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    2 Tomb Shrines & The Charnel House PLUS New Halloween Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Edgar Allan Poe, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Marie Antoinette, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    New art, new goodies! It’s almost October (can you believe it?) so I’ve added a NEW Collage Sheet Sale and a new FREE Gift, both with October in mind!

    ALL Halloween Collage Sheets are 40% off — through FRIDAY night (September 30, 2016)! WOW! That’s a huge section (148 sheets) so grab all those spooky witches, goblins and skeletons you need right now for Halloween projects! Includes popular items like the Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera and Spooky Windows Collage Sheets shown at right.

    NEW Fuzzy Fall Fiber Set FREE Gift! In honor of autumn, just around the corner, I’ve made up little gift sets from the same fibers in this beautiful new Fuzzy Fall Fiber Set! Nice! A new set of soft, fuzzy fibers, just in time for Halloween or all fall/harvesty projects. This set is less black, more tan than the Halloween Fiber Set (but still includes lots of green, orange and purple). These sets are FREE for ALL orders, now through TUESDAY NIGHT, September 27, 2016!

    Learn more & see more photos
     


    Once again, Design Team Member Laura Carson
    does not disappoint! She has made two tombs (shrines really):

    These tombs are my memoriam to Edgar Allan Poe and Marie Antoinette; both gothic, one darker and serious and the other humorous.

    With Poe I featured images of people and animals from his literature. For Marie, I decided to feature her head, which under the circumstances I thought was appropriate. I envisioned her with gothic makeup and a crazy hairdo made from cotton balls.

    I pulled cotton balls apart in long sections. Next, I glued the sections to her paper hair until I felt like it was full enough. It would be easy to shape it into a pouf or any other style you might like.

    Be sure to read more on Laura’s blog post. I think the dyed purple cheesecloth draped behind the oval portrait frame adds the perfect contrast to this subtly colored piece.

    Moving on to Poe… sigh. Laura, this is such a beautiful shrine! Beside his beloved, Annabelle Lee, see the wide photos below for the full effect with all of the pieces together.

    A pretty and easy addition to the Annabelle Lee reliquary is the new Cherub Pendant. I’m sure these pendants will be handy for Christmas projects, too.

    I dressed up the top with tea dyed
    cheese cloth and flanking each side of the pediment are angels from the Facade Architecture Collage Sheet.  The picture of Poe comes from the the Just Poe Collage Sheet and the frame is from the Ghostmore Image Set. At the bottom is a fence made from a Chipboard Gothic Border Trim and painted black. Behind the fence is a piece of Baroque Black Dresden.

    Read more step-by-step instructions, and see more photos in Laura’s blog post, and see her full Supply Lists: Edgar Allan Poe Tomb and Marie Antoinette Tomb.


     


    Wow! Next up is The Charnel House by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper, a spooky Halloween book made from the chipboard tombs (and a lot of other goodies). Beside that fun collage at left, see the wide photo below, too. I love all the texture on these pages. The scrapbook papers from the Miniature Reliquaries Kit are a good start (like the Ancient Stucco Scrapbook Paper in the background at left), then Shannon built up layers of collage sheet images, die-cut chipboard pieces, charms, watercolor pencils, stamps, Dresden trim, markers, paint, and ink.

    I bet you didn’t recognize the children from the Little Imps Collage Sheet as those creepy kids at left!

    “These tiny ghouls are ready for some devilment, don’t you think? They are a little more frightening with stringy hair and bloodshot eyes, made from a bit of fiber and shimmering red Stickles. Again I chopped off parts of some collage images and added others; so many parts, so little time (before Hallowe’en is here)!”

    And the stamps from the 4 Halloween Corners Cling Stamp Set were used all over the place, to add texture and shadows.

    Good job, Shannon! Read more, and see more photos on Shannon’s blog post, and see her full Supply List. Psst! Check below, too, ’cause tons of goodies from Shannon’s supply list are included in today’s GIVEAWAY!


     

     

    Hooray for the The Charnel House Giveaway!

    I picked out a bunch of supplies used in Shannon’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Gothic Arch Tomb
    - Creepy Tree – 5 Inch
    - Lock Spiders – Set of 3 (see how Shannon used it in the tomb window?)
    - 4 Halloween Corners Cling Stamp Set
    - Ancient Stucco Scrapbook Paper
    - Black Dresden Border Sampler Set
    - Little Imps Collage Sheet
    - German Expressionist Horror Collage Sheet
    - Poe Story Elements Collage Sheet

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Bonus: see those 3 scrapbook papers at the bottom of the photo at right? I’m included those, too! They were announced last Thursday and I think they look great together (and for Halloween): Black Woodgrain Scrapbook Paper, Mysterious Skeleton Damask Scrapbook Paper and Barber Shoppe Razor Scrapbook Paper.

    AND as I’ve just put them on Clearance Sale: One of the Bronze Bird on Branch Charm! Check out some other birds just put on clearance.

    To enter the The Charnel House 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, September 26, 2016). And tell me: How would you build up texture on your chipboard tombs? Shannon used watercolor pencils, stamps, Dresden trim, markers, paint, and ink (beyond flat papers)…

    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 Hanging Tree Tunnel Book Giveaway? That would be Jackie PN! Congratulations! Check your email for more info

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 25th, 2016

    Tomb Tunnel Book with Tutorial!

    Filed under Art Projects, Betsy Skagen, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters

    Design Team Member Betsy Skagen took two of the tomb shapes announced earlier this month and turned them into The Hanging Tree Altered Art Tunnel Book. Wow. This is a a great idea (and haunting book) and Betsy also provides a tutorial on how to make the pages (with doorways that get gradually smaller) and how to bind them, too.

    I love all the textures and bits of layers from later in the book that you can see through the doorways. See the wide photo below for a bigger view that might help you see what I mean. (And check out Betsy’s blog post for larger photos.)

    Also note that lantern with a working light in the lower right of the photo at right. Betsy shows how to hide the wires from the lantern in a little wooden coffin that folds together (a paper coffin that looks like wood).

    Here are the lyrics that inspired the project:

    Are you, are you
    Coming to the tree?
    Wear a necklace of rope,
    Side by side with me.
    Strange things did happen here
    No stranger would it be
    If we met at midnight
    In the hanging tree

    See everything Betsy used to create The Hanging Tree Altered Art Tunnel Book in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Betsy’s blog for lots more photos and that tutorial. (And check below as lots of items from Betsy’s artwork are included in today’s Giveaway!)
     


     

     

    Hooray for The Hanging Tree Tunnel Book Giveaway!

    I decided to focus on this page spread from Betsy’s book. I’ve picked out the obvious items shown here, plus a few just glimpsed through the doorway.

    Here’s the list of items included in the Giveaway:
    - Round Roman Pediment Tomb
    - Triangular Greek Pediment Tomb
    - Spiderweb Gate
    - Decorative Windows Set 1:24
    - Creepy Tree – 5 Inch
    - Rust Damask Wallpaper Scrapbook Paper
    - Mysterious Plaid Sheet Music Scrapbook Paper
    - Black Mini Paper Blooms
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Black
    - Cadaver & Digger Undertakers Collage Sheet

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Betsy’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

     
    To enter The Hanging Tree Tunnel Book 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, September 23 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make with your 2 tomb shapes?

    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 Play Amongst the Crypts Giveaway? That would be Mary Mac! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    62 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 22nd, 2016

    Play Amongst the Crypts & Final Day of Halloween Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Miniature Reliquaries Kit, Nichola Battilana

    Halloween Theme Section SALE (20% to 50% off! Yes! Tons of Halloween goodies (285 items!): scrapbook papers, ribbons, chipboard shapes, charms, beads, stencils, Dresden borders, stickers…) To give you a chance to stock up for the swap, this section will stay on sale through TOMORROW, September 19th (that is the same date as the deadline to sign up for the swap — see below).

    Note: that includes some recent additions to this section, like the Chipboard Gothic Chandeliers and the Silver Crescent Moon Dimensional Stickers!
     

    Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
    A reminder about our current swap… and swap samples at right by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! I love these! So simple yet so creepy! Mainly just the Miniature Reliquaries, Latin Stone Scrapbook Paper, and images from the Skeleton Slide Mailers and Skull & Bones Collage Sheets. And a bit more, from Nichola’s blog post:

    I’ve added loads of black Dresden snippets, and some teeny weeny ‘crystals’, dots normally used for decorating finger nails.

    Nice job, Nichola!

    Sign up for the swap by TOMORROW, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more. And see more samples by the Design Team in the Gallery!
     

    Now we have two delightful tombs with Victorian babes, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! (See the wide photo below.)

    First up: Temperence. She gets bored sitting at home, so she loves to decorate the crypts in the nearby cemetery. Here she’s placed several carved pumpkins around the base of the crypt, and is busy stringing up some smaller jack o’lanterns to hang as lanterns. It’s dusk, and she’s evidently disturbed a few bats, who fly around her head.

    To help Temperence stand out, I used adhesive foam tape to attach her to the crypt. The columns and the black vines also help to give this piece a 3D look.

    Here’s Temperence’s younger sister, Auroria. She’s known as a bit of a flibbertigibbet. Somehow, she’s managed to open the spiderweb gate and gain admission to the interior of this crypt. She hasn’t got a care in the world, running around with her glowing jack o’lantern and her three skully balloons. I hope that rat doesn’t bite her. That sucker is huge!

    Good job, Kristin! Read more, and see more photos on Kristin’s blog post, and see her full Supply List. Psst! Check below, too, ’cause EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list is included in today’s GIVEAWAY!


     

     

    Hooray for the Play Amongst the Crypts Giveaway!

    Today’s Giveaway includes everything in Kristin’s Temperence and Auroria Play Amongst the Crypts Supply List! Woo hoo! Not only all the goodies on Auroria’s tomb (shown at right), but also the tomb, background paper, number 31 metal sign (and many more numbers), columns, skulls, pumpkins, and black leaves from her sister Temperence’s tomb!

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork (17 items!), which is also what’s in the Giveaway!

    AND as I’ve just put them on Clearance Sale: One of the Glass Parfait Cups! I can see some bubbling green witchy brew in one of these for a Halloween scene.

    To enter the Play Amongst the Crypts 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, September 19, 2016). And tell me: How will you decorate your 2 Tombs?

    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 Mini Apothecary Giveaway? That would be Bonita Knepp! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 18th, 2016

    New Apothecary in a Split Front Box & FREE Gift Sheet by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Newsletters

    New FREE Collage Sheet! What? A new sheet by Design Team Member Laura Carson, with tons of cool, custom (spooky) labels for tiny bottles!

    These Mini Apothecary Labels are from Laura's Pretty Potions and Poisons Apothecary sized small for tiny bottles!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday, Friday AND Saturday, September 15th through 17th (2016) will receive one of these new collage sheets FREE! More info
     

    Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
    A reminder about our current swap… and swap sample artwork at right by Design Team Member (and our swap hostess) Caroline Ouzts-Hay! I love the ruffled edging Caroline made from seam binding (and the texture over the chipboard overlay made from Dimensional Snow! (Really… under that dark blue paint is snow.)

    Sign up by Monday, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more.
     

    NEW Split Front Box – Large! Remember the Split Front Box from Kristin Batsel's Freak Show? This is a larger version! Approx. 9″ wide x 7″ tall x 3″ deep when closed.

    And Laura Carson has made an amazing Mini Apothecary with this new box! (Ok… “mini” might be confusing. But Laura’s apothecary is mini compared to the large one she made a couple years ago.)

    Laura designed a large group of new collage sheets and digital image sets with book covers and pages for making magical books to fill your apothecary.

    “With a library filled with magical books, you’ll need a special bookstand with a mechanical gizmo that lets you decipher hidden text and tricky spells.

    “In the video I’ll show you various bookmaking techniques, using my new collage sheet images and other materials.

    “I’ve written a series of spells, enchantments, and potions to incorporate into small handmade books. Well except for the “Witches Brew” by Shakespeare. Some are dark and some are light, something for everyone.


    “Of course you can’t have an apothecary without bottles. In the video I’ll the various types of spray paints I used to color and texture the bottles.

    “Checkout the bowl held by two dragons (colored brown and shown in photo at left). Guess what, it’s half of a ping pong ball.”

    I borrowed an image at right (from Laura’s video tutorial) to show a “before and after” shot of the chipboard dragons on the front doors/covers of the box. Such a cool idea to just use some chunky yarn to add veins to the wings, before adding color and texture.

    See everything Laura used to create her Mini Apothecary in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Laura’s blog for lots more tips and photos and that video tutorial. (And check below as lots of items from Laura’s artwork are included in today’s Giveaway!)
     

     

    Hooray for the Mini Apothecary Giveaway!

    Ok… I had to focus on a little section so I didn’t lose my mind. I picked the inside of this door. I particularly like the little niche in the book sitting on top. And the clever use of pen niibs as the legs for the candle holder.

    So even keeping to this small section, here’s the list of items from Laura’s Supply List included in the Giveaway:
    - Split Front Box – Large – New
    - Magical Books #1 Collage Sheet – New
    - Magical Books #2 Collage Sheet – New
    - Magical Book Pages Collage Sheet – New
    - Large Bronze Oak Leaf Acorn Bead Cap
    - Small Amber Bottles with Corks
    - Halloween Green Texture Scrapbook Paper
    - Sage Asian Floral- Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charms
    Scrapbook Paper
    - Apothecary Labels #2 Collage Sheet
    - Dark Rusty Red Suede Paper
    - Potion Bottles Sampler Set (!)

    AND since I pointed them out above, 2 more things:
    Ceramic Winged Dragon Bead
    Halloween Fiber Set (used for the veins on the chipboard dragon’s wings)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Bonus: One of the Mini Apothecary Labels FREE Gift Sheets!

     
    To enter the Mini Apothecary 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, September 16 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make with your Split Front Box? AND with all this swag?

    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 Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet Giveaway? That would be Catharine McCammon! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 15th, 2016

    Christmas & Halloween (& Art x3!) Plus FREE Gift & New Sale!

    Filed under Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Christmas, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    Yes! Even though there is already a sale on the ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section, I’ve just put ALL Halloween Rubber Stamps on sale for 25 to 50% off today thru Tuesday only! That’s over 30 stamps and stamp sets (like the Something Wicked Clear Stamp Set shown at left)! Sale ends Tuesday night, September 13th.

    Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
    A reminder about our current swap… and swap sample artwork at left by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers)! I love that little skeleton man with his legs jutting out of the frame, and the creepy girl in front of the gothic fence!

    Sign up by Monday, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more.
     

    Next up: a new FREE Gift Kit! What? Sassy ’50s vixen? You’ll see why this is appropriate to (some of today’s THREE featured artworks) below. So… a Flirt Flashcards FREE Gift Kit!

    There are 16 cards featuring 8 different vintage-inspired (and smart!) images in the new Cest La Vie Flirt Flashcards. So I’m mixing them up to give you a set of 4 (2 large and 2 small cards)! These mini kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, September 12, 2016!
     

    It’s crazy but we are starting off with some CHRISTMAS artwork! And new papers! (Then we’ll work backward (calendar-wise), and end up back at our favorite holiday: Halloween!)

    Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet by Teri Calia! I love what Teri made using the new Retro Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad! And that adorable scene inside the Arch Top Cabinet with Doors (these papers have teeny tiny prints, small enough even for wallpaper in a 1:12 scale project). Note the things I’ve highlight in the close-ups below:
    - Tiny 10mm Resin Snowmen (hanging on the tree)
    - Tiny Resin Teddy Bear sitting in a red chair
    - Tiny Little Christmas Gifts, and…
    - Tiny 8mm Diameter Glass Globe with Cap (how cute are those hanging glitter ornaments Teri made?!)

    Good job, Teri! Read more, and see more photos on Teri’s blog post, and see her full Supply List. Psst! Check below, too, ’cause EVERYTHING in Teri’s supply list is included in today’s GIVEAWAY!


     

    Next up, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay made the beautiful The Crow's Muse. I’ll let Caroline explain the construction:

    I started with a floral cone and a deconstructed barbie. I cut the floral cone to size and then hollowed it out so that the body of the barbie would slip inside. I decoupaged the cone with old newspaper. You can’t put hot glue directly on the Styrofoam cone, it will melt it. And then I painted it black so you can’t see any of the newspaper bits through her rather sheer skirt. (Oh the scandal!)

    The barbie body is covered with book print (alas nothing by Poe, just some old scifi novel that fell apart on me). For a head I used a relic and artifacts cast – figurehead.

    From the front it looks like these small feathered crows are single wings. From the back you can see that they are two separate crows.  I like to think that they are holding her up as well as helping her fly.

    Her bodice is black seam binding. The spot where her head meets her body is hidden with a black seam binding bow. Black roses in various sizes cascade down her skirt.

    In the folds of her gown she conceals a fabulous chipboard chandelier complete with crows!

    Even more info and photos are in Caroline’s blog post. See everything Caroline used in her supply list.
     

    It’s true… we still have one more project to admire (or get a chuckle from)! This funny Bitch Book Box with ATCs by Teri Calia (again!) uses both sizes of the new Fabulous Paper Pads, along with an ATC Sized Faux Book Box to house a set of ATCs. See Teri’s blog post for more info. See everything Teri used in her Supply List.
     

     

    Hooray for the Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet Giveaway!

    Today’s Giveaway includes everything in Teri’s Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet Supply List! I know… a crazy amount of supplies! Just the new items in Teri’s list include:
    - Retro Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad
    - Tiny 8mm Diameter Glass Globe with Cap
    - India Ink Stamp Pad

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Teri’s artwork, which is also what’s in the Giveaway!

    Bonus: One of the Flirt Flashcards FREE Gift Kits!

    AND as I’ve just put them on Clearance Sale: One of the Haunted House Buttons!
     

    To enter the Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet 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, September 12, 2016). And tell me: How will you decorate your Arch Top Cabinet with Doors?

