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    Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe, plus Xmas Sale & Free Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Reminder: ALL Christmas Collage Sheets AND Angels and Saints Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! That’s over 140 options! There’s still time to download some digital images or collage sheets for making last-minute gifts!

    The sale is through Sunday night, December 24th (Christmas Eve!)

    Speaking of Christmas, I’ve just posted info on the “While the Cat’s Away…” After-Christmas Sale. Note: we are working this week but I cannot guarantee any orders will arrive before Christmas. Still, a little gift for yourself to arrive the week after Christmas would be something to look forward to…
     

    Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

    Oooh! This is fab! I’ve been wondering what this new wooden cabinet would be turned into…

    I’ve been sitting on this project for a couple of weeks. I received an Unfinished Wooden Wardrobe and had a few ideas. I thought of a magical portal, storage for a saucy burlesque star, something pink and filly and Marie Antoinette. Why not all rolled up into one?! A fairy godmother wardrobe!

    I love the pink/glittery cabinet (and all the trinkets inside)! Note: Nichola is going to follow up with a second blog post later this week with a “how-to for some of the wee bits inside.”

    There are books about magic and kissing frogs and toads, a tea pot and postcard memories. Godmotherly magazines. Pumpkins appear throughout (I’ve given them a wash of orange to add more colour.)

    And Nichola created a new Fairy Godmother’s Cupboard Collage Sheet with all the paper items, book covers, magazines, postcards, photos, labels, and posters inside the cabinet!

    Read more in Nichola’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below, as you could win tons of her supplies!


     


     
    Bonus: have you been following that crazy-busy Nichola’s blog? I neglected to point out a delightful project using tons of 1:12 scale toys that she posted on December 1st: her Jollymaker’s Toy Store Window!

    I spy a:
    Jester Jack-in-the-Box Toy,
    Painted Rocking Horse,
    Tiny Resin Teddy Bear,
    Tiny Train Set,
    Xylophone Pull Toy,
    Mini Clown Jack-in-the-Box,
    and a bunch of wrapped packages in a red wagon!

    Plus the Classic Christmas Chimney Bricks Scrapbook Paper (that made quick work of creating vintage brickwork) and Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing around the top.

    Go check it out; it’s beautiful!
     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Angels or Demons?

    I created 2 new collage sheets in honor of Thursday’s artwork:
    - Krampus Postcards Collage Sheet
    and
    - Victorian Angels Collage Sheet,
    either of which would provide even more images for creating a similar project as Bella’s or Rhonda’s. (And both are on sale as part of the Christmas collage sheet sale!)

    So back to this free gift: Angels or Demons? Your choice of the 2 new collage sheets. Just leave me a note on your order. If you don’t specify, I’ll pick one.

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, December 18 (2017) will receive one of the 2 new collage sheets FREE! And all-digital orders will receive their choice as a pdf file.
     

    Hooray for the Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe Giveaway!

    Yay! So many cool little things are in Nichola’s project that I just went shopping! This Giveaway includes:

    - Fairy Godmothers Cupboard Collage Sheet (new & created by Nichola!)
    - 1 Inch Hat Stand
    - New Unfinished Wooden Wardrobe (Wow!)
    - Pink Resin Perfume Bottle
    - Mini Mason Jars – Set of 3
    - Fairy Godmother Wand
    - 3D Star Spacer Beads
    - Courtship Lane East Plaza Scrapbook Paper (the paper inside and on the front of the wardrobe — plus it’s on sale!)

    Here’s a link to everything in Nichola’s supply list (including the subset in this Giveaway, so you can see photos of them all).

    Bonus: I’m including all 3 of the new shiny confetti mixes (they just seem like something a fairy godmother could use!) AND I’m including the new 1:12 Wooden Clothes Hangers and 1:12 Champagne Bottle (as they would make perfect substitutes for the hangers and wine bottle that Nichola used).

    To enter the Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe 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 18, 2017).

    AND tell me: What will you make? (Pink fairy wardrobe? Something else?)

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Everything New Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barb MacAskill! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    29 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 17th, 2017

    “While the Cat’s Away…” After-Christmas Sale & Giveaways!

    Filed under Announcements, Cat's Away... 2017, Sale

    Starting on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 (through Saturday, December 30th, 2017), 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.

    Note: There will be a normal newsletter (with a new kit and a new Giveaway) posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

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

    Remember, the shipping staff will be on vacation till January 2nd, 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!)

     
    **Our offices will be closed from December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018. We will re-open January 2nd, 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 1/2/18).

    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 17th, 2017

    Angels or Demons?

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Before we get to artwork and new supplies, a new sale!

    ALL Christmas Collage Sheets AND Angels and Saints Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! That’s over 140 options! There’s still time to download some digital images or collage sheets for making last-minute gifts… like the Winter Kids Collage Sheet shown at right (and used in Bella’s artwork) or the TWO new collage sheets announced today!

    Through Sunday night, December 24th (Christmas Eve!)
     

    Ghosts of Christmas Past by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    Now what is this about Angels or Demons? Well, both Bella & Rhonda used Large Haunted Houses today, one with a nostalgic/angelic design (love the sepia colors… see the first wide photos below), and the other… well, we’ll wait a bit to explore a way different shadowbox by Rhonda!

    Bella used the Large Haunted House Frame Set (the same house shape with window cut outs as the deeper shadowbox version, but the frame set has a flat/solid house shape as the back).

    Walking through the forest you might come upon an odd home that is slowly being covered in moss.

    Looking up at the windows, you will find that there are many ghosts from long-lost Christmas times. Each room a memory of times long gone by, carefully maintained with the joy and wonder of a child.

    Bella’s blog post and supply list.


     

    Picture perfect on the outside, but what is on the inside? by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Wow! Talk about a whole different effect (especially on the inside)!

    Rhonda used the deeper Large Haunted House Shadowbox (and about everything she could lay her hands on!) to make a whole storybook of bad children scenarios… breaking statues with a hammer? Raiding the stockings before Christmas?

    Driving on a winters day, viewing the lovely cottages and Tudor homes. What a picture perfect world this family must live, inside of their wonderfully, grand home.

    I would imagine the inside is just as beautiful with a perfect husband and wife, and wonderfully behaved children. Well think again!

    Hm… seeking Krampus made me remember this video from my fave local art store: Castle in the Air (from last year’s “arrival of Krampus” parade… it’s freezing here now (and pretty much all over the country) so the t-shirt-clad spectators look a little out of place… but perfect for a Berkeley crowd). Not as scary as a European video of a Krampus parade, but I’m happy for what I can get!

    Read more (and see many more photos) in Rhonda’s blog post and explore her supply list. And read on for a FREE gift inspired by Angels and Demons


     

    Inspired by both of today’s projects: a new FREE gift kit!

    I created 2 new collage sheets in honor of today’s artwork:
    - Krampus Postcards Collage Sheet
    and
    - Victorian Angels Collage Sheet,
    either of which would provide even more images for creating a similar project as Bella’s or Rhonda’s. (And both are on sale as part of the Christmas collage sheet sale!)

    So back to this free gift: Angels or Demons? Your choice of the 2 new collage sheets. Just leave me a note on your order. If you don’t specify, I’ll pick one.

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, December 14 – 18 (2017) will receive one of the 2 new collage sheets FREE! And all-digital orders will receive their choice as a pdf file.
     

     
    Hooray for the Everything New Giveaway!

    One each of all the new items announced today! Including both new collage sheets PLUS a bonus: one more collage sheet (of your choosing) from the 2 sale sections!

    So go check out the options, and leave me a note for what your choice would be on your comment:
    Christmas Collage Sheets
    Angels and Saints Collage Sheets

    To enter the Everything New 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 15, 2017)!

    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 Sparkly Snowflakes & Stars Giveaway? CG! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    32 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 14th, 2017

    Witches for Xmas? Plus a Beautiful Crown! And NEW Free Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Winter Crowns Kit

    Wow, a bit of a change of plans regarding the Free Gift Kit! You guys went crazy and ripped through 2 cases of snowglobes on Thursday! So see below for a NEW free gift with all orders!

    Also see below for info on the Miniatures for Holiday Decor sale that ends tomorrow night.

    And see Santa’s note at left about receiving packages before Christmas? That deadline is tomorrow night. Though if you’re like me, receiving a package of goodies to use for crafting after December 24th will be like Christmas morning all over again!
     

    The Witches Deck the Halls by Lora Mahaffey

    I love this project — and the whole idea! A Halloween project for Christmas!

    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey used the Large Haunted House Shadowbox and Window Trims we announced for Halloween as the structure for her house. (Plus she added some custom windowboxes, that she explains on her blog post).

    The witches have decked out their house for Christmas! It’s wintery and snowy outside and very festive inside.

    The ladies have the tree all decorated and stockings hung, ready for Santa.

    They are dressed in their finery, have their festive hats on and have their brooms all spiffed up, ready for their midnight rounds and then it’s off to the Christmas Cookie Exchange!

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


     

    Sparkly Gold Crown by Kristin Batsel

    Wow! I love this crown by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! It’s so different from the 2 crowns last Sunday, but still part of our crown theme this month.

    Kristin used the new Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem or Crown as the base of her (truly) sparkly crown. Plus the stick pins, pearls, rhinestones, new star picks, stitched leaf ribbon, and new brass stars… and it’s soooo luxe!

    Sometimes, you just need a crown to brighten up your day. I just got a lovely package of goodies from Alpha Stamps, perfect for making a sparkly gold crown. One of the items, a fancy gold Dresden Diadem, was the perfect size and shape for a crown base. All I had to do to make it regal was to add the bling! Gold on gold on gold, and lots of jewels; I feel like the queen of everything.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post (including info on how to attach ribbons to make the crown adjustable) and/or see everything from her supply list.


     

    NEW Snowflake & Gold Stars FREE Gift Kit!

    As I mentioned above, we have a new free gift with all orders starting today!

    ALL ORDERS on Sunday through Wednesday, December 10 – 13 (2017) will receive one of these Snowflake & Gold Stars Gift Kits FREE! I made a custom mix of gold stars (in numerous sizes), a few other embossed gold sequins, and some of the Mini Snowflake Sequin Mix — all packaged in a glassine envelope (like Lora used to make a faux frosted glass window in her front door — see more info on her blog post). I’m actually including 3 of the glassine envelopes in this mini kit!


     

    Sale ends Tomorrow Night: Miniatures for Holiday Decor!

    Tons of things here: from Halloween, Easter, Christmas… ALL Miniatures for Holiday Decor are on Sale for 35% off! The sale ends MONDAY night, December 11th.

    Over 80 Items! Including a new one noted above — and those brooms at right are in Lora’s artwork!
     

    Hooray for the Sparkly Snowflakes & Stars Giveaway!

    I couldn’t decide between supplies from Lora’s and Kristin’s pretty samples, so I picked a few things from each — and added in some extras, too!

    - Mixed Size Ivory Flat-Back Pearls (in both Lora’s and Kristin’s artwork)
    - Gold Star PicksNew! (in Kristin’s artwork)
    - Fancy Brass Star CharmNew! (in Kristin’s artwork)
    - Large Zig Zag Gold Dresden EdgingNew!
    - Icicles Roof & Window Trims
    - Snowflake Border
    - White Glittered Snowflake Embellishments
    - Star Trellis Filigree – Raw Brass (top left in the photo — grab one quickly if you like this, ’cause they are almost sold out!)

    Plus a bonus: one of the Snowflake & Gold Stars Gift Kits (tucked away at bottom right of the photo — and looking right at home with this group).

    To enter the Sparkly Snowflakes & Stars 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 11, 2017).

    AND tell me: Stars or Snowflakes? (What will you use first from the prize?) Or do you have a plan to incorporate both?

    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 Winter Wonderland Apothecary Jar Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kimberly! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    36 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 10th, 2017

    Snowglobes! New Miniature Furniture & Holiday Miniatures Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    Joy Snowglobe by Teri Calia

    Aw… such a fun, colorful little display in a snowglobe — I love using the snowglobes and other acrylic jars as domes to display scenes at Christmas.

    And using the little slices of Peppermint Cane to cover the roof and make a path through the snow to the Gingerbread House is too cute! (Note: That Gingerbread House is part of today’s new sale!)

    For those of you interested in making your own waterless snowglobes I’ve assembled a few tips on turning a boring globe on a white plastic base into a fabulously festive globe on a pedestal…

    Teri provides some hints on camoflaging the plastic base with greenery in her blog post. See everything from her supply list. AND see below in the Giveaway section for ANOTHER project by Teri! Plus the FREE Gift today includes a snowglobe!


     

    Inspired by Teri’s artwork: a new FREE gift kit!

    UPDATED Friday, December 8th: The Snowglobes are SOLD OUT! I am substituting another cute clear acrylic dome/jar for the gift kits. And I have changed the dates this gift kit is available to end on SATURDAY night (12/9/17). There will be a new gift announced in Sunday’s newsletter. Thanks.

    Snowglobe FREE Mini Gift Kit Yay! Make a little scene in a snowglobe like Teri’s… with lots of options for sparkly Winter-inspired glitter! I’m including one of the DIY Snowglobes and a small baggie each of the 3 colors of glitter shown! (One is a custom mix!)

    ALL ORDERS OVER $24.00 on Thursday through Monday Saturday, December 7 – 9 (2017) will receive one of the Snowglobe Mini Gift Kits FREE! Note: If I run out of the snowglobes, I’ll still include the 3 colors of glitter and also a special surprise!


     

    A New Sale: Miniatures for Holiday Decor!

    Tons of things here, drawn from many sections but all in sizes that could work for a miniature scene. Seasons from Halloween, Easter, Christmas… ALL Miniatures for Holiday Decor are on Sale for 35% off! The sale ends MONDAY night, December 11th.

    Over 80 Items!
     

     
    Hooray for the Winter Wonderland Apothecary Jar Giveaway!

    Oooh! A second little mantelpiece scene by Teri! Isn’t this beautiful?! Teri’s Winter Wonderland Apothecary Jar is so sophisticated with its muted palette (and I love the look of the Mother Of Pearl Mousse over raw wood on that base)!

    EVERYTHING in Teri’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    Note: there’s a row of items below (highlights of items used in this artwork, and all included in the Giveaway)!

    To enter the Winter Wonderland Apothecary Jar 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 8, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with these supplies? There are lots of trees in each size, so you will have some extras to play with. Psst! Those trees AND the white deer are in the Miniatures for Holiday Decor sale!

    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 Winter Crowns Kit Giveaway? Susan! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 7th, 2017

    Sparkly Winter Crowns!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Winter Crowns Kit

    Before we dive into all the new goodies, artwork from TWO artists (and NEW kit): Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night, December 4th: Crystal Beads Christmas Trees FREE Gift Kit

    How cute are these! Sets of green glass beads (6) , head pins (2), cube beads for each tree base (2), a tiny gold bead for the top (2), plus a pair of plated steel earwires (your choice if you want to make these into a set of earrings or just a tiny tree to put in a tiny shadowbox).

    I’m showing 2 sets in the large photo (in 2 different shades of green… I’ll randomly pick which set you’ll receive).

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, December 4th (2017) will receive one of the Crystal Beads Christmas Trees Gift Kits FREE!

    Reminder! ALL Christmas & Winter Charms are on Sale for 50% off! The sale ends MONDAY night, December 4th. Snowflakes, Gingerbread Men, Reindeer, Santa Claus, Wreaths… Go see them all now!


     

    NEW Winter Crowns Kit

    For this kit I wanted to choose a theme and colors for the Winter season, but that weren’t connected to Christmas (as you may want to make a crown to wear in January or February).

    That search for Winter colors lead to the new Romantique Paper Collection, with a pretty mix of soft colors, shabby wallpaper prints, and French ephemera (2 of the scrapbook papers from the collection are in this kit — plus I added a couple more scrapbook papers from other collections, for a total of FOUR 12″ x 12″ sheets in the kit).

    And then snowflakes and glitz! A chipboard snowflake (one from the new Chipboard Snowflake Shape Set — and see below in the Giveaway for a superb crown by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey using the snowflake front and center!), a new 4 Inch Round Gold Doily and both shapes from the new Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes are also included.

    Collage Sheets:
    - New! Mini French Labels Collage Sheet (Pretty, vintage frames & French labels. Many are retinted to coordinate with the Romantique Paper Collection. All are sized small enough to use on a mini crown, and will also work well on ATCs or other small collages.)
    - A template for making miniature crowns (exclusive to the kit). The template is for crowns about 3″ diameter (when finished) but both Lora and Rhonda have made variations to fit an adult. (princess? snow queen?)

    Artwork! See the wide photo below for a beautiful crown by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! I love the colors and the romantic look. Rhonda used the back of the Romantique Parisian Scrapbook Paper as the background (part of the kit). Then she cut out one of the metallic gold frames from the new Romantique Foiled Gold Frames Scrapbook Paper to frame the portrait (that new paper is not in the kit, but is related).

    That oval portrait includes printed rhinestones and pearls around the edge, then Rhonda went back an glued tiny half-round pearls over all the pearls on the printed image.

    Rhonda used a Chipboard Fleur Border around the bottom of her crown, with some flashy rhinestone chain. By the way, 2 sizes of rhinestone chain are back in stock.

    More info and photos in Rhonda’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies. (Plus Rhonda created a second crown (larger scale) so be sure to check out that blog post.)

    More info about the new kit is on the Winter Crowns Kit page. And remember to scroll down to the Giveaway on this page to see ANOTHER beautiful crown using this kit! Plus between here and there, a big bunch of pretty coordinating trims!


     

     
    Hooray for the Winter Crowns Kit Giveaway!

    Isn’t this crown beautiful?! Lora Mahaffey’s Frosty Autumn Crown is so lovely, from the colors to the pearls and stickles outlining some of the swirls on the ornate printed collage sheet image.

    Note: there’s another row of new items below (used in this crown and all included in the Giveaway)!

    Lora gives step-by-step instructions (with lots of helpful photos) to make your own crown in her blog post.

    I’m including the new kit in the Giveaway (the Faded Cream Wallpaper Scrapbook Paper and the Chipboard Snowflake from the kit are used in Lora’s crown), plus these extra goodies Lora used:
    - Golden Night Wired Leaves (also shown in a photo below)
    - White Glittered Snowflake Embellishments (the 2 larger white snowflakes at the center bottom)
    - Pear-Shaped Pearl Stick Pins in Gold AND White
    - Mixed Size Ivory Flat-Back Pearls
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Silver (also shown in a photo below)
    - Vintage French Ads Collage Sheet (that large ornate image in the center, behind the glittered chipboard snowflake)
    - Tinsel (in gold and silver, though Lora only used gold in this crown)

    Here’s a link to everything in Lora’s supply list.

    To enter the Winter Crowns 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, December 4, 2017).

    AND tell me: Which of these supplies will you use to decorate your crown? And/or: do you have plans for the supplies that won’t be used in a crown?

    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 Retro Christmas Shadowboxes Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Amy! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 3rd, 2017

    Rushing toward Christmas! New Tim Holtz, Shadowboxes…

    Filed under Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tim Holtz

    Before new Christmas goodies (and more adorable Christmas ornaments): a new FREE gift kit!

    Crystal Beads Christmas Trees FREE Gift Kit How cute are these! Sets of green glass beads (6) , head pins (2), cube beads for each tree base (2), a tiny gold bead for the top (2), plus a pair of plated steel earwires (your choice if you want to make these into a set of earrings or just a tiny tree to put in a tiny shadowbox).

    I’m showing 2 sets in the large photo (in 2 different shades of green… I’ll randomly pick which set you’ll receive).

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, November 30 through December 4 (2017) will receive one of the Crystal Beads Christmas Trees Gift Kits FREE!

    Reminder! FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) ends SATURDAY night, December 2nd! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may have ended Monday, but you’ll still get a gift! Read more about the sale weekend.


     

    Home for the Holidays Diorama Ornament by Shannon Cooper

    Aw… This is such a sweet ornament, made from one of the Tiny Diorama Boxes and the new Home for the Holidays Clear Stamp Set.

    Beside being so cute to gaze on (below and in more photos in her blog post), Shannon provides a tutorial for how she cuts watercolor paper to make the layered scene inside the diorama box!

    To make the layers inside the ornament, four pieces of watercolor paper were cut the same width as the diorama box and twice as long. Any thick paper would work, I just chose it because all of the images are colored with watercolor pencils after they were stamped.

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


     

    A Jolly Good Christmas by Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas used the same Tiny Diorama Box, but her ornament looks completely different than Shannon’s. I love the masculine look (is plaid masculine? not sure, but that dapper dude in his top hat)!

    Plus flipping the box around to portrait orientation gives it a new look, too.

    Rhonda completely covered the inside and outside of the box with papers from the Tim Holtz Christmas 8×8 Paper Stash.

    To add a decorative paper to the inside, use the (flat) box as a stencil to trace out the shape. After cutting, make sure to score and fold the paper so it will fit easily inside of the box.

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


     

    A New Sale!

    ALL Christmas & Winter Charms are on Sale for 50% off! The sale ends MONDAY night, December 4th. Snowflakes, Gingerbread Men, Reindeer, Santa Claus, Wreaths…

    Go see them all now!
     

     
    Hooray for the Retro Christmas Shadowboxes Giveaway!

    These are such cute, retro boxes! Perfect for a retro ’50s-ish scene. I’m including a set of the new Tim Holtz Christmas Vignette Box Tops AND one each of all 4 new shadowboxes that the box tops fit!

    To enter the Retro Christmas Shadowboxes 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 1, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with these mini shadowboxes?

    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 Sugary Sweet Glittered Ornaments Giveaway? Emily N! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    59 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 30th, 2017

    Santa’s Workshop, FLASH Sale & Special FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale 2017, Christmas, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale

    Hooray! It’s the final newsletter for this holiday weekend sale! (Whew!) FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through FRIDAY night, December 2nd! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may be over by Monday, but you’ll still get a gift! Read more about the sale weekend.

    Plus see below for a Special Santa’s Toys Gift Kit (for orders placed today or tomorrow only)!
     

    Santa’s Workshop Diorama by Laura Carson

    Wow! Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a whole Santa’s workshop village using three of the Large Haunted House Shadowboxes announced for Halloween! (Plus a bunch of new chipboard trims AND new minature toys). I’m going to show a fair number of photos, but check Laura’s blog post for lots more pictures and a tutorial!


     

    There are FIVE new collage sheets today! Four are by Laura (and see below as you can get one of them FREE); one is by me (for making tiny pull toys of vintage circus animals) with a new Small Wheeled Platform). Laura used 5 of those same wheeled platforms to make two connected “trains” for the elves to transport toys to the wrapping department or wrapped presents to Santa’s sleigh.


     

    Things are hopping at the North Pole where Santa’s Workshop is in full swing pumping out toys.

    Everything in this wintry scene is covered in sparkling ice and snow. In the center is a new decorated tree standing on a giant drum.

    (See the left side of the photo below for that new tree and the sleigh — note: Laura includes a section in her tutorial on making and decorating the sleigh.)

    If you peek in the windows you’ll see lots of toys and elves at work. Santa’s doing his last minute check of his list.

    Note I zoomed in on that “Santa in the window” scene on the right of the wide photo below. The detail in this whole project is amazing… from the snow in the windows to the room in the little cubby behind the “glass” window panes.

    Read more (and see more photos & a tutorial) in Laura’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list.

    Psst… See today’s special FREE Gift Kit below for some cute (!) toys and mini gift boxes to decorate your own Santa’s workshop.


     

    FLASH Sale (ends at midnight MONDAY night, November 27th)!

    Oh my… this is huge! ALL Christmas AND Angels/Saints Collage Sheets are on sale at 50% off ! Over 130 to choose from! Like the new Elves in Santa’s Workshop at right, Tiny Christmas Windows (far right) and Bouguereau #4 (Angels) at left, AND including more of the new items below!
     

     
    Santa’s Toys Gift Kit!

    I may have gone a little wild picking out items for today’s gift kit, as it’s the last one for this sale weekend. PLUS I’m packaging this group in another cute gift box (a paper-wrapped chipboard box with a removeable lid — the top left of the photo below, with the little display showing a reindeer is on the lid).

    The first 20 orders over $50.00 TODAY ONLY will get everything shown in a gift box. PLUS one of the new North Pole Half Sheet, designed by Laura!

    NOTE: every order today or tomorrow (November 26th and 27th) will get a free gift (still in the Toys & Tiny Presents theme, but not as many items as the gift kits shown, and not packaged in a gift box).

    Some of the items shown are ones that Laura used in her artwork, like the Miniature Flocked Teddy Bear, and the Foil-Wrapped Gift Boxes. Some are from items that have sold out on the site. Some are old friends, like the Frosted Mini Sisal Trees, Santa Sleigh Silver Charm Set and Tiny Train Set.


     

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 26th, 2017

    Ornament Trims, FLASH Sale & Special FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale 2017, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Ornament Frame Set Kit, Sale, Tutorials

    Hooray! It’s day 2 of this holiday weekend sale! FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through FRIDAY night, December 2nd! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may be over by Monday, but you’ll still get a gift! Read more about the sale weekend.

    Plus see below for a Special Holly & Snowflakes Gift Kit (for orders placed today only)!
     

    Christmas Ornaments by Lora Mahaffey

    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has made some cheery Christmas ornaments and has provided a tutorial, including how to get snow in a shaker dome without creating a blizzard!

    For a lot of us, at some time in our lives, we’ve made Christmas ornaments. Whether you were five and you made them from pipe cleaners or you’re 55 (well, okay 56) and you’re making them from a host of fancy bits and pieces, it’s always fun. Here are a couple I made for the amazing Alpha Stamps folks.

    They’re bright and cheerful and they have snow in them. Gotta love ‘em.

    Since Ornament Frame Sets have been the theme this month, I designed a little Holly Trim Set to fit any of the sets. (And the smaller holly sprig from these new sets is also included as a free gift in all orders today! See more info below.)

    Read more (and see more pretty photos) in Lora’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list.

    Psst… See today’s special FREE Gift Kit below for some trims to make your own Christmas ornaments.


     

    FLASH Sale (ends tonight at midnight)!

    ALL Paper Flowers & Leaves are on sale at 40% off !
    Over 120 items, like the Clump Foliage – Fall Mix at left, Mini Holly Leaf Garland and 1/4 Inch Red Holly Berry Stems at right, AND including some of the new items below!
     

