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    A Mechanical Treasure Chest + Submarine FREE Gift Kit!

    Filed under Beneath the Sea Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Steampunk

    I was inspired by today’s Mechanical Treasure Chest artwork, so…. NEW Submarine with Spinning Wheel FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through TUESDAY NIGHT, June 28, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! Learn more.

    What? Shiny bits half off?! Check out Thursday’s newsletter for all the details.
     


    I must say: That Shannon Cooper is brilliant! I love the whimsy and ingenuity of her Mechanical Treasure Chest (not the least: you must see the video of all the moveable parts in the little booklet inside the chest)!!

    But, I get ahead of myself. The chest itself is a work of art, and has that little man riding a fish on the cover!

    The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the Voyage Beneath the Sea papers, this dapper snapper-riding gent that’s ready for adventure. He’s been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he’s sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6×6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted and cut to fit inside the lid’s frame. There’s also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous (!) brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.

    Many more photos and tips (like that preview below of an easy how-to on making a butterly fly!) are on Shannon’s blog post.

    See everything Shannon used in her decorating in the Mechanical Treasure Chest Supply List. (And check below ’cause many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway!)

    And click on that photo at left or here for the video!

     

     

    Hooray for the Mechanical Treasure Chest Giveaway!

    All of these items are from Shannon’s Mechanical Treasure Chest Supply List:
    - 3D Treasure Chest
    - 6×6 Gears Texture Sheet
    - Brass Patina Starfish Charm or Pendant
    - Bronze Octopus Charm
    - Coral Chipboard Set – 4 pieces
    - Fishtales Collage Sheet
    - Mixed Sets of Bronze Gears
    - Seashell Sequin Mix
    - Strange Fish Collage Sheet

    Bonus: One of Submarine with Spinning Wheel FREE Gift Kits.

     
    To enter the Mechanical Treasure Chest 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, June 27, 2016). And tell me: Do you want more mechanical paper toys?

    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 Hidden Treasure Shrine Giveaway? That would be Patti G! Congratulations!

      
    83 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 26th, 2016

    Mermaids’ Treasure – Shiny bits 50% off!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beads, Beneath the Sea Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Sale

    I was inspired by Lora Mahaffey’s artwork featured today, so ENTIRE sections of little beads and sparkly bits (think glitter and stickles) like those Lora used to sparkle her shrine are ALL on sale at 50% off now through Monday night, June 27th! Those sections are: Miscellaneous Beads and Glitter, Tinsel & Rhinestones! That bead section alone has 107 items! Like the Violet Gypsy Bead Mix in Bottle shown at right. Or that close-up from 12x8mm Amber Glass Rectangular Beads in the sale graphic at left. And that close-up at far right is of Iridescent Glass Spheres!


    Before seeing Lora’s pretty mermaid shrine, we have an announcement!

    Not only has Design Team Member Nichola Battilana been published, but she has also grabbed the cover of the esteemed Dollhouse and Miniature Scene Magazine! Woot!

    You may remember The Wandry Room that is featured on the cover of the magazine; that is a fabulous fairylicious laundry room where fairies can get their clothes cleaned, and even their wings or wands repaired. Nichola’s adorable little Wandry Room used a Corner Room Box and is chock full of anything that a fairy might need to get the job done. There’s even a Wand Repair Manual for reference to use on particularly difficult repairs.

    Read more in the blog.
     


    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey was inspired by this month’s Beneath the Sea Kit and has created a charming shrine (and its own mythic story) called Mermaids’ Hidden Treasure.

    “Somewhere in the Atlantic ocean, an undiscovered island sits dozing in the sun. There is a stretch of coastline on this island that is very rough and dangerous, full of large rocks, treacherous tides and sudden undertows. No one would think of anchoring a boat there or heavens forbid, swimming that stretch of shore.

    “Unless you are a mermaid.

    “Because under the water there is a hidden grotto that isn’t even visible at low tide. The water reflects the dappled sunshine, lighting up this very secret place that the mermaids have chosen to hide the treasure they have collected over centuries.
    They’ve got stashes all over the seven seas, (they are just as much magpies as us two-leggeds) but this grotto is special. This one has a large golden statue that the mermaids pulled from the wreckage of an old Spanish galleon. A relic from the past that the ladies have adopted as a sort of patron saint of mermaids.”

