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Through the Woods, Tiny Books & More Snarky Housewives

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Red Riding Hood Kit

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Nichola’s project that are still available on the new site.

There is so much to cover today! Beside three (3!) projects by Nichola Battilana (that Miz Bella will introduce) there are three Snarky Housewives projects by Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey! (Plus a related Giveaway and a bunch of adorable miniature weapons… I mean kitchen implements…)

And (to make some tiny cookbooks, perhaps?) there are two (!) new collage sheets, by Teri Calia, plus a mini tutorial on how to make her miniature books!

Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is up with her spooky offering from the August 2014 – Little Red Riding Hood Kit called Through the Woods…

Poor Little Red Riding Hood. All out by her lonesome in the woods after dark where everything takes on such a sinister appearance! Nichola created her project around the Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Outs that like most of us here at Alpha Stamps, she loved at first sight. Also used was the Little Red Riding Hood Add-On Kit which you can get your own Creepy Chipboard Tree Cut-Out if you want to have (most) everything to play with that Nichola did. Add the 8×8 Matchbook Box and papers from An Eerie Tale to embellish it with.

Inside there’s a sinister encounter between Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf using The Wolf At The Door Collage Sheet. Did you notice how the Mini Lantern with Battery Pack gives the scene an overall eerie effect? Loooovvee it!! Throw on some Sheet Moss to the outside, and you’re on your way to your own awesome trip Through the Woods.

Before you lose your head like Grandma did you can check out Nichola’s Supply List. Then throw on your hooded red cape and skip on over to see more pictures and details at Nichola’s blog.

Nichola has finally given in and come to the dark side because not only do we have cookies, chocolate and Tequila, but we also have dies for her new Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine! The very first dies she she chose to use? Nichola chose the Movers & Shapers Base Die-House and Movers & Shapers Windows.

How cute are these tiny Halloween Houses?! I think they’re adorable at only 4″ x 2″ x 2″ and just think how much fun you can have creating with them. Halloween houses with Black Mini Paper Blooms, Mini Red Pip Berry Garland and Tiny Green Leaf Garland like Nichola used, OR Christmas houses with glittered roofs, OR make your own miniature Red Light District with half-naked naughty women showing through the windows for Valentines Day! Or, just fill them up with candy and give them out as party favors.

Here is the full list of components Nichola used and you can visit her blog post as well.

Either Nichola never sleeps or she is just driving the over-achievers express this week. Take a look at her The Secret Garden altered tins that are inspired by the classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Only four of these clever little tins have been made and each has a slightly different arrangement and selection of flowers, leaves and moss. My favorite element is the tiny little Robin that Nichola made from Creative Paperclay. It’s so cute!

Why not make your very own Secret Garden tin? With a huge selection of Paper Flowers & Leaves, Garlands, Sheet Moss and of course the Blank Altoids Tin to get you started.

For more pictures and a few more details on Nichola’s Secret Garden Tins, visit her blog.

Ok. Leslie taking over again. Do you remember that Snarky Housewives theme a few weeks ago? Those clever ladies, Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey, are hosting a Snarky Housewives Swap over at Craftster & I’ve gathered some new mini kitchen props (and that cute Altoids Tin with Window at right). Sadly, you can’t join the swap unless you’ve already been a Craftster member for 30 days (and I’m sure that some of you already are), but that won’t stop you from creating some snarky tins (or magnets or plaques) of your own. (Omg… that plaque by Lora of Mildred, with the halo of knives and wine bottles is inspired!) More info and pics of Kristin’s TWO tins is on her blog.

And Teri’s new collage sheets and tutorial! I love how the little books look like antique tomes. And one of the sheets has tons of little cookbooks, so perfect timing with all these kitcheny things. (And did I mention that ALL 8 collage sheets — including these new ones by Teri! — with a kitchen theme are On Sale! See the Snarky Housewives Tins Giveaway below for more info.) Teri shares how to make the pages look aged and how to construct the books on her blog.


Hooray! A Snarky Housewives Tins Giveaway

A bit of this and that from both of the snarky projects shown above:
Altoids Tins with Window
Baking Border Strips Scrapbook Paper
Miniature Copper Frying Pans
Nan’s Favourites: Lemon Slice Scrapbook Paper
Miniature Baking Set
Miniature Wine Bottles
Miniature Carving Knives

A few more kitcheny things the caught my eye:
Pewter Muffin Pans
Gingerbread Man Charms – Brass Oxide
Miniature Gingerbread Cookies
Miniature Coffee Cup and Spoon
Brass Tea Set

And, see the photo below on the left for Four of the 8 Sale Collage Sheets included in the Giveaway (and all are on sale through this Thursday, August 14th):
Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
Domestic Little Books Collage Sheet
Bitchy Words Collage Sheet
Happy Vintage Housewives Collage Sheet
(Note: you can see the others in this Retro Kitchen group.)

Plus, SEVEN items just put on Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!):
Light Blue Floral Crochet Trim
Lightweight Silver Crowns
Tiny Glass Spheres in Bottles – Turquoise (note: all the colors are on Clearance Sale)
Rosarian Rambler Scrapbook Paper
Rosarian Constance Scrapbook Paper
Rosarian Old Garden Scrapbook Paper
Chrysanthemum Scrapbook Paper

AND, these 4 that have just been put on sale for 50% off:
Bette Davis Paper Dolls
Eyeglasses Rubber Stamp
Junque & Gems Tea Time
Brass Flatware
(the 50% and 80% off things are shown in the photo below right)

To enter the Snarky Housewives Tins 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, August 11, 2014).

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!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Zombie Attack Giveaway? That would be Noreen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, August 10th, 2014

125 responses to “Through the Woods, Tiny Books & More Snarky Housewives”

  1. Gail Gill says:

    HAHA – Snarky Housewives… I love it !!

  2. Diana Bittaker says:

    Oh please let me win this one!!!!! I need those cute little copper pans in my life!!! and maybe a knife or two!!!

  3. Mary Jochems says:

    I really love the project….so many ideas!

  4. Jennifer J says:

    so much awesomeness!

  5. I love these pieces would love to win

  6. Vickie says:

    Feeling quite snarky myself this fine morning. Thanks, ladies!

  7. julie F. says:

    These look like fabulous fun!

  8. o.m.g. love Love LOVE these pieces of goodies! It’s time I tried to move out of my comfort zone and into a more satirical, cutting edge one! Would love to win this jackpot to get me started!

    (Though, I still love that Red Riding Hood theatre at the top and find it thoroughly enchanting!)

  9. Patti Flasch says:

    Your artists never fail to inspire. Many thanks to you and your team.

  10. jo says:

    I have always been a snarky housewife! Love our Patron Saint, Mildred!!

  11. Karen says:

    Everyone has a little “snark” in ya so this would be a fun way to release it!

  12. Lynn Fox says:

    Mighty fine giveaway…now if I could only win!!!!

  13. Edi says:

    I love the cat eye glasses. Look just like the ones I had in 5th grade. Oh the horror! As a snarky housefrau I am in desperate need of a patron saint. Love your creativity.

  14. Jennie says:

    The dynamic duo of Kristen & Lora are trying pretty hard to tempt me into that Snarky Housewives Swap. Maybe if I win the giveaway it will be a sign that the Universe wants me to SWAP!

  15. Kathleen Johnson says:

    Snarkiness rules! I’d love this!!!!!

  16. Holly Day says:

    THose tiny pans are wonderful! Makes me want to build a dollhouse just for them.

  17. Theresa G. says:

    OMGOSH! The snarky housewife tin is HYSTERICAL!! This would be a GREAT GREAT win!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for this one!!! LOVE IT!

  18. Linda L in Tennessee says:

    Who knew there was an actual name for my sense of humor? I would love to win!

  19. ginny over says:

    love all those pieces. ginny

  20. Ronda Garner says:

    Love the little tins so stinking cute, just sayin’
    I always look forward to your emails there so full of info. would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win. thank you
    have an awesome day!!!!! 🙂
    smilz n hugz

  21. Stefanie says:

    Always love Nichola Battilana’s makes – they’re fantastic!!

  22. angelic says:

    I love the tins and the collection.

  23. Jen R says:

    Spooky & snarky? I’m in!!

  24. barbara macaskill says:

    Ok everyone! Please step aside and let me win the Snarky Housewives collection of goodies. As soon as I saw it a thousand ideas started racing through my head and I MUST HAVE IT!!! Praying to the spooky and snarky gods and goddesses that I see my name on Thursday!! LOL
    Truly would love to have this one winging it’s way to me!!

  25. Emma M says:

    so adorable – lots of ideas!

  26. Donna Meyers says:

    Omg the use of tins is over the top and I love miniature so I would love to make these. Would love to be the recipient.

  27. Sue Young says:

    Snarky sensationa!!!!

  28. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Love all the little teenies!

