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    A Witch’s Cottage (and more dollhouse miniatures)!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Magic Potions Kit, Miniatures, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper

    Before Miz Bella tells you about Shannon’s amazing artwork, The Bottoms Up Collage Sheet announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! (FREE for all orders, regardless of order size!) More info and photos
     
    AND, don’t forget there’s still time to enter the Chipboard Sugar Skulls Swap! Sign up by Monday, August 3rd.

     
     

    Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has been busy brewing up a project to amaze and bedazzle you with, the Witch’s Cottage!

    If you love miniatures (and even if you don’t) you’re going to flip over the Witch’s Cottage. It’s one of those creations that has so many fun things going on within it that every time you look at it, you find something new that you hadn’t noticed before. (So much so that there’s a grid of highlight photos below — and today’s Giveaway is inspired by just one corner from Shannon’s artwork!)

    The cottage was inspired by the Magic Potions Kit, and in Shannon’s own words she “went a bit batty” with her project. Which just goes to show that she’s definitely on the right Design Team, because we’re all a bit batty around here.

    “It began with the idea of making a teeny potions shelf out of the new Small Hinged Tin. It’s only 2.5″ x 2.5″, which makes it the perfect size for all of the bottles in the kit. The lid of the tin was removed and I left the hinges pulled out so I could hang a Pentagram Charm and key from the bottom. Alcohol Inks were used to color the edges, and then the rest was covered in paper from the Tiny Vintage Scrapbook Collage Sheet. The little shelf is simply a piece of painted balsa wood. Some of the bottles were made with Potion Bottles Bead Mix that are also in the kit, and I used the most microscopic labels from the Secret Spell Book Parts One Collage Sheet. Sharpies were used to color in the liquid inside the bottles, and I also colored some of the lids.

    “After completing my wee potions cabinet, I walked around the house with it in hand trying to find a place to hang it, and eventually came to my senses and realized this thing needs a witch’s cottage to go around it. Duh. [Skipping ahead a bit...] On to decorating this pad! I found the Rocking Chair and Wooden Fire Place at Alpha Stamps and the hutch has been in the stash. Balsa was used to make the table and ratty picture frame. Don’t you just love that Lantern in the corner? What ambiance!”

    While Shannon used a hutch and table from her stash, we have a Mini Oak Hutch and an Unfinished Wood Table that would work out just fine. Yes I know, I’m such an enabler! Speaking of enabling, I am going to have to enable myself to get some of the new items that Shannon used in her Witch’s Cottage, just don’t tell Slim Daddy! Such as the SUPER adorable Mini Mason Jars, the Set of Mini Wooden Buckets, Tiny Wooden Bowls, teeny Tiny Wooden Flower Pots, and my favorite, the Mini Black Cauldron. (Of course, the Mini Oak Hutch and Unfinished Table too!)

    Something else to point out that is a must have if you like to create miniatures (or if you live in earthquake country or have obnoxious cats) is Museum Wax Anchoring Putty. This stuff saves the Evil Queen’s ceramic sculptures from toppling off shelves during California rumblings and it also secures dollhouse props in place. You’ll only need to use a tiny bit for the dollhouse props, and the items can still be rearranged (although I’d rearrange fairly soon, as the wax does harden with time).

    You’ll want to check out Shannon’s supply list before you check out the Witch’s Cottage in greater detail at her blog. Be sure to look for the jar of eyeballs that Shannon made and also she will tell you how she created the walls for the cottage!


     

     

    Hooray for the Witch’s Cottage Fireplace Giveaway!

    With all of those lovely options that Shannon used in her Witch’s Cottage it was hard to decide what to focus on… but I picked the fireplace (and a bit to the left):
    - Miniature Wooden Fire Place
    - Mini Black Cauldron (New!)
    - Set of Mini Wooden Buckets (New!)
    - Small Ceramic Horned Owl Bead
    - 18x13mm Oval Filigree Setting (and how clever… Shannon just bent back the bottom of the filigree to turn it into a picture frame)
    - Tiny Glass Jar with Lid (I love those eyeballs Shannon made to fill the jar!)
     

    To enter the Witch’s Cottage Fireplace Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 27, 2015. AND tell me what part of Shannon’s artwork you find most inspiring (and/or that you plan on attempting in a project of your own).

    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 Bottoms Up Bottles Giveaway? That would be Kathleen! (And she commented: “Beads are little pieces of the color wheel in the sky, that have broken off and are visiting our world. I’ve used them as little teeny bottle caps, I’ve used them as weights, I’ve used them in dollhouse miniatures, I’ve used them on pins, I sew them on quilts and jackets to make pictures, I have used them as bookmarks – I’ve never eaten them, but my dog has! (By the way, I love the Gypsy Spell Book stuff – ANYTHING to do with magic or Halloween….that’s my thing!)“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    115 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 26th, 2015

    NEW Bottles, Artwork & Giveaway!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Magic Potions Kit, Newsletters, Shanna Shands

    Before Miz Bella tells you about Shanna’s TWO magic-themed projects today, there’s a new FREE gift! Teri Calia graciously provided this week’s gift: a Bottoms Up Collage Sheet (ha!) with lots of bottles (and sizes of bottles) to get you started on an apothecary project. This sheet is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Gift Sheet as a pdf file. See the Giveaway below for a larger photo.
     
    AND, don’t forget there’s still time to enter the Chipboard Sugar Skulls Swap!
     


    Design Team Member Shanna Shands is bringing you The Gypsy Spellbook.

    Shanna used the Secret Spell Book Box Kit to create her Gypsy Spellbook that has great texture on the outside cover that she achieved with gel medium, tissue paper, and Distress Ink Pads. Shanna topped off the cover of her book with paper from the Rare Oddities 8×8 Paper Pad.

    I cut out tons of of labels from the Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet, Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet, and Little Potions Collage Sheet to go and glue on all my pieces and bottles. I even played with some clear beads from the Magic Potions Kit and turned them into jars! I did this by painting them with some of my Distress Paints and using the Smooth Jet Black Rondelles for a top to the jar.

    Shanna’s Gypsy Spellbook is filled with just about any kind of potion bottle you can think of; but just in case you need to travel you could take along the handy-dandy travel-kit with you! Using the Small Tin from the Magic Potions Kit she used Alcohol Inks to color it before topping it off with the new Round Antique Bronze Filigree (and one of the 12mm Glass Cat Eyes, that just happened to fit that filigree so nicely). Inside is everything the travelling witch would need at the spur of the moment to cast a spell from a quick reference Spell Book or offer up a Special Potion. Don’t you love the Eyeball staring down from the spider web? I think it is making sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be.

    There are two supply lists, The The Gypsy Spellbook and The Gypsy Spells Travel Tin. If you visit Shanna’s blog, she has a tutorial on how she came up with the texture for the cover of the Spell Book and also how to achieve slither slime in a tiny bottle!


     

     

    Hooray for the Bottoms Up Bottles Giveaway!

    There are so many fun items back in stock this week, I started by picking out some Halloween goodies from that group:
    - Antique Bronze 3D Skeleton Hand Charm (he’s back there on the Small Hinged Tin, grasping one of the Orange Pumpkin Beads)
    - Antique Bronze Talon Pendant (plus a 16mm Clear Glass Marble, as it fits in that talon so well)
    - Pewter Raven Charm
    - Black Satin Puffy Bats Ribbon
    - Stitched Satin Pumpkins Ribbon
    - Ghosts Satin Cutouts Ribbon

    Then I moved on to add some of the new items just added to the site:
    - DIY Potion Bottles Bead Mix
    - DIY Tiny Bottle Stoppers Mix
    - 12mm Glass Cat Eyes
    - Round Antique Bronze Filigree – for 13mm Cabs
    - 12x8mm Amber Glass Rectangular Beads
    - AND one of Teri’s new Bottoms Up Collage Sheets!

     
    To enter the Bottoms Up 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, July 24, 2015)! AND tell me what other “non-beading” uses you’ve found for beads… and if you’d like me to find a specific size or style of bead.

    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 Dia de los Muertos Shrine Giveaway? That would be Angie G! (And she commented: “The sugar skulls are gorgeous! I don’t know how the swaps work, I will have to check out past ones if I can. My fav color is Sweet violet Purple Teal, the name alone makes you love it.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    83 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 23rd, 2015

    NEW Sugar Skull Art Swap (and a riot of color)!

    Filed under Announcements, Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Swaps

    A quick reminder before getting to the fun (and very colorful) artwork, new goodies and a NEW swap(!): The Matchbox Labels & Keys FREE Gift Kit announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! More info and photos
     
    And if you missed it, Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’ The Great Harry Houdini Museum in that newsletter is fabulous! Go see it!
     


    We're hosting a Chipboard Sugar Skulls Swap!

    Colorful Sugar Skulls! Paint, mist, distress, glitter, add flowers, use stencils, or whatever tickles your muse’s fancy! And think of all the fun ways to use the art you receive in trade: beside single Hallowe

    en decorations, you could string some together and make a banner (for just one idea).

    Each of your Sugar Skulls must include an Alpha Stamps rubber stamp or collage sheet image. You must also use the Chipboard Sugar Skulls, but they’re supplied after you sign up!

    Hey, and beside the brand spanking new (and On Sale!) Sugar Skull Parts Collage Sheet that Teri Calia created specifically for this swap, ALL of the Collage Sheets are On Sale! You could start with Halloween Collage Sheets, then maybe wander over to the florals in the Spring & Summer Flowers section to get started.

    Sign up by Monday, August 3rd. Artwork must be postmarked to our swap hostess, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay, no later than Monday, September 14th (2015).

    In addition to Teri’s crazy skulls at right, see below for more fun sugar skulls (made with the new Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays!) by Miz Bella!

    Get more info and sign up on the swap page. And see more of those crazy colorful creations by Teri and Bella in the Gallery!
     


    Next up: Bella had way too much fun playing with the (New!) colors of Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays!

    I loved playing with the Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays on the Chipboard Sugar Skulls; especially since the skulls were already white to begin with. If you haven’t used any of the Lindys sprays before you have been missing out on some fabulous, luscious colors that have a separate colored sheen to them at the same time.

    Sweet Violet Purple Teal is one of my favorite colors to use. It is one of those unique colors that changes depending on how much you spray, paint or dab. It starts as a bright magenta pink and turns to a deeper, plum-y purple the more you spray. The dark plum looks gorgeous with the way the teal just flecks around here and there. Either way, it has a beautiful teal shimmer when you move your project.

    Screamin’ Banshee Black is a deep black with subtle blue shimmer. I used it on the ‘Arachnae Montescalia‘ Sugar Skull and while it is supposed to be black with and have a blue shimmer, sometimes it seems like it has a purple shimmer. Maybe if I had sprayed it a lot closer than what I did it would have been a darker black; I’ll have to try that next time. I dabbed some Distress Stain Black Soot over a mask to darken it up a bit; the Distress Stain is sheer enough that the shimmer still shows through. Even though you can’t tell by the picture it is a very cool effect!

    Hottie Patottie Hot Pink is a hot, hot pink with a subtle pink shimmer but I could have sworn that it kind of looked a little silvery to me. Then it looked light pink again. Could have been the lighting, could have been the naughty fairies playing tricks but either way — it’s a a keeper.

    Jack In The Pulpit Teal is a greenish teal with a soft teal shimmer. Sprayed from a distance it has more of a teal appeal (just couldn’t resist on that one) and if you spray close up then you’ll get a gorgeous, deep, dark, sparkly green.
     


     Bring on the Halloween Products!

     
    Let's start with the new Hocus Pocus Collection!

    Papers, stickers, clear stamp set and bats stencil!

     

     
    Next up: TWELVE new colors of Mulberry Paper Roses!

    4 new colors of Tiny Paper Roses, 1-1/2 Inch Bright Yellow Paper Roses, 7 new colors of Mini Rose Buds!

    View All New Items or All Mulberry Paper Flowers

     

     

    Hooray for the Dia de los Muertos Shrine Giveaway!

    Now don’t hyperventilate… I’m not giving away Teri’s finished artwork! What I am giving away is pretty much EVERYTHING she used to make that lovely shrine!:
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Bright Yellow (New!)
    - Miniature Fruit Plate (New!)
    - 40x30mm Halloween 3D Skull Cameo (New!)
    - Paper Mache Tombstones Set
    - Happy Haunting – Border Strips Scrapbook Paper
    - Faux Suede Sheets
    - Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker Book
    - 40x30mm Black Resin Cameo Setting
    - Metal Flowers (Black Roses)
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Black
    - A Plastic Skeleton
    - AND even the White Gesso to paint that skeleton!

    To enter the Dia de los Muertos Shrine Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 20, 2015. AND tell me if you’re planning on joining the Sugar Skull Swap and what crazy colored embellishments you’ll use on your skulls (or what crazy colored items you like from today’s newletter even if you can’t join the swap).

    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 Houdini Kit Giveaway? That would be Janet Turner! (And she commented: “I love the great ideas. I like using the key charms for collage boxes I make. It adds extra interest.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    70 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 19th, 2015

    NEW Houdini Kit & FREE Related Gift Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Kits, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Before I let Miz Bella tell you about Rhonda’s amazing tribute to Harry Houdini… there’s a new Matchbox Labels & Keys FREE Gift Kit! I’ve made a little Match Labels Collage Sheet, with colorful, miniature (vintage) matchbox labels! The kit includes the new mini collage sheet printed on cardstock, AND a treat: 3 metal embellishments, including a new one just announced today! This mini kit is FREE for all orders over $20! AND the cute little Match Labels Gift Sheet, exclusive to this Gift Kit, is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Match Labels Gift Sheet as a pdf file. More info and photos.
     


    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has been locked up in her studio creating an amazing homage to the master magician himself, with The Great Harry Houdini Museum.

    See the photo of Rhonda’s artwork below, but a quick aside: Leslie has made a new Houdini Kit, based on a few (quite a few!) of the items Rhonda chose for her artwork! See the photo at left and/or get more info on the kit page.

    Any Houdini afficianado would love to receive (or make) one of these and then hope that it doesn’t disappear! There’s certainly quite a bit to admire in the museum; Magic Show Posters, Cable Chain and Padlocks used in Houdini’s famous escape tricks and a fabulous Steamer Trunk. I like the tiny details as you know, such as the deck of (tiny 1 inch!) Playing Cards and Houdini standing cut-outs, especially the one where he is holding chains and padlocks.

    To make Houdini’s trunk, Rhonda used a Steamer Trunk Mini Kit. To get the embossed metal-like effect she used Metallic Foil and then ran it through a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, on a Long Texture Plate – Wrought Iron Pattern. Pretty cool looking, hmm?

    Also very cool is the Water Torture Cell that Rhonda built, based on the real one that took Houdini two years that he built himself. Thankfully, it didn’t take Rhonda two years to build hers (and she shows you how to do it!) Houdini is even all chained up, secured with a Tiny Bronze Pad Lock and has his Handcuffs on. Oh no, will he escape or die trying?!

    Check out Rhonda’s supply list and then jump into your magic hat to pop out at Rhonda’s blog to find out!


     

     
    Hooray for the Houdini Kit Giveaway!

    Yes, you’ve already had a preview of the new kit so I’m not repeating the photos here, but the Giveaway today is one of the new Houdini Kits!

    To enter the Houdini Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, July 17, 2015)! AND tell me what you’d make with all those chains and locks and keys… or give me a request for something else you’d like me to source for a Houdini 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 Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Magic Potions, Pumpkins & Bats Giveaway? That would be Sue! (And she commented: “This is so cute I always wanted to try the small tins have a few I been saving, I think a Kit would be the best way to go for a beginner, then once done the imagination takes over to do more. I really love the little potions bottles I think I would add more of them and an open book so it looks like someone is working on the potions and spells. Love it!!!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    55 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 16th, 2015

    Tiny Halloween Supplies and TWO Tiny Halloween Art Projects!

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Magic Potions Kit

    Just one reminder before getting to the beautiful artwork (by 2 Design Team Members) and new goodies: The Dealer’s Choice FREE Gift Kit announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! More info and photos.
     

    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel is first up this week, with Tiny Halloween Friends. Kristin’s tiny little friends are BIG in personality and are beyond cute. Once you see them you are going to scream, then want to make your own set!


    I don’t know why I have been so enamored of peg dolls lately, but I just have so much fun with them. A few days ago, I made this little 1-3/4″ tall witch peg doll. Isn’t she cute with that little trick or treat bucket? The brim of her hat is cut from black cardstock, and the remainder of the hat is Apoxie Sculpt Clay. I really like using Apoxie Sculpt because not only can you sculpt with it, it’s an adhesive as well, so once you get the shape you like, you just plop it on and it sticks — no glue necessary.

    After I made the witch, I remembered that I had several different sizes of Bagatelle Boxes from Alpha Stamps, and looked through them to find one to hold my little witch and her pumpkin. The 2″ by 2″ box was the perfect size, with plenty of room for a flying bat in the background. I decorated it with some Halloween paper, and then added a vintage pumpkin cupcake pick, some tinsel, and half of a medallion on top. Voila! My little witch has a cozy place to hang out.

    Kristin didn’t stop with the little witch, she went on to make a cat, a devil and a bat too! I think I need to get some of the Apoxie Sculpt Clay myself; Kristin made all of the extremities for the dolls out of it and I need a set for myself. It’s either that or drive over to Kristin’s and grab her set for myself (she lives really close to me) except I know that I’m the first person she would suspect!

    Check out Kristin’s supply list, see more pictures in the Gallery, and then visit her blog for more details on her adorable little peg people!
     


    Next up: Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay created Odessa Grim’s Spell Book, a little accordion book of spells that folds out from a Small Hinged Tin (included in the Magic Potions Kit).

    Odessa has shelves for her healing potions (contained in an Amber Resin Potions Bottle, and in a Green Resin Perfume Bottle) and even space for her familiar, Venus (a tiny black cat). Odessa’s spell book folds out of the right side of the tin with pages and pages filled with celestial spells.

    Odessa Grim’s Spell Book supply list is here and there are more pictures in the Gallery. Visit Caroline’s blog to read about Odessa’s curious tale of how she put her spell book together.
     

     

    Hooray for the Magic Potions, Pumpkins & Bats Giveaway!

    Wow… let’s just dive in! This Giveaway includes:
    - A Magic Potions Kit (in Caroline’s artwork)
    - A new Acrylic Black Bat Cut-Out (in Kristin’s artwork)
    - A Miniature Jack-o-Lantern Pail (also in Kristin’s artwork)
    - An Alchemical Spheres Collage Sheet (in Caroline’s artwork)
    - A sheet of An Eerie Tale Run and Hide Scrapbook Paper (Back in Stock and in Kristin’s artwork)
    - A set of 3 Orange Pumpkin Beads (New)
    - And a set of 3 Tiny Wooden Peg Dolls (’cause you know you’re going to want to make some Halloween Friends!)

    To enter the Magic Potions, Pumpkins & Bats Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 13, 2015. AND tell me which of Kristin’s Tiny Halloween Friends you’d like to make… or what tiny friend would you make of your own.

    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 Potion Bottles Giveaway? That would be Brigitte B! (And she commented: “Larger bottles! I want to try adding a metal filigree overlay to give them an exotic feel.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    89 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 12th, 2015

    Welcome Tristan Robin Blakeman, New Tim Holtz Goodies

    Filed under Announcements, Art Projects, Giveaways, Magic Potions Kit, Newsletters, Tim Holtz, Tristan Robin Blakeman


     
    Before Miz Bella announces our latest Design Team Member(!) a quick note to point out that our new FREE Gift with Order is highlighted down in the Giveaway section. Thanks!
     

    We are super excited to announce that Tristan Robin Blakeman, the Glitterazzi King himself has finally agreed to become a member of the Alpha Stamps Design Team! You may remember Tristan’s delightful bio from when he was a Guest Designer last year:

    I am the world’s oldest child, still getting the same thrill I got as a boy playing with colors, shapes and textures. I loves to create miniature stages, merry-go-rounds, dancers, faeries, storybook characters and tributes to old movie stars. Long believing more is more when it comes to color and dazzle, I think I would be happy if I were a wedding cake! Often I prefer working with my dog, Brando, snuggled at my feet. When it comes to collecting, favorites are “Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland” memorabilia, as well as water ballet portraits of Esther Williams. Lastly, I live life according to my credo to the fullest: “Sparkle! Shimmer! Glimmer! Gleam!”

    Tristan’s has jumped in this month creating two projects. The first project was created with the Magic Potions Kit and is a cute little Magic Spell Chest that houses a tiny little Rare Oddities Book (only 1-1/2″ tall). Hmm. Sounds like Tristan has been poking around Mockingbird Manor…

    Used on and in the Small Tin is the Rare Oddities 6×6 Paper Pad, a Mini Whisky Bottle (that Tristan “filled up” with Alcohol Ink) and the tin is resting on glittered Round Wooden Balls. Easy, quick and did I mention how precioussss it was sitting upon on those little glittered balls?

    Tristan’s second project (photos at right and below), the Secret Box Book came from the Secret Spell Book Box Kit and he decided to take a different route with this one:

    I decided that since there was so much time before Hallowe’en, I’d have plenty of opportunity for spiders and things that are creepy crawly and go “boo” in the night. So, I decided to make a white Magic Potions book and concentrate on doing white magic — like finding my neighbor’s dog — or helping Cinderella get that shoe back on. I covered the book with ivory/white paper and trim and added the Pentagram Charm and a face from the Relics and Artifacts Figureheads set at Alpha Stamps along with a few metal embellishments from my own stash.

    When you pull the secret drawer out from the side of the box, there’s a Book of Shadows and Spells inside (a book inside a book) made from the Secret Spell Book Parts Two Collage Sheet (and every page is a pocket with a spell slipped in). On the top shelf of the secret drawer are Tiny Glass Bottles, a Ghoulish Green Jar, a Gargoyle, a Raven and other little hidden bits and bobs.

    Check out Tristan’s supply list, then kick those brooms into high gear and welcome Tristin to the Design Team over at his blog. But(!): Be forewarned — you will find yourself spending quite a bit of time there scrolling through all of his other fabulous posts! (Psst! Tristan also provided a list of his favorite Product Picks.)


     

    Hooray for the Potion Bottles Giveaway!

    In my rush to show off the kits in last Sunday’s newsletter, I neglected this photo showing the labels from the new Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet on different size bottles! So… here’s your chance to win all the bottles (and tiny books and tinier fortune telling cards) in the photo (and the 2 collage sheets):

    - Tiny Divination Cards Collage Sheet
    - Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
    - Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jar
    - Amber Resin Potions Bottle
    - Green Resin Perfume Bottle
    - Mini Clear Resin Whiskey Bottle
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottle
    - Mini Inkwell Bottle
    - One of the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
    - Small Square Amber Bottle with Cork
    - 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork
    - 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottle
    - 2 Inch Glass Bottle
    - Tiny Round Bottle
    - and a Set of Miniature Books!
    - And a Dealer’s Choice Gift Kit!

    What’s this? Dealer’s Choice? We’ve been cleaning out the closets and getting ready for Halloween products (!) and we found a tiny treasure trove of past mini kits. So I’m going to pick out a mystery gift kit for all orders over $20! There’s nothing you need to do (no coupon to enter). Beginning today (July 9th), and until the kits are gone (or the next free gift offer begins), we’ll include a free kit in all qualifying orders! Beside the examples shown below, here’s photos of tons of options!

     
    To enter the Potion 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, July 10, 2015)! AND tell me if there are other sizes of bottles you’d like me to source.

    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 Magic Potions & Spells 2 Kit Giveaway? That would be Lisa R! (And she commented: “It might be because I’m Wiccan… But this is a FABULOUS give a way!!! I would make a book of spells like no other. This one shall be mine?!! Lol seriously thanks for the chance to win!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    107 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 9th, 2015

    TWO New Kits with a Magic Potions Theme!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Magic Potions Kit, Newsletters, Teri Calia

    A few quick notes before getting to the beautiful artwork and new goodies:
     
    - The Pretty Penny FREE Gift Kit announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! More info and photos.
     
    - The Sale on the New Rare Oddities Paper (and Stamp) Collection and the ENTIRE Halloween Charms Section, both announced in last FRIDAY’s newsletter. is still going strong! (And don’t forget those Halloween Grab Bags!)
     
    - AND… yes! It’s getting to be that time of year… Be sure to sign up for the Newsletters (if you’re reading this on the blog and not from the Newsletter itself) because on Sunday, July 19th we’ll be announcing a HALLOWEEN SWAP!


    NEW Magic Potions Kit
     

    This month’s kit is Magic Potions! And it should be subtitled “a study in size contrasts” because in addition to this teeny, tiny kit, there is another kit with a larger, chipboard book with a hidden drawer (Secret Spell Book Box Kit — more info and artwork below).

    Starting with the tin in this kit: the Small Hinged Tins are smaller than the Altoids Tins. This one is 2-1/2″ x 2″ x 1/2″ tall. And I made a Covers for Apothecary Tins Collage Sheet with covers to fit this new small size tin (and the Altoids Tins) with lots of fortune teller image options (and a couple options for making your tin look like an old magic book or a vintage card deck box). The collage sheet is also included in the kit.

    I had such fun finding tiny little bottles to fit inside (even in 2 rows… see the photo at left with me holding the tin). Also a tiny marble (and a little bead cap to sit it on) to make a crystal ball. And with these small sizes, the bottles and “crystal ball” are perfect for 1:12 scale dollhouses!

    I’ve also included 2 more new collage sheets:
    - Tiny Divination Cards Collage Sheet
    Not standard tarot cards but 19th century French fortune cards. Card are in 3 sizes; the largest are 1-3/4″ tall (still small). Note: the tiniest cards are approx 1/2″ tall and can be used for 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures.
     
    - Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
    Beside the teeny tiny bottles in the Magic Potions Kit, this sheet has labels sized to fit bottles from the Even Tinier Bottles, up to the 2 Inch Glass Bottles (and lots of things in between, including the set of Corked Vials, Mini Inkwell Bottles, 12 Tiny Glass Bottles, 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork and 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles).

    (And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off (and the digital downloads are on sale for 40% off!), so those 3 new collage sheets are on sale, too!)

    More info is on the Magic Potions Kit page.
     

    That Kristin Batsel is so clever! She connected 3 of the new tins (well… actually 1-1/2 tins as she used 2 lids) to make a tiny triptych!

    Before the Apoxie Sculpt Epoxy Clay had time to dry, I pushed the half round filigree into the top, and then added the metal pieces. I also draped the rosary chain where I wanted it to be, and pushed the corner beads into the clay so that when I glued that in with some E6000, those beads would have a nice indentation to sit in. I removed the chain for painting.

    I also love the Eyeball Cab in Setting (also in the kit) and new Silver Skeleton Pendant Kristin used to embellish that center panel (and don’t forget the bottle with the 18x13mm Oval Filigree Setting behind it).

    You can read more about Kristin’s project on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Kristin used in her supply list. AND more photos in the Gallery.

    But don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway, below, as it includes supplies from Kristin’s artwork (plus BOTH of today’s new kits)!
     


    NEW Secret Spell Book Box Kit
     

    Ohh… a book that looks "normal" when sitting on a shelf, but pull out the spine and there's a secret compartment inside!

    This kit contains the Chipboard Secret Spell Book Box and 3 collage sheets used to make the sample artwork by Teri Calia shown at far right (all 4 items in the kit are also available to purchase separately). Teri used quite a few bottles, scrapbook papers, and other embellishments not in this kit, so check her supplies list for all the parts.

    Note: the chipboard book arrives flat, but is completely cut and scored and ready to put together.

    See Teri's Snapguide tutorial with instructions and tips on how to put the box together.

    The collage sheets include covers, spine, faux "pages" (for the top, bottom and sides of the closed book), and a wood-look drawer (if you choose to put a drawer in the bottom of your box, like Teri did) along with some specimen tags, boxes and a big bunch of miniature labels & book covers. See the individual collage sheet pages for more information.

    More info is on the Secret Spell Book Box Kit page.
     

     

    Hooray for the Magic Potions & Spells 2 Kit Giveaway!

    I started with BOTH of today’s kits: Magic Potions Kit and the Secret Spell Book Box Kit.

    Then I added these goodies from Kristin’s Love Potion #9 (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
    - 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
    - Silver Skeleton Pendant
    - Rosary Chain – Garnet
    - 18x13mm Oval Filigree Setting
    - 7mm Flower Washers
    - An extra Small Hinged Tin (beside the one in the kit) in case you want to make a triptych lke Kristin did!

    To enter the Magic Potions & Spells 2 Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 6, 2015. AND tell me either (or both): which of the tiny kit bottles you like the best (and why); or what do would you make with the prize.

    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 Pretty Penny Emporium Giveaway? That would be Rise St Arno! (And she commented: “Victorian like its namesake Queen Victoria are timeless, more please.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    97 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 5th, 2015

    Holiday Weekend Sale!

    Filed under Halloween, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps, Sale

    A quick intro before the eye candy… It’s Halloween! (Huh? Well, I may have my holidays confused, but everything just added the site (and put On Sale!) is Halloween themed!

    Happy shopping!

    Psst… If you’re reading this on Friday, July 3rd, the Pretty Penny Emporium Giveaway is still open to enter!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 3rd, 2015

    The Time Machine, Penny Emporium and FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Steampunk, Tutorials

    Before I let Miz Bella tell you about all the Laura’s amazing steampunk artwork… there’s a new Pretty Penny FREE Gift Kit! I’ve made a little Pretty Penny Collage Sheet, with images chosen and tinted to coordinate with the new Penny Emporium Scrapbook Papers! The kit includes the new mini collage sheet, SIX 3″ x 3″ mini pages from the Penny Emporium 6×6 Paper Pad, and THREE coordinating colors of seam binding. This mini kit is FREE for all orders over $20! AND the cute little Pretty Penny Gift Sheet, exclusive to this Gift Kit, is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Pretty Penny Gift Sheet as a pdf file. More info and photos.
     


    Design Team Member Laura Carson brings you Steamtown and a Time Machine Shadowbox (that’s made from a cigar box!) If you love steampunk, you’ll love Laura’s latest creation that is full of gears, gadgets and gizmos. You’ll also love that Laura created a coordinating Time Machine Collage Sheet and coordinating Digital Download Set (both New) if you’d like to spend some time making your own! Yeah, you know it, pun intended!

    (And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off (and the digital downloads are on sale for 40% off!), so those 2 new sets by Laura are, too!)

    We have a 2-part Laura Carson project coming at you so I’m going to just point out a few things here that I happen to love about it; since you know I can’t possibly point out everything in the blog post!

    Such as: the amazing astrolabe clock from Steamtown that is made from the new Clockworks Laser-Cut Wood Embellishments, a Round Wooden Plaque and a Candlestick Holder. Of course there are other components as well, but those are the main ones and Laura walks you through how to construct it and directs you to one of her tutorials for that gorgeous patina on it as well.

    Laura gave the two girls a Victorian version of a Segway that is a little on the mind-boggling side; and I’m thinking I’d like to have a real-life adult sized version of it for myself. From Laura’s tutorial:

    “The frame of the bicycle is made from swirls that are part of the Clockworks Laser-Cut Wood Embellishments. I used the same rusting technique on the swirls as I used on the clock.

    I painted a variety of pieces from the Steampunk Shapes Sets. Next, to the larger swirl, I started attaching the pieces I painted and at the top left, a bronze gear. I then added the smaller swirl to larger one to serve as the handle bars. I also added a Game Spinner and a Furniture Nail (with the pin removed).

    Of course to find out how Laura completed the rest of her Victorian Segway you’ll have to see her tutorial. I know, I’m so rotten!

    Moving on to my most favorite part: the Time Machine Shadowbox (see photos at left and below). I love altered cigar boxes – they’re the most versatile, most fun to make, with all the different shapes and depths that are available.

    Innocent-looking enough, the beautiful Victorian facade from the Time Machine Digital Download Set provides the cover for the secret goings-on inside, whatever could those be? Laura tells you in her tutorial how to achieve the 3-D effects for the facade, and it’s really easy! Really – no joking.

    Back to the secret goings-on… with a time machine! Oh, however could I have guessed that one? The time machine is quite stunning, made from the Time Machine Collage Sheet and new Junkyard Findings – Pipe Parts. The cool thing about the pipe parts is that they’re flat back so they work nicely in shadow boxes, dioramas or as in this case, cigar boxes . The dinosaur popping his head out is a nice touch, but no worries. Miss Amelia and her handy-dandy Umbrella have plans for him!

    We have two supply lists, Steamtown and the Time Machine Shadowbox for you. Head on over to the Gallery to see photos, then transport yourself to Artfully Musing for Laura’s tutorial of the fantabulous Steamtown and Time Machine Shadowbox.


     

     

    Hooray for the Pretty Penny Emporium Giveaway!

    Wow… let’s just dive in! This Giveaway includes:
    - The new Penny Emporium 12×12 Collection Pack (Really! Includes 18 double-sided 12″ x 12″ papers (2 each of 9 sheets) and a sheet of cardstock stickers.)
    - Laura’s new Time Machine Collage Sheet
    - A new Die-Cut Chipboard Flying Time
    - And a Pretty Penny Gift Kit! (And see that gift kit page for more info on the colors of seam binding shown.)

     
    To enter the Pretty Penny Emporium 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 3, 2015)! AND tell me if you’d like to see more Victorian images like those on the Pretty Penny Gift Sheet (and if not, what other styles or historical eras would you like to see more of). And a big Thank You! to everyone who commented on the last Giveaway — that helps a lot and I’ll be finding more miniatures per your requests.

    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 Mermaid Seashells Giveaway? That would be Kris Martinez! (And she commented: “I am fascinated by anything miniature, especially furniture. The mermaid stamp is adorable!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    94 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 2nd, 2015

    New Dollhouse Miniatures SALE and TWO Mermaid Projects!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Katie Zoey Ho, Mermaids Kit, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shanna Shands


    Just one reminder before getting to the beautiful artwork and new goodies: the Clothespin Clips FREE Gift Kit announced in last Thursday’s newsletter (with those adorable circus puzzle blocks) is still on offer! Through Wednesday night, July 1st (!) we’ll include this mini kit FREE for all orders over $15! AND the cute little Clothespin Clips Gift Sheet, exclusive to this Gift Kit, is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, we’ll send you the Clothespin Clips Gift Sheet as a pdf file. More info and photos.
     

    You know how crazy we are over Dollhouse Miniatures here at Alpha Stamps, so Leslie has decided to add more categories so finding them is even easier. AND there are some new miniature items this week as well — yay! See below for more info and pics of the new items… And ALL the categories in this new Dollhouse Miniatures section are On Sale!
     

    On to the artwork! Resident archaeologist and Design Team Member Katie Zoey Ho is offering to show us (with the Mermaids Kit) what really happened to the Little Mermaid’s tail, after her ascension into the air where she dissolved and became foam in Hans Christian Anderson’s tale (oh yes, pun intended!)

    It was till very recently, a group of archaeologists discovered her tail, foam ashes and various marine and human artifacts at the Northern Celestial Pole of The Meridian, providing an insight story of The Mermaid’s life; a series of mysteries therefore gradually unfolds.

    It seriously took that much amount of effort, to restore and preserve the mermaid tail, her foam ashes and other discoveries which ultimately exhausted an enormous amount of energies and years. As much as we think we know this much about the marine and human life of The Mermaid, much of the discoveries reveal much more details than we ever thought of. With all the accomplished effort by the experts, The Mermaid Museum is finally fully erected, available for public viewing for the very first time in history.

    Walk into the aftermath story of The Mermaid’s life and experience the journey like you’ve never been before, for she has forsaken her tail for a pair of human legs in exchange for a human life. It’s also for the first time, a Treasure Chest of her various belongings as a human are revealed.

    Let’s have a look in that Treasure Chest! I see (in my best Miss Nancy, Romper Room imitation) a magical (New and very pretty!) Fancy Hand Mirror, Fancy Gold Buttons, and some Iridescent Pearl Strands!

    The real treasure of course is The Mermaid’s tail, showcased against a Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frame with its gorgeous mermaid palette and framed with the (New!) Artsy Large Chipboard Frame Set. Turn it around and there right in the middle is a Small Corked Bottle of Mermaid Foam Ashes! True story.

    See some of the special tools and chemicals that were used in the excavation of the Mermaid’s Tail in Katie’s supply list and the Gallery for more photos. And see Katie’s blog post for entrance to the museum!

    Design Team Member Shanna Shands also used the Mermaids Kit and created a beautiful Mermaid Pearls in a Bottle with an aqua and gold color palette. The bottle is dripping with embellishments and has a great finish to it, and Shanna shows you how to achieve the colors (and make pretty hanging charms from bottles and sea glass) in a tutorial on her blog!

     

     

    Hooray for the Mermaid Seashells Giveaway!

    I started with these goodies from Katie’s The Mermaid Museum (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this list):
    - Fancy Bronze Hand Mirror (New!)
    - Large Seashells (New!)
    - The Sea Fiber Set
    - Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frame
    - Mermaids #3 Collage Sheet
    - 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork
    - Wooden Knobs
    - Brass Shell Scroll
    - 1/2 Inch Bronze Starfish Charms
    - Fancy Gold Buttons in Tin
    - Iridescent Plastic Pearls (Strands)
    - Iridescent Glass Micro Beads in Bottle

    Then, a few more items I like:
    - Fancy Acorn Drawer Knob (New!)
    - Mini Antiqued Treasure Box (New!)
    - Small Bronze Hand Mirror (New!)
    - Iridescent Glass Spheres – 2mm in Bottles
    - Little Mermaid Rubber Stamp (Just put on sale at 50% off! See other clearance items on sale at 50% off.)

    To enter the Mermaid Seashells Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 29, 2015. AND tell me what Dollhouse Miniatures you’d like to see more of.

    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 Circus Toys (& Alice in Wonderland) Giveaway? That would be Kristie Norman! (And she commented: “What a great give away. I love the puzzle blocks !!!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.


     

    92 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 28th, 2015