Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Yay!!!  Linda has started up another GREAT Tim Holtz inspired series of challenges at Studio L3's GRUNGY MONDAY!  This is the first of the new get involved!  This theme is taken from Tim's Christmas Tags of 2008 ~ Day 10.
Here is my entry into "Grungy Monday" ... featuring Tim's famous "Umbrella Man".  I chose Tim's stamp "LIFE IS NOT ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS BUT LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN" for this tag.  Boy, how true that is!!
I started with one of Tim's "Borderline" masks and spritzed the tag with my concoction of Broken China Distress Ink, Kiwi Perfect Pearls and water in a Mini Mister.  I rubbed on some Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and edged just a bit with Black Soot.  Then I did Tim's splatter technique.  LOVE that technique!
The text features "LIFE" and is copied out of an old dictionary.  I tore the edges and inked it with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain; with a touch of Black Soot on some edges. 
The Umbrella Man is stamped onto Grungeboard with Black Embossing Powder.  Before I heated it, I brushed away a bit of the powder so that I would have more area that would accept the "paint" I made out of Green Patina Perfect Pearls and water.  It worked really well.  Then I inked the edges with Black Soot.   I thought the mini pins looked like raindrops I wired them onto the umbrella.  Aren't they great?! 
 The filmstrip is from Tim's "Captured Moments Stamp Set".  I heat embossed it with Walnut Stain Embossing Powder.  I cut away the centers and added a piece of clear vellum.  Underneath the vellum, I added three vintage pictures of little boys take from Tim's old "Distressables and Doo-dads" strips.  I added some antique silver brads and glued or pop dotted everything into place.  Finally, I added a couple of pieces of color coordinated ribbon and a funky piece of black trim to accent the tag.

So, that's it...Oh my gosh!!!  That was so much fun to get my fingers all INKY again!!!  Thank you Linda for starting up GRUNGY MONDAY!!!  Have a great day everybody...and take time to PLAY & CREATE!!


Wednesday morning...and just as I clean work space is a mess again!  So, here is what is on my work desk this morning!! 
I'm working on my tag for Studio L3's GRUNGY MONDAY!!!  This new series just started this past don't miss out!  If you're not familiar with this...check it out!  It is the sequel to "The Compendium of Curiosities Challenges" and I'm sure it will be just as wonderful!!  If you're a Tim Holtz lover, you won't want to miss this!!!  I'll be back after a bit to post my tag...still working on it!
I hope everyone is having a wonderfully creative day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Hi everybody!  I just got "THE email" I've been waiting for!  I have been on pins and needles since Ranger U applications closed on March 21st.  This morning, I got an email from "THE MAN" himself...Tim Holtz!!!!  I have been accepted to Ranger U!!!  I am still doing the "Snoopy Dance" all around!!
I'm going to the April session.  My birthday is around that I can't think of a better birthday present than to have this amazing opportunity to learn from some of the most influential and creative people on the planet!  
I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Tim and the people at Ranger for accepting me!!!  This is a dream come true for me!!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Good Monday morning everybody!  The Design Team at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge has gone all out for you again this week with some really inspiring, unique HATS!  Be sure to check them out!!  You will be AMAZED!
My HAT was inspired by Graphic 45's Le Cirque collection.  I thought it would be a kick to create a whimsical clown hat using those fun, colorful papers...and it was!  They have great circus graphics ... no need for extra can easily make them from the images on the papers!
To make the basic hat, I started off with a couple of sheets from Graphic 45's Steampunk collection.  I used a dinner plate as a pattern for the base/brim of the hat.  How's THAT for using the ol' noggin?  Then I cut a smaller circle and cut it out of chipboard.  I covered both sides of the chipboard with the brown paper.  Next I cut two 6" strips of the brown paper and sized them to make the body of the hat.  I cut 1/2" slits at the top and the bottom so that when I made a circle out of the strip of paper, it would easily bend and I would have some "tabs" to glue to the base and the top piece of the hat.  Then I cut a round piece out for the top of the hat and glued everything into place.  I curled up the brim a little bit to give my clown hat a little more character.  The basic hat was cute...but pretty bare at this point but not for long!

