Sunday, November 27, 2016

Count Your Blessings

 Welcome friends and visitors! I've been making a lot of Christmas cards lately, and I wanted to take a little break and join in a few challenges that are still focused on fall. This evening I made this little canvas (it's 3 inches square) inspired by the gorgeous mixed media card Suzz of Suzz's Stamping Spot made for her DT inspiration for Frilly and Funkie's Bountiful Harvest challenge.


I don't have a leaf stencil, so I made my own using Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits die. I used Golden crackle paste on Tim's Tissue Wrap  and directly on my tissue paper wrapped canvas. I used a Tim Holtz Doily die cut to add more texture. I fussy cut the Tissue Wrap leaves and applied to my already stenciled canvas. I used Tarnished Brass, Carved Pumpkin and Rusty Hinge Distress sprays and splashes of fall colored Twinkling H2O's. The canvas was sealed with DecoArt Matte Medium and at the same time I added mini and regular art stones.  I swiped on metallic wax rubs randomly and added a Chit Chat Occasions sticker for the sentiment. 








I am sharing my canvas with the following challenges:
-Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Trio Tastic I used 3 Distress spray colors and there are 3 different leaves as my main focal point.
-Crafty Calendar "Autumn Colors"
Mixed Media Place November Challenge A beautiful moodboard; I was inspired by the leaves and the berries in the wreath.


And while I was counting my blessings, I thought of my family and closest friends. Here are the cards I massed produced for them. 






Still counting my blessings...this little butterfly was in my garden looking very lost and cold. I picked him up and put him on my butterfly bush where he bloomed!



That's it for today! 
Thank you for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them.
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

34 comments:

  1. Wow Sara, your Autumn canvas is incredible, what an amazing effect you managed to achieve, the textures just look incredible!! Love your little cards as well, such a lovely thought, beautiful projects and what a wonderful photo!!

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  2. Wow, Sara Emily, your canvas is absolutely stunning!! I just want to reach out and touch it - the texture is amazing!! The colors are so gorgeous!! Wow!! And your Thanksgiving cards are so beautiful!! I love the crackled frames!! The pumpkins are fabulous!! And what a gorgeous butterfly!! I can't believe you got to hold it!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Sara, you have created an amazing canvas! Just gorgeous! I feel like I am looking down at the forest floor. Lovely colors and dimension. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

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  4. Woah! Can't believe how lucky your family is to receive these cards. I know how much work you put into them because I have my own version - I'm the lucky one here! I too wanted to remake Suzz's project, so cool! Love your version and variations. I've been wanting to make a leaf stencil too. I did use my friend's japanese screw punch this weekend to make a snowfall stencil. Fun! Made a snowflake one from the new thinlets yesterday too, but haven't used it yet. Good times, now come on over and we'll stamp another stash! LOL! ;0 Hugs, Autumn

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    1. I am THRILLED to see this piece as the winner for F&F!!! Woo hoo and hot diggity! You so deserved the spotlight on this exquisite, textural beauty! Congrats sweetie! <3

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  5. Wow, you made your own stencil? It looks amazing - your canvas is stunning, so rich and beautiful! I love your Thanksgiving cards too, they are gorgeous.

    As for the butterfly, the Monarch is the one I miss seeing the most, I hope he survives, he really should be heading south by now - fingers crossed he makes it! Hugs, Anne xx

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  6. beautiful cards Sara - really wonderful - but that first piece - wow - texture tastic! Love it to pieces! Big hugs rachel x

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  7. Sara Emily, I love that little canvas. Great texture and it feels like a plaster cast. The art stones are a wonderful addition, too. Your "mass produced" cards are stunning! What a lovely post!

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  8. What a glorious golden canvas. Thank you for the shout out! You created such a beautiful fall foliage scene. I feel like I am walking amongst the leaves strewn along the ground on a glorious fall day with the sun highlighting the leaves. Thank you for playing along in our Bountiful Harvest challenge at Frilly and Funkie this week!

