Saturday, January 9, 2016

Halloween in January?

Hello crafty friends! I know I'm a little off season, but Halloween is my second favorite holiday, and the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie is Holiday Hues.  Pamellia wants to see our favorite colors for our favorite holidays.  I've already covered Christmas with my favorite grungy browns and greys and blue and silver, so I wanted to give equal time to Halloween.  It really is my "other" favorite holiday, but for much different reasons than Christmas.  Christmas is a very important day to me because it is the day Christ was born, but Halloween is a season of fun and silliness to me. I just opened my brand new Wilted Violet Distress paint and spray, and got to work on this casket. UPDATE: I was inspired by Nicole Wright's Haunted Dwellings, and purchased this color JUST because of her pretty little neighborhood! SECOND UPDATE!: No black light was used to photograph these; this is the natural color of the Wilted Violet; isn't it great!

This started out as a cute little chipboard coffin I got from the dollar store in October.  I bought them out.  I don't go for cute, but I won't let that stop me.  A little gesso, some Distress paint in my favorite Halloween color  and some trim is all it took to transform this from cute to well...I really don't know how to describe this.  It was just plain fun to make.  I hope it fits the vintage theme at Frlly and Funkie! I tried to make it look like it's been around for awhile with the spider droppings on the side (splattered DecoArt Titanium white).

 I dyed the white fluffy trim with Wilted Violet Distress spray and paint, Dylusions  spray, Crushed Grape and Perfect Pearl mist. Isn't it just to die for??? The exterior of the coffin is painted with black gesso and white gesso on the edges and in a few random spots. The white gesso was painted over with Wilted Violet paint.  The interior is painted with white gesso and again, the Wilted Violet paint.  While the paint was wet, I splashed with some alcohol--a technique I learned from my hair stylist. Thank you, Brandon! I really love the way it turns out with the purple. The black trim is from my stash.

 I would like to enter my casket into the following inspiring challenges:
Frilly and Funkie Holiday Hues
Emerald Creek Dares We Are On Our Way New Adventure New Wilted Violet paint, new painting technique. new coffins (bought in Oct., but not yet used!)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Something New New color Distress paint and spray for me!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Something New New Distress paint and spray color!
Crafty Enjoyments Challenge # 3 Clean and Simple This is about as CAS as I've gotten in a long time!
Mod Squad Ombre Technique I used the ombre technique on the lid lining.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your amazing and inspiring comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Nooo! err....yeeeees!What? When I saw your first photo (I now know your secret to great photos too!) I wondered whether to prepare to be scared but. .oh no! There are so many beautiful details in your coffin Sarah -I love it! never thought I'd say that did you -ha!ha! neither did I! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Chrisx

  2. Wow Sara, this is just fantastic!! LOVE the colours, so wonderfully vibrant with the perfect amount of eerie!! OK, so did you use a black light to take these shots, because man oh man, the whites are just exploding off the page!! The ruffles inside the lid are brilliant, just love that detail!! I also love that you went for Halloween as your Holiday, what a refreshing post and an amazing creation my friend!!

    DT hat on now...Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Holiday Hues' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    1. No black light, just the usual Ott and incandescent lights on my desk. That's the beauty of the Wilted Violet over gesso! Love it!

  3. I love all the little details on tis fantastic project. Thanks for joining the fun at Creative Artistes Challenge this month.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member

  4. Loving the purple casket Sara, great effect with the alcohol spatter on the paint! Deb xo

  5. Oh wow, this is amazing!! The Wilted Violet looks so gorgeous!! I love how you added the ruffle trim!! The alcohol splatter adds such amazing visual interest!! This is a little bit spooky and a whole lot of fabulous!! Love it!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Wow - I want a real one like this in ORANGE!!!! This is so great Sara. Prettiest coffin I ever saw!!! Love that purple.... so vivid and bright and eye popping. Creativity at it's best - for sure! j.

  7. Another fantastic make! You've nailed the inside (pardon the expression regarding a coffin!), with that Wilted Violet - absolutely perfect!! Great effect of mixing the alcohol splatter with the paint.... wow! xxx Lynn

  8. Oh my gosh, Sara! How FUN is THIS!!! I am loving your beautifully eerie casket and the transformation from cute to totally COOL! I can see why you love the wilted biolet color. It was perfect for your casket. You are amazing!

  9. Seriously?!? This is awesome sauce and it does look like how a woods lamp would make it look! Haha! Now I want to try it, I do have the Wilted Violet color. Mwahahaha! That ruffle lining is genius dearie! I love when you do Halloween! Everything about this design is so fun and exciting! Wowzers! I am going in the art studio tomorrow for some me time. Looks like you have been having fun in the closet! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  10. Bwaaahaaaahaaaaaa!!
    Just as you said, the purple is to dye for! hahaaaa
    You are too much girlfriend! This is just gorgeous!! I love love love that you took that cutsie coffin and made it totally fabulous!! If I were to be buried, I would want mine to look like this! (ugh, was that too sick a comment?)
    Love it! hugs xo

  11. Oh, Sara, I've never seen anything like this before! I love evrything about your marvelous coffin and that purple is fantastic! Noone can do Halloween projects like you do! Awesome, my friend!
    Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

  12. Oh wow I just love this, the colour is divine and the I adore the lining in the lid, love the effects you have achieved all over so much better than the original colour that's what I call altered.... Fabulous Sara

  13. Absolutely amazing Sara! How dramatic that Wilted Violet is and I love how you got the splatterings on the paint! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  14. This project is awesome! You picked the colours perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing your project with all of us at challenge #3.

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  15. Love this purple!! Amazing project as always...should this be in the Emerald Creek Cares Challenge?! I think yes!! :)

  16. Wow, oh wow, this is amazing! Love every aspect of this project and love that Halloween is your other favorite holiday! Thanks so much for playing in our Ombre Technique challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge Blog!
    Leslie, Mod Squad Challenge Co-Host
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  17. Halloween in January! How brilliant is that? I just HAD to swing by and tell you how much I enjoyed your project and your post. I, too, am a Halloween fan and it was a treat (not a trick--- ha, ha) to see some ghouly-goodness during this time of the year. And those shades of purple are gorgeous! The textures and techniques you used were amazing and I daresay this is the loveliest coffin I've ever seen! Thank you so much for sharing something so fabulously original with us for our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  18. Fabulous artwork on your coffin.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  19. I wondered if you'd be making a return to Halloween with your favourite Holiday Hues - a brilliant double whammy of kookily coloured coffins!
    Alison xx

  20. Gorgeous rich colours used on your chipboard coffin works a treat Sara... Thanks for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Blog... Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon...

    Rhonda Alman xx

  21. WOW Sara I wasn't expecting this in January:))) Great colours, very nicely done and the photos... Well done!!!!
    Thank you for entering our challenge at CraftyEnjoyments.
    Monika DT

  22. Wowie! Love! Love! Love! The colours are great! The interior with the alcohol splatter technique is stunning and the ribbon is gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Emerald Creek Dares. {julia}

  23. that looks fantastic, I love all the work you have put in
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    Creative Artisite Mix Media blog
    Debbie DT

  24. Hello Sarah, Wow what a stunning project, the purple looks amazing, love the trim. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste.

    Jade GDT


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