Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Touch of Gold--Frilly and Funkie Guest Designer

Hello everyone!

I am thrilled to join the  super talented Design Team at Frilly and Funkie as Guest Designer for Georgie's fun challenge "A Touch of Gold"!  This couldn't be a better theme for me, as I still have plenty of sparkly products out on my desk from a previous project.  I am just loving using gold on my projects!


I didn't have any particular design in mind when I went about making this little wall hanging.  I just knew I wanted to use some embossing folders and gold embossing powder sitting unopened within easy reach on my work table. My sentiment says it all, so I kept the design very simple. While it looks simple in design, each layer is home made paper, and required some time for drying, experimenting, etc. Oh, so much fun!  I love to experiment with texture, and what a great opportunity to do so for Mixed Media World's challenge "Gorgeous Texture".


The very back layer is made with a Lifecrafts embossing folder and white card.  I used Versamark embossing ink, Ranger Sticky embossing powder, Perfect Pearls powder and Frayed Burlap Distress ink to color it. This has a nice sandy gritty texture as the powders melt into the sticky embossing powder when heated. The sandy grit feel and the incredible shimmer can only be realized in person; you'll have to trust me on this!.


Next layer is River Rock and Sandstone acrylic paints and Crackle medium, distressed and edged with Frayed Burlap, and given a couple of swipes of gold metallic rubs. The crackle is just so fun, and I really felt bad covering it up and forgetting to take in process photos.  Hopefully you will see a little of the crackle texture peeking out, but sadly I couldn't pick up the shimmer of that layer on the camera.


The embossed  tan layer is white card with texture paste slathered through Tim Holtz' Gothic Layering stencil and allowed to dry. I blended on Frayed Burlap ink and smeared some metallic gold Gelatos over the raised areas. Again, the  luxurious creamy shimmer just really isn't justified on camera. If you click on any photo you will get a bit of a better view.


The embossed turquoise layer is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder, then blended with Evergreen Bough Distress ink, followed by Perfect Pearls Powder in gold. Two turquoise layering  panels are just Evergreen Bough Distress ink blended over white card and distressed with Frayed Burlap on the edges.


For my focal point I chose Tim Holtz Perspective butterfly, and part of a sentiment from the same set.  I die cut a Tim Holtz Label after stamping and edged with Wow Gold Sparkle embossing powder.  I heat embossed the butterfly with the same embossing powder and painted the wings with Evergreen Bough distress ink and a water brush pen using one of Tim's techniques from his Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. When done, I fussy cut the butterfly and popped him off my background. I added some Stickles for the body and and antennae. When writing this post (I always try to bring the piece to my desk with me, so I can give accurate details of the process.) I decided the butterfly would look better if his wings were curled, so some of the photos look "flat" and a few are curled.  Please forgive me for not retaking every shot--I'm not supposed to be on my feet much right now.



This hanging really sparkles and shimmers in real life, and as you know the camera (especially my little phone camera) just doesn't do it justice.

I would like to thank Sue and the Design Team at Frilly and Funkie for inviting me to join them as Guest Designer this time. Sue was a real sweet heart to accommodate me to allow a little extra recuperation time from my surgery. Thank you, Sue!  This was so much fun!

 I hope you are inspired to gather up your own touches of gold and join in the fun at  Frilly and Funkie for their challenge " A Touch of Gold"! Be sure to stop by the blog and see all the wonderful makes from the talented Design Team--you will be so happy you did! Most of the products I used can be found at  The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Linda's huge art and craft inventory is always 20% off retail. When you participate in the challenge you may win your chance to be Guest Designer or be a lucky winner of  a generous shopping spree to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. So get out your gold and get playing!


I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:
A Vintage Journey "Things With Wings"  I hope Tim's influence is obvious here with his Perspective Butterfly and sentiment and his Gothic Layering Stencil, but I did bring in a lot of glitz, so uncharacteristic of Tim's style.
Country View Challenges "Summertime" Summer equals butterflies!
Our Creative Corner "Mexico Moods" I went with the textures and colors of the first photo in the mood board and the caning of the chair below it (at least that's the look I was going for!).

Thank you for visiting today and for all your lovely comments!  I read and appreciate each and every one! Hugs!

Sara Emily

34 comments:

  1. So very beautiful Sara Emily and all that incredible texture (yes ... I love the sticky embossing powder too!) Such stunning shimmer. I wish I could see it in person. You have a gift for layers. And that butterfly ... just WOW! Just gorgeous colors with the gold. Fantastic inspiration for the theme over at Frilly and Funkie!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you, Mary Elizabeth! What high praise from someone whom I greatly admire for their creative work! Hugs!

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  2. Congrats on being chosen as Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie! This is just a glorious piece, Sara Emily! That butterfly looks like it fluttered through a golden cloud! It's just loaded with texture and dimension and such soft, dreamy colors. I love every beautiful detail! It makes me feel all peaceful when I look at it!

