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    Vintage Shadowboxes by Nichola Battilana & Digital Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2018, Christmas Nostalgia Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Reminder: ALL DIGITAL VERSIONS of Christmas Collage Sheets AND Angels Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! That’s over 140 options! There’s still time to download some digital collage sheets for making last-minute gifts! See below for a few highlights!

    The sale lasts through Monday night, December 24th (Christmas Eve!)

    Speaking of Christmas, I’ve just posted info on the “While the Cat’s Away…” After-Christmas Sale. (Can you believe it? This is the 11th annual Cat’s Away sale!) Note: we are working this week but I cannot guarantee any orders will arrive before Christmas (packages probably will arrive before Christmas, but the postal service is a bit overwhelmed at the moment). Still, a little gift for yourself to arrive the week after Christmas would be something to look forward to…
     

    Retro and Victorian Vintage Shadowboxes by Nichola Battilana

    Aw… Design Team Member Nichola Battilana’s Retro and Victorian Vintage Shadowboxes are lovely. And nice, small projects that are quick to make!

    From Nichola’s blog post:

    I’ve made three different shadowboxes, from 2″ to 3.5″ wide. The bases have been paired with lids with the openings trimmed with Larger Green Leaf Garland and Mini Holly Leaf Garland.

    I’ve made both retro and Victorian vintage-feel pieces here. I think this intimate Santa image from the Santa’s Toys Collage Sheet is just perfect for inside the box. It almost makes the interior look illuminated.

    The two smaller boxes I’ve kept very similar, with just subtle differences. The papers from the Nostalgia 6×6 Paper Pad are the same colour but have different patterns. The cutout framed lids are different shapes, but they match as a pair. Both of these cuties are from the Victorian Angels Collage Sheet.

    Beside these highlights (above and below), here’s the full supply list. And be sure to visit Nichola’s blog for more photos and info!

    Highlights from Nichola’s Supplies

     
    Highlights from the Christmas & Angels Collage Sheet Sale

    Those 2 collage sheets on the right are perfect for gift box tags…

     
    Hooray for the Vintage Christmas Shadowboxes Giveaway!

    Let’s start this prize package with all the goodies used in that shadowbox at left! That includes:
    - Mini Shadowbox – 3.5×5.5
    - Mini Shadowbox Lid – Arched
    - Santa’s Toys Collage Sheet
    - Frosted Berry Picks – Single Stems
    - Christmas Stockings Printed Twill Tape
    - Larger Green Leaf Garland

    AND I’m also including a Christmas Nostalgia Kit (that will add all the designs from the Nostalgia 6×6 Paper Pad — used to paper all of Nichola’s shadowboxes). That kit also includes the Red Dresden Trim on the top and bottom edges of the photo at left (AND the candy cane, too).

    That kit also includes the smallest shadowbox (and matching lid) used on the angel box below (the little girl on the left with her arms crossed). AND the kit includes the white zig zag trim on the sides of both the boxes below (it’s a subset of the White Dresden Border Sampler Set). I’m also adding the Victorian Angels Collage Sheet and the Mini Holly Leaf Garland used in both boxes below!


    I wanted to show another photo of the 2 shrines with those angelic girlies. Notice the decorative metal loops at the top of the boxes? Those are on sale on the clearance site in 2 sizes.

    I’m including a couple of each size of these Fancy Bronze Metal Drawer Pulls for you to try out.

    Plus, I’m pretty sure the red berry clusters on the bottom of both those boxes are the Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix (on clearance sale and available in 3 colors… and I’m including a set of all 3 color options)!

    To enter the Vintage 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, Monday Night, December 17, 2018).

    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).

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 16th, 2018

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

    Filed under Announcements, Cat's Away... 2018, Sale

    Starting on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 (through Saturday, December 29th, 2018), 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 30, 2018.

    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 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019. 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 1/2/19).

    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 15th, 2018

    Glittery Shrines & Digital Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Bella's Corner, Gifts/Decorations, Newsletters, Sale

    Before we get to cute new artwork by Bella, a new sale!

    ALL DIGITAL VERSIONS of Christmas Collage Sheets AND Angels Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! That’s over 140 options! There’s still time to download some digital collage sheets for making last-minute gifts… like the Victorian Angels Collage Sheet shown at right!

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

    New Artwork!

    The Brownie’s Christmas Tree by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)!

    Ack! How cute is this!? Even more so considering that’s the tiny 2×3 size of chunky matchbox! (which makes that tree pretty tiny…)

    Here’s a bit to get you in the mood from Bella’s blog post:

    If you haven’t heard me say it before, I’ll say it here: I absolutely L*O*V*E The Brownies by Palmer Cox. Am so crazy about them, I can’t look at them without smiling.

    For this project I used the Small Chunky Matchbox with Window. The tree, oh my gawd that tree. What a pain in the arse. I think it took me longer to decorate than my full sized tree! It may not look like a lot of work — but it is. The beads are 3 or 4mm, have to be picked up with a pair of tweezers, then dipped into glue and if you’re lucky, the bead will go where you want it on the first attempt. If it does go where you want it, then you have to hope that it stays. Teenie-weenie stars are also applied with the tweezers. Trying to add glue to the tree without globbing it all over everything to add some Diamond Dust once the beads have dried is maddening. The entire process from start to finish is pretty much like trying to tie your shoes without any thumbs. However, once you finish it you’ll love it!

    If you love Brownies as much as I do, Alpha Stamps has a digital download of 12 different images that are adorable.

    Psst: there’s a cute little video on Bella’s blog post, too (to help see how sparkly the little shrine is).

    Read more (and see Bella’s 2nd sparkly shadowbox: Winter Wonderland) in her blog post. And here is her supply list for the Brownie art.

    Note: We’re super-busy with shipping orders (and prepping some special goodies for the after-Chirstmas sale) so I’m skipping a Giveaway today (but check again on Sunday).

    Who won the Toys & Sweets Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Susan S! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, December 13th, 2018

    Toys & Sweets for Christmas!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    What’s new today? 2 new shrines, 2 art projects, and a FLASH SALE on mini toys!

    And see Santa’s note at right about receiving packages before Christmas? That deadline is Wednesday 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!
     

    New Artwork #1: Deliciousness by Rhonda Thomas!

    Wow! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas was surely inspired! Her Deliciousness is such a flurry of pink Christmas goodies!

    Rhonda started this project with the new Larger Square Shrine Shadowbox – Deep (the deeper one shown at left). And good thing she planned on using that deeper version, as she fit the 1:12 scale Gothic Trestle Table inside!

    Everything looks so inviting: from the frosted cakes & cookies (and frosted sleigh… and even the ceramic beads in the sleigh are frosted) to the decorated pink trees, and a sleeping cat wrapped in tinsel under the table. Oh, and the Leaf Gingerbread Trim Strips and Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips are perfect for the front of the table and the top of the shrine.

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    The Joy of the Season, the rich, yummy goodies that go to my hips. Creating this delicious little beauty only made my cravings worse! But it’s for your eyes only, not your tummy.

    Do you see that wonderful candy cane paper? I fell in LOVE with it and it was the inspiration for all of the pink. It’s called Carousel Christmas Peppermint Wishes Scrapbook Paper. Even the name is fabulous!

    Beside these highlights (above and below), here’s the full supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and tips!

    Highlights from Rhonda’s Supplies

     
    New & Back in Stock Products!

     
    Hooray for the Toys & Sweets Giveaway!

    AND… Art project #2, by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper: A Hutch of Vintage Toys!

    Oh my… this is just the sweetest group of toys! I love the mix of collage sheet images, pre-made dollhouse toys, and hand-painted (cast metal) toys that Shannon mixed together (and painted)!

    Here’s a bit from Shannon’s blog post, then I’ll explain what’s in the Giveaway prize:

    I’ve been hoarding a small collection of cast metal toys from Alpha Stamps for quite some time but hadn’t gotten around to doing anything with them. Truthfully, I liked them because they are tiny and cute (and just flat out wanted them for no reason whatsoever). Then Leslie sent me a really sweet hutch where all my precious-es could be displayed, so I got to work painting them. There was plenty of room on the deep shelves to add tons of other wee toys, too.

    I covered the shelves with holly paper from the Jingle 6×6 Paper pad, which is quickly becoming my favorite holiday paper. All of the prints work for miniatures and small projects. The vintage games, book cover, and other images (toys and vintage cards) are from collage sheets; the box of marbles on the bottom shelf is a miniature cigar box!

    Painting the cast metal was fairly easy. I washed all of the pieces in dish soap and scrubbed them with a toothbrush then toweled them dry. It was nice to discover regular acrylic craft paint (in several layers) covered the metal. I only had one instance where the paint chipped off. It involved a snooping cat that, of all the toys on the table, sent Mother Goose to her demise after pawing her a bit too far. Mother Goose’s tail feathers took the brunt of the fall, so all was well, and the cat looked pleased.

    First off for this Giveaway: I’m including these goodies from Shannon’s supply list:
    - All FOUR of the collage sheets with toys & game/book covers!
    - The teddy bear, rabbit and gnome from the top shelf of the hutch (note that the rabbit is actually part of a set of 3; also note that the gnome is unfinished cast metal so you’ll get a chance to try your hand at painting).

    Next up: this flurry of miniature cakes from Rhonda’s project! (That’s a link to THIRTEEN slices of cake! Not “just” that set of 8 shown at left, though they’re included, too!)

    Finally, you’ll get BOTH of the new shrines! That is: if you don’t mind the 2 I taped together for taking photos.

    To enter the Toys & Sweets 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 10, 2018).

    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 Wine for Christmas Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathe Deck! Congrats! Check your email for info.

     
    Miniature Toys ON SALE!

    Yes, yes… I finally got to this section! This is a FLASH SALE that ends at midnight on MONDAY night, December 10th.

    30% off on ALL Miniature Toys! 30 options… including the 4 highlights below (and quite a few in Shannon’s artwork).

    Want even More Toys or Metal Minis? There are a few left on the Clearance site (50% to 80% off)! Like the 2 at right: Tiny Train Set and Santa Head Mug (hey, that one’s in Shannon’s art, too — see the painted mug on the top shelf of the hutch). Here are the links to the Miniature Toys Section and Cast Metal Miniatures on the Clearance site!

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 9th, 2018

    Naughty Santa Art, FLASH SALE on Miniatures!

    Filed under Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Ok… I don’t think Santa’s the one being naughty… but you (or someone you’re making gifts for?) may be!

    We’ve got new art today by 2 Designers who both went down this “Wine for Christmas” path… plus a related FLASH SALE on Food & Beverage Minis!
     

    New Artwork!

    All I Want For Christmas (is wine) by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    I love this “wine tree” by Shannon! She used 3 colors of the Blank Miniature Wine Bottles (plus glasses… and candy canes) to hang on her 4″ tall tree. AND just look at that Santa peaking out from behind the tree! And the little soldier… does he have his hand up to his face ’cause he’s blushing? or is he whispering something?

    Here’s a bit to get you in the mood from Shannon’s blog post:

    ‘Tis the season for handmade presents! It’s the month that I pull out the half-dozen unfinished gift projects that I started on ages ago “to get a head start on Christmas”, the ones that were meant to be done by October and make me feel accomplished… well, that didn’t happen. It’d be nice to decide to finish these WIPs, but I know that they will all get tossed back in the bin and I’ll start all over because… oh, look! A squirrel!

    I restarted my gift making by creating a snarky little matchbox for my wine-loving friend. (We have that in common. It is the reason we like each other so much.) I used two cheeky collage sheets and a 3″ x 5″ chunky matchbox for a fun scene. The front of the box shows a rosy cheeked Santa:

    The side is also NSFW.

    And the inside is a miniature version of my friend’s Christmas wish.

    Read more (and see lots more photos) in Shannon’s blog post. And here is her supply list (plus a few of these maaaaay have made their way into today’s Giveaway prize)!

    Psst: check below in the Giveaway for ANOTHER new Christmas project by a different Design Team Member!

     
    New Goodies!

