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    Eat, Drink, and Be Scary: A Miniature Trick-or-Treat Delight!

    Filed under Halloween, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    Wow! This is such a fun miniature room (? not sure it’s a room… backyard party setting)? Design Team Member Shannon Cooper was obviously inspired by the Halloween spirit (check below… the new luminaries are lit up on the steps)!

    Read on as there’s tons of eye candy, and there’s a new Eat, Drink, and Be Scary SALE too!!

     
    Eat, Drink, and Be Scary! by Shannon Cooper

    Starting with some text from Shannon’s blog post:

    I’m just going to cut to the chase. The new Porch & Courtyard Scene Box from Alpha Stamps is a scream!!! It’s a hefty 11-1/2″ long x 11-1/2″ wide by 13-1/2″ tall kit with a raised porch, steps, and a courtyard! Did I mention the arbor covering the porch?? Wow. I love this thing.

    There’s tons of possibilities with the kit, but with it being October and all, there was no way I was going to do anything but a Hallowe’en project! My trick-or-treat porch looks like any old house you might come across in a neighborhood — silly decorations, tombstones in the yard, and a spooky skeleton a kid would warily creep up to to if they wanted any candy — but this scene box could be turned into an amazing haunted house. It would also be pretty cute decked out with Christmas decorations and lights… oh my, how long until Christmas??!
     

    Speaking of lights, I used a few adorable Tiny Halloween Luminaries and a Mini String of Fairy Lights to illuminate the steps!

    The rest of the string of fairy lights are tucked behind the silhouetted images under the porch. I had made similar kinds of window silhouettes many moons ago when we went all out with decorations for the house. The life-sized versions were spooky images cut from black plastic that were glued to white fabric, then hung in the windows. The mini versions in the windows (top floor) are stamped images on vellum. The bottom silhouettes (under the porch) are black cats or skulls that have been taped to a frame made from Heavy Translucent Vellum and strips of wood.

    Note: Shannon made 2 versions of interchangeable frames that fit behind the porch supports. One version with skulls is shown here (another version with silhouettes of cats & bats from the Black Creepy Critters Shape Set is shown on her blog post).
     

    The new Tiny Halloween Luminaries are similar designs as the Tiny Halloween Lanterns but have 1 design per paper bag. They’re laser-cut and scored from heavy tan cardstock.

    Shannon lined the front cut-out panels with vellum and 2 layers of orange cellophane (see how-to pics on her blog post). She also shows how she punched a hole in the bottom of each luminarie for the fairy lights to poke through (and how she hide the wires under the steps).

    Thank you, Shannon! Such an inspired and detailed project! Here’s everything in Shannon’s (HUGE) supply list. Plus see below (below more fun photos — just look at that table of sweets!) for even more new items and the new sale!
     


     

     

     
    More New Items!

    Even more new items that Shannon used in her project! So everything new today is also included in the new sale!


    Little Gable Boxes
    (Did you notice the skeleton holding one of these above?)

    Mini String of Fairy Lights

    Miniature Foot Path LED Light

     
    NEW: Eat, Drink, and Be Scary SALE

    This is a coupon sale in honor of Shanon’s amazing project above! I should have a contest for trying to figure out how she repurposed items & images! 🙂

    Use coupon SCARY when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Over 60 items!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, October 19th at midnight PST.

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

    And don’t forget to visit Shannon’s blog post for tons more photos and tips!

      
    Comments Off on Eat, Drink, and Be Scary: A Miniature Trick-or-Treat Delight! Posted by Leslie, October 17th, 2021

    There Be Dragons: Magical Books & Shrines!

    Filed under Halloween, Laura Carson, Nichola Battilana, Teri Calia

    I’m highlighting THREE projects by the Design Team today! Kind of a meandering group: from a dragon to a magic book (that includes a dragon illustration) to a group of lovely little shrines (that are all about magic).

    More info and a ton of eye candy below (and a related discount code for 20% off the supplies for ALL 3 projects)!
     


    Remember the Tiny Dragon Sconce that Shannon Cooper used in her Practical Magic Shoppe a couple of weeks ago? Well, this larger version is back (and was the inspiration)!

    This larger version is about 4″ tall (and is similarly a 2-piece heavy chipboard set that makes a 3D wall sconce, but with a fancier design on the back piece — in my hand in the inset photo at right).

    That fab project at far right is called Nature Encroaches, made by Teri Calia! I love what Teri has done here; so many layers and natural textures of rocks, water, rust and moss. Bravo!

    It’s been a few years, but the Architectural Flourishes Silicone Mold is still in stock (clay from this mold was artfully bent to make a little wall pocket for moss & handmade mushrooms).

    See Teri’s supplies — included in today’s sale, too!
     

     
    More New Goodies:
    Crowns, Flourishes & Gold!

    Oh! The new paper pad is so beautiful! (Shown at right, too.) Yes, bees may be more of a spring thing, but the colors are great for fall! Plus all the regal crowns work well with the niche shrines in artwork below.

    That silicone mold is back in stock after a long while: used to great effect by Laura Carson on one of her Streets of Paris Display Cases. And tiny stickers for Christmas minis!

     
    Spells & Potions Book by Laura Carson

    We’re revisiting this project today (mainly) because the 3D Skull Silicone Mold is back in stock (and also as it’s such a great project for Halloween and after)!
     


     

    Did you notice the chipboard creepy trees used as texture on the cover? Such a good idea!

    Here’s an intro from Laura’s blog post:

    Halloween would not be complete without a spooky book of spells and potions. The overall size of this book is approximately 9″ x 7″ and made out of out of heavy chipboard. To give the book texture, I’ve used a crackle technique which I cover in the video tutorial. The skull in the center is made with polymer clay using a mold.

    For this project, I’ve created a set of Magical Book Pages to complement my older collection which gave me a total of 27 magical pages to work with.

    I’ve used beautiful hardware to connect the chipboard pieces. In the video, I’ll show you how to transform simple hinges to elegant ones.

    I used various techniques to distress the pages and will demonstrate a lemon juice and heat gun technique which give pages and authentic burnt look.

    Beautiful project, Laura! I love the transformation of the bronze hinges & clasp to antiqued silver.

    Go visit Laura’s blog post for that video tutorial (with more info on that intriuing lemon juice technique). And here’s Laura’s supply list (part of today’s sale, too).
     


     

     
    Saints, Sinners and Mystics Little Niche Shrines by Nichola Battilana

    These little shrines look so rich (with all the layers of paint and metallic gold) — and they are small: see the photos below of me holding each (the inside of the little shadowbox is approx. 2″ x 3″). They are just beautiful (and easy to reproduce as all the images shown are from 2 collage sheets by Nichola)!

    Here’s some intro text from Nichola’s blog post:

    Some things take time. Life gets in the way, plans change, priorities shift, wrenches halt the wheels of progress. In other words, stuff happens. These little nicho shrines are a perfect example. An idea spouts, brainstorming swirls like mad, but somehow it takes months and months for the planets to align ‘just-so’ to make them happen.

    And this isn’t a bad thing! Waiting for the right moment is far better than rushing the wrong moment. (That’s what I keep telling myself, so I hope it’s true.)

    Each of these shrines is made from chipboard, a small box and a decorative piece affixed to the front.

    To decorate each of these I’ve followed the same process:
    – assemble the niche
    – cover with old paper
    – apply washes of paint
    – stamp and apply gold embossing powder (the tarot nicho skips this step)
    – combine layers of fussy cut collage sheet elements spacing with foam squares
    – add finishing touches like gold Dresden and brass stars

    Beautiful work, Nichola!! Go visit Nichola’s blog post for more photos and text! And here’s her supply list for all 4 shrines.
     

     
    NEW: There Be Dragons SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the THREE projects above plus some related bonus items! (I added two collage sheets with book covers sized for the book pages on collage sheets already in the collection.)

    Use coupon DRAGONS 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, October 16th at midnight PST.

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

      
    Comments Off on There Be Dragons: Magical Books & Shrines! Posted by Leslie, October 14th, 2021

    TWO Halloween Villages & Sale; Dresden; Christmas Toys, too!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Christmas, Dresden, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    Ah, it’s finally starting to turn a bit cooler here. And with fall comes a mix of new Halloween and Christmas goodies. Like those cute painted rocking horses at left! They look grand together or use just one near a miniature tree or in a vintage toy shop window.

    And there are two Halloween Villages by the Design Team today using the Cabana Row House Mini Set! More info and a ton of eye candy below (and a related discount code for 20% off all the supplies for both projects).

    But first: a mix of new and back in stock items, including some very popular Dresden trims! (Psst! That Black Zig Zag Trim is included in the sale, too!)

     
    Spookytown, USA by Kristin Batsel

    I love this new artwork by Kristin! It’s a wee little village (the tallest of these houses is just 3-3/4″ tall). Beside all the cute details Kristin added (and I did include some close-ups below), she cleverly made a base of foam and glued wire to the back of the fence and the tree so they can be rearranged!
     

    Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post to get started:

    I recently received a set of Cabana Row Mini Houses from Alpha Stamps, and I knew right away that a Halloween village was in order. Hello, Spookytown! Kids are frolicking, cats are guarding pumpkins, and someone has used a skull as a seasonal decoration.

    I started out by covering each chipboard house with scrapbook paper; one type for the house itself, and a contrasting paper for the roof. Each got a Halloween motif on the front, and all but one got Halloween “windows” on the sides.

    Spookytown needed a home base, so I made one out of foam core. It’s covered with black tissue paper; I just wrapped it like a present and glued it down. Orange ric rac helps finish off the edge.
     


     

     

    There’s a preview of that clever tutorial:

    The great thing about using foam core is that it’s easy to construct a scene. To attach the tree silhouette and the fence posts, I glued thin wire to the back of each element. Once the glue is dry, I used a straight pin to make a little hole in the foam core and then inserted each piece.

    Love this project, Kristin!

    Read more, and see more photos (and tutorial) in Kristin’s blog post, and here’s her Supply List (part of today’s sale, too).
     

     

    A Clutter of Cats in Cottages by Shannon Cooper

    Shannon made a similar Halloween village, but sat her houses on the 12×4 Platform Base (another option for a base, plus the sides and front make another tiny surface to decorate). See the wide photo below for the whole village.

    So what did I make? It’s a Hallowe’en village for cats. Mostly black cats, but a grey one snuck in somewhere.

    I’ve been wanting to make something with the Cabana Row House Mini Set for a really long time. Along comes the Masquerade Paper… well, that is all it took! It is my new best friend.

    The tiny doors and windows from the Mini House Doors & Windows and House Ornament Window Trims fit exactly right on the mini houses. So cute.

    Can we talk rickety fence for a sec? I snapped up the chipboard Tiny Rickety Fence Set and used them EVERYWHERE. Couldn’t get enough of those teensy, wonky things! I also chopped one up (gasp) and made a signpost.

    A few Mini 3D Bare Trees were cut apart and painted black before adding them here and there, and I glued scraps of Dresden along the roofs. Some of the houses also have a pretty Dresden star at the peak.

    I couldn’t resist the Hocus Pocus banner and found two wooden kitties to hold either end! And there you have it. One Hallowe’en plus cats decoration done!

    See tons of supplies from A Clutter of Cats in Cottages. Visit Shannon’s Blog for more details and a bunch more photos.
     


     

     
    NEW: Halloween Village SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the TWO projects above: Over 30 options!

    Use coupon HALLO-VILLAGE 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, October 12th at midnight PST.

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

      
    Comments Off on TWO Halloween Villages & Sale; Dresden; Christmas Toys, too! Posted by Leslie, October 10th, 2021

    Halloween, Christmas and Haunted Pub Signs

    Filed under Christmas, Contests/Winners, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey

    Pub signs? Yes, two projects by the Design Team used the Pediment Tombs (one of which is back in stock this week) and Lora Mahaffey turned both tombs into spooky pub signs! More info on those (and a related discount code for 20% off all the supplies used are below).

