Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Paris Shoe

I've always wanted to make a Marie Antionette paper shoe.  Since I'm most comfortable with paper crafting as my chosen art style (as opposed to inking and painting), making the shoe seems like a logical project for this month's Unruly Paper Arts blogozine theme, Paris.

For my full article, Musings of a 2amscrapper:  Pondering Paris, please go HERE.

This blog post will be limited to the shoe I featured in my column.

Marie and her label are Gecko Galz and Retro Cafe Art.  Marie is standing on a flower cake.  Stick pins are Maya Road and Tim Holtz.  Bow on Marie is hand dyed from Red Lead Paperworks.
The flower trim included netting which I draped over the heel for a finished look.  I added a Jolie's bow.

I love the distressed look of the paper--perfect for the sole.  I doubled up two buttons for the heel.  The top button is from my vintage stash.  I added a pearl to the center. Paris label is from Retro Cafe Art.
Side view of shoe shoes how the feathers, bow of netting and embellies hide the back side of Marie which I fussy cut and edged with 3 different Ranger distress ink markers. 
The top of the toe includes a white ruffled ribbon covered with a row of pearls and topped with a pink ribbon made into a bow and a flower.  I had room for the Jenni Bowlin butterfly.

Additional Materials:  Basic Grey two sided patterned paper (heavy weight); Simplicity ruffled ribbon and pearls; red line tape and tacky glue.

I'm entering my Marie shoe is these challenges:
Live and Love Crafts Inspiration and Challenge:  Something Old or vintage looking
The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge #7 Flowers
Gecko Galz Papercrafting Yahoo Group Challenge: Buttons and Bows

It's All About the Vintage and Beauty Challenge #34 Lace Dream 
This is a new challenge site for me.  Be sure to check out their blog candy in my sidebar.

If you are wanting more information about making a paper shoe, you may find these sites helpful:

I found the shoe template created by Terri Heinz at Artful Affirmations:  The Elegant Shoe.  The shoe is 8 ' long.  In playing with the template size, I printed 2 different sizes using pieces of each-- a bigger toe for more room..  In addition to her template, she has a video tutorial explaining how to use it.

I also found this You Tube video from Tracylovestoscrap very useful for the actual mechanics of assembling the shoe.   (She uses Terri's template.)


Samantha Read said...

Wow, this is stunning!

Barbara said...

Wow, wow, wow.......I've never seen anything like this, it's absolutely fabulous. Love everything about it! Thanks for sharing xx

kaylou said...

wow really pretty and so much work.
Hugs Kaylou xx

Denise said...

I am your newest follower. Your work is amazing and gorgeous.I hope I can learn from you because I love to craft with paper.Denise from Coffeeberry Cottage

craftattack said...

Wow, this is totally stunning! Valerie

Sandi McLean said...

FABULOUS! I am not a "Marie" fan but love your shoe - LOTS! Love your current bloggy background too..will be checking out your Unruly Column. Hope the New Year brings all your best dreams! Hugs,

Kate M said...


Lori said...

This is stunning Helene! I love every detail, and the composition fits the theme perfectly!

Terry said...

So classy and elegant! What a real work of art! Beautiful!!

Craftylollea said...

Oh WOW this is absolutely fabulous such attention to detail...I love it
huge hugs from your newest follower, Lorraine xx

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is so elegant! Loving all the gorgeous embellishments.

Linda xxx

Debi said...

helene, what gorgeous fun!!! love it, I've always wanted to make a shoe, you might have tempted me more :-) Debi x

Lexie said...

Fabulous. Lots of work but well worth all the effort.

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my Helene, this is just magnifique, such an amazing creation. TFS.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, these are wonderful projects.

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous Helene! Love the new blog look too. So Romantic!
hugs Lynn

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

What a magnificent shoe! I've seen them before but not decorated to this extent. Love it!

Joan said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Love this!

Michele said...

oh my word this is super luscious gorgeous creative wonderful work! wow! xo

Sharon said...

OMG this is a real work of art absolutely stunning and beautiful !

Beverly Sager said...

Having made a paper shoe myself a couple of years ago, I truly appreciate the challenge you accepted in taking on this project. And your shoe is simply over-the-top gorgeous! I'll bet Marie would have tried to wear this :D

fairyrocks said...

Magnificent paper shoe. I am sure Marie would have approved. Keep smiling and creating.
PS love your new blog side panels

Linda Cain said...

she is simply STUNNING!!!


Paper Profusion said...

Helene this is so so beautiful. What a wonderful confection! Louboutin will be seeking you as a muse! The entire shoe is divine and then to turn it over and find that heel! Inspired! I've signed up for the ride. Nicola x

Mira said...

Oh wow! Absolutely fabulous! ;)
Thanks for joining us at It's all about the Vintage and Beauty.

lynne said...

This is so remarkable in its beauty and detail, oh so exquisite a creation.
What a beautiful start to my Saturday.

1CardCreator said...

This looks gorgeous! So clever how you did it too! ~Diane

Shar said...

Your shoe is totally amazing! Love it!

donemark crafts said...

Wow stunning project
Thank you for joining us at crafty bloggers network.

ileana-carmen said...

What a beautiful project.

Heather said...

Now this is GORGEOUS!! Wowzers girlie!! I am not sure how I missed seeing this one! I love everything about this!! The Gecko Galz image is perfect for your shoe!!

Ger said...

Fabulous project with so many beautiful details! Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network

Geraldine M

Louise said...

Hello Helene!
Oh WOW!! This is so beautiful :) Stunning, stunning design :) Love it, Ive seen shoes like this around but this one is so lush with its vintage look :) Amazing creation and Im such a sucker for pink so this is right up my alley ;)

Thanks for joining us at LLC :)
Welcome back!
Hugs, Louise

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