Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grungy Male Birthday Card-Scrapy Land #70

Hello crafty friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at Scrapy Land, and from here on all challenges will be 'Anything Goes' (jump for joy!). Today I have a grungy birthday card I made for my son. I have boy/girl twins, and they will have turned 19 by the time this goes live! My daughter's card is HERE.




I made my background panel quite some time ago when I first got this Spellbinders embossing folder.  I wasn't quite happy with it, but knew it's time would come. The panel is colored with Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans and blended with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.


The square panel is the negative left after cutting out Seth Apter's Broken Maze die cut by Sizzix. I smeared it with texture paste, DecoArt Texture Sand Paste and Crackle Paint. When dry, I colored it with Distress paints: Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso. I added some watered down DecoArt Quinacridone Gold where the hardware will go.


The Broken Maze die cut was also smeared with crackle paint and colored with Distress Faded Jeans paint. Both die cuts were raised up with the help of scrap chipboard.



The screws and nuts were made from chipboard covered with contractor's foil, painted with Distress Black Soot and the Q. Gold paint. I used a hole punch for the screws and cut the nuts free hand. I did find this really cool die set from Tutti with tools and hardware in the shop that would make quick work of these!



'HAPPY' is Sizzix Alphanumeric (1") and 'BIRTHDAY' is Sizzix Holiday Words #2 Thin. You can find similar alpha dies HERE and HERE. I cut 'birthday' from a scrap of paper I colored with Distress inks and Perfect Pearls powders a long time ago and 'Happy' was cut from paper I am calling 'mercury glass' and I will be doing a tutorial on that in the future. After adhering, I felt the rust needed a little deepening so I went back with a tiny brush and more Q. Gold paint.


I'm sharing with these challenges:

My son was quite happy with his card, especially what was INSIDE the card! Please pop by the blog   to see more wonderful inspiration from my talented team mates, and then get creating for a chance to win one of TWO gift certificates to Scrapy Land's online shop. Have you heard there are two winners now? One picked by the team and another picked by Mr. Random! And we still pick our Top Picks and Honorable Mentions! We hope you will play along with us--we welcome all styles! Just remember to use any die that Scrapy Land sells on your project--be it a card, a tag, altered art or anything else your creative minds come up with!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Flocked Wallpaper Wedding Card Box-Step by Step

Hello crafty friends and visitors! I will be over at Frilly and Funkie today with a step by step tutorial on my 'flocked wallpaper' technique. I will also be sharing with you a simple formula for making boxes for those dimensional cards. I hope you'll stop by for the details!



I'm entering my box in these challenges:
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity-Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38 - Altered Embellishments

Noor! Design- July Challenge - use Die Cuts
Word Art Wednesday-Challenge Weeks #290-#291 - Anything Goes

Thank you for dropping in and for your lovely comments! I sure do appreciate them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Emerald Creek Dares- Fireworks

Welcome friends and visitors! It's time to celebrate at Emerald Creek Dares with our 'Fireworks and Sparks' challenge this month! Through out the month you will see sparkly inspiration from my team mates and invited guests. Please stop over regularly for some great inspiration.

Happy Belated 4th of July to my American friends! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays! I am so thankful for the freedoms we have in our country and for our men in uniform that sacrifice dearly to preserve those freedoms. I wanted to make a tag for this month's challenge to celebrate this special day. I would also like to wish Canada a Happy 150th birthday!


I love how these Emerald Creek embossing powders show up on the black background. I used Faded Jeans Distress paint and Iridescent Shimmer powder and Picket Fence Distress stain and Red Sparkle powder for my fireworks. Lady Liberty was stamped in Versamark ink and  heat embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze powder. I colored her with Distress Oxides and crayons. A Three Star Metal Band charm was colored with alcohol inks after I cut off one of the bails. I used Tim's Rays stencil and Oxide ink on the background and his old collection of Salvage stickers  and Remnant Rubs for my embellishments.






That's it for me today and will be my last post with Emerald Creek Dares for a while! I l hope you will join in our 'Fireworks and Sparks' challenge at Emerald Creek Dares. You could be the lucky winner of the $50 shopping spree at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online shop!


