Sunday, January 22, 2012



This is a fun challenge because there are as many possibilities as there are song titles!  I am a huge Marilyn Monroe fan so this challenge was easy for me....


This is a 6x6 chipboard that I first coated with white Gesso, adding a little more on the right hand side of the chipboard.  Then I stamped into that heavier buildup of gesso on the right side with Tim Holtz' Large Harlequin Rubber Stamp.  After it dried, I mixed Claudine Hellmuth's Painterly Pink and Blank Canvas Studio Paints to create my nice soft "girly" pink background.  Then I took just a bit of the Painterly Pink on a paper towel and lightly blotted it all over the chipboard, creating the light and dark hues of the pink.  

When all of that was dry, I distressed the edges of the background using Black Soot Distress Ink.  I added definition to the diamond shapes of the harlequin pattern using Glam Pink and Star Dust Stickles.  I filled in rows of harlequins (using my finger to apply the color) with the Glam Pink and then outlined the diamond shapes with Star Dust.  Then I laid that to the side and the real fun began!!  Marilyn....

Marilyn began with the dress form from Tim Holtz' Sewing Room die cut.  I cut the dress form from Grungeboard and embossed it with Tim Holtz' Flourishes Texture Fade.  Then I painted the dress form with Charcoal Black Studio Paint. When dry, I gently (using my finger) swiped Painterly Pink over the high areas of the dress form, revealing the pattern and creating almost a brocade effect on the dress.  I added the sparkle on the pattern using Glam Pink Stickles.  I love that look!  

To complete Marilyns' dress, I added gathered pink tulle for the skirt and also the little ruffle at the bodice.  The lovely rose is one from Tim Holtz' Trimmings that is sprayed with my own concoction of Worn Lipstick Reinker/Forever Red Perfect Pearls/Water.  Then I topped the rose with some Star Dust Stickles for that extra pop and dropped a "diamond" in the center of the rose.  Finally, I added just a touch of the pink marabou behind Marilyn's shoulders.  Tim's simple dress form really looks different now!


Next, I needed a Marilyn head and some paper doll arms.  I found some online that were PERFECT!  So, I sized them and added them to my dress form (before I added the tulle ruffle at the bodice and the marabou).  Marilyn's head is pop dotted on top of the neck for more dimension. 

Notice the beautiful "diamond" waterfall earrings Marilyn is wearing?  Those are Star Dust Stickles!  The huge bling necklace and bracelet she's wearing is some old trim I found at a flea market.  Perfect!  Her ring is a clear dot from Hero Arts Gemstones

Next I added the crystal flourishes to the background before I added the song title.

"Diamonds" is from Tim Holtz' Ransom Alpha Parts.  I brushed the top of the black letters with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber.  Then I added Star Dust Stickles to make them sparkle as if they were diamond studded letters.  I dotted the "i" with another of the big diamonds from my flea market trim.  The rest of the letters were computer generated and then matted on black cardstock.

Just think of the endless possibilities of using a SONG TITLE as a theme!  Check out the TRULY AMAZING, JAW DROPPING CREATIONS that my Design Team buddies at SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE have for your viewing pleasure this week!!!  Then start getting ink and join the fun!  Post your artful creation to our blog and you could be the lucky winner of our weekly random drawing for a ....

If your entry is chosen as one of the TOP THREE projects for the week, you will receive our TOP THREE BLINKIE for your blog!  I can't wait to see what you come up with for this fun theme!



  1. this is such Fun!!!! I love it, Debi x

  2. Absolutely fabulous dahhlink... hey, I said that with my best Marilyn voice! I went to a fancy dress party once as Marilyn, she truly is one of those style icons who will always be a part of our memories... Candy, you keep making the most totes-amazeballs art.. go you!!! xx

  3. I Just LOVE Marilyn, she is the best!! Love your tribute to her......a iconic piece of art!



  4. Fabulous fun piece Candy, I love how you added extra texture with a thicker layer of Gesso on the right hand side, very dimensional. Love Marilyn's dress too, the brocade effect is wonderful and I love her DIAMONDS. Wonderful piece and perfect for your song choice. Tracy x

  5. This definitely made me smile! What a great image to pair with this song title . . . and all that bling! What's not to love!

  6. Wow Candy! You never cease to amaze me with your fantastic projects! I soo enjoyed reading about your process and am still in awe of how you created this fabulous altered Marilyn from a simple dress form. Thanks for all the tips and tricks and most importantly the inspiration! I think Star dust stickles are going to be this girls new best friend :)

  7. OMG, I totally love coming here and seeing what you have cooked up next. You are so unique with your fertile imagination coupled with your amazing knowledge of techniques - what a powerful combination! I love everything here (and as always, thanks for the step-by-step), but what I love best is Marilyn! What you did with the dress form is truly amazing. This is just an absolutely cool piece of art.

    Wishing you a fabulous week!


  8. Oh what fun! Marilyn never looked so good before.

  9. Loving how you used the dress form, brilliant. A true tribute to Marilyn. x

  10. What a fun and fab project, Candy!! I really love how you played up the tulle for the dress and the diamond flourishes are perfect!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. FAB-U-LOUS!!! I love it!!! So unique and fun!!! Loved the movie too...brings back memories!

  12. what a fabulous card! I love the pink, sparkles, and bling...and Marilyn sits quite well with it! beautiful!

  13. Oh my goodness Candy!! Love your Marilyn!! She looks like she's ready to party! Have a super week!

  14. I'm loving the pink, glam and glitter look! She's looking very Hollywood and oh so sassy! The tulle and diamonds look fabulous - very creative and a real smiler of a piece.

  15. Holy Moley! She's awesome, Candy. Love the dress and the earrings... amazing details!

  16. Now THAT's what I call a song title card. Just brilliant!!

  17. Lol Candy, love your pink/glam DT project, great song choice and your project is bling-fan-tastic! xx

  18. hahahahahahaahha Too Funny!! Love it!
    hugs Lynn

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