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Steampunk Telescope, Halloween Mini Book & Christmas Sale

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Steamtown House

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There’s a new Christmas collage sheet sale AND a new FREE holiday tags set, but first…

Wow! What a beautiful telescope! We are winding up the series of newsletters about Laura Carson’s Steamtown House with a telescope (and an elevator).

Beside the overall effect (and the suede-lined seat), I love how Laura used the new Chipboard Compass Set (there, at the base of her telescope… looking much richer than chipboard in metallic gold).

From Laura’s blog post:

Here we are back at the house on Irongate Street for the last segment of the project. Since H.G is a explorer I thought she might explore the stars as well as the planet, to this end I’ve a created telescope that sits on the roof.

On a clear night you can sit in a comfortable chair lined with burgundy suede. Mounted on the base is a chipboard compass which comes in handy for positioning the telescope.

Both the base and the center section independently swivel. (Aside: see the little animations on Laura’s blog of her spinning the telescope!)

Read more (and see TWO video tutorials) on Laura’s blog post.

Wait… what’s this? A lovely teaser for Halloween artwork by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey! More info down in the Giveaway section!


NEW FREE Gift: Mixed Halloween & Christmas Mini Chipboard Tags!

First: I found these cute, miniature chipboard tags (see the wide photos below). There are at least 20 designs in each set (only a few are shown). Who knows what you’ll make with them (decorate them and use as a gift tags? make tiny ornaments for a tiny tree? hang from a garland or banner?)

A mixed set of 4 tags will be sent FREE with every order placed August 24th through 26th (this is short-lived… through Saturday night only).

Second: ALL Christmas Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off, now through Monday Night, August 28th! Wow… this is a big group: Over 100 to choose from… like the Christmas Gnomes and Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Collage Sheets shown above right. Go see them all!


Hooray for the Little Haunted House Book Giveaway!

Did you notice the new colors of Double Dot Vintage Scrapbook Papers announced today (above in the rows of new items). I know that Lora loves this line of papers. So I’m starting the Giveaway list with the 2 I spy in her artwork:
Orange Citrus
Wasabi Green

AND I’m adding a sheet of all 3 of the new ones, too!
Sweet Pear
Red Wine

I’m also including TWO sets of the new Arch Top House Silhouettes!

AND these extra trims:
Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
Creepy Tree – 8 Inch (cut up and used throughout the houses)
Mini Bird Cages Chipboard Set
Tiny Felt Black Bat Stickers

Be sure to stop by Lora’s blog, as she shows how to use linen tape to hinge the house tags into an accordion-fold book.

To enter the Little Haunted House Book 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 25, 2017)!

And tell me: How will you use your 2 sets of Arch Top House Silhouettes? Maybe you’ll make tags or ornaments from the individual houses instead of hinging them into a book? And with all those new red & green papers, maybe you’ll make a Christmas themed 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 Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won The Daystars Giveaway? Michelle! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, August 24th, 2017

56 responses to “Steampunk Telescope, Halloween Mini Book & Christmas Sale”

  1. Kim R says:

    Wow! Love the tag book! since this kit comes with red & green papers, I would make tag ornaments for my xmas tree!

  2. Claire says:

    I’d use the silhouettes to make Christmas ornaments. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  3. Barb macaskill says:

    Laura’s compass creation is out of this world AMAZING! I am totally blown away by how gorgeous it is! Definitely need to try this for myself! TFS! 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

  4. Carol DuBois says:

    I will share one of the house sets with a friend and we will make a little haunted village.

  5. I like the hinge the house tags with the word haunted on it. I will shamelessly copy it.

  6. Bobbie Kangas says:

    I would make special pockets in Halloween theme inside books to hide money for special little goblins who come trick or treating. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Denise says:


  8. Carla says:

    Love the hinged book and the chair!

  9. Barb A says:

    Christmas ornaments for me!

  10. Debbi Decker says:

    Fantastic! Thinking a hinged “Penny Dreadful” mishmash with one set and a hinged “Creepmas” with the second set! Both would look wonderful on the fireplace mantel!

  11. Jean marmo says:

    Another creative project. Living that hinged book. I think ornaments would be fun.

  12. Ronda Liebert says:

    I’d like to make Halloween tags.

  13. LeAnn says:

    I love Laura’s book idea. I would definitely do that.

  14. Bobbie Wheeler says:

    Love it!!! I’m thinking Halloween ornaments or add it to my haunted village

  15. Arminta says:

    I would love to create a Halloween book.

  16. Traci says:

    OMG!!! Laura is so amazing-what a fantastic telescope & what a great display item-so cool. Want it!! >^..^<

  17. Sharon Bolmey says:

    I loved the hinged book, I would definitely make that with a witches ball theme. The projects in the blog post just get better and better! The telescope is amazing!

  18. Kimberly says:

    I love the hindged book idea. I’d like to try something like that or little tombstones

  19. M. C. Sparks says:

    Tags! Love making tags!

  20. Denise Bryant says:

    I love the hinged book! I’d love to try one like that!

  21. Karen says:

    This is my favorite time of the year – Fall and all things Halloween! Love the little book and I WILL make one if I am so lucky to be selected.

  22. Marykay chisum says:

    OHHHH! Two sets! One for santa’s journey through the sky and over the roof tops and one for the ghosties and beasties trick or treat neighborhood!!

  23. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I’ll make witchy triptychs for an upcoming swap….

  24. I love steampunk. I would def make something steampunk with these items if I win

  25. Nancy E says:

    The silhouettes would make great embellishments for tags.

  26. Kitty Tatman says:

    Think i would make a steampunky (is that a word?) Christmas decoration for my Mom’s mantle. So many possibilities!!!

  27. Jan K says:

    I will do a little of Halloween and a little Christmas with them! I’ll probably make a triptych too!

  28. KIM says:

    I would make them into a autumn themed display.

  29. Margot says:

    Love the Halloween book. Think I’ll do that & do Cmas tags w/the other!

  30. Laura says:

    That telescope is amazing! I love Laura’s creations.

    The Halloween book is great too. I think I’d do something similar, but maybe darker and a bit more creepy/gothic.

  31. Emily Ann D. says:

    I don’t often say I’d make the project as shown but I’d make this one! Love it!

  32. Sue Young says:

    Laura!! Dazzling!!!!!
    I would make a Halloween book to sit next to my Witch’s
    I made a few years ago… à la Laura of course!!

  33. Cathy says:

    Halloween is absolutely the best holiday…thanks for a chance to win!

  34. Cathy says:

    I’ll use one set for my own halloween goodness, and give one to a dear friend, who loves halloween equally as much as I do.

  35. K Toews says:

    Diptych sets of saints

  36. Denise Humenik says:

    Beautiful! Hard to improve upon perfection but I like this so much I will do my best to imitate!
    Thanks again for another wonderful opportunity!

  37. Cheryl Lee says:

    Just WOW! Laura’s telescope is beautiful! Reminds me of HG Wells Time Machine. As for the house tags, I would paint each one with tiny, wintery house scenes and make them into Christmas ornaments for one of my Christmas trees. Thanks for the chance!! Congrats to Michelle!

  38. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I actually love the hinged houses and I would do a Halloween themed book. My favorite holiday. Thank you for always sharing such wonderful ideas.

  39. Randi says:

    I would do a Halloween book with my own ghostly images. I cannot get over the telescope. It’s astounding.

  40. What a fantastic project. I would make it more witchy and maybe make them into individual pendants for jewelry.

  41. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to continue the Halloween theme. Would make it look like a walk thru the woods with al the characters you would meet on the way to the haunted house.

  42. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the idea of hinged house books. I would make a Halloween one and a Christmas one!

  43. Jen R says:

    I might hinge then together but I could also use them as fronts on an altered tin. Hmm lots of possibilities.

  44. joann west says:

    oh my what a lovely giveaway this time. I love ALL Halloween things and I would use the houses as a scary village scene.

  45. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Love this Giveaway! I would try using old pictures of my grands in their Halloween costumes.

  46. Janet T says:

    I have many vintage Halloween pictures. I would make a witchy decoration.

  47. I love the little book and would like to make that first. Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. Judy Goodwin says:

    Christmas has always been my favorite holiday but now Halloween is fast beating it out. I just love this stuff – all of it.

  49. Sharon Clabaugh says:

    I would definitely make a book out of them for sure. Love minis.

  50. Kathi Rerek says:

    Fabulous work.

    I’d use them to make a Halloween/Day of the Dead piece.


  51. Rebecca says:

    I would make a gothic fairy book set! Love it! Thank You!

  52. Luanne Shoup says:

    Paper sale? I am on it!

  53. Laural says:

    A hinged baby book

  54. Margaret says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. That telescope is beyond wonderful! Wouldn’t I I’ve to make something like that! I am loving this house more and more. And that elevator!!!! As to the arched silhouettes I have Alice inHalloween Land Graphic 45 paper and I know I would use that within these for a book or banner. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win !

  55. Jessica says:

    I’d make them part of a little village!