Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pink Poinsettia Greetings-12 Tags of christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 4

Hello from balmy North Carolina (well it was when I started writing this post)! We've been having the craziest weather with temps and humidity that feels like August sandwiched between "jacket weather" days! Recently I had a warm, sunny day off and spent it mainly in the garden, cleaning up our very unproductive veggie garden and devastated perennial garden from our October storm. I rewarded my hard work with a little crafty time and finally came up with my week 4 card for Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style.

Please stop by The Funkie Junkie to see Linda's inspiring vintage Christmas tag, and check out the details of her challenge here.  It's a super fun challenge and the rewards are many! It is generously sponsored by Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where you will find an amazing inventory of the finest crafting products!  I have been struggling with this tag, because I knew immediately I would be making my version with pink poinsettia's--my favorite! I just didn't know how all the rest would come together, because I wanted to include the bit of plaid and the glitz Linda got with the Deco Sheets and foiling.

I picked up the gold and silver Deco Sheets earlier this year, and they have been sitting unopened at the top of my Tim Holtz Goodie Bin screaming at me to use them. I watched Tim's video to find the best way to color them, and in the end used Picked Raspberry Distress ink, the same color I used on my poinsettia. I used Worn Lipstick ink to lightly color my die cut panel (Tim Holtz Christmas Mixed MediaThinlits) and sentiment tag (Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits) and edged in Frayed Burlap for a vintage look. I colored the little holly leaves from the die cut "waste" with Mowed lawn and added green Stickles for sparkle. Linda mentioned how it was like a jigsaw puzzle putting the little leaves back into their assigned spots, but I found the most difficulty with getting the Stickles on these little pieces of paper! And my Biskit kitty got into them before they were dry!

Like Linda's beautiful fabric poinsettias, my Tattered Poinsettia (Tim Holtz die) was cut from crinoline. I spritzed with Goosebumps spray to act as a resist and when dry stained the layers with Distress stains in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, and Mowed Lawn and Crushed Olive Distress inks.  I highlighted the edges of the green leaves in Picked Raspberry ink. The center is a gem from my stash colored with Stickles in yellow and platinum. The Goosebumps didn't work so well to give good contrast to the stain (it worked well with Dylusions spray on my test piece), so I went back in with watered down white acrylic paint and my splatter brush.

The greeting is from Flonz Craft and is embossed in Ranger Silver Embossing Tinsel. I popped it up on adhesive foam tape over a plaid ribbon from my stash.

 Another card ticked off my list, and this one is going to be hand delivered to one of my local besties who adores pink and green. She lives a block away, and we met right after I had my boy/girl twins over 18 years ago. She saw my 6 ft. tall wooden storks a friend had erected in our yard, and she was expecting boy/girl twins herself. She brought over a tin of cookies and spent mornings with me to see how the "routine" was done. Eventually she baby sat for me while I took time to go to the gym in the early weeks. We've been best friends ever since. Our kids spent every holiday and birthday together and "helped" with our bi-annual yard sales until they hit high school, but now they've all gone in their own directions.

Most of the products I used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

I'm sharing my card with the following challenges:

Thank you for your visit today and for your lovely comments! they are appreciated even more during this busy month!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holly Jolly Christmas-Winter Wishes at Emerald Creek Dares

Hello friends and visitors! Now that Thanksgiving is just a memory here in the USA, our thoughts turn fully toward winter holidays. The theme at Emerald Creek Dares this month is 'Winter Wishes',and we want you to bring your best winter wishes, New Years ideas, Hanukkah or Christmas creations! To give you a little inspiration, I made a frosty Christmas card using a new Holly Branch stamp sold at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and four of Kim's finest embossing powders. I have no step out photos to share, but I've included links to Emerald Creek products at the end of this post.

I started with manila card stock and using a scrap piece of card as a mask, painted horizontal lines of Golden acrylic paint. I love this paint--it has so much shimmer and glides on smooth. I blended over with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and flicked on some water for those age spots I love so much. This was layered using foam adhesive tape on a manila card blank which I edged with Versamark embossing ink and embossed with Charred Gold and Soft Fallen Snow embossing powders. 

