Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Adventure Awaits - Spring Renewal

Hello! I'm excited to be guest designing at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog for Lisa's "A Study in Contrasts" challenge. I chose to create a dimensional spring canvas for my contribution. Here are some closeups of my project and following those, I provide a step by step on how my background came together.

At the heart of my canvas, I used a piece of thick bark I found in my yard. It's dark, rough texture contrasts with those soft  fresh colorful spring flowers I handmade and had stashed for years. I think these were made using the old Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Bigz die, or it could be another die I used to have. Either way, I have so many in my drawer and it feels good to finally use them. That gorgeous stamped butterfly was also in my stash, and I just fussy cut him and edged in Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink to offer contrast to his black and white image and the neutral wood he perches on. Adding the yellow ink was also inspired by an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly I spotted yesterday while I was working in the garden--the first of the season! I used the non business end of my awl to shape him in my palm.

In keeping with the challenge theme, behind the floral display you see black geometric numbers on the left and the colorful natural design of the birds nest on the opposing side. The brightly colored foliage unfurls over and around the black, grey and brown decaying leaves and wood.

I die cut the leaves from inky scraps in my stash with Tim Holtz Leaf Fragments. And to differ from the dried rotted leaves, I die cut some other foliage and inked them with Twisted Citron spray stain. I used Bigz L Large Stems (closed leaf at the top) and Skeleton Leaves Thinlits (open leaf design at the bottom). There's also a couple of those long thin stems from the Wildflower Stems #1 set. They remind me of pussy willows. I had the black and bright green smaller foliage pieces in my stash and tucked them in at the last minute.

A Quote Chip embossed with Broken China Embossing Glaze and blended with Squeezed Lemonade ink completes my canvas. 

So let's get started with the how-to: (click on any photo to enlarge)

 I start with a primed canvas, and adhere Tim Holtz Ideaology Collage Wrap with Distress Collage Medium. The best way to get just the prints you want is to outline them with a paint brush wet with water, and then gently pull the pieces apart. This eliminates the harsh edges. I've chosen two contrasting black and white prints; one is an organic design, and the other is an inanimate design. I filled in some areas  with colored scraps to offer contrast to the black and white.

When the papers are in place, and the glue dried, I trim excess with scissors and sand the edges.

I give it a wash of watered down Speckled Egg paint, removing the paint from the colored areas with a damp paper towel. You can see I came back in later and added another scrap of colored collage wrap to the bottom right corner to provide balance to the colorful robin at the top.

To complete my canvas base, I apply Distress Crackle paste through a couple of stencils-one graceful and flowy, the other geometric and linear for contrast. I used TCW's Mini Labyrinth and Tim Holtz Flourish stencils. After the paste was dry and crackled, I applied Walnut Stain crayon with my finger to the cracked areas, rubbing it into the cracks to define them further. I also smeared some of the crayon randomly around the edges. I find it easiest to work this way by scribbling the crayon onto my craft mat and spritzing a little bit of water separately. I dip my finger into the water to moisten it and then into the scribbled crayon.

Thanks for hanging in there with me! I hope you enjoyed my spring renewal canvas. Thanks, again, to the ladies over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog for having me join them as their Guest Designer this week! Hugs! Sara Emily

I would like to include my canvas in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Wild and Wonderful Wild about Wonderful Nature!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes

Country View Challenges April 2022 - Spring is Coming (it's here!)


Sunday, April 10, 2022

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Hello again, (spring) peeps! There's nothing like spring sunshine and spring flowers to bring out the creative juice! I pulled this old background from the depths of my stash to back some pretty flowers and a bunny hopping down the bunny trail. I can't tell you much about how I created this, but it's just a the back off an old greeting card that I recycled. I think I was experimenting with some Perfect Pearls mixed with a clear medium (perhaps collage medium) over an ink blended surface, but I wouldn't swear to it. I more recently blended it with Walnut stain. I wish I knew what I did, because I would like to make another. The embossing folder is an old one, too, from Lifestyle Crafts (?), more than likely picked up at a yard sale at some point. Just gorgeous shimmer when tipped to the sunlight.

The Tim Holtz Wildflowers (die cut with sets #1 and #2) are painted with Distress Oxides and the bunny's ( Tim's Bunny Hop) tail is a Christmas pom pom cut in half. So easy, but oh, so cute! I'd like to share this with...

Right now I've got to go try and recreate this background. Crafty hugs! Sara Emily


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Spring is in the Air


Hello! Yay! Spring has finally sprung! The flower garden is really filling in with perennials, and the birds are chasing each other around. Who doesn't love the rich green and bright colors of springtime?! To mark the season, I've made a brightly colored simple card to share with some of my favorite challenges.

I stamped the background with some old stamps from my stash on water color paper. Spritz the paper with water, ink the stamp and watch the pretty watery effects.

I had some hot pink sprayed scraps in my stash, and cut a Wildflower Stem #2 and a Funky Floral #3 from them. I sprayed a second water color paper scrap with Twisted Citron Distress Spray Stain. I cut the Wildflower Stems ( also #2) from the center of the card and used the rest as a mat. 

At the center of my brilliant inky garden is the Specimen butterfly heat embossed on vellum and fussy cut. I glued the body down and the tips of the gently shaped wings.

I hope it's bright, sunny and warm in your neck of the woods! Hugs! Sara Emily

I'm happy to share with these challenges:

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Grungy Tag


Hello! I'm so happy you stopped by! I have a super grungy tag to share with you today for Teri's Industrial Grunge challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. I was in my happy place making this and got to use up a lot of leftover bits and pieces from my 'grungy bits' box. 

I started with a black tag and embossed it with Mechanics 3D embossing folder. I smeared it with Prima's Metallique Rich Copper, Charcoal Black and Patina Green Matte Waxes. I embossed with Emerald Creek's  Hammered Metal and Chunky Rust and Patina Oxide Baked Texture powders using smears of Prima Matallique Light Patina Paint to hold the powders in place.  Finally I dripped with rust paint. These colors and powders were also used in various combinations along with Pitch Black Impasto paint on Tim Holtz gear, Scroll and Seth Apter die cuts.

The gentleman's photo from the Found Relatives pack got lots of  age and grungy goodness from Distress Crazing and crayons and some watery rust paint. 

A Crochet die cut piece and other paper bits were in my stash, unused leftovers from previous projects. The tag was actually recycled from a grungy project I made years ago. That's a recycled button from an old shirt on there and there's a piece of an old shoe string tying it off.

An altered wooden gear and a twist of recycled rusty wire finish off my fun tag. It was a good time getting grubby and dirty with paper and paint instead of in the garden for a change.

I'm happy to share with these challenges;

Thanks so much! Sara Emily

Saturday, March 12, 2022

CAS Sympathy Card

Hello, again!  I had the sad need for a sympathy card a while back for an unexpected loss of a young extended family member. I think this was the biggest struggle to make--sympathy cards are always the hardest for me, but when it is combined with a sudden loss of one so young, it's almost impossible. I think you can understand why I haven't posted it yet.

CAS design does not come easy for me; neither does ink blending or restraint with paint splatters. So here's a four in one 'struggle' card, so fitting for Suzz's  Rather Blustery Day challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. Thanks so much for taking the time to look! Hugs!

Also sharing with these challenges:

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

She Was a Lucky Woman


Hello! It's been a while since I've been able to play with my craft supplies, but I really wanted to play along in the Mixed Media challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, since my crafty love is mixed media. Laura says to create "a mixed media piece about or for someone or something you love". I made this tag to celebrate "us" on St. Patrick's day, including some green for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp. The colors remind me of the season's changing colors from dull browns with pops of rich greens as the trees unfurl their new leaves.

Tim Holtz' clock stencil and crackle paste (love!) add texture to the background. I removed the stencil and when the paste is dry, added color with watery paint: Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I replaced the stencil and applied Resist spray. When that was dry, I added the green: Mowed Lawn Oxide spray and Rustic Wilderness spray stain. The paper doll (I love Tim's paper dolls) is colored with these same green colors in inks. The ribbon was tied onto the little gift pack Linda includes in her orders, and I just added some gold paint to it.

Splotches of metallic gold/silver are added with Aged Taupe embossing enamel. I just swipe a bit of liquid from the embossing dabber with my finger on the tag/clover and sprinkle with the powder and heat.

The shamrocks are cut and embossed with Lucky Love Impresslit from paper colored with a combination of Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness inks, sprays and Oxide spray, then edged with Vintage Photo ink. I altered part of a Halloween Quote Chip with Rustic Wilderness embossing glaze and a bit of the embossing enamel and paired it with a Clippings Sticker to tell the story.

That's all for me today! It was fun to finally create again, and I'm happy to share the outcome with you and these challenges:    

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog For the Love of Mixed Media   
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Add Some Green                                                                            Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Add A Die Cut                                                                                             

Saturday, February 5, 2022

With Love

Welcome friends! I can't believe Valentine's Day is just over a week away! I took the opportunity to make a special card for my Mom yesterday featuring Tim Holtz' Lucky Love Impresslit. I bought it last year after seeing it on Debi Adam's Valentine's Day card and never got a chance to use it. If you hop over to Debi's blog, you can see I was strongly influenced by her lovely gold penned details on her hearts and flowers, but you'll see I went about it a different way.

I actually started with my background, and drew colors and details from that. I started by inking the Floral Outlines stamps with Kitsch Flamingo and Mowed Lawn inks and stamping randomly on a scrap. I've never used these stamps before, either, and often times I'll try them out on junk piece of paper before using the 'good stuff'. But after awhile I was committed and never did use the Mixed Media Heavy stock that was sitting there waiting for me. After drying the outlines, I colored them with corresponding Distress paints and a water brush. I also added some Mustard Seed inspired by the roses on the birthday card my Mom sent me (shown below). 

After the paint was dry, I blended with more Mowed Lawn and Antique Linen inks. Finally, I used a splatter brush and splattered with Picket Fence and Mowed Lawn paints. I'm pretty certain this would have turned out far better had I used the Heavystock as planned--next time...

 I wanted to bring in some texture, and chose the Intertwine 3D Texture Fade. I smeared areas of the black side of the folder with Antique Linen paint and embossed the panel. I was not impressed with my results, so decided to highlight the weave texture with gold embossing. I pressed my finger on the Distress Embossing Dabber applicator and swiped the liquid on random raised areas around the corners of the panel, sprinkled with Princess Gold powder and heated to melt.

It's one of those backgrounds I really didn't mind covering up, so I used lots of flowers and foliage die cuts using the Colorize Bloom set, lace from the Crochet set and of course, those beautiful embossed hearts. I used my Distress embossing pen and more Princess Gold to detail the tiny flowers and the edges of the hearts. I blended the heart with Kitsch Flamingo Oxide ink and dropped watery ink into the embossed flower centers. The die cut flowers that remind me of pussy willows were blended with Mowed Lawn ink, Lucky Clover and Kitsch Flamingo oxides, and I embossed the very tips with more of the gold. The foliage is blended with Mowed Lawn ink and Lucky Clover oxide. The hearts and parts of the flowers and foliage are popped up with foam adhesive to add dimension.

To finish the card, I chose an old sentiment from my stash and heat embossed it on a scrap, tore the ends and blended with the green ink that was left on my blending tool.

Ordinarily, I would have started over on the background, but I'm not completely dissatisfied with the end product, and I know my Mom will be focused on the pretty hearts and flowers! Big hugs! Sara Emily

I had these challenges in mind as I was making my card and appreciate the opportunity to play along: 

Friday, January 28, 2022

It's All Fun and Games 'Til...

Hello, again! I'm so excited to have a play with my Snarky Christmas cats, since they didn't get any use at Christmas this year. I hope you'll read on to see how this came together or at least scroll through for the closeups.

 I lightly blended card for the back panel with Chipped Sapphire and inked the snowflake from Holiday Things with the same, spritzed the inked stamp with water and made random first, second and third generation impressions. I over-stamped the darker, first generation impressions with Versamark embossing ink and embossed with Emerald Creek Fractured Ice powder. This panel is matted with black card.

I die cut a Stitched Oval and embossed with the Flurry stamp from Flurry & Pine using Emerald Creek Soft Fallen Snow and  Eileen Hull's White Wonder Molten Dimensions powders. I blended with blue and brown inks and splashed with water; dried. I edged in Black Soot Archival. This kinda looks like the wintry mix we got last weekend that left everything coated with about 1/2 inch of ice.

 I inked the sledding cat from Snarky Christmas and fussy cut. He is popped up on dimensional foam adhesive. I colored him with distress inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Brushed Corduroy. His eyes each got a squirt of Glossy Accents. I embossed the runners with Fractured Ice powder. I added "snow" under and around the sled runners using Translucent Grit Paste sprinkled with dimensional embossing powder. When the paste dried, I blasted it with my heat tool to get that white fluffy "snow".

I cut two snowflakes using the Snowflakes 3D Impresslit from a heavy wavy textured translucent paper thicker than vellum (I think this was from a candy box) and dipped them in watery blue ink.

The sentiment is a shortened version of one in the Snarky Christmas set stamped in Chipped Sapphire. I just taped off the part of the quote I didn't want, inked it and removed the tape. This card is for my daughter, inspired by a mishap she had while sledding last weekend in some rare southern icy snow. She had a little crash and burn while avoiding another sledder. She didn't get hurt, but the sled did, and her party ended for the day. Oh, well, it's all fun and games 'til...

Thanks for stopping by! I need to go dust off my sled, because we will be getting snow flurries in the morning. Woohoo! Hugs! Sara Emily

I'd be honored to share this in some of my favorite challenges: The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog Icy and Cold; a good excuse to break out my Snarky Cats for Simon Says Stamp Monday Furry Friends; added some sparkle and shine for Country View Challenges January 2022 - Your Year To Sparkle & Shine; and who doesn't love a good Anything Goes?: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes.