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    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

    New Collage Sheets and a Video Tutorial!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

    Reminder: Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are ON SALE

    ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! The sale ends Wednesday night, January 25th! Extra time in case you’re a bit late getting starting on Valentine’s Day projects!

    That includes the two shown at right: Bouguereau Cupid Collage Sheet and Victorian Sentiment Collage Sheet
    Go see ‘em allover 40 to choose from!
     


    You may remember the wonderful Captain Nemo’s Organ Room project that Guest Designer Jessica Armstrong created a few months ago? See those wee little books all tossed about by the chaos of that tentacle coming through the porthole? Well, Jessica is back with new a collection of collage sheets for making such tiny books — and has provided a video tutorial (she shares tips that make churning out books so easy)!

    And Jessica was so thoughtful to include a whole sheet of Brothers’ Grimm Book Covers, to coincide with our Snow White Kit this month!

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

    I’ve been a busy little bee working studiously away making teeny tiny 1″ little books! Lots of little covers to pick from, in various themes. And each one has a different thickness and is one inch high and can be made into an openable book.

    There’s also a more plain set of books, which I really love because you can sneak them easily into so many scenes! I’ve snuck some fancier ones in there, too, though.

    There’s 45 books per sheet, which gives you tons of books to work with.

    And now you can learn how to use book cover sheets to make your own miniature openable books with this little tutorial!

    Psst! There’s more than just (!) tiny books, too! See below for some tiny (and not so tiny) birds and bees… and some creepy labels to get a head start on Halloween!

     

    Hooray for the The Crafty Goblin Collage Sheet Giveaway!

    Yes! ALL NINE new collage sheets by Jessica! Not only covers to make tiny books, but birds, bees, labels…

    Bonus: a couple more tiny book covers:
    - Victorian Tiny Little Books Collage Sheet (From Christmas standards like A Christmas Carol to classics like Little Red Riding Hood and particularly Victorian titles like Edward Lear's A Book of Nonsense.)
    - Little Library Collage Sheet (Adorably tiny book covers. Sized for the Set of Miniature Books but will also fit tiny tomes approx 7/8″ to 1″ tall. These covers include a little extra width on the front and back covers (to fold under as a book flap or to trim off). Also: includes titles for a library of Jane Austin, Potter-ish potions, or Grimms’ Fairy Tales.)

    AND some tiny props from the Valentine’s Sale:
    - Tiny Little Valentines Collage Sheet (kitschy ’50s valentines, shopping bags, candy boxes… AND includes parts to make heart-shaped candy boxes, too!)

     
    To enter The Crafty Goblin Collage Sheet 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 20, 2017)!

    And tell me: Out of that flurry of collage sheets, which would you use first? Do you have a project in mind already?

    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 Mirror Cracked Giveaway? That would be Jennie Ingram! (And I love her comment: “Oooh, I’d love to do something like a Lady of Shalott theme!”) Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    63 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 19th, 2017

    From Grimm to Valentine’s Day — and TWO New Sales!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Betsy Skagen, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Valentine's Day

    What’s New Today? Metal Minis and Valentine’s Day!

    We aren’t terribly pink and frilly over here, but there are some new things that work beautifully for Valentine’s Day (and also for projects year round): like… A new Valentine Packages Collage Sheet by Betsy Skagen that she used in an adorable Sorting Valentines at the Postal Station project (using a Millinery Cabinet for the sorting table). Check out her blog post for more info.

    AND… there are lots of new cast metal miniatures today, and an idea for painting one pink is shown below (it may be hard to see but there are 2 tiny overlapping hearts on the front of that box). Easy peasy to spray paint them before decorating! More info below on all the new minis and: I just put that entire section on sale at 25% off! The cast metal minis sale ends Monday night, January 16th.


     

    Another New Sale: Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets

    ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! The sale ends Wednesday night, January 25th! Extra time in case you’re a bit late getting starting on Valentine’s Day projects!

    Hey, that includes the new Valentine Packages Collage Sheet! Plus those cute Valentines on Betsy’s sorting table (photo above) are from the Tiny Little Valentines Collage Sheet — part of the sale! Go see ‘em allover 40 to choose from!
     


    The Mirror Cracked… Or Something Like That

    Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has made a dark (yet fun) project about the Evil Queen’s Mirror (using a few bits and bobs from the Snow White Kit… see the Giveaway below for a more complete list of supplies AND and chance to win them). Check the Giveaway, too, as there’s another pretty picture of the inside of the tin.

    As Bella says in her blog post:

    The Evil Queen is getting along in years, and with it brings her paranoia that she’s losing her looks. Constantly nagging the Mirror day after day to tell her who is the fairest in the land really started to grate on the Mirror’s last nerve.

    It was just too much, and to buy itself some peace, the mirror told the old bat that it was Snow White, and then burst itself into a million different pieces to get some long deserved relief.

    I love all the dark, brooding colors (offset by the mica flakes). A little alcohol ink goes a long way and gives the Round Frame with Dragons a mysterious (and definitely not simple chipboard) appearance. And the red apples mixed into the bouquet are a nice “poison apple” touch. See below for more details on supplies and/or check out Bella’s blog for more photos.
     

     

    Hooray for The Mirror Cracked Giveaway!

    Yay! ALL of these items from Bella’s Supply List:
    - Evil Queens Collage Sheet
    - Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet
    - Blank Altoids Tin
    - Round Frame with Dragons
    - Altoids Dragons Insert
    - Red Apples – 1:12 Scale
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
    - Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
    - Alcohol Inks – Pitch Black

    To enter The Mirror Cracked 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 16, 2017)! And tell me: What will you make with all of the prize items? A similar dark and moody tin like Bella’s?

    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 Trims for Fierce Snow White Giveaway? That would be Elizabeth H! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    37 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 15th, 2017

    Ornament from Filigree to Molds to Windows… and a FLASH SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Snow White Kit

    What’s New Today? Ornament!

    That’s historical ornament (squirelly, scallopy, doodly, busy ornament!) Check below for new silicone molds, new double layer windows, and new metal filigree! More info below.


     

    FLASH SALE! ALL Metal Filigree is On Sale at 40% off!

    That includes 3 new metal filigree pieces being announced today (each is very pretty… and bargain priced even before the sale)! Like the Raw Brass Fancy Fleur de Lys shown at left.

    AND that NEW Crowned Crest Filigree – Gold at right is also included in today’s Giveaway! The sale ends Saturday night, January 14th at midnight PST! See ‘em all! Over 70 options!
     


    That clever (and busy) Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has made TWO projects for today, both with this month’s Snow White theme! (And both made with a Blank Altoids Tin.)

    One is at right (Snow White, the Warrior (!)), and scroll down to see another in a wide photo (The Evil Witch Outside).

    Rhonda used the Round Frame with Dragons over an Altoids Tin for the main structure of Snow White, the Warrior (with an image in the center from the Evil Queens Collage Sheet — hey, all’s fair in art: you can make the evil queen be Snow White if you want to)!

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

    Did you know that Snow White was actually a bad ass warrior? True, we all love the traditional story of her gentle ways and her little dwarf friends, but let’s really think about this. Why did the Evil Queen envy her so much? It wasn’t just because she was the “fairest of them all”.

    Yes, she had a natural beauty that all noticed, and was dearly loved by the seven dwarfs and all her woodland friends, but she was also extremely strong both mentally and physically. So she was a huge threat to the Evil Queen.

    You can see it in her eyes and stance. Don’t mess with Snow White!

    I wouldn’t mess with her! I’d like to highlight some pretty details: the little snowflakes at the bottom of that photo at right (a slice of a polymer cane and newish tiny silver snowflakes).

    And check out the Giveaway below for a chance to win goodies she used in both projects!

    Moving on to the second project shown below: The Evil Witch Outside. I love how this turned out, with the glittery finish Rhonda gave to the new Ornate Double Layer Window!

