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Raining Cats & Dogs, plus Poe Memento Mori

Filed under Art Projects, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Rubber Stamps

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.

We’re taking a (tiny) break from Halloween today (ok… not much of a break as there’s another fabulous project by the Design Team using the September Poe kit!) as the whimsical Raining Cats & Dogs Collection arrived this week! (And, I predict it will figure into many Christmas projects.)

With a subtle (or not-so-subtle) green and red palette (especially with that red plaid behind the kitty cat postage, above on the right side), I think this group would make grand holiday cards. We’ve got a huge group: 3 paper pads, 12 scrapbook papers, plus 3 cling stamp sets and ephemera cards and die-cut stickers — and ALL are On Sale!. Just click on that banner to see the whole group. Ok… now I’m handing this introduction off to Miz Bella.

Next up with her Poe project is my wickedly delightful and majestically morbid partner in artistic crime, Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

The Black Chipboard Raven is all done up in her best mourning finery that includes Black Lace from the Edgar Allan Poe Kit, which also graces her adorable hat.

Mistress Raven is holding a lock of Poe’s hair in her beak as she oversees him as he lays in repose. OK it’s really Rhonda’s lock of hair but it was quite the custom for loved ones of the dearly departed to cut locks of hair as mementos. Also to pose for photographs with loved ones who had died, especially children as it may have been the only photo ever taken to remember them by. Yes I know, some of you are quite creeped out but it is the way that things simply were.

There also used to be coffins that had glass for viewing and Rhonda created her “glass” for Poe’s coffin with a Clear Window Insert. Add some Black Sweeper Fringe and some Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black around the glass and you have a beautiful frame for viewing.

Although children in some mourning photos (like in the (warning to the squeamish) Sleeping Beauties Collage Sheet) had their eyes painted onto their closed eyelids, Rhonda painted Poe’s eyes shut in the image behind her viewing window.

Grab your cognac, roses and head on over to Rhonda’s blog for more pictures and to see her collection of Victorian Mourning Jewelry!

It’s been hopping here this week, so there’s a whole separate Back in Stock page.

And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a FREE Familiars Collage Sheet. Scroll down (a teeny bit) for more info, and info on today’s Giveaway!

 Thursday Newsletter Recap And the FREE collage sheet inspired by Teri’s Witch’s Parlour Triptych

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with an inspired Witch’s Parlour Triptych by Teri Calia (and 2 new collage sheets with tiny little labels, too!)

Amber Even Tinier Bottles

New and On Sale!
(Yes, those tiny little bottles at left are these new bottles, that were too late for announcing on Thursday)

In honor of Teri’s Witch's Parlour Triptych, here's a Familiars Collage Sheet with a few more (tiny) animal familiars to populate your own witch's parlour! FREE for all orders over $20 through Tuesday, Sept. 9th!


Hooray for the Mourning for Poe Giveaway!

Wow! In addition to these goodies from Rhonda’s The Mourning of Poe’s Raven (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Just Poe Collage Sheet
– Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
– Black Chipboard Raven
– Spirited Eerie Scrapbook Paper
– Arsenic and Lace Scrapbook Paper – Large Damask
– More Gothic Tombstones ATC Bases
– Black Seam Binding
– Black Sweeper Fringe
– Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
– Mixed Red Tiny Paper Roses
– Mini Rose Buds – Cream-Pink-Brown
– Tiny Paper Roses – Cream-Pink-Brown

I included a set of the New and On Sale! Amber Even Tinier Bottles.

And a couple more related goodies that were calling out to me:

Sleeping Beauties Collage Sheet
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Black

To enter the Mourning for Poe 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 8, 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 Witch’s Parlour Giveaway? That would be Karen Mallory! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, September 7th, 2014

121 responses to “Raining Cats & Dogs, plus Poe Memento Mori”

  1. Lovely as always! Thanks!

  2. barbara macaskill says:

    Sweetness~ LOVE Raining Cats & Dogs and the Poe burial creation ROCKS!!! TFS!

  3. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    It’s raining here this morning and I just must have this Giveaway.

  4. Connie L. says:

    Poe? Yes please!

  5. Regina Salvador says:

    Great Giveaway, love Edgar Allan stuff!

  6. Terri Young says:

    I love Poe and this is perfect as my next project for October. Thanks!

  7. Lori Wilczek says:

    I love Poe! Great giveaway.

  8. M. C. Sparks says:

    Yay Halloween! Yay Poe! Love the products!

  9. Lynn Fox says:

    Wow, Rhonda’s work blows me away! I love it! Thanks the chance to win!

  10. Caroline Lawson says:

    Love Edgar!

  11. Jo says:

    EAP is my favorite dud!!!

  12. I love it!!! Love Poe and spooky things !

  13. Lou Anne says:

    I love the Poe stuff and the examples are fabulous. Thank you for the chance to win.

  14. Kim says:

    What a great idea.
    A coffin as a shrine.
    Cool and Creepy

  15. Laura says:

    Wonderful! Thank you so very much for the chance to win this, I absolutely love it!

  16. Kay W says:

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  17. Helen Potter says:

    Add me too please. And by the way, I love the new Raining Cats and Dogs papers!

  18. Jeri says:

    I love this give away –

  19. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    YYYESSS! This one! It’s perfect for Halloween decorating!

  20. Kim c says:

    Bootiful! delightful as always!

  21. Karen says:

    Oh what an interesting collection – Hope to hear from you soon

  22. Another amazing kit that I must have!!!! Alpha Stamps is the best!

  23. Kathy R says:

    Great ideas — again! Keep them coming.

  24. Love everything about this kit & what a fabulously creepy shrine!!

  25. Arminta says:

    Poe thought that nothing was more suitable for poetry than the death of a beautiful woman such as Lenore and Annabel Lee.
    I like today’s giveaway.

  26. angelic says:

    I love this creepy kit collection! Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Stefanie says:

    Fantastic projects yet again & a fabulous giveaway too – Thanks Alpha

  28. Debra Gibson says:

    Would love a chance at winning this great giveaway !Love Alpha Stamps !

  29. Gail Gill says:

    Another wonderful project. I love it !

  30. harriett says:

    Nevermore nevermore will I yearn for Poe. Ps: If I win!

  31. Anna Hedberg says:

    This is a wonderful giveaway thank you for a chance!!

  32. beautiul giveaway thank you

  33. These are all great things! I’d love to be entered to win. I recently purchased a few items from Alpha Stamps, one of which was the Poe portraits collage sheet. I used one on my first altered Altoid tin. I just love the way it turned out! I also used some of the Halloween papers that were included with my order.

  34. Liz Russell says:

    Awesomely creepy!

  35. Lynn Stevens says:

    Gotta LOVE Halloween!

  36. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Absolutely love this mix of materials! Would love to create some art with these things. Hope I get picked this time.

  37. Another crazy fun giveaway. Thanks.

  38. Pam Weiler says:

    Yet again, another great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  39. Cocoa says:

    Wow! We all love Halloween count me in for the giveaway!!!

  40. Edith says:

    Rhonda’s Edgar Allen Poe shrine an Imaginative and perfect addition to halloween thank’s Alpha

  41. DebR says:

    Another wonderful Poe creation and giveaway, thank you! (And love the new raining cats and dogs collection!)

  42. Mary Mac says:

    The Poe collage sheets are the best.

  43. Diane D. says:

    Oh My – Halloween and Poe who could ask for anything more!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. It’s a beautiful sunny day, bit my thoughts are dark and grim, like Poe. Love him and Alpha. Thanks again for this chance

  45. Sokat says:

    Wickedly fun

  46. Lorna E. says:

    Suitably creepy project.

  47. Karen N says:

    Poe is my new hero. Love him…and Alpha Stamps for all the great ideas and examples. So creative.

  48. Mary Jochems says:

    Sure would like to win…come on almighty random selector!

  49. Roberta S says:

    Another great giveaway–oh please, pick me!

  50. Janet Turner says:

    Terrific giveaway. I would love it.

  51. Traci says:

    Love Poe-what a great giveaway-want it!!

  52. Diana Bittaker says:

    I will always mourn Poe! Would love to win this one!

  53. MaggieM says:

    Oh the “Poe-tential” projects with this fabulous giveaway!! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself). I’m loving all of the new Alpha Stamps goodies and would love to win this giveaway:)

  54. Lana says:

    Good golly, you really put together some FANTASTIC giveaways!!!!!! Would love to win this ghoulish gift!!!!!

  55. Angie says:

    This is so great!!! I love it.

  56. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    love it !!

  57. Kay H. says:

    I LOVE this stash! You have the best give aways!

