Tuesday, February 21, 2017

30 Minute Tag-A New Beginning

Welcome friends and visitors! I was tempted, once again, by a few challenges out there, including that mind blowing " Time Challenge-30 Minutes or Under" at Country View Challenges. And it's "Out of the Cold" for Cec's challenge theme at Frilly and Funkie, so my butterfly is flitting away from the snowflakes. And a new one for me--PaperArtsty, where the challenge is to use a mask. 

 I was inspired to use my Color Burst granules after reading about and seeing Alison's (Words and Pictures) beautiful works of art using Infusions. Of course, my watery backgrounds don't look anything like her gorgeous, inky backdrops for those detailed Lynne Perrella images.

Like my last 30 minute project (which bombed, by the way), I followed Brenda's tips; I  made a recipe and gathered my ingredients. Before I got started, I even did a little test on a scrap of the same paper I would use as my substrate. Why is it that the experiment always turns out better than the actual project? Well, it does for me! Look at those beautiful colors all from one Color Burst--they didn't materialize as well on my finished tag, nor did my masking turn out as well. But 30 minutes is all I truly had, because this to make the mail today. There was no time for do overs.

This is as far as I got within the 30 minutes. You can see I didn't have time to thread the ribbon back through, but I laid it there for the finish line photo.

I thought I would show you the gorgeous watery color at the top and the crackled snowflake before I added the ribbon and word token. Another crafty conundrum: why are the best parts of a background always covered up by the embellishments?

I'll share my ingredients and step by step directions below. By lumping it all together, it will give you the option to skip through to the photos I took (mainly) outdoors.

Ingredients: Stencils: Tim Holtz Snowflakes, TCW Harlequin; Die: tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates; Stamp: Unnamed from my stash; Color: Distress Crayon Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers, Distress ink Peacock Feathers, Distress paint Black Soot, white acrylic paint, Color Bursts Lamp Black; Other mixed media products: DecoArt Crackle Paint, Distress Micro Glaze; Heavy watercolor paper, black card stock, seam binding, Ideaology Word Token, word stickers from my stash, Distress sprayer and splatter brush. I later added Tim Holtz Woodland Scribble stamp.

X  Die cut tag and circle from watercolor paper.
X  Using tag as a template mark black card stock on where to cut.
X  Ink butterfly stamp, spritz with water and transfer image to tag. Heat dry.
X  Stamp a second time on post it to use as a mask
X  Roughly cut butterfly image  from post it and apply to tag.
X  Apply crackle paint through stencils. Put stencils and palette knife into tray of water.
X  Remove mask and set tag aside to dry until cracks start to form.
X  Stain seam binding to match using leftover ink on butterfly stamp and ink pad, spritz with water and crinkle. Set aside to dry.
X Cut tag from black card and punch hole.
X Apply Distress Crayon to word token and word stickers.
X Continue drying process on crackle using heat tool.
X Apply micro glaze to butterfly and buff with clean, dry paper towel. (I got a little carried away with the buffing, apparently.)
X Sprinkle (very) lightly with Color Burst, spritz with water.
X Pat butterfly with clean paper towel to soak up color. Continue to dry with heat tool. Repeat.
X Adhere painted tag to black tag.
X Continue to dry seam binding and thread through word token and hole in tag. (I didn't thread the tag's hole with the ribbon.)
X Apply word stickers.

At this point I had just under 7 minutes left on the timer, so I decided to add stamping with white acrylic paint and a Tim Holtz Woodland Scribble snowflake image. I also splattered on watered down white paint and Black Soot Distress paint and changed the color of the recesses in the word token from blue to black to white. This left me short of time to thread my ribbon through the tag's hole.

I think making these 30 minute projects teach me ways I can improve on my work, but I've enjoyed the process and the outcome isn't that bad. Here's another look at my tag.  

I'm sharing this tag with the following challenges:
Country View Challenges-February 2017 -Time Challenge-30 Minutes or Under
Frilly and Funkie-Out of the Cold I chose a bright color for my butterfly coming out of the dark snowy wintry background.
PaperArtsy 2017 Topic #2 Masks I was inspired to use post it paper for a mask by Gabrielle Price's post I Just Wanted to Say. Why? Post its are the quickest way I know to make a mask, other than the Micro Glaze I also used.
A Vintage Journey February Challenge-Words That Are Special I can't say why these words are special yet, but this tag is going to someone special, and she will understand New Beginnings that will Inspire.
Scrapy Land Challenge #60-Add Texture I used a Sizzix tag die.
Word Art Wednesday Challenge Weeks #270-271-Anything Goes
Allsorts Week 403-Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge #23-Anything Mixed Media Goes
We Love to Create Challenge #3-Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Penny Black and More-February Challenge- Use Your Favorite Stamp This is my favorite butterfly stamp that I actually keep on my display shelf. Sadly, there is no manufacturer name on it.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Words to Remember-Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey

Welcome friends and visitors! I'm super excited to be a Pinworthy Guest Designer at  A Vintage Journey today, where this month Jennie has chosen the theme 'Words That Are Special'! I've chosen several favorite quotes from my collection of Tim Holtz stamp sets and a not so pretty decorated wooden block for my project. If you scroll down you can see how this looked before. I've also written a tutorial on how this all came together.

Here's what I started with: a decorated wooden block,  a plastic pocket watch shaped frame (I broke off the bow), wooden "feet" (the one shown below is actually a different shape than the ones I used on my project), and a knob from my junk drawer,all of which I gave 2 coats of gesso. My hubby graciously drilled a hole in the block for the screw on the knob to fit down into.

To make the crackle background on the block, I first painted it with a DecoArt chalky finish paint followed by DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle medium. When the crackle dried, I painted on another chalky paint to reveal the cracks. The chalky paint colors I used are Relic and Primitive.

I repeated the same process on the knob before gluing it in place. The rusty ring around the knob is made by embossing a  Prima gauge image from the 'Rust and Dust' set on plain tissue wrap using Ground Espresso Distress ink and brown embossing puffs. I adhered it with DecoArt Matte Medium, adding the chain from my stash, DecoArt Sand Paste, glass bead gel, and Prima mini art stones. I colored it with Prima Alchemy paints in Metallique Steampunk Copper and Light Patina, Deco Art Burnt Umber and Quinacridone Gold media paints, and Patina Green Antiquing Cream.

While the Alchemy paint was out, I put a little on my craft mat and spritzed with water. I dipped the crackled block in the paint and allowed it to dry. I repeated using both colors listed above. I heat embossed  two of my quotes in Versamark embossing ink and black powder. The 'Simplicity' quote came in a set I got with Distress crayons, and the other two are from a set I won for one of Tim's tag challenges called 'Ponderings'. The ring (previously a pocket watch frame) was given the same rusty treatment as the topper minus the art stones.

I stamped the quote shown below in Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink, and shadowed it with a Sharpie pen, and highlighted 'create' and 'wish' with my white pen. I'll show some step out photos on the flowers later in the post. Since the surface is a little bumpy, this isn't the neatest work I've done, and the ink bled through the white pen, so that led me to decide on my 4th set of important words...

What I constantly need to remind myself is to embrace imperfection. Happily I had one more word band left in my stash to age with some Distress paint, Alchemy paint and some heat embossing. I twisted up some wire and sealed their sharp ends with gel medium and embossing powder heated to finish off the ends of the band and adhered it to my 'broken watch'. This was a stamped image I had in my leftovers box. It was imperfect to start with so I thought it was 'perfect'! I gave it a good coating of UTEE and cracked it, showing off the cracks with Distress stain. The outer rim of the watch was done in the same fashion as the topper. 

Here's a closer glimpse of those little wooden feet.  I was going for a tarnished brass look. What d'ya think? I used Distress paints in Tarnished Brass (Yeah, I know, right?!), Cracked Pistachio and Black Soot to get the patina.

To make the industrial flowers and greenery, I used a scrap of manila folder to which I had added contractor's foil tape. I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and my old Spring Greenery strip die, shaped them and colored with Tarnished Brass and Black Soot paints. I heat embossed with Distress powder and added touches of the Prima Metallique paints. I added tiny gears (Memory Box and Tim Holtz Thinlits) for the centers painted with Prima paint and heat embossed with Emerald Creek's Hammered Metal. The greenery is colored with Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress paints.

Here's another look at the four sets of words that are special.

I'd like to thank the talented Creative Guides for having me as their Guest today. Please drop by A Vintage Journey for some incredible inspiration from the Creative Guides and the other Pinworthy Guests. I hope you will take some time to share what words are special to you!

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #60-Add Texture I used 3 Sizzix dies and one from Memory Box.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Use Your Favorite Tool Well, that's easy--my heat tool; can't live without it for embossing, special effects and even to speed up the drying process. Next in line would be my Big Kick, although sometimes it hates me.
SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenge-New Stash/Forgotten Stash  My new stash is DecoArt products: Chalky Finish paints and crackle medium and Tim's Ponderings stamps. Old stash is practically everything else.
Happy Little Stampers February Mixed Media Challenge-Tear/Rip Please read: I checked for "tear" synonyms and included in them were "Crack, hole, break, damage, fissure, imperfection and tatter", all of which I have on this one block.

 Thank you to my friends and visitors for stopping by and for all your fabulous comments! They mean so much to me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Friday, February 10, 2017

Words From the Heart-A Quick Valentine's Day Card For My Daughter

Welcome friends and visitors! There's something interesting going on over at Country View--a Time challenge of 30 minutes or under. Since I am notoriously slow, I just had to see what could happen in the Closet in less than 30 minutes! The photo you see below is NOT what I made in 30 minutes.

I did play pretty fairly though, and gathered my materials first. Inspired by Brenda's time saving technique, I too, made a recipe. Shown below are my ingredients. As you might guess, the time consuming part was already done--the stenciled heart background was left over from my last project and the other inky red scraps were other mop up pieces. I pulled a couple of die cut frames from my bits box.  All I had to do was make a few more die cuts, do some embossing, cut a few pieces of paper and glue them together. 30 minutes? I had a recipe and my supplies were gathered--NOOOO problemo!

NOT!! This is what I ended up with when the timer went off after what seemed like only seconds. I'll list my steps below and check off those that actually got completed after the half hour allotted time.

I am submitting this uncompleted card to Country View Challenges February 2017-Time Challenge 30 Minutes or Under. (How embarrassing!) But I will continue to finish my card.

X Cut grey card to fit card blank, ink edges and glue on. (I also distressed.)
X Trim monoprinted heart paper to fit, ink with Frayed Burlap and distress.
X  Apply Versamark ink around edges and heat emboss with Frantage Shabby Pink powder. (Well, I sort of did this; looks like I missed an entire corner!)
X Cut a mat from white card, distress and mount heart panel. Adhere to back with foam tape.
X Die cut flower image from panel. (stash item, Memory Box die)
X Die cut 3 tags from scrap using Tim Hotlz Tiny Tags and Tabs die.
X Hand cut larger tag from scrap.
X Trim glassine envelope. (Funkie Junkie gift bag- I have a hoard of these.)
X Trim red Design paper to fit back of envelope. (stash)
X Emboss frame with Frantage Shabby Pink powder (oops! Forgot to heat the outer frame from underneath and all the white stuff flew!)
X Ink tags, including the tiny one from stash, envelope and edges of frame with Frayed Burlap and edges of tags with Prima chalk ink; ink glassine envelope with Ground Expresso.
X Adhere flower image to frame and add foam tape.
****This is where I had to pause the timer, get a drink and check my blood pressure! The cat is scratching at the door of the Closet, although I have a do not disturb sign up, and my hubby wants to know what's for dinner. OK, deep breath and restart the timer.
X Adhere ribbon and trim.(This would have been a good time for a glue gun...I used liquid glue, and the colors are running!)
X Adhere glassine  and polka dot envelopes and framed image.
   Edge Seasonal Small Talk stickers with Prima chalk ink and ink with Vintage Photo. Adhere to tags and card.
   Loop twine on tags. Insert tags in pockets.
   Fussy cut butterfly, ink edges with Ground Expresso and adhere if time permits. (Ha!)

So you see I did not get to my last three steps in the allotted time, and that made a big difference. Taking my old sweet time, I completed these steps and decided to soften the hard edges up a little with some fibers. I also thought I would add a favorite Bible verse (Stampin' Up) and a scrap to cover up glue and color bleed on the ribbon.

Sending out a huge thank you to my friend, Niki (Pawsitively Creative) for the Prima chalk ink! It's fabulous! So excited to get to use it on this card, Punkin'!

This Valentine is going to my daughter--she loves tulips! I chose lots of words from the heart about love and the heart and keeping it pure. Tim was a wise man choosing these words! If you are interested in what it means to be pure of heart, I found a concise article on the subject here.  

See what just a few extra minutes can do for a card?

I'm linking my completed card to these fine challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #59-Anything Goes I used Memory Box and Sizzix dies.

(See link above for Country View for partially finished project.)

