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    New Art Blocks and Wooden Trims (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Newsletters, Tutorials, Vintage Voyage Kit

    Leslie here with a quick note: Miz Bella’s going to lead off this newsletter with an introduction to two beautiful new projects by Laura Carson. Then I’ll take the reins for even more art (by Guest Designer Susan Killam), a big group of new Wooden Art Blocks (and trims), a new FREE Gift Kit, and today’s Giveaway!


    If your sails weren’t blown away by Design Team Member Laura Carson’s first two creations using the Vintage Voyage Kit, On The Boardwalk by The Sea and Ships Ahoy, this week’s offerings might put some steam into them!

    First up is the Travel Journal with A Twist (with a Tutorial!) and it has me all bent out of shape over how incredibly beautiful it is! Moving from Laura’s hand-made books, this piece is actually a display piece that would look lovely anytime of the year.

    Laura’s book starts with the Wooden Album Covers that are stained with Distress Inks, and for extra color on the cover she has used Gilders Paste – Patina. Inside of the book Laura shows you how to layer the pages for an open book effect using the beautiful Maritime Collection of papers. To finish off the inside of the book, Laura uses assorted images from the following collage sheets: The Sea Calls to Me, Titanic Telegrams & Ephemera, The Teens, Paris Postcards and Letters from the Past.

    To see how Laura created the book base and attached her book to it, (and to see more pictures!) visit her blog.

    Next is Laura’s stunning paper sailboat, The Sea Calls to Me. Seriously, I think that Laura is a compendium of craftiness with her art designs. As you all know, Laura’s attention to detail is legendary and she does not disappoint with her sailboat (don’t miss that link to Laura’s blog… time is fleeting and we must move on).

    Third in today’s tsunami of eye candy is a Botanical Tea Art Block by Guest Designer Susan Killam (and there’s so much to tell, there’s a whole ‘nuther blog post about Susan’s artwork!)

    Plus scroll down for info on today’s Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway that includes pretty much everything Susan used in her Botanical Tea Art Block!

    We’ve had the Botanical Tea Collection for a couple of months, but seeing Susan’s Art Block made me remember what a pretty group it is.

    So, I’ve put together a little FREE Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit containing a mix of all of the 12×12 Scrapbook Papers in the Botanical Tea Collection! (Sorry, you won’t receive every sheet — it’s a big group with 12 sheets! — but I’m mixing up all the papers so you’ll receive a random set of 4 prints).

    The mini kit is FREE for all orders over $20! Sale items are eligible, too (toward meeting the $20 requirement, but shipping and taxes are not).

    There’s nothing you need to do (no coupon to enter). Beginning today (April 24th), and until the kits are gone, we’ll include a free kit in all qualifying orders!
     

     

    Hooray! A Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway!

    Nice! In addition to a Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit, almost everything Susan used in her Botanical Tea Art Block is in today’s Giveaway! Plus, some of the adorable (and back in stock) Cherry Blossom Garland (and some of the Pink Rose Garland, too!)

    AND, not in Susan’s artwork (but new today (see photos and links above) and included in the Giveaway):
    - Square Wood Block
    - Mitered Wooden Roof Trim
    - Miniature Wood Trim – Dotted

    To enter the Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 24, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway? That would be Melody Holland! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    100 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 24th, 2014

    Guest Designer Susan Killam

    Filed under Art Projects, Guest Designers

    The very talented Miz Susan Killam is the Alpha Stamps Guest Designer for April (who, by the way, also happens to also be the sister of Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey)!

    Susan caught our eye when we saw some of the art blocks that she had been creating and we thought they were simply fabulous. As it just so happens Alpha Stamps is releasing art blocks with additional cute little wooden enhancements to go along with the them so it was a perfect match!

    I am an artist, paper crafter and collector of sparkly things. I am also a chronic hoarder of “scrapbook” paper. Mostly I collect it and plan on my next paper purchase! Sometimes I use it to alter tins, boxes and thrift store finds. I’ve also been know to over-embellish greeting cards, mini albums and mixed media projects.

    I make chainmaille jewelry from raw silver wire and collect vintage rhinestone jewelry from the heyday of affordable bling. I’m probably wearing a trio of brooches right now!

    My husband and I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with the sweetest Doberman on the planet. We’re working on a move to Baltimore, if I can only get out of the studio long enough to put the house on the market!


    Susan mounted an ATB Wood Block on a wooden Candlestick Holder. The block is covered with the gorgeous paper from the Botanical Tea 8×8 Paper Pad, as well as images from the Seed Catalog ATCs and the Birds Bees and Butterflies Collage Sheets.

    Glossy Accents enhance the bees’ wings, Diamond Stickles add bling to the floral images and if you notice at the top of the block — the woman planted a little garden! Isn’t it cute?! The garden pillars are actually Wood Finial Chess Pawns that Susan painted and topped off with a Large Wood Block Roof that is also covered in paper from the Botanical Tea Collection. Some of the paper flowers that you see in the “garden” and on the front of the art block are Tiny Paper Roses – Creamy Yellow, Small White Apple Blossoms, and 1/2″ Pink Paper Roses.

    Now, my darlings, you know that I myself am a bit, shall we say… touched in the head. Not wanting to just assume someone is crazy, but there is no doubt that Susan and Lora are indeed related and quite crazy. I wonder if Susan cackles, hoots and drinks champagne like Lora does? I’m digressing!

    Look at the top of that rooftop. The pattern is quite lovely with its matching medallion, don’t you think? Well, guess what?! Susan fussy cut that “medallion” out of the pattered paper and attached it to the rooftop. If you’ve never “fussy cut” before I can tell you that it is very time consuming and if you’re not obsessive about cutting before you start, you will be once you’ve tried it out. Susan and Lora both fussy cut. There’s my proof!

    Here’s a link to Susan’s Supply List. Visit Susan’s blog for more pictures and a walk-through of how she created her art block.

      
    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, April 24th, 2014

    Pirate Ships and China Dolls (+ Related Giveaway & FREE Kit)

    Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Newsletters, Sale, Vintage Voyage Kit

    We have lovely projects by TWO Design Team Members today! I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce Nichola Battilana’s Sky Pirate Paper Boat, then I’ll take over and share Miz Bella’s Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren (!) Doll Shrine.


    I’m not even going to try to think up something to say about the Vintage Voyage contribution that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana created. I think you can see for yourself that it is quite spectacular!

    Nichola has designed a Sky Pirate Paper Boat that any one would want to hitch a ride on for a great adventure. Imagine flying on it to foreign lands, or maybe a deserted island where you find hidden treasure or perhaps it would take you back in time to magical places! There is so much to take in and to amaze over with the ship that looks as if it’s ready to take off at any moment.

    1/8 Inch Wooden Dowels provide an excellent mast for hoisting paper sails that are made out of gorgeous, curved paper. Did you notice on the inside of the boat the twine wrapped around Wood Mini Spools and the Brass Ship Wheel? It’s the little details that always make creations even better don’t you think? Check out the fibers from the Vintage Voyage Kit that Nichola used on the bottom of the boat — can’t you visualize the boat coming out of the water with moss or seaweed hanging off of it?

    I really like the “wings” that come out of the side as they get ready to lift the boat into the air. The papers Nichola used are from the Maritime Collection, which is full of inspiration in itself!

    Here’s a link to Nichola’s Supply List. And you can see more pictures of the magical Sky Pirate Paper Boat on Nichola’s blog.

     
    Next, by Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), is Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren, made with the New and On Sale! Antique China Doll ATC Shrine Kit. (Note: that shrine kit is On Sale TODAY only.)


    The Antique China Doll ATC Shrine Kit is a flat kit to make a sturdy, little box perfectly sized to hold an ATC. Laser cut from 1/8″ Masonite. Instructions included (as is that cute but optional gingerbread trim I’m holding in the photo at right). Including the doll head, the shrine stand 7-3/4″ tall. AND the kit includes the paper cut-out with the doll’s face/head (note: Bella dry-brushed some off-white paint onto the doll head as she wanted a less stark, white / porcelain look).

    I love the little backstories Bella creates for her dolls:

    Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren loves to collect all sorts of items, but alas! Many times she forgets to pay for these treasures and then once she gets home and realizes that she has taken something… she just decides that the items were gifted to her by unsuspecting shop owners. One day though, I suspect she will get caught!

    Today’s Giveaway is inspired by Bella’s creation. Included in the Giveaway is one of the Antique China Doll ATC Shrine Kits, 3 yards (3 different colors) of the New 4mm Fused Pearls, a New and On Sale! Nest with Eggs and Leaves, the 1 Inch Pink and Brown Birds that Bella nested (pun intended) inside the shrine, and a substitute for the mulberry flowers Bella used (which, by the way, are on order and being hand-made… probably as you read this): Small Mulberry Paper Blossoms – Mixed Pink.

    Here’s a link to Bella’s Supply List. And you can see more pictures of Miz Cordelia on Bella’s blog.

    Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Tags and Pockets Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info (and a photo) plus info on a related sale ENDING TODAY are below.
     


     New Fused Pearl Strands -   View All the NEW Colors


    4mm Fused Pearls

    4mm plastic pearls in lovely new colors! Molded onto the strand so they're easy to cut to a length without fear of the beads falling off. AND 3 of these new colors are in Today's Giveaway!

    4mm Fused Pearls - Rose Pink
    4mm Fused Pearls - Rose Pink

    4mm Fused Pearls - Turquoise
    4mm Fused Pearls - Turquoise

    View All the NEW Colors
     


     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Summer Vacation Memory Book


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with artwork by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay


    Remnant Rub-Ons - Botanical

    New and On Sale!
    Plus more new Tim Holtz items were announced on Thursday!


    Tags and Pockets Gift Kit

    if you'd like to try your hand at a little book like Caroline's, there's an exclusive Alpha Stamps' FREE mini kit. PLUS the Greeting Cards/Postcards/Envelopes Section is On Sale through TODAY, April 20th!

     

    Hooray! A Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway!

    Since Bella included a bird inside her doll, I kind of went on a tangent and pulled a lot of birds. Beside the items I listed above (including the shrine kit itself) here are a few more items included in the Giveaway:
    - New and On Sale! Bird Cage Twill Tape – Taupe
    - On Sale! Beige & Pink Seam Binding Set
    - On Sale! Antique Brass Birdcage Charm
    - Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
    - Victorian Paper Doll Parts Collage Sheet

    AND one each of THREE rubber stamps just added to the Clearance Section:
    - Girl with Doll
    - Medium Cat & Fiddle
    - Ribbon Medallion
    (Note: those are on sale for crazy prices… less than $1 each)

    To enter the Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 20, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won Thursday’s Travel Album Giveaway? That would be Tristan Robin Blakeman! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    112 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 20th, 2014

    Summer Vacation Memory Book (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Vintage Voyage Kit


    Keeping with the travel theme of the Vintage Voyage Kit, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a very cute Summer Vacation Memory Book.

    Follow Betty Lou, Susan and Mom as they travel from one fabulous location to the next. They’re very careful to keep mementos in the adorable ATC-sized book that Caroline has made for their trip around the world in the summer of 1910.

    The book has pages made from ATCs and lots of little envelopes (to hold reminders of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure); I love how Caroline wrote down little details of the trip throughout the book. Being a pen fanatic (I know you’re shocked — yet another obsession for me!) I really like the Tim Holtz Pen Nibs (with journaling text embossed on them). The favorite images for me are from the Hobble Skirts Collage Sheet — such amazing clothing in Edwardian times!

    Throughout the book Caroline used scrapbook papers from the Maritime Collection (which is so gorgeous!) beautiful fibers, Dresden and pages from a Smash Pad. It’s so fun to imagine life in different times, isn’t it?

    Before you sail away, you can see her Supply List and more photos on Caroline’s blog and/or in the Gallery.

    Plus scroll down for info on today’s Travel Album Giveaway that includes pretty much everything Caroline used to make her Summer Vacation Memory Book!

    Hey, and if you’d like to try your hand at a little book with little tags in pockets, there’s a related FREE Tags and Pockets Gift Kit just announced (with samples of 6 sizes of manila tags in 4 sizes of envelopes).

    AND so you can try out more of the manila tags and envelopes, the Greeting Cards / Postcards / Envelopes section is On Sale! That’s a big section (that includes other things like Envelope Templates, too)! (But catch ‘em quick: the sale will end Sunday night, April 20th.)
     

     

    Hooray! A Travel Album Giveaway!

    Nice! In addition to a Vintage Voyage Kit, ALL of these supplies Caroline used in her Summer Vacation Memory Book are in today’s Giveaway! And that includes the adorable (and back in stock) Kraft ATC or Gift Card Envelopes (with the scalloped edges on the envelope flaps).

    With so much to photograph, I took separate pics of the collage sheets NOT in the kit (shown below):
    - Hobble Skirts Collage Sheet
    - Shell Postcards Collage Sheet
    - Paris Post Collage Sheet
    - Fourth of July Collage Sheet
    - Round Things Collage Sheet
    - Paris Postcards – Color Collage Sheet

    To enter the Travel Album Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 17, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the By the Sea Giveaway? That would be Cindy Fitch! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    143 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 17th, 2014

    By the Sea Collection (+ Related Artwork, Giveaway & FREE Kit)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Summer/Beach, Tutorials

    We have lovely projects by TWO Design Team Members today (both using papers from the New and On Sale! By the Sea Collection! I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce 2 projects by Laura Carson, then I’ll take over and give a (very tiny) tour of all the (very many) goodies in a new project by Rhea Freitag.

    Reminder: TODAY is the final day of the Beach Theme Sale (in honor of the beach theme of the April kit: Vintage Voyage!


    Design Team Member Laura Carson has already gone full steam ahead into summer with two lovely summertime creations.

    First up is the On the Boardwalk by the Sea diorama. Like Laura, you can get inspired with the By the Sea Collection, mixed with the lovely ladies from the Tinted Beachwear Collage Sheet!

    The base for Laura’s diorama is the Layer Cake Paper Mache Box Set, which is quite versatile and can be used for a slew of different projects.

    There is so much to take in On The Boardwalk by the Sea that I couldn’t possibly talk about each and every element Laura used and how it was used; at least not without my favorite bottle of Tequila in hand. But oh, how I digress! Laura used the New and On Sale! Gold Dresden Sail Boats at the top of the cabana and also glued on paper Die-Cut Sand Dollars from the Vintage Voyage Kit to give the sense of steps and a path up the box lids.

    Laura walks you through how she creates her amazing boardwalk scene and she also has a tutorial on how to make the cabana, using the 3D Tent Set Download or Collage Sheets. How fabulous is that? I know you’re just wanting to hop into your full-length bathing suit to rush on over to Laura’s blog, but first check out Laura’s Supply List.

    Next by Miz Laura is Ship Ahoy!, which has been created with the New and On Sale! The Sea Calls to Me Collage Sheet, which has also been designed by Laura. The collage sheet is nautical themed, and is packed with seafaring women and ephemera. Seriously, I have to ask… does this woman EVER eat, sleep or leave her house?

    The overall size of this piece is 5” x 8-3/4” and the base of the piece is a frame from Laura’s Antique Frames Digital Image Set. And get this, my lovelies: it features a ship’s mast with rigging using the New! Antique Gold Lobster Claw Clasps. I kid you knot! (Pun intended.)

    Also included with this creation is a tutorial! The mast is so clever — you will have to give it a try! You can find a list of the components Laura used, then you have to yell out AHOY MATEY! before you visit her blog for more pictures and the tutorial.

     
    Wow! Design Team Member Rhea Freitag has filled the little cubbyholes in the On Sale! Tim Holtz Mini Configuration Book with so many treasures! From shells (real and metal charms) to tiny postage stamps and a corked bottle of sand as a memento of a vacation… you’ll want to spend a bit of time drinking it all in.

    And I must say, Rhea’s Supply List is truly impressive! Good thing that many of those goodies are also included in today’s Giveaway! (And all those beachy goodies are On Sale as part of the Beach Theme Sale, including those New By the Sea Cardstock Stickers that she used as trim around the outer edges of the book’s cover.)


    I love the (real) starfish (new and just announced in last Thursday’s newsletter) and the tiny little (real) sand dollars. View more photos in Rhea’s blog post and/or in the Gallery.

    Speaking of last Thursday’s newsletter, we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Sand and Sea Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! Sale items are eligible, too!

    There are some On Sale! scrapbook papers (including one with a varnish, perfect for tinting with stains or inks to use the varnish as a resist); and a little tin of real (tiny) seashells and beads. The colors were inspired by the beach-sand tan and ocean-waves blue hues in Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider’s Vacation Memory Box. A photo of the gift kit is below (along with pics of the new paper collection and today’s beachy Giveaway)!
     
     


     More New Goodies  View All New Items

    Antique Gold Lobster Claw Clasps
    Antique Gold Lobster Claw Clasps
     

    Brass Seagull Charm
    Brass Seagull Charm

    Gold Dresden Sailboats*
    Gold Dresden Sailboats*


    Sea Border Rubber Stamp

    Psst! The return of the $1 Rubber Stamp Sale!
     


     Back In Stock Items  


    Cat Eyes - 5mm Yellow

    On Sale!


    Clock Face Buttons


    Tulle Netting - 6 Inch Wide - Black
    On Sale!
     


    Tinsel - Silver

    On Sale!


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Vintage Vacation Memory Box


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with artwork & NEW Collage Sheets by Jeanne Draachreider

     

    Titanic Era Ephemera Collage Sheet

    New and On Sale!


    An exclusive Alpha Stamps' FREE mini kit

    of shells, bead and papers, inspired by Jeanne Draachreider's Vacation Memory Box.

     

    Hooray! A By the Sea Giveaway!

    I pulled a few things in both Laura and Rhea’s artwork:
    - By the Sea 8×8 Paper Pad
    - Brass Ship Wheel
    - Fancy Brass Compass
    - Antique Brass Starfish Charm

    And a few things in one or another of today’s projects:
    - SIX Collage Sheets (Beach Babes, Tinted Beachwear, The Sea Calls To Me, 3D Circus Tent, Seashore, Seaside Couples)
    - Tiny Real Seashells in Tin
    - Metallic Silver Fish
    - Seashell Sequin Mix

    And here are a few more goodies not in any of today’s artwork:
    - Sea Border Rubber Stamp (Psst! That’s the one on sale TODAY only for $1)
    - Kraft Postcards

    And a bunch of coordinating ribbons:
    - Grey Blue Seam Binding
    - Cocoa Seam Binding
    - 1/8 Inch Drapey Ribbons – Light Blue and Yellow
    - Fancy Ric Rac Ribbon – Pale Blue
    - 1/8 Inch Edge-Stitched Ribbons – Peach

    To enter the By the Sea Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 13, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won Thursday’s Beach Memory Album Giveaway? That would be Pat Shaw! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    147 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 13th, 2014

    Vintage Vacation Memory Box (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Vintage Voyage Kit


    Today you are in for a big shot of delight with creations by Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider!

    First up from Jeanne is this amazing Vacation Memory Box she created with the Vintage Voyage Kit that is based around the era of Edwardian fashions and the Titanic. Such a romantic time in our own minds, don’t you think?

    Jeanne’s Vacation Memory Box is packed full of items that are sure to kick off your imagination and is a treasure trove of inspiration. Using an assortment of collage sheets that includes the New and On Sale! Titanic Era Songbook, Titanic Telegrams & Ephemera and the Titanic Era Ephemera Collage Sheets (all three designed by Jeanne!), she created ATCs, assorted booklets along with other fun little things tucked here and there within the box. More photos of Jeanne’s artwork are in the Gallery.

    With all of the artistic fabulousness that our team has been putting out, I am really starting to wonder if the Design Team Members ever sleep? But I digress!

    There are so many things to love and adore in the Vacation Memory Box but I must say that I am partial to the ATC book that uses the On Sale! Wooden Album Covers. Why, you ask? Who knows; I just think it is beyond adorable! Imagine having been on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation way before the modern conveniences that we currently are obsessed with such as the internet and cell phones. Traveling here and there you make sure to carefully adhere your memorabilia onto sheets inside of a small, well loved little book that was then placed inside of a box that you decorated just for this occasion. What do you think you would find in there? Perhaps you should find out and create your own Vacation Memory Box… there are some New and On Sale! Tiny Sand Dollars (2 sizes shown below) that would be an adorable addition (and since the ENTIRE Beach Theme is on sale you have lots of beachy options to choose from — NOTE: the Beach Theme Sale ends THIS Sunday, April 13th).

    Next up is the New and On Sale! Titanic Era Songbook Collage Sheet Jeanne created that makes an adorable (and tiny!) songbook! Now how stinking cute is this book? Don’t go getting all scared to make this book — it is so easy to assemble I could probably train my imaginary pet monkey how to do it.

    Do you know a Titanic buff or someone who is hard to buy for who needs the perfect present? Make one of these miniature books, and if you really want to go all out — punch a hole in the left-hand, top corner of the book and hang it from a chain or ribbon and it is now a necklace! Don’t believe me about how simple this book is to put together? Here’s a link to downloadable instructions (so you can see what’s involved… and so you’ll have the instructions once you have the sheet in hand).

    But wait! There’s more! Leslie also pulled together a new FREE Sand and Sea Gift Kit based on the colors in Jeanne’s artwork!
     

     

    Hooray! A Beach Memory Album Giveaway!

    Nice! ALL of the TWELVE beachy collage sheets from Jeanne’s artwork (psst… scroll down a little to see 2 photos, PLUS those collage sheets are also On Sale!), plus:
    - Wooden Album Covers On Sale!
    - ALL FOUR of the NEW Sand Dollars & Starfish New and On Sale!
    - Distress Paints – Salty Ocean On Sale!
    - Maritime Boussole Scrapbook Paper On Sale!
    - Maritime Poisson Scrapbook Paper (love that little checkerboard pattern on the back) On Sale!
    - Garment District Remnant Scrapbook Paper On Sale!
    - Stationers Desk Red Romance Scrapbook Paper (really… that faded, distressed rose pattern on the back) On Sale!

    AND one of the Sand and Sea Gift Kits!

    To enter the Beach Memory Album Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 10, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Journey Journal Giveaway? That would be Ginger Benedict! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    129 Comments » Posted by MizBella, April 10th, 2014

    Cartographer Collection (+Giveaway! And FREE Easter Bunnies Gift)

    Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale

    Wow… this newsletter is filled with eye-candy, so I’d suggest you grab a cup of your favorite beverage and take a break (and with a video tour by Design Team Member Rhea Freitag, there’s extra incentive to sit back and relax).

    But before the artwork: we’ve created a new FREE Easter Bunnies Gift! (It is only 2 weeks till Easter, but I bet you’ll want some of these cute rabbits (dancing, dining, driving cars and making telephone calls) for your art stash well past Easter.

    This FREE offer is a bit different from the free mini kits we’ve had recently. I bought a bunch of new Dresden scrap sheets from Germany (beautiful embossed and die-cut sheets — many with an Easter bunny theme). So I’ll include one of the Easter sheets FREE for all orders over $20! AND, for orders over $50 you’ll receive TWO different scrap sheets (note: I have a big bunch of samples, so you may not get 2 Easter sheets… the second sheet could be flowers, kittens, children, Santas… who knows what surprise you’ll find in your package).

    (Psst! The entire section of full-color Dresden scraps is On Sale, too!) More info is on the FREE Easter Bunnies Gift page.

    Info on today’s Journey Journal Giveaway (and a sale ending TODAY and new and back in stock items) is below. But first I’ll hand over the reins to Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) to introduce Rhea’s beautiful Cartographer Journey Journal.


    Design Team Member Rhea Freitag has created a fabulous book for you to gaze upon and gasp over with new items from Tim Holtz and Prima.

    Since Rhea has created this, you know that there will be tons of goodies used and you will have to go back more than once to see everything she included on each page. I think that makes it much more fun and interesting, don’t you?

    Rhea started with the New and On Sale! Tim Holtz Large Worn Book Cover – Chronicle and added both stain and ink from the Vintage Photo Distress Ink & Stain Kit (then wet them so they bled a bit into the fabric on the cover).

    She also worked lots of moving parts into the book (which I love!) like the Large Game Spinners on the cover.

    Each page of Rhea’s book is made with 12×12 Chipboard that she has cut down to size; sturdy enough to handle all of the embellishments that is used on each page. Who wouldn’t want to layer it up with all of the fun items Rhea used? I LOVE the Cartographer Collection papers since they’re so incredibly diverse. Create your own journal with them as Rhea did, or use in art journaling, mixed-media, postcards, mini-books… you get the idea!

    The muted palette of the Cartographer Collection pairs well with the Tim Holtz Found Relatives Cards, the TWO New and On Sale! Ephemera Packs (Expedition and Thrift Shop), and Rhea’s addition of the moody Vintage Paris Postcards Collage Sheet is just perfection.

