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    A Sweet Shabby Chic Room

    Filed under Art Deco, Art Projects, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Teri Calia

    A NEW SALE: Inspired by the homey setting in Teri’s artwork (see below): ALL Household Charms are 40% off! Tons of useful little props: teapots, silverware, clocks, scissors! 60 items! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 27th at midnight PST (March 27, 2017). See below for a few highlights or go check ‘em out now!

    Continuing from Thursday: Inspired by the Art Deco babes in Laura Carson’s artwork, ALL Art Deco Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 50 sheets — and the sale includes the new Vixens Collage Sheet by Laura! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 27th at midnight PST (March 27, 2017)!

    Also continuing from Thursday and ENDS TONIGHT: Mini Masks FREE Gift Kit! In honor of the new Tiny Mask Set (and artwork from 2 Design Team Members using the larger masks from the same designs) I put together a mini mask set AND a collage sheet with ladies sized to fit the masks!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Sunday, March 23rd through 26th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets and the mini set of 4 laser-cut masks FREE! More info

    What’s that? A Guest Designer Call? Yes! See more info in the blog!
     


    We have 2 beautiful projects for early Spring! Let’s start with Teri Calia’s The Memory Keeper's Room!

    I love what Teri has made, all starting with the new Petite Garden Shelves over on the right side (with the addition of Slender Cabriole Table Legs, and with all the shelves filled with treasures). The whole room grew around that shelf unit and the matching Park Bench.

    This little shabby chic roombox is a tribute to all of you out there who collect vintage ephemera and photographs. I started collecting when I was a child because I spent a lot of time with my Great Grandmother, who was a collector. I still get a thrill when I find a particularly interesting old postcard or well worn love letter. The memories attached to these treasures may not be my own, but they still speak to me and inspire me to imagine a long past world so different from my own.

    As you can see, the focus of this room is the tray filled with old letters, postcards and photographs. There is even a magnifying glass for closer inspection. Below the tray is an open faux book box, with more photos and ephemera, waiting patiently for perusal. A couple more faux book boxes on the shelf await their turn as well.

    See below for close-ups of the tray of photos and postcards, and the new tiny size faux book box.

    More info in Teri’s blog and/or see her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below to win supplies to make a project like Teri’s!


     

    On to more artwork! Nichola Battilana’s luscious trio of Magical Masquerade ATCs!

    See the wide photo below… I LOVE what Nichola did with the Midnight Masquerade papers and Art Deco images from the The Secret and Art Deco Party #2 Collage Sheets! AND adding an extra layer of texture, using thick acrylic medium with texture sheets (see the center one in the photo for the texture added with the Quatrefoil Texture Sheet shown at left).

    Plus the addition of loads of mulberry paper roses and iridescent stars make them rich and dreamy! Read more about the project, and see more photos (including additional ATCs) in Nichola’s blog post.


     


     Highlights from the Charms Sale!  View All Psst! All 4 of these are also in today's Giveaway!


    Tiny 3D Bronze Sewing Machine


    Openwork Silver 3D Teapot Charm


    Small Brass Scissors Charms


    Small Bronze Hand Mirror


    Hooray for A Sweet Shabby Chic Giveaway!

    So many wonderful details to choose from! I’m including these items from Teri’s The Memory Keeper’s Room (highlighted in the wide photos at right and below):
    - Love Clippings 8×8 Collection Kit (that wonderfully shabby wallpaper!)
    - Tiny Bird House (looks great with that red roof)
    - Miniature Potted Red Roses
    - Petite Garden Shelves – new!
    - Tim Holtz Adornments – Metal Stars (did you recognize them, with a rusty patina? look below!)
    - Set of 3 Shabby Round or Oval Mirrors – new!
    - Tiny Labels for Crates, Jars, & Cans Collage Sheet (that bunny poster at far right on the shelves!)

    See photos of everything from Teri’s project (including the subset in this Giveaway) in her supply list.

    As noted above, I’m also including these 4 items that were highlighted in the Household Charms 40% off sale section:
    - Tiny 3D Bronze Sewing Machine
    - Small Brass Scissors Charms
    - Small Bronze Hand Mirror
    - Openwork Silver 3D Teapot Charm

    AND a wood mounted Crest or Shield Rubber Stampjust put on clearance

    To enter A Sweet Shabby Chic 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, March 27, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What inspires you most today? Teri’s shabby chic room? Something specific like the tiny postcards in the faux book box? Or painting the inside of that book box antique gold? Or maybe the texture on the beautiful ATCs by Nichola?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Masked Beauties Giveaway? That would be Rhonda Sihocky! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 26th, 2017

    Guest Designer Call

    Filed under Announcements

    We are excited to announce that we are looking for a few Guest Designers for Alpha Stamps! Note: this is not a monthly commitment, but a “Guest Designer on Call” who may be called on (depending on art style and our calendar) to occasionally create a project for Alpha Stamps (probably not more than once a year).

     
    Guest Designer Requirements:

    • Create one project using one of our Monthly Kits.
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Must have an active blog.
    • Ability to take high-res photos of your artwork and resize to a specific size.

     
    What We Offer Our Guest Designers:

    • The Monthly Kit for the agreed upon month.
    • An Alpha Stamps Guest Designer badge for your blog.
    • Your projects will be showcased on the Alpha Stamps Blog and Facebook page.

     
    How To Apply:

    Please send a single email with “Guest Designers On Call” in the subject line to designteam@alphastamps.com with the following information:

    • A brief bio.
    • What seasons and/or themes are you inspired by?
    • Tell us about any Design Teams you are currently on or publications you have been published in. No Design Team experience and have never been published? No problem! Don’t let that keep you from applying.
    • Tell us what social media sites you are active in.
    • Please send us 3 high resolution pictures of your current work, with a minimum 1000 pixels wide, which best represents you and your style.

     
    FAQ:

    Do I need a blog?
    Yes, you do need an active blog in order to qualify as a Guest Designer.

    Can I use the Monthly Kit together with other brands?
    Yes, you may use other brands in your projects.

    Will I be a Guest Designer every month?
    No, only periodically as the need arises.

    Will I be the only Guest Designer on Call?
    No, there will be several on call Guest Designers.

     
    Thanks for your interest!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, March 25th, 2017

    Masks & Chairs, FREE Gift & 50% off Sale

    Filed under Art Deco, Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Sale

    NEW Mini Masks FREE Gift Kit! In honor of the new Tiny Mask Set (and artwork below from 2 Design Team Members using the larger masks from the same designs) I put together a mini mask set AND a collage sheet with ladies sized to fit the masks!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Sunday, March 23rd through 26th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets and the mini set of 4 laser-cut masks FREE! More info

    A BIG NEW SALE: Inspired by the Art Deco babes in Laura Carson’s artwork, ALL Art Deco Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 50 sheets — and the sale includes the new Vixens Collage Sheet by Laura! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 27th at midnight PST (March 27, 2017). See below for a few highlights!

    What? 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through Friday night (March 24, 2017) shipping will only cost $2.95 for orders over $50! That’s TOMORROW night! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100! (Both prices for orders only in the USA.)


    So much fun artwork today! Let’s start with Laura’s Masked Beauties – Overlapping Gatefold Album! That stunning image at right is just one page from the album!

    Once again I have a mask themed project for you. I’ve created 8 different masks that are showcased on lovely ladies from the twenties which you can find on a new Vixens Collage Sheet.

    And to show off the masked beauties, I’ve constructed a Art Deco style gatefold album with a bit of a twist. Because of the shape of the cover, the pages are attached at a slight angle with each page overlapping the next. Art Deco style is all about geometric shapes which I mimicked by using three different metallic Dresden borders, paper and thin line stripe tape. Because of their geometric shape, brass seashells also add to the Art Deco feel of the book.

    Thankfully, Laura has provided the template for this shaped album in her blog post!

    Laura also created (another) new Butterfly Masks Collage Sheet that she uses throughout this project!

    More info in Laura’s blog and/or see her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below to win supplies to make a project like Laura’s!


     
    On to more artwork! Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a trio of masks with the large size masks in 2 new mask sets. (Just showing 2 of her 3 creations here, but check out Caroline’s blog for lots more photos and details.)

    My artwork suffers from a mild case of multiple personality disorder, so I’ve made not one mask but three.

    I went to town with the liquid pearls on this one. I used Mermaid and White Opal here, but I must have one of every color. So scrumptious! To get a more even colored look I painted the chipboard diamonds & feathers before applying the liquid pearl in coordinating colors. You don’t want chipboard brown showing through.

    (On the pink and black mask) the silver bit at the top is a decorative metal piece that I coated in silver gilding flakes. Just paint on some of the adhesive and then place the silver leaf down working it into all the little nooks and crannies.

    Here’s a link to Caroline’s Supply List (for all 3 masks).

    Next up: Kristin Batsel’s The Arches of Mardi Gras!

    Did you ever just get a weird idea and decide to run with it? Here’s what happened to me when I got the March kit from Alpha Stamps. I fell in love with the color of the G45 papers and the images on the Costumes Collage Sheet. The arches seemed like the perfect place to host a costume ball, and what do you know? A slew of Mardi Gras babies decided to crash the party!

    I love the babies that edge the tops of all 3 of the panels of the Taj Mahal Triptych! Read more about the project, and see more photos in Kristin’s blog post. And here’s her supply list.


    Hooray for the Masked Beauties Giveaway!

    I didn’t even point out that Laura used the medium-sized set of new chipboard masks in her layered Art Deco album! So that’s the first item in this Giveaway package!

    All of these items from Laura’s artwork are also in the Giveaway package:

    - Gold Dresden Langette Borders
    - Vixens Collage SheetNew!
    - Butterfly Masks Collage SheetNew!
    - Tiny Mixed Sizes Pearl CabochonsJust put on clearance!
    - Brass Feathery Scroll Filigree

    Here is Laura’s Masked Beauties – Overlapping Gatefold Album supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Laura used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

    PLUS I’m including these flowers & collage sheet from Kristin’s artwork:
    - Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Gardenias – Mixed Cream Yellow Orange

    AND one of the Mini Masks FREE Gift Kits!

     
    To enter the Masked Beauties 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, March 24, 2017)!

    And tell me: What inspires you most today? Art Deco sale? Chipboard masks? Shaped album? Crazy babies?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the The Seraglio plus a Spring Frame Giveaway? That would be cat! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 23rd, 2017

    Easter Basket Kit & Spring Shipping Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale

    What? 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through Friday night (March 24, 2017) shipping will only cost $2.95 for orders over $50! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100! (Both prices for orders only in the USA.)

    Continuing from Thursday: Carnival Iridescent Glass FREE Bead Mix! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY night, March 20th, 2017 (or until the kits are gone)! Beautiful beads including Czech glass leaves and flowers! Lots of blues, purples, greens… see the wide photo below!

    A BIG SALE: Inspired by all the bling in Laura’s artwork (also from Thursday): ALL Misc Beads and Flower/Leaves Beads are 50% off! Tons of pretty things: glass Czech beads! Over 150 items! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 20th at midnight PST (March 20, 2017). See below for a few highlights!


     

    I know… I’m bad. Here I am talking about Easter Baskets and Spring, but first: look at the beautiful starry night sky Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has created in The Seraglio or Thinking about Mary Stewart! I love the glaze painted over the harlequin diamond patterned paper (and Lora gives tips in her blog post, so be sure to check it out).

    There might be one or two of you out there who made the leap after you read the above title. Mary, Lady Stewart, was once (and still is in my opinion) the queen of the romantic suspense novel.

    She wrote many, many books including the famous Merlin series and some children’s books as well, but my favorites were always the lyrical tales of mystery and suspense she wove around an adventurous woman who found herself in peculiar circumstances who never ran for the hills unless that was where the trouble was.

    Curious and lively, smart and humble, she was well bred and polite, but never a snob. Those books were always good reads and I still pick them up from time to time and feel as if I’m with an old friend.

    One of them called, “The Gabriel Hounds” was set quite a bit in an old, nearly empty palace that contained within it’s walls a seraglio, or harem. That novel and the seraglio was the inspiration for this piece.
     

    Ok… really this time: A NEW Easter Basket Kit!!

    Isn’t this adorable! An exclusive kit with tiny, 1:12 scale items to make a miniature Easter basket! Many are handmade and there are a limited number of these kits.

    Note: the kit includes instructions on wrapping the silk ribbons to make the pretty basket handle (and the pink & blue silk ribbons are included, too).

    Some of the items are available separately (like the Chocolate Bunny and Tiny Yellow Duckling shown below) but many like the tiny bag of candies, chocolate birdnest, wicker basket, colored eggs and bunny sucker are only in the kit.

    More info on the kit page.
     


    Hooray for The Seraglio plus a Spring Frame Giveaway!

    I know… I just skated over the fabulous new resin frames shown above. And look how pretty and vintage one looks with a bit of gold paint? So, that Papillon Blanc Oval Frame is included in today’s Giveaway! (Note: just a white one… you’ll need to add your own paint and/or embellishments.)

    And I’m also including these items from Lora’s The Seraglio supply list:
    - Taj Mahal Triptych
    6×6 Quatrefoil Texture Sheet
    Vaguely Valentine Collage Sheet (yes, that star-struck girl is from this collage sheet; note that Lora beefed up the colors of her dress with some Copic markers)
    Midnight Masquerade Romantic Rendezvous Scrapbook Paper

     
    To enter The Seraglio plus a Spring Frame 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, March 20, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What inspires you most today? An Easter Basket? The Seraglio? The new resin frames?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Girls Just Want To Have Fun Giveaway? That would be Randi! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 19th, 2017

    Midnight Masquerade, FREE Gift & 50% off Sale

    Filed under Beads, Beauty & the Beast Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale

    Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a crazy colorful project: Midnight Masquerade – Girls Just Want To Have Fun! And not only is there a related new sale, but there’s a related new FREE Gift Kit!

    NEW Carnival Iridescent Glass FREE Bead Mix! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY night, March 20th, 2017 (or until the kits are gone)! Beautiful beads including Czech glass leaves and flowers! Lots of blues, purples, greens… see the wide photo below!

    A BIG NEW SALE: Inspired by all the bling in Laura’s artwork: ALL Misc Beads and Flower/Leaves Beads are 50% off! Tons of pretty things: glass Czech beads! Over 150 items! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 20th at midnight PST (March 20, 2017). See below for a few highlights!


     


    On to the artwork! Wow! Laura’s colorful creation started with the Midnight Masquerade papers (from the Beauty and the Beast Kit) and the Taj Mahal Triptych!

    The scene depicts costumed masked ladies reveling the night away; who wouldn’t want to go to this party!

    I think my favorites are the metal masks which are decorated with paint, (new!) rhinestones, glass glitter and feathers and the colorful steamers made from a high quality double sided dual color heavy weight crepe paper that can be stretched (not the thin kind you buy in rolls for parties).

    (See close-ups of 2 of the decorated metal masks above right and below.)

    Laura also created a new Bejeweled Moons Collage Sheet that she used in this project!

    More info in Laura’s blog and/or see her supply list.


     


    Hooray for the Girls Just Want To Have Fun Giveaway!

    All 12 of these items from Laura’s artwork are in the Giveaway package:

    ALL of the metal masks:
    - Embossed Gold Mask with Feathers
    - Large Fancy Silver Mask Charm
    - Silver Cateye Mask Charm
    - Small Silver Mask Charms with Dots

    ALL of the chipboard:
    - Taj Mahal Triptych
    - 6×6 Diamonds Texture Sheet
    - Chipboard Fleur Border

    ALL of these papers & collage sheets:
    - The Secret Collage Sheet
    - Pierrette Collage Sheet
    - Bejeweled Moons Collage Sheet
    - Heavy Crepe Paper Sampler Set
    - Midnight Masquerade Scrapbook Paper

    Here is Laura’s Midnight Masquerade – Girls Just Want To Have Fun supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Laura used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

    Plus one of the Carnival Iridescent Glass FREE Bead Mixes!

    To enter the Girls Just Want To Have Fun 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, March 17, 2017)!

    And tell me: Which item in the Giveaway will you use first? On what project?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Big Red Circus Wagon Giveaway? That would be francine perri! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 16th, 2017

    Tiny Things and a Circus Wagon (& Circus Sale)

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    How cute is this?! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel turned the mini size of the 3D Cinderella Coach into a Circus Coach!

    FLASH SALE! Inspired by Kristin’s artwork, the ENTIRE Circus & Clowns Collage Sheets Section is On Sale at 50% off! That’s over 40 collage sheets! The sale ends Monday night, March 13th at midnight PST! Psst! The sale includes the costumes Kristin designed herself for her peg people in the coach!
     

    I can’t help but be a little sad that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be closing for good this year. I have always loved the circus, and making circus art. It just so happens that the mini 3D Cinderella Coach, with a change of color and adornments, makes the perfect little circus wagon for little peg people. It’s been almost two years since I made my Tiny Peg Circus, and it was time for those little performers to have a means of reliable transportation.

    The wagon is just the right size to hold six members of the circus. For safety reasons, no one wanted to ride with the lions, so I constructed a little cage to tag along with the wagon.

    And Kristin posted a tutorial showing how to turn one of the gates from the 2 Sets of Chipboard Gates into her Lion Cage! (Safety first!)

    More info in Kristin’s blog post. And see her full supply list.
     


    Hooray for the Big Red Circus Wagon Giveaway!

    Yes! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Big Red Circus Wagon, with Lion Cage Tutorial Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting 4 of the TWELVE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - 2 Sets of Chipboard Gates
    – 3D Cinderella Coach – Mini Size
    – Dazzles Gold Thin Lines Stickers
    – Tiny Fancy Wheels Set

    See photos and links of everything from Kristin’s project (which is also what’s in this Giveaway) in her supply list.

     
    To enter the Big Red Circus Wagon 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, March 13, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What inspires you most from Kristin’s project? Could be a small thing or the whole project. Personally, I love how she fit together the filigree and brass leaves to make the fancy flourish at the top of the coach.

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Manly Men Giveaway? That would be Jean Marmo! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 12th, 2017

    Manly Men

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Miniatures, Sale, Tim Holtz

    Ok… not really! But there are less girly colors than our recent Spring selections in today’s new Tim Holtz items (20% off) and new collage sheets in the Sports section! Speaking of “manly men,” remember these silly bandits Design Team Member Nichola Battilana
    made with The Big Boys Collage Sheet? That sheet is in the new sale, too!


    A NEW SALE: The new Sports section (including three new collage sheets, like the Tennis Anyone Collage Sheet at left) are on sale for 50% off! The sale ends Saturday night, March 11th at midnight PST (March 11, 2017). Go see ‘em all!

     
    On to some artwork! Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong made a Little Slugger Bedroom using her new and on sale Dollhouse Baseball Card Collection Collage Sheet.

    More info in Jessica’s blog.
     


    Hooray for the Manly Men Giveaway!

    All 9 of these items are in the Giveaway package:

    From new (and older) Tim Holtz (all 20% off!):
    - Tim Holtz Wooden Ruler Pieces - New!
    - Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls - New!
    - Tim Holtz Monocles

    From Jessica’s artwork:
    - Baseball with Bat and Glove - New!
    - Dollhouse Baseball Card Collection Collage Sheet - New and 50% off
    - 1:12 Bed Mission Style - Back in Stock!

    Just for fun:
    - The Big Boys Collage Sheet50% off
    - Vintage Gents Collage Sheet50% off
    - Dancing Men Collage Sheet
     

    To enter the Manly Men 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, March 10, 2017)!

    And tell me: Which item in the Giveaway will you use first? On what project?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Beauty & the Beast Kit Plus Extras Giveaway? That would be Janet T! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 9th, 2017

    Beauty and the Beast, Graphic45, New Masks on Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beauty & the Beast Kit, Collage Sheets, Flowers, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Shannon Cooper


    I LOVE the colors in this month’s kit! (And the artwork from Design Team Members Laura Carson and Shannon Cooper… look how varied… from a fairy tale triptych to a Mardi Gras Altered Tin!)

    This Beauty and the Beast Kit is lavish and romantic, featuring small patterned papers from the Midnight Masquerade line, plus a new gatefold shrine card, 3 new collage sheets and a trio of silver charms!

    Let’s start with the new, exclusive Taj Mahal Folding Card! A folding card (lightweight chipboard, scored for easy folding). Approx 6″ tall x 4″ wide when the door are folded shut.

    The kit includes TWELVE 6″ x 6″ sheets of scrapbook paper (quarter page cuts from all the designs in the Midnight Masquerade 12×12 Patterns & Solids Pad). See the photos below for some samples (love, love, love all the harlequin diamond patterns).

    On to the colorful collage sheets!

    Simply Beautiful Beauty and the Beast Collage SheetNew!
    I must say: I have been hoarding these illustrations for about a decade… waiting for just the right kit to use them in. See the photo below with the close-up of the lion (beast) in a Charles II wig!

    Beauty and Varied Beasts Collage SheetNew!
    Such creative illustrators, with the beast appearing as a bear or a boar (and one looks like a werewolf).

    Smaller Crane Beauty and the Beast Collage SheetNew!
    Similar to the Walter Crane Beauty and the Beast Collage Sheet but smaller images (sized for the center panel of the Taj Mahal Folding Card but will work well for ATCs, too). Includes a couple additional images: Beauty’s father picking the rose and being confronted by the Beast, and her father returning home with the rose.

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

    Finally: 3 new charms! All enchanted characters from the film version of the story:
    - teapot
    - broom, and
    - candlabra.

    Now back to the spiffy artwork featured today. Laura’s Beauty & the Beast Triptych is beautiful on the front and back (trust me… or better yet, scoot over to her blog to see lots more photos, and to learn how she made such a dimensional piece using paper and a folded chipboard card).

    And… Shannon’s Mysterious Masquerade Altered Tin! (See the wide photo above with the black masked dancer and the purple flowers.) How regal with that crown (actually just a piece of the new Chipboard Fleur Border, bent into a curve and attached to the top of an Altoid’s Tin)! See more photos (and tips) on Shannon’s blog post!

    More info and lots more photos are on the Beauty and the Beast Kit page. And tons of coordinating supplies are below and on the site.
     

    Hooray for the Beauty & the Beast Kit Plus Extras Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 3 new collage sheets, the new Taj Mahal Folding Card, 12 sheets of paper and 3 charms!

    Next: New Walter Crane Beauty and the Beast Collage Sheet (not in the kit but certainly related… and used by Laura in her fab triptych shown above)

    Then, (and this is a coup): 1 each of the 8 double-sided sheets from the New Midnight Masquerade 8×8 Paper Pad.

    To enter the Beauty & the Beast Kit Plus Extras 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, March 6, 2017)!

    AND tell me: How will you decorate your Taj Mahal Folding Card?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Dragon and Coach Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be K Toews! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 5th, 2017

    Textured Dragon Art, Flowers on Sale and FREE Rusty Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Flowers, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Teri Calia


    We have a wonderfully textured piece today by Teri Calia: Nature Encroaches, a mixed media canvas!

    (And if all that rust and moss isn’t your thing… see below for TWO humorous takes on Cinderella’s coach!)

    I love what Teri has done here; so many layers and natural textures of rocks, water, rust and moss (and handmade mushrooms). Bravo!

    This all started with the new heavy chipboard Dragon Sconce shown at left (and look how it has been transformed)!

    Teri does a great job of showing all the layers and steps she took to build up her textures in her blog post. (Psst… check below too, as there’s a new FREE Gift Kit that includes some of the items Teri used.)

    And RUST. Don’t forget the rusted patina (more than a flat patina… this dragon (and lantern) have a dimensional rusted patina). Teri used the Finnabair Art Extravagence Rust Paste Set and says, “I love this stuff because it allows you to create realistic rust without the use of harsh chemicals.

    Ok… enough of me babbling. Go see more photos and steps on Teri’s blog. And see all her supplies. (And come back and enter the Giveaway, too.)

     
    A NEW SALE: ALL Paper Flowers (and leaves… moss… botanicals) are on sale for 30% off (including things like the twigs & moss in Teri’s artwork)! The sale ends FRIDAY night at midnight PST (March 3, 2017). That’s a big section: 150 items! And it includes the recent new mulberry paper flowers from Thailand! Go see ‘em all!

     
    On to more artwork! Design Team Members Rhonda Secrist Thomas and Lora Mahaffey have each made a fun version of the Cinderella Coach Album:

    Rhonda’s If Cats Ruled is the perfect book for the cat lover in your life. Or yourself. Or your cats?

    Rhonda has made the entire album with characters from the 2 Louis Wain Cat Paper Dolls Collage Sheets (and a few other images of Cinderella with cat or lion heads added to their bodies). Adorable!

    “I just received a huge box of vintage lace and beaded trims while I was in the process of considering what embellishments I wanted to add. Talk about perfect timing.” Wow… I think we need a field trip to go shopping in Rhonda’s craft room!

    Visit Rhonda’s blog post to see lots more photos. And here’s a link to all her supplies.

    Next up: Lora’s It’s All About the Shoes! I love what’s she done (using Copic pens to amp up the color of the image from the Cinderella Pining Collage Sheet… and of course: that thought bubble)!

    “And the girl was rocking the most awesome pair of shoes in fairy tale history and she goes and loses one running down the steps at the royal palace! That is harsh.
    She does end up okay in the end.
    She gets her shoe back.
    That is the important thing, right?”

    Read more witty prose, and see more photos in Lora’s blog post. And here’s her supply list.

    Nature Encroaches FREE Mini Kit! Inspired by Teri’s amazing Nature Encroaches Canvas, this mini kit contains mossy, rusty elements to start your own collage or canvas.

    This kit includes rusty wire (binding a little whiskbroom-like cut from a Twig Vine Garland), a glass bottle filled with Leafy Green Underbrush, a red mushroom, and a few more trinkets — all wrapped up in a bit of vintage sewing pattern tissue (check out Teri’s blog post… she uses similar tissue as the base layer on her canvas).

    Plus an exclusive Mushrooms Collage Sheet designed by Teri, just for this kit!

    The mini kit is FREE for all orders over $20!

    There's nothing you need to do (no coupon to enter). TODAY through Saturday night, March 4th (midnight PST) (March 2-4, 2017), or until the kits are gone, we’ll include a free kit in all qualifying orders!

    AND everybody gets the Mushrooms collage sheet in their order, no matter the size of order!

    Read more about it on the Nature Encroaches Mini Kit page.
     


    Hooray for the Dragon and Coach Giveaway!

    I just let my eyes wander over the 3 supply lists for today’s lovely projects, and here’s where my gaze landed (yes, all 9 of these items are in the Giveaway package):

    - Dragon Sconce
    - Faux Plaster Ceiling Molding Strip (did you see it? running up the right side of Teri’s canvas)
    - Leafy Green Underbrush
    - Cinderella Coach Album
    - Cinderella Pining Collage Sheet
    - Serendipity Anticipation Scrapbook Paper
    - Wain Fairy Tale Cat Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
    - More Wain Cat Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
    - Midnight #1 Collage Sheet

    I’m also including one of the new Nature Encroaches Mini Kits!


    To enter the Dragon and Coach 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, March 3, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you use first: coach album or dragon sconce? And how will you decorate it?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Aldraths Academy Giveaway? That would be Karen Mallory! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 2nd, 2017

    A Homage to Hogwarts and Shrine Sale ends Tomorrow!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Miniatures, Newsletters, Tutorials

    Remember all those new collage sheets by Jessica Armstrong a few weeks ago? Well (and oh, my) she has been such a such a busy bee designing with them!

    She made The Library of Bartholomew Pendragon using the Mythological Dictionary Pages Collage Sheet on the bundles of research scattered around the study (and she used my favorite chair).

    It seems Bartholomew was quite the explorer. See the preview of a mini tutorial at right (mounting a bat from her Shadow Box Bugs & Bats Collage Sheet).

    And Jessica posted a tutorial on making “Wizard Paper Stacks” (distressed stacked of antiqued papers) in preparation for a new project (see a preview at left). I love the curled edges on some of the papers (it really makes them look worn and handled). The photo shows images from the Antique Maps and Miniature Cabinet Card Photos Collage Sheets.


    And today! We have a new project (with more new collage sheets) by Jessica!

    Aldraths Academy is Jessica’s homage to Hogwarts. Beside loving the overall feel, I love all the distressing she did to the new desk. (Doesn’t look so new now, does it?)

    And more scrolls and bundles of paper — the ones topped with pages from the Spell Pages Collage Sheet are so good (and the books with covers from The Vampire Slayer Library Collage Sheet Set look perfectly at home — see the wide photo below with the magnifying glass on the desk).

    Is that a new leather chair? (See the close-up below.) Nope. It’s the Black Wingback Chair, painted brown and distressed (great job, Jessica!)

    Don’t forget, the Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items SALE announced on Thursday runs through tomorrow night (Monday, February 27th) and that includes the stairs Jessica used in Bartholomew Pendragon’s study and the Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf (shown in that photo with the faux leather chair) from Aldraths Academy. (And 108 other items!!)

    So, run off and see bunches more inspiring photos on Jessica’s blog, but don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway!



    Hooray for the Aldraths Academy Giveaway!

    Beside all the lovely collage sheets by Jessica, I decided to pick out some of the unsung heroes from her project (at least not mentioned above in my introduction).

    Here are the collage sheets shown (and in the Giveaway):
    - The Vampire Slayer Library Set
    - Aldraths Academy
    - Antique Maps
    - Spell Pages
    - Miniature Cabinet Card Photos

    And here are the other bits and bobs (and a big thing: the corner room box):
    - Tall Bulb Perfume Bottle (did you notice it colored red? Check Jessica’s blog for a quick inking technique)
    - Miniature Magnifying Glass
    - Fancy Glass Domes – Fluted Glass
    - Tiny Cup of Black Coffee
    - Stout Kitchen Jar with Lid
    - Mini Mason Jars – Set of 3
    - 7×7 Corner Room Box

    Here is Jessica’s Aldraths Academy supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Jessica used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

    To enter the Aldraths Academy 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, February 27, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What inspires you most from Jessica’s Aldraths Academy project?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Springy Floral 3D Coach Kit? That would be Dragontears! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 26th, 2017