     
    Holly & Snowflakes Gift Kit!

    I picked out a bunch of trims you can use to decorate ornaments (or gift boxes… or your house). PLUS I’m packaging this group in another cute gift box (a paper-wrapped chipboard box with a removeable lid).

    The first 20 orders over $50.00 TODAY ONLY will get everything shown in a gift box. The only variation between the gift sets today is that some include a new Holiday Berry Pick (in the large photo below) and some will get a “pine cone, leaves & red berries” group (lower right of the photos) — more info on all the other items is below.

    NOTE: every order today (November 25th) will get a free gift (still in the Holly & Snowflakes theme, but not as many items as the gift kits shown, and not packaged in a gift box).

    Another note: until I run out, all of free gifts will include the smaller sprig of chipboard holly from the new Holly Trim Set (cut just for these gift kits… shown in my hand at the bottom of the photos below).

    Some of the items shown are from new goodies, like the Set of Large Wooden Snowflakes, and the Snowflake Brads Assortment – Pearl Finish. Some are from items that have sold out on the site. Some are old friends, like the 1/4 Inch Red Holly Berry Stems and Fluffy Winter Snow (that last also used in Lora’s artwork).


     

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 25th, 2017

    Miniature Baking, FLASH Sale & Special FREE Gift!

    Filed under Black Friday Sale 2017, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: FREE shipping for orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through FRIDAY night, December 2nd! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may be over by Monday, but you’ll still get a gift! Read more about the sale weekend.

    Plus see below for a Special Baking-Themed Gift Kit (for orders placed today only)!
     

    Holiday Baking Tray by Shannon Cooper

    Two new traysthe larger one was designed as a display area for Shannon’s (adorable!) 1:12 scale baking scene. This tray is NOT 1:12 scale… more like a little area the size of a table top to place items when you don’t have the time or space to decorate a whole kitchen.

    Approx. the size of an Altoids Tin (3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″).

    And since trays were on my mind, there’s also a tiny 1:12 scale tray in the same style. (And check the new items below for a couple more 1:12 tray options).

    Moving on to Shannon’s little baking scene… so cute! (See the wide photo below.) I love all the little holiday trims. Plus this kind of mini scene could be done for any holiday (or maybe a birthday cake or other celebration).

    Plus Shannon provides a tutorial on making the cakes and decorating them (including making an indentation for that tiny gingerbread cookie before baking the polymer clay cake).

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

    Psst… holiday baking was also featured in last year’s Black Friday newsletter, when we announced the 1:12 Gingerbread House (if you’d like more miniature-scale baking inspiration).


     

    FLASH Sale (ends tonight at midnight)!

    ALL scrapbook paper is on sale at 40% off !
    - ALL Christmas Paper Section (pads and single sheets). Over 40 items!
    - ALL Scrapbook Paper: Single Sheets . Over 200 items!
    - ALL Scrapbook Paper Sets. Over 30 items!
     

     
    Xmas Cookies Gift Kit!

    I was inspired by Shannon’s tiny baking scene, and went looking for some tiny props. PLUS I found these cute gift boxes…

    The first 20 orders over $50.00 TODAY ONLY will get everything shown in one of these cute gift boxes (2 styles shown, but the contents are the same no matter which box).

    NOTE: every order today (November 24th) will get a free gift (still in the Xmas Cookies theme, but not as many items as the gift kits shown, and not packaged in a gift box).

    Some of the items shown are from new goodies, like the Christmas Cookie Cutter Cabochons, and the Christmas Miniatures Buttons Set (that last also used in Shannon’s artwork). Some are from items that have sold out on the site. Some are old friends, like the Miniature Tea Kettle Charm or Mini Candy Canes (also used in Shannon’s artwork).


     

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 24th, 2017