Monday, May 2, 2011

A Lady's Hands

Here I am back again for another Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.  The challenge this week is to show us Something With Hands.  Probably many times we when first hear of a challenge, something just pops into our heads (and yes, sometimes I struggle too, coming up empty until the last moment).  That's how this challenge hit me.  Something with hands...all I could think of was a woman's hands and how strong and capable they are, but soft and gentle too like a lady's hands should be.  While poking around in an antique shop recently I came upon a bag of women's gloves.  Now I have to tell you, I am old enough to remember my mother wearing gloves back in the 50's.  Heck I even wore them to church which I was little. I saw the gloves before I read what our challenge was this week and when I started thinking about a woman's hands, I remembered the gloves and headed straight back to that store.  I also picked up a vintage pie tin (not a disposable aluminum one) at the same time, thinking I could make something out of it.  So I did.  I made this wall hanging.

I first covered the rim with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and rubbed a bit of Vintage Photo distress ink over it. Then I broke into my highly-prized stash of Melissa Frances vintage crepe paper.  I am having a wonderful time working with that stuff - so fun! I cut about a 3 inch wide strip of the white, ran a basting stitch down the middle, gathered it and then folded it along the stitch line so it was a double frill. Then glued it around the inside edge.  The circle chipboard piece I was working with  didn't quite fill the space, so I then created a single gathered ruffle of the blue.  That filled the gap.  The chipboard circle was covered with some Tim Holtz Paper Stash Vintage Shabby paper.  I was going for lots of ruffles and frills so had to run a circle of lace around it too.  The image is printed on cardstock edged with Vintage Photo distress Ink and then stitched to a piece of vintage muslin.  I mounted the vellum sentiment on scraps of muslin too.  A crinoline and paper flower tops off the upper portion.  I draped the sweet glove across the bottom, finished off with a stick pin and another handmade flower.  In the making of this piece, I also used plenty of Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte.

Okay, that's it for the details.  Now, I really want to know your opinion.  PLEASE don't say you like it if you don't.  I know you are all sweet and polite and want to say nice things about everyone's work.  If you like it, leave a comment.  If you don't, you can give me some constructive criticism or just don't leave a comment.  LOL - if I get no comments, I'll know that it didn't make the grade.
Now, please head over to Simon Says Stamp and Show to see what the rest of my more talented team mates whipped up to inspire you to Show Us Something With Hands. I hope you will join in our fun this week.  Who knows, you might just win the $50 random prize drawing for a trip to the Simon Says Stamp on-line store.   Our generous sponsor is giving one away again this week to one of our players.

That's it for me.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and will have a terrific week.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Cardarian said...

This plate is just sooo beautiful with all the detail - especially the glove and all the lace - lovely, lovely, lovely!

Irene said...

Morning Linda

Wow your wall hanging is beautiful and I mean beautiful. The lace and everything is perfect. Not like it!!!!!!!!! NO, Love it.


Margreet said...

what a breathtaking wall hanging, are such a creative artist!
xxx Margreet

Candy C said...

Hi Linda!! OMG...I love this piece!! All of the layers of tape, laces, etc all work together perfectly!! The glove is s great idea and the whole idea behind your piece...inspired! Love the colors, too!! XO. Candy

Lori said...

What can I say, you're the vintage layer Queen! lol! This is awesome, just gorgeous!

Esther said...

Wow, just so beautiful!!
What a creative idea!
Love the stick pin through the pretty glove!
You did a fantastic job!

marsha said...

Linda - how stunning! This is gorgeous - you put the "V" in vintage! I love your creativity, you are such an inspiration!

Christine said...

So gorgeous...

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Kathy Eddy said...

This is just stunning!

Beverly G said...

What's not to like about this wonderful piece of art? Those gloves go perfect with that image, and your sentiment(and this is with a TX accent,please forgive)the piece de resistance. Pretend you hear that in french ;-)

Cindy said...

I love this hanging. A couple of years ago a friend was cleaning out her great aunts attic and gave me 15 pairs of her gloves(and their packaging) I have thought of a couple of things to make, but this one is a must. Thank you for sharing. I love everything vintage and cherish all the keepsakes I have from my great grandparents and grandparents.
If you have a second, please stop by my blog and say hi. I have some pictures up of some of my treasures.

Unknown said...

Are you kidding me.. This is gorgeous.. I Looooove it.. To tell you the truth there are not many things that you create that I don't love.. Your have a certain style that I am crazy about.. And I'm not just blowing smoke up your back side.. Hee Hee.. I have come here many time for some inspiration..

Hugs, Linda

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

This is so lovely and feminine.

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Linda can I be truthful and say that I don't like this....I LOVE IT...this is yet another awesome creation, the image, glove, lace, it just all looks totally superb and very vintage which I adore. I have always been inspired by your beautiful work so much so that I have actually started using some fabric that was given to me and have tried making some of my own flowers, not very good at the moment but I am going to carry on trying them out, so thank you Linda for both inspiration and your creativity.
Lorraine x

Marie said...

I think this is a wonderful tribute to woman and LOVE how you captured the period of the gloves and how we used to wear them as you said. Your work is always so inspiring and you work things together so well. I am happy to have found you and your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.


Conniecrafter said...

It is absolutely Beautiful!!! Love the idea with the pie tin and the tap, great backdrop for this, the crepe paper is such pretty framing of your image and love the touch the glove gives to it, great dimension and pure vintage

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

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Jen said...

The plate is so beautiful! Great idea to use the gloves!! Thanks for the inspiration!

SusanLotus said...

I love your cards and that is not because I am polite, it´s because they are gorgeous! :D

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