Tuesday, April 30, 2019

An Introduction to French Accordion Book

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html Altered Book Tim Holtz Oxide Spray Ideaology 1

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Hello! Today I'm sharing an accordion organizer made mostly of recycled items. I've been wanting to enter this month's Mini Album Makers challenge. There's an AWESOME prize compliments of Eileen Hull, and my fingers legs and eyes are crossed Mr. Random will gravitate to the end of the linked projects! Ha! Ha! I didn't get to start this 'mini album' until last night, as I've been working day and night on a personal work related project all month. Sadly, my journal doesn't live up to even my loose expectations from a technical standpoint, because I was in such a rush to get it done. I love the concept, however, and may give it another whirl sometime. I especially love how it looks from the side.

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I got the idea from THIS POST after this cool French primer didn't sell at our estate/yard sale this passed weekend. I was going to donate it, but it was just too special to give away and I wanted to make something in honor of Notre Dame. I decided I would fill it with tags and give it to my French sister in law to keep memories of her French home in (or recipes, whatever!) Although I covered the back with Tim Holtz Collage Paper and oxide spray, I wanted to keep the original graphics on the front, so I just put a few French themed scraps on there. Remember, 'it's what's INSIDE that counts', 'don't judge a book by it's cover' and all that!

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html Altered Book Tim Holtz Oxide Spray Ideaology 4

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 I tore fabric strips from a shirt that also didn't sell to make the ribbons. I colored the strips with oxide spray and glued it behind the final accordion fold in the back of the book.

The tags are made using Idea-ology waste packaging like the ones below, only larger. I adhered the pages I removed from the book (to make the pockets) on one side and the photos from the book on the other. These were colored with oxide sprays and the text side embellished with Paper Dolls  and various Idea-ology ephemera.



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Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html Altered Book Tim Holtz Oxide Spray Ideaology 7

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I punched circles of altered Metallic Kraft stock scraps I had leftover from previous projects. These make great thumb pulls for the tags without the fuss of ribbons or trim sticking out of the pockets when it's all closed up. I'm sure Sylvie will put this on a shelf just as she would her many other books.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html Altered Book Tim Holtz Oxide Spray Ideaology 9

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html Altered Book Tim Holtz Oxide Spray Ideaology 10

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/an-introduction-to-french-accordion-book.html Altered Book Tim Holtz Oxide Spray Ideaology 11

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Thank you for stopping by! Hugs! Sara Emily

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Resisting Procrastination With Oxide Sprays

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/04/resisting-procrastination-with-oxide.html Distress Oxide Sprays Resist Technique Mixed Media 1

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a quick masculine card featuring Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays and a resist technique.

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I sprayed a wet watercolor panel with Iced Spruce Oxide spray and loosened the color even further with another spritz of water and dried. I spread Transparent Gloss Texture Paste through That's Crafty stencil and allowed the paste to dry overnight. I gave it one spritz of Vintage Photo Oxide spray, dried with a heat tool, and then blotted and  polished the glossy areas with a paper towel to remove the excess spray.

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I embellished with Ideaology: Milk Caps, Keepsakes Ephemera, old Collector Layers and Paper Doll as well as a scrap of Tim Holtz designer paper I stamped with a lid and Espresso Distress ink. I'm so happy you stopped by today! Hugs and blessings to you! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
#THA_APR Well, I didn't do the exact same technique as Tim with Distress Glaze, but I'll give this a go since it still applies the same principles: resisting color.
Bleeding Art April Challenge - Add Stenciling Oh, my goodness, I almost forgot to link this up, and I used a stencil for the first time in who knows how long just for this challenge!

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trashy Love Story Vignette for Frilly and Funkie

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Hello friends! Here we are again on the second week of the current challenge eat Frilly and Funkie , 'Re-Purpose, Re-Use, Recycle' and the Funkie girls are revealing their projects. I'm here today with a tutorial featuring Seth Apter's Baked Velvet powders and a slew of Tim Holtz products (of course!). The super talented Kathy is our hostess this time, and this is how she describes her chosen theme:

Earth Day is April 22nd, so let's honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin. You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece. Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in the photo.

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 Frilly and Funkie. 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 remember, as a child, on Earth Day my brothers and sisters would spend the day collecting trash along the road that ran from our farm down to the New York state line. Even though the filled bags were thrown in the trash when we got to New York, I think this ingrained in me habits of keeping my eyes peeled for trash that I might be able to use again. In fact, about 2 months ago, on a rainy walk, I found two soggy, crumpled dollar bills-- a $50 and a $10. I sure can use that again! It certainly pays to keep your patch of the road clean!

 Kathy's theme is right up my alley! Can you spot the 'trash' in this vignette I made for my husband's and my next wedding anniversary? It's not 'til September, but it's always good to be prepared.

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Let's get making, and I'll share my trashy secrets!

I started with this wooden box frame I got on clearance at a local craft store. I turned it over and saw it would make a perfect shadow box. I checked my stash for a set of the larger Idea-ology Vignette Finials, and was sad to see only the top finial of the set. I must have used the bottom on another project. After auditioning several possibilities from my stash including a candle stick and an egg cup, I found this wooden piece to use as the bottom. It's the perfect size to go along with the Idea-ology top finial, and it actually looks like Tim's--just hollowed out.


I gave the box frame a coat or two of gesso inside and out and smeared Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste over the (now) front edges.  The finials were painted with Distress paints; Ground Espresso undercoat, followed by DecoArt crackle medium, then Weathered Wood. In the end, I smeared with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.

While the wood was drying, I cut panels from a Sweet and Low box and embossed them with Botanical and Mini Scallop 3D Texture Fades. I save these boxes, because the inside is white, and the packaging is the perfect thickness to use with the embossing folders and even Thinlits dies.  


I trimmed and adhered the embossed panels for each outer edge of the box using Distress Collage Medium Matte and then smeared on Crazing medium. After it dried, I painted these edges and back with a wash of Weathered Wood paint, dried and then scribbled and blended the box with Antiqued Bronze Distress Crayon to highlight all the texture.  

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I trimmed the Mini Scallop 3D embossed die cut to fit the box and swiped it with Prima Brushed Iron Metallique Wax to highlight the amazing detail.



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 I cut panels of Idea-ology Halloween Collage Paper and Textile surfaces to line the box, and adhered them with collage medium. I swiped on Vintage Collage Medium just around the edges of the collage paper, where it would be seen behind the Baseboard Frame. Not much of this will be seen when the box is photographed, but these details are important to me.

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Now that the box is prepared, it's time to work on the details. I altered two of Tim Holtz old Idea-ology Baseboard Frames, one with Seth Apter Eclipse (and Versamark ink pad) and the other with Desert Baked Velvet embossing powders. I love the leather-like finish of the melted black powder! 

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After giving the oval frame a coat of gesso, I stamped and embossed Lattice of Tim Holtz Lattice & Flourish set.  After heating the powder, I smeared with Brushed Iron Prima Wax, which gives the Baked Velvet embossing the look of copper. I chose a happy couple from the new Idea-ology Found Relatives pack and mounted it in the frame. I used stacked waste pieces of foam core to bring the frame forward in the box.

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The Large Funky Floral and Funky Floral #3 Thinlet flowers are cut from scraps of Parchment paper I save after cutting circles to fit in my cake pans. Another good re-cycling substitute for white flowers would be coffee filters, but I think these are better used for filtering coffee.

I cut the Large Funky Floral greenery from green wax paper that came in a fruit gift box we received as a Christmas gift from my nephew and his wife.

I colored the centers with Dried Marigold crayon and made stamen for them out of old cheepo paint brushes. I swiped the brushes with Ranger Emboss It and dipped them in White Cloud Baked Velvet powder. After heating them, I pushed them onto my craft mat to splay the hairs.

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I found a ring shaped piece of copper while I was out walking the other day, and thought I would make a set of wedding rings to add to the vignette. I found the perfect sized 'man's ring' in my drawer of washers and gaskets to pair with the found one. This crusty, rusty set of drawers is filled with random goodies a good family friend saved in case he might need them. Beloved Lawton is enjoying his eternal life in Heaven with God and his sweet wife, and he no longer needs them. I think he would be happy to know I enjoy admiring his rusty stash box on my desk and use the treasures inside all the time.


I used collage medium to adhere Desert Baked Velvet powder to the rings. After melting and while still molten, I sprinkled with  Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves and repeated the process using Ranger Liquid Platinum. I used the first two powders to give it texture and the last for the color. The photo below shows the copper 'ring' in it's original state.

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I colored an Idea-ology Mirrored Heart with Picket Fence paint, wiped it off a bit after it was almost dry and added a drop of Mushroom Alcohol ink. I adhered it to an Idea-ology Memo Pin and tucked it into my arrangement. You can see my vintage earring (small yellowish pearls) I clustered with a few altered Idea-ology Baubles.  I just popped them in a small cup and swirled them around with a drop or two of Smolder Alcohol  Pearls--instant age. There are some snippets of Linen Ribbon in the arrangement as well.

