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    New Tim Holtz Fossilized Amber PLUS More Dollhouse Miniatures!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    Just one announcement before getting to the eye candy (artwork today by TWO Design Team Members, and lots of pretty miniatures)!

    We have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Fairies Collage Sheet with every order! Your free sheet will be Leslie’s choice from the Fairies Collage Sheets. PLUS: that section is ON SALE for 50% off for this week only (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Fairies Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise). Fairies Collage Sheets Sale ends Friday night, May 1st.
     

    Fairies? How did I possibly pick out the Fairies Collage Sheets section for this week’s sale, with new artwork by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana? The little imps on Nichola’s awards may not have wings, but the sweet children with wands, “potted” in moss and paper flowers just feel like fairies to me!

    I’m not too proud to admit that this year has been a bit difficult for me creatively. I’ve been creating work. I’ve even made some things that were quite nifty… but I’ve kinda felt ‘disconnected’ with my work.

    Anyway, I finally feel as though I’m getting back on track. I’ve got one or two projects I can’t show off just yet, but I also made something just for the hell of it that I think you’ll like. Some Very Important Altered Awards

    Very Important Altered Awards are made from simple, plastic trophy cups, similar to the Tim Holtz Mini Trophy Cups. You can do some great faux finishes using Alcohol Inks and Distress Paints. As you can see the Mirrored Stars give just the right amount of sparkle and shine. By the way — those Mirrored Stars are faceted AND they take Alcohol Inks really well!

    More pictures of the Altered Awards are on the Pixie Hill Blog.

    And check below because Leslie has picked out some impish collage sheets (and butterflies & ladybugs) for the Fairy Luggage Giveaway, to make your own version of Nichola’s awards!


     

    Next up we have The Doll Collector by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas, using the Steamer Trunk Mini Kit (plus the Mini Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Tiny Gold Buckles and Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet from the Vintage Vagabond Kit). I love the choice of using the sage green paper from the Sweet Paris 8×8 Paper Set on the outside of the trunk.

    The Doll Collector travels the world, collecting beautiful old dolls to bring home and keep her company in her art studio. She needs plenty of room because no doll can be left behind.

    The Doll Collector has many letters and postcards from all around the world. Her contacts let her know when they have found more darlings for her to collect. It was super easy to create this bundle of letters. All I did was cut, fold, and glue images from Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet. Some letters are even double sided!

    Here is Rhonda’s Supply List and see her blog for more info (like some tips on aging that clasp (on the outside of the trunk — from the Shabby Chic Metal Door Locks) and on burning the edges of the ribbon to stop fraying).


     


    Hooray for the Fairy Luggage Giveaway!

    This list of goodies jumps around a bit but I think they all get along well.

    First, a couple collage sheets from Rhonda’s The Doll Collector artwork:
    - Dolly & Me Collage Sheet
    - Dolls in the Attic Collage Sheet

    Then, a few things I think would make fun Very Important Altered Awards:
    - Tim Holtz Mini Trophy Cups (sitting on two 1-1/2 Inch Wooden Cube Blocks and a 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Cube Block}
    - Colorful Butterfly Buttons (the same ones Nichola used)
    - Little Imps Collage Sheet
    - 9x13mm Ladybugs
    - 1 Inch Miniature Chickadee
    - Fairy Vial
    - 12mm Acrylic Rose Beads – Mixed Colors

    And FOUR of the new items:
    - Miniature Metal Purse Tin
    - Miniature Metal Suitcase Tin
    - 3D Bronze Pointing Hands (two)
    - 3/4 Inch Lightweight Skeleton Keys (a set of 5)

    And from the Fairies Collage Sheet Sale:
    - Just Wings Collage Sheet
    - M for the Magpie Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Postcard Fairies Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Labels and Ads Collage Sheet (which brings us up to 7 collage sheets… so many I had to take another photo below to show them all)

     
    To enter the Fairy Luggage Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, April 27, 2015). AND tell me which parts of this mix of supplies you’d use together — and what you’d like to make.

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). 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 Time Keeper Giveaway? That would be Helen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address. (And Helen commented, “It is so hard to pick a favorite! I pick the Exploratorium Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper. I love the hot air balloons, but the diver’s helmet is just too perfect to use for a gift I want to make my husband!”)
     

      
    99 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 26th, 2015

    New Time Keeper Collection, More Salvaged Metals

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Newsletters, Steampunk, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A quick reminder before getting to the (amazing!) eye candy…
    the Half Price Sale on Steampunk Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) announced in Sunday’s Newsletter ends tomorrow night (Friday, April 24th). And that perfectly meshes with some gorgeous new papers below…
     

    “To help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition I’ve created some postcards highlighting events from the Expo. When I was done making the postcards I felt like I hadn’t done enough. I’ve been itching to make a book accordion file so voilà, the perfect way to store postcards!”

    Of course she did! Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has exquisite bookbinding skills and I don’t think she realizes that not all of us can whip out a perfectly-aligned accordion book like she can. Caroline’s blog post today explains the overall project (and the funny postcards) and in the future she’ll have a tutorial showing the accordion book (to keep the postcards in).

    Here is Caroline’s Supply List and see her blog for more info and more photographs!


     


    Hooray for the Time Keeper Giveaway!

    I bet you saw this coming! With all the gorgeous papers in the new Time Keeper Line (and the last 2 days of the Steampunk Collage Sheet Sale), I just had to put some of those items together.

    So I started with ALL EIGHT scrapbook papers from Time Keeper (which takes up all of that giant photo at right, so see below for a better pic of the…

    FOUR collage sheets from the Steampunk Section:
    - Bicycles Collage Sheet
    - Hot Air Balloons Collage Sheet
    - Time Flies Collage Sheet
    - Charles Babbage Collage Sheet

     
    To enter the Time Keeper 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, April 24, 2015)! AND tell me which of the Time Keeper Scrapbook Papers is your favorite and why.

    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 Mini Hardware Giveaway? That would be Jill Noblitt! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    108 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 23rd, 2015

    New Relic & Artifacts PLUS Artwork by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Steampunk, Tutorials, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A couple quick announcements before getting to the eye candy…
    First, we have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Steampunk Collage Sheet with every order! Your free sheet will be Leslie’s choice from the Steampunk Collage Sheets. PLUS: that section is ON SALE for 50% off for this week only (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Steampunk Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise). Steampunk Collage Sheets Sale ends Friday night, April 24th.

    AND the Spring Cleaning SALE announced in Thursday’s Newsetter continues through tomorrow! The ENTIRE Scrapbook Papers Section is On Sale for 40% off! Except for the New Junque Gypsy Papers (still on sale at the 15% discount price that all scrapbook papers and paper pads are normally priced at), everything in that big section is priced to clear some space! (Big section indeed: over 250 designs to choose from! Note: that may have decreased a bit as a few have already sold out.)

    The Scrapbook Papers Sale ends Monday night, April 20th.
     


    It’s time for another spectacular creation by Design Team Member Laura Carson. Expedition Africa — which includes Out of Africa & Vintage Maps Collage Sheets (and a Vintage Maps Digital Image Set). (And I’d recommend beginning by scrolling down a bit to see the broad view of Laura’s artwork.)

    Perhaps you would like to join a group of intrepid explorers armed with only cameras and an adventurous spirit? You would? Well then get ready to delve into the heart of the Dark Continent… where animals are the esteemed explorers and humans? Meh, the mere species to be studied. (Which sounds about right to me!)

    To start you’ll need a good travel trunk (that is made from our Steamer Trunk Mini Kit). I bet you thought that was a leather trunk, didn’t you? It’s actually covered in this amazing Kraft-Tex Paper Fabric (New and On Sale!) that looks and feels like leather but sews, cuts and washes just like fabric! Laura stained it with Vintage Photo Stain and then after it dried, coated it with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Pretty fabulous how it looks like a real little animal skin trunk, don’t you think? Then again, it is Laura Carson we’re talking about so moving on!

    What’s next? A clever little suitcase made out of a Blank Altoid Tin, painted with Metal Patinas and then covered with cork sheet from the Tim Holtz Texture Surfaces pack to cover the front and back of the tin. The Texture Surfaces is pretty handy-dandy; it’s collection of adhesive-backed textured surfaces that can also be altered. Laura used a section from the burlap piece on a matchbox to make the smallest suitcase, put travel labels on all of the suitcases from the Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet while the straps and handles are made from the Faux Suede Sheets.

    The chest is made from a Paper Mache Treasure Chest and covered with paper from the Serengeti 8×8 Paper Pad (and is the paper pad that Laura used for her entire project). I love all of the tiny, rolled-up maps in the chest. Those are from the (New!) Vintage Maps Collage Sheet (also as a Digital Download Set — with 10 additional images not on the collage sheet) that Laura created just for this project. I think they’re adorable. Know what else I think is adorable? Sir Stompington III in his boots and hat looking into the trunk! I definitely need the Out of Africa Collage Sheet where he and all of his friends can be found so that I can create my own little story with them.

    The crates which start from a 2 Inch Wooden Cube Block are SUPER easy to make, as are the trees which are made from the Kraft-Tex Paper Fabric. By the way, the Kraft-Tex Paper comes in TWO different colors! Natural and Black, both of which I need to get my hands on…

    We have Laura’s Out of Africa Supply List for you to explore before you end up at Artfully Musing. Once you get to Artfully Musing, you’ll find a lot more pictures, tutorials and some free images (including Sir Stompington III’s cute little boots!) and bios on each explorer!


     


     


    Hooray for the Mini Hardware Giveaway!

    I’ve included these goodies from Laura’s Expedition Africa (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies — yes, lots more than this list!):
    - Vintage Maps Collage Sheet
    - Steamer Trunk Mini Kit
    - Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet
    - Out of Africa Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet
    - Blank Altoids Tin
    - Bronze Binoculars Charm
    - Bronze Small Box Hinges
    - Pronged Metal Handles
    - Tiny Gold Buckles
    - Fluted Ring Pull
    - Mini Fancy Latch Set
    - Small Box Latches
    - 1 Inch Bronze Keys

    And from the Steampunk Collage Sheet Sale:
    - Hardware Collage Sheet (which brings us up to 7 collage sheets… so many I had to take another photo below to show them all)

    And one of the new items:
    - Antiqued Brass Winged Heart Charm

     
    To enter the Mini Hardware Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, April 20, 2015). AND tell me either what part of Laura’s project you’d like to try your hand at OR what technique Laura used that you found most surprising.

    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 Bookcase of Darkness Giveaway? That would be Dana Desmond! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address. (And Dana commented, “I would make a cabinet that might be found in the Dark Arts classroom at Hogworts.” Can’t wait to see it!)
     

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

    New Junque Gypsy, Trinket Boxes (& FLASH Sale on Paper!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A quick intro before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO sweet (ok… one is not so sweet) projects by Design Team Members Shannon Cooper and Nichola Battilana!

    NEW FLASH SALE: Spring Cleaning! I just put the ENTIRE Scrapbook Papers Section On Sale for 40% off! Except for the New Junque Gypsy Papers (yay! finally here!), everything in that big section is priced to clear some space! (Big section indeed: over 250 designs to choose from!) The sale ends Monday night, April 20th.

    And don’t fret, even the New Junque Gypsy Papers are On Sale (at the 15% discount price that all scrapbook papers and paper pads are normally priced at). Pics of some papers from this line are below (with a lovely little Trinket Box by Miz Nichola)!

    AND a reminder: the Half Price Sale on Spring Flowers Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) announced in Sunday’s Newsletter ends tomorrow night (Friday, April 17th).
     


    Continuing with the Vintage Vagabond theme, Design Team Member Shannon Cooper was influenced by her recent reading of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.”

    As Shannon so aptly summizes, it’s a dark struggle between “good and evil, right and wrong, sane and coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs.” Shannon’s interpretation of the story includes the Steamer Trunk belonging to the loony bin character Kurtz, and the photograph representing the other character, Marlow, and his personal discovery of humanity’s darkness during his voyage down the Congo.

    “I started with a 6.75 x 8.75 Configurations Box and sheets from the Serengeti 8 x 8 Paper Pad, which were torn and aged with ink, then adhered to the inside of the box. “

    “After assembling the Steamer Trunk, I covered it in paper from the Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pad, and then used this really spectacular Faux Suede Paper to simulate edge slats. The same paper was used to make itty, bitty straps and I bent a wire in the shape of a buckle. (A bit larger scale, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble and just buy these Tiny Gold Buckles instead.) The trunk is battered and beaten, and holds all manners of things such as ivory tusks, a journal, letters, and… a shrunken head? You never really know what you might find!”

    I love those tiny bundles of letters! (Note the photo of Shannon holding a bundle in the lower right of the large photo at right). The letters are from the Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet, which is also included in the April Kit.

    Ooohh, a shrunken head, too! My favorite. Don’t lose yours when you see the Heart of Darkness Trunk Supply List. Afterward, “head” on over to Shannon’s blog for more eye candy and to find out how she made that sweet little melon and discover more treasures in the trunk!

    And, check below ’cause Leslie pulled a Giveaway package inspired by Shannon’s artwork! (And she included some new or back in stock goodies, too!)

     
    Next up is a gorgeous little Trinket Box by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! (See multiple views below.) Using the New Trinket Box Kit and papers from the New Junque Gypsy 6×6 Paper Pad (and flowers like Botanica Sugared Mini Blooms – Mocha and Velvet Hydrangeas – Cream… and don’t forget that perfectly-sized 3mm Thin Gold Stripes Paper Tape around the edge of the lid!) Nichola has made a lovely box that would be perfect for Mother’s Day (as the gift itself or a really spiffy gift box). Or a box to hide supplies on your own desk?

    And all of those supplies just mentioned in that last paragraph: they are ALL On Sale! Yep, including the new items, too!

    Here is Nichola’s Supply List and see her blog for more info and more photographs!


     

     

    Hooray for the Bookcase of Darkness Giveaway!

    Yes, this went from Heart of Darkness to House of Darkness (but it’s not got a lot of houses save that little pendant) so I landed on Bookcase of Darkness. I’m sure there’s a comedy routine in there somewhere.

    Note: This Giveaway includes a Vintage Vagabond (not shown in the photo at right). That will give you all the collage sheets that Shannon used for her faux hardware and tiny envelopes.

    I’ve included these goodies from Shannon’s Heart of Darkness Trunk (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - Chipboard Steamer Trunk
    - Resin Skull Beads
    - Small Resin Skull Beads
    - Set of Miniature Books
    - Miniature Carving Knives
    - April 2015 Kit – Vintage Vagabond

    Then a few things that caught my eye:
    - Hinged House Pendants – Antique Copper (Back in Stock)
    - ATC Window Shrine Kit (New)
    - Bronze Hand Charms (New)
    - 12mm Wooden Drawer Pull or Box Feet (note: these are a good size for adding feet to the shrine)

     
    To enter the Bookcase of Darkness 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, April 17, 2015)! AND tell me what you’d make with with this mix of books, knives, skulls and Victorian hand charms. (You all had such great ideas for what to make from the Spring Getaway Giveaway!)

    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 Spring Getaway Giveaway? That would be Cocoa! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    104 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 16th, 2015

    Haunted Sunken Ship Shadowbox In A Suitcase!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia, Tutorials, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A couple quick announcements before getting to the eye candy…
    First, we have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer: a free collage sheet with every order! Leslie’s choice from the Spring & Summer Flowers Collage Sheets. PLUS: that section is ON SALE for 50% off for this week only (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Spring & Summer Flowers Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order. Sale ends Friday night, April 17th.

    Final note: in case you missed Thursday’s Newsetter, you can still view Nichola’s fabulous Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes!
     


    One of the many things that we’re crazy for here at Alpha Stamps is miniatures, and once again Teri Calia doesn’t disappoint with one of her miniature creations! Hold your breath for A Haunted Sunken Ship Shadowbox In A Suitcase! (With a name that long, I’m just going to refer to it as the Haunted Suitcase from here on out.)

    It looks like a miniature suitcase with Brass Buckles and Art Deco Luggage Labels, and all of the other things you’d expect a suitcase to have. However, when you open it up there the similarities end…

    Inside awaits a tiny haunted world from a past era, when sailing via ocean liner was all the rage. Unfortunately, for our occupants this ship is resting somewhere on the bottom of the ocean.

