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    Land of the Butterfly Queen – Tutorial by Laura Carson

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

    A couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces THREE Land of the Butterfly Queen projects by Laura Carson!
     
    The 25% off Sale on ALL of the Gilded Life Pendants, Embossing Folders & Dies ends TODAY! See last Thursday’s Newsletter for the new pendants that inspired this sale, AND for the Valentine Chocolate Box by Caroline Ouzts-Hay that inspired the Mini Chocolate Box FREE Gift Kit.
     


    No time for sentiments today, my darlings! She who never sleeps, Design Team Member Laura Carson, has been burning the midnight creative oil again. You already know how fab she is, so I’m just going to jump right into things.

    Starting off: Laura designed 5 new collage sheets and a digital download set that goes along beautifully with the Sanctuary Scrapbook Papers. Land of the Butterfly Queen Collage Sheets #1 and #2, Butterflies & Moths Collage Sheet, Floral Panels Collage Sheet, AND the Butterflies & Moths Digital Download Set. Get ready because your Springtime Muse is going to wake up and want to play once you see these! AND, all 6 of the Sanctuary Papers AND the 5 NEW collage sheets are On Sale!

    Next: Laura made 2 tiny glass books. (Yes, I said GLASS!) A Tiny Square Glass Book (photos below) made with 1-1/2 Inch Square Glass Slides and a Tiny Glass Accordion Fold Glass Book made with 1×2 Inch Rectangular Slide Glass. Can you believe that these books are hinged?! Should I make an accordion book with floral panels or the square book with butterflies and adorable 15mm Bronze Bow Connector Charms? Decisions, decisions!

    Finally: the Large Glass Book (photos at left and right). Goooorjuhhss!!! Seriously — what’s not to love about this book? Laura said:

    “The centerpiece of the cover of the book is a piece of glass that is stamped, embossed and painted. The cover of the book is made from three pieces of chipboard and the center piece holds the glass, while the front and back pieces keep the glass in place by creating a sandwich.”

    My favorite part of the cover, aside from everything? The Creative Paperclay ornament on the front cover from new Silicone Mold – Ornaments & Settings. Another favorite element that I can’t wait to get my hands on is the Springtime Robin Unmounted Rubber Stamp. This is such a pretty stamp! Like an embroidered lace panel with butterflies, eggs, daisies and a robin.

    There is a supply list for each of these projects! Tiny Square Glass Book, Tiny Accordion Fold Glass Book and the Large Glass Book. Once you get over to Laura’s blog, you won’t be able to peel your eyeballs off the screen there are so many gorgeous pictures (and tutorials)!

    And come back after you’ve recovered from you swoon: Leslie pulled together a very pretty Sanctuary Giveaway based on Laura’s projects, and there are lots of yummy new items, most of which Laura used in her books!

     

    Hooray for the Sanctuary Giveaway!

    Starting off this purdy Giveaway with ALL 6 of the Sanctuary Papers AND ALL 5 of Laura’s NEW collage sheets! (Yes, and that link includes the Into the Woods Collage Sheet that Laura also used in her artwork, so I’m including that one, too!)

    Next, all of these items I gathered from one or another of Laura’s Land of the Butterfly Queen projects:
    - Bronze Branch Connectors
    - 15mm Bronze Bow Connector Charms
    - Gold Metallic Mini Braid
    - 25mm Round Antique Bronze Setting
    - White Foam Stamen
    - Old Fashioned Roses (in White)
    - 12mm Acrylic Rose Beads – Mixed Colors
    - 3/8 Inch Looped Ivory Lace
    - 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
    - White Curly Petal Paper Flower Sprays
    - 1×2 Inch Rectangular Slide Glass (hard to see but they’re in the left of the photo… with the two bronze metal connectors on the glass)

    Then I added all three of these goodies (they just looked good with the palette):
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Ivory
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
    - 1/4 Inch Sheer Iridescent Ribbon (Celery with Pink Edge color)

    To enter the Sanctuary 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 26, 2015).

    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 Chocolate Box Giveaway? That would be Dawn! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    163 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 25th, 2015

    A Chocolate Box & Sweet New Pendants

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Star-Crossed Lovers Kit, Valentine's Day

    A couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces a sweet Valentine Chocolate Box by Caroline Ouzts-Hay.
     
    First: in honor of all the new cherub pendants and settings (that cutie at left is the new Heart Angel Pendant, and see more photos below), ALL of the Gilded Life Pendants, Embossing Folders & Dies are ON SALE for 25% off!
     
    Second: there’s a new FREE Gift Kit: Mini Chocolate Box, a bead and pearl version of a chocolate box (in a Tiny Paper Mache Box that you can decorate)! More info
     


    Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay is celebrating Valentine’s Day with two of my favorite things — chocolate and a hand-made card! Caroline said:

    “This is what every man should give their sweetheart (that or jewelry!). A custom decorated chocolate box and card. (I have to admit it was really hard for me not to eat those chocolates while I was decorating the box!) Alpha Stamps theme for this month is Star Crossed Lovers and y’all know how much I love using vintage images; there’s plenty to choose from in the kit. I decided to keep the card simple because I didn’t want it to overshadow the box; and I used a bunch of different papers from the Star Crossed Collection.”

    Since the papers in the Star Crossed Lovers Kit and Add-On Kit had a lot of blue throughout it, Caroline ended up using the blue as a highlight on the box by painting the Wooden Heart with Distress Paints Broken China Blue.

    Gorgeous Red Roses, a 4″ Gold Doily and sweet little Matte Acrylic Heart Beads wrap the whole presentation up quite nicely.

    Here’s Caroline’s supply list, and you can visit her blog to see more pictures!

    And, check out the Chocolate Box Giveaway (below) that Leslie pulled together, inspired by Caroline’s artwork! AND (I know… there’s more?) Leslie got inspired by Caroline’s Valentine and created the Mini Chocolate Box FREE Gift Kit, too!

     

    Hooray! A Chocolate Box Giveaway!

    I decided to start this Giveaway with one of the Star-Crossed Lovers Add-On Kits! That includes 3 things in Caroline’s Valentine Chocolate Box supply list (Psst! that’s a link to a list all the items, with photos):
    - Star-Crossed Stripe Scrapbook Paper
    - Matte Acrylic Heart Bead Mix
    - 18mm Matte Puffy Heart Beads

    Next, I add these goodies (also used in Caroline’s artwork but not in the Add-On Kit):
    - Vaguely Valentine Collage Sheet
    - Red Roses Collage Sheet
    - Souhaits Sinceres (Sincere Wishes) Collage Sheet (Shown at near right and just put On Sale!)
    - Red Floral Dresden Hearts
    - 4 Inch Gold Doilies

    Then I added all of these items that are either New or Just Put On Clearance!:
    - Quatrefoil Dresden Borders – Gold
    - Toby Looking Up Rubber Stamp
    - Punch on Sled Rubber Stamp
    - Punch with Snowball Rubber Stamp
    - Mini Chocolate Box Gift Kit

    To enter the Chocolate Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, January 23, 2015)!

    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 Juliet Giveaway? That would be Rosemary Sharon! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    101 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 22nd, 2015

    Star-Crossed Lovers by Nichola Battilana!

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Star-Crossed Lovers Kit

    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana doesn’t disappoint with her project using the January Kits.

    “The theme over at Alpha Stamps this month is Star Crossed Lovers (which I love!) For my project I began by embellishing a Hinged Wood Chest with Clasp with Glitter, stars and adding wheels… then I altered a series of Blank Playing Cards with a romantic, lusty theme to fit inside.

    “The cards themselves are distressed and then have fitting snippets from old books added.”

    Romantic, lusty and snippets from old books! Tell me, does it get any better than that?

    Nichola used a fabulous technique with candle wax to embed Tiny Star Sequins and Matte Acrylic Heart Beads onto the cards. After using the candle wax, Nichola decided that using Beeswax Pellets would be more flexible and less likely to crack like the candle wax did.

    The (new!) hinged wooden chest is so cute on wheels. We don’t have the exact wheels that Nichola used but never fear! We have two different sizes of wooden wheels to choose from; the 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels and the 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheels. Either would work and look quite spectacular!

    Gaze upon Nichola’s supply list, then roll yourself on over to her blog to see more pictures and advice in making your own cart of cards. (And don’t forget to come back (or just scroll down) to enter today’s Juliet Giveaway.)

     

    Hooray for the Juliet Giveaway!

    First, let’s start with all of these items I gathered from Nichola’s Lover’s Box (note: that’s a link to photos of all these supplies):
    - Green Man Brass Stamping
    - Hinged Wood Chest with Clasp
    - Tiny Star Sequins
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Gold
    - Vaguely Valentine Collage Sheet
    - Juliet Collage Sheet
    - The Balcony Collage Sheet
    - Blank Playing Cards
    - Matte Acrylic Heart Bead Mix
    - 18mm Matte Puffy Heart Beads

    And, in case you’d like to add wheels to your little wood chest (like Nichola did), I added both sets of wooden wheels:
    - 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels
    - 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheels

    Then I added all three of these New and On Sale! goodies (keeping with the Juliet theme):
    - Sonnet Scrapbook Paper
    - Juliet Sonnet Die-Cut Embellishments
    - Kraft with Pink Damask Scrapbook Paper

    And, still sticking with the Shakespeare theme, I not only added a Shakespeare’s Heroines Collage Sheet and Isabella Rubber Stamp (and put both On Sale!), but I also put these other rubber stamps from the theatre section On Sale at 50% off!:
    - Anne of Bohemia Rubber Stamp
    - Thisbe Listening for Pyramis Rubber Stamp
    - Elizabeth of York Rubber Stamp

    AND I also just put ALL Theatre Collage Sheets On Sale! (through this Wednesday, January 21st)!

    To enter the Juliet 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 19, 2015).

    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 Death & Roses Giveaway? That would be Emily N! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    152 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 18th, 2015

    Love, Death and Roses by Lora Mahaffey

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella's Corner, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters


    Psst! Miz Bella here, and I’m taking over this newsletter!

    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey is trying to buttuh mah butt right up before she calls me a biscuit; with her creation Love, Death, and Roses (made with old doll parts.) Four of my most favorite things!

    Lora ran with the more subtly-colored papers from the Star-Crossed Collection to create her sweet little ode to Love and Death in 3 separate pieces (those papers are just so varied… that distressed honeycomb pattern is grand).

    And Lora made her shrines from what else? The Paper Mache Tombstone Set!

    The Paper Mache Tombstone Set is really versatile. If you’ll remember, Teri Calia created the Edgar Allan Poe Gravestone Triptych; and yours truly created the Divinity Shrine out of the same set. But I digress, back to Lora’s project! A few helpful hints from Lora:

    “A couple of quick notes… these awesome tombstones are paper mache and about an inch thick. For the one at left I cut a hole in it, to inset the hand holding the heart. I put a block of cardboard scrap inside the bottom of the tombstone to elevate the hand to the right height and glued it down. Easy peasy!

    All the banners were printed on stiff white scrapbook paper, cut to the shape they are and then aged up with paint.
    The bases the tombstones are sitting on are all scrap chipboard I covered in matching paper, painted and then glued to the bottom of each tombstone.”

    Check out the gorgeous 1-1/2 Inch Red Paper Roses, 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Black Lace and one of my favorites, A Gilded Life – Love Wings Pendant — all On Sale! It all meshes together beautifully, don’t you think?

    Take a peek at Lora’s supply list before you do dance macabre on over to Lora’s blog for more pictures and also Lora’s musings on Love, Death, Roses and Tattoos.

    And (oh, my!) check out the gorgeous Death & Roses Giveaway (below) that Leslie pulled together, inspired by Lora’s artwork! AND (I know… there’s more?) Leslie got inspired by the red roses and brass filigree in Lora’s piece and created the Filigree & Roses FREE Gift Kit, too!

     

    Hooray! A Death & Roses Giveaway!

    In addition to just about EVERYTHING in Lora’s Love, Death, and Roses supply list (Psst! that’s a link to a list all the items, with photos)…

    I added all of these New items:
    - Tiny Burgundy Paper Roses
    - Mini Rose Buds – Burgundy
    - 1 Inch 2-Tone Brown Paper Roses
    - 20mm Red Heart Buttons
    - 40x30mm Black Oval Setting
    - 25mm Round Antique Bronze Setting
    - 18x13mm Oval Filigree Settings
    - 40x30mm Resin Skeleton Woman Cameo (not new… but she fits in the new black setting)
    - 18×13 Resin Cameo Set (not new either… fits in (and shown with) the new 18x13mm Oval Filigree Settings)

    And these goodies that screamed at me that they wanted to join the party:
    - Thin Ornate Filigree
    - 47mm Antique Gold Filigree
    - Skeleton Slides Collage Sheet
    - Skeleton Slide Mailers Collage Sheet

    And one of the Filigree & Roses Gift Kits!

    To enter the Death & Roses Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, January 16, 2015)!

    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 We’re All Mad Here Giveaway? That would be Kim Lucak! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    142 Comments » Posted by MizBella, January 15th, 2015

    We’re All Mad Here & New Alice Collage Sheets!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters


    We’re all mad here at Alpha Stamps, and the maddest of us all is Design Team Member Laura Carson. Who else could design a set of awesome, Alice in Wonderland Tarot Cards AND a Diorama AND coordinating collage sheets? See what I mean? The woman is quite mad, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

    “I’m kicking off the New Year with a trip to Wonderland where anything is possible. When I saw the Star Crossed Lovers Kit at Alpha Stamps all I could think of was Alice, and with a set of Alice tarot cards you can unlock your own future.”

    What’s not to love about the tarot cards? The bases of the cards are made from Blank Playing Cards. The Star-Crossed 12×12 Collection Pack and the Star-Crossed 6×6 Paper Pad have the perfect palette for Alice-themed projects with a lot of red, black and aqua blue. Laura’s two new collage sheets, We Are All Mad Here and Wonderland, go with the new papers beautifully. Guess what? There’s also a 62 piece, Wonderland Set Download, too. (The frames you see on each card are from the Wonderland Collage Sheet and the Wonderland Set Download.)

    The Wonderland digital image set includes all of the images in both the We Are All Mad Here and the Wonderland Collage Sheets along with 14 more images (and silhouetted .png files so they’re a breeze to layer over each other for digital collages). Just imagine how much fun you could have falling down the rabbit hole with all those images!

    For instance: as much fun as Laura had creating her We’re All Mad Here Diorama (see photo below). You know I have to ask, as I always do when speaking about Laura: When does she sleep?!

    (Psst! And those new collage sheets and the digital images set are all On Sale! And don’t forget the FREE Gift Kit announced in last Thursday’s Newsletter!)

    One of my favorite elements from the diorama is the lacy paper heart atop the house of cards. It’s cut out from the New and On Sale! Die-Cut Red Lacy Heart Wraps that is actually meant for wrapping cupcakes, but the die-cut hearts are perfect for using in a collage. (As you can see!)

    Of course, Laura explains on her blog how she made everything, including the tarot cards AND the adorable house of cards in her diorama. Before you run on over to Laura’s wonderland, here’s a list of the supplies she used. There is a FREE download for you if you’d like to make your own tarot cards on her blog so hurry, hurry… don’t be late! (And don’t forget to come back (or just scroll down) to enter today’s Giveaway.)


     


     Back In Stock Items  (and a reminder...)  


    Brass Oak Leaf Set


    Key To My Heart - Dreamy Scrapbook Paper
    In today's Giveaway!


    Key To My Heart - Flattered Scrapbook Paper
    In today's Giveaway!

     

    Hooray for the We’re All Mad Here Giveaway!

    What a fun, colorful Alice in Wonderland and Valentine’s Day mash-up!

