Friday, December 18, 2015

Guest Designer Mixed Media World

Hello, everyone!  Happy Friday!  I'm thrilled to be joining Ingrid and her super talented Design Team as Guest Designer at Mixed Media World today for Deb's December Inspiration challenge. Here is a card I made using the colors on her inspiration image below.

These are the colors of Deb's December Inspiration. Courtesy of Design Seeds.

I started with Ranger Manila card stock and spread Golden crackle texture paste over it.  While it was still wet, I embedded Recollections sequins in the paste in two corners. After it dried, I added Golden Glass Bead Gel and painted the entire thing in DecoArt Americana Titanium White paint. I blended Distress inks in Ground Expresso, Black Soot, and Hickory Smoke. Finally, I wiped some metallic rub on wax in Nubian with my finger. Below is the only in process shot I took; I was so carried away in the making and not in the taking!

The top most snowflake was painted with Distress paint in Weathered Wood using Tim Holtz Paint marbling technique. I added a layer of DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium, and when dry, added Titanium white. I edged in Ground Expresso Distress ink.

The brown center snowflake is painted with DecoArt Media Burnt Umber, dried, and embossed.  I sanded lightly and used Distress paint, Black Soot to edge. I used Ranger's Embossing Dabber, Sticky Embossing powder and Pumice Stone Distress Glitter for an icy look. I did the same thing to the foliage.


The bottom snowflake is also painted with Burnt Umber, then with Weathered Wood Crackle medium. I topped it with DecoArt Americana Grey Storm and Distress ink, Black Soot. I heat embossed the Tim Holtz sentiment using Stampin' Up Chocolate Brown powder.

My string is painted with Ground Expresso Distress paint and then stiffened with Stiffen Stuff.  The tiny snowflake charm is from my stash and colored with just a touch of Ground Expresso paint and metallic rub on wax in gold.

I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Snowflake die and accompanying Texture Fade to make my snow flakes and La La Land Winter Branches die for my foliage.  The tag is Tim Holtz Sizzix Tiny Tabs and Tags die. The sentiment is Tim Holtz Mini Handwritten Holidays, and it is inked in Archival, Potting Soil and Watering Can (I love those names!).

I would like to enter this card in the following inspiring challenges:
A Vintage Journey Vintage Christmas My Tim influence: his paint marbling technique and using his Distress and other products, as well as his vintage grungy style.
Emerald Creek Dares Celebrations Around the World Because not everyone may celebrate our traditional Christmas, I wanted to create a winter celebration for all to enjoy!
Scrapy Land Challenge #32 Holidays I used two of the 40 brands that Scrapy Land carries: Sizzix and La La Land
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Just a Pinch I used a pinch of Distress Glitter.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate them all! This is more than likely my last post before Christmas, so I wish you all a wonderful Christmas day, full of joy and love!
Hugs and Christmas Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Love the three versions of distressed snowflakes and the gorgeous background. Adding the bling into the wet paste was brilliant! This is super fab!!! Congrats on all your blog land love lately, dear - you so deserve it! What a fabulous Christmas for you! :)

  2. Lovely layering and colors! Great take on the inspiration palette..... hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! See you next year - xxx Lynn

  3. Oh my, Sara, how I love your layered snowflakes! I never used that die in such wonderful ways as you did! What a genius idea to put blings in the paste! Gorgeous design, my dear! Congratulations on your GDT post at MMW! Bravo!
    Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

  4. Absolutely stunning ! Sara .So many of my faves on one card - the colours , the crackle , the metallic touches , the snowflakes ... oh I'm sure theres something I've forgotten to mention. A real winner imho . TFS. Congrats too on your GD spot At MMW x

  5. Another stunning card, Sara Emily - you've worked wonders with the colour palette. Congratulations on a great guest spot.
    Alison xx

  6. You are the little engine that DID! Whoot whoot! Congrats on another well deserved guest spot at MMW! I wish I could have seen you in action these last few days, maybe weeks! I bet your closet was like a hurricane! This snowflake grunge design is amazeballs and oh so right! Wowzers sista! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  7. Stunning work as usual Sara!!! Love the texture and such a gorgeous pick of colors from the color palette inspiration! I have not had much time lately to comment on the posts and you have been quite a busy bee last month or so! I would like to tell you now that I loved all the projects. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend my dear!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. I'm super impressed with everything you do! I love this one.

  9. Amazing Sara love the background and the way you built it up its fantastic. x

  10. Stunning!! Now, I need to know something...are you opening up a how to website? ") You should!! Much love my friend,Jackie xoxo

    1. Hello my sweet friend! I just read your(long) comment! heehee Hey, do me a favor and resend your email...I cannot seem to find it among my contacts xo

  11. ohhhhhh! Gorgeous, Sara! Thanks for playing in the {Scrapy Land Challenge}! Hope to see your pretty projects again soon!
    crafty hugs,
    {Creative Smiles}

  12. This is an absolutely stunning piece! The color palette is breathtaking and I love all of the metallic touches it has. This is filled with layer after layer of elegance, yet it still has a cool almost grungy vibe. You've done a masterful job of combining several mediums and looks into one amazing piece. LOVE what you did here and am so glad you shared these techniques and ideas with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  13. Fantastic project Sara, those snowflakes look so stunning in those colours! Wow, I am loving those colours too!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  14. Love this imaginative and fun take on the "mood board" dark wintery colors Sara. That big chunky brown snowflake on top looks good enough to eat to me - like Christmas candy!!!!!!!!!!!! As for the Let It Snow part... For sure - let it snow - but not at my house!!!!!!! Hugs. j.

  15. Wow beautiful Sara! Another fantastic project. Thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares.
    -Katelyn DT member at Emerald Creek

  16. Oh my! This really is gorgeous! I love the way you made the background but oh those snowflakes! Yum! I need to investigate stiffen stuff! Hugs, Chrisx

  17. such a yummy canvas!!! :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  18. sara all your projects are fantastic and this one is no exception! i love all the little details in it from the use of a variety of projects for the main part right down to the string which you painted yourself. (isn't that expresso the best ever!!) thank you so very much for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares

  19. Wow! Lots of great techniques used on this card. Very creative, lovely card. Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and more.
    :) Pam

  20. Love the blues, greens and grays on your card! Just beautiful, love the snowflakes too! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #32!

  21. Hun, you completely rocked the GDT at Mixed Media World, just blown away by your card, love how you interpreted the challenge theme xx

  22. Wowwwwwww what a great mixed media card. Love everything about it. Thanks for joining in with our 'Happy Holidays' challenge at Fussy and Fancy, and good luck
    Eileen x

  23. what an earthy christmas card. love it. so many textures and details. thank you for sharing it with us at FFFC and good luck, Theresa DT xx.


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