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    Freak Show by Kristin Batsel & New Starry FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Tim Holtz

    NEW Stars, Dots & Stripes FREE Gift Kit! Have you notice Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s fondness for bold patterns (stripes, stars, polka dots)? I’ve noticed, too (and they are used to such good effect in today’s Freak Show artwork, that I started wandering around searching for similar patterns). And did I find some!

    These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY night, August 27th, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! AND (bonus!) I've just put all of the items in the gift kit on 50% off sale!

    Learn more.
     


    Kristin has created a Freak Show sideshow tent from the new Split Front Box. I love this new display box design! The 2 halves of the outer box can be completely removed (or opened farther than in my photos). Approx. 4-1/4″ tall x 5-1/2″ wide x 3″ deep when closed.

    Kristin’s post includes lots of good tips, like planning the space (so the performers awaiting their turn inside can be seen, even though some of the shorter ones are in the back of the queue). Plus Kristin added a circus tent to the top of the box, and she shows how she created it (with diagrams and measurements) in case you would like to add a tent to yours, too.

    The outside is bright and cheery, full of colorful stripes, polka dots, flags, posters, and curtains. But inside is a different story… The freaks gather and wait to be displayed in the center box, while the split doors make the perfect viewing place for the individual performers to sit as the curious crowds walk by. I did not attach the doors to the box, so they can be pulled forward as shown.

    I created a new Vintage Sideshow Posters Collage Sheet (with colorful Victorian posters), and along with it and the monotone images from past sideshow collage sheets (colored by Kristin with Copic markers) she had lots of performers to choose from. See everything Kristin used to create her Freak Show in her Supply List.
     

     
    Hooray for the Freak Show Giveaway!

    This prize package includes EVERYTHING from Kristin’s Freak Show Supply List!

    Bonus: One of Stars, Dots & Stripes FREE Gift Kits AND a full sheet of all 5 of the scrapbook papers still availiable from that kit! Check the kit page for which those are.

     
    To enter the Freak Show Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 26, 2016)!

     
    To enter the Freak Show Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 26, 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make from the Split Front Box?

    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 Miniature Steamer Trunk Giveaway? That would be Karen! Congratulations!

      
    11 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 25th, 2016

    New Tiny Steamer Trunk (& Art x3!) & FREE Tiny Boxes Gift Kit!

    Filed under Betsy Skagen, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Miniatures, Newsletters, Teri Calia, Tiny Suitcase Kit

    We have an embarrassment of riches today — THREE project all using miniature steamer trunks and all so different (and so well executed). Two of the project were created using the new 4 Inch Chipboard Steamer Trunk: A tiny kit (laser-cut chipboard) to put together a mini version of the Chipboard Steamer Trunk – Large Size. Love the tiny desktop that folds down!

    Let’s start with a nostalgic trip to Paris, by Guest Designer Angie Cook! I love what Angie did with the trunk (and suitcase and chair). You’ll note that the new steamer trunk comes with a shelf on the left side (opposite side from the drop-down desktop), but Angie chose to omit that shelf to make space for a post to hang tiny clothes hangers. Good idea!

    Angie’s trunk uses papers from the Tiny Suitcase Kit, plus lots of little accessories like postcards, a scrapbook, a passport, keys, and a hat box from the earlier Steamer Trunk Parts Collage Sheet.

    Good job, Angie! Read more on Angie’s blog post, and see her full Supply List.


     


    Next up (for a complete change of pace!) is Packing for a Trip to Transylvania by Teri Calia. Wow! Feeling like a Halloween project?! This should give you lots of inspiration.

    Teri started by gluing TWO of the Corner Room Boxes together (to make an “L” shaped room — trust me… or check out her blog… so many cool things to show from her project that I can’t fit all the photos in!) Luckily the walls that form the corner can be configured on the left or right side of the platform. Plus Teri shows how she filled in some gaps then papered over the whole thing so you can’t tell it’s two room boxes underneath.

    I love how she recolored all the furniture (those pieces started out stained in various wood tones). AND THAT MARTINI! Ack! On a table with a raven atop a skull — brilliant!

    Next thing to note: there are now 3 sizes of tiny suitcases (so you can stack them up or just have more 1:12 scale sizes to play with.

    And, the new Armchair with Red Velvet Upholstery — love it! Teri also recolored this one (as it was stained mahogany) but that red upholstery works perfectly with the red “velvet” drawers Teri made for her steamer trunk, using the new Red Suede Paper.


    Here’s some info from Teri’s blog post:

    When I build a miniature scene in a room box, I like to add the pieces I plan to use slowly and move them around until I find just the right balance… I usually glue everything down, but, this time I decided to use Museum Wax to fix the pieces in place so I could redecorate later if I want to.

    By the way, I created a collage sheet with drawers for the new Steamer Trunk but I ended up using them inside out because they clashed with my black and white damask exterior paper, lol.

    Even more info and photos are in Teri’s blog post. See everything Teri used in her Supply List.
     

    FREE GIFT! In honor of Teri’s Packing for a Trip to Transylvania, using the new Tiny Little Damask Boxes Half Sheet, ALL ORDERS on Sunday and Monday, August 21st and 22nd (2016) will receive a Tiny Boxes & Suede Trim FREE Gift Kit including one of these new mini collage sheets, AND a little square of the new Black Suede Paper! A bit hard to see as the boxes are so dang tiny, but I’m holding a little strip of the suede paper as a hat box handle (over on the far right). More info
     

    It’s true… we still have one more steamer trunk to admire! This clever and funny Houdini Steamer Trunk by Design Team Member Betsy Skagen uses the original Chipboard Steamer Trunk (which, by the way, is on sale). I love the barbie doll legs sticking out! And how clever is that: that rabbit in the top hat is covered in Dimensional Snow! See Betsy’s blog post for more info (including how to make the rabbit and the top hat). See everything Betsy used in her Supply List.
     

     

    Hooray for the Miniature Steamer Trunk Giveaway!

    I picked out a big bunch of things from Teri’s Supply List:
    - Chipboard Steamer Trunk – 4 Inch
    - Meeting the Wolf Collage Sheet (did you notice that portrait of Red Riding Hood on the wall?)
    - Nonbreakable Mirror Material
    - Red Wide Lace
    - Die-Cut Black Cats
    - Miniature Flying Bats
    - 1-5/8 Inch Suitcase
    - 4 Inch Steamer Trunk – Damask Collage Sheet
    - Corner Room Box

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

    Bonus: One of the Tiny Boxes & Suede Trim FREE Gift Kits!

     
    To enter the Miniature Steamer Trunk Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, August 22, 2016). And tell me: How will you decorate your Miniature Steamer Trunk?

    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 Time for a Safari Giveaway? That would be Diane Lewandowski! Congratulations!

      
    61 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 21st, 2016

    Time for a Safari, New Travel Theme SALE & FREE Gift! Kimi

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

    Before I dive into the fun, a quick note. Remember our dear Guest Designer (and long-time customer) Marilyn Hughes? She has been hit by the severe flooding in Louisiana and can use your help. “My studio where I did all my creative Mixed Media work is completed flooded. Our house was insured, but not the contents or my studio.” Click here to learn more and help fund her rebuilding. Plus, I’m going to set aside 10% from the cost of all purchases placed today for a future shopping spree once Marilyn has a studio to put new supplies in. Thanks.

    In honor of today’s artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas, there’s a NEW Travel Theme Section! Tons of things in there (over 60 items!)… from fantasy Jules Verne time travel to vintage postage (including quite a few Tim Holtz items) to Africa to Art Deco voyages… and it includes all kinds of items, from charms and papers to digital image sets. Plus that new section is on sale TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY for 40% off! (the sale ends Friday night, August 19th)! Go check it out now!

    PLUS: ALL Animal Charms have just been put on SALE at 50% OFF! That includes cats, bats, rabbits, elephants (including that sweet little one in the FREE Gift — see next paragraph)! NOW through Monday night, August 22nd!

    NEW Travel Charms FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY NIGHT, August 20, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! That includes three of the bronze charms used by Rhonda in her Time for a Safari artwork, plus a little bronze elephant. And since all of those are either in the Travel Theme Section or Animal Charms, all of them are on sale, too!
     


    Rhonda has created Time for a Safari from the new Memory Tray Shadowbox (and her blog is filled with tons of step-by-step photos so you can see how easily that shadowbox goes together)!

    That assembled shadowbox is approx. 8″ tall by 10-1/2″ wide by 1″ deep (which is a good “mama bear” size in my book: not as large as a shadowbox for full-size scrapbook paper, and not too small to get your hands in there while decorating.

    Rhonda also used the colorful new Safari Adventure Paper Pads (in all 3 sizes) AND a new set of Safari Chipboard Silhouettes! And see below for photos and some text from Rhonda’s blog about those chipboard animals.

    Aside: Design Team Member Betsy Skagen has also created with some wild animals: THREE new A Trip to the Zoo Collage Sheets! These are so sweet! I love the nostalgic Victorian illustrations from these images of children’s books. As all 3 are in the Travel Theme Section, they’re on 40% off sale, too (today and tomorrow only)! And check the Giveaway as I’m including all 3!

    Now back to Rhonda’s post:
    I started by placing different elements into place, deciding exactly where I wanted my placement which then led to me knowing which side of my chipboard animals to paint.

    Good ole Distress Paints for the main color of each animal made it a quick and non messy project. Love these little dabbers so much!

    Then I used markers to “paint” on the details. This beautiful page from G45 Safari Adventure was great for inspiration and guidance. What do you think?

    I think that giraffe looks great, Rhonda!

    See everything Rhonda used to create her Time for a Safari in her Supply List. And visit Rhonda’s blog for lots more tips, photos, and a step-by-step tutorial! (Don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway).
     

     

    Hooray for the Time for a Safari Giveaway!

    This prize package includes all these goodies from Rhonda’s Time for a Safari Supply List:
    - A New Memory Tray Shadowbox (!)
    - New Safari Adventure 8×8 Paper Pad
    - New Safari Chipboard Silhouettes
    - Out of Africa Collage Sheet
    - Those 3 travel charms that are also being used in today’s FREE Gift Kit

    Bonus: ALL THREE of the new A Trip to the Zoo Collage Sheets (which will give you bunches more wild animals to play with)! Hm… that flamingo would work well for an Alice in Wonderland project, too…

     
    To enter the Time for a Safari Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 19, 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you make from the Memory Tray Shadowbox?

    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 Industrial Lantern Giveaway? That would be Diana! Congratulations!

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 18th, 2016

    New Lanterns by Nichola (+ More Halloween!) & FREE Batty Gift Kit!

    Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    NEW Gone Batty FREE Gift Kit! I was inspired by the cute Miniature Flying Bats (and the bats in the Halloween Die Set – Bats, Spider Web, Damask) — both new today — and created this little kit! Tthese kits are FREE all orders over $19, now through Monday night, August 15th, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)!

    AND (bonus!) I've just put all of the items in the gift kit on 50% off sale!

    Learn more.
     


    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is such a gem! Just look at those delightful lanterns! (Including pretty dragons… not a phrase I often use.)

    Starting with the new Industrial Lanterns: I love these! A flat kit, laser cut from heavy chipboard, to make a little lantern with a separate lid. It just fits a tea light and has holes through the lid and 2 sides of the top so you can string them.

    And note how tiny they are in the little photo with my hand (just 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ at the base, and 4-1/4″ tall including the lid).

    Here’s some intro text from Nichola’s blog post:

    They’re really cute, like small railroad lanterns, but of course I’ve filled mine with dragons and fairies ;)

    Each side of the lanterns has an ‘X’ across it, but it’s easily chopped off if you want to show off a mini dragon or fairy silhouette.

    Which brings me to: FOUR new chipboard sets of silhouettes! Three of the sets were designed for using in the Industrial Lanterns (easier to punch out… and less expensive than the earlier dragons and fairies). And the fourth set is a larger version of the new dragons.

    More info and photos of the lantern artwork (and some tips on backing the windows and hanging) are in Nichola’s blog post.

    See everything Nichola used in her Supply List.
     

     

    Hooray for the Tiny Industrial Lantern Giveaway!

    I picked out a big bunch of pretty things from Nichola’s Supply List:
    - Industrial Lantern
    - LED Tea Light
    - Miniature Fairies Silhouettes
    - Miniature Dragon Silhouettes
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
    - Mini Floral Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
    - Fluted Ring Pull
    - Mini Fern Garland
    - Mini Red Pip Berry Garland
    - Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant
    - Black Mini Paper Blooms

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

    Bonus: One of Gone Batty FREE Gift Kits!

     
    To enter the Tiny Industrial Lantern Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, August 15, 2016). And tell me: How will you decorate your lantern?

    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 Nature Background ATCs Giveaway? That would be Kat Cashwell! Congratulations!

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 14th, 2016

    A Formal Garden by Laura Carson & Related New FREE Gift!

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


    Such a treat today! Design Team Member Laura Carson
    has created a lovely Formal Garden (and that it is! with marble columns and railings, wrought iron benches and trellis, and a babbling fountain). But wait! Those are all made of paper!

    Lucky for us Laura has provided a video tutorial to show how to turn simple terracotta pots into fancy Victorian ones using paperclay and molds. And how to paint the new Garden Trellis with Round Window (and clever benches made from parts of the Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set) to look like aged green wrought iron.

    AND that fountain! Look below for a top view, with the koi and waterlilies (and both of those images are provided free on Laura’s blog post, too!

    Laura also created FOUR new collage sheets for the Formal Garden and as backgrounds for some coordinating ATCs (see the wide photo of the Formal Garden for a broader view, showing ladies and gents from the 1830s. And see a photo of one of the SIX (!) ATCs below in the Giveaway.

    See everything Laura used to create her Formal Garden in her Supply List. And visit Laura’s blog for lots more tips, photos, and that tutorial! (Don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway, which is based around the pretty ATCs that Laura also made from her new collage sheets).
     

    FREE GIFT! In honor of 6 ATCs by Laura, using all four of her new collage sheets, ALL ORDERS on Thursday and Friday, August 11th and 12th (2016) will receive a Rose Garden FREE Gift Kit including one of the new Rose Garden Collage Sheets, AND:
    - a mix of 4 coordinating colors of seam binding
    - 4 paper flowers!   More info
     


     

     

    Hooray for the Nature Background ATCs Giveaway!

    This prize package includes all these goodies used in Laura’s SIX Nature Background ATCs:
    - Nature ATC Backgrounds Collage Sheet (new!)
    - 1830s Gents & Ladies Fashion Collage Sheets: one and two (both new!)
    - Fern Garland
    - Mini Rose Buds – Red Yellow Variegated
    - Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set (see close-up at left for a bit of this set used on another of Laura’s ATCs… plus this is the set Laura used to create benches)

    Bonus: One of the new Rose Garden FREE Gift Kits (which will give you another collage sheet and more mulberry paper flowers!)

     
    To enter the Nature Background ATCs Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 12, 2016)!

    And tell me: What is your favorite technique from Laura’s tutorial? Bonus if you can explain combining that technique with the goodies in the prize package.

    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 Halloween in Wonderland Giveaway? That would be Peggy! Congratulations!

      
    29 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 11th, 2016

    Stacking Cabana Houses (+ New MINI Size!) & Related FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Beach Cabanas Kit, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

    NEW Floorings Sampler FREE Gift Kit – Wood, Bricks & Stone! Inspired by the paper roofing shingles that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana used on her Potteresque A Little Burrow…, these kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through Monday night, August 8th, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! Learn more.

    AND (bonus sale!) , I’ve just put the Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items on sale — a BIG section (80 items!) and that includes the new Mini Size of the Cabana Row House Set! Catch it quick, as this 25% off sale also ends TOMORROW night, Monday night, August 8th!
     


    Perhaps it’s a happy accident: TWO Design Team Members thought to stack the houses from the Cabana Row House Set — with different results but I love both of their projects! And check the new items below, as there’s now a Cabana Row House MINI Set!

    Beginning with Nichola’s A Little Burrow:

    Although I’m not a beachy sort, I did manage to make those Cabanas work for me. I made a little burrow. This isn’t exactly the Weasley abode (it’s far too tidy and not nearly wonky enough) but it is inspired by the home of my favourite magical family.

    I simply took the Cabana Row House Set and stacked the wee buildings together, chopping out any bits that were in the way, to make everything fit neatly.

    The roofing tiles, although applied in rows, are totally wonky. I think it’s kind of charming though… neatness isn’t everything after all. You’ll also notice here a little Thin Fleur Dresden Borders around the edge and peaks of the roof which I think add a nice touch. And there are people peeking through the windows from the Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet

    I’m particularly fond of the next bit:

    If you look on the bottom left here you’ll see some Wooden Spreaders. They don’t actually hold anything in place (yay hot glue!) but they make sense visually. You can absolutely cheat when it comes to miniature construction. Build the impossible! BUT adding little details like fake supports and whatnot adds a smidge of ‘reality’ to your nonsense.

    More info and photos of the project are in Nichola’s blog post.

    See everything Nichola used to make A Little Burrow in the Supply List.
     

    Mermaid Cabana Totem by Caroline Ouzts-Hay

    Mermaids don’t have their cabanas all in a row, theirs go up, like sea grass and coral reefs.

    Inside their cabanas they not only change their tops but also put on their legs. That’s right, this cabana is run by Ursula!

    The entire piece is built on top of a piece of wood covered in sand. Pieces from the Seaside Doors and Windows Set help make these little houses look like they are being used.

    Surrounding the entire piece are palm trees. Yes, I know there are no palm trees on the bottom of the Ocean but in Ursula’s world there are.

    Of course there are! I believe every word from Caroline about this Mermaid Cabana Totem!

    Visit Caroline’s blog post for more photos and info on the mermaids. Or click here for Caroline’s Supply List.
     

     

    Hooray for the Halloween in Wonderland Giveaway!

    Well, this one was easy-peasy. The winner will receive ALL TWELVE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers from the Halloween in Wonderland Collection!

    Bonus: One of Floorings Sampler FREE Gift Kit – Wood, Bricks & Stones!

     
    To enter the Halloween in Wonderland Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, August 8, 2016). And tell me: What will you make with the papers? A spooky Alice in Wonderland Halloween scene?

    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 Vintage Bathing Machine Giveaway? That would be Lou Anne Colodny! Congratulations!

      
    47 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 7th, 2016

    Tim Holtz Halloween! New Artwork & New FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Edgar Allan Poe, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Tim Holtz


    Very pretty! We have TWO bathing machines today by 2 Design Team Members! Starting off with Laura Carson’s Vintage Bathing Machine, here’s some info about the beautiful color effects she added to the mermaids on the roof:

    “I used chipboard mermaids to jazz up the roof.  First, I glued the chipboard to the two roof pieces then painted the roof with blue acrylic paint.

    “Finally, I used a bristly paint brush to lightly brush on white acrylic paint.  I used one of the mermaids (painted the same way) for the center front of the roof.”

    Many more photos and tips (like creating the custom beaded fringe covering the doorway) are on Laura’s blog post.

    See everything Laura used to create her Vintage Bathing Machine in her Supply List. (And don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway — as ALL of the items from Laura’s Supply List are included!)
     

    FREE GIFT! Note: In honor of Laura's lovely Vintage Bathing Machine using this new Mini Vintage Beach Posters Collage Sheet (also designed by Laura, with tiny posters to decorate your own bathing machine), ALL ORDERS on Thursday and Friday, August 4th and 5th (2016) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE! More info

     
    Next up: another lovely bathing machine, this time by Rhonda Secrist Thomas! I love the nostalgic feel to the colors and woodgrain patterns that Rhonda used (and all the historic photos and info about bathing machines spinkled throughout her blog post!)

    “In Georgian and Victorian times (roughly 1714 to 1901), entire fleets of bathing machines were designed to prevent anyone from seeing a woman in her swimsuit before she slipped into the waves. They resembled wooden changing booths, with wheels and wooden steps that led inside.

    “I know, my building looks like it’s actually aged wood. But it’s not. I just used this wood designed paper from the French Riviera Paper Collection. For the stairs and wheels I used the perfect matching Distress Paints and some crackle paint. It looks perfect!”

    I agree! (And a note: those French Riviera papers are also part of the Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit.)

    Check out Rhonda’s Supply List and be sure to visit her blog post for more beautiful photos!


     

     
    Hooray for Vintage Bathing Machine Giveaway!

    This prize includes EVERYTHING in Laura’s Vintage Bathing Machine Supply List!! That’s 10 items!!

    And a Comet Matchbox Label Rubber Stamp (on cling foam! see photo at left. And: ooh… these were just put on clearance at 80% off! See the clearance section here or the most recent items put on sale here.)

    Bonus: One of the new Mini Vintage Beach Posters Half Sheets.

     
    To enter the Vintage Bathing Machine Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 5, 2016)!

    And tell me: What will you do with your Bathing Machine? Check out the comments from last Sunday’s post, as there were some great ideas!

    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 Snake Oil Caravan Giveaway? That would be Deanne! Congratulations!

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 4th, 2016

    Tiny Suitcase Kit & Snake Oil Caravan! New FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tiny Suitcase Kit

    Quick announcement before the new Tiny Suitcase Kit (!) and fabulous artwork by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper: not only is the Lace Sale that started on Thursday continuing, but there’s a new FLASH SALE!

    ALL Lace is on sale at 50% off! See Thursday’s newsletter for the inspiration for this sale. Note: the sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, August 1st.

    NEW! 40% off Sale on ALL Game Pieces & Miscellaneous Items through TOMORROW NIGHT (also ends August 1st)! Well over 100 quirky items! (Feathered birds, Mardi Gras beads, playing cards, Christmas ornaments…)
     

    Tiny Suitcase Kit


    It all started with this tiny suitcase. Quite practical (as with most items we’ve been using for 100s of years), from a vintage vacation project to an African safari, I think it will be a useful little prop. Then… one thing led to another (big thanks to Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!) and this kit took a turn toward Victorian quack medicine.

    So this little suitcase has become a salesman’s sample case (see Shannon’s fab artwork shown below). Shannon covered the suitcase in faux leather and lined it with Asian Calligraphy Scrapbook Paper (that paper is included in this kit, along with 4 other designs, all chosen as they look like leather or vintage lining fabric prints). Note: the 5 papers in the kit are 6″ x 6″. More than ample for a tiny suitcase.

    Shannon also used tiny straps and hinges (turned into corners) from the Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet. Then filled the suitcase with bottles and jars of products (see her supply list for all of the bottles she used, and also the teeny tiny labels from collage sheets).

    The tiny trunk lock (new!) Shannon used on the suitcase would be perfect for a tiny steamer trunk, too.

    But back to this kit! The kit also includes a set of Small Chipboard Apothecary Jar Shapes. So cute! (Note: they come in a larger size, too.) They can fit in the suitcase if you wish (you could use them behind a row of 3D resin or glass bottles or just decorate them by themselves). And the classic shapes would work well for urns, candy jars, cookie jars… all kinds of things.

    Plus a new collage sheet with labels for those jars: Snake Oil Labels. I used only vintage labels (none of these concoctions were created for effect), but they are quite a read. Sized to fit the large and small chipboard apothecary jar shapes (and they’ll also fit glass or resin bottles from 1″ to 2″ tall).

    AND another new collage sheet: Just What the Doctor Ordered. These are great (in a creepy kinda way): adverts for quack medicines from the Victorian age. Amazing anyone survived. Note: the curtains at top left fit the height of the Bathing Machine (the Bathing Machine is not included in this kit, but it is a cool new item and used as a traveling medicine show wagon in Shannon’s artwork).

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Tiny Suitcase Kit page.
     


    Shannon Cooper’s Snake Oil Caravan

    Wow! Shannon did an amazing job turning the Bathing Machine into a traveling medicine show wagon (and filling that tiny suitcase with snake oil). I’ll let her explain:

    “The wagon is actually a repro of a vintage bathing machine, but I think it worked out well for a traveling snake oil salesman and his wares. It’s covered entirely with just two papers: the new Good For What Ails You Collage Sheet and the Wood Flooring Scrapbook Paper. Having the digital download enabled me to crop and copy the parts needed, like the red stripes on the side with the door.

    “The suitcase is a mere 2″ x 1.5″ but holds a whole slew of items. I managed to squash in 14 bottles of various tonics, restoratives, strengtheners, liveners, and an ointment! Tucked behind the snake oils in the lid are adverts and such from various collage sheets.”

    Shannon also provides a tutorial on how to add an invisible pins placed in the top and bottom of the door!

    See all of the parts in the Snake Oil Caravan Supply List. Visit Shannon’s Blog for more details and photos.

     

    Hooray for the Snake Oil Caravan Giveaway!

    Today’s Giveaway starts with… THE NEW KIT:
    Tiny Suitcase Kit (includes NINE items!)!

    And then I bunches of items used by Shannon:
    - Bathing Machine Kit (New!)
    - Good For What Ails You Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Tan Faux Leather Paper
    - Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet
    - Secret Spell Book Labels Collage Sheet

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

    And I also included these 3 things beyond what Shannon used:
    - 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs (20ish? Tons if you’re just thinking of using them as tiny suitcase feet)
    - Black Window Pulls (just one)
    - Small Antique Brass Suitcase Handles (New!)

     
    To enter the Snake Oil Caravan Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, August 1, 2016). And tell me: What will you make with the Bathing Machine Kit and/or 2 Inch Suitcase (both in the Giveaway)?

    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 Summer at the Shore Giveaway? That would be Chris! Congrats! Check your email for more info.

      
    76 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 31st, 2016

    Summer at the Shore, FLASH SALE & Halloween FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beach Cabanas Kit, Betsy Skagen, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Summer/Beach

    Hm… what are you in the mood for? A summer getaway? Diving into Fall and starting Halloween early? I think I’ve got both options covered!

    ALL Lace has just been put on SALE at 50% OFF! So that includes the 2 black lace ribbons in the gift kit! NOW through Monday night, August 1st!

    NEW Goth Parasol FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY NIGHT, July 30, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! I know you guys are just getting into the Halloween spirit, and I don’t want to break the spell! So even though I had intended these exclusive chipboard umbrellas to be a summer, beachy kinda thing (as an extra shape, similar to the Seaside Decor & Beach Umbrellas): I’ve decided to go a whole ‘nuther way! So I thought about adding some black lace and turning the umbrella into a parasol. Then one thing led to another and I suddenly had 6 papers and 2 trims! Learn more.
     


    Wow! Design Team Member Betsy Skagen has created a whole seaside (lakeside?) scene including realistic water! (See the wide photo below for the entire scene, and the photos at right for some close-ups).

    “Nothing defines summer more than a sunny day at the beach — the sound of waves hitting the sandy shore, wooden docks, children laughing and cold drinks.

    “I captured an idyllic summer moment by making a miniature scene with realistic water and sand, a bait and snack shack and an old wooden dock that is actually made from paper.

    “This was my first attempt at making any kind of water scene bigger than a trickling fountain. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I am happy with the results. I love how the waves crest, curl and crash and how the sunlight reflects all the different blues.”

    Betsy explains the steps (and shows lots of photos) of how she created the waves, from carving foam core as a base to painting with multiple shades of acrylic paint, and using Making Waves Resin Water to build up the waves (and to create the standing water at the sandy shore).

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

    See everything Betsy used to create Summer at the shore — an altered art miniature beach scene with bait and snack shack in her Supply List. (And don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway — as many items from Betsy’s Supply List are included!)


     

     

    Hooray for Summer at the Shore Giveaway!

    This prize includes all of these goodies from Betsy’s Summer at the shore — an altered art miniature beach scene with bait and snack shack Supply List:
    - Miniature White Beach Chair
    - Seaside Decor & Beach Umbrellas
    - Miniature Metal Wash Tub
    - Miniature Ice Cubes
    - Mini Soda Pop Bottles in Crate
    - Fishtales Collage Sheet
    - Children at the Beach Collage Sheet
    - Cabana Row House Set
    - Blue Crystal Pitcher with 4 Tumblers – Kit

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

    Bonus: One of the Goth Parasol FREE Gift Kit.

     
    To enter the Summer at the Shore 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 29, 2016)! And tell me: What is your favorite technique or tip from Betsy’s blog post? How she made the water? Or the pier? Or the Bait and Snack Shack? Something else?

    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 (with a monthly kit announcement)!

    Hey, who won Building Texture on a Bookcase Giveaway? That would be Amy! Congratulations!

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 28th, 2016

    A Haunted Reading Room in a Faux Book!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia, Tutorials

    A couple announcements before the fun Haunted artwork (and a bonus Vintage Drink Coasters project): not only is the BIG Sale on FOUR categories continuing through tomorrow night (all related to Laura Carson’s artwork from Thursday’s newsletter), but there’s 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 Haunted Skull Frame FREE Gift Kit! Inspired by Teri Calia’s oval frame on the wall of her Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire…, these kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through TUESDAY NIGHT, July 26, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! Learn more.

    AND (bonus sale!) because you could use Teri’s technique for layering charms (or skulls) over all sizes and shapes of settings, I’ve just put the Pendant Bezels & Settings on sale too! Catch it quick, as this 50% off sale also ends TOMORROW night, Monday night, July 25th!
     


    Do I dare say it… This is beginning to look like HALLOWEEN artwork?!

    Teri Calia Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire… is so clever! A reading room inside a book! Plus clever use of Dresden trims to add texture to a wooden bookcase (and more on that below).

    The project is built inside the new Large Faux Book Box, which is a larger size of the ATC Sized Faux Book Box. It’s a faux book to put together with a wrap-around cover and a box area inside for building a little shrine or a book on a shelf with a secret compartment inside.

    Note: the spine and front cover are separate pieces that you’ll need to hinge together with paper tape (or you can use metal hinges as Teri did).

    The overall size when the book is closed is 6″x 9″ (and 2-7/8″ deep… the useable space inside is a bit over 2-1/2″: deep enough to accommodate most 1:12 scale tables or desks). Speaking of which: Teri used the new Corner Bookcase with 3 Shelves inside the book, and she made it look wonderfully witchy! I love the new Candleholder Set and Row of Old Books shown in that close-up photo at left… plus that new Chesterfield Chair!!

    As Teri’s favorite part is the corner bookcase, I’ve used her texture technique as the focus of the Giveaway below (with some before-and-after photos, too).

    More info and photos of the project are in Teri’s blog post.

    See everything Teri used to make her Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire… in the Supply List. (And check below because many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway!)
     


    Vintage Coasters for Summertime Drinks

    These are so pretty! And a perfect match of imagery with a technique that emphasizes the vintage, nostalgic feel. Design Team Member Betsy Skagen created these functional drink coasters by inkjet printing images from the Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet onto Lazertran Waterslide Decals.

    “After printing, cut the paper into 4″ x 4″ squares. Soak the squares for a few minutes in a bowl of water.

    “While the images are soaking, use a clean rag to rub turpentine over the top of the tiles. Remove one image from the water and carefully the protective back off the image, while sliding the image onto the tile. Repeat for each of the images.

    “Soak your clean rag with more turpentine and dab — do not rub — over the top of the images. Repeat this process a few times as the image dries. This will fuse the image to the tile and make the white parts of the decal disappear into the stone.

    “After the tiles fully dry, spray them with three to four coats of spray matte polyurethane sealer.

    “That’s it. All you have to do now is adhere felt feet to the bottom of the coasters to prevent the tiles from scratching other surfaces. Make a bunch ahead of time and you will always have last-minute hostess gifts on hand.”

    Good idea about hostess gifts! Visit Betsy’s blog post for more photos.
     

     

    Hooray for the Building Texture on a Bookcase Giveaway!

    I decided to focus on Teri’s tutorial for adding texture (and skulls!) to a wooden dollhouse bookcase. This would be a fun way to add texture (with an overlay of gesso or paint to unify the items) to other styles of artwork, too (idea: use white paint of gesso for a shabby chic finish).

    See the raw wooden bookcase (behind the first layer of Dresden) at top right? The next step is adding Gesso (or black paint) to get a base color (that grey skull was added after the paint… and he gets some paint added, too, to tone down the light grey). At the bottom of the photos is the finished bookcase!

    All of the items in this Giveaway are from Teri’s Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire… Supply List (and I’m trying to constrain myself to only items shown in these photos — not terribly successfully! But that is to your benefit!):
    - Black Ornate Leaf Dresden Scrolls
    - Mini Floral Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
    - Tiny Resin Skull Mix
    - New Large Faux Book Box
    - Saucy Witches Collage Sheet
    - Spell Book Box Covers Collage Sheet (for those tiny book covers shown in the bottom of the photo at right)
    - Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set (used all over the front cover of Teri’s book… plus part of the 50% off Filigree Sale!)

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

    Bonus: One of Haunted Skull Frame FREE Gift Kits!

     
    To enter the Building Texture on a Bookcase 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 25, 2016). And tell me: What items wil you try adding texture to via layering Dresden or charms? A dollhouse bookcase like Teri’s? A photo frame? Give me some ideas!

    (Hm… I just had an idea… use larger chipboard flourishes to add texture to a larger book cover or frame. Like the Layered Victoria Scroll Border, or Victorian Chipboard Scroll Corners?)

    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 Atlantis with a Steampunk Twist Giveaway? That would be Carol Slowik! Congratulations!

      
    78 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 24th, 2016