Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Guest Designer - Sara Emily Barker

It is time to welcome our Guest Designer for the 'Chalk It Up' challenge. Say welcome back to someone you will all be very familiar with - our former team mate Sara Emily Barker who was the Design Team's top pick from the 'Triple The Heat' challenge.

(Sara Emily is the one without the hat!)

Hi! It’s Sara Emily from sarascloset. I’m thrilled to be back at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog as this week’s Guest Designer. Some may remember that I had the honor and privilege of being a member of the Design Team for almost three years. I enjoy all sorts of arts and crafts, but especially love to experiment with my mixed media supplies to find new ways combine and use them.

For my contribution, I decided to create a nature scene using an Ideaology Trinket Tin as my base. I believe we can learn so much from nature if we open our eyes and ears.

I’ve used plain old school chalk on each of my three backgrounds as well as on the leaves created with the Sizzix Oak Leaf 3D Impresslit by Tim Holtz. On the front of the tin, I used a floating chalk dust technique, combining with Distress paint and Oxide spray to create an organic look behind the Field Notes Ephemera.

I’m always happiest when I’m in the woods, so I’ll enjoy displaying my tin to serve as a reminder when I can’t be there in person. I hope you’ll pop over to my blog to see how I’ve used my chalk on the backgrounds and oak leaves and maybe learn a new technique you might not have seen before. I’m looking forward to seeing how you all use chalk on your projects!

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What an amazing trinket tin packed with so many Fall treasures and so perfect for the current challenge! Thank you Sara Emily for your incredible inspiration and for being our latest Guest Designer. Make sure you check out her blog to see a more detailed tutorial. Then come on back and share your 'Chalk It Up' projects with us.

The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, October 5th.


  1. Beautiful Sara Emily! Great to see a photo of you with your daughter? Fabulous tin with the Sara Emily layers of beauty!

  2. I’m so tickled to see you at this back on the other side again! What a TREAT for you!!!!
    And this little inside box showing love for the outside: AWESOMESAUCE!! I’ll be thinking of this on my ‘shrooming’ hunts for morels next spring, as well as in my craft studio. Beautiful make as is your usual!!!
    :) ~Lyla~

  3. Oh Sara Emily this is such a WOW! You've paid such careful attention to detail when recreating the various natural elements inside the beautifully altered tin. What a treasure!