Thursday, October 6, 2016


Hello friends and visitors! Only a few more hours and Brenda's Halloween challenge is closed! I hadn't planned on making another Halloween project just yet, but a Pinterest tablescape caught my eye, and I just had to go play!

Here's the beautiful Halloween table I spotted on Pinterest. Aren't those drinks yummy?

Halloween tablescape.  Love the owl plates!!:

I don't have much time for details, but I will say I used my Tim Holtz Thinlits Doily and Frantic Stamper Fern dies for the first time here. The ferns were cut out of a giant candy bar wrapper and colored with Twisted Citron Distress paint. I colored the stamens and sentiment to match with Distress paint and marker. The doily was colored with black gesso followed by Brushed Pewter distress paint and backed with a handcut and distressed card stock circle. The flowers are store bought from Michaels and given a coat of black gesso and Twinkling H2O's drybrushed to highlight.  I added a couple of layers of Tammy Tutterow's Shabby Posies to make one of them larger. A Spellbinders circle die is covered with Rock Candy Distress Glitter colored with Black Soot Alcohol ink. A snippet of an Impression Obsession twig wreath, a Chit Chat sticker, and a heat embossed owl from Martha Stewart complete my card.


I'm sharing my card with Brenda's Halloween giveaway and these challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #51 Anything Goes using any die Scrapy Land sells I used a Sizzix, Frantic Stamper, Impression Obsession, and 2 Spellbinders dies.
Die Cut Divas October is the Time to Emboss I embossed the owl and I guess you could say the background is embossing with stencil and paste.
Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! I read and appreciate them all!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Anything But Cute-October Challenge #18-An Autumn Day

Welcome, crafty friends and visitors! Well, it's here! My favorite time of the year! I love fall for it's cooler weather, lower humidity (when's that going to happen?), the beautiful colors painted in nature, soup, sweaters and of course--Halloween! Our new challenge at Anything But Cute  starts today, and our lovely and extremely talented Autumn has chosen for her theme 'An Autumn Day'.  I'll give you the details on the challenge, but first I'd like to share my Autumn Day wall hanging with you. 

Autumn says "I could not help but choose October as my month to hostess here at Anything But Cute. This month, we want to see your creations inspired by An Autumn Day. Anything goes mixed media with a fall color palette, or Autumnal elements. Be inspired by nature with the sights, smells, and sounds of this beautiful season. We cannot wait to see the amazing artwork you turn out!"

I must warn you, this is a photo heavy post. I'll be sharing my step by step instructions for the metallic panel below.

I used lots of mixed media techniques on my panels and foliage, but I had a little old fashioned coloring fun on this, too!  The bottom "wooden" panel that serves as my frame was made using the technique I used here, except my colors used this time were DecoArt Burnt Umber followed by Titan Buff Media paints. I also did some random stamping with a Prima crackle stamp in areas where the Crackle Medium didn't do it's magic. I laid the crackle medium on real thick in some areas because I was going for a chipped paint look.

I did the crackle technique on the Tim Holtz Ideaology Alpha Parts, too. The rust colored leaves were done using a Perfect Pearls technique I demonstrated in my tutorial 'Playing With Perfect Pearls' at Anything But Cute. I simply added some stamping using a variety of foliage stamps from my stash, and on some leaves I've added Ranger Crazing Medium.

The pumpkin and vines are from an unnamed stamp set I've had in my stash. I love this set, and I'm surprised I haven't used it before (that I remember). I colored the pumpkin with Distress inks and markers and Twinkling H2O's, and I gave it a coat of Crazing here and there to give it some depth. Distress inks, markers and more Crazing on the vine panel. I love this vintage look!

If you recognize these stamps, please let me know the name and maker.

Although this is not a good shot, it gives a hint of the glimmer on the pumpkin from the Twinkling H2O's (frost perhaps?). You might be able to spot more of that "frost" on the die cut skeleton leaves --I sprayed them with Perfect Pearl spray before crinkling them up. This not only gives them some glimmer, it helps them hold their shape.

The embossed panel started as a manila file folder covered with contractor's foil tape. I've made a few of these, and you can see variations on this technique here and here. I will list variations within the tutorial. I hope this makes sense, but if you have any questions, please leave them in a comment below, and I will respond to them.

1. Use contractor's foil tape to cover manila folder cut to desired size. Burnish for good adhesion, especially over seams. ('Scuse me, Blogger: I'm trying to get this to the left margin!)

2. Emboss with Darice's Cracked embossing folder. ( I used Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves folder on Vintage Rustic Autumn Card and his Keyboard folder on One Lucky Day.)

3. Give panel a coat of black gesso and let dry.

4. Apply a coat of DecoArt Matte Medium and let dry. (On the other two panels I actually mixed the paints with the matte medium and applied them. For Vintage Rustic Autumn Card, I used Distress paints mixed with the medium and for One Lucky Day, I used Twinkling H2O's and Prima Alchemy paint mixed with the medium.)

