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    Dollhouse Miniatures On SALE! (+ Artwork by Nichola Battilana & Teri Calia!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Teri Calia, Tutorials

    A brief intro before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces projects by Nichola Battilana and Teri Calia… All of the artwork today involves miniatures (and there are some adorable new miniatures below, too) so the ENTIRE Dollhouse Miniatures Section is On Sale!

    There’s a new FREE Gift with ALL Orders: Miniatures Matchbox (inspired by all the new miniatures and artwork using miniatures in today’s newsletter).

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! Recap: for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    Final note: in case you missed Thursday’s Newsetter, you can still view a Cupcake Stand Topper by Katie Zoey Ho (and that newsletter includes the Tim Holtz “Tag of the Month” for March… with all of the supplies for the tag On Sale)!
     


    With the Marie in Wonderland Kit, Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created two pieces that are quite tiny, measuring in at just 2-1/4″ tall! (See the little photo of one sitting in Nichola’s hand in the lower left corner of that large photo at right.)

    The stages are created with two Tiny Paper Mache Boxes and embellished with pretty Gold and Black Dreseden Borders.

    Nichola actually cut up some of the dresses from the very popular Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet to make the theatre curtains for the stage with the Gold Dresden and used the Tall Paper Theatre and Curtains Collage Sheet for the curtains in the theatre with the Black Dresden. The minuscule dancers also come from Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet.

    Dance on over to the Ornate Miniature Marie Theatres supply list then pop in for a visit with Nichola at Pixie Hill to see more pictures AND for a tutorial on how to make the cute little theatres!

    Teri Calia has created an adorable, and very versatile Little Rococo Boxes Collage Sheet and look how sweet her Marie’s Boudoir, A Shabby Chic Shadowbox is with all the assorted boxes! (See the wide photo below.) Shoe boxes, hat boxes, boxes with a sweet treat, topped off with a “cherry” (that is actually a Flower Stamen – Cherry). Not to mention the amazing “boudoir” itself; that is the Altered Metal Frame – Ornate with Legs. This 7″ x 9-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ (big!) vintage-style frame comes with a distressed look and the back can be removed for easy embellishing. Do I even have to ask you how versatile that can be? (I think it would be a REALLY cute doll bed for the small animal dolls I am currently making.)

    The best thing about the Little Rococo Boxes Collage Sheet, aside from how many different uses there are for the boxes, is how quickly and super easy they go together. Nichola made boxes and put tiny paper cakes inside (with frosting made from the bead mix in the Marie in Wonderland Kit). It’s super sticky-sweet, isn’t it? Although I wouldn’t be adverse to seeing a raven or a bouquet of black roses, or even an eyeball or two in a tiny box after a month of all this pink sweetness but moving on…

    Back to Teri’s project, here’s a link to (all the many items in) Marie’s Boudoir, and if you visit Teri’s blog you can see more pictures and details.

    Guess what? So that you an go as crazy over miniatures as we are, ALL of the Dollhouse Miniatures are on SALE! OK. I’ll wait 30 minutes while you go place your order before I place mine!


     

     

    Hooray for the Rococo Boxes Miniatures Giveaway! (Marie Antoinette and garden gnomes… who knew?)

    This one is jam packed with goodies (and all those rich reds and golds make me think of Christmas… hm). Let’s start with the items from Teri’s Marie’s Boudoir Shabby Chic Shadowbox supply list (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - Little Rococo Boxes Collage Sheet
    - More Marie Antoinette Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet
    - Sweet Paris 8×8 Paper Set (so busy it didn’t fit in the main pic… bt see below)
    - Miniature Glass Pitcher & Glasses (did you notice Teri used the pitcher as a vase?)
    - Light Tan Wide Lace
    - Brass Fans
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
    - Ceramic Cupcake Beads
    - Mini Heart Tart Cake
    - Mini Strawberry Cake
    - Small Paper Theatre Box – Clear Window Insert
    - Flower Stamen – Cherry
    - White Foam Stamen

    Next, items from Nichola’s Mini Theatre Boxes supply list (again, that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - Mini Floral Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Gold
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Black
    - French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Dragonfly Wing Beads
    - 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
    - Tall Paper Theatre and Curtains Collage Sheet
    - Raw Brass Flourish
    - Tiny Paper Mache Box Set

    THEN, more items (some brand new) that I liked in the mix (ALL On Sale!):
    - 12mm Wooden Drawer Pull or Box Feet (New)
    - Garden Gnomes Resin Embellishments (New)
    - Mini Ceramic Garden Gnome Bead
    - Mini Silver Wind Chimes (New)
    - Miniature Garden Tools (New)
    - Mini Gardening Hand Tools (New)
    - Miniature Rusty Metal Lantern (New)
    - Mini Garden Plant Stand (New)
    - Gold Sweeper Fringe
    - Pink Sweeper Fringe
    - Miniature Open Book
    - Miniatures Matchbox Gift Kit

     
    To enter the Rococo Boxes Miniatures 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, 2015).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the TWO Lots of Ovals Giveaways? That would be Lu L AND Ginette Proulx! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)
     

      
    106 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 29th, 2015

    Final Day Tim Holtz Sale (New Supplies, Artwork & Giveaways!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Katie Zoey Ho, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces a sweet project by Katie Zoey Ho, a reminder that we are again having TWO Giveaway drawings! More info below.

    And I’m continuing the FREE Gift with Order announced on Sunday: Double Dot Vintage Color Swatchbook (in honor of the new papers Lora used in her Disastrous Tea Party).

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! Recap: for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    Reminder: FINAL SALE DAY! Since almost all the new items announced last Sunday (and today!) are by Tim Holtz… the ENTIRE Tim Holtz Products Section is On Sale! Over 400 products! Catch ‘em quick ’cause the sale ends TONIGHT (March 26h at midnight PST)!
     


    Design Team Member Katie Zoey Ho has put together a sweet, (and quick!) Cupcake Stand Topper using the Marie in Wonderland Kit.

    To create the base, Katie stacked 2 of the Tiny Paper Mache Boxes and put a Marie over the Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet.

    Using Creative Paperclay, the whimsical teapots and teacups were cast from the 3D Tea Party Silicone Mold and the little bow on Marie’s dress and use as design elements around the base were cast from the Mini Bows Silicone Mold.

    A couple of tips from Katie when using the 3D Tea Party Silicone Mold to aid in easy release, is to add talcum powder to the mold before putting your clay in. Also, you’ll want to prime your pieces after they’ve dried with a layer of gesso before painting. About the design of her piece, Katie said:

    I wanted to keep it simple and straightforward for the sake of easy display and keeping.

    It is a scrumptious little piece, don’t you think?

    You’ll find Katie’s supply list here and then head on over to her blog for a cuppa visit!
     

     

    Hooray for the Lots of Ovals Giveaway!

    Wow… one thing really led to another for this one! I started out thinking about the Marie Antoinette (and related French) collage sheets that have not been featured this month. And while I was taking a photo of the Tim Holtz Foundry Frames (’cause, frankly, they are so much prettier than my original photo)… I started playing around with what collage sheet images would look good in that size frame. Then it got out of hand…

    Not just Marie-themed, I picked out these collage sheets:
    - 25×18 French Ovals Collage Sheet
    - 40x30mm French Ovals Collage Sheet
    - Wistful Collage Sheet
    - Tracy’s Beauties Collage Sheet
    - Oval Cameo & Mirror Frames Collage Sheet
    - Tintypes Collage Sheet (Note: those last two got cropped out of the photo, so see pics below.)

    Then this mini avalanche of oval-shaped frames
    - Jeweled Oval Pendant Frame
    - Tim Holtz Foundry Frames
    - Wood Flourish Frames
    - 40x30mm Cupid Cameos
    - Large Antique Silver Oval Setting
    - 30x22mm Flat Lace Edge Setting
    - 18x13mm Oval Settings
    - 18x13mm Resin Cameo Sets – Skeleton Women
    - Virgin of Guadalupe Cameo
    - 47x35mm Black Resin Settings
    - 25x18mm Oval Setting & Cabochon

    Note: click on this custom search to see all 17 items (you’ll get a few more oval things in those search results, so only (!?) the 17 items listed above will be included in the Giveaway).

     
    To enter the Lots of Ovals Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY NIGHT, March 27, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the TWO Disastrous Tea Party Giveaways? That would be Jan Korzenaskie AND Betsy Lute! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)

      
    91 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 26th, 2015

    BIG Tim Holtz SALE! (+ Artwork by Lora Mahaffey & New Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    A brief intro (ok.. maybe a bit longer than “brief”) before I hand this newsletter off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) (to tell you all about a project by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey AND the BIG Tim Holtz SALE). (And note: today’s Giveaway (farther below) is all about Lora’s project!)

    There’s a new FREE Gift with Order offer: Double Dot Vintage Color Swatchbook (inspired by the new colors of the popular Double Dot Vintage line that Lora used in her witty little The Disastrous Tea Party — more info and photos of those new products below).

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! Recap: for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    Final note: in case you missed Thursday’s Newsetter, you can still view High Tea with Marie by Shannon Cooper (and that newsletter includes that long anticipated Sweet Paris Mini Kit with artwork by Teri Calia)!
     


    Lora Mahaffey has had a bit of fun with the Marie in Wonderland Kit with all of its tea, sweets, food and frills. I am afraid its touched her in the head a bit more than normal — although we wouldn’t have her any other way so there’s nothing to worry about. The Disastrous Tea Party… or What Really Happened to Marie Antoinette is Lora’s made-up little story to go with all the teeny, tiny, yummy things that inspired Lora from the kit, but if only Marie wasn’t so cheap… well I won’t give away the ending!

    Lora used the ATC Book Box for her “book”, and my, what a lovely book it is! Your attention is immediately drawn to the lovely double tiered tables (that clever Lora used Wood Finial Chess Pawns for the legs) with a Mini Strawberry Cake, Mini Heart Tart Cake, assorted pastries from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet and a bouquet of Mini Rose Buds – Pale Pink in a tiny vase (made from a bead)! Pull the table insert away from the box and…

    There’s a big party going on with everyone having a grand time drinking, dancing and carrying on like no one is watching! The adorable dancing fools come from the French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet and the super-duper versatile paper that Lora has used is the Double Dot Vintage Scrapbook Paper Shadow (Back in Stock!), Passion Fruit (New!) and Pink Punch (New!). It seems like no matter what color this particular paper comes out in, it becomes a neutral staple in your stash because you can use it for so many different things.

    Before you lose your head and rush on over to visit Lora, you may want to take note of her supply list. Visit Lora’s blog and find out what was Marie’s downfall — it’s not what you think as nothing ever is with Miz Mahaffey!

    Wait… what is this? A note on the spreadsheet that we use for upcoming newsletters. (Yes, I’m snooping around; it’s the only way I find things out!) “NEW Tim Holtz Distress Color: Mermaid Lagoon.” Mermaid Lagoon! Doesn’t the name alone make you want the color? There is a Mermaid Lagoon Paint, Stain, Ink Reinker, Ink Pad, Distress Marker, and Spray Stain in the collection. All of them can be Pre-Ordered (and you’ll be first to get them when the first order arrives… more info is on each of those pages, including a link to a video demo).

    Looks like there’s a couple of new Distress Markers, too, in Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. Sahweeet! Think I’ll add those to my next order as well.

    Since almost all the new items being announced today are by Tim Holtz… Leslie just put the ENTIRE Tim Holtz Products Section On Sale! Over 400 products! Catch ‘em quick ’cause the sale will end this Thursday, March 26th!

    Telling you about all this makes me want to pull out my paints, stains, embossing folders and everything else; I’m off to run with scissors!

     

    Hooray for the Disastrous Tea Party Giveaway!

    This one is a short list but packed with goodies from Lora’s The Disastrous Tea Party supply list (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - March 2015 Kit – Marie in Wonderland
    - French Labels Collage Sheet
    - ATC Book Box
    - Wood Finial Chess Pawns (3 sets)
    - Double Dot Vintage Shadow Scrapbook Paper
    - Double Dot Vintage Passion Fruit Scrapbook Paper
    - Double Dot Vintage Pink Punch Scrapbook Paper
    - 8×8 Heavy Chipboard (for the table tops)
    - Mini Heart Tart Cake
    - Ceramic Cupcake Beads
    - Mini Strawberry Cake
    - 27mm Resin Tea Party Heart Doilies

     
    To enter the Disastrous Tea Party Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, March 23, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the TWO Sweet Paris Mini Kit Giveaways? That would be Orianna AND Kimberly Baier! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)

      
    108 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 22nd, 2015

    Sweet Paris Kit & High Tea with Marie

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper

    Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces projects by Shannon Cooper and Teri Calia (and I get to announce a new kit), a reminder that we are again having TWO Giveaway drawings! More info below.

    And I’m continuing the FREE Gift with Order announced on Sunday: All that Glitters (in honor of the new All that Glitters Foiled Scrapbook Paper and Gold Tapes from Sunday’s newsletter).

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! Recap: for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.
     


    It’s mid-month, one day after everyone has stuffed themselves silly with corned beef and cabbage, among other naughty excesses so let’s lighten it up a bit with with Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s High Tea with Marie!

    Like the rest of us here at Alpha Stamps, Shannon loved the Marie in Wonderland Kit since it is full to the brim with tasty sweets, an outrageously poofy Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress, tea sets, and Marie of course! It’s the perfect kit to create invites for a High Tea with Marie out of and that’s just what Shannon did.

    I started by making tea party place settings with a fun twist. A Lot of my paper projects tend to be interactive and I thought it would be great to have articulated Maries to play around with while daintily sipping your tea. The paper dolls were made by cutting out three separate pieces of the same image from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet, punching holes with a tapestry needle through the shoulders, upper arms, and forearms, and then attaching them together with Metallic Mini Brads.

    I covered the back of the Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress with paper from the Harmony 6×6 Paper Pad, inked the edges, and then glued it to the back of the poseable Marie. Marie’s front was decorated with Diamond Stickles, Stickles Dry Fine Glitter – Lagoon, and tiny adhesive gems. Lots of those scrumptious cakes and teacups were cut from the same Marie Takes Tea collage sheet and I glued the short ends of a sliver of paper to the back so Marie could hold her cake and eat it too! Plus, it’s fun to put cookies on her head.

    Making paper dolls from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet was so clever! I love how it looks like they’re pouring each other a cup of tea as well, as if they’re saying, “Yes, I’ll have just a spot more, thank you!”

    So that Marie doesn’t topple over — from what you ask? From all those cookies on top of her head of course, and not from the booze that Marie has snuck into her tea! Sheesh. What kind of party do you think we have around here? Anyways, Shannon created lovely little ornaments that are housed inside of each box AND she has made a quick tutorial for you as well! But first! Before you run over to visit Shannon, sneak a peak at the memento that she made for herself (at right) using the 18th Century Chipboard Shoe and some Flower Stamen – Aqua Blue. Super cute!

    Drop some cookie crumbles over the High Tea with Marie supply list, then grab your cuppa and visit with Shannon at her blog for more pictures and a tutorial!


    A New Kit!
     
    This month is a little out-of-the-ordinary. Instead of an add-on kit that contains extras sent to the Design Team with the main March Kit, I’ve put together this coordinating Sweet Paris Mini Kit.

    So if you want more papers, collage sheets and trims with a French theme (and with one click), here’s your chance.

    This kit includes:
    - New! 1 sheet each of 12 designs from the Sweet Paris 8×8 Paper Set
    - New! A Sweet Paris Wood Elements Set (1 each of 4 wood cut-outs, including The Eiffel Tower, a Fleur de Lis, a tag and a crown)
    - One yard each of three seam binding colors that coordinate perfectly with the new papers: Serbin Brown, Grecian Pink and Mottle Brown (all from Seam Binding – Art Nouveau Colors).

    Plus 3 collage sheets:
    - Paris Showgirls #2 Collage Sheet
    - Caroline Otero Collage Sheet
    - Vintage French Ads Collage Sheet

    More info is on the Sweet Paris Mini Kit page.

    And check out the cute Rococo Ladies in Hats artwork by Teri Calia below (and at right)! I love art that has pieces that can be rearranged in different ways (and ladies riding in teacups and shoes like they’re chairs or boats — and I love the little underskirt Teri made for the standing lady (in the photo at right) with rows of gathered seam binding). See more photos in the Gallery.
     


     

     

    Hooray for the Sweet Paris Mini Kit Giveaway!

    In addition to a Sweet Paris Mini Kit, I added these items from Teri’s Rococo Ladies in Hats:
    - Sweet Paris Wooden Frame Set (New!)
    - Rococo Busts Collage Sheet (New!)
    - 1/2 Inch Bright Pink Paper Roses (New!)
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses (New!)
    - Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress
    - 18th Century Chipboard Shoe (two of them)
    - Chipboard Tea Set
    - Large Wooden Theatre Base
    - Wood House Shape – Large

     
    To enter the Sweet Paris Mini Kit Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY NIGHT, March 20, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the TWO Golden Eggs Giveaways? That would be Karen AND Deborah Thomas! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)

      
    113 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 19th, 2015

    Artwork by Laura Carson; New Tim Holtz, Artisan Style & Giveaways!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters

    Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces another fun mash-up of Marie Antoinette and Alice in Wonderland (by Design Team Member Laura Carson), let me announce that we are again having TWO Giveaway drawings! More info below (and info on who won Thursday’s Giveaways).

    And there’s a new FREE Gift with Order offer: All that Glitters (in honor of the new All that Glitters Foiled Scrapbook Paper and Gold Tapes — more info and photos of those new products below).

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! Recap: for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    Final note: in case you missed Thursday’s Newsetter, you can still view TWO projects by Caroline Ouzts-Hay (including a lace cuff — and some pretty, new cotton laces)!
     


    It looks as if Miz Laura Carson has fallen down the rabbit hole of her own mind with the Marie in Wonderland Kit! This month Laura brings you an amazing treat for your eyes, Marie in Wonderland.

    In imagining Marie in Wonderland, I envisioned the residents seeing her outrageous outfit and wanting to get in on the act; which meant, mixing the Wonderland character’s heads with Rococo style bodies and wigs.” (Doesn’t everyone imagine things like that? *snork!*)

    As always, there is a lot to take in with Laura’s gorgeous artwork. First, notice that (as always) Marie has butt her way into being the center of attention, waving around her cakes from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet. I see you looking at those lovely architecture pieces on the top of the large center frame (with a cupcake on top!) and on Marie’s skirt — I assure you that Laura did not make her sweet mother be the lookout while she pried them off of a priceless frame at a museum. Laura made them with a bit of Creative Paperclay, the Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes and painted the pieces with Liquid Pearls Rose Gold and Brass.

    My favorite character in this piece is The Queen of Hearts (who is shocked as The Mad Hatter spills tea on her dress). Laura has costumed the queen in a dress and wig from the How’s My Hair Collage Sheet; and her head is from the We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet. Instead of the little dog sitting on the rump of the dress (as in the collage sheet) she used the Cheshire Cat (in a powdered wig)! He is so cute!

    Note the frames that Laura created as a backdrop for the characters. Laura used three frames from her New Elegant Frames Set Download. This set contains TWENTY(!) big, beautiful vintage frames in a wide variety of shapes and styles that are fabulous for backdrops or for use as architectural elements.

    And at the top of the side frames Laura used the New Symmetrical Ornaments Mold. (And i love the bows under those side headers… and curling down the sides of the main section, framing Marie. That’s Metallic Iridescent Ribbon in peach color — and some is included in today’s Giveaway!)

    The supply list of wonder is waiting before you run off to visit Laura. Laura has a tutorial waiting for you at her blog so don’t forget your tea!

     

    Hooray for the Golden Eggs Giveaway!

    I started with all of these goodies from Laura’s Marie in Wonderland (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet
    - How’s My Hair Collage Sheet
    - We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet
    - 1mm Micro Beads – Aqua Clear
    - Ceramic Cupcake Beads
    - Metallic Iridescent Ribbons
    - Tiny Paper Mache Box Set

    Then I added these shiny embellishments (And ALL On Sale!):
    - 3mm Tape – Gold Harlequin Diamonds (New!)
    - 3mm Tape – Gold Arrows (New!)
    - Metallic Iridescent Ribbons – Additional Colors (All 3!)
    - Circular Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
    - All that Glitters Gift Kit

    And, of course, the paper this Giveaway is named for: All that Glitters Foiled Scrapbook Paper – Golden Easter Eggs (New and On Sale!)

     
    To enter the Golden Eggs Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, March 16, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the TWO The White Rabbit and Lots of Lace Giveaways? That would be Jennie C AND Rosemary Woodruff! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)
     

      
    108 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 15th, 2015

    The Mad Hatter and Lots of Lace

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters

    Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO projects by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay, let me announce that we are again having TWO Giveaway drawings! More info below.

    And I’m continuing the FREE Gift with Order announced on Sunday: Chocolate and Raspberry (in honor of Rhonda Secrist Thomas’ Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party artwork)!

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! More info about how to get a free collage sheet is below, too.
     


    Mash Up! Marie Antoinette and The Mad Hatter Tea Cup is brought to you by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay using the Marie In Wonderland Kit.

    Don’t think too hard trying to figure out Caroline’s project by the title of it, or you’ll find your mind might be just as lost in the Valley of the Dolls as mine is! Just sit back and enjoy the fabulousness of Caroline’s latest creation. After throwing around a few different ideas utilizing a tea cup, Caroline decided upon a diorama-type tea cup with the Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress. The dress is covered with an image from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet, adorned with 1mm Micro Beads – Peach Pearl, and 1/8″ Red Satin Ribbon made into tiny bows.

    It looks as if the Mad Hatter (from the Mad Hatters Teaparty #2 Collage Sheet) is having trouble deciding which tasty treat to choose from under Miz Marie’s flouncy dress…what IS he doing under her dress? Admiring his festooned table (done with a wee bit of (New and On Sale!) 1/2 Inch Natural Scalloped Cotton Lace)? Only Caroline knows! While we’re all pondering, let’s check out the actual tea cup. The tea cup is covered in paper from the Harmony 6×6 Paper Pad and if you look at the side of the cup, Caroline has embellished it up quite nicely with the (New and On Sale!) Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes and cast it with Creative Paperclay. I just love that luscious color palette!

    Also interesting to point out is the handle for the tea cup; and I’ll let Caroline tell you about it further:

    “I was going to use a really awesome resin casting; but if you take the resin piece out before it is really hard it bends! However when I did that I wasn’t ready to attach it yet and it got too hard by the time that I was. So if you want the ICE Resin handle, then your cup needs to be ready for a handle when you make it. Bend the piece gently and hot glue into place. The hot glue will hold the bend and the resin will harden in that shape.”


    There’s a bit more to Caroline’s project but before you head over to her blog to read about it, she stitched together another project for you to look at! Caroline has put together a Fabric & Lace Cuff Bracelet Tutorial that looks fast and easy to put together. Using a heavy base fabric and layering strips of 1 Inch Natural Cotton Lace, 5/8 inch White Zig-Zag Cotton Lace (both of those laces are New and On Sale!, and there’s a Cotton Lace Sampler Set so you can try out all 3 of the new cotton laces), Tulle Netting – 6 Inch Wide – Light Pink, and a few other items. Oooh here’s an idea! If you wanted your cotton lace to be a different color, you could always use the Distress Stains OR the Alcohol Inks to dye them with. At least that’s what I’d do, and have a great time making a big fat mess that I’d blame on my kids when Slim Daddy came home and saw color everywhere. (And/or check out Jeanne’s Tinting Lace Tutorial.)

    Of course, you know here at Alpha Stamps, if we’re not sure if something is finished then we just add a little bit more! If you’re going to wear something on your wrist then there has to be something shiny or sparkly as well. There just has to be, it’s a rule! Caroline uses Pearl Rosary Chain and also walks you through how to make your own charms and cuff closure. These cuffs are so easy you’ll be wanting to make one for everyone.

    There are two supply lists for you to peruse and two separate blog posts for you to visit. Mash Up! Marie Antoinette and The Mad Hatter Tea Cup supply list and blog post, Fabric & Lace Cuff Bracelet Tutorial supply list and blog post.

     
    ALL Collage Sheets On Sale!

    PLUS for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc.

    Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    And what you purchase doesn’t need to be just collage sheets — stock up on the new lace or bronze charms — whatever you like — from Easter Bunnies to Bathing Beauties, and (dare I say) Halloween!

     

    Hooray! The White Rabbit and Lots of Lace Giveaway!

    OK… I switched from The Mad Hatter to The White Rabbit, but I wanted to get the new Medium Bronze White Rabbit Charms in the mix!

    I picked out quite a few of the items from Caroline’s Marie Antoinette and The Mad Hatter Tea Cup and Fabric & Lace Cuff (note: those are links to photos of all the supplies for each project):
    - 1/2 Inch Natural Scalloped Cotton Lace
    - 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm
    - Clock Face Buttons
    - Heart Sequin Mix
    - Mad Hatters Teaparty #2 Collage Sheet
    - Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet
    - Mini Heart Tart Cake
    - Mini Strawberry Cake
    - Raw Brass Flourish
    - 1 Inch Natural Cotton Lace
    - 5/8 inch White Zig-Zag Cotton Lace
    - Pink Ruffled Ribbon
    - Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress

    AND these goodies not in Caroline’s artwork:
    - Metal Birdcage with Tealight Holder
    - Medium Bronze White Rabbit Charm
    - Bronze Playing Card Suits
    - Antique Bronze White Rabbit Charm
    - Mad Hatters Teaparty #1 Collage Sheet
    - Mad Hatters Tea-Party Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
    - LED Tea Light
    - Chocolate and Raspberry Gift Kit — and there’s another photo of one of the kits to show the color palette below; but remember: this week it’s anything goes (relatively… I’m keeping everything in a tight color palette but the choice of ribbons, charms, beads, papers is a surprise).

     
    To enter The White Rabbit and Lots of Lace Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY NIGHT, March 13, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the TWO Marie Always Loved a Good Party Giveaways? That would be KIM AND Joan Myers ! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)
     

      
    130 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 12th, 2015

    Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas, I have a few notes:
     
    I apologize for some items being so late lately (yes, a bit redundant); the port strike untanglement (?) is continuing but it will probably be late Spring before shipments from China are running smoothly again. Sorry! I cannot do much about it and I’m pretty frustrated by the situation. But some items have started arriving in a more expected timeframe so there is progress.
     
    On to more fun subjects: we are again having TWO Giveaway drawings! More info below (and info on who won Thursday’s Giveaways). And there’s a new FREE Gift with Order offer: Leslie’s Choice (and this week is all about Chocolate and Raspberry in honor of Rhonda’s artwork)! AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! More info is in Thursday’s Newsetter. And if you missed that Newsletter, you can still view the sweet Tea Time Theatre by Shanna Shands (and some vintage air mail themed papers)!
     


    Rhonda Secrist Thomas has outdone herself this month, creating an altered clock with the Marie in Wonderland Kit.

    Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party is a fabulous, former, plain, old thing that was just laying around in Rhonda’s closet waiting (for YEARS) to be made over. Several of the images of excess-loving Marie are from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet, made to fit perfectly onto the new Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress, which also, happened to fit perfectly into each niche.

    If you look closely you can see tons of 1mm Micro Beads in assorted colors that Rhonda has in different places in each niche. (I had to have them in every color, they’re so much fun to work with!) They look so cute on the cupcakes made from the 3D Tea Party Silicone Mold (which is so cool cuz the images are repeated in a mirror-image so you can glue the 2 parts together if you’d like a fully 3D prop) with the sweet Flower Stamen mixed into the “frosting” (along with the mix of flowers and leaves available exclusively in the Marie in Wonderland Kit). Rhonda also used the 1mm Micro Beads on the Die Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress after she painted them with colors from the Liquid Pearls – Neutral Colors Set. Pretty cool effect, don’t you think?

    How about the amazing top part of the clock? All intricate and detailed, and the color combination of the pink against the Vintage Photo Distress Ink & Stain colors reminds me of a warm toasty pastry that has sweet cherry icing… yum!

    “I love the new Lacy Triangular Pennant Banner Flags and the Mini Lacy Banner Flags. They remind me of a vintage, European treat, perfect for a tea party, or for a cuckoo-type clock made into a yummy chocolate. I use Distress Stains and Paints. Easy to use, easy clean up and nice, rich color. Then I used a brush with some good ole’ Elmer’s glue to make sure every last bit was attached.”

    Other little elements you might miss, that I almost did (and will be ordering for myself!) are the 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm and the Sweet Tooth Resin Embellishments that are actually buttons – but who cares?! Cut off the shank and use them as little tiny props! I have been making teeny-tiny felt mice for my niece and those little embellishments will be perfect accessories to add to their travelling suitcase.

    Before time runs out check out Rhonda’s supply list, then visit Rhonda’s blog to see the tutorial Rhonda put together, of course hurry, hurry before Marie… loses her head!


     

     

    Hooray for the Marie Always Loved a Good Party Giveaway!

    I started with all of these goodies from Rhonda’s Marie Always Loved a Good Party Altered Clock (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - March 2015 Kit – Marie in Wonderland (yep, a whole kit)
    - Mini Heart Tart Cake
    - Mini Strawberry Cake
    - Tiny Paper Mache Box Set
    - Flower Stamen – Lilac
    - Flower Stamen – Pink
    - Flower Stamen – Turquoise
    - Lacy Triangular Pennant Banner Flags
    - Mini Lacy Banner Flags
    - Sweet Tooth Resin Embellishments
    - 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm
    - 1 Inch Bronze Keys
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Pink
    - 1mm Micro Beads – Pink Pearl

    And, out of all that riot of pink frosting, the only item not specifically in Rhonda’s artwork is the set of three 1 Inch Mauve and Brown Birds.

     
    To enter the Marie Always Loved a Good Party Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, March 9, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the TWO Destination France Giveaways? That would be Laura West AND Donna Luncford ! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)
     

      
    137 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 8th, 2015

    New Tim Holtz & The Archivist (And TWO French Giveaway Drawings!)

    Filed under Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Shanna Shands, Tim Holtz

    Ooh! Everything has a French vintage postal theme today! Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces artwork by new Design Team Member Shanna Shands, let me announce that we’re doing TWO Destination France Giveaway drawings! More info below.

    AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! More info about how to get a free collage sheet is below, too.
     


    Today’s art project has been created by Shanna Shands! Before I go into Shanna’s project, here’s a little bit about Shanna:

    “I am a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, bake, and watch Disney movies with my kids. Anytime I am not cooking, cleaning, and in full blown mommy mode I get to craft.

    ‘I started out with scrapbooking but then I fell in love with card making using stamps and coloring them with Copics. (Hi I am Shanna and I am a Copic addict!) Then I heard of this thing called online art classes, FREE online classes, and I never turned back after my trip down the rabbit hole into a land of creative freedom! I love every style from dark to light, inky messes to clean and simple. I love to dabble in it all — scrapbooking, mini albums, jewelry, art-journaling, 3D creations, and cards.

    Anything I create I love to share and inspire others with; no matter how new or old you are to creating I believe each and every one of us brings something special to the table to share.”

    WHAT a coincidence! **I** also love to cook, bake, and watch Disney movies with my kids, but I have no idea what this cleaning thing is that Shanna speaks of. Well… no time to look into it now because it’s time to check out Shanna’s Tea Time Theatre!

    Using the Marie in Wonderland Kit, Shanna created a Tea Time Theatre that even Miz Marie Antoinette would be sweet on. The “stage” of the theatre are actually the Tiny Paper Mache Boxes, sans lids, used to create a stand then painted with Metallic Distress Paints. Shanna said:

    “I used some of the Acrylic Flower & Leaf Mix to create ultra mini pastries to mix up with Mini Strawberry Cake and Mini Heart Tart Cake (some of us don’t get to eat a lot of sweets)! Using ICE Resin, I made bows using the Mini Bows Silicone Mold to top off the ladies from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet. After the resin set I painted them with Distress Paints as well.”

    Shanna put the lids of the Tiny Paper Mache Boxes back behind the dresses using other pieces cut out from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet to show a table top style setting — one for tea and one for cakes.

    Check out Shanna’s supply list, then grab some sweets and head over to her blog to catch the Tea Time Theatre.

     
    ALL Collage Sheets On Sale!

    PLUS for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc.

    Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    And what you purchase doesn’t need to be just collage sheets — stock up on the new Archivist papers or new Tim Holtz items — whatever you like — from Easter Bunnies to Bathing Beauties, and (dare I say) Halloween!

     

    Hooray! A Destination France Giveaway!

    I picked out quite a few of the items from Shanna’s Tea Time Theatre (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - March 2015 Kit – Marie in Wonderland
    - 18th Century Fans Collage Sheet
    - Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress (an extra beside the one in the kit)
    - Tiny Paper Mache Box Set
    - Alice Pink Eat Me Cookies
    - Mini Strawberry Cake
    - Mini Heart Tart Cake

    AND these New and On Sale Goodies:
    - Destination France Resin Embellishments (scattered about in the photo… and I think you can see that the resin in the green champagne bottle in lower right is transparent)
    - Black Wire Card Holders
    - Mini Airmail Envelope Set
    - Travel Faux Postage Clear Stickers (in upper right of photo… on a wire card holder and peeking out from behind one of the envelopes)

    To enter the Destination France Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

    1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW

    and/or

    2. you can place an order for $25 TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders for $25 or more before shipping or taxes will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

    The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY NIGHT, March 6, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Marie in Wonderland Giveaway? That would be Amanda Miller! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    137 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 5th, 2015

    Marie in Wonderland & Artwork by Kristin Batsel!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Marie Antoinette, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Sale

    Just one announcement before getting to the eye candy…
    The Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer from Thursday’s Newsetter is still on offer! And if you missed that Newsletter, you can still view the lovely little Fairy Gazebo by Nichola Battilana!
     

    It’s time to announce the March Kit: Marie in Wonderland!

    This kit’s theme took a last-minute swerve and has landed on “Marie in Wonderland” (though “Marie Antoinette at a Tea Party” may be closer to the theme). But who knows: you may think up a project with Alice & The Mad Hatter meeting up with Marie at a tea party!

    Look at that clever (and beautiful!) artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! I designed the (New!) Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress to fit some of the dresses on the (New!) Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet (with that cut-out in the skirt, you can layer papers or fabrics underneath for some sumptuous pattern-play… or back the opening with a Tiny Paper Mache Box for a tiny shadowbox scene — like in that little photo at left).

    But Kristin went a step farther and turned the chipboard dress into curtains at the top of her “sweets shoppe”! I love that little flag she made with a snippet of pink striped paper from the Homemade With Love 12×12 Collection Kit (topped with one of the new (swoon-worthy) Aqua Blue Flower Stamen — and there are 10 new colors of Flower Stamen!).


    You’ll want to see all the tips Kristin shares on her blog post, like making the 3D bows on the sides of her curtains from Paperclay and the (New and On Sale!) Mini Bows Silicone Mold (and how she made little cherries for the top of the Ceramic Cupcake Beads with seed beads).

    Ooh, and another tip, see that aqua Tea Party Heart Doily at the top of her artwork (and a close-up at left)? She just used a black marker to emphasize the raised areas on the lace border and the “Tea Party” lettering… clever!

    There are TWELVE sheets of coordinating 6″ x 6″ papers in the kit — all 12 designs in the Harmony 6×6 Paper Pad. A few show in the bottom of the kit photo at right. From birds (and feathers and birdcages) to butterflies and damask prints and multiple styles of flowers; all in a nice small scale to fit with the size of the ladies (and some satin-clad gentlemen!) in the new collage sheets.

    See the Marie in Wonderland Kit page for more kit details. Note: all the papers, die-cut chipboard, ribbons and collage sheets in the kit are On Sale, too!

    And there are more new paper sets from the Harmony Collection, too — and more tiny cakes and trims not in the kit (see below for more info).

    And don’t forget to scroll down to check out today’s Giveaway that includes bunches of the goodies Kristin used in her Teas & Treats artwork!


     

     

    Hooray for the Marie in Wonderland Giveaway!

    I started with all of these goodies from Kristin’s Teas & Treats (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - A Marie in Wonderland Kit (everything in the kit, including these items used in Kristin’s artwork: Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress, Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet, French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet)
    - Mini Strawberry Cake
    - Mini Heart Tart Cake
    - Ceramic Cupcake Beads
    - Flower Stamen – Aqua Blue
    - 27mm Resin Tea Party Heart Doilies
    - White Dresden Border Sampler Set (Kristin cut out half-circles from the strip of Half-Round Dresden Borders and made tiny doilies under the cakes in her shoppe!)
    - Tiny Paper Mache Box Set (actually, 2 little boxes so you can make a little cake shoppe like Kristin’s!)

    And, I am also adding these items not specifically in Kristin’s artwork (And ALL On Sale!):
    - Alice Pink Eat Me Cookies (New! And see the close-up below for a better look)
    - Harmony 6×6 Paper Pad (New and also included in the March Kit!)
    - Mad Tea Spot of Tea Scrapbook Paper (that pink, cream & gold paper in upper left of photo)
    - Metal Flowers (Roses) – 6mm Magenta
    - Metal Flowers (Roses) – 6mm Green

    To enter the Marie in Wonderland 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, 2015).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Fairy Gazebo Giveaway? That would be Heather! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    131 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 1st, 2015

    TWO Tiny Projects by Nichola Battilana! (And BIG Collage Sheet Sale!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Cute as a Button, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    A quick announcement before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO fabulous projects by Nichola Battilana:
     
    There’s exciting news (just below Nichola’s artwork) about a Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer!
     


    Coming in by the seat of her eensie, weensie, polka-dot fairy pants is Design Team Member Nichola Battilana with two projects for the Cute As A Button Kit and Add-On Kit!

    First up — A fairy small enough to sit in a thimble is worthy of ee cumings in the Cute As Buttons Gazebo. The gazebo is made from a Rusty Metal Lantern and is transformed with just a bit of white acrylic paint, paper and Thin Looped Dresden. The gorgeous butterflies on the gazebo are from the Montage Mercantile Scrapbook Paper that comes in the Cute As A Button Kit . That particular sheet is so versatile (and incredibly thick and lush) that I ordered SIX sheets of it to keep on hand, it’s my new favorite paper! Nichola said:

    “The gazebo is the perfect spot for faeries to sit in thimbles and darn socks, surrounded by Small Wooden Spools and those delightful 4mm and 6mm Doll Buttons.”

    Nichola’s second project is a small Butterfly Vignette Box that thankfully (purely for my own selfish sake), it is not done up all sweet and sugary. Seeing too much of the sweet stuff can make me irritable and say or write horrible things! At least so I’ve been told. Anyways, this piece is nice and beat up, distressed to hell and back, sanded, then beat up again (and I’m quite sure Nichola probably had her crew of naughty fairies she keeps on hand for odd jobs kick the box a few times as well before she was satisfied with it). It is covered on the outside with Yesterday Papillon Scrapbook Paper, miniature trade card images from the Thread Trading Card Cuties and Sewing with Kitty Collage Sheets and topped off with an Ornate Metal Key – Antique Brass.


    The box Nichola used is a (New!) Black Display Box With Wrap-Around Lid. It’s very much like the Mixed Media 5×5 Box, only without the window and it fits in the palm of your hand. About this project Nichola said:

    “The papers on the interior are from the Sew Lovely 6×6 Paper Pad. They totally remind me of the inside of an antique steamer trunk I have. Amid all this grunge and distressing is a beautiful little vignette of butterflies and flowers. An intimate, quiet moment that reflects the sentiment “Oh, the world wasn’t so big… it was wonderful.” I like the surprise of something small and pretty beneath the dust and grime. It’s like hope, or star-shine through the dark.”

    It is a gorgeous box, tattered and worn on the outside but within, such a sweet sentiment that it holds. We have two supply lists for you. The Cute As A Button Gazebo and the Butterfly Vignette Box. Nichola has two blog posts as well, with more eye candy and details: the Gazebo and the Butterfly Vignette Box.

    But don’t forget to come back, and enter the Fairy Gazebo Giveaway drawing (info below) that includes many of the items from BOTH of Nichola’s artwork!

     
    ALL Collage Sheets On Sale!

    PLUS for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc.

    Just list your collage sheet(s) in the comments section when you check out. (Collage sheets are offered on cardstock only — but if your order is all digital, you can also get a free digital collage sheet for every $20 you spend.) The free collage sheet offer applies to the purchase price before shipping charges or taxes.

    And what you purchase doesn’t need to be just collage sheets — stock up on Spring papers or new Tim Holtz items — whatever you like. And check out some of the collage sheet options below; from Easter Bunnies to Bathing Beauties, and (dare I say) Halloween!

     

    Hooray! A Fairy Gazebo Giveaway!

    I picked out quite a few of the items from Nichola’s Butterfly Vignette Box AND Cute As Buttons Gazebo (note: those are links to photos of all the supplies):
    - Black Display Box with Wrap-Around Lid
    - Yesterday Papillon Scrapbook Paper
    - Thread Trading Card Cuties Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Green Leaf Garland
    - Bronze Branch Connectors
    - Sewing with Kitty Collage Sheet
    - Rusty Metal Lantern
    - Montage Mercantile Scrapbook Paper
    - Wood Mini Spools
    - Doll Buttons – 6mm Mix

    And some random bits of ribbons or fringe…

    AND these NEW items — ALL On Sale!:
    - Mini Rabbit Figurine (look at that adorable bunny in the close-up at lower right of photo!)
    - 30mm Black Sewing Buttons
    - 18mm Wooden Stars

    To enter the Fairy Gazebo 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, February 27, 2015)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Red & White & Pink All Over Giveaway? That would be Jennifer Bumb! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    132 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 26th, 2015