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Haunted House Art, Halloween Sale (& NEW Tim Holtz Wilted Violet!)

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Haunted House Kit, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Tim Holtz

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Lora’s project that are still available on the new site.

Before Miz Bella introduces some fun Haunted House artwork by Lora Mahaffey, here are a couple quick reminders:

FIRST, Laura Carson’s Haunted Village Halloween Event is live!! See last Sunday’s newsletter for an introduction, the Haunted Village Event Supplies Section, and Laura’s site for the full experience!

NEXT, a new FREE gift, it’s all about Halloween! Check down in the Giveaway section of this newsletter for more info.

LAST, are you participating in the Haunted House Book Swap?? Sign up by Monday, September 21st. Artwork postmarked by Monday, October 26th.

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey brings us a cackle and a hoot with What’s In Your Basement, her offering for the Haunted House Kit and Add-On Kit.

Looks like a little Halloween party is going on on the left side. Some one is reading fortunes… and what’s that creepy little clown doing? Maybe he’s on his way down to snoop around the basement. If he is, he’s in for a big surprise.

How cute and creepy is Lora’s house? I’m loving the Moonlit 12×12 Collection Kit that she used on the houses, and also the clowns from the Moonlit Collection Images. Will have to make sure I add that collection to my next order! Also used on the houses is the Rare Oddities Scrapbook Paper.

Speaking of my next order, I am DEFINITELY going to be pre-ordering the NEW Distress color: Wilted Violet! Tim Holtz says:

A bouquet off possibilities await with the latest addition to the distress palette; available in ink pad, reinker, paint, stain, spray stain, and marker. Check out the video below to see the new distress wilted violet color. This vibrant hue of purple is the color many of you have been asking for month after month…” More info below.

Back to artwork at hand (!), Here’s the What’s In Your Basement Supply List

Visit Lora’s blog for more pictures and details. And/or see more photos in the Gallery.

One more little Halloween oddity: by request, a Dissection Collage Sheet:
Those proud Victorian doctors… happily posing with their cadavers… hm. Anyway, makes for a welcome, ghoulish addition to Halloween artwork. This is macabre… you are warned.

Oooh! And speaking of Halloween, Leslie just put the entire Halloween Rubber Stamps section On Sale!

 New Tim Holtz Distress Color: Wilted Violet! On Sale!  View All

And ALL Wilted Violet Distress Products are On Sale!

Distress Ink Reinker – Wilted Violet

Distress Marker – Wilted Violet


Hooray for the Moonlit & Haunted House Giveaway!

Ooo, nice! Short and sweet on the list of items, but these are big items:

Moonlit 12×12 Collection Kit (1 each of 12 double-sided cardstock sheets PLUS 3 sheets of cardstock stickers)

Haunted House Kit (3 collage sheets, 2 scrapbook papers, 1 black chipboard house, 1 black chipboard window overlay)

AND, a new FREE gift! I kinda went crazy looking at our large stock of Halloween Collage Sheets and picked out a few that work well shrunk down to 1/4 size! Tiny Halloween Gift Sheets: one of these tiny wonders is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you a special Halloween Gift Sheet as a pdf file.

(Psst, the images shown are from the Halloween #2, German Expressionist Horror, and Antique Games Collage Sheets.)

To enter the Moonlit & Haunted House 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, September 11, 2015)! AND tell me: in addition to the 130 collage sheets in the Halloween Collage Sheet section, what else would you like to see? More cute kids in costumes? More scary ghouls? What images would you like to make Halloween art with?

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 Haunted House Kits Giveaway? That would be Laural!

(And she replied to my question “Tell me either (or both): Are you joining the swap? Which establishment in Laura’s Haunted Village do you find most inspiring (and why)?”: My imagination is running wild!)

Posted by Leslie, September 10th, 2015

81 responses to “Haunted House Art, Halloween Sale (& NEW Tim Holtz Wilted Violet!)”

  1. April Dudko says:

    Would like to see more anatomy type sheets. Looks like a fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Jeanne Kelly says:

    The haunted houses are great. I can hardly wait to see what else your design team makes before Halloween! Great inspiration!

  3. Connie L. says:

    I would love to see more zombie images. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Nancy S says:

    The haunted houses are amazing. I’d really like to see cute kids in costumes. I love those vintage images!

  5. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Oops! Forgot to tell you, I would like to see more vintage Halloween images of houses, rooms in castles, vampires, mummies and monsters like Frankenstein. I love those old movies!

  6. Liane Ceglar says:

    LOVE all your vintage Halloween Images, would love to see more anatomy Images….Happy Halloween !!!!!!!

  7. Jean Beck says:

    Good gracious you already have such a fantastic assortment of Halloween images! How about spooky looking trees for backgrounds in art journals? Maybe some with faces in their trunks, along a few to-scale beasties to put into the branches? And maybe some spooky moons (with bats or ravens flying by).

  8. Lisa R. says:

    Hi there Alpha stamps community! There are soooo many wonderful old fashioned, ghoulish, and cute sheets and embellishments. However, I would like to point out that ol’ Hallows Eve. Is ONE of the very important sabbats for us wiccans!! Also would like to point out that Wicca IS an appointed/legal religion! I would like to see MORE pentacle s, embellishing on paper, metal charms( which you do have, but it’s just just one of many straight forward design s)! Maybe pentacles made of wood, 3D pentacles, besom(broom) kits, where you can embellish your besom! Kit could come with colored fibers( black, orange, green, red etc. ). Metal charms glitter, pretty much anything nature/harvest based! 😊 so that’s my answer, and I’m stickin’ to it!! Lol thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Lisa R. says:

    Oops… Forgot to mention I would like to see more mini lights in different colors! 😊

  10. Debbie Rollier says:

    I would like to see easier projects to make and ones that cost less to make.

  11. barbara macaskill says:

    Gotta say I am Twisted Citron green with envyover Laura’s win!!! Enjoy your awesome prize!!
    I would love to see lots of skeletons in different sizes, materials and condition. Falling apart, ghoulish, bloody, pristine, it doesn’t matter just lots of size options!
    I am thinking of making a coffin with a skeleton or ten falling out of it so about 11″ would be awesome!! Smaller ones for children and babies!
    Thanks and fingers crossed!

  12. Kim R says:

    I would love to be spooked out with more ghosts + zombies. BRAAIIINNNNSSSSS!!!!

  13. Emily N. says:

    I’d like to see more of the little skeleton people on a collage sheet.

  14. Holly says:

    More scary stuff! More skeletons and cemetery and apothecary-themed items!

  15. Patti G says:

    Halloween is my favorite. Love the haunted houses.

  16. phoebe diamond says:

    More images of the environment during the season. More Day of the Dead images. And… what about vintage images of adults in costumes? I remember being horrified when my parents dressed up for Halloween celebrations.

  17. MaggieM says:

    I recently placed an order for the Haunted Village collage sheet pack and can’t wait to decorate the 4 houses and windows! With this in mind, I would like to see some scary tree images and yard decorations to add to my Halloween projects. I must add that Alpha Stamps already has a fabulous collection of collage sheets for Halloween:)

  18. Diana Bittaker says:

    Would love to see more vintage scary stuff, I.e. Poe , Hitchcock , and Borus Karloff ! I make creepy mini tin scenes and love the chemistry stuff too!

  19. LeAnn says:

    More creepy trees please.

  20. AKAST says:

    Nothing cute please! I would like more atmospheric images like cemetery, haunted house etc. plus spirit or ghost images. I also like the idea of Hitchcock images as suggested. More German expressionist images would be great as well.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to see story book characters , like the rabbit in Alice in W, dressed for Halloween. Thank you

  22. Sandy A says:

    I love the door and windows but would love more interior mansion, castle, haunted house, dungeon sheets. Would love love love to win. Thanks!

  23. Traci says:

    Anything halloween is okay with me-I love halloween and welcome any collage new sheets. >^..^<

  24. Lynn Fox says:

    It’s gotta be my turn to win something please please please!! My 11 year old granddaughter and I love to make Halloween art decorations and we’ve made several alpha stamps fancies. She loves the bottles and I love the ghosts. We both love the witches we’re going to have fun!

  25. I would love to win this package and would love to see more eery things ghouls and witches I love Halloween!!! Thanks for the chance

  26. Mary Helene says:

    I would love to see more haunted families.

  27. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Spooky backgrounds for me, please.

  28. Laural says:

    I would love to see more children in Halloween costumes. After all, isn’t that one of the top reasons for celebrating this Ghoulish Day!

  29. Eve Watters says:

    Each Halloween sheet
    Is really so neat
    The selection is extraordinary.
    If more birds could I see
    I’d be shouting with glee,
    And more trees in the cemetary!

  30. Jenni says:

    I really love all things Halloween! I would like to see more Day of the Dead imagery with skeletons going about their activities as they did in life. I would also very much like to see vintage 20’s and 30’s Halloween imagery, plus more of the 1/4 scale size please and thank you!

  31. Sue Young says:

    I agree with Jenni,#30…more Day of the Dead stuff!

  32. jean marmo says:

    Such fun! Loving the What’s in your Basement!! Loving all things ghosty and witchy!

  33. Jen R says:

    Haunted backdrops like graveyards, spooky gardens, etc. Also cabinet of curiosity stuff. Weird, wild, slightly macabre. We folk are out there looking for fodder.

  34. Margaret D says:

    I love the retro papers. Like Charming Halloween…. love those old time cats and jack-o-lanterns! I would love to see more reproductions of actual Halloween cards and more little children in costume. Also love to see some really spooky backgrounds with trees and creatures in them. Something could be used for a Diorama for instance. I think all your stuff is wonderful!

  35. Carole Carlson says:

    I think your selection is great. I’d like to see some sheets with small images (1″ or smaller) that I could use in jewelry-making.

  36. Carol kinsley says:

    I’m just new to this art and this is my first swap,therefore everything I’m seeing is great. I just love all the things you have and can’t wait till my things arrive. I would love to be the winner of the wonderful things you are offering

  37. KIM says:

    Great giveaway… always.
    I would like to see more retro Halloween items.
    From the 50’s & 60’s to remind us old ladies 🙂 of our childhood Halloween.

  38. Leah Fein says:

    I love all the collage sheets and I would like to see more actual vintage images if possible. I like to craft with ravens and crows.

  39. Dennis R says:

    Would like to see more people in costumes, haunted houses, and background settings. Right now I am having fun making the Halloween Countdown cards, using some family photos for some of the dates. Lots of fun, and super easy to do!

  40. carol says:

    I would love more spooky , haunted scenes inside, outside, witches ghosts, vintage Halloween. I’m not a fan of cutesy kids. Second wish for more Day of the Dead.

  41. Helen P says:

    How exciting would it be to win this one!!! What a great giveaway. I would love more ghoulish Halloween party images. Yes, vintage costumes for the creepiest characters in various stages of decay.

  42. Karen Mallory says:

    Love your giveaway! I would love images of old houses, buildings, castles that look haunted!

  43. Megan Warren says:

    I would love to see more creepy photo collage sheets, like the pictures in the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I would also love to see some All Hallow’s Eve, All Saint’s Day and Day of the Dead to go with the Halloween sheets. More stickers and more Halloween themed minis and charms, tiny tarot cards and maybe a few tiny gemstones?

  44. MICHELLE says:

    I love Halloween!!! I’d love to see more miniatures, dragons, castles…. LOVE it all!!

  45. Sandy says:

    MORE WITCHES PLEASE. Also vintage couples. The ones you have are fantastic.

  46. Lisa Farrell says:

    Love all things spooky, but would like more nature inspired spooky stuff. And I love Megan’s suggestion of tiny tarot cards, that would be nifty.

  47. Ginette P. says:

    I’d like to see more sophisticated images and less pumpkins.

  48. Pat Covington says:

    I would love to see more vintage costumes and skeletons also.

  49. Joan says:

    Love vintage costumes and children.

  50. Fran ayling says:

    More horror stuff please xxx

  51. Tanya says:

    More haunted backgrounds, owls, bats, kids in costumes, cornstalks, creepy trees/foliage, almost anything eerie, never seem to get enough!

  52. Beth Jones says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the kit! I love retro Halloween and Christmas papers….Brings back my childhood!!

  53. Sokat says:

    I would love to see vintage paper dolls that can be dressed in Halloween costumes

  54. Beth Williams says:

    I’d love to see a collage sheet of the classic movie monsters. I want to make a configuration box for my movie buff son.

  55. Janet Turner says:

    I love Halloween! This is a great giveaway.

  56. Lots of good ideas in the comments. More vintage Halloween (1920s-50s). Spooky dolls are always good too. Skeletons all dressed up…

  57. Karen Cejka says:

    I really like the skeletons, skulls, Edgar Allen Poe, ravens, spooky & vintage Halloween—especially the vintage poison bottle labels. I need to make some more of my special Halloween potions!

  58. Gina Goodling says:

    Would love more window scenes with Halloween as the theme! This is a very scary giveaway, count me in to win,

  59. Lori D. says:

    I love to see more vintage style photos so I could make headless people. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. julie m says:

    I would like to see more occult options.

  61. M. C. Sparks says:

    Is there anything out there like steampunk Halloween? And ravens!

  62. chark says:

    hmmm…probably classic monsters. Like Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy.

  63. marcia greer says:

    There’s a dark nursery rhyme genre of drawings that I’ve seen some samples of. One is a large insect playing a fiddle on the letter F. I’ve searched the world, having asked the artist her source which she thought was a cavallini wrapping paper but cavallini has no record of such an issue.
    Perfect for halloween maybe!

  64. Gail S. says:

    I love all this spooky, scary stuff, but I especially like skeletons.

  65. ratgirl says:

    Black and orange cats, ravens, rats and bats!

  66. Lou Anne H. says:

    I’d love more vintage children in costumes. I love the windows and doors and haunted house pieces too!

  67. Jo says:

    I’d like anything that looks “authentic vintage” – old advertisements, labels, illustrations. Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. Birgit says:

    I really like vintage images of witches, so I would love to see more of these! 🙂

    Happy creating,

  69. Patricia says:

    I adore all things Halloween however more images of Dia De Los Muertos, vintage witches, cats, owls, cauldrons,full moons, candles in triple holders (for the maiden, mother, and crone)pentacles,athames, book of shadows, all things witchy.

  70. Alice says:

    Your store is my favorite source for supplies for my Halloween dioramas. This kit looks like fun!

  71. Maryellen says:

    Vintage Halloween anything – lots of pumpkins!

  72. Carol says:


    Wow thanks for the chance to win
    FAB selection already but I love Gargoyles so maybe a sheet of them would be awesome 🙂

  73. teri steele says:

    Ive been working on a witches family photo album and would like more images of witch cabinet cards. Ive been converting old family members or my collection of cabinet cards who could look a little scary with an added witch hat or altered slightly. Im always on the hunt for vintage old Halloween images, postards etc

  74. Kathy Bumb says:

    I would love to see more images like the Strange People that I just purchased. I love the weird and creepy for my Halloween projects.

  75. Denise Bryant says:

    I love Halloween! Love the vintage Halloween images… jack ‘o lanterns, ghosts, witches, trick or treaters!

  76. Lana says:

    Great giveaway…now that you asked, I’d love to see more ghoulish photos, real ones, not with silly hats on them, but real photos that have been reproduced, they are fun to play with!

    Also, love, love, love the labels.

  77. Jackie Neal says:

    holy moly!! you have soo many sheets already to choose from! But I guess I too would like various sizes of skellies, old movie monsters-Creature from The Black Lagoon,The Mummy,Frank,etc. Oh, and I love DOD- so more of that!!

  78. Ina Good says:

    I would like to see more ghouls cats fancy onesand skulls all sizes!

  79. Sylvia L. says:

    I would like more cemetery images, along with
    iron fences, statues, gnarled trees, ghosts.

  80. Melody says:

    I like the vintage pin-up witches. I also like all of the universal monsters. Add in some spooky cemetery scenes with big dark scary trees and a full moon and the scene is set!