I made a hatband out of some striped paper.  Then I cut out a couple of "patches" for my clown hat, drew in some "stitching" and fringed the edge to make it look like fabric patches.  I stuck them in place with Wonder Tape.  Next, I die cut a bunch of flowers out of different Le Cirque papers using Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die cut.  Those papers are double sided deliciousness!!!  I also used Sizzix #5 Flower die cut to make a few of those wonderful layered roses. Some petals I curled up.  Some I curled down.  Some I inked with a Black Cats Eye ink pad around the edges.  But I mixed them all up so that I would have some very interesting, colorful "clownish" flowers.  I popped little colorful buttons as centers on the flowers that needed them.
Next I cut circus posters out of one sheet of paper.  Then I found several different clowns and circus entertainers I liked and cut them out. I inked around all of the edges with a black cats eye ink pad.  Then I stickled the circus performers' costumes to give them that extra "pop".
Finally I stamped tickets from two of Tim Holtz' stamp sets, distressed them and tucked them in the hatband.  All the elements were made!  Time to put it all together! 

I cut a hole in the top of my clown hat with an exacto knife and peeled the top back.  I stuck a piece of Styrofoam in the center of the hat and put a little green excelsior grass over it.  I inked small dowel rods using Fired Brick, Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, hot glued the sticks to the back of the circus posters and popped them into the styrofoam.
I stuck some of the flowers and circus performers on brown wire so that they could stick up and out of the flowers.  I hot glued everything into place and ended up with this really fun clown hat!  Easy to make and waaaaay fun to do!
Now it's YOUR turn to put on YOUR thinking cap and create A HAT!!  Then come on over to Simon Says Stamps and Show Challenge and enter your creation!  YOU could win our sponsor's generous $50.00 credit voucher to Simon Says Stamp or you could receive our coveted Elite TOP 3 Blinkie to proudly display on your blog.
This lets everyone know that your work has been recognized as OUTSTANDING!
Come's fun!  I hope to see your HAT soon!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


It's been cold and rainy here all weekend...certainly not the Spring weather you think of. You know....sunny, birds singing, flowers and trees starting to bud. But, at least we didn't get that four letter word....SNOW! So, I'm happy about that! With the weather being so nasty outside, I decided it would be a good time to clean my studio! So, I grabbed my shovel and headed for my basement!
It actually looked like a tornado settled in the middle of it! You could hardly see my countertop for all the "stuff" on it that I'm kitting up for my For Keeps Sake Classes in St. Louis. But I finished one of the classes today and decided to clean up before I start another mess. Sound familiar?!
I've still got some things sitting out that normally aren't on my countertop...but they are for classes and waiting to be kitted. At least you can see what color the countertop is now!
Even my shelves are fairly clean...for the time being! Now, if I can just remember where I put everything!
And my work table is no longer about to be condemned! I still have a stack of Pink Paislee papers and embellishments sitting out, but I'm designing a vintage book class for May. So, those need to be close by. I cleaned my "Wall of Wonder" as I call that I have some vacant hooks awaiting my new Tim Holtz stuff! I can't wait to get it so that I can start playing with it! And yes, I am a stamp hound. I LOVE stamps to use and also to display! That way, I don't forget what I have!!
I just became aware of the WOYWW group. I think it stands for "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday". I'm betting by Wednesday, it will be a complete mess again...and I should have a lovely post for them!
The weekend is almost over! Hope you've had a good one! Tomorrow morning, the Simon Says Stamp and Show Design Team will be posting their creations for the new challenge. Check out the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! You're in for a real me!

