Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bone Collector for Frilly and Funkie Haunted Halloween Challenge and Giveaway Winner Announcement

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Welcome friends! Today I'm sharing my altered frame as one of the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team for our current challenge,  Haunted Halloween. Jenny is hosting this challenge, and here's what she says:

 It's time to get your freak on and go all out for Halloween. We want to see your ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. It's going to be spooktacular!!!

I hope you'll stop over to the blog and see what my talented Frilly and Funkie teammates have cooked up to inspire you. Hopefully you'll be tempted to play along! As always, the Design Team will choose their top four favorites, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

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I really had some fun, going all out with some of Tim Holtz' newest Halloween products. I charred a wood frame from my stash with Prima's Impasto paint in Pitch Black. I scuffed it with a sanding block to remove some of the paint and sealed with Distress Collage medium matte along edges and under eaves. I heat embossed randomly with Rocky Road Baked Texture and sanded to take off the shine.  I thought it needed a little more texture, so I got out my hoarded Black Soot Crackle Paint (sadly no longer available).

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 I cut strips of Halloween Paper Stash for the sides of the house and embossed with Lumber 3D Texture Fade. These were adhered and coated with Collage medium and smeared with Black Soot crayon. Tangled Twigs were cut from kraft card. These were painted with black crackle paint and Ground Espresso ink and wrapped around the edges. I love this die, and it's useful for not only for Halloween and Fall projects, but you can see how I've used it for a Winter/Christmas card HERE.

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Around back, you'll see some eerie bare trees. I used more of the paper from the new Halloween stash, traced the outline of the frame and cut the shape. Using my stamp platform, I inked the branch from Mr Bones in Black Soot ink and heat embossed with a mixture of one of my old brown embossing powders and Rocky Road. Using my stamp platform, I was able to bend the branches a little on the second tree. I also got a good impression, stamping each tree three times. I smooshed Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink onto my mat and spritzed with water 'til it beaded up and pressed my paper onto the beads of color. While wet, I sprinkled on more Rocky Road powder and heated until just melted.  I dipped the paper into a puddle of Ground Espresso oxide and adhered the panel to the back of the frame. I gave the entire back a coat of collage medium and when dry, smeared Black Soot crayon around the edges. Lastly,  I applied black crackle paint randomly on the edges.

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 The roof is shingled with Tim's Planks die cuts. They were colored with Ground Espresso and Antique Linen Distress stains and Weathered Wood ink and smeared with Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly. I highlighted the cracks with Black Soot crayon and adhered with collage medium.
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I cut Distress Mixed Media Heavy stock to fit in the eaves and heat embossed one of Tim Holtz Tangled Webs. I blended with  Hickory Smoke, Black Soot and Ground Espresso ink and splattered with Hickory Smoke oxide. I stamped and embossed the cobwebs two more times on scraps and colored them in the same way. I fussy cut them and layered them in the eaves using foam scraps to give the scene dimension.

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For the bottom room 'wallpaper', I cut Heavy Stock to size and colored with Antique Linen oxide and Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot ink. I inked the Ornate stamp from Ornate and Lace set with Hickory Smoke oxide and misted with water before stamping. Splashed with a little water and heat dried.

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My Halloween and original Paper Dolls were scuffed and colored with Antique Linen and Ground Espresso oxide and edged with Black Soot crayon.  I cut out the female hands with a craft knife to place the Ideaology Boneyard bones. The  little boy had a bilateral below the knee amputation so he could sit comfortably in the confines of the attic. His sister, scared stiff, thinks she might be the next victim of the evil two below if she doesn't do a little bone collecting of her own.

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The  copper toned Ideaology Halloween Word Key was colored with alcohol inks and tucked in with a shred of Mummy Cloth. I was really skeptical about these strips of creepy cloth, thinking I could achieve the same effect with cheesecloth, but this stuff is really so much stiffer and easier to work with. I think it provides a better look and dyes perfectly every time. Not to mention, there is a generous supply within the pack.

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The plastic spider ring is colored with alcohol inks, Snow Cap and Mushroom. The smaller bones and Ideaology Skulls were colored with Black Soot crayon. One of the Ruler Pieces was colored with Vintage Photo Distress stain, given a coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and cracks highlighted with crayon.

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 Three Halloween Clippings Stickers and a Halloween Word Band tell the story. A faux bone from my stash is a great place for a Bone Collector to sit.

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I crackled an amber bottle with clear and black crackle paint and highlighted with Antique Linen and Black Soot crayon. The broom is from my stash and colored with alcohol inks and Distress Spray stain in black. My broom doesn't have the detail that Tim's Ideaology brooms do, but I had to use these up.

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Whew! You made it through to the end! I hope you enjoyed my fun and just a bit creepy Halloween frame, and that you are inspired to play along with Frilly and Funkie's Haunted Halloween challenge. The random winner of the Tim Holtz Halloween Remnant Rubs is Kate Yetter--congratulations! I will be in touch with you by e-mail to get your snail-mail info.

Happy Crafting!
Sara Emily

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Wow! so many absolutely wonderful details Sara! It really is a stunning project x

  2. You have absolutely blown me away with this spooktacular creation. That roof is amazing, and every detail is mastered to create such an incredible spooky scene! Always love seeing your work, sorry I’ve missed a bunch of posts lately, life is...well, life! Definitely will be catching up on your blog. awesome post! xxxx

  3. Oh my goodness, Sara Emily! What a fabulously spooky project! You always have the most incredible details on what you make. I am in awe!

  4. Sara, this is a fabulous creation, spooky and deliciously creepy, I love everything about it (with the possible exception of the spider). The cobwebs look amazing. Love this! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Oh my gosh, spectacular...I mean spooktacular!! Wow, Sara Emily, this is amazing!! Your details are so perfect!! I love the touch of adding the crackle to the roof shingles!! The cobwebs look fabulous!! I love, love this!! So perfect for Halloween!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Great googly moogly! This is Spooktacular! That charred wood finish is amazing all on its own, but you just kept adding layer after layer of awesomeness as you developed this story! Wow, Sara Emily!

  7. Yikes! Creepy, spooky, icky! Yet beautiful, amazing and fabulous! How can that be? Only in Sara’s Closet can something like this be created. Really fantastic, Sara!

  8. So very creative, wicked and scary! Tell me, do you have children hidden in your attic!!!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

  9. So many fabulous details! Those webs add a nice lacy appearance and of course those paper dolls! Love this!!

  10. Oh my Sara, Sara, Sara Emily this is absolutely breathtaking!!! I am in total awe of this gorgeous artwork! So, so inspiring <3 <3 <3

  11. What a spooky scene you created! ...and bone collector? Hmm yeah, scarry!!! Ilove this and all the techniques you used!

  12. WOW! This is amazing and awesome! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything FALL’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

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

  13. Very creative and super FUN!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R Us!
    Diane DRU DT {Nellies Nest}

  14. Holy creepy cool Sara!This is definitely one of the coolest and creepiest I have seen yet this year! Bwaaaaaa haaahaaaa

  15. WOW!! What a cool project! It is beyond spook-tacular!!! Your creations are always over the top! Great job on inspiring!
    Have a great day my friend~
    Sherrie K

  16. Also, thanks so much for joining us in the 100th challenge over at Scrapy Land!!
    Sherrie K

  17. What a wonderful project. Thanks for all the pictures to show the details and for sharing it with us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We hope you join us in future challenges.


  18. This is fantastic! I love your house with all the fabulous details like that awesome roof! I am not visiting any time soon as the house and the members are spooky and perfect for Halloween!

  19. Incredible project! Such awesome texture and detail! I particularly like the bones in the hands..spookilicious!!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create! Jane (DT) xxx

  20. A super spooky project Sara, a great alternative haunted house. Fabulous textures, crackles and wood effects. The brilliant creepy details and your highly entertaining storytelling just add to the awesomeness of this amazing project.
    Thank you for joining in with our October challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  21. Oh my goodness this is fabulous Sara Emily!!!!!! There is just SO much to LOVE including those clever cobwebs, the use of twigs all around, the gorgeous bespoke wallpaper and that incredible tiling on the roof!!! Absolutely in love with it all xx

  22. Incredible project. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  23. Totally fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Scrapy Land. Hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry x

  24. Another fantastic Halloween creation! An awesome scene with so many details to watch, and we're caught in the story! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge!

  25. Wow what a fab Halloween creation Sara, I love the textures and details. The eerie trees are brilliant. Thanks so much for joining in with our Plant'astic challenge over at Country View xx

  26. Bravissimo! From the planked wood strips on the back to the cheesecloth webs and cobwebs in the attic, this is a work of wonder. I love the eerie tree branches clambering up the outside, and your strange family of characters so at home in their haunted shadowbox house. Another Halloween treat!
    Alison x


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