Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Little Things--Another ATC

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media ATC with Tim Holtz Stencils, Oxides and Transparent Wings 1

Welcome! I have another little mixed media gem to share with you. I am loving seeing all the ATC's over at Simon Says Stamp's ATC challenge. Have you played along yet? My friend down the street inspired me with her butterfly hatchery. Her monarch eggs she's collected from her milkweed are in the chrysalis stage right now, so it won't be long til they turn into butterflies and she releases them.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media ATC with Tim Holtz Stencils, Oxides and Transparent Wings 2
 
I smeared Transparent Matte Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz mini stencil (set 25) over kraft card. When it was dry, I wiped over the raised areas with Prima White Gold Metallique Wax. Lastly, I painted the background with Distress Oxide Sprays (Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio) with a brush from the bottle.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media ATC with Tim Holtz Stencils, Oxides and Transparent Wings 3

I layered a Transparent Wings butterfly over one die cut (Mini Detailed Butterfly) from crinoline. A tiny transparent butterfly has some watery Picket Fence paint smeared on the back of his wings, and both are splattered with the paint. You can see just how shimmery that background is juxtaposed with the matte finish of the oxides.

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More splattering on the panel before adhering the butterflies and a couple of Clippings stickers. I blended the edges with Ground Espresso ink. Pictured below taken in the natural gloomy light of the afternoon; I rather like it.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media ATC with Tim Holtz Stencils, Oxides and Transparent Wings 5

I wish there were an extra day in this week, so I could make one more...perhaps I'll squeak one more in before the morning! Hub's night to cook! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Scrapy Land Challenge #120 Anything Goes  I used a Sizzix die; Detailed Butterfly
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #150 - AG + Option EnTWINEed No twine, but the butterflies are entwined in the stems of the flower garden.

Merry Christmas ATC Pair


Hello and welcome! I have a very short post to share a pair of ATC's I made to play along in Simon Says Stamp Artist Trading Card challenge. These little 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards are a blast to make and a great way to try new or re-visit old techniques and use up some of those leftovers.

I have a pile of backgrounds that I've binned for one reason or another, and this one happened to be a monoprint using Tim Holtz old Poinsettia stencil and Black Soot ink.  (I don't know why it shows as blue in the photos) Not your traditional Christmas color scheme. It was a real disaster, and the only reason I saved it was because there was a decent monoprint on the opposite side.



I colored in the poinsettias and leaves with Distress inks: Candied Apple, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I blended the background further with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters and blended Peeled Paint through another Tim Holtz mini stencil from set 32.

I heat embossed the poinsettia centers (Winter Watercolor stamps) the edges, and Merry (Christmas Classic stamps) on a scrap from the original monoprint panel. I thought the centers looked off, so I dropped in Fossilized Amber oxide around the embossing.


To decorate the backs, I blended white card with Candied Apple ink, and placed the Merry Christmas stencil over it. On one card I blended with Peeled Paint ink and the other, I spritzed the stencil with water, let it sit for a minute and blotted with a paper towel to remove some of the color. The edges were blended with  Forest Moss ink. On the reverse side, I just inked the edges with Candy Apple, and I adhered the painted panel to this.


I think it would be fun to make a bunch of Christmas ATC's  and hand them out randomly to store clerks, include one in the envelope with a bill payment, or drop one in the bank drive through during the Christmas season to spread Christmas cheer. What do you think? Thank you for stopping by today! I really appreciate your support! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #452 Optional embossing-check!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

3D Crackle Saturday Showcase for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Welcome to the weekend! It's my turn to present Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. I've decided to showcase Tim Holtz' newly released 3D Crackle Texture Fade, and I've paired it with some of his newer Chapter 3 dies and a 3D Impresslit. If you would like to see step by step how each of these came together, then pop over to the blog. I hope to see you there! Happy making! Sara Emily

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/3d-crackle-saturday-showcase-for-funkie.html Halloween Card With Tim Holtz Crackle 3D Ghost Town Bat Crazy

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/3d-crackle-saturday-showcase-for-funkie.html Christmas Card With Tim Holtz Crackle 3D Christmas Ribbon

Sara Emily Barker  https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/3d-crackle-saturday-showcase-for-funkie.html Everyday Card  With Tim Holtz Crackle 3D

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Clean And Simple (Christmas card and silver card)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Be Your Beautiful Self - Tim Holtz Organic and Flutter Dies


Hello and happy Sunday! I made a card for my mother in law just because...She loves blue, so this was perfect opportunity to play along with Simon Says Stamp's current Midsummer Blues challenge.

 I was inspired by the deep blue midsummer skies we've had here since this past Thursday when we've had almost constant thunderstorms, day and night. The colors on my background look like what I see when I look out the window, with the rain beading up on the glass. I applied DecoArt chalky blue paint with a brayer to a watercolor paper panel and blended it randomly with Faded Jeans ink. I splashed it with water and also Seedless Preserves oxide ink.


I die cut Organic Thinlits from watercolor paper and colored it with a paint brush and Distress oxides: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves and Ken Olivers Indigo Color Burst. I blended a scrap of watercolor paper with Faded Jeans ink and dipped it in puddles of Seedless Preserves oxide. I die cut three little flowers from the scrap using the Funky Floral #3 Thinlits set and tucked two behind the Organic die cut and adhered one to the top, all with foam adhesive.


The Organic die cut is popped up from the blue background with foam adhesive, giving it a bit of dimension and texture. The Flutter butterfly is stamped in Cobalt and Black Soot Distress archival inks on a scrap I colored with Indigo Color Burst. I shaded it with a paint brush and Chipped Sapphire oxide and die cut it with Flutter Framelits. I finished the card with a Small Talk sticker edged with Chipped Sapphire oxide.

Here are some closeup photos to show the detail.






Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a wonderful day and a great week ahead! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Field Notes: A Vignette for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 1

Hello and welcome! Today we start a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and it's my turn to host. I'm calling my challenge Let's Do It Again! and here are the details:

Have you ever made something that you wish you could do over? Perhaps it was a technique you tried and didn't get the results you were hoping for. Maybe you didn't have just the right product you wanted to make your project just perfect. Or maybe a friend asked you to make something like it for them. Now's your chance for a do-over. Choose one of your own posted vintage or shabby chic projects and do it over with a bit of a twist. Be sure to link back to the post of the project you are making over and tell us why you wanted to do it a second time and what's different about it this time. We like to see your entry be in the vintage or shabby chic style we prefer. 


I chose to make over my Pretty Little Birds vignette, because a sweet blog friend asked if she could buy my vignette. Since that one had already been spoken for, I promised to make her another as a gift. This one has so many of the same elements and techniques, but varies mostly in color and style. I would say my original is more vintage, while this leans toward being shabby chic. I also had no choice but to design this a little differently, because this was the only box I had that would fit the embroidery hoop.


After applying several coats of gesso, I altered the box to look like real wood with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Spray stains and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide spray. I thought I had taken photos of the process, but they seem to have disappeared. This is a different process than I did on my original vignette box.

I start with a gesso base. Next I apply stain directly from the bottle to a cosmetic sponge and make vertical streaks of the two colors down the boxes outer surfaces. Next I mix a couple drops of oxide with collage medium and apply with my finger. I had to work quickly, because Distress Collage Medium dries very quickly.

Sara Emily Barker  https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Faux Wood Tutorial

In the end, I swiped random areas of the outer edges with Distress Crazing I had left on my fingers and highlighted the cracks with Distress Crayon.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 2

I crackled the background for the embroidery hoop like I did in my original post, but this time, I sealed it right away with Distress Collage Medium Matte, and then adhered the Aviary Collage Paper with the matte collage medium. 

I wanted to make this one lighter, so while I still used Distress Crayons to color the image, I used Tumbled Glass. I also smeared with a little Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Spray that was on my finger. I chose to keep the original patina of the hoop, because it was so pretty.

As before, I backed the hoop with a die cut circle (Stitched Circles) and adhered Crochet die cuts around the edge.

Sara Emily Barker  https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.htm Crackle Tutorial

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 3

I stuck down three pieces of foam core to fill the opening at the bottom and topped that with a piece of cat food box.I coated the chipboard with gesso, then adhered bits of Aviary collage paper. I coated both the chipboard piece and the Idea-Ology Quote Chips with Crazing, and when dry, smeared with crayon, dipped into puddles of watered down oxide spray and finally, spritzed with Black Soot marker.

 (Just to be clear, no food touches the chipboard; they are just cardboard layered between cans of food within a box. I'm glad I hoarded some of these, because I found out that each can of food is equivalent to a human eating a Big Mac every day. No wonder Roger's so fat! No more Big Macs for the kitty, and no more chipboard to hoard.  :(:( ) 

Inside edges and background paper (Wallflower; thank you to Kathy Clement for her generous gift! She sent me a HUGE stack of Tim Holtz papers and packs of Distress crayons. She sure knows how to spoil a girl!) are covered with leftover bits of collage paper. I coated the edges with Crazing and smears of Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste. When dry, I sprayed lightly with Twisted Citron Oxide spray. The background paper has crackled stenciling and spritzes of Vintage Photo Distress Spray stain and Oxide spray.

