Monday, January 11, 2016

Twisted Citron with a Twist!

Hello again!  I have another bright project to share with you today!  Yes, it's another casket!  These things can be addicting! This time I used another brand new shopping goodie-- Twisted Citron Distress spray, some clearance aisle ribbon and some new bottles my daughter put in my stocking And I used my new alcohol technique. Love the results; each time unique and always very organic looking. I wanted to use my new things because Emerald Creek Dares has a "New Adventure" challenge--"We Are on Our Way!", and I completely missed with my last coffin, by posting it too early! So this one's for you, girls! As in my previous post, no special lighting or camera filters used--this is the amazing color of  Twisted Citron when paired with gesso! Fire it up!

Again, I was inspired by my Halloween crafty idol and bloggy friend, Nicole Wright with her Haunted Dwellings; in fact her inspiration led me to purchase these colors specifically for these Halloween projects.  I just couldn't wait 'til Halloween to crank them out! I say crank, because there will be more!

Of course, I had to link up to Pamellia's Holiday Hues challenge at Frilly and Funkie, because Halloween is my favorite holiday-- a tie with Christmas, but for completely different reasons. Halloween is fun-filled and crazy, while Christmas is reverent and full of tradition.

To see how I painted my coffin, please see my Halloween in January? post.  For my bottles, I used a variety of techniques, one being new to me. The long tall vial that hangs from the "ceiling" of the coffin is a reject from another project, but I used Tim's Faux Cracked Glass Technique to jazz it up to the next level. I believe I had tried coating the interior with alcohol ink in the past, so there is some blueish tint in there. I smeared some Black Soot paint on the cork and added an eye pin. I hung it with black thread because I wanted the illusion of the bottles floating as if by magic.

For the middle bottle, I tried something new to me.  I gave the exterior and cap a coat of Ranger Glue and Seal and let dry. Then I dabbed on some acrylic paint in River Rock and Distress paint in Vintage Photo and Black Soot; a lovely crusty, dirty hue for the holiday if I do say so myself. Inside I included some cheese cloth sprizted with Hickory Smoke Distress stain spray and some paper I found while taking a walk.  It had been run over numerous times, and I thought it would be perfect for a Halloween project some day! The skulls are a gift from a friend, and I spritzed them with my new Twisted Citron spray and tucked them in. Ghastly!

I think you can see how I made the middle bottle appear to be floating.  I made a little waste packaging shelf for it.  The brown bottle sitting on the "floor"  is also made with the Faux Cracked Glass technique and this time I used paint in Black Soot rather than stain. And I altered the process a teensy bit, so it looks good and thick and crusty. Isn't this the sweetest bottle...I wonder where Lauren got it? I used the Twisted Citron spray once more to color some cheese cloth and tucked it in the bottle for an appearance of gaseous vapor escaping. (???).

For the final detail, I added some of my new clearance ribbon to the lid and finished it off with some piping from my stash.  Doesn't it just make you want to curl up and have a nap???? Oh, that's macabre, I know!  Sorry for that!

This is what my ribbon and unaltered dollar store coffin looked like.  The white trim is what I used on my Wilted Violet coffin.

I would like to enter my casket into the following inspiring challenges:
Emerald Creek Dares We Are on Our Way New Adventure My new Christmas presents, purchases and techniques are listed in bold within my text.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Something New My new items/techniques are listed in bold within my text.
As You Like It Anything Goes My favorite style is Grunge and to alter things, and here's some grunge on my  altered bottles!
Classy Cards n Such Challenge #119 Bright and Cheerful Ok, so a coffin isn't what you would consider "cheerful", but my color sure is!  And it IS bright!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments!  I read each one and appreciate every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Hi Sara! Oh its a fabulous project and the colour is totes amaze!!! Its brilliant and I LOVE your new technique with the alcohol its produced some fantastic effects! The bottle with the skulls inside is my favourite - it looks amazing! Cxxxx

  2. Genious colour tone for your little coffin! It looks veeery poisonous indeed!
    Thank you for sharing your project(s) with us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Claudia x

