Friday, November 8, 2019

'Tis the Season Tim HOltz Christmas Blueprint Coffee Lovers Card

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Sizzix Christmas Card 1

I had to make one Christmas coffee card for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall/Winter Blog Hop, and I only had a very short time to get it done. I was thinking about this all day at work and couldn't wait to get home to squeeze this one in before the challenge closed.

Because winter has arrived overnight in our parts, I decided to make a snowy Christmas card. I used two stamps I've never used before and a die set that's only been used once to make this cute little CAS Christmas card.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Sizzix Christmas Card 2

I embossed the Flurries stamp with white powder and blended the background with Tumbled Glass oxide. There were a couple of mysterious yellowish splotches, so I splashed it with Scattered Straw oxide to make it look like it was intentional. lol! And you can see there's a little shadow the snowman casts, too--that's a smudge of  Black Soot ink. An Occasions Small Talk sticker works for a quick seasonal sentiment.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Sizzix Christmas Card 3

 The snowman is inked in Black Soot Archival and colored with more Tumbled Glass. I removed his top hat and gave him a Santa hat from the Festive Things. I just used a scrap of white card and colored it with Candied Apple ink, as is his scarf, berries, and coffee cup medallion. Pine Needles ink seemed fitting for the sleeve and holly leaves and Frayed Burlap ink for the cup itself. I added dimension to the coffee cup and Santa hat.

So I guess that's it for my coffee cards for this hop! It sure was fun making! I hope you have a great weekend! Hugs! Sara Emily

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thankful Coffee Card


There is something so fun about making coffee cards to me! I think it's because it gives me a chance to use some of my older things with my newer supplies and you just can't go wrong with a coffee cup. Am I right??


I cut Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Bigz cup and sleeve from Prima's Amber Moon paper pad and the lid from a scrap. "Thanks" is printed on the paper and "a latte' (old Stampin' Up set) was stamped in Ground Espresso Archival and cut out with Gift Tags Thinlits. I attached it with a heavy thread to look like it's a tea bag label.


The leaves are Skeleton Leaves Thinlits die cuts, and they are blended with Old Paper and Vintage Photo inks. The little pumpkins are Tim Holtz old Mini Blueprints Happy Halloween stamps. The back paper and the pumpkins are colored with Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide and stamped with Perfect Plaids in Black Soot ink. The wood patterned paper is Tim's Halloween paper stash from last year. I blended it with Black Soot and Vintage Photo ink and splattered with watery Picket Fence paint.

I'll be getting up early to enjoy a nice hot cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee and some visits to see some of the other coffee lovers cards at The Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop. Sounds like two great reasons to get up early in the morning! Thanks for stopping by! Sara Emily

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Snarky Fall Coffee Card

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Fall Coffee Card Tim Holtz Tea Time Steampunk Parts Abandoned Paper Stash 1

I've been seeing all the fabulous coffee cards for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and since I AM a coffee lover, I felt I should play along with at least one card.

I used Tim Holtz Abandoned paper stash for the background, and a Tea Time Bigz die cut from kraft card. I colored it with Peeled Paint and Evergreen Bough oxides, and blended with Vintage Photo ink. The steam is from the Cauldron Bigz die; I cut it twice each from white card and a patterned paper scrap. Both are blended with Old Paper and Vintage Photo inks and layered.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Fall Coffee Card Tim Holtz Tea Time Steampunk Parts Abandoned Paper Stash 2

I thought this gent from the Halloween Paper Dolls went perfectly with the Snarky Small Talk sticker.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Fall Coffee Card Tim Holtz Tea Time Steampunk Parts Abandoned Paper Stash 3

The rusty hex bolts and washers are from the Steampunk Parts Bigz die, cut from Metallic Kraft Stock and painted with Black Soot paint and DecoArt Q-gold. To pick up on the metallic embellishment, I decided to mat the panel with black card and Metallic 2 Kraft Stock sanded and painted with the same colors.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Fall Coffee Card Tim Holtz Tea Time Steampunk Parts Abandoned Paper Stash 4

Lastly a splattering of Carved Pumpkin to hint at my favorite coffee--Pumpkin Spice Latte. It seems I'm not alone in my choice of flavors. What's your favorite coffee drink?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fabulous Fall Thank You Card for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Sara Emilyl Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/11/fabulous-fall-thank-you-card-for-funkie.html Tim Holtz Pressed Foliage Perfect Plaids Card 1

Hello, and welcome! Thank you for all your lovely comments on my creative journey through the Halloween season! Whew! It'll be Christmas before you know it! But first, it's time for the latest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog where the talented Ginny is our hostess. She calls her challenge 'Fabulous Fall', and this is how she describes it:

It's the wonderful season where the leaves are changing and the air is crisp and our thoughts turn to pumpkin spice everything.  For this challenge create a Fall inspired project.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

For my project, I made a super simple autumn themed thank you card. I don't have any step by step photos, sadly. It was one of those times I was just playing around with my products while waiting for the pasta water to boil.

