Wednesday, May 15, 2019

For the Love of Birds--A Vintage Card for Frilly and Funkie

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper & Ephemera 1

 Hello! The Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team are unveiling their inspiration for the current theme, 'I Love It Because'. The very talented Jenny is our hostess, and here's how she describes her challenge:

How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much.

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.

I had actually started to make this card as a just-for-fun project that I planned on submitting to a favorite challenge blog, but when I started to realize just how happy I was when I was pulling together the elements (Yes, I actually had a plan!), I realized this would be perfect for Jenny's challenge. Any time I used Tim Hotlz products, I'm one happy crafter.

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz  Ideaology Collage Paper Ranger Distress Oxide Spray

 This is my only process shot, and one of the main reasons I love this project--it allowed me to develop more confidence in and a love of using my Distress Oxide sprays. I adhered Typograpy Collage Wrap to a piece of card with Distress Collage Medium Matte, sanded the edges and gave it a second coat of collage medium. I left it to sit for a couple days while I worked on another project. Then I sprayed with Iced Spruce oxide spray and wiped it off at the center as a test area. (I knew it would be covered.) Sadly, it wiped completely off, so I baked the color on with my heat tool, and this time when I wiped some of the color remained. Another layer of collage medium was applied and this time, when dry just to touch, I spritzed with Faded Jeans oxide, and heated. This was more of the look I was going for. The trick is to NOT let your collage medium cure too long, or it will resist the sprays. Lastly, I used a piece of card to swipe on some gesso in random areas to shabby it up a bit.  In the photo, you can see I've adhered the completed panel to my card blank.

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper &Ephemera 2

In the end, I decided to blend the edges of my card with Frayed Burlap ink.  I chose to make an elongated card so I could use a scrap of card I had on the top of my pile of 'I may use this later' bits. It had been embossed from both ends with the Botanical 3D Texture Fade as a test. I tore the edges, swiped with Crazing medium and when dry scribbled the raised areas with Antique Bronze Distress crayon. I blended with a slightly dampened finger and then lightly painted on more crayon , this time Walnut Stain. So that's another thing I love--using up those bits that seem they will never have a purpose.

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper & Ephemera 3

 The ephemera is from Idea-ology Botanical Layers and Keepsakes Ephemera packs. The birds and daisies are colored with Vintage Photo crayon and the library card with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso inks. The edges needed more definition, so I edged all my pieces with Black Soot paint.

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper & Ephemera 4

Several other reasons why I love it...the subject matter! I love birds, daisies and books! And did I mention, I love it when a project comes together so effortlessly?

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper & Ephemera 5

 I tied some green cord into a bow and added an Iea-ology Clippings Sticker for my sentiment.

Sara Emily Barker For the Love of Birds Vintage Card Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Embossing  Ideaology Collage Paper & Ephemera 6

I hope you will visit the blog to see what makes my Frilly and Funkie teammate's hearts sing, too!

So what is it that makes you smile and fills you with happiness? I can't wait to see what you create! Be sure to tell us what that thing is. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and Blessings, Sara Emily.

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Happy Hour Like Kath, my happy hour is in the morning, spent on my porch with a big mug of coffee, reading and  just watching the birds in my back yard.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday For A Special Lady I made this to thank my next door neighbor for a kind deed. She loves feeding, watching and reading about birds, like I do.
A Inky Mess Anything Goes
Try It on Tuesday Let's Party! I couldn't not help to celebrate 10 years for this wonderful blog!

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique;

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Keepsakes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper - Typography
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Iced Spruce
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Faded Jeans


  1. This is such a sweet project, Sara! I can almost feel the joy you experienced while creating it. I admire your patience in waiting for all those layers of medium to dry, and your courage for experimenting with new product. You really are the mixed media Queen in my mind! Oh, and the little bird egg attached to the bow that! I just did something like that myself last week? Were you watching? LOL

  2. This is so gorgeous!! The layers and textures are so fabulous!! I love the pretty bluebirds!! I have a couple nesting in a box beside my deck and I love watching them!! Amazing as always!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. I LOVE seeing projects that use up 'those bits' because I have a pile but don't seem to rummage through as much as I would like, so am envious when I see people who do :) Gorgeous card Sara Emily, xo

  4. I just love this Sara Emily! Especially that it captured your heart, one of the best parts creativity! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project!

  5. Such a beautiful card! I love the vintage style and how you used the Distress Sprays 😊. The layers and textures from the papers with the pretty birds look amazing too! Thanks so much for joining in our 10th birthday celebrations at Try it on Tuesday! Jo x

    1. Many congratulations on making our Top 5 at Try it on Tuesday with your stunning card! Thanks again for joining our 10th Birthday celebrations 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Jo x

  6. My, this is stunning Sara! I can see why you love it so much! The techniques you used are wonderful as are the colours. So love the vintage style and those sweet birds are the perfect topper!! Have a fabulous day!! xx

  7. Fabulous card with all the great layers. I always love it when you experiment and document it because it means I don't have to - LOL.

  8. I loved this when I saw it on FB and now that I can see more of the details I can see why you love it so much. The collage layering is wonderful! I have been reluctant to use my Oxide sprays but will definitely have a go now - thanks so much, as always, for your wonderful inspiration. Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful project and joining our Party at Try it on Tuesdays. There is so many wonderful additions to see and it shows that you must have enjoyed creating this piece,.

  10. Thank you for doing us at Try It On Tuesday Sara with this beautiful project! I have had my windows open today listening to the birds singing! Hugs, Chrisx

  11. Beautiful! I always know it is something I am in love with when it comes together effortlessly! What is not to love about this gorgeous card (I too love birds, books and flowers!) As always inspirational design and love the tips about the collage medium and the sprays!

  12. WOW - this is terrific! Thank you for joining in at Try It On Tuesday! Susi xxx

  13. Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

  14. Oh this is gorgeous! I love that you really enjoyed and got lost in the process of making this beautiful card, learning as you went and adding so many delicious layers. Thank you for the tip about the Collage Medium with the sprays and thank you for sharing xx

  15. Thank you for joining us at TioT to celebrate our 10th, Sara. What a beautiul multi-layered card! Eileen xx

  16. I love this so much Sara Emily, the delightful layers and fabulous finish, it’s divine xxx

  17. A stunning collaged piece which is so pleasing to the eye xx TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  18. Love those natural botanical elements as part of the collage - this is lovely.
    Alison x

  19. Gorgeous card with such lovely layers.

  20. I love it when we have a plan and it just keeps evolving. Beautiful layering and you have used one of my favourite Bird images amongst the daisies. A very pretty piece Sara and lovely to know you enjoyed every moment creating it just as we have enjoyed seeing it. Thank you for sharing.
    Wishing you a super weekend Hugs Tracey xx

  21. How wonderful is your card Sara !! Really amazing, love the so beautiful papers you have chosen, the bird is so cute !! fantastic design!!
    Congratulations to be on Top 5 at Try it on Tuesday.
    Wish you a very nice weekend,
    Big hugs, Caty


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