    But first: a mix of new and back in stock Halloween and Christmas items! Note: there are more new items than the 8 shown here, you can see them all here.

    We have an annoucement: the winner of the Nightfall Lantern Kit Giveaway is Sharon House! Check your email for more details.

     

    Haunted Pub Signs by Lora Mahaffey!

    Before I let Lora tell you about her inspiration for these wonderfully creative signs, a little info on the Tomb Sets they’re made from: There are 2 sets, each is a heavy chipboard base with a medium-weight chipboard overlay (so the pediments or window frames have more dimension). One is shown below with one of the Miniature Reliquaries (for size comparison).

    “I love the charming signs you see in the UK hanging from the buildings advertising various wares, restaurants and pubs. Most of them are suspended by wrought iron brackets and so many of them are funny, odd and eccentric. My favorite pub in England is in the beautiful and pretty dang old city of York. It’s a tiny place in an authentic Norman building constructed in 1180. (!!!) You wend your way up a very dark, narrow stairway that suddenly opens up into a beautiful and kind of creepy (but smallish) pub that cranks out some of the best food in the city. The beams up there are from a ship that sailed the seas eight hundred years ago.

    The place is called The House of Trembling Madness. Gotta love it.

    And the icing on the cake, or the foam on the beer, is that to get to the stairway you have to walk through the most amazing beer shop I’ve ever seen. It’s a beer drinker’s Nirvana.

    And they have a really cool sign… “

    See all of the parts in the Haunted Pub Signs Supply List. Visit Lora’s Blog for more details, tutorial and photos.

    (Psst! See that skeleton sitting on the wooden base over on the bottom left of that large photo? Lora did a tutorial on how to make an articulated skeleton!)

    Note: this project was made before we moved to the current site in 2018, so use the links above for the supplies — all included in the new sale, too!
     

     
    Temperence and Auroria Play Amongst the Crypts by Kristin Batsel!

    Now we have two delightful tombs with Victorian babes, by Kristin Batsel!

    First up: Temperence. She gets bored sitting at home, so she loves to decorate the crypts in the nearby cemetery. Here she’s placed several carved pumpkins around the base of the crypt, and is busy stringing up some smaller jack o’lanterns to hang as lanterns. It’s dusk, and she’s evidently disturbed a few bats, who fly around her head.

    To help Temperence stand out, I used adhesive foam tape to attach her to the crypt. The columns and the black vines also help to give this piece a 3D look.

    Here’s Temperence’s younger sister, Auroria. She’s known as a bit of a flibbertigibbet. Somehow, she’s managed to open the spiderweb gate and gain admission to the interior of this crypt. She hasn’t got a care in the world, running around with her glowing jack o’lantern and her three skully balloons. I hope that rat doesn’t bite her. That sucker is huge!

    Good job, Kristin! I love all the pencilled-in details to give the flat chipboard columns and gate posts more dimension. Read more, and see more photos in Kristin’s blog post, and see her Supply List.
     

     
    NEW: Pediment Tombs SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the TWO projects above! PLUS I added 6 more items that fit the tombs or paper flower substitutes for items in the artworks!

    Use coupon TOMBS 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, October 9th at midnight PST.

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

      
    Comments Off on Halloween, Christmas and Haunted Pub Signs Posted by Leslie, October 7th, 2021

    New Nightfall Lantern Kit, New Room Box & Practical Magic Artwork!

    Filed under Giveaways, Halloween, Miniatures, Nightfall Lantern Kit, Shannon Cooper

    Nightfall Lantern Kit

    October!? And 3 months from now will be a new year. Wow! (That’s both happy and a bit shocked.)

    Starting this newsletter off with a colorful new kit, including: new Nightfall Paper with deep, dark night skies plus a new Halloween-themed tea light lantern! (Psst: there are 2 more new lanterns that size being announced today, and a set of all 3 in miniature size; and see below, as Design Team Member Shannon Cooper made a beautiful miniature scene including this kit and more new items!)

    See the preview at left of 15 paper flowers in the kit (a mix of SIX different flowers: 1/2″ roses and tiny rose buds; some of each size in black, purple and orange)! And a tiny preview of the new Night Creatures Halloween Polymer Clay Slice Mix that’s also in the kit is at the top of that photo too (perfect for ghouls peeking out in a spooky miniature scene)!

    And to coordinate with that new lantern: an LED Tea Light, and small sheets of heavy vellum and orange cellophane so you’ll have options to line the lantern panels.

    Go see the new kit for more info and photos on all 12 kit items (plus related new items, new artwork and a Giveaway are below).

     
    Practical Magic Shoppe by Shannon Cooper!

    Amazing! Shannon fit so much fun, Halloween-ness into such a small space (the new Simple Scene Box is a shallow space: just 4″ deep for the floor space in front of the wall.). Plus I’m amused by Shannon saying, “I didn’t go overboard with all.the.things, leaving the project somewhat tidy and uncluttered“… true (maybe for Shannon only)!

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

    October is here! Time to decorate the house and craft my little fingers off! I managed to sew a bunch of tiny chenille pumpkins to send to Japan before completing a witchy miniature shop for Alpha Stamps (and I also finished a box of Count Chocula. Don’t judge.)

    After seeing the Nightfall Lantern Kit, I waffled over what I wanted to do with it. The Nightfall Paper is beautifully rich and is both Halloween-y and not Halloween-y, which makes it quite a treat!

    [Aside: Shannon used both sizes of those new paper pads.]

    Eventually, I decided to pick up a Simple Scene Box for my new project to create something witchy: a kit with short sides around the front and space in the back to hide wiring should you choose to electrify your scene. It seemed silly not to have a light. Good thing there’s new Tiny Halloween Lanterns! (Hanging from a slightly cropped version of the new Tiny Dragon Sconce.)

    The Practical Magic Shoppe is a quaint little place with spell books, potions, and brooms, plus a few odds and ends to spruce up the cottage. Who could resist a winking cat??

    I didn’t go overboard with all.the.things, leaving the project somewhat tidy and uncluttered, mostly because the Nightfall paper is too lovely to cover up. There is a Miniature Vintage Cash Register (left unpainted!), an etched Ouija Board 3 Inch Coffin, Pumpkin Lollipops, and a “take an eyeball leave an eyeballdish at the end of the counter.

    Beautiful work, Shannon! See more details in Shannon’s blog post (including a tutorial!) and here’s her big supply list! (And come back to see more new items, plus a Giveaway that includes supplies from Shannon/s artwork!)

     
    More New Items!

    Even more than the new things above and below so check here to see everything new today (21 items)!

     
    Nightfall Lantern Kit Giveaway!

    In addition to the new kit (that will supply scrapbook paper and flowers shown in that close-up of Shannon’s artwork at left) I’m also including these items from Shannon’s Supply List:
    Shop Counter
    Labels for Mini Potion Bottles Half Sheet (perfect mini size for the “posters” across the front of the counter)
    Tiny Cube Glass Bottles – 3 Sizes
    New Fire Orange Mixed German Glass Glitter (inside one of those cube bottles)
    Small Painted Wooden Barrel
    Mini Witchy Shape Set (that broom in the background)
    Ouija Board 3 Inch Coffins

    To enter the Nightfall Lantern 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, October 4, 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!

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 3rd, 2021

    More New Etched Halloween Goodies; Mini Reliquaries Art & SALE!

    Filed under Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Nichola Battilana

    After last week’s tiny etched coffins (see one at left), here’s a whole bunch more fun etched Halloween embellishments!

    Plus a cool new set of Set of Halloween Faux Book Boxes… perfect as a gift box. (Hm… Halloween gifts?)

    AND see farther below cuz I picked out two past projects by the Design Team, both using Miniature Reliquaries.

    AND I’ve put ALL of the supplies for both projects in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! More info on the sale is below.

     
    Halloween At The Cemetery by Kristin Batsel!

    Starting out our art inspiration with this Candle Holder by Kristin. What a creative use of mini tombstone shapes!

    Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post:

    More Halloween! Alpha Stamps sent me some small reliquaries. What to do, what to do? I’m not sure what made me think of making a candle holder, but now that it’s done, I’m glad I did. This will be such fun to add to the mantle this year. *Note, to avoid any sort of fire hazard, I’ll be sure to only use a battery operated candle in this holder.

    I painted all the tombstones with a mixture of paints and added papers, charms, rub-on type, and collage sheet images to create five different tombstones. This little graveyard is littered with pumpkins, a witch’s broom, and bones that were snapped off of a plastic skeleton. It’s pretty easy to just break those bones off at the joints.

    Here lies Edgar Allan Poe. I used rub-on type to indicate the year of his death, and for the RIP written on the gravestone. To make the bats fly, I used a thin wire and literally just shoved it into the rubber bodies of the bats (poor things!). The wire was sandwiched between the two pieces of chipboard before gluing the gravestones together. Clothespins were used to hold the pieces tight while drying.

    As always, Kristin always provides good tips! Here’s the (largish) supply list for Kristin’s project — and all included in the sale!
     

     
    Grim Reliquaries by Nichola Battilana!

    I love these! So simple yet so creepy!

    Mainly just the Miniature Reliquaries and images from the Skeleton Slide Mailers and Skull & Bones Collage Sheets.

    Plus a bunch of black Dresden: multiple borders from the Black Dresden Border Sampler Set, and the larger Baroque Dresden Borders.

    Oh, and one more thing Mixed Gold & Silver Tiny Round Studs (tiny dots the are in-between the points of the pointy Dresden.

    Here’s Nichola’s blog post for more info and more photos.

    Note: this project was made before we moved to the current site in 2018, so use the links above for the supplies — all included in the new sale, too!
     

     
    NEW: Mini Reliquaries SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the TWO projects above! PLUS I added 4 more items that fit the reliquaries!

    Use coupon MINI-RELICS 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, October 2nd at midnight PST.

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

      
    Comments Off on More New Etched Halloween Goodies; Mini Reliquaries Art & SALE! Posted by Leslie, September 30th, 2021

    New Artwork by Lora Mahaffey, New Mushrooms & SALE!

    Filed under Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Man in the Moon Mini Book Kit

    This is the sweetest project, mixing fairies and mushrooms with Halloween (and with a tutorial)!

    And as there are so many mushrooms (including lots of new laser-cut mushroom shapes and borders, there’s a new Mushrooms SALE too!!

     
    A Mushroom Party by Lora Mahaffey!

    This is so fun! Beside all those fairies zipping around on mushrooms (and hanging off the rooftop!) see below for a preview of Lora’s tutorial (on painting chipboard mushrooms) and another photo below that: showing how the mushrooms and borders in Lora’s project can be rearranged.

    Lora used the Midnight Tales 8×8 Paper Pad all over the place (announced with the related 12×12 papers in the Man in the Moon Mini Book Kit) plus a new Wonky Mushroom Set and Grass & Mushroom Border. Also a Mini House Room Box (put together without the inner “walls” for the cubbies, so you could also use the “open room” version, too). That second wide photo below also shows the front and back of the house (each side decorated).

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

    Here are some wild and crazy fairies having a little fun with fungi. Thank you Alpha Stamps for all the lovely goodies!

    What’s really fun about this is that all the pieces are built separately and can be moved into all different configurations. There are little tiny wooden cubes glued to the mushrooms and on the grass to hold them up. You can move stuff to a mantle or centerpiece on a table…lots of ways to play! Here is a slightly different arrangement.

    Wow, those little Brownies really know how to party. Some fancy witch looks like shes flying in to join in the fun.

    Here’s everything in Lora’s supply list. Plus see more info below on even more new mushrooms and the new sale!
     


     

     

     
    More New Items!

    Lots of mushroom-y things, plus the Scientific Love 6×6 Paper Pad also used in Lora’s artwork (on some of the large mushroom caps). And a new acorn & oak leaf border that seem just right for a mushroom/forest scene. Psst: everything with “mushroom” in the name (or description) is included in the new sale, too!

     
    NEW: Mushrooms SALE

    This is a coupon sale in honor of Lora’s fab project above!

    A nice broad mix, with items from simple mushroom shapes to Alice in Wonderland or fairy garden themes.

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

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, September 28th at midnight PST.

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

    And don’t forget to visit Lora’s blog post for that tutorial on painting mushrooms!

      
    Comments Off on New Artwork by Lora Mahaffey, New Mushrooms & SALE! Posted by Leslie, September 26th, 2021

    New Etched Coffin Book Covers, Halloween Books & Tags SALE!

    Filed under Halloween, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Coffins?! Etched coffin book covers?! So many cool (tiny) items today to make a miniature accordion book!

    So here goes: This tiny accordion book idea kind of evolved. First it started with the Plague Doctor 3 Inch Coffin shown at left (swoon)! Then I had a Tiny Black Coffin Accordion Book and Tiny Coffin Book Covers made to fit that tiny coffin (in case you want to turn the etched coffin into a book cover for a coffin-shaped book). AND the Ouija Board 3 Inch Coffins (only one of the set is shown below) also fits the same little accordion book!

    Plus see below cuz I picked out two past projects by the Design Team, with a Tiny Coffin or Black Accordion Book theme to each.

    AND I’ve put ALL of the supplies for both projects in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! PLUS I added the new coffins to the sale (and a couple more coffiny things, too)! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies shown ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

     
    Accordion Book with Bottle Tree by Rhonda Thomas!

    Starting out our art inspiration with this accordion book (with a cool bottle tree) shown at left and below. I love that tree! Rhonda covered it in miniature bottles. And she shares some of the history of bottle trees on her blog post:

    I knew I needed something creative for my Creepy Tree, and then it hit me. Bottles, lots of hanging bottles. I remembered seeing a tree in South Carolina years ago, covered in hanging bottles. So of course I had to find out the story behind the decorated tree.

    The legend goes that evil spirits are drawn to the bottles when the light of the moon reflects off the glass. The spirits enter into the bottles and become trapped inside where they are forced to stay for the rest of the night. To signal their displeasure at being confined they can often be heard moaning when the wind blows through the bottle tree. When the sun rises the next morning, the sunlight burns and destroys the evil spirits trapped inside the bottles. The empty bottles are then free to lie in wait for the next wandering soul that may happen by when nightfall arrives.

    I also love the gate on the front of the accordion book (above — with 2 images from the Retro Halloween Cards & Tags Collage Sheet) AND the Mini Gothic Fences below (lots of fences in this piece)!

    What a fun project! Here’s the (largish) supply list for Rhonda’s Accordion Book with Bottle Tree.
     


     

     
    Coffin Shrines and Tags by Nichola Battilana!

    Aw! Nichola made super cute (and easy) coffin art by using both the coffins and the coffin lids from 2 tiny 3D coffin sets!

    I was pleased to find a Half Scale Coffin with Lid in my Alpha Stamps design kit this month. I actually had a few 4 Inch Coffin Boxes on hand already, but this smaller version poked me in the ribs and prompted me to finish up all those bits and pieces.

    I am totally for making materials stretch and using every bit and bob. So I decided to use the box part of these coffins as a sort of shrine, and the lids as chunky tags. Two projects, one product. This also means no fiddling or fuss to ensure the top fits perfectly with the bottom. Huzzah!

    For the shines… just embellish the exterior, fill with tulle, add a little dude like this guy from Little Darlings Collage Sheet and gussy him up with some doodads from the Halloween Dress Up Half Sheet.

    A small bit of moss tucked into the bottom will give an extra something to help your wee person stand sturdy.

    Nicely done! Here’s the supply list for Nichola’s wee shrines & tags.

    And here’s Nichola’s blog post for more info and more photos. (Note: this project was made before we moved to the current site in 2018, so use this supply list link.)
     


     

     
    NEW: Halloween Books & Tags SALE

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the TWO projects above! PLUS I added the 4 new coffin-shaped goodies! AND a few more coffin-shaped items (shown below)!

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

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, September 25th at midnight PST.

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

      
    Comments Off on New Etched Coffin Book Covers, Halloween Books & Tags SALE! Posted by Leslie, September 23rd, 2021

    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