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    New Miniatures & ALL Christmas Collage Sheets on Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Laura Carson, Miniatures

    What is new today?

    Actually new or back in stock: so happy to see the mini hardware available again: the tiny drawer pulls have been out of stock for ages. AND the new miniatures today are soooo cute! See all the new items here.

     
    A Christmas Treats Cart
    by Design Team Member Laura Carson

    Sweet! We’re revisiting a fun, busy, colorful project by Laura today. Tons of goodies from the cart to the cakes and candies (and it includes collage sheet images are are included in today’s sale — see more info below)!

    Learn more & see more photos and info on a tutorial on the original blog post and here’s Laura’s supply list!

     
    NEW Sale: ALL Christmas Collage Sheets

    A long weekend for Christmas crafting?! Here’s a 40% off sale on ALL Christmas Collage Sheets! Who knows… you may have snow already and need a quick download to make some artwork today! 130 items including those 3 sheets shown above that are in Laura’s artwork!

    Tons of styles, from Victorian to Mid-Century to labels/gift tags! The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, December 1st at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    1 Comment » Posted by Leslie, November 22nd, 2020

    New Artwork by Kristin Batsel! Red & White & Peppermints on Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Hello Christmas Kit, Kristin Batsel

    Otis Brings Home the Tree by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

    Oh my! This is so cute! Kristin used the (flat) truck from the current kit (plus a second truck and a tiny shadowbox to make her truck 3D).

    Kristin also used some Red & White Diagonal Stripe Ribbon, and 11mm Peppermint Candy Cabs) — both of those are included in today’s sale!

    But first: let’s hear more about Otis…

    No one can say that Otis doesn’t have the Christmas spirit! He decorated his truck up big time for the season and has gone out and found the perfect Christmas tree. I cut the hook off of two Vintage Truck Ornaments from Alpha Stamps, and using a Truck Bed Bagatelle Box, made a Christmas truck. Here’s Otis, heading home.

    I’m not one to decorate my car in real life, but I enjoyed decorating this car with Otis. He’s a fun loving snowman that enjoys peppermint candy and snow, and the hubcaps and the garlands on his car reflect that. Even the door handles look like candy canes! The Hello Christmas Polymer Clay Slice Mix contains lots of fun shapes, including peppermints, snowflakes, and snowmen, all of which I used to decorate the car.

    The front of his car features a wooden bumper and a bright silver snowflake; flat backed crystals made the perfect headlights. The Santa hat is made with red felt and a cotton ball.

    Learn more (and see how-to photos and tips!) in Kristin’s post and don’t forget to see everything from Kristin’s Supply List. (Plus see below for more info on the related new sale!)

     
    New or Back-in-Stock Items!

    Wow! LOTS of NEW red and white goodies today, from Cardinals to Candy Canes (which inspired today’s new Sale — Red & White & Peppermints!

    And the back-in-stock miniature plates/serving dishes — like the Round White Serving Dishes and White Plastic Mini Serving Dish Sets shown at left and right — are in today’s sale, too)!

     
    Red & White & Peppermints on Sale!

    This is a special sale! I was inspired by all the PEPPERMINTS & CANDY CANES announced today (and some in Kristin’s artwork, too) so I’ve created this collection with tons of red & white things (including said peppermint candies)!
    Over 90 items! Most things that are white or red (without being Christmasy or a peppermint) got included, too.

    Here are the sale highlights:
    25% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection!
    – Anything on clearance in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, November 21st at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off)!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, November 21st at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on New Artwork by Kristin Batsel! Red & White & Peppermints on Sale! Posted by Leslie, November 19th, 2020

    New Snowflakes! Houses for Ornaments on Sale!

    Filed under Christmas, House Ornament Kit, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures

    I should have said LOTs of new snowflakes! From shiny mylar and sequins to chipboard (like the Fancy Flakes Snowflake Set shown at right — and more are directly below).

    PLUS we’ve revising an adorable Holly Jolly Christmas House that Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made a coupla years back (which inspired today’s new Sale — ALL Houses, including small ones that are a perfect size for Christmas ornaments)!

     
    More NEW Snowflakes!

     
    Holly Jolly Christmas House
    by Kristin Batsel!

    Kristin used the House Ornament, and lots of the coordinating add-ons (like window trims, dormers, and a tiny fence) — all of those are included in today’s sale!

    I love the way Kristin’s little house turned out! So cheery and inviting. Good thing she provided a tutorial, too! For things like how to apply tissue paper behind tiny windows and leaving room to glue down all your little items (like the peppermint stepping stones).

    And check out the middle photo in the bottom row: The house lights up with a tea light.

    “This little house stands only about 3” tall, not counting the base. It was made from a kit, and if you read on through to the bottom of my post, I’ll talk about how it was put together. Meanwhile, here are some more photos. The tiny family who lives here sure did a good job of decorating the tallest tree! It’s easy to attach the beads; I just dipped them in some tacky glue and stuck them into the branches.

    “You can totally fence your house in, or you can use an xacto knife to cut a little gate. I think it looks nice to have an open gate with the pathway leading to the front door.”

    Learn more in Kristin’s post and don’t forget to see everything from Kristin’s Supply List. (Plus see below for more info on the related new sale!)

     
    Houses on Sale!

    This is a special sale inspired by Kristin’s Holly Jolly Christmas House! This collection includes tons of houses: chipboard houses to decorate; resin or ceramic 3D houses; even metal lighthouse or haunted house charms! Over 70 items!

    Here are the sale highlights:
    25% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection!
    – Anything on clearance in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, November 16th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off)! (That should be more examples as that blue resin house above is also on clearance!)

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, November 16th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on New Snowflakes! Houses for Ornaments on Sale! Posted by Leslie, November 15th, 2020

    Home for the Holidays Banner & Sweet Treats SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit, Miniatures

    Oh… happy accidents! We just got the Christmas Vintage 8×8 Paper Pad back in stock! (Yay: So many cakes and Christmas treats!) Which led to peering at all the lovely artwork made with it last Christmas season…

    So beyond revisiting a fun Christmas banner that Bella made with that paper set, I’ve also created a NEW SALE COLLECTION based on her supply list (plus I added bunches more items in the “Christmas sweets” theme). More info on the sale is below.

    Home for the Holidays Banner by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    Oooh! This is so cute! I love the 3D elements on this banner… perfect for a narrow hallway or add more pennants and decorate your mantel! (And scroll down just a bit to see all 3 pennants.)

    Remember the Halloween banner Bella made in October 2019? This one is similar (using 2 sizes of the black triangular pennants over each other — between those layers and the layered paper and 3D elements on top, this is a banner that will demand attention! (Psst: both of those pennants are on clearance so add the discount coupon on top of that and they’re a steal!)

    Here’s some text from Bella’s blog post to get us started:

    Are you in the Xmas spirit yet?

    Xmas, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Islam, etc, or dancing naked under the full moon — are you feelin’ it yet? Kind of hard not to when Wally World is bringing out the holiday decorations before Halloween was even over.

    Anyway, I am finally in the mood for Xmas! Yay! I LOVE Mid-Century Christmas decorations, especially Santa, those demented knee hugger elves and also the little pixies, tiny wooden ornaments, the flocked deers, and of course Shiney Brite. The November 2019 Kit (also on sale!) came with a super cute retro collage sheet which was right up my alley. Once again I felt like making a banner since I can’t seem to find the one I made a couple of years ago.

    This banner has just 3 pennants, and the middle one I decided to make 3D with the cute little Christmas Baking Treat Box that comes in the November Kit. The kit name got me thinking about making treats, being at home when it’s cold outside, cookies baking, candies all around and everything else that’s good to eat (that blow your arse up by 12″ just by looking at them) is how I came up with the “Home for the Holidays” theme.

    Ha! I love Bella’s little project and her sense of humor! (And nice use of that smaller 8×8 pad size of Christmas Vintage on these pennants and the little house.) Oh, if you’re trying to track it down: the deer and the Santa images (on the far left and right banners) are both from the Holiday Animals Collage Sheet. The vintage recipe under Santa is from the Sweet Treats Collage Sheet, which is also part of the November Kit.

    Go visit Bella’s blog post for more photos and more funny text! And here’s her supply list. (Plus see below for more info on the related new sale!)

     
    What else is new today?

    More cute minis! I love those tiny new boxes (and pretty much everything else new today could go right inside)!


    NEW Sale: Home for the Holidays Banner

    This is a special sale that evolved during the planning. It started with Bella’s supply list. Then it grew to include more Christmas sweets! Over 30 items!

    Here are the sale highlights:
    40% off on Collage Sheets (like the Sweet Treats Collage Sheet at right)! See all the sale collage sheets.
    25% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection!
    – Anything on clearance in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, November 14th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off)!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, November 14th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on Home for the Holidays Banner & Sweet Treats SALE! Posted by Leslie, November 12th, 2020

    Hagrid’s Hut with a New Room Box, by Nichola Battilana!

    Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana

    Oh my goodness! What a treat we have today! Nichola Battilana has created a magical Hagrid’s Hut that is so full of wonderful details that you’ll be enchanted! Plus she created FOUR blog posts (an overview plus 3 pages of tutorial photos)!

    I’m going to point out a few items but here’s her full supply list in case you want to jump ahead or look for something specific.


    NEW Octagon Room Box

    What a versatile piece! The room box is 7-1/2″ deep x 14-1/2″ wide x 9″ tall. The walls tabs into the base (and a narrow support around the top). The back wall and the 2 adjacent to it are all the same width: 5-1/2″. The 2 walls closest to the open front are 2-3/4″ wide.

    Nichola added a roof (and there’s a whole post about making the roof) and she did a great job creating a chimney and stonework (another whole post).

    Nichola used 2 doors to give the appearance of a door on the inside and outside (without needing to cut a hole in the wall).


    Round Table & Chairs Kit

    Moving on to the interior: The table and chairs are from a kit (you just need glue). Made of plastic (and it can be painted). Instructions included. The kit includes the parts to make the table and 2 chairs. The finished table is approx 3-1/2″ diameter (so it’s 1:12 scale).

    I love how Nichola painted the table (and filled it with treats for a feast)! I spy dishes & silverware plus pastries made from silicone molds.

    Plus as Nichola points out: One of my favourite details is the Triumph motorcycle repair manual which is what Hagrid rode in the film version “The Philosopher’s Stone”.


    Wooden Hutch or Buffet

    Oh my… check out that hutch! A nice, rustic-looking wooden hutch with cabinet doors that can open & close. Approx. 5-1/2″ tall x 3-3/4″ wide x 1-1/2″ deep.

    A nice selection of items are on top: a wooden barrel (with a handle added to make a spigot), brandy bottle, wooden crate, and a tiny crate on the far right.

    Nichola filled the shelves with all kinds of supplies, like cans of food, and honey and jam jars. Note: the beer mugs she used have sold out but I think a beer mug filled with beer would be perfect on the table with all the food.


    Mini 3D Bare Trees

    For my last highlight: I LOVE that Nichola made a rack of antlers from tree limbs!

    On the left side/close-up I also spy a dragon egg in another tiny crate, with a bit of autumn-colored lichen as bedding (there’s tons of the green lichen on the outside of the hut, too).

    Over on the right side there’s a metal pot hanging in the fireplace, plus pumpkins, an axe and a couple more wooden barrels.

     
    What is new today?

    All things suitable for a fairy garden project! Those new benches are 5″ wide, which would be perfect against one of the walls in the new room box. The new door handles would work great on a door, similar to what Nichola used. And one of those back-in-scock gnomes is lurking among all the bits on the outside of Nichola’s room box!

    Don’t forget to head over to Nichola’s blog post for lots more photos and tips for building your own Hagrid’s Hut!

      
    Comments Off on Hagrid’s Hut with a New Room Box, by Nichola Battilana! Posted by Leslie, November 8th, 2020

    Mini Herb Hutch & The Herbarium/Fall Foliage Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    Mini Herb Hutch by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Wow! This is so fun! Shannon put a Storage Hutch on top of a Retro Coffee Table (with a quick tutorial on adding custom chipboard feet) and filled it with tiny wonders! Plus she used the new The Herbarium 6×6 Paper Pad to line all those little cubbies… so cute!

    And… as there’s a new sale on The Herbarium/Fall Foliage: everything in Shannon’s project is on sale!

    So back to today’s artwork: here’s an intro from Shannon’s blog post:

    I got my hands on a gorgeous paper pad from Alpha Stamps called The Herbarium, and let me tell you, it is lovely! There are 20 different designs printed on quality paper, and several of the designs have a pearlescent sheen. It is definitely one of those paper pads that you buy because it brings you joy. (That’s not just me, right?)

    I used a few of the papers for a Mini Herb Hutch project. It’s kind of fun having so many cubbies to tuck tiny things into! There are grungy glass bottles filled with dried herbs, mini potted plants, a metal tray (bottom shelf), a ceramic sugar bowl as a container, canisters, a wee linseed oil canister tucked in the back…

    …a painted watering can stuffed with some plant (top shelf), a 1 Inch Detailed Resin Skull, more jars and bottles (resin), and the smallest of mushrooms under a glass globe. I painted the mushroom caps with metallic paint before sticking them into a disk of polymer clay. The globe was slid over the top.

    There’s another group of tiny mushrooms in one of the cubbies (also in left side of close-up below), several plants here and there, and two ice cube trays used for potting little sprouts. The sitting cat reminded me of Minerva McGonagall, so I should give her tiny spectacles.

    Great job, Shannon!! See the wide photo below for a close-up of a couple of those fun-filled shelves!

    You can see more photos on Shannon’s blog post. And here’s her supply list. (Plus see below for more info on the related new sale!)

     
    What else is new today?

    More cute minis! And those Glass Globes (and the oil can) would be perfect in a little hutch like Shannon’s!


    NEW Sale: The Herbarium/Fall Foliage

    This is a special sale that evolved during the planning. It started with Shannon’s supply list (like the first row below). Then it grew to include more Autumn things! Over 50 items!

    Here are the sale highlights:
    40% off on Collage Sheets (like the Autumn Labels Collage Sheet at right)! See all the sale collage sheets.
    25% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection!
    – Anything on clearance in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, November 7th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off)!

    Who won the Hello Christmas Kit Giveaway from the last newsletter? That would be Elizabeth! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    Comments Off on Mini Herb Hutch & The Herbarium/Fall Foliage Sale! Posted by Leslie, November 5th, 2020

    New Hello Christmas Kit plus more New Items & a GIVEAWAY!

    Filed under Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Hello Christmas Kit

    Hello Christmas Kit

    This kit began with the new Hello Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad. I love that “retro truck hauling a Christmas tree” theme so I ran with that concept! Beside 1 each of ALL TWELVE double-sided papers from that paper pad, there’s a new Vintage Truck Ornament, Hello Christmas Polymer Clay Slice Mix, TWO collage sheets, and a custom/mini version of the new Tiny Christmas Shape Set!

    Here’s the rundown on all the kit contains:
    Hello Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad (Tons of tiny prints! From backgrounds like plaids, snowflakes and polka dots to images of snowmen, reindeer, stockings, mittens, wrapped gifts, peppermints, wreaths… and retro trucks and cars with fir trees tied to the top!)
    Vintage Truck Ornament (2 piece set, approx. 4-1/2″ wide. Note: you can use 2 sets (back-to-back for a double-sided ornament). Or add a Truck Bed Bagatelle Box in the middle of your sandwich for a 3D ornament with room for items in the truck bed. See the Vintage Truck Ornament page for more info on the related items.)
    Tiny Trees, Gifts & Ornaments Collage Sheet (Decorated Christmas trees plus wreaths, stockings, and MANY wrapped packages and ornaments.)
    Holiday Ornament Figures Collage Sheet (All sorts of festive vintage images (mostly about 2-1/4″ tall, and all full bodies so they can be silhouetted in front of other paper backgrounds). Includes snowmen, children, Santa Claus, deer, and a cat dressed as Santa.)
    Hello Christmas Polymer Clay Slice Mix (A custom mix, from swirly peppermint candies to snowflakes, candy canes, stockings, gingerbread houses, snowmen and penguins in hats! And 2 styles of Christmas trees (one decorated, one not). All in green, red, gold, black and white. NINE different designs!)
    Tiny Christmas Shape Set (As I mentioned, the version in the kit is a custom/mini version of this chipboard set: still with the 3″ tree, wreath with matching bow, 2 mittens with snowflake cutouts, and an elf stocking with bells.)

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

     
    More New Christmas Items!

    Oh! That whole first row below shows the Truck Bed Bagatelle Box and how it was made for sandwiching between 2 of the Vintage Truck Ornaments (to make a 3D ornament)! The second photo is showing it with one of the new 3 Inch Green Sisal Trees.

     
    Hello Christmas Kit Giveaway!

    Starting with the new Hello Christmas Kit — shown again in the photo at right! (That’s 6 items… the 2 cute collage sheets are omitted from the photo.)

    Plus a second set of Vintage Truck Ornaments, a Truck Bed Bagatelle Box and a set of 3 Inch Green Sisal Trees (to make a 3D ornament like the example shown above)!

    To enter the Hello Christmas 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, November 2, 2020).

    And tell me: what will you make from these items?

    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!

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 1st, 2020

    New Niche Shrine with Artwork & ALL Niche Shrines on Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Guest Designers, Halloween Market Kit

    Miniature Halloween Market Stand by Guest Designer Connie Littell!

    Sweet! First: do you remember the adorable Alice Teapot Tea Party that Connie made for us? It was a tiny tea party scene INSIDE a teapot-shaped shrine. And… as there’s a new sale on ALL Niche Shrines: both today’s new shrine AND that teapot shrine are both on sale!

    So back to today’s fab art AND a new shrine: Small Rectangular Niche with Shelves. This new shrine is similar to the Cabana House Niche Shrine: sized to fit the Market Stall Niche Add-On. 5 pieces (front facade, the niche shadowbox, solid back, 2 shelves). You can use 1, 2 or none of the shelves. And I gotta say: this combo with the shrine and the market stall would be perfect for a Christmas market project, too!

    But back to HALLOWEEN! Here’s an intro from Connie’s blog post (and she provides tons of how-to photos!):

    I have another project for Alpha Stamps today, one that is perfect for the season. This little stand works perfectly for a Halloween sweet treats market booth. I could see using this piece for so many different projects — a hot chocolate stand, Christmas market stall, farmer’s market stand, bakery pop-up, the possibilities are endless!

    I started this project by making a platform from a House Ornament Base and a Small Brick Wall Stencil. After stabilizing the stencil with painter’s tape, I applied texture paste with a palette knife.

    [Aside: see below for a preview of the tutorial on Connie’s blog post. And I’m skipping more steps about painting the bricks that are in Connie’s post.]

    The market is made from a Small Rectangular Niche with Shelves. It comes with a front, back, niche and two little shelves (I only used one for this project).

    The Market Stall Niche Add-On has a floor, facade, counter and two small connector pieces. I covered the floor in striped paper and the facade in a candy-collage paper (both from the Halloween Market 6×6 Paper Pad); the facade also has an Orange Pumpkin Border.

    Great job, Connie!! See the second wide photo below for a preview of ALL of those tiny treats Connie made to fill her maket! I particularly love the candied eyeballs and the custom bat shelf she built for the back wall!

    You can see more photos on Connie’s blog post. And here’s her supply list, too!

     
    What else is new or back in stock today?

    Beside the Small Rectangular Niche with Shelves above, LOTS of TINY Christmas things (and most of them would fit in the new niche, too! See all the new items here.

     
    NEW Sale: Niche Shrines and Related Trims

    Wow! That even includes the new little shrine in Connie’s artwork (and the market stall piece, too)!

    25% off on ALL Niche Shrines and Related Trims! So that means shutters or windows sized for a niche shrine are on sale… and 2 kits that include a niche shrine!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, October 30th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on New Niche Shrine with Artwork & ALL Niche Shrines on Sale! Posted by Leslie, October 29th, 2020

    Halloween Artwork, New Miniatures and a SHIPPING SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Halloween Market Kit, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures

    Oooh! New 3D Halloween artwork (that can fold down and be mailed) by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel plus new minis from celestial to medical to Christmas (like that Cookie Cutters Embellishments Set at right)! But first:

    FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $49.00! Applies to orders shipped to USA addresses only.

    Use Promo Code: SHIP-SALE when checking out.

    No minimum purchase required (excludes gift certificates/cards, shipping, taxes). May not be combined with another discount code.

    The coupon discount ends at midnight (PST) TUESDAY NIGHT, October 27, 2020!

     
    Scary Halloween Sweets and Treats Stand by Kristin Batsel!

    This is such a clever piece! Beside being fun, witty AND colorful, it all folds down flat for mailing! And I love those papers with a candy collage and the orange stripes (perfect for an awning): both from the Halloween Market 6×6 Paper Pad.

    One last Halloween project for the season: how about some fun mail? My mom mentioned the other day that she never got anything but bills in the mail anymore, so I thought I’d send her a little Halloween treat. Welcome to the Scary Halloween Sweets and Treats Stand. Please be aware of the handy candy corn stickers on the floor that indicate where to stand when ordering your favorite spooky treats; you know we’re still in a pandemic.

    Never mind that the proprietors are deceased; they’re still being careful to wear masks and enforce social distancing. Aren’t their little candy bags adorable? Those bags are so easy to make using the Retro Halloween Bags Collage Sheet. A couple of toothpicks hold up the striped awning. I used an awl to punch small holes in the stand and awning for each end of the toothpicks. Once the card is assembled, a little dab of glue will help keep the toothpicks in place.

    The beauty of this little scene is that it folds flat, so I can mail it off in an envelope. [See the wide photo below.]

    I love this project! So clever to pick out and arrange the items so they can all still be folded down flat. Great work, Kristin! (And I hope your mom loves it!)

    Here’s Kristin’s supply list and you can see more photos (and a mini tutorial!) in her blog post!

     
    What is new today?

    I love that Miniature Doctor’s Tool Set! Dr. Frankenstein, anyone? Everything from a scalpel to syringe to microscope.

    Now don’t forget: use Promo Code: SHIP-SALE when checking out for FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $49.00! Ends Tuesday night!

      
    Comments Off on Halloween Artwork, New Miniatures and a SHIPPING SALE! Posted by Leslie, October 25th, 2020

    Nostalgic Christmas Papers, plus new art & last gasp Halloween Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Christmas, Halloween Market Kit, Tim Holtz, Witch's Dressing Table Kit

    What a colorful, nostalgic group of Christmas goodies today!

    Before showing off the Tim Holtz Christmas items (and New artwork!), there’s a BIG NEW paper set today: Nature’s Garden Vintage Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad!

    A pretty and nostalgic group of collaged elements (and I love the rich colors)! HUGE! 48 double-sided cardstock weight pages. (180gsm is about 65# cover weight.) Imported from England.

    See the new Nature’s Garden Vintage Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad. (Psst! The colors in this pad also look great with the new collage sheet and new Tim Holtz Christmas items below!)

     
    What is new today?

    Actually new or back in stock: I finally got more of the Twinklets Diamond Dust! I think we all need some sparkle for the holidays! And see what I mean about the colors of all these things looking great together?

     
    Halloween Dance Party
    by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    Wow! What a wacky, colorful party! That headless-skeleton sitting atop the house might be my favorite part!

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

    I had loads of fun making the Halloween Dance Party for Alpha Stamps using the Witches Dressing Table and the Halloween Market Kits. Today I will be focusing on how to make the pumpkin head dolls. (Since I’m so obsessed with making them now!)

    But first! Here is a picture of the entire piece. (The pumpkin head dolls kill me!)

    The pumpkin head dolls actually happened on a whim, I just kept seeing faces on the pumpkins when I first saw them, the pumpkins are a nice size and the foam is easy to draw on (with a felt-tip pen). So of course they’d need bodies too, amiright??

    [Aside: Bella has a tutorial for making the little dolls on her post! Plus a preview pic is below.]

    Once your doll is made, then use a felt tip marker to draw on the faces onto the pumpkins. The pumpkins are really lightweight foam and a pencil or regular pen would leave indentations. A white opaque pen was used to draw on the teeth.

    To dress the boy pumpkin I wrapped seam binding around the top of the body for his shirt, and then wrapped sari silk ribbon around the bottom and legs for his pants. The bottom of the “feet” are bent so when they’re painted it looks like he is wearing shoes.

    The girl pumpkin’s outfit is basically painting her entire body black, except for her hands, so that it looks like she’s wearing a body suit. The white opaque pen was used to draw on the stripes onto her legs.

    Good job, Bella!! You can see more photos and a tutorial on Bella’s blog post and here’s the supply list! (And note that the collage sheet with the tiny cat-head banners and most of those mini postcards is highlighted in the Halloween Collage Sheet Sale below!)

     
    NEW Sale: Halloween Collage Sheets

    Last gasp for Halloween crafting?! Probably not knowing you guys, but here’s a 40% off sale on ALL Halloween Collage Sheets! 180 items including that Witchy Mirror Trims Collage Sheet below used in Bella’s artwork!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, October 23rd at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on Nostalgic Christmas Papers, plus new art & last gasp Halloween Sale! Posted by Leslie, October 22nd, 2020