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    New Matchbox Book! New Halloween Markdowns! New Miniatures!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New Products — Lots of Miniatures!

     
    New Markdowns on Scrapbook Paper

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

     
    Hooray for the Halloween Fun Matchbox Book Giveaway!

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

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

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

    To enter the Halloween Fun Matchbox Book Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, September 21, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

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


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

    Adorable Halloween Mini Shrines by Shannon Cooper!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween Countdown Kit, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Oh my… Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made the most adorable little shrines!

    Her October Fun Mini Shrines use three of the new shrines — and I adore her little “pipe cleaner critters” she made to sit inside the cubbies!


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

    The inside of the shrines are 2″ x 2″, perfect for a pile of mini pumpkins, a polymer clay candy corn, or how about a zombie arm? Ooooh, zombie arm…

    I simply painted the shrines black, papered them, added glitter, and tucked a pipe cleaner critter inside the shrine.

    The inside of each shrine was decorated with a black spiderweb paper, then a gathered circle of glittery orange tulle was stuffed in there, and finally my little pipe cleaner dudes were glued in place. I had a few old wooden letters in the stash (the letters for BOO and EEK were long gone) but fortunately I found FUN, painted them orange, and added them to the shrines.

    Psst… scroll down just a bit and see the sides of the shrines… I love how Shannon decorated them, mainly with images from the Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Time Scrapbook Paper. And you can see the crepe paper ruff on the middle shrine better in that photo.

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post (and as you can see from the photo at right, she includes steps for making the shrines, too). Here’s Shannon’s supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for another photo and a chance to win lots of goodies to reproduce her project)!


     
    New Halloween Goodies!

    From spooky paper (just a snippet from those branches against the moon or cloudy sky would be a good background for an ATC) to tiny poison labels and faux vintage manila tags with old advertising prints, like “Asthma Cigarettes“!

     
    Hooray for the October Fun Mini Shrines Giveaway!

    Ok… I just decided: EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the TWELVE spooky items in the supply list:
    - Cat on Pumpkin Mini Shrine (shown at left and right)
    Halloween Darlings Collage Sheet (for that surprised pumpkin-girl’s head, shown at left)
    Bakers Twine – Black (so cute surrounding all the cubbies, including the one shown at left)

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

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Halloween Countdown Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

    To enter the October Fun Mini 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 17, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

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

    70 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 16th, 2018

    A Paris Street Painter and a French Images SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Streets of Paris

    Wow! Can you believe we’re at “episode” TEN of Design Team Member Laura Carson’s The Streets of Paris series?

    Note: You can easily look back at the previous posts in this series; the last one was the upstairs Librairie Ancienne & Moderne — Old & Modern Bookstore, shown at left.

    I think there may just be one (two?) more posts in this series (I know… so sad to see the series ending).

    But let’s focus on the new project:
    A Paris Street Painter.
     


     

    I love what Laura has made from the new Small Peddlers Cart! This new version is 5″ long (including the handle portion), 5-3/4″ tall, and 2″ deep (without counting the wheel axles).

    Here’s a bit of text from Laura’s blog post as an introduction:
    On the sidewalk outside of the shops, you’ll find a street artist painting scenes of Paris. The red awning over the peddler’s cart says “Paintings for Sale”. Underneath is a crate full of paintings, a cashbox, and an artist palette.

    There are even more paintings hanging on the outside of the cart plus another crate of paintings sitting on the sidewalk.

    Next to the cart is a chair with an attached umbrella to keep away the sun while she paints. In addition, there is an easel with two finished paintings and a paint set. I’m guessing she is over at Cafe du Noir for lunch.

    Laura created a new collage sheet today (with tons of impressionist paintings of Paris).

    Psst… Laura is giving away a bunch of freebies on her blog post, too, like that red awning, umbrella, and money! (hmm… free money)

    See everything Laura used in her supply list. Come back after enjoying her new video tutorial (and lots more info & photos) for new items, a new French-themed sale, and a Giveaway drawn from Laura’s supply list!
     

    New & Back in Stock Items!

     
     
    French Images Collection ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! Inspired by Laura’s new artwork! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code FRENCH when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    EVERYTHING in the French Images FLASH SALE Section is WAS on sale — over 50 products, including the 4 highlights below. Note: this is WAS a mix of items from the Marie Antoinette Collage Sheets and French Digital Images sections!

    The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current sale prices = 30% to 50% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Saturday night, September 15th.

    Click here: French Images FLASH SALE Section to see everything included and remember to add coupon FRENCH when you check out!

     
    More French Vintage ON SALE!

    I’ve picked out some items from the clearance sale AND I just marked down the sale prices further! See more in the French Vintage Theme. Note: These are on the clearance site so are at a different URL and are not part of the coupon sale, but they are now on sale at 70% off! That new markdown includes everything in the French Vintage Theme! PLUS: all 4 of the choices below are included in today’s Giveaway!

     
    Hooray for the Paris Painter’s Giveaway!

    I just had to show another photo of the painter’s cart! I love how the Tiny Chipboard Crates look painted bright red… and they are included in this Giveaway!

    Here’s a few more items from Laura’s supply list that I’m adding to today’s prize package:
    - Chipboard Border Strips – Shells (also painted red, and used as trim across the sides of the cart)
    - Laura’s new Paris Paintings Collage Sheet
    - 33mm Gold Spear Crystal Connectors (I should make this a quiz to see if you can find them… but I’ll tell you: they are used to hang pictures on the cart and as a stand to stand pictures up on the cart)
    - AND: the Small Peddlers Cart itself!

    And remember: my 4 picks from the French Vintage Theme on the clearance site are included, too! (Scroll up just a bit to see them.) See more French Vintage Theme Sale Items.

    To enter the Paris Painter’s Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, September 15, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

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

    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 13th, 2018

    A Haunted Halloween Surprise Box by Kristin Batsel!

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

    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel is back with another wonderful Halloween project! (“Back” cuz she made 3 little Halloween shrines featured in last Sunday’s newsletter.)

    I love this mash-up of the Double Explosion Box from the July kit with this month’s Halloween theme!


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

    I don’t know about you, but if someone gave me a beautifully wrapped little gift that had a tag proclaiming it “haunted”, I might think twice about opening it up. It’s so tempting, though. I do love Halloween, and look how fun that bow is… [Psst.. see below for another photo showing the box all closed up.]

    But beware! This is not an ordinary box, it’s an exploding box straight from Alpha Stamps. Once you lift the lid, the sides of the box slowly open, and you see exactly what’s doing the haunting.

    Yikes! It appears to be a forgotten cemetery, and one of the grave’s occupants seems to be clawing his way up from underground. I cut those hands off of an unfortunate plastic skeleton.

    The chipboard tombstones were painted in mottled black, grey and white acrylic paints, and then embellishments were added: a silver medal flower on the cross, some rub on scrolly lines and a painted RIP on the rounded stone, and a silver skull charm, also painted, on the pointed headstone. Some tiny bats, cut out of a chipboard border, fly overhead. A spooky skull has also made an appearance.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for another photo and a special drawing prize)!

    New Halloween Goodies!

    Tons of Dresden Trims Back in Stock!

    Hooray for the Halloween Essentials Giveaway!

    Here’s that promised photo showing Kristin’s Haunted Halloween Surprise Box all closed up (and decorated so fancy)!

    There’s a special Giveaway today: one of the Vintage Halloween Collector’s Essential Kits! The 12×12 plaid scrapbook paper in it is very close to the plaid Kristin used on her box.

    AND this kit is HUGE:
    - 8 sheets of double-sided 12″ x 12″ cardstock paper plus 4 sheets of double-sided element pieces on cardstock (not pre-cut) (so 12 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock),
    - one roll of 15mm wide washi tape,
    - one 12″ x 12″ sheet with 55 cardstock stickers,
    - one set of “bits & pieces die cuts” (65 pieces) and
    - one 6″ x 12″ sheet of chipboard stickers (37 pieces).

    More photos are on the Vintage Halloween Collector’s Essential Kit page.

    BONUS: just cuz I love them so much: I’m also including one of the new Black Ouija Board Planchette Pendants!

    To enter the Halloween Essentials 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 10, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Nature’s Anthology Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Rebecca R! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    89 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 9th, 2018

    Tim Holtz Halloween! Plus Nature’s Anthology!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps, Tim Holtz

    New Halloween Products!

    Just a few of my faves from the new Tim Holtz Halloween products are shown below. (And more are shown after the fab new artwork by Laura Carson!)

     
    Nature’s Anthology – ATC Envelope Folder with ATC Ticket Journal by Laura Carson

    Owls! I think Laura is fond of owls! Here’s some intro text from Laura’s blog post:

    I decided to go with a nature theme and used a variety of collage sheet images to decorate both the mailer and inside ticket journal. I tied my journal together with a piece of lace [see the top right photo above].

    There are lots of ways you could use the mailer, for example, I think it would work great as an invitation.

    I added an ATC sized card to the mailer tab. The card is covered with decorative on which I printed (by running the paper through my printer) “Nature’s Anthology.”

    To decorate both the front of the ATC Envelope Folder and the ATC Ticket Journal I used 5 different collage sheets that contained birds, squirrels, rabbits, bees, butterflies, snails, leaves, and toadstools.

    See more photos in Laura’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list!

     
    More New Halloween Products!

    More new goodies from the Tim Holtz Halloween products! (Note: I broadened that link to include all the Halloween things from Tim Holtz.)

     
    Hooray for the Nature’s Anthology Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Laura’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - ATC Envelope Folder
    - ATC Ticket Journal
    Leaves Collage Sheet
    Anthology Scrapbook Paper – Antiquity Note Cards

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

    BONUS: I’m also including a couple items from the clearance site that I think would be cute in a similar project (and trying to keep to the “keep everything flat so it can fold up into the mailer” theme):
    - Dark Romance Wired Ribbon – Enchanted
    - Colorful Butterfly Buttons

    To enter the Nature’s Anthology Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, September 7, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Halloween Countdown Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Kim R! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 6th, 2018

    New HALLOWEEN Kit, Related Extras & New Artwork!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Halloween Countdown Kit, Kristin Batsel, Sale

    New Kit!

    Yay! It’s time for Halloween!

    The new Halloween Countdown Kit includes one of FIVE new mini shrines (the cubby in each is a hair over 2″ x 2″… sized so you could use the numbered squares from one of the two scrapbook papers included in this kit, or one of the squares from the new Halloween 2x2s Collage Sheet).

    The Halloween 2x2s Collage Sheet has all kinds of images… and all perfect for a little shrine for Halloween. Some are more finished designs (ready to use “as is”) and some are left open to your interpretation (you can add more details, trims or characters; or leave them simpler as the background of a 3D shrine scene).

    The kit also includes some numbered beads (for adding a “31″ perhaps?) and a Wood Jack-o-Lantern Cut-Out… nice small sizes for adding trims to your shrine.

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

    New Artwork: Teeny Tiny Halloween Shriney (x3) by Kristin Batsel!

    I LOVE these petite shrines by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! And check out that pic at far right to see the 3D mouse Kristin added to the Big Cat Mini Shrine! (I also love the cardboard facade she added with the cats mouth and teeth.)

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year: college football, and Halloween crafting. Yay! Today I present to you three out of the five adorable mini Halloween shrines just released from Alpha Stamps. The opening of each one measures just 2″ by 2″. The tallest one shown is a little less than 6″ tall. So cute! Here’s what I did with mine…

    I love the orange polka dot paper that I used on the sides so much that I used it on all three of the shrines [and on the cat's party hat].

    For the Raven October Shrine, I painted the front with acrylics, and gave the raven a witch hat and a red rhinestone eye. The interior is lined with a very dark paper (with bats!) that is pretty much impossible to photograph due to the depth of the box. Please use your imagination. Three tiny trick or treaters stand on a bed of moss and select from the available pumpkins. I considered printing out the “pumpkin patch” sign, but every pumpkin patch I’ve ever been to seems to sport a crudely painted sign, so I hand painted the sign in the interest of historical accuracy.

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

     
    New Products!

    Just a snippet from 16 new products are shown at left. From small embellishments to the giant Vintage Halloween Collector’s Essential Kit (with 170 pieces)… Plus this new site has a couple ways to search:

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

    or

    - here’s a group of items related to the new kit (note: that’s the Halloween Collection, which is HUGE: over 360 items at current count!)

    or

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

    or

    - here’s a repeat of Kristin’s supply list from her cute Halloween shrines shown above!
     

     
    Over 70 More Halloween Supplies ON SALE!

    I’ve picked out some faves from the clearance sale! See more Halloween clearance sale items. Note: These are on the clearance site so are at a different URL, and they are on sale at 50% off! PLUS: all 4 of the choices below are included in today’s Giveaway!

     
    Hooray for the Halloween Countdown Kit Giveaway!

    Eek! I just had to show another view of that adorable Haunted House Shrine by Kristin! And a bit more from her about this particular shrine:

    I considered painting details on the top part of the Haunted House Shrine, but once I painted the back black, I really liked the plain silhouette, so I painted the front plain black as well. This shrine was lined with a dark purple paper with a bed of moss on the floor. A full moon smiles at a black bat, as two little black rats explore the graveyard (I painted the Tiny Plastic Mice black).

    First off for this Giveaway: I’m including ALL FIVE of the new mini shrines! Note: I’m including the set I taped together for the photos.

    Next: one of the new Halloween Countdown Kits! Note: as the kit includes one of the mini shrines, I’ll use the one from the set mentioned in the last paragraph, so you’ll just be getting one of the cute Cat on Pumpkin Mini Shrines!

    Here’s a few more items from Kristin’s supply list that I’m also including in today’s Giveaway (all shown in the shrine at left):
    - Tiny Tombstones Shape Set (Little tombstone shapes, cut from heavy-weight chipboard. The largest are about 1-1/2″ tall.)
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - The aforementioned Tiny Plastic Mice
    - Acrylic Black Bat Cut-Outs
    - Vintage Halloween 2×2 Number Squares Scrapbook Paper (for the polka dot side — you’ll already be getting this as it’s part of the kit)

    And remember: my 4 picks from the Halloween Theme on the clearance site are included, too! (Scroll up just a bit to see them.) See more Halloween Clearance Sale Items.

    To enter the Halloween Countdown 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 4, 2018). There’s an extra day than normal as Monday is a holiday in the USA.

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Kristin’s project? OR which is your favorite mini shrine?

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Witch in the Woods Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Francine Perri! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    84 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 2nd, 2018

    A French Bookshop AND a Witch in the Woods!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Streets of Paris

    Wow! Can you believe we’re at “episode” NINE of Design Team Member Laura Carson’s The Streets of Paris series?

    Note: You can easily look back at the previous posts in this series; the last one was the upstairs Maison de la Mode — The House of Fashion, shown at left.

    AND in addition to a bookstore display window being announced today, Laura also made a new mini Halloween project! Woohoo, it’s getting close to Halloween! More info on the Halloween is below, but let’s start with the bookstore: Librairie Ancienne & Moderne – Old & Modern Bookstore

    The new products and techniques shown today can be used on all sort of projects (whether building a bookstore display window or not)!


     

    As Laura’s block of fancy shops is already getting pretty full, she created the appearance of a bookstore upstairs (above the cafe) but it’s really only an exterior window and a hanging sign (plus a sandwich board advertising the shop — and a case of books — on the sidewalk below).
     


     

    Laura created 2 new collage sheets today (one with awnings and signage for this bookshop, and the other for the witchy project shown below).

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

    New Items!

     
    Hooray for the Witch in the Woods Giveaway!

    Yes, another cool project by Laura today! Witch in the Woods is Laura’s first Halloween project this season! Here’s a bit from her blog post to get us started (psst… scroll down for a second photo, too):

    This would make a great addition to Grimsley Village or as a standalone project.

    In the woods, the witch has set up shop and in the center is a bubbling cauldron filled with ick green boiling goo.

    Next to the cauldron are the witches spell and potion books, bottles full of magical ingredients a broom and her familiar (black cat)…

    To go along with this project I have a new collage sheet plus a video tutorial where I walk you through how I constructed the witchy scene.

    I love how Laura used paper clay and silicone molds to make 3D bats to add details to the cauldron.

    And today’s Giveaway is: EVERYTHING in Laura’s Witch in the Woods supply list! Note: both the Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet and Forsaken Cemetery Set Download are listed in the supply list… the winner will get to choose which of those options they’d like to receive.

    Come back after enjoying her second video tutorial (again: with lots more info & photos)! (Does she sleep?)

    To enter the Witch in the Woods Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, August 31, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Nature Study Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Feiner! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    Psst: a note for recent winners. Now don’t fret! Between the transition to the new site software (and running 2 sites concurrently) the Giveaway packages have been a bit delayed, but they are still coming!


     

    75 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 30th, 2018

    A Nature Study and New Botanicals

    Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    I love the watercolors Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas used on her Nature Study booklet for her August kit project!

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

    If you’re anything like me, you love vintage images of nature and butterflies. Another favorite, library card catalog drawers, thread drawers, any and all drawers. This months Anthology ATC Kit over at Alpha Stamps brings plenty of variety for use on a multitude of projects, including my Nature Study. Let’s take a peek inside of my tiny specimen drawers.

    I began with this cool ATC Envelope Folder that is easy to decorate, and has plenty of spots to add lots of detail.

    Of course, there are lots of different routes to take with this theme, but I chose this fabulous Anthology 12×12 Scrapbook Paper called Apothecary Drawers to cover the entire outside of the ATC Folder…

    Psst… there’s another photo showing how the booklet folds up in the envelope/mailer down in the Giveaway section.

    Read more in Rhonda’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for a chance to win EVERYTHING in this list)!

     
    New Goodies… Many Halloween Themed!

     
    Paper Flowers Collection ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code FALLFLORAL when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    EVERYTHING in the Paper Flowers FLASH SALE Section is WAS on sale — over 60 products! AND it includes the 3 new paper leaves/botanicals announced above!

    The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 29th.

     
    More Paper Flowers & Leaves ON SALE!

    I’ve picked out some florals from the clearance sale! See more clearance sale paper flowers. Note: These are on the clearance site so are at a different URL and are not part of the coupon sale, but they are already on sale at 50% off! PLUS: all 4 of the choices below are included in today’s Giveaway!

     
    Hooray for the Nature Study Giveaway!

    Here’s that promised photo showing how Rhonda’s Nature Study booklet folds up in the mailer. I’m particularly fond of the back side of the Anthology Scrapbook Paper – Antiquity Note Cards used to line the mailer (that dark red small floral pattern).

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s Nature Study Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Anthology ATC Mailer Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

    And remember: my 4 picks from the Paper Flowers & Leaves on the clearance site are included, too! (Scroll up just a bit to see them.)

    To enter the Nature Study 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, August 27, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

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

    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 26th, 2018

    Birdie Flies Off AND a Flash Sale on Sepia Photos!

    Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Birdie Flies Off – ATC Mailer by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)!

    Bella made this fun set of ATCs (and decorated ATC Envelope Folder) using the Anthology ATC Mailer Kit — and mixing up images from the Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls with other (more colorful) collage sheet images.

    I love that toddler sitting on the bird in the ATC above! Let’s start with some text from Bella’s blog post:

    I love the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls. They’re already fussy-cut out, ready to go and you get a ton of them with assorted sizes of the same images. Still prefer to fussy-cut my own stuff, but when my hands hurt from arthritis sometimes it’s easier to just grab one that’s already done.

    When the mailer is opened up and if your ATC is in the vertical position, it almost looks like a little stage in the middle. Display the mailer standing up, and add a couple characters! They easily store in the ATC envelope along with the ATC.

    There really was no rhyme or reason with the mailer. I loved the papers in the kit, collage sheets that came with it so decided to just go with what I liked. Nope. Didn’t care one bit if everything matched or “went” with each other. Doing it that way was a lot more fun than fretting over a set theme. Also, there are many imperfections with the finished mailer and lemme tell ya – sometimes you just have to let that insane desire for perfection shit fly right out the window. Embrace the imperfections!

