Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Grungy Mixed Media Altered Frame with Tim Holtz, Prima, and Ken Oliver

Welcome! Today the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team get to present their inspiration for the current challenge  at Frilly and Funkie.  Our talented hostess Suzz has chosen the theme "The Year of....."  She says, "Welcome to a brand new year!  I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year.  To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to  pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018.  The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art."

I never knew how difficult it would be to chose a word to focus on for the year; I guess I never really thought about it. Initially my mind went to 'Intention' as to live life with intention, but I'd just posted my project, "Intentions", and it seemed a little redundant. The word 'home' kept coming to the surface, because my husband and I have been working on a plan to downsize in a few years. So not only do I intend to focus on working on our house alongside my husband, but to focus more on the people I love who live in and visit our home.

I chose an old canvas from my stash and removed the wrapped canvas by pulling out the (many, rusty) staples. I painted the inner edges with two coats of gesso and adhered an old Tim Holtz paper with house blueprints to the outer edges and face of the frame.

 Before adhering the paper to the face of the frame, I embossed it with Tim's Lattice Texture Fade. After the papers were adhered, dried, and sanded, I applied a wash of Burnt Orange and Burnt Umber Color Bursts with a soft paint brush to the outside edges and face of the frame. I swiped Prima's gold Crackle paste through a Wendy Vecchi bricks stencil, and when dry blended with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. Lastly I smeared on more Rusty Paper to make it work with the background.

 I wanted to make the inner edges of the wood frame blend with the back panel, and colored with Distress stains in Stormy Sky and Picket Fence, but I really didn't like how it looked. I ended up mixing up some more Color Bursts in the same colors as the rest of the frame and applied it with my finger. The Picket Fence stain was still wet, and it all blended into the perfect vintage chalky finish. Yippee for happy mistakes!

My background is from Tim's Correspondence Paper Stash, colored with Distress Oxides -- Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo. I used his Crossed Stencil with Light Modeling Paste mixed with Viva Rusty Paper and lightly touched stenciled areas with Prima Metallique wax. I did some background stamping with Oxides and Tim's Lattice and Flourish stamps and also with chalk paint and a pen cap.

I cut a Tiny House from another paper from the Correspondence pad and inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo DOX. The roof is thin chipboard inked with Black Soot and Walnut Stain DOX and smeared with Rusty Paper. I assembled the house and realized it needed to be thinner to work with the depth of my frame. I cut the back off and scored the sides midway, so the back flap could adhere to my background. To support it I added  scraps of foam core and thick cardboard to the back side of the house. The roof was also cut to fit the depth of the house. See? I'm already working on downsizing our home!

I adhered the happy couple and Heartfelt die cut with Distress Vintage Collage medium and scribbled and shaded with Distress crayon.

The scroll die cuts were colored this summer when I was so blessed to have a play date with my friend and team mate, Autumn. I've been hoarding them for the perfect project. I backed them with a second set of cut from black card. I backed the house with a Tim Holtz doily die cut. My flowers are Color Your Own by Little Birdie and Tim Holtz Bouquet. Both the flowers and Clippings Sticker were colored with Distress Oxide. "Home" is a quote chip distressed with DOX and crayon.

Have you chosen your word yet? We would love to see how you portray your special focus word for 2018 in a vintage or shabby chic project and enter our "The Year of" challenge! Please check out all the details and even more inspiration from my Frilly and Funkie teammates at Frilly and Funkie.

Thank you for stopping by today and for your lovely comments! They mean so much to me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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


  1. This is utterly delightful Sara Emily, I love how you deconstructed the canvas and rebuilt a fabulous frame full of wonderful textures and techniques. Home is the perfect word to focus on, that and family, have a wonderful year my friend xxx

  2. Your play date sounds lovely, Sara Emily! And your repurposed frame/canvas is amazing. But more, I like that the steps of your project are similar to your promise for 2018. Concentrating on preparing for downsizing - it often means "getting to the bottom of things" and "discarding sentimental items that bring memories but take up lots of space", or simply "rearranging what is already there", or "making do with what we have". All these things have been incorporated in this incredibly GORGEOUS creation. I've enjoyed each step you shared, and marvel at your ingenuity, SE. Thanks for always taking time to photograph and explain, and to share those fabulous close up shots. Your "theme/word" for the year is a beautiful one. Each year I make a promise to myself, and work hard on it until it becomes a part of who I am deep down, without much thought. This year, my promise is "Guiltless". Not because I am perfect - Certainly I am deeply flawed. But because sometimes I feel guilty for things I shouldn't. (Long story LOL) Thanks for sharing your Word of the Year! xx

  3. Fabulous project with lots of lovely texture and wonderful dimension. By the way, when you are ready to start the downsizing, let me know how that works for your crafting supplies - LOL.

  4. Fantastic design, Sara Emily! You always come up with amazing details. How nice to have a play date with a friend! No one around here seems interested in crafting.

