Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Before I Had My Coffee

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 1

Hello! It's time for the Funkie girls to inspire you with our projects for the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie chosen by fellow Funkie teammate, Suzz Czosek. Her chosen theme is August, and here is how she describes it:

 "In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns."

I'll admit, I was thrown by this challenge at first, and instantly went to Pinterest to find out how to marble paper. Some techniques seemed quite complicated, but the shaving cream technique is so easy they showed kids doing it. So I purchased a can of shaving cream...

I ended up opting out of the messy technique when I saw some beautiful pink marbled papers in my Prima Marketing Love Story and Cherry Blossom paper pads. I had another change of plans, though, because I realized I could get similar results from my crafty supplies in colors I really wanted to use. I reserve pink for special occasions, and this is not one of them.

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 2

In the end, I decided to 'marble' my own paper using Distress Oxides. This is really simple, but I don't have any step out photos to share. I was just playing, and ended up loving the result. I found the best results using plain heavy weight (140#) card I had on hand. I tried using Distress Watercolor Cardstock, but didn't get as good of results, probably because the water soaks in too quickly. The cheapo card has a bit of a slick surface, and the inky water puddles momentarily.  I bet Distress Mixed Media Heavystock would work well, too, but I wanted a white background. I applied the oxides -- Iced Spruce and Frayed Burlap to my craft mat, spritzed with lots of water and dipped and dried my paper, repeating until I was happy with the result. I drew the 'veins' in with a very fine watercolor brush, using a dry brush technique and a very light hand.

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 3

 I used this card for the background and to stamp my columns with Frayed Burlap oxide. I fussy cut the columns and edged them with Frayed Burlap ink.

I applied Wendy Vecchi Crackle paste through a Tim Hotlz mini stencil and allowed to dry. Once dried, I smudged with Distress crayon. I also did some background stamping with the columns of numbers from Tim's old School Desk set.

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 4

I stamped part of an image from Tim's Etcetera set on a scrap of inky paper. I taped off part of the image before inking with Watering Can Archival. I removed the tape and made my impression. In the 'empty' spaces, I stamped in a few of Tim's Ornate Trims using both Watering Can and Cobalt Archival inks. Using Tim's Stamp Platform made it easy to line everything up.

I die cut the arch using Stacked Arches and a cat food box panel. I applied Prima Stone Effect paste in Limestone to the die cut and sprinkled with Dirty Sand Baked Texture while the paste was still wet. I allowed it to dry overnight, and then heated to melt the powder. I colored with Black Soot Distress stain and crayons. I added an Ideaology Index Clip colored with Picket Fence Distress paint to break up the darkness. I like to think the arch looks as if it's been roughly cut from granite.

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 5

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 6

I paired up a smug Paper Doll with a Snarky Small Talk sticker to finish off my card. I love how these Snarky remarks make me not take my crafting too seriously.

Sara Emily Barker Before I Had My Coffee #timholtz #stampersanonymous #sizzixalterations #distressoxides Faux Marble Faux Granite 7

But I would seriously love to see your take on our 'August' challenge, so get our your crafty supplies and play along! The Design Team will choose our four favorites from the entries, and one winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. To sweeten the pot, one lucky winner will score a generous $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Challenge shares:
Scrapy Land Challenge #95 Anything Goes  I used a Sizzix die set.
Stamping Sensations Use your 'current' favourite stamp That's not even fair! They are all my favorites! But I do gravitate to the Etcetera set often.

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

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


  1. Love this piece Sara!! The marbling on the column looks fabulous and I love the granite finish on the arch. The background is awesome and the whole composition is just fabulous!! Brilliant take on the Challenge!! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

  2. A fabulous card Sara - love all those wonderful layers x

  3. Wow!! You did a perfect job marbling, Sara Emily!! The column looks so spectacular!! I love all of the textures you added!! The arch is amazing!! This is truly stunning, my friend!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Sara Emily for starting off without an idea, this evolved into a home run! I love the look of the marbled columns and those archways look like such a lovely texture! I too enjoy the snarky small talk, it’s always refreshing! Thanks for sharing this awesome make!

  5. Amazing techniques, Sara Emily. The card is awesome!

  6. A fabulous card Sara, love the 'granite' finish to the arch.
    Avril xx

  7. Awesome project, I love the textures and distressed vintage look!

  8. win this challenge. Hands down. Wow, wow, wow...this is just my favorite thing from you in maybe forever. I love the color palette, the amazing handmade marble paper, the wonderful stone effects, the stamping, layering..and even the sentiment. Home run!

  9. Wow! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and all the wonderful textures and techniques you incorporate into your projects! This is another winner!! So cool! I'm so very happy you linked this up to the Cropstop blog this month!

  10. I just love the arches and columns in your background. It looks so clean yet you have so much texture. And that guy looks awesome next to that column.
    Beautiful card,

  11. Clearly you have put so much work into this one to create a really stunning vintage piece, my only concern is I see no mention of the man who is the focal element so not sure if he is stamped to fit in with our rules. But it's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensation.

    B x

  12. Awesome layering, texture and design!
    Thank you for joining us at We Love 2 Create! Jane S (DT) xxx

  13. You have so many amazing things going on here, Sara Emily! Love those columns and your granite and bricks - amazing textures and colors! The paper doll is perfect for this setting and great job on the marbling! Hugs :-)

  14. Totally cool and awesome piece Sara Emily! And that snarky remark- perfect! I actually thought it was yours,till I read on! LOL
    Love your layers girlfriend!
    Jackie xo

  15. Oh my, this is my new favourite of your work Sara, I love every little thing about it - those columns look fabulous and the partial wall at the back is amazing!! The snarky comment is just so funny and really does suit that chap! Love this!! Hugs, Anne xx

  16. Amazing...all those layers...the perfect together! Brava my friend! ❤

  17. How awesome love the vintage 3D look
    Thank you for sharing at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges x

  18. Simply striking with so many details, that are eye catching. Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenges.
    Berni DT

  19. Sara Emily, I love your columns, your marbled paper, the arch, the brick/stone background, the paper is just so cohesive! I really love it!

  20. A fantastic project Sara and a fabulous vintage look. I love the techniques you've used and work you've put into creating the visually stunning effects of marble and granite. The dimension, stamping and sentiment are all wonderful.
    Thank you for joining in with our August challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  21. This tag is amazing Sara Emily! The marbling of the arch is incredible!
    But I also love the layout and the atmosphere of this magnificent tag.
    I'll definitely try these incredible techniques! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Love the layering of the different elements of your card. Fabulous. Thanks for joining us at ‘Lets Craft and Create’. Jonnece DT

  23. Beautiful coloring and textures in your wonderful vintage masculine creation, Sara! I love the way the young man's face is "lighted up" in comparison to the rest of him. My eye is definitely drawn to the center of the scene with the marble-look layers in the background! Gorgeous creation. hugs, de

  24. Love this vintage look. TFS Let's Craft and Create...Lis

  25. You totally nailed this theme my friend! I truly adore this composition and all of your amazing layers and details. The funny sentiment give it a touch of whimsy that I didn't expect but is so refreshing! :) Big hugs, Autumn

  26. I just love that you found all three items to pull into your fantastic design! I couldn't find any columns in my stash and here you have layered them into your design beautifully. That arch looks fantastic with the texture! Handsome card!

  27. Love your subtle marbling and the textured arch flanked by the vintage colums and that very vintage gentleman. Lots of fabulous eye candy in this beauty!

  28. So much delicious texture in these arches and columns, I adore it! And the stamping just makes it all complete. A fabulous piece Sara Emily xx

  29. I love all the textures and techniques you have used in this. The comment is great I love it! x


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