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    The Daystars & a bit like Autumn

    Filed under Art Projects, Cards & Constellations Kit, Giveaways, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Shannon Cooper

     It’s feeling a bit like fall today… new items with warm colors, some Halloween items, and some adorable 1:12 scale pieces of unfinished furniture just begging to be finished and decorated for a dining room.

    But first: The Daystars by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana (cards with my favorite blue and gold palette) and part 2 of the tutorial by Shannon Cooper from Thursday’s newsletter!

    Oh, and a reminder about the current FREE gift and collage sheet sale (both ending tomorrow night, August 21st) are below.
     

     
    Aren’t Nichola’s cards beeeeautiful!? They look so rich… and made from chipboard, paper and a bit of paint!

    As Nichola mentions in her blog post:
    I kept this project super simple. I just covered the cards in scrapbook paper and used a stamp and gold embossing powered to add a smidge of interest. Then, fussy cut elements and added the top frame (which I painted prior to gluing into place).

    More from Nichola’s post:

    This month’s kit is Cards & Constellations. Rather than a ‘wish-upon-a-star’ goodie goodie piece, I was smitten with these devilish fellows.

    I’d like to imagine that these plucky little night devils would conspire, and try to plot a way to continue to shine after the sun rose. That they would want to be ‘Daystars.’

    Read more in Nichola’s blog post, and see the Giveaway below for more info on the supplies (and how to win them)!
     

    Now for something completely different…

    From Thursday’s loverly project by Shannon Cooper, here’s part 2 of her tutorial (this one is for making the mattress for the bed, but be sure to check out the first part for the how-to on making the bed itself… yes, with the same Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card that Nichola used for 2 of her 4 cards).


     

     
    FREE Gift: Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet!

    I was inspired by Shannon’s Witch’s Bed and Table (with a tiny bedside table in a witch’s room — see the wide photo below or more info in Thursday’s blog post) so I’ve not only made a new mini collage sheet, but have also put ALL Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday Night!

    First: the new Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet: Make some tiny props for a Halloween scene, in 1:12 scale. See the Miniature Fairy Godmother Magazines Collage Sheet for pages you can use inside magazines made with these covers (plus a tutorial from Nichola on making miniature magazines)!

    The new collage sheet will be sent FREE with every order placed August 17th through 21st. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file.

    Second: the Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets sale: there’s a little overlap with the recent Mythology Collage Sheets sale, but many of these are not in that category — and used in Shannon’s artwork. On sale for 50% off now through Monday, August 21st! Over 40 to choose fromgo see them all!

     

    Hooray for The Daystars Giveaway!

    Yes! Here’s all the goodies from Nichola’s The Daystars cards to start off today’s Giveaway:
    - Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card (I’m including TWO)
    - Stars Playing Card (I’m including TWO)
    - El Diablo Cards Collage Sheet
    - Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper
    - Large Blue Mosaic Scrapbook Paper (used on the backs of the cards)

    Bonus #1: One of the new Unfinished Wooden Coffin Trays! What? I didn’t see those! It’s true, there are lots of new goodies today, and not everything made its way into the “new items” section above! You can see all the new items here.

    Bonus #2:Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet

    To enter The Daystars 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, August 21, 2017).

    And tell me: What will you make from the supplies from Nicola’s Daystar cards? And will you mix them with the Unfinished Wooden Coffin Tray or use the tray in another 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). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Witch’s Bed Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be LeAnn! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 20th, 2017

    Miniature Witch’s Bed with Tutorial by Shannon Cooper

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Halloween, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    There’s a new collage sheet sale AND a new FREE witchy collage sheet with miniature magazines, but first…


    Just look at that adorable little Witch’s Bed and Table by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! Yes, that bed is made from one of the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Cards — and lucky (for both of us) Shannon has provided a tutorial!

    I love how Shannon used the new Curiosity Cling Stamp Set (to stamp a design on the bed linens, and to emboss a gold metallic design in the top of her table).

    From Shannon’s blog post:

    This month, the design team for Alpha Stamps was sent a few new die cut playing cards to… well, play around with! The Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card caught my eye and I decided to transform it into a bed for a witch. My decision to use the spider web card had nothing to do with the need to craft Hallowe’en things, I swear.

    The table was an afterthought, made by gluing a wood finial to a wood disk, painting it, then adding a Dresden trim along the edge. The table top has an embossed design using a stamp from the Curiosity Cling Stamp Set.

    Good job, Shannon!

    Read more (and see the tutorial) on Shannon’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!)
     

     
    NEW FREE Gift: Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet!

    I was inspired by Shannon’s little scene (with a tiny bedside table in a witch’s room) so I’ve not only made a new mini collage sheet, but have also put ALL Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday Night!

