Sunday, October 30, 2011


Happy Monday Everybody!!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Did you see the BIG NEWS over at SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW?   We are so excited to now have 1,000 FOLLOWERS!!!  Yippee and Ya-Hoowee!!   Thank you to everyone who is a follower...and if you're not one, why not sign up?  We'd love to have you on join us!  While you're signing up...check out the Design Team's creations for you this week!!!  They will knock your socks off!  This week's challenge theme....."A HOUSE".

I decided to make that plural and make a vintage shabby chic row houses triptych. 
(Isn't THAT a fancy word for a three paneled something or other?)

Because of the length of the triptych, it is hard to get a really good picture showing all of the detail.  You can click on the picture to get a larger image.

I began with three plain chipboard houses.  Each house measures 5 1/2" x 4".  Each of the houses features a different dimensional window.  The chipboard windows are from an Australian company, ScrapFX.  Aren't they awesome?  In each window is a beautiful little vintage girl from a collage sheet I purchased from Dezinaworld.  Love them!! 

The first house was sprayed with some Snow Cap Diorama Paint I found on a clearance aisle at a local craft store.  The fact that it looked like stucco fascinated me, so I bought it.  I sprayed it right onto the chipboard and let it dry.  I love the texture it gave!  Then I distressed my "stucco" house with Scattered Straw followed by Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Next I heat embossed a Tim Holtz flourish from his French Market set using Ranger's Antiquities Verdigris.  I love the variation in color and texture you get with this embossing powder.  I then distressed around the edges of the house with my new favorite Tim Holtz brown, Gathered Twigs.  

Next I added the dimensional window.  There are two pieces to this window.  I pounced Silver and Gold Paint Dabbers onto the chipboard window to create a weathered metallic look.  The under piece has what I thought could be a "curtain".  So, I first painted that area with a cream base and then went over it with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Then I masked it off and heat embossed a script design from Tim Holtz' Mini Ornates stamp set using Ranger's Queens Gold Embossing Powder.  I used a piece of scrap paper as my background for the window and placed the beautiful little vintage girl, longingly looking out the window.  A silver Ideaology Corner that has been lightly touched with some paint from a Juniper Paint Dabber (for a more patina look) is at the top of the window.  

Isn't she a lovely little girl, looking out of the window?

Next I added a Grungeboard fence using Tim Holtz' Iron Gate On The Edge Die Cut across the bottom of this house.  It was also pounced using a Silver and Gold Paint Dabber and patina-ed with a Juniper Paint Dabber.  

Finally, I made a little hanging basket out of silver wire and added some delicate vines and flowers using Flower Soft's Sweet Pea for the flowers and a mixture of Shamrock and Christmas Green for the greenery.  The basket is hung in place on the chimney of the house using an Ideaology Sprocket, a Charm Clip and a "bling" brad.

The second of the row houses features a large window with moveable shutters.  I love the detail on this window frame!!  (More about that in a minute.)  The base of this house is white watercolor paper that was colored with a mixture of Picket Fence Distress Stain and Claudine Hellmuth's Painterly Pink Studio Paint.  I distressed the edges of the house with Gathered Twigs.  Then I lightly spritzed the front with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.  Although it is mostly covered up, I stamped the house with the script text from Tim Holtz' Papillon stamp set using Sepia Archival Ink.  

A close up look at the Copper Paint added to the frame.

Next I added the dimensional window that was first inked with Gathered Twig.  Then I lightly brushed some Copper from a Paint Dabber onto the brown, using my finger.  I love the results of doing that.  The flower bough at the top of the window was also made with the Flower Soft products used on the first house.  However, making the bough was more detailed than making the hanging basket.  

First I fashioned the bough out of white wire.  Then I used Glossy Accents to glue the green Flower Soft particles onto the wire, making my leafy base.  I wanted the flowers to look more like bunches of lilac type hanging flowers, so instead of just adding some glue and sprinkling the flower particles on the greenery, I made individual bunches of flowers by gluing them onto white wires and then hot gluing them into the green bough.

The detail in the shutters of the window was done by heat embossing a design using Gold Embossing Powder on typing paper, then cut to fit the shutter and glued into place.  The shutters are held in place using medical tape that is colored with Gathered Twig Distress Ink.  The medical tape allows the shutters to open and close.  I love interactive, dimensional things!

Again, a lovely vintage girl is wistfully looking out of the window; up towards the Ideaology bird from Tim Holtz' Adornments that is making a nest in her chimney.  A copper Corner with some Juniper accents adorns the peak of this house.

The third and final row house is completely covered in various Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes that have been colored using Broken China and a touch of Scattered Straw Distress Inks.  The edges of this house are also inked with Gathered Twigs.  I used the larger of the Tim Holtz' Fabulous Flourishes to heat emboss the background of this house using Queen's Gold Embossing Powder.  There is also some gold heat embossed accents along some of the edges.  This house features an arched picture window that is colored using a Butterscotch Paint Dabber followed by heat embossing some Queens Gold Embossing Powder scattered on top.  Then I lightly added some Juniper paint.  

The window box is made from Grungeboard.  It is colored using the mixture of Painterly Pink and Picket Fence Distress Stain.  It is die cut using Tim Holtz' Plaque and Postage die for the top and bottom detail.  The hanging vines and flowers in the window box were made from the same Flower Soft products as the previous two houses.  

