Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rustic Plaid Scribbles Card for 12 Days of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 9

Hello friends and visitors! I have just finished my card for week 9 of Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style Week 9. If I can keep on track I might just get them all done by the deadline! This is a super fun challenge, and Linda's inspiration is enormous! Her challenge is sponsored by her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are some awesome prizes and EVERYONE who participates and follows the rules gets a generous store discount when they shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique in January. For me, it's win-win; I get a good chunk of my cards done and I get to go shopping the first of the year!

You can see Linda's tag here. I was inspired by Linda's tri-fold tag that she made into a party invitation. I loved the mix of greens with a hint of shimmer, the repetitive pattern and her silver and red sentiment panel on the front. And that red and white baker's twine and those tiny pine cones stole my heart!

I knew I wanted to pair my new Scribble Woodlands buck with plaid, as you can't miss that pairing in any retail store this holiday season--everything is plaid with deer! I guess that old plaid jumper I had in grade school is back in vogue! I used Tim Holtz plaid texture fade, inked it with Mowed Lawn and spritzed with water. After embossing my tri-fold card, I dried the ink and blended over with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress inks. Lastly I spritzed with Perfect Pearl Heirloom Gold mist. For the inside, I blended with the same colors, and spritzed with Perfect Pearl Pewter mist. Hopefully you can see a bit of the shimmer below.

The baker's twine serves as a belly band to hold the card closed. I don't have the Tim Holtz pine cones, but I do have a small stash of the tiniest pine cones ever from Emerald Creek Supplies. I added the silver Art Sugar in the same manner as the antlers further down the post, but gave it a blast with my heat gun to bake the sparkle on.

I cut two Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits and colored one with Tarnished Brass and Ground Espresso Distress paints front and back and used a splatter brush and watered down Ground Espresso for some splashes.  I was going for a wood grain look. The other I painted with Brushed Pewter Distress paint, leaving it streaky as Linda did. I added some pine sprigs with Library Green Archival ink, edged in Ground Espresso Distress ink and heat embossed my sentiment.. Both the sentiment and pine sprigs are part of the Scribble Woodland set.

The buck sits front and center, water colored with Distress markers and a water pen. Inspired by my good blog buddie and ultra talented Anne Redfern of Redanne, I had to do SOMETHING with those antlers! I chose to use Prima's Art Sugar in Antique Silver mixed with Perfect Paper Adhesive brushed on to make him a little more festive. This pales in comparison to Anne's gorgeous deer! I hope nobody takes offense to my deer "trophy". He really needed some sort of backing, and after I made my sentiment panel, I thought I would use the same label as a wood panel to back Mr. Buck.

This card is going to my same friend who received a plaid tri-fold card from me last year. Her family is what I refer to as one of my Capon Family. She and her family have visited Capon Springs in West Virginia the same week we do every year for the past 15 years (both our families have visited at least once a year for over 25 years, but we didn't go the same time of year). We stay in adjoining rooms and share a very special week every year. Since there are grazing deer right outside our front door every evening at Capon, she and her family will appreciate the buck.

Most of the products I used on this card can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique...

I am sharing my card with...
-Addicted to Stamps Challenge #136 Die Cuts and/or Punches (with a stamp) I used the Sizzix Labels Thinlits die and a Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland stamp set.
-Fussy and Fancy Challenge #177-Different Folds or Shaped Cards I hope this is different enough for the challenge--it is very different for me. But feel free to delete from the gallery if you do not think it fitting to the theme.
-Your Next Stamp Sketch and Color Challenge #53 I used green, gold, grey (silver) and red.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! They truly make my day!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily
UPDATE: Yippee!

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-November

Welcome! Here I am as the last few days of November melt into December, finally getting my November tag done and posted for Tim's 12 Tags of 2016-November Technique Remix. Truth be told, I hadn't even looked at his challenge until yesterday, because I had so many other things occupying my mind. Too late for Thanksgiving, I decided to go with a Christmas theme.

Here's Tim's Autumn tag--those colors are amazing, aren't they? I was really inspired by the rustic look to Tim's tag, so my wheels started spinning. Tim's tutorial made these techniques so easy to replicate.

The background was easy as (pumpkin) pie, and this technique is a great way to use up all those little bits of Remnant Rubs left behind. I just had to take a photo before I covered up this gorgeous resist/water color tag.  I used Evergreen Bough and Tarnished Brass sprays, and the metallic spray dries quickly on the Remnant Rubs.  I think it adds some interest, but in the end, it's mostly covered. 

 You can see from the photo below that I had a little trouble with the gilded rubs when I put them back in the package from an earlier project. I could have cried! But waste not, want not, I added the fall-out to this tag.

I have been itching to purchase the Scribble Woodland stamp set ever since my good blog buddie and enabler Autumn of  'Sew, Paper, Paint' introduced that buck here. Well, I finally got it, and it's been sitting there staring me in the face for several weeks. It was almost a reverent moment when I finally removed the buck from it's package at 1:30 am this morning, releasing it for inspiration.

Having water colored the buck with a water pen and  the Distress markers shown below, I got to work fussy cutting it and then black card for a shadow. Tim, may I suggest a die to go with this little guy?

I thought I needed some wood in there somewhere, so I backed JOY with some textured paper I had in my stash and added some glitz to balance it all out. Is anyone else relieved when they put their alphanumeric set away? I always am, because I have 2 playful kitties that love to watch them drop onto the floor.

I chose a snippet of Linen Ribbon and an Enameled Tag for my topper, which I toned down with Distress crayon-Vintage Photo. Some greens from my old (favorite) and nearly worn out Holiday Greens Decorative Strip die and some black holly leaves from my newer, but almost worn out (ha, ha!) Christmas Mixed Media Thinlit die. This has fast become my favorite die, so it is getting a lot of use! I have just ordered the Holiday Greens Thinlits die, and I can't wait to use it!

Here's a few more shots of the complete tag--one of my favorites for 2016! Thank you so much, Tim, for the awesome inspiration!

The sun came out for a second on this grey, rainy day, so I had to get a photo in the natural light.

I was into rustic deer way before they became popular. Perhaps you can tell by the dust on one of the pair of hand carved wooden deer flanking the entry to my breakfast room. My husband wants to get rid of these so bad!

The Distress products I used.

I am sharing my buck with:
-Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016-November
-Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge-Watercolor-Oh, how I've been waiting to participate in this challenge!
-Happy Little Stampers November Anything Goes With Dies Challenge I used Tim's Alphanumeric and Christmas Mixed Media Thinlits dies and Holiday Greens Decorative Strip die.
-Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Christmas to Die For (Please see line above for list of dies used.)
-Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Trio Tastic I used a trio of a trio of stars! One on enameled tag, two on Joy panel. I also used a trio of greens on the topper.
-Southern Ridge Trading Company-Christmas
-Noor! Designs Challenge #24-Winter
-Word Art Wednesday Challenge Weeks #258-259-Anything Goes
-Time Out Challenge#71-Christmas With an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer
-Dies R Us Challenge #61-Tags...Tags...Tags

Thank you for your visit and comments today! I read and appreciate each and every one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily
UPDATE: Yippee!