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    Little Red Riding Hood with a Halloween Twist

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tutorials

    Well, that was impressive! The earthquake this morning was a reminder of those North Bay Faults. I’m still picking up a few things (and one of the cats is yet to be seen) but we’re all fine.

    So, on to Miz Bella’s
    introduction to Laura’s inspired Halloween take on Little Red Riding Hood. Then, beside the new goodies and a recap of the current FREE Gift Kit, there’s a new Button Sale in honor of hte Halloween buttons in today’s Giveaway.


    Worthy of Grandma’s hot buttered buns is Little Red Riding Hood with a Halloween Twist by Laura Carson!

    Laura removed one of the panels from the Paper Mache House Accordion Shrine to make the base for Grandma’s house. If you notice on the outside of the house there are stones covering the Red Music Scrapbook Paper and the Black French Script Scrapbook Paper from the Little Red Riding Hood Kit!
    FAUX stones created using the Stone Wall Stencil and Texture Sand. (Better stock up on this — I think it’s Laura’s new favorite product!) The Texture Sand is what gives the delightfully decrepit, falling apart appearance to the “stonework.” Hmm. My body must be made out of Texture Sand because it is also decrepit and falling apart as I am STILL sick after two weeks but I digress!!

    To give Little Red Riding Hood more of a Halloween feel Laura used Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Outs on the front of the house, Dead Tree Cut-outs on the back of the house along with Resin Owls, Martha Stewart Halloween Glittered Bats and Moon Stickers and Small Plastic Pumpkins.

    The fantabulous Laura has put together a lovely step-by-step tutorial that will take you through making your own Little Red Riding Hood Haunted Book. Don’t have a small book to use? Guess what? She shows you how to make one! Seriously, I need to package that woman’s energy. Before you go happily skipping off to hang out with Miz Crafty Carson, check out her Supply List.

    OK, now you can take your buns on over to Laura’s blog!
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Little Red Riding Hoodlum   


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with a wicked story by Jeanne Draachreider about a sweet little girl named Little Red Riding Hood... who had an evil twin!

    Black Chalkstock Tombstone Stickers*
    Black Chalkstock Tombstone Stickers On Sale! (plus 3 more Distress Mini Ink Kits — and ALL 12 sets are On Sale!)


    Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kit!

    I've put together this little exclusive Alpha Stamps' mini kit containing FIVE scrapbook papers (with a mix of patterns in a dark, moody palette) AND 2 each of the New Gold and Silver Tiny Skull Beads! More info.

     

    Hooray! It’s A Twisty Halloween Giveaway!

    I picked out these goodies in Laura’s artwork (that’s a link to photos of everything in her supply list):
    - Little Red Riding Hood Kit
    - Halloween Carnival #2 Collage Sheet
    - Red Riding Hood #3 Collage Sheet
    - The Wolf at the Door Collage Sheet
    - Red Music Scrapbook Paper
    - Tan & Red Music Scrapbook Paper

    AND these SEVEN New and On Sale items:
    - 4mm Beaded Chain – Orange and Black
    - Skull Connectors
    - Antique Bronze 3D Skeleton Hand Charm
    - 3D Skull Charm – Bronze
    - 3D Skull Charm – Silver
    - Haunted House Clear Stamp
    - Miniature Pumpkin

    And, Four Halloween Buttons (Plus all buttons are on sale thru Friday, August 29th):
    - a Dead Tree Button
    - a Crescent Moon Button
    - a Haunted House Button
    - a Scaredy Cat Button

    To enter the A Twisty Halloween 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, August 25, 2014).

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Bloody Red Riding Hood Giveaway? That would be Kathy Sorensen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    111 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 24th, 2014

    Little Red Riding Hoodlum & New Halloween Fodder

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Design Team, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tim Holtz


    Hee! Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider’s Little Red Riding Hoodlum Artwork is a kick! I didn’t even have room to show the other panel from the Paper Mache House Accordion Shrine (but that wolf is a pretty sophisticated animal, who is not prepared for the hunter at his door).

    And Jeanne provides a great tutorial for how to make a similar shrine, including that hand-crafted wolf skull on the coffin (see lower right of the photo at right).

    I’ll let Jeanne explain her project:

    Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl named Little Red Riding Hood… who had an evil twin! This is the story of Little Red Riding Hoodlum, a self-appointed Wolf Hunter. An evil wind always whirls about her causing her red cape (red from blood?) and ribbon ties to stream in the wind. Even as she walks through a happy forest her evil aura turns the trees black and gnarled. A black gargoyle watches over her every move, and a vulture has discovered following her a worthwhile endeavor! Meals on wheels! She skulks through the dark forest in her black mask (incognito) hunting down wolves. She pulls a little red wagon (sweetly childlike) with a coffin (how demented) along with her. There is a wolf skull on top and she’s marked off how many wolves have fallen prey to her relentless hunt already. She is well equipped for her task with bloody axe and knife… and as she tap tap, taps on the wolf’s door with her bloody knife… Oh wait… don’t worry! Fairy tales have happy endings, don’t you know? It’s really Halloween night and she’s playing a trick on Monsieur Wolf, and won’t he be amused. Yeah, that’s it… Halloween… sure.

    Here’s the link to Jeanne’s Supply List. And Jeanne’s tutorial, too!

    And a reminder: TODAY (August 21st) is the final day of the Brothers’ Grimm Collage Sheet Sale!

    I also want to mention the New Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kit! Plus, don’t forget to enter the new Giveaway (more info below)!
     



     New FREE Gift Kit And the winners of the Dragonfly Chipboard Tabbed Albums!

    WINNERS of the Special Dragonfly Chipboard Tabbed Album Giveaway
    (for TEN lucky winners — randomly chosen from all orders placed August 14th through 18th):
    Joan Allard
    Suzy Bee
    Rita Juran Johnson
    Sarah Dressler
    Terry Webster
    Julie Snow
    Tawnya Payton
    Corry Bouland
    Daisy McGillvrey
    Denise Abell

    Congratulations! Your albums are shipping with your orders.


    Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kit!

    I've put together this little exclusive Alpha Stamps' mini kit containing FIVE scrapbook papers (with a mix of patterns in a dark, moody palette) AND 2 each of the New Gold and Silver Tiny Skull Beads! More info.


     

     

    Hooray! A Bloody Red Riding Hood Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Jeanne’s Little Red Riding Hoodlum Artwork (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Little Red Riding Hood Kit
    - ATC Hutch and ATC Box Shrine Fence (New)
    - Coffin Shrine Kit (Traditional Casket)
    - Dazzles Black Thin Lines Sticker
    - Miniature Red Wagon

    I included
    - A Ceramic Ghost Bead (New!)
    - Tiny Skull Beads – Gold (New!)
    - Tiny Skull Beads – Silver (New!)
    - A set of Even Tinier Bottles (see the photo at right showing a bottle with one of those tiny skull beads on top).

    And one of the New Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kits.

    AND all 3 of the New Clearance Items:
    - Odd Black Cat Postcard
    - Midnight Stitched Leaves
    - Haunted House Stickers

    (Yes! All of these goodies, including the new clearance items in the photo below, are included in the Giveaway!)

    To enter the Bloody Red Riding Hood 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 22, 2014).

    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 Dr. Raven’s Halloween Giveaway? That would be Bonnie! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    125 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 21st, 2014

    Dr. Raven’s Pandemonium Wagon by Laura Carson

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tim Holtz


    Design Team Member Laura Carson has concocted a brilliantly silly backstory for her Dr. Raven’s Pandemonium (using 2 New and On Sale! items highlighted below):

    Rolling Circus Wagon ATC Holder*Dr. Raven’s Pandemonium is one of the more popular attractions at the Halloween Carnival.
    Mr. Yule B. Next, had an unfortunate accident at the Pandemonium this week. Dr. Raven thought that in light of the goulash condition of Mr. Next, perhaps he would fit right in at the “Dodge the Zombies” game.

    Miniature Glass Domes*I’ve only captured about a sixth of the full glory of Laura’s creation in the photo at far right. Be sure to visit her blog (and, of course! a tutorial) for more photos and fantasy, including:
    a coachman with a pet gargoyle, who is sort of a nasty fellow, so the coachman keeps him in a glass dome; it’s the only way he can prevent him from biting people.

    But don’t forget to return, as there’s a Dr. Raven’s Halloween Giveaway, with a ton of goodies picked out from Laura’s expansive Supply List.
     


     Little Red & The Armoire by Rhonda Secrist Thomas    View the Supply List

    Armoire Die
    Armoire Die
    New and On Sale!


    Miniature Red Lantern
    On Sale!


    Red Riding Hood #1 Collage Sheet


    The Wolf At The Door Collage Sheet

     

    Both Collage Sheets are On Sale thru August 21st!
    With ALL Brothers' Grimm Collage Sheets!


     


     Back In Stock Items    


    Something Wicked Clear Stamp Set


    Wood Numeral Blocks

    On Sale!


    Resin Baby Doll Set

    On Sale!
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Bee Bottles & The Wolf at the Door   


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with artwork by TWO Design Team Members!

    Honey Bee Glass Bottles*
    Honey Bee Glass Bottles
    On Sale!


    Bits & Books FREE Gift Kit
    ! One thing led to another... and seeing that we're in the midst of a Brothers' Grimm-themed month of artwork (and I rescued a dearly loved but falling apart antique book)...

     

    Hooray! It’s Dr. Raven’s Halloween Giveaway!

    With that HUGE group of goodies to choose from (in Laura’s artwork… that’s a link to photos of everything in her supply list) I picked out these:
    - Black and White Chevron Striped Straws (New and On Sale!)
    - Miniature Glass Domes (New and On Sale!)
    - Plastic Skeletons
    - Jack-o-Lantern Erasers
    - Acrylic Top Hats – Large
    - Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charm
    - Spooky Ghost Buttons
    - An Eerie Tale Run & Hide Scrapbook Paper
    - Brass Owl Stampings (just put On Sale!)
    - Plastic Tombstone Boxes
    - Mini Ceramic Gargoyle Beads
    - Small Resin Skull Beads
    - Small Plastic Pumpkins
    - Skeleton Hand Food Picks
    - Plastic Skeleton Hand
    - Antique Candelabra Charm ( On Sale!)
    - White Turquoise Skull Beads

    AND 4 On Sale Halloween Ribbons:
      - Black & Orange Halloween Braid
      - Black & Orange Mini Gingham Check Ribbon
      - Halloween Spider Leg Ribbon
      - Thin Orange/Black Stitched Ribbon

    And, see the photo below on the left for the FIVE Collage Sheets included in the Giveaway (also from Laura’s artwork):
    - Dem Bones Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival Rides #1 Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival Games #4 Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival #2 Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival Rides #2 Collage Sheet

    A couple more things caught my eye (I know… gilding the lily with all those things from Laura’s artwork already):
    - Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
    - Pewter Dancing Skeleton Charm
    - Hanging Bat Charm On Sale!
    - Pewter Spider & Web Charm On Sale!
    (Those last 3 are also Back in Stock)

    Plus, 3 items just put on Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!):
    - Rayon Cording – Metallics
    - Rayon Cording – Solids
    - Cricket Rubber Stamp

    AND, these 4 that have just been put On Sale for 50% off:
    - Gargoyle Front View Die-Cut Chipboard
    - Gargoyle Side View Die-Cut Chipboard
    - Engraved Garden Copper Foil Scrapbook Paper
    - Travel Coral Foil Scrapbook Paper
    (the 50% and 80% off things are shown in the photo below right)

    To enter the Dr. Raven’s Halloween 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, August 18, 2014).

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Big Bad Wolf House Giveaway? That would be Maree Natal! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    136 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 17th, 2014

    Back in Stock… August 17, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Travel Coral Foil Scrapbook Paper On Sale!

    Something Wicked Clear Stamp Set

    Mini Bird Eggs On Sale!

    Resin Baby Doll Set On Sale!

    Remnant Rub-Ons – Botanical On Sale!

    47mm Antique Gold Filigree

    Wood Alphabet Block Set On Sale!

    Wood Numeral Blocks On Sale!

    12×12 Chipboard

    Engraved Garden Copper Foil Scrapbook Paper On Sale!

    ATC Frame – Spider Webs

    Mysterious Bird Cut-Outs On Sale!

    Gravestone Chipboard Stand-ups On Sale!

    Pewter Dancing Skeleton Charm

    Hanging Bat Charm On Sale!

    Pewter Spider & Web Charm On Sale!

    Fancy Chipboard Corners – Set of 4 On Sale!

    Aladdin’s Lamp Charms

    Pumpkin Carriage Charms

    Scary Cat Charms – Black On Sale!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 16th, 2014

    Bee Bottles & The Wolf at the Door

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tutorials

    More Bees? ! know! All the projects Laura made in her last bee extravaganza were fab, and she has even more in store! Before I hand over this introduction to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I want to note that Miz Bella herself also has a fabulous project today! (Truly amazing as poor Bella is down with the flu!) And I also want to mention the New Bits & Books FREE Gift Kit! Plus, don’t forget to enter TWO new Giveaways (more info below)!


    It seems, Dear Readers, that Miz Laura Carson hasn’t quit with her buzzing around like a bee drunk off of its own honey. We have even more beautiful projects from her with a bee theme!


    Take a look at the altered bee bottle (at right) that would be perfect to use as harvest and Fall decor (made with one of the New and On Sale! Honey Bee Glass Bottles). Don’t go getting all freaked out that you couldn’t replicate it — because Laura takes you through it step by step and it is bee-yond easy. Yeah, horrible pun but it’s the fever I have talking not me!

    I love the bee skep topper. I’m not going to tell you how to make it, my fever won’t allow it. However! Once you see how it is made couldn’t you see making some too cute bee skep ornies out of them as well? Embellished and hanging off of a garland, dangling from the center center of a Fall wreath or hanging off an autumn tree would look just fab.

    Next up are TWO mason jar toppers! Both of them use images from her Bees Collage Sheet on the top of the lids (toppers).

    And how cute is that little mobile hanging inside (hooked to the underside of the lid)! And the jar lights up (with an LED Tea Light inside)!


    Follow Laura’s tutorial and make your own bee themed jar or go a step further and change it up a bit for Halloween or any holiday you’d like. It would look pretty cute right smack in the middle if your kitchen window or the middle if your dining room table.

     
    Ok. Leslie taking over again. Wow! I love all the dark red and green in Bella’s Little Red Riding Hood House (Christmas colors but not Christmasy at all!)

    Bella started with one of the New and On Sale! Personal House Shrine Kits. Then she noticed the happy accident that the width of the house exactly matches the width of the Small Paper Mache Books. So she attached a book to the back of her shrine and created a storybook house (see the book on the back of the house at right). Clever!

    Bella explains, “I put the house on a Candlestick Holder. Then glued the paper mache book to the back of the house so that bottom of book was flush with bottom of candlestick. The candlestick is what holds everything up.”

    Take a peek at Miz Bella’s Supply List and then scroll down for more inspiration and to enter the Giveaways! And don’t forget the new Bits & Books FREE Gift Kit (with pages from an antique Brothers’ Grimm book)!
     


     Back In Stock Items  


    Domed Apothecary Bottles
    (Finally!)


    Gold Sweeper Fringe
    On Sale!


    Iron Gate Wood Flourishes

     

    Hooray! A Big Bad Wolf House Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Miz Bella’s Little Red Riding Hood House (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Mixed Red Tiny Paper Roses
    - Oh Grannie Dear Collage Sheet
    - Personal House Shrine Kit
    - Red Music Scrapbook Paper
    - Red Riding Hood #1 Collage Sheet
    - Small Paper Mache Book
    - The Wolf At The Door Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Green Leaf Garland

    I included a set of the New and On Sale! Miniature Pinecone Picks.

    And one of the New Bits & Books FREE Gift Kits.