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I cut the word Love from black card using the newly released Alphanumeric Label Thinlit set and heat embossed with Eclipse powder. I tied on a Picket Fence-paint-smudged Idea-ology Story Stick to complete my sentiment and added some altered 1/2 pearls to the corners of the frame (Brushed Pewter paint and Mushroom alcohol ink). I could have dropped them in with the Baubles, but I did these early on before I discovered how easy it was to use Smolder for a one and done alteration.

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I hope you are inspired to see your trash with creative eyes or dig through your recycle box and find a new life for something using your art supplies. Then link up your completed vintage or shabby chic project using one of your recycled treasures to our Re-Purpose, Re-Use, Recycle challenge. Wishing you a great day! Sara Emily
The following products used are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Alphanumeric Label 
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Funky Floral Large
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Smolder
Tim Holtz Tim Holtz Idea-ology Found Relatives
Seth Apter Baked Velvet Neutral Kit

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tim Holtz New 3D Embossing and Seth Apter's Baked Velvet Powders Tutorial


Hello friends! Today it's my turn to showcase some of the newest products available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique on the Frilly and Funkie blog. If you would like to see how I've used Tim Holtz Elegant and Leaf 3D Texture Fades and Seth Apter's wonderful Baked Velvet embossing powders, just click on the link. Here are some close ups to tempt you.



Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs! Sara Emily


Sunday, April 7, 2019

My Peeps Will Call Yours-Another Easter Card

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Hello friends! I have just a few photos and a quick post of another Spring/Easter card. This one features the Geo Springtime bunny die cut and Kaleidoscope 3D Texture Fade.

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I cut two of the bunnies from a panel of white card stock, facing each other, leaving the apertures I would later reinsert the die cut bunnies into. I coated the card with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

I embossed the panel with the embossing folder and sprayed with Cracked Pistachio Oxide Spray and blended with a damp paper towel. I smoothed on Seedless Preserves and Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayons to highlight the texture even more. This panel was mounted on a white card stock panel. I matted it and the Small Talk Occasions stickers with Metallic Confections Kraft Stock.

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To get the bunny in the right facing position, I simply flipped the bunny over and heat embossed with white powder to get the rounded edges you get on the front side of a die cut.these die cuts were adhered into the apertures using collage medium. Easy card, made so simple with the Oxide sprays! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Sara Emily

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Who Do You Think You Are -- A Rare Art Journal Page


Hello friends! I decided to have a little playtime with my newer Oxide Sprays for the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey -- Neutral Zone. The talented and lovely Nikki isour hostess this month, and here's how she describes it:

Time to banish colour! You can create with blacks, whites, greys, beiges, creams and browns but whatever you make, and whatever style, needs to stay in the neutral zone. And remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.


 It's been a couple of years since I've played in my Robert Browning's Poetical Works art journal, and since the previous entries all had butterflies on them, I thought I would somehow include Tim Holtz Geo Butterfly. Poor thing doesn't seem to be too popular around the blogs, so I'm trying to give him some extra air time here at sarascloset. At first he was going to be wings for my Paper Doll, so I removed his antenna. I ended up letting him speak for himself on his own page.




My pages were sealed with clear gesso, and I adhered collage paper with collage medium. Even though this is Tim Holtz Halloween Collage Paper, I thought it looked like the dogwood trees that are blooming in our area now.  I sanded and inked the paper doll with vintage photo ink and adhered. I sealed pages once again with collage medium, leaving areas around the edges untouched. I sprayed with Distress Oxide sprays: Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain. I wiped with paper towel after spritzing to blend the colors. You can see that the places I left free of collage medium became saturated with the spray.


I can almost hear this little girl saying, "Does this doodling make me look chubby?".


 I flicked with Picket Fence spray stain and stamped with old Tim Holtz quote stamp in archival ink. I added doodling and outlined the paper doll with gel pen, and then decided she need wings after all. I adhered Geo Springtime butterfly die cut to vellum, trimmed and adhered to the page. I blended the edges randomly with Ground Espresso ink. I love what it did to some of my doodling!


No art rules followed here, judging from my lack of white space, but I did have fun making these pages and learned a little more on how to use my new sprays. I hope you'll stop by A Vintage Journey to check out all the wonderful neutral inspiration created especially for you by my fellow Creative Guides. And then, it's over to you! I hope you'll find some time to play along this month. Happy crafting! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Country View Challenges April 2019 - Easter and/or Spring Maybe not spring colors, but most definitely spring with the Dogwoods and Butterflies!
Artistic Stamper April Creative Challenge -New Growth I used an old Tim Holtz quote stamp.
Art Journal Journey Having Fun My first time linking...I had FUN creating this page, and I always have fun in my garden!

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Geo Springtime Thinlits by Tim Holtz
Distress Oxide Sprays