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    Haunted House Shadowbox by Nichola Battilana

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Haunted House Shadow Box by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


     

     
    Hooray for the Haunted House Shadowbox Giveaway!

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

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

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


     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2 Halloween Projects! NEW Sale & FREE Gift!

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

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

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

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

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

    Little Ghouls ATCs by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


     


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Halloween in Wonderland & Related FREE Tea Gift Kit!

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

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

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

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

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

    Halloween in Wonderland Room Box by Teri Calia

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

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

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

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

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

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


     

     
    New FREE Gift: Teatime for Halloween Gift Kit

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

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

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

     

    Hooray for the Teatime in Wonderland Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Spooky Ghosts for Halloween! Related FREE Gift & NEW Sale!

    Filed under Digital Images, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Mini Haunted House Kit, Sale, Tutorials

    Wow! We have 2 Halloween projects today (both by Design Team Member Laura Carson) and both projects feature ghosts. Before we look at the fun and spooky Halloween art, let’s talk new sale!

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

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

    House Of Ghosts

    When thinking about projects for this Halloween season, I realized that in the hundreds of Halloween pieces I’ve made, none of them are Ghost themed so I’ve rectified that with 2 ghost themed projects and new ghostly image sets.

    On the edge of Grimsley Village is crumbling brick house. It’s had many residents during its life; some of which have died and now haunt the house.

    The house is crumbling with piles of bricks blocking the door and holes in the roof…

    I love all the distressing Laura did (and tearing away parts of the roof and walls). And the faux metal patina on that Bat Border on top of the roof is so pretty and rich!

    Here’s a link to Laura’s House Of Ghosts supply list. See more photos (and more of Laura’s witty prose about each of the ghosts) on her blog post. Don’t forget to come back to enter the Giveaway below (which has a photo of Laura’s other ghostly project, AND info on the new FREE gift)!


     

     
    New Goodies! – ALL on Sale!  View all new items

    The new items today are about equally split between Halloween and Christmas. Let’s start with Halloween! The Dark Hollow 12×12 Collection Kit is bound to be a really useful set, with backgrounds of dark, foggy forests (and is used in Laura’s second ghost project).

     
    More New Goodies — Mainly Christmas Themed!

     
    Hooray for The Ghost Queen Giveaway!

    I know! Laura made a whole ‘nuther ghost project?! Yes, and it’s beautiful! She made an accordion-fold book with the new Dark Hollow 12×12 Collection Kit papers (including a poem she wrote for the project).

    I love the crown that’s on the cover of the book (also shown in a close-up at far right of the photo trio below). Hint: it uses icicle ornaments!

    This Giveaway begins with EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list for The Ghost Queen! (Note: that includes the new digital set of images… if you want to substitute some of the related (printed) ghost collage sheets, that’s fine.) You can read Laura’s poem and see more photos (plus a link to a tutorial on making accordion-fold books) on Laura blog.


     

     
    FREE Gable Trim for the Large Haunted Houses!
    Now through Saturday night, October 14th!

    I had sooo many ideas for additional architectural trims that didn’t get used when I designed the Large Haunted House Window Trims… so I had just ONE of them laser-cut as a start on a future set! See the wide photo below for 2 photos of this trim piece (one showing an idea for using it as a fancy pediment).

    This exclusive trim piece will automatically be added to ALL orders placed on October 12th through 14th. Plus one will be included in this Giveaway!
     

    To enter The Ghost Queen Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 13, 2017)!

    You get a choice of questions to answer: what part of Laura’s tutorial do you find most inspirational?
    OR: What other architectural trims would you like in a future chipboard trims set? (To accompany the gable trim in the new free gift.)

    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 Halloween House & Blocks Giveaway? Lisa R! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.


     

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 12th, 2017

    2 Halloween Projects & New Tim Holtz Christmas!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tim Holtz

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night, October 9th:

    With all the glittery bats in Thursday’s Ghost in a Glitter House AND ribbons (just being a necessity for making a banner), I thought TWO SALES were in order! EVERYTHING in the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) section is on sale for 30% off!

    AND Solid Color Ribbons are on sale for 50% off!! Actually, some things in that section are 80% off as they’re on clearance sale!

    Tons of fun stuff… 145 items between the 2 sections. Both sales ends Monday night, October 9th!

    RELATED FREE GIFT with ALL Orders through Monday Night: FREE Mini Halloween Banners Starter Kit!
    Papers in shades of green (lime!) and orange plus some black & white chevrons. Plus ribbons and glitter! More info in Thursday’s newsletter.
     


    Ghost in a Glitter House
    by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    This is the first of TWO Halloween projects by Shannon! Check the Giveaway below for info on the second one.

    Putz houses have to be one of the greatest things on the planet. They are small, charming, and covered in GLITTER. What could be better than that? But it is not quite time for Christmas crafting, so I made a Hallowe’en version instead. Alpha Stamps has a miniature House Ornament that happens to be perfect for making your own glitter house. I think an entire village of shimmering houses in orange, purple, green, and black would be the bat’s wings!

    I glued the house together, painted it orange and the window frames silver. The window trims were painted black and then dipped in a pile of black glitter. After gluing on the window trims, each side of the house was slathered in glue and dusted (more like enveloped!) in orange glitter. The roof was added and covered in black glitter, and finally the chimney was glued on top.

    I love the candy corn trees, even though my kids informed me that “candy corn is orange in the middle and yellow at the end, geez, Mom!” The trees are dyeable bottle brush trees painted with acrylic paints.

    And check out the “before” and “after” photos at left: The ghost glows! Before assembling the roof, I cut a hole in the floor of the house that was the same diameter as the flame of one of those LED tea lights. The base also got a hole so the flame of the tealight could be inserted from the bottom and poke through the floor.

    Read more (about both of Shannon’s projects) in her blog post. And here’s a link to her Ghost in a Glitter House supply list.

    And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to win lots of supplies from BOTH of Shannon’s projects!

     
    Hooray for the Halloween House & Blocks Giveaway!

    I love these EEK blocks! Super cute and super simple. Here’s a brief intro from Shannon’s blog post:

    Because I want to make all of the Hallowe’en things, but locking myself in the craft room and ignoring my family is frowned upon, I crafted some quick EEK blocks for a friend. Tiny House Jewelry Pieces became row houses on top of 1″ blocks. I made crepe paper medallions and glued a vintage button on top, then added plastic letters to the front of each block. The houses were painted and decorated with collage sheet images, and that was that!

    So to start off this Giveaway: all THREE of the items linked in that last paragraph (including 3 of the blocks), plus the 3 collage sheets for the images in the houses.

    Psst! Here’s a link to everything Shannon used for those blocks, though not everything listed is in this Giveaway.

    Back to the Ghost in a Glitter House shown above, here are a few more things that I’m also including in the Giveaway:
    - House Ornament
    - House Ornament Window Trims
    - House Ornament Chimney & Dormers
    - Pumpkin Orange Ultrafine Glitter (I’ll send 2 as you may go crazy and glitter the blocks, too! And that glitter is also included in the glitter sale ending tomorrow! As is that cool new glitter shown above in the “New Goodies” section!)

    BONUS: I’m including one of the FREE Mini Halloween Banners Starter Kits, too! Never know when you need more Halloween papers and more glitter!

    To enter the Halloween House & Blocks 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 9, 2017).

    AND tell me: This is a mixed bag of items… what will you make? Multiple projects?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Retro Kitty Cat ATC Banner Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be KIM! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 8th, 2017

    2 Colorful Banners for Halloween! Related FREE Gift Kit & NEW Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Little Ghouls Kit, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale

    With all the glittery bats in Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey’s Retro Kitty Cat Mini Halloween Bunting AND ribbons (just being a necessity for making a banner), I thought TWO SALES were in order! EVERYTHING in the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) section is on sale for 30% off!

    AND Solid Color Ribbons are on sale for 50% off!! Actually, some things in that section are 80% off as they’re on clearance sale!

    Tons of fun stuff… 145 items between the 2 sections. Both sales ends Monday night, October 9th!
     

    Retro Kitty Cat Mini Halloween Bunting by Lora Mahaffey

    There is something so charming about bygone Halloween images. I love all of them, but I especially like the cats. They are cute as can be, but I like that some of them are a little mischievous and edgy. And maybe a wee bit scritchy-scratchy. It’s wise to give cats a wide birth on Halloween. Even the cute ones!

    Here is a cute (and scratchy) Halloween Bunting complete with sweet little black bows and of course, sparkly green bats!

    This was a fun, easy project that I enjoyed putting together. Lots of bold color and good contrast. It’s small, but they pack a colorful punch!

    I began with three kinds of chipboard ATC card sets. I used the frames as a template to cut my papers from the Bewitched 6×6 Paper Pad and cut out my kitty images from Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet. I painted all the frames black…

    Read more (see more photos & a tutorial!) in Lora’s blog post. And here’s a link to her Retro Kitty Cat Mini Halloween Bunting supply list.

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


     

    Day of the Dead Banner by Miz Bella (Kim Ayers)

    Remember the Mini Pinata Ornament that Bella made a few weeks ago? Well, it’s now the centerpiece of a festive (and quick!) new project:

    I started decorating my house for Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos and decided that the Mini Pinata I made a couple of weeks ago needed to somehow be incorporated into a banner! Of course I have no patience and wanted something quick, and this was whipped out in less than an hour!

    To make the Papel Picado flags I used the supercalifragilousinexpialidociously cute Thinlits Die Set – Banners Papel Picado and the
    Heavy Crepe Paper Sampler Set. Once they were cut out, I glued some of the Wide Scalloped Dresden Border across the top of each flag. To secure the flags to the seam binding, I whipped out the 1/2″ Scor Tape (that I hoard) and applied to the back of each flag. Press the flags down onto your seam binding and there you go… flags are secured!

    Here’s a link to Bella’s Day of the Dead Banner supply list.


     

     
    FREE Mini Halloween Banners Starter Kit!
    Now through Monday night, October 9th!

    I was inspired by all the zingy colors in Lora’s Retro Kitty Cat Mini Halloween Bunting and picked out some things for this new gift kit!

    Papers in shades of green (lime!) and orange plus some black & white chevrons. Note: some of these are still available in case you’d like more:
    - Halloween Spotty Orange Scrapbook Paper
    - Master Detective Scrapbook Paper – Sinister Secrets
    - Classic Christmas Dots & Stripes Scrapbook Paper (bet you didn’t expect a Christmas in the mix)

    Plus some Black Seam Binding and Orange Web Mesh Ribbon — and some sparkly green glitter! This mini kit will automatically be added to ALL orders placed on October 5th through 9th, so you do not need to do anything special.
     

     
    Hooray for the Retro Kitty Cat ATC Banner Giveaway!

    I love Lora’s retro kitty cats! And each ATC card hanging from the banner is a little treasure!

    Highlighting that spiffy guy at left, this Giveaway begins with:
    - Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet
    - Bewitched 6×6 Paper Pad
    - Wrought Iron ATC Card – 5 Points
    - Chipboard Bats Set (New!)
    - Lime Green Stickles

    And I’m including the other 2 sets of ATC cards that Lora used:
    - Wrought Iron ATC Card – Spider Web
    and
    - Wrought Iron ATC Card – Staggered Points

    Plus I’m adding one of the Mini Halloween Banners Starter Kits! That includes a yard of Black Seam Binding, that would be a good substitute for making your own black bows… or for using to hang the cards.

    Oooh! And check out that photo at left as a reminder that Lora has provided a tutorial for her banner!

    To enter the Retro Kitty Cat ATC Banner Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 6, 2017)!

    And tell me: Will you make a banner from these supplies? Or what other projects will you 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, 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 Mini Haunted House Kit Giveaway? Gabrielle Schmidt! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 5th, 2017

    Ghosts & Haunted Houses!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Mini Haunted House Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Teri Calia, Tutorials

    Before we dive into all the new Halloween goodies (and THREE kits): Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night, October 2nd: Mini Potion Bottles Banner FREE Gift Kit!

    We had TWO Halloween projects by Teri Calia in Thursday’s newsletter. I was inspired by Teri’s bottle banner and made a little collage sheet AND a custom set of miniature chipboard potion bottles, so you could make a mini version of Teri’s banner!

    The new collage sheet AND set of mini potion bottles is Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, October 2nd! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file! Learn more

    RELATED SALE: the ENTIRE Catnip Designs Collage Sheets Section is On Sale for 50% off! Now through Monday, October 2nd! Over 200 to choose from!

    And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to see a fab sample using the new kit by Teri (and win the supplies)!
     

    NEW Mini Haunted House Kit

    Oooh! Time for a spooky haunted house? This kit includes a mini size of the new Small Haunted House Frame Set (with the same size windows so the collage sheets and trims for the small windows fit, too). Plus some papers with mini prints of bricks or wood… and 2 new collage sheets with some ghosts to lurk inside.

    Note: there are TWO related Add-On Kits this month.

    Beside the mini haunted house frame set (exclusive to this kit), this kit contains:
    - New! The related Small Shabby Doors & Windows Collage Sheet
    - New! Ghosts in Abandoned Rooms Collage Sheet (These are ATC size but would be good behind the window of a castle or haunted house, too.)

    Paper:
    - FOUR 6″ x 6″ scrapbook papers with brick, stone or wood patterns.

    More info about the new kit is on the Mini Haunted House Kit page. And remember to scroll down to the Giveaway on this page to see Teri’s artwork using this kit!

    More Artwork! Halloween Row House Countdown Calendar (see the first wide photo below, and the photo at left) is by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Kristin used 2 of the Small Haunted House Frame Set and 1 Small Haunted House Shadowbox to make a wide house with a tiny door to open for every day in October!! (Such a clever idea!) More info in the Kristin’s blog post. Here’s Kristin’s supply list — and see the photo at left for a preview of Kristins tutorial!

    Halloween House Party (see the second wide photo below) is by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas. Rhonda used the Large Haunted House Frame Set (and made TWO houses — she used the solid back side of the house, with the aid of extra window trims, to make a second haunted house scene). More info and photos in Rhonda’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies.


     


     

     
    Hooray for the Mini Haunted House Kit Giveaway!

    Isn’t that little haunted house by Teri Calia fabulous! It’s got everything you’d want in a spooky Halloween project, in a tiny space. Teri only added a couple little items to the new kit for her supplies:

    I love the Mini Haunted House Kit because the haunted house frame set is perfect size for an afternoon art project. Plus you get almost every thing you need in the kit so you don’t have to hunt down supplies! Just grab a pair of scissors and some glue and you’ll be set for some fun :)

    So to start off: one of the new Mini Haunted House Kits is included in today’s Giveaway! The kit already includes the Travel Map & Rock Wall Scrapbook Paper (the stone background paper all over the art sample), the Small Shabby Doors & Windows Collage Sheet (for the creepy kids in the windows — and the shabby window frames, too), and the Black Thin Fleur Dresden Borders.

    Here are a couple more things Teri added (that I’m also including in the Giveaway):
    - Tim Holtz Remnant Rub-Ons – Halloween (see the faux dormer over the round window in upper left? and the bats nearby? they’re both from this rub-ons set)
    - Halloween Words Collage Sheet (Psst! That’s one of the sale collage sheets!)

    BONUS: I’m including a set of the new Small Haunted House Window Trims, as those window frames fit the mini haunted house, too!

    To enter the Mini 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 2, 2017).

    AND tell me: How will you decorate your mini 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). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

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

      
    65 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 1st, 2017

    Is it Christmas or Halloween? Plus FREE Gift Kit & NEW Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    NEW Mini Potion Bottles Banner FREE Gift Kit!

    Sweet! We have TWO Halloween projects by Teri Calia today. And I was inspired by the first project shown below, and made a little collage sheet AND a custom set of miniature chipboard potion bottles, so you could make a mini version of Teri’s banner! Or maybe a set of Halloween gift tags?

    The potion bottles in the gift kit are mini versions of the larger Chipboard Potion Bottles that Teri used in her banner (plus 2 extra bottle shapes). The largest is about 2″ tall.

    And the new Mini Halloween Banner Half Sheet has tons of little pumpkin-headed children for Halloween (sized to fit on the mini bottles). I love the vintage postcards these came from!

    The new collage sheet AND custom set of mini potion bottles is Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, October 2nd! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!

    You do not need to do anything to receive the new collage sheet. In fact, IF you add it to your order, I’ll assume you’re buying a second copy of the collage sheet.

    Learn more
     

    Potion Bottle Wall Hanging by Teri Calia

    Such a cute idea (and execution)! See the wide photo below, or close-up at left, for Teri’s project you’ll want for your own! Quoting from Teri’s blog:

    I used two sets of Chipboard Potion Bottles to create the base. I simply glued the potion bottles side by side onto a piece of 12″x12″ cardstock (after papering the fronts of the bottles).

    Note: See Teri’s post for a mini tutorial on making the base.

    All of the cute pumpkin-headed children I used came from my Halloween Darlings Collage Sheet.

    I fell in love with that Wicker Baby Carriage and really couldn’t wait to use it in a piece of art :)

    Read more (see more photos — of both of Teri’s projects — and see her tutorial) in Teri’s blog post. And here’s a link to her Potion Bottle Wall Hanging supply list.

    RELATED SALE: As today’s new items (below) are Christmasy (and there are tons of options for both Halloween and Christmas in Teri’s collage sheets)… the ENTIRE Catnip Designs Collage Sheets Section is On Sale for 50% off! Now through Monday, October 2nd! Over 200 to choose from!

    And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to see the second project by Teri!


     

     
    Hooray for the Halloween Coffin Shadowbox Giveaway!

    I love this shadowbox shrine that Teri made from the Unfinished Wooden Coffin Tray!

    Again, from Teri’s blog post:
    This coffin shaped shrine/shadowbox features a little pumpkin-headed witch swinging on a broom under a happy moon. The quote reads:
    When witches go riding,
    and black cats are seen,
    the moon laughs and whispers,
    ’tis near Halloween.

    I used moss covered twigs, I found while hiking in the mountains, to make a tree. The moss had turned pale yellow as it dried out so I painted it bright green. The swing is a Miniature Rustic Broom tied to the tree with baker’s twine. The sweet little witch is from my Little Demons Collage Sheet with a witch hat from my Halloween Dress Up Half Sheet.

    EVERYTHING in Teri’s Halloween Coffin Shadowbox Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    Plus I’m adding one of the Mini Potion Bottles Banner FREE Gift Kits!

    To enter the Halloween Coffin 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, September 29, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your Unfinished Wooden Coffin Tray?

    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 Coffin Shrines Giveaway? Gwen K! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 28th, 2017

    Coffin Shrines & New Halloween Papers

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Little Ghouls Kit, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night, September 25th: Colorful Coffins FREE Gift!

    These are just silly fun. Well constructed little coffins, though (decorated with a vampire, a mummy or a skeleton — 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.

    And these would be fun to use for Coffin Shrines and Tags like those Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made in today’s featured artwork.

    Learn more (or buy a set of 3)

    PLUS as I want to capture all the 3D Coffins Nicola used in today’s FLASH SALE: ALL Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items are on sale for 25% off through MONDAY night! More info below or see all 125 items now!
     

    Coffin Shrines and Tags by Nichola Battilana

    I was pleased to find a Half Scale Coffin with Lid in my Alpha Stamps design kit this month. I actually had a few 4 Inch Coffin Boxes on hand already, but this smaller version poked me in the ribs and prompted me to finish up all those bits and pieces.

    I am totally for making materials stretch and using every bit and bob. So I decided to use the box part of these coffins as a sort of shrine, and the lids as chunky tags. Two projects, one product. This also means no fiddling or fuss to ensure the top fits perfectly with the bottom. Huzzah!

    For the shrines… just embellish the exterior, fill with tulle, add a little dude like this guy from Little Darlings Collage Sheet and gussy him up with some doodads from the Halloween Dress Up Half Sheet.

    A small bit of moss tucked into the bottom will give an extra something to help your wee person stand sturdy.


     

     
    The tags are super simple, too (see wide photo below). Assemble, cover exterior, add some trim and some cute Halloweeny images from Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet. Attach a little loop of ribbon and you’re ready to go!

    I’ve got a super duper fast video of the assembly of the tag on the far left above if any of that isn’t clear.

    Here’s the list of goodies I used for making these cute Halloweeny doodads.

    And here’s Nichola’s blog post link for more info and more photos.

    Psst: the new papers below, especially the Warm Clothes from Grandma's Attic Ephemera Sheet or The Witching Hour Mini Prints Scrapbook Paper Set would be super cute to use for coffin shrines, too!


     


      SALE Highlights: Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items, sale ends MONDAY night  View All


    Chipboard Mausoleum Set


    Half Scale Coffin with Lid


    6 Inch Coffin Box


    Paper Mache Coffin Set

     

     

    Hooray for the Coffin Shrines Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Coffin Shrines and Tags Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a few of the 14 spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New 4 Inch Coffin Boxes
    Transatlantic Travel 6×6 Paper Pad (I love Nichola’s choices of stripes and tiny floral prints as background papers inside the coffins and lids)
    1/2 Inch Loop Braid – Black (used as a hanging loop on one of the smaller coffins)
    - Double-Sided Silver Moon Face Charms (there’s one on the coffin at far left of the photo… on top of the bow made from some Orange Tiny Sheer Ribbon)

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

    BONUS: I’m including one of the new Articulated Skeleton – 4 Inch Tall, as I think he’d be adorable posed in one of Nichola’s coffin shrines!

    To enter the Coffin Shrines 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 25, 2017).

    AND tell me: How will you decorate your coffin shrines and/or tags? How will you use them? (Decorate your own house, give them away, maybe hang them from a Halloween wreath or banner?)

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Creepy Dolls Shrine Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Laurie Staffaroni! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 24th, 2017

    Creepy Dolls, FREE Coffins… It must be Halloween!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    NEW Colorful Coffins FREE Gift!

    Do you remember the free coffin gift kits we had last year? That was probably our most popular freebie all year! And… they’re back! Updated this year with slightly different graphics (a vampire, a mummy or a skeleton).

    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.

    There are 3 different designs and each one comes in 3 sizes. The largest is 8-1/2″ tall and the smallest is 7″ tall — and they can be nested.

    Learn more (or buy a set of 3)
     


    Bwaahaahaa! Look at this perfectly creepy Positively Do Not Open shrine by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! First off: I love the GREEN color she painted the new Unfinished Dresser with Many Drawers!

    AND the new Creepy Dolls Collage Sheet used throughout is made from photos of dolls in Rhonda’s collection!

    On to Rhonda’s intro:

    There are physical items in this world, that aren’t just matter, but hold the energy of long ago. You can find them in antique shops or advertised on eBay, but BEWARE! Even the nonbelievers will become believers, if they can get past the horror. Such is the case with this display at Rhonda’s Haunted Artifacts. You couldn’t even pay me to go near it, let alone let the spirits out.

    This display, a Medium Frame Shadowbox, is haunted by tiny poltergeists that once inhabited the dolls around them, but are now tiny beings causing mischief and destruction.

    As crazy and detailed as this shadowbox looks, it was actually really easy to create. After getting a rough idea of where I wanted to put everything, I used a simple drop of glue here and there to set everything into place. For the drawers, a dab on the bottom to hold into place, and a drop to hold each item in place. No poltergeist will be moving anything in reality.

    But on a serious note, most of you know how much I love doll heads. It’s very odd, because I hated all of my mother’s beautiful dolls growing up. They scared the crap out of me. And now I have a studio full of heads, some worn down with no eyes, some with tiny teeth and tongues, and I hoard them, even though I want to use them in my art. And I do at times, but I’m so attached to them all.

    Personally, I love all the real dolls gathered around the shrine with miniature versions of themselves inside (see that little guy in the skinny photo at left? His larger version is in the photo down in the Giveaway section). And check out that wide photo below with close-ups… don’t all self-respecting poltergeists keep silverware in drawers… next to a wheelbarrow of eyeballs?

    Read more (and see many more creepy photos, including some in the dark with the lights inside the shrine turned on) in Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s a link to her supply list.

    And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, where you can enter to win tons of goodies from in her supply list!


     

     
    Hooray for the Creepy Dolls Shrine Giveaway!

    This Giveaway starts with these new items from Rhonda’s Positively Do Not Open Supply List:
    - Unfinished Dresser with Many Drawers
    - Medium Frame Shadowbox
    - Creepy Dolls Collage Sheet

    Then a few more items from her list that aren’t new today:
    - Mini Carved Jack O Lantern (is he throwing up or bleeding in those photos?)
    - Mini Silverware – Set of 12
    - Polymer Clay Cane – 5mm Halloween Gargoyle

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything I just mentioned!

    Plus I’m adding one of the new Colorful Coffins!

     
    To enter the Creepy Dolls 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, September 22, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your Unfinished Dresser with Many Drawers? And will you put the dresser inside your Medium Frame Shadowbox or use them in separate projects?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway? Babette Metheny! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 21st, 2017