Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Best Day Ever

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #flowery #scribblybutterflies 1

Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Today it's my turn to host the newest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and I've named it "Mostly Neutral'.

"For this challenge, I would like you to use mainly neutrals, but I will allow you one accent color or use of metallic accents. Let's see how you use beige, ivory, taupe, brown, black, gray or shades of white or any combination of these to make any vintage/shabby chic project you would like."

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. Be sure to stop over to the blog to see all the details of the challenge. While you're there be sure to check out the wonderful neutral creations my talented teammates made to inspire you!

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #flowery #scribblybutterflies 2

There's really not a lot to this card, so I don't have a ton of closeups to share or any process shots, but I did take a few extra full on shots. I really love the simplicity of a neutral palette, but it's hard not to sneak in a tiny bit of color. In absence of a lot of color on my card, I've made up for it in textures and patterns, wouldn't you agree?

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #flowery #scribblybutterflies 3

I started with (--you guessed it!) a background from my stash. It was mainly neutral with what I believe to be a little Iced Spruce mixed in. I really consider Iced Spruce to be an almost-neutral with tendencies toward blue (in my opinion). You might see shades of red and green on the background if you squint your eyes, but that's the magic of Distress at work. The inks seem to take on a life of their own as they blend with those they are next to. The Scribbly Butterfly was already hovering on my desk, so I took a cue from the blueish tint on it and added Speckled Egg to my background and the two circle die cuts I found in my stash. The circles were also blended with Antique Linen, and both the butterfly and circles edged with  Brushed Corduroy. Just the smaller circle is edged with Black Soot.

I adhered the Flowery die cut to the background, wrapped it with a length of dyed seam binding ribbon and layered that panel on a sanded Classic Kraft Stock panel and lastly, to a card blank. The circles are adhered with layers of corrugated card between  each of them and also the background. The butterfly is layered over another I traced on black card with the metal die as my template and fussy cut. The butterfly is adhered to the circle at the body only.

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #flowery #scribblybutterflies 4

I layered a Metallic Quotations sticker to a scrap of sanded classic kraft stock. With that, my card is complete. So easy!

I hope you will take some time to play along and be in the running for some great prizes! I can't wait to see what you will create! In the meantime, I'll be back this Saturday with our Saturday Showcase feature, and I hope you'll stop back then. Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge Shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Add Some Texture

Country View Challenges February 2021 - First Signs Of Spring

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Iced Spruce, Speckled Egg, Black Soot

Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Flowery

Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Scribbly Butterflies

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quotations Metallic Stickers

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte

Rayon Seam Binding


  1. You really did rock the layers. So delightful how the color theme brought the pieces together.

  2. This reminds me of a beautiful velvet fabric! Love the striking black cut out against the beautiful neutral background!

  3. Stunning!. I love the die cut background. I can't decide if it reminds me more of fabric like Suzz or the fancy glass insert in the front door of an old mansion. Either way, it is fabulous.

  4. The drama of that black die cut background against your inky magic is so stunning and has me in mind of Art Deco interiors Sara Emily. And the way you've added your lacy butterfly with it's own circular pedestal and the black underlayer is so clever as it means those delicate wings are still very much visible. It's a masterpiece of design with touches of inkiness that bring it all to life in your talented hands xx

  5. Love the earthy colour tones and that butterfly just ready to take flight. A great challenge theme - if my mojo gets its act together, I'll try to come and play along!
    Alison x

  6. Wow, such a beautiful card! The flower design looks so elegant with the colours that you chose, those Distress Inks with the black look amazing - perfect 😁. Wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x

  7. Wow, that is one dramatic card! That black pops against the browns. Very eye-catching! xoxo


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