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    Alice in an Altoid’s Tin?! And FLASH SALE on Alice-y Charms!

    Filed under Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, Art Projects, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper

    TWO BIG announcements before the new Alice in Wonderland Kit (!) and fun artwork: not only is the Brothers’ Grimm Collage Sheets sale that started on Thursday continuing, but there’s a new FLASH SALE!

    ALL of the Brothers’ Grimm Collage Sheets are on sale at 50% off! See the lovely fairy princess castle (and Fair Maidens and Evil Queens Book Boxes — and Enchanted Forest papers) in Thursday’s newsletter for the inspiration for this sale. Note: the sale ends TOMORROW NIGHT, Monday, May 2nd.

    NEW! 30% off Sale on ALL Household Charms AND Doll Parts Charms AND Filigree TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY (ends MONDAY, May 2nd)! Why those sections? The Household Charms includes all the little metal teapots & tea cups, the Doll Parts includes crowns (and fans… can’t forget The White Rabbit), AND the Filigree section in honor of all the new round filigrees below, perfect for cake plates for the new resin chocolate cake for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!
     

    Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit


    Alice in Wonderland! And Altoid’s tins?! Yes, It’s “Alice in an Altoid’s tin“. Or canned Alice?

    I’ve been scheming up a bunch of little things you can use to make a shrine from (or in) an Altoid’s tin — all Alice themed!

    Starting with the new Tin-Sized Alice Collage Sheet. Cute images from lots of different version of Alice in Wonderland, sized to fit an Altoid’s tin. This sheet includes 3 different scenes of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And lots of titles from various paper doll sets and vintage books — and check out Shannon’s artwork below for how nicely one of those titles fits one of the new Altoid’s Tin Insert Frames (the two new insert frames sets are sold separately).

    This kit also includes two more collage sheets:
    - Alice Covers Collage Sheet
    and
    - Tenniel’s Alice Collage Sheet

    And lots of charms and embellishments:
    - New Rectangular Resin Heart Tart
    - New Miniature Chocolate Cake
    - New Bronze Teacup & Saucer Charm
    - Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm
    - 1 Inch Bronze Key
    - Plus 3 more only available in this kit.

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit page.
     


    To get you inspired to play with the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, we have an assortment of samples for you created by Design Team Members Kristin Batsel, Shannon Cooper and Laura Carson. Beside the info below, photos of all the projects are in the Gallery.
     

    Kristin Batsel’s Alice at Tea

    The base of the tin is made from letters from an old spelling game, the porcelain hand on top holds a tasty looking tart, and is surrounded by the White Rabbit’s pocket watch and a key. To adhere all of those items I used Apoxie Sculpt.

    The Cheshire Cat insert from the Altoid Tin Insert Frames – Alice set and it is great for adding extra dimension. The details on the trees and cat were done with colored pencils, while the insert border was painted to match the color of the background paper I chose. I used a tiny brush to apply bright white paint to accent the cat’s eyes and teeth.”

    Alice at Tea Supply List. Visit Junk&Stuff for more details and a tutorial on how to cover an Altoid tin.
     

    Shannon Cooper’s Tea Time

    Using the same Cheshire Cat insert that Kristin used, Shannon’s tin is more of the classic red, white, and black Alice palette.

    Alice is perched on a chipboard armchair from the new Tiny Chipboard Alice Props, listening to the speech of the Hatter.

    The top is simply decorated with a pile of 1/2 Inch Red Paper Roses, a bronze Teapot Charm, and a painted chipboard tart.”

    Tea Time Supply List. Visit Shannon at Flew the Coop for more details, and to see how she used the Altoid Tins Insert Frames – Scalloped on her beautiful, red Curiouser and Curiouser Tin.
     

    Laura Carson’s Alice in Wonderland Book – Using Altoid Tin Lids

    Most of my Altoids tin projects only require the container and not the lid. I end up with lots of left over lids which I hate to throw away. To the rescue is an easy book project that uses just the lids! The two lids serve as the front and back covers for the book inside with a closure made from a ribbon attached to the lids.

    Inside is a book made from frame inserts (hinged together) that are sized to perfectly fit the lids. To create the pages for the book, I started by painting the frames then I glued the frames to Alice in Wonderland illustrations that you will find on my Supply List. You’ll notice that I didn’t use any dimensional embellishments on the pages as it would make the book too bulky and it wouldn’t fit inside the tins. Just stick with paper images and not too many of those.

    Decide which page you want as the first and which as the last and cover the backs of these pages with decorative paper. The end result is 6 unique pages!”

    Visit Artfully Musing for more details, and to find out how to assemble your book.

     
    Hooray for the May Kit with Extras Giveaway!

    Today’s Giveaway starts with… THE NEW KIT:
    Alice in an Altoids Tin (with all the collage sheets, charms, resin cakes and flowers, and an Altoid’s Tin)

    And then I added the two new Altoids Tin Insert Frame Sets:
    - Alice
    - Scalloped
    - and an extra Altoid’s Tin!

    To enter the May Kit with Extras 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, May 2, 2016).

    AND to enter the drawing, please tell me: What will you make with Alice using an Altoid’s Tin (or 2)?

    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 Enchanted Forest & Brothers’ Grimm Giveaway? That would be Nancy E! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    80 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 1st, 2016

    Enchanted Forest Collection & Grimm Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Not only art projects by 2 Design Team Members, I’ve just put the ENTIRE Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday night, May 2nd!

    40 collage sheets from sweet to spooky! And the sale section includes 3 of the new collage sheets announced today!
     


    Hello all. Both Bella and I are a bit under the weather today. Luckily Design Team Members Lora Mahaffey and Tristan Robin Blakeman have created beautiful artwork with the new Enchanted Forest Collection papers. (So you’ll be happily mesmerized by the pretty pictures and forgive this short newsletter.)

    I created some new collage sheets to coordinate with the new collection — used by Lora for her 2 witty ATC boxes: Fair Maidens and Evil Queens (also using the ATC Sized Faux Book Box that was announced last week).

    (I love the little hidden compartment in the back of the Evil Queens ATC Box, filled with bottles of poison…)

    Since the Grimm Collage Sheets are on sale, that means the Rapunzel, Evil Queens and Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheets are new and on sale at 50% off! There are 2 more new collage sheets, too: Fairy Tale Book Covers Collage Sheet (swoon!) and Fair Rosamund Collage Sheet (both of those are also on sale)!

    That amazing castle below (with an album tucked away behind those double doors) was designed and hand-made by Tristan! I think he must have used every sheet of paper in that big 12×12 pad! And what attention to detail: from the fairies frolicking on the walkway at the top, to the princesses on balconies on each of the towers.

    See more photos and learn more about Lora and Tristan’s project in their blogs (click those links on their names). And enter the Giveaway drawing below to win products to make your own Enchanted Forest/Grimm artwork.


     

     

    Hooray for the Enchanted Forest & Brothers’ Grimm Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items that are new or used in today’s featured artwork (or both) to make this Giveaway:
    - Fairytale Castle Album
    - Enchanted Forest 6×6 Patterns & Solids Pad
    - Fancy Rectangular Catch
    - Waterhouse Flowers Collage Sheet
    - Sleeping Beauty #3 Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Tale Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheet
    - Rapunzel Collage Sheet
    - Evil Queens Collage Sheet

     
    To enter the Enchanted Forest & Brothers’ Grimm 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, April 29, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with all these richly colored goodies?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won Cookies, Chipboard & a Cart Giveaway? That would be Jen C! Congratulations!

      
    82 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 28th, 2016

    FLASH SALE on chipboard (and a cookie cart with poetry?)

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    TWO BIG announcements before the new items and witty artwork: not only is the Scrapbook Paper sale that started on Thursday continuing, but there’s a new ONE DAY FLASH SALE!

    ALL of the Scrapbook Paper (single sheets) are on sale at 50% off! (And the sale also includes the papers in the Time To Flourish Collection section.) 200 designs! Grab ‘em quick cuz a lot of these will be gone once the current stock sells out! Note: the sale ends TOMORROW NIGHT, Monday, April 25th.

    NEW! 25% off Sale on ALL Die-Cut Chipboard TODAY ONLY (SUNDAY, April 24th)! Woohoo! That includes flat shapes and little shrine kits.. and that cute new Flower Cart Wheelbarrow in Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s artwork
     


    What? Shannon is a talanted artist and a poet, too? The Fox, The Crow And The Cookie is a fun little scene, with a rewriting of one of Aesop’s Fables!

    Shannon started with the NEW Flower Cart Wheelbarrow… perfect for a fairy garden, filled with potted flowers. But, check out Shannon’s adorable artwork, instead using the wheelbarrow for a pastry cart!

    I was so excited to get this 1:12 scale miniature wheelbarrow from Alpha Stamps! There are umpteen possibilities for it — flower cart, gardening wheelbarrow, a wheelbarrow full of puppies, peddler’s cart, or even use it as a base for an even tinier themed scene inside… oh, I have to get another one. Or three.

    The idea for a cookie cart came quick because I had wanted to do a project based off a kooky song titled The Fox, The Crow and the Cookie for a long time and having the cart made it an easy decision. It was fortunate to find Alpha Stamps had  Aesop’s Fables Foxes and Birds and Crows collage sheets, as well as pages of miniature sweeties to stuff in the cart!

    An excerpt from the song:

    Through mostly vacant streets a Baker from the outskirts of his town
    earned his living peddling sweets from a ragged cart he dragged around.
    The clever Fox crept close behind, kept an ever watchful eye
    for a chance to steal a Ginger spice cake or a Boysenberry pie.

    The Fox, The Crow And The Cookie Supply List and more info (including the rest of her poem!) in Shannon’s blog post.

     
    Wrapping up the artwork in today’s newsletter is an imaginative wall hanging from Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Blue Bird, Blue Bird.

    I love the use of the antique spoon to hold the birds and nest, with the added holes for hanging dangly chains with charms, and for hanging the piece itself. And the rhinestone bling really changes the look of the 2″ birdcage (from the current month’s kit) and 3″ birdcage.

    (Psst! Both of those birdcages (and the chipboard set with that nest nesting in the spoon) are included in today’s FLASH SALE!)

    Blue Bird, Blue Bird Supply List and more info in Rhonda’s blog post.


     

     

    Hooray for the Cookies, Chipboard and a Cart Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items that are new or used in today’s featured artwork (or both) to make this Giveaway:
    - Flower Cart Wheelbarrow
    - Mini Silicone Mold – Cookie or Biscuit with Filling
    - Wooden Tea Tray
    - Tiny Cookies – Set of 12
    - Aesop’s Fables – Foxes & Birds Collage Sheet
    - Lamp Post with Light
    - Square Shrine – Gatefold
    - Square Shrine Windows Collage Sheet
    - Mini Birds & Nests Shape Set

    To enter the Cookies, Chipboard and a Cart 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, April 25, 2016). Where has this month gone?

    AND to enter the drawing, please tell me: What will you make with these goodies (one or more projects)?

    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!

    Before I forget: who won Thursday’s Birds, Book Box & Frames Giveaway? That would be Angelic! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 24th, 2016

    New ATC Book Box, Swap Winner, Giveaway & Paper Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Teri Calia

    What? Mad, Mad, Mad House Swap art posted to Gallery? AND the $100 of Art Supplies prize awarded to… Kim Baier! Yeah! Here’s the original swap page as a reminder of what I’m babbing about. See all the artwork in the Gallery. And see photos and get more info about Kim’s artwork in this blog post!
     

    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey is going to show you how she used the same product to make two different projects with.

    Lora used the New ATC Sized Faux Book for her creations. This is a beyond adorable faux book to put together with a wrap-around cover and a box area inside for housing ATCs or for building a little shrine. (Are you already thinking of the many possibilities with this?!)

    We are having a lot of fun over at Alpha Stamps with our bird-themed April! I came up with a couple of fun and fairly uncomplicated projects noodling around with ATC Sized Faux Books. What I came up with are two very different styles, but both with lots of blue. Same theme, same boxes, but so very different from each other!

    The Blue Bird Book Box was constructed using all the pieces that come with the kit, including the spine hinge that enables the book to open and the top to lie flat. The front of the box is covered with a gorgeous vintage book cover from the New Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet that Leslie designed to fit the new book boxes; and the back and side of the box is covered in Double Dot Vintage Orange Citrus Scrapbook Paper. The blue and orange contrast is stunning! Instead of a title for the side of the book, I attached the New Fancy Bronze Mirror Frame Setting. Inside you’ll find a sweet set of bird ATC’s to browse through…

    “For the Trellis Book Box (see photo below), I omitted the spine hinge and attached the cover directly to the box. (I love having options!) Inside the Trellis Book Box is a (surprise!) trellis that I painted white and use as a mid-ground piece between the nest of eggs in the background and the bird sitting in the front. You’ll also find Tiny Roses, Mini Rosebuds, and bits of fern.

    I really enjoyed using the same platform for two very different pieces!


    I also love how Lora used portions of the Doodled Cage with Solid Back on her ATCs, to give the idea of a bird cage around the birds, without enclosing them completely in a cage (and finishing off the designs with little dots of Liquid Pearls). The same dotted decoration (in Platinum) is so pretty against the light blue Frolic Petits Moments Scrapbook Paper on the Trellis Book Box.

    Speaking of that pretty paper, Leslie had just put ALL of the Scrapbook Paper (single sheets) on sale at 50% off! (And the sale also includes the papers in the Time To Flourish Collection section.) Over 200 designs! Grab ‘em quick cuz a lot of these will be gone once the current stock sells out! Note: the sale ends Monday night, April 25th.

    Blue Bird Book Box Supply List

    Trellis Book Box Supply List

    For more pictures and to find out how Lora hinged the front and back covers to the book spine, please visit Cackle and Hoot.

     
    Wrapping up today’s newsletter is a quick project from Design Team Emeritus Teri Calia, Sweet Peas Floral ATC Pocket.

    Teri designed two New Collage Sheets, the nostalgic Vintage Flower Seed Packets and the absolutely adorable Flower Faces. She made ATCs using the Flower Faces Collage Sheet and then put them into pockets that were cut out and glued together from the Vintage Flower Seed Packets Collage Sheet.

    What a fast and easy project; they’d make super cute gift tags or or you could write a note on the back of the ATC for Mother’s Day!

    Sweet Peas Floral ATC Pocket Supply List


     

     

    Hooray for the Birds, Book Box & Frames Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items that are new or used in today’s featured artwork (or both) to make this Giveaway:
    - ATC Sized Faux Book Box
    - Vintage Flower Seed Packets Collage Sheet
    - Victorian Garden Collage Sheet
    - Flower Faces Collage Sheet
    - Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Fancy Bronze Mirror Frame Setting
    - The 3 Graces Celadon 25x18mm Cabochon
    - Ivy ATC Frame
    - Doodled Cage with Solid Back

     
    To enter the Birds, Book Box & Frames 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, April 22, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with all these pretties?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won Dry Sink for a French Kitchen Giveaway? That would be Rosemarie Grant! Congratulations!

      
    72 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 21st, 2016

    Mad, Mad, Mad Houses Swap Winner

    Filed under Announcements, Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Little House Kit, Swaps


    We had an amazing turnout for the Mad, Mad, Mad House Swap and trying to choose the winner of the best in show was NOT an easy decision.

    Without further ado we would like to congratulate Kim Baier as the winner of the $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps!

    Kim’s houses are have a little bit of what we love the most around here, they’re a little bit quirky, somewhat surreal and a little bit off balance. I love how she has a little odd scenes on her houses, horses jumping through a window at the top of a house, creepy doll heads looking out of a window at you, and also how she used 3D elements on some of her houses.

    When Kim was notified that she had won, she was asked to tell us a little bit about herself. Kim said:

    Wow! how cool! This is the first time I’ve entered any of my work. I’ve made a couple of things for charitable auctions; a 28 inch polymer clay Santa and a Garden Art Journal. By those examples you can tell that I have tried a lot of different media; I’ve made things as small as micro glitter houses and as large as 10′x12′ greenhouse made out of recycled windows. I have no training except trial and error, mostly error! I live in Michigan with my husband, two Giant Schnauzers, four cats in the house, one feral cat who has adopted us and one horse. Thank you, I’m so glad that I entered!

    You can see Kim’s winning Mad, Mad, Mad House here, and all of the swap players’ houses are in the Gallery.

      
    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, April 21st, 2016

    A Wonderful French Kitchen by Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Quick announcement before the amazing artwork: the Kitchen Miniatures sale includes lots of the goodies in Rhonda’s artwork!

    The 25% off Sale on ALL Kitchen & Sewing Miniatures ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday, April 18th)!
     


    Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has created a most magnificent, miniature kitchen scene you’re all going to swoon over. Better get your smelling salts out before you have a visit at “Une place dans mes rêves” (A Place in My Dreams)

    For the past few months, I’ve had this reoccurring dream that I lived in a little cottage in the woods by Petit Trianon. I was the lead cook for Marie Antoinette and she treated me with such respect and care. It was so peaceful there in the woods with all of my animals around (notably a beagle, a siamese cat and chickens in the yard). I loved the smell of the air and the way moss grew all around.

    “And I always felt so wonderfully alive in my kitchen that was stocked with the best quality of foods and every type of copper pots, pans and utensils that I would ever need to create a delicious dish with. I spent many hours in comfort in front of my large fire place, baking breads and making pots of stews on a Wood Stove.

    The best red ticking fabrics were available to me to make my table cloths and towels; they fit quite nicely in the Wooden Hutch that I finished myself. My kitchen was one of the few that had a Dry Sink that included its very own Hand Pump and a massive stone sink. Many happy memories were made at my little home, my beautiful kitchen, at “Une place dans mes rêves.”


    Wow, Rhonda really went all out on recreating the kitchen of her dreams! With it being a large piece, (Rhonda used 2 Deep Open Front Room Boxes for it) there’s a lot to take in; so I’ll point out a few really fabulous items.

    The large Rustic Door gives the kitchen entrance a nice, authentic look the way Rhonda painted it; then added an Old Fashioned Latch and Black Strap Hinges to it.

    You’ll love this… there is a 25% off sale on Kitchen Minis (including the new kitchen items)! Better hurry though, the sale ends Monday night. Some of the items include the NEW Vintage and Large Mixing Bowls, (as well as a set of 3 Metal Mixing Bowls). Wait, I’m not done! ALL of the resin pre-made breads are also on sale!

    Even after pointing out a few items, there is still much more to discover; including how Rhonda made the amazing brick and stone walls. Rhonda created TWO Snapguides to walk you through the design & inspiration for her kitchen, and also a tutorial for the textured walls.

    Une place dans mes rêves Supply List (be forewarned! not for the faint of heart!)

    To see many more pictures and for more details (including tutorials on how she created the fireplace and how she used faux-woodgrain paper to cover the Dry Sink), please visit Rhonda’s blog.

    Note: see the Giveaway below for a chance to vote on which technique or area of Rhonda’s kitchen will be featured in another post in future weeks.


     

     

    Hooray for the Dry Sink for a French Kitchen Giveaway!

    Wow. I really had to focus on a small area or I would lose my mind. So, I chose the corner with the Dry Sink (including the dry sink — see a little photo below).

    I picked all the items on the Dry Sink from Rhonda’s “Une place dans mes rêves” (a place in my dreams) (crazy) supply list to make this Giveaway (psst! that is a link to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies used):
    - Dry Sink – 1:12 New!
    - Water Hand Pump New!
    - Mini Mason Jars – Set of 3
    - Egg Beater Set
    - Miniature Vase Set
    - Black Window Pulls – Set of 6 New!
    - Tiny Black Hinge Set
    - Miniature Red Apples
    - Set of Mini Wooden Buckets

    To enter Dry Sink for a French Kitchen 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, April 18, 2016).

    AND to enter the drawing, please tell me: What would you like the topic of a follow-up blog post by Rhonda to be about? Here are some ideas to get you mulling (but I bet you already have some questions of your own):
    - Technique for copper antiquing on pots (note: all of those pots did not start out copper!)
    - How did Rhonda stain and/or antique the furniture?
    - How did she create the roof?
    - How did she create those full-room-width wall shelves?
    - the English Tudor half-timbering on the outside of building?
    - stone work around door?
    - brick around windows?
    - that fireplace pulley?

    Is your head spinning?

    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!

    Before I forget: who won Thursday’s Mother’s Day Card Supplies Giveaway? That would be Pauline! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    53 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 17th, 2016

    Mother’s Day Card Ideas and Kitchen Minis Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Betsy Skagen, Birds & Cages Kit, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Wow! Not only are there pretty art projects by THREE Design Team Members today, I’ve just put the ENTIRE Kitchen & Sewing Miniatures Section on sale for 25% off now through Monday night, April 18th! Yes, yes… “Hearth and Home” is an obvious tie-in to mom’s day… I know not all moms are cooks, but I still bet you’d like some sweet little kitchen (and sewing) props at 25% off! Plus there are some new items just announced today also included in this sale!
     


    Need some inspiration for a quick Mother’s Day project or card? It’s coming up on May 8th — it will be here before you know it! Design Team Members Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Thomas and Betsy Skagen have some projects to inspire you with for Mother’s Day. (Or any day you’d like to make your mom feel special, don’t just wait to do it once a year!) Let’s start off with Nichola…

    Mother’s Day Pocket Letter

    Who wants to make some ATC’s?”

    ME! ME! ME! (I’m a keener) (Bella’s Note: That’s Canadian for eager, enthusiastic, zealous… we just call it crazy.)

    And maybe I’d like to make some sort of Mother’s Day thing-a-ma-doodle? You know, for people who like to plan ahead and not do everything last minute. I have no idea who these ‘think ahead’ people are, but sure!

    That’s how I ended up making this pretty batch of Artist Trading Cards for my friends at Alpha Stamps! The cards were a cinch to whip up, but here are a few of the steps you may find useful

    -  Using House of Roses Collection (and Tales of You & Me Papers from the Tales of Roses Add-On Kit), I cut out the appropriate ATC size 2.5″ x 3.5″. (OR 5″ x 3.5″ for folded ATC cards.) Once everything was cut out I rounded all of the corners.

    -  I applied some acrylic gel medium using a doily as a stencil and sprinkled some gold embossing powder sparingly on top and set it with a heat gun. I really liked the way these worked together!

    -  I applied fussy cut images from Mother Knows Best Collage Sheet (which I printed in black and white)

    -  All of the winged things are from the Butterflies & Moths Collage Sheet. I printed one sheet full size and a second sheet at 50% to give me an even wider variety of sizes.

    (Psst… both of those collage sheets are also included in today’s Giveaway!)

    -  When gluing the butterflies into place, I only glue the centre body part. This way the wings can be folded back, giving a 3D effect.

    There’s 9 of the pretty things all together which means you could make your favourite motherer a Pocket Letter. Be sure to include a gift certificate, a sweet note, photograph, mementos or charms in there if going this route.”

    Mother’s Day Pocket Letter Supply List

    Visit Pixie Hill for more photos and details.
     


    The Lovely Garden by Rhonda Thomas

    I made this a while back for Alpha Stamps and recently came upon it. It seemed like the perfect pick me up Mother’s Day card for my mom. Instead of the usual card, this one has several spots to include little notes of love, appreciation and a spot to share a favorite memory or two.

    This “book” is made from chip board cards, and assorted Collage Sheets (that are listed individually on my Supply List) but you could just as easily attach a few ATCs together, punch a hole in each corner and tie with a lovely ribbon.

    (Psst… the The Court of Flora Collage Sheet is also included in today’s Giveaway!)

    Another option would be to use this ATC Book Box. The box could be decorated or even just wrapped like a sweet gift. Some excellent examples by Alpha Stamps Design Team Members Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey can be seen here.

    The Lovely Garden Supply List

    Visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos.
     

    Mother’s Day Cards & Tags by Betsy Skagen

    “Betsy Skagen has made adorable Mother’s Day Cards that any mom would love to receive!

    For the first sweet card, I painted and added texture to Leafy Corners with a couple shades of green paint. Then I created a background with Tales of You & Me Jardin de Fleurs Scrapbook Paper and inked the edges of a photo from The Garden Collage Sheet with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. After adhering the Leafy Corners, I simply added some Tiny Paper Roses.

    Betsy’s Supply List (And bunches of these items are included in today’s Giveaway: The Garden Collage Sheet, 4 Inch Cage with Solid Back, Leafy Corners, and Ivy ATC Frame.)

    Visit Betsy’s blog to find out how she used the too cute chipboard Bird Cages on another card, and visit her post here to see how she made her Leaving the Nest Birdcage.


     

     

    Hooray for the Mother’s Day Card Supplies Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from all three supply lists to make this sweet Giveaway:
    - Mother Knows Best Collage Sheet
    - Butterflies & Moths Collage Sheet
    - House of Roses Old Letters Scrapbook Paper
    - Tales of You & Me Jardin de Fleurs Scrapbook Paper
    - The Garden Collage Sheet
    - 4 Inch Cage with Solid Back
    - Leafy Corners
    - Ivy ATC Frame
    - The Court of Flora Collage Sheet

     
    To enter the Mother’s Day Card Supplies 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, April 15, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with all these pretties?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won Woodland Critters Giveaway? That would be Denise! Congratulations!

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 14th, 2016

    A Woodland Tea Party by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters

    Quick announcement before the new items and spring-y woodland artwork: the Fairy Garden Miniatures sale includes lots of the goodies in Laura’s artwork!

    The 25% off Sale on ALL Fairy Garden Miniatures ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday, April 11th)!
     

    Design Team Member Laura Carson is presenting a fantastical Woodland Tea Party that is sure to delight you with its whimsy!

    Deep in the forest under a moss draped tree, a tea party is set to begin; and it looks like the fairies have created a sumptuous feast for the woodland creatures.

    Squirrels are already munching on a bowl of berries and birds are enjoying the sun while sitting on the roofs and ledges of their houses. Vine chairs make comfortable seats for the owls; and there’s even a rabbit bouncing by.

    You can see a little hedgehog waiting to dig in to the apples that are sitting in bowls (that are made from acorn caps). Speaking of acorn caps, the teapot is made from a tulip bead cap with acorn caps as the base and top of the pot.

    A 3-D tree made from a new kit oversees the scene with fluttering leaves amidst the moss. Even the smallest creatures, a snail and turtle are joining in on the party!

    This happy scene is built into a Cottage Base that has been turned upside down. Pieces of Trailing Ivy Border painted two colors of green, and Metal Door Pulls are added on each side allowing it to serve as a tray; making it easy to lift and reposition.”

    Woodland Tea Party Supply List

    For more photos, details and to find out how Laura made the moss covered logs, visit Artfully Musing (with one of Laura’s always-generous tutorials).
     

     

    Hooray for the Woodland Critters Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Laura’s Woodland Tea Party supply list to make this Giveaway (psst! that is a link to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies used):
    - Miniature Owl
    - Miniature Vine Chair
    - 3D Chipboard Tree – 8 Inch
    - Tiny Bird Box
    - Set of Miniature Squirrels
    - Tulip Bead Cap
    - Polymer Clay Kiwi Cane
    - Into the Woods Collage Sheet
    - Mini Oak Leaves in Bag

    To enter Woodland Critters Giveaway drawing (both drawings) 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, April 11, 2016). AND tell me: What would you make with your prize? What other goodies in addition to those at right would you mix in?

    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 Flower Cart Giveaway? That would be Carla!

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    54 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 10th, 2016

    Holland’s Flowers and Fairy Garden Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Teri Calia

    Wow! Happy coincidence! Not only are there TWO colorful floral projects to oggle today, but I’ve just put the ENTIRE Fairy Garden Miniatures Section on sale for 20% off now through Monday night, April 11th! Now I know… some of you are still having snow, but I am not pleased by the 88 degree temperature here yesterday, only 2 weeks into Spring…
     


    Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas is rolling in on this beautiful Spring day with Memories of Holland’s Flowers.

    It is so therapeutic to me to have time to create. Lots of us find joy in flowers, adding beauty and warmth to our life. I decided that my latest therapy session called for creating my own flowers once I saw the new Peddler’s Cart from Alpha Stamps.

    It was like taking a trip down memory lane when my husband and I visited Holland. The train station had a flower vendor and there were massive amounts of flower bundles. My husband was there on business and would bring me a bundle almost every day of our trip. We even brought some home to the states.

    So what could be better than using the Peddler’s Cart to create a mini flower cart of your own, full of everlasting flowers? I think this cart is absolutely charming and it was so easy to put together and decorate.

    My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. Every year, my family gives me a hydrangea plant for Mother’s Day. I have nine healthy hydrangea bushes in front of my house now and love it when they bloom. Naturally I love the tiny Miniature Blue Hydrangeas in Flower Pot, so when I saw the Hydrangea Mini Punch that can help me create my own, I flipped out! Not only is there there the hydrangea punch, but there is a huge selection of these wonderful paper punches. You can create actual flowers found in nature or create your own in any color combination!

    I really loved working with the Leafy Green Underbrush; as it was perfect for the center of some of my flowers (see photo below). I dipped the floral wire in glue, the underbrush, then squeezed it tight with my fingers. For the yellow and rust centers I used the Clump Foliage – Fall Mix. Also, if you wanted to use different colors, Flower Soft would work as well and comes in a variety of different colors.

    It does takes a little practice to create and punch your flowers. I used an extra wide needle to make larger holes so that I could use a variety of items to make my stems. To wrap my finished flowers, I used pages from a vintage french book. After getting the shape I wanted, I used one cutout as a stencil; then all it took was a twist, a dab of glue, and a clothes pin to hold it in place for a couple of minutes. (Don’t let it dry completely though, the paper will stick to the pin and then you will have to start all over.)

    By the way, how ’bout the nifty idea that popped into my head to use flower stamens that come in a huge variety of colors for the middle of the flowers?! I simply cut the bottom end off and threaded my paper flowers on with a dab of glue. Using Forest Moss Distress Paint to dab my “stems” worked perfectly. What do you think?

    I think they turned out beyond adorable! Also worth noting are the other super sweet flowers that Rhonda used in stocking her flower cart. Mini Rose Buds, Calla Lilies, Lavender Gypso, Pink Geraniums, Potted Roses, and more!

    Memories of Holland Supply List

    Visit Rhonda’s Blog for more details on how she created the Memories of Holland and for more photos.

     

    Design Team Emeritus Teri Calia has created a quick project to bring a little fairy garden wonderment down to a portable size; with the Miniature Fairy Garden Specimen Under Glass

    It seems like everybody and their sister has gone nuts over fairy gardens lately. I’m not complaining as I think they are a lovely way to decorate your garden but, how about shrinking it down a bit so you can display it on your desk, shelf or table?

    It may look complicated but it was really very easy to do… although there are a lot of steps to doing it. I wanted to share my process with you so I created a Snapguide to show you how you can make your own miniature fairy garden under glass.

    Love, love, love that tiny tree with sweet blossoms under the Large Glass Bell Dome. Which really, coming in at a whopping 3 1/2″ tall I can see that it is quite ginormous…

    I also love the tiny garden patio Teri created by use the Texture Paste – Cement with a Tim Holtz Mini Brick Stencil (the grey area on left side of the close-up pic).

    Miniature Fairy Garden Under Glass Supply List

    You can visit Teri’s Blog for more photos and don’t forget to check out her super easy Snapguide tutorial!

     

    Hooray for the Flower Cart Giveaway!

    I picked out a mix of items from Rhonda’s expansive Memories of Holland’s Flowers supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Kristin used):
    - New Peddlers Cart
    - Blush Charmed Scrapbook Paper
    - Leafy Green Underbrush
    - Hydrangea Mini Punch
    - Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots
    - Pink Rose Garland
    - Women & Flowers Collage Sheet
    - Trailing Ivy Border
    - Tiny Rusted Metal Pails

     
    To enter the Flower Cart 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, April 8, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make the Peddler’s Cart?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won April Kits Giveaway? That would be Glennis F! And we had a 2nd prize for the two 6×6 pads that coordinate with this month’s kits… and that winner is Marykay Chisum! Congratulations!

      
    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 7th, 2016

    Birds & Cages and Tales of Roses

    Filed under Art Projects, Birds & Cages Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Nichola Battilana

    A quick reminder before getting to today’s newsletter: The 20% off Sale on the ENTIRE Ceramic Beads Section ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday, April 4th)! (And a bonus: the TEN New Ceramic Beads are also included in the Sale! See last Thursday’s newsletter for more info.)
     


    Pretty, shabby chic papers were the inspiration for this Birds & Cages Kit. With a mix of vintage handwritten letters, roses, lace and sheet music, they have subtle textures perfect for the base of a romantic collage (and two collage sheets will provide lots of options for a focal point). Plus the kit includes new metal charms and a petite chipboard bird cage set.

    There is also a related Tales of Roses Add-On Kit with a similar romantic theme, but with more saturated colors… more info below.

    Back to what is in this kit, there are THREE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers; two from the House of Roses line (a related 6×6 pad is also available, though not included in the kit) and one sheet from the Serendipity line (again, there is another sheet available). Note: I’m showing the fronts & backs of the 3 sheets in the photo at right.

    This kit also includes TWO collage sheets:
    - New! Victorian Ephemera – Birds Collage Sheet (A variety of bits and bobs… recolored and amended to work with the palette of the Birds & Cages Kit — and with birds sized to fit the new 2″, 3″ and 4″ chipboard cages… more on those cages is below.)
    - Blue Birds Collage Sheet (Beautiful images from the vintage postcard collection of Wendy Anderson. More collage sheets by Wendy are under the Polliwog & Dragonfly name.)

    Two new charms:
    - Fancy Silver Birdhouse Charm (So cute! And I love how Kristin cut a little window to fit this charm into one of her tags — see artwork below.)
    - Silver Bird Connector Charm (With 2 loops so you can hang it as a charm, with an extra loop at the bottom for a little dangly bead — or using it as a connector between 2 lengths of chain.)

    And finally, the 2 Inch Cage with Solid Back! A sweet little 2-part chipboard birdcage, laser cut from lightweight chipboard. See the artwork below (or at right) for this bird cage in a set of mixed tags, and also used as a hat! More info on Lora’s clever card.

    (There are also related 3″ and 4″ bird cages, and a fancier 2-part cage is in the add-on kit.)

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Birds & Cages Kit page.
     


    Next up, the Tales of Roses Add-On Kit!

    Ooo… pretty! I love the Tales of You & Me collection, in shades of mauve, tan & pink (that inspired this kit).

    This kit contains:

    New! THREE 12×12 Scrapbook Papers from the Tales of You & Me collection. Note: I’m showing the fronts & backs of the 3 sheets in the photo.

    New! Doodled Cage with Solid Back (A sweet little 2-part chipboard birdcage… half of the set is in my hand in the photo at left. It could also be used as a gazebo. Approx. 3-1/2″ wide x 3-3/4″ tall.)

    New! Mini Birds & Nests Shape Set (A nice mix of shapes, including 4 eggs, a 2-part nest, 2 bird houses, and 2 each of 3 styles of birds. 14 pieces)

    Two new charms:
    - Bronze Swallow Charm
    - Bronze Bird on Branch Charm

    AND 3 collage sheets:
    - New! The Caged Bird Collage Sheet (Hm… is it the bird or the mistress who is the caged one? Still, pretty Victorian images, chosen for their dusty pink, tan and mauve colors to coordinate with this kit.)
    - Over the Garden Wall Collage Sheet (Beautiful images from the vintage postcard collection of Wendy Anderson. More collage sheets by Wendy are under the Polliwog & Dragonfly name.)
    - Women & Flowers Collage Sheet (Women with roses (and carnations) and a floral border from covers of vintage seed catalogs.)

    More info, photos and artwork are on the Tales of Roses Add-On Kit page. And beside the lovely photos of the Floral Box with Hinged Lid (with tags, at left, by Kristin Batsel) and The Bird House by Nichola Battilana, there’s a whole Gallery of artwork by the Design Team using both of these kits! (To be updated throughout the month.) And/or read about each piece on Nichola’s or Kristin’s blogs.


     

     
    Hooray for the April Kits Giveaway!

    No surprise here! Today’s Giveaway is… BOTH NEW KITS!
    - Birds & Cages Kit
    - Tales of Roses Add-On Kit

    But this will be a surprise: There will be a runner-up prize chosen, too! The prize for the runner-up will be both of the 6×6 pads announced today:
    - House of Roses 6×6 Paper Pad
    - Tales of You & Me 6×6 Collection Kit

    To enter April Kits Giveaway drawing (both drawings) 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, April 4, 2016). AND tell me: What would you make with the chipboard cages in this Giveaway?

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So 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 Arch Top Cabinet Giveaway? That would be Pattie Walters!

    Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 3rd, 2016