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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Feathered Friend Birthday Card


Hello and welcome! I made this birthday card for a good friend who is turning 60 and might need a little giggle. I thought this fit right into The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog's challenge 'Out With the Old, In with the New!', because I took one of my old card designs and made it into something new. Below is my 'old' design. I also used lots of my old products and tools, but in conjunction with my NEW FULL SIZED glass media mat.  I was excited to get the larger media mat as a Christmas gift from my son, having spent the last year or so working on the smaller travel version. 

You can see I went a little lighter this time, but followed my original card design. Since my friend loves birds, I just switched out the butterfly with a Feathered Friend. Sometimes new ideas just aren't as forthcoming as they need to be when you're under pressure. My friend's birthday always seems to sneak up on me, because it's right after Christmas. It's not like I forget her birthday; I forget that it takes a week to mail something across town.

First, I die cut the Feathered Friends bird from black and white card stock. I colored with Oxide inks--Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive and Forest Moss, dried and assembled.

The background is created by smooshing Oxide inks (Iced Spruce, Fossilized Amber and Broken China) onto the mat portion of my NEW glass media mat and misting with water until little beads of color form. Just dip the card in, and dry, repeat until you are pleased with the result. I did the same with the circle die cut from my stash. 

I glued the Flowery die cut to the background and wrapped with a dyed ribbon from the gift bag that Linda includes with her orders from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I chose an Occasions Small Talk sticker and embossed with Broken China Distress Glazing powder. A bow already tied from another gift from The Funkie Junkie Boutique finishes the card. Such an easy project, and just what I needed to slowly stretch my creative wings after a nice long break over Christmas and the New Year. Here's hoping your New Year is starting off happy and healthy! Hugs! Sara Emily

Of course, I am happy to be sharing this with The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge, Out With the Old, In with the New! and Simon Says Stamp Monday, Insects/Birds.