Clara’s Top Ten Craft Materials and Supplies + The Craft Tag

Hi there!! It’s Clara speaking!!

Maybe you’ve heard? I love crafts!!

This in mind, Gracie thought it would be fun for me to share my top ten favorite crafting materials on her blog!

And, as often happens, I forgot my glasses!

Gracie was also nominated for the Craft Tag by Lexie at Dolltastically Fun (Thanks, Lexie!), so I’ll also be doing that, in place of Gracie, later in this post!

So… let’s begin!

This is my box of craft supplies!!

In no particular order…


1) Scissors


This is pretty self explanatory. Cutting materials generally ends up turning out much better than tearing them. 😉


2) Tape


Not only is tape useful for sticking your materials together, you can get many different types of tapes in many different designs, allowing you to use it not only for its practical benefits, but also for pretty decorative benefits! (Think washi (!!) and duct tape!)


3) Hot Glue


Unfortunately I don’t have a hot glue gun, but Gracie does, and it is an amazing crafting tool! Normal glue is great, and can be used for some things that hot glue can’t, but hot glue works so much faster, and opens up new crafting opportunities. Just be careful and have an adult’s permission, it’s called hot glue for a reason!


4) Craft foam


Craft foam is so much fun! It comes in so many exciting colors, and you can get different sheet sizes or thickness, if needed. It’s great for crafting doll food (think shredded cheese, coin-cut carrots, sandwiches, etc.) and more!


5) Clay


Clay is a great material. Sometimes I think of it as separate to crafting, since you can basically form anything you want out of it, if you know how. It’s also great for doll food.


6) Paperboard (and cardboard)


Don’t know what I mean by paperboard? It’s just the thin cardboard that makes cereal boxes and things like that. It is great for crafting! Plus, you can easily get it (free!) by recycling it from your empty cereal boxes! Normal cardboard is a wonderful supply as well, but you might need to be a bit creative if you want to hide those messy edges.


7) Paper/scrapbook paper


White or solid colored paper is wonderful, and designed scrapbook paper is really fun too! (We especially like wood prints, and naturals like that). Paper is great for covering large (or small) crafts, to make them look nice.


8) Pens/pencils/markers


And of course, drawing and coloring supplies are staple crafting tools, as well! I don’t think I need much of an explanation here…


9) Paint


Paint is great! Whether your using it for art, or to color your latest project, it is a very good craft supply! I think acrylic is one of the best options for painting your clay, or other material crafts. (Tip from Gracie’s experience: Avoid painting your clay items with watercolor! It may chip off and not work well!)


10) Felt/fabric


And last but not least, felts and fabrics are great materials for various craft and sewing projects. They’re great for sew or no-sew clothing, of course, but you can also use felts and fabrics for things like pillows, felted food, rugs, accessories, and more!



And now for the Craft Tag!

Here are the Rules:

Answer 5 questions

Create 5+ new questions

Tag people

What is the weirdest craft material you have ever used?

Good question! Once Gracie used real cinnamon and sugar for her clay snicker-doodle cookies! o_O That’s right! She made sure to cover over it in layers of mod-podge to seal it all in! She even sold several in her Etsy shop!

What kinds of things do you like to make?

Food (Our dolly kind, I mean) is a lot of fun to make! Furniture items are fun, as well. Gracie enjoyed crafting me and Grace’s bunk bed a long time ago 🙂 .

Do you use materials from the craft store, or do you use other things also, like recycled or up-cycled things?

Materials from the store are great, but we also love recycling paperboard and other random objects we may find to use in a craft! Once Gracie made a lamp using an old, golden-beaded candle-holder she found.

Are there any craft supplies that you hate or won’t use?

Not really, that I can think of.

Do you have a craft area / where do you do your crafts?

Gracie typically does her crafts at her desk in her room. I do my crafts either in my room or at the kitchen table!



