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    New Miniature Botanicals, Floral Artwork

    Filed under Bella Ayers, Flowers, French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Sale, Spring Flowers Kit

    Ah… a sweet treat today: beautiful floral artwork by TWO Design Team Members! Starting with a happy ATC tote by Lora Mahaffey (yes, I think that green plaid says “happy”).

    Beside the inspired use of the papers from the Spring Market 6×6 Paper Pad on an ATC Tote Box, I love the ATCs Lora made with the Vintage Seed Catalog Collage Sheets!

    This is such a pretty project… another good candidate for a Mother’s Day gift.

    Here’s a link to everything Lora used.

    And don’t forget to visit Lora’s blog post, as she has step-by-step photos on how to decorate the tote box!


     

    Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) has created such a rich, moody set of ATCs in an ATC Folder (I love the projects Bella makes with an Art Nouveau theme).

    That green floral pattern (the back side of the Cottontail Springtime Scrapbook Paper) is perfect for this theme.

    Beside the photos of the cover and inside pockets below, there’s another photo of the ATC Ticket Journal (tucked into the left pocket) down in the Giveaway section — where you can enter to win EVERYTHING Bella used!

    Here’s a link to everything in Bella’s supply list AND a link to her blog post.

    And between here and the Giveaway, don’t forget to check out the new items AND the sale and free gift both ending tomorrow night!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: ALL Metal Filigree is 25% off and FREE Tiny Tote!

    In honor of that pretty, new Bronze Harp Filigree (at far right), ALL of the Metal Filigree is ON SALE!

    Over 60 options!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, April 23rd.

    Go check it out!

    And there’s a FREE Tiny Tote Box!! ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 23rd (2018) will receive ONE of the new Tiny Tote Boxes (normally sold in sets of 2) FREE!

    This version is 1-1/2″ tall by 1-3/4″ wide by 1-1/2″ deep (shown next to the original size in the photo at left). More info (and adorable artwork by Shannon Cooper) is in Thursday’s newsletter.
     

    Hooray for the Many Happy Hours Giveaway!

    That is the quote on one of the fairy ATCs (“I post a letter in the flowers to wish you many happy hours.”) And isn’t that ATC Ticket Journal beautiful!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Bella’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Pink Fairies ATCs Collage Sheet
    The Language of Flowers Collage Sheet

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Bella’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

    Note: As there is an April Kit included in the Giveaway, any items that are part of the kit (and also listed separately in the supply list) will ony be included once.

    And a couple extra items not used in Bella’s project are also in the Giveaway:
    - A set of the back in stock Tiny Antique Silver Keys
    - New Bronze Harp Filigree (it would look perfect with the style of Bella’s ATCs — and it’s part of the Filigree Sale!)

    To enter the Many Happy Hours 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, April 23, 2018).

    AND tell me: What style will you use to decorate your ATC Ticket Journal? Or maybe what images, if not a specific style: flowers? fairies? cats? Remember the lovely ladies Laura Carson decorated her ATC Ticket Journal 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).

    Hey, who won the Tiny Totes & Flowers Too Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Sylvia L! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    NOTE: Last call for Lisa Contilli to reply re: her Giveaway prize! If you don’t reply to our emails, you won’t get your prize!

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 22nd, 2018

    Bring on the Spring Flowers & Tiny Tote Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Flowers, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Are we done with Winter yet? Did you see the crazy pictures of people sledding down the hills of San Francisco after a hailstorm on Monday?!

    Well, we have 2 projects today, both bursting with color that will help you forget about the late Spring storms.

    Starting with Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’ Spring Flower Offering: I love all those Vintage Seed Catalog covers tranformed into ATCs… and in a decorated tote box to hold them all.

    It sounds like Rhonda is having the same issue with lingering Winter:

    It snowed here two days ago, but it’s April. What on earth? So my hopes are that this little spring beauty will act as an offering to Mother Nature, and bless my many hydrangeas with warm spring weather! I bet you could use one in your part of the world as well.

    Here’s a link to see all of Rhonda’s supplies (that Market Planters Scrapbook Paper on the back of her ATC Ticket Journal is so cute!), and you can see many more photos and read more on Rhonda’s blog post.

    Next up (and a new treat for you!): Design Team Member Shannon Cooper
    has used the new Tiny Tote Box to make the cutest little Rainbow Flower Box!

    This version is 1-1/2″ tall by 1-3/4″ wide by 1-1/2″ deep, and as Shannon notes in her blog post “From a decorative firewood box in dollhouse scale, to a place for fairies to store their berry harvest, this tote is too cute. It can be transformed into many different things!”

    And a gift for all of you: ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 23rd (2018) will receive ONE of the new Tiny Tote Boxes (normally sold in sets of 2) FREE!

     
    New Sale: ALL Metal Filigree is 25% off!

    In honor of that pretty, new Bronze Harp Filigree, ALL of the Metal Filigree is ON SALE!

    Over 60 options! Also including the Thin Ornate Filigree and Black Faux Wrought Iron Round Filigree shown at left and right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, April 23rd.

    Go check it out!

     
    Hooray for the Tiny Totes & Flowers Too Giveaway!

    First off: EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list (with tons of little flowers!) is in today’s Giveaway! Note: the red roses from this group are included.

    That means you’ll get a set of 2 of the new Tiny Tote Boxes too!

    Next up: You’ll need those Vintage Seed Catalog Collage Sheets that Rhonda used for ATCs in her larger Tote Box. (And you’ll get that larger tote, too!)

    One of those collage sheets is Flower Faces… now you haven’t see it in the photos thus far. It’s used on the flip side (the front side) of Rhonda’s ATC Ticket Journal (and yes, that ATC Ticket Journal and the Market Planters Scrapbook Paper — that I pointed out is on the back of the journal — are also in the Giveaway)!

    To enter the Tiny Totes & Flowers Too 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 Night, April 20, 2018).

    AND tell me: Your Tiny Tote Boxes… A box of flowers? A harvest bin for fairies? A box of scrolls? A box of firewood? A magazine rack? Something else?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Trinket Box & ATCs Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Peggy Manning! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 19th, 2018

    ATC Trinket Box

    Filed under Art Projects, Beads, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale

    What a sweet trinket box (ATC gift box?) Design Team Member Kristin Batsel has created with the new ATC Scalloped Trinket Box! Kristin made one new ATC for her project (that top one showing through the cover, from the Easter Bunnies Collage Sheet), then she repurposed some earlier ATCs.

    This is such a pretty project… I think it would make a good Mother’s Day gift.

    I love all the details:
    - Lining the box with Leafy Sprigs Scrapbook Paper (another photo showing the inside of the box is down in the Giveaway section)
    - Covering the lid (inside and out) with the script side of the Garden Tools Scrapbook Paper
    - Using the Cavalier Fleur Scrapbook Paper around the sides
    - Finishing the sides with half-round white Dresden

    AND: the flowers (pink and white) and leaf ribbon on top! Oh, and little brass box feet, too.

    Here’s a link to everything Kristin used (including a few items on the ATCs inside…more on those below).

    And between here and the Giveaway, don’t forget to check out the new items (with a teal theme today) AND the sale and free gift both ending tomorrow night!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: New Sale and FREE Gift —
    Both Related to the Picnic Basket from Thursday’s Newsletter

    We just did a little rearranging, and made a new category in the Dollhouse Miniatures section called Chipboard Kits for Miniatures! It’s “just” the 1:12 scale chipboard kits (to keep it lean I left the 1:24 scale items and room boxes in their own sections).

    This is the section that the new Mini Picnic Basket is in. AND everything in this new section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 16th.

    39 options! Also including the Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf and Wrought Iron Patio Table shown at left and right. Go check it out!

    And there’s a new Tiny China Plates FREE Gift Kit!! I’ve been meaning to make a little collage sheet with miniature Willow Ware designs for awhile… and Teri’s picnic basket inspired me! You’ll receive one of the Tiny China Plates Mini Collage Sheets shown below at left (a mix of 3/4″ and 7/8″ diameter plates in blue and red vintage willow patterns) AND one set of 3 (one placesetting) from the Mini Silverware – Set of 12

    AND just ONE of the following (chosen randomly):
    - Resin French Bread – 30mm
    - Grape Jelly Mini Resin Jar
    - Red Jam Mini Resin Jar
    - Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jar
    - Mini Clear Resin Honey Jar
    - Orange Marmalade Mini Resin Jar

    A little mix perfect for adding to your own picnic basket. FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 16 (2018)!
     

    Hooray for the Trinket Box & ATCs Giveaway!

    Beside EVERYTHING I mentioned above (the new Trinket Box, scrapbook papers, collage sheet, white Dresden, box feet, leaf ribbon & flowers!), I’m going to include some extras from Kristin’s additional ATCs in the Giveaway (working from left to right):
    - I’m pretty sure that lady in the fancy hat is from the La Belle Epoque Collage Sheet
    - Butterflies Collage Sheet
    - The tyke in the hat is from the Little Darlings Collage Sheet (hat added by Kristin)

    And an extra set not used in Kristin’s project: Water Media ATC Cards – Set of 20 — that should get you started on lots of projects!

    To enter the Trinket Box & ATCs 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, April 16, 2018).

    AND tell me: What plans do you have for that ATC Scalloped Trinket Box? And there is a broad range of collage sheets included… which will you use first?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Picnic on the Lawn Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Denise Bryant! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 15th, 2018

    Miniature Picnic Basket & Tiny China Gift

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

    Remember that adorable garden scene (with a wire basket filled with posies) that Teri Calia made a couple weeks ago?

    Well, Teri used that same scene as a backdrop for the new Mini Picnic Basket! (See the wide photo below for how it looks put together in the raw chipboard vs finished.) I love how Teri decorated the picnic basket… the “wood” looks so rich (just acrylic paint over gesso).

    Note: there’s another photo (showing more of the baked goods inside) down in the Giveaway section.

    Here’s a quote from Teri about putting it together:

    When you assemble your picnic basket, make sure the “weave pattern” alternates correctly on all four sides before you glue it down. I also found it easier to paint the basket and handle before gluing the handle to the basket.

    More info about the picnic basket is on the product page.


     

     
    New Sale and New FREE Gift — Both Related to the New Picnic Basket

    We just did a little rearranging, and made a new category in the Dollhouse Miniatures section called Chipboard Kits for Miniatures! It’s “just” the 1:12 scale chipboard kits (to keep it lean I left the 1:24 scale items and room boxes in their own sections).

    This is the section that the new Mini Picnic Basket is in. AND everything in this new section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 16th.

    39 options! Also including the Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf and Wrought Iron Patio Table shown at left and right. Go check it out!

    And there’s a new Tiny China Plates FREE Gift Kit!! I’ve been meaning to make a little collage sheet with miniature Willow Ware designs for awhile… and Teri’s picnic basket inspired me! You’ll receive one of the Tiny China Plates Mini Collage Sheets shown below at left (a mix of 3/4″ and 7/8″ diameter plates in blue and red vintage willow patterns) AND one set of 3 (one placesetting) from the Mini Silverware – Set of 12

    AND just ONE of the following (chosen randomly):
    - Resin French Bread – 30mm
    - Grape Jelly Mini Resin Jar
    - Red Jam Mini Resin Jar
    - Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jar
    - Mini Clear Resin Honey Jar
    - Orange Marmalade Mini Resin Jar

    A little mix perfect for adding to your own picnic basket. FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 16 (2018)!

     
    Hooray for the Picnic on the Lawn Giveaway!

    I’m highlighting a few things Teri used in her scene with the picnic basket, at left. (And yes, everything I’m mentioning here is in today’s Giveaway.)

    - Mini Picnic BasketNew and on sale!
    - Mini Landscape Turf Grass
    - Seashells in Plastic Tin (Teri’s cockle shells edging her path)
    - Sitting Border Collie Dog
    - Miniature Carving Knives

    Plus one of the Tiny China Plates FREE Gift Kits! (That way you’ll get a loaf of bread, too.)

    To enter the Picnic on the Lawn 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 Night, April 13, 2018).

    AND tell me: How will you decorate your picnic basket? And do you already have a scene to put it into?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Mushrooms for Your Buffet Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Laura Norman! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 12th, 2018

    Alice’s Buffet, Cats and ABCs

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps, Sale

    What a charming, unique miniature buffet Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey
    has made out of an unfinished wooden piece of dollhouse furniture!

    If I were Alice, I’d probably have rather interesting tastes in furniture. Definitely things with character and charm.

    Quirky and unique.

    Maybe some hand-painted things that are one-of-a-kind. Like this fun little number, the Large Wooden Buffet

    Lora has posted tons of photos showing how to prep an unfinished wood buffet, and how to paint a floral scene, so be sure to visit her blog post.

    And there’s a chance to win one of the buffets (and a bunch of related mushroom items) below in the Giveaway. (And don’t forget the Fairy-Themed Sale and FREE Gift! Scroll down for a reminder with photos.)

    AND between here and there, there are a bunch of new cats & kittens… and new (and back in stock) alphabet rubber stamp sets!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: New Sale and New FREE Gift — All About Fairies!

    Everything in the Fairies Collage Sheets section is on sale at 50% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 9th.

    30 options, including the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet at right (also used in Nichola’s project in Thursday’s newsletter).

    Go check it out!

    And there’s a new Fairy Charm Mini Gift Kit!! You’ll receive ONE of the new Chipboard Fairy Door Charms (normally sold in sets of 2) AND a custom mini collage sheet (shown at left) with tiny fairies that could be used inside! Note: the images are 1″ x 1″ size, so could also work with 25mm diameter settings or cabs, too.

    FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 9 (2018)! More info
     

    Hooray for the Mushrooms for Your Buffet Giveaway!

    Lora is so talented! She includes a mini tutorial on how to paint mushrooms and flowers in her blog post, like that close-up at left.

    So in addition to a Large Wooden Buffet (!), I decided to pick out some mushrooms for this Giveaway:
    - First, that English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet shown above from the sale reminder
    - Then the Alice Plays Croquet Collage Sheet that Lora used in the center spot where the mirror would normally be (the collage sheet has some single mushrooms on it, too)
    - A Ceramic Red Amanita Mushroom Bead (on clearance!)
    - Some smaller 3D Resin Mushrooms
    - Some red spun-cotton mushrooms
    - And not a mushroom at all, but a Mini Ceramic Garden Gnome Bead!

    To enter the Mushrooms for Your Buffet 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, April 9, 2018).

    AND tell me: Painted mushrooms? Paper mushrooms from a collage sheet? 3D mushrooms? What would you put in a buffet garden 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).

    Hey, who won the Winged Fairy Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Angela C! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 8th, 2018

    Fairies & Flowers

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Fairy Garden, Flowers, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials


    Who says it’s too late for Easter artwork?! Actually, these fairy and gnome projects by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana
    are so sweet and Spring-y that I don’t think you’d even notice there’s an Easter-egg-and-chocolate-bunny theme to the cut-out lids used in them.

    Starting with the new 2 Inch Gnome that Nichola used at left (isn’t he adorable?) inside a Mini Shadowbox – 2×3, with a Mini Shadowbox Lid – Easter Egg (and a star and green paper). So cute, and quick to make.

    Moving on to a trio of fairy-themed pieces (see the wide photo below)… I just love these! They are not as deep as the gnome shadowbox (Nichola used the flat Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes over chipboard, adding some foam to provide a bit of depth).

    The main images of fairies are from the Pink Children’s Theatre Collage Sheet, from the February kit.

    Sheet Moss and paper flowers and leaves are tucked into the edges.

    And finally fussy cut paper butterflies from the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet are added! So cute!

    Read more (and see more photos) in Nichola’s blog post. You can also see the full supply list. And don’t forget to scroll down in this newsletter for a close-up in the Giveaway!
     


     

    Next up: We’re finishing up our series of Easter shadowboxes, with 2 by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)!

    I picked out the shadowbox Mr. Chick Adeez Morning Walk in the photo at left:
    A super-duper easy box to put together: cover box and lid with paper (or paint it if you’d rather), choose your background image. Before gluing it in, be sure to double check that when you look through the egg opening, you see the part of the image that you want to show through.

