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    New Box Feet, Tiny Charms, Chipboard SALE & Tutorial!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Run Away & Join the Circus Kit, Sale, Shanna Shands


    A couple quick announcements before getting to the beautiful artwork by Shanna Shands: ALL Die-Cut Chipboard is ON SALE for 20% off! Sale Ends Tuesday night, May 26th.

    And the FREE circus collage by Laura Carson announced in last Sunday’s newsletter is still on offer! Through Saturday night, May 23rd we’ll be including a cardstock version of The Circus is Coming to Town Collage Sheet in all orders! It includes fun stylized “CIRCUS” and “FUN” text and signage (and balloons) used in Laura’s artwork.
     

    We have more runaways from the circus with two projects by Design Team Member Shanna Shands! The first is the Magician’s Assistant Trunk. Shanna used the Run Away and Join the Circus Kit (and Add-On Kit) and the Vintage Vagabond Kit to create her little runaway’s trunk full of necessities for a life full of fun and adventure!

    The Magician’s Assistant has her Steamer Trunk full of everything an assistant to Houdini would need — as well as a reminder of what she left behind at home. Magic books to study so she doesn’t get herself sawed in half, Houdini posters, fashion magazines to help with designing her costume and even a picture hanging on the wall of dear old mom.

    In the Circus Memory Box are adorable little books, posters and the really super cute Tim Holtz Picture Wheel Die that is like a vintage View-Master wheel (with little windows for pics or transparencies). Those used to be so much fun; so let’s make some of our own! They’d make REALLY cute cards for Halloween or Christmas, don’t you think?

    Check out the supply list for both of Shanna’s projects and see more photos in the Gallery. Then head on over to Shanna’s blog where she has a detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how to make the Magician Assistant Trunk AND the sweet Circus Memory Box!


    Hooray for the Chipboard Circus & Posies Giveaway!

    Wow… this one had a mind of its own! Seven collage sheets (!) so there’s an extra photo below to show them all.

    I started with these goodies from Shanna’s Running Away to the Circus Projects (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this list):
    - Women Circus Performers Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Magician Posters Collage Sheet
    - Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet
    - Circus Equestrienne Collage Sheet
    - Circus Performers #1 Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Circus Collage Sheet
    - Travel Reading Collage Sheet
    - Sea Fiber Set
    - Chipboard Steamer Trunk
    - Carnival 6×6 Paper Pad
    - Bronze Binoculars Charm
    - Gypsy Moments Poses & Reflections Scrapbook Paper

    And a couple of the items from the Die-Cut Chipboard Sale:
    - House Shaped Die-Cut Chipboard
    - Curtains Die-Cut Chipboard Set

    Then one of the 40% Off Sale Vintage Wooden Crates:
    - Wooden Vintage Mini Crate – Stained (it’s hiding over on the right side of the photo, under flowers and fibers)

    And finally, two of the recent additions to the lovely Vintage Velvet Flowers:
    - Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Picks – Royal Blue
    - Vintage Velvet Pansies – Apricot

     
    To enter the Chipboard Circus & Posies 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 22, 2015)! AND tell me which color Vintage Velvet Flowers you like best. (A close-up of the two sets in today’s Giveaway is at left BUT look at ALL of the color options!)

    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 Clowns & Tricycles Giveaway? That would be Emily N! (And she commented: “I love this project! My favorite collage sheet is the vintage magicians posters. They are all great!” Good call, Emily, as that collage sheet is also in todays artwork and Giveaway!) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.


     

      
    79 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 21st, 2015

    New Twisted Citron Distress Color + Artwork by Laura Carson

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Run Away & Join the Circus Kit, Tim Holtz

    Before jumping into Miz Bella’s introduction of Laura Carson’s circus art (and FREE collage sheet!) a reminder and an announcement: ALL of the collage sheets are On Sale! AND we’ve extended the Half Price Sale on Circus Rubber Stamps! Note: the Tim Holtz Stamp Sets are on sale for 20% off — still a great deal!


    Keeping in step with the Run Away and Join the Circus Kit Theme, Design Team Member Laura Carson presents The Circus Is Coming to Town and New Clowning Around Collage Sheet!

    The inspiration for this fun filled piece is the Metal Bicycle Frame; it makes such a cool back drop for clown’s shenanigans. I could also see this piece being incorporated into other themed projects like Steampunk or a summer/children themed piece.

    How amazing is that Metal Bicycle Frame? Not to mention that it is an impressive 9″ x 8-1/2″ x 3″. Laura has created my favorite type of circus, one where it’s the animals who are in charge and in this circus, it’s the dashing Mr. Elephant! Beside images from the kit (like the Reversible Clowns Collage Sheet), lots of the clowns in Laura’s circus are from her new Clowning Around Collage Sheet that has colorful clowns in some really useful positions (holding things, pointing at things, facing left and right…). And those round designs fit the Medium Spools and 2 Inch Wooden Spools (so you can use the spools as wheels).

    The clown flying sideways, holding the end of the circus banner made from the Mini Lacy Banner Flags cracks me up! Grab your peanuts while you check out Laura’s supply list and then head on over to the big top of Laura’s blog where there is a tutorial and a FREE collage sheet waiting for you!

    And note: for this week (through next Saturday night, May 23rd) we’ll be including a FREE cardstock version of that same The Circus is Coming to Town Collage Sheet in all orders! It includes fun stylized “CIRCUS” and “FUN” text and signage (and balloons).
     


     New Tim Holtz Distress Color: Twisted Citron! On Sale!  View All


    And ALL Twisted Citron Distress Products are On Sale!
     


    Distress Ink Pad - Twisted Citron
    New!


    Distress Mini Ink Kit - Kit 13 - Spring 2015
    Pre-Order

     

    Hooray for the Clowns & Tricycles Giveaway!

    Wow… lots of collage sheets in this package!

    I started with these goodies from Laura’s The Circus Is Coming to Town (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - Run Away and Join the Circus Kit (includes Vintage Magician Posters, Circus Performers #1, and Reversible Clowns Collage Sheets)
    - Clowning Around Collage Sheet
    - The Circus is Coming to Town Collage Sheet (that’s the new FREE sheet)
    - Clowns At the Beach Collage Sheet
    - Elephants #1 Collage Sheet
    - 3D Circus Tent Collage Sheet
    - Beach Babes Collage Sheet

    Then I added these NEW items:
    - Miniature Red Tricycle
    - Miniature Vintage Rusty Scooter
    - Metal Deco Strip with Tacks
    - Mini Wood Alphabet Tiles

    To enter the Clowns & Tricycles 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, May 18, 2015). AND tell me which of the NINE collage sheets in the Giveaway you like best (and why).

    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 Time Keeper Butterflies Giveaway? (With all those cool miniatures announced in Thursday’s Newsletter?!) That would be Winnie! (And she commented: “Love the butterflies! The mini lawn chair is adorable!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    66 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 16th, 2015

    Time Keeper, Butterflies & Miniatures! Artwork by Lora Mahaffey!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters

    A reminder before getting to the beautiful artwork by Lora Mahaffey (and New Miniatures!), the Half Price Sale on Circus Rubber Stamps and Circus Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) continues through Friday, May 15th — that’s TOMORROW! The circus goodies are on sale because of the May Kit Theme: Run Away and Join the Circus. Note: the Tim Holtz stamp sets are on sale for 20% off — still a great deal!
     


    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has had her head in the clouds, floating over far-away locales, finally landing in her hot air balloon as The Lepidopterist Explorer!

    How sweet are all of those butterflies carrying the trunk via the hot air balloon that Laura designed from the Time Keeper Scrapbook Papers? (See the wide photo below for more of this big project.) The trunk is made from the Chipboard Steamer Trunk covered with paper from the Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pad, Faux Suede Paper (for the straps on the steamer trunk), and Tiny Faux Ring Handles are used on the outside of the trunk.

    When everything is opened up, and The Lepidopterist Explorer is at work observing her butterfly friends she has everything she needs handy within reach. Binoculars, a nice Pot of Tea, and a Hurricane Lamp to write by once it starts to get dark. Then it is time to plan out her next area to explore!

    I love all that lime green, to contrast with the tans & browns in the Time Keeper Scrapbook Papers. The green comes from a mix of Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper and the Forever Green 6×6 Paper Pad.

    Time Keeper 6x6 Paper Pad*And… finally(!) the Time Keeper 6×6 Paper Pads have arrived! Whew! Didn’t know if they’d ever finish their journal to this continent.

    Here’s a bit more info from Lora:

    I made the butterfly net from tulle and copper wire, the camp stool, bed roll and pillow are from an old flour sack towel.(Clever!)

    Nearly all the butterflies (there are 64 of them!) are from the Forever Green 6×6 Paper Pad (and the, sadly, sold out Butterfly Specifics Scrapbook Paper).

    Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm - Roman NumeralsYou’ll want to explore The Lepidopterist Explorer Supply List before you trek on over to Lora’s blog. She has more photos and she talks about how she put the balloon together AND how she made the butterflies look like they’re floating!

    Then come back and see the new goodies below AND the Giveaway Leslie pulled together, with a mix of butterflies, new miniatures, and papers from Lora’s supplies! (And one of those new items would be perfect in Lora’s trunk: the Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals — and one is in today’s Giveaway, too!)


     

     

    Hooray for the Time Keeper Butterflies Giveaway!

    I’ve included these goodies from Lora’s The Lepidopterist Explorer (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this longish list):
    - Chipboard Steamer Trunk
    - Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Cogs & Gears
    - Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Marchant
    - Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Portfolio
    - Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Tinker
    - Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper
    - Bronze Binoculars Charm
    - Tiny Faux Ring Handles
    - Small Compasses
    - 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm
    - Miniature Hurricane Lamp
    - Little Library Collage Sheet

    And a couple more miniature or butterfly things:
    - Tiny 3D Bronze Sewing Machine New
    - Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals New
    - Resin Butterflies
    - Butterflies Collage Sheet
    - Just Wings Collage Sheet
    - Bronze Hot Air Balloon Charm
    - Bronze Passport Charm

     
    To enter the Time Keeper Butterflies 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 15, 2015)! AND tell me which of the Dollhouse Miniatures you find most useful (could be from the new ones above or any in that section).

    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 Blushing Bees & Bottles Giveaway? That would be Marilyn H! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    109 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 14th, 2015

    Beautiful Reliquaries & New Vintage Velvet Flowers (+ Paper Flowers SALE)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Teri Calia

    We have two amazing projects for you today from Design Team Member Nichola Battilana and from Guest Artist Teri Calia. Both using two new related reliquary shrine kits: Castle Towers Reliquary and Arch Top Reliquary (or you could say four new kits, as both are available as single sets or triptychs). AND all four are on sale!


    Nichola and Teri have both created reliquaries that any mom (or sister or friend) would love to receive as a gift! Let’s talk about the (gorgeous!) one Nichola made first: Of Summer & Bees Reliquary. Nichola used the Arch Top Reliquary – Triptych that comes with THREE sets of 2 pieces (2 laser-cut chipboard pieces — a solid back and a matching front but the front has a window cut out). Use them separately or hinge them together (with paper tape, metal hinges, etc.) to make into one wider group.

    If you love the images on Nichola’s reliquary, guess what? She has created a new Blushing Ladies Collage Sheet that is full of beautiful women that includes the images she used. Also worth noting: Nichola used the new Honeycomb & Bees Die-Cut Chipboard Set, new Faux Metal Number Plates and that luscious, Giant Bronze Bee Charm.

    View the Of Summer & Bees Reliquary Supply List, then buzz yourself on over to Pixie Hill because Nichola has a great video tutorial for you!

    Don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway as it includes supplies from BOTH of these lovely reliquaries!
     

    Shrine to the Holy Mother by Teri Calia

    With the Shrine to the Holy Mother Teri went with more of a traditional type of reliquary using the House Shrine Box Kit that she covered in the Junque Gypsy Scrapbook Papers. Aren’t the Petite Teastained Black & Cream Pansies and Leaves that Teri used the perfect touch?

    “To the back of the shrine I added a sacred heart reliquary I made with the fabulous new Relic & Artifacts (Teri used the Flaming Hearts Ex Votos II and the hand from the Milagros). I’m totally in LOVE with this collection; so you will be seeing a lot of these used in my upcoming projects. I used Golden Liquid Acrylics to paint the heart and hand and they take the paint like a dream. Also featured in this reliquary is the new Castle Towers Reliquary – Single.”

    Beautiful! More photos are info are on Teri’s blog, and here’s Teri’s supply list, too.

    Psst! As today is Mother’s Day, there are even more treats in store: You may remember Nichola’s Altered Window Shadowbox? It has a lovely floral, Spring theme and the Wooden Window Shadow Box she used is back in stock and on sale! And, gorgeous new vintage velvet flowers are here and are on sale, too! (More photos of those are below).

    AND Leslie just put ALL of the paper flowers on sale! That’s a big section, with over 100 items, including mushrooms, leaves and stamen. (Paper Flowers & Leaves are on sale through Tuesday night, May 12th.)
     

     

    Hooray for the Blushing Bees & Bottles Giveaway!

    Hm… do bees blush? I doubt it. Somehow I don’t think bees feel shame. Anyway…

    I started with these goodies from Nichola’s Of Summer & Bees Reliquary (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - Blushing Ladies Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Giant Bronze Bee Charm
    - Small Bronze Bee Charm (two of them)

    Then I added these items from Teri’s Shrine to the Holy Mother (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - House Shrine Box Kit
    - Castle Towers Reliquary – Single
    - Mushrooms – Red (Back in Stock)
    - Petite Teastained Black & Cream Pansies and Leaves

    And a couple more little things:
    - Bee Banners – Half Sheet (New!)
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottles (Back in Stock)

    To enter the Blushing Bees & Bottles 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, May 11, 2015). AND (this one may be hard to pick…) tell me which part of the 2 reliquaries shown today you like best (and why).

    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 Pretty and Peach Giveaway? That would be Karen Welch! (And she commented: “How perfect this is for the current “girlie” trend I am seeing in all mediums. Spot on!! I see many many hours of papercraft and these die cuts and paper sheets in my future! Many thanks!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.


     

      
    114 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 10th, 2015

    It’s All About Shoes!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters

    A reminder before getting to the beautiful artwork by Laura Carson (and Gilder’s Paste Sale), the Half Price Sale on Circus Rubber Stamps and Circus Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) announced in Sunday’s Newsletter continues through Friday, May 15th. And why an extra week… because of the May Kit Theme: Run Away and Join the Circus. Note: the Tim Holtz stamp sets are on sale for 20% off — still a great deal!

     

    Design Team Member Laura Carson has a special treat for you today, and It’s All About Shoes!

    What can I say, a girl has gotta have her shoes! And for those of you who also love shoes, I have some shoe themed projects to share with you.

    Laura created mini-shoe picture stands that are simple to make with endless style and theme possibilities; using her her two new collage sheets, Elegant Shoes (which has also has a Download Set) and Portraiture.

    Gorgeous embellishments abound from the twinkling Bronze Slider Beads, the Fern Fronds Die-Cut Chipboard Set, and the stunning Calla Lily Leaf Charms that Laura used throughout her frames.

    Also used on assorted frames are the Silicone Molds Oval Mirror Frames and Royal Icons. So many different uses, and with a bunch of projects brewing I can’t wait to use the Oval Mirror Frames to make a Mirror Mirror on the Wall for a haunted house!

    The inspiration for this shoe (at left) is the Die-Cut Black Wrought Iron Fence Wrap. It’s been sitting on my work desk for a couple of months waiting for inspiration to hit. At the same time I’ve been thinking about making some paper shoe patterns (I know some of you have been asking for me to do paper shoes). As I was working on a pattern I started thinking “why not make this really simple so that more people will want to give it a try”. By using the wrap it takes away some of the complexity of cutting and fitting together a pattern.

    The Eiffel Tower Die-Cut Chipboard makes quite the fabulous heel don’t you think? As always Laura paid infinite attention to detail and stamped the Eiffel Tower with the French Floral Collage Rubber Stamp for a little extra French flair.

    It’s All About Shoes Supply List for your review and then high step it on over to Laura’s blog for a ton of pictures and tutorials on how to make it all!


     


     New Colors of Gilder's Paste    And... ALL On Sale!  View All

    Gilders Paste - Violet*
    Gilders Paste - Violet


    Gilders Paste - Copper


    Gilders Paste - Patina


    Gilders Paste - Inca Gold

     

    Hooray for the Pretty and Peach Giveaway!

    I’ve included these goodies from Laura’s It’s All About Shoes (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this longish list):
    - Elegant Shoes Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Portraiture Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Bouguereau #2 (Spinning) Collage Sheet
    - Go Away, I’m Reading – Banner Collage Sheet
    - 18th Century Chipboard Shoe
    - Eiffel Tower Die-Cut Chipboard (New!)
    - Almanac 6×6 Paper Pad — yes, a whole, fat pad! See below right for another photo of some of the yummy pages in this set (Back in Stock!)
    - Antique Gold Square Filigree
    - 20mm Leaf Sprigs (New!)
    - Calla Lily Leaf Charms (New!)
    - Bronze Tassel Charms
    - Die-Cut Black Wrought Iron Fence Wraps (New!)
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
    - Mulberry Paper Lily Mix
    - Light Tan Wide Lace
    - 1 Inch Natural Cotton Lace
    - White Seam Binding

    And a couple more things while I was in the ribbon room (yes, there is one!):
    - Grecian Pink Seam Binding
    - Printed Canvas Ribbon – Crowns

     
    To enter the Pretty and Peach 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 8, 2015)! AND tell me which of the techniques in Laura’s tutorial (or supplies she used) you want to try out.

