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A Spring Hen House and a Forsaken Cemetery

Filed under Back in Stock, Els Schutte, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Sale, Spring Farmhouse Kit

Wow! Another newsletter with a wide variety of projects! Let’s start with:

A Spring Hen House by Design Team Member Els Schutte

As this is the first project by Els, let’s start with a bit from her bio:

My name is Els Schutte and as long as I can remember I have been creative; in 2013 my husband and I moved from the Netherlands to Canada. In the Netherlands I had my own craft store, where I taught several classes each week. Here in Canada I also have a craft store where I teach scrapbooking classes, in addition to designing cards, digital layouts, mini-albums and altered items by special request.

Welcome aboard, Els!

We’re revisiting the March Spring Farmhouse Kit today with a project by new Design Team Member Els Schutte. Beside a totally cute little scene with chickens, note that Els made an accordion album, too — and a roof for the house on the left that hides the album when it’s inside!

(See my photo at left for the building on the left with the roof taken off? That album sitting in front of the house can fit inside and be hidden when the roof is on the house. Plus the bottom of the photo shows a work-in-progress of using seam binding to hinge the album pages together as an accordion book.)

Plus Els made a second, bigger house in the same style with a window cut-out sized for one of the windows from the Mini House Doors & Windows set… see the small photo at right for an optional view with a light inside!

More details I’m fond of:
– The little walkway she made for the chickens (house on the right)
– Using an unpainted Cast Metal Rooster as the weather vane
– Making a tiny, 3D windowbox for the pink flowers (house on the left)
– Overlapping distressed strips of scrapbook paper for the roof shingles

Here’s a link to all the supplies Els used.

Ooh! Do you remember the fab Forsaken Cemetery (shown at right and a wider photo below) by Design Team Member Laura Carson? This is a slightly long story, but I thought to revisit it today for 2 reasons…

First, we have a NEW (revised version) of the Stairstep Shrine Base that is made to fit the Arched Shrine Shadowbox that Laura used (see that angel statue at right… in the shrine with the wrought iron gates askew). And how often is a new & improved version cheaper? 🙂

Second, a couple items in Laura’s supply list just came back in stock:
Antique Bronze Skull Connector (used as part of the chains/closure on the front gate of the cemetery… see the close-up on the right side of the wide photo below)
Tiny Bronze Pad Locks (also used to lock that same gate)

AND not in this particular project but a bunch more Halloween-themed charms are also back in stock:
10mm Antique Gold Pumpkin Charms
Antique Bronze Owl Charms
Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charms
Pewter Dancing Skeleton Charm
Pewter Spider Charm
3D Bat Bail
Pewter Wizard Hat Charm

Which is why…

ALL Halloween Charms ON SALE – 40% off!

This is a big group: 35 items, including all those back in stock items I just mentioned!

The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, April 5th.

Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

Back to Laura’s artwork: you can read more in the original post about the Forsaken Cemetery project.

All this talk about revisiting the Forsaken Cemetery leads me to the…

Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway!

I’ve picked out a few items from Laura’s large-ish Forsaken Cemetery supply list:
Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Stairstep Shrine Base (the new version!)
Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet
Antique Bronze Skull Connector
Tiny Bronze Pad Locks

To enter the Forsaken Cemetery 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 Night, April 5, 2019).

And what are you going to make?

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 Alice Accordion Book Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Gail S! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, April 4th, 2019

56 responses to “A Spring Hen House and a Forsaken Cemetery”

  1. Pauline Martin says:

    I love anything Halloween. It will b so fun doing this my way.

  2. Jen R says:

    I love these! Always in the mood for spooky

  3. Bonnie Moran says:

    Soooooooooo spooky!!!! Love it!

  4. Rhonda S says:

    Thank you for not “Forsaking” us. Its never to early for Halloween.

  5. Ann F. says:

    Both the Hen House and the Cemetery are awesome!!

  6. Debora L. says:

    I love the shrine! I’ve been wanting to do something like this.

  7. LeAnn Aagard says:

    Love the forsaken cemetery. I would make one for myself.

  8. DeniseHumenik says:

    Creeeepy!! Love it!! Want it!! 😀

  9. Would love to make a scary cemetery scene

  10. Dianna says:

    I love to sneak Halloween artwork in all year. It would be amazing if I could win the Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway! I would like to make a cemetery next to a haunted house.

  11. Nancy O says:

    Such a fun give-away. Would go great with the mausoleum kit I need to finish.

  12. Kat Cashwell says:

    Halloween in March – sweet!!! I would make a cemetery to go with all my other creepy Halloween projects!

  13. Kathy Toews says:

    I love the old cemetery look. Maybe a voodoo cemetery?

  14. jackie says:

    I love abandoned places and an abandoned cemetery is the best.

