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    Petite Shrines by Nichola Battilana + Angels & Wings FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Oh, these are so lovely! Amazing what magic Nichola has created from bits of chipboard and paper! (And gold Dresden & embossing powder never hurts!) AND (drum roll please): there’s a GIVEAWAY today!! Plus new shrines and collage sheets, German scraps back in stock, AND a FLASH SALE on Angels & Wings! It’s a full plate so let’s get started!

    Saints, Sinners and Mystics Little Niche Shrines by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

    These new little shrines — and they are small: see the photos below of me holding each (the inside of the little shadowbox is approx. 2″ x 3″) — look so rich (with all the layers of paint and metallic gold). They are just beautiful (and easy to reproduce as all the images shown are from 2 new collage sheets by Nichola)!

    Here’s some intro text from Nichola’s blog post:

    Some things take time. Life gets in the way, plans change, priorities shift, wrenches halt the wheels of progress. In other words, stuff happens. These little nicho shrines are a perfect example. An idea spouts, brainstorming swirls like mad, but somehow it takes months and months for the planets to align ‘just-so’ to make them happen.

    And this isn’t a bad thing! Waiting for the right moment is far better than rushing the wrong moment. (That’s what I keep telling myself, so I hope it’s true.)

    Each of these shrines is made from chipboard, a small box and a decorative piece affixed to the front. There are 4 styles of niches available.

    To decorate each of these I’ve followed the same process:
    - assemble the niche
    - cover with old paper
    - apply washes of paint
    - stamp and apply gold embossing powder (the tarot nicho skips this step)
    - combine layers of fussy cut collage sheet elements spacing with foam squares
    - add finishing touches like gold Dresden and brass stars

    Nichola also designed 2 beautiful new collage sheets with small images sized for these petite shrines.

    Beautiful work, Nichola!! Go visit Nichola’s blog post for more photos and text! And here’s her supply list for all 4 shrines. Don’t forget to come back to see new products, a new sale, and a Giveaway for all the supplies Nichola used!!

    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    See everything new today! (14 items, so more than these previews… including more long-awaited German scraps!)

    FLASH SALE: Angels & Wings – 30% off!

    Over 40 items! These tags caught a few butterfly wings too! Click here to see ALL the sale items!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, November 11, 2019.

    Saints & Sinners Giveaway!

    What? A Giveaway?? It’s true! Sorry for the lapse (and thanks for your patience) — we had to turn off the blog comments for a bit of technical maintenance. But we’re back! At least for occasional Giveaways! (And remember: Miz Bella still hosts Monthly Kit Giveaways on the Alpha Stamps Facebook page!

    So, back to this new Giveaway! I decided to include EVERYTHING from Nichola’s Supply List! From the new shrines to the new collage sheets (and gold dresden and stars, too)!

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Nichola’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

    To enter the Saints & Sinners 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 11, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

    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 Monday night, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org) and the winner will be announced in the next newsletter.

    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 10th, 2019

    2 Art Projects + New Minis + Boxes & Tins FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Wow! We have a set of Christmas treat boxes plus a snow globe (that’s snowing bats, so not exactly Christmas themed!) plus new metal miniatures AND a FLASH SALE on all the Boxes & Tins!!

    A Treat To Make, And A Place For Treats by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    What a big bunch of fun treat boxes by Rhonda! (Christmas gift boxes? Gifts all by themselves?) So clever how Rhonda cut a little skylight (?) in the milk carton at left to hold the tall candy canes!

    Beside the milk cartons (and the House Treat Box, which is also in this month’s kit) Rhonda used 2 of the 2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes — AND all 3 of those chipboard box shapes are included in today’s FLASH SALE! (More on that below.)

    Here’s some intro text from Rhonda’s blog post:

    I have SO MUCH to share with you! I have been busy in the studio with the Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit! It’s loaded with the cutest goodies, and there are some other fun boxes for decorating available as well.

    Look at all of these adorable decorations I made! Not only are they full of Holiday Cheer, but they were simple to create as well.

    The little Brownies from the Holiday Brownies Rubber Stamp Set, are just too fabulous! I have used this stamp set several times over the years and with a few more paper punches of patterned paper, my hand-colored friends made a perfect addition to the milk cartons.

    Rhonda also used a snowman image from the Sweet Treats Collage Sheet (also in the kit) on the milk carton at far left. Plus she mixed papers from the Rejoice 8×8 Paper Pad, the Rejoice Christmas Baking Custom 12×12 Paper Set (a set of three 12″ x 12″ sheets) and the larger Rejoice 12×12 Baking Collection Kit.

    Beautiful work, Rhonda!!

    Note: Rhonda has a tutorial on her blog post about “icing” the roof of the House Treat Box in the center of the first photo above. Plus more info on how she covered the milk cartons (with all those odd angles) and how she cut the window in the top of one for the candy canes.

    Go visit Rhonda’s blog post for more photos and those tips! And here’s her big, colorful supply list. Don’t forget to come back to see new products, another art project (!) and a new sale!

    New Goodies — Christmas & Cast Metal Minis

    See everything new today! (8 items, so more than these previews… including another metal mini used in Shannon’s artwork below.)

    Castle Snow Globe by Shannon Cooper!

    I love this! Shannon made a “working” snow globe with the new Mini Metal Castle, using the bats from the Polymer Clay Halloween Slice Mix to swirl around inside a Miniature Glass Snow Globe!

    Some text from Shannon’s blog post:

    I have a small obsession with miniature cast metal items. They are fun to paint, can be finished in no time (for the most part), and can be used for many different things. Most of the time I have one or two planted in a dollhouse scene, but the last one I painted ended up in a miniature glass snow globe.

    There are a few flying bats in the snow globe because, hey, there’s no reason why this can’t be a vampire castle, right?

    Normally, (if you aren’t a die-hard hobbyist) the prep work for painting metal miniatures is nothing more than giving it a quick scrub with a toothbrush and some dish soap before painting with acrylic paint. I have done this plenty of times without using a primer or sealant of any sort and have had no issues with chipping. Most of the finished minis aren’t handled too much anyway, so there’s no need. This little castle, however, was going to be submerged and therefore required all the steps.

    The castle was cleaned as usual and afterward, a coat of white gesso was applied. I think it took three coats to completely cover. A few different colors of regular acrylic craft paint were used to detail the castle, including a final dry-brushing of black.

    I used the glass dome to cut out a polymer clay “stopper” for the snow globe. Once it was baked, it was painted and the finished castle was super glued to it. Some sprigs of green poly fiber were also glued to the base. It cured for a day or so before I coated the entire thing in several coats of matte varnish.

    To finish it off, I filled the globe with distilled water and tiny splash (real measuring here) of glycerin. The glycerin helped the bats float slowly through the water. Glitter would be nice too, or any other polymer clay bits. The castle/stopper was then placed in the globe, and I applied aquarium sealant around the edge to prevent leaks. It was left upside down to dry before it was glued into the snow globe base. Mine could have used a tad more water.

    Nice work, Shannon! Go visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos!

    FLASH SALE: Boxes & Tins – 30% to 50% off!

    Over 50 items! Click here to see ALL the sale items!

    Note: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off (like those 2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes in Rhonda’s artwork)!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, November 8, 2019.

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 7th, 2019

    Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit! NEW Baking Items – on SALE!

    Filed under Christmas, Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit, Collage Sheets, Gifts/Decorations, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Tutorials

    We have a NEW Christmas Kit today! Plus adorable artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel, and a FLASH SALE on the BAKING Theme!

    New Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit

    Are you ready for Christmas baking? It’s late October as I write this so it may be a jump from the Halloween festivities to thinking about Christmas crafting. But the time is nigh!

    This kit includes a new house-shaped treat box and cute scrapbook papers with a vintage baking/cookie theme. Plus tons of trims to embellish with (from gingerbread cookies to chocolate cakes to polymer slice sprinkles)!

    And there’s a new collage sheet, too, with candy-cane-striped labels and vintage images (with a lot of retro snowmen and Santas)! Also labels “A sweet treat for you” and “Sweet treats: Just for you!” (sized for the House Treat Box).

    Note: this kit includes 3 HALF sheets of double-sided scrapbook paper (so that’s 6″ x 12″ sheets — ample to cover all 4 sides of the treat box, if you choose to use just one of the patterns).

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos (plus more coordinating goodies and Design Team artwork is below).

    The Jolly Christmas Houses of Jingle Lane by Kristin Batsel!

    Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time for (you guessed it!) Christmas crafts. I love these new houses from Alpha Stamps; they are so easy to put together, and really fun to decorate. Using new 8×8 papers from Authentique, I made a couple of jolly Christmas houses. In this post, I’ll show you three fun ways to use them during the holidays. First up: a little Christmas scene. Add a few bottle brush trees and a tiny Santa, and ho, ho, ho — let’s visit Jingle Lane!

    Here’s number 24. Green and red striped candy canes flank the front entrance, and Christmas lights adorn the roof. The doors and windows have tissue paper behind them, so the houses look lovely with a small battery operated tea light inside.

    Number 25 Jingle Lane has a beaded swag outlining their roof and a cookie cutter star for decoration. Candy sprinkles look like flowers under the windows.

    Here’s a third option for displaying the houses: tie a long ribbon to the clip, and hang them. They’re so pretty with the lights inside. I’ll talk a bit about the doors and windows and how that glow is achieved below.

    Wow! So much good stuff in those few paragraphs! (Thank you, Kristin!) You’ll have to visit Kristin’s blog post to learn more about the tissue paper in the windows (to let light pass through). A note: There are multiple sizes of windows on the Mini House Doors & Windows set Kristin used. One of them does perfectly fit the window holes pre-cut in the house… Kristin chose a different window (and a door) so she gives tips on making larger holes.

    Here’s Kristin’s full supply list!

    More New Baking Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below (or shown above in the kit intro)! Click here to see all 10 of them!

    ALL Baking Items ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale in honor of today’s new kit! Note, anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off!

    This is a BIG GROUP: over 110 options! It includes all kinds of items too, from scrapbook paper and collage sheets with a cooking theme (and some sewing theme sheets got pulled in, too!) PLUS Miniature Baking! AND lots of the new things announced today! (Plus did you notice some miniature cookies were also announced on Thursday?)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, MONDAY, November 4th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything! And catch those 50% off clearance items before they sell out!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 3rd, 2019

    Happy Halloween! New Minis & ON SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Twilight Kit

    Yes, I am being tricky. Although TODAY is Halloween (yay!) and we have a Halloween project by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana, I am announcing new CHRISTMAS Minis (and a SALE on Christmas Miniatures)!

    Save an EXTRA 15% off ALL Christmas Miniatures! That’s 15% above current sale prices! (Hint: here are the clearance items in that section.) AND it includes the new Christmas things below, too!

    Use Promo Code: XMASMINI when checking out.

    Expires at midnight (PST) Saturday night, November 2, 2019! See below for preview pics of the new items! And here are all of the Christmas Miniatures!

    Little Spooky Ladies Book by Nichola Battilana!

    Aw… a tiny coffin book by Nichola… winding up our month of Twilight projects, appropriately on Halloween! Check below for a wide photo, too, showing 2 of the inside spreads.

    Here’s a bit from Nichola’s blog post:

    I had coffin-shaped chipboard bits on my worktable from the Twilight Kit so ran with the original inspiration to create a little chipboard coffin book [note: you'll need to visit Nichola's blog post for the photo of her inspiration]. I kept it simple and just bound the pages together with a bit of sports tape.

    On the cover of the book I placed a Wide Spider Charm on the end of a snip of 1/16 Inch Black Satin Ribbon. To cover the loop of the charm I added a bit of bling with a sparkly accent.

    Inside each page is covered with papers from the Twilight 8×8 Paper Pad and features a spooky little lady.

    I particularly like the ladies from the Victorian Bats Collage Sheet

    Good job, Nichola! All those ladies look dressed for a party tonight! And the snips of text (and spooky old architectural arches & windows) finish the mini pages off nicely. Note: here are more Halloween phrases and quotes.

    Go visit Nichola’s blog post for more info and photos; and here’s her supply list.

    New Miniatures Today!

    See them all here! (Yep… there are more than the preview pics below!) And most of the items below are in the Christmas Miniatures section (so part of the coupon sale)!

    And remember: Use discount coupon XMASMINI when you check out AND you’ll receive 15% off current sale prices on ALL Christmas Miniatures!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 31st, 2019

    NEW Tim Holtz Christmas & TWO Related SALES!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Susan Killam, Tim Holtz, Tracy Roos

    Hey all! Busy, busy this week (with the transition from Halloween to Christmas… plus the anxiety of the power outages from our friends at PG&E). But I am forcusing on making art (or posting art supplies) and not going to worry about wind and fire for the next few minutes!

    We have a spooky yet colorful Halloween project by Design Team Member Susan Killam today! Plus a mix of new and back-in-stock items that inspired today’s TWO sales:

    First we have NEW Tim Holtz Christmas ephemera! I love the colors and the retro images! These new goodies made me think of retro images on collage sheets so… ALL Christmas Collage Sheets are 50% off! Now through MONDAY night, October 28th.

    Then we have four back-in-stock rubber stamps, which inspired me to put ALL the rubber stamps on sale at 40% off! NOTE: this is a coupon sale!

    Use discount coupon STAMPSALE when you check out AND you’ll receive 40% off current sale prices! (Even 40% off the current price if the item is already marked down as a clearance item!) The coupon expires WEDNESDAY night, October 30th at midnight PST.

    BONUS: check here for “just” the SALE Christmas Rubber Stamps or view ALL the rubber stamps and choose your own tag to sort them.

    Around the Skellie Neighborhood by Susan Killam!

    Weee! It’s creepy yet colorful! I love this project by Susan… easy to make to get your decorating (or gift-giving) done fast. And check below for another photo, showing the houses folded into a zig-zag shape.

    Here’s a bit from Susan’s blog post:

    As you know, October’s Kit is Twilight, and I’ve used the fantastic Twilight papers found there to create this glimpse into the everyday life of The Skellingtons. Come take a walk down the lane with me!

    I’ve used linen hinging tape painted black to bind the houses together, and bits and pieces of the Twilight papers to bring the houses to life.

    Dresden trim of all sorts as well as gold paint highlight the roof lines.

    The skeletons are fussy-cut and adhered with white adhesive foam. There are two layers of foam on a few to pop them up more than their companions.

    Nice job, Susan! All those skeletons look great cut out… btw, here’s more from that skeleton series.

    Go visit Susan’s blog post for more info and photos and here’s Susan’s supply list.

    New & Back in Stock Today

    See them all here!

    FLASH SALE: Christmas Collage Sheets – 50% off!

    Now’s the time… grab ‘em before the Christmas rush AND 130 options (From mid-century retro to classic Victorian)!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, October 28th at midnight PST! See them all here!

    And remember: Use discount coupon STAMPSALE when you check out AND you’ll receive 40% off current sale prices on ALL Rubber Stamps!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 27th, 2019

    Last Gasp for New Halloween & FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Guest Designers, Halloween, Sale, Twilight Kit

    We have Halloween projects by TWO talented artists today! Plus new Halloween items (sadly, we’re wrapping up the new goodies for Halloween 2019), and a FLASH SALE on Halloween Collage Sheets!

    But let’s kick off this newsletter with a new HALLOWEEN paper pad! This is a huge set from a new manufacturer! From ghosts to potion bottles (and skulls, cemetery tombstones, witchy props like brooms…).

    TWENTY FOUR different 12″ x 12″ double-sided papers plus SEVEN sheets of embellishments! Go check out more photos on the All Hallows Eve Ginormous Paper Pack page!

    Trick or Treat Banner by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)!

    Oh my! This is such a fun, crazy-pattern-filled Halloween banner! Love that Trick or Treat Text at right (slathered in glitter). And those skeletons — wheeee! (Note: 2 more skeletons are in a wide photo below.)

    Here’s an intro from Bella’s blog post:

    Yaahhhsss it is still my favorite month (except for the first half being so bloody damn hot) and I am still playing around with the Twilight Kit from Alpha Stamps!

    Leslie sent me Large and Small Pennants and I absolutely love that they’re black. Saves me the time of having to paint or paper the backs and the black just gives it a nice finish.

    After playing around with everything I decided to stack the pennants, and then put the Small Chunky Coffins on the top. So here was my problem… there wasn’t enough of the Twilight 8×8 Paper to cover both sizes of pennants. Deciding to cover the large pennants, I used what I had with the Twilight papers, placing the paper just under the punched holes, then covered the top strip with the leftover scraps. It was only a 1/2″ or so space, and I liked mismatching the patterns.

    Using the fabulous Coffin Skeletons Collage Sheet, I covered the Small Chunky Coffins with images from that sheet as well as using the Skeletons Out of the Closet Collage Sheet. Once the pennants and coffins were papered, I edged them with black ink. Next came the layering, which took all of maybe 10 minutes!

    While looking through (excavating) some of my supplies I found some of the Plastic Skeletons I have hoarded from Alpha Stamps. I remembered something that Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey did way back when she was a Guest Designer for Alpha Stamps using the skeletons. Lora had created a tutorial for articulating the skeletons so I looked it up and then took off with the skeletons. (By the way, it is so easy it’s ridiculous, and who doesn’t like snapping bones off?) Had a lot of fun cackling when I figured out how each skeleton would be posed, I think my favorite is the one hanging upside down!

    I love this project, Bella! I agree about that giggling skeleton hanging upside down… but all of them in their party hats are pretty fabulous!

    Go visit Bella’s blog post for more info and photos and here’s Bella’s supply list.


    What’s New Today?

    A few last-minute Halloween supplies, plus a couple items that could be a start on Christmas!

    FLASH SALE: Halloween Collage Sheets – 50% off!

    There’s still time for some last minute Halloween art-making! (Especially if you buy digital.) Over 170 options!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, October 25th at midnight PST! See them all here

    The Knights of Skeleton by
    Guest Designer Theresa Goldman!

    Next we have a Halloween project by Guest Designer Theresa Goldman. Here’s some text from Theresa:

    I called this piece, The Knights of Skeleton…They hold up the houses in this little neighborhood and have candy thrown at them every Halloween… notice the chains holding them to not only the house but also to the coffins. There was an old Disney cartoon that played in my head with dancing skeletons and that’s what I wanted to try and recreate. One day I’d like to recreate the Monster Mash song from the 60s.

    I started in mixed media after a car accident when I had to find something I could do in bursts of energy I had. It worked for me and is an outlet I love. All the pieces I’ve had published in Stampington Studio, Apprentice and Gallery, were inspired by the music of Leonard Cohen.

    Nice work, Theresa! See the photo at left for a “top down” view of the coffins in the foreground of the wide photo above. Here’s Theresa’s supply list, too.

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 24th, 2019

    Spooky Spells, Mini Skeleton Wedding & BIG Metal Supplies SALE!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Halloween, Laura Carson, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    We have Halloween projects by TWO talented artists today! Plus new images by Design Team Member Laura Carson, and a FLASH SALE on METAL Embellishments!

    Spells & Potions Book by Laura Carson!

    Wow! This is a beautiful book! (Note: there’s a wide photo below showing some inside pages.) Did you notice the chipboard creepy trees used as texture on the cover at right? Such a good idea!

    Here’s an intro from Laura’s blog post:

    Halloween would not be complete without a spooky book of spells and potions. The overall size of this book is approximately 9″ x 7″ and made out of out of heavy chipboard. To give the book texture, I’ve used a crackle technique which I cover in the video tutorial. The skull in the center is made with polymer clay using a mold.

    For this project, I’ve created a new set of Magical Book Pages to complement my older collection which gave me a total of 27 magical pages to work with (there is also a new mini version that can be used for a miniature book.)

    To fill out the book, I used blank distressed looking pages to which I can add images over time and paper from the Cosmos 12×12 Scrapbook Paper Pad, which I also used to line the inside of the book.

    I’ve used beautiful hardware to connect the chipboard pieces. In the video, I’ll show you how to transform simple hinges to elegant ones.

    I used various techniques to distress the pages and will demonstrate a lemon juice and heat gun technique which give pages and authentic burnt look.

    Beautiful project, Laura! I love the transformation of the bronze hinges & clasp to antiqued silver.

    Go visit Laura’s blog post for that video tutorial (with more info on that intriuing lemon juice technique). And here’s Laura’s supply list. (Psst: be sure to come back for more artwork, new items and a metal embellishments sale that includes the hinges & clasp in Laura’s book!)

    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    See all ELEVEN new or back in stock items! (Note: more cast metal items that are back in stock AND included in the new sale are highlighted below in the sale section — below Shannon’s artwork!)

    Barb Ties the Knot by
    Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Oh my… this is so cute! You can see from that photo at left how tiny the jar is that houses the happy couple. (Note: there are 2 new cloche/domes above as more options for a similar mini shrine.) Here’s some text from Shannon’s blog post as intro:

    Hallowe’en is creeping up, folks! It’s scary to think there’s less than two weeks left to prepare before the big night. I still have costumes to finish, ghoulish food to bake, monster movies to watch, and projects to do! Eeeek!

    This all started with an Apothecary Jar with Lid, Ceramic She Devil and Large Skeleton Beads, and a snippet of a Creepy Tree.

    These two are tying the knot in a spooky cemetery, so they had to dress their best.

    The fence is the bottom half of the one found in the Small Haunted House Window Trims set. I used thin wisps of wool roving for cobwebs as well as “invisible” thread to hang those ridiculously tiny bats from the tree. I’m legally blind now.

    Hope you enjoyed this weird wedding project! Happy Hallowe’en!

    Nice work, Shannon! (And I so hope you didn’t go blind with those tiny bats!) Go visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos and here’s her supply list!

    METAL – from Decorative to Functional - 30% to 50% off!

    Over 100 items! Note: this sale includes everything from these sections:
    - Decorative Metal
    - Functional Metal (including the hinges and clasp from Laura’s book!)
    - Cast Metal Minis (including 5 items just put back in stock!)

    Or see ALL the sale items together! Note: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, October 21st!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 20th, 2019

    Trick or Treat! 15% off the Entire Site!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Twilight Kit

    We have Halloween projects by TWO talented artists today! Plus new rice paper, stamps & pendant settings!

    Speaking of treats:
    Save an EXTRA 15% off ALL products! Last minute Halloween supplies? Early Christmas? (Not that early!)

    Use Promo Code: OCTOBER when checking out.

    Expires at midnight (PST) Saturday night, October 19, 2019!

    Junior Vampires by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

    Ha! These are so clever and simple to make, too! The text is hidden on both coffins (like the one on the left side) when the “junior vampires” are tucked in, but the text shows when you pull the paper dolls out (partially like shown on the right side, or all the way out).

    Here’s some text from Kristin’s blog post:

    Here’s a quick little project I did for fun this week: a couple of junior vampires, resting in their coffins. Each of the boys is snugly tucked in.

    When you pull them out, you get a little of an idea of what you’re working with here. Eek! “Ghostly”!

    I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these; maybe I’ll send them off in the mail as a Halloween greeting.

    Cute project, Kristin! The striped print from the Twilight 8×8 Paper Pad is perfect as the top of the “blankets” and adding bat wings to the boys make for a quick Halloween transformation.

    Go visit Kristin’s blog post for another photo that will reveal how that text is hidden! And here’s Kristin’s supply list.

    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    I love the moody prints on the first row of new rice paper (and each coordinates with a 12×12 paper pad, too… links on each page)! See everything new or back in stock today! (12 items so only half shown below!)

    Tombstone Ticket Book by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)!

    Another super simple Halloween project! Here’s some text from Bella’s blog post as intro:

    This month Twilight Kit is so cute, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I thought that the new Mini Halloween Banners Collage Sheet was just screaming my name to chop it up and have fun with it.

    The first project I made is this little Tombstone Ticket Book to add to my growing Halloween hoard of decor. The Etched Wood Gravestones come naked so I painted them with white gesso, then while they were still wet I added a little bit of black gesso and just haphazardly mixed it around. Did the same to the Day of the Dead Wooden Skull.

    Between the 2 gravestones is the little Matchbox Ticket Journal that has the tiny images from the Mini Halloween Banners Collage Sheet on both sides.

    This side has my favorite Halloween jingle that I typed out (on a 1960s Smith Corona typewriter!) Edged the bottom with the Thin Looped Dresden Border, and edged the top of the flip side with the Thin Fleur Dresden Border. That’s about it, a quick little book to make and amuse yourself with (AND to add to your Halloween hoard!)

    Nice work, Bella! I especially like how Bella managed to get 3 of the bronze charms (also in the kit) added to such a tiny space. Go visit Bella’s blog post for more photos and here’s Bella’s supply list to help track down all those little details!

    Reminder: everything shown above is on sale using the coupon! Plus grab some of the clearance items ASAP (with an additional 15% off from the coupon) as they will not be around for long!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 17th, 2019

    House of Horrors by Laura Carson + Paper Sale & FREE Collage Sheet!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Sale, Tutorials

    New Candles Collage Sheet!
    Oh! Remember the Witches Apothecary Chest by Design Team Member Laura Carson? (See the wide photo below.) This new collage sheet includes photos of 3 candles with spooky faces that Laura made for that project! (Plus tons more candles and candelabras ready for Halloween artwork!)

    AND Laura has graciously offered her new collage sheet FREE! Buy ANY Halloween Collage Sheet and get the NEW Candles Half Sheet FREE! Just put the digital version of the new collage sheet in your cart and it will show up as FREE if you’ve also added any other Halloween Collage Sheet! (That could even be the cardstock version of the same new collage sheet if you’d like both the cardstock and digital versions.) Over 170 collage sheet options! Valid through Tuesday night, October 15th!

    House of Horrors Handmade Book by Laura Carson!

    What would the Halloween season be without a creepy cool project by Laura! Plus she created 4 new collage sheets and a new digital images set for today’s book!

    Here’s some text from Laura’s blog post as intro:

    Just in time for Halloween, I have a spooky book project for you titled “House of Horrors.” I’ve packed in lots of creepiness from my new image sets and other embellishments. The book is constructed using chipboard haunted house and tombstone shapes which makes it easy to assemble and decorate.

    The house is full of spooky pictures with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, skeleton people, and headless women. Inside you’ll find a trunk full of creepy doll heads. Behind a gate is a vampire with her coffin. The brickwork was made using a plastic mold and paper clay. I’ve used lots of candles on the pages, as I think they add to the creep factor.

    On the back of the book (which is the large photo at right), there is a shrouded skeleton walking through a graveyard with blood flowing from a fountain. (I have the fountain image for you in my blog post.) I used paper roses with their stems twisted together to make a vine. A blood-red moon and bats complete the scene and of course, more candles.

    Beautifully spooky work, Laura!! I love the binding techinique Laura used (to keep all the surface of the book pages available for decorating). Plus (shown in the wide photo below), the black & white damask patterned paper from the Twilight 8×8 Paper Pad makes a perfect Gothic wallpaper for all those ghoulish portraits!

    Go visit Laura’s blog post for more photos and a video tutorial! And here’s Laura’s supply list to help track down all those details!

    More New & Back in Stock Goodies

    See everything new or back in stock today!

    FLASH SALE: Scrapbook Paper – 30% to 50% off!

    ALL Scrapbook Paper (single sheets) are on sale at 30% off!

    Over 200 items! Click here to see ALL the sale items!

    Note: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off! Move ‘em out! Gotta make room for Christmas!

    The sale ends TUESDAY night, October 15, 2019. (Extended through Tuesday to coincide with the end of the FREE Candles Collage Sheet offer!)

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 13th, 2019

    2 Halloween Projects + Related Laser Shapes FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Twilight Kit

    Wow! We are racing toward Halloween and beside 2 bright & fun Halloween projects today, there are new (and on sale) laser-cut spooky shapes too!

    Haunted Duplex by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel

    Wee! I just had to start with that close-up at right (how cute is that ghost?!) but scroll down just a bit to see the entire glorious duplex!

    I love all those orange and black mixed-up patterns! Kristin used the papers in the Twilight 8×8 Paper Pad (those papers are also in the October Kit) plus papers from the September Kit, too.

    Here’s some text from Kristin’s blog post to start a tour of her action-packed houses:

    Double your fun! I took two large chipboard haunted houses and put them together to create a haunted duplex. These houses were identical, so I cut out one of the towers on the house on the left to create a different roof line. Then, I had a great time mixing and matching Halloween papers and adding spooky accessories. Chipboard gates, doors, and window frames, along with Dresden trim and flying bats, give the duplex dimension. The houses are attached at the back with a strip of washi tape.

    Every year the residents of the duplex try to outdo each other in decorating. They do love Halloween! The skeletons, who live on the left, enjoy a nice banquet on the big day. Looks like their youngest has been out trick-or-treating.

    Witches reside in the other half of this duplex. Most of them are probably out on their broomsticks, but someone has to stay home and watch for trick or treaters. I believe they’d rather be out riding. (That poor witch looks like she’s so bored.)

    Beautiful work, Kristin!! I love, love, love the banners Kristin added (the “BOO, YOU” on the left house if from the Mini Halloween Banners Collage Sheet and the “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” on the right is cut from one of the papers in the Happy Halloween Custom 12×12 Paper Set).

    Go visit Kristin’s blog post for more photos and tips! And a colorful, big supply list. Don’t forget to come back to see new Halloween products, another art project (!) and a new sale!

    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    See everything new today! (Psst: 4 of these new items are included in the FLASH SALE! More info below.)

    Kid-Friendly Monster Row Houses by Shannon Cooper!

    These are so cute! Shannon and her twins obviously had an afternoon of fun decorating a set of Small Chunky Coffins like houses!

    A bit of intro from Shannon’s blog post:

    Here are a few not-too-scary Monster Houses that can be done in an afternoon and not take up much space. My kind of craft!

    The guy at left was covered in green scrapbook paper that I dabbed some paint on, and then gave it wiggly tentacles. The teeth are actually Little Crowns (I chopped off the ends of some and used pieces of others for fangs). The doorknob is a brad with the bendy-bits cut off, and the eyes are from the Eyeballs Collage Sheet. All of the doors and windows were painted black and backed with black cardstock or part of a collage sheet image.

    The center monster house was given bat wings (Victorian Bats Collage Sheet that has been colored) to match its unibrow. The shingles are rectangles of cardstock glued in a haphazard way. Both of the tombstones are laser cut wood pieces, which make them very sturdy and they take paint very well. The skull received two googly-eyes because where there could be googly-eyes, there should be googly-eyes.

    Monster Houses require only a few pieces, some glue, and paint. It would be a perfect kid project for Hallowe’en!

    Good work, Shannon (and daughters)! I love the painted treatment (and googly eyes) they added to the 2 wooden gravestones (both shown at right — and both on sale!) plus one had a skull from the Poison Rubber Stamp Set stamped on it (to kind of balance with the skull already etched on the other).

    Go visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos! Plus here’s her supply list.

    FLASH SALE: Die-Cut Shapes – 30% to 50% off!

    Inspired by Kristin AND Shannon’s artwork: the Die-Cut Shapes section is on sale at 30% off!
    (Mostly chipboard but some acrylic and wood shapes, too! Plus this sale includes new items!)

    Over 140 items! Click here to see ALL the sale items!

    Note: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off (like those black banner pennants below)!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, October 11, 2019.

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 10th, 2019