Monday, March 21, 2011


The SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE for this week is "A Word".  Hmmm.... there are so many words!  How can you choose just ONE?  I could have chosen an obvious one like "CREATE" or "BELIEVE" or "ART".  All great words!!  Then it came to me......"WINGS"!!  So many things I love have "WINGS"; especially birds, butterflies and Angels.  So, here are my .... "WINGS".
I started with one sheet of Pink Paislee's new paper "Butterfly Wings" from their "Butterfly Garden Collection".  I absolutely love this entire collection!  This particular sheet of paper already had the image of the birdcage, so I cut around it and backed it with a piece of chipboard for strength.  Then I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I made a semi-circle pattern for the bottom of the cage and cut it out of chipboard.  I covered it with more of the paper from the same sheet and inked it with Vintage Photo around the edges.  Then I hot glued the bottom to the back of the birdcage. 

Next I made the front of the cage using Tim Holtz' Scallop On The Edge die cut.  It was perfect for anchoring the "bars" I wanted to make for the cage!  It was not quite long enough to go from side to side, so I simply cut out another strip and pieced what I needed for a perfect fit.  I added some little antique brass brads on both sides for an accent.  Next I stamped some vintage birds on the front of the cage, inked the edges with Vintage Photo and hot glued the cage front to the upright birdcage and the outer edge of the
I wanted "bars" on my cage but I didn't want metal bars for this sweet little piece.  So, I took 24 gauge gold wire and threaded some 1/4" pale yellow organza ribbon on it.  Still looks like bars but not harsh...more dainty and sweet.  I attached the bars through the holes in the scallop die at the bottom and pierced a hole in the birdcage top, ran the wire through and using Wonder Tape, secured the wire to the back of the birdcage.
Now it was time for someone to move into this new little "nest"!  I found these vintage images of children and sized them to fit the birdcage.  I printed them out on semigloss photo paper.  They were black and white images.  I colorized the dress of the little girl standing outside of the cage with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and a Cut N Dry Pen Nib.  Very simple technique...just rub the pen nib on the ink pad and lightly begin coloring in the area you want to colorize.  You can keep lightly adding more ink to areas that you want to darken or shade.  (This technique works best on photo paper rather than just cardstock).  Then I very lightly added some blush to the little girl's cheeks.  Finally, I lightly added just a touch of Vintage Photo to her face and hand.  For the finishing touch, I added some Tropical Tangerine Stickles to the collar of the dress and ribbons in the little girl's hair.  I got a little more creative on the other little girl.
I colorized her dress with Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  Then I drew some sweet little vines and flowers on her dress using Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet Distress Inks and pen nibs.  Yes, you can actually draw your own designs with the pen nibs! It's so much fun!  Next I added just a touch of Tropical Tangerine Stickles on some of the flowers I created on the dress and a little bit of Eucalyptus Stickles on some of the greenery.  If you look at the bodice of her dress and also on the lower portion of the dress, you can see the vines and flowers that were drawn in for more detail.
When my little vintage Angels were dry, I touched all around the edges of them with a Colorbox Black Cats Eye Ink Pad.  That really makes them "pop".  I inked the backside of my Angels with Vintage Photo and added some Pink Paislee butterfly wings. 
I put some brown excelsior grass on the floor of the birdcage and placed my little yellow Angel inside the cage.  Then I added three colored eggs to keep her company...impending brothers and sisters maybe?!  I stamped "WINGS" on a piece of cardstock and made it into a banner.  I highlighted the letters and the edges of the banner with Platinum Stickles.  Then I rolled up the edges and hot glued the banner onto the Angels' hands.  I attached the pink Angel just outside of the birdcage.  She's showing you her pretty white petticoat!

I attached a flower to the lower left side of the birdcage by using an image still from that one sheet of paper.  I highlighted it with Tropical Tangerine and Eucalyptus Stickles and glued it into place.  Then I attached a paper butterfly onto the "bar".  I hot glued him at his body so his wings could be bent upward.  It too, is highlighted with Tropical Tangerine and Eucalyptus Stickles then edged with a Chestnut Roan Cats Eye Ink Pad.  
Finally, I added the ribbons and flower bouquet to the top of the birdcage.  The ribbon was white.  I sprayed it with Pink Bubblegum and Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist.  I had the little pink roses and the teal roses are from Prima Flowers.  I also attached a teal rose to my yellow Angel's hand.  The butterflies were made to look like they are hovering around the bouquet by attaching them to some clear fishing line and hot gluing it into the bouquet.  Finally, for a really sweet finish, I dangled little antique brass dragonfly and butterfly charms from a teal rose in the bouquet.  These charms are also part of the Butterfly Garden collection.
The back side of the birdcage is covered in more paper from that one sheet that I used for this project.  I found another vintage photograph of a little girl that was already colorized.  I added the wings behind her shoulders and inked around the edges of the photo with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added photo corners and centered her on the back of the birdcage with Wonder Tape.

I encourage you to try the Distress Ink colorizing technique.  You won't believe how easy it is and when you start to add color to a black and white picture, it's like you're bringing the image to LIFE! REALLY!!!  

"WINGS" ... how fun!!  Now it's YOUR turn!  Think of a WORD and turn it into a work of art!  Then enter it into the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE!  You could be the lucky winner of a $50.00 credit voucher to the SIMON SAYS STAMP STORE!  Or you could be recognized as a TOP 3 WINNER for your incredible work and receive a BLINKIE to proudly display on your blog! 

I invite you to pop on over to the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE BLOG!  The Design Team at Simon Says are amazingly talented and "BRING IT" for you every week with their unique and imaginative creations!  Check 'em out! 

Have a great week and remember....take time to PLAY...It's SOUL FOOD!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011


Good Monday afternoon!  I posted my SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE ... SHOW STARS this morning and now I'm busy kitting up all the "goodies" for my Configuration Of Your Imagination Vintage Bird Box Class that I'll be teaching this Saturday, March 19th from 10 to 3 at SCRAPBOOK GENERATION in Springfield, Missouri.  For more information and to sign up,
call the store at 417 886-0440.
And announcing....
I have added the Vintage Bunny Box to my class schedule at SCRAPBOOK GENERATION!  You can register now!  Class will be on Tuesday, April 5th from 12 - 4.  Call for more information!! 

Then that weekend, I am excited to be the guest artist for a weekend workshop at FOR KEEPS SAKE in St. Louis, Missouri!  I will be teaching the Configuration Of Your Imagination Vintage Bird Box on Saturday, April 9th from 10 - 3 and The Vintage Bunny Box on Sunday, April 10th from 12 - 4.  If you're in the St Louis area, call FOR KEEPS SAKE today at 314 487-8131 to reserve your spot!  We are going to have a blast!!!
The Vintage Bunny Box we will be making in class will be square instead of round...but that is fine because it's just that much more antiquing that will show on the corners!!!

Okay...back to kitting up for class!!!  Have a great rest of the day!


This week’s Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge really took me to a nostalgic place. When I thought of stars, I immediately thought of “The Stars and Stripes” which in turn, made me think of my Dad, a proud WWII Navy Veteran. So, this week’s piece is in honor and remembrance of my Dad.

I found this 8x10 shadowbox frame on a clearance shelf at a big craft and hobby store. It was meant to hold a 4x6 picture in the center…but I thought it could serve a much better purpose….as it now has.
Sometimes I think less is more so in creating this piece, I never intended it to be dripping with stars; only some and only in strategic locations. I didn’t want them to be the focal point but rather the bits of color and imagery that I needed to accent the main focus of this collage; vintage pictures of my Dad.
I had some vintage looking paper that is just stars and some that is just stripes, so I used them when I created my rosettes and buntings. I love Tim Holtz’ Paper Rosette Strip die cut! I cut some single tiered rosettes that I used in the lower left hand corner and also one that I cut apart and used as more of a bunting in the center (peeking out behind a Registration Certification card).
I created a larger bunting at the top left corner. To do this, I cut one rosette strip out of the stripe paper and one out of the star paper. I used double sided tape to layer the stripe paper underneath the star paper. Then I just created the rosette and glued it together. I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink to distress the rosettes.
I scanned and sized the photos of my Dad and his military service cards to fit the shadowbox. I made them look older by first lightly going over them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then Walnut Stain and finally Black Soot just at the edges. It’s amazing how just those three Distress Inks can take something from brand new to looking really old in seconds!
I added some photo corners to a couple of the pictures because I think they give pictures more of a vintage feel. There are black corners on one photograph and the "natural" photo corners on the other photo.  I added just a touch of Black Soot Distress Ink to the natural photo corners to age them a little bit.  I cut out one picture of my Dad and used it more as a silhouette in the lower right corner.  I backed that picture on a heavier cardstock and used double sided tape to adhere it to the bottom of the shadowbox.  This way, it stands out and allowed me to tuck things in behind it.
So, there you have it...SOME STARS!
Now, why don't you hop on over to the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE blog and check out the other wonderful pieces that the design team members have posted in order to get your creative juices flowing?!  I think you will find their work AMAZING!!!
The challenge is so much fun and you could be the winner of a $50 credit voucher to shop at our wonderful SIMON SAYS STAMP STORE! could also be recognized for your outstanding work by receiving the coveted Simon Says Stamp Top Three Award!
I hope to see your work on the challenge!  Take time to play....IT'S SOUL FOOD!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Surprise!  Look what Sonya from Counting My Blessings gave me!

It's taken me a few days to post this because A) I was out of town and  B) I had a hard time deciding who to pass this honor on to!  I had to pick SEVEN blogs...just seven!  Anyway, thank you so much to Sonya for this award!  It's nice to be recognized...especially by people like Sonya.  I met her through blogging and she is a true lady... she is also having a big giveaway tomorrow.  I have that blinkie posted on my blog.  Go check her blog and her work out.  You won't be disappointed!

Here are the Stylish Blogger Awarrd Rules:

1.  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2.  You share 7 things about yourself.
3.  Award 7 recently discovered new blogs and contact them to let them know they've been awarded.
(Some of these may not be "New" blogs but they are fairly new to me. I just love and respect their work).

Here Are 7 Things About Me:

1.  I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have been married for 35 years.  Bet you don't run into THAT everyday!
2.  We have two children and four them all to pieces!
3.  I was on a dance team in high school...used to LOVE to dance!!
4.  I don't like sushi....for me, it's like eating bait.  But then, I'm not a huge seafood person.
5.  I LOVE to go "junkin' ".  If I can find some vintage laces or stuff that I can work into my art, I am a HAPPY girl!
6.  I hate Math! I hate measuring.  If it's close enough..I'm good with that!
7.  I watch some reality shows (if you can really call them that) like Surviror, Amazing Race, Big Brother, etc.  I find how humans interact with each other on those shows fascinating!  
Now for my SEVEN blog picks to honor with this award:


I hope you will check out these wonderful blogs and the amazing work these talented ladies do!  Have a wonderful rest of the week!
<3 Candy

