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    New Coffin Shrine, Little Coffin Hutch artwork & SALE!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Halloween, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    What a treat in store today! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has hit maximum Halloween crafting craziness and created a miniature hutch from the new Little Niche Shrine – Coffin!

    But before I get lost in telling you all about the wonders inside the hutch, these 3 very popular miniatures are back in stock!

     
    Little Coffin Hutch by Shannon Cooper!

    Wow! Really. The new coffin shrine is fairly simple: A niche shrine, with a solid back that could also be hinged as a cover. But Shannon turned it into a piece of 1:12 scale furniture! And she has a tutorial on her blog post with all kinds of info (making the shelves, wrapping the edges of the coffin…).

    So here’s a bit of text from that post as intro:

    Eeek, Halloween crafting is in full swing! My entire craft area is covered in bats, skulls, spooky paper, black cats, glitter… I think all of the Halloween stuff I own is scattered across two tables (save for a teensy workspace where the cat sometimes sits).

    I finished a mini project recently using Alpha Stamps new Little Niche Shrine – Coffin. Leslie knows how much I love the niche shrines, so she sent one to play around with. (it is also possible I begged for one, whatever!)

    I covered the sides of the shrine and added two shelves to make a miniature hutch to use in a future project. There’s a faux drawer and spindly feet, too. A brief run-down for adding sides and shelves is down below.

    The hutch is filled with a handful of retro orange and black goodies like a 1:12 Brass Picture Frame painted purply-black with a sweet witch image, re-covered Thinner Mini Books, a fun black cat bunting from the Witchy Mirror Trims Collage Sheet, and a Tiny Ceramic Vampire Bead.

    More info and pics of some of those tiny items are below. Plus a rather extensive tour of other bits and bobs.

    I’ve put ALL of Shannon’s supply list in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies shown ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!
     

     
    Starting off on this whirlwind tour as gently as possible: the Small Baroque Cast Metal Wall Frame! I love the squirrelly details (yes, that is a technical term) and it looks great painted black. If you scroll down just a wee bit you can see the coffin in a room box … with paper from the Masquerade 12×12 Custom Paper Set as wallpaper (which you can also see behind the metal frame in the close-up at left).

    And that tiny (yet enthusiastic) portrait is from the Halloween Pendants Collage Sheet.

     
    Next up: lots of stuff so this tour is getting busy… a candelabra, that brass frame already mentioned in Shannon’s intro, a white cat, a bright orange pumpkin button (from a button set on sale!), and some thistles (maybe thistles? orange flowers in a white planter) which are cleverly snipped from a flower box!

    Photos of most everything I just mentioned are either left or right of this text or in a row below the wide art photo.
     

     
    Wow. I’ve zoomed way in to see “just” the top shelf and there’s still more to see than my short highlights here.

    A RIP Tombstone Polymer Clay Slice and a Tiny Ceramic Vampire Bead are over on the left side of the shelf (and also shown in pics left and right). There’s also the black cat bunting Shannon mentioned, tiny jars of beads, and a skull bead. Oh, and you can just make out the crazy ’60s font of “Trick or Treat” on the front of a tiny folding paper bag on the next shelf down!
     


     

     
    NEW: Coffin Hutch SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from Shannon’s fab project above!

    Use coupon COFFIN-HUTCH when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Over 20 items!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, September 21st at midnight PST.

    See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon COFFIN-HUTCH when checking out!

    And don’t forget to visit Shannon’s blog post for that tutorial on putting it all together!

      
    Comments Off on New Coffin Shrine, Little Coffin Hutch artwork & SALE! Posted by Leslie, September 19th, 2021

    Spooky New Paper Pack & Halloween ATCs SALE!

    Filed under Bella Ayers, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Little Ghouls Kit

    I soooo love this new Dark Halloween 12×12 Paper Pack! A moody mix of prints and colors… from Victorian images to diamond and brocade patterns. Plus labels and some skulls/roses worthy of a Day of the Dead project. 12 double-sided cardstock sheets (24 different designs) — highly recommended!

