Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A Little Frilly, A Little Funkie With Tim Holtz Swirls 3D Embossing

Hello, friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. We are going with an ''Anything Goes" theme for the following two weeks and are looking forward to seeing your vintage/shabby chic projects.

The Design Team will choose their four top picks, and the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions. Be sure to stop over to the blog to see all the details of the challenge. While you're there be sure to check out the wonderful creations my talented teammates made to inspire you!

I just cracked open my new Tim Holtz Swirls 3D Embossing Folder and had a little play with it. I tried it out on a variety of papers, and ended up completing two cards totally different from each other. Here's my first which I would say is a little on the funkie side. You might remember The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog used to be called Frilly and Funkie, and we had a frilly team and a funkie team. I was a part of the funkie side, but I always like to get a little frilly from time to time.

I'll just share some close ups today, as I got immersed in the making and forgot to take step by step photos. It should be easy enough to share what I did in the text.

First, I made this deeply embossed background using Tim Holtz Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock . I placed a panel cut to size in the embossing folder with the color side down and spritzed it with water, then ran it through my die cut machine 3 times. I ran my Rustic Wilderness Distress ink pad directly over the raised panel and dried it. Next, I sanded the panel and blended with Wild Honey ink and dried. I love how the areas that are sanded back to the kraft add for even more dimension as the inks soaks in. In my next step, I painted the panel very lightly with my finger and Wild Honey Distress paint. I mostly dried the paint with my heat tool, and watched it pull away from the raised edges revealing the green metallic paper. Very cool and unexpected! Lastly, I blended with Vintage Photo ink.

I die cut an old stamped panel and brown card I had in my stash using an older Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals. I peeled away the outer edge of the stamped oval and adhered it over the brown one. The Tim Holtz Scribbly Butterflies were cut from more brown card and also watercolor paper. After removing the antennae, I dipped the white one into a puddle of watery Wild Honey ink, dried, and layered it over the brown butterfly die cut.

The Wildflower Stems #3 die cut  (now available for March restock pre-order in the shop!) is cut from scraps of water color paper colored with Mustard Seed ink and more of the green Metallic stock and layered. The vintage button is from my stash, and I adhered a green gemstone in it's center (included in Linda's thank you gift from my last order from the shop) using Distress Collage Medium Matte. The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment is a Ideaology Metallic Quotations sticker matted on a scrap.

The panel was adhered to trimmed white card colored with Wild Honey ink over an old Tim Holtz paper stash inked with Ground Espresso ink, and that, to a card blank, also blended with Ground Espresso. I assembled everything after wadding up some gold thread under the butterfly and making a floppy bow with what was left of my ribbon .

And here is my CAS, frilly version. Slim line cards are making a resurgence, so I thought I would try making one.

I started with white card cut to size. I embossed one end, following suggested protocol, then flipped the card around and stuck just the un-embossed end into the folder before running it through my die cut machine. You can hardly see the line, but it's shown in  the close up below; the die cuts hide it nicely.

For my focal floral arrangement, I used these delicate little die cuts from Sizzix Floral Layers #2 by Jen Long. The foliage from this versatile set made it's debut on my Vignette Tray I made for the last Saturday Showcase. I was a little worried about putting together those tiny flowers at first, because of my poor eyesight, but it's really rather simple with the embossed lines on the die cuts to guide you. I find it's easier to cut the little extra bits and leave them in the card you cut them from, poking each one out as you need it. 

I simply sprayed two pieces of water color paper with water, then Oxide sprays: one Spun Sugar and one Kitsch Flamingo and dried them. Then I cut a set of the roses and the little bits out of each prepared card. I cut the background long stem and the foliage from plain water color paper and used a water brush to color them with green inks. To get a bit more color dimension, I used Worn Lipstick ink and a water brush to add deeper tones to the pink flowers after they were assembled.  You might notice I left part of the larger roses free to give a little extra dimension. I'm looking forward to making some of these flowers using flower shaping tools, but for now I wanted my card to be simple and flat for ease in mailing.

