Friday, March 18, 2016

Guest Designer For Emerald Creek Dares--Happy Easter

Hello friends!  I'm honored to be invited to Guest Design for Emerald Creek Dares today! Thank you, Kim, for having me join your talented Design team for the day! Please hop over to the blog to see all the amazing creations by the super talented Design Team there. I made an Easter card using lots of purple and Easter Parade embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

I started by making my background panel on white card stock.  I used Ranger's Embossing Dabber and a Recollections damask stencil to lay down the pattern.  I heat embossed it with Easter Parade embossing powder and blended over it with Seedless Preserves Distress ink.  I wiped it with a dry paper towel to remove the ink from the embossing. The embossing did not come out as crisp as I would like, because the stencil is quite flimsy and floppy, so the fluid of the dabber does seep underneath. I finished by distressing the edges and layering it on an inked panel (Seedless Preserves). I just love how this shimmers and shines in real life--the powder contains the tiniest flecks of glitter that provides just the right amount of sparkle.  Unfortunately the camera cannot pick up all that sparkly beauty-just a hint of it in the photo below.

I picked up this purple chipboard Easter sentiment at Michaels with purple glitter just on "Easter". I forgot to take a shot of the "before", so I flipped it over so you can see the difference.  I heat embossed the word Happy with the Easter Parade powder and the Ranger Embossing Dabber. You can see you get exceptional coverage with just one embossing. I layered the chipboard on a panel of cream burlap which I colored with gesso and Seedless Preserves ink on just the top half to provide contrast.

I tucked two hand cut banners behind the burlap; they are inked in Seedless Preserves and Frayed Burlap and distressed. I layered my flowers over two Memory Box Quinn Flourish die cuts inked in--you guessed it--Seedless Preserves! The yellow flowers are supposed to be daffodils.  I made them using Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals die, colored in Mustard Seed Distress ink and spritz and flicked.  I inked a strip of card in Dried Marigold, cut it into a fringe and rolled it up tightly to make the centers.
The light colored flowers started out as kraft paper flowers from the clearance bin.  I gave them a coat of gesso and when dry spritzed with water, dusted with Easter Parade powder and heated with my heat gun. These little guys just shimmer!  It's pretty amazing how the powder looks somewhat different on the different surfaces. Lastly, the purple flowers were a gift from Heaven!  I found these in a huge bag of fabric flowers at an estate sale this weekend. How cool is it that they would match my color scheme! Aren't they pretty? Of course, I had to make them my own by adding a petal layer from Tattered Florals colored with Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet Distress spray.

I took my card outside to pose among the daffodils in my garden. I don't mean to make you jealous, but we are having the most delightful spring weather with plenty of sunshine! Easter is on it's way!

I would like to enter my card into the following inspiring challenges:
Southern Ridge Trading Co. Easter
Our Creative Corner Return of the Challenge June '13 "Recipe"  List A fabric (burlap) List B Wood (Happy Easter embellishment  is wood) List C inks (used on background, layers, flowers, banners and die cuts)
Use Your Stuff Challenge #214 Flowers and More Flowers
Craftin Desert Divas Photo Inspiration Linky Party I took my inspiration from the glittery eggs and those blossoms. So pretty!
Word Art Wednesday Challenge Weeks # 222-223 Anything Goes (1st entry)
My Sheri Crafts Challenge # 177 Spring Fever
My Time to Craft Challenge # 317 Flowers
As You Like It Favorite Style of Embossing and Why Heat embossing, because I can alter just about anything with it.  Here I've used clearance rack flowers and a chipboard sentiment in an undesirable color and made them my own.  I can also create backgrounds using stamps or stencils. The possibilities are endless!
Crafting By Designs March Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas Something Spring (4th entry)

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your amazing comments!  I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. My favorite things from this project: Easter Parade Embossing Powder and Your Daffodils!! LOVE this card Sara. One of my favorites this Easter. It's the bright colors that just make my heart sing. Truly SPECTACULARLY SPECIAL. HAPPY EASTER sweet girl. XXj.

  2. Now this is an Easter card! So beautiful and the colors are fabulous. The hints of glitter are perfect! Congrats on this feature! So so cool!!!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous - you go from rusty to Easter gorgeous without even breaking a sweat!
    Sandy xx

  4. Sara, this is amazing! It's so gorgeous and I'm shocked with how many times you used the powder. You are simply an among person and my creativity is better from watching you and I am simply a bit better just for knowing you. I can't wait for years of more collaborations and visiting. Big hugs

  5. Oh my, this is stunning! I love the damask background with the embossing powder (really, everything you put that powder on!), and the different ways you used the ink. Stunning! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's Spring Challenge!

  6. Big congrats on this feature, my dear! This is an outstandingly beautiful spring card with such a wonderful use of embossing powder! Your colours are fabulous and those flowers are simply stunning! Oh, I adore your bright and colourful card, Sara!
    I also have daffodils in my garden :)
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  7. Now when you put a card next to nature's daffodils and it looks just as good as said daffodils then you really have a success on your hands!! An absolutely beautiful card that speaks happiness! Congrats on your guest spot. Nicola x

  8. I am not usually a lilac/purple fan but you have made me want to use them! Your card is stunning and I totally agree with what Nicola says. Congratulations on your Guest DT spot too! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. For me, purple and gold are royalty colours. And this card is fit for a queen. Wow! Thanks for playing along at Use Your Stuff - Gail

  10. Sara, we see many beautiful cards but this one is so pretty...... the flowers, embossing and chipboard are just so lovely. Thank you so much for entering your creative and beautiful art in our AG FF challenge.
    Blessings, Carole
    Word Art Wednesday DT Member

  11. Beautiful Sara Emily! I love everything about your card. Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  12. This is georgeous! I love those flowers and the burlap with them! Thanks for joining us at my Sheri Crafts!

  13. Well I'll be! All pretty like and with a hint of southern charm makes this card deliscious! Butter my biscuits Sara, those flowers, that EP, and those die cuts, along with the back panel=awesome sauce! I sure am jealous of your weather right now as well. How in tarnation is it so cold out in my neck of the woods and your playin in the daffodils darlin? Send some of that sunshine this way please! Huge congrats on your guest spot with the amazing Emerald Creek! Kim is such a sweetheart! I sure hope you enjoyed your Friday! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  14. I love that you did all that wonderful heat embossing! This card is gorgeous (as are your flowers). Thanks so much for joining us at As You Like It Challenge!

  15. Wow so gorgeous Sara Emily!! I am just loving the vibrant yellows and purples together. It's like a spring day just exploded into my room! Fishtail banners are my favourite, love that you pointed them up! Your flowers are just beautiful and that background really sparkles!! A huge congratulations on your guest designer spot, they obviously know talent when they see it!! happy weekend my friend! hugs :)

  16. WOWZERS! This is Beautiful! I love all the textures and color combo!

  17. WOWZERS! This is Beautiful! I love all the textures and color combo!

  18. WOW! Absolutely Gorgeous! Stunning job!
    Thanks for linking up over at Crafting by Designs
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  19. Love your colors on this Sara Emily!
    Please help!! I have a question, I'm a bit confused with the EverythingButCut Challenge Crazy for Colour and the rules.... I posted a post from my blog a while back and you wrote

    "Your artwork is stunning, Michelle! Drawing faces has always been a challenge for me, but you have done a beautiful job here! And your colors look great together. I am so happy you joined us for our Crazy For Color Challenge at Anything But Cute, but I thought I should point out that this was posted before our challenge start date and there is no link back to our challenge. I just assume you are not familiar with our guidelines, so I'm just hoping you will enter our challenges again in the future, because your artwork is amazing!!! Hugs! Sara Emily DT"
    when can I post? There were so many posts already. And now that Jane is hosting as of today I've seen the latest posts and they refer to Branka being the host. I'm totally confused. Is this an ongoing theme?! Please help a newbie.
    Thank you so!
    Wishing you a colorful weekend.
    Michelle aka MiSchra

  20. Such a beautiful card Sara Emily, the fabulous combination of colours, the gorgeous layering and design have produced a perfect Easter card, love it.
    Happy Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  21. These vivid colours really make me feel that Spring is on the way - what a great card!
    Alison x

  22. Oh Sara, my ever-inspiring friend, what a joy to finally be visiting you. Life has thrown so many curves and I am doing my best to keep up. Congratulations on your guest designer spot.. they are so blessed to have you! Your card is stunning, filled with the loveliest colors and techniques. The background reminds me of fluttering petals amongst a sunset sky. :o) The stencil work is gorgeous and I love all of the sparkle within the powder. The flowers are beautiful. I love the combination of chipboard and burlap.. so much texture and dimension. :o) Your work with each is wonderful. Thank you for inspiring us with every post, my friend. Wishing you every happiness, today and always. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  23. Wow Sara, Spring is definitely on its way looking at this beautiful Easter card. Stunning techniques, colours and design, congrats on your GD spot.
    Julie x

  24. Sara wonderful card, love your layout and the colours you chose. beautiful

  25. This card is so well-balanced, the awesome details blend naturally in. Once I started looking around, it was like entering crafter's wonderland! This is so springy... And that EP is terrific!

  26. Oh Sarah! The colours of Spring - Crocus flowers and new buds - make this an instant hit with me! I love the way you added such beautiful elements to your gorgeous background! Congrats on the DT spot! Hugs, Chrisx

  27. Such a lovely Easter card! So many beautiful details... fabulous job!

    Thank you so much for joining us for the Craftin Desert Divas "Color/Photo Inspiration" Linky Party.
    ~ DT Lori

  28. Waw this looks absolutely gorgeous! thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. Hugs! Mojca

  29. What a stunning Easter card. Love those flowers just like the real thing and cute dies behind them. Thanks for linking up with us over at my Sheri crafts this week.

  30. Just simply stunning! I love your colors and flowers - your background is beautiful! Just amazing, as always!

  31. Sara Emily, This card is absolutely stunningly beautiful!
    Congrats to you on you guest post- why wouldn't EC want you as well as everyone else? You rock out the beautiful creations my friend!
    Easter blessings to you!
    xx Jackie

  32. Such vivid colors. Lovely card.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.


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