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It’s almost Halloween!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Halloween, Little Ghouls Kit, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper

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 lists for both projects on the new site: Bella’s Halloween ATCs and Shannon’s Haunted House.

What? The end of the Halloween season? Say it’s not so!

I love Halloween (and I bet you do, too). I had some ideas for more gifts but we’ll have to be content with this last Halloween-themed gift kit: Antiqued Anatomy Tags (plus a little glass bottle filled with glitter and a snip of tiny ribbon)!

The bottle is one of the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles, and the ribbon is from the new 1/16 Inch Black Satin Ribbon!

I designed the tags with illustrations from vintage anatomy books (over grungy parchment) to be used “as is” or to be the base for more arting. And the tags are in multiple sizes so you tie one on a gift or as a tag on a tiny bottle.

The new collage sheet (AND the filled bottle & ribbon) is Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, October 30th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!


Halloween ATCs by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

We have TWO fab projects today! First these adorable ATCs by Miz Bella!

Aw… I love the tiny prints (and the subtle Halloween palette) in The Witching Hour Mini Prints Scrapbook Paper Set (the backgrounds of all 4 of these ATCs).

Plus with the sharp contrast of the ATC frames painted black (and gussied up with some iridescent glitter)… those vintage tykes from the Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet have the perfect frame.

Here’s a link to Bella’s supply list for quick links to all those Halloween supplies.


Hooray for the Ghoul Manor Giveaway featuring artwork by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

Oh my! Look at that fabulous haunted house! Love, love, love the shabby look, the roof additions Shannon added, the scalloped shingled roof over the door and window on the first floor… pretty much everything she did!

One of my favorite books as a kid was It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky. It is a collection of short Halloween poems that I read until it nearly fell apart. It went with me when I moved out and was eventually read countless times to all of my kids. The pages are yellowed and the cover is frightful, but we still pull it out every October to read at least eight times before Halloween. In the book there is a poem about a group of ghouls having a party in a haunted house. So, when I learned of the haunted house shadowbox from Alpha Stamps, I knew how it was to be decorated.

The facade of the small haunted house shadowbox was altered a little using heavy cardstock…


I started by cutting out two roof shapes, the larger roof section being double-layered since I wanted that portion to protrude a bit more. The windows were cut out of the new large roof piece and then all of the windows were glued in place.

To make the wood siding, I cut several strips of paper in varied widths (it’s Chesterville Whitford 12 x 12 and already has a nice aged look about it. I still grunged it up). The strips were glued on and more tiny scalloped shingles were put on the upper roof. The entire inside of the shadowbox was painted black before all of the little ghouls and demons were added, and I decided to give the Pumpkin Girl glowing eyes.

Head over to Shannon’s blog to see more photos showing how she customized the haunted house (and how she cleverly hid the wiring for the light). Oh, and for the poem!

This Giveaway includes EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!

To enter the Ghoul Manor 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 27, 2017)!

And tell me: what part of Shannon’s haunted house do you like best? (Or what detail inspires you most?) I’m torn between the addition of cardstock pieces to make dormer windows and the backlit pumpkin girl.

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 Shadowbox Giveaway? Rise St Arno! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, October 26th, 2017

58 responses to “It’s almost Halloween!”

  1. Nancy O says:

    Absolutely love the dimension Shannon got by layering the additional chipboard shapes on the house. Definitely a technique I want to try.

  2. Karen Crawford says:

    I just LOVE all of the vintage ghoulies she has peering out the windows on this awesome piece!
    Thanks for all the creative inspiration you give us!

  3. Verna says:

    I adore the backlit pumkin. What a great addition to this project. And I adore vintage. Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration.

  4. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the additional detail that was add to the house it gives is some much dimension. I also love all the ghouls hanging out in the windows!!

  5. Stacy Blow says:

    Where to start! I love the façade the best. So intricate and beautiful! What an awesome project!

  6. Barb J says:

    I love the house, the cat lit up and love those tags with the anatomy of the skeleton!

  7. Barb A says:

    I love that the larger roof protrudes a bit for more dimension, and the paper siding. Grunging it up a bit really adds to the realism. Another wonderful fabulous project, so many talented artist on the design team. Kind of sad that Halloween is almost over. Also love the ATCs!

  8. Jen R says:

    I love that pumpkin girl as well!

  9. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    The house is really awesome, but maybe needs some gargoyles to make it a little scarier. And I think I’d make the house darker and have some spider webs. Somethings to make it more ghoulish.

  10. I love vintage. I would keep it the same but maybe darker siding on the house with vintage ghosts.

  11. Kathryn Asbahr says:

    The instructions for how she accomplished this neat house. The tips are great. So much imagination!

  12. Marilyn Ray says:

    I’m definitely loving the 3D effect with the chipboard. But I really love the whole thing too much to pick just one thing.

  13. Catharine McCammon says:

    Hi, I’m going to fill those little glass vials with mint and rosemary from my garden. I’ll make tea for my gnomes! Wow….Thank you

  14. Emily Dale says:

    I like everything in the windows.

  15. Barb macaskill says:

    Everything about this is out of this world amazing! ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The backlit pumpkin the most but it is all awesome!
    Congratulations Rise!

  16. Barbara Ramey says:

    I loved the 3D effects that were added and the LED light idea. The light gave the whole thing a very scary feeling. I just loved the whole idea.

  17. Kim R says:

    I love the pumpkin window thats lit up! Such creepy fun!

  18. Kate Meyers says:

    as always, I am super excited about all the Halloween goodies. That pumpkin beats my backlit witch by a mile, love it and looking to change my window. Good luck to all for these goodies.

  19. Linda Van Steyn says:

    Just love everything about it. Haunted houses like this make me want to run out and buy everything to do it. So inspirational. Thank you. Windows are special….

  20. Mary Andrada says:

    I really love the tiny details. I discolor touch in small places here and there. adds depth. The light up pumpkin is awesome too.

  21. Traci says:

    Super spooky-love all the scary ghouls in the windows. >^..^<

  22. Anne says:

    I love the 3D aspect of adding the additional pieces.

  23. Debrah Hensley-The says:

    I love the window treatments and the bats.

  24. 2amscrapper says:

    I would love to win this house and turn it into a Christmas house! I love Shannon’s roof and that she lit up the inside with hidden lights. Thanks for a chance to win!

  25. Kay Todd says:

    Love the shadow box since it is deep enough to put in 3D spooky items.

  26. Michelle says:

    I love the pumpkin window lit up!!

  27. Dianna says:

    Trick or treat? Definitely treat with the light through the pumpkin ghoul in the window. I love all the details on the front of the house. The dimensions of the layered chipboard and the paper sidings are great and inspiring techniques for me to use.

  28. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I love the whole idea. I can see this front used for any theme: Christmas, individualized birthday house on cake or as a gift, Spring, Summer, Fall or Wedding table decorations, the ideas just keep coming. What a great tut.

  29. Carla says:

    Love the layering to get the dimension and the pumpkin! I also see this as a Christmas house!

  30. Cheryl Lee says:

    I also love how she did the front of the house! Too cute! I also think I would make mine Christmassy. Love too the vintage Halloween papers, especially the black cats!! Congrats to Rise!!

  31. K Toews says:

    pumpkin girl for sure

  32. cg says:

    THE LIGHTED PUMPKIN OMGOMGOMG!!!! I LOVE IT! That’s exactly what I’d go for!!!!
    Btw…on one of the pics, you’re holding the sticker word ‘fetes’. At first look, I thought it said FETUS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Ahem. I don’t know why I thought that was hilarious. Probably the nyquil I took for my cold. And the vodka. Also for my cold.

  33. Lisa R. says:

    Lol so sooo and creative!! My fav part is the lite up pumpkin girl and how she cleverly hid the wires! Great giveaway! Thank you alpha stamps!

  34. I just love the whole house! My favorite part is the little glowing pumpkin girl.

  35. Rose says:

    Love the pumpkin girl!

  36. Sandy says:

    What an inspirational piece. I like it all and would look so nice on the mantel.

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fabulous Haunted House! I love the lit up pumpkin! Lights always add a touch of mysterious!

  38. Laurie staffaroi says:

    I love the project, but the creepy skulls in the winows are a scream!!

  39. Jan K says:

    I love everything about this house, but my favorite part is the poem she used for inspiration! The backlit window was pretty amazing too!

  40. geri says:

    Trick or Treat – what a great project
    Love the backlit window

  41. Judy Goodwin says:

    The dormer windows are really great. i’d like to try that on ATC’s.

  42. sheila AR says:

    I love the aged haunted effects Shannon achieved on the house/windows, and how the added chipboard pieces really 3-d’d it out. Fabulous!!

  43. Constance S. says:

    That backlit window! <3

  44. Jo says:

    OOOO! i love the lighted pumpkin! what a great project!

  45. Once again, Halloween is my middle name…

  46. Laura says:

    I love the addition of cardstock to customize the house! It adds a lot of depth and character to the house.

  47. Jean marmo says:

    So very creative. Love the haunted feel. So many wonderful details.

  48. Roe says:

    I love the idea of using LEDs in the project. It gives me a lot of new ideas

  49. Lorrilee says:

    I love the extra dimension from the chipboard pieces added, especially the shingles and the bats. I started thinking of added window boxes with dead or black plants, etc. Needs a black cat silhouette, too.

  50. Claudia Jean Nelson says:

    I love your style so much. The house is fantastic. Your a amazing artist. Thank you for your inspirations. And thank you for the chance to win.

  51. Malinda says:

    I love how the pretty, dainty window frames contrast with the scary ghoulies inside! The bats on the outside give a nice three-dimensional “pop”, too!

  52. Jennie Ingram says:

    I love how she altered the roofline! Gives it a much more realistic old house feel.

  53. Ina Good says:

    I love Shannons Haunted House…The roof and shingles or siding really inspires me!

  54. Rebecca Russell says:

    I love the spooky pumpkin girl!

  55. Rosemary J says:

    Ohhh what a Treat! Love everything about this but the best part is how she shares the directions. Thank you so much!

  56. Mary Mac says:

    I like that she made the house distressed white instead of all black.

  57. Carol Slowik says:

    I really like how she added dimension to the front of the house!

  58. Nancy E says:

    I really like all the dimension with the house!