I inked a Crochet die cut with Black Soot Distress and Archival inks. The butterfly was in my stash from a LONG time ago. Sadly, I don't think I have that stamp any longer. Sniff, sniff. I had stamped and heat embossed on cheap purple card stock and fussy cut. I believe I used a Q-tip with bleach on it to remove the color from parts of the wing and brushed it with Perfect Pearls powder. I just added a smudge of Prima Patina Green Matte Wax on making this card to update him a bit.

For my sentiment, I cut Joy from black card and Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Shadow Upper dies using just the inside portion of the letters, saving the outer parts for another day. I added a portion of a Halloween sticker  ("You're my favorite monster") to complete the sentiment. The black half pearls were toned down with Prima White Matte Wax. I thinly matted on black card then mounted on a white card blank and assembled.

I was able to show off the simmer of the butterfly and subtle dimension of this simple card in this photo.

That's all for me today, but I hope you will pop over to the blog and see what my incredibly talented teammates made to start you off. And then, I hope you'll join us in our Anything Goes challenge. I can't wait to see what you create! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads -  Rustic Wilderness, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint,  Worn Lipstick, Black Soot 
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays - Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Shabby Vignette Tray With Prima and Distress

Hello, and happy Saturday! It's my turn to host the Saturday Showcase feature at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and today I'm shining a spotlight on Prima Marketing Paper Collections, along with Distress mediums.  

I hope you'll pop over to the blog to see more photos of  my springtime Vignette Tray collage and learn how I've used Prima's beautiful Pretty Mosaic collection along with Tim Holtz die cuts and used Distress mediums to give it a wonderfully textured, aged, vintage shabby look. Also, be sure to stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique soon, because All Prima products in stock are 45% MFRP while supplies last! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs! Sara Emily

I would also like to share my tray in these wonderful challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Favorite Technique Making new things look old, mainly with Distress products!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Best Day Ever

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #flowery #scribblybutterflies 1

Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Today it's my turn to host the newest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and I've named it "Mostly Neutral'.

"For this challenge, I would like you to use mainly neutrals, but I will allow you one accent color or use of metallic accents. Let's see how you use beige, ivory, taupe, brown, black, gray or shades of white or any combination of these to make any vintage/shabby chic project you would like."

The Design Team will choose their four top picks, and the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions. Be sure to stop over to the blog to see all the details of the challenge. While you're there be sure to check out the wonderful neutral creations my talented teammates made to inspire you!

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There's really not a lot to this card, so I don't have a ton of closeups to share or any process shots, but I did take a few extra full on shots. I really love the simplicity of a neutral palette, but it's hard not to sneak in a tiny bit of color. In absence of a lot of color on my card, I've made up for it in textures and patterns, wouldn't you agree?

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I started with (--you guessed it!) a background from my stash. It was mainly neutral with what I believe to be a little Iced Spruce mixed in. I really consider Iced Spruce to be an almost-neutral with tendencies toward blue (in my opinion). You might see shades of red and green on the background if you squint your eyes, but that's the magic of Distress at work. The inks seem to take on a life of their own as they blend with those they are next to. The Scribbly Butterfly was already hovering on my desk, so I took a cue from the blueish tint on it and added Speckled Egg to my background and the two circle die cuts I found in my stash. The circles were also blended with Antique Linen, and both the butterfly and circles edged with  Brushed Corduroy. Just the smaller circle is edged with Black Soot.

I adhered the Flowery die cut to the background, wrapped it with a length of dyed seam binding ribbon and layered that panel on a sanded Classic Kraft Stock panel and lastly, to a card blank. The circles are adhered with layers of corrugated card between  each of them and also the background. The butterfly is layered over another I traced on black card with the metal die as my template and fussy cut. The butterfly is adhered to the circle at the body only.

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I layered a Metallic Quotations sticker to a scrap of sanded classic kraft stock. With that, my card is complete. So easy!

I hope you will take some time to play along and be in the running for some great prizes! I can't wait to see what you will create! In the meantime, I'll be back this Saturday with our Saturday Showcase feature, and I hope you'll stop back then. Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge Shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Add Some Texture

Country View Challenges February 2021 - First Signs Of Spring

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Iced Spruce, Speckled Egg, Black Soot

Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Flowery

Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Scribbly Butterflies

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quotations Metallic Stickers

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte

Rayon Seam Binding

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


Welcome! I actually made this card well over a week ago when I first got my Tim Holtz Perspective Butterfly die, but didn't post it. Fortunately, I did snap a couple photos before I sent it off to my sister in law for her birthday. 

Simon Says Stamp's Monday current challenge is to add some texture, and I thought this might fit the bill. Chunky white embossing powder supplies the texture on the butterfly's wings and the brightly sprayed background (Dylusions). A couple of stamped images from Tim's Field Notes set and a splatter of Kitsch Flamingo Distress Spray Stain complete the background to show off this surprisingly large butterfly die cut.

That's it for today, but I'll be back tomorrow with my Design Team project for new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. I hope you'll stop back! Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Add Some Texture

Country View Challenges February 2021 - First Signs Of Spring

Friday, February 5, 2021

Love You

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #stampersanonymous #valentinesday #facetedheart 1

Hello and welcome! Today I have a Valentine's Day card featuring Tim Holtz Faceted Heart and another background I pulled from my stash. This is an oldie but a goodie, and I've been saving it for something special. I made it when I had a play date with Autumn Clark, and we had just gotten our first oxide pads. The stamp was Autumn's, and it' an oldie from Tim Holtz called Floral Tattoo. 

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Today I added some other old Tim Holtz images using the same colors of Oxide inks--Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke and added a third--Victorian Velvet. Using a smudging technique gives the appearance of old vintage layers. The sets I used are: Heartfelt, Boundless Flight, Mail Art, Etcetera, and Field Notes.

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I cut the Faceted Heart using paper stamped with one of the Tapestry images in Victorian Velvet oxide, again, using the smudging technique. I blended with Tattered Rose oxide. I did a really bad job of assembling the heart, so I added some Crochet trim to the edges to cover up some less than perfect seams. 

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The flowers are a combination of Wildflower Stems #2 and the new #3 sets. The stamped Love You ticket is blended with Walnut Stain ink and the panel given a splash of the same. The panel is layered over two old Tim Holtz paper stash scraps. 

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What a great day to use up some leftovers!  And now it's time for some leftovers for dinner. Happy weekend! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Love/Hearts

Country View Challenges February 2021 - First Signs Of Spring Our hearts turn to love in the spring and I have some fresh spring flora and fauna!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Love Is In The Air

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Never Stop Exploring Mixed Media Card

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and this time Suzz is hosting. She calls her challenge Groundhog Day, and you will want to be sure to read her description completely before tackling this one!

"This challenge is inspired by the movie Groundhog Day.  In the movie Bill Murray is forced to repeat the same day over and over again for 10 years.  This past year has been a little challenging and people have felt like they might be in a little bit of a Groundhog Day time loop.  I am challenging you to create a shabby chic or vintage project that uses a technique, stamp, ink, or any other consistent tool that you find yourself using over an over in your art.  Think of this as your opportunity to share what you find yourself repeating in your art frequently.  Be sure to share with us in your post what it is that you keep repeating in your art!"

The Design Team will choose their four top picks, and the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions. Be sure to stop over to the blog to see all the details of the challenge and the amazing inspiration shared by my teammates.

Initially Suzz' challenge really stumped me, because quite frankly, I have been all over the place with my makes this past year. But I had a look back and saw that one thing that almost all of my projects had in common was the use of premade backgrounds that for one reason or another were not usable at the time I made them, leftover bits, Tim Holtz products and Distress inks. You will find each of these common items on my simple card. First, I'll share a couple close ups of my card, and further on I'll show how I made it.