     
    Food & Beverage Miniatures ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 25% off sale on ALL Food & Beverage Minis! (Note: that includes bottles & jars with food or drink in them… we split up the giant stock of kitchen items, and bottle blanks without food inside (and empty dishes) are in other sections.)

    With all the drinking & decorating above, I thought some mini food & drink props would be in order! 38 options… including the 4 highlights below.

    The sale ends at midnight on Friday night, December 7th.

    Want even More Food & Bev Sale Miniatures? There are a few left on the Clearance site (50% to 80% off)! Like the Pumpkin Pie Slice and Miniature Ice Cubes shown at right. Here’s the link to the Food & Beverages Section on the Clearance site!

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Hooray for the Wine for Christmas Giveaway!

    Another wine-infused project: He sees you when you’re drinking by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

    I’m just going “shopping” from Kristin and Shannon’s supplies for today’s Giveaway. Starting with Kristin’s artwork:
    - Jingle 6×6 Paper Pad (it’s actually used in Shannon’s project, too)
    - Miniature Wine Bottles (also part of the flash sale!)
    - Miniature Cocktail Glasses w Stems (next to the aqua deer; and see below about the cosmo in that glass in Kristin’s shadowbox!)

    Note: Kristin used a vintage ornament box, but I’m substituting the Tiny Diorama Box AND the matching collage sheet!

    And before I forget: click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork at left! And see more photos of the project in Kristin blog post.

    Then moving to Shannon’s artwork (from above):
    - All 3 colors of the Blank Miniature Wine Bottles decorating her tree (note: these are true 1:12 scale and smaller than the oversized bottle decorating Kristin’s shadowbox)
    - The 2 collage sheets with tiny labels she used on those bottles
    - The Sassy Santas Collage Sheet (for that Santa peeking out!)

    Bonus: See that little photo at left? I discovered the NEW Mini Bronze Box Feet fit well on that tiny 2×3 matchbox, and I’m including both the new box feet AND that little shadowbox, too!

    To enter the Wine for Christmas Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, December 7, 2018).

    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 Christmas Nostalgia Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Linda B! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    Psst! See that cosmo in Kristin’s shadowbox (and shown again at right)? She previously posted a tutorial on making it in her blog!

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 6th, 2018

    A Nostalgic Christmas Kit

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas Nostalgia Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    New Kit!

    A sweet kit with a good mix of tiny prints (for tiny projects), vintage Santas, and LOTS of animals (puppies, cats, fawns… all ready for Christmas with bows and stockings).

    Pivoting from the aqua and red colors in last month’s kit, this new Christmas Nostalgia Kit has deeper colors: a darker red, olive green, black and chamois tan. But both kits share a love of retro, mid-century images!

    This kit includes 1 each of all 6 double-sided paper designs from the Nostalgia 6×6 Paper Pad (you can see all 12 prints in the extra photos on the kit page or on the paper pad page). Beside many tiny prints, there are also images of Santa holding puppies & kittens.

    Next up, a new collage sheet: Holiday Animals, with puppy dogs (lots of Scotties), a few kitties, and a couple reindeer (plus Santa).

    (And see below for 2 more new collage sheets with more images to match this kit’s color palette, featuring Kitty Cats and Snowmen!)

    There are 4 new Mini Shadowbox Lids (to fit the 4 sizes of Mini Shadowboxes) and the smallest new lid AND the smallest shadowbox are both in this kit! (And check out Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas’s artwork below: that Santa shadowbox with candy canes on top was made with this small box/lid combo.)

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos.
     

    New Artwork #1: A Nostalgic Christmas Display by Rhonda Thomas!

    How fun! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas made A Nostalgic Christmas Display using all FOUR of the new Mini Shadowbox Lids! (And see below for another wide photo, with close-ups of 2 of the boxes.)

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    There is something about vintage images that make my Holiday so much more nostalgic. Those innocent children’s faces with cute little hats and dresses, Saint Nick going about his holidays, just makes me feel all warm inside.

    These simple shadow boxes and lids were so easy to put together for a nice tabletop display. With each box, I wanted to keep things simple, but it doesn’t look that way with the many, many layers that I used. I simply gathered my favorite images and let the creativity flow.