  58. Jennie says:


  59. Debbie Kaste says:

    Great giveaway. Love the Poe items. Thanks for the chance to win some:)

  60. Poe and crow,2 of my favorite things!

  61. Deb Neerman says:

    What a fabulous collection of Poe goodness! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  62. LoriSW says:

    Spooky! Thanks for the giveaway and inspiration.

  63. Daylan says:

    Thank you for another opportunity!

  64. Jennifer Bumb says:

    Love the Edgar Allan Poe theme. This is a beautiful giveaway. Love your store. You have so many great items for altered art fans..

  65. Laurie Yoder says:

    I love Poe and love this giveaway! Thank
    you so much for the opportunity to win!

  66. Thalia Kottke says:

    Ravens and Poe it couldn’t get much better.

  67. julie benge says:

    Love all things Poe and creepy. That casket is superb. Need to win, Please

  68. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    Quoth the raven “Nevermore” Love it!

  69. Carolyn says:

    More amazing products, inspiration and give aways!

  70. Carol Slowik says:

    EWE CREEPY! Hope it’s me!

  71. Holly Day says:

    Wonderful! Love Poe.

  72. Joan L says:

    Love raining cats and dogs! My two kitties Cleo and Amber would love to win!!

  73. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I’ve always been a big fan of Mr. Poe. I first read “The Telltale Heart” in school and was hooked!

  74. Emily N. says:

    I love anything to do with Poe… great giveaway!

  75. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the Poe stuff and the Raining cats and dogs!

  76. Carmen says:

    Who doesn’t love Edgar Allan Poe, or cats and dogs. Nice giveaway!

  77. The perfect Poe collection. Just too much eye candy for one person to take! Nice giveaway,I must say!

  78. Marilyn H says:

    Love Rhonda’s Poe project. Awesome!

  79. Lou Anne Colodny says:


  80. orianna says:

    more poe for you

  81. Lina T says:

    This is the best one yet! Love Poe!

  82. Ida Faye Cutler says:

    Yay for Halloween! Love this collection.

  83. Gretta says:

    I am new to stamping but love Poe! Thanks for the chance to win.

  84. Dena Cottrell says:

    Love love love Poe!

  85. Oh, count me in, looks like alot of fun to master !!thanks so much !!!!

  86. Looks like a spooky Halloween is upon us !!! Yikes ! I would love to give this a shot !!
    thanks so much

  87. All the spooks will be out this Halloween !! Mr. Poe out did his old self !!
    thanks so much

  88. Jan Moneypenny says:

    Ravens, Poe nevermore, ready to decorate coffins and get out the black lace!

  89. Cathy smith says:

    I would love to win!

  90. Noreen says:

    You all come up with some of the funniest stuff!

  91. Nevermore, would I love to win this!

  92. Jess says:

    Hooray for Halloween – what a great giveaway!

  93. Lori says:

    Love this! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great giveaway. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  94. IKE says:

    I LUV cats and dogs and those tiny bottle in the Poe stuff are wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win 😀

    IKE xxx

  95. Rabbit says:

    Love it all! Hope I win!

  96. Jackie says:

    Love that Raven!!! Another great treasure trove!

  97. Jo says:

    Always love the EA Poe themes!!

  98. Nancy S says:

    Love the raining cats and dogs. The Poe theme is so unique!

  99. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

    Count me in!! Halloween is in the air!!

  100. Joelle Platz says:

    As always, another wonderful kit. Appreciate all the chances to win.

  101. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    Fantastic giveaway! Just in time for Halloween!

  102. Michele biondolillo says:

    Great stuff!

  103. Patti Flasch says:

    Once again, beautiful items for the giveaway! Hooray for Halloween!

  104. Suzanne Woolf says:

    This is an awesome collection of cool stuff! Yeah!

  105. JPN says:

    What a great giveaway!! Count me in!

  106. Patti G says:

    Would love to win this.

  107. Leslie Hanson says:

    This is one of my favorite giveaways!

  108. Sandy says:

    Woe is Poe!!!

  109. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Poe is where it’s at!

  110. LeAnn says:

    You can never have too much Poe.

  111. Debbie Emmons says:

    Love Halloween and this giveaway! Would love to win!

  112. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    This is just FA-BOO-LOUS!

  113. Roxanne says:

    Oh Gosh! What a super yummy spoooky giveaway! Love Alpha Stamps fun. Thanks for today’s inspiration.

  114. Charlene says:


  115. Always love the halloween stuff

  116. susan higgins says:

    Love Halloween…..thanks for chance to win

  117. Paulanne says:

    Pick me, pretty please!