Wednesday, May 15, 2019

For the Love of Birds--A Vintage Card for Frilly and Funkie


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/for-love-of-birds-vintage-card-for.html For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper & Ephemera 1

 Hello! The Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team are unveiling their inspiration for the current theme, 'I Love It Because'. The very talented Jenny is our hostess, and here's how she describes her challenge:

How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much.

As always, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, and the winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. The next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I had actually started to make this card as a just-for-fun project that I planned on submitting to a favorite challenge blog, but when I started to realize just how happy I was when I was pulling together the elements (Yes, I actually had a plan!), I realized this would be perfect for Jenny's challenge. Any time I used Tim Hotlz products, I'm one happy crafter.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/for-love-of-birds-vintage-card-for.html For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz  Ideaology Collage Paper Ranger Distress Oxide Spray

 This is my only process shot, and one of the main reasons I love this project--it allowed me to develop more confidence in and a love of using my Distress Oxide sprays. I adhered Typograpy Collage Wrap to a piece of card with Distress Collage Medium Matte, sanded the edges and gave it a second coat of collage medium. I left it to sit for a couple days while I worked on another project. Then I sprayed with Iced Spruce oxide spray and wiped it off at the center as a test area. (I knew it would be covered.) Sadly, it wiped completely off, so I baked the color on with my heat tool, and this time when I wiped some of the color remained. Another layer of collage medium was applied and this time, when dry just to touch, I spritzed with Faded Jeans oxide, and heated. This was more of the look I was going for. The trick is to NOT let your collage medium cure too long, or it will resist the sprays. Lastly, I used a piece of card to swipe on some gesso in random areas to shabby it up a bit.  In the photo, you can see I've adhered the completed panel to my card blank.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/for-love-of-birds-vintage-card-for.html For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper &Ephemera 2

In the end, I decided to blend the edges of my card with Frayed Burlap ink.  I chose to make an elongated card so I could use a scrap of card I had on the top of my pile of 'I may use this later' bits. It had been embossed from both ends with the Botanical 3D Texture Fade as a test. I tore the edges, swiped with Crazing medium and when dry scribbled the raised areas with Antique Bronze Distress crayon. I blended with a slightly dampened finger and then lightly painted on more crayon , this time Walnut Stain. So that's another thing I love--using up those bits that seem they will never have a purpose.

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 The ephemera is from Idea-ology Botanical Layers and Keepsakes Ephemera packs. The birds and daisies are colored with Vintage Photo crayon and the library card with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso inks. The edges needed more definition, so I edged all my pieces with Black Soot paint.

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Several other reasons why I love it...the subject matter! I love birds, daisies and books! And did I mention, I love it when a project comes together so effortlessly?

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 I tied some green cord into a bow and added an Iea-ology Clippings Sticker for my sentiment.

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I hope you will visit the blog to see what makes my Frilly and Funkie teammate's hearts sing, too!

So what is it that makes you smile and fills you with happiness? I can't wait to see what you create! Be sure to tell us what that thing is. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and Blessings, Sara Emily.

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Happy Hour Like Kath, my happy hour is in the morning, spent on my porch with a big mug of coffee, reading and  just watching the birds in my back yard.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday For A Special Lady I made this to thank my next door neighbor for a kind deed. She loves feeding, watching and reading about birds, like I do.
A Inky Mess Anything Goes
Try It on Tuesday Let's Party! I couldn't not help to celebrate 10 years for this wonderful blog!

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique;

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Keepsakes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper - Typography
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Iced Spruce
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Faded Jeans


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Mixed Media Card with Tim Holtz Cutout Blossoms

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Welcome! One more birthday card for you today! Now I have a girl and guy birthday card in my stash, lest I get caught again at the last minute empty handed!

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The background is stamped with a Heidi Swapp stamp in watery Distress inks, and I cut the aperture with  Tim Holtz Cutout Blossoms Thinlits die. I've had this die for quite some time, and I never really could figure out how I would use it. I think it works well on this simply designed card.

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Wishes is cut from Confections Metallic Kraft Stock with Holiday Words Thinlits die and after sanding it I pounced with Celestial Alcohol Pearls. I did the same for the flower backing.  Even the Prima butterfly is touched with a bit of Celestial glimmer. Another EASY card!

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Thanks so much for your visit today! Take care and big hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

Another Wild (Flower) Birthday Card


Hello, again! I have another quick birthday card for you; this one is going to my mother in law who loves blue. Not a lot of frills or layers, because it needs to be light and flat for posting from my home mailbox.

 I have a bit of an obsession with Wildflower Stems Thinlits die cuts, so I'll apologize for how many times I've used them recently. And my apologies for blowing up your computers and phones with my posts. I've had to be off my feet for a couple days, so I've had some time to craft and blog. I'm like a kid in a candy store!


