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    New Tim Holtz CHRISTMAS!

    Filed under Art Projects, Gift Certificates, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    Before I show off the cute new artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel (related to one of the new Tim Holtz items being announced today), and of course, all the cute new Christmas things: we’ve added Gift Cards to the site! Perfect for future, last-minute holiday gifting…

    All I can say is: I want to see how Kristin’s house is decorated for Halloween!!

    What a great trio of Halloween mini costume boxes! (Note: that guy in the middle is only 2″ x 3″.)

    Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post:
    I’m a big fan of making art in vintage Christmas ornament boxes, so when I saw these new Tim Holtz reproduction Halloween Costume Boxes, it was love at first sight. Halloween is my favorite! These small boxes look great on their own, so it doesn’t take much to create cute little Halloween decor. What fun!

    For the smallest box, I covered the back of the box with orange and black scrapbook paper, black alphabet beads (boo!) and a vintage image of a girl with a pumpkin. I used foam adhesive dots to raise her up from the back. Rick rack trim and a little pumpkin was added to the box top.

    I love the details on these boxes, and the fact that they look so real, despite their size. What a fun addition to my Halloween decor! These are going to look great on my mantel.

    Thank you, Kristin! Note: see below in the Giveaway section for another photo (and of course, a chance to enter the Giveaway). Here’s a link to all the supplies Kristin used.

    Hey, we just got the Christmas version of the Tim Holtz box lids back in stock (returning from last Fall)… Both the Halloween and Christmas versions of the box lids fit these 4 mini shadowboxes. Remember the project at left?? Kristin made that version from scrapbook paper and the Tiny Diorama Box, but there’s a very similar “Tinsel Rain” box lid in the Tim Holtz set… Note: click on that pic at left for Kristin’s tutorial.

     
    New Products!

    It’s time! All the new Tim Holtz Christmas items are here and they are sooo cute! Plus a little devil found his way into this group, too!

    Highlights from the Clearance Sale!

    I’ve picked out some Clearance Sale Paper Flowers/Botanicals to highlight today — 30% off! (And a bunch of new things have been added to the clearance sale!) Note that these are from the new site: there’s still tons of goodies at great prices on the CLEARANCE SITE (50 to 80% off)! For example, here’s the Paper Flower Section…

     
    Hooray for the Halloween or Christmas Mini Shadowbox Giveaway!

    I picked out that top box (at left) for the start of this Giveaway:
    - Halloween Vignette Box Tops – Tim Holtz
    - Mini Shadowbox – 2×3
    - Halloween #1 Collage Sheet
    - Black Alphabet Beads

    Don’t forget to visit Kristin’s blog post for more tips on all the boxes.

    Bonus: I’m also including the new CHRISTMAS box tops, so you could make a little scene from either holiday!

    To enter the Halloween or Christmas Mini Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, October 19, 2018).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Halloween Accordion Book Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Christi Conley! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 18th, 2018

    2 Halloween Projects, with Spinning Eyeballs Tutorial!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Wow! I looove both projects today by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Starting out with this (funny and amazing) Spider House. I believe this all started with a bag of 100 spiders…

    Shannon made a fab haunted house with the Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base, and her windows (stamped on vellum so they can be backlit) are inspired. Here’s a bit from her blog post:

    To accent the rectangular windows, I used pre-cut frames but cut a rectangle of cardboard to transform the center window into a door. I also cut a little cardboard frame for the upper right and matching rear windows [note: that's the tall window with 4 panes]. I stamped a spider, webs, and a skull onto some vellum, then glued them inside the house. Like Kristin, I added a tree by poking a hole in the base and glued in the tree.

    Here’s Shannon’s Spider House Supply List (including the window frames and black printed papers in 2 sizes).

    Note: Shannon’s second project is shown (at some length) down in the Giveaway section (and both projects are on her blog post… though there’s a second post today with her tutorial… more info on that is below.


     
    Exclusive Rubber Stamps Back in Stock & ALL on SALE!

     
    Halloween Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! It’s getting toward the witching hour! This is a 40% off sale on all CARDSTOCK Halloween Collage Sheets!

    Tons of options, from cute to spooky! Over 160 products, including the 4 highlights below.

    The sale ends at midnight TONIGHT, October 14th.

    Click here: Halloween Collage Sheets FLASH SALE Section to see everything!

     
    More Halloween ON SALE!

    I just dropped the clearance sale prices on the Halloween Rubber Stamps & Halloween Theme sections to 70% off! See below for a few of my picks. (And there are tons of good choices in those 2 sections so go check ‘em out!)

     
    Hooray for the Halloween Accordion Book Giveaway!

    Wow (again)! Shannon’s Halloween Accordion Book has interactive features on every panel (and on both sides)!


    Here’s a bit more quoted from Shannon’s blog post:
    When the Spider House was finished, I realized I had all of this awesome Nightfall paper left over, so I made a book using an ATC Ticket Journal and the new House Shaped ATC Frame Set (because houses are cool). The book is accordion style, so it opens out to reveal six interactive pages. Warning! There are a scary amount of photos of this book on the blog post!

    See that skull in a top hat in the center of the book? You can spin around a black circle of cardstock (you can see a little bit of that circle at the bottom of that panel) so that his eyes turn! See the wide photo below, but there’s also a whole different blog post with a step-by-step tutorial for how to make him!


    One more detail I’ll blather about: see that orange polka-dotted pumpkin to the right of the skull in the trio of photos above? It’s a pocket that holds a cat… and not just any cat… he can be flipped to become a witch! See photos below and there’s also a separate blog post with more info on how he works.


    So (finally) on to this Giveaway: I’ve chosen a few faves from Shannon’s Halloween Accordion Book Supply List:
    - Nightfall 6×6 Paper Pad
    - House Shaped ATC Frame SetNew
    - Victorian Bats Collage Sheet
    - ATC Ticket Journal
    - Round Frames for 18mm Cabs (also shown at right)
    - Eyeballs Collage Sheet
    - Halloween #3 Collage Sheet (for the cat that turns into a witch)!

    (Note: The collage sheets in that list are on sale through TONIGHT.)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s Halloween Accordion Book artwork (though “just” those listed above are included in the Giveaway).

    And do go look at Shannon’s blog post as she shows tons of photos of all the panels and their moveable parts!

    Bonus: I’m including one of the Sugar Skull Rubber Stamps (part of the 70% off sale!) as you could also knock out his eyes and make a similar rotating eyeballs interactive thingy with him!

    To enter the Halloween Accordion 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, Monday Night, October 15, 2018).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Spooky & Sweet Halloween Shrine Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Rhonda S! Oh, and since the winner had their choice of THREE from the Halloween Collage Sheet Sale, Rhonda picked Krampus, Ghosts and Krampus Postcards! (I’m interpreting a bit as I don’t see any Halloween fairies!) Congrats, Rhonda! Check your email for info.

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 14th, 2018

    Shannon’s Rotating Eyeballs Tutorial!

    Filed under Art Projects, Halloween, Paper Dolls/Theatres, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Note: these are instructions for the skull with spinning wheel eyes panel of Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s Halloween Accordion Book on this blog post.

    Materials:
    ATC Sized Background Paper
    Mr. Bones Stamp
    Eyes from Eyeballs Collage Sheet
    2″ black circle
    Small brad

    To view the eyes, cut out socket area of Mr. Bones. Lay Mr. Bones on top of background paper, mark outside edges of both eye sockets, then cut out an oblong shape slightly larger than the marks.

    Mark center of circle, align circle on top of background paper (making sure the cutout is covered), then use an awl to make a hole through both the circle and background paper. Make sure the bottom of the circle extends past the background paper!

    (Front View) Add a bit of tape (I used fabric tape) over the hole on front for strength. Poke the brad through the tape and check the spinning wheel.

