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    Books, Boxes and Shrines FLASH Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Swaps

    Just a quick intro before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) waxes poetic about artwork from TWO Design Team Members.
     
    First: a Books, Boxes & Shrines FLASH Sale! Tons of options for items to decorate as holiday gifts. (And the sale includes some of the new shadowboxes shown below!) The sale ends TOMORROW night, Friday, November 21st!
     
    Second: there’s a new FREE Gift Kit: Reindeer Tags! Perfect for making little tags for those gifts you’ll be making. One is also included in today’s Giveaway.
     


    Continuing with the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit and Add-On Kit are offerings from Design Team Members Rhonda Secrist Thomas and Rhea Freitag.

    Using two of the Tiny Cigar Boxes, Rhonda created a masculine and a feminine cigar box; each filled with cigar-themed ATCs. I am obsessed with the Resin Senorita Cameo that is on the frilly box, all of the luscious Wide Lace and Mini Rose Buds that are nestled on top of the box. Such an adorable little box would make for such a pretty display on a vanity or in a vintage vignette, don’t you think?

    For the inside of both boxes, Rhonda used Distress Paints, Liquid Pearls, Alcohol Inks and Metal Patinas to create a marble type look.

    I love the technique Rhonda used to get her “marble” effect. Seeing that (plus Rhea’s lovely, Cigar Box Inspiration Kit, using a vintage cigar box that Rhea filled full of goodies for an art partner) got me thinking. What else could the marbling effect be used on to give out as unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season?

    How gorgeous do you think the Cigar Box Secrets Scrapbook Papers, with the marbling effect and Vintage Lace Tape would look on the New and On Sale! Paper Mache Jewelry Box, the Unfinished Cigar Box or the Unfinished Purse Box? I think the Paper Mache Purse Box would be really cute this way, and it could be used (as with the above boxes) as a writing box to fill up with items to use for keeping in touch with friends and loved ones: Envelopes, Rubber Stamps, Stamping Stuff, and Blank Postcards. What was that called… it’s an old-fashioned thing… oh, yes: Correspondence! If you wanted to give something on a smaller scale, the Paper Mache Treasure Chest would also work quite nicely. (And with that Books, Boxes & Shrines FLASH Sale, now’s the time to grab these boxes!)

    Rhonda created a tutorial on how she made her boxes AND how to achieve the marbling effect! Yay! You can find more pictures and the tutorial in Rhonda’s blog.

    To see more pictures of Rhea’s Cigar Box Inspiration Kit head on over to Starrgazer Creates and/or here’s Rhea’s Supply List.


     

     

    Hooray! A Books, Boxes & Shrines Giveaway!

    Ooo! Lots of things to decorate. And I bet you could make many Christmas gifts from the items in this group.

    In honor of the Books, Boxes & Shrines FLASH Sale, I’ve picked out a bunch of items that are On Sale!
    - 2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes
    - Chipboard Birdhouse Book
    - Paper Mache Cones – 4 Inch
    - Wooden Vintage Photo Crate – Black
    - Square Tea Tin
    - Large Square Tin (Back in Stock!)
    - Small Square Tin (Back in Stock!)
    - Small Paper Mache House
    - Jewelers Tins – Tiny
    - Afternoon Muse Chipboard Album (the last one)

    Plus the related Christmas House Trims Collage Sheet (On Sale because all the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale!) and a set of the Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows (useful for Christmas ornaments — and/or the Home for the Holidays Ornament Swap).

    And a Reindeer Tags Gift Kit!

    To enter the Books, Boxes & Shrines 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, November 21, 2014)! And please tell me at least one thing you’d make with this haul!

    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 Cigar Box Beads & Filigree Giveaway? That would be Kathy McGee! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    106 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 20th, 2014

    Cigar Box Book Purse by Laura Carson, Flash Sale & Giveaway!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beads, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    A bit of news regarding sale items, then on to some beautiful artwork! First, the sale on all Paper Dolls & Models Collage Sheets , announced with the Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, ENDS TONIGHT.

    And the 2 Squirrel Collage Sheets put On Sale last Thursday (in honor of Laura Carson’s New Into the Woods Collage Sheet) are also coming off sale at midnight tonight:
      - S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet
      - More Squirrels Collage Sheet

    And, don’t forget the Annual Christmas Ornament Swap! All the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale!
     


    Oh! Oh, that Laura Carson is so clever! Not only are her two purses lovely (and hand-contructed WITH a step-by-step tutorial!) but they are extra-functional, too. As you can see in that small photo with a side view, these purses are actually the covers for accordion books! And with such a pretty purse/container to house the books, I think they’d make perfect holiday gifts! (And/or maybe a way to save Christmas cards for giving/viewing in the future?)

    One has a beaded handle (hand-beaded by Laura) and the other has a ribbon handle. And I sourced a Brass Purse Handle Frame with ends that unscrew to help speed up the process (if you’d like to make a beaded handle, too). Plus, check below for some other new goodies to make a cigar box purse from (including some hinges and an unfinished wooden box in the “Back in Stock” section).

    AND since Laura added beads to her handle (and to the cute, dangly “fob” hanging from the ribbon handle), I decided to put the ENTIRE Beads Section on Sale at 40% off! (That’s over 100 items!) But catch ‘em quick! The sale ends Monday night, TOMORROW, November 17th! (Note: any beads that were already on Clearance Sale are still on sale at 80% off!) Plus, check today’s Giveaway, below, as I just added some new things to the Clearance Sale and included them in the Giveaway!

    Check out Laura’s Supply List, head on over to her blog for all the instructions and more photos, then come back and enter the Giveaway or shop at the Bead Sale.
     


     New Cigar Box Purse Supplies - ALL On Sale!  View all New Items

    Paper-Mache Purse Box*
    Paper-Mache Purse Box*

    Unfinished Purse Box*
    Unfinished Purse Box*

    10mm Purse or Box Feet*
    10mm Purse or Box Feet*

    Amber Plastic Purse Handles
    Amber Plastic Purse Handles

    Brass Purse Handle Frame
    Brass Purse Handle Frame

    Paper Mache Purse Book*
    Paper Mache Purse Book*
     


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter

    with a trio of art projects by the Design Team! Cigar Box Book with Nesting Boxes is by Caroline Ouzts-Hay.

     

    Hooray for the Cigar Box Beads & Filigree Giveaway!

    Wow… there are so many pretty little bits in the Giveaway that it’s spread out over all 3 photos! (See the 2 large-ish photos below for more eye-candy!)

    First, let’s start with all of these items from Laura’s Cigar Box Book Purses (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Box Label ATCs Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
    - Small Cigar Labels & Bands Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Box Secrets Corona Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Panatela Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Perfecto Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Presidente Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Robusto Scrapbook Paper
    - Red Faceted, Fire-Polished Glass Beads
    - Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles
    - 4mm Beaded Chain – Opaque Blue
    - 4mm Beaded Chain – Transparent Turquoise
    - Antique Bronze Fan Charm
    - Gypsy Coin Mix
    - Mixed Gold Filigrees
    - Large Fancy Oval Beads – Gold

    Next, I added all of these goodies that caught my eye:
    - Red Glass Beads – Clear Ruby Red 8mm
    - Antique Gold Square Filigree
    - Sparrows Compass Brass Link
    - 4-Leaf-Top Keys – Brass Oxide
    - Antique Brass Skeleton Key

    Finally, I added these items that are also in the Clearance Sale):
    - Antique Heirloom Buttons
    - Antique Metal Keys
    - Faceted, Fire-Polished Glass Beads – 10mm Topaz

    To enter the Cigar Box Beads & Filigree 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, November 17, 2014).

    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 winners (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 Forever Green Tower Giveaway? That would be Karen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    115 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 16th, 2014

    Back in Stock… November 16, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Scalloped Metal Hinge – Old Brass

    Unfinished Cigar Box

    Miniature Lion Head Handle – Round

    Rubber Block

    Steel Bench Block

    1/4 Inch Rivets – Brass

    Dazzles Snowflake Stickers

    Dazzles Pearl Blue Snowflakes Stickers

    Masonite Window – 2 Inch

    ATC Window

    Mini House Board Book Kit

    Votive House Shrine Kit

    1 Inch Pink and Brown Birds – Set of 3

    Black Mini Baroque Frames

    Gravestone Chipboard Stand-ups

    Window Necklace Trinket

    Die-Cut Chipboard Skeleton Tags

    ATC Frame – Spider Webs

    Chunky Champagne Glitter

    Large Square Ornate Brass Frames

    Star Tinsel – Red

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, November 16th, 2014

    Into the Woods & Nesting Boxes Tutorial

    Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Tutorials

    Before I hand off the first bit of this intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I have to say the variety and colorfulness (?) of all the artwork today is amazing. And for those of you blanketed by early snow, I hope it will warm you up a bit.
     
    Reminder: This Sunday, November 16th is the final day of the Paper Dolls & Models Collage Sheets Sale! (On sale in honor of the mini cigar box paper models in the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit.)
     


    Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a very clever Cigar Box Book with Nesting Boxes with components from the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit and Add-On Kit.

    Tiny Cigar Boxes within a cigar box within a book. How fabulous! You all know how much I love secrets, places to hide secrets and this creation would be most perfect. Caroline said:

    “I used a ton of different papers on this project from the Cigar Box Secrets Paper Collection. The papers are so rich and coordinate so well. To hold the tiny cigar boxes I built up two openings. You can take the tiny cigar boxes out to use or just keep them inside this book.”

    Beautiful Red Roses Dresden Scraps and rich Gold Dresden add a Victorian touch to the boxes. I really like how Caroline used the Gypsy Coin Mix on her piece as well, giving it an even more 3D effect. Here’s Caroline’s full Supply List.

    You’ll want to make your own, you know you will! Caroline has created a tutorial for you, so now you must let your creative muse out to play. This project would be great if you are giving out gift cards at the holidays instead of just putting them into a boring card. Or! How about making one and putting bits of ephemera inside each box for a friend who shares the same madness as we all do for creating? Valentines Day is coming up — what sort of sweet nothings could be housed inside?

    While the wheels are spinning, grab your glitter and head on over to Caroline’s blog to see more pictures and the tutorial.

     
    Into the Woods Collage SheetBefore we move on to the new items (and the Giveaway!) just peruse the lovely artwork by Laura Carson and Teri Calia — both using the New Into the Woods Collage Sheet, designed by Laura! Such varied artwork inspired by the same source!

    So clever of Laura to coat the Dead Tree Cut-Outs with Diamond Dust. And I love the Woodland Storage Tower Teri made from the New and On Sale! Paper Mache Box Mini Tower! The new Forever Green – and Autumn FREE Gift Kit is also inspired by Teri’s artwork (one is included in today’s Giveaway, too).

    Note: click on either photo below to go to Laura and Teri’s blog posts to learn more and see more photos.



     

     

    Hooray! A Forever Green Tower Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Teri’s Woodland Storage Tower (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Forever Green Scrapbook Paper – Botanical Garden
    - Forever Green Scrapbook Paper – Orchard Fresh
    - Forever Green Scrapbook Paper – Spread Your Wings
    - Into the Woods Collage Sheet
    - Paper Mache Box Mini Tower

    (Psst! All of those Forever Green Scrapbook Papers are On Sale!!)

    I also added:
    - Falling Leaves Collage Sheet (That Laura used in her artwork above — and that coordinates beautifully with this fall palette)
    - Kraft House-Shaped Gift Tags
    - And TWO Squirrel Collage Sheets that I just put On Sale!!:
      - S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet
      - More Squirrels Collage Sheet
    (see the wide photo below for all of the collage sheets)

    And a Forever Green – and Autumn Gift Kit! Plus, I included all 6 of the paper options from the Forever Green 6×6 Paper Pad (that’s part of that gift kit — and the Mini Oak Leaves in Bag that are scattered about in my photo are in the gift kit, too)

    To enter the Forever Green Tower 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, November 14, 2014)!

    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 Christmas Swap Giveaway? That would be Marty P! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    159 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 13th, 2014

    Trinket Chest Tutorial, Ornament Swap, Sale & Giveaway!

    Filed under Christmas/Ornaments, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Swaps

    What a colorful, artwork-packed newsletter in store today! I’m going to hand this off to Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), to introduce two lovely projects using the November kit, then I’ll take back the reins to announce our Annual Christmas Ornament Swap (yay!) including some artwork by Miz Bella herself! To get you ready for the swap, all the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale! Though there’s no room for a recap of Thursday’s newsletter, don’t forget the FREE Winter Games Ephemera Kit is still available. AND there’s a Giveaway today, too, with some new Christmas goodies used in the swap samples!
     


    Design Team Members Lora Mahaffey and Jeanne Draachreider have two fabulous projects for you today from the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit.

    Lora’s 3 lovely, Cigar Box Beauties Plaques are inspired by the gorgeous women who graced old-time cigar boxes. Lora used some scrap wood cut into ATC-sized blocks. They’re about 1/2 an inch thick, but you could also use a couple of the Masonite ATCs glued together with the ribbon sandwiched between them, or use an ATB Wood Block and make them stand alone pieces.