    Read more (and see lots more photos) in Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List for both projects.


     

     

    Hooray for the Pretty Trims for Fierce Snow White Giveaway!

    I picked out these supplies used in Rhonda’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Double Layer Window – Ornate
    - Round Frame with Dragons
    - Evil Queens Collage Sheet
    - Blank Altoids Tins
    - Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
    - Polymer Clay Cane – 10mm Lacy Snowflakes
    - 5mm Thin Silver Snowflakes
    - Light Blue Birds – Set of 2
    - Tiny Paper Roses – Pink Cream Variegated

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

    Bonus: one of the new Gold Crowned Crest Filigree! (As mentioned above… and one of the filigree items on 40% off sale!)

     
    To enter the Pretty Trims for Fierce Snow White 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 13, 2017)!

    And tell me: What will you make with these prize items? Any inspiration from Rhonda’s two projects?

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Grimm’s Fairy Tarot Giveaway? That would be Susan B! (And I love her comment: “Anything Tarot tends to draw me in. I’ve been musing about using characters from Agatha Christie novels for a Tarot. Poirot might be The Magician. Miss Marple as The High Priestess…”) Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 12th, 2017

    Grimm’s Fairy Tarot, New Miniatures and New SALE!

    Filed under Giveaways, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Newsletters, Snow White Kit, Tutorials

    New Sale: Doll Part Charms (Fans, Crowns, Wings, Hands, Wands — including the new Bronze Hand Mirror Charm!)

    ALL Doll Part Charms are on sale for 50% off! The sale ends this Wednesday night, January 11th!

    Did I say Wands? Yes, that section includes that sweet wand shown at right, too! Might be the perfect thing for you to use in your own version of a…
     


    Grimm’s Fairy Tarot?!

    This is such a great idea! Design Team Member Laura Carson made fairy tale tarot cards and a pretty tin to houses them (made from an Altoids Tin). Beside that lovely cover at left, scroll down to see some of the cards (and a photo of the back cover down in the Giveaway).

    As Laura says in her blog post:

    I was racking my brain trying to think of some kind of interesting twist on the Snow White Kit theme and the idea of fate popped into my mind. I decided to expand the theme beyond Snow White by including other Grimm fairy tales which in turn led to the idea of making Tarot cards.

    For me the best part of the project was choosing the images for each card (there were so many to choose from). My favorites are Red Riding Hood as The Fool, Puss in Boots as the Knight of Swords and Sleeping Beauty pricking her finger as the Wheel of Fortune.

    Hm… I think Rapunzel as The Hermit is a witty choice, too.

    And don’t you fret about making your own set, Laura is giving away the collage sheet with the labels for the entire deck (although she only made 15 cards, as that number would fit in an Altoids Tin). AND she has a good suggestion/link to a past tutorial on hinging 2 tins together to make room for more cards.


    Laura is also giving away the little snippet of text she designed (“TAROT”) to coordinate with the words “GRIMM’S” and “FAIRY” from the Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheet so you can recreate her cover title.

    I love that dark red and gold border around the covers, too (also from the Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheet). And the scallopy chipboard frame (and label holders) are from the Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set.

    If you’re wondering about that rich golden frame with the round center opening (at right, on the inside cover of the tin), Laura used the Altoids Dragons Insert, colored with Victorian Gold Metal Patinas (from the Treasured Heirloom Set). She also used that gold to cover the tin before adhering images, so that any gaps would be golden, instead of shiny tin.

    So… ready to start thinking up your own Grimm’s Fairy Tarot? Before you begin, head over to Laura’s blog to read more tips. And don’t forget the Giveaway below, where you can win tons of the supplies Laura used!
     

     

    Hooray for the Grimm’s Fairy Tarot Giveaway!

    Let’s start off this prize package with the Snow White Kit! That includes 2 collage sheets (including Poison Apple, that Laura used for her Temperance card), a set of chipboard inserts (that scallopy one Laura used), an Altoids Tin, scrapbook papers and pearls!

    Next, all of these items from Laura’s Grimm’s Fairy Tarot Supply List:
    - Altoids Dragons Insert
    - Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set (I KNOW… a whole ‘nuther set of chipboard frames! But did you notice that Laura mixed-and-matched the label holders and chipboard inserts… plus you’ll need a second set for your back cover)
    - Grimm Covers #1 Collage Sheet (includes the book cover used on the back of Laura’s tin, shown at left)
    - Fairy Tale Book Covers Collage Sheet
    - Fairy-Godmother Collage Sheet
    - Grimm Covers #3 Collage Sheet
    - Meeting the Wolf Collage Sheet
    - Sleeping Beauty #1 Collage Sheet

    Just click this link to see all the items in Laura’s Supply List (including photos and links to the ones in the Giveaway).

    To enter the Grimm’s Fairy Tarot 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 9, 2017)! And tell me: What images would you use for your tarot cards? (WHICH of the Grimm stories? Please give me at least one idea.)

    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 Dwarfs’ Cottage Giveaway? That would be Connie L! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    66 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 8th, 2017

    An Altered Tin, New Architectural Molds & Shingles!

    Filed under Giveaways, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper, Snow White Kit, Tutorials

    What’s New Today? Silicone Molds!

    I love these new molds (and a large set of clear stamps)! A good size to make some fancy/vintage trompe l’oeil trims around your house (or on an altered book cover or spine). More info below.


     


    Eek! Isn’t this the cutest little cottage you’ve ever seen? And made from an Altoids Tin! AND Shannon has provided a tutorial for that roof!

    The Dwarfs’ Cottage Altered Tin by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper is just perfect: all tucked into the small size of an Altoids Tin, it has a scene inside (behind one of the new insert frames), a little image behind a window at top to make you think there’re an attic, hand-made stones (complete with moss and tiny flowers), faux wood trim, and a shingled roof.

    “I fell in love with the scalloped insert frames from earlier this year, erm… last year, and was excited to see the new Fairy Tale Frames Inserts for Altoid Tins.

    “I used an image from the Snow White with the Dwarves Collage Sheet and the blank tin from the January Kit to construct the Dwarfs’ wee cottage, which has to be a much more pleasant place than a prince’s boring old castle. Plus, tiny houses are the way to go.

    “The entire cottage is made from just three things: the tin, cardboard, and Creative Paperclay. The stones and wood beams are sculpted from the paper clay and the roof pieces and tiles are cut from cardboard. Super easy!”

    Back to “What’s New Today?”: Shingles! Not the hand-made shingles in Shannon’s fab art, but pretty close (plus a response to requests for more styles of the smaller chipboard shingles). More info below.

    And check out the Giveaway below for preview pics of Shannon’s tutorial (and a chance to win almost everything she used)!

    Read more (and see lots more photos and that tutorial) in Shannon’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.

     

    Hooray for the Dwarfs’ Cottage Giveaway!

    I picked out some supplies used in Shannon’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
    - Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set
    - Decorative Windows Set 1:24
    - Blank Altoids Tin
    - Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet
    - Snow White with the Dwarves Collage Sheet
    - 8×8 Heavy Chipboard
    - Creative Paperclay
    - Leafy Green Underbrush
    - AND one of the (back in stock) Tim Holtz Paper Distresser Tools!

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

     
    To enter the Dwarfs’ Cottage 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 6, 2017)!

    And tell me: Will you try your hand at making a little cottage? With Paperclay stones or wood trim? Or a custom roof with shingles? (All explained in Shannon’s blog.)

    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 Snow White Kit Plus Giveaway? That would be Lou Anne! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

      
    70 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 5th, 2017

    NEW Grimm Collage Sheets, Snow White Kit and SALE

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Kristin Batsel, Sale, Snow White Kit

    What’s New Today? New Kit, Brothers’ Grimm Collage Sheets SALE and Mirror Frames for that Evil Queen!