    I’m happy to see Lora used that versatile Square Shrine Shadowbox as the starting point for her shrine. And I love all the little embellishments to the mermaids from the Sea Green Mermaids Collage Sheet: pumping up some colors with Copic Markers (or changing colors entirely like the mermaids’ hair), and adding sparkly dots to hair with Waterfall Stickles.

    I also like those pearl dots around the frame made from Liquid Pearls (see close-up on bottom of photo at left).

    And don’t forget all the seashells and pearls!

    See all the goodies in the Mermaids’ Hidden Treasure Supply List. Visit Lora’s blog for more photos and details. (And see below to win most everything Lora used!)
     

     

    Hooray for the Hidden Treasure Shrine Giveaway!

    I picked out a bunch of items from Lora’s Mermaids’ Hidden Treasure supply list:
    - Square Shrine Shadowbox
    - Cream Pearl Assortment
    - Mermaids #2 Collage Sheet
    - Sea Green Mermaids Collage Sheet
    - Candlestick Holder
    - Tiny Real Seashells in Tin

    Then these goodies:
    - Tiny Tree with Pink Blossoms (not in this artwork, but back in stock!)
    - Bronze Life Preserver Charm (not in the artwork either, but new — and you never know what a mermaid might grab for her stash!)
    - Stickles Holiday Set (ooh… these were just put on clearance! plus a ton of kits and other paper pads were put on sale, too… see the 50% off clearance section here or the most recent items put on sale here.)

     
    To enter the Hidden Treasure Shrine 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, June 24, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with your Square Shrine Shadowbox?

    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 A View into a Summer Cottage Giveaway? That would be Nelda! Congratulations!

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 23rd, 2016

    Nichola Battilana – Published!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Media Reviews, Nichola Battilana

    Not only has Design Team Member Nichola Battilana been published, but she has also grabbed the cover of the esteemed Dollhouse and Miniature Scene Magazine! Woot!

    You may remember The Wandry Room that is featured on the cover of the magazine; that is a fabulous fairylicious laundry room where fairies can get their clothes cleaned, and even their wings or wands repaired. If my laundry room looked like that I may not be so adverse to entering it.

    Nichola’s adorable little Wandry Room used a Corner Room Box and is chock full of anything that a fairy might need to get the job done. There’s even a Wand Repair Manual for reference to use on particularly difficult repairs.

    Inside! I am smitten. I can’t hardly believe I made it with my own stubby hands :) There’s a lot going on in there. Including a bottled magic, soap, baking soda, wand and wing starch, bars of soap, buckets, and a wandry machine for getting tough wand stains.”

    That Corner Room Box! Such a simple little corner of a room, but you’ll find so many uses for it! Laser cut from Masonite, so nice and sturdy. Add some shelves… maybe some counter furniture for a little store? A corner of a sitting room? A fairy kitchen! Now that would be quite charming. Also, the Corner Room Box can be assembled so that the corner is on the right side instead of the left.

    Visit Pixie Hill to see more photos, details and to congratulate her!

      
    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, June 23rd, 2016

    A Summer Cottage + Shabby Chic Chair FREE Gift Kit!

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

    It’s almost officially summer and Teri Calia has made a lovely little (really little!) Brocante Summer Cottage! And not only is the Collage Sheet Sale that started on Thursday continuing, but there’s a new FREE Gift Kit!

    ALL Bathing Beauties, Beach & Mermaids Collage Sheets are 50% off — extended through TUESDAY night (June 21, 2016), to coincide with the final day of the FREE Gift Kit, inspired by Teri’s artwork!

    NEW Shabby Chic Chair FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through TUESDAY NIGHT, June 21, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! Papers, fibers, a card (in a sleeve) to make an ATC, some wooden picture frames… and look at that cute die-cut chipboard chair! That’s available exclusively in this kit!! Learn more.
     


    Teri Calia’s A Brocante Summer Cottage is a delightful little project for summer, built in 1/2″ scale (1:24). I am fond of this scale, as a 6″ tall room is so much easier to display on my crowded shelves than a 10″ or 12″ tall room.

    “Brocante is the French version of a flea market and an awesome place to find loads of sweet and unique items to furnish a summer cottage. Like most people, I don’t own a summer cottage but I really wanted to decorate one with finds from the brocante, soooo… I created a 1:24 scale cottage using the new Half Scale Room Box with Slanted Roof, a Half Scale Bay Window and a Cottage Base – 9x9x1.”

    Oh, that Half Scale Room Box with Slanted Roof! This little half-scale room box is related to the Half Scale Arch Front Room Box, but this one is much deeper, has no apron in front, and has a hidden “attic” (perfect for hiding wiring if you’re adding lighting).

    You could sit a couple (or 3) side by side and have a little street of storefronts. Plus that overhang on the roof would be fun to attach some hanging plants or a banner from. 5″ wide, 6″ tall including the facade (and 5″ deep).

    “I furnished my cottage with (new and awesome!) Half Scale Princess Love Seat, Table & Chairs Set that I painted with pink and white chalk paint then antiqued it a bit with some brown acrylic paint to give it shabby chic style. The adorable Half Scale Metal Tea Set sitting on the coffee table was painted with Vintaj Metal Patinas. I used Marble from the Painted Barn Set and Onyx from the Retro Highway Set.

    “Here’s an easy way to paint tiny things without making a mess: I use long toothpicks, Loctite Mounting Putty (bought in the hardware section of Walmart) and a floral Styrofoam form to hold everything until dry and ready to use in my miniature scene. “

    Many more photos and tips are on Teri’s blog post. And see everything Teri used in her decorating in the A Brocante Summer Cottage Supply List.

    There are so many beautiful details to choose from in Teri’s project, but I decided to just focus (below) on the view into the cottage from the side window. (And check below ’cause many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway!)
     


     

     

    Hooray for A View into a Summer Cottage Giveaway!

    In addition to FOUR items highlighted above (in the “view in the window to see a cake stand” close-up from Teri’s A Brocante Summer Cottage:
    - 20mm Antique Gold Filigree
    - 6mm Filigree Beads
    - 9mm Antiqued Swirl Bead Cap
    - Glass Pitcher

    … There are 4 more items in the Giveaway:
    - New Half Scale Books & Things Collage Sheet
    - New Half Scale Princess Love Seat, Table & Chairs Set
    - Half Scale Bay Window, AND
    - The Half Scale Room Box with Slanted Roof itself!

    All of these items are from Teri’s Supply List.

    Bonus: One of Shabby Chic Chair FREE Gift Kits.

     
    To enter A View into a Summer Cottage 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, June 20, 2016). And tell me: Do you want half-scale dogs and cats?

    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 Mermaid’s Treasure Giveaway? That would be Kathlene Ford-Walters! Congratulations!

      
    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 19th, 2016

    New Tiny Houses, Beach & Mermaids Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beneath the Sea Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Between this month’s kit, and Shannon’s artwork featured today, I decided to put ALL Beach & Mermaids Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off now through Monday night, June 20th! 51 items… Like the Ships and Waves Backdrops and The Sea Calls To Me Collage Sheets shown at right. Or that close-up from Children at the Beach in the sale graphic at left.
     

    We have sweet artwork today by TWO Design Team Members: both using the new Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses!

    Such cute little houses! These are even tinier than the Mini Shadowbox Houses we already have on the site! These new tiny ones are between 2″ and 2-3/4″ tall!

    Laser cut from heavy chipboard. They arrive flat but are super easy to put together (with a tiny bit of white glue).

    Shown at left, I’m holding house #2. And the other sizes of tiny houses in the photo, left to right are #s 4, 3 and 1.

    And each comes in a set of 2!
     

    Mermaid’s Treasure Mini Houses by Shannon Cooper


    Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has come up with ADORABLE Mermaid’s Treasure Mini Houses to enchant you with.

    Shannon used the new Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses and guess what? There are FOUR different ones to choose from. How much fun could you have with those? I’m already thinking about… oh… hmm. Should I say it? Don’t scream, but I’m already thinking of making cute litte haunted houses for HALLOWEEN with these!

    Capturing a mermaid’s treasure was a wondrous delight! It is all about Beneath the Sea at Alpha Stamps this month, and what fun it is!

    “A mermaid’s cumulation is the same as your or mine; items that have meaning in one way or another, objects that are beautiful or intriguing or curious. We surround ourselves with personal treasures for enjoyment, reminders of the past, knowledge of the unknown, and sometimes just for the quest of collecting. I believe this particular mermaid is entertained with her queer shipwreck findings and takes great pride in her bounty.

    Items worth noting that Shannon used in her houses (in no particular order) are the fabulous Victorian Dressing Table (with the hand mirror, comb, hairbrush, and tiny picture frame), silverware (LOVE the silverware chandelier!), passport, utensils, and a child’s ball.

    Mermaid’s Treasure Mini Houses Supply List. Visit Shannon’s blog for more photos and details. (And see below to win most everything Shannon used!)
     

    Little Houses, All in a Row by Kristin Batsel

    That clever girl! Kristin used the backs of the tiny houses as canvases for some adorable imps (and I like the addition of little numbers from a set of rub-ons).

    On her blog, Kristin shows a variety of little trinkets you can display in the flip side… and change them around according to the season!

    I kept the open part in the back simple, because you never know what might find its way into one of these little houses. Around Easter time, it may be a family of rabbits. At other times, it could be any sort of thing, like a Frozen Charlotte or a miniature chalkware dog.

    Little Houses, All in a Row Supply List

    Visit Kristin’s blog to see more photos and for some tips about how to make decorating such small pieces easier.
     

     

    Hooray for the Mermaid’s Treasure Giveaway!

    I picked out a bunch of items from Shannon’s Mermaid’s Treasure Mini Houses supply list:
    - ALL FOUR Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses
    - Beneath the Sea Kit (!)
    - Victorian Dressing Table Set
    - Tiny Real Seashells in Tin
    - Vintage Mixing Bowl
    - Cheetah Shell Mix (on Clearance Sale!)
    - Mermaid Garden #3 Collage Sheet (part of the 50% off sale!)
    - Miniature Silverware – Set of 20

     
    To enter the Mermaid’s Treasure 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, June 17, 2016)! AnAnd tell me: What will you make with your Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses?

    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 Alice in Dominoland Giveaway? That would be Jen R! Congratulations!

      
    65 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 16th, 2016

    Down the Rabbit Hole + The White Rabbit FREE Gift Kit!

    Filed under Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Laura Carson

    Quick announcement before the fun Alice in Wondlerand artwork by two Design Team Members: not only is the Bead Caps Sale that started on Thursday continuing, but there’s a new FREE Gift Kit!

    I can hear some of you thinking, “Bead caps?! But i don’t make jewelry.” Ah, but they’re so much more. Check out the photos at right, as those brass bead caps make fabulous little box feet!

    ALL Bead Caps are 25% off now through Monday night, June 13th! Like the 10mm Antique Bronze Dome Bead Cap and Raw Brass Box Feet – Cones shown above at right. And that new 16mm Brass Fancy Bead Cap or Dollhouse Vase shown in the sale photo (above left) would be perfect for a little vase in that room box Nichola used in Thursday’s newsletter.

    AND one more new thing: The White Rabbit FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through TUESDAY NIGHT, June 14, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! And look at that cute die-cut chipboard rabbit! He’s available exclusively in this kit!! Learn more.
     


    Design Team Member Laura Carson has a couple of Alice in Wonderland themed projects for you; and I think you’ll find they’re very clever indeed.

    Down the Rabbit Hole

    How cute is this?! Using a Pringles can, Laura cut it up and put it back together wabi-sabi. It was then covered with Cobblestone paper, window and door images. Stitched Leaf Ribbon, ferns and mushrooms decorate the outside.

    My favorite part, is the inside where Alice is falling down the rabbit hole.

    To create the effect of Alice and other objects free falling down the hole, I used wooden dowels and double stick tape to suspend and anchor the images and items to the back wall. At the top I used sheet moss, leaving a small hole for Alice to fall through.

    At the bottom, I’ve added a door from the Mini Old Windows and Doors Collage Sheet, and the White Rabbit and trees from the We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet. The base is a round box lid from my stash covered with hedge scrapbook paper.

    Down the Rabbit Hole Supply List

    Of course, Laura has put together a fabulous step-by-step tutorial for you to create your own version of Down the Rabbit Hole; but first there is still one more project by Laura (with different variations) AND another “Down the Rabbit Hole” project by Caroline Ouzts-Hay!
     


    FOUR Domino Books

    For this project, Laura created the new Alice in Wonderland Dominoes Collage Sheet and Download Set. The Collage Sheet contains 40 Alice in Wonderland themed panels that are sized to fit a standard 1” x 2” domino and the Download Set contains 53 images. These panels are perfect to create domino jewelry and books.

    Laura created several different Domino Books, my favorite one of the bunch is the Down the Rabbit Hole Book. Can’t help myself — it’s one of my favorite themes.

    On the front of this book are acrylic flowers, a key and a clock that surround a hole that Alice is falling into. The flowers and key are from the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit which is full of Alice themed embellishments.

    Love, love, love, half of Alice’s body sticking out of the side of the book! Other books Laura created are Tea Time, It’s Good to be Queen, and 6 Impossible Things. You can find the supplies that Laura used for all four of her books on her Supply List.

    For more details, photos and if you’d like to learn how to make your own Domino Books or Down the Rabbit Hole, visit Artfully Musing.


     

     

    Hooray for the Alice in Dominoland Giveaway!

    Most all of these items are from Laura’s FOUR Domino Books supply list:
    - New Alice in Wonderland Dominoes Collage Sheet
    - Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit (whoo! that contains a tons of items all by itself!)
    - 1/2 Inch Flat-Back Clocks
    - Medium Bronze White Rabbit Charm
    - Miniature Metal Chair Pendant
    - Raw Brass Box Feet – Cones (and on sale!)
    - Dominoes – Full Size
    - Small Gold Hinges with Screws

    Bonus: One of The White Rabbit FREE Gift Kits.

     
    To enter the Alice in Dominoland 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, June 13, 2016). And tell me: Will you make an Alice-themed domino book?

    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 Classical Beauty Giveaway? That would be Debbi Decker! Congratulations!

      
    69 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 12th, 2016

    New Half Scale Room Boxes! And FLASH SALE on Bead Caps!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Jewelry, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Before the beautiful artwork by Nichola Battilana using the new Half Scale Arch Front Room Box (and 2 more new half-scale items), a new sale! ALL Bead Caps are 25% off now through Monday night, June 13th! Like the Mini Cake Stand Kit and Raspberry Tulip Beads shown at right. And that new 16mm Brass Fancy Bead Cap or Dollhouse Vase shown in the left photo would be perfect for a little vase in that room box Nichola used…
     


    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created a lovely, lovely creation called Venus’ Grotto.

    I bet you’re wondering exactly how big is this pretty little shrine? Well I’ll tell you. Nichola used the new Half Scale Arch Front Room Box and it is 1/2″ scale (1:24). That is a whopping 5″ wide (with a 1″ apron at the base), 6″ tall including the facade (about 4-3/4″ tall inside the “room”) and 2″ deep. Mind boggling, isn’t it how Nichola can create such masterpieces that seem to get smaller and smaller?

    Now if you wanted the same size to work with, but perhaps a bit deeper, and with a square front instead of arched, we have you covered on that! The new Half Scale Window Room Box has the same dimensions as the Half Scale Arch Front Room Box except it is 3 inches deep instead of 2. AND! What’s really cool about this particular room box is that you can even add the new Half Scale Bay Window to it. Both boxes are so versatile, especially if you have a small space or wall to display it on.

    Nichola embellished the top of the grotto by making fancy embellishments out of Creative Paperclay and the Architectural Flourishes Mold. The lovely Venus is standing upon a new White Resin Column Capital (upside-down, how clever) and if you look behind her, there are sweet flowers Nichola made that are resting on White Shelf Brackets. Venus’ Grotto is finished off quite nicely with Asparagus Fern draped over the arch, and smatterings of 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses here and there.

    Venus’ Grotto Supply List. For more details and photos, please visit Pixie Hill.

     

    Hooray for the Classical Beauty Giveaway! It’s all sooo pretty!

    I picked out a bunch of items from Nichola’s Venus’ Grotto supply list:
    - 2.5 Inch Venus Statue
    - New Half Scale Arch Front Room Box
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
    - Asparagus Fern Garland
    - Fern Garland
    - Flower Soft – Sweet Pea
    - Rectangular White Shelf Brackets – Set of 2

    Then, I added a couple of the new iems that would be pretty used in the Half Scale Arch Front Room Box:
    - New 16mm Brass Fancy Bead Cap or Dollhouse Vase
    - New Medium Shell or Acanthus Leaf Charms – Brass Oxide

     
    To enter the Classical Beauty 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, June 10, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with your Half Scale Arch Front Room Box? Bonus: let me know if half scale is a size you like working 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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won Pixies in the Greenhouse Giveaway? That would be DianeD! Congratulations!

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 9th, 2016

    Miniature Conservatory! New FLASH SALE on Buttons!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Flowers, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Quick announcement before the beautiful artwork by two Design Team Members: not only are the TWO ATC-Themed Sales that started on Thursday continuing, but there’s a new FLASH SALE!

    In honor of the TWO new ATC shrines in Thursday’s newsletter: TWO Sales ending tomorrow! ALL ATCs Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off AND the ATC Stuff section is on sale for 20% off. That last section has a bit of everything! (Rubber stamps, kits, boxes and shrines to house an ATC (including the new ones)!) Both sales run now through Monday night, June 6th!
     

    NEW! 50% off Sale on ALL Buttons through MONDAY (ends June 6th)! And that includes the cute Mushroom Fairy House Buttons shown at left, the Heralding Angel Buttons at right, AND the butterfly buttons in today’s Giveaway! 46 designs in all!
     


    Design Team Member Laura Carson has created the most marvelous, miniature Victorian Conservatory.

    Laura had been wanting to create a Victorian conservatory and she and Leslie put their heads together, coming up with the amazing Conservatory 1:12 Scale (that is very easy to put together!). The conservatory is a nice large space (10″ wide x 9″ deep) with double doors for the front and back. The roof can lift off to work inside (or see inside better) — plus there’s a ledge around the top of the “room” that you could hang plants from.

    The many windows on the side walls are lovely (and have an early 20th c Arts and Crafts feel). The solid wall areas under the windows (on all 4 sides) give a space for extra embellishments, too! (Like the Green Man masks around the sides of Laura’s Conservatory.)

    If you choose, there is also with a separate Platform with Steps that you can set the Conservatory on.

    (If you want to give yourself a (slightly smaller) challenge, there is also a new Small Conservatory. This smaller one is 7″ wide; not quite reduced enough for 1:24 scale, but sized for using with the 9x9x1 platform (so you’ll have an inch of platform on either side to put plants, etc.). AND look below for an even smaller option…)

    Laura’s Victorian Conservatory is filled with lovely plants, a beautiful Large Wall Fountain and a nature-inspired chandelier; and she created a a new Conservatory Garden Decor Collage Sheet and a companion Digital Download Set. The Digital Set includes all the images in the collage sheet, plus 5 borders.

    You might be looking at this project and thinking “there is no way I could do this”, but you are wrong! The entire structure comes as an easy to assemble kit — yeah for kits! All that is required for assembly is that you glue the die-cut pieces together using the tongue and groves cut into the chipboard; then paint, use decorative paper and Collage Sheet or Digital Images to give the piece its architectural details.

    Also worth noting is the pretty and ornate new 3-Tier Stand with lots of filigree scrollwork. It is 5″ tall x 4″ wide (but only 2″ deep): an oval shape, which gives extra room for potted plants (or hats?) on the sides, but still shallow enough for a room box). (Psst: one of these stands is also included in today’s Giveaway!)

    Visit Artfully Musing and you’ll find a instructions on how Laura assembled and decorated her Victorian Conservatory, a tutorial on how to cast your own mold from a found object (like the Green Man masks around the sides of her Conservatory); and info on all the items inside!
     


    AND… wait, there’s more! If the Small Conservatory still seems too large, there’s a new Mini Greenhouse with Stand! So cute! And you can use the greenhouse separate from the stand if you’d like (the greenhouse portion is 3-1/2″ tall, so would be a smaller item to decorate than the “small” conservatory).

    That most-diligent Design Team Member, Shannon Cooper, was so gracious to make a fun sample from this greenhouse (in the very short time I gave her… bad me!)

    Here’s a bit from Shannon’s witty post:

    “Occasionally, the younger pixies get into a bit more trouble than usual. They might forget to polish the beetles like they were told, or flit too fast through the dandelions and spoil the newly painted ladybirds. They might have even tied one too many knots in the hair of a sleeping child, and that calls for a time out! That is when they get sent off to spend a minute or two in the Pixie Pause Room, where they are supposed to think about what they did (or didn’t do) but most likely it is a place to complain about being cooped up unnecessarily for a frightfully long time.”

    Note: many of the items in the Giveaway below are from Shannon’s supply list!

     

    Hooray for the Pixies in the Greenhouse Giveaway!

    This is a half-and-half Giveaway… half of the TWELVE items are from Laura’s Miniature Victorian Conservatory supply list:
    - New 3-Tier Stand
    - New Conservatory Garden Decor Collage Sheet
    - New Miniature Frogs
    - Fancy Acorn Drawer Knobs
    - Fancy Lavender Berries Mix
    - Green Man Brass Stamping

    … And the other half are from Shannon’s Pixie Pause Room:
    - New Mini Greenhouse with Stand
    - Small House Plant
    - Pink Rose Garland
    - Mini Birch Tree Trunk Slabs (those bad fairies are standing on them)
    - Mini Rusted Metal Oval Tub
    - Winged Things Collage Sheet

    Bonus: a set of the Colorful Butterfly Buttons shown at left (from today’s 50% off FLASH SALE)! And I bet some butterflies would look right at home in whatever you think up with the new conservatory or greenhouse items.

    AND a Bouquets Collage Sheet, from the ATCs Collage Sheets Sale ending tomorrow!

     
    To enter the Pixies in the Greenhouse 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, June 6, 2016). And tell me: Can you think up a project to use all of these items?

    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 New Shrine & Gold Crowns Giveaway? That would be Diana Bittaker! Congratulations!

      
    82 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 5th, 2016

    New ATC Shrines, Guest Designer Shannon Martinson & ATC Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Ooh! We have a special treat today! Not only 2 new ATC Shrines (and beautiful artwork using both, by Tristan Robin Blakeman), but also Alice in Wonderland artwork by Guest Designer Shannon Martinson! So much to show that there’s a separate blog post all about Shannon’s artwork!

    And in honor of those new shrines: TWO New Sales! ALL ATCs Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off AND the ATC Stuff section is on sale for 20% off. That last section has a bit of everything! (Rubber stamps, kits, boxes and shrines to house an ATC (including the new ones)!) Both sales run now through Monday night, June 6th! See the Giveaway below for more info about those snippets of sale items shown at left.
     


    Before he fell down the rabbit hole to work on his Alice in Wonderland triptych project, Design Team Member Tristan Robin Blakeman created two projects using the new ATC Shrine Boxes.

    Tristan, the man who has collected enough ATCs to go around the world two or three times, created an ATC to use with the new ATC Shrine with Feet for his first project.

    After I glued the shrine together, (tip: I used rubber bands to hold the shrine square while the glue was drying – worked great!) I used left over pieces from my Enchanted Forest Castle and Mini Album project to cover the shrine with.

    Once that was finished, I grabbed the Gold Leaf Adhesive Pen with Gold Leaf for the edges of the shrine, added a piece of Gold Zig Zag Dresden Border that had been inked with Mermaid alcohol ink, Mini Paper Blooms, and pieces of the Leafy Corners set.

    I finished up with a crown die cut from my stash, cut a chipboard frame in half from my stash (sprinkled with Micro Beads colored with alcohol ink) and glued them to my finished piece.


    Tristan’s second project uses the new ATC Shrine Box that has a snowy winter theme. Rolling around in the snow sounds really good to me right now; since it is 91 here today with humidity creeping in.

    I used alcohol inks and embossing powders to create the background, used a collage sheet image for the focal point, and painted in the clouds myself.

    Once that was complete, it was time to add the ATC Ivy Frame. The leaves are covered with 1mm Micro Beads, used Platinum Liquid Pearls to outline all the straight edges and Platinum Stickles for the three decorative dots on the frame.

    It was getting more enchanting! I took a pair of wings from the Butterflies Decoupage Paper (I love this paper!) to a vintage plastic bride from my stash. I assembled all the various elements, added Silver Cup Box Feet turned upside down to use as feet and ribbons and bead flowers and millinery flowers buds to the top to finish it up.

    2 ATC Shrine Boxes Supply List

    Visit Enchanted Revelry for more details, to find out what inspired Tristan’s second project and for more photos. And see the Giveaway below for a chance to win supplies from Tristan’s projects!


     Back In Stock Items - ALL on Sale!


    Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set #1


    Raw Brass Box Feet - Rounded


    Turquoise Blue Mini Paper Blooms
    (also in Tristan's artwork)


    The Archivist 3x4 ATC Pad
    (In the ATC stuff section!)
     

     

    Hooray for the New Shrine & Gold Crowns Giveaway!

    I picked out a few items from Tristan’s ATC Shrine with Feet supply list:
    - New ATC Shrine with Feet
    - Ivy ATC Frame
    - Flower Stamen – Ivory
    - Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders
    - 1mm Micro Beads – Aqua Clear

    Then, I chose a couple items I think would make good substitutes for the crown Tristan added to that shrine from his stash:
    - Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet
    - Large Brass Crown

    THEN, the Cigar Box Label ATCs Collage Sheet from the ATCs Collage Sheet Sale, that was shown in the section sale image at the top of this page.

    AND FINALLY, one of the Dictionary Clear Stamp Sets (just added to the clearance section! — as are all the other clear stamp sets to make mini booklets!)

     
    To enter the New Shrine & Gold Crowns 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, June 3, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with your ATC Shrine with Feet?

    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 Beneath the Sea Giveaway? That would be Victoria! Congratulations!

      
    35 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 2nd, 2016

    Guest Designer Shannon Martinson

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, Art Projects, Guest Designers


    We became aware of Shannon Martinson’s whimsical style when she approached us about permission to use some of our Alice in Wonderland digital images for a class that she was going to be teaching. In addition to asking if she could use the images, Shannon also sent a picture of the amazing Mad Tea Party in a Cup that she had created. We were blown away by it and were delighted that Shannon agreed to be a Guest Designer for Alpha Stamps! As you can see, Shannon’s tea party is quite fabulous.

    I’m a Closed Captioner living in Texas with my two kitties, Peanut and Cashew. I really wasn’t into any kind of art or craft stuff growing up, it’s something I’ve only started doing in the last decade or so. My love of making stuff really started when a couple of friends and coworkers convinced me to go to an event called Paper Cowgirl with them, even though I insisted I had no experience with any kind of crafts and was convinced I wouldn’t be any good at it. That first one was a little overwhelming for someone with no experience and very few supplies, but everyone was nice and I had fun, and after that I was hooked. I keep trying different crafts, taking classes, and learning new things. I’m lucky to have found a group of ladies who are supportive and encouraging, and we try to get together regularly, which helps keep me motivated to work on new things.

    Shannon was sent the Alice in An Altoids Tin Kit to work with, and made 2 projects. Her first project is called Alice’s Memories (see the wide photo below); created from a Blank Altoids Tin made to look like memories are popping out of a suitcase. Such a cool idea! (And look a bit like yummy chocolate-covered cookies!)


    On the inside, I painted the Alice in Wonderland Silhouettes and a Cheshire Cat Frame from the Altoids Tin Frames – Alice Set all black. Once they were dry I added white, gold, and glitter highlights. The Mushroom Frame is in the very back of the tin lid, and the Cheshire Cat is in front of that separated by pop dots so they’d stand out more.

    Shannon’s second project is an assemblage doll piece, that is also an Alice in Wonderland shrine. Such a clever idea to have the “torso” open up to mementos from a visit down the rabbit hole.

    I used the resin heart tarts and miniature chocolate cake to decorate the deeper (normally bottom) side of the tin. The lid side has a piece of scrapbook paper for the background, and then the picture, the quote, and the top hat are cut from different collage sheets, (listed on my supply list) and I used a Bronze Stopwatch.

    I punched holes in the Blank Altoids Tin to attach her arms, which are some little glass flower beads I had in my stash, wire wrapped together, ending in a Bronze Teacup and Saucer Charm on one arm, and a round metal filigree for a saucer on the other.

    Alice’s Memories and Assemblage Doll Supply List

    For more details on Shannon’s projects, to see more photos (or to sign up for her class that’s THIS Saturday!), please visit Shannon’s blog.


     
      
    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, June 2nd, 2016