  3. Oh wow, this is fabulous!! I love the colors - perfect for Halloween!! The techniques you used are just amazing!! I love the faux cracked glass!! The bottle with skulls is spooktacular!! Wow!! You did such an awesome job with this!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Sara...can you stop being so freaking amazing please!? LOL I love this and I'm not even a huge Halloween fan, although between you and Nicole I just might be this year!! The bottles are so cool!! they are creepy and cool at the same time!! So glad you could join us at Emerald Creek Dares! And thank you for the shout out in your post!
    Cathy DT Member at Emerald Creek

  5. Whoo hoo - the wonderful coffin collection continues - fabulous!! Love the bottles and that lining, once again! xxx Lynn

  6. Hmm! Trying to ignore the fact that this is Halloween because you have created such wonderful effects that I almost came out with an ooh! and an aah! (ok...I did!)I love those bottles especially. An amazing transformation - that coffin did need altering! Hugs, Chrisx

  7. wow!!! This is one super cool make Sara! Love the fluorescent green and the creepy vials!!! You know how much I love Halloween and this is feast for my eyes!!!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. I can't believe there's a little bottle of skulls in there, BWAHAHAHAHA!!! I just love this one Sara, I might even love the green more than the purple! WHAT!!! This is so cool, it reminds of a mini goth bar design! Is it wrong of me to want to be 6 inches tall so I can visit this little coffin up close, and maybe pull up a chair and order a green martini with a skull shaped swizzle stick???? HAHA!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Holiday Hues' challenge, you made my day with this one! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  9. Wow! This is certainly a different project and absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT and good luck. Christine DT .

  10. Twisted Citron is the perfect queasy colour for a spooky project, especially paired with black - what a fabulous coffin - so many great details!

    Just wanted to check whether you received the email from A Vintage Journey - sent to "capon" email address...
    Alison xx

    1. Thanks Alison, for the heads up! I e-mailed you!

      I wonder if you can get these Halloween colors in a gallon size???

  11. Have you given any thought into designing caskets???? I mean... I would seriously love to be buried in a huge ORANGE casket... bottles and all. Only could you put a little more sustance in the bottles???!!!!! This is just tooo fun Sara. I soooooooo love the this one - better than the purple one too! The green is super but I really love the bottles - they are so creative and have such unique textures and looks. Just can't get any better than this for a freaky funky casket creation. Wow. HOPING YOU WIN!!!! j.

  12. Yippee for Twisted Citron! This one is my fave so far. So many amazeballs techniques here, and such a small space! How'd you do that? Well actually, I know because I read your post. Haha! Awesome sauce bottles and Lauren sure did give you a wonderous bottle! I would like to know where she got it as well. Loves this design and that fabric on the inside of the lid is killer! Wrap me up and out me inside. Hope your week is going well dearie! Hugz to you muffi! ~Punkin

  13. Totally ghoulish!! Love love love the clearance ribbon- great choice to go with the Citron!! These are absolute fun Sarah! You are rocking the caskets! heehee xoxo

  14. Wow sara gorgeous bright colours used in the coffin, which is chipboard, so that fits our challenge well... 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

  15. All I have to say is WOW! The details and all the creativity are much appreciated. You have inspired me to get my twisted citron out...have not used it yet, but I love how it looks on your project. Thanks for joining us at AYLI Challenge ATG!!

  16. This is so cool, Sara! The bottles are so awesome and the twisted citron colour is amazing but my fave part is the ribbon lined lid of your coffin. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing it with us at Emerald Creek Dares. I always look forward to seeing what you create for our challenges.

  17. Wow great project!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  18. This is really, really creepy and I love it Sara Emily. Whoever thought that you were a sweet and innocent Southern Lady has the WRONG impression. Mark my words, there is stuff brewing in that brain of yours and it is wonderful! Did you by any chance notice that I have a Halloween countdown on my blog?
    Sandy xx

  19. great job! I am glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  20. So cool! The colour really caught my eye in the thumbnail so I had to check it out immediately. You are so amazing.

  21. What fun Sara, love the Twisted Citron casket and the textures on the bottles are spooktacular! Deb xo

  22. Wow Sara! What a fantastic project! Love all the texture and burst of color! So creative and unique!

  23. Talk about 'thinking outside the box' lol!!! Now I'm really surprised that I am typing these words but for some reason this creation makes me smile and I actually like the green!! So well done you!!! Fantastic creativity from head to toe and spookily brilliant! Enjoy your weekend Sara Emily, Nicola x

  24. 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


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