That gorgeous background panel is water color paper on which I stamped one of Tim Holtz Perfect Plaids in Black Soot ink. After inking the stamp, I generously spritzed it with water before making the impression. I stamped it twice, side by side because this is a large panel. This is so easy to do using the Stamp Platform. I dried it with my heat tool and splattered it with watery Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide.  Finally, I blended with a bit of Peeled Paint ink and inked just the side edges in Black Soot. I love this set of plaid images, and I can see them used year round, especially for fall and Christmas crafting.

Sara Emilyl Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/11/fabulous-fall-thank-you-card-for-funkie.html Tim Holtz Pressed Foliage Perfect Plaids Card 2

This leaf stamp from Pressed Foliage really stands on it's own, needing little embellishment. I inked it with Picket Fence Distress ink and then with Versamark using the Stamp Platform. Using the platform ensures you will get a crisp image. I heat embossed with white powder and smudged the image with Distress Crayons for a hint of fall color: Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo. I love these detailed stamps--they are my favorite from Tim's fall releases. You can see other ways I've used the leaves in this Saturday Showcase tutorial.

The sentiment is a Poppy Stamps die I won from ScrapyLand (Thank you, ScrapyLand!), and I cut it out of a piece of scrap Metallic Kraft stock I cut my bats from for my Tombstone. I adhered it with Distress Collage Medium Matte. Before adhering this to the orange panel (colored with Ripe Persimmon oxide and Black Soot ink) I stitched it with my sewing machine--not 'sew' well, I'm afraid.  I'm still not familiar with the tension setting on my newest lightweight model. That's really the only embellishment this card needs with all the fine detail of the stamp and the busy base background.

We don't have much fall color here in my neck of the woods, going from green to pretty much brown fallen leaves with just hints of color.  We have one tree that will be blazing around Thanksgiving, and I'm looking forward to that.

Sara Emilyl Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/11/fabulous-fall-thank-you-card-for-funkie.html Tim Holtz Pressed Foliage Perfect Plaids Card 3

I hope you enjoyed my simple card--now hop on over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog for even more Fabulous Fall inspiration from my talented teammates. Then, it's over to you! I hope you will join us for this challenge--I can't wait to see what you create! Crafty hugs! Sara Emily
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The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Pressed Foliage
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Perfect Plaids
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence
Distress Oxide: Ripe Persimmon
Distress Crayons: Sets 1, 3, 5, and 7
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Embossing Powder - White Super Fine Detail
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad





Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mixed Media Art Journal Page


Hello! It's kind of exciting for me to put away my Halloween things and take a little step back in time with some old products. Simon Says Stamp says to Art Journal this week at their Monday challenge. I have a couple of art journal pages that I've kept to myself, but I thought this would be a good time to share one of them. Art Journaling is such a freeing experience, and I start with no plan in mind, allowing the experience to speak for itself.



I started in the usual way by applying gesso, then adding a bit of texture with a stencil and paste. Colors were added with Burnt Umber Color Bursts and Distress inks, oxides and sprays. The fact that the background was imperfect dictated how the rest of the page would come together.


The focal image (Stampington and Company) was stamped repeatedly first and second and even third generation with a variety of inks and on different surfaces and pieced together in scrapy layers. An old Remnant rub helps to express my feelings--'embrace imperfection' means 'have fun' to me.



Finally, I stamped a Tim Holtz quote from the old  Regal Flourish set in both corners, using parts of the quote to tell the rest of the story--it seemed so fitting. A Small Talk sticker adds a final thought to my page, and a splatter of Picket Fence paint finishes it off.

That's all for today; short and sweet! I hope you have a great rest of the week and a fun filled Halloween if you are celebrating! Thanks for taking time to stop in today! Sara Emily

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October 31 Tombstone for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 1

Hello and welcome! Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and Cec is hosting  'It Looks Real'. Here's how she describes her challenge:

There are so many ways to make something look real when it isn't.  For this challenge, make a vintage or shabby chic project with one or more faux elements.  Those elements could be faux rust, leather, stitching - to name a few.  Make sure you tell us what the faux element is and how you made it because it will look real.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

When I saw Wendy B.'s  Root of Evil tombstone, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Tim Holtz  Small  Etcetera Tombstone. Wendy has you scratching your head wondering if her tombstone is real or not; please be sure to check it out. My tombstone may not look as realistic as her's but it feels like real stone! Like Wendy, I painted all the five pieces that come in the thickboard tombstone set with black gesso. From there, I went in a different direction.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 2

Real stone or not?

The arched overlay and two bottom pieces (barely visible in the photos) were randomly coated with Prima's Stone Effect Pastes - first Concrete and then more sparsely with Pumice Stone. Each layered was left to dry before adding the next. I sprayed the pieces with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Spray. Lastly, I dry brushed with Black Soot paint and smeared with Peeled Paint Crayon.

Real etchings?