 I've been hoarding the background for well over a year. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Autumn and some of her talented friends in Columbia, SC for Stamp Convention, and her friend allowed us to use her newly purchased Glorious Bouquet stamp. It's heat embossed in white, and all that was left was to add oxide inks in blues. A Metallic Quotations sticker on white card acts as my birthday greeting.


I wanted the Wildflower and Tim's old Daisy Punch flower to stand out against the subtle background so I colored them with deeper blue and more concentrated oxides. I used Platinum Liquid Pearls for the punched flower's center. The embellishment panel was backed with a piece of graph paper colored with oxide inks. I hope she likes her birthday card! 

After I posted this and the card is already in the mail, I 'wished' I had added some black splatters. Haste makes waste! (Next time.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I've really appreciated all your lovely comments on my recent posts, and will try my best to repay the visit in a more timely manner than I have been. Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Add Something Metallic I used Platinum Liquid Pearls and a Metallic Quotation sticker.

These products were used and available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Monday, May 6, 2019

Masculine Mixed Media Card with Tim Holtz Products

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Hello again! The Birthday challenge at Simon Says Stamp has inspired me to make a few birthday cards to have on hand. Today I'm sharing a silly guy card with you and hopefully, tomorrow I'll have something frilly for the girls.

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This masculine card is made with a background created with Tim Holtz Rosettes Embossing Folder, Metallic Kraft Stock, Distress paint, crayon, and alcohol ink. I have a complete step by step tutorial on this technique HERE.

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I heat embossed three Seth Apter die cuts I had in my stash with silver embossing powder and a sprinkling of Hammered Metal powder for age. Idea-olgy Keepsake and Snippet ephemera, Paper Doll and Snarky Small Talk sticker finish it off. The Paper Doll was colored with Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon and a water brush, and the ephemera aged with Ground Espresso ink. The blue panel is matted with black card and a panel of old Paperstash--possibly Dapper.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my grungy card. Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:


The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:



Sunday, May 5, 2019

Quick and Easy Mixed Media Birthday Card

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Quick and Easy Mixed Media Birthday Card Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 1

Welcome and happy Sunday afternoon to you! I needed a quick birthday card I could drop in tomorrow's mail, and Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems came to the rescue!

The background was one I made for another project that never got used. I think it's a Prima stencil with crackle paste and Mermaid Lagoon Distress spray. Because it was so pretty and a little on the busy side, I thought it just needed something simple to embellish it.


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Two stems were colored with Distress Oxides and shaped to make them more realistic, tied up with a Tiny Tabs and Tags tag. An old Remnant Rub and a die cut make a quick birthday greeting and a butterfly from Botanical Layers flits in to complete the card.


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I hope you enjoy your long weekend if you're popping in from UK and for others, a restful Sunday afternoon and evening. Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Dies R Us Challenge #120 - Flowers I used 2 Sizzix dies--Tiny Tags and Tabs and Wildflower Stems and a  Penny Black die.
Scrapy Land Challenge #113 Anything Goes  I used 2 Sizzix dies and a Penny Black die.
Country View Challenges May 2019 - Opposites Bold background, butterfly and sentiment with subdued flowers.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge PBSC May - Anything Goes...Optional 'Make Your Own Background' I used a Penny Black die cut.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Spring Tag With Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly and Prima Havana

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/spring-tag-with-tim-holtz-tattered.html Spring Tag Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Butterfly Adorned Prima Havana 1

Welcome! Today I'm sharing a pretty spring birthday tag featuring Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly and Adorned die cuts and Prima Havana papers, flowers and ephemera. A heavy kraft oversized tag is covered with the paper front and back. I put my birthday greeting on the back, since there really wasn't room on the front.

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Tattered Butterfly was cut from the designer paper and burlap paper. I cut a couple of flourishes using  Adorned Thinlits die and colored with Distress Oxide spray and ink. The flowers, greenery, papers and butterfly get help holding their shape with Prima Sculpture Medium and everything was adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

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I was able to coordinate a white gardenia with Abandoned Coral oxide ink and dripped some Distress Spray Stain in the same color on the background. Cracked Pistachio oxide ink tones down the bright green of the leaves and I also splashed some of that on the background. Edges were blended with Ground Espresso ink.

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I hope you like my tag as much as I liked making it! It was fun creating something with no agenda, but I'd still like to share with a couple of my favorite challenge blogs. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Country View Challenges May 2019 - Opposites Soft, light and feminine colors with rough burlap and heavy twine.
Scrapy Land Challenge #113 Anything Goes I used 2 Sizzix dies and a Penny Black die.
Dies R Us Challenge #120 - Flowers I used 2 Sizzix dies and a Penny Black die .
Mixed Media Place April Challenge  I was inspired by the pink flowers and soft greens.