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

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  1. This is awesome Sara!! Love, love, love that owl! He looks amazing and I love his funky eyes. The crackle on the background is fabulous and, although generally I don't like them either, your bugs also look fabulous!! Brilliant make as always!! Have a wonderful week! hugs xx

  2. Fantastic tag, Sara Emily! I love the owl and the ephemera used for its eyes. I hope you were spared the worst of the hurricane.

  3. So striking and creepy all at once! That wood grain background behind the owl showcases the intricate die cut and those mesmerizing eyes you gave him are wow! Awesome tag!

  4. Wow Sara, I love your incredible tag, the owl is fabulous with those huge eyes and the background you created is fabulous - love how the crackle looks and the bugs are a great addition! I hope things are not too bad after Florence..... Hugs, Anne xx

  5. The crazing looks so good. I am using those bug dies this very day. They work so well. I think bugs will be everywhere this next few months they are addictive. Love the natural textures you have created in this project.

  6. WOW Sarah Emily, this is eeek...incredibly spooky with those eyes that stick out! The owl is amazing...your textures are spectacular! The stamped background and intricate dies cutting is incredible! Love always, your creations are over the top!
    Have a great day my friend~
    Sherrie K

  7. I just love the way the tag background looks like birch tree bark. That's wonderful! The eyes are a hoot! See what I did there? Great tag, Sara Emily! Hugs!

  8. Fabulous tag Sara Emily. I do hope Storm Florence didn't cause too much havoc for you.
    Avril x

  9. What a beautiful tag! I love that background and the beautiful owl. It looks like he is sitting on the edge of the opening in the tree.

  10. A simply brilliant tag, Sara Emily - I love the gnarled tree trunk background with those wonderful insects crawling around, and your owl is magnificent.
    Sending many hugs...
    Alison x

  11. Using the Entemology set as a background to this gorgeous tag is simply inspired Sara Emily! LOVE the addition of the Lumber oval and the embossing really makes a huge difference to the impact of the owl. Absolutely love it all!

  12. Your owl looks like he is sitting in his tree waiting for a bug dinner - perfectly creepy.


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