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Do Not Disturb The Dead

Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

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 Rhonda’s project that are still available on the new site.

So much to see today! New art (with faux copper roof tutorial!), new goodies! And…

ALL Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets are 40% off — through MONDAY night (TOMORROW, October 10, 2016)! That’s a big section (40 sheets) AND includes the new collage sheets by Laura announced on Thursday! Also includes popular items like the Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels, Gypsy Fortune Teller #1 and Magical Books #1 Collage Sheets shown at left.

Reminder: Chipboard Reliquaries Swap Art Due!

Hey, you get an extra day as I forgot about Monday’s postal holiday when I planned the swap. So you have until TUESDAY, October 11th to get your swap art in the mail to Caroline, who also made that cute sample at right!

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Do you remember that beautiful vintage kitchen Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas made a few month’s ago? We asked what technique from her project you all would like a follow-up tutorial on. The most votes was for the aged copper pots & pans. And today we have both that tutorial and how to use embossed foil to make a copper roof! See the wide photo below for a preview of the before and after.

Do Not Disturb The Dead: They Will Haunt Your Dreams is a fabulous (and spooky) tomb made from the new Chipboard Mausoleum Kit.

The kit is a combo package of 3 parts (also available separately)… Rhonda used all the parts:
Chipboard Mausoleum Set (I’m holding it in the photo above; the set also includes overlays for the window and door on the front)
Turrets – Set of 4 (just like it sounds… 4 tiny little turrets sized for the 4 corners of the roof; you can’t see the front of the turrets in the photo at right, but check out that cute owl in a close-up below)
Gothic Window Overlays for Mausoleum (overlays for the 6 windows on the sides)

Now back to the spooky… from Rhonda’s post:

There’s a spot in the woods behind Marie’s kitchen. It’s a mausoleum surrounded by an old gate.

It’s been there for a really long time and it creeps me out so bad. Sometimes at night, when the mysterious lights are flickering inside, it looks like there’s someone in there. But it’s sealed up really tight and no one can get in or out.

It has an eerie copper roof and if you stare at it long enough, you can see the faces that have formed while the weathering verdigris has set in and still continues…

Read more of Rhonda’s story, and see more photos (and that tutorial) on Rhonda’s blog post, and see her full Supply List.

Psst! Check below, too, ’cause lot of items from Rhonda’s supply list are included in today’s GIVEAWAY!

Hooray for the Mausoleum Giveaway!

I picked out a (short but very sweet) group of supplies used in Rhonda’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
– Chipboard Mausoleum Full Kit – new!
– Small Architectural Finials
– Small Brick Wall Texture Sheet – new!
– Small Ceramic Horned Owl Bead
– Tiny Tombstones Shape Set – new!
– LED Tea Light
– Miniature Rusty Picket Fence

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Rhonda’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

To enter the Mausoleum 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, October 10, 2016). And tell me: How would you decorate your mausoleum? Spooky for Halloween? Maybe some faux stained glass windows for Christmas?

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 the Gypsy Fortune Teller Giveaway? That would be Lana! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, October 9th, 2016

53 responses to “Do Not Disturb The Dead”

  1. M. C. Sparks says:

    Spooky of course! Never thought of a mausoleum cool!

  2. Jo says:

    LOVE THIS!!! So spooky and cool!

  3. Rose says:

    Wow! I just love this! I would do a spooky mausoleum, of course!

  4. Deb Kaste says:

    Oh my gosh, it is incredible! I LOVE it!!! I would have a really, really hard time trying to decide on ‘spooky’ or ‘cute’! Amazing work!!! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  5. Nadine says:

    Perfect timing, I’ll make a spooky Halloween scene!

  6. Amy says:

    Spooky! Love it.

  7. marykay chisum says:

    Hubbub SPOOKY!! Naturally!! How awesome!! Love this mausoleum!

  8. Phoebe Diamond says:

    An underwater crypt, something like Atlantis meets Gothic.

  9. Barb A says:

    OMG, this is the best ever! Pick me please! Love the spooky mausoleum.

  10. KIM says:

    I would make a gingerbread house for Christmas.
    Hope I win!
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance.

  11. Jeanne Kelly says:

    That is so cool! I would use the stone stencil and have som spirits squeezing out of cracks in the stone walls!

  12. Cinda Parent says:

    So creative!! Love it for a Halloween centerpiece.

  13. barb macaskill says:

    Congratulations Lana on winning the fun Gypsy prize package!
    I think I would decorate this as Rapunzel’s hidden cell! Lots of pastels and flowers and her captor trying to get in! Her captor needs to beware though because her knight in shining armor is watching in secret for her captor to show up so he can get his love out of hiding!!

  14. Kat Cashwell says:

    Spooky !! Love the stained glass & the roof ! So talented!!!

