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    Snow Queen Shadowbox & Winter Snow SALE! New Minis!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Sale, The Snow Queen Kit

    We’re revisiting a beautiful shadowbox that Laura Carson made in 2018: Snow Queen Shadowbox. And as the TWO chipboard shadowbox items used in the project are back in stock, I’ve created a whole “Winter Snow Sale” around the items in Laura’s supply list (plus I added lots more snowy/sparkly items to bring the sale up to 70 items)!

    Back when this project was created, it was based around The Snow Queen Kit (since sold out). However, most everything you’ll need to recreate this pretty shadowbox is now available again!

    From Laura’s original post:
    Through the window you can see a little boy having a magical experience encountering the frosty Snow Queen. She sparkles in the frosty night and the boy looks on with wonder. Flanking the window scene are various snowflakes, frosty picks and beads.

    Below are a few of the items from Laura’s supply list (all on sale!)… and keep reading as there’s that related Winter Snow Sale, new miniatures, and a Giveaway based on this Snow Queen Shadowbox!

     
    What is New today?

    Lots of miniatures (those tiny Color Pencils are delightful) plus a Cathedral Windows Set from Tim Holtz!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Winter Snow

    This is a special sale that evolved during the planning. It started with the supply list from Laura Carson’s Snow Queen Shadowbox (including the TWO back in stock chipboard items used in the project). Then it grew to include all kinds of snowy, sparkly things! 70 items!

    Here are the sale highlights:
    - 40% off on Collage Sheets! From vintage ladies dressed for winter to retro snowmen! See the sale collage sheets.
    - 50% off on Digital Images! See the sale digital images.
    - 30% off on EVERYTHING ELSE in this collection! From glitter & rhinestones to resin snowmen to snowflake charms to laser cut shapes (wood, acrylic and chipboard)!
    - Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, January 18th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Hooray for the Snow Queen Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Yep… EVERYTHING in Laura’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (And ALL of those items are on sale, as this project started my mind whirling on the new sale collection!)

    I’m only highlighting 3 (more) of the TWELVE spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway below.

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

    To enter the Snow Queen Shadowbox 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 17, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Forest Gnomes Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Tara Didrence! Please check your email for more information.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 16th, 2020

    New Forest Papers! Forest Gnomes Pop-Up Book!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Nursery Rhymes, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    I LOVE these new Forest Paper Pads! Yes, that’s plural, as there are TWO sizes! Everything from woodland creatures to fish & fruit/florals. 1 sheet each of 10 double-sided designs (each sheet is a different design). Plus the back sides of the front & back covers are 2 more designs!

     
    Forest Gnomes Pop-Up Book by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper

    Forest Collection… meet Forest Gnomes! No, Shannon didn’t know I would be receiving my order of Forest Paper Pads this week, so her Forest Gnomes Pop-Up Book is a happy accident! And is such a delightful little project! Here’s a bit from Shannon’s blog post to start:

    When I first saw these Etched Wooden Arched Fairy Doors from Alpha Stamps, I thought about using them as book covers and attaching pages inside to make a little book of fairy recipes. But then I saw all of the new gnome themed collage sheets, like the Happy New Year and Gnome Home sheets, and immediately changed my mind. Gnomes! Yay!

    The pages inside were made using a Matchbox Ticket Journal. I distressed the front and back of the ticket journal and the backs of the fairy doors with brown inks for a uniform color.

    On each of the pages is a rectangle of rice paper that was also aged, and I used various stamps on the pages using the same brown ink. Most of the pages also have a simple pop up image on them, made the same way as the ones in the Pop Up Alice in a Matchbox Book.

    So clever! And thanks for the reminder of that sweet Alice book, too! See Shannon’s full supply list here and read more (and see more photos) on her blog post. (Psst: check out the new SALE below, which was inspired by Shannon’s artwork! AND below that: a chance to win EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!)

     
    What else is New or Back in Stock today?

    Those Miniature Eggs might not look like much, but we’ve been awaiting the reorder for months! And whether you need little props for a baking scene, bird’s nest, or Easter basket, it’s so quick and easy to buy them pre-made.