    First, let’s start with all of these items from BOTH of Laura’s Alice Projects (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet
    - Wonderland Collage Sheet
    - Yesterday Papillon Scrapbook Paper
    - Die-Cut Red Lacy Heart Wraps
    - 18mm Matte Puffy Heart Beads
    - Blank Playing Cards
    - Star-Crossed Vanity Scrapbook Paper
    - Small Playing Card Decks
    - 1 Inch Playing Card Deck
    - Red Floral Dresden Hearts
    - Mushrooms – Orange (Psst! I just put all the 10mm Mushrooms On Sale!)
    - Mushrooms – Brown
    - Tiny Green Leaf Garland

    Then, I added a couple more items that fit in with Laura’s theme (ALL On Sale!):
    - Key To My Heart – Dreamy Scrapbook Paper
    - Key To My Heart – Flattered Scrapbook Paper
    - The Red Queen Collage Sheet
    - 4mm Fused Pearls – Red

    And an unmounted Alice’s Adventures Rubber Stamp Set! (AND I just put that rubber stamp set AND the Alice Tea Party Rubber Stamp Set On Sale at 50% off!)

    To enter the We’re All Mad Here 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 12, 2015).

    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 Juliet & Roses Giveaway? That would be Linda K! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    166 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 11th, 2015

    Valentine Fortune Cards by Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Star-Crossed Lovers Kit, Valentine's Day

    A couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces some beautiful new artwork from the Design Team.
     
    First: the artwork for the Home for the Holidays Swap is in the Gallery! (And that adorable house at left is by Teri Steele!)
     
    Second: there’s a new FREE Gift Kit: Juliet Cards, which includes an exclusive, mini collage sheet with images sized for making your own Juliet cards (inspired by Rhonda’s artwork… read more below). More info
     


    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas is here with a gorgeous set of cards as her offering for the Star Crossed Lovers Kit and Add-On Kit. About her cards Rhonda said:

    “How will the man make the woman’s heart feel today? Will he be passionate, absent, loving, needy, missing, or short? Leave her wondering what the heck is going on or make her feel high on a cloud? Well, my cards can’t tell her that but they sure do look beautiful.”

    Yes indeed they are! Majestic roses from the Red Roses Collage Sheet and the lovely contrast of the green and turquoise from the New Yesterday Beautiful Past Scrapbook Paper are the base of Rhonda’s Love Her, Love Her Not Fortune Cards. Gilt, flowers and a bevy of babes — what more could you ask for?

    Rhonda and her fortune telling cards have me thinking I should make my own set with the Blank Playing Cards. Making your own set would be quite fun, don’t you think?

    You’ll want to have all of the fabulous supplies Rhonda used, so here’s her Supply List. After you take a look at the supplies, swoon on over and see Rhonda. She will walk you through how she created the sweet holder for her cards on her blog.

    (And then come back! ‘Cause Leslie has pulled a loverly Giveaway with lots of the items Rhonda used… and the Back in Stock Square Paper Mache Box is a perfectly-sized substitute for the found box Rhonda decorated… AND there’s a New Juliet Cards FREE Gift Kit inspired by Rhonda’s artwork!)


     New Goodies!

    Mini Metal Box Feet Set
    Mini Metal Box Feet Set

    Cherub Metal Box Feet Set
    Cherub Metal Box Feet Set In today's Giveaway!

    9mm Heart Charm Set*
    9mm Heart Charm Set In today's Giveaway!

    Juliet Cards FREE Gift Kit
    Juliet Cards FREE Gift Kit In today's Giveaway!
     

     

    Hooray! A Juliet & Roses Giveaway!

    I started by picking out a few (?!) items from Rhonda’s Love Her, Love Her Not Fortune Cards (Psst! that’s a link to see all the items in Rhonda’s supplies, with photos):
    - Yesterday Beautiful Past Scrapbook Paper
    - Black Sweeper Fringe
    - Blank Playing Cards
    - Vaguely Valentine Collage Sheet
    - Flower and Leaves Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
    - Gardenias – Cream-Pink-Brown
    - Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders
    - Juliet Collage Sheet
    - Queen of Hearts #3 Collage Sheet
    - The Balcony Collage Sheet
    - Red Floral Dresden Hearts
    - Red Roses Collage Sheet
    - Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet
    - Matte Acrylic Heart Bead Mix*
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise
    - Vintage French Ads Collage Sheet
    - Narrow Gold Fleur Dresden Borders

    Then I grabbed a couple of the New items:
    - 9mm Heart Charm Set
    - Cherub Metal Box Feet Set (love these!)

    And one of the Juliet Cards Gift Kits!

    To enter the Juliet & Roses Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, January 9, 2015)!

    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 Star-Crossed Lovers TWO-Kit Giveaway? That would be Debra Gibson! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    122 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 8th, 2015

    Star-Crossed Lovers (TWO New Kits plus a Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Star-Crossed Lovers Kit, Valentine's Day

    Wow! That week of kits and Giveaways went by like a blur. A few things have sold out, but the items put on sale (to coordinate with the daily kits) will be on sale through tomorrow night (Monday, January 5th). See this blog post (the yellow box with the list of themes) to jump to each post and see the sale items (and the kits — the kits are still available, either via that list or here in the current kits category).
     
    Next up: Design Team Call! We are excited to announce that we are looking for new Design Team Members and Guest Designers for Alpha Stamps!
     


    It’s time to announce the January Kit: Star-Crossed Lovers!

    When I saw the Star-Crossed Collection, I knew I’d have to work it into a kit (a Valentine’s Day kit with lots of red, but with some black mixed in, too, for those doomed, “star-crossed” lovers, Romeo and Juliet). I love all the themes mixed into the collection: from star constellations, typewriter keys and playing cards to Alice in Wonderland.

    And I couldn’t leave well-enough alone: I mixed in another scrapbook paper — Papillon from the Yesterday Collection (and added the New Red Roses and Vaguely Valentine collage sheets).

    Plus some Red and Pink Glass Heart Charms and Red Floral Dresden Hearts.

    See the Star-Crossed Lovers Kit page for more details.

    And check out the wonderful artwork using the new kit, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! Kristin used the New and On Sale! Countdown Chipboard Shadowbox as the structure (and way to organize) a galaxy of little 2″ x 2″ collages (all united by the turquoise and red color palette). There is so much to take in… and I love the way Kristin mixed in everything from Juliet, circus elephants, the Queen of Hearts, and Casanova… all the way through the Easter bunny!

    Here is the stupendous Supply List and learn more about the project (and see more photos) at Kristin’s blog. More of Kristin’s photos plus more artwork made from this kit is in the Gallery. (And don’t forget to come back (or just scroll down) to check out the second kit and today’s Giveaway.)

     
    Hooray for the Star-Crossed Lovers TWO-Kit Giveaway!

    Yes, you’ve already had a preview of both kits so I’m not repeating the photos here, but the Giveaway today is for both the Star-Crossed Lovers Kit and the Star-Crossed Lovers Add-On Kit!

    To enter the Star-Crossed Lovers TWO-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 5, 2015).

    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 Rose Cafe Kit Giveaway? That would be Jackie! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    136 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 4th, 2015

    2015 Design Team Call

    Filed under Announcements, Design Team

    We are excited to announce that we are looking for new Design Team Members and Guest Designers for Alpha Stamps!

    • Can you meet deadlines without stressing yourself (or us) out?
    • Are you confident and able to work on your own creative initiative?
    • Do you know how to showcase products effectively?
    • Do you have your own active blog?
    • Do you like to social network?
    • Do you know how to take good quality photographs of your work and upload them to a Web site, online gallery or blog?

     
    Rewards and Benefits

    • Design Team Members will receive a package of Alpha Stamps products (“Design Team Kit”) approximately every 4 weeks, including new products before they are released!
    • Design Team Members will receive prominent exposure on the Web site, blog, gallery and weekly newsletters.
    • Design Team Members will receive a generous discount on purchasing additional products.

     
    Requirements

    Alpha Stamps requires the following from all of its permanent team members:

    • Design Team Members will be offered a non-exclusive 1-year contract with Alpha Stamps.
    • Design Team Members are expected to complete a minimum of 1 piece of artwork every month with products received in monthly Design Team Kits.
    • Designer Team Members will also be expected to:
      • Create a monthly tutorial (with step-by-step photos) to appear on the Alpha Stamps blog and your own personal blog. Note: occasionally, additional work may be required for special activities and holidays.
      • Participate in social networking (sharing your projects on your blog, Pinterest, Facebook and/or Twitter).
      • Share or retweet our news and updates at least twice a month or as requested.
      • Bring creative design and fresh ideas!

    Submissions Deadline: February 4, 2015

     
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    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, January 3rd, 2015

    While the Cat’s Away – Final Day: Rose Cafe

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2014, French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Kits, Newsletters, Sale


    Hey, it’s Day 7 of the While the Cat’s Away Giveaways! And today’s theme is Rose Cafe.

    I really like this group. The scrapbook papers that started my process are so much prettier than I expected. And any chance to trot out a vintage French theme is fine by me. Plus (to go with the old letters and envelopes on a couple of the papers), I found a rubber stamp with French handwriting (not in the kit, but see below for a photo/link).

    Starting with the big items in the kit:

    Rose Cafe 12×12 Collection Pack
    A big set that includes 18 double-sided 12″ x 12″ papers (2 each of 9 sheets) and a sheet of cardstock stickers, in a beautiful mix of French blue, tile designs and yellow roses.

    French Floral Collage Rubber Stamp
    An Alpha Stamps exclusive collaged stamp; just a bit larger than an ATC (so you can stamp a full bleed off the edges of your ATC).

    TWO new sets of velvety mulberry paper flowers:
    - Teastained Dahlias – Nightfall
    - Petite Teastained Cream Pansies and Leaves

    Paris Printed Book Covers
    Beautiful, heavy chipboard covers with printing (that looks like a vintage leather book… the embossing is only printed but looks real). Punch holes for binding or use “as is” for an accordion-folded book.

    See the Rose Cafe Kit page for a detailed list of all the items and more photos.

     
    Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways 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 Rose Cafe Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (January 1st or 2nd, 2015) by midnight Friday night (PST). (Happy New Year!)

    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 previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back THIS SUNDAY to see who won and to see what’s in the January Kit!

    Hey, who won the Time Traveler’s Memories Kit Giveaway? That would be Kristie! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules (including how you can get entered twice in each day’s drawing).

    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 1/5/15) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 7! 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!

      
    154 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 1st, 2015

    While the Cat’s Away Day 6: Time Traveler’s Memories

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2014, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Kits, Newsletters, Sale

    Hey, it’s Day 6 of the While the Cat’s Away Giveaways! And today’s theme is Time Traveler’s Memories. (I feel like I’ve been time traveling… how’d we arrive at day 6 already?) With a bonus as Teri Calia has created a lovely Butterfly Shadowbox with this kit!


    What luscious artwork Teri has made! From the gorgeous pendant on the front cover (using the New A Gilded Life – Chandelier Bezel Die to cut paper from the New Time Travelers Memories 6×6 Paper Pad to fit the A Gilded Life – Chandelier Bezel – Large Gold) to the whimsy of using stamen as antenae for the Resin Baby Doll “butterfly” on the inside!

    On the inside of what, you may ask… the inside of that ever-useful ATC Book Box (also included in the kit)! It’s a nicely-made box with a wrap-around cover with ample room for a big stack of heavily embellished ATCs (or maybe design a little scene inside, just like Teri’s).

    And you can see from all the photos that there is (another!) flurry of beautiful flowers in this kit:
    - New 1 Inch Burgundy Paper Roses
    - New Petite Teastained Black & Cream Pansies and Leaves
    - White Pearl Stamen

    This kit includes 3 collage sheets, that have just been put On Sale, too:
    - Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
    - Butterflies Collage Sheet
    - La Mode – Papillon Collage Sheet

    See the Time Traveler’s Memories Kit page for a detailed list of all the items (or see the photos below for highlights of quite a few).

    AND here’s a link to Teri’s full Supply List (yes, she used a few items not in today’s kit)… and see more photos of the Inspiring Butterfly Shadowbox on Teri’s blog.

     

    Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways 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 Time Traveler’s Memories Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (December 31, 2014) by midnight (PST).

    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 previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see what’s on offer for Day 7 (the final day!) of the Sales & Giveaways!

    Hey, who won the Serenity Kit Giveaway? That would be Mary Ann Smith! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules (including how you can get entered twice in each day’s drawing).

    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 1/5/15) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 7! 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!

      
    127 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 31st, 2014