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The Daystars & a bit like Autumn

Filed under Art Projects, Cards & Constellations Kit, Giveaways, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Shannon Cooper

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 It’s feeling a bit like fall today… new items with warm colors, some Halloween items, and some adorable 1:12 scale pieces of unfinished furniture just begging to be finished and decorated for a dining room.

But first: The Daystars by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana (cards with my favorite blue and gold palette) and part 2 of the tutorial by Shannon Cooper from Thursday’s newsletter!

Oh, and a reminder about the current FREE gift and collage sheet sale (both ending tomorrow night, August 21st) are below.

Aren’t Nichola’s cards beeeeautiful!? They look so rich… and made from chipboard, paper and a bit of paint!

As Nichola mentions in her blog post:
I kept this project super simple. I just covered the cards in scrapbook paper and used a stamp and gold embossing powered to add a smidge of interest. Then, fussy cut elements and added the top frame (which I painted prior to gluing into place).

More from Nichola’s post:

This month’s kit is Cards & Constellations. Rather than a ‘wish-upon-a-star’ goodie goodie piece, I was smitten with these devilish fellows.

I’d like to imagine that these plucky little night devils would conspire, and try to plot a way to continue to shine after the sun rose. That they would want to be ‘Daystars.’

Read more in Nichola’s blog post, and see the Giveaway below for more info on the supplies (and how to win them)!

Now for something completely different…

From Thursday’s loverly project by Shannon Cooper, here’s part 2 of her tutorial (this one is for making the mattress for the bed, but be sure to check out the first part for the how-to on making the bed itself… yes, with the same Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card that Nichola used for 2 of her 4 cards).


FREE Gift: Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet!

I was inspired by Shannon’s Witch’s Bed and Table (with a tiny bedside table in a witch’s room — see the wide photo below or more info in Thursday’s blog post) so I’ve not only made a new mini collage sheet, but have also put ALL Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday Night!

First: the new Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet: Make some tiny props for a Halloween scene, in 1:12 scale. See the Miniature Fairy Godmother Magazines Collage Sheet for pages you can use inside magazines made with these covers (plus a tutorial from Nichola on making miniature magazines)!

The new collage sheet will be sent FREE with every order placed August 17th through 21st. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file.

Second: the Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets sale: there’s a little overlap with the recent Mythology Collage Sheets sale, but many of these are not in that category — and used in Shannon’s artwork. On sale for 50% off now through Monday, August 21st! Over 40 to choose fromgo see them all!


Hooray for The Daystars Giveaway!

Yes! Here’s all the goodies from Nichola’s The Daystars cards to start off today’s Giveaway:
Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card (I’m including TWO)
Stars Playing Card (I’m including TWO)
El Diablo Cards Collage Sheet
Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper
Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper (used on the backs of the cards)

Bonus #1: One of the new Unfinished Wooden Coffin Trays! What? I didn’t see those! It’s true, there are lots of new goodies today, and not everything made its way into the “new items” section above! You can see all the new items here.

Bonus #2:Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet

To enter The Daystars 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, August 21, 2017).

And tell me: What will you make from the supplies from Nicola’s Daystar cards? And will you mix them with the Unfinished Wooden Coffin Tray or use the tray in another 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 Witch’s Bed Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be LeAnn! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, August 20th, 2017

34 responses to “The Daystars & a bit like Autumn”

  1. I love the bed in this I probably would make a shadow box with all of these items

  2. Susan says:

    Oh the bed! How about a haunted nursery!

  3. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the Daystars cards! I’d use them on Halloween cards! And that coffin tray is awesome… I’d use it on my desk to hold some odds ‘n ends… paper clips, rubber bands, etc!

  4. Carla says:

    I’d have to use this in my haunted house

  5. Barb A says:

    I can see the coffin in a miniature Halloween scene….all decked out &a full if ice to hold all the wonderful edible Halloween treats & drinks!

  6. Emily N. says:

    Love those cards! I’d make some cool pictures.. collages with pics of my ancestors.

  7. KIM says:

    I’d make Halloween cards
    Also have a little plastic skeleton sitting in the coffin filled with treats.

  8. Sharon says:

    I am so in love with this idea. My son had better watch out for his Majic cards, wouldn’t they be great to use here! Thank you for the brilliant idea!

  9. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I’d make a set of Tarot-like cards. Maybe my favorite from the Major Arcana.

  10. Catharine McCammon says:

    Why of course! Following the eclipse I’d like to create a naughty tribute to help put eclipse ideas to bed for some time! Thank you!

  11. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow. Another creative project.. loving this bed”

  12. Randi says:

    I love the Daystar cards. I have a changeable banner over the bed in the guest room. So far, Halloween, Easter and Birds themes. These four cards with the one from this months kit could be made into a special banner. I’ve got lots of ideas for it. The coffin tray will be something cool, but I don’t know what yet.

  13. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Not exactly sure how I might use these wonderful items. Getting them laid out in front of me would surely inspire with so many ideas it would be hard to choose which one. Great Giveaway!

  14. Lorna E. says:

    I love Nicola’s cards, they look fantastic! I think I’d combine both ideas in today’s post and make a devilish bedroom scene using the playing card elements to create a wall poster and either have the coffin as a bed or use it as a closet (complete with skeleton).

  15. Traci says:

    Nicola has great ideas she is always very creative. She did an awesome job fussy cutting they look perfect. >^..^<

  16. Jo says:

    I love all of these pieces! The cards are awesome – the instructions for the little mattress is wonderful! I love the college sheets – so many ideas! Thanks for having this blog!,

  17. Rebecca says:

    Thank You so much for always doing such Amazing giveaways! I would make a Enchanted Underworld Tarot!

  18. Jen R says:

    I love her cards. I might try them out perhaps as part of a tarot deck. The coffin is definitely for my dollhouse!

  19. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    The cards are pretty awesome. I’d definitely use them as Halloween cards. Beautiful work.

  20. itsmebarbj says:

    I love it all!! especially the mattress and all the cards…great for a set of Tarot cards

  21. Mary Mac says:

    I would make Halloween Tarot cards with these beauties.

  22. Marilyn Ray says:

    Love the el diablo collage sheets. I really want to make the cards like you have done.

  23. Angie Bowling says:

    Making Halloween cards is what I would do with all those goodies. And I would give the coffins tray to my daughter. Her birthday is in October and I always try to give her something kind of Haloweeny.

  24. Carol Slowik says:

    Oh yes, the coffin needs to become a cabinet with shelves! I would love to repeat Nicola”s Daystar idea for the cards!

  25. Nancy Anderson-TAylor says:

    I don’t know what I would do with these items, should I win. I want to look at them and fondle them first! I love these items….all of the.

  26. Barb macaskill says:

    The unfinished coffin tray would be used to serve hors d’ourves and canapés at the annual Halloween garden party! Love all the new stuff in the shop! Budget be damned! TFS!

  27. Marykay chisum says:

    I’m in the process of making a haunted graveyard inside a small wooden art case. I think the cards would look great on tombstones or as statuary and the coffin would be for a fresh burial

  28. Michelle says:

    I love all of these items. Not sure what I would make but Im sure inspiration wouldn’t take long with such awesome items!

  29. Nancy E says:

    I really love the little bed. So many decorating possibilities!

  30. Margaret says:

    I love these cards! I would definitely make some Halloween cards but I am hoping that you will have some Christmas collage that will fit these frames. I need a St Nick , Krampus and some Christmas Carol ghosts.

  31. I love miniature beds. The cards are really awesome.

  32. sheila AR says:

    I am over the moon with these new cards you have (see what I did there 😉 ! They are so elegant and the frame makes whatever you choose to showcase inside instantly special. I love the Tarot-esqueness of the frames with the images. I would take the Stars and Webs in the giveaway and do two Gents like Nichola’s (Genius!!) and two mysterious Ladies to go with them. The coffin will be a holder for the cards somehow, I will dress that up too. So excited, I love these products and those deep blue papers!

  33. K Toews says:

    I would make pinup girls and use the coffin for something else.

  34. Roe says:

    I would use the cards to make mini shrines of my great nieces in their Halloween costumes