5. Brush on various colors of Twinkling H2O's.

6. BEFORE THE PAINT LAYER DRIES completely, lay a clean paper towel over the partially dried paint and press down to absorb the wetter areas, and pull off quickly.

7. Wipe with a damp baby wipe to remove additional paint where desired.

8. Splatter with various colors of Twinkling H2O's. (I omitted with step in my other two project panels.)

9. Paint over entire panel with orange Twinkling H2O's. Heat dry. The color pools in certain areas and is resisted in others.

10. Edge panel with Versamark ink and apply Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. Heat 'til bubbly. (On Vintage Rustic Autumn Card I used Stampendous Frantage Antique Copper and on One Lucky Day,  I used brown Embossing Puffs.)

This is a very rewarding technique and you can get many looks just mixing up the paint colors and brands.

My product list is extremely long, so if you have questions about a specific die cut, paints, mediums or anything else, please let me know. I cannot tell you the names of my stamps-- I believe these were all purchased at yard sales and makers were not provided.

I hope you will be inspired to join us with your fall projects at Anything But Cute--you have an entire month. Please be sure to check out what each of my teamies has created for you! They really rocked this theme!

I am sharing my Autumn Day panel with the following challenges:
-A Vintage Journey - September Challenge - Create Within a Frame!
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #115-Autumnal Colors My pumpkin, the vine panel behind it, and some of my leaves were stamped.
Penny Black and More-October Challenge-Autumn
Stamping Sensations October Challenge-Autumn
Die Cut Divas-October is the Time to Emboss-I embossed with a Darice folder and heat embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves powder. Dies used are Bigz and Thinlits Tattered Leaves and Prima Leaves.
Dies-R-Us Challenge #58-The Leaves on the Trees-Ok; mine are OFF the trees! Dies used listed above.
Frilly and Funkie-Author, Author Henry David Thoreau-"Walden" I read this book as a child, and was greatly influenced by his life in the woods. As a kid, I would hike through our woods on our property and pretend that I was him, living off the land! Ha! Ha! I still have that sense of wonder when it comes to nature, and I love to study it's patterns. I like to think it has helped me to be a more observant individual. Great theme, Suzz!
Scrapy Land Challenge #51-Anything Goes using a die that Scrapy Land sells I used a Prima die and two Sizzix dies for the leaves.
-Double "D" Challenges 'Pumpkin Time' Thank you for the invitation to join, Darlene!

Thank you for stopping by today and for leaving me your sweet comments! I read each one and appreciate them all!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

UPDATE: Yippee!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Lucky Day

 Hello friends and visitors! Oh, my goodness! I almost forgot it's the anniversary of our wedding coming up this weekend, so I had to take a quick visit to my Closet  this morning to make my husband's card. Here is my rustic/grunge card for the week!

I made another one of my foil panels for this card, and a step by step tutorial is on it's way the beginning of October. This time, I added some rust! After 21 years of marriage you might expect a little rust!

I saved this photo from the cutting room floor because it showed some of that beautiful patina I was aiming for. It's pretty elusive from the camera. Paints used on this panel include Prima's Alchemy Acrylic in Metallique Steampunk Copper, Twinkling H2O's in Teal Zircon and Chestnut.

The stamped images were fussy cut, and Tim's Words Remnant Rubs spell out part of the message.

An old Tim Holtz expressions stamp spells out the rest. The die cut gears are given a touch of gold, and of course, the papers are aged.


Now let's have a closer look at that wooden frame. This is made with a piece of manila file folder cut to size. I painted just the edges with DecoArt Raw (correction- that's Burnt) Umber, and laid on a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium in random thicknesses. When dry I laid on a thin coat of DecoArt American Zinc paint followed by a wash of thinned DecoArt Titan Buff Media paint. Next I lightly stroked on Distress paint in Ground Expresso, and finally gave it a coat of DecoArt Ultramatte Varnish, because I don't think shiny wood is rustic. You can see my crackle didn't quite crackle as expected, but it added a nice touch here and there.

Often times I get comments like 'I can't believe that was a ---- before you painted it', so I thought I would show an ugly shot of what this layer looked like before the foil layer was adhered. Pretty bad, huh? See all those colors around the inside edge? And that swipe of paint in the center? I always do my testing of colors in some out of the way place. You can see the Q. Gold and Teal didn't make the cut, nor did the Antiquing Cream look good to me. If you ever get a card from me PLEASE don't disassemble it! It's very messy under there! 

Products used: Die: Tim Holtz Thinlits-Gearhead; Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Keyboard;  Stamps: Stampendous, Tim Holtz;  Tim Holtz Words Remnant Rubs;  Distress paint:  Ground Expresso; Distress inks: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Ground Expresso; Jet Black Archival ink; Versamark embossing ink;  Prima Alchemy paint: Metallique Steampunk Copper;  Twinkling H2O's: Teal Zircon, Chestnut;  DecoArt: Burnt Umber and Tital Buff Media paint, Americana Zinc, Matte Medium, Weathered Wood Crackle medium, Ultramatte Varnish Other from my stash: manila file folder, card stock, contractor's foil tape, black gesso, embossing puffs, metallic wax rub-ons.

