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    Next Week is Thanksgiving?!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Ornament Frame Set Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Although I dearly love the rain I hear outside (and 115 degrees last summer was beyond the pale for Northern California), Thanksgiving?! I am not ready. There are pies to be baked… But back to the subject at hand: Before I show off cute, mid-century-inspired Christmas ornaments (and a new sale!): a new FREE gift kit!

    Fall Embellishments Mix FREE Gift Kit! As Thanksgiving is next week, I remembered these cute acrylic leaf & acorn cabochons I found, and added some mini pine cones, pine garland, and some of the new Sage Paper Bows Wired Ribbon (plus some of the sold out metallic copper wired ribbon with similar bows).

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, November 16-20 (2017) will receive one of the Fall Embellishments Mix Gift Kits FREE!
     

    Retro Ornaments by Shannon Cooper

    The Design Team have been so inspired with retro Christmas images this season! I love all the samples from the kit this month (psst… that’s a link to the Pinterest board for the kit).

    As always, Shannon
    does a fab job paying attention to the details: like the flocked hat and collar on that (adorable) kitten below at left. And the 3D pom pom on the snowman’s ear muffs makes me smile. (Did you notice Shannon swapped out the little bird that was sitting on the snowman’s raised hand for a candy cane?)

    My Christmas wishes were answered with this month’s kit at Alpha Stamps, a kit that is chock full of mid century goodness and oodles of rosy cheeked Santas and snowmen. I’m in love with all of the vintage images like Frosty (below at right).

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list. AND be sure to come back to see ANOTHER ornament by Shannon down in the Giveaway section!


     

    (More) Retro Ornaments by Kim Ayers (aka Miz Bella)

    Wow! Look at that (slightly manic) snowman in the ornament below at right! And a shaker using Diamond Dust and one of the Clear Plastic Round Domes to boot! The snowman himself is an image from the Retro Xmas Round Ornaments Collage Sheet. And though I cropped the image to see a close-up, that’s the Ornament Frame Set – Bauble as the base.

    One of my all-time favorite Christmas (Holiday, December, Solstice, winter, whatever) themes is mid-century. What I really love and collect are the elves and pixies from that time period but snowmen and Santa are always a good choice for me as well.

    Read more in Bella’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list (like that little green 3D tree wrapped into the garland frame on the ornament at left).


     

    A New Sale!

    ALL Cast Metal Miniatures are on Sale — 35% to 50% off! That includes ELEVEN new designs! (Some shown at left and right, and some more below). The sale ends MONDAY night, November 20th. Over 60 items!

    Go see them all now!
     

     
    Hooray for the Jolly Old Elf Giveaway!

    Wow! ANOTHER cool Christmas ornament by Shannon Cooper! This time with the classic Round chipboard base (and another image from the Retro Christmas Collage Sheet).

    EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (And that includes supplies for ALL THREE of her ornaments!)

    Note: as there’s a Ornament Frame Set Kit included in the supply list, if something is listed that’s already included in the kit, I’ll just include one set/item.

    To enter the Jolly Old Elf Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, November 17, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with all these supplies? And how far are you along in making Christmas cards or presents?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Tiny Diorama Box Giveaway? Cynthia Penney! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    29 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 16th, 2017

    Tiny Diorama Boxes & Little Ghouls Swap Winner!

    Filed under Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Teri Calia

    See below for info on the FREE gift ending tomorrow night, but first…

    Oh my! Look at those fabulous ATCs by prize winner Laurie Davis! What lucky ducks will get one of those in the swaps (that have just mailed out, so keep a look out for your package). See all the artwork in the Gallery. Or learn more about what this swap was about.


     

    Tinsel Rain Christmas by Kristin Batsel

    Kristin made an adorable shadowbox, using the new Tiny Diorama Box: A flat, laser-cut chipboard shape (with folds pre-scored) to fold together a miniature vintage ornament box. Finished size is approx. 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (scaled down from an actual box). 1″ deep.

    It looks perfect, sitting with 2 vintage boxes in the photo below.

    You may not have access to a vintage ornament box, but here’s how you can get the the same look of one with some supplies from Alpha Stamps: a Tiny Diorama Box and A Very Merry Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad. I used paper from the pad for both the inside and outside of the box, fussy cutting elements of some of the paper to create logos and box design. In the photo below, the two boxes in back are vintage; the one in the front is a fake.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post (including a mini tutorial on how she replicated the vintage look) and/or see everything from her supply list.


     

    TWO Diorama Box Ornaments by Teri Calia

    Aw… how cute it this?! Not only did Teri make a new collage sheet (with miniatures of 2 different vintage ornament boxes, resized to fit the front (and sides) of the Tiny Diorama Box) but she also made 2 ornaments!

    A BIG THANKS goes to Kristin Batsel who was kind enough to photograph her vintage ornament boxes for me! After getting my hands on a hard copy of said collage sheet, I proceeded to craft my heart out and produced two little ornament box ornaments. They are decorated both front and back. I think they are pretty darn cute and will look adorable hanging on a Christmas tree!

    Read more (and see all the supplies) in Teri’s blog post. Be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to see ANOTHER ornament using this tiny box!


     

     

    Hooray for the Tiny Diorama Box Giveaway!

    Wow! ANOTHER ornament made with the Tiny Diorama Box! This one by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana!

    The box is quite sturdy and it’s a fun size to work with. It’s not itty bitty so those who don’t work in miniature will undoutedly find it relatively easy to work with

    Some Wired Pine Needle Stem accents the opening of the frame. For some added chilly winter effect I applied some Twinklets Diamond Dust to these berries.

    The paper used on the box is Vintage Christmas Snowglobes Scrapbook Paper and the Santa image is from the Snug In Their Beds Collage Sheet.

    A tiny bit of organza ribbon and addtional glitter to finish it off, and I’m ready to tackle winter (not really… but lets just pretend I’ve got it together).

    See more photos in Nichola’s blog post.

    EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    To enter the Tiny Diorama Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, November 13, 2017).

    AND tell me: What will you make with your Tiny Diorama Box?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Snowglobe Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barb A! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    64 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 12th, 2017

    Easy Custom Gift Bags & Christmas Ornaments

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Before we see Christmas artwork by 2 artists: a new FREE gift kit!

    Xmas Tags FREE Gift Kit!
    With all the cute gift bags and ornaments today, I thought some little gift tags to attach to your prezzies were in order! There are 3 variations shown at left, each set includes:
    - 5 custom tags
    - 1 tag from A Very Merry Christmas Cardstock Frames & Tags
    - one of these extra embellishments:
       - New Red Poinsettias Button
       - 21mm Candy Cane
       - 25mm Laughing Snowman Cabochon

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, November 9-13 (2017) will receive one of the Xmas Tags Gift Kits FREE!
     

    Let’s start off today’s pretties with FOUR adorable (small) gift bags by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)! I know those clear snowflake are less than an inch wide, so I’m guessing that little bag is about 4″ wide…

    Feeling pretty bah-humbug this year for the upcoming great money exchange, I decided that I am giving out gift cards, black licorice and lumps of coal. So whose been naughty and whose been nice?

    Since these items are small, I’ll need small gift/treat bags so I decided to make my own after finding these cute little white bags from Michaels.

    Basically it takes just about no time at all to make the bags. I loved the Vintage Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad as well as the retro gift tags that were printed on one of the pages. The reindeer bag was made by cutting out two strips of paper from the paper pad glued down so that it would look like a present. The edges of the image are inked in black since I didn’t have a red or green stamp pad, but black does match coal quite nicely so I went with it. Glued the image down, then added the Flat Back Clear Iridescent Snowflakes and bow with a hot glue gun. The Santa image came from the Retro Xmas Round Ornaments Collage Sheet and since the image by itself was too flimsy, I backed it with some of the chipboard that Alpha Stamps uses to keep your collage sheets from getting bent in the mail. (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!) The Santa bag took a few minutes longer since I had to wait for the Stickles to dry on Santa’s beard, but no matter what, waiting for glue to dry is a lot better than fighting the crowds just to buy decorated gift bags.

    In case you’re wondering why I decided to make a Halloween treat bags as well since it has already passed, it’s because I love the images from the The Witching Hour Images from the Past Ephemera Sheet. Well that, and everyday is Halloween around here for our family! I think the Halloween references in the images are subtle, so they could also be used for New Years Eve and/or Carnaval gift/treat bags.

    Here’s a link to Bella’s supply list for quick links to the supplies for all 4 bags.


     


    Manly Plaid Ornaments by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    I love these new ornaments by Rhonda! They are bright and cheery, yet the plaid papers make them feel nostalgic. Here’s a bit about those plaid choices from Rhonda’s blog post:

    You may have notice my “Manly Plaid” papers. They are from the Tim Holtz Christmas 8×8 Paper Stash. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them and really wanted to create ornaments that seemed more “husband friendly” as well as not so “over the top” which I usually like to do.

    Rhonda used all 3 of the chipboard ornament frame sets we announced earlier this month. And the ever-popular snowman is making another appearance: He just seems the perfect size (and adorable expression) to be popping out of the round window in these ornaments.

    Here’s a link to Rhonda’s supply list for quick links to the supplies for all 3 ornaments.

    And be sure to visit her blog post, for lots more photos and tips, like creating a hanger from seam binding and using the back layer from the ornament set to help secure the hanger.


    Hooray for the Snowglobe Giveaway!

    I just couldn’t let that photo of a plain, empty snowglobe (above) be the last image. So I was looking for little items that fit the snowglobe and my poking around turned into this Giveaway set!

    All of these items are in the Giveaway (and shown at left and/or below in that big giant photo!):
    - New DIY Snowglobe
    - Miniature Reindeer
    - Woodland Tree Lot – 5 Small TreesBack in Stock
    - New Fluffy Winter Snow
    - 1/4 Inch Red Holly Berry Stems
    - A flurry of greenery (short ends from some sold out items, plus Holly Berry Garland, Mini Pine & Berry Garland and a Wired Pine Needle Stem)
    - And one of the new Xmas Tags Gift Kits! (This tag set includes one of the new Red Poinsettias Buttons.)


     


     To enter the Snowglobe Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, November 10, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with this group of goodies? That’s a lot of trees for one snowglobe… do you have other plans for them?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Autumn Harvest Buffet Giveaway? Susan! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 9th, 2017

    Autumn Harvest and New Christmas Goodies!

    Filed under Art Projects, Flowers, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Before the beautiful new project by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper, a reminder of the current sale and FREE gift — both ending TOMORROW night, November 6th:

    Inspired by Laura Carson’s nostalgic Christmas Ornaments, ALL ORDERS through Monday, November 6 (2017) will receive one of the new Victorian Children Ornaments Collage Sheet FREE!

    5 round images sized to fit the Chipboard Ornament Layers or Ornament Frame Sets (2-1/2″ diameter circles).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, November 6th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!

    Bonus: If you place an order AND enter the Giveaway (below), I’ll also include a custom set of coordinating ribbons!

    Related Sale: EVERYTHING in the Victorian Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off! BIG section: over 90 collage sheets and that section includes lots of Christmas options! The sale also ends Monday night, November 6th! Go check ‘em out.
     

    Autumn Harvest Buffet
    by Shannon Cooper

    Wow! I love the pretty fall buffet that Shannon made! From the “give thanks” banner to all the woodland creatures (stashing their food in bowls?) it’s so colorful and warm. (And it has turned cold here suddenly so the warmth is perfect.)

    Shannon started with the new Unfinished Buffet with Scalloped Top Trim A great piece for displaying trinkets. And with the space under the 4 drawers (that open) you could put baskets of goodies. Maybe use this as a display piece in a mini antique store? But here’s what Shannon thinks:

    The buffet has four functioning drawers to hold bits and pieces. I’d like to think that is where the squirrels have stashed their bounty (after they tossed the silverware, of course).

    Under the buffet hides a hedgehog and a gnome in an acorn cap bowl. There’s also a rustic metal bucket filled with golden apples, a couple pumpkins, and polymer clay squash in a wire basket. The squash were shaped and a hole was poked in the top so after baking I could add a tiny length of toothpick for the stem. They are odd squash but that’s what they look like in my head.

    That Shannon is soooo talented! Check out the cornucopia she made (!). From her blog: “I followed a really great tutorial on how to weave a miniature cornucopia, and even though it came out a little wonky, I was pleasantly surprised with the results.”
    Hm… I see no wonkiness, just a really cute, little cornucopia!

    I love the vase of flowers Shannon made (see the close-up in the large photo at left — and check out her blog post for a tutorial on the flowers). That little metal vase is from her stash. I went looking for a similar one and remembered Teri Calia’s earlier Marie’s Boudoir project using a glass pitcher as a vase… and a found a new Glass Pitcher that’s a good match for both.

    Hey, in that same photo… did you recognize the bowl on the shelf above the vase? I didn’t at first, it’s one of the planters from the Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots that Shannon repainted!

    Another note about that photo… sadly, the orange pumpkin teapot shown is no longer available. But they have other vegetable or fruit teapots… a few options are at right… please let me know in your comments on the Giveaway if any of those would be useful as a replacement.

    Read more about Shannon’s buffet in her blog post and/or see everything from Shannon’s supply list. Be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to win lots of supplies from Shannon’s project!

     
    Hooray for the Autumn Harvest Buffet Giveaway!

    There’s so much to take in… I zoomed in on another section (under the table) for the photo at right, but the Giveaway items are from the whole project:

    - Unfinished Buffet with Scalloped Top Trim
    - S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet
    - Into the Woods Collage Sheet
    - Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots
    - Clump Foliage – Fall Mix
    - Fall Burlap Fiber Set
    - Glass Maple Leaves
    - Mini Ceramic Garden Gnome Beads
    - Mushrooms – Red
    - Small Pine Cones
    - Acorn Caps

    Here’s a repeat of Shannon’s supply list (psst! that link shows photos and links to all of the goodies Shannon used, including the list from above of what’s included in the Giveaway).
     

    To enter the Autumn Harvest Buffet Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, November 6, 2017).

    AND tell me: What will you make with all these items? Also, repeating my request from above: vegetable or fruit teapots? (btw, those are a pear, orange, purple bell pepper, and watermelon).

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Good Wishes Ornaments Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Debbie Stine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 5th, 2017

    Christmas Ornaments by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Ornament Frame Set Kit, Sale

    Before we see FIVE lovely Christmas ornaments: a new FREE gift and a NEW sale!

    FREE GIFT! Inspired by Laura Carson’s nostalgic Christmas Ornaments, ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, November 2-6 (2017) will receive one of the new Victorian Children Ornaments Collage Sheet FREE!

    5 round images sized to fit the Chipboard Ornament Layers or Ornament Frame Sets (2-1/2″ diameter circles).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, November 6th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!

    Bonus: If you place an order AND enter the Giveaway (below), I’ll also include a custom set of coordinating ribbons!

    Related Sale: EVERYTHING in the Victorian Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off! BIG section to peruse: over 90 collage sheets and that section includes lots of Christmas options! The sale also ends Monday night, November 6th! Go check ‘em out.
     

    Christmas Ornaments by Laura Carson

    Wait… I thought you said Laura made FIVE ornaments?! It’s true. Though I’ve used a fair amount of space to show off 4 ornaments below, the 5th is shown down in the Giveaway section.

    I love mixing patterns (and apparently, so does Laura!) And using the Vintage Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad makes it easy to mix and match, and still keep everything coordinating.

    Plus Laura had fun with layers and layers of berries, ribbons, snowflakes, trees, holly, glitter… these ornament sets are fast to make and easy to play around with.

    Here’s a link to Laura’s supply list for quick links to the supplies for all 5 ornaments. And you’ll want to visit Laura’s blog post for instructions and more photos. Be sure to come back though, ’cause beside the cute new Christmas trims below, the Giveaway includes EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list!


     


     Hooray for the Good Wishes Ornaments Giveaway!

    I had a hard time picking a favorite from Laura’s ornaments, but I decided on Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year shown at left.

    Though lucky you (one of you!), you don’t need to pick just one. As I mentioned above: EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list is included in this Giveaway!

    I’ll just highlight a couple here:
    - Ornament Frame Set – Star
    - White Iridescent Snowflake Garland (yes! chop it up! you can use the snowflakes as separate items!)
    - Winter Kids Collage Sheet (the girls in the center)
    - Vintage Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad (the background papers for ALL of the ornaments)

    Note: as there’s a Ornament Frame Set Kit included in the supply list, if something is listed that’s already included in the kit, I’ll just include one set/item.

    Bonus #1: I’m including the new Victorian Children Ornaments Collage Sheet (see above for info about all orders receiving it FREE) AND the custom ribbon set (ditto about more info above) and a reminder: enter the Giveaway to get the 2nd FREE gift with your order!

    Bonus #2: I’m including the one of the Candle Holder w Fluted Base — and a note: I’ve just put a bunch of the cast metal miniatures on clearance (making room for some new ones on order!) so check the sale page to see what’s on sale.

    Bonus #3 (!): I’m including one of the new Mixed Matte Red, White & Burgundy Berry Sprigs as I think they’re prefect for decorating an ornament!

    To enter the Good Wishes Ornaments Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, November 3, 2017)!

    And tell me: Which ornament of Laura’s inspires you most? (Or which of the Ornament Frame Sets do you have plans for first?)

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Ornament Frame Set Kit Giveaway? Linda Brun! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 2nd, 2017

    Christmas Ornaments (and the last Halloween FREE Gift)!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Ornament Frame Set Kit, Teri Calia

    Before we dive into all the new Christmas goodies, artwork from TWO artists (and NEW kit): Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night, October 30th: Antiqued Anatomy Tags FREE Gift Kit!

    I love Halloween (and I bet you do, too). I had some ideas for more gifts but we’ll have to be content with this last Halloween-themed gift kit: Antiqued Anatomy Tags (plus a little glass bottle filled with glitter and a snip of tiny ribbon)!

    The bottle is one of the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles, and the ribbon is from the new 1/16 Inch Black Satin Ribbon!

