges hanging on the sides, just lightly trim with a craft knife and re-ink the edge. *See note below on 2nd dress before adhering patterned paper.

Add embellishments to dresses. Here are the directions for the embellishments I added:

1st dress – cut small pieces of lace and adhere with red-line tape or glue dots to edge of sleeves. Adhere small strip of thin green velvet ribbon, covering top edge of lace. (cut ribbon edges in a diagonal, against edge of the sleeve). Add mini buttons with glue dots going down the front of the dress.

2nd dress – Adhere a piece of lace to bottom of dress with red-line tape or glue dots. Make sure lace hangs off of the bottom of the dress. Adhere patterned paper as directed in step #3, placing over the top of the lace. Place a line of red-line tape at waist line and cover with silver glitter. (I used
German glass glitter, but any glitter will work) Apply a thin line of Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents liquid glue around collar of the dress and sprinkle with glitter.

3rd dress – Adhere (with glue dots) rhinestones inside each scallop at the bottom of the dress as well as three in a vertical line at top of dress. Tie wide pink ribbon in a bow at the front of the dress and insert a small silk pink rose inside the knot of the bow.
Aren't they so much fun and of course girly!! :) Visit Jennifer's blog for fun stories, great links and inspiring ideas! Oh, and let's not forget her love of all things 80's!
You can find the Girly Girl Closet right HERE!! And be sure to keep checking in because we'll be posting all the design team projects the rest of this week and next!

16 comments:

carrie said...

O MY GOSH! THOSE ARE 2 DIE 4!!!!!!!!!!!

Colleen said...

Jennifer...these are AMAZING!!! I am just blown away by how realistic they look. I wish I had dresses that pretty!!! (grin)

Beautiful work!

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Deb, Jennifer's dresses are adorable! Just darling! She's a great addition to your design team!
*heidi*

ஐBeatriz Jenningsஐ said...

wow! bEAUTIFUL WORK!! :)TFS!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Scrumptious! Love the glitter idea...I'll have to break out mine.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, those are too cute! I love them.
Vicki

Martha said...

pretty....

Shady Lady! said...

i am so inspired!!

Scrap for Joy said...

These dresses are adorable. Love the lace, glitter and tiny buttons and the over-sized bow. Beautiful set!
~Joyce

Sara Garza said...

Those are the sweetest little dresses!

TxScrapAddict said...

Wow! Beautiful!!

Robyn Weatherspoon said...

Oh Jen! You've gone and created something amazingly beautiful again! You know I love your work and think you're one scrap-o-licious chick!

LaurieStar said...

These came out so beautifully - so soft and girlie! Nice work!

Jennifer - I have an energetic son named Noah, too! :) Ha. But mine is 9 years old!

Chrys said...

Those dresses are adorable!!!!!!!!! :)

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

They are wonderful! Thank you so much for the how to, now if I can just find the right paper I'm on my way!

stampinsilvia said...

these are super cute too! I just love the vintage feel of them! AWESOMW job Jennifer!