The number '31' is cut using Stencil Numbers Thinlits 4 times, and I glued the layers with Distress Collage Medium Matte and adhered to the painted background arch. Spelling out 'October' are plastic letters from my stash. After adhering the numbers and letters, I painted them with black gesso, and smeared the panel with Grit Paste and Opaque Texture Paste. I used the same sprays as before, and I had a huge mess , so I painted the entire panel with some old black crackle paint I have in my stash, that really doesn't crackle anymore, but it's real thick and adds texture.




Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 3

I cut 'Wicked' with Halloween Words Thinlits 4 times and layered them up, just like Wendy did on her tombstone. Smear it with some Texture Paste and you've got an authentic looking stone etching. Additional 'carvings' on the face are Laurel 3-D Impresslits. After adhering the die cuts, I gave it all a coat of the defunct crackle paint, and when dry, spritzed both the top arch background and this tag with Iced Spruce Oxide spray.  Squeal! I love how the splatters of spray give this a real concreate appearance with practically no effort at all! Again, I randomly smeared with Peeled Paint Crayon.

Real moss?

To finish off the faux stone headstone, I used Wendy's clever idea to get that authentic dimensional mossy look, but tweaked the recipe a bit. I stirred up Peeled Paint Powder and Collage Medium until I got the desired consistency and smeared that on over some of the areas with the Peeled Paint crayon. I tried using another 'moss' recipe on my haunted bird house, including collage medium and dryer lint, but it looked like slime.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 4

 Real  copper bats?

No, of course not! Bats aren't copper! I used Metallic Kraft Stock in copper color to cut my Bat Crazy bats and colored them with alcohol inks and Black Soot paint. You know copper gets a lovely patina when you heat it, and I bet these bats have been simmering for hours!

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 5

Real cast iron?

 The witches from the Halloween Paper Dolls colored with Distress crayons stand watch over their corroded cast iron cauldron. No, that's not real cast iron; it's hoarded Grungeboard cut with the Cauldron Bigz die.  I painted it with Black Soot paint, smeared with Grit Paste and then knifed on some more of the old non-crackle crackle paint. I painted the dried grit paste with watered down crackle paint and when it was dry, smeared with Rusty Hinge crayon. I heated it with my heat tool 'til it bubbled. The thickboard tags/tombstones and Grungeboard sure can take a lot of abuse between layers of wet mediums and the heat! I wet the cauldron from the back, shaped it and secured with a rubber band overnight to help shape it into more of a rounded bowl.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 6

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 7

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 8

Dyed (Frayed Burlap Oxide spray) Mummy Cloth and inked/stained and 'copper' ivy (Garden Greens) creep up the sides.

  So is it a real tombstone?


 No, it's just a little wall hanging that has no place in my 'real' cemetery.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 9

Now, that's real wicked!

 Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-31-tombstone-for-funkie-junkie.html Tombstone Etcetera Tag 10

Thank you for hanging in there with me! I urge you to stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog to check out the amazing faux finishes my talented teammates have included on their projects to inspire you. Then it's over to you! I hope you'll play along in this fun challenge; I can't wait to see what you will make! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

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The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Small Tombstone
Sizzix Tim Holtz Chapter 3 Bigz Die - Cauldron
Sizzix Tim Holtz Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Bat Crazy
Sizzix 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folder - Laurel
Sizzix Tim Holtz  Die Set  - Garden Greens
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
Ranger Mediums - Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Pastes - Grit Paste, Opaque Texture Paste
Ranger Alcohol Inks - Slate, Meadow, Rust
Ranger Distress Paint  - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Halloween
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mummy Cloth
Ranger Distress Spray Stain -  Bundled Sage, Hickory Smoke
Distress Crayons -  set #2, set #3
Distress Oxide Sprays - Black Soot, Cracked Pistachio, Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce
Distress Inks - Black Soot, Forest Moss
Prima Art Extravagance - Stone Effect Pastes

Monday, October 21, 2019

In Sympathy

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com Sympathy Card Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Wildflowers #2 (1)

Sympathy cards can be some of the hardest to make, but my husband asked that I make one this evening to send to one of his cousins. I find it's always best to keep them simple.

I used Botanical 3D embossing on the frame, inking the folder with Victorian Velvet Oxide on the side with the black print. Before inserting my water color panel into the folder, I spritzed with water to allow the inks to oxidize. After it dried, I blended lightly with Frayed Burlap ink.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com Sympathy Card Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Wildflowers #2 (2)

I cut the panel with Stitched Ovals die and backed this with a panel I gently blended with Frayed Burlap ink. I spritzed it with a little water and blotted with a clean towel. I used Big Cheesecloth background stamp by Tammy Tutterow, also inked in Frayed Burlap. My Stampendous sentiment is stamped in Forest Moss then Versamark inks using my stamp platform and clear embossed.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com Sympathy Card Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Wildflowers #2 (3)

The die cut flower is from Wildflowers #2 set and colored with Victorian Velvet Oxide and various green inks and markers.

It's a very simple card, but I hope it brings her some comfort after loosing her brother.

Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a good start to the week. I'll be back Wednesday to share my Design Team project for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. I hope you can join me! Sara Emily

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