Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas Wishes

Wishing you all a peaceful and Merry Christmas! I copied my own card from this Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog and used my new Cardinal die from Simon Says Stamp as a decorative lift tab for the flap. Think this fella's going to get a lot of use this winter.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday -Celebrate!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Sparkle and Shine

Country View Challenges December 2020 - Anything Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

See The Garland, Gleaming Red - a Christmas ATC

Happy night before Christmas Eve! Can you believe it? Whatever happened to this month? I am finally getting in the Christmas spirit now that my cards are sent out and the cookies are made. Mixed with the cheerfulness of the season is the sadness I feel over A Vintage Journey closing down their blog. Having been a fan of this inspiring challenge blog and the very talented team members just about since they started it back in 2014, it was a huge day for me when Brenda asked me to join the team. I had to cut my time there short after just three years last year due to life getting in the way, but my life has been made richer by being a part of a genuinely close-knit and supportive team and making wonderful friendships. It was very important to me to join in with their last challenge, and so here is my Christmas ATC to play along, taking one more opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ.

I don't have much in the way of how this came together. It was more or less just things that were leftover on my worktop after a flurry of Christmas card making and DT projects for The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. All the little bits and pieces seemed to work so well together, this ATC practically made itself.

While I've been using a newer poinsettia die by Sizzix all season long, this old Tim Holtz Layered Poinsettia Bigz die holds a special place in my heart, especially paired with the coordinating Poinsettia embossing folder. A bit of Diamond Dust and Stickles makes this poinsettia sparkle.

I've used a new favorite addition to my stash to serve as the background--Knitted 3D Embossing Folder by Sizzix. I just smeared green and red ink pads right over top the embossed card and then, topped it with a smear of Prima White Gold wax. What could be easier? 

This year's Tim Holtz Stunning Snowflake cut from his Metallic Kraft Stock adds some elegance and glamour to the festive seasonal colors.

After choosing this Tim Holtz sticker for my sentiment, (already inked, but sidelined from another project) I had to tuck in a snip of red tinsel ribbon from my stash (the only thing that I actually didn't have leftover on my desk). After cutting the knitted panel to regulation ATC size and rounding the corners, I added it to a sanded scrap of Metallic Jewel Kraft Stock. Just to make it interesting, I left those corners sharp.


That's all for me today! I'm thrilled I had the opportunity to play along in A Vintage Journey's final challenge, and hopefully, I'll have a chance to make and link up a second ATC, this time, to meet their 'farewell' part of the challenge. 

I'll have a couple of cards to share with you over the next couple of days, so I hope you'll have a chance to have another peek in later this week. If not, have a very Merry and blessed Christmas, and I'll see you in the New Year! Sara Emily

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Poinsettia Embossing with Oxides

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 1

Hello and welcome! I hope you are staying safe and healthy while enjoying some last minute Christmas preparations. Sadly, I procrastinated on sending out Christmas greetings this year. Having been persuaded by social media to purchase more Christmas craft goodies than I will ever get to use this year, I decided to pull out one of my favorites of the season to mass produce some cards. It's pretty clear I was inspired by Debi Adams beautiful Christmas card here, although I could never hold a candle to her level of artistry. 

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 2

I made a bunch of these cards, and each is slightly different. After embossing water color paper with the Poinsettia 3D embossing folder by Tim Holtz, I colored the design with a variety of Distress Oxides and inks. I smooshed the colors onto my mat and used a water brush to layer the color, drying between some colors and blending others. While I did use different products and colors than Debi did, I pretty much just copied everything. While I love her vibrant color palette, I am partial to pink poinsettia's. After applying the color, the image flattens a bit. I  misted the backs and sent them through my die cut machine with the folder for another embossing to make the image crisp and dimensional once again.

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 3

I used a couple of Prima products to add the gold sheen to the green leaves and white highlights to the pink leaves: White Gold Metallique Wax and Old White Matte Wax. Finally I misted with Distress Resist Spray and sprinkled with Diamond Dust from my stash for a frosty finish to most of the cards.

Sara Emily Barker 3D Poinsettia Christmas Cards #timholtz #3dpoinsettia #christmas 4

I left a few without the icy finish, and the one above I added a heat embossed greeting to the front and edged with the White Gold wax.; the others were left plain and a hand written message was written inside.

That's all for today! If I don't manage to create anything else blogworthy before Christmas, I want to wish each of you a very peaceful and joyful Christmas! 

Challenge shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Ice Cold

Country View Challenges December 2020 - Anything Christmas

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Teacup Gift Card Holders

Hello friends! I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season. Just popping in today to let you know I have a Saturday Showcase tutorial for my Cozy, Crazy Teacups as well as these simple teacup gift card holders over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog today. I hope you'll join me!
Merry Christmas!
Sara Emily

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Favorite Technique-Making backgrounds with Ink, Stencils and Stamps; making existing things look vintage- ignore the last teacup!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Cozy, Crazy Tea Cups for Christmas

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 1

Welcome! Today we start a new challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and it's my turn to host. I call it 'Deck the Halls!', and here is my challenge to you:

"For this challenge, we would like to see those vintage or shabby chic Christmas decorations! This is not about Christmas cards this time, but think about tree ornaments, wreathes, vignettes, mantle or table decorations, etc. with a Christmas theme."

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details, and while you are there, be sure to check out the wonderful inspiration by my talented teammates.

I made these three table decorations for each of my grown kids and and my husband to sit at their places at the breakfast table on Christmas morning with a little treat in them from our cats, Biskit and Roger. (I'll probably make one for myself as well, so I don't give away who they're really from. LOL) I think the Christmas Snarky Cats look just like my dear fur-babies, so I just had to have the set. 

I adore Eileen Hull's 3DTeacup and Spoon die, and it was on my wish list ever since I saw teammate Jenny use it HERE. I can imagine so many possibilities for it throughout the year, but for Christmas I wanted to make some cozy chunky knit teacups. I'll be sharing my steps on how these were made in this coming Saturday's Showcase, but for now I'll share a closeup of each of the teacups, but save some surprises for Saturday. Be sure to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog this coming Saturday for the details (you'll be surprised how easy they are to make!) and all the links to products used. 

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 2

Sizzix 3D Knitted embossing folder makes for a cozy pattern and texture on the dimensional teacups.

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 3

My inspiration to use the Tim Holtz Christmas Snarky Cats and Milk Caps along with the teacups comes from my Saturday morning tradition of bringing home donuts from Krispy Kreme after doing a little yardsale shopping with my daughter. She likes to drink milk with her donut (yuck!) and always drinks it from one of her many teacups. My cats are all over her for a sip from her teacup like white on rice.

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 4

In between all your Christmas decorating, shopping and baking, I hope you'll have time to join my Deck the Halls challenge at The Funkie Junkie blog! I look forward to seeing your Christmas decorations! 
Big hugs! Sara Emily

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