    First: the new Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheet: Make some tiny props for a Halloween scene, in 1:12 scale. See the Miniature Fairy Godmother Magazines Collage Sheet for pages you can use inside magazines made with these covers (plus a tutorial from Nichola on making miniature magazines)!

    The new collage sheet will be sent FREE with every order placed August 17th through 21st. All-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file.

    Second: the Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets sale: there’s a little overlap with the recent Mythology Collage Sheets sale, but many of these are not in that category — and used in Shannon’s artwork (like the rug in Shannon’s scene is from the Astrology Backgrounds Collage Sheet at left). On sale for 50% off now through Monday, August 21st! Over 40 to choose from… go see them all!
     

     

    Hooray for the Witch’s Bed Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Witch’s Bed and Table Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the ELEVEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Curiosity Cling Stamp Set
    Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card
    – Alchemy Collage Sheet (part of the Gypsy & Playing Cards Collage Sheets 50% off sale)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s artwork, which is also all of the Giveaway items!

    Bonus: one of the new Witchy Magazine Covers Mini Collage Sheets!

    To enter the Witch’s Bed 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, August 18, 2017)!

    And tell me: Will you make a miniature bed like Shannon did? And/or: how will you use the stamps in the Curiosity Cling Stamp Set?

    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 Steampunk Boudoir Giveaway? Cheryl Holmes! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    57 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 17th, 2017

    A Steampunk Boudoir & New Folding Screens

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Steamtown House, Tutorials

    Laura Carson’s Steampunk House is getting better and better! Before we gaze in awe over the upstairs boudoir (and a new sale and free images by Laura), here’s a reminder about the FREE GIFT ending tomorrow!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night, August 14th: Silly Props for Halloween FREE Gift Kit

    Eye candy! See Kristin Batsel’s Night Witch Altered Tin in last Thursday’s newsletter to find out why these goodies (and the extra Halloween trims not shown) are related.

    Free for ALL orders — through tomorrow night!
     


    Wow… I love how Laura has decorated the 2nd story of her 2-Story Room Box! And I have to confess, I’ve zoomed into one corner as my mind was spinning from all the pretties (and I have to agree with Laura, “Just like the first floor, she has stuffed the room will all kinds of goodies.“)

    (Psst! You can view more posts about other rooms in the house.)

    Beside the beautiful costumes (and wait till you see below about the new collage sheets and a sale!) AND Laura’s tutorial on making faux marble, you can see a couple sections of the new Folding Screen Frame Set (that the clothes are hanging on).

    And that folding screen uses 2 of the new Folding Screen Fretwork Inserts: I kinda went crazy designing this one! (Crazy in a good way… I love ornate decoration!) Beside fitting into the Folding Screen Frame Set, you can also use these inserts as a fancy tag (or other dollhouse project, maybe as a wrought iron gate or window).
     


    Moving to the outside of the house, looking in the window at the same second floor scene: look at that beautiful stained glass! And, lucky you: Laura is giving away the image for those stained glass inserts FREE (and the stained glass image fits the Folding Screen Frame Set, too).

    Check out the stain glass hanging screens that you can slide to open or closed them, they run on a track made from a straw. The frame of the screens are the same frame I used for the fretwork screen.

    So clever! Using a straw as the track!

     

    We’re back to the inside of the room, with a closer view of the dresses hanging on the folding screen. Laura designed 2 new collage sheets AND a Steampunk Fashion Digital Download Set (wonderful Victorian/Steampunk-inspired costumes, and they look so dimensional)!

    The collage sheets contain Steampunk dresses, boots & hats. In addition I’ve included body parts for making paper dolls. The images are sized to work with 1:12 scale miniatures.

    FLASH SALE! In honor of Laura’s fab project, ALL Costumes & Fashion Collage Sheets are on sale at 50% off! Today and tomorrow only (the sale ends Monday night, August 14, 2017).

    Here’s a link to Laura’s supply list for the second floor boudoir (pretty expansive, and it’s been cropped to just cover the upstairs room), and stop by her blog to read more, see video tutorials and many more photos.

    Note: there’s yet another photo of another area in the 2nd floor scene, down in the Giveaway section.
     

     

    Hooray for the Steampunk Boudoir Giveaway!

    I picked out some supplies used in Laura’s vanity to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Matchbox Vanity Table (the base of the close-up at right and also in the smaller photo at left)
    - Raw Brass Box Feet – Cones (clever… Laura used 2 of them on each side of the mirror as the bottom of her lights)
    - Fancy Looped Gold Filigree Base (one is the stand for perfume bottles on the left side of the large photo)
    - Metal Standing Picture Frame
    - Nonbreakable Mirror Material
    - Thin Ornate Filigree (on the front of the vanity.. see the small photo)
    - 12x8mm Green Glass Rectangular Beads (one is a perfume bottle, in front of the oval mirror on the back of the vanity)
    - Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet (they are used on the drawers of the vanity, see the small photo at left)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    Bonus: both of Laura’s new collage sheets! And both are included in the Flash Sale!