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Children’s Books & Animals

    40% off SALE on ALL Children’s Book Illustrations Collage Sheets! A big group (over 100 sheets!), including tons of themes from Mother Goose to Jack Frost to vintage toys. The S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet in Shannon’s artwork inspired this sale! See the sale collage sheets.

    PLUS the Animal Charms AND Miniature Animals sections are 30% off! (The squirrels inspired me! And, yes, your eyes are not deceiving you: that is the White Rabbit below!)

    AND the Nursery Rhymes Rubber Stamps (which includes cuties like The Cat & the Fiddle) are 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, January 13th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Psst: anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

     
    Hooray for the
    Forest Gnomes Giveaway!

    I know! Such a wee little book and you haven’t seen all the pages yet! That cute pixie riding a snail is from the Lucky Mushrooms Collage Sheet… and the snail is from the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet… and both are in this Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (Psst: the S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet is also part of the new Children’s Books & Animals Sale! Cuz only ONE of you is going to win it!)

    I’m only highlighting 3 of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway below.

    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! Plus I’m including TWO of the Etched Wooden Arched Fairy Doors so you can use them as front and back covers (if you’re going to replicate Shannon’s book). Visit Shannon’s blog post for more info and photos of her project!

    To enter the Forest Gnomes 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 13, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Woodland Friends Tin Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Susan ML! Please check your email for more information.

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 12th, 2020

    A Trio of Gnomes! New Cosmos Paper & Dresden! New Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, New Year Gnomes Kit, Sale

    Before I show off the most adorable group of gnomes by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel, here’s a preview of the new Cosmos 8×8 Paper Pad! Yay! A smaller size of this very popular paper set! 1 sheet each of 10 double-sided designs (each sheet is a different design). Plus the back sides of the front & back covers are 2 more designs! (Yes, we have many paper pads from Stamperia back in stock… more info below.)

     
    Gnomes and Other Woodland Friends by Kristin Batsel

    Happy 2020! Here are my first few projects of the new year, and they can definitely be described as “cute”, largely in part to the awesome wooden woodland cutouts I just got from Alpha Stamps. Some of the details are wood burned, so they’re super easy to paint if you get yourself a tiny brush.

    I loved the way that little gnome fit perfectly into an old jewelry box. Using a background cut from scrapbook paper and some mushrooms I painted, I created a little world for him to live in.

    (Psst! All 3 of those linked items are part of the New Year Gnomes Kit.)

    Next, I painted the set of four gnomes (see below; and don’t fret: another batch of them is already en route.). I gave each of them a bright color and some fun polka dots and stripes. From the base to the tip of their hats, these little fellows are about 2″ tall.

    They needed somewhere to be, so I cut out a background of black scrapbook paper and added a moon from a Cosmos Bark paper. The base of the gnomes was painted black and grey to blend in with the background. These little gnomes can stand on their own, so they may end up just living on my desk as is, but I might add them to the front of a book or box. No matter where they end up, I think they’re adorable.

    Adorable indeed! See her full supply list here and read more (and see more photos) on Kristin’s blog post. (Psst: check below in the Giveaway section for another little woodland scene!)

     
    What else is New or Back in Stock today?

    As I mentioned, lots of paper pads! Plus new German Dresden. See them all here (a few more than what’s highlighted below).

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Foliage & Garden 30% off!

    In honor of Kristin’s artwork (especially that little tin below): ALL Foliage & Garden Items are on sale! Note: this is a HUGE group and includes paper (single sheets, pads and die cut ephemera!), beads & charms, collage sheets and digital images (psst: these digital images are 50% off!), miniatures, and misc collage supplies (from leafy garlands to chipboard shapes)! Oh! Of course: Paper Flowers themselves!

    See the entire group here! The sale ends SATURDAY night, January 11th at midnight PST. Psst: anything on clearance or a digital images set in this big collection is marked down to 50% off!

     
    Hooray for the Woodland Friends Tin Giveaway!

    Oh, look how cute that little tin is! I picked out 2 photos so you can see the depth a bit easier. One of the red mushrooms is inside, plus a hedgehog Kristin painted.

    EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (AND: that includes the supplies for ALL THREE projects shown today!)

    I’m only highlighting 3 of the 14 spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway below.

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

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway! Plus visit her blog post for more info and photos!

    To enter the Woodland Friends Tin 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 10, 2020).

    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).

    Oh! The Valentines & Kittens Giveaway winner from Sunday’s newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Jaimi B! Please check your email for more information.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 9th, 2020

    Minis, Valentines & Kittens! Final Day of Site-wide Sale! NEW Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Guest Designers, Sale, Valentine's Day

    Reminder: ENDS TONIGHT!

    Save an EXTRA 10% off the ENTIRE SITE! That’s 10% above current sale prices! Even if the item is already marked down as a clearance item!

    And if you’re clever, you can apply the coupon to the new Cats & Kittens SALE shown below! (Today only while the coupon lasts… that new sale extends through tomorrow.)

    Use Promo Code: HAPPY2020 when checking out. No minimum purchase required (excludes gift certificates/cards, shipping, taxes). May not be combined with another discount code.

    The coupon discount ends at midnight (PST) SUNDAY NIGHT, January 5, 2020!

     
    What is NEW today?

    This is where the Minis, Valentines & Kittens come in! See preview pics/links below (and that new Kitty Cat Valentines Collage Sheet was inspired by Guest Designer Angela Serna Zoco’s adorable artwork farther below). AND keep reading as the new Cats & Kittens SALE today also means that new collage sheet is on sale! Finally, not shown below but the Large Glass Apothecary Jars are also back in stock!

     
    Three Little Kittens Projects by Guest Designer Angela Serna Zoco!

    Yes, Angie is back! AND she made TWO adorable Three Little Kittens Projects!! The first shown below is a film reel showing scenes from the kittens losing their mittens (how clever!)! Psst: that Victorian Kittens Collage Sheet is included in the new sale, too! See the Giveaway section farther below for the second project by Angie.

    Read more (and see more photos of both projects) on Angie’s blog post.

     
    NEW Cats & Kittens FLASH SALE! 35% off!

    Over 100 items from collage sheets to rubber stamps to miniatures! (Plus themes are included from Halloween to Alice in Wonderland!)

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, January 6th. See the entire sale collection here!

    Psst: anything on clearance or a digital images set in this collection is marked down to 50% off! (And the Alpha Stamps exclusive rubber stamps are always 40% off... like that Alice’s Adventures Rubber Stamp Set set shown below which, of course, includes the Cheshire Cat! That set includes a lot more images that shown on the preview pic!)

     
    Hooray for the Valentines & Kittens Giveaway!

    Oh my… look at this adorable altered tin! I included 2 photos so you can see the side of the tin (and the “feet” made from wooden spools) — so cute!

    I’m including all these supplies from Angie’s tin in this Giveaway:
    - 3 Little Kittens ATCs Collage Sheet
    - K is for Kittens Collage Sheet
    - Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Blank Altoids Tin
    - Medium Spools

    PLUS the Victorian Kittens Collage Sheet from the film reel project above!

    BONUS: I’m also including the new Kitty Cat Valentines Collage Sheet!

    To enter the Valentines & Kittens 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 6, 2020).

    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).

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from Thursday’s After-Xmas Sale Recap Giveaway. The winner is Celia! Check your email for info about your prize package!

      
    33 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 5th, 2020

    Happy New Year Sale! After-Xmas Recap Giveaway!

    Filed under Giveaways, New Year Gnomes Kit, Sale

    Yay! We made it through another holiday season! Don’t get me wrong: by July I’ll be playing Christmas music again (really… I drive the shipping staff crazy). But after the flurry of newsletters last week

    A recap of some of the lovely things announced last week in all of those Cat’s Away newsletters are below (all of which are in a special Giveaway)! But first:

    Save an EXTRA 10% off the ENTIRE SITE! That’s 10% above current sale prices! Even if the item is already marked down as a clearance item!

    Use Promo Code: HAPPY2020 when checking out. No minimum purchase required (excludes gift certificates/cards, shipping, taxes). May not be combined with another discount code.

    The coupon discount ends at midnight (PST) SUNDAY NIGHT, January 5, 2020!

     
    Day 1 was a Valentine’s Theme

    My picks below, see the whole newsletter here.

     
    Day 2 was a Steampunk Theme

    My picks below, see the whole newsletter here.

     
    Day 3 was a Beach/Mermaid Theme

    My picks below, see the whole newsletter here.

     
    Day 4 was a Gnome Theme

    (And this day announced the new January kit!) My picks below, see the whole newsletter here.

     
    Hooray for the After-Xmas Sale Recap Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in the highlights above is included in today’s Giveaway! Wow! That’s 12 items (more than that as the first item shown on Day 4 is a kit!!)

    To enter the After-Xmas Sale Recap 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 3, 2020).

    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).

    (Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from Monday’s Happy New Year Giveaway. The winner is Erin! Check your email for info about your prize package!)

      
    57 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 2nd, 2020

    ALL Clearance Items 50% off! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

    Filed under Art Projects, Cat's Away... 2019, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

    It’s day FIVE of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    It’s the final day of my flurry of daily newsletters, but today’s new sale extends through Wednesday night (New Year’s day)! (The same date that the Scrapbook Paper Sale and the Shipping Sale ends!)

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Wednesday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    Reminder #2: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off! Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off! This is HUGE (over 260 items), including single sheets AND paper sets/pads! The scrapbook paper sale also runs through Wednesday night, January 1st!

     
    Elukkig Nieuwjaar by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    Say what? That’s “Happy New Year” in Dutch!!

    I know! That hard-working, crafty girl has made another project! Rhonda’s sweet A Little Place Called Gnomeville was just featured in yesterday’s newsletter, and here she is again with a wee project for New Years, using the new Bonne Annee Postcards Collage Sheet!

    My main focus for 2020 is to learn French and to focus more on my vintage Parisian treasures. I keep many of them safe in boxes, but for this new decade, I plan on using those treasures in my work. And if all goes as planned, I will be visiting France in the months to come and finding even more to bring back home.

    Even though “Elukkig Nieuwjaar” is Dutch, it is still a wonderful image that you too can use, along with several other vintage images from the Alpha Stamps Collage Sheet Bonne Annee Postcards.

    I think it looks fabulous! All I did was layer the image onto some paper, added some vintage silver glass glitter, Twinklets Diamond Dust and an embellished piece from this Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf, and this gorgeous little welcome to the New Year was complete.

    I’d like to point out that pretty paper around the edges is from the new Cosmos Bark Scrapbook Paper (also in the new kit).

    Thank you, Rhonda! Your artwork is beautiful!

    Go visit Rhonda’s blog post for more photos! Plus, goodies from Rhonda’s artwork are in today’s Giveaway.

     
    50% off SALE on ALL Clearance Items!

    Wow! Little bits of this group have been on sale over the past few days, but this is EVERYTHING on clearance (over 500 items), including all themes and categories!

    See the tags in the clearance section for links to categories, plus some previews below (I tried to grab a variety so you can see it’s from Halloween to Easter to Miniatures). Help move these items out so I have room for new Spring goodies!

    The 50% off Clearance Sale! ends WEDNESDAY, January 1st at midnight PST. (The same date that the Scrapbook Paper Sale and the Shipping Sale ends!)

     
    Highlights from the 50% off Clearance Sale!

     
    Hooray for the Happy New Year Giveaway!

    I’m going to cheat a little (to your benefit)! Not only am I including these goodies from Rhonda’s sweet New Years card (pics of all 3 are above, too):
    - Bonne Annee Postcards Collage Sheet
    - Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf
    - Cosmos Bark Scrapbook Paper

    But I’m also picking out SIX more things that could be used in a project with a similar vintage look OR a New Years theme:
    - New Years Collage Sheet
    - Victorian Angels Collage Sheet
    - Mini Silver Snowflake Garland (psst: also in the clearance sale!)
    - 2.5mm Rhinestone Chain – Aurora Borealis
    - Lovely Sepia Ladies ATCs Collage Sheet
    - Blue Watercolor Clouds Scrapbook Paper (psst: both this and the Cosmos Bark Scrapbook Paper are part of the paper sale!)

