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    Steampunk Atlantis by Laura Carson, FLASH SALE and New FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Steampunk, Summer/Beach

    What a fun (and bargain filled) newsletter! New artwork by Laura Carson (with lots of tips on repurposing and recoloring items for the underwater city of Atlantis), plus FOUR sale sections (based on items in Laura’s artwork) AND a new FREE Gift Kit!

    ALL Metal Filigree, Silk Ribbons, Fringes/Fibers, AND Solid-Color Ribbons are 50% off — NOW through Monday night, July 25th! That’s a BIG sale… over 200 products!

    NEW Mermaid Tails FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY NIGHT, July 23, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! This kit includes a lovely little collage sheet by Laura (that’s available exclusively in this kit) with lots of little mermaid tails, plus filigree and fibers to start your own version of Laura’s Atlantis! Learn more.
     


    Wow! Design Team Member Laura Carson has made a beautiful set of 3 large framed collages (see the wide photo below for small images of all 3). I love the colors, (of course) the creativity, and how Laura mixes found objects and metal pieces into the collages and into the bodies of sea creatures.

    “I’ve depicted the remnants of the fabled city of Atlantis, lying at the bottom of the ocean, now the domain of mermaids and mermen. This underwater world has a steampunk twist as I imaged the merpeople would adopt the Atlanteans technology.

    “A statue of Poseidon stands guard over the ruined city while mechanical fish and crustaceans swim through the water and walk on the ocean floor.”

    See that image of Poseidon at right, along with one of the fish made from jewelry findings; all united by color and a patina of Gilder’s Paste.

    “Swimming in front of
    the columns is a steampunk fish.  The
    body of the fish is a piece of brass filigree. I used filigree fans as fins, a skate key as the
    tail, a rondelle (painted silver) and an olivine cat eye bead for the eye and watch parts for the nose and face.”

    Laura created a new Mermen Collage Sheet, to accompany the four previous Mermaid Garden sheets, and now there is a large (110 images) digital set of all of these mermen and mermaids (plus some extra images not found in the collage sheets… like that image of Poseidon).

    Many more photos and tips are on Laura’s blog post.

    See everything Laura used to create ATLANTIS – Mermen & Mermaids with a Steampunk Twist in her Supply List. (And don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway — as many items from Laura’s Supply List are included!)


     

     

    Hooray for Atlantis with a Steampunk Twist Giveaway!

    This prize includes all of these goodies from Laura’s ATLANTIS – Mermen & Mermaids with a Steampunk Twist Supply List:
    - Bronze Octopus Charm
    - Bronze Skate Key
    - Feathery Flourishes Set
    - Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set
    - Liquid Pearls – Petal Pink
    - Mermaid Garden #1 Collage Sheet
    - Mermen Collage Sheet
    - Seahorse and Seaweed Set – 4 pieces
    - Steampunk Seahorse

    Bonus: One of the Mermaid Tails FREE Gift Kit.

     
    To enter the Atlantis with a Steampunk Twist 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 22, 2016)! And tell me: What is your favorite technique or tip from Laura’s blog post? And how would you apply it to one of the items in the Giveaway 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 check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won Tiny Tiki Bar Giveaway? That would be Sandra L! Congratulations!

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 21st, 2016

    Tiki Bars & Cocktails + Chipboard Shapes Flash Sale! & FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beach Cabanas Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    We’ve been reorganizing!

    These 3 sections have been rearranged a bit:
    - Blank Books & Boxes (including Paper Mache),
    - Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items, and
    - Die-Cut (Mainly Chipboard) Silhouettes — AND this section is on 25% off sale today and tomorrow! Woohoo! Still 177 items, even in it’s new streamlined form! Note: there are a couple of chipboard clearance items in that section… and those are 50% off! See all the clearance items here.
     

    Next up: a new FREE Gift Kit! You’ll be tickled by all the miniature cocktails and tiki bars below (by THREE Design Team Members!) so I thought you might also like some tiny beads to make cocktail garnishes… so a Cocktail Garnish FREE Gift Kit.

    It’s a small packet, but filled with lots of tiny things! A bead mix of reds and greens, plus some tiny eye pins to turn those little beads into olive or cherry picks! And I also included a couple brass washers for drink coasters! (Note: the glasses in the photos are (sadly) not included.) These mini kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, July 18, 2016!
     


    Oh my. Oh my, oh my, oh my… Design Team Member Shannon Cooper is a crazy person and that is a very good thing! You might not guess at first glance that that incredible tiki bar is in half inch scale. That means the bay window she used as the base of her bar is 5 inches tall!

    I’ll let Shannon explain some details before I dive in…:

    I converted the little Half Scale Bay Window that Alpha Stamps carries into a little bar by cutting off the front two supports and replacing them with bamboo poles. The bar top is a piece of heavyweight card that I cut to extend past the window. Holes were made to accommodate the bamboo poles, and the edges got covered with trimmed reeds. I guess they are reeds, I don’t really know. While thrifting one day, I happened on a set of eight “bamboo” placemats and bought them thinking they may come in handy, and they proved to be just that. (I reused the twine that held a mat together to make the glass boat float. Use everything!) The chipboard palms have crepe paper bark and silk leaf fronds, and I topped the hut with a raffia roof.

    “Here’s the reason I built the bar in the first place… cute cocktails! [Aside: see the Giveaway below for a close up of the cocktails.] There is a great tutorial for making your own Cosmo, and I altered those instructions a teeny bit to make a Midori Sour with a seed bead cherry. The straw in the tumbler is masking tape rolled around a sewing needle.”

    See? crazy girl! Now, I do need to point out a few of my favorite things:
    - the direction sign that includes “inebriety”
    - did I mention this whole scene is TINY? it’s built in a Corner Room Box (which means the entire depth is 4″)!
    - the new ceramic tiki beads! (both sizes shwon at left)
    - the tiki heads (under the palm trees, to the left of the bar in that large photo above… again: see below in the Giveaway for another photo: with them lit up!) AND Shannon also shares how she made the tiki heads in her blog post!

    See everything Shannon used to make her Tiny Tiki Bar in the Supply List. (And check below because many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway! But not before 2 more miniature bars!)
     

    Beach Babes and Shots For All

    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has created a vintage beachside bar (Bertha’s Beach Bar) with some racy bartenders (wearing citrus slices)…

    “And of course you HAVE to meet Bertha! She makes an award winning martini and will give you as many olives as you like! Mmmmmm Mmmmmm

    “This chick behind the bar is Tequilla Tara and she can drink any man under the table… If tequila isn’t your thing, they also have an awesome selection of cold brew and you can even get it served in an ice cold mug, just the way I like it.”

    See everything Rhonda used in her Supply List. And visit her blog post for more photos and lurid tales from Bertha’s Beach Bar.
     

    I know… we already had 3 Beach Cabanas by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel earlier this month… and here she is again with another project!

    Kristin did give us a preview of her Ticky Tacky Tiki with her tutorial on how to make a Cosmo. And now the (ahem… creepy) bartender to make the drinks!

    You can see in that 3/4 view on the left side of the wide photo (below) that Kristin used one of the houses from the Cabana Row House Set and just propped up one side of the roof to make the awning for her tiki bar (clever)!

    See everything Kristin used in her Supply List. And visit her blog post for more photos and a tutorial on the festive lei her bartender is wearing.


     

     
    Hooray for the Tiny Tiki Bar Giveaway!

    All of these items are from Shannon’s Tiny Tiki Bar Supply List (and I’m trying to constrain myself to only items shown in these 2 photos!):
    - Half Scale Bay Window
    - New 1/4 Inch Bamboo Poles
    - Amber Resin Beer Bottle
    - Vintage Beer & Soda Labels Collage Sheet
    - Mini Citrus Slices
    - Mini Pineapple
    - Miniature Clear Tumbler Glasses
    - New Miniature Plastic Bamboo Trees
    - Woven Grass Scrapbook Paper
    - New Ceramic Tiki Bead – Large

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to all of the items in the Giveaway!

    Bonus: One of Cocktail Garnish FREE Gift Kits.

     
    To enter the Tiny Tiki Bar Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, July 18, 2016). And tell me: Hmmm… favorite cocktail? Or a tip on how to repurpose a bead or other found object into dollhouse glasses or kitchenware?

    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 Folding Fish House Giveaway? That would be Phoebe Diamond! Congratulations!

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 17th, 2016

    A Bell Jar Fairy AND A Fish House?! Plus a NEW FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    Oooh! A very pretty FREE gift kit today! I was inspired by the lovely Bell Jar Fairy (and related new English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet) by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana and put together the Birds & Butterflies FREE Gift Kit! FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY NIGHT, July 16, 2016!

    Learn more.
     

    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel started with the new Little Folding House Shrine and went to town creating an odd little Fish House with a story to match!

    First, about the new shrine: it’s a little set of flat, heavy chipboard pieces to make a standing house with a wrap-around front cover (as you can see, the front of the closed shrine has a double front cover).

    You can use paper tape to “hinge” the pieces together (like the red stars from the tissue tape Kristin used), or use metal hinges for a more industrial look.

    Now on to Kristin’s “King of Fish”:

    “The King of Fish watches over his kingdom from the center panel, while his loyal subjects collect the perfect fish from the surrounding ocean. He has put those bathing beauties to work! On the left is my favorite panel. She’s so proud of the catch of the day.”

    I love the details like windows in the waves (on both sides).

    Many more photos are on Kristin’s blog post.

    See everything Kristin used to create The Fish House in her Supply List. (And check below for another photo and because ALL of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway!)
     
     


    Nichola Battilana has created the cutest little fairy jars you will ever see, using the sweeties on her new Little People Collage Sheet!

    That collage sheet is made of such sweet creatures (and that strongman wearing blush made me laugh). And they each come facing right and left so you have a choice or they can be used double-sided.

    Many more photos (and info on that Miss — shown at the bottom of the photo at left — that requires a bit of space to prance around) are on Nichola’s blog post.

     

     
    Hooray for The Folding Fish House Giveaway!

    This prize includes EVERYTHING in Kristin’s The Fish House Supply List!!

    And more goodies included, too! Each of Nichola’s new collage sheets:
    - English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet
    - Little People Collage Sheet

    And a set of Wood Deer Head Die-Cuts (see photo below. and: ooh… these were just put on clearance! See the 50% off clearance section here or the most recent items put on sale here.)

    Bonus: One of the Birds & Butterflies FREE Gift Kits.

     
    To enter The Folding Fish House Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, July 15, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with your Little Folding House Shrine? And if you add a roof, what will it be made from?

    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 Treasure Chest Gift Box Giveaway? That would be Michelle G! Congratulations!

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 14th, 2016

    Treasure Chest Gift Box + The Nautilus & Jules Verne FREE Gift!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Laura Carson, Steampunk, Summer/Beach

    I was inspired by today’s Captain Nemo’s Organ Room artwork (by Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong!), so…. NEW Jules Verne Tiny Books FREE Gift Sheet! These mini collage sheets are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, July 11, 2016! Learn more.

    What? Steampunk Collage Sheets half off?! Check out Thursday’s newsletter for all the details. PLUS that sale price includes today’s new collage sheet!
     

    Before seeing Laura Carson’s pretty seashell jewelry (in a gift box!), we have an announcement: an extra art project (and an amazing project, too)!

    We have a special treat today! Captain Nemo’s Organ Room artwork by Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong! I love how the everything is caught midway in the process of being tossed and fro, and teetering here and there by the giant octopus?!

    And there’s so much to show that there’s a separate blog post all about Jessica’s artwork!
     

    Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a Treasure Chest Gift Box with Jewelry that looks so expensive but with Laura’s tips you could make a set or 2 as beautiful gifts in no time!

    Good things come in small packages and this one is no exception. If you are looking for a special way to present a small gift, how about making a gift box from a mini kraft treasure chest.

    My version of a gift box is mermaid themed and contains a ocean themed necklace and bracelet.

    Many more photos and tips (like tinting the glass beads on the rosary chain via a bath of the Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution) are on Laura’s blog post.

    See everything Laura used in her decorating in the Treasure Chest Gift Box with Jewelry Supply List. (And check below for another photo and because many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway!)
     

     
    Hooray for the Treasure Chest Gift Box Giveaway!

    All of these items are from Laura’s Treasure Chest Gift Box with Jewelry Supply List:
    - Mini Kraft Treasure Chests
    - Brass Patina Starfish Charm or Pendant
    - Medium Shell or Acanthus Leaf Charms – Brass Oxide
    - Large Brass Mermaid
    - Bronze Buckle Connector (two)
    - 4mm Beaded Chain – Pale Green
    - Alcohol Inks – Clover
    - Antique Pewter Starfish Charm
    - Antique Silver Seahorse
    - Small Swivel Drawer Handle (two)
    - Mini Fancy Latch Set

    Bonus: One of Jules Verne Tiny Books FREE Gift Sheets.

     
    To enter the Treasure Chest Gift Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, July 11, 2016). And tell me: What would you tint in a bath of Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution (like the rosary beads in Laura’s necklace)? And/or are there other colors of Gilder’s Paste you’d like?

    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 Steampunk Mermaid Giveaway? That would be Joanne Root! Congratulations!

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 10th, 2016

    Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong

    Filed under Art Projects, Beneath the Sea Kit, Guest Designers, Steampunk


    We are thrilled to have Jessica Armstrong as our Guest Designer this month. Jessica is an amazing artist specializing in miniatures and prop reproductions for video games and movies.

    I’m a film school graduate, miniature artist and geek girl from Canada. I work under the name ‘The Crafty Goblin’ where I make messy scenes in various scales of miniature along with anything else that catches my fancy at the time. I’m highly influenced by horror, fantasy and science fiction, as well as by historical events. I like things messy, rusty, old and hauntingly beautiful and I like to show that in my work. Also, I am always looking for new ways to age and distress my creations.

    “In my spare time, if I have any, I play video games, Dungeon and Dragons as well as board games with my husband.

    Inspired by the Beneath the Sea Kit theme, Jessica created a fantasmical scene from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; with a steampunk twist!


    The Nautilus — a submarine of fantastic proportions. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was first imagined by Jules Verne in his epic novel and re-imagined in the 1954 film of the same name.

    “During the scene where the giant octopus is attacking the submarine, I took my chance — a scene of agitated disorder ripe for the picking!

    We’re so glad she took the chance, as it turned out Captain Nemo’s Organ Room is most magnificent! I love how the everything is caught midway in the process of being tossed and fro, and teetering here and there by the giant octopus.

    There is a lot to take in, and I can’t possibly point out everything but there are a couple of things that I will. First, Jessica started with the new 7×7 Corner Room Box. This is similar to the Corner Room Box, however this version is slightly taller (so the walls above the platform are 8″ tall) and deeper (7″ x 7″ platform).

    The organ in the scene is pretty phenomenal, don’t you think? It’s actually a Parlour Organ that Jessica left the top part off of and she replaced it with gold organ pipes. The Organ is painted black, and highlighted it with gold on the raised edges.

    See more of the Captain Nemo’s Organ Room Supply List.

    Visit Jessica’s Blog for more photos and details, and you can also find her work on Facebook.

      
    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, July 10th, 2016

    Becoming a Steampunk Mermaid – Steampunk 50% off!!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beneath the Sea Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Steampunk

    I was inspired by today’s Steampunk Mermaid artwork by Rhonda Secrist Thomas, so I’ve just put the ENTIRE Steampunk Collage Sheets section on sale for 50% off now through Monday night, July 11th!

    30 collage sheets from goggles and latches and metal bits, to cabinet card portraits and men in their flying machines!
     


    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas started with the Beneath the Sea Kit and mixed it up with lots of steampunk elements to create a whole undersea world in her Becoming a Steampunk Mermaid!

    To start off my summer, girls fresh out of school, my body decided to become sick for 2-1/2 weeks, like it’s never been sick before. [Sorry, Rhonda!] So I decided to go on a huge voyage, beneath the sea, to a place where Mermaids and Mermen live in both their native setting and in a huge steampunk community. I couldn’t believe I discovered such a place and I was in awe with the sites that I saw.

    On one side, you can see the inside of the community’s walls. There are places to relax, gather with fellow fishy friends and a train station.

    Every once in a while, you get the weird human that discovers this marvelous place. They just stare from outside like peeping Toms. Better not let the Mermaids catch you though. You won’t like what they do.

    I love how Rhonda uses the Castle Album in multiple ways (she shows it laced together like an accordion book, and also set up like an actual castle with walls enclosing an inner space.

    I also love how she merged images of Victorians with mermaid tails to add extra creatures to her scene.

    Visit Rhonda’s blog post to learn how to make jewel-embellished windows with Glossy Accents (and see more lots more photos of her underwater realm)!

    As Rhonda used an ocean’s-worth of goodies in her project, I had lots of choices for items to choose today’s Giveaway from (see below), here’s a good start on her Supply List (but even more are listed on her blog post).
     

     

    Hooray for the Steampunk Mermaid Giveaway!

