Sunday, March 3, 2013


Welcome to my blog. Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that my Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge piece will inspire you to take some time for yourself this week and lose yourself in some sort of creative project.  Maybe it will even have to do with our theme this week ...


For some reason, one of the first things that popped into my head when I saw this numbers challenge was house numbers.  So, I decided to pull a bunch of Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts and have myself a good old time creating a wall hanging key holder using several of Wendy's wonderful pieces. 

 I started out by coating all of the pieces with Snow Cap Adirondak Lights pigment ink so that I would have a lighter palette of colors. 

 Since I am making a key holder for house and other important keys, I thought it appropriate to use some of Wendy Vecchi Residences Art Parts for my holder.  Here, I covered a house with manila cardstock and then repeatedly stamped small numbers from Wendy Vecchi's Dimensional Rose Art stamp set.  These are stamped with Jet Black Archival and the house is distressed with Wild Honey followed by Gathered Twig and Black Soot Distress Inks on the edges.  Since the theme is "numbers", I thought these little numbers made a great background.  But, as I continued to layer things on top of this little house, I thought  there were too many numbers and you will see later how I rectified that in my final piece.

 The base that I used on this piece is Wendy Vecchi's Film Strip Art Parts.  I slid the backing piece up so that the bottom film strip" holes would not be blocked with the Art Part Backing.  That way, I can hang keys from the little clip pins that I have attached in the holes.  But, that left about an inch of flat board at the top of my piece.  I stained the Snow Capped background with Broken China and distressed it with Gathered Twigs.  Then I added these little checkered Art Parts Stars from Wendy's Borders and Bottles set.  I inked them with Scattered Straw and then stamped the small checkerboard stamp from Nature's Art in Jet Black Archival.  The round numbers are from Tim Holtz' Little Labels stamp set.  They are heat embossed onto white cardstock using Black Embossing Powder.  Then I edged the circles with Gold Paint Dabber and pop dotted them into place on top of the stars.

Next across the top of the film strip Art Parts, there was another set of the film strip holes.  I decided to die some ribbon using Scattered Straw and Barn Door.  Then I stamped a series of numbers using Jet Black Archival onto the ribbon and wove it through the filmstrip holes.

I painted HAPPY HOME in a Pitch Paint Dabber from Wendy's new Art Parts Words For Art and glued them in place.  I really like the way the top worked out...lots and lots of numbers!

Speaking of numbers, I decided to use Tim's Mini Numerals on the front of the little Residences house that I have covered in paper.  So I first covered all of the numbers with a White Paint Dabber and let them dry.  Then I smeared Red Pepper Paint Dabber on top of the numerals and heat set that.  Next, I embossed all of the numbers with Clear Embossing Powder to give them an enamel look.  I ended up not using the big "6" but I will use it on another project!

I added a keyhole from Wendy's Doorplates and Keys.  I covered the keyhole in her Silver Embossing Paste and then aged it with a touch of Gold Paint Dabber rubbed over the rough areas.  I then added one of her dimensional Red Trinkets Blossom Bucket Hearts over the round hole in at the top of the keyhole. You will see that in the next picture.

Here is the final house, complete with a shabby chic washed door (Wendy's Blossom Bucket Door With Window-backed the window in the door with black cardstock.)  I added a piece of kraft cardstock that was stamped with the cool stripe from Wendy's new Busy Making Art stamp set.  I die cut the edge using Tim Holtz' Brackets On The Edge die cut.  It is distressed with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot and glued onto the house. 

I added a key (finished the same way as the key hole) and an Art Parts Flower with another round numeral in the center of the flower.  Notice the background behind the flower?  That is my favorite new background stamp again...from Wendy's new Heirloom Art.  It is clear embossed with an Antique Linen base coat and distressed on top with Broken China.  The sides of the film strip Art Part are washed with Picket Fence and then randomly stamped with a script stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink.

Flowers need the sun to grow.  So, above the Arts Parts flower, brightly shines a vintage style sun.  The Art Parts are covered in Mustard Seed Distress Ink and stamped with Wendy's new coordinating stamp, Sunshine & Art.  I added the little black dashes.  The sun's cheeks are colored using colored pencil.

Numbers, numbers everywhere! Why not join us and create something fun using numbers and post it to our Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog?  You would be the lucky winner of our generous sponsor's 

$50.00 credit voucher.  You might also be recognized as one of our TOP THREE entries for the week!  So, stop by the blog and check out the amazing projects my talented Design Teammates have waiting for you then join in the fun!  Good Luck!

Here are the products available at Simon Says Stamp that I used in creating this project ~


  1. Fantastic, Candy!!! What a darling design!!!

  2. Be still my home loving heart!!! OH HOW I LOVE THIS!!! Every number, every detail, every Wendy bit! Love it all! Covering the key hole with paste? BRILLIANT!!! Ribbon through the holes? GENIUS! Love this!

  3. Amazing, Candy!!!I Love the houses with the numbers and stars,its georgus!!!

  4. Great make!! Love the theme and this is just brilliant inspiration!!

  5. Oh Candy, I do luuurve this piece!! Not only beautiful but functional too. Love all the Wendy Art Parts and Blossom Bucket pieces you have used and the key hole is brilliant. The red numbers are stunning with their embossed coating and love that you used your precious 1/2 one too. This is a beautiful and inspiring piece of art. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Hey Candy, inspired use of numbers and Art Parts. I love how,you used snow cap Adirondack to change your base colours slightly, lovely touch as is the numbered ribbon threaded through the Art Part. The stars are a great added touch and I love your use of colour. This is one fantastic dimensional numbered piece. Great thinking "house numbers". Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  7. Candy...
    I LOVE everything about this...
    every stinkin cool detail!

    I LOVE the colors...
    I LOVE the design...
    I LOVE your unique twist on the art parts film strip frame...


  8. Holy cow, Candy! This is such a cool make! It has so many of my favoutite things: houses,stars,numbers, that amazing sun, and art parts. The colours are fabulous and the layering both on the entire piece and on the house alone is delightful. I so enjoy your art. It's full of whimsy, sweet details, and inspiration galore.

  9. Fabulous! My favorite is that you took the chipboard and turned it on end. Clever use and the house and scene is just fantastic! Beautiful project!

  10. Such a clever key holder Candy! Great use of the art parts and love all the different numbers. The textured key with the flower on top look so great and I really like the colours you used.

  11. Awesome, my dear, truly awesome! You used my newest favorite background stamp of Wendy's - love it! And the key as a flower stem is thinking outside the box - very clever!

  12. Extremely creative and creatively brilliant! All of that! Love it!

  13. Wow, this is spectacular!!!! Turning the filmstrip art part is genius..I just smacked myself on the forehead..DUH! Turn the darn thing...turn it! lol.
    I so LOVE this!

  14. Mein Kompliment, liebe Candy, der Schlüsselhalter ist großartig geworden und auch sehr farbenfroh. Ich bewundere Ihre Gestaltung, die wie Emaille schimmernden Zahlen sowie Schloss und Schlüssel, ganz wunderbar!
    Liebe Grüße.

  15. Ohh Candy, another beautiful piece! It's amazing! Love all the numbers you've placed around the house! it looks like a really happy home! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Loving your beautiful creation Candy. Hugs Annette x

  17. Candy what a ab make , as always love how you have included so many numbers in so many cool ways hugs trace x

  18. Hi Candy,
    yout kayholder looks wonderful.
    I love all these numbers, the colors and the beautiful details like the flower, the sun and everything else.
    These art parts are great.
    Have a nice week.

    Anke x

  19. Clever creation, Candy!! I love the idea of house numbers and this came together so wonderfully! I love all of the dimension :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  20. So scrumptious in every detail.. the ribbon threaded through is such a fantastic touch! Love the homely, American Primitive feel of the whole thing - gorgeous!
    Alison x

    1. Totally fabulous in every way, Candy. Love the way you did the red numbers, especially!

  21. Wow!!!! Let me say that again - WOW!!!! I agree with Marjie completely - wonderful in every way!

  22. WOWOWOW That is breathtaking! I miss my words for that unique awesome masterpiece, I'm excited how you have that peaceful house designed and decorated! Really an incredible magnificent art work!
    xox Anja

  23. This card stood out from the rest of the design team cards for me - love the colors and the house. Wonderfully created!

  24. Amazing creation Candy I love all the elements but the floral key is genius.

    Hoping to play some work in progress.

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

  25. Wow, what a fantastic project! Your creations are always amazing and love to see what you are creating next.

    Wishing you a wonderful, art-filled week!
    Gaby xo

  26. Hey there sweetness, what a fabulous project you made with all those fabby numbers, love the colours and all the little detaills....what a happy home you have created, AWESOME and fabulous as allways, huge hugs terry xxxx

  27. Fabulous work and step by step Candy! Awesome project!

  28. Stunning and awesome objet d'art Candy!! I love it! Nicola x

  29. Aww Candy, you are so sweet, thank you so much!!! I'm really honoured to be picked this week :-) Now, what have we here?? Another fabby piece of work. I LOVE all those numbers. The house is fabulous, that stamping must have been a labour of love! I love the vintage Sun with the face and the crown on the roof. What a great piece to hang your keys from. Have a wonderful weekend. Maddy xxx

  30. Can't even begin to describe the many many things I love about this key holder ... It's just brilliant in all its bright beauty. Suzanne


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