    (Back View)

    Remove the brad and glue Mr. Bones onto background paper, MAKING SURE TO NOT ADD GLUE AROUND THE OBLONG CUTOUT. Turn over and poke the awl through existing hole and through Mr. Bones. Replace brad and spinning wheel. You will now see the black wheel through Mr. Bones eyes. Lightly mark area inside both sides. Rotate wheel and mark the placement for second pair of eyes. Repeat for third pair.

    Remove spinning wheel and glue eyes in place using marks as guide. I also added a small circle in the center to add a little room between the wheel and the front of the card.

    Replace brad and have fun!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 13th, 2018

    New Fairies & Miniatures… and Halloween art, too!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween Countdown Kit, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Wow! Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made ALL FIVE of the mini Halloween shrines that went live last month!

    Wow indeed! From cute to creepy! (Just look at that green guy with all the TEETH!)

    Here’s a bit from Nichola’s blog post:
    I went a little mad scientist and used a few different techniques on the wee things.

    I used everything from a simple crackle glue finish (instructions here) to a glitter-smothered facade.

    I think that both the simple finishes and painterly pieces look spookadellic and despite not being completely matchy-poo look well grouped together.

    Thank you, Nichola! Note: see below in the Giveaway section for more on one of the shrines… and a chance to win all the supplies for that example. Speaking of supplies, here’s a link to all the supplies Nichola used for all 5 shrines.

     
    New & Back in Stock Products!

    Oh, that Nichola! Not only her FIVE mini Halloween shrines above, but look at the cute fairy matchbox made with her new Matchbox Fairies Collage Sheet! As Nichola explains:

    “I am smitten with making these wee matchboxes with lovely little fairies inside! They’re so much fun, chocked full of magic, and relatively quick to make. And honestly, how gorgeous would these be as stocking stuffers or favors?!?!”

    There are six different tiny vintage ballerinas on this sheet, and they are repeated and reversed to give you some extra options. There are a SLEW of butterflies and wings to choose from. Plus some sentiments and words and crests. There’s also a template for making the matchbox. It’s totally jam packed and everything is perfectly size to fit together.
     

    Halloween Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! It’s getting toward the witching hour! This is a 40% off sale on all CARDSTOCK Halloween Collage Sheets!

    Tons of options, from cute to spooky! Over 160 products, including the 4 highlights below.

    The sale ends at midnight on Sunday night, October 14th.

    Click here: Halloween Collage Sheets FLASH SALE Section to see everything!

     
    Hooray for the Spooky & Sweet Halloween Shrine Giveaway!

    I picked out the Haunted House Mini Shrine shown at left (and right) for the start of this Giveaway. In addition to the shrine kit itself:
    - Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Time Scrapbook Paper (the little witchy girl inside the shrine… and there’s a close-up of her below)
    - Spooky Boo Scrapbook Paper – Eek (for the spider web patterned paper on the sides of the shadowbox)
    - Silver Tinsel!

    Don’t forget to visit Nichola’s blog post more tips on all the 5 shrines.

    Bonus: In honor of the Halloween Collage Sheets Sale, you get to pick out THREE Halloween collage sheets (on cardstock… and single sheets only; sorry but you can’t pick a set). So many options! One of my faves is shown at right, but not included in the Giveaway unless you choose it. Go root around and see what you can find! Please leave me your 3 picks when you enter the Giveaway.

    BONUS #2: I’m adding the new Garden Goddess Scrapbook Paper Set! It’s just so pretty! And check the product page for photos of all 4 papers in the set.

    To enter the Spooky & Sweet Halloween Shrine 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 Night, October 12, 2018).

    AND PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CHOICES FOR THE 3 FREE COLLAGE SHEETS.

    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).

    Hey, who won the Tealight Haunted House Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Kitty Tatman! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 11th, 2018

    Tiny Haunted House, with Tombstone Tutorial

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Tutorials

    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel really adores Halloween… beside the extra Halloween projects she always volunteers for… her Halloween artwork is perfect!

    Case in point: today’s Tiny 3D Haunted House. First of all, it’s made from the new Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base (related to one of the house shapes from the Mini Haunted House Covers)… you can see a mini photo at left (and that’s the back view… it has a big arch cut in the back facade to help with inserting a Tea Light).

    And just look at the pics below of the front side!! Kristin decided to paper over one of the 3 rectangular windows cut in the front so she could make a door (and I love that little “cobblestone” path through the grass to her door)!


    And look at all the parts you get in this new kit: it includes the platform and the fence pieces and the little tombstones! (Note: there’s a close-up of the tombstones below in the Giveaway; AND Kristin added a tutorial on how to paint the flat chipboard tombstones to give them a 3D appearance in her blog post!) Here’s a couple tips from that blog post:

    The “stone” path in the front is cut from a cardboard egg carton. It’s got the perfect texture for pavers.

    The windows in this little house are actually thin sheets of mica. Here in the front windows, I put the image of the child behind the mica, so it looks like she’s inside. The pumpkin is in front of the mica so it looks like it’s outside, sitting on the windowsill.

    I used mica in the window because the house is designed to accommodate a tea light. When it’s dark, you can light it up and it looks so spooky!

    Here’s the rest of Kristin’s supply list, and more highlights from it are noted below in today’s Giveaway.

    And don’t forget Kristin’s blog post with tutorial!

    You know, seeing Kristin’s Haunted House all lit up made me think of the Holly Jolly Christmas House she made a coupla years ago with the House Ornament (see the photos at right).

    Which, of course, got me thinking about Christmas papers (especially tiny Christmas papers). So I’m announcing a new Christmas paper set today that would work out really well on a tiny house:
    - Carta Bella Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad (I love the classic colors and this would be so cute on a tiny house!), and there’s also the related:
    - Carta Bella Christmas 12×12 Collection Kit (which also includes a die-cut 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet)

    I’m also announcing a cute Christmas twill tape:
    - Christmas Stockings Printed Twill Tape (see below for a photo)

    And, speaking of lights, the Tim Holtz Mini Lantern with Battery Packs are back in stock (finally)!

    New Goodies!

    Hooray for the Tealight Haunted House Giveaway!

    I had to show a close up of the tombstones in the yard (and a closer look at those mica windows, too)… And scroll down just a bit to see just one of the pics from Kristin’s tombstone tutorial!


    Here’s a bit more quoted from Kristin’s witty blog post:
    Tombstones litter the front yard. The kit comes with four; I chose to use three. Buried in the front yard are “Al B. Bach” and “Ima Goner”. Sadly, no one knows who lies beneath the cross.

    The tree is made from a branch of an azalea bush. Perfect! I punched a little hole in the base and just fed the bottom of the branch in. The crow sitting in that tree used to be a bluejay. I filed down the tuft on his head and painted him black. He prefers life as a crow.

    So on to this Giveaway: I’ve picked out a few choice morsels from Kristin’s supply list:
    - Window Frames for Tealight Haunted House (I know… I haven’t even mentioned the window trims yet! These are made to fit the Tealight Haunted House: the window frames are small enough so that they fit on the (somewhat) crowded facade without running into each other.)
    - Black Baroque Dresden Borders (they’re around the base of the platform)
    - New Mica Tiles (so you can play with backlit windows, as I’m also including an LED Tea Light)
    - How Sweet the Moon and Mini Halloween Banner Collage Sheets
    - An 18mm Black Cat Glass Cabochon (the size in the window above the door)
    - Pumpkin Pods (near the front door)
    - The Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base itself!

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork (though “just” those listed above are included in the Giveaway).

    To enter the Tealight Haunted 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, October 8, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Kristin’s project? OR how will you decorate your own haunted house?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Halloween Lanterns Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Mary Warren! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    77 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 7th, 2018

    It’s beginning to look a lot like… Fall

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween Countdown Kit, Laura Carson, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Rubber Stamps

    We had our first rain (sprinkles, really). (Sorry, Arizona! I know you guys are getting swamped.)

