1 October 2014

A Haunting Halloween at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. First off, talk about a boost to the old ego; I can't begin to describe how privileged I felt to be added to Paula Cheney's 'Inspiration Found' blog post alongside some incredibly talented creatives, including my team mate and good friend Trace Metcalfe. To get recognition like this from someone so highly respected and loved in the industry is such an honour. Thank you SO MUCH Paula!

Now back to the main purpose of this post; today it's the turn of the Funkie Team from the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to share their take on this fortnight's theme 'A Haunting Halloween'. With the days already growing shorter and a hint of evening chill in the air let's begin our Halloween preparations. Simply create any type of vintage project, card, or lay out with a Halloween theme and get ready for some chills and thrills! The winner will earn a Guest DT spot at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Now I'm not a Halloween person normally so this theme had me scratching my head for quite a while. Then, a light bulb moment courtesy of a song recorded by The Lambrettas in my formative years - 'Poison Ivy'...


So where to start with this; a little Artist Trading Block was a great place to house and smother this most treacherous of plants. The outside was covered in Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and the inside with the Dusty Concord flavour.


 Then I mixed Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste with Hydrangea Archival Reinker to create that beautiful mauve hue, covering the outside panels so that when it dried hints of that wonderful brass colour could shine through. 


To finish the block I stamped the border from Wendy's 'The Beauty of Art' stamp set in Jet Black Archival. It fit the sides perfectly! Now for the poison ivy itself; the vine which winds itself around the outside of the block was cut from Core'dinations Kraft Core using Eileen Hull's Vine decorative strip die. Having sanded it back a little to reveal the core I added Peeled Paint Distress Glitter to give the ivy a touch of sparkle.


Using the same card and Tim Holtz' Spring Greenery decorative strip die to cut more un-glittered ivy for the inside I added small Dusty Concord painted flowers, folded ribbon strips and purple burlap string frayed at the ends. To top the block I made a paper flower painted with the Dusty Concord and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and centred with a Prima Bling flower centre embellishment - I had to colour mine with the Brass paint but Linda now has a gold version in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Of course there needed to be a place to store the poison extracted from this deadly plant so a little bottle was ideal. It was great fun to slosh (technical term!) around Dusty Concord paint and Hydrangea Archival Reinker, and I stamped a label from the Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints #5 set to warn those who may be foolishly tempted to sample the deliciously evil contents.


So, have I got you feeling ready to tackle your own spooky project? Either way, I highly recommend a trip over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to take a look at the fabulous pieces created by the rest of the Design Team as they are bound to do the trick (or treat - sorry!!)

And I've just seen there's a challenge theme which is ideal for this project! Country View Challenges theme for October is 'Sparkle and Shine'!

That's it from me today. Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



36 comments:

  1. Oooh I love that little bottle - cant beat a little bottle can you! Great box too - isn't Halloween such a fun theme.

    ReplyDelete
  2. First of all, you deserve the accolade from Paula, everything she said about your beautiful card was richly deserved!

    You know how much I love Halloween so this is right up my street, I have never seen Halloween look so beautiful! Your flower is lush and I love the sparkly ivy on the crackled box - perfect in every way. Anne xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. First of all, big congrats on being picked by Paula, well deserved too! Love you Halloween block, great colour choices!! Love the touch of the sparkly ivy to lift it all!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow love this, though l don't do Halloween, love these colours too, could also be for other occasions, perfume bottle instead of. poison....haha Kathy xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful creation,love all the sparkle...Thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges.xxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations for your share by Paula C - very much deserved as always!
    I love this halloween piece Jenny. The green and the purple together are a stunning combination which is often overdone but you have introduced just the right amount of grunge for my taste. Love the flowers and I can even go with the limited amount of glitter because it fits in so well. Thanks for your encouragement yesterday. Hope you are well. Hugs, Julia xx

    ReplyDelete
  7. Fabulous creation, love the green and purple combination! =) Great with the poison too! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

    ReplyDelete
  8. So so pretty, love the green edging on the flower. Such a perfect little halloween box x

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is a fantastic Halloween project! It's creepy and stunning! Love the crackle texture and your vines are divine! Fantastical! hugs :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love your fabulous funkie ATB. Nicely done!