 I dug into my backgrounds box and found several panels that caught my eye. I also rummaged in my scraps/bits and came up with a sizable scrap to make my focal butterfly from. By themselves, these 'rejects' can look pretty scary, but I saw potential. This card came together quite quickly from there.

I ended up choosing the darkest background of the three. This panel was originally made when I made this project, and there are instructions there on how to recreate it.
Next, I used my stamp platform and stamped the butterfly from Tim Holtz Specimen on the scrap with Black Soot and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Archival inks. I poured a bit of shaken Cracked Pistachio Oxide spray onto my mat, and using a paint brush, I used the spray to color in some of the spots on the edges of the wings and on the body then dried. I fussy cut the butterfly, cutting off the legs and antennae and set it aside. This is my first time using the Specimen stamps, and I was surprised by the size of this butterfly.

Gosh, I love Cracked Pistachio, especially in the oxide version! Doesn't it just bring this butterfly to life?

I die cut two of the same variety of the Wildflower Stems #3 and one of the older Wildflower Stems #2 from white card. (I could say this also is a repeat in my art, because this set #2 was used quite a bit in 2019.) The wildflower from set #2 is colored with Ground Espresso ink after I glued the little bits in from the back--I wanted a more solid silhouette for relief from the busy background. After stacking and gluing the two new wildflower stems together, I colored it with Fossilized Amber ink and sprinkled  just the 'flower heads' with coordinating Distress Embossing Glaze powder and heated to melt. So there's my second favorite Distress color. What's yours?

After giving my card a layout test, I decided the background needed more blues/greens to balance out the butterfly, so I blended it randomly with Cracked Pistachio ink and dipped it in watery puddles of Peacock Feathers ink.

After gluing down the wildflower stems, I decided where the butterfly would land, and using my stamp platform, stamped it directly on the background in Black Soot Distress ink. Notice that I inked only the edges of the butterfly and made sure the legs and antennae were inked. I did this so I could make a shadow by blending the ink at the bottom with a water pen, thereby making the butterfly die cut stand out more. I also created shadows around the stems with Black Soot ink and a water pen.

Lastly, I heat embossed the sentiment (Tiny Text) with Black Soot ink and black embossing powder, blended the panel with Antique Linen ink and edged with Black Soot. I blended the edges of a kraft panel with Ground Espresso ink and layered the mixed media panel on that. I then glued that to a  sanded blue Classic Kraft Stock panel and that to a card blank. 

Wasn't that easy? Now it's over to you! I can't wait to see what you find yourself using over and over again in your artwork! Big crafty hugs to you! Sara Emily

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Antique Linen, Black Soot, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Peacock Feathers

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sorry I'm Late...

Welcome! Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge theme is 'Let’s Be On Time' which inspired me to make this masculine card with my husband as the central character with a snarky comment which sounds like it might be on his mind. He's a good southern man, and words like these would never actually leave his mouth, but I sometimes wonder why he's always late. Perhaps because he just didn't want to be there?

Now, that's not actually not my husband, but a Tim Holtz paper doll from the 2020 Christmas pack that never even saw a Christmas make this year. This dude could pass for my sweetheart, though, back before he would never leave for the office (late, of course) without a tie. The good ole' days.

Because the theme's all about time, I thought I would otherwise dig deep into my stash to prepare this card. That's a very old background from my stash of backgrounds using an old favorite Tim Holtz stencil and a cool old monoprint technique I did what seemed like a lifetime ago. This seemed like the right time to put it to use. Old Remnant Rubs, old Design Tape to give my man something to stand on and to round out the card and some really old REAL clock parts made to look older with a splash of Smolder and Mushroom alcohol inks make for a good time in the Closet.

That's all for me today! I hope you have a safe, crafty week! 
Sara Emily

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