    As the weather is in flux (100 degrees last March?!) I am enjoying NOT having Indian Summer (I know, I just jinxed it). But I’m looking forward to Fall and Winter (Halloween and Christmas… Saturnalia, whatever you celebrate).

    So I’m mixing in a few new *Christmas* items today. I know, some of you are already busy making gifts… and that post-Halloween crafting-time is short!

    BUT FIRST: 2 fun HALLOWEEN projects to oggle today! And both have to do with light (candles… or LED faux candles)…

    Embalm Stamped Candleholders by Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Wow! These turned out great!

    Not much to tell you about… you can see Rhonda’s work-in-progress photo below (stamp the new Crowned Skull Cling Stamp with black ink on parchment… color with colored pencils… tear the edges… glue to a mason jar). Oh, and tie on some cheesecloth with a bit of twine or ribbon (and put a tealight inside).

    Nice job, Rhonda!

     
    New Products!

    Hooray for the Halloween Lanterns Giveaway!
    (And hooray for the second Halloween project!)

    Laura Carson! Laura has been such a busy bee lately (lately? I know… this whole year with her Streets of Paris projects) that I’m just getting to her September kit art!

    Laura picked out 3 from the 5 mini Halloween shrines that went live last month and (with the help of a lot of glitter!) made some very sparkly Halloween Lanterns.

    Here’s a bit from Laura’s blog post:
    I glittered and attached cut-outs from the Black Creepy Critters Shape Set, Wood Jack-o-Lanterns Cut-Outs & the Narrow Spider Web Flourish Borders. I think my favorite creepy critters are the rats as they have very detailed whiskers and tails.

    (Psst… do take a minute to visit Laura’s blog post for tips on decorating the shrines… like spray painting the LED Tea Lights black.)

    EVERYTHING in Laura’s Halloween Lanterns Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Halloween Countdown Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items. (AND since there’s a shrine in the kit that’s different the the 3 Laura decorated, you’ll get FOUR shrines!)

    BONUS: I’m adding some glitter, too! (Not quite the same ones as Laura used but these will make good substitutes.)
    - Purple Glitter (note: that’s on clearance!)
    - Pumpkin Orange Ultrafine Glitter
    - Raven Iridescent Glitter

    To enter the Halloween Lanterns 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 Night, October 5, 2018).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Nightfall Haunted House Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Lorna E! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 4th, 2018

    (Another!) HALLOWEEN Kit, Related Extras & New Artwork!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Nightfall Haunted House Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    New Kit!

    It’s almost October and that means time for a Halloween kit!

    The new Nightfall Haunted House Kit includes a set of chipboard haunted house shapes (a front cover with windows & doors cut out) and a solid back piece. AND those windows… there’s one round and two rectangular window holes cut to match glass cabochons! (And multiple styles of glass cabochons in the sizes to fit these windows are included in the kit, too!)

    Note: there’s another new set of Mini Haunted House Covers related to the set in this kit, plus these covers are sized so that you could use them with the Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set (and see artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas below for an adorable Haunted House mini book using that combo)!

    The kit also includes a new collage sheet: Halloween Pendants, with images to fit 14mm, 18mm and 25mm diameter round cabochons (and 10x25mm rectangular cabs) plus some for 1″ x 2″ glass or dominoes.

    AND the kit includes 6 double-sided 6″ x 6″ scrapbook papers: all 6 designs from the new Nightfall 6×6 Paper Pad!

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos.
     

    New Artwork: Welcome To My Haunted House by Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    How fun! Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas made this quick and colorful (and small… only about 5″ tall) Haunted House book by mixing the new chipboard covers with pages from the Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set (and lots of papers from both sizes of the new Nightfall paper pads).

    See the “BOO” and black cat in the rectangular windows above (right side of the wide photo)? Both of those images are from the new Halloween Pendants Collage Sheet. I love the bright red/orange color (and white dots) Rhonda added to the rectanglar chipboard frames around those windows, too!

    I kinda started from the middle and worked my way out in the order of my photos… scroll down just a bit to see the covers (front cover on the right side).

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    I have lots of round and oval cabochons, but not rectangular. These are a wonderful addition to create with and you can even get these rectangular frames that fit around nicely. I painted these a deep orange and then used a white gel pen to add some depth and detail.

    And a note about the white gel pen: beside the fun outlines and polka dots Rhonda added… the window details on the front cover are bones!

    Beside these 2 photos of Rhonda’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win bunches of goodies from Rhonda’s supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and tips!

     
    More New Products!

    Just a snippet from 15 new products are shown at left. From larger Nightfall papers to larger sizes of the cat & spider web cabs… Plus more new chipboard frame sets for all the sizes of glass cabs!

    More ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)

    or

    - here’s a group of items related to the new kit (that’s all the cabs & settings)

    or

    - here are all of the items actually in the new kit

    or

    - here’s a repeat of Rhonda’s supply list from her cute Haunted House shown above!
     

    Hooray for the Nightfall Haunted House Kit Giveaway!

    I just had to show another view of that Haunted House by Rhonda! And see the right side for how fat this little book is!

    First off for this Giveaway: I’m including one of the new Nightfall Haunted House Kits! That will give you the new collage sheet, the front cover from Rhonda’s book, lots of glass cabs & all the papers from the 6×6 paper pad to play with.

    Here’s a few more items from Rhonda’s supply list that I’m also including in today’s Giveaway:
    - The Round Frames for 14mm Cabs shown at right (and one of them is painted white and is at the top left of the photo above)
    - The Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set (for the inside book pages, and some window overlays)
    - The Rectangular Frames for 10x25mm Cabs (shown far above, like the “BOO” window)
    - Creepy Dolls Collage Sheet (shown at left)
    - Black Dresden Border Sampler Set (used all over the place as roof trims)

    AND a couple things running low from the clearance sale that you can still grab if you act quick:
    - A Spooky Ghost Button (a couple are shown above in that orange and white polka dot window)
    - Tiny Sheer Ribbon in Black & Orange (that Rhonda used to bind her book)

    To enter the Nightfall Haunted House Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, October 1, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Rhonda’s project? OR how will you decorate your own haunted house?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Paris Shop Elevator Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jackie! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    62 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 30th, 2018

    Final 2 Posts in The Streets of Paris Series!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Streets of Paris, Tutorials

    It’s the end of an era: the final newsletter in Laura Carson’s The Streets of Paris series!

    Note: You can easily look back at the previous posts in this series; the last one was the upstairs A Paris Street Painter, shown at left.

    And to end things with a bang, Laura’s written TWO blog posts today: Apothicaire – An Apothecary Window and an Elevator (and each includes a video tutorial).

    Speaking of endings, all the papers from Blue Fern Studio (including many Laura used for wallpaper and floorings) are being discontinued. Some are on the clearance site at 70% off (!) and some are on the new site (those are both links to the Blue Fern papers on the respective sites; and all are super-thick, sturdy cardstock with beautiful designs).

    Psst: Christmas crafting is right around the corner and one of my favorite collections from Blue Fern is included in the sale: Vintage Christmas.

    But… back to the loverly new artwork! First up…

    Apothicaire – An Apothecary Window
     


     

    Here’s a bit of text from Laura’s blog post as an introduction:

    The final business in the Streets of Paris event is an apothecary. Just as with the Bookstore I’ve used a smaller bay window attached to the second floor on one of the sides to create a faux business. In the window are bottles, vintage drugstore ads and a mini scale with weights.

    You’ll notice that the window has a pretty blue awning and the faux glass in the window has the business name and other details printed on it, you’ll find both of these free images in my blog post.

    Laura created a new collage sheet and TWO digital image sets today! The Vintage Drugstore Ads Collage Sheet, shown at left, has some creepy/funny images like that little girl in the highlight bubble.

    There’s also a new digital images set with the same theme, and even more vintage ads.

    Laura also includes a photo of the window at night… I love the Large Glass Apothecary Jar shown in the lower left of that photo at right (with a mysterious mix of alcohol ink & rubbing alcohol).

    See everything Laura used in her Apothecary Window supply list. Come back after enjoying her new video tutorial (and lots more info & photos) for a Giveaway drawn from Laura’s Elevator!

     
    Hooray for the Paris Shop Elevator Giveaway!
     


     

    This is so lovely! Laura created an elevator that can be moved between the 2 floors of her shops using a Tall Cage Style Lantern (which I’m also including in today’s Giveaway)!

    And remember that Laura has a whole separate blog post about the elevator:

    By adding vintage stained glass images (from my new digital image set) printed on vellum, filigree and elevator images (free in the post), you can create a lovely miniature elevator.

    Here’s a couple more items from Laura’s Elevator supply list that I’m adding to today’s prize package:
    - Rectangular Bronze Filigree – Large
    - Chipboard Gothic Border Trim

    To enter the Paris Shop Elevator 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 Night, September 28, 2018).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Black Felt Kitty Cat Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Laurie Staffaroni! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 27th, 2018

    Black Cats, New Clearance Section & FREE Coffins!

    Filed under Giveaways, Halloween Countdown Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Before we get to the new Halloween items and cute Halloween artwork (and there’s artwork by TWO Design Team Members today!):
    it’s time for coffins!

    They’re back! We’ve carried these sturdy, pre-decorated coffins for the last few years. (Granted, they only make a brief appearance as they are a popular item!)

    These are just silly fun. Well constructed little coffins, though (and you can paint or paper over the colorful designs if you’d like a different look). Each has a lid and is covered inside and out with printed paper. Note: they come in a set of 3 (3 gradiated sizes: the largest is 8-1/2″ tall and the smallest is 7″ tall, and they can be nested). I’m assuming you crafty types are going to be decorating them/re-papering them, etc… the sets are all 3 of the same design and there are 3 new designs this year.

    AND The first 30 orders over $30 will get one of the Decorated Coffins with Lids FREE!!

    Don’t fret if you’re not quick on the draw (or if you want to get a specific size): you can order a set of 3, too! (And lots more photos of the different designs are on that page.)

     
    On to the artwork!

    Let’s start with a trio of mini shrines by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas: An Ode to the Black Cat. It was just a happy accident today that both Design Team Members made art about black cats. Rhonda used three of the new shrines — and tons of vintage glass glitter! She wrote a tribute to a stray black cat who adopted her on her blog post (plus lots more photos and tips about her shrines — like that cat head inside the shadowbox on the middle shrine is on a spring).


    Moving on quickly as there are a lot of Halloween projects beckoning… Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made TWO projects today and the first is this adorable Wee Witch Spoolie (plus a mini tutorial on making a fuzzy black felt bat)!

    She has a crepe paper dress, striped stockings, and carries her pumpkin pail. The 31 was glued onto a button and attached to the spool. I used the felt scraps to make a friend for the witch.

    I should explain: I sent Shannon some of the new black felt and the “scraps” she speaks of are leftovers from her larger felt project shown below.

    Psst: a couple things on the clearance site would be perfect for making your own spoolie:
    - Vintage Alphabet and Number Stickers
    - Die Cut Alphabet Scrapbook Paper (hm… these faux typewriter letters look like the same ones used in Shannon’s second project below)

    Here’s the rest of Shannon’s supply list (including that cute witchy girl herself).

    Shannon’s blog post covers both of her projects (the second is down in the Giveaway zone and is… another black cat)!

     
    More New Goodies!

    “More”… which more? I was thinking of those Decorated Coffins with Lids already mentioned above.

     
    NEW Clearance Section!

    Wait… what? Yes, we’ve been using the new site long enough that there is now a clearance section on it, too! Some are items I can’t purchase any longer, or I need to clear them out to make space… some of these are quite limited quantities. And go check out this new clearance section: not just the highlights below; there are over 80 items on sale!

     
    Hooray for the Black Felt Kitty Cat Giveaway!

    Oh my… this is darling! Shannon made a Felt Kitty with Matchbox Book that just keeps on getting cuter: starting with the pocket in the kitty’s dress (holding a book full of cats)… and look below for what’s inside that book!

    So on to this Giveaway: beside EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list (short and sweet as Shannon’s embroidered facial features really make this simple list into a cat), I’m also include a couple more black cats:
    - Acrylic Black Standing Cat Cut-Out
    - Die-Cut Black Cats

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s artwork (like the little accordion fold booklet, and all the little creatures on the pages of the book).

    And don’t forget about Shannon’s blog post as it has info about this felt cat, too!

    To enter the Black Felt Kitty Cat 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 24, 2018).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Halloween Fun Matchbox Book Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Mary Mac! Congrats! Check your email for info.


      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 23rd, 2018

    New Matchbox Book! New Halloween Markdowns! New Miniatures!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Halloween, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    Frightening Fun House by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    Ooh! A new Little Houses Matchbox Book with cute art! This new matchbox book set is similar to the Mini Conservatory Accordion Book but this set has the same iconic house shape for each panel AND this set comes with a matchbox!

    And how cute is Bella’s artwork! Love, love, love the mix of die-cuts from the Vintage Halloween Collector’s Essential Kit with collage sheet images (and lots of polka dots from the Vintage Halloween 2×2 Number Squares Scrapbook Paper)!

    I spy:
    - One of the windows from the half scale Decorative Windows Set (painted black as a window on the front cover of the accordion book — and the witch behind the window is from the How Sweet the Moon Collage Sheet)
    - A bat from the Black Creepy Critters Shape Set
    - That little girl holding a giant mask (far left of the bottom row) is from the Halloween #1 Collage Sheet
    - On the 2nd to last panel (on same bottom row) is a paper doll with costumes from the Mini Halloween Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Crepe Ribbon – Orange – 3/4 Inch (tying the book closed when inside the matchbox)

    See more photos in Bella’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway to win lots of goodies from Bella’s supply list (plus a few extras picked out by me)!
     

    New Products — Lots of Miniatures!

     
    New Markdowns on Scrapbook Paper

    I’ve picked out some items from the clearance sale AND I just marked down the sale prices further! See more in the Scrapbook Paper: Single Sheets Section. Note: These are on the clearance site so are at a different URL and are not part of the coupon sale, but they are now on sale at 70% off! That new markdown includes everything in this Scrapbook Paper Section (omg… almost 200 items)! PLUS: all 4 of the HALLOWEEN choices below are included in today’s Giveaway!

     
    Hooray for the Halloween Fun Matchbox Book Giveaway!

    I just had to show off some more cute pics from Bella’s project! See left and below for 3 more photos. Now on to the goodies I’ve picked out for today’s Giveaway!

    I chose just about everything I highlighted from Bella’s supply list:
    - The new Little Houses Matchbox Book
    - Vintage Halloween 2×2 Number Squares Scrapbook Paper
    - Decorative Windows Set (1:24 scale version)
    - How Sweet the Moon Collage Sheet
    - Black Creepy Critters Shape Set
    - Halloween #1 Collage Sheet (shown at right — and also includes that tyke below, being scared by a jack-o-lantern)
    - Mini Halloween Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Crepe Ribbon – Orange – 3/4 Inch

    And remember: my 4 picks from the Scrapbook Paper Section on the clearance site are included, too! (Scroll up just a bit to see them.) You will have lots of Halloween papers to play with!

    To enter the Halloween Fun Matchbox 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 Night, September 21, 2018).

    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).

    Hey, who won the October Fun Mini Shrines Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Lisa Wiktorek! Congrats! Check your email for info.


    59 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 20th, 2018