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    Cinderella, Tiny Books and Zombies?!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters

    Short — but very sweet! I’ll let Miz Bella introduce Kristin Batsel’s adorable Halloween Peg Dolls, then she’ll hand the newsletter back to me to cover her own Cinderella Theatre (and some tiny books by Nichola Battilana — a follow-up to her Potter-ish Trunks from last Thursday).

    Oooh that clever goil, Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Look how flippin’ cute these Halloween Peg Dolls are that she’s made for Halloween! Yes, I said Halloween. Because, as you know, around here at Alpha Stamps that’s our most favorite holiday and we get on it early!

    Kristin started by using old-fashioned Wooden Clothespins (on Wooden Doll Stands and capped off with Wooden Doll Heads) — and all of those items are New and On Sale!

    Now — for the arms! Those are easy peasy! Kristin says:

    “Their arms are pipe cleaners, wrapped in embroidery floss. The clothespins don’t come with holes in them to thread the pipe cleaners through. It’s possible someone could wrap the pipe cleaners around the body of the doll, but it looks better if you drill a hole and poke the arm through.”

    Once the doll was painted Kristin used some awfully cute embellishments for each doll! Some of my favorites are the Masquerade Mask Cut-Outs, the too-cute-for-words Miniature Jack-o-Lantern Pail, the Bat Wings Cut-Outs and the Resin Skull Beads. Oh, and the eensie-weensie Halloween Micro Buttons! How could I have forgotten those?

    Here’s a list of components that Kristin used if you’d like to sneak a peak. Treat yourself and visit Kristin’s blog to see more pictures and how Kristin decorated each doll. (Psst… scroll down to see the new FREE gift kit inspired by Kristin’s dolls!)

    Speaking of clever… Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) tucked one of the Small Paper Theatre Boxes inside of a Tim Holtz Diary Worn Book Cover for her Happily Ever After Paper Theatre!

    She also used one of the New and On Sale! Ever After Die-Cut Chipboard Frames on the front cover, and it perfectly frames sweet Cinderella (you’ll have to trust me on that one… or click on that die-cut chipboard frames link to see a photo, or visit Bella’s blog to see lots more photos and read about her project).

    Hey, you remember those charming Potter-ish Trunks in last Thursday’s newsletter by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana? Well, Nichola received a lot of requests for a collage sheet to make books in a similar style… and she has not disappointed! Not only has she included images for Potter-ish potion books, but also included titles for a library of Jane Austin and Grimms’ Fairy Tales!


    Hooray! A Skulls and Tiny Books Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Kristin’s Halloween Peg Dolls (that’s a link to the supply list for pics and links to all of these items):
    – Bakers Twine – Black
    – Miniature Jack-o-Lantern Pail
    – Plastic Skeletons
    – Resin Skull Beads
    – Ruffled Tulle – Orange
    – Thin Orange/Black Stitched Ribbon
    – Wooden Clothespins for Dolls
    – Wooden Doll Stand
    – Wooden Doll Head (whew!)

    AND FOUR of the new items from the Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!!):
    Skull Beads – Horizontal Hole
    Elf Rubber Stamp
    Nursery Checkerboard Rubber Stamp
    Dwarf with Box Rubber Stamp

    AND a new Trick or Treat FREE Gift Kit, I included some random items I thought fit in with the theme (or were new today and too cute to pass up):
    Set of Miniature Books New and On Sale!
    Little Library Collage Sheet New!
    Black Tulle Fringe On Sale!
    Vintage Tinsel Ribbon – Orange & Purple (Just put On Sale!)

    To enter the Skulls and Tiny Books 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, July 11, 2014).

    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 Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Elegant Eggs & Halloween Giveaway? That would be Brenda Henderson! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    Posted by Leslie, July 10th, 2014

    159 responses to “Cinderella, Tiny Books and Zombies?!”

    1. Carmen J says:

      Skulls and books? Doesn’t get much better than that!

