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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.

A couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces a scary/cute project by Lora Mahaffey.
FLASH SALE! The entire Birds Theme Section is on Sale TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY! (Sale ends Monday night, Feb. 9th.)
See last Thursday’s Newsletter for new flowers & butterlies that inspired the Butterfly Garden FREE Gift Kit (still available). And artwork by Kristin Batsel AND New Cracked Pistachio Distress ColorMore info

Suuuuper cute creation using the Cute As A Button Kit by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey!

Inspired by one of my most favorite movies, Coraline, Lora said:

“In the book and movie, the “other mother” wants to sew button eyes on Coraline, but she resists. Oops! Looks like she got one. I have to admit, I creeped myself out with this one.

I started out making the house shape from a template I drew and cut the shape out of a piece of 8×8 Heavy Chipboard. I sized the smaller piece of chipboard (covered in the polka dot paper from the Sew Lovely 6×6 Paper Pad) to the house shape. After covering both pieces with paper (that striped paper is also from the Sew Lovely 6×6 Paper Pad), sanded them down around the edges and inked them up to make them look kind of old and worn.

I glued Doll Buttons – 4mm Black to the little girl’s eyes and sewed her mouth shut (ick!) with regular needle and thread. I aged the image the same way as I did the chipboard.”

Aren’t you loving the New! Favorite Findings Big Buttons – Black & White used as wheels and the spider from the Garden Insects Cut-Outs up on top?

AND if you don’t want to cut your own house shapes, check out the (New and On Sale!) Wood House Shapes below! So cute and in 3 sizes (and I think that little one would make a darling fairy door)!

Before you wheel yourself on over to visit Lora, you might want to peek at her supply list. You can see more photos and get additional tips on how Lora created her artwork here.


Hooray for the Aqua Blue, Birds & Houses Giveaway!

I started with the cool aqua blue stripes from the back of the Sew Lovely Darling Doilies Scrapbook Paper (did you notice that Lora used large and small stripes in her artwork? I like the mix from the full size and the mini print from the 6×6 pad)… which led to more aqua items, then some birds (and spiders?) to work with the houses and buttons).

First, here are all of these items from Lora’s Cute as a Button artwork (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
– Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Collage Sheet
– Doll Buttons – 4mm Black
– 8×8 Heavy Chipboard
– Sew Lovely Darling Doilies Scrapbook Paper
– Sew Lovely 6×6 Paper Pad (half a pad, so one each of all 12 papers)

Then, I added these New! items:
Wood House Shape – Large
Wood House Shape – Medium
Wood House Shape – Small
3/4 Inch Black Buttons
1 Inch Miniature Chickadees

AND some blocks to use as stands for the houses:
7/8 Inch Wooden Cube Block
1 Inch Wooden Cube Block
1-1/2 Inch Wooden Cube Block

(Remember Lora’s Eeek! Goblins! Plaques? See more of Lora's project using blocks as plaque stands in the blog.)

And then (whew!) these aqua or bird-themed or spidery items ALL On Sale!:
Holiday Jubilee Bow on Top Scrapbook Paper
Nostalgic Birds Scrapbook Paper
Bird Cage Twill Tape – Aqua
Wood Bird Cages
Antique Brass Birdcage Charm
Pewter Spider Charm
Antique Silver Spider Pendant

To enter the Aqua Blue, Birds & Houses 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, February 9, 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 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 Sugar & Spice Giveaway? That would be Alice! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, February 8th, 2015

121 responses to “More New Tim Holtz Products! FLASH SALE on Birds!”

  1. Darlene says:

    Must be springtime!!!

  2. Holly Day says:

    Love Lora’s Cute as a Button project–super cool and creepy!

  3. jo says:

    Scary cute! Love the bird motif and the shrines!

  4. CL Steiner says:

    My favorite color!

  5. Lu L. says:

    I really like the giveaway this week! I could really use all those birdcage itens!!

  6. Gail Gill says:

    Lora cracked me up with her “I creeped myself out” comment. I love that movie but feel creeped out by it also. Still, I would love to make one of those.

  7. angelic says:

    I love the cute bird cages, thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Kim says:

    I like the things in this kit. Love birds!

  9. kathy says:

    I want to make this!

  10. What great stuff would love to win

  11. Jo Ellen says:

    Love this one!!!!!!

  12. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I love houses….not so sure I like scary…..but I love the houses……

  13. phoebe diamond says:

    Scary houses, yum!

  14. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    Cute as a Button is awesome!!

  15. Noreen says:

    I love Lora’s Cute as a Button! It’s amazing how creepy the little girl’s eyes became just by covering them with buttons. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Diane D. says:

    Fabulous as always. Thanks for another great giveaway and the chance to win!

  17. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Button, button, who has the button? Hope it is me!

  18. barbara macaskill says:

    Great kit! Love the mouth sewn shut and the button eyes! Just enough creep factor to make it awesome!

  19. Dena Cottrell says:

    Love the goodies. Hope I win.

  20. Liz Russell says:

    Great kit! Love the creepy girl!

  21. Luanne Shoup says:

    Hmmmm, think I might have to order extra bird cages…….

  22. great stuff for spring…

  23. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love it, blue birds a sign of spring.

  24. Jenny S. says:

    I love this giveaway!! Thank YOU!!

  25. Stefanie says:

    That’s a cute little plaque 🙂

  26. Lana says:

    oh wow, the fun things I could create with this giveaway!

  27. Jen R says:

    Love Laura’s creation. Awesome giveaway too

  28. Gail Klein says:

    Another wonderful giveaway with great colors and people!

  29. Roxanne says:

    oh so sweet! I love all things birds and this one is super! Love all the lil’ cages and images to use! Sure would love to win this sweet stash of Alpha goodies! mmmmmmmm

  30. LAUREL Nielsen says:

    You amaze me,these are wonderful. I am new to this form of art and so anxious to try my hand at it.

  31. Sandy says:

    In my world of cold, this kit warms me up!

  32. DebR says:

    Creepy and cute indeed! Love Lora’s creations and great giveaway.

  33. KIM says:

    Another great giveaway.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  34. Sandra R. says:

    Oh! What fun this project will be!!!!!

  35. kim says:

    Love this kit and the wonderful subtle colors. That part of Coraline is so creepy and this is so well done! Thanks for a chance to play!~kim

  36. Mary Helene says:

    Just love the wood bird house shapes and those collage papers are fantastic.

  37. Traci says:

    I love the cute as a button project today-I like the little girl better with the button eyes and sewn mouth. It looks so halloween and I love halloween. Great giveaway too!

  38. Noreen johnson says:

    Delightfully creepy!

  39. jennifer j says:

    Love all these great bird cages.

  40. Karen says:

    I always enjoy perusing your website and even getting the opportunity to be selected for a gift! Great inspirations!

  41. Dawn says:

    Spring is almost here. Another cute kit.

  42. Linda K says:

    Just love the images and all the wood.

  43. Sandy says:

    Fantastic job Lora. Love this kind of stuff…

  44. Emily N says:

    It IS cute as a buttin,!!

  45. Jackie T says:

    This is a wonderful give-away.

  46. Janet Turner says:

    Another great giveaway!

  47. Jean Marmo says:

    This is cute as a button!! LOving the buttons!

  48. Sue C says:

    Such a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win….I would love to won this!

  49. Pauline Rohrmann says:

    Yes it is CUTE as a button!

  50. Angie says:

    Creepy cool!

  51. Teresa Currie says:

    Never saw the movie Coraline, but creepy is not my thing. Lora’s project is really creepy, and the Cute As A Button title makes it even worse!! Ha, ha. Lora’s Eeek! Goblins! project was great!!
    Love the Aqua Blue, Birds & Houses Giveaway, especially the striped papers, the house shapes and the miniature chickadees!!

  52. Megan Warren says:

    I love your creation, I’ll admit creeps me out a bit too.I love Neil Gaiman’s work and Coraline is one of my favorites. This captures the creep feeling I had reading this book perfectly. Love it.

  53. Michelle B. says:

    Yes, it might be creepy, BUT it has soooo many other
    applications!!!!! Loving the possibilities!

  54. Jackie says:

    I love birds- feed them all year long! another great giveaway!

  55. Jeri says:

    This is an awesome giveaway – I just adore everything you have shown us!

  56. CG says:

    Love the new TH colors but I’m loving the new items for sale!!! Awesome!

  57. Deb E. says:

    Looks like fun to me!

  58. Pam S says:

    MEMORIES! My mother’s name was Faerie (really), and she loved blue birds!

  59. Amy says:

    I love the birds

  60. What a great project and awesome giveaway! I would love to win, thanks for the chance.

  61. Janna Shwaiko says:

    This is super cool!

  62. Patricia says:

    This would be a fun spring project

  63. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, so cool! Thanks for the inspiration … and the chance to win!

  64. billi says:

    while ice falls from my sky, you show me that spring will indeed be coming.

  65. Karen Mallory says:

    I love Lora’s project and the giveaway is a lot of fun stuff!

  66. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  67. Nancy S says:

    Some really great giveaways this week.

  68. Ann says:

    My, you AS girls sure know how to “creep up” just about anything! I can tell Halloween is a year-round holiday in AS land! But all in good fun… love the over-the-top creativity! And your giveaways are awesome!!

  69. Sokat says:

    Creepy, creepy creepy. Love it

  70. P boszko says:

    Again, thanks for a great giveaway!

  71. Tammy says:

    Super cute

  72. Carmen says:

    Jeepers Creepers love the mini buttons, birdcages and cute as a button giveaway!

  73. Mary Ann Smith says:

    So into birds right now that it is almost scary.

  74. Lori D. says:

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

  75. Ginger Benedict says:

    OMG I’m in love. I absolutely love these little houses and the macabreness (is that a word) ? Now you’ve got my attention!

  76. lavinia says:


  77. cathrine bolin says:

    A little creepy, but fun:)

  78. Cathy smith says:

    Aqua is the new red! Love it

  79. Lina says:

    Love the birds!

  80. Regina Salvador says:

    I love the birds, too!

  81. susan higgins says:

    lots of fun things to make

  82. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    Creepy but so intriguing. Love the colors, birds and images so I would love this kit. Got my fingers crossed.

  83. Kristie says:

    Love the bird and birdcages. Not so sure about spiders? 😉

  84. Eve Watters says:

    Love that bird theme- one of my faves. Thanks for all the birdie goodies!

  85. Denise Bryant says:

    I see lots of new items I want! Thanks for the chance at a great prize too!

  86. Diana says:

    Cute as a button…creepy cute…love it all 😉

  87. Shanna says:

    I love the paper colors. All the wood is amazing!

  88. orianna says:

    the birds seem like they should fly onto my paper.

  89. Cheryl says:

    Love the creepy Cute as a Button! And the paper colors are great.

  90. Carol Slowik says:

    A bird in the hand…pick me!

  91. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love the birds and the little bird houses. I would love to include them in my annual garden journal that I love to make.

  92. Rose L says:

    I just love birds, cages and the color Aqua blue! Pick me!

  93. Marilyn H says:

    Awesome giveaway, slightly creepy project. 😀

  94. julie m says:

    great stuff. looks like fun.

  95. Maryellen says:

    Aqua is my favorite blue.

  96. Cristina Nava says:

    Great project!

  97. Betty Bead says:

    Looks like some fun springtime stuff

  98. Pam Weiler says:

    I love this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  99. Nicole Austin says:

    i love the bird theme! just in time for spring!

  100. Suellen Maloney says:

    Cute as a button sent a shiver up my spine!

  101. Gabrielle says:


  102. teri steele says:

    What an unexpected surprise. Love the possibilities…..Love Laura’s piece. That to was unexpected when we are surrounded by pink and hearts and flowers at this time of year. Good for you to go outside your comfort zone.

  103. Kathy Sorensen says:

    It looks like a great start to spring!

  104. Debra Gibson says:

    YES! YES! YES! Would so love to win !!!!!
    Pretty! Pretty !!!!!!!

  105. Laural says:

    My passion

  106. Ginette says:

    Fly away lovely birds

  107. Sweetpea Studio says:

    Super cute and super creepy all at the same time! I love it.

  108. Wanda Pilder says:

    Very unusual and creative. Love it!

  109. Shannon Cooper says:

    Lora, I’ll say it again…I love the way your creative wheels turn!

  110. Sylvia L. says:

    Love the project-deliciously creepy & unique.
    All the bird items in the giveaway are wonderful.

  111. April Dudko says:

    Not so into the scary, but I love birds!

  112. Helen Potter says:

    I would love to win!

  113. LeAnn says:

    Creepy cute – one of my all time favorites.

  114. Kathleen Cole says:

    Love the creep factor – Halloween in the Spring! A new holiday!

  115. Christine V says:

    Maybe for Halloween,kinda scary!!! I love the houses to play with, the sew papers, and great colours you’ve chosen for the giveaway!

  116. Diane Boom says:

    Birdy birds in the sky please pick me. Great kit

  117. Carrie Jacquin says:

    A little bird told me this is awesome!

  118. Debra Gibson says:

    This is such a pretty kit !! I hope I win this time !!!!