    There is a lot of luggage in this stateroom; including a nifty Steamer Trunk (created from the Steamer Trunk Mini Kit) stuffed full of travel things (such as the tiny passports and tags).

    Isn’t this just the cutest and creepiest thing ever? Teri’s Haunted Suitcase is made from 2 Configurations Boxes – 6.75 x 8.75 that she has hinged together. When you open it up…look at what is left of the passenger, now nothing more than a Skeleton, he didn’t even get time to eat his delicious English Breakfast or enjoy a Cup of Coffee. Such a shame!

    I love the miniature suitcases that are haphazardly stacked and the Newspapers laying here and there, on and above the steamer trunk. There is his Top Hat, although I’m sure he couldn’t see a thing if he were to try to look at himself in that Gold Mirror Frame.

    So that you can create your own Haunted Suitcase, Teri created the amazing Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet that has THREE miniature suitcases and all sorts of miniature travel related items on it. Need hat and shoe boxes as well? Don’t forget about the Rococo Boxes Collage Sheet Teri also created that is perfect for that.

    Sail on over to see the A Haunted Sunken Ship Shadowbox In A Suitcase Supply List then sink or swim on over to visit Teri. She has more photos and a tutorial on how to put the suitcases together on her blog!


     

     

    Hooray for the Spring Getaway Giveaway!

    The mix of vintage luggage and pretty florals just seems like a good match for a fantasy Spring getaway. This Giveaway includes:
    - Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet
    - Steamer Trunk Mini Kit
    - Tiny Wooden Suitcases
    - Square Wooden Layer Cake
    - Round Wooden Hat Boxes
    - Little Rococo Boxes Collage Sheet
    - Gold Mini Dresser Handles
    - Miniature Newspapers

    And from the Spring Flowers Sale:
    - Roses & Fans Collage Sheet
    - Seed Catalog ATCs Collage Sheet
    - The Garden Collage Sheet
    - Pink Roses Collage Sheet

     
    To enter the Spring Getaway Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, April 13, 2015). AND tell me what you’d make with your wooden suitcases and hat boxes (or cakes). I’ve added some suggestions to the product pages already, like this one for the Round Wooden Hat Boxes: “Little unfinished wood disks to decorate as you wish. Beside hat boxes, they would also make a cute wedding cake. Or tiny shadowbox feet. Or a tiny tree stump for a tiny rabbit to sit on…”

    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 Dust Bottles Giveaway? That would be Denise Humenik! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    103 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 12th, 2015

    New Tiny Shadowboxes (& Fairy Dust Boxes Tutorial AND Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Shanna Shands, Tim Holtz, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A short intro before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO sweet projects by Design Team Members Nichola Battilana AND Shanna Shands!

    The new Tim Holtz Stencils that were listed as pre-orders are now in stock (and On Sale)! Including the Typo Stencil from his March Tag Tutorial; and the ENTIRE supplies list from that tutorial is On Sale!

    And ALL of the Tim Holtz Products are now permanently On Sale! That’s over 400 items! That includes recent additions like Tim Holtz Design Tape – Passport and Tim Holtz Paper String Air Mail, too! (Both of which would be perfect embellishments for a project with the new Vintage Vagabond Kit.

    AND there are so many Back in Stock items this week, they’re listed on a separate blog post. Like the Black Wrought Iron Dresden Scrolls shown at left.
     


    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has been busy doing the bidding of her bossy band of fairies and has created a variety of Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes.

    The Bagatelle Boxes are so adorable! If you aren’t familiar with the term Bagatelle, it is a French word that means knick-knack, bauble, or trinket; so just imagine the possibilities of the items that could be showcased AND all of the different ways to do so! The boxes come in SIX different sizes:
    - 1-1/2 x 3 Inches
    - 2 x 2 Inches
    - 2 x 3 Inches
    - 1-1/2 x 4 Inches
    - 3 x 3 Inches
    - 3 x 4 Inches

    If you’re like me, and want them all because you want to put them together to create a shadowbox for your 5 year old niece (left by the bossy fairies, of course) — then guess what? There’s a Bagatelle Boxes Starter Kit that has one of each size!

    I had a few ideas but the fairies were demanding and I ended up with these fairy dust shrines. Don’t they look like they just came out of a fairy godmother’s cupboard?!

    They do, indeed; and magical as well! They’re fabulous!

    The boxes can also accommodate various sized bottles and vials such as the 12 Tiny Glass Vials, Corked Vials, Mini Inkwell Bottles, or the Tim Holtz Tiny Glass Vials. See the 4 smallest box pages for tips on which bottles fit those boxes (which are also the bottles photographed with the Giveaway below).

    If you want to create your own bit of magic, Nichola has created a (New and On Sale!) Fairy Dust Collage Sheet with lots of tiny labels for tiny bottles. (Some of the labels work with the Miniature Bookplates Die-Cut Set as well!)

    Tea and crumpets are not required to check out the Fairy Dust Bagatelle supply list, but you may want to grab a cuppa to visit Nichola to find out how she used the Stackable Labels Die-Cut Set and to view the video tutorial on her blog!

    And, check below ’cause that crazy Leslie pulled a Giveaway package full of little bottles and a set of ALL 6 Bagatelle Boxes! (And she included some extra fairy-themed collage sheets, too.)

     

    Next up in our month of Vintage Vagabond, we have Design Team Member Shanna Shands’ Safari Hut. Shanna used background papers and images from the Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pad and Out of Africa Collage Sheet. I love the leopard looking at the map… I wonder where he’s planning a vacation…

    The kit this month can be used in so many different ways. The little suitcase (or steamer trunk) strapping and hardware from the Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet inspired Shanna to create tiny little suitcases (that open like matchboxes) — and thankfully Shanna provides a tutorial for how she made them.

    And those suitcases are really tiny! The scrapbook shown in the lower right of that photo is the smaller of the 2 sizes from the Tiny Vintage Scrapbook Collage Sheet. Shanna’s suitcase is just 1-1/2″ by 1-1/8″!

    Here is the Supply List and see Shanna’s blog for more info and her tutorial! And I can’t wait to see the variety of projects during the rest of the month from the Design Team!

     

     

    Hooray for the Fairy Dust Bottles Giveaway!

    I started with these goodies from Nichola’s Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - Bagatelle Boxes Starter Kit (New!)
    - Miniature Bookplates Die-Cut Set (New!)
    - Fairy Dust Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Candlestick Holder
    - 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
    - Mini Inkwell Bottles

    Then I added a bunch more bottles and fairy collage sheets (linked here and some repeated with photos below):
    - Fairy Labels and Ads Collage Sheet
    - Green Fairies Collage Sheet
    - Pink Fairies ATCs Collage Sheet
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottles
    - Squat Little Bottles
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles
    - 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork

     
    To enter the Fairy Dust Bottles 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, April 10, 2015)! AND tell me what you’d make with your Bagatelle Boxes. (You all had such great ideas for what to make from the Chipboard Steamer Trunk in the last Giveaway!)

    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 Vintage Vagabond Giveaway? That would be Linda Ellis! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address. (And Linda said “This travel theme is my cup of tea. I am definitely going to make Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” from the trunk!” Wow! I hope you do and I’d love to see it when you’re done!)

      
    138 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 9th, 2015

    Back in Stock… April 8, 2015

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Mad Tea Party Scrapbook Paper

    Black Display Box with Wrap-Around Lid

    Conservatory ATC Kit

    Set of Curved Brass Hinges

    Window and Window Box Die

    Tim Holtz – Water Brush – Fine Detail Nib

    Steampunk Clear Stamp Set

    Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes

    Narrow Gold Fleur Dresden Borders

    Black Wrought Iron Dresden Scrolls

    Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Red

    Seam Binding – Bark Tan

    3D Tea Party Silicone Mold

    Pagoda Hanging Lantern

    Fancy Handle – Large

    Tiny Embossed Gold Dresden Borders

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, April 8th, 2015

    New Vintage Vagabond Kit & Tiny Traveler Artwork by Kristin Batsel!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Vintage Vagabond Kit

    A couple quick announcements before getting to the eye candy…
    The Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still on offer! And if you missed Thursday’s Newsletter, you can still view THREE lovely art projects by Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Nichola Battilana, and Miz Bella herself! And see below for who won the Mermaid Altered Tin Giveaway!

    AND a reminder: TODAY is the FINAL SALE DAY on Glass Bottles! The sale ends TONIGHT (April 5th at midnight PST)!
     


    The theme this month is Vintage Vagabond. This year is the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (that was held in San Francisco) and I have fallen down the rabbit hole! So many collage sheet images in this kit are from that World’s Fair.

    All FOUR (!) of the new collage sheets in this kit also have more photos and info on their individual pages:

    - Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet

    - Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet

    - Tiny Vintage Scrapbook Collage Sheet

    - Travel Reading Collage Sheet

    I’ve included 6 double-sided sheets from the new Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pads. Even if you can’t imagine a vintage safari, the backs of the papers have some nice small prints in a tan/sepia palette that are good background papers for some dusty old luggage (like the outside of the artwork below).

    Look at that sweet artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel (below at left)! Kristin mixed the papers and collage sheet images with the Chipboard Steamer Trunk (a related, new item, available separately) to make a Tiny Traveler chest. It's so cute that everything gets packed away in the finished chest. It's amazing that whole group: fold-out bed, table, chair, light, fold-down desk (cleverly rearranging the dividers from the steamer trunk to make room for a desk), tiny books and letters from the Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet in that little desk area — everything (including the girl), all came out of that chest, like clowns from a circus car!


    You'll want to see all the tips Kristin shares on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Kristin used (like the wooden doll she painted, and the faux suede sheets she cut the straps from) on Kristin’s supply list.

    See the Vintage Vagabond Kit page for more kit details. Note: all the papers, metal bits, ribbon and collage sheets in the kit are On Sale, too!

    And there are FOUR MORE new collage sheets, more tiny trunk hardware, and a related Steamer Trunk Mini Kit (see below for more info).

    And don’t forget to scroll down to check out today’s Giveaway that includes bunches of the new goodies!

     

    Hooray for the Vintage Vagabond Giveaway!

    I started with a Vintage Vagabond Kit.

    And (beside the four new collage sheets in that kit), added the other FOUR NEW collage sheets announced today:
    - Steamer Trunk Parts Collage Sheet
    - Fun Photos from the Fair Collage Sheet
    - Art Deco Travel Posters Collage Sheet
    - Out of Africa Collage Sheet

    AND these other new goodies announced today:
    - Chipboard Steamer Trunk
    - Faux Suede Sheets
    - 2mm Brass Flat-Back Studs

     
    To enter the Vintage Vagabond Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, April 6, 2015). AND tell me what you’d make with your Chipboard Steamer Trunk.

    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 Mermaid Altered Tin Giveaway? That would be Michelle Toops! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    112 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 5th, 2015

    Glass Bottles ON SALE (+3 Art Projects with New Goodies!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials

    A short intro before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces a sweet project by Caroline Ouzts-Hay AND one she made herself!

    NEW SALE: Glass Bottles! From the cute little vial on Caroline’s artwork, to (take a breath…) preorders on the Tim Holtz Mini Mason JarsALL the glass bottles are on sale now through Sunday night (April 5th). See them all here!

    And I’m continuing the FREE Gift with Order announced on Sunday: Miniatures Matchbox (in honor of TWO adorable miniatures projects by Teri Calia and Nichola Battilana).

    AND keeping with the miniatures theme, a reminder: FINAL SALE DAY on Dollhouse Miniatures! The Sale ends TONIGHT (April 2nd at midnight PST)!
     


    March is over and we’re not quite ready to release the April kit just yet so Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a dreamy little Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box for you.

    Tart tins are so pretty. You can do practically anything with them and end up with a gorgeous piece. Because of this it is hard to think outside the box sometimes, to use the shabby chic tins in a new way.

    For the base of her project, Caroline used two of the New Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frames. These are cream with rusty and antiqued look and are a very generous 3-1/4″ diameter, and already being distressed is an added plus (and time-saver!)

    To create the main focal point, Caroline used a mermaid from the Caribbean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet, Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays – Asymmetrical, Cream Pearl Assortment and Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green.

    To create the blue spray on the top cover I took 22 gauge wire and coated it with hot glue. While the glue was drying I mixed three different colors of 1mm Micro BeadsAqua, Clear and Turquoise Pearl, in a small container. I coated the dried (and bumpy) hot glue with a thick fast drying glue and rolled it in the micro bead mixture. Ever so gently I pressed the beads into the glue and set it aside to dry.

    See the painted architectural flourishes on the side of the tin? Caroline cast them with the Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes and hot glue! Pretty clever, don’t you think? Then added a few Tiny Real Seashells and a brass charm finish off the opening.


    Here’s the list of items used in the Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box, and you can visit Caroline’s blog to see more pictures and to find out how she created the inside of her treasure box. (And remember to come back and enter today’s Giveaway Drawing for most all the parts to make your own Mermaid Altered Tin!)

     
    A quick aside for a beautiful little Paper Moon Shrine (and video tutorial!) by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! (Using her own New Theatre Clouds Collage Sheet!) Yay! Short and very sweet… go check it out! OK… back to Bella, for an intro for her own project (including felt animals Bella made, too!)

     
    The Little Dreadfuls’ Outing
    (See photos below.)
    On the first day that Spring finally came to the South, Little Olive Dreadful loaded up the youngest Dreadfuls from Mockingbird Manor and off they went, including the very, very naughty children. It seems that yesterday they ran off to the old cemetery (by themselves!) and were raising the dead; having tea parties with them and all without any adult supervision. Those silly children know they’re not supposed to raise the dead without an adult present, such naughtiness!

    To make the car for Little Olive Dreadful, I used a Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frame and set it on 4 Vintage Ribbon Spools that I painted black. The wheels are the 20mm Rhinestone Flat-Back Setting; to get the gum drop look I used hot glue in the middle of the settings and then quickly poured 1mm Micro Beads in Turquoise Pearl and Pink Pearl over the glue. (Do it quickly and don’t go for perfection or you’ll end up ruining 3 of your settings like I did!)

    The carts that the little mice sit in are made from the top of a Paper Mache Treasure Chest. The top of the chest was cut off, and then cut in half. Under each seat is a 1/8 Inch Wooden Dowel with a Wood Mini Spool at each end of it, then a ‘gum drop’ wheel attached to each end. Each seat also needed a Wood Mini Spool laid on its side, glued on the bottom behind the dowel so that the car was balanced and wouldn’t topple over. (The same for the birdcage, it required a 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheel laid on its side so that it wouldn’t tip over.)

    Not wanting the little mice to fall out of their cars, I took one of the frames from the Sweet Paris Wooden Frame Set and snipped it in half, then cut it down to size (for handle bars). Those were covered in 1mm Micro Beads – Clear AB.

    To get the naughty children to stand up (in the cage… see below) I cut the two reverse images out of the Little Darlings Collage Sheet and glued each set to a Mini Wooden Clothespin.

    Here is The Little Dreadfuls’ Outing Supply List. (And I have to add a final note: Bella forgot to mention that the gearshift is a mushroom!)
     


     

     

    Hooray for the Mermaid Altered Tin Giveaway!

    I decided (of all the pretty artwork choices today) to choose these items from Caroline’s Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
    - Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frame (TWO of them)
    - Caribbean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet
    - 1mm Micro Beads – White Pearl
    - 1mm Micro Beads – Turquoise Pearl
    - 1mm Micro Beads – Aqua Clear
    - Tiny Real Seashells in Tin
    - White Plastic Pearls (Strands)
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
    - Medium Glass Trumpet Flowers – Sapphire Blue
    - Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays – Asymmetrical
    - The Sea Fiber Set
    - Cream Pearl Assortment

     
    To enter the Mermaid Altered Tin 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, April 3, 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 Rococo Boxes Miniatures Giveaway? That would be Barb! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    99 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 2nd, 2015

    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! For every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! The “pick out a free collage sheet” offer has expired BUT check the current newsletter for a NEW FREE collage sheet promo!

    Final note: in case you missed Thursday’s Newsletter, 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.)
     

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