Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge # 9 "Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New"

Happy New Year everyone!  It's time for our first challenge of 2016 at Anything But Cute, and this time  the uber-talented and always sweet Anne is our hostess. Her theme is "Ring Out the Old , Bring in the New".  I used my not so new, but never used before Impression Obsession deer dies to adorn this money wallet I made for my son. I tried making a pun by using the big buck on the inside...get it??? A big buck for the big "bucks".


To celebrate the New Year, we would like you to create a mixed media card or project using something 'new'. Perhaps you got some fabulous new craft item for Christmas or you have something new that you have not used yet - just remember to tell us what the new item is!

I started with Ranger manila card stock and my go-to grunge colors of Distress ink.  I squished some on my craft mat and spritzed with water, and swiped the card through the puddle, drying between layers, until I was happy with the way it looked...pretty much like a dirty craft mat! Next, I blended on some more inks and flicked on some water for a real grungy look.




I did the same on the inside, but kept the colors a little lighter. Next I scored  several times in two places for the folds, added some stenciling using Tim Holtz Snowflakes stencil and Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress inks and some stamping using Tim Holtz Christmas stamps and Archival ink, Watering Can. Lastly, I flicked on Picket Fence Distress paint. Wishes is Tim Holtz Handwritten Holidays Thinlits, which I heat embossed in gold.

 

 

Back to the front, I added more stamping and again used the Snowflakes stencil, this time with Ranger Sticky embossing powder and Pumice Stone Distress Glitter. I swiped on Rock Candy Crackle paint randomly and along the bottom edge. When dry, I swiped Picket Fence Distress paint on the crackle with my finger to show off the cracks. Again, I splattered on Picket Fence paint. All edges were blended with Ground Expresso and Hickory Smoke Distress inks.





















I accordion folded heavy vellum to make gussets for the sides and glued them in place to keep the bucks from getting away. I added the buck to the inside pocket and the fawn and deer to the front, layering up on a second black card die cut for a shadow. The three deer were embossed with Antique Linen and Tea Stain Distress Powders and inked with Vintage Photo and a bit of paint for the fawn's spots.











I tied it up with a piece of hand died string and added a sparkly snowflake from my stash.  My son loved his gift of money, but he loved the wallet even more. Sorry for the poor photography.  I literally made this Christmas Eve after being up since 4:30 am preparing meals for the homeless at our church, after the evening church service and dinner, and yet more Christmas light peeping (how we celebrate every Christmas Eve), and by the time I finished it was well into the wee hours of Christmas day. Next year I will start earlier!

We hope you will join us in our challenge by using that new crafty goodie Santa brought you or something you've been hoarding that you've never used before. Just be sure to mention that new item in your post! 


I would like to enter my son's wallet into the following inspiring challenges:
Our Creative Corner Make Time Moodboard Challenge Claudia, what can I say?  I love the colors of your mood board; evidently two great minds think alike!
Die Cut Divas NEW Technique, Die, Stamp, Colors new die cut by Impression Obsession
Sparkles Monthly Challenge # 75 Your Favorite Christmas Colors  I love grungy neutral colors for every time of the year, but I love it on a snowy card made for a masculine Christmas gift.

30 comments:

  1. Wowser Sarah! I can hardly believe that this was made last minute -it's amazing! I love the blending of colours you have used! Love the big bucks idea too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  2. Wowser Sarah! I can hardly believe that this was made last minute -it's amazing! I love the blending of colours you have used! Love the big bucks idea too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  3. Holy moses Sara, I am in love with this project!! I am totally bookmarking this one for future inspiration!! I just love your step by step, I got a few minutes as a fly on the wall in your craft room, HOW FUN!! Your snowy background is so beautiful, I love the metallic shimmer and those wonderful snowflakes! Your deer look so majestic standing in the weather, taking it all in! Thank you so much for the inspiration my friend, I am head over heels! hugs :)

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  4. HAHA... he's got 2 bucks! Or as we Canadian's call it a Twonnie ;) Lovely wallet and bucks!!! Since I'm here I will say thanks for sharing with us at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge blog... Cheers Nicole

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  5. Gorgeous work Sara!!! Great choice of colors and such a wonderful and grungy elegant make!
    Hugs

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  6. What a great way to give money (I didn't get the bucks at first, but I do now!) and who would not just love to receive this fabulous money wallet. It is great to see the step by steps - I love the wonderful snowflakes and the gorgeous vintage tones you achieved! Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. Oh, Sara, you know how much I love your grungy style! What a wonderful metallic background with such beautiful snowflakes! Great effect, my friend! Your deer has stolen my heart! Thank you so much for such detailed and easy to follow tutorial and for a great inspiration!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

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  8. A money wallet - wow - yours is soooo incredible Sara.... and bucks - ehehhehehehe - now that is soooo incredibly fun. I can't imagine anyone not loving a gift like this. Wow. It turned out stunningly lovely but yet perfectly masculine too. SUPER FINE in every way!! XO j.

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  9. Very clever and a stunning project, Sara! Will definitely have to keep this one in mind. Love your little deer and the big buck - hope your son got the joke, lol! Beautiful make and a great way to start off 2016! Look forward to playing once I get home next week..... xxx Lynn

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  10. Haha - I love that you used the big buck inside!! This is absolutely stunning, Sara!! I love the texture and colors!! You did such an amazing job!! And your tutorial is fabuHave a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Craftslous, too!!

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  11. You are not only creative but funny too! A big buck inside - now just how big of a buck was it!!!!! As always Sara - beautifully created and made.
    Sandy xx

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  12. This is a beautiful card and I love the marbled look of the background! Thanks for joining us at the Die Cut Diva's

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  13. Love the "bucks" on the money wallet! I love your go to grunge colors Sara! Thank you for sharing at Emerald Creek Dares!!
    Cathy - DT Member at Emerald Creek

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  14. Oh dearie Sara, you slay me with your posts! This one is just what I needed after a long work day. I do hope your boy enjoyed this absolutely fantabulous buck holder. Your use of DI and metallics always makes me smile, love grunge and your grunge is one of my fave! Those deer are the perfect touch and the heavy vellum used is genius! The buck doesn't stop here though, I know you will have more grungy goodness to share for 2016! And thank you for helping at the shelter. It means a lot to the people you helped. Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  15. You make the most beautiful backgrounds, Sara Emily! Love the clever wallet design and the play on words.

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  16. Wonderful golden shimmer on the deer and the background is an absolute stunner - fabulous work! I know you said Halloween was a favourite holiday of yours, but I think you've absolutely knocked Christmas out of the ballpark!
    Alison xx

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  17. Love your bucks for bucks project:) The colour palette is perfect for a young man and I really enjoyed seeing how this came together. There is so much movement in the background and the shimmer is such a highlight.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  18. What a fabulous man make! I know he loved this! These deep grungy tones thrill me to no end, especially paired with the metallic touches. Gorgeous money holder!

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  19. What a gorgeous wallet Sara, love the vintage colours combined with the Picket Fence snow and the deer dies were the perfect adornment, love the 'big buck' on the inside, too funny! Deb xo

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  20. So glad to hear how much you like the mood board colours, Sara! ;)

    Thank you for sharing another beauty with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia xx

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  21. beautiful work, love it. thanks for play with us at card and scrap. DT Graciela

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  22. Amazing multi-media card. Thank you for the tutorial. Wow, such a beauty of a card.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

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  23. Nydelig kort og takk for at du er med på
    utfordringen hos Card and Scrap:)
    DT Bente:)

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  24. hahahaaaa I love it! Big Bucks!!! You totally crack me up!! The wallet came out beautiful and i am sure your son loved t as much as what was inside- right> love and hugs,
    Jackie

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  25. Oh, so beautiful.♥
    Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.
    Hugs Line.

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  26. Fabulous project Sara ! Love the backround, I'm sure your son will treasure it ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C

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  27. Beautiful wallet Sara! Love all the layers of ink and products you added to it! Thanks for joining the challenge at Southern Ridge Trading Company!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

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  28. A great card - thanks for joining us at Sparkles.

    Helen N x

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  29. stunning wallet ! love it ! thanks for playing with us at The Artistic Stamper's monthly challenge.

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  30. Clever idea and I loved the pun! Your colour palette is gorgeous and is pretty and masculine at the same time.Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Zoe

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