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Freak Show by Kristin Batsel & New Starry FREE Gift!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, 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 list items from Kristin’s project that are still available on the new site.

NEW Stars, Dots & Stripes FREE Gift Kit! Have you notice Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s fondness for bold patterns (stripes, stars, polka dots)? I’ve noticed, too (and they are used to such good effect in today’s Freak Show artwork, that I started wandering around searching for similar patterns). And did I find some!

These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY night, August 27th, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! AND (bonus!) I've just put all of the items in the gift kit on 50% off sale!

Learn more.

Kristin has created a Freak Show sideshow tent from the new Split Front Box. I love this new display box design! The 2 halves of the outer box can be completely removed (or opened farther than in my photos). Approx. 4-1/4″ tall x 5-1/2″ wide x 3″ deep when closed.

Kristin’s post includes lots of good tips, like planning the space (so the performers awaiting their turn inside can be seen, even though some of the shorter ones are in the back of the queue). Plus Kristin added a circus tent to the top of the box, and she shows how she created it (with diagrams and measurements) in case you would like to add a tent to yours, too.

The outside is bright and cheery, full of colorful stripes, polka dots, flags, posters, and curtains. But inside is a different story… The freaks gather and wait to be displayed in the center box, while the split doors make the perfect viewing place for the individual performers to sit as the curious crowds walk by. I did not attach the doors to the box, so they can be pulled forward as shown.

I created a new Vintage Sideshow Posters Collage Sheet (with colorful Victorian posters), and along with it and the monotone images from past sideshow collage sheets (colored by Kristin with Copic markers) she had lots of performers to choose from. See everything Kristin used to create her Freak Show in her Supply List.

Hooray for the Freak Show Giveaway!

This prize package includes EVERYTHING from Kristin’s Freak Show Supply List!

Bonus: One of Stars, Dots & Stripes FREE Gift Kits AND a full sheet of all 5 of the scrapbook papers still availiable from that kit! Check the kit page for which those are.

To enter the Freak Show 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, FRIDAY, August 26, 2016)!

To enter the Freak Show 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, August 26, 2016)!

And tell me: What will you make from the Split Front Box?

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 Miniature Steamer Trunk Giveaway? That would be Karen! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, August 25th, 2016

49 responses to “Freak Show by Kristin Batsel & New Starry FREE Gift!”

  1. Connie L. says:

    I just love Kristin’s work! I’d turn it into a cafe. Ooh la la!

  2. Emily D says:

    I’d make a 3 ring circus diorama.

  3. “One of Us, One of Us. I always wanted to say that.

  4. Pam S says:

    WOW! PERFECT TIMING! I am researching a circus family and will make a circus using their photos and signs, etc. Very cool!

  5. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love this box! I would make a secret haunted room!

  6. Carolyn Martin says:

    What a great idea! I love the freak show theme, but I would make it darker for Halloween.

  7. Jen R says:

    I’m thinking a little patisserie

  8. Jean Marmo says:

    Just amazing! The freak show is quite freaky:) Fun!

  9. Ronda Liebert says:

    Love, love, love. I love anything circus related. I love the colors, I love the theme. I would make something very similar.

  10. Amy says:

    I would make the freak show and give it to one of my freakier friends. she would adore it.

  11. Luanne Shoup says:

    Love the free gift! I must order something!

  12. Traci says:

    What a great project-I love the freak show theme. Would love to make one too. >^..^<

  13. Michelle says:

    I love it! I would make a clown show.

  14. carolyn sullivan says:

    love this! i think i’d use it as either a day of the dead shrine or the freak show. so many possibilities!

  15. barb macaskill says:

    Congratulations Karen on winning the last giveaway!
    I think I would make a three room display out of the split room box! I would do a kitchen in the center with living room/den on one side and either a laundry room or bathroom on the other side. Breakfast cooking, tv on and getting ready for the day to come! TFS!
    macaskillbarbara at yahoo dot com

  16. I would make a miniature freak show!

  17. Denise Bryant says:

    A little Christmas scene would be a perfect project!