    See that green paper on the box below on left? That’s the backside of the Nostalgia Scrapbook Paper – Pet Postage Stamps and the holly berries are paw prints!

    Beside these highlights, here’s the full supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and tips!

     
    More New Products!

    Just a snippet from 16 new products (!) are shown at left (and below). From all the new Nostalgia papers (2 pads and 3 12x12s) to all the new Collage Sheets.

    More ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)

    or

    - here's a group of items related to the new kit (that's all the new mini shadowbox lids)

    or

    - here are all of the items actually in the new kit

    or

    - here's a repeat of Rhonda's supply list from her Nostalgic Christmas Display shown above!
     

    Hooray for the Christmas Nostalgia Kit Giveaway!

    AND... Art project #2, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel: Snowy Day!

    Aw... this is so sweet (and vintage). Kristin used the same small shadowbox and lid combo as the Santa/candy canes box above, but they look completely different.

    Here's a bit from Kristin's blog post, then I'll explain what's in the Giveaway prize:

    The Alpha Stamps December kit is titled "Christmas Nostalgia", and oh boy, do I have some nostalgic artwork for you today: using the 2" by 3" Mini Shadowbox and lid, I made the sweetest little winter scene. It reminds me of a vintage Christmas card. A swag of tiny holly leaves frame the inside of the opening, some Stickles (glitter in a tube) frame the outside, and glittery snowflakes finish off the top.

    I used two copies of the same image to achieve a 3D look inside. I glittered up the background of the full image, and then cut out the girl and her dog and glittered only the snow. I attached the figures on top with foam tape so they stand out from the cold and snowy background. Aren't they the sweetest?

    Yep, very sweet (and so romantically nostalgic for Ms Batsel!)

    First off for this Giveaway: I'm including the Christmas Nostalgia Kit (well, of course!) so you'll get the shadowbox and lid in both of today's projects (plus the 6x6 papers, etc.).

    Next up: The holly garland trim, snowflakes, and the collage sheet with the little girl from Kristin's artwork.

    And finally: the 2 other new collage sheets ("other" as not in the kit): Christmas Kitty Cats Collage Sheet and Happy Snowmen Collage Sheet!

    To enter the Christmas Nostalgia 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 3, 2018).

    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 Time for Tins for Christmas Giveaway from Thursday's newsletter? That would be Jeanie Panagakos! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    71 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 2nd, 2018

    Snarky Art, Sweet Giveaway & 50% off sale ends TOMORROW!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Retro Ornaments Matchbox Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Oh… so much to cover today! First, the winner of the drawing for a full-year subscription to the monthly kits is: Janet Gordon! Congrats! Please check your email for more info.

    Next: both of these treats from the Thanksgiving Weekend Sale end TOMORROW night (Friday night, November 30th):
    - FREE shipping for orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA)
    - DIGITALS ON SALE – Digital versions of ALL collage sheets and ALL digital images are on sale at 50% off!
     

    New Artwork!

    Cheers Bitches by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas!

    Ha! I love this trio of snarky matchboxes by Rhonda! She used a mix of both sizes of the chunky matchboxes with windows, and all start with papers from the Jingle 6×6 Pad. And, of course, each one would be the perfect gift for someone on your list, but perhaps not for all tastes.

    And, the images! There are big images in the background of each from from the Snarky Xmas Tags Collage Sheet and Sassy Santas Collage Sheet (and check Rhonda’s post for how she make the main characters pop with the use of foam tape).

    Read more about the fun matchboxes (and see lots more photos) in Rhonda’s blog post. And here is her supply list (with ideas for little props & trims, plus the boxes and the collage sheets).

    Psst: check below in the Giveaway for ANOTHER new Christmas project by a different Design Team Member!

     
    New Goodies!

     
    Back in Stock!

     
    Hooray for the Time for Tins for Christmas Giveaway!

    Another cute project! And I think these would be quick work for making multiples in an afternoon: “A Visit From Santa” Altered Tin by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

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

    I’m only highlighting a few of the SEVEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Christmas Repro Metal Trinket Tins (nice and deep for creating a scene inside… and you get a set of 2 different designs in the set!)
    - Christmas Trees Collage Sheet (aw… that Santa, the tree, and the little tyke/dog are from this sheet)
    - Small Retro Xmas Tags & Labels Collage Sheet (for that “HO HO HO” sign!)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway! And see more photos of the project in Kristin blog post.

    Bonus: I’m also including a few things from Rhonda’s matchboxes:
    - Snarky Xmas Tags Collage Sheet
    - Sassy Santas Collage Sheet
    - Silver Glittered Leaf Pick (often forgotten but little snips of these glittery leaves really helped the rosettes of snowflakes & ribbons on the matchboxes snap — yes, I’m including a set of the snowflakes, too!)

    To enter the Time for Tins for Christmas Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, November 30, 2018). (Goodbye, November!)

    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 Christmas Sweets Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Diane Sanchez! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 29th, 2018

    A Christmas Treats Cart & Flash Sale on Tiny Sweets!

    Filed under Black Friday Sale, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale

    It’s Day 3 of the Black Friday Weekend Sale! In case you missed yesterday’s cute art (and new products) head over to the blog to see A Matchless Christmas!

    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, November 30th! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may be over by Monday, but you’ll still get a gift!

    More treats:
    - All orders now through Monday night, November 26th, are automatically entered into a drawing for a full-year subscription to the monthly kits! (Note: I won’t be sending out a newsletter tomorrow but check back on Thursday for the winner of the drawing.)
    - DIGITALS ON SALE – EXTENDED! Digital versions of ALL collage sheets and ALL digital images are on sale at 50% off! AND now extended through FRIDAY night, November 30th!
    - New Loyalty Points Program! Get $ off future orders for every purchase you make! See the green “Loyalty Points” button on the bottom of every page on the site for more info!
    - AND check below for a new FLASH SALE!
     

    A Christmas Treats Cart by Laura Carson!

    Wow! Design Team Member Laura Carson, has created this amazing, colorful miniature cart filled with candy and cookies for Christmas!

    Do you remember the Paris Street Painter’s Cart Laura made? (Photo at left.) It used the same Small Peddlers Cart as the base.

    From Laura’s blog post:
    For those of you into miniatures, how about a peddler’s cart filled with tasty holiday treats? I decorated the cart with gingerbread chipboard trim [look up behind the wreath], a wreath [made from Mini Holly Leaf Garland], holly leaf images, gingerbread images, hanging lights, candy canes, and two tin soldiers.

    Many of the cookies are made from polymer clay and cookie cutter cabochons which I’ll cover in the video tutorial. There are chocolates (decorated with slices of polymer clay canes) and lollypops made from beads. I also used various pre-made candy canes, cakes, and gingerbread house beads.

    For more photos, info, and video tutorial (!), please visit Laura’s blog post. And here is her supply list. (Plus a close-up photo of the cart is below in the Giveaway section, where I explain some of those treats in detail.)

     
    ALL Clay & Molds ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY (the sale ends at midnight PST, Monday night, November 26th… that’s 3 am Tuesday for you east coasters). This is a 35% off sale!

    Yummy… this includes lots of cakes & candies, including the 4 highlights below. And all 4 below are used in Laura’s artwork! 50 items!! Click: Clay & Molds SALE to see everything!

     
    ALL DIGITALS ON SALE!

    Digital versions of ALL collage sheets and ALL digital images are on sale at 50% off! AND now extended through FRIDAY night, November 30th!

    Tons of options! Over 1300 products, including the 4 highlights below (seems a tiny fraction of a highlight). AND it’s ALL styles/themes, not just Christmas!

    Click here: ALL collage sheets or ALL digital images to see everything!


    Hooray for the Christmas Sweets Giveaway!

    Wow! There’s a close-up!

    I’m going to (try to) constrain myself to “just” the items in that close-up for today’s Giveaway! That includes:
    - A Small Peddlers Cart (the cart itself!)
    - 3 of the Tiny Ceramic Gingerbread House Beads (like the 3 lined up on the tray (and the tray, too: Silver Cookie Sheet or Oven Tray)
    - Silver Number Beads (painted to look like chocolates, right in front of the ceramic beads, and the Polymer Clay Cane – Pink Hearts and Polymer Clay Cane – Red & White Rolled Cake decorating the “chocolates” too)
    - Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane (slices decorating a gingerbread man in the upper right)
    - Mini Candy Canes (over at left in a jar; oh, why not: the Mini Glassware – Set of 17 that includes glasses & vases, too!)
    - Tiny Little Christmas Gifts Collage Sheet (that tiny red checked gift box)
    - 6 of the NEW Multicolor Striped Candy Sticks (in a jar, next to the checked gift box)
    - and… that pre-made Miniature Chocolate Cake to the right of the candy sticks!

    Just click on this supply list link for photos and links to everything Laura used, including the 12 items listed above that are in the Giveaway!

    To enter the Christmas Sweets 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, November 26, 2018).

    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 Matchless Christmas Giveaway from YESTERDAY’S newsletter? That would be Amanda Morris! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    79 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 25th, 2018

    A Matchless Christmas (ha!), New Sale & Giveaway, Special Drawing!

    Filed under Black Friday Sale, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    It’s Day 2 of the Black Friday Weekend Sale! In case you missed yesterday’s cute art (and new products) head over to the blog to see Snow Day!

    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, November 30th! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may be over by Monday, but you’ll still get a gift!

    More treats:
    - All orders now through Monday night, November 26th, are automatically entered into a drawing for a full-year subscription to the monthly kits!
    - DIGITALS ON SALE: Digital versions of ALL collage sheets and ALL digital images are on sale at 50% off!
    - New Loyalty Points Program! Get $ off future orders for every purchase you make! See the green “Loyalty Points” button on the bottom of every page on the site for more info!
    - AND check below for a new FLASH SALE!
     

    A Matchless Christmas by Kristin Batsel!

    How cute! That overachiever, Design Team Member Kristin Batsel, has created TWO “Matchless” projects today that would be perfect for stocking stuffers:
    A Gingerbread House made from a Peaked Roof Matchbox and a Christmas Matchbook from a Mini Matchbook Journal!

    From Kristin’s blog post:
    What looks like it holds matches, but is even better? Christmas matchbooks and matchboxes that contain art! I have definitely caught the Christmas crafting bug, and here are two fairly quick projects I just completed.

    Starting with the Gingerbread House:
    This little house shape is so cute! I toyed with the idea of covering the outside with scrapbook paper, but the color of the cardboard was just the same shade as gingerbread, so I decided to make a gingerbread house using dimensional paint to mimic frosting, and some polymer clay canes that look like candy. I used the paint to hold the “candy” on, just as one would decorate with frosting.

    When you slide out the matchbox drawer instead of matches, there’s a little Christmas scene inside. I love that teeny vintage plastic Santa! The bottle brush tree is decorated with seed beads.

    For more photos, please visit Kristin’s blog post. And here is her Gingerbread House supply list and Christmas Matchbook supply list! (Plus more photos of the Christmas Matchbook are also below in the Giveaway section.)

     
    More New Goodies!

    More options for tiny trees! Grab ‘em quick cuz the Tim Holtz items are limited quantities!

     
     
    More artwork by Kristin — with goodies on Clearance Sale!


    Ooh! Another cute project! Remember this little Putz House? Even if not (and it has been a few years): look how cute!

    You can see more about it on this blog post (including current items in use). And the items below (limited quantities) that Kristin used are on the Clearance Site!



    25mm Laughing Snowman Cabochon


    Christmas Collage Scrapbook Paper - Flurry


    Frosted White Sisal Trees


    White Plastic Pearls (Strands)


     
    Glittery Snowflakes ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! TODAY ONLY (ends at midnight PST, November 24th… that’s 3 am tomorrow for you east coasters). Inspired by those snowflakes inside Kristin’s gingerbread house! This is a 40% off sale!

    I constrained this to a small group (6 items), including the 4 highlights below. Click: Glittery Snowflakes SALE to see everything!

    Note: there are more glittery snowflakes over on the Clearance site, too (like the 1 Inch Iridescent Snowflake Ornaments shown at right)… and they have just been marked down to 80% off! See the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones section on the CLEARANCE SITE!


     
    Hooray for the Matchless Christmas Giveaway!

    Wow! There’s the whole lyric/story inside that tiny matchbook!

    First off, I’m including EVERYTHING Kristin used in the matchbook in today’s Giveaway! That includes:
    - A Mini Matchbook Journal
    - Small Retro Xmas Tags & Labels Collage Sheet (for the Santa on the front cover plus a few more images inside)
    - Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane (sliced up on the cover, see pic at right)

    Just click on this Christmas Matchbook supply list link for photos and links to all 6 items used in Kristin’s matchbook, which are all included in this Giveaway!

    Plus, I’m including these goodies from Kristin’s Gingerbread House supply list:
    - A Peaked Roof Matchbox
    - Sweet Christmas Collage Sheet (you haven’t seen them yet, but 2 gingerbread men from this sheet are on the back of the house)
    - Mini Candy Canes (decorating the roof)
    - 6mm Fancy Silver Snowflakes (also part of the FLASH SALE!)

    Bonus: not exactly the cotton crocheted lace the Kristin used on her Putz House, but I’m including a set of the Cotton Lace Sampler Set (that’s also on Clearance Sale!)

    To enter the Matchless Christmas Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY ONLY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday Night, November 24, 2018).

    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 Snow Day Book Box Giveaway from YESTERDAY’S newsletter? That would be Debora L! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 24th, 2018

    New Art, New Sales, New Giveaway & Special Drawing!

    Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    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, November 30th! Wow! The holiday weekend sales may be over by Monday, but you’ll still get a gift!

    More treats:
    - All orders now through Monday night, November 26th, are automatically entered into a drawing for a full-year subscription to the monthly kits!
    - DIGITALS ON SALE: Digital versions of ALL collage sheets and ALL digital images are on sale at 50% off!
    - New Loyalty Points Program! Get $ off future orders for every purchase you make! See the green “Loyalty Points” button on the bottom of every page on the site for more info!
     

    Snow Day by Rhonda Thomas!

    You may remember the “Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire” project Teri Calia made, using the Large Faux Book Box to hide a secret room inside (see the photo at left). Well, that clever Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has made a similar hidden room in the same faux book: Snow Day! (Scroll down just a bit to see the wide photo.)

    The Large Faux Book Box is a kit to put together what looks like a book, with a wrap-around cover and a box area inside for building a little shrine or a book on a shelf with a secret compartment inside. The overall size when the book is closed is 6″ wide by 9″ tall (and 2-7/8″ deep… the usable space inside is a bit over 2-1/2″: deep enough to accommodate most 1:12 scale tables or desks).

    Rhonda’s artwork is so sweet! I love the little girl feeding the birds (perched on a snowy branch), and the those deer in the forest scene are perfect for winter projects. (Those deer are from the new Winter Botanic 12×12 Paper Pad, which is the paper that inspired this whole project.)

    For more photos, please visit Rhonda’s blog post. And here is her supply list (plus see the Giveaway below for more info on this sweet scene, AND a chance to win lots of goodies from her supply list)!

     
    More New Goodies!

    Lots of little creatures this week!

     
    Hooray for the Snow Day Book Box Giveaway!

    I picked out some supplies used in Rhonda’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Large Faux Book Box (of course, you need the structure)
    - Mini Pine Fern (love the way it looks to the right of the 2 deer (scroll up to see the 2 deer on the inside-front-cover — and I think Rhonda also used the pine fern to build the near pine trees behind the deer)
    - Jack Frost Collage Sheet (for the little girl)
    - Miniature Reindeer
    - Winter Branch with Snow
    - White Dresden Border Sampler Set

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Rhonda’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Plus i’m including one of the new 1 Inch Mini Cardinals, as (sadly) the cardinals Rhonda used are currently out of stock.

    To enter the Snow Day Book Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY ONLY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, November 23, 2018).

    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 12 Days of Christmas Matchbox Ornaments Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Barb Faulkner-Davis! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 23rd, 2018