Friday, January 1, 2016

Merry Christmas In My Grungy Style

 Happy New Year! Holiday Hues is the challenge theme Pamellia chose at Frilly and Funkie this time, and we get to pick our favorite holiday and our favorite colors of the holiday! My project today is not what you would expect at Christmas, but what can I say?...I love a grungy palette for any holiday! And Christmas is my favorite! Well, so is Halloween, but for now, it's Christmas!


It was a busy day on Christmas Eve, and I found myself putting together a few last minute gifts.  One of these is this gift card wallet I made for my husband.  I actually had the gift, but it was too heavy and bulky to wrap, so I tore off part of the label from the gift and put it into this folder and tied it on our tree.  If anyone knows the story of the Christmas mouse, you know he is Santa's helper, and he always ties a gift on the tree with yellow ribbon.  One of our family's traditions is to tie one gift for each member on the tree with yellow ribbon.

This fits right in with Claudia's Make Time challenge at Our Creative Corner; I definitely felt free with my creativity in making this, but I sure did not allow myself "time". However, I did manage to pull some of those awesome colors from her mood board.


Lots of Distress inks in browns, neutrals, and just a little Iced Spruce for the background, front and back of my Ranger manila card. On the front of the card, I swiped silver texture paste through Tim Holtz snowflakes stencil and sprinkled with Ranger silver tinsel embossing powder and heat dried (Of course, I was in a very big hurry!). I sprinkled on Frantage and heated from underneath and wiped on some metallic wax on the snowflakes and around the edges.



On the back I used the stencil with crackle texture paste and when dry, wiped a little metallic wax with my finger on the snowflakes and around the edges.


   


Inside I stamped Tim's Merry Christmas snowflakes in Iced Spruce and stenciled more snowflakes with crackle texture paste. While it was still wet, I sprinkled with Frantage and then heated. More Frantage at the bottom of the card. They look like black blobs in the photo above, but actually are antique gold.



Merry Christmas is a Top Dog die embossed with Ranger silver Tinsel powder. I shaded with Hickory Smoke Distress marker. This is actually quite sparkly in real life.


To prevent the gift's label from falling out,  I made two accordion folds from heavy vellum and glued them in place at each side to form a pocket. I dyed some grey vintage seam binding with Ground Expresso Distress ink and a spritz of Perfect Pearl spray and tied it closed.


I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:

Thank you for stopping by today, and for all your wonderful comments!  I truly enjoy reading each and every one of them! Blessings be yours in the New Year!
Hugs!
Sara Emily

30 comments:

  1. Wow - I love your Christmas gift card holder Sara. I still have three nephews to give "bills" too.... guess I should try your idea here!!! GREAT inspiration and really lovely too. Your grunge is the BEST. HAPPY NEW YEAR to YOU Sara... my super inspiration and cheerleader. XO j.

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  2. Grungy and beautiful all at the same time - great colours and I love the snowflakes! I don't know the story of the Christmas mouse but I love the idea of tying presents to the tree with yellow ribbon!

    Happy New Year to you and yours Sara, I hope 2016 is the best ever for you! Hugs, Anne xx

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  3. I never would have thought to use those colors! Wow- they really look gorgeous!Well done! ? What was the "too big" gift? Inquiring minds want to know!!
    Happy new years sweet friend!! xoxo

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    1. Really??? I would have never thought NOT to use those colors! Tee Hee! The too big gift was boring power tools. :)

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  4. This is lovly Sara ❤❤❤

    I whant to thank for your Lovely comments in my blog, love them ❤ I hope I can get bether to comment your blog in the new year ❤

    Hugs from Norway

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  5. This is lovly Sara ❤❤❤

    I whant to thank for your Lovely comments in my blog, love them ❤ I hope I can get bether to comment your blog in the new year ❤

    Hugs from Norway

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  6. Wooooow, what a marvelous Christmas grungy gift card holder, Sara! I adore using non traditional colours and your colour palette here is simply fantastic! Awesome design, my friend, with perfect addition of gold!
    Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family! Have the best year ever!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

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  7. Wow, you've done a great job here Sara, I hope that your Hubby appreciated all of your hard work:) I really like the distressd, vintage looking background that you've created and the silver snowflakes stand out beautifully against it. Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Sandra x

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  8. This is gorgeous Sara, such a fabulous design and lots of lovely sparkly details.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment.
    Pauline
    x

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  9. How freakin frackin cool is that accordian fold vellum! This is a grungly awesome sauce design and your mouse story to go along with it is so special. I have never heard of this but sure want to add it to my Christmas traditions now! Love the Browns and Metallica on this gift card holder. Your use of the Frantage is superbly done (I got some for Christmas so I may pick your brain! Lol). You had me at grunge as you well know dearie! I know your DH loved this and enjoyed it thoroughly. Gorgeous snowflakes! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  10. Gorgeous! This is absolutely stunning, Sara!
    Thank you for sharing it at Emerald Creek Dares!
    {julia} Emerald Creek DT

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  11. Super grungy yet super stylish too! Just love those colours! Hugs, Chrisx

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  12. Happy New Year, Sara! I am thankful to finally be visiting my bloggie friends! I have missed you terribly but simply didn't have time or energy for Blogger with so much going on at home... I am expecting to be back for good now. :o) This last minute gift card wallet is incredible and perfectly unique. The snowflakes are so striking and the tinsel powder is a festive delight. I'm sure this was greatly appreciated and treasured. :o) I'm wishing you every happiness all year long, my friend!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  13. Oh my goodness, Sara! This is FABULOUS!! Love your textures and colors..... on both sides - incredible! Great idea about the vellum folds - you clever girl!! Wishing you the very best for 2016, and thank you again for your support - so glad to have connected with you through blogland! Your work inspires me, and I very much look forward to seeing what you come up with this year! xxx Lynn

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  14. Grungy style is my favourite style! the unusual colors you used are stunning! Love your card! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

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  15. A lovely wallet! And how lucky you are to find that you have accidentally chosen some of the moodboard's colours ;)
    Thank you for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

    May the new year bring enough "time" for relaxed crafting and creating!

    Claudia x

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  16. Hi Sara, it might be grungy - but is a beautiful sparkly grunge, Hope you had a great Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril xx

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  17. Oh wow, this is grunge-tastic, Sara!! You did such an amazing job with this!! I love the sparkly snowflakes and the frantage!! It's so fabulous!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! Happy New Year!! I hope 2016 is filled with much love and happiness!! Big hugs sweet friend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  18. Happy New Year! Stunning creation, Sara. I love the colours and snowflakes.Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

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  19. Gorgeous gift card wallet, love the use of the vellum and love those wonderful snowflakes. Happy New Year. Thanks for joining us for our Holidays Around the World Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

    Karon DT

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  20. Beautiful design, and so clever, Sara Emily! I just love this super grungy style, my favorite! The snowflakes look so good!!! Happy New Year to you! Wishing you all the best. <3

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  21. I don't even see grunge...lol...I see elegance and class! SO SO SO gorgeous! LOVE the metallics! Happy New Year!

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  22. I LOVE your "grunge" card. I feel is has such a nice, warm, vintagy feel. Thanks so much for joining us this fortnight at AYLI Challenge!

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  23. Another beauty - the snowflakes against the inky background, the touches of glimmering texture from the Frantage and tinsel powder, and that wonderful smoky ribbon - glorious!
    Alison xx

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  24. What a beautiful gift card, made with so much love and care for your hubby! Gorgeous colour palette and textures Sara, thanks so much for sharing it and wishing you and yours joy in this New Year! Deb xo

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  25. this is fab. i love this grungy look. thank you for sharing it with us at FFFC and good luck, Theresa DT xx.
    http://craf-ther.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Beautifully sparkly and I love the muted colours. Fabulous snowflakes.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Fussy and Fancy.
    Hugs Sharon. x

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  27. Something strange, I just popped back in to add a Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Holiday Hues' challenge, but I can't find my original comment. Either Blogger is playing tricks on me or my mind is...let's go with Blogger!! This is just gorgeous Sara, I love the addition of the Iced Spruce, one of my favourites too! Another gorgeous take on the holiday hues theme. Love it my friend! hugs :)

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  28. Hi I am sure I commented on this post as well Sara so sorry. I just wanted to say what an amazing piece I to love ice spruce and think you have used all the colours to perfection. Thank you so much for joining us at the Artistic stamper good luck with the challenge. x

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