    I designed the tags with illustrations from vintage anatomy books (over grungy parchment) to be used “as is” or to be the base for more arting. And the tags are in multiple sizes so you tie one on a gift or as a tag on a tiny bottle.

    The new collage sheet (AND the filled bottle & ribbon) is Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, October 30th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!
     

    NEW Ornament Frame Set Kit

    This kit includes a new chipboard ornament set (a simple set of a front piece with a window and a flat back with a scalloped edge — both with a hole for hanging). I designed this year’s ornament to have space for decorating (around the edges of the main image you put in the center).

    Plus 12 mini papers with zippy Christmas prints, star sequins, ribbons for decorating or hanging AND a new collage sheet with fun images for the center.

    Beside the 2-layer, Round Ornament Frame Set (exclusive to this kit), this kit contains:

    Collage Sheet:
    - New! Retro Xmas Round Ornaments Collage Sheet (Wow! There is so much mid-century cute here you may faint!)

    Scrapbook Paper:
    - TWELVE 6″ x 6″ double-sided papers — one each of all the patterns in the New Vintage Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad.

    Trims:
    - SIX yards of ribbons (a subset of a new ribbon set linked below)
    - 2.5mm Multicolor Star Sequins (A bunch of tiny stars in a cute little plastic “tin”. The lid screws on so you (hopefully) won’t end up with stars all over the floor.)

    Introductory Sale! The four collage sheets with 2-1/2″ round designs (that fit all 3 of the new ornament frame sets) are on sale for 50% off through Monday night, October 30th! That includes the new collage sheet shown above at left!

    Artwork! See the first wide photo below for an adorable snowman ornament by Teri Calia (with the central image coming from the Retro Xmas Round Ornaments Collage Sheet)! Teri used the Ornament Frame Set – Bauble as her starting point, added papers from the Tim Holtz Christmas 8×8 Paper Stash, tons of snowflake and star embellishments, and made some little drippy snowdrifts with a Dimensional Snow Writer. More info and photos in Teri’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies (that’s for 2 ornaments… more on that 2nd one in a sec).

    More info about the new kit is on the Ornament Frame Set Kit page. And remember to scroll down to the Giveaway on this page to see ANOTHER ornament by Teri using this kit!

    More Artwork! Santa and Snowman Ornaments (see the second wide photo below) are by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! So bright and cheery! Kristin used the Ornament Frame Set – Star and Ornament Frame Set – Round as the base of her projects, with lots of papers and ribbons from the kit. Plus she shows how to use Dresden border strips (straight) around a curve (like the turquoise scallops around the center of the snowman ornament). More info in the Kristin’s blog post. Here’s Kristin’s supply list so you can see all the extra trims Kristin added.


     


     

     
    Hooray for the Ornament Frame Set Kit Giveaway!

    Wow! I love everything about this ornament by Teri Calia! Teri started with the new kit (for the chipboard frame set, the green ribbon, and the central Santa image (and the “Santa Claus” banner underneath) — so the kit is (of course!) in the Giveaway!

    Here are a couple more things Teri added (that I’m also including in the Giveaway):
    - Cream Ribbon with Velvet Polka Dots (so cute pleated around the ornament)
    - Maidenhair Fern Pick – Platinum (a little snip of this will quickly add some sparkle to a lot of future ornaments)
    - Rusty Star Ornament Set (a nice contrast with all the sparkle)
    - Tim Holtz 8×8 Kraft Paper Stash – Christmas (that’s a BIG pad… with all those red and white prints, you can go crazy with ornaments!)
    - Tiny White Snowflake Buttons (bunches of snowflakes!)
    - Holiday Disguises Collage Sheet (that Santa hat over on the right side of the ornament almost looks like a 3D felt hat!)

    BONUS: I’m including a Silly Snowmen Ornaments Half Sheet, as those images fit the ornament sets, too!

    To enter the Ornament Frame Set Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, October 30, 2017).

    AND tell me: Snowmen or Santa? Which image from the kit collage sheet or the extra snowmen collage sheet will you use first?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Ghoul Manor Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Verna! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 29th, 2017

    It’s almost Halloween!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Halloween, Little Ghouls Kit, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper

    What? The end of the Halloween season? Say it’s not so!

    I love Halloween (and I bet you do, too). I had some ideas for more gifts but we’ll have to be content with this last Halloween-themed gift kit: Antiqued Anatomy Tags (plus a little glass bottle filled with glitter and a snip of tiny ribbon)!

    The bottle is one of the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles, and the ribbon is from the new 1/16 Inch Black Satin Ribbon!

