Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Trio of Wishes

Welcome friends and visitors I hope you are enjoying a peaceful start to the New Year! Perhaps tidying up your craft rooms and purging the old so you can focus on the new Christmas goodies you received? Well, I tried that, and ended up with a big mess! The container holding loose brads fell off a shelf and broke, spreading bits of shrapnel all over the place! I'm not talking just a few brads, either! I'm sure I'll be picking them out of my carpet for a few more weeks!

I did get to spend some crafty time in my Closet, too, and I made this trio of thank you cards to send to my extended family for their thoughtful Christmas gifts. These are based on my design Wish For Peace on Earth with a few minor changes. You may see dark spots in some of the photos. That was caused by my lighting, and for some reason I just couldn't get rid of it. And yes, that's a splotch of red ink in the middle of one of the backgrounds-I'm learning to embrace imperfection!


 These are all the same in design, and the only difference is I used a gum wrapper glued to chipboard to cut my deer from on one of the cards and a junk mail envelope for the others. The die I used is Impression Obsession Deer Trio and I edged in Frayed Burlap Distress ink.


These may be very similar in design to my Wish For Peace on Earth card, but the background was finished using different products to achieve a snowy background. My daughter gave me a Tim Holtz water spritzer for Christmas, and it really does a lot better job that my old spritz and flick with my hand. I also used my splatter brush and white acrylic paint for snow, and before the paint dried, dusted it with a mixture of glitters and embossing powders. 

The tiny gold snowflakes are heat embossed with a portion of a larger stamp image from my stash and a gold powder mix I made. I used the same powder mix to emboss the Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate Thinlits die cut.


I love that I was able to capture some of that sparkle on the camera in the shot below. I used two of the stencils from Tim's mini layering stencils set 21 and Distress inks (Candied Apple and Evergreen Bough) for my backgrounds. The bluish layer is colored using Distress Spray in Evergreen Bough and Perfect Pearl spray.



I do hope you like my version of a CAS card, and I do have wishes for you to have a Happy, healthy and creative New Year!




I'm sharing my cards with these challenges:

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

23 comments:

  1. Lovely Sara Emily and Happy New year...xx

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  2. These are all so beautiful! Happy New Year to you! Hugs, Chrisx

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  3. these are beautiful cards. Your family members will be sure to love getting them! Thanks for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Monthly. Happy New Year! =)

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  4. These are amazing! Love the background detail and your touches of glitter! Your family will be thrilled with these gorgeous cards! Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes with Dies" challenge at Dies R Us!

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  5. Oh my goodness, Sara Emily, these are absolutely stunning!! I love the sparkle!! The tree backgrounds are so gorgeous!! I never thought about adding glitter to the paint splatters...so gonna try that!! The deer are beautiful!! I absolutely love these!! They are festive and fabulous!! I hope you have a wonderful 3rd day of the new year my sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Beautiful!! Love the gold and the red together!! So pretty! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

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  7. Beautiful Christmas cards.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Luv
    Debby

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  8. This is one of my favorite designs of yours from recent projects, Sara Emily! Just love those deer and can't believe you used a gum wrapper!! Great job and I hope to see this design in different seasons, too :-) Hugs!

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  9. Such a lovely trio of cards and a wonderful way of saying Thanks . Beautifully crafted as always .
    hugs x

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  10. That background is divine! You captured the mist that fills the morning forest, and the delicate gold embossing is magical. Wonderful cards, Sara Emily!

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  11. Oh my gosh! That embossing on the sentiment is amazing! And how awesome are the tiny snowflakes embossed too, such a great detail mixed with the snow. I adore these deer and could never get enough of this design, what a lucky family you have!!! Happy New Year my friend, love ya!!! <3

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  12. WOW these are fabulous! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes with Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

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  13. What great cards Sara Emily, the gold touches are beautiful and you created some wonderful texture too. I'm glad you got some lovely Christmas gifts. I too hope to get back into the swing of crafting in the next day or so. Thanks for joining in with our anything goes challenge over at Country View . Hugs xx

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  14. Oh my, Sara, what a fantastic trio this is! Stunning colors, amazing embossed sentiment, awesome deers and a super gorgeous design, my friend! Those mini snowflakes are super cool and I simply adore your background! Brilliantly done, as always! You are such an inspiration! Love, love, love your cards! Sending lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  15. These are lovely delicate cards, Sara Emily - I love the touches of gold to bring them sparkling to life. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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  16. wow Sara - these are absolutely stunning - I adore them - the trees look beautiful and those golden words are fabulous! Sounds like you are having about the same amount of luck with your tidying as I am - its a bit of a nightmare but I am determined to have made a difference by the end of the month! Hee hee! Hugs rachel x

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  17. Such beautiful cards!! Thanks for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  18. I love the "fairytale", magical look of the background. Beautiful artwork

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  19. A truly beautiful trio of wishes my friend, love those golden words, they are gorgeous! Apologies for being late, have been down with a horrible virus.... Hugs, Anne xx

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  20. Beautiful cards ! Thank you so much for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

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  21. These cards really are stunning. Thank you for sharing and taking part in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Clare DT x x x

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  22. Wow....your thank you cards are GORGEOUS!! Thank you for joining along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  23. I very much like your pattern it's beautiful,thank for sharing good i dea !

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