Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Masculine Sympathy Card

Welcome friends and visitors! Today I have a simple sympathy card to show you, inspired by Anna-Karin of Layers of Ink and her Winter Birch Tutorial. It comes as close to being a complete case as you can get, but I wanted to show you how to get the same look using different products and an unusual substrate.


Like Anna-Karin, I cut my Tim Holtz Thinlits Birch Tree from water color paper. I dipped the die cut into some watered down Antique Linen Distress Oxide, dried it, then applied some Distress Microglaze randomly. I wiped that to remove the excess and made some more puddles of DOX color using Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot and some Pumice Stone Distress ink. I love how the microglaze resists the Oxides and inks. I stamped some Heidi Swapp script with Watering Can Archival ink. I gave the trees a bit of a shadow by rubbing with Distress Crayon and then wiping with my finger.


Don't you love how the blue comes from the Black Soot DOX?!

For my background, I used a scrap of textured wall paper sample. It had a coated surface, I guess to make it water resistant, so I scraped on gesso before applying and blending my Distress paints in Tumbled Glass, Broken China Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, and Hickory Smoke.

I topped it with a Tim Holtz Labels Thinlit die cut heat embossed with a Stampin' Up sentiment on Coordinations card stock.


Inside, I included a Stampendous sentiment heat embossed on a Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangle colored with some brown Distress Oxides.

I'm sharing with the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge # 157 Use More Than One Stamp I used three, 4 if you count the 'and' 
sign from another stamp.

That's all for me! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day tomorrow if you are in the United States! Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Friday, November 17, 2017

Travel Journal Pages -- Friday Focus Part 2 at Frill and Funkie

.Welcome friends and visitors! As promised, I'm sharing my junk journal pages from my mini album HERE. I have a sinfully long, photo heavy post over at Frilly and Funkie if you care to take a look at the details. Here's a sample to tease you!


Since I've already posted the album, I won't be sharing with any challenges, but I do hope the challenges I entered my mini album in will have a look at the pages!

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


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nostalgic Christmas

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie girls to reveal their projects for the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Super talented Autumn chose the theme "Timeworn" for her challenge. As the last leaves fall from autumn trees, we are reminded of the beauty of yesterday. The leaves crinkled underfoot, the clock ticking onward, a fleeting memory... For this challenge, we would love to see your timeworn vintage or shabby chic creations celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.

 I was really inspired by Linda's use of Tim's Christmas Classic Santa on her Week 5 tag--he's got to be the best Santa image out there! Also inspired by her clever use of Tim's Stitched dies and her beautiful holly and berries. Check out her ongoing 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style 2017 inspiration challenge; you can find all the details/guidelines HERE. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and she will have a prize drawing at the end of the 12 week challenge.

 I love Vintage Christmas cards and have quite a few in my collection to inspire me. Here is my version of a timeworn Christmas greeting card.



I embossed my background by first applying texture paste through the Flourish stencil and covering the paste with Ranger Antiquities verdigris embossing powder. Once the paste was thoroughly dry, I heated the powder to melt. I blended the panel with Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress inks and splattered with water. I edged with more Vintage Photo. This was popped up onto a metallic Kraft Core panel which I aged. First I sanded the surface randomly and applied Prima Clear Crackle paste. When dry, I smeared on Walnut Stain Distress crayon and heat set. The cracks are so tiny, but I love the worn and pitted brass look. You can create larger cracks simply by applying a heavier coat.


Like some of my teammates, I chose the Ornate Frame as my focal point--this is my all time favorite die. I was inspired by an antique chipped ornate framed mirror in our home. I don't know what it's made of, but it is HEAVY! I smeared it with some old drying Distress Crazing (never throw anything out!), let that dry and then applied Prima Gold Crackle paste. When dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain crayon and melted that on.


This Santa image has a true vintage timeworn look to him, stamped simply in Watering Can Archival ink on a Stitched Rectangle die cut. I blended with Distress Oxides in Walnut Stain and Antique Linen and gave them a splash of water. A subtle splatter of watered down Distress crayon for additional foxing.



 I chose some Christmas themed ephemera from both this and last year's packs. Merry Christmas came torn in the package last year, but I managed to glue it together, and the tear adds to the timeworn appearance. I love the vintage graphics on Tim's ephemera, and it's great to be able to use both the old and the new ephemera seamlessly!


Some Holiday Greens and a fluffy bow (thank you for this beautiful ribbon, Autumn!) finish off this timeworn Christmas greeting card. Glossy Accents give the berries their shine and a little dimension.

That's all for me today--now it's over to YOU!  Create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, November 21. But first, I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie to see all the fabulous timeworn inspiration from both my Frilly and my Funkie teammates.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive 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.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique currently has all their Christmas products in stock discounted 35% off retail! Hurry over before their all gone!

I am sharing with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: It’s A Stitch Up I used Stitched Rectangle die cut to stamp my Santa on.

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

I used these products which can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey - Retro Christmas Card

Hello friends and visitors! Today I'm over at  A Vintage Journey  with the second week of our Destination Inspiration feature.  Here's a quick look at my finished card. I hope you'll stop by for the details and my tutorial.



 I'll be sharing my card with the following challenges:
SumMore Fun Mood Board #15 Inspired by the door color and the theme 'All Tied Up'.

Thank you so much for dropping by and for leaving your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!

Sara Emily

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Focus for Frilly and Funkie -- Christmas!

Welcome! I'm over at Frilly and Funkie today with a Friday Focus showcasing Christmas products available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. That means all Christmas products in stock at the shop are an additional 15% off Linda's already low prices for the next two weeks!

UPDATE: My completed pages are now posted at Frilly and Funkie in 'Friday Focus- Part 2 All Things Christmas'. I hope you'll stop over for a peek inside my mini album!


I could think of no better way to showcase so many wonderful Christmas goodies than in a journal with lots of pages to decorate. Here is my first Eileen Hull journal in a  junk journal style. Please stop by Frilly and Funkie for the details.

I want to thank Julia Aston for gifting me with not just one, but three sets of these journal die cuts! I was so hesitant to use them, because I thought I would mess them up. Well, I sure did! But I had fun doing it!

If you don't mind popping over to Frilly and Funky I'd like to share my journal with the following challenges:

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jingle - 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style

Hello friends and visitors! I've finally gotten a bit of crafty time to get going on my Christmas cards again! Linda at The Funkie Junkie is well underway with her 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style for 2017, so I have a lot of catching up to do! If I move at this pace, I'm not going to get all 12 done. As usual, I like to make mine into cards, and I started with Week 2, because this one is my favorite so far.


You can see the details of Linda's tag HERE.  Below is her beautiful tag...


I guess it's pretty obvious I was inspired of her use of the big guy himself. I stamped mine on a stitched circle die I won earlier this year.


I was also inspired by her little tags with the post marks on them. Sadly, I don't have those stamps, and I recently got rid of some that were similar. Instead I stamped a portion of one of my old Tim Holtz' Holiday Collections images on a postage stamp die cut from his Labels Thinlits set.


I used one single tiny bell and a Christmas word token I received in my goodie bag with my last order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Linda always includes a little extra thank you gift with your order; this is one reason I love shopping at her well stocked on-line store.


I don't have the mold Linda used, but I did use a Prima IOD mold to make my plaque. I have some old foil Remnant Rubs, but they didn't work on the paper clay for me. So I rubbed them on card stock and carefully cut the letters out and glued them to my plaque. I'm at the bottom of my Crazing jar, and it's getting pretty stiff. I decided to use it to seal my foil letters and see what happened. I pretty much ended up with a grungy mess.


 I used some metallic dots from my stash for my snowflake centers and colored them with Mushroom alcohol ink and Snow Cap Mixative. I used a white gold corrugate card to cut my Mini Snowflakes from and backed them with a second white card snowflake. You can see Tim's Textured Surfaces corrugate in the back, smudged with Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon and heated to melt it on. I topped it with gold paper from my stash.


One down, eleven more to go! Do you think I'll make it? Why not play along yourself and get your Christmas cards done? The simple guidelines can be found on Linda's blog HERE, and she has lot's of prizes for some lucky winners!

I'm playing along in these challenges:


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

Here are products I've used, which can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: