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    Lover’s Tryst Theatre – and Spring Flowers Sale

    Filed under Amour Kit, Art Projects, Flowers, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Spring Flowers?! Between Tristan’s colorful and floral-filled artwork, and all the roses in the Spring Flowers Collage Sheets section (perfect for Valentine’s Day this week), I have put ALL Spring & Summer Flowers Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday night, February 15th! (The Bouquets Collage Sheet and Waterhouse Flowers Collage Sheet from the sale section are shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.) Oh, and if you’d like some inspiration, remember the Spring Fling 4×4 Swap we had a few years ago? Yes (or no), take a peek at all the artwork from that swap.
     


    Design Team Member Tristan Robin Blakeman has created a lovely, lovely Valentine-themed theatre; inspired by the January Amour Kit.

    For my Lover’s Tryst Theatre, I started with Alpha Stamps’ Gatefold Triptych Shrine Blank and chose the Gatefold Square Shrine Curtains to cover it with. Adding lots of chipboard, papers and flowers created a much larger and more elaborate scene than the original triptych.

    “Sitting on top of the display pedestals are adorable miniature terra cotta flower pots filled with paper flowers.

    (I love the cute little pedestals (under the pink flower pots) that Tristan made from the window pane images in the Oddities Box Doors and Windows Collage Sheet and some White Half Round Dresden. See the lower left close-up in the photos at right.)

    The two Valentine lovers are meeting in the garden, over a fresh pot of flowers (Fancy Red Holly Berries that Tristan turned pink with a little bit of paint). The final touch for the Lover’s Tryst Theatre is a bit of decadent Sweeper Fringe.”

    Lover’s Tryst Theatre Supply List

    For more details on Tristan’s theatre and more photos, visit Enchanted Revelries.
     

     

    Hooray for the Lover’s Tryst Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Tristan’s Lover’s Tryst Theatre supply list to make this Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
    - White Foam Stamen
    - White Dresden Border Sampler Set
    - Gold Sweeper Fringe
    - Oddities Box Doors and Windows Collage Sheet
    - French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Large Brass Crown
    - Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix
    - Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays – Asymmetrical
    - An Amour Kit that includes the Gatefold Square Shrine Curtains Collage Sheet (that Tristan used for the curtains behind his dancers and for the bottom of the rounded stage they are dancing on) AND the Square Shrine – Gatefold (the base of his theatre).

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - a The Language of Flowers Collage Sheet (one of the Spring & Summer Flowers Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off through Monday night)!
    AND
    - The new Small Bright Pink Mulberry Blossoms!

     
    To enter the Lover’s Tryst 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, February 12, 2016)! And tell me: What additions to the Paper Flowers section would you like to see?

    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 Gypsy Lover Giveaway? That would be Karen Cejka! Congratulations! Check your email for info.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 11th, 2016

    A Woodsy Wagon and Valentine Tags

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    One quick reminder before the beautiful artwork by TWO Design Team Members: The 50% off Sale on Venice/Carnival Collage Sheets ENDS TUESDAY NIGHT (Fat Tuesday)!

    (The Arlecchina Collage Sheet and Art Deco Valentine Collage Sheet from the sale section are shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.) Oh, and if you’d like some inspiration, remember the 2 Carnival Swaps we had a few years ago? Yes (or no), take a peek at all the artwork from those swaps.
     


    As part of her countdown to Valentines Day, Design Team Member Laura Carson has two more beautiful, romantic themed pieces to share.

    I started by covering a piece of chipboard with Papillon Scrapbook Paper, adding an image from the Juliet Collage Sheet and one of the frames from my Elegant Frames Set Download. Oh, I also printed the frame twice and cut away part of the bottom of the frames (the back of the frame is covered with coordinating cardstock). I love using large frame images to give a piece structure.

    Next came the smaller burgundy and white roses to the tag. At the bottom there is a Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourish painted gold, two Dresden white swans rubbed with Inca Gold Gilders Paste and black Swarovski crystals for eyes. The final touch is the red and gold glass heart bead.

    Star Crossed Lovers Supply List

    For the Queen of Hearts, I used the reverse side of the Papillon Scrapbook Paper, an image from the Juliette Collage Sheet as well as the same frame that I used for the Star Crossed Lovers.

    I added half of a chipboard gate (painted gold) to give the piece even more of an architectural feel. Once the gate was on, I glued the image on top of it then started building her heart crown. For the base of the crown, I used one of the crowns from the Natures Crowns Collage Sheet.

    Using Heart Stick Pins I added small heart beads and glued the stickpins behind the crown. In the center is a glass heart bead to the stickpin in addition to the small heart bead. The final touch is the Sugared Mini Blooms with acrylic leaves.

    Queen of Hearts Supply List

    For more detailed instructions and for more photos please visit Artfully Musing.
     


    How amazing is this Gypsy Wagon that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is so crazy about? Oh the possibilities with this!

    This Gypsy Wagon. It was love at first sight. I swooned. I ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhhed’. Finally, I could resist no longer and had my way with it!

    The 4 Panel Windows are a good fit for the side openings and these Victorian Scroll Corners look amazing as decorative elements on the wagon. I’ve placed a Faux Metal Number Plate on the back… just because I’m smitten with them and use them at every opportunity.

    Now for my full-on gushing. There are plenty of opportunities for embellishment with this piece. You could go absolutely bonkers with filagrees, frills and decorations. You could lose yourself in colour and trims. Really, this is one of those projects to pull out that ‘something special’ that you’ve been saving for just the right time. It’s a crafty splurge! AND… don’t forget the insides! Even with the roof fixed into place it’s fun to peek through the windows and see what the little people have been up to.

    Gypsy Wagon Supply List

    Visit Pixie Hill to see more pictures, as well as TWO videos; one for the wagon assembly and one to walk you through how Nichola decorated her wagon.
     

     

    Hooray for the Gypsy Lover Giveaway!

    Wow! This is a great little Giveaway, with a few bits from all 3 projects shown today:
    - Gypsy Wagon Kit
    - Gypsy Fortune Teller #1 Collage Sheet
    - 10mm Clear Glass Marbles
    - 2 Sets of Chipboard Gates
    - Colorful Heart Stick Pins
    - Natures Crowns Collage Sheet
    - Juliet Collage Sheet
    - Large Red/Gold Glass Heart Bead
    - Tick Tock Collage Sheet

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - Clown Valentines Collage Sheet (shown below — one of the collage sheets on sale at 50% off through TUESDAY!)

     
    To enter the Gypsy Lover 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, February 8, 2016).

    AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What would you make by mixing up all of the items in this Giveaway? (Can’t wait to hear your ideas!)

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Regency Traveling Theatre Giveaway? That would be Brenda Moehlig!

    And she replied to my query ‘What kind of travelling theatre would you make?”

    Wow, I see Magicians Studio and Traveling trunk show written all over this. What mysteries would lie in wait to be unpacked in such a magical playground. Wishing you all Queen of Hearts Luck.

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    79 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 7th, 2016

    Lover’s Promenade Traveling Theatre

    Filed under Amour Kit, Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale

    Mardi Gras?! Yes, it’s that time of year!! Easter comes early this year, so of course, Fat Tuesday does, too. I have put ALL Venice/Carnival Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through TUESDAY night, February 9th! (The Casanova Collage Sheet and Art Deco Party #2 Collage Sheet from the sale section are shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.) Oh, and if you’d like some inspiration, remember the 2 Carnival Swaps we had a few years ago? Yes (or no), take a peek at all the artwork from those swaps. Now I’m handing this intro off the Miz Bella!
     


    Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a gorgeous, traveling theatre inspired by the Amour Kit.

    For the base of her theatre, Laura used and Open Front Shadowbox and a Cirque Theatre Shadowbox Facade.

    Once the Open Front Shadowbox was put together I used decorative paper to cover the outside of the shadowbox. On the inside, I added the background scenery from the French Fairies Shadowbox Facade Collage Sheet.

    “So they would be more sturdy, I backed the characters from the new Mini Regency Fashion Collage Sheet with heavy cardstock and attached the characters to the back wall of the shadowbox. To make it appear as if the characters were at different distances in the theatre, I used pop up Glue Dots.

    “Images from the Gatefold Shrine Curtains collage sheet to create a skirt for the stage. I thought that the skirt gave the piece more height and provided a place to attach the wheels.

    “The side, faux door frames come from the Antique Frames Digital Set Download. You’ll notice I used the same image in the background as I used for the background in the shadowbox. The couples on the doors are from Days Gone By Collage Sheet (and/or the Download Set). To adorn the theatre 3 sets of white feathers were then colored with Inca Gold Gilders Paste; using my fingers to apply the paste to the feathers. The feathers add a nice touch to the theatre and give it just a little extra oomph!

    Lover’s Promenade Travelling Theatre Supply List

    For more photos and details on how Laura made her Travelling Theatre, please visit Artfully Musing.
     

     

    Hooray for the Regency Traveling Theatre Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Laura’s Lover’s Promenade Travelling Theatre supply list to make this pretty Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
    - Open Front 4.5 x 5.5 Shadowbox
    - Cirque Theatre Shadowbox Facade
    - Days Gone By Collage Sheet
    - French Fairies Shadowbox Facade Collage Sheet
    - Gatefold Square Shrine Curtains Collage Sheet
    - Mini Regency Fashion Collage Sheet (new)
    - Spoked Wheel Set – 2 Inch
    - Square Shadowbox Curtains – Teal Collage Sheet
    - Amour Violets are Blue Scrapbook Paper

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - a Masked Collage Sheet (one of the Venice/Carnival Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off through TUESDAY night)! I picked out one that coordinates with the blue colors in the rest of the Giveaway… maybe you’ll make a masked ball travelling theatre?

     
    To enter the Regency Traveling Theatre 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, February 5, 2016)! And tell me: What kind of travelling theatre would you make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the February Kits Giveaway? That would be LeAnn!

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 4th, 2016

    Odd Little Houses (And a New Swap!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Little House Kit, Swaps


    The theme for February’s kit is Little Houses. This is the more floral/colorful kit of the two being announced for February (the Add-On Kit: Odd Houses has coordinating papers, collage sheets and more houses, but the scrapbook papers are more like building materials or wallpaper prints).

    And there’s a swap this month, too! The Mad, Mad, Mad House Swap. Both kits include images perfect for the houses in the swap.

    Back to what is in this first kit, there are THREE new collage sheets!
    - Fancy French Houses Collage Sheet (3 houses that can cover the entire side of one of wider houses from the House Oddities Box (or the houses in this kit). Plus pediments sized to fit the width of the same wide houses, and extra bits like a wrought iron fence, large wrought iron window grille, and a set of Art Nouveau lamps.)
    - Brick, Arches & Climbing Roses Collage Sheet (This one wandered around awhile before settling, but I like how it turned out. The 3 panels of a brick building in lower left fit the narrow houses in the House Oddities Box. Also includes a wide fence with wrought iron gate, and lots of options for arch-shaped doors (and climbing roses).)
    - Rustic Trees & Foliage Collage Sheet (Silhouetted potted plants, a bench with a shrub, a tree, and a rooster (plus some tall panels of country cottages and bee skeps).)

    This kit also includes THREE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (A mix of papers from the new Provincial Collection with some Springy pink roses.)

    And finally, a sweet little set of chipboard houses (that could be used with the House Oddities Box — in the add-on kit or sold separately). And even used alone they can be hinged together to make a cute little house-shaped card all by themselves.

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Little House Kit page.
     


    Next up, the Odd Houses Add-On Kit! (I know, I know… we’re surrounded by adorable artwork for the swap. But both samples are made with the House Oddities Box (that is part of the Add-On Kit)!

    This kit contains:
    - New! House Oddities Box (A box with a door on the front cover (with cut-out panels in case you want to replace them with faux stained glass) and inside a set of 7 house shapes! Each house shape has a different silhouette (so that you’ll be able to catch a peek of the houses behind the first one when you open the “cover” (door) of your box).)

    3 collage sheets:
    - New! Oddities Box Doors and Windows Collage Sheet (Large images sized for the front and both sides of the House Oddities Box. Includes multiple sizes of flowers in pots that can be used in window boxes or sitting in front of the front door. Note: the front door image on this sheet will cover the entire chipboard door of the House Oddities Box.)
    - New! Window Frames & Shutters Collage Sheet (Windows, shutters, some ivy to go around a window (and a few Spring birds). All sized to fit the houses in the House Oddities Box (or any other small project needing windows).)
    - Mini Old Windows & Doors Collage Sheet (Designed by Laura Carson for last Fall's Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set, but fit the houses in this kit, too.)

    This kit also includes THREE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper from the new Provincial Collection. More industrial prints (like building materials or wallpaper prints) than the more floral prints in the Little House Kit. I’m kind of in love with that cobblestone pattern…

    And finally, Decorative Windows Set 1:24! Adorable little windows, each about 1″ wide (4 shapes and each has a matching frame to give it dimension, so 8 pieces).

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Odd Houses Add-On Kit.
     


     


    Hooray for the February Kits Giveaway!

    No surprise here! Today’s Giveaway is… BOTH NEW KITS!
    - Little House Kit
    - Odd Houses Add-On Kit

    To enter the February Kits 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, February 1, 2016).

    AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: Are you joining the swap? And even if you’re not able to, what crazy houses would you make with this Giveaway?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Petite Pink Villa Giveaway? That would be Stacia!

    And she replied to my query “Dollhouse Scales… which is your favorite? 1:12? (The bulk of the dollhouse miniatures we carry.) 1:24? (Like the half scale furniture in Nichola’s artwork today.) 1:48? (Remember that cute White Rabbit’s Hutch that Teri Calia made with 1:48 scale furniture inside a Miniature China Cabinet?)”

    1/12 is easier to work with, but 1/24 makes finished scenes small enough to display… Yeah, I can’t decide.

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    84 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 31st, 2016

    A Petite Pink Villa by Nichola Battilana

    Filed under Amour Kit, Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    I can’t really think of Nichola’s creations without thinking of fairies. And even though there are no fairies in evidence in today’s artwork (though the piece is small enough that fairies could reside there), I have put ALL Fairies Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday night, February 1st! (The Vintage Postcard Fairies Collage Sheet and Land of the Butterfly Queen #2 Collage Sheet from the sale section are shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.) Now I’m handing this intro off the Miz Bella!
     


    A Petite Pink Villa from the Queen of Miniatures, Design Team Member Nichola Battilana!

    Before I have Nichola tell you about her project, I’ll let you know what the base of the Petite Pink Villa is. To start her project, Nichola took a Frame Front Room Box and added a Theatre Francais Facade to the top of it.

    I’m sorry, what did you say? You didn’t know that the Frame Front Room Box came with windows? Well…it doesn’t! Nichola had her fairies busy, busy cutting holes on the side and back of the box so that she could put in Rectangular Windows! Don’t they look fabulous and give a sense of airiness inside the villa?

    The Petite Pink Villa was inspired by this month’s Amour Kit. Inside, you’ll find a sweet little scenario of shared tea, crumbs and honey.

    The table and chairs, as well as the china cabinet are made of chipboard, 1:24 scale, and assemble quite easily. I’ve kept them simple with a coat of paint and a snip of paper, but I’m certain with a bit of ingenuity they would provide a solid base if you wanted to be a bit more elaborate. Tiny cushions on those seats would be absolutely darling.

    Can we talk about that Green Pumpkin Teapot for a second?! There are a number of those little veggie/fruit teapots at Alpha Stamps and I think they are freaking adorable.

    Before we go upstairs, grab a tiny book from the bookcase and let’s head up the wee ladder. It’s so cute up here that my camera is jealous and refusing to show just how sweet it is. (What a jerk.) ANYWAY… there’s a little bed for getting cozy, maybe reading a book, maybe do a bit of romantic snuggling *wink wink*, or just for having sweet dreams. And let’s not forget that Gold Candleholder to read by (which is really, really nice quality btw).

    A Petite Pink Villa Supply List

    Head over to Pixie Hill for more pictures, and to find out how Nichola used the Stone Wall Texture Sheet to create the stunning exterior of the Petite Pink Villa.

    Note: all the new 1:24 scale dollhouse furniture also have larger 1:12 scale versions. Links to the larger versions are on the smaller 1:24 pages.
     

     

    Hooray for the Petite Pink Villa Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Nichola’s A Petite Pink Villa supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
    - Frame Front Room Box
    - Windows 6 Panel Rectangular
    - 1:24 Round Table & 2 Chairs
    - 1:24 China Cabinet
    - 1:24 Bed Standard
    - Miniature Potted Plant in Basket
    - 1/2 Inch Bright Pink Paper Roses
    - Green Pumpkin Teapot
    - Little Household Goods Collage Sheet

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - a set of Old Fashioned Grocery Cans (like that honey sitting on the table in Nichola’s artwork… though you’ll need to add the label from the Little Household Goods Collage Sheet, also in this Giveaway)
    - a Fairy Labels and Ads Collage Sheet (one of the Fairies Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off through Monday night!)

     
    To enter the Petite Pink Villa 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, January 29, 2016)! And tell me: Dollhouse Scales… which is your favorite? 1:12? (The bulk of the dollhouse miniatures we carry.) 1:24? (Like the half scale furniture in Nichola’s artwork today.) 1:48? (Remember that cute White Rabbit’s Hutch that Teri Calia made with 1:48 scale furniture inside a Miniature China Cabinet?)

    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 with February Kit Announcement!

    Hey, who won the Marie Opera Comique Theatre Giveaway? That would be MaggieM!

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    82 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 28th, 2016

    Marie Antoinette Opera Comique Theatre

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Marie Antoinette, Newsletters, Tristan Robin Blakeman


    I hope all of you who live on the east coast are safe and warm… that snowstorm looks like a doozy.

    One quick reminder before the beautiful Marie Antoinette artwork by Tristan: The Standing Couples Gift Sheet announced in last Thursday’s Newsletter is still on offer! FREE for all orders, regardless of order size (ENDS MONDAY NIGHT, January 25th)! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Gift Sheet as a pdf file.

    See Rhonda’s artwork in Thursday’s Newsletter (and a snippet at right) for her Jungle Love Theatre (that was my inspiration).

    AND the related Mother Goose Collage Sheets 50% off Sale also ENDS MONDAY NIGHT! Even though that sounds like “just” a children’s illustrations section, there are lots of Queen of Hearts collage sheets in the Mother Goose Collage Sheet section. Which makes them perfect for either a Valentine’s Day or Alice in Wonderland project.

     


    Design Team Member and Marie Antoinette Aficionado, Tristan Robin Blakeman, has a gorgeous theatre he’s going to tell you about.

    This structure was begun with one of Alpha Stamps most versatile shadowboxes: the Square Shrine Shadowbox. Turned one way you get a wonderful little room or theatre with a ‘header — turned upside down you get a charming little coach blank; add wheels and away you ride!

    I also added three of the WONDERFUL miniature Victorian Coach Lamps across the back; a little luxurious perhaps – but I think Marie and her theatre are worth it! Besides the various metal findings and filigrees used, I found that Flower Soft was the perfect touch to add a bit of texture to the stage prop topiaries.

    The stage Marie and the large Marie are 2 images that started as the same size (both from the French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet); just printed at different percentages. The side panels with the columns and guards were cut from a collage sheet and added “wing style” to the sides of the theatre. From the front they look like they’re part of the architecture; when actually they are just deceiving to the eye!

    Marie Opera Comique Theatre Supply List

    For more details (like what percentages to print the Marie images at!) and photos, head on over to Tristan’s blog.

    And check out the Giveaway that Leslie pulled, below, for pretty much all the items to create your own version of Tristan’s artwork!
     

     

    Hooray for the Marie Opera Comique Theatre Giveaway!

    I pulled a set of ALL the items from Tristan’s Marie Antoinette Opera Comique Theatre supply list! (Just click on that supply list link to see all of the items with links to purchase.) And since we all know that Marie has a sweet tooth, I also included one of the new Glass Jar with Cookies!

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - that Standing Couples Gift Sheet (this is the FREE gift with order sheet)
    and
    - a yard of Iridescent Plastic Pearls (Strands) — not exactly the pearls Tristan used, but these will work just fine
    and
    - My Pretty Maid Collage Sheet and My Ladys Garden Collage Sheet (both shown below — these are some of the collage sheets on sale at 50% off through tomorrow!)

     
    To enter the Marie Opera Comique Theatre 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, January 25, 2016).

    AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What will you make with the Square Shrine Shadowbox? Are you game for a Marie Antoinette theatre?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Love Paris Theatre Giveaway? That would be Emily Ann!

    And she replied to my query ‘What creative project would you make using ALL of the items in the Giveaway? Maybe just all 9 of the items in that grid? Would you make a theatre like one of Rhonda’s? Something different?”

    I’d make a can-can dancer collage.

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    66 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 24th, 2016

    Romantic French Shadowboxes with FREE Collage Sheet

    Filed under Amour Kit, Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    I was inspired by Rhonda’s romantic couple in her Jungle Love Theatre (see theatre below with blue curtains), so I’ve made a new Standing Couples Gift Sheet! Sized for any of the new paper theatres (and full images of couples standing or strolling). It will be sent as a FREE gift for every order placed January 21st through 25th. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file.

    I have also put ALL Mother Goose Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through January 25th! Even though that sounds like “just” a children’s illustrations section, there are lots of Queen of Hearts collage sheets in the Mother Goose Collage Sheet section. Which makes them perfect for either a Valentine’s Day or Alice in Wonderland project. (The Queen of Hearts #2 Collage Sheet is shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.) Now I’m handing this intro off the Miz Bella!
     


    Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has been busy creating and has come up with Paris Love & Other Theatres of Joy. Not only did Rhonda use the Amour Kit, but she also used all of the Add-On Kits as well: the Amour Add-On Kit, Cirque Facade Add-On Kit and Theatre Francais Facade Add-On Kit.

    Three of Rhonda’s gorgeous theatres use the 3D stages, and one uses the Square Shrine – Gatefold. The Gatefold Shrine is made to be “hinged” together (just with paper tape… or metal hinges if you’re ambitious) to make a simple shrine. I have been finding that while creating the larger 3D theatres is fun, sometimes simple is better. Especially if you have an insane need to create, anything as long as you’re creating something (you all know what I’m talking about!)

    Or perhaps you want to make some sweet Valentine’s to send out that will just blow the socks off whoever the recipient is — so make them a Gatefold Shrine Theatre. Why? Since you can fold the sides to make the shrine smaller, you can also very easily pop it in the mail!

    If you look at Rhonda’s Paris Duel Theatre, (that’s the lower one in the photo at right, that uses the Gatefold Shrine) you can see how she (fabulously) decorated the front (center panel and sides) with a couple copies of the Square Shadowbox Red Curtains Collage Sheet. This collage sheet has a nice selection of curtains (including an outer set to overlay onto either of the smaller inner options) and the colors are trés dramatique.

    Rhonda overlaid the Paris version of the Cirque Shadowbox Facades Collage Sheet (shown at left) over the center panel (that collage sheet has options for changing the title of the facades from Cirque to Paris or Alice — and also includes a blank sign for filling in your own title).

    The back of the gatefold is covered with paper from the Amour 12×12 Collection Kit. Add a few Mini Tassels and some Loop Braid to the shrine and there you have it — an easy peasy shrine to keep for yourself or to give away.

    You can find other samples using the Gatefold Shrine from the past Toy Shoppe Shrine Swap in the Gallery.

    Paris Duel Theatre Supply List (including those French dancers!)

    Oh, feeling like an over-achiever, are you? And you’re up for a challenge? Rhonda has that handled as well, with the Theatre Francais Theatre that uses the French Fairies Shadowbox Facade Collage Sheet.

    She has created a step-by-step tutorial that includes her trick to cut the theatre facade outline, even getting into the teeny tiny edges; and she also tells you what basic item you probably already have that helps with other finishing touches!

    Theatre Francais Theatre Supply List
    Jungle Love Theatre Supply List
    Love Paris Theatre Supply List

    Head on over to Rhonda’s blog to see more pictures, further details and the tutorial for the Theatre Francais Theatre.
     

     

    Hooray for the Love Paris Theatre Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from THREE of Rhonda’s French-Inspired Theatres to pull together this Giveaway:
    - The Amour Kit (which includes the Amour 6×6 Paper Pad, 1/2 Inch Loop Braid – Red and Square Shrine – Gatefold — all used in Rhonda’s theatres)
    - 1/2 Inch Loop Braid – Black
    - Being French #1 Collage Sheet
    - Being French #2 Collage Sheet (Ooo La La!)
    - Nouveau Goddess – Raw Brass Stamping (Back in Stock)
    - Ombre Loop Pom Pom Fringe – Pink (I love how she turned it upside-down at the top of her theatre)
    - Paris Post Collage Sheet
    - Square Shadowbox – Opera Comique Collage Sheet
    - Square Shadowbox Curtains – Teal Collage Sheet

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - that new Standing Couples Gift Sheet (this is the FREE gift with order sheet — so you have some couples sized for your gatefold theatre)
    - the new Even Tinier Books – Set of 12 (you might need some tiny copies of Proust lying about a shadowbox)
    - a new Clear Plastic Mini Cake Stand and
    - a Queen of Hearts #3 Collage Sheet (one of the Mother Goose Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off through Monday night!)

     
    To enter the Love Paris Theatre 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, January 22, 2016)! And tell me: What creative project would you make using ALL of the items in the Giveaway? Maybe just all 9 of the items in that grid? Would you make a theatre like one of Rhonda’s? Something different?

    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 Valentine Market Stall Giveaway? That would be Christine V!

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 21st, 2016

    Maison de l’Amour Market Stall by Teri Calia

    Filed under Amour Kit, Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Teri Calia


    A quick reminder: The Pendants Gift Sheet announced in last Thursday’s Newsletter is still on offer! FREE for all orders, regardless of order size (ENDS MONDAY NIGHT (January 18th))! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Gift Sheet as a pdf file.

    A preview is at left. From Alice in Wonderland to Valentine’s Day cherubs to Pre-Raphaelite babes, all of these images are sized for inchies, slides or round cabochon settings.

    See Caroline’s artwork in Thursday’s Newsletter for her use of oval cabochon settings as footlights (that was my inspiration).

    AND the related Pendants & Ornaments Collage Sheets 50% off Sale also ENDS MONDAY NIGHT! That sample from the sale at right is the Fairy Inchies Mini Sheet. Now I’m handing this intro off the Miz Bella!
     


    You’re in for a treat (pun intended) today! Design Team Emeritus Teri Calia has worked out yet another miniature wonder, Maison de l’Amour Market Stall.

    The first thing I want to show you is the actual Chipboard Market Stall – it’s a flat, laser-cut chipboard set to put together that’s a 1:12 scale stall. The Market Stall has a nice big window (with a shelf under it to show off your wares) and doors on either end to let in some light. Or you can paper over one (or both) of the doorways (like Teri did in her artwork).

    Teri started out by covering the Market Stall with the Amour Paper Collection that gives it a nice, bold palette of red, black and white. (Psst! Those nice, big 12″ x 12″ prints that Teri used are in the Amour Add-On Kit — and it’s just been put On Sale!) Then she filled it up with all sorts fun treats. If you look inside on the top shelf, there are assorted candies (or are they candied fruits?) in over-the-top adorable Pink and Red Candy Dishes. By the way, the candy dishes are reproduction Depression Glass! You know they’re already in my cart to order, oh yes they are.

