Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Mixology

Another new challenge is starting today at Frilly and Funkie and Shelly, our hostess this time is calling it Something Wicked and here is what she has to say about it:

"With Halloween just a few days away, we want to see your spooky vintage or shabby chic creations."

Linda, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique sent us all some of the best Halloween-themed charms to use for this challenge and when I saw the little ones my brain actually kicked into gear for a change and I remembered I hadn't used one of my Tim Holtz stamp sets yet and it would be perfect to pair with the charms and make a drink set for someone who loves to make cocktails and also likes to throw Halloween parties.  Since that isn't me (I am a red wine or scotch on the rocks gal) and I don't do Halloween parties, I am going to have to search for someone to give/sell it to.  I did have lots of fun making it.

I made the wine glass charms first.  I altered all the charms using alcohol ink, One Step Black Metal Paint from Deco Art, Black Soot Distress Ink and Treasure Gold Pewter wax paste.  I added a jump ring to the top of each charm.  Then I cut a 4 inch length of wire for each one formed a loop at one end and threaded half of the beads, then the charm and the rest of the beads on the wire.  I finished by forming a circle and bending the open end over so it would fit inside the loop.  For the life of me I could not find anything to form the circle around so I had to do it by hand and this time they are not lovely smooth circles.  If you can find something to wrap them around that is the right size, I would recommend going that route.  Of course, I doubt anyone is going to care that my circles aren't perfect after a few drinks.

Now it was time to create my book.  I had a spiral bound notebook from the dollar store in my craft stash and decided to alter it so I removed the spiral first.It has a green plastic cover on the front and I covered that with Chalky Finish paint from Deco Art and used Black Gesso to cover the cardboard back cover.

Next I used some Black Embossing Paste through the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil on the front cover.  Then I used some ink sprays - Lindy's Stamp Gang Violaceous Violet Moon Shadow Mist, Ramblin Rose Pink Starburst and Blazing Sun Glitz Spritz - on all the covers, outside and inside.   I also dabbed on some metallic acrylic paints - Deco Art Harvest Copper and Folk Art Peridot.

I dyed some cheesecloth in Black Soot DI and glued some on the front.  I thought it needed to be a bit darker so I dry brushed it with some Black Gesso.

The next step was to print some vintage text paper from Creavapeur and stamp Tim Holtz's Chemist on it using Jet Black Archival ink.  I coloured him with Bundled Sage, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen Distress Inks using a water brush.  The edge was torn to give a rough look and inked with Black Soot DI.

I stamped the bottles from the same stamp set onto some scrap card stock with Jet Black Archival ink and coloured them with Rusty Hinge, Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Inks.  I fussy cut the images and created two separate images so I could pop one up with pop dots.  The mortar and pestle have some sand glued to it to give it a rougher stone look and all the rest of the images were coated in Glossy Accents.  It is hard to see how shiny they are in the photos but maybe that is a good thing because I got a couple of bubbles despite my efforts to avoid them.  But wait, vintage glass has bubbles in it so forget that I made some sort of mistake, I was actually creating vintage glass - that's my story and I am sticking to it.

Next I altered some spider charms using Sunset Orange and Rust and Alcohol Inks and then dry brushing some Black Gesso on them.  I added them with some tiny seed beads that were also coated with Black Gesso.  The book title was computer generated and inked with Black Soot DI.

The bookmark is a charm glued to a large paper clip.  The charm was altered with the same alcohol inks but I didn't like it so I added some Pewter wax paste from Treasure Gold and a bit of Black Soot DI.  I wish I had added some Black Gesso to it too but I had already put it away so pretend I wasn't lazy, close your eyes and envision a spookier bat.

Finally I rolled the spiral back into the book and my drink set was ready to go.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:

Try It On Tuesdays - It's Frightening/Halloween
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes (twist - Halloween)
Where The HeArt Is - Anything Goes/Use Some Stencils
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (must be mixed media/altered, no cards or ATCs)
Country View Challenges - Add Some Texture
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Mixed Media Goes
That Craft Place - Halloween

The following items used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. I love your Book of Potions, Cec! What yummy texture and awesome details! You colored your stamped images so wonderfully! Amazing make!
    Hugs! Branka x

  2. YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!! Not only is that a gorgeous book of potions but the wine glass charms are so clever!! How perfect if you are having a halloween party, never in a millions would I have thought charms with these little beauties! xx

  3. A fantastic Book of potions Cec, wonderful details and textures. Your wine glass tags is a great idea, it would make a super gift as well.
    Thank you for joining us at TioT's as well.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Now who doesn't need a book of potions!! Wonderful idea and very well done. I prefer Brandy myself or a good cold beer!
    sandy xx

  5. I like your mad scientist with all his bottles of potions!

  6. Love the idea of Halloween charms for those spooky cocktails Cec and as for that journal cover - WOW!!! LOVE the way you've built it up around the Chemist. Jenny x

  7. Ok, Cec, this has got to be my new favorite of yours! I love reading your post, and finding that the charms from Linda were your inspiration. Wonderful textured background to the Mixologist scene--now I wish I had gotten that set! Beautiful colors that just roar spooky and those wine charms are going to be a hit at some Halloween party! Big hugs!

  8. Wow.. this looks just AMAZING Cec! Thank you for joining TIOT's!

  9. Cec, you are getting good with the spooky stuff. Love the are so right about no one caring if they are perfectly round. Love the colored bottles and that bg is fabulous. Great job!

  10. What a great book, looks awesome. Thank you for joining us at Where the HeArt is. Helen DT. xx

  11. Oooh very spooky Cec I love this guy on the front (I should get him out more often), and your spidery textures are fab. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts, and have a good weekend. Sue xx

  12. Fabulous project. Very nice design. I love all of those great details. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again soon.

  13. Cec, your charms are such a fantastic idea, I bought some from Linda but had not thought to use them in such a stylish way! The Chemist is one of my all time favourite of Tim's stamp sets and he looks incredible on the cover surrounded by the creepy crawlies. Great textures too - every girl should have a Potion Book! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. What t a clever make Cec! Brett Weldele Stamps are so distinctive.
    Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month!

  15. I love your potions book and glass charms Cec! The sand on the pestle and mortar is such a cool idea. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous project.

  16. I love your approach to this challenge, Cec Those wine charms are fabulous! Who'd of thought those modest little charms could turn out so stunning. And the journal cover is fantastic too. So many great details and your sentiment/title is perfect for the Chemist. Super make - loved reading all the details.


  17. What a fun post Cec! Love the little charms - they could even go around a candle stick! Your cover is so fun. He's not too bad looking - maybe he samples his potions!!!! j.

  18. Just beautiful love it - Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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