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A Haunted Halloween Surprise Box by Kristin Batsel!

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Design Team Member Kristin Batsel is back with another wonderful Halloween project! (“Back” cuz she made 3 little Halloween shrines featured in last Sunday’s newsletter.)

I love this mash-up of the Double Explosion Box from the July kit with this month’s Halloween theme!

Here’s some text from Kristin’s blog post:

I don’t know about you, but if someone gave me a beautifully wrapped little gift that had a tag proclaiming it “haunted”, I might think twice about opening it up. It’s so tempting, though. I do love Halloween, and look how fun that bow is… [Psst.. see below for another photo showing the box all closed up.]

But beware! This is not an ordinary box, it’s an exploding box straight from Alpha Stamps. Once you lift the lid, the sides of the box slowly open, and you see exactly what’s doing the haunting.

Yikes! It appears to be a forgotten cemetery, and one of the grave’s occupants seems to be clawing his way up from underground. I cut those hands off of an unfortunate plastic skeleton.

The chipboard tombstones were painted in mottled black, grey and white acrylic paints, and then embellishments were added: a silver medal flower on the cross, some rub on scrolly lines and a painted RIP on the rounded stone, and a silver skull charm, also painted, on the pointed headstone. Some tiny bats, cut out of a chipboard border, fly overhead. A spooky skull has also made an appearance.

Read more in Kristin’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for another photo and a special drawing prize)!

New Halloween Goodies!

Tons of Dresden Trims Back in Stock!

Hooray for the Halloween Essentials Giveaway!

Here’s that promised photo showing Kristin’s Haunted Halloween Surprise Box all closed up (and decorated so fancy)!

There’s a special Giveaway today: one of the Vintage Halloween Collector’s Essential Kits! The 12×12 plaid scrapbook paper in it is very close to the plaid Kristin used on her box.

AND this kit is HUGE:
– 8 sheets of double-sided 12″ x 12″ cardstock paper plus 4 sheets of double-sided element pieces on cardstock (not pre-cut) (so 12 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock),
– one roll of 15mm wide washi tape,
– one 12″ x 12″ sheet with 55 cardstock stickers,
– one set of “bits & pieces die cuts” (65 pieces) and
– one 6″ x 12″ sheet of chipboard stickers (37 pieces).

More photos are on the Vintage Halloween Collector’s Essential Kit page.

BONUS: just cuz I love them so much: I’m also including one of the new Black Ouija Board Planchette Pendants!

To enter the Halloween Essentials 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 10, 2018).

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 Nature’s Anthology Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Rebecca R! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, September 9th, 2018

89 responses to “A Haunted Halloween Surprise Box by Kristin Batsel!”

  1. Honey says:

    How awesome. I’m loving the new Halloween goodies

  2. beth Jones says:

    Such unique items!~!

  3. Ann F. says:

    The little Ouija Board is adorable. I love Halloween and would love the chance to win.

  4. Barb A says:

    Rhe wrapped box is so pretty, love it! And the wonderful surprise inside is awesome!

  5. Anne says:

    Love the way she wrapped the box!

  6. Lou Conaway says:

    Love that little Ouija board planchette!

  7. Debbi Decker says:

    Oh! I LOVE exploding boxes. This would be so much fun!!!

  8. Judy Goodwin says:

    WOW! I love everything about this project. Great Halloween project and spooky graveyard.

  9. I love the box and especially love Halloween

  10. Pauline M. says:

    OMG THAT IS SO WONDERFUL. I would put it with my cemetery project. It would fit perfect.

  11. KIM says:

    Halloween exploding box awesome idea.

  12. Jackie says:

    that is the perfect idea for a little cloche. Thank you.

  13. Kim R says:

    Spooktacular! Gruesomely divine!

  14. Sharon Bolmey says:

    I love this Halloween project! I think I would turn the exploding box into a Witch’s Ball.
    Alpha Stamps had a Witches Ball ATC swap a few years back and I love that theme! Happy Halloween everyone!

  15. Winnie says:

    That is so cute I would love make one!

  16. Jen R says:

    Spooktacular planchet!

  17. LeAnn Aagard says:

    This is the coolest thing ever!

  18. Blair says:

    My favorite time of year- The projects are cute and creepie.

  19. Sandra Bolliger says:

    This is really cute. Loves the goodies.

  20. Linda Blakesley says:

    I love the box! Halloween decorations are the best. I make some every year and send to my sisters and nieces.

  21. Terri Scalise Hamm says:

    My favorite holiday…what a treat these boxes are…can’t wait to try this technique…thanks for sharing!

  22. Carol Fagg says:

    Wow – awesome project ! xx

  23. Jess Moore says:

    Such an awesome box!! Love it!!

  24. Debora L. says:

    Love the Ouija planchet. 🙂

  25. Jo says:

    the surprise box is so cute! AND it’s time for Halloween!! 🙂

  26. Love the Halloween exploding box! Perfect addition to my Halloween

  27. Noreen says:

    What a fun box! I love all the tiny Halloween goodies!

  28. Jennie Ingram says:

    OMG, the box is fantastic! But I am crazy about the pendant too!

  29. Teri Steele says:

    I Love this box!!I have been searching all month for Halloween papers seems this year all the paper companies seemed to have forgotten Halloween this year. So sad…This is just what I need to make to cheer me up!!

  30. Cat Insley says:

    I am so in awe of the creativity in your posts!!!! Big hug to all the artists, cat

  31. OMG what an amazing giveaway! Halloween is my fav hope I win! That pendant is to die for!

  32. SusanB says:

    Love the planchette, love the box. Inspires me to do a tarot reader’s box for my tarot table at parties.

  33. Dawn says:

    Awesome giveaway ❤️

  34. Denise Bryant says:

    What a fun Halloween scene! Love Kristin’s project! Halloween is my favorite papercrafting occasion!

  35. Nadine says:

    Halloween is so much fun! Lots of great inspiration!

  36. Dianna says:

    Love the creativity. Love Halloween! Love to win!

  37. Sherie says:

    This surprise box looks like a lot of fun to make. I love Halloween🎃

  38. BarbMac Vt says:

    Love the Oujia board planchette and the resin tombstones! Kristin did an amazing job making her Halloween surprise box! It is wrapped up so beautifully! So many little details to See! TFS!
    Congratulations to Rebecca on winning the last giveaway! Enjoy!

  39. says:

    I have to admit that I was not in love with the explosion boxes….until NOW. This box is so awesome, I now have to make one! Great inspiration.

  40. M. C. Sparks says:

    Love the Halloween stuff…wanna make a Halloween explosion box!

  41. Anita Hoonhout says:

    WOW! I’ll love Halloween!!
    Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful kit!

  42. I love Halloween so much, my living room is done in Halloween all year long! Yes, I would love all this Halloween stuff!

  43. Rebecca R. says:

    Thank you so much guys! Im so excited! 🙂 Its so nice and generous of you to do these wonderful and inspiring give-aways! I am truly so Grateful! Thank You! I love the Ouija charm! So cool!

  44. Laura B says:

    Loving all the new Halloween!

  45. Leah Strong says:

    I love Halloween!

  46. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    I would love to win this as halloween is my favorite holiday and I love surprise boxes….

  47. Celia says:

    The Halloween paper collection is Awsome!

  48. Pauline p. says:

    The Halloween box is soooo neat. Wish I had seen it before my Granddaughter’s B-Day
    next week. I love Halloween.

  49. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is so cute?!!!! I love Halloween!

  50. Sheila AR says:

    I love exploding boxes! Think of all you could make with this amazing kit of Halloween paper goodies…my mind is exploding

  51. Deborah Thomas says:

    Exploding boxes and Halloween! What a fun project!