    2. Beth Williams says:

      Oh this is the only give away I would ever need to win-best Halloween goodies to play with ever. Thanks for the chance at such happy haunting!

    3. Books and skeletons, what else could an artist ask for!

    4. Maria says:

      Dwarf, elf, skull – what curious juxtaposition! Thank you for conducting these drawings. Cool toys.

    5. Donna H. says:

      Halloween is coming! YAY!!!! awesome giveaway!

    6. Lucy Bonetti says:

      Holy Halloween I HAVE to make some of these!

    7. Karen N says:

      OMG…books and Halloween. How could this kit get any better. The little book covers are juat amazing. And, it is always time for Halloween!!

    8. Patti Flasch says:

      I love the little peg dolls. Great goodies for Halloween!

    9. I LOOOOve all this stuff…Halloween is my favorit!!!
      BOO to you

    10. KIM says:

      Move over summer
      I’m ready for anything Halloween.
      The Peg Dolls…. what a hoot!

    11. barbara macaskill says:

      These dolls are spookaliscious! I really really really hope I win this one! I LOVELOVELOVE the mini books and all the other yummy goodies in this prize package! Will keep my fingers and toes crossed REAL tight hoping to see my name on Sunday!

    12. Lori Turner says:

      A great spooky kit!! Would love if this was my turn to win! :o)

    13. Katheleen Childers says:

      Halloween in July! So much cute stuff, you have to start now. Love all of it!

    14. Liane Ceglar says:

      Awesome Give-a-way…..spooky time-my favorite !!!!

    15. Georgina Ellis says:

      Oh gosh, these are fabulous,who wouldn’t love the chance to have them,Wonderful hugs Georgina.

    16. Florence says:

      Think cooler weather and Halloween!

    17. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

      Oh I want to win this sooooooo bad. Love nichola’s little book…and her covers are awesome!! My fingers, toes and eyes are crossed!!!

    18. Lori says:

      Love this! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    19. Roxanne says:

      OHHHH! what a wonderful stash of Ghostly Goodies! Oh I love them! Great finds to pick from on your site! Thanks for sharing these creative projects!

    20. Lorna E. says:

      Never too early to start on Halloween.

    21. Melanie Curtis says:

      Kristin’s wooden peg dolls are adorable! Thank for the chance to win the great
      skulls and tiny books giveaway. It would give me a head start on Halloween crafting!

    22. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

      OMG what a great giveaway!! I LOVE Halloween…matter of fact, been making Halloweenie Prims!! Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve got my fingers crossed!!

    23. Nancy Provoncha says:

      Peg dolls how cute! And Halloween skulls and tiny books! Awesome!

    24. Emily N. says:

      Love dolls and Halloween!!!

    25. Jen R says:

      Oh I covet this kit! Halloween is my favorite holiday

    26. Gail Gill says:

      Halloween’s coming… my favorite time of year and my favorite way to decorate.

    27. Anna Hedberg says:

      Ohhhhh how I love skulls and books. A twofer of my favorites!!!!!

    28. Robin Withrow says:

      I see a steampunk Halloween. great stuff, thanks for the chance to win.

    29. Blair Lowery says:

      I adore halloween, please, please. Let me win

    30. Karen says:

      OMG-Halloween is my favorite crafting holiday – I would love to be selected for this collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    31. Lana says:

      Ghouls, skulls, glitter, can’t get better than this!

    32. Holly Day says:

      Love Halloween–my very favorite holiday!!

    33. Linda Isbell says:

      Well, I keep on trying and hoping to win. Maybe this time, I’ll win.

    34. Sheila says:

      Faboo, with extra Boos! A great selection.

    35. Jo says:

      Ohh! I love Halloween and would love to win this giveaway!
      Zombies are cool!!

    36. Lindy says:

      Those dolls are just adorable! I wish I had some painting skills!

    37. LeAnn says:

      Could definitely use more skulls and tiny books.

    38. Jaimie Sander says:

      Who doesn’t love skulls and tiny books?? There is something just so fun about Halloween colors and images.I can’t get enough of them!My Halloween stash far outweighs any other embellishment choice. Thanks for sharing the goodies!

    39. Leslie Hanson says:

      Halloween is my favorite holiday!

    40. Judy Ross says:

      Hope I win!!

    41. Lou Anne Colodny says:

      boo hop if I don’t get this one….love halloweeny stuff

    42. Lou Anne Colodny says:

      that was boo hop not hop

    43. Stefanie says:

      Wow! Those are great 🙂 Would love to win!

    44. Teresa Currie says:

      Love your skulls & tiny books giveaway. Just what I need to get in the mood for fall and Halloween papercrafting!!

    45. Mary-Ann says:

      Macabre – just my cup of tea!

    46. Regina Salvador says:

      July is definitely the right time to start thinking about Halloween!

    47. LoisC says:

      What a great giveaway! Will be fun to make for one of my sisters and a friend – Halloween is their favorite holiday! Thanks!

    48. Michelle says:

      These are so adorable!!!

    49. Beverly M. says:

      Okay, now this is the one I really, really want to win!

    50. Noreen says:

      Don’t Cinderella and Zombies just go together! lol Cute!

    51. coco says:

      These dolls are absolutely adorable, I wish I win to have fun with my daughters and paint and decorate them with the funny and lovely stuff offered! Thanks for the chance to win.

    52. Paula Mould says:

      Tiny books! Tiny prizes! I want to win a tiny bit 🙂

    53. Deb Neerman says:

      Love the peg dolls … so cute and fun! Thanks for the chance to win this GREAT giveaway!

    54. Traci says:

      Love the halloween dolls-my favorite is halloween also so these are right up my alley. Will watch for them in Kristin’s Etsy shop. Too cute!!

    55. Kate says:

      Love the little books and peg dolls.

    56. Heidi says:

      Halloween – Did someone say Halloween? I am all in!

    57. Holly Johnson says:

      Love! Thanks so much for the chance to win so many fun goodies!!

    58. Carolyn Bowlby says:

      Love, love, love it. Send in the Zombies and Halloween creatures.

    59. Stacy H says:

      Love the tiny books!

    60. Willow says:

      Skulls skulls and more skulls gotta love it

    61. Phoebe Diamond says:

      Fun fun fun!

    62. DebR says:

      Adorable peg dolls and brilliant idea to use the TH worn diary book cover for the small paper theater boxes. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

    63. Kate says:

      Love the collection!!! please send to MEEE!

    64. Would love to add these goodies to my creative stash!!

    65. Jo says:

      Yeah!!! Halloween!!!

    66. Diane says:

      Woowhee – Can’t wait to make some of these with my granddaughters. Alita is just at the age where the intricate stuff is doable and her imagination is soaring.

    67. SueEllen Hayler says:

      I love the tiny books and the peg dolls are cutie patooties!

    68. Ivy Laine says:

      Thanks so much for the chance! Halloween crafting is upon us!!!

    69. Kathie says:

      My favorite holiday!! Heres wishing!!

    70. Diana Kelly says:

      My favorite holiday is Halloween! What fun this would be to get. Thanks for the giveaway.

    71. Kay Mitchell says:

      Honestly – your “stuff” is always wonderful and the ideas you share are awesome – thank you!

    72. Bonnie Dhein says:

      I am so excited to get my order,..I just discovered this sight!!!!

    73. Jennifer Pospichal says:

      Oh heck yeah! I’m already planning for a Halloween crafting party in a couple months. These would be a delightful addition.

    74. Tabitha Klucking says:

      halloween s my fave!

    75. Sandy says:

      “WHEW” I love this kit!

    76. Els Schutte says:

      BRRRRBRRRR IIII lololove Halloween yeh!!!! that’s why I like this set, scary!!!!!!!I wil have lots of fun with it!!

    77. Nelda Johnson says:

      I love those Halloween peg dolls! And the tiny books, well I guess I have to have those too for my potions cabinet. Love it all!!

    78. debbi george says:

      What cute little gouls! Would love to win this great big bag of fun. Thanks

    79. Jennifer Wilson says:

      wanna win this so bad!!! love it!!

    80. Rosalia Mota says:

      Tiny books for my big imagination! Love them….oh and the peg dolls are lovely!

    81. Sue H. says:

      I love the little peg dolls. They have given me so many ideas… must get to playing!

    82. Birgit says:

      Oh, that’s just my style — thanks for the chance to win these goodies! 🙂

    83. Tanya says:

      Halloween is always in season for me! Cute, cute dolls!

    84. Fern Strong says:

      Love your giveaway. Can’t go wrong with that combination !

    85. LoriSW says:

      Love the books! The dolls are adorable and could hold the books.

    86. Oh how I love love love Halloween-please please please pick me!!!

    87. great giveaway I love Halloween!!

    88. Sue Young says:

      Love all this stuff!!! Pick me pick me!!!

    89. Janet Turner says:

      Wow! Perfect time to begin Halloween projects.

    90. angelic says:

      Great Halloween projects!

    91. Mary Mac says:

      Usually we see Christmas in July, but I love seeing the wonderful Halloween projects.

    92. Me Pugh says:

      The dolls are absolutely adorable – love Halloween.

    93. love love love the clothespin dolls! great giveaway!

    94. April Dudko says:

      I SO want to play with all these goodies! The dolls are adorable, just so clever! Thanks for the chance to win this delightful package!

    95. Laura says:

      Such amazing goodies! I love halloween, such amazing ideas, so much fun!

    96. Ginger Benedict says:

      Holy Cow I can’t keep up with all the super cute projects you’re posting. How can anyone resist these creative goodies?

    97. Joanne Hughes says:

      We don’t do Halloween down under but your products are so cute, I would love to try the zombie dolls!

    98. Liz Russell says:

      I Love Halloween too!!! Those peg dolls are adorable!

    99. Barbara Thompson says:

      I would love these. Halloween is my granddaughters favorite holiday to decorate for.

    100. Sandy says:

      I love your Halloween stuff.

    101. Debbie Rollier says:

      OMG! I love Halloweeen!

    102. Dena Cottrell says:

      Love the tiny books! Such awesome Halloween items.

    103. Marilyn H says:

      Cute dolls!

    104. chark says:

      this collection is so fun! gotta have the tiny books!

    105. Halloween is my fav holiday ~ never too early to get your ghoul on!!!

    106. Kim B says:

      What scary fun! Love it.

    107. Carrie Jacquin says:

      Halloween my favorite holiday!

    108. Shanna Shands says:

      Awesome giveaway as always. The festivities will definitely be here before we know it!

    109. Russell says:

      The 4th of July is the official kick off for Halloween projects in my art studio. I’ve been scouring the thrift stores all week for things to alter.. what FUN!

    110. Brenda Lubrant says:

      I would love to make some home decor items from this giveaway kit. I see some very awesome stuff.

    111. Carol Slowik says:

      Thanks for the opportunity to win this truly patootie giveaway!

    112. Gerri herbst says:

      How spooky! Just love those dolls.

    113. Karen Crowder says:

      I love books.

    114. Sue S says:

      Love these cute dolls-and all things Halloween!

    115. Carla Velting says:

      How adorable are those mini books!!! 🙂

    116. Jennie says:

      Awesome giveaway! ::Crossing fingers::

    117. Patricia says:

      yayyy, it’s that time of year to be thinking about again!! Thank you for such a great opportunity!

    118. Brenda Carter says:

      I just love the books!

    119. carol says:

      bring it on!! Never too early to think about Halloween

    120. Luna Bird says:


    121. Vic says:

      Love the Halloween goodies so much! The little wooden dolls are so cute!

    122. Karen Mallory says:

      I just love Halloween stuff!

    123. Della says:

      Halloween is my favorite too!!! What a great giveaway! Pick me! Pick me! 😉

    124. Sokat says:

      Halloween brings the creative, fun juices flowing

    125. Jeanne Kelly says:

      How fun! What a great giveaway!

    126. Helen Potter says:

      I love Halloween! The peg dolls are beyond adorable! I would love to have this giveaway. Pick me! Pick me! says my inner child.

    127. I love this stuff. The dolls are so cute. Halloween always has fun colors and sparkles.

    128. Lina T says:


    129. Carmen Willis says:

      Love anything Halloween! Great giveaway!

    130. Debi W says:

      Love the peg dolls! What a great job Kristen did! You have a very generous giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

    131. Starqueen says:

      Ooohhh, Halloween Peg Dolls are too cute! I’m ready for the spooky, ooky time of year!

    132. Karen says:

      LOVE THE DOLL SOOOOOO SWEET!!!!!!!I would love to win this fantastic give away.

    133. I just love this hauntingly amazing giveaway! Yes, Halloween in July is sweet! And scary! 😉

    134. Jackie N says:

      tricks and treats? Great giveaway- love the Halloween theme!

    135. Nancy S says:

      Oh, my word! They are just the cutest things going…… what a treat.

    136. Paulanne says:

      Looks like a wonderful giveaway. Hope Imwin.

    137. yvette leblanc says:

      love it

    138. Charlene says:

      Wonderful giveaway.

    139. Joelle Platz says:

      This giveaway looks like a lot of fun!

    140. Amanda Miller says:

      These are so cool!

    141. Sue S says:

      Oh! Look at all the fabulous goodies! Thanks for a chance to win.

    142. Carol Rowland says:

      Wonderful! Can be used so many ways!

    143. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

      Although this collection should be spooky, I think it’s really cute. The tiny skeletons and bats are a Halloween artist’s dream.

    144. sheila AR says:

      I’m picturing armies of peg dolls marching their way into friends’ and family’s Halloween goodie baskets–way cool!!!

    145. Tammy says:

      Love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    146. Jennifer J says:

      absolutely love the expressions! on the little peg dolls. 🙂

    147. Karen F says:

      Halloween in July! Just the thing to help survive the heat and humidity – by dreaming about the coolest holiday of the year!

    148. HollyC says:

      The books are amazing and so is her work! Thanks for the chance to win these fab books!

    149. Marge McInerny says:

      I’m ready for Halloween!

    150. Kimberly Monaghan says:

      Just found your site and I am placing an order today! WOW!! Great Stuff!!!

    151. Amanda Flores says:


      Anyway, I love those pegs, they are so cute! And for those who are really obsessed with Halloween, I think they would make fantastic Christmas tree ornaments. 😉

    152. melody says:

      Love those mini books! Is anyone old enough to remember when Cracker Jacks had ‘actual prizes’? Sometimes they had tiny tiny books you could actually read! I still have some. Somewhere. I think…

    153. MaggieM says:

      OMG those Halloween ped dolls are too cute! I never seem to have enough Halloween products to make anything worthwhile, so I’d love to enter this giveaway to see if I can win these fabulous Halloween items! Please make me bootiful happy:)

    154. Angie says:

      These’s are awesome! Thanks for giving the opportunity to win this!!!

    155. Michelle Toops says:

      I would so love to win this.

    156. Thalia Kottke says:

      So much cute stuff, would be wonderful to win.

    157. Sylvia L. says:

      I’ve seen clothespin dolls before, but never like these…the others looked like painted clothespins, Kristin’s are characters with a personality. Being Halloween characters is an extra bonus!

    158. HawaiianLibrarian says:

      Wowee giveaway of so many things Halloween! Mahalo for the op to win!

    159. Barbara Souza says:

      The peg dolls are wonderful. I would love to make one. Halloween is my favorite holiday to create for.