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    New Silicone Molds & Blending Pen; Scrapbook Paper Sale!

    Filed under Alice Accordion Book Kit, Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Sale, Tim Holtz

    Before we get to those new pretties (and the new sale), we have a bright and beautiful new Alice tin:

    We’re All Mad Here Altered Tin by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey

    I completely agree with Lora: “this red, black and white theme — very eye catching!”

    I love the insert that Lora used: Altoids Inserts Vignette – Set of 3. That set kinda got overlooked with the flurry of new Alice things announced with the April kit, but the simple shapes can be used for all kinds of projects (not just Alice). Back to Lora:

    (After painting my tin black) I glued my pre-cut papers on the tin and then I glued little corks on the back of my Alice to bring her forward in the tin, and did the same for a couple of the paper roses so that they were at different depths inside the tin. The corks work out well as they are light weight and tapered and easy to work with.

    Breaking in here briefly: great idea about the corks! Plus they’re tall (thicker than sticky foam) so you can get Alice to pop out to the front of the tin quicker.

    I added Dresden Trim to the outside edge of the tin, then glued the insert on to the top edge of the tin. after that dried, I glued on the Altoids Topper to the top and let it dry.

    After it dried, I added white dots (using white acrylic paint and a brush) to the insert as it needed some detail and glued a red paper rose to the top center of the Altoids Topper.

    I also trimmed out the edge of the topper with some Black Diamond Stickles. Because glitter.

    I glued the ‘We’re All Mad Here’ banner on the bottom of the tin and set it aside to dry. (From the same collage sheet as Alice.)

    Oh, and I wanted to put something odd in her hand and I thought this little five of hearts dude was just the right size and I loved his expression. Kind of WTH?!!

    I agree… that little guy has a great expression! Here’s Lora’s supply list and see more of her tutorial on her blog post. AND see the Giveaway below for another project by Lora!
     

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies!

    Ohh… I love the new molds! So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see them all!

     
    ALL Scrapbook Paper ON SALE!

    This is a 25% off sale on a big section of paper (all the single sheets)!

    Over 120 options… including the highlights below!

    The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, April 22nd. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Two Tiny Projects Giveaway!

    Two cute little projects! First, in honor of the (back in stock) Maps, Text & Ledgers 8×8 Paper Set, I’m including that paper set (shown at left in a project by Teri Calia) AND the Matchbox Skyline Book AND the House Ornament Window Trims that Teri used!

    Then, in honor of this adorably tiny deck of cards in a faux book box (Lora’s second Alice project today), I’m including these goodies Lora used:

    - 1 Inch Playing Card Deck
    - Tiny Alice Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - China Cabinet House Accessories Collage Sheet (for the tiny checkerboard pattern)
    - Faux Book Box Tiny Card Size

    To enter the Two Tiny Projects 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 22, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Tiny Alice Accordion Book Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Angie M! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 21st, 2019

    TWO Alice Projects by Nichola; Plus Christmas?!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Back in Stock, Christmas, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials

    A Visit to Wonderland Part I: Messy Mixed Media Wonderland Character Cards
    by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

    I adore these cards by Nichola! They look so rich with details (and they look antique)… and to think the frames are raw cardboard with rubber stamping, doodling, and some ink for aging…

    I’ll let Nichola introduce the project:

    My set includes the Tweedle boys, the Hatter, the Hare and the Queen. Each being assigned a card suit in this Playing Card Set – 4 Suits (Alice is probably off somewhere drinking something she really shouldn’t.)

    These cards were made simply. The background is old paper with an oval of Hearts & Clubs Card Suits Scrapbook Paper on top. I painted the corners of the background so that when the top layer is in place, they match the suit.

    The top layer is just painted and inked and stamped, not covered in paper at all. When put in place, I’ve filled the suit crevice with Glossy Accents, and the whole thing grunged up.

    Brilliant! And, of course, Nichola fussy-cut the characters (and the text banners) to sit on top (raised up by a bit of sticky foam).

    Here’s a link to all the supplies Nichola used (note: that includes the supplies for PART TWO of the Alice project by Nichola… more info on the second half is below in the Giveaway section). Be sure to visit Nichola’s blog post for more info on how she made these beautiful cards!

     
    Lots of CHRISTMAS things are Back in Stock!

    … including TWO paper pads I’ve been waiting on for months! That lovely artwork at right is (also) by Nichola,
    using the Pink Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad which is one of the back in stock pads! (And using one of the 2×3 Chunky Matchboxes.)

    Here’s a link to everything new or back in stock today (just a few highlighted below… really: 21 items are at that link).

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a HUGE related sale!

     
    Everything Christmas ON SALE – 25% off!

    This is a HUGE group: 300 items, including all those back in stock items I just mentioned!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, April 19th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!
     

    Tiny Alice Accordion Book Giveaway!

    Eek! So cute! Nichola made a whole nuther project today WITH A TUTORIAL! Yay! (See the wide photo below for a preview on the tute.) See the whole thing at a separate blog post: A Visit to Wonderland Part II: Wee Wonderland Accordion Book with Tutorial.

    But first (or when you return): here’s a couple of my fave bits:

    - I LOVE the peek-a-book windows that Nichola punched in the pages of the black accordion book (to show images from the Tiny Alice Book Covers Collage Sheet through)

    and

    - Nichola put together the pages of the book so that the pics can be slipped out and changed(!)

    I’ve picked out just FOUR items from Nichola’s supply list, which is kinda all you’ll need (save scissors and glue) to make your own tiny book:
    - Matchbox Ticket Journal – Black
    - Tiny Alice Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Medium Bronze White Rabbit Charm
    - Hearts & Clubs Card Suits Scrapbook Paper

    BONUS: I’m also including these Christmas collage sheets from the SALE section with similarly tiny images:
    - Tiny Christmas Windows Collage Sheet
    - Santa is Outside Collage Sheet

    To enter the Tiny Alice Accordion Book 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 19, 2019).

    And what are you going to make? An Alice book? A Christmas book? Not even a book at all?

    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 House of Alice Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Diane Alterman! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 18th, 2019

    New Mini Folios, Cats & Dogs Paper; Cats Sale!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    “C is for Cat” Mini Folio by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    This is beyond cute! Shannon did an amazing job turning around this new 4″ mini book (in a folio cover) on a tight deadline — AND crocheting the hats for her cat!

    I’ll let Shannon introduce the project:

    In actuality, this should be titled “C is for Chaircat Mao” since that is the cat who inspired the project. I was sent a Mini Folio and the oh-so-covetable Raining Cats and Dogs Deluxe Collector’s Edition Paper Set from Alpha Stamps and set to work making a little album of said cat.

    Look how cute the folio is! It is pretty versatile and would look great with 3D elements, ribbons, charms, and whatnot on the outside. Lots of possibilities for this! I covered mine in black cardstock first, then added paper as well as a chipboard piece for the front (included in the paper set). I added a magnet on the flap and another on the cover to keep it closed.

    Awww, there’s my kitty on the mini book cover! She is wearing one of the many hats I crochet for her, which she mostly tolerates, but occasionally she gives me side-eye and would rather just sleep. I used the pictures of her acting like a normal cat for the album because they were kind of funny with the sarcastic text stickers I used.

    The last two pages are relatable to all cat owners, I believe (below). Chair must’ve liked her little blossoms hat… haha! Not all kitties are keen on wearing hats so there are always the Little Crowns or Little Hats Chipboard Sets.

    Here’s Shannon’s supply list. AND see more cat photos on Shannon’s blog post! (Psst! And see the Giveaway below for another project by Shannon!)
     

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see them all… or keep reading as more are highlighted in the sale preview below!

     
    ALL Cats ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE on a big, mixed-up collection… but they’re all cats & kittens!

    This is a 25% off sale on everything kitty catty from collage sheets to charms to dollhouse minis to scrapbook papers!

    75 options… including the highlights below (and the new Raining Cats & Dogs Deluxe Collector’s Edition 12×12 Pack)!

    The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, April 15th. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!


    Back in Stock


    Back in Stock

     
    The House of Alice Giveaway!


    I went snooping around for an earlier Alice-themed project by Shannon… and look what I found! This adorable House of Alice Theatre is such a creative piece (creative for the recipient, too, as it has multiple scenes that can be dropped into the theatre through a slot Shannon left open in the top of the Square Shrine Shadowbox).

    I love that there’s a tiny teacup in place of a rose in the bouquet on the header (see the close-up in the lower right corner of that group of photos at left).

    You can view the original post about the project. Here’s a link to Shannon’s Supply List.

    I picked out some of my faves from that supply list for today’s Giveaway!

    - Square Shrine Shadowbox
    - We’re All Mad Here Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Cup of Tea with Lemon
    - Square Shadowbox Curtains – Red Collage Sheet
    - Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals

    To enter the House of 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, Monday Night, April 15, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Alice Tarot Deck Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Laurie B! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    39 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 14th, 2019

    Alice Tarot Deck by Laura Carson; Birds & Bees SALE!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale

    What’s New Today?
    - New Alice in Wonderland Tarot Deck
    - New Alice Scrapbook Papers
    - New & Back in Stock Items
    - Birds & Bees Sale
    - FREE Mini Alice Tarot Half Sheet

    Alice in Wonderland Tarot Deck by Design Team Member Laura Carson

    Ooh! This is so fabulous! Laura has created all the cards (at least the 22 Major Arcana) for an Alice in Wonderland Tarot Deck!

    Laura had made a couple cards in a similar style ages ago, but after much pleading (by you all) she’s created a collage sheet set (or a digital download set) so you can make the cards yourself!

    The cards can fit inside the ATC Sized Faux Book Box. And with the New Alice Scrapbook Papers (more info below), decorating both the outside and inside of that box in a matching style is so easy!

    Here’s a link to all the supplies Laura used. AND Laura provides a step-by-step tutorial on how she made the tarot deck!
     

    Laura also made a mini version of the tarot deck using her new Mini Alice Tarot Collage Sheet! The sheet includes all of the images from the 3 Alice Tarot Collage Sheet set (22 Major Arcana tarot cards) featuring characters from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books plus some images to decorate a card box. This set fits perfectly in the Tiny Card Faux Book Box.

    And through midnight Saturday night (April 13, 2019) you can get a free digital download of the Mini Alice Tarot Collage Sheet (shown at right)! Here’s how it works: buy one of the Faux Book Box Tiny Card Size (that these cards were made to fit) and if you also put the digital version of the Mini Alice Tarot Collage Sheet in your cart, when you check out it will be FREE! See the screenshot from my cart at left for an example of how it works… no coupons to enter… easy as pie.
     

    New Alice Scrapbook Papers!

    Ah… the stars have finally aligned and some papers I order WITH the Hearts & Clubs Card Suits Scrapbook Paper that’s in the Alice Accordion Book Kit are here!

     
    Lots of BIRDS are Back in Stock!

    Here’s a link to everything new or back in stock today (just a few highlighted below). It just happens to include a lot of birds (nests, eggs, cages) so read on cuz there’s a related sale!

     
    ALL Birds & Bees ON SALE – 30% off!

    This is a big group: 88 items, including all those back in stock items I just mentioned!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, April 12th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!
     

    Alice Tarot Deck Giveaway!

    I’ve picked out just FOUR items from Laura’s supply list, but oh what four!
    - New Alice 12×12 Paper Pad
    - New Alice Tarot 3 Collage Sheet Set
    - New Alice’s Wonderland Characters Collage Sheet
    - ATC Sized Faux Book Box

    To enter the Alice Tarot Deck 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 12, 2019).

    And what are you going to make? (or maybe: what else will you make with all those papers AFTER your tarot deck?)

    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 Tweedles Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Jaimi B! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 11th, 2019

    New Alice Stamps, Teapots, Papers; Artwork x3, Alice Sale!

    Filed under Alice Accordion Book Kit, Alice in Wonderland, Back in Stock, Kristin Batsel, Susan Yee, Tutorials

    Memories of Mom by Design Team Member Susan Yee

    As this is the first project by Susan, let’s start with a bit from her bio:

    Art is for everyone, I learned by experimenting with mediums and techniques. So to inspire others, I share my work by teaching. Once or twice a month after work, I teach mixed media art classes to my co-workers. I have been very fortunate that the company I work for allows me the space to do so. Although I have never had any formal training in art, I am constantly inspired by my family, friends, and co-workers.

    Welcome aboard, Susan! Now moving on to a preview of her Memories of Mom collage (a close-up shown below on the left, plus a photo of the Spring Farmhouse Simple Things Scrapbook Paper top right, and a photo from her tutorial showing how she used the window frame image from that paper with a photograph).

    I love how Susan built up texture in her collage, like adhering tissue napkins (the large floral black and white images in the background). You can see step-by-step photos in Susan’s blog post.

     
     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies! (Love those new Alice in Wonderland stamps!)

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see them all… or keep reading as 4 more are highlighted in related artwork below!

     
    Dum and Dee, the Tweedles by Kristin Batsel

    Scroll down just a bit for a fun, bright Alice tin & little book (both featuring the Tweedles). Here’s a bit of an intro from Kristin’s blog post:

    This month at Alpha Stamps, it’s all about Alice. My favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland happen to be the Tweedles, both Dum and Dee. Guess who got star billing on the two works I did this month?

    First, I made an altered tin. I removed the lid before covering the outside with polka dotted paper, and the inside with a beautiful background image from a collage sheet. The outside mushrooms are a chipboard insert. I used colored pencils and Copic markers to paint the mushrooms to match the background. I wanted the largest two mushrooms to extend outside the boundaries of the chipboard, so I painted those two tops separately and then attached the new caps. The white spots on the were added with Gesso.