    I designed the tags with illustrations from vintage anatomy books (over grungy parchment) to be used “as is” or to be the base for more arting. And the tags are in multiple sizes so you tie one on a gift or as a tag on a tiny bottle.

    The new collage sheet (AND the filled bottle & ribbon) is Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, October 30th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!


     


    Halloween ATCs by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    We have TWO fab projects today! First these adorable ATCs by Miz Bella!

    Aw… I love the tiny prints (and the subtle Halloween palette) in The Witching Hour Mini Prints Scrapbook Paper Set (the backgrounds of all 4 of these ATCs).

    Plus with the sharp contrast of the ATC frames painted black (and gussied up with some iridescent glitter)… those vintage tykes from the Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet have the perfect frame.

    Here’s a link to Bella’s supply list for quick links to all those Halloween supplies.


     

     
    Hooray for the Ghoul Manor Giveaway featuring artwork by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Oh my! Look at that fabulous haunted house! Love, love, love the shabby look, the roof additions Shannon added, the scalloped shingled roof over the door and window on the first floor… pretty much everything she did!

    One of my favorite books as a kid was It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky. It is a collection of short Halloween poems that I read until it nearly fell apart. It went with me when I moved out and was eventually read countless times to all of my kids. The pages are yellowed and the cover is frightful, but we still pull it out every October to read at least eight times before Halloween. In the book there is a poem about a group of ghouls having a party in a haunted house. So, when I learned of the haunted house shadowbox from Alpha Stamps, I knew how it was to be decorated.

    The facade of the small haunted house shadowbox was altered a little using heavy cardstock…


     


    I started by cutting out two roof shapes, the larger roof section being double-layered since I wanted that portion to protrude a bit more. The windows were cut out of the new large roof piece and then all of the windows were glued in place.

    To make the wood siding, I cut several strips of paper in varied widths (it’s Chesterville Whitford 12 x 12 and already has a nice aged look about it. I still grunged it up). The strips were glued on and more tiny scalloped shingles were put on the upper roof. The entire inside of the shadowbox was painted black before all of the little ghouls and demons were added, and I decided to give the Pumpkin Girl glowing eyes.

    Head over to Shannon’s blog to see more photos showing how she customized the haunted house (and how she cleverly hid the wiring for the light). Oh, and for the poem!

    This Giveaway includes EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!

    To enter the Ghoul Manor Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 27, 2017)!

    And tell me: what part of Shannon’s haunted house do you like best? (Or what detail inspires you most?) I’m torn between the addition of cardstock pieces to make dormer windows and the backlit pumpkin girl.

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Haunted House Shadowbox Giveaway? Rise St Arno! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 26th, 2017

    Haunted House Shadowbox by Nichola Battilana

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Giveaways, Mini Haunted House Kit, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    First a reminder: MONDAY, October 23rd is the deadline for artwork to be postmarked for the Little Ghouls ATC Swap! (Where has the time gone?!) And if you need some last minute spooky images to finish your project (though at this late date I’d suggest a digital file): a new sale!

    EVERYTHING in the Halloween Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off! BIG section to peruse: over 160 collage sheets!

    The sale ends Monday night, October 23rd! Go check ‘em out.

    FREE GIFT through Monday Night: Haunted House Kraft 12×12 Paper Set!
    Harlequin diamonds; cat, hats & bats (!); and faux vintage ads (all printed single-sided on heavy kraft cardstock). I love the tight palette plus (of course) the images!

    All orders over $24 placed Thursday through TOMORROW, October 19-23 (2017) will receive one of these paper sets FREE! More info in Thursday’s newsletter.
     

    Haunted House Shadow Box by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

    Wow! This is such a great haunted house! Nice, sharp contrasts with all the orange and black (and a few extras like purple).

    A little haunted house shadow box today. Inside a collection of spooky ooky bits…

    I’ve kept the little spaces pretty simple and haven’t cluttered them up too much since they’ll be covered by the house exterior most of the time.

    The papers I used for the background are the Tim Holtz 8×8 Kraft Paper Stash. I like them a whole bunch! The simple black and orange patterns are nice and functional and easy to coordinate.

    If you know me at all, you know I’m a bit lazy when it comes to hinges. I’ve opted to not have hinges in this piece at all and simply use a length of ribbon that is tied around the back and hold the front of the front facade in place.

    Read more in Nichola’s blog post (and see the Giveaway below for some suggestions by Nichola on other haunted house variations).

    Be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to win lots of supplies from Nichola’s project! And check out the new glittery floral picks (and miniatures) below the photos of the creepy girl!


     

     
    Hooray for the Haunted House Shadowbox Giveaway!

    See the wide photo below with a close-up of another section of Nichola’s shadowbox? I love the simplicity and the colors!

    So to start off this Giveaway, all of these fab supplies from Nichola’s project:
    - Small Haunted House Add-On Kit (that includes not only the shadowbox and the window trims, but also the Halloween Labels Collage Sheet that Nichola used in the photo below (the purple label) — and the black & white number “31″ that’s at the top of the outside of her haunted house).
    - Little Darlings Collage Sheet (creepy girl!)
    - Tim Holtz 8×8 Kraft Paper Stash – Halloween
    - Red Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
    - Baroque Dresden Borders – Black
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
    - Acrylic Black Standing Cat Cut-Out

    AND a set of the Haunted House Kraft 12×12 Paper Set mentioned above! (You can never have too many black and orange diamond patterns!)


     

     
    To enter the Haunted House Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, October 23, 2017).

    AND tell me: What will you make? Will you follow any of Nichola’s suggestions? (“Mine is filled with just a mish-mash of halloween images, but it would be a load of fun to create a themed house. A vampire abode. A monster mansion. Or maybe even include pics of your own family members in their Halloween regalia.”)

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Grow Where You are Planted Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Debi H! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    70 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 22nd, 2017

    2 Halloween Projects! NEW Sale & FREE Gift!

    Filed under Giveaways, Guest Designers, Halloween, Little Ghouls Kit, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Swaps

    We have 2 Halloween projects today! Plus some new Christmas trims and a couple new box feet you’ll love!

    But first a reminder: MONDAY, October 23rd is the deadline for artwork to be postmarked for the Little Ghouls ATC Swap! (Where has the time gone?!) And if you need some last minute spooky images to finish your project (though at this late date I’d suggest a digital file): a new sale!

    EVERYTHING in the Halloween Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off! BIG section to peruse: over 160 collage sheets!

    The sale ends Monday night, October 23rd! Go check ‘em out. Plus check below for a new FREE Gift with a similar Halloween theme!
     

    Little Ghouls ATCs by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Here’s some more inspiration for Halloween ATCs! I love these jazzy ATCs that Rhonda made (plaid with skeletons? ahem… you’ll see even more Halloween plaids later in this newsletter).

    Personally, I wish it were Halloween all year long so I could keep making spooky art work.

    Every time I catch a glance of one of these Halloween Darlings or Little Demons I giggle and snort because they just look too perfect and their expressions are to “die” for!

    So even though my cards look complicated, they were super easy to make with these fancy overlays. I can’t wait to see the ATCs I receive from other artists. I already know they will be spook-tacular, creepy-ative and fright-abulous!

    Here’s a link to Rhonda’s supply list. See more photos on her blog post.

     
    New FREE Gift:
    Haunted House Kraft 12×12 Paper Set

    Yes! I love this set and it was just announced 2 (or maybe 3) weeks ago! Still available to purchase, but there’s enough here to give some away!

    Harlequin diamonds; cat, hats & bats (!); and faux vintage ads (all printed single-sided on heavy kraft cardstock). I love the tight palette plus (of course) the images!

    THREE 12" x 12" single-sided cardstock kraft sheets. More photos are on the paper set page.

    All orders over $24 on Thursday through Monday, October 19-23 (2017) will receive one of these paper sets FREE!

    Please note: do NOT add this paper set to your order or you will be charged for it (unless you would like to purchase an additional set). The FREE paper set will automatically be added to all qualifying orders so you do not need to do anything special.
     

     
    Hooray for the Grow Where You are Planted Giveaway featuring artwork by Guest Designer Ginny Nemchek!

    We are so excited to have the uber-talented Ginny Nemchek as the Guest Designer for October!

    Ginny took the Little Ghouls Kit and extras from her own stash to create this spooktacular Grow Where You are Planted Halloween Decor Shadow Box (see the big, wide photo below). After Ginny created her shadowbox, she lined each cubby with assorted papers from the Bewitched 6×6 Paper Pad.

    “Going with a spooky garden theme I created bat flowers growing on copper stems with itty bitty buttons and charms added. The little gardener chap has a wheelbarrow to harvest his crop and fanciful wings, altered chipboard gate, and a mossy field to plant in.

    “Star garland and glittery strips add texture and brings the design out onto the front of the frame. The trick to adding layers of vintage images is to include foam spacers for depth.”

    Head over to Ginny’s blog to find out how she made the shadowbox and to see more photos.

    Psst… Ginny is selling this shadowbox in her Etsy show: Polly’s Paper Studio.

    This Giveaway includes EVERYTHING in Ginny’s supply list for her Grow Where You are Planted Halloween Decor Shadow Box! Note: as there’s a Little Ghouls Kit included in the supply list, if something is listed that’s already included in the kit, I’ll just include one set/item.


     


    To enter the Grow Where You are Planted Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 20, 2017)!

    And tell me: what part Ginny’s shadowbox do you like best? (Or what detail inspires you most?) I’m quite fond of the copper wire wrapped around the black bats and coiled around the chipboard wrought iron fence (to have the bats growing in the garden — see the close-up in the top right of my big photo).

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Teatime in Wonderland Giveaway? Deborah T! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 19th, 2017

    Halloween in Wonderland & Related FREE Tea Gift Kit!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Sale, Teri Calia

    Eek! You are going to LOVE the new Halloween room box by Teri Calia! But first a tiny reminder about the sale ending TOMORROW. (And more info on the Alice/Tea FREE gift related to Teri’s project is below.)

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night, October 16th:

    EVERYTHING in the Paper Theatres Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off!

    Laura Carson’s House Of Ghosts from Thursday’s newsletter included lots of windows and other architectural trims (all distressed to look old and abandoned). So I picked out a collage sheet section that includes windows (or curtains)… 87 options! The sale ends Monday night, October 16th!
     

    Halloween in Wonderland Room Box by Teri Calia

    Everything about this project is sooo perfect for Halloween: the color palette is loverly, the reupholstery of the footstool in an orange and black checked fabric is too cute, all the treats on the table (including tiny painted cookies) are bright and colorful (see a close-up below), and the little scene on the wall shelf with painted figurines in purple… a purple Cheshire cat is inspired!

    Today’s project is one of my favorites as it combines two of my favorite things, Alice in Wonderland and Halloween. I started off with a Corner Room Box, then covered it with some Halloween in Wonderland paper. A little black paint and some black Dresden to give the outside a polished finish and I was all set to add a scene.

    I chose to do a tea party in my scene because I love miniature tea sets and sweets. There wasn’t a lot of room in my box for a tea table, soooo… I used the table parts in the Round Table & Chairs Kit to build half the table. I followed the instruction provided in the box and literally only built half of the table (the supports under the table need to be cut in half but everything else is already in halves).

    I also needed a chair for my tea party, so, I built one of the chairs in the kit and added some spooky extras… a Tiny Resin Skull was glued to the back of the chair and two Resin Boneyard Bones were glued to the sides of the chair instead of the supports from the kit. I sanded down the backs of the bones where they glued onto the chair, with an emery board, so they fit well before I glued them in place with Non-Toxic Cement for Plastic Models.

    Read more in Teri’s blog post (including how she sprayed all the pieces to be painted with primer). And here’s a link to her Halloween in Wonderland Room Box supply list.

    And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to win lots of supplies from Teri’s project!


     

     
    New FREE Gift: Teatime for Halloween Gift Kit

    Ah… super cute: a teapot, one set of teacup plus saucer, and 2 mini scrapbook papers:
    - Halloween in Wonderland – Square Hare
    and
    - Moonlit Masquerade (that I think would be perfect to cut into tiny placements).

    Except for that last paper, all of these items are also used by Teri in her room box! (Note: I’m showing fronts & backs of the 2 papers in the photo — and both sides are useful for Halloween.)

    ALL ORDERS on Sunday through Wednesday, October 15-18 (2017) will receive one of these mini kits FREE (until we run out)!
     

     

    Hooray for the Teatime in Wonderland Giveaway!

    I just had to zoom in on that fabulously spooky chair that Teri made! I love how she replaced the chair arms with bones (and see the little inset below for how it looked before being painted).

    So to start off this Giveaway: the bones, and table AND chair kit. (See Teri’s blog post for info about how she used just half of the round table, to save space.)

    Next up: the paper set that is covering front, back and floor of the room box.

    Moving on to that table: You may not have recognized the teapot as Teri changed the colors from white and pink to black and orange: that teapot and a set of teacups is included, too! (It’s so cute how Teri painted 3 of them in different, bright colors and stacked them.)

    Note: those teacups and the teapot are the same ones included in the Teatime for Halloween Gift Kit!

    Finally, check out that close-up in the lower right of the large photo: Teri made a skeleton flamingo! I’m not sure what little plastic flamingo figurine Teri painted, but I’m including the pumpkin and the Spun cotton mushrooms!

    Psst! Here’s a link to everything Teri used for her project, though not everything listed is in this Giveaway.

    To enter the Teatime in Wonderland Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, October 16, 2017).

    AND tell me: This is a lot of items… what will you make? Your own version of Teri’s room box scene? Multiple projects?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the The Ghost Queen Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Catharine McCammon! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    66 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 15th, 2017