Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Undertaker and a Little Giveaway

Sara Emily Barker Halloween Card with Tim Holtz Giveaway 1

Hello! I hope you are enjoying a beautiful brisk fall day wherever you are! Nothing puts me in the Halloween mood like cool, crisp days. And it's hard NOT to get in the 'spirit' of things when you play with Tim Holtz Halloween Ideaology releases. I've combined some older Ideaology papers and ephemera with Tim's newer collections on my card.

And speaking of older collections, I find myself with an extra pack of Halloween Remnant Rubs from last year's release. Leave me a comment below, and let me know if you would like to win a pack. I will randomly draw a name from the comments on this post on Oct. 16 and post the winner on Oct. 17.

Sara Emily Barker Halloween Card with Tim Holtz Giveaway 2

I started with older Materialize paper stash and blended it with Black Soot Distress Oxide for my base layer. For the main layer, I embossed Heavy Stock blended with Antique Linen oxide ink using the Botanical 3D Texture Fade. I smeared it randomly with Crazing and when dry, blended with Black Soot oxide ink and crayon.

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I layered some new Halloween ephemera pieces with some from last year's pack, a Found Relatives card from which I cut and used the girl on this card, some lace from my stash and a Halloween Paper Doll. A Remnant Rub explains his business plan.

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The skull and crossbones charm is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and I first patted it with Picket Fence paint and then Mushroom alcohol ink.

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I scuffed the Halloween Quote Chip and blended with Antique Linen ink. Everything was adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Thank you for stopping by today and for your lovely comments. Since writing this post, Hurricane Michael has made landfall in Florida. My prayers are with those that have homes and their livelihood in the many areas affected by the storm.

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

All Occasion Fall Themed Card For A Vintage Journey

Hello friends! It's my turn to host our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey, and I have chosen the theme 'Autumn Splendor'.

With the glorious colours of fall it would be oh so nice to see some falling leaves, pumpkins, acorns or any other favourite images that brings fall to mind. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the blue, blue skies dotted with white fluffy clouds, the bold colors of the changing leaves and the way the light hits everything differently. I chose to make a simple card depicting some of these colors. Since I'm the host of this challenge, I will be posting my tutorial for this project at A Vintage Journey in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, here are a couple of close ups of my card.

My fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey have created some beautiful Autumn inspiration , so please  hop on over HERE to see all their wonderful projects. I hope you'll join me for my tutorial in a few weeks!

Happy creating!
Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge # 13 Watercolours I watercolored my colorful leaves.
SumMore Fun Mood Board Challenge #38 I was inspired by the leaves in the photo with the shoes and by the wood plank with Mr. and Mrs. on it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Anniversary Card for Just My Type Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends! It's time for the Funkie girls at Frilly and Funkie to present their inspiration for the current challenge, 'Just My Type' hosted by talented and lovely Jenny.

Here's what Jenny has to say about her chosen theme: As a trained touch typist I love vintage typewriters. I love the way they look and sound and the font they create. For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project and include a typewriter, typewriter keys, typeface.

What a great theme that seemed to lend itself to creating an anniversary card for my husband. The typewriter is my favorite of the Inventor series by Tim Holtz, and I used it on my background using Alcohol Lift ink. The original alcohol ink panel I lifted this print from was used on this card.

I also used the lift technique on the mat panel just beneath the Metallic Kraft Stock layer. The typeface image is from Tim's old School Desk set. Both panels were blended with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.

I tucked in a scrap die cut with the type die from the Mixed Media #3 set and colored with oxide inks.I tore the edges and blended with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

The happy couple is one of my favorite Paper Dolls. I just distressed them with my Prima paper distress tool my good friend Autumn gifted me with last Christmas and blended them with Vintage Photo ink.

I used Ideaology Type Charms for part of my sentiment. I removed the bail and antiqued them with Caramel alcohol ink and Chunky Rust Baked Texture powder.

I made a sentiment panel reading 'mytype' by adhering letters from the Mixed Media #3 die, which I cut several times. I adhered them with Distress Collage Medium Matte and lots of patience. When dry, I colored with Distress Crayons, smeared the letters with Prima White Gold Metallic Wax and more crayon. Eventually, I ended up sanding the letters to removed most of the color. Originally, this read '#justmytype', but it just didn't look good sprawled across the card, and I figured my husband wouldn't get it anyway. I don't think he got it anyway; he kept wondering what 'afkpu' meant. LOL!

That's it for me today! I do hope you will visit the blog to see what the entire Frilly and Funkie team has created just for you! And then, it's over to you! We'd love to see you play along with our 'Just My Type' challenge! As always, the Design Team will choose their top four favorites, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and 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.

Challenges entered:
SumMore Fun Mood Board Challenge #38 Inspired by the Mr. and Mrs. since this is my wedding anniversary card to my hubby. And the some of the colors.

Happy crafting!
Sara Emily

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

He Was Spellbound

Sara Emily Barker He Was Spellbound Alcohol Lift Ink Inventor 1 Gear Head Halloween 1

Hello friends! I enjoyed some much needed crafty time this weekend, and finally gave Tim Holtz Alcohol Link Ink a try. I've had it for a while, but truth be told, I was just a little afraid of trying something so different. My card features two of Tim's stamps sets: Inventor 1 and School Desk. I inked white yupo paper with alcohol inks and allowed it to dry overnight. I applied the inks by first dipping and dragging the yupo through puddles of alcohol ink diluted with 91% alcohol, and then by dropping individual drops of a contrasting ink on the panel. Using my Stamp Platform, I lifted the color with typewriter and typeface stamps from each of the stamp sets. I blotted the ink off the panel with a paper towel and buffed with a clean cloth. How easy is this?! Why haven't I tried this before? After all, the simple instructions are listed right on the packaging.

Sara Emily Barker He Was Spellbound Alcohol Lift Ink Inventor 1 Gear Head Halloween 2

I layered my background over two sheets of  sanded Classic Kraft Stock. Then I layered a vintage spelling book page, a scrap of kraft stock, some thread, a pile of gears, a Mixed Media #3 die cut and a Halloween Paper Doll Ancestor with piercing eyes. I cut the gears from kraft stock and black card using Tim's Gear Head Thinlits die, sanded the kraft and layered them up for dimension. I used the large gear collage, cut off what I didn't want and added a few individual gear die cuts.

Sara Emily Barker He Was Spellbound Alcohol Lift Ink Inventor 1 Gear Head Halloween 3

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I further distressed the spelling book page and typeface die cut with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks and Caramel alcohol ink. I scuffed the Paper Doll and Halloween Quote Chip and blended them with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

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 I love how clear even the finest of images lift off using the Lift ink. I think I have fallen in love with alcohol inks all over again! I hope you enjoyed my first experiment with Alcohol Lift Ink and inspired to give it a try!

Happy crafting!
Sara Emily

These Tim Holtz products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: