Monday, May 2, 2011


Hello!  Time for a new SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE ...  "Show Something With Hands".  The first thing I thought of was a clock.  I love clocks.  They always remind me of time and when I think of time, I get nostalgic.  So, my creation for this week is very nostalgic for's a celebration of Four Generations of women in my family.
I chose a 7 Gypsies Librarie Drawer to make a very special memory box for my wall.  The photos used are family photos of my Great Grandmother, my maternal and paternal Grandmothers and my Mother.  They are all gone now but colorizing their photos makes them feel very "alive" to me.  I colorized the photos using  Distress Inks and Cut-N-Dry Pen Nibs.  There is also a picture of me as a toddler in a bluish dress.  I am the 4th Generation.  I remember that dress and it really was that color!

On the top left of the box, you will see "4 Generations".  The "4" is one of Tim Holtz' Ideaology Metal Numerals.  I made it look like chipped porcelain.  Then I added "Generations" to one of Tim's Ornate Plates.  I thought the sentiment I added across the top very appropriately tied together the "hands" challenge piece and the nostalgic theme of my memory box.
The clock face is from ScrapFX. I saw their line at Winter CHA and immediately was drawn to it.  I love their ornate clock face and array of hands.  I heat embossed the chipboard-ish clock face with a mix of Queens Gold, Copper and Antiquities Teal embossing powders.  The hands are heat embossed with Queens Gold and Copper.  The hands on the hands of the clock are from Tim Holtz' new Steampunk Stamp Set.  I stamped and reduced the size of them on my computer so that they would fit the clock hands.  Hands on hands, get it?  They are distressed with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  The center of the clock is a metal flower from Graphic 45's Metal Staples.  I heat embossed more Copper and Antiquities Teal on the antique gold petals.  Then I bent them to add more interest.  I also added the smallest flower from Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die cut and the smallest of the flowers from Tim Holtz' Foliage Ideaology to the clock's center.
The pocket watch is being held in place by a Santos Hand.  The watch is one of Tim Holtz' new Ideaology Pocket Watches.  I am IN LOVE with his pocket watch!  I made my own little collage to put inside.  It is a picture of my brother and I and I added the sentiment "A Brother Is A Friend Given By Nature".  There are small watch parts encapsulated in the pocket watch.  There are also small watch parts enclosed in the Tim Holtz Vial laying on it's side next to the pocket watch.  I wired some old watch parts to the top of the pocket watch and a piece of Tim Holt Link Chain runs from the top of the watch to an antique hook hanging on the side of the drawer by a Tim Holtz Curio Knob.
There are other little fun elements that are included in this very special memory box....doilies peeking out from behind pictures, a tattered flower with a small watch face as it's center, another old antique watch face up by the clock and the letters "FAMILY" nestled in front of the clock face.
I hope this inspires you to possibly pull out some old family photos and create a special memory box of your own!
Now, I encourage you to hop on over to SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE BLOG!  Our amazing Design Team has some wonderfully creative and inspiring samples of "Something With Hands" to share with you!  Surely they will get your artistic juices flowing!  Then link your creation to our blog!  You could be the winner of our wonderful sponsor's very generous gift of ... 
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  1. Oh my gosh, I love this!! I always say that, don't I? Well...I can't help it! This is so cool. I love everything about it. I'm sure your mom and grandmothers would have loved this piece. And you and your brother in the pocket watch-it's all just amazing...I can't stop looking at it!
    The hands on the hands! Fantastic! I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing your masterpieces...and you wonder why your at Ranger U!
    Simply Amazed,

  2. Hey CAndy

    How are you?? hope you have had the most amazing time, cannot wait to hear all about your time at RangerU
    Just love your design piece your clock is fab and i just adore the photos ....beautiful

    thanks for sharing


  3. OOOOooo, love this to bits Candy. I'm in love with that clock, really, really cool. All the elements here are just fantastic!

  4. This is a gorgeous tribute to the women in your family!

  5. Hi there, hope you had a wonderful time at Ranger U. Your creation is a wonderful nostalgic piece, love love the clock and hands and the Idea-ology pieces. Gorgeous images too. Tracy x

  6. Totally gorgeous piece! Love all the details and I appreciate you describing them. Hope you had a great time at Ranger U!

  7. Such a fabulous piece Candy and your details are just amazing!

  8. Hey there Candy, my amazing lucky teamie, I think you will be home from your utterly amazing experience with Ranger U ...I know you have had a fabulous time and you have learned lots to share with all of us. I know you know it allready but I gotta say it again, your Memorybox is AMAZING, so many detaills and lots to see, I love all the fab images and all of your elements that you have used. Only thing that I can see is YOUR ART PIECE IS AMAZING, just like you are and AMAZING person. Hugs Terry xxxx
    P.s. hope your home journey went just great. welcome home Candy...xxxx

  9. Oh wow Candy this is so very special, awesome work my friend. Annette x

  10. Oh Candy ... you truly are Inspirational, each week I visit and smile, smile, smile ... your art piece each week is truly amazing. I love how you have created this awesome generation piece, the clock with the hands is just genius, I love santo's hand caressing the pocket watch, you truly rock. x

  11. This is just such an awesome piece, Candy! Not only is it visually interesting and perfectly executed with all the yummy embellishments, but it is also a family treasure! It just doesn't get any better than this!

    Hope you are recovering from Ranger U! Have a great week.


  12. I love the embellishments and the papers are fantastic! Allow me to give you a ‘hand’ ;)

    Simon Says Stamp


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