Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Do Not Disturb

If you live alone you can go to your studio when you want, even if it happens to be the dinner hour  for the rest of your time zone.  I have been told, however, that spouses, offspring, roommates, and even pets, can sometimes find ways to interrupt the creative flow.  So, everyone who shares their space with other life forms needs a DO NOT DISTURB sign.  Not that small children or furry creatures will be able to read it, but maybe they can be trained to recognize and obey it.  I'm probably dreaming, but even if the sign doesn't work exactly as planned, at least it is a very decorative hanging on a hook or doorknob.

All of which leads me to this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.  What did Simon say?  Show us.........hands.  I immediately thought of Tim's hand stamp, which somehow led me to thinking about Wendy's queen stamp (which has nothing to do with hands), and that made me think about the iconic image of finger over lips.  How to marry the two stamps and manipulate those fingers?   This is what I did:


The base is a plain piece of grungeboard, first covered with white pigment ink, allowed to completely dry, then colored with distress stains (peeled paint, faded jeans and broken china).  The scallop border, in brown stazon,  is a Wendy Vecchi stamp.  The words were computer generated.  The little dangly on the bottom is a stamp I picked up in a scrapbook store and have no idea who makes it.

As for the hand.....I just stamped the back with Tim's number background stamp so that when I bent the fingers there would be something on the visible side besides blank space.  As for how I got those fingers to stay in place:


Claudine Hellmuth's matte multi medium  +  alligator clips  +  patience = permanently bent fingers.




30 comments:

Nancy said...

LOVE this, Eileen!! What a great way to use Tim's hand stamp!!!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh I LOVE that door hanger!!!!! And the hand is AWESOME!!!!

Tammy D said...

This is one of the most cool things you've ever made. Unfortunately most spouses and especially children would think it was an invitation to enter! LOL

Candy C said...

Okay...THIS is stinkin' cool! I LOVE that idea and absolutely PERFECT for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week! Thanks for joining us! <3 Candy

SusanK said...

f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!

Nancy Lynn said...

This is one of my favorite pieces that you have done. I LOVE it. What a great use of the hand.

Patzee said...

You are very clever. This is a great sign! If you don't mind, I think I'll use "permanently bent" as my motto.

Jingle said...

This is so fabulous! I love it!!!

Vic said...

Perfect! I'd hang it on my back! LOL

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Ahh I love it!! What a neat door hang! You always have such cool ideas! : )

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Lisa said...

Love it! What a creative way to use the hand!

Anonymous said...

*picture perfect*
hugs, kylee

Lori Nowak - aka Mirror said...

Super brilliant!

Cindy-Up In Northern Michigan said...

Great creationo Eileen.

Marjie K said...

Fabulous!

Diann said...

What a totally awesome Do Not Disturb sign for our ARTHavens! I love the hand...how creative you are! Diann

Mary said...

This is great. What a cool use of the hand stamp. Thanks for a most creative idea.

PetraB said...

This is brilliant! What a fantastic idea for a door hanger!

Dorothy said...

OMG Eileen!! This is so awesome!!!!

Alicia said...

Oh Eileen HOW creative!!! This is just awesome girl!!! I LOVE how you did the hand! *hugs*

Bearcrazyman said...

Super cool. Love it.

Paper Squirrel said...

So cute! Love the use of the hand...and a functional piece of art as well!

Lori said...

This is so cool, Eileen. I totally love the hand idea. And it goes with that Wendy face stamp so well!

Sherry Goodloe said...

lovin' that dimensional hand - very cool Eileen . . . very cool.

Terry said...

Thank you for playing along with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show Eileen, with your wonderfull Doorhanger, love what you did with the Hand. Hugs Terry xxx

Gillian said...

Eileen, this is one fab project, the use of the hand is genius, love love love it.

Nancy Wethington said...

You did it again - another mini-masterpiece. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Alexandra said...

I love your shhhush sign, what a clever idea.

Wanda H said...

Eileen, this is totally awesome!!!!

Sue Young said...

Fabulous! What stamp did u use on the hand?