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    A Goblin Party by Nichola Battilana and New Miniatures

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Newsletters


    Get your magnifying glass out because Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created a miniature vignette called A Goblin Party featuring guests cut out and colored from the Goblin Labels Collage Sheet (which is also in the Goblins Kit)!

    What a fabulous setting fit for a bunch of mischievous little goblins! There’s so much going on in such a small space — where should we begin?

    Perhaps with the New! Antique Bronze 3D Gnome House Charms that sit atop the pillars (that are really Black and White Chevron Striped Paper Straws!) that mark the entry to the feast (see the close-up in the lower right of the photos). Look out! Goblins are not known for their patience and if you’re not careful, the goblins will jump onto your legs and start biting your ankles!

    Hungry as they are, everyone knows that they must have their tea first! I’m sure the tea in the Miniature Tea Kettle Charm is piping hot, if not the goblins will go straight for the wine that they’ll pour into the New! Miniature Wine Glasses. Now I don’t like to gossip (especially about goblins) but I heard that after they drink wine they let the beer flow into their frosty New! Miniature Pewter Beer Mugs and they dance like no one is watching. Quite naked. But I digress!

    Laid out on the Miniature Table & Chairs Set are Red Glittered Holly Berries that make for a scrumptious array on the platter from the Pewter Dollhouse Tea Service. Can you stand how perfect those cute Silver Cup Box Feet (as goblet) and Miniature Silverware Sets are? And I love that gold covered serving tray (which is actually a Large Gold Star Filigree Bead Caps sitting on a 3/4 Inch Gold Star Filigree Base).

    There are even Silver Pinecone Charms laid about the table for any furry friends who may stop by, but I’m pretty sure that if the White Rabbit (an amazing New! Antique Bronze 3D Rabbit Charm) were to stop by in his never ending haste, he’d be more interested in sampling the tea before falling asleep on the New! Miniature Vine Bench.

    Check out the list of components Nichola used, watch your ankles and head on over to Nichola’s blog to see more pictures!

    And all of those adorable miniatures (plus a whole bunch more that just came Back in Stock like the Pewter Dollhouse Dishes in Nichola’s feast) are ALL On Sale! The ENTIRE Dollhouse Miniatures Section is On Sale!

    Don’t forget to scroll down and see the Giveaway the Leslie pulled together… using lots of the flowers, vines and miniatures from Nichola’s artwork, a few of the items just added to the Clearance Sale… and also the NEW Fall Fairy Food FREE Gift Kit!
     

     

    Hooray! A Goblin Feast Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Nichola’s Goblin Party (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Miniature Table & Chairs Set
    - Pewter Dollhouse Tea Service
    - Holly Berry Garland
    - Mushrooms – Cream
    - Mushrooms – Pink
    - Red Glittered Holly Berries
    - Purple Iris Paper Flowers
    - White Roses with Heart Shaped Petals
    - Mini Bird Eggs
    - Miniature Silverware Set
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottles
    - Miniature Tea Kettle Charm
    - Silver Cup Box Feet
    - Goblin Labels Collage Sheet
    - Antique Bronze 3D Gnome House Charms
    - Silver Pinecone Charms
    - Large Gold Star Filigree Bead Caps
    - 3/4 Inch Gold Star Filigree Base

    I added:
    - Tiny Oak Leaf Garland
    - A New! Antique Bronze Bird Nest with Eggs
    - A White Curly Petal Paper Flower Spray

    I also included these items just put on Clearance Sale:
    - Doll Buttons (Blue in the Giveaway, but 3 colors on clearance)
    - A Penguin Button
    - Acrylic Flower Mix – Pink Grapefruit
    - Light Green Acrylic Leaves

    And a Fall Fairy Food Gift Kit!

    To enter the Goblin Feast Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 31, 2014 — HALLOWEEN)!

    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 Wicked Times Giveaway? That would be Debbi G! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    102 Comments » Posted by MizBella, October 30th, 2014

    Back in Stock… October 30, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Tim Holtz Stencil – Holly Bough

    Antique Ornate Frames

    2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes*

    Tinsel – Red

    Antique Gold Square Filigree

    Tiny Brass Hitch Fasteners

    Pewter Dollhouse Dishes

    Doll Buttons – Black

    Doll Buttons – Red

    Doll Buttons – Cream

    Miniature White Stand

    1 Inch Rusted Birdhouse

    Miniature Red Metal Chair

    Straw Nests – Small

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 30th, 2014

    Goblins and Brownies and TWO Giveaways!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas/Ornaments, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Newsletters, Sale

    Before I hand off this intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I have to say that I’m enjoying all the varied artwork from the Design Team today (from Halloween to Christmas… including some artwork by Miz Bella herself).
     
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    And, don’t forget: TODAY, October 26th is the final day of the BIG 3-section-spanning Halloween Sale!)
     


    Well my ghoulies, it’s that time already! We are wrapping up the most favorite month of the year here at Alpha Stamps and getting ready to start having some fun with Christmas & winter holidays!

    First lets take a look at the Goblin Tag that Design Team Member Rhea Freitag made using the October 2014 – Goblins Kit. Rhea said:

    “It is getting to be that time of year when creepy crafts are all I seem to be making. This is certainly the case for this month’s project for Alpha Stamps October Kit, Goblins! Of course I chose an image that was not too spooky and still had a beautiful element to it.”

    It is a beautiful tag isn’t it? It looks like the goblins from the Goblins Collage Sheet are trying to bribe the young maiden to do something quite naughty I’m sure; as you know what greedy, debauched little creatures they are.

    I love the embellishments she used, particularly the New and On Sale! Antique Bronze Owl Charms and the Filigree Corner Die Set that Rhea rusted up with the Alcohol Ink Fall Set. Oooh, and the Petite Teastained Purple Pansies and Leaves that are Back in Stock and On Sale! More pictures of Rhea’s Goblin Tag are on her blog.

    Also from the October 2014 – Goblins Kit are 3 Goblin ATCs from Laura Carson (2 of the 3 are shown at right). Laura warns of not entering Goblin Hollow or the Dark Forest because you may meet the Goblin King. Just follow the path of Laura’s deliciously demented mind and that’s exactly where you’ll find yourself!

    Goblin Hollow is overseen by Mysterious Bird and Dead Tree Cut-Outs; who knows what is creeping around in the Sheet Moss.

    Oh no! It’s the Goblin King! Aiyeeeeee, don’t look into his eyes! Just like my children – if you stare into their eyes for too long, the next thing you know – you’re doing their diabolical bidding. (True story.) Laura used Bat Cut-Outs that she painted for his headpiece; along with twigs coming out of the top and a Resin Owl who waits for the Goblin King’s next command. Which is, head on over to Laura’s blog to see the Dark Forest!


    Speaking of Laura’s blog, be sure while you’re there to check out her Halloween Blog Party! See that super-cute, dolled-up Altered Metal Frame – Clock? It’s the one to your left, that has the clock face made from Bat Cut-Outs and the clock hands are Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendants (!), with the lounging Plastic Skeleton in front of it. Guess what? She’s giving it away so be sure to enter the drawing here for a chance to win!

    The last Halloween offering is a trio of cute Halloween tags made by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Don’t they just make you smile when you look at them? Kristin used Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Papers and images from the Crepe Paper Halloween Collage Sheet for the backgrounds. The main images she used are from the Little Witches, Hello Pumpkin and The Black Cats Collage Sheets. (Hey, check the Giveaway below: not only has Leslie included almost everything in Kristin’s tags (plus a good helping of items from Laura’s ATCs and Rhea’s tag, too) but the Mini Pom Pom Fringe is now on Clearance at 50% off!)


    My most favorite, favorite creatures to use in holiday projects are the Brownies. I love them, as well as vintage pixies and vintage knee hugger ornaments (another one of my obsessions, you know that I’d sell my mother for a really good lot of them!)

    I’ve been wanting to make something with the 8×8 Wooden Shadowbox that has the 8×8 Wooden Insert – Round Windows for quite a while and thought I’d make one using the Holiday Brownies Rubber Stamp Set.

    Uh-oh, it looks like one of the Brownies wasn’t paying attention. Seems he took a little spill as he was pulling his Christmas tree from the Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Green home in Miniature Red Wagon! Maybe his Miniature Ice Skates were too big, or perhaps he took a few too many nips of the eggnog. Whatever it was, he sure is cute!

    Each window in the 8×8 Wooden Insert – Round Windows has either Tinsel or Mini Pine & Berry Garland wrapped around it. Isn’t the Bronze Deer Charm in the middle window cute? Other elements that I really liked using are the Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks, Art Ingredients Glass Glitter – Platinum and the Holly Berry Garland that edges the outside of the shadow box.

    Put your ice skates on and check out the full list of components that I used, and don’t forget your eggnog if you want to browse for Christmas Tag ideas in the Gallery!
     

     

    Hooray for the Wicked Times Giveaway!

    Wow… there are SO MANY collage sheets in this prize package, I had to take extra photos to show them all:
    - Crepe Paper Halloween Collage Sheet
    - Little Witches Collage Sheet
    - Hello Pumpkin Collage Sheet
    - The Black Cat Collage Sheet
    - Goblins Collage Sheet
    - Green Goblins Collage Sheet
    - Falling Leaves Collage Sheet
    - Book Spines and Labels #2 Collage Sheet
    - Goblin Trees Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival Games #4 Collage Sheet

    And, of course, the New and On Sale! Wicked Times 12×12 Paper Set (which led to the name of this Giveaway)

    AND, I added all of these goodies from Laura’s Clock:
    - Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant
    - Ceramic Burnt Umber Owl Bead
    - Miniature Pumpkin
    - Plastic Skeletons

    Finally, I added all of these items — new or newly added to the Clearance Sale:
    - Antique Bronze Owl Charms
    - 3/8 Inch Ric Rac Ribbons – Orange
    - 1/8 Inch Edge-Stitched Ribbons – Periwinkle
    - 1/8 Inch Edge-Stitched Ribbons – Purple

    - 3/8 Inch Iridescent Ribbons – Moss Green
    - Mini Pom Pom Fringe – Black

    To enter the Wicked Times Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, October 27, 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 Mini Crate & Candy Canes Giveaway? That would be Susan Z! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    164 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 26th, 2014

    Twas the Night Before Christmas & Mini Wooden Crates

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas/Ornaments, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters


    It’s a colorful newsletter — from the New and On Sale! Twas the Night Before Christmas Collection to big bunches of New Miniature Paper Flowers!

    How cute is that! Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has made a Christmas Tags and Mini Crate project that doubles as a table (or mantel) decoration and a gift (as each tag in her “12 Days of Christmas” has a little pocket to open and find a treat)! It’s like a mini version of an advent calendar… I think it’s brilliant.

    And Lora used papers from the Twas the Night Before Christmas 8×8 Paper Pad on ALL of her tags. Very festive. Plus all the little trims and ribbons (and lots of snowflakes — and those metal number tags from Tim Holtz Countdown to Christmas Coins) are perfect finishing touches. Here’s a link to see all of Lora’s Supplies. And check out Lora’s Blog Post for more info and photos.

    PLUS Lora housed (contained? what’s a good word for corralled artfully?) her tags in one of the New and On Sale! Wooden Vintage Mini Crates! Distressed wooden mini crates that are also PERFECT for displaying/holding ATCs (the inside measures 4″ x 2″ — and the height of the crate is 3″). See the photo at left for the size (plus all 3 colors).

    And there’s a big brother size of the new crates, too: Wooden Vintage Photo Crates! Also in 3 colors, but large enough for 6″ x 4″ photos (and with cute (and functional) handholds cut into both ends). See the photo at left for both large and small crates. AND both sizes of crates have adorable little Mini File Folders that fit them.

    AND: Inspired by Lora’s adorable Christmas Tags and Mini Crate, I’ve put together an exclusive Alpha Stamps’ FREE mini kit with 3 nostalgic papers (with cute mittens with tiny snowflakes on them, plus 2 more coordinating papers including one with a tiny knitwear pattern) PLUS 3 antique silver finish snowflakes (3 different snowflakes, and only available in this gift kit)! Check below for today’s Giveaway that includes this gift kit (and goodies from Lora’s artwork).
     

     

    Hooray! A Mini Crate & Candy Canes Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Lora’s Christmas Tags and Mini Crate (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Wooden Vintage Mini Crate – White
    - Baroque Dresden Borders – Gold
    - Medium Wooden Finials
    - Mini Pom Pom Fringe
    - Giant Snowflakes
    - Antique Silver Ornament Bead – Small

    I added:
    - Peppermint Twist Buttons
    - 1/8 Inch Red Railroad Stripe Ribbon
    - Snowman Gift Tags Collage Sheet
    - Yuletide Greetings Ornaments Scrapbook Paper
    - Hanging by the Chimney with Care Collage Sheet
    - Tis the Season Dashing Reindeer Scrapbook Paper

    I also included these ribbons just put on Clearance Sale:
    - 1/8 Inch Red Satin Ribbon
    - Red Sheer Dots Ribbon

    And a Snowflakes and Mittens Gift Kit!

    To enter the Mini Crate & Candy Canes Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 24, 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 Potion & Poison Bottles Giveaway? That would be Katarinanavane! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    147 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 23rd, 2014

    Apothecary Book Tutorial by Laura Carson!

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


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

    Oooooooh lovies. The Mistress of Artistic Madness, Miz Laura Carson has created a most spectacular Hocus Pocus Inspired Book Apothecary.

    Instead of a book of spells, as in the movie Hocus Pocus, Laura’s book when opened up is an apothecary! You all know by now that I just adore apothecaries. Especially since I have quite a collection of items and “special” potions to fill an apothecary up with but let’s not start digressing so quickly!

    How awesome is the cover of the book? I love all of that texture, patina and of course, the eyeball looking out at you. Speaking of eyeballs, take a look a the side of the book. Laura used the Antique Bronze Pendant Setting with Claws and the 16mm Flat Back Eyeball Cabochons to keep the book closed. Don’t you think the book looks as if it was just found after a couple hundred of years lying in the attic of a centuries old house?

    To make the actual “book” Laura used two Tim Holtz Mini Configuration Books and hinged them together with the Large Butterfly Hinges – Brass. The old writing on the outside of the book is actually Creative Paper Clay that Laura stamped with The Raven Background Cling Stamp!

    Open up the book and wow. Specimens inside of Domed Apothecary Bottles, New! Spooky Halloween Keys, Antique Bronze 3D Skeleton Hand Charm, Pumpkin Pods, and oodles of Glass Bottles too numerous to name individually. So much fun to be had!

    (And since most of those goodies are all Halloween-themed, they’re ALL On Sale! for the nearing-its-end Halloween Sale!)

    I just know that you want your very own Hocus Pocus Inspired Book Apothecary. It’s a good thing that you do because Laura has created a video tutorial for you! You can find a list of supplies that Laura used and the video tutorial on Laura’s blog.

    AND, check out today’s Giveaway (below) that includes a ton of goodies from Laura’s project plus a big bunch of items just added to the Clearance Sale!

    Plus, don’t forget there’s still a FREE Gift kit available: Spider ATCs — and don’t fret, I happen to know that if you ask sweetly (in a note on your order) Leslie will sub a Witch ATC Kit if you’re afraid of spiders. (But really, scared?… that spider trying to speak to Miss Muffet, at left, is waving a top hat!)
     

     

    Hooray for the Potion & Poison Bottles Giveaway!

    I started with some (!) items from Laura’s Hocus Pocus Inspired Book Apothecary (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Little Potions Collage Sheet
    - Skeleton Slides Collage Sheet
    - Apothecary Labels #2 Collage Sheet
    - Apothecary Labels #1 Collage Sheet
    - Books Spines and Labels #1 Collage Sheet
    - Book Spines and Labels #2 Collage Sheet
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
    - Small Amber Bottles with Corks
    - Squat Little Bottles
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottles
    - Even Tinier Bottles
    - Mini Inkwell Bottles
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles
    - 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
    - 2 Inch Glass Bottles
    - 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork
    - Chunky Little Bottles
    - 16mm Flat Back Eyeball Cabochons
    - Antique Bronze Pendant Setting with Claws
    - Pumpkin Pods

    Then, a few New items that caught my eye:
    - Miniature Red Metal Pail
    - Miniature Tea Kettle Charm
    - Raw Brass Box Feet – Beehive

    AND, I added all of these goodies that have just been added to the Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!):
    - Small Hammered Ring
    - Vintage Patina Filigree Teardrop – 27mm
    - 3 Sapphire Cabs from the 10x8mm Deco Oval Settings & Cabs
    - 10x8mm Oval Raw Brass Settings
    - Skull Tattoos Ribbon

    To enter the Potion & Poison 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, October 20, 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 Spiders and Goblins Giveaway? That would be Katrina Bittle! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    155 Comments » Posted by MizBella, October 19th, 2014

    Back in Stock… October 18, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Paper Mache Treasure Chest

    Vintage Mechanicals – Mini Numbers

    Vintage Mechanicals – Gears

    The Raven Scrapbook Paper

    Resin Frame – Ornate Rectangle

    BeesWax Pellets

    Scary Cat Charms – Antique Silver

    Owl Charms – Antique Silver

    Small Round Crowns (no loop)

    Petite Resin Frame Set

    Bird Cut-Outs

    Set of Fancy Gothic Windows

    Gilders Paste – Patina

    Alcohol Inks – Pesto

    Fancy ATC Frame

    ATC Gothic Arches

    Miniature Carving Knives

    Dimensional Snow Writer

    Amber Even Tinier Bottles

    Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Dyeable

    Mini Masonite Shrine – Circus*

    Coffin Shrine Kit (Traditional Casket)*

    Miniature Wooden Fire Place

    Pewter Dollhouse Tea Service

    Vintage Mechanicals Bottle Caps

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 18th, 2014

    Spiders & Goblin Tins (+ New Giveaway & FREE Spider Kit!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Halloween, Newsletters, Tutorials

    Hey all. This will be a short but sweet (or spooky?) intro as I’m feeling a bit under the weather. (And we’re actually having some weather — not a big rain storm, but we’ll take what we can get in this drought.)

    It’s getting close to Halloween… but I hear you re: wanting Halloween to continue all year. I did find one late-to-the-party line of Halloween papers: Haunted Hollow. Cute and colorful! See below for photos.

    And there is New Glitter! Really lovely — big chunks of vintage-looking glass glitter. And in beautiful colors.

    Plus 2 projects by the Design Team using the October Goblins Kit! I’m handing this off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) to introduce Jeanne Draachreider’s clever Goblin Tins.

    Oh, I almost forgot: Spiders! Today’s new Spider ATCs FREE Gift Kit has a spider theme — and there’s a related New and On Sale! Miss Muffet and the Spider Collage Sheet! Plus check below for today’s Giveaway for a few more spiders mixed in with the goblins from Jeanne’s project.
     


    Sale! Special Pricing! Six-pack of Goblins in a Tin. Hurry before they’re all gone!

    Who knew that goblins came in a handy, dandy, six-pack? Can they make teenagers behave? If so I’ll take two sets! Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider created the adorable stacking set of goblins that are each housed in their own tin.


    Jeanne fussy-cut goblin images from the October 2014 – Goblins Kit and placed them each in a Large Square Tin. That Jeanne is so thoughtful. If you don’t want to leave the goblins laying out and about with a chance the little menaces can get free from their enclosures, she also created a place to house them in as well, with a Square Tea Tin. Mind you, the Square Tea Tin also has feet she created on the bottom of it.. The feet are set up with a 1/4 Inch Wooden Dowel that has been cut to size, so just know that it can take off on its own at any time!

    To color the individual tins Jeanne used Gilders Paste. To make the Square Tea Tin look like it had been hanging around the forest for ages, she used Deco Art Perfect Crackle. After it was dry she used the Vintage Photo Distress Ink & Stain Set to get into all those cool cracks and crannies.

    So cute these little naughties are, I’m sure you’re going to want your own. So guess what? Jeanne created a tutorial so you can make your very own set of Goblins in a Tin! Check out her Supply List then head on over to Jeanne’s blog to read all about not only how to make it, but read about the sweet habits of each goblin.
     

     

    Hooray! A Spiders and Goblins Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Jeanne’s Goblins in a Tin (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Large Square Tin
    - Square Tea Tin
    - Goblins Collage Sheet
    - Green Goblins Collage Sheet
    - Goblin Labels Collage Sheet
    - Goblin Trees Collage Sheet
    - Brimstone Bulletin Scrapbook Paper

    I also included these spidery items:
    - Antique Bronze Spider Pendant
    - Long Antique Bronze Skull Spider Pendant
    - Miss Muffet and the Spider Collage Sheet
    - Spider ATCs Gift Kit

    And a set of New and On Sale! Mini Potion Bottle Masonite Charms!

    To enter the Spiders and Goblins Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 17, 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 Ghosts & Zombies Giveaway? That would be Jeanne Kelly! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    119 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 16th, 2014

    From Halloween Zombies to Christmas Brownies!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    What a jam-packed newsletter! We’re ping-ponging from Halloween Zombies to Christmas Brownies — and check out the cute artwork from the recent Black Bird Swap, hosted by Caroline Ouzts-Hay in the Gallery! (And the preview at right is by Sue Van Landingham!)

    Reminder: Because of the new Tim Holtz tag from Thursday’s Newsletter, I’ve put the ENTIRE Tim Holtz Products Section On Sale! Over 300 products (and that includes a couple New Christmas items below)! Catch ‘em quick ’cause the sale ends TODAY, Sunday, October 12th!

     


    How sweet, Teri Calia is sharing pictures of her family with us today!

    To show off her adorable, My Creepy Relatives, Teri created 2 New Collage Sheets: Creepy Cabinet Cards and Spooky Cabinet Cards. (And since the Halloween Sale is still going on, both are On Sale!) Teri used the Black Resin Gothic Halloween Frame Set with background papers from the Spooky 12×12 Collection Kit for each photo. It is so lovely that Teri would want to share her family with all of us.

    “There’s Cousin Phaedra who’s a bit of a clothes horse… just look at her hat and fur. She wouldn’t be caught dead without them.” Hee!

    I happen to know that Phaedra’s perfectly applied red lipstick is drawn on with Copic Sketch Marker – Lipstick Red.

    Feel free to peruse Teri’s Supply List before you join Teri for a cup tea and family gossip over at her blog.
     


    Next we have a delightful Christmas Brownie Plaque by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers). Bella says:

    I embossed the New! Spellbinders Embossing Folder – Merry Christmas image using the Vintaj Silver Foil Sheets, then cut the image out. Laid image on a craft mat and then used the Vintaj Patina in Aged Bronze over it (from the Metal Patinas – Ancient Coin set), rubbing it around with my finger. Used a paper towel to remove some of the excess patina and then after it fully dried I used the Metal Reliefing Block over the raised part of image.

    Then I decorated the embossed tree with images from the Holiday Brownies Rubber Stamp Set (including one Brownie riding an Oh Deer Resin Charm!), Miniature Pinecone Picks and Platinum Stickles.

    Too cute! Hey, speaking of Brownies, don’t forget there are quite a few of them in the Goblin Labels Collage Sheet from the October Goblins Kit. And Lora Mahaffey made good use of those Brownies on her project from last Thursday’s Newsletter (see photo at right).

    AND, don’t forget there’s still a FREE Gift kit available: Ghoulish Green Bead & Charms — and check today’s Giveaway (below) for a bunch of new items put on Clearance Sale!
     

     

    Hooray for the Ghosts & Zombies Giveaway!

    I started with some items from Teri’s My Creepy Relatives (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Creepy Cabinet Cards Collage Sheet
    - 2mm Rhinestone Chain – Topaz
    - Metal Flowers (Roses)
    - Metal Flowers (Roses) – 15mm Gold
    - Metal Flowers (Roses) – 6mm Gold
    - Perched Owl Buttons

    Then, a few related ghosts or zombies (or Back in Stock or related to the roses Teri used!) that caught my eye:
    - Spooky Cabinet Cards Collage Sheet
    - Small Paper Mache House
    - Metal Flowers (Roses) – 6mm Bronze
    - Ghost Charms
    - Zombie Charms
    - Spooky Ghost Buttons
    - Ceramic Ghost Bead

    AND, I added all of these goodies that have just been added to the Clearance Sale:
    - Mango Orange Seam Binding
    - Periwinkle Seam Binding
    - 3 Inch White Cube Boxes
    - Striped Kraft Envelopes – Red
    - Striped Kraft Envelopes – White
    - ATC Size Kraft Envelopes
    - Printed Kraft Envelopes Set

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

    To enter the Ghosts & Zombies 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, MONDAY NIGHT, October 13, 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 Goblins & Brownies Giveaway? That would be Carmen Willis! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    96 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 12th, 2014

    BIG Tim Holtz Sale (+ Artwork by Lora Mahaffey & New Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    A brief intro before I hand this newsletter off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) (to tell you all about that clever goblin project by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey shown in the large photo below). (And note: today’s Giveaway (farther below) is all about Lora’s goblin project!)

    We’re now at the tenth “Tag of the Month” that Tim Holtz has made for 2014: A colorful Halloween Tag using lots of the New Distress Spray Stains and a simple masked texture technique. So I’ve just put his ENTIRE supplies list On Sale! And here’s his detailed October Tag Tutorial.

    Did I say On Sale!? Because of the new Tim Holtz tag and a big bunch of New Christmas Items by Tim Holtz (note: pics of the new goodies are below), I’ve put the ENTIRE Tim Holtz Products Section On Sale! Over 300 products! Catch ‘em quick ’cause the sale will end this Sunday, October 12th!
     


    The Design Team Member with a knack for cackle and mischief herself, Lora Mahaffey has created Eeek! Goblins! Ooooooh Goblins! Mischievous little creatures who love shiny things and can be a bit on the greedy side. Hmm. Sounds like I’m describing little children, doesn’t it? Anyways…

    This is a set of Goblin plaques that Lora designed with the Goblin Labels Collage Sheet from the October Goblins Kit.

    Each piece has either a 1 Inch or a 1-1/2 Inch Wooden Cube Block attached to the back, with the backs painted black so they would all look cohesive and sort of disappear. Lora says:

    “The block is there for two reason… one is to be support for a flat piece, but the other is so that you can stack and change the pieces into lots of different configurations.”

    When you get bored with one way it’s displayed you can mix it up and display it another way. So very clever the Mischiefmeister is!

    Lora drew house templates on graph paper and then cut them out. Then she traced them onto 12×12 Chipboard, covering them with paper from the Arsenic and Lace 12×12 Collection Kit. After that, being Lora of course, she used a lot of Baroque Dresden Borders (my favorite black Dresden!) and also the Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders.

    “I cut out the wee goblins from the Goblin Labels Collage Sheet, colored them with Copic markers and used foam tape to adhere them. The foam tape also gave some dimension to the little buggers.”

    Well I think the little buggers are adorable, don’t you? Speaking of Copic markers — we have the same colors that Lora used! New colors to choose from are Amethyst, Pumpkin Yellow, Salad, Anise, and Slate. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to add these new colors to my collection!

    Here’s a list of components that Lora used and after you get done creating mischief for yourself there, head on over to Lora’s blog for more pictures and details.

    Oh, how could I forget? There’s a new FREE Gift Kit! Leslie pulled together a little Ghoulish Green Bead & Charm Gift Kit inspired by all those “31s” in Lora’s artwork! Click on the photo at left for more info.
     


     Back in Stock 


    Garden Insects Cut-Outs
    (Also in Lora's artwork, and On Sale!)


    House Trinket Shrine Kit
    (Also in Lora's artwork, and On Sale!)


    Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charms
    On Sale!


    Domed Apothecary Bottles

     

    Hooray! A Goblins & Brownies Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Lora’s Eeek! Goblins! (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - October 2014 – Goblins Kit (which also includes a Black Baroque Dresden Border, like the ones Lora used)
    - Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Crow and Skull (the back side with the orange pattern shows in the photo)
    - Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Outs
    - Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
    - Bat Cut-Outs
    - 12×12 Chipboard
    - 1 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - 1-1/2 Inch Wooden Cube Block

    I also included a Queer People Collage Sheet (for some more Brownies).