    Happy New Year! New year, new theme! In honor of the new Snow White Kit, ALL Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales Collage Sheets are on sale for 30% off (including the new collage sheets)! That’s over 40 options! Sale ends this Tuesday night, January 3rd! Plus there is new art by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!


    Snow White Kit

    The new year just seems like a good time for a fairy tale. We had so much fun with the Little Red Riding Hood Kit a couple years ago that another Brothers’ Grimm story seemed like a good option…

    The January kit is Snow White. (Actually, a lot of the new chipboard items being announced this month are more about The Evil Queen (and her mirror — “Mirror, mirror, on the wall…”) than Snow herself…)

    I designed a new set of Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts (a big set, each with 2 options for layered label holders). ONE of the frames (plus its 2 matching label holders) from the new set is in this kit. You can stack up both of the label holders or just use one over the insert (and maybe use the other on the outside of the Altoids Tin cover).

    PLUS a Blank Altoids Tin to use with that chipboard insert!

    This kit also includes TWO new collage sheets!

    Poison Apple Collage Sheet
    More than just the poisoned apple here: also images of the pretty laced bodice that the Evil Queen tried to kill Snow White with before almost succeeding with the apple (the illustrators may have had a bit of confusion over the years, as some images show ribbons or belts instead of a laced bodice… maybe they were trying to show fashions that were in favor at the time they illustrated the story).

    Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet
    Lots of options: Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood (most of those in German, too) and more generic phrases like “Fairy Tales”, “Enchantment” and “Once Upon a Time.” Plus some by request, specific to Snow White: “Poison Apple” and “Bitch, please!”

    Speaking of text options for the labels: I love that altered tale that Kristin Batsel made (at right)! From Kristin’s blog:

    Snow White had it hard: a wicked stepmother who was so totally consumed with being the fairest of them all that she was willing to do anything to make that happen, including poison apples. Who wants to deal with that?

    Here’s an altered Altoids tin I decorated to celebrate Snow White refusing that bad apple. I used an old image (Snow White with blonde hair!) and a fairy tale insert frame to highlight the scene. Silver tinsel, silver glitter, snowflake sequins and Diamond Dust help to make this look like a frosty scene. Can’t you just imagine Snow White’s refusal: “Bitch, Please!” She is definitely not interested.

    AND the kit includes 1 sheet each of all 12 designs from the Winter Wishes 6×6 Paper Pad (A pretty winter/snowflake themed set… yet with enough woodgrain, pine cones and black to work with the darker themes in the Snow White tale.)

    And there’s even a set of Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls in the kit, but I’m running out of space! More info and lots more photos are on the Snow White Kit page.
     

     

    Hooray for the Snow White Kit Plus Giveaway!

    Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 collage sheets, a set of chipboard inserts, an Altoids tin, scrapbook papers and pearls!

    Next: Red Apples (don’t you need a poison apple?)

    Then, these items from Kristin’s Snow White’s Refusal Supply List:
    - 7mm Round Red Cabochons (that Kristin used as an apple)
    - Evil Queens Collage Sheet (Kristin made a clever change by changing the chalice of poison to an apple)
    - Giant Snowflakes – Silver
    - Mini Snowflake Sequin Mix
    - Twig Vine Garland

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

    To enter the Snow White Kit Plus 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 2, 2017)! And tell me: What image would you put in that fairy tale frame in your Altoids tin?

    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 Naughty or Nice Giveaway? (I know… seems ages ago!) That would be Cheryl Lee! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, January 1st, 2017

    Day 5: Bezels, Pendants & Cabochons!

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2016, Collage Sheets, Newsletters, Sale

     Day 1:
     Scrapbook Paper and
     Miscellaneous Paper

     Day 2:
     Functional Wood &
     Metal Things

     Day 3:
     Fairies

     Day 4:
     Sewing & Cooking

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

    Before I tell you all about today’s Bezels, Pendants & Cabochons theme, a quick catch-up on what was added to the sale yesterday:
    - The Vintage Sewing & Cooking Collage Sheets section is On Sale at 40% off! (44 options, from crazy ’50s housewives to Victorian tea parties.)
    - And the Kitchen & Sewing Miniatures section is On Sale at 20-50% off! (This is a big group — over 90 items, including 3 new ones! — and has all kinds of useful little props, like glasses, teapots & tiny jars.)
    More info in the blog.

    This is the final day of new items being added to the sale. A few things have already sold out but I’m leaving this week’s sale up through TOMORROW night (New Year’s Eve).
     

    Back to today’s theme: Bezels, Pendants & Cabochons!

    - Pendant Bezels & Settings – Cast Pewter On Sale at 40% off! This also includes the NEW settings and cabs shown at right!

    - Pendants & Settings – Plated or Raw Brass On Sale at 40% off!

    - Cabochons On Sale at 40% off!

    - Pendants/Ornaments Collage Sheets On Sale at 40% off! (So you have some images sized to fit all those items above!)

    Plus, check the Sale Section for lots of new charms (and other items) just put on Clearance Sale!

    Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Saturday, December 31st. Only $2.95! Plus our normal offer of FREE shipping on orders over $100 still continues, too! More info
     

     
    More info on the Holiday Closure & After-Christmas SALE PLUS half price shipping through 12/31/16!

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/3/17) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away overview page.

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

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, December 30th, 2016

    Day 4: Sewing & Cooking SALE

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2016, Collage Sheets, Miniatures, Sale

     Day 1:
     Scrapbook Paper and
     Miscellaneous Paper

     Day 2:
     Functional Wood &
     Metal Things

     Day 3:
     Fairies

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

    And today’s theme is Sewing & Cooking! EVERYTHING in these TWO sections is on sale:

    - The Vintage Sewing & Cooking Collage Sheets section is On Sale at 40% off! (44 options, from crazy ’50s housewives to Victorian tea parties. See below for a few highlights.)

    - And the Kitchen & Sewing Miniatures section is On Sale at 20-50% off! (This is a big group — over 90 items, including 3 new ones! — and has all kinds of useful little props, like glasses, teapots & tiny jars. A few highlights are below, too.)

    Note: some items in those sections are on sale for 50% off as they are also in the Clearance Sale section!

    NEW: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Saturday, December 31st. Only $2.95! Plus our normal offer of FREE shipping on orders over $100 still continues, too! More info
     

     
    More info on the Holiday Closure & After-Christmas SALE PLUS half price shipping through 12/31/16!

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/3/17) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away overview page.

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

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, December 29th, 2016

    While the Cat’s Away Day 3: FAIRIES!

    Filed under Cat's Away... 2016, Collage Sheets, Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

     Day 1:
     Scrapbook Paper and
     Miscellaneous Paper

     Day 2:
     Functional Wood &
     Metal Things

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

    Before I tell you all about today’s FAIRY theme, a quick catch-up on what was added to the sale yesterday:

    TWO sections (Wood Knobs, Feet & Spools (& Wheels…) and Functional Metal.) On Sale at 25-40% off!. Tons of things from wooden knobs and feet to metal hinges to miniature handles. More info in the blog.

    A few things have already sold out but I’m leaving this week’s sale up through Saturday night (New Year’s Eve).
     

    Back to today’s theme: FAIRIES! It was one of those “well, I can’t leave out the stamps… or the charms…” and it just ballooned to FOUR sections!

    - Fairy Garden Charms On Sale at 40% off!

    - Fairies Collage Sheets On Sale at 40% off!

    - Fairy Garden Miniatures On Sale at 25% off!

    - Fairy Folk (Elves, Dwarves, Brownies, too) Rubber Stamps On Sale at 50% off!

    Note: some items in all of those sections are on sale for 50 to 80% off as they are also in the Clearance Sale section!

    NEW: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Saturday, December 31st. Only $2.95! Plus our normal offer of FREE shipping on orders over $100 still continues, too! More info
     

     
    More info on the Holiday Closure & After-Christmas SALE PLUS half price shipping through 12/31/16!

    And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/3/17) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away overview page.

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

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, December 28th, 2016