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    ATC Bookcase, FREE Gift and a BIG Ribbon Sale

    Filed under Betsy Skagen, Collage Sheets, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    What’s New Today? ATC Bookcase!

    Design Team Member Laura Carson has made a beautiful bookcase to house ATC books — and also shows it repurposed as a secretary for your stationery. Plus a sweet Christmas cake using the Chipboard House Ornament Kit and a nostalgic wall hanging!


     

    BIG sale on ribbons: 50% to 80% off! Wow! Time to wrap some gifts (or tiny prop packages)! Grab ‘em quick as many of these will not be restocked. ALL of these sections are included in the sale:
    - Metallic (like that Navy Satin Ribbon w/Gold Edge shown at left)
    - Patterned
    - Silk
    - Solid
    - Twills

    FREE GIFT! In honor of Laura's lovely Regency Christmas Themed ATC Bookcase using the New Holiday Wreaths Collage Sheet (also designed by Laura), ALL ORDERS on Thursday and Friday, December 8th and 9th (2016) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE! More info
     

    Wow! This is such a lovely piece! Laura’s Regency Christmas Themed ATC Bookcase uses the new ATC Bookcase with the Vintage Christmas Scrapbook Papers (and her new collage sheets) to create a pretty desktop bookcase that you’ll want to keep for yourself (though it would also be a fabulous gift).

    “Tis the season to be jolly and I’m kicking things off with a versatile bookcase project. I say versatile, because this has so many possibilities. Since we are in the height of the holiday season I decided to go with a regency period Christmas theme because the regency period is my favorite; it’s a Jane Austen thing. The generous side and back areas were perfect for creating scenes using my four new holiday collage sheets.

    “This bookcase just happens to be perfect for storing and displaying ATCs. The books you see displayed in the cabinet are ATC sized and I’ve used them in a variety of ways. One book is a accordion folded book displaying ATCs, one contains a stack of ATCs and one is a shadow box book.”

    Read more about all those different books, tips for assembling the bookcase (and see lots more photos) in Laura’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     

    Next up: a sweet project featuring a new stamp, by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas: A Vintage Christmas Wall Hanging! (See the wide photo below.)

    The new At The Window Cling Stamp is one large background image (so big we’ve stocked a new larger acrylic mount to accommodate it). I love the red embossed image Rhonda made with it!

    “Here’s an idea for a detailed and beautiful large stamp. With a huge love of all things vintage, (buttons, lace, keys, etc), it can be easy to create a piece of art that can be hung on the wall to admire or give as a gift.

    “With the holidays upon us, I included an open window to show Santa busy at work inside. But I can close him back up so I can enjoy this all year long, if my heart so desires.

    “I love vintage Frozen Charlotte dolls. This one is real, as I have been collecting and hoarding them for many years, but luckily Alpha Stamps carries both a Resin Baby Doll Set and Tim Holtz Salvaged Dolls set.”

    Be sure to check out Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.


     

     

    Hooray for the A Holiday Feast Giveaway!

    Just look at that flurry of Christmas cheer! That piece by Betsy Skagen is called A holiday feast for the eyes – and no impact on your thighs (!), and though lots of the goodies decorating it are vintage pieces from Betsy’s stash, there are still quite a few trims (and that house at the top) that are ALL included in today’s Giveaway! See more photos on Betsy’s blog post, too!

    Yep, everything in this supply list is included! The Chipboard House Ornament Kit includes the house, 2 collage sheets and half a paper pad all by itself!

     
    To enter the A Holiday Feast 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, December 9, 2016)!

    And tell me: We’ve had lots of ideas from the Design Team of decorations to make using the House Ornament, from bright and festive to gingerbread to dreadful (even a second one by Betsy). How will you decorate yours?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Mini House Room Box Giveaway? That would be Barb MacAskill! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 8th, 2016

    House Room Boxes plus Attic Silhouettes

    Filed under Bella Ayers, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Shannon Cooper

    What’s New Today? New House Shrines!

    We have new House Room Boxes in FOUR designs! Plus there is cute new art by THREE Design Team Members using them! Plus more ornaments using this month’s kit!


     

     

    Let’s start with this fun 1:24 scale room box by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers)! Bella used the larger House Room Box with Cubbies. It’s 12-1/2″ tall by 8-1/2″ wide by 3″ deep (plus it has dividers that create four approx 4-1/4″ wide x 4-1/4″ tall “rooms”). The “rooms” work well for 1/2″ scale (1:24) furniture.

    Did I mention it includes siamese Raggedy Ann dolls?! Who bounce on springs on a shabby couch!? “Not having a prissy perfect dollhouse meant of course that it would have to be inhabitable by none other than The Dreadfuls.”

    Ha! Yes, The Dreadfuls are back and have quite a few colorful stories in this outing. And Bella includes all kinds of tips, including how to get the lumpy couch (on a tiny 1:24 scale couch).

    “The entire project started out when I was sent the House Room Box with 4 Cubbies from Alpha Stamps to play with. I knew that I’d want to make it some sort of a dollhouse, but didn’t want a prissy perfect one. I also wanted a fireplace, but didn’t have one that was 1:24 scale. Which meant that I’d have to try to figure out how to make my own because a. I’m way too cheap and b. I’m trying to create stuff with items I already have here at home.”

    Read more (and see more photos and tips) in Bella’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     

    Now we’re moving on to half the size of that house that Bella used! Both Shannon Cooper and Rhonda Secrist Thomas used the new Mini House Room Boxes for Christmasy projects. Both of these mini houses are overall approx. 6-1/2″ tall by 4-1/4″ wide by 1-1/2″ deep. One has dividers for 4 cubbies below the roof, and the other has one large “room” space.

    Shannon made this adorable shrine (first photo at left), that’s full of backlit silhouettes. Rhonda also used that shrine with cubbies, and also made the shrine below with gnomes: “I love watching birds out of my window, especially on a snowy day. I nicked some of their seed for my little elf to use for his winged friends.”

    Each of them came up with their own version of a technique to allow you to open and close the top “attic” (so you can get to the switch to turn the tea light on or off).

    Back to Shannon’s artwork:

    “My brain couldn’t get passed “silhouette” so I continued the theme and chopped several of the Ornament Layers away from the frames, painted them black, then glued them in the rooms of the house. The little girl on the stairs is my favorite because she is shadowed behind the lit tree. Creating the tree is as easy as pie, and it took about 5 minutes. After painting my tree black, I cut out a section of thin plastic (mine is toy packaging) and glued it to the back of the tree. I colored the ornaments and tinsel with Sharpies. That’s it.”

    Read more (and see more photos — and those tips on getting to the attic light) on both Shannon’s and Rhonda’s blog posts.
     

    I love these ornaments by Kristin Batsel!

    Kristin shows all kinds of ideas, from colored pencils to paint. And tips on applying glitter to just the ground, and getting stripes around the edges even. Then, those last 2 ornaments at right are priceless:

    “Last but not least, here’s a great way to preserve some Christmas memories. I’ve taken photos of my girls every year since my older daughter was born. Back in the days before digital cameras, I would take 20 some pictures and then wait for the film to be developed. I always ended up with several outtakes that were not “card worthy”.

    “Here is my favorite. My younger daughter was almost two, and in every.single.picture she screamed “tee hee!” My older daughter, who was not excited about taking Christmas photos in the first place, could not hide her exasperation.

    “Nine years later, the girls agreed to recreate that photo for me for our 2013 Christmas card. That card is one of my all time favorites, and I will love having this ornament on my tree. I am planning on going through all my old cards and making more photo ornaments. Wouldn’t these make great gifts for family?”

    Read more (and see more photos) in Kristin’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     

     

    Hooray for the Mini House Room Box Giveaway!

    For today’s Giveaway, I picked out the tiny, 1/4 scale furniture I showed in the Mini House Room Box – 4 Cubbies, plus an attic silhouette, and the ornament that Shannon cut apart and used in one of the cubbies in her artwork:
    - Mini House Room Box – 4 Cubbies (1:48)
    - Small Flying Santa Attic Silhouette
    - Stairs Christmas Morning Ornament Layers
    - 1/4 Scale Kitchen Furniture Set
    - 1/4 Scale Bathroom Set

     
    To enter the Mini House Room Box 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, December 5, 2016)! And tell me: How will you decorate your Mini House Room Box?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Newsletter & Giveaway!

    Hey, who won the Gingerbread Giveaway? That would be Deb Kaste! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 4th, 2016

    Gingerbread! And a Bake Sale!

    Filed under Giveaways, House Ornament Kit, Miniatures, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    What’s New Today? Gingerbread Houses!

    Ok… not just gingerbread houses… we have artwork by TWO Design Team Members, both with a gingerbread theme! One made the most delectable gingerbread house for your mantel you’d ever want to see! And the other made a whole Christmas market baked good scene!

    FLASH SALE! What’s so much gingerbread without a BAKE SALE! The ENTIRE Baking Miniatures is On Sale at 20% to 50% off!

    Yep, that includes the new Chocolate Sandwich Cookies used in Shannon’s artwork (shown below, though you may have to spend a bit o’ time to find them among the treasures, so i added a preview at right) and the new 1 Inch Gingerbread House! The sale ends Friday night, December 2nd at midnight PST!
     


    Starting with this amazing Holiday Sweets Hutch by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper… wow!

    I love how Shannon reimagined the Kitchen Cabinet Kit into a market stall (she left off the cabinet doors on the top, and the piece looks like a whole different cabinet painted white).

    “I cooked up a sweet little Christmas Hutch and set it in a mini scene. It is sort of like a market stall, but using a smaller hutch instead. The cabinet is a Chrysnbon kit that I assembled and painted, but this Mini Oak Hutch would save some construction time.

    “There’s a lot to look at, isn’t there? Haha! Every time I thought I was finished, I saw an empty spot that needed something… The shelves are crammed with glass bottles and jars filled with candies and jams. There is a bowl of lemon drops near a chicken dish, a cookie sheet of gingerbread men, heart shaped sugar cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies, and a classic Yule Log. The glass balls near the gingerbread sleigh are actually ornaments that are filled with microbeads.

    My intentions were to hang them on the garland but then I got the cutest cookie cutters on the planet! I fashioned little hooks from wire, glued a snippet of sewing thread in a loop on the back of the cookie cutter, then hung them from the hook. They are my favorite part of the entire project.

    “The hutch has a slide-y out-y bit (is it a prep area? A kneading board? I have no idea) that I used as a gift wrapping station. The flour bin holds all the gift wrap and ribbon, so it is all nice and tidy.

    “The dainty pot is kind of a fave, too. (See bottom left of the photo, with the lollipops in it.) It started out terra cotta colored but with a little paint and glitter, it fit nicely between the pudding and the lollies. There is a longer pot in that set also, and I painted it the same way and filled it with gingerbread hearts there to the left of the lollipops. Most of the cakes and candies I made from polymer clay, but the round suckers are made from hot glue and colored with Sharpies. “

    Read more tips (and see more photos) in Shannon’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     

    Next up: a FABULOUS project from the Chipboard House Ornament Kit by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas that looks so yummy: The Gingerbread House! (See the wide photo below.)

    “Here’s a favorite tradition that my girls and I love to do every year, making Gingerbread Houses! The thing I love about this little house is that not only can it light up, but it can be kept for years to come because none of it is edible!

    “Creating this faux gingerbread house put me in the Christmas Spirit early. It was simple to create, using “icing” (Dimensional Snow Writer) to attach the walls, roof and chimney. I also used it to add the many pieces of candy. Add a dot, then mush the candy right into place.

    “The tiny peppermints were created by slicing this fun Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane. A little goes a long way and it slices like butter with an exacto blade.”

    Be sure to check out Rhonda’s blog post as she provides a tutorial on using the Tiny Shingles Stencil to create sparkly “snow” shingles. And here’s her Supply List.


     

     

    Hooray for the Gingerbread Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items, from today’s new goodies, some old faves, and from both of the art projects:
    - Chipboard House Ornament Kit (with scrapbook papers and 2 collage sheets!)
    - 1 Inch Gingerbread HouseNew
    - Cookie Sheet with Gingerbread Men
    - Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
    - Gingerbread Collage Sheet (did you notice those cookies on Shannon’s tree from this sheet?)
    - Sweet Christmas Collage Sheet
    - Santas Village Collage Sheet
    - Gingerbread House Mini Silicone Mold
    - Gingerbread Houses Scrapbook Paper

    PLUS I’m including both of the Chrysnbon Cut-Ups books (both have lots of ideas on rearrnaging parts from the Chrysnbon kits) — and both books have just been put on clearance sale!

     
    To enter the Gingerbread Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, December 2, 2016)!

    And tell me: What can you think up to make with all the items in the Giveaway? And/or: what technique from Rhonda or Shannon’s artwork would you like to try?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Christmas Ornaments Giveaway? That would be Starqueen! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 1st, 2016

    New Ornaments, FREE Shipping & FLASH Sale!

    Filed under Black Friday Sale 2016, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Layered Ornaments Kit, Newsletters, Teri Calia

    Hooray! It’s day 3 of this holiday weekend sale! FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday, November 28th.

    FLASH SALE! I was inspired by the cute ornaments below by Teri Calia, and how you could tie charms onto the ribbons so the ENTIRE Christmas & Winter Charms Section is On Sale at 25% to 50% off!

    That Silver Snowflake Charm Set at right is also included in today’s Giveaway! The sale ends Monday night, November 28th at midnight PST!
     

    Round Layered Ornaments Kit

    Yay! More Christmas ornaments! There are eight new designs of Round Chipboard Ornament Layers Sets — and 2 of my favorites are in this kit:
    - Flying Sleigh Ornament Layers
    - Hanging Stockings Ornament Layers (how cute it that? A cat is putting up his/her Christmas stocking!)

    Each of the ornament sets includes 2 laser-cut chipboard shapes (and clear plastic low-profile domes) to make an ornament that you can put glitter, sequins, micro beads (slices of polymer canes?) inside!

    The set comes with 2 heavy chipboard outer rings, 2 clear plastic domes, and a die-cut (lighter weight chipboard) silhouetted insert to sandwich in the middle of your ornament.

    Or you can put paper behind that silhouette (which allows you to use 2 silhouettes (one on each side of the ornament) or a different collage sheet image on the flipside).

    Super easy to glue together (just be patient and let the glue dry overnight or your glitter may get stuck around the edges of the dome). Instructions included (short and sweet!)

    And here’s what Teri said after making those cute samples: “I love making them, it’s easy and fun!”

    PLUS this kit includes TWO new collage sheets! Both have 2-1/2″ diameter circles that fit the Chipboard Ornament Layer Sets.

    Snowy Winter Day Ornaments Collage Sheet
    Aw… look at all those cuties! I chose images of kids (or Santa) outside in the snow. So you can add glitter as faux snow to shake around in your ornaments. Plus some phrases to layer overtop from vintage postcards (and that holly bow fits perfectly over the top edge of any of the circles, with a few bits of leaves overlapping onto the image).

    Gnome & Mushroom Ornaments Collage Sheet
    A slightly different take on Christmas (and very cute)! Tons of images of gnomes getting ready for Christmas. I particularly like the ones with a tiny gnome pushing or rolling a mushroom almost as big as he is.

    (And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off (and the digital downloads are on sale for 40% off!), so those new collage sheets are on sale, too!)

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Round Layered Ornaments Kit page.

    Learn more in Teri’s post and don’t forget to come back as tons of items from Teri’s Supply List are included in today’s Giveaway!
     

     

    Hooray for the Christmas Ornaments Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 collage sheets, 2 sets of ornaments, ribbons & glitter!

    Next: that Silver Snowflake Charm Set I mentioned above.

    Then, these items from Teri’s Christmas Shaker Ornaments Supply List:
    - Holly Berry Garland
    - Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks
    - Large Snowflake Sequin Mix
    - Mushrooms – Red
    - Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane
    - 5mm Star Sequins
    - Dimensional Snow Writer (I love the way it looks just piled onto that gnome ornament!)

     
    To enter the Christmas Ornaments 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, November 28, 2016)! AND tell me: Which one of the new ornaments is your favorite?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Newsletter & Giveaway!

    Hey, who won the Dollhouse Christmas Giveaway? That would be Lindy! Congrats! Check your email for more info.

      
    62 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 27th, 2016

    Tiles & Baking, FREE Shipping & FREE Gift Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale 2016, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana

    Hooray! It’s day 2 of this holiday weekend sale! FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday, November 28th. Plus there are extra newsletters & free gifts this holiday weekend, so stay tuned!

    Plus see below for a FREE GIFT for all orders placed today!
     

    What’s New Today? Tiny Tiles!

    We have tiles (and things to decorate with tiles)! Beautiful porcelain tiles (imported from Germany), thick chipboard tiles in the same size, and pretty dollhouse scale things to decorate with tiles (a table, a fireplace and a wooden tray). Plus there is cute (and creative) new artwork by TWO Design Team Members using the new tiles!


     

     

    Oh my! Nichola Battilana not only made that adorable Little Christmas Shrine for yesterday’s newsletter… but look at this! Nichola made A Floo Network Fireplace to whisk you away!

    This is just outstanding! Nichola started with the ceramic tiles and the unfinished ceramic fireplace, then just went wild with a little Potter-themed scene.

    I’ve made a number of pieces inspired by the Weasley’s (my favourite magical family) lately, so I wanted to do something a bit different with this piece. It occurred to me that it might be fun to create a something as if I lived in that magical world! And so, here is what I imagine my floo network fireplace might look like…

    I’d have framed pictures of my magical relatives above the mantle. Stacks of books with magical titles, a Round Tin of tiny buttons, Cookies and a big bunch of Rose Buds too.

    Of course I would read the Daily Profit regularly, and there’s a stack on the floor. (Hint: A google search will provide you with several printables.)

    Even though it’s not in complete disarray, there are loads of details to be found. Little stories within the scene, like this mouse keeping watch over the biscuits. That tea cup on the mantle and haphazardly placed pair of sparking red shoes clearly show what a busy witch I would be. (BTW I would wear those shoes every single day.)

    Read more magical prose (and see more photos) in Nichola’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     


    Moving on to this FABULOUS baking scene by Lora Mahaffey: A Little Holiday Table!

    Lora started with this unassuming, raw chipboard table… and turned it into this fanciful baking scene! I love all the details (Lora is a baker, you know). She also provides a tutorial on glazing the chipboard tiles and grouting them (using them new Ranger Fine Tip Applicators — they help a lot with piping Liquid Pearls and other liquids in small bottles into tight spaces).

    Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas is on its way. And more specifically for me, all that gorgeous holiday baking.

    I love to bake for friends and family all year, but there is something about chilly weather, Christmas trees, sparkly lights and the promise of snow that sends me into a baking tizzy.

    The state of my kitchen could be described as a ‘cheerful mess’. No one seems to mind, especially when they get handed some gingerbread!

    Here’s a snapshot of a cheerfully messy kitchen work table in dollhouse scale… slightly easier to clean up!

    Aw… but who would want to clean up this miniature mess? Note: I LOVE that gingerbread house!

    Read more (and see more photos — and that tutorial) in Lora’s blog post. Here’s her Supply List (including tons of new baking props shown below).
     

     
    Sparkly Bits FREE Gift Kit!

    Little bits and bobs that would be fun to use in Christmas arrangements (and feel free to cut up the little sprays into tinier bits… Nichola is a pro at making floral supplies into dollhouse miniatures)!

    2 options for the kits are shown below (both include basically the same things, just reversing which get gold versus red glittered sprays):
    - Red Glittered Sprays
    - Holly & Pinecone Floral Picks — on clearance sale!
    - Small Pine Cones
    - Tiny Wrapped Gift Box Ornaments – 1/2 Inch
    - Wired Pine Needle Stems
    - Plus some extra jingle bells, more styles of glittered foliage & metallic pipe cleaners

    ALL orders placed today (November 26th) will receive one of these Sparkly Bits FREE Gift Kits!


     

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 26th, 2016

    Tiny Christmas Things, FREE Shipping & FREE Gift Kit!

    Filed under Black Friday Sale 2016, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday, November 28th. Plus there are extra newsletters & free gifts this holiday weekend, so stay tuned!

    Plus see below for a FREE GIFT for all orders placed today!
     

    What’s New Today? New House Shrines!

    We have these very cute (and very flexible) House Shrines with Doors in THREE sizes! Each shrine has double doors, a deep drawer, and a facade with a faux peaked roof. Plus there is cute new art by TWO Design Team Members using the smallest and the largest shrines!


     

     

    Wow! Rhonda Secrist Thomas made Scrooge’s bedroom from A Christmas Carol — and created the whole cast of characters that can be hidden away in the bottom drawer!

    As the dimensions of this largest shrine are big enough to be used as a 1:12 scale room box, Rhonda was able to make used of dollhouse furniture to furnish the bedroom, including the new Walnut Armoire (such a pretty piece)!

    Speaking of furniture: THAT FIREPLACE! I went looking for a narrow fireplace… one sized for a Victorian bedroom (more specifically: one to fit on the side wall of this shrine). But I found nothing. So I designed one!

    This fireplace can used alone, or with the Fireplace Basket and Glowing Embers Set shown at left. There is also a related collage sheet with images sized for the front facade (of this fireplace and the basket).

    Read more (and see more photos) in Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.
     

    Moving on to TINY things! I love this Little Christmas Shrine by Nichola Battilana!

    Nichola used the smallest house shrine, with even tinier props inside (I love the little tree in a thimble)! You’ll want to pop over to her blog to read her delightful post, but here’s a snippet:

    “If you know me at all, you know how I feel about doors (or rather how I struggle with hinges) so those suckers are glued wide open. Why would you want to close it up anyway? You want to be able to see all the cute inside!”

    Read more (and see more photos) in Nichola’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List. But one aside before you go: This little shrine fits 1/4 scale dolhouse furniture!
     

     
    Tiny Christmas Things FREE Gift Kit!

    I was inspired by Nichola’s tiny Christmas scene, and went looking for some tiny props. I found these cute ones… not enough of any one design to put them on the site, so I’m giving them away!

    ALL of the kits will include these items:
    - 8mm Flat-Back Gold Star Studs
    - Small Pine Cones
    - A bit of Red Stockings Satin Cutouts Ribbon (enough to cut apart and have 5 stockings to hang on a tiny mantel)
    - A red metal jingle bell
    - 1/8 Inch Red Satin Ribbon (would make a cute bow… like the one on the wreath at the top of Nichola’s artwork… AND this ribbon is on clearance sale!)
    - Mini Pine & Berry Garland

    And ONLY one of the little trees, lamp posts or bench in the upper right of the photo.

    ALL orders placed today (November 25th) will receive one of these Tiny Christmas Things FREE Gift Kits!


     

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 25th, 2016

    Little Christmas Cabin with Tiny Advent Calendar + Stamp Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    ALL Christmas Rubber Stamps are 30%-50% off! Today and Tomorrow ONLY! Sale ends Monday night, November 21!