Since this window is not a dimensional window, I did the best I could to make it appear to be one.  I made a "curtain" out of a distressed piece of pink crepe paper and placed it behind the sweet vintage girl who is sitting at the window.  Then I pop dotted the window on top of the house and pop dotted the window box out even further to wrap around the window.  The peak of this house also has an antique gold Ideaology Corner that is lightly touched with Juniper paint.  There is also a little lion head door knocker to the right of the window that is holding a small metal key.  

The intricate ScrapFX Chipboard Gates have also been pounced with a silver and gold Paint Dabber and lightly touched with a Juniper Paint Dabber for that aged, worn and weathered shabby chic look.  The two gate handles (purchased at a local craft store) are an antique gold finish and also touched with Juniper paint for a patina look.       

The back of all the houses are covered in a scrap piece of Glitz Design paper that I had.  The "hinges" are actually one of Tim Holtz' Movers and Shapers Mini Labels that have been colored with the silver, gold and Juniper Paint Dabbers.

Houses....such fun!  Now it's YOUR turn to create something to do with houses and post it to SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE.  You could win a

How cool is THAT?!?!  And ... you could be selected as one of our TOP THREE entries and receive our coveted BLINKIE for your blog!  Good luck!  I can't wait to see what you create! 


  1. I tried to think of some different adjectives but WOW just seems to fit the bill. I love your dimensional houses. You amaze me the things you can make from Grungepaper and wire, your window box and hanging basket are awesome. Love the adorable images too which fit perfectly in each window. I am now going back for another look. An inspirational piece Candy. Tracy x x Oh by the way the Skull on my last piece on my blog was from 100 Proof Press. xxxx

  2. Seriously? How do you think of all those teeny things you add to your project. The hanging bird cage, the nest, the shutters, the window . . . your talent is amazing.

  3. Cor Blimey and THRICE (did you see what I did there lol)!!! This is over the top GORGEOUS Candy... what an amazing creation and so much detail on there too... I LOVE IT! Hope you have a lovely week hun XX

  4. oh my goodness, where to start! I love this triptych, that hanging basket is adorable, the bird in nest, plant boxes, gates, girls wow, such amazing detail!

  5. Wow OMG you are just amazing . This piece of art is gorgeous Candy the detail is unbelievable .I had to go back the second time to make sure I didn't miss anything .Thanks for sharing .

  6. I am TOTALLY blown away by your piece this week, Candy. You must have such a blast designing each and every tiny detail when you make things. I can just see you sitting there crafting, grinning from ear to ear in delight as things take shape under your talented fingers! At least I would be grinning like that if I could fashion the amazing embellishments you come up with. Again this week, you have managed to render me speechless with your attention to detail. I have to rank this as one of my absolute favorites of all your pieces. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

    Have a great week!


  7. Linda, wow wow wow !! What an amazing creation, I am knocked out by this incredible piece. You are a fantastic artist. Thanks for sending me the link. If you get time, i would really really love it if you would add it to the dezinaworld gallery its linked at the top beneath the banner.
    Hugs June xxxx

  8. Just so utterly lovely and beautiful in every way. The girls faces are divine and I am in awe of every detail, tone and flower! The ironwork gates are perfect and I love how the whole piece unfolds, stretches out and yet welcomes me in!

  9. WOW this looks so great! I love it. This shows so much creativity... You did an amazing job with this.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Love from The Netherlands,

  10. Hi Candy, thanks for your message, have a nice space, I'll follow.
    happy week.
    a hug.

  11. Oh my what a stunning piece, Candy! I love all of the elements but especially and loving all of the gorgeous flower accents along the windows with Flower Soft!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. The amount of ideas in this one piece is more than I will have in a lifetime, lol! I am in awe of your creative mind...each time I look at your work I feel inspired to the point of being speechless. Does that even make sense? LOVE every tiny detail - really incredible work, Candy!

  13. Oh wow Candy, you certainly knock my socks off with this amazing creation, so fabulous and love all the special details. Hugs Annette x

  14. Seriously? Amazing doesn't do it justice. I had to come back today after a quick peek on Monday so I could take it all in! You're incredibly creative, Candy. Love all the details. Each piece is a work of art on its own!

  15. I love this! The flower arrangements, window box and hanging basket are just brilliant, and all those little Tim Holtz embellishments are fabulous. I really like the use of the Tim Holtz on the edge die, and all the other bits & pieces. You've put so much thought into this & it's great. x

  16. This is totally amazing! Gorgeous and stunning is an understatement! Wow!!!
    Gail in Oklahoma

  17. Candy, your row of houses is outstanding!!! All the details and the wonderful images from Dezinaworld... it is all simply amazing and so much work!!! Total Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Such a gorgeous piece of art Candy!! Every little detail is stunning!! I feel your pain on the photographic limitations of large pieces of art...I think it's time the camera companies get on the ball and create a simple panoramic function for those of us not in the photography world :) TRuly love your work one stunner after another!!

  19. Wow Candy ! That must have taken forever, but, I bet you had fun with every second. It is stunning!
    Hugs, Chris

  20. The hanging wire basket is such a charming detail.

  21. WOW girl thios is FAB-U-LOUS!!!! You just got yourself a new follower!
    Hugs Lynn


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