The lip of the box is painted with Walnut Stain Distress paint and then crackled with the Ranger paste. To highlight the cracks I smeared with Vintage Photo crayon.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 4

I didn't have anymore robin eggs, so I had to make my own. I had these cheapo plastic eggs in my stash, and I altered a pair of yellow ones with gesso, oxide sprays, Distress paint and markers.

The Idea-Ology Quote Token is altered with Picket Fence paint.


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 5

Lastly, I made the little stack of field notes with pieces of kraft paper and discontinued Kraft Glassine paper, wrinkled and blended with Walnut Stain ink. I topped with a snip from the Wallpaper stash and tied with cord.

Here are some additional close up photos for you to enjoy.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 6

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 7

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 8

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 9

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/08/field-notes-vignette-for-funkie-junkie.html Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 10

That's all for me today, but if you stop The  Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, my talented teammates will inspire you with their do-overs for the 'Let's Do It Again!' challenge. Then it's over to you! I can't wait to see what you choose to do over! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily



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

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper Aviary
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set 27
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Stitched Circles
Distress Oxide Sprays: Antique Linen, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #3
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #5
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #7
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Walnut Stain, Picket Fence, Cracked Pistachio
Distress Spray Stain: Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste





Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tim Holtz Cutout Blossoms Birthday Card


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media Birthday Card Tim Holtz Cutout Blossoms 1

Hello! I had to drop everything and make a card to celebrate Simon Says Stamp's 9th Birthday! Happy Birthday!

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media Birthday Card Tim Holtz Cutout Blossoms 2

I used Distress Oxide inks to color the two background panels (Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone) and stamped the top one with a Fragments stamps. A Crochet die cut underlines the birthday greeting--a Stampin' Up 'birthday' and Tim Holtz Sideorder 'wish' die cut. There are silk flowers from my stash topped with Funky Floral #3 die cut blossoms and a rare sequin. (I was inspired by all the sequins on the SSS DT makes.) And because it's a special birthday, I even got out my sewing machine and stitched around both panels.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Mixed Media Birthday Card Tim Holtz Cutout Blossoms 3

The Cutout Blossoms die cut allows that pretty blue oxide background to peek through. The foliage is from the same Funky Florals set. It's rare to see such a short post from me, but it's filled with big birthday wishes for Simon Says Stamp! Hugs! Sara Emily

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tim Holtz Floral Card for A Vintage Journey



Hello! It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this time our lovely hostess, Jennie, chose the theme 'A Cup of Tea For Your Art'. Pour yourself an extra cup of tea and use it in your project. In your cup you could dye lace, ribbon, wood, paper and flowers, or use it to create splashes or cup rings on your project. And don't just limit yourself to "ordinary tea" - there's green tea, yellow tea, black tea, herbal teas and fruit teas - whatever you've got in your cup! Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.


I found a box of Harvest Spice tea in my pantry, and made myself a cup. Ohhh! Smells so good, but tastes like potpourri (sorry, I'm not a tea drinker, unless it's the southern sweet tea, iced cold!)

I dipped  a waste strip from my mixed media paper pad into the cup, pulled it out and let it dry. I repeated this several times to darken the color. I took the tea bag out, squeezed out the liquid, and swiped it down a panel for the background. While the panel was still a little damp, I dipped it into some DOX and dried it.


I also dipped a strip of fabric into the tea and left it to dry. This made a nice bow for my card. The daisy petals (Wildflower Stems #1) were painted with the tea and Distress Oxides.


I chose one of the brightly colored Idea-Ology Botanical Layers (love this pack; it's got brighter colors than the originals) as my base and hand colored some more die cut flowers--Tim Holtz Funky Floral #2 this time. The greenery is Garden Greens, and I colored it with a variety of long neglected green Distress inks.


Tucked under the flowers is a strip of brightly colored and embossed tissue paper, a failed experiment from a previous challenge here at A Vintage Journey. Also a tea-dyed Crochet die cut. A splattering of Forest Moss ink finishes off the card. I purposely did not add a sentiment as I think this card has plenty going on without it.