    Ah… Bella. Note: there are some good tips about decorating the ATC Envelope Folder on Bella’s blog post (including a workaround for an evil cat jumping up on the work table… a bit NSFW but what do you expect)?

     
    Sepia Photos Collection ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! Inspired by Bella’s pretty artwork! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code SEPIA when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    EVERYTHING in the Sepia Photos FLASH SALE Section is WAS on sale — 50 products, including the 4 highlights below.

    The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Saturday night, August 25th.

    Click here: Sepia Photos FLASH SALE Section to see everything included and remember to add coupon SEPIA when you check out!

     
    More Sepia ON SALE!

    I’ve picked out some sepia (and sedate, monotone) papers from the clearance sale at 50% off! See more clearance sale scrapbook papers. PLUS: all 8 of the choices below are included in today’s Giveaway!

     
    Hooray for the Sepia ATC Mailer Giveaway!

    I didn’t even show the front (back? not sure… the outside of the folded ATC mailer) of Bella’s project above… so here it is at left — very nice!

    To get this Giveaway going: I’m including one of the August Kits. Plus the patina leaf shown at left (the watch charm is already going to be included from it being in the kit).

    And remember: the two rows of my picks from the Sepia Paper on the clearance site are included, too! (You are going to have a lot of papers to play with!)

    Lastly, I’m adding 2 (more) items from Bella’s supply list:
    - Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet (you’ll need that large bird at the top of the sheet if you want to copy Bella’s ATC)
    - Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls (beside being used all over the place on this project: these paper dolls are also in the Sepia Photos FLASH SALE Section! Remember to use that discount code!)

    To enter the Sepia ATC Mailer Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, August 24, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Nadine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

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

    A Little Big Fat Nature Journal

    Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beads, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Ooo… ahhh! What a sweet little (fat) book Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made! Note: the pages are ATC sized, so the size in these photos may be deceiving!

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

    This month’s kit has sprouted an ATC-sized nature themed junk journal.

    I separated the panels from an ATC Ticket Journal as a base for many of the pages and used some Water Media ATC Cards and Aged Parchment for others.

    Really I just made a whole bunch of ATCs and then stitched those suckers together. They make a lovely fat little book.

    To bind the pages I simply poked three holes in one side, and tied them together with Bakers Twine which I’ve muddied up with a wash of brown paint.

    As usual, Nichola is made of magic. Her little book may have been a cinch for her to make but it is truly a thing of beauty.

    Read more in Nichola’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for a chance to wins lots of goodies from this list AND to see a second project Nichola made)!
     

     
    New Tiny Things!

    Aw… more tiny things. I can see those pretty flower beads becoming a bouquet in that new tiny vase. And mice with bones? Sounds like Halloween!

     
     
    Birds & Bees Collection ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! Inspired by Nichola’s pretty artwork! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code BIRDS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    EVERYTHING in the Birds & Bees FLASH SALE Section is on sale — over 60 products, including the 4 highlights below. Note: this is was a mix of items from the Birds Collage Sheets section, plus anything with “bird” or “bees” in the title (so it includes things from Bee Charms to Ceramic Raven Beads)!

    The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 22th.

     
    Hooray for the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things Giveaway!

    Nice work, Nichola! She claims she never makes jewelry but these earrings are great! And Nichola posted a whole ‘nuther blog post about them!

    So I’m picking out a few things from both of her projects (note: my supply list includes goodies in both of her projects):
    - Ornithology Collage Sheet
    - Bees Collage Sheet
    - ATC Ticket Journal
    - Blue Birds Collage Sheet
    - Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals (on the cover of her book)
    - And some black Bakers Twine to tie it all together.

    AND things shown at far left (a couple of each so you could make earrings):
    - 42mm Bronze Key Charm
    - Wide Feather Charm – Patina Brass
    - Patina Brass Narrow Feather Charms
    - 14mm Round Glass Cabochons

    To enter the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things 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, August 20, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Maison de la Mode Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Chris K! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 19th, 2018