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New Tim Holtz Halloween Dies; 2 Mad Scientist Projects

Filed under Art Projects, Cemetery Kit, Giveaways, Katie Zoey Ho, Magic Potions Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Tim Holtz

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: Rhonda’s The Mad Laboratory and Katie’s Dr. Drake’s Lab Oratory.

Before Miz Bella introduces TWO mad scientist projects(!!), there’s are 2 announcements:
– FIRST, the Mini Labels Gift Sheet announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! AND if you spend $20 or more on an order, I’ll include a couple tiny bottles, too! And did you see the new Potion Bottles Sampler Set?
NEXT, it’s that time of year (and I cannot believe it’s almost September!)… Only 1 week (Oh!) until Laura Carson’s annual Halloween event, and this year is a Haunted Village!! See Laura’s site for a free collage sheet offer starting now!

It’s the end of the month, and Design Team Members Rhonda and Katie have two projects for you, and both have created mad scientist labs!

First up is Rhonda with The Mad Laboratory. This month’s Alpha Stamps Cemetery and Add-On Kits are just too fun, especially if you like to create dark art at times like me! My father always asks me how I come up with these things in my head, but I don’t know the answer. It’s like this outpouring of ideas that flows out of my imagination and the pieces just all fall into place. I received a mini brain as a funny gift, and from there it all fell into place. I had the perfect doll, missing the top of her head and the brain fit in perfectly as if it were once a part of her making.

Oooh, how perfectly crepeldah! The doctor is pining away for his lovely creation complete with her exposed brain and glowing red demon eyes. How very clever, check out the table that Rhonda talks about:

For the doctor’s table, I used the wood drawer from the collage sheet Secret Spell Book Parts Two along with some matchsticks that I colored using Distress Stain. Very simple to make and some wonderful work space for the laboratory.

I also like how Rhonda cut one of the Mini Black Wrought Iron Fence to use as a grate over her window (see the photo at right).

The Mad Laboratory Supply List

Visit Rhonda’s blog for tips on how she installed the Red Demon LED Lights into the doll head and more pictures!

Katie’s Dr. Drake’s Lab Oratory is quite the mad scientist paradise with many hidden secrets just waiting to be discovered! Katie used quite a bit from the Magic Potions Kit and an ATC Book Box to create her laboratory.

And if you peer through the top of that fabulous (large) hour glass, you can see the edge of the new Steampunk Doilies.

Katie also used some all-time favorite papers: the Rare Oddities 8×8 Paper Pad and 6×6 Paper Patterns and Solids Pad.

Dr. Drake’s Lab Oratory Supply List

Visit Katie’s blog for more details about the dastardly Dr. Drake!



Hooray for the Mad Scientist Giveaway!

I’m going to start with some new things NOT shown in the photo at right:
– Those black Steampunk Doilies (yum)
– A Bronze Lucky Cat Charm
– A set of 1 Inch Wrought Iron Bronze Connector Filigree

Then moving on to those in the photo at right (left to right starting with the top row):
17mm Bronze Diary Keys (new)
Skeleton Slide Mailers Collage Sheet (used in both of today’s mad scientist projects)
Set of 3 Tiny Keys on Ring (new)
Tiny Magic Books & Potions Labels Collage Sheet
The Sun Large Bronze Filigree (new)
Secret Spell Book Parts One Collage Sheet
Bronze Skate Keys (new)
40x30mm Halloween 3D Skull Cameo (you might not have recognized him in Katie’s artwork, all gussied up in gold and wearing a crown)
Cute Bronze Cat Charms (new)

And one of those cute little Mini Labels Gift Sheets

To enter the Mad Scientist Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, August 31, 2015. AND tell me what you’d make from this collection! AND most creative comment wins a 2nd set of all 3 new keys in the Giveaway!

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 Potion Bottles Sampler Giveaway? That would be Ginette P! (And she replied to my question “Tell me which of the tiny labels on those collage sheets you plan on using on your bottles (and/or what other kinds of labels you’d like to see)”: I like the witchy labels best.)

Posted by Leslie, August 30th, 2015

65 responses to “New Tim Holtz Halloween Dies; 2 Mad Scientist Projects”

  1. kim says:

    The doily is amazing! I have some stamps begging to play with that doily. I see a wonderful mixed media grungy, stenciled layered canvas itching to be released!
    Thanks so much for a chance!

  2. marykay chisum says:

    AMAZING!! I would LOVE to get my “claws” on this wonderful kit!

  3. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Luv the design and the great embellishments!

  4. phoebe diamond says:

    Oh yes, the doilies are amazing. I can see them as part of Valentine’s Day cards all gussied up in pinks and reds with micro beads creating some shimmer. All of the keys would go in Valentine’s Day projects as well.

    Now that skull…? Hmm, maybe a pendant or a centerpiece of a tiara. That could be classy.

  5. Noreen says:

    I love the little guy on top of the chest, stirring up a brew! And Dr. Drake’s cool lab boratory box. Funny how when I see a scene like this I think la-bore-atory, where most of the time it’s laboratory. With all those goodies, I could make a Halloween steampunk box. Love the collage sheets – and the steampunk doilies are so cool!

  6. Linda says:

    Love these items they would be used on a project that I am working on right now for Halloween, a 13 day countdown calendar and leftovers would be used for scrapbooking. You always have great finds for my projects that are unusual. Love it.

  7. Barb J says:

    Its amazing how all these designers come up with such great ideas. I am working on the rare oddities now..making a cabinet and filling it with all the scary things I can find. Great job!!!

  8. Russell Stone says:

    Late at night when most are asleep, into my lab (Art Studio) I do creep. A drop of glue, a layer of paint, some apothecary labels are out on the table. I mix, I pour and soon you will see a creepy cabinet will come to be. Halloween night fast approaches.. oh that reminded me to add some roaches. Yes, creepy bugs are all part of the scene, after all it is HALLOWEEN.

  9. Karen says:

    What a great collection of goodies for a Halloween project. I’m thinking something of a stooped over “ogreish” witch with keys hanging off her waist would be a start.

  10. Gail S says:

    I would love to have a mad scientist laboratory and if I win, what a great start I would have .

  11. Ina Good says:

    i am into steampunk haunted house scene what fun that would be! and would make a graveyard scene with broken apothcary in front with ghouls bats etc all those fun things

  12. Diana Bittaker says:

    Ohhhh this is the most super creepy ever…… Right up my alley – I would so put those little skeletons to work in my own creepy laboratory – then interject that beautiful decorated skull , maybe put it under glass, the keys on the ring would be coming attached to one of the little skeleton helpers- and definitely a few unknown body parts made from clay to go into small bottles on the table!!! I can see it all now!

  13. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    So eerily wonderful.

  14. Jen R says:

    Well now.. Lucky cats, steampunk doilies?? What on earth could one do to combine the two? Oh yes, I definitely see my mad scientist in his ancient oriental steampunk laboratory. What fun that would be.

  15. barbara macaskill says:

    I see the keys being used as “wind up” keys that would go on the kitties and the skull would first go on the round emblem then the key would be attached to their backs! They would all be in a laboratory filled with bottles of potions and the miscellaneous body parts, a bloody brain here, a decapitated head there and OH NO! The mad scientist has just arrived with a ….ummmmm. NO! NOT THAT! An entire body to separate into parts and pieces to make his own masterpiece!
    Is that a key coming out of her head? Wait, don’t knock over the potion bottles! Gotta go clean up the mess!

  16. Blair Lowery says:

    Love Halloween and this give away would be wonderful.

  17. Ohhh i Love all this Great stuff !!!
    Have a Great Day
    Kerstin from germany

  18. Loretta says:

    Some really great in that Mad Laboratory scene. I can’t believe it’s already getting to be that time of year again!

  19. Maryellen says:

    Oh fun – I am thinking that the Skeleton Slide Mailer sheet would be perfect to craft up a banner for Halloween.

  20. Emily N says:

    love this giveaway! I’d make a collage of all the steam punk things.

  21. Holly says:

    Outstanding giveaway! All of this would work perfectly for making a magic curio cabinet, something with a bazillion locks of different shapes and sizes!

  22. Mary Helene says:

    These piece would make such wonderful altered art.

  23. Kim R says:

    The mad sassy scientist is at work in her lab…shes creating a steampunk frankenstein…muhaamuhaa! with the turn of the Key….a secret spell or 2, #8 of kittys 9 lives,+ some skull tonic..her mad invention will be thrust into the world…muhaamuhaamuhaa!!

  24. Joan Myers says:

    Impressive new items! Love them all ! They would work well in my witchy surprise doll room box. Using pattern fron Jean Norquist , and adding my own weird twist! LOL

  25. KIM says:

    I am making 3 gift baskets for HALLOWEEN .
    This giveaway is prefect for decorating my baskets,cards,and goodie jars.
    If I were to win.
    I’m keeping the doilies…..TOO COOL!

  26. I love Tim Holtz products I would definitely make a 3D scary house with all this stuff It’s great Thank you

  27. Traci says:

    I love the creative ideas today such a awesome design team. I was thinking of making a dungeon scene with all the great halloween items I have purchased from Alpha Stamps. >^..^<

  28. lynn legge says:

    lol when I was done playing with every neat thing in the collection, I would love to make a large matchbox scene…..ohh the possibilities

  29. M. C. Sparks says:

    I want to make a mad scientist lab…with hidden compartments, lights and maybe get one of those mini plasma ball and incorporate it

  30. Kathleen says:

    Old roller skates are easy to find, especially if you are looking for just one – I may even have one in the store room. The roller skate keys inspired me to think about making a Halloween version of the Old Woman in the Shoe, only she will be a witch and her children will be mummies and zombies, popping out all over the shoe!

  31. jean marmo says:

    Love the Mad Scientist lab! How fun would it be to create this! My husband teaches chem labs so this would be perfect!

  32. MaggieM says:

    I’m just MAD about this giveaway! I would love to make a Halloween centerpiece similar to Katie’s project, with a mini lab, lights and mad creatures:)

  33. Lana says:

    A ghoul, Lana wanted to make
    But…what would it take?

    She stroked her charmed cat
    and with twisted lips, she spat

    I need a key and a skull
    for this project won’t be dull

    As she went on with her rant
    she suddenly shouted…ALPHA STAMPS!

  34. Janet Turner says:

    I love Halloween! You have so many great products and ideas. I look forward to your newsletter every week.

  35. Luanne Shoup says:

    How cute the little keys are. Small enough to attach to one of my cards. I can have a door, jail cell, so many possibilities!

  36. Laura West says:

    Everything is so awesome! I’d love to use the charms to make some special versions of the earrings I make, I think it would look amazing!

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous giveaway!! I love the little dressed skeleton collage sheet! I think a shadow box where each one is doing something creepy!

  38. Melody says:

    Loving the Steampunk doilies they’re awesome! I definitely see some Steampunk / halloween mad lab cards in the making!

  39. Char-D says:

    I am gathering together items for my configuration box that uses Rare Oddities as the base of the project. These items will fit in well with my spell books, magic potions and other oddities in small jars.

  40. Patty Nisbet says:

    Alpha Stamps is the best! I am making a mad scientist vignette for fall and this would be great.

  41. Jenni says:

    I would make an underground medieval mortuary or catacomb scene complete with little skeleton dudes working here and there, trying to bring the dead back to life.

  42. Jo says:

    I love the little keys and the skulls – I would add it to my apothecary!

  43. Michelle says:

    Secret magic boxes. (Locked, of course.)

    Boxes can take many forms. (But I must maintain some of my own secrets.)

  44. Ritva says:

    -So exciting, I would keep doing my tiny poison box/magic potion cabinet for my fairy garden, there is going to be a cabinet in the corner of the garden…

  45. cg says:

    I’d take some glossy accents and fill a few bottles halfway, then quickly submerge some skull beads, bats and whatever else I could fit in there to serve as my ‘specimen jars’! lock would fit perfectly on the ‘jail cell’ I’m making from an Altoids tin, too. LOVE IT!

  46. Denise Bryant says:

    I’ve got a Halloween shadow box I’m working on, and these would fit in just perfectly!

  47. manuel martin says:

    I would make,(using this kit and some others) a big shadow-box of a lab!.
    and add it to my ” Wall of dark shadows”.

  48. Sue VanLandingham says:

    Love all things Halloween. …I would love to create a haunted house! Thank you!

  49. Lou Anne H. says:

    I love the mad laboratory and would use elements of it for my Halloween shadow box.

  50. Beth Williams says:

    I have one of Tim’s book configurations-I’d start there. Of course the cover would be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. On the inside I’d recreate his lab-brain definitely needed. I’d have to get some of those tiny lights to set the mood. Just have to figure out how to make lightning!

  51. STEPHANIE Hoffman says:

    A witch’s hut for Halloween !

  52. Katen says:

    Oh I’d love to cook up something in my own lab using my freshly bottled rat scat and frog slime

  53. Jen says:

    I love all of the gorgeous collage sheets!

  54. Fiona Ong says:

    Wow.. Fantastic giveaway.. Thank you… Love love the items.. I would love to DIY a lampshade or a mini briefcase with a Halloween spooky theme.. : )

  55. Tammy Lemon says:

    Love to win any of these items so cute in matchbox crafts

  56. teri steele says:

    I still keep contemplating a traveling medicine show with a gypsy type caravan. It seems the best way to fit that many bottles and goodies in on two sides! I think I have close to 50 bottles collected not to mention all the paper collage ones.

  57. Dawn says:

    I would make a Mad Scientists apothecary to go with the witches apothecary I just finished.

  58. Birgit says:

    I plan to make a couple of ornaments for my Halloween tree. These goodies would be perfect for that project — thanks for the chance to win them!

    Happy creating,

  59. Liane Ceglar says:

    This collection is BOOtiful…I love anything Halloween !!!!!

  60. Joan says:

    I think I’d like to play around with one of the TH clocks. I always enjoy altering them.

  61. April Dudko says:

    Ornaments! And banners, especially with the anatomical images!

  62. Patti G says:

    Love the mad scientist accessories. Halloween here we come.

  63. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    I’m doing a vignette in a metal & glass shadowbox from Hobby Lobby, and these “parts” would be perfect!

  64. angelic says:

    I love the skate keys and maybe use them to make Frankenstein.

  65. Sylvia L. says:

    I love the Halloween-themed projects. I would use some of the items as embellishments on my paper cones.