Monday, September 26, 2016


Hello everyone! I'm excited to post my very first project as Design Team member for Emerald Creek Dares! Fall is  my favorite crafting season, so with an Anything Goes theme, I chose to make an Autumn card. I chose the sentiment "Remember" because I'm fondly remembering my first entry into Emerald Creek Dares last October for their Tricks and Treats Dare. I was so excited to see my creepy creation had won, and it was the start of a friendship with blog and shop owner, Kim Evans! Kim's first challenge was in September 2015, and I've rarely missed one. Happy 1st Anniversary, Emerald Creek Dares!

I hope you enjoy this card, and if you wish to read through this post, I've included my step by step process.


For the base, I started with kraft card. I pounced with Ranger Embossing Dabber through Tim Holtz Lattice Layering stencil just around the edges. I covered with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heated 'til bubbly in some areas, and smooth in others. I love this powder, and it will be on my work table through out the season. Lastly, I blended with Black Soot Distress ink.

For the next panel, I started with manila file folder cut to size. I blended with Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade and edged with Ground Expresso. I spritzed my hand with water and flicked, let it sit a minute and dried for those lovely age spots. 

Next I knifed Ranger Transparent Matte texture paste  through Tim's mixed media stencil. While the paste was still wet, I added clear micro beads and  Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder. Once the paste was completely dry, I heated with my heat tool to melt the powder.

 I blended with Vintage Photo and Ground Expresso Distress inks. I carefully wiped the ink from the stenciled areas with a damp clean cloth, then spritz and flicked and dried again.  

It's hard to see that gorgeous texture without zooming in, so here are a few blurry closeups. Gotta love that Soft Fallen Snow on the matte paste for a frosty look!

To finish the panel, I dabbed some random areas with the embossing dabber through Tim's Speckles stencil, sprinkled on  more Burnt Copper Leaves and then heated.

The frame is Tim's Ornate frame die cut from Grungeboard. I covered it with gesso and painted with Ground Expresso and Tarnished Brass Distress paints. I quickly sprayed the paints with rubbing alcohol to blend the inks and sprinkled with Burnt Copper Leaves. I heated 'til bubbly, and while it was heating I noticed it curl up. I liked the look, but it flattened back out. To keep the curved look, I attached the frame to the panel with Ranger foam adhesive. I edged the frame in Tarnished Brass paint and Ground Expresso ink. The fussy cut butterflies were on a scrap in my stash, and I believe are a Tim Holtz image colored with Dylusions spray.

The large butterfly is Martha Stewart inked with Jet Black Archival and colored with Distress Markers in Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge. I spritzed with Walnut Stain using my Ranger marker spritzer and gave him a Burnt Copper Leaves body.

"Remember" is a Nicole Wright sentiment from her Fallen Blossom set inked in Potting Soil Archival on a Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits die cut. The die cut flowers are also Tim Holtz--Wildflowers Thinlits.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please be sure to visit Emerald Creek Dares to see what amazing projects my talented teamies have made for you! I hope you will enter this month's Anniversary challenge which is an easy one--"Anything Goes"! There's a whopping $50 gift voucher to Emerald Creek Supplies for the winner and badges and store discounts for the runner's up, so you don't want to miss out!

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Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Halloween Inspiration

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for some more Halloween Inspiration! I made a card for my daughter who still needs a little more inspiration as she begins her new life as a college student. She loves Halloween as much as me, so I thought a little Halloween craft was in order to bring some extra sunshine into her life.

Frilly and Funkie's theme these next two weeks is 'Going Round in Circles', so I was sure to include lots of circles in my layout. We can start with the background, where blood spatter and splatter makes circles. The Undertaker's eye socket look circular to me, as do the concentric circles of the embossed spider web. A stamped clock also serves as a circle as well as the spots on the ghostly hand die cut. You might even see some circles in the stamped hand writing that appears as if by magic on the spider web panel.

Of course, I had to use a printed paper with a circle pattern to stamp my Undertaker on.

