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    Creepy Dolls, FREE Coffins… It must be Halloween!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    NEW Colorful Coffins FREE Gift!

    Do you remember the free coffin gift kits we had last year? That was probably our most popular freebie all year! And… they’re back! Updated this year with slightly different graphics (a vampire, a mummy or a skeleton).

    These are just silly fun. Well constructed little coffins, though (and you can paint or paper over the colorful designs if you’d like a different look). Each has a lid and is covered inside and out with printed paper.

    There are 3 different designs and each one comes in 3 sizes. The largest is 8-1/2″ tall and the smallest is 7″ tall — and they can be nested.

    Learn more (or buy a set of 3)
     


    Bwaahaahaa! Look at this perfectly creepy Positively Do Not Open shrine by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! First off: I love the GREEN color she painted the new Unfinished Dresser with Many Drawers!

    AND the new Creepy Dolls Collage Sheet used throughout is made from photos of dolls in Rhonda’s collection!

    On to Rhonda’s intro:

    There are physical items in this world, that aren’t just matter, but hold the energy of long ago. You can find them in antique shops or advertised on eBay, but BEWARE! Even the nonbelievers will become believers, if they can get past the horror. Such is the case with this display at Rhonda’s Haunted Artifacts. You couldn’t even pay me to go near it, let alone let the spirits out.

    This display, a Medium Frame Shadowbox, is haunted by tiny poltergeists that once inhabited the dolls around them, but are now tiny beings causing mischief and destruction.

    As crazy and detailed as this shadowbox looks, it was actually really easy to create. After getting a rough idea of where I wanted to put everything, I used a simple drop of glue here and there to set everything into place. For the drawers, a dab on the bottom to hold into place, and a drop to hold each item in place. No poltergeist will be moving anything in reality.

    But on a serious note, most of you know how much I love doll heads. It’s very odd, because I hated all of my mother’s beautiful dolls growing up. They scared the crap out of me. And now I have a studio full of heads, some worn down with no eyes, some with tiny teeth and tongues, and I hoard them, even though I want to use them in my art. And I do at times, but I’m so attached to them all.

    Personally, I love all the real dolls gathered around the shrine with miniature versions of themselves inside (see that little guy in the skinny photo at left? His larger version is in the photo down in the Giveaway section). And check out that wide photo below with close-ups… don’t all self-respecting poltergeists keep silverware in drawers… next to a wheelbarrow of eyeballs?

    Read more (and see many more creepy photos, including some in the dark with the lights inside the shrine turned on) in Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s a link to her supply list.

    And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, where you can enter to win tons of goodies from in her supply list!


     

     
    Hooray for the Creepy Dolls Shrine Giveaway!

    This Giveaway starts with these new items from Rhonda’s Positively Do Not Open Supply List:
    - Unfinished Dresser with Many Drawers
    - Medium Frame Shadowbox
    - Creepy Dolls Collage Sheet

    Then a few more items from her list that aren’t new today:
    - Mini Carved Jack O Lantern (is he throwing up or bleeding in those photos?)
    - Mini Silverware – Set of 12
    - Polymer Clay Cane – 5mm Halloween Gargoyle

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything I just mentioned!

    Plus I’m adding one of the new Colorful Coffins!

     
    To enter the Creepy Dolls Shrine 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 22, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your Unfinished Dresser with Many Drawers? And will you put the dresser inside your Medium Frame Shadowbox or use them in separate projects?

    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 Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway? Babette Metheny! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    39 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 21st, 2017

    A Forsaken Cemetery

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Halloween, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Eek! Halloween is coming and we have so many cool art samples, new products, SALE items and FREE goodies that I can barely keep it all organized!

    Dresden Sale! In addition to the Color Dresden sale announced in the last newsletter (on sale for 40% off!) I’ve just added ALL BLACK DRESDEN – 25% off! Both sections are on sale through TOMORROW night, 9/18/17!

    Little Ghouls ATC SwapSign-ups close TONIGHT.

    FREE Chipboard Potion Bottles Set! Free with ALL orders through Monday night, 9/18. More info in Thursday’s newsletter.
     

    Forsaken Cemetery by Laura Carson

    Wow! This is such a great Halloween project! Laura started with the new Wrought Iron Cemetery Gate (also shown at left), Arch for Cemetery Gate (with the word CEMETERY spelled out), and 4.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence — and the project grew (and grew)! I’ve zoomed in on the photo (below), so you can see the new gate and arch in use (and I highlighted a piece of the gate on the far right so you can see how Laura painted it — and secured it with chains and a padlock).

    It’s a very good thing that Laura has provided a video tutorial. I’ve picked out a couple examples of how she made parts of the cemetery in photos below. More photos in the Gallery or on Laura’s blog post. And here’s a link to the extensive Supply List and/or check the Giveaway below for another highlighted section that you could win!


     

     
    I love this little angel shrine, in the top left corner of the cemetery. Laura used the Arched Shrine Shadowbox as the building (with the Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox in disarray), and see the preview pics from Laura’s tutorial on how she mounted the angel from her NEW Forsaken Cemetery Digital Images Download Set (mounted on chipboard for strength and on a painted tea light as a base, so you can remove the whole unit to turn the light on & off). That particular image is not in the related (and new) Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet, but a ton of tombstones and statuary are included.


     

     
    Finally in my mini preview are all the colors of the new Elements Art Glitter! All 7 of the color options are fun, woodsy/lumpy mixes (just a bit glittery). Perfect for adding texture to landscaping or trees. And as they include botanicals, they smell wonderful! (Each is different, from cumin to cloves to lavender). I love how Laura used them as textures on the chipboard trees, and as soil in the grave (in the center of the wide photo below)… that would be the grave of “Anita Shovel”. Yes, many puns are in evidence… check out the whole project in Laura’s blog post.


     

     

    Hooray for the Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway!

    With so many fab options, I decided to zoom in on the left corner with the angel shrine. I picked out some supplies used in Laura’s artwork (and in that photo at right) to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - 4.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence – New! (over at far left of the angel shrine, and all around the circumference of the cemetery)
    - Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet – New! (Anita’s headstone, and that buzzard, too)
    - Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
    - Arched Shrine Shadowbox
    - Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
    - Lanterns Half Collage Sheet (for the lanterns hanging on either side of the top of the shrine)
    - Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing (lower right of my photo, around the shrine with a gargoyle on top)
    - LED Tea Light (there is one behind/at the base of the angel).

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    To enter the Forsaken Cemetery 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 18, 2017).

    AND tell me: Are you brave enough to tackle the entire cemetery? OR: What will you make with all of these goodies? OR: What is your favorite technique from Laura’s Video Tutorial? There are so many options I have not highlighted, from using mini leaf punches for the vellum Autumn leaves, to using the leftover pieces from the wrought iron fences to make multiple items, like gate hinges and a tiny coffin stand.

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Sugar Skull Pinata Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kitty T! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 17th, 2017

    Mini Pinata Art, Dresden Sale, New Brass Trims & FREE Gift

    Filed under Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale

    With all the wild colors in Miz Bella’s fun & festive Mini Pinata Ornament, I thought a DRESDEN SALE was in order! EVERYTHING in the Color Dresden section is on sale for 40% off!

    The sale ends Monday night, September 18th!

    The sale includes the cute (and tiny!) Orange Tiny Dot Dresden Borders shown at left… perfect for decorating a sugar skull or a Little Ghouls ATC… hint, hint.
     


    I love the Mini Pinata Ornament that Bella made for today’s newsletter! She used just the dies from the new Framelits Die & Stamp Set – Sugar Skull to make this 3″ tall ornament (mini pinata).

    The set comes with 4 clear stamps and 4 dies, so you could make a mini pinata with a sugar skull front that you color or paint using the rubber stamp… it would be a totally different look that the all-glitter version Bella made.

    Here’s are my favorite… um.. “tips” from her blog post (you’ll see why that’s in quote in a sec):

    To make this I followed the video tutorial by the Crafty Chica (the designer of this die set). It’s really quick — less than 2 minutes — but it’s long enough for you to get an idea of what to do. Here are a few tips when putting your Pinata together that I learned:

    To outline the eyes, the skull, the nose, and to draw designs on the skull Stickles works great and it doesn’t run. (If you haven’t guessed by now I love using Stickles for these projects; and may have an embarrassing amount of them.)

    Give your Stickles and/or the glue under your glitter time to dry. My advice is to actually do the glittering
    first thing, the day before you plan on working on the Pinata if you can. Letting it dry overnight is ideal and doing so will save you a lot of frustration. Says a “friend” of mine.

    Uhuh. I think I know this impatient “friend.” Moving on…

    Bella made a pleated crepe paper border (ruff?) around the front and the back of the ornament. And just used seam binding (in 3 beautiful shades: Goldenrod, American Beauty and Strawberry Glaze (the last 2 are in the Spring Colors) to loop around the outside of the skull and then tie at the top for a hanging loop and at the bottom to secure (before letting the ends hang down as decorative streamers).

    If that didn’t make sense, just head on over to Bella’s blog post… she can explain the seam binding better (and there are more photos). And be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, where you can enter to win everything in her supply list plus a couple extras!
     

     
    FREE Chipboard Potion Bottles Set!
    New FREE gift — through Monday night, September 18th!

    Do you remember these bottles? Sturdy, raw, kraft chipboard. Not super heavy like bookboard: you could cut them with scissors with strong hands. You could use a (sharp) hole punch to add a hole to each for binding like a swatchbook. Or add more holes for an accordion book.

    I think they might be fodder for a cute Day of the Dead banner… maybe use them with that new Day of the Dead La Catrina Thinlits Die?

    A set of these 3 Chipboard Potion Bottles will automatically be added to ALL orders placed on September 14th through 18th, so you do not need to do anything special. (Those fab samples at left were by Rhea Freitag for the swap we held using the bottles… SPEAKING of swaps, you have until THIS SUNDAY to sign up for the current swap!)
     

     
    Hooray for the Sugar Skull Pinata Giveaway!

    This Giveaway starts with all the items in Bella’s Mini Pinata Ornament Supply List:
    - Framelits Die & Stamp Set – Sugar Skull
    - Goldenrod, American Beauty and Strawberry Glaze Seam Binding
    - Heavy Crepe Paper Sampler Set

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything I just mentioned!

    (And don’t worry! If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, we’ll work something out. I’m sure we can find something on the site you’d like instead.)

    Plus I’m adding these zippy colors from the Dresden sale:
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Fuchsia
    - Red Zig Zag Dresden Borders

     
    To enter the Sugar Skull Pinata 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 15, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your sugar skull pinata?

    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 French Antiques Shadowbox Giveaway? Carolyn Bowlby! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    20 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 14th, 2017

    A Beautiful French Shop by a New Guest Designer

    Filed under French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    First, stay safe all you southerners (and about a third of my Design Team (!)) who are running hither and yon trying to keep out of Irma’s path. And before i turn this intro over to Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), a quick note: some cute Halloween things have just been added (so before you get all caught up in French nostalgia, you might want to check the “New Products” section (below or more on the site).

    Ok… last thing before the beautiful eye candy: the Halloween Charms Sale AND Halloween-themed FREE gift with all orders (both annnounced on Thursday), are both ending Monday night (September 11, 2017). More info and a photo of the gift kit are on Thursday’s blog post.
     

    Guest Designer Jennifer Osmond Hatt

    We are beyond thrilled to have Jennifer Osmand Hatt as a Guest Designer for Alpha Stamps this month. Jennifer creates miniatures that are absolutely magical! They’re so realistic you feel like you could just walk right into them and then start poking around.

    “Since I was a small child, miniatures have always fascinated me. Because of this I tend to see the world through a miniature lens and love working as a Miniature Artist working in 1/12, 1/6 and 1/24 scale. I thank the Lord for my Gift of loving miniatures and having the privilege of being able to do what I love. My background is in Purchasing, Merchandising, Managing and I am a trained floral designer. Many of my creations have been shown on TV and In major store windows in the US as well as in various magazines.


    “I strive for attention to detail, authenticity and realism in all my displays, and love vintage and antiqued items. Paper is my favorite medium; I am in awe of how many ways paper can be manipulated and distressed to give a vintage feel to any piece. Etsy allows me to work from home and still be around for my children but also to have a creative outlet.

    “Creative inspiration is very important, to be able then to translate that to an artistic piece is a fascinating process. When you are working at your best you are lost into the piece you’re designing, it gives you an amazing sense of freedom and fulfillment.”

    Jennifer created a French Antiques Shadowbox (using the new Large Frame Shadowbox as the base) that immediately draws you in and you find yourself wishing for items in the shop to decorate your home with!

    “The Wrought Iron Gates in this photo are so beautiful and I love the old world look that they have. (They are sturdy and stand up well on their own.) A perfect find for someone shopping in my Miniature Vintage Shop! [Note: see the Giveaway below for a photo.] Vintage architectural prints are displayed on the walls and the miniature resin planters have been painted with acrylic paint to look as though they are zinc.”


    I love how Jennifer cut the 3-Panel Hutch in half to fit on top of of the 3 Drawer Unfinished Wooden Side Table to make an entirely new piece of furniture. Jennifer includes a mini tutorial, too.

    Wouldn’t you love to have some of those books and prints that are on the table and in the hutch for yourself in full size? Guess what? You can have those prints and books because Jennifer created a Vintage Prints and Architectural Drawings Collage Sheet! I know, they’re not full size that you could decorate your home with but they’re the next best thing.

    “These doors are one of my favorite things about this display. I used the Old Doors Collage Sheet to make them. I resized them to fit my needs for this display and added Mini Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set components to give the door a more realistic look.”

    The doors turned out gorgeous and look realistic, don’t you think? (See the wide photo below.) Plus Jennifer again includes photos showing how she made the “wrought iron” door inserts in her blog post.

    “The topiaries in this picture were designed by using the following materials: Antiqued Large Victorian Planter, Antiqued Medium Victorian Planter, Leafy Green Underbrush, Styrofoam Balls, Sandtastic Brown Coloured Sand, foam, and acrylic paint.”

    If you head on over to Jennifer’s blog you can find out exactly how she created the miniature topiaries, as well as many more pictures and details on her French Antiques Shadowbox. And here’s a link for her Supply List.


     

     

    Hooray for the French Antiques Shadowbox Giveaway!

    I picked out some supplies used in Jennifer’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Large Frame Shadowbox – New!
    - Old Doors Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Prints & Architectural Drawings Collage Sheet - New!
    - Mini Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set
    - Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
    - 5/8 Inch Mini Resin Planters
    - Tall Wooden Fruit Crate with Decal
    - Tiny Number Plates White

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Jennifer’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    To enter the French Antiques Shadowbox 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 11, 2017).

    AND tell me: What will you make with all of these goodies? OR: What is your favorite technique from Jennifer’s blog post?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Strange Kidlets Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Tara K! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 10th, 2017

    It’s Half Scale Day! Plus New Halloween Art, Sale & FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    What? Half Scale Day?! Yes, I had many requests for more half scale (1:24) furniture and we have SEVEN new items!! But first: A new sale! EVERYTHING in the Halloween Charms section is on sale for 40% off!

    The sale ends Monday night, September 11th!

    That includes lots of little things you might used to adorn your Little Ghouls ATCs — yes, the swap is still open (and check out some pieces by the Design Team in the Gallery… the Design Team is participating too so you could receive one of these cute samples!)
     


    Cute kids for Halloween! Remember the Little Haunted House Book that Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey
    made in August? Well she’s on a roll making Halloween projects and has made ANOTHER adorable fold-out book!

    Starting with the same Arch Top House Silhouettes as a base, this time she has used kids from the new Little Sweeties Collage Sheet (and I love all the tinting she has done with Copic pens, and adding props from the Halloween Dress Up Half Sheet).

    And as Ms. Mahaffey has the gift of words as well as pictures, here’s a bit from her blog post:

    I cannot get enough of Halloween. I have been having fun with these little fold-out books and here’s another one…this time it’s strangely gifted children. Or maybe gifted kidlets who are strange. Whatever. They are all a bit peculiar in one way or another and that makes them interesting.

    This kidlet, James-Luce, has got himself a rather interesting sidekick. Both styling with their green top hats. I wonder which one of them is reading that stack of books?

    AND Lora has provided a tutorial for using the new Tim Holtz Transparent Alpha Tiles – Halloween to make the STRANGE text on the back of her book.

    Read more in Lora’s blog post. And see another page from the book down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win EVERYTHING on her supply list!


     

     
    Halloween Mini Papers & Bat Gift Kit!

    New FREE gift — through Monday night, September 11th!

    Ohh… so many choices for Halloween! I thought some Halloween papers would be useful, that you could cover Arch Top House Silhouettes with, like used in Lora’s artwork.

    And then I found these plastic bat rings (flexible plastic so easy to cut off the ring part and you’ll have a cute, dimensional bat to glue to a project).

    For ALL orders I’m including FIVE 4″ x 6″ cuts of Halloween scrapbook papers. I’ve got a fair amount of 4 of the 5 shown… so there may be some variation when one is gone, but you’ll still get 5 different prints. AND the silly bat ring will be included, too.

    The Halloween Mini Papers & Bat Gift Kit will automatically be added to all orders placed on September 7th through 11th, so you do not need to do anything special. Thanks!
     

     
    Hooray for the Strange Kidlets Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Lora’s The Strange Kidlets Halloween Fold-out Book Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Tim Holtz Transparent Alpha Tiles – Halloween
    Creepy Tree – 8 Inch
    Tiny Dot Dresden Borders – Black

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

    To enter the Strange Kidlets 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 8, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make?

    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 Little Ghouls Kit Giveaway? Winnie! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 7th, 2017

    New Halloween Goodies & Little Ghouls ATC Swap

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Little Ghouls Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Swaps, Teri Calia

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: $2.95 shipping for orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday night, September 5th! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100!
     


    NEW Little Ghouls Kit

    Yay! It’s time for full-on Halloween!

    And, how cute is this: the combo of new ATC cards (FIVE of them!) and new Halloween collage sheets by Teri Calia (FOUR of them!) equals tons of fun for the September kit and… A Halloween Swap!

    But first: the Little Ghouls Kit. A good mix of items to make ATCs or some small Halloween projects, starting with TWO of the new ATC cards:
    - Wrought Iron ATC Card – Spider Web
    - Bat Border ATC Card.

    Both are sets of chipboard ATC cards (a solid back plus a shaped overlay). There is one of each card set in the kit.

    Next up: 8 double-sided scrapbook papers (all the designs from the new Bewitched 6×6 Paper Pad — nice small prints for little projects like ATCs).

    Then FOUR collage sheets: 3 new ones by Teri (2 with cute kids — some hand-tinted by Teri and with pumpkin heads (!) and some ready to be colored or accessorized as you see fit — and a mini sheet of Halloween accessories); the 4th sheet is a spiffied-up mini sheet with Familiars to pose with your Halloween tykes.

    Plus a custom ribbon set (tiny!) and the cutest buttons you will ever see.

    More info about the new kit is on the Little Ghouls Kit page.

    And in honor of this new kit: ALL ATCs Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! Now through Wednesday night, September 6, 2017. Over 65 to choose from! The sale includes lots of Halloween options… see below for 4 of my favorites. Note: there will be flash sales all month with goodies that could be used on ATCs.

    (And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off (and the digital image downloads are on sale for 40% off!), so even after that sale is over, those new collage sheets will still be on sale!)

    What? A Halloween Swap?! Yes, we have been having an annual Halloween swap for ages and I can’t wait to see what fun artwork you will make! The Little Ghouls ATC Swap is a 3 for 3 swap (make 3 ATCs and receive 3 back). In a nutshell: Sign up by Sunday, September 17, 2017. and artwork should be postmarked by Monday, October 23, 2017… sign ups and more art inspiration on the Little Ghouls ATC Swap page.

    But before I move on to showing cute artwork, we have some news: we are saying goodbye to one of our long-time Design Team Members, Caroline Ouzts Hay, who we are going to dearly miss. We have loved the beautiful projects Caroline has created for us over the years, and are thankful for all of the hard work she has done hostessing the swaps. Speaking of swaps, Caroline will still be hostessing them. Yay!

    Wishing Caroline the best of luck moving forward! You can view her recent projects, and here are some specific projects to admire:
    - A Needle Book
    - A Haunted House
    - Marie in Wonderland Mad Hatter Teacup and
    - A Gypsy Wagon

    Artwork! Trick-or-Treater's ATC Double Sided Triptych (see the first wide photo below) is by Design Team Member Laura Carson. More info and photos in Laura’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies.

    Halloween Night ATCs (see the second wide photo below) are by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. More info in the Kristin’s blog post. Here’s Kristin’s supply list — and see the Giveaway below for another ATC Kristin made!

    More info and photos about the new kit are on the Little Ghouls Kit page. Coordinating supplies are below and on the site. AND even more artwork is on the Little Ghouls ATC Swap page!


     


     

     
    New FREE Gift: Halloween Candy Bags & Balloons Mini Sheet

    Tiny candy bags for Trick-or-Treaters, approx. 1″ tall when folded together. Add a little ribbon for a handle and they’re ready to use.

    In honor of Laura Carson's fun Trick-or-Treater's ATC Double Sided Triptych using this collage sheet (also designed by Laura), ALL ORDERS on Sunday through Wednesday, September 3-6 (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE!

    The Halloween Candy Bags & Balloons Mini Sheet will automatically be added to all orders (physical or digital) placed on September 3rd through 6th, so you do not need to do anything special. Thanks!
     


    Hooray for the Little Ghouls Kit Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 4 collage sheets, 8 scrapbook papers, trims and TWO chipboard ATC card sets!

    Next up in the Giveaway package: 2 items in Kristin’s ATC at right that aren’t in the kit:
    - Little Demons Collage Sheet
    - Wrought Iron ATC Card – 5 Points

    Note: there is another photo of 2 ATCs below (by Teri), using the new Bat Border ATC Card (already included in this Giveaway as it’s in the kit) and the new Dragon Arch ATC Card — also include in the Giveaway! (That gives you 4 of the new ATC card sets!)

    To enter the Little Ghouls Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW or TUESDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, TUESDAY Night, September 5, 2017).

    AND tell me: What will you make with all of these goodies?

    Hey, who won the Star Fairies Tarot Cards Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Leanne S! Congrats! Check your email for info.


     

    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 3rd, 2017

    Labor Day Sale, New Artwork, New FREE Collage Sheet

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Cards & Constellations Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: $2.95 shipping for orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday night, September 5th! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100!
     

    Oooh! How beautiful! I sooo love these Tarot Cards by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers)! They look vintage with the dark sepia and blue colors. And they are a cinch to make, even though they look so rich.

    Bella used 2 each of the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card and Stars Playing Card as her base (and that last one is also in the Cards & Constellations Kit).

    Plus she used deep blue background papers (Seize the Night Scrapbook Paper and Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper).

    And, of course, the stars of these cards: the ladies from The Star Fairies Collage Sheet.

    One of them has a diamond-shaped frame around her, cut out from the Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper (see a close-up of that card down in the Giveaway).

    Throw in some highlights using Stickles Glitter Glue and you’re done!

    Scroll down past the loverly new items (a mix of Christmas and Halloween) to see a new collage sheet Bella inspired (that is FREE through Saturday night!) and scroll down even farther to enter today’s Giveaway, including everything to recreate Bella’s Tarot Cards!
     

     

     
    NEW FREE Gift: 1:12 Tarot Cards Mini Collage Sheet!

    I was inspired by Bella’s beautiful, vintage-looking tarot cards, so I’ve made a new mini collage sheet with tiny little tarot cards in 1:12 scale, and I’m giving it away free with ALL orders now through Saturday Night!

    The cards are in 2 sizes: approx 9x18mm and 7.5x15mm — and the larger set is in 2 colors (antiqued in sepia, or black lines ready for adding a bit of color with markers).

    Here are a couple ideas: You could use these cards as embellishments on a small collage or ATC. Or use the cards inside (or displayed with) the Mini Cigar Box Set or a cigar box made from the Mini Cigar Boxes Half Sheet.

    The new 1:12 Tarot Cards Mini Sheet will be sent FREE with every order placed August 31st through September 2nd. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file. Note: If you order this collage sheet before Sunday, I’ll assume you’re buying a second copy.
     

     
    Hooray for the Star Fairies Tarot Cards Giveaway!

    I am going to follow Bella’s lead and include everything she used in the Giveaway!

    Starting with TWO of the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Cards
    and
    TWO of the Stars Playing Cards!

    Next: all the scrapbook papers:
    - Seize the Night Scrapbook Paper
    - Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper.
    - Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper

    Finally, The Star Fairies Collage Sheet and (I’m substituting a color here) Gilded Gold Stickles.

    Bonus: a jar of the new Opaque Color Fragments – Teal. Look how great they look as a patina with copper paints on that box below… and that stamped image (white ink) is from the Curiosity Cling Stamp Set.

    To enter the Star Fairies Tarot Cards 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 1, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you use your 2 sets of Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Cards and 2 sets of Stars Playing Cards? Recreating Bella’s Tarot Cards? Making cards with another theme? Making something 3D (like the bed that Shannon Cooper made using one of the cards)?

    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 Return of Tess’s Cupboard Giveaway? Jaimi Bailey! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 31st, 2017

    New Christmas Collection plus a Tutorial by Request

    Filed under Back in Stock, Christmas, Giveaways, Matchbox Cabinet Kit, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

     It’s beginning to feel a lot like… hell? It was 103 yesterday and supposed to be hotter today. I’m hoping that all the cute new Christmas things (and the Christmas Collage Sheets sale ending tomorrow… AND a new FREE 1:12 scale toy train that would be perfect under a tiny tree) will convince me that it’s snowing outside… hm.

    Back to that collage sheet sale: ALL Christmas Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off, now through Monday Night, August 28th! This is a big group: Over 100 to choose from… like the Snowman Gift Tags Collage Sheet shown at left.

    Catch ‘em quick!
     


    A bit over a month ago, that prolific Design Team Member Shannon Cooper created Aunt Tess’s Cupboard (using the Matchbox Cabinet and about a zillion tiny jars)… and I asked for comments about which tiny creation housed inside you’d like to have explained in a tutorial. Well… Shannon is going above and beyond again, as she made a tutorial for the top three requests!

    Before I preview the tutorials, if you scroll down just a bit, you can see a wide photo showing the finished foodstuffs inside the cupboard. And over on the far left of that photo is a jar of peaches (with red plaid fabric tied on top). That was the item with the most requests for a tutorial.

    You can read the full process on Shannon’s tutorial, but I’d like to point out my favorite part:

    Spend 20 minutes meticulously arranging the peaches in the jar with a toothpick and then fill the jar with the mixed ICE Resin. Realize all of that arranging was fruitless (haha) because tiny air bubbles collected in the dimples of the peaches and spend another twenty minutes poking around at all of the bubbles with a stick pin, thus ruining the arrangement.

    Aw… poor Shannon! At least she kept her sense of humor.

    Here’s the link to Shannon’s original post; and read more about how Shannon made these teeny comestibles in Shannon’s new blog post, and see the Giveaway below for more info on the supplies (and how to win them)!

     
    New FREE Gift: Tiny Train Set!

    Yes, I know… quite a treat. I normally have a new freebie once a week, but this week we’ll have 2! Today and tomorrow only (August 27th & 28th, 2017): one of the new Tiny Train Sets will be sent FREE with every order! Such a cute little train… maybe for a Santa’s workshop scene? There are some new Christmas papers that might get you in the mood, too…


     

     

    Hooray for the Return of Tess’s Cupboard Giveaway!

    I’m starting the Giveaway with a few items I’ve picked out from Shannon’s supply list. Starting with some of the tiny bottles in the top shelf:
    - Baby Food Jars (psst! making the spice rack for the baby food jars is one of the tutorials!)
    - Orange Marmalade Mini Resin Jar
    - White Resin Cocoa Container
    - Vintage Pantry Labels Half Sheet (you’ll need some labels for the tiny jars!)

    Then moving to the bottom shelf:
    - Amber Resin Potions Bottle
    - White Oatmeal Box
    - White Resin Condiment Bottle
    - A set of Even Tinier Bottles (the glass bottle in the peaches tutorial!)

    Well, I almost forgot: you’ll need a Matchbox Cabinet, too!

    Bonus #1: A new Tiny Train Set

    Bonus #2: YOUR CHOICE: Pick out one of the Christmas Collage Sheets!


    To enter the Return of Tess’s Cupboard Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, August 28, 2017).

    And tell me: Are you getting ready for Christmas? I know it may sound early, but quite a few orders last week included Christmas items… AND: what is your pick for the choose-your-own Christmas Collage Sheet?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Little Haunted House Book Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Denise Humenik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 27th, 2017

    Steampunk Telescope, Halloween Mini Book & Christmas Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Steamtown House

    There’s a new Christmas collage sheet sale AND a new FREE holiday tags set, but first…


    Wow! What a beautiful telescope! We are winding up the series of newsletters about Laura Carson’s Steamtown House with a telescope (and an elevator).

    Beside the overall effect (and the suede-lined seat), I love how Laura used the new Chipboard Compass Set (there, at the base of her telescope… looking much richer than chipboard in metallic gold).

    From Laura’s blog post:

    Here we are back at the house on Irongate Street for the last segment of the project. Since H.G is a explorer I thought she might explore the stars as well as the planet, to this end I’ve a created telescope that sits on the roof.

    On a clear night you can sit in a comfortable chair lined with burgundy suede. Mounted on the base is a chipboard compass which comes in handy for positioning the telescope.

    Both the base and the center section independently swivel. (Aside: see the little animations on Laura’s blog of her spinning the telescope!)

    Read more (and see TWO video tutorials) on Laura’s blog post.

    Wait… what’s this? A lovely teaser for Halloween artwork by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey! More info down in the Giveaway section!


     

     
    NEW FREE Gift: Mixed Halloween & Christmas Mini Chipboard Tags!

    First: I found these cute, miniature chipboard tags (see the wide photos below). There are at least 20 designs in each set (only a few are shown). Who knows what you’ll make with them (decorate them and use as a gift tags? make tiny ornaments for a tiny tree? hang from a garland or banner?)

    A mixed set of 4 tags will be sent FREE with every order placed August 24th through 26th (this is short-lived… through Saturday night only).

    Second: ALL Christmas Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off, now through Monday Night, August 28th! Wow… this is a big group: Over 100 to choose from… like the Christmas Gnomes and Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Collage Sheets shown above right. Go see them all!