    Being the ah, “collector” of things (junk) that I am (OK hoarder!) my favorite part of Rhea’s book is the inside back cover, filled with envelopes! Places to put even more stuff that needs to be pulled out and played with. I myself have spied upon the New and On Sale! Movers & Shapers Base Die – Pocket Envelope. How is it I do not have one of these in my collection? I really love putting things in little envelopes and now I can not only make the envelopes but with whatever paper I want?! Did you see the adorable Glassine Envelope? (With a New! Remnant Rub-On on top of it?!) I’m about ready to throw myself on the floor and have an absolute fit over the two of those items. I had just better go and order both of those for myself, but you hush now and don’t go telling Slim Daddy that I’m ordering more stuff!

    You can see Rhea’s full Supply List. Visit Rhea’s blog for more pictures and a video tour of her Cartographer Journey Journal!
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Cigar Box Clock Tutorial


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with artwork & a tutorial by Laura Carson

    Being French #1 Collage Sheet
    Being French #1 Collage Sheet New!

    Tim Holtz Pulley Wheels
    Tim Holtz Pulley Wheels New and On Sale!


    2mm Rhinestone Chain - Topaz On Sale!

    Glitter, Tinsel (& Misc Shiny Things) Sale
    Ends TODAY, April 6th

     

    Hooray! A Journey Journal Giveaway!

    I love all the little pockets and glassine envelopes in Rhea’s artwork, so this Giveaway is filled with envelopes!

    Here are a bunch of the items Rhea used in her journal that are included in the Giveaway:
    - Tim Holtz Large Worn Book Cover – Chronicle
    - Gauges Collage Sheet
    - Art Nouveau Exposition Collage Sheet
    - Vintage Paris Postcards Collage Sheet
    - Nirvana Typograph Scrapbook Paper
    - Glassine Envelopes – 2-5/16 x 3-5/8 Inches
    - Small Glassine Envelopes – Square
    - ATC Size Kraft Envelopes
    - Vintage Receipts – ATC Size

    And here are a few more goodies not in Rhea’s artwork:
    - Hot Air Balloon Collage Sheet
    - Cartographer Montgolfiere Scrapbook Paper (not technically in her artwork… though she used this paper from the 12×12 pad)
    - Cartographer Marveilleux Scrapbook Paper
    - Paris Postcards – Color Collage Sheet
    - Small Glassine Envelopes – Horizontal Flaps
    - Goggles Collage Sheet
    - Attic Treasures Printed Envelopes (just put on sale!)

    To enter the Journey Journal Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 6, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won Thursday’s French Dancers Giveaway? That would be Kim (#117 in the comments… we had more than one “Kim” this week)! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    173 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 6th, 2014

    French Dancers Cigar Box Clock Tutorial (+ New Sale Goodies & Giveaway)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials


    Wow! Design Team Member Laura Carson
    has created a decorative and functional clock from a cigar box (and using the beautiful Being French images from two new collage sheets by Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider)!

    I’ll borrow a bit from Laura’s blog post by way of introduction:

    After the great response I got on the cigar box chest project, I thought you might enjoy another
    cigar box project that is both decorative and functional. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to
    transform a cigar box into a working clock.

    In the project example I decide to make the lid of the box the clock and the inside a scene.
    There are so many options and possible themes with this project. Instead of having the clock
    on the front you could have it inside the box. Instead of creating a scene inside the box you
    could add matchboxes as drawers and use it to store your treasures. Last year I posted a
    tutorial on how to make an ATC Armoire out of a cigar box. You could combine that project
    and this so that the lid is the clock and the inside is the ATC storage area.

    I love the “girl on a swing” (shown in the photo above — it’s on the inside of the cigar box). And see below for the (gorgeous) new Madame Payraud 6×6 Paper Pack Laura used as background papers.

    Here is Laura’s Supply List; and visit her blog to see more pictures (and a full tutorial)!

    Next up today, Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has created a flock of little birdhouses with the 3D Birdhouse Die!

    Those birdhouses are really tiny (approx. 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ x 2-3/8″) and have a sweet little scalloped edge to the roof.

    And that little birdhouse at right uses one of the escutcheons from the New and On Sale! Tim Holtz Locket Keys as a fancy doorway for some lucky (and tiny!) bird.
     

     

    Hooray! A French Dancers Giveaway!

    Nice! Lots of the supplies from Laura’s artwork, including:
    - Clock Movement with Ornate Hands New and On Sale!
    - Being French #1 Collage Sheet
    - Being French #2 Collage Sheet
    - Madame Payraud 6×6 Paper Pack New and On Sale!
    - Tick Tock Collage Sheet
    - Masonite Eiffel Tower Set
    - Clock Face Buttons (tiny size)
    - Chipboard Embellishments – Fancy Foliage

    Plus some random items I thought matched the set:
    - Mixed Gold Filigrees On Sale!
    - Clock Face With Hole On Sale!
    - Tiny Dancers Collage Sheet On Sale!
    - AND some vintage clock parts from my own stash!

    To enter the French Dancers Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 3, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the April Vintage Voyage Kit Giveaway? That would be Linda Ellis! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    132 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 3rd, 2014

    Maritime Collection (+Vintage Voyage Kit & Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Giveaways, Kits, Newsletters, Sale, Swaps, Vintage Voyage Kit

    It’s almost April, and time to announce a new monthly theme and kit: Vintage Voyage — but not necessarily the chic Art Deco voyage you might expect. Instead we’re in the 1910-15 timeframe, the era of Edwardian fashion and the Titanic.

    The kit includes 3 sheets of scrapbook paper from the New Maritime Collection, 3 new collage sheets (including a sheet with miniature book covers for creating a travel album), lots of little envelopes for stashing treasures in the pages of your album (like that cute diagonal stripe kraft envelope at right), die-cut sand dollars, and a coordinating set of fibers for binding your album (perfect for adding some seashell charms or even real seashells).

    The adorable Mini Travel Album, at right, is by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel (with pages cut from the Maritime Collection scrapbook papers — and sized to match the larger covers from the New Travel Album Covers Collage Sheet — also included in the kit). Here’s a link to her full supply list. More photos are on Kristin’s blog. More photos are also in the Gallery. Note: more artwork will be added to the Gallery throughout the month.


    More info on the Travel Album Covers Collage Sheet: 3 covers are large enough to be covers for a book of ATCs, and the larger, wide, blue covers (the ones Kristin used) can accommodate all the sizes of envelopes included in this kit (like those tiny square glassine envelopes on another page from Kristin’s album, shown at right).

    And, in honor of this month’s theme, I’ve put the ENTIRE Beach Theme Section On Sale! That’s a HUGE section including charms, papers, rubber stamps, (a lot of) collage sheets… catch it quick as the sale ends April 13th.

    And, Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay is hosting a related swap! More info is in the Yahoo Group.

    Beside more new goodies related to the theme, see below for info about today’s Giveaway!
     

     

    Hooray for the April Vintage Voyage Kit Giveaway!

    Wow! Not only is there an:
    - April Vintage Voyage Kit
    - (plus the New Hobble Skirts Collage Sheet),
    - and ALL 6 of the Scrapbook Papers from the New Maritime Collection
    - (and all of the MANY beachy collage sheets Design Team Member Kristin Batsel used in her Mini Travel Album)
    - but also the beach-themed charms Kristin used (see pics above in the “new” section plus also a Brass Ship Wheel and Small Brass Starfish),
    - the New Wooden Album Covers,
    - the back in stock Gold Shell Dresden Border Strips,
    - an on sale Deco Swimmer Rubber Stamp
    - and some extra fibers from the on sale The Sea Fiber Set!

    To enter the April Vintage Voyage Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, March 30, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Purple and Gold Giveaway? That would be Lori Wilczek! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    142 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 30th, 2014

    Shannon Tuttle

    Filed under Past Design Team Members

    Shannon Tuttle, Alaska, USA

    I am a graduate of the University of Alaska, Anchorage where I majored in Elementary Education. After deciding that teaching wasn’t for me, I began my new career working as a legal secretary. Creativity has always been a part of my life and growing up my mom always made sure my sister and I were doing something artsy craftsy. She has been the major influence in my life as an artist and I wouldn’t be here today without her continued love and support.

    I began my “adult” artistic life as a seed beader which eventually led into wire and metal working (there is something therapeutic about texturing and forming metal), riveting , and my new passions of torch fired soldering, enameling, and fusing. In the middle of all this hammering and playing with fire, my mom introduced me to the world of rubber stamping and altered art and I haven’t looked back since. I now mainly focus on mixed media and altered art, with a little assemblage and metal work thrown in on the side for fun.

    This is my first design team experience. I am excited to start this journey with Alpha Stamps and look forward to the challenges it brings as well as the opportunity to grow as an artist.

    Shannon’s Blog
      
    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, March 30th, 2014