Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Coffins For Sale: Frilly and Funkie On the Cutting Edge

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie girls to reveal their inspiration for our latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie Hosted by the  mega talented Suzz. She has chosen the theme 'On the Cutting Edge'.

This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut, machine cut or punched image. Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a cut out.

Are you ready for fall? I am ready for the cooler days ahead, and I'm preparing for some Halloween fun! Here is a selection of coffins I've prepared using lots of die cuts.

Let's take a tour of the coffin selection room. Our Funeral Director, Gus, will guide you as you make your selection. He'll show you all the fine exterior finishes and then pop open the lids to take a look at the interiors. All coffins were made using Tim Holtz Coffin Box die, and I used other Tim Holtz dies to make the embellishments and to add some texture.

Are you shopping for a modestly priced stone coffin?  Although the exterior finish is quite rugged and pitted on this stone model, the interior sports the finest black velvet. (Black gesso, Prima Stone Effect paste in concrete, Small Tattered Florals Thinlits die)

Our beautiful hardwood coffin is made from the finest oak and sanded to a smooth, silky low sheen finish. It also sports a hand stitched trim on the lid. For just a few more dollars, we'll customize it with a portrait of your loved one. Oops, looks like this one's been used ! (Distress Woodgrain Cardstock, Antique Linen Distress paint, Wilted Violet and Weathered Wood stains and Walnut Stain crayon. Label: Labels Thinlits, Materialize paper stash. Trim: Stitched Rectangles die, Distress Crazing and Walnut Stain crayon. Interior: Distress Wilted Violet stain and Walnut Stain Oxide, Archival ink, Tim Holtz Halloween 4 stamp)

Looking for a steampunk coffin? Gus has got you covered! The exterior boasts a beautiful patina on this detailed copper version. Inside is left un-adorned for your choice of lining. (Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits die, Prima Brown Rust Paste, Patina Effect Brass and Mint Green pastes, Prima Metallique Light Patina and Steampunk Copper, Distress Grit Paste,  Arto copper wax, Idealogy Ball Chain and Game Spinners)

I think this is Gus' favorite!

Our black granite coffin is our premium model. It's elegant carving is exposed by the rich patina. Inside is softly lined with rich red velvet for your comfort. (Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 , Tiny Tattered Florals , Holiday Greens Mini Thinlits dies, DecoArt Patina Green Antiquing cream, Wilted Violet paint, Sparks Raven's Eye)

The Inside Scoop:  Since this is such a long post, I am just focusing on one technique. I cut paper with Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 Thinlits die, leaving the negatives pieces in the die. I set aside the actual die cut. I applied collage medium to the lid of the coffin. I placed the coffin lid over the 'filled' die and flipped it over. I carefully poked the bits out onto the glued surface with my pokey tool. I removed the die and applied another coat of collage medium over the lid. When dry, I trimmed the edges.

I made a second cut on the first die cut paper panel to extend the pattern large enough to cover the coffin base. I applied collage medium to the coffin box base, and flipped this over onto the die cut panel. I burnished this,so the die cut adhered. I gave it another coat of collage medium over the die cut, allowed to dry, and trimmed as I did with the lid.

The lid and base panels were given a coat of black gesso, top and bottom. I die cut a sticky backed red velvet panel for the base lining. The protective backing was removed, and I easily applied it to the already cut and decorated base die cut. Both lid and base were assembled and adhered. I use Glossy Accents for this type of detailed gluing. It's clear and sticks quick!

Finally, I applied DecoArt Patina Green Antiquing Cream to the exterior panels, allowed to dry and wiped with a damp cloth.

The red and black velvet panels (lining coffins) were just a few of the lovely gifts from my good friend Jackie Neal Creating Without Crayons. Thank you, again, Jackie! Good stuff! I bet you were wondering what I'd do with these panels!

Gus is so pleased you stopped by his showroom today.  Those in need of an UNDERTAKER will find it to their advantage to give him a call before applying elsewhere. And I want to thank you for hanging in there through this long post. If you like these, please stop back next Thursday when Gus will have a few more coffins in his showroom. Finally, I hope I haven't offended anyone with the content of my post today; it's all in good fun!

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Mixed Media and Art August challenge Inspired by the stone columns, the texture and the overall creepy mood.

Dies R Us - Challenge #79 - Anything Goes Using Dies
Happy Little Stampers- HLS August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Creative Artiste's Challenge 29 "Anything Mixed Media Goes"
Deep Ocean Challenge-Challenge #162: "Fave Color Combo" Very difficult to pick out a favorite color combination, but for Halloween I love rich patina's, neutrals and black and purple.
Paperminutes # 500 !!!! Jubilee Challenge - "Everything goes"
Die Cut Divas- Anything Goes I used 8 different die cuts.

 If you have time, please stop by the blog to see all the amazing inspiration using die cuts by my Frilly and Funkie teammates! Then I hope your join our challenge--you could be the random winner of a generous $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique or be chosen as one of the team's four favorites! The challenge is open until August 29th, and Prima paints are discounted at The Funkie Junkie Boutique an additional 15% off Linda's already discounted prices until August 31!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Here are the links to the products I used which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Oh how TYPICALLY Sara-Style! I can just see you giggling and laughing and thoroughly enjoying yourself in creating your mini coffins. As soon as the first photo popped up, I started laughing - so typically SARA! Loving your textures, your flowers, our vintage portrait, the gears and more! The colors and "flavor" of each casket brings out the uniqueness of your fun-loving personality. Fantastic project! hugs, de

  2. Well, what can I say! The dearly departed are truly spoiled for choice here Sara Emily! Each one is so unique and beautifully created from Victorian mourning to steampunk! LOVE that woodgrain one in particular xx

  3. Wow, these are definitely unique and beautiful! So much card and detail in each one - love them! Thanks for linking them up to HLS ATG w/ Dies August Challenge!

  4. Wow- had to come take a peak after your lovely comment and I am loving the techniques and different looks you used on your unique coffins. Thanks for visiting my blog and be sure to check out the Grand Opening video on my YouTube channel to find out how to earn chances at a fantastic grand prize full of dies and stamps.

  5. Tremendously fun and fabulous creations!!! Thanks for linking up and playing with us at Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.

  6. OMG! These are amazing!!! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything using Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  7. That last one makes me want to run home (sick) to play. LOL! I love that you used the cast off to create texture, similar to an embossing folder. The colors and depth you achieved on these amazes me! What fun to just play! Hugs, Autumn

  8. Oh my friend, I don't know what I love more - these coffins or the coffin-selling talent of the fabulous Gus (ie you)!! Ha!! I laughed through this post!! I love how you marketed each coffin!! Truly, if I were to pick one out, I don't know which I'd choose!! They are all amazing!! I love the techniques you used on each one!! Simply spectacular Sara Emily!! I'm not ready for summer to be over but you have me looking forward to Halloween!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Brilliant coffins Sara - your little skelebob is really spoilt for choice there! Great techniques - I love them! Big hugs rachel x

  10. Sara Emily, you are truly in your element when it comes to Halloween crafting! LOVE these coffins with their amazing finishes!!! Great job on all and thank you for sharing your tutorial for the last coffin. Such a fun touch having Gus guide us through all of the features! As I said, love them all but my fave is the "modestly priced" stone cameo coffin. Just brilliant!! Hugs :-)

  11. I never thought I would say this about coffins but they are an absolute delight! Gus is brilliant and did a wonderful job on selling all the coffins - I love each and every one but if I had to choose I think I would go for the steampunk one, it has such a wonderful patina. You did a brilliant job on all of them Sara! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. My goodness we are so spoiled for choice with all of these delightful coffins!! A wonderful selection here and Gus did a fabulous job with the sales pitch!! LOL!! Love each and every one of these Sara and could not pick a fave. Brilliant creating and totally brilliant post!!! Have a wonderful day! xx

  13. You and Gus have done a great job laying out those brilliant coffins all lined up ready for some fabulous Halloween decorations. They are all beautifully designed and made. Great post Sara Emily xxx

  14. Merciful heavens! You "nailed" it! hahahah....I nearly spewed my tea when I saw Gus in the coffin. Such a cleverly written post, SE! And the coffins are...dare I say....beautiful. So creative, and the techniques are fabulous!

  15. Gus certainly has something for everyone - what a brilliant post full of Halloween inspiration! Your coffins are fabulous... you probably don't need me to tell you that the woodgrain one is my favourite, but there's oodles to enjoy here - bravo!
    Alison x

  16. Haahaaaahaaaa You are too funny writing the post up this way! That Gus is a stitch- a real bag o bones!!!
    I love each of them creepy and cool! LOL

  17. Thanks for the visit in your coffin shop: an amazing visit for sure! My favourite is probably the oak made one (well, I'm terribly classic!) unless the first one... so intriguing... Congratulations to Gus. And thanks so much for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed media Challenge!

  18. Hysterical. I am so glad to see someone use this die in such a fun, clever way. Thank you for introducing us to Gus.

  19. Love your coffin ideas. Lots of rich textures and details. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again son. Judy DT

  20. These are fantabulous! Spookily beautiful! I love how you added such beautiful patina, texture and color to each one!

  21. OMG, they are amazing!!! I love every stunning coffin with it's details. What fantastic artworks! Thanks for showing it for the 500. Paperminutes-Challenge.

  22. You hit the nail on the head on this one! No pun intended. Years and years ago when my father-in-law died, we had to go pick out a coffin. The funeral people started us in the most expensive area and then we went down to the least expensive of all - a plain pine box. What a racket. They get cha when you are hurting for sure - both in your heart and in your pocket book!!
    One year for my birthday, Redanne sent me a TH coffin she decorated and used all sorts of goodies on and around the coffin. Inside the coffin, she place a folded birthday card in the shape of the coffin. I only wish I could make something as fabulous for her.

    Love your coffins Sara Emily!!!
    Sandy xx

  23. Gus did such a fine job of showcasing such lovely and wicked coffins! His glee about the steampunk one is very obvious and hilarious! Two thumbs up for Gus! Your coffins and beautiful and elegantly dark and full of surprises. I would purchase the black granite one for me and the steampunk one for my DH. I had to show him this post! Loves it and everything in it. Fantabulous and hot diggity dang, wowzers details and your die cuts are gorgeous. I just purchased the TH MM#2 Die and used it as well. Great minds think alike! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  24. Yey for Gus....Amazing tour of your little pieces of 'works of art'. So much detail, fabulous techniques and your attention to detail is outstanding. Fun and fabulous...Thank you for this wonderful post x

  25. Hee-hee, adore all of your wonderful little coffins Sara, Gus offers quite the selection for all of your funeral needs! Thanks so much for sharing them, Deb xo

  26. What a brilliant post Sara Emily, and it's so nice to see someone as happy in their job as Gus is! I love your coffins (never thought I'd type that) but I don't think I want to choose one just yet! Have a fun week, Sue xx

  27. WOW, you went all out. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  28. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Die Cut Divas Challenge this time and good luck :)

  29. Hello Sara Emily! I'm so excited to have a few minutes to spend on your blog today, I just knew you would have a few spooky projects with Halloween right around the corner! These are just amazing, what a creative mind you have! I just love all of the different techniques you used to create these effects! Patina, wood grain, granite, stone, wow!! I enjoyed Gus's tour and your behind the scenes look at how they were made! The red velvet interior was a great detail and I love the stamped skeleton too! Wonderful work!! Off I go to see some more of your sweet little coffin projects! hugs :)

  30. Wonderful project! Thanks for joining us at MM&A!

  31. It's very interesting. Thank you for playing with Mixed Media & Art!

  32. Wow wow wow what talent thank you very much for your participation in the challenge of MMA

  33. Красиво и зловеще. Спасибо, что творите с ММА


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