  29. Norma Karter says:

    These are so unusual and fun. Just love them.

  30. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    It’s all overwhelmingly delightful!

  31. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I would love to make a bunch of altars using these materials for some snarky housewives I know and love. What a great treat it would be to win this batch of supplies.

  32. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    Love it!

  33. MaggieM says:

    WOW, huge giveaway, thanks!! I’m dying to create my own Housewife Snarky tins! And, all of your miniatures are perfect! Fantastic collage sheets as well. Alpha Stamps has the best design team!!

  34. Lana says:

    how could it be that time of the year, already?

  35. Kim says:

    Why so snarky, sparky! Love it!

  36. DianeD says:

    Love this snarky little giveaway!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. Looks like a oodles of fun give away!

  38. marla b says:

    I’m quite sure I could cook up something “fun” with this inticing giveaway.

  39. Carol Rowland says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  40. Deb Neerman says:

    Too much fun … love the Snarky Housewife projects! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  41. Lorna E. says:

    Love the snarky housewives!

  42. maree natal says:

    Love this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. April says:

    I gotta win this one!!! So cute

  44. ratgirl says:

    I love this kit, but I don’t know how I managed to miss the zombie email, but it looks like it was pretty great. D’oh!

  45. Arminta says:

    These cute little kitchen items remind me of items found on a toy display in a little snack shop when I was a child. I wish I still had those miniature dishes.

  46. Carrie Jacquin says:

    I love me some sassy retro girls!

  47. Emily N. says:

    Love the Snarky Housewives!

  48. LoriSW says:

    Love snarky housewives!!!!

  49. suereal says:

    OOOOHH! Such cute tiny things…and with extra snark included!

  50. Kathy Anderson says:

    This collection is a total hoot!!! Perfect to make as a prize for the gals in the book club raffle!!!!

  51. Kathy Rose says:

    oh the snarkliciousness!!!!

  52. Sandy says:

    Pick me, pick me!

  53. Noreen says:

    Thank you so much for picking my name to win the Zombie prize! Nichola’s creations are all so delightfully creative! I love the way she’s framed the box with the creepy trees. And her other projects are just as appealing.

  54. Erica B. says:

    How cute!!

  55. Carmen says:

    I’m totally loving this giveaway! Hope I win this one!

  56. Beverly S says:

    Snarky housewives – too much fun! Love them – and would be thrilled to win the awesome give-away!

  57. Teresa Currie says:

    Oh how funny!! I love your Snarky Housewives Tins Giveaway!!

  58. Luanne Shoup says:

    Barbie never had mini wine bottles!

  59. Nancy S says:

    OMG! I just love the tins. And what can be said about the snarky housewives. Gotta make one for my sis, she’ll absolutely die!!!(With laughter that is!)

  60. karenladd says:

    Oh My Goodness, this collection is hilarious! Love those teeny tiny kitchen wares and the kitchen themed papers! Too much fun!

  61. Jennifer Bumb says:

    This is a great giveaway. Love the retro kitchen and housewives look. Love your store and all your great supplies.

  62. Wow! Fantastic & fun!!!

  63. Diane D. says:

    Love everything about this Sunday’s Newsletter and the Give Away is fantastic. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

  64. If I was a housewife, I am 100% certain that I’d be the snarkiest around!!

  65. Mary Mac says:

    Just love all the miniature kitchen gadgets and the collage papers.

  66. Sharonb says:


  67. cheryl foster says:

    I LOVE it !!!!!

  68. Shannon C. says:

    First thing on my bucket list is to fill the bucket with wine. Oh, I mean to win all the goodies in this giveaway!

  69. Beverly M. says:

    Be fun to win this one!

  70. Karen Crowder says:

    Yes, well, trying again.

  71. Wendy W says:

    I love all your stuff and would love to win.

  72. I am going to make every one of those little books and write a story in each one….

  73. Thalia Kottke says:

    Bette Davis–WOO WHOOO

  74. Lina T says:

    Too Funny 🙂

  75. Jen says:

    These supplies are totally missing from my stash. I must rectify this situation!

  76. Carol Slowik says:

    I hope it’s not me. This just ain’t right. Ha!

  77. Paula Miller says:

    snarky housewives! hahahaha! love it!

  78. LoisC says:

    Love this! Have a friend this will be perfect to make for Christmas!

  79. Myownplace says:

    I AM a snarky housewife! Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Gail Klein says:

    Out of all of your giveaways, I think I love the Snarky Housewives the most! It is so funny and clever, I want this one so badly!