  15. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    You had me at that tiny lock!!

  16. Celia says:

    Hen house is so cleaver! Love that you are giving a spring and a Halloween…..never too early to start.

  17. Nadine says:

    Oh Yes, I definitely want to make something spooky!

  18. Jaimi B says:

    The hen house is beautiful! I don’t know how I missed the cemetery the first time around, but I love it! I want to make one of my own for Halloween.

  19. Jean Marmo says:

    What a darling hen house! So creative!!

  20. Sylvia L says:

    I definitely remember the Forsaken cemetery… my favorite project ever-so mournful & hauntingly beautiful. I would try to make a similar one.

  21. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I’m up for Halloween any time of year!

  22. Margery McInerny says:

    I loved this art by Laura. It would be great to win this.

  23. Jo says:

    OMG – i LOVE LOVE LOVE the Forsaken Cemetery!! So cool and creepy! The spring hen house is adorable, too!

  24. Laural says:

    Ghosts, Goblins and Halloween..never to early to prepare..I adore all of Laura’s work and have attempted a few, Awesome Giveaway

  25. Anne Williamson says:

    My forsaken cemetery would be dedicated to justice and integrity since the current occupant of the White House has destroyed both.

  26. Kitty Tatman says:

    Laura always amazes!! I say let’s Halloween ALL YEAR LONG! 😁🎃♥️

  27. Dawn says:

    In Love with that cemetery!

  28. Karen Mallory says:

    Love that chicken house. So cute! I always love Laura’s projects. Have always wanted to make the cemetery! So that is what I would do!!

  29. Brian Hughes says:

    Halloween is in my blood…I do it all year…love this. Thank you Alphastamps

  30. Judith Kirchner says:

    LOVE IT! Spring time is the perfect time to think about Halloween, right??

  31. Denise Bryant says:

    LOVE this cemetery scene! This would be so fun to put together! Right up my alley and I’d love to make this!
    The hen house is adorable too!

  32. Linda Strickland says:

    I’m so in love with miniatures

  33. karen young says:

    Love that chicken house, Love the cemetery as well. This would look great around my witches shoe house. Love all the miniature projects you’ve been showing.

  34. brae says:

    Love Halloween, and the hen house is super cute!

  35. Megan Warren says:

    Love the cemetery, this is amazing.

  36. Linda Blakesley says:

    I love Halloween! Bring it on…..!

  37. Catharine McCammon says:

    Never to early for Halloween. Will have fun making a graveyard for candy! Grandbaby will love it. Will eat it all.

  38. trudy a widner says:

    Halloween!! Favorite Holiday! Ghosts, Witches, Pumpkins, Bats, Skellies and Spiders!

  39. Erin Gardner says:

    Halloween spooky projects are my jam

  40. Judy Adamcyk says:

    The cemetary is where my husband took me on our first date 47 yrs ago.

  41. Carla M says:

    The hen house is adorable….and anything Halloween is great!

  42. Judy Goodwin says:

    The hen house is cute (although that’s a cow on the front) but I love going through old cemeteries. They are so interesting and serene.

  43. Barbara A says:

    Halloween in April….awesome! Love it.

  44. Amy says:


  45. Cat Insley says:

    First, I have to say how clever that hen house is!!!! So cute!
    And I’d love to get started on my graveyard scene. Love it all.

  46. Diane says:

    Since I finally made it through ghostmore manor I guess I will need a cemetery…..

  47. Lea Cook says:

    Awesome goodies as always!

  48. Carol Slowik says:

    Welcome Els! Love the Hen House! I believe I would have to get started making a Pet Cemetery.

  49. Karen Crawford says:

    The Forsaken Cemetery is one of my absolute favorites from Laura Carson, it is awesome! She’s too talented for one person!! Thanks for this opportunity.

  50. Michelle G says:

    The Hen house is really adorable! And the Forsaken Cemetery is fantastic! I love it. I love the tiny skull connectors and padlocks! So much yummy creepiness going on!

  51. ricki walker says:

    It’s never too early to start on those Halloween projects! Love this!

  52. Nancy E says:

    Very unique project!

  53. BarbMac Vt says:

    OMG! I am totally in love with both of these but the Chicken Coop by Els is magical! Fabulisciousness! I would definitely be recreating it with my own spin on it! TFS!
    Congratulations Gail enjoy your prize Package!

  54. Karen S says:

    Cool! I can getting the supplies together for the Cemetery. Be wonderful to win those supplies.

  55. Christina Gant says:

    It’s been a dream of mine to make haunted house , this would be nice addition to the side of the house. Love it!

  56. Peggy Manning says:

    Wow!! I almost missed this one. I sure need that cemetery give a way. Would work wonders with my haunted house set up. PeginOKC