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    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

    The House of Poe by Laura Carson

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Design Team, Edgar Allan Poe, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters


    Wow. Before I hand off this intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I just have to say: Wow. Design Team Member Laura Carson has outdone herself (and if you follow this newsletter you know that is no mean feat).
     

    Laura Carson told me that she really didn’t create anything big this year for Halloween. Really? I thought the Coffin Apothecary was a pretty big undertaking. (Of course, pun intended.) Well, have yourself a look at The House of Poe — it’s so tiny you may need a microscope to see it! (Note: that’s only about half of the scene inside the house shown at right… and she also decorate the outside of the house.)

    It seems, dear Readers that Laura told a story on me and by the time I am through trying to point out everything I’m sure that I will be quite mad and finally be forced to room with Baby Jane. As always with Laura’s fantabulous creations — where does one start?!

    The House of Poe is Laura’s ode to Edgar Allan Poe, Master of the Macabre. Within the larger piece are smaller items that could be stand alone pieces or part of a larger project. Being the generous artist that she is, Laura will show you how to not only make the house, but also how to make a clock from a matchbox, a table & desk from a Blank Altoid Tin, a bookcase coffin, a working hourglass and other bits and bobs.

    I am not going to tell you how Laura made things because that would be a ginormous blog post (and it would spoil Laura’s fun.) However, if I may help focus your glazed-over eyeballs onto a few things it may be easier for you to get acclimated to the wonderment of The House of Poe.

    The main part of the house is created from the Paper Mache House Accordion Shrine. Oooohh, isn’t that black, ornate, window beautiful? Most perfect for keeping out nosey neighbors who keep hearing the pitter-patter of a dead man’s heart, trying to find out where the sound is coming from. The window is cut from the New and On Sale! Arched Window Die Set. They almost look like they’re metal, don’t they? Those legs on the amazing table made from a Blank Altoid Tin really aren’t “legs.” Well, they’re not legs until you put them together a la Laura style, and they’re made out of Resin Gables (see the little close-up photo at right). So clever!

    Oh and see the small, round table with the ornate top? The top is actually one of the New! Santos Doll Halos. The package comes with 6 different halos so you could make all sorts of fun stuff with them. I just love the Antique Bronze Talon Pendant that is holding an Eyeball Bead. To give the eyeball a blood shot appearance, Laura painted veins on the eye with acrylic paint. Oh no! I told you how Laura made something. Well buttuh my butt, and call me a biscuit.

    My favorite part of the whole piece, aside from the fact that it is an amazing ode to Poe, is the coffin bookcase! Laura simply reduced her template from the previous Coffin Apothecary project to create the the bookcase. (Which naturally, Laura provides for you!) The book case is filled with books and other creepy decor. The books are just a facade made from the New! Antique Leather Book Spines Collage Sheet. What a handy sheet, especially if you don’ have the time to make Tiny Books.

    Don’t bother with a quoth from the Raven if you’d like to look at Laura’s supply list, and remember to carry your cranium as you head on over to her blog to see the tutorial and more pictures of her awesome Ode to Poe.

    Oh, how could I forget? There’s a new FREE Gift Kit! Leslie pulled together a little (but covetable) set of an ornate pendant frame and 3 tiny keys that’s inspired by Laura’s artwork! Click on the photo at right for more info.
     

     

    Hooray! A Griffins & Book Spines & Bats (oh, my) Giveaway!

    Pretty much everything in this Giveaway is drawn from the (amazing) supply list from Laura’s House of Poe (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos).

    First, we have the NEW items:
    - Antique Leather Book Spines Collage Sheet
    - Brass Winged Griffins
    - Silver Swirly Connector Charm
    - Santos Doll Halos

    Then a few (!) more items also from Laura’s supplies:
    - Antique Bronze Talon Pendant
    - Antique Silver Flying Bat Charm
    - Bronze Bat Pendant
    - Eyeball Beads – 18mm
    - German Expressionist Horror Collage Sheet
    - Lion Head Handle
    - Little Library Collage Sheet
    - Little Potions Collage Sheet
    - Mini Inkwell Bottles
    - Poe Cameos Collage Sheet
    - Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
    - Resin Skull Beads
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - Victorian Bats Collage Sheet
    - White Turquoise Skull Bead
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet

    And these additional NEW items that I thought worked well with the theme:
    - Bronze Closed Book Charm
    - Death Note Book Charm

    To enter the Griffins & Book Spines & Bats 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 3, 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 Poe Tombstones Giveaway? That would be Beverly M.! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    133 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 2nd, 2014

    Tombstones and Shadowboxes (and Spooky Papers)

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


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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


    Tim Holtz 12x12 Paper Stash - Merriment

    New and On Sale!


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

     

    Hooray for the Poe Tombstones Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

    To enter the Poe Tombstones Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, September 29, 2014).

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

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

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

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

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

    Christmas Joy, New Tim Holtz, FREE Charms

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

     

    Hooray! A Christmas Joy & Reindeer Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

    To enter the Christmas Joy & Reindeer Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, September 26, 2014).

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

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

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

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

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