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    Odds & Ends and Sale on ALL Digitals

    Filed under Back in Stock, Digital Images, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Moroccan Doorways Kit, Sale

    OK… no avoiding this. This feels like it’s gonna be a long one. A long break? Incarceration? I should find a moderate word between those 2, but I’m not.

    So I’ve put ALL the digitals on sale: collage sheets (digital downloads only but wow! there are over 1300 options!) and digital images (singles or sets in PNG format) on sale at 50% off. If you’re locked away (as we all should be… and: wash your hands!) you can grab a quick digital image to work on an art project and forget for a bit.

    Today is a bit of an Odds & Ends newsletter. There are definitely some gems… new little things that didn’t fit in with a recent theme so got forgotten. (And most of them are miniatures!)

    And, in honor of the current month’s Moroccan Doorways Kit I tracked down some amazing art from a related swap we hosted a zillion years ago (2013 to be specific, which seems like an eternity these days… I mean, last week seems month’s ago).

    I’ll stop babbling: let’s start with the new goodies!

     
    What is new today?

    New and ONE item back in stock that is soooo wonderful: the Ceramic Tea Cup & Saucer Set w Hearts! Even more wonderful as I received them the day before outgoing mail from Thailand was put on indefinite hold. Plus TWO paper sets that have a somewhat shared palette: and FUN retro images! Happy Hour 12×12 Collection Kit and Mid-Century Modern 12×12 Collection Kit!

     
    Artwork?

    Of course there’s artwork! As I mentioned above, there was an Arabian Nights Framed ATC Swap back in 2013. I’ve picked out 2 projects from that swap (by 2 Design Team Members). Luckily, quite a few items they used in their projects are still available — and the Moroccan Doorways Kit includes the house shape with window and the onion dome shape used in both projects!

    First, there’s this Aladdin Shrine (at left) by Kristin Batsel! How cute it that! Kristin used images from a bunch of collage sheets (and a kitchen match as a flagpole on top)!

    Plus Kristin added the Curtains Die-Cut Chipboard Set and Valance Curtain Die-Cut Chipboard (the curtains adding width on the sides and covered with fancy peacocks from the Pink Elephants Collage Sheet; and the valance across the bottom covered in bright blue paper). See everything in her supply list.

    Next, there’s the beautiful Arabian Nights ATC (below) by Laura Carson! So sultry! Laura used the same house frame and onion dome topper as Kristin, and even the same rust-colored background image (with a whole different effect).

    I love the fussy cut red and turquoise blue frame (and the lanterns: from the same collage sheet as that sultry babe). And don’t forget: the digital versions of ALL collage sheets are currently on sale! See everything in Laura’s supply list.

     
    Hooray for the Arabian Nights ATCs Giveaway!

    Oooh! A special treat today: One lucky winner will get one of the Moroccan Doorways Kits PLUS all the extra items from BOTH of the art projects!

    That’s mostly a gaggle of extra collage sheets (and the chipboard curtains mentioned) but I’m adding a Narrow Gold Fleur Dresden Borders to mimic the trim around the edges of Laura’s project.

    I’m also adding a couple metal filigree options, as the findings Kristin and Laura used are no longer available:
    - Ornate Brass Teardrops
    - Raw Brass Fancy Fleur de Lys

    To enter the Arabian Nights ATCs 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 3, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Moroccan Doorways Kit Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Kimberly! Please check your email for more information.

      
    38 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 2nd, 2020

    New Moroccan Doorways Kit! Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Moroccan Doorways Kit, Sale

    Moroccan Doorways Kit

    Oooh! Ready for some rich colors and lots of pattern play?

    This kit began when I found the Grand Bazaar Doorway Scrapbook Paper (and fell in love with it).

    I designed 3 new frames; they are tall enough to be used with the doors on that paper, but they also work as ATC frames. One of them is included in this kit (the Moroccan Frame), plus the front facade from the House Shaped ATC Frame Set, and one of the Onion Dome Toppers — both shown with that frame in the photo at left and in more photos on the kit page.

    There’s also a second 12×12 scrapbook paper included in the kit, and 2 new patina-green metal filigrees!

    And finally: two new collage sheets, designed for the size of the frames and the deep colors in the scrapbook papers!

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos of all 9 items in the kit (plus more new goodies, a BIG sale, and a Giveaway are below).

     
    What else is new today?

    Tons of things related to the kit! Beside the items highlighted above and below, see all 17 new items! Plus, see the related Flash Sale below!

     
    FLASH SALE on Arabian Nights Collage Sheets!

    Woohoo! A BIG sale in honor of Moroccan Doorways Kit (and the new collage sheets are also included in this sale)!

    25 options at 40% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, March 30th at midnight PST. See them all here.

     
    Hooray for the Moroccan Doorways Kit Giveaway!

    For this Giveaway, I’m including:
    - the new Moroccan Doorways Kit — that’s nine new items right there! I’ve added photos and links to 3 more of the kit items below
    - Bonus: the new Moonshine Frame (at far right)
    - And: the new Small Moroccan Panel (yet another cool new thing I haven’t shown yet!)

    To enter the Moroccan Doorways 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, March 30, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Springtime Shadowbox Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Babette Metheny! Please check your email for more information.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 29th, 2020

    New Farm Meadow Paper & Springtime Shadowbox!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Flowers, Giveaways, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    What a sweet shadowbox for spring! It looks so fresh and airy, even though there are quite a few little creatures in those cubbies.

    Here’s an intro by the gardener herself, Design Team Member Shannon Cooper:

    Can you believe it? It’s already spring! The beginning of spring probably means more to people living where there are actual seasons, like autumn, or winter, or any season other than summer, really.

    I started my spring project with the Shadowbox with Square Cubbies (6×6 size) and used the beautiful new Farm Meadow 6×6 Paper Pad to cover the inside of the cubbies and around the outside of the box. The paper pad has 40 (!) sheets of double-sided quality paper. It is printed with flowers, rabbits, butterflies, baskets, chickens, hay bales, even garden boots. Some of the papers have a pearlescent sheen to them… it is a lovely pad.

    It is a simple enough project that can be quickly made, then used to showcase tiny treasures. Normally I cover ALL of the horizontal surfaces with miniatures, cramming as many as will fit, but covering the paper would’ve been a real shame.

    After assembling the shadowbox, painting it white, then gluing in the paper, all that was left was to set my pieces inside. To make the wreath for one of the cubbies, I added a bit of glue to the bottom of a 1 Inch Grapevine Wreath, dipped it into some chopped up green underbrush and yellow foliage, then added a bow.

    A very sweet white wicker fruit basket filled with peachy roses and ivy for the center. Above that is a new Black & Yellow Finch Wooden Button glued to chipboard grass, then placed in the cubby. Did I mention this project was lightning fast?

    Great job, Shannon! Read more (and see more photos — and tips about putting the shadowbox together) in Shannon’s blog post and here’s her Supply List. After all the pretty eye candy (below, and all used by Shannon), check out the rest of today’s new items, plus a shadowbox sale and a Giveaway based on Shannon’s project!

     
    What else is NEW today?

    More Wooden Bird Buttons (doesn’t that owl below look like Hedwig?)! Plus the new top hats and the back in stock red watering can would fit just fine in a cubby (iike in Shannon’s shadowbox)! See everything new today and see the related Shadowboxes Sale below!

     
    Shadowboxes ON SALE!

    30% off on ALL Boxes & Tins?! Note: these are items tagged Boxes & Tins in the Collage Supplies section, which includes Shadowboxes like the one in Shannon’s artwork (the middle one shown below)!

    And as you can see, this group includes lots of shapes and materials… not just chipboard.

    Psst: anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, FRIDAY night, March 27th.

    See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Hooray for the Springtime Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Aw… how bright and cheery is that yellow finch? At right plus below in that close-up from Shannon’s shadowbox.

    I’m using that close-up as a focus for today’s Giveaway! Starting with the 6×6 shadowbox itself (also included in the sale through tomorrow night!)

    Next up: That beautiful new paper pad! So cute how Shannon chose props for each cubby to match the print in the background (or vice versa). And with 40 sheets, you’ll have paper for a zillion projects.

    Then the new yellow finch button,
    chipboard grass (behind the finch),
    Easter Banners Collage Sheet (for the “Spring” banner),
    Small Pale Pink Mulberry Blossoms, showing a tiny bit at far left,
    and finally, that mini Potting Soil bag showing at far right from the Miniature Garden Supplies Collage Sheet.

    To enter the Springtime 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 27, 2020).

    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).

    And don’t forget to check out everything Shannon used in her supply list, not just the items in the Giveaway.

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from the last newsletter. The Matchbox Shrine Trio Giveaway winner is Marilyn Ray! Check your email for info about your prize package!

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 26th, 2020

    Five Shrines by Kristin Batsel!

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

    Wow! ALL 5 shrines by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel are so beautiful and colorful! They all use the new Matchbox Shrine Facade Set and 2 of them use the new Loteria Matchbox Shrines Collage Sheet created for those facades.

    Here’s an intro from Kristin herself:

    I love the bright colors of Mexican folk art, and I love making little shrines, so these new little matchbox shrine facades make me so happy. For the past week or two, I have been busy making shrines. All the bright colors! The fronts are chipboard, while the little niches are (actual) matchboxes. (I have so many extra matches now!)

    The first shrine I did was all about Cosmopolitan martinis [see the bright pink one in the trio photo below] so I painted the exterior a bright pink with a red border. It’s embellished with polymer clay limes and pink leaves, and the niche features a miniature Cosmo (a tutorial for making the tiny Cosmo can be found on that page). The small metal Madonna is painted in Cosmo colors, and she’s offering up a slice of lime! This shrine will be the perfect addition to the Cosmo shelf in my kitchen.

    Circling back to the large image at right: this image of the Madonna is just so beautiful. It was the first thing I chose for this shrine. I then picked the paint colors to coordinate with the image. Gold Dresden trim and halos work perfectly with this heavenly theme.

    Great job, Kristin! Read more (and see more photos — and tips/info on each of the 5 shrines) in Kristin’s blog post and here’s her Supply List. NOTE: that’s the supply list for everything in all 5 shrines; If you want to narrow down by shrine:
    Cosmo Time Shrine
    Madonna Shrine
    Bleeding Heart Shrine
    Don’t Mess With The Devil Shrine
    I See Corona Virus Shrine

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Tons of tiny religious statues and charms and metal roses (both inspired by Kristin’s artwork). Plus the Miniature Cocktail Glasses in that Cosmo Time Shrine are back in stock! See everything new today and see the related Matchboxes Sale below!

     
    Matchboxes ON SALE!

    25% off on Everything with MATCHBOX in the Title! Beside the new Matchbox Shrine Facade Set and Loteria Matchbox Shrines Collage Sheet, it also includes the Little Matchboxes that can be used with the facades (and a variety of items as some collage sheets and rubber stamps include the word “matchbox” in the name).

    Psst: anything on clearance or a rubber stamp in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, March 23rd.

    See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Hooray for the Matchbox Shrine Trio Giveaway!

    But first, below is a photo of all 5 shrines… I haven’t even mentioned the 3 in the center:
    Don’t Mess With The Devil Shrine,
    Bleeding Heart Shrine,
    I See Corona Virus Shrine

    So… I’m including everything for those 3 shrines in today’s Giveaway! There’s some overlap between the 3 as they all use the new facades:
    - Matchbox Shrine Facade Set
    - Loteria Matchbox Shrines Collage Sheet
    - Saints and Sinners Collage Sheet (those little devils)
    - Medium and Large Red Metal Roses
    - Spring Garden Carrot Polymer Clay Slice Mix (for the tiny leaves around the roses)
    - Cast Metal Saint Francis Statue (shown at right and at the top of the Bleeding Heart Shrine)
    - Eyeball Cabs in Settings
    - 27mm Round Filigree Setting (behind the eyeball)
    - Dazzles Thin Lines Stickers Set (black borders edging the niche)

    To enter the Matchbox Shrine Trio 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 23, 2020).

    Note: I’m still waiting on my hosting company to finish up work on a new server I’ll be moving the blog to. If things look odd or your comments suddently disappear: don’t dismay! I’ll have admin access to the comments on both the old and new locations for the blog so I’ll count your comments as entries for the drawing.

    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).

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from the last newsletter. The Spring Tea Coach Giveaway winner is Deb Revier! Check your email for info about your prize package!

      
    49 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 22nd, 2020

    A Study in Contrasts: A Spring Coach & Andy Skinner

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Mr. Bunny's Egg House, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Steampunk

    Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) has made a lovely liitle coach (covered in flowers) and we have a bunch of new Andy Skinner transfers (rub-ons) and rubber stamps (and some related paper pads and gears). Plus a related sale and a Giveaway!

    And happy spring! It’s early this year (the earliest spring in over 100 years)… all the weedy astronomical details.

    Diving in to Bella’s sweet (pink) Spring Tea:

    The current kit from Alpha Stamps is Mr. Bunny’s Egg House. It is sooooo cute! Retro bunnies, chicks abound and it just so happened that I had the Mini Cinderella Coach sitting around; already put together begging to be finished.

    Initially I had created a seat on each side of the carriage, but when I decided to put in my teenie weenie vintage doll I had to pull out one of the benches, which made room for a tea table full of resin cakes (and a cup of tea).

    Nice work, Bella! And be sure to check the Giveaway below, too, for another photo of the flipside of the coach (with a white rabbit… footman?)! See a photo of that vintage porcelain doll below, too.

    Read more (and see more photos — and tips, like building the little table inside) in Bella’s blog post and here’s the Spring Tea Supply List!

     
    What is NEW today?

    New items from Andy Skinner! Plus the Metal Textures Paper Pads (in 2 sizes) and the gears just seemed like good options to mix in, too! See everything new today and see the Steampunk Sale below!

     
    Steampunk Theme ON SALE!

    30% off on EVERYTHING Steampunk Themed!

    Psst: anything on clearance or a collage sheet or a digital image in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, FRIDAY night, March 20th.

    Over 80 items! See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Hooray for the Spring Tea Coach Giveaway!

    But first, a couple more photos… like that vintage doll Bella put into her coach. And a close-up of the cake and cookies inside. Oh, and below is the other side of the coach, with the rabbit from the Cottontail 6×6 Paper Pad.

    EVERYTHING in Bella’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! That’s 17 items! Wow… what will you make?

    Note: As there is a March Kit included in the Giveaway, any items that are part of the kit (and also listed separately in the supply list) will only be included once.

    To enter the Spring Tea Coach 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 20, 2020).

    Note: I’m waiting on my hosting company to finish up work on a new server I’ll be moving the blog to. If things look odd or your comments suddently disappear: don’t dismay! I’ll have admin access to the comments on both the old and new locations for the blog so I’ll count your comments as entries for the drawing.

    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).

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from the last newsletter. The Bunny Love Giveaway winner is Laural Svoboda! Check your email for info about your prize package!

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 19th, 2020

    New Ocean Paper and More Beachy Items on SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Mr. Bunny's Egg House, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Summer/Beach

    I was inspired by the new Ocean Blue 8×8 Paper Pad and found some more new beachy/underwater embellishments (more on those below) but first: this new paper!

    Beautiful underwater collage images, in shades of blue and sepia. Get a headstart on summer daydreaming! Plus it’s on sale through tomorrow as part of the Beach & Mermaids Theme FLASH SALE!

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Beachy Goodies! That Iridescent Water Bubble Microbead Mix would be lovely in tiny glass bottles or washing up in waves on sandy beaches… or maybe in a mermaid’s underwater garden.

    And in addition to two new Chipboard Seaweed Sets, the Shamrock Vines are back in stock (and featured in new artwork below).

     
    Beach & Mermaids Theme ON SALE!

    30% off on EVERYTHING BEACH THEMED!

    Psst: anything on clearance or a rubber stamp or a digital image in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, March 16th.

    Over 130 items! See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Bunny Love by Rhonda Thomas!

    Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has written a fun little story, all about these gnomes and the bunny object of their affections! Here’s the start of this tale from her blog post:

    Oh but to gain the love of the beautiful bunny that lives on the hill. She just captivates all living creatures.

    Two brother gnomes competed for her love. But neither understood her like the brown bunny did. He knew her hearts desire and won her over immediately as he brought her fresh cauliflower and carrots from the farmer’s garden. He promised to forever grow crops if she would take his paw in marriage.

    Read more (and see more photos — including how Rhonda created a stand for the egg extensions to the bunny’s house) in Rhonda’s blog post and here’s her Supply List… plus read on as there’s a related Giveaway!

     
    Hooray for the Bunny Love Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! That’s 18 items! Wow… what will you make?

    Note: As there is a March Kit included in the Giveaway, any items that are part of the kit (and also listed separately in the supply list) will only be included once.

    To enter the Bunny Love 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 16, 2020).

    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).

      
    35 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 15th, 2020

    The Egg Artist’s Workshop; NEW Baskets & Paper for Spring!

    Filed under Art Projects, Easter, Mr. Bunny's Egg House, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    What a delightful little egg house by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! And so many ideas for other projects to make from the same egg shrine from Shannon (in just the first paragraph from her blog post:

    The March kit, adorably named Mr. Bunny’s Egg House, is (so far) my personal favorite of the many niche shrines available. After one look I pretty much knew what it was going to be, but quickly realized the potential for this little egg. Turn it on its side, add mini grapevine wreath wheels, and make a springtime egg car? Sure. What about having rocket thrusters on the bottom and bunny astronauts inside? I can see it. How about decorating six tiny shrines in different papers to make them look like decorated eggs and spelling EASTER inside the eggs? Add a string and hang it on the mantel or wall! So many ideas!

    I loved the idea of Mr. Bunny’s Egg House from the outset and went with creating a workshop where Mr. B paints all of the eggs for spring.

    Cute Niche Shutters were added to the front along with a scalloped-edge roof and wee flower box. The flower box is simply a few strips of heavy cardstock glued together (and I promise it is, in fact, under all of those flowers).

    Beautiful work, Shannon! And be sure to note those tiny (really tiny!) hand painted Easter eggs (sitting on earring backs so you know how tiny they are) in the close-up below.

    Read more (and see more photos and tips) in Shannon’s blog post and here’s The Egg Artist’s Workshop Supply List!

     
    What is NEW today?

    I’m starting off The Emporium 6×6 Paper Pad. So lovely! It contains 40 pages printed on heavyweight cardstock (4 each of 10 double-sided sheets) with elegant pearlescent and spot-varnish effects. Plus the inner front and back covers are printed with extra ephemera elements.

    Remember The Naturalist's Curiosity Cabinet from long ago? Teri Calia made a beautiful miniature cabinet of curiosities using the Millinery Cabinet shown at left (plus her own Cabinet of Curiosities Collage Sheet). The new paper pad reminded me of this project.

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Oh, those tiny handmade baskets!! Ready for tiny garden scenes, adding some paper flowers or Easter!

     
    NEW Sale: Paper Flowers!

    With that flurry of color from the flowers in Shannon’s artwork, it seems time for a 25% off sale on all Paper Flowers!

    Over 50 items! AND: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY night, March 13th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Note: We’re doing some blog maintenance so I’m skipping a Giveaway today.

    Who won the Alice Teapot Tea Party Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Jean! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, March 15th, 2020

    Alice Teapot Tea Party; Dresden on SALE!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Miniatures, Sale, Tutorials

    Wow, totally not planned but we have MORE Alice in Wonderland artwork today! I am delighted for so many different projects all about Alice. Maybe it’s spring… although I always imagined Alice falling down that rabbit hole in summer: it could have been spring. What with the Mad March Hare and all.

    We had a Mad Tea Party Theatre last Thursday, and Pop-Up Tea Time before that.

    And TODAY: a beautiful tea party INSIDE a teapot by Guest Designer Connie Littell!

    Starting with a bit of intro from Connie’s blog post:

    I am happy to share something special today. I was invited to be a guest designer for Alpha Stamps and made a little Alice In Wonderland tea party shrine using a Little Niche Shrine – Teapot and a Chipboard Teapot Blank. Whenever I make a miniature scene I like to add as many tiny things as will fit. The niche is 2 by 3 inches. Challenge accepted!

    Like the other Niche Shrines, this new teapot shape comes with a tiny scored piece, meant to be glued to the back as a hanger. But Connie used the largest teapot from the new Chipboard Teapot Blanks to glue to the back of the “niche”, making this a standing teapot!

    Back to more from Connie’s blog post (which is filled with tips and how-to photos! Note that I’m skipping down a bit — Connie does give info on covering the teapot with scrapbook paper):

    The tree that holds the Cheshire Cat (cut from the Tin-Sized Alice Collage Sheet) is a 5 inch Creepy Tree with just a little branch cut away to assure the niche opening isn’t completely covered. I painted both sides of the tree with burnt umber acrylic paint.

    The tree needs leaves and I wasn’t excited about cutting a ton of them out by hand. New Laser-Cut Miniature Ivy worked perfectly and was a lot of fun to play with. After figuring out how many sections I wanted to use, I painted both sides with acrylic paint. Once dry, they were glued in place on the tree.

    Beautiful work, Connie! Note: there’s another photo with a close-up of those yummy sweets inside the teapot below in the Giveaway section!

    Read more (and see more photos and tips) in Connie’s blog post and here’s her Alice Teapot Tea Party Supply List!

     
    What is NEW today?

    Beside that new teapot niche shrine already shown above (and that sweet, tiny ivy used as leaves on the tree) there’s a new mini version of the Trailing Ivy Borders. Plus some tiny 1:12 scale bowls and cups.

     
    NEW Sale: Dresden!

    In honor of SIX designs that are back in stock: 25% off all Dresden!

    40 items! AND: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, March 9th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Hooray for the Alice Teapot Tea Party Giveaway!

    So much to choose from! I’ve picked out all these items from Connie’s supply list for this Giveaway package:
    - ALL THREE of the new items (teapot shrine, solid back, ivy leaves)
    - That pretty pink paper covering the teapot
    - The Creepy Tree to add the leaves to
    - Small Felt Flowers (at the top right corner of the niche)
    - Tin-Sized Alice Collage Sheet for the Cheshire Cat in the tree
    - Oooo! The resin sweets! Plus: the filigree and bead cap Connie used to build a cake plate for that resin cake!

    To enter the Alice Teapot Tea Party 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 9, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Mad Tea Party Theatre Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Coleen Dillon! Please check your email for more information

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 8th, 2020

    Mad Tea Party Theatre; Paper Theatres on SALE!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Retro Valentine Kit, Sale

    Oooh! Alice in Wonderland and Paper Theatres!!

    Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) made a fab paper theatre with a mix of styles and products, all pink and red and gold… mixed up just as The Mad Hatter should be!

    Starting with a bit of intro from Bella’s blog post:

    I love tea, and it’s always tea time around here — when of course, I am not drinking coffee.

    When the February My Retro Valentine Kit arrived, cute as the retro-themed collage sheets were I just couldn’t get past seeing tea themes. (Which of course led straight to Alice because.. tea!)

    Since it is a Mad Tea Party theme, in my reality nothing really has to make much sense. (Not that it does most days anyways…) As long as I liked it well then it’s perfect!

    I remembered that awhile ago, I had started working on a Punch & Judy Theatre that had an Arch Top Theatre Facade on top of it, so I dug it out. Thankfully the palette I used worked out pretty well with the Retro Valentine Kit.

    It all looks great! And that little stack of resin cakes and teacups (above at left): more info about it is down in the Giveaway section!

    Read more (and see more photos) in Bella’s blog post! Above are photos/links for a few of the items from Bella’s Mad Tea Party Theatre Supply List… and keep reading as there’s a related Sale!

     
    What is NEW today?

    Wow! What a big mix of themes here, too! Beside the Alice 8×8 Paper Pad back in stock (timely), there are lots of Easter/spring items, plus some dollhouse miniatures! See even more than these previews.

     
    NEW Sale: Paper Theatres!

    Wow! This is a big group (inspired by Bella’s artwork)!
    - 50% off on Paper Theatres Collage Sheets! (That’s over 90 options right there!)
    - 25% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection (that includes chipboard theatre kits)!

    Over 130 items! AND: any rubber stamps or digital images in this collection are marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, March 6th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Hooray for the
    Mad Tea Party Theatre Giveaway!

    First off: your eyes did not deceive you… that Punch & Judy Theatre from Bella’s artwork is the first item shown above in the Paper Theatres Sale preview! Yes, it is also the first item in this Giveaway package!

    Back to Bella’s project, here’s a bit more from her post, starting with the table at the tea party:
    The “tablecloth” is 3 halves of 2 tiny pink doilies, then one of the White Tiny Lace Borders used as “lace” on top of the doilies.

    Yes, those 2 lace/doilies sets are included in this Giveaway, too! Plus the Tin-Sized Alice Collage Sheet that the table, Alice, and other tea party participants are from.

    Back to that inset photo above (of the stack of tiny cakes):

    The hardest thing about the entire project was stacking the cakes (and teacup) and getting them to teeter the right way. Didn’t use hot glue since I wasn’t sure how each piece would be placed, but used a thick white glue. That way it held just a bit but allowed me to move the cakes around to where I wanted them.

    That link in the last paragraph goes to 4 items from Bella’s supply list (one of which is EIGHT cakes): all four of those items are in the Giveaway, too!

    To enter the Mad Tea Party Theatre 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 6, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Bunny Circus Eggstravaganza Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Lana! Please check your email for more information.

      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 5th, 2020

    New Spring Kit & Artwork! Easter Collection Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Easter, Kristin Batsel, Mr. Bunny's Egg House

    Mr. Bunny’s Egg House Kit

    Yes, spring has sprung! A bit too early for my taste, but there you have it. And for early spring we have colorful flowers, bunnies and gnomes in egg houses and some sweet, small scrapbook paper prints to wallpaper an egg shrine with.

    Note: the chipboard pieces are for a new egg-shaped niche shrine, made to be hung on the wall (included is a tiny scored piece to glue to the back as a hanger). You can see other niche shrines to see many such shrines, and to get an idea of how the pieces fit together.

    This kit also includes all these colorful new items:
    - Cottontail 6×6 Paper Pad: Cute vintage bunnies plus some nice small prints for ATCs or miniature wallpaper. 1 each of all 8 double-sided designs.
    - Egg Houses Collage Sheet How cute are these? Bunnies & gnomes living in egg houses! Love all the silly details like curtains (or shutters?) made from clover.
    - Bigger Bunnies Collage Sheet The “bigger” part is so that the bunnies could be used on the sides of the facade (outside of the niche) in the Little Niche Shrine – Single Egg.
    - THREE colors of the new Tiny Mulberry Blossoms! Similar to the Small Mulberry Blossoms, but in a smaller size (only 10mm diameter). Handmade flowers on wired stems. Imported from Thailand. 5 each of bright pink, yellow and turquoise blue.

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos of all 7 items in the kit (plus more new goodies, a BIG sale, and new artwork are below).

     
    What else is new today?

    Tons of springy things! Beside the items highlighted above and below, see all 23 new items! Plus, see the related Flash Sale below!

     
    FLASH SALE on Easter Collection!

    Woohoo! A BIG sale in honor of Mr. Bunny’s Egg House Kit (and see FIVE new collage sheets also included in this sale — that includes THREE that are NOT in the kit)!

    Over 90 options (from charms to miniatures to paper)!

    - 40% off on Collage Sheets!
    - 30% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection!
    - Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, March 2nd at midnight PST. See them all here.

     
    Highlights from the Easter Collection Sale!

     
    Hooray for the Bunny Circus Eggstravaganza Giveaway!

    What?! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel has made this adorable shrine with a performing chick (who seems to have bunny ears on his hat)!

    Here’s a bit of text from Kristin’s blog post:

    The March kit from Alpha Stamps is here! So many chicks and bunnies; spring is on the way, which means Easter is not far behind. I love some Easter art, but I found a collage sheet entitled Circus Chicks, and you sure can’t go wrong with that! I made my Little Niche Egg Shrine into a tiny springtime circus, because why not?

    I fell in love with the little chick in its clown costume, and decided to work around him. Sure, he’s not a bunny, but he is, at least, now sporting the bunny ears. For the background, I found the perfect circus image from the Big Top Circus Collage Sheet, and made it the background of my niche.

    Such a cute little shrine! I love the little flowers (like balloons that the chick is holding). And that new chipboard grass is perfect at the bottom of the egg shrine.

    You can see Kristin’s full supply list here. Oh, and check Kristin’s post, too, as she explains how she switched the head on the rabbit so he’d be looking toward the circus scene.

    For this Giveaway, I’m including:
    - Mr. Bunny’s Egg House Kit (that will get you the chipboard shrine and the yellow flowers, plus lots of extra not used in Kristin’s shrine)
    - Circus Chicks Collage Sheet
    - Big Top Circus Collage Sheet
    - Happy Easter Collage Sheet (for the bunny)
    - Easter Banners Collage Sheet (for the “BUNNIES” banner at the top)
    - Chipboard Grass Silhouettes
    - Tiny Mulberry BlossomsTangerine Orange and Light Blue (2 colors not in the kit)

    To enter the Bunny Circus Eggstravaganza 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 2, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Cabinet for Easter Treasures Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Ricki Walker! Please check your email for more information.

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 1st, 2020