Sunday, September 25, 2011


Hello bloggers!  It's another Monday and time for a new Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!  Let's hear it for the boys!!  This week's challenge is all about THE MEN!  
Now, the challenge is NOT for "MEN ONLY"...but the challenge pieces need to be masculine.
When I started thinking about what to do for a "MEN ONLY" piece, the first thing that popped into my head was that old song from The Judds; "Grandpa, Tell Me 'Bout The Good Ol' Days". (Sorry if that song will be in your head all day now!)  I couldn't shake it so, that was my inspiration for this frame; honoring my Grandfathers.
This is a simple wooden frame that I bought for $1.  It measures 8 x 8 inches.  I painted the frame with Raw Umber Acrylic Paint and let it dry.  Then I covered it with a background paper from the fabulous Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman paper collection.  I sanded the edges and distressed them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I wanted to do something different with this frame, so I added a pouch made out of Hero Arts Kraft Paper  (that has been distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink) so that I could put extra pictures and whatever other little "treasures" I wanted to in it.  I just made up the pattern.  It's a simple little pouch that measures 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I scored a 1/4" space in the center of the bottom and folded it.  I rounded the corners with a Fiskars Round N Round Corner Punch.  Next I cut two small pieces of kraft paper, 2 1/2 high x 2 inches wide.  I scored the paper every 1/4" using my Martha Stewart Score Board (love this thing!).  Then I folded it into an accordian and attached one to each inside of my little pouch folder using 1/4" Wonder Tape.  I glued the pouch in place.  (It hangs over the one side of the frame but that was intentional.)  Then I fashioned a strap out of another piece of distressed kraft paper.  I started with a piece of paper that was 1 1/2" wide x 9 inches long.  I scored it at 1/4" and at 1".  Then I folded under the two sides and secured them with Wonder tape.  I used my corner rounder to round off the bottom of the strap.  I distressed the edges of the strap using Black Soot Distress Ink and then I lightly (using my index finger) rubbed Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls powder on the strap to give it just a hint of a shimmer.  I used my Crop-A-Dile (on the largest hole setting) to punch three holes and then affix Antique Gold Grommets that came with the Crop-A-Dile.  I adhered the top of the strap to the top of the frame.  Finally, I attached one set of small round adhesive backed Velcro underneath the strap.  The strap is not only decorative but functional.  The velcro holds my little "treasures" in place in the pouch.  (By the way, the pocket holds pictures of both my husband's and my Grandfathers and my father's military service cards.)
Next, using Plain Grungeboard, I cut out different size gears from Tim Holtz' Gadget Gears die.  I also cut out a few from Tim Holtz' Mini Gadget Gears die.  I even ran a few of them through my Vagabond using Tim Holtz' Collage Texture Fade.  Then I pounced them with Gold and Silver Paint Dabbers for that rough metal effect.  To really scuff them up, I scratched a few of them using my Tim Holtz'  Craft Scratcher Tool before further distressing them with Black Soot Distress Ink.
I cut some clock faces from the Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman paper collection, inked the edges with Black Soot and then covered the clock faces with Crackle Accents for a really vintage feel.  After they were dry, I glued them onto the gears and set them aside until I figured out how to place them.

Using a vintage image of a little boy, some Clear UTEE, my Melting Pot and a round cookie cutter, I created this little "medallion" to place on my frame.  Simply grease the inside of a cookie cutter with a liquid embossing ink (to coat the surface and prevent sticking).  Lay the cookie cutter over the image.  Pour the melted clear UTEE into the cookie cutter...just enough to the thickness you want.  It doesn't take much!  Let it set for a few minutes and the remove the cookie cutter.  Pull away the paper underneath and you have your vintage medallion.  I glued it onto one of the die cut gears and set it to the side.

I wanted to use an image of a man on my frame and found the perfect one on yet another sheet of the Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman paper collection.  I cut him out, inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I decided to hang a smaller clock on his hand and have a chain coming from the top of the clock to his pocket, reminiscent of a vintage pocket watch.  He's a great image but he looked a bit small in comparison to all of the "manly" gears.  So, I stacked two of the coordinating papers from the collection and made a large rosette to put behind him.  By stacking the papers, I mean that I cut two strips from Tim Holtz' Flower Strip Paper Rosette die cut.  I had one of the strips about 1/4" beyond the first strip and taped them into place using regular scotch tape.  (That hold the papers in place and also strengthens the pierced folds).  I glued the rosette together using Glossy Accents and let it dry.  Then I distressed it with Black Soot and finally edged it with Platinum favorite Stickles for vintage work.

Finally, it was time to make the very thing that I first envisioned when I started this frame.  I cut pennants from Tim Holtz' Pennants On the Edge die cut and covered them with a coordinating paper from Proper Gentleman.  (I left a small tab on the top of the pennants so that I could fold the paper over the black cording I used to join the pennants and then glue the paper tab in place on the back side of the pennant).  The letters are Tim Holtz' Vintage Market die cut onto cream cardstock and distressed with Platinum Stickles.  Finally, I made a small banner on my computer that says "tell me 'bout the good old days" and printed it out on white cardstock then distressed it with Vintage Photo and Black Soot.  I laid everything out, glued it all into place and now I have a new frame.  The picture in the center....that dapper fellow is my father's father when he was a young man.
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  1. Wow! This is stunning creation Candy! I love all the details! Fabulous!

  2. Hey there my amazing teamie, wowwwwzerssss well you allready know that I just love your creation, every little detaill my goodness is just great. Love the pouch with all the stuff in it. It is just fabulous AS ALLWAYS. Hugs Terry xxxx

  3. FAB-you-lous as usual! So much detail in just one piece. LOVE the pouch idea. Going to have to try that one!

  4. What a fabulous way to honour your Grandfathers Candy, I love the papers you used especially the creative way you used the Kraft to create your pouch . You are so clever how you just make up your patterns. Love the image with added UTEE and the rosette is the perfect touch. Tracy x

  5. OMW...soooo many amazing details in one place...and how cute is the pocket idea!! You are just a creative star!!

  6. Ooooooh, this is a beauty! I love how you handled the sizing issue by using the rosette to balance things out. And the pics with the crackle inside the gears? Stunning! Love the whole piece. What a fabulous tribute.

  7. Another fabulous and inspiring piece of crafting Candy. Especially love the pouch, such a fab idea. x

  8. Another absolutely fantastic project. So many wonderful elements, but my favorites are the pouch (you are brilliant) and especially that UTEE medallion. Thanks for sharing how you made it. I was just thinking that I hadn't had my melting pot out in awhile - so you have inspired me to get busy with it! As always, thanks for providing us with amazing eye candy!

    Hope you have a great week.


  9. Another stunner, Candy! I just ADORE this!

  10. Another beauty Candy! I just love the little guy peeking out from behind the gear! Adorable!

  11. Candy this is soooooo Awesome!! Love it all......another super fantastic make, you rock!!


  12. This is fabulous. I love all the little details, like the little boy peeping from behind the strap. I really NEED some of those Graphic 45 papers LOL! Well done x

  13. Wow! What a super cool man project, Candy! I'm especially loving the leather belt piece accent and the pocket watches!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. It's a wonderful piece of art! I really love it!

  15. This is such a vintage beauty Candy and I love all images and wonderful detail. The texture of the pouch is just yummy and such a creatively fab idea. Love it!

  16. Candy Candy Candy.....this is a wonderful creation!


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