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    New Art x2, Sale Ends Tomorrow plus NEW FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tiny Dress Shop Kit

    Ohh! We have two fun projects today. And a special treat: A new FREE gift item, too (more info on that below).

    But let’s start with this fancy project by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)! That’s not just “fancy”, that’s Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz!

    I love this project — and all the items Bella fit into her Hidden Drawer Book Box! The half scale items she used fit just right (wallpaper, tiny hat boxes and the Bookshelf with Drawers) and mixing in a few 1:12 scale things look fine too (like the Tiny Thread Spools).

    Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz is so very, very happy all the time. This morning he has been dancing and has twirled himself around to his cabinet of frippery. Currently he is deciding if he’ll be using silks or velvets today; before he digs through his messy drawer of patterns.

    I had a lot of fun with this project using the Tiny Dress Shop Kit. Here are a few tips on how I made things.

    - The bolts of fabrics are made by cutting small rectangles from chipboard and then wrapping silk and velvet ribbons around each rectangle. Voilà! You now have bolts of fabric.

    - The books on the shelf are covered with images from the Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet, because books with plain covers just wouldn’t fly with Mr. Fahnze Pahntz.

    Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section (a close-up of those mini bolts of fabric) — where you can enter to win lots of Bella’s supply list! Here’s a link to her blog post (with even more photos and more info about Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz).
     

    Next up (and a new treat for you!): Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has used the new Mini Matchbook Journal to make an Embroidered Matchbook Journal!

    I love all the needlecraft things Shannon makes (have you seen the hats she knits for her cat?!) This project is a tiny, pocket-sized beauty!

    As Shannon notes in her blog post: “The base is (as you may have guessed) the same size as a regular matchbook and has a separate accordion folded insert with five pages for decorating. I considered gluing the pages so they would unfold sideways, or perhaps cutting out shapes with punches, and maybe painting or spraying or coloring the entire thing in bright rainbow colors.

    There were just too many ideas! My last thought was to doodle a tree along one side of the pages and add a short poem. In the end though, the ladies on the Gothics Collage Sheet caught my eye, and the rest of the journal drew from that.”

    Well done! See more photos in Shannon’s blog post, and see her short supply list.

    The Mini Matchbook Journal is a set of scored chipboard to make a miniature book that closes like a book of matches. As you can see in the photos, it’s your choice if the “pages” are attached so they open horizontally or vertically (or attached to the top of the cover or down by the base). And a gift for all of you: ALL orders, now through TOMORROW night, May 28th (2018) will receive ONE of the new Mini Matchbook Journals FREE! There’s nothing special you need to do; a set will be added to all orders dated today or tomorrow (if you add one to your order today or tomorrow, I’ll assume that’s ’cause you want an additional one).

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) Sale!

    EVERYTHING in the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) Section is 40% off!

    Over 100 options! From glitter to tinsel to rhinestone chain, like the Twinklets Diamond Dust and Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon at left and right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, May 28th.

    Go shopping for bling!
     

     
    Hooray for the Cabinet of Frippery Giveaway!

    Oh, where to start? I picked out quite a few items from Bella’s Supply List to include in today’s Giveaway:

    - The Bookshelf with Drawers – 1:24 so you have a (tiny) place to put everything else!
    - Half Scale Books & Things Collage Sheet (that portrait of Marie on the wall, and the tiny paintings on top of the cabinet)
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
    - Tiny Thread Spools – Set of 5
    - Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet (Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz!)
    - Half Scale Striped Dollhouse Wallpaper with Garlands
    - Half Scale Fashion Boxes Mini Sheet (I spy a tiny hat box on top of the cabinet)
    - Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet (cleverly used as book covers)

    Bonus: One of the new Mini Matchbook Journals!

    To enter the Cabinet of Frippery 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 28, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Bella’s (or Shannon’s) project?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Mini Bejeweled Dress Shop Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barb A! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    35 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 27th, 2018

    A Petite Dress Shop (and FREE New Collage Sheet)!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Tiny Dress Shop Kit, Tutorials

    Ah… That is truly a petite dress shop! Design Team Member Laura Carson is following this month’s kit theme and has used Altoids Tins (plus 2 sets of the tin facades) to make a wee little dress shop.

    I was intrigued by the zig-zag depth of the 3 “buildings.” See the photo below of the back of the dress shop: that center building is a flat sandwich (2 of the facades glued back-to-back with decorative paper (and collage sheet images) in between). So it’s attached to the back of the 2 tins on the sides, and is recessed on the front side.

    I like how all the buildings are united in style by the use of Hampton brick paper on all 3 roofs (even though 2 are 3D roofs on top of a tin, and one is a flat facade).

    Those posters (in the arched store windows) on the front & back of the middle building are from the Mini French Fashion Magazines Collage Sheet. Laura added to the one that shows on the front side, to give it some dimension:

    I added a feather and jewelry images from the new Mini Bejeweled Collage Sheet to the hat and used part of an image for the earring to which I added Glossy Accents. In the center of the flower on the hat, I added a red bead.

    Now on to the dresses in the store windows themselves: Laura made TWO new collage sheets AND a new digital images set. The images in the Dress Forms #2 Collage Sheet fit the chipboard dress forms in the Dress Shop Shape Set and Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set (both of which Laura used — she used the filigree pieces in the Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set to decorate the roofs on the left and right buildings).

    Back to the Bejeweled Digital Images Set: This set contains 72 vintage jewelry images which are also found, with a few exceptions, on the Bejeweled and Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheets (and the images on the new Mini Bejeweled Sheet).

    Here’s a bit from Laura’s blog post about the dresses themselves:

    To create the dresses, I used jewelry images from the Mini Bejeweled Collage Sheet. Since for many of the pieces I need multiples and flipped pieces, I also use the Bejeweled Digital Images Set. The longer curved images and leaves work great for bodices and skirts. Birds are great for shoulder accents and bodices. Horizontal pieces work well for belts or connectors for long waisted dresses. Wings turned upside down work well for collars and the use of multiple wings upside down can create a tapered skirt.

    To give the jewelry more dimension, you could also add rhinestones, glitter, Stickles, microbeads and metal findings.

    Psst… that suggestion for adding glitz was my cue for today’s new sale section… more info below!

    Here’s a link to see all of Laura’s supplies, and you can see more photos and step-by-step instructions on Laura’s blog post. There’s a chance to win EVERYTHING Laura used down in the Giveaway (plus another photo… and between here and there: info on the FREE collage sheet and some nifty new items)!

     
    NEW FREE Collage Sheet provided by Laura! & New Sale!

    ALL orders, now through SATURDAY night, May 26th (2018) will receive the Mini Bejeweled Collage Sheet shown at left FREE! The images are great for smaller projects. Use them as an accent or combine multiple pieces of jewelry to create clothing (like in Laura’s artwork… and see the Giveaway below for close-ups of those dresses created with these jewels).

    More info

     
    New Sale!

    And since Laura suggests adding some bling to her jewel images, EVERYTHING in the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) Section is 40% off!

    Over 100 options, like the 2.5mm Rhinestone Chain at right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, May 28th.
     

    Hooray for the Mini Bejeweled Dress Shop Giveaway!

    First off: EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (13 items!)

    I’m going to highlight a couple (more) things Laura used (plus see below for a row of 4 more highlights with photos):
    - 1:12 Brick Wall Sheet (embossed bricks on the back of all 3 buildings)
    - Dress Shop Shape Set (behind all 4 of those dresses is a chipboard shape from this set, painted black)

    Yes, all those things in Laura’s supply list are in today’s Giveaway!

    BONUS: I’m also including 2 items just put on clearance sale:
    - 8mm Cube Beads – Astrology Symbols
    - Mini Tabby Cat Set

     
    To enter the Mini Bejeweled Dress Shop 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, May 24, 2018).

    AND tell me: Those Mini Jewels How will you use them? Make tiny dresses? In a past project Laura used images of jewelry to decorate a beautiful faux Faberge egg.

    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 Petite Shadowboxes Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Winnie! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 24th, 2018

    Mini Fashion Boxes by Teri Calia plus Miniatures SALE ends tomorrow!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

    Ahhh! This trio of Framed Fashion Boxes by Teri Calia is so sweet! And a nice small size (see the lower right corner of the photo grid below to see Teri’s hand holding one of these petite boxes). Small enough to make up quickly — and to hang on the wall (which is how Teri is displaying hers).

    This little project started with the new Julie Nutting Pink Paper Dolls 6×6 Pad (tiny designs, perfect for small projects). Teri loves pink (as if you haven’t already noticed)! And the combo of pink with black (black painted frames, black dress form, black filigree) looks fab!

    Teri revamped a hat box collage sheet that is used throughout. The original version was a bit large for 1:12 scale, but this new collage sheet is in 1:12 scale. In addition, Teri removed the cake/pastry boxes from the sheet and added a glove/scarf sized box instead. Those fashion boxes will come in handy for all kinds of projects.

    (Not used in this project, but there’s also a new, related Half Scale Fashion Boxes Mini Sheet, in case you need even smaller boxes.)

    Yes, those black frames are the Tim Holtz Wood Vignette Shadowbox Frames… mixed with the 3 smallest sizes of mini shadowboxes, they make a good size match.

    Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section — where you can enter to win lots of Teri’s supply list! Here’s a link to her blog post (with even more photos).

    And between here and the Giveaway, don’t forget to check out the new items AND the sale and free gift both ending tomorrow night!

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Baking Sale and Mini Cake Set FREE Gift

    In honor of the Tiny Cake Plate Filigree (new in last Thursday’s newsletter — also the filigree used as a cake plate in the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit), I went hunting for little cakes to fit on that filigree/cake plate. See the photo at left for the ones I found (plus check the filigree page for links to all 4 of them). ALL ORDERS now through Monday, May 21st will get one of the new Mini Cake Sets FREE! That’s one filigree cake plate plus one of the cakes, randomly chosen.

    Plus, if you spend $40 or more, I’ll add a second cake! (A different style so you’ll have 2 to display.)

    Baking Miniatures Sale!

    Everything in the Baking Miniatures section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, May 21st. That includes the new Mini Egg Custard announced Thursday (see right) and a ton of little sweets in Laura’s chocolate shop!

    Over 40 items, from eggs & bowls to finished cakes & cookies! Go check out the sale!

     
    Hooray for the Petite Shadowboxes Giveaway!

    Oh, where to start? I picked out quite a few items from Teri’s Supply List to include in today’s Giveaway:

    - All 3 of those mini shadowboxes Teri used!
    - Tiny Little Fashion Boxes Collage Sheet
    - 3 Inch Miniature Dress Form
    - A Ladys Boudoir Ephemera Collage Sheet (the perfume bottle labels and tiny ephemera below)
    - Brass Fine Link Chain New (see it peeking out of the Miniature Square Metal Box with Lid on the left side of the close-up below? Yes, that metal box is included, too!)
    - Julie Nutting Pink Paper Dolls 6×6 Pad New
    - Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set (the black flligree at the top of the box with bright pink paper, shown above — plus you’ll get some dress form silhouettes that fit in with Teri’s fashion theme)

    To enter the Petite Shadowboxes 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 21, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make in your petite shadowboxes? Pink fashion boxes like Teri’s? With the grey patterns in the paper pad, you could go for a more sedate theme in almost any style…

    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 Chocolate Shop Window Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Joanna Campbell Slan! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 20th, 2018

    The Chocolate Shop, New Display Windows & Miniature Baking Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Boutique Buildings from a few week’s ago? That was the fourth post of a series.

    Today’s project is the fifth of many that will roll out over the next few months… all leading to building a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a chocolate shop, a cafe, clothing boutique, flower shop, bookstore & pharmacy. I can’t wait to see all the details! More info here.

    So, on to today’s project: The Chocolate Shop!

    You might want to go back a couple posts in this series and look at Laura’s chocolates & sweets she made (that are used inside the Chocolatier).

    The new products and techniques shown today can be used on all sort of projects (whether building a chocolate store or not)!
     


     

    Rectangular Bay Window - Large Center WindowWow! Isn’t that stunning?! The perfect additions to the sides of the shop (and even lit up to show the tasty treats)! Lucky for you: Laura shares all in her tutorial video!

    There are 3 new Rectangular Bay Windows today, all sized to fit on the 2-Story Room Box French Quarter. Laura uses two of them as display windows for her Chocolatier.

    (Note: the narrower window fits the width of the window on the Storefront Room Boxes (and can also be used to add more display areas to the sides of any of the deep room boxes).)

    There’s also a new Chocolate Shop Digital Set (and Collage Sheet) with items to decorate the inside and outside of a chocolate, patisserie or cake shop. And a new Chocolate Shop Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet, with a big group of chocolate shop box and bag designs (you can see a couple of the shopping bags below in the photo of the display window included in today’s Giveaway).

    From her blog post:
    The bay windows, which I think are the star of the shop, are made using NEW easy-to-assemble chipboard kits. I’ve used two of the three styles for the Chocolatier. The new Chocolate Shop digital image set contains a series of awnings that are sized to fit the new windows.

    See everything Laura used (inside and out… I haven’t even mentioned the inside of the shop!) in her supply list. And come back after enjoying her tutorial video for new items, a new sale, new FREE gift, and a related Giveaway!
     

     
    New Sale and New Mini Cake Set FREE Gift

    Everything in the Baking Miniatures section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, May 21st. That includes the new Mini Egg Custard announced today and a ton of little sweets in Laura’s chocolate shop!

    Over 40 items, from eggs & bowls to finished cakes & cookies! Go check out the sale!


    And there’s a new FREE Gift with ALL Orders!

    In honor of the Tiny Cake Plate Filigree (the filigree used as a cake plate in the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit), I went hunting for little cakes to fit on that filigree/cake plate. See the photo at left for the ones I found (plus check the filigree page for links to all 4 of them). ALL ORDERS now through Monday, May 21st will get one of the new Mini Cake Sets FREE! That’s one filigree cake plate plus one of the cakes, randomly chosen.

    Plus, if you spend $40 or more, I’ll add a second cake! (A different style so you’ll have 2 to choose from, or display them both.)

     
    Hooray for the Chocolate Shop Window Giveaway!

    Oh my… there are so many pretties in this project, I didn’t know where to start. I decided on the Rectangular Bay Window – 2 Columns (and a bunch of the items displayed inside):

    - Rectangular Bay Window – 2 Columns (note that Laura turned the window around, so the side with windowpanes is papered over and is now her back wall)
    - Chocolate Shop Collage Sheet (poster on the back wall of the window)
    - Chocolate Shop Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet (pink shopping bags in the window display)
    - Glass Microscope Slides (part of glass case in window)
    - Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles (part of glass case in window)
    - Red, Ivory & Pink Patterns Scrapbook Paper Set (pink striped paper is on the back wall of the display window, but you’ll get the whole set!)
    - 42x30mm Antique Gold Diamond Filigree (not in today’s supply list, but part of glass case in window)
    - Sparrows Compass Brass Link (not in today’s supply list, but part of glass case in window)
    - Polymer Clay Cane – Red Hearts (not in today’s supply list, but on cakes in window)

    Note: you can check out the Glass Displays post for more info on how some of those Giveaway items were used to make the glass case shown inside the window.

    To enter the Chocolate Shop Window 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, May 18, 2018).

    AND tell me: With such a mixed group of goodies… what catches your eye first? Will you make a chocolates shop window? Have you already thought up a project to use some of these in?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Punch and Judy Theater Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Sandie! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    64 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 17th, 2018

    Punch & Judy Theatre by Nichola Battilana!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Pierrot/Harlequin/Carnival, Sale

    I do love Punch & Judy! One of the longest and unhappiest marriages has brought joy to others for 350 years now: Punch and Judy, the battling puppet duo, for whom the term “slapstick” was coined from their constant marital wars.

    And lucky for me (and you): Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is also fond of that battling duo:

    If you aren’t familiar with Punch and Judy it’s a sort of violent puppet show which can be dated back to just before the 1700′s, reaching a height of popularity during the Victorian era. More recently, they have a bit of a shout out in Gone Girl.

    To make this piece I began with the Punch & Judy Theatre kit. Then covered it in Red & Ivory Narrow Stripes Scrapbook Paper. I’ve actually added two headers here. One attached to the rear from the Punch & Judy Theater Collage Sheet. A second one on the front of the the theatre from the The Grand Guignol Collage Sheet.  I think it gives a good feeling of frantic fun, perfectly suited to Punch and Judy.

    Beside the fab photos below, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section (showing the characters sitting outside the stage) — where you can enter to win EVERYTHING Nichola used!

    Here’s a link to everything in Nichola’s supply list AND a link to her blog post (with even more photos).

    And between here and the Giveaway, don’t forget to check out the new items AND the sale and free gift both ending tomorrow night!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Bunnies & Owls FREE Gift Kit with every order!

    Yes, that cute bunny on the top shelf in Shannon’s “shabby shed” (from last Thursday’s newletter) inspired this one… ALL orders, now through Monday night, May 14th (2018) will receive TWO of the mixed rabbits and TWO owls (one of the new Black Glass Owl Beads and one of the 27mm Bronze Owl Pendants) FREE!

    Birds Sale!

    Speaking of those cute owls, ALL of the Bird Charms (which also includes Bird Beads) are 50% off!

    26 options, like the 2 owls in the gift kit, or the Ceramic Raven Beads at right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, May 14th.

     
    Hooray for the Punch and Judy Theater Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the NINE colorful items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Marionnette Theatre Collage Sheet (including the facade with the big curtain drape across the bottom)
    New The Grand Guignol Collage Sheet (which includes the standing characters Nichola used)

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

    To enter the Punch and Judy Theater 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 14, 2018).

    AND tell me: What style will you use to decorate your Punch & Judy Theatre? In addition to Nichola’s project, we’ve had some great art ideas using that chipboard kit: Rhonda and Teri both shared Valentine’s Day-themed theatres in this newsletter from February.

    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 Tiny Shabby Chic Shed Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nancy O! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 13th, 2018

    Shabby She Shed Tin plus Bird Charms Sale (and FREE Gift)!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beads, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tiny Dress Shop Kit

    Soooo cute! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper
    has made an impossibly tiny display inside a Blank Altoids Tin. So perfectly proportioned (see the 2nd photo of it down in the Giveaway section, in Shannon’s hand, for a better idea of the size).

    I’ll just quote from Shannon’s blog post… and a teaser: that rabbit on the top shelf has inspired the new FREE gift!

    Blank Altoids Tins are by far one of the best things on the planet. They can be transformed into countless things: decorated containers for secret things, pocket sewing kits for embroidery on-the-go, a base for altered art, or even a place to display miniatures. It was the Altered Tin Facades, coupled with a blank tin, that inspired me to create a wee scene with a shabby chic aesthetic. The Moments in Time 6×6 Paper Pad might have had something to do with it too. It is very pretty!

    I began with the furniture, which is made from a few buttons and bent wire that has been painted white. The table was covered with a bit of doily and some Dresden trim. I chose a fabric covered button for the cushion of the chair and an oval button for the back. The back seemed plain so I painted on a few flowers. I emulated that on the tiny, tiny shutters also. I really love those shutters and am happy that they found a home on a very appropriate piece. The picture frame is simply cut from heavy cardstock, glued at an angle to give it a little dimension, and then painted. The shelf is also cardstock that is covered in paper and glued in place. The cute lamps come from the Dress Shop Shape Set. I chopped them in half, covered them in paper, added a doily trim, then glued them in place.

    Here’s a link to see all of Shannon’s supplies, and you can see more photos and read more on Shannon’s blog post. There’s a chance to win EVERYTHING Shannon used down in the Giveaway.
     

    NEW Bunnies & Owls FREE Gift Kit with every order!

    Yes, that cute bunny on the top shelf in Shannon’s “shabby shed” inspired this one… ALL orders, now through Monday night, May 14th (2018) will receive TWO of the mixed rabbits and TWO owls (one of the new Black Glass Owl Beads and one of the 27mm Bronze Owl Pendants) FREE!

    Note: I’m showing 3 possible kits in the photo… the bunnies come in 2 shapes and 3 colors.

    New Sale!

    Speaking of those cute owls, ALL of the Bird Charms (which also includes Bird Beads) are 50% off!

    26 options, like the 2 owls in the gift kit, or the Small Ceramic Horned Owl Beads at right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, May 14th.
     

    Hooray for the Tiny Shabby Chic Shed Giveaway!

    First off: EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (16 items!)

    I’m going to highlight a few (more) things Shannon used (most creatively!):
    - Antique Silver Tall Flower Bead Caps (painted white as used as planters for the roses… see the photo above)
    - Dress Shop Shape Set (one of the lamps cut in half, trimmed with doily lace)
    - Set of Louvered Shutters (painted green and with roses added to match the chair)
    - Mini Oval Box or Tassel Cap (as a box on the shelf)
    - House of Roses on the Porch Scrapbook Paper (strips used as wood planks across the house facade… and there’s a tutorial for this technique on Shannon’s blog post!)

    To enter the Tiny Shabby Chic Shed 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, May 11, 2018).

    AND tell me: Your Tin and Facades… How will you use them? A shabby chic scene like Shannon’s sample? (try saying that 5 times fast…) Something else?

    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 Trinket Box and Foldy Thing Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Denise Humenik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 10th, 2018

    New Flowers & Miniatures, Artwork by Nichola!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Spring Flowers Kit

    Hooray for Nichola! In the midst of cleaning and prepping for the open house she had yesterday, she managed to get a blog post done AND make this adorable project!

    I’m exhausted so the best I could do for a name today is “Romantic foldy thing-a-ma-bob and box“. It might not be terribly eloquent but it’s apt. Managing apt is pretty damn good after the past few ultra hectic days!

    And the little thing within IS foldy.

    I stand by my name choice.

    I’ve kept things really simple here. The whole box is covered in Nature Garden – Meeting a Fairy Scrapbook Paper. I’ve given the top of the box quite a bit of dimension, using foam squares to prop up the nude little dude, and those flowers just sort of pop right out. (Those Small White Mulberry Blossoms are really cute!)

    Beside the lovely photos below (and I haven’t even mentioned the accordion-fold insert at the bottom of the photos), there’s another photo of the down in the Giveaway section — where you can enter to win EVERYTHING Nichola used!

    Here’s a link to everything in Nichola’s supply list AND a link to her blog post (with even more photos).

    And between here and the Giveaway, don’t forget to check out the new items AND the sale and free gift both ending tomorrow night!


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Alice in Wonderland SALE and FREE Gift!

    In honor of those cute, new Alice in Wonderland Faux Postage Stamp Stickers from Thursday’s newsletter, ALL of the Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets are ON SALE!

    Almost 50 options, like the We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet and Alice Covers Collage Sheet shown at left and right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, May 7th.

    Go see all the Alice Collage Sheet options!

    Ya know… those new faux postage stamps would work well behind little windows in a Matchbox Skyline Book (like the stamps Teri used in her skyline booklet)… ALL orders, now through Monday night, May 7th (2018) will receive ONE PAGE from the new Alice in Wonderland Faux Postage Stamp Stickers FREE! (Normally sold in sets of 4 pages… one page is 20 stickers!)
     

    Hooray for the Trinket Box and Foldy Thing Giveaway!

    I couldn’t help myself… I’m forever going to refer to the ATC Ticket Journal as the foldy thing!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the FOURTEEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Bouquets Collage Sheet (including those beautiful tulips on the front of the ticket journal at left)
    Seed Catalog ATCs Collage Sheet (which includes the big bunch of yellow flowers on the “other” cover, shown above)

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

    To enter the Trinket Box and Foldy Thing 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 7, 2018).

    AND tell me: What style will you use to decorate your ATC Ticket Journal? In addition to Nichola’s project, we’ve had some great ideas recently from the Design Team: Bella’s Art Nouveau fairies and Laura Carson’s lovely ladies.

    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 Tiny Matchbox Book & Tiny Alice Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be LeAnn Aagard! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 6th, 2018

    Tiny Matchbox Book plus an Alice in Wonderland Sale (and Gift)!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Teri Calia

    I’ve been trying to (keep) thinking up little projects for you all. I know a few of you are super busy this month… or have not yet recovered from taxes (or lingering snow). So to follow up the recent small projects (like the Fairy Door Charms or Tiny Tote Box), there’s a new Matchbox Skyline Book today (and adorable artwork using it, by Teri Calia)!

    Aw… such a cute little set (see the photo at right). The Matchbox Skyline Book is a flat set of chipboard pieces (with score lines) to build a small accordion-fold booklet that fits inside a matchbox (box plus sliding cover). Plus the booklet has a mix of building roof silhouettes so you can play with how you decorate, and you can see a preview when the booklet is folded closed.

    The matchbox itself is approx. 1-3/4″ x 2-1/8″ (x 3/8″ deep) when closed. It’s got a lot of wiggle room so you can paper the matchbox (and embellish the booklet) and still slide the matchbox open.

    Ohhh… ahhh. Just look at that tiny masterpiece by Teri! Pretty much all the paper (inside and out) is from the Maps, Text & Ledgers 8×8 Paper Set (that set is huge — 60 pages — and Teri used the postage stamps from it as little scenes inside the winodws on all her book pages).

    The only exceptions (regarding paper) are from the Butterflies & Moths Collage Sheet or the Words Collage Sheet. Then add a bit of shine and a knob and you’re done!

    Here’s a link to see all of Teri’s supplies, and you can see more photos and read more on Teri’s blog post. There’s a chance to win EVERYTHING Teri used (plus a couple suggestions by moi) down in the Giveaway.

    And between here and there, info on how Alice wiggled her way into this project… and a mini flood of new alphabet rubber stamps.

     
    New Sale: ALL Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets are 50% off!

    In honor of those cute, new Alice in Wonderland Faux Postage Stamp Stickers, ALL of the Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets are ON SALE!

    Almost 50 options, like the We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet and Alice Covers Collage Sheet shown at left and right.

    The sale ends MONDAY night, May 7th.

    Go see all the Alice Collage Sheet options!

     
    NEW Alice in Wonderland gift with every order!

    Ya know… those new faux postage stamps would work well behind little windows in a Matchbox Skyline Book (like the stamps Teri used in her skyline booklet)… ALL orders, now through Monday night, May 7th (2018) will receive ONE PAGE from the new Alice in Wonderland Faux Postage Stamp Stickers FREE! (Normally sold in sets of 4 pages… one page is 20 stickers!)
     

    Hooray for the Tiny Matchbox Book & Tiny Alice Giveaway!

    First off: EVERYTHING in Teri’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway!

    That means you’ll get one of the new Matchbox Skyline Book and the (big) Maps, Text & Ledgers 8×8 Paper Set!


     
    Next up: a full set of the new Alice in Wonderland Faux Postage Stamp Stickers!

    And… some of the Alice in Wonderland (sale) Collage Sheets with smaller images:
    - Tiny Alice Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - China Cabinet House Accessories Collage Sheet
    - I Wonder Collage Sheet

    To enter the Tiny Matchbox Book & Tiny Alice 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, May 4, 2018).

    AND tell me: Your Matchbox Skyline Book… How will you decorate it? Alice themed? Vintage postage like Teri’s sample? Something else?

    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 Tiny Dress Shop Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Dona! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    Alice in Wonderland Faux Postage Stamp Stickers

      
    76 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 3rd, 2018

    Vintage French Fashion & New Altoids Tin Facades

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Tiny Dress Shop Kit

    It’s always a good sign when the Design Team come up with way different projects using the same kit, as you’ll see today with artwork by Kristin Batsel and Rhonda Secrist Thomas — both using the new Tiny Dress Shop Kit.

    This kit started with the new Moments in Time 6×6 Paper Pad (A pretty mix of vintage icons (Eiffel Tower, dress forms, birds) an a pretty palette of colors, too). 1 each of all 8 double-sided designs is in the kit.

    As that paper has a page of mixed dress forms (and there’s also a new 3D dress form… more on that below) I designed a couple mini sets of chipboard shapes with dress forms. The set in the kit is the Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set. It includes 2 paper dolls and 2 styles of dress forms. Plus some pretty new filigree (2 pieces, to make the top and bottom of a sign for your dress shop?).

    Speaking of chipboard: there a new set of Altoids Tin Facades (and one of the four is in the kit). And also a related 3D roof being announced today (that fits behind the tops of the facades (and is shaped to sit on an Altoids Tin)).

    Back to the paper dolls: there are 2 new collage sheets in the kit. One of them (A Tiny French Dress Shop) includes clothes to fit one of the paper dolls in the Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set. Plus some text that can work as signage with the filigree pieces I mentioned above.

    The other collage sheet is of French fashion magazines from (mainly) the 1930s and 1940s. Most are 1:12 & 1:24 scale. There are also larger versions that could work as posters inside a dress shop. It also includes some tiny clothes to fit the other paper doll in the Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set.

    Finally, some tiny strips of white Dresden: perfect for lacy borders.

    More info about the new kit is on the Tiny Dress Shop 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 papers & trims!

    On to the artwork! How fun is this pair of tiny shrines?! Kristin Batsel made homes for a couple of her vintage bisque dolls (Bucky and Maria… glad to know Kristin names her dolls). And good to see a non-fashion use for the new kit papers and facades right off the bat!

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

    Moving on to Her Own Little Dress Shop by Rhonda! (See the wide photo below… the back of the dress shop is on the right side, and how cute to make a chimney from measuring tape!)

    That measuring tape is paper (it and the big scissors on the back of the shrine are from the new Miss Betty Vintage Thread & Sewing Scrapbook Paper).

    More info and photos in Rhonda’s blog post, and here’s a link to see all her supplies. And see the Giveaway below for a before-and-after photo from Rhonda (how she dressed that tiny 3D dress form you can see reflected in the mirror).


     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Miniatures Sale and FREE Gift!

    Everything in the 1:12 Scale Building Materials section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 30th (goodbye, April). That includes both of the new miniature hardware announced last Thursday (one shown at left)!

    Over 90 items! Go check out the sale!

    And there’s a new FREE Gift with ALL Orders!
    I don’t know… it was one of those “one thing led to another” things… I was looking for 1:12 scale foliage or other things that could be used with buildings (like Laura Carson’s project from Thursday). Then I happened on the mushrooms! Not at all related to a French boutique, but soooo cute! So ALL ORDERS now through Monday, April 30th will get one of the new Tiny Group of Red Resin Mushrooms FREE!

    Plus, if you spend $50 or more, you’ll also receive one of the 2 Inch Gnomes FREE. They’re just perfect together!
     

    Hooray for the Tiny Dress Shop Kit Giveaway

    Before I explain what’s in today’s Giveaway, look at that sweet dress Rhonda made on the new 3D dress form! Just a tiny snip of lace and some of the new 6×6 paper… Rhonda has more photos and tips on her blog post, too.

    Ok… back to this Giveaway: Beside one of the Tiny Dress Shop Kits (that includes SIX items all by itself, however I am subbing the set of all 4 facades instead of the one normally in the kit — that way you’ll get the same shape that Rhonda used), this Giveaway also includes more things Rhonda used (all except the last item are new today):

    - 3 Inch Miniature Dress Form
    - Miss Betty Vintage Thread & Sewing Scrapbook Paper
    - Altoids Tin Roof
    - Dress Shop Shape Set
    - Blank Altoids Tin (the only item that’s not new today, but you’ll need one for making this little shrine)

    To enter the Tiny Dress Shop 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, April 30, 2018).

    AND tell me: What will you make with all these goodies? Or which of them do you have plans for 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 Eclectic Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Debbie Malone! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 29th, 2018

    Boutique Buildings & a Miniatures Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Perfumes & Purses & Shoes from a few week’s ago? That was the third post of a series.

    Today’s project is the fourth of many that will roll out over the next few months… all leading to building a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a chocolate shop, a cafe, clothing boutique, flower shop, bookstore & pharmacy. I can’t wait to see all the details! More info here.

    So, on to today’s project: Building the Structure to House the Shops.

    And the new products and techniques can be used on all sort of projects (whether making miniature buildings or not)!
     


     

    2-Story Room Box French Quarter Open RoofOooh! Love that stucco texture Laura painted on her buildings! Lucky for you: Laura shares all in her tutorial video!

    There are 2 new roofs today, both sized to fit on the 2-Story Room Box French Quarter. Laura uses one with open panels in the center of her shops (mini mall?) and two of the shorter roofs on either end.

    From her blog post:
    I wanted the height and style of each structure to vary which I accomplished by using the new French Quarter Short Roof on each side of the structure and the new French Quarter Open Roof in the middle.

    And as it’s Laura, everything is finished “just so”: the Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips works out quite well as roof trim (and burnished with Copper Gilders Paste).

    And the printed “tiles” from Laura’s Architectural Trims Set look great either peaking out just a bit around the edges of the 2 solid roofs, or more visible through the center open roof (note: the top of the room box is normally solid, but Laura cut a hole for a future elevator (!)).

    Laura used one of the Folding Screen Fretwork Inserts as a fancy door (bottom center) and she is giving away her design for the colorful faux stained glass piece above it on her blog post!

    See everything Laura used (inside and out… I haven’t even mentioned the “wallpaper” on the inside rooms!) in her supply list. And come back after enjoying her tutorial video for new items, a new sale, new FREE gift, and a related Giveaway!
     

     
    New Sale and New FREE Gift

    Everything in the 1:12 Scale Building Materials section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, April 30th (goodbye, April). That includes both of the new miniature hardware being announced today!

    Over 90 items! Go check out the sale!

    And there’s a new FREE Gift with ALL Orders!
    I don’t know… it was one of those “one thing led to another” things… I was looking for 1:12 scale foliage or other things that could be used with buildings (and I did find some, above). Then I happened on the mushrooms! Not at all related to a French boutique, but soooo cute! So ALL ORDERS now through Monday, April 30th will get one of the new Tiny Group of Red Resin Mushrooms FREE!

    Plus, if you spend $50 or more, you’ll also receive one of the 2 Inch Gnomes FREE. They’re just perfect together!

     
    Hooray for the Eclectic Giveaway!

    I didn’t know where to start… Laura’s boutique is a bit large to be mailing you buildings. And unknown if you can make use of a digital set of images. So i picked out a mix of things that caught my eye (most from Laura’s supply list):

    - Small Gold Dresden Shrines or Arched Windows Back in Stock
    - Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips
    - Folding Screen Fretwork Inserts
    - Remnants Scrapbook Paper – Bloomsbury
    - 12×12 Clear Plastic for Windows
    - Set of 4 Bushy Plants New
    - Tiny Group of Red Resin Mushrooms New
    - 2 Inch Gnome

    To enter the Eclectic 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, April 27, 2018).

    AND tell me: With such a mixed group of goodies… what catches your eye first? Have you already thought up a project to use some of these in?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Many Happy Hours Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Blair! Congrats! Check your email for info.


      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 26th, 2018