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Christmas & Halloween (& Art x3!) Plus FREE Gift & New Sale!

Filed under Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Christmas, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

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: Teri’s Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet and Caroline’s The Crow’s Muse.

Yes! Even though there is already a sale on the ENTIRE Halloween Theme Section, I’ve just put ALL Halloween Rubber Stamps on sale for 25 to 50% off today thru Tuesday only! That’s over 30 stamps and stamp sets (like the Something Wicked Clear Stamp Set shown at left)! Sale ends Tuesday night, September 13th.

Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
A reminder about our current swap… and swap sample artwork at left by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers)! I love that little skeleton man with his legs jutting out of the frame, and the creepy girl in front of the gothic fence!

Sign up by Monday, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more.

Next up: a new FREE Gift Kit! What? Sassy ’50s vixen? You’ll see why this is appropriate to (some of today’s THREE featured artworks) below. So… a Flirt Flashcards FREE Gift Kit!

There are 16 cards featuring 8 different vintage-inspired (and smart!) images in the new Cest La Vie Flirt Flashcards. So I’m mixing them up to give you a set of 4 (2 large and 2 small cards)! These mini kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, September 12, 2016!

It’s crazy but we are starting off with some CHRISTMAS artwork! And new papers! (Then we’ll work backward (calendar-wise), and end up back at our favorite holiday: Halloween!)

Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet by Teri Calia! I love what Teri made using the new Retro Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad! And that adorable scene inside the Arch Top Cabinet with Doors (these papers have teeny tiny prints, small enough even for wallpaper in a 1:12 scale project). Note the things I’ve highlight in the close-ups below:
Tiny 10mm Resin Snowmen (hanging on the tree)
Tiny Resin Teddy Bear sitting in a red chair
Tiny Little Christmas Gifts, and…
Tiny 8mm Diameter Glass Globe with Cap (how cute are those hanging glitter ornaments Teri made?!)

Good job, Teri! Read more, and see more photos on Teri’s blog post, and see her full Supply List. Psst! Check below, too, ’cause EVERYTHING in Teri’s supply list is included in today’s GIVEAWAY!


Next up, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay made the beautiful The Crow's Muse. I’ll let Caroline explain the construction:

I started with a floral cone and a deconstructed barbie. I cut the floral cone to size and then hollowed it out so that the body of the barbie would slip inside. I decoupaged the cone with old newspaper. You can’t put hot glue directly on the Styrofoam cone, it will melt it. And then I painted it black so you can’t see any of the newspaper bits through her rather sheer skirt. (Oh the scandal!)

The barbie body is covered with book print (alas nothing by Poe, just some old scifi novel that fell apart on me). For a head I used a relic and artifacts cast – figurehead.

From the front it looks like these small feathered crows are single wings. From the back you can see that they are two separate crows.  I like to think that they are holding her up as well as helping her fly.

Her bodice is black seam binding. The spot where her head meets her body is hidden with a black seam binding bow. Black roses in various sizes cascade down her skirt.

In the folds of her gown she conceals a fabulous chipboard chandelier complete with crows!

Even more info and photos are in Caroline’s blog post. See everything Caroline used in her supply list.

It’s true… we still have one more project to admire (or get a chuckle from)! This funny Bitch Book Box with ATCs by Teri Calia (again!) uses both sizes of the new Fabulous Paper Pads, along with an ATC Sized Faux Book Box to house a set of ATCs. See Teri’s blog post for more info. See everything Teri used in her Supply List.


Hooray for the Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet Giveaway!

Today’s Giveaway includes everything in Teri’s Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet Supply List! I know… a crazy amount of supplies! Just the new items in Teri’s list include:
– Retro Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad
– Tiny 8mm Diameter Glass Globe with Cap
– India Ink Stamp Pad

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Teri’s artwork, which is also what’s in the Giveaway!

Bonus: One of the Flirt Flashcards FREE Gift Kits!

AND as I’ve just put them on Clearance Sale: One of the Haunted House Buttons!

To enter the Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet 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, September 12, 2016). And tell me: How will you decorate your Arch Top Cabinet with Doors?

Bonus: Teri left a spot open on the inside of her Bitch Book Box with ATCs… if you have an inspired idea what image to put there, get over to Teri’s blog and leave a comment. I’ll send an ATC Sized Faux Book Box to the best comment!

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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Morticia’s Dresser Giveaway? That would be Susan S! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, September 11th, 2016

44 responses to “Christmas & Halloween (& Art x3!) Plus FREE Gift & New Sale!”

  1. Susan S says:

    Darling, just darling! I’d decorate with children’s vintage toys.

  2. Liane Ceglar says:

    Beautiful…..i swould decorate with a Christmas tree scene !!!!!
    Liane 🙂

  3. Jen R says:

    Love those retro Christmas papers and I have a gorgeous glittery pink tree to fit right in.

  4. Jo says:

    I would make a scary skeleton or monster in the closet vignette!

  5. barb macaskill says:

    Caroline’s Crow creation is absolutely magnificent!! I adore the darkness in this piece SO much!!!
    I would decorate the Arch Top Cabinet with Doors using a “First Thanksgiving” theme! Lots of homemade Thanksgiving foods, Pilgrims and Indians and a few little surprises added in for fun!

  6. Aggie Stiefer says:

    This is just so sweet. I would decorate the cabinet just as shown. I love Christmas

  7. Ronda Liebert says:

    So cute. I made a shadowbox a couple of years ago that is similar. This would look so great as a set. Love the paper.

  8. Ginny Over says:

    I would do the cabinet in a Christmas theme too. It is so cute!

  9. Carla M says:

    Christmas and Halloween are my 2favorite themes! Might have to do one for each holiday

  10. Helen says:

    I would do the cabinet in an inside out Christmas theme. Inside, I would make a Nativity scene with a header stating “The Greatest Gift of all”. Outside,I would put the other Christmas goodies to make a fantastic Christmas scene. This would be a great decoration for my buffet table.

  11. judy golden says:

    What a great project. I would do it up in an old fashioned Christmas.

  12. Phoebe Diamond says:

    A winter holiday cooking cabinet. I’d love to have it exploding with all sorts of holiday ingredients and traditional foods.

  13. Verna says:

    This is so cute. I think I would go with a hidaway for toys the elves are building. So many things to do with this giveaway. Thank you.

  14. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! this is one of my faves! I would love to make something similar!

  15. this is such a beautiful cabinet for the holidays!

    I would love to make a superhero one for my youngest son. he is such a Superman fan, and I think it would be neat to do one one filled with capes and other goodies every super hero needs while fighting crime. 😉 on the outside it looks like a regular cabinet.

    but then again, a Narnia themed one would be fun, too! 🙂

  16. Barb A says:

    Love Christmas and love retro. The red chair is great-this cabinet is my favorite item yet. Thanks to Teri for bringing back some fabulous memories.

  17. Cocoa Fornelli says:

    Christmas! My favorite holiday! I would tone the outside of the cabinet down a bit, but once the doors were opened it would revel a magical Christmas hideaway for Christmas gifts! Maybe an elf sitting upon all the gifts also!

  18. I will turn my doll house porch into a happy haunting spot. xoxoxoxo

  19. Emily D says:

    I would make a circus themed cabinet. Like a side show stage.

  20. Cheryl Lee says:

    This is so great! I too love Christmas and the retro look. I would make my cabinet quite similar to this one. Thank you for the chance to win!

  21. Julianne says:

    The same except Halloween themed.

  22. Nadine says:

    I have no idea but I would still like to win!

  23. Lou Anne says:

    I love the cabinet! I’d make it into a mermaid themed underwater cabinet.

  24. Luanne Shoup says:

    Christmas? I am not done with summer, yet!

  25. Dennis L. says:

    Ah, such nice reminders of Christmas from the 40s and 50s. Would like to do a similar Christmas theme.

  26. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love the cabinet ! I would do witches closet with all kinds cool Halloween items!!

  27. Awesome I would def make a Christmas cabinet

  28. Denise Bryant says:

    I have some extra special things I’ve collected, and I would use them to make a Christmas cabinet for a decoration!

  29. Maggie M says:

    A retro Christmas cabinet with lots of toys and a small tree!

  30. Mary Mac says:

    Would love to do a Christmas theme cabinet. I would put all the “hidden” presents in it.

  31. Carolyn says:

    I have a real life cabinet that looks just like this that I decorate for Christmas. How fun it would be to have a miniature Christmas cabinet. Great Giveaway!

  32. Christine D says:

    I’d do a hidden world for an elf (on the shelf) for when he’s not making mischief.

  33. Ray says:

    I’d love to do a victorian Christmas scene

  34. Margaret says:

    I don’t know! I am really in Halloween mode right now but I do love that Chtistmas shadowbox! It would be fun to do a holiday cupboard a place where all the decorations are kept. I would love to do a separate cupboard for each autumn/winter holiday. That tree is marvelous! And that ATC box is a scream lol!

  35. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Beautiful projects. I think I’d do something wintery, just not Christmas.

  36. Nancy E says:

    I would create a whole wardrobe of fairy gowns!

  37. It is never to early to start a Christmas project.

  38. Michelle says:

    I would do a winter princess theme. Would be a perfect gift for my grandaughters.

  39. Susan M L says:

    great artwork! If not a vintage Christmas scene, I would do skeletons in the closet, hiding different “secrets”.

  40. Kee Ostler says:

    Love this…hmmm I think I would make either a steampunked elves workshop or a vintage winter scene inside….

  41. Evelyn Reyes says:

    This little cabinet can be used with any type of ideas, tiny dollhouse, doll closet, shadow box etc. etc.


  42. Lana says:

    I would use a shabby chic look on this little cabinet, chock full of delightful, Victorian goodies.

  43. Karen Mallory says:

    All the projects are so fun! I think I would decorate the cabinet with Christmas papers and make a linen closet with Christmas quilts and Christmas linens in it! Have to make shelves for it!

  44. Diana bittaker says:

    I see a gypsy wardrobe! A place where she can store her colorful skirts , tambourines, scarves, books, crystal balls and other magic stuff