I hope you will trust me when I say this card is so much prettier in real life. I had trouble with the lighting; taking photos outdoors was out of the question with thunderstorms all over the place. I hope you will play along with A Cup of Tea For Your Art challenge at A Vintage Journey! I can't wait to see what you will make with your cup of tea! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
These products were used and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Distress Oxides - Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Forest Moss, Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose
Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Together...A Metallic Wedding Card for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 1

Welcome friends! It' s time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog and our super  talented hostess, Jenny has chosen the theme 'Marvellous Metallics'. Here's what Jenny says about this challenge:

There are so many ways to add metallics to your projects, from embossing powders and pastes, metallic finish cards and foils, metallic inks and paints to metal embellishments. And you can leave them untreated for a touch of glamour or alter them for an aged or more grungy look. Show us how you like to use metals on your vintage or shabby chic projects.


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 The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. 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 always learn so much about language when I'm blogging, and today I learned that there are two ways to spell marvel(l)ous--the English way (marvellous) and the American way  (marvelous). So, no, that's not a typo in the theme title; since Jenny is from the UK, it would be natural for her to use the English spelling.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 2

I made this card for my nephew and his lovely bride's wedding, using the colors of their flowers and wedding party and adding bits of metallic shimmer for glamour and elegance. Their bridesmaids dresses were mauve, which was not easy to replicate, but picking up the hot and soft pinks, lavenders and purples in their gorgeous flower arrangements made it all work.

I knew right away when I saw Stacy Hutchinson's stunning card at Tattered Nest Designs that I would use her gorgeous design as inspiration for Leif and Lynnie's card, and when you visit her blog, you'll see I didn't stray far.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 3

Like Stacy, I used the beautiful Elegant 3D Texture Fade embossing folder, and stamped script onto the flat part of the embossing folder before running it through my die cut machine the requisite 3 times with a watercolor paper panel. The script is from Entomology, and I used  Dusty Concord Archival Distress ink to stamp it.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 4

After embossing, I inked the panel in Hickory Smoke Distress ink and Oxide ink and lightly swiped the raised areas with Black Soot paint, following Stacy's tutorial. It was way too dark for a wedding card, so I went back in with  Brushed Iron Metallique Wax by Prima, just very lightly brushing the raised flourishes with my finger tip. To bring in the wedding party's color, I watered down Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Spray, and patted some on the panel randomly with my finger. this panel was adhered to a white card blank blended with Hickory Smoke ink.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 5

I really loved Stacy's textured card at the bottom of her card. I choose a pure white stripe textured card from my stash and picked up the texture with more Brushed Iron wax.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 6

I dipped a Crochet die cut in the Victorian Velvet puddle left from coloring the embossed background, dried it and blended with Hickory Smoke ink. I lightly touched the edges with more of the Brushed Iron wax.

I don't have any wedding sentiments, but I thought 'together' worked fine. It is an old Handwritten Love Thinlits die, which I cut one each from grey and black card and a scrap of silver Metallic Kraft Stock. I layered and adhered them with Distress Collage Medium.


I made the trim at the top of the white panel with a scrap of silver Metallic Kraft Stock. I inserted and taped it into the Mini Scallop Impresslit, ran it through my die cut machine three times. When I removed it, I had this lovely piece of trim, which I swiped with Black Soot paint. After allowing it to dry slightly, I wiped the surface with a dry cloth, leaving some of the paint to show off the intricate design.


I inked some water color and mixed media papers and scraps with various inks, sprays and oxides (colors listed below) and die cut flowers and greens from them using Wildflower Stems #1 and #2, Funky Festive, Funky Floral #2 and #3, and Garden Greens Thinlits set. I also cut two Bursts using the Impresslit of the same name from the inky papers. The twigs were cut from plain white card and given a coat of shimmery paste from my stash. I also tipped a couple of the Wildflower Stems with the paste. The purple flower at the bottom of the arrangement was left over from another project, and I believe it was colored with Wilted Violet oxide. Everything was adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 7

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 8

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/togethera-metallic-wedding-card-for.html Tim HOltz 3D Embossed Wedding Card 9

That's all for me today, but if you pop over to the blog,  my talented teammates will inspire you with their 'Marvellous Metallics'. Then it's over to you! I can't wait to see what you will make! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

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

Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Kraft Stock
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Entomology
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Wildflower Stems #1
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Wildflower Stems #2
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 18pk - Funky Festive by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Thinlits Set - Funky Floral #2 by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Thinlits Set - Funky Floral #3 by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Garden Greens by Tim Holtz
Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Elegant
Sizzix 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folder - Burst
Sizzix 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folder - Mini Scallop

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad - Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Hickory Smoke, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #2
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte 1 oz Bottle
Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabair - Metallique Wax - Brushed Iron



Sunday, July 28, 2019

A Spooky Start


Hello and welcome! Today I'm dipping my toes into the Halloween season's pool -- not quite Halloween, but with some of the colors and words you might expect at one of my favorite times of the year.