A twig wreath circles over the death notices. Inspired by the mood board and the quote  "Stay patient and trust your journey" at Mixed Media Place, I wanted to use just shades of black and white and the teensiest bit of brown from Vintage Collage Medium for that vintage look. I loved the quote provided, but simply put "Inspire Yourself", because my daughter seems so uninspired by her classes.  Life is what you make it; enjoy the journey.

More circles on the tag, the ribbon, stenciled card, and the fishtail banner.

A coat of Distress Rock Candy Crackle paint, Distress stain and a sealant of Vintage Collage medium for the clock.

Supplies used:
Dies:  Memory Box (skeleton hand), Impression Obsession (twig wreath) Stamps: Tim Holtz Undertaker, Inkadinkadoo (blood splatter), Altered Pages (clock), A Stamp in the Hand Background Text  Stencil:  Tim Holtz Dot Fade  Embossing folder: Tim Holtz  Ranger products: Transparent Matte texture paste, Multi Matte medium, ink: Archival Jet Black Distress:  Vintage Collage medium, Hickory Smoke spray stain, Inks: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Ground Expresso, and Picket Fence Paper: My Minds Eye and black and white card stock from my stash. Ribbon/twine: stash

Since I did not do a step by step tutorial, please feel free to leave any specific questions you may have, and I will try to answer them. This was a quick card, so I may not have the exact steps committed to memory.

I will be sharing this card with the following challenges:
Southern Ridge Trading Company-Your Favorites Need I say it again--Halloween! Tee Hee! Mixed Media! Crackle and of course, my daughter!
Mod Squad Challenge-Celebrate Your Inner Splat I used a stamp to create my blood splat(ers).

Thank you for your visit and for your comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and blessings!
Sara Emily

Saturday, September 17, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-September

 Hello crafty friends and visitors! Can you believe we are half way through September, and my favorite time of the year is just around the corner! With temperatures dipping into the 70's at night my mind turns to fall and Halloween! Tim must have been thinking of Halloween when he picked this month's Technique Remix--Paint Patina and Alcohol Ink Resist. His added technique from his Chemistry 103 class of what I call 'alcohol ink ghosting' screams for Halloween stamps!

You can find all of Tim's instructions and his fabulous industrial looking September tag on his blog. I love the Evolution stamps he used, but sadly I don't yet have that set. Nor do I have the ubiquitous Yupo paper--well, it's seen all over the Internet, but not yet in our local craft stores. So, after attempting the technique with so many surfaces I had in my stash--some successful, others not--I did some research and made my own Yupo-like paper. Out of respect to Tim, I will not reveal my secret. But it did work--mostly. I still have the real Yupo on my on-line wish list.

Oh, my how I LOVE that painted patina! I tried this on several surfaces, too, and there is no substitute for that Ranger manila card stock or Tim's tags for this. My colors of Distress paint are Evergreen Bough, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint (just a titch) and Antiqued Bronze. Distress inks used are Evergreen Bough, Ground Expresso, and Black Soot. The stamps are from Tim's Undertaker set. I stamped the Undertaker and spider images in Distress black archival ink (my only color) and the script background images in Ranger Potting Soil archival ink. The spiders were over stamped in the Potting Soil. I used some new and old Remnant Rubs, Linen Ribbon and an altered spider ring from my stash.

The patina technique was used on bats from the Wicked Alpha Parts set. At first I used the colors from my background and then realized I wanted purple bats. The bats in the background are done using Tim's Layering stencil and his alcohol ink resist technique.

Gotta love that woodgrain look from swirling on the alcohol inks. A trio of Tiny Attachers altered with alcohol ink finish it off.