    Don’t you think that the trim from the Back in Stock Gold Ric Rac Dresden Border Trim Set looks like it could have come off of a real cigar box or cigar band? Lora used White Adhesive Foam on Roll on the back of the beauties to make them stand out a bit, glued ribbon on the sides of the plaques and added some pretty Paper Roses to dress up the ends of the ribbon and add some extra ornament. I think that they’d look fabulous hanging off of a Christmas tree (yes! I said the C word and not “holiday”), off of a door handle for just an extra special decor touch, or even off of a drawer knob.

    Check out Lora’s Supply List and then head on over to see more pictures at her blog.


    Jeanne has created a mahhvelous Trinket Chest with a full, step-by-step tutorial so that you can make your very own. Love, love, love how Jeanne used the Tiny Cigar Boxes as “drawers” and set them off center from one another. Jeanne said:

    “Let’s get a little non-traditional with this trinket chest, shall we? As many of you know Laura Carson already makes the most beautiful Matchbox Chest and Writing Desk tutorials, and who can follow that act? I knew I wanted to build a chest, but how could I make it different than the traditional stacked drawers? Well, what if I made it a-symmetrical? Offset the boxes with and drawers in a non-traditional stack. AND… what if I then stair-stepped to recede back as they went up? Well, that’s what I did. It really wasn’t any more challenging than the traditional stacking boxes or drawers… well, almost. I sketched it out on graph paper first to be sure it could be done so now you have the benefit of a visual guide to go help you with your own build.”

    Viva Decor Inka Gold - GoldThe chest is covered and adorned with paper from the Cigar Box Secrets 6×6 Pad, extras from the Cigar Box Sweeties Add On Kit, images from the Cigar Box Secrets Ephemera Set and luscious Gold Leaf. Take a look at the top of the box, how cute are those Darjeeling Paper Flowers – Printed Kraft with the 1 Inch Pink and Brown Bird nestled on top of them? Sweet! Speaking of sweet, Jeanne also used New and On Sale! Viva Decor Inka Gold – Gold on the Trinket Chest and guess what? Alpha Stamps is carrying it now!

    Take a look at Jeanne’s components and then hurry, hurry over to her blog to check out a big bunch of pictures and full tutorial.


    We're hosting a Home for the Holidays Swap! It’s time for our annual Christmas ornaments swap!

    The Home for the Holidays Swap requires that you create 3 festive houses using our New, Exclusive and On Sale! Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows and at least one image from any Alpha Stamps Collage Sheet or Rubber Stamp.

    AND all the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale!

    This swap will be 3 for 3: create 3 houses and receive 3 in return, each from a different artist! Please do not send in more than ONE set (aka: maximum of three houses).

    Artwork should be postmarked no later than December 10th.

    For more information (or to sign up), visit the Yahoo Group.


    Eye Candy!

    Merry House, at right, is by our swap hostess Caroline Ouzts-Hay (and more info about everything Caroline used to create her colorful sample is on the Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows page). And the samples below (in that long, horizontal row) are by Miz Bella.

    And a bit more about the new chipboard: though not exactly desireable in a swap (because they might get damaged in transit) but fabulous as tiny shadowboxes or 3D ornaments: the new chipboard is designed to fit two of the small paper mache boxes we already carry: Small Paper Mache House and Tiny Paper Mache Boxes (and both the box and the lid can be used, so you could get 2 shadowbox ornaments from one box).

    And look at that wonderful Christmas Cat Ornament by Teri Calia at left! Teri makes good use of (just!) the lid of a Tiny Paper Mache Box to make an ornament with a bit of depth. See a list of Teri’s Supplies then scoot over to her blog for more photos!
     


     

     

    Hooray for the Christmas Swap Giveaway!

    Wow… where to begin? It’s nice to have such an array of choices; let’s start with these items from Teri’s Cat Ornaments:
    - Meowy Christmas Collage Sheet (scroll down to see all 5 collage sheets in the Giveaway)
    - Small Paper Mache House
    - Tiny Paper Mache Box Set (actually just one stray box)

    And, of course, a set of the New and On Sale! Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows.

    Next, I added all of these goodies from Caroline’s Houses:
    - Christmas Reflections Scrapbook Paper – Christmas Games
    - Christmas Reflections Scrapbook Paper – Joy to the World
    - Square Santas Collage Sheet
    - Snug in their Beds Collage Sheet
    - Gold Wreath Dresden
    - Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet
    - Holiday Disguises Collage Sheet

    Then, I added all of these supplies from Miz Bella’s Houses:
    - Flat-Back Gold Star Studs – 12mm
    - Holly Berry Garland
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Red
    - 1/8 Inch Red Railroad Stripe Ribbon
    - Bronze Deer Charm
    - Antique Silver Lacy Snowflakes
    - Tinsel (Silver and Red)

    Finally, I added these items (and the top 3 are newly added to the Clearance Sale):
    - Gnome on Rabbit Rubber Stamp
    - Old King Cole Rubber Stamp
    - Cocoa Seam Binding (psst… the Medium Pink Seam Binding is not in the Giveaway but has also just been put on clearance)
    - Candy Cane Red Christmas Ribbon Set New and On Sale!
    - Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Paper – Sugar New and On Sale!

    To enter the Christmas Swap 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, November 10, 2014).

    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 winners (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 Warm & Cozy Giveaway? That would be Tabitha Klucking! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    135 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 9th, 2014

    Warm & Cozy (& Toasty)

    Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters


    Have a look at the Mini Cigar Box created by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel from the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit!

    Using the Turquoise Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet to cover a Tiny Cigar Box, Kristin says:
    “This little box would make a perfect gift box for a cigar aficionado. But I’d like to just display it, so I chose a few images from the Cigar Box Secrets Panatela Scrapbook Paper, cut them out, and mounted them on a little foam core base, cut just to fit inside the box. They stand up nicely, but are easy to remove should I decide to use the box to hold a gift card later.”

    Personally, I love the idea of using the Tiny Cigar Box for a gift card holder. So much better to give than one that has been mass produced. Or use it to stash tiny bits of this-and-that I can’t bear to use…then I could open it up from time-to-time a la Gollum!

    To enhance one of the female images that wasn’t too clear, Kristin used colored pencils and a Copic Sketch Marker – Lipstick Red. Since I have, in-hand a couple of sets of my own to hoard, I can let you know that the image on the inside cover is from the gorgeous Cigar Box Secrets 3D Stickers. (Psst! Those 3D Stickers are On Sale AND are also in today’s Giveaway!)

    After you check out the components that Kristin used, puff on over to her blog to see more pictures!

    Don’t forget to scroll down and see the related Giveaway that Leslie pulled together… and also the NEW Winter Games Ephemera FREE Gift Kit!
     

     

    Hooray! A Warm & Cozy Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Kristin’s Mini Cigar Box (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
    - Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Box Secrets 3D Stickers*
    - Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper

    (Psst! And all of those items are On Sale! through November 16th, in honor of the Cigar Box Sweeties Kit!)

    I also added:
    - Warm & Cozy Winter Hats Scrapbook Paper New and On Sale!
    - Santa Sans Sleigh Collage Sheet
    - Gnomes & Birds Collage Sheet
    - Kriss Kringles Collage Sheet
    - Santas Toys Collage Sheet
    (I picked out those Christmas Collage Sheets for the colors, that complement the new Warm & Cozy Scrapbook Papers.)

    And a Winter Games Ephemera Gift Kit! Plus, I included the Wine Labels Collage Sheet, that was the source for some of those mini images. (And I seem to have rambled on in a sleep-deprived yet entertaining manner in that Gift Kit description!)

    To enter the Warm & Cozy 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, November 7, 2014)!

    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 Cigar Box Sweeties Giveaway? That would be Nancy S! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    120 Comments » Posted by MizBella, November 6th, 2014

    Cigar Box Secrets, 2 New Kits, 8 New Collage Sheets

    Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale


    The November theme is “Cigar Box Sweeties”, inspired by the “Cigar Box Secrets” line from Prima. I love the designs and colors. I’m avoiding the “autumn leaves” colors/theme this year (though with the turquoise and gold colors in the papers, it kind of looks like a crisp autumn day).

    I’ve designed EIGHT New coordinating collage sheets, including two sheets with paper models to put together mini cigar boxes (two sizes on each collage sheet, including a cute little one sized to hold a gift card). Plus some trims and fetching babes from vintage cigar box labels. With so many options, there are TWO kits this month.

    I’m including FOUR collage sheets in the main kit and FIVE collage sheets in the add-on kit (and all are On Sale! in case you’d like to buy them separately).

    First, in the Main November Kit: Cigar Box Sweeties:

    - Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
    - Turquoise Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet
    - Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Box Label ATCs Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Box Secrets Panatela Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Corona Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Presidente Scrapbook Paper
    - Antique Bronze Fan Charm
    - Resin Senorita Cameo

    (And more 12″ x 12″ papers from the Cigar Box Secrets Line are in the Cigar Box Sweeties Add-On Kit (plus related embellishments and a 6×6 Paper Pad are linked below).)

    So what’s in that Add-On Kit?

    - Cigar Label Oddities Collage Sheet
    - Small Cigar Labels & Bands Collage Sheet
    - Las Rosas Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet
    - Roses Cigar Box Labels Collage Sheet
    - Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet
    - Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Robusto Scrapbook Paper
    - Cigar Box Secrets Perfecto Scrapbook Paper
    - Mixed Color Resin Rose Cabochons (not available separately and colors vary)
    - Resin Swan Cabochons (not available separately)
    - A Tiny Cigar Box (A Masonite cigar box kit; Note: the larger box model is the same size as the Tiny Cigar Box, so you could cut apart my paper models and cover the Masonite box if you need a sturdier box in same scale.)

    Today's Giveaway includes BOTH of the new kits! More info below.

    And check out the adorable Cigar Box Mini Fairy Bed (at left) by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! So sweet! Beside using the papers (and fan and cameo) from the kit, she added some of the New 3mm Thin Gold Stripes Paper Tape and some Thin Fleur Dresden Borders. Read more on Nichola’s blog (and it sounds like Mz Battilana is going to gift that artwork to some lucky stranger). And here’s a link to Nichola’s Supply List.

    And, in honor of this month's theme, I've put the ENTIRE Paper Dolls & Models Collage Sheets Section On Sale through November 16th! Bonus: as that section includes paper dolls, there are a big bunch of Alice in Wonderland sheets included in the sale!

    And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a Fall Fairy Food FREE Gift Kit (inspired by Nichola Battilana's sweet Goblin Party). FREE for all orders over $20 through Wednesday, November 5th.
     

     

    Hooray for the Cigar Box Sweeties Giveaway!

    Wow! I’ve put BOTH of the new kits in the Giveaway:
    - A Cigar Box Sweeties Kit
      and
    - A Cigar Box Sweeties Add-On Kit

    Highlights:
    - ALL EIGHT of the New Collage Sheets (a total of NINE including the Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet that’s included in the add-on kit
    - A Tiny Cigar Box (a kit to put together a Masonite cigar box… the one is the photo is already put together but yours will arrive flat and is easy to assemble with just a bit of glue)
    - All the resin and metal embellishments from both kits, including the Resin Senorita Cameo and Antique Bronze Fan Charm (and the flowers and swans that are only available in the add-on kit)

    To enter the Cigar Box Sweeties 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, November 3, 2014).

    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 winners (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 Goblin Feast Giveaway? That would be Beth! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    142 Comments » Posted by Leslie, November 2nd, 2014

    A Goblin Party by Nichola Battilana and New Miniatures

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Newsletters


    Get your magnifying glass out because Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created a miniature vignette called A Goblin Party featuring guests cut out and colored from the Goblin Labels Collage Sheet (which is also in the Goblins Kit)!

    What a fabulous setting fit for a bunch of mischievous little goblins! There’s so much going on in such a small space — where should we begin?

    Perhaps with the New! Antique Bronze 3D Gnome House Charms that sit atop the pillars (that are really Black and White Chevron Striped Paper Straws!) that mark the entry to the feast (see the close-up in the lower right of the photos). Look out! Goblins are not known for their patience and if you’re not careful, the goblins will jump onto your legs and start biting your ankles!

    Hungry as they are, everyone knows that they must have their tea first! I’m sure the tea in the Miniature Tea Kettle Charm is piping hot, if not the goblins will go straight for the wine that they’ll pour into the New! Miniature Wine Glasses. Now I don’t like to gossip (especially about goblins) but I heard that after they drink wine they let the beer flow into their frosty New! Miniature Pewter Beer Mugs and they dance like no one is watching. Quite naked. But I digress!

    Laid out on the Miniature Table & Chairs Set are Red Glittered Holly Berries that make for a scrumptious array on the platter from the Pewter Dollhouse Tea Service. Can you stand how perfect those cute Silver Cup Box Feet (as goblet) and Miniature Silverware Sets are? And I love that gold covered serving tray (which is actually a Large Gold Star Filigree Bead Caps sitting on a 3/4 Inch Gold Star Filigree Base).

