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    Saucy Kitchen Art, Special Free Gift & Minis Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Miniatures, Sale, Teri Calia

    A NEW SALE: Inspired by today’s new cooking-themed items: ALL Food & Beverage Miniatures are 30% off! Over 50 items! And that sale includes the Pitcher of Milk shown at left (and used by Teri Calia in today’s artwork)! The sale ends TUESDAY night, April 25th at midnight PST (April 25, 2017). See below for a few highlights or go check ‘em out now!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night: SPECIAL FREE GIFT! In honor of Laura Carson's Art Deco Style Paper Fans, ALL ORDERS through TOMORROW NIGHT, April 24th (2017) will receive one of the new Mini Sassy Beauties Collage Sheets FREE!

    AND all orders over $24 will receive one of the mini collage sheets AND a set of the new Mini Fan Blades FREE! They’re a mini version of the Venetian Fan Blades… only 3″ tall! Perfect for making a little fan that fits in an ATC pocket (or attach the blades to an ATC with a brad so you can unfurl your fan). And I love that mini fan at right that Laura made! More info (or to buy additional sets!)

    Also continuing from Thursday: ALL Findings are 30% off! Over 50 items! All those little bits and bobs… connectors, clasps, jump rings… and it includes the Small Antique Brass Suitcase Handles shown at left! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 24th at midnight PST (April 24, 2017). View them all!

     

    It’s a nice change of pace to see the Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size used as a hidden shrine (instead of an ATC box)… with a snappy retro food theme, by Teri Calia. See the photo below for how the hidden drawer slides out (and you can just see the 3D Pitcher of Milk inside the drawer).

    I’ve been doing a lot of multi media and three dimensional art lately and felt the need to do something a bit simpler and more collage-y. So, I grabbed one of the adorable Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size and a brand spankin’ new Saucy 6×6 Paper Pad and got to work creating this sweet “Let’s Eat” shrine.

    (That new paper pad is really sweet(!): A retro-themed pad with some nice small prints for making ATCs or cards, like tiny aprons and brightly-colored dishes (and cakes).)

    With the exception of one tiny little pitcher of milk, the whole thing is made of paper. Some of the paper is from a new collage sheet I created just for this project. It has lots of kitschy images of food and people eating and goes great with the Saucy paper.

    I also begged Leslie to have a little set of chipboard kitchen shapes cut, thus giving birth to Tiny Kitchen Items :)

    (Note: that chipboard set has 29 pieces! Just a close-up of a portion is shown here. Pots & pans, teapots, silverware, cups, wine glasses, plates, coffee pot…)

    Don’t they look adorable painted black?

    Inside my little shrine is a darling little girl, dressed for Sunday dinner, with a straw hat perched jauntily on her head. It appears dinner is just being served…

    (Aside: I’m going to butt in here and say that little girl looks manic from too much sugar… not “darling”!)

    Haha! Looks like my kind of dinner! Yummy cupcakes and a glass of milk, what could be sweeter? And there’s that tiny Pitcher of Milk I spoke of earlier.

    I hope you enjoyed my kitschy sweet Let’s Eat shrine and it will inspire you to either go out and eat a dozen doughnuts or, better yet, make a shrine of your very own!

    Read more in Teri’s blog post. See photos of everything used in Teri’s project (most of which are also in today’s Giveaway!) in her supply list.


    Hooray for the Saucy Giveaway!

    Oooh! Let’s start with a big bunch of items from Teri’s supply list:

    - Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size
    - Saucy 6×6 Paper Pad (New!)
    - Let’s Eat Collage Sheet (New!)
    - Tiny Kitchen Items (New!)
    - Retro Cocktails & Dingbats Chipboard Set
    - Pitcher of Milk (Part of the 30% off sale on Mini Food & Bev!)

    Next, did you notice in the “New” section above that we’re now carrying the 3 separate sizes of the popular Mini Mason Jar Set (Maybe you need a bunch of one size for a tiny pantry?) Well, you may not know which size fits your need so I’m including the set of all 3 sizes! These are so cool as they are hollow and you can put stuff inside!

    AND finally: a set of Mini Fan Blades – Set of 5 AND a Mini Sassy Beauties Collage Sheet… both are currently on offer FREE for orders over $24 (click either link for more info, and photos of both are at the top of this page).

    To enter the Saucy 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, April 24, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What plans do you have for the goodies in this Giveaway package? Maybe turn that Hidden Drawer Book Box into a recipe 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). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Mini Art Deco Paper Fan Giveaway from last Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jen R! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    40 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 23rd, 2017

    Art Deco Fans, New Gift & Sale, Half Price Shipping Ends Tomorrow!

    Filed under Art Deco, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    What? 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through FRIDAY night (April 21, 2017) shipping will cost only $2.95 for orders over $50! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100! (Both prices for orders only in the USA.)

    SPECIAL FREE GIFT! In honor of Design Team Member Laura Carson's Art Deco Style Paper Fans, ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, April 20th through 24th (2017) will receive one of the new Mini Sassy Beauties Collage Sheets FREE!

    AND all orders over $24 will receive one of the mini collage sheets AND a set of the new Mini Fan Blades FREE! They’re a mini version of the Venetian Fan Blades (more info on those below)… only 3″ tall! Perfect for making a little fan that fits in an ATC pocket (or attach the blades to an ATC with a brad so you can unfurl your fan). And I love that mini fan at right that Laura made!

    More info (or to buy additional sets!)
     

    A BIG NEW SALE: ALL Findings are 30% off! Over 50 items! All those little bits and bobs… connectors, clasps, jump rings… and it includes the new 4-Leaf Clover Connector shown at left! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 24th at midnight PST (April 24, 2017). See below for a few more highlights or go shopping now!


    I’m pretty sure Laura Carson and I are in agreement that we both love fans. Laura has made some lovely fans for Alpha Stamps in the past (see the bottom of her blog post for this new fan for links to some of them).

    Do you remember the Fan-Shaped Book Swap we hosted a few years ago? (And we got some great submissions so check out that Gallery link.) Well, the new Venetian Fan Blades are reviving the same size & shape fan blades from that swap!

    Laura’s new (large) fan today is built on these revivals (and inspired by the colors in the new Vintage Hollywood Paper Pads). Plus Laura created THREE new collage sheets with Deco babes to coordinate with the new papers and with both sizes of fans.

    Here’s a bit from Laura’s tutorial (but visit her blog post, too, as she shows step-by-step photos):

    I started by covering both sides of a set of large and small fan blades with the Vintage Hollywood decorative paper.

    Next, I used a black marker to draw a border around the blades

    I glued the smaller fan blades to the bottom of the larger blades. (Note that the smaller fan blades are upside-down… you can see one at right, just above the red button at the bottom of the fan.)

    I then punched a hole in one of the blades and used it as a template to mark and punch the holes in the remaining blades.

    I cut out fans from the Deco Dames Collage Sheet and attached a Abez Drop/Connector to each fan. (Note: these connectors are almost sold out, but the Vintaj Metamorphosis Drop/Connectors are the same size and design, just in a different finish.)

    I used a frame from the Elegant Frames Download set backed by more of the decorative paper to showcases lades from the Deco Dames Collage Sheet.

    I decided to glue the fan blades in place instead of making it a working fan as this fan was for display. With gluing the blades in place you can add more dimensional embellishments.

    More info (and tips and more photos!) in Laura’s blog and/or see her supply list for both fans.


    Hooray for the Mini Art Deco Paper Fan Giveaway!


    I did mention I love this little fan? So, EVERYTHING Laura used to make this little beauty is in today’s Giveaway!

    - Mini Sassy Beauties Collage Sheet
    Vintage Hollywood 8×8 Paper Pad
    Mini Fan Blades – Set of 5
    Flat-Back Gold Star Studs – 12mm
    Flat-Back Bold Star Studs – 8mm
    1 Inch Mini Tassel – Black

    To enter the Mini Art Deco Paper Fan 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 21, 2017)!

    And tell me: You are going to have a ton of pretty papers left over from that 8×8 pad (after you make a mini fan)… so what else 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). So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Best of This & That Giveaway? That would be Kee Ostler! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    27 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 20th, 2017

    New Finnabair, Free Gift & Shipping Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia, Tristan Robin Blakeman, Tutorials

    What? 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through FRIDAY night (April 21, 2017) shipping will cost only $2.95 for orders over $50! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100! (Both prices for orders only in the USA.)

     
    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night: Retro Cocktails & Dingbats Chipboard Set! In honor of Design Team Member Shannon Cooper's Bitty Book of Booze I created this little set of icons sized for decorating ATCs.

    ALL ORDERS through Monday, April 17th (2017) will receive one of these chipboard sets FREE!
    More info (or to buy additional sets!)

     
    Also continuing from Thursday: ALL Dollhouse Miniatures Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 60 sheets! The sale ends MONDAY (tomorrow) night, April 17th at midnight PST (April 17, 2017). View them all! See below for a few more highlights!

     
    What a treat today! We have artwork (a flurry of artwork!) from Guest Designer Tristan Robin Blakeman AND we have a technique tutorial by Teri Calia!!

    As you can see, Teri not only played with new products (thankfully, one of her favorite tasks) but the resulting frames are beautiful! Starting with the oval frame shown at right:

    This weekend I was lucky enough to score several new products to try. First up was the new Finnabair Art Extravagance Patina Effect Paste Set. This set is magical! I was a little skeptical when I saw the color of the pastes as I pulled them from the box, but, as I worked with them I was quickly won over.

    I applied the Brass paste, with a paint brush, to completely cover the frame. Next I opened up the jar of Blue paste and thought to myself, jeeze, that looks kinda fluorescent… but brushing it lightly over the Brass paste created an instant verdigris patina!

    So when I opened up the jar of Mint-Green, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. The Mint-Green is the thickest paste in the kit and it really adds a sort of crusty-ness to the frame… the more layers you apply the more the piece seems to age right before your eyes!

    Moving onto the rectangular frame:

    I’ve been dying to try the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Black Ash so decided to cover the whole frame with it. OMG! This stuff is like soft butter! It goes on so smooth and covers like a dream.

    To accent the details on my frame I used the new Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance – Red Amber and Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Aged Brass. These waxes are soft, creamy, smell good and are easily applied with a tiny brush for detail work. They cover very well too, as you can see, since I used them right over the Black Ash.

    Learn more about both frame projects on Teri’s blog post and see below for more of the new Finnabair products (and a chance to win some in today’s Giveaway)!


     

    Wow! What did I say about a flurry of artwork from Tristan?! He was obviously inspired by the colors and graphics in the Midnight Masquerade collection (and I love that paper line, too).

    When Leslie contacted me about doing a special project for the new Graphic45 paper line Midnight Masquerade, I jumped at the chance — I love the colors in this paper collection, and the nostalgic 1930′s images appealed to my sense of nostalgia and romance. I also knew nothing could give me the permission to indulge my love of over-embellishment like a masquerade! I decided to make a series of photo/memory albums of different styles and sizes.

    Note: jumping ahead here… but see beautiful photos of all of these albums in Tristan’s blog post.

    My final album for this series is a book which was designed for the new Deep Rectangle Matchbook Box and Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album. I knew all the embellishment and decoration had to be on the outside of the rectangular box, and almost everything inside the box would have to be flat, as there was no extra “real estate” to allow expansion — if the album got much thicker than it already is, it simply wouldn’t fit back into its box. So, this was challenging — and a lot of fun!

    I started the Matchbook Box by painting all the corners with Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint – True Gold — oh, I love this paint! I then covered the top with rhinestone mesh so that the entire surface was a sea of sparkle! Sweeper Fringe was then run around the window opening of the box. Check out the different color combinations available — gorgeous! I used some silver glitter on white feathers and filled a 2 Inch Glass Bottle with seed beads and specialty beads in the same colors as the paper collection. A lot of paper flowers were used and really help to give an extravagant vision. Finally, I used a mask from the Mask Set – ATC Size, outlined the basic areas and free-handed a few decorative spots with gold Cerne Relief, and painted with two colors of Fantasy and Moon paints.

    My blog shows photos of each of the pages in the tag album. They are all constructed the same way (the album is already constructed). Every other page has a pocket and in one pocket there is a white tag. I chose not to add any paper to the tag, so that any additional depth would be made with photos installed in the album. I chose to use a black tag on the opposite side of the page, which had been left empty by the company. I have used some flowers for decoration, but all very flat, and not adding depth.
     

    Hooray for the Best of This & That Giveaway!

    My favorite kind of Giveaway… just wandering around picking out what looks good together from the supplies in today’s projects…

    Starting with the new Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album: A sturdy and well-made album with 18 ivory cardstock pages (12 cardstock pages plus 6 double-sided peek-a-boo pocket pages (the pages with pockets (shown with tags) are double-sided so can also hold ephemera or photos). Also includes 6 ivory cardstock tags with metal grommets.

    Next, Relics & Artifacts Rhinestone Chains – Amethyst (Did you notice that both Teri and Tristan used these rhinestone sets?)

    New Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Rich Copper. Nice! Some warm color to offset the purple and blue in the rhinestones and ephemera cards.

    How about a set of Midnight Masquerade Ephemera Cards? That will give you a headstart to decorate the tag album (with 32 cards)

    AND finally: a Mask Set – ATC Size… I love how dimensional they look with the outlining and painting by Tristan.

    To enter the Best of This & That 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, April 17, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What plans do you have for the goodies in this Giveaway package?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Drinks for Hot Romance Giveaway from last Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nancy Olsen! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    45 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 16th, 2017

    Bitty Book of Booze, New FREE Gift & 50% off Miniatures

    Filed under Dapper Gents Kit, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    NEW Retro Cocktails & Dingbats Chipboard Set!
    In honor of Design Team Member Shannon Cooper's Bitty Book of Booze (see below — and the related new sale) I created this little set of icons sized for decorating ATCs.

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, April 13th through 17th (2017) will receive one of these chipboard sets FREE!

    More info (or to buy additional sets!)

    A BIG NEW SALE: ALL Dollhouse Miniatures Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 60 sheets and includes lots of tiny labels for making some some props for a project like Shannon’s! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 17th at midnight PST (April 17, 2017). See below for a few more highlights!


    I know! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper made that amazing Mini Quilter’s Nook last week, and here she is again with a Bitty Book of Booze (ok… officially named “Professional Recipes for the finest mixed drinks”)!

    It just so happened that I had picked up an assorted bag of miscellaneous ephemera from a favorite consignment shop and in that bag there happened to be a really cool, really retro “Professional Mixing Guide” by the Angostura-Wuppermann Corporation from 1950. That little booklet combined with the Dapper Gents Kit (and those saucy gentlemen!) turned into a swell, if not slightly naughty, cocktail recipe book.

    I painted a Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size with a color that matched the Dapper Bringing Home the Bacon Scrapbook Paper and then covered the front and back with said boss paper. The spine is black cardstock that was punched with a vintage shaped mini punch and I also covered the book’s “pages” with black cardstock. My retro Olympia typewriter came in handy for the message on the bottom and I was surprised to find the red ink still vibrant. Relatively.

    The spine of the book slides out like a drawer, which is where the ATCs are stored.

    I followed the instructions of my mentor and trimmed the Chipboard ATCs then rounded the corners as she did, and boy, they look great that way! The front of the cards feature a handsome gentleman and a manly named cocktail that I cut from the “Professional Mixing Guide”. Also included are a few randy ladies from the Happy Vintage Housewives Collage Sheet.

    More info (and more photos!) in Shannon’s blog and/or see her supply list. Plus, enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list!


    Hooray for the Drinks for Hot Romance Giveaway!


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

    I’m only highlighting a few of the spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size
    Dapper Bringing Home the Bacon Scrapbook Paper
    Dapper Gents Kit (woohoo! since the kit already contains all the papers from the Dapper 6×6 Paper Pad, I’ll not be duplicating the pad in the prize package)
    Bitchy Words Collage Sheet
    Happy Vintage Housewives Collage Sheet

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

     
    Plus I’m adding a Mini Cocktails Kit!!

    AND a NEW Retro Cocktails & Dingbats Chipboard Set!

    To enter the Drinks for Hot Romance 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 14, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with your Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size and the other items in the Giveaway prize?

    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 the April Showers Giveaway? That would be Barb J! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 13th, 2017

    Artwork by Nichola Battilana, Free Gift & Garden Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Dapper Gents Kit, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    A NEW SALE: Inspired by a couple new garden miniatures — and just because it should be getting on Spring already: ALL Fairy Garden Miniatures are 25% off! Over 100 items! And that sale includes the 2 new items, like the Wrought Iron Patio Table shown at left! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 10th at midnight PST (April 10, 2017). See below for a few highlights or go check ‘em out now!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night: Mini Button Cards FREE Gift Collage Sheet! In honor of Shannon Cooper's fabulously detailed Mini Quilter's Nook I created this mini set of vintage button cards.

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, April 6th through 10th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE!
    More info

     
    Also continuing from Thursday: It’s been ages since this section was on sale (!): ALL Vintage Sewing & Cooking Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 40 sheets plus some of those ladies would be a great combo with the men in this month’s kit! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 10th at midnight PST (April 10, 2017). View them all!

    Yes, all three of these promos end tomorrow night.

     
    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made some fun, embellished ATCs with images and papers from the Dapper Gents Kit (plus some extras… more info below).

    I like the dimensional additions (pearls, ribbons, buttons — and sticky foam tape to give the captions a little shadow). Plus the non-dimensional ones, like washi tape and Dresden borders.

    I really didn’t fancy at all with these guys. Just Men Collage Sheet and Satisfying Text Collage Sheet images, paper from the Dapper Paper Pad, and mounted on a Chipboard ATC base.

    Any other additions are just tiny scraps of dresden, washi tape and other little bobs.

    They’re really just very cute and super fast crafty something. Nothing too fussy going on here and they’re swell nonetheless.

    I’ve used these same collage sheets for some rather saucy versions which can be found HERE if you’re not faint of heart.

    I’m going to chime in here: the X-rated ones are great! But you are warned!

    More photos of Nichola’s PG-rated ATCs (the ones shown here) are on her blog post.

    Nichola also made a beautiful silk-covered version (oooh… fancy!) of the Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size as a Dirty Little Secrets Box (see that really wide photo below). More photos of it on this blog post.


     



    Hooray for the April Showers Giveaway!

    April showers?! I think we’ve gone back to Winter ’cause it has been storming here!

    So I’ve picked out a mix of things (from Nichola’s supplies or from the new items, or the Fairy Garden Miniatures Sale) that will let you make art with a Spring or Summer feel.

    Let’s start with Dapper Gents Kit! That includes 2 new collage sheets, 10 sheets of paper, and chipboard shapes!

    Next, a Fancy Bronze Metal Drawer Pulls – Large (I think that is the pull on the spine of Nichola’s silk-covered box).

    New Sexy Vintage Men Collage Sheet. Nice! More retro men… and some backyard barbeques.