I had to share these last two shots with my card posing with the wood that provides my inspiration.

And on the rocking chair that's getting grungy and mildew-y just in time for Halloween! I can't wait!

I'm sharing my card with my husband and these wonderful challenges:
Frilly and Funkie-Going Round in Circles! I think my circles might finally not need pointing out! Ha! Ha!

Thank you for stopping by and for all your amazing comments! I sure do appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

12 Tags of 2016-September-Version Two As a Card

Hello crafty friends and visitors! I haven't made a second version of Tim's tag in a long time. This one had me a little stumped, so I had to practice on different substrates. I don't have the Yupo paper, but I thought I'd give it a try on the old Ranger alcohol ink paper. This was actually the first version I tried, but wanted to wait until the card reached it's destination before posting it.

For all the details on how to do the techniques used on this card and to see his inspiring September tag, please visit Tim's blog. I really must get the Yupo paper, because his magic technique to get that ghostly look just doesn't work on the glossy paper.

I pretty much followed Tim's tutorial, but chose a few different products. I only have the black Distress archival ink, so my undertaker (Tim'[s Undertaker set) was inked in that and did Tim's magic trick. I guess it's the magic only of Yupo, because all of my facial features disappeared at this point.  I inked again and stamped the details back in. I could still see the x-ray effect behind it, so I carried on. I masked him off and and stamped the advertisement stamp from the same set in Ranger Potting Soil ink. This worked better on this type of paper as you can see. I might just try another time using just the Ranger archival inks and see what happens. I think I used the Potting Soil on the spiders, too, but then over stamped with Picket Fence Distress ink.

I used the bats stencil for the alcohol ink resist technique, and did some stamping with Distress Picket Fence ink.

I hand stitched the alcohol inked pen nib and film strip ribbon onto the card with copper metallic thread and added one of my new Remnant Rubs to the strip. This covers up a somewhat failed first attempt at the alcohol resist technique, but I thought I would put the blob of white to good use to show off the Remnant Rub.

The Alpha Parts I chose are from the Wicked set, and the bats on the Vial Label are also from Tim's newest Halloween Remnant Rubs set. I did my paint patina  technique on black card stock for my back panel and got a completely different look. I like it, but wanted to get a little more of that metallic look Tim was featuring this month, so I added a little Cloisonne Crystals and splattered on Black Soot Distress ink.  You can see the reflection in the glossy card stock (I took this shot outdoors in the dappled shade); something I think would be pleasantly eliminated when using the Yupo paper. It looks like I'm going to have to order some of this magic paper, because I love this technique.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey-September Challenge-Create Within a Frame I framed my main panel, the 31 and the bats on the vial label.
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #28-RusticI was going for a little different rustic look this time--the focal panel has my attempt at a rustic wood grain. I was also inspired by the hanging lights on almost all of the mood boards.
Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media Challenge-Distress I used Distress paints on my background and on "Boo", Distress Picket Fence ink, Distress ink on the batty label, Distress Archival ink, and I distressed the edges of the back panel. Overall, it's pretty distressing.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! I really, really appreciate them! 
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vintage Rustic Autumn Card

Hello friends and visitors! Today I'm sharing a vintage rustic card with lots of my favorite fall colors. It's still "summer" here by the weather, although we did have some lower humidity yesterday. I cannot wait for the cooler days! Here is my card, filled with deep fall colors and rough textures.

My mixed media background panel is done with Distress paints, Twinkling H2O's, and embossing powder on foil. I was going for a rusty tin roof look.  I will have a list of supplies used at the end of this post and a step by step tutorial on how I did a version of this in  a post the first week of October. 

I gave my Recollections paper flowers a new look with Distress inks and seed beads. The Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera and  Pocket card were shabbied up with Distress ink, marker, and Distress tool.

I embossed the edges of my background panel with Frantage copper powder and 'antiqued' with Distress crayon.


Products used:  Distress products:  Paint-Wilted violet, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn  Ink-Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed  Crayon-Walnut Stain; Marker-Walnut Stain;   DecoArt products: Matte Medium; Twinkling H2O's-Orange Peel;  Stampendous Frantage- Aged Copper;  Versamark embossing ink;  Recollections paper flowers;  Tim Holtz Ideaology Pocket Cards and Curiosity Ephemera; Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves Texture Fade;  Other:  contractor's foil tape, manila file folder, card stock, burlap, twine, seed beads from my stash.

I am sharing this with the following challenges:
Frilly and Funkie-Going Round in Circles! My flowers, flower centers, pumpkin, the 'O', the zero,  and each little seed bead is a circle!
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Powder Power I used Aged copper Frantage to frame my panel.

Thank you so much for popping in a leaving your lovely comments! I sure do appreciate them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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!

Emerald Creek Products Used:

Other Products Used Available at Emerald Creek:

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily