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    Edgar Allan Poe artwork plus sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Edgar Allan Poe, Flowers, Sale, Susan Killam, Tunnel Book Kit

    Edgar Allan Poe Tunnel Shadow Box by Design Team Member Susan Killam!

    I sooo love this little Poe shadowbox! Susan used small stacks of chipboard to provide depth between the layers of the 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book (there’s step-by-step photos on her blog post… and see the wider photo below for a work-in-progress that shows the depth).

    And I’m happy to see another Halloween project (there are some dark prints in the Banner Year 6×6 Paper Pad, also in this month’s kit, along with the 4×4 tunnel book). There’s lots of different prints in that paper set, from florals to polka dots to sheet music (and a dark starry night, too).

    Ok… on to text from Susan’s blog post:

    The kit comes with great seasonal papers and timely sunflowers, but my 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book is a little darker with an Edgar Allan Poe theme. Hey, I’m a Baltimore girl and I can’t pass up a Poe project opportunity!

    The design team will show you different ways to use the tunnel. I made mine into a shadow box.

    To begin, I chose the center element first. The photo below shows how I rigged it up so I could see the chipboard layers and plan the elements. (Note to self: put wee lights in the next tunnel book.)

    There are so many great motifs throughout Poe’s writing. Here I’ve included a raven, heart, cask, skull, and, of course, Lenore, all from Alpha Stamps collage sheets. There’s also a pendulum, eyes, premature burial, and doubles. Oh… if only I’d used the 6×6 Arch Tunnel Book!

    Hey, I’m ready to encourage Susan to make another tunnel book! :)

    Read more and see more photos in Susan’s blog post; plus here’s her full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that POE sale!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies: from Mulberry Paper Flowers to Halloween!

    Pretty much everything in this group could be used in a Poe project, too!

     
    EVERYTHING Poe or with BLACK in the Title ON SALE!

    In honor of Susan’s artwork (and just cuz it’s that time of year)! This is a 30% off sale. However, anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off!

    Note: As the word “black” is contained in lots of other words/phrases (like “blackbird” to “black and white”) this is a BIG GROUP: over 130 options! Tons of categories: from scrapbook paper to acrylic laser cuts. And it includes those 3 collage sheets (and the black cats) shown below, also used by Susan in her project!

    The sale ends at midnight on MONDAY night, August 19th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 18th, 2019

    It’s too hot! Let’s talk Halloween and have a sale!

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

    Before I show off Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s adorable Hallowe’en Party Shrine, here’s a preview of the new paper pad also in Shannon’s artwork: All Hallows’ Eve 12×12 Collection Pack. 12 double-sided cardstock sheets (2 each of 6 designs) plus a 12″ x 12″ page of die-cut cardstock stickers. Psst: see the last sheet below: The back side has black cats worked into the swirly wallpapery pattern!

     
    Hallowe’en Party Shrine by Shannon Cooper!

    Is that not the cutest little Halloween treats shrine ever?! Beside that tall overview photo at right, see 2 wider close-ups below. I love all the little cookies & candies Shannon made (and the decorations… so much to cover)!

    So although the snippet below from Shannon’s blog post does name (and link to) lots of the items used, I thought I’d try to categorize some of the large supply list:
    - collage sheets! (AND there’s a FLASH SALE on all Halloween Collage Sheets today and tomorrow! More info below)
    - polymer clay canes & molds (used for candies & cakes)
    - ceramic beads (owls, raven, gargoyle, etc.)
    - jars (including that cute Kitchen Jar Set on the top shelf that Shannon decorated with spider webs & other Halloween icons using a tiny sticker set)

    Ok… on to Shannon’s text!

    Anyone else ready for a cool Autumn breeze? It has been unbearably hot here, like, if-you-go-outside-you-will-burst-into-flames unbearable, so even a temperature less than sweltering would be welcomed. Not interested in being aflame, I turned off all the lights, removed as much clothing one can before upsetting family members, and huddled over a little Hallowe’en project.

    I covered an Arched Shrine Shadowbox with paper from the very cute All Hallows’ Eve 12×12 Collection Pack. Deciding which paper to use was nearly impossible. There are goofy little pumpkins, happy ghosts, and a damask pattern (with cats!), but in the end, I went with the stars, dots, and witchy hats and legs.

    The table is made from a Set of Wooden Table Legs and a rectangle of basswood. It was stained with watered-down brown acrylic paint and a scrap of fabric was glued on top for the tablecloth.