     
    Artwork from the Little Ghouls Kit!

    Ok… this kit has long been sold out. But we had a swap using 5 chipboard ATC frames in the kit (or announced with that kit) and the entire Design Team joined in the fun and made art samples!

    So below are examples of ATCs from Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson and Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) (respectively) using that kit and those frames.

    I’ve put the supplies for ALL THREE art projects in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! PLUS I added a ton more bonus supplies to the sale group! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies shown ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)! (Note: you can click on any of the 3 rows of art samples to see the supply list for that particular set.)
     


     

     

     

     
    Lots of Faves are Back in Stock!

    From Halloween to Christmas themes!

     
    NEW: Little Ghouls SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the 3 projects above!

    PLUS I added a bunch more items: Collage Sheets that are tagged both Halloween and ATCs (in addition to lots of collage sheets already used in the artwork), a few (more) Halloween buttons, the new An Undiscovered Magical World Tags or ATCs, and 2 ATC envelopes! 5 highlights of those additions are shown at right or below.

    Use coupon GHOULS when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! 40 items!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, September 18h at midnight PST.

    See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon GHOULS when checking out!

      
    Comments Off on Spooky New Paper Pack & Halloween ATCs SALE! Posted by Leslie, September 16th, 2021

    New Halloween Art by Kristin Batsel! New Minis & Retro TVs on SALE!

    Filed under Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Man in the Moon Mini Book Kit, Miniatures, Retro TV Kit

    Hooray! New Halloween artwork! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made a delightful The Halloween Special on BTV (that’s Brownie TV) using fairy collage sheets from the August Kit.

    And I picked out another Tiny TV project (also by Kristin) that’s highlighted below in the sale section (after a large group of new miniatures)!

    I’ve put the supplies for BOTH art projects in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! PLUS I added a ton more bonus supplies to the sale group! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!
     

    The Halloween Special on BTV by Kristin Batsel!

    Such a cute and clever “TV show”! Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post:

    Let’s see what’s playing on BTV (Brownie TV). I am a huge fan of Palmer Cox’s illustrations of Brownies, so I am totally in love with Alpha Stamps’ new collage sheets featuring them at Halloween. Those Brownies should be on TV! For this project, I used an Altoids Tin TV, and covered it with scrapbook papers. A couple of toothpicks make the perfect antennas.

    I used a thin strip of sturdy scrapbook paper to make the TV 3d. The Brownie images are attached to the background with foam tape, and a mossy ground and some pumpkins were added. To fit the pumpkins in, I cut them in half with a box cutter. If you apply slow gentle pressure, they divide fairly easily. They’re attached with white glue. I made one into a jack o’ lantern using a thin tipped Sharpie.

    Clever! (Both making the TV any depth instead of inserting a tin, AND cutting a pumpkin pod in half). Read more in Kristin’s blog post and/or see the supply list (and remember all those items are on sale — see the bottom of this post for more info AND another project by Kristin)!
     

     
    New (mostly) Miniatures!

    Even more than the new things shown below so check here to see everything new today (11 items — includes 3 popular back-in-stock goodies)!

     
    NEW Sale: Mini Haunted Houses

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the project above!

    PLUS I chose the cute Tiny TV below (also by Kristin) using a smaller TV and I added those supplies to the sale collection, too. Here’s the original blog post and the supply list. Note: that scene with the cowboys can be swapped out for another program… that Kristin is clever!

    AND then I added 24 more items to those supply lists (in a similar retro vein and included all sizes/styles of tiny TVs) for over 40 sale options! 3 highlights of those additions are shown below.

    Use coupon RETRO-TV when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, September 14th at midnight PST.

    See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon RETRO-TV when checking out!

      
    Comments Off on New Halloween Art by Kristin Batsel! New Minis & Retro TVs on SALE! Posted by Leslie, September 12th, 2021

    Mini Haunted Houses!

    Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Halloween, Kristin Batsel

    Yes, we’re a bit closer to Halloween than the last time I highlighted haunted houses. Which is why I’m switched gears and I’m featuring 2 smaller haunted house options for today’s artwork and NEW Sale!

    It’s actually 6 haunted house options, as 3 related Mini Shrines are in the second project — plus I added 2 more Mini Shrines to the sale that are from that shrine series but not in the artwork!

    Note: All of today’s artwork is by that talented Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

    I’ve put the supplies for ALL the artwork below in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! PLUS a couple more bonus supplies! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

    Oh, one more announcement: the winner of the Cemetery Shadowbox Kit Giveaway is Rebecca Disher! Check your email for more details.
     

    Tiny 3D Haunted House by Kristin Batsel!

    Kristin really adores Halloween… beside the extra Halloween projects she always volunteers for… her Halloween artwork is perfect!

    Case in point: today’s Tiny 3D Haunted House. First of all, it’s made from the Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base (related to one of the house shapes from the Mini Haunted House Covers)… you can see a mini photo at left (and that’s the back view… it has a big arch cut in the back facade to help with inserting a Tea Light).

    And just look at the pics below of the front side!! Kristin decided to paper over one of the 3 rectangular windows cut in the front so she could make a door (and I love that little “cobblestone” path through the grass to her door)!

    And look at all the parts you get in this kit: it includes the platform and the fence pieces and the little tombstones! (Note: there’s a close-up of the tombstones below in the sale section; AND Kristin added a tutorial on how to paint the flat chipboard tombstones to give them a 3D appearance in her blog post!) Here’s a couple tips from that blog post:

    The “stone” path in the front is cut from a cardboard egg carton. It’s got the perfect texture for pavers.

    The windows in this little house are actually thin sheets of mica. Here in the front windows, I put the image of the child behind the mica, so it looks like she’s inside. The pumpkin is in front of the mica so it looks like it’s outside, sitting on the windowsill.

    I used mica in the window because the house is designed to accommodate a tea light. When it’s dark, you can light it up and it looks so spooky!

    Read more in Kristin’s original blog post with tutorial and/or see the supply list (and remember all those items are on sale — see the bottom of this post for more info).
     

    Teeny Tiny Halloween Shriney (x3!) by Kristin Batsel!

    I LOVE these petite shrines! And check out that pic at right to see the 3D mouse Kristin added to the Big Cat Mini Shrine! (I also love the cardboard facade she added with the cats mouth and teeth.)

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year: college football, and Halloween crafting. Yay! Today I present to you three out of the five adorable mini Halloween shrines just released from Alpha Stamps. The opening of each one measures just 2″ by 2″. The tallest one shown is a little less than 6″ tall. So cute! Here’s what I did with mine…

    For the Raven October Shrine, I painted the front with acrylics, and gave the raven a witch hat and a red rhinestone eye. Three tiny trick or treaters stand on a bed of moss and select from the available pumpkins. I considered printing out the “pumpkin patch” sign, but every pumpkin patch I’ve ever been to seems to sport a crudely painted sign, so I hand painted the sign in the interest of historical accuracy.

    Here’s Kristin’s supply list and be sure to visit Kristin’s original blog for more photos and tips!

     
    NEW Sale: Mini Haunted Houses

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the projects above! PLUS I added these items not in the supply lists:
    Cat in Moon Mini Shrine
    Cat on Pumpkin Mini Shrine
    – the Halloween 2x2s Collage Sheet that was designed for the Mini Shrines
    – the Tiny Rickety Fence Set for even more fences (in the same tiny size as in the Tealight Haunted House Kit)

    Use coupon MINI-HH when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, September 11th at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlighted quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 3 more are shown below (below the wide photo previewing Kristin’s tutorial on how to paint the flat chipboard tombstones to give them a 3D appearance). Here’s a reminder on that original blog post link.

    See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon MINI-HH when checking out!

      
    Comments Off on Mini Haunted Houses! Posted by Leslie, September 9th, 2021

    New Cemetery Shadowbox Kit, Wrought Iron & Artwork!

    Filed under Cemetery Shadowbox Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Before I show off the new kit (and fab new artwork!): a reminder that the Halloween Collage Sheet SALE continues through tomorrow night, September 6th at midnight PST.

