Monday, May 16, 2011


Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!  

I have got to say that our last challenge was so much fun and even with the Blogger mess, we had the best participation since the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE began!  Over 300!!!!  So...a huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined in the fun of creating "Anything Goes" last week!  There were some AMAZING entries...just totally blew me away!  It's so much fun to be everyone's interpretation of the same theme...we had everything from cards to altered clocks!  You guys are so inspiring!!!

Are you ready for this weeks challenge?  It's .... AN OLD WIVES' TALE!

When I saw this theme, I immediately was 5 or 6 years old again, hearing my Mother tell me not to cross my eyes.  Why do kids do that?  Anyway...can you finish this old wives' tale?

That's right....Don't cross your eyes!  They will stick like that!  

I started this project with a 5x7 stretch canvas that I coated with Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Multi Medium.  Next I created an interesting background (also taught by Claudine Hellmuth) by applying Matte Multi Medium to text pages out of an old book and letting them dry.  Once dry, I took several pieces of masking tape and attached and burnished them to the text in various places. Then I pulled off the tape, creating layers of texture and text.  Next I used Claudine's Studio Dab of Yellow and Classic Teal paints to create a vibrant background that went from bright yellow and teal to blended green tones.

After that dried, I used the Matte Multi Medium to create a haunting transfer of a man's face from a black and white inkjet printed image.  Then I stamped a vintage eye chart on the right side of the canvas from Tim Holtz' Oddities Stamp Set.  

Next I dusted a combination of Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls and a touch of Blue Patina Perfect Pearls to create that special little shimmer.  

I found the vintage image of the cross eyed boy, sized him, printed him on semi gloss photo paper and cut him out.  I inked his edges with Chestnut Roan and Black Sepia cats eye ink pads.  Then I glued him in place. 

Finally, I decided to add two optical lenses to the canvas to look resemble glasses on the haunting man's face.  I thought they were the perfect touch.  Then I typed and sized "DON'T CROSS YOUR EYES...THEY WILL STICK LIKE THAT" on my computer using "Vintage Typewriter" as my font.  I cut the words out separately, inked around the edges of each and glued them in place.

So there you have take on an "Old Wives' Tale"!  

Now go to Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge and check out the amazing samples and projects that my very talented and creative Design Teammates have for you.  Then get your creative juices flowing and bring your favorite old wives' tale to life!  Post it to our blog. 

YOU could be the lucky winner of our generous sponsor's gift of a $50.00 credit voucher to Simon Says Stamp!  If your creation is chosen as one of the TOP will be awarded with our coveted BLINKIE to proudly display on your blog!  So, what are you waiting for?

Also...did you SEE Tim Holtz' new lines of finished goods he introduced last weekend in New York?  They are called DISTRICT MARKET.  If you've not seen them, hop over to his blog and check them out.  They are really cool and I'm quite sure I'll be owning them as soon as they hit the market!  After all, it IS TIM!!!



  1. Ha! That is pretty cool. I remember my mom saying the same thing. Good thing it wasn't true.

  2. HI Candy,

    I thought it was great fun too - I was actually glad to have a theme again! So many to choose from. I love your quirky canvas and can see a touch of collage a la Claudine creeping in. Love the effects and your creative fun feeling...

  3. Candy this is so much fun!! I just love all the elements the green the quote, great woderful work always xx
    hugs xx

  4. Hi Candy,
    I love this canvas! I love the background images you used and the lens are genious. The little boy is perfect. I remember my mom saying this to me too! LOL!
    Yes, I did see T!m Holtz new line-I can NOT wait for it to come out! I will definitely be ordering these products!
    Thanks for sharing your "Old Wives Tale" creation, it is fabulous!
    <3 Sonya

  5. I was absolutely blown away by this - so much to look at and "hidden" details - fabulous.

  6. CANDY.....just HOW FANTABULOUS is your canvas....well I say....VERY!!! LOVE every little thing about it!!

  7. Candy this is BEAUTIFUL!! I love the glasses and that the boy is crossing his eyes!! lol Hope you have a great week!! Can't wait to see what you bring to the table then too : )


  8. Very creative piece, can't believe you managed to find such a perfect image. Love the use of the optical lenses, lovely idea. Gorgeous bckground too, works beautifully with your images. Tracy x

  9. What a fun canvas candy! I love the greens and the little guy is perfect for it!

  10. ha ha ha, this saying certainly is bringing back my childhood. Great canvas piece. Your work is always inspiring!

  11. Fabulous canvas Candy.
    Sandra x

  12. A Fabulous canvas!!! Every detail is just perfect and I love your background!!!!

  13. Awesome interpretation Candy, love the canvas, those colors are fab! That pic is so cute!

  14. Fabulous piece, Candi! Love this canvas.

  15. Oh my gosh, Candy, this is so clever and cute at the same time. I can't believe you found a vintage image of a little boy crossing his eyes! Love all the different techniques you used on that canvas. Thanks so much for the descriptions of what you did. I get such wonderful ideas every time I come here. Love the colors you used to - just makes the whole thing stand out.

    Hope you are having a great week!


  16. Spectacular!!! thanks for sharing.

  17. Awesome work! I love the embellies!!

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  18. Hey Candy, another fab DT creation, love the Matte Medium transfer and the image is hilarious, gorgeous work as always, still rocking girl. x

  19. Fantastic piece, I love the background and the optical lenses!


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