    I was happy to have a 3-Tier Cupcake Stand handy because otherwise I would’ve run out of space pretty quickly! (Actually, there’s still surface area there…darn.) All of the cookies on the stand as well as the black and white checkerboard cookies and bats and ghosts are simply slices of polymer clay canes. The white cakes were made with a Mini Bundt Cake Silicone Mold and a dash of glitter. The moon and star cookies were also made with a mold (Mini Halloween Icons Mold; I LOVE this thing), plus more glitter or Liquid Pearls. The ghost on the top of the tiered stand can also be made with that mold!

    Read more and see more photos in Shannon’s blog post; plus here’s her full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that Halloween sale!



     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies: from Miniatures to Halloween!

    Hooray! This group includes the new All Hallows’ Eve 12×12 Collection Pack mentioned above, too!

     
    ALL Halloween Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    In honor of Shannon’s artwork (and just cuz it’s that time of year)! This is a 50% off sale! Wow! This group has over 160 options!

    Here’s a reminder of the Halloween Collage Sheets used in Shannon’s project above (3 pics from that group are in the last row below… and that last sheet includes the tiny masks shown under the treats table in Shannon’s project)!

    The sale ends at midnight on FRIDAY night, August 16th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 15th, 2019

    Christmas in the Dog Days of Summer

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Lora Mahaffey, Sale, Tutorials

    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has made a gaggle of fabulous Christmas ornaments (some are fridge magnets, too) and I love them! A perfect project for hiding indoors and pretending it’s not a zillion degrees outside. Below is a bit from her blog post (and note that includes lots of tips and how-to photos, too)! AND… keep reading ’cause I just put ALL the Christmas items on sale (!) including TWO Stamperia 12×12 pads and the new Christmas Vintage Patisserie Rice Paper Lora used!

    Y’all, it’s hot here in the south. I mean, really hot right now. And sticky. Sticky on top of sticky.

    So I have rejected the reality of the dog days of summer and have plopped my backside down in the air conditioning and have been making Christmas ornaments.

    Yep. Pretty, cheerful, I-am-so-tired-of-hot-and-sticky-wanna-move-back-to-Alaska Christmas ornaments.

    Actually, some of them are just wintery and can be hung/displayed for the whole season.

    At right is a picture of all of them together. They look so nice all together!

    The top three with the Christmas cakes are made with rice paper and Chunky ATCs and I decided I liked them as magnets.

    (Aside: there’s lots of new rice paper on the site today, that would make pretty ornaments or ATCs (or round coasters) for all seasons.)

    The middle four are (again) Chunky ATCs and are nature oriented so you can leave these up all winter.

    The bottom is a cute little Christmas garland made with Artist Trading Coins and papers from the Winter Botanic 12×12 Paper Pad and Christmas Vintage 12×12 Paper Pad (see the second wide photo below for a close-up).

    I have to share that tinsel in August just makes me happy.

    First up, the Rice Paper Christmas Magnets (see the first wide photo below): I love rice paper so much. If any of you has ever used napkins to collage with, peeling off the two extra layers of ply and gently brushing matte medium on the fragile surface of a single ply whilst trying to avoid air bubbles and wrinkles is sometimes quite trying.

    Getting the bubbles out without tearing the surface too much is also a challenge. Rice paper is much stronger than a napkin, but still has the translucence.

    I love these! After the medium dried, I added ribbon around the edges, lots of sparkly Stickles and glued a magnet on the back. They are easy and fun and glittery.

    Read more and see more photos in Lora’s blog post; plus here’s her supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies and that Christmas sale!



     
    New Goodies: from Rice Paper to Christmas Candies!

    Hooray! This group includes the new smaller 8×8 version of the Christmas Vintage Paper Pad!

    AND the Holiday Brownies Rubber Stamp Set is coming back! See both images at right (and click on either for more info — that set and the Alice’s Adventures Rubber Stamp Set announced on Thursday have an extra discount!).

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 12 of them!

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE on ALL Christmas (so lots of these new items are included in the flash sale, too)!

     
    ALL Christmas ON SALE!

    In honor of Lora’s artwork! This is a 30% off sale on EVERYTHING tagged Christmas! Wow! This group has over 300 options!

    You can view everything in that group or view a smaller subset:
    - paper (single sheets, pads & die-cuts),
    - beads and charms,
    - collage sheets and digital images (psst: these digital images are 50% off!),
    - rubber stamps,
    - miniatures, and
    - miscellaneous supplies (from glitter to ribbon)!

    Psst: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off! That’s over 30 items!

    The sale ends at midnight on MONDAY night, August 12th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 11th, 2019

    From Miniatures to Alice in Wonderland (+ Garden Sale!)

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Fruit Paradise Kit, Rubber Stamps, Sale

    Flora’s Court of Quotes by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    So sweet! And I love the muddled, Victorian color palette! This is Bella’s project using last month’s Fruit Paradise Kit. (Did you recognize it? The bright summer fruit colors from that kit are nowhere in evidence!) Here’s an intro by Bella to explain some of her process:

    I love the little index tabbed book from the Fruit Paradise Kit, and had a good time putting it together while watching British murder mysteries. Art and murder somehow kind of goes together sometimes (at least in my reality it does…)

    It was a bit tedious with basic cutting and pasting, but the fun part was using the Time Is An Illusion Collection Pack with my new Finetec Watercolors that are full of mica and amazing! The paper pack has a lot of turquoise and rust shades, with gold, blue and mauve accents and I used the watercolors to enhance the colors (and on some of the images but couldn’t catch it on camera). Sounds like a weird mashup but it’s all works well together, and I think the Time Is An Illusion collection is my new favorite paper to use! Another product I enjoy working with are the ATC Ticket Journal. It was covered in paper from the Time Is An Illusion pad, with images from The Court of Flora Collage Sheet. Then I added quotes about flowers and perfume, two of my favorite things.

    The only thing I’d consider a technique is snipping the Stitched Leaf Ribbon and putting it around the image of the Narcissus without tweezers. (What a pain in the arse that was!)

    I have an upcoming project that I’ll be using Time Is An Illusion with, bringing family skeletons out of the closet, so stay tuned!

    See more photos of this current project in Bella’s blog post; plus here’s her supply list. Oh, and check below, as today’s new sale includes that Court of Flora Collage Sheet that Bella used throughout her project!

     
    New & Back in Stock: from Miniatures to Alice in Wonderland!

    Oh my… I’ve been waiting for this new smaller 8×8 version of the Alice Paper Pad!

    AND the Alice’s Adventures Rubber Stamp Set is coming back! See image at right (and click it for more info). Plus more Alice-related rubber stamps are back in stock, too (like Humpty Dumpty below)!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 10 of them!

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE on flowers & leaves (inspired by Bella’s artwork)!

     
    Flowers & Leaves ON SALE!

    In honor of Bella’s artwork! This is a 30% off sale on EVERYTHING tagged Flowers & Leaves! Wow! This group has over 200 options!

    You can view everything in that group or view a smaller subset:
    - paper (single sheets, pads and die cut ephemera!),
    - beads & charms,
    - collage sheets and digital images (psst: these digital images are 50% off!),
    - miniatures (which includes patio furniture, too!), and
    - misc collage supplies (from leafy garlands to chipboard shapes)!

    Psst: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off! That’s 50 items!

    The sale ends at midnight on SATURDAY night, August 10th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 8th, 2019

    Tunnel Book Kit, New Collage Sheets, Artwork x2 & Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Tunnel Book Kit, Tutorials

    New Tunnel Book

    This kit idea started with the new Banner Year 6×6 Paper Pad: A nice mix of styles (as this was meant to be used for making a calendar, it has patterns for all seasons).

    Then moving on to a new mini 4×4 Arch Tunnel Book with 4 pages (a soiid back cover and 3 pages with arch window cut-outs). This size is perfect for a chunky book, too.

    The kit also includes 2 new collage sheets:
    Festivals & Hot Air Balloons and Garden Fountains.
    The 4″ x 4″ images were chosen as backgrounds for the tunnel book (with care to ensure the image seen through the smallest archway will be interesting). Psst: A third collage sheet is new today that also has images sized for this tiny tunnel book (see below: it’a a circus theme!)

    And some bonus resin sunflowers (in two sizes)! They coordinate with the 6×6 papers and one of the collage sheets, and they are edging toward fall colors.

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos (plus more coordinating goodies and artwork by TWO Design Team Members are below).

     
    My Own Little Paradise by Rhonda Thomas!

    Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has made a mini tunnel book with accordion sides to keep the layers apart (to provide dimension when viewing). And read on: she includes a tutorial, too!

    And by chance: that new wrought iron grate (shown at right — and announced on Thursday as it also fits the window in the new 4×4 Corner Room Box with Window) was used in both art projects today!

    From Rhonda’s blog post:

    When I see the image of this lovely lady, relaxing in her garden with her plants and chickens, she just seems to be in her own little paradise. I feel that way in my back garden, spending the morning admiring the tall trees on my back hill. It really is utter bliss.

    The August Tunnel Book Kit gives you the chance to make a tunnel book of your own paradise, but I used the same pages to make an accordion tunnel. Below, I share pictures and describe exactly how I did it.

    For the back of my accordion tunnel, I wanted to use a second “iron grate” to tie the front and back to one another. I thought of it like the back entrance to a beautiful old home. This view reminds me of many of the homes in Charleston, SC.

    Be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and a tutorial for constructing the accordion sides! Plus here’s her full supply list (and teaser: the 2 collage sheets highlighted below are also in today’s FLASH SALE)!

     
    Halloween Tunnel Book by Kristin Batsel!

    Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made a more traditionally-bound book with the larger 6×6 size tunnel book (also new today): and with a Halloween Theme!!

    Weee! It’s August (not so good for heat, but getting closer to Halloween)! I love that the 2 art projects today use the tunnel books in very different ways (and different themes).

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    It’s never too early to craft for Halloween, and now that it’s August, be prepared to see a lot more spooky stuff! When I saw this 6″ x 6″ tunnel book, I just knew it was time to bring out the scary. Enter if you dare…

    When it’s closed (left side of wide photo above), you can see through all the layers to the back of the book. I added lots of fun Halloween things, from a jack o’lantern, an articulated skeleton, a curious rat, and a skull and crossbones. There’s even a ferocious lion door knocker! Once I had it all assembled, it looked like it needed more color, so I added an orange bunting. It’s so easy to make: just glue little triangles to a piece of thread, and hang.

    Let’s open it up! On page one, we visit the undertaker’s, which features a couple of tombstones and what appears to be a forgotten casket. Someone tried to decorate a bit by putting out some jack o’lanterns. The iron door is actually sold as a window, but with the addition of the street number and the knocker, it makes quite a presentable door.

    Be sure to visit Kristin’s blog for more fun photos and don’t forget her supply list to find all those Halloween supplies!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies!

    Yikes! These have taken forever to get back in stock, but I’m glad they’re here now: Tiny Cookies – Set of 12!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 15 of them!

    Keep reading as there’s a FLASH SALE that includes some of these new items!

     
    Paper Theatres Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    ALL Paper Theatres Collage Sheets are on SALE at 50% off!

    I chose this section as lots of scenic elements (like little windows and doors) are used in both art project today. Plus ALL THREE of the new collage sheets are included in this sale!

    See the first image below for the new Big Top Circus Collage Sheet! That’s the one I mentioned above, the third new collage sheet today and the one that’s not in the kit.

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, August 5th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything — over 90 options!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 4th, 2019

    New Miniatures & 1:12 Furniture Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fruit Paradise Kit, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Before I show off Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s wonderful The Doll Maker’s Room, here’s a preview of 3 new items (also used by Shannon in her artwork)! That new 4×4 Room Box is a nice, small size, but see below for the many, many, many items Shannon has fit inside!

     
    The Doll Maker’s Room by Shannon Cooper!

    I sooo love Shannon’s tiny, filled-to-the-brim sewing scene! Here’s a bit from her blog post:

    Sometimes the smallest of things spark the greatest happiness. Whether it comes in the smile of a newborn baby, a kitty jumping in your lap for a snuggle, or an espresso macaron, finding joy in your everyday life is essential. Lots of times it is just there waiting for you to see it.

    Joy presented itself to me via Alpha Stamps in the form of a 1:12 scale Vintage Sewing Table, which is nearly as nice as a warm kitty in your lap. The Vintage Sewing Table led to (surprise!) a Vintage Sewing Machine, then a 4 x 4 inch square room box to put the table, followed by a shelf… well, when it was all said and done, I had the makings of a little sewing room and I couldn’t have been happier.

    I tweaked the idea of a sewing room into a little doll maker’s space early on, mostly after assembling the Tiny Spice Rack into a ribbon holder. Don’t ask how that translated into “doll maker’s studio” because I couldn’t tell you. It just sort of happened.

    The color scheme came from the Fruit Paradise 6×6 Paper Pad and a couple of really sweet Tiny Resin Cherries Cabochons (used as curtain tie backs). I assembled and painted a Black Chair Kit and sewed a teensy cushion for the seat and painted a Miniature Red Metal Chair while I was at it. There’s a Tiny Picnic Basket on the floor that holds a rag doll and some paper dolls as well as a crocheted basket full of dolls in progress under the sewing table.

    The 1:12 Wall-Mount Mail Holders Set (swoon!) were turned into bitty bins for fabric, patterns, button cards, and even a silly rabbit. I really love those holders! After assembling them, I slathered modeling paste over the surface with my finger, left them to dry, then painted the holders with white acrylic paint. They were sanded a bit, given a blotchy floral paint job, and finally aged with a smidgeon of watered down brown acrylic paint. They are pretty cute in a very rustic sort of way. It works here, I guess. I mimicked the paint job on the spice rack for cohesion.

    I love how this project turned out! (And see below for TWO windows designed to fit the room box, including the one painted white in this project.) See more photos in Shannon’s blog post. Plus here’s a link to her supply list. And check below as lots of items from her project are included in today’s sale!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below (plus the room box and related goodies above)! Click here to see all of them!

    Plus see the flash sale below, as some of the new items are included!

     
    1:12 Scale Furniture ON SALE!

    All on sale at 30% off! (And that chair is in Shannon’s artwork!)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, August 2nd.

    Highlights are below, but click FLASH SALE to see everything! (Over 40 items!)

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, August 1st, 2019

    A Magic Little Fruit Stand plus the END OF JULY SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Hooray! ALL CLEARANCE items (over 500!) are on sale at 50% off! And lots were marked down today! (Like those little owls and coal scuttles at right!) Luckily there are tags to help sort them, see ALL the clearance items here.

    We’re continuing the END of JULY announced in Thursday’s newsletter! Help me I’m melting…. Over 100 again yesterday and this pale human was not made for heat! (Hm… that was also true when I said it on Thursday.) So I’ve added an EXTRA 15% off the entire site! Plus that coupon also works on items in the Clearance Sale, so move ‘em out! Gotta make room for new Halloween & Christmas!

    Just enter code HEATWAVE when checking out (valid through WEDNESDAY night, July 31st). But don’t dawdle as only valid on in-stock items (plus clearance items won’t be reordered)!

     
    Potterific Magical Fruit Stand by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana!

    Be still my heart! Nichola has made a wonderful little project for today (starting with the summer fruit theme from the July Kit and mixing in Harry Potter and all of Nichola’s favorite fairy/toadstool elements)!

    Here’s a bit of the intro from Nichola’s blog post:

    Any time I’m asked to do a project, my mind immediately wonders if I can turn it into something Potter themed. It’s an illness. A compulsion. An obsession! I might need help.

    AlphaStamps: Nichola, do you want to make a miniature fruit stand?

    Me internally: Was there fruit in Harry Potter?

    Yes… yes there was.

    But first, the stand. I’ve taken the Small Peddlers Cart and added a roof to it. Nothing fancy, just some card-stock and then more card as shingles. I’ve also added a shelf (again, simple card-stock) so that I could achieve height with the products I placed inside. I really wanted to chock this little cart with loads of goodies!

    There’s a patch of moss on the roof (because it’s damp up there) and a few toadstools have sprouted. The toadstools were handmade with Creative Paperclay and the ‘moss’ is Green Turf Grass and didn’t go nuts with it, a little sprinkling in the corner was plenty.

    Check out the “Snow Owl Apples” sign on the front (of the cart) from the Tiny Labels for Crates, Jars, & Cans Collage Sheet. Totally looks like Hedwig!

    But now for the goods…

    GASP! We haven’t even reached the tsunami of little fruity treats in the cart! (see the 2 wide pics below)!

    There are lots more photos and tips over on Nichola’s blog post! Here’s a link to her supply list, too. (Psst… those green apples shown at left, plus the first row of 3 goodies below (starting with the pears) are all NEW today!)

    See below for some highlights from Nichola’s supplies (below the photos of the wonderful artwork)! And remember, that discount code works on ALL of these items!


     
    Highlights from Today’s New & Back in Stock Goodies! (see more on the site!)

     
    BONUS ART: The Collector’s Room Box also by Nichola!

    I’m revisiting an older project, mainly ’cause the Small Frame Shadowbox that Nichola used in it (around it?) is back in stock and on clearance! From Nichola’s original post:

    I wanted to create a space filled with bits that might have been collected on adventures, an assortment of oddities. A sort of kooky gentleman’s library, or study.

    Every gentleman’s library needs books. These shelves are filled with them! Well… not really… they’re simply facades cut from the Window Card Cabinets Collage Sheet.

    There are A LOT of amazing little oddities in my collectors room. All of the products used are listed below but some of my very favourites that deserve and extra shout out: Miniature Flying Bats, Pewter Candlesticks, Ceramic Gargoyle Bead and perhaps my favourite little bauble of all: the wee Ceramic Red Devil Bead.

    That wee American Crow ain’t so bad either!

    [Aside: I love that this gentleman's study includes Tiddledy Winks!]

    Here’s the full list of supplies if you want to create your own collectors room, or if you just see something you might fancy.

    Reminder: everything shown above is on sale using the coupon! Plus grab some of the clearance items (with an additional 15% off from the coupon) ASAP as they will not be around for long!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 28th, 2019

    New Paper & Boxes – plus the END OF JULY SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Miniatures, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Susan Killam

    First, I just put ALL CLEARANCE items (over 500!) on sale at 50% off! And lots were marked down today! Luckily there are tags to help sort them, see them all here.

    Second, it’s the END of JULY! Help me I’m melting…. Over 100 again yesterday and this pale human was not made for heat! So I’ve added an EXTRA 15% off the entire site! Plus that coupon also works on items in the Clearance Sale, so move ‘em out! Gotta make room for new Halloween & Christmas!

    Just enter code HEATWAVE when checking out (valid through WEDNESDAY night, July 31st). But don’t dawdle as only valid on in-stock items (plus clearance items won’t be reordered)!

     
    Azulejos Wall Hanging by Design Team Member Susan Killam!

    I know! That Susan is so prolific! We just had a tin from her last Sunday and here she is again.. with a beautiful wall hanging using the new Azulejos Tiles 12×12 Collection Pack.

    Here’s a teaser from Susan’s blog post:

    I fall in love with gorgeous papers, and Stamperia’s Azulejos Tiles Collection Pack is my newest obsession. There is so much to love, but this project showcases many of the beautiful Mediterranean-style tiles.

    I used the 6×6 Shadowbox without the cubby holes (save them for later)!

    Each tile is about 1-5/8″ square. Before the final straight-edge cuts, I glued them to thin board to give them a little umph. Then used a paper cutter to make the nice straight edges.

    To raise them off the back of the shadow box, I adhered mini spools with E-6000. The next day I attached the tiles with the same adhesive, starting in the middle and working my way around. I eyeballed the placement to get them as equidistant as possible.

    So clever! I love the depth that raising the “tiles” on little spools gives to this project.

    There are lots more photos and tips over on Susan’s blog post! Here’s a link to her supply list, too. And see below for more photos of that gorgeous new paper pad!

     
    Highlights from Today’s New & Back in Stock Goodies! (see more on the site!)

    Reminder: everything shown above is on sale using the coupon! Plus grab some of the clearance items (with an additional 15% off from the coupon) ASAP as they will not be around for long!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 25th, 2019

    New Greatest Show Papers + Circus Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fruit Paradise Kit, Lora Mahaffey, Rubber Stamps, Sale

    Before I show off Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey’s fun Fruit Bats (!), here’s a new paper pad I’ve been pining over: Greatest Show 12×12 Paper Pad. 1 sheet each of 12 double-sided designs (each sheet is a different design). Imported from Italy… AND there are 3 different papers pads in the collection! (There’s also a 12×12 Patterns Pad and a 6×6 Pad!) See below for a related circus sale, too!

     
    Fresh Fruits and the Bats Who Love Them by Lora Mahaffey!

    Ha! I love Lora’s witty little book (and her sense of humor)!

    Forgive my photos if you can’t read the text: the subtitle on the cover at left is:
    A casual study of the relationship between bats and fruit and why they are so darn cute (bats) and tasty (fruit).”

    Another witty quote shown below (left side: for the Cherry Bat):
    Chiroptera Cerasum, the “Cherry Bat” is famous for their voracious foraging for cherry pits, which they like to whittle into tiny beads with their sharp little fangs.” :)

    I like how Lora uses the butterfly clip from the kit to keep extra labels and fruit postage at the ready for future use (top right corner of the same wide photo below).

    Lora also includes photos showing how she covered the chipboard tabbed pages with scrapbook paper (and colored the tabs black with a Sharpie — super easy!), plus more pics on how to create a cover collage in her blog post. Here’s a link to her supply list, too.

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    There’s lots more circus-themed rubber stamps today than the preview pics below; and all the circus stamps are included in the flash sale! (More info below.)

     
    Circus SALE!

    This group includes rubber stamps, charms & (tons of) collage sheets! All on sale at 30% off!

    Psst: anything on clearance in this section is marked down to 50% off (like the last row below)!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, July 22nd.

    Highlights are below, but click FLASH SALE to see everything! (Over 60 items!)

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 21st, 2019

    New Tiny Things; Tins & Inserts SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fruit Paradise Kit, Marie Antoinette, Shannon Cooper, Susan Killam

    We’re got cute artwork from TWO Design Team Members today: both using a Blank Altoids Tin! Before I get there (and the related sale), look at this new Mini Chipboard Gates Set! There are 2 sizes of fences in the set (it’s a baby version of the 2 Sets of Chipboard Gates). As you can see, this new size can be used with a tin: either tall or wide!


    Marie Under the Sea Tin by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Marie Antoinette as a mermaid. And with a jellyfish umbrella. Why not!

    Here’s a bit from Shannon’s blog post:

    What’s this? Something that is NOT Halloween themed? How did that happen?! I don’t know exactly, but I was feeling like making something kooky, which lead to gluing a fish tail on Marie and giving her a jellyfish parasol.

    Weird? Yes. But it did the job of satisfying that want, and it was finished in two hours. That is the beauty of altered tins. They are small, fun, and quick to complete.

    After deciding to put Marie “under the sea”, the first thing I did was mix some resin and pour a tiny bit into a small plastic cup. I flicked Alcohol Pearls on the surface and added glitter. When the resin hardened, it was popped out of the cup and trimmed in half. I glued some teal fibers and a flower stamen to the cut side and created (what I thought) looked like a jellyfish umbrella. Twin 1 said it was ridiculous and made no sense whatsoever, so I felt I had achieved my goal.

    I love the jellyfish umbrella! See below for a close-up. Better still: there are lots more photos and tips over on Shannon’s blog post! Here’s a link to her supply list, too.

     
    Birds In Paradise Altered Altoids Tin by Design Team Member Susan Killam!

    Ah… another sweet tin today! And this one using the fruity papers from this month’s Fruit Paradise kit.

    Here’s a teaser from Susan’s blog post:

    I have a love affair with all the cool Alpha Stamps collage sheets. Since I’ve been on the design team, I’ve gone from 0 to 75mph in my collection. You never know what you’ll need, right? It’s best to have ‘em on hand, just in case. Like these hummingbirds. Look at them! The colors are gorgeous and it took me all of 2 minutes to cut them out and ink the edges with a brush marker.

    Because the hummingbirds face right, I knew the vine would need to be along the right edge, so I picked a design on the fruit paper that would fill in the left side. For added interest, I coated the cherries with Glossy Accents.

    The frame was painted a salmon pink color and dry-brushed white. I finished the edge around the frame with a tiny strand of fiber from The Sea Fiber Set. It has a feathery hint about it, don’t you think?

    [Aside: that scalloped frame is part of the flash sale! And did you notice that both Shannon and Susan used the same fiber set?]

    There are lots more photos and tips over on Susan’s blog post! Here’s a link to her supply list, too. And check below for related tins & inserts in the flash sale!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies

    Beside that new Mini Chipboard Gates Set mentioned above, here’s a sampling of all 9 tiny items!

     
    Tins & Inserts SALE!

    How did I not organize this group before?! From Altoids Tins to Jeweler’s Tins to Tiny Dollhouse Cookie Tins (and a few Tim Holtz Xmas Tins, too)! Plus chipboard and collage sheets inserts to fit in same! And things for on top of a tin, like a roof! All on sale at 30% off!

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, July 19th.

    Highlights are below, but click FLASH SALE to see everything! (Over 20 items!)

    Psst: we’re taking a break from Giveaways. But Miz Bella hosts Giveaways on the Alpha Stamps Facebook page!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 18th, 2019