    30% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Tons of options… over 180!
     

    Cemetery Shadowbox Kit

    Oh… I love the deep colors in this kit (and new An Undiscovered Magical World Papers, 3 of which are in the kit)… and the imagery, too!

    See the 3 A4-size papers below (that are in the kit): between the dark mystical/cemetery images and 1 sheet having ATC-size images, I decided to make a new Wrought Iron Facade as the front for the existing Shadowbox to cover both bases (yes, both of those items are also in the kit — and see below, as Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas made fun/spooky/colorful artwork including ATCs and this kit)!

    This kit also includes TWO collage sheets (both on sale if you catch ’em quick):
    Cemetery Tombstone Silhouettes
    New Cemetery Signage & ATCs Collage Sheet
    Six backgrounds, ready for you to add a bit of spice to make Halloween ATCs. And a big bunch of signs (from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to Nevermore Asylum)!

    Finally, a 1 Inch Black Acrylic Raven (back in stock!): perfect to perch on a tombstone.

    Go see the new kit for more info and photos on all 8 kit items (plus related new items, new artwork and a Giveaway are below).

     
    Children of the Night by Rhonda Thomas

    Wow! Isn’t this fun?! Rhonda used the new Wrought Iron Gate for 3×4.5 Shadowbox that I designed to fit over the facade and shadowbox that are in the kit (and both in Rhonda’s project, too). I love how she highlighted all the left-side edges with a white gel pen to add some “pop”! (Check out 3 wide photos below, too.)

    Here’s a bit of intro text from Rhonda’s blog post:

    Once this gate opens, you will literally be taken to “An Undiscovered Magical World”. It is guarded by many frozen Charlottes from the past, a large Raven, and once you go inside, you will witness the Children of The Night. Do NOT look into their eyes!

    It was nice to have a moment away, in a creepy yet wonderful place. And the whole thing came together so easily, which always makes for a special project. I started with a Mini 3×4.5 Shadowbox and knew that I wanted to add this new facade and wrought iron gate. A tad of plum-colored paint was all it needed.

    My inspiration came from the new An Undiscovered Magical World papers that are available at Alpha Stamps. First I decided on what background I wanted for inside of the shadowbox. I also wanted to include the etched RIP Bat Headstone and Acrylic Raven. [Note: see the wide photo at the very bottom of this post for the inside of the shadowbox without any ATCs, so you can see the headstone and acrylic raven.] Since purple was the main color that I chose, I added different elements that went along with that theme including some Purple Crepe Ribbon, Purple Dresden Borders and Burgundy & Mauve Flowers.

    Beautiful! See more details in Rhonda’s blog post (like all NINE ATCs!) and here’s her supply list for all those images and papers! (And come back to see more new items, plus a Giveaway that includes supplies from Rhonda/s artwork!)

     
    More New Items!

    Even more than the new things above and below so check here to see everything new today (12 items)!

     
    Cemetery Shadowbox Kit Giveaway!

    In addition to the new kit (!) I’m also including EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s Supply List!

    That’s a ton of supplies! Here are a few I haven’t mentioned yet:
    Eclectic Charm Frills Scrapbook Paper (with a pretty purple brocade pattern on the back)
    Dolls in the Attic Collage Sheet (more creepy kids!)
    – Those 2 etched RIP tombstones shown below (and shown on the inside and back of Rhonda’s shrine)!

    Note: As there is a Cemetery Shadowbox Kit included in the Giveaway, any items that are part of the kit (and also listed separately in the supply list) will only be included once.

    To enter the Cemetery Shadowbox Kit 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 6, 2021).

    And tell me: what will you make with these supplies?

    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!

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 5th, 2021

    Holiday Weekend?! That calls for TWO sales!

    Filed under Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Mini Conservatory Kit

    But first: Halloween artwork! I picked out 2 projects using the Mini Conservatory Accordion Book (one Halloween themed and one not). AND I’ve put the supplies for BOTH of them in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those supplies! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

    AND as it’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S. (and we’re getting closer to that witching hour)… ALL Halloween Collage Sheets are on SALE at 30% off! More info on both sales is below!