Monday, March 7, 2011

A LITTLE METAL ANYONE?? THIS is my first challenge piece since being added to the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW DESIGN TEAM....SOME METAL!  I LOVE METAL!!  It adds so much to a piece!  I was in a vintage steampunkish kind of mood when I created this dress form...but I like it!  :)  I love all the detail that little metal pieces add.
You will probably recognize a lot of the metal.  It's part of Tim Holtz' Ideaology line.  I started with a paper mache dress form that I covered in a text and butterfly tissue paper.  I used Multi Matte Medium to adhere the tissue to the dress form.  Then I lightly distressed it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added some Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls for a little "metal-ly" shimmer. (Is that a word?)
 Next I fashioned the "skirt" out of five birdcages from Tim Holtz' bird cage die.  I used Tim's "rusted enamel" technique from his Compendium of Curiosities book to colorize the skirt.  Tumbled Glass is the base color and Walnut Stain is the darker "rusted" color.  I wired all of the birdcages together, formed the skirt and slipped it into place.  Next I embellished the skirt with metal chain hanging from panel to panel.  I fashioned flowers using the smallest flower from Tim's Tattered Flowers die, and pieces from Tim's Foliage Ideaology set.  Those flowers are at the top of the skirt and on the shoulders.  I then used the holes in the bottom of the birdcage die cut to hang more metal pieces all the way around the skirt.  I finished off the skirt by adding some Maya Road Small Organza Ribbon Roses sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mists Perfect Copper.  Those sweet little roses are also the center of the flowers on the shoulders.
I added some vintage lace to the neck, at the shoulders to make sleeves on the bodice and at the waist of the skirt.  A green sash accents the waistline.  I added my own "attic flower" to compliment the vintage laces.  Hmmm...I think a Trinket Pin is in order on the attic flower.  Yep...just the right touch of metal!  I finished off the bodice with an antique copper butterfly.  I dangled a Vintaj clock from the bottom of the butterfly and added some chain to the top of the wings.  I attached the butterfly on the back side of the dress form by the chain and covered where it is attached with copper metallic wings. 
Recognize the wings?  They are part of Tim Holtz' Grungeboard Elements Collection.  I embossed a piece of a copper sheet with Tim's Damask Texture Folder.  Then I cut it out to fit the wings.  I used Ranger's 1/4" Wonder Tape (double sided tape) to attach the sheet metal to the Grungeboard wings.  I used a metallic copper paint to color the back of the wings.
On the back side of the wings, I added a vintage lace motif and added Tim's Time Piece and Game Spinners from his Ideaology line. 
The pedestal is two pieces of wood that I painted metallic antique brass (which really looks more like copper).  I added metallic flowers in between the two pieces by using silver and copper metal Tattered Flowers and embossing them with the Damask Texture Folder.  I layered silver-copper-silver and then bent the petals up for added interest.  I think mixing metal finishes can look really neat and not quite so "planned or thought out".
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Checkout the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog and see the other design team member's creations.  These gals ROCK!!  Better yet...take part in the challenge and take some time to PLAY
~ It's SOUL FOOD!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Official! I'm a member of Simon Says Stamp and Show Design Team!!

I am so excited and happy that I am a member of the Simon Says Stamp And Show Design Team!  I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming! 
I want to sincerely thank everyone at Simon Says Stamp and Show for having selected me for this wonderful honor and opportunity! 
I have met so many amazingly talented people through the Simon Says Stamp And Show blog and their really fun weekly challenges.  I look forward to creating weekly themed challenge pieces and sharing ideas with everyone!  If you've not participated in the challenges, I encourage you to jump on in! They are a lot of fun and very inspiring!  The themes are very broad and easy to work with!  There are always good prizes you have the opportunity to win...AND...selected artists are recognized each week for the quality of their submitted work!  So, come join us!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I am SO EXCITED to be invited as a guest teacher at For Keeps Sake in St. Louis, Missouri!!  I met several of the For Keeps Sake ladies when they came to Springfield in December to take my "Vintage Christmas Book" class.  We became fast friends! Talk about some very talented women who are passionate about paper crafting, their store and the products they carry for their customers!
When they asked me to guest teach at their WONDERFUL store, I was so honored!  I immediately said "YES!" before they could change their minds!  (smile)
My debut at For Keeps Sake will be the weekend of Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th.  
Saturday's workshop will feature the "CONFIGURATION OF YOUR IMAGINATION VINTAGE BIRD BOX" (see my previous post for a picture of this really fun project).

On Sunday, April 10th, the workshop will feature "THE VINTAGE BUNNY BOX".  
These classes are very different but promise to be lots of fun!  They are full of techniques and tips on the "how to's" of distressing, different ways to use products and using every day elements to make your creative work really unique. 
Check out For Keeps Sake's blog on the link above.  They have information for both classes and would be happy to get you enrolled.
If you live in the Springfield, Missouri area, I will be offering "The Vintage Bunny Box" class at Scrapbook Generation soon.  Keep watching my blog for a class date and time.