  52. Karen Mallory says:

    Love Halloween! What a fantastic exploding box and creepy center!

  53. Laura N says:

    Hooray for Halloween! What a great use of the exploding box!

  54. Carla says:

    Love, love, love he Halloween box!

  55. Emily Ann N. says:

    Halloween!!! YAY!!!

  56. Janet Turner says:

    I always think that Summer is my favorite season, but when Fall comes I love everything about it- especially Halloween. What a delightful project!

  57. Judith Kirchner says:

    I love all these ideas and wonder why I can never come up with anything this creative.

  58. Sandie says:

    All I can say is “WOW” what a giveaway.
    This will make one lucky person very happy.

  59. Cherylle says:

    Gorgeous! I wish I were as creative as all these designers! The only way for me to be successful with creativity is to buy a kit and follow instructions!

  60. Randi says:

    How cute is this. Love all the Halloween items, it is my favorite holiday!!!

  61. Jean Marmo says:

    Such an amazing project! Loving those leaves and looking forward to ours in Michigan being that color!

  62. Bridget Haig says:

    love making these kinds of little graveyards. fun fun fun

  63. Diana bittaker says:

    Absolutely love the surprise Halloween box!! Perfect gift

  64. Evleta Gruber says:

    “I LOVE” exploding boxes. This would be so much fun to make. What a great idea.

  65. Congrats Rebecca! Love the Halloween kit goodies and the great explosion project. Thank you for one of my favorite give aways this year.

  66. Nancy Penir says:

    Halloween delight! the box is such a fun way to surprise. Would love to win this!

  67. Gay says:

    Halloween has always been one of my favorite fun times!
    Love all the goodies

  68. Monica Gabehart says:

    This is awesome!

  69. Wendy King says:

    I absolutely love Halloween!! I think I might just start keeping some of my Halloween decorations out all year. This exploding box is going to be one of them. I just love the ribbon!

  70. Loving the Halloween goodies, such cute ideas!

  71. Catherine R Hanson says:

    I love all of the Halloween goodies. Can’t wait to get started on my ‘spooky’ projects.

  72. Daphne says:

    What a great Halloween “gift!” Love the project, especially the skeleton trying to escape!

  73. Traci says:

    Great box love the hands coming up. Also love the giveaway-fantastic paper collection.

  74. Ann Pierce says:

    How fun!

  75. Marykay chisum says:

    Ohhhhhh! Halloween! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

  76. Mary Mac says:

    Love making explosion boxes. This is the first Halloween one that I have seen and Love it.

  77. Nancy E says:

    I’ve never made an explosion box. What a great way to start!

  78. Rhonda S says:

    I love everything. Those day of the dead buttons could really dress up a cardigan. so cool

  79. Michelle G says:

    I love Halloween! This explosion box is amazing! I have never done one, but am now thinking I may have to try a Halloween one.

  80. Catharine says:

    Oooooooo I’d make little surprise boxes for my four grand babies when they come to haunt! And yes…I’d include candy! Adorable

  81. Michele says:

    Love it!! I can think of so many cool projects with these images and pages!

  82. Halloween projects get my creative juices flowing

  83. Michelle M says:

    WOW! What a great giveaway! I’m a huge Halloween fan and this box of goodies is a dream come true. Thank you for the opportunity!

  84. Donna Kottcamp says:

    Love cemeteries…so peaceful!

  85. Chris Hoffman says:

    Luv the Hlwn surprise box & new Ouija planchette.

  86. Jeanine says:

    Love the Halloween paper! Looking for a Fall project to use with my exploding boxes. This one would be a real treat (pun intended)!

  87. Sharon Phillips says:

    Wow! Love it!

  88. geri says:

    Trick or treat…
    pick me! pick me!

  89. Bibbet Robison says:

    The Black Ouija Board Planchette Pendant is purrrfect for a Halloween swap I’m in! Love it all!!