Saturday, April 1, 2017

Easter Eggs--Double Duty for Emerald Creek Dares

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for another challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, and this time the theme is Double Duty. This could be interpreted in several ways, such as a project that can cross the lines between being a birthday or a Mother's Day card or a project that could have two different uses. Or it could be taking an image or product and using it in a different way from which it was intended. 

For my Easter eggs, I've used embossing powder in place of glitter. I started by giving the paper mache' eggs a coat of gesso, followed by a couple of coats of Distress paints. When that was fully dry, I coated them with DecoArt Multi Medium and rolled them in Emerald Creek's fabulously unique embossing powder. For the blue egg, I used Winter's Mistake embossing powder (all links to products at end of post) and on the yellow, Easter Parade. The yellow looks really sparkly in real life. Some vintage trim from my stash is the perfect compliment! 

 For these funky eggs, I've used Emerald Creek's spider web stamp on tissue paper, colored it with Distress markers and adhered it on my gessoed eggs. I took a lot of care not to overlap the tissue, but rather to make the pattern line up as well as I could by cutting portions out as I went along. Once done, I coated it all with DecoArt Liquid Glass.

This little pink, sparkly egg did not come out exactly as I planned, but I'll show you anyway. I gessoed and painted the egg as before, then rolled the Branch Out stamp over the egg randomly, stamping with Watering Can Archival ink. It was pretty bold, so I gave it another coat of paint. Next, doing a small section at a time, I outlined the pattern with glossy Accents and sprinkled generously with Sweet Valentine embossing powder and left it to dry. Doing this in small sections took days, and sadly some of the original stamping still shows through here and there. Next time, I might chose to just go ahead and use Versamark embossing ink. I was aiming for more of a puffy raised pattern, so chose to take the hard way out--lesson learned.

I really love the sparkle on this one having used Iridescent Shimmer Embossing powder.

And here they are all together, so you don't have to scroll back up.

 Now it's over to you! I hope you will see new potential in your products or see a second or a third possibility for your artwork! I can't wait to see what you will make! Remember the winner receives a very generous gift voucher to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies!

Emerald Creek Dares

Emerald Creek Products used:

Other products used and available at Emerald Creek:

I'm sharing my eggs with the following challenges:

Thank you for your visit and lovely comments today! I really appreciate them all!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. SARA...!!!! All of these eggs are spectacular. What a wonderful display of how to change up a project with your craft supplies. I am so glad you went with an Easter them and showed us so many eggs. (I loved the tissue paper spider web, i never would have though to make it a colour pattern and then sticking it to the egg. Genius)

  2. Sara Emily, I saw a few of these over at the challenge blog.
    How beautiful your eggs turned out! I love that each has it's own design,colors. I am off to the barn to search for my old eggs to renew today!
    hugs,my friend,
    Jackie xx

  3. Sara Emily, I love your eggs!! Using all the stamps and embossing powders are a fantastic idea!

  4. You gotta be kidding me!!! These eggs are so gorgeous -- you are a genius! I love these eggs Sara Emily - beautifully created!!
    Sandy xx

  5. Oh wow, these are the most gorgeous Easter eggs, Sara Emily!! Each one looks so amazing!! I love the details!! So spectacular!! And who would've thought a spider looks amazing!! Love, love them, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Beautiful eggs Sarah! Such a cool take on the Double Duty Dare! :)

  7. Wow, wow, wow, how clever are you???? These eggs are nothing short of incredible!! Those first two have to be the most beautiful eggs I have ever seen, I just want to reach out and touch them, they look so tactile. And then you spoil us with the cobweb ones - you must have the patience of Job to match those webs up - I LOVE them!! And if that was not enough - oh wow, that pink one is fabulous with all that shine.... and that last blue was is just adorable. You are so talented!!! Love, love, love! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Those spider web eggs = mind blown!

  9. What an incredible collection of beautiful eggs each one different and delightful in every way. Happy Sunday xxx

  10. These eggs are awesome, Sara Emily! I love how colorful and unique they are, and think your pink egg turned out great - you're too hard on yourself! I know these have to be even more amazing in person - that bunny is so cute, too. You sure have a great collection of embossing powders and put them to great use. Hugs!!

  11. What a wonderful basket of eggs Sara Emily! love all the colors and patterns! Julia xx

  12. What a cool basket full of eggs - so many fabulous ideas and designs... your Easter Bunny is obviously a creative type!
    Alison x

  13. You are such a smartie! These are fantastic and so cool! Hugs, Autumn

  14. Wonderful eggs, the designs are really lovely!
    Mar :)

  15. Wow to the tenth degree Sara, these are absolutely amazing!! I am blown away by your creativity with these eggs. So many uses for embossing powder, I may have to pull mine out of the closet and put them back on the shelf! I love the soft pastels on the first two, blue and yellow with the coordinating laces! Beautiful colouring to the powders, almost like a microbead mix! Your spider web eggs are so much fun, only you could make Halloween Easter eggs look completely natural! The shimmer on that last one is so gorgeous, wow!! What a delightful basket of Easter joy, and how wonderful do they look in the grass like that! Fabulous project my friend, well done on the theme too! sending hugs :)

  16. Wow Sarah! What a great Easter treat! These are so beautiful - I can only imagine the mess I might make if I attempted something like this! Chrisx

  17. Now THIS was a BIG TREAT coming to your EASTER PARADE of EGGS Sara. I was all set... scrolling and reading about your gently done, sparkling eggs.... relaxing.... and THEN>>>>>

    only Halloween fanatic friend... would pull out the spider web stencil - eheheheheheheheh! I just started cracking up laughing!!!! Dear me girl. Still laughing.

    OK soooooooooo - I MUST admit - it was a FABULOUS idea. Your spidery eggs are SPLENDID and not scary at all!!! In fact, every single Easter egg is just WONDERFUL. Such a fun post! Xj.

  18. WOW! These eggs are incredible, so many designs and each one beautiful and I'm so glad I don't get a pick from that basket - just wouldn't know what to choose!
    Once again - fabulous talent Sara Emily.
    Hugs, Avril xx

  19. Oh my!!! Those are some super fancy shamcy easter eggs!!! Your creativity is simply endless!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  20. Ohhhhh snap! You done did it and did it good dearie. These are amazeballs and so unique and original. What a delight to see all of these fantabulous eggs together. Each individual egg is magnificent and then you put em together and have a gorgeous basket!!! Wowzers and Wowzers! That spiderweb design is totes awesome sauce and my favorite of all. The stamped egg does look dimensional and thanks for the tip about the ink. Holy Toledo, you have blown my socks off! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  21. Wowzer!!! Love Love Love...going to steal these ideas for next years Easter!


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