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    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

    From Halloween to Christmas! Plus EXTRA 10% off EVERYTHING!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Halloween Market Kit, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    We’re zipping around from Halloween to Christmas to New Miniatures today! With fun new artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas plus a store-wide coupon sale! Let’s get going!

    Save an EXTRA 10% off the ENTIRE SITE! That’s 10% above current sale prices! Even if the item is already marked down as a clearance item or is one of the new items below!

    Use Promo Code: WITCHING-HOUR 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 20, 2020!

     
    Welcome To My Carnival by Rhonda Thomas!

    Wow! What a fun, jam-packed Halloween market stand!

    Welcome to my Carnival of precious black cats, a talented and beautiful fortune teller, treat bags and games galore and some festive decor. I feel like I should become Beetlejuice, and shrink down into my little created world. Oh how fun that would be!

    I started out with some fun items from this month’s Halloween Market Kit. As you can see below, there are a lot of Spooktacular items to choose from.

    This Market Stall Pop Up Card actually folds down into a card with a black envelope to pop it into. Unless you make it super chunky, like I did. But mine will remain up throughout the year with all of my other handmade treasures in my studio.

    It’s hard to believe that so many of these items started out as a flat piece of paper. But the designs are so fabulous and easy to just cut and fold together in no time at all. AND two are included in the kit!

    I also made this cute Mini Resin Wheelbarrow and a Mini Creepy Sign Post, to help my visitors to know where they are going, lol. I highly recommend a visit to the Black Cat Bog (close up below).

    I love this project! Great work, Rhonda!

    Here’s Rhonda’s supply list and you can see more photos in her blog post!

     
    What is new today? Christmas

    Oh my: that Christmas Pets 6×6 Paper Pad is so cute! Dogs & cats in festive hats plus some tiny prints that would work well for wrapping miniature gift boxes. And the back-in-stock Filled Candy Cane Jars are a good color match, too!

     
    Yes? What else is new today? Miniatures

    New or back in stock… those tiny bottles! And isn’t that tiny pin cushion the cutest thing ever!

    Now don’t forget: use Promo Code: WITCHING-HOUR when checking out for 10% off everything! Ends Tuesday night!

      
    Comments Off on From Halloween to Christmas! Plus EXTRA 10% off EVERYTHING! Posted by Leslie, October 18th, 2020

    Snow Globe Shaker with Halloween Art, New Dresden & Snowy Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Halloween, Shannon Cooper

    Happy Halloween Ornaments by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    Yes, that is Ornaments (plural!) And I love that Shannon used an item traditionally for Christmas for a Halloween project!

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

    This is my favorite time to craft, especially with miniatures, because a bunch of new spooky stuff is available at Alpha Stamps and I am itching to get my hands on it. There’s quite a few partially begun Hallowe’en projects littering my craft table, but lately the days have run into one another and before I knew it, the month was half gone! Eeek!

    I couldn’t let another day slip by without making something, so I grabbed a few things, snipped some bits, and glued stuff to stuff and after only a tiny while had two small hanging ornaments.

    Before telling you how these ornaments were made (which is scary easy), I first must say how impossible it is to photograph shiny, glittery, reflective things. It’s the pits. For instance, the spider web in the first ornament (at right) was painted with a silver gilding paste (so shiny) before being covered with Stickles glitter glue (more shinies). I used Silks shimmer acrylic paint on the spider but alas! All of the sparkle is lost in the picture.

    The other ornament is made from a Snow Globe Shaker, a really neat item that I also had other plans for, but those plans went out the window once I realized the Black Acrylic Lying Cat and a broom from the Mini Witchy Set fit so nicely on it. The Witch Shaker Ornament was painted black, papered on the front and inside, the cat and a “witch” from the Cinderella Silhouettes Set were glued in, as well as a sprinkling of Glow in the Dark Moon and Stars Slice Mix and Black Iridescent Mini Bats. Yes, I glued the stars and bats in place so, technically, this isn’t a shaker at all. Sometimes crafting in an hour leads to forgetting to add the thing that makes it a thing. Oh well. It is still fun. Did I mention it glows in the dark??

    Good job, Shannon!! I didn’t manage to crop the photos to show that these 2 really are hanging ornaments (with a cute little skull bead at the top of each ribbon “hanger”) but you can see more photos on Shannon’s blog post. And here’s the supply list for both of the ornaments!

     
    What’s new or back in stock today?

    Beside the Snow Globe Shaker above, LOTS of pretty new Dresden borders! AND: The Four Seasons 6×6 Paper Pad – Winter and Vintage Black Mini Ice Skates are also included in the Winter Snow SALE (more info below)! See all the new items here.

     
    NEW Sale: Winter Snow

    As so many new things today are Christmas-y, I’m revisiting the Winter Snow collection put together last January (and I’ve included some more snowy things added to the site since then).

    This sale group started with the supply list from Laura Carson’s Snow Queen Shadowbox (including the chipboard items used in the project). Then it grew to include all kinds of snowy, sparkly things! Over 60 items!

    Here are the sale highlights:
    40% off on Collage Sheets! From vintage ladies dressed for winter to retro snowmen! See the sale collage sheets.
    50% off on Digital Images! See the sale digital images.
    25% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection! From glitter & rhinestones to resin snowmen to snowflake charms to laser cut shapes (wood, acrylic and chipboard)!
    – Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

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

      
    Comments Off on Snow Globe Shaker with Halloween Art, New Dresden & Snowy Sale! Posted by Leslie, October 15th, 2020

    New Halloween Inserts & Art, New Alice Collage Sheet & Miniatures!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures

    Ghosts in the Graveyard Altered Tin by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel

    Ooh! I so picked the right artist for this new Halloween Altoids Tin Inserts Set! (Note: these new inserts inspired today’s new sale, so scroll down for more info after you soak in all the Halloween eye candy!)

    Kristin’s Ghosts in the Graveyard Altered Tin is so perfectly Kristin: beautiful artwork, without a ton of complicated steps and she explains it all (with photos along the way) in her blog post!

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

    Watch out for ghosts in the graveyard! I used an Altoids-sized tin with the lid removed to make some tiny Halloween fun. An insert from Alpha Stamps’ new Halloween Altoids Tin Inserts set makes a rustic fence and black cat in the foreground of the tin. I painted the insert orange, black and grey, and then added texture to the fence with colored pencils. I used a white colored pencil to outline the edges of the cat to make it pop a bit. The seated cat, front right, is acrylic.

    So many ghosts! This paper, from the Halloween Market 6×6 Pad, makes the perfect background. After I glued the paper to the inside of the tin, I cut a couple of the ghosts out of the remaining paper and attached them with some foam tape to add some dimension. The tombstones were painted (tutorial at the bottom of this post; I love painting tombstones)! In checking to see how the tombstones looked behind the insert, I realized that the two shorter tombstones were getting a little lost behind the fence. I set those two stones up on some foam core (painted black) to make them tall enough to be seen.

    Great work, Kristin!! And I agree: Skeleton arms for that Jack; why not?”

    Go visit Kristin’s blog post for more steps with photos and here’s her supply list!

     
    What’s new or back in stock today? Miniatures

    Beside the Halloween Altoids Tin Inserts Set above (and the featured items below), scroll down for a NEW Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet, too!

     
    NEW Sale: Altoids Tins & Related Trims!

    25% off on EVERYTHING Altoids Tin Themed! All kinds of items, from Chipboard Inserts to the TINS themselves!

    Psst: ALL collage sheets in this collection are marked down to 60% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, October 12th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    New Mini Tins AND a related Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet

    Eeek! So tiny! This new Tiny Alice Wallpaper Prints Collage Sheet was designed with the Faux Book Box Tiny Card Size in mind. (That size Faux Book Box is tiny as it was designed to fit a deck of cards 1″ wide x 1-3/8″ tall.)

    All of the patterns are big enough to wrap the outside (or inside) of the Faux Book Box Tiny Card Size. Plus thare are 2 skinny perspective floor rectangles that are meant for the inside bottom of the box, so not big enough to wrap around (the small floors are 1″ deep so large enough for much larger projects, too). See the close-up below for the 2 floors (black and white, and turquoise blue).

    All the characters are around 1-1/4″ tall, so they can easily fit in the Faux Book Box Tiny Card Size. All the favorites: Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen (and king), the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, etc.

    Even some tiny vintage playing cards and a book cover that can fit the book box cover, with a tiny bit of that fun card suits pattern peeking out around the margins.

    And do you remember the Dum and Dee, the Tweedles (also by Kristin) shown below? That project was also an inspiration for this new sheet, as tiny prints are hard to find!

    More info on that cute project in the blog, and/or see the supply list.

    And what’s this? ANOTHER new tin? Yes, and it is super tiny!

    See below for 2 photos of the new Mini Sliding Tin and how the tiny prints on the new collage sheet work with the tin’s tiny size.

    It’s smaller than the Blank Altoids Tins and with a sliding lid. Good for decorating as the lid is flat. Approx. 2″ x 1″ x 3/8″.

      
    Comments Off on New Halloween Inserts & Art, New Alice Collage Sheet & Miniatures! Posted by Leslie, October 11th, 2020

    Halloween Art, New Christmas Items & German Glitter Sale!

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

    There’s a new Dear Santa 6×6 Paper Pad today! Cute retro prints with a deep dark green. And I love that bright red & white stripe — always useful!

    And while we’re on the Christmas subject (yes, a bit early but never too early to start making gifts) there’s a new Yuletide Ornament Charms Set (shown at right). A big set of antique pewter-toned metal charms. Cast metal and flat on the back (a little heavy). From trees, wreaths and stars to candy canes.

    Finally in the Christmas vein: A preview of the new German glass glitter (so pretty!) that’s featured below and that inspired today’s flash sale!

     
    House of Horrors Handmade Book by Design Team Member Laura Carson

    We’re revisiting a 2019 Halloween project by Laura: the House of Horrors Handmade Book! Laura created 4 collage sheets and a digital images set for that book! AND I just checked: there are still 36 items available from Laura’s supply list!

    Here’s some text from the original blog post:

    Just in time for Halloween, I have a spooky book project for you titled “House of Horrors.” I’ve packed in lots of creepiness from my new image sets and other embellishments. The book is constructed using chipboard haunted house and tombstone shapes which makes it easy to assemble and decorate.

    The house is full of spooky pictures with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, skeleton people, and headless women. Inside you’ll find a trunk full of creepy doll heads. Behind a gate is a vampire with her coffin. I’ve used lots of candles on the pages, as I think they add to the creep factor.

    On the back of the book (which is the large photo at left), there is a shrouded skeleton walking through a graveyard with blood flowing from a fountain. (I have the fountain image for you in my blog post.) I used paper roses with their stems twisted together to make a vine. A blood-red moon and bats complete the scene and of course, more candles.

    Beautifully spooky work, Laura!! I love the binding techinique Laura used (to keep all the surface of the book pages available for decorating, shown in the wide photo below).

    Go visit Laura’s blog post for more photos and a video tutorial! And here’s Laura’s supply list to help track down all those details!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Glitter and Glittery Things

    Inspired by the beautiful new German glass glitter. Four colors perfect for a nostalgic Christmas project. Beautiful color and shine! This is imported German glass glitter. Really made of glass so take a bit of care (and keep away from the kids/pets). And included in the sale, too!

    Not only is this a 25% off sale on ALL Glitter and Glittery Things, but it also includes Collage Sheets with Bejeweled in the name! So there are images of rhinestones and shiny things, too! Over 40 items!

    Any items on clearance in this collection are marked down to 50% off — and that includes new markdowns!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, October 9th at midnight PST. See the Glitter Sale Collection.

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

      
    Comments Off on Halloween Art, New Christmas Items & German Glitter Sale! Posted by Leslie, October 8th, 2020

    Tricks and Treats and a CANDY sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween Market Kit, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Does it feel like Halloween yet where you are? It’s still blazing hot here so I’ve got to say no, except for the fabulous Halloween art by the Design Team!

    Tricks and Treats Shadowbox by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    Shannon made TWO projects today! That cute (and tiny) Halloween shadowbox at right and a set of pumpkin pails to hold tiny candy, too!

    Hooray, October has arrived! I have been collecting all of my Halloween goodies from Alpha Stamps for weeks and finally sat at the craft table to make a little thing.

    It is a sweet 3″ x 4 1/2″ shadowbox with a notched lid that’s stuffed with spooky treats! Inside the shadowbox is a Retro Bottle Brush Tree decorated with Polymer Clay Halloween Slice Mix, a cute Mini Halloween Cake, an altered jack-o-lantern gumball machine, a treat bag loaded with mounds of candy, some ghastly sodas, and a plate of tiny candies.

    The gumball machine started out with a red base and a clear globe, but it didn’t quite work with the paper from the Halloween Market and Masquerade Paper Pads. I very, very carefully broke the clear globe off (wear protective eyewear and gloves if you do this!), discarded the glass, and saved the gumballs. To remove the bits of glass from the inside, I used a heat gun to melt the glue before picking out the glass with tweezers. Once it was clean, the base was spray painted black, and I added some stripes with an orange paint pen. The new glass globe was colored with orange and black Sharpies. I filled the inside with only the yellow gumballs before gluing the new jack-o-lantern globe to the base. The witch hat is made from polymer clay.

    Great job, Shannon! Amazing all the tiny things that fit in such a tiny shadowbox. Psst: there’s another new project by Shannon using even more candy that’s shown below! And we haven’t even mentioned the Mini Creepy Signpost that’s shown in the photos for both projects!

    Here’s Shannon’s supply list (and beside that second little project by Shannon today) you can see more photos and a tutorial in her blog post!

     
    More goodies by Shannon? YES! And a related CANDY sale!

    EEEK! These miniature pumpkin pails are soooo cute!

    Shannon started with simple Styrofoam balls as the base and covered them with air-dry clay (adding indentations for faces and little holes for a wire handle before the clay dried). Super easy and super cute! Plus the styrofoam inside helps have a place to sit mini candies (and poke sticks from lollipops). See below for a preview of the tutorial on Shannon’s blog.

    AND there’s a related SALE on ALL Candy, too!

    25% off on over 60 items! Note: this collection includes things like “candy canes” “candy bowls” “candy dish” and “candy jar” so not just candies themselves! And ALL of the polymer clay canes & slices are included, too!

    Psst: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off including new markdowns!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, October 5th at midnight PST.

     
    What’s new or back in stock today?

    Psst: more CANDY! Plus those tiny sunglasses! (I’ve been waiting for them to be available again for ages!)

      
    Comments Off on Tricks and Treats and a CANDY sale! Posted by Leslie, October 4th, 2020

    Books & Candles for Halloween; plus a bit of Christmas, too

    Filed under Christmas, Halloween, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Witch's Dressing Table Kit

    Starting off with a new set of Christmas pads AND a related sale!

    Garland 6×6 Paper Pads

    What a great idea: 2 paper pads with coordinating colors (in florals plus dots/stripes). See 2 photos below for examples of sheets from the 2 pads.

    AND there’s a related SALE on Christmas Paper, too:
    Scrapbook Paper (single sheets, pads & die-cuts)
    and
    Collage Sheets!

    20% off on over 170 items!

    Note: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off including new markdowns!

    The sale ends FRIDAY night, October 2nd at midnight PST.
    Remember there’s 2 links: Scrapbook Paper and Collage Sheets

     
    Vanity Through The Years by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    Wow! How clever is that?! Rhonda made a double-sided dressing table!

    I so enjoy making miniature scenes full of mini, detailed items. When I got the urge to make a double sided vanity, it was simple to fill it up with some of my favorite collage sheets and cool items from Alpha Stamps.

    On one side of the vanity, we see a young woman, flawless skin and beauty abound. It looks like she has some beautiful heirlooms and is also getting that desire to care for her skin and maintain her youth.

    On the opposite side, we see the same beauty, but now older, wiser and hopefully not giving a (choose your word) what anyone thinks about her. But with all of the potions and bottles she has, I doubt that is the case. But I for one can relate and am hoping to one day not give a (choose your word) what anyone thinks.

    Beautiful work, Rhonda! The color palette is lovely (such a change to see a pretty Halloween scene) and the little details like curving some chipboard items over a pencil to give them dimension makes the mix of 2D and 3D items on the table work so well!

    Here’s Rhonda’s supply list and you can see more photos and learn about more details in her blog post!

     
    What is new today? Miniatures

    Pretty much screaming to be on a witchy dressing table!

     
    Yes? What else? Chipboard & Back in Stock Items

    Oooo… Christmas Bulb Flourishes and Chess Pieces!

    Who won the Halloween Market Kit Giveaway from the last newsletter? That would be Noreen! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    Comments Off on Books & Candles for Halloween; plus a bit of Christmas, too Posted by Leslie, October 1st, 2020

    New Halloween Market Kit plus ALL Halloween Items ON SALE!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Halloween Market Kit, Miniatures, Sale

    Halloween Market Kit

    This kit began with the Halloween Market 6×6 Paper Pad. The whole concept got my mind whirling and the kit grew to include a new pop-up card to make a market stall plus tiny shopping bags and posters/signage for a Halloween Market!

    Here’s the rundown on all the kit contains
    Market Stall Pop Up Card
    Halloween Market 6×6 Paper Pad
    – Halloween Market Signs & Props Collage Sheet
    Retro Halloween Bags Collage Sheet
    Glow in the Dark Moon & Star Slice Mix
    Black Iridescent Mini Bats
    Black Acrylic Lying Cat
    TWO black envelopes (photos are on the kit page: one shows the folded card fitting in the larger envelope; the other shows a cute little gift note envelope that can be attached to the back of the card). The envelopes are exclusive to the kit (not sold separately).

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

     
    EVERYTHING HALLOWEEN on SALE

    20% to 50% off! See the SALE OVERVIEW page for more info! The sale ends TOMORROW night, September 28th!

    Beside this HUGE sale, below are more new Halloween items (which are on sale, too)! See all the new items!

     
    Halloween Market Kit Giveaway!

    I’ve been busy, busy, but have pulled together this quick yet fun-Halloween-filled Giveaway:

    The new Halloween Market Kit — shown again in the photo at right! (That’s 9 items!)

    AND all 3 of the new border sets! Note: they look great across the front of the canopy on the new pop-up card!

    And the new Mini Creepy Signpost! See that link for a photo showing the height next to the new card.

    To enter the Halloween Market 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 28, 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!

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, September 27th, 2020

    From Halloween to Marie! Plus EXTRA 10% off EVERYTHING!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Marie Antoinette, Witch's Dressing Table Kit

    We’re zipping around from Halloween to Christmas to Marie Antoinette today! With fun new artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel plus a store-wide coupon sale! Let’s get going!

    Save an EXTRA 10% off the ENTIRE SITE! That’s 10% above current sale prices! Even if the item is already marked down as a clearance item or is one of the new items below!

    Use Promo Code: HELLO-FALL 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) SATURDAY NIGHT, September 26, 2020!

     
    Halloween Tableaux by Kristin Batsel!

    Wow! Kristin really knows how to Halloween!