I inked this beautiful Emerald Creek's Holly Branch stamp in Archival Jet Black and dried. I water colored the holly berries with Candied Apple Distress ink and the leaves with Evergreen Bough Distress ink and a water pen. The ribbon portion of the stamp was treated to some more of the gold paint mixed with glaze this time to thin the color and allow the stamping to show through. The shimmer is beautiful in real life--you'll just have to take my word on that. Once all the coloring was done I fussy cut the image and embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder to give a frosty look to the leaves and berries. I went back in with Ultra Puff White embossing powder to look like little bits of snow. I used the Charred Gold on the ribbon. To stick the powder in such tiny areas I applied Ranger Emboss It Dabber straight from the opened bottle using my finest paint brush. Because the embossing fluid is clear it's really hard to see exactly where it goes, so this was a rather tedious process. If you find you have too much powder on your surface, simply go back with a stiff paint brush to remove some before heating.

For my smaller holly leaves, I painted more of the gold on some card stock and cut with Tim Holtz Christmas Mixed Media Thinlits die. I embossed the 'snow' using the Ultra Puff White, the branches with Charred Gold and the berries with Fine Candy Red embossing powder. Again, I used my tiny brush to paint on the embossing fluid. The red and gold powders melt rather quickly, and the Ultra Puff a  little slower, so doing this was a little tricky. I had to be careful not to overheat the powders or it would melt into the paper. The paint does help to set up somewhat of a barrier to this.

I stamped Tim Holtz  Simple Sayings label on a scrap of the same card as the background (Versamark ink) and heat embossed with more Charred Gold. I applied a Holiday Talk Metallic sticker for the sentiment and inked with Frayed Burlap and Spritz and Flicked for age. Finally, I gave it a snowy finish using the Ultra Puff White. This and the holly stamped image was popped up on more foam adhesive tape. Now I can't get that song out of my head!

Emerald Creek products used:

Other products used and available at Emerald Creek Supplies:

That's all for today! I hope you've found some tiniest bit of inspiration in my card, and that you will head over to see what beautiful winter wishesl my teamies have for you. Then it's over to you! I hope you'll link up your winter wishes for a chance to win a generous gift certificate to Emerald Creek where you will find lots of goodies to complete your holiday projects!

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I'm sharing my card with the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #136-Die Cuts and/or Punches I used an Emerald Creek stamp and a Tim Holtz die cut.
Your Next Stamp Sketch and Color Challenge #53 I chose gold, red, and green.
Deep Ocean Challenge #-143 "Santa is Coming to Town" I interpreted this as being a Christmas challenge in general. If I'm wrong, please feel free to delete my entry.
Mod Squad Challenge-Holiday Dimension I popped up my stamped image and sentiment and light dimension through use of chunky embossing powders.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #222-Make Your Mark I used a water pen and my inks to make my marks!

Thank you for your visit and your comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rustic Plaid Scribbles Card for 12 Days of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 9

Hello friends and visitors! I have just finished my card for week 9 of Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style Week 9. If I can keep on track I might just get them all done by the deadline! This is a super fun challenge, and Linda's inspiration is enormous! Her challenge is sponsored by her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are some awesome prizes and EVERYONE who participates and follows the rules gets a generous store discount when they shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique in January. For me, it's win-win; I get a good chunk of my cards done and I get to go shopping the first of the year!

You can see Linda's tag here. I was inspired by Linda's tri-fold tag that she made into a party invitation. I loved the mix of greens with a hint of shimmer, the repetitive pattern and her silver and red sentiment panel on the front. And that red and white baker's twine and those tiny pine cones stole my heart!

I knew I wanted to pair my new Scribble Woodlands buck with plaid, as you can't miss that pairing in any retail store this holiday season--everything is plaid with deer! I guess that old plaid jumper I had in grade school is back in vogue! I used Tim Holtz plaid texture fade, inked it with Mowed Lawn and spritzed with water. After embossing my tri-fold card, I dried the ink and blended over with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress inks. Lastly I spritzed with Perfect Pearl Heirloom Gold mist. For the inside, I blended with the same colors, and spritzed with Perfect Pearl Pewter mist. Hopefully you can see a bit of the shimmer below.