Thank you for your visit today and for all your special comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine-Rock the Red at Emerald Creek Dares

Welcome friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, and this month we would love to see you 'Rock the Red'! I think that leaves you wide open--just be sure you rock your red! Valentine's Day immediately comes to mind when I think of the color red. Rarely do I use red in my work any other time of the year except at Christmas. When I first saw Emerald Creek Craft Supplies' Fresh Picked Rose, I knew it would adorn my first Valentine's card this year!

The beautiful Fresh Picked Rose image was inked with Olive Archival ink on Mixed Media card one time and a second time with Vesamark embossing ink and heat embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder. I colored the blossom of the embossed image with Distress Candy Apple ink and a water pen coloring outside the line on purpose. The rose inked in Olive was colored with Distress inks and a water pen (Candy Apple, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn), again coloring outside the lines on purpose. I swiped on Distress Glaze leaving areas that I wanted to look like blue sky free of the glaze. Lastly I blended on Broken China ink and dried with a heat tool. I loosely fussy cut the entire rose inked in Olive and just the blossom of the heat embossed image, and layered the blossom with foam adhesive tape. I like the vintage water color look  achieved by using the glaze and coloring outside the lines.

Three  Antique copper Heart brads (also available in silver or as a mix of the two) were enameled using Ranger Emboss It Dabber and the Candy Red embossing powder. Love these! I nipped off the prongs and adhered the hearts to my card. I added some die cuts to complete my focal image.

I colored the Linked Hearts Charm with Watermelon alcohol ink, and adhered. The seam binding I got from my Mom's stash last weekend (this is really old!) was dyed with Tumbled Glass Distress stain and got a touch of pink from my inky red hands! A Chit Chat sticker saves the day with a simple sentiment backed with red card.

To make the backmost panel, I inked the Kimilese stamp with Fired Brick and Barn Red Distress inks and misted with water. I stamped this onto my card and dried it partially. I spritzed the stamped card with water to loosen up the color even more in random areas and dried thoroughly. I applied Distress Glaze randomly in areas I knew would show around the focal panel, and inked with Distress Broken China, and spritzed and dried again for those little water spots I love. It's looks a little bit of a mess here, but it's mostly covered up anyway.

Here's the how-to:
To make the hearts background, I started by tracing the large Hearts Layering stencil on a piece of Mixed Media card and cut it out. (In retrospect, I should have used this kind of paper on the back panel, too--it takes the water much better.) I do this so I can easily replace my stencil in the proper position for additional steps. I taped my stencil in place on the paper and brayered  Distress Picket Fence paint on the Kimilese stamp. I stamped the image two times down the length of the stencil, re-applying the paint on the stamp each time. I removed the stencil and set the tag aside to dry thoroughly. Be sure to wash your stamp and stencil immediately. 

When the paint is dry, I replaced the stencil and blended Distress Candy Apple ink through it. (You can see why cutting your paper to the size of your stencil makes it easier to realign the stencil. The paint is white, making it difficult to see where you stamped.) I remove the stencil and dry, then wipe the ink away from the hearts with a paper towel.  This leaves a little bit of a ghost image behind on the hearts.

Next, I spritzed the still inked stencil, flip it over and re-apply it to the panel, pressing down with a clean paper towel to transfer what's left of the ink to the tag. Remove the stencil and dry the panel immediately with a heat tool. Please forgive my bad photo below. I had to jump back into my Closet to do the messy part, but Blogger also added that line down the middle of the photo and will not let me make proper margins on this text either.

Last, I trimmed the tag to fit my card, edged with Distress Candy Apple ink and heat embossed with Red Sparkle embossing powder.

 Here are the products used that are available at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies:
Emerald Creek Supplies

Other products used also available at Emerald Creek

That about does it for today! I hope this card inspires you in some little way to get red and inky and join our 'Rock the Red'  Dare at Emerald Creek Dares! Please stop by the blog if you get a minute to see all the amazing ways my teamies have rocked the red! Remember to join in the fun--you have an entire month and there is an generous Emerald Creek gift voucher for the winner and a generous shop discount to the runners up!

Emerald Creek DaresEmerald Creek Dares

I would like to add my card to the following challenges:
As You Like It- Your Favorite Flower and Why Roses are my favorite flower because of their beautiful shape and elegant look. They come in many colors and some have the most fabulous perfume! I don't like their thorns or how difficult they are to grow, so I prefer mine from the flower shop and on paper!
Allsorts Week 400-Let's Celebrate! I'm celebrating Valentine's Day!

Thank you for stopping by today, and for all your amazing comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily