Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh, How I Love Todays!

Hello crafty friends and visitors! I had a rare afternoon the other day where everyone was out of the house, and I had a little "free" time on my hands. So I chose to have a little fun in the Closet and make something just for the fun of it--no deadline's, no rules, no themes and no preconceived ideas. This is what I ended up with.

What's more, I got to use up some of those things in my stash I've been hoarding but have been kind of feeling guilty about letting them take up valuable space, like some thick cardboard packing (my 'canvas'), heart shaped doilies, K and Co.layered heart die cuts I've had for 100 years, some kid's jewelry and little wooden hearts.

The stencil work is done with Tim Holtz Hearts and Stripes Layering stencils and some new light modeling paste I picked up at a yard sale recently. I blasted it with my heat gun until it bubbled up. The doily is barely visible with a layer of thick gesso, the stenciling, Art Stones and microbeads. But a little of the texture peeks through here and there which I love.

 The quote is from Tim's Ponderings set stamped on a Spellbinder's circle die cut colored with Dylusions Fresh Lime spray and Peacock Feathers Distress ink, layered on top of Seth Apter's Broken Maze. I popped it up on a couple of pieces of cardboard packing. I really felt the quote suited the occasion. If you peek under there you can see I was covering up an undesirable result of stamping on Tissue Wrap. The color really took to the edge of the wrap and it just didn't look good at all. 

The background color is compliments of Dylusions sprays (Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise) applied with a brush over a gessoed surface and chased around with my water spritzer and heat tool. I think it's so cool how you can get so many shades of color out of one bottle of spray! I added some high lights with gesso and DecoArt Brilliant Turquoise Metallic Lustre. I pretty much let my canvas do what it wanted to, and I have to say I'm quite pleased with the bright colors and overall outcome. It's good to just have a good play every now and then! I hope you are finding some time to just play, too!

I'm entering these challenges:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37 – A Year of Choices I chose #35 What's Your SuperPower. I truly believe it's being able to create what most appeals to me without any agenda or plan in mind; I'm an intuitive artist.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Let’s Take A Vacation I've taken a vacation from crafty deadlines, themes and planned out projects and just went with the flow.

Thank you for your visit and for your lovely comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Objet Trouve'-Scrapy Land Challenge #68-Embossing

Hello crafty friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at Scrapy Land and this time the challenge is 'Embossing' (heat or dry) using at least one die brand that Scrapy Land sells in the shop.

A few weeks ago I was blessed with a crafty play day with team mate and good friend Autumn (SewPaperPaint), and we made some rusty and crusty die cuts. I used the Sizzix  Weathered Clock. To get the crusty look, I've mixed up gel medium and sand paste with Distress and DecoArt paints, applied it randomly with my finger and blasted it with a heat gun to get the bubbly appearance.

An old favorite Sizzix Umbrella Man Bigz die cut was colored with Distress Brushed Pewter and caramel alcohol ink, and while still wet,  I sprinkled his umbrella, hat and shoes with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder. I hit it with the heat gun just 'til it bubbled. I edged the die cut with Distress crayon in Walnut Stain.

Now for that weird background. This did not turn out as planned. Of course, the technique worked perfectly on my test piece, but this panel just went from bad to worse--until I turned it over. I dry embossed my mixed media card with Sizzix Gearhead Thinlits dies using a sandwich process I've almost perfected (There's a set of plates you can do this with, but I haven't invested in them yet, preferring to use what I have on hand.) swiped it with Versamark ink to hit just the high areas and sprinkled with a hand selected mixture of embossing powders. That didn't show up too well, so I added more Versamark to the raised areas and sprinkled with a darker powder.  What a mess! I was getting ready to trash it when I flipped it over and saw the powder had melted enough to seep down through the embossed paper to outline the gears! Oh happy day! Not perfect, but perfectly grungy!

I dipped my card into Distress Oxides--Fossilized Amber and Spice Marmalade, and I love how the color collected around the gears. I swiped on Distress Crayon to add some (more) grunge. I randomly edged the card using the remainder of my embossing powder mix. For my sentiment, I chose the Tim Holtz Quote Chip in honor of my French team mate, Maryvonne  (Prendre le temps) and my newly found technique.

Now it's over to you! Please pop over to the blog and check out the beautiful inspiration from my teamies, then get out your dies and get creating for our 'Embossing' challenge! Remember, we have changed up the prizes-now both a lucky random winner  AND a winner chosen by the Design Team each receives a generous $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land and our Top Picks receive badges! We can't wait to see what you will make! It can be any style you like from CAS to mixed media and everything in between; just be sure there's a die cut from a brand that Scrapy Land sells and use at least one form of embossing! We love seeing all styles!

I'm entering these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today and for all your inspiring comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

French Court Garden Canvas-Frilly and Funkie-'You're My Inspiration'

Welcome, crafty friends and visitors! Have you heard that I'm one of the newest DT members on the Frilly and Funkie talented Design Team?  Dreams do come true! I am so honored and thrilled to pieces! I'm even more excited, because my good friend Autumn of SewPaperPaint is the other newest member of the team!

Yes! It's official! So let's get down to business!

Today I'm sharing my first creation for Frilly and Funkie as a Funkie girl for the current challenge 'You're My Inspiration'. Nancy is hosting the challenge and this is what she says:

"Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don't need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it."

I saw  this beautiful garden in my May issue of Southern Living and couldn't stop staring at it, thinking of ways I could achieve this French Quarter/Charleston garden vibe in my own yard. Since I don't have brick walls or much shade in my garden, I thought at least I could re-create this beautiful garden on canvas. (Sorry for the poor photo; I took it awhile ago for the inspiration, and have since recycled the magazine.)

Photo heavy post--my apologies!

I chose an old canvas from my stash, coated sides with black and front with white gesso. I laid the gesso on thick on the front to give a textured base for my foliage. I scraped Wendy Vecchi Crackle texture paste and Ranger Grit paste through several Tim Holtz layering and mini stencils on the sides and front to create the look of foliage, a roof and brick. Yes, the perspective and scale is a little off, but that's me taking creative license!

Are you dizzy yet?

I scraped Prima Limestone Stone Effect paste on for the 'walls' of the house. I love the subtle texture this paste gives!  When dry, I colored my scene with a variety of Distress stains, paints, Oxides, and inks.  I embossed with a tiny bit of Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Alure powder on the roof lines and smeared on some Viva Rusty Paper. I didn't like the shine of the  embossing powder, so I went over it with Distress crayon.

I did some background stamping using the 'birch' of Tim's Birch and Pine stamp set and Olive Archival ink. Lastly, I splattered with white acrylic paint and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.

The 'shutters' are Kaisercraft Flourish Borders inked with Emboss it Dabber and heat embossed with Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze Alure powder for the ironwork and painted with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Light Patina paint and Black Soot stain on the louvers. I made a gate using a Spellbinders die, and colored it with the Light Patina paint and heat embossed with a sprinkle of Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves.

I love the moss covered pottery in the magazine photo! I have a few mossy pieces in my own garden--the mossier the better! I used Prima's Baroque 6 mold and paper clay, using just part of one of the recesses and shaped into 'pots' while still pliable. I brushed on Limestone Stone Effect paste to give it a nice texture and painted with Rusty Paper and Distress paints-Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, and Peeled Paint.

To fill my pots with pretty foliage, I die cut Tim's Wildflowers #2 Thinlits (just the top of one of the 'weeds') and colored them with stains. The stenciled and pasted flourish design fills in for more foliage, and I smeared over it with Distress Crayons in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo. I dyed a trio of tiny flowers from my stash with Distress Oxides to represent the plumbago in the inspiration photo.

My garden quote is Tim's Clippings stickers, adhered to chipboard and smeared with Distress Crazing Medium and Vintage Photo crayon. All dimensional elements were adhered with Ranger Collage Medium. I swiped the edges with Vintage Photo Distress crayon to finish my canvas. At the last minute I realized my pots needed some shadows, so I mixed up a batch of Collage Medium with Prima's Mini Art Stones and smeared this under the pots. When dry, I highlighted with Distress crayon. Now I'm done, and I can go play in the garden.

I hope you'll be inspired to join our challenge for a chance to win a generous $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Please hop over to Frilly and Funkie to see how the rest of my Frilly and Funkie team mates have been inspired by a photo.

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Mixed Media Monthly-Challenge #37 "A Year of Choices" I chose challenge #32-"Put a Stencil on It"

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

The following supplies were used and available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: (If something happens to be out of stock, click on the 'back in stock' button, and you will be notified when it's back in the shop!)