Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sorry I'm Late...

Welcome! Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge theme is 'Let’s Be On Time' which inspired me to make this masculine card with my husband as the central character with a snarky comment which sounds like it might be on his mind. He's a good southern man, and words like these would never actually leave his mouth, but I sometimes wonder why he's always late. Perhaps because he just didn't want to be there?

Now, that's not actually not my husband, but a Tim Holtz paper doll from the 2020 Christmas pack that never even saw a Christmas make this year. This dude could pass for my sweetheart, though, back before he would never leave for the office (late, of course) without a tie. The good ole' days.

Because the theme's all about time, I thought I would otherwise dig deep into my stash to prepare this card. That's a very old background from my stash of backgrounds using an old favorite Tim Holtz stencil and a cool old monoprint technique I did what seemed like a lifetime ago. This seemed like the right time to put it to use. Old Remnant Rubs, old Design Tape to give my man something to stand on and to round out the card and some really old REAL clock parts made to look older with a splash of Smolder and Mushroom alcohol inks make for a good time in the Closet.

That's all for me today! I hope you have a safe, crafty week! 
Sara Emily

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

So Delicate

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and today Jenny is our host. She calls her challenge 'So Delicate':

"Although it's not always evident in my projects, I have a real passion for delicate laces, fragile flowers, fine stitching, intricate artwork and exquisite architecture. For this challenge create something delicate or a vintage/shabby chic project that features delicate things in it."

The Design Team will choose their four top picks and the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions. Stop over to the blog to see all the details and the wonderful delicate inspiration shared by my teammates.

Being a gardener, I can think of nothing more delicate than the flowers and foliage I see in my garden, so I decided to make my Mom a card with a vintage flower garden theme. First, I will share a few close ups and then show the steps I took to make this card.

My colors and overall theme were inspired by the beautiful rose on the ephemera and the delicate color of the seam binding ribbon. These were included in one of the sweet goodie bags Linda puts in her orders as a special thank you gift when you make a purchase from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I have quite a stash of these goodie bags! I tucked in  a pair of Tim Holtz flowers brushed with Tattered Rose ink.

Here's how this card came together. 

I started with two panels: one a Distress Heavystock white panel trimmed to fit a 5 x 7 card blank and the second a left over panel of a heavy card from my scraps--I think it may be bristol board. It's interesting to note how different papers react to inks, etc. I blended Tattered Rose ink through two different Tim Holtz Layering Stencils--Lattice and Blossoms. While the ink was still fresh, I heat embossed with Tattered Rose Embossing Glaze powder. (Sorry, I forgot to include the stencils in the photo.) I scuffed the embossing with steel wool to remove some of the shine before moving onto the next step.

Next, I inked a Tapestry stamp with a delicate pattern with Bundled Sage and Brushed Corduroy and spritzed the stamp with water before randomly stamping on the panels. Even though the shine is removed from the embossing, it resists the ink.

I blended each of the panels with Bundled Sage and Antique Linen inks. I splashed with plain water then watered down Cracked Pistachio Oxide Spray, heat drying after each. I set these panels aside and worked on my embellishments. I would later cut one of the panels using Stacked Postage and mat the die cuts on card which I faux 'stitched' with a micron pen.

I die cut some old Distress papers and a scrap of inked paper using Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers #1 die set and assembled the flowers. I ended up not using the pink one shown on my card, but cut and assembled a second smaller flower out of more of the old Distress papers.

I die cut a few of the leaves from the Brushstroke Flowers set out of Distress paper, added a Remnant Rub to a metal tag from my stash and found some lace to use on my card. Each was rubbed with Patina Green Matte Wax. I ended up using a different lace on my card which was blended with Bundled Sage ink.

I matted the rose ephemera on black card, after blending the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink. I smooshed my Fossilized Amber ink pad on an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and applied it to one side of the panel to give more of an aged look.

Here's one more look at the completed card.  I know it's a  little busy, but I think it gives it the vintage style garden vibe I was going for.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit the blog to see what my talented teammates made to inspire you, and then I hope you will take some time to play along in our So Delicate challenge. I can't wait to see what you will make! Crafty hugs! Sara Emily

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, brushed Corduroy, Bundled Sage, Fossilized Amber, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax Paste  - Old White, Patina Green

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Joy--Special Delivery With Tim Holtz Darling Deer

Welcome and Happy New Year! Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog.  'Put a Good Word In' is hosted by Cec, and here's how she describes it:

'Create a shabby chic or vintage projects that includes a word or words that are positive or happy or uplifting in nature. Single words or sentiments/quotes can be used. Given what we have all been through for the last months nothing sad or negative please.'

