Wednesday, April 28, 2021

If You're Feeling Blue...

Hello friends!  I wanted to make my daughter a graduation card, since her college is finally going to have a  graduation ceremony this weekend for last year's graduating class.  I have nothing in my crafty arsenal for graduations, so I needed to improvise. Since she will be a psychological counselor after finishing her Masters next year, I thought I would make a little play on her profession with my quote. I've had this set of quote stamps for years and have never opened them. I cut the stamp in two, so I could place half the quote at top and the other at the bottom. I don't think she'll be handing out this advice in her office, but it's really good advice, don't you think?

I stamped the quote on a scrap in Archival ink and a couple Glitch 1 stamps with regular Distress, both Faded Jeans. I  added some drips and splats as I was inking other parts of the card. The pink splashes and drips are Oxide spray.

I stamped the circle from Glitch 1 on another scrap and painted in one of the areas with Oxide spray. I love the grid stamp from the set and inked it in Chipped Sapphire, splashing with a little water for some inky washes. Finally, I used the Plus stencil and texture paste to add texture, and when it was dry, replaced the stencil and inked with Faded Jeans.

This Baseboard Doll's dress was colored with Embossing Dabber/Pen and Embossing Glaze, and after heating, rubbed with steel wool to remove the shine. Her cheeks, hair piece and tights are colored with markers. The heart on her dress didn't look too good, so I applied an old Remnant Rub over it and while they were out, added some here and there. Everything is edged with Hickory Smoke ink.

That's all for me! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! Sara Emily

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Tim Holtz products used:

Distress ink - Archival Faded Jeans, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke, Chipped Sapphire

Distress Oxide Ink - Faded Jeans

Distress Oxide Spray - Kitsch Flamingo

Distress Embossing Glaze - Kitsch Flamingo

Distress Marker - Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar

Glitch 1 Stamps

Plus Layering Stencil

Baseboard Dolls

Thursday, April 22, 2021

See the Beauty Mixed Media Tag

Hello friends and visitors! What do you do with a background that turned out absolutely horrible? Turn it into a tag, of course! (Or ATC's or coins.)

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This actually started a while back with some flowers blended with Wilted Violet through Roses mini stencil. It didn't turn out too well using blending foam--a blending brush works much better with these smaller openings. So into the bin it went to use the other side at a future date.

 So yesterday I was blessed with a wee bit of 'free time' to play in my Closet, and I found this panel. I blended Distress Micro Glaze with a blending tool through the same stencil, placing it over the existing flowers. After spritzing the panel with water, I sprayed with various Distress Spray stains and Oxide (colors in the products list below). I repeated this with different stencils, drying between and finally blending Wilted Violet ink through Floral stencil. Lastly, I sprayed with water and mopped with a paper towel.  It pretty much went from bad to worse when I tried to add some pink to the left side to balance the brightness of the right, but I'm a firm believer in salvation. I decided I could die cut it into a tag using Stacked Tags and try to rescue the better part of the background.

I chose three brightly colored butterflies from two different Botanical packs; one is a little different to the other two, but I used my splatter brush and Picket Fence paint to try and unify them. Each one is edged with Black Soot ink and layered over some die cuts from my stash. 

I found some appropriate phrases in the Clippings Sticker booklet to add, edged the tag in Wilted Violet and matted it on white card. 

 I snipped off some crinkle ribbon seam binding and colored it with Fossilized Amber and Crackling Campfire spray stains, dried and stamped the script from Tiny Toadstools in archival Black Soot ink. I tied it into a little bow as a topper.

All's well that ends well. I hope you get some time to be crafty! Hugs! Sara Emily

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These Tim Holtz products were used on my tag:
Stacked Tags Thinlits
Tiny Toadstools Stamps
Stencils: Roses Mini Stencil (set 25), Floral, Latticework, Bubbles
Ideaology - Clippings Sticker Book, Botanical Layers
Distress Microglaze
Distress Collage Medium 
Distress Ink - Archival Black Soot, Black Soot, Wilted Violet, Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio; Distress Paint - Picket Fence
Distress Spray Oxide - Cracked Pistachio 
Distress Spray Stain - Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Crackling Campfire


Sunday, April 18, 2021

In the Garden (With Tim Holtz)

Hello and welcome! Today I have a mixed media panel that has been in the works for some time.

 I'm  saddened by the removal of our little city's annual spring event, The Azalea Festival, from the community's agenda for the second straight year due to the virus. I don't attend most of the festival events, but always go on the Garden Tour associated with it. Each of the gardens on the tour are dotted with high school girls dressed in Antebellum dresses that are passed down year after year. I guess that's a big no-no in the current environment. The Paper Dolls I chose for my panel brought back memories of these by-gone tours, so I prepared a garden for these lovely vintage ladies to walk through. 

My panel started as a Cheerios box, and I believe I first started working on it a long way back when The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog had a recycle challenge, but wasn't happy with it and set it aside. I can't remember what I built it up with, but recently I added pieces of Collage Wrap and did some stenciling with Crackle Paste and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Embossing Glaze, regular paste and Distress Rustic Wilderness crayon. I have a list of all the products I used below, more so I don't forget, but hopefully they will be helpful to you, too. In the end, I added smudges of Prima Matte Wax in white to tone it down and to cover the shine  of the glazes. Tim, how about a matte embossing glaze?

I used the Lattice stamp with Picket Fence paint to resist Tumbled Glass ink on the Stitched Oval die cut. The Gate Keeper die cut is colored with inks as listed below. I colored the ladies from the newest Paper Doll release--Groups with Speckled Egg and Spun Sugar crayons and a water brush. I do love my Paper Dolls!

The flowers are die cut from water color paper using Funky Nature and Brushstroke #2 sets. I lightly shaped them with my swizzle stick. My stencil work turned out less than impressive, and these sweet little flowers and foliage help to cover it.

The quote is from the Clippings Sticker booklet, and I covered it with Embossing Dabber and a mix of Tattered Rose and Kitsch Flamingo glazes. I used what was left of my glazing powder mixture on the opposing corner. I spritzed the panel with water and sprinkled with the powder mix, tapping off excess and heating. This and the Clippings sticker were scuffed with steel wool to take back the shine. I added a little shadow under the sticker with Black Soot crayon and my water brush.

I realize there's a lot going on here, but that's exactly what you would expect in a vintage garden, wouldn't you?

That's all for now. I hope you are enjoying these beautiful spring days and finding time to do what you love! Take care, Sara Emily

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Not A Card

 These products all by Tim Holtz were used:

Ideaology Paper Dolls Groups

Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Brushstroke Flowers #2, Funky Nature, Gate Keeper, Stitched Ovals

Stampers Anonymous Lattice & Flourish Stamps

 Stampers AnonymousStencils - Lattice, Floral

Ideaology Collage Wrap - Field Notes, Botanical

Distress Paint - Picket Fence 

Distress Crayon - Abandoned Coral, Rustic Wilderness, Black Soot, Spun Sugar, Speckled Egg

Distress Embossing Glaze - Kitsch Flamingo, Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio

Distress Inks - Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke (Gate), Tumbled Glass, Speckled Egg (Background Oval and Flowers) Kitsch Flamingo (Flowers) Bundled Sage (Foliage)

Ranger Distress Texture Paste

Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste

Ideaology Clippings Sticker Book

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Practice Kindness Mixed Media Tag

 Sara  Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #ideaology 1

Hello, happy Thursday! I finally got my hands on Tim Holtz' newest Paper Dolls, and this one is from the Groups pack. I had to separate this handsome guy from his best gal to make him fit my tag.

 I started by making my tag using Tim's Bricks and Digits mini stencils with texture paste, Embossing Glaze, Grit Paste, Crackle Paste, and Distress Spray Stain and Spray Oxides, and crayons all layered to make a grungy chipping brick wall. Glaze is Fired Brick, sprays are Hickory Smoke, Black Soot and Speckled Egg, crayons are Black Soot and Chipped Sapphire. 

Sara  Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #ideaology 2

I colored the paper doll's pants with Chipped Sapphire crayon and his vest with Distress Embossing Glaze in Speckled Egg using the bullet embossing pen to get the powder exactly where I wanted it. I added smudges of the crayon left on my craft mat.  In the background there's a torn portion from Field Notes Collage Wrap layered with a clock face from an older Curiosities sticker book.

Sara  Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #ideaology 3

And another piece of the Collage Wrap at this feet. He is sitting on layers of torn and wrinkled ephemera from the Keepsakes and Urban Layers packs.

Sara  Emily Barker #timholtz #sizzix #ideaology 4

And to finish my tag, I chose some old  Small Talk stickers. Couldn't we make a difference if we all practiced a little kindness?  Thanks for visiting! Sara Emily

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Learning to Fly


Hello friends and visitors! I hope you enjoyed a lovely Easter! He is Risen! I took a little 'me' time this afternoon and made a spring card to share. I used lots of Tim Holtz products including Sizzix Thinlits: Funky Nature, Funky Wreaths and Feathered Friends and Intertwined 3D Embossing folder.

After loading up the embossed background with a ton of products--Distress Crazing, crayon, ink, and paint  Prima Wax, to accentuate that wonderful deep texture, I tore it in two diagonally, layered the torn pieces and rolled back one edge to show the Wallflower background. 

Nothing says spring like bluebirds nesting. We have so many bluebirds here, and their babies have hatched and will soon be learning to fly.

I cut the bird from watercolor paper and painted it with Distress inks: Salty Ocean, Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain. I used a micron pen for the eye.

There's lots of product on that feather, too, including various paints, inks and crayons.

Learning to Fly is a Clippings Sticker, edged in Ground Espresso ink and mounted on chip board.

The wreaths are dipped in watery Antique Linen ink and the egg--Salty Ocean. And there's one of the 'woody' ones, too, cut from an inky scrap and tucked in to make a little nest. That's all for me today; I do hope you have enjoyed your Easter weekend and will have a crafty week! Sara Emily

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