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    A Deconstructed Garden by Nichola Battilana (+ Garden Theme SALE!)

    Filed under Back in Stock, Butterfly Garden Kit, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    I adore Nichola. I just have to get that out of the way before proceeding. I don’t know what she had in mind (that didn’t happen) but what she made instead is just beautiful.

    So I’m just going to let Nichola explain how her Deconstructed Butterfly Garden came to be:

    If the past few weeks have taught me anything it’s that things don’t always go to plan. That sometimes, no matter how hard we battle against them, there are things beyond our control.

    Life and death don’t care about deadlines. The post office and customs doesn’t care about my little packages. There are things beyond my control and sometimes you just need to find an alternate solution rather than fight and struggle.

    Sometimes you have to throw your hands in the air and give in! Sometimes that is the right thing to do to preserve your sanity.

    These pieces, made with beautiful papers, glorious collage sheets, and super thick chip board bases should have been a hinged bookish boxy thing-a-ma-doodle. But something went sideways and the monkey wrench flew across the room and instead of one piece, I ended up with a several smaller bits.

    I’m okay with that. I mean it’s not what I set out to do, but honestly, some days I’m grateful for any beauty that comes my way. If things aren’t going to plan, and that means a deconstructed butterfly garden… so be it.

    Here’s a link to Nichola’s short and sweet supply list. And a link to Nichola’s blog post to see (and read) more about the project. Check below for a chance to win the supplies (with a few extras added, too). AND don’t miss the new goodies and new sale between here and there.

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies! (kind of a miniatures & garden grouping)

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 21 of them!

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

     
    The Garden FLASH SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale on on ALL Garden-Themed Items! Wow! This group has grown to over 270 options!

    You can view everything in that group or view a smaller subset:
    - paper (single sheets & pads)
    - beads & charms
    - collage sheets and digital images
    - miniatures
    - misc collage supplies (from metal dies to chipboard shapes)
    - and paper flowers

    The sale ends at midnight on MONDAY night, June 24th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    A Deconstructed Butterfly Garden Giveaway!

    Today’s Giveaway starts with ALL the supplies in Nichola’s project! That’s a little deceptive, as there are only 5 items in the list, but it includes one of the Butterfly Garden 6×6 Paper Pads with all the flowers (and many butterflies) Nichola cut out and made dimensional (and that mauve-y background paper, too). And it includes the Wide Letter Box Book that she used as flat boards.

    The Giveaway also includes the 3 collage sheets Nichola used:
    - Bees Collage Sheet (also part of today’s sale!)
    - English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet (shown at right, and design by Nichola!)
    - Antique ATC Pockets & Butterflies Collage Sheet (psst: not only is that one in this month’s kit, it’s also part of today’s sale!)

    Bonus! I am also including these goodies from the garden sale that you should be able to use in whatever you decide to make with the above supplies:
    - Bee Banners – Half Sheet (more bees!)
    - 1 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
    - Butterfly Garden Ephemera
    - 1 inch Wired Green Rose Leaves
    See below or right for pics of those items.

    To enter A Deconstructed Butterfly Garden 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, June 24, 2019 — the last Monday in June… eek).

    And what are you going to make?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Gypsy Seamstress Art Journal Kit Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Charlene Ottinger! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 23rd, 2019

    TWO Projects with 2 New Books (+ Sewing Theme on Sale!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Susan Killam

    Mini Sewing-Themed Album by
    Design Team Member Susan Killam

    I’m just diving straight into the deep end: Susan has made a fabulous little book with the new Atelier 12×12 Scrapbook Paper Pad and Memory Hardware Tiny Chipboard Album! And it really is little: all the lovely lace and butterflies and trim are deceiving: that new album is just 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (and the heavy chipboard pages inside are just 4″ x 4″).

    Here’s an intro from Susan’s blog post:

    There’s a feeling of nostalgia and comfort that comes from vintage sewing artifacts and ephemera. I’ve collected enough bits and bobs over the years to have a vintage-sewing-themed guest bedroom, including an old singer treadle machine as a side table.

    I was thrilled to see the Atelier Paper Pad, a beautiful nod to seamstresses everywhere. I couldn’t wait to work with it.

    Don’t get me wrong — I am NOT a seamstress. I mostly use my sewing machine on paper now, as you can see on each page of this tiny album.

    Aw… I just love how this project turned out! Mixing in the vintage buttons and metal bits (like the scissors and dress form charm on the front cover) worked well for adding contrast to all the (real) lace and papers… and see the chipboard spools at left? Add some thin ribbon wound around one (like in in the far right of the photo below), add a brad to the chipboard scissors in the same set and it makes a great little embellishment.

    Beside the few photos shown here, visit Susan’s blog post for lots more info & photos! And here’s a link to the full supply list.

    AND there’s a big related sale (and lots more new products) AND another sewing-themed art project below, too!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 22 of them!

    Psst: that 2nd row below are all back in stock items, and all 3 have been hard to come by!

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE, related to all the new sewing-themed items!

     
    Sewing Theme ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale on EVERYTHING tagged Sewing! Wow! This group has grown to over 140 options!

    You can view everything in that group or view a smaller subset:
    - paper (single sheets & pads),
    - charms,
    - collage sheets and digital images,
    - miniatures,
    - and miscellaneous supplies (from spools to die-cut chipboard to tiny buttons to ribbon)!

    The sale ends at midnight on SATURDAY night, June 22nd! Click: SEWING SALE to see everything!

     
    A Journal For Vintage Sewing Treasures by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    Ah… a whole different sewing-themed book project! This time using the new Gypsy Seamstress 12×12 Scrapbook Paper Set and Art Journal Kit.

    Here’s a short intro from Rhonda’s blog post:

    I have really found a passion for creating journals. I have so many wonderful treasures and it is nice to display them inside of a journal that can be looked through, instead of inside a box on a shelf.

    I have hoarded so many treasures over the years, protected the aged beauty, but why? You have one life, might just as well use the things you have and love. Some journals can become a new family heirloom full of heirlooms that once were.

    Many of the vintage sewing items I have came from my mother and my grandmother’s collections. I think they look even more gorgeous gathered on the pages of this journal.

    I love all the textures in Rhonda’s book pages (and scroll down a bit to see another photo, too… plus many more are in her blog post).

    There are just 3 (big!) items from Rhonda’s supply list in today’s Giveaway:

    - An Art Journal Kit
    See the photo at right: a big bunch of options for making your own journal. The kit includes 2 Covers, 4 Tabbed Dividers, 2 Tab Top Page Markers, 4 chipboard pages, 4 corrugated pages and 2 binder rings. The overall size is approx 7-1/2″ tall x 5-1/2″ wide. The inner pages are approx. 7″ tall x 5″ wide.

    - ALL FIVE collage sheets Rhonda used!! One with fans is used in that page spread below (and cute to use the vintage seam binding packages as extensions to the fan shape).

    - One of the Gypsy Seamstress 12×12 Scrapbook Paper Sets
    See the photo at left: An assortment of 6 different double-sided, 12″ x 12″ designs with a vintage sewing theme. Printed on high quality, heavy-duty cardstock; printed in the USA. Includes tape measures, old spools, needle & button cards, seam binding spools, dress patterns. And this new paper is included in the sewing sale!

    To enter the Gypsy Seamstress Art Journal Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW or SATURDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday Night, June 22, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

    Oooh! We have some gift certificate winners to announce from the last 2 days of the summer sale! A gift certificate for $50 was chosen at random from the orders over $25 placed on each day; here are the winners:
    - Marge Peck
    - Sally McNeal

    Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 20th, 2019

    Summer Sale continues + New Art by Susan Killam

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Gift Certificates, Sale, Susan Killam

    I know — it’s not even officially summer yet. A little catching up: I may have gone insane Tuesday (105 degrees here in NoCal) so I’ve been having a different sale every day from last Thursday through tomorrow (Monday)!

    And there’s a drawing for a gift certificate every day! (Psst.. winners for the first 3 days are below, so read on!)

    Here’s the dish:

    • Today’s sale is EVERYTHING tagged Christmas! Wow! This group has grown to over 300 items! 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
      - rubber stamps,
      - miniatures
      - miscellaneous supplies (from glitter to ribbon)
      That entire group is on sale through midnight tonight (that’s Sunday, June 16, 2019) at 30% off! Some items won’t be available again after current stock is sold out, so replenish your Christmas stash now.
    • Everyone placing an order of $25 or more today will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate! Pretty sweet!
    • And check back tomorrow, as there’ll be a different sale! (With a similar gift certificate drawing!) Tomorrow will be the final day of the Summer Sale; Thursday we’ll be back to our normal newsletter schedule (with new items, new art, and a Giveaway).

    OK… on to today’s Design Team eye candy!

     
    Time is an Illusion: An Ode to Love by Design Team Member Susan Killam

    Wow! I love this project! From adding a metal handle to the flap of the book box to mixing the Time is an Illusion papers with the bee & butterfly theme from the June kit… it’s beautiful!

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

    Hello crafty friends! Today I want to share a project made with the Alpha Stamps June Kit: Butterfly Garden. This is a great kit, chock full of gorgeous papers and fun embellishments. Plus, it comes with the Tall Accordion Letter Folder and an Accordion Book. I’ve gone rogue and set aside the Butterfly Garden papers for later use… No, you *didn’t* just hear echoes of “my precious” off in the distance. I WILL use it eventually!

    I’m smitten with many of the papers from Stamperia. This project showcases “Time Is An Illusion”, which comes as a 12×12 pad or as single sheets. One of the great things about Stamperia is they make every page useable — including the cover sheet. There’s very little waste!

    To begin, I covered the perforated accordion edges with linen tape, then covered everything with a coat of black paint. The made the accordion very sturdy — good for me since I knew I’d be layering a lot onto the pages.

    The kit also comes with 2 collage sheets, and I’ve fussy cut all the butterflies, inked the edges and added antennae with craft wire.

    [Note: scroll down to see a photo showing how Susan embellished the butterflies.]

    Beside the few photos shown here, visit Susan’s blog post for lots of tips & more photos! And here’s a link to the supply list.

    Oooh! We have some gift certificate winners to announce from the first 3 days of the sale! A gift certificate for $50 was chosen at random from the orders over $25 placed on each day; here are the winners:
    - Valerie Rajcic
    - Kitty Tatman
    - Bonnie Hayes

    Congrats! Check your email Monday for info.

    Now don’t forget: the Christmas Sale ends tonight! And check back tomorrow for a completely new sale! (And 2 more gift certificates will be awarded from orders placed today and tomorrow!) All the info on the new sale theme for Monday will be posted on the home page.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, June 16th, 2019

    Summer Sale + Butterfly Art by Daniela Costa

    Filed under Art Projects, Butterfly Garden Kit, Daniela Costa, Sale

    I know — it’s not even officially summer yet. But I may have gone insane Tuesday (105 degrees here in NoCal) so I’m having a different sale every day now through Monday!

    And there’ll be a drawing for a gift certificate every day!

    Here’s the dish:

    • Today’s sale is All Things French! You can view everything in that group (from paper to charms to collage sheets to rubber stamps)! That entire group of (over 90) mixed items is on sale through midnight tonight (that’s Thursday, June 13, 2019) at 30% off!
    • And everyone placing an order of $25 or more today will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate! Pretty sweet!
    • And check back tomorrow, as there’ll be a different sale! (With a similar gift certificate drawing!)

    Note: I’m not going to bombard you with emails for every day of the sale. But do check back now through Monday as there’ll be info on the new sale posted on the home page each day. The Sunday newsletter with new art will be sent as normal.

    Reminder: the All Things French sale ends tonight!

    OK… on to today’s new eye candy! We have 2 sweet projects (both related to this month’s kit) by Design Team Member Daniela Costa!

     
    Nature’s Love Letters

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

    For this beautiful project, I used the Wide Letter Box and Wide Accordion Book, plus the gorgeous Butterfly Garden papers along with 2 collage sheets, seam binding and metal bee & butterfly charms.

    First I covered the pieces with cardstock and got it assembled, really easy!

    On the top of the box, I’ve fussy cut all the butterflies and only adhered the middle down so that the wings would be able to be lifted up.

    Covering the chipboard pieces with black cardstock is a great trick for uniting the pieces (colorwise) really quickly. And adhering the butterflies only down the center so the wings can be lifted up is also a good trick. I also like the little pockets Daniela made from scrapbook paper to hold the tags she made (horizontal pockets across the full page width).

     
    Nature’s Letter Wall Hanging

    Daniela made a second project, which is a wall hanging (see the photo below). It’s nice to see a different use of the chipboard parts than the book shape they were originally designed as. This project uses the tall version of the accordion book (cut apart and reattached with baker’s twine).

    And look at that flurry of butterflies! Bunches of them (and the mushrooms) were cut from the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet — I like how Daniela left a white border around the edges… they look like die-cuts (plus they stand out from the black background better).

    Beside the few photos shown here, visit Daniela’s blog post for lots more info & photos! And here’s a link to the supply lists for the Nature’s Love Letters and Nature’s Letter Wall Hanging.

    Short and sweet today. But we do have a winner to announce from the Serene Journal for Late Spring Giveaway in last Sunday’s newsletter: Kathe Deck! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    Now don’t forget: the All Things French sale ends tonight!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, June 13th, 2019

    Butterfly Garden Journal, Confection Papers & Fairy Garden Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Butterfly Garden Kit, Fairy Garden, Kristin Batsel

    Serene. That’s what word came to mind when I saw this beautiful journal made by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel using the Butterfly Garden Kit (and the Wide Letter Box Book turned sideways as wrap-around book covers).

    And I’m with Kristin: we are having a heat advisory here this weekend so we kinda skipped spring and dove into summer too early… but it feels all calm and cool looking at Kirstin’s Butterfly Garden Journal!

    Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post to start:

    The new June kit features the Butterfly Garden 6×6 Paper Pad. It’s perfect for spring, even though we seemed to have jumped right on into summer where I live. In any case, I decided to take the Wide Letter Box Book provided and make a sort of junk journal. Don’t you just love that bee? It’s actually a pendant, but I think it looks great as a charm.

    It was fun to mix and match the papers from the 6×6 pad to make the inside and outside of the cover. I altered the Box Book a bit by cutting the spine down by half, as I wanted a bit of a smaller journal. Leaving the spine its full size would make quite a chunky book. My binding rings are only 3/4″, so a little trimming was necessary.

    The pages of the book were bound with a Zutter BindItAll. After the wire bindings were done, I threaded a couple of rubber bands through the wires and slid them onto the spine. If I ever want to change the contents of the interior, it’ll be easy to remove this insert.

    So clever using rubber bands!

    Here’s a link to all of Kristin’s supplies. And check below for a photo showing 4 more of the inside pages (and a chance to win ALL the supplies)! AND don’t miss the new goodies and new sale between here and there!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 20 of them!

    Oooh… NEW Confection Sweet Treats 12×12 Collection Kit with teeny tiny prints! And I love those new Fairy Garden Charms (especially the dragonflies)! Keep reading as there’s a FLASH SALE on the ALL Fairy Garden Charms!

     
    ALL Fairy Garden Charms ON SALE!

    As you can see, this is a jumble of mixed items: from insects (butterflies, bees & dragonflies) to fairy tale wands to actual fairies. This is a 30% off sale on a big section: Over 30 options… including the highlights below (and lots of the new goodies above and that lovely big bee in Kristin’s project)!

    The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, June 10th. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Serene Journal for Late Spring Giveaway!

    So sweet! All those pink-hued ladies from the Easter Bonnets Collage Sheet work perfectly with the papers in Kristin’s Butterfly Garden Journal!

    Today’s Giveaway includes ALL the supplies in Kristin’s project! That’s a little deceptive, as the June Kit already has the 6×6 papers and that lovely big filigree bee (on the front cover flap). But the Giveaway also includes the Wide Letter Box Book and Easter Bonnets Collage Sheet (only 3 items if you count the kit as one item, but that just about covers everything in Kristin’s project).

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Butterfly Garden Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

    HOWEVER, I am including a bonus:
    - One of the Antique Mini Envelope Sets (nice small sizes of pre-made (and decorated) envelopes you could bind into your own journal)
    and (for more pink paper options):
    - Attic Charm Foyer Scrapbook Paper
    - Always & Forever Love Clippings Scrapbook Paper

    To enter the Serene Journal for Late Spring Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 10, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Tabbed Book & Butterflies Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nadine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 9th, 2019

    New Tabbed Blank Book & Artwork (+ Die-Cuts on Sale!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Butterfly Garden Kit, Giveaways, Halloween, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Wow! A beautiful book by Rhonda Thomas, using the new 5×7 Black Tabbed Book shown at right; lots of new & back in stock items (including Halloween papers and dinosaurs (?!)) — and a 30% off sale on the Die-Cut Shapes section!

    The Butterfly Garden 12×12 Paper Pad (shown at left, and related to the 6×6 size that’s also included in this month’s kit) is perfect for covering a larger project, like the…

     
    Butterfly Garden Flip Book by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    Isn’t this lovely? Rhonda mixed papers from both the 6×6 and 12×12 size Butterfly Garden pads with the new 5×7 Black Tabbed Book and the result is just beautiful!

    Here’s an intro from Rhonda’s blog post:

    Lately, I have been searching through antique shops and thrift stores for old books full of butterflies, birds, flowers, ferns and mushrooms. They can be really hard to find. I have always been fond of vintage ephemera and using layers upon layers in my art work. So this month’s “Butterfly Garden Kit” has really been a treat for me.

    As detailed as my flip book is, it really took little effort to put it all together. And the only real vintage items I used were millinery flowers that I have collected over the years and the labels from the hats they adorned. I also used a few pieces from a gorgeous “Butterfly Garden Ephemera” set that is available to purchase separately from the kit.

    I added the Wide Letter Box Accordion Book to one of my pages and attached it with a bit of twine. [Note: a photo of the accordion book is below in the Giveaway section.] I really love how the black background frames the papers, collage sheet images, and looks so rich with the purple hues of the papers.

    I sooo agree! The purples and lavenders in the scrapbook papers (and the 2 collage sheets designed to coordinate) look great against the black background. The silver hand charm and the bronze bee charm in close-ups below are a fun addition, too.

    Beside the few photos shown here (and below in the Giveaway section), visit Rhonda’s blog post for lots more info & photos! And here’s a link to the full supply list.

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 18 of them!

    Hooray… the Halloween papers from Shannon Cooper’s recent Black Hat Society Art Coin Mini Book are back in stock! And how cute are those new tiny dinosaurs?!

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE, related to all the chipboard shapes!

     
    Die-Cut Chipboard Shapes ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale on the Die-Cut Shapes Section. (Mostly chipboard but some acrylic shapes, too!)

    Over 120 options… including the highlights below (and the chipboard already shown above)!

    The sale ends at midnight on SATURDAY night, June 1st. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Tabbed Book & Butterflies Giveaway!

    And that promised photo of Rhonda’s accordion book! This smaller book fits in a shallow pocket Rhonda made on one of the larger Black Tabbed Book pages, using a strip of scrapbook paper as the pocket (plus adding twine to secure the book). That will make more sense when you see more photos in Rhonda’s blog post.

    Soooo many pretty options for this Giveaway! I picked out these items from Rhonda’s supply list:
    - The Butterfly Garden Kit (that includes 1 each of all the designs in the 6×6 paper pad — and the 2 collage sheets that Rhonda used as pockets for tags throughout her project… AND 3 metal charms, including the fancy bee on the book cover)
    - 5×7 Black Tabbed Book
    - Silver Hand Charm or Connector
    - Flora ATCs Collage Sheet (shown at far right and above in the accordion book)
    - Wide Letter Box Accordion Book

    To enter the Tabbed Book & Butterflies Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW or SATURDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday Night, June 8, 2019).

    And what are you going to make? You’ll have a black tabbed book, purple-y hued floral papers, 3 collage sheets, a black accordion book, and lots of butterfly/bee images (and charms).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Butterfly Garden Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Joan Allard! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 6th, 2019

    Butterfly Garden Kit, New Collage Sheets, Chipboard, Charms & Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Butterfly Garden Kit, Collage Sheets, Lora Mahaffey

    New Butterfly Garden Kit

    Inspired by the new Butterfly Garden papers (the kit includes 1 each of all TWELVE papers from the 6×6 pad), this kit also includes 3 beautiful metal butterflies or bees (perhaps large for charms but perfect for a page embellishments), TWO new collage sheets, and a Tall Accordion Book Letter Folder with a matching accordion book! The chipboard folder and accordion book are sized for adding the pockets on the new collage sheets (which in turn can fit ATCs).

    Whew. Slowing down a bit to unpack all that: First, the Butterfly Garden 6×6 Paper Pad is a pretty group (and lots of options: from plaids to sweet florals (with bees and butterflies) and vintage ephemera) in a peach, cream and lavender palette.

    Next, TWO new collage sheets (both design to coordinate with the new kit papers):
    - Antique ATC Pockets & Butterflies (This collage sheet includes a wide envelope and a tall “coin pocket”, both designed to fit an ATC. Plus extra butterflies, faux-vintage Dennison labels, and vintage French postcards.)
    - Antique Ledger ATC Pockets & Cards (Shown at left. 3 of the cards are ATC-sized. and the 2 “coin pockets” (including a new design that fits wide ATCs so an odd shape) have no backs so are meant to be attached to pages.)

    The new Tall Accordion Book Letter Folder and coordinating Tall Letter Box Accordion Book are both included in the kit (and both have wide versions that are new today, too… more info on those and more chipboard coordinates are below). The Letter Folder is a scored chipboard folder, meant to hold the new Tall Accordion Book. The folder is 4″ wide x 4-3/4″ tall (and 1/4″ deep) when folded closed.

    AND… the 3 metal charms: really nice pieces. I love the new Large Antique Bronze Bee Pendant (so fancy)! And the verdigris butterfly and smaller bee make a perfect combo of options for embellishing a collage with the new papers and collage sheets.

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos (plus more coordinating goodies and artwork are below).

     
    Bees Accordion Book by Lora Mahaffey!

    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has made a beautiful (and lively) bee-filled book with the new Wide Letter Box Accordion Book (tucked inside the new Wide Accordion Book Letter Folder)! Note: these are different than the versions in the kit: these are a wide accordion book and matching cover.

    From Lora’s blog post:

    I think in the insect world nothing is more drawn, photographed and generally admired than bees and butterflies.

    If you’re a human, that is.

    I suppose if you were a dung beetle another dung beetle would look like a supermodel.

    I could have made a book on dung beetles, but I don’t think they would care. They’re pretty busy as there is a lot of shite in the world right now.

    Also, they are not photogenic.

    Moving on…

    Ha! I enjoy Lora’s ramblings.

    Be sure to visit Lora’s blog for more photos and a detailed tutorial (and to see a second project featuring butterflies!)

    Check the Giveaway section below for another photo of Lora’s bee project (showing one of the metal bee charms from the kit), plus a chance to win lots of the items from the bee book supply list!

     
    More New Products!

    Just a snippet from 16 new products (!) are shown at left (and at right).

    More ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here

    or

    - here are all of the items actually in the new kit

    or

    - here’s a repeat of Lora’s supply list from her Bees Accordion Book artwork shown above!

     
    Butterflies Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    It only seems fitting! ALL Butterflies Collage Sheets are on SALE at 50% off! This is a BIG group: over 30 items! (And a broad swath of themes/styles, too… really, as there are butterflies hidden in corners of many collage sheets!)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, June 3rd.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Butterfly Garden Kit Giveaway!

    And that promised second photo of Lora's artwork!

    In addition to the EIGHT items already in the new kit (like the cute bee charm at right), this Giveaway includes these extras from Lora's supply list:
    - Wide Letter Box Accordion Book
    - Wide Accordion Book Letter Folder
    - Antique Mini Envelope Set (Very cute! Printed envelopes with faux postage (and other designs that mimic rubber stamping or hand-decorating). White on the inside, as these are printed to look like vintage paper.)
    - Birds and Bees Collage Sheet
    - Bee Banners - Half Sheet
    - Bees Collage Sheet (that will make 5 collage sheets, including the 2 in the kit)

    To enter the Butterfly Garden Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 3, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Alice Junk Journal Giveaway from Thursday's newsletter? That would be Laura Callies! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    61 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 2nd, 2019

    New Junk Journal & Hardware (+ Metal Hardware on Sale!)

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Coins Coasters & Holders Kit, Collage Sheets, Sale

    Wow! A fun Junk Journal by Bella, using the new 5×7 Vintage Spiral Book shown at right; lots of new items (including a lot of metal hardware that could be used on a journal) — and a 30% off sale on the Metal – Functional section!

     
    Alice in Wonderland Junk Journal by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

    LOVE this new journal by Bella! She mixed Alice with pockets from the May kit… all in the new blank journal and it just came out great!

    Here’s an intro from Bella’s blog post:

    There are always two things that you can always count on finding at Alpha Stamps — Halloween and Alice in Wonderland!

    Leslie asked me to create a junk journal and I didn’t have to think twice about it — I love making them. If you don’t know what a junk journal is — it’s basically junk you put into a journal. There are no rules, no right or wrong way to make them. If you can cut and glue then you can make a junk journal!

    This journal is much neater than what I normally come up with, but I love the way it came out all the same.

    I love the way it came out, too! The pre-printed pages in the journal (that look like antique ledger paper) makes easy work of created a vintage-looking page. (And using the little holders meant for art coins as tea bag pockets is inspired!)

    Beside the few photos shown here (and below in the Giveaway section), visit Bella’s blog post for lots more info & photos! And here’s a link to the full supply list.

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies! Lots of Metal Hardware!

    Ooh! Just in time for a tea-party-themed journal: a new Fairy Tea Party Collage Sheet! So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 16 of them!

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE, related to all the new metal bits!

     
    Metal Hardware ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale on the Metal – Functional Section (from knobs to box feet to hinges)! Note: this is the metal hardware section in the Collage Supples section (large-ish scale items for books and shadowboxes).

    Over 40 options… including the highlights below (and the new hardware already shown above)!

    The sale ends at midnight on SATURDAY night, June 1st. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Alice Junk Journal Giveaway!

    And that promised second photo of Bella’s artwork! I put together 3 photos of the same page: showing the Simple 3 Inch Square Folder closed, then open, then open with teabags inside!

    Soooo many options for this Giveaway! I picked out these items from Bella's supply list:
    - 5x7 Vintage Spiral Book - Ledger (new!)
    - Alice Cards Scrapbook Paper
    - Black & Ivory Harlequin Diamond Scrapbook Paper
    - 3 Inch Simple Pockets - Set of 3 (like the one with the yellow Twinings teabag shown in the wide photo way up above)
    - Simple 3 Inch Square Folder
    - Alice Covers Collage Sheet
    - Tin-Sized Alice Collage Sheet
    - Tenniel's Alice Collage Sheet
    - 1 Inch Playing Card Deck

    Bonus: that new Fairy Tea Party Collage Sheet for extra teacups & teapots!

    To enter the Alice Junk Journal Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW or SATURDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Saturday Night, June 1, 2019).

    And what are you going to make? Psst: I couldn't resist including the work-in-progress photo below (and I think it helps show all the different pockets used inside the book).

    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).

    Hey, who won the Witchy Art Coins Giveaway from Sunday's newsletter? That would be Laura N! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 30th, 2019

    More Holiday Weekend Sales! New Halloween Art & Paper Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Coins Coasters & Holders Kit, Giveaways, Halloween, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    In addition to the shipping sale (see right) — AND the Marie Antoinette Collage Sheets 50% off sale inspired by Daniela’s snarky Marie art last Thursday — I’ve just put ALL Scrapbook Paper on sale at 30% off! All the sales end TUESDAY night!

     
    Black Hat Society Art Coin Mini Book
    by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    Yay! Beside (all of our) favorite holiday (Halloween, of course!) it’s so fun to see how the same kit parts can be made into different themes… like Shannon’s Black Hat Society Art Coin Mini Book below and Daniela’s Marie Antoinette book from last Thursday.

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

    It isn’t just art coins in this month’s kit, there are also square art coasters (clever!) and pockets, folders, and holders for all of your new art. Neat! I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the bits sent to me because, honestly, what couldn’t you do with a bunch of these? In the end, I smashed a bunch of the pockets and folders together to make a mini album. I think a group of the little pockets and coins would be cute if glued vertically along a ribbon and hung on a wall. Maybe next time.

    The book has two signatures, each of which is made from two 3″ coin holders

    As I’ve not shown all the pages inside Shannon’s book, it won’t make sense to quote more (about which holder is on which page), but you can read more with all the photos to help make sense — and a tutorial on how to put the book together (!) — in Shannon’s blog post.

    Here’s a link to all of Shannon’s supplies. And check below for a photo of all the art coins in the Giveaway section! AND don’t miss the new Halloween goodies and Scrapbook Paper Sale between here and there!

     
    New & Back in Stock Halloween Goodies!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 21 of them!

    Love those new Halloween Charms! Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE on the singles sheets of Scrapbook Paper!

     
    ALL Scrapbook Papers ON SALE!

    This is a 30% off sale on a big section: Over 140 options… including the highlights below (and a few of the new goodies above and some of Shannon’s supplies)!

    The sale ends at midnight on TUESDAY night, May 28th. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Witchy Art Coins Giveaway!

    There’s all the art coins from Shannon’s Black Hat Society Art Coin Mini Book!

    I love all the monotone witches, from the Something Witchy, Witch Stock and Women In Costume Collage Sheets.

    Today’s Giveaway includes ALL the supplies in Shannon’s project! That’s 19 items, one of which is the kit, so more than 19! Beside tons of background papers and collage images, there are trims like Thin Fleur Dresden Borders and Halloween Dress Up Half Sheet!

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Coins, Coasters & Holders Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items. HOWEVER, I am including an extra set of Artist Trading Coins so you’ll have 4 to play with!

    To enter the Witchy Art Coins Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW or TUESDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, TUESDAY Night, May 28, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Come Sit Next to Me Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carla M! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 26th, 2019

    Holiday Weekend SHIPPING SALE! New Marie Art & 50% off Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Daniela Costa, Giveaways, Marie Antoinette, Sale

    It’s the unofficial start of summer! In addition to the shipping sale (see right), I’ve put ALL Marie Antoinette Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off! (That’s in honor of Design Team Member Daniela Costa’s fun projects shown below.) And I’ll be adding more sale items this weekend — stay tuned for more info!

     
    Marie is Drunk Art Coins & Simple Pockets Album

    Daniela went all-out with the May kit! She has made THREE snarky Marie-themed projects for today! (I know… fun, colorful and beyond expectation!) Plus she’s working on even more things with a Marie Antoinette theme for later this summer — can’t wait to see what she makes!)

    Back to today: the first project is Marie is Drunk Art Coins & Simple Pockets Album. Ha! And they are a delight. They look easy to make, too… here’s a bit from Daniela’s blog post including short instructions:

    I am a lover of anything Marie Antoinette themed, so this was a really fun month for me. I love snarky comments as well, so put this all together and you have Marie is Drunk… Art Coins.

    You know its a great (design team) kit when a word collage sheet is included called “Bitchy Words.” I think I’ve used almost all of the sheet, I love it so much.. I need to order more!

    “Be a sweetie and fix Mommy another Martini”
    “I’m the person your mother warned you about”

    Making the art coins is so much fun. Find beautiful background paper and cover your coins. Sand all your edges, then either ink them or use wet glue and glitter. Cut out collage images, and flowers, etc, decorating each coin. Find snarky comment you love, cut, ink and adhere to coins!

    The coins are in the 4.5″ Simple Pockets, and I’ve used some beautiful Blue Fern Paper from the site. Here’s a complete supply list for this project. WEEHOO!

    Be sure to visit her blog post for lots more info & photos (of ALL THREE projects)! AND see below in the Giveaway section for a photo of another project and a chance to win lots of Marie-themed supplies!

     
    New & Back in Stock Goodies! Perfect for your own Marie Book!

    So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 23 of them!

    Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE, related to Daniela’s artwork!

     
    Marie Antoinette Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    Woohoo! I’ve extended the normal length of a sale to coincide with the long weekend and shipping sale! This is a 50% off sale on Marie Antoinette Collage Sheets (that includes all French-themed things, whether 18th century or not)!

    Over 40 options… including the highlights below (and the Marie collage sheets in Daniela’s projects)!

    The sale ends at midnight on TUESDAY night, May 28th. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Come Sit Next to Me Giveaway!

    Wow… a whole ‘nuther (very cute) little book! This one by Daniela is Marie’s BFF Gift. (Hm… now is that Marie’s BFF or a Marie gift for your BFF?) And though you may be jealous of the recipient, you can enter to win the drawing for ALL the supplies!

    This project repeats some of the supplies from the first project, but this is a different supply list. Some of the repeats include:
    - Bitchy Words Collage Sheet
    - Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet
    - Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Pink

    Some unique items:
    - Simple 4.5 Inch Square Folder
    - 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters (see the photo below)
    - Bronze Swallow Charm
    - Crepe Ribbon – Cream – 3/4 Inch
    - Wistful Collage Sheet
    - Heartland Scrapbook Paper – Kiss Kiss

    Just click this link to see ALL the supplies in this Giveaway!

    To enter the Come Sit Next to Me 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 Night, May 24, 2019).

    And what are you going to make?

    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).

    Hey, who won the Alice Spinny Thing Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Bonnie H! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 23rd, 2019