    Bonus: Teri left a spot open on the inside of her Bitch Book Box with ATCs… if you have an inspired idea what image to put there, get over to Teri’s blog and leave a comment. I’ll send an ATC Sized Faux Book Box to the best comment!

    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 Morticia’s Dresser Giveaway? That would be Susan S! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 11th, 2016

    New Gothic Dresser & Halloween Charm FLASH Sale!

    Filed under Betsy Skagen, Giveaways, Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Yes! Even though there is already a sale on the ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section, I’ve just put ALL Halloween Charms on sale for 30% off today and tomorrow only! That’s over 60 charms! Sale ends Friday night, September 9th.

    Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
    A reminder about our current swap… and swap sample artwork by Teri Calia! Such a cute sample by Teri… love the moon, the tiny harlequin diamond backgound paper and the felt pumpkin (just put on clearance)!

    The Miniature Reliquaries in the swap are 3 ATC-sized chipboard shapes (each is 2 pieces: a solid back and a matching shaped overlay/frame).

    Chipboard Reliquaries Swap: Sign up by Monday, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more. And see more art samples in the Gallery!
     

    NEW Gothic Dresser! This is so cute! And perfect for a Halloween project. Laser-cut heavy chipboard. Ships flat but a breeze to put together with the slots and tabs precut (you’ll just need to secure with a bit of white glue). You can put reflective mirror (or a photo) behind the frame that’s around the mirror area on the back. And the 2 drawers can be opened.

    And bonus! We have artwork by THREE Design Team Members using this new item. Let’s start with A Grotty Goblin Dresser by Nichola Battilana!


    “There’s a nice little collection of spooky things on top of that dresser. Just the sorts of items that goblins find useful. And there’s plenty of space in those drawers for storing rotten eggs.

    “The ‘mirror’ was made by applying a layer of tinfoil on the base, then adding large flakes of mica around the edge. A bit of staining and then a layer of Diamond Glaze to finish it off. There’s a few wobbles and bubbles in there, but one of the very best things about making goblin items is that they don’t have to be perfect. In fact, I do believe goblins prefer things that are imperfect!”

    Nichola’s post includes lots of photos and more tips.

    “Can you spy the pickled head ticked in the back? It was soooo easy to do, you won’t believe it. I downloaded a stretched head picture from Howloweenqueen and then shrunk it down to fit inside the Stout Kitchen Jar with Lid. I just rolled the image up and plonked it inside and added some minor distressing. Voila! A miniature head in a jar. So easy! SO EASY!”

    Learn more in Nichola’s post and see all the goodies she used in her Supply List. (And… nice nail polish, Nichola!)
     

    Next up is another fabulous project using the same cabinet: Morticia’s Dresser by Lora Mahaffey. I love how it’s both clean and pretty (and creepy). (And check below for a larger photo… as lots of items from Lora’s artwork are included in today’s Giveaway!)

    “Here’s a little dresser I imagine someone like Morticia Adams would have. It’s a little cluttered, a bit Gothic, elegant and feminine without being frou-frou. And a little bit on the creepy side.

    “Lots of skulls happening… both large and small. Maybe Morticia is a connoisseur collecting interesting skulls from fascinating places. She must have a sense of humor to put a crown on the big one at the top of her mirror.”

    See everything Lora used to create Morticia’s Dresser in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Lora’s blog for lots more info and photos (like the skull drawer handles I don’t have space to show). (And tips on things like making custom box feet and using wire to attach skulls to candelabra.)
     

    Last up in our trio of Gothic Dressers is a completely different project, by Betsy Skagen: Miniature Merlin’s Room. Betsy made a whole room for Merlin (and be sure to check out her blog post, for a tutorial on how she made that textured stone wall, distressing a mirror, and getting those burn marks on the wallpaper — Merlin must have been practicing magic).

    Betsy’s version of the dresser is more masculine (see the closeup in bottom right of the large photo below). There are dragons on the sides, and maps (or at least rolled parchment) in the drawers.

    See everything Betsy used to create her Miniature Merlin’s Room in her Supply List.


     

     

    Hooray for the Morticia’s Dresser Giveaway!

    I chose a big bunch of items from Lora’s Morticia’s Dresser Supply List:
    - Gothic Dresser – New
    - Antique 3D Gold Crowns
    - Large White Turquoise Skull Beads
    - Antique Candelabra Charm – on clearance
    - Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
    - Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set – on clearance
    - Victorian Dressing Table Set
    - 3-1/2 Inch Skeletons
    - Miniature Square Metal Box with Lid
    - Nonbreakable Mirror Material
    - Small Rose Buds – Orange

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Lora’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Bonus: Not in Lora’s artwork, but just put on clearance: Giant Brass Scissors

     
    To enter the Morticia’s Dresser 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, September 9 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make with your Gothic Dresser?

    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 Dark Nellie’s Giveaway? That would be Thalia Kottke! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    67 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 8th, 2016

    New Kit & Halloween Swap & New Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Miniature Reliquaries Kit, Newsletters, Sale, Swaps

    Quick announcement before the new Miniature Reliquaries Kit and Swap (!):

    Halloween Theme Section (20% to 50% off! Yes! Tons of Halloween goodies: scrapbook papers, ribbons, chipboard shapes, charms, beads, stencils, Dresden borders, stickers…) To give you a chance to stock up for the swap, this section will stay on sale through Monday, September 19th (that is the same date as the deadline to sign up for the swap). But many items in there are being discontinued, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!
     

    Miniature Reliquaries Kit


    Ooh! It’s time for some Halloween projects! This kit started with some sketches of Paris cemetery tombs that became the 3 chipboard Miniature Reliquaries in the kit (note: there are some larger tombs being announced today, too). There are also 3 collage sheets, with images from spooky skeletons to sweet Man in the Moon illustrations (and 7 scrapbook papers as backgrounds).

    AND there is a Chipboard Reliquaries Swap using the Miniature Reliquaries in this kit! So if you’d like to join the swap, you’ll have everything you need in this kit (save signing up and paying for return postage; you can do both those things on the Chipboard Reliquaries Swap page)!

    Back to this kit, let’s start with Miniature Reliquaries: 3 ATC-sized chipboard shapes (each is 2 pieces: a solid back and a matching shaped overlay/frame). The one with a round niche at the top will fit an 18mm cabochon.

    Next up in this kit are 3 collage sheets:
    - New How Sweet the Moon. Aw… these are sweet indeed! Vintage images, mainly from postcards, of the smiling Man in the Moon, along with cats, owls, sweethearts, and pumpkin-headed children? Note: the smaller silhouetted images are sized to fit 18mm cabochons (the same size as the round inset in the top of one of the Miniature Reliquaries).
    - New Romantic Victorian Halloween Women Collage Sheet. Not just for Halloween, but these lovely ladies would make a good image to frame in an ATC or a Miniature Reliquary.

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Miniature Reliquaries Kit page. And even more artwork using the Miniature Reliquaries is on the swap page AND in the Gallery!
     


    Lora Mahaffey’s Haunted Pub Signs

    Before I let Lora tell you about her inspiration for these wonderfully creative signs, a little info on the new Tomb Sets they’re made from: There are 3 sets, each is a heavy chipboard base with a medium-weight chipboard overlay (so the pediments or window frames have more dimension). One is shown below with one of the Miniature Reliquaries (for size comparison).

    “I love the charming signs you see in the UK hanging from the buildings advertising various wares, restaurants and pubs. Most of them are suspended by wrought iron brackets and so many of them are funny, odd and eccentric. My favorite pub in England is in the beautiful and pretty dang old city of York. It’s a tiny place in an authentic Norman building constructed in 1180. (!!!) You wend your way up a very dark, narrow stairway that suddenly opens up into a beautiful and kind of creepy (but smallish) pub that cranks out some of the best food in the city. The beams up there are from a ship that sailed the seas eight hundred years ago.

    The place is called The House of Trembling Madness. Gotta love it.

    And the icing on the cake, or the foam on the beer, is that to get to the stairway you have to walk through the most amazing beer shop I’ve ever seen. It’s a beer drinker’s Nirvana.

    And they have a really cool sign… “

    See all of the parts in the Haunted Pub Signs Supply List. Visit Lora’s Blog for more details, tutorial and photos. AND be sure to come back as today’s Giveaway includes EVERYTHING in Lora’s supply list!

    (Psst! See that skeleton sitting on the wooden base over on the bottom left of that large photo? Lora did a tutorial on how to make an articulated skeleton!)

     
    Hooray for Dark Nellie’s Giveaway!

    Psst! That variation (shown at right) of how to mount/hang the pub signs is covered in Lora’s blog post!

    Today’s Giveaway starts with… THE NEW KIT:
    Miniature Reliquaries Kit (includes ELEVEN items!)!

    And then everything in Lora’s Haunted Pub Signs Supply List! I know… a crazy amount of supplies! Just the new items in Lora’s list include:
    - Triangular Greek Pediment Tomb
    - Round Roman Pediment Tomb
    - THREE Scrapbook Papers
    - Small Rose Buds – Orange
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Orange

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Lora’s artwork, which is also what’s in the Giveaway! (Plus the new kit!)

     
    To enter Dark Nellie’s 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, September 5, 2016). And tell me: What will you make with the TWO Tombs and/or Miniature Reliquaries Kit (both in the Giveaway)? And will you enter the swap?

    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 Don’t Go Near the Apothecary Giveaway? That would be cg! Congrats! Check your email for more info.

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 4th, 2016

    A Smaller Apothecary Cabinet, Bottles Sale & Halloween FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    NEW Halloween Glitter FREE Gift Kit! In honor of today’s FLASH SALE on glass bottles (!) AND new apothecary cabinets by TWO Design Team Members, both filled with tiny bottles… here’s a little gift kit to get you ready for Halloween!

    These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY night, September 3rd, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! Learn more.

    What did you say? ALL Glass Bottles 20% off today and tomorrow only!!
     

    Related to the Apothecary Cabinet for Larger Bottles (announced last Sunday), but this slightly smaller version has shorter shelves and was specifically designed for 1:12 scale bottles. Shown in the photo at left with a big bunch of book and bottle options.

    Teri Calia created a new collage sheet with antiqued (ok… pretty corroded) drawers to fold together that fit the Apothecary Cabinet for Smaller Bottles. See the photo below for the drawers put together (in a cabinet Teri lined with Dark Rusty Red Suede Paper).

    And bonus! We have artwork by 2 Design Team Members using this new cabinet. Let’s start with Don’t Go Near the Apothecary by Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    “Any chance that I have to create something odd and a tad dark is a splendid thing.”

    I would have to agree with that.


    Rhonda’s post includes lots of photos (including a drool-worthy photo of a corner of her studio) and tips on laying out all the pieces from this new cabinet.

    “Don’t let all of these pieces intimidate you. It really is quite simple to put together. The first thing I always do is lay out all of my pieces, like a puzzle, so that I am sure I know exactly which piece goes where.”

    How cool is this! I got the illustration from the collage sheet Little Potions, and recreated it using this tiny bottle from Tim Holtz Tiny Glass Vials set. Then I put it on top of an upside down Tiny Antique Silver 3D Crown to hold it in place like a lab sample.

    Learn more in Rhonda’s post and see all the goodies she used in her Supply List.

    Next up is a completely different project using the same cabinet: Marie Antoinette’s Traveling Toilette Steamer Trunk by Tristan Robin Blakeman.

    “During the 18th century — the time of excessive, over-the-top, luxurious and extravagant styles and fashions, Marie Antoinette needed a full armoire-sized traveling toilette steamer trunk especially to carry her many perfumes, powders, creams, rouges and paints.”

    Having just read a book about Marie Antoinette, I knew that every morning her toilette articles were handed to her in a new 2-yard piece of silk fabric which was then given to one of the ladies-in-waiting. I used various hand-dyed ribbons to create the bundles of silk fabric needed to complete the queen’s toilette each and every morning.

    See everything Tristan used to create his Marie Antoinette’s Traveling Toilette Steamer Trunk in his Supply List. And be sure to visit Tristan’s blog for lots more info and photos.
     

     
    Hooray for the Don’t Go Near the Apothecary Giveaway!

    This was a tough call, but I decided to choose items from Rhonda’s Don’t Go Near the Apothecary Supply List:
    - Apothecary Cabinet for Smaller Bottles
    - Set of Doctor Instruments
    - Set of Miniature Books
    - Snake Oil Labels Collage Sheet
    - Even Tinier Bottles
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Rhonda’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Bonus: One of Halloween Glitter FREE Gift Kits

     
    To enter the Don’t Go Near the Apothecary 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, September 2, 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make with the Apothecary Cabinet for Smaller Bottles?

    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 Mad Scientist Laboratory Giveaway? That would be Marilyn! (We had 2 entries by “Marilyns”… this is the one who wants to “make the cyclops spider guy.” Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    32 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 1st, 2016

    Mad Scientist Laboratory by Laura Carson & FREE Collage Sheet!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Newsletters


    It all starts so subdued (in a Laura Carson over-the-top kinda way)… with a dark and stormy night, complete with lightning. With pumpkins at the doors and vines trailing up the walls of a Mad Scientist Laboratory!

    It’s that time of the year when I get my Halloween groove on and bring you new spooky projects. The first one of the season is a new addition to last year’s Halloween Village, a Mad Scientist Laboratory.

    It’s sort of a mix of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, meets old 50s and 60s Science Fiction movies with a touch of steampunk.

    Yes, indeed! Laura has created 2 new collage sheets (one of those two is actually a set) AND 2 new large sets of digital images… Gizmos and dials, chemicals in bottles, signage, old books and papers, and parchments with odd scientific plans.

    And if you look below at that wider photo, over on the right side of the room is the new Apothecary Cabinet for Larger Bottles! Filled to overflowing with books, bottles (including 3 colored bottles sitting in the new Flask Stand), Laura has put it to good use. I think it will be a great little cabinet for all kinds of scenes. The “larger” in the name means bottles up to 2″ tall (not that large, but pretty large compared to dollhouse scale). This new cabinet has nice big sections for bottles and whatnot, including sections for bottles in the 2 doors.


    There’s Dr. Derange himself, over on the far left… in front of a table and blackboard filled with formulas and experiments.

    Zooming in on that Apothecary Cabinet again (and in the close-up below) there are three Blue Glass Mason Jar on top, along with a skull in a tall glass dome and a raven in a round glass dome.

    My favorite mechanical minion created by Dr. Derange is that one-eyed fellow at left, with a Bronze Steampunk Diving Helmet and one of the 12mm Glass Cat Eyes as his eye/head!

    See everything Laura used in her Supply List. More info, lots more photos, AND a video tutorial are in Laura’s blog post. Plus come back and enter the Giveaway below for lots of items from that supply list!

    FREE GIFT! Note: In honor of Laura's Mad Scientist Laboratory, ALL ORDERS TODAY & TOMORROW, August 28th and 29th (2016) will receive one of the new Old Bottles Collage Sheet FREE! (This mini collage was designed by Laura, and is packed full of all kinds of old bottles in two sizes.) More info
     

     

    Hooray for the Mad Scientist Laboratory Giveaway!

    I picked out a big bunch of things from Laura’s Supply List:
    - Apothecary Cabinet for Larger Bottles New
    - 12mm Glass Cat Eyes
    - 12mm Setting Bronze Steampunk Diving Helmet
    - Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jar
    - Mini Foam Brain
    - Mad Scientist Laboratory Collage 2-Sheet Set New
    - Haunted House Black Chipboard Set
    - Flask Stand – 3 Hole New
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - Twig Vine Garland New

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Bonus: One of the Old Bottles Collage Sheets!

     
    To enter the Mad Scientist Laboratory 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, August 29, 2016). And tell me: What technique or clever use of a non-art supply from Laura’s project would you like to try? And/or what Halloween project would you make with the goodies in the Giveaway!

    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 Freak Show Giveaway? That would be Carolyn Sullivan! Congratulations!

      
    69 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 28th, 2016

    Freak Show by Kristin Batsel & New Starry FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Tim Holtz

    NEW Stars, Dots & Stripes FREE Gift Kit! Have you notice Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s fondness for bold patterns (stripes, stars, polka dots)? I’ve noticed, too (and they are used to such good effect in today’s Freak Show artwork, that I started wandering around searching for similar patterns). And did I find some!

    These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY night, August 27th, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! AND (bonus!) I've just put all of the items in the gift kit on 50% off sale!

    Learn more.
     


    Kristin has created a Freak Show sideshow tent from the new Split Front Box. I love this new display box design! The 2 halves of the outer box can be completely removed (or opened farther than in my photos). Approx. 4-1/4″ tall x 5-1/2″ wide x 3″ deep when closed.

    Kristin’s post includes lots of good tips, like planning the space (so the performers awaiting their turn inside can be seen, even though some of the shorter ones are in the back of the queue). Plus Kristin added a circus tent to the top of the box, and she shows how she created it (with diagrams and measurements) in case you would like to add a tent to yours, too.

    The outside is bright and cheery, full of colorful stripes, polka dots, flags, posters, and curtains. But inside is a different story… The freaks gather and wait to be displayed in the center box, while the split doors make the perfect viewing place for the individual performers to sit as the curious crowds walk by. I did not attach the doors to the box, so they can be pulled forward as shown.

    I created a new Vintage Sideshow Posters Collage Sheet (with colorful Victorian posters), and along with it and the monotone images from past sideshow collage sheets (colored by Kristin with Copic markers) she had lots of performers to choose from. See everything Kristin used to create her Freak Show in her Supply List.
     

     
    Hooray for the Freak Show Giveaway!

    This prize package includes EVERYTHING from Kristin’s Freak Show Supply List!

    Bonus: One of Stars, Dots & Stripes FREE Gift Kits AND a full sheet of all 5 of the scrapbook papers still availiable from that kit! Check the kit page for which those are.

     
    To enter the Freak Show Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 26, 2016)!

     
    To enter the Freak Show 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, August 26, 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make from the Split Front 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 Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won Miniature Steamer Trunk Giveaway? That would be Karen! Congratulations!

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 25th, 2016