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    A Creepy Crib & Carriage Plus 1:12 Furniture SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    We are nearing October. That phrase may bring delight or despair (omg… so much to do before Halloween!) but it is true. So let’s enjoy the closing weeks of September with 2 amusingly macabre baby projects by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper, worthy of Charles Addams!

     
    Two Creepy Halloween Minis by Shannon Cooper!

    Ah… it’s A Creepy Crib (one of TWO tiny creepy creations today)! Yes, I may have had a hand in choosing some of the components but Shannon may misremember the entire conversation which led to this. :)

    I’ll let Shannon continued this story:

    Today’s project was a collaboration between Leslie and I; we were talking about Hallowe’en, of course, miniatures, and babies?? I can’t quite remember exactly how babies became part of the conversation (demon spawn may have been mentioned…) but next thing I knew, there was a package from Alpha Stamps in my mailbox. Inside was a plastic bag with some parts and the words “crib?” on the outside. Hmmm, well okay!

    Inside the bag was a Bagatelle Box – 2×3 Inches, a few Miniature Gothic Fences, and four Short Cabriole Legs. That was the perfect start to a very creepy crib! I added a Miniature Reliquary as a headboard and a few claws…

    Me interrupting for a sec: that glass cab over an eyeball image and the skull on the headboard: divine! And a word about the rubber stamp set that skull came from: it was delayed a bit as the engraver moved (I know, such a Victorian process to making rubber stamps!) but they’ve settled in and the stamps will be arriving soon!

    Good work, Shannon!! I (also) particularly like the baby rattle on the pillow, made from a tiny skull bead (see the close-up below… between the 2 preview pics of Shannon’s tutorial on how to make the crib and the mattress!)

    Moving on to the second project today: Wednesday’s Doll Pram! Wow! I love this! Shannon used the new Mini Baby Carriage (psst: also in the flash sale!), plus a doll and spider charms (and don’t miss those slices of gargoyle polymer cane on the wheels!) to make this wee wonder!

    The figurine got me thinking of Wednesday Addams and her little dollies, so I pretty much immediately sawed off the head of the figurine after painting it.

    And then glued it to the carriage.

    Of course you did! Go visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos and tips! Plus here’s her TWO supply lists: A Creepy Crib and Wednesday’s Doll Pram. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and the Dollhouse Furniture FLASH Sale!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies: Lots of Dollhouse Furniture!

    And those resin skulls?! What a find! They work for 1:12 scale, too!

    Click here to see everything new today (14 items). Plus read on as lots of today’s new items are included in the flash sale!

     
    ALL 1:12 Scale Dollhouse Furniture ON SALE!

    Wow! 50 options! including all of those new furniture items shown above!

    This is a 25% off sale. The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, FRIDAY, September 20th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 19th, 2019

    2 New Shrines & Artwork, New (tiny) Halloween Goodies!

    Filed under Art Projects, Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Ooh! We have a new shrine today in TWO sizes — and look how cute (and how different) it looks with or without the doors. Artwork using both sizes below, so read on!

     
    The Alchemist’s Oracle by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey!

    Wow! This is so beautiful! And so much thought and time went into all the little details. I’ll let Lora start off this intro (and scroll down a bit to see the wide photo showing more angles):

    Oooh, this piece is kind of mysterious. In my mind the alchemist is using the oracle for calculating his transformational formulas. The planetary dials moving in sync with each other creating whispering harmonies, stopping at certain curvatures and creating patterns for the alchemist to study.

    Or maybe… The mouse is the oracle. Sitting on his stool, interpreting the rotations like a fortune teller or a Tarot reader.

    That is one smart mouse. Hey, stranger things can happen.

    I drilled a hole in the back of the shadowbox (after gluing my chosen papers on the sides and back) to allow for the tea light flame to stick through.

    Right after I did that I realized that the doors would not fit properly, so I decided not to use them. Too bad, because I had a fun thing I was going to do. Ah, well. Save it for next time!

    After the final fussing was done in the interior and on the outside, the facade was glued on.

    The runes are just completely made up. If they say anything it was an accident! (Or maybe I was channeling the mouse!)

    Good work, Lora!! I particularly like the bent piece of filigree on top of the front (as a holder for the Round Glass Dome), and (of course) drilling the hole and inserting the tea light so the sun lights up. Oh, one more thing: happy accident that those half scale bookcases fit on the sides to hold all of the bottles and whatnot!

    Go visit Lora’s blog post for more photos and tips! Plus here’s Lora’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies (more artwork!) and a New HALLOWEEN FLASH Sale!
     

    New Goodies: Shrines, Filigree & Halloween!

    Click here to see everything new today (13 items).

     
    Happy Halloween Tiny Shrine by Shannon Cooper!

    Design Team Member Shannon Cooper made a silly (adorably silly!) Halloween shrine with the smaller of the new shrines. (I know! Looks completely different than Lora’s shrine above… those shrines are versatile!)

    From Shannon’s blog post:

    I basically just covered the entire shrine with paper from the Happy Halloween 6×6 Paper Pad and painted the inside. There’s a Creepy Tree in there, and a Tiny Tombstone, an Articulated Skeleton (ahem, his name is Hubert), as well as a snippet of Gothic fence! Hubert is holding a Halloween flag made from a toothpick and some text from the Retro Halloween Cards & Tags Collage Sheet. And since I live in a spooky southern city, I had to add creepy moss to the tree. Fall foliage was used to cover the bottom. This shrine is about 1/2″ deep and held all of that with room to spare. Pretty impressive!

    I am impressed! So much fun in a small space! And note: those spider webs on the doors are included in the flash sale! More info below!

    Visit Shannon’s blog for more fun photos and don’t forget her supply list to find all those Halloween supplies!

    Oh my, look at those treat bags below! Shannon also whipped up some super cute (and super easy) bags using papers from the Happy Halloween and All Hallows’ Eve papers (and images from the Retro Halloween Party Invitations Collage Sheet). More info also on the same blog post!

     
    EVERYTHING tagged Halloween in the Collage Supplies Section ON SALE!

    Wow! This is big! All kinds of items, from paper flowers (black, of course) to glitter to die-cut shapes (tons of shapes)! See the tags at the top of the sale section for more categories. 120 options!

    This is a 25% off sale, however, anything on clearance in this group are marked down to 50% off! (Includes some coffins, spiders & pumpkins, too!)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, Monday, September 16th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything! And catch those 50% off clearance items before they sell out!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 15th, 2019

    Halloween Banners & House Shrines & Dresden, oh my!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Pierrot/Harlequin/Carnival, Sale

    Before I show off Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s new artwork, here’s a fun Halloween banner that she made a couple years ago — with the Black Triangular Chipboard Banner Pennants that are back in stock! Those black pennants are in stock in TWO sizes — and they are on sale at 30% off! More info about Kristin’s Spooky Halloween Banner is in the blog and/or see the supply list.

     
    Circus Town by Kristin Batsel!

    I love these little circus shrines!

    I just brought back the 4 sizes of Mini House Shadowboxes — Kristin shows a great way to use the large and small version of the same shape in her project. (Those 2 links are for the chunkier houses from the series; Kristin also used the slightly slimmer Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses #3 — 2 of them of her array of 5… see the wide photo below for all 5.)

    We had discontinued the “mini” size… as you guys like the tiniest version of everything! But all 4 are now back on the site!

    And Kristin used the tiny circus prints in the Greatest Show 6×6 Paper Pad beautifully (of course: Kristin loves the circus theme)! The little stripes (and stripes with dots) are perfect for using as borders around the front edges of the houses. (And there are 2 larger paper pads in that line, too, in case you want more options.)

    Here’s a bit of the intro from Kristin’s blog post:

    A friend of mine recently introduced me to feves, and I’m not sure how I feel about that; once I saw them, I had to purchase some. If you are unfamiliar with feves, they are small trinkets hidden in a king cake or similar dessert. You know, like the plastic babies you can buy at the party store. BUT, the feves my friend introduced to me are no plastic babies: they are porcelain feves from France. There are all sorts of feves to be found on etsy: animals, kitchen accessories, and cartoon characters, just to name a few. I found a set that is circus themed and it was all over. They are mine.

    Of course I need a way to display them, so I looked to Alpha Stamps and found the cutest little houses, perfect to make a circus town! They also had the perfect paper needed to decorate the houses: “The Greatest Show” 6×6 Pad. It’s gorgeous! I had fun mixing and matching the papers on each of the houses. For scale, the tallest house in the center is 3-1/4″ tall, minus the flag.

    Go visit Kristin’s blog post for more photos! Plus here’s Kristin’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and a New FLASH Sale!
     

    New & Back in Stock Goodies: Tons of Dresden!

    Just in time for Halloween projects! (And Christmas… check out those trees!) Click here to see everything new today (19 items).

     
    ALL Die-Cut 3D Chipboard Kits ON SALE!

    Woohoo! This is big! And includes the Mini AND Tiny Houses mentioned above! over 130 options!

    This is a 25% off sale, however, anything on clearance in this group are marked down to 50% off!

    Note: this sale is on Die-Cut 3D items in the Collage Supplies section (shrines, shadowboxes, books… but does not include room boxes or furniture in the Miniatures section).

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, FRIDAY, September 13th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything! And catch those 50% off clearance items before they sell out!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 12th, 2019

    Alice in Wonderland Tunnel Book by Laura Carson plus ALICE SALE!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Digital Images, Laura Carson, Sale, Tutorials

    Wow! There is so much fun Alice-y detail in this 6×6 Tunnel Book by Design Team Member Laura Carson! I tried to zoom in on just one of the inside pages (plus a close-up of part of the cover) in the first wide photo below, but I think I could still spend half an hour taking it all in!

    Here’s a bit of the intro from Laura’s blog post:

    This is the second in a series of tunnel book video tutorials with this one focusing on Alice in Wonderland. For this project, I created a large new digital image set titled “Strange People” which includes images from my other Strange People collage sheets plus a ton more. You can see some of them framed as pictures on the wall below, I thought they fit right in with the story’s strange and whimsical characters.

    If you aren’t familiar with tunnel books, they are made by connecting a series of pages with the first page having the largest hole and each subsequent page having a smaller hole than the one before, giving the book a tunnel effect. Adding to the tunnel effect are the images on each page that slightly protrude into the openings. The way I designed this book, the tunnel effect works no matter which direction you look (from the front to the back of from the back to the front).

    My approach was to illustrate several of my favorite Alice in Wonderland scenes although I couldn’t resist adding Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and Humpty Dumpty from Through the Looking Glass.

    In the video tutorial, I’ll walk you through how I assembled the book and how to make the mini Alice book on the cover.

    Here’s another close-up from the cover (plus an image from Laura’s tutorial video… and a sideview of the spines (showing the depth of the 3D mini book when viewed from the side).

    Note: Laura provides lots of images FREE to construct your own tunnel book, like the spines that look like tall playing cards and the pages for the mini book!

    You’ll just have to go visit Laura’s blog post for more tips and photos and that tutorial video!

    Plus here’s Laura’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that ALL THINGS ALICE Sale!

    Oh! Laura mentions an older 4×4 tunnel book she made at the end of her tutorial; here’s a photo of it plus the chipboard frame set (still in stock!) that she used (she also cut 2 more pages with smaller circles to give the full “tunnel effect”. Note: that chipboard set was used in a Peek-a-Boo Card Swap so there’s lots more eye candy!


     

    New Goodies: lots of molds today!

    Click here to see everything new today.

     
    Everything ALICE ON SALE!

    This is a 25% off sale, however, anything on clearance or digital image sets or rubber stamps in this group are marked down to 50% off!

    This is a BIG GROUP: over 160 options (from charms to collage sheets to chipboard frames)!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, MONDAY, September 9th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything! And catch those 50% off clearance items before they sell out!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 8th, 2019

    Halloween artwork by Nichola Battilana plus CANDY!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Happy Halloween Kit, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Before I show off Design Team Member Nichola Battilana’s adorable Halloween Tins… Halloween got me thinking of CANDY and this new tiny candy set! (Actually there are THREE new sets of tiny treats; more on those below but let’s stick to HALLOWEEN CANDY right now!) This Polymer Clay Halloween Slice Mix is a custom mix of thin slices of polymer clay canes. Perfect for a bowl of sweets in a minature scene. And, yes, those are tiny black bats and candy corn! Shown in 2 tiny bowls for size ideas: the new Set of Clear Candy Bowls and the larger White Serving Bowls. And all three of those items are included in today’s flash sale!

     
    Halloween Tins by Nichola Battilana!

    Just bowing out of the way for Nichola’s intro:

    I’m not a summer sort of person, but this summer was pretty damned glorious. I know that folks everywhere were battling with the heat and weather… but man oh man it was just about perfect here. I’m going to miss the lazy afternoons I spent on the deck, lounging in the sunshine. Then, just like that, summer left and the autumn winds swept through!

    While I’ll miss the summer days, I can’t help but be excited about the cool autumn air, turning leaves, bonfires, sweater weather and, of course, Halloween. My friends at Alpha Stamps are excited too, Halloween is their favourite holiday and the theme of this month’s kit.

    I’ve used some of the papers from this month’s kit (Spectrum Ginger Snap Dots & Stripes Scrapbook Paper, and the Happy Halloween Custom 12×12 Paper Set), but kinda ran amok, doing my own thing, and made a couple of cute Halloween-themed tins.

    Note: that ‘sunflower’ looking thing on the lid, behind the moon, is just a strip of the diamond patterned paper, from the Happy Halloween Custom 12×12 Paper Set, accordion folded and turned into a rosette. (Clever!)

    Inside there’s the cutest little cemetery under a happy moon, with a cute little vintage graphic and glittery night sky.

    You’ll just have to go visit Nichola’s blog post for more tips and photos!

    Plus here’s Nichola’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that Halloween Candy Sale!


     

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies: more sweets!

    Click here to see everything new today.

     
    ALL Candy AND bowls to display them in ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale, however, anything on clearance in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    This is a BIG GROUP: over 40 options (including the new candies shown above)! It includes all kinds of themes too, as it includes ALL the Polymer Clay Canes (Halloween, Christmas, fruit, cake rolls and all other canes)!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, FRIDAY, September 6th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything! And catch those 50% off clearance items before they sell out!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 5th, 2019

    Happy Halloween Kit! End of Summer Sale!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Edgar Allan Poe, Happy Halloween Kit, Kristin Batsel, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Hooray! ALL CLEARANCE items (over 300!) are on sale at 50% off! And lots were marked down today! (Like those Silver Skeleton Pendants and Antique Bronze Square Pendants with Glass at right!) Luckily there are tags to help sort them, see ALL the clearance items here.

    We’re continuing the END of SUMMER announced in Thursday’s newsletter! It’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S. I’ve added an EXTRA 15% off the entire site! Plus that coupon also works on items in the Clearance Sale, so move ‘em out! Gotta make room for new Halloween & Christmas! (New Halloween?! Scroll down for tons of cute Halloween items today!)

    Just enter code LABORDAY when checking out (valid through TUESDAY night, September 3rd). But don’t dawdle as only valid on in-stock items (plus clearance items won’t be reordered)!

     
    New Happy Halloween Kit

    Wow! That’ll wake you up! This kit is so bright and cheery (and filled with fun mid-century Halloween graphics — mainly black cats) that you’ll get giddy just looking at it!

    OK… here’s the dish:
    - Five HALF sheets of double-sided scrapbook paper (so that’s 6″ x 12″ sheets). I picked out papers from a couple different lines chosen for color, tiny prints (good for backgrounds on small projects), and crazy mid-century-inspired images!
    - TWO new collage sheets — both with tons of options for a Halloween card, invitation or ATC (or a small book cover). These are all sized to fit on ATCs or to use as a topper: with a head, paws or signage peeking out above the top of an ATC.
    - A new Tombstone Accordion Book! So Cute! This is a laser-cut (and scored) cardstock strip for folding into a book with 8 panels. The folded size is a hair bigger (taller and wider) than ATC size.
    - AND a bonus only available in this kit: a set of 2 laser-cut cardstock spider webs! Note: these are similar to the corner web in the new Black Spider & Webs Shape Set, but this set of 2 (and cut from a lighter color paper) are only in this kit!

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos (plus more coordinating goodies and artwork by TWO Design Team Members are below).


     

     
    TWO Halloween Projects by Rhonda Thomas!

    Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has made two absolutely ADORABLE Halloween projects, both using papers from the new kit!

    Starting with this accordion book (with a cool bottle tree) shown at left and below (yes, that’s the same accordion book included in the kit)! I love that tree! Rhonda covered it in miniature bottles. And she shares some of the history of bottle trees on her blog post:

    I knew I needed something creative for my Creepy Tree, and then it hit me. Bottles, lots of hanging bottles. I remembered seeing a tree in South Carolina years ago, covered in hanging bottles. So of course I had to find out the story behind the decorated tree.

    The legend goes that evil spirits are drawn to the bottles when the light of the moon reflects off the glass. The spirits enter into the bottles and become trapped inside where they are forced to stay for the rest of the night. To signal their displeasure at being confined they can often be heard moaning when the wind blows through the bottle tree. When the sun rises the next morning, the sunlight burns and destroys the evil spirits trapped inside the bottles. The empty bottles are then free to lie in wait for the next wandering soul that may happen by when nightfall arrives.

    I also love the gate on the front of the accordion book (above — with 2 images from the new Retro Halloween Cards & Tags Collage Sheet) AND the Mini Gothic Fences below (lots of fences in this piece)!

    But wait… there’s another project! Rhonda made a triptych from the new (and much larger) Large Chipboard Tombstone Set — also using paper from the new Happy Halloween 12×12 Collection Pack. I like the large tombstones as backgrounds for scenes… nevermind using them as actual tombstones.

    Be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos of both projects; and here are supply lists for each: Accordion Book with Tree and Large Triptych.

     
     
    Halloween At The Cemetery, a Candle Holder by Kristin Batsel!

    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made a decorated candle using scrapbook papers from the new kit (and the chipboard reliquaries from a past kit… related in shape to the 2 new tombstone items announced today).

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    More Halloween! This month, Alpha Stamps sent me some small reliquaries. What to do, what to do? I’m not sure what made me think of making a candle holder, but now that it’s done, I’m glad I did. This will be such fun to add to the mantle this year. *Note, to avoid any sort of fire hazard, I’ll be sure to only use a battery operated candle in this holder.

    I painted all the tombstones with a mixture of paints and added papers, charms, rub on type, and collage sheet images to create five different tombstones. This little graveyard is littered with pumpkins, a witch’s broom, and bones that were snapped off of a plastic skeleton. It’s pretty easy to just break those bones off at the joints.

    Here lies Edgar Allan Poe. I used rub on type to indicate the year of his death, and for the RIP written on the gravestone to the right (over the new ginger snap spectrum paper — that one and the black one below are also in the new kit). To make the bats fly, I used a thin wire and literally just shoved it into the rubber bodies of the bats (poor things!). The wire was sandwiched between the two pieces of chipboard before gluing the gravestones together. Clothespins were used to hold the pieces tight while drying.

    As always, Kristin always provides good tips! Visit Kristin’s blog for more fun photos and don’t forget her supply list to find all those Halloween supplies!


     

     
    More New Halloween Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below (or shown above in the kit intro)! Click here to see all 12 of them! Or click here to see the items just added to the Clearance Sale!!

    Reminder: everything shown above is on sale using the coupon! Plus grab some of the clearance items ASAP (with an additional 15% off from the coupon) as they will not be around for long!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, September 1st, 2019

    END OF SUMMER SALE plus 2 New Tunnel Book Shrines!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Daniela Costa, Halloween, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tunnel Book Kit

    First, I just put ALL CLEARANCE items (over 300!) on sale at 50% off! Some were marked down today (like those shown at right)! Luckily there are tags to help sort them, see them all here.

    Second, it’s the END of SUMMER! It’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S… which always seem like the beginning of serious hurricane season too, but i digress. I’ve added an EXTRA 15% off the entire site! Plus that coupon also works on items in the Clearance Sale, so move ‘em out! Gotta make room for new Halloween & Christmas!

    Just enter code LABORDAY when checking out (valid through TUESDAY night, September 3rd). But don’t dawdle as only valid on in-stock items (plus clearance items won’t be reordered)!

    Oooo! We have 2 art projects using the 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book and they couldn’t be more different (and they’re both wonderful)!

    One is impressionistic (that should be Impressionistic) and the other is Halloween-themed (actually 2 Halloween ones as Design Team Member Daniela Costa made little almost-theatres using the 4×4 and 6×6 tunnel books).

    I’m going to start with the Van Gogh Tunnel Book by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana.

    Isn’t that beautiful!? Beside intro text below from Nichola’s blog, I’d like to point out that turning the tunnel book into a shadowbox (of sorts) only involved wrapping the book with a 3/4″ wide strip of cardstock!

    From Nichola’s blog post:

    You know who I love? (Beside you, of course.) Van Gogh.

    One of the most moving artistic experiences of my life was seeing “Starry Night on the Rhone” in a darkened room at the Art Gallery of Ontario. There is a tremendous ‘life’ in his work, as though they are living, breathing things.

    When I saw the sunflowers in this month’s Tunnel Book Kit I thought of dear Vincent and made a little something Van Gogh-y.

    Instead of a book, I’ve painted each of the pages from the 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book like a Van Gogh landscape with acrylic paint, then used foam squares to create space between the layers.

    The layers are then framed with a simple strip of cardstock painted black, and covered with the blue paper from the Banner Year 6×6 Paper Pad.

    Be sure to visit Nichola’s blog for more photos and info! Plus here’s her supply list.

     
    Matilda Jane Tunnel Book by Daniela Costa!

    This smaller project by Daniela is so cute! (Also using the 4×4 size tunnel book that Nichola used.) I like the combo of the roof facade on top plus the striped paper on the sides — topped with round pumpkin or cat pics that makes the sides look like columns — the whole piece looks like a theatre.

    Plus the colors on the 2 projects kinda work together… Halloween and Van Gogh… maybe it’s the sunny sunflowers picking up the pumpkin colors.

    From Daniela’s blog post:

    I’ve used the 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book for “Matilda Jane”. She is a twirling Ballerina! I had such a great time playing with all the fun items. For the Tunnel Book itself, I grabbed my Halloween paint colors in my stash, and used a different one on each layer. For the top layer, I’ve used the print meant for the back of a 4×4, from the Circle Tunnel Parts Collage Sheet. Its a darling stripe paper. If you didn’t notice, I used a Bat Border ATC Card, which I painted a pretty purple. Don’t you love the depth the tunnel book gives? To get this, I’ve used pop foam in between each of the layers of chipboard for the Tunnel Book.

    Be sure to visit Daniela’s blog for more fun photos (and another tunnel book in 6×6 size) and don’t forget her supply list to find all those Halloween supplies!
     

    Highlights from Today’s New & Back in Stock Goodies! (see more on the site!)

    Reminder: everything shown above is on sale using the coupon! Plus grab some of the clearance items ASAP (with an additional 15% off from the coupon) as they will not be around for long!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 29th, 2019

    Steampunk Tunnel Book with Video Tutorial by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Laura Carson, Sale, Steampunk, Tutorials


    Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Steampunk Tunnel Book is so amazing! It’s beautiful and clever and has many layers and parts so I’m relieved Laura also provided a video tutorial to explain it all!

    Here’s some intro text from Laura’s blog post:

    This is the first in a series of tunnel books with this one being one of my favorite themes, which is Steampunk (video tutorial further down in the post). If you aren’t familiar with tunnel books, they are made by connecting a series of pages with the first page having the largest hole and each subsequent page having a smaller hole than the one before, giving the book a tunnel effect. Adding to the tunnel effect are the images on each page that slightly protrude into the openings. The way I designed this book, the tunnel effect works no matter which direction you look (from the front to the back or from the back to the front).

    I constructed the book using a new 8×8 Arch Tunnel Book that contains 6 pages which gave me a lot of surface area to embellish.

    To accompany the tunnel book pages is a Wrought Iron Window Grate which is sized to fit the second window in the tunnel book. I embellished it with lots of metal gears, gears and key made from a new mold, a chain and, a brass handle. I used small hinges to attach the window to the book so that you could open and close the window.

    The inspiration for the project was the gorgeous steampunk-themed paper pack titled “Voyages Fantastique“. Not only are the designs on the double-sided papers beautiful but many are loaded with images that I cut out and collaged onto the pages.

    I added a couple wide photos below to try so show some of the details (I love the spine she created to hold the layers/pages apart and that gives the side the look of a row of books — the second photo below shows the “before-embellishing” view on the left side; and Laura’s new Hinges Collage Sheet is shown on the spines on the right side). You’ll just have to go visit Laura’s blog post to see more photos and her video! Plus here’s Laura’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the related new steampunk goodies and sale!




     
    More New Steampunk-Themed Goodies

    Lots more than the previews below; see ALL 18 new items. Plus check below as today’s FLASH SALE includes most of the new items!

     
    Everything tagged Steampunk ON SALE!

    This is a 25 to 40% off sale in honor of Laura’s artwork (and includes her 6 new collage sheets)!

    This is a BIG GROUP: over 70 options! It includes all kinds of themes too, from Charms to Chipboard  — and lots more collage sheets!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, MONDAY, August 26th! (Where did August go?) Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 25th, 2019

    Sugary sweet new artwork plus miniatures sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Before I show off Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas’s sweet Display of Yummy Treats, here’s a preview of the new album kit also in Rhonda’s artwork: Bracket Edge Double Book Set. Wow! This set of scored chipboard pieces folds up into a unique set (a big folder with deep pockets and fancy bracket edges plus 2 books that fit inside the pockets).

     
    A Display of Yummy Treats by Rhonda Thomas!

    Wow! There is so much sweetness going on here! I love the new resin ice cream cabs (2 new designs and one is on the cover shown at right — hint: Rhonda painted 2 of them to match her favorite Neapolitan color palette)!

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

    I love the combination of Neapolitan colors, pink, brown, and cream. When I saw this adorable Confection Sweet Treats paper collection over at Alpha Stamps, I had this sudden urge to make a yummy book of treats.

    I have put aside some of my favorite candy rappers, being the obsessed Junk Journaler that I am, and also have a few vintage goodies that I thought would look great within this double journal book.

    Actually it’s two books of treats within a book. How cool is that! (Psst: scroll down just a bit to see a wide photo showing both books in the inside pockets.)

    I recently purchased a large lot of vintage ephemera that included several recipe cards. I decided to take out a few that had desserts listed and added them to the a few different pages. Plus, some slip out from envelopes I created.

    You’ll just have to go visit Rhonda’s blog post to see those recipe cards she’s talking about! Plus many, many, MANY more photos!

    Plus here’s Rhonda’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that resin cabs & mini food sale!


     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies: from Mini Baking to Halloween!

    And some Christmas reindeer thrown in, too… click here to see everything new today.

     
    ALL Mini Food & Bev AND Resin & Lucite ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale in honor of Rhonda’s artwork (and including those new ice cream cabs)! Note, anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off!

    This is a BIG GROUP: over 120 options! It includes all kinds of themes too, from Can & Bottle Blanks to Halloween to Alice in Wonderland to Christmas!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, FRIDAY, August 23rd! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything! And catch those 50% off clearance items before they sell out!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 22nd, 2019

    Edgar Allan Poe artwork plus sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Edgar Allan Poe, Flowers, Sale, Susan Killam, Tunnel Book Kit

    Edgar Allan Poe Tunnel Shadow Box by Design Team Member Susan Killam!

    I sooo love this little Poe shadowbox! Susan used small stacks of chipboard to provide depth between the layers of the 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book (there’s step-by-step photos on her blog post… and see the wider photo below for a work-in-progress that shows the depth).

    And I’m happy to see another Halloween project (there are some dark prints in the Banner Year 6×6 Paper Pad, also in this month’s kit, along with the 4×4 tunnel book). There’s lots of different prints in that paper set, from florals to polka dots to sheet music (and a dark starry night, too).

    Ok… on to text from Susan’s blog post:

    The kit comes with great seasonal papers and timely sunflowers, but my 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book is a little darker with an Edgar Allan Poe theme. Hey, I’m a Baltimore girl and I can’t pass up a Poe project opportunity!

    The design team will show you different ways to use the tunnel. I made mine into a shadow box.

    To begin, I chose the center element first. The photo below shows how I rigged it up so I could see the chipboard layers and plan the elements. (Note to self: put wee lights in the next tunnel book.)

    There are so many great motifs throughout Poe’s writing. Here I’ve included a raven, heart, cask, skull, and, of course, Lenore, all from Alpha Stamps collage sheets. There’s also a pendulum, eyes, premature burial, and doubles. Oh… if only I’d used the 6×6 Arch Tunnel Book!

    Hey, I’m ready to encourage Susan to make another tunnel book! :)

    Read more and see more photos in Susan’s blog post; plus here’s her full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that POE sale!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies: from Mulberry Paper Flowers to Halloween!

    Pretty much everything in this group could be used in a Poe project, too!

     
    EVERYTHING Poe or with BLACK in the Title ON SALE!

    In honor of Susan’s artwork (and just cuz it’s that time of year)! This is a 30% off sale. However, anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off!

    Note: As the word “black” is contained in lots of other words/phrases (like “blackbird” to “black and white”) this is a BIG GROUP: over 130 options! Tons of categories: from scrapbook paper to acrylic laser cuts. And it includes those 3 collage sheets (and the black cats) shown below, also used by Susan in her project!

    The sale ends at midnight on MONDAY night, August 19th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 18th, 2019