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    New Artwork by Nichola Battilana, New Beachy Products & Related Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Vacation Memories Kit

    New Artwork: An Exploding Explore Box by Nichola Battilana!

    So clever that Nichola! She made this pretty Double Explosion Box (which is also in the July kit, and Nichola used papers and charms from that kit, too)… but instead of the whole box “exploding” when the lid is removed, she has loosly tied together the inside box with twine, so there’s a second box inside the first!

    From Nichola’s blog post:

    I’ve used a bunch of pieces from the Wanderlust Printed Chipboard which I kinda love.

    Quick tip: cut your paper just slightly smaller than the sides and you wont have to worry about bends and folds at the corners. I painted my box first, then applied squares of Wanderlust Souvenir Scrapbook Paper. It made things soooo much easier.

    Open the box and inside there’s another, tied with twine and embellished with snips from the
    Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet.

    Remove that wee box and inside a compass so that you’ll never be lost on your wandering adventures.

    Perfect! Beside these photos of Nichola’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win lots of supplies from Nichola’s supply list! And be sure to visit Nichola’s blog for more photos and tips (and a surprise second exploding box)!
     

    New Products!

    Just a snippet from the new products are shown below (and they all have a beachy theme to them). PLUS see the next section about the related flash sale that includes ALL the new items announced today!!

     
    NEW Sale! Everything in the July Kit Theme Section!

    FLASH SALE! Wow! This is a nice group! This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code MIDJULY when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off EVERYTHING in the July Kit Theme Section (37 items, including a mix of items: from scrapbook paper (like the new ones shown above — and that printed chipboard set used to such good advantage in Nichola’s artwork, shown at left) to charms to the chipboard Double Explosion Box used in Nichola’s artwork today — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, July 18th.
     

    Hooray for the Explore Box Giveaway!

    I went back to the top of the lid to get a better view of the pretty charms and papers Nichola used… And everything I’m listing here is included in today’s Giveaway:

    - Double Explosion Box
    - Wanderlust Printed Chipboard
    - Wanderlust Souvenir Scrapbook Paper
    - 8mm Gold Flat-Back Glass Shell Cabochon
    - Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet
    - 20mm Resin Starfish CabsNew

    Click here to see everything in Nichola’s supply list, though “only” the items linked in that last paragraph are in today’s Giveaway.

    Bonus: 2 new things not in Nichola’s artwork, but would make great background papers for a similar project:
    - Sea-Maiden Weathered Wood Planks Scrapbook Paper
    - Sea-Maiden Broken Stained Glass Scrapbook Paper

    To enter the Explore Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 16, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Nichola’s project? OR: How would you decorate your exploding box?

    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).

    Who won the French Flower Shop Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jeanine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    AND… don’t forget the Wooden Flower Pot with Flowers FREE Gift Kit — free with all orders through TOMORROW night, July 16th! See Thursday’s newsletter for more info!

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 15th, 2018

    L’ Amour des Fleurs Flower Shop & Miniatures Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale

    Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Black Cat Cafe from a few week’s ago? That was the sixth post of a series.

    Today’s project is the seventh (!) of many that will continue rolling out this year… all leading to building a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a clothing boutique, bookstore & pharmacy (and we have already seen a chocolate shop and the cafe just mentioned)!
    More info here.

    So, on to today’s project: L’ Amour des Fleurs — The Love of Flowers!

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


     

    Laura’s flower shop is so beautiful! I’m starting out my limited photo tour (trust me, there are many photos worth pursuing beside the few I’m highlighting) with an outside vs inside comparison (above). L’ Amour des Fleurs is in the center of the bottom floor of Laura’s Paris shops (the chocolate shop can’t be seen in the photos above, but it’s just to the right of the flower shop).

    I love all the subtle, Art Nouveau colors in that interior scene. And there are 3 new collage sheets today, with a matching palette.

    Speaking of collage sheets, see those miniature potted plants at right? Laura made those! There’s a new Leaves Collage Sheet (and digital download set of png images of the same) with tiny leaves to build your own plants.

    A tip from that collage sheet page: If in your project both sides of the leaves will be visible, print (or paint or stamp) a mottled green background image on back side of the paper. AND Laura has also provided 3 mottled green backgrounds to download for free on her blog post.

    See everything Laura used (inside and out) in her supply list. (Note: as Laura covered making the buildings for this project in an earlier post, those items are in a separate blog post.) Come back after enjoying her new flower shop tutorial video for new items, a new sale, new FREE gift, and a Giveaway drawn from Laura’s project!
     

    New Products!

    Just a snippet from the new products are shown at left (for example: there lots more colors of the new pollen not shown in that preview pic).

    Plus this new site has a couple ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)

    or

    - here’s Laura’s supply list (that includes most all of the new items)

    or

    - see the next paragraph about the related flash sale on Flower & Garden Miniatures!!
     

     
    NEW Wooden Flower Pot with Flowers FREE Gift Kit! AND Flower & Garden Miniatures Sale!

    Beside the free images Laura is graciously giving away on her blog post, there’s a new FREE gift kit with all orders!

    Aw… sorry but one of the wooden pots that Laura used in her project did not make it to the new site (the 1-1/2 Inch Tall Wooden Flower Pots, shown at left). They were going to be part of the clearance sale (yes, I know, not ready yet for technical reasons, but there is a big clearance sale coming).

    So instead, I’m including one of these larger wooden flower pots as part of the new FREE Gift Kit!

    In addition to one of these beauties, I’m also including a mix of flowers:
    - some flowers from Laura’s supply list
    and
    - a few other paper blossoms of my choosing (like the Plum Tiny Paper Roses shown, which weren’t in Laura’s project but the deep colors look great with the leaves in the new collage sheet).

    As you can see from the 2 examples, they are nice, colorful (large) mixes.

    ALL ORDERS now through Monday, July 16th will get one of the new Wooden Flower Pot with Flowers Gift Kits FREE!

    And there’s a related SALE! (Plus lots of little pots Laura used in her flower shop are included in this section!) This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code FLOWERSHOP when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off the Flower & Garden Miniatures Section (37 items) — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Saturday night, July 14th. (Ooh… Bastille Day… that works out well with a French Flower Shop!)
     

     
    Hooray for the French Flower Shop Giveaway!

    Thimbles! I love the painted thimbles as flower pots! Just look at those shelves full of them!

    Ok… let’s take a broader view of this beautiful photo of one wall of the interior (yes, everything I’m mentioning in this section, including the thimbles in that last paragraph, are included in today’s Giveaway):
    - Art Nouveau Ladies of Nature Collage Sheetnew (poster on wall)
    - Glass Microscope Slides and Symmetrical Bronze Flourishes (for the shelves — I’m including 4 of the flourishes)
    - Remnants Scrapbook Paper – Devonshire (as the wallpaper)
    - Flower Shop Bags & Boxes Collage Sheetnew

    Sorry, but that wooden table has been out of stock for ages (and they’re made in Asia so I can’t tell when they’ll be back in stock), BUT I’m including a Tiny Plant Table (not in this photo, but it is in Laura’s project today).

    I’m also including the third new collage sheet: Leaves Collage Sheet, for the bit of plants you can see on the right side of the table.

    And a bit hard to see at this angle, but Mini Rose Buds – White and 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses (some of the flowers wrapped in paper on top of the table).

    To enter the French Flower Shop Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, July 13, 2018).

    AND tell me: How will you use all these goodies? From the paper and collage sheets to the glass slides… how will you use all of them? Alternate question: what inspires you most from Laura’s tutorial?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Tiny Fairy House Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Jo! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 12th, 2018

    New Miniatures, New Fairy Artwork & Related New Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    New Artwork: Half Scale Fairy House by Shannon Cooper!

    This is sooo fabulous! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made a teeny, tiny fairy house (that new corner room box is just 6″ wide)!

    And see that little picnic basket in the lower right corner of the photo grid? It’s just 1″ wide!

    From Shannon’s blog post:

    Have you seen the new Half Scale Tall Corner Room Box? It is a wee thing measuring just 6″ tall x 6″ wide x 4″ deep. A perfect size that doesn’t take up too much space. Will it become a pint-sized Christmas scene with a decorated tree? A minute library that fits in your hand? I almost want to upholster another chaise lounge and make an elegant sitting room (and then fill it with cats). So many tiny possibilities! If that doesn’t have you grinning ear to ear, there’s a second Square Half Scale Corner Room Box that’s even smaller! I know, right? Deep breaths!

    After my excitement ebbed a little, I decided to turn the room box into a house fit for a fairy. It seemed appropriate.

    This whole project actually started with the new half scale versions of the rectangular bay windows (the bigger ones are the ones from Laura Carson’s Streets of Paris project)… then the house and the room box for the house kind of grew up around the window!

    Beside these photos of Shannon’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win lots of supplies from Shannon’s supply list! And be sure to visit Shannon’s blog for more photos and tips (like that shabby white buffet — just chipboard and twigs)!
     

    New Products!

    Just a snippet from the new products are shown at left (for example: there is also a new Double-Sided Bronze Mermaid Charm not shown in that preview pic). And there’s a related Brass Mermaid Charm that’s back in stock this week, too.

    Plus this new site has a couple ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)

    or

    - here’s Shannon’s supply list (that includes lots of those new half scale miniatures)

    or

    - see the next paragraph about the related flash sale on Fairy Garden Miniatures!!
     

    NEW Fairy Garden Miniatures Sale!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code FAIRIES when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off Fairy Garden Miniatures Collection (37 items, including a mix of items from the Fairy Garden Miniatures section (like the Miniature Brown Bunny Rabbit at left) AND the Fairy Garden Charms section (like the Green Man Brass Stamping at right) — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on TUESDAY night, July 10th.
     

    Hooray for the Tiny Fairy House Giveaway!

    I had to zoom in and get a closer view of all the lovely things inside this very busy fairy’s kitchen!

    I’m going to highlight a few of my favorites in this photos… and they’re all in today’s Giveaway:
    - The Tiny Picnic Basket
    - Miniature Silverware – Set of 20 (over in lower left of the photo)
    - Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots (one of them is the pot holding the silverware)
    - White Bowls & Plates
    - 3/4 Inch Rabbits (you can just barely see a brown rabbit next to the white bowl at center top… under the lace valance)
    - And of course: the window itself!

    Click here to see everything in Shannon’s supply list, though “only” the items linked in that last paragraph are in today’s Giveaway.

    To enter the Tiny Fairy House 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, July 9, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Shannon’s project? OR: How would you decorate your window? That list of suggestions from Shannon (above… from a Christmas scene to an elegant sitting room) should get you thinking!

    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).

    Who won the Pendants & Tags & Alice Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Ina Good! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    AND… don’t forget the Alice or Halloween Pendant FREE Gift Kit — free with all orders through TOMORROW night, July 9th! (That gift kit includes the custom mini collage sheet shown at left!) See Thursday’s newsletter for more info!

      
    62 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 8th, 2018

    New Art, New SALE, New Products, New FREE Gift, New Giveaway!

    Filed under Giveaways, Halloween, Jewelry, Newsletters, Sale, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    That super-creative (and glittery!) Guest Designer Tristan Robin Blakeman has made a Romantic Vintage Style Tag Album (with lots of tutorial tips and photos!) using Tall Tag Folders to create a mini album… and it’s beautiful!

    From Tristan’s blog post:

    When I got the supply box from Alpha Stamps with the materials to create a mini album from the terrific Tall Tag Folders, I was excited to see all the fun things I was going to be working (well, it was really like playing!) with!

    Beautiful papers, including the Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection, several styles German scrap images and borders, silk ribbons, tag blanks, miniature paper flowers, small metal pressing embellishments, delightful collage sheets, and – of course! – the requisite Tall Tag Holders!

    Aren’t those tags beautiful? I love all the attention Tristan paid (cutting & layering collage sheet images over scrapbook paper and Dresden roses; plus adding paper flowers, ribbons & paper butterflies).

    Beside these 2 photos of Tristan’s project, be sure to visit his blog for tons more photos and tips. And see Tristan’s supply list, too.
     

    New Products!

    Just a snippet from the new products are shown below (hm… that new Alice in Wonderland Props Silicone Mold Set got me thinking about Alice. See below for what that thought turned into!)

     
    NEW Alice or Halloween Pendant FREE Gift Kit! AND Pendants & Settings Sale!

    You know… I had intended to make some round images (sized for today’s new pendants) that were all flowery (kinda like Tristan’s artwork). But then… it turned all Halloweeny! And then the White Rabbit and Alice (and the Mad Hatter) started interrupting, too!

    So this custom mini collage sheet shown (with images that fit 25mm (1″) diameter pendants emerged. It is part of this FREE Gift Kit!

    In addition to one of these beauties, I’m also including EITHER:
    - one of the new Bronze Setting for 25mm Round Cabochons (with a matching 25mm glass cab)
    OR
    - one of the new Black Metal Setting for 25mm Round Cabochons (with a matching 25mm glass cab)

    ALL ORDERS now through Monday, July 9th will get one of the new Alice or Halloween Pendant Gift Kits FREE!

    And there’s a related SALE! Let’s try out some new features on this new site! This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code PENDANTS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off the Pendants & Settings Section (50 items, including collage sheets sized for pendants or ornaments (like that Skeleton Slides Collage Sheet shown at right), plus metal settings & glass cabochons) — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Saturday night, July 7th.
     

    Hooray for the Pendants & Tags & Alice Giveaway!

    Wow… this Giveaway is wandering around a bit, but I think they’ll be a fun group of goodies to play with.

    To start with: everything in the Cabs & Settings Section (all 9 items, including all the new settings announced today (shown at left)… and I’m including multiple 25mm Round Glass Cabochons so you’ll have one to fit all the matching settings!)

    Plus a 12mm Setting Bronze Steampunk Diving Helmet (that you’ll already be getting a couple different cabs to fit).

    (Psst… do you remember the fun creature in her Mad Scientist’s Laboratory that Design Team Member Laura Carson made using that diving helmet with one of the 12mm Glass Cat Eyes? You’ll be getting both of those items!)

    AND these items from Tristan’s supply list:
    - Tall Tag Folders (2 of them)
    - Both sizes of Manila Tags
    - La Mode – Papillon Collage Sheet
    - Mini French Labels Collage Sheet

    Bonus: one of the mini collage sheets from the Alice or Halloween Pendant Gift Kits!

    To enter the Pendants & Tags & Alice Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, July 6, 2018).

    AND tell me: More collage sheets with pendants? More images for Alice or Halloween pendants? What would you like to see?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Vacation Memories Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Karen Mallory! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 5th, 2018

    New Site! New Kit! New Summery Products!

    Filed under Announcements, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Vacation Memories Kit

    New Site!

    Oh my, oh my, oh my… there is so much new news today!

    Starting with: A NEW SITE! This has been such a long time coming, I cannot even tell you…

    There are so many new features I made a “New Site Features” page to explain some highlights.

    Note: the blog is still in its same location.

    And don’t dismay! If you can’t find a product on the new site (that was on the old site), most likely it will be part of the store clearance happening later in July.

    Go explore the new site!
     

    New Kit!

    July already?! How did that happen? So we’re halfway to Christmas? (Sorry for mentioning.)

    Ok: JULY! Vacation Memories is the name of this kit. Beside some nice, cool colors to help with the heat (and it is hot here today!) the papers and trims in this kit should be versatile for creating a gift or memento box with a theme from nostalgic to personal photos/memories.

    Box? Yes! There’s a new Double Explosion Box that’s part of this kit: a set of laser-cut pieces (complete with score marks) for putting together a 3″ x 3″ gift box… with a surprise! The lid holds the pieces in place. When you remove the lid the box “explodes.” Maybe it’s a box to hold a gift inside? Maybe you’ll build a little scene in the center spot inside? (And check out Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’ artwork below for a pretty sample using a mix of real seashells, shell charms, and illustrations of shells.)

    Lots more goodies are included, too. Go see the new kit for more info.
     

    New Artwork: Vintage Seaside Memory Box by Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    I love what Rhonda has created from this wee little chipboard box!

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    There are two separate “boxes” that each flatten out to show lots of spaces to add art or happy memories. If you use both sides of the box and the bottom, that is 18 miniature canvases to work with, not to mention the included lid.

    And check out that close-up of the little seashell scene in the center of the box (shown at left)! Love it! Rhonda used so many things: real shells, shell charms, and even molded clay shells using the new 7 Seashells Mold! (And a couple seahorses from the Seahorse Mold are on the box lid.)

    Beside these 2 photos of Rhonda’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win EVERYTHING from Rhonda’s supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and tips.
     

    New Products!

    Just a snippet from the new products are shown at left (for example: there are lots of new shell charms not shown in that preview pic). Plus this new site has a couple ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)

    or

    - here’s a group of items related to the new kit

    or

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

    Hooray for the Vacation Memories Kit Giveaway!

    There, that’s better! That photo shows the whole explosion box… exploded!

    Yes, it’s true: EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (21 items!) Here are a few more highlights from that multitude:
    - Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet (vintage images of children happily playing at the beach)
    - Beach Beauties Seashell Buttons Mix (a mix of sea shells, starfish and seahorse shaped buttons… Rhonda used them around the sides of the closed box)
    - Wanderlust Printed Chipboard (includes that compass image on the box lid)
    - 8mm Gold Flat-Back Glass Shell Cabochon (one of my faves from the new shell embellishments)

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Vacation Memories Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

    Click here to see everything in Rhonda’s supply list, which is also what’s in today’s Giveaway! Lots more goodies to see!

    To enter the Vacation Memories 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, July 1, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Rhonda’s project? OR: What’s your favorite new product announced today?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Hinged Tins Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Verna! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    AND… don’t forget the Bronze Embellishments for an Altoids Tin FREE Gift Kit — free with all orders through TOMORROW night, July 2nd! See Thursday’s newsletter for more info!

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 1st, 2018

    2 Art Projects with Accordion Books and New Miniatures

    Filed under Bella Ayers, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Mini Conservatory Kit, Miniatures, Sale

    Oh… so many pretty things to fit in today, I’ll jump right to it: we have artwork from TWO talented artists, plus new miniatures, a new FREE gift, and a new sale!

    Starting with this Secret Garden by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)! Bella used this month’s kit as the base and obviously had fun decorating. Beside the cover and a couple of the inside pages directly below, there’s a close-up of a fop farther below… hiding in the greenery? Caught in the greenery? I’m not sure but he’s great!

    You might not be able to tell from the photos, but this is a small book (that Mini Conservatory Accordion Book is just under 4″ tall).

    The images throughout are from the Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet, which might help with scale.

    See more photos in Bella’s blog post. And see all the supplies used.

    Moving on to another accordion booklet, this one housed inside a hinged set of Altoids Tins, by Design Team Member Laura Carson! Laura has made a series of these hinged-tin projects:
    - Birdie Darling (which led to today’s new free gift kit… and a close-up from that tin is below), and
    - an Alice in Wonderland Book using leftover lids from Altoids Tins as the covers (a little preview of it is below).

    Note: There are more photos and links to her earlier hinged tins on her blog post (including more than just the 2 I mentoned). AND a video tutorial on making altered tins.

    But back to today’s fabulous altered tin: Remnants of the Past Altered Altoids Tin uses TWO new collage sheets by Laura created just for this project! See the big, wide photo grid below!

    I hope I captured enough images to show how it works: the top right shows the body of 2 tins hinged together (that’s the side view, showing the clasp side, not the hinges on the hidden side). On the left of that is the inside of the tin when you first open it (the accordion booklet is still folded up and held in place by the piece of lace).

    Then the wide photo under those 2 shows the booklet after you untie the lace bow and stretch it out… so pretty, and creative!

    Laura used papers from the Architextures 2 8×8 Paper Pack as a starting point, then lots of images from her 2 new collage sheets.

    See all the supplies Laura used. PLUS check the Giveaway below for another photo AND a chance to win EVERYTHING in the supply list from Laura’s project!


     

     
    NEW Bronze Embellishments FREE Gift Kit! AND Flowers/Leaves Charms Sale!

    I was inspired by all those loverly hinged tins that Laura made and picked out FIVE bronze metal bits that would fun to use on a similar project (photographed in half a tin so you can see the size):
    - Bronze Swallow Charm (this one was used in Laura’s Birdie Darling tin, too — see the close-up at right. AND it’s on clearance sale!)
    - Large Openwork Bronze Fan Charm
    - 16mm Bronze Crown Charm
    - 20mm Leaf Sprigs (part of the related sale… see below)
    - Wide Brass Filigree Header

    ALL ORDERS now through Monday, July 2nd will get one of the new Bronze Embellishments for an Altoids Tin Gift Kits FREE!

    And there’s a related SALE! Everything in the Charms – Flowers & Leaves section is on sale at 40% off — the sale ends Saturday night, June 30th.
     

     
    Hooray for the Hinged Tins Giveaway!

    Ah… a close-up of the accordion booklet, as it is escaping (?) the tin…

    Yep, I said it: EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (10 items!)

    It’s deceptively simple (this supply list): such a rich, nostalgic project from just 10 items!

    A couple highlights:
    - I’m including TWO Altoids Tins, so you can replicate the hinged-tin project.
    - The Architextures 2 8×8 Paper Pack includes 12 designs. The prints include travel, cooking, seaside and photography themes: 24 double-sided sheets. That black tiny print on the sides of the tins is from this paper set.
    - The accordion-book pages need to stay flat so they can fold up inside the tin, so the 3D embellishments in the list are on the outside of the tin (you’ll need to visit Laura’s blog to see them), but the white and peach tiny paper roses included are from the covers.

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

    BONUS: I’m including one of the Bronze Embellishments for an Altoids Tin Gift Kits.

    To enter the Hinged Tins 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, June 29, 2018).

    AND tell me: Will you make a vintage-themed accordion book in a hinged tin? Or try another hinged-tin project from one of Laura’s earlier projects?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Halloween Row Houses Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Karen Crawford! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 28th, 2018

    Hooray for More Early Halloween!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Mini Conservatory Kit, Newsletters, Sale

    Squeee! Another chance to bring out Halloween early! Beside the fabulous artwork today (by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel) there are also new chipboard bat and spider web borders, and miniature tinsel/fluff in Halloween colors!

    Kristin turned the Mini Conservatory Accordion Book into a set of Halloween Row Houses, with their own Halloween matchbox to package them in. Look how cool:

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    I know Halloween is quite a ways off, but it’s one of my favorite themes to craft for, so when I got the current Alpha Stamps kit and it contained a row of funny little houses, I knew what had to be done.

    The houses are quite small, and just so happen to fit in a 3″ by 4″ matchbox, which I also gave a Halloween look. I painted the outer sleeve black and added scrapbook paper and collage sheet images. The black border around the cat is printed on a clear sticker. I left the ends of the inner box plain, to resemble an actual matchbox.

    Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win EVERYTHING from Kristin’s supply list! And be sure to visit Kristin blog for more photos and tips.
     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Paper Flower Sale and FREE Gift Kit!

    I was inspired by Nichola’s artwork in Thursday’s newletter. So everything in the Paper Flowers & Leaves section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, June 25th. That includes a couple flowers (and viney leaves) in Nichola’s artwork!

    Over 115 items (!), from mulberry paper roses to stamen to paper leaves! Go check out the sale!

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

    ALL ORDERS now through Monday, June 25th will get one of the new Paper Flower Nosegay Gift Kits FREE! I just did a little “shopping” in the flower inventory and picked out lots of color/size options… see the photo at left for some examples of the tiny bouquets! See a larger photo in Thursday’s newletter for more options, including:
    - Small Felt Flowers – Multicolor
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Peach Paper Roses
    - Fancy Lavender Berries Mix
    - Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix
    - Mulberry Paper Lilies – Burgundy Mix
    - Mulberry Paper Lilies – Red & White Mix
    - plus the Cherry Blossom Cream to Pink Mix in the inset above right. whew!
    Hey, all are included in the paper flower sale, through Monday!
     

     
    Hooray for the Halloween Row Houses Giveaway!

    I think Kristin gathered images from about 20 Halloween collage sheets for her miniature project (ok, I just counted and it’s actually 9 — but that’s a lot for a little book that’s only 4″ tall)!

    EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (14 items!) Here are a few highlights from that multitude of collage sheet images:
    - Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet (the black cat on the cover of the matchbox)
    - German Expressionist Horror Collage Sheet (the image behind the black window frame in the right half of the close-up at left… yes, that would be from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
    - Mini Halloween Costumes Collage Sheet (that fun bee costume on the left side of the same photo; plus the running pumpkin-headed girl on the right side)
    - B&W Halloween Borders Collage Sheet (the border around the cat on the cover of the matchbox — printed on clear sticker stock)

    Click here to see everything in Kristin’s supply list, which is also what’s in today’s Giveaway! Lots more goodies to see (including black lace and Dresden trims)!

    Bonus: One of the Paper Flower Nosegay Gift Kits! (I’ll make sure to include some orange and purple colors so it will fit in with a Halloween project.)

    To enter the Halloween Row Houses 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, June 25, 2018).

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

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Hufflepuff Box Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Celia! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    73 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 24th, 2018

    A Hufflepuff Box! Plus a Paper Flower SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Mini Conservatory Kit, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials

    That Nichola! (Of course I am talking about Design Team Member Nichola Battilana!)

    I can always depend on her to create something unexpected from the monthly kits.

    No exception this month, with her Hufflepuff Box

    I am a Hufflepuff. For a long while I fought against it, but I have come to embrace my house. What’s not to love about loyalty, a dedicated work ethic and strong moral code?!

    Now whenever I see yellow I think “HUFFLEPUFF!” and set to celebrating my house with pride. The yellow window on the Stained Glass Windows Collage Sheet reminded me of something that might be in the Hufflepuff common room so that’s where I drew my inspiration.

    Things I love about Nichola’s project:

    - Cutting a window in the inner box from the Matchbox for Conservatory Book

    - Cutting up 2 of the Mini Conservatory Accordion Books to have 2 window frames to glue on both sides of that window

    - Using the giant blue rose print from the Wandering Ivy 12×12 Paper Pad to cover the outside (I love those flowers but wondered how they could be used as they are a big scale with the Mini Conservatory Accordion Book). Psst: the text that says “ENJOY the little things” is from this paper pad, too (AND the butterflies that Nichola cut out and colored brighter with markers).

    See more (including a tutorial by Nichola on how she made the box… another unexpected surprise as she used the outside of the matchbox as a wraparound cover instead of sliding on) in Nichola’s blog post. And see all the supplies used. PLUS check the Giveaway below for another photo AND a chance to win EVERYTHING in Nichola’s project!

    And between here and there: info on the FREE Gift Kit (and Sale) inspired by Nichola’s artwork! Plus the new items have a subtly Halloween theme (!)

     
    NEW Paper Flower Nosegay FREE Gift Kit! AND Paper Flower Sale!

    I was inspired by Nichola’s artwork (and hey: happy summer)! So everything in the Paper Flowers & Leaves section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, June 25th. That includes a couple flowers (and viney leaves) in Nichola’s artwork! (See details on which below in the Giveaway.)

    Over 115 items (!), from mulberry paper roses to stamen to paper leaves! Go check out the sale!

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

    ALL ORDERS now through Monday, June 25th will get one of the new Paper Flower Nosegay Gift Kits FREE! I just did a little “shopping” in the flower inventory and picked out lots of color/size options… see the photo at left for some examples of the tiny bouquets! And see the wider photo below for more options, including:
    - Small Felt Flowers – Multicolor
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Peach Paper Roses
    - Fancy Lavender Berries Mix
    - Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix
    - Mulberry Paper Lilies – Burgundy Mix
    - Mulberry Paper Lilies – Red & White Mix
    - plus the Cherry Blossom Cream to Pink Mix in the inset above right. whew!
    Hey, all are included in the paper flower sale, through Monday!

     
    Hooray for the Hufflepuff Box Giveaway!

    (Ah… love that backlit view of the “stained glass” window!) Yep, I said it: EVERYTHING in Nichola’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (12 items!)

    I’m going to highlight a couple (more) things Nichola used that I didn’t mention above:
    - 1 Inch Curly Paper Roses – Variegated Yellow (those and the white Tiny Paper Roses — and the Miniature Creeping Vine Garland — are so perfect inside! PLUS they’re all part of the new SALE!)
    - A couple silver charms hanging from the yellow ribbon on the outside of the box: Pewter Wizard Hat Charm and Star Fairy Wand Charm (ooh: that one is on clearance!)

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

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Mini Conservatory Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

    BONUS: I’m including one of the Paper Flower Nosegay Gift Kits.

    BONUS #2: I’m also including a sheet of the NEW Seeds of Love Scrapbook Paper — that would be a pretty alternate paper to cover the outside of your own matchbox-wrapper.

    To enter the Hufflepuff Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, June 22, 2018).

    AND tell me: How would you decorate your Matchbox for Conservatory Book? Any other ideas on using the matchbox kit in an alternate way?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Abandoned Mansion Windows Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carla! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    38 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 21st, 2018

    Larger Conservatory Book & New Goodies for a Mini Garden

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Mini Conservatory Kit, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has made a wonderfully overgrown Abandoned Mansion using the new Large Conservatory Accordion Book and Large Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet.

    Like the Mini Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet, this new collage sheet has stained glass windows, doors & statues: this time sized for the Large Conservatory Accordion Book. Plus this sheet includes extra sundials and garden wall sculptures of Bacchus (perfect to peek out from behind a wall of ivy).

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    It amazes me how many beautiful, old, abandoned homes there are. My dream would be to find one, preferably haunted, with lots of land, and make it my own. Until then, I can imagine with this new larger version of the Conservatory Accordion Book from Alpha Stamps. I incorporated many of the images from the Stained Glass Windows Collage Sheet, (and a mini version of it is — printed on acetate transparency — is included in this month’s Mini Conservatory Kit).

    Imagine being an “urban explorer” and coming upon this Abandoned Mansion, with its gorgeous stained class and statues. The creeping ivy, the gorgeous flowers, and the unknown behind a door that once welcomed so many.

    Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win items from in Rhonda’s supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda blog for more photos and tips.
     

     
    Ending TOMORROW: Kitchen Miniatures Sale and FREE Gift Kit!

    Everything in the Miniatures for Kitchen & Sewing section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, June 18th. That includes the new bowl & plate sets and silverware announced Thursday and a ton of little props for making a cafe scene (see Laura Carson’s cafe for tons of eye candy)!

    90 items (!), from cups & bowls to scissors & sewing machines! Go check out the sale!

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

    Laura has graciously created a mini version of her new Cafe Bottle Labels Half Sheet! Wine, beer, soda & liquor labels, all in 1:12 scale. ALL ORDERS now through Monday, June 18th will get one of the new Cafe Bottle Labels Gift Kits FREE! That’s a mini collage sheet PLUS one of the bottles shown at left (that the labels fit), randomly chosen. (Those are Miniature Wine Bottles, Miniature Gin Bottle and Resin Olive Oil Bottle).

     
    Hooray for the Abandoned Mansion Windows Giveaway!

    I love how Rhonda used the stained glass windows in the Large Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet in that section of her Abandoned Mansion at left. Other windows in her project were printed on acetate transparency so you can see through them, but this one (just printed on cardstock) still looks like a vintage stained glass window).

    Ok… on to this Giveaway! I picked out the following items from Rhonda’s Supply List:
    - Large Conservatory Accordion BookNew
    - Large Conservatory Parts Collage SheetNew
    - Stained Glass Windows Collage Sheet (printed on clear transparency)
    - Miniature Creeping Vine Garland
    - Mini Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet (See the curvy header above the double doors in that first photo of Rhonda’s project above? That’s from this collage sheet.)

    Bonus: One of the Cafe Bottle Labels Gift Kits!

    Bonus #2: A sheet of the New Tranquility Stillness Scrapbook Paper! (I think it would be a good shabby/distressed option for an abandoned mansion or room.)

    To enter the Abandoned Mansion Windows 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, June 18, 2018).

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

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Black Cat Cafe Bar Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barb MacAskill! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 17th, 2018

    The Black Cat Cafe, New Bread Molds & Kitchen Sale

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

    Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Chocolate Shop from a few week’s ago? That was the fifth post of a series.

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

    So, on to today’s project: Cafe du Chat Noir — The Black Cat Cafe!

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


     

    Rectangular Bay Window - Large Center WindowWow! Believe it or not, I’m starting you off slowly. Start with the courtyard, window and door to the cafe (upper right corner of the photos above). Then you can see a close-up of that bay window on the strip at left (shown in daylight, so less yellow light than the version with interior lights in the overview shot). Then the bottom 2 close-ups that finish up that grid: both are close-ups of the other 2 photos: a dessert plate with a red checkerboard napkin (part of Laura’s new The Black Cat Cafe Digital Set) and bread and cheese from the glass shelf in the bay window (featuring bread from the new Silicone Mold – Small Round Bread Loaf)! Whew!

    Back to that new Digital Images Set (and TWO related collage sheets: The Black Cat Cafe and Cafe Bottle Labels): The set is packed with images to decorate the inside and outside of a cafe (from posters/signs to window glass (that strip showing the close-up of the bay window uses one), to labels for wine, champagne & other alcohols, napkins & menus… even awnings and the umbrellas for the tables)!

    From her blog post:
    I don’t think I could have packed one more thing into this project. I have so many ideas, tips and tricks to share with you that I’ve recorded three video tutorials. The first video covers assembling the cafe and the non-food items. The second and third cover the polymer clay food and drinks.

    See everything Laura used (inside and out) in her supply list. I haven’t even mentioned the inside of the cafe yet, but see the Giveaway below for photos! And come back after enjoying her tutorial videos (plural) for new items, a new sale, new FREE gift, and a related Giveaway!
     

     
    New Sale and New Cafe Bottle Labels FREE Gift

    Everything in the Miniatures for Kitchen & Sewing section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, June 18th. That includes the new bowl & plate sets and silverware announced today and a ton of little props for making a cafe scene!

    90 items (!), from cups & bowls to scissors & sewing machines! Go check out the sale!

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

    Laura has graciously created a mini version of her new Cafe Bottle Labels Half Sheet! Wine, beer, soda & liquor labels, all in 1:12 scale. ALL ORDERS now through Monday, June 18th will get one of the new Cafe Bottle Labels Gift Kits FREE! That’s a mini collage sheet PLUS one of the bottles shown at left (that the labels fit), randomly chosen. (Those are Miniature Wine Bottles, Miniature Gin Bottle and Resin Olive Oil Bottle).

     
    Hooray for the Black Cat Cafe Bar Giveaway!

    Ok… even constraining myself to the bar inside the cafe is going to be too daunting. But I’ve picked out a few items from the TWO photos below to get you started on a project of your own.

    Isn’t Laura’s bar beautiful! I had to show the overview photo (above) before the close-up photo below. From the lighting (above the brass trim at the top of the photo and underneath (that highlight the bottles and hanging glasses)) it just looks so fancy!

    On to the close-up photo: look at those fab bottles! The Giveaway starts with one each of all 15 bottles that Laura’s new Cafe Bottle Labels Half Sheet fit (yes, that collage sheet is included, too)! That includes the new 1:12 Resin Brandy Bottles – in Red and Brown (one that Laura turned into an Absinthe bottle, pretty much in the center of the photo).
     

    I’m also including the other new collage sheet: The Black Cat Cafe, for the little bit of the menus you can see at the top right of the photo.

    And see that thin gold trim (with the dot pattern) at the front of the bar? That’s from the Dazzles Gold Thin Lines Stickers (yes, included in the Giveaway).

    AND one each of these fruit polymer canes so you can cut up a tray of garnishes: lime, lemon & orange.

    To enter the Black Cat Cafe Bar 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, June 15, 2018).

    AND tell me: How will you use all these bottles? French bistro? Wine in a picnic basket? Potion bottles for Halloween?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the 2 Mini Framed Booklets Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Peg C! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 14th, 2018