Tuesday, December 11, 2018

White Christmas


 Hello! I hope you are enjoying this Advent season and taking time to reflect on the birth of Christ and the hope He brings us. I spent a rainy weekend afternoon making some Christmas cards. I'd like to share this simple one with you today. I'll be back tomorrow with my Design Team project for Frilly and Funkie.


I cut Tim Holtz Tangled Twigs die from Metallic Kraft Stock, sanded  and heat embossed with sparkly powder. I layered this over a panel I colored with Distress Oxides, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky. I tucked in a Flurry #2 snowflake cut from water color paper.


I cut a snow drift from the Home For the Holidays Thinlits set and heat embossed with more of the sparkly powder. I smudged shadows using Hickory Smoke Distress crayon and a very slightly dampened finger. A Paper Doll (I think he is from this year's release.) and a Remnant Rub from last year finish off this super simple card. I scuffed the Paper doll and colored with Gathered Twigs oxide ink and when the card was assembled I splattered with Picket Fence Distress paint using my Splatter Brush.


Merry Christmas!
Sara Emily

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Come Let Us Adore Him!


Hello! It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. This month Julia is our hostess, and she has chosen the theme 'Starlight, Starbright'. Please stop by the blog to check out the details of the challenge and to see all the  fabulous starry inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides.

It was love at first sight when Tim Holtz first introduced his Wise Men Thinlits die set. Look at that fine detail! I cut two; one from sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock and another from black card to make a subtle shadow.


The background is also silver Metallic Kraft Stock, and I clear embossed stars from Great Outdoors. Black Soot paint and Dusty Concord oxide ink make for a moody night sky with the slightest hint of color at the horizon.


You can see the shadow a bit better in the photo above. Sadly, I cut my shadow layer a bit too short, and it made a crease when I pressed my layers. Oh, well, it adds to the distressed look, right? LOL. I layered the panel over a white card panel and another that I smeared with glitter paste. It's hard to pick up the gorgeous shimmer on camera--you'll need to take my word on it that it's really pretty in real life.


I chose to use the star from Snowy Stars Thinlits, because it had more of a presence. I cut it from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock. I do love the delicacy of the star that comes with Wise Men; I just thought this one was better suited on this card.


I picked up three sentiment stamps at a yard sale this weekend that work perfectly with this die cut. I pulled the actual stamp from the wood block and added some removable double sided tape to the foam backing. This way I can use them in my Stamp Platform. I inked up an olive branch from the Winter Watercolor set with Distress Markers and spritzed with water to give the sentiment a little more importance within the card.

I hope you enjoyed my simple card! I can't wait to see what YOU will create!

Merry Christmas!
A list of products I used are shown and linked below.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tim Holtz Gift Card Package Saturday Showcase For Frilly and Funkie



Hello friends! I have a tutorial on Frilly and Funkie challenge blog on how I made short work of these Gift Card Packages. I hope you'll stop by and take a look! Happy crafting!

Hugs!
Sara Emily

Challenge shares: 
(I hope you don't mind hopping over to see the details.)
The Artistic Stamper December's Creative Challenge - Christmas My tags were stamped and there is stamping inside some of the packages--you can verify by clicking the link to F/F above.
Scrapy Land Challenge #102 Anything Goes  I used one Sizzix die over and over again.
Double D Snuggle Up Buttercup! I think I was inspired by all the photos!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tag Friday A Vintage Journey


Hello! It's the last Thursday of the month here in the USA, and that means it's Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey! Be sure to visit to see all the amazing tags the rest of the Creative Guides have created.  

One of my favorite newer crafty goodies is Tim Holtz Botanical 3D Texture Fade. I've combined it with Tim's Skeleton Leaves, some older leaf die cuts and flowers from my stash for this super quick tag.  Below are some close ups of that beautiful texture created with the embossing folder.


 Some greens are embossed in gold, although it's hard to tell on this gloomy day. Halloween Collage Paper adds some late fall interest to the background.




 And how about that delicious crackle? A fun way to end  the Autumn crafting. Now I can move onto Christmas! 

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Assemblage Clock -- 'Tis the Season For Gift Giving For Frilly and Funkie

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Hello and welcome! Our current theme at Frilly and Funkie is Tis the Season For Gift Giving chosen by our super talented and creative teammate, Maggi. Today the Funkie side of the team is presenting their inspiration for this theme, and my share is a Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock I made for my family. When the clocks were readily available in our local craft stores, I bought three, knowing I would decorate them for my family over the next years. Three is enough to be considered a collection. 

Here is what Maggi says about her challenge theme: Because it's that time of the year when we're all thinking about the perfect gift for our friends and families, let's combine our crafting passion with our "to do" list by creating a vintage or shabby chic gift for a special someone in your life. Your gift could be as simple as a handmade card or tag, or an elaborate piece of home decor. Maybe you like to place your gifts in handmade boxes? Your imagination is the only limit on this challenge! 

Please stop by Frilly and Funkie to see the gifts my talented Frilly and Funkie teammates have created for that special someone. Hopefully you'll be tempted to create a gift and play along!  As always, the Design Team will choose their top four favorites, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and 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.

Let's start with some of elements and how these were made:

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The Salvaged Snowman is colored with Distress Markers and Crayons and coated with Distress Collage Medium Matte. While still wet, I spooned on Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. The clock was disassembled and all of the pieces were covered with 2 coats of gesso. I applied Forest Collage Paper to the clock itself with Vintage Collage Medium and colored with Distress Crayons.

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The inside of the back of the clock is colored with Distress oxides and ink in blues and stamped with Watering Can Archival ink using the pine from Tim Holtz Great Outdoors set.

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The wonky pines from Merry Moose and Home For the Holidays Thinlits are colored with oxides, smeared with Distress Grit Paste and sprinkled with glitter. The snowdrifts are also from Home For the Holidays, smeared with Grit paste and glittered.

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 I couldn't resist giving a little texture to the trunks with Distress Crazing.

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I cut a circle free hand from the snowy acetate sheet from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash, and layered my drifts and tree on it, using adhesive foam to add dimension. The wonky trees were adhered to the backing, all using collage medium. This stuff makes anything stick!


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  I extended the tree line on the sides of the clock's interior by using the same colors in Distress paint and stamping additional tree images. I was just tickled pink that 'Christ' appeared so prominently when I applied the collage paper, totally unintentionally by me. It should remind us that Jesus Christ was born on this holy day and to be sure to put Christ in Christmas. It prompted me to tear out the words 'family' and 'beautiful' from the paper and adhere them to the rim of the clock, too.

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Next comes the tricky part of assembling everything within the clock. First all the parts must be put back on.  After determining where my snowman would sit, I smeared some light texture paste at the base near the front of the clock and sprinkled it with Distress glitter. The snowy acetate panel came next, held in place with blocks of foam. You can see where I added some chunky glitter to cover some of the foam in the photo directly above. The glitter was a generous gift from my good friend, Autumn last Christmas. Thank you, Autumn! I replaced the back panel of the clock and settled my snowman. Notice I did not replace the glass panel. It creates too much of a reflection and makes it difficult to view the scene. As it is, the acetate panel makes it challenging to photograph the snowy panel in the back, but in real life does not hinder viewing.

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And lastly, the fun part of embellishing the exterior. I used Holiday Greens Mini, Festive Greens, and Funky Festive Thinlits to cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Metallic Kraft Stock and water color paper. I actually combined poinsettias from both the Festive Greens and Funky Festive sets to make mine, and I embossed them with the Textured Poinsettia Texture Fade. Everything was colored with Distress inks and oxide inks.

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I stamped Plain Collage Paper with the sheet music stamp from Music and Advert to adhere to the bells, and added color with various Distress Crayons. All of the accessories like the feet, the knobs, the clapper and handle were colored with Picket Fence Distress paint and Mushroom alcohol ink before assembling.

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I hope my family is going to enjoy another clock to add to the collection. You can see my other two clocks HERE and HERE. In the past, I've used little vintage figures to put into my scenes, so I was excited to make the Salvaged Santa look vintage for this year's make. Happy crafting!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Scrapy Land Challenge #102 Anything Goes See links below for dies used.
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #143 - ANYTHING GOES

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