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Hooray for More Early Halloween!

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Squeee! Another chance to bring out Halloween early! Beside the fabulous artwork today (by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel) there are also new chipboard bat and spider web borders, and miniature tinsel/fluff in Halloween colors!

Kristin turned the Mini Conservatory Accordion Book into a set of Halloween Row Houses, with their own Halloween matchbox to package them in. Look how cool:

From Kristin’s blog post:

I know Halloween is quite a ways off, but it’s one of my favorite themes to craft for, so when I got the current Alpha Stamps kit and it contained a row of funny little houses, I knew what had to be done.

The houses are quite small, and just so happen to fit in a 3″ by 4″ matchbox, which I also gave a Halloween look. I painted the outer sleeve black and added scrapbook paper and collage sheet images. The black border around the cat is printed on a clear sticker. I left the ends of the inner box plain, to resemble an actual matchbox.

Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win EVERYTHING from Kristin’s supply list! And be sure to visit Kristin blog for more photos and tips.

Hooray for the Halloween Row Houses Giveaway!

I think Kristin gathered images from about 20 Halloween collage sheets for her miniature project (ok, I just counted and it’s actually 9 — but that’s a lot for a little book that’s only 4″ tall)!

EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (14 items!) Here are a few highlights from that multitude of collage sheet images:
Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet (the black cat on the cover of the matchbox)
German Expressionist Horror Collage Sheet (the image behind the black window frame in the right half of the close-up at left… yes, that would be from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
Mini Halloween Costumes Collage Sheet (that fun bee costume on the left side of the same photo; plus the running pumpkin-headed girl on the right side)
B&W Halloween Borders Collage Sheet (the border around the cat on the cover of the matchbox — printed on clear sticker stock)

Click here to see everything in Kristin’s supply list, which is also what’s in today’s Giveaway! Lots more goodies to see (including black lace and Dresden trims)!

Bonus: One of the Paper Flower Nosegay Gift Kits! (I’ll make sure to include some orange and purple colors so it will fit in with a Halloween project.)

To enter the Halloween Row Houses 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, June 25, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail (or panel) from Kristin’s 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

Hey, who won the Hufflepuff Box Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Celia! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 24th, 2018

73 responses to “Hooray for More Early Halloween!”

  1. Rosalyn says:

    Wow! I’m a longtime crafter and lover of Halloween. I’m just getting into doing miniatures and this is SO inspiring!!!

  2. Sharon says:

    Love it all, but have to call out the woman in a bee costume!

  3. Pauline says:

    It’s hard to pick just one. I love HALLOWEEN so I like them all.

  4. Patti Swartz says:

    This is so cool! I love the panel with the witch and says trick or treat. Gonna order it all but will try my luck winning first!

  5. Jo says:

    I love Halloween! This accordion book is awesome! I would love to make one!

  6. Sharon Bolmey says:

    I love this project, thanks for posting it earl so I can make one of these for all my friends! My favorite panel is the big smiley moon over the little pumpkin girl!
    Sharon 🙂

  7. Anita Hoonhout says:

    I’ll love Halloween!I can’t pick one item, I’ll love all the pages! Wonderful made!!

  8. rose says:

    Halloween, the happiest time of the year!

  9. LeAnn Aagard says:

    It’s never too early for Halloween. My favorite detail are the little bats.

  10. rose says:

    Halloween, the happiest time of the year and I love the Moon House.

  11. KIM says:

    Love anything vintage Halloween,
    no mater how small.

  12. Nadine says:

    Love the bat detail!

  13. Karen Crawford says:

    Kristin has a special way with her 3d layouts, it makes all those awesome vintage Halloween images come to life! LOVE!!

  14. Marilyn Ray says:

    Gotta love the “bee” girl. But I think that my favorite is the last panel. It looks to me like a cabin in the woods, possibly haunted. With bats and pumpkins all about.

  15. Nancy O says:

    Love the matchbox cover – printing the frame on clear sticker material is genius.

  16. P Flasch says:

    Isn’t vintage Halloween the best? I really love the box, but my favorite is the last page with the bat and jack o lanterns. I have already started my Halloween crafting, and I can always find inspiration at Alpha Stamps!

  17. Jan Gray says:

    I finally narrowed it down to three favorites: the lady in the bee costume, the black cat cover and the full moon! I couldn’t choose just one. I’ve fallen in love with this project!! You go, Kristin!

  18. Diana bittaker says:

    Just love the bee lady – i think i need that paper! This gives me so m any ideas for making my Halloween party invites!

  19. Spooky vintage Halloween, love the little bats!

  20. Sandie says:

    Just love it. Can’t think of anything I would change.

  21. Sandra Manring says:

    Will go perfectly in my Halloween box I am making

  22. Love Halloween I love the panel with the pumpkin head sticking out

  23. Teri Steele says:

    This made my heart happy this morning. I am ready for fall. I very much would like to make one like this. Loved the conservatory but even more so now.

  24. Robin says:

    I love miniatures and I love Halloween. I also LOVE Alpha stamps as it provides me with both Mini’s and Halloween and high quality items that you don’t find anywhere else. Thank you Alpha Stamps

  25. Gail Shenberger says:

    The big smiley moon would have to be my favorite!

  26. Sharon E Dean says:

    I was just thinking the other day if it was a bit too soon to start my Halloween projects, I do primitive crafts. And, voila! Here it is in my inbox!! I’m always finding something new and creepy in your Halloween projects, but the panel with the pumpkin head child, stealing away with the black cat….oooh, that’s really spooky!!! Cabinet of Dr. Caligari? Wow, gonna have to check that one out!!!

  27. Kathleen Brandt says:

    Your ideas are wonderful. I love that it all fit into a little box. Oh the thoughts I am having

  28. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think my favorite panel has to be the lady in the bee costume. She’s adorable!

  29. Traci says:

    I love the box-being a cat person I was immediately drawn to the box and fell in love. The whole thing is cute but love the halloween cat on the box. I am now buying what I don’t already have and making my own. >^..^<

  30. Lisa Friloux says:

    How beautiful! I love it all but I love the panel with the lady in the bee costume! I saw a costume like that on pinterest and I just may have to make one! Awesome job Kristen

  31. Jen R says:

    I love them all but I’m particular to that Mr. Moon!

  32. Sheila AR says:

    What a fun neighborhood! Kristen always has a way of designing color and pattern to make a really amazing and pleasing project. I love all the details and the ways the colors and shapes complement each other. Fitting it in that cute custom box is the frosting on the cake. As to picking a fave panel, it would have to be that cheery Moonman.

  33. Catharine McCammon says:

    I love the wide hips on the Bee Lady! Looks like me in my costume. I think my grandbaby will agree! We’ll piece the project together…together and EAT more candy!

  34. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Definitely the Bee Lady. However. I love the black cat on the cover of the box.

  35. Bonnie Baity says:

    I love miniatures and always do a Halloween project for my daughters. This would be perfect!

  36. Celia says:

    Well first would be the black cat and next the big smiling moon…but do love it all…I am big Halloween fan…

  37. Carla says:

    Love anything Halloween! And vintage is a plus!

  38. Emily Dale says:

    The moon!

  39. Lorna E. says:

    Love this project! Hard to choose between the cat on the box and the moon panel but I love how the moon peeks over the roof when the book is closed so I gotta go with the moon.

  40. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the whole project but my favorite image is the scared pumpkin head girl looking thru the window!

  41. Peggy says:

    I didn’t realize it fit in a matchbox! It is hard to pick one think that I like the best. I love that big moon face and the retro Halloween images. And the black cat with his ‘unlucky’ number. I have to make one of these.

  42. Rebecca R. says:

    I love the Black cat Tarot-inspired cards!

  43. Barb A says:

    I love it all, no way to pick a favorite thing. I really love all of the “looking thru the windows” panels!

  44. Lynn Fox says:

    I simply love Halloween!!!! The moon is my favorite!

  45. I love it all, going to try and make a similar one with the larger row of houses. Just beautiful!

  46. nancy a. taylor says:

    I love it all but the magic carpet pumpkin panel makes me smile.

  47. Lorin S. says:

    Oh this is so much fun! It is too hard to pick a favorite but I am a sucker for big grinning moons and pumpkin girls. I just love Halloween and am getting started early too!

  48. Malinda R. says:

    My favorite is the pumpkin on the swing. How cute is that?

  49. Marykay chisum says:

    I love the big moon panel!

  50. Congrats Celia! Love the whole thing. I think the the dark colors of the 3 window house beside the light colors of the moon house really compliment each other. Love the black cat also. Thanks for the chance to win.

  51. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    I love Halloween! The two end panels are my favorites .. But if those the witch & black cat win. Cats before bats always lol.

  52. Judy Goodwin says:

    I can’t choose which one I like the best. That big full moon pops out but the others are just as fine.

  53. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love all the windows!!! This is my favorite holiday ! I really love the black cat cover!!! So awesome!

  54. Janet Turner says:

    This looks like such a great, fun project. I love the giant moon looking down on all he festivities.

  55. Nancy E says:

    Looks like a great project to tackle!

  56. Nan N. says:

    I love the 2 “pumpkin head kid” panels (the one with the moon on top & the one with the skull on top)!

  57. Jaimi B says:

    I absolutely love the kitschy black cat on the front of the box and that big, happy moon!

  58. Roe says:

    I love the little girl looking up at that huge full moon.

  59. Jackie says:

    My favourite part is the queen bee.

  60. Jean Marmo says:

    This is such fun! Love all the great details!

  61. Lorna sommer says:

    I love to craft for Halloween also! I loved the detail on the first house, but think my fav is the big happy moon house! Hard to decide they’re all so great

  62. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Everything is in such perfect harmony it’s hard to choose a favorite. I love that it all fits as snug as a big in a rug in the matchbox. 💘 💘 💘

  63. Mary Mac says:

    The Bee costume is my favorite.

  64. Rhonda S says:

    I love, love anything vintage Halloween. I like how its whimsical yet creepy at the same time.

  65. Angie M says:

    Love love love Halloween! I can’t pick a favorite, but the smiling moon is fantastic

  66. Laura callies says:

    Picking one panel is hard, but the 31 really caught my attention. This is amazing!

  67. Kathy Toews says:

    I love them all, but my fav is the last one.

  68. Peggy Manning says:

    I love it all because Halloween is my favorite but the accordion book is fabulous. That’s what I would make. BE AWARE you have 2 Peggys. PeginOKC. Pick this one !!!

    Is this still in my previously paid kit subscription?? If not please advise so I can order stuff.

  69. Susan S says:

    I really like the black cat cover and the last page that looks like a cabin with bats!

  70. Karen S says:

    HALLOWEEN my favorite themed project. After the conservatory this is a plus plus. Bring on the Black Cats.

  71. Angela C says:

    I love the whole project, but my favorite is the little girl with big pumpkin head (both) and the black cat with great border on front of the matchbox. Big moon face is wonderful also!

  72. Gerri says:

    Wonderful projects for my favorite holiday, Halloween!

  73. Randi says:

    Halloween is never too early or too late for me. I love this!!. Probably would keep most of it the same, just would change a couple of things