Monday, October 2

A Walk on the Dark Side

Happy Monday! Are you ready to head over to the "Dark Side" as we celebrate Halloween and Tim Holtz? If so, read on! Our challenge this week is all about dark colors, Halloween and Tim!

Please join me in welcoming this month's guest designer - Wanda Hentges! We are thrilled to have you with us for the month of October, Wanda, and excited to see your creations - Welcome!

This is the story of White the Druggist who was a very bad apothecary. He thought he knew what he had in his shop, so never labeled anything and just handed bottles to his customers, certain in the knowledge that he was right in his prescriptions. So one day when he was feeling a bit under the weather, he reached for a brown bottle, tipped it back, and realized too late it was poison! We will never know how many of his customers survived his ministrations.  Rather spooky, isn't it! So beware when the veils between the worlds thin on Samhain night (Halloween) and don't drink anything that White gives you!

Since we are all about dark colors, I wanted to make the coffin darker, so added some black soot Distress Oxide.

I thought the Twisted stencil would add a nice touch using the Antiqued Bronze paint, but it did turn out very subtle.

Since I had quite a bit of paint on the stencil from dabbing, I set each edge of the coffin down over the design to pick it up.

We need a little purple right? I needed a small stencil, and Simon's new Damask stencil from Stamptember does the trick.

I thought it would be fun to add some cheese cloth into my piece, so I dirtied it up with the black soot and carved pumpkin, sprayed it a bit with water, smooshed (very technical word :) it together to blend the colors a bit and set it aside to dry.

I only had clear bottles in my stash, so I dripped in a bit of paint, swirled it around and set them aside to dry.

I needed a shelf for the bottles to sit on, and these "spooky" black dice are perfect for that.

It was fun to build up layers with the images and embellishments. I had the skeleton in my stash (might have been a dollar store find) and decided to make a big dunce cap for him.

Of course, it's not Halloween without witches and brooms...

...or black cats and jack-o-lanterns...

I hope you have enjoyed my little dark tale, and I've inspired you to get out the dark colors and Tim Holtz stuff you have in your stash (come on, I know you do!) and create something on the dark side or for Halloween. Happy crafting, and remember our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher each week! 



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Are you ready to continue your walk on the "dark side"? Be sure to head on over to see what the design team has created, it will be amazing!


  1. ooh this is so scary Maura! I love the coffin filled with all sorts of spookylicious goodness! the skeleton and all of the details are fabulous! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Wow, Maura, I don't know what's scarier, the coffin filled with all things spooky or the spooky story that goes along with it. I bet you're great at telling scary stories around a campfire! I love all the elements you put together and that skeleton is awesome. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  3. What a great 3D project! I'm not a fan of Halloween but I really like your coffin with all the spooky elements inside. And I laughed reading the story of a White - such a cool and clever guy :-) Hugs, Marzena

  4. Love it-so packed with spooky fun!!!

  5. So in love with this...just amazing!

  6. Super neat piece, Maura! I love the traditional orange and purple colors mixed in with some really fun and creepy ephemera!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Wow, wow, WOW! You really outdid yourself this week! And a spooky story to go with it? Doesn't get much better than that! When you first started telling your tale of Mr. White, I thought to myself, "Hmmm. Unidentified bottles in a big mess. Sounds like my craft stash sometimes!" Guilty conscience there, I guess, but I did love the story and am in love with this clever piece! The details were so well-put-together!

  8. Wonderful project! I love all your attention to detail and the story behind your pieces - amazing 😁. The broomstick and miniture witches are fab! Wishing you a Happy October and Weekend! J 😊

  9. Fabulous project, Maura packed full of so many wonderful Tim products...this is a feast for the eyes and I love that skeleton with his hat, it's just the perfect finishing touch! Hugs <3

  10. wow how you decorated the coffin box laden with lots of spookiness and that skeleton with the hat is just adorable...hugs kath xxx

  11. Great work with all the details in your project!!!

  12. Wow, look at all those amazing details! Fantastic project Maura, I wish I could see it in real life. The finish of the coffin box is really cool and I love the hat you added to the skeleton.

  13. Oh wow.... this is such a fantastic Halloween project, Maura. All the embellishments and details are awesome! :)

  14. this is super spooky Maura! A perfect halloween creation!!

  15. So fun and creepy, Maura! Love your coffin shadow box filled with spooky Halloween elements! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Wow wow wow, stunning coffin , the details are amazing,love the design! barbara


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