  81. orianna says:

    I have a house and I’m a wife so I guess this could be mine !

  82. Jen says:

    Zowie! This is so friggin’ funny and makes me feel…almost normal! I live it!

  83. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Love love love Nichola’s works of art, esp the tin secret garden. Snarky housewives crack me up with its subtle sinisterness so Flowers in the Attic.

  84. melody says:

    Oh, yes, PLEASE!! I have been cutting out my previously ordered sheets of housewives, so this could keep me ‘on a roll’. (Yeah, I’m kinda slow…)

  85. HSG says:

    These snarky ladies are awesome! I still think Mildred may take a knife out of her crown and cut someone.

  86. Angie says:

    Absolutely adorable. I love this.

  87. Debi W says:

    Omg! The snarky housewives are terrific! Love the cookbook hiding the wine! Super creative!

  88. love it ! AND I really, really want to win, I love this retro stuff, I am sure it takes us all back to the good ol days, Ya’ll are so creative, it is so exciting to get the e-mails to see whats next !

  89. Laurie T. says:

    Oh I’m in love, what cute things! Pick me 😉

  90. Wulf Higgins says:

    Wow! An amazing collection of stuff. Release the snarky housewives!

  91. Kim says:

    Love anything Retro.
    The Snarky housewife in a Altoid tin.
    What a HOOT!

  92. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love the reto women collage sheets along with that cute stamp. I died laughing reading it.

  93. Traci says:

    Great giveaway. Love the creative projects by the design team.

  94. Gerri herbst says:

    Just love the snarky house wives idea!

  95. Pam Yee says:

    Snarky? I’ll show you snarky in or out of a tin (pan)!!

  96. marcia says:

    What a delightful genre … You guys just keep coming up with great subjects.

  97. Cindy Fitch says:

    The Snarky House wives are so hilarious. I laughed so hard I wet my pants!

  98. Da-Hedgehogi says:

    These are so funny and cute! Love it! at gmail dot com

  99. Ellen Lai says:

    So inspiring and tempting lots, as usual!

  100. Joanne Hughes says:

    LOVE the Martini stamp!!!

  101. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Gotta win this one.

  102. 2amscrapper says:

    This would be a fantastic win!

  103. Lori says:

    Love the word snarky and would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  104. DebR says:

    Love the snark! And Nichola’s projects are amazing as always. Thanks for yet another great giveaway.

  105. Kathryn says:

    I’m finally back and I’ve missed so much! Glad to see this theme, my favorite! I have so many ideas!
    xo kat

  106. Helen Potter says:

    My friend and I can both be quite snarky on occasion. But that is fine because we cancel each other out.This is yet another great giveaway, and, well, not to be snarky, but it does seem that some of you ladies’ time might be better spent on a relaxing beauty sleep. 😀

  107. Paulanne says:

    Oh, the domestic goddess is a fave of mine, please pick me.

  108. Louise Pena says:

    Snarky is so catchy!! Love the theme, and the little ‘toys’!! Hope to win this faulously snarky giveaway!!!

  109. Ritva says:

    That is so fun, hope I win!

  110. Carmen says:

    This is the best–love it so much!

  111. LeAnn says:

    I am a snarky housewife.

  112. Lori Wilczek says:

    FUN! Love the Snarky Housewife.

  113. Mary-Ann says:

    I Love Snarky Housewives!!

  114. Edith says:

    wow this takes me back to the good ole days of spending time with Mom in the kitchen
    way fun

  115. Roxanne says:

    Oh My! Just love these giveaways with all those collage sheets and goodies! Yummy! Congrats you lucky winners! Yahooooo! 🙂

  116. Snarkarishious! count me in!

  117. Rose Lewis says:

    I really get a kick out of the sarcastic quips of retro woman and I really love working with miniatures! I would love to win this! Thanks!

  118. sheila AR says:

    I am saying a snarky prayer to Saint Mildred, my new heroine, as we speak…LOVE HER!!!

  119. Love these – so much fun.

  120. Penny Shukan says:

    I am so into doing things with this theme and would be ecstatic to have this giveaway. I would just swoon with joy.

  121. Pam Weiler says:

    Another giveaway I would love to win.

  122. Luv anything Retro. This is a fabulous give-a-way!!!

  123. Rabbit says:

    I’m definitely a snarky housewife! I need need need these goodies! Wonderful!

  124. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the Snarkey Housewife giveaway.
    The team member projects are fabulous!