    It’s Halloween season! Because I can never have too much Halloween decor, or do too much Halloween crafting, I had a blast making these tableaux to celebrate my favorite spooky holiday. Large Spiderweb Mirrors with Frames are the perfect backdrop for each scene. All they need is a little stand; easy to make with some foam core and tissue paper. I’ll show you how at the end of my post.

    What’s Halloween without candy and costumes? You’re invited to a Spook Party! For that tableaux on the left, I layered a cat head image on top of a black medallion and a gold medallion, and then could not help but add an extra paper medallion (tutorial on making the paper medallion can be found here). I wanted this scene to be busy and fun, so it features some happy kids, lots of candy, a couple of jack o’lanterns, and a colorful resin witch’s hat.

    I love these! Beautiful work, Kristin!

    Here’s Kristin’s supply list and you can see more photos and a tutorial on making those stands in her blog post!

     
    What is new today? Christmas

    Yes, those are tiny gnomes!

     
    Yes? What else is new today? Halloween

    That scrapbook paper is (finally) back in stock! And those skulls… perfect for 1:12 scale, too!

     
    Go on… What more is new today? Misc Minis (and Marie)!

    That second row are all back in stock (I’ve been waiting for those teeny tiny frogs to arrive for ages)!

    Now don’t forget: use Promo Code: HELLO-FALL when checking out for 10% off everything! Ends Saturday night!

      
    Comments Off on From Halloween to Marie! Plus EXTRA 10% off EVERYTHING! Posted by Leslie, September 24th, 2020

    Potion Bottles?! Time for a Miniature Halloween Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Halloween, Laura Carson, Miniatures

    There are bunches of new 1:12 scale resin bottle blanks today… and I started playing around with Halloween labels on collage sheets. One thing led to another and you can view the labels and bottles shown at right. (Oh, and I used a couple small skulls in the photo, too.)

    A few of the new bottles are shown below, you can view all of today’s new items.

    AND there’s a related SALE on Resin Miniatures, too!

    This sale includes all kinds of themes, from food (tons!) to bottle blanks to animals to furniture! 25% off on over 190 items!

    Note: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off including new markdowns!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, September 21st at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     

    So, tiny bottles got me thinking. And i remembered this spooky/fun Mad Scientist Laboratory project by Laura Carson!

    It’s sort of a mix of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, meets old 50s and 60s Science Fiction movies with a touch of steampunk.

    Lots of eye candy! You can view the original post here. It’s been a few years but here’s the list of supplies still available.

    We’ve had lots of new beakers/science-y items added since then (and pumpkins and 1:12 scale tables) that could easily substitute for items Laura used that are no longer available.

    Here’s a list of substitute options I picked out (and a few are shown below, too).

     
    Little Heart Shrine by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    Ooo! More new artwork by Bella!

    This literally was a quick, last-minute project that I did the other night so I did not take any technique photos. I had been trying to organize my studio and found another Little Niche Heart Shrine. Sitting on my work table was the Celestial Spheres and Shrine Icons Collage Sheets and I thought “ooooh how perfect!”

    So I sat down and went to work. Obviously making art trumps organizing and cleaning, amiright?! This is why I can never get my space organized. I find something I’ve either forgotten about or have been looking for to finish up a project with, find it, drop everything and start messing with whatever I’ve excavated.

    Yay for excavating! BTW, the Featherly Flourishes doubling as flames are my favorite part.

    Here’s Bella’s supply list and you can see more photos in her blog post!

     
    What else is new today?

    Beside all those tiny resin bottles, the 3 items below are new today. That retro grocery scale could certainly be used in a Halloween/spooky store (I added the oranges and canned goods as extra props but you can substitute whatever you like).

    View all of today’s new and back in stock items.

    Note: We’re doing some blog maintenance so I’m skipping a Giveaway today.

    Who won the Tiny Wheelbarrow AND a Mushroom Shrine Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Rhonda! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
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