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Love, Death and Roses by Lora Mahaffey

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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 Lora’s project that are still available on the new site.

Psst! Miz Bella here, and I’m taking over this newsletter!

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey is trying to buttuh mah butt right up before she calls me a biscuit; with her creation Love, Death, and Roses (made with old doll parts.) Four of my most favorite things!

Lora ran with the more subtly-colored papers from the Star-Crossed Collection to create her sweet little ode to Love and Death in 3 separate pieces (those papers are just so varied… that distressed honeycomb pattern is grand).

And Lora made her shrines from what else? The Paper Mache Tombstone Set!

The Paper Mache Tombstone Set is really versatile. If you’ll remember, Teri Calia created the Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych; and yours truly created the Divinity Shrine out of the same set. But I digress, back to Lora’s project! A few helpful hints from Lora:

“A couple of quick notes… these awesome tombstones are paper mache and about an inch thick. For the one at left I cut a hole in it, to inset the hand holding the heart. I put a block of cardboard scrap inside the bottom of the tombstone to elevate the hand to the right height and glued it down. Easy peasy!

All the banners were printed on stiff white scrapbook paper, cut to the shape they are and then aged up with paint.
The bases the tombstones are sitting on are all scrap chipboard I covered in matching paper, painted and then glued to the bottom of each tombstone.”

Check out the gorgeous 1-1/2 Inch Red Paper Roses, 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Black Lace and one of my favorites, A Gilded Life – Love Wings Pendant — all On Sale! It all meshes together beautifully, don’t you think?

Take a peek at Lora’s supply list before you do dance macabre on over to Lora’s blog for more pictures and also Lora’s musings on Love, Death, Roses and Tattoos.

And (oh, my!) check out the gorgeous Death & Roses Giveaway (below) that Leslie pulled together, inspired by Lora’s artwork! AND (I know… there’s more?) Leslie got inspired by the red roses and brass filigree in Lora’s piece and created the Filigree & Roses FREE Gift Kit, too!


Hooray! A Death & Roses Giveaway!

In addition to just about EVERYTHING in Lora’s Love, Death, and Roses supply list (Psst! that’s a link to a list all the items, with photos)…

I added all of these New items:
Tiny Burgundy Paper Roses
Mini Rose Buds – Burgundy
1 Inch 2-Tone Brown Paper Roses
20mm Red Heart Buttons
40x30mm Black Oval Setting
25mm Round Antique Bronze Setting
18x13mm Oval Filigree Settings
40x30mm Resin Skeleton Woman Cameo (not new… but she fits in the new black setting)
18×13 Resin Cameo Set (not new either… fits in (and shown with) the new 18x13mm Oval Filigree Settings)

And these goodies that screamed at me that they wanted to join the party:
Thin Ornate Filigree
47mm Antique Gold Filigree
Skeleton Slides Collage Sheet
Skeleton Slide Mailers Collage Sheet

And one of the Filigree & Roses Gift Kits!

To enter the Death & Roses 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, FRIDAY, January 16, 2015)!

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 winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the We’re All Mad Here Giveaway? That would be Kim Lucak! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by MizBella, January 15th, 2015

142 responses to “Love, Death and Roses by Lora Mahaffey”

  1. would love to win this what a great assortment Thanks for the opportunity!!

  2. Cathy Juudd says:

    Love the theme for this project. Who would have thought that we should step outside the box and include skeletons and the like when it isn’t Halloween. LOVE IT!!!

  3. Robin Williams says:

    I love this.. It would be so great to win!

  4. Laural says:

    Imaginative idea..would love love love to craft this one.

  5. Stacy Blow says:

    Oooo what a lovely assortment! Pick me! Pick me!

  6. Darlene says:

    Its like halloween has come early lol

  7. Emily N. says:

    Love the tombstones!

  8. Lorna E. says:

    Lora’s tombstones are fabulous, I love the combination of themes.

  9. Amy says:

    Creepy Beautiful…love it! A mix of Halloween and Valentines.

  10. kathy says:

    Please pick me. I love this and never win anything.

  11. Connie L. says:

    Best valentine ever!

  12. Verna stapleton says:

    Hahaha. These are great. I would never have thought this up. Thank you Lara.

  13. Holly says:

    Everything about this makes me happy.

  14. Noreen says:

    Love it! Halloween and Valentine’s Day entangled!

  15. Stefanie says:

    Oh my!! Those are so lovely Lora, really stunning :o)

  16. Ina Good says:

    Red Red and more red! My favorite color! Love this love death collection works for me!

  17. Kari Gluski says:

    I love the paper roses. Did you know it is easy to take them apart and re-twist pieces into buds and smaller roses? Just a dab of glue and you are set. Then you can having a matching bouquet at different stages of blooming.

  18. Jen R says:

    My favorite of all the giveaways!

  19. shannon says:

    I love Halloween and Valentines Day mixed up! Both are spooky and are not for the faint of heart!

  20. Kim says:

    Love the colors. Lots of fun goodies!

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday, so this collection is right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, these shrines are simply amazing … love the creativity and style! Must create some!!

  23. Dawn says:

    What a great theme. Love it.

  24. Debbi Decker says:

    oh these are so me!! Love them! Hope I win!

  25. Karen says:

    Oh how I would love to be randomly selected for this giveaway!!! Everything is absolutely wonderful.

  26. Gail Gill says:

    Another great inspiration from Lora. And what a great giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  27. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Right down my alley. Just me all over!

  28. teri steele says:

    This kit is right up my alley so beautiful. I just love it all. I am still deeply missing Halloween so this helps!

  29. Juniper says:

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to more creative FUN !!!

  30. Patricia Worth says:

    I am incredibly excited about this giveaway. Oh how I hope to be the chosen one!

  31. Holly Day says:

    It’s like you’ve combined all of my favorite things in one kit! Amazing!

  32. Virginia Smith says:

    What a great kit! Love the Valentine/Halloween type of vibe going on with this one!

  33. Karen N. says:

    What a beautiful kit…all my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  34. Carol Pfeiffer says:

    Wow, what wonderful goodies you have put together! I can see all kinds of uses for them!!

  35. LeAnn says:

    So gothic cool. Love it!

  36. Liane Ceglar says:

    Love this Giveaway, reminds me of Dia de los Muertos !!!!!

  37. Blair Lowery says:

    What a great collection, Valentine’s and halloween all in one.

  38. barbara macaskill says:

    These shrines are calling my name! Such an awesome project! Very Day of the Dead! LOVE this! TFS!

  39. Willow says:

    SHRINES! Another fav of mine. A perfect collection of Dia de las Muertos iinsperation in time for valentines day. The cameo I have and love them great for everything! Thanx alpha stamps!

  40. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    Am loving this romantic side of death

  41. Honey says:

    Love it

  42. Tammara says:

    Right my ally. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thank you Alpha Stamps, THis is a great one.

  43. KIM says:

    Who wouldn’t want to win this ?
    Me that’s who!!!!
    Like the darkness.

  44. Mary S says:

    This makes me laugh. Gotta love the dark side. So cool!

  45. Darlene "ArteDar" Mariano says:

    Oh My Gawd!!! This is so me! Ask anyone, YES, anyone who knows me and they would agree. If I won I’d be in A

  46. Marilyn says:

    This is my favorite! It’s absolutely beautiful.

  47. Kathy Robinson says:

    These are great!

  48. OH MY GOSH!!!!! This is too fabulous and has everything I love plus what great samples Lora made! Whether I win or not I WANT all of it!

  49. Debra Gibson says:

    Would so love to win this giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win Alpha Stsmps!!!

  50. Debra Gibson says:

    You always have the best giveawsys!!

  51. Debra Gibson says:

    I am never dissapointed with Alpha Stamps even the sales are fantasgic!!

  52. Lou Anne says:

    The Tombstones and Roses giveaway puts a whole new spin on Valentine’s Day!

  53. madamNatalia says:

    This is divine! Très magnifique!

  54. Rise St Arno says:

    My little sugar skull granddaughter would love helping me with these!

  55. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow- this is an amazing piece of art!

  56. super giveaway, I’d love the opportunity to win, thanks

  57. Debra Gibson says:

    Ms Bella you ROCK!! I just don’t want to miss the chance of winning this great contest ! It has everything I love and much more !!!

  58. Kathleen Johnson says:

    I’d die for this!!!!

  59. Cherie says:

    LOVE this!

  60. Marcia says:

    Omg. So freaking clever. Now you’ve outdone yourself.

  61. Ronda Liebert says:

    It’s Valenteen. Love it.

  62. CG says:

    PERFECT juxtaposition! I’ve loved those tombstones for months now! And JUST saw the Scor tape in 6×6!! Will wonders never cease???

  63. Jackie says:

    Wow, this is definitely my favorite so far! Love it!

  64. Shanna says:

    How awesome. I’m loving the colors and the skeleton.

  65. Trudy says:

    Oh, my stars, I love this! Appreciate all the details given to create! Thanks.

  66. Lori Wilczek says:

    I love skeletons. What a great use for them other than Halloween.

  67. Traci says:

    Love the tombstones project. I also would love the cute little tea set and to win the great giveaway.

  68. Mary Mac says:

    What fantastic combination of goodies, really like this theme.

  69. Vicki says:

    What’s not to love about this project. It has everything I need!!

  70. Marilyn H says:


  71. Lana says:

    What an interesting combination…Hoping to win this one!

  72. Regina Salvador says:

    Wonderful and creepy!

  73. Noreen johnson says:

    I simply love this to death!

  74. Gabrielle says:

    Very cool!!

  75. Fabulous. Love this giveaway.

  76. Diana Kelly says:

    Oh how macabre! I love it. death and valentines.

  77. Karen Mallory says:

    I love this giveaway! Very unique

  78. Barbara says:

    Very cool! And a little creepy!

  79. l.b. sejourne says:

    Wow, what fantastic combinations. Love this set!

  80. Sandy says:

    Too fun! What a great idea.

  81. Heather says:

    Love it! All of it! So much fabulous happiness happening here!

  82. Carrie Jacquin says:

    Halloween in February!