Since this is a new year we have decided to change up the prize package slightly. Beginning with this challenge the Design Team will choose their four top picks as they always do but the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We will not have a Guest Designer going forward; instead all four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

I made this wintry card to celebrate the addition of a new baby to our family--my niece and her husband are now proud parents to a healthy baby boy! What could be more happy, positive and uplifting than a new baby to snuggle with? 

Further down I'll show the steps I took to create my card, but first, here are a few closeup photos.

Here's how it all came together.

For the background, I sprayed Distress Heavystock with Speckled Egg Oxide Spray, spritzed it with water and laid Tim Holtz Flurries stencil over the wet panel. Using a clean paper towel, I blotted the snowflake openings. I removed the stencil and dried the panel. This mostly leaves a mess, but in the following photos, you might be able to see some of the smaller blue snowflakes that appear after you dry it. Next, I smooshed Antique Linen ink pad on my craft mat and spritzed the ink with water. I dipped the card into the watery ink until satisfied, and dry between dips. 

I laid the Flurries stencil back on the panel and smeared Distress Opaque Crackle paste through stencil  in opposing corners . I stamped snowflakes (old Scribble Woodland stamp set by Tim Holtz) and snow and script stamps from The Poinsettia stamp set, all in Iced Spruce Ink. Ink the stamp and spritz it with water before making impression. Rub Antique Linen and Stormy Sky Distress crayons on crackled snowflakes to accentuate the cracks.  Grit Paste stands in for snow for the pair of deer to stand on. I finished by splattering with Picket Fence paint. I layered this panel on a slightly larger card swiped with Evergreen Bough paint, and then swiped edges with more of the paint (pretend it's a plan).

Finally, I created a mat using watercolor paper. I heat embossed the sparkle stamp (Tim Holtz Spakle & Christmas) with Versamark and Winter's Mistake Powder, just around edges. I sprayed the paper with water and applied inks direct to paper, allowing colors to blend and dry on their own. Sadly, the photos don't show just how shimmery this is.

Now it's time to make the embellishments, and I start with snowflakes. I cut the snowflake with Wreath and Snowflake Thinlits die set numerous times on white card which were layered to make one thick snowflake and once from card from my stash that had been embossed in dots. (Embossing appears to have been done in blue ink and clear powder.) I blended this embossed flake with Speckled Egg and then Iced Spruce ink.  The white card flake was blended with Speckled Egg ink and each point smudged with Prima Old White Matte Wax. The darker flake center was blended with Black Soot, the lighter with Ground Espresso inks.

Two Darling Deer were cut from a scrap of card blended with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain inks and spritzed with water.

Joy, cut from the Alphanumeric Shadow Upper is heat embossed with Versamark and Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze, buffed with steel wool to removed the shine, and blended with Walnut Stain ink. I wasn't happy this looked, so inked it again with Versamark and embossed with White Wonder Molten Dimensions powder by Eileen Hull and blended edges with Black Soot ink. I love how the melted powders mingled, then separated on the letters, giving it a crackled icy appearance.

After everything was glued into place with Distress Collage Medium, I used an old Tim Holtz Remnant Rub to complete my Good Word quote.

That's all for me! I hope you'll pop over to the blog to see all the creative, positive makes from my teammates, and then link up your own vintage or shabby chic project! I can't wait to see what you will make for the 'Put in a Good Word' challenge.  

Don't forget, you can stock up on craft supplies 40% off MSRP at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Check out the shop's Year-End Clearance Section. Be sure to shop early for the best selection, because there are no backorders or rain checks at these prices. Here's to a New Year full of creating! Sara Emily

Challenge Shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Use a New/Unused Product - Darling Deer (die), The Poinsettia (stamps), Flurries (Stencil)

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stencil - Flurries

Chapter 3 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric Shadow Upper

Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste 3oz Opaque

Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste 3oz Crackle

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Iced Spruce, Speckled Egg, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Antique Linen, Stormy Sky

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays -Speckled Egg

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze

Emerald Creek Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder -White Wonder 

Emerald Creek Embossing Powders - Winter's Mistake

VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad 

Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax Paste - Old White