Monday, October 18, 2021

Blessed Fall Leaves Card

 Hello and happy fall! I love this time of year with bright blue Carolina skies and vibrant leaves! Inspired and blessed by the autumn beauty, I decided to make a card to celebrate the season. This will make a great Thanksgiving greeting to send to those I won't get to see in person this year.

To make the background, I stamped the leaf image from Tim Holtz Pressed Foliage in Ground Espresso Archival ink and colored with Distress inks: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss and Crackling Campfire. I smooshed the leftover color onto the background and dried between each color. When the leaves are done, I applied Distress Microglaze with my finger; mostly covering the leaves, but being a little haphazard with my application. I splattered with more of the same colors and then stamped with the plaid stamp from the Lumberjack set. I inked the stamp with Salvaged Patina ink and spritzed it with water before stamping on my background. For the most part, the leaves have resisted the Salvaged Patina because of the layer of micro glaze. The edges are blended with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

The ephemera is from the Field Notes pack, and I layered them with a scrap of Lumber 3D embossed 'bark' and a ide cut leaf from my box of bits. The Blessed sticker is from the Metallic book, and I tied on some old Ideaology jute string.

To balance the gold metallic sentiment sticker, I applied Tarnished Brass Distress paint to the black Skeleton Leaves die cut. All embellishments were edged in Ground Espresso ink. 

Well, that's it for today! I hope I can find more time to craft as the weather cools down. I haven't even made anything for Halloween yet! Gasp! The horror of it! 

Big hugs! 
Sara Emily

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Every Walk With Nature- An Altered Trinket Tin

Hello! It sure has been a while since I've posted anything here on my blog, and truth be told, a long time since I've had the guilty pleasure of making anything. Life takes precedence sometime. But I was offered the opportunity to Guest Design at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and it was just the push I needed to get in the Closet again. Thank you to Jenny and the team for inviting me to play along with them this week! I hope you'll swing over to the blog!

Laura is the host of the current challenge, Chalk It Up!, and the Design Team has made some wonderful projects to inspire you with. I chose to use a tin for my take on the chalky challenge. I love fiddling with Tim Holtz' Trinket Tins, and HERE is a rustier version I made when I was actually on The Funkie Junkie Boutique's Design Team.

Here's how Laura describes her challenge: "September is normally when kids head back to school, it is when the learning begins again....Create a project about learning, does not have to be a school themed project, learning is not just about books and school, sometimes it learning a new scrapbooking technique, or a cool fact and you must include chalk  IE - chalk paint, chalk board, actual chalk....". Additional challenge details can be found on the blog.

I find that a good part of learning comes from experimenting, so I spent the morning playing with a box of cheap chalk sticks I had in my stash. I initially played with Tim's chalkboard technique using one of my latest purchases from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, but I wanted to do something a little different with my chalk. I'll save these for another project. 

I made a few backgrounds from black card using my new Foliage 3D Embossing Folder and played with different papers/cards with the Oak Leaf 3D Impresslit. For one of the backgrounds, I simply embossed a black panel, and swiped over the raised areas with the side of my chalk stick and smoothed it with my finger. I added some color with Rustic Wilderness and Cracking Campfire Distress Crayons to a few of the leaves. Love how it changes the tone of the colors!

The panel I used as the background on the other side was made by rubbing the chalk stick over the raised areas of the back side of the embossing folder (the slightly narrower side that doesn't have the black on it) before inserting the card, spritzing it with water and embossing, using three passes through the machine. This causes the chalk to get into the cracks. After removing the card I dusted off the excess dust and lightly sprayed with water and heat dried to fix the remaining chalk. Then I sprayed with Lucky Clover (I thought I had chosen Rustic Wilderness from my rack, but turns out I don't have that color in oxide spray.) and Cracking Campfire Distress Oxide spray. I wasn't very impressed (no pun intended) with the results, but in such a small area, it makes a nice textural backdrop.

I embossed and cut the two Oak Leaves with the Impresslit  from black and kraft card.  I smeared a couple with Antiqued Bronze crayon and the others with the side of the chalk stick. Then I reversed that, and the ones I smeared first with chalk, I applied crayon to, and the ones I applied crayon to, I applied chalk. It really gives them different looks in the end, but I honestly cannot remember which got what treatment. Just play, and see what you like. I ended up using only the smaller kraft leaf, and added some leaves I had in my stash made in previous crafty sessions.

I didn't stop there with my chalk play. I experimented with a technique where I floated chalk dust on water and then floated different black substrates on it so as not to push the chalk dust into the water--plain cheap black card stock, chalkboard cardstock and a black plastic substrate. After each was dipped, carefully removed and left to dry, I sprayed with 3 coats of acrylic sealer used for pastels to prevent the chalk from smearing. I used my cheese grater to make the dust-LOL.

 I ended up using the chalkboard cardstock panel for the front of my tin after spraying with Crackling Campfire Oxide spray and later smearing on Rustic Wilderness paint thinned with water with my finger and dipping it into the remainder of paint left on my craft mat. You can see I've used a couple Field Notes ephemera pieces on the front, too.

Here's how I prepared the tin: Drawing from the subtle colors in my mainly black and white backgrounds, I prepped my tin with gesso, Opaque Crackle Paste, paints (Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness and Rustic Wilderness) and finally Walnut Stain crayon making sure each layer was dry before adding the next.  I cut the prepared panels to size to fit in and on my tin and adhered. Before adhering the two inner ones, I added layers of corrugated cardboard to bring them forward in the tin.

Isn't that crackle yummy? Even prepping with gesso you're probably going to get a little chipping. I just touch the crackled areas with Distress Collage Medium to keep it (mostly) in place.

Finally, I gathered and prepared my embellishments. The Ideaology Toadstools were smeared with crackle paste. When dried and crackled, I smeared the caps with Ground Espresso and Cracking Campfire crayons and the stems with just Ground Espresso.

 I learn so much from nature, and this Quote Token speaks of that. The token is smeared with Cracking Campfire paint and wiped off, then tied with some leftover dyed Mummy Cloth threads. I arranged and adhered all my pieces within the tin, including some natural things from my yard, additional foliage as noted before, scraps of die cuts and more of the dyed Mummy Cloth. 

Now I just have to clear a space on my shelf so I can put it with my other collected tins! This was so much fun. A special thank you to Laura for her creative push to get us to use chalk-who knew?! You can teach an old dog new tricks! I'm looking forward to seeing how you all use chalk on your makes! Hugs! Sara Emily

I would love to share with Simon Says Stamp Monday Touchy Feely challenge, since this is texture on top of texture! And with Country View Challenges Autumnal Colors and or Halloween, opting for the fall colors this time.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Shimmery Butterfly Garden Card


Hello friends and visitors! It's been too long since I've had time to make something, but I had a little free time recently to start a card for the last challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. Sadly, I didn't have the ability to get the card over the finish line until this week. So you'll see that shimmer, shine, and sparkle Janna was looking for in her challenge last week. In the spirit of Suzz's current challenge - 'Triple the Heat', I kept to my original layout, but I sifted through my box of butterflies to find two additional bugs to add to my vellum Specimen butterfly, played with the color a bit (to be sure there are just three colors at play), and added 3 green gemstones. Oh, and I specially chose a three word sentiment.

Here are a few closeup shots to show off that shimmery background (better late than never, Janna!).

When you're going through your craft supplies in an effort to downsize and pack them all up, you find things you forgot you had! Like this embossed black panel and an old jar of interference green pearlized powder (which if you hold to the light a certain way looks blue, so I apologize for the 4th color).

Check out the butterfly's bright green antennae! I also found a variety of Twinkling H2O's, and I chose a lime green to match the two little already colored and stamped butterflies from my stash. I also used the H2O's to splatter to my finished card, wiping any splatters from my focal butterfly.

I cut two each of the Flower Field die cuts from white and black card and cut them to stretch out the scene. I colored the white ones loosely with Distress crayons: Mustard Seed and Twisted Citron and layered them with the black ones adhering with collage medium. 

I stamped and heat embossed the Tim Holtz Specimen butterfly on vellum and colored him on the reverse side with the same crayons. You can see I glued him at his body and then each of his wing tips to create dimension. The encouraging three words come from Tim's Metallic Quotations stickers.

I'll be leaving this card with my daughter (so no need to worry about crushed wings!) when we drop her off, once again, next week in the big city of Charlotte as she starts her new life in her new apartment and finishes her final semesters in grad school in person! Thanks for dropping by! Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge Shares:

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Triple the Heat

Simon Says Stamp Monday Heat Embossing Challenge

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Christmas in July--A Mixed Media Hoop


Hello! It's been quite some time since my last post, and honestly since the last time I got into the Closet to make something. I almost forgot how to do it! Having been a DT member for Frilly and Funkie, I couldn't pass up the Funkie and Frilly challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. I took some time to make a Christmas ornament, inspired by Jenny's beautiful crackled ornament trio and finding my vintage stand up Santa on a top shelf in sarascloset. I'm in the process of trying to reduce my craft supplies by 50% and most everything in my Closet has been pulled out and either packed away, moved from it's original storage area so I can't readily find it (can you say crafty chaos three times fast?!) or gone to a needy home. So I was limited to my available stash I could actually get my hands on. Always a great way to get the creative juices flowing!

Let's take a closer look while I try to describe my steps I took in making it. A product list will be provided below this post, and most items can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I started with an embroidery hoop that was close at hand, having just purged my sewing things. I gave it  a coat of white gesso, and then smeared on some hardening Crackle paste I had just tossed in the trash. Since that didn't crackle too well, I had to dig in one of my moving boxes to find another jar. The first one I came to happened to be gold. It also didn't crackle well, so I torched it with my heat tool, which helped. I sprayed the hoop with Bundled Sage Oxide spray and dried, then rubbed with Ground Expresso crayon and Walnut Stain paint to get the most out of the crackling. I glued trim from my stash around the back edge of the hoop and set it aside while I worked on the background and embellishments.

I chose a Christmasy background ready made from my stash. This is a stencil-clean-off panel, and later a craft-mat-clean-up of those tiny drops of I chose a Christmas background ready made from my stash. This is a stencil clean off panel, and later a craft mat clean up of those tiny drops of ink left over ink . It was so pretty, I had to keep it. All I had to do was cut a circle to fit the back of the hoop. I decided to add a coat of Crazing, wanting to tone it down with Distress crayon. 

When it dried, I added background stamping and a festive sentiment using Tim Holtz sets, Winter  Watercolor and The Poinsettia along with Distress Archival inks. I was surprised that the archival ink bled into lines left by the crazing. After that first stroke of the brush, I knew I should have inked first, but I was already committed. Lastly, I smeared with Ground Espresso crayon. 

I backed the completed circle with a chipboard circle from my stash (delightfully the perfect size!) the sides/edges painted with Festive Berries paint, then red cardstock and and finally a green doily cut to size.

I had just gone through my doily and button stash and reserved these buttons and a stained crocheted doily, knowing I would get to the project soon. I cut off a piece of the doily and aged it a bit more with Antique Linen spray stain and threaded the buttons with some gold thread. I found a couple of fabric and gauzy poinsettias in my stash and adhered microbeads to the centers. There was a lone length of tinsel thread tangled with the red trim, so I added that to the arrangement for some extra frill.

I sprayed watercolor paper with Bundled Sage Oxide, dried, then dipped it into watery Mowed Lawn ink on my craft mat. After drying that, I gave it another spritz, this time with Rustic Wilderness spray stain. I sprayed with water to blend the color and dried a final time. Using Funky Festive Thinlits dies and the inky green panel, I cut some holly leaves and another winter sprig to add to the arrangement. I always dip the backs of my die cuts into a watery puddle of corresponding ink, so I don't have white edges. While they are still damp, I shape them and set them aside to dry.

 Everything was assembled and adhered. I added another button and some ribbon to the top to finish it off. I'm tickled pink to have had the time to craft again and especially to join in with the challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. I hope you are finding time to make something, too! Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares: The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog Funkie and Frilly Challenge

                              Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Out With The Old and In With The New Everything is old except The Poinsettia stamp set. It's not a new release, but I've had it in my stash and have not used it yet.

Products used:

Distress Paint - Walnut Stain, Festive Berries

Distress Spray Stain - Antique Linen, Rustic Wilderness

Distress Oxide Spray - Bundled Sage

Distress ink - Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness; Archival - Black Soot, Peeled Paint

Distress Crayon - Ground Espresso

Distress Mediums - Crackle paste, Crazing, Matte Collage Medium

Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste

Tim Holtz Stamps - Winter Watercolor, The Poinsettia

Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Funky Festive

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Two Patriotic Tags


Happy 4th of July to all those that celebrate it! I was playing yesterday and made a couple of background tags. I got up early this morning to see if I could make something out of them. Here's a brief description of what I did to create the background followed by some close up photos.

I started by making the tag on the right. I smooshed Chipped Sapphire ink on the reverse side of the rays stencil and sprayed with water. I laid a tag over it to transfer the ink, let it migrate a moment before drying. . After cleaning the stencil, I flipped it and applied multi medium in matte (discontinued) through the stencil. Taking a second clean tag, I flipped the stencil onto it, transferring what was left of the medium.  I removed the stencil and put it in water to soak. Working quickly, I applied Fired Brick Embossing Glaze over the wet medium on both tags, and set them aside to dry completely. When dry, I heated the glazing powder to melt. 

I was happy with the one on the right, but the one on the left look liked it was headed for the trash. I decided to give it a coat of Picket Fence paint. I wiped the paint from the embossed rays, and when it was just about dry, blended it with Chipped Sapphire ink using outward strokes in the direction of the rays from the right to the left side of the tag. I was tickled pink how this turned out, but it needed some fireworks. I used a floppy paintbrush to splatter some white paint, and while it was good and wet, applied Distress Glitter Dust. While the paint was out, I splattered some onto the tag on the right.

I decided this morning to add some stamping using the  Tim Holtz Glitch 1 and Faded Type sets and Faded Jeans Archival ink. What a save!

The quotes are from Small Talk Occasions -- I just dipped the white one here in Antique Linen ink and edged with Chipped Sapphire crayon.

While I chose the same patriotic girl from my huge Paper Dolls stash, they differ slightly in the way they are cut. Both were colored with Distress crayons--Chipped Sapphire and Fired Brick.

A couple of 3D Impresslits add some detail. I used a scrap of fabric along with some old Tim Holtz Ideaology Twine to finish the top.

Another 3D Impresslit cut from Metallic Kraft Stock and toned down with Prima Old White wax.

I topped this one with a strip of denim, grunged up with a brown crayon and used one of those stars with the prongs on the back from the 80's, I'm guessing. You know the ones everyone was decorating their denim jackets with. LOL! I just love it when I can find the perfect thing in my stash to add detail.

Hope you're flyin' 'em proud today! Off to make some hamburgers and potato salad! See you in a couple weeks! Sara Emily


Simon Says Stamp Monday Red White and/or Blue

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes