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« on: February 17, 2017 05:05:41 PM »

I sort of have a thing for paper toys like airplanes, jumping jacks, "cootie catchers" from grade school, and paper dolls. (Especially if those dolls are animals, or monsters, or just plain weird.) Alpha Stamps has two really wonderful collage sheets featuring Louis Wain's anthropomorphic cats that you can dress and accessorize! Did I mention that they are also story book themed? The collage sheet I used has kitties from the stories of Aladdin, the Princess, and Magician, Robin Hood, and Cinderella. As soon as the collage sheet was delivered to my door, I cut out all the pieces and clothed the cats. And then played with them of course.  Roll Eyes

At about this same time, I had also asked Patraw if he would be interested in a personal swap of an ATC, and it only made sense for me to send a toy-related card. So, long story short, I made an ATC sized book with three envelopes inside that hold the paper doll felines, one for each story, and also included two reversible, removable backgrounds. Blah, blah, blah, here are the pictures:

To make the book easy to mail, connected the head of the kitty on the front with a brad so it would swivel inside the cover and added a ribbon to tie it closed.

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017 07:59:55 PM »

that is really lovely. the head on the head so it swivels is a nice touch.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2017 06:20:35 AM »

This is awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017 06:53:09 AM »

So wonderful! 

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017 07:49:22 AM »

Purrfectly precious!  All three paper kitty scenarios are wonderful, but I'm most partial to the Cinderella one (I particularly dig the little fairy cat godmother figure.)  I also liked that the Aladdin set has more of an Asian flair, because, if memory serves, I believe the original story in 1001 Arabian Nights was set in China, or another Asian country, not the Middle East, contrary to what popular culture, and Disney in particular, would have us believe.  I adore that rotating kitty head on the front cover too, such a clever little bonus touch that adds a lot of personality to the mini tome.  The whole affair is very professionally and creatively done--I love cats, paper dolls, and books, so it hits on all three of those interests simultaneously--thank you very much for your fabulous feline creation!  I shall doubtlessly spend a considerable amount of time trying to set up the perfect display arrangement for them over the next couple of days or so.

I'm still at the beginning of the process of shooting/scanning images for Pottermouth's project, but here's some of the silliness I made this morning before I left the house; I'll probably post some more Monday:

« Last Edit: February 20, 2017 09:21:51 AM by Patraw - Reason: Reworded some of Rainbow's dialogue so it reads better » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017 08:06:15 PM »

This is such a fun combination of elements! I love the cats, that they are dress up dolls, that there's all the scenes that fold up nice and cozy. What a great project! You did an amazing job Smiley

And Patraw, your photo shoots are fantastic! Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017 08:17:42 AM »

What a sweet little book!

Patraw, you crack me up with your demanding little ponies! Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2017 08:24:16 AM »

This is so much fun!

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2017 09:11:34 AM »

Some more photos/scans:

In addition to the book itself, the accompanying note that Pottermouth included was written on the back of this thematically coordinating image which sports a trio of adorable dressed-up kitties. That tomcat in red is a total playah!

Feline Robin Hood can't be trusted:

I wish I had a Fairy Catmother:

Examining the paper dolls, I got to thinking that they looked awfully familiar to me. And, sure enough, these very same ones were pictured in the 1991 A Victorian Celebration: Parlor Cats book that I bought and read at the end of November. On the back cover, you can see the Robin Hood sheet, and the one with the Aladdin pieces, which is titled "Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magician" (the same images are shown in the interior of the book, in collage fashion, along with a third, Little-Red Riding Hood sample). The authors don't go into a lot of detail about them or anything, they just mention paper dolls in passing while discussing vintage feline art/merchandise in general. The notes in the back of the volume state that they were all from the Dressing Dolls' Fairy Tale series, produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons, in London, England, circa 1910, and illustrated by Louis Wain. Anyway, it's always cool when you unexpectantly end up with something that you recently read about or saw--the stars were in alignment when Pottermouth chose her subject matter!

Methinks that "Merry Christmas" cat on the bottom right is a little too happy though . . .
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2017 09:16:40 AM »

Ok, first this post is hilarious, you guys crack me up!
Second, after you shared that picture of your petite and exceedingly organized and tidy work space I look at your projects in a whole new light. You make some incredible stuff in a pretty tiny area. Amazing.


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