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    Spooky Artwork, New Miniature Kit – and Half Price Shipping!

    Filed under Bella Ayers, Collector's Room Kit, Giveaways, Halloween, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    It’s the unofficial start of summer… there are new beachy brads (plus see beachy rubber stamps & paper sets added last Thursday). Before fun new artwork, new items (and a new sale section!) here’s some sales and a FREE gift that started on Thursday.

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through Wednesday night (March 31, 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.)

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)!

    Spider Web FREE Gift Kit! I was inspired by Teri Calia’s Spiderweb Halloween Shadowbox, and put together this little spider web-themed kit! It includes mini sheets of FIVE Scrapbook papers (four at that link, 1 custom, and all on sale — see below), plus a snip of the Tim Holtz Jute String – Halloween (which is on clearance sale) and 2 spider webs: Antique Brass Spider Web and Chipboard Corner Spider Webs.

    TWO Related Sales! The Catnip Designs Collage Sheets AND ALL Scrapbook Paper (Single Sheets) are on sale for 50% off!

    Wow! Yes, this is the first time that all collage sheets designed by Teri Calia aka: Catnip Designs Collage Sheets are on sale! The collage sheet sale sale ends MONDAY night, May 29th!

    Over 200 sheets to choose from (from Christmas and Halloween to tons of Alice in Wonderland)! Go see!

    Plus ALL Scrapbook Paper (Single Sheets) are 50% off – Through Wednesday night, May 31st! Woohoo! That is a lot of paper to choose from. A couple are in the new gift kit (above). Over 200 options (and bunches of Halloween options, like that Mysterious Skeleton Damask one at right)! Go check ‘em out!
     

    NEW sale (actually TWO): Cast Metal Miniatures and Bead Caps are 50% off! That choice of the beads caps will make sense when you see the cool new Brandy Decanter Kit! Plus a bunch of new beads caps announced today are included in the sale!

    Plus see that teaser at right for an idea of how easily you can turn the raw metal minis into painted props!

    These 2 new sales (and the scrapbook paper sale) all end Wednesday night, May 31st! See the new sales: Cast Metal Miniatures and Bead Caps


    Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has outdone herself with a TINY little scene in a Small Frame Shadowbox: Parfumerie Grenouille Shadowbox. I’m showing the little table used in the scene so you can get an idea of how tiny it all is.

    I sooo love the artwork today! Bella really excels at Halloween (actually, I think the entire Design Team does… can’t it be Halloween all the time?!) I’ll just let Bella introduce her piece, as she has the gift of gab:

    Perfume: The Story of A Murderer by Patrick Suskind has long been one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve never seen the movie, I just don’t know how they could even come close to the broken & diabolical mind of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. If you are not familiar with the storyline, here is a brief description without giving away too much of the story, courtesy of Amazon:

    “In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift — an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the ‘ultimate perfume’…”

    The theme for the month of May has been “The Collector’s Room” or what you imagined one would look like.

    What better room for me to create than what I imagine Parfumerie Grenouille might look like. Well, it was either that or something related to Poe. (Poe won out for my Halloween project idea, I can’t wait to get started on that!)

    For more on Monsieur Grenouille, visit Bella’s blog post! AND see everything in her crazy supply list (and lots from this list is included in today’s Giveaway)!

    Just one more thing to point out: look (below) at those TINY books with titles written with the Copic Mulitliner Pens!


     

    Hooray for the Parfumerie Shadowbox Giveaway!

    So many wonderful supplies to choose from! I’m including these items from Bella’s Parfumerie Grenouille Shadowbox to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Mini Clear Resin Whiskey Bottle (I spy a couple of them, colored with Copic pens to look pastel)
    - Mini Mason Jars – Set of 3
    - Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jars
    - Mini Resin Honey Jars
    - 1:24 Bookcase (Bella gave it a wee haircut and made it with 3 shelves)
    - Simple 1:24 Table
    - DIY Potion Bottles Bead Mix
    - DIY Tiny Bottle Stoppers Mix
    - A Ladys Boudoir Ephemera Collage Sheet
    - Skeleton Slide Mailers Collage Sheet
    - Victorian Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
    - Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet
    - Secret Spell Book Labels Collage Sheet
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
    - Red Czech Glass 4mm Smooth Rondelles
    - Jet Black 4mm Smooth Rondelles

    See photos of everything from Bella’s project (including the big subset in today’s Giveaway) in her supply list.

    And I’m also including a set of the Muffin Pans & Mixing Spoons Metal Brads!
    (Back in stock; Snip off the brad back and could be kitchen props in dollhouse scale. )

    AND a Brandy Decanter Kit! (Not in bella’s artwork, but new and really nice!)

    To enter the Parfumerie Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY, May 29, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What all will you make with this (odd) group of items? You could go sweet and make a lady’s dressing table. Or spooky and make potions. Or both with this much stuff!

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

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 28th, 2017

    New Halloween Art, plus 2 big sales – and Half Price Shipping!

    Filed under Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia, Tutorials

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through Wednesday night (March 31, 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.)

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)!

    Spider Web FREE Gift Kit! I was inspired by Teri Calia’s new artwork, and put together this little spider web-themed kit! It includes mini sheets of FIVE Scrapbook papers (four at that link, 1 custom, and all on sale — see below), plus a snip of the Tim Holtz Jute String – Halloween (which is on clearance sale) and 2 spider webs: Antique Brass Spider Web and Chipboard Corner Spider Webs.

    TWO Related Sales! The Catnip Designs Collage Sheets AND ALL Scrapbook Paper (Single Sheets) are on sale for 50% off!

    Wow! Yes, this is the first time that all collage sheets designed by Teri Calia aka: Catnip Designs Collage Sheets are on sale! The collage sheet sale sale ends MONDAY night, May 29th!

    Over 200 sheets to choose from! Go see!

    Plus ALL Scrapbook Paper (Single Sheets) are 50% off – Through Wednesday night, May 31st! Woohoo! That is a lot of paper to choose from. A couple are in the new gift kit (above) and another new one (shown below and also used in Teri’s artwork) is included, too. Over 200 options! Go check ‘em out!
     


    I *may* have been badgering Teri to show/explain how to use the glass that comes with the frame in the Small Frame Shadowbox AND still have a way to get back into the shrine (in case some little prop falls down, or you change your mind)…

    So we have adorable (and easy) Halloween artwork AND a tutorial on using Red Liner Tape and Velcro to use the glass and keep the inside space accessible! The glass helps keep the dust off projects (or cat’s paws out in some cases).

    I am going to show you how to keep the glass in your shadowbox while making it open and close on command ;)

    I like to have the glass there to keep the dust out and having the frame front removable, makes it reusable as a display box if you don’t permanently glue the displayed pieces into the box.

    To permanently affix the glass inside the frame, I ran a strip of Super Sticky Red Liner Tape all the way around the inside ledge of the frame (where the glass usually sits). Remove the red backing, clean the glass, then adhere to the red liner tape. Simple and effective!

    See below (3 photos in a wide row) for a preview of the steps. Or check out Teri’s blog post for more info and photos. And scroll down to enter the Giveaway drawing and you could win EVERYTHING from Teri’s supply list (including that new hissing black cat shown at left)!


     

     
    Hooray for the Spiderweb Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Teri’s Spiderweb Halloween Shadowbox Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a few of the 14 spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway via the photos:
    - Halloween Labels Collage Sheetpart of the collage sheet sale!
    Tim Holtz Materialize 8×8 Paper Stash
    Miniature Rustic Brooms

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

    And I’m also including one of the Spider Web FREE Gift Kits! (Psst! It includes one of the Chipboard Corner Spider Webs Teri used in her artwork.)

    To enter the Spiderweb Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, May 26, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with your Small Frame Shadowbox? And what kind of project would you replace the inside of your shadowbox with (if you use Velcro to make a removable frame)?

    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 Pocket Affirmation Tin Giveaway? That would be Laural! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 25th, 2017

    Hooray for Altered Tins

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale

    Before fun new artwork, new items (and a new sale section!) here’s some sales and a FREE gift that started on Thursday.

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 22nd!

    Wizard Potions FREE Mini Kit! I was inspired by all the fabulous little potion bottles in Teri Calia’s Wizard’s Potion Making Table artwork, and put together this little set of beads (with tinier beads to use as stoppers), bronze charms, a mini resin jar, and a miniature book! Plus I included a miniature wooden block that you could decorate to appear like the parcels under Teri’s table. Some items are custom, some are available to purchase separately — and the Tiny Bronze Shield Connectors and Antique Bronze Owl Charms were just put on clearance sale!

    Related Sale! The Halloween Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off!

    Yes, it is getting to be THAT time! And with all the wonderful items in Teri’s artwork (that could be used as sweet perfume bottles or as spookier poison bottles) it seemed a good match to put the Halloween Collage Sheets on sale!

    The collage sheet sale is also ending MONDAY night!
    148 sheets to choose from! Go check out the sale
     

    NEW sale: ALL Scrapbook Paper Pads and Sets are 50% off! Perfect timing for papers to use with the new Quote Bubbles for Altoids Tins Collage Sheet Set, to make a Pocket Affirmation Altered Tin like Kristin’s altered tin below! And it even includes the 3 new pads being announced today!

    The paper sale ends Wednesday night, May 24th! See them all now!


    Design Team Member
    Kristin Batsel
    made an adorable little giftie: a Pocket Affirmation Altered Tin. Soooo clever: she made a cover with a tab that hides a pocket for cards with different phrases (affirmations). It was made with a tiny tin (smaller than the Blank Altoids Tins) but I’ve gone crazy and created a 2-collage-sheet set so you can make your own altered tin (with changeable quotes in a pocket), too.

    My version (Quote Bubbles for Altoids Tins Collage Sheet Set) includes a template so you can cut the papers on the left (pocket side) from scrapbook paper, TWELVE different quotes (and mine are not all as sweet as in Kristin’s project… though she suggested some of my snippier quotes…), AND my version includes 8 silly vintage photos of guys and gals who could be giving the encouragement.

    Some of the nice (and not so nice) quotes:
    You’re so darn creative!
    Gosh, you look swell.
    What would I do without you?
    I love you like I’ve been drinking all day.
    Whatever you say, darling.

    I added directions (via photos with captions) on the collage sheet page. But I think after seeing Kristin’s tin at right, you’ll be able to imagine how to put one of these together with ease.

    Psst! Another great altered tin by Kristin (see the wide photo below with the sweet kids and puppy dog)! And perfect timing as the long-out-of-stock Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls that she used are back in stock! More info on Kristin blog post.


     

     
    Highlights of the Scrapbook Paper Pads and Sets
    50% off Sale!

    I like how Kristin used a small (busy) pattern in the background of her tin (I think it kind of hides the “seam” where the overlay tucks into the pocket). So while I was checking stock before the sale, I took some photos of some pads with small prints I think would be perfect for an altered tin (using the template for the tin to show scale). Just click on any of the photos to jump to that sale paper.



     
    Hooray for the Pocket Affirmation Tin Giveaway!

    A little this and a little that… you should be able to make a couple gift altered tins (or maybe one to gift and one to keep) from the goodies included in today’s Giveaway:

    - Quote Bubbles for Altoids Tins Collage Sheet Setnew
    - TWO Blank Altoids Tins
    - Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls
    - Scrap Yard 6×6 Paper Padnew and half price!
    - Dapper 6×6 Paper Pad (the teal blue prints should make good backgrounds for the images in the new collage sheets)
    - Small Bright Pink Mulberry Blossoms (there seems to be a lot of pink in the photos in the new collage sheet set, so these should be useful)

    And I’m also including one of the Wizard Potions Mini Kits! See Thursday’s newsletter for what this is all about (and to see Teri’s art that inspired it).

    To enter the Pocket Affirmation Tin 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, May 22, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What quotes will you use in your altered tins?

    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 Wizard’s Table Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Lynne! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 21st, 2017

    Halloween? New Wizard Table, Halloween Sale plus FREE Gift Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 22nd!

    Wizard Potions FREE Mini Kit! I was inspired by all the fabulous little potion bottles in Teri Calia’s artwork, and put together this little set of beads (with tinier beads to use as stoppers), bronze charms, a mini resin jar, and a miniature book! Plus I included a miniature wooden block that you could decorate to appear like the parcels under Teri’s table. Some items are custom, some are available to purchase separately — and the Tiny Bronze Shield Connectors and Antique Bronze Owl Charms were just put on clearance sale!

    Related Sale! The Halloween Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off!

    Yes, it is getting to be THAT time! And with all the wonderful items in Teri's artwork (that could be used as sweet perfume bottles or as spookier poison bottles) it seemed a good match to put the Halloween Collage Sheets on sale!

    The sale is also ending MONDAY night, May 22nd!

    148 sheets to choose from! Go check out the sale
     


    Ooo! What a great little 1:12 scale table for a wizard's office. The finished size is just 5-7/8" wide x 3-1/8" deep 2-1/4" tall. (If that little photo below of me holding one wasn't there, I bet you'd think Teri's artwork at right was much larger!) Note the double trestle base, and the extra wings to give the gryphons more dimension.

    As Summer nears I always start thinking about Halloween because I love making creepy, spooky, magical and/or fantastical art. So, a couple of months ago, I started designing a Dragon Table that sort of morphed into the Gryphon Table you see here. The table is really easy to glue together and would be fabulous in a Medieval dungeon as well as in a modern library.

    I painted my table black and dry brushed white over the top to add a bit of depth and interest. I also used four mushroom plugs as feet to give the table more height. The table comes with a thin chipboard "veneer" that glues onto the top that I chose to cover with a great distressed paper from the Tim Holtz Materialize 8x8 Paper Stash pad.

    Check out Teri's blog post for more info and photos. And scroll down to enter the Giveaway drawing and you could win lots of goodies from Teri's supply list!


     

     
    Hooray for the Wizard's Table Giveaway!

    Wow! I think Teri put every 1:12 scale bottle we carry on top of that wee table! I've picked out a few things from Teri's A Wizard's Potion Making Table Supply List to included in today's Giveaway:

    - Well, of course, I have to start with the Gryphon Table!
    - Spell Book Box Extras Collage Sheet (used for labels... especially on those boxes of supplies on and under the table)
    - Black Gesso - 1 Ounce Bottle - Back in Stock!
    - Wooden 3-Step Shelves (I wouldn't have recognized it under all the bottles and the Black Gesso)
    - Tiny Scalloped Fleur Dresden Borders (Teri used just a tiny strip to glue to the front of the shelves before painting them... adds some texture and vintage detail)
    - 1/4 Inch Wooden Mushroom Plugs (feet under the table)
    - Mini Green Shaving Tonic Bottle (over to the right of the skull... the tallest bottle on the top shelf — with a new label added)
    - Krylon Gold Leafing Pen (perfect for adding a little "foiling" to the tops of all those bottles)
    - Cast Metal Skull - White (looks great with the bit of paint Teri added)
    - Mini Black Cauldron (kinda front & center on top of the table)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Teri's artwork, so you can see photos of the subset in this Giveaway!

    And I'm also including one of the Wizard Potions FREE Mini Kits! (Psst! It includes 3 more things Teri used in her artwork: 12x8mm Amber Glass Rectangular Beads, 12x8mm Clear Glass Rectangular Beads, and a Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jar)

    To enter the Wizard's Table 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, May 19, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with your Gryphon Table?

    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 Tiny Room of Hodgepodgery Giveaway? That would be Jean Marshall! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    71 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 18th, 2017

    A Tiny Room of Hodgepodgery

    Filed under Giveaways, Miniatures, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Steampunk, Tutorials

    Before lovely new artwork, new items (and a new sale section!) here’s some sales and a FREE gift that started on Thursday.

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 15th!

    Games People Played FREE Gift Kit including the fun new Games People Played Collage Sheet!

    AND 2 of the Narrow Blank Matchboxes (so you can make some dollhouse scale game boxes of your own)! Instructions are on the new collage sheet page.

    More info
     

    Related Sales! The Children Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off!

    AND the 1:12 Dollhouse Toys and Holiday Decor sections (both of which include lots of miniature toys… and Halloween and Christmas) are on sale for 25% off!

    NEW sale: Alchemy Rubber Stamps are 50% off!

    The sales are through MONDAY night, too!


    Oooh! Another fab project using the new Small Frame Shadowbox! This project is SO tiny. (One of Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s specialties!) The inside shadowbox area is approx. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and 2″ deep… and see that little pic (below) of Shannon holding a Half Scale Liquor Bottle for an idea of how small these half scale bottles are (and also that wide photo below showing some of the steps for turning a green wine bottle into a potion bottle).

    I started with a wee Simple 1:24 Table, a few glass bottles, and basswood strips and eventually ended up with Odd Doctor Olaf’s room of hodgepodgery.

    The table might be my favorite part because I wonder what that queer doc is concocting! The wooden tray is made from a 1/4″ wide Basswood Strip, and the syringe is a ball-end head pin with thin wire wrapped around the top and then glued into a small glass bugle bead. (Aside: that girl is SO clever!)

    I’m going to point out a couple more wee things from the top of the photo at right:
    - The Half Scale Metal Tea Set (a plate, spoon and a creamer from this set are on the table),
    - Jet Black 4mm Smooth Rondelles (they look almost chunky as bottle stoppers in this scale (3 are on the shelf above table… a closeup is below, too), but these are quite small… AND they’re 50% off!)

    I used a 3/8″ wide basswood strip and a toothpick to build a shelf along the length of the shadowbox to have a place for books, vials, tonics, serums, medicines, a scalpel… you know, all the things you’d expect an odd doctor to have.

    And Shannon posted a tutorial for turning TINY half scale wine bottles into potion bottles! Be sure to visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos and tips! And scroll down to enter the Giveaway to win lots of the goodies from Shannon’s Supply List!

    Psst! Another aside… the new Chesterville Scrapbook Papers would make quick grungy/distressed walls for a mad scientist’s lair…

     
    Hooray for the Tiny Room of Hodgepodgery Giveaway!

    Oh my… so many cute (and TINY) items are in Shannon’s supply list… i almost didn’t know when to stop! All of these items from her supplies are included in today’s Giveaway:

    - Simple 1:24 Table
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
    - Half Scale Cocktail Shaker (oh, check the photo… it’s used as 2 separate parts… of some kind of science-y looking contraption)
    - Half Scale Green Wine Bottle
    - White Turquoise Skull Beads – 12mm
    - Basswood Strips – 3/8 Inches Wide (used as the shelf)
    - Basswood Strips – 1/4 Inches Wide (used to make the tray on the table, and used as baseboards, too)
    - Secret Spell Book Labels Collage Sheet

    Just click on this supply list link to see photos of everything (including this spiffy subset in the Giveaway).

    And these bonus items (not in Shannon’s artwork):
    - 17mm Bronze Diary Keys – just put on clearance! And check the sale page as lots of nice items have also just been put on sale.
    - Tarot Cards 4-Stamp Set (as a set of unmounted stamps… and part of the new sale: Alchemy Rubber Stamps are 50% off!

    And I’m also including one of the Games People Played FREE Gift Kits! See Thursday’s newsletter for what this is all about.

    To enter the Tiny Room of Hodgepodgery 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, May 15, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with your Simple 1:24 Table? And what repurposed item from Shannon’s project gives you ideas?

    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 Make Your Own Game Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jan K! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 14th, 2017

    Fun Time Shrine, 1:12 Toys on Sale plus FREE Gift Kit

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 15th!

    Games People Played FREE Gift Kit including the fun new Games People Played Collage Sheet!

    AND 2 of the Narrow Blank Matchboxes (so you can make some dollhouse scale game boxes of your own)!

    More info
     

    Related Sales! The Children Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off!

    AND the 1:12 Dollhouse Toys and Holiday Decor sections (both of which include lots of miniature toys… and Halloween and Christmas) are on sale for 25% off!

    The sales are through MONDAY night, too!
     


    I always love the vintage toys the Design Team Member Kristin Batsel uses when making artwork (or that I’ve seen glimpses of from photos of her house). Lucky for me (and you), Kristin let me raid her stash of vintage tin toys (and circus toys!) to make some new collage sheets.

    I’m not much of a collector, but I do love toys, especially vintage toys. When I mentioned that to Leslie, she said she would make a collage sheet with some of my favorite toys on it if I’d supply her with photos. Heck yeah!

    Bonus, she ended up making two collage sheets: one, some general toys, and two: circus themed toys. She even added a few fun toys that I now wish I owned, like the Happy Hooligan tin toy, which you can see in oval frame in the upper right corner of the photo (and close up at right). Here’s what I made with those collage sheets, plus some fun dollhouse sized frames and a wooden crate. I like to think the little (blue) boy is visiting a toy museum, filled with toys I love. These toys are so fun, they are practically bursting out of their frames!

    Check out Kristin’s blog post for more info and photos. And scroll down to enter the Giveaway drawing and you could win everything in Kristin’s supply list!


    Hooray for the Fun Time Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Fun Time Framed Shadowbox Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting 4 of the 11 spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway via the photos:
    - Architextures 8×8 Paper Pad
    - Small Frame Shadowbox
    - Mini Wooden Toys – Set of 6 (and this set is 25% off as part of the 1:12 Dollhouse Toys sale!)
    - Mini Wooden Crate – Unfinished (I love all the mixed frames and boxes Kristin used to frame her toys)

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

    And I’m also including one of the Games People Played FREE Gift Kits!

    To enter the Fun Time Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, May 12, 2017)!

    And tell me: What’s your favorite toy in the new collage sheets? OR: what miniature toy do you wish I could find for the site?

    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 Collector’s Room Box Giveaway? That would be M. C. Sparks! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 11th, 2017

    The Collector’s Room Box

    Filed under Art Projects, Collector's Room Kit, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 8th!

    Mini Game Spinners FREE Gift Kit including the fun new Mini Game Spinners Collage Sheet!

    More info
     

    TWO Related Sales!

    The Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off

    AND the Game Pieces and Miscellaneous Items (HUGE) section is on sale for 25% off!

    Both sales are through MONDAY night, too!


    I LOVE what Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made with the NEW Small Frame Shadowbox! That shadowbox is actually a set: a heavy chipboard shadowbox made to fit the back of a shabby chic white wooden picture frame (both parts are included). It’s pretty tiny (the inside shadowbox is approx. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and 2″ deep). And the shadowbox kind of extends this month’s theme into a mini 3D form.

    I wanted to create a space filled with bits that might have been collected on adventures, an assortment of oddities. A sort of kooky gentleman’s library, or study.

    Every gentleman’s library needs books. These new shelves are filled with them! Well… not really… they’re simply facades cut from the Window Card Cabinets Collage Sheet.

    Another ‘must have’ in a real gentleman’s study is a stag head and the Mini Deer Head Trophy is perfect!

    There are A LOT of amazing little oddities in my collectors room. All of the products used are listed below but some of my very favouites that deserve and extra shout out: Miniature Flying Bats, Pewter Candlesticks, Ceramic Gargoyle Bead and perhaps my favourite little bauble of all the wee Ceramic Red Devil Bead.

    That wee American Crow ain’t so bad either!

    [Aside: I love that this gentleman's study includes Tiddledy Winks!]

    Here’s the full list of supplies if you want to create your own collectors room, or if you just see something you might fancy.

    And be sure to visit Nichola’s blog post for more photos! And scroll down on this post to enter the Giveaway and win lots of the goodies Nichola used!


     


    Hooray for The Collector’s Room Box Giveaway!

    Oh my… so many cute little items are in Nichola’s supply list… i almost didn’t know when to stop! All of these items from her supplies are included in today’s Giveaway:

    - Amber Resin Potions Bottle
    - Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant
    - Bronze Binoculars Charm
    - Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
    - Small Ceramic Skull Bead
    - Ceramic Red Devil Bead
    - Kitchen Wall Shelf Unit – Chipboard (New and just fits in the new shadowbox!)
    - Miniature Flying Bats
    - Set of Metal Ginger Jars
    - Window Card Cabinets Collage Sheet (for those faux books)
    - Small Frame Shadowbox (New!)

    Just click on this supply list link to see photos of everything (including this spiffy subset in the Giveaway).

    To enter The Collector’s Room Box 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, May 8, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with your Small Frame Shadowbox? Will you use some of the other Giveaway items in the same project (or in another)?

    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 Make Your Own Game Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathlene Ford-Walters! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 7th, 2017

    Games & Playing Cards on Sale plus FREE Gift Kit!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Dapper Gents Kit, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Playing Cards, Sale, Tutorials

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 8th!

    Mini Game Spinners FREE Gift Kit including the fun new Mini Game Spinners Collage Sheet!

    More info
     

    Related Sales! The Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off AND the Game Pieces and Miscellaneous Items (HUGE) section is on sale for 25% off! Both sales are through MONDAY night, too!


    Design Team Member Laura Carson has made a game based on the Dapper Gents Kit, a ATC Size Hidden Drawer Book Box, and the new Retro Signage Chipboard Set.

    In addition to the Men in Hats ATCs and Satisfying Text Collage Sheets, Laura created a newIntimates” collage sheet of vintage women from (ridiculous) 1950s bra advertisements for her card game.

    In addition to a tutorial on how to make the game, Laura also created images and collage sheets that are free to download so that you can create your own Snarky Ladies Party Game.

    What kind of game would you make? Perhaps a game to play with Alice and The Mad Hatter at a tea party? You could use the same ATC Size Hidden Drawer Book Box (that Laura used) to keep all the cards or game pieces together (and to decorate). Or what about using one of the cover images from the Alice Book Covers 2 Collage Sheet for the cover? That collage sheet will also fit the ATC Size Hidden Drawer Book Box (and is included in today’s Giveaway)!

    There are a few more collage sheets designed for the ATC Sized Faux Book Box that would also fit (and provide the theme for a game):
    - Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Tale Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Christmas Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Cookbooks ATC Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Jules Verne ATC Book Covers Collage Sheet

    Oh, or what about a black cat theme using that cute black cat spinner included in the new Mini Game Spinners Half Sheet (that is also in the new FREE Gift Kit)? A Black Cat Fortune Game with a Halloween theme?

    Check out the new items then scroll down to leave me a comment about what game you’d make to enter the Giveaway drawing!


    Hooray for the Make Your Own Game Giveaway!


    I’m starting off this Giveaway with a bunch of items from Laura’s supply list:

    - Dapper Gents Kit
    - Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size
    - Fifties Floating Heads Collage Sheet
    - Sexy Vintage Men Collage Sheet
    - Intimates Collage Sheet – new
    - Retro Signage Chipboard Set – new

    Then a couple options for a book box with a different theme:
    - Alice Book Covers 2 Collage Sheet
    - Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet

    And one of the Mini Game Spinners FREE Gift Kits!

    To enter the Make Your Own Game 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, May 5, 2017)!

    And tell me: What kind of game would you make?

    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 Collector’s Room Kit Giveaway? That would be Louise Kush! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    33 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 4th, 2017

    What do you collect?

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Collage Sheets, Collector's Room Kit, Digital Images, Giveaways, Teri Calia

    Before we look at new artwork, new collage sheets, 2 new paper sets and a new kit (!) a reminder about the current sales and FREE kit!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night:
    Nouveau Perfume FREE Gift Kit!
    In honor of the Portrait of a Lady collection — and artwork by Teri Calia (both including beautiful perfume bottles) ALL ORDERS through Monday, May 1st (2017) will receive a FREE Gift Kit!
    More info

    Also continuing from Thursday: TWO sales!
    The Tallulah’s AND Art Nouveau Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off through MONDAY night, too! Over 60 sheets… from Moulin Rouge to Fall and Christmas images. And the lovely Caroline Otero and Cléo de Mérode, too!

    The sale ends Monday night, May 1, 2017.

    See the Tallulah’s & Art Nouveau Collage Sheet Sections.


    This kit started with the new Architextures 8×8 Paper Pad. It’s a fun set of images… all kinds of shabby chic things, from picture frames (with odd portraits) to doors and windows (and some big things like the side of an old building and a car). By the way, the page of doors in this pad is a good size for making a little scene seen through the window in the new Gatefold Window Card (the window card is also in the kit).

    Speaking of the window card, see below for 2 wide photos showing off artwork made with the card (each of which is a different idea). Teri Calia made a double-sided standing card (on a wood rubber stamp mount as a base) with inside/outside scenes. And Caroline Ouzts-Hay made a gatefold mini book with a surprise “reveal” inside. Both unique and clever ideas!

    I created 3 new collage sheets in the kit (plus a bonus mini collage sheet exclusive to the kit):
    - Window Card Cabinets Collage Sheet
    - Gatefold Window Curtains Collage Sheet
    - In My Art Studio Collage Sheet (Wow! This is a big bunch of odd things! I thought about my craft room and some of my friends before I gathered this group of items (all sized small enough to work with the Gatefold Window Card).)

    Back to that question: What do you collect?

    I’m going to be creating collage sheets all month based on what YOU collect! What other little props (or furniture?) would you want to use in a window card showing YOUR studio (things you actually collect or your fantasy art studio). So what do you collect? Comment in the today’s Giveaway and give me some ideas!

    Alice in the Library… and Outside (see the first wide photo below) by Teri Calia. More info in the Teri’s blog post and/or see her supply list.

    Secrets of a Library (see the second wide photo below) by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay. More info in the Caroline’s blog post and/or see her supply list.

    More info and photos about the new kit are on the Collector’s Room Kit page. And coordinating supplies are below and on the site.


     


     

    Hooray for the Collector’s Room Kit Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 4 new collage sheets, 12 sheets of paper, and the chipboard window card!

    New Junk Collector’s 12×12 Paper Set (not in the kit but certainly related… and used by both Teri and Caroline as background papers in their projects!) That’s 8 more papers!

    Since both art projects use greenery around the outside window frame, Fern Garland.

    AND finally (as Teri has an Alice in Wonderland themed project… and Alice is eternal) these Alice-y items from Teri’s supply list: Alice Plays Croquet Collage Sheet and a Micro Mini Flamingo.

    To enter the Collector’s Room 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, May 1, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What other little props (or furniture?) would you want to use in a window card showing YOUR studio (things you actually collect or your fantasy art studio). What do you collect?

    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 Pretty Little Perfumey Things Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Traci! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 30th, 2017

    New Metal Patinas, Perfume Art & Papers, New Gift & Sale!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Teri Calia

    FREE GIFT! In honor of the new Portrait of a Lady collection — and new artwork by Teri Calia (more info on both below…. and both include beautiful perfume bottles) ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, April 27th through May 1st (2017) will receive a Nouveau Perfume FREE Gift Kit including one of the new Art Nouveau Perfume Collage Sheets, AND a Mini Portrait of a Lady Paper Set (a 1/4 sheet cut (6″ x 6″) of all 3 of the new 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook papers)! More info
     

    A NEW SALE… actually TWO!
    More Art Nouveau images! The Tallulah’s AND Art Nouveau Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off through MONDAY night, too! Over 60 sheets… from Moulin Rouge to Fall and Christmas images. And the lovely Caroline Otero and Cléo de Mérode, too!

    The sale ends Monday night, May 1, 2017. See below for a few more highlights or go shopping now:
    Tallulah’s & Art Nouveau.


    Such pretty things today! (Ok… and a crime scene, too… more info on that later.) Beside the artwork (and the new goodies in the artwork), the new Vintaj Metal Patinas are in colors that would work great for a vintage-y, Art Nouveau-inspired project, too!

    But first… just look at the teeny-tiny, perfectly appointed dresser by Teri Calia! I love all the details, like the tiny bundles of love letters tied in ribbons. And the tiny letters themselves (and tiny perfume bottle labels) are from Teri’s new A Lady’s Boudoir Ephemera Collage Sheet! Plus those lavender 2-part gift boxes! See a stack of them below.

    Teri must have spent days painting and sanding the new Unfinished Wooden Dresser… it looks great (and aged like an antique dresser). As you can see, the drawers of the dresser can be opened. The set includes brass hardware (though Teri substituted her own, tiny roses sculpted from polymer clay).

    Here’s a bit from Teri’s blog post (and make sure to visit Teri’s post for lots more pictures and more tips):

    To create the love letters I simply cut out a bunch of the envelopes from my new collage sheet, folded and glued them, then glued them together to form a stack. I then glued a band of ribbon around them, tied a tiny bow in a matching piece of ribbon and glued it on top of the band.
    Tip: I find it’s often easier to use two pairs of tweezers in place of my giant fingers when tying a tiny bow. I use 2mm silk ribbon (often sold as an embroidery ribbon) as it is tiny and quite flexible.

    There are more new goodies in Teri’s artwork (like the Set of Perfume & Lotion Bottles, also shown below in the “New Goodies” section) but I’m going to move on now, as we have more art to enjoy and time is tick, ticking away! One last note: see everything Teri used in her supply list (and enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win lots of those items)!
     

    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has made her own murder mystery (at least the outside looks like a book… see photos below) using the Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size — and it fooled 2 of her family members, who thought it opened like a “regular” book (not with the hidden drawer that pulls out from the spine).

    I love all the weapons hiding inside (and the crime scene tape, and the body outline). Plus the new metal brads (shown at right) make a good vintage props on the front cover.

    Rhonda shares how she made the realistic-looking book pages (around three sides of the box) using cut strips of vintage paper. More info (and tips and more photos!) in Rhonda’s blog and/or see her supply list.


     


    Hooray for the Pretty Little Perfumey Things Giveaway!

    All those tiny props to choose from… well, I chose mainly perfume bottles (and the tiny comb, brush, hand mirror, etc., from the Victorian Dressing Table Set) for this Giveaway:

    - A Lady’s Boudoir Ephemera Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Tall Bulb Perfume Bottle
    - Teardrop Perfume Bottle
    - Victorian Dressing Table Set
    - Victorian Standing Picture Frame
    - Tiny Metal Jewelry Box
    - Tiny Mixed Sizes Pearl Cabochons
    - Tiny Gold Line Stripe Tape
    - Burgundy Suede Paper
    - 25x18mm Oval Victorian Setting (did you notice it’s the tray that the perfume bottles are standing on?)

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

    AND I’m adding one of the Nouveau Perfume FREE Gift Kits!

    To enter the Pretty Little Perfumey Things 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, April 28, 2017)!

    And tell me: What collage or tiny scene will you make with the prize?

    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 (and May Kit)!

    Hey, who won the Saucy Giveaway? That would be Marie Harrell! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 27th, 2017