Monday, June 25, 2018

Make Today Count

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz Stacked Label

  Welcome to Monday!  I hope you've had a relaxing weekend! Today I'm sharing a quick masculine card in what seems to be, as of late, my go-to neutral palette. My hubby reminded me it was my father in law's birthday in a few days and could I pretty please make a card. By the way, the mail comes in a half hour. Sure, honey.

Thank goodness for my new Stacked Label Thinlits dies! These stacked labels make easy and quick work or play for just about any project you might have in mind, and the combinations  using the 5 graduated dies are limited only by your imagination.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Distress#Ideaology#Sizzix Alterations#Stampers Anonymous 3

I actually worked in reverse when planning my card, starting with the focal point and working to the base. I found this young man in one of my oldest Tim Holtz Paper Stashes--Lost and Found, and he happens to look very much like my father in law in his youth. The image is square, so the die doesn't fit perfectly, but it still works! I just used a little Design Tape (this one is from the Journey set) to hold the die in place and sent it through my die cut machine. The Design tape works much better than any other tape--it comes off smoothly without tearing the paper/card.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz Stacked Label 1

I cut the lighter toned layer using one of the larger dies in the set from a background I made while enjoying some happy craft time with Autumn earlier this year at my friend's lake house. I think I used Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide and then stamped with Autumn's dots image from  Tim's Dots and Florals stamp set in one of the brown oxides. I was instantly in love, and had to go home and purchase my own set.

I only had some flimsy mixed media paper with me at the time, but I was able to add some sturdiness to the die cut by cutting a slightly smaller label from my stash of waste packaging chipboard and adhered it to the back with collage medium. These workhorse dies can easily cut through thin chipboard.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz Stacked Label 2

I used Classic Kraft cardstock in black for the last layer and frame, using both the inside and the outside of the cut.   I sanded both pieces, and adhered the frame to a panel of Heavystock colored with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides. You can tell from this angled shot that I elevated each label by using some waste cardboard under them.

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Distress#Ideaology#Sizzix Alterations#Stampers Anonymous 3

sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Distress

After it was all layered up the only thing left to do was to add a sentiment. My husband chose 'Make Today Count' from the Quotations Metallic Stickers. Edging the sticker in Black Soot ink gives it a nice finishing touch.
sarascloset Make Today Count Masculine card Tim Holtz #Ideaology

All ready for the mail in plenty of time! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making this card!

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

Additional products: Stampers Anonymous Dots and Floral Stamp set, Ideaology Lost and Found Paper Stash



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Number 1 Wonderful Father


 Welcome friends and visitors! I had some fun playing with some new to me Tim Holtz stamps and Framelits set this weekend, and made my father in law this Father's Day card.

 I started with Heavystock that I dipped into inky puddles--Frayed Burlap and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide pressed onto my craft mat and spritzed with water. I wanted to use the old typing machine as a background image this time, so I inked it with Vintage Photo ink and spritzed the stamp with water before making the impression. I was purposefully going for a blurred image, but you can see how crisp and clean this stamp inks up in my post here.


I even got out my sewing machine for this one! You can see I need some practice with my stitches! I couldn't figure out what to do with those loose ends, so I stapled them with the Tiny Attacher. I colored the staples with Teakwood alcohol ink and scribbled over them with Ground Espresso Distress crayon for the ultimate grunge. I'm sure my FIL will have a great big laugh at my wonky stitches!


Now it was time to layer up this handsome Paper Doll over some ephemera. First I gave him and the Accelerator ad from the Collector Layers set a random coat of Distress Crazing medium and allowed that to dry (well, I did speed it up a bit with my heat tool). I colored both pieces with Distress crayons smoothing and blending with my finger.  I sanded a second Layer and colored it with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso inks.


 I inked up one of the stamps from Ticket Booth with Ground Espresso Archival ink and die cut it with the coordinating Framelit. It's colored with Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap inks and Ground Espresso crayon. A Christmas Quote Chip works perfectly as a portion of my sentiment. I just cut out the word "wonderful" and used a portion of the rest to give importance to a Chit Chat sticker. To age them, I scribbled the edges with  Ground Espresso crayon and gave them a coat of Distress Vintage Collage Medium. Since I dried them with my heat tool, I got some nice crazing-like cracks. Perhaps you can see them in the photo below.


A Vial Label cut in half and a Numbers Remnant Rub were aged with Ground Espresso ink and stapled to the edge to balance out the collage. I love the way the Remnant Rubs resist the ink and that the crayon gives just the right amount of grunge for this guy card. I layered the panel over textured red card  and that over another sanded Classic Kraft Stock panel. Both panels were blended with Ground Espresso ink.




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



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wonderful Dad Father's Day Card


Hello friends! It's that time again, the Funkie girls are revealing their takes on the current challenge 'Letter Perfect' at Frilly and Funkie. The challenge theme was chosen by me and here's the lowdown:

"According to Merriam Webster, 'letter perfect' is defined as "correct to the smallest detail". We're not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don't have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!"

In need of a Father's Day card for my husband, I chose to make one using my latest purchase from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I instantly fell head over heels with the vintage typewriter and clock diagrams in Tim Holtz' Inventor 1 stamp set. The detail is amazing and even with such detail, the image stamps crisp and clean. The typewriter has letters on it, and immediately came to mind when I thought of this challenge.


I started with Heavystock Mixed Media card and pounced it in puddles of watery Frayed Burlap and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides. I stamped the typewriter in Potting Soil Archival ink, and made an extra impression on scrap. I fussy cut the scrap, cutting just the typewriter to use as a mask. I place the mask over the typewriter and proceeded to do a monoprint using Tim's Cargo stencil. I blended Black Soot DOX over the back side of the stencil and spritzed with water to make the print. Inking the reverse side is important, because since you're dealing with letters you want it to face the right way. Tim's got a great tutorial on the monoprint technique using his stencils here, if you don't already know how to do it. I do mine a little differently, but it all comes out the same way.


I couldn't wait to use Tim's Ticket Booth Framelits for the first time. I used one of the dies to make part of my sentiment. For my Distress paint resist, I used his Type Lower Cling Foam stamps to spell out and stamp 'Dad' in Antique Linen Distress paint. When that was dry , I blended over with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap DOX and splashed with water. I edged with Ground Espresso ink and added Remnant Rubs - Tiny Text and one from an old set all chopped up into little pieces. I grunged up an Index Clip with Rocky Road Baked Texture and added another old Remnant Rub inside.

'Wonderful' is cut from Classic Kraft Stock and a Pondering Words, Thin die. I sanded it, and blended with Ground Espresso ink. I backed it with a scrap that was colored with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap DOX, adhering with Distress Collage Medium Matte.


I matted this panel on a panel of Classic Kraft Stock, and then again on a panel of Heavystock that I wrapped with Design Tape. This sweet typewriter text is from the Journey set.


I know it's hard to see 'Dad' on my card in my photos, but it's pretty obvious in real life. Geez, I hope my hubby sees it! I hope you've found some inspiration here, but there's plenty more over at Frilly and Funkie, where you can see some wonderful 'Letter Perfect' examples from my Frilly and Funkie teammates. Then I hope you'll play along for a chance to be be a random winner of a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique or be chosen as one of the Design Team's four favorites, with the top choice given the opportunity to be Guest Designer. Be sure to visit the blog for details.


I'm sharing with these challenges:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #49 – "Wrap it Up!" I wrapped my base with Design Tape.
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Country View Challenges June 2018 - The Written Word Text around my card, over my card and words on the sentiment.
Scrapy Land Challenge #91 Anything Goes Wonderful and Ticket are two Sizzix dies.

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

These products were used and can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: