Despite the popularity of crafts as a hobby, you don’t see a lot of crafting in popular culture, maybe because zombies don’t have the dexterity to ink and stamp. So when I read that Laura Childs just released the latest novel in her series entitled “Scrapbooking Mysteries,” complete with scrapbooking tips, I picked up a copy from the bookstore that evening.
The series features Carmela Bertrand, owner of a scrapbooking store in the Big Easy, who has a knack for puzzling out solutions to the murders that frequently happen around her. In the latest book, Gossamer Ghost, Carmela discovers the owner of a neighboring business stabbed in his store on the eve of Halloween. Although her boyfriend is a police detective, Carmela can’t help sleuthing, aided by her spunky best friend. Childs flavors the story with New Orleans culture, including a merchant called Juju Voodoo and recipes for seafood bisque and beignets. What’s not to love?
Although the crafting tips are compiled at the end of the book, they are also interspersed throughout the story, as Carmela shares ideas with her customers. As a crafty person, I had fun reading about a main character advising on (among other things) creating a pirate-themed scrapbook. I don’t think a real-life Carmela would find customers as receptive to her every suggestion as they are in the book, but it is supposed to be fiction!
As you’d expect, given Gossamer Ghost is a mystery novel and not a craft book, the craft ideas are very simple. They’re still inspiring, though, and I had to try one. I decided to make my own version of the spooky wine labels Carmela crafts for a customer’s Halloween celebration.
Using white cardstock, I die cut a label shape (Spellbinders), then stamped the letters (NPW stamps).
Now for the real fun: irRESISTible “blood.” Using the spray bottle, I dripped irRESISTible in Love Letter onto the label, then flicked the nozzle gently to get a bit of spatter. For a more intense spatter, just spray the irRESISTible.
All that’s left is adhering. First, I removed the bottle’s label by softening the adhesive with a heat gun. Once you’ve peeled off the label, remove any excess glue on the bottle by softening it with a heat gun, then wiping it off using StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner. Then, apply adhesive to your label and stick it on.
Have you read any of Laura Childs’ “Scrapbooking Mysteries” or a similar novel? What do you think of novels featuring scrapbooking or other crafts? Comment below by 11:59 PM PST on Halloween (Friday, Oct. 31) for your chance to win a copy of Gossamer Ghost and a bottle of irRESISTible.