    ReplyDelete
  11. A fabulous piece of art Jenny- there is so much to see - love it

    X hilda

    ReplyDelete
  12. Loved seeing your work on Paula's blog! Congrats! This box rocks and it beautifully spooky! LOVE the purple poison!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congratulations, Jenny, and with this piece of art, it seems Halloween is smart and brilliant this year. Gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Jenny, you are the Queen of ATB's and I must curtsy in your presence forevermore! What a fabulous Halloween themed block that is loaded with crackly, sparkly, viney, and flowery perfection. I love the sinister 'poison ivy' theme you've brought to life!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  15. Jenny this is a stunning piece x sorry for the lack of comments but life has other plans for me at the moment and is keeping me busy! so sorry x

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Jenny, your block is absolutely gorgeous and the little bottle soooo cute.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Purple and green never looked so spooktacular! Oh how I love this ATB and that awesome flower and crackle! This is such a Halloween treat, Jenny! Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  18. 100 times more beautiful than the deadly White Oleander. Absolutely love what you've created here and the colors are perfect for the season!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love it! That crackle on the box is fantastic! So nice to see something not orange and black! The bottle and the ivy are great, too.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi Jenny, this is a super take on Halloween. Love your flower and Ivy. Stunning.
    Julie x

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh, just love the purple and green together, Jenny--so sinister indeed, that poison ivy!! Love the glittery vines and that little bottle of poison! Well, that's got to be the prettiest bottle of poison I've ever seen ;) Fabulous blooming box for the Funkie team :) XOXO-Shari

    ReplyDelete
  22. What an extraordinary piece Jenny. I can only imagine how long that took to make.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh wow this is just so creative. Loving the aubergine and green hues.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a super ATB! Love the colors, and the bottle of poison is an awesome touch.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I can not find the right words to comment on your work, Jenny! They are always beautiful and rich in details, with new inspirations!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Stunning ATB Jenny, love the colour and that amazing flower. A fabulous take on Halloween.
    Avril xx

    ReplyDelete
  27. Fabulous colours, the little poison bottle is fab and the flower is just so sumptuous. Great take and inspiration. Ruth x

    ReplyDelete
  28. Yay! Congrats on the "Inspiration Found" mention, Jenny! Well deserved!

    I love your Poison Ivy ATB - and would not have guessed that you are no Halloween person from seeing it! It's lovely and the colours and glittered ivy are adorable!

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! :)

    Claudia x

    ReplyDelete
  29. I am thrilled to see your take on Halloween in the form of the most beautiful ATB I have ever seen! I love the crackle texture, the flower, the sparkle and shine--everything about this wonderful work of art. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! Congrats on the well deserved Paula post!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Aww congrats Jenny a well deserved choice if you ask me.

    Fabulous artist trading block probably one of the nicest I have seen. The poison bottle is a gorgeous additive.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hi Jenny! This is fabulous! Love your poisonous creation :) xxx

    ReplyDelete
  32. Stunning make Jenny. Huge congratulations on being feature by Paula - well deserved. Hope your weekend goes well. Nicola x

    ReplyDelete
  33. Another drop dead gorgeous ATB - so glad to hear about you and Trace getting mentioned over at Paula's - congratulations. Will have to go and check it out…
    Alison xx

    ReplyDelete
  34. A stunning ATB Jenny!! Love the colour and the flowers are so gorgeous!! The 'poison' bottle sets it off beautifully!! Congratulations on being featured by Paula ... so well deserved!! ox

    ReplyDelete
  35. Should also have said thank you for playing along with us at Country View Challenges of course!
    Alison xx

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...