    There are even Silver Pinecone Charms laid about the table for any furry friends who may stop by, but I’m pretty sure that if the White Rabbit (an amazing New! Antique Bronze 3D Rabbit Charm) were to stop by in his never ending haste, he’d be more interested in sampling the tea before falling asleep on the New! Miniature Vine Bench.

    Check out the list of components Nichola used, watch your ankles and head on over to Nichola’s blog to see more pictures!

    And all of those adorable miniatures (plus a whole bunch more that just came Back in Stock like the Pewter Dollhouse Dishes in Nichola’s feast) are ALL On Sale! The ENTIRE Dollhouse Miniatures Section is On Sale!

    Don’t forget to scroll down and see the Giveaway the Leslie pulled together… using lots of the flowers, vines and miniatures from Nichola’s artwork, a few of the items just added to the Clearance Sale… and also the NEW Fall Fairy Food FREE Gift Kit!
     

     

    Hooray! A Goblin Feast Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Nichola’s Goblin Party (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
    - Miniature Table & Chairs Set
    - Pewter Dollhouse Tea Service
    - Holly Berry Garland
    - Mushrooms – Cream
    - Mushrooms – Pink
    - Red Glittered Holly Berries
    - Purple Iris Paper Flowers
    - White Roses with Heart Shaped Petals
    - Mini Bird Eggs
    - Miniature Silverware Set
    - Amber Even Tinier Bottles
    - Miniature Tea Kettle Charm
    - Silver Cup Box Feet
    - Goblin Labels Collage Sheet
    - Antique Bronze 3D Gnome House Charms
    - Silver Pinecone Charms
    - Large Gold Star Filigree Bead Caps
    - 3/4 Inch Gold Star Filigree Base

    I added:
    - Tiny Oak Leaf Garland
    - A New! Antique Bronze Bird Nest with Eggs
    - A White Curly Petal Paper Flower Spray

    I also included these items just put on Clearance Sale:
    - Doll Buttons (Blue in the Giveaway, but 3 colors on clearance)
    - A Penguin Button
    - Acrylic Flower Mix – Pink Grapefruit
    - Light Green Acrylic Leaves

    And a Fall Fairy Food Gift Kit!

    To enter the Goblin Feast 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, October 31, 2014 — HALLOWEEN)!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Wicked Times Giveaway? That would be Debbi G! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    107 Comments » Posted by MizBella, October 30th, 2014

    Back in Stock… October 30, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Tim Holtz Stencil – Holly Bough

    Antique Ornate Frames

    2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes*

    Tinsel – Red

    Antique Gold Square Filigree

    Tiny Brass Hitch Fasteners

    Pewter Dollhouse Dishes

    Doll Buttons – Black

    Doll Buttons – Red

    Doll Buttons – Cream

    Miniature White Stand

    1 Inch Rusted Birdhouse

    Miniature Red Metal Chair

    Straw Nests – Small

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, October 30th, 2014

    Goblins and Brownies and TWO Giveaways!

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas/Ornaments, Design Team, Giveaways, Goblins Kit, Newsletters, Sale

    Before I hand off this intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I have to say that I’m enjoying all the varied artwork from the Design Team today (from Halloween to Christmas… including some artwork by Miz Bella herself).
     
    (
    And, don’t forget: TODAY, October 26th is the final day of the BIG 3-section-spanning Halloween Sale!)
     


    Well my ghoulies, it’s that time already! We are wrapping up the most favorite month of the year here at Alpha Stamps and getting ready to start having some fun with Christmas & winter holidays!

    First lets take a look at the Goblin Tag that Design Team Member Rhea Freitag made using the October 2014 – Goblins Kit. Rhea said:

    “It is getting to be that time of year when creepy crafts are all I seem to be making. This is certainly the case for this month’s project for Alpha Stamps October Kit, Goblins! Of course I chose an image that was not too spooky and still had a beautiful element to it.”

    It is a beautiful tag isn’t it? It looks like the goblins from the Goblins Collage Sheet are trying to bribe the young maiden to do something quite naughty I’m sure; as you know what greedy, debauched little creatures they are.

    I love the embellishments she used, particularly the New and On Sale! Antique Bronze Owl Charms and the Filigree Corner Die Set that Rhea rusted up with the Alcohol Ink Fall Set. Oooh, and the Petite Teastained Purple Pansies and Leaves that are Back in Stock and On Sale! More pictures of Rhea’s Goblin Tag are on her blog.

    Also from the October 2014 – Goblins Kit are 3 Goblin ATCs from Laura Carson (2 of the 3 are shown at right). Laura warns of not entering Goblin Hollow or the Dark Forest because you may meet the Goblin King. Just follow the path of Laura’s deliciously demented mind and that’s exactly where you’ll find yourself!

    Goblin Hollow is overseen by Mysterious Bird and Dead Tree Cut-Outs; who knows what is creeping around in the Sheet Moss.

    Oh no! It’s the Goblin King! Aiyeeeeee, don’t look into his eyes! Just like my children – if you stare into their eyes for too long, the next thing you know – you’re doing their diabolical bidding. (True story.) Laura used Bat Cut-Outs that she painted for his headpiece; along with twigs coming out of the top and a Resin Owl who waits for the Goblin King’s next command. Which is, head on over to Laura’s blog to see the Dark Forest!


    Speaking of Laura’s blog, be sure while you’re there to check out her Halloween Blog Party! See that super-cute, dolled-up Altered Metal Frame – Clock? It’s the one to your left, that has the clock face made from Bat Cut-Outs and the clock hands are Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendants (!), with the lounging Plastic Skeleton in front of it. Guess what? She’s giving it away so be sure to enter the drawing here for a chance to win!

    The last Halloween offering is a trio of cute Halloween tags made by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Don’t they just make you smile when you look at them? Kristin used Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Papers and images from the Crepe Paper Halloween Collage Sheet for the backgrounds. The main images she used are from the Little Witches, Hello Pumpkin and The Black Cats Collage Sheets. (Hey, check the Giveaway below: not only has Leslie included almost everything in Kristin’s tags (plus a good helping of items from Laura’s ATCs and Rhea’s tag, too) but the Mini Pom Pom Fringe is now on Clearance at 50% off!)


    My most favorite, favorite creatures to use in holiday projects are the Brownies. I love them, as well as vintage pixies and vintage knee hugger ornaments (another one of my obsessions, you know that I’d sell my mother for a really good lot of them!)

    I’ve been wanting to make something with the 8×8 Wooden Shadowbox that has the 8×8 Wooden Insert – Round Windows for quite a while and thought I’d make one using the Holiday Brownies Rubber Stamp Set.

    Uh-oh, it looks like one of the Brownies wasn’t paying attention. Seems he took a little spill as he was pulling his Christmas tree from the Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Green home in Miniature Red Wagon! Maybe his Miniature Ice Skates were too big, or perhaps he took a few too many nips of the eggnog. Whatever it was, he sure is cute!

    Each window in the 8×8 Wooden Insert – Round Windows has either Tinsel or Mini Pine & Berry Garland wrapped around it. Isn’t the Bronze Deer Charm in the middle window cute? Other elements that I really liked using are the Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks, Art Ingredients Glass Glitter – Platinum and the Holly Berry Garland that edges the outside of the shadow box.

    Put your ice skates on and check out the full list of components that I used, and don’t forget your eggnog if you want to browse for Christmas Tag ideas in the Gallery!
     

     

    Hooray for the Wicked Times Giveaway!

    Wow… there are SO MANY collage sheets in this prize package, I had to take extra photos to show them all:
    - Crepe Paper Halloween Collage Sheet
    - Little Witches Collage Sheet
    - Hello Pumpkin Collage Sheet
    - The Black Cat Collage Sheet
    - Goblins Collage Sheet
    - Green Goblins Collage Sheet
    - Falling Leaves Collage Sheet
    - Book Spines and Labels #2 Collage Sheet
    - Goblin Trees Collage Sheet
    - Halloween Carnival Games #4 Collage Sheet

    And, of course, the New and On Sale! Wicked Times 12×12 Paper Set (which led to the name of this Giveaway)

    AND, I added all of these goodies from Laura’s Clock:
    - Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant
    - Ceramic Burnt Umber Owl Bead
    - Miniature Pumpkin
    - Plastic Skeletons

    Finally, I added all of these items — new or newly added to the Clearance Sale:
    - Antique Bronze Owl Charms
    - 3/8 Inch Ric Rac Ribbons – Orange
    - 1/8 Inch Edge-Stitched Ribbons – Periwinkle
    - 1/8 Inch Edge-Stitched Ribbons – Purple

    - 3/8 Inch Iridescent Ribbons – Moss Green
    - Mini Pom Pom Fringe – Black

    To enter the Wicked Times 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, October 27, 2014).

    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 winners (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 Mini Crate & Candy Canes Giveaway? That would be Susan Z! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    164 Comments » Posted by Leslie, October 26th, 2014