    AND one of the Dragonfly Chipboard Tabbed Albums (see photos below and more info about how TEN of you can win one!)

    To enter the Big Bad Wolf 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, FRIDAY, August 15, 2014).

    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!

    PLUS, see below for info about the Special Dragonfly Chipboard Tabbed Album Giveaway (for TEN lucky winners — randomly chosen from all orders placed today through August 18th)!

    Hey, who won the Snarky Housewives Tins Giveaway? That would be Jen R! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    104 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 14th, 2014

    Back in Stock… August 14, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Domed Apothecary Bottles (finally!)

    The Raven Scrapbook Paper On Sale!

    Black Sweeper Fringe On Sale!

    Gold Sweeper Fringe On Sale!

    A Gilded Life – Love Wings Pendant – Silver On Sale!

    Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint – Old Brass

    Masonite Steampunk Propellers

    Embossing Powder – Super Fine Detail Clear On Sale!

    Iron Gate Wood Flourishes

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 14th, 2014

    Through the Woods, Tiny Books & More Snarky Housewives

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit

    There is so much to cover today! Beside three (3!) projects by Nichola Battilana (that Miz Bella will introduce) there are three Snarky Housewives projects by Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey! (Plus a related Giveaway and a bunch of adorable miniature weapons… I mean kitchen implements…)

    And (to make some tiny cookbooks, perhaps?) there are two (!) new collage sheets, by Teri Calia, plus a mini tutorial on how to make her miniature books!


    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is up with her spooky offering from the August 2014 – Little Red Riding Hood Kit called Through the Woods…

    Poor Little Red Riding Hood. All out by her lonesome in the woods after dark where everything takes on such a sinister appearance! Nichola created her project around the Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Outs that like most of us here at Alpha Stamps, she loved at first sight. Also used was the Little Red Riding Hood Add-On Kit which you can get your own Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Out if you want to have (most) everything to play with that Nichola did. Add the 8×8 Matchbook Box and papers from An Eerie Tale to embellish it with.

    Inside there’s a sinister encounter between Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf using The Wolf At The Door Collage Sheet. Did you notice how the Mini Lantern with Battery Pack gives the scene an overall eerie effect? Loooovvee it!! Throw on some Sheet Moss to the outside, and you’re on your way to your own awesome trip Through the Woods.

    Before you lose your head like Grandma did you can check out Nichola’s Supply List. Then throw on your hooded red cape and skip on over to see more pictures and details at Nichola’s blog.

    Nichola has finally given in and come to the dark side because not only do we have cookies, chocolate and Tequila, but we also have dies for her new Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine! The very first dies she she chose to use? Nichola chose the Movers & Shapers Base Die-House and Movers & Shapers Windows.

    How cute are these tiny Halloween Houses?! I think they’re adorable at only 4″ x 2″ x 2″ and just think how much fun you can have creating with them. Halloween houses with Black Mini Paper Blooms, Mini Red Pip Berry Garland and Tiny Green Leaf Garland like Nichola used, OR Christmas houses with glittered roofs, OR make your own miniature Red Light District with half-naked naughty women showing through the windows for Valentines Day! Or, just fill them up with candy and give them out as party favors.

    Here is the full list of components Nichola used and you can visit her blog post as well.

    Either Nichola never sleeps or she is just driving the over-achievers express this week. Take a look at her The Secret Garden altered tins that are inspired by the classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Only four of these clever little tins have been made and each has a slightly different arrangement and selection of flowers, leaves and moss. My favorite element is the tiny little Robin that Nichola made from Creative Paperclay. It’s so cute!

    Why not make your very own Secret Garden tin? With a huge selection of Paper Flowers & Leaves, Garlands, Sheet Moss and of course the Blank Altoids Tin to get you started.

    For more pictures and a few more details on Nichola’s Secret Garden Tins, visit her blog.