    To enter the Happy New Year Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY Night, December 30, 2019). The winner will be announced Thursday in the normal (whew) newsletter!

    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).

    (Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Gnome Home Giveaway. The winner is Sheila R! Check your email for info about your prize package!)

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/20) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 12! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    28 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 30th, 2019

    New Kit! Gnome & Fairy Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2019, Collage Sheets, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, New Year Gnomes Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

    It’s day FOUR of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Wednesday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    Reminder #2: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off! Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off! This is HUGE (over 260 items), including single sheets AND paper sets/pads! The scrapbook paper sale also runs through Wednesday night, January 1st!

    Moving to today’s news: Not only is this the announcement of the January kit (and a related one-day sale), but we have fun artwork from Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas! Let’s start by looking at the new kit…

     
    New Year Gnomes Kit

    Happy New Year! And these whimsical gnomes wish you a Happy New Year, too!

    There is so much good stuff in this kit! From 3 new scrapbook papers with images from snowy trees to beautiful night skies (and wood creatures, a gnome home door, 3 red mushrooms, and a tiny gnome)! And 2 new collage sheets with some larger gnomes sized for that front door!

    That fairy door comes with a set of overlays plus a sign and a mushroom. And the set of small woodland shapes in the kit may also contain a mushroom (note: there are bunches more options than what is shown here… 2 styles of hedgehogs, more leaves and acorns and squirrels, etc. — you’ll get a random set of 6 wooden shapes but they may not exactly match the ones in the photos on this page). See the Wooden Woodland Fairy Shape Mix page for more photos.

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

     
    What else is new today?

    Tons of gnome- and woodland-related items! Click here to see everything new today! (like FIVE new collage sheets!)
    See the Flash Sale below that includes tons of these new items!

     
    A Little Place Called Gnomeville by Rhonda Thomas

    If you ever find yourself deep in the forest, you might be lucky enough to come along to a little place known as Gnomeville.

    There is a wonderful cabin there, with a foundation of beautiful stone where all are welcome.

    On any given night, you can peek in the back window and see gnomes gathered around a warm fire, sipping on warm cider with smiles and laughter on all.

    One of my favorite things to see there are the grand toadstools that pop up all over, which I’ve heard is a sign of good luck. What a fabulous way to bring in a New Year!

    Thank you, Rhonda! Your project is beautiful! I love how you turned the 4.5 x 5.5 Inch Mini Folio into a house structure (and added all the mossy goodies over the wooden door).

    Go visit Rhonda’s blog post for more photos (like the other side of the house)! Plus, here’s her supply list to find more of those forest supplies. And read on, as goodies from Rhonda’s artwork are in today’s Giveaway.

     
    ONE-DAY 40% off SALE on EVERYTHING Gnome & Fairy Themed!

    Wow! Another HUGE group: from (tons of) Collage Sheets to Miniatures to Miscellaneous Supplies (a big mixed-up group that includes wood and chipboard shapes, naturals (pine cones and grapevine wreaths), silicone molds, etc.). And see the tags in the theme section for links to even more categories. 180 items! (Including most everything new today — like that first item below, which is also in the kit and is on the front of Rhonda’s house!)

    Plus: anything on clearance or a rubber stamp in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The Gnome & Fairy Theme sale ends TONIGHT, December 29th at midnight PST.

     
    Highlights from the Gnomes & Fairies Theme Sale!

     
    Hooray for the Gnome Home Giveaway!

    Aw... there's another photo of A Little Place Called Gnomeville!

    Starting off this Giveaway: I’m including one of the New Year Gnomes Kits! That will give you the wood fairy door, birch wood paper, red mushrooms and woodland shapes Rhonda used in her artwork.

    Plus see below for pics of THREE more items included in the Giveaway (and from Rhonda's supply list, too):
    - Small Stone Wall Texture Sheet
    - Spring Green Lichen Mix
    - 4.5 x 5.5 Inch Mini Folio

    Bonus: already shown above and in that round window in the photo at right: Gnome & Mushroom Ornaments Collage Sheet!

    To enter the Gnome Home Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, SUNDAY Night, December 29, 2019). The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY FIVE Cat's Away Newsletter (with a last New Sale)!