    Bella used the same Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes as in Nichola’s fairies above, but used over a mini shadowbox instead of flat chipboard.

    Read more (and see the other shadowbox, too) in Bella’s blog post. You can also see the supply list for the little box at left.
     

     
    New Sale and New FREE Gift — All About Fairies!

    Everything in the Fairies Collage Sheets section is on sale at 50% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 9th.

    30 options, including the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet at right (also used in Nichola’s project above).
    Go check it out!
     

    And there’s a new Fairy Charm Mini Gift Kit!! You’ll receive ONE of the new Chipboard Fairy Door Charms (normally sold in sets of 2) AND a custom mini collage sheet (shown at left) with tiny fairies that could be used inside! Note: the images are 1″ x 1″ size, so could also work with 25mm diameter settings or cabs, too.

    FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 9 (2018)! More info

     
    Hooray for the Winged Fairy Giveaway!

    I’m highlighting everything used in that lovely fairy at left, by Nichola. (And yes, everything I’m mentioning here is in today’s Giveaway.)

    - Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes – Set of 4
    - Pink Children’s Theatre Collage Sheet
    - English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet
    - Sheet Moss
    - Mini Rose Buds – Red Yellow Variegated (a substitute)
    - Gold & White Lace Clear Sticker Sheet
    - Romantique Symphony Scrapbook Paper (a substitute for the sheet music)
    - Chesterville Bretton Scrapbook Paper (a substitute for the mottly paper on the front)

    Plus one of the Fairy Charm Mini Gift Kits! And a set of the new Small Felt Flowers – Multicolor!

    To enter the Winged Fairy 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 Night, April 6, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make with these goodies? There are lots of images of vintage children, fairies, mushrooms, butterflies in those collage sheets… and the “inchies” in the gift kit’s collage sheet… ? And you’d have 4 different shadowbox covers, so maybe another cut-out window shape?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Spring Flowers Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Slowik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    NOTE: Last call for Carolyn Sullivan to reply re: her Giveaway prize! If you don’t reply to our emails, you won’t get your prize!

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 5th, 2018

    Spring Flowers Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Spring Flowers Kit

    So many options in this kit! From vintage ladies with flowers in their hair to FOUR different scrapbook papers (each with their own version of flowers or greenery).

    AND an accordion-fold ticket journal (ATC size) with a mini folder to slip it into!

    Plus 4 pretty (and colorful) acrylic floral embellishments… like I said: a lot of options!

    And check out the lovely sample art that Design Team Member Laura Carson created using this kit (see the wide photo below, and another down in the Giveaway section) — Laura added images from the (new) Lovely Sepia Ladies ATCs and Vintage Sepia Children ATCs collage sheets (with the A Mix of Spring Beauties ATCs one in this kit), AND added butterflies from her new Nature’s Creatures Collage Sheet (note: it’s useful to keep all the embellishments flat so she could fold the booklet).

    More info and photos in Laura’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies.

    More info about the new kit is on the Spring Flowers Kit page. And remember to scroll down to the Giveaway on this page for a chance to win a kit plus lots of extras! Plus between here and there, a big bunch of pretty coordinating trims!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Embellishments Sale and FREE Gift!

    Everything in the Lucite & Resin Embellishments section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 2nd. (That includes lots of the perfume bottles used in Laura’s project from Thursday’s newsletter!)

    Over 50 items! Go check it out!

    And there’s a new FREE Collage Sheet provided by Laura!! The Mini Cosmetic Labels Half Sheet shown at right is FREE with all orders placed now through Monday, April 2nd! Lovely label designs (and so pretty on compacts and mini cosmestics packaging in Laura’s tutorial)! More info.
     

    Hooray for the Spring Flowers Kit Giveaway

    Before I explain what’s in today’s Giveaway, I’d like to point out the bookmark (made from a manila tag) that’s tucked into the left pocket in the ATC Folder (see photo at right). Beside a cute idea all by itself, the whole folder with the accordion-fold journal (and the bookmark) would be a sweet gift. And pretty quick to make, too!

    Ok… back to this Giveaway: Beside one of the Spring Flowers Kits (that includes ELEVEN items all by itself — including the ticket journal and folder in Laura’s artwork), this Giveaway also includes more things Laura used:

    - Bouquets Collage Sheet
    - Garden Tools Scrapbook PaperNew!
    - Larger Green Leaf Garland
    - Lovely Sepia Ladies ATCs Collage SheetNew!
    - Large Manila Tags
    - Nature’s Creatures Collage SheetNew!
    - Seed Catalog ATCs Collage Sheet
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
    - The Language of Flowers Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Sepia Children ATCs Collage SheetNew!
    - White Seam Binding

    AND I’m including one of the new ATC Tote Boxes! I didn’t talk about them yet today (one is shown at right, with an ATC Ticket Journal sitting inside). How cute is that?! A laser-cut kit to make an adorable little tote box, sized for ATCs. When put together it stands just 2-3/4″ tall.

    To enter the Spring Flowers Kit 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, April 2, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make with all these goodies?

    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).

    Hey, who won the French Perfume Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kim Lucak! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 1st, 2018

    Perfumes & Purses & Shoes, oh my!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beads, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s chocolates & sweets from a couple week’s ago? That was the second post of a series.

    Today’s project is the third of many that will roll out over the next few months… all leading to building a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a chocolate shop, a cafe, clothing boutique, flower shop, bookstore & pharmacy. I can’t wait to see all the details! More info here.

    So, on to today’s project: Purses, Shoes, Perfume Bottles, Cosmetics & Jewelry. Whew! Laura has made a huge selection of options. And she has displayed them in some of the glass cabinets from week 1 of this series.

    And the new products and techniques can be used on all sort of projects (whether making miniature accessories or not)!
     


     

    So many options to choose from! I decided to begin this mini-tour of Laura’s accessories with those deco-inspired cosmetics tins (and compacts) above! They are made with polymer clay and labels from the new Mini Cosmetic Labels Half Sheet! (More on that collage sheet below, as it’s also FREE now through Monday!)

    I also spy a big group of bottles made from beads (on trays that were featured in the chocolates post) and the pre-made Mini Wooden Make-up or Jewelry Box. Oh, and in the foreground, a fancy box made with one of the Black and Silver Carved Saucer Beads.

    There’s (another) new collage sheet today: Mini Purses Collage Sheet (and coordinating Digital Images Set), both made by Laura! This sheet contains ten easy-to-fold and assemble purses along with images like beaded appliques and jeweled bits that can be used to dress up the purses.

    Moving on to the next wide photo below: look at all those lovely perfume bottles! There is a multitude of shapes and sizes in today’s post. I’m going to point out the colorful bottles on the glass display rack: those are made from rectangular glass beads with tiny labels and a tinier bead on top (as the lid or stopper). There are 3 new colors in that popular size of glass beads.

    Read more (and see a video tutorial) in Laura’s blog post. I didn’t even get to the shoes!

    You can see the full supply list for all of the today’s projects (or check Laura’s blog post for the same list divided into sections).

    Note: There is a another photo of more perfume bottles, down in the Giveaway drawing below.
     


     

     
    New Sale and New FREE Gift

    Everything in the Lucite & Resin Embellishments section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 2nd. (That includes lots of the perfume bottles used in Laura’s project!)

    Over 50 items! Go check it out!

    And there’s a new FREE Collage Sheet provided by Laura!! The Mini Cosmetic Labels Half Sheet shown at right is FREE with all orders placed now through Monday, April 2nd! Lovely label designs (and so pretty on compacts and mini cosmestics packaging in Laura’s tutorial)!

    More info.

     
    Hooray for the French Perfume Giveaway!

    Yes, yes… this is supposed to be the section where I talk about all the lovely, colorful perfume bottles in that big photo below (and I will)… but first: shoes!

    Laura has done an amazing job turning plastic doll shoes (and purses) into much fancier miniatures. A bit of metallic paint really brings out the molded details on the shoes and purses (and adding a little tassel or filigree spruces them up, too) . So to start off this Giveaway, I’m including a set of both the purses and shoes: see what wonderful transformation you can make with them!

    Resin Mini Perfume Bottles with BowNext up in the Giveaway package, a few items used in making the perfume bottles shown below:
    - Resin Mini Perfume Bottles with Bow New and part of the Lucite & Resin Sale!
    - Pink Resin Perfume Bottle Part of the Lucite & Resin Sale!
    - Red Resin Perfume Bottle Part of the Lucite & Resin Sale!
    - Green Resin Perfume Bottle Part of the Lucite & Resin Sale!
    - Yellow Resin Perfume Bottle Part of the Lucite & Resin Sale!
    - Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet
    - Bronze Paris Perfume Bottle Charm

    Plus a couple more new things announced today:
    - Mini Purses Collage Sheet
    - Mini Cosmetic Labels Half Sheet

    To enter the French Perfume 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 Night, March 30, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make with these perfume bottles? (and purses and shoes?) Will you put them in a shadowbox? A dollhouse wardrobe? Use them in different projects?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Rustic Wire Cart Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Lisa C! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 29th, 2018

    Spring Miniatures and a Little Blue Bunny

    Filed under Back in Stock, Easter Egg Shadowbox Kit, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Sale, Teri Calia

    Oooh… what a treat today! We have a pretty, flower-filled room box by Teri Calia AND the sweetest little bunny by Lora Mahaffey!

    Yes, that photo at right is a bit small, but i just wanted to give you an overview of Teri’s project, and to show you the scale (with her hand in the lower right of the photo).

    I asked Teri if she could make a quick sample with the new Rustic Wire Cart with 2 Baskets and she created this wonderful corner room box in almost no time — crazy, I know!

    A little tour of the larger group of photos below:
    - Teri filled the wire cart with roses, rose buds, moss & tiny ferns (and there’s a tiny cat hiding in there, too… more on him/her is below)
    - I love the aged look of the bird house in the top left corner, with one of the new chickadees on top
    - The new Light Pink Hyacinth are potted in a Clay Planter (with one of the recently-new swans sitting nearby)
    - The back-in-stock Embossed Trim for 1:12 Bricks is shown in the close-up at top right
    - Love the seashell border to the grass and tile path (and the doggy, too)!

    I asked Teri about that tile path, as the floor tiles come with a lighter grout color. She replied “To paint the tile I used Dawn Dish Liquid and a soft toothbrush to give it a good scrub and remove any oil from the manufacturing process. Then painted with acrylic paint, wiping back the paint in some areas with a paper towel to lighten the paint coverage.”

    Before we move on to our second project, here’s a link to everything in Teri’s supply list (and check the Giveaway below for a couple more photos).

    Yes, we are getting close to Easter. But I bet that adorable bunny (with wings!) would find a place on your shelf long after Easter! (See the next group of wide photos below.)

    I included a close-up of the shadowbox at an angle (in the top right) so you can just barely make out the wooden disk (button? tiny spool?) that the bunny is attached to (to keep him hovering off the ground and to give him dimension). Also, in the lower right you can see how Lora built up the background with chipboard underneath of a strip of the Double Dot Powder Blue Scrapbook Paper (I love all the doodling Lora does with stickles, too!)

    Note: Lora made TWO shadowboxes, so be sure to visit her blog post to see the second creation and to read more tips.

    Here’s a link to all the supplies Lora used (in both of her shadowboxes).


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Mother Goose Collage Sheet Sale plus a FREE collage sheet!

    Everything in the Mother Goose Collage Sheet section is on sale at 50% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, March 26th. (That includes two updated Quite Contrary Collage Sheets — perfect for a spring garden project!)

    Over 20 options! Go check it out!

    And continuing the FREE Collage Sheet announced in Thursday’s newsletter!! The Spring Floral Mini Kit Collage Sheet shown at left is FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, March 26 (2018)! More info.
     

    Hooray for the Rustic Wire Cart Giveaway!

    I picked out some supplies used in Teri’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Rustic Wire Cart with 2 Baskets
    - Ceramic Lying Black Cat Bead (there he is! or maybe she’s a she? see the close-up below)
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Pink Cream Variegated
    - Mini Rose Buds – Pink Cream Variegated
    - Mini Landscape Turf Grass
    - Mini Pine Fern
    - Tiny Bird House
    - Mini White Swan
    - Seashells in Plastic Tin
    - Clay Planter with Saucer

    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 Rustic Wire Cart 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, March 26, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make? A flower-filled cart? Where would you put it? In a garden 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).

    Hey, who won the Bunny Train Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Andrea Pretlow! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 25th, 2018

    Kitschy Bunnies! Artwork by 2 Artists!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Easter Egg Shadowbox Kit, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Eek! So much cuteness today! We’ve got artwork from 2 Design Team Members, plus some (new) cute retro bunnies and tiny creatures (and props) that could work for fairy garden or Easter projects.

    Starting with the new Kitschy Easter Collage Sheet: Ridiculously cute bunnies, chicks & lambs! A variety of sizes but most will fit in the Mini Shadowbox – 2×3 (the smallest box, that’s also in the Easter Egg Shadowbox Kit).

    On to today’s first project: Bunny Train for Spring. See the wide photo below… Oh my! This is so sweet! Love the whole look and feel of this kitschy train by Shannon Cooper!

    What do you do with two afternoons and the most adorable kitschy Easter collage sheet on the planet? You make a Bunny Train, that’s what you do!

    All of the cars have a “turf” base dotted with mini tulips, glittered pom pom wheels, and a scalloped awning made from a Mini Shadowbox Lid.

    Read more (and see more photos) in Shannon’s blog post. You can also see the full supply list. And don’t forget to scroll down in this newsletter for a close-up in the Giveaway!
     


     

    Next up: A whole menagerie of Easter shadowboxes, by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    I just picked out 2 in the photo below:
    - a gnome framed in the Easter Egg Mini Shadowbox Lid (covered with pretty green paper from the Cottontail 6×6 Paper Pad), and
    - a larger bunny box, filled with more bunnies (with a little basket inside, filled with tiny eggs).

    Here’s more info about each, written by Rhonda:

    This is my little gnome friend (left side of photo below), sitting inside of a vintage tin. How do you like his mushroom stool?

    The bunny on the box on the right (below) made me think CHOCOLATE and getting a delicious bunny every year. So I decided to make the outside of the box look like chocolate using paint and brown embossing powder.

    Read more (and see more photos) in Rhonda’s blog post. You can also see the full supply list.
     


     

     
    New Sale and New FREE Gift

    Everything in the Mother Goose section is on sale at 50% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, March 26th. (That includes the two updated Quite Contrary Collage Sheets noted above!)

    Over 20 options!
    Go check it out!
     

    And there’s a new FREE Collage Sheet!! The Spring Floral Mini Kit Collage Sheet shown at left is FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, March 26 (2018)! More info

    All-digital orders will also receive the new collage sheet, as a hi-res pdf file!

     
    Hooray for the Bunny Train Giveaway!

    Proceeding with more details from Shannon’s cute project! (And yes, everything I’m mentioning here is in today’s Giveaway.)

    - Mini Shadowbox – 3×4.5
    - Kitschy Easter Collage Sheet New!
    - Mini Shadowbox Lid – Chick (Clever girl! Shannon cut apart the lid and used the scalloped sides as “awnings” on her 3 train cars!)
    - Blue Speckled Plastic Eggs (one is under the bunny made from chenille stems and a pom pom)
    - Mini Wooden Crate – Unfinished (under that blue egg)
    - Easter Banners Collage Sheet (the label on that crate, plus the “JOY” banner shown above on another of the train cars)
    - Red, Ivory & Pink Patterns Scrapbook Paper Set (you can just see the pink stripes on the inside of the box, on the right side of the photo)
    - Double Dot Passion Fruit Pink Scrapbook Paper
    - 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheels

    To enter the Bunny Train 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 Night, March 23, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make with these goodies? A bunny train? Other plans for the kitschy images from that new collage sheet?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Tiny Punch & Judy Theatre Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Judy Goodwin! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 22nd, 2018