     
    Halloween Row Houses by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel

    From Kristin’s original blog post:

    I know Halloween is quite a ways off (!), but it’s one of my favorite themes to craft for, so when I got the current Alpha Stamps kit and it contained a row of funny little houses, I knew what had to be done.

    The houses are quite small, and just so happen to fit in a 3″ by 4″ matchbox, which I also gave a Halloween look. I painted the outer sleeve black and added scrapbook paper and collage sheet images. The black border around the cat is printed on a clear sticker. I left the ends of the inner box plain, to resemble an actual matchbox.

    More info is in the original blog post and/or see Kristin’s supply list (on sale, too… see below for info on the discount code).

     
    Miniature Conservatory by Laura Carson

    Oh… this is so pretty! Laura made a Miniature Conservatory (with faux stained glass windows) that would be beautiful sitting on a windowsill.

    Laura used 2 of the Mini Conservatory Accordion Books (and cut the panels apart so she could sandwich stained glass “windows” between each of the 2 matching panels). She then used metal hinges to reconnect the panels together.

    Laura decorated both sides (the photos above and below show different sides — the far right brick paper on the photo above is the same end panel as the far left panel on the wider photo below).

    More info and photos in Laura’s original blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies.


     

     
    NEW Sale #1: Mini Conservatory Book!

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from BOTH projects above!

    Use coupon CONSERVATORY when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, September 4th at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlight quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 3 more are shown below. See the entire sale collection here! Remember to use the coupon CONSERVATORY when checking out!

    NOTE: ALL the Halloween Collage Sheets are already on sale, including these in Kristin’s artwork!

     
    NEW Sale #2: Halloween Collage Sheets!

    30% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Tons of options… over 180!

    Reminder that these 8 Halloween collage sheets in Kristin’s artwork are included in this sale, too (and 3 are shown below).

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, September 6th at midnight PST.

      
    Comments Off on Holiday Weekend?! That calls for TWO sales! Posted by Leslie, September 2nd, 2021

    All about Potion Bottles! New Artwork, Sale & Freebie!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Shannon Cooper, Teri Calia

    Freebie?! It’s been awhile… but lookie what I’ve whipped up for you! These Mini Potion Bottles are baby versions of the Chipboard Potion Bottles – 3 Sizes (which are back in stock today… plus there’s cute art using those bigger versions below).

    A set of these FIVE mini potion bottles is free with all orders (now through Tuesday, August 31st)! (Physical orders only… sorry, but if you order all digital items, I won’t be mailing you a set.)

    Oh, and see those tiny labels in the photo at right? They’re from a brand spanking new collage sheet designed with tons of labels for those tiny chipboard bottles! (Not included in the freebie, but there is a photo and more info below.)

    There’s a new project, too! Also using a potion bottle as the main object that’s decorated (but a Little Niche Shrine – Potion Bottle this time).

    AND I’ve put the supplies for BOTH of these projects in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

     
    Witch’s Potion Niche Shrine by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    So much Halloween goodness is packed into this tiny shrine!

    Anyone else ready for summer to be over? Two months ago? I’m eagerly anticipating the slightly “cooler” weather, the departure of mosquitoes, and…Hallowe’en!!! The heat and annoying bloodsuckers will be lingering long after October, but at least I have something to look forward to that isn’t too far off. And being holed up in the house gives me time to make all the spooky things (or at least three).

    My latest Hallowe’en project was another small one, but I really love Alpha Stamps niche shrines. Like, really, really. I’ve made quite a few things from them already, however, I recently realized each one could be Hallowe’en themed and together would be a nice mantle display. Even the egg. Is it a giant spider egg sack, alien egg, or a pumpkin (just add stem)? Pretty versatile things, those niche shrines.

    This Potion Bottle Shrine was painted black before being covered with Eerie Night Cemetery Secrets Scrapbook Paper and Brimstone Bulletin Scrapbook Paper. I sanded the paper here and there for that aged look. There’s a Tiny Dot Dresden Borders – Black trim around the niche opening.

    The center was wallpapered with Witches & Wizards 6×6 Paper Pad before a bunch of stuff was tucked inside. There’s a tiny shelf to hold a few tiny things like a teensy witch hat! I chopped a bit off the Rustic Broom to make it fit and painted eyes on the cat.

    What a fun mini Halloween project! More info is in Shannon’s blog post and/or see the supply list (on sale, too… see below for info on the discount code).

     
    Potion Bottle Wall Hanging by Teri Calia

    I’ve already mentioned these Chipboard Potion Bottles are back in stock. Beside using them separately as giant tags or just backgrounds for individual bottles, Teri cleverly connected them all together and made a wide wall hanging!

    I used two sets of Chipboard Potion Bottles to create the base. I simply glued the potion bottles side by side onto a piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock (after papering the fronts of the bottles).

    All of the cute pumpkin-headed children I used came from my Halloween Darlings Collage Sheet.

    I love all the little trims like bats & ravens & pumpkins (and mini Halloween labels at the top of each bottle)… they really spice up what might otherwise just look like “plain” scrapbook paper in the background.

    More info is in the original blog post and/or see Teri’s supply list.


     

     
    More New Supplies!

    Short and very sweet! A reminder: that new collage sheet fits the new Mini Potion Bottles. And aren’t those etched tombstones great for Halloween?!

     
    NEW Sale: Potion Bottles!

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from BOTH projects above!

    Use coupon POTION-BOTTLES when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, August 31st at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlight quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 3 more are shown below. See the entire sale collection here! Remember to use the coupon POTION-BOTTLES when checking out!

    And remember there’s the free gift of a set of the new Mini Potion Bottles with all (physical) orders through Tuesday, too!

      
    Comments Off on All about Potion Bottles! New Artwork, Sale & Freebie! Posted by Leslie, August 29th, 2021

    Spooky bricks?! New cats & cauldrons! Artwork x3 and SALE!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Grimsley Village, Halloween, Laura Carson, Nichola Battilana

    Eek! So much Halloween goodness today! Starting with those tiny acrylic shapes at right (new and exclusive)! And though they are not included in the artwork/supply lists of the THREE projects today, I’ve included them in today’s new sale, too!

    So… spooky bricks! The Red Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper is back in stock and there have been tons of cool projects using it. And since we’re speeding toward Halloween, I’ve picked out two haunted houses by the Design Team that used that paper. Plus the Large Blue Mosaic and Seize the Night Scrapbook Papers are back in stock, too, so I added some beautiful tarot cards by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) with those papers as backgrounds.

    AND I’ve put the supplies for ALL THREE of these projects in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

     
    Haunted House Shadow Box by Nichola Battilana

    Wow! This is such a great haunted house! Nice, sharp contrasts with all the orange and black (and a few extras like purple).

    A little haunted house shadow box today. Inside a collection of spooky ooky bits…

    I’ve kept the little spaces pretty simple and haven’t cluttered them up too much since they’ll be covered by the house exterior most of the time.

    If you know me at all, you know I’m a bit lazy when it comes to hinges. I’ve opted to not have hinges in this piece at all and simply use a length of ribbon that is tied around the back and hold the front of the front facade in place.

    What a fun mini haunted house! More info is in the original blog post and/or see Nichola’s supply list (yep… on sale, too… see below for info on the discount code).

     
    Tarot Cards by Miz Bella

    Oooh! How beautiful! These Tarot Cards 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.

    Plus she used a deep blue background from the Seize the Night Scrapbook Paper. One of the cards has a diamond-shaped frame in the center, cut out from the Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper.

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

    Nice work, Bella! Learn more about the project in the original blog post and see all the goodies she used in her Supply List (and remember all those items are on sale — see the bottom of this post for more info).

     
    The House of Ghosts by Laura Carson

    Laura used the Large Haunted House Frame Set and trims, related to the smaller shadowbox in Nichola’s project.

    When thinking about projects for this Halloween season, I realized that in the hundreds of Halloween pieces I’ve made, none of them are ghost themed so I’ve rectified that with a ghost-themed project and new ghostly images.

    On the edge of Grimsley Village is crumbling brick house. It’s had many residents during its life; some of which have died and now haunt the house.

    The house is crumbling with piles of bricks blocking the door and holes in the roof…

    I love all the distressing Laura did (and tearing away parts of the roof and walls). And the faux metal patina on that Bat Border on top of the roof is so pretty and rich!

    More info is in the original blog post and/or see Laura’s supply list.

     
    More New Supplies!

    New and back-in-stock items! With all the art projects scattered about today, here’s a single link where you can view all the new or returning supplies.

     
    NEW Sale: Spooky Bricks!

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from ALL THREE projects above!

    Bonus: I also added the three NEW tiny acrylic shapes to the sale, too!

    Use coupon SPOOKY-BRICKS when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, August 28th at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlight quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 3 more are shown below. See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon SPOOKY-BRICKS when checking out!

      
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    Altered Tins, Sleeping Beauty & Snowy Supplies!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Altered Tins, Back in Stock, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Laura Carson, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    The Fancy Latch Sets are back in stock, which have been used in multiple projects as closures on Altoids Tin Books. So I’ve picked out THREE projects from the talanted ladies on the Design Team: each with a creative book made from a tin! AND I’ve put the supplies for ALL three of them in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

    But first: the new Sleeping Beauty 8×8 Paper Pad! A beautiful collection including castles and medieval windows (and subtle teal and gold colors). 1 sheet each of 10 double-sided designs (each sheet is a different design). Plus the back sides of the front & back covers are 2 more designs!!

     
    Queen of Hearts Deck of Cards Case by Caroline Ouzts-Hay

    Ah, there’s the perfect use for a Fancy Latch Set! Caroline’s Queen of Hearts Deck of Cards Case is clever and beautiful. Here’s a bit from her original post:

    I love Alice in Wonderland and right now so does Alpha Stamps with their Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit. I’ve done Alice tins before but this one is my favorite, because it is functional.

    Inside there are two Blank Altoids Tin bottoms hinged together using the Altoids Tin Book Covers with a minor alteration to the spine to make it wider.

    Clever! I also love the gold crowns on the inside of the spine (made with the Large Chess Crown Rubber Stamp). And the halo of tiny playing cards scattered around the tin on the far right.

    Here’s Caroline’s Supply List and her blog post for more pictures and to read Caroline’s story about a very irritated Queen of Hearts. And don’t forget to come back for that TIN-ART sale!

     
    Alice Hinged Tin Book by Rhonda Thomas

    Next up: a hinged tin book with so many sides (and the wooden pediments on the outside covers) it’s almost a city!

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    I love new art challenges! This month, with Alpha Stamps Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, there were too many cool items to leave out. I had this crazy goal in my head to do a hinged tin book that also opened in the middle and had pediments. I was shocked to have succeeded.

    “The Oddities Box Doors and Windows is one of my favorite Collage Sheets that Alpha Stamps offers. Imagine my delight when this new version, Doors & Windows Book Covers, was made. It fits perfectly on the Altoids Tin Book Covers which I used two sets of on my hinged tin book.

    Visit Rhonda’s blog to find out what she used to make a secret opening for her book, and to see more photos. And see all the goodies she used in her Supply List (yep… on sale, too… see below for info on the discount code).

     
    Snowy/Winter Supplies!

    New and back-in-stock items! Ok… the latch below isn’t “winter” but it’s back (along with the Fancy Latch Set that started off today’s theme). Those puffy clouds aren’t really winter either… but look nice with all the snowy items here (and it’s super versatile paper)!

     
    NEW Altered Tins SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the TWO projects above!

    PLUS a bonus: I added in the supplies for this cute Halloween Potion Bottles Tin Book by Laura Carson!

    The tin is from almost a decade ago (!) but is still such a creative use of a tin. Here’s a link to Laura’s original post, just be aware that we moved to new site software in 2018 so come back here to get to the supplies.

    Use coupon TIN-ART when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, August 24th at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlight quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 3 more are shown below (from Laura’s tin). See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon TIN-ART when checking out!

      
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    New Through the Looking Glass Papers, Artwork & SALE!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Guest Designers, Miniatures

    What pretties today! FIVE new paper pads, some related new Alice in Wonderland trims, and artwork using pretty much everything I just mentioned by Guest Designer Connie Littell! Do you remember the other fab projects Connie made? There was a Miniature Halloween Market Stand (which is timely again) and an Alice Teapot Tea Party (certainly related to today’s theme).

    Back to today’s artwork: I’ve put ALL the supplies for Connie’s project in a new collection (with a few extras) and created a discount code for 20% off all those suppiles! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

    So these FIVE new paper pads: the Alice Through the Looking Glass Pads are a new group, related to the ever-popular Alice in Wonderland papers! There are 3 pads with the same designs in 3 sizes (from 6×6 to 12×12 with more characters from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, like Humpty Dumpty over on the right) plus 2 special pads: Backgrounds Pad and Collectables Pad (that last is extra special, as the characters in some of the pages are printed double-sided so you could cut them out and stand them up in a 3D scene and they can be viewed from either side — or could face either direction even if not standing up).
     

     
    Alice Through the Looking Glass Shrine by Connie Littell

    I so LOVE this project! Connie used the medium size of the House Shrine with Doors as a structure. Then went to town (!) papering it and filling it with furnishing and tiny sweets! There are tutorial photos on her blog post, too, so you can see how she made some of the tarts and custom items. Oh, and beside the big photo at right (and 2 wide photos under this intro text) there’s another wide photo showing the Alice Tarot Cards inside the drawer at the bottom of this post.

    By the way, that arched door on the front of the shrine that says “QUEEN ALICE” is from the Alice Through the Looking Glass 12×12 Paper Pad (though Connie used papers from FOUR of the new pads). That arched door is in all 3 of the “regular” Looking Glass Pads, but the size that fits the front of the shrine is from the 12×12 pad. (“Regular” in this instance means not the Backgrounds Pad and not the Collectables Pad.)

    Here’s some text from Connie’s blog post:

    I have a pretty little project for Alpha Stamps to share with you today that features Stamperia’s new Alice Through the Looking Glass papers. There are so many gorgeous papers in this collection I had a hard time choosing which ones to use. The base for this project is a House Shrine with Doors – Medium, the perfect vessel to set a Queen Alice scene inside.

    Open the doors and you’ll see I used a Victorian Table Kit I set all kinds of goodies on and filled the walls and floor with as many tiny treasures as possible.

    I fussy cut a few of the winged creatures from the Alice paper to display in a Mini Metal Shadowbox. It came with a bright red removable velveteen lining that I replaced with a gray suede paper. Super simple to use the original red as a template.

    I placed a Plant with Pink and Fuchsia Flowers inside an Antique Garden Urn as decoration. Before I set it in place, I snipped a few of the flowers and dropped them inside a 1cm Clear Glass Globe that got mounted on a spiked cone brad. When finished, it looks like a little floral snow globe.

    Great job, Connie! What a beautiful project! More info is in Connie’s blog post and/or see her supply list (and remember all those items are on sale — see the bottom of this post for more info).


     

     

     
    More New Items!

    Even more than the new things above and below so check here to see everything new today (9 items including TWO pieces of miniature furniture that are back in stock — and are shallow enough that they could fit in the same house shrine Connie used)! And check out the sale below as the second row in this “new” section are perfect for Alice…

     
    NEW Through the Looking Glass SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from Connie’s project above!

    Plus I added the 3 items directly above (in the 2nd row in the “new” section) to the sale! Those are the Alice-related items that Connie didn’t happen to use (in her vast group of supplies).

    Use coupon MIRROR when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, August 21st at midnight PST. (Where is this month going?!)

    See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon MIRROR when checking out!

      
    Comments Off on New Through the Looking Glass Papers, Artwork & SALE! Posted by Leslie, August 19th, 2021