Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Beautiful Moments Mixed Media Panel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 1

Hello and welcome! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, and Cec is hosting. She calls the challenge, 'Aquamarine', and here's what she says about it:

 "Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. Its mesmerizing color ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea."  The challenge is to create a shabby chic or vintage project using the colour aquamarine in any of its shades along with one other colour (it could be white or brown or whatever you wish).  The definition has lots of other prompts you could also use in your creation but the colour requirement is the main focus.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

This was really a fun challenge, and I knew right away I wanted to make an ombre background and to use Tim Holtz Geo Frames die cuts. I don't have much in the way of step out photos, but I can give you some details and show you lots of photos of how I made this tag.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 2

I included the shot below (even though it's a little washed out from the bright daylight), because it shows off  that gorgeous prism.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 3

I started with the Organic die and cut it from water color paper. I adhered the die cut to a water color panel with Collage medium and swiped on some crackle paste around the edges with my finger. Once the cracks started forming, I gave it another coat of collage medium. I allowed that to dry to touch and sprayed with Distress Oxide Sprays, starting with the lightest and working to the darkest. These are the colors I used: Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch. I spritzed with water and and allowed the colors to blend, coaxing some of the color here and there while I dried with my heat tool.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 4

 I adhered the colored panel to a Baseboard with Collage Medium and sanded the edges when dry. I blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain crayon around the edges and splattered some watery ink with a limp paintbrush. Inspired by the definition of aquamarine being a symbol of hope, I chose the word from one of the phrases included in Tim's new Tiny Text stamp set. I stamped it in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso archival inks first and second generation on a scrap.

Inspired by the photo, I colored four tiny 'gems' and a plastic prism from my stash with alcohol inks: Lettuce, Citrus, Sailboat and Mermaid.

For my focal point, I cut the Scribbly Butterly from water color paper colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and heat embossed with Glistening Glass powder. I layered this over a Tattered Butterfly die cut colored with brown Distress inks,  sandwiching a perfectly coordinating bow made from the ribbon Linda's Mom dies and wraps up our little thank you goodie bags with. If you shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, you already know that Linda includes a wonderful little gift bag in each of her orders, filled with crafty goodies and her Mom hand dies all those seam binding ribbons!

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The butterfly is resting atop  a trio of Geo Frames cut from Metallic Kraft Stock. I transformed silver card into a rusty brown with alcohol inks: Rust and Teakwood.

The quote is another from the Tiny Text set; this time I used all of the quote. I used some blue sequins and some shell sequins from my stash, again taking inspiration from the definition of aquamarine, and including something from the sea.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 6

The Field Notes stamps got their first inking with Vintage Photo Archival on a scrap, and I fussy cut the labels tucked in around the frame.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 7

Well, that finishes up another project! Here's one last look at my take on Aquamarine.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Tag 8

I hope you found some inspiration here, but there's still plenty of inspiration over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog from my talented teammates. I hope you'll hop on over and have a look at their wonderful Aquamarine projects. Then link up your own vintage or shabby chic project using the colors and theme as your guide. Happy Crafting! Sara Emily

Sharing with:
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Tag It  I used a Baseboard in place of a tag, because I'm out of the thickboards. Also, by definition, labels are the same as tags, and I have three labels. :) I hope this is Ok for the challenge.
Bleeding Art February Challenge - Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create at Polkadoodles Challenge #3 - Anything Goes Mixed Media Creative Challenge
Crafty Card Makers #251 Embossing I embossed the butterfly, and the background, by definition, is embossed.

These products were used on my panel and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Scribbly Butterflies
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Geo Frames
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die - Organic
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Butterfly
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Tiny Text
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Confections Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvaged Baseboards
Distress Oxide Spray - Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch
Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass
Distress Ink -Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso
Distress Archival Ink -Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #3
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Lettuce, Citrus, Sailboat, Mermaid, Teakwood, and Rust
Emerald Creek Eileen Hull Molten Dimension Embossing Powder - Glistening Glass
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad


  1. How beautiful. I love it.

  2. FAB-U-LOUS!!! Love the texture and all the techniques that went into this beauty. Blue and brown pair so well together and you made them shine.

  3. The way you ink and color things is absolutely fabulous! I love all the layers and textures and that gorgeous prism! Awesomeness overload!!

  4. Wow! Another stunning piece of art from Miss Sara Emily. I love how you created the background. It looks totally amazing with a beautiful mix of colours and I'm so loving the gorgeous layers and textures. So beautiful! xx

  5. I had to go back and look at the rest of the card because I cannot take my eyes off that gorgeous prism Sara, it is quite stunning and looks beautiful with the butterfly. I love how you layered the background to give texture and the geo frames give another wonderful layer of texture. Love this and now I 'need' one of those prisms.... Hugs, Anne xxx

  6. Wow! Everything I love in this beautiful creation--colors, butterfly, Tim Holtz! That prism is lovely!

  7. Gorgeous! I adore how you blended the neutral with the blues! My absolute favorite is the crystal because it represents the aquamarine in the inspiration photo so beautifully! Always a treat to come over and see how your mind works when you are creating art!

  8. This is absolutely stunning, Sara Emily - I love how you created the Organic panel, and those beautiful ombre shades over the wild tendrils and stems. The butterfly makes for a fabulous focal point, especially layered over those cool geometric frames. I'm completely in love with this!
    Alison x

  9. Wow, what a stunning mixed media panel! I love the textured background with those beautiful colours and all your adornments are perfect too with the crackle and shimmer - gorgeous 😁. Wishing you a happy Friday and Weekend! Hugs, Jo x

    Thank you so much for sharing your atc with the DT from We Love To Create, love the background, the butterfly is fabulous and all the wonderfull colors thank you for sharing Hugs Terry (DT) xxx

  11. A lovely panel. Thank you for joining in the embossing challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

  12. SaraEmily this is beyond gorgeous! All the little details and design. A framer for sure! xoxo

  13. Wowsers this is awe-inspiring!! So many gorgeous details and textures and the butterfly is stunning!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  14. This is absolutely beautiful Sara Emily and it's even more of a treat to see the details up close because that background is such a stunner. And how well does the prism work with the Geo Frames too! Love it all x


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