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    New Vintage Winter Paper & Art, plus Sale & Free Gift ending tomorrow!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, The Snow Queen Kit, Tutorials

    Oooh! Ready for some sparkly, glittery, snowy new things? I hope we’re not making you feel cold. The Snow Queen artwork is soooo pretty, I hope you’ll turn up the heat and enjoy!

    Kay Meets the Snow Queen by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    This is so beautiful! Check the wide photo below for the whole project plus a close-up of some crackly (colorful!) ice Shannon created, and a preview of the tutorial from Shannon’s blog post.

    Shannon used the Vintage Winter 6×6 Paper Pad, shown at right. I love the subtle colors, and the same designs being printed in brighter and more faded versions… perfect for using on the front & back of a project. (Beside the loverly shadowbox, Shannon also created a second project using this paper, which is shown down in the Giveaway section — and you could win everything from BOTH of her supply lists!)

    After assembling the shadowbox, I papered the inside using new Vintage Winter 6×6 Paper Pad, slathered a thick layer of Dimensional Snow along the bottom, then stuck glittery trees (from a silver juniper pick) in the snow. The snow was sprinkled with fine glitter and a besparkled Snow Queen and Kay were added while the dimensional snow was wet. I made a bass wood trim frame for the Taj Mahal card and gessoed the whole thing.

    Note: the glittered pick that Shannon used is sold out, BUT there are 4 new glittered picks being announced today (and 2 are included in the Giveaway)!

    The pretty Snowflake Border made nice corner bits and I glued on a few Tiny Flat Back Pearls before splotching on some crackle medium here and there. When that dried, I mixed blue and purple Distress Ink with water and painted over the crackle medium. It reminded me of ice or the hobgoblin’s cracked mirror from The Snow Queen.

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post and/or see everything from her Kay Meets the Snow Queen supply list.


     

     
    Reminder: ALL Household Charms are on Sale at 40% Off!

    That includes all kinds of little props: teapots, scissors, clocks, perfume bottles (includng some new ones announced Thursday).

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, January 22nd!
     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Teapot for Alice!

    As teapots always remind me of Alice (and teapots are on sale in the Household Charms Section), this gift announced in Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer!

    Starting with the new Transparent Teapot Charms (which are also part of the 40% off sale)! So many pretty colors! You’ll get a randomly chosen teapot… Plus, I’ve made a new mini collage sheet with a bunch of characters from the teaparty in Alice in Wonderland (just a portion shown here).

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, January 22 (2018) will receive one of these Teapot for Alice Gift Kits FREE!
     

    Hooray for the Winter Spool & Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Kay Meets the Snow Queen Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a few of the TWELVE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Vintage Winter 6×6 Paper Pad (used in both of the projects in the photo below)
    - Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set (the nameplate on the bottom of the shadowbox)
    The Snow Queen Kit (Wow! that’s a big bunch of items all by itself!)


     

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s shadowbox artwork, all of which are in the Giveaway!

    Note: I’m omitting the collage sheet and and Taj Mahal Window Card from the Giveaway, as they will already be included in The Snow Queen Kit .

    PLUS: I’m including a few more things from that cute spooly girl. (I know… I haven’t even mentioned the cute second project Shannon made!)
    - Angel Wings Collage Sheet
    - Little Imps Collage Sheet
    - Gardenias – Mixed Cream Lavender Purple
    - Cherry Blossom Cream to Pink Mix
    - Silver Glittered Leaf Pick
    - Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls

    Here’s the Winter Spooly Girl Supply List link for photos and links to everything I just mentioned above!

    AND a few more additions:
    - Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet (Sized for the 3 shapely label holders in the Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set. Plus a few extras a bit wider that are sized for the front cover of a Blank Altoids Tin.)
    - Blank Altoids Tin (of course, as you’ll have those titles and extra chipboard label holders)
    - Winter Branch with Snow (New — and would be a good substitute for the glittered pick in the shadowbox)
    - Curly Ting Ting Branches – Silver Glitter (New — another substitute option)

    To enter the Winter Spool & Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, January 22, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make? You’ll have a lot of wintry options — and a ton of pearls (as both the tiny and mixed sized sets are included)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won A Modern Snow Queen Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathlene Ford-Walters! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 21st, 2018

    Teapot Sale & NEW Free Gift. Plus beware that Girl Next Door…

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, The Snow Queen Kit

    Oh! A sale on the charms section that includes teapots! Well.. teapots always remind me of Alice, so I’m starting a new FREE gift kit today that includes both a teapot AND a little Alice teaparty scene! More on that below…

    But first, a new sale! Yay! Household Charms are on Sale at 40% Off!! That includes all kinds of little props: scissors, clocks, perfume bottles (includng some new ones being announced today!) and, of course, teapots.

    The sale runs through Monday night, January 22nd. But catch ‘em quick cuz quite a few little baubles in there will not be reordered.
     

    Snow Queen or Girl Next Door? by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey

    Ahhh! Oooo! Isn’t this little scene in a shadowbox pretty! I love the snowflake flurries, contained in (and exploding out from) the Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid. And the snippet of the Snowflake Border at the top kinda looks like a crown!

    Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Just a glance at this little box and you might think you’re looking at a pretty young woman in cute wintery clothing. And that is partly correct. But she’s also got a lot of swirling snow around her and is floating a few inches off the ground. Hmmmm…….

    More here than meets the eye. More power and strength than what one might see at first glance. Maybe the Girl Next Door really is a manifestation of the Snow Queen? Don’t be deceived by delicacy and a pretty face. She might not Hulk out if you piss her off, but she may have a whole blizzard waiting for those pretty little gloved hands to give the signal and let it rip.

    Read more (and see how to put the little scene together!) in Lora’s blog post and explore her supply list. Plus, check out the Giveaway for a chance to win them!


     

    NEW Teapot for Alice FREE Gift Kit!

    As I mentioned above, we have a new free gift with all orders starting today. Starting with the new Transparent Teapot Charms (which are also part of the 40% off sale)! So many pretty colors! (And don’t we need some color in this cold January week?)

    You’ll get a randomly chosen teapot… Plus, I’ve made a new mini collage sheet with a bunch of characters from the teaparty in Alice in Wonderland (just a portion shown here).

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 18 ‒ 22 (2018) will receive one of these Teapot for Alice Gift Kits FREE!


     

     
    Hooray for A Modern Snow Queen Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in Lora’s Snow Queen or Girl Next Door? Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the NINE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Snowy Winter Ladies Collage Sheet (for the image of the girl and the background)
    4×6 Shadowbox
    Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Lora’s artwork, and they’re all in the Giveaway!

    Plus a bonus: one of the Teapot for Alice Gift Kits.

    And a Small Jeweler’s Tin, just put on clearance.

    To enter A Modern Snow Queen Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, January 19, 2018).

    AND tell me: A modern snow queen? Maybe your own take on a modern snow queen? Who would she be? You? What will you make from these supplies?

    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!

    Hey, who won the Spring Spinner Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Nadine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 18th, 2018

    New 4 Seasons Spinner/Art, plus Sale & Free Gift ending tomorrow!

    Filed under Art Projects, Easter, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    Four Seasons Spinner by Teri Calia!

    Oooo! This project has been bubbling on a back burner for awhile, but well worth the wait.

    Starting with the new Rotating 4 Scene Room Box: A fun way to display 4 scenes (small scenes, but does fit 1:12 scale furniture). Could be 4 seasons… or holidays? Includes a metal “lazy susan” turntable and has a double-thick base.

    Teri has given us 2 of the 4 rooms now (Spring and Summer) and we’ll all look forward to 2 more later in the year. (“Summer” is shown in the first wide photo below; “Spring” is shown down in the Giveaway section — and you could win everything in her Spring supply list!)

    I’ve been collecting miniatures since I was a child. Way back then the miniatures were all different scales and mostly cheap things bought at the local five and dime store. I still have a bunch of those old miniatures in my collection and now they are considered kitschy vintage, lol. About ten years ago I started going to miniature shows (such as the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures) and my collecting turned to artist made miniatures and higher end commercially made miniatures.

    Miniatures are perfect for collecting because they don’t take up much space to keep and display… until your collection out grows your space and you can’t display everything. This is a huge problem because I want to see and enjoy my collection daily, not just store them in a box. So in my search for a better way to use my allotted display space I came upon a labor intensive, hand crafted, four room display box attached to a turn table (lazy Susan). I thought the idea was brilliant and rushed off to beg Leslie to have a kit made to sell through Alpha Stamps. And that is how the 4 Season Spinner was born. Of course my name was vetoed in favor of calling it the Rotating 4 Scene Room Box but no biggie, as I still got to make the first one for myself.

    Psst! Teri has incorporated her Unfinished Wooden Dresser from a past project (and it looks perfect in this summer scene). More info on the dresser.

    Read more in Teri’s blog post and/or see everything from her Summer supply list.


     

     
    Reminder: ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off!

    Over 40 to choose from! Like the Romance, Vaguely Valentine and Blue Birds, shown from left to right.

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, January 15th!
     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Snowy

    Laura Carson used the Winter Playground Toboggan Scrapbook Paper in her shadowbox from Thursday’s newsletter; I’ve chosen the related Winter Playground 6×6 Paper Pad, which includes 12 different papers… you’ll get 3 randomly chosen sheets! I’m showing a couple sets of 3 papers as examples in the photo at left.

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, January 15 (2018) will receive one of these Snowy Gift Kit FREE! In addition to the papers, I’m adding some Silver Stitched Leaf Ribbon, Iridescent Plastic Pearls and a Clear Acrylic Snowflake (and that last is also in Laura’s Snow Queen Shadowbox)!
     

    Hooray for the Spring Spinner Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Teri’s Spring Room Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (You may be benefitting from my brain addled by cold medicine!)

    I’m only highlighting a few of the SIXTEEN items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Rotating 4 Scene Room Box
    - New Miniature Pink Hydrangeas in Flower Pot
    Tiny Metal Jewelry Box (note: there is also one of these in the Summer room — painted gold and holding letters at the top right of the dresser)
    Mini Easter Basket Kit (Wow! that’s a big bunch of items all by itself!)


     

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

    I love the new Easter Bunny wall paper, so Springy! I must admit most of the smaller stuff in this room is from my collection and is either vintage, handmade, artist-made or no longer made. Remember, decorating a room like this gives you an excuse to start collecting or to start displaying your collection.

    To enter the Spring Spinner 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 15, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make? You’ve got 4 rooms to plan!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Mysterious Shadowbox Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Debbie S! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    77 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 14th, 2018

    Valentine Sale, 2 Projects by Laura Carson & NEW Free Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, The Snow Queen Kit, Valentine's Day

    Before we get to the pretty new artwork, new FREE gift and new supplies, a new sale!

    I know… it seems too soon but… ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off!

    Over 40 to choose from! Like the Winged Cupid, Tiny Little Valentines and Red Roses, shown from left to right.

    The sale runs through Monday night, January 15th!
     

    Two Shadowboxes by Design Team Member Laura Carson

    Wow (again)! Laura (too) has made 2 shadowboxes for January… I think the Design Team likes the shadowboxes! Beside the beautiful Snow Queen Shadowbox shown below, there’s an unexpected Woman of Mystery Shadowbox (down in the Giveaway section). And Laura has provided step-by-step instructions on how to make both on her blog!

    And… the new Snowy FREE Gift Kit (farther below) is inspired by Laura’s Snow Queen Shadowbox! But first, back to Laura’s blog post:

    The inspiration for the first shadowbox comes from this month’s kit: The Snow Queen. Through the window you can see a little boy having a magical experience encountering the frosty Snow Queen. She sparkles in the frosty night and the box looks on with wonder. Flanking the window scene are various snowflakes, frosty picks and beads.