     

     
    Hooray for the Little Haunted House Book Giveaway!

    Did you notice the new colors of Double Dot Vintage Scrapbook Papers announced today (above in the rows of new items). I know that Lora loves this line of papers. So I’m starting the Giveaway list with the 2 I spy in her artwork:
    - Orange Citrus
    - Wasabi Green

    AND I’m adding a sheet of all 3 of the new ones, too!
    - Sweet Pear
    - Evergreen
    - Red Wine

    I’m also including TWO sets of the new Arch Top House Silhouettes!

    AND these extra trims:
    - Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
    - Creepy Tree – 8 Inch (cut up and used throughout the houses)
    - Mini Bird Cages Chipboard Set
    - Tiny Felt Black Bat Stickers

    Be sure to stop by Lora’s blog, as she shows how to use linen tape to hinge the house tags into an accordion-fold book.

    To enter the Little Haunted House Book Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 25, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you use your 2 sets of Arch Top House Silhouettes? Maybe you’ll make tags or ornaments from the individual houses instead of hinging them into a book? And with all those new red & green papers, maybe you’ll make a Christmas themed project?

    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 Daystars Giveaway? Michelle! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 24th, 2017

    The Daystars & a bit like Autumn

    Filed under Art Projects, Cards & Constellations Kit, Giveaways, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Shannon Cooper

     It’s feeling a bit like fall today… new items with warm colors, some Halloween items, and some adorable 1:12 scale pieces of unfinished furniture just begging to be finished and decorated for a dining room.

    But first: The Daystars by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana (cards with my favorite blue and gold palette) and part 2 of the tutorial by Shannon Cooper from Thursday’s newsletter!

    Oh, and a reminder about the current FREE gift and collage sheet sale (both ending tomorrow night, August 21st) are below.
     

     
    Aren’t Nichola’s cards beeeeautiful!? They look so rich… and made from chipboard, paper and a bit of paint!

    As Nichola mentions in her blog post:
    I kept this project super simple. I just covered the cards in scrapbook paper and used a stamp and gold embossing powered to add a smidge of interest. Then, fussy cut elements and added the top frame (which I painted prior to gluing into place).

    More from Nichola’s post:

    This month’s kit is Cards & Constellations. Rather than a ‘wish-upon-a-star’ goodie goodie piece, I was smitten with these devilish fellows.

    I’d like to imagine that these plucky little night devils would conspire, and try to plot a way to continue to shine after the sun rose. That they would want to be ‘Daystars.’

    Read more in Nichola’s blog post, and see the Giveaway below for more info on the supplies (and how to win them)!
     

    Now for something completely different…

    From Thursday’s loverly project by Shannon Cooper, here’s part 2 of her tutorial (this one is for making the mattress for the bed, but be sure to check out the first part for the how-to on making the bed itself… yes, with the same Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card that Nichola used for 2 of her 4 cards).


     

     
    FREE Gift: Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet!

    I was inspired by Shannon’s Witch’s Bed and Table (with a tiny bedside table in a witch’s room — see the wide photo below or more info in Thursday’s blog post) so I’ve not only made a new mini collage sheet, but have also put ALL Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday Night!

    First: the new Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet: Make some tiny props for a Halloween scene, in 1:12 scale. See the Miniature Fairy Godmother Magazines Collage Sheet for pages you can use inside magazines made with these covers (plus a tutorial from Nichola on making miniature magazines)!

    The new collage sheet will be sent FREE with every order placed August 17th through 21st. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file.

    Second: the Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets sale: there’s a little overlap with the recent Mythology Collage Sheets sale, but many of these are not in that category — and used in Shannon’s artwork. On sale for 50% off now through Monday, August 21st! Over 40 to choose fromgo see them all!

     

    Hooray for The Daystars Giveaway!

    Yes! Here’s all the goodies from Nichola’s The Daystars cards to start off today’s Giveaway:
    - Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card (I’m including TWO)
    - Stars Playing Card (I’m including TWO)
    - El Diablo Cards Collage Sheet
    - Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper
    - Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper (used on the backs of the cards)

    Bonus #1: One of the new Unfinished Wooden Coffin Trays! What? I didn’t see those! It’s true, there are lots of new goodies today, and not everything made its way into the “new items” section above! You can see all the new items here.

    Bonus #2:Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet

    To enter The Daystars Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, August 21, 2017).

    And tell me: What will you make from the supplies from Nicola’s Daystar cards? And will you mix them with the Unfinished Wooden Coffin Tray or use the tray in another project?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

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

    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 20th, 2017