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    Guest Designer Kathryn Nowosielski (plus Reindeer and a Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella's Corner, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Halloween, Newsletters

    Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. But you can try searching on the same names (as links below) on the new site.

    Meet the very talented Miz Kathryn Nowosielski who has graciously agreed to be our Guest Designer for the month of October!

    I’m a native Texan currently living in northern California. I was a nurse for twenty years then went into health education writing and sales.

    Following my husband over five states in the last ten years, I have picked up a lot of skills in my retirement. I have always been artistic and creative from an early age, so when I discovered stamping and its endless possibilities… I was hooked! I am also an admitted paper addict (my blog is named Paper Matters) and am primarily a card maker.

    I love to look at everything with the aspect of how I can use it; whether it’s paper, ribbon, lace or other embellishments and think that I have a good eye for color and coordination. I have a collection of 11,000 postcards, stacks of antique books and a ton of other ephemera that I incorporate in my art.

    I have been published in Stamper’s Sampler several times and once as Guest Artist (Aug/Sept 2011) and a two page feature (Spring 2012). I am also a calligrapher of 35 years so, I am always interested in the scripted word and penmanship.

    Since discovering Alpha Stamps, my whole artistic life changed. I discovered ATCs (through Laura Carson) and am continually inspired by her and all of the wonderful designers on the Alpha Stamps Design Team.

    I feel truly honored to be chosen as Guest Designer for October!

    “Primarily a card maker” is what Kathryn says about herself. Tsh. Don’t let her fool you! For Alpha Stamps Kathryn created an awfully (pun intended!) adorable Halloween banner titled, “The Three Little Witch Sisters.” (Psst! More photos are in the Gallery!)

    Using the On Sale! Mini Chipboard Pennants as her base, Kathryn took the On Sale!
    Halloween Kit Mini Paper Set and created her marvelously wicked little girls from the On Sale! Witchy Encore Collage Sheet. Isn’t it aaahdorable? Other elements Kathryn used are the:
    - Mini Pom Pom Fringe On Sale!
    - Halloween Acrylic Bead Mix On Sale!
    - Black Dresden Border Sampler Set

    Check out Kathryn’s blog, Paper Matters for more pictures and also to see another pennant she created with the Pumpkin Head kids!

    And… we’ve just posted the swap art from the Parisian Gargoyle Tag Swap including two by Kathryn!

    Plus check below for a Giveaway Miz Meghan chose, based on Kathryn’s artwork!

     New Deer (or are they Reindeer?)

    Ornate Deer Head Necklace
    Ornate Deer Head Necklace

    Miniature Set of Reindeer
    Miniature Set of Reindeer On Sale!

    Deer Head Brads
    Deer Head Brads On Sale!

    Reindeer Buttons
    Reindeer Buttons On Sale!

    Seasons Greetings Vintage Dazzlers
    Seasons Greetings Vintage Dazzlers

    Reindeer Holiday Dazzlers
    Reindeer Holiday Dazzlers

    Swap art from the Parisian Gargoyle Tag Swap
    is in the Gallery! Artwork above by Alice Eads


    Yay! A Little Witch Sisters Giveaway! Beside the items that Kathryn used in her banner above, Meghan pulled a few extra items she thinks would be fun to mix into your own Halloween banner. And remember: you can click on the Giveaway photos on this blog post to see more details.

    - October 2013 Kit – Halloween Banner
    - Halloween Labels Collage Sheet
    - Black Dresden Border Sampler Set
    - Black Chipboard Skull and Crossbones
    - Black Chipboard Pumpkin
    - 5mm Yellow Eye Stickers
    - Poison Bottle Sign Tags
    - Halloween Acrylic Bead Mix
    - 3/8 Inch Ric Rac Ribbons – Orange
    - 3/8 Inch Ric Rac Ribbons – Olive Green
    - 3/8 Inch Ric Rac Ribbons – Purple
    - Black Mini Paper Blooms
    - Tiny Orange Roses
    - Mini Pom Pom Fringe – Orange
    - Mini Pom Pom Fringe – Black
    - Mini Chipboard Pennants
    - Layerable Chipboard Banner Set
    - Tiny Sheer Ribbon – Black
    - White Glitter Skeletons Stickers
    - Mixed Faceted Teardrops – Orange
    - Tiny Glass Spheres in Bottles – Lavender

    To enter the Little Witch Sisters Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post by midnight, October 11, 2013 (Friday night PST).

    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!

    By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

    Posted by MizBella, October 10th, 2013

    131 Responses to “Guest Designer Kathryn Nowosielski (plus Reindeer and a Giveaway!)”

    1. Connie Says:

      Yes, Please!

    2. Karen N Says:

      Another awesome giveaway. Fingers crossed that one day I will win one of these!

    3. p boszko Says:

      omg…I want it all! thanks for the opportunity to win these fabulous things!

    4. mamakeegs Says:

      This one looks like so much fun!

    5. Kris Gruben Says:

      Wonderful! Lots of great ideas for this one! Thank you!!

    6. Kathleen Bumb Says:

      Love your fantastic store, and all of your fabulous giveaways!

    7. Russell Says:

      Hellooo Halloween!

    8. trisha too Says:

      That is some seriously amazing Halloween candy. In fact, I would take this over chocolate–definitely amazing!!


    9. Mary Welter Says:

      Boooo! What I could whip up with a witching theme.

    10. Debbie Rollier Says:

      OMG! I love the little witches, they look so innocent, but oh what spells they will weave…..

    11. Holly Tompkins Says:

      Awesome! Would be great fun working with this fabulous kit :)

    12. Stacy Says:

      Since Halloween is my favorite time of year – this would make awesome cards and decorations! Pick me:-)

    13. Marianne Says:

      I love Alpha Stamps!

    14. Lou Carver Says:

      what a frightfully good catch of art fun this would be!

    15. Rebecca Disher Says:

      I love the vintage images. You can never have to many of them or go wrong with them in your projects. Love this!!!

    16. Birgit Says:

      Thanks for featuring Kathryn’s art — just wonderful! I am off to check out her blog now. :)

      Oh, and thanks for the chance to win such goodies!

    17. Marion Says:

      This giveaway looks just wonderful, so please count me in!

    18. Carol Viens Says:

      Since Halloween is my most favorite holiday, this package of wonderful ephemera would be so welcome in my home!

    19. Shari Czerwinski Says:

      How fun! Thanks for the great prize package!

    20. Kris H Says:

      Double, Double, Toil and Trouble ! Love it all

    21. Mary Mac Says:

      Love all the wonderful embellishments with this giveaway. Halloween is my favorite time of year.

    22. Donna H. Says:

      awesome selection!!!!

    23. georgina ellis Says:

      Goodness….what a wonderful surprise for whoever wins this…its absolutely fabulous, luv Georgina

    24. Katarinanavane Says:

      I love all the Halloween stuff.

    25. Susan Kluger Says:

      Witchy Sisters!! That suggests so many creative ideas. Thanks for the chance to win, Alpha Stamps.

    26. Karen S Says:

      Well, here I am again – hoping to be selected for THIS wonderful Halloween prize. I hope I am lucky – it’s a fantastic selection.

    27. Barbara Bird Says:

      What a great giveaway and who wouldn’t love to win it ????
      Barbara Bird / Gecko Galz DT

    28. Patricia Davis Says:

      GREAT GIVEAWAY! Put me in please. great blog! Thank you!

    29. Tanya Says:

      Your designs and selection of ephemera always inspire me and make me smile!

    30. Holly Day Says:

      Beautiful collection! Just in time for Halloween!

    31. Sherry Bear Says:

      I really want this!

    32. Sherry D'Ambrosio Says:

      Love this Halloween banner! Such great detail and all seems to go together perfectly.

    33. angelic Says:

      beautiful collection! Thanks for the giveaway.

    34. Rabbit Says:

      Lovely set of creepy kid sisters! Great collection as always!

    35. Rose Cavalli Says:

      Thanks again for a great giveaway.

    36. Karen Crowder Says:

      It’s “bewitching” times 3!

    37. Loretta Says:

      Another incredible Halloween giveaway. Where do you come up with so many fantastic ideas!?!?!

    38. Charlotte Says:

      I saw love the selection of craft materials that have been chosen. It would be fantastic to be able to create with them

    39. Marilyn H Says:

      Another wonderful giveaway!

    40. Pam Weiler Says:

      A fabulous collection of Halloween candy. Thank you for the great giveaway. I would love to win!

    41. Jackie Says:

      I love Kat’s banners! A very cool giveaway- count me in “)

    42. Carlene Says:

      Another awesome givaway! I need to win one of these:)

    43. ramona szczerba Says:

      Sooper nifty!!

    44. Lindy Says:

      The banner is great! I am also loving seeing some early Christmas goodies!

    45. Sheree Says:

      Awesome! :)

    46. NJ Says:

      YES! Please! Halloween is one of my most favorite days! Another awesome giveaway, so thank you.

    47. DebbieK Says:

      Wow! Fabulous prizes. What a generous gift package. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    48. marla b Says:

      Feeling a little witchy now…always sending great new ideas- thank you so much!

    49. Christi Conley Says:

      I always read my Alpha Stamps newsletters because I am always inspired (and delighted) by what I see ~ Thanks for everything :)

    50. Thalia Kottke Says:

      Another terrific give-away, would love to win.

    51. carol Says:

      more inspiration ! I need more time.

    52. Suzanne Stockinger Says:

      Would love to play with all,but need more time. The witching hour is fast approaching. All of these goodies would help.

    53. Rise St Arno Says:

      Spooky nice.

    54. Wanda Says:

      OOOOH! What a terrific collection! Would love to be able to play with these goodies.

    55. Mandy Says:

      Wow! Thanks for the giveaway.

    56. Yvonne Cornelius Says:

      Fantastic giveaway as always.

    57. Janet Turner Says:

      What a fun giveaway! I would love it.

    58. Phyllis B. Says:

      This is another fantastic giveaway!

    59. Crystal Brown Says:

      This giveaway is spooktacular! Crossing my fingers to win!

    60. Mary Toriello Says:

      Another wonderful giveaway! Would love to be the winner.

    61. Jennie Says:

      Crossing my fingers!

    62. Victoria Harris Says:

      This is awesome ! Love the fibers!

    63. Roberta Schinner Says:

      Oh, man, these Halloween give-aways are doing me in!! Please, please, please pick me this time–I’m dying to win all this
      awesome Halloween stuff!!

    64. Sandy Holva Says:

      Halloween is my favorite time of year and I could do so much with this beautiful kit!

    65. Traci Says:

      Yeah!!! another giveaway not that I ever win but it gives me an opportunity to tell you how much I love shopping Alpha Stamps and LOVE the design teams creative projects! Thanks!!

    66. Ritva Says:

      More Halloween’s, great colours!

    67. Pamela Palmarini Says:

      Fingers and toes crossed this time… : )

    68. Sue Chesley Says:

      Another generous giveaway! Thank you!

    69. Holly Cramer Says:

      Love the little witch sisters and would love to win the giveaway.

    70. Carmen Willis Says:

      I hope, I hope, I hope, I win! Great Giveaway! Thanks Alphastamps!

    71. Shelly Says:

      Halloween is my favorite holiday!! It would be a treat to win this giveaway!
      Just love your site!!

    72. Regina Salvador Says:

      Such a great collection, I wish Halloween lasted as long as Christmas!

    73. cathrine bolin Says:

      Hoping for a little magic here! Would love to win this fun package

    74. Ann C Says:

      Gorgeously spooky!

    75. April Dudko Says:

      Can’t wait to check out Kathryn’s blog! Thanks for the chance to win, just look at all those goodies!

    76. Edith Says:

      please bewitch me

    77. Deb Neerman Says:

      WoW, what a fabulous collection of spook-tacular goodies! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    78. Karen Mallory Says:

      Always love your giveaway stuff!!!
      hugs Karen

    79. Laura Says:

      I’d love to win this, you always have such amazing giveaways, thank you for the chance to win this!

    80. Laura Kloth Says:

      i would love to win this! the halloween stuff is all so cute! good luck to all!

    81. Laura Kloth Says:

      this is so cute!

    82. Kathy Cabble Says:

      Oh, Please let me win this! I just can’t find any nice Halloween things anywhere.

    83. Celeste beck Says:

      Oh how much fun

    84. Beth WGA Says:

      The reindeer are so cute-got to get some before Christmas. This is such a fabulous give away-thank you for an opportunity to win. You guys really rock Halloween.

    85. connie w Says:

      terrific giveaway. love alpha stamps!

    86. Kimberly Says:

      So much talent so little time!

    87. Donna C Says:

      Love the Halloween give away, awesome!!
      Would love to win.

    88. Michelle Says:

      Holy Cow what a fabulous prize! Thanks for thinking of all of us crafters!

    89. Sandra Lee Says:

      Love your store…. would love to win this fabulous collection.

    90. kathi schaffer Says:

      more fabulous goodies! the fun never ends!!

    91. chark Says:

      how fun is this?

    92. Snap Says:

      Oh, boy. I love Halloween! thank you!

    93. Barbara Ramey Says:

      Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

    94. HawaiianLibrarian Says:

      Loving all things bewitching! Mahalo for sharing!

    95. Theresa Goldman Says:

      Wow what a great give away. Good luck to all.

    96. Jo Says:

      I love the little witches and the gargoyles! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway – your site is awesome!

    97. Nancy Stone Says:

      What a great giveaway!

    98. Deb Bartlow Says:

      Love love the goodies, big fan of the store and everything Halloween rocks, I would be thrilled to win, thank you for you generousity..

    99. kim Says:


    100. Carol Slowik Says:

      Hello! This is awesome! The best yet!!

    101. Vickie Says:

      What wonderful Halloween banners, my sweets! Thanks for the inspiration!

    102. Patricia League Says:

      Wow, what a great giveaway, would love to win it!
      Thanks for a chance….

    103. Lisa M Says:

      Kathryn is definitely an autumn gal; she looks great and is so talented. Love that banner!

    104. Brenda Lubrant Says:

      I love the witch sister’s Halloween banner and I see a lot of Halloween goodness in this week’s giveaway.

    105. Bobbie Kangas Says:

      This is the coolest Halloween stuff ever. I will cast a special spell so I win.

    106. Alice Says:

      Yet another awesome Alpha Stamps giveaway! I would love to win any of them :)

    107. Diane Douglas Says:

      Love what I see in this fabulous Giveaway! Thanks for another great chance to win!!

      Take care,

    108. Jeanne Kelly Says:

      Oo ooh! I just love witches, probably because I am one…hee, hee, hee!

    109. Robin Venecia Says:

      I enjoy all the artwork you post on your site. Such talented artists! I get excited when a new newsletter pops up on my inbox every-time!

    110. Melody B Says:

      Wouldn’t this be fun to make and put one’s OWN sister’s pix on? (Unfortunately, I have none- I NEED that collage sheet for imaginary family!)

    111. annstanley59 Says:

      What a wonderful collection! I simply adore all the goodies!

    112. Cindy Fitch Says:

      I just love the colors of Halloween. This looks like loads of fun. Good luck to me!

    113. Debi Williams Says:

      Awesome stuff!! love the Witchy Banner and the Gargoyles too!

    114. Jen R Says:

      Awesome!!!! PUH-LEASE pick ME???!

    115. sheila AR Says:

      Welcome Kathryn! Your stuff rocks!! Love all this kooky banner fun! Thanks for the giveaway Alpha!

    116. ratgirl Says:

      That new reindeer necklace is amazing. So many possibilities!

    117. Debra Hegar Says:

      Love your beautiful items…good source for inspiration!

    118. cathy norton Says:

      Another great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    119. Vikki light Says:

      Would be a great treat to win! Thank for the chance!

    120. Kathy Myles Says:

      Make mine a happy halloween and send me stuff!

    121. Sue C. Says:

      Would love to win, bring it on!

    122. Connie Minnich Says:

      I am so glad to have found your site (through Nichola’s Pixie Hill Blog) because you have the most wonderful selection of items a crafter could possibly want. AND your giveaways are fantabulous! Thanks.

    123. Kathy Says:

      Crazy cool Halloween stuff here. Would love to win.

    124. Missy Faught Says:

      I LOVE everything about Alpha Stamps! the products, the designers, the inspiration! Everything! Keep up the great work!

    125. Sharon Says:

      So adorable…perfect for adults and children. I am going to make this for next year!

    126. JO Says:

      I love witches!!!!!

    127. Lori Says:

      Congratulations Kathryn! Love your work. Thanks for the give a ways, Alpha Stamps, I’ll win one of these days.

    128. Sylvia L. Says:

      The banner is beautiful, and so are the giveaway items. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

    129. Victoria Says:

      Love it, keeping my fingers crossed.

    130. taradid Says:

      I love Halloween and the wonderful inspiration provided by the very talented Kathryn. Thanks for the opportunity to win this treat and that’s no trick!

    131. Miss Iowa Says:

      It’s still warm here but that isn’t stopping me from making Halloween stuff. But I need some goodies to alter a vintage Witch Hazel bottle that I bought at an antique store. Hope I win!