    Read more (and see many more photos) in Laura’s blog post and explore her supply list (for the Snow Queen Shadowbox). Note: more info on the supplies for the second shadowbox (and a chance to win them!) is down in the Giveaway section!


     

    NEW Snowy FREE Gift Kit!

    As I mentioned above, we have a new free gift with all orders starting today (and inspired by Laura’s artwork)! Laura used the Winter Playground Toboggan Scrapbook Paper in her shadowbox; I’ve chosen the related Winter Playground 6×6 Paper Pad, which includes 12 different papers… you’ll get 3 randomly chosen sheets! I’m showing a couple sets of 3 papers as examples in the photo below.

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 11 ‒ 15 (2018) will receive one of these Snowy Gift Kit FREE! In addition to the papers, I’m adding some Silver Stitched Leaf Ribbon, Iridescent Plastic Pearls and a Clear Acrylic Snowflake (and that last is also in Laura’s Snow Queen Shadowbox)!


     

     
    Hooray for the Mysterious Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Oh, I do love this mysterious lady! So much depth and layering and texture… and love the little details like using the negative of the border (chipboard left over when you remove the border) from the Stained Glass Border across the top (painted gold). You can see the border itself at the bottom of the piece.

    EVERYTHING in Laura’s Woman of Mystery Shadowbox Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the 13 items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Pale Beauties Collage Sheet
    4×6 Shadowbox
    Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, and they’re all in the Giveaway!

    Plus a bonus: one of the Snowy Gift Kits.

    And a pair of the Long and Thin Bronze Hinges, just put on clearance.

    AND these 2 new items:
    - Love Story Scrapbook Paper – Twenty One (This would be great for Valentine’s Day or Alice in Wonderland projects.)
    - Polymer Clay Cane – Red Hearts (slice it up as trims for a paper collage or sugar cookies for a 1:12 scale scene)

    To enter the Mysterious Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, January 12, 2018).

    AND tell me: A Woman of Mystery? Another Snow Queen? An Angelic Shrine? (Those last 2 by Rhonda and Nichola, using the same shadowbox lid.) What will you make from these supplies?

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Orphanage Road Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Janet Turner! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    31 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 11th, 2018

    Circus Orphans & Fairy Godmothers, plus Sale & Free Gift

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials

    Orphanage Rd. In Winter by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel

    Ha! Kristin has made a whole different project from the same shadowbox lid that Nichola used last Thursday. And, in Kristin style, it involves the circus…

    Nothing says “holiday season” like some morose orphans looking sadly out at the snow, amIrite? When I found that the next Alpha Stamps monthly kit contained a window shadowbox, for some reason, I immediately thought of circus kids. Leslie was kind enough to design a collage sheet full of vintage circus kid images for me. I chose a large image of four solemn looking waifs, gave them all bright red clown noses, and built “Orphanage Rd.” to house them.

    I used two collage sheets so I could cut out the girls in front and stack them for more dimension. The upper trim is a Fleur Border, painted black and then coated with glaze.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below (for another photo showing part of her tutorial), as you could win EVERYTHING in her supplies!


     

     
    Reminder: ALL Tallulah’s Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! Lots of different themes in this section, most from beautiful vintage postcards.

    The sale runs through Monday night, January 8th! TOMORROW night!
     

     
    Bonus: Remember Nichola Battilana’s Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe? Nichola has finished her part 2 of the post: a tutorial video!

    You can learn all about making books, magazines, tiny stockings, letters & postcards… all things on Nichola’s Fairy Godmother’s Cupboard Collage Sheet!

    Go check it out; it’s beautiful!

     

     
    Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Stars & Shells

    Yes, seashells maybe be an odd choice for this time of year. But Nichola’s bathing-beauty-as-a-fairy from Thursday’s newsletter was a welcome splash of color when so many of you are facing a snowstorm.

    ALL ORDERS through Monday night, January 8 (2018) will receive one of these Stars & Shells Gift Kits FREE!

    I made a custom mix of gold stars (in numerous sizes), 5mm Clear Iridescent Star Sequins, a few other clear iridescent beads, and 1 each of the 3 colors of the new 22mm Scallop Shell Sequin Mix!
     

    Hooray for the Orphanage Road Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Orphanage Rd. In Winter Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the NINE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Vintage Circus Children Collage Sheet
    4×6 Shadowbox
    Chipboard Fleur Border

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

    No, you’re not going blind! The little girl in the “before” photo below didn’t end up in the final project:
    Before I covered the outside of the box, I used a Sharpie to color the inside window panes black. The outside windows were colored with a silver Sharpie. The little girl and her dog were originally considered for this piece, but they just looked too happy.

    To enter the Orphanage Road 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 8, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make? Obviously, the shadowbox with the window box lid can become many things…

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Angels & Stars & Dresden (oh my) Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Anne Squire! Congrats! Check your email for info.


     

      
    39 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 7th, 2018

    2 Projects by Nichola Battilana & a NEW Free Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Ok.. a bit distracted here as the Hayward Fault just gave a wake-up call. At least the cats had the good sense to run away. When that fault really goes, I don’t know that I’ll be emaiing y’all.

    Before we get to artwork and new supplies, a new sale!

    ALL Tallulah’s Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! Lots of different themes in this section, including one featured in the first project by Nichola…

    The sale runs through Monday night, January 8th!
     

    Two Chippy Shadowboxes by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

    Wow! Nichola made TWO projects today and they are both sooo beautiful! The first one is fairy-themed (adding wings to a bathing beauty… lovely and happily unexpected in January)!

    I made two projects using the same chipboard 4×6 Shadowbox as the base.

    The first box is a garden fairy theme… because that’s what my supplies demand I create. I’ve used the Shadowbox Lid – Double Pane Window for this piece. You can just peek beyond the pane to see the winged fairy and butterflies inside.

    I really prefer these two piece lidded boxes btw. They are soooo much easier to work with than a hinged top boxes.

    Read more (and see many more photos) in Nichola’s blog post and explore her supply list (for both of her shadowboxes). Note: another beautiful little shadowbox by Nichola is shown down in the Giveaway section! And read on for a FREE gift inspired by Nichola’s artwork


     

    NEW Stars & Shells FREE Gift Kit!

    As I mentioned above, we have a new free gift with all orders starting today (and inspired by Nichola’s artwork)! Yes, seashells maybe be an odd choice for this time of year. But Nichola’s bathing-beauty-as-a-fairy is so perfect (and a welcome splash of color when so many of you are facing a snowstorm).

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 4 ‒ 8 (2018) will receive one of these Stars & Shells Gift Kits FREE! I made a custom mix of gold stars (in numerous sizes), 5mm Clear Iridescent Star Sequins, a few other clear iridescent beads, and 1 each of the 3 colors of the new 22mm Scallop Shell Sequin Mix!


     


    Hooray for the Angels & Stars & Dresden (oh my) Giveaway!

    From Nichola: Although different thematically, the exterior of both boxes is bordered with Gold Dresden. Let’s face it… that stuff is just magic. I’m not one for resolutions but I think I need more lushness and opulence in my life and I’m sure upping my gold Dresden usage would make my world prettier.

    Soooo many pretty options from Nichola’s supply list. These are my choices from that list I am including in the Giveaway (with a lot of Dresden!):

    - 4×6 Shadowbox (in both projects)
    - Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal (at right)
    - Fairy Wings Collage Sheet
    - Angel Wings Collage Sheet (at right)
    - Bathing Beauties #1 (Tallulahs) Collage Sheet
    - Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet (at right)
    - Brass Starburst Charm (at right)
    - Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper (at right)
    - Gold Dresden Halos (at right)
    - Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes (in both projects)
    - Fancy Scalloped Gold Dresden Borders
    - Mixed Size Ivory Flat-Back Pearls (in both projects)
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Antique Gold (at right)

    Psst! Just click on this supply list link to see photos and links to all of those items.

    Plus a bonus: one of the Stars & Shells Gift Kits.

    AND these 2 items that would be close alternates for items in Nichola’s projects:
    - Teal Glitter
    - Frosted Berry Picks – Single Stems (see the inside of the garden fairy box above for some berries).

    To enter the Angels & Stars & Dresden (oh my) 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 5, 2018). Happy New Year!

    AND tell me: Garden Fairy? Psyche and Cupid? (Which project by Nichola inspires you? What will you make from these supplies?)

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Winter Wonderland Apothecary Jar Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kimberly! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 4th, 2018

    The Snow Queen

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, The Snow Queen Kit

    I feel a wee bit guilty here… showing you chilly colors and images while lots of you are facing REAL winter… but not much to do at this stage in my planning. I hope you’re reading this with your feet up, in front of a roaring fire!

    Before we dive into the new kit, new goodies, and new artwork there are still some sales from the past week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways happening!

    ALL scrapbook paper is on sale at 40% off !
      - ALL Christmas Paper Section (pads and single sheets). Over 40 items!
      - ALL Scrapbook Paper: Single Sheets . Over 200 items!
      - ALL Scrapbook Paper Sets. Over 30 items!

    I’m letting the scrapbook paper sale stay in place! So the new papers in today’s newsletter are 40% off! BUT this scrapbook paper sale ends TOMORROW night (January 1st, 2018!) at midnight.

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) also ends Monday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info
     

    The Snow Queen Kit

    We’re still in the wintry territory of last month’s kit, but this time with more intense colors, and sparkly snowflakes (3 styles of snowflake embellishments are in this kit).

    And, of course, snow queens! So many beautiful images have been painted over the decades to illustrate The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. I picked some faves for this new collage sheet (and note: 2 of the images are sized large enough to fill the entire area of the new 4×6 Shadowbox — and either of the cute window lids that fit that box… more on those below).

    Related to one of those shadowbox lids: a Taj Mahal Window Card is also included in this kit. (The window cards have the same size windows as the shadowbox lids, just in a flatter “greeting card” style.)

    Scrapbook Papers:
    THREE New 12″ x 12″ papers are included:
    - Winter Playground Toboggan Scrapbook Paper (And see below for a related 6×6 paper pad)
    - Aqua Blue Sponged Background Scrapbook Paper
    - Lavender Fairy Sky Scrapbook Paper

    Artwork! See the wide photo below for TWO related projects by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    Rhonda made both a 3D shadowbox and a window card using the same collage sheet image (but with different embellishments). You can see the 3/4 view on the far right of the photos to see the depth of the 2 options.

    More info and photos in Rhonda’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies.

    More info about the new kit is on The Snow Queen Kit page. And remember to scroll down to the Giveaway on this page for a chance to win a kit plus lots of extras! Plus between here and there, a big bunch of pretty coordinating trims!


     

     
    Hooray for The Snow Queen Kit Giveaway!

    Beside one of The Snow Queen Kits (that includes EIGHT items all by itself!), this Giveaway also includes:

    2 more new items also shown in the photo at right:
    - Shadowbox Lid – Double Pane Window
    - Jack Frost Collage Sheet

    and

    4 more items not shown in the photo at right (but they are in a row at the bottom of this Giveaway, with photos and links):
    - 4×6 Shadowbox (new and to fit that shadowbox lid in the photo)
    - Snowy Winter Ladies Collage Sheet (also new)
    - Large Snowflake Sequin Mix
    - Snowflake Border

    and

    3 more items from Rhonda’s supplies:
    - 5mm Thin Silver Snowflakes
    - Mini Silver Snowflake Garland - New!
    - Silver Glittered Leaf Pick

    To enter The Snow Queen Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, January 1, 2018). Happy New Year!

    AND tell me: A Snow Queen? Jack Frost? Wintery Lady? Which of the new collage sheets will you use first?

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the French Crowns Giveaway from yesterday’s newsletter? That would be Bonnie! (Note: there were 2 entrants named Bonnie — the winner in number 27.) Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    71 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 31st, 2017

    While the Cat’s Away Day 5: Bobby Pin Paper Crowns!

    Filed under Art Projects, Cat's Away... 2017, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Winter Crowns Kit

    It’s day FIVE of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! (Technically the final day of the event… but there is a “normal” first-Sunday-of-the-month KIT ANNOUNCEMENT tomorrow!)

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    We have a bonus today: not only a FLASH sale and a Giveaway: but also artwork by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana!

    WOW! Look at how beautiful those crowns are by Nichola! (See the 3 crowns below.) She is calling them Bobby Pin Paper Crowns (to be explained in a sec) but that name belies how rich they look.

    If you’ve followed along with my craft madness for any length of time you will know that I have a thing for crowns… paper crowns… paper crowns with glint and glitter.

    I didn’t make my crowns in the round. I just used the kit template as it was. I figured this would be practical for two reasons: 1) shipping. MUCH easier to ship a flat crown than a round crown. 2) I have friends who claim to have massively large and unusually small heads. I figured leaving the edges free, those friends who have hair could simply keep them in place with bobby pins.

    Well, there you go! Read more in Nichola’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list.
    And check out the Giveaway below, as you could win EVERYTHING in her supply list!


     

    Back to today’s FLASH sale: ALL Metallic Dresden are On Sale at 35% off! (Such a fancy group, and rarely on sale! Over 30 choices, including lots used in Nichola’s crowns today! See below for highlights of a few I’ve picked out to be included in today’s Giveaway!)

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Oxidation Giveaway. The winner is Linda Blakesley!

    Check your email for info about your prize package (including your custom pick: Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Radiant Gold)!

     
    Hooray! A French Crowns Giveaway! Wow… this one is so purdy…

    In addition to EVERYTHING in Nichola’s supply list (Really… you must click on that link to see all the pretties — I picked out 4 as examples of the cuteness, see the bottom of this Giveaway section), I’m adding ALL four of the gold Dresden trims in that Metallic Dresden Sale highlight row above (I specifically picked out some NOT used by Nichola so you’ll have even more options) and:

    - That new French Flea Market 12×12 Collection Kit (shown at right). I went looking for something French themed (I didn’t turn up anything as regal as Nichola’s color palette, but there are some dang cute prints in this set… and it’s on sale)!

    - ALL FOUR of the 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers in the second row of the Highlights of the Scrapbook Paper Sale section above… I know, too much to take in. So I took a screenshot of which ones I’m referring to (repeated below in miniature). Just scroll up to the “Highlights of the Scrapbook Paper Sale” subhead for more info. Note: all 4 of these are on sale, too!

    Reminder: Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways will work: I’ve gathered items around a theme and put together a Giveaway Kit that will be awarded to one lucky person.

    To enter the French Crowns Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (December 30, 2017) by midnight (PST).


    After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see the new kit (and more artwork!) and a new Giveaway!

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/18) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 10! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 30th, 2017

    While the Cat’s Away Day 4: Oxidation!

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2017, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale

    It’s day FOUR of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    No artwork today, but what a colorful NEW group of papers! Plus another FLASH sale and a Giveaway!

    And since there are new scrapbook papers (again) today, I’m letting the scrapbook paper sale stay in place! So the new papers are 40% off!

    - ALL scrapbook paper is on sale at 40% off !
      - ALL Christmas Paper Section (pads and single sheets). Over 40 items!
      - ALL Scrapbook Paper: Single Sheets . Over 200 items!
      - ALL Scrapbook Paper Sets. Over 30 items!

    We have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Star Crown Giveaway. The winner is Lynn Stevens!

    Check your email for info about your prize package!

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    Back to today’s FLASH sale: ALL Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) are On Sale at 40% off! (That’s a BIG group – almost 100 choices, including 3 new ones! See below for highlights of a few I’ve picked out to be included in today’s Giveaway!)


     Highlights of the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) Sale  View All


    2.5mm Rhinestone Chain - Aurora Borealis


    Crystal Iris Multicolor Confetti Mix


    Tea Stained Mica Fragments


    Large Snowflake Sequin Mix
    (Back in Stock!)

     
    Hooray for the Oxidation Giveaway! Time for some color?! Not Spring-flowers-kinda color. But big, bold, rusty, oxidized-metals-kinda color!

    Beside one of the NEW Oxidation 12×12 Collection Kits (which includes all 4 of the separate sheets from that group that are available to purchase separately — and are shown in this large photo)…

    and


     

    the 3 new glitter/sequin things shown above in the “new” section…

    and

    the Pumpkin Orange Ultrafine Glitter shown in the large photo…

    and

    the 4 highlights shown above from the “Glitter” Sale (!)…

    I’m giving you a choice! You get to pick out one more item from the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) sale section to add to your prize! There are tons of options!

    Reminder: Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways will work: I’ve gathered items around a theme and put together a Giveaway Kit that will be awarded to one lucky person.

    To enter the Oxidation Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (December 29, 2017) by midnight (PST). AND TELL ME WHICH EXTRA ITEM YOU WANT IN YOUR PRIZE! :) The Tea Stained Mica Fragments are ALREADY in the Giveaway, so please specify something else!

    After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see what’s on offer for Day 3 of the Sales & Giveaways!

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/18) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 10! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 29th, 2017

    Cat’s Away Day 3: 4 Crowns & Metallic Leaves

    Filed under Art Projects, Cat's Away... 2017, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Winter Crowns Kit

    It’s day THREE of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    We have a bonus today: not only a FLASH sale and a Giveaway: but also artwork by Design Team Member Laura Carson!

    Oh my… Laura has outdone herself! She has made FOUR crowns, each one in a unique style (see the wide photo below for previews of all 4). AND she includes a video tutorial on her blog post, showing how to make wearable crowns (from simpler paper crowns to more complicated wire-frame crowns).

    Plus Laura created 2 new collage sheets and a related set of digital image files that were used in the Golden Autumn and Ice Queen crowns (upper left lower right corners of the photo).

    I’ll be highlighting one of the crowns in the Giveaway below.

    Read more in Laura’s blog post and/or see everything from her FOUR supply lists (clockwise from upper left):
    - Golden Autumn Crown
    - Elegant Crown
    - Ice Queen Crown
    - Star Crown.
    And check out the Giveaway below, as you could win tons of her supplies!


     

    Back to today’s FLASH sale: ALL Paper Flowers & Leaves are On Sale at 40% off! (That’s a BIG group – over 120 choices, including some new ones being announced today! See below for highlights of a few I’ve picked out to be included in today’s Giveaway!)

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Remnants Giveaway. The winner is Rhonda Sihocky!

    Check your email for info about your prize package!


     Highlights of the Paper Flowers & Leaves Sale  View All


    Flower Stamen - Gold

    Small White Mulberry Paper Lilies
    Small White Mulberry Paper Lilies New!


    Large Pearl Stamen - Grey
    (in Laura's Ice Queen Crown)

    Silver Glittered Leaf Pick
    Silver Glittered Leaf Pick New!

     
    Hooray! A Star Crown Giveaway! Ok… that name may be a little deceiving. Although I adore the Star Crown (see multiple views below), I’ve also included supplies from each of Laura’s 4 crowns…


     

    Beside ALL four of the paper flowers/leaves/stamen in that Paper Flowers & Leaves Sale highlight row above and ALL of the supplies for the Star Crown (!), I’ve also included these items:
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Silver (from the Ice Queen Crown, plus the Large Pearl Stamen – Grey in the highlight row)
    - Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem or Crown (from the Elegant Crown)
    - White Pearl Beaded Wire Garland (from the Golden Autumn Crown)
    - Large Pearl Stamen – Gold (from the Golden Autumn Crown)

    AND both of Laura’s new collage sheets!
    - Gold Leaves Collage Sheet
    - Silver Leaves Collage Sheet

    Reminder: Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways will work: I’ve gathered items around a theme and put together a Giveaway Kit that will be awarded to one lucky person.

    To enter the Star Crown Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (December 28, 2017) by midnight (PST).

    After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see what’s on offer for Day 4 of the Sales & Giveaways!

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/18) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 10! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 28th, 2017