  18. Lana says:

    Haunted attic…..BOO!!!!!!!!

  19. Marilyn says:

    I would love to create a mad scientist lab.

  20. Barb A says:

    What a great box…love it. Would make a fabulous setting for some of my miniature treasures.

  21. Laural says:

    I’m in the circus mood. I would make a similar scene with more accessories

  22. Carolyn says:

    I’m running away with the circus. Love this theme.

  23. Jenny Bumb says:

    I would make a combination of freaky skeletons, freaky people and animals. It is an adorable idea.

  24. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I love the Freak Show tent! I would probably use the split front box to do something Halloweenish. Those supplies were one of the few things that survived (just barely since was was literally inches from reaching where I stacked them).

  25. Kathy Cabble says:

    I would make a haunted house for Halloween. It’s something that I have always wanted to try.

  26. Maggie M says:

    I would use the split room box to create a sort of 3D fairy land…you know how I love my fairies:) Great ideas here for other projects as well.

  27. Naomi says:

    What an inspiring the freakshow theme..I am looking forward to what my imagination will come up with.

  28. Omg I love this I would make a diorama thank you

  29. Kim Rayko says:

    I would make a gothic themed freak show or maybe a haunted graveyard.

  30. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to create a Paris Cafe.

  31. Mary Kaifer says:

    I absolutely LOVE the “Freak Show” box!! I would love to make my own version of it!

  32. Verna says:

    I’m into the start of the changing season, so I would go with a summer into autumn theme. Leaves, birds. Squirrels, acorns… Thanks for the chance to win and the lovely inspiration.

  33. Jo says:

    Love the carnival motif!! I would love to work with this set of materials!!

  34. Wanda Pilder says:

    Love it. I would make a zoo diorama using fence posts in the front.

  35. Karen Mallory says:

    What fun! I would make shops decorated for Christmas!

  36. Cat Smith says:

    I am thinking Halloween. The possibilities are endless!

  37. Katheleen Childers says:

    What wouldn’t I make! I love the freak show! Would love to make a house for the circus folks featured a while back, and I’m pretty sure it would make a spectacular house for some needle-felted dogs!

  38. Annie says:

    What a great box! I think I would make a room diorama 😀

  39. Cg says:

    Sorry for being boring but it would be circus performers for me! Love the new box!!!!!

  40. Marnita says:

    Freak Show ….. oh, might have ot make two – one about family and one about work. Ha! Love it!

  41. Carla M says:

    Love the circus theme and the freaks!

  42. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the new display box! I would have to make a freak show to go with the art journal carnival I have already.

  43. Margaret says:

    I would make a Christmas scene or a garden using the box as an atrium setting. You have some wonderful base boxes and rooms to work with! I am not a circus person especially clowns lol! Although I am one of the cult followers of the movie Freaks… Go figure haha! Once again a great giveaway love the paper ( even the freaks)

  44. Diane Lewandowski says:

    Great use of the split front box. I would use my Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers to make a similar project.

  45. Carolyn says:

    I would definitely make a Dia De Los Muertos alter from one of these fab boxes!

  46. Beth says:

    What a ‘freakin’ awesome new style box!
    I would make a miniature apothecary and a scene of a science lab, and add some other rooms with ‘lab test’ results of some freaky combinations of people with other things!
    (Can’t give away all my secrets!)

  47. Danielle Jarosz says:

    Alpha stamps you are the best!!! Freak show all the way!!!

  48. marykay chisum says:

    The freak show is amazing! I’ve been collecting Halloween and circus stuff! What better way to combine the two?!

  49. Lou Conaway says:

    I’d make a garden, a lovely one. It would be so fine to have the box with that wonderful tent. Between us, I’m a one legged woman who can’t wear a prosthetic and uses a power chair. That makes me a rolling freak show to people now and then. Making a freak show is really beyond me at this stage in life. I guess I could get an artist friend to draw and paint me in my chair, jeans cuffed below my stump. Then we could put in people sneaking a peak or openly starring, or my fave, the woman who puts her hand beside her child’s face to hide the horror. We could make new signs with them as the freaks and me as the observer.