Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Eyes Fixed for All Creatures Great and Small Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Welcome friends! It's time for the Funkie girls of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team to unveil their inspiration for the latest challenge. For this challenge, Maggi has chosen the theme  'All Creatures Great and Small'. 

Here's how Maggi describes her challenge: I've chosen one of my favorite subjects as the focus of this challenge, animals. They delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile. Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life. My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home!

I covered a Jumbo Manila Shipping Tag #10 size with Regions Beyond Halloween paper stash by Tim Holtz, adhering with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I trimmed it and gave it a generous coat of Distress Crazing, then left it to dry. After it dried, I dipped it into a puddle of watery Black Soot Distress ink, dried and then smeared with Black Soot Distress crayon. Aren't those cracks fabulous?!

I stamped a few creepy bugs from Tim's Entomology set in archival ink and cut them out with the corresponding Thinlits die. I colored them with Twinkling H2O's and edged with Black Soot ink. I adhered a pair of them over the bugs on the design paper, and one peers out between the layers of Stitched Ovals. 

I die cut a pair of ovals layering them over top of each other. The top one was cut from Classic Kraft Stock embossed with Tim's 3D Lumber Texture Fade. I sanded it and colored with Wendy Vecchi Sunflower Blendable Dye ink and Black Soot crayon. I painted the bottom oval with Prima Pitch Black Impasto paint. It's not obvious in these photos, but because I layered up the ovals with foam adhesive tape, you can see the layers in real life.

The Ornate Owl is my latest addition to my Halloween dies, of which I have very few. Considering I love Halloween so much, this always comes as such a surprise to me. I also have very few Halloween stamp sets. I like my products to do double duty (or more), so I guess that's why. I stamped it with the script from the Entomology set and Black Soot ink. I quickly blended over with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain inks to blend the script a little. I gave the owl 3 coats of Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax. I colored the branch with neutral crayons after embossing and heated it to melt into the embossing.

I melted Picket fence crayon on the eyes, but it didn't please me. I found these matching tiny pieces in my Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera pack from last year to stand in as eyes and colored them with the Twinkling H2O's.

I searched and searched for THE perfect Halloween Clippings sticker for my sentiment and edged it with Ground Espresso ink.

A bit of dyed seam binding ribbon and cheesecloth finishes off my oversized tag. I really find bugs creepy, but I really LOVE the Entomology set, and feel so blessed that I've been able to get the Framelits to go along with the stamps.

That's all for me today! There's a bundle more inspiration featuring creatures over at the Frilly and Funkie blog. After you're done looking at all of my talented teammates projects, I hope you'll get crafty and play along with our 'All Creatures Great and Small' challenge. 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.

Thanks so much for popping in today and for all your lovely comments. It may be a while before I am able to return the visit. At time of writing this post, we are anticipating a hurricane with winds that are expected to leave us without power for an extended time. Hope to 'see' you soon!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Toil and Trouble

Sara Emily Barker Toil and Trouble Card Using Tim Holtz Thinlits, Stamps and Ideaology 1

Hello friends! I took some time to play today while we are hunkered down waiting for hurricane Florence to knock on our door. All of our preparations are complete, and there's nothing else to do except wait. Why not get a little craft time in before the power goes out?  For those in the path of hurricane Florence, I wish you well. It looks as if many prayers have been answered. At least the winds have decreased from where they were a couple of days ago when this was in the Atlantic moving toward the coast.

I don't ordinarily go for witches, but these Paper Doll witches by Tim Holtz seem to be just having a little fun. I named them Toil and Trouble.

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I colored a background panel with Antique LInen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide and stamped around the edge with Tim's Ornate Trims in Black Soot Distress ink.  I edged the panel with Ground Espresso ink. It's so easy to assure a straight perfectly aligned image when using the Stamp Platform. This is by far my favorite crafting tool. I considered sewing around the edge like I've seen on so many Halloween projects, but I was afraid by the time I got my machine threaded and a black bobbin wound, the power would have gone out, since it's already flickered a time or two.

I die cut watercolor paper using Tim's newly released Tangled Twigs and colored with Walnut Stain
oxide and Black Soot ink. I adhered it to the back panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte.

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I cut two Stitched Ovals--one in black card and the other in Heavy Stock. I colored the Heavy Stock oval with Antique Linen oxide and embossed with my Botanical 3D Texture Fade. I coated it with Distress Crazing and let it dry. I colored it with watered down Black Soot Distress crayon and rubbed the edges with Vintage Photo crayon. I rubbed a bit of Picket Fence and then Seedless Preserves crayon over the edge of the black oval.

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The witches Paper Doll and Halloween Quote Chip are both sanded and colored with crayons. I added a few bats from the Halloween Mixed Media Thinlits die.

That's it from me today! I can't wait to see what you create with your Halloween craft supplies!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Make a Wish Birthday Card With 3D Impresslits

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Hello friends! My prayers are for each one of you who may be affected by hurricane Florence. Please stay safe and look out for your neighbors, especially the elderly. I just have a quick post today, because we need to finalize our hurricane preparations.  This is a card I made for my sister in law's birthday featuring Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits Texture Fade Burst, several of his Thinlits die sets, and his Glorious Bouquet stamp. Links to products used are at the end of my post.

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I embossed Glorious Bouquet in Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder for the background, and blended with Shaded Lilac Distress ink. I also embossed the Bursts in gold and edged with Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide. I don't own this stamp yet, but Autumn's friend let us use hers when we had some wonderful crafty time together last spring. I didn't have my Stamp Platform with me, so my impression is less than perfect. The Bursts are a wonderful save and hide my imperfection!

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Garden Greens, Wildflowers and Wildflowers #2 Thinlits die cuts were colored with oxides and some gold embossed. The lace from my stash was dyed with Shaded Lilac oxide, and the sentiment is a Small Talk sticker is also inked with oxide.

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I splattered the background with watered down ink and layered the panel over a Frayed Burlap ink edged panel of textured card from my stash. I die cut and snipped a few Skeleton Leaves in white card for some relief from all that gold and lavender. 

That's all from me for today; perhaps for a while. The local news is warning our power may be out for weeks if this hurricane upgrades to a Cat 4 and passes over Wilmington NC as predicted. Please keep the east coast of USA in your prayers. I'm just so thankful it's not predicted to hit Florida, where my Mom lives.

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily