Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The current Frilly and Funkie Challenge is "'Tis Near Halloween " hosted by the extremely talented Sara Emily.  She describes the challenge as:

"The theme for the challenge is " 'Tis Near Halloween". It's no secret. 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. If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK--just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!"

Well with that inspiring challenge theme I was off and playing with my new and old Halloween stamps! 
I started with a manilla folder scrap... These were leftover from some banners I made for a family member for an event.  She gave me leftover manilla folders and I cut out banners.  I then had pieces left from those folders and I started to use them for tags.

For this challenge I cut the tag out.  Next up was the background.  Inspired by Sara Emily's colors I sponged on purple and wild honey ink over a new Wendy Vecchi stencil. It required a bit of masking but I got the effect I wanted.

Next was the funky bird.  I used the die cut to cut him out of manilla folder and added some text to him.   I then stamped the square over the background.  I placed the bird and the branch over the stamped area.  I shadowed with watercolor pencil and water brush.

Next I stenciled with black embossing paste the word Halloween along the right side.  I also stamped the sentiment along the top line of the box. After it dried I stamped the haunted house on tissue paper and carefully placed it in position and cut out the section where the sentiment was and then decoupaged it into place.  I highlighted the letters with white gel pen after it was dry to make sure they popped.

The final detail was a little spider crawling down his black twine thread. He is highlighted with Wendy Vecchi's enamels. (We did this in a class I recently took with Wendy which was fantastic!)

I hope you will come join in  the challenge and share your stamping with us!

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive 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.

Get inky!



  1. Oh my goodness...this tag is pure artistry! I love all the layers you created with stamps and stencils. I wouls so love to watch you in your studio. I would just stand quietly, not talk and fetch you tea and snacks. Deal? I am always inspired by you, Suzz!

  2. Love this tag. The background is stunning on its own but does a great job making all the stamping and stenciling pop.

  3. Oh Suzanne that combination of stencilling and stamping is absolutely perfect! I love the colours chosen and that enamelled spider on his web xx

  4. Terrific tag - brilliant use of the raven die, and I love the bold graphic design and unusual colour palette - fabulous!
    Alison x

  5. Your tag is so fabulous! I love all the different texture stamps you used and the composition. Such a great tag!

  6. Amazing tag, Suzz! You have such a way of making Halloween look elegant and artistic with your graphic designs and colors. That raven never looked better, and your house looks crisp and clear--a fabulous job of tissue stamping. I am so in awe of your talent! Thank you for taking my challenge and RUNNING with it!Hugs!

  7. Wow, I can hardly believe you stamped the house on white tissue paper and got it onto your tag with collage medium without it getting all wrinkly, that is super awesome! I like the way you cut the bird with a book page, and outlined it with a black water pencil, then a white gel pen!

  8. This is an exceptional tag. I love the different colors and the highlighting you've done. It's wonderful.


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