Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Graveyard for Frilly and Funkie - 'Tis Near Halloween!

Welcome friends and visitors! Today the Funkie half of the team at Frilly and Funkie get to unveil their inspiration for our current challenge, 'Tis Near Halloween, chosen by me . It's going to be a photo heavy post, so get comfortable and let's get started!

Here's my challenge:
  It's no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK--just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

I started with this wooden decor piece I picked up for 25 cents at a yard sale this summer and instantly knew it would house a tiny graveyard at Halloween. I gave it a coat of gesso and patted on sand texture paste. I glued on the IOD molded paper clay piece, having shaped it to fit the  curved roof before allowing it to dry. I also glued the skull charm using my go-to adhesive, Ranger Multi Medium Matte. This stuff adheres just about anything. I added some Concrete Stone Effect and crackle paste to the molded piece for texture. The skull was painted with Snow Cap Mixative, and I added Stickles in the eye sockets, just as I did with the owl below.


I slathered on crackle paste randomly on the base and roof edges, even on the ceiling. (Yes, that's the ceiling pictured below.) The structure was colored with Lamp Black Color Burst, except for the columns which I colored with Burnt Umber Color Burst. I only used two Color Bursts, but there is so many colors within  the powders. It's quite unpredictable what you will end up with, but I'm never disappointed. Linda sells these in the shop; I encourage you to see which colors she has in stock.

The surfaces were sealed with Distress collage medium, since the crackle had started chipping. Now you can pick this up and turn it to your heart's content without fear of getting your hands blackened or the crackle coming off. 

I cut my headstones from grey fun foam, cutting five matching pairs. I glued the pairs together to make the headstones more dimensional. I coated them with Prima Concrete Stone Effect paste and let that dry. Next I gave them color with Lamp Black Color Burst and some moss with Peeled Paint Distress Effect powder. I found a pile of skulls in my Halloween decorations and altered it to match the headstones. I took some photos of the graveyard before I added the fence so you could get a better view.

And then as I'm working out the fence.

Fences and gates were cut from Kraft Metallic using Tim's Village Graveyard Thinlits and given texture and color with Distress Grit paste and  Prima paints and pastes. I chose the Kraft metallic because of the way it holds it's shape when you bend it. I can even swing the gate open and closed.

Ghosts from the same set were cut from vellum. I left them unattached so they could move around as ghosts apparently do. For the record, while I.Love.Halloween, it's not about the gore and ghosts that tickles me, but the grunginess and decay and beautiful colors of everything at this time of year.  Skeletons and bones are pretty cool, too, but that goes to my background in anatomy.

To decorate the base, I adhered two more IOD molded pieces, shaping them while the paper clay was still wet, and adhered them over the crackled background. They were finished the same way as the skull plaque above.

The Stars Adornments were inspired by Kathy's Halloween Night Tag. I love the way she glittered her stars, and I pretty much did what she did except I used Gold crackle paste in place of her silver. I centered a star between each two columns.

In addition to the skull charm above, I used this beautiful owl charm and creepy spider charm Linda sells in her shop. These were colored with Teakwood and Pitch Black alcohol ink respectively. All of the Filigree Metals and Charms in the shop are an ADDITIONAL 15% off until October 26, so now is a good time to stock up!

The two Movers and Shapers bats get their texture from Impasto Pitch Black paint, laid on thick and then blasted with the heat gun to make it bubble and wrinkle. I highlighted the texture with some wax paste.

Oh, how I wish I were 4 inches tall, so I could peer over those rusted fences or take a stroll over that cobbled path. During the daylight, maybe...

...but not at dusk!

I hope you are inspired to get out your Halloween goodies or your orange, black and purple colors and get crafty! Before you do,  I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie to see what the rest of my Frilly and Funkie teammates made to inspire you.

Then it's over to YOU!  Create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, October 24th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what YOU make!

I'm sharing with these fine challenges:
Inspired by colors, Halloween theme, spider, ghostie and building.

Thank you for stopping by today!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Here are the links to products I've used on this project, all available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Spooktacular, love your brilliant idea with all the amazing details, one of my favourites from your Halloween projects! Hugs Kerstin xx

  2. Holy Halloween, Bat Girl! This is spooktacular! Your attention to detail and your ability to create them in a miniature format like this leaves me absolutely gobsmacked. The textures (all that spooky crackle) and patina you achieved is truly remarkable. And the little hidden details...I could look at this for ages and always find something new. Looks like you found your Mojo after all! Loving this frightfully fabulous creation, Sara! xo

  3. What an amazing project with so much detail!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

  4. Oh my goodness! This is a work of ART! I could sit here and look at picture after picture and still not see all the details you added to it. Simply AMAZING! Thank you so much for joining in our mood board challenge at Victorine Originals.

  5. WOW, what a transformation from whimsical to perfectly goulish. Love all the texture and the additional elements.

  6. Wow, what an intricately designed project! Awesome!

  7. Jaw-droppingly magnificent Sara Emily!!!!! I am so grateful for all the close up photos to allow us all to drool over the level of detail and intricacy you've gone to with the tiniest of details and textures xx

  8. Oh my word - magnificent, Sara Emily! Brilliant photography letting us see every fabulous detail... the crackle (oh, the crackle!), and those amazing mossy gravestones and the little pile of skulls - a truly spooktacular makeover for that little bandstand.
    Alison x

  9. Oh my!! What wonderful spooky fun this is! I love all the details you put into the graveyard! It looks totally awesome! What a great garage sale find and you turned it into a Halloween Treasure!! Love it!!

  10. That is so amazingly cool! I can't believe you made that - I am in awe! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for joining in on our Halloween mood board at Victorine Originals! ~ DT Jamie

  11. Oh my good golly, this is spectacular!! Wow!! I can't believe the transformation!! Your details are so beyond perfect!! I just don't have words!! Every single thing is amazing!! I find something new to love in each picture!! Wow!! Absolutely incredibly fantabulous, my friend!! I love, love it so much!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Oh my goodness, what's not to love about this creation Sara, it is absolutely incredible, I just love every single little detail - the crackle, the skulls, the rusty fence - everything! Clever, amazing, wonderful!! Hugs, Anne xx

  13. This is a Halloween masterpiece!!!
    Sorry that I am MIA issues.
    Take care my friend!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  14. Wowzers! That is incredible! I wish I was tiny enough to wander through this spooky and scary little gazebo of terror! Love everything about this!

  15. Ok. Very AWESOME!!! I love altered art and this is amazing!!! Im always looking for those who think outside the box and use their creativity in different ways. You've dont that wonderfully. I love it!! Thank you for joining us over at Victorine Originals for our Halloween Mood Board Challenge. I hope you will come back and join us again.
    Amy-Sum More Fun DT.

  16. WOW! This is sooo FLIPPIN' COOL! LOVE, LOVE how you repurposed that yard sale find! It looks so cool with tons of amazing details! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Victorine Originals! Have a fabulous Day! :)

    Theresa (Victorine Originals DT)
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  17. What an amazing transformation! For sure Halloween inspires you in such a creative way! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media.

  18. Hahaha!!! Your peaceful garden pagoda turned into a haunted place where spooky things can happen!!! I feel the ghosts and the eery atmosphere!!! I love every tiny details!!! Thank you for joining the October challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

  19. My... so many details to admire! I love the rusty gates (Distress grit paste, never knew about this, must investigate...) and the moss, skulls, vellum ghosts and all the texture work you added to completely transform that wooden object. Absolutely fabulous Sara, in a spooky way of course! Thanks for showing us this incredible make at Country View Challenges.

  20. What a fantastic transformation! So many textures and details! Thank you for joining us at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media October Challenge. Good luck! Denyse x (DT)

  21. This is the most bad add thing I've seen this Halloween so far! You made me feel 3" tall from the view of your amazing photos! I seriously do not know how creative minds like yours work to think up all these ideas! I mean, their are products, and their are the designers, then there are the "MAKERS" who take things to levels that I am sure they never could have imagined like you did!

    1. What a fabulous compliment! You made my day, Kate!

  22. Great project for the theme over at Crafty Cardmakers. Thanks for joining in and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

  23. Wowsers!!! This is jawdropping awesomeness Sara!! The colours and textures are just fantastic .. I loooveee what you have created! What a stunning transformation and your photography is brilliant too!! An absolute masterpiece!! So pleased you are playing along with us at Crafty Cardmakers. Have a fabulous day! hugs xx

  24. Wow! Great take on the mood board over at SumMore Fun(Victorine Originals) Challenge Blog. Thanks for playing along.

  25. Wow! The detail and love gone into this is incredible. I'm not a fan of halloween but really appreciate this piece. Thank you for joining us over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog. Hope to see you again soon,
    Lynda x

  26. Well here I am again Sara, so far behind! If I fall any further behind, I'll be able to see my own butt!! lol. This project completely floored me when I opened the post! There's just no way for me to even comment on every detail that makes me say ooh and aah, I would be here for a week!! The creativity that you have displayed here is matched only by your incredible attention to detail! I think this may be one of my all time favourite 3D projects of yours (beat out only by the house you built for my sweet little Dianna).

    From the bats flying overhead to the mossy stonework on the base, every inch of this has been put together will TLC and amazing skills! The ghosts, the gate, the tombs, the pebbles... it's a never-ending trail of elements that bring an eerie but magical feel to the project!! Bravo, well done, I bow down to the master!!! hugs :)

  27. Absolutely amazing I do hope you keep entering our challenges so I can see more.. Thank you for joining in at Victorine Originals Challenge Blog ~ DT MaryAnn

  28. What an awesome project! i love all your details, so creative and fun! Thanks for joining us at Victorine Originals ~DT Heather

  29. Oh my - what a transormation Sara - this is absolutely brilliant! I love it! Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges this month and good luck. Hugs rachel xx

  30. this is a gorgeous project love all the detail
    thanks for joining us at HLS
    Barb Housner (DT)

  31. Wow! great and scary! Magnificent project! Thank you for joining us at MMP challenge

  32. WOW this is simply amazing to look at ..each inch of your project is simply fabulous
    Dr Sonia

  33. Wauw a fantastiv halloween creation! Realy amazing how you created this. Marlies

  34. Wow! Amazing and cool work!
    Thank you for joining as at Mixed Media Place!

  35. Great details! I love how you altered your yard sale find! Thank you for sharing your piece with us at Mixed Media World.

  36. WOW! what an amazing Halloween project, so much detail. Thank you for playing along with the HLS Mixed Media Challenge xx


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