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Sideshow Freaks & FREE Freak Show Gift Kit

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

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.

It’s back! FREE Collage Sheet with every order! Your choice from ALL of the Collage Sheets! (Just specify which collage sheet you’d like in the comments section of your order — cardstock collage sheets only.) And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off. Note: next Sunday will be the announcement of the June Kit… there will be a new Free Collage Sheet offer linked to the June kit theme starting on Sunday. You can still pick your own gift from any collage sheet theme from now through Saturday! AND, see below for info on a new Freak Show Cameo FREE Gift Kit!

I did not realize how (adorably) tiny Design Team Member Nichola Battilana’s Side Show Ballyhoo Stages were when I first saw them: the two stage platforms are each made from half of a Chipboard Steamer Trunk! And that tiny little pulpit is made from parts of shelves from the same trunk! And the fringe on those little flags? Each is one tassel from the Gold Sweeper Fringe!

And with THREE new Sideshow Collage Sheets by Teri Calia, Nichola had lots of characters to choose from for her “sensational uproar” (each hand-tinted by Nichola):
Circus Folk
Tattooed Ladies
Sideshow Folk

Check out Nichola’s supply list. Then head on over to her blog post for more photos AND a link to her tutorial!

 New Siamese Twins Cameos And Freak Show Cameo FREE Gift Kit!  

I was inspired by the whole sideshow freaks theme, so I’m giving away one of these cool new Siamese Twins Cameos (AND a 40x30mm Black Resin Setting) for all orders over $50! Sale items are eligible, too (toward meeting the $50 requirement, but shipping and taxes are not).

There's nothing you need to do (no coupon to enter). Beginning today (May 28, 2015) through Sunday, May 31st, we'll include a FREE kit in all qualifying orders!

Note: the sample shown with Gilder’s Paste is not how your 2 items will arrive… it’s just an idea for how to decorate the pieces.

40x30mm Halloween Siamese Twins Cameo

(New and On Sale!)

Sample decorated with Violet and African Bronze Gilder’s Paste

 Guest Designer Betsy Skagen  

All Aboard for the Circus Altered Art Train
! See the Supply list. More info is in Betsy’s blog.

Hooray for the Sideshow Giveaway!

Wow… between the collage sheets in the Add-On Kit and the new ones and the ones in Nichola’s artwork: NINE collage sheets (!) so there’s an extra photo below to show them all.

I started with these goodies from Nichola’s Side Show Ballyhoo Stage (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this list):
Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit Just Put On Sale!
– Vintage Magician Posters Collage Sheet
– Aerialists Collage Sheet
– Chipboard Steamer Trunk
– Gypsy Coin Mix

And ALL THREE of the new collage sheets
Circus Folk
Tattooed Ladies
Sideshow Folk

And finally, the decorated sample made from a new 40x30mm Halloween Siamese Twins Cameo in a 40x30mm Black Resin Setting.

To enter the Sideshow 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, May 29, 2015)! AND tell me which of Teri’s new Sideshow Collage Sheets you like best OR what you’d make with one of the 40x30mm Halloween Siamese Twins Cameos.

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 Curio Shoppe Props Giveaway? That would be Mary! (And she commented: “I love the Masquerade mask on the top. Eye-catching and I love golden items. My favorite is the suitcase of wands… and a bicycle that is smaller than the wands. That makes me think it is all very magical, and that makes me smile.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 28th, 2015

59 responses to “Sideshow Freaks & FREE Freak Show Gift Kit”

  1. cathrine bolin says:

    This is just beyon the most interesting of your offerings

  2. Kathleen says:

    My friend and I have a fascination with the sideshow freaks, and I made one out of Paperclay and put it under glass. But I have to say that I really like the “Circus Folks” because I like the children in the pictures…If I won this, I would surprise my friend with another sideshow/freak display, and watch his amazement!

  3. debbi g says:

    Love the Freak Show & Circus theme! Thanks for the give-a-way!

  4. Wow, an entire era of freaken fun! Love the art work.

  5. I Would definitely make collages with all of these sheets I love them all I liked and shared!

  6. Tammy says:

    I love this line so cute Im making the steamer trunk so Id use it with that probably.

  7. Lisa M says:

    Oh gosh! I am just loving all the circus/carnival/freak show stuff you have been showing! And Teri’s new collage sheets are all great but my favorite is the circus folk. They are all so interesting and makes me wonder the story behind all of them!

  8. Traci says:

    Love the circus theme and the circus folk is my favorite collage sheet. Love the black and white something about that appeals to me? >^..^<

  9. Sara says:

    As always, a great giveaway!!!

  10. freaks? Freaks?? FREAKS???


    this is so up my alley you don’t even know!

    PLEASE throw my name in the cyber hat and I’m keeping all seven toes crossed that I win!

    …and I am gobsmacked by the miniature freak show that Nichola Battilana created – what an enchanting and intriguing little treasure! Hope it shows up on Etsy sometime in the future. LOL

  11. Roxanne says:

    haha…I love the Circus Folk collage sheet…I haven’t been to the circus in a long time…but that one in particular reminds me of when I was little and my Dad took us through the ‘oddities’ tent…those people in that collage are the ones we saw! 🙂 Thanks for the look back and possible chance to win.

  12. Lorna E. says:

    I think I like the Circus Folk collage sheet the best.

  13. jenni brockob says:

    I like both the circus folk and sideshow folk collage sheets, but I guess if I had to pick just one, it would be the sideshow folk. Really cool old images that you just don’t see any more. I think I would use the Siamese twins cameo as a framed back drop piece for my sideshow stage.

  14. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    Freeky is good…love it…..

  15. Patti G says:

    Cool stuff.

  16. Emily N. says:

    I love anything circus! I would make a shrine with the cameo as a centerpiece because I feel like my boyfriend and I are siamese twins.

  17. Dawn says:

    I have been working on the idea of a curiosity show. I would use the Siamese cameo as advertising for the show. Love this giveaway!

  18. Dena Cottrell says:

    I prefer the Tattooed Ladies and Circus Folk collage sheets though it was hard to choose. I would use the cameo as a new scary ride/exhibit in my Haunted carnival or on a bottle in my Halloween Apothecary. Thanks for the awesome giveaways. I hope I win.

  19. KIM says:

    The college paper Side Show Folks is my favorite.
    Hoping I don’t become a Bearded LADY
    Menopause” if you know what I mean.” 🙁
    But all the papers are great.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  20. MaggieM says:

    My favorite is the Side Show Freaks collage sheet! I actually love all of the new collage sheets. How fun it would be to make a circus freak side show! Thanks for the chance:)

  21. Jamie says:

    I NEED this one!

  22. Mary Helene says:

    The collage sheets are my favorite.

  23. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I would try to duplicate this project, but what I want to know, is how on earth did they get a picture of me as the bearded lady?

  24. Sandy says:

    I love the sideshow sheet. As a child when I was at the circus I was fascinated with the side show but never was allowed to go their tent to see them. Now I can!

  25. Lori D. says:

    This is my favorite giveaway! I would use the cameo as part of a sideshow shrine! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  26. Jen R says:

    Oh I so love sideshows freaks and all. That cameo is awesome. This would be the best to win!

  27. Connie says:

    I am partial to the tattooed ladies!

  28. Lou Anne H. says:

    I love the tattooed ladies collage sheet!

  29. angelic says:

    Cool sideshows freak collage sheets! I love to make charms, so I would use the cameo in my charm project.

  30. Joan Harsha says:

    Love those freaks. Need them for my next project.

  31. Verna S says:

    I adore the tatooed ladies. Those women were courageous !

  32. ginette says:

    I’d probably do a necklace for my niece, she’s a Halloween maniac.

  33. barbara macaskill says:

    Love the sideshow Folk collage sheet the most!!! Who doesn’t love to see the Freaks at the circus? Always a line a mile long to see what they have to show! TFS!

  34. Elizabeth says:

    The tattooed ladies college sheet is my favorite. Wow! Thank you for the chance to enter this amazing giveaway.

  35. Kim R says:

    I love the Tattooed Ladies collage sheet! those women were wicked!

  36. cathy smith says:

    I like the circus folk. I made a great stage that looks like a circus and these would go well with it!

  37. teri steele says:

    Looks like the majority is the circus folks, for me too. I really loved the pieces Nichola did. They were wonderful. So much I could use to add to my circus pieces I started way back with our circus swap we did a few years back with altoids tins.

  38. Karen Mallory says:

    I love those sideshow folks!! So very interesting!

  39. DebR says:

    Love Nichola’s side show vignette and the circus train by Betsy is wonderful too! I think my favourite collage sheet by Teri is the ‘circus folk’ collage sheet because it has a little bit of everything (everyone?!), wonderful images!

  40. Holly Day says:

    Love the cameo!

  41. Megan Warren says:

    Love the Sideshow Folk sheet, I’ve been fascinated by the Circus sideshows since I was a little kid.

  42. kim says:

    Brilliant stuff today!
    I havvveeee to have the cameo! I would make this year’s first ornament for my Creepmas Tree!

    Thanks so much for a chance!

  43. julie m says:

    my favorite collage sheet is Sideshow Folk. always visited the side shows. so intriguing.

  44. Jo says:

    OMG! Love the sideshow freaks and the be cameo!
    Would love to make a scary picture book of old photos from a creepy carnival – like someone’s memory book or diary!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  45. Diana Bittaker says:

    Love the tattoo ladies! And would make a Halloween choker from the twins pendant!

  46. Jean Marmo says:

    Just amazing! So unique!

  47. Yowza. Freeeeky! Love this – I’m going to have to do something like the Side Shows – That is way beyond cool. The train is neat too.

  48. orianna says:

    circus folks is my favorite collage sheet

  49. Janet Gray says:

    I love the cameo! This would be on the cover of a Hallowe’en mini book. (I can hear it creaking open now!)

  50. phoebe diamond says:

    The cameo would become a valentine. Hope I win…

  51. Cindy Fitch says:

    I Love all the “Circus Folk” performers. I see an ATC series in my future! I just can’t decide which one of them would be my star performer!

  52. Jackie Neal says:

    Omgosh- I love all of the collage sheets!!
    Sideshow folks is a fav as well as tattoo ladies!
    What fabulous makes from Nichola and GD Betsy!! WowS!!

  53. Sylvia L. says:

    Nichola’s work is amazing. Love the circus train, too. “Circus Folk” is my favorite collage sheet.

  54. Carolyn says:

    Nichola has created such a great little vignette. The hand tinting really makes these pieces. As much as I love the circus freaks, my favorite sheet has got to be the circus folks – I love how their costumes almost turn them into otherworldly beings. As for that cameo I am seeing a twisted halloween crown with the twins as the crown jewel. As always, thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Tammy says:

    I love the Tattooed Ladies collage sheet best because I am a tattooed lady! But I must say the Circus Freaks is a close 2nd!

  56. Marilyn H says:

    Great projects! I love the Circus Folk sheet.

  57. Luanne says:

    Like the black and white circus people!

  58. LeAnn says:

    I would use the Halloween cameo in my cabinet of curiosities.

  59. Lisa Mills says:

    I love love what Nichola made. She just amazes me every time! I would love to win since this is the first time on altered art for me. It’s a little scary to try for the first time. Thank goodness Nichola has directions on her blog. I would love to try the Circus Folk & with her directions try to make what she did but be it different from hers. Am I making any since? Probably not but, I know what I mean. Thank you for having this fun looking giveaway. Lisa