    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 Run Away and Join the Circus Giveaway ? That would be DebR! (And she commented: “That is so much fun, love Kristin’s amazing circus. Have to say my very favourite performers from her circus are the lions, can’t resist those critters!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    81 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 7th, 2015

    Run Away and Join the Circus

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Run Away & Join the Circus Kit, Sale

    Just one announcement before getting to the eye candy (and TWO kits)! We have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Circus Collage Sheet with every order! Your free sheet will be Leslie’s choice from the Circus Collage Sheets. PLUS: in honor of the new circus-themed kits, that section AND the Circus Rubber Stamps are both ON SALE through Friday, May 15th (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Circus Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise).

     


    That Kristin Batsel is a wonder! She’s created another little scene that all packs away in one of the Chipboard Steamer Trunks, this time a Tiny Peg Circus!

    And Miz Kristin has designed her first collage sheet (yay!) with the tiny costumes for the Small Wooden Peg Dolls (and signage), so you can create your own version of her circus!

    I can’t decide if the lion tamer with that tiny whip or the strong man (with tiny weights made from 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels) is my favorite… hmm, or maybe it’s that Miniature Rubber Chicken with her clowns?

    You'll want to see all the tips Kristin shares on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Kristin used in Kristin’s supply list and more photos in the Gallery.

    And don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway, below, as it includes lots of little props from Kristin’s circus (plus BOTH of today’s kits)!
     

    NEW Run Away and Join the Circus Kit

    The theme this month is Run Away and Join the Circus! It’s a bit of a continuation of last month’s Vintage Vagabond kit, but this time with a circus theme. I can’t wait to see what you’ll create from this kit: it could be a circus in any era. Your art could be more about the journey (and not ever making it to the circus) or could be a zany circus or who knows what else you’ll think of!

    I’ve included 12 sheets from the Carnival 6×6 Paper Pads, 3 collage sheets (including 2 new ones… like the Reversible Clowns Collage Sheet at right), bronze charms and some vintage tickets in a tiny little envelope.

    More info is on the Run Away and Join the Circus Kit page.

     

    And a New Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit

    As the Design Team often receives a wider group of products to play with around the monthly themes, I’ve gathered together some of what they received (beyond what’s in the regular Run Away and Join the Circus Kit) and I’ve put together this Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit.

    So if you want more papers, collage sheets and trims with a circus theme (and with one click), here’s your chance.

    This kit includes 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers, collage sheets (like the new Women Circus Performers Collage Sheet at right), elephant charms (!), and coordinating stickers.

    More info is on the Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit page.

     


     New Goodies (not included in either kit) - ALL On Sale!  View All (Yes, there's more!)

    Gypsy Moments 8x8 Paper Pad
    Gypsy Moments 8x8 Paper Pad

    Miniature Rubber Chickens
    Miniature Rubber Chickens

    Carnival 12x12 Collection Pack*
    Carnival 12x12 Collection Pack*

    Tiny Envelopes - Brown Bag Kraft*
    Tiny Envelopes - Brown Bag Kraft*

     

    Hooray for the Run Away and Join the Circus Giveaway!

    I started with BOTH of today’s kits: Run Away and Join the Circus Kit and the Add-On Kit.

    Then I added these goodies from Kristin’s Tiny Peg Circus (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - Clowns #4 Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Peg Circus Collage Sheet
    - Acrylic Top Hats
    - Small Wooden Peg Dolls
    - Chipboard Steamer Trunk
    - Round Wooden Hat Boxes
    - Miniature Rubber Chickens
    - 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels

    To enter the Run Away and Join the Circus 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, May 4, 2015). AND tell me which tiny circus performer from Kristin’s Tiny Peg Circus you like best (and why).

    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 Safari Hardware Giveaway? That would be Mary Helene! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    91 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 3rd, 2015

    New Metal Hardware & Safari Artwork by Katie Zoey Ho!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Katie Zoey Ho, Newsletters, Tutorials, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A quick reminder before getting to the new artwork and goodies…
    the Half Price Sale on Fairies Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) announced in Sunday’s Newsletter ends tomorrow night (Friday, May 1st). Now I’m handing this off to Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers).
     

    My most adorable, freaky little Design Team Member Katie Zoey Ho will be talking about her project (see a nice big photo, below) from the Vintage Vagabond Kit.

    Besides being a coffee freak, I’m equally a freak in imagining doing certain things in unusual places such as shopping for my favourite trunk in a Safari park… Presenting here my ideal Safari Trunk Boutique diorama which is on this week’s Alpha Stamps newsletter project highlight using this month’s kit.

    I used a bazillion of Alpha Stamps supplies plus those greens and other supplies I’ve been keeping for God knows what the hell I’m hoarding for, I transformed a small wooden box into a wooden chest using (New!) Tim Holtz Stencil – Woodgrain (and Molding Paste) and painted it over with various shades of brown. Added a layer of bushes and dumped some branches, and fern garlands at the top. To finish off, I added on Metal Claw Feet and Lion Door Knockers. Oooo how cool is that!!! I love these new Graphic 45 staples!!! They simply match this theme so well. Don’t you feel Safa-rish-ing?”

    I like how all of the items in the boutique are resting on a soft bed of Sheet Moss and the Violet Cherry Blossom Garland is just lazily hanging down while the giraffe nibbles on some greenery. So sweet!

    How cute with the word “SAFARI” spelled out in Alphabet Baby Beads on the side (and note those 2mm and 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs in that little photo, too). And those (New!) Metal Claw Feet and Lion Door Knockers are such a great addition to shadowbox-making supplies.

    Safari Trunk Boutique supply list is here and then once you’ve looked at that – grab your gear and head on over to visit Katie’s blog for more pictures. Katie also has a tutorial on how to make the 3D giraffe using the Out of Africa Collage Sheet too!


     


     Back In Stock Items  Watch out bunny! You're surrounded!  ALL On Sale!


    Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant


    Mini Rabbit Figurines


    Ceramic Bat Bead


    Small Paper Mache Book

     

    Hooray for the Safari Hardware Giveaway!

    I’ve included these goodies from Katie’s Safari Trunk Boutique (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - 1 Inch Bronze Keys (2 of them)
    - Alphabet Baby Beads
    - Bronze Binoculars Charm
    - 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
    - Steamer Trunk Parts Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet
    - Out of Africa Collage Sheet
    - Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet

    Then some things new, back in stock, or related to Katie’s artwork:
    - Funky Bronze Scissors Charm (New!)
    - Embossed Metal Box Corners (New!)
    - 1-5/8 Inch Bronze Door Handles (New!)
    - Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant (Back in Stock!)
    - Lion Head Handle
    - Antique Brass Clock Charm

     
    To enter the Safari Hardware 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 1, 2015)! AND tell me which of the metal bits in this Giveaway you’d use first OR what part of Katie’s artwork you like best.

    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 Luggage Giveaway? That would be Thalia Kottke! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    87 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 30th, 2015

    New Tim Holtz Fossilized Amber PLUS More Dollhouse Miniatures!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    Just one announcement before getting to the eye candy (artwork today by TWO Design Team Members, and lots of pretty miniatures)!

    We have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Fairies Collage Sheet with every order! Your free sheet will be Leslie’s choice from the Fairies Collage Sheets. PLUS: that section is ON SALE for 50% off for this week only (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Fairies Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise). Fairies Collage Sheets Sale ends Friday night, May 1st.
     

    Fairies? How did I possibly pick out the Fairies Collage Sheets section for this week’s sale, with new artwork by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana? The little imps on Nichola’s awards may not have wings, but the sweet children with wands, “potted” in moss and paper flowers just feel like fairies to me!

    I’m not too proud to admit that this year has been a bit difficult for me creatively. I’ve been creating work. I’ve even made some things that were quite nifty… but I’ve kinda felt ‘disconnected’ with my work.

    Anyway, I finally feel as though I’m getting back on track. I’ve got one or two projects I can’t show off just yet, but I also made something just for the hell of it that I think you’ll like. Some Very Important Altered Awards

    Very Important Altered Awards are made from simple, plastic trophy cups, similar to the Tim Holtz Mini Trophy Cups. You can do some great faux finishes using Alcohol Inks and Distress Paints. As you can see the Mirrored Stars give just the right amount of sparkle and shine. By the way — those Mirrored Stars are faceted AND they take Alcohol Inks really well!

    More pictures of the Altered Awards are on the Pixie Hill Blog.

    And check below because Leslie has picked out some impish collage sheets (and butterflies & ladybugs) for the Fairy Luggage Giveaway, to make your own version of Nichola’s awards!


     

    Next up we have The Doll Collector by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas, using the Steamer Trunk Mini Kit (plus the Mini Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Tiny Gold Buckles and Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet from the Vintage Vagabond Kit). I love the choice of using the sage green paper from the Sweet Paris 8×8 Paper Set on the outside of the trunk.

    The Doll Collector travels the world, collecting beautiful old dolls to bring home and keep her company in her art studio. She needs plenty of room because no doll can be left behind.

    The Doll Collector has many letters and postcards from all around the world. Her contacts let her know when they have found more darlings for her to collect. It was super easy to create this bundle of letters. All I did was cut, fold, and glue images from Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet. Some letters are even double sided!

    Here is Rhonda’s Supply List and see her blog for more info (like some tips on aging that clasp (on the outside of the trunk — from the Shabby Chic Metal Door Locks) and on burning the edges of the ribbon to stop fraying).


     


    Hooray for the Fairy Luggage Giveaway!

    This list of goodies jumps around a bit but I think they all get along well.

    First, a couple collage sheets from Rhonda’s The Doll Collector artwork:
    - Dolly & Me Collage Sheet
    - Dolls in the Attic Collage Sheet

    Then, a few things I think would make fun Very Important Altered Awards:
    - Tim Holtz Mini Trophy Cups (sitting on two 1-1/2 Inch Wooden Cube Blocks and a 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Cube Block}
    - Colorful Butterfly Buttons (the same ones Nichola used)
    - Little Imps Collage Sheet
    - 9x13mm Ladybugs
    - 1 Inch Miniature Chickadee
    - Fairy Vial
    - 12mm Acrylic Rose Beads – Mixed Colors

    And FOUR of the new items:
    - Miniature Metal Purse Tin
    - Miniature Metal Suitcase Tin
    - 3D Bronze Pointing Hands (two)
    - 3/4 Inch Lightweight Skeleton Keys (a set of 5)

    And from the Fairies Collage Sheet Sale:
    - Just Wings Collage Sheet
    - M for the Magpie Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Postcard Fairies Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Labels and Ads Collage Sheet (which brings us up to 7 collage sheets… so many I had to take another photo below to show them all)

     
    To enter the Fairy Luggage 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, April 27, 2015). AND tell me which parts of this mix of supplies you’d use together — and what you’d like to 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 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 Time Keeper Giveaway? That would be Helen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address. (And Helen commented, “It is so hard to pick a favorite! I pick the Exploratorium Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper. I love the hot air balloons, but the diver’s helmet is just too perfect to use for a gift I want to make my husband!”)
     

      
    99 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 26th, 2015

    New Time Keeper Collection, More Salvaged Metals

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Newsletters, Steampunk, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A quick reminder before getting to the (amazing!) eye candy…
    the Half Price Sale on Steampunk Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) announced in Sunday’s Newsletter ends tomorrow night (Friday, April 24th). And that perfectly meshes with some gorgeous new papers below…
     

    “To help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition I’ve created some postcards highlighting events from the Expo. When I was done making the postcards I felt like I hadn’t done enough. I’ve been itching to make a book accordion file so voilà, the perfect way to store postcards!”

    Of course she did! Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has exquisite bookbinding skills and I don’t think she realizes that not all of us can whip out a perfectly-aligned accordion book like she can. Caroline’s blog post today explains the overall project (and the funny postcards) and in the future she’ll have a tutorial showing the accordion book (to keep the postcards in).

    Here is Caroline’s Supply List and see her blog for more info and more photographs!


     


    Hooray for the Time Keeper Giveaway!

    I bet you saw this coming! With all the gorgeous papers in the new Time Keeper Line (and the last 2 days of the Steampunk Collage Sheet Sale), I just had to put some of those items together.

    So I started with ALL EIGHT scrapbook papers from Time Keeper (which takes up all of that giant photo at right, so see below for a better pic of the…

    FOUR collage sheets from the Steampunk Section:
    - Bicycles Collage Sheet
    - Hot Air Balloons Collage Sheet
    - Time Flies Collage Sheet
    - Charles Babbage Collage Sheet

     
    To enter the Time Keeper Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, April 24, 2015)! AND tell me which of the Time Keeper Scrapbook Papers is your favorite and why.

    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 Mini Hardware Giveaway? That would be Jill Noblitt! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    108 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 23rd, 2015

    New Relic & Artifacts PLUS Artwork by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Steampunk, Tutorials, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A couple quick announcements before getting to the eye candy…
    First, we have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Steampunk Collage Sheet with every order! Your free sheet will be Leslie’s choice from the Steampunk Collage Sheets. PLUS: that section is ON SALE for 50% off for this week only (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Steampunk Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise). Steampunk Collage Sheets Sale ends Friday night, April 24th.

    AND the Spring Cleaning SALE announced in Thursday’s Newsetter continues through tomorrow! The ENTIRE Scrapbook Papers Section is On Sale for 40% off! Except for the New Junque Gypsy Papers (still on sale at the 15% discount price that all scrapbook papers and paper pads are normally priced at), everything in that big section is priced to clear some space! (Big section indeed: over 250 designs to choose from! Note: that may have decreased a bit as a few have already sold out.)

    The Scrapbook Papers Sale ends Monday night, April 20th.
     


    It’s time for another spectacular creation by Design Team Member Laura Carson. Expedition Africa — which includes Out of Africa & Vintage Maps Collage Sheets (and a Vintage Maps Digital Image Set). (And I’d recommend beginning by scrolling down a bit to see the broad view of Laura’s artwork.)

    Perhaps you would like to join a group of intrepid explorers armed with only cameras and an adventurous spirit? You would? Well then get ready to delve into the heart of the Dark Continent… where animals are the esteemed explorers and humans? Meh, the mere species to be studied. (Which sounds about right to me!)

    To start you’ll need a good travel trunk (that is made from our Steamer Trunk Mini Kit). I bet you thought that was a leather trunk, didn’t you? It’s actually covered in this amazing Kraft-Tex Paper Fabric (New and On Sale!) that looks and feels like leather but sews, cuts and washes just like fabric! Laura stained it with Vintage Photo Stain and then after it dried, coated it with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Pretty fabulous how it looks like a real little animal skin trunk, don’t you think? Then again, it is Laura Carson we’re talking about so moving on!

    What’s next? A clever little suitcase made out of a Blank Altoid Tin, painted with Metal Patinas and then covered with cork sheet from the Tim Holtz Texture Surfaces pack to cover the front and back of the tin. The Texture Surfaces is pretty handy-dandy; it’s collection of adhesive-backed textured surfaces that can also be altered. Laura used a section from the burlap piece on a matchbox to make the smallest suitcase, put travel labels on all of the suitcases from the Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet while the straps and handles are made from the Faux Suede Sheets.

    The chest is made from a Paper Mache Treasure Chest and covered with paper from the Serengeti 8×8 Paper Pad (and is the paper pad that Laura used for her entire project). I love all of the tiny, rolled-up maps in the chest. Those are from the (New!) Vintage Maps Collage Sheet (also as a Digital Download Set — with 10 additional images not on the collage sheet) that Laura created just for this project. I think they’re adorable. Know what else I think is adorable? Sir Stompington III in his boots and hat looking into the trunk! I definitely need the Out of Africa Collage Sheet where he and all of his friends can be found so that I can create my own little story with them.

    The crates which start from a 2 Inch Wooden Cube Block are SUPER easy to make, as are the trees which are made from the Kraft-Tex Paper Fabric. By the way, the Kraft-Tex Paper comes in TWO different colors! Natural and Black, both of which I need to get my hands on…

    We have Laura’s Out of Africa Supply List for you to explore before you end up at Artfully Musing. Once you get to Artfully Musing, you’ll find a lot more pictures, tutorials and some free images (including Sir Stompington III’s cute little boots!) and bios on each explorer!


     


     


    Hooray for the Mini Hardware Giveaway!

    I’ve included these goodies from Laura’s Expedition Africa (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies — yes, lots more than this list!):
    - Vintage Maps Collage Sheet
    - Steamer Trunk Mini Kit
    - Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet
    - Out of Africa Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet
    - Blank Altoids Tin
    - Bronze Binoculars Charm
    - Bronze Small Box Hinges
    - Pronged Metal Handles
    - Tiny Gold Buckles
    - Fluted Ring Pull
    - Mini Fancy Latch Set
    - Small Box Latches
    - 1 Inch Bronze Keys

    And from the Steampunk Collage Sheet Sale:
    - Hardware Collage Sheet (which brings us up to 7 collage sheets… so many I had to take another photo below to show them all)

    And one of the new items:
    - Antiqued Brass Winged Heart Charm

     
    To enter the Mini Hardware 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, April 20, 2015). AND tell me either what part of Laura’s project you’d like to try your hand at OR what technique Laura used that you found most surprising.

    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 Bookcase of Darkness Giveaway? That would be Dana Desmond! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address. (And Dana commented, “I would make a cabinet that might be found in the Dark Arts classroom at Hogworts.” Can’t wait to see it!)
     

      
    113 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 19th, 2015