Hi everyone and welcome. We are half way through the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which means it's time for the Funkie side of the DT to share our hit of inspiration for you. The theme this time is 'Something Wicked' and here's what our host, the wonderful Shelly Hickox, had to say about it; "With Halloween just a few days away, I decided to challenge you all to create Something Wicked. Whether your style is shabby or vintage, I want to see your spookiest work. It doesn't necessarily have to be Halloween related - feel free to interpret the theme in a way that suits you!"
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In preparation for this challenge Linda Coughlin kindly sent us a few of the Halloween themed metal charms she stocks in The Funkie Junkie Boutique as a starting point. The challenge for me was how best to display them; two ideas sprang to mind (novelty!) and (typically) I went for the lengthy one. I started with an Eileen Hull Mini Album cut from stiff card as a base. The cover had Tim Holtz fabric applied inside and out (it's much easier if you stick the fabric to the card before die cutting). Into the die cut window frame I added loops at the top by inserting looped head pins into the card. A couple of the charms were glued together to make them 3D and I added Spiced Marmalade Stickles on the inside of the pumpkin to give it some extra sparkle (you'll see Stickles added to many of the charms). Charms were also tied onto the spine with black twine; again, you'll see that the metal surfaces throughout this album were coloured with Latte Alcohol Ink to match the brass jump rings.
Page One; a stencilled and stamped background with added twine, a die cut spider and of course Chit Chat stickers. The little haunted house was doubled up and hung inside the little aperture in the corner of the page.
Page Two; multi-coloured Ledger Script stamping and some gold paste stencilled stars provided the backdrop to the framed witch and her freaked out cat. I thought the mirrored stars would add an appropriate level of bling!
Page Three; this one was fun with die cut grave stones and spooky trees, stamped graves and charm bats. I chopped up the Found Relatives foursome to rearrange their order and gave them Chit Chat nicknames!
Page Four; this one made use of the die cut bottles from the apertures and more stamped bottles to create a well stocked poison cabinet. A mix of Crackle Paint and Glue n Seal added a textured coat to the painted bottles.
Page Five; the Gothic stencilling fitted perfectly with the Ornate Frame, and by layering it over a die cut oval and adding an Industrious border it became the perfect place to add a large, double-sided spiders web.
Page Six; smaller spiders web charms 'hung' perfectly from the stamped Industrial Lamps chains. Both lamps and chains were embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder to keep up that industrial theme.
The back page couldn't just be left bare so I chopped and layered another Found Relatives card, colouring the pumpkins with Distress Ink and adding another of those Stickles filled pumpkin charms in the palm of the seller's hand.
Hope you've got a little inspiration from this spooky mini book. For even more from my incredibly talented team mates make sure you head on over to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Then it's over to you! We've already had many fabulous entries, but with prizes and Top 3 badges up for grabs there's still plenty of reasons to join in the fun.
For my part I'm going to enter;
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Throwback (like Andrea, taking the theme 'Spooky' from October 2013)
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #17 - Wordsearch (orange, black, bat, skull, pumpkin, and probably many more!)
I'm out and about at the weekend again with a demo day for IndigoBlu at PDA Card and Craft, Langley Mill; I'd love to see you there.
And just a quick reminder that there's still time to book your place on my Poppy Canvas Workshop on Saturday 14th November. Have a fun day out and create your own piece of floral wall art.
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx