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A Homage to Hogwarts and Shrine Sale ends Tomorrow!

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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 Jessica’s project that are still available on the new site.

Remember all those new collage sheets by Jessica Armstrong a few weeks ago? Well (and oh, my) she has been such a such a busy bee designing with them!

She made The Library of Bartholomew Pendragon using the Mythological Dictionary Pages Collage Sheet on the bundles of research scattered around the study (and she used my favorite chair).

It seems Bartholomew was quite the explorer. See the preview of a mini tutorial at right (mounting a bat from her Shadow Box Bugs & Bats Collage Sheet).

And Jessica posted a tutorial on making “Wizard Paper Stacks” (distressed stacked of antiqued papers) in preparation for a new project (see a preview at left). I love the curled edges on some of the papers (it really makes them look worn and handled). The photo shows images from the Antique Maps and Miniature Cabinet Card Photos Collage Sheets.

And today! We have a new project (with more new collage sheets) by Jessica!

Aldraths Academy is Jessica’s homage to Hogwarts. Beside loving the overall feel, I love all the distressing she did to the new desk. (Doesn’t look so new now, does it?)

And more scrolls and bundles of paper — the ones topped with pages from the Spell Pages Collage Sheet are so good (and the books with covers from The Vampire Slayer Library Collage Sheet Set look perfectly at home — see the wide photo below with the magnifying glass on the desk).

Is that a new leather chair? (See the close-up below.) Nope. It’s the Black Wingback Chair, painted brown and distressed (great job, Jessica!)

Don’t forget, the Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items SALE announced on Thursday runs through tomorrow night (Monday, February 27th) and that includes the stairs Jessica used in Bartholomew Pendragon’s study and the Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf (shown in that photo with the faux leather chair) from Aldraths Academy. (And 108 other items!!)

So, run off and see bunches more inspiring photos on Jessica’s blog, but don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway!

Hooray for the Aldraths Academy Giveaway!

Beside all the lovely collage sheets by Jessica, I decided to pick out some of the unsung heroes from her project (at least not mentioned above in my introduction).

Here are the collage sheets shown (and in the Giveaway):
– The Vampire Slayer Library Set
– Aldraths Academy
– Antique Maps
– Spell Pages
– Miniature Cabinet Card Photos

And here are the other bits and bobs (and a big thing: the corner room box):
– Tall Bulb Perfume Bottle (did you notice it colored red? Check Jessica’s blog for a quick inking technique)
– Miniature Magnifying Glass
– Fancy Glass Domes – Fluted Glass
– Tiny Cup of Black Coffee
– Stout Kitchen Jar with Lid
– Mini Mason Jars – Set of 3
– 7×7 Corner Room Box

Here is Jessica’s Aldraths Academy supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Jessica used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

To enter the Aldraths Academy 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, February 27, 2017)!

AND tell me: What inspires you most from Jessica’s Aldraths Academy project?

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 the Springy Floral 3D Coach Kit? That would be Dragontears! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, February 26th, 2017

53 responses to “A Homage to Hogwarts and Shrine Sale ends Tomorrow!”

  1. Claire says:

    The corner room box presents so many possibilities!

  2. I love all the details and also I can imagine all the clutter of papers , be just how my office would look like.

  3. Vera Collier says:

    So much detail in the project. i love it. I’m inspired to create a similar look, only in a shadow box that could be hung on the wall.

  4. Pam says:

    I am inspired by the distressing. I distress a lot of other things I create, but ironically I have never created miniatures made to look aged/loved/used. Inspired to do so soon!!

  5. Cheryl Lee says:

    I like the way she distressed all the papers and the furniture! Would make a really cool office! Congrats to Dragontears!

  6. Carla says:

    I love the clutter and the wingback chair!

  7. Jo says:

    i would love to add this type of library to my miniature witch’s house! love the distressing technique!

  8. Barb A says:

    I love to distress things, so this project is right up my alley. Also love to play with alcohol inks. Always amazed at the talented artists who contribute their fabulous projects.

  9. jean marmo says:

    I don’t do enough distressing. This is such a fun project! Love the little jars!

  10. Helen says:

    I love the paper stacks tied with twine and stacked everywhere. The little cup of coffee is wonderful. I would love to win this treasure!


    Libraries and studies are my favorite subject, and I LOVE a good mess!

  12. Parisa Javidi says:

    I would give this to my friend who loves Halloween type miniatures!

  13. Kim R says:

    I love the clutter too! My daughter is a book editor & messy! Lol….this scene would be perfect for her!

  14. Jen R says:

    I love how much detail is in the piece and how it conveys the story so well.

  15. Cherry Koontz says:

    Love the old papers – that would be so useful in just about every project.

  16. Denise Bryant says:

    I’m inspired by her attention to details! Love that desk!

  17. Jennifer J says:

    All the details are amazing. I love the paper stacks

  18. Traci says:

    Love it-looks a lot like my desk but mine has more stuff on it. Great paper stack tutorial-going to use that for my apothecary cabinet. >^..^<

  19. I love Hogwarts and def love these miniatures I would make a diorama out of these items Thank you

  20. Laural says:

    I could see myself in that library/study! Wonderful piece of art!

  21. Noreen says:

    I loved the old books and paper stacks! I would love to have a library just like that.

  22. M. C. Sparks says:

    The shelving with bottles and books and such

  23. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love all the books & papers! Such a cool project!

  24. Angie G says:

    I love everything about this little room but I’m most inspired by all the little things on the shelves. Love the tiny bottles and books. It’s all so beautiful in wonderful, magical way.

  25. Allyson Schmidt says:

    I am amazed to find a store that combines miniatures and paper crafts–my 2 favorite things. I could use these items in Dumledore’s office.

  26. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’m inspired by the messiness of the desk! I love how it looks like someone has *just* left a moment before, and could return anytime. 😀

  27. barb macaskill says:

    I absolutely love the wizard papers! Definitely going to be giving that a try! I love all of the awesome details though and could get into trouble if I won this cool assortment of goodies! macaskillbarbara

  28. Lou Anne says:

    I love all of the details and the cluttered effect. The plants hanging from the cupboard are an excellent touch.

  29. Mary Mac says:

    I love all the miniatures on the desk, especially the mason jars.

  30. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I’m inspired by the all over mess in general. I am reminded of the old UK TV series “Rumsford of the Old Bailey”. In fact, if I were to make such a room, this would be the theme. Must have a large ashtray for the stoggies.

  31. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fabulous miniature scene! I love the way she distressed the desk. I don’t know if I would be brave enough to do that!

  32. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    How delightful…I am ready to do this thing.

  33. Barbara Hayes says:

    This is wonderful! I always planned to to a “corner room” but couldn’t decide on the theme,..til now. A wizard’s library and work room it will be.

  34. Debbie Stine says:

    Teeny Tiny Everything!

  35. Janet T says:

    I love this project! My great niece and nephew are Harry Potter fanaticsand I would love to make them something. I love the stacks of old papers. The detail is amazing.

  36. Judy Burris says:

    The details are fantastic! I would love to incorporate many of these ideas into a mad scientist themed scene. So cool!

  37. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Books, books and more books. One can never have enough books and who doesn’t love a library. This is too awesome.

  38. Nancy E says:

    I love all the books and the attention to detail.

  39. Megan Warren says:

    The desk and all the bits of paper to fill it with.

  40. Katherine Williams says:

    I love the tiny books and bottles. I definitely want to recreate the wizard paper stacks.

  41. Marie Weddle says:

    Would look great with an altered ‘spell book’ attached to the back of the corner box! Love the spell pages…

  42. Mary says:

    The messiness of the desk reminds me of my own when I taught 5th grade science. Her attention to detail is spectacular!

  43. melody says:

    I keep wanting to do something with a cubby above a desk or worktable- so many intriguing details- magic books, mysterious vials, and, it that? Alas! ’tis Poor Yorik!

  44. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I love the desk and the stacks of paper. Well, I actually love the entire thing but those are my favorites.

  45. Lisa R. says:

    The intricacies of this room is inspiring.

  46. michelle says:

    I love this. I love the desk with papers and bottles everywhere.

  47. Eve Watters says:

    So inspiring!! I’d like to make the haunted spooky version, with lots of scrolls full of magic formulas!

  48. Russell L Stone says:

    That little green teapot on the desk made me want to jump up and get out my clay. Truly inspired. 🙂

  49. Peg D says:

    Ha! I love those little colored vials! What a great idea! I also love the stacks of papers all tied up and sealed. I know that wing chair and that leather look is the bomb. All in all the whole thing is brilliant. I will definitely try the alcohol ink on some small bottles I have. I really appreciate the easy to do things that look like they were complicated. This is a great giveaway thank you for the chance to win. I love this !

  50. Patti Gwyn says:

    I love the Hogwarts theme. Harry Potter would definitely be an inspiration. The potion bottles are really cute. Love the scrolls and wax seals on the papers.

  51. Rebecca Russell says:

    All of your little goodies inspire me so much! I really do love the mini spells and the little potion bottles! I Am already coming up with so many magical, mystical ideas!

  52. I love all of your things. Count me in!

  53. LeAnn says:

    The wizard paper stacks.