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    New Chaise Lounge, Miniatures Sale & Pick your own Free Gift!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    A new sale! EVERYTHING in the 1:12 Scale Dollhouse Furniture section is on sale for 25% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, June 26th!

    Over 70 to choose from! Like the Red Victorian Armchair shown.

    And the sale also includes the new Chaise Lounge used by Shannon Cooper in today’s artwork!)

    Some are being discontinued, so get ‘em while you can, and while on sale! View all
     


    How cute it that?! When I suggested this new 1:12 scale Chaise Lounge to Design Team Member Shannon Cooper, she knew immediately how she wanted to decorate it. I, on the other hand, did not immediately think “Halloween”… sure glad I have the best Design Team in the world!

    From Shannon’s blog post:

    The miniature Wrought Iron Table (psst! also part of the furniture sale!) looked nice along side the chaise, especially after it was given a furry edged table cover. The accessories like the Large Amber Onion Jar of roses, a pewter candlestick, a set of keys, and a few other things helped too.

    The chaise is a cinch to assemble and decorate as it comes, but it is equally simple to upholster it, making it soft and squishy like a chaise should be.

    The first thing you do is trace around the seat, back, and side pieces onto lightweight cardboard. I did this twice for two reasons. 1. In case I screwed up. 2. I wasn’t sure if I also wanted to lightly upholster additional pieces to add on the outside of the chaise, covering the entire thing in fabric. Can never be too prepared.

    Read more of Shannon’s step-by-step tutorial (and to see lots more photos).

    And here’s a link to Shannon’s supply list (with all those cool & creepy things on the table top).

    AND everything in that supply list is included in today’s Giveaway!


     

     
    Hooray for the Witchy Little Chaise Giveaway!

    Yep, I’ve already spilled the beans on what is in the Giveaway (see highlights of the items up by the photos of Shannon’s artwork, or click here to see photos of all of them).

    BUT… I haven’t told you yet what is the New FREE GIFT (free with ALL ORDERS through Monday, June 26th)!

    FREE Mini Clay Pot or Tiny Dog? Your choice or we’ll pick!

    I just couldn’t decide between these 2 new miniatures… each of which could be used on/near the new chaise or another 1:12 scale chair. Maybe you’re not a dog fan? Then pick a clay pot (maybe leave the pot bare in a potting shed? Or add some foliage for a garden scene).

    And orders over $50.00 can pick TWO (your choice… 2 dogs? 2 pots? 1 of each?)

    Just leave your choice in the comments section when you check out. If you don’t leave a comment, we’ll pick one for you.

    FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 26th! (And one of each choice is included in the Giveaway, too!)

    Note: I’m giving away single dogs and single pots… not a whole set of 6 pots as they’re normally packaged.

     
    To enter the Witchy Little Chaise 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, June 23, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your Chaise? Will you upholster it with fabric like Shannon’s? Or maybe decorate with paper and paint? What style? Color?

    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 Mermaid Garden Shrine Giveaway? That would be Denise Bryant! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 22nd, 2017

    Mermaid Garden, New Arched Shrine – and Chipboard Sale!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Newsletters, Sale

    Before we look at a new Mermaid Garden Shrine, there’s a new sale and here’s a reminder about the FREE kit offer that ends tomorrow night, June 19th:

    Voyage Beneath the Sea FREE Gift Kit!
    All summery in blues and greens, and with a striking orange contrast. Yes, the kit these papers were in last summer has sold out (just this week) but I have a few sheets of some of the papers left (and some coordinating ribbons, AND a charm, too).

    It includes a 4×6″ snip of the 4 remaining papers from the collection PLUS the pretty Voyage Beneath the Sea – Steampunk Splash Paper shown at right (sorry, I just took all the remaining sheets!) That size cut is an ample size for a background of an ATC (or 2) from each of those 5 mini sheets. More info on all of the FREE items is in Thursday’s blog post.

    NEW Sale! Die-Cut (Mainly Chipboard) Silhouettes are 25%-50% off!

    That includes the coral set that Design Team Member Kristin Batsel used in today’s featured artwork!

    The sale ends TUESDAY night, June 20th!

    Over 200 items (!) including quite a few being discontinued so grab ‘em while you can. Go see them all!
     


    Oh… I love the way this new shrine turned out! A small shadowbox with lots of possibilities!

    The overall size is 6-7/8″ tall x 4″ wide x 2-1/2″ deep (the height of the archway is 5-3/8″ and the space inside the shadowbox is 5-1/2″ tall).

    That curvy facade is pretty enough to just decorate with with paint or paper… but also a good place to attach embellishments (like the Resin Tall Single Shell Applique shown in the photo below).

    And look what a beautiful Mermaid Garden Kristin has made in the new shrine! I’ll let Kristin explain a bit, but be sure to check out her blog ’cause she has lots of hints (and photos) on how she got her mermaid to appear to float.

    We’re having some fun with mermaid paper dolls over at Alpha Stamps this month! There are all kinds of fishy things to play with: from articulated chipboard mermaids, to a collage sheet of heads that perfectly fit those dolls, to sparkly sequined seashells. I made a fancy little mermaid and decided to create an undersea garden in which she could live. Doesn’t that blue scalloped at the bottom of the shrine look 3D? It’s actually an image from the mermaid head collage sheet!

    There’s a lot going on in this garden: whispy fronds of seaweed, bright red corral, crashing waves, and a sassy mermaid who has crowned herself with sparkly seashells. The paper doll mermaid is supported in the middle of the shrine with a bamboo skewer, which is inserted into a bead glued to the floor of the box. The skewer is painted the same blue that was used to paint her tail fins, and partially hidden behind some coral. A fish placed in front of the skewer also helps to hide it. To stabilize the figure, the elbow of her raised hand is attached to the side of the box with a little dab of white glue.

    Note: The mermaid in Kristin’s shrine is the smaller one from the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit. There are heads that fit both sizes of chipboard mermaid paper dolls in the collage sheet of heads, but I can tell it’s the smaller mermaid by the shape of the fin at the end of her tail.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post! AND come back to enter today’s Giveaway, as it includes EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list!

    Hooray for the Mermaid Garden Shrine Giveaway!


    Everything in Kristin’s supply list
    is included in today’s Giveaway! Yay! That’s 15 items (more if you count the individual items in the kit).

    Note: If something is already in the kit, I won’t be duplicating it (like… the Gold Mini Star Brads are listed in the supply list, but you’ll already be getting some ’cause they’re in the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit).

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

    Bonus: Not in Kristin’s artwork, but super cute (and new!): I’m including a cast metal Ghost Figurine! Never too early to start on Halloween!

    To enter the Mermaid Garden Shrine 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, June 19, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with your Arched Shrine Shadowbox? A scene with your chipboard mermaid paper doll? Another project?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Goth Mermaid Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Marcia Kaiser! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 18th, 2017

    A Goth Mermaid to a Steampunk Cat… & New Free Gift

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Wow! What an action-packed newsletter today!

    There is artwork in 3 (very) different styles, plus new goodies from silly to … well, they’re pretty much all silly today.

    And there’s a FLASH sale AND a new FREE gift with all orders!

    Time to get started!


    More mermaids! Yes, it is the theme this month, and Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has created 2 mermaid sisters!

    I have been enjoying the Articulated Mermaid Paper Dolls lately, especially when I am feeling creative but am too busy for any quality crafting time. The first doll is Ariel during her Goth stage. She was such a rebel in her youth!

    Very unlike her sister, of course. [See wide photo below.]

    The placement of the arms can change the appearance of the dolls. Ariel’s arms are almost guarding whereas her sister’s seem to be open and loving.

    I’ve another hour before we head to the beach. Maybe there’s time for one last mermaid doll…

    I’m going to jump in here and explain a few things Shannon used AND everything I’m listing is also included in today’s Giveaway!

    - Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll (both dolls)
    - Saucy Witches Collage Sheet (Ariel face)
    - Mermaid Tails & Tentacles Collage Sheet (Ariel’s sister’s face)
    - Victorian Bats Collage Sheet (Ariel’s skirt)
    - Tulle Netting – 6 Inch Wide – Black (Ariel’s skirt, too)
    - Heavy Double-Sided Crepe Paper – Fuchsia Maroon Red (Ariel’s sister’s skirt)
    - Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet (Ariel’s ouija board)
    - Small Rose Buds – Pink-Red-Purple (Ariel’s sister is holding them)
    - Micro Rounds Brads – Antique Gold, Copper & Pewter (both dolls)

    See more photos in Shannon’s blog post. And don’t forget to scroll down to enter the Giveaway, with everything listed above from Shannon’s supplies!


     


    Aw… what a sweet little play set, hidden away in what looks to be a book, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Great for a gift (or surprising a small child when you pull it down from a bookshelf).

    I enjoyed using the (ATC size) Hidden Drawer Book Box in my The Little Book of Men project so much that I asked Leslie (Queen of AS) if I could have another one just for fun.  I got a brightly colored paper pack and was inspired to do a Spring Garden theme. An image from the Women and Flowers collage sheet was the perfect size and had all the right colors for the cover of the book.

    I used some Leafy Green Underbrush for a grassy lawn, and a stick from my yard for a tree. Some tiny leaves from some Miniature Coiled Leaf Stems were glued onto the branch with a little dab of hot glue. The bunting and the birdhouse were cut from the paper that was featured on the sides of the secret drawer, and the pennants in the bunting were attached to the back with dimensional glue dots to give them some depth.

    I thought this would be a great playset, so the rabbit and the peg doll are removable.

    Now you can take a little garden with you wherever you go!

    See more photos in Kristin’s blog post. And check out Kristin’s supply list).
     

    FLASH SALE!
    Oh! I was inspired by Kristin’s artwork and I’ve put ALL 5 sizes/styles of Hidden Drawer Book Boxes on sale at 25% off! Sale ends TOMORROW night, Friday, June 16th!

    I promised a steampunk cat… and there she is (over at far left)! Plus a loverly cello, too! (And a music stand hiding over there at top left… all made from bits and bobs and included in Laura’s tutorial!)

    Yes! It’s finally here! Laura has released the first of many posts (this summer will be filled with steampunk fun!): Steamtown: Steampunk Miniatures. BONUS: Laura is offering a FREE Watch Parts Collage Sheet, too!

     
    Hooray for the Goth Mermaid Giveaway!

    Yep, I’ve already spilled the beans on what is in the Giveaway (see the info on all NINE items up by Ariel’s pic).

    BUT… I haven’t told you yet what is the New FREE GIFT (free with All Orders through Monday, June 19th)!

    Voyage Beneath the Sea FREE Gift Kit!
    All summery in blues and greens, and with a striking orange contrast. Yes, the kit these papers were in last summer has sold out (just this week) but I have a few sheets of some of the papers left (and some coordinating ribbons, AND a charm, too).

    It includes a 4×6″ snip of the 4 remaining papers from the collection PLUS the pretty Voyage Beneath the Sea – Steampunk Splash Paper shown at right (sorry, I just took all the remaining sheets!) That size cut is an ample size for a background of an ATC (or 2) from each of those 5 mini sheets.

    And it includes a custom mix of silky ribbons & furry fibers (my choice) from the backstock for the Summer Sea Silk Ribbon and The Sea Fiber Sets. (Note: both of those sets are also on sale!)

    And an Antique Pewter Starfish Charm!

    FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 19th! (And one is included in the Giveaway, too!)

     
    To enter the Goth Mermaid 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, June 16, 2017)!

    And tell me: Goth mermaid? Sweet sister mermaid? Some other variety of sister or mermaid? What will 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 Master Detective with Extras Giveaway? That would be Jennifer Bumb! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 15th, 2017

    Master Detective – A Halloween take on Sherlock Holmes

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale

    Before we look at this fun new paper collection, plus a bunch of Halloween-themed items back in stock, here’s a reminder about the sale and FREE kit, both ending tomorrow!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night:
    Progressive Mermaid FREE Gift Kit!

    Buy more get more (FREE): all orders will receive a chipboard mirror or parasol (dealer’s choice). If you spend $20 you’ll get both items. If you spend $40 you’ll also get a baggie of the new Pink Mermaid Sequin Mix! (A few sequins from the mix are over on the far left of the photo at left… with the new, etched chipboard mirror). Both of the mermaid “props” are shown with the 2 mermaids in the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit and Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll.

    1, 2 or all 3 items are FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 12th!

    Also continuing from Thursday:
    EVERYTHING in the Paint, Pens & Colorants section is on sale for 35% off (and a few in there that are on clearance are 50% off)!

    The sale also ends MONDAY night, June 12th!

    A few have sold out and we’re down to an even 100 to choose from! Like the Liquid Pearls – Jewel Colors Set and Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays – Mermaid Seashells Set shown.

    See all the Paint, Pens & Colorants.
     

    I know… about time for a Halloween-ish paper set from Graphic45! I love many things about this new collection: the Sherlock Holmes meets Halloween theme (in general), the skeletons and spiders/spider webs sprinkle throughout, the color palette (really love that), Victorian clothing and images, and books!

    This collection includes 8 double-sided papers, 12×12 and 8×8 paper pads, a 12×12 Patterns & Solids pad (new 16-page size), coordinating chipboard, cardstock tags & pockets, journaling & ephemera cards, and decorative cardstock stickers. See a few of the choices below or see them all.
     

    Hooray for the Master Detective with Extras Giveaway!

    Oh… let’s start this off right; one each of ALL EIGHT Scrapbook Papers from the Master Detective Collection! That one shown at right is called Whodunnit and the snippet below (with the beautiful William Morris floral print) is from the Beautiful Mystery sheet.

    A yard of Stitched Satin Pumpkins Ribbon – hey, that is on clearance — 50% off! Plus there are TONS of ribbons in the solid ribbons & patterned ribbons sections on clearance!

    An Oval Metal Tea Tray! I love all the fancy details on this little tea tray — and it’s one of 14 metal minis just put on clearance… if you catch this link before more sale items get added, you can see them all together.

    BONUS: I’m including the Mini Cream & Sugar Set in that photo!

    To enter the Master Detective with Extras Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY, June 12, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with the Scrapbook Papers from the Master Detective Collection?

    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 Mermaid Dressing Table Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Margaret D! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    38 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 11th, 2017

    Progressive Mermaids, New Sale, Free Gift Kit

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, June 12th!

    Progressive Mermaid Gift Kit!
    You know how progressive mermaids are. Buy more get more (free): all orders will receive a chipboard mirror or parasol (dealer’s choice). If you spend $20 you’ll get both items. If you spend $40 you’ll also get a baggie of the new Pink Mermaid Sequin Mix! (A few sequins from the mix are over on the far left of the photo at left… with the new, etched chipboard mirror). Both of the mermaid “props” are shown with the 2 mermaids in the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit and Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll.

    1, 2 or all 3 items are FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 12th!

    Next up: A new sale! EVERYTHING in the Paint, Pens & Colorants section is on sale for 35% off (and a few in there that are on clearance are 50% off)!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, June 12th!

    Over 100 to choose from! Like the Dimensional Snow – 2 Ounce Jar and Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance – Mystic Turquoise shown. (And the sale includes all TEN colors of Art Alchemy Waxes… many used by Laura Carson in today’s artwork!)
     


    More mermaids! Seems to be the theme this month, even though the idea for Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Mermaid Dressing Table was hatched quite some time earlier.

    Laura used the Gothic Mirror With Drawer as the base of her dressing table. And as you can see, it’s been gussied up into a glittery vanity for a mermaid (and Laura has shown step-by-step photos of how she added layers and colors in her blog post).

    I wanted to do something unexpected so I thought it would be fun to come up with a dressing table that a mermaid might have. I imagined the table decorated with treasures from the sea. The mirror needed a base with legs and what has legs in the sea; an octopus (something I just learned). The back two tentacles are used as legs to walk on the ocean floor.

    The iridescent patina is created by using Prima’s new Metallique & Opal Magic waxes.

    For the table, I created mermaid versions of what you might find on a dressing table; crown, hand mirror, jewel box and a portrait of her partner.

    Skipping down to how Laura layered elements and colors for the mirror frame (and see the wide photo below for 3 photos during the process):

    I traced the outside and inside dimensions of the mirror on a piece of paper. The purpose for doing this is to make sure that I don’t add any embellishments that make it impossible to attach the mirror to the mirror supports.

    Next, I started laying out some of the large pieces (coral chipboard and brass mermaid) around the mirror.

    I painted the chipboard coral using various colors of Liquid Pearls paint and glued them to the mirror frame. I also attached the mermaid to the top of the frame.

    NOTE: I filled the bottom part of the back of the mermaid’s tail with Glossy Accents until the glue was flush with the brass. This gave me a large surface with which to attach the mermaid to the frame.

    See more of the tutorial (including making a clay octopus stand for the dressing table) in Laura’s blog post. And check out the new mermaid-y colored items on your way down to the bottom of this post (to enter a Giveaway with lots of the items in Laura’s supply list).


     

     
    Hooray for the Mermaid Dressing Table Giveaway!


    So many shiny options to choose from! I decided on this group for today’s Giveaway:
    - Gothic Mirror With Drawer
    - Coral Chipboard Set – 4 pieces
    - Large Brass Mermaid
    - Double-Sided Raw Brass Seahorse Charm
    - Brass Patina Seahorse Charm
    - Brass Patina Conch Shell Charms (at the bottom of the merman portrait at left)
    - Pear-Shaped Pearl Stick Pins
    - Liquid Pearls – Mermaid (used all over the place… and I’d bet on the hand mirror… see the bottom of the photos at left for an angle showing the color better)
    - Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Bronze Age (also part of the sale!)
    - Mermen Collage Sheet
    - Fancy Bronze Hand Mirror (as mentioned, colored green in the photos)
    - 1mm Micro Beads – Clear AB

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, which will show you the subset in the Giveaway!

    Bonus: I’m including one of the new Mermaid Mash-ups Collage Sheet!

    And I’m also including all 3 items in the Progressive Mermaid Gift Kit!

    To enter the Mermaid Dressing 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, June 9, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with the goodies in the prize? If you make little vanity items, what project will you use them in?

    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 JUNE KIT)!

    Hey, who won the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit Giveaway? That would be Kathy Sokol! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 8th, 2017

    Time for some mermaids?

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Before we look at new artwork, new collage sheets, new summery papers, a new sale and a new kit (!) a reminder about the current sales and FREE kit!


    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night:
    Bowl of Skulls FREE Gift Kit!
    I was inspired by Lora Mahaffey’s artwork (with a little bowl of skulls under the table) and put together a skull-filled mini kit!
    ALL ORDERS through Monday, June 5th (2017) will receive a FREE Gift Kit!

    More info

    Also continuing from Thursday: TWO sales!
    ALL Halloween Beads & Halloween Charms are on sale for 40% off! The sale also ends Monday night (June 5, 2017).

    80 to choose from! Like the Resin Skull Beads and Tiny Bronze Cauldron Charms (and all the skulls in the gift kit).

    See all the Halloween Beads and Halloween Charms.

    What’s that about a new sale?! Read on!


    NEW Mermaid Paper Doll Kit

    Paper dolls! Who doesn’t like playing with paper dolls… especially with some cool, watercolor-y papers and new trims. Perfect for summer and with a mermaids theme!

    This kit includes 2 new 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers (with aqua blue waves and bubbles… and a whale wearing a crown)!

    And, of course, a paper doll: a chipboard mermaid paper doll set to make an articulated mermaid. Note: the 2 new collage sheets in the kit also fit a slightly larger paper doll set that’s available to buy separately: but the mermaids are close enough in size that most of the heads/tails on the collage sheets will fit either (note: this smaller set can be folded up to fit in an ATC pocket).

    The collage sheets have a bunch of full-color heads that fit the mermaids (and some tails, too, in case you want to use the chipboard torso and arms with a different tail). I figured that using paper or paint to decorate the mermaid’s tail would be easy but that a face/head and maybe a shell hat/tiara might be something needed to make a quick doll.

    Speaking of tiaras… the new Mermaid Tails & Tentacles Collage Sheet has an oddity: I made a head with a “rum bottles and tentacles” halo. Even if you don’t want to use the halo, there are lots of octopuses and tentacles (for a mermaid scene, or to make your own “tentacles as hair” kind of thing).

    Plus this kit includes some trims:
    - New Gold Dresden Shell Border Strips (a mini set of 5 strips). Psst: if you don’t want a shiny gold border, these can be antiqued, too… but mermaids are like magpies, right? Yours may want some shiny shells.
    - New Gold Mini Star Brads (a set of 10… ample to put a paper doll together, or use them as decor; note the photo above at left showing one used as a decoration on a crown)
    - Seashell Sequin Mix. An ever-popular item. See Shannon Cooper’s artwork at right for some shells decorating a crown and scattered around the sea floor.

    And in honor of this new kit: ALL Bathing Beauties, Beach, Mermaids Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! Now through Wednesday night, June 7, 2017. That’s a big section with over 50 sheets! And that sale includes the new collage sheets, too!

    Artwork! For Want of Legs by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper (see the wide photo below, another down in the Giveaway section, and the photo at right). I love this little book… 2 books in 1, as there are 2 books stitched into the accordion-folded cover. More info, more photos and a tutorial in Shannon’s blog post and/or see her supply list.

    More info and photos about the new kit are on the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit page. And coordinating new supplies are below.


     


    Hooray for the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 new collage sheets, 2 sheets of scrapbook paper, and the chipboard paper doll, sequin seashells, dresden & star brads!

    New Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll (the larger paper doll set with more options)!

    Next: some (more) items from Shannon’s supply list:
    - Risque Beauties Collage Sheet
    - Roman Goddesses Collage Sheet
    - Coral Chipboard Set – 4 pieces
    - The Sea Fiber Set
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon Green
    - New Etched Mini Book Covers – Ship (don’t you love how Shannon painted it for her book’s cover?)

    AND finally: Black Iris Beaded Fringe — on clearance (as are a lot of new goodies… check out the newest sale items or all the clearance items).

    To enter the Mermaid Paper Doll 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, June 5, 2017)!

    AND tell me: How will you decorate your paper doll? And where will you put her?

    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 Poison Room Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Megan Warren! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 4th, 2017

    The Poison Room, New Minis, Free Skulls!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beads, Giveaways, Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Sale

    New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, June 5th!

    Bowl of Skulls FREE Gift Kit! I was inspired by Lora Mahaffey’s new artwork (see the little bowl of skulls under the table?), and put together this skull-filled mini kit!

    It includes (of course) a little wooden bowl (also used in Lora’s artwork), plus all of these skulls (like a sampler pack of small skulls!):
    - Tiny White Turquoise Skull Bead (in Lora’s art, too)
    - Small Resin Skull Bead
    - White Turquoise Skull Beads – 12mm (the larger one in the bowl)
    - 3D Skull Charm – Bronze
    - 5/8 Inch Bronze Skull & Bones Charm

    FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 5th! Psst! See next paragraph (all of the skulls in the gift kit are on sale!)

    TWO Related Sales!
    ALL
    Halloween Beads & Halloween Charms are on sale for 40% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, June 5th!

    80 to choose from! Like the Bat Charms and Ceramic Grim Reaper Beads shown.

    Halloween Beads
    Halloween Charms
     


    I love seeing all the projects the Design Team has been making with the Small Frame Shadowboxes. And Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey’s The Poison Room is no exception!

    Lora has a zillion tiny things inside that tiny shadowbox. And a great story about her project. AND a tutorial on how to make that custom bookshelf that’s at the top of the “room”.

    Last year I read a number of books by Alan Bradley in a series called the ‘Flavia deLuce Mysteries’. Clever, witty books written with a precocious child as the main character. At an early age Flavia discovered her great uncle’s forgotten old poisons laboratory at the top of the huge crumbling family estate. By the time she was 12 she was putting poison ivy oil in her older (and beastly) sisters lipstick and solving crimes with Scotland Yards finest.

    This little ‘Poison Room’ was inspired by Mr. Bradley’s snarky pre-teen heroine, Miss Flavia deLuce.

    Looks like someone is not the best housekeeper and who doesn’t need a large economy-sized bottle of Chloroform?!

    And all the hand written journals on Venom, Toxins, Acids on the shelf above… some excellent bedtime reading.

    And what about the slightly creepy skeleton guy peeking around the corner? Is that the mastermind? An experiment gone wrong? Or just some really skinny Boo Radley type hanging out in his favorite room…

    Read more (and see more photos, and that shelf tutorial!) in Lora’s blog post. And scroll down to enter the Giveaway drawing and you could win lots of items from Lora’s supply list.


     

     
    Hooray for the The Poison Room Giveaway!


    So many tiny things to choose from! I decided to concentrate on this small area to pick out what is included in today’s Giveaway:
    - Bronze Teacup & Saucer Charm (a poisoned cup of tea?)
    - Corked Vials (Set of 9!)
    - Little Potions Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
    - Mini Mason Jars – Set of 3
    - Pewter Measuring Spoons
    - Simple 1:24 Table
    - Tiny Wooden Flower Pot
    - Set of Miniature Books

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Lora’s artwork, which will show you the subset in the Giveaway!

    Bonus: I’m including one of the new Vintage Fluff Clear Jars, as I think they’d be a good size match for the items Lora used!

    And I’m also including one of the Bowl of Skulls FREE Gift Kits! (Psst! It includes one of the Tiny Wooden Bowls AND Tiny White Turquoise Skull Beads Lora used in her artwork.)

    To enter The Poison Room 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, June 2, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with the goodies in the prize? And what will you add that’s not included?

    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 JUNE KIT)!

    Hey, who won the Parfumerie Shadowbox Giveaway? That would be Shera Paramore! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 1st, 2017

    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)!


     

    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.

    37 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