    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).

    (Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Beach Theme Sale Giveaway. The winner is Donna Kottcamp! Check your email for info about your prize package!)

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/20) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 12! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 29th, 2019

    Beach Theme One-Day Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Cat's Away... 2019, Giveaways, Sale, Summer/Beach

    Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

    It’s day THREE of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Wednesday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    Now to today’s goodies: TWO sales and a Giveaway!
     

    Today’s new papers! We have a new Sea-Maiden Mermaids 12×12 Paper Set! (And this set also inspired today’s Beach & Mermaids Flash sale — more info on the related Flash sale is below.)

    Sea shells, vintage beach ads, mermaids, scallop shell patterns, vintage bathing beauty postcards… all in a pretty aqua palette to unite the varied items. Set of 3 double-sided 12″ x 12″ cardstock-weight papers.

    AND since the scrapbook paper sale is still going on, the scrapbook paper set is both new and on sale at 40% off!

    ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off! Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

    This is HUGE (over 250 items — yes, we sold out some more papers yesterday), including single sheets AND paper sets/pads!

    The paper sale ends Wednesday night, January 1st, 2020 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! View them all here!

    Back to today’s news: I’m including the new paper set in today’s Giveaway!

    (Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Steampunk Theme Sale Giveaway. The winner is Denise Humenik! Check your email for info about your prize package!)
     

    Highlights from the Scrapbook Paper Sale!

    Plus I’m highlighting Beachy Papers in the second row below!

     
    ONE-DAY 40% off SALE on EVERYTHING Beach & Mermaid Themed!

    Wow! Another HUGE group: from Collage Sheets to Charms to Miscellaneous Supplies (a big mixed-up group that includes chipboard shapes, resin cabs, sequins, silicone molds, etc.). And see the tags in the theme section for links to even more categories. Over 130 items!

    Plus: anything on clearance or a rubber stamp or a digital image in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The Beach Theme sale ends TONIGHT, December 28th at midnight PST.

     
    Highlights from the Beach Theme Sale!

    Plus all those Beachy Papers I already pointed out above!

     
    Hooray for the Beach Theme Sale Giveaway!

    As already mentioned, the NEW Sea-Maiden Mermaids 12×12 Paper Set is included in this Giveaway!

    What I have yet to mention is there are TWO beachy chipboard sets that are back in stock today that I’m also including (also also part of the sale!):
    - Seaside Decor & Beach Umbrellas
    - Palm Trees Silhouettes
    Do you remember these 2 sets? Design Team Member Laura Carson used them ages ago in a set of 3 beach houses shown at right.

    Plus see below for pics of THREE more items included in this Giveaway (though they’re just my picks for coordinating items… not new but on sale, too!):
    - Double-Sided Bronze Mermaid Charms
    - Seashell Sequin Mix
    - Bathing Beauties #2 Collage Sheet
    I had to include the collage sheet with that vintage bathing beauty from the artwork at right!

    To enter the Beach Theme Sale Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, SATURDAY Night, December 28, 2019). The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY FOUR Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New KIT and a New Sale)!

    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).

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/20) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 12! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    30 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 28th, 2019

    Steampunk Theme One-Day Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2019, Giveaways, Sale, Steampunk

    Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

    It’s day TWO of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    Reminder: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Wednesday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    Now to today’s goodies: TWO sales and a Giveaway!
     

    Today’s new papers! We have a new Hot Air Balloons – Imagine 12×12 Paper Set! (And this set also inspired today’s Steampunk Flash sale — more info on the related Flash sale is below.)

    Hot air balloons, butterflies, clocks, and a bright color palette make a feminine version of Steampunk. Set of 3 double-sided 12″ x 12″ cardstock-weight papers.

    AND since the scrapbook paper sale is still going on, the scrapbook paper set is both new and on sale at 40% off!

    ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off! Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

    This is HUGE (over 260 items — yes, we sold out some papers yesterday), including single sheets AND paper sets/pads!

    The paper sale ends Wednesday night, January 1st, 2020 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! View them all here!

    Back to today’s news: I’m including the new paper set in today’s Giveaway!
     

    Highlights from the Scrapbook Paper Sale!

     
    ONE-DAY 40% off SALE on EVERYTHING STEAMPUNK THEMED!

    Wow! Another HUGE group: from Paper to Collage Sheets to Charms (see the tags in the theme section for links to even more categories).

    Plus: anything on clearance or a digital image in this collection is marked down to 50% off! Over 80 items!

    Ooh, see that new Little Niche Shrine – Gear at right? It’s similar to the Scalloped-shaped shrine that Design Team Members Nichola Battilana and Shannon Cooper recently used in cute projects (psst: those links on their names go to blog posts with photos). All the niche shrines are made to be hung on the wall (and include a tiny scored piece to glue to the back as a hanger). Not only is this gear-shaped shrine new, and on sale, it’s also included in today’s Giveaway!

    (Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from yesterday’s Valentine Theme Sale Giveaway. The winner is Jean Marmo! Check your email for info about your prize package!)

    The Steampunk Theme sale ends TONIGHT, December 27th at midnight PST.

     
    Highlights from the Steampunk Theme Sale!

     
    Hooray for the Steampunk Theme Sale Giveaway!

    As already mentioned, the NEW Little Niche Shrine – Gear and Hot Air Balloons – Imagine 12×12 Paper Set are included in this Giveaway!

    Plus see below for pics of FOUR more items included in this Giveaway (though they’re just my picks for coordinating items… not new BUT STILL ON SALE!):
    - Steampunk Gears & Keys Silicone Mold
    - Bronze Hot Air Balloon Charm
    - Hot Air Balloons Collage Sheet
    - Voyages Extraordinaires #2 Collage Sheet

    To enter the Steampunk Theme Sale Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY Night, December 27, 2019). The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY THREE Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New Sale)!

    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).

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/20) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 12! overview page.

    A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

      
    32 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 27th, 2019

    ALL Paper 40-50% off! Valentine Theme One-Day Sale!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Cat's Away... 2019, Giveaways, Sale, Valentine's Day

    Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

    I hope you stayed warm and dry on Christmas and had lots of yummy food with loved ones (and it was peaceful). And in case Santa didn’t bring you your heart’s desire (or if you’re just looking for a good deal in prep for 2020 projects)… It’s the first day of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! (Can you believe it? This is the 12th Annual Cat’s Away Sale!)

    And to kick off this sale: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Wednesday night, January 1st!
    Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50!
    More info

    On to today’s goodies: TWO sales and a Giveaway!
     

    ONE: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off! Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

    This is HUGE (over 270 items), including single sheets AND paper sets/pads! (And the sale includes some NEW papers, too, that I’m also including in today’s Giveaway — more info below!)

    The paper sale ends Wednesday night, January 1st, 2020 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! View them all here!

     
    TWO: ONE-DAY 40% off SALE on EVERYTHING VALENTINE’S DAY THEMED!

    Wow! Another HUGE group: from Paper to Collage Sheets to Miniatures (see the tags in the theme section for links to even more categories — and previews including some new items are below).

    Psst: anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off! View the Valentine Theme here!
     

    Highlights from the Scrapbook Paper Sale!

     
    Highlights from the Valentine Theme Sale!

    ONE-DAY ONLY! 40% off Plus: anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off! Over 100 items!

     
    Hooray for the Valentine Theme Sale Giveaway!

    See the first row below for pics of THREE NEW items included in this Giveaway:
    - Bronze Alice in Wonderland Heart Card Pendant
    - Love Notes Valentines 12×12 Paper Set
    - Bronze Cheshire Cat Pendant
    the first two of those items are Valentine Themed so they are part of today’s 40% off sale, too! And that last one is new and is just adorable!

    See the second row below for pics of THREE more items included in this Giveaway (though they’re just my picks for coordinating items… not new BUT STILL ON SALE!):
    - 3mm Fused Pearls – Red, Pink & White
    - 4 Heart Icons Rubber Stamp Set
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Red Variegated

    To enter the Valentine Theme Sale Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, THURSDAY Night, December 26, 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). The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY TWO Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New Sale)!

      
    31 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 26th, 2019