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    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.

      
    61 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

    New Double Dot Paper Collection & Artwork by Rhea

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit


    Design Team Member Rhea Freitag’s Little Red Riding Hood Arch is lovely! From her inventive use of an upside-down Door Pull as an awning, to the wolf hiding behind the embossed metal doors (using the New and On Sale! Vintage Brass Stable Doors) I love how this piece came together!

    Rhea started her project with an arch shape cut using the Movers & Shapers Base Die – Arch Frame. Then a second, smaller arch using the coordinating Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die Set – Arches. (And I particularly like how she tinted the Color Me Ebony Nostalgia Flowers and Lace Scrapbook Paper paper on that inner arch.)

    Then comes the beautiful metal doors… actually a set of doors over a matching brass door frame. See below for the wolf hiding behind the doors!

    As you can see, the metal door set would also be perfect for making a tiny booklet (to use alone or as a pendant). And although the embossing folder Rhea used for the texture is no longer available, I found a similar French Script Metal Texture Plate that would work well (and 2 more new texture plates are also listed below). Plus, all 3 are On Sale!

    Here’s the link to Rhea’s Supply List. And Rhea’s blog post, too!

    We’re winding up a month’s worth of little houses featuring Little Red Riding Hood. Which means… this Sunday will be the announcement of the September Kit theme! (If you’re a subscriber, your kit is probably in transit or you may have already received it).

    Reminder: ALL Buttons are On Sale! through TOMORROW (Friday, August 29th — see the August 24th Newsletter for more info).

    Check out the New Fall Fish or Goodbye to Summer FREE Gift Kit! Plus, don’t forget to enter the new Giveaway! (More info is below.)
     


     New Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Papers  ALL On Sale!  View all the colors

    A new addition to the popular double dot line! 12" x 12" double-sided cardstock sheet with a distressed chevron pattern on the front (with 1/4"ish sized dots on the back, with faint French typewriter text both in the dots and in the tinted background). On Sale!

     

     

    Hooray! A Tan & Red Riding Hood Giveaway!

    (I know… it looks a lot more colorful than just tan and red… but see that photo below on the left side? The 12×12 papers in the Giveaway — without the addition of the green ones from the new clearance items — are really, mainly tan and red!)

    In addition to these goodies from Rhea’s Little Red Riding Hood Arch (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Red Riding Hood #1 Collage Sheet
    - Red Riding Hood #3 Collage Sheet
    - Color Me Ebony Nostalgia Flowers and Lace Scrapbook Paper
    - Mixed Red Tiny Paper Roses

    I included:
    - 1 spool from the Zebra Wire Multi Color Mini Set (New!)
    - Red Music Scrapbook Paper (ok… that’s actually used in Rhea’s artwork, too, but she listed the Little Red Riding Hood Add-On Kit and this paper is in that kit)
    - 1/2 Inch Red Paper Roses
    - Tan & Red Music Scrapbook Paper
    - Monarch Brocade Varnished Scrapbook Paper
    - Shadow Box Shrine Kit – Gothic Arch (I had to get an archway in there!)

    And one of the New Fall Fish or Goodbye to Summer FREE Gift Kits.

    AND all 5 of the New Clearance Items:
    - Phantom Apparition Scrapbook Paper
    - Phantom Enchantress Scrapbook Paper
    - Embossed Paper Elm Leaves
    - Embossed Paper Oak Leaves
    - Poinsettias Gilded Mix

    Plus 3 more sheets from that Phantom Scrapbook Paper Collection (including one that just sold out).

    (Yes! All of these goodies, including the new clearance items in the photo below, are included in the Giveaway!)

    To enter the Tan & Red Riding Hood 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, August 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 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 A Twisty Halloween Giveaway? That would be Holly Day! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    84 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 28th, 2014

    Little Red Riding Hood with a Halloween Twist

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tutorials

    Well, that was impressive! The earthquake this morning was a reminder of those North Bay Faults. I’m still picking up a few things (and one of the cats is yet to be seen) but we’re all fine.

    So, on to Miz Bella’s
    introduction to Laura’s inspired Halloween take on Little Red Riding Hood. Then, beside the new goodies and a recap of the current FREE Gift Kit, there’s a new Button Sale in honor of hte Halloween buttons in today’s Giveaway.


    Worthy of Grandma’s hot buttered buns is Little Red Riding Hood with a Halloween Twist by Laura Carson!

    Laura removed one of the panels from the Paper Mache House Accordion Shrine to make the base for Grandma’s house. If you notice on the outside of the house there are stones covering the Red Music Scrapbook Paper and the Black French Script Scrapbook Paper from the Little Red Riding Hood Kit!
    FAUX stones created using the Stone Wall Stencil and Texture Sand. (Better stock up on this — I think it’s Laura’s new favorite product!) The Texture Sand is what gives the delightfully decrepit, falling apart appearance to the “stonework.” Hmm. My body must be made out of Texture Sand because it is also decrepit and falling apart as I am STILL sick after two weeks but I digress!!

    To give Little Red Riding Hood more of a Halloween feel Laura used Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Outs on the front of the house, Dead Tree Cut-outs on the back of the house along with Resin Owls, Martha Stewart Halloween Glittered Bats and Moon Stickers and Small Plastic Pumpkins.

    The fantabulous Laura has put together a lovely step-by-step tutorial that will take you through making your own Little Red Riding Hood Haunted Book. Don’t have a small book to use? Guess what? She shows you how to make one! Seriously, I need to package that woman’s energy. Before you go happily skipping off to hang out with Miz Crafty Carson, check out her Supply List.

    OK, now you can take your buns on over to Laura’s blog!
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Little Red Riding Hoodlum   


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with a wicked story by Jeanne Draachreider about a sweet little girl named Little Red Riding Hood... who had an evil twin!

    Black Chalkstock Tombstone Stickers*
    Black Chalkstock Tombstone Stickers On Sale! (plus 3 more Distress Mini Ink Kits — and ALL 12 sets are On Sale!)


    Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kit!

    I've put together this little exclusive Alpha Stamps' mini kit containing FIVE scrapbook papers (with a mix of patterns in a dark, moody palette) AND 2 each of the New Gold and Silver Tiny Skull Beads! More info.

     

    Hooray! It’s A Twisty Halloween Giveaway!

    I picked out these goodies in Laura’s artwork (that’s a link to photos of everything in her supply list):
    - Little Red Riding Hood Kit
    - Halloween Carnival #2 Collage Sheet
    - Red Riding Hood #3 Collage Sheet
    - The Wolf at the Door Collage Sheet
    - Red Music Scrapbook Paper
    - Tan & Red Music Scrapbook Paper

    AND these SEVEN New and On Sale items:
    - 4mm Beaded Chain – Orange and Black
    - Skull Connectors
    - Antique Bronze 3D Skeleton Hand Charm
    - 3D Skull Charm – Bronze
    - 3D Skull Charm – Silver
    - Haunted House Clear Stamp
    - Miniature Pumpkin

    And, Four Halloween Buttons (Plus all buttons are on sale thru Friday, August 29th):
    - a Dead Tree Button
    - a Crescent Moon Button
    - a Haunted House Button
    - a Scaredy Cat Button

    To enter the A Twisty Halloween 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, August 25, 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 Bloody Red Riding Hood Giveaway? That would be Kathy Sorensen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    111 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 24th, 2014

    Little Red Riding Hoodlum & New Halloween Fodder

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Design Team, Newsletters, Red Riding Hood Kit, Tim Holtz


    Hee! Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider’s Little Red Riding Hoodlum Artwork is a kick! I didn’t even have room to show the other panel from the Paper Mache House Accordion Shrine (but that wolf is a pretty sophisticated animal, who is not prepared for the hunter at his door).

    And Jeanne provides a great tutorial for how to make a similar shrine, including that hand-crafted wolf skull on the coffin (see lower right of the photo at right).

    I’ll let Jeanne explain her project:

    Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl named Little Red Riding Hood… who had an evil twin! This is the story of Little Red Riding Hoodlum, a self-appointed Wolf Hunter. An evil wind always whirls about her causing her red cape (red from blood?) and ribbon ties to stream in the wind. Even as she walks through a happy forest her evil aura turns the trees black and gnarled. A black gargoyle watches over her every move, and a vulture has discovered following her a worthwhile endeavor! Meals on wheels! She skulks through the dark forest in her black mask (incognito) hunting down wolves. She pulls a little red wagon (sweetly childlike) with a coffin (how demented) along with her. There is a wolf skull on top and she’s marked off how many wolves have fallen prey to her relentless hunt already. She is well equipped for her task with bloody axe and knife… and as she tap tap, taps on the wolf’s door with her bloody knife… Oh wait… don’t worry! Fairy tales have happy endings, don’t you know? It’s really Halloween night and she’s playing a trick on Monsieur Wolf, and won’t he be amused. Yeah, that’s it… Halloween… sure.

    Here’s the link to Jeanne’s Supply List. And Jeanne’s tutorial, too!

    And a reminder: TODAY (August 21st) is the final day of the Brothers’ Grimm Collage Sheet Sale!

    I also want to mention the New Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kit! Plus, don’t forget to enter the new Giveaway (more info below)!
     



     New FREE Gift Kit And the winners of the Dragonfly Chipboard Tabbed Albums!

    WINNERS of the Special Dragonfly Chipboard Tabbed Album Giveaway
    (for TEN lucky winners — randomly chosen from all orders placed August 14th through 18th):
    Joan Allard
    Suzy Bee
    Rita Juran Johnson
    Sarah Dressler
    Terry Webster
    Julie Snow
    Tawnya Payton
    Corry Bouland
    Daisy McGillvrey
    Denise Abell

    Congratulations! Your albums are shipping with your orders.


    Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kit!

    I've put together this little exclusive Alpha Stamps' mini kit containing FIVE scrapbook papers (with a mix of patterns in a dark, moody palette) AND 2 each of the New Gold and Silver Tiny Skull Beads! More info.


     

     

    Hooray! A Bloody Red Riding Hood Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Jeanne’s Little Red Riding Hoodlum Artwork (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Little Red Riding Hood Kit
    - ATC Hutch and ATC Box Shrine Fence (New)
    - Coffin Shrine Kit (Traditional Casket)
    - Dazzles Black Thin Lines Sticker
    - Miniature Red Wagon

    I included
    - A Ceramic Ghost Bead (New!)
    - Tiny Skull Beads – Gold (New!)
    - Tiny Skull Beads – Silver (New!)
    - A set of Even Tinier Bottles (see the photo at right showing a bottle with one of those tiny skull beads on top).

    And one of the New Spooky Skulls FREE Gift Kits.

    AND all 3 of the New Clearance Items:
    - Odd Black Cat Postcard
    - Midnight Stitched Leaves
    - Haunted House Stickers

    (Yes! All of these goodies, including the new clearance items in the photo below, are included in the Giveaway!)

    To enter the Bloody Red Riding Hood 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, August 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 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 Dr. Raven’s Halloween Giveaway? That would be Bonnie! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    125 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 21st, 2014