Friday, May 20, 2011

Totally Custom Paper Doll

 I put a ton of work into this yesterday to get it just right.  My daughter is having her 3rd birthday party tomorrow and for her theme she chose her favorite TV show - which is about this little boy named Caillou.

Here is a photo of one of the party items I purchased that shows what he looks like.

I wanted to replicate his clothing and his face as much as possible.  The face was drawn on by hand (and it really shows *LOL*)

For the clothing the first thing I wanted to make sure and get right was the collar on his shirt.  I started playing with my Everday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge and I didn't see a shirt like that, but I did see a nightgown with the right kind of collar.

You can see the nightgown next to the finished doll.  I did a lot of hand cutting to change the sleeves and turn the gown into a shirt.  I cut the gown in red a second time, and that time I just trimmed away the collar portion.  I added 3 brads for the buttons.

The shorts were cut from the cartridge, but I did have to trim the sides to fit under the shirt.

The socks were cut by hand.

For the shoes I cut them once in blue and once in red.  I cut the bottoms off the red ones and then layered them on top of the blue ones.  For the green parts I took a scrap from a letter I had cut out earlier that day that was sort of curved and I hand cut it to make the little portions for the tops of the shoes.

I think it turned out really well.  I haven't decided exactly how to display it at the party, but when the party is over I know I will be using it in her scrapbook.

Always remember - you can do A LOT with the crafting stuff you already own.  Try and think about things in new ways.  Sure, it takes a little more time - but it can be really fun to make something truly unique.


ScrappyJess said...
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ScrappyJess said...

Wow! That must have been a ton of work! Your daughter will be so happy!

4kids4 said...

Oh, this is wonderful! I knew right away who this little guy was...Caillou looks perfect! GREAT job with his face!! Have fun with the party!

~Sharon C.

Tara said...

I knew it was Caillou even before I read your post! Excellent work!

Flamenco92627/Julieta said...

Oh my gosh, that is so awesome! You did a fabulous job making Caillou! And now I'm going to be humming that song all day LOL! Luckily it's a cute song.

Donya/Okscrappinmama said...

Oh my...that is so stinkin' cute! As a matter of fact, I am watching a DVR's Caillou now LOL My 3 yr old guy LOVES him. And of course he just saw it and said "Mama. you make me a Caillou!" LOL

Great job


Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, sweetie!!! Wow, you put some work into this didn't you?!!! It's just really, really cute!!! I know your daughter is just going to love it!

Amber, while I'm here, thanks for always dropping in on me and leaving me such wonderful comments! I've enjoyed reading them all and I appreciate them -- and you!!! So in this comment I hope you can feel the love I'm sending your way!

I'll be seeing you!

Carrie K said...

Wow! You did a terrific job on this!!

Val said...

Wow!! You did an amazing job. This is super cool, you are a true inspiration. Hugs:)

Carol L said...

OMG girl!!! You did an awesome JOB, I love Caillou!!! So much work, but just look at it, is perfect!!! The things we do for our little ones ;0). I hope ypu have a blessed weekend and a super fun Bday PARTY! Happy Birthday to the little Princess :0).
Hugs, Carol L.

Cindy said...

Super cute!I love Caillou,He was my Daughter favorite when she was little.Great job with it!:)

scrappinC said...

OMG! You did a great job. Everything matches perfectly. Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!
Cindy Lou

Margie said...

WOW! He's the spitting image of the real thing! You did an amazing job, Amber! Isn't it funny how Caillou has the same head as the Paper Dolls? LOL! I think you should make the whole gang!

duendes said...

Hello friend ,
very precious ,you did an amazing job.

Kimberly said...

Super cute.. you came so close to the real thing i would have thought it was if you didn't say anything...awesome.

Kristy said...

Cute ideas! cake looks delish!
(fellow DT member)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great work!