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    A Little Big Fat Nature Journal

    Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beads, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    Ooo… ahhh! What a sweet little (fat) book Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made! Note: the pages are ATC sized, so the size in these photos may be deceiving!

    Here’s some text from Nichola’s blog post:

    This month’s kit has sprouted an ATC-sized nature themed junk journal.

    I separated the panels from an ATC Ticket Journal as a base for many of the pages and used some Water Media ATC Cards and Aged Parchment for others.

    Really I just made a whole bunch of ATCs and then stitched those suckers together. They make a lovely fat little book.

    To bind the pages I simply poked three holes in one side, and tied them together with Bakers Twine which I’ve muddied up with a wash of brown paint.

    As usual, Nichola is made of magic. Her little book may have been a cinch for her to make but it is truly a thing of beauty.

    Read more in Nichola’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for a chance to wins lots of goodies from this list AND to see a second project Nichola made)!
     

     
    New Tiny Things!

    Aw… more tiny things. I can see those pretty flower beads becoming a bouquet in that new tiny vase. And mice with bones? Sounds like Halloween!

     
     
    Birds & Bees Collection ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! Inspired by Nichola’s pretty artwork! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code BIRDS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    EVERYTHING in the Birds & Bees FLASH SALE Section is on sale — over 60 products, including the 4 highlights below. Note: this is a mix of items from the Birds Collage Sheets section, plus anything with “bird” or “bees” in the title (so it includes things from Bee Charms to Ceramic Raven Beads)!

    The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 22th.

    Click here: Birds & Bees FLASH SALE Section to see everything included and remember to add coupon BIRDS when you check out!

     
    Hooray for the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things Giveaway!

    Nice work, Nichola! She claims she never makes jewelry but these earrings are great! And Nichola posted a whole ‘nuther blog post about them!

    So I’m picking out a few things from both of her projects (note: my supply list includes goodies in both of her projects):
    - Ornithology Collage Sheet
    - Bees Collage Sheet
    - ATC Ticket Journal
    - Blue Birds Collage Sheet
    - Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals (on the cover of her book)
    - And some black Bakers Twine to tie it all together.

    AND things shown at far left (a couple of each so you could make earrings):
    - 42mm Bronze Key Charm
    - Wide Feather Charm – Patina Brass
    - Patina Brass Narrow Feather Charms
    - 14mm Round Glass Cabochons

    To enter the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things 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, August 20, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Maison de la Mode Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Chris K! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 19th, 2018

    Maison de la Mode – House of Fashion Boutique

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Streets of Paris, Tutorials

    Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s L’ Amour des Fleurs Flower Shop from a few week’s ago?

    Today’s project is the eighth (!) in this series by Laura Carson to build a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a bookstore & pharmacy (and we have already seen a chocolate shop, a cafe, and the flower shop just mentioned)!
    More info here.

    So, on to today’s project, the Boutique itself: Maison de la Mode – House of Fashion.

    The new products and techniques shown today can be used on all sort of projects (whether building a boutique or not)!
     


     

    I love the contrast of that bright blue window with all the ochre of the building exteriors. Plus all the lovelies on display! I also like how Laura mixed up the display windows (so the downstairs window outside the cafe is for the upstairs boutique).

    Lots of the pieces Laura covered in past posts (like making shelves from slides, making & decorating purses & shoes — and of course, constructing the buildings and adding wallpaper) are all coming together in today’s project.

    As you can see (below), the boutique takes up the entire second floor of the shops. Laura added interior doorways between the 3 room boxes so that the top floor can be one shop.
     


     

    Note: Laura will be explaining the elevator betweeen the 2 floors in a future post (but I’m already enamored of the gold railing around the space where the elevator will be (just a bit shows on the bottom left corner of the right photo below). And (oh!) that chandelier on the photo on the left side (and another in the close-up of the exterior window below in the Giveaway) — Laura made those chandeliers with rhinestone chain… so pretty!
     


     

    Laura created FOUR new collage sheets and TWO Digital Image Sets today (whew!), with lots of posters & magazines to decorate/display. And more construction-y (my new word) items like pieces to build awnings (and mini shopping bags). More on the new items is below.

    See everything Laura used (inside and out) in her supply list. (Note: as Laura covered making the buildings for this project in an earlier post, those items are in a separate blog post.) Come back after enjoying her new video tutorial (and lots more info & photos) for new items, and a Giveaway drawn from Laura’s project!
     

    New Items!

     
    Hooray for the Maison de la Mode Giveaway!

    First to explain my photo selection below: it’s the same exterior display window, but in the photo at left: it’s at night (with the chandelier turned on) and on the right side a close-up of the purses, shoes and other goodies (in daylight).
     


     

    This will be an odd Giveaway, but I think someone will love it: I have THREE rectangular bay windows (the Rectangular Bay Window – Large Center Window shown in the photo, plus the 3 Column and 2 Column versions) — all 3 are taped together from my product photos. Easy enough to either take them apart and glue them together properly… or go with the tape and paper over the whole thing? Anyway, I’m giving away all 3 of them!

    I’m also including these items from Laura’s supply list:
    - That House of Fashion Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet shown at left (also new today: with boxes and bags for Laura’s boutique)
    - A set of the Tiny Round Paper Mache Boxes
    - A yard (!) of the 2.5mm Rhinestone Chain – Aurora Borealis
    - And 2 things not in today’s supply list but certainly in that window: a couple sets of the Mixed Set of Doll Purses and also a couple sets of Head Over Heels Shoe Buttons. (Here’s the prior post about decorating shoes, purses & perfume bottles, in case you’d like more info.)

    To enter the Maison de la Mode 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, August 17, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Tristan’s Prize-Winning Album Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Nita Gidley! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    Psst: a note for recent winners. Now don’t fret! Between the transition to the new site software (and running 2 sites concurrently) the Giveaway packages have been a bit delayed, but they are still coming!

      
    65 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 16th, 2018

    Hm… Is it Halloween or Christmas?

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tristan Robin Blakeman

    It’s a bit of a happy accident… I had no idea that Design Team Member Shannon Cooper was finishing her Mini Potions and Herbology Cabinet — and I have a number of bottles back in stock today!

    But before we talk new (or back in stock) items: let’s looks at this amazing little cabinet!

    Here’s some intro text from Shannon’s blog post:

    Hallowe’en is creeping up, I can feel it in the air! Actually, it is still suffocatingly hot here so maybe it’s just wishful thinking. But that doesn’t mean Hallowe’en crafting has to wait! I made a potions cabinet from a 4″ x 4″ Storage Hutch, but left off the top scalloped portion and used it by itself vs. attaching it to a set of drawers. So maybe it is more like a potions cubby. Whatever it is, it held a whole bunch of stuff!

    A whole bunch of stuff is right! Beside being filled to overflowing with tiny bottles & jars & magic books, Shannon did a wonderful job aging everything to look well-used (and frankly grungy).

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post. And/or see her expansive supply list (all those tiny bottles)!
     

     
    New & Back in Stock!

    Yes, you knew I’d be getting around to new Christmas items… and new Halloween things have arrived this week, too!

     
    Miniature Can & Bottle Blanks ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code POTIONS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    EVERYTHING in the Miniature Can & Bottle Blanks Section is on sale — over 30 products, including the 4 highlights below — and all are used in Shannon’s cabinet). And the discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 15th.

     
    Hooray for the Tristan’s Prize-Winning Album Giveaway!

    Hey, do you remember the Romantic Vintage Style Tag Album that Guest Designer Tristan Robin Blakeman made last month? (Click that photo at left for the post.)

    Well… Tristan’s album (and his detailed tutorial) just won the overall design team favorite badge from the Mini Album Maker’s Blog! Congratulations, Tristan! That is a beautiful album!

    So I’m including EVERYTHING in Tristan’s supply list in today’s Giveaway (20 items)! See the full supply list, or see the original newsletter announcing the project, or Tristan’s blog post with more photos and the tutorial! Whew!

    To enter the Tristan’s Prize-Winning Album 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, August 13, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Lots of Bees Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Marykay Chisum! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 12th, 2018

    Bees, Halloween, Miniatures AND a Flash Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

    A bit of this and that… some new HALLOWEEN papers arrived (yay!) plus some adorable miniature crates (in 1:12 or 1:24 scale) plus a Flash Sale!

    Wow! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s is back with ANOTHER fab ATC mailer! This time it’s all about BEES! I love the tan and black contrast (and I’ve added some bee items to the August Kit Theme Section so they are part of the new sale — more on that below).

    But first, let’s start with some text from Kristin’s blog post:

    I had so much fun with the Mermaid Mailer I just did, that I had to try another one with a different theme. This one is all about the bees, with a butterfly and some rogue ladybugs thrown in for fun. For this mailer, I chose to embrace the brown of the cardboard and use it as part of the design. I had a great black and white ribbon, and used it to keep the mailer closed instead of the tab and slot in the back. A couple of great charms are wired to the ribbon, and a specimen tag is tucked up under the bow. The ribbon slides off for easy opening; no need to untie!

    On this photo of the back, you can see here how the flap is just folded down and held in place with the ribbon. The butterfly is attached to the ribbon with a thin strip of double sided tape. I like the natural color of the envelope showing; it really accentuates the nice curves of the flap.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post. See her supply list here AND see another photo of the inside of her mailer below in the Giveaway (with a secret/extra card showing).
     

    New & Back in Stock!

    Ok… 3/4 of these are New or Back in Stock… the last 2 are clearance sale items I’m pointing out ’cause they are BEES!

     
    NEW Sale! Everything in the August Kit Theme Section!

    FLASH SALE! Wow! This is a nice group (and I just added some bee items in honor of today’s artwork)!

    This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code AUGUST when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off EVERYTHING in the August Kit Theme Section (35 items, including a mix of items: from scrapbook paper to lots of collage sheets (with birds & bees) to pretty patina charms, including the ATC Envelope Folder used in Kristin’s artwork today — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Saturday night, August 11th.

     
    Hooray for the Lots of Bees Giveaway!

    Ah… there’s a second ATC in Kristin’s project! With a little tag added to help pull it out (and to alert the recipient that there’s something extra there).

    To get this Giveaway going: EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    Now Kristin was quite frugal. Like: she used the specimen tag and a butterfly (on the outside of the mailer… see above) from the same collage sheet (Winged Things). Plus that little fairy holding a 4-leaf clover is from that collage sheet, too.

    So I’m throwing in a few extra goodies:
    - Both of the bee items shown in the flash sale section above (Bee Banners Collage Sheet and Large Brass Flying Bee)
    - AND, though they’re not quite large enough for an ATC, I’m including a set of the Kraft Card Sleeve Envelopes (that have the same little round notch like the kraft envelope Kristin added to hold her 2nd ATC — see the far right side of the row of goodies below). AND these sleeves are on clearance sale!

    To enter the Lots of Bees 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, August 10, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Santa and Snowman Ornaments Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Chris Hoffman! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 9th, 2018

    I am so over summer and heat: Christmas Sale!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Christmas, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale

    Hm… half the state’s on fire and the forecast is for pretty-near 100 degrees all week. I am going to pretend it’s November: so this newsletter is all about Christmas!

     
    New & Back in Stock!

    A few of these things are Christmas-y… and that inspired this whole newsletter’s theme and new sale (more on that below)!

     
    Christmas Collection ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code XMASSALE when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off EVERYTHING in the Christmas Collection Section (a huge group of mixed items — over 200 products, including the 4 highlights below). And the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 8th.

     
    More Christmas ON SALE!

    While we’re talking Christmas (and sale): there are tons of items on clearance sale at 50% off with a Christmas theme! Here’s the Christmas Products Roadmap with links to all the sections; and see below for a few of my picks.

     
    Hooray for the Santa and Snowman Ornaments Giveaway!

    I decided to go back and revisit 2 adorable ornaments that Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made last fall:

    Note: all the goodies from Kristin’s ornaments that I’m linking to below are included in the Giveaway!

    Kristin used the Ornament Frame Set – Star and Ornament Frame Set – Round as the base of her projects.

    Images from the Retro Christmas Collage Sheet are the central pics on both ornaments.

    Next are trims:
    - Tiny White Snowflake Buttons
    - Mini Holly Leaf Garland
    - Mini Snowflake Sequin Mix
    - Miniature Gold Tinsel Garland
    - Christmas Ornaments Ribbon Set

    Psst! All of those items I just linked to are also in the Christmas Collection Section, so are eligible for the sale coupon!

    Plus check Kristin’s blog post, as she shows how to use Dresden border strips (straight) around a curve (like the turquoise scallops around the center of the snowman ornament).

    To enter the Santa and Snowman Ornaments 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, August 6, 2018).

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jennifer Sobolewski! Congrats! Check your email for info. There was a choice in that Giveway and Jennifer chose one of the Die-Cut Red Lacy Heart Wraps.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 5th, 2018

    Mermaids AND Alice in Wonderland!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale

    I’m taking Design Team Member Kristin Batsel’s lead… she mixed up the July and August kit themes in her fab Mermaid ATC Mailer project. So I’m mixing Alice in Wonderland with mermaids!

    Let’s start with some text from Kristin’s blog post:

    Alpha Stamps just came out with a fun new ATC mailer, and because we’re still in the heat of summer, I decided a mermaid theme would be appropriate. I used some great beachy papers from the Sea-Maiden 6×6 Paper Pad. I love that these papers include one of my favorite color combinations: turquoise and red! In the collection, there’s a great paper that looks like weathered painted boards. I used that on the outside of the mailer.

    And Kristin used images from the new Nature’s Underwater Fairyland Collage Sheet throughout! I just hadn’t finished with mid-century Florida images (after Florida & Flamingo Postcards and Vintage Florida Souvenirs last month)!

    Kristin also mixed in images from Mermaid Mash-ups and Mermaid Garden #3 Collage Sheets. Plus I like the large mermaid holding one of the 3D Patina Starfish Charms.

    Read more in Kristin’s blog post (including tips for keeping the slots for inserting an ATC, BUT hiding them on the outside of the finished mailer). And see her supply list here.
     

    New & Back in Stock!

     
    Clearance Sale Highlights: Alice in Wonderland!

    Yes, there are quite a few items that would work well in an Alice’s tea party (ok… The Mad Hatter’s tea party) scene on sale at 50% off! Visit the Alice Theme Section.

     
    Hooray for the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit Giveaway!

    As I just updated the ever-popular Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit, let’s start with that kit as part of this Giveaway!

    That kit has a big bunch of items: 3 collage sheets, tons of charms & beads, and (of course) an Altoids Tin.

    And as you may want to make an ATC from your Alice goodies, I’m also including one of the ATC Envelope Folders (that Kristin used in her artwork above — and that’s part of this month’s kit)!

    To enter the Alice in an Altoids Tin Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, August 3, 2018).

    BONUS: the winner will get to pick ONE of the items from the highlighted Alice Theme sale section above! Leave your choice in your comment, please!

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Anthology ATC Mailer Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Jaimi B! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    56 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 2nd, 2018

    An Ephemera-Filled New Kit, New Embellishments & New Artwork!

    Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    New Kit!

    This is such a pretty kit! This month’s theme started when I saw the Anthology Scrapbook Papers… a beautiful mix of birds, butterflies and vintage ephemera images. THREE 12″ x 12″ papers from this new line are in the kit.

    I’d been thinking about a mailer/envelope that fits an ATC for awhile… and the small ephemera images on the new papers really lend themselves to small projects like ATCs. So there’s a new ATC Envelope Folder, which is also included in the kit!

    As you can see in the photos (including Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s lovely Dear Mrs. Darcy project), the mailer can fit an ATC, ATC Ticket Journal (if you just tuck one page into the notches) or ATC Envelope (one of the kraft envelopes is also included in the kit).

    And on to the pretty charms: FOUR new charms chosen for this theme are also included in the kit: TWO patina feathers, a bronze key and a vintage-looking pocket watch with a Paris theme.

    Lastly there’s a new collage sheet made for this kit: Ornithology, with all kinds of birds (and eggs). Many sized as ATC backgrounds. Most smaller so could be used in a small collage on an ATC.

    So… TEN items. That’s a nice big number of items for a monthly kit and a good mix of items to play with, too.

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

    New Artwork: Dear Mrs. Darcy by Shannon Cooper!

    I love what Shannon has done with this kit! And her blog text, which may have been written while a little tipsy? :)

    From Shannon’s blog post:

    The theme for August, called Anthology ATC Mailer, includes an elegant chipboard mailer that, when folded, creates a pretty envelope for an ATC. If you’re like me and enjoy making a series of cards, the mailer will also hold an ATC Ticket Journal. The paper in the kit has a “natural history collector” theme going and is quite lovely. It made me think of the fictional character Georgiana, the sister of the pretentious Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. (But I’d bet you already knew that!) Georgiana was an avid reader and with Pemberley’s vast library at her fingertips, I imagined her leafing through volumes with delicate pages of birds and butterflies. That led me to believe she, being the accomplished young lady that she was, also learned the art of decoupage and may have used this talent to fashion a gift for her new sister-in-law. (Thankfully it turned out to be Elizabeth Bennett and not that snooty Caroline Bingley! I just can’t even.) And because corresponding via post was a normalcy way back when, and because this is getting terribly long-winded (Leslie, for the sake of your readers, please edit), I jumbled that imagination with the new Anthology ATC Mailer Kit and created something I believe Georgiana would approve.

    Ha! No way would I edit that!

    Beside these 2 photos of Shannon’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win EVERYTHING from Shannon’s supply list! And be sure to visit Shannon’s blog for more photos and tips (and more of that inspired text)!

     
    New Products!

    Just a snippet from the new products are shown at left (for example: there are 5 new metal charms (and “charm” is deceiving as some are large enough to be pendants) — and not all are in the kit). Plus this new site has a couple ways to search:

    - brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)

    or

    - here’s a group of items related to the new kit

    or

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

    Hooray for the Anthology ATC Mailer Kit Giveaway!

    Ah… I had to show a photo with the back side of that mini ticket journal! I love the image choices Shannon made (I think she used just about every collage sheet I sent… 7 to be specific). Obviously on such a small canvas she had to be discerning in which images she chose.

    Yes, it’s true: EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (19 items!)

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

    To enter the Anthology ATC Mailer Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 30, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Shannon’s project? OR: What’s your favorite new product announced today?

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the She Sells Seashells Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Elaine Kewin! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    73 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 29th, 2018

    She Sells Seashells, Halloween & Metal Minis Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Vacation Memories Kit

    Miz Bella is feeling a bit under the weather (I think we’re all feeling a bit wrung out with the heat). I have a bunch of lovely photos of her She Sells Seashells project (using the July kit), and a wee bit of text. There are more photos on her blog post, too, but not much else. Here’s hoping she feels better soon and can fill in a bit…

    Helpful (and humorous) text from Bella:

    Here’s what I learned what to do/not to do:

    To get the corners of the lid to stay while drying: clothespins work great.

    Be sure to ink or paint the outer edges of the box lid and leaves BEFORE you glue everything down. Otherwise you will end up saying very bad words trying to get everything colored on the edges in-between the papers. (Verryy bad words.)

    Gently work the lid down over the leaves (sides of the box). Or you’ll end up busting the seams and then trying to get them back to stay together is a pain in the arse. (Bad words will come-a-rollin out of your mouth again.)

    Go outside of your comfort zone and instead of inking everything with black, try a different color that maybe isn’t so stark against the pale papers.

    Aahh, before you put the leaves together and add the top you may want to make sure that the Stickles are dry. (By this time you’ll be certifiable sailor mouth.)
     

    New & Back in Stock Cast Metal Miniatures! ON SALE!

    FLASH SALE! This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code METALMINIS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

    25% off EVERYTHING in the Cast Metal Miniatures Section (36 items, including the 4 new metal minis shown below — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Saturday night, July 28th.

     
    More New Products!

    Yay! I am so itching for the new Halloween things I have on order to start arriving… just a couple today but crossing my fingers this is the start of a constant stream!

     
    Hooray for the She Sells Seashells Giveaway!

    This Giveaway includes a few things that caught my eye in Bella’s project:

    I love the bathing beauties (some sitting in seashells)… I don’t think any of the artwork this month has used bathing beauties. So i’m including the Bathing Beauties #2 and Shell Postcards Collage Sheets.

    And (of course) the Double Explosion Box

    I also love the glittery swirls Bella added with Stickles, so I’m include the Waterfall and Diamond colors.

    PLUS: you get to pick out 2 more things (actually, 3 things):
    - one of the Cast Metal Minis from the new sale, and
    - TWO of beachy charms from the Sea/Beach Charms section of the clearance site!

    To enter the She Sells Seashells 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, July 27, 2018).

    It would be useful to get your picks for the “you choose” items (in your comment), but if you feel rushed, we can sort out the winner’s extra items later.

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

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

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org).

    Hey, who won the Over the Summer Sea Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Angie M! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 26th, 2018

    THE OLD SITE IS LIVE AGAIN

    Filed under Announcements

    The clearance sale is on! Grab ‘em before they’re gone!

    Note: new items are on the new site.

    If there are items in your old wishlist that were moved to the new site, you can still purchase them on the old site but they won’t be on clearance.

    Visit the clearance sale.

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 26th, 2018

    Over the Summer Sea by Laura Carson, New Goodies & Clearance Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Vacation Memories Kit

    There is so much to cover today, I’m jumping right in.

    First, another inventive project using the July kit; this time by Design Team Member Laura Carson.

    Laura made the new Over the Summer Sea Collage Sheet (to coordinate with the Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet that’s also in the kit). She used images from both collage sheets for the inside of the small box and also the children standing in the middle.

    Note: she made the children double-sided, so they can be viewed from any angle. Clever!

    I love the seashells that Laura cast from the 7 Seashells Silicone Mold (around the box top, mixed with other buttons & real shells & metal shell charms). And she matched the vintage colors from the Beach and Shore Backdrops Collage Sheet images she used on the outside of the box. Plus, note the knob she created for the box top, from a brass ship wheel sitting atop a verdigris bead cap.

    Beside these photos of Laura’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win lots of supplies from Laura’s supply list! And be sure to visit Laura’s blog for more photos and tips (and a video tutorial on that origami sailboat)!
     

    New Products!

    Beside that new collage sheet by Laura, look at that adorably tiny jewelry box! And the tiny keys are just the right size to work in the jewelry box, too! Plus some playing cards perfect for an Alice in Wonderland project…

     
    CLEARANCE SALE!

    Wow! Yes, all those lovely items left behind are ready: I’ve put the old site back online, so… the CLEARANCE SALE is on!

    The entire site is 50% off!

    Note: If there are items in your old wishlist that were moved to the new site, you can still purchase them on the old site but they won’t be on clearance.

    Grab ‘em before they’re gone!
     

    Hooray for the Over the Summer Sea Giveaway!

    I picked a photo showing the other side of the standing children. Note: everything I’m listing here is included in today’s Giveaway:

    - The July kit AND all the collage sheets used in Laura’s project
    - All the seashell charms or buttons

    Click here to see everything in Laura’s supply list, though “only” the items linked in that last paragraph are in today’s Giveaway. (Even though there are just 2 links, the Giveaway includes the kit (8 items, including the Double Explosion Box and 1 collage sheet), 3 more collage sheets AND 4 more seashell embellishments!)

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

    To enter the Over the Summer Sea 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, July 23, 2018).

    AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Laura’s project? OR: How would you decorate your exploding box?

    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).

    Who won the Florida Memories Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Dennis L! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    36 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 22nd, 2018