    Ok. Leslie taking over again. Do you remember that Snarky Housewives theme a few weeks ago? Those clever ladies, Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey, are hosting a Snarky Housewives Swap over at Craftster & I’ve gathered some new mini kitchen props (and that cute Altoids Tin with Window at right). Sadly, you can’t join the swap unless you’ve already been a Craftster member for 30 days (and I’m sure that some of you already are), but that won’t stop you from creating some snarky tins (or magnets or plaques) of your own. (Omg… that plaque by Lora of Mildred, with the halo of knives and wine bottles is inspired!) More info and pics of Kristin’s TWO tins is on her blog.

    And Teri’s new collage sheets and tutorial! I love how the little books look like antique tomes. And one of the sheets has tons of little cookbooks, so perfect timing with all these kitcheny things. (And did I mention that ALL 8 collage sheets — including these new ones by Teri! — with a kitchen theme are On Sale! See the Snarky Housewives Tins Giveaway below for more info.) Teri shares how to make the pages look aged and how to construct the books on her blog.
     

     

    Hooray! A Snarky Housewives Tins Giveaway

    A bit of this and that from both of the snarky projects shown above:
    - Altoids Tins with Window
    - Baking Border Strips Scrapbook Paper
    - Miniature Copper Frying Pans
    - Nan’s Favourites: Lemon Slice Scrapbook Paper
    - Miniature Baking Set
    - Miniature Wine Bottles
    - Miniature Carving Knives

    A few more kitcheny things the caught my eye:
    - Pewter Muffin Pans
    - Gingerbread Man Charms – Brass Oxide
    - Miniature Gingerbread Cookies
    - Miniature Coffee Cup and Spoon
    - Brass Tea Set

    And, see the photo below on the left for Four of the 8 Sale Collage Sheets included in the Giveaway (and all are on sale through this Thursday, August 14th):
    - Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
    - Domestic Little Books Collage Sheet
    - Bitchy Words Collage Sheet
    - Happy Vintage Housewives Collage Sheet
    (Note: you can see the others in this Retro Kitchen group.)

    Plus, SEVEN items just put on Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!):
    - Light Blue Floral Crochet Trim
    - Lightweight Silver Crowns
    - Tiny Glass Spheres in Bottles – Turquoise (note: all the colors are on Clearance Sale)
    - Rosarian Rambler Scrapbook Paper
    - Rosarian Constance Scrapbook Paper
    - Rosarian Old Garden Scrapbook Paper
    - Chrysanthemum Scrapbook Paper

    AND, these 4 that have just been put on sale for 50% off:
    - Bette Davis Paper Dolls
    - Eyeglasses Rubber Stamp
    - Junque & Gems Tea Time
    - Brass Flatware
    (the 50% and 80% off things are shown in the photo below right)

    To enter the Snarky Housewives Tins 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, August 11, 2014).

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Zombie Attack Giveaway? That would be Noreen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    125 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 10th, 2014

    Zombies! (And New Design Team Artwork plus FREE Halloween Charms!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Cirque Paper Theatre Kit, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tim Holtz

    Zombies?! Before I hand over this introduction to Miz Bella, I want to point out the the New Zombie Attack Scrapbook Papers! (And oddly, with all that tan and red and black, they kinda work with the current Little Red Riding Hood Kit theme.) And the New Halloween Charms FREE Gift Kit! Plus, don’t forget to enter the new Giveaway (more info below)!


    Ahhhh, Little Red Riding Hood, one of my favorite fairy tales. There is also a song of the same name from 1966 — sung by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs — that plays in my head. Repeatedly. Every time I think about the Little Red Riding Hood August Kit. I’d much rather have it be something else, such as a video of Jim Morrison dancing, naked, than that song.

    However! Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has created an ATB (Artist Trading Block) worthy of being placed on your mantle despite the never ending song making the rounds in my head. This would be a great, quick gift to put together or to make as part of your Halloween decor! Really. When you think about it, a crazed wolf eating Grandma, dressing in drag as Granda with plans to eat a sweet little girl — that’s kind of creepy don’t you think? Why not be different and create an entire Halloween theme around Grimm using the Grimm Fairy Tales Collage Sheets?

    After covering the ATB with Double Dot Vintage Ocean Scrapbook Paper, Lora added images on both sides of the block from Red Riding Hood #1 and Red Riding Hood #3 Collage Sheets. Add some Black Zig Zag Dresden Border, 1/2 Inch Red Paper Roses and the ATB is ready to be placed on a stand and embellished!

    Who doesn’t love the Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Outs? There’s so much you can do with these — and Lora will tell you how she achieved the great texture and color on hers.

    Before you run off to see how she decorated the tree and made the stand for the ATB, check out her Supply List. OK, now you can run on over to Lora’s blog to see how easy it is to finish this project up. Oh, and by the way — Lora is giving away the ATB so be sure to enter!


    Have you heard who is in town? The Freak Show, that’s who! No big surprise here folks that the resident Design Team Freak herself, Miz Rhonda Secrist Thomas created a circus with wonderfully weird characters.

    Rhonda used the July 2014 – Cirque Paper Theatre Kit as the starting point to create her circus (with a bunch of extra goodies, too, as the stage at left is only one of three in her show).

    Plus she made good use of the Back in Stock and On Sale! Gold Sweeper Fringe along the edge of all 3 of her circus stages.

    Ooh… see those three snippets along the bottom of the photo at left? They’re my attempt to explain something clever Rhonda did: using the Tim Holtz Letterpress Wood Letters as printing blocks (by stamping onto White Crushed Silky Ribbon then flipping it over so the letters would be right-way round).

    Take a peek at Rhonda’s Supply List and then visit Rhonda’s blog to read her fantastic descriptions and habits of the 4-Legged Lady (shown at left), Dragon Girl and the World’s Smallest Drama Queen!
     

     

    Hooray! A Zombie Attack Giveaway!

    This Giveaway is (almost) all drawn from new items in today’s newsletter! In addition to the FOUR Zombie Attack Scrapbook Papers, I’ve added these new goodies:
    - A Zombie Hand Candy Mold (Lightweight plastic candy mold. The hands are approx 2-1/4″ tall (and about 3/8″ deep).)
    - Chalkable 12×12 Black Cardstock (This heavy cardstock has a velvety touch and a matte finish. It is very porous so chalk will adhere. Best used with a spray fixative.)
    - Halloween Charms FREE Gift Kit (plus ALL of the charms from the New Gold and Silver Halloween Charm Sets that the Gift Kit includes parts of)
    - TWO yards each of 1-1/2 Inch Orange Tulle and 1-1/2 Inch Black Tulle

    (Not a new item, but definitely fitting) A Zombie Charm

    AND TWO new Clearance Sale items:
    - Haunted Wax Treat Bags (Nicely designed food-safe bags with labels for spiders, flies or eyeballs. Includes 12 bags, 4 each of 3 designs. Also includes 12 clear seals.)
    - Kraft Coin Envelopes (Tiny little envelopes with a gummed flap. 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″.)

    To enter the Zombie Attack 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 8, 2014).

    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 Little Red Riding Hood Giveaway? That would be Ann Nye! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    102 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 7th, 2014

    New Kit, New Collage Sheets, New Tim Holtz Vellums (!)

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Sale, Tim Holtz


    Not quite Halloween, but edging closer: our August kit is Little Red Riding Hood — with some scary wolves and dark forests. The Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales always seemed like good Halloween ghost stories to me. (Originally Children’s and Household Tales, the collection of German-origin fairy tales was first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.)

    (Learn more about this tale in the The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales article.)

    I’m including FOUR collage sheets in the kit (and all are On Sale! in case you’d like to buy them separately):

    New! What Big Eyes You Have Collage Sheet (I love that image of the terrified little girl… plus this sheet has some good text phrases to include in a collage, like “What big eyes you have!” and “Wicked”.)

    New! Meeting the Wolf Collage Sheet (Some really dark, foreboding forests in this one; plus those snarling wolves…)

    New! Oh Grannie Dear Collage Sheet (I love the stylized text in these old books!)

    Red Riding Hood #1 Collage Sheet (An older sheet but the colors and images are perfect in this mix.)

