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Tombstones and Shadowboxes (and Spooky Papers)

Filed under Art Projects, Edgar Allan Poe Kit, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Rhea Freitag, Teri Calia

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 lists for both projects on the new site: Teri’s Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych, Teri’s Spirited Room Scene and Rhea’s Poe Inspired Raven Box

I’m handing off the intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) again! Then stay tuned for some new Halloween items, a FLASH SALE on Dollhouse Miniatures (!), a recap of Thursday’s newsletter (which featured a lovely snowy scene by Miz Bella herself — and an adorable Christmas Charms FREE Gift Kit that’s still available), and a NEW Giveaway!


Can you believe that we are winding down the month of Poe already? Seems like we just got the kits into our dark, gothic little hands and now we’re just about done. However! We do have a couple of new items to show you that worked very well into the Poe theme.

For her project, Design Team Member Rhea Freitag started out with the New and On Sale! Mixed Media 5×5 Box that is a kraftboard altered art box includes a peek-a-boo window, magnetic closure and 6 coordinating cards.

The box is made from high-quality kraftboard and ready to decorate and is available in Black, Ivory and Kraft colors. Decisions, decisions… if you can’t decide which one to get you could always go with the Ivory or Kraft and then paint it whatever color you like!

Using paper from the Edgar Allan Poe Kit made for the perfect background to the box. Lots of fun trims from the Edgar Allan Poe Add On Kit, such as the Black Sweeper Fringe made for perfect storm of texture. You know how much Rhea loves metal, so some pieces of square filigree were cut in half diagonally to make corners, and an ornate key was added, too.

You like those filigree corners — I can tell. Guess what? You could also use the New and On Sale! Filigree Corners Die Set along with A Gilded Life – Metallic Foil Pack to achieve faux metal corners if you don’t feel like cutting actual filigree pieces. It would look pretty fabulous as well!

Fade into darkness and visit Rhea’s blog for more pictures of her Poe Inspired Raven Box (and/or see everything in Rhea Supply List).

Next we have TWO fabulous creations from Teri Calia in the classic Halloween palette of black and orange. First is an Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych. A couple of my most favorite things: Edgar Allan Poe AND gravestones! Teri used New and On Sale! Paper Mache Tombstones Set (that **I** had no idea were coming in until I saw the finished pictures!) The set comes with 3 different tombstone shapes, each approx. 6″ tall x 3-1/2″ wide x 1″ thick. Tons of possibilities with the set!

Teri added the niche to the middle gravestone using the same basic technique that she used to add the shelves to the Step Into My Parlour triptych and the little books are the same ones Teri showed you how to make in her Tiny Little Book Tutorial. Teri covered the tombstones with paper from New and On Sale! Spooky 12×12 Collection Kit . Teri says:

   I love this collection. It’s just the right weight and the designs are fresh and colorful.

Teri may love the paper collection, but I love the way the Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die is used as a background for the cameos/portraits on each tombstone (with the Black Mini Baroque Frames and Poe Cameos Collage Sheet) and how the Fern Garland pops against the triptych colors. Hey, and all 4 of those linked goodies are On Sale!

Here’s a link to Teri’s full Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych Supply List.

Next up from Teri is a Spirited Room Scene (see photos below) but if you ask me it’s more like a scene from a wonky old Victorian lunatic asylum run by Beetlejuice. Which if you know my style at all, you know that is quite a compliment and I love it!

Teri covered a Large Wooden Theatre Base and a few small wooden cubes (1-1/4″ — plus the New 7/8″ and 1″ sizes), once again using the Spooky 12×12 Collection Kit. (And look at that frickin’ adorable Ceramic Owl on top of that stack of blocks!) Teri spray painted a New and On Sale! Miniature Garden Bench black then hand-stitched some cushions for the bench. You won’t believe this but the skeleton and the bat sign on the front are wonderful dimensional stickers! The skeleton is from the Party Skeletons Stickers set and the bat is from the Halloween Chalkboard Words Stickers set. Overall pretty snazzy, don’t you think?

(Psst! And since ALL of these Halloween items are On Sale, that means those dimensional Halloween stickers are, too!
– The ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section
– The ENTIRE Halloween Collage Sheets Section
– The ENTIRE Halloween Rubber Stamps Section)

AND, since Teri used so many little 3D embellishments in both of her projects, Leslie put the ENTIRE Dollhouse Miniatures section On Sale (!) — but only through tomorrow night, Monday, September 29th.

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Christmas Joy Collection, New Tim Holtz & Altered Clock

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with Miz Bella’s
Christmas Clock!

Tim Holtz 12×12 Paper Stash – Merriment

New and On Sale!

There’s a new FREE Gift Kit including a mix of all the charms in the New Gold and Silver Christmas Charm Sets! FREE for all orders over $20 through Wed., October 1st!


Hooray for the Poe Tombstones Giveaway!

I’ve mixed up some goodies from both of Teri’s projects shown above.

I started with these items from Teri’s Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Paper Mache Tombstones Set
– Poe Cameos Collage Sheet
– Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
– Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
– Ceramic Black Cat Bead

Then, a few more items, from Teri’s Spirited Room Scene (that’s also a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Miniature Garden Bench
– 7/8 Inch Wooden Cube Block
– 1 Inch Wooden Cube Block
– 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Cube Block
– Party Skeletons Stickers
– Pumpkin Pods
– Ceramic Burnt Umber Owl Bead

(And since the ENTIRE Halloween Theme AND Dollhouse Miniatures Sections are On Sale!, pretty much all of the Giveaway items are On Sale!, too!)

To enter the Poe Tombstones 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 29, 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 Christmas Joy & Reindeer Giveaway? That would be Debbie Kaste! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, September 28th, 2014

118 responses to “Tombstones and Shadowboxes (and Spooky Papers)”

  1. barbara macaskill says:

    This Raven box is amazing!! Love the spookaliscious giveaway also!! Hoping comment #1 is the lucky one this week! TFS!

  2. April says:

    This is a very cool giveaway! Hope I win:)

  3. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Poe Tombstones Giveaway, especially the paper mache tombstones, the pumpkin pods and the miniature garden bench!!

  4. Nan says:

    I have to keep trying. Your giveaways are so fun! What better way to celebrate Halloween than with Poe! Thanks again for the chance to win.

  5. Lorna E. says:

    Love Teri’s triptych! I’ll be sorry to see a month of Poe end though.

  6. Lori says:

    What a fun giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  7. Holly Day says:

    Those little benches are amazing! What a cool collection!

  8. Patti Flasch says:

    The Poe raven box is gorgeous! And, who doesn’t love tombstones!!?? Thank you for the opportunity to enter to win.

  9. Verna Stapleton says:

    Could Halloween get any better? Thanks once again for the generous opportunity to win this amazing collection of fun.

  10. Pick me, pick me! Halloween is my ALL TIME FAVORITE holiday! As always, thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

  11. judy golden says:

    What a spooky giveaway, would have fun creating with this. Crows are one of my favorites, Halloween next to Christmas.

  12. Jackie says:

    Wow I love Teri’s triptych!! So creepy cool!!

  13. Jen R says:

    Oh I’d love to make one of these. I hope I win cause this would be so much fun to play with.

  14. Mary Toriello says:

    BOO!!! I want you!!

  15. Russell says:

    This is a must have… 🙂

  16. Karen says:

    Halloween – oh such fun. Hope I’m the lucky person selected by someone named “Random” to win this macabre collection.

  17. Stefanie says:

    Wow – that Poe Tryptich is fab! Want it – now!!

  18. Me Pugh says:

    The skeleton stickers are groovy.

  19. Paulanne says:

    I would live to win….please feel free to pick me, oh random picker program. Lol

  20. Laura says:

    Love it!! So much fun, I hope I am the lucky one to win, this would be the best gift ever!

  21. Noreen says:

    The Poe Inspired Raven Box so reminds me of the Victorian era funerals and mourning!

  22. M. C. Sparks says:

    More Poe! More Poe!!

  23. gorgeous stuff I love Halloween

  24. Karen says:

    Ohhhh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Poe Tombstone Giveaway, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!! Keep up the great work, you lovely, crafty people!

  25. Michelle Toops says:

    This is so cool.I love it.

  26. MaggieM says:

    Both Rhea’s and Terri’s projects are awesome! Oh, those talented designers! And a giveaway just too awesome to win! I love me some Alpha Stamps products!

  27. jo says:

    I love the tombstones!!! The wee owl is so adorable! Another beautiful giveaway! Hope I win this one! Thank you!

  28. Roberta S says:

    Love that tombstone triptych! I hope I win this kit, and thanks for the opportunity!

  29. kdj says:

    So spooky and fun!!!!

  30. Deb Neerman says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  31. Sandy says:

    Will you just pick me before I die!!

  32. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Yikes! So spooky and cool !

  33. Joelle Platz says:

    Ooh, love the tombstones and the bench, and the owl and cat… oh and everything else!!!

  34. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this giveaway, especially the tombstones. You have such a great shop.

  35. Lana says:

    Oh what spooky fun this giveaway is….pick me, pick me!!!!

  36. Love your Halloween stuff!! Can’t wait to make cards and such!

  37. cheryl foster says:

    I LOVE all these halloween things !!!

  38. Emily N says:

    Love the Poe triptych!

  39. Carol Slowik says:

    This is good stuff!!!

  40. ooph, and I was SO SURE I was gonna win the Christmas treasures giveaway. Begrudgingly, I offer congrats to the winner!

  41. Karen Jones says:

    I’m loving all of the new Halloween items! So much fun!

  42. Those Tombstones are fantastic, I have to have them! Another great giveaway with absolutely no skimping! Love it!

  43. Marilyn H says:

    Love, love, love everything about this post. The projects, the giveaway, OH WOW!

  44. Thalia Kottke says:

    Love those tombstones!

  45. Jo says:

    All things Poe!!! I love it!!!!

  46. Ramona says:

    What a great collection!

  47. Katie Cowden says:

    Those tombstones are delightful!

  48. Karen C says:

    Too spooky!

  49. Regina Salvador says:

    Spooky and wonderful!

  50. Karen Mallory says:

    This tombstone project is fabulous!!

  51. Jen says:

    So incredibly fun and cool!

  52. Dena Cottrell says:

    I love the little bench! So adorable. Love the Halloween stuff too.

  53. Awesome – love the projects.

  54. Traci says:

    Great giveaway-hope to win. Love the Poe ideas today. I now have lots of Poe ideas floating around in my head.

  55. I love, love, love these Poe inspired creations! Perfect for Halloween!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Hugs ~

  56. Nancy S says:

    Love the continued Poe theme. So many ideas!

  57. Rosemary Sharon says:

    would love to win this….so cute

  58. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    More Poe … gotta love it.

  59. Mary Jochems says:

    Want it…need it. Awesome ideas.

  60. gerri h says:

    that Raven box is Divine!

  61. Jamee Reed says:

    Love Love Love alpha stamps!

  62. Judy says:

    Very cool giveaway. Looks like so much fun!

  63. Dewanna Raite says:

    Thank you for a chance to win this awesome giveaway

  64. Lisa Kingston says:

    This would be absolutely awesome to have!!!

  65. Renee Zarate says:

    Love Poe! thanks for the chance at this amazing giveaway.

  66. Beverly M. says:

    Love Halloween! This looks like fun!

  67. Cocoa says:

    More Halloween fun, oh so neat!

  68. Char- Deerborn says:

    I am working on a black book of Poe and I might be able to use some of this.

  69. cathrine bolin says:

    Oh what fun this is!

  70. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  71. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What fun!

  72. Shannon C. says:

    It’s my favourite time of year and seeing all things Poe make it especially exciting!

  73. Sokat says:

    Awesome. Spooky fun

  74. LoriSW says:

    Thanks for the chance at another great give away, how fun!

  75. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love to win this great Halloween giveaway ! Thank you south for the opportunity.

  76. Lou anne says:

    Boo hiss. I hope I win.

  77. Becky Brewer says:

    I have just discovered mixed media and this would be so wonderful to win!

  78. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome projects! Love the box and the triptych! Fun and SPOOKY!

  79. Cathy smith says:

    Perfect! The bench totally got me!

  80. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Awesome Halloween projects….I am so excited at the chance to win some spooky goodness.

  81. Kim says:

    Who wouldn’t want to win this giveaway?
    Thanks Alpha Stamps

  82. Debra Gibson says:

    Please let me be the winner this time !! I have been trying to win for over a year !! I love everything Alpha Stamps!!!

  83. Mary Mac says:

    Really love this past month of great Poe giveaways.

  84. julie m says:

    i use halloween backgrounds and embellishments all year round. skulls and skeletons, ghoulies and ghosties, ravens and bats… they all rock.

  85. I can’t take it, I love this stuff. Thanks for the chance.

  86. Arlene Wheeler says:


  87. Pam Weiler says:

    Halloween and Poe, no better match.

  88. Sylvia L. says:

    I love the new Halloween items, especially the little tombstones.

  89. Diana Bittaker says:

    It just keeps getting better and better- so want this one!

  90. Nelda Johnson says:

    Love the new items and the inspiration I get from these projects!

  91. The doll house garden table and chairs and other goodies would be nice. Not a fan of Edgar Ellen Poe but would share his pictures with my Poe fan friends if I were to win. Have been trying to win something for over a year.

  92. Carmen Willis says:

    “You’re killing me Smalls”! This giveaway is great! Hope I win this one!

  93. Eileen McCaffrey says:

    Love the triptych so much! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway! 🙂

  94. Teri Steele says:

    I LOVE headstones! This is a perfect project for me to work on next 🙂

  95. Lanette keyes says:

    Who ever wins this will be so thrilled I’m sure, everything is just so amazing good luck to the winner! Ladies I want to thank you for this wonderful web site and the neat things you all have created keep up the fantastic creations.

  96. Birgit says:

    Great Halloween stuff! 🙂

  97. Amanda Miller says:

    Love this giveaway!The mini table and chairs is super cute! Why is everything cuter when it’s small?:-)

  98. Sandy A says:

    Would SO love to win!

  99. Kathleen Cole says:

    Always hoping to win! Love miniatures, too – would go so well with my antique doll furniture!

  100. Helen Potter says:

    Love it!

  101. max locherer says:

    just love the Halloween skeleton on the bench… such a fun idea.

  102. Tanya says:

    What a fun, fun, fun giveaway!

  103. angelic says:

    This is a fabulous giveaway thank you.

  104. LeAnn says:

    Love the tombstones and miniatures!

  105. pgwyn says:

    This is a must have. Pick me, pick me.

    Thank you,

  106. Susan L. says:

    Be still, my beating heart.

  107. Denise Humenik says:

    Sometimes I wish I could live in your website!! This is FABulous! Thank you again!

  108. Roxanne says:

    Wow! How Spookalicious can ya get? Love that lil’ bench and the raven box….wonderful…oh how I wish I could win this stash of goodies….

  109. chark says:

    I love both of these projects–so much talent on the team!

  110. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Halloween sale!

  111. Liz Russell says:

    Awesome giveaway! keeping my fingers crossed!!

  112. Sara P. says:

    Love halloween!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  113. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Ooh, ooh, another great collection of goodies!

  114. coco says:

    Thanks for the chance at another great give away, really fantastic once again!

  115. Ivy Laine says:

    Another awesome giveaway. This is amazing!!!

  116. Susan says:

    “The Poe Tombstones giveaway would make Edgar proud” Qouth the raven evermore!

  117. Evleta Gruber says:

    This is a really awesome giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.