Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Halloween Treat Bags for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog

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Hello, and welcome! It's time for our latest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog, and this time our hostess is the talented Maggi. She calls her challenge Treats Not Tricks!, and here's how she describes it:

 Choose a theme and make something that will hold a treat for someone.  It could be a Halloween treat bag, a Valentine's candy box, a birthday card for a special person that holds a treat (could be a gift card "treat" or a bite of chocolate), anything that can hold a treat.  So, for this challenge, choose a theme and make a vintage or shabby chic treat project to treat your someone special!

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

This is my first time using my Treat Bag Thinlits die set by Tim Holtz, and I got a little carried away making little gift bags for those special little goblins that come around on October 31.  Because we decorate our home and yard, and Elvis performs on stage in front of his house down the street, we tend to draw families from all over town. I made these special bags just for our neighborhood kiddos and tucked in a little toy along with their candy treat.

Since this is such a photo heavy post, I'll keep the 'talking' to a minimum. A complete list of products follows the post, but if you have specific questions, leave them in the comments below, and I will respond as soon as possible.

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The first is cut from Idea-ology Halloween Collage Paper adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte to white card. Halloween Ephemera. (I used past year's, but I've linked to the new pack.) and the new Remnant Rubs add a little detail.

For the following four treat bags, I die cut old Halloween Paper Stashes by Tim Holtz and spritzed with Distress Oxide Sprays. I love how the dries into so many different colors.

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This die set includes a full alphabet plus some along with the bag die--a wonderful crafty bargain in my opinion! Using the included letter dies, I cut Halloween greetings into the back of a couple bags, and spelled out Poison into the ephemera stapled onto the bag pictured above.

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The next one was super easy to embellish; I had the Crackled Stacked Baroque piece left from my play with Tim's versatile Crackle 3D Texture Fade. If you want to see more ideas for using this embossing folder, you can hop over HERE. All of the bats were in the thank you gift bag Linda puts in every order from her shop. The three larger die cut bats are Bat Crazy Thinlits.

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The new Mummy Cloth is fabulous! It colors up to the perfect creepy shade with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Spray. I used this for Mr. Skelly's withered hair, on the Baroque frame and to stuff that same treat bag (pictured further down). I dyed some other colors to use in other bags. I used the hand dyed ribbon that ties up Linda's thank you gift to stuff my bag along with some cheese cloth and for Mr. Skelly's bow tie.

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I used Abandoned Paper Stash for the last two treat bags. These papers are magical all on their own, so all I did was apply Distress Archival Black Soot ink along the edges on the first, and splashed on Black Soot paint on the second. I colored a panel to fit the front of the bag with Distress Oxide inks in Mahogany and Black Soot and cut with Stacked Baroque Thinlits to make embellishments for each. The smaller Paper Dolls are from last year's Ancestor's pack.

Not shown, I used Grime Layering stencil and Black Soot ink to add interest to the insides of some of the bags before assembling. It's an easy way to get that splattered grungy look without the mess.

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Here's a mini tutorial to show my steps to make the frame for the baroque panel.

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1. Trace around smallest die. 2. Fussy cut. 3. Mix Mini Art Stones with Collage medium and apply.


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Thank you for stopping by! For even more inspiration, be sure to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog where my teammates are waiting to 'treat' you to their fabulous makes. Then I hope you'll treat us with your makes for a chance to win a wonderful treat from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Hugs and Blessings, Sara Emily

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The following products were used and are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Sizzix Thinlits Treat Bag by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Thinlits Stacked Baroque by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Chapter 3Thinlits Bat Crazy by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Chapter 3 3-D Texture Fades Crackle by Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - The Professor
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Grime
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mummy Cloth
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs, Halloween
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Halloween
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Paper Stash, Abandoned
Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #3
Distress Ink  - Black Soot, Ground Espresso
Distress Oxide Spray  - Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint
Distress Oxide Ink   Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Aged Mahogany,  Wilted Violet,       Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron
Distress Crayons  - Neutrals set #3, Peeled Paint
Distress Paint  - Black Soot
Distress Collage Medium -  Matte, Crazing
Prima Art Ingredients - Mini Art Stones


  1. Just... WOW!!!!
    Blew me away with the first sack, let alone all the others!!
    EVERYONE is gonna LOVE these (Moms will steal the sacks from their kids)!
    Can I Trick or Treat at your house??

  2. Wonderful set of treat bags, Sara Emily! The children in your neighborhood are so lucky to snag one of these!

  3. These are goulishly awesome! Fabulous set of treat bags and each one has it's own beautifully scary story to tell!

  4. OH WOW.... You have some LUCKY kiddos in your neighborhood!!! Those bags are fantastic.

  5. Sara I'm always in awe with the goodness you create! Stunning!!
    Hugs. ❤

  6. OMGEEEE! That was worth the wait! They are awesome and so inspiring xx

  7. Oh MY, Sara! What a fantastically creepy-scary-colorful-heebie-jeebie stirring of goodie bags! Your house will be the favorite for sure! LOL I love the amount of detail and scariness in each project. Those colors are super! WOWOWOWOW! huggers, de

  8. Oh my! What a marvelous collection of Halloween goodies! I think I would have a hard time letting any of them go! I would keep them to use year after year as decoration!

  9. OMG Sara Emily! Each one of these little treat bags is a pure work of art. You've used so many wonderful design ideas to make each one individual and special. Love the way you've used the Mummy Cloth so imaginatively! x

  10. OMG, AMAZING, fabulous. I adore every single one of you treat bags and Jenny said it right, these ARE little works of art!!

  11. Wow, wow, wow....these are so super cool, funky and scary! LOL....Love the grunge!

  12. Such complex and beautiful projects.
    So many details and a lot of hard work. Great job
    Thank you for playing with us over at Scrapy Land challenge! Hugs, Alina DT

  13. Wow-very cool and lots of creative detail! Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste!

  14. Look who's been having fun! Absolutely sensational, Sara Emily - so many brilliant details, and each gift bag is unique. Love the various colour combinations and great use of papers, mixed media and stamps to build up each particular treat of a bag. It's so clear that you were swept up in spooky creativity - looks like a joyous time at the craft table, and the fantastic results reflect that.
    Alison x

  15. Lots of fantastic mixed media in these treat bags making them super spooky yet fun for Halloween.

  16. Halloween! As usual you have me spooked!! Absolutely brilliant!! (even though I still don't like Halloween!) Hugs, Chrisx

  17. My favorite holiday and love these so much!! Thanks for joining us at Bleeding Art!


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