    To enter the Steampunk Boudoir 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, August 14, 2017).

    And tell me: What will you make from your Matchbox Vanity Table? And what new (or old) technique from Laura’s tutorial do you think will be useful?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Night Witch Altered Tin Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Karen Crawford! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 13th, 2017

    Gothic Halloween

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Tim Holtz

    From a haunted house to spider webs (and gothic tables) this group new items is just in time to get your Halloween projects started! But first…


    I love altered Altoids Tins. They’re a nice small size for a quick project; they’re versatile (with a lid as a container? without a lid as a shadowbox?); and they’re inexpensive so I don’t feel bad if a project doesn’t jell.

    And I love this adorable Night Witch altered tin by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel, made from one of the new Wrought Iron Altoids Tin Insert Frames!

    These inserts turned out super cute! One is a mini size of the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card, and the other 2 are brand new designs!

    Now on to Kristin’s cute art using them! From Kristin’s blog post:

    It’s never too early for Halloween, and who better to announce its imminent arrival than the Night Witch? I was inspired by this cobweb chipboard insert and a lovely deep blue sky scrapbook paper to make (yet another) altered Altoids tin. Plus, I can’t get enough of those tiny stars that I used in my “Lucky Stars” shrine last month, so they also play a starring role. (See what I did there?)

    I painted the spider web insert to match the background paper. Normally, I would insert it behind the rolled lip of the tin, but on this project, I liked it sitting on top. While I had my colors mixed, I also painted the wooden stand, and then distressed it with some ink to darken it up a bit. The bat is a plastic cupcake pick with the “pick” part cut off. He’s attached to the top of the tin with a little Apoxie Sculpt. I used a toothpick and some red paint to give him some glowing eyes.

    I altered the witch image a bit: the hat was given a stripey band and a gold star, and outlined slightly with a gold Sharpie to make it stand out from the background. Then, to make the image more dimensional, I cut out the witch’s arms and the cat from a second, identical image. I attached her left arm flush at the shoulder, and used a foam glue dot to elevate the cat and her right arm. The cat’s eyes are highlighted with a little green paint and a dot of ink for pupils.

    Read more on Kristin’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list!)
     

     
    NEW FREE Gift Kit: Silly Props for Halloween!

    Not quite the same cupcake topper as Kristin used on the top of her altered tin, but this little set of cupcake picks AND a small skeleton will give you some toys to play with!

    You’ll receive:
    - A set of four Halloween Food Picks
    - A Small Plastic Skeleton (and since he’s poseable, you could put him in a scene inside a tin)
    - Some bits and bobs of Halloween trims: fibers, ribbons, andor beads… i have quite a stash of leftover parts from past kits (not enough to put on the site but cute things!)

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, August 14th! Need more? Both items were just put on sale at 50% off!
     

     
    Hooray for the Night Witch Altered Tin Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Night Witch Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Altoids Tin Insert Frames – Wrought Iron
    I’ve Been Mooned Collage Sheet
    Night Sky Watercolor Scrapbook Paper

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which is also all of the Giveaway items!

    To enter the Night Witch 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, August 11, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make from your Wrought Iron Altoids Tin Insert Frames? Which of the inserts do you have plans for first?

    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 Cards & Constellations Kit Giveaway? Marykay Chisum! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    64 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 10th, 2017

    Cards & Constellations

    Filed under Cards & Constellations Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Tutorials


    NEW Cards & Constellations Kit

    Maybe in honor of the big solar eclipse this month, or maybe for the end-of-summer warm nights (perfect for star-gazing), this month’s kit has a mix of eclectic images and a cool blue and sepia (to downright sunny yellow) palette.

    I must say: this is a pretty group! I love all the blue and tan/yellow images and new papers (love the new scrapbook papers!). Two of the new papers have mosaic patterns that would work well as the backs of playing cards (or for a tile floor — or maybe a quilt? — in a dollhouse).

    And I got to use some images I’ve been collecting for well over a decade. Needless to say, I love them, too!

    Speaking of playing cards: I designed 3 chipboard sets, one of which is in this kit: Stars Playing Card. All 3 sets have a laser-cut chipboard overlay over a solid back.

    And in honor of this new kit: ALL Mythology Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! Now through Wednesday night, August 9, 2017. 30 to choose from! The sale includes the new Andromeda, Fortune and The Sun collage sheets, too!

    (And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off (and the digital image downloads are on sale for 40% off!), so even after that sale is over, those new collage sheets will still be on sale!)

    Artwork! It’s in the Cards (see the first wide photo below) is by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas. That’s just one of 4 cards she made (on the right side of photo, and the card backs shown on the left are beautiful, too — the flaming hearts cut out from the new The Celestial Spheres Collage Sheet overtop of the mosaic papers look great)! More info and photos in Rhonda’s blog post here’s a link to see all her supplies.

    Good Fortune Fairy Pocket Cards (see the second wide photo below) is by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey, using the same Stars Playing Card as Rhonda, but to much different effect! I think Lora is in love with Stickles Glitter Glue! More info in the Lora’s blog post (including a tutorial on how she layered and colored the components). Here’s Lora’s supply list — and see the Giveaway below another set of cards Lora made!

    More info and photos about the new kit are on the Cards & Constellations Kit page. And coordinating supplies are below and on the site.


     


     

     
    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS Monday night: FREE Gift Kit!

    Halloween Banner Starter Kit (3 random shapes from these 6 options)!

    Black chipboard Halloween shapes in a good size… space to decorate and large enough for making a banner! Or you could make tags or ornaments… here are some art ideas from a past swap using these shapes.

    You’ll receive THREE of the six shapes shown in the photo at left. Random pick which of these you’ll receive: Raven, Scaredy Cat, Skull, Pumpkin, Moon, Bat (shown at right, in some cute art by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, August 7th! Need more? All of the shapes are on sale at 50% off!
     


    Hooray for the Cards & Constellations Kit Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 4 collage sheets, 4 scrapbook papers and the Stars Playing Card!

    Note: there are 2 more photos of artwork below (by Lora and Rhonda), both using the new Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card — also include in the Giveaway!

    Next: some (more) items from Rhonda’s supply list — all new!:
    - The Celestial Spheres Collage Sheet
    - The Star Fairies Collage Sheet
    - Seize the Night Scrapbook Paper

    Then, some (more) items from Lora’s supply list (note: Lora’s list includes items from her second set of cards, shown below — I love the Snarky Witches!!):
    - Double Dot Vintage Island Mist Scrapbook Paper (used on the back of her first set of cards, to make the pockets for the fortunes)
    - Saucy Witches Collage Sheet
    - Waterfall Stickles

    Click on either of their supply list links to see photos (and links) to all those extra Giveaway items.

    To enter the Cards & Constellations Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW OR TUESDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, TUESDAY Night, August 8, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with all of these goodies?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Steampunk to Halloween Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Luanne Shoup! Congrats! Check your email for info.


     


     

      
    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 6th, 2017

    New Tim Holtz Halloween, Spiral Staircase & Scrapbook Paper Sale

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Sale, Steamtown House, Tim Holtz

    Scrapbook Paper Sale! Wow! ALL 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Paper is on sale for 50% off!

    Over 200 to choose from (including the Christmastime Peppermint Scrapbook Paper at left)!

    See below for some Halloween & Autumn highlights from the sale!

    View Most Here & More in the Christmas Paper Section.

    The sale ends Saturday night, August 5th!
     


    Wow (again)! I love this Spiral Staircase Design Team Member Laura Carson
    made from the new Spiral Staircase Kit (and the color palette is so pretty… reminds me of Autumn, which I hope arrives soon as I’m tired of 100 degree heat)!

    A worthy addition to Laura’s 2-Story Room Box (and I can’t wait to see how the top floor is decorated in future posts).

    From Laura’s blog post:

    The staircase starts inside the first floor and spirals up to the front of the second. The staircase design is versatile and can be used outside of the house (as in this example) or inside the house by cutting an opening in the ceiling. For this project, I chose to located the staircase on the outside so that I would have more room for furniture.

    There are so many things you can do to add railing. In this example I’ve used wooden table legs as the spindles and cut pieces of wood chair railing as connectors.

    You’ll notice 3 more additions to the house on the same blog post: balcony steps, a lighted chandelier, and a spy scope. There’s a small preview of the chandelier at left (and it’s a beauty)! Laura constructed it with Mini String of Fairy Lights and (a zillion) 1 Inch Glass Bugle Beads or Dollhouse Straws, but is much easier to put together than it might look (and Laura has provided a video tutorial to walk you through the process).

    Read more on Laura’s blog post. Curious about some item you see in Laura’s creation(s)? Check out her supply list! And don’t forget to enter the Giveaway to win lots of the supplies used!

     
    More Steampunk: Guest Designer Francine Perri

    Take a trip with me under the sea, to swim down with mermaids and find treasures to explore! The Alpha Stamps Guest Designer for August, Francine Perri, started with the Simple 7 Inch x 8.5 Inch Shadowbox as the base for her underwater wonderland.

    Using the Articulated Mermaid Doll and the smaller mermaid in the Paper Doll Kit as the focal points, Francine surrounded them with Steampunk Gears (large and small), glittering rhinestones, and pearls. Around the outer edges of the shadowbox is a border made of a mix of Chipboard Gears and the Under the Sea Border, with Etched Chipboard Seashells colored like pearls across the bottom.

    See more photos in Francine’s blog post.
     


    NEW FREE Gift Kit!

    Halloween Banner Starter Kit (3 random shapes from these 6 options)!

    Black chipboard Halloween shapes in a good size… space to decorate and large enough for making a banner! Or you could make tags or ornaments… here are some art ideas from a past swap using these shapes.

    You’ll receive THREE of the six shapes shown in the photo at left. Random pick which of these you’ll receive: Raven, Scaredy Cat, Skull, Pumpkin, Moon, Bat (shown at right).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, August 7th!
    Need more shapes? All of the shapes are on sale at 50% off!
     

     
    Hooray for the From Steampunk to Halloween Giveaway!

    I’ve picked out some items from everything shown in today’s newsletter, for an eclectic mix!

    From the items that Laura used in her project (click here to see photos of her entire supply list, but only the ones listed below are in the Giveaway):
    - Spiral Staircase Kit
    - Symmetrical Bronze Flourish
    - 1 Inch Glass Bugle Beads or Dollhouse Straws

    From the new items:
    - 3D Silver Bird Skull Pendant
    - Tim Holtz Halloween Ephemera Pack

    From the sale Halloween scrapbook papers:
    all FOUR of these sheets from the Wonderfully Wicked Collection!

    To enter the Steampunk to Halloween 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, August 4, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make from your Spiral Staircase Kit? You could make a few things… if you make a shorter staircase you could make a fan or some shelving with the leftover fretwork steps.

    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 Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe Giveaway? Christine Mikkola! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 3rd, 2017

    Almost August… must be time for Halloween!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    That prolific Design Team Member Shannon Cooper is back today with a superb little Halloween shrine! Before we ooo and ahhh, here’s a reminder about TWO sales and FREE kit, both ending tomorrow!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night, July 31st:
    FREE Starter Kit for Matchbox Vanities (a mini drawer-fronts collage sheet plus a filigree set for the front of the vanity)!

    Maybe you don’t have the time to make a paperclay embellishment like Bella used on the front of her vanity featured in Thursday’s newsletter… that’s ok as I photographed a couple metal filigree options!

    The brass filigree set at right is included in this FREE gift kit (and another option that fits nicely is shown on the Narrow Matchbox Vanity Table page). I’ve included some of the images from both the Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet and Narrow Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet so this can be used for either Vanity Table (and the filigree will fit either, too).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, July 31st!
     

    Also continuing from Thursday: TWO sales! EVERYTHING in the Fairies Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off!

    30 to choose from (including the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet shown!

    PLUS the Doll Parts Charms (crowns, masks, wands, shoes, fans…) are also on sale! 35% off through Monday night, July 31st! Note: some of those items are in the clearance section so are on sale for 50% off!

     

    I love this project! Shannon Cooper made a dark and easy Wednesday Addams Shrine using the new Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing around the bottom (and a variety of black or webby items… and that Meat Cleaver)!

    (Psst! Scroll down just a bit to see the back of the shrine; and there’s another photo of the front down in the Giveaway section.)

    Sometimes you need a little Hallowe’en in your life. Who am I kidding? There needs to be an abundance of Hallowe’en all the time! I decided to spend a few hours crafting, just for me, and made a Wednesday Addams Shrine to add to my growing collection of spooky things.

    I started with an ATC sized shrine with feet, which is small and easy enough to transform in an afternoon. The shrine topper is a chopped up Miniature Reliquary, a snippet of black Halloween Mesh Web Ribbon, and two miniature flying bats (plus some spider webby background paper from the Moonlit Spider Web Network Scrapbook Paper).

    On the back is another slightly chopped reliquary and bat, but what really finished this project was the Half Scale Widow’s Walk Fencing. Its gothic tininess around the base of the shrine worked out nicely. Plus, it is super cute at only 1″ high! After the bats, it is my favorite thing of the entire project.

    Clever to add a piece of one of the Miniature Reliquaries on top as a shrine facade (and to frame the “I’M NOT PERKY” text)! And there’s a quickie tutorial for getting the Meat Cleaver Charm to balance on its point on Shannon’s blog post, too!


    Here’s a link to Shannon’s supply list for the Wednesday Addams Shrine, and stop by her blog to read more and see more photos.

    But be sure to come back for the new Halloweeny items (I love the new Embossed Brass Trims… not necessarily for Halloween but way cool) and to enter the Giveaway for a chance to win EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!

     

     

    Hooray for the Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe Giveaway!

    Here’s a few highlights from Shannon’s supply list. (Yes, all 10 items are included in today’s Giveaway!)

    - Miniature Flying Bats
    - Meat Cleaver Charm
    - Half Scale Widow’s Walk FencingNew
    - Halloween Web Mesh Ribbon – Black (strips of it are at the top of the shrine)

    See all 10 items here.

    Bonus: A sheet of the new Spellcast Moths Halloween Scrapbook Paper (that will fit right in with this dark color palette).

    To enter the Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe 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, July 31, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make from your ATC Shrine? Will you use parts of the Miniature Reliquaries on top and on the back like Shannon did?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Matchbox Vanity Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kat Cashwell! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 30th, 2017

    Fairy Magic, New Vanities, Halloween & Christmas Plus 2 Sales

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    TWO new sales! EVERYTHING in the Fairies Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off!

    The sale ends Monday night, July 31st!

    30 to choose from (including the Fairy Apothecary Collage Sheet at left, also in today’s artwork)!

    PLUS the Doll Parts Charms (crowns, masks, wands, shoes, fans…) are also on sale (and timely, too, as Bella used a couple of these in today’s artwork)! 35% off through Monday night, July 31st! Note: some of those items are in the clearance section so are on sale for 50% off!
     


    Oh! I love the Fairy Magic Vanity that Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) made with the new Matchbox Vanity Table! (A 1:12 scale vanity made to use 6 Diamond brand matchboxes as the drawers… and there’s a related version for narrow matchboxes that’s new today, too!)

    From the story on Bella’s blog post:

    There’s an eccentric fairy who lives down the lane up around the fallen oak tree through the briars behind the mounds of moss between the rosemary bushes next to the stinging nettles on the island of Dunklebrook. Her name is Emdiella Humfridas and she is known for collecting odd items, shiny objects, old magical books and goblin whiskers, amongst other things.

    This is her workstation and since it is so clean, I can only assume that there is company coming over to visit.

    Edmeilla loves moss, roses, books and an assortment of her favorite ingredients that are right within reach.

    When Emdiella knows that company is coming over she rushes around trying to clean everything up. Good thing her worktable has a secret compartment, it makes it so much easier to just throw everything in there lickety-split! (Psst! Check down in the Giveaway section for a photo with this compartment open.) Bottles, labels, Fairy Tea, pens, pencils, paper, stray ingredients, whiskerless goblins. Whatever fits usually gets thrown in there. Regardless of her less than stellar housekeeping skills, Emdiella is a very gracious hostess. Unless of course, you happen to make her angry…

    Uh oh… better read more on Bella’s blog post. Plus she’s got some tips on how she colored the vanity and the jewelry box and trims.

    Curious about some item you see in Bella’s creation? Check out her supply list! And don’t forget to enter the Giveaway to win lots of the supplies used!

     
    NEW FREE Gift Kit!

    Starter Kit for Matchbox Vanities (a mini drawer-fronts collage sheet plus a filigree set for the front of the vanity)!

    Maybe you don’t have the time to make a paperclay embellishment like Bella used on the front of her vanity… that’s ok as I photographed a couple metal filigree options!

    The brass filigree set at right is included in this FREE gift kit (and another option that fits nicely is shown on the Narrow Matchbox Vanity Table page). I’ve included some of the images from both the Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet and Narrow Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet so this can be used for either Vanity Table (and the filigree will fit either, too).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, July 31st!



    Hooray for the Matchbox Vanity Giveaway!

    I had to include another photo to show the top of the vanity open (and what an array of bottles Emdiella has hidden in there)!

    I picked out a bunch of cool items that Bella used in her project (click here to see photos of her entire supply list, but only the ones listed below are in the Giveaway).

    - Matchbox Vanity Table
    - 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
    - Even Tinier Bottles
    - Fairy Apothecary Collage Sheet (on sale!)
    - Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet
    - Silver Cateye Mask Charm (on sale!)
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Pink Cream Variegated
    - Tiny Metal Jewelry Box

    To enter the Matchbox Vanity 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, July 28, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make from your Matchbox Vanity Table?

    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 Kitchen Cupboard Giveaway? Rebecca! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    64 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 27th, 2017

    Two Tiny Projects Plus New Halloween Papers

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Halloween, Matchbox Cabinet Kit, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Oooh! That talented Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made TWO tiny wonders for us today! Before we ooo and ahhh, here’s a reminder about the collage sheet sale and FREE kit, both ending tomorrow!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night, July 24th:
    NEW Mini Cigar Boxes FREE Collage Sheet!

    In honor of Laura Carson’s fab new addition to her Steamtown House (that includes some tiny cigar boxes amongst the many items in the study), I designed a new Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet (with cigar boxes to fold together in 2 sizes plus a ton of options for tiny labels).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, July 24th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!

    You do not need to do anything to receive the new collage sheet. In fact, IF you add it to your order, I’ll assume you’re buying a second copy.
     

    Also continuing from Thursday:
    EVERYTHING in the Steampunk Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off!

    The sale ends TOMORROW night, July 24th!

    Note the sale also includes THREE new Collage Sheets by Design Team Member Laura Carson announced on Thursday (the new Steampunk Explorer Collage Sheet is shown at right)!

    Over 30 to choose from! See them all
     

     
    Aw… so darling! Shannon Cooper made a vintage cupboard (with paint appropriately cracked and with the “chicken wire” a little torn) using the Matchbox Cabinet and the new colors of mni resin jars (and a big bunch of other bottles and labels)!

    (Psst! Scroll down just a little to the first wide photo to see the bottles on the inside shelves; there’s also a photo of the full cabinet with the door open down in the Giveaway section.)

    My cabinet decided it wanted to be old, well-used, and suitable for maybe an aging farmhouse. It was glued together, gessoed, then painted with beige paint. Finally, it was covered with white glue and a coating of white acrylic paint, creating the aged effect. The center of the door was cut out and “chicken wire” was added.

    Inside the cupboard is every sort of pantry item you could think of. Even a condiment bottle and cocoa container! Having a few different collage sheets of labels made it really easy to fill the shelves. In about an hour, I had a handful of items after gluing on labels and occasionally painting a lid. There are two jars, one with peach halves and one with pickles, that were made from polymer clay, an even tinier jar, resin, and a scrap of fabric. There was still room to cram in a spice rack (thanks, Leslie!) and a few baby food jars worked perfectly as the spice containers. I love those jars. The lid comes off and you can fill it with (a tiny amount of) whatever you wish! I built a little rack from balsa wood and made concave sections to hold the jars at an angle by wrapping sandpaper around a thin dowel and sanding the wood. So simple.

    The chicken wire is actually a piece of tulle netting that was colored with a silver Sharpie. The holes in the chicken wire were accidentally made with a heat gun, but I liked the look and left it.

    That Shannon is so inventive! Tulle as chicken wire is perfect, and making a tiny spice rack for “spice jars” from the (incredibly tiny) baby food jars!

    Here’s a link to Shannon’s supply list for Aunt Tess’s Cupboard, and stop by her blog to read more and see more photos.

    Wait! There’s more! Yes, Shannon was on a roll and created the tiniest wishing well you will ever see! (See the second wide photo below for some close-ups.) I don’t know how she managed to get a wishing well, trees, tiny flowers and mossy rocks into a new Mini Cigar Box – Matchbox that’s only 2-1/4″ tall! (That small photo at left is me holding one of these cigar boxes.) More info about it is also on Shannon’s blog post, and here’s a supply list just for the Tiny Wishing Well.


     


     

     

    Hooray for the Vintage Kitchen Cupboard Giveaway!

    Here’s a few highlights from Shannon’s supply list. (Yes, all 21 items are included in today’s Giveaway! Note: If an item is listed twice — if it’s in the kit and also listed separately, for example — then you’ll just be getting one of those items.) Starting with some of the tiny bottles in the top shelf:
    - Baby Food Jars
    - Orange Marmalade Mini Resin JarNew
    - White Resin Cocoa Container

    Then moving to the bottom shelf:
    - Amber Resin Potions Bottle
    - White Oatmeal Box
    - White Resin Condiment Bottle
    - Vintage Pantry Labels Half Sheet (some of the varied labels!)
    - Oh, and I almost forgot: That tiny red checked print as the shelf paper: Paper Dolls 6×6 Paper Pad

    To enter the Vintage Kitchen Cupboard 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, July 24, 2017)!

    AND tell me: Requests for tutorial(s) — or at least tips — from Shannon? Personally: I’m interested in how she made that tiny white paper bag (with the rolled-up top… bottom shelf in the cupboard) AND the tiny foliage and rocks at the base of the wishing well. But there are lots of options; just a few ideas: how she made the wishing well itself (and/or the tiny shingled roof), trees around the wishing well, spice rack (top of top shelf of cupboard), tiny peaches inside the jar with the red gingham fabric on top…. I’m sure there’s more.

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Victorian Study Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Slowik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    59 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 23rd, 2017

    Witchy Beauty, New Steampunk Images & Sale Plus New Free Gift

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Sale, Steampunk, Steamtown House

    A new sale! EVERYTHING in the Steampunk Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off!

    The sale ends Monday night, July 24th!

    Note the sale also includes THREE new Collage Sheets by Design Team Member Laura Carson being announced today (the new Steampunk Study Collage Sheet is shown at left; more photos & info & artwork below)!

    Over 30 to choose from! See them all
     

    Wow! It’s an action-packed newsletter so I’m plunging in!

    First is this fun & witty The Wyrd Sisters School of Beauty by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey. (The second project today is part two of the industrious Steamtown House by Laura Carson, and photos and more info is at the end of this post, down in the Giveaway zone!) Now back to Lora’s fun project:

    Welcome to the WYRD SISTERS SCHOOL OF BEAUTY!

    Here at WySSBy we know that beauty goes deeper than skin!

    Yes, indeed, and we are here to help you achieve your beauty goals. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call 1-800-555-WART and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful new you!

    New and REVOLUTIONARY Spider Lash Mascara, now in a Lush Leg Formula!

    Updated and better-than-ever ADD-A-WART KIT! It’s amazing!

    And just in case you are ever at a loss for a snappy comeback, we’ve included this new spell formula, THE SNARKY RETORT!

    Wow! I think Lora may have had a bit too much caffeine (?). But I love the project! Kind of slyly sliding into Halloween art (in an unexpected palette of green and pink). I love the use of the 3″ x 4″ Mini Cigar Box as the box to house the “cosmetics”, rotated and using the lid like a book cover. And that container of honey cream (with a pearl on top) is actually a paint can.

    Curious about some item (mainly bottles & tiny boxes) you see in Lora’s creation? Check out her supply list! And read more about The Wyrd Sisters School of Beauty on Lora’s blog post!

     

    NEW Mini Cigar Boxes
    FREE Collage Sheet!

    In honor of Laura Carson’s fab new addition to her Steamtown House (that includes some tiny cigar boxes amongst the many items in the study), I designed a new Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet (with cigar boxes to fold together in 2 sizes plus a ton of options for tiny labels).

    Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, July 24th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!

    You do not need to do anything to receive the new collage sheet. In fact, IF you add it to your order, I’ll assume you’re buying a second copy.

    BONUS: check below in the Giveaway for a chance to win one of these new collage sheets AND lots of supplies from Laura’s artwork!
     


    Hooray for the Victorian Study Giveaway!

    But first! Let’s talk (a little bit) about the Steampunk Explorer’s Study that Laura Carson made in the bottom floor of her Steamtown House (here’s a link to the last post from this series, with info on the house this study is built in). Remember the cello from a few week’s ago? I can see a bit of it behind (and to the left of) the chair in the photo at right.

    To start, I’ll quote some of Laura’s intro from her blog post:

    The wait is over, the identity of the new tenant of the house on Irongate Street is none other than H.G. Wells.

    The Steamtown Weekly Journal has all the details with Amelia Goodbody snagging the exclusive interview. She covers topics like “Her Exciting Life in the Clouds”, “Thrilling Adventures Traveling Around the World” and “What’s Next For This Intrepid Explorer”.

    I love the brown chesterfield tufted chair with its velvet foot stool. Next to the chair are her favorite cigars (Lucky Fellow) and a decanter with her favorite brandy.

    (Yes, that was “her exciting life…” and “her favorite cigars…”)

    And note: Laura’s blog post has a lot more info and tips on building items (and more photos!) and includes a video tutorial.

    OK… back to the Giveaway! I picked out a bunch of cool items that Laura used in her project (click here to see photos of her entire supply list, but only the ones listed below are in the Giveaway). Note: I constrained myself to just the chair scene shown in the larger photo above, and the cool chandelier hanging above the chair (close-up at left), but the whole room is shown in Laura’s blog post.

    - Steampunk Explorer Collage SheetNew
    - Chesterfield Chair
    - Victorian Table Kit – Black
    - Brandy Decanter Kit
    - Mini Wine Glasses – Set of 2
    - Oval Metal Tea Tray
    And Chandelier parts:
    - Raw Brass Box Feet – Cones
    - Amber Glass Globes – Set of 4
    Plus the Mini Cigar Boxes Half Sheet (as promised!)

    To enter the Victorian Study 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, July 21, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you use the chair & table and all these goodies? Bonus: What’s your favorite tip in Laura tutorial video?

    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 Fairy Apothecary Giveaway? Anne! Congratulations! Check your email for more info. (Note: we had 2 entries from women named Anne… this is comment #16, who signed simply “Anne”.)

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 20th, 2017