    How about a Rusted Wheelbarrow? That would look grand with some tiny potted plants sitting in it.

    AND finally: a 3 Inch Garden Gnome… Those certainly say “Fairy Garden”! (Plus, a set of Mini Gardening Hand Tools… photo above.)

    To enter the April Showers 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, April 10, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What plans do you have for the goodies in this Giveaway package?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won The Mini Quilter’s Nook Giveaway from last Thursday’s newsletter? That would be LizD! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    35 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 9th, 2017

    A Quilter’s Nook, New FREE Gift & 50% off Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Fabric/Sewing, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    NEW Mini Button Cards FREE Gift Collage Sheet!
    In honor of Design Team Member Shannon Cooper's Mini Quilter's Nook (see below — and the related new sale) I created this mini set of vintage button cards.

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, April 6th through 10th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE!

    More info (plus photos of some of the button cards cut out, with dimensional glue used to “pop” the little buttons!)

    A BIG NEW SALE: It’s been ages since this section was on sale (!): ALL Vintage Sewing & Cooking Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 40 sheets plus some of those ladies would be a great combo with the men in this month’s kit! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 10th at midnight PST (April 10, 2017). See below for a few more highlights!


    Wow! I am amazed by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s The Mini Quilter’s Nook!

    For the past couple of months, I have been been assembling a miniature craft room inside an 8″ x 6″ x 5″ deep room box. It is a pretty small space but there are so many things going on inside. It started with a Treadle Sewing Machine, then a (new) Sewing Room Thread Cabinet, along with a Library Table that worked out great as a place to store bolts of fabric, and finally half of a Chipboard Steamer Trunk for a bookcase…

    Personally, I love the bolts of fabric Shannon made (you can spy a couple with the cat lounging on them in the wide photo below… and more are stashed under that “cutting table”).

    And (of course!), I also love the new Sewing Room Thread Cabinet (that Shannon is holding open in the photo at right). She did such a good job decorating it (and distressing it… the cat must have been scratching at it). Plus that orange-y “leather” box of thread on the bottom shelf is made from the (recently added) 1 inch Faux Book Box!

    More info (and more photos!) in Shannon’s blog and/or see her supply list. You won’t believe some of the photos like the teeny, tiny knitting sample Shannon made (see the red knitting in the basket in the lower left corner of the wide photo directly below?!) Or the tiny embroidery in that basket at right?

    Plus, Shannon posted a separate Floor Lamp Tutorial blog post (to make a working lamp from one of the LED Balloon Lights!)

    I’ve been threatening to have an easter egg hunt in one of these (ahem) busier projects (and today I am: check down in the Giveaway for an item to find and a special prize).


    Hooray for The Mini Quilter’s Nook Giveaway!


    All of these items from Shannon’s artwork are in the Giveaway package:

    - Sewing Room Thread Cabinet
    - Small Brass Scissors Charms (in the oval basket, and inside the top of the cabinet, so look at photo above to see that 2nd one)
    - Small Oval Basket
    - Antique Brass Mini Oval Drop Handle (on front of the cabinet)
    - Tiny Thread Spools- Set of 5
    - Treadle Sewing Machine on Table
    - Fancy Gold Stork Scissor (on the sewing machine table)
    - LED Balloon Light (used in lamp)
    - Polymer Clay Cane – 5mm Halloween Gargoyle (a free digital collage sheet to the first person who posts a comment correctly naming where this item is in Shannon’s room!)

    Here is Shannon’s The Mini Quilter’s Nook supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

    Plus I added these 2 items (not in the artwork, but on clearance!):
    - White Plant Stand with Plant
    - Superior Thread Rubber Stamp (unmounted)

    AND one of the Mini Button Cards FREE Collage Sheets!


    To enter The Mini Quilter’s Nook 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 7, 2017)!

    And tell me: What inspires you most in Shannon’s artwork? OR: how will you use the items in the Giveaway prize?

    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 the Dapper Gents Kit Giveaway? That would be Nancy E! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    58 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 6th, 2017

    Snarky Gents, Free Gift, New Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Dapper Gents Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale

    A NEW SALE: Inspired by the new artwork by TWO Design Team Members (see below): ALL Men Collage Sheets are 50% off! And includes 2 new collage sheets, like Men in Hats ATCs shown at left! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 3rd at midnight PST (April 3, 2017). See below for a few highlights or go check ‘em out now!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TONIGHT: Mini Paper Doll FREE Gift Kit! In honor of Miz Bella’s adorable Cinderella's Room I put together a mini chipboard paper doll (with stand) AND a collage sheet with costumes to fit her!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Sunday, March 30th through April 2nd (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets and the mini chipboard paper doll set FREE!
    More info

    Also continuing from Thursday: I don’t think this section has ever been on sale (!): ALL Paper Dolls & Models (& Mechanical Toys) Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 60 sheets, like that China Cabinet House Wallpapers Collage Sheet shown at left! (Tiny papers and trims for making a 1/4 scale dollhouse.) The sale ends MONDAY night, April 3rd at midnight PST (April 3, 2017). View them all!


    Time for a new kit with some attitude? Plus some quick and easy ATC art projects? (And supplies for small collages like ATCs.)

    And time for some fab artwork from Design Team Members Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey?! Both of them used the new Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size — not included in the kit, but perfect for showcasing some ATCs.

    These Dapper Gents are post-WW II “gents”. This all started with the Dapper Pad from Authentique… plus I’ve added a couple more papers (with an eyeglasses pattern and a telephone pattern).

    Plus 2 new collage sheets (omg, there are some expressions on these guys…), 3 chipboard ATCs, AND a new custom mini set of chipboard shapes!

    The kit includes TEN 6″ x 6″ sheets of scrapbook paper (one each of all 8 designs in the Dapper 6×6 Paper Pad). PLUS quarter page cuts (also 6″ x 6″) from the 2 new ’50s pattern sheets.

    Back to those new collage sheets!

    Men in Hats ATCs Collage SheetNew!
    Wow… just look at these guys. So full of themselves! Great images just waiting you you to add a snarky quote.

    Satisfying Text Collage SheetNew!
    I was staring at vintage ads while under the influence of cough medicine… a quirky set that is perfect for a snarky ATC. (Hm… those boastful quotes sound a lot like the current political regime.)

    Finally: a mini chipboard shapes set! This is a subset of the new Dapper Gent Shape Set. With a pipe, fedora, telephone and 2 pair of eyeglasses. See a close-up at right.

    Now back to the spiffy artwork featured today. Kristin’s The Little Book of Perfect Men (photo above, plus the first wide photo below) is so fun (and colorful)! I love how Kristin used snips of text from both of the new text collage sheets throughout (and added the gold numerals on her cards… of course, #1 being her husband)! More photos and a tutorial on putting the book together are on Kristin’s blog.

    And see the 2nd wide photo below for some darker, more intense colors in Lora’s version of The Little Book of Perfect Men! Love the colors (Lora cut out the figures and mounted them on her own selection of background papers…. including some back in stock Double Dot Vintage Scrapbook Papers).

    Oh, yes. We are going there. Back to the nostalgic days of the 1950′s and 60′s. Barbasol, Brylcreem and macho males in beautifully tailored suits. Think Rock Hudson and Cary Grant. William Holden, Burt Lancaster….did I mention Cary Grant?

    And those hats. Men always look good in hats.

    See more photos (and more witty prose) on Lora’s blog post!

    More info and more photos are on the Dapper Gents Kit page. And lots of coordinating supplies are below and on the site.


     


     


     Highlights from the NEW Collage Sheet SALE  View the sale section  50% off, ends Monday night!


    The Big Boys Collage Sheet

    Used in Kristin's artwork!


    Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves Collage Sheet


    Souhaits Sinceres (Sincere Wishes) Collage Sheet


    Fifties Floating Heads Collage Sheet

    New!



    Hooray for the Dapper Gents Kit Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 new collage sheets, 10 sheets of paper, and chipboard shapes!

    New Yes, Dear! Text Collage Sheet (not in the kit but certainly related… and used by Kristin in her ATCs shown above — plus the titles on both books!)

    New Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size. Nice! And used in both art projects above.

    ALL FOUR of the collage sheets above in the “Highlights from the NEW Collage Sheet SALE” section! (Including that fab new Fifties Floating Heads Collage Sheet!)

    AND finally (not in the kit nor in the artwork, but just put on clearance): Dapper Hat Erasers – Set of 4… Those hats would be fun in a project with the new kit!

    To enter the Dapper Gents 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, April 3, 2017)!

    AND tell me: How will you decorate that new size of the Hidden Drawer Book 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). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Cinderella’s Room Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Pattie Walters! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    36 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 2nd, 2017

    Dreamers of Dreams, FREE Gift & 50% off Sale

    Filed under Art Projects, Beauty & the Beast Kit, Bella Ayers, Paper Dolls/Theatres, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    NEW Mini Paper Doll FREE Gift Kit! In honor of Miz Bella’s adorable Cinderella's Room (see below — and the related new sale) I put together a mini chipboard paper doll (with stand) AND a collage sheet with costumes to fit her!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Sunday, March 30th through April 2nd (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets and the mini chipboard paper doll set FREE!
    More info

    A BIG NEW SALE: I don’t think this section has ever been on sale (!): ALL Paper Dolls & Models (& Mechanical Toys) Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 60 sheets! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 3rd at midnight PST (April 3, 2017). See below for a few more highlights!


    Wow! I love the rich colors and patterns in Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’s Music Makers Masquerade!

