Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Memories of Home for Frilly and Funkie

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Hello friends! Today the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie design team will inspire you with their projects for the current challenge, Home, Sweet Home. I am hosting this challenge and here's the scoop:

Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there's no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic 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.

Home for me, means quite a few things, but at the base of it all, is family. These are the people I can feel totally comfortable with, and know will love me no matte what. I've lived in quite a few houses in my lifetime--13 houses and apartments in 3 states to be exact. Only a handful of them actually felt like home, so I decided to make a Tim Holtz Tiny House for each of the 4 that outline the stages of my 'home life'.

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The first abode depicts the farmhouse I grew up in with my 5 brothers and sisters. While I made  farmhouse siding and a rusted tin roof for this first Tiny House, I really don't remember much about the outside of our house. It's our family inside that matters, and back before cable TV, cell phones and laptops, we spent our time playing and working along side each other day in and day out.

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I used an Ideaology Snippets Ephemera 7 cent stamp, because it says US 7. That's what we were: 6 kids and a Dad. I couldn't find an appropriate Paper Doll to represent my Dad (and I don't have a single picture of him) so our dog, Sparky, who was my Dad's sidekick, is standing in for him. Each of the Paper Doll kids was colored with Distress crayons.

 The shiplap siding is watercolor paper embossed with Lumber 3D Texture Fade, smeared with Wendy Vecchi's crackle paste and cut into strips. I highlighted the edges and cracks with Walnut Stain and Hickory Smoke Distress Crayons and glued the strips over a base I cut from an old Tim Holtz Paper Stash cover.

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The 'tin roof' is made with layers of Black Soot Distress Paint, heat embossing with Seth Apter's Eclipse Baked Velvet and Chunky Rust, followed by Weathered Wood paint.

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'Family' and 'Home' are Big Talk stickers also embossed with the Lumber folder and treated the same as the siding. The Ideaology Milk Cap had Crazing applied to it and smeared with crayon.

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'Collector of memories' is a Remnant Rub, and the leaves represent one of my favorite memories of home...the entire family raking big piles of leaves from the three sugar maples out front and then us kids spending the day jumping in them. At the end of the day, my Dad  made them into one huge bonfire. The leaves are Skeleton Leaves Thinlits and the older Fall Foliage Thinlits cut from various colored scraps from my scrap bin.

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There were times in my life that my family was geographically far from me, so this next house depicts me living the single life. This is when home meant a place of comfort and safety and a place for me to learn to grow as an individual.

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 My second home I bought when I was single  had wood siding, so I constructed this one from Distress Woodgrain Cardstock. I colored this with Antique Linen paint, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress stain and Walnut Stain crayon. The roof is cut from a fiber paper from my stash, inked with more Walnut Stain and patted with Weathered Wood paint.

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It's at this stage in my life that I fell in love with gardening, so I tucked some Ideaology Botanical Layers behind my Paper Doll. I also tucked in a ticket from the Keepsakes Ephemera Pack and Adorned Thinlits die cuts heat embossed with White Cloud Baked Velvet.

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 My third house depicts a time when I met my future husband, married and started our life together in our first combined home. I cut this house from Worn Wallpaper,  because I remember there was lot's of old wall paper that needed to be removed from our fixer upper. My husband and I worked as a team and made that house our home, working nights and weekends on remodeling it. Home meant love and partnership (and a lot of work!).

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 I sanded the Worn Wallpaper and added back some color with Distress Oxide Spray and blended with Distress ink. The roof is cut from corrugated card from my stash and scribbled with Distress crayon.

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The Baseboard Doll couple couldn't be more perfect!  I colored the couple with Distress crayons. The hearts are actually parts of a flower from the Funky Floral #2 Thinlits. I added color with Wendy Vecchi Blendable ink--Poppy and heat embossed with clear powder. The clock is from the Keepsakes pack and the Remnant Rub #2 is on a Snippet. 'You and me' is a Clippings Sticker.

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I finalize my journey at the home we currently live in. It's far from perfect, and I've never really fallen in love with it. This house requires constant repairs, being older. Our home is special though, because it's where my husband and I raised our kids, and it's in a wonderful neighborhood that we feel so at home in. Home is, once again, where my family is.

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This Tiny House is  inspired by Anna Karin's beautiful Tiny House and is cut from another old Tim Holtz Paper Stash cover. I used a stone die cut from the Mixed Media #4 Thinlits set and loosely followed Anna Karin's tutorial, substituting Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Spray for her paint. Although my crackle did not turn out at all like I would have pictured, I'm pleased with the stone work nevertheless.  It's the perfect setting for the Paper Doll family from the Christmas pack. Another couple of ephemera from the Keepsakes pack, Funky Floral #3 die cut greenery and a Clippings sticker tell the story.

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I left the back unadorned, because I am loving how the stones look here.  I used crackle paste through a Tim Holtz mini stencil from set #28.  I colored with Distress Oxide Sprays. crayons and sealed with Crazing. I highlighted the cracks by smearing with crayon.

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I used one of Tim Holtz Fragments stamps and Hickory Smoke Archival ink and text from the Dapper stamp set with Black Soot Archival. I stamped the phrase on a scrap of plain collage paper before sticking down with Collage Medium Matte.

That's all for me! I hope you will visit the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the amazing projects my talented Frilly and Funkie teammates have created. And then, it's over to you! We would love to see what you will create for this challenge! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily
Challenge shares:
Bleeding Art June Challenge - Add Cardboard I used very thin cardboard for two of my houses and two roofs. I also used thick cardboard to add dimension to my collages.

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Oxide Sprays
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Weathered Wood
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Ground Espresso
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Antique Linen
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #1
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #2
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set #3
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #5
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Seth Apter Baked Velvet - 3 Piece Neutrals Kit
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Chunky Rust
Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste
Wendy Vecchi Make Art Blendable Dye Ink Pad - Poppy
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baseboard Dolls
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Botanical Layers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Snippets Ephemera
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Keepsakes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper


  1. I don't even know what to say, Sara Emily...these are so amazingly creative and spectacular!! I love the idea of creating the houses to represent times of your life!! Each one is gorgeous!! The textures and details are phenomenal!! You are amazing, my friend!! I love these!! Thank you for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Oh wow! These are spectacular! So fabulously creative! Love the wood grained bases and all of your pretty accents and elements! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Pick A Pattern Challenge, Donna, DT Member.

  3. Wow, what a fabulous collection of little houses with wonderful themes for each. You have done a beautiful job of adding texture and technique to each and the paper dolls reinforce your family statement.

  4. Beautiful projects, love how you incorporated cardboard! Thank you for joining us at Bleeding Art this Month.
    Linda xxx
    Bleeding Art DT

  5. I a breathless...I have goosebumps, and I got all teary-eyed reading the journey of your life as told through these charming houses. I have no words. Just so moving, and nostalgic and meaningful. My all time forever favorite because this is your heart in paper and ink. Wow, Sara Emily! Just Wow!

  6. Wow, what amazing makes! I love all the texture and techniques that you used to create these, so inspiring 😁. Wishing you a wonderful week! Jo x

  7. Love them all! Thanks for joining us at Bleeding Art!

  8. Oh my goodness, all of your little houses are absolute perfection Sara. I so love how each one depicts a different stage of your life and I love the techniques used to create each one. I so enjoyed reading about each of these homes you lived in and am totally in love with each tiny model. You are so amazingly talented! Enjoy what's left of the week!! hugs xx

  9. What a lovely post. The stories of your houses and then lots of pictures and instructions. You are such a generous blogger thanks xox

  10. I agree with Amanda, above, this is such a lovely post Sara! This is such a wonderful walk through your life and it must have evoked lots of memories for you. I think my favourite has to be the farmhouse, it looks amazing and the tin roof is just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing all of the 'how to's', you are always so generous. Hugs, Anne xxx

  11. I loved hearing the journey through your homes and families! Of course your visual depiction of each of the 4 you chose to share are fantastic! Lovely post full of beautiful homes and stories!

  12. Such a lovely post, story and quartet of small houses, Sara Emily!! And a great theme for a challenge - I am going to try my best to get in it by the deadline! All of your houses are fabulous, but like Anne, the farmhouse enchants me the most - your techniques there are absolutely stunning! And like you, I am in love with the stone back on your current home.... such wonderful coloring and texture! Thank you So Much for your visits - I know how full your time is, but it was lovely to hear from you; I so appreciate the welcome back to this wonderful blog land! And as I finally have time now to blog visit, I will certainly be checking yours regularly! xxx Lynn

  13. LOVELY designed work here with all the patterns….and many thanks for joining in our 'PICK A PATTERN' challenge. Thanks for your entry and good luck in the draw @ DOUBLE D
    {aNNie}Designer for Double D challenges

  14. WOW each and everyone is Awesome. Love your theme. Thank you for the process and sharing such memories with your adorable creations.

  15. Very creative and fun and lots of fabulous work...thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  16. Truly amazing Sara Emily! Each of these houses truly does tell your story and they've been created with such care, love and attention to detail to add in the elements and textures that show the stages of your home life. I love how you've used the worn wallpaper on your first married home, the delicate flowers on your single life home, the crumbling texture on your current home and the wood panelling on your childhood home. Thank you as always for sharing so many ideas and techniques with us all.

  17. Absolutely brilliant and what a great idea too. Thanks for sharing this with us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge. Angela xXx

  18. These are just amazing, Sara Emily - each one a tiny treasure. I adore all the textures - the crackle, the woodgrain, the corrugate - and perfect distressing and ageing everywhere, not to mention the collaged elements so beautifully arranged on each of them. So much thought and love and care - an enchanting post altogether.
    Alison x

  19. WOW! These are AMAZING! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Pick A Pattern’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  20. Hi Sara, you might like to pop over to Crafty Cardmakers. Best wishes, Angela xXx

  21. Sara I am sat open jawed at all the texture, embellishment and love that has gone into each one of these amazing time pieces. What a lovely way to hold a memory of past to present. You really have given us all a treat with these magnificent pieces and as I have not been around much lately it's wonderful to be able to pop on over to see your creativity is as strong as ever.
    Thank you so much for sharing and giving me encouragement, i'm looking forward to Autumn time when life will get a little calmer and I can play along with you all more.
    Big creative HUgs Tracey xx

  22. Wow!!! I love this post, Sara Emily!!! The houses are tremendous... all the textures and details... Fabulous!!! But even more I loved hearing about the home stages of your life and learning a little more about you!!!!

  23. the 4 houses and the story behind each one! So fabulous and so very creative! Awesome project! ;-)

  24. As usual, OVER THE TOP AMAZING!!! I love it!!

  25. Love these and the stories behind them!! Thank you for joining us at Bleeding Art!!


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