Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#sealover Tag with Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, Prima, and Seth Apter's Baked Texture


 Welcome friends! Thank you for joining me today! It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team to share some inspiration for our current challenge 'Surf's Up', chosen by our very creative Frilly teammate, Kathy.

Kathy details her challenge: Who's ready for a little sand, a little sun and a little surf?  Let's take this challenge for a stroll beside the shore!  Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a beachy theme.  Use ocean colors and beach images to add a fun seaside feel to your project.

Rather than seaside,  I went into the sea with my Tim Holtz Etcetera Mini Tag!


I chose the Graphic 45 Sun Kissed 8x8 pad just for this one beautiful paper to use on this project, but the pad is just loaded with gorgeous designs perfect for a beach themed album, card, folio or just a mixed media piece like this. I used collage medium to stick the paper down, trimmed and sanded the edges, and gave it a coat of clear gesso. I blended the edges with various Distress inks, going darker at the bottom. See those cute sea turtles? They are fussy cut from another of the papers in the pack and added to my scene to float off to deep unknown places in my imaginary sea. I added shadows with Frayed Burlap Distress ink. Maybe when they go deeper there won't be any shadows. 


 The reinforcing ring that comes in the tag pack was coated with gesso, and I stamped the cheesecloth pattern in Cobalt Archival ink to make it blend with the background pattern.


I made the crackled 'seaweed' in the back by swiping crackle paste through a Mini Layering Stencil over Plain Tissue Wrap painted with Prima Sparks Fairy Wings acrylic paint. If you think you see more shimmer, it's because I swiped on Prima's Vintage Silk Opal Magic Wax over the dried crackle. The sea anemones and other seaweed are die cut using Tim's Funky Floral #3 set. They were colored with Prima Coral Reef and  Fairy Wings acrylic paints. Some seaweed was cut from Oxide scraps I had laying around.


My title is inked in Cobalt archival on a piece of the business card Linda includes on those wonderful little thank you gifts she sends along with your Funkie Junkie Boutique order. Waste not, want not.  I dipped it into a puddle of Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.



The shells are die cut using Tim's Seashells Bigz die and textured using the included seashells Texture Fade. That crusty texture on the scallop shell is from Prima's clear crackle paste, and the color is from Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Frayed Burlap Oxides. In real life it has a shimmery sheen from  Vintage Silk wax, but sadly the camera  didn't pick up that incredible pearly iridescence.

My ocean 'floor' is made with Seth Apter's Baked Textures, Deep Sea and Dirty Sand. (What could be more appropriate?)


I don't know if true solid blue shells exist in nature (I see blue tones in the real shell below), but I took a little artistic license here making a blue shell colored with Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks, touched with Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose Oxides. Both shells are edged in Frayed Burlap Distress ink. If you are looking for more ways to color your seashells and tips on how to shape them, please take a minute to check out my tutorial at Frilly and Funkie, where I've used a plethora of Distress products to make some realistic and not so realistic sea shells. No two seashells are alike! I can't wait for Tim to come out with a smaller Thinlits version!

All that was left to do was to splatter with a little Coral Reef paint and tie on a seam binding ribbon bow I already had dyed in my stash (pretty sure it was dipped in Blueprint Sketch ink) using Tim's Linen ribbon dipped in Worn Lipstick Oxide.


I hope you are inspired to join in the Surf's Up challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Please be sure to stop by the blog to check out the details of the challenge and the amazing sea themed inspiration by my Frilly and Funkie teammates, and then it's over to YOU! I can't wait to see what you will create!

I'll be sharing my tag with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Stencil It I used a mini layering stencil for some of the seaweed.
The Artistic Stamper May's Creative Challenge - Backgrounds I used two stamps--one on the reinforcing ring and one for my title. My background was collaged.

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

The following products were used and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:



Saturday, May 12, 2018

She Paints Seashells on the Seashore With Tim Holtz and Distress

Hello, friends! I'm over at Frilly and Funkie today with a nice long tutorial on how I made each of these seashells--all made from card/paper, Tim Holtz' Seashells die, and Distress products! I hope you'll hop over to check it out! I'd love to hear which of the shells is your favorite!


Stop back here on Wednesday to see how I've incorporated even more shells into a mixed media project for Frilly and Funkie's current challenge, Surf's Up. Maybe some of these might end up on a project in the future, too.

Thank you for stopping in today!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Faux Carved Slate Using Prima and Distress

Welcome friends! Your visits are VERY precious to me! I know you haven't been seeing much of me since I've been taking on a few very ginormous projects behind the scenes, all unrelated to art/craft. But today I have a tutorial for you over at Frilly and Funkie. I'm featuring Prima IOD Moulds, flowers and papers, along with Distress paints with a tutorial on my Faux Carved Slate technique. You can see when I first used this technique HERE. If you would like to see details of my cards and learn how I made my faux finish, please pop over to Frilly and Funkie.


I'm sharing with these challenges:
SumMore Fun Mood Board #27 I think it's clear I was inspired by the colors, neutrals and flowers, and even the stone!
Double D Challenges May Flowers I chose the white and yellow colors. Gorgeous mood board!

I'm so happy you stopped by, and I really appreciate reading your comments! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

See Grungy Possibility with Distress, Ideaology, and Baked Texture For Frilly and Funkie



Welcome friends and visitors! Today is that day when the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team get to display their inspiration for the current challenge, which is 'Neutral Point of View'. I'm super excited because it was my turn to choose the theme, and immediately my mind turned to grungy browns!

Here's the scoop on the challenge theme:  'We're seeing a lot of pastel and brighter colors this time of year. For this challenge we're inviting you to step away from all that color and play with your neutral art supplies. You can add a few pops or hints of color, but be sure we see mainly neutrals on your vintage or shabby chic design. (Think black, white, gray, brown, beige, cream, ivory; even gold and silver.)'



I was pretty excited to find this backing to an old frame unclaimed at an estate sale last Friday. With all the beautiful antiques being offered, my friend running the sale thought I was nuts to want this piece of wood. But he charged me $1 for it nevertheless. This set the stage for my inspiration, and I pulled out some Ideaology pieces and my brand new Funky Flowers #3 dies and got to work. I laid some groundwork of Distress paint sponged through a yet unused mini layering stencil. I thought this would make a wonderful backing for the Funky Flowers, but in the end it barely shows at all.


I removed the backing from Tim's Mini Framed Panel to save for another project, since I already had a backing panel. I had some old thick foam circles in my stash, and these work perfectly to add some dimension. I gave the frame a coat of black gesso, then randomly sponged on Distress inks and smeared random blobs of Prima's Texture paste - gold crackle . I got a little impatient and ended up heating to dry the paste, so there's not much in the line of crackling going on. But it adds some grungy texture. Lastly, I scribbled with Distress crayons and heat set. In addition to Vintage Photo shown here, I also used Walnut Stain and Antique Linen crayons.


I painted the Baroque frame with gesso and Distress paints like the wood frame, and while the paint was wet, sprinkled very lightly with Baked Texture in Chunky Rust and Patina Oxide. After heating, I wasn't thrilled with the gloss, nor the Rusty Hinge paint color, so sponged on Walnut Stain paint followed by Distress crayons as per the wooden frame.





Once I had the frames done, I decided what my subject would be. The Paper Dolls each have their own personalities, and as I was shuffling through them, I spotted this girl who reminded me a bit of me when I was younger--I always had a book in my hand. This is when my creative 'early' autobiography was born. I colored the doll with Distress crayons and markers. Notice the staring blue eyes. In my younger days, I always received comments on my bright blue eyes. The bow in the hair and the frilly dress is a bit of a stretch for me. Other ephemera and Design Tape was chosen for it's significance: the alphabet design tape from the Journey set because I have a distinct memory of my brother rewarding me with a dime if I could recite the ABC's correctly. I also remember my Mom making us all know our times tables up to 10 (I wasn't in school yet.) I'm afraid it didn't help me much in the higher levels of math. The 'graph paper' design tape added for my love of drawing detailed room plans when I was a youngster. It seems appropriate I should marry an architect!


I sort of have a ruler/yardstick fetish, so I had to include a piece of one of Tim's Ruler pieces. While I love to use my real rulers in my projects, these are the perfect scale for smaller projects like this. This one's perfect with it's reference to reading. When I was in second grade, I started my tutoring career helping the unteachable to read. (I still remember Ronnie Rush; he's probably a rocket scientist now!) 

Our family dog, Sparky, bore a close resemblance to one of Tim's paper dogs. I just had to have Tim's Milk Caps when I saw there was one with these words on it. While the cap is referring to a type of dairy cow- Jersey cows, I used it to mark where I was brought up--on a farm in New Jersey. We had about 60 head of Holstein dairy cows at any given time.


I hemmed and hawed about what background to use for my Mini Framed Panel, but in the end remembered I had saved this heat embossed panel I made especially for this topic. You can see how I made this in my tutorial HERE.



Once my collage and frame were in place, it was time to embellish the wood panel. I chose a couple of Quote Chips--probably my favorite Ideaology product ever, right up there with the Paper Dolls. I heat embossed 'miscellaneous' in white and smeared it with Vintage Photo Distress crayon to tone it down. While it was not a great impression, the distressed look of it is growing on me.


At first, I thought I could take a pass on the Funky Flowers, but oh, my WORD! These are such amazing little dies that have endless possibilities. Come on, these are NEUTRAL and they're pretty; can you imagine how beautiful they are in bright or pastel colors? Take a look at my talented teammate Jenny's card where she uses set #1 if you need some convincing that these MUST be added to the top of your wish list! I used unlined index cards to mop up some Frayed Burlap and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides and black paper to cut these little pretties from. I used Liquid Pearls for some contrast, and a single half pearl that I had previously colored pink. I just swiped it with Prima White Gold Wax to go with the neutral palette. Just a hint of pink peeks out.

Thank you for hanging in there with my exceptionally long post! Now it's over to you! Please take a minute to pop over to Frilly and Funkie to see what my lovely teammates are tempting you with, and then I hope you'll get out your neutral craft goodies and play along with my challenge. Please see details on the blog. As always, the Design Team will choose a winner who will earn the chance of being a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie, 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. I cannot wait to see what YOU will create!


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


The following products were used and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: