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    Tombstones and Shadowboxes (and Spooky Papers)

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters


    I’m handing off the intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) again! Then stay tuned for some new Halloween items, a FLASH SALE on Dollhouse Miniatures (!), a recap of Thursday’s newsletter (which featured a lovely snowy scene by Miz Bella herself — and an adorable Christmas Charms FREE Gift Kit that’s still available), and a NEW Giveaway!

     

    Can you believe that we are winding down the month of Poe already? Seems like we just got the kits into our dark, gothic little hands and now we’re just about done. However! We do have a couple of new items to show you that worked very well into the Poe theme.

    For her project, Design Team Member Rhea Freitag started out with the New and On Sale! Mixed Media 5×5 Box that is a kraftboard altered art box includes a peek-a-boo window, magnetic closure and 6 coordinating cards.

    The box is made from high-quality kraftboard and ready to decorate and is available in Black, Ivory and Kraft colors. Decisions, decisions… if you can’t decide which one to get you could always go with the Ivory or Kraft and then paint it whatever color you like!

    Using paper from the Edgar Allan Poe Kit made for the perfect background to the box. Lots of fun trims from the Edgar Allan Poe Add On Kit, such as the Black Sweeper Fringe made for perfect storm of texture. You know how much Rhea loves metal, so some pieces of square filigree were cut in half diagonally to make corners, and an ornate key was added, too.

    You like those filigree corners — I can tell. Guess what? You could also use the New and On Sale! Filigree Corners Die Set along with A Gilded Life – Metallic Foil Pack to achieve faux metal corners if you don’t feel like cutting actual filigree pieces. It would look pretty fabulous as well!

    Fade into darkness and visit Rhea’s blog for more pictures of her Poe Inspired Raven Box (and/or see everything in Rhea Supply List).
     

    Next we have TWO fabulous creations from Teri Calia in the classic Halloween palette of black and orange. First is an Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych. A couple of my most favorite things: Edgar Allan Poe AND gravestones! Teri used New and On Sale! Paper Mache Tombstones Set (that **I** had no idea were coming in until I saw the finished pictures!) The set comes with 3 different tombstone shapes, each approx. 6″ tall x 3-1/2″ wide x 1″ thick. Tons of possibilities with the set!

    Teri added the niche to the middle gravestone using the same basic technique that she used to add the shelves to the Step Into My Parlour triptych and the little books are the same ones Teri showed you how to make in her Tiny Little Book Tutorial. Teri covered the tombstones with paper from New and On Sale! Spooky 12×12 Collection Kit . Teri says:

       I love this collection. It’s just the right weight and the designs are fresh and colorful.

    Teri may love the paper collection, but I love the way the Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die is used as a background for the cameos/portraits on each tombstone (with the Black Mini Baroque Frames and Poe Cameos Collage Sheet) and how the Fern Garland pops against the triptych colors. Hey, and all 4 of those linked goodies are On Sale!

    Here’s a link to Teri’s full Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych Supply List.

    Next up from Teri is a Spirited Room Scene (see photos below) but if you ask me it’s more like a scene from a wonky old Victorian lunatic asylum run by Beetlejuice. Which if you know my style at all, you know that is quite a compliment and I love it!

    Teri covered a Large Wooden Theatre Base and a few small wooden cubes (1-1/4″ — plus the New 7/8″ and 1″ sizes), once again using the Spooky 12×12 Collection Kit. (And look at that frickin’ adorable Ceramic Owl on top of that stack of blocks!) Teri spray painted a New and On Sale! Miniature Garden Bench black then hand-stitched some cushions for the bench. You won’t believe this but the skeleton and the bat sign on the front are wonderful dimensional stickers! The skeleton is from the Party Skeletons Stickers set and the bat is from the Halloween Chalkboard Words Stickers set. Overall pretty snazzy, don’t you think?

    (Psst! And since ALL of these Halloween items are On Sale, that means those dimensional Halloween stickers are, too!
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Collage Sheets Section
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Rubber Stamps Section)

    AND, since Teri used so many little 3D embellishments in both of her projects, Leslie put the ENTIRE Dollhouse Miniatures section On Sale (!) — but only through tomorrow night, Monday, September 29th.
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Christmas Joy Collection, New Tim Holtz & Altered Clock


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with Miz Bella's
    Christmas Clock!


    Tim Holtz 12x12 Paper Stash - Merriment

    New and On Sale!


    There's a new FREE Gift Kit including a mix of all the charms in the New Gold and Silver Christmas Charm Sets! FREE for all orders over $20 through Wed., October 1st!

     

    Hooray for the Poe Tombstones Giveaway!

    I’ve mixed up some goodies from both of Teri’s projects shown above.

    I started with these items from Teri’s Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Paper Mache Tombstones Set
    - Poe Cameos Collage Sheet
    - Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
    - Ceramic Black Cat Bead

    Then, a few more items, from Teri’s Spirited Room Scene (that’s also a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Miniature Garden Bench
    - 7/8 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - 1 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - Party Skeletons Stickers
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - Ceramic Burnt Umber Owl Bead

    (And since the ENTIRE Halloween Theme AND Dollhouse Miniatures Sections are On Sale!, pretty much all of the Giveaway items are On Sale!, too!)

    To enter the Poe Tombstones 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 29, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Christmas Joy & Reindeer Giveaway? That would be Debbie Kaste! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    118 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 28th, 2014

    Christmas Joy, New Tim Holtz, FREE Charms

    Filed under Art Projects, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Featured Artwork, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters


    I was sad to hear of the death of Christopher Hogwood this morning. I often listen to Baroque music (and earlier) while working on the newsletters. Following the albums (yes, LPs) released by the Academy of Ancient Music was always such a joy (and a way to discover early music pre-internet).

    On to brighter subjects… did you realize that since today is the 25th, it’s exactly 3 months till Christmas? (Ok… that may strike fear into some of you instead of trying to lighten this intro.)

    But Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has made such an adorable Christmas Clock (with a sleeping fawn among the glittering snow and holly… and those bright red cardinals on top), it’s sure to make you happy.

    Bella used the Altered Metal Frame – Clock as the base/structure for her artwork. Then added paper from the New and On Sale! Christmas Joy Scrapbook Papers and the New and On Sale! Miniature Lying Deer – Fawn. (And enough sparkly stickles and mica to cover your house!) Here’s a link to her full Supply List. And see more photos on her blog post.

    And speaking of new Christmas papers, we have 3 new Christmas items from Tim Holtz! I love all the red and white patterns in the Tim Holtz 12×12 Paper Stash – Merriment. So many options (and since they’re repeated in multiple sizes, there’s bound to be one at the scale you need). See below for another photo, and also photos of the related Tissue Tape Set and new Pine Twine Garland. And did I mention that all 3 are On Sale!


    And, since we’re winding down a whole month of Edgar Allan Poe projects, here’s a new Poe Portrait by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! As Nichola says,
    “Take dear old Edgar. He’s a creepy fellow, eerie tales and poems… at the same time, they tug at your heart and you can’t help but like the fellow.”

    I’d say the same of her artwork. Here’s Nichola’s Supply List and see more photos on Nichola’s blog.

    Oh, how could I forget? There’s a new FREE Gift Kit! I've put together this little exclusive Alpha Stamps' mini kit containing a mix of all the charms in the New Gold and Silver Christmas Charm Sets! (Sorry, you won't receive every charm — it's a big group with 10 options — but I'm mixing up all the options so you'll receive a random set of 3 charms).

    Plus, the kit contains a custom fiber mix that looks great with the charms — and with the New Christmas Joy Scrapbook Papers! (Hey, and that group includes a sheet of tags… perfect for adding a bit of this fiber mix to adorn a gift!) Click on the photo at right for more info.
     

     

    Hooray! A Christmas Joy & Reindeer Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Bella’s Christmas Clock (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Christmas Joy Scrapbook Paper – Reindeer
    - Holly Berry Garland
    - Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks
    - Miniature Cardinal
    - Miniature Pinecone Picks
    - Miniature Lying Deer – Fawn

    I also included the other four sheets from the new Christmas Joy Scrapbook Papers (so all 5 are included).

    And these items just cuz I thought they looked good with the mix (and both are On Sale!):
    - Santas Journey Holiday Gift Tags
    - Holly Charms (I included 3)

    Plus all of these items just put on Clearance Sale:
    - Reindeer Holiday Dazzlers
    - Gold Glitter Hemp Twine
    - Christmas Stocking Buttons
    - Gift Tag Buttons

    And a Christmas Charms Gift Kit, but with all 10 of the charm options!

    To enter the Christmas Joy & Reindeer 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 26, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Apothecary Bottles Giveaway!? That would be Judy Burris! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    149 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 25th, 2014

    Coffin Apothecary and FLASH SALE on Glass Bottles!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters


    I’m handing off the intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers)! Then stay tuned for some new Halloween items (eyeballs?!), a recap of Thursday’s newsletter (which also had a New Poe Collage Sheet and some more little Halloween items — and a FREE Collage Sheet that’s still available), and a NEW Giveaway!

     

    I love apothecaries. In fact my big dream is to move to England, live somewhere that is similar to the fictional Midsomer (yes as in Midsomer Murders because I LOVE English mysteries), open my own apothecary and in my spare time solve murder mysteries. Needless to say I am still trying to talk Slim Daddy into doing this. Anyways here I am off-topic already and this week my lovelies is a Laura Carson art project!

    Are you ready? Brace yourself because Laura has created a Coffin Apothecary with Raven Doors AND a NEW Collage Sheet & Digital Image Set AND a VIDEO TUTORIAL! She is also upping her Halloween creep factor this year as well — ooooohhhh we love creepy here at Alpha Stamps. If only you knew how creepy we really are I’m sure you’d all go quite mad with envy.

    I must say that I am all for a coffin shaped apothecary that has Black Chipboard Ravens for doors (see the coffin with the doors closed below at left), and Resin Skull Beads for the coffin feet. Not to mention the ravens/doors have eyeballs on them. We also love eyeballs here at Alpha Stamps (the better to stare at ordinary people with) and there are THREE different sized New and On Sale! Flat Back Eyeball Cabochons to chose from. (If you aren’t using them to create your own apothecary, you could always mount them on a the appropriate sized Bezel and make a pendant!)

    More fun items (as well as things I love to hoard) in Laura’s Coffin Apothecary are the bottles. Loooove the Domed Apothecary Bottles, the Tiny Round Bottles, and if you can believe it: Even Tinier Bottles. OMG… did you see that Leslie just put the ENTIRE Glass Bottle Section on Sale?! Just today and tomorrow so get a move on!

    Laura also used the Little Potions Collage Sheet to label the bottles she used. Other deas for the bottles: they make awfully cute Halloween pendants filled with Fiendish Fairy Farts (glitter), Dead Mens Toenails (dried onions) or even Naughty Children — Finely Ground (any spice will do!) Just make sure you glue the top into the bottle and then screw in an “eye” from the hardware store into the cork top. Ta-dah! Instant weird pendant to charm all of your friends with on Halloween or leave in random places.

    Laura’s crepeldish Coffin Apothecary also has a video tutorial where she demonstrates how to assemble the coffin using a FREE coffin template AND there are also some free images for you to use in your apothecary! See Laura’s expansive Supply List then hop on your broom and fly on over to Laura’s blog to check it out.
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Poe Cameos & Distress Stain Sprays


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with Kristin Batsel's
    Edgar Allan Poe Chalkboard!

     
    Poe Cameos Collage Sheet
    Poe Cameos Collage Sheet
    New and On Sale!


    In honor of that new Poe Collage Sheet, at left, I decided that a sheet of cameo frames was in order. In fact, a FREE Oval Cameo Frames Mini Collage Sheet! FREE for all orders over $20 through Wednesday, Sept. 24th!

     

    Hooray for the Apothecary Bottles Giveaway!

    Yes, it’s true. I might have gone a little crazy again.

    I started with these (many) goodies from Laura’s Coffin Apothecary (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Resin Skull Beads
    - Cat Eyes – 5mm Yellow
    - Potion Bottle Silhouettes Collage Sheet
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
    - Little Potions Collage Sheet
    - Skeleton Slides Collage Sheet
    - Book Spines and Labels #1 Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival Games #4 Collage Sheet
    - Black Chipboard Raven (2 so you can make the doors on your coffin)
    - Verdigris Gargoyle Pendant (Back in Stock and On Sale!)
    - Tiny Skull Beads – Silver
    - Even Tinier Bottles
    - Mini Inkwell Bottles
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles
    - 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork
    - Chunky Little Bottles
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottles
    - 16mm Clear Glass Marble (look how cute that looks as a crystal ball, sitting on a Filigree Cone Bead Cap)
    - Miniature Open Book
    - Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
    - Small Resin Skull Beads
    - Eyeball Beads – 10mm

    And (as if that list wasn’t enough), a couple more related goodies that were calling out to me:
    - Pewter Dollhouse Dishes (Serving as chargers in the photo… holding Resin Skull Beads! And note: those dishes were just put on Clearance Sale!)
    - 14x10mm Flat Back Oval Eye Cabochons (New and On Sale!)

    (And since the ENTIRE Halloween Theme AND Glass Bottles Sections are On Sale!, pretty much all of the Giveaway items are On Sale!, too!)

    To enter the Apothecary Bottles 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 22, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Poe Cameos Giveaway? That would be LeAnn! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    151 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 21st, 2014

    Poe Cameos, Distress Stain Sprays, FLASH Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    Remember Lora Mahaffey’s Poe Shrine (from the newsletter announcing the Poe Kit)? She used a vintage oval frame over an image of Monsieur Poe (against an ATC — one of the More Gothic Tombstones ATC Bases to be precise… see the snippet at left).

    And between Lora’s shrine and Teri Calia’s New and On Sale! Poe Cameos Collage Sheet I decided that a collage sheet of cameo frames was in order. In fact, a FREE Oval Cameo Frames Mini Collage Sheet! With a mix of ornate frames sized for 2 of the sizes of cameos on Teri’s sheet, there’s sure to be something in there you’ll find useful.

    And, Laura let me “borrow” an image from each of these collections of loverly frames:
    - Antique Frames Set Download
    - Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheet
    - Letters from the Past Set Download
    - Days Gone By Set Download

    AND, since most of those image sets in that last paragraph are Digital Sets (sets of silhouetted png files) I’ve put that ENTIRE section On Sale at 50% off(!) — but only through tomorrow night, Friday, September 19th.

    Hey, speaking of that new collage sheet by Mz Calia, as Teri is such a fan of Poe, I’ve bundled together 4 of her Poe Collage Sheets (including the new one) into a Poe 4-Sheet Collage Sheet Set with a special price of $12.99 for all 4. All 4 (and the coordinating Oval Cameo Frames Mini Collage Sheet) are included in today’s Giveaway, too, so scroll down to see some more photos there (and enter the Giveaway)!


    Now I’m handing this off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) for a quick intro on Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s Edgar Allan Poe Chalkboard (really quick, as I’ve taken up most of the space)!

    Here we have Kristin Batsel and her ahhhdorable Edgar Allan Poe Chalkboard.

    Kristin painted a thrifty frame from a craft store then used all sorts of fun embellishements on it. Plastic Skeletons, Pumpkin Pods, and if you look really closely…..one of the skeletons is holding a decorated LED Tea Light. How cute is that?

    Instead of putting a plain old photo in the frame, Kristin painted the backboard of it with New and On Sale! Chalkboard Paint. Using an image from the Edgar Allan Poe Collage Sheet, Edgar is peeking in to say a word or two of Kristin’s choosing, such as “I love Alpha Stamps!” Yes that is awfully cute, but I bet I could make Edgar say much more colorful words than that . Words he would love to say because they were so very naughty, very naughty indeed! Of course I would tell you these words but your ears would instantly catch fire and you’d never be quite the same.

    (Psst… it isn’t quite the same wooden frame, but Leslie has put one of the On Sale! Wood ATC Frames in today’s Giveaway, which would make a smaller/ATC-sized frame for your own Poe chalkboard.)

    Here are Kristin’s Supplies. And to see what else Kristin has to say, head on over to her blog.
     

     

    Hooray! A Poe Cameos Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Kristin’s Edgar Allan Poe Chalkboard (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Edgar Allan Poe Collage Sheet
    - Double Dot Vintage Orange Citrus Scrapbook Paper
    - Vintage Tinsel Ribbon – Orange & Purple
    - Plastic Skeletons
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - LED Tea Light

    I also included ALL FOUR of the collage sheets in the new Poe Set:
    - Poe Story Elements Collage Sheet
    - Just Poe Collage Sheet
    - Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
    - NEW Poe Cameos Collage Sheet

    A Wood ATC Frame

    And an Oval Cameo Frames Mini Collage Sheet

    To enter the Poe Cameos 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 19, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Halloween Tags & Trims Giveaway!? That would be Ronda Liebert! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    93 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 18th, 2014

    Poe Tags & Resist Paper Tutorial by Jeanne Draachreider

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Tutorials


    I’m handing off the intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) again, as she is on a roll! Then stay tuned for some new Halloween items, a recap of Thursday’s newsletter (which also had some fun little Halloween items — and an adorable Halloween FREE Gift Kit that’s still available), and a NEW Giveaway!

     

    Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider has come up with an incredible tutorial on how to use the Tim Holtz Resist Paper Stash – Motif with a variety of Distress Inks.

    Jeanne has put together quite the tutorial along with some fabulous photos AND she gives you her secret for how she always prints her images that she uses in her artwork. You all know I just adore secrets. Here’s a one for you… Jeanne used scrapbook paper with digital images (and printed her images over the new resist papers)!

    Next in her tutorial posting is using the New and On Sale! Hocus Pocus Black Magic Paper, used with the New and On Sale! Tim Holtz – Embossing Folders – Halloween Words & Cobwebs. This paper is amazing! It is sandable 80# cardstock with a color core (and a canvas texture on one side). Don’t be fooled by the black surface: with a little sanding (hint: sand over an embossed design), tearing or antiquing, you can uncover the vivid core colors hidden beneath!

    Black Magic Hocus Pocus 6x6 PadAfter that quick how-to, Jeanne wraps up her trinity of tutorials with the Hybrid Digital Image. Jeanne says:

    My method here was to combine a vintage photo, an image from the Edgar Allan Poe Collage Sheet, and a scanned image of the Arsenic & Lace Scrapbook Paper – Skull and Crows. I realize not everyone is proficient with Photoshop or Elements but thought I’d throw this in here for fun. It’s not a tutorial but just to show you how you can combine different elements into your art work.

    Well, it’s not a tutorial but it is a great layout and can get your creative muse flying! I love the layout — and I won’t tell you what makes it so cool (hint: an unnatural effect of light). You’ll have to find it for yourself but when you realize what it is you’ll want to be able to do what Jeanne does!


    Check out Jeanne’s Supply List (we contrained it to “just” the items on her 2 Poe tags — ha!) and then you can find a ton more pictures and inspiration on her blog.
     

    But once again, wait! Here’s a little more eye candy to spank those eyeballs and to feed your muse with. Design Team Member Rhea Freitag has created an Eerie Tale Letterbox Tray using all sorts of goodies in the New and On Sale! Letterblock Printers Tray.

    A few of the items you’ll find in the tray are An Eerie Tale Chipboard Die-Cuts, Ornate Metal Key Holes – Antique Brass and my favorite, Teastained Dahlias – Shabby Beige. There is so much going on… check out the two close-ups on the bottom of the photo at left to see more details, like the little Tiny Round Bottle, Brown Mushrooms and Acorn Buttons — all of which are also in today’s Giveaway!

    This is a nice change for Halloween (or Fall) decor, don’t you think? With all of that paper foliage, ou could tailor your own shadowbox to fit any season. You can see pictures of all the compartments on Rhea’s blog.
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Festive Halloween Votives & Nevermore!


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter

    with TWO projects by Design Team Members
    Laura Carson and Caroline Ouzts-Hay

    Antique Bronze Talon Pendant*
    Antique Bronze Talon Pendant
    New and On Sale!

    Halloween Die Cuts FREE Gift Kit
    Halloween Die Cuts
    FREE Gift Kit

    Click on photo to learn more.

     

    Hooray for the Halloween Tags & Trims Giveaway!

    Ok… I admit I might have gone a little crazy. But after seeing Jeanne’s Poe Tags (and all the goodies in Rhea’s shadowbox) I starting pulling items to embellish manila tags… then veered off into the land of everything orange and black.

    Under all those fibers and charms are 3 each of 3 sizes of manila tags:
    - Ginormous
    - Large
    - Extra Large

    Then I added these goodies from Jeanne’s Poe Tags (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Night Terrors Collage Sheet
    - Edgar Allan Poe Collage Sheet
    - Black Alphabet Beads
    - 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Black Lace
    - Black Seam Binding
    - Orange Seam Binding
    - Halloween Fiber Set
    - Noxious Fumes Fiber Set

    Next, I included these items Rhea included in her shadowbox:
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - Acorn Buttons
    - Orange and Brown Mushrooms
    - Antique Brass Spider Web
    - Brass Bat Charms
    - Pumpkins Button Set

    And a couple (!) more related goodies that were calling out to me:
    - Brass Owl Stamping
    - 3D Skull Charm – Silver
    - Bronze Bat Pendant
    - Antique Silver Spider Pendant
    - Antique Metal Keys
    - Resin Owls
    - Sunflower Buttons
    - Dead Tree Buttons
    - Skull Bracelet

    (And since the ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section is On Sale!, pretty much all of the Giveaway items are On Sale!, too!)

    To enter the Halloween Tags & Trims 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 15, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Halloween Votives & Poe Giveaway? That would be Christi Conley! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    124 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 14th, 2014

    Festive Halloween Votives & Nevermore

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters

    Guess who is back from her Rolling Naked All Summer in Glitter World Tour with her offering for the Edgar Allan Poe Kit? It is Caroline Ouzts-Hay with Nevermore!

    I love this piece — in fact I may have to make one for my mantle; or just hop on my broom and steal this one from Caroline. After all, she IS only one state over from me!

    Caroline wrapped a wood block with the Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Spooky Icons (available in the kit). Then she adhered a standing tall, Mr. Poe cut from the Just Poe Collage Sheet to one corner and attached her Black Chipboard Raven with a 1/8 Inch Wooden Dowel in the other corner.

    The very same paper she wrapped the wood block with also (just the opposite side) was used to cover both the Raven and the banner background. Stamp each banner piece that you’ve cut out to spell Nevermore with the Antique Typewriter Mini Alphabet Set, add a few Resin Skull Beads and there you have it! A fabulous ode to Poe.

    To see what else Caroline used and for more pictures fly on over to Caroline’s blog.

    Next is one of many Halloween offerings from “Hey watch me pull another amazing project out of my pocket” Laura Carson!


    Laura has created Festive Halloween Votives and Candles AND a NEW Collage Sheet & Digital Image Set! Way easy for you to create and decorate your home with, or give out as hostess gifts for all of those wild Halloween parties in the suburbs you’ll be attending. I have heard stories about parties at subdivisions around here, yes I have. I’d tell you what I’ve heard but you’d be so shocked you’d be frozen in place for days!

    Since Alpha Stamps can produce our own sticker sheets from any of the Collage Sheets that we carry, Laura decided to make a Halloween Silhouettes Collage Sheet that would be easy to cut-out and would work fabulously for decorating things like the Votive Candle Holder – Glass, candles, bottles and as backgrounds for layered artwork. (And in case you want to take the images in some other direction or scale them up for really large projects, Laura also created a Halloween Silhouettes Digital Download Set.)

    (Psst! And since ALL of these Halloween items are On Sale, that means the new collage sheet and digital set are, too!
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Collage Sheets Section
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Rubber Stamps Section)

    Don’t forget to add fun embellishments like the New and On Sale! Gothic Lace Black Border Stickers, 1/2 Inch Scalloped Black Lace, and Black Sweeper Fringe to your creations. Remember, details… it’s all in the details!

    Here’s Laura’s full Supply List. For more pictures and instructions on how to create your own spoooooky creations, saddle up your pumpkin and head on over to Laura’s blog.
     

     

    Hooray! A Halloween Votives & Poe Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Laura Halloween Votive Candles (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Halloween Silhouettes Collage Sheet
    - Votive Candle Holder – Glass
    - Egg Cups
    - 3 Inch Tall Candlestick Holder
    - 1/2 Inch Scalloped Black Lace
    - Black Sweeper Fringe
    - Spirited Labyrinth Scrapbook Paper
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - LED Tea Light

    AND these goodies from Caroline’s Nevermore:
    - Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Spooky Icons
    - Just Poe Collage Sheet
    - Resin Skull Beads
    - Half-Round Dresden Borders – Black
    - 1/8 Inch Wooden Dowels
    - Black Chipboard Raven

    I also included:
    - A FULL SET of the Halloween Die Cuts (also featured in the Halloween Die Cuts FREE Gift Kit)
    - A New and On Sale! Antique Bronze Talon Pendant with an
    - 18mm Eyeball Bead

    To enter the Halloween Votives & Poe 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 12, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Mourning for Poe Giveaway? That would be Daylan! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    141 Comments » Posted by MizBella, September 11th, 2014

    Raining Cats & Dogs, plus Poe Memento Mori

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps

    We’re taking a (tiny) break from Halloween today (ok… not much of a break as there’s another fabulous project by the Design Team using the September Poe kit!) as the whimsical Raining Cats & Dogs Collection arrived this week! (And, I predict it will figure into many Christmas projects.)

    With a subtle (or not-so-subtle) green and red palette (especially with that red plaid behind the kitty cat postage, above on the right side), I think this group would make grand holiday cards. We’ve got a huge group: 3 paper pads, 12 scrapbook papers, plus 3 cling stamp sets and ephemera cards and die-cut stickers — and ALL are On Sale!. Just click on that banner to see the whole group. Ok… now I’m handing this introduction off to Miz Bella.


    Next up with her Poe project is my wickedly delightful and majestically morbid partner in artistic crime, Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    The Black Chipboard Raven is all done up in her best mourning finery that includes Black Lace from the Edgar Allan Poe Kit, which also graces her adorable hat.

    Mistress Raven is holding a lock of Poe’s hair in her beak as she oversees him as he lays in repose. OK it’s really Rhonda’s lock of hair but it was quite the custom for loved ones of the dearly departed to cut locks of hair as mementos. Also to pose for photographs with loved ones who had died, especially children as it may have been the only photo ever taken to remember them by. Yes I know, some of you are quite creeped out but it is the way that things simply were.

    There also used to be coffins that had glass for viewing and Rhonda created her “glass” for Poe’s coffin with a Clear Window Insert. Add some Black Sweeper Fringe and some Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black around the glass and you have a beautiful frame for viewing.

    Although children in some mourning photos (like in the (warning to the squeamish) Sleeping Beauties Collage Sheet) had their eyes painted onto their closed eyelids, Rhonda painted Poe’s eyes shut in the image behind her viewing window.

    Grab your cognac, roses and head on over to Rhonda’s blog for more pictures and to see her collection of Victorian Mourning Jewelry!

    It’s been hopping here this week, so there’s a whole separate Back in Stock page.

    And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a FREE Familiars Collage Sheet. Scroll down (a teeny bit) for more info, and info on today’s Giveaway!
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap And the FREE collage sheet inspired by Teri's Witch's Parlour Triptych


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with an inspired Witch’s Parlour Triptych by Teri Calia (and 2 new collage sheets with tiny little labels, too!)


    Amber Even Tinier Bottles

    New and On Sale!
    (Yes, those tiny little bottles at left are these new bottles, that were too late for announcing on Thursday)


    In honor of Teri's Witch's Parlour Triptych, here's a Familiars Collage Sheet with a few more (tiny) animal familiars to populate your own witch's parlour! FREE for all orders over $20 through Tuesday, Sept. 9th!

     

    Hooray for the Mourning for Poe Giveaway!

    Wow! In addition to these goodies from Rhonda’s The Mourning of Poe’s Raven (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Just Poe Collage Sheet
    - Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
    - Black Chipboard Raven
    - Spirited Eerie Scrapbook Paper
    - Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Large Damask
    - More Gothic Tombstones ATC Bases
    - Black Seam Binding
    - Black Sweeper Fringe
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
    - Mixed Red Tiny Paper Roses
    - Mini Rose Buds – Cream-Pink-Brown
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Cream-Pink-Brown

    I included a set of the New and On Sale! Amber Even Tinier Bottles.

    And a couple more related goodies that were calling out to me:

    - Sleeping Beauties Collage Sheet
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Black

    To enter the Mourning for Poe 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 8, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Witch’s Parlour Giveaway? That would be Karen Mallory! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    121 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 7th, 2014

    Back in Stock (& ALL on Sale!)… September 7, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Die-Cut Chipboard Coffin Tags

    Gypsy Witch Deck of Cards

    Blank Playing Cards

    Spider and Web Chipboard Cut-Outs

    Votive House Shrine Kit

    Holly Charm

    Small Christmas Bulb Garland

    Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Green

    Black and White Chevron Striped Paper Straws

    Miniature Wooden Fire Place

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 7th, 2014

    Witch’s Parlour Triptych by Teri Calia

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters


    Miz Bella here. I’m taking over this newsletter!

    Well, well, well, what have we here? Could it be… a Witch’s Parlour Triptych?! I do believe that Teri Calia has been peeking into my house, oh yes I do.

    There’s so much to take in with this — sorry but I don’t think I can stick to any one particular part so hop on the back of my broom, hold on tight and come explore the Witch’s Parlour with me!

    Teri applied all the trims to the base of an On Sale! Paper Mache Cathedral Triptych Shrine. The doors are already hinged together which makes it so easy to just start decorating.

    Next, the outside has the gorgeous New and On Sale! Bordeaux Layered Chipboard Frame that Teri has cut in half (so the “doors” to the parlour can open) along with beautiful floral paper overlaid with a spider web that she created using Diamond Stickles. (See the web behind the orange roses in the lower right quadrant of that big photo?) I happen to know that Teri loooooooooves spiders so I’m not surprised that she included a fabulous little web.

    Open the door and inside is a very neat and dust-free Witch’s Parlour. (OK, that’s where the similarities to my parlour stop!) Such lovely furniture and what-nots that any witchy-pooh would love to have on her shelves. Teri created not one but TWO new collage sheets that are full of inspiration to help you create your own perfect parlour. Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera and Step into my Parlour Collage Sheets are sure to get you rolling into Halloween!

    (Psst! And since ALL of these Halloween items are On Sale, that means these two new collage sheets are, too!
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Collage Sheets Section
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Rubber Stamps Section)

    Inside of the parlour Teri had a clever idea and cut up a few of the New! Large Paper Theatre Boxes to use as shelves for a built-in bookcase. (Plus, Teri had included a tutorial on how to make the bookcase!)

    Now, you know I’m crazy. Crazy for miniatures! Look at the fabulous items on the shelves! Remember those On Sale! Miniature Glass Domes from a couple of weeks ago (with a preview of Teri’s dome, with tiny PaperClay mushrooms inside)? Teri’s little dome has found a home! Next to that fabulous little dome, is also one of the On Sale! Miniature Carving Knives… a bit bloody this time!

    Speaking of cute, on the bottom shelf (right next to the glass dome) — see the little tiny goblet? That is actually a New and On Sale! Silver Cup Box Foot!

    My new favorite items out of the whole group are the tiny labels (on both tiny glass bottles and on the Chipboard Apothecary Silhouettes on top of the bookcase), all from Teri’s new Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet. (And that fab little Ouija board and the scrolls next to it are also from the same collage sheet.)

    If you’d like to go and visit the clever little witch personally, there are more details and pictures on Teri’s blog. Don’t forget to take your pet spider with you!

    And here’s a link to all the lovely supplies Teri used in her Witch’s Parlour Triptych.

    And, check below for some additional tiny dollhouse-sized lamps that Leslie just added that would be perfect for a parlour shadowbox, too! (And a bunch of those tiny, new things are included in today’s Giveaway!)

    And, look at the new Familiars FREE Collage Sheet that Leslie created with a few more (tiny) animal familiars to populate your own witch’s parlour!
     

     

    Hooray! A Witch’s Parlour Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Teri’s Witch’s Parlour Triptych (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - An Eerie Tale Enchantment Scrapbook Paper
    - An Eerie Tale Gone Batty Scrapbook Paper
    - Silver Cup Box Feet
    - Step Into My Parlour Collage Sheet
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
    - Large Paper Theatre Boxes
    - Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
    - A Witchy Encore Collage Sheet
    - Even Tinier Bottles
    - Ceramic Ghost Bead (see the photo below at right… too cute!)
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - Fern Garland

    I included:
    - A New and On Sale! Miniature Candle Sconce
    - A New and On Sale! Metal Crow Charm
    - A set of Eyeball Beads – 10mm

    And one of the New Familiars FREE Collage Sheets.

    To enter the Witch’s Parlour 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 5, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Edgar Allan Poe Kit Giveaway? That would be Anna! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    152 Comments » Posted by MizBella, September 4th, 2014

    New Kit, New Collage Sheets, New Halloween Goodies!

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Swaps

    Oh, it’s feeling more like Halloween now! Our September kit is Edgar Allan Poe — with an exclusive raven die-cut from black mat board. I’ve wandered a bit from the traditional images of Poe and I’ve also included two new collage sheets with a more general “horror” theme.

    This kit started gestating about a month ago when I saw the Spirited Eerie Scrapbook Paper (which has the text to Poe’s The Raven in the background). (See below for more info, as that paper is included in the kit.) And, of course, we already had quite a few Poe-themed collage sheets so that got me thinking about other icons/themes in Poe’s works…

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

    New! German Expressionist Horror Collage Sheet (Some of my favorite film images from Nosferatu to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari… perfect for adding some fright to a Halloween collage.)

    New! Night Terrors Collage Sheet (Crazy or scared or angry faces… from incubi to Medusa.)

    Edgar Allan Poe Collage Sheet (Well, of course!)

    Woodblock Print Ravens Collage Sheet (A nice selection of raven prints. Good size for ATCs.)

    The kit also includes:

    - One of the New and On Sale! Black Chipboard Ravens! This exclusive black die-cut chipboard shape was designed to be large enough for a tag (it has enough space for you to collage onto — approx. 6″ tall) but small enough to be an ornament.

    And, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay is hosting a related swap using these new Black Chipboard Ravens! More info is in the Yahoo Group.

    - Three full-size sheets of New and On Sale! Scrapbook Paper
      - Spirited Eerie Scrapbook Paper
      - Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Crow and Skull
      - Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Spooky Icons

    - And for a funereal feel: a yard of Black Seam Binding and a yard of black lace (that last is not available separately, but mimics the lace running up the side of the Spirited Eerie Scrapbook Paper).


    And, as the Design Team often receives a wider group of products to play with around the monthly themes, I’ve gathered together everything they received (beyond what’s in the regular September kit) and I’ve put together a Edgar Allan Poe Add-On Kit. So if you want more papers, collage sheets, and the New Gothic Tombstones ATC Bases, here’s your chance to buy them with just one click.

    And did you see that Edgar Allan Poe Shrine (at left) by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey? It’s fabulous! (And using 2 of the Black Chipboard Ravens kinda reminds me of Huginn & Muninn.) Read more on Lora’s blog.

    Today's Giveaway includes the new kit and the add-on kit! (Plus a few goodies used in Lora’s artwork!) More info below.

    And, in honor of this month's theme, I've put ALL of these sections On Sale!:
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section (And that also includes the scrapbook papers in the kit, plus a huge group of charms),
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Collage Sheets Section (And that also includes the FOUR collage sheets in the kit and all the collage sheets in the add-on kit, too!),
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Rubber Stamps Section (Including some new Tim Holtz Halloween sets!)

    And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a Fall Fish or Goodbye to Summer FREE Gift Kit. FREE for all orders over $20 through Wednesday, September 3rd.
     

     

    Hooray for the Edgar Allan Poe Kit Giveaway!

    Wow! In addition to an Edgar Allan Poe Kit

    And an Edgar Allan Poe Add-On Kit

    I’ve also included a few items Lora used in her artwork shown above:

    - Double Dot Vintage Burnt Orange Scrapbook Paper
    - An Eerie Tale Unsolved Mystery Scrapbook Paper
    - Plastic Skeleton
    - Candlestick Holder
    - Pumpkin Pods

    And a few new or back in stock things that were calling out to me:

    - The Raven Collage Sheet Set
    - Pewter Raven Charm
    - Antique Silver Flying Bat Charm
    - Bronze Bat Pendant

    To enter the Edgar Allan Poe Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW OR TUESDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, TUESDAY NIGHT, September 2, 2014 — an extra day in case you’re travelling for the long holiday weekend).

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

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

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

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

      
    162 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 31st, 2014