The baker's twine serves as a belly band to hold the card closed. I don't have the Tim Holtz pine cones, but I do have a small stash of the tiniest pine cones ever from Emerald Creek Supplies. I added the silver Art Sugar in the same manner as the antlers further down the post, but gave it a blast with my heat gun to bake the sparkle on.

I cut two Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits and colored one with Tarnished Brass and Ground Espresso Distress paints front and back and used a splatter brush and watered down Ground Espresso for some splashes.  I was going for a wood grain look. The other I painted with Brushed Pewter Distress paint, leaving it streaky as Linda did. I added some pine sprigs with Library Green Archival ink, edged in Ground Espresso Distress ink and heat embossed my sentiment.. Both the sentiment and pine sprigs are part of the Scribble Woodland set.

The buck sits front and center, water colored with Distress markers and a water pen. Inspired by my good blog buddie and ultra talented Anne Redfern of Redanne, I had to do SOMETHING with those antlers! I chose to use Prima's Art Sugar in Antique Silver mixed with Perfect Paper Adhesive brushed on to make him a little more festive. This pales in comparison to Anne's gorgeous deer! I hope nobody takes offense to my deer "trophy". He really needed some sort of backing, and after I made my sentiment panel, I thought I would use the same label as a wood panel to back Mr. Buck.

This card is going to my same friend who received a plaid tri-fold card from me last year. Her family is what I refer to as one of my Capon Family. She and her family have visited Capon Springs in West Virginia the same week we do every year for the past 15 years (both our families have visited at least once a year for over 25 years, but we didn't go the same time of year). We stay in adjoining rooms and share a very special week every year. Since there are grazing deer right outside our front door every evening at Capon, she and her family will appreciate the buck.

Most of the products I used on this card can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique...

I am sharing my card with...
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #136 Die Cuts and/or Punches (with a stamp) I used the Sizzix Labels Thinlits die and a Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland stamp set.
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #177-Different Folds or Shaped Cards I hope this is different enough for the challenge--it is very different for me. But feel free to delete from the gallery if you do not think it fitting to the theme.
Your Next Stamp Sketch and Color Challenge #53 I used green, gold, grey (silver) and red.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! They truly make my day!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily
UPDATE: Yippee!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Count Your Blessings

 Welcome friends and visitors! I've been making a lot of Christmas cards lately, and I wanted to take a little break and join in a few challenges that are still focused on fall. This evening I made this little canvas (it's 3 inches square) inspired by the gorgeous mixed media card Suzz of Suzz's Stamping Spot made for her DT inspiration for Frilly and Funkie's Bountiful Harvest challenge.

I don't have a leaf stencil, so I made my own using Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits die. I used Golden crackle paste on Tim's Tissue Wrap  and directly on my tissue paper wrapped canvas. I used a Tim Holtz Doily die cut to add more texture. I fussy cut the Tissue Wrap leaves and applied to my already stenciled canvas. I used Tarnished Brass, Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge Distress sprays and splashes of fall colored Twinkling H2O's. The canvas was sealed with DecoArt Matte Medium and at the same time I added mini and regular art stones.  I swiped on metallic wax rubs randomly and added a Chit Chat Occasions sticker for the sentiment. 

I am sharing my canvas with the following challenges:
-Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Trio Tastic I used 3 Distress spray colors and there are 3 different leaves as my main focal point.
-Crafty Calendar "Autumn Colors"
Mixed Media Place November Challenge A beautiful moodboard; I was inspired by the leaves and the berries in the wreath.

And while I was counting my blessings, I thought of my family and closest friends. Here are the cards I massed produced for them. 

Still counting my blessings...this little butterfly was in my garden looking very lost and cold. I picked him up and put him on my butterfly bush where he bloomed!

That's it for today! 
Thank you for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them.
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily