Friday, September 25, 2015

Home, Sweet Haunted Home

Hello everybody!

It's been awhile since I've been able to join the fun at A Vintage Journey, and this month their theme is Home, Sweet Home.  When I think of home at this time of the year, my mind naturally wanders into haunted house mode.  The first year we lived in our current home about 20 years ago, a trick or treater asked me if our house was haunted.  Ever since that year, I've done my best to really decorate our home in the spirit of Halloween just for that one day. No kid has ever had to ask if our house is haunted since. Halloween just makes me HAPPY!

I'm also happy Inspiration Emporium has a challenge this month!  So I wanted to share with them how HAPPY I am that Halloween season has officially started for me!

Please be warned; there are a lot of photos--I have a lot of real estate to cover here. The photos are not the best quality; I had to take them indoors since it has been raining cats and dogs for days now. My camera tends to try and focus on the shimmer, leaving me with blurry photos.

So here's my take on Home.  I've taken Tim's October tag from 2012 as inspiration, using the technique he used on his tag and modified for my homes.  I started with these wood houses I picked up at a yardsale. I prepped them in the usual fashion with gesso and got started. These are meant to be viewed from the front only, so not much is happening in the back and side yards.

As Tim did, I used  Ideaology Postale Tissue Wrap as my base and painted it with various Distress paints and inks according to his tutorial..  I love how you can move this paint around and blend it so easily with a damp baby wipe. I added some stamping from Tim's Trick or Treat set and stenciling using Tim's Dot Fade and Splotches Layering stencils and Watering Can and Cobalt Archival inks. To get some Halloween shimmer, I spritzed with Perfect Pearls spray.

The bats and "Haunted" (Recollections) were heat embossed using Wow Black Glint embossing powder.

I mixed Rock Candy Distress Glitter with Black Soot alcohol ink for the shingles and the Tim Holtz black cat die cut. The Ironwork Gate die cut was given a paint job on this house. The other I left as is once cut from black cardstock for the contrast.

I added a few Seasonal Chit Chat  and Occasions Small Talk stickers, and a jac-o-lantern cut from Tim's new Regions Beyond paper stash, and covered them with Multi Matte Medium.  When dry, I went back and added some shadows with Black Soot Distress Marker.

The spider is from Tim's Wicked Alpha Parts, and I altered the ball chain from my stash with alcohol ink and Distress embossing powder for him to hang from. I also added a shadow for these.

Now for the side and back views.

As for those numbers...

That's it for my Home, Sweet Haunted Home! These will be my first indoor Halloween decorations of the season! So much fun to make, but easy-peasy!

I would like to enter my houses into the following inspiring challenges:

The Mirror Cracked Tic Tac Toe  Gothic/Steampunk , Layers, Free Choice
The Artistic Stamper "Things With Wings" My bats, just in case you're scratching your head--no birds, no butterflies, no fairys!
Inspiration Emporium/Journal "Happy" Happy Halloween!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your sweet words! Hugs and Blessings,
Sara Emily

Update: My haunted houses were awarded Top 5!!!!!

Update: Yippee!!! Top 5 again!

Oh, yeah!!!! Pinworthy Mention!!!

Woo Hoo!  September 2015 Home, Sweet, Haunted Home

Yeah! Top 5!


  1. Hi Sara-What a fantastic project!Love your little houses,such detail and just perfect for the Crafty Cardmakers and more Make It Sparkle theme :)
    Thank you for sharing your lovely project with us,
    Hugs,Nessa DT XXX

  2. Fabulous projects. Your houses have so much details to see. thank you for sharing with us at Stamps and Stencils.

  3. Wow, Sara! Wonderfully creative. Love those shingles! This will definitely add to your home Halloween decor. Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    :) Pam

  4. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy - you rick halloween, no one does it like you girl!! Love how you give the house that eerie halloween glow and the glitter on the roof too!! It is just beyond fabulous! Wish I could do halloween half as well as you :) Stunning my dear friend, absolutely stunning xx

  5. Clever, clever girl! I have to show Dale your shingle job...he will be impressed. That is such an amazing transformation, and such a fun project, too. The ink colors are's spook-tacular from beginning to end! Nicely done, Sara Emily!!!!

  6. Fantastic spooky houses, love how the light captures your shading of colours on them and the sparkly Roos. Brilliant fun. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

  7. She's baaaaaccckkkk! Bwa-ha-ha-ha! You are such an inspiration for me and Halloween dear Sara! What I wouldn't give to run to your house and ring the doorbell for a nice surprise on Halloween night! Your houses are amazeballs and seem to glow from the inside!?! How you do that? Lol. You rocked these and a bag of chips! Those shingles are genius!!!!! Hugz to you muffin!

  8. Woooooooooow, dear Sara, you really rock the Halloween theme! This is just out of this world project! Wish I could create something like this and I LOVE every single amazing detail here! What a super creative mind you have, my friend! I am crazy inlove with this fantastic piece!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  9. I just adore your little houses - great to take your inspiration from one of Tim's early tags (I must check those out - before I even started crafting!) - and they look just fantastic.
    Alison xx

  10. Just been to check - and actually that one was three months AFTER I started crafting!! xx

  11. Oops... me again! Got so carried away that I forgot to say thank you for playing along at Country View Challenges and for joining us on A Vintage Journey! xx

  12. A stunning set of haunted houses Sara. I love how you have taken the houses and altered them completely. The glitter and alcohol ink works fabulously for the tiles on the houses and the Chit Chat stickers are a great way of adding wording to your projects. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.

  13. Gorgeous set of houses for Halloween!

    Love and hugs

  14. Fabulous houses!! Love them all. Such gorgeous textures and details. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge STAMPtember blog hop!

  15. Love your houses - I have a bunch of wooden houses - can I sort of - kind of steal and/or copy some of your ideas. I have had these wooden houses for quite some time.
    Sandy xx

  16. Oh Sara these are just fantastic!! How lucky to pick those actual houses up at a yard sale.... What you did wit them is just fantastic and such a great idea to go over some of Tim's older techniques..... Each one looks stunning, they will make for sch cool Halloween decor pieces, - love this project!! Thanks for adding it t our challenge at A Vintage Journey and Countryview Crafts!

  17. Fabulous project. So much layering, colour and so much for admiring. I love it. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp No Designer Paper Challenge.

  18. Fantastic houses Sara. Thank you for joining in this months challenge at The Artistic Stamper. Debs DT

  19. Loving your houses, what a great project. Many thanks for sharing these with us at The Mirror Crack'd and good luck with the challenge, Angela x

  20. I so love these, they are just fabulous...loving the way you have decorated them,not just for the images,but the textures too...
    Thank you for joining us over at Altered Eclectics...x

  21. Wow these are fabulous. Amazing texture, sparkle and so much fun. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More.


  22. OMGeeeee!!!!!
    These are fabulous hun, really awesome. Wow oh wow I am going to have to check out the original tutorial and will be popping back regularly to read how you created these. Love them, love, love, love!!! So clever xx

  23. Beautiful houses and I love the colours, textures and even the sparkle!! Thanks so much for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner. Julia x

  24. what horribly fun houses Sara! love the shake shingles and the fences - the spooky colors and cats, bats and spider webs! thank you for joining us again in the A Vintage Journey challenge! Julia xx

  25. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils too! Still loving these little beauties! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps & Stencils. Julia x

  26. Wowsers Sara - what a fabulous project! So many wonderful textures, colours and details. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Home Sweet Home challenge. And my apologies for such a late comment - so many broadband problems here in Shetland! Jennie x

  27. Ooh spook You! Great makes thanks for playing along with us at MMW hugs Debs X

  28. What a marvelous way to remake those houses Sara - wow. Just love them. The shingles are my favorite part - just love how you did those. Second fav - the gates/fences! So many wonderful textures and colors and yukky things to see on each of them. And CONGRATULATIONS on so many wins.... just saw that you can add A Vintage Journey - yeah!!!! WELL DESERVED - for sure, for sure. Happy Haunting!!! Hugs. j.

  29. Oh my gosh wow!! These are amazing!! I love, love the houses, Sara!! The colors are gorgeous!! The details are spectacular - the shingles look so awesome!! I just love everything about these!! You did such a fabulous job!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts


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