Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CAS Christmas Card For Scrapy Land

Hello, friends and visitors! It's time for a new Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. I challenged myself to create in a clean and simple style.  This is in complete contrast to my mixed media canvas (see it HERE) I made this weekend, and I find CAS to be a bit more of a challenge for me. But isn't it fun to to have our creativity tested?

My photography skills are lacking, so I really just don't have a good shot of this, but hopefully you get the idea.

I used a Memory Box Snowflake Ornament to cut black card for the bottoms, and manila folder covered with contractor's foil for the tops. While this particular die is no long available at Scrapy Land, there are other snowflake ornament dies available.  The inventory is constantly being updated, so visit the shop often! The ornament tops were colored with Black Soot Distress paint, partially dried and wiped back. The snowflakes were heat embossed with holographic embossing powder.

For the background I chose water color paper and embossed with a dots folder water and colored with Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough Distress inks. My sentiment is Tim Holtz Simple Sayings inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink. Scrapy Land also has a wonderful assortment of embossing folders available, so be sure to check out their latest offering here.

I'm really enjoying the CAS style. I hope you'll pop over to Scrapy Land blog to see the amazing inspiration from my teammates! I hope you'll find some time to join our Anything Goes challenge. Just be sure to use at least one brand die that Scrapy Land carries in the shop to qualify for one of two $10 gift certificate prizes! We'll also be on the lookout for our Top Picks!

I'm sharing with these challenges:

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mixed Media Layout-'Whisper to My Heart'

Hello friends and visitors! It's another rainy day here in the south, so I spent my afternoon in the Closet playing with some of my hoarded 'trash'. It's always fun to create just for fun. Here is my mixed media layout I made inspired by the mood board at Mixed Media and Art.

Not too much detail of the process, since I was just having fun. I have a few close-up shots of the details and a list of products used at the end of the post.

The focal image is an old stamp from my stash--maker unknown. Lot's of layers of DOX and Distress crayons takes her image back a few years. I was inspired by the dreamy blues and neutrals in the photo collage.

More inspiration comes from the bricks and cracks and the embossed pendants. I did a tutorial on how to make my coins shown below. You can see my tutorial HERE. All I did was change the color from gold to vintage silver using Prima's Sparks Raven's Eye paint and Distress crayon. Same for the 'washers'.

Inspired by ...the paint brushes...

...the feathers and the wispy word 'wings'.

And what about all that nubby texture? I used the beautiful Prima Sparks Magical Pond on some Art Stones and quote.

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Inspired by the blues in the flowers, the texture of the shingles, and the swag of vines (echoed by the single thread swaying over my layout.

Thank you for your visit and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

I used the following products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

I used these DecoArt products:
Media Fluid paints: Burnt Umber and Medium Grey Value 6, Ultra Matte Varnish, Weathered Wood Crackle medium and Crackle paint

And these products from my stash:
Black Gesso and Soft Gel Medium, Prima stamps,Tag and Bookplates die from Tim Holtz

Another Birthday Card

Welcome! I have a short post today for what was actually my first birthday card to wish Simon Says Stamp a Happy 7th Birthday.

Yes, this one's pretty much the same at THIS ONE, except for today's card I used my embossing folder to stamp my background before heat embossing. Just ink your embossing folder on the side the design is raised on and place your card over it. Run a brayer over the card to transfer the ink. It's an easy way to maximize your supplies.

Dies used: Tim Holtz Framelits

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blue and Green Birthday Card

Hello friends and visitors! Do you love cupcakes like me? I've whipped up this yummy birthday card to help Simon Says Stamp challenge blog celebrate their 7th birthday.

At the center of my card is Tim Holtz  Birthday Blueprint Framelits. I won this set on Tim's blog, and I've never used it! Shame on me! I've put my Distress Oxides to work to color both the cupcake and the Spellbinders circle die cut beneath the Tim Holtz doily die cut.

I used an embossing folder and white embossing powder to do some double embossing.  And of course, some more DOX and Distress inks to color my background panel. Here are some close ups of that wonderful chalky color that blends and fades so effortlessly. I can't wait to get the new colors!

Happy Birthday, Simon Says Stamp!

I'm sharing my card with the following challenges:
Card Mania Challenge - CMC#95 Party Happy Birthday, Card Mania!

Thank you for stopping in today and for sharing your thoughts with me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Capon Memories Journal for Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! I am hosting the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and the theme is 'Read Any Good Books Lately?'. Today, the Funkie girls will present their interpretation of the challenge theme. I will give a description of the challenge, but first here's a look at my Capon memories journal.

Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it's in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!

Believe it or not, my journal was actually found in the trash! Yup, I did a little dumpster diving! Tee Hee! Actually, it was in with a pile of old photographs and other memorabilia a neighbor was throwing out. They know I like old black and white photos, so they gave me the whole kit and ka-boodle! One of the photos was used HERE.

My inspiration for making this journal came from our recent family vacation to Capon Springs, West Virginia. My husband and I have been going there for over 25 years, sometimes twice a year, and the kids have been coming with us annually since just before they were born. We have been going the same week for about 15 years, and have made some lifelong friends from around the country--we call them our Capon family. Going to Capon is like stepping back in time.  Our memories are precious, but my daughter mentioned that she can't remember anything before about 2 years ago! And my own memories of the first years are growing fuzzier. I thought we might start writing down a daily entry to describe our daily routine and anything special about the day. One of my friends has kept an annual Capon diary, and she has been visiting a few more years than we have. What a great idea!

This is a fairly well made home made journal originally prepared as a wedding favor. All I had to do was remove the glue that was used to make a shell design on the front cover and give it several coats of gesso to prepare for my Distress Oxide and ink background. I blended the blue, green and yellow inks on the journal and spritzed with water to blend, drying, dabbing and occasionally dipping and splattering. I carried the simple background around the back and added a faraway cluster of pines using Tim's tree mini stencil and Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain DOX.

I wanted a fairly simple flat design so that my book could be packed in my suitcase when we visit our summer vacation spot and could be easily handled and stored on a shelf. I colored my die cut trees with Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, and Walnut stain DOX and Mowed Lawn ink.

I made the little cobblestone path using Tim Holtz' Stone stamp, Watering Can Distress ink and Frayed Burlap and Bundled Sage inks and a little Peeled Paint DOX.

For my focal point I chose a happy couple from Tim's Found Relatives, and some sweet children from Paper Dolls. I did have to remove an older sister from the younger girl, because I have a boy and a girl. This brother/sister team is perfect to represent my children--my son has always been about a head taller than his twin sister. I'm sure it's more now (if he would stand up straight!). I aged the foursome with some steel wool, Distress Crazing and crayon. Happy accident: my crazing is a little old, and the results are unpredictable, but in the photo above you can see the cracks fell in line almost perfectly with the folds of the boy's sleeve.

The clock face is left over from a previous project, and I chose some daisies from Tim's Botanical Layers. My title is made with Tim's cling foam alphabet (Love these fun stamps, and they come in the best packaging ever!) and Black Soot Archival ink and a Quote Chip. Everything is adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

What's a book without a bookmark? The journal has an attached ribbon for marking your spot, but I made this coordinating bookmark just the same.  It was a piece of scrap card I used to try a technique I was going to use on the back cover. I didn't like how it turned out--much to messy for the cover, but I thought it would be nice enough to include within the pages somehow. I used the same color inks as the front of the book and Tim's birch tree mini stencil. I also dyed the seam binding ribbon with the same colors. Linda's crinkle ribbon really takes the DOX's well!

On the spine I added a Clippings sticker as a fitting title. There's really a quote for any occasion in this well filled package! At the bottom 'O' stamped (old stash stamp--part of '2010') and '70' (another clippings sticker) serve as call numbers. (I've volunteered at a few libraries in my day.) But it's really a tongue in cheek reference to the Bingo call number OH 70, a corny little private Capon joke.

Inside pages are left blank for writing our memoirs. I decorated the front and back inside covers simply with Tim's Wallflower paper using Distress Collage Medium to glue it down. This is the best collage medium I've used. I ran a strip of Tissue Tape up the join to help with the wear and tear from the handling of the book and secured this with the collage medium as well. I may choose to decorate some pages in the future but for now the plans are just for writing our annual Capon memories. I will also have to seal the cover, since the colors could easily be washed away. I'm open for suggestions...

Thank you for hanging in there with me! If you have time, please stop by the blog to see all the amazing book inspiration by my Frilly and Funkie teammates! Then I hope your join our challenge--you could be the random winner of a generous $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique or be chosen as one of the team's four favorites! The challenge is open until August 15th.

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Artistic Stamper August's Creative Challenge - Anything Goes I used Tim Holtz alpha stamps and another stamp for the "o".
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes for August I used a Thinlits tree die.

Thank you for your visit and for all your lovely comments! They inspire me more than you know!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

These products used on my project can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: