Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Little Out of the Ordinary (for me)

Hello Crafty Friends and a warm welcome to all of my newest followers! I'm delighted you can join me today for a card that is very much out of the ordinary for me!

I threw caution to the wind and pulled out some sprays and powders in the loudest colors I could find, as well as a little bling, because I made this card especially for a friend who likes things bold.  Can you tell what else is different from my usual, beside the bright colors? That's right--NO distressing or grunge ANYWHERE on this card! I pulled out my Distress tool several times, and had to slap my own hand! After all, Kathy is the hostess for the theme Opposites Attract at Frilly and Funkie, and she wants us to dig deep and create a project that's not in our usual style and color palette.  Do you see any neutrals here, other than the white to contrast with my brights? There's also not much dimension, as this has to fly off over the big pond and reach it's destination quickly. I would say this is as far away from my usual style and colors as I can get without going CAS. me an idea!

So to keep this short, (another opposite for me) I'll just high light a few points and show you a few photos, because I know you will be seeing plenty of long posts here in the future.

The background has been stenciled with TCW's Art Is stencil and gesso.  I applied Dylusions spray and Distress ink, and wiped off the excess for a little resist technique.

The black panel has been enameled using Tim Holtz Blossom Stencil, Golden crackle paste and Opalettes Tropicals. I added a little Perfect Pearl powder for the shimmer on the black card, which my phone refuses to pick up. But in real life , it's there on the black background and on the enameled blossoms.

My sentiment is actually from two different stamp sets, because 'birthday' would not stamp properly on the smaller Inkadinkadoo sentiment--I must have tried 10 times! I bought that set just for the Happy Birthday sentiment, so I'm not happy with them at the moment! 'Birthday' is Tim Holtz--he's always there for me!

The butterfly and flowers are from two different Tim Holtz dies-- Tattered Flower Garland and Butterfly Frenzy and the foliage is Impression Obsession.

I would like to enter my bright card into the following inspiring challenges:
Frilly and Funkie Opposites Attract Along with my "opposites" listed in my text, I think my panels are quite opposite!
Mixed Media Place April Challenge Creative Gym #18 Be Patient. The Best Things Happen  Unexpectedly. I had to wait for the paste to dry to heat the enamels--a product I've not used like this before, so I didn't know what to expect (it's supposed to be used on metal, I think). Love the result!

 I have to share a funny story with you.  When making this card this morning, the Dylusions spray got away from me, and I got some on my hands. I must have reached up to scratch my face, because when I looked in the mirror just now, I look cyanotic! I better stay away from nurses today or they may want to check my blood saturation levels!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate each one.  If you have any questions, please leave it below, and I will answer.
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Have aliens invaded your closet?! Oh dear! No, sweetie, this isn't your norm, but is just as fun and includes some great techniques! It's good to step outside of our boxes from time to time, and I'm glad to see you stretching your muscles here. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Oh wow, you do every style perfectly, Sara Emily!! I absolutely love the bold colors!! The background looks amazing!! I love the cracked flowers!! This is spectacular!! Your friend will absolutely treasure it!! What a beautiful card this is!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Bright, bold and very, very beautiful Sara, love the gorgeous colours and the flowers are stunning! Sometimes it is such fun to do the 'unexpected' and you certainly did a brilliant job on this. Shame about the stamp though. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. So very pretty Sara! Love the burst of vibrant colors! Thanks so much for joining along with the MMMC :)

  5. Oh, bright and bold colors, that's what I love! Sara, you can do any style you want because everything you do in crafting is simply brilliant!
    I love your cracked flowers and your amazing background here! Your vibrant card is outstandingly beautiful, my friend and your friend is going to treasure it!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xx

  6. Wow Sara this is just amazing, it may not be your style or colour palette but you rocked this card anyway, I love it xxx

  7. wow again a stunning project thanks for playing with MMP

  8. No grunge here... Fabulous bright and happy colours for this card! Thanks for joining the Use a Stencil challenge at Country View Challenges!

  9. totally thought i was on the wrong blog! heehee Still a lovely card, even if it is not your usual style! xo

  10. This card is just gorgeous! I love the contrast between the two backgrounds! Pretty flowers :-) Thank you for sharing your project at Country View Challenges!

  11. This is most definitely you taking an opposite direction to normal and I feel your pain on the lack of brown! It feels un-natural somehow not to include it, but this definitely works. Love it! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  12. Hi Sara Emily!
    Wow, you nailed the challenge with your bright and beautiful card!! The texture is amazing also. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  13. Oh! Perfect summer! Thank you from MMP!

  14. Oh wow Sara, this certainly is very different for you, but I love those bright colours! What a stunning creation! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  15. Hmm, for some reason I totally missed this post and this WOWZERS card! I have to guess that this is for a totally sweet lady named Branka! Your colors are so very bold, bright and beautiful! The stencil work is gorgeous, especially with the cracks. The black background sure does make the colors POP off the page. Gorgeous and stunningly beautiful design. No this isn't your grungy style. It you can do any style so of course it turned out awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  16. i love it sara! go bold or go home! love seeing you play with some bright colors. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!



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