  83. Love, roses and skeletons, my kind of giveaway.

  84. Bernadette Cardwell says:

    Love Roses giveaway looks great – just found this sight I love it!! I do a lot of Day of the Dead crafts so this is great!!

  85. Carmen says:

    Fantastic giveaway…love the filigree and roses.

  86. Sokat says:

    This is so fun and unexpected . This is something that I could see as a funny valentine theme. The ashes of old lovers, don’t by me chocolate , again…

  87. Roxanne says:

    I just love Lora’s display of 3 special Valentines! A very whimsical but sweet display! And yes…please enter me in the giveaway! would love to win this sweet stash of goodies! 🙂

  88. Hana says:

    Love, Love, Love this kit to death. Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. DebR says:

    LOVE Lora’s creations, wonderful take on Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the giveaway, skeletons and roses, it’s inspired!

  90. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love Valentine’s Day and this great giveaway. Love all your supplies.

  91. Susan M. L. says:

    Wow! This design team just keeps blowing my mind with their creativity! Thanks for some more great shrine ideas! This giveaway would mesh beautifully with stuff I have on hand.

  92. Nan says:

    Super creative….. love these designs. The little black cameo is great.

  93. Sara says:

    Love this giveaway!!

  94. Pam S says:

    I have the perfect project that this goes beautifully with!

  95. Ginette says:

    Death never look better.

  96. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    This would. Be fantastic, my niece is in a hight school play Damm Yankies and she is playing Lola. I could sure use this to make her scrapbook and other things

  97. Kathy says:

    I’m always looking for Halloween ideas. Even in January

  98. Jo says:

    Love the mix of scary and romance!

  99. Diana Bittaker says:

    This is what I want for valentines day!

  100. Dennis Lawrence says:

    Oooh! Valentine’s Day and Dia de los Muertos all rolled into one package! Loving it!

  101. Diana says:

    I think this is my favorite giveaway yet! I just love it to death!

  102. Cindy Svoboda says:

    This is by far my favorite giveaway…. so far!
    Was never a big Valentines Day fan but i would definitely use it all. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  103. Michelle says:

    These a few of my favorite things, and have been. Hearts,& skulls have been and always probly will be.

  104. Olivia HODOROWSKI says:

    Another great give away that I’d love to win.

  105. Jackie Barth says:

    Beautiful! Would love to win it.

  106. Diane D. says:

    I love everything about this Post. The Art work from Lora is amazing and the Giveaway is even more amazing. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  107. Angelic says:

    I love the reds and browns used in the project. thanks for the chance to win.

  108. Carol Feiner says:

    How great to combine Valentine’s & Halloween! I’d love these goodies!

  109. Christine V says:

    those two tone brown roses have great potential!

  110. Carol Slowik says:

    Crazy Love…Thank you.

  111. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    Wow … these tombstones are great!

  112. Tammy says:

    love it

  113. OMG!!! This is sooo up my alley! Amazing project! Love, love, LOVE! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  114. jennifer j says:

    Love the roses. Such a great project

  115. Lori D. says:

    I just adore your giveaways. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  116. Helen Potter says:

    This one looks like fun. I have the cameo and she is just lovely!

  117. Nicole Austin says:

    i love this macabre valentines kit! 🙂 so awesome.

  118. Jen says:

    How fun! I love it!

  119. Lu L. says:

    I’d love to make my own little shrines! Crossing my fingers and toes!!

  120. Betty Bead says:

    I love dark love! Fabulous collection

  121. IKE says:

    Eeeeee !! Such AWESOME projects !!! I LUV it. I would very much love to win some of these goodies 😀 xxx

  122. Kathy Sorensen says:

    As usual a fantastic group. Sure am sitting with my fingers crossed.

  123. Laura West says:

    Amazing designs! I love it all, thank you for the chance to win!

  124. Nancy S says:

    What a great collection. So many possibilities!

  125. JackieP Neal says:

    What a fabulous shrine giveaway! I adore those red roses!

  126. Sylvia L. says:

    Love the juxtaposition of romantic & creepy with the tombstones. Lora’s done some unique, beautiful work.

  127. Sweetpea Studio says:

    Ooooooo this is awesome! So pretty

  128. Kim Rayko says:

    Love Kills! I love this set! lol

  129. Shannon Cooper says:

    Bloomin’ awesome, Lora!

  130. Charlene says:

    Wonderful details.

  131. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love this project! It looks like fun to make”

  132. Me Pugh says:

    What an interesting concept.

  133. Joan Harsha says:

    I would love to have this.

  134. Margery McInerny says:

    How did you know I need this?

  135. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Mercy, me. Reminds me of the Woody Allen movie, “Love and Death.” What fun!

  136. Kathleen Cole says:

    I don’t usually love “Love themes”, but this one is great!

  137. Rabbit says:

    Deadly Love is a fantastic theme! How very dangerously beautiful!

  138. Cathy Skrehot says:

    Would love to receive this…lovely things!

  139. Love that chubby little bat!

  140. Evleta Gruber says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  141. sheila says:

    Skeletons and roses are great any time of year!! Lovely giveaway