    Woohoo! Just in time for Christmas cards! And the sale includes the new Tim Holtz Doodle Greetings Cling Stamp Sets, like the Tim Holtz Doodle Greetings #1 Cling Stamp Set shown at left.

    See the Christmas Rubber Stamps section.
     


    I love this little Christmas scene Teri Calia has created! She used lots of new 1:12 scale pretties (some made specifically for her room box)… and I’m going to let her introduce them and her project:

    This whole room box started because I begged Leslie to order this awesome Kraft Christmas Deer Scrapbook Paper. She wasn’t crazy about it and didn’t think it would sell so I said I’d make something cute with it so that people would see how very awesome it is :) I thought it would be the perfect wallpaper for a miniature cabin, especially if you had a Mini Deer Head Trophy hanging on the wall that the wallpaper was covering…

    I really prefer a deer head trophy, miniature or not, with a festive wreath around it so I decided to go all out and make my cabin a Christmas cabin. Of course this necessitated the creation of a Miniature Advent Calendar, a Chipboard Sleigh – 1:12 Scale and multiple collage sheets. All the extra work paid off (at least the extra work I did… not sure how Leslie feels about the extra wok she did, lol) and I really adore how it all came together.

    Look at that tiny little sleigh! (Note the closeup below.) It’s so easy to put together with only seven little pieces. I used a metallic gold paint pen I purchased at Michael’s to color all the pieces before I glued it together. Then I used a fine red glass glitter to add color to the sides. A few pieces of Mini Pine Fern and three cards from Christmas Wrap & Cards Collage Sheet and it’s all done and looking super festive :)

    The lovely advent calendar has a lot more than seven pieces but it is still pretty easy to put together. (Note the wide closeup below.) Just make sure to give it a dry run before gluing it together as the side cubby divider pieces are nearly but not exactly the same size as the top and bottom cubby pieces and are NOT interchangeable. If you get them mixed up you won’t be able to put the outside edges on correctly. The Tiny Advent Calendar Collage Sheet makes finishing this miniature calendar a breeze!

    The sweet wrapped gifts under my tree are really just tiny blocks of wood wrapped up with the paper from my new Christmas Wrap & Cards Collage Sheet. I added a bit of Tim Holtz Pine Twine Garland around the neck of the smallest deer from a set of Tim Holtz White Resin Deer and added a slice from a Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane at the front. The wreath around my deer head trophy is made from pine twine and peppermint cane too.

    My flooring is from the Tim Holtz Christmas Tidings 8×8 Paper Stash which has some lovely prints in it. That very realistic braided rug is from my new Rustic Dollhouse Rugs Collage Sheet that I printed out on White Suede Paper to give it some texture. If you were wondering why I added a baseboard to my room, it’s not just for decoration, I accidentally tore some of the paper in that area and the baseboard covered my boo boo right up!

    Read more (and see more photos) in Teri’s blog. Here’s her Supply List, too.


     

     

    Hooray for the Dollhouse Christmas Giveaway!

    I picked out a fun group of supplies used in Teri’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Chipboard Sleigh – 1:12 Scale – new!
    - Christmas Wrap & Cards Collage Sheet – new!
    - Kraft Christmas Deer Scrapbook Paper – new!
    - Micro Mini White Kitten
    - Miniature Advent Calendar – new!
    - Mini Pine Fern – new!
    - Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane – new!
    - Small Decorated Green Christmas Tree
    - Tiny Advent Calendar Collage Sheet – new!

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

     
    To enter the Dollhouse Christmas 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, November 21, 2016)! And tell me: How will you use the tiny Advent Calendar & Sleigh? Together in a little scene?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on FRIDAY morning to see who won and for the THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SALE Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Kiss the Cook Giveaway? That would be Karen S! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    61 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 20th, 2016

    New Christmas Papers, Kiss the Cook Giveaway & Dreadful Artwork?

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, House Ornament Kit

    NEW Cookbooks ATC Book Covers Collage Sheet FREE with All Orders!
    Today through Saturday, November 19!

    With Thanksgiving around the corner I thought some vintage cookbooks would be useful (with some warm fall colors, too). Note: most of these images fit the cover of the ATC Sized Faux Book Box (a bit larger than an ATC, but they could also be cropped for using on ATCs). Psst! that book box and this collage sheet are both included in today’s Giveaway! Read More.
     


    Hee! I do love me some BLACK Christmas projects! :)

    Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has gotten into the holiday spirit with an adorable, black Christmas house using the Chipboard House Ornament Kit!

    It’s that time of year, before Thanksgiving is even here, when some people get all Clark Griswold on us and take out their Christmas decorations. Then they take those decorations and actually decorate. Before Thanksgiving…

    In typical Dreadful manner, the Dreadfuls have gone all out with their decorating this year. Last year the neighborhood Mrs. Kravitz suggested that we may want to consider using a bit more of a festive palette for this year. The Dreadfuls took her advice to heart and hoped that busybody old biddy was happy how they went all out this year. (Although Mrs. Dreadful thought that the vibrant greenery in the window boxes was overdoing it just a tad.)

    Here are a few of the things that I did in creating the house:

    - Foilage was made by snipping off branches from 2 Inch Pine Trees, and then covered in Black Diamond Stickles.

    - The snowman was made with Paperclay and his teenie-weenie top hat is made out of a drinking straw and Black Half Round Dresden cut down to fit the top, and slightly larger than the bottom of hat.

    - The garland on the trees is made out of a plain silver pipe cleaner, with Mushroom Alcohol Ink rubbed on it to give a tarnished effect.

    Clever, clever, clever! All of those tips are good ones!

    Here’s the link for everything in Miz Bella’s The Dreadful’s Christmas House supply list and check out her blog for more amusing verbage!
     

     

    Hooray for the Kiss the Cook Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items, from today’s new goodies to some faves that would make a cute cooking/autumn themed project:
    - Kiss the Cook 6×6 Paper Pad New!
    - Kiss the Cook Baked Fresh Scrapbook Paper New!
    - Cookbooks ATC Book Covers Collage Sheet New!
    - ATC Sized Faux Book Box
    - A Apple Pie Collage Sheet
    - Miniature Baking Set
    - Autumn Apples Collage Sheet
    - Autumn Labels Collage Sheet
    - Polymer Clay Apple Slices (both apple designs)

     
    To enter the Kiss the Cook 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, November 18, 2016)!

    And tell me: Art you cooking for Thanksgiving? And what would you make with the Giveaway package? Maybe a mini cookbook?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the House Ornament or Tiny Ornaments Giveaway? That would be Judy Goodwin! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 17th, 2016

    Christmas Beads, Retro Elves & FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Betsy Skagen, Giveaways, House Ornament Kit, Miniatures, Teri Calia

    I was inspired by Teri Calia’s sweet Retro Xmas Ornament Kit (more on that below) and thought: “Huh, we haven’t had any gifts with beads lately; well, Christmas projects seem like the perfect time for some bright beads.”

    I found some odd vintage green beads, then mixed in iridescent and metallic green, red, clear and silver beads (most are 6mm diameter). And this little mix is FREE for all orders

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    Cute stuff! Teri Calia has created this fabulous little kit, complete with a mini collage sheet, a small strip of heavyweight clear tranparency for inside the box lids, beads, head pins and seed beads… enough parts to put together THREE boxes of 1:12 scale ornaments!

    You'll receive enough glass Czech beads for 3 sets of ornaments (which can also be used to trim a tiny tree). It's up to you if you want to put only red, gold or green in separate boxes, or mix them up like in the sample shown.

    A tip from Teri: the tiny head pins are too small for the 1-Step Looper Tool. Use Round Nose Pliers instead.

    Includes printed instructions.

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    Next up: Another adorable project by Design Team Member Betsy Skagen using the Chipboard House Ornament Kit! (See the wide photo below.)

    Long before they were trendy, I treasured my putz houses. As a young girl I took these battered Christmas decorations that my family had abandoned and set up a tiny village. Granted, there were only four or five houses, but I loved them.

    I never had the budget to add many authentic putz houses to my collection over the years, but my little village grew nonetheless. Frosted trees and 1940s era cars in a variety of scales joined the village. Mid-century children skating and sledding loomed like giant toddlers about to devour the putz homes.

    Perhaps the putz house I most treasure is the one I made this year. I stuck true to the simple mid-century style adorned with lots of glitter.

    And Betsy’s includes a tutorial, including how she got that lovely golden glow in the windows, and…:

    Add a little Twinklets Diamond Dust to the windows before the paint dries. I just discovered this Diamond Dust, and wooooohoooo do I love it! I want to use it everywhere. I want to sprinkle it on every art project. Heck, I want to sprinkle it on my children in the morning just to make them a little more pleasant. I definitely want to sprinkle it on my husband when he comes home crabby. I am addicted to this stuff like crack. (Since I am too boring to have ever actually tried crack, this is just a baseless simile.)

    Ha! Read more (and see that tutorial) in Betsy’s blog. And here’s her Supply List, too.


     

     

    Hooray for the House Ornament or Tiny Ornaments Giveaway!

    This Giveaway has a little something for everyone (or at least I hope so)! FIRST, these items from Betsy’s Supply List:
    - Chipboard House Ornament Kit
    - House Ornament Window Trims
    - LED Tea Light
    - Mini Christmas Titles Collage Sheet
    - Twinklets Diamond Dust
    - Tim Holtz White Resin Deer

    Next, one of the new Retro Xmas Ornament Kits!

    Finally, a set of the Acrylic Christmas Bead Mix! Back in Stock! Plus the snowflakes from this set would be adorable to glue onto spool/tree stands… if you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, visit Nichola’s blog. You won’t be sorry :)

     
    To enter the House Ornament or Tiny Ornaments 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, November 14, 2016). And tell me what you’ll make: A house ornament? Or a box of tiny ornaments? Or both? Both together?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Is it Christmas or Halloween Giveaway? That would be Denise! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    73 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 13th, 2016

    Christmas Sale?! And cute new ornaments!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Giveaways, Halloween Clocks Kit, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters

    ALL Christmas Scrapbook Paper (Single Sheets & Sets) are 25% off! Today and Tomorrow ONLY! Sale ends Friday night, November 11!

    Woohoo! Just in time… plus the sale includes those fab new papers Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey used in her Christmas ornaments below!

    Note: a few scrapbook papers are on clearance, so they are marked 50% off! (Like that Saint Nicholas Scrapbook Paper Set shown at left.)

    See the Christmas Scrapbook Paper section.
     


    I know.. so evil! I tell you about Christmas ornaments then I begin with a clock tower??

    But Lora has been such a busy bee… she made TWO projects for today (more than that if you count both sides of the clock tower and FOUR ornaments)! See the wide photo below for the flipside of the clock tower (in a lovely shade of lime green).

    I will let Lora tell you about her clock tower first:

    My husband is an accomplished wood and metal worker. He has built everything from beautiful guitars to door hinges. So what is truly awesome for me is his ever changing, always fascinating scrap boxes. He has one for metal and one for wood. I love going out to his workshop and trolling through all the wonderful possibilities that lay in those boxes.

    Because I am such a house freak, I tend to look for stuff I can turn into a house shape of some kind.

    A couple of weeks ago, I found a longish piece of 2×4 that I decided to turn into a clock tower.

    A lot of the supplies I used were from the Halloween Clock Kit including all of the papers (except the orange door and that was a bitty piece of scrap….you can make your door any old color you like!)

    It was a lot of fun coming up with different ways to embellish the clocks from the Victorian Chipboard Shapes Sets.

    I love the little lady peeking out of the grandfather clock at the rat on the bookcase!

    What the heck is she doing in there, anyway?

    The arch over the door (on that lovely GREEN tower at left) I made with scrapbook paper and chipboard. You can see a mini tutorial on how I made this HERE.

    Here’s the link for everything in Lora’s Clock Tower supply list!
     


    OK! Now let’s talk about CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS! I cannot believe how close we are to Thanksgiving weekend, so these quick and stylish ornaments are perfect timing.

    Oh the possibilities! A couple of great ways to use the new Simple House Ornament Shapes!

    You can stack them together to make a thicker ornament like the ones pictured here, or use them individually. Most of the papers I used were from the new St. Nicholas 8×8 Paper Pad.

    The wee tree comes from the Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set (wrapped up in some Glass Christmas Seed Bead Garland).

    The snowflakes I found kicking around a box of old scraps. but the Large Snowflake Sequin Mix would look awesome.

    I love the red doors on the house ornaments… they’re from the Tiny House Trims Collage Sheet (which is also part of the Chipboard House Ornament Kit).

    See more photos from BOTH of Lora’s projects in her blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway!
     

     

     

    Hooray for the Is it Christmas or Halloween Giveaway!

    I am bouncing all over the place for this one. FIRST, these items from Lora’s Clock Tower Supply List:
    - Halloween Clocks Kit
    - Candlestick Holder
    - Faux Metal Number Plates 1 to 25
    - Wonderfully Wicked Dreadful Books Scrapbook Paper
    - Wonderfully Wicked Haunted Scrapbook Paper

    Next, these items from Lora’s Christmas House Ornaments:
    - Tiny House Trims Collage Sheet
    - St Nicholas 8×8 Paper Pad new!
    - Simple House Ornament Shape – Set of 2 new!

    Finally, these 2 new scrapbook papers (though not used in either of Lora’s project):
    - Black & Kraft Christmas Text Scrapbook Paper
    - Silent Night Sing Carols Scrapbook Paper

     
    To enter the Is it Christmas or Halloween 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, November 11, 2016)!

    And tell me: How is your Christmas crafting going? Are you making gifts? “Just” decorating?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Dracula’s Hearse Giveaway? That would be Traci! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 10th, 2016