    And a Ghoulish Green Bead & Charm Gift Kit!

    To enter the Goblins & Brownies Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 10, 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 Goblins Kit Giveaway? That would be Sandy! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    122 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 9th, 2014

    New Goblins Kit, New Collage Sheets, New Halloween Goodies

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Halloween, Newsletters

    Our October kit is Goblins! This kit took a bit of a detour from “ghosts and goblins” to (just) “goblins.” I found lots of images, from cute (like the adorable Brownies) to more sinister (though those ghosts may be lurking around for a future project). There are some trolls and dwarves mixed in, too. Plus the Brimstone Bulletin Scrapbook Paper (just one of four papers included in the kit) has some fun faux-vintage labels like “Prize Pumpkins… grown with care & enriched with goblin spit.”

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

    New! Goblins Collage Sheet (A nice mix of styles here, from impish to a little creepy. And some of these are used in Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s Gravestones and Goblins artwork shown below.)

    New! Green Goblins Collage Sheet (Not all green, but those green guys at the top, all reaching and grasping, have lots of collage art possibilities.)

    New! Goblin Trees Collage Sheet (From the trees themselves being fairly creepy to scary creatures in the trees (and a whole flock of little goblin imps… following the Pied Piper? I don’t remember that part of the story).)

    New! Goblin Labels Collage Sheet (Oh my, just look at those cuties! Labels for either Goblin Grog or Goblin Potions. And note the tiny text on the larger labels (“Don’t you want what they had?” and “When you need time to hide”).)

    The largest labels are approx. 2-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ (with a bit of trim on the sides, they could be a background for an ATC or they perfectly fit the width of a Medium Manila Tag). Also shown in the small photo with 2″ Glass Bottles.

    The kit also includes four full-size sheets of New and On Sale! Scrapbook Paper (see below for photos, and/or more photos on the Goblins Kit Page):
      - Brimstone Bulletin Scrapbook Paper
      - Brimstone Damask Scrapbook Paper
      - Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Floral
      - Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Paper – Charcoal

    And check out the Gravestones and Goblins (at left) by Kristin Batsel! I love the goblins draped around the gravestones, and the little touches like the tiny bits of moss “growing” on the stonework. Read more on Kristin’s blog (including tips on cutting the little niches in the tops of the paper mache tombstones). And here’s a link to Kristin’s Supply List.

    Today's Giveaway includes the new kit and a few goodies used in Kristin’s artwork! More info below.

    And, in honor of this month's theme, I've extended the Halloween Sale through October 26th!
    - 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 new collage sheets in the kit!),
    - The ENTIRE Halloween Rubber Stamps Section (Including a new set shown below!)

    And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a Ornate Frame & Keys FREE Gift Kit. FREE for all orders over $20 through Wednesday, October 8th (more info an a photo are below).
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: The House of Poe by Laura Carson


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with The House of Poe by Laura Carson

    Miniature Lion Head Handle - Round
    Miniature Lion Head Handle - Round
    New!


    In honor of Laura Carson's amazing House of Poe, I've put together this little exclusive Alpha Stamps' mini kit with an ornate antiqued frame and 3 tiny keys! FREE for all orders over $20 through Wed., October 8th!

     

    Hooray for the Goblins Kit Giveaway!

    Wow! In addition to a Goblins Kit

    I’ve also included a few items Kristin used in her artwork shown above (Psst! all of these are On Sale!):
    - Paper Mache Tombstones Set
    - Plastic Skeleton
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - Resin Skull Beads
    - All Hallows Eve Potions & Alphabet Stickers New!
    - White Turquoise Skull Beads

    And a couple more NEW things that were calling out to me:
    - Black 3D Candelabra
    - Gargoyle Pendant – Brass Oxide

    And my bottle samples using the New! Goblin Labels Collage Sheet:
    - 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottle
    - 2 Inch Glass Bottles

    To enter the Goblins 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, October 7, 2014 — per requests I’ve added an extra day).

    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 Griffins & Book Spines & Bats (oh, my) Giveaway? That would be Kay H! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    118 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 5th, 2014