Challenge: Quotable

I have been SO quiet the last week – it’s been busy, then we all got sick… but I think we’re on the mend and you should expect to see a LOT more creative posting from me this week. I’m so glad! Let’s kick it off with this week’s Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge: Quotable.  Visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as usual.

The show Heroes (the first season only) has been strongly recommended to me over the years and I decided to check it out. I can tell you it is AMAZING – such a powerful story and so many really positive messages and things to think on. At one point my favorite hero in training is getting frustrated and wanting to have his power under control and generally just really wanting to be at the good part. His friend says this to him, and I felt like it was a really powerful message that I wanted to have up on my wall.

Supplies used:


Background how-to:

1. Color Tim Holtz Burlap panel with distress paint – be random and mix it up! Allow to fully dry

2. Splash with alcohol ink and blending solution, again allow to fully dry

3. Stamp (black archival ink) gears

4. Stamp (gold paint) wire background stamp


Gentleman how-to:

1. Stamp (black archival ink) the gentleman on specialty stamping paper. Mount onto grungeboard with double sided tape sheet and cut out.

2. Color with distress markers, then blend with a water brush

3. Mount onto canvas background
My quote was printed out onto cardstock, then edged with brown distress paint and is the finishing touch on this small canvas. I love the results – and the reminder that this gentleman gives me to stay my course and keep on working towards all my goals.

Happy Crafting!

16 thoughts on “Challenge: Quotable”

  1. Gorgeous canvas May! Love the gentleman and the background is just stunning. We are watching the first series of Heroes again right now and saw that episode just the other day. I hope you feel better soon!

  2. The burlap panel works fabulously with your background and the wonderful image from Tim, I need that one I think lol. Your background is particularly eye catching, draws you into the canvas. A very powerful quote too. Tracy x x

  3. Very cool canvas, May. I like how you’ve painted on the background and then topped it with alcohol ink. Clever. I also like the gears and honeycomb stamping in the background. Love the sentiment! Glad you’re starting to feel better. <3 Candy

  4. Love the quote. I may have to lift it when creating pages for my kids. I love to string perseverance ideas and quotes throughout their personal albums.

  5. Fabulous burlap panel, May! Love the grungyness of it! Love that stamp set and what a great sentiment! Hugs, Sandra

  6. Glad to hear you & the fam are on the mend, May! 🙂

    I love the flecks of gold in this project and the background layering is fab!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Brilliant canvas! The background turned out perfectly and I just love this guy anyway. The coloring of him is gorgeous. Absolutely love this piece. Suzanne

  8. This background is so cool! I truly love the unique combinations you use to create such wonderful stamped pieces of art.

  9. Fantastic Texture and effect on the canvas and the sentiment along with the image is perfect!

  10. WOW May!!! You do canvas work fabulously! This piece is rich! I love the dark color and touches of gold, and this gentleman and quote is fabulous! Gorgeous piece!

  11. May! This card is fantastic! It made we want to buy that Tim Holtz stamp IMMEDIATELY! And what you did to that canvas! Wow! Lucky canvas! It looks amazing! Thanks for always inspiring us as readers with both your words and your art. This is my first “official” comment, but I am always stopping by to see what incredible things you’re doing.

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