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    Bathtubs & Birds? And Shipping Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Bella's Corner, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale

    What? A Shipping Sale? As this is a holiday weekend here in the US: $2.95 shipping for orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday night, February 19th! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100!

     
    Birds Collage Sheets 50% off!

    Before we get to the pretty artwork, new FREE gift and new supplies: a new sale!

    I just put ALL Birds Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off! There’s a bit of a birds theme today, inspired by the new artwork.

    A little early Spring pick-me-up: Birds! From colorful to odd to sweet!

    The sale will continue through Monday night, February 19th. Go check them out!
     

     
    Sophronia Tries Forest Bathing by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    This is an easy project — and pretty (blingy and pretty is not often successful!) — and (of course, from Bella): it has a witty backstory.

    Forest Bathing, or “shinrin-yoku” has many benefits to one’s health including lowered blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and stress hormones. Sophronia is taking it to the next level by actually bathing in the forest because in my world of make believe, that’s how its done.

    The base of the project is a 4×6 Shadowbox lined with Romantique Parisian Scrapbook Paper. I took Gold Stitched Leaf Ribbon and glued them onto the branches so that it looks like the birds are sitting on a “gold” branch.

    My favorite part of the box is the “bubble” bath! I used the Tiny Flat Back Pearls and glued them where I thought bubbles would be in the bathtub, overflowing onto the mossy forest floor.

    Here’s a link to Bella’s supply list. Note: see the Giveaway below for a chance to win everything in the supply list! And see more photos (and story) on Bella’s blog post.
     


     

     
    New A Little Birdie/Happy Accident FREE Gift Kit

    An accidental Happy Accident? Lucky for you, we have 2 extra packages of the 4 sheets in the Happy Accident Scrapbook Paper Set. And one of those is nicely designed with miniature prints on the back (four 6×6 images on one 12×12 sheet)… so I’ve cut all of them into 6″ x 6″ squares and you’ll get FOUR mini sheets (mixed up which sheets… but they’re lovely, heavy paper so they’re all beautiful)!

    A couple of the mini prints include bird ephemera, so I added a few birds (and a cage and a branch):
    - Wood Bird Cages (I’m including one from this mixed set, a random pick)
    - A set of Small Brass Swallow Charms (on clearance sale!)
    - Brass Branch with 6 Leaves
    - Blue Resin Sparrow (now sold out except in this kit)

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, February 15 ‒ 19 (2018) will receive one of these A Little Birdie/Happy Accident Gift Kits FREE!


     

     
    Hooray for the Forest Bathing Giveaway

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

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - 3mm Rhinestone Chain – Green & Blue Mix (looks great surrounded the Taj Mahal window)
    Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal
    Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls (bubbles!)

    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!

    Bonus #1: NEW Tim Holtz Botanical Die Cuts
    I bet more than one of these would be fun to use in the background (or front and center) of a project using the shadowbox and lid.

    Bonus #2: One of the A Little Birdie/Happy Accident FREE Gift Kits!

    To enter the Forest Bathing 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, February 16, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make from these supplies?

    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 Snarky Valentine Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Jennifer J! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 15th, 2018

    A Snarky Valentine & Lavender Butterflies

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale, Valentine's Day

    OK… this is an odd mix. We have some seriously beautiful new papers today. And we also have a fun mid-century altered tin by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel.

    Let’s start with the new goodies — and a related new sale.

    First up are 2 paper pads: Lavender Butterflies. The 12×12 pad has metallic foiling on one side of all the papers (fancy)! The 6×6 pad includes the same designs as the 12×12 pad (reduced size) but without the foiling. (Psst! I’m including one of the 6×6 pads in todays Giveaway!)

    I also found a color of Liquid Pearls to coordinate. AND there are 6 new colors of Liquid Pearls!!

    Speaking of Liquid Pearls: I just put the entire Paint, Pens & Colorants section on sale! 25% off everything from Alcohol Inks to Gilder’s Paste (including the new Liquid Pearls colors!) — through Wednesday night, February 14th!

    And (happy accident) the Vintage Floral Scrapbook Paper that’s new today also includes metallic foiling. And though not part of the Lavender Butterflies line, I think the colors look great together (and I love the shabby chic rose print).

    There’s a new silicone mold today with lovely, classic cherubs & Renaissance architectural ornament.

    Lastly, there are two sets of tiny stencils. The Stained Glass set would be perfect for making dollhouse-scale windows.
     

     
    Moving on to Kristin’s tin — plus a new free gift (and a Giveaway)!

    You remember the cute little tin by Kristin last month? Today’s project uses the larger blank tin.

    The black & white mini stripe paper is back in stock. (Kristin love small stripes!)

    Kristin used an image from the Happy Vintage Housewives Collage Sheet (see how she replaced the tray of food with a 3D tray holding beer bottles… with tiny labels… super cute).

    More photos and info is on Kristin’s blog post.

    See everything Kristin used (and scroll down for a chance to win them all!)

    As we’re almost at Valentine’s Day, I’ve made a special Gift Kit — lots of little hearts (and one trim without): Valentine’s Day FREE Gift Kit (scroll down just a bit to see a photo).

    I’m including the back in stock Teardrop Fused Pearls, too (hey, there’s another little project by Kristin on that page!) You could use it on a tin (or across some curtains, similar to the sweeper fringe Tristan draped across the curtains on the front of his theatre from Thursday’s newsletter).

    A Valentine’s Day Gift Kit will be included in ALL orders now through Wednesday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day)!
     

     
    Hooray for the Snarky Valentine Giveaway!

    Yes! That Lavender Butterflies 6×6 Paper Pad I mentioned above is included in this Giveaway! Plus everything in Kristin’s tin!

    Bonus: one of the Valentine’s Day Gift Kits AND some red striped paper (same size stripes as the black & white paper — in the Giveaway, too).

    To enter the Snarky Valentine 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, February 12, 2018).

    AND tell me: Sweet or sassy? Pretty butterflies or snarky housewives? What would you make in an altered tin from this group of 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 Beauty and the Beast Theatre Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nancy Anderson Taylor! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    68 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 11th, 2018

    Beauty and the Beast Theatre by Tristan Robin Blakeman!

    Filed under Art Projects, Digital Images, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Oooh! I love all the extravagant, theatrical goodness when we have a project by the Glitter King himself: Tristan Robin Blakeman! (Psst: that’s a link to a list of beautiful projects Tristan has made for us in the past.)

    There are 2 new Theatre Cabinets. Tristan suggested a larger shadowbox for a theatre project; one with doors that could double as box seats. Both of these cabinets are 7″ tall and 8-1/2″ wide. And both of them have doors that are 1-1/2″ deep. The only difference is the deeper cabinet has a center shadowbox that is 3-1/2″ deep.

    Tristan used the shallower version of the cabinets, but it still looks like a lot of depth as he moved the scenery for each scene (yes, he has multiple “acts” in his Beauty and the Beast Theatre!) out into the foreground.

    If you made a similar project with 3D (dollhouse) furniture, using the deeper cabinet would allow you to store your scenery in the closed box when not in use. (Here’s a link to Tristan’s supply list if you’d like to see the chairs, mirror, etc., he used.)


     

    See the group of photos at left? That’s showing the cabinet closed (front and back) and open before any scenery has been added. Pretty spectacular even without the characters!

    Note: there is another photo below (in the Giveaway) and more on Tristan’s blog post. Plus he includes some video clips from my favorite movie version of the story: Jean Cocteau’s 1946 La Belle et La Bête.


    I made a new (big) set of curtains, headers, box seats & columns to fit these new Theatre Cabinets, but as each curtain pretty much fills an entire printed page, it is only available as a digital download set. There’s also a new Wide Aladdin Facade with Columns, a heavy chipboard facade that fits the front of either Theatre Cabinet. It’s in the center section of Tristan’s theatre, supporting the yellow/gold Aladdin Facade image from the digital images set.

    Tristan used lots of papers from the Midnight Masquerade 12×12 Paper Pad. The patterns coordinate swimmingly with all the colors in the new digital set (and with those Walter Crane illustrations). Plus the images in that set are perfect for Mardi Gras projects (Mardi Gras is February 13th this year).

    Speaking of paper sets from Graphic45, based on your feedback I’ve brought back 2 big “Deluxe Collector’s Edition” sets from collections we’ve had in the past: French Country and Botanicabella. Both are filled with beautiful colors and images. And both are on sale!

     
    Hooray for the Beauty and the Beast Theatre Giveaway

    Psst! See below for another photo of this fabulous project!

    Here are all the goodies in the Giveaway (all chosen from Tristan’s supply list):
    - 7 Inch Tall Theatre Cabinet – 3 Inch Deep
    - Wide Aladdin Facade with Columns (in the center section of Tristan’s theatre, supporting the yellow/gold Aladdin Facade image)
    - Large Theatre Curtains, Columns & Box Seats Set Download (NOTE: if the prize winner cannot use the digital set, you can instead choose a printed set of all the digi images — i only have 1 set as they were proof prints. And it’s 14 pages long, which is why this is not offered as a collage sheet set.)
    - Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders (all over the front and back)
    - Gold Dark Mix Sweeper Fringe (draped across the curtains on the front)
    - Oval Latch Set (closure on the outside)
    - Walter Crane Beauty and the Beast Collage Sheet
    - Taj Mahal Folding Card (the orange screen in the photo below)

    To enter the Beauty and the Beast Theatre 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, February 9, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make from these supplies? a theatre? a shadowbox? a cabinet to hold supplies? a giant suitcase? (?)

    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 Pink Valentine Theatre Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Bernadette Ho! Congrats! Check your email for info.


     

      
    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 8th, 2018

    New Kit for Valentine’s Day!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Pink Valentine Theatre Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Teri Calia

    Pink Valentine Theatre Kit

    Oh, this is fun! Not only a new kit (with lots of color and pretty papers) but tons of new collage sheets — and paper theatres to play with!

    There is a new Punch & Judy Theatre being announced today (not in the kit, but everything in the kit coordinates with that new theatre). The chipboard facade in the kit can be used alone or with the new theatre (and wait till you see the fabulous artwork today)!

    There are THREE beautiful (big, 12″ x 12″) scrapbook papers in the kit. Lovely patterns that work well as backgrounds, plus each sheet has a focal that could be the center of a card or a collage. Nice, heavy sheets, too.

    New collage sheets! One of FIVE new collage sheets designed for making paper theatres is included in this kit! Pink Children’s Theatre includes a big facade image, curtains, and a few characters… all sized to fit the Punch & Judy Theatre (the characters are each approx. 2-1/2″ tall). The facade image is sized to fit the entire front of the Peaked Roof Theatre Facade (which is also included in the kit).

    This kit is bursting with embellishments, too! Beside those rhinestone hearts and stars (in my hand in the photo above), see below for a better photo of all the Dresden borders! 2 styles in 3 colors = 6 different borders!.

    More info about the new kit is on the Pink Valentine Theatre 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!

    Artwork! The first of TWO amazing projects today is by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! (Scroll down just a bit to see a big image with multiple photos.)

    Behind Closed Doors is a miniature French ballet theatre that Rhonda made using the kit, the new theatre, and some extras (like chipboard doors, a vintage street scene at the back of her stage, and box feet).

    I love that image from the Love Song Serenade paper that’s on the back of the theatre (in bottom right of the photos). That paper is included in the kit, too!

    See how Rhonda’s characters are moveable? (Standing in front of the theatre at far left, and inside the stage at top right.) Rhonda shows how to mount the collage sheet images (those are from the Theatre Mecanique Collage Sheet) on the heavy scrapbook paper from the kit and make stands for them (that also blend into the patterned paper on the stage floor).

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

    Note: Scroll down to the Giveaway on this page for the second art project!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Red & Pink FREE Gift Kit and Fairy Garden Sale

    First: a free gift with all orders, using all the patterns in the new Red, Ivory & Pink Patterns Scrapbook Paper Set!

    I added a few snips of coordinating ribbons (about a foot of each, and all from sold out items, save one: 1/8 Inch Red Satin Ribbon — note: that one is on sale). You’ll have enough goodies to make a tiny Valentine!

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, February 5th (2018) will receive one of these Red & Pink Gift Kits FREE!

    ALL Fairy Garden Miniatures AND Fairy Garden Charms on sale at 25% off! A big mix of items, including some foliage and things that could work well for Spring/Easter projects.
    (Yes, a few beads have wandered into that charms section, like those cute gnomes!)

    The sale ends Monday night, February 5th, but some are in limited quantities so catch ‘em quick!
     

    Hooray for the Pink Valentine Theatre Kit Giveaway

    Oh my… Teri Calia has merged her (hm… obsession?) love of cats with the new kit to make this Pussy Cat Theatre!

    In addtion to the overall cuteness (and putting cat heads on the figures on either side of the stage!), I’d like to point out the lights: See the bottom right of the photos for how Teri hid a Mini String of Fairy Lights in the recessed area behind the facade.

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

    Drag yourself away from her blog for a minute though, ’cause there’s a Giveaway below!


     

    Beside one of the Pink Valentine Theatre Kits (that includes TWELVE items all by itself!), this Giveaway also includes:

    A Punch & Judy Theatre (well, of course!) As Rhonda and Teri both used the new theatre in today’s art, I just had to include one! But I’d also like to point out: the new Window Shadowbox for Punch & Judy Facades is an alternative (to make a shallower shadowbox with either of the new facades).

    More new and old collage sheets, all with characters that fit the new theatre:
    - Fairy Ballerinas Collage Sheet
    - Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Marionnette Theatre Collage Sheet
    - Theatre Mecanique Collage Sheet (including dancers in both Teri and Rhonda’s artwork)
    - Small Cinderella Paper Dolls Collage Sheet (surprise!)
    - Note: the Pink Children’s Theatre Collage Sheet is already in the kit, but it also includes more characters.

    and

    A few more items from Teri’s supply list:
    - Sheet of Gold Dresden Wings (the gold wings on the heart medallion at top center)
    - Mini String of Fairy Lights
    - Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon – Gold (some of this bling is on both of today’s theatres)
    - 1/8 Inch Wooden Dowels (see Teri’s blog post for how she used dowels as stands for all of her characters and scenery)

    To enter the Pink Valentine Theatre 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, February 5, 2018).

    AND tell me: What kind of theatre will you make? I’ve included collage sheets with a big bunch of options for characters that could be used… though you may want to add your own.

    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 Romantic Stationery Caddy Giveaway, 2018 Edition from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jean Marmo! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    65 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 4th, 2018

    Red & Pink & Shutters? Plus a Valentine & NEW Free Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Valentine's Day

    Before we get to the pretty artwork, new FREE gift and new supplies, a new sale!

    I just put ALL Fairy Garden Miniatures AND Fairy Garden Charms on sale at 25% off! A big mix of items, including some foliage and things that could work well for Spring/Easter projects.
    (Yes, a few beads have wandered into that charms section, like those cute gnomes!)

    The sale will continue through Monday night, February 5th, but some are in limited quantities so catch ‘em quick!


    A Valentine for You by
    Design Team Member Laura Carson

    We are revisiting a fab project that Laura made for Valentine’s Day last year. And a couple items in it are back in stock.

    Do you remember Laura’s Romantic Stationery Caddy?

    Every once in a while I like to make something that is both lovely and functional. When I saw this House Shrine with Doors kit, I thought it would make a great stationery caddy that you could keep for yourself or gift to a loved one or a special friend.

    Back in stock:
    - House Shrine with Doors – Medium
    and
    - Chambrey Antique Drawer Pulls Set.
    Plus the scrapbook papers (on sale!) and the collage sheets (and most of the hardware) are still available, too.

    Note: you can see more photos and read more in the blog. And check the Giveaway below for lots of supplies from this project you can win!
     

     
    New Red & Pink FREE Gift Kit

    Wow. We have a new free gift with all orders starting today, using all the patterns in the new Red, Ivory & Pink Patterns Scrapbook Paper Set!

    I added a few snips of coordinating ribbons (about a foot of each, and all from sold out items, save one: 1/8 Inch Red Satin Ribbon — note: that one is on sale). You’ll have enough goodies to make a tiny Valentine!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, February 1 ‒ 5 (2018) will receive one of these Red & Pink Gift Kits FREE!


     

    Hooray for the Romantic Stationery Caddy Giveaway, 2018 Edition


    Woohoo! There’s some more pictures of this pretty project!

    Here are all the goodies in the Giveaway:
    - Both of Laura’s Amour Collage Sheets
    - Plus the Romantic Faux Postage Half Sheet
    - House Shrine with Doors – Medium
    - All FIVE of the Amour Scrapbook Papers
    - 2 different styles of knobs (4 of each!)
    - Crowned Crest Filigree – Gold (at the top of Laura’s caddy)
    - Antique Square Open Fleur Filigree (2 pieces; they’re bent and used on the top corners of Laura’s caddy)

    Plus a bonus: one of the Red & Pink Gift Kits.

    To enter the Romantic Stationery Caddy Giveaway, 2018 Edition 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, February 2, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make from these supplies? Will you make a stationery caddy? Maybe you’ll use the house shrine as a storage cabinet for art supplies? Or make a shadowbox (or shrine)?

    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 Happy Accident Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Arminta! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 1st, 2018

    Happy Accident, plus More Dresden on Sale (ending Tomorrow)!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    Beside the name of a pretty set of new papers, I’m going with Happy Accident for this past week (and the bits and bobs being announced today).

    They’re an odd group, but there’s something for everyone:

    - A black cat (how can you go wrong?)

    - A ridiculously fun little alligator

    - An unfinished wooden side table (good for a tight spot… and not sure how it didn’t get announced till now)

    - The return of bling! Not only silver (with white or black mesh background), but new gold and red. (And those 2 silver ones are fun to dye with alcohol ink… see that snippet below of one dyed purple.)

    - Printed rice paper… ooh, this is fun. Tear it, cut it, glue it… it will dissolve into whatever you glue it to. And printed in a lovely hot air balloon design.

    Back to that Happy Accident… what an inspired collection! (See the large image at right for an overview.)

    A nice mix of moody (not dark) distressed patterns with ephemera images mixed in (receipts, advertising, children’s book illustrations, etc.). 4 papers from this line are in this set.

    Note that 2 include mini versions on the back (like 6×6 paper pad size, but on the back of the full 12×12 sheet).


     
    Oh, one more blingy thing: the Mini Ruby Slippers are back in stock! Yay! These are so cute (and well made, like the soles painted like tan leather). The importer (sadly) ran out right when I was ordering a big bunch to restock. But they’re here now!
     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Acrylic Heart Mix!

    There are tiny heart charms (with a brass loop — and on sale), mixed color matte hearts (also on sale), new flat-back hearts in multiple shades of pink (and red) — some are faceted and some are flat. But everything is acrylic (and heart shaped).

    More info in Thursday’s newsletter.

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, January 29 (2018) will receive one of these Acrylic Heart Mix Gift Kits FREE!
     

    What?! More Dresden on Sale??

    Yes, I’ve heard you pleading! In addition to the color and white Dresden sale announced on Thursday, I’ve added the Black Dresden section to the sale!

    Never too early to start on Halloween projects (and the black trims are just generally cool, too)!

    I decided to revisit a couple past projects by the uber-talented Design Team (and guest designers) using Dresden:

    - Angel Shrine by Teri Calia (at right)
    That Gold Dresden Altar Set really makes this piece. In addition, Teri used an image from the Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet, and some tiny red paper roses (and mini red rose buds – variegated). Note: this Mini Shadowbox is a good size substitute for recreating this shrine. And (though not quite the same size) these Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes would be good for a big halo at the top. Teri antiqued the gold dresden with some black ink. Easy and looks great!

    - Dragonfly Shrine by Wendy Anderson (see below for a photo)
    So lovely! Wendy used an image from the British Queens #1 Collage Sheet as the central image. And the entire piece is surrounded by Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise (and she painted flat-back pearls to match). See my query below (in the Giveaway info) for more info about the dragonfly paper.

    Reminder: All the color (and white) Dresden trims AND Black Dresden trims are on sale at 25% off! The sale will continue through Monday night, January 29th (TOMORROW). Some are in limited quantities so catch ‘em quick!
     

    Hooray for the Happy Accident Giveaway!

    First off, I’m including a set of the new Happy Accident Scrapbook Paper Set in this Giveaway!

    AND everything I mentioned above regarding the 2 Dresden projects (!):

    First from Teri’s Angel Shrine:
    - Gold Dresden Altar Set
    - Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet
    - Tiny red paper roses
    - Mini red rose buds – variegated
    - Mini Shadowbox (2×3)
    - Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes

    Then from Wendy’s Dragonfly Shrine:
    - British Queens #1 Collage Sheet
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise
    - Mixed size flat-back pearls

    To enter the Happy Accident 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, January 29, 2018).

    AND tell me: Would you buy the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition? The dragonfly paper Wendy used as the background for her artwork is from the (now sold out) Botanicabella Collection. That collection has been re-released in a “Collector’s Edition” (see this Secret Garden 12×12 Paper Pad – Deluxe Collector’s Edition as an example of the size and price of a Collector’s Edition). So: Would you buy the Botanicabella Collector’s Edition?

    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 Very Pink Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Susan M L! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 28th, 2018

    Altered Tins & Dresden SALE

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Sale, Valentine's Day

    What? Altered tins?! And Dresden? (Yes, some even using both!)

    When I think of altered tins (of course), I think of that fabulous and hard-working Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. She makes an amazing array of tins. Beside that cute new one (below at right), I thought these past ones (in styles from circus to Halloween to… randomly odd?) would be a good intro to her altered tin projects AND some encouragement to grab a tiny tin and make something creative.


     

    The Small Madonna Shrine is beautiful and pretty simple: start with a Small Hinged Tin (Kristin probably recycle a “real” mints tin, but this size is pretty close), add some round filigree at the top (and bottom) of the tin, some rosary chain around the outside, and a focal image and you’re basically done. It also includes a Gold Dresden Halo… which is a good tie-in to today’s new sale: ALL Color Dresden!

    We had the gold/metallic Dresden trims on sale a few weeks ago, but with the new white and pink wings being announced today (and who knows… Valentine’s Day and Easter projects coming) I just put all the color (and white) Dresden trims on sale at 25% off! The sale will continue through Monday night, January 29th, but some are in limited quantities so catch ‘em quick!


    Note: you can read more about Kristin’s shrine on her blog. And check the Giveaway below for lots of Dresden & tins you can win!
     

    NEW Acrylic Heart Mix FREE Gift Kit!

    Wow. We have a new free gift with all orders starting today that is sooo PINK (and red).

    There are tiny heart charms (with a brass loop — and on sale), mixed color matte hearts (on sale), flat-back hearts in multiple shades of pink (and red) — some are faceted and some are flat. But everything is acrylic (and heart shaped).

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 25 ‒ 29 (2018) will receive one of these Acrylic Heart Mix Gift Kits FREE! (A baggie with about the quantity as is shown in my hand.)

     
    Hooray for the Very Pink Giveaway!

    What? I didn’t even talk about the new papers! At right is a photo from the new Old World 8×8 Paper Stack — a HUGE stack, and I’m including half of one in today’s Giveaway! (That’s still 24 sheets!)

    Take a deep breath: here are more goodies in the Giveaway:
    - Small Hinged Tin (from Kristin’s Madonna shrine)
    - A larger Blank Altoids Tin (used in Kristin’s Halloween tin shown above)
    - All 3 of the new miniature cakes
    - Sheet of Pink Dresden Wings (new & part of the Dresden sale)
    - New 8mm Round Swirl Beads – Mixed Colors
    - Gold Dresden Halo (from Kristin’s Madonna shrine)
    - Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet (from Kristin’s Madonna shrine)
    - White Dresden Border Sampler Set (part of the Dresden sale)
    - Altoids Tin Insert Frames – Wrought Iron (in Kristin’s Halloween tin shown above, and fits the Altoids tin also in the Giveaway!)

    Plus a bonus: one of the Acrylic Heart Mix Gift Kits.

    And a Small Antique 3D Gold Crown, back in stock. Whew!

    To enter the Very Pink 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, January 26, 2018).

    AND tell me: A Valentine’s Day tin? Halloween? Easter? What will you make from these supplies?

    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!

    Hey, who won the Winter Spool & Shadowbox Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Barbara Carter! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 25th, 2018

    New Vintage Winter Paper & Art, plus Sale & Free Gift ending tomorrow!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, The Snow Queen Kit, Tutorials

    Oooh! Ready for some sparkly, glittery, snowy new things? I hope we’re not making you feel cold. The Snow Queen artwork is soooo pretty, I hope you’ll turn up the heat and enjoy!

    Kay Meets the Snow Queen by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    This is so beautiful! Check the wide photo below for the whole project plus a close-up of some crackly (colorful!) ice Shannon created, and a preview of the tutorial from Shannon’s blog post.

    Shannon used the Vintage Winter 6×6 Paper Pad, shown at right. I love the subtle colors, and the same designs being printed in brighter and more faded versions… perfect for using on the front & back of a project. (Beside the loverly shadowbox, Shannon also created a second project using this paper, which is shown down in the Giveaway section — and you could win everything from BOTH of her supply lists!)

    After assembling the shadowbox, I papered the inside using new Vintage Winter 6×6 Paper Pad, slathered a thick layer of Dimensional Snow along the bottom, then stuck glittery trees (from a silver juniper pick) in the snow. The snow was sprinkled with fine glitter and a besparkled Snow Queen and Kay were added while the dimensional snow was wet. I made a bass wood trim frame for the Taj Mahal card and gessoed the whole thing.

    Note: the glittered pick that Shannon used is sold out, BUT there are 4 new glittered picks being announced today (and 2 are included in the Giveaway)!

    The pretty Snowflake Border made nice corner bits and I glued on a few Tiny Flat Back Pearls before splotching on some crackle medium here and there. When that dried, I mixed blue and purple Distress Ink with water and painted over the crackle medium. It reminded me of ice or the hobgoblin’s cracked mirror from The Snow Queen.

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post and/or see everything from her Kay Meets the Snow Queen supply list.


     

     
    Reminder: ALL Household Charms are on Sale at 40% Off!

    That includes all kinds of little props: teapots, scissors, clocks, perfume bottles (includng some new ones announced Thursday).

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, January 22nd!
     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Teapot for Alice!

    As teapots always remind me of Alice (and teapots are on sale in the Household Charms Section), this gift announced in Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer!

    Starting with the new Transparent Teapot Charms (which are also part of the 40% off sale)! So many pretty colors! You’ll get a randomly chosen teapot… Plus, I’ve made a new mini collage sheet with a bunch of characters from the teaparty in Alice in Wonderland (just a portion shown here).

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, January 22 (2018) will receive one of these Teapot for Alice Gift Kits FREE!
     

    Hooray for the Winter Spool & Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Kay Meets the Snow Queen Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a few of the TWELVE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Vintage Winter 6×6 Paper Pad (used in both of the projects in the photo below)
    - Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set (the nameplate on the bottom of the shadowbox)
    The Snow Queen Kit (Wow! that’s a big bunch of items all by itself!)


     

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

    Note: I’m omitting the collage sheet and and Taj Mahal Window Card from the Giveaway, as they will already be included in The Snow Queen Kit .

    PLUS: I’m including a few more things from that cute spooly girl. (I know… I haven’t even mentioned the cute second project Shannon made!)
    - Angel Wings Collage Sheet
    - Little Imps Collage Sheet
    - Gardenias – Mixed Cream Lavender Purple
    - Cherry Blossom Cream to Pink Mix
    - Silver Glittered Leaf Pick
    - Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls

    Here’s the Winter Spooly Girl Supply List link for photos and links to everything I just mentioned above!

    AND a few more additions:
    - Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet (Sized for the 3 shapely label holders in the Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set. Plus a few extras a bit wider that are sized for the front cover of a Blank Altoids Tin.)
    - Blank Altoids Tin (of course, as you’ll have those titles and extra chipboard label holders)
    - Winter Branch with Snow (New — and would be a good substitute for the glittered pick in the shadowbox)
    - Curly Ting Ting Branches – Silver Glitter (New — another substitute option)

    To enter the Winter Spool & Shadowbox 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, January 22, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make? You’ll have a lot of wintry options — and a ton of pearls (as both the tiny and mixed sized sets are included)!

    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 A Modern Snow Queen Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathlene Ford-Walters! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 21st, 2018

    Teapot Sale & NEW Free Gift. Plus beware that Girl Next Door…

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, The Snow Queen Kit

    Oh! A sale on the charms section that includes teapots! Well.. teapots always remind me of Alice, so I’m starting a new FREE gift kit today that includes both a teapot AND a little Alice teaparty scene! More on that below…

    But first, a new sale! Yay! Household Charms are on Sale at 40% Off!! That includes all kinds of little props: scissors, clocks, perfume bottles (includng some new ones being announced today!) and, of course, teapots.

    The sale runs through Monday night, January 22nd. But catch ‘em quick cuz quite a few little baubles in there will not be reordered.
     

    Snow Queen or Girl Next Door? by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey

    Ahhh! Oooo! Isn’t this little scene in a shadowbox pretty! I love the snowflake flurries, contained in (and exploding out from) the Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid. And the snippet of the Snowflake Border at the top kinda looks like a crown!

    Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Just a glance at this little box and you might think you’re looking at a pretty young woman in cute wintery clothing. And that is partly correct. But she’s also got a lot of swirling snow around her and is floating a few inches off the ground. Hmmmm…….

    More here than meets the eye. More power and strength than what one might see at first glance. Maybe the Girl Next Door really is a manifestation of the Snow Queen? Don’t be deceived by delicacy and a pretty face. She might not Hulk out if you piss her off, but she may have a whole blizzard waiting for those pretty little gloved hands to give the signal and let it rip.

    Read more (and see how to put the little scene together!) in Lora’s blog post and explore her supply list. Plus, check out the Giveaway for a chance to win them!


     

    NEW Teapot for Alice FREE Gift Kit!

    As I mentioned above, we have a new free gift with all orders starting today. Starting with the new Transparent Teapot Charms (which are also part of the 40% off sale)! So many pretty colors! (And don’t we need some color in this cold January week?)

    You’ll get a randomly chosen teapot… Plus, I’ve made a new mini collage sheet with a bunch of characters from the teaparty in Alice in Wonderland (just a portion shown here).

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 18 ‒ 22 (2018) will receive one of these Teapot for Alice Gift Kits FREE!


     

     
    Hooray for A Modern Snow Queen Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in Lora’s Snow Queen or Girl Next Door? Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the NINE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Snowy Winter Ladies Collage Sheet (for the image of the girl and the background)
    4×6 Shadowbox
    Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Lora’s artwork, and they’re all in the Giveaway!

    Plus a bonus: one of the Teapot for Alice Gift Kits.

    And a Small Jeweler’s Tin, just put on clearance.

    To enter A Modern Snow Queen 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, January 19, 2018).

    AND tell me: A modern snow queen? Maybe your own take on a modern snow queen? Who would she be? You? What will you make from these supplies?

    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!

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

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 18th, 2018

    New 4 Seasons Spinner/Art, plus Sale & Free Gift ending tomorrow!

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

    Four Seasons Spinner by Teri Calia!

    Oooo! This project has been bubbling on a back burner for awhile, but well worth the wait.

    Starting with the new Rotating 4 Scene Room Box: A fun way to display 4 scenes (small scenes, but does fit 1:12 scale furniture). Could be 4 seasons… or holidays? Includes a metal “lazy susan” turntable and has a double-thick base.

    Teri has given us 2 of the 4 rooms now (Spring and Summer) and we’ll all look forward to 2 more later in the year. (“Summer” is shown in the first wide photo below; “Spring” is shown down in the Giveaway section — and you could win everything in her Spring supply list!)

    I’ve been collecting miniatures since I was a child. Way back then the miniatures were all different scales and mostly cheap things bought at the local five and dime store. I still have a bunch of those old miniatures in my collection and now they are considered kitschy vintage, lol. About ten years ago I started going to miniature shows (such as the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures) and my collecting turned to artist made miniatures and higher end commercially made miniatures.

    Miniatures are perfect for collecting because they don’t take up much space to keep and display… until your collection out grows your space and you can’t display everything. This is a huge problem because I want to see and enjoy my collection daily, not just store them in a box. So in my search for a better way to use my allotted display space I came upon a labor intensive, hand crafted, four room display box attached to a turn table (lazy Susan). I thought the idea was brilliant and rushed off to beg Leslie to have a kit made to sell through Alpha Stamps. And that is how the 4 Season Spinner was born. Of course my name was vetoed in favor of calling it the Rotating 4 Scene Room Box but no biggie, as I still got to make the first one for myself.

    Psst! Teri has incorporated her Unfinished Wooden Dresser from a past project (and it looks perfect in this summer scene). More info on the dresser.

    Read more in Teri’s blog post and/or see everything from her Summer supply list.


     

     
    Reminder: ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off!

    Over 40 to choose from! Like the Romance, Vaguely Valentine and Blue Birds, shown from left to right.

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, January 15th!
     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Snowy

    Laura Carson used the Winter Playground Toboggan Scrapbook Paper in her shadowbox from Thursday’s newsletter; I’ve chosen the related Winter Playground 6×6 Paper Pad, which includes 12 different papers… you’ll get 3 randomly chosen sheets! I’m showing a couple sets of 3 papers as examples in the photo at left.

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, January 15 (2018) will receive one of these Snowy Gift Kit FREE! In addition to the papers, I’m adding some Silver Stitched Leaf Ribbon, Iridescent Plastic Pearls and a Clear Acrylic Snowflake (and that last is also in Laura’s Snow Queen Shadowbox)!
     

    Hooray for the Spring Spinner Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Teri’s Spring Room Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (You may be benefitting from my brain addled by cold medicine!)

    I’m only highlighting a few of the SIXTEEN items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Rotating 4 Scene Room Box
    - New Miniature Pink Hydrangeas in Flower Pot
    Tiny Metal Jewelry Box (note: there is also one of these in the Summer room — painted gold and holding letters at the top right of the dresser)
    Mini Easter Basket Kit (Wow! that’s a big bunch of items all by itself!)


     

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

    I love the new Easter Bunny wall paper, so Springy! I must admit most of the smaller stuff in this room is from my collection and is either vintage, handmade, artist-made or no longer made. Remember, decorating a room like this gives you an excuse to start collecting or to start displaying your collection.

    To enter the Spring Spinner 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, January 15, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make? You’ve got 4 rooms to plan!

    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 Mysterious Shadowbox Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Debbie S! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    77 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 14th, 2018