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Twas the Night Before Christmas & Mini Wooden Crates

Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Featured Artwork, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters

It’s a colorful newsletter — from the New and On Sale! Twas the Night Before Christmas Collection to big bunches of New Miniature Paper Flowers!

How cute is that! Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has made a Christmas Tags and Mini Crate project that doubles as a table (or mantel) decoration and a gift (as each tag in her “12 Days of Christmas” has a little pocket to open and find a treat)! It’s like a mini version of an advent calendar… I think it’s brilliant.

And Lora used papers from the Twas the Night Before Christmas 8×8 Paper Pad on ALL of her tags. Very festive. Plus all the little trims and ribbons (and lots of snowflakes — and those metal number tags from Tim Holtz Countdown to Christmas Coins) are perfect finishing touches. Here’s a link to see all of Lora’s Supplies. And check out Lora’s Blog Post for more info and photos.

PLUS Lora housed (contained? what’s a good word for corralled artfully?) her tags in one of the New and On Sale! Wooden Vintage Mini Crates! Distressed wooden mini crates that are also PERFECT for displaying/holding ATCs (the inside measures 4″ x 2″ — and the height of the crate is 3″). See the photo at left for the size (plus all 3 colors).

And there’s a big brother size of the new crates, too: Wooden Vintage Photo Crates! Also in 3 colors, but large enough for 6″ x 4″ photos (and with cute (and functional) handholds cut into both ends). See the photo at left for both large and small crates. AND both sizes of crates have adorable little Mini File Folders that fit them.

AND: Inspired by Lora’s adorable Christmas Tags and Mini Crate, I’ve put together an exclusive Alpha Stamps’ FREE mini kit with 3 nostalgic papers (with cute mittens with tiny snowflakes on them, plus 2 more coordinating papers including one with a tiny knitwear pattern) PLUS 3 antique silver finish snowflakes (3 different snowflakes, and only available in this gift kit)! Check below for today’s Giveaway that includes this gift kit (and goodies from Lora’s artwork).


Hooray! A Mini Crate & Candy Canes Giveaway!

In addition to these goodies from Lora’s Christmas Tags and Mini Crate (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Wooden Vintage Mini Crate – White
– Baroque Dresden Borders – Gold
– Medium Wooden Finials
– Mini Pom Pom Fringe
– Giant Snowflakes
– Antique Silver Ornament Bead – Small

I added:
Peppermint Twist Buttons
1/8 Inch Red Railroad Stripe Ribbon
Snowman Gift Tags Collage Sheet
Yuletide Greetings Ornaments Scrapbook Paper
Hanging by the Chimney with Care Collage Sheet
Tis the Season Dashing Reindeer Scrapbook Paper

I also included these ribbons just put on Clearance Sale:
1/8 Inch Red Satin Ribbon
Red Sheer Dots Ribbon

And a Snowflakes and Mittens Gift Kit!

To enter the Mini Crate & Candy Canes 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, October 24, 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 So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Potion & Poison Bottles Giveaway? That would be Katarinanavane! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, October 23rd, 2014

147 responses to “Twas the Night Before Christmas & Mini Wooden Crates”

  1. Joan says:

    What a wonderful giveaway.

  2. Connie L. says:

    What a great package!

  3. coco says:

    Very cute project indeed, and wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Rise St Arno says:

    Love, love love this!

  5. Tanya says:

    This would be a great way to kick-off my Christmas projects!

  6. Barbara says:

    Very cute candy cane brads! The whole kit is delightful!!

  7. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Oh, what a wonderful start to the Christmas countdown. The papers are so pretty. I’d love to win this. Thanks.

  8. Arminta says:

    Crates really rate and nice Christmas items are great!

  9. I would love to win these they are adorable!

  10. KIM says:

    Clever idea the crates and the tags
    Time to get started with Christmas projects.

  11. Kate says:

    such pretty festive items!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Oh what a lovely assortment to get your Christmas creativity off to a great start!

  13. Cherie says:

    Love this giveaway!

  14. Carol Slowik says:

    You just can’t even imagine how much I love this giveaway!!!! This is my favorite time of year!!! I so hope that I win this awesome giveaway!!!!!! Thanks for the chance.

  15. Lu L. says:

    I’d love to get a head start on my Christmas crafting with all of these goodies!
    I hopped on over to Lora’s blog to see some more photos of the crate and tags. I really like the little pockets on the tags!

  16. Beverly S says:

    Wonderful cache of Christmas!

  17. Stefanie says:

    Fabulous as always 🙂

  18. denise daniel says:

    Oh, I am absolutely loving the papers and pretties to make these cute tags. What fun!

    Thank you for a chance to win this fabulous giveaway package. Hoping I get picked! 😀

  19. Lorna E. says:

    I love Lora’s basket of tags.

  20. 2amscrapper says:

    what a fun prize to get Christmas crafting started!

  21. Holly Day says:

    Can’t believe Christmas is just a few months away! Lovely bunch of goodies here.

  22. Gail says:

    Christmas is coming and this just makes the imagination go wild. This giveaway is extraordinary and whoever wins will be very lucky. Thank you Alpha Stamps.

  23. Ellen says:

    Love everything about this post! It puts me in the Christmas spirit!

  24. Michele says:

    Time to get ready for Christmas!!!

  25. Kristie says:

    Love the tags and crate. Awesome giveaway too.

  26. Florence Hosler says:

    I love tags!!

  27. Jennifer J says:

    Love the little crates.

  28. judy golden says:

    I love love love Christmas, would so love to win this give away, Merry Christmas to all~

  29. Patricia Davis says:

    Wow – too cute and such a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance. Hope you pick me.

  30. Blair Lowery says:

    A lovely collection to start off holiday projects.

  31. Karen says:

    Well, I have already started some Christmas projects and this would be a fun addition to my project list (which grows the entire Holiday Season!). Beautiful ideas for tags and etc.

  32. Sandy says:

    Tis the season!

  33. Lana says:

    Hate to see the Halloween giveaways ending, but I do LOVE this one! Merry and bright and ~just~ right!!!!

  34. Virginia Smith says:

    What a great idea! And what beautiful selections for Christmas! Love them all.

  35. HoHoHo, I’d love to get this!!

  36. Pam Weiler says:

    I am sad I did not win the apothecary and potions giveaway. Hopefully I can win this one.

  37. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    So neat.

  38. Deb Neerman says:

    Mini Crates and Candy Canes, Oh My! What a fabulous giveaway … thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Patti Flasch says:

    I love the paper and trims! Hard to believe we are thinking of Christmas!!

  40. Leah Fein says:

    This is a darling kit. Thanks for the contest

  41. Janice Meitl says:

    Beautiful already thinking of all that I can do with them

  42. Arlene Groepper says:

    “Most wonderful time of the year”

  43. angelic says:

    I’m working on Christmas crafts for this would a great addition to my holiday crafts.

  44. Amy Sellers says:

    love, love, love anything christmas. the candy cane buttons are too cute.

  45. I would love to have these.

  46. Lori Wilczek says:

    Christmas! my other favorite holiday.

  47. Matxalen says:


  48. Kathlene says:

    As usual, this is a lovely giveaway. You always have the greatest holiday supplies. Christmas is almost here.

  49. Roxanne says:

    wooHoo! Goody goody gumdrops…love the sweet collage papers and Christmas goodies in this kit…would love to win.

  50. Jean says:

    Love the Christmas ideas!

  51. Kim says:

    Oh Christmas! Love it!

  52. Luanne Shoup says:

    It’s looking a lot like Christmas……

  53. Mary Jochems says:

    So ready for the Christmas holiday season!

  54. Tabitha Klucking says:

    It’s time to start Xmas crafting!

  55. Denise Humenik says:

    Oh, the fun!! jingles my bells! 🙂

  56. Heather McDougall says:

    I’m excited about the snowmen and the Dresden pieces in this set are lovely.

  57. BJ Pressly says:

    I love Christmas! It would be great to win this.

  58. Char- Deerborn says:

    This is a nice start on Christmas items. It won’t be long.

  59. Traci says:

    I would love to win just the crate-it is so cute.

  60. Barbara Leonard says:

    Love the mini crates and the project!!

  61. Cocoa says:

    Here we go Christmas count down! What a great way to start Christmas crafting!

  62. Kathy Anderson says:

    I can hardly contain myself…cute crate contents!!!!

  63. Verna Stapleton says:

    A wonderful choice of goodies. Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Great idea, so cute.

  65. Paulanne2 says:

    Let’s try again with the right email

  66. Jocelyn Knight says:

    This is so adorable! I love vintage looking ephemera and old fashioned cards, post cards and scrapbooking items. This gives anyone a great chance to make beautiful things. Thank you 🙂

  67. Beverly M. says:

    Yay! It’s time for Christmas!

  68. Kathy W says:

    Those little crates are great! And what a wonderful idea for an advent calendar.

  69. Sandy says:

    Christmas, so festive, so wonderful!

  70. Joy Jones says:

    Love, Love, Love it! They’re almost too cute to use!

  71. Kathy Bumb says:

    I love your Christmas theme – it is never too early to begin Christmas projects. Love your store.

  72. debbi g says:

    Man, could I use all these Christmas goodies. I haven’t even started shopping yet!

  73. Lori D. says:

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

  74. Gigi Jordan says:

    What festive Christmas goodies! They really put one in the mood to get busy getting ready. I hope I win…

  75. Becky Z says:

    Perfect for the season!

  76. Edith says:

    oh how delightful it would be to win

  77. Nancy Stone says:

    Great Giveaway. I just love making things for

  78. Ritva says:

    Beautiful Christmas decorations!

  79. Patsy says:

    I love all the colors associated with Christmas. These caught my eye so here I am.
    I accidentally discovered Alpha Stamps and always enjoy all the ideas and unusual pieces for scrapbooking. This would be a first win for me ever on the Internet. Thank you for always giving us such wonderful things for our projects.

  80. Lorrie Koenig says:

    What fun and festive goodies to win to get us going on holiday crafts!!

  81. Peggy Hatcher says:

    I just love all the goodies! And the inspiration!

  82. Cathy smith says:

    Oh yes! Christmas!

  83. Kate says:

    Wow! it’s that time again, to plan ahead! would love the kit!

  84. DebR says:

    Love the crate and tags! Great giveaway, thank you Alpha Stamps.

  85. Susan says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…well after Halloween for sure!!!

  86. Noreen says:

    I love the cute little crates! And what a great ways to use them – holding your pretty Christmas tags!

  87. Shari Welch says:

    Lovely tags and cute crate idea!

  88. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Mini Crate and Candy Canes Giveaway, especially the Dresden borders, the wooden finials and the giant snowflakes!! HO-HO-HO

  89. maureen says:

    I’m already in the mood for Christmas…

  90. Ann C. says:

    Such a great kit! Would make up into some wonderful gifts!

  91. Emily N. says:

    Love the little crates!

  92. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous giveaway!! I am ready to move on to making Christmas things!

  93. Mindy irwin says:

    Fabulous giveaway!!! Thanks Leslie

  94. MaggieM says:

    I’m already working on my Christmas tags and gifts so this giveaway is perfect! I love Laura’s tags and crate project-she’s such a great designer:) So, let me win this giveaway! LOL

  95. Brenda Lubrant says:

    Wow, it is getting closer to Christms, and it is my favorite time of the year to make tags, cards, calendar pockets and many more gift ideas. I love all of the goodness in today’s giveaway.

  96. Carmen Willis says:

    What a wonderful Christmas giveaway! Love the tags and crate and all the delightful paper pads.
    Hope I win this one!

  97. Paula Miller says:

    let the festivities begin!

  98. Nancy S says:

    Just love, love all the Christmas goodies!

  99. TrishaLouise says:

    These goodies inspire me and makes me want to kick the Christmas crafting season off.

  100. Nancy polli says:

    Lots of fun projects on Alpha Stamps and a great give away

  101. Lynn fox says:

    What a great giveaway!

  102. I love these goodies! I don’t have much by way of Christmas supplies. I would so love to win this! You always have the neatest goodies!

  103. Amy Yingling says:

    Such lovely Christmas goodies!!

  104. Maura says:

    Yummm. I love everything Christmas and these items would be a welcome addition to my stash.

  105. Janet Turner says:

    What a great way to get a head start on the season. Very cute!

  106. barbara macaskill says:

    Be still my organizer loving heart! LOVE these mini crates and need lots of them in both sizes!! OOOOOOOOOOO! The things that will fit inside both sizes are endless and I can see lots of them stacked side by side and placed sideways on top of each other. Oh, a mini crate herd sounds good to me!! LOVELOVELOVE the collection of yumminess you have for a prize this week! Thanks for the chance to get started on my collection!

  107. Jeanne Kelly says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like a Christmas!

  108. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Christmas tags in a delicious crate! Way to get ready for the season!

  109. Charlene says:

    Wonderful things!

  110. Gerri herbst says:

    Beautiful giveaways, such inspiration.

  111. Lori Gesing says:

    Tis coming into the season of making merriment!

  112. Oh how I would lovvvve to win this, I am off my feet for awhile, turned my ankle, reallly stupid !!! tripped over my Chihuahua ! So, help me have something to do !!! I need a new project ! I think I have had everything i can imagine brought to me ! But there is always room for more !!!! This a wonderful kit And I would love to win this one !! You guys are great !
    Thanks so much !

  113. Oh how I would lovvvve to win this, I am off my feet for awhile, turned my ankle, reallly stupid !!! tripped over my Chihuahua ! So, help me have something to do !!! I need a new project ! I think I have had everything i can imagine brought to me ! But there is always room for more !!!! This a wonderful kit And I would love to win this one !! You guys are great !
    Thanks so much !

  114. Oh ! I really need to win this one ! I am down for 6 weeks, and I need a new project ! I am so bored, I tripped over my Chihuahua, and did a number on my foot, Cannot believe Xmas is rite around the corner, you guys are the best. You always put a smile on my face !!! I really need this !

  115. What is wrong with me ! I so apologize, I don’t know what I am doing ! so sorry

  116. Sokat says:


  117. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Fun fun fun. Love the gold dresden border.

  118. Evelyn Valencia says:

    Very lovely Christmas giveaway!

  119. Kay W says:

    Christmas will be here before you know it.

  120. Suz says:

    I’m so happy I can begin work on Christmas gifts like this again! It’s been too long. <|;0)

  121. Joan says:

    Another wonderful giveaway!

  122. Dawn Furie says:

    Another Great Package!

  123. Would love this one!

  124. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful Christmas tags and I love the new crates.

  125. LINDA ECKER says:

    Wow. . . really lovely; Love the crate/tag idea for gifts!

  126. Me Pugh says:

    I am ready to start my Christmas art and this looks like a great package. I am thinking advent calendar. Thanks.

  127. Dena Cottrell says:

    Lovely Christmas giveaways! Thank you for your generosity

  128. Roberta S says:

    I really like the festive look of this little crate full of tags. Thanks for the chance to win all the cool stuff to make one.

  129. Gail Gill says:

    Lovely ideas and embellishments.

  130. Laura says:

    So very wonderful and festive!

  131. Jo says:

    Love the Christmas tags! So cute!

  132. Mfox says:

    Can’t believe the beautiful new red, green, and white ideas. Happy,happy holidays to come

  133. Only how many Fridays until Christmas? Not enough to make this cool stuff. Thanks again.

  134. LeAnn says:

    So cute. Love the crate full of tags.

  135. Nan says:

    What a great way to start the Holiday season. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  136. Debra Gibson says:

    What a pretty project !!

  137. Sheila says:

    Like they say, it’s beginning to look a lot like….

  138. susan higgins says:

    Love the crates….

  139. Thalia Kottke says:


  140. Susan M.L. says:

    Looks like Melody is into the Christmas eggnog a little early! Poor baby! I hope her ankle heals well and that the Chihuahua is okay! Merry Christmas!

  141. Sylvia L. says:

    Very pretty retro-look papers.

  142. Julie F. says:

    Darling crates and project. Please add my name to your drawing—thank-you!