  15. Denise Bryant says:

    Love that brick! Looks awesome! I’d decorate mine for Halloween!

  16. itsmebarbj says:

    I’d make mine for Christmas and stay with the traditional papers. Love the different bricks!

  17. Beth says:

    This Mausoleum is beyond amazing !! I would love to make a spooky one !

  18. Donna W. says:

    Oh, even though I am not that much into Halloween, I love this mausoleum! And, would definitely decorate it for Christmas and even one for Easter, too! Thank you for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win! Good luck, everyone! ~ Donna =)

  19. Jen R says:

    Gotta go with spooky!

  20. Tina says:

    Love the artwork!

  21. Lorna E says:

    I’d go with a spooky, abandoned style mausoleum. Rhonda did an amazing job with this.

  22. Emily D says:

    Love the new church. I’d make a Christmas gingerbread church.

  23. Traci says:

    Love the idea of a mausoleum. Great project for Halloween. >^..^<

  24. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous project! Would definitely go into a spooky graveyard

  25. Lou Anne says:

    My mausoleum would be spooky for Halloween, with some New Orleans Spanish moss, surrounded by swamp.

  26. Randi Scholl says:

    Love this, especially the Windows. I think a memorial for sailors lost at sea.

  27. Susan M L says:

    Great looking Mausoleum! I would use the Halloween themed items for Halloween projects, and use the Mausoleum kit for a pretty Christmas church scene. The brick texture sheet would be great to use in some of my other projects.

  28. Jean Marmo says:

    SO cool! Love the texture sheets! Would love to try my hand at this!

  29. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to do a Christmas project.

  30. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Woohoo, more Halloween goodies. My favorite holiday. Love the Mausoleum. Would look great decorated for Day of the Dead

  31. Liz T says:

    I’d make mine a medieval ruin.

  32. Diana bittaker says:

    I would so make it a bit more dreary looking on the outside- I like the grey stone color but would definitely have a few ghosts or spirits peeking out of the Windows!

  33. Megan Warren says:

    Totally spooky for Halloween and the rest of the year

  34. Cheryl Lee says:

    This is another great project! And so many ideas from all the ladies above. But I think I would also go for something Christmassy! Too cute!

  35. Barbara says:

    This is SO cool – I would LOVE to win!

  36. Jenna says:

    I would decorate it spookily of course! Even if I don’t get around to it til Christmas, it’ll be the spookiest Christmas project ever.

  37. Kimberly says:

    Oh those textures are so much fun!

  38. Joanj says:

    Great project. Mine would be less spooky, more magical, for wood nymphs and fairies and friends.

  39. This is one of my favorites. I would make mine decrepit.

  40. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Great project! I would probably decorate it for Christmas. Make it festive and bright.

  41. Dana Desmond says:

    I would love to make this project. Creepy Halloween is my favorite theme.

  42. Lisa R. says:

    Rhonda this is absolutely awesome!! My Halloween village is almost complete , I have not been able to participate lately. I saw this and well… Plz alpha stamps I really need this to make my grave yard sene complete!! Of course I would TRY to replicate Rhonda’s masterpiece lol but I would use the larger stone sheet. Thank you Alpha stamps once again for the chance to win!

  43. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would make a spooky mausoleum for Halloween.

  44. Carol Feiner says:

    I love the brick texture sheets! I would definitely use them on tombs or houses!

  45. LeAnn says:

    I would definitely make a spooky Halloween scene!

  46. Sandra L. says:

    Amazing Mausoleum! I would be hard pressed to make an exact replica of Rhonda’s building but I would “die” trying. Couldn’t resist that pun. I love the texture sheets especially the brick and have added that to my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to win! So please pick me.

  47. Dennis L. says:

    Would do something similar to Rhonda’s great looking Mausoleum.

  48. AKAST says:

    The creepier the better. I think I would trick out the outside of the building in grey cobblestone instead of the red brick. I would also try to age it so the building looks like it’s from the 19th century. I love the turrets and the silhouette shape tombstones.

    It’s a very cool project to make.

  49. Sylvia L. says:

    I would have to make it Halloween-themed. I love the look of old cemeteries- spooky but still elegant.

  50. anne stodghill says:

    Love this! I would definitely go spooky. Just the centerpiece I need for my haunted cemetery.

  51. Laura says:

    I would plant lots of flowers around it and create a lovely picnic area with seating and table so that surviving loved ones have a comfy place to visit the dearly departed… ones. Mausoleums are built to house several. !!Perhaps the sounds of earthly delight will somehow lift the tormented souls that reside within from their hellish, eternal torture. Bwa ha ha

  52. Libby jones says:

    I love that little carriage house! But then again I love all little houses. I think I would have to go with Christmas. I love the one on here, though, if course. It is so well done. Thanks for sharing!

  53. Ray says:

    It would be fun to make it into a crematorium