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    New Stamps and Paper (and a Funeral)

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana

    New artwork (by THREE Design Team Members!), new goodies, and…

    NEW Colorful Coffins FREE Gift!

    I was inspired by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana's glorious Miniature Funeral Carriage and went looking for something in the same vein (ha). 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.

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    Wow! I’ve been wanting a carriage like this for ages. This one is laser-cut from heavy chipboard. It comes complete with the wheels and dowels for axles. The finished size is 9-3/4″ long (including the wheels) x 4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall (and can accommodate a 6″ long coffin). See that little photo above as an idea of the mini size (and this is in 1:12 scale).

    Plus, see those vintage-looking windows (in the photos of Nichola’s finished artwork)? Nichola made a new Filigree Funeral Carriage Windows Collage Sheet so you can reproduce those windows if you order it on clear transparency.

    On to Nichola’s beautiful artwork and I’ll let her explain:

    “Something a little dark but (I think) lovely today. A miniature funeral carriage, inspired by beautiful Victorian horse drawn hearses.

    “The Funeral Coach base is a chipboard kit. Inside I’ve slipped a 6 Inch Coffin Box.

    Makers note: I actually didn’t include the coffin lid and simply used the main box upside-down. I trimmed the coffin height down as I was considering adding flowers, or a traditional funerary wreath to the top and was thinking of the available space.

    “The whole carriage is painted it matte black and gussied up with LOADS of black dresden borders. (I think I have a serious dresden fetish. It’s like Franks Red Hot. I put that s**t on everything!)”

    Ha! Read more about Nichola’s project (and see lots more pretty pictures) in her blog post. And be sure to come back as EVERYTHING from Nichola’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!)
     

    Next up are some quick, easy, colorful and FUN Halloween Specimen Tags by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel using the new Cabinet Of Curiosities Cling Stamp Set!

    “These were so quick and easy to do: I painted the tags orange and then played around with ink, stamps, and colored pencils to give them a little depth. The cloches were stamped on cream colored cardstock, and the “glass” was painted with some very light blue. The specimens were stamped on white paper, enhanced with colored pencils, and then cut out and glued inside the cloches. I added some alphabet stickers and a bit of scrapbook paper to the bottom of the tags so the cloches had a place to sit. Once the cloches were adhered to the tags, I went back in with colored pencils and highlighted them and the type. Bada bing, bada boom, scary tags for Halloween!
     

    Wow! Here is the first of two projects today by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay. I love, love, LOVE these candles (using the recent Tim Holtz Day Of The Dead #1 Cling Stamp Set), and check out how easy it is to stamp and color onto candles:

    “I stamped in black ink onto white tissue paper. Then I gently colored the images (with Prismacolors). When you slightly heat the wax on the candle, the tissue paper sticks and virtually disappears except for the colored bits.”

    I think this technique would be cool for Christmas candles using the new Doodle Greetings Stamps, too.
     

    On to the second project by Caroline: Time Stands Still for No Man, using the Halloween Clocks Kit.

    Beside the goodies in that kit, Caroline added a chipboard Creepy Tree, a bat (from the Creepy Critters Shapes Set) and Skeletons. It looks like the skeletons are hiding their nakedness (?) behind those clocks!

    See everything Caroline used in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Caroline’s blog for lots more info and photos on BOTH of her projects.
     

     
    Hooray for the Funeral Carriage Giveaway!

    Yes, you heard me right: EVERYTHING from Nichola’s Miniature Funeral Carriage Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    Bonus: A set of the back in stock Black Triangular Chipboard Banner Pennants! Those would be the perfect size to make the Spooky Halloween Banner that Kristin created for the kit announcement earlier this month.

     
    To enter the Funeral Carriage 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 14 2016)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your Funeral Coach? And/or: those fun projects by Caroline and Kristin also announced today: which of those is most inspiring for making some last-minute Halloween artwork?

    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 Mausoleum Giveaway? That would be Megan Warren! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    Posted by Leslie, October 13th, 2016


    90 Responses to “New Stamps and Paper (and a Funeral)”

    1. barb macaskill Says:

      OMG!!! This Funeral Carriage has been in my mind for months if not years! Imagine my surprise when I opened this up today and saw it out in the world!!!
      I would decorate it with lots of black, silver, gold and white and lots of black and red roses! I can’t believe that it has actually come to life!! Thank you for the chance to win it before I can afford to buy it!!! I am keeping anything that CAN cross, crossed in hopes of being the lucky winner of this fabulous prize package!!! Thanks for the chance of making a dream come true too!! macaskillbarbara@yahoo.com
      Congratulations to Megan for winning the last prize package! ENJOY!!
      OOOOOO! SO exciting!! I am giddy with joy right now over this post!!! :-)

    2. M. C. Sparks Says:

      I’m thinking minimal. Eyes peering out. Spooky stuff

    3. Connie L. Says:

      This has to be the best giveaway EVER! I think I’d try to incorporate Beetlejuice into my funeral carriage in some way. How fun!

    4. barb macaskill Says:

      I can actually see this sitting next to a Funeral office created with the goodies from last week’s giveaway package. A “skeleton” staff working away to help plan funerals for the dearly departed!!!
      The ideas are flowing like a crazy fast river rushing down between the canyons!!
      Can’t say enough how excited I am for this amazing Funeral Wagon!!!

    5. Patti G Says:

      I love the carriage. Definitely need to put a coffin in the back with a hand or head sticking out and a creepy skeleton driver.

    6. Amy Says:

      I must have this. Totally love this carriage. Now all I need do is find two perfectly matched horses to pull such a treasure.

    7. Kat Cashwell Says:

      This is amazing! Would love to win this! It needs a skeleton as a driver and what fun if you could find some skeleton horses! Love the 2 last minute ideas for Halloween! You ladies are so talented! thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

    8. barb macaskill Says:

      Amy~ I think that skeleton horses pulling this would be totally awesome!! I actually saw some the other day and am going to try to remember WHERE I saw them to make sure they are a good size for this!! Thanks for the idea of horses!

    9. Lisa Marie Says:

      I think I’ll be spending A LOT OF MONEY within the next couple weeks lol! I must have all of these wonderful craft products! Halloween is my favorite holiday ( I’m Wiccan), so it’s truly a powerful month. This old Hearst carriage would go perfect pulling up to my moseleum!! All artists for alpha stamps are inspiring to me me with all of their wonderful ideas and technical, wonderful details that bring their works to life!! If I win I will definitely recreate this carriage for my haunted village cemetery. Thank you again AS for the chance to win this give away!! This will be MINE LOL!!

    10. Rhonda Sihocky Says:

      I would not change anything. I love it.

    11. Susan Nelson Says:

      WOW! So awesome. I can see this working as a haunted circus type wagon.

    12. Traci Says:

      WOW!!! I love it what a fantastic project. I would LOVE to have one too. I can’t imagine making anything different after seeing what Nichola did with it. >^..^<

    13. Barb A Says:

      Creepy & fabulous! Love it. Also love the tags, especially since they are so easy to finish, and could easily be converted to ATCS or cards.Thanks for all the wonderful ideas from these creative artists.

    14. Margaret D Says:

      I absolutely worship Nichola Battilana. I would not change a thing. I need oodles of Dresden! I just love this! Love love love!
      Those tags are so creepy cute and just the kind of
      Project I am looking for this week!

    15. Jacqui Says:

      Well hopefully it won’t languish in my stash and I make time to turn it into a display for the halloween village. I’m thinking more traditional though, with the flowers on the coffin ( with the mini paper roses from you)
      Pick me pick me!!!!!

    16. Kathlene Ford-Walters Says:

      OMG the carriage is awesome! I’d put the headless horseman on top (without the horse, ofcourse). And put funeral flowers inside.

    17. Mindy Winchester Says:

      Wow! I love the idea of a coffin, but I’m thinking a travelling “showcase” for some Feejee mermaids or other cryptoids!

    18. Agnes Says:

      I have been looking for something like this it seems like forever. I wanted to make it for my husbands year round train set that he collects and builds mountains etc. for. I made him a steampunk hot air balloon and really wanted to steampunk an old funeral car this will be so great for that. Love,love,love it. I am so glad to have found this site.

    19. Patrick Nottingham Says:

      I need this! I saw Nichola post this on Instagram and thought wow! I might add a skeletal horse to one I’d make though.

    20. Shandon Wiedener Says:

      My whole house has penguins everywhere. What a great opportunity to do a penguin skeleton!

    21. Jean Marmo Says:

      I wish my mind thought like this! How cool! Love the idea of a funeral wagon. I would put a skeleton peeping out!

    22. Michelle S Says:

      I love the creativity and inspiration I get from this blog! The carriage is awesome and I would love the chance to play. I want to add a mysterious carriage driver wearing a hooded cape and a large beast to pull it.

    23. Deana Says:

      I would decorate the funeral coach with ravens and make it into a mini Edgar Allan Poe shrine! I hope I win!

    24. Linda Snock Says:

      I love this carriage…..I would incorporate it into my day of the dead collection……so lots of skeletons and orange flowers!

    25. Cheryl Lee Says:

      This is so cool, something ala the “Munsters”?????

    26. Nadine Says:

      OOOH! I want to make a haunted carriage!

    27. Diana bittaker Says:

      Ok this is just so beautiful- I don’t think I would change much- maybe add a few mourners and red roses on top of the coffin!

    28. Carla Says:

      Love the Halloween themed projects, would not change anything

    29. Roni Jensen Says:

      I just love this funeral carriage! If I had it, I would fill it with lovely funeral arrangements. Beautiful lilies and other items. i would also add Victorian elements to the actual carriage.

    30. Phyllis Bradd Says:

      Love Nichola’s creations and this is great…not sure I’d make any changes.

    31. Lori Wilczek Says:

      LOVE LOVE the funeral carriage! I can see this parked next to a Mausoleum (last weeks project). I would like to prop open the coffin in side the carriage and have a skeleton sitting up in side.

    32. Nancy E Says:

      So amazing! The possibilities are endless.

    33. Winnie Says:

      This is awesome! I could have so much fun with this giveaway.

    34. Barb Johnson Says:

      I would decorate it with clowns and all the trimmings the real funerals contain.

    35. Susan Roberts Says:

      I just want to thank you for stocking a carriage. I’ve been wanting one and keep trying to figure out how to use one of your other 3D boxes to make one. Thank you again!

    36. Joanne Root Says:

      I love this carriage and can see it decorated in masses of flowers and pulled by 2 horses in all their regalia!

    37. Mary Mac Says:

      I would love to make the wonderful tags.

    38. robin dudley howes Says:

      OM GOSH!!!!!!!! love love love it! I might attempt to cut actual glass to fit the carriage…I solder and may add that to it. thanks for the giveaway!!

    39. Lana Says:

      One day, my dream will come true…I’ll be in the bathroom at Alpha Stamps, it will be at closing time, unbeknownst to them, they accidently lock me in the store….I step out of the bathroom…run to the door and realize, I’m locked in…oh well, make the best of a bad situation!!!! I’d create all night long!!!

    40. Sandy Says:

      What an absolute addition to anyone’s Halloween display. It screams “Macabre”

    41. Karen S Says:

      I’ve been thinking of a Funeral Carriage and here it is already created, no cutting required.
      This carriage would be MY last good-bye BUT it’ll have to be a red carriage and with red polka dot lining. Lots of red roses as my final farewell.

    42. Cathy Skrehot Says:

      Totally awesome, I see much more red, and maybe a skeleton driving it, with a top had and a bottle of wine in his hand…
      Thanks for the chance to win!

    43. Randi Scholl Says:

      This coach is so beautiful I love it exactly as it is. I would only add some flowers. I’m in love with it.

    44. Katie Says:

      This is so incredible, I’d love to deck it out in bone white and gold.

    45. Tami Says:

      This is brilliant and beautiful – and I would add just a few sprigs of red roses and a horse out front to pull the brigade!
      Thank you!

    46. marykay chisum Says:

      💜💜💜💜💜 THIS AMAZING project!! So SPOOKY and what a wonderful addition to my Halloween village and carnival!

    47. Della Says:

      ❣️❣️LOVE!! this. I’ll be making the Funeral wagon in complete Victorian glory!!! Best project ever!!!

    48. Amanda Morris Says:

      Oh my goodness! I absolutely LOVE this. Mine would be similar but I would outfit a skeleton to be the driver. Oh, and I will be on the lookout for a skeleton horse as well. Fingers crossed!!!

    49. Karen Mallory Says:

      I love that carriage! It is so fantastical! I love the pieces created with the clocks.

    50. Lou Anne colodny Says:

      The funeral car is magnificent. I would use that and set up a procession of strange things following it. Ohhhh delicious stuff.

    51. Christi Conley Says:

      WOW WOW WOW!! I honestly couldn’t decorate that funeral carriage ANY better!! AMAZING!!!

    52. Donna Says:

      Omg! This funeral carriage is amazing. It is perfect exactly as is. Wouldn’t change a thing. What a creative project!

    53. Emily Ann Dale Says:

      Love the new hearse!! I’d decorate it with flowers

    54. cg Says:

      Looking at that glass all around, I’d either go with an old style Popemobile OR have a bunch of (bad) little children with their faces pressed against the glass and being driven away by Krampus! Of course, my three go FIRST.

    55. chark Says:

      this is fabulous! maybe day of the dead skulls…

    56. JAN Says:

      I love the detail on the windows. I would make a spooky horse and driver to go along with this.

    57. Olivia Says:

      This so reminds me of Lincoln for some odd reason. Not sure it is the same period but would go with that theme. Would love to win!

    58. Debbi Decker Says:

      Wow. I need this. Badly. I have skellies that would be perfect with this. One for the driver in a top hap and tails, one dressed as a Victorian widow with veil! I just saw a video of one similar to this that was used in New Orleans!!

    59. Ray Says:

      Maybe a day of the dead theme with painted mariachi skeletons walking along side.

    60. Jennifer Purciel Says:

      I absolutely love the carriage. It made me think of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. I would make it just like it is but have the coffin hanging half out, with a skeleton hand peaking out from the bottom, with the lid slightly ajar. I would set it next to the paper craft Haunted Mansion I just finished.

    61. Denise Bryant Says:

      I would *love* to decorate that funeral coach like the one they have at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland! I got some great pics of it last time I got to visit Disneyland, a about 2 years ago!

    62. Orlie Severson Says:

      I would make it just like it is now, I can not get over how you all come up with all these goodies.It would go great in my Halloween Village.

    63. Patricia Nisbet Says:

      White roses definitely. I would also look for horses to pull it along.

    64. Gail Romero Says:

      Ths is so amazing and disturbing at the same time. Which makes it a must have. This is quite the master stroke.

    65. Sharon Says:

      While I love Halloween & creepy, this is so beautiful as-is. It makes me think of Scrooge imaging seeing Marley’s funeral carriage…I love A Christmas Carol!

    66. Leah Fein Says:

      Haole decorate the coach? Black lace and sheer black curtains

    67. Kee Ostler Says:

      This is awesome! I think that I might make it into a steampunk gypsy style hearse…so inspired right now…thanks for the chance to win!

    68. Denise Clark Says:

      I love the carriage! The black is nice, but I would like to paint on some gold scrolling!

    69. Noreen Says:

      Love, love that vintage hearse!! I think it would be cool if skulls replaced all the ornaments on the top of the hearse.

    70. Dawn Says:

      Love this funeral carriage. I would decorate it very similar to the one pictured. I would add it to my Halloween decorations I already have.

    71. Jen R Says:

      I love this. Would maybe go with a New Orleans theme.

    72. Elizabeth Says:

      What a fun giveaway! I would make a haunted hearse for my graveyard.

    73. Mary A Says:

      I have wanted to make a funeral carriage like this for a long long time. This one is almost perfect, so I would make it almost exactly as shown. I would add blood red roses to the top of the coffin. Dripping blood red roses.

    74. Sandy Smeby Says:

      Wow! This is the most awesome Halloween kit I have seen this year! I would decorate it very Victorian with satin rosettes, ribbon and tassels. A Dia de los Muertes theme would be fun with cut paper banners and Caitrina skeleton inside bedecked with jewels and flowers.

    75. Jessica Says:

      That funeral coach is amazing!!!

    76. Libby jones Says:

      I love this! So macabre! I would love to decorate it as I imagine a midsummer night’s dream would be in that era. Poor puck! Or oberon. Who can say who is in that tiny coffin? But so much wisteria and trailing vines! Crafted by hand by fairies!

    77. Kim Lucak Says:

      Love Victorian, maybe Lincoln’s funeral???

    78. Marilyn Hughes Says:

      All the projects are awesome! I would have to deck out the coach as a funeral coach but not sure quite how I would go about it. I would probably research Victorian funeral coaches first and then chose a design.

    79. brae Says:

      How marvelous! :D

    80. Debora Loughner Says:

      I love the funeral carriage. I’d decorate it with handmade miniature roses! Lots of roses! :D
      Please enter me in the drawing!

    81. Debby Basaraba Says:

      Incredible!! I would put a 1/4″ scale miniature cemetery in it. Tombstones, tortured trees and ghosts….In addition there is room for a 1/4″ scale haunted room vignette in the riders box.

    82. Linda Martin Says:

      As secretary of our Cemetery Association, I would do a scene of the funeral coach with a decorated coffin in it and the cemetery scene behind it. I would use tombstones, trees, and the lighted moon (from the Lemax accessories) over the cemetery with a bat flying in the moonlight. I would also add a horse ready to pull the funeral carriage.

    83. Stacy Blow Says:

      Goodness! The windows are perfect! I think I would add some gold fringe and a matched pair of fiery-eyed black steeds or maybe do a complete 180 and deck it out for Cinderella with silk cushions, some tasteful bling, and white carriage horses with plumed bridles and velvet harnesses!

    84. Jennie Ingram Says:

      Maybe with a tiny shrouded skeleton pushing it’s way out of the lid? ;-)

    85. angelic Says:

      I loved the TV show “The Monsters” and would create Herman Monster’s car.

      I would make the tags for my last minute Halloween craft and add the tags with my Halloween candy bags.

    86. Michelle Says:

      I love it! I would decorate it as the transport for the high vampire.

    87. Luanne Shoup Says:

      I would make the funeral carriage and give it to my husband, he loves that sort of stuff!

    88. Ronda Liebert Says:

      Awesome – would love to win this. Maybe make is a Snow White asleep in a carriage waiting for her Price to awaken her.

    89. Sylvia L. Says:

      The carriage is just gorgeous-elegant & eerie at the same time. I would leave it as a funeral carriage, maybe add lanterns to the outside & drapes for the windows.

    90. Ina Good Says:

      I would do a Dracula carriage..on the dark side