Thursday, September 13, 2018

Toil and Trouble

Sara Emily Barker Toil and Trouble Card Using Tim Holtz Thinlits, Stamps and Ideaology 1

Hello friends! I took some time to play today while we are hunkered down waiting for hurricane Florence to knock on our door. All of our preparations are complete, and there's nothing else to do except wait. Why not get a little craft time in before the power goes out?  For those in the path of hurricane Florence, I wish you well. It looks as if many prayers have been answered. At least the winds have decreased from where they were a couple of days ago when this was in the Atlantic moving toward the coast.

I don't ordinarily go for witches, but these Paper Doll witches by Tim Holtz seem to be just having a little fun. I named them Toil and Trouble.

Sara Emily Barker Toil and Trouble Card Using Tim Holtz Thinlits, Stamps and Ideaology 2

I colored a background panel with Antique LInen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide and stamped around the edge with Tim's Ornate Trims in Black Soot Distress ink.  I edged the panel with Ground Espresso ink. It's so easy to assure a straight perfectly aligned image when using the Stamp Platform. This is by far my favorite crafting tool. I considered sewing around the edge like I've seen on so many Halloween projects, but I was afraid by the time I got my machine threaded and a black bobbin wound, the power would have gone out, since it's already flickered a time or two.

I die cut watercolor paper using Tim's newly released Tangled Twigs and colored with Walnut Stain
oxide and Black Soot ink. I adhered it to the back panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Sara Emily Barker Toil and Trouble Card Using Tim Holtz Thinlits, Stamps and Ideaology 3

I cut two Stitched Ovals--one in black card and the other in Heavy Stock. I colored the Heavy Stock oval with Antique Linen oxide and embossed with my Botanical 3D Texture Fade. I coated it with Distress Crazing and let it dry. I colored it with watered down Black Soot Distress crayon and rubbed the edges with Vintage Photo crayon. I rubbed a bit of Picket Fence and then Seedless Preserves crayon over the edge of the black oval.

Sara Emily Barker Toil and Trouble Card Using Tim Holtz Thinlits, Stamps and Ideaology 4

The witches Paper Doll and Halloween Quote Chip are both sanded and colored with crayons. I added a few bats from the Halloween Mixed Media Thinlits die.

That's it from me today! I can't wait to see what you create with your Halloween craft supplies!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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


  1. Hi Sara! Praying for you and your family. I'm watching Florence from the other end of NC. I have family down your way. So thankful that the winds have decreased in strength. Still watching the rain though. Hope you all stay dry.

    On a crafty note, love the heavy stock oval with the 3D botanical texture fade. Amazing!!! And I love that you named your witches Toil and Trouble (although, I'm surprised that you didn't name one Flo!). Fantastic spooky make my friend. Thanks for your kind words on my blog. You are such an encourager.

    Keep us updated when you get a chance (and power!). Hugs. Mary Elizabeth

  2. I am praying for you and your family, Sara Emily. I hope that you stay safe and that the storm isn't as bad as they first predicted. And if your power does go out, I hope that it comes back on soon.

    This is so fabulous!! I love the witches...I always wanted to dress up like one for Halloween growing up (a good one, of course ;) The background, the details, it's all so spectacular!! I love, love it!! Keeping you in my prayers!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. I sincerely hope and pray Sara, that you and everyone in Florence's path stays safe and sound. Hopefully, with the winds decreasing it won't be as bad as predicted.
    This card is absolutely fantastic Sara!! Love the background, love the diecuts and really love those witches!! Beautifully spooky!!
    Will keep you in my prayers!! hugs xx

  4. Sara, my dear sweet friend, I cannot stop thinking about you and Autumn and my other friends in the area - I am hoping and praying that you and your families stay safe from the dreadful Florence....

    I love Halloween and witches and this is absolutely delightful, so many textures, I love the twig background die and you have used it beautifully. The witches look amazing and you have named them aptly!! Love this!! Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. Such a fabulous card Sara and I love the background, so perfect for Toil and Trouble xx I echo everyone's sentiments and hope that Florence is kind as she makes her way through the states xx
    Thinking of you all xx

    Annie xx

  6. Awesome card, Sara Emily! Praying for all those in the storm's path. Stay safe!

  7. eeek! What a scary, scratchy, dead-looking forest behind your witchie-poo sisters, Sara! LOL FANTASTICALLY creepy, but I must say, a little fun, with the "farmer cornflake style pose" for the camera LOL (sorry, I couldn't help it!). Love all those bats in the background - I actually cherish the evenings that I glimpse bats. We used to have so many, and now they seem next to extinct in our area! I love the pale glow of dusk in the background, and that immense shopping bag on the right witch's arm LOL! Methinks they are going shopping for their Halloweenie goodies. AWESOME creation - I love your imagination, Sara. Wishing you a fantastic week! hugs, de

  8. Sara Emily, this is such a cool card, I love everything about it. The tangled twigs die is amazing, it's a must-have. Your oval background with the 3-D floral and crazing looks awesome! I love your finish on the quote chip - perfect! The witches are my favorite paper dolls, and I almost used mine, but not yet! You and your family, as well as everyone in that part of the country, have been on my mind and in my prayers. Sending big hugs and prayers, my friend.

  9. Love those Tangled Twigs - still waiting for mine - and your witches look right at home. A great card.
    Alison x

  10. Yes I admit - I am a witch -- a good one I hope!
    Sandy xx


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