Wednesday, October 9, 2019

It's Halloween at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog!

Hello! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog. I'm hosting this challenge and 'It's Halloween!'

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. Your project can be as silly or creepy as you like, but just have fun!

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.

Apologies for the long post. I tried to make a video, and failed miserably. But my son thinks he figured it out before this went live, so it's added at the end. (Fingers crossed, it works!)

I couldn't let Halloween pass without an altered birdhouse, which I make every year. The original bird house looked like this:

After applying Opaque Texture Paste through Tim's Decayed Layering Stencil and allowing it to dry, I smeared with Ranger Grit Paste, Opaque Crackle Paste and added some Prima Mini Art Stones for more texture. The entire thing was colored with a variety of products including Distress Oxide sprays and inks and Distress paint.

Here's a shot of the base before I painted it with black gesso and paint and Oxide spray in Lucky Clover.:

I made the fence with kraft card stock embossed with Lumber 3D embossing folder. I highlighted the texture with Weathered Wood, and die cut with Planks Bigz die. I rolled the planks and adhered to straws. I smeared with Crackle Paste, and when dry highlighted cracks with Distress Crayon. I tied them up with wire from my stash and adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte. Everything is adhered with the collage medium--this stuff sticks everything quickly and permanently. I had three fence posts left over, so I cut them in half and adhered to the front of the base for a border.

I chose one of the new Halloween Quote Chips to make a sign. Those Hardware Heads fit perfectly on the new chips.

Let's take a closer look at the completed house and yard. First, the house...

 Bat Crazy die cuts are all over the place! This looks like a popular roosting place.

The five small spiders are the silver toned charms from Linda's shop. I altered them with Distress paint and crayon. The large spider is from a cheap plastic ring; so cheap all it's legs were stuck together, poor dear.

Tim's Mini Scallop 3D Impresslits make wonderful gingerbread trim on this vintage cottage.

Around back all is quiet...

Now, let's tour the garden... An Idea-ology zombie hand looks like it's pulled the rotted Idea-ology  pumpkin right from the swamp. The Pumpkin Pieces come in three handy sizes in the pack--I used all three. Mummy cloth dyed with Oxide sprays add mysteriousness. The vines are cut with Garden Greens Thinlits die and are colored with mop ups of all the leftover sprays --I cut, then color.

The cornstalks are made with Wildflower Stems #2 Thinlits stems tied on a base of raffia. I had to get those Idea-ology Creepy Eyes just for this shuck stack.  I love dem bones--the new Idea-ology Boneyard and Skull Fragments come in some new great sizes so perfect for my garden/graveyard. The tombstones come as they are shown with the zombie hand in the Cryptic pack, and I added my favorite epitaphs from Tim's Halloween Remnant Rubs. 

To the left of the house is another creepy garden. Wisps of Mummy Cloth makes great weeds!. The resin headstone in the back is from my stash -- it started out black and white, but was easily turned to 'stone' with Oxide sprays and a smudge of crayon. I was happy it matched the scale of Tim's perfectly.

Another Crazy Bat hangs out in a twig from my yard-turned-defoliated-tree, and the spiders weave their egg sacks. These are actually mini Christmas baubles from my stash covered with Mummy Cloth, and the eggs are clusters of  mini art stones colored with Oxide spray.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of my Foreboding altered birdhouse. With all the great Idea-ology Halloween goodies and Distress Oxide sprays, it was really easy and so much fun to pull together. 

We'd love to see what you're making for Halloween, so after you've seen all the wonderful makes from my teammates on the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog, please link up your silly or creepy Halloween make. I can't wait to see what you will create! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
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Here's the links to products I used and you can find discounted every day at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Boneyard, Cryptic, Creepy Eyes, Skull Fragments, Halloween Quote Chips, Hardware Heads, Pumpkin Pieces, Halloween Remnant Rubs, Mummy Cloth
Ranger Mediums - Distress Collage Medium Matte and Vintage, Grit Paste, Opaque Texture and Crackle Pastes, 
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Weathered Wood
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Lucky CloverRanger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays - Black Soot, Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint


  1. Just... WOW!!
    SUPER details on this veeeery creepy bat house!!!
    The spiders in & out of the scrollwork holes....and the (yeeeee-eeechy!!....spider sacs are extremely realistic- ugh!! This is the time of year when we fight the spiders, cobwebs, & spun sacs, so I know what reality looks like. Then, we have the cuter side; bats...little bats come down from the trees in search of tossed out fruit in the woods next to us- I love those cuties!
    When I saw the "Foreboding" sign, I truly thought it was made of real wood! But reading that it was a TH Quote Chip surprised the heck outta me! I think I need to get some for ideas in the next Halloween 2020!
    Truly a stunning piece to help me figure out my own!! Thanx, Sara!!

  2. First off, what a wonderful tradition for altering a birdhouse each Halloween, you must be building quite a haunted village! This is amazing, I keep going back to see those wonderful textures and the design elements that you’ve created around the base, superb Sara Emily!

  3. Wow, so clever to alter the little bird house! The details are amazing! I adore the tiny spiders, the zombie hand holding the pumpkin, the corn stalks, so much to see!

  4. An awesome creepy creation! Wonderful textures and fantastically weird details.
    Thank you for joining in with our October challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  5. Oh wow Sara, your Halloween bird house is spooky and so fabulous, I love the zombie hand and the gravestone with 'izzy dead', that is hilarious. The spider egg sacks look incredible I love the bat crazy embellies. Altogether a wonderful spooky bird house creation! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Oh my word! First, what a cool tradition of making a birdhouse each that! The design of this one is wonderful, but your altering and crazy fabulous details are the cream of the crop! Just a WOW!!!

  7. Well this is just phantasmagoric--so many details and great photos--what a fun project!

  8. Totally fabulous, Sara Emily - what a glorious transformation. I do like the original shape of the birdhouse - just right to set the imagination going - and yours certainly was firing on all cylinders! Love all the textures, and the amazing graveyard round about, and so many spectacular added details. Thanks for all the photos... it didn't seem long to me at all. Looking forward to checking ou the video too. Spooktacular!
    Alison x

  9. Let's wander through the mind of Sara Emily... (Yes, let's!!) this is wonderful and I adore all the details that you built into this spookily beautiful birdhouse! I am always amazed with the amount of details that just build layers of wonder in each project!

  10. Amazing Halloween project, Sara-Emily!!! Many-many interesting details!!! I love the cornstalk with the eyes and the tombstones are so realistic!!! Bravo!!! xx

  11. Wow, what a stunning project! I so enjoyed following along to see how it came together, you created so much fabulous details - amazing 😁. Thanks so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Creative hugs and wishes, Jo x

  12. This is utterly breathtaking Sara Emily! The level of detail you've gone to with every aspect of this birdhouse transformation is truly incredible. The texture on the house with the clever addition of those scallop edges works perfectly with the creeping spiders and I love that old wired fence and the cornstalks that watch over the ghoulish gardenscape. What a treat to see the video footage too! x

  13. I can't even.....totally, completely, utterly incredible work here, Sara Emily! I cannot get over the fabulous details and texture and imagination incorporated into this work of art. The spider egg sacs...the zombie hand!!!! The rotting pumpkins...just magnificent. I'm so glad you persevered with the video (thanks to your son) because seeing the whole house in this way really brings home the details. Even the rot in the roof word! What an amazing , creative mind you have.

  14. Lovely details on your haunted house. Love it. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. Judy DT

  15. Thanks for sharing your project in our 'Add a Critter' challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!

  16. Absolutely amazing work, Sara Emily!

  17. Super SUPER awesome project! I just love what you have made out of the old birdhouse! Thank you so much for adding your card to our "Add a Critter" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Have a fantastic week and happy crafting ;o) Maike

  18. This is simply amazing Sara! The original house looked really cool but then you transformed it and now it is spectacular!! I love the graveyard and the tombstones .. Izzy Dead?? Hilarious! So much attention to detail .. must have been fun putting this together!! So pleased you shared with our Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers! Totally awesome project!! Have a great week! hugs xx


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