    I picked out a bunch of items from Rhonda’s Becoming a Steampunk Mermaid supply list:
    - Mermaid Garden #1 Collage Sheet
    - Victorian Ladies Collage Sheet
    - The Sea Fiber Set
    - Large Brass Mermaid
    - Hardware Collage Sheet
    - Fairytale Castle Album
    - Brass Patina Seahorse Charm
    - Beneath the Sea Kit (and that also includes the Steampunk Seahorse and Seashell Sequin Mix in Rhonda’s project!)

    And more goodies included, too:
    - Oval Bronze Cameo Pendant (not in this artwork, but new! Shown in the upper left of that grid of goodies at right)
    - Bronze Closed Book Charm (see photo below. and: ooh… these were just put on clearance! See the 50% off clearance section here or the most recent items put on sale here.)

     
    To enter the Steampunk Mermaid 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 8, 2016)! And tell me: What creatures (human or otherwise) would you merge with a mermaid?

    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 Beach Cabanas Kit Giveaway? That would be Barb Striethorst! Congratulations!

      
    66 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 7th, 2016

    Beach Cabanas! Mini Cocktails and FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beach Cabanas Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Sale, Summer/Beach

    It’s day FOUR of this holiday weekend sale… and before I show you the fun new KITS, here’s a recap of the current FREE gift and FREE shipping!

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday, July 5th (that’s tomorrow night at midnight, Pacific Standard Time)!

    Psst… check the blog for sweet, under-the-sea artwork posted on the last three days, including an Under the Sea Matchbox Shrine by Nichola from yesterday’s newsletter, that inspired…

    The Matchbox Nautical Clock FREE Gift Kit includes an exclusive collage sheet, graciously provided by Laura Carson, plus goodies to make a mini clock from a matchbox! These kits are FREE for ALL orders placed TODAY ONLY (July 3, 2016)! See more photos.
     

    Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit


    As a follow-up to our June Beneath the Sea kit, we’ve travelled up to the shore with ladies in those adorably quaint woolen bathing costumes from about 100 years ago. Plus a chipboard cabana to put together, three colorful paper umbrellas, and romantic images from the new French Riviera 8×8 Paper Pad (one sheet each of all 6 doubled-sided sheets).

    This kit includes three collage sheets:
    - New Vintage Beach Babes Collage Sheet (Aw… look at those cute bathing costumes! These images are sized for the Cabana Row Houses.)
    - Beach Cabana Collage Sheet (You know this one had to be included because of the name! Beside more lovely ladies in their vintage bathing attire, there are some images of bathing machines.)
    - Bathing Beauties #3 Collage Sheet (with a mix of images from real photo postcards and illustrations… all in nice, small sizes that also fit the little cabana houses.)

    And, of course: a new chipboard cabana to fold together. Note: this is the smallest house from the related new Cabana Row House Set. Also note: see below for a quick photo from Kristin Batsel’s blog post showing how easily these pre-cut and scored houses are to put together.

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit page.
     

    To get you inspired to play with the Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit and associated supplies, we have samples created by two Design Team Members: Kristin Batsel and Laura Carson! Beside the info below, more photos of both of the projects are in the Gallery.
     

    Kristin Batsel’s Mini Beach Cabanas

    Sweet! At left are the back sides (the side without the doors) of Kristin’s cabanas, made from the new Cabana Row House Set. But they are so festive and bright with palm trees and chipboard umbrellas that I chose to show that side first. Note: those new umbrellas include 2 sets of umbrellas can be overlaid over each other.

    The next photo show the front side of one cabana at far left (with a bathing beauty faintly seen through the slats on the door) and that promised photo of how easily the houses are to make.

    See the Mini Beach Cabanas Supply List.

    Did I say cocktails? As a preview of a future beach scene, Kristin also provides a super easy tutorial for making a Cosmopolitan with one of the glasses from the new Mini Cocktails Kit!!

    Visit Kristin’s Blog for more details and photos.

     
    THREE Cottages by Laura Carson!

    Of course she made 3 different cottages… it’s Laura Carson!! Starting with that sweet Rose Cottage at top, Laura used the new Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet (not in the kit but coordinates perfectly with that vintage seaside theme).

    And that tiny white fence: painted matches! I know, she in ingenious!


    Next up is a Shell Cottage with a taller cabana house papered with those pretty papers from the new French Riviera 8×8 Paper Pad.

    And those new palm trees and chairs! And new paper umbrellas! So easy to get a beachy scene together with tips by Laura and all these new goodies.

    Lots more info (and that third cottage!) in Laura’s blog. And see all of Laura’s supplies here.

     
    Hooray for the Beach Cabanas Kit Giveaway!

    Today’s Giveaway starts with… THE NEW KIT:
    Vintage Beach Cabanas!

    And then I added a flurry of new chipboard shapes:
    - Palm Trees Silhouettes
    - Seaside Decor & Beach Umbrellas
    - Seaside Doors & Windows Set

    And new collage sheets (beside the 3 sheets in the kit!):
    - Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet
    - Rum Bottles, Labels & Posters Collage Sheet (now there’s a contrast!)

    And one of the Matchbox Nautical Clock FREE Gift Kit! Whew!

    To enter the Beach Cabanas 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, July 5, 2016). And tell me: What will you make with the Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit?

    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 Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest Giveaway? That would be Jackie! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 3rd, 2016

    Under the Sea Matchbox & FREE Gift plus NEW Halloween Papers!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beneath the Sea Kit, Halloween, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    It’s day THREE of this holiday weekend sale… and today we have new artwork by Nichola AND a new FREE gift kit, both about Matchboxes and Under the Sea.

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday, July 5th. Plus there are extra newsletters & free gifts this holiday weekend, so stay tuned… one more BIG newsletter with new goodies tomorrow!

    Today’s new FREE GIFT! Note: this one is for orders placed TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY (July 2-3, 2016). The Matchbox Nautical Clock FREE Gift Kit includes an exclusive collage sheet, graciously provided by Laura Carson, plus goodies to make a mini clock from a matchbox! These kits are FREE for ALL orders! See more photos.
     


    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made a beautiful shrine (and smaller than you might think) with the new Tiny Matchbox Theatre, mixed with papers and charms from the Beneath the Sea Kit.

    I love these new little theatres! Tiny little chipboard shadowboxes with a wrap-around cover like a matchbox. Now I’ll let Nichola talk, as she speaks so eloquently (that girl must be part fairy… or sea nymph):

    Some people have sea water in their blood. They love the sea like I love the moon. While those waters may not run quite so deeply for me, I appreciate the beauty of the barnacled. For Alpha Stamps this month I’ve made a matchbox shrine full of texture and unwater colours.

    The base of this piece is a Tiny Matchbox Theatre. I do love theatres (and an underwater one would be amazing!) but instead chose to make mine into a sort of underwater pocket shrine.

    Aside: I so want to see an underater theatre by Nichola!

    Now about that texture! I’ve glued pieces of a 6×6 Gears Texture Sheet to the surface of the box and splashed and sploshed paint and gesso and whatever else was on hand. I also layered some Seashell Sequin Mix which give a sort of wonderful fish scale texture. The sentiment on the front is from Voyage Beneath the Sea – Steampunk Splash Scrapbook Paper which I’ve simply tinted to match the colour of my box. A Brass Patina Seahorse Charm and Conch Shell Charms then a dash of crusty glitter (because why not) and the front is complete.
     

    See all the goodies in the Under the Sea Matchbox Shrine Supply List. Visit Nichola’s blog for more photos and details.

     
    A reminder: There is no new Giveaway today, but the Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest Giveaway drawing announced Thursday is still open! To enter the drawing or see photos see this blog post. And comment TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday, July 2, 2016)! And tell me: What treasures will you hide inside your Treasure Chest? And check back tomorrow for a new Giveaway!
     


     New Supplies - ALL on Sale!  View All New Items (including lots more of the Amor paper line!)


    Tiny Matchbox Theatre


    Amor La Novia Scrapbook Paper


    Amor Corazon Scrapbook Paper


    Amor Sentimientos Scrapbook Paper

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 2nd, 2016

    New Shrine Forms & ALL Shrines 25% off today only!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beneath the Sea Kit, Betsy Skagen, Newsletters, Sale

    It’s the second day of this holiday weekend sale… and today we have beautiful artwork on a new shrine form and ALL Books, Boxes & Shrines 25% off today only!! That’s a big section of items (120 to be specific), including the new shrines shown below.

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday, July 5th. Plus there are extra newsletters & free gifts this holiday weekend, so stay tuned!

    And today only: for all orders including all-digital orders I’m including three of the adorable “Sea and Shore” Mini Collage Sheets! See more photos on this page… the scrapbook papers shown on that page are sold out but the collage sheets are way cute and perfect for a summer theme.
     


    Design Team Member Betsy Skagen has made a big, beautiful mermaid scene on the new Standing Dome, mixed with papers from the Beneath the Sea Kit and a Treasure Chest (which is also in the current Giveaway… details below).

    Only the Mermaid knows what timeless treasures and crusty old bones hide deep beneath the Sea. Nuggets of gold, silver platters, ancient relics… the fierce Mermaid and her scaly steed guard this watery tomb.

    To begin this project, I assembled the 3D Treasure Chest, and scored it with lines 1/4″ apart.

    Next I made decorative elements using Creative Paper Clay and silicone molds. I also used the clay and molds to make many of the treasures.

    Then I painted the entire thing chest with Salty Ocean Distress Paints and gray, white and burnt umber acrylic paints.

    I attached Voyage Beneath the Sea Scrapbook Paper to the Standing Dome and let the fun begin.

    The rest of the project involved using acrylic paint on the chipboard coral and the decorative elements. I also made sure to give the old artifacts and bones a crusty ocean bottom look.

    This project also involved lots and lots of fussy cutting, which is the next best thing to meditation.

    Who knew?… Since I don’t fish, don’t own fish and don’t necessarily even like eating fish, I never would have imagined this, but I keep find more and more uses for the Fish Tales Collage Sheet.
     

    See all the goodies in the Under the Sea Treasure Dome Supply List. Visit Betsy’s blog for more photos and details.

     
    A reminder: There is no new Giveaway today, but the Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest Giveaway drawing announced yesterday is still open! To enter the drawing or see photos see this blog post. And comment TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday, July 2, 2016)! And tell me: What treasures will you hide inside your Treasure Chest?
     

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 1st, 2016

    Halloween, FREE shipping & Black Cat Gift Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beneath the Sea Kit, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale

    It’s the first day of a long holiday weekend here in the USA. And even though Miz Kristin’s artwork is all cool and beachy for summer, I know her true passion: HALLOWEEN!

    As Kristin LOVES Halloween (and I’m getting the feeling you’re all chomping at the bit to jump into Halloween NOW), lots of today’s new items AND the “FREE gift with order kit” are both Halloween themed!

    Note: as this is a holiday weekend: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday, July 5th. Plus there are extra newsletters & free gifts this holiday weekend, so stay tuned!

    Now… today’s FREE GIFT! Note: this one is for orders placed TODAY ONLY (June 30, 2016). The Black Cat FREE Gift Kit includes mini sheets of all the papers in the new Haunted Hollow Bats & Ravens Scrapbook Paper Set — plus a Black Chipboard Scaredy Cat! These kits are FREE for ALL orders! See more photos.
     


    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel has made such a bright, summery treasure chest… I think it would be a perfect keepsake of a summer beach vacation.

    “The chest stands on small brass feet, and has a sturdy latch on the front. The sides have fluted ring pulls on them (how else are you going to pick up a treasure chest?), and the lid is attached by hinges. A large starfish charm accents the lid.

    “When you open the lid: treasure! This chest is the perfect size to hold three matchboxes side by side. In fact, they fit so perfectly that instead of covering the outsides of the matchbox with paper, I used the paper itself as the outside cover, which allows them to all fit without being too tight.

    The drawers of each matchbox have a patina conch shell charm on the front. Pull on that to view the contents of the drawers.”

    See all the goodies in the Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest Supply List. Visit Kristin’s blog for more photos and details. (And see below to win most everything Kristin used!)
     

     

    Hooray for the Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest Giveaway!

    I picked out a bunch of items from Kristin’s Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest supply list:
    - 3D Treasure Chest
    - Beneath the Sea Kit (nice big set!)
    - Blank Matchboxes
    - Brass Patina Seahorse Charm
    - Brass Patina Starfish Charm or Pendant
    - Fluted Ring Pull
    - Raw Brass Box Feet – Cones
    - Small Box Latches
    - Under the Sea Chipboard Border

    Plus (not shown in the photos at right):
    - One of the Black Cat FREE Gift Kits

     
    To enter the Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW or SATURDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday, July 2, 2016)! And tell me: What treasures will you hide inside your Treasure Chest?

    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! But don’t wait till Sunday to see the next newsletter!

    Hey, who won Mechanical Treasure Chest Giveaway? That would be Karen S! Congratulations!

      
    84 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 30th, 2016