    Butterflies were folded and glued down the center to make them appear as if they just landed on the edges of the tin. How perfect is that teapot on top? It’s the perfect topper! It really made the piece come together. [Aside: that teapot is back in stock and part of today's FLASH SALE!]

    There’s so much more to see on Kristin’s blog post (like that adorable book box, with a tiny cover showing the Tweedles). Here’s her supply list (for both projects).

     
     
    Alice in Wonderland Charms ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 40% off sale on ALL Alice in Wonderland Charms!

    28 options… including the 4 highlights below (and the 2 teapots highlighted above).

    The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, April 8th. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    The Tweedles Giveaway!


    After seeing Kristin’s projects about the Tweedles, I remembered this cute project by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey: The Tweedles’ Wedding Cake! You can view the original post about Lora’s project here.

    I picked out some of my faves from Lora’s Supply List AND Kristin’s Supply List for today’s Giveaway!

    - ALL 3 SIZES of the Back in Stock Cube Boxes (used to build the cake, and also shown below)
    - Also Back in Stock: House of Roses on the Porch Scrapbook Paper (the pretty paper covering the boxes for the cake)
    - (Not used in either project but the related and also Back in Stock House of Roses Old Letters Scrapbook Paper)
    - Openwork Silver 3D Teapot Charm (on top of Kristin’s tin AND part of the FLASH SALE!)
    - Tin-Sized Alice Collage Sheet (used by Kristin AND Lora!)
    - Both shades of Pink Mulberry Blossoms on Lora’s cake

    AND everything Tweedle-y I could find:
    - Tweedledum & Tweedledee Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
    - Alice in Wonderland Portraits Collage Sheet
    - We’re All Mad Here Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Alice Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Tenniel’s Alice Collage Sheet

    To enter The Tweedles 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 8, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Linda Blakesley! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 7th, 2019

    A Spring Hen House and a Forsaken Cemetery

    Filed under Back in Stock, Els Schutte, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Sale, Spring Farmhouse Kit

    Wow! Another newsletter with a wide variety of projects! Let’s start with:

    A Spring Hen House by Design Team Member Els Schutte

    As this is the first project by Els, let’s start with a bit from her bio:

    My name is Els Schutte and as long as I can remember I have been creative; in 2013 my husband and I moved from the Netherlands to Canada. In the Netherlands I had my own craft store, where I taught several classes each week. Here in Canada I also have a craft store where I teach scrapbooking classes, in addition to designing cards, digital layouts, mini-albums and altered items by special request.

    Welcome aboard, Els!

    We’re revisiting the March Spring Farmhouse Kit today with a project by new Design Team Member Els Schutte. Beside a totally cute little scene with chickens, note that Els made an accordion album, too — and a roof for the house on the left that hides the album when it’s inside!

    (See my photo at left for the building on the left with the roof taken off? That album sitting in front of the house can fit inside and be hidden when the roof is on the house. Plus the bottom of the photo shows a work-in-progress of using seam binding to hinge the album pages together as an accordion book.)

    Plus Els made a second, bigger house in the same style with a window cut-out sized for one of the windows from the Mini House Doors & Windows set… see the small photo at right for an optional view with a light inside!

    More details I’m fond of:
    - The little walkway she made for the chickens (house on the right)
    - Using an unpainted Cast Metal Rooster as the weather vane
    - Making a tiny, 3D windowbox for the pink flowers (house on the left)
    - Overlapping distressed strips of scrapbook paper for the roof shingles

    Here’s a link to all the supplies Els used. AND Els provides a step-by-step tutorial on how she made the whole scene!
     


    Ooh! Do you remember the fab Forsaken Cemetery (shown at right and a wider photo below) by Design Team Member Laura Carson? This is a slightly long story, but I thought to revisit it today for 2 reasons…

    First, we have a NEW (revised version) of the Stairstep Shrine Base that is made to fit the Arched Shrine Shadowbox that Laura used (see that angel statue at right… in the shrine with the wrought iron gates askew). And how often is a new & improved version cheaper? :)

    Second, a couple items in Laura’s supply list just came back in stock:
    - Antique Bronze Skull Connector (used as part of the chains/closure on the front gate of the cemetery… see the close-up on the right side of the wide photo below)
    - Tiny Bronze Pad Locks (also used to lock that same gate)

    AND not in this particular project but a bunch more Halloween-themed charms are also back in stock:
    - 10mm Antique Gold Pumpkin Charms
    - Antique Bronze Owl Charms
    - Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charms
    - Pewter Dancing Skeleton Charm
    - Pewter Spider Charm
    - 3D Bat Bail
    - Pewter Wizard Hat Charm

    Which is why…
     

    ALL Halloween Charms ON SALE – 40% off!

    This is a big group: 35 items, including all those back in stock items I just mentioned!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, April 5th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!
     

    Back to Laura’s artwork: you can read more in the original post about the Forsaken Cemetery project.

    All this talk about revisiting the Forsaken Cemetery leads me to the…

     
    Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway!

    I’ve picked out a few items from Laura’s large-ish Forsaken Cemetery supply list:
    - Arched Shrine Shadowbox
    - Stairstep Shrine Base (the new version!)
    - Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
    - Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet
    - Antique Bronze Skull Connector
    - Tiny Bronze Pad Locks

    To enter the Forsaken Cemetery 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 5, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Alice Accordion Book Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Gail S! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 4th, 2019

    New Alice in Wonderland Kit!

    Filed under Alice Accordion Book Kit, Alice in Wonderland, Collage Sheets, Daniela Costa, Playing Cards, Sale

    New Alice Accordion Book Kit

    Yay! Alice in Wonderland! It is time for a new Alice kit! (It is always time for another Alice kit.) Alice is eternal.

    This kit includes one of the new Altoids Tin Accordion Books… and a new Alice Tin Covers Collage Sheet with images that can either be used on the pages of that book, or used as cover art on an Altoids Tin (also included in the kit)!

    Plus tons of scrapbook papers in black and red with tiny patterns (a ton in this instance is 5 different papers), and some Alice-y polymer canes (4), and a white rabbit charm, and a second collage sheet: Alice in Wonderland Portraits)… tons of items!

    Lastly: I also included (only) the hearts card from the new Altoids Inserts Playing Card Suits. Note: if you’re using this chipboard insert inside the Altoids Tin, you’ll need to omit putting the accordion book inside the tin (it’s one or the other, so you have choices). Of course, you can decide to use the book separately from the tin, or to put the hearts card on the outside of the tin or on the inside of the lid… who knows what you’ll come up with!

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos.
     

    Alice’s Dream by Daniela Costa!

    Design Team Member Daniela Costa has made this fun, colorful explosion of cards escaping from a tin called Alice’s Dream!

    From Daniela’s blog post:

    This was SO MUCH FUN to make! The Alice Kit this month is AMAZING! I’ve added all kinds of fun items from the shop to the April Kit. Let’s start with these FANTASTIC large chipboard playing cards; These come in two pieces, your background, and the top. I’ve covered the backgrounds with the darling papers that come in your kit this month, then picked out different images from my Alice collage sheets (here’s my complete list of supplies). Before assembling my playing cards, I used red and black paint I had in my stash.

    There are so many little bits and pieces in here… There are Tiny Alice Chipboard Props, I’ve used many of them in my project. See if you can find them all, lol! I spy a chair, a chess piece, hanging heart cards, teapot and teacups. I’ve also used one of the Altoid Tin Insert Frames of Alice that has the Cheshire Cat on it. I didn’t use it the correct orientation, so I just cut it out of the frame. I’ve just used some paints in my stash to color them.

    Another fun little side project, is the Faux Book Box Tiny Card Size, with the Mini Card Deck (see the close-up at left). The chipboard box needs to be assembled, and I added some paper from the kit for the binding, and cut out a mini book cover from one of the collage sheets and finished up the box. I made it look like the cards were coming from the back of the little box. I stashed the rest of the cards on the inside. I found one of the card footmen on a collage sheet and added him to the side. I really like this little element.

    If you notice a little glass bottle on the bottom left of the project (psst: a larger photo of the bottle is also below): the shop has these polymer clay sticks of different designs that you can customize for your project (and 4 are in the kit). I just used my xacto knife and made little slices… they are ADORABLE! I hadn’t even seen this before, so it was so much fun and easy to add this darling element to my project. I cut up the clay pieces and added them to a 1-1/2′ glass bottle. Then, I took the Medium Bronze White Rabbit Charm and tied it around the bottle with some twine.

    Be sure to visit Daniela’s blog for more photos! (And check the Giveaway section below for another photo of Daniela’s project, plus a chance to win lots of the supplies!)

     
    More New Products!

    Just a snippet from 14 new products (!) are shown at left (and at right). From 3 new scrapbook papers to 7 new laser-cut embellishments.

    More ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here

    or

    - here are all of the items actually in the new kit

    or

    - here’s a repeat of Daniela’s supply list from her Alice’s Dream shown above!

     
    Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    It only seems fitting! ALL Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets are on SALE at 50% off! This is a BIG group: over 50 items!

    Psst! The sale includes BOTH collage sheets in the new kit (one is the first one shown below)!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, April 1st.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Alice Accordion Book Kit Giveaway!

    And that promised second photo of Daniel’s artwork!

    In addition to the FIFTEEN items already in the new kit (whew! that includes FIVE scrapbook papers Daniela used to cover her little book and as background papers in her large playing cards — and the bronze rabbit charm AND the polymer clay canes in her bottle AND a blank tin), this Giveaway includes these extras from Daniela’s supply list:
    - 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottle
    - Altoids Tin Insert Frames – Alice (for the Cheshire Cat inside the tin)
    - Alice Book Covers 2 Collage Sheet (that will make 3 collage sheets, including the 2 in the kit)
    - New Playing Card Sets – 4 Suits

    To enter the Alice Accordion Book 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 1, 2019).

    And what are you going to make with this haul?

    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 Time Machine Shadowbox Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be BarbMac Vt! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    76 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 31st, 2019

    New Art Doll; New Team Member; Bees & Hats; BIG Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Spring Farmhouse Kit, Steampunk, Susan Killam

    Wow! Another newsletter with a wide variety of projects! Let’s start with:

    The Easter Bunny is Coming! by Design Team Member Susan Killam

    As this is the first project by Susan, let’s start with a bit from her bio:

    I was a late-blooming artist, finding creativity near 40. That was a loooong time ago. Since then I’ve dabbled in all kinds of media and still have more to explore. I make shadow boxes using found objects, paper whimsies with a vintage flair, and assemblage jewelry with vintage bits and pieces. I have a soft spot for overly embellished greeting cards.

    I’m a vintage & antique costume jewelry dealer. I collect vintage rhinestone jewelry from the heyday of affordable bling and I’m probably wearing something old and sparkly right now!

    Welcome aboard, Susan! (Psst! Susan was a guest designer for us ages ago… you can view that project, too.)

    Here’s a bit of the intro from Susan’s blog post to get us started on her new project:

    Hello crafty friends! The March Kit from Alpha Stamps is “Spring Farmhouse”-themed. How cute! It comes with this house-shape basket as well as pretty papers and Easter collage sheets.

    I’ve added a white picket fence around the outside and hid a few eggs in the flowers.

    The handle is three strands of braided jute that were carefully stuffed into the holes on the box. Ok, ok, I admit I made the holes bigger, but not before TRYING to fit all three strands through the existing hole. :)

    I pulled the brad ends off the metal bunnies and glued them to the fence.

    I used a Cathe Holden Stencil on the inside. Since the house is wee, I stenciled it in three stages, allowing each one to dry before adding the next. In the second photo you can see how I lined up the rooster, select, and eggs in a column to fit the small space.

    Me breaking in: I included a couple photos from Susan’s mini-tutorial in the wide photo below. (And clever to align the stenciled elements closer together than they are placed on the stencil!)

    There’s much more to see in Susan’s blog post and/or her supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see some new goodies and the FLASH SALE!

     
    Trixie Likes Bees by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey

    Aw… Lora made a fun art doll with the new Art Doll Nicho (plus one of my fave papers from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition 12×12 Pack with a clock/bee pattern)!

    The shadowbox in the art doll set has little flanges to glue to the back of the doll body (see my naked photo of the parts at right).

    Lora includes lots of step-by-step photos for putting together the little doll in her blog post.

    Note: I’m also showing a new bee at left in the window of the art doll for size.

    Note x2: We don’t have quite the same collage sheet as Trixie, but we do have a bunch of options for funky paper doll parts by the same designer: Teri Calia (whose designs are under the name Catnip Designs). Here’s some I think would make a fun art doll:
    - Wings & Things Collage Sheet
    - Get Dressed Collage Sheet
    - Doll Parts Collage Sheet

    AND in honor of Trixie…

     
    ALL Catnip Designs Collage Sheets ON SALE – 50% off!

    This is a HUGE group: over 200 items! And this group includes tons of styles, from Dollhouse Miniatures, to Christmas, to TONS of Halloween! Just a preview of 3 are shown below (plus my doll picks above; a couple shown at right).

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, March 29th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    More New & Back in Stock Goodies! (Lots of Hats!)


    Ooh! Do you remember the fab Time Machine Shadowbox (shown at right) by Design Team Member Laura Carson? See that astrolabe/clock on top of the building? The outer circle is from the back in stock Steampunk Shapes Set - Hats (also shown directly above it — you can see the clock in the background, behind me holding a hat and a raven).

    Believe it or not: that beautiful building facade is a digital image (on the outside of a cigar box)! The image (and tons more steampunk treasures) are on the Time Machine Set Download.

    And some of the images from that set (and repeated on the coordinating Time Machine Collage Sheet) include that fine Victorian woman doing battle with a dinosaur trying to come through the time machine!

    All this talk about revisiting the Time Machine Shadowbox leads me to the...

     
    Time Machine Shadowbox Giveaway!

    You'll need to supply your own cigar box, but I'm including all 4 of the collage sheets from Laura's project, plus the Steampunk Shapes Set - Hats.

    AND the new Little Hats Chipboard Shape Set and Little Crowns Chipboard Shape Set (not in the artwork, but there is a hat theme going on in today's new chipboard... both are shown above to the left of that photo of the Steampunk Shapes Set - Hats; and if you go look at those pages, I've photoed a hat or crown from each set on one of the Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets for a size idea).

    To enter the Time Machine 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, March 29, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Under the Sea Giveaway from Sunday's newsletter? That would be Rosalie Lunger! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 28th, 2019

    New Prima & G45 & Stencils? Lacy Tags? Under the Sea? TWO Sales!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Spring Farmhouse Kit

    Wow! There are some cool new items today that I’ve been awaiting since January! Plus the styles/themes of all the goodies and artwork are so varied, I’m sure you’ll find something you need. And with all the different art styles, I’ve put TWO sections on sale! More info below.

    New Rusty Teapot Alterable Metal Frame!

    So cool… and screams for an Alice in Wonderland tea party scene!

    Including the spout, it is approx. 8-1/2″ wide” x 7-1/2″ tall” x 2-3/4″ deep. The back plate is removable so you can decorate the inside easier (I just bent the tabs with my fingers so no extra tools are needed — see the far right photo below).

    If you are so inclined, I included a photo with a side table and the back of a bookcase in 1:24 scale (to show size — see the first photo below)… which leads me to the first of today’s sales: ALL Half Scale Dollhouse Miniatures are ON SALE!

     
    Half Scale Dollhouse Miniatures on SALE at 25% off!

    We’ve been expanding this section: 50 items are included in the Half Scale Dollhouse Miniatures Sale!

    Psst! The sale includes the Half Scale End Table with Vintage Phone and the 1:24 Bookcase I showed for scale in the Rusty Teapot above.

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, March 25th.

    Click: MINIATURES SALE to see everything!

     
    New Travel Album Set!

    A heavy chipboard album cover (with pockets on the inside of both front and back covers) that has an elastic closure AND 3 elastic loops that secure 3 notebooks inside:
    - 1 grid paper notebook
    - 1 watercolor paper notebook
    - 1 lined paper notebook

    Each of the 3 notebooks also has a heavy cover (and the notebook covers also have pockets on the inside of both front and back).

    Rearrange the notebooks… take one out to use separately (or to leave out while doodling)… you might want to use only 2 in the album if you go wild and make really thick artwork.

    The album is approx. 4-3/4″ wide x 8-3/4″ tall x 1-3/4″ deep. Each notebook is approx. 4-1/4″ wide x 8-1/4″ tall.

    Note: I used a giant manila tag as a prop in a few of the photographs — mainly for color contrast so you can see the various size/shape of pockets.

     
    New Stencils & Spring Time On The Farm by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    Ah… how sweet! I love these vintage/shabby tags (and a box to hold them in) by Rhonda! Let’s start with an intro from Rhonda’s blog post:

    It’s finally Spring and I am ready! How about you? To celebrate, I made this Mini House Front Box that is included in the new Spring Farmhouse Kit.

    I decided to create some shabby farm-themed tags with bits of vintage paper and fabric along with the papers included in the kit: Spring Farmhouse 8×8 Papers and Eggs and Easter Collage Sheet. I have always been a fan of images of various bird eggs, so this worked perfectly.

    I had some extra goodies to use, the new Cathe Holden Eggs & Alphabet and Lillington Stencils. Just gave me so many options.

    I also love the fact that there are tiny holes on either side of the house so with a little twine I have the option to hang it from a hook or clothes pin. You could also use some wire, vintage lace or seam binding.

    Beautiful! I love Rhonda’s tags! Remember to come back after reading the rest of Rhonda’s blog post (and to see her idea of hanging her tag box) and/or seeing her supply list so you can enter today’s Giveaway! (And ’cause there’s a LACE sale so you can make some homepun tags like Rhonda’s!)

     
    Today’s 2nd Sale: ALL Lace ON SALE — 50% off!

    With all those lovely tags that include lace by Rhonda, I thought it was perfect timing: ALL Lace is on SALE at 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, March 25th.

    Click: LACE SALE to see everything!

     
    Under the Sea Giveaway!


    What? Huh? Yes, in honor of two popular underwater items that have just come back in stock, I’m adding both of them to today’s Giveaway!
    - Undersea Steampunk Set
    - 3D Treasure Chest (Ooh… remember the artwork Rhea Freitag made with this? So nice! Shown at left and more info here.)

    Plus: I’m including THREE collage sheets the should help spur your underwater (maybe steampunk) imaginings:
    - Mermaid Garden #1 Collage Sheet
    - Mermen Collage Sheet
    - Mermaid Tails & Tentacles Collage Sheet

    To enter the Under the Sea 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, March 25, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Farmhouse Mini Album Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathy Toews! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 24th, 2019

    Bunnies, Cows, Foxes… and Gryphons?!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Daniela Costa, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Spring Farmhouse Kit

    The Bunny’s House and Farmhouse Mini Album by Design Team Member Daniela Costa

    As this is the first project by Daniela, let’s start with a bit from her bio:

    My name is Daniela Costa and I live in Northern California with my husband, son and two dogs. I have been playing with mixed-media for about 15 years. After becoming a stay at home mom, I found my love for crafting and I try to do something artsy every day.

    Welcome aboard, Daniela! And we have two lovely, spring projects from Daniela today!

    Here’s a bit of the intro from Daniela’s blog post to get us started:

    I am so excited to share with you my creations with the Alpha Stamps March Kit! This kit is incredible: the colors, the variety, it’s just beautiful! I’ve used elements from the Spring Farmhouse Collection, Chipboard House Box, and the most incredible chipboard windows and doors. I’ve also added the darling mini flowers, and a acrylic flower on top of the house. The box comes with two small holes on each side, so I weaved some wire, along with seam binding and now I have the Bunny House!

    I particularly love the little door with the bunny in the window! (So much so there’s a close-up at right… Daniela cut out the window panes in the door, so you can see the bunny easier, and then hinged the door on with paper tape… so cute!)

    Note: Daniela made a second project (with the Mini House Album) shown directly below in the wide group of photos — and in another photo down in the Giveaway section.

    There’s so much more to see on Daniela’s blog post and/or her supply list (for both projects). And don’t forget to come back to see some new goodies (including some new scrapbook papers) and the FLASH SALE related to Daniela’s album!

     
    New Double Dot Lace Scrapbook Papers!


     

    More New & Back in Stock Goodies! (and Gryphons!)

    Wow! I finally got a chance to buy the Dazzles Thin Lines Stickers Set (a new mixed-color set of the popular — and super skinny — border stickers). Plus the teeny tiny brass Floral Spandrels are back… and 2 more cute micro mini critters!

    Ooh! Remember the Gryphon Table?

    It's a great little kit to make a 1:12 scale table for a wizard's office. See more info on A Wizard's Potion Making Table by Teri Calia (shown at right) in the original blog post and you can also see Teri's supply list (for all those tiny bottles & labels)!

     
    Die-Cut Shapes ON SALE – 25% off!

    And it includes the Mini House Album in Daniela’s artwork (see right)! ALL Die-Cut Shapes are on SALE at 25% off! (Mostly chipboard but some acrylic shapes, too!)

    This is a HUGE group: 85 items! Just a preview of 3 are shown below.

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, March 22nd.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

    AND there are still quite a few die-cut chipboard items on the CLEARANCE SITE, too! (Like the Black Chipboard Scaredy Cat shown at far right — and all at 50% to 80% off!)

    Psst! Speaking of the clearance site: If you order from both sites, you can contact Anna in customer service to have shipping from one of your merged orders refunded (email her after your orders have been placed).


     

    Farmhouse Mini Album Giveaway!

    So cute! I had to show off another photo of Daniela’s album! I don’t think many people have discovered the Spring Farmhouse Cardstock Ephemera with Foil Accents (yet)… they worked out great with the size of the album!

    Here’s the list of the items from Daniela’s Supply List included in today’s Giveaway:
    - Spring Farmhouse Kit (that will get you the chipboard house, 2 collage sheets, and 1 each of all the designs in the 8×8 paper pad!)
    - Mini House Album (the same size as the front of the house box from the kit, so the windows & doors will fit either)
    - Mini House Doors & Windows (the full set (a mini version is included in the kit, too) and a few are shown below with the album)
    - Spring Farmhouse Cardstock Ephemera with Foil Accents (mentioned above)

    Bonus: I’m adding a sheet of the new Double Dot Lace French Vanilla Scrapbook Paper (which will work beautifully to mix & match with the kit papers).

    AND I’m also add these from the die-cut chipboard items on the CLEARANCE SITE:
    - Eiffel Tower Die-Cut Chipboard
    - Chipboard Birdhouse Shapes

    To enter the Farmhouse Mini Album 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, March 22, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

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

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

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

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

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 21st, 2019