    Oh, you’d rather have a piece of cake? Well check out the confection on the Cake Platter and cut yourself a piece! Be sure to use one of the Pink Dishes with the little edge details, and grab a Goblet for some sweet tea while you’re at it. Don’t forget to grab a couple of cookies (diet schmiet) from that tiny Cookie Tin on the counter. Whatever you decide on, don’t walk off with the Bichon!


    I know you’re checking everything out and trying to take it all in. The ’50s valentines on the second shelf, shopping bags on the top shelf, candy boxes and heart-shaped candy boxes on the counter, and you’re wishing that you had some of those for yourself. Guess what? Teri has created the Tiny Little Valentine’s Collage Sheet that has all of those items on it so you can make your very own!

    AND Teri has also provided a Snapguide for How to Make a Dollhouse Miniature Valentine Candy Box!

    Here’s the Maison de l’Amour Market Stall Supply List for even more red and pink goodies!

    And check out Teri’s blog post for more photos and her inspiration.

    And check out the Giveaway that Leslie pulled, below, for pretty much all the items to create your own version of Teri’s artwork!
     

     

    Hooray for the Valentine Market Stall Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Teri’s Maison de l’Amour Market Stall supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
    - Tiny Little Valentines Collage Sheet
    - Teeny Tiny Tin Labels Collage Sheet
    - Mini Chipboard Crest Signs
    - Miniature Round Cookie Tins
    - Chipboard Market Stall
    - Metallic Gold Tassel
    - Polymer Clay Black & White Cane
    - Miniature Bichon Frise Dog
    - Amour Add-On Kit (Note: This kit includes those tiny little pink, red, cream & black ribbons that Teri used to adorn her candy boxes! And it’s On Sale!)

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - that Pendants Gift Sheet (this is the FREE gift with order sheet)
    - the Little Household Goods Collage Sheet (shown below — so you’ll have even more images for the Miniature Round Cookie Tin)

     
    To enter the Valentine Market Stall 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, January 18, 2016).

    AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What will you make with the Chipboard Market Stall?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Moulin Dude Theatre Giveaway? That would be Jennifer Pospichal!

    And she replied to my query ‘What creative project would you make using ALL of the items in the Giveaway? Would you make a theatre like Caroline’s? Something different?”

    The theatre is wonderful. I’d love to use the items in this batch for a theater of my own individual design. I might like something with a Carnival flair, as that’s timely right now.

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    77 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 17th, 2016

    Fairies and Footlights with FREE Collage Sheet

    Filed under Amour Kit, Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    I was inspired by Caroline’s use of oval cabochon settings (with Parisian images) as footlights (see below for more info) so I’ve not only made a new FREE gift sheet, but have also put ALL Pendants & Ornaments Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through January 18th!

    There are so many different styles in the Pendants & Ornaments Collage Sheets: Alice in Wonderland, Christmas elves, Valentine’s Day cherubs, fairies, skeltons & black cats, Santa Claus, Paris, angels… you get the idea. And what they all have in common is these collage sheets have images sized for inchies, slides, round ornaments or oval cabochon settings.

    I’ve extracted a few images in a few of those styles and made a new Pendants Gift Sheet! It will be sent FREE gift for every order placed January 14th through 18th. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file.
     


    We have two projects for you by two different Design Team Members that both use LED Lights; in two different ways!

    Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay’s project, Moulin Dude is a super cute theatre; and I’ll be letting Caroline herself tell you about the highlights:

    This month over at Alpha Stamps the kit is all about love, an Amour Kit. What better way for 10 sexy dudes to show their ladies how much they love them than by facing down their stage fright and giving them a show?

    This theatre uses 2 chipboard facades (Theatre Francais Shadowbox Facade and Cirque Theatre Shadowbox Facade) over an Open Front 4.5 x 5.5 Shadowbox. The curtains are a deep rich black velvet (Psych! They’re just paper from the Love and Lace collection, but velvet sounds so much better) embroidered with luscious roses. And what are curtains without some Pink Sweeper Fringe? (Boring, that’s what!) The stage manager didn’t stop there, little Golden Hearts dangle about the performers (think Victorian disco balls).

    There was no way I was going to create a stage and not have it lit up; so instead of the traditional white lights I selected Red LED Lights for a more Valentines feel.

    To hide the stage lights, Oval Filigree Settings were bent to form the shape. They were then adorned with images from the French Oval Collage Sheet and covered with Diamond Glaze. Wait! the stage details don’t stop there. To adorn the stage a 3/4″ Metal Deco Strip was wrapped around the box and then aged with various patinas from the Weathered Copper and Treasured Heirlooms sets.”

    Moulin Dude Theatre Supply List

    Visit Caroline’s blog for more photos and further details on her project.
     

    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has put together quick and adorable Fairy Lanterns with the supercalifragilously cute Chipboard Fairies. These are so fabulous! They come in a set of six (!) in three different sizes, Small, Medium, and Large. With an LED Tea Light providing the backlight, you end up with a fairy silhouette! And! Nichola has put a video together (that has gone viral!) on how she made the Fairy Lanterns, you can check it out here.
     

     

    Hooray for the Moulin Dude Theatre Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Caroline’s Moulin Dude Theatre Supply List to make this pink-and-tan Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
    - Open Front 4.5 x 5.5 Shadowbox
    - Cirque Theatre Shadowbox Facade
    - Love & Lace 6×6 Paper Pad
    - Dancing Men Collage Sheet
    - 3/4 Inch Metal Deco Strip
    - 18x13mm Oval Filigree Settings
    - 9mm Heart Charm Set
    - Resin Senorita Cameo
    - Pink Sweeper Fringe

     
    PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
    - that new Pendants Gift Sheet (this is the FREE gift with order sheet)
    - the 25×18 French Ovals Collage Sheet (so you’ll have images for the Oval Filigree Settings)
    - a 25x18mm Oval Victorian Setting (to fit that Senorita Cameo)

     
    To enter the Moulin Dude Theatre 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, January 14, 2016)! And tell me: What creative project would you make using ALL of the items in the Giveaway? Would you make a theatre like Caroline’s? Something different?

    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 Fairy Godmother Wagon Giveaway? That would be Traci!

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 14th, 2016

    Fairy Godmother Travelling Sales Wagon

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    A quick reminder: The Gift Tag Collage Sheet announced in last Thursday’s Newsletter is still on offer! FREE for all orders, regardless of order size (ENDS TODAY)! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Gift Sheet as a pdf file.

    See Laura’s artwork in Thursday’s Newsletter for some cute Valentine Cutie Tags using the gift tags as a base. This versatile sheet contains 12 blank tags (in two sizes) that can be used for any occasion.

    AND the related Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets 50% off Sale also ENDS TODAY! That sample from the sale at right is the Brass Pendant Kit Collage Sheet.
     


    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana presents a Fairy Godmother Travelling Sales Wagon that makes you want to put yourself into a shrinky-dink machine so you can hawk magical wares.

    There’s a special place in my heart for fairy godmothers. Those fluttery, frilly, silly ladies make me positively giddy. I’ve often wondered where they get their godmotherly supplies from. Is there a shop? A fancy boutique? A travelling salesman!

    And so this month I’ve created a tiny travelling sales wagon with magical and glittery godmother paraphernalia. The base is a Square Shrine Shadowbox to which I have added Tiny Fancy Wheels. I’ve also added Floral and Lace Border Strips (both are new!) for some flourish and a (New!) Mini Chipboard Crest heralds potential customers to the godmotherly goods.

    Inside the wagon, all manner of items required for godmotherly duties. Fairy dust (in an adorable 2 Inch Glass Bottle), candy, pumpkins to turn into carriages; as well as Absinthe and stout to whet the pallet!

    Other themes that would be awesome in the “wagon” are Steampunk, a travelling bakery, quack medicine, or how about a travelling bar?

    Oh! And those new miniature glass bottles (see pics below) would be fab inside a travelling wagon!

    Fairy Godmother Travelling Sales Wagon Supply List

    And check out the Giveaway that Leslie pulled, below, for pretty much all the items to create your own version of Nichola’s artwork!
     

     

    Hooray for the Fairy Godmother Wagon Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Nichola’s Fairy Godmother Travelling Sales Wagon supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
    - Square Shrine Shadowbox
    - Mini Chipboard Crest Signs
    - Chipboard Border Strips – Floral
    - Tiny Fancy Wheels Set
    - Fairy Dust Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Wings Collage Sheet
    - Miniature Wine Bottles
    - 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
    - Pumpkin Pods

     
    To enter the Fairy Godmother Wagon Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, January 11, 2016).

    AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What kind of wagon would you make with the Square Shrine Shadowbox? And note that Kristin Batsel used the same shadowbox in her Zebra Circus Wagon last week (but she turned the shadowbox upside-down)!

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Victorian Valentine Tag Giveaway? That would be DebR!

    And she replied to my query ‘What creative project (that’s not a Valentine tag) would you make using all 9 of the items from today’s Giveaway?”

    Beautiful tags by Laura and a great giveaway! I’d use the items to embellish a mini album for my hubby of pics of us together to give to him for Valentine’s Day.

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    And please remember: Our offices were closed for 10 days. Please be patient while we catch up. If you have an urgent issue, please contact John in customer service. Thanks.

      
    95 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 10th, 2016