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    1. Awe, now! Kathy, you say the sweetest things! You've gone and put a huge grin on my face, AGAIN! Thank you for such generous praise! Hugs!

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  3. I was just at F&F and saw this amazing creation! So happy to see you received this honor! You totally deserve it - what a fantastic card!!!

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  4. Oh, soooo pretty, Sara Emily!! This is a wonderful creation for your guest design gig at Frilly & Funkie!! Soooo glittery and sparkly with all of that gilding! I love your layers, too!! So fun and texturally pleasing to the eye and touch (I bet!)(I always want to touch!!) :) Congrats on your guest designer spot!! So deserved!! You go girl!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Thank you, Shari! I SO much appreciate your kind words, support and encouragement! Hugs!

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  5. Congratulations Sara! Brilliant wall hanging, love the gold x

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    1. Jan, you are putting a great big smile on my face! Thank you!!!!

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  6. WOW... The combination of your incredible textures interplaying with the lush colors and patinas made me think of antique damask fabrics!!! INCREDIBLE....

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    1. Thank you for this huge compliment! I like to visit new "faces" in blogland, but I came to a dead end in trying to reach you! Sorry!

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  7. Wow Sara Emily, this is a stunning piece of work, the layers and textures are wonderful and the colours are amazing - love this! Anne xx

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  8. Me again, just came back to say thanks so much for joining in our Things with Wings Challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne xx

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    1. Anne, you really made my day...two comments! Wow! I'm so flattered! Thank you for your kind words! Hugs!

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  9. Seriously wonderful! Tim's butterfly stamp is at the top of my stamp wish list and the next one I hope to purchase. I have compendium one and two and need to purchase three and that gorgeous colour ink/spray/paint: it's beautiful and so right up my street, thanks for sharing how you created it too. You should enter this at the WOW EP Challenge Sara - it's hangings/layouts this month and this is perfect for the challenge Karen x

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    1. Thank you for all your sweet words! This is my favorite stamp at this time, and I've gotten my money's worth out of it! Well, it was a random win on Tim's blog, actually, but HAD I purchased it, it would be worth every penny! I hope you get to add it to your arsenal!

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  10. Gorgeous card Sara Emily! Love the simplicity to it and such gorgeous color combo! Congrats on your guest designer spot!
    Hugs :)
    Samra

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend! You are such an inspiration to me! Big hugs!

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  11. Beautiful card ! Thanks for joining us at Aurora Wings.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank YOU, Charlene! It was a pleasure to get to join up!

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  12. Huge big awesome sauce congrats to you on your guest spot! Wowzers! This layered scrumptious design is gorgeous Sara doll! Those background panels add so much dimension and what a wonderful array of EF you have used! I need to get my hands on those! Your sentiment is totes Wowzers but I know a lot of work went into this stunning design. You rocked the gold girl! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  13. Big congrats on your guest designer spot, my friend! Your card is just a layered heaven! This is my favorite colour combo! Love it, love it, love it!!!
    Big hugs to you, my dear! Branka xxx

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  14. Wow this is beautiful, love all the gorgeous layers and textures. Thank you so much for joining us at Country View Crafts, and enjoy your weekend. Sue xx

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  15. Wonderful!!! Congratulations on your guest DT spot!! How very exciting!! Who wouldn't want you to visit and show "Your stuff" ? teehee
    The layers here Sara, are incredible! Each one even more thrilling than the last- girlfriend, you rocked the textures- let me tell you!! Don't know if you saw my comment on F&F,but if not, that photo of you- you look just like a young Jodi Foster!! I love it!!
    Beautiful creative work, my friend!! Have a gorgeous week! xoxo

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  16. They don't come any prettier than this - they are lucky to have you!!!!!
    Outstanding art work!
    Sandy xx



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  17. Beautiful golden creation Sara, amazing layers and so much texture, thanks for sharing it! Deb xo

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  18. Beautiful card!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
    Pinky

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  19. Great colors together, lovely embossing folder. So wonderful with the large butterflies that catches the eye. Thank you for participating in Vintage challenge.

    hugs Monica

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  20. Fabulous layered textures and gilded shimmer - a great Guest Design piece, and thank you for sharing it at Country View Challenges too.
    Alison xx

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  21. Wonderful! Love the embossed layers and the colours are gorgeous with the gold! Congrats on your GD Spot! Thank you very much for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

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  22. What wonderful layers on this Sara - beautiful blues and lovely golden highlights! thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

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  23. Hi Sara! I'm sorry to be so late in commenting--long story--but wanted to say that your project is FABULOUS!! You are such a talented artist and I'm so happy you were a guest designer on Frilly and Funkie
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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