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  9. What a beautiful canvas, Sara Emily! I love the richness of the tones and all of the texture you added. You did an amazing job and it truly reminds me of the wonderful fall foliage (which is now mostly raked up and gone here). Just beautiful. I also love those amazing cards you made for your family - wow!!! Hugs :-)

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  10. Your Thanksgiving cards are so beautiful but your canvas defies description. I do think the perfect name for your canvas is Bountiful Harvest.
    Sandy xx

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  11. Your Thanksgiving cards are fabulous...would you mind sharing what stamp the pumpkin came from? Thank you, Charlotte

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    1. Hi Charlotte, I couldn't find any other way to respond to your question, so I'm answering here and hope you come back. The stamp set is from My Favorite Things. I'm sorry I didnt' give details on how I made the cards in this post. I cased my own design from this post...http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2016/11/celebrate-with-crackle.html
      I hope this helps! Hugs! Sara Emily

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  12. Amazing textures and such rich colours on your canvas Sara, thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

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  13. Back again to thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo, still loving this canvas! Deb xo

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  14. Hi Sara Emily!
    Your canvas is absolutely breathtaking! The rich colors and abundant texture truly depict the beauty of the season. I was amazed to see you created your own stenci!! That's brilliant! And the way you applied the tissue paper--brilliant again!! I also adore the cards you created for your loved ones. They will treasure them forever. Thanks so much for sharing your canvas with us at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge! I am one of your biggest fans!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  15. Oh dear Sara, this post has just melted my heart today!! Your canvas is in my top 5 favourite autumn projects that I've seen this year for sure! That texture is just incredible and all of those 3D leaves you incorporated give it such amazing dimension! So shimmery and brilliant, love love love!! Your cards are just beautiful, you are such a thoughtful and kind soul, your friends must have been over the moon to receive such a lovely card!! I admit my favourite part of today is the butterfly. I just love you even more when I see an act of kindness like this, your heart is big and the world around you is a better place because of you! Let's face it, there's a lot of cruelty in the world, so even a small act of kindness is a miracle. Thank you for being you Sara. sending hugs :)

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    1. Totally forgot to say thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie! hugs

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  16. Gorgeous Sarah so much texture and richness! Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo xx

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  17. Beautiful post! With all of that yummilicious golden texture and the gorgeous butterfly and the perfect Thanksgiving cards- a feast for my eyes!
    Jackie xo

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  18. What a beautiful canvas! LOVE the color and textures! Those leaves are amazing! Thanks so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo this month!

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  19. You busy girly! The leafy card's dimension nearly gives me goosebumps... awesome.

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  20. Your canvas really looks amazing with all those layered leaves and textures - a wonderful farewell to autumn. I'm really in love with your "mass-produced" cards... love the embossed book pages within the layers and subtle crackle on the frames - absolutely delightful. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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  21. Wooooooow, Sara, your canvas is beyond stunning! All I want to do is to touch this amazing piece of art to feel the rich textures you have created! It looks magical with all those brilliantly layered leaves and fantastic colors! Your cards are amazing, as always, with those crackled frames and awesome pumpkins!
    Oh, what a gorgeous photo of a monarch butterfly! I really enjoyed reading your wonderful post and I am keep staring at your amazing photos, my friend! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  22. M is for marvelous and magnificent! I will be back to see this one again - I just want to touch it. Love all those cards too - stunning xx

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  23. fabulous !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland Challenge blog and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne – DT member

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  24. Amazing creation as always wow wow wow thanks for playing at MMP challenge !!!

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  25. Wow!! beautiful Canvas..Love the texture and details..and great set of cards..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers- Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

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  26. Beautiful! Thanks for playing at MMP challenge!!!

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  27. Awesome work! Thank you from MMP!

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  28. Wonderful texture! Thank you for playing along with us at Mixed Media Place.

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