I'm playing along with these challenges:
A Vintage Journey September Challenge Create Within a Frame Stretching here?? I framed my "ghosting" panel in black and the filmstrip ribbon frames a rub on:) :) Remove if necessary.
Southern Ridge Trading Company Your Favorites My favorite fall holiday and favorite time of the year to craft. Copper--my favorite metal besides rusted metal of any sort. Possibly my favorite new Tim technique if I can get my hands on some Yupo!
Mixed Media World MMW#18 Magical/Fantasy I think of Halloween as a celebration of fantasy. I don't follow the so-called evilness behind it, but it is a time we can be anything we want (and not look too strange doing it!) 
Stamps and Stencils- The Colors of Autumn No leaves here, but lots of my favorite fall colors on the background and on the embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your heartfelt comments! They mean so much to me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Replace Fear With Curiosity

Hello friends and visitors! I have a quick post for you today of a card I made for my daughter this morning. This is possibly one of the fastest cards I've made in a year! She needed some extra encouragement, and I've kind of gotten the hint she loves to get snail mail--who doesn't? So I had to rush to get this in the morning mail.

Stuff used:

Trash:  Gold foil envelope, cardboard waste packaging  Stash:  black cardstock, gold vellum, gold thread, metallic rub-ons (to highlight embossing) Distress: crayon, ink, and paint in Black Soot Ranger:  Pewter Perfect Pearl Mist, Gold Mixative, Multi Matte Medium, Adhesive Foam Tape  Ideaology: Token, Small Talk stickers Die:  Sizzix Movers and Shapers butterfly Embossing Folders: Tim Holtz, Sizzix

Because I did not do a step out, please let me know if you have any questions!

I am entering this into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey-September Challenge-Create Within a Frame While I didn't use a physical frame, I framed my focal panel with a mat made from an embossing folder, a gold foil envelope, paints and rub-ons. The token is framed by the center of the embossed compass--a perfect fit--cooincidence???
Southern Ridge Trading Company-Your Favorites Mixed Media, texture, butterflies and my daughter!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for leaving one of your lovely comments! I read and truly appreciate each one! Your encouraging comments about my daughter warm my heart!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Friday, September 9, 2016

Shabby Butterfly Canvas

Hello friends and visitors! I have a quick post for you today of a canvas I made for my daughter. Pamellia is hosting the challenge 'Things with Wings' at Frilly and Funkie, so I included lots of butterflies on my canvas. This started with a stack of "art" papers  that I had been playing with but never actually made it onto a project.

This looks a bit of a mess, but actually it's quite pretty in natural light and in person. You'll just have to take my word on it! Below is a shot I took outdoors in the shade and is much more like the actual colors. The inspiration for my project was a piece of paper I lined my spray box with covered in yummy Dylusions ink sprays. I die cut my flowers and punched some butterflies using this and other papers in my "save it for later" basket.

I die cut my posies and adhered to the canvas...pretty bold colors...probably not shabby enough for Frilly and Funkie, huh?

I added some stenciling using transparent paste and some glitter, then Tumbled glass stain spritzed with water. Ooops! The Dylusions are bleeding, but I kind of like that! Still too bright but white wash paint and Multi Matte Medium help to tone it down.

This is the scrap paper I cut the large butterfly with. I believe I used alcohol and kosher salt to get the texture over Distress paints. Isn't it pretty?

Here are some close ups to give you an idea of how pretty the background is, and I've included a list of products used at the end of the post. I'll cut this short because my sweet daughter will be home for the weekend any minute! I just have to say I had a blast making this. I've been having some er, issues getting back into the Closet, so I took some of my own advice and just went in there and played. I hope this will encourage my daughter, as she is still trying to get accustomed to college life. Love this Tim Holtz "Pondering".

Products used:

Dies:  Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies Thinlits, Spellbinders Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies Punches:  Martha Stewart and stash Stamps: Tim Holtz Ponderings Stencils:  TCW, Tim Holtz Distress:  Tumbled Glass stain,  Wild Violet spray and paint, Blueprint Sketch ink and paint, Picket Fence Crackle paint, Clear Rock Candy Glitter Ranger:  Texture Paste Transparent Matte, Multi Matte Medium, Glossy Accents  DecoArt: White Wash acrylic paint  Prima:  Art Sugar Antique Silver  Dylusions sprays:  Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue, Bubblegum Pink  Ideaology: Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Wrap  Michaels:  canvas board

I would like to enter my canvas into the following challenges:
Southern Ridge Trading Company Your Favorites Well....let's see, mixed media, crackle, purples/blues, butterflies and my daughter!

Thank you for stopping by today and for leaving your lovely comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Monday, September 5, 2016

Anything But Cute September Challenge #17-Friendship

Hello friends and visitors! Today marks the start of our 17th challenge at anything But Cute! Where does the time go? The lovely and tremendously talented Branka is our hostess this time, and she chose the theme "Friendship". I'll give you some details on that shortly, but first here is an altered mini frame I made to help inspire you.

Here is what Branka says about the theme 'Friendship'....Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. We want you to show us a mixed media creation that's inspired by friendship. You can create anything from tags to art journal pages, but make sure it's a mixed media piece. Let's celebrate friendship together!

I chose to make a tiny folding frame to send with my daughter to college. I thought she could put photos of the fun she's had this summer with her best friends in it to have near her on her desk. I picked up this frame at a yard sale about a month ago and got started right away. But because I'd much rather spend precious time with her, it sat on my worktable, and the next thing I know it was time to take her to college and drop her off. So you will see my paints, inks and stains have all run together from the tears shed over making this for her since she's flew the nest. But it brightens my days to spend time making something I know she will love.

This is what it looked like after giving the entire thing a couple of coats of gesso and blending my Distress paints over that. I swiped some of the paints directly on the frame, and some I diluted with water on my craft mat and ran the frame through, drying between layers, and dabbing at my puffy eyes with a tissue. From here on, I forgot to take process shots--oops! But nothing new here. I used Distress paints in Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet and got some of those spots by flicking rubbing alcohol on the wet paint.

Next I used various stencils--a TCW stencil, a Tim Holtz stencil and a no-name one--and knifed through Ranger Transparent Texture Paste in Matte. While wet, I sprinkled with Prima Art Sugar in Antique Silver and a tiny bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter. I allowed it to dry and brushed off the excess. I wish I had a taken a process photo, because it was REAL sparkly. I toned it down by adding some Distress Spray stain in Picket Fence straight from the bottle and spritzed with water to allow it to blend over the surface. You can get a feel for the sparkle in the photo with the Flourish stenciling below. This is one of those projects that just looks so much better in real life.

The flowers are from my stash and started as white. Distress Spray stain in Wilted Violet gives them their color with different degrees of dilution with water for the various shades. The black flower images are rub ons from my stash. Within the frame, I covered watercolor paper with clear gesso then tinted with Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire Distress paints. I stamped a couple of flowers with white acrylic paint and used Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and a rub on from my stash for the advice.

Another flower rub on from my stash.

The music stamps in the background are in Archival Watering Can and are from My Sentiments Exactly, the smaller music is a rub on, and the friend sentiment is from Dylusions inked in Jet Black Archival. That's a bit of cheesecloth, my homemade art stones, and a half of a Cheery Lynn die cut tucked under the flowers.

Around back, I used some designer paper cut to fit and blended with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet distress inks and spritz and flicked with water for that lovely aged look. I used Tim Holtz musical Tissue tape on one of the folds and another one that mentions friend from my stash on the inner folds.
A few stashed rub ons finish this side off and are ready for a few personal handwritten thoughts.

That's it for this project--simple as it gets, but a little on the time consuming side! I hope you will pop over to Anything But Cute to see what my super talented teamies made to inspire you for this challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing all your great entries again this month; you have an entire month to enter!

I would like to enter my frame in the following challenges:
Southern Ridge Trading Company- Your Favorites One of my favorite crafty endeavors is to alter an object and give it a new life. Purple is quickly become one of my favorite colors this past year, and of course, I love texture! And I made this for my favorite daughter! (I only have one!)
Country View September Challenge- Travel What's this got to do with travel, you ask?  My daughter is taking a new journey, traveling far (for her) from home to spend 4 years in a new city.
Frilly and Funkie-Floral Infatuation I tried to get this ready for It's a Small, Small World, but it wasn't happening. So thankful for this week's theme!
Dies R Us challenge #56-Summer Vacation Well, summer vacation is over and college starts for my daughter. This frame was made for her to put some of her summer memories in. I used a Cheery Lynn die.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily