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    3D Shrines on Sale and FREE Spring Floral Mini Kit!

    Filed under Featured Artwork, Flowers, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials


    Yay for color! It’s been raining for days… weeks here in California. What good timing that a big shipment of handmade flowers has arrived from Thailand.

    Today’s newsletter is filled with so much sweetness and colorful posies, you won’t know what to do with yourself (maybe you won’t need caffeine for the rest of the day!):

    FIRST: A new FREE Spring Floral Mini Kit! This mini kit includes a new exclusive collage sheet with flowers, fairies, and a few bunny rabbits, all chosen to complement the colors of the beautiful new mulberry paper flower included in the kit! One each of 7 pretty posies to give you a taste of how lovely these handmade paper flowers are.

    Plus THREE 6″ x 6″ cuts from coordinating scrapbook papers, resin flowers, teardrop pearl cabochons, olivine glass leaf beads, AND a couple feet each of 3 silky ribbons.

    PLUS (and this is ONLY on offer today (February 23rd) through Saturday night, February 25th (2017), one of these kits is FREE for all orders of $25!

    Read more about it on the Spring Floral Mini Kit page.
     

    SECOND: An embarrassment of riches: artwork from THREE Design Team Members using 2 sizes of the new 3D Cinderella Coach! (More info below)
     

    THIRD: A new SALE: ALL Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items are on sale for 25% off! The sale ends MONDAY night, February 27th. NOTE: this includes the 2 new 3D Cinderella Coaches, too!!
     

    FOURTH: A new Giveaway: A Springy Floral 3D Coach Giveaway Kit!

     
    On to the artwork! I love the Design Team! They are all so creative and I love to see what they make from the same materials. Case in point:

    Shannon Cooper made the sweetest Miniature Cinderella Wedding Coach from the mini size of the 3D Cinderella Coach. It is so simple and elegant… it would be the perfect centerpiece for a wedding dinner… or since it’s only 3-1/2″ tall, it could be the decor on top of a wedding cake.

    AND Shannon’s blog post includes a tutorial on how to add the seats and curved floor shown through the open door in that photo!

    Next: Nichola Battilana lost her mind and made BOTH sizes of the coach. Her TWO Sparkly Cinderella Coaches are both covered in glitter! As she admits: “Because I’m as lazy as one can possibly be… and, let’s face it, I have an extreme glitter fetish… my immediate impulse was to bathe these beauties in the sparkly stuff. And because I have low impulse control, that’s just what I did.”

    I will have to object: someone who spends the time to construct 2 coaches and then glitter and decorate them is NOT lazy! Read more and see more photos of her glittering artwork in Nichola’s blog post.

    Laura Carson created a beautiful and functional item from the larger 3D Cinderella Coach: A Perfume Bottle Caddy. Laura has a drool-worthy collection of glass perfume bottles and has made a Cinderella coach (complete with a lace and pearl crown on top) to convey them.

    Learn how she put the coach together (and painted and decorated it) in Laura’s blog post.

    Don’t forget to come back (whether from 3 lovely blog posts or from getting swept away by the new flowers below) to enter the Giveaway!


    Hooray for the Springy Floral 3D Coach Giveaway Kit!

    I bet you can figure out what will be in this Giveaway package!

    Starting with the new 3D Cinderella Coach – Mini Size! This is so sweet! A chipboard kit to build a 3D coach! Complete with dowels for the wheel axles (and the wheels, too).

    I’m also including one of the new Spring Floral Mini Kits!

    And one of the new Cinderella Coach Paper Toy Collage Sheets! Beside a beautiful, vintage paper toy that makes a 3D coach approx. 2-1/2″ tall, this sheet includes images from illustrations of Cinderella sized a maximum of 3″ tall (a size that can be used in the Half Scale Room Boxes).


    To enter the Springy Floral 3D Coach Giveaway Kit 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, February 24, 2017)!

    And tell me: How will you decorate your coach?

    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 Wild Bruised Pink Giveaway? That would be Daylan! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    25 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 23rd, 2017

    A Sewing Queen, A Tiny Coach & Paper Sale!

    Filed under Back in Stock, Cinderella Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    What’s New Today? Pretty Artwork & Scrapbook Paper Sale!

    Scrapbook Paper 40% off! We need to make room for some new things that will be arriving for Spring! Sale ends Monday night at midnight, February 20th (2017). See the sale items — over 200!

    Plus see below for beautiful artwork by TWO Design Team Members (and some cute new miniatures… and new papers that are also included in the 40% off sale!) Plus a Giveaway that includes all 3 pretty papers from the Wild & Free line — also in the sale!

    Psst! The new colors of Liquid Pearls and Stickles have arrived! Like the Ancient Gold Liquid Pearls shown at left.

    And what’s this petite embroidery at right?! A preview of a future project by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper, inside one of the new Small Oval Baskets!


    I soooo love this shrine by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. I was also about 11 when I learned to sew…

    I learned to sew when I was around 11. I used to sew lots of my own clothing, and when my girls were small, I used to sew most of their clothes. Now I generally only pull my machine out occasionally, sewing things like pillow covers or fabric bowls. I still enjoy sewing, and often wonder why I don’t do it more. Here’s a little shrine to those who still sew frequently. To me, you are the Sewing Queens.

    This piece was made almost exclusively from Alpha Stamps supplies, with the exception of some vintage buttons and an old button card. Because the buttons are “American Maid Pearls”, I gave the Sewing Queen a pearl brooch and a pearl-encrusted crown

    Such attention to detail… great job, Kristin! Plus, so inventive: see the fancy swirls around the round niche at the top? That’s actually one of the Round Frame with Dragons upside down!

    And speaking of that niche, Kristin provides a tutorial on building it (with enough depth for that 3D sewing machine).

    Read more and see more photos in Kristins’s blog post. And see her supply list, too.

     
    Next we have another beautiful project: a petite Cinderella coach that forms the covers of an enclosed accordion book, by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas. (See the wide photo below… so many pretty pictures that I couldn’t decide which to show!)

    The contrast of the periwinkle blue/purple papers with the gold trims is so regal (Rhonda used a couple of the new papers on the sides of the coach: Faded Periwinkle Grey Dots Scrapbook Paper and Courtship Lane East Plaza Scrapbook Paper). And see Cinderella in the window? She’s from the new Small Cinderella Paper Dolls Collage Sheet.

    And the piece really is Cinderella In The Palm of Your Hand, as the Cinderella Coach Mini Album is just 4″ wide.

    See more photos & learn more in Rhonda’s blog post. And find out what all those papers and flowers and trims are in her supply list!


     


    Hooray for the Wild Bruised Pink Giveaway!

    This is a special Giveaway. I was putting things away and noticed these Wild & Free Scrapbook Papers and some of the Cinderalla Collage Sheets look swell together. So I decided not to put them away! All 4 of these 40% off sale papers are included in today’s Giveaway! (The 4th one is Bruised Pink Antique Scrapbook Paper.)

    Did you notice the metallic copper foiling on the Wild & Free Scrapbook Papers? A square medallion is foiling in the lower right of the photo.

    Here are the collage sheets shown (and in the Giveaway):
    - Cinderella Pining Collage Sheet
    - Happily Ever After Collage Sheet
    - Midnight #1 Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Tale Costumes Collage Sheet

    To enter the Wild Bruised Pink 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, February 20, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What are you inspired to create? (Inspired by the colors in the Giveaway or by either of the art projects above.)

    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 Cat Tales Paper Dolls Giveaway? That would be Debbie Stine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 19th, 2017

    Cats & Kittens! New Art & Collage Sheets! FLASH Sale & FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tutorials

    Wow! Today we not only have the cutest Cat Book with Paper Dolls you will ever see (by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper) but a related FLASH SALE, and a FREE Gift Kit, too!

    First (and this has been needed for a long time): A Cats & Kittens Collage Sheets Section! There have been some collage sheets begging (in the most dignified, cat-like way) to be brought together in one group. (Plus there are 2 new cat paper doll collage sheets being announced today!) And so much easier to put them ON SALE when they’re in one place!

    ALL Cats & Kittens Collage Sheets are On Sale at 50% off! (So the new collage sheets are also on sale at 50% off!) Examples shown here are the 3 Little Kittens ATCs and Victorian Kittens Collage Sheets.

    The sale ends Saturday night, February 18th at midnight PST! See ‘em all! Over 20 options!
     

    What? A new FREE Gift Kit! With all the cat goings-on today, it seems time for a Cute Kitties Charms & Buttons FREE Gift Kit.

    The set includes 1 each of all of these cute kitties:
    - Bronze Lucky Cat Charms
    - Cute Bronze Cat Charms
    - Big Eye Anime Cat Buttons
    - Black Cat with Stripes Buttons
    - Painted Cat Head Buttons
    - Tiny Cat Head with Bow Buttons

    These mini kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY NIGHT, February 18, 2017!


    I LOVE this tiny little book with envelope pages that Shannon has made! (See below for a wide photo showing how the pages fold out for a background for the paper dolls.) She doesn’t even take credit for making the book itself in her blog post, but she emailed me: The cover is heavy weight cardboard. I just covered it with paper from the Spell Book Box Covers Collage Sheet and sanded it, inked it. stuck an accordion fold on the spine and glued in the envies.

    Here’s a teaser (and some witty prose) from her post:

    Paper toys delight me like nothing else. Airplanes, pop-ups, the “cootie catcher” every kid in grade school folded and played with, jumping jacks, and paper dolls…I love all of that. When I saw the new Wain Cat Paper Doll collage sheet, I knew I had to get my paws on them! The sheet I used features Cinderella, Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magician, and Robin Hood, but there is also More Wain Cat Paper Dolls with Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, and Dick Whittington. Louis Wain’s illustrations of anthropomorphic cats are fun all by themselves, but then to have the added pleasure of dressing and accessorizing these big-eyed kitties? Well, that’s the cat’s pajamas!

    By the way, there are more images of cats drawn by Louis Wain on these collage sheets.

    Inside the book are three envelopes, one for each story, and in the back are two removable backgrounds that can be unfolded. The backgrounds are also reversible for maximum playability. Here is the middle envelope opened up with Aladdin and the Princess ready to entertain. The tuxedo kitty on the front is attached with a brad so her head can be swiveled inside the book’s cover.

    Shannon is so clever, like attaching the kitty head so it can swivel out of the way, inside the front cover. And I thought she had repurposed some old book covers, but she made the little book inself, too.

    AND she provides a tutorial so you can make envelope pages to fit the paper dolls!

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post and see everything she used to create her fun artwork in her supply list! PLUS check below for a chance to win EVERYTHING in her supply list!


     


    Hooray for the Cat Tales Paper Dolls Giveaway!


    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Cat Tales Paper Dolls Book Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting 4 of the 9 items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Wain Fairy Tale Cat Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
    – Tales of You & Me Jardin de Fleurs Scrapbook Paper (such a pretty design)
    – Spell Book Box Covers Collage Sheet (perfect for making faux vintage book covers)
    – Cat Faces Collage Sheet (for that tuxedo kitty on the front)

    See photos and links of everything from Shannon’s project (which is also what’s in this Giveaway) in her supply list.

    Oh, yes: I’m also including the new More Wain Cat Paper Dolls Collage Sheet (for even more cat paper doll options).

    And one of the Colorful Puss in Boots Collage Sheets, from the 50% off Cats & Kittens Sale!

    AND I’m including one of the Cute Kitties Charms & Buttons Gift Kits (the FREE gift on offer for all orders through Saturday night)!

     
    To enter the Cat Tales Paper Dolls 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, February 17, 2017)!

    And tell me: Will you make a little book to hold your cat paper dolls? Or what other clever gift would you make from a similar little envelope book?

    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 Fairy Tale Trio Giveaway? That would be Kimberly! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    60 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 16th, 2017

    Fairy Tale Tins, New Collage Sheets & New Colors!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Snow White Kit

    What’s New Today? New Collage Sheets & New Colors!

    Woohoo! 5 new collage sheets (or sets!) by Jessica Armstrong! Plus twelve new colors of Liquid Pearls or Stickles arriving soon! More info below.

    Plus a bonus! (And the details are only here on this newletter.) If you spend $25 today or tomorrow (this offer ends Monday night, February 13, 2017 — the same closing date as entering the Giveaway below) I’ll include a FREE bottle of Liquid Pearls! It’s dealer’s choice on the colors, but if you purchase any Liquid Pearls in your order, I’ll pick out a different color. Shipping and tax do not count as part of your $25 minimum order. Go check out all the colors available.


     


    Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has made a set of 3 fairy tale tins that are so richly colored and detailed… and to think they’re just made of blank tins, chipboard, paper and paint! Here’s a bit from Lora’s blog post before I point out some of my favorite bits. And note: there is another photo down in the Giveaway section.

    A trio of lovely fairy tale ladies to brighten your day. Or not.

    The interesting thing about these ladies is that all the images are a bit ambiguous.

    Lets take the one called ‘The Fairest’. She’s beautiful, but does she really look like a nice person?

    And what about ‘Poison Apple’? Is she about to bite into that apple or give it to some unsuspecting princess?

    Hmmmm. The Queen has a rather pleasant face. She may not be evil. Who can tell?

    There is always more than one way to tell a story. I’ll let you create your own!

    It seems fitting we’re announcing new colors of Liquid Pearls today, as Lora uses Liquid Pearls all over her Fairy Tale Trio. I love how she decorated the chipboard frames, name plates, and filigree with dots and lines of Liquid Pearls. It beads up nicely and dries keeping its shape (like little round studs or half-pearls, in any size you’d like to make them). Plus, see the Giveaway below for a chance to wins lots of colors of Liquid Pearls!

    Here’s some more info from Lora, about the collage sheet images in the tins:

    I started out with three of the Blank Altoid Tins without the lids and used the Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Insert Set to create the outer frames around each tin. I painted the frames with pearlescent paints for richness and set them aside to apply after the background were in.

    The backgrounds inside the tins are as follows:

    Poison Apple is Forest Theatre Backdrops Collage Sheet

    The Queen is Parrish Castles Collage Sheet

    The Fairest is Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheet

    All the ladies are from the Fair Rosamund Collage Sheet

    See more photos & learn more in Lora’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Lora’s supply list!
     

     
    Hooray for the Fairy Tale Trio Giveaway!


    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Lora’s Fairy Tale Trio Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting 4 of the 15 spiffy items in the supply list/Giveway*:
    - A Blank Altoids Tin (well, of course!)
    Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set (I love how Lora decorated them with dots of Liquid Pearls)
    1 Inch Wide Wooden Finials (ditto on fancying them up with dots & lines of Liquid Pearls)
    - Liquid Pearls – Neutral Colors Set (Note: that’s FOUR colors, including the Gold one Lora used!)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Lora’s artwork, which is also all of the Giveaway items!

    *Yes, 16 items show in the supply list link… but one is the single bottle of Gold Liquid Pearls, and you’ll receive a whole set of 4 Neutral Colors including that color.

    To enter the Fairy Tale Trio 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, February 13, 2017)!

    AND tell me: How do you use Liquid Pearls? Or: what colors do you wish I could find? (in Liquid Pearls or Stickles or other paints)

    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 Shadowbox Giveaway? That would be chark! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    61 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 12th, 2017

    New 6×6 Shadowbox & FLASH Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Cinderella Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

    Wow! Not only a new 6×6 Shadowbox (with beautiful artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas) but a FLASH SALE, too!

    ALL Blank Books & Boxes: On Sale at 30% off! (So the new shadowbox is also on sale at 30% off!) Psst! That cute Mouse & Pumpkin Borders Set shown with the new shadowbox, at right, is also included in today’s Giveaway!

    The sale includes things like the ever-popular Small Paper Mache House (shown at left — and more highlights are shown below). The sale ends Friday night, February 10th at midnight PST! See ‘em all! Over 70 options!
     


    I love what Rhonda did with the new 6×6 Shadowbox! Filled with so many little treasures (in that row of cubbies, which can be used across the top, down the side, or across the bottom of your shadowbox). And all of those pretty pink posies! (And pink and black and silver chipboard silhouettes!)

    Here’s a preview from Rhonda’s Blog Post:

    There are so many wonderful items to choose from in this month’s Cinderella Kit. Decisions, decisions. Do I go with the pitiful Cinderella being pushed around, or the magical beauty taking on her destiny? How about both!

    And luckily I was using this 6×6 Shadowbox as my base which gave me lots of room for plenty of details and embellishments. And I’ve always been a huge fan of pink and black.

    I didn’t want all of my chipboard silhouettes to be the usual “black” so I decided to do some with a bit of color. I used a couple of shades of pink from Tim Holtz Distress Paint Line and for my black silhouettes I used more Distress Paints in Black Soot and Tarnished Brass. It gave a bit of dimension and character to my shapes.

    I always like dimension and one favorite “tool” from my creative kit is to use adhesive foam to make images stand out, and also some stand out further than others like the black silhouettes below.

    Vintage pocket watches are a great way to create a mini magical creative spot. I used an authentic one but Tim Holtz also has a wonderful faux version.

    I love the mix of Lilac Cream Variegated Tiny Paper Roses with other flowers, and a Tiny Metal Mouse peeking out (in the pocket watch). (And of course, the clock about to strike midnight!)

    Read more in Rhonda’s blog post and see everything she used to create her lovely artwork in her supply list!


    Hooray for the Cinderella Shadowbox Giveaway!

    Beside the basic structure:
    - 6×6 Shadowbox
    I’m also including this flurry of pink, silver & black items in the Giveaway package:
    - Cinderella Silhouettes Set Small (ok… they don’t arrive pink, but Rhonda’s artwork shows them painted pink in the close-up at left!)
    - Large Once Upon a Time Book Charm
    - Wild & Free Let’s Be Wild, Cosmic Love & Lights and Into The Wild Scrapbook Papers (used as background papers throughout Rhonda’s shadowbox… and that last one listed is also shown at right)
    - Midnight #1 Collage Sheet
    - 1 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
    - Fairy Godmother Wand
    - Thin Looped Pink Dresden Borders
    - Metal Shoes w Louis Heels.

    Oh, yes: The Mouse & Pumpkin Borders Set I promised! It looks so great painted black and silver.

    And peeking out behind that pumpkin border, you can just see a bit of Cinderella’s skirt as she is running from the ball, from the Cinderella Silhouettes Set Large (with a colorful frosting of Sweet Pea Flower Soft. (Yes, both of those are included in the Giveaway, too!)

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

     
    To enter the Cinderella Shadowbox Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, February 10, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make from your 6×6 Shadowbox?

    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 Cinderella Kit Plus Extras Giveaway? That would be Emily D! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 9th, 2017

    NEW Cinderella Kit, Coach Art & 2 Giveaways — and FREE Gift!

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Cinderella Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Newsletters

    What? A new kit AND a new FREE gift? Yes, it’s true!

    In honor of the all the new pink & floral papers being announced today for the Cinderella theme, I’m giving away a set of the new Distressed 6×6 Color Packs with all orders! The colors are grand (not too pastel and really pretty). Note: if you order one, that will be a second set coming your way! ALL ORDERS on Sunday, Monday AND Tuesday, February 5th through 7th (2017) will receive one of these paper sets FREE! More info


    Cinderella Kit (and Coaches, Shoes…)

    Wow! What a beautiful Cinderella Coach by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay!

    Caroline went to town decorating the new Cinderella Coach Album with ribbons, Dresden, paper flowers, resin cast from silicone molds… and gilded with the new Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Radiant Gold!

    And if you look down that large photo at right (to the two close-ups at the bottom) you’ll see a new bronze shoe (against the gilded casting from a silicone mold, and surrounded by pretty paper flowers, pearls and Dresden) and birds and a crown, also cast from resin — and pleated seam binding across the top of the coach. You can see photos and links to all the items in Caroline’s Supply List.

    AND if you go visit Caroline’s blog, you can enter a drawing to win that decorated album! (Plus some extra trims she is adding, too!) Be sure to come back here, as there’s another Giveaway (below) to win lots of the raw supplies to make your own version!

    The album Caroline used is a larger version of a miniature coach album that’s in the new Cinderella Kit (scroll down a bit to see a photo of the whole kit). This petite album (just 4″ wide) still has wheels that can turn and a door that can open, like its larger cousin.

    This kit also includes TWO collage sheets!

    Tiny Cinderella Booklets Collage SheetNew!
    There are 2 tiny accordion-fold books on this sheet. Plus 6 tiny postcards, and 3 characters from a Cinderella paper doll set. The books fold up to a finished size of 1-1/2″ wide x 1-3/4″ tall (a bit big for 1:12 scale, unless you think of them as coffee table books). Or buy the sheet as a digital file and print at half scale for a truly 1:12 scale book.

    Happily Ever After Collage Sheet
    Sweet, romantic images, including the happy lass peering out the window in Caroline’s album.

    The kit includes 3 full 12″ x 12″ sheets of scrapbook paper (one is the pink one that’s also included in the Distressed 6×6 Color Pack, but only sold as full sheets in the kit).


    I love the Serendipity Anticipation Scrapbook Paper (it’s extra heavy-weight, and has aged patterns on both sides that would be a good base for either coach).

    There’s also a sheet of Dark Red Victorian Floral Scrapbook Paper, with a mottled pattern that I can see used as thin strips like ribbon to edge or mat one of the other papers.

    Finally: 3 charms! For what’s the tale of Cinderella without a shoe (and a very pretty one this is), a wand, and a fairy tale book! (The smaller one in the photo below is the one in the kit.)

    More info and lots more photos are on the Cinderella Kit page. And tons of coordinating supplies are below and on the site (including a larger size of that cute Once Upon a Time Book Charm).
     

     

    Hooray for the Cinderella Kit Plus Extras Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 collage sheets (one used in Caroline’s artwork), a chipboard mini coach, 3 sheets of scrapbook papers and 3 charms!

    Next: a Silver Pumpkin Carriage Charm (back in stock… and so dang cute!)

    Then, one of the Distressed 6×6 Color Packs.

    Finally, these items from Caroline’s Cinderella Coach Supply List:
    - Cinderella Coach Album (yes, the full size album used in Caroline’s artwork!)
    - Always & Forever and Little Love Clippings Scrapbook Papers
    - Bronze High Heel Shoe Charms (so pretty how Caroline surrounded one of these with gold filigree on the side of her coach)
    - Small Pale Pink and White Mulberry Blossoms
    - Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls

    Just click this link to see all the items in Caroline’s Supply List.

    To enter the Cinderella Kit Plus 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, February 6, 2017)!

    AND tell me: How will you decorate your Cinderalla Coach? (Either size — there will be 2 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 Romantic Stationery Caddy Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Cynthia Penney! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    65 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 5th, 2017

    Romantic Stationery Caddy & New FREE Gift & Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Valentine's Day

    FREE GIFT! Note: In honor of Laura Carson’s lovely Romantic Stationery Caddy using this new Romantic Faux Postage Half Sheet (also designed by Laura), ALL ORDERS on Thursday, Friday AND Saturday, February 2nd through 4th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE! More info

    BONUS: check below in the Giveaway for a chance to win one of these new collage sheets AND lots of supplies from Laura’s artwork!

    FLASH SALE! What? A new sale, too?! There are some super cute new Ceramic Beads today, so the ENTIRE Ceramic Beads Section is On Sale at 40% off! Sale ends Saturday night, February 5th!
     

    Almost time for Valentine’s Day! Laura Carson has created a Romantic Stationery Caddy that would be a beautiful gift (for a loved one… or for yourself)! We announced these 3 sizes of House Shrines with Doors before the holidays, and I love how Laura pushed it forward to a Valentine theme (and a practical purpose). You can see 2 more projects using these shrines in the blog.


     


    Laura created 2 more collage sheets and a digital set with bubbly (!), romantic Rococo period images (ok… more like an Art Deco interpretation of Rococo, which just makes them more fun and witty). Included are couples, women, men, cupids and other complementary embellishments.

    Here’s a preview from Laura’s Blog Post:

    Every once in a while I like to make something that is both lovely and functional. When I saw this House Shrine with Doors kit, I thought it would make a great stationery caddy that you could keep for yourself or gift to a loved one or a special friend.

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I chose to go with a Rococo period romantic theme. The images I’ve used are from my NEW Amour Collage Sheets. There is also a NEW companion Digital Image Set which contains all of the images from the collage sheets and more. The beautiful papers that so perfectly complement the image’s color scheme are from the Amour 6 x 6 Paper Pad and some of the Amour Scrapbook Papers.

    I’ve filled the cabinet with custom paper, envelopes, handmade cards, gift tags, envelope seals, and faux postage stamps. You could also add real postage, address labels and a pretty pen.

    To expand the storage space, I added a bin to the back and pockets inside the doors. I used the bin to store the custom stationary and envelopes. The pockets inside the doors were perfect for storing gift tags.

    The seals are made using an image from the Amour #1 collage sheet. After cutting out the image, I ran it through my Xyron machine to turn it into a sticker. You could also use the hearts on the collage sheet to make additional seals.

    Read more on Laura’s blog post and see everything she used to create her lovely artwork in her supply list!



    Hooray for the Romantic Stationery Caddy Giveaway!

    Fun! This feels like shopping. Beside the obvious:
    - House Shrine with Doors
    I’m also including the Amour 6×6 Paper Pad with tons of bright patterns that are used all over the shrine.

    I love all the hardware Laura used on this storage cabinet… like the Chambrey Antique Drawer Pulls Set (yes, everything I’m mentioning in this intro IS in the Giveaway!)

    Hm… what should I pick next? The 2 New Amour Collage Sheets!

    Oh, of course: The Romantic Faux Postage Half Sheet I promised! (This is the collage sheet that’s FREE with all orders from now through Saturday! Plus lots of the little postage stamps in the drawer of the cabinet are from this sheet.)

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

    Bonus! I’m also including one of the Love Clippings 8×8 Collection Kits! Even more Valentiney papers you could use! Beautiful rose buds and vintage creamy/golden background patterns! Plus this is a big set: 24 double-sided cardstock sheets + 1 alphabet sticker sheet + 1 type & tab sticker sheet + 1 journaling card sheet.

     
    To enter the Romantic Stationery Caddy Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, February 3, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make from your House Shrine with Doors? A shadowbox shrine? A stationery caddy? Something else?

    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 Gothic Mirror Giveaway!? That would be Sylvia L! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, February 2nd, 2017

    2 Projects like Night and Day from Nichola Battilana!

    Filed under Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Nichola Battilana, Valentine's Day


    Oh, that Nichola! She is so versatile! From a dark Magic Mirror on the Wall to some fun & silly pins for Valentine’s Day, she’s got it all covered! Let’s dive into the first project, the beautiful mirror shown at left:

    Starting with the new Gothic Mirror With Drawer! Whether for a standing mirror in a dollhouse or a prop for a collaged scene, this can be decorated from Shabby Chic to dark and Gothic! (I’d say! I love how Nichola has transformed it, mainly via paint.)

    The drawer has 2 pre-drilled holes for knobs. The mirror can swivel. (The mirror can be used upside down from the orientation in the photos.)

    The finished size is approx. 6" tall x 3-7/8" wide x 1-3/4" deep. The oval in the center of the mirror is 2-1/4" wide x 3" tall.

    From Nichola’s blog post:

    You know the story, the Wicked Queen gazes into her magic mirror to ask “Who’s the fairest of them all?”

    The idea of a magic mirror isn’t made up. They have a long history with documented usage as far back as 3000 B.C., and are found in both Western and Eastern cultures.

    Mirror gazing is a method of ‘scrying’. It can be used for fortune telling, inspiration, spiritual guidance and prophecy. The viewer gazes into a reflective surface (like water, crystal balls, mirrors) and with focused meditation/trance interprets the visions or symbols that appear to them.

    While the mirrors appear dark, and there is some fear that surrounds them, it is worth noting that there is also a belief that they can be protective, reflecting/deflecting evil or negativity.

    Black volcanic glass called ‘obsidian’, is a traditional material used for scrying mirrors… but we can fudge our way around that. I simply cut a piece of Clear Plastic slightly larger than the frame opening. Make sure that the plastic is free from dust and coat ONE SIDE with black paint. You want complete coverage so you may need a second coat. Then glue into place with the UNPAINTED SIDE facing outwards. You should have a nice glossy surface for divination! Note: A piece of decorative paper on the back will protect the painted surface and look much neater.

    Good tips on making that mirror! See more photos in Nichola’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Nichola’s supply list!)
     

    Next up: these fab, quick-and-easy pins! They use the new Deco Punch Elements (see the photo of their raw state directly below). Nichola obviously had fun making lots of these pins. And check her blog post as she’s giving away a little collage sheet with images to use in center 1″ circle!
     

    Hooray for the Gothic Mirror Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Magic Mirror on the Wall Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting 4 of the 7 spiffy items in the supply list/Giveway:
    - New Gothic Mirror With Drawer (well, of course!)
    – Raw Brass Fancy Fleur de Lys (I spy 2 of them, above and below the mirror)
    Round Brass Knobs – Set of 6
    - Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls (a bit of paint and they’ve become metal studs)
     

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

    To enter the Gothic Mirror 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, January 30, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with your Gothic Mirror With Drawer?

    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 Pretty in Red Giveaway? That would be Arminta Miles! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 29th, 2017

    Pretty in Red, Valentine Paper, New FREE Gift & Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beads, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale

    What? A new FREE Gift Kit! It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day (and there are some spiffy new papers perfect for a romantic project with cream and red colors below) AND Design Team Member Laura Carson has a sparkly new project today with lots of glitter… so a Hearts & Flowers & Glitter FREE Gift Kit.

    This group all started with those iridescent heart beads (one in my hand in photo at left… and another in the lower right of the larger photo). The are so lively that I kept adding more and more colors to this mix as they pick up and reflect the colors so beautifully. So you’ll get a little packet of mixed beads, like the photo at right. AND a little bottle of glitter! (It’s one part of the recipe from the Winter Snow Glitter Mix… packaged in one of the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles). These mini kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, January 30, 2017!

    BONUS: check below in the Giveaway for info on a FLASH sale related to Laura’s artwork and the Giveaway!
     


    Wow! Just what we need on a cold, grey Winter’s day! I love this Pretty in Red Triptych by Laura Carson! (Yes, it is a triptych… see below in the Giveaway section for 2 more of the panels… and a chance to win EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list!!)

    Starting with a new collage sheet (also by Laura): Pretty in Red. Those festive vintage babes, some in (most in?) bright red will add a splash of color to lots of projects. (Psst… you may notice that some of these ladies were also used in last Sunday’s Winter Park project — a couple of them were sitting in the sleigh.)

    Here’s a preview from Laura’s Blog Post:

    The inspiration for this triptych were the lovely ladies dressed for winter, which you will find on my new Pretty in Red collage sheet — the red is a nod to Valentine’s.

    To complement the color scheme of their coats, I’ve used silver, grey, red and white, papers and embellishments.

    In addition to the winter ladies, the new collage sheet also contains coordinating flowers and leaves which I have used as embellishments.

    Just as with the previous Winter Park project, I added lots of icy sparkle using Twinklets Diamond Dust.

    Read more on Laura’s blog post and learn how she built up her layers on the triptych pieces!

     

    Hooray for the Pretty in Red Giveaway!

    Yes! I’m giving away EVERYTHING in Laura’s Pretty in Red Triptych supply list! From the triptych shrine to the paper to the trims… see photos of all of them in her supply list.

    FLASH SALE! Since Laura’s artwork includes so many snowflakes: ALL Christmas Charms are on sale for 40% off! The sale ends TOMORROW night, January 27th!

     
    To enter the Pretty in Red 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, January 27, 2017)!

    And tell me: What would you make from this group of snowflakes and brightly costumed ladies?

    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 Winter Park Giveaway!? That would be marge luttrell! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 26th, 2017

    Winter Park by Laura Carson!

    Filed under Art Deco, Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters

    What’s New Today? Image Sets by Laura Carson and Tiny Trims!

    Reminder: ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! The sale ends THIS Wednesday night, January 25th!
     


    It’s a beautiful day at Winter Park. The sunshine turns the park into a magical place as the sun bounces off the ice crusted trees and structures.

    Skaters are taking advantage of the break in wintry weather enjoying skating on the park’s frozen pond; some are more graceful than others. (Note: I love the reflections of the skaters in the “ice” — see the bottom of the large photo at left.)

    The fountain’s cascading sprays are frozen in place creating a beautiful ice sculpture and trees are dressed in glistening ice.

    To compliment this project, I created a new collage sheet, Ice Follies, and a new digital image set, Winter Park.

    A fancy horse drawn sleigh chauffeuring fashionable ladies passes by (see the wide image below). The sleigh was the inspiration for this project, which is one of the images on the new collage sheet. You’ll find out about these cuties (in the sleigh) in my next project.

    Looks like some have used the break in weather to shop. (Note: see the image in the Giveaway section below for one of the shoppers.)

    The overall dimension of this piece is 24″ x 16″. You might be thinking that it’s large but the good news is it made of multiple pieces that you can easily store separately. Because it’s modular, it also makes it easy to tackle as much or as little of the project as you like.

    In the video tutorial I’ll be covering:
    - How to assemble the pieces
    - Creating dimension with paper
    - How to suspend paper images
    - Making Icicles
    - Snow
    - Frozen pond with skaters
    - Building a fountain

     

    Hooray for the Winter Park Giveaway!

    I picked out bunches of supplies used in Laura’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - New Ice Follies Collage Sheet
    - Baby Its Cold Outside Collage Sheet (for those shoppers!)
    - 3D Chipboard Tree – 6 Inch
    - Cottage Base – 9x9x1
    - Creative Paperclay
    - Twinklets Diamond Dust – 3oz Jar (for icicles! and pretty much all over the place!)
    - 1/8 Inch Red Satin Ribbon (used as reins on the sleigh… plus it’s on sale!)
    - Lavabo Fish & Basin Wall Fountain Set (way in the background, covered in ice — also on sale!)

    Whew!

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

    To enter the Winter Park 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, January 23, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What will you make with all of the prize items? What inspires you most from Laura’s tutorial?

    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 Crafty Goblin Collage Sheet Giveaway? That would be Kathy Bumb! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    59 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 22nd, 2017