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    Valentine’s Day! New Art x2, New Sweets & New SALE!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Valentine's Day

    It is storming outside! I am speeding along and hoping the power holds…

    And it’s Valentine’s Day! We have so many sweet treat to share! Starting with 2 tiny (adorable) little Valentine displays by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Here’s an intro and some details from Shannon’s blog post:

    All of the cakes on the little wire stand? Yep, they are pre-made, they are all available at Alpha Stamps. [Psst... quite a few shown are new today and are on sale — more info below!]

    I placed the cakes on a few plates (and cut out a white foam heart “plate” for the top one), and turned one plate into a cake stand by gluing on a white pony bead. After that, all I really did was glue red Dresden trim to the edges of the stand, and poof! A Valentine’s cake display that is 3-3/4″ tall!

    And since that project took three minutes, I had time to squeak in another little thing. This one took a tad longer to finish, but only because I painted a microscopic metal jewelry box and made a teensy string of pearls to go inside.

    While waiting for the jewelry box to dry, I painted hearts on a white metal bowl, and while that was drying, I dipped the strawberries in chocolate paint. With nothing left to paint, I constructed a heart shaped box and gift bag from the Tiny Little Valentine’s Collage Sheet. The vase is a metal bit that holds a lampshade in place. Why don’t I own miniature vases??

    Why indeed! I will get some vases to Shannon ASAP!

    Here’s Shannon’s supply list for both little projects, and read on for more about the new resin cakes!
     

    Baking Miniatures ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 25% off sale on ALL Baking Minis!

    With all the sweet treats above, I thought this section would be perfect, as it includes resin cakes AND some little bowls! 34 options… including the 4 highlights below — ALL 4 below are NEW!

    The sale ends at midnight on Friday night, February 15th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     

    MORE ARTWORK?
    (And more hearts, too…)

    Based on the Stars Playing Card, but this time with a heart theme: NEW Hearts Playing Card!

    And look at that… no sugary sweet artwork from Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey! Lora’s Twisted Little Valentine Cards show another take on Valentine’s Day (and these would be great for a Halloween project, too!)

    If you’d like to make a similar ghoulish Valentine, I’d recommend the Anatomy, Gnome & Mushroom Ornaments or Victorian Bats Collage Sheets for some similar images.

    More info on Lora’s project is on her blog post.
     

    Back in Stock Products!

     
    Stackable Room Box Giveaway!

    I bet you didn’t see that coming! But the last item in the “back in stock” row above is for a new, revised version of this 1:12 scale 2-story room box!

    We have split this 2-story room box into TWO SEPARATE FLOORS! You can still buy one of each (one bottom & one top) and stack them to make the same 2-story room box as before. But you could also choose to buy only one floor.

    Note: the top floor includes the extra pieces for the balcony (and trim around the French windows). The bottom floor includes the trims pieces for the center door and two windows.

    Laura has used this 2-story room box for a couple different projects, but I chose to show the L’ Amour des Fleurs — The Love of Flowers Shop (above), as it shows the outside entrance and inside view of the same doorway. (That photo is from Laura’s Street of Paris project, you can view all the posts about it.) The photo at right shows the full height of the 2 stories (plus a roof) from another project by Laura: Steamtown House.

    As I have taped together both the top and bottom floors of this new version to take photos, both are included in the Giveaway! I will carefully take them apart… they also come with all the window/door trims and the balcony.

    To enter the Stackable Room Box 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 Night, February 15, 2019).

    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 Mini Domino Book Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Gail Shenberger! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    70 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 14th, 2019

    New Alcohol Pearls & Distress Archival Ink Pads by Tim Holtz!

    Filed under Giveaways, New Products, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz

    NEW Alcohol Pearls
    A cool new color line: the iridescent “pearliness” in each color are colored, too (so the final effect is more richly colored, and the color doesn’t shift white when viewed at an angle). Can be mixed with other Alcohol Inks. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, glass, and other slick surfaces. Made for non-porous surfaces (not uncoated paper nor photo paper).


    See a video by Tim Holtz demonstrating these new PEARL alcohol inks!

    New Alcohol Ink Storage Tin
    The ideal storage solution for Alcohol Ink bottles. Organize and transport inks in this convenient tin. Features a clear window and hinged metal closure. Holds up to 30 bottles. Custom tray keeps Alcohol Inks in place for easy access..

    AND… check out the Giveaway section below for a bright, cheery, beach-themed dominoes project by Design Team Member Laura Carson
    that would be perfect for these new inks! (Did I mention it’s in the Giveaway?)

    New Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Sets

    Finally! :)

    These TWELVE ink pads are classic, Ranger waterproof dye inks (not pigment inks), but now in the Tim Holtz Distress color palette.

    Permanent dye ink is great for working with rubber stamps (you can paint or use wet media over the stamped image and the ink won’t run).

    Nice, small 1-1/4″ x 1-3/4″ size. Easy to store or carry around (and can also be stored in the Mini Ink Pad Storage Tin).

     
    ALL Tim Holtz Items ON SALE at 20% off!

    Everything! From rubber stamps to metal embellishmentsOver 50 options, including the new items above!

    (Psst: There are still a few Tim Holtz items on the clearance site — and they are 50% off!, like the Fluted Metal Stars at right.)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, February 11th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!


     

    Mini Domino Book Giveaway!

    I was thinking about projects that would be perfect for the new Alcohol Pearls, and this domino book by Design Team Member Laura Carson
    came to mind. Note: these new Alcohol Pearls didn’t exist when Laura made this, but a hard surface, like plastic dominoes, would be great for experimenting with Alcohol Inks — Pearl variety or original.

    So in addtion to the new Tranquil color of Alcohol Pearls, I’m including all the supplies from Laura’s project! Check that supply list link for all 7 items!

    To enter the Mini Domino Book 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, February 11, 2019).

    And what are you going to try using the Alcohol Pearls on?

    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 Butterflies Tent Card Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathy Udlinek! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 10th, 2019

    Happy Accidents, New Rubber Stamps, Birds & Bees SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Wow! This is so fun and colorful and I love the unexpected way the new fancy frame fit over the oval window… I’ll let Shannon explain:

    This piece started with a new set of beautiful stamps that include butterflies of various sizes, suns, moons, and several words and phrases. They are all small, the largest being 3″ x 1-3/4″, so they would work well with ATCs and art coins. They’re really pretty too.

    I took these stamps in hand and dug around in my stash of things, finding a cool tent card from last month’s kit buried in a stack of chipboard (it is literally 3″ high. I gotta get this pile organized). Then I went rifling through the box of new stuff to see what to coordinate with the aforementioned stuff and found the new fancy Lace Frame. It happened to fit perfectly over the cutout on my oval Tent Card. That was a nice surprise.

    There are four different butterfly stamps in the set. The two I used, which are the smallest of the butterflies, are 1/2″ and not quite 1″ long. They were stamped and embossed, cut out, folded a bit, then glued onto the card. There’s small pieces of foam under a few to vary the height and give dimension.

    More info and photos are in Shannon’s blog post.

    And be sure to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!
     

     
    New & Back in Stock Supplies!


    On Sale — see below


    On Sale — see below


    On Sale — see below


    Back in Stock


    Back in Stock

     
    Birds & Bees ON SALE!

    This is a big, diverse group: over 70 items (from collage sheets to rubber stamps to charms): on SALE at 25% off!

    Check out the highlights below. (Psst: the sale includes ALL THREE of the new rubber stamp sets announced today — see above!)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, February 8th.

    Click: Birds & Bees SALE to see everything!

     

    MORE ARTWORK?
    (And by Shannon, too…)

    We’re been plowing (plodding?) through updating some older blog posts with links to the new site… and this fab project by Shannon just got revised! (See the photo at left for Shannon’s Snake Oil Caravan, using the Bathing Machine Kit, a 2 Inch Suitcase, a zillion tiny bottles, and the Good For What Ails You Collage Sheet made just for her project!)

    More info on Shannon’s project is on this post, and quite a few items from the supply list are still available (including the Tiny Suitcase Kit, shown at right).
     

    Butterflies Tent Card Giveaway!

    Wow! Just look at that flurry of colorful butterflies!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the EIGHT items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Lace Frame
    - New — and part of the SALE: Dream Without Fear Cling Stamp Set
    - A Mix of Spring Beauties ATCs Collage Sheet

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

    To enter the Butterflies Tent Card 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 Night, February 8, 2019).

    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 Letters from the Sea Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Barbara Souza! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    64 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 7th, 2019

    Letters from the Sea

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Letters from the Sea Kit, Sale, Tutorials

    This new kit took its time to jell, but I love how it turned out! It has a mix of subtle sea colors with vintage letters and some beautiful Edwardian ladies… you could make a beach-themed collage, or antique ATCs, or tiny letters tied with a bow as a vaguely Valentine’s Day project. Lots of options!

    The prints on the backs of the 3 papers from the Seaside & Me group are really what caught my eye! Pretty trims that don’t scream “SUMMER BEACH”… they would be nice borders edging a card, or even a whole wall of wallpaper in a miniature room.

    Then when I found the Correspondence and Telegrams papers (both with a bit of the same sage green palette), the die was cast.

    In addition to the FIVE scrapbook papers, there is a new Small Symmetrical Flourish Set (a chipboard set of flourishes that could be “just” pretty trims but also look like ocean waves).

    And even more:
    - New Edwardian Women Collage Sheet (I love these ladies! I specifically chose full figures, so you can use them in a collage looking out over a balcony or a railing.)
    - New Mini Folding Envelopes Collage Sheet (With all those Edwardian ladies looking a little wistful — and some holding letters — I thought it would be fun to have miniature envelopes that you could fold into working miniatures. The largest envelopes are approx. 2″ x 3″ when folded. Plus there are some interesting envelopes (just the fronts or backs) you could add to a stack of letters and tie up with a ribbon.)
    - 1 sheet from the new Parchment for Mini Letters (perhaps to make some tiny letters for those envelopes)
    - 2 sheets from the new Waves & Seaweed Solid-Color Paper Set

    Go see the new kit for more info and more photos.
     

    Mermaids Mini Book Box with a Mini Tutorial by Kristin Batsel!

    How fun! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made a Mermaids Mini Book Box using two of the new papers to cover her tiny faux book (and a summery, mermaidy project would be a good escape right about now)!

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    I’m not sure why, but I really like to work small. So when I had my choice of projects this month from Alpha Stamps, I chose to work on a Matchbox Sized Faux Book Box (only 2-1/4″ tall)! It’s the perfect size for a tiny shrine. The papers in this month’s kit made me think “beach”, and “beach” made me think mermaids.

    The outside of the box was wrapped in a lovely shell and seaweed paper, and then covered with a tiny beach poster advertising Mermaid Oysters. I used a couple of charms, a tiny pinch of sheet moss, and some flat back pearls to give the lid a bit of dimension.

    For the inside of the box, I found a great image of mermaids that coordinates nicely with the new papers. I used three copies of that image to create dimension. Moss, tiny seashells, and a few more pearls were added to the bottom of the box.

    Beside these highlights, here’s the full supply list! And be sure to visit Kristin’s blog for more photos and a tutorial! (And win supplies from Kristin’s project below!)

     
    More New Products!

    Just a snippet from 13 new products (!) are shown at left (and at right and below). From all FIVE new scrapbook papers to THREE new Collage Sheets to TWO new chipboard flourish sets.

    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 Kristin’s supply list from her Mermaids Mini Book Box shown above!

     
    Beach & Mermaid Collage Sheets ON SALE!

    Yes, it’s the middle of winter, but I’m following Kristin’s lead! The ENTIRE Beach & Mermaids section of collage sheets is on SALE at 50% off!

    60 options… and check out the 4 highlights below, too. (Psst: that first one includes the mermaids inside Kristin’s artwork!)

    The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, February 4th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Letters from the Sea Kit Giveaway!

    In addition to the TEN items already in the new kit (that includes 2 scrapbook papers Kristin used to cover her tiny book), this Giveaway includes these extras from Kristin’s supply list:
    - Matchbox Sized Faux Book Box
    - Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
    - Both of the metal charms: Starfish and Scallop Shell
    - Both of the collage sheets: Mermaids #3 and Mini Vintage Beach Posters (and those are on sale, too!)

    To enter the Letters from the Sea Kit 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, February 4, 2019).

    And what are you going to make with big group of vintage & beachy items?

    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 Tiny Boxes & Bottles Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Roe! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    75 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 3rd, 2019

    Bagatelle Boxes! Plus Frames & Fairies FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Reminder: The Design Team Call closes tonight! Note: you can apply as a paper crafter, collage artist, rubber stamper or miniaturist! Short story: deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Looking forward to seeing your artwork!
     

    I know… it’s cold. Some of you are hiding in your houses and wondering if the woolly mammoths will be running down the street soon.

    This may help a little. In addition to the flash sale on ALL Die-Cut Frames & Windows (inspired by Nichola’s artwork below — now 25% off!), I’ve also put the Fairies Collage Sheets on sale — 50% off!! Instant color if you buy a digital collage sheet file! See the Frames & Fairies sale section for a big mixed-up group of them both! The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW night, February 1st. A few more highlights from the sale section are below (beside the Miniature Bookplates Die-Cut Set shown at right… back in stock, in Nichola’s artwork AND on sale)!
     

    Next up: Do you remember these lovely little Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made a few years ago? The boxes (all SIX of them!) are now back: Bagatelle Boxes!

    Teeny tiny! That’s what these boxes are! Cute as little shrines (like Nichola made) or you can stack them into your own configuration (there’s a photo with one option farther below in this post).

    And all those cute “fairy dust” labels on the bottles are from Nichola’s Fairy Dust Collage Sheet! Psst: Part of the current flash sale!

    More info on her Fairy Dust Bagatelle Boxes is in this blog post, plus here’s her supply list.

    Note: check the Giveaway below for a photo showing a ton of little bottles that fit in the boxes.

     
    New & Back in Stock Supplies!

     
    Highlights from the Frames & Fairies FLASH SALE!

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything (99 items)!

     

    MORE ARTWORK?
    (Or now for something completely different…)

    Wow! Design Team Member Laura Carson used TWO of the Bagatelle Box – 1-1/2 x 4 Inches (stacked on top of each other, laying horizontally) on a 1:12 scale dollhouse table to make a secretary! (See the photo at left… and those cubbies on either end of the boxes — like the one on the left side with scrolls inside: matchboxes!)

    The secretary was inside Ghostmore Manor: part of Laura’s Haunted Village… the final installment of her fab Haunted Village Series from 2015.

    The printed top of that secretary (plus a zillion spooky trims from the project) are on the Ghostmore Manor Collage Sheet Set (or its digital companion: Ghostmore Manor Set Download).

    More info on Laura’s project is on this post, and quite a few items from the supply list are still available.
     

    Tiny Boxes & Bottles Giveaway!

    As promised, see below for photos of the boxes grouped together, and for a sampling of glass bottles that fit in the boxes (read on for which they are).

    The Giveaway includes:
    - ALL SIX of the Bagatelle Boxes
    - Nichola’s Fairy Dust Collage Sheet
    - Miniature Bookplates Die-Cut Set (used all over the place in Nichola’s artwork… see photo above)
    - Stackable Labels Die-Cut Set (see 2 pics in the bottom right of the photos below)
    - A tons of bottles! Here’s the list of all shown PLUS a couple extras (same height but not shown in photo, so all will fit just fine). Yes, I’m including ALL of the bottles in that link! (Note: for more specific info on the bottles, there’s a photo with captions of the bottle names on the 2×3″ and 1.5×4″ box pages — those are the 2 boxes used in that photo.)

    To enter the Tiny Boxes & Bottles 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 Night, February 1, 2019).

    And what are you going to make with all those tiny boxes?

    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 Revisiting the Land of the Butterfly Queen Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Lynn Fox! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    85 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 31st, 2019

    New Dresden and Dresden SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Reminder: The Design Team Call is still open! Note: you can apply as a paper crafter, collage artist, rubber stamper or miniaturist! Short story: deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Looking forward to seeing your artwork!
     

    So… we got the Gold Dresden Myrtle LeavesBack in Stock this week (more on that and photos below). And I was looking through the many projects using that trim (most recently some matchbox Christmas ornaments). And as we’re all dreaming of warmer spring weather (and the project is just generally wonderful): I decided to revisit Laura Carson’s Land of the Butterfly Queen!

    There were actually THREE glass books announced on that date (!) but I’m focusing on the larger book (at right and another photo down in the Giveaway section. You can also view more on the original blog post or Laura’s tutorial.

    NOTE: As we’ve moved Web sites since that project, you can use this link for the supply list for this book (on the new site) and a few products Laura used are on clearance sale on the old site (photos and links below, as they’re all part of the Giveaway).

    Laura designed FIVE collage sheets that were announced with these books (psst: all 5 are included in today’s Giveaway)! Two are shown above at left (and another at right) and all of them are perfect for fairies, woodland creatures, wings for adding to figures (or just using as pretty butterflies).

    Plus that set of butterflies & moths shown at right is also available as a digital download set.

    As Laura’s book pages were made of glass, you can see through the pages, so bits of lace or Dresden or paper flowers can be seen between the collage sheet figures. You can see a bit of that effect in the photo at left (which also includes a Paperclay border made from the Ornaments & Settings Silicone Mold and accented with metallic Gilder’s Paste. Wow!

    Now, moving on to some new Dreaden trims… and did I mention they’re on sale?! More info on the FLASH SALE after the new eye candy.

     
    New Dresden!

     
    Dresden Trims ON SALE!

    The whole section is on SALE at 25% off, including all those new options shown above!

    Over 50 options… and check out the 4 highlights below, too.

    The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, January 28th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Hooray for the Revisiting the Land of the Butterfly Queen Giveaway!

    Some of Laura’s supply list is still available on the new site, and these items from that list are included in today’s Giveaway:
    - Gold Dresden Myrtle LeavesBack in Stock (and used on that photo at left)
    - ALL FIVE of Laura’s collage sheets (from fairies to butterflies to woodland creatures!)
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Medium Pink

    PLUS a few more things Laura used are still on the CLEARANCE site and are also in the Giveaway package:
    - Mixed Color 12mm Acrylic Rose Beads
    - Tan Seam Binding (kind of artfully draped around and over many of the pages)
    - 3/8 Inch Looped Ivory Lace
    AND see the 4 highlighted below, too! (Yes, all 7 from the clearance site are in the prize package!)

    Psst! Speaking of the clearance site: If you order from both sites, you can contact Anna in customer service to have shipping from one of your merged orders refunded (after your orders have been placed).

    To enter the Revisiting the Land of the Butterfly Queen 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, January 28, 2019).

    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’s Tea/Metal Minis Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Terry Unnold! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 27th, 2019

    Too Early for Easter? Plus new AND on SALE minis!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Reminder: The Design Team Call is still open! Note: you can apply as a paper crafter, collage artist, rubber stamper or miniaturist! Short story: deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Looking forward to seeing your artwork!
     

    OK… maybe not everything new (or back in stock) today is about Easter. But there ARE many rabbits!

    Before I show you the new cast metal miniatures (which are adorable!) I thought I’d revisit Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s sweet A Hutch of Vintage Toys (shown at right, which was right before Christmas but that was such a whirlwind you may or may not have taken a peek).

    Shannon did such a great job painting the metal minis that are the starting point of many of those toys (Mr. & Mrs. Rabbit — hey, they’d be perfect for Easter, too! — and that gnome on the top shelf… and Mother Goose and the Kewpie Doll on the right side of bottom 2 shelves).

    Shannon just used acrylic paint on the figurines (after washing them with dish soap). If you’d like more info on her Hutch of Vintage Toys, see this blog post.

    Now, moving on to some new cast metal minis… and did I mention they’re on sale?! More info on the FLASH SALE after the eye candy.

     
    New Miniatures!


    Back in Stock


    Back in Stock


    Back in Stock
     

    Cast Metal Miniatures ON SALE!

    The whole section is on SALE at 30% off, including all those metal minis shown above!

    Over 40 options… and check out the 4 highlights below, too.

    The sale ends at midnight on Friday night, January 25th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     

    MORE ARTWORK?
    I was trying to find an example of painting some of the metal minis more easily (like spray-painting them a solid color) and I remembered this wonderful Alice/Halloween mash-up by Teri Calia!

    See the black sugar bowl on the table? (It has a lid and 2 handles.) That started as a cast metal mini, which was spray-painted black (then I think Teri added some dry-brushed acrylic highlights).

    She painted a set of cups & saucers in bright colors to make her stack of teacups just to the left of that sugar bowl (those are plastic teacups with some tiny metal spoons added).

    Also a spray-painted combo is a chair, with small plastic bones glued on as “arms” (and a skull at top) before the whole thing was painted black (see “before” at right). (Psst… that specific chair has sold out but this black chair is the same size.)

    More info on Teri’s project is on this post. Note that many items have since sold out as this was awhile ago, but… this leads me to:
     

    The Alice’s Tea/Metal Minis Giveaway!

    Some of Teri’s supply list is still available on the new site, and these items from that list are included in today’s Giveaway:
    - A Cast Cheshire Cat Figurine and a Metal Alice in Wonderland Figurine (see the photos below… these are on a shelf above the table that isn’t visible in the photo above); a bit hard to see as they are both painted purple against black flourishes…
    - Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf (so you have the wall shelf, too!)
    - Halloween Clock Faces Collage Sheet (for the big orange, smiling clock image on the back of the shelf!)
    - Simple Cups & Saucers Set – Set of 12 (like her wacky stack of colorful cups)

    PLUS a couple more things Teri used are still on the CLEARANCE site and are also in the Giveaway package:
    - A Polka Dot Resin Teapot (repainted black with orange dots and bow)
    - A 1-1/2 Inch Mushroom (Teri painted one as a seat at the table)

    To enter the Alice’s Tea/Metal Minis 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 Night, January 25, 2019).

    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 MORE BEES are Back Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Maria B! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 24th, 2019

    Olde Curiosity Shoppe is back… and so are lots of BEES

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Rhea Freitag, Sale

    Reminder: The Design Team Call is still open! Note: you can apply as a paper crafter, collage artist, rubber stamper or miniaturist! Short story: deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Looking forward to seeing your artwork!
     

    Hey, do you remember the Olde Curiosity Shoppe line of scrapbook papers? Waaaaay back in 2012 (wow!) we first we carried them as single scrapbook papers, and now they’re back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition!

    In addition to TWO EACH of all TWELVE double-sided cardstock sheets from the original collection (12″ x 12″) this set also includes:
    - one 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet (cardstock weight)
    AND
    - one 6″ x 12″ sheet of chipboard die-cuts (a few are shown at right)

    The Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition 12×12 Pack has got tons of great imagery, from bees and butterflies to potion bottles… and flying pigs?

    FLYING PIGS? That reminded me of this great project Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made: A Cabinet of Curiosities (see the photos below). It was made using a garage sale find as the main structure, but Kristin gave step-by-step instructions on sizing papers to fit little cubbies & tips on getting everything planned out for a project with about 50 components. You can still see Kristin’s tutorial on her original project (NOTE: the links on that old post no longer work, though you can still view all the photos and read about the steps. HOWEVER, there is still a current supply list.)
     

     
    MORE ARTWORK? Wow! That beautiful shadowbox below was made using the original Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers by then Design Team Member Rhea Freitag.

    Except for a few bits & bobs (like clocks or glass bottles), pretty much everything in the shadowbox is paper from Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

    Certainly not as many cubbies as that wooden faux-printer’s tray that Rhea used, but you could make a similar (if smaller) scene in a shadowbox with the Back in Stock 6×6 Shadowbox (at right).

    Psst… see that close-up on the right side of the wide photos below, with the little clock on top of a larger pocket watch: that paper behind the clocks is one of my favorite prints from the collection: BEES! (It’s the backside of a page called “Parlor Wall”… see a photo of me hold a sheet at left.)
     

     
     
    Hooray for the MORE BEES are Back Giveaway!

    I know! MORE beautiful artwork! We are just getting overwhelmed with eye candy today: the Of Summer & Bees Reliquary at left was made by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana (ages ago but it is well worth revisiting… and TWO of the bees used in it are Back in Stock)!

    I’m including EVERYTHING in Nichola’s supply list in today’s Giveaway! That includes:
    - Arch Top Reliquary Triptych
    - Honeycomb & Bees Die-Cut Chipboard Set (Back in Stock)
    - Faux Metal Number Plates
    - Giant Bronze Bee Charm (Back in Stock)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Nichola’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

    Giant Bronze Bee Charm To enter the MORE BEES are Back 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, January 21, 2019).

    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 Tiny Bus Stop Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jen J! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    66 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 20th, 2019

    New Miniature Artwork by Shannon Cooper & related FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    That Design Team Member Shannon Cooper is such a wonder! Just look at the tiny Bus Stop, 1950 below!
     

    First of all, for scale, yes that little scene is inside an Altoids Tin lid (filled with new Green Turf Grass… with some yellow “leaves” from sprinkles of fluff from the tree). I’m not sure what Shannon used as leaves, but some tiny bits of the Clump Foliage – Fall Mix would work well for tiny “leaves” in this scale.

    The people and the bench (both new) are 1:48 scale (and the other items pressed into service look right at home in this 1/4 scale scene).

    I love the transformation Shannon made of a Tiny Little Shadowbox House with a couple of the window panes on the sides (from the many window options) from the new Station Details Doors & Windows. (Those windows are made for half scale (1:24 scale) but Shannon used just a couple of the window panes from a larger window for her wee bus stop building.)

    And the sidewalk? It’s made from leftover chipboard pieces (meant to be the roof of the Tiny Little Shadowbox House)!

    Next up in surprising transformations: that little bus stop sign (and the trash can behind it): a round number bead is the sign (on a toothpick) and the trash can is a piece of a Christmas tree light (see the little inset photo).

    Great job, Shannon! There’s even more info about surprising craft supplies on Shannon’s blog post. And here’s a link to all her supplies.

     
    New Miniatures!

    Die-Cut 3D Chipboard ON SALE!

    I just finished some housekeeping, and I’ve split the Die-Cut Chipboard into FIVE sections:
    - Die-Cut 3D in the collage supplies section (various sizes)
    - Chipboard Kits in the miniatures section (a mix of 3D and flat items in smaller sizes with specs for 1:12 or 1:24 scales)
    - Die-Cut Borders & Fences & Trims (all the ornate goodies like wrought iron fences)
    - Die-Cut Frames & Windows
    - Die-Cut Shapes (this is a mix of flat chipboard items in simpler silhouette shapes, plus envelopes and ticket journals that are scored for folding, AND all of the laser-cut acrylic items, too)

    Since the little house Shannon used as her bus stop is in the Die-Cut 3D section — that whole section is on SALE at 20% off!

    Over 100 options… including the 4 highlights below. You’d think with all that rearranging that the new sections wouldn’t be this large, but we have a lot of chipboard!

    The sale ends at midnight on Friday night, January 18th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

     
    Hooray for the Tiny Bus Stop Giveaway!

    I’ve picked out a bunch of goodies from Shannon’s supply list to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses 3 (and that’s a set of 2 little houses!)
    - Silver Number Beads
    - New 1/4 Scale Park Bench (so cute!)
    - New 1/4 Scale Tiny People
    - New Green Turf Grass
    - Haunted Ship Travel Collage Sheet (shown at right)

    PLUS a couple more items that caught my eye:
    - China Cabinet House Wallpapers Collage Sheet (this may seem an odd choice, but it has windows and a brick wall sized for 1/4 scale)
    - New Mini Blossoms – Pink, Yellow, Violet (you might want some pink or purple tiny flowers for your scene)

    To enter the Tiny Bus Stop 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 Night, January 18, 2019).

    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 That Better Be Chocolate Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Suzie Quebedeaux! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 17th, 2019

    A Chocolate Valentine, New Paper Sets, Design Team Call

    Filed under Announcements, Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Victorian Ephemera Kit

    Design Team Call! We are excited to announce that we are looking for new Design Team Members and Guest Designers for Alpha Stamps There’s lots of info on that blog post. Short story: deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Looking forward to seeing your artwork!
     

    Next up: today’s artwork! Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has created a yummy Chocolate Valentine using scrapbook papers and the Arched Tent Card Frame from the Victorian Ephemera Kit!

    Plus, as Lora used that lovely photo of Caroline Otero as her central image, I’ve put the entire Art Nouveau Collage Sheet section on sale at 50% off! The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, January 14th More highlights from the sale are below.
     

    My Chocolate Valentine by Lora Mahaffey

    From Lora’s blog post:

    Yes, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. It’s always been a holiday that catches me by surprise. Fortunately for moi, my husband knows exactly what to get me and it’s the same every year and it never gets old.

    A book and a box of chocolates.

    It’s the best.

    I look forward to it every year.

    If he doesn’t get it for me this year (he will) I will get it for myself!

    So when Alpha Stamps sent me the Victorian Ephemera Kit and that luscious chocolate-colored Dresden trim spilled out, well, that was it for me. It had to be a snarky chocolate valentine.

    Psst… check below in the Giveaway section for the snarkiness in this seemingly innocent project.

    Beside these highlights (above and below), here’s the full supply list. And be sure to visit Lora’s blog for more photos and a step-by-step tutorial (I love the hanging tassels Lora made from Stickles, hanging from the Dresden “curtain” — see the top of the photo at left.) Plus that collage sheet of La Bella Caroline Otero that Lora featured, shown at right, is part of the sale!

     
    New & Back in Stock Supplies

    Oh my… these new paper sets are so beautiful & colorful!

     
    Highlights from the Art Nouveau Collage Sheets Sale

     
    Hooray for the That Better Be Chocolate Giveaway!

    Ah… there’s the full inside image!

    I’m including a Victorian Ephemera Kit and the Caroline Otero Collage Sheet in today’s Giveaway! (As the kit includes the pretty scrapbook papers, chocolate brown Dresden trims, and the chipboard tent card frame — that pretty much gives you all the supplies for recreating Lora’s project.)

    Bonus: I’m also including all FOUR of the collage sheets in the sale highlight row above!

    To enter the That Better Be Chocolate 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, January 14, 2019).

    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 Victorian Ephemera or Top Secret Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Lindy! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    42 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 13th, 2019