I'm sharing with these challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life-CHALLENGE # 70: COLOR CHALLENGE
Simon Says Stamp Monday-Distress It  I distressed my Lady Liberty with color and paper tearing and 'FREE' and flag stickers with sandpaper.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all of your inspiring comments! 
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Emerald Creek Products used:

other products used and available at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies:
Products used: Ranger black tag, Distress stain: Picket Fence, Distress paint:Faded Jeans, Distress Oxide: Broken China and Iced Spruce, Distress ink: Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso; Distress Crayons: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Adirondack Alcohol inks: Snow Cap Mixative, Watermelon and Indigo, Stamps: Stampin' Up, Denami Design and Inkadinkado; Tim Holtz Ideaology Salvage Stickers, Tim Holtz Christmas Time Remnant Rubs

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Time Mixed Media Canvas

Hello crafty friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie girls to post our inspiration at Frilly and Funkie! The theme is 'In the Good Old Summertime' and talented Kathy is our hostess. She says...

It's time for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  Whether you vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or enjoy a relaxing "Staycation" in your own back yard, your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that shows what you love best about summer.  Use summer colors in your project, and be sure to tell us in your post what you love about summer, and how you've represented that in your project.


To me, summer time means life is simpler, skies are bluer and butterflies fly carelessly throughout the garden. I love picnics out under the sunny skies in the shade of the trees with a warm soft breeze blowing. One can dream, right? Even though the days may be hazy they have been far from lazy this summer! And sadly, it's hot, sticky and pouring rain as I write this post! But I can craft my  perfect summer day.


For my background panel, I was going for the look of the white washed weathered wood look of a shabby picnic table. I started with a panel cut from a cardboard box and gave it a coat of gesso. Next I inked up Tim's Pine stamp with Versamark and heat embossed with Tea Stain Distress powder. I toned it down a bit with sponged on chalky paint and edged  with Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons.


The blue sky panel is also waste cardboard. To add texture, I swiped texture paste through Tim's Dot Fade stencil and Distress Grit paste through the negative spaces left from some die cuts Autumn gave me (Scroll by Tim Holtz). I'm hoping to get my hands on this die when it's back in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I added some glass bead gel randomly and then gave it all a coat of gesso. I colored with Gelatos in blues and green and Twisted Citron Distress Crayon. I highlighted with gesso and went over that with Dylusions Lemon Zest ink in a water brush. I edged with Chipped Sapphire crayon.


My butterfly was cut once from crinoline and a second time from an old fabric scrap I had in my stash using Tim's Layered Butterfly die. The crinoline butterfly was sprayed with Dylusions spray and shaped while drying with my heat gun. I colored the fabric butterfly with Distress Oxides by swiping  the inks on the raised portion of the enclosed embossing folder, spritzing with water, transferring the color as it was being embossed.  This left a pretty pattern on the butterfly, but unfortunately was lost  when I brushed on the sculpture medium.


I've been wanting to get my hands on some Prima Sculpture medium, and was I ever excited to see Linda carries it in the shop! I shaped my butterfly as I was drying it with my heat gun; perhaps it works best if you can drape it over something and allow it to dry. I was just too impatient.  I layered the shaped and crinoline butterflies on a doily from my stash. The good thing about crinoline is you can shape it once it's wet while applying heat or shape and allow it to dry without using the sculpture medium.


The butterfly body is a brass toned key that Linda included in my Design Team Welcome goodie bag. I gave it a coat of thick sloppy gesso and dripped it with watery DOX. I went back and blended it with Vintage Photo Distress ink to give it definition from the wings.



The ivory jute mesh ribbon was also in my welcome package, and I colored it with watered down Dylusions spray. I stamped some Wendy Vecchi flowers in Archival Sepia ink on card colored with leftover DOX  and fussy cut them. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Quote Chip.


That's it for me! Now it's over to you! We hope you'll join our challenge for a chance to win a generous $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! The team will also be choosing  their top four picks. I hope you'll take a minute to hop over to Frilly and Funkie  to see all the summertime inspiration my talented frilly and funkie team mates have made for you!

I'm sharing with these challenges:




Thank you for stopping by today and for all your inspiring comments! I appreciate each one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

 The following products used on this project can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


PS I did not use the Honeycomb stencil, but the Dot Fade. Thumblinky provided the incorrect name, but the correct photo.