Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nostalgic Christmas

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie girls to reveal their projects for the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Super talented Autumn chose the theme "Timeworn" for her challenge. As the last leaves fall from autumn trees, we are reminded of the beauty of yesterday. The leaves crinkled underfoot, the clock ticking onward, a fleeting memory... For this challenge, we would love to see your timeworn vintage or shabby chic creations celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.

 I was really inspired by Linda's use of Tim's Christmas Classic Santa on her Week 5 tag--he's got to be the best Santa image out there! Also inspired by her clever use of Tim's Stitched dies and her beautiful holly and berries. Check out her ongoing 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style 2017 inspiration challenge; you can find all the details/guidelines HERE. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and she will have a prize drawing at the end of the 12 week challenge.

 I love Vintage Christmas cards and have quite a few in my collection to inspire me. Here is my version of a timeworn Christmas greeting card.

I embossed my background by first applying texture paste through the Flourish stencil and covering the paste with Ranger Antiquities verdigris embossing powder. Once the paste was thoroughly dry, I heated the powder to melt. I blended the panel with Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress inks and splattered with water. I edged with more Vintage Photo. This was popped up onto a metallic Kraft Core panel which I aged. First I sanded the surface randomly and applied Prima Clear Crackle paste. When dry, I smeared on Walnut Stain Distress crayon and heat set. The cracks are so tiny, but I love the worn and pitted brass look. You can create larger cracks simply by applying a heavier coat.

Like some of my teammates, I chose the Ornate Frame as my focal point--this is my all time favorite die. I was inspired by an antique chipped ornate framed mirror in our home. I don't know what it's made of, but it is HEAVY! I smeared it with some old drying Distress Crazing (never throw anything out!), let that dry and then applied Prima Gold Crackle paste. When dry, I rubbed with Walnut Stain crayon and melted that on.

This Santa image has a true vintage timeworn look to him, stamped simply in Watering Can Archival ink on a Stitched Rectangle die cut. I blended with Distress Oxides in Walnut Stain and Antique Linen and gave them a splash of water. A subtle splatter of watered down Distress crayon for additional foxing.

 I chose some Christmas themed ephemera from both this and last year's packs. Merry Christmas came torn in the package last year, but I managed to glue it together, and the tear adds to the timeworn appearance. I love the vintage graphics on Tim's ephemera, and it's great to be able to use both the old and the new ephemera seamlessly!

Some Holiday Greens and a fluffy bow (thank you for this beautiful ribbon, Autumn!) finish off this timeworn Christmas greeting card. Glossy Accents give the berries their shine and a little dimension.

That's all for me today--now it's over to YOU!  Create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, November 21. But first, I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie to see all the fabulous timeworn inspiration from both my Frilly and my Funkie teammates.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive 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.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique currently has all their Christmas products in stock discounted 35% off retail! Hurry over before their all gone!

I am sharing with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: It’s A Stitch Up I used Stitched Rectangle die cut to stamp my Santa on.

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

I used these products which can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Wow, this is so gorgeous Sara!! I just love the combination of traditional style Christmas with the bright red poinsettias and bow, combined with the rustic vintage feel of your Santa and card base! So many wonderful vintage layers! Love the flourish background, what a fun embossing powder! Your frame is so amazing, all that texture and erosion, incredible techniques! The tickets and tags tucked in and a big Merry Christmas sentiment, what's not to love!!

    There is officially Christmas in my house now. I got the tree and lights all put up this week. All I need now is some snow and I can start the winter celebrations! lol. Hope all is well with you, sending hugs :)

  2. What a vintage beauty. Love all the ephemera and the texture you have added to make this look timeworn.

  3. This is stunning, Sara Emily!! Wow!! The timeworn details are amazing!! I love the embossing and the texture!! Incredible!! The frame looks so stunning around the vintage Santa!! All of the details are perfect!! Love, love it!! So stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Oh, be still my beating heart, this is so, so beautiful, you have created so much depth and texture on this stunner! The stencilling looks amazing, the berries are wonderful and I love the gorgeous red bow - beautiful!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Such a gorgeous card! Two things just grabbed me immediately. The amazing finish on that frame is out of this world. I'm just mesmerized by it and keep going back for another look! Then, the heat embossed background. The pops of red you added in your embellishments are delightful. Home run, girl!

  6. Incredible Sara Emily! I love the verdigris background with the pops of red and the beautiful style of effortless layering you always manage. Those tiny cracks and your technique with the DCs is out of this world cool! I always wish I could watch you play... :) Big hugs my friend, Autumn

  7. Lovely nostalgic card, Sara Emily! Love the rich redness of the bow.

  8. Beautiful traditional Christmas card Claire. So much detail and inspiration here. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at HLS for our November Christmas Challenge.

  9. A beautiful card! Love the way you have decorated the frame, great texture and vintage feel. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  10. Oh Sara.....I am totally in love with your wonderful vintage Christmas card. Its details are amazing and I just love that Santa xxx

    Sending my best wishes and hugs
    Annie xx

  11. Sara Emily!! This is just stunning!! Actually, it is exquisite!! Such a beautiful creation my friend! I just love how you so artistically married those elements! Bravo!!
    sending hugs and love,Jackie xx

  12. WOW!! I don't think there is any way possible to improve on your beautiful creation! Absolutely stunning! I love the vintage Santa and all the distress/timeworn elements you've included! That pretty red bow is the perfect finish!
    Thanks so much for linking this up to the Cropstop blog! I sure hope we'll see more of your creativity in the gallery soon!

  13. Oh my gosh, this is simply breathtaking!!! Lucky is the one that gets this crafting gem for Christmas!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  14. This is beautiful! I love all the details.Thanks for playing along at Happy Little happy you joined us!

  15. This is fabulous! Love the card, every detail is amazing! The ornament frame is gorgeous, love the crackle and way you've made it look so aged! Stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  16. That verdigris flourish background really pops against the aged gold frame and red poinsettias/berries to make this a real stunner of a card! xx

  17. So many fabulous details and gorgeous design. I love the patina embossing on the background and then the beautiful crackled gold on the frame. A vintage and stunning card!

  18. This is wonderful, Sara Emily. So many fantastic details but I have to say that gold cracked frame is absolutely amazing! I absolutely LOVE it. Terrific use of ephemera too. A time worn masterpiece!


  19. A very nice card. Thank you for your participation . Margrit

  20. love it - all the layers are wonderful
    thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers
    Barb Housner (DT)

  21. Gorgeous Vintage creation. Love all the detail. Thanks so much for linking up and playing with us at Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge.

  22. This is a knockout - a brilliant mixed media take on the traditional red, green and gold, with so much texture and delight - love it!
    Alison x


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