  5. Wow, this is amazing, Sara Emily!! What a gorgeous project!! The texture is fabulous!! I love the little house and the details you added!! Absolutely stunning work of art, my friend!! And thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. I've spent like 20 minutes here - gah! :) First I had to look at each picture closely, then read your post and look at the pics closely again to get what you were saying, then pin it, then send the pin to my crafty bud who adores the tiny house die, then come back and comment! Ha ha ha ha! I absolutely LOOOOVE this and it is my (without a doubt) favorite piece you have made! I am goo goo over every single detail. I adore the pairing of pale blue with this rusty brown, how you used the house die, the faint paper patterns beneath your layers, the scrolls - oh the scrolls!, and the entire composition. Wow girl! You knocked it out of the park with this baby! Um please bring it so I can see it in person if we get together. <3 Great big happy, inspired hugs, Autumn

  7. Lovely! What a great idea removing the canvas too. Works so well. Thank you for sharing with us by playing along at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog this month. Good luck.
    Lynda x

  8. Your altered frame is just gorgeous, Sara Emily, and What a great idea to remove the canvas! The textures are awesome and I love those scroll die cuts, along with that adorable house. A beautiful this!! Hugs :-)

  9. This is spectacular Sara Emily! The colors and textures are amazing. I love the house die and roof looks so real! Love the colors and the end result on that! All the details are awesome which you have such an eye for!! So beautiful my friend!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Sherrie K

    **I hope to find a little more time to craft and blog soon. It's been hard to juggle the little bit of free time right now with my Dad ill and having to travel so much. I miss my crafty friends, blogging and crafting. I do see your amazing projects each time you know, I am still around and love your amazing work :)

  10. A delightful project Sara. Great colour choices, fabulous textures and wonderful details.
    Thank you for joining in with our January challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Happy New Year and good luck x

  11. Oh my! A great choice of word and so wonderfully portrayed in this beautiful project! I loVe the colours and scrolls, house and the paper dolls really look to be a brilliant combination! Good Luck with downsizing- we did that in 2012 to move to our apartment.....and then just started collecting 'stuff again...we are ready for a big clear out!!! Hugs,Chrisx

  12. Yummy! I love the golden tones you chose for your altered canvas, Sara! They are warm and welcoming as any home should be. So much wonderful dimension here, and so many fabulous techniques. This piece will speak to your heart all through the year. It's lovely!

  13. A fabulous project Sara, and a great choice of word. love the different textures you created along with all the beautiful embellishments.
    Avril xx

  14. Wonderful textures on the frame and the light blue color is perfect to the brown and rusty colors. Great Artwork.
    Dear Greetings

  15. So many beautiful things to look at on your frame. I absolutely love the couple standing by their house. The patterns and textures are magnificent!

  16. How sweet this turned out Sara Emily! And holy moly did you ever use alot of product! haahaa The more the merrier-right!

    I love your word "home" you chose. I think it is very fitting as what is taking place in your life, and besides's a darn good word!!
    Hope all is well at your home sweet girl
    love and hugs,Jackie xx

  17. What a fabulous home with great textures and colours on the frame. The scene is lovely. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge.

  18. Wow Sara Emily this is absolutely stunning!!!! I LOVE everything about it, from the textures on the frame, the stream of flowers, the scroll, the house~ see I could go on! I perfect word choice because the love you have is definitely felt with this project. Pinning this gorgeous inspirational piece! xo xo

  19. Love, love, love, love, love. I don't feel I really need to say much more! One of my all-time favourites of yours, easily. Bravo!
    Alison x

  20. I like how you described finding your word for the year. It's always not a straight forward process. Your piece is such a wonderful expression of your theme this year.

  21. I love your altered frame, Sara, and expecially for the little house with the couple inside the frame. Very thorough and informative tutorial, too. xoxo

  22. What an awesome piece Sara - I love all the details and gorgeous colours. Sorry to have been a bad blogger of late! Hope all is well with you! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges and good luck in the draw! Hugs rachel x

  23. Sara, this truly defies description. :) What to even say... so many details, each executed so flawlessly that I Truly cannot imagine myself ever doing it right! :) The entire scene is extraordinary. I learn so much from you.. and am always inspired. Stunning work, my friend. Have a wonderful night. :)

    Hugs and blessings,

  24. What a beautiful reverse canvas Sara Emily. The textured edge to the frame draws the eye in to the lovely house so well xx

  25. Ohhhh I love your word! What a lovely word to focus on both from a physical change of location to keeping the most important part of home in focus which is who we share it with! Beautiful art and perfect for your word! Love everything about this!

  26. so delightful Sara x Wonderful details on the frame and around your gorgeous house.

    Love it xx

    Annie x

  27. I absolutely love this idea!! And you get canvas to use with another project! I love all the layers you create and they look so cohesive together! And that scroll die...I just got it recently and I feel like I am going to use it alot, yours look amazing! Much love and hugs Sara, thank you for the inspiration as always!

  28. What a stunning project Sara, and what a fantastic word to chose for your focus this year! It's such a great idea for life and for a craft creation! Love the colour combo you used. All of the neutrals are so rustic, and then the touches of blue add a soft airy feeling, so cozy! So many wonderful textures, techniques and elements... I just adore the composition!

    I am so jealous that you got to see an owl! This is a wishlist bird for me, I hope to capture a photo of one someday, they are so majestic! Did you get a pic? hugs :)


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