Thursday, March 29, 2018

Shabby Vintage Spring Tags with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide and Wallflower Paper Stash

Welcome friends and visitors! It's Thursday evening which means it's the last Friday of the month across the pond. And that can only mean one thing--Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey! On any month that has a fifth Friday in it, we get to create to our hearts desire on a tag. No special themes or products--just fun. Starting with this Tag Friday, we're offering you a chance to join in the fun. Please see the blog for details.

I decided to make a pair of tags. I had a few gessoed tags on my work table, and I used them to mop up some Oxides that I was working with on another project. I also had my Wallflower paper stash and Botanical Layers out, so I used some torn scraps from the paper stash and fussy cut some of them and the Layers to make my vignettes. I did some stamping in archival ink and a Tim Holtz script stamp on this one.

I stamped this tag with Bo Bunny' script in archival and heat embossed with clear powder.

My teammate and most wonderful friend, Autumn, shared with me how to make a string bundle. Thank you, Autumn!

I used scraps of corrugated cardboard box to give some dimension to the layers. Everything is edged in either Frayed Burlap or Ground Espresso. Well, maybe I forgot to edge everything! I was having too much fun just playing for a change!

A bit of burlap and twine make a nice spring-like topper.

That's it for me! If you haven't already visited A Vintage Journey, please do! You will see a wonderful variety of creativity by my fellow Creative Guides and learn how you can play along with us! And there's still plenty of time to link up your project for our current challenge 'Treasure'.

I shared with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Inside The Box It's a stretch, but I've used card board box scraps to add dimension to my layers.
HLS March Watercolour Challenge Anything goes/option home. A nest is a home for a bird.

Thank you for your visit and kind words! They mean so much to me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Taking a Trip Back in Time With Tim Holtz Stamps and Oxides - A Mini Mini Album

Hello friends! How about a little time travel? I've taken a trip down memory lane and made a star album. (Remember when they were popular?) My tiny album includes stamped images from some of my first Tim Holtz stamp sets--those dreadful acrylic ones. Well, even though they are grungy and sticky, they still make a nice impression, and I felt it was time to give them some love.

Here's what my  3 by 2 inch  album looks like when it's opened up. I didn't know it was going to be a star album until I was finished! I am terrible at visualizing these types of things, and I actually started this back in December. No tutorials were followed; I just winged it. So if you've made one like this, and I don't give you credit, it's because I didn't follow your tutorial. I also have no step by step photos, because I really didn't think I would ever finish this miniature monster. It may seem like an odd orientation, but that's just how I like to look at thing--like a stenographer's notebook.

I can recall that the papers were from a kraft paper scrap pack from ages ago, already cut to size. Sadly I think I threw out the rest of the pack, but I saved these thinking they would make a quick album! Ha! NOT. Each of these 14 business card sized pieces of kraft paper have ugly prints on the opposite side. I just flipped them to the 'clean' side and dipped into various Distress Oxide puddles all in blue. It was my original intent to make an album titled, 'If You're Feeling Blue' with little cheerful quotes for my daughter. Her blue period is over, so this just became a trip back in time for me. I tried to make facing panels look similar. Nothing fancy--just fun!

The stamping went quickly, and so did the assembly, once I figured out what the heck I was doing. I glued two completed cards back to back, leaving just the bottom quarter inch unglued. I made an accordion folded spine with 7 'mountains' and two free ends which would become the inside front and back covers. I added glue to the bottom quarter inch of the stamped panels, and slipped them over the 'mountain' folds. I debated about gluing the back of the folds together, but when I found out the album made a star shape I decided against it. At the last minute I decided to add some old Tim tissue tape to cover the seams of the pages.

Although the album looks pretty all fanned out, it folds down nice and flat, shown below.

I made the covers by cutting my cat food box into panels just a tiny bit larger than the pages. I took plain kraft paper, inked with Ranger ink refresher, and crumpled it up, to make it more flexible to wrap my cat food panels with. Then I glued the inside front and back panels to the inside, covering the folded over edge. Lastly, I made two more panels out of some kraft paper, inking with Blueprint Sketch and Cracked Pistachio DOX and glued these to the front and back. Here's the plain backside.

I really enjoyed my trip down memory lane, and it felt good to use some of the stamps that got me hooked on Tim Holtz' products so many years ago. It is the little things that make life big!

Thank you for your visit today and for your lovely comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily
I'm sharing with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Road Trip A trip down memory lane with my old Tim Holtz stamps!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Vintage Shadow Box with Tim Holtz Ideaology and Prima Wax

Hello friends! It's that time for the Funkie girls to reveal our inspiration pieces for our current challenge 'Knock on Wood' at Frilly and Funkie. The incredibly creative and talented Suzz is our hostess this time, and here's what she has to say about her theme:

"I decided to challenge everyone with adding a touch of wood to your art this challenge. For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch."

I didn't have high hopes for this one of the backgrounds I made in Frilly and Funkie's Saturday Showcase HERE, but I thought it might be useful in the future so I put it aside.

I flipped it, added some more color and cut it to fit inside a Vignette Box. I couldn't waste a bit of it and used the off cuts to edge the box and the corners as well.  I have to say, now it's my favorite of the bunch.

I started by pickling my box and Vignette Finials using Picket Fence paint, but I wasn't happy with it.  I  applied a couple coats of Pickling Wash I picked up on clearance when Autumn and I were doing a little shopping down in Columbia, SC.  It adds just the right amount of color.

The wood button and pink seam binding come on the little bundle of Rayon Seam Binding from Linda's shop, and she has a huge variety of these pretty wood buttons available for purchase. The button is already so pretty and shabby as it comes, but I added a little color with Wilted Violet Oxide ink to tie it into the flowers of my vignette. I COULD NOT get that green ribbon through the second hole, so I covered it with a half pearl.

I'll let you in on a little secret...the green ribbon started out as purple, orange, and green.  It's actually two pieces that came tied up on those little thank you bundles Linda includes in your order. These were from Halloween orders--waste not, want not. I rinsed out some of the original color and added back Peeled Paint Distress Stain and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain. It's hard to see in the photo, but some of the original color is still there, and makes for the perfect match to the leaves.

I adhered my background to a piece of foam core and brought it forward in the box by placing it on a few scraps of thick cardboard box adhered to the back wall.

Choosing some pieces from the Botanical Layers pack made fast work of my vignette, and I edged each in Vintage Photo ink to add to the vintage look. Because they are much thicker than the older ephemera, they layer nicely. I just used cardboard and foam core scraps as spacers. Ranger Multi Medium Matte pulled double duty as my glue of choice, and as a sealer on top of the ephemera to take the shine off. I didn't need that shine competing with the shimmery background for the camera's attention!

I added some old white Remnant Rubs and half pearls colored with White Gold Prima Paste Wax.

The little colored balls are from my door wreath that had fallen off. I colored them with Distress Oxides in coordinating colors.

I chose a Quote Chip and colored it with Vintage Photo ink and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. The photo below gives an idea of the dimension within the box.

That's all for me today! I hope you've been inspired to rummage through your wood pile and create a Vintage or Shabby Chic make for our current 'Knock on Wood' challenge. The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard! I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Thank you for your visit today! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in a comment below and I will get right back with your answer! Of course, all comments are appreciated!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Here are the links to products I used which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: