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Play Amongst the Crypts & Final Day of Halloween Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Miniature Reliquaries Kit, Nichola Battilana
Update! A newer post about Kristin’s artwork is here.
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 Kristin’s project that are still available on the new site.

Halloween Theme Section SALE (20% to 50% off! Yes! Tons of Halloween goodies (285 items!): scrapbook papers, ribbons, chipboard shapes, charms, beads, stencils, Dresden borders, stickers…) To give you a chance to stock up for the swap, this section will stay on sale through TOMORROW, September 19th (that is the same date as the deadline to sign up for the swap — see below).

Note: that includes some recent additions to this section, like the Chipboard Gothic Chandeliers and the Silver Crescent Moon Dimensional Stickers!

Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
A reminder about our current swap… and swap samples at right by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! I love these! So simple yet so creepy! Mainly just the Miniature Reliquaries, Latin Stone Scrapbook Paper, and images from the Skeleton Slide Mailers and Skull & Bones Collage Sheets. And a bit more, from Nichola’s blog post:

I’ve added loads of black Dresden snippets, and some teeny weeny ‘crystals’, dots normally used for decorating finger nails.

Nice job, Nichola!

Sign up for the swap by TOMORROW, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more. And see more samples by the Design Team in the Gallery!

Now we have two delightful tombs with Victorian babes, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! (See the wide photo below.)

First up: Temperence. She gets bored sitting at home, so she loves to decorate the crypts in the nearby cemetery. Here she’s placed several carved pumpkins around the base of the crypt, and is busy stringing up some smaller jack o’lanterns to hang as lanterns. It’s dusk, and she’s evidently disturbed a few bats, who fly around her head.

To help Temperence stand out, I used adhesive foam tape to attach her to the crypt. The columns and the black vines also help to give this piece a 3D look.

Here’s Temperence’s younger sister, Auroria. She’s known as a bit of a flibbertigibbet. Somehow, she’s managed to open the spiderweb gate and gain admission to the interior of this crypt. She hasn’t got a care in the world, running around with her glowing jack o’lantern and her three skully balloons. I hope that rat doesn’t bite her. That sucker is huge!

Good job, Kristin! Read more, and see more photos on Kristin’s blog post, and see her full Supply List. Psst! Check below, too, ’cause EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list is included in today’s GIVEAWAY!



Hooray for the Play Amongst the Crypts Giveaway!

Today’s Giveaway includes everything in Kristin’s Temperence and Auroria Play Amongst the Crypts Supply List! Woo hoo! Not only all the goodies on Auroria’s tomb (shown at right), but also the tomb, background paper, number 31 metal sign (and many more numbers), columns, skulls, pumpkins, and black leaves from her sister Temperence’s tomb!

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork (17 items!), which is also what’s in the Giveaway!

AND as I’ve just put them on Clearance Sale: One of the Glass Parfait Cups! I can see some bubbling green witchy brew in one of these for a Halloween scene.

To enter the Play Amongst the Crypts 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 19, 2016). And tell me: How will you decorate your 2 Tombs?

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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Mini Apothecary Giveaway? That would be Bonita Knepp! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, September 18th, 2016

46 responses to “Play Amongst the Crypts & Final Day of Halloween Sale!”

  1. I love these and I love Halloween I would make the tombs very scary!!

  2. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I’d decorate them with images of animals that are, or are close to being extinct. That or do before and after tombs of environmental disasters.

  3. barb macaskill says:

    I would definitely use the baby pictures to decorate my tombs if I won!!! I am thinking that I would transfer the skeleton baby to clear film and do a few layers of them, frame the top one and use foam tape to lift them up, in different color ink so it looks like there are several babies just fighting to get out of the hole. Green or Purple lighting would add to the eerie effect!
    Congratulations Bonita on winning Thursday’s giveaway!

  4. Verna says:

    I teach class and always with someone would give me a kit I couldn’t live without. This is it. I could copy this one just as is because these are Kristin is wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  6. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    Crypts are scary places that intrigue,,,,love them.

  7. Lori Shoemaker says:

    I love everything dark and spooky! I would make my crypts with skeletons, spiders and their webs.

  8. Christina Hilton says:

    I’ve always envisioned my tomb to look like Juliets tomb from Romeo and Juliet. Lots of color, lots of flowers, candles, and Romeo.

    I would make two tombs; one for me and one for my Romeo. I would use shrine collage sheets, Juliet collage sheets, gold Dresden, mini flowers, mini candles, hearts, poison bottle, and brass stampings.


  9. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love the crypts ! Those would be so cool to line the outside of my mad scientist miniature box! So creepy cool!🕷

  10. Traci says:

    I would make them just as Kristen did-love her ideas. I always enjoying seeing what the Alpha Stamps awesome design team comes up with. They are the best- >^..^<

  11. Carol DuBois says:

    Halloween is my favorite craft time, so I will make these tombs fun creepy. I would use images from last year’s haunted house swap along with some black and purple roses.

  12. Emily D says:

    Love the forms… I’d make a creepy circus.

  13. marykay chisum says:

    WOW! Classic movie monster tombs would be my choice. Dracula and Frank need resting places

  14. Noreen says:

    The tombstones would be great on the front of a Halloween album or creepy book! Love Nichola’s ideas!

  15. Jen R says:

    I am thinking a Marie Laveau theme for these..

  16. Dennis L. says:

    Fabulous projects and giveaway! Would make Halloween tombs of Gunslingers and their wicked women.

  17. Barb says:

    Wow!!! great giveaway. Halloween ranks high in my holiday themes. I would decorate the tombs with bats and cobwebs, finishing them off with a few ghouls.

  18. Sara P. says:

    I love anything Halloween!!!

  19. Laural says:

    Bootiful! I would love to tey my hand at making these.

  20. Carla says:

    I love Halloween……I think the crypts would be perfect to display pictures of my grandkids in their costumes for trick or treating!

  21. Lisa Marie says:

    PERFECT for haunted village addition!! I would TRY to re-create these tombs, but in my own way but similar. Thanks for the chance to win this awsome giveaway!!

  22. Julianne says:

    Cover of a mini album.

  23. Nancy Olsen says:

    Perfect for a Day of the Dead his and hers crypts.

  24. Lou Anne says:

    I am not sure what I’d do with the tombs-I love the examples so I might make something similar. The other option would be underwater tombs for mermaid crypts

  25. Maryellen says:

    I would start with Kristin’s idea’s – which are always fun and who knows from there.

  26. Daylan says:

    I’m thinking I will use not for tombs, but I want to create a Gothic ballad/Romantic poetry book display, and this would be part of the mixed media assemblage. Thank you for another opportunity!

  27. Mary Mac says:

    Love to do a witch them but along the lines “Hocus Pocus” movie.

  28. Nancy E says:

    Love them, would create these for my Halloween obsessed girlfriend!

  29. M. C. Sparks says:

    I think one is steampunk Halloween, and one is something Dracula oriented

  30. jo says:

    Love these pieces – they are perfect for Halloween!

  31. Peggy says:

    These are awesomely creepy! Love the ideas here. I might die much the same thing but I was thinking what wonderful doorways they would
    make on a book box I have from G45. It would be fun to make a crypt honeymoon get-a-way using these as inside and outside doors. Inside the box would be a suite that Gomez and Mortician would love.

  32. Karen Mallory says:

    Oooh! More Halloween! Love it! I would make a scene of the inside of the crypt. Maybe Dracula rising from his coffin!

  33. Cherie says:

    Love everything in this Halloween giveaway! What fun they would be to create a “terrifying”, lol, piece!

  34. Kimberly says:

    I love skellies, so will likely use the skull and bones with the tombstone

  35. Sandra Bolliger says:

    Definitely Victorian elements with lots of creepy. Love these.

  36. Denise Bryant says:

    I love all things Halloween, so I would definitely have fun decorating the tombs! Ghosts and jack-o-lanterns and a black cat would be included!

  37. Ray says:

    Maybe something like a
    Venetian costume ball kind of thing

  38. Joanj says:

    I would have witches and dying gardens, a few ghosts and goblins.

  39. Rose says:

    I would make them very evil and scary! I love Halloween and spooky things! My favorite memories as a kid were of Saturday afternoons watching scary old classic horror movies, so I think I would try to channel a little of the mummy, Frankenstein, and Count Dracula, for starters!

  40. Marilyn Hughes says:

    As tombstones of course. Lots of black and orange and scary images from Alpha Stamps collage sheets (thank goodness for digital files).

  41. Karen says:

    Lots of ideas swirl through my head and would love the chance to win this giveaway. Halloween is a fun “crafty” day.

  42. Michelle says:

    I love Halloween! I dont know what I would make, so many options.

  43. I like the idea of Blue Boy and Pinky skeletons with cobwebs etc.

  44. Jean Marmo says:

    Creepy, scary good! Love these! Halloween is one of my fave holidays to decorate for!

  45. Susan M L says:

    Wonderful artwork and great giveaway. Would like to decorate one for a Day of the Dead display I set up every year. The other would be used as a cover on a Halloween themed book (still in the making) A Happy, colorful Autumn to All!

  46. Jackie PN says:

    Not sure if I would go totally creepy or just a bit ghoulish with my tombs…either way they would be eerily fun!
    Great giveaway!