Saturday, June 27, 2020

Magical Place

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Hello friends! The Design Team at The Funkie Junkie Boutique has a very special Saturday Showcase for you on the blog. We each made a tag with the theme of flowers featuring some of our favorite products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I decided to showcase Stamperia's Flower Alphabet 12 x 12 paper pack on a small (not so small) Etcetera Tag.

My sister and her husband are closing up shop after over 30 years running a retail greenhouse farm, and this was the perfect opportunity to celebrate that occasion with a floral display. While there are 10 beautiful double sided pages to choose from, each with different floral design, this cheery blossom paper stole my heart.

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This didn't take me much time at all -- the papers have all the mixed media details already worked out for you, so it looks like you've been slaving over the craft table for days. I cut out the portion of the page I wanted, and adhered it to the thickboard tag with Distress Collage Medium matte. When it was dry I trimmed and sanded and smeared the edges with Peeled Paint crayon. That's it for the background, then it was just a matter of selecting elements, fussy cutting a few of the blossoms and pasting.

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Pattern Repeat chicken wire gives a nod to the chickens they also raise on the farm and offers some contrast to all those pretty posies. I inked the 'wire' with Hickory Smoke Archival ink, dabbed it with the Distress Embossing Dabber and heat embossed with Weathered Wood Embossing Glaze. The flowers are from my stash, and I tied them in with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Spray straight from the bottle. It even gave great coverage to those clear plastic stamens on the deep pink flower.

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I finally got to use my Large Stems Bigz die for the florals at the center of the tag. I cut them from two of the other papers from the Flower Alphabet pack and plain white card which was blended with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide. You might notice the pearls sprinkled about; they were inspired by the elderberries on the paper. I colored them with White Mixative Ink and Mushroom alcohol ink.

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The branch is cut using the Large Funky Florals die set and was in my stash. I cut one of the leaves using the same set from a couple scraps from the paper collection. In the photos above and below, you might catch a glimpse of the fussy cut and layered blossoms layered with some more of my stash flowers. There's so much depth and realism to the printed design, it's hard to differentiate the printed from the layered ones. This time the stamens were colored with Worn Lipstick paint and then dipped in Fired Brick Embossing Glaze and carefully heated (the stamens are plastic and don't tolerate the heat well--just like me).

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I love the quote that's already printed on the gorgeous paper -- so perfect for the retiring couple.

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I didn't neglect the reverse side, but left plenty of blank space to write a handwritten note. This is another of the papers from the pack. Since I really only used one of the pretty floral papers, I'll leave you with this last photo to tempt you to take a closer look at the collection of glorious floral papers. You'll find a link to the Flower Alphabet pack as well as to all the products I've used below. 

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Please stop by the blog to see all the other wonderful floral tags my talented teammates made for this special Saturday Showcase. You will be happy you did! Enjoy your weekend! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Stamperia - Flower Alphabet 12x12 Paper Pack
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz L Die - Large Stems
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Funky Floral Large
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Pattern Repeat
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Hickory Smoke, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Frayed Burlap
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz Distress Paint- Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray- Picked Raspberry
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered Wood, Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink  - White Mixative, Mushroom
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - White Gesso
Tim Holtz Etcetera Small Tag Thickboards


  1. Pretty paper with so many pretty embellishments and layering. Lovely romantic tag and it is perfect for your family! I love how the design draws the eyes from corner to corner!

  2. What a beautifully detailed tag, with all the small flowers and elements right down to the "chicken wire" die cut. I had not considered using portions of pretty background die cut textures to create visual interest in a floral spray, and it looks marvelous, Sara! As far as I'm concerned, pink and green is always a top choice when it comes to floral masterpieces, and that's what your tag is! wishing you well, hugs, de

  3. Gorgeous, love the combination of paper and silk flowers!

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous tag! I love this Stamperia collection. What a great gift for your sister.

  5. Fabulous tag. Love all the layers of flowers and the different pinks that combine to add lovely texture to this beauty.

  6. What a fresh and pretty tag. Great paper to use it always has such an effective feeling of layering. Thanks for sharing your work. stay safe xox

  7. This is beautiful Sara and really does make me think of summer fields - thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck in the draw! Hugs rachel x

  8. Fabulous tag, Sara Emily! I hope you have been well.

  9. This is so gorgeous...I can just spell the sweet aroma of fresh flowers! Fab design too.

  10. Wow, such a stunning tag! I love the freshness and vibrancy of the design with the pops of pink and crackle texture that you created and the quote is perfect too 😁. Happy July and take care! Hugs, Jo x

  11. The way you've brought the paper design to life with your chicken wire and floral flourishes is such a treat and your choice of words seems so fitting for your sister's family at this momentous time. I am sure she will treasure it xx


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