I Nominate…








  1. Favorite craft you’ve ever made?
  2. Worst craft you’ve ever made?
  3. What are a few of your favorite craft materials?
  4. Which do you prefer: crafting or sewing?
  5. You are told to craft a bed for your doll/stuffie only using three materials, besides a pair of scissors. What three things do you chose?


I hope you all enjoyed this post!!

Do you like crafting? What are some of your favorite craft supplies?


Until next time!



Winner of the Cowgirl-Style Fashion Show! + Behind the Scenes


Ready to see the winner?


In my last post I asked you all to vote again so that a winner could be decided from the two tied dolls. Unfortunately, in the first few days my plan wasn’t quite working. The votes changed for the two dolls… the same amount!

I didn’t close out the poll on Saturday because I wanted to have my mom break the tie. But instead, before I got around to having my mom vote, someone came to the post and cast a vote…

And the tie was broken!!

So, again, Are you ready to see who won?












































Let’s narrow it down: the tie was between Grace and Clara!!

























The winner is…











Grace Renae!!


Here is her winning photoshoot!


Pretty much Grace’s whole outfit is various pieces from Our Generation sets, excepting the boots (and earrings).


I would guess the boots might be Springfield, but I can’t remember.







♥     ♥     ♥


I had asked you all if you wanted to see some behind-the-scenes pictures (mostly consisting of Callie’s ventures onto the set!), and a lot of you did, so here they are!



And here she is, popping in during Grace’s pictures! She looks a bit distracted.


Hehehehe… 😉


Here’s Caroline being silly with her long braids.


And Callie seeing what’s up. ☺


I hope you enjoyed, and congratulations to Grace! 😀


Which of Grace’s pictures was your favorite? Do you have pets (or just dolls!) that do silly things in your photoshoots?

Spring break is on its way! Mine’s coming up the week after this coming week (next week). When’s yours?


Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

A Mini Adventure


I was planning to work on the post presenting the winner of the fashion show, but I checked on the scoring, and two of the dolls are tied!

So instead, I have a photoshoot with the mini’s first, and remember to vote if you haven’t! Even if you have already voted, feel free to vote a second time!

Until then, enjoy an account of the mini dolls’ recent adventure!






Molly and Samantha were sitting at their spots on Caroline, their owner’s, bed, chatting softly.

“Well I’m bored,” said Samantha, after a few minutes of small talk, “Clara, Grace, and Caroline are at some sort of fashion show, and Julie went out with Consuelo. I say we go on an adventure!”


Molly stood up, “I’m in! Let’s get the others!”


Soon all the minis were gathered in Grace and Clara’s bedroom.

“We want to go on an adventure!” Sam explained. “Who’s in?”

Both of Kit’s hands went straight up, “Whoop! I’m coming!!” The other dolls nodded in general agreement.


Rebecca, however, sighed, “I don’t want to be left behind, but you’ll have to wait until I change into something more suitable! I can’t chance messing up this nice dress!!”

The minis shrugged and waited for Rebecca to change.


Soon Rebecca was back. The dolls soon agreed to head in the direction of the backyard, and so they set off.


They were walking along smoothly for a while, until Rebecca let out a shriek.


The dolls stopped abruptly, looking in the direction of Rebecca’s shaking, pointed hand.

“C-c-CAT!” She shrieked again.


“Shhhh,” hushed Kit, “we can’t let it notice us! Everyone, quick, get down!!” Kit looked like she was enjoying this sudden and apparent danger.

“Yup, get down and head home!” Rebecca added.

Kit shook her head, “We’ll have to sneak around the cat, and hope she doesn’t notice us!”

The girls, including a reluctant Rebecca, all crouched down as Kit instructed and began to crawl there way towards the cat’s back. Little did they know, the curious feline noticed their antics.


As they began to inch around a scratching board, poor Samantha lifted her head and screeched loud enough to wake the house (that is, if they had been asleep).


Suddenly she was up and bolting away, and the others quickly followed suit.