    The kit also includes:
    - A 6×6 sheet of the New and On Sale! Color Me Ebony Nostalgia Flowers and Lace Scrapbook Paper (that includes a leaf and flower border perfect for cutting out and using to trim the edge of a card or small collage — and it’s a varnished paper so you can easily color the pattern while leaving the black lines black)
    - 6×6 sheets of An Eerie Tale Run and Hide and Unsolved Mystery Scrapbook Papers
    - Some Tiny Green Leaf Garland (perfect for some leafy trim around grandma’s house in the woods)
    - Some of the New and On Sale! Mixed Red Tiny Paper Roses
    - And two 8×8 sheets of moody, distressed calligraphy paper (not available separately).

    While I'm explaining what's in the kit, most everything in this month's kit is also available to buy separately (until sold out).

    And new this month: as the Design Team often receives a wider group of products to play with around the monthly themes, I’ve gathered together everything they received (beyond what’s in the regular August kit) and I’ve put together a Little Red Riding Hood Add-On Kit. So if you want more papers, collage sheets (including one more new Red Riding Hood collage sheet) and those cool die-cut chipboard trees with one click, here’s your chance.

    And, in honor of this month's theme, I've put the ENTIRE Brothers’ Grimm Collage Sheets Section On Sale! (And that also includes the FOUR collage sheets in the kit!) Catch it quick as the sale ends August 21st.

    And did you see that Grandma’s House artwork (at left) by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel? Kristin is a wonder — and I am so glad she provided a tutorial for all those inventive details like the tiny hand-made stonework made from an egg carton! Read more on Kristin’s blog.

    In addition to the parts from this kit, the main thing Kristin added is a Votive House Shrine Kit. Under all those cobblestones (and the sand paper shingled roof) is a little masonite shrine! And it’s On Sale! And also included in today’s Giveaway!

    And there’s some lovely new vellum papers (3 sets) by Tim Holtz (more info below). Plus check out the ideas at right for backlighting the vellum paper in a 3D Luminary or using Distress Markers to add a bit more color to the vellum by coloring on the back of the vellum papers.

    And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a FREE Bee Banners Collage Sheet. FREE for all orders over $20 through TOMORROW, Monday, August 4th! More info and a photo are below.
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: BEES!


    4 Bee-Themed Projects
    by Design Team Member Laura Carson!


    Bees Collage Sheet
    (Both of Laura's new Bee-Themed Collage Sheets are On Sale but only through Sunday night, August 3rd!)


    In honor of the myriad bee-themed projects (and 2 new collage sheets!) by Laura Carson, here's a little sheet to make tiny banners (or postage-sized embellishments). FREE for all orders over $20 through Monday, August 4th!

     

    Hooray for the Little Red Riding Hood Giveaway!

    Wow! Even with all those 9 (!) collage sheets and 5 papers peeking out in the photo at right, i couldn’t quite fit in everything. So…

    In addition to a Little Red Riding Hood Kit

    And a Little Red Riding Hood Add-On Kit (and these 2 papers from this kit can’t be see in the photo):
    - Red Music Scrapbook Paper
    - Tan & Red Music Scrapbook Paper

    I’ve also included this shrine kit that Kristin used in her adorable artwork shown above:

    Votive House Shrine Kit

    To enter the Little Red Riding Hood 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, August 4, 2014).

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Blue & Gold & Bees Giveaway? That would be HeideC! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    135 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 3rd, 2014

    Back in Stock… August 2, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Huginn & Muninn Rubber Stamp

    Toby and Punch Rubber Stamp Set On Sale!

    Tiny Curved Hinges

    Small Ceramic Horned Owl Bead

    Palm Reading Hand Charm

    Ouija Board Charm

    Ceramic Skeleton Bead

    Candlestick Holder On Sale!

    Vintage Brass Frames Set On Sale!

    Gilders Paste – Silver

    F. E. Linus Cling Stamp On Sale!

    Eyeglasses Rubber Stamp

    Star Tinsel – Red On Sale!

    Sheet Moss On Sale!

    Chipboard ATCs

    Layered Butterfly Die & Embossing Folder Set On Sale!

    Ceramic Gargoyle Bead

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 2nd, 2014