    My favorite quote is, “We are the Music Makers & We are the Dreamers of Dreams”. And of course I give credit to Willie Wonka even though the true poet is Arthur O’Shaughnessy. It’s magical and can take the imagination to so many wonderful places. This is true with this month’s Beauty and the Beast Kit as well.

    Imagine being the little boy from the movie, that gets shrunk down inside of a television. His poor mother dropping him into her purse. Now imagine being shrunk down into my Shadowbox, a magical theater of vivid colors, music, dancing, and magical wonder.

    The Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header fits perfectly across the shadowbox horizontally (see the small photo above), but I decided to use it vertically, with a curve that fit nicely within the box, which before attaching, I created with the wonderful new papers from the Midnight Masquerade 12×12 Patterns & Solids Pad.

    My own 2 cents: Rhonda also used the fan and quote stamps from the Midnight Masquerade Cling Stamp Sets beautifully. More info (and more beautiful photos!) in Rhonda’s blog and/or see her supply list.


     

    On to more artwork! Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has created a tiny Cinderella theatre inside a Half Scale Window Room Box!

    The metal border at the top of the room box is actually molten solder that has been rubber stamped. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube to show you how to rubber stamp onto solder (which is how I learned) and once you get the hang of it, it is really fun to do! The tips that I can offer are to:
    - Do a section at a time.
    - Pool your solder in each section. That means to use a lot of solder because if you don’t you will not get a good impression and you will say a lot of naughty words.
    - Only use RED rubber stamps. If you use the clear silicone stamps they will melt.
    - Have fun with it!

    The “cobbled” floor is actually just painted bubble wrap! Paint the bubble wrap white, then while it’s still wet add some black to it to get some gray (but still leave some white as is). After it’s dry you can then just touch it up with some black spots here and there, and more white if needed. The best part is after it’s completely dry, then pop the bubbles.

    (See the photo below in the Giveaway section for a better view of her cobbled floor.) Here’s a link to Bella’s Supply List. Plus check below for a chance to win lots of goodies from her project in the Giveaway!
     

    Next up: not another art project, but I love this new section of Architextures! Most of these are dimensional, adhesive-backed embellishments with a realistic appearance (they are flexible stickers that are slightly raised and have a paintable surface).

    This Parlour set at left is includes 8 different textured, dimensional designs, including wallpaper, wicker and wood textures, 3 ornate frames and a whitewashed vintage door.

    More highlights are below, or see them all now (19 new items… so many more than shown here).


    Hooray for the Cinderella’s Room Giveaway!


    All of these items from Bella’s artwork are in the Giveaway package:

    - Half Scale Window Room Box
    - 1:24 Round Table & 2 Chairs
    - Sheet Moss
    - Small Cinderella Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
    - Small Once Upon a Time Book Charm
    - Gold Mini Rosette Dresden Borders
    - Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Pink
    - Serendipity Anticipation Scrapbook Paper
    - Attic Charm Foyer Scrapbook Paper
    - 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses

    Here is Bella’s Cinderella’s Room supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

    AND one of the Mini Paper Doll FREE Gift Kits!

     
    To enter the Cinderella’s Room 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, March 31, 2017)!

    And tell me: What inspires you most today? Rich colors? Architextures? Paper dolls? New shadowbox with Wrought Iron facade?

    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.

    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 A Sweet Shabby Chic Giveaway? That would be Lorna E! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 30th, 2017

    A Sweet Shabby Chic Room

    Filed under Art Deco, Art Projects, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Teri Calia

    A NEW SALE: Inspired by the homey setting in Teri’s artwork (see below): ALL Household Charms are 40% off! Tons of useful little props: teapots, silverware, clocks, scissors! 60 items! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 27th at midnight PST (March 27, 2017). See below for a few highlights or go check ‘em out now!

    Continuing from Thursday: Inspired by the Art Deco babes in Laura Carson’s artwork, ALL Art Deco Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 50 sheets — and the sale includes the new Vixens Collage Sheet by Laura! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 27th at midnight PST (March 27, 2017)!

    Also continuing from Thursday and ENDS TONIGHT: Mini Masks FREE Gift Kit! In honor of the new Tiny Mask Set (and artwork from 2 Design Team Members using the larger masks from the same designs) I put together a mini mask set AND a collage sheet with ladies sized to fit the masks!

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Sunday, March 23rd through 26th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets and the mini set of 4 laser-cut masks FREE! More info

    What’s that? A Guest Designer Call? Yes! See more info in the blog!
     


    We have 2 beautiful projects for early Spring! Let’s start with Teri Calia’s The Memory Keeper's Room!

    I love what Teri has made, all starting with the new Petite Garden Shelves over on the right side (with the addition of Slender Cabriole Table Legs, and with all the shelves filled with treasures). The whole room grew around that shelf unit and the matching Park Bench.

    This little shabby chic roombox is a tribute to all of you out there who collect vintage ephemera and photographs. I started collecting when I was a child because I spent a lot of time with my Great Grandmother, who was a collector. I still get a thrill when I find a particularly interesting old postcard or well worn love letter. The memories attached to these treasures may not be my own, but they still speak to me and inspire me to imagine a long past world so different from my own.

    As you can see, the focus of this room is the tray filled with old letters, postcards and photographs. There is even a magnifying glass for closer inspection. Below the tray is an open faux book box, with more photos and ephemera, waiting patiently for perusal. A couple more faux book boxes on the shelf await their turn as well.

    See below for close-ups of the tray of photos and postcards, and the new tiny size faux book box.

    More info in Teri’s blog and/or see her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below to win supplies to make a project like Teri’s!


     

    On to more artwork! Nichola Battilana’s luscious trio of Magical Masquerade ATCs!

    See the wide photo below… I LOVE what Nichola did with the Midnight Masquerade papers and Art Deco images from the The Secret and Art Deco Party #2 Collage Sheets! AND adding an extra layer of texture, using thick acrylic medium with texture sheets (see the center one in the photo for the texture added with the Quatrefoil Texture Sheet shown at left).

    Plus the addition of loads of mulberry paper roses and iridescent stars make them rich and dreamy! Read more about the project, and see more photos (including additional ATCs) in Nichola’s blog post.


     


     Highlights from the Charms Sale!  View All Psst! All 4 of these are also in today's Giveaway!


    Tiny 3D Bronze Sewing Machine


    Openwork Silver 3D Teapot Charm


    Small Brass Scissors Charms


    Small Bronze Hand Mirror


    Hooray for A Sweet Shabby Chic Giveaway!

    So many wonderful details to choose from! I’m including these items from Teri’s The Memory Keeper’s Room (highlighted in the wide photos at right and below):
    - Love Clippings 8×8 Collection Kit (that wonderfully shabby wallpaper!)
    - Tiny Bird House (looks great with that red roof)
    - Miniature Potted Red Roses
    - Petite Garden Shelves – new!
    - Tim Holtz Adornments – Metal Stars (did you recognize them, with a rusty patina? look below!)
    - Set of 3 Shabby Round or Oval Mirrors – new!
    - Tiny Labels for Crates, Jars, & Cans Collage Sheet (that bunny poster at far right on the shelves!)

    See photos of everything from Teri’s project (including the subset in this Giveaway) in her supply list.

    As noted above, I’m also including these 4 items that were highlighted in the Household Charms 40% off sale section:
    - Tiny 3D Bronze Sewing Machine
    - Small Brass Scissors Charms
    - Small Bronze Hand Mirror
    - Openwork Silver 3D Teapot Charm

    AND a wood mounted Crest or Shield Rubber Stampjust put on clearance

    To enter A Sweet Shabby Chic 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, March 27, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What inspires you most today? Teri’s shabby chic room? Something specific like the tiny postcards in the faux book box? Or painting the inside of that book box antique gold? Or maybe the texture on the beautiful ATCs by Nichola?

    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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Masked Beauties Giveaway? That would be Rhonda Sihocky! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    52 Comments » Posted by Leslie, March 26th, 2017

    Guest Designer Call

    Filed under Announcements

    We are excited to announce that we are looking for a few Guest Designers for Alpha Stamps! Note: this is not a monthly commitment, but a “Guest Designer on Call” who may be called on (depending on art style and our calendar) to occasionally create a project for Alpha Stamps (probably not more than once a year).

     
    Guest Designer Requirements:

    • Create one project using one of our Monthly Kits.
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Must have an active blog.
    • Ability to take high-res photos of your artwork and resize to a specific size.

     
    What We Offer Our Guest Designers:

    • The Monthly Kit for the agreed upon month.
    • An Alpha Stamps Guest Designer badge for your blog.
    • Your projects will be showcased on the Alpha Stamps Blog and Facebook page.

     
    How To Apply:

    Please send a single email with “Guest Designers On Call” in the subject line to designteam@alphastamps.com with the following information:

    • A brief bio.
    • What seasons and/or themes are you inspired by?
    • Tell us about any Design Teams you are currently on or publications you have been published in. No Design Team experience and have never been published? No problem! Don’t let that keep you from applying.
    • Tell us what social media sites you are active in.
    • Please send us 3 high resolution pictures of your current work, with a minimum 1000 pixels wide, which best represents you and your style.

     
    FAQ:

    Do I need a blog?
    Yes, you do need an active blog in order to qualify as a Guest Designer.

    Can I use the Monthly Kit together with other brands?
    Yes, you may use other brands in your projects.

    Will I be a Guest Designer every month?
    No, only periodically as the need arises.

    Will I be the only Guest Designer on Call?
    No, there will be several on call Guest Designers.

     
    Thanks for your interest!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, March 25th, 2017