They ran across the room and behind a barrier as fast as they could, pinning themselves behind it and gasping for breath.

“I think we lost it,” Kit said finally.

Suddenly alarmed, Marie-Grace added, “But where’s Cecile?” The girls’ eyes widened in fright.


Molly, being at the edge of the barrier, peeked around and saw Cecile ambling over to where they were. (She proceeded to careful observe if Cecile had any scratches or strange cat bites that would make her act so casual in such a dangerous moment. She couldn’t find any.)


“Where were you? What happened?” Molly exclaimed as Cecile rounded the barrier corner.

Cecile looked like she was on the verge of a laughing fit, “Well, you see, I’ve been here longer than most of you, and I happen to understand that the likely purpose of this cat was to smell us and find out what we were up to, not to attack!” The other girls gaped.

“And you didn’t tell us?!” Rebecca squeaked.

“I didn’t really get the chance with how suddenly you all acted.”

Kit blinked and cleared her throat, regaining her composure, “Alrighty then, since that’s all well and done, we really should move on…”


The next stop was the door to the backyard. They were excited to see how close they were to their goal, until they realized a problem.


The door was locked, and the lock was several mini-doll-yards above them.

“Well, we’re close enough,” Rebecca decided, “no way we’re getting up there, so we might as well head back.”


“I have an idea!” Samantha chirped. “It’s simple: to get to the lock, we just have to climb this big curtain sheet!”

“Hey, that might work!” Molly agreed.


So Sam began to shuffle her way up the curtain.


But she only got a short distance up before she felt she couldn’t climb any longer, and had to shuffle back down.

“That’s harder than it looks!” she gasped.


“Here, let me try!” Kit offered.


Kit is a little older than Sam, and she made it a little higher, but soon had to stop and come down, gasping like Samantha was.

“What can I say,” she said, “I was never good at rope climbing…”

Molly seemed thoughtful, “Let me give it a try; but I’ll need a little help.”


Soon Molly had been mounted on Cecile’s shoulder with Samantha supporting her from behind. She reasoned it might give her a better start up the curtain. She grabbed hold and wiggled her way off of her supporters to begin the climb.


Her idea proved to be a success! She pulled herself up, the boost by her friend giving her just enough strength, and she was able to lean over and reach the lock, pushing the door unlocked.


When she made it back down, she promptly plopped onto the floor and cried, “Mission accomplished!” between a fit of gasping.


With the effort of all the minis, the door slid open,


revealing their path to the backyard world!


Kit, Sam, and Molly raced through the opening, whooping, while Cecile and Marie-Grace followed, chatting happily, with Rebecca tagging along.


But in her excitement Kit failed to notice a ditch in the concrete flooring.


“Kit!” the girls cried, running to meet her after she caught her foot and fell.


“I’m ok,” Kit assured, a little shakily, “It wasn’t… so bad.”


Marie-Grace had her attention in the distance, “Uh, I’m glad you’re alright this time, but look what’s ahead!”


The minis turned to see a whole plain full of similar ditches, beyond which was a lovely green field.

“Looks kind of dangerous,” cautioned Cecile.

“Looks like fun!” Kit added.

“We’d better head back home,” Rebecca declared.


But the girls headed off anyway, and it was actually pretty fun, if you were careful not to fall. They enjoyed skipping and hopping over the little ruts in the paving.


And soon they reached the end, and came to the large green field they had aspired to reach earlier.
“Wonderful!” Samantha said, upon seeing it. “A perfect place to stop our journey!”


The girls plopped down onto the grass, enjoying it’s soft green shoots. Even Rebecca seemed content, though that may have partially been the result of hearing the words “stop our journey!”


Marie-Grace was staring at the distance again. “This surely is lovely, but you all know that we can never let our owners know that we’re alive.”

“Well, of course!” replied Kit. “That’s common toy knowledge.”

Marie-Grace nodded in the direction of her gaze.


