Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Find Joy Etcetera Tag With Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1 and #2

Hello, friends! Over at  Frilly and Funkie we've started our second week of the current challenge, hosted by talented Kathy Clement. She calls her theme 'Winter Blues', and here's how she describes it: 

January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project.

As always, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, and the winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. 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.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (1)

This was a particularly fun challenge for me because I love blue! A play with Tim Holtz new Wildflower Stems #1 and #2 Thinlits die sets were the inspiration behind this blues-y tag. These over-sized incredibly detailed wildflower die cuts lend themselves perfectly to home decor pieces, but would feel equally at home on a card.

You'll see from my close up photos below that I started with a Small Etcetera Tag (which is a whopping 5 1/2 x 10 inches!) and gave it a couple of coats of gesso.  I used Distress Collage Medium Vintage to adhere favorite portions of Stamperia Blue Land Lamp Rice Paper. I love the images on this paper and all the mixed media work is already done for you! There was plenty of the beautiful design left on the single sheet to use on the Collage Frame along with Ideaology Botanical Collage Paper, this time adhered with the matte version of collage medium to offer some contrast to the tag. There's some script stamping in Watering Can Archival ink; the diminutive script from the Entomology set adds just enough interest, and enhances the text on the rice paper. A coat of Distress Crazing lays down some subtle crackling on both panels, enhanced by fingertip washes of Distress Crayons.

I cut the trio of Wildflower Stems from watercolor paper and gave them washes of Distress Oxides, laying on more vibrant color on the one flower head. Since I wanted that stem to stand out even more, I adhered several of the die cuts together and then popped it up with foam dots. The butterflies were cut from the same Stamperia rice paper panel, adhered to Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art Whiteout film and fussy cut. They were heated and shaped while still pliable. Everything is adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte over a panel I made a while back. I considered it a failed mixed media attempt at the time, but everything has a use eventually. If I remember correctly, it's embossed with a brick embossing folder and colored with Oxides. Grit Paste was pushed through a hand made bricks stencil for even more texture. A Quote Chip smeared with Distress Crayon and a fluffy bow made with several blue seam binding scraps finishes off the tag.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (2)

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (3)

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (4)

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (5)

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (6)

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/02/find-joy-etcetera-tag-with-tim-holtz.html Find Joy Etcetera Tag #timholtz #sizzix #wildflowerstems#1 #wildflowerstems#2 (7)

That's it for me today! Now it's over to YOU! I can't wait to see how you will interpret this Winter Blues challenge. Sending out big warm hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Crafts Dreamy Mood Board Challenge January Inspired by the blue, the quote and the text.
Scrapy Land Challenge #107 Anything Goes I used two Sizzix dies.

Links to products used stocked by The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
***Remember to use coupon code DIEDISCOUNT to receive 20% off MSRP Tim Holtz newly released dies!***

Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems Thinlits #1
Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems Thinlits #2


26 comments:

  1. Such a delightful design Sara Emily and I adore the blue palette xxx

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  2. This is such a stunning tag Sara Emily! The rice paper and collage paper work so well together and the brick wall background is perfect for those beautiful wildflowers and butterflies.

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  3. Oh, Sara Emily! You've done it again...created a magical world for my imagination to wander in and my eyes to feast upon. This is magnificent. I love the brick stenciling inside the wall...I can almost hear the moss growing there. And the color palette is perfection. I can only imagine how gorgeous this is in real life, but your photos are magnificent! What an inspiration you are! xo

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  4. Beautifully designed and made tag, Sara!!! The collage frame looks amazing with the flowers!!! xx

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  5. What a a beautiful tag, Sara Emily! To me, butterflies, flowers and the color blue are a perfect combination!

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  6. Lovely tag with lots of very pretty layers and special details.

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  7. This is so beautiful - I love the soft blue tones, and the gorgeous layers and framing all drawing the eye inward towards those lovely flowers. A beauty!
    Alison x

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  8. I would LOVE to get my hands on that 'failed attempt' bin Sara Emily, cuz I LOVE that background!!! Your layering and how this all came together, gorgeous! <3

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  9. Oh wow, this is so stunning!! I love the amazing details!! The collage frame is gorgeous and the wildflowers are so beautiful!! Love this, my friend!! So gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  10. Gorgeous tag! I love all the layering and details!

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  11. Utterly stunning! I am crazy over this tag my dear and love every single detail. Huge hugs, Autumn

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  12. So inspiring! Love every detail, gorgeous work!

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  13. This is SO pretty and the depth of layers--AMAZING! It's realistic in a fairy-like way (if that makes any sense) and the butterflies look like they just landed. Swoon.

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  14. Gorgeous tag love the colours and the details
    Thank you for sharing at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges x

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  15. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is divine Sara! Blue is my fave colour and the rice and collage papers work so beautifully together! I adore the wildflower stems and the cute butterflies and they are perfectly framed! Love this!! Have a great day! hugs xx

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  16. Lovely card. The colours are so right for a cold crisp January.

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  17. Well my friend, this is a stunning tag you have created and absolutely perfect for the blue theme. That stamperia paper is gorgeous and seems like an awesome way to add the look without doing all the work(and in my case-the final look is way more appealing than anything I could create!) I’ve got those wildflower stems on order and can’t wait to play as this is completely inspiring!!! I love your work, thank you for sharing xx

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  18. Sara, this is a stunning tag, the blues are gorgeous, the wall in the background is fabulous and shows the wildflowers off so beautifully. My new favourite! Hugs, Anne xx

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  19. A very pretty tag. Fabulous design and gorgeous papers. Lovely, soft colours and sense of depth.
    Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

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  20. Who knew a beautiful garden could spring from a beautiful blue monochromatic color scheme! Gorgeous tag! Love how you layered the many beautiful blue tones!

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  21. Pinned this blue beauty.. .Love every detail.

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  22. It's a beautiful mixed media creation, I love the colors and the stamps you used ! Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland Challenge

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  23. Gorgeous layers and textures Sara Emily and I adore the technique with the butterflies, have to dig out my Clearly For Art and give it a go, haven't played with it for ages! Just a beautiful project, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  24. Seeing this beautiful tag is definitely one way of overcoming the winter blues, Sara! So many lovely, tiny details in this gorgeous monochrome creation, and the sentiment is just wonderful! Fantastic layers bringing out not only depth, but lots of texture, too! Hoping your week was a good one, and that the week-end might bring a little quiet time to you. Wishing you a great day. hugs, de

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  25. Fabulous tag! Love how you use Tim's products! Great card! Thank you for playing with us at Crafts Dreamy Challenge! Hugs Sunila & Aditi

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