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    A Snowy Wonderland in an Upcycled Jar

    Filed under 3D House Ornament Kit, Art Projects, Design Team, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Tutorials

    I know! It’s a week till Christmas! So, just a couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO projects from that talented Nichola Battilana.
     
    First: a reminder that the Christmas Sale ends THIS Sunday, December 21st (and there’s time to download some digital images or collage sheets for making last-minute gifts).
     
    Second: the January kits are mailing today! (For subscribers whose autopay dates have already hit.)
     
    Third: yes, it’s that time again: While the Cat’s Away… More info
     


    Sledding through at breakneck speed, with her offering from the 3D House Ornament Kit and House Add-On Kit is Design Team Member Nichola Battilana.

    Last year I received a number of these jars filled with candy. The candy is long gone but the jars are still kicking about my kitchen. When Alpha Stamps announced their 3D House Ornament Kit for December I thought I’d create a fun little wonderland to re-gift the jar.

    Absolutely adorable with its tiny little house covered in Christmas Collage Scrapbook Paper – Caroling,with the Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Green, and it all twinkling under the snow as St. Nicholas comes to deliver presents.

    Now at Alpha Stamps, we love all things glittery and sparkly. According to Nichola, she has just discovered Stickles (which she used throughout the items in and on the jar.) Yes, yes…I know! Absolute insanity. Of course I’d sell my mother before I ever gave up my hoarded stash of Platinum Stickles!

    Cut-outs added from Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet, embellished with Diamond Stickles and Star Tinsel tops off the re-gifted jar.

    After you finish raiding your house for glass jars, check out Nichola’s supply list. Then put your mittens and scarf on before you head on over to Pixie Hill to visit with Nichola.

    Wait! Before you tear your house apart — there’s one more project to show you that Nichola made. Take a look at this over-the-moon cute calendar that Nichola made using the Time to Flourish collection.

    Time to Flourish is a gorgeous collection. You can make calendars, cards, decor for your home or whatever else your Muse dictates with it. Nichola says the project is “deceptively easy to create.” Well OK then! We love easy, especially at this time of year.

    Nichola combined matching monthly elements from the Time to Flourish 8×8 Paper Pad, embellished with the coordinating Tags & Pockets, Stickers and Chipboard. Once everything was put together, the calendar cards are housed in a Mixed-Media 5×5 Box. A lovely creation, don’t you think?

    And that sweetheart, Nichola, provided a tutorial!


     New Goodies - ALL On Sale!
     They won't arrive by Christmas (but wouldn't you like to look forward to a package in January?)

    Shabby Chic Resin Clocks
    Shabby Chic Resin Clocks

    Shabby Chic Resin Garden Fountains
    Shabby Chic Resin Garden Fountains

    Shabby Chic Cast Iron Embellishments
    Shabby Chic Cast Iron Embellishments

    Shabby Chic Resin Old Church Windows
    Shabby Chic Resin Old Church Windows

     

    Hooray! A Mason Jar Shrine Starter Giveaway!

    Aw… look how festive that group is, with all the red and white. And I included a set of the back in stock Red Tiny Paper Roses (’cause… you know… in addition to looking fab with this Christmas collection, they would work well for Valentine’s Day (yes, I said it!))

    I started by picking out a few items from Nichola’s Christmas Jar (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Santa is Outside Collage Sheet
    - Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet
    - Glitter House Template Collage Sheet
    - Christmas Collage Scrapbook Paper – Caroling
    - Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry Scrapbook Paper
    - Tinsel
    - Star Tinsel
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Red

    Then I added a couple more items (and those Red Tiny Paper Roses):
    - Mason Jar Toppers – Lid with Label Holder
    - Frosted White Sisal Trees
    - 1 Inch Resin Santa & Snowman Ornaments (On Sale!)

    To enter the Mason Jar Shrine Starter Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, December 19, 2014)!

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Christmas with Tombstones Giveaway? That would be Jo! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    107 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 18th, 2014

    “While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 7!

    Filed under Announcements, Cat's Away... 2014, Giveaways, Sale

    Starting on Friday, December 26, 2014 (through Thursday, January 1st, 2015(!)), I’ll post a new Giveaway on the blog every morning, and you’ll have until 11:59pm PST to enter.

    To enter all you’ll have to do is leave a comment on that day’s blog post (don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winners!)*

    After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner.

    To get entered twice — daily — post about the Giveaways on your blog (or Facebook status) and include the badge at right (with a link back to the blog). Then come back and link to your post in a comment.

    *(Sorry, but I’m only offering free shipping domestically. International shipping will still apply.)

    Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 5th, but for sale pricing and/or free kits, I think you’ll be able to wait.**

    So leave me a comment and tell your friends. (Leave comments starting on 12/26… and leave them on the daily posts starting that day — not on this page!)

    Plus, if you’d like to be on the special mailing list (to be notified when each new freebie is announced), click here (if you already receive the newsletter, after you enter your email address you’ll get instructions on updating your profile).

     
    **Our offices will be closed from December 23, 2014 through January 4, 2015. We will re-open January 5th, at which time we will begin to respond to any orders or inquiries submitted while the office was closed. Note: If anything sells out, refunds will be sent as orders are shipped (starting 1/5/15).

     
    p.s. Even though our offices will be closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images will still be fulfilled in real time!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, December 18th, 2014

    Snowy Scenes and Tombstones for Christmas?!

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Tim Holtz

    Psst! Miz Bella here! Leslie’s caught a cold so I’m taking over this newsletter!

    First off is the “Tag of the Month” by Tim Holtz for December: A wintery, glittery, and frosty Christmas Tag (actually 2!) using lots of fun elements like the Tim Holtz Frosted Sheets (I love the snowy effect by embossing these sheets with the New! Snowfall & Falling Trees Embossing Folder Set), the Christmas Nostalgia Cling Stamp Set, Grungeboard Basics-Plain, and the Movers & Shapers Base Die – Tag and Bookplates. AND the ENTIRE supplies list is On Sale! Here’s the detailed December Tag Tutorial.

    Next, Design Team Member Rhea Freitag decided to go a different route with her December Houses and paired the Glitter Houses Add-On Kit with the New! Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Die Set. It would be awfully cute displayed up on a mantle, don’t you think?


    Rhea incorporated all kinds of elements and added lots of layers with different products such as the Christmas Collage 6×6 Paper Pad (also in the Add-On Kit), Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders, and Muse Tokens.

    I think each time you look at Rhea’s Glitter Row Houses you’ll find something you missed the last time you looked at it — all part of the fun of a piece like this! The Label Pulls over the door as Santa’s nameplate is a clever use of it and by layering some of her embellishments Rhea was able to create depth and adornments for her little houses.

    Here are the all the embellishments and supplies and you can find more pictures at Rhea’s blog.


    I have long wanted a Bathtub Madonna Shrine planted right up in my front yard. Of course, I’d have more luck getting Slim Daddy to get tattooed than I would talking him into putting a shrine in our front yard. WHAT would the neighbors think? So the only way to get one, was to make my own mini-version.

    After getting one of the New! Antique Silver Madonna Pendants and looking at the set of Paper Mache Tombstones I thought, hmmm. If I cut an opening in one of these, it would almost look like a bathtub shrine. So I did! When you cut into the tombstone, there is a layer of chipboard inside that works perfectly for lining the sides on the inside of the shrine, so don’t throw it away! Paint it with White Gesso, age it with Deco Art Perfect Crackle and then do a quick wash with Metallic Distress Stain – Antiqued Bronze.

    The Antique Ornate Frames are perfect for working with Epoxy Clay to create a “bed” for the pendant.

    Add assorted Charms, Paper Roses and then paint here and there with Inka Gold. There you have it. Your own miniature bathtub shrine! And here’s a link if you’d like to see exactly which supplies I used.
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap And FREE Holiday Gift Box Trims


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with artwork by TWO Design Team Members (And see below for who won that Glitter Houses Giveaway)


    There's a new FREE Gift Kit: Holiday Gift Box Trims! I've put together three different little sets of ribbons and shiny bits for making art or for decorating a gift. More info

     

    Hooray for the Christmas with Tombstones Giveaway!

    Yes, this one is a little odd. But with that beautiful shrine Miz Bella created using the Paper Mache Tombstones, I don’t think they should be relegated to “only” Halloween (not that you guys don’t like to buy Halloween goodies all year ’round!)

    First, let’s start with all of these items from Rhea’s Glitter Row Houses (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Glitter Houses Add-On Kit (yep, just one link… but that’s a lot of items!)

    Next, these additional goodies from Bella’s Divination Shrine:
    - Antique Silver Madonna Pendant
    - 3D Skull Charm – Bronze
    - Skull Connectors
    - Paper Mache Tombstones Set
    - Antique Ornate Frames

    Then, a set of the Tim Holtz Frosted Sheets (since I’m so enamored of that embossed snow effect). You can see one of the sheets leaning against the tombstone in the upper left of the photo.

    To enter the Christmas with Tombstones 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, December 15, 2014).

    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 make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Glitter Houses Giveaway? That would be Dottie! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    104 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 14th, 2014

    FLASH Sale on Dies & Tools, Glitter Houses x2!

    Filed under 3D House Ornament Kit, Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale

    Wow. There is a whole lotta air blowing around outside. I know, with this drought, we’ve become unaccustomed to storms, but this one seems like it will be a doozy. So, just a couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces artwork from TWO Design Team Members.
     
    First: TODAY (December 11th) is last day to order if you need to receive your order by Christmas eve.
     
    Second: FLASH Sale! Today only, I’ve put the ENTIRE Tools and Dies Section on sale for 25% off!
     
    Third: there’s a new FREE Gift Kit: Holiday Gift Box Trims! I’ve put together three different little sets of ribbons and shiny bits for making art or for decorating a gift. More info
     


    Baby it’s cold outside! Just look at the crisp clear star lit night and you can see for yourself the temperatures have dropped. So step inside the antique candle lantern where we’ll be snug and warm, and the weather will be outside. Our house is sparkling with diamond dust and prettily decorated for the season with bulbs and a warm glow from the lights inside. How could we be more snug? If we peek outside we can see Santa is up on the roof about to come down the chimney, and look, there’s even a sweet little deer passing through the snow. I think I hear sleigh bells…

    How adorable is Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider’s snug and cozy Glitter House inside a vintage candle lantern?

    Using the December 2014 – 3D House Ornament Kit and the Glitter Houses Add-On Kit along with a little bit of Jeanne’s magic she created the little winter scene inside of a thrifted candle lantern.

    Jeanne has also created a tutorial for you! Here’s just a bit from it:

    I painted my house white, used the Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders from the December Kit for some shine, a little piece from the Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet as a decoration in the top center of the house, and Stickles Dry Fine Glitter – Christmas Red to glitter up the decorative windows and doors. I covered the chimney in decorative red paper, and will use the corrugated paper for the roof.

    Sadly for us, this will be Jeanne’s last project with us as an Alpha Stamps Design Team Member. Damn that real-life for cutting into our fun! We’ve greatly enjoyed having Jeanne on the Design Team and her creations, amazing tutorials and hope to have her come back as a future Guest Designer from time-to-time. Best wishes and lots of love to you Jeanne!


    Show Jeanne some of your love after you check out her Supply List, and head on over to her blog to view her tutorial and tons of photos!

    Next up is the super cute and sparkly Tiny Little Glitter House by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay.

    “I built everything on top of a Medium Craft Shadowbox so that I could hide all the light components inside the box. The house is built out of the Christmas Collage Flurry Paper that I then coated with Stickles Dry Fine Glitter – Star Dust (also included in today’s Giveaway).

    “Normally I would have used Dresden Borders to outline the windows and roof; but I wanted everything on the house to be glittered so I created strips of gold glitter. The doors and windows come with frames designed on them so I just covered those with the glitter and added them to the house.”

    Caroline also got to play with some Snow-tex (Dimensional Snow) and discovered that it is a lot lighter than modeling paste. It really looks like the fence and house have snow banks all around! It can also be used to write or draw on wood, plastic, paper, glass, resin, foam, fabric and more.

    You can find more pictures and details about Caroline’s Tiny Little Glitter House on her blog And here’s a link to Caroline’s Supply List. (And check below for a Giveaway Leslie picked out that includes supplies from both of these projects!)

     

    Hooray! A Glitter Houses Giveaway!

    I started by picking out a few items from Jeanne’s Glitter House:
    - December 2014 – 3D House Ornament Kit (That’s twelve items all by itself!)
    - Glitter House Template Collage Sheet
    - 28mm Santa Claus Cabochon

    Then I picked out a few more items from Caroline’s Tiny Little Glitter House:
    - Stickles Dry Fine Glitter – Star Dust
    - Santa is Outside Collage Sheet
    - Lamp Post with Light (two of them!)

    And a set of the Holiday Gift Box Trims!

    To enter the Glitter Houses Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, December 12, 2014)!

    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 Santa’s Village Giveaway? That would be Gerri Herbst! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    97 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 11th, 2014

    Santa’s Village Tutorial & New Collage Sheets

    Filed under 3D House Ornament Kit, Art Projects, Christmas/Ornaments, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters

    Just a couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces Design Team Member Laura Carson’s fantabulous Santa’s Village (and then I get to tell you about Bella’s adorable snowman ornaments).
     
    First: NEXT Thursday (December 11th… where is this month getting to?) is last day to order if you need to receive your order by Christmas eve. (And we are working like busy bees! Due to your overwhelming response to the Black Friday Sale, we are working extra shifts to catch up.)
     
    Second: a reminder that some Christmas sections are still On Sale — through December 21st:
    ALL scrapbook paper is on sale! That includes the:
    - Christmas Paper Section (pads and single sheets)
    - Scrapbook Paper: Single Sheets
    - Scrapbook Paper Sets
    - The New Time to Flourish Collection (Single Sheets and Pads) On Sale, too!
    ALL Christmas Collage Sheets are on sale! (that’s a BIG section!)
    ALL Christmas Rubber Stamps are on sale!
    ALL
    Christmas Charms are on sale!
     


    I am at a loss for words. Laura Carson has created a fantabulous Santa’s Village Tutorial & New Collage Sheets! Seriously — the woman creates this amazing little village and collage sheets on top of it. I want whatever Laura is having — perhaps it’s better than the tequila I’m partaking of at this moment.

    There is so much to take in with the village, I’ll have let Laura introduce it while I go for a refill.

    “Ho! Ho! Ho! it’s off to the ice and snow of the North Pole where Santa’s Village awaits. I love presenting projects that have lots of options; you can start by making just one piece, or make them all. And this is the kind of project you can add to over time, perhaps making one special piece each year. I’ve started mine off with a Toy Workshop, Santa’s House, Reindeer Barn, and the Sweets & Treats Factory. I used all kinds of things for bases and houses (a paper pattern, a masonite kit, a New! 5 Inch Chipboard House Kit and Small Paper Mache Houses). I’ve also create new collage sheets and digital image sets that fit with the project. I’ll walk you through the details of how I made each piece and include a supply list that corresponds to the piece.”

    Oh she just throws it out there so casually, doesn’t she? I will tell you that I am obsessed with the 5 Inch Chipboard House Kit. OBSESSED! The Evil Queen has only sent me one of these little houses (when I wanted 10) and I can’t wait to get more; don’t you think they’ll make the most adorable glitter houses to go with the December 2014 – House Ornament Kit?

    As Laura said, she has new collage sheets that go with her amazing Santa’s Village. The Evil Queen (who is actually very generous, but don’t tell her I told you!) has put together a Giveaway (details below) that includes tons of the goodies Laura used, like the Chalkboard Signposts and Laura’s new collage sheets: Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland. By the way, both of those collage sheets are also available as digital downloads (with separate silhouetted .png files)!

    Being the big-hearted artist that she is, Laura has put together a tutorial for you so that you can start creating your own village. Of course, my village will have to have a fully stocked liquor store (run by elves named Chris and Liza) but I digress! Grab your cup of hot chocolate (or two!) while you peruse Laura’s Supply List; then head on over to her blog to be amazed by her latest creation and tutorial.


    Aren’t those snowman ornaments adorable?! Miz Bella used the template from the 3D House Ornament Kit (and the Powder Blue and Wild Berry Double Dot Chevron Papers) to create them!

    And those retro ’50s images from the Snowman Gift Tags Collage Sheet go perfectly with the writing style of the Mini Handwritten Holidays Cling Stamp Set — and both are On Sale!

    View Miz Bella’s Supply List; then head on over to her blog for more info.
     
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap And the FREE gift kit inspired by Lora Mahaffey's Santa Stack



    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with artwork by TWO Design Team Members (And see below for who won that Santa Blocks & Filigree Giveaway)

    Miniature Gold Deer Ornaments
    Miniature Gold Deer Ornaments


    Inspired by the zingy colors (and images of Santa) on Lora Mahaffey's Santa Stack, I've created a mini collage sheet with inchies and borders for trying your hand at decorating some wooden blocks just like those in Lora's artwork. And I'm including 5 narrow ribbons in coordinating colors.

    Tiny 10mm Resin Snowman
    Tiny 10mm Resin Snowman

    3D Resin Mushrooms
    3D Resin Mushrooms

    Tiny Antique Silver 3D Crowns*
    Tiny Antique Silver 3D Crowns*

     

    Hooray for the Santa’s Village Giveaway!

    How colorful! And (believe it or not) I constrained myself to just two of the buildings in Laura’s Village:

    First, let’s start with all of these items from Laura’s Sweets & Treats Factory (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Santas Village Collage Sheet
    - Winter Wonderland Collage Sheet
    - Glitter House Template Collage Sheet
    - Chalkboard Signposts
    - 21mm Candy Canes
    - Mini LED Light with Switch
    - Medium Kraft Shadowbox

    Next, these additional goodies from Santa’s House:
    - 22mm Smiling Snowman Cabochon
    - 32mm Christmas Tree Cabochon
    - Candy Cane Red Christmas Ribbon Set
    - Christmas Collage 6×6 Paper Pad (1/3 of a pad, like the 12-sheet sets in the Glitter Houses Add-On Kit)
    - LED Tea Light
    - Santas Hat Buttons
    - Santa is Outside Collage Sheet

    Then, I added a couple more collage sheets that fit in with Laura’s theme:
    - Gnomes & Birds Collage Sheet
    - Christmas Gnomes Collage Sheet

    And a Santa Inchies Gift Kit!

    To enter the Santa’s Village 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, December 8, 2014). AND tell me how close to Christmas do you usually finish making gifts.

    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 make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Santa Blocks & Filigree Giveaway? That would be Dennis Lawrence! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    128 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 7th, 2014

    Elegant Christmas Artwork from Simple Blocks

    Filed under 3D House Ornament Kit, Art Projects, Christmas/Ornaments, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters

    Just a quick intro before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) waxes poetic about artwork from TWO Design Team Members.
     
    First: Were you keeping up with all the artwork, sale items and daily Giveaways from last weekend? We left off the last two winners: The winner of the 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments Giveaway is Kimberly Baier! And the grand prize winner (of a drawing from all orders during the 4-day sale, for a $100 shopping spree!) is Suzanne Becker!
     
    Second: there’s a new FREE Gift Kit: Santa Inchies! Perfect for trying your hand at decorating some wooden blocks, like the projects by Lora Mahaffey below. AND all of those wooden blocks (and finials) are On Sale!
     


    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey is presenting us with Oh Christmas Trees, that makes for cute table-top or mantel decor. As she was musing over a freshly poured glass of bubbly, Lora said:

    “Sometimes simplicity offers us a bit of serenity in a crazy season. There is so much alliteration in those two sentences, my old fifth grade teacher Mrs. Koniknik would be proud. But seriously, my intention was to keep these simple to remind myself that although glitter and glitz is grand, (see what I did?) ‘simple’ reminds me to pause, slow down, take a breath.”

    Ahhh yes. Simplicity — something I’m working on. In fact this year, I want things so simple I may not even decorate the tree; except of course for plugging in the pre-attached lights. See? Simple!

    The trees Lora used are from the Green and Dyeable Retro Bottle Brush Tree Sets. The bases are 7/8 Inch, 1 Inch, 1-1/2 Inch and 2 Inch Wooden Cube Blocks.

    From there Lora had all sorts of fun with Stickles, the Medium Bee and Small Flat Dragonfly Charms, Fancy Bead Caps (at the tops of the trees) and made ornaments for the trees out of the White Pearl Mix in a Tin. Simply stated, simply stunning and yes! There is a Supply List.

    Next up is Lora’s Santa Stack! It’s so playful, doesn’t it just put a smile on your face? Using some of the same sized Wooden Cube Blocks, Lora covered them with paper from the Twas the Night Before Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad (and that New and On Sale! Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper) and then added images from Round Pendants – Christmas, Santa’s Toys, and Silly Santas Collage Sheets. (ALL of the Christmas Collage Sheets are On Sale! See the Sale Section for more info.)

    The tree is wrapped with my very favorite, German Bouillon – Red and topped off with a cute Santa hat. Lora suggested:

    “This would be another fun project to do with kids. Once again, the same materials used…just a totally different look and configuration. If you’ve any kidlets around, go play with some blocks with them. I bet they come up with some spectacular stuff!”

    Well now, I think Lora was offering up that idea after another glass of bubbly! There is also a Supply List to check out, and if you go to Lora’s blog you can see more eye candy.

    AND… after you peruse Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’s Precious Holiday House Decorations (with a tutorial for that 3D house!), Leslie has pulled a Giveaway (and the new FREE Gift Kit!) around the colors/theme of Lora’s Santa Stack!


     

     

    Hooray! A Santa Blocks & Filigree Giveaway!

    Wow! Just look at all of those Santas!

    I started by picking out a few (!) items from Lora’s Santa Stack:
    - Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet
    - Silly Santas Collage Sheet
    - Santa Toys Collage Sheet
    - Round Pendants Collage Sheet – Christmas
    - 1 Inch Wide Wooden Finial
    - Medium Wooden Finial
    - Small Wooden Finial
    - 2 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - 1-1/2 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - German Bouillon – Red

    Then I picked out a few more items from Lora’s Oh Christmas Trees:
    - 1 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - 7/8 Inch Wooden Cube Block
    - White Pearl Mix Tin
    - 4mm Fused Pearls – Gold
    - Fancy Swirl Bead Cap
    - Fancy Star Bead Cap
    - Star Filigree
    - Mixed Gold Filigrees
    - 7mm Flower Washers

    Plus I added these brand spanking New and On Sale! items:
    - Tiny 10mm Resin Snowman
    - Miniature Gold Deer Ornaments
    - Mixed Set of Metal Rimmed Tags
    - 34mm Silver Diamond Filigree Pendants

    And a Santa Inchies Gift Kit!

    To enter the Santa Blocks & Filigree Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, December 5, 2014)!

    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!

      
    131 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 4th, 2014

    Black Friday Sale Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas!

    Filed under Black Friday Sale 2014, Christmas/Ornaments, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters


    Hey, it’s Monday, the final day of the 4-day “Black Friday” sale! Today’s theme is 12 Days of Christmas.

    Before I hand this post off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), here’s a short recap on how these themed sale days work (and news on sale items continuing beyond today!):

    Each day I’ll gather new (and current) items around a theme. And I’ll pulled together a lovely Giveaway Kit made from those goodies that will be awarded to one lucky customer.

    If you order on Monday you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing for the Monday Giveaway Kit, which is pretty much everything Laura Carson used in her 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments! (I omitted a bunch of duplicates so the photo wouldn’t seem like a sea of tan chipboard!)

    And I also threw in two new items:
    Et Cetera Noteworthy Journal Blank Book (On Sale at 50% off! and the related Christmas Ornament Starter Gift Kit (more info on that FREE gift kit is below).

    PLUS: everyone who places an order during the 4-day sale will be entered into a drawing for a $100 shopping spree! Click here for more info on all the gifts & freebies going on during the sale!

    Hey, and who won yesterday’s Paper Houses Giveaway? That would be Jo Ellen Milano!

    Free gift for every order over $20! The photo at left is a preview of the Christmas Ornament Starter FREE Gift Kit that will be included as a gift for every order over $20 on Monday, December 1, 2014! How cute! A die-cut chipboard ornament PLUS matching overlay (with a window cut-out) and a set of vintage-inspired papers and a bit of ribbon (and a jingle bell)! Like a mini version of the ornament set Laura used for all 12 of her ornaments!

    Note: this is the final mini kit being announced with the Black Friday Sale. BUT I’m willing to keep this free kit on offer through THIS Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — though paper selection may vary if we run out after today. No need to add anything to your cart — all orders over $20 (before tax or shipping) will receive the Christmas Ornament Starter Gift Kit.

    AND note that the Christmas sale sections highlighted in the Thanksgiving preview (and that are repeated at the bottom of this newsletter) will remain On Sale after today!


    Today’s Theme: 12 Days of Christmas

     
    Design Team Member Laura Carson has been a busy little elf, creating a sweet set of ornaments for the Twelve Days of Christmas.

    Never one to disappoint us with her creativity, Laura has put together a New and On Sale! 12 Days of Christmas 2-Sheet Set. The collage sheet set has images (and tags with text, overlaid on sheet music) from the 12 Days of Christmas lyrics. Even better, this set also coordinates with the 12 Days of Christmas Collage Sheet that Laura created for last Christmas.

    Laura put her ornaments together with the New and On Sale! 12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Ornament Set. The ornament set contains 4 each of 3 shapes (round, teardrop and a wider teardrop) that vary from 4″ to 5″ tall (and 3″ to 3-3/4″ wide). Pretty good sized ornaments, and I think they’d also make great tags for presents.

    If I had to just pick one ornament, I’d have to choose Day 9, Ladies Dancing. I love the New and On Sale! Glittered Fern Leaves and the contrast against the Sugared Berry Clusters. And those adorable New and On Sale! 15mm Bronze Bow Connector Charms!

    Then there is the stunning Day 2, Turtle Doves, with its mix of fall-foliage-colored leaves mixed in with the Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks.

    Also new are the Wide Chipboard Teardrop and the Round Chipboard Teardrop Ornaments with Windows. Both designs have a “window” and they would layer over the 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Set perfectly.

    If you punched a hole in the bottom center, added a jump ring and a Christmas Charm, that would be super cute! (And note: that Christmas Charm section is On Sale! Check out that list of Christmas-y Sale categories at the bottom of this newsletter.)

    You can view Laura’s Supply List, and then head on over to her blog to see all 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments.


     Christmas Items On Sale Beyond Today!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, December 1st, 2014

    Black Friday Sale Day 3 – Paper Houses!

    Filed under 3D House Ornament Kit, Black Friday Sale 2014, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Tutorials


    Yay! It’s Sunday of the 4-day “Black Friday” sale! Today’s theme is Paper Houses (which is also the theme of the December Kits being announced today! (Yes, that was plural “kits”: 2 kits!)

    Before I explain what’s in the kits, here’s a short recap on how these themed sale days work:

    Each day I’ll gather new (and current) items around a theme. And I’ll pulled together a lovely Giveaway Kit made from those goodies that will be awarded to one lucky customer.

    If you order on Sunday you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing for the Sunday Giveaway Kit, which is HUGE! The Paper Houses Giveaway includes the New! 3D House Ornament Kit and the New! Glitter Houses Add-On Kit and one of the Tiny Trims Mini Kits (more on that in just a sec).

    PLUS: everyone who places an order during the 4-day sale will be entered into a drawing for a $100 shopping spree! Click here for more info on all the gifts & freebies going on during the sale!

    Hey, and who won yesterday’s Miniatures Giveaway Kit? That would be Jennifer Jesson!

     
    Free gift for every order over $20! The photo at left is a preview of the Tiny Trims Mini Kit that will be included as a gift for every order over $20 on Sunday, November 30, 2014! I wanted to stick to red and gold, to keep in the festive mood; and keep to small trim sizes to coordinate with the house ornaments in the new kits. The mini kit includes little strips of gold Dresden (the same styles as are in the 3D House Ornament Kit — though the larger kit also includes red in both of those patterns).

    And I created an exclusive mini collage sheet with images and borders in the same red and gold palette. Plus I added a bit of Red Stockings Satin Cutouts Ribbon and some of the glittery Berries or Seed Pods (though I’ll mix up the gold and red options so you may not get both colors shown in the photo).

    No need to add anything to your cart — all orders over $20 (before tax or shipping) placed November 30, 2014 will receive the Tiny Trims Kit.


    Today’s Theme: Paper Houses

    Oooh! Do we have some cute artwork today! No matter if you’d like a little house with glitter, or snow, or as an ornament (with or without a tiny accordion book), the new kits will inspire you with tons of options for decorating (and each kit comes with a different house template).

    First off is an adorable house made from (only) the supplies in the 3D House Ornament Kit by Teri Calia. It has a little accordion book with the entire poem of “The Night Before Christmas” (tied with a bow so the house could even be an ornament — just add a ribbon at the top). The poem is already laid out to fit the width of the 3D house, from the The Night Before Christmas Collage Sheet (also included in the kit).

    Now don’t fret: the house template in the kit is really easy to put together. Plus, I’ve designed coordinating collage sheets with multiple fronts that could be used over the house:

    Christmas House Book Covers
    Bunches of covers of vintage Christmas books (mostly “The Night Before Christmas”) in a mix of “normal” rectangular shapes but also 5 laid out in the house shape to match the house template. Beside coordinating with the 3D House Ornament and House Ornament Scenes Collage Sheets, you can use these book covers alone (you could use paper tape to hinge the house-shaped ones together into an accordion book, for example).

    House Ornament Scenes
    Tons more house-shaped scenes (from Santa to children to a snowy scene with Santa and his reindeer flying through the night sky — that teri used behind her accordion book).

    And all those new collage sheets are On Sale, too! ALL Christmas Collage Sheets are on sale!

    AND there are 4 full size (12″ x 12″) scrapbook papers in the kit (in a neutral palette — at least on one side — so you can keep a vintage sepia palette, or go wild and stain/mist/glitter the papers (or your house) into vibrant hues.

    Finishing this first kit is a set of 4 different narrow Dresden borders, and a package of crinkle wire in silver, red and gold. Here’s a list of all the items in the kit that are available to buy separately.


    Next up: A snowy Winter Putz House by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel (with little cut-out windows to take advantage of the LED light inside)!

    Kristin made this house using the Glitter House Template Collage Sheet — part of the Glitter Houses Add-On Kit (this house is a little more complicated, but if you omitted the cut-out windows and door, you could make a similarly simple house (like the first kit) but with a jaunty asymmetrical roof).

    This kit includes 2 more new collage sheets, both with miniature images sized for Glitter Houses:

    Santa is Outside
    Beside many, many (small) images of Santa bundled up, out in the snow, it includes some images of Santa posed ready to come down the chimney (and some mini versions sized for the chimney on the Glitter House Collage Sheet).

    Tiny Christmas Windows
    This collage sheet includes images of Santa, children and Christmas trees either seen through windows or small enough to be put behind the tiny windows on the Glitter House Collage Sheet.

    And the Add-On Kit also contains a Mini LED Light with Switch (like the one Kristin used inside of her house) and 4 of the new resin figurines! Here’s a list of all the items in the add-on kit (note: the 6×6 paper pad in that list has 36 sheets (3 each of 12 designs) so 12 papers (1 each of a all the designs) are in the kit… not the full pad).

    Kristin provides a tutorial on her blog, too! With some great tips, like how to get the placement of the hole for hiding the wires for your tiny lights just right. Oh, and look at that tiny lamp post that lights up, too!

    There’s so many more little details to ponder (like those resin Santa and snowman figurines) so here’s Kristin’s Supply List and see more pictures (and her tutorial!) at Kristin’s Blog.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 30th, 2014

    Day 2 Theme & Giveaway: Miniatures

    Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale 2014, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale


     
    Hey, it’s Saturday of the 4-day “Black Friday” sale! Today’s theme is Miniatures.

    Before I hand this post off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), here’s a short recap on how these themed sale days work:

    Each day I’ll gather new (and current) items around a theme. And I’ll pulled together a lovely Giveaway Kit made from those goodies that will be awarded to one lucky customer.

    If you order on Saturday you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing for the Saturday Giveaway Kit, which is a mix of items from today’s two lovely artworks featuring Miniatures: Teri Calia’s Mr. Mouse’s Holiday House and Nichola Battilana’s Mini Mail Room! (More info on both projects is below.) And I also threw in two new items not in either project:
    Mini Clock and Winding Key Set and Wood Dress Mirror Die-Cut — both On Sale!

    PLUS: everyone who places an order during the 4-day sale will be entered into a drawing for a $100 shopping spree! Click here for more info on all the gifts & freebies going on during the sale!

    Hey, and who won yesterday’s Giveaway Kit? That would be Joann Nestlerode!

    Free gift for every order over $20! The photo at left is a preview of the mini kit for the “Miniatures Theme” that will be included as a gift for every order over $20 on Saturday, November 29, 2014! (Some travel-themed charms, including at least one with a French theme, and some coordinating papers with a tiny repeating Fleur de lys pattern! I have a 10 travel charms to choose from and you’ll get at least 3 different ones in your kit.) No need to add anything to your cart — all orders over $20 (before tax or shipping) placed November 29, 2014 will receive the “Miniatures” mini kit.


    Today’s Theme: Miniatures

     
    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana, the Queen of Tiny Creations has created a cute Miniature Mail Room that is made from a New! Small Wood Box with Lid.

    The Miniature Mail Room is packed full of wrapped packages (that are made from 7/8 Inch and 1 Inch Wooden Cube Blocks) and letters that are waiting to be delivered. How sweet are those teeny, tiny letters? Wouldn’t you like to have your own to leave out for the fairies to deliver?

    Nichola created two new collage sheets: Little Letters and Little Postage. Both are simple adorable! Tiny Letters has tiny little letters, envelopes, postcards and greeting cards. Little Postage coordinates with the Tiny Letters sheet and has tiny little postage and package labels. And both of the collage sheets are On Sale! And, remember: you could win both of those collage sheets if you’re the winner from today’s Giveaway drawing!

    Here is Nichola’s Supply List and you can see more pictures of the Miniature Mail Room at Pixie Hill.


    Next up: Mr. Mouse’s Holiday House by Teri Calia is supercalifragilisticexpialidociously cute! The Altered Metal Frame – Birdhouse makes for the perfect mouse-sized, cozy home. (And I like the contrast of a mouse living in a bird house with a photo of cats on his wall.) Mr. Mouse has been very busy wrapping presents and filling gift bags. He couldn’t find any wrapping paper that he liked, so Teri created the New! Holiday Bags, Tags & Boxes Collage Sheet to help him out; and as you can see, he likes it just fine.

    And Teri’s new collage sheet is On Sale, too! ALL Christmas Collage Sheets are on sale!

    It looks like Mr. Mouse was kicking back for a bit in his New and On Sale! Mini Garden Rocking Chair (that also comes with a table) and he was enjoying a cup of tea out of the New and On Sale! Rose Pattern Service for Two Tea Set (plus check below for 2 more tea sets). If you ask me, I think he got up to go and grab a bit of Irish Whiskey to add to his tea!

    There’s a lot to take in and it can’t possibly be listed in the blog post, so grab your own cuppa Hot Toddy and browse Teri’s Supply List and see more pictures of Mr. Mouse’s Holiday House at Teri’s Blog.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 29th, 2014

    Day 1 Theme & Giveaway: Time to Flourish

    Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale 2014, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale


    Hey, it’s Friday of the 4-day “Black Friday” sale! Today’s theme is Time to Flourish (based on the yummy new Time to Flourish Collection with TWO papers for every month of the year)!

    Before I hand this post off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), here’s a short recap on how these themed sale days work:

    I’ve pulled together a lovely Time to Flourish Giveaway Kit made from items in today’s theme that will be awarded to one lucky customer. The kit includes ALL twenty four 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Papers from the new Time to Flourish Collection!

    If you order on Friday you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing for the Friday Giveaway Kit. PLUS: everyone who places an order during the 4-day sale will be entered into a drawing for a $100 shopping spree! Click here for more info on all the gifts & freebies going on during the sale!

    (And since we didn’t have a “normal” Thursday newsletter yesterday: who won Sunday’s Giveaway Kit? That would be Karen Ladd! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.)

    Free gift for every order over $20! The photo at left is a preview of the mini kit for the “Time to Flourish” theme that will be included as a gift for every order over $20 on Friday, November 28, 2014! The gift kit includes THREE of SIX brand new, exclusive Mini Annuals Collage Sheets (a mix of old and new images… retouched to coordinate with the papers in the Time to Flourish Collection)! Click on the photo to see more details.

    PLUS, I’m adding a special gift to every order placed November 28, 2014: a random gift kit from those unused from the past year! (Like that skeleton die-cut and the Bee Banners Mini Collage Sheet behind him — at the top of the photo.) That’s a huge group, and since the Time to Flourish Collection includes images for the entire year, all of those kits from the last year coordinate with at least one of the months! There’s no need to add anything to your cart — all orders over $20 placed November 28, 2014 will receive the “Time to Flourish” mini kit.


    Today’s Theme: Time to Flourish

     
    How cute and adorable is that Tiny Winter Wonderland by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana? Nichola used the Time to Flourish – January Flourish Scrapbook Paper to cover an old clock case for her Winter Wonderland.

    And Nichola used the teal color of the New and On Sale! Sugared Berry Clusters at the top of her altered clock case — one of four colors of these subly sparkly new holly sprigs!

    By the way, I am over-the-moon in love with this fabulous Time To Flourish Collection, and I think you will be as well. It contains everything you’d need to create all sorts of calendars or monthly mementos. In addition to the scrapbook papers (and an 8×8 pad of calendar grids), there are also Cling Stamps, Chipboard Tags, and Ephemera. Just think of all the amazing projects you could create with this new collection, with endless possibilities AND it’s a collection that is perfect to use year-round!

    You can also create some gorgeous gifts with Time to Flourish; who wouldn’t want a calendar created with such lush papers? Stunning botanical patterns with a rich color palette that reflects the iridescence of the four seasons. I bet that if you gave gifts made from this collection, every time the recipient looked at it they would have to smile!

    Check out the list of supplies that Nichola used in her Tiny Winter Wonderland — and they’re ALL On Sale! Then you can find more pictures and how Nichola came to make her project at Pixie Hill.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 28th, 2014