The dollies turned to see Julie and Consuelo off in the distance, who had just rounded the bend to take a stroll in the same field that the minis were in.

“Looks to me like it’s time to go home!” Rebecca asserted. And for once everyone else nodded in thorough agreement. Their daring journey to the backyard had now come to a finish.


I hope you enjoyed the photostory! Let me know what you thought in the comments!

Don’t forget to vote on your favorite outfit in the fashion show, even if you’ve voted once before! I plan to close out the poll in a few days (probably Saturday), and then post the winner with their photoshoot soon after that!

One more thing before you go… Kaitlyn is hosting a Giveaway for 200 followers, and is giving away some awesome American Girl things! Check it out here!

Have a Blessed Day!

Gracie Sign Off


Fashion Show Competition – Cowgirl Edition

Hi!!! I’m so happy to be writing up another post.

As I mentioned in my New Year post, I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting because of school and work, but I’m happy to be getting another post up, and I hope that you will enjoy it!


So, as I assume you saw in the title, today is the day for another fashion show with the dolls! We’ve done fall fashions, historical fashions, and this time three of the girls are modeling cowgirl-inspired fashion!

Each of the dolls will show their outfit, and at the end you get to vote on your favorite one! The winner will be announced in about a week (or perhaps two) with a photoshoot in their winning outfit!

Here are the dolls in the show today…


Clara Gabrielle


Grace Renae


and Caroline Hope


Please welcome our first contestant to the stage… *drum roll*


Grace Renae!



Next up,


Clara Gabrielle



And our last contestant today is…


Caroline Hope!



Those are all of our models today!


And now it’s your turn!

Who will win?

This photo is actually a fun Photoshop edit of a picture of each doll… combined into one photo of all three of them! :O Probably won’t be a regular occurrence, but it was fun to try out!


Have fun voting! I plan to post the winner, along with a photoshoot of them in their outfit, in 1 to 2 weeks!


Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

P.S. Anyone want to see bonus/behind-the-scenes pictures when I post the winner? (Including our kitty who tends to like to pay a visit! 🙂 )

P.P.S Likely you didn’t notice it, but if you did, pardon the strange watermarks in this post. I used a couple different methods for them 🙂 .

Pretty as a Princess – A Caroline Photoshoot with Photoshop Editing

Hi there!

Today I have a short photoshoot of pretty Caroline. She is modeling the dress I won in American Girl Fan’s giveaway. It is such a pretty, silky dress!! Thank you Rolling Rock Dolls and American Girl Fan! Underneath the skirt, I added a tulle tutu that I made, making the dress more like a full, old-fashioned-type gown.

Since I just got Photoshop, I wanted to use this photoshoot as a sort of Photoshop trial run. I edited each of the pictures using Photoshop.

After the photoshoot (note: it’s a pretty short photoshoot 😉 ), I’ll show you a few before and after pictures to show the difference from editing, and I also have one fun, play edit, as well!







Editing really helps bring out her pretty eye color!




This is one of my favorites 🙂




Another of my favorites 😉


And one last look at her pretty dress.



That’s the end of the photoshoot! So…

Here are a few before and after editing pictures! Before is always first, and I’ll label them, as well.





















And lastly I have a fun bonus edit! I was going off of this tutorial, but eventually just added the sparkle/lights in a different way (I think I used the dodge tool, in case you were wondering), because the tutorial’s version of Photoshop didn’t match my version.


Maybe not quite as magical as the tutorial, but I think it turned out pretty fun ☺ .


So, what did you think?

Editing really makes a difference, doesn’t it? I hope that you enjoyed the photoshoot, and editing!

Which picture is your favorite? Do you have Photoshop, or edit photos with something else? Any editing suggestions, tips, or critiques?

Would you like to see a post on how I edit (perhaps after I’ve had some more practice 🙂 )?

What other posts would you like to see on Smile and Craft AG?

Thank you for reading and Have a Blessed Day!

Gracie Sign Off