9 October 2019

It's Halloween at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog!

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. It's Sara Emily's turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'It's Halloween!' Here's what she says about it; "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 ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog 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.

With the recent release in the US of Eileen Hull's 'Pocket Notebook' die this challenge seemed like the perfect time to create one with a Halloween theme. So I've put together a handbook ready for recording lotions and potions, with a spooky fireside scene on the front and stamped tea stain aged pages bound inside.

I began this book with the cover, adding a pattern to the surface with Texture Paste through the Flames Stencil and altering it with a combination of White Gesso and dilute 'Umber' Acrylic Paint. By sticking muslin fabric to the inside I was able to create a 'fringe' around the edges on the front. Next up came the fireplace, die cut and built up in layers to add depth and dimension. After painting it in 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint I went over with a wash of dilute Black Gesso to add the shading that comes from smoky fires burning in the grate for many years. Talking of fires I chose to light this one with 'Sedona', 'Cheddar' and 'Lemon' Acrylic Paints topped off with Glossy Accents on the flames.

Creating the bits and pieces for the mantlepiece was so much fun. The bottles were coloured with 'Magenta', 'Cheddar' and 'Olive' Acrylic Paints, topped with clear plastic, tea stained labels and kraft stock corks. To give the crystal ball an authentic finish I painted the sphere with White Gesso and Pearl Mixative Alcohol Ink before adding a thick coat of Glossy Accents. The candles were die cut from glossy card, defined with dilute Black Gesso. The page holder hanging along the spine includes an altered spider charm.

Inside I bound the book with tea stained pages and stamped some with various Tim Holtz Halloween themed images from sets including Ravens, Tangled Webs and Ledger Script. The end pages were created from Italian marbled paper which had the look of flames from the fireplace on the cover.

So that's my take on the theme 'It's Halloween' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My fantastic team mates have created the most amazing Halloween themed projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage Halloween themed projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create this Halloween Pocket Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.


  1. This is fabulous, thank you for sharing x

  2. Oh Jenny this is fantastic. I have the dies you used and can't wait to try this. You always add such neat details to your work. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. What an awesome little notebook! The 'mantle pieces' are perfect, and I'm in love with that Ledger Script and the Tangled Webs, so subtle! And of course the spider bookmark!

  4. STunning Halloween journal! I Absolutely love it! That cover is so cool and so interesting !
    TFS! Love everything about this project! :)

  5. Jenny...no way!!! This is crazy fabulous with that texture and muslin...totally looks like a super expensive journal cover purchased in a french boutique! The paper on the inside is wonderful and all those pages...excellent for potion and lotion concoctions! I look the fireplace scene, and you've transformed each piece and detail. Fabulous make with Eileen's die! Pinned!

  6. Oh my word! That spider charm and cord are jut too too fabulous! The ghostly stamping is wonderful. I cannot get over the details in this work of art! Bravo!

  7. Completely fabulous! I love the textured background and that fringe of muslin is superb. Your stony fireplace looks wonderful, and I love the subtle stamping inside. Just magical!
    Alison x

  8. Let me step right into your spooky parlor! (Or maybe not. :) Fabulous notebook and that woven bookmark with dangling spider made me smile!

  9. Jenny, you NEVER cease to amaze me with your refined creativity! This journal is spooky, yet sophisticated at the same time. I love the textured background to your spooky fireside scene and the fringe adds just the right amount of creepiness! Love all the details on the front and your ghostly images on the pages! Bravo!

  10. OH WOW!! This is simply fabulous Jenny xx I absolutely adore this journal and the fantastic details you have incorporated both insode and out xx Love it!!!

    TFS and have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  11. Oh my goodness! So creepy wonderful. Love all the die cut layering on the front. Magical book!


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

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