Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Halloween Pop-up Shop

It is time for the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog called 'It's Halloween' and Sara Emily, our hostess this time, describes it this way:

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!

Halloween isn't a celebration that I get carried away with anymore because we now live in a neighbourhood with few children and my Grandchildren live out in the country so they don't even come by for treats. As a matter of fact, my Granddaughter who just turned 13 has decided she won't go trick or treating this year but wants to have a party with friends and watch a scary movie.  As a result, I was at a loss with this challenge until I was going to toss an empty cracker box in the garbage and a light went on in my head.  I could envision it becoming a pop-up shop and set about to make just that.

Leaving about an inch at the top, I cut one side of the box open to make the doors and then I covered the box inside and out with Black Gesso (Dina Wakley).  After that was dry I decided to add some texture by covering the outside and both sides of the doors with crumpled up black tissue paper (Dollarama).

I rough cut a piece of corrugated cardboard and coated it with Black Gesso to make the backing for the store sign.  The sign itself is just a piece of card stock with a computer generated name that has been cut out with a pair of deckle scissors (Fiskars) and then inked with Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

Next I inked over the tissue with some Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord DI but it didn't show up as well as I wanted to I went over it with some watered-down Lime and Blackberry Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).   After that I used my finger to rub some Starry Night and Lime Green Stickles (Ranger) to the doors and the sign backing.

The back of the inside was covered with a piece of patterned paper from the Abandoned paper pad (Tim Holtz) and then I added shelves, which are just pieces of wood covered with Black Gesso.

Some little pieces of wood were covered with scraps of faux leather paper (leftover from a previous project) to create little books.  The bottles were inked with Purple Twilight and Yellow Sunshine Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz).  One was filled with water and the other with a bunch of googly eyes (Dollarama).   Computer generated labels were added to the bottles and the spines of the books.  The final shelf was filled with little skulls.

Some little pumpkins were aged with some Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and had bits of wood branches added for stems.

The tombstones are also pieces of wood cut and engraved by my husband on the laser cutter.  I coated them with Black Gesso and then sponged on some Elephant Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).  I made the witches brooms from wooden skewers and unraveled jute twine coated with watered down Mod Podge but wished I had had some of the Idea-ology brooms so I will link those for you.

The tent sign was also created on the computer and mounted on some card stock inked with Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord DI.  An Idea-ology Bitty Bat (Tim Holtz) was added along with another one on the store sign.  Some cheesecloth was dyed with Hickory Smoke DI and added along with some plastic spiders to the top of the Bootique and

The black cats were also cut on the laser cutter from heavy black card stock.  I coated some acetate with Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink and added bits behind their eyes.  Some Witch paper dolls (Tim Holtz) came to shop.

Tip:  Use florist gum, which comes in a roll attached to a paper tape, to make things stand up.  It can be removed to change positions or when you want to take everything apart.

If you are a fan of Halloween, this may not be the scariest project but I think the result is quite fun and since pop-up shops are all the rage right now, I am definitely fitting right in with this creation.

The challenge runs through 11:55 pm EST on October 22nd so you are just in time to make something for Halloween and share it with us.  We will choose our top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date and one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Paper Dolls, Ancestors (Discontinued)
Dina Wakley Media Mediums - Black Gesso - 4 oz. Jar MDM41719
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Sand - 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Elephant, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Lime, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Blackberry, 1oz Bottle
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Paper Stash, Abandoned TH93962
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bity Bats TH93981
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces TH93970
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Skull Fragments TH93968
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Broomsticks TH93965
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Twisted Citron TIM43294
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Dusty Concord TIM21445
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke TIM43232
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Purple Twilight
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunshine Yellow
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset Orange
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/8" x 27 Yards
Ranger Inkssentials Alcohol Ink Applicator With 10 Blending Felts TIM20745
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Ranger Starry Night Stickles
Ranger Lime Green Stickles
Corked Vials (Dollarama)
Plastic Spiders (Dollarama)


  1. I sooooo LOVE THIS!!!
    I think it's adorably creepy, and genius recycling!!
    You've given me a huge inspiration-and some cool tips for another way to work my own idea!!

  2. Wow, soooo much gorgeous detail! The little pumpkins really caught my eye, the little colored bottles,the books, the skulls, love the witches...the entire vignette is superbly done!

  3. Magnifico trabajo. Felicidades¡¡

  4. So fun!! Your idea is so clever and of course, "black cats MUST be left outside!"

  5. Utterly delightful, Cec - the whole scene is beautifully detailed. I'd love to come shopping at the Batty Boutique!
    Alison x

  6. Cec, I am totally blown away by your conversion of a simple box into this fabulous, fun Bootique! I sat on the edge of my seat reading through all the details on how this came together, and my! What a lot of work (play) went into this creation! The Abandoned paper is the perfect backdrop inside--looks like old wallpaper. And I think your brooms are far better than anything you could get in a package! My hat's off to you, AND your hubby! He did an amazing job with the tombstones and cats! Well done! Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration! Hugs!

  7. This is just jaw-droppingly fantastic! I love all the details you built including the Batty Bootique store sign! What an incredible design and love that your husband can whip you up some fabulous tombstones! Awesome inspiration Cec!

  8. Cec this is amazing!!! What an incredibly clever idea to create a pop up shop from your cracker box. I love the corrugated backing to the sign and the altered pumpkins, books, vials, skulls and brooms all ready for sale to passing witches. Such a fun Halloween project x

  9. Hi Cec! I had to stop by and tell you how much I love your Halloween scene! I keep coming back to see all the tiny and wonderful details! It's amazing! Hugs.


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