Thursday, January 27, 2011

Child's play

The theme for this week's challenge on the Simon Says Stamp & Show blog is to show a childhood memory.  I thought long and hard and tried out various ideas in my head but none were satisfying my inner self.  Then it dawned on me that I was making this much harder than it should be. 

One of my favorite memories as a young child was sitting down with a container filled with paper, fabric scraps, glue, tape, scissors, needle & thread, snippets of lace, buttons, etc....whatever might be left over from a handsewn garment (thank you mom and grandma!) or a school project.  In other words, creating something from what was on running to the store or going on-line for that special embellishment, paper or die.

I started out with a 5" chipboard circle, taken from a ring of 'pages' that were in the $1 bin at Michaels.  From there I added beads, Sizzix Swirly Heart die, Ranger Distress Inks, Ranger Acrylic Paints, Tim Holtz tissue tape, Prima flowers, soda can (butterfly), Wendy Vecchi background text stamp, Sharpies, paper, vellum, Distress embossing powders, Ritz cracker wax liner (flowers and leaves), Ranger Archival inks, vintage buttons and snaps, air dry clay flower and heart, grungeboard letters, coffee-stained tag, white heart-shaped lace stained with Ranger Colorwash, Tim Holtz Bingo embossing folder and Martha Stewart fern punch pieces.  Whew!  I feel as content with it as I would have as a child. 
I've proven to myself that I don't have to have all the new toys, bells and whistles to make art...but it sure is fun adding a few here and there!  Hope you're enjoing the sneak peaks that are coming out of CHA - wow!


  1. Hiya Susan, thank you for sharing your childhood memory with the DT of Simon Says Stamp and Show, love the colors and the little detaills that you have used. Hugs Terry xxxx

  2. Really great use of everything on hand, Susan! Looks lovely, and I never would have guessed the Ritz cracker liner, brilliant!

  3. wow what great art and to think it all came from scraps. Now that is tallent.

    love your art.

  4. Susan....what a wonderful take on this challenge...and a JOB WELL DONE!!

    Thank you for joining along with Simon Says Stamp and Show and the teamies!!!

  5. Love this, Susan! And I remember, too, sitting down with what was on hand & creating - great memories!