Wednesday, November 14, 2018

With Thanksgiving Card for A Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends! Today I have a simple card for our current challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Our exceptionally creative Kathy is our hostess this time, and she chose a timely theme,  'A Harvest of Gratitude'. Here's how she describes her challenge:

There is always something to be thankful for.  In this gratitude themed challenge, we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving.  Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.

Please stop by Frilly and Funkie to see what my talented Frilly and Funkie teammates are thankful for portrayed by their beautiful harvestime makes. Hopefully you'll be tempted to play along!  As always, the Design Team will choose their top four favorites, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I chose to use muted organic shades for my card. Sadly, I didn't take any step by step photos, but hopefully I can take you through a bit of the process I took to make my background. 

1. Emboss Distress Heavy Stock with Botanical 3D Texture Fade.
2. Smear randomly with Distress Crazing. Let dry overnight.
3. Scribble over surface with Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon. Smear and blend with slightly dampened finger. Let dry.
4. Smear Raw Sienna DecoArt Media paint over surface with finger and wipe off with a damp cloth. This leaves just a hint of color.
5. Apply crazing to all previously uncrackled parts and allow to dry. This leaves more subtle cracks that you get when applying the medium directly over the 'virgin' Heavystock.
6. Smear with Titan Buff Media paint and wipe off as in step 4.
7. Dab on more Raw Sienna around the edges randomly and you're done!

I managed to remember to take a couple of shots of the crackled background before covering it up. I love the subtle crackle mixed in among the more obvious cracks. Oh! How I love this embossing folder and am thankful to be able to own it! I reach for it time and time again!

I used Stitched Ovals die in layers to give importance to the Bible verse that expresses what I am called to do. I was so excited to find this stamp at a local craft store and knew I would use it for this challenge and on most of my Thanksgiving cards. I am thankful for the  constant presence and love of God, whose mercy is with us at all times.

I die cut two of the larger ovals from the set from Heavystock and blended the edges with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso inks. To make the perfectly sized grey mat, I used my knife to cut around the inside of the larger oval used. To save on paper, I cut this from the center of the back mat.

 Using the Stamp Platform, I stamped the image with Wendy Vecchi's Blendable Dye ink in Acorn and then again in Versamark embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I wrapped the card with Jute String, a lovely gift from my good friend, Autumn. Thank you, sweetie! Funkie Foliage and Garden Greens die cuts combine to make the tiny cluster at the bottom. One of the ferns was cut from a tiny scrap of paper that lined my spray box. It must be 3 years old, and I was down to the end of the scrap. I realized I wanted two ferns, so I did my best to match the color using Mowed Lawn ink and Distress Bronze Mica spray. I embossed the Garden Greens die cuts with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder.


  1. Such a beautiful card Sara x Love the textured background and layered dies with the perfect sentiment x

    TFS and sending hugs to you xx
    Annie x

  2. Sara Emily, this is a stunning card! What a gorgeous reflection of gratitude. I love the embossed background, the layers of crazing and organic color are simply amazing. And your sentiment is wonderful! I know you called this a simple card, I would call it a treasure. xx

  3. Absolutely stunning!! The texture is so amazing!! I love the colors and the beautiful sentiment!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. What an elegant card! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! I love that gorgeous background with all it's inky layers! So, so pretty! Thanks for linking this up to the Cropstop blog this month!

  5. Such a beautiful sentiment, and a fortunate find! Your crackled background is scrumptious! I am constantly inspired by your creative spirit even though I don’t often comment. The beautiful sentiment echoed my feelings, however, so I had to say “thanks” to you for sharing yourself and your gift so freely. Hugs from Kentucky!

  6. Gorgeous card, I love all your crackle and color variations!

  7. Sara Emily! That background is scrumptious! I love the subtle cracked texture and neutral hues, too. Your focal sentiment is so beautifully supported by all the other elements. I’m praising God for your friendship and all the beauty you add to His world with your art. Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

  8. Sara, your card is really beautiful, I just love that embossed and crackled background and the lovely ferns. The wonderful sentiment really does deserve to take centre stage - that was a great find! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Gorgeous! I love that patina you created with the crackle effect and then running the various colors over the surface! Beautiful autumnal card!

  10. Love this Sara, the gorgeous crackle on the embossing and the fabulous design. This beautiful card and sentiment really resonates with me at the moment. Thank you for sharing it xxx

  11. Amazing card! The crackle and embossed texture that you created looks so beautiful - stunning 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

  12. This is fabulous and I love the colour palette. The background is stunning and has the most gorgeous texture and dimension to showcase the verse.

  13. Pure elegance - the sentiment is spot on and you've framed it so beautifully against that stunning background. The flowers just set it all off perfectly too. All in all an absolute triumph!

  14. Your card is gorgeous! Love the beautiful texture. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  15. Super Cute. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Crafty Cardmakers Challenge/ Marlene DT

  16. This card is so beautiful Sara! The background is amazing .. I love the embossing and crackle and the colours are gorgeous!! The sentiment stamp is wonderful as the focal point and the small flower cluster underneath is perfect! So pleased you are playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. Love this!! xx

  17. So many wonderful products and techniques used on such a small area, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card and for joining us over at

  18. The crackles on this rich textured peice look amazing. love this card. x

  19. I absolutely ADORE this card and your precious heart my friend! I have this stamp too and used it last year, though not so beautifully:
    You really made the image shine and the entire design is a work of art, totally frame worthy! Wishing you every blessing during this season of Thanksgiving and reflection. Hugs, Autumn


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