I altered this tiny panel and easel I found at a house we will eventually knock down and rebuild. I think it had a creepy Holly Hobby design on it. Easily covered with black gesso and crackled with several crackle glazes (I used Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint and DecoArt crackle glaze.) I'm nearly at the end of my last hoarded bottle of CRC, and this causes me much distress. Is that even available anymore?

The Halloween Paper doll is colored with Distress crayon, and the Bouquet flowers with oxide sprays and Black Soot paint.


To highlight the cracks, I spritzed with Distress Oxide Sprays; Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans. I dried and wiped off the excess.

The die cut tree is from the newly released Ghost Town Thinlits set cut from a scrap. The quote is a Halloween Clippings sticker, the spooky flashcard and warning sign are from one of the old Halloween Ephemera packs. Crackle is compliments of DecoArt, highlighted with crayons and ink.


I even made sure the easel was crackled. There's been so much Halloween inspiration on the blogs, it's hard not to be inspired. But this summer heat is kind of putting a damper on the spooky atmosphere in my neck of the woods. I hope you're staying cool where ever you are in the world! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It's Heating Up at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card  1

Welcome friends! It' s time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog and our lovely and talented hostess, Suzz has chosen the theme 'It's Heating Up'. Here's what Suzz says about this challenge:

July is when the weather here in the Midwest really starts to turn warm and muggy. This is the inspiration for our challenge to interpret the heat with using one or more of the following colors: Yellow, Red or Orange. Your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project where the main color is yellow, orange or red. I can't wait to see how you turn up the heat in your art!

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 The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. 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.

While I do use yellow, orange and red quite frequently in my projects, it's not often the main color, so this indeed was a challenge for me.

My background is a panel of Classic Kraft Stock embossed with Tim Holtz Foundry 3-D Texture Fade. I sanded it and added color with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink and Ground Espresso ink. I layered it on two old Tim Holtz papers and finally to a kraft card blank.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card 2

I stamped The Professor by Tim Holtz with Ground Espresso and Faded Jeans  Distress Archival inks on a card scrap, fussy cut and colored his frames with Spiced Marmalade marker.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card 3

 I stamped the dial from the same set on Distress Heavystock with Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso inks and a bit of Cracked Pistachio oxide ink. Using my stamp platform allows me to use multiple colors to create depth and interest.

I fussy cut the dial and colored it with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge oxides. I gave the dial a coat of Distress Crazing and after drying, smudged with Distress crayon-Chipped Sapphire. Both stamped pieces were edged with Ground Espresso ink. With foam adhesive, both pieces were layered over some scraps I had on my worktop.

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I finished my card with a Rusty Bottle Cap, Idea-Ology Metal Ruler Measurements (one of the many prizes I won in a challenge on Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook page), Mirrored and Adornments Stars and an Occasions Small Talk sticker. I patted the ruler with Chipped Sapphire Distress paint. Linda sells the bottle caps in the shop already rusted, and I just dabbed it with Chipped Sapphire paint to give contrast to the Mirrored Star. I colored the star with Splendor Alcohol Pearls (front) and Chipped Sapphire paint (back). The copper painted Adornment Star was already painted, leftover from a previous project, and I colored the other two with Chipped Sapphire paint and Carved Pumpkin oxide. Everything was adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card 5

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card 6

As a final touch, I splashed the card with diluted Faded Jeans oxide.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card 7

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/07/its-heating-up-at-funkie-junkie.html Masculine Mixed Media Card 8

That's all for me today, but there's plenty more wonderful 'hot' creativity over on the blog, where my Frilly and Funkie teammates will wow you with their projects. Then it's over to you! I can't wait to see what you will make! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

I'll be sharing with these favorite challenges and a few more when I return to civilization:

Crafty Cardmakers #238 Here Comes Summer It's a stretch, but my kiddo's birthdays are in the summer, and this card is for my son's birthday.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Make Your Own Background

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

Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - The Professor
Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Foundry
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Classic Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Mirrored Stars
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments, Star
Rusted Metal Embellishments - Bottle cap
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #2
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Chipped Sapphire, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides - Carved Pumpkin, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #2
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #3
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte 1 oz Bottle
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Splendor