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    Circus Theatre by Lora Mahaffey & New Tim Holtz Halloween

    Filed under Cirque Paper Theatre Kit, Design Team, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters, Tim Holtz


    Continuing on with the July Theme and the July Kit: Cirque Paper Theatres is Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey’s witty little Circus Theatre!

    The clowns must be on strike: just look at that guy snoozing atop Samson the elephant! And the clown on the far left reading a newspaper! I love the extra punch of color Lora gave the accents, using the New and On Sale! Lipstick Red Copic Sketch Marker. (Since the Copic Markers are alcohol based, they can be layered over other printed papers to tint (or bump up the color) still allowing the original designs to show through.)

    I also love the smaller choice of shadowbox Lora used on this piece: Small Square Chipboard Shadowboxes. The little curtains from the Toy Paper Theatres and Tall Paper Theatre and Curtains Collage Sheets work really well on this 4″ wide shadowbox.

    Here is Lora’s Supply List, and you can see more pictures on her blog.

    Psst: with all the elephants in Lora’s artwork, today’s Giveaway has a Circus Elephant theme! (See below for photos and more details.)

    Halloween! Yes, more new goodies are arriving at a steady pace! It is definitely our favorite holiday (and the new Tim Holtz items, below, are great additions).

    Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Collage Sheet, and that offer is still on: a Cirque Picks Collage Sheet is FREE for all orders over $20! More info and a photo are below.
     


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    Winding Keys

    On Sale!
     


    Zombie Charms
    On Sale! AND see a big bunch o' Halloween Charms that are On Sale!
     


    Blank Altoids Tins

    On Sale!
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Cirque Theatre by Kristin Batsel   


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with an adorable Cirque Theatre by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!


    Altered Metal Frame - Birdhouse
    - New and On Sale!


    Cirque Picks FREE Collage Sheet

    Wheee! In honor of the adorable Cirque Theatre by Kristin (see left), here's my own version of the vintage clown pick that Kristin used at the top of her artwork! Through Monday, July 21st, we'll include a Collage Sheet printed on cardstock in all qualifying orders!

     

    Hooray! A Circus Elephants Giveaway!

    Just about everything in Lora’s Circus Theatre Supplies List is included in this Giveaway!

    And, between the collage sheets included in the Cirque Paper Theatre Kit (yes, a kit is in this Giveaway, too), the images Lora used, and the extras I gathered around the elephant theme, there are 14 collage sheets! Here’s a list of the elephant ones in the photo below:
    - Circus Books Collage Sheet
    - Elephants #1 Collage Sheet
    - Elephants #2 Collage Sheet
    - Elephants #3 Collage Sheet
    - Pink Elephants Collage Sheet

    Plus, FOUR items just put on Clearance Sale:
    - Tinsel Cording – Red
    - Circus Elephant Clear Stamp
    - Elephant Matchbook Rubber Stamp
    - Le Cirque: Circus Parade Scrapbook Paper
    - (Plus an Elsie The Elephant Button already on clearance)

    AND this adorable elephant card, just put 0n Sale at 50% off:
    - Elephant Chef Die-Cut Valentine Card
    (Note: the Dog with Ruff Die-Cut Valentine Card has just been put 0n Sale at 50% off, too.)

    To enter the Circus Elephants 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, July 21, 2014).

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Red Cirque Giveaway? That would be Jen Beksel! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

      
    97 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 20th, 2014

    Back in Stock… July 19, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Blank Altoids Tins On Sale!

    Owl Charms On Sale!

    Tim Holtz Metallic Borders

    Cling Mounting Foam On Sale!

    ATC Box Shrine Kit

    Mini Masonite Shrine – Circus On Sale!

    Small Paper Mache Book On Sale!

    Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Ivory On Sale!

    Dazzles Gold Swirls & Flourishes Stickers

    Metal Foil Tape Sheets On Sale!

    Tulle Netting – 6 Inch Wide – Black On Sale!

    3D Metal Stars On Sale!

    Winding Keys On Sale!

    Nutcracker Charms – Brass Oxide

    Ghost Charms On Sale!

    Jack O Lantern Charms On Sale!

    Gingerbread Man Charms – Brass Oxide

    Candy Cane Charms

    Zombie Charms On Sale!

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 19th, 2014

    Cirque Theatre by Kristin Batsel + a FREE Collage Sheet!

    Filed under Art Projects, Cirque Paper Theatre Kit, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters


    I love the Cirque Theatre by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! (As with all of Kristin’s artwork) she lavishes attention on the details!

    Details like draping the Miniature Star Garland to match the curves on the “Cirque” signage (from the Paper Theatre Cirque Collage Sheet); and antiquing the red Dresden borders to match the darker red in the papers from the Cirque Theatre Kit; and angling the small set of Metal Hands to fit a vintage clown pick.

    (See below for my own variation on that vintage clown-head pick Kristin has set atop her proscenium.)

    And look at that cute little clown in the close-up at left (ok… reading on the job, but still cute)! I love how Kristin artfully sanded/distressed the papers (over the New Small Wooden Theatre Base he’s sitting on) to give them an antique appearance. (The papers are from the July Kit.)

    Here’s Kristin’s Supply List. Treat yourself and visit Kristin’s blog to see more pictures. (Psst… be sure to come back ’cause those metal frames in the next section are to die for!)

    And how could I forget!? I’ve created my own version of the vintage clown pick Kristin used at the top of her theatre! I’ve gathered some little clowns (and provided them as reversed, mirror images, too — in case you want to make your picks double-sided or you need one to face left or right). See the photo for a couple I cut out (just glue or tape them to toothpicks and you’re ready to go)! I also included a couple sets of hands in case you want to pose hands, too. Did I mention this is a FREE collage sheet? Get more info here.

    AND, today, July 17th, is the final day of the Circus/Clowns Collage Sheets Sale (in honor of the Cirque Theatre Kit)! Today is also the final day of the half-price sale on these 3 clown rubber stamps:
    - Coin Bank Clown Rubber Stamp
    - Scary Clown Rubber Stamp
    - You Will Be Surprised Rubber Stamp
     

     

    Hooray! A Red Cirque Giveaway! (I love those red and gold colors!)

    In addition to these goodies from Kristin’s Cirque Theatre (that’s a link to the supply list for pics and links to all of these items):
    - July 2014 – Cirque Paper Theatre Kit
    - Small Wooden Theatre Base
    - Clowns At The Beach Collage Sheet
    - Gold Glitter Mini Star Picks
    - Miniature Star Garland
    - Metal Hands (hm… ya know, those would make fun decorated toothpicks, too…)
    - Half-Round Dresden Borders – Red
    - Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Red

    AND FOUR Clearance Sale items that I think would make fun decorated toothpicks:
    - Elsie The Elephant Buttons
    - Circus Tent Buttons (Just put On Sale!)
    - Flag Buttons (Just put On Sale!)
    - Sunflower Buttons (Just put On Sale!)

    I’ve added the new Cirque Picks FREE Collage Sheet!

    To enter the Red Cirque 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, July 18, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Three-Ring Circus Giveaway? That would be April Dudko! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    107 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 17th, 2014

    Two Circus Projects by Laura Carson (+ a Related Giveaway!)

    Filed under Art Projects, Cirque Paper Theatre Kit, Design Team, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps

    I’m handing off the beginning of this newsletter to Miz Bella, to introduce Design Team Member Laura Carson’s TWO amazing Circus Projects! Then stayed tuned, ’cause there are some beautiful new Tim Holtz stamps, dies, and embossing folders!

    Continuing on with the July Theme and the July Kit: Cirque Paper Theatres is Laura Carson and her cirqualicious creations!

    Even if clowns are a creep factor for you, I think you’ll want to bring in the clowns with the Sells Floto Circus. Laura used the Small Paper Theatre Boxes as the base for each of her three linked theatres. Those are the same size chipboard boxes that come in the July Kit.

    Personally, I can’t decide which theatre I like the best. There is the middle one with naughty Punch just waiting for the clowns from the Clowns #1 Collage Sheet to come up the ladder so he can bonk them on the head (such a sweet scene!) with my favorite clown from Clowns #2 Collage Sheet looking on. (See the close-up at bottom right of the photo at right.)

    Then there is the theatre with the circus performers riding and doing tricks on horse and zebra back! Notice the New and On Sale! Circus Acrobat Cut-Outs atop the two outer theatres? I love the all of the sparkly glitter on them as they swoop this way and that. I also like how Laura placed the center theatre on a 3 Inch Tall Candlestick Holder to give it some height (and to allow room for that red ladder… so cute and just made from 2 wooden skewers and toothpicks)!

    Laura used images from a zillion Circus Collage Sheets in her 3-ring circus, but lucky for you, ALL of them are in the Giveaway that Leslie pulled… see more info below (including the announcement of who won the last Giveaway… AND some circus rubber stamps included in the drawing AND just put on sale)!

    But wait, I am leaving the best for last… ready?

    LOOK at the Circus Carousel that Laura made using the New and On Sale! 3D Carousel Shrine Kit! Not only it quite fabulous with it’s fancy horses (that it comes with) but it also SPINS! (The spinning mechanism was added by Laura and is not included in the kit, but Laura explains it all on her blog post.)

    Laura used the papers from the Anthem 6×6 Paper Pad to start the festivities. She also used the Circus Tent Collage Sheet (or Tents Digital Image Set), the Tiny Circus Collage Sheet and embellished the 3D Carousel Shrine with the Wide Scalloped Dresden Border Set.

    Hey, that Tents Digital Image Set and BOTH of the circus collage sheets mentioned in the last paragraph are On Sale! Note: The ENTIRE Digital Images Section is On Sale! And this Thursday, July 17th, will be the final day of the Circus/Clowns Collage Sheets Sale (and that whole section is on sale in honor of the July Circus Kit)!

    Already thinking ahead, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of the 3D Carousel Shrine Kits — don’t you think it would make for a great spooky or haunted carousel theme?! You see, the Evil Queen hides new things like this from me if I am working on another project for her and many times I don’t see them until they’re ready to be presented to you. A magpie I am, going from one shiny object to another on any given day or time so I’m trying to stay focused here!

    Here are Laura’s Supply Lists: Sells Floto Circus and Circus Carousel, and you can see more pictures and details on how she created everything on her blog.

    Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Trick or Treat FREE Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $15! More info and a photo are below.
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: Cinderella, Tiny Books and Zombies?!   


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with some ridiculously cute Halloween Peg Dolls by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!


    Little Library Collage Sheet
    - New and Tiny Books to match!


    Trick or Treat FREE Gift Kit

    Three different scrapbook papers and a bit of sparkly sequins in orange, black, white, gold and purple (with bats, ghosts, stars & a jack-o-lantern).

     

    Hooray! A Three-Ring Circus Giveaway!

    EVERYTHING in Laura’s Sells Floto Circus Supplies List is included in this Giveaway! There are 16 collage sheets (!) so I took 3 photos to show them all (see below).

    Plus, these items beyond Laura’s project:
    - Circus Performers #1 Collage Sheet (wow… there’s one she didn’t use?)
    - 4 Inch Gold Doilies
    - Black & Gold Mini Cording
    - 4mm Fused Pearls – Gold (now On Sale! at 50% off!)
    - Four Masonite Horses (just like the ones in the Carousel Kit)

    AND these 3 clown rubber stamps, just put 0n Sale at 50% off (only through THIS Thursday, July 17th — the same ending date as the Circus/Clowns Collage Sheets Sale):
    - Coin Bank Clown Rubber Stamp
    - Scary Clown Rubber Stamp
    - You Will Be Surprised Rubber Stamp

    To enter the Three-Ring Circus 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, July 14, 2014). (Happy Bastille Day!)

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Skulls and Tiny Books Giveaway? That would be Linda Isbell! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

      
    121 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 13th, 2014

    Back in Stock… July 12, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Votive House Shrine Kit On Sale!

    Antique Copper Acorn Charms

    3mm Brass Flat-Back Rhinestone Studs

    Tim Holtz French Flight Die and Stamp Set On Sale!

    Oval Scalloped Filigree

    Fluted Drawer Handle

    Fancy Latch Set

    Fancy Rectangular Catch

    Small Rose Leaves

    White Pearl Mix in Tin

    Cameo Frames – Circles

      
    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 12th, 2014

    Cinderella, Tiny Books and Zombies?!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters

    Short — but very sweet! I’ll let Miz Bella introduce Kristin Batsel’s adorable Halloween Peg Dolls, then she’ll hand the newsletter back to me to cover her own Cinderella Theatre (and some tiny books by Nichola Battilana — a follow-up to her Potter-ish Trunks from last Thursday).

    Oooh that clever goil, Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Look how flippin’ cute these Halloween Peg Dolls are that she’s made for Halloween! Yes, I said Halloween. Because, as you know, around here at Alpha Stamps that’s our most favorite holiday and we get on it early!

    Kristin started by using old-fashioned Wooden Clothespins (on Wooden Doll Stands and capped off with Wooden Doll Heads) — and all of those items are New and On Sale!

    Now — for the arms! Those are easy peasy! Kristin says:

    “Their arms are pipe cleaners, wrapped in embroidery floss. The clothespins don’t come with holes in them to thread the pipe cleaners through. It’s possible someone could wrap the pipe cleaners around the body of the doll, but it looks better if you drill a hole and poke the arm through.”

    Once the doll was painted Kristin used some awfully cute embellishments for each doll! Some of my favorites are the Masquerade Mask Cut-Outs, the too-cute-for-words Miniature Jack-o-Lantern Pail, the Bat Wings Cut-Outs and the Resin Skull Beads. Oh, and the eensie-weensie Halloween Micro Buttons! How could I have forgotten those?

    Here’s a list of components that Kristin used if you’d like to sneak a peak. Treat yourself and visit Kristin’s blog to see more pictures and how Kristin decorated each doll. (Psst… scroll down to see the new FREE gift kit inspired by Kristin’s dolls!)


    Speaking of clever… Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) tucked one of the Small Paper Theatre Boxes inside of a Tim Holtz Diary Worn Book Cover for her Happily Ever After Paper Theatre!

    She also used one of the New and On Sale! Ever After Die-Cut Chipboard Frames on the front cover, and it perfectly frames sweet Cinderella (you’ll have to trust me on that one… or click on that die-cut chipboard frames link to see a photo, or visit Bella’s blog to see lots more photos and read about her project).

    Hey, you remember those charming Potter-ish Trunks in last Thursday’s newsletter by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana? Well, Nichola received a lot of requests for a collage sheet to make books in a similar style… and she has not disappointed! Not only has she included images for Potter-ish potion books, but also included titles for a library of Jane Austin and Grimms’ Fairy Tales!
     

     

    Hooray! A Skulls and Tiny Books Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Kristin's Halloween Peg Dolls (that's a link to the supply list for pics and links to all of these items):
    - Bakers Twine - Black
    - Miniature Jack-o-Lantern Pail
    - Plastic Skeletons
    - Resin Skull Beads
    - Ruffled Tulle - Orange
    - Thin Orange/Black Stitched Ribbon
    - Wooden Clothespins for Dolls
    - Wooden Doll Stand
    - Wooden Doll Head (whew!)

    AND FOUR of the new items from the Clearance Sale (that's 80% off!!):
    - Skull Beads - Horizontal Hole
    - Elf Rubber Stamp
    - Nursery Checkerboard Rubber Stamp
    - Dwarf with Box Rubber Stamp

    AND a new Trick or Treat FREE Gift Kit, I included some random items I thought fit in with the theme (or were new today and too cute to pass up):
    - Set of Miniature Books New and On Sale!
    - Little Library Collage Sheet New!
    - Black Tulle Fringe On Sale!
    - Vintage Tinsel Ribbon - Orange & Purple (Just put On Sale!)

    To enter the Skulls and Tiny Books 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, July 11, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Elegant Eggs & Halloween Giveaway? That would be Brenda Henderson! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    159 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 10th, 2014

    Elegant Eggs Inspired by Faberge by Laura Carson

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Swaps, Tutorials


    Oh, my. What a lovely creation by Design Team Member Laura Carson! (And a whole series of them… see a photo below). And, thankfully, Laura has provided a video tutorial that walks us through the entire process of making these hinged paper eggs (with many embellishments). Don’t be dismayed! When you see the video you’ll see the entire process, step by step, and you’ll feel confident to make your own hinged egg! (Or take that idea of hinging an egg with a “reveal” inside and applying it to an ATC or other small collage.)

    That tricky Laura: some of those embellishments on the red British Queen Egg, at far right, are not metal or Dresden (but images cut from her earlier Bejeweled Collage Sheet)! Laura explains how to add a bit of Glossy Accents to the “jewels” on the printed images to give them a bit of dimension and to catch the light like 3D jewels or rhinestones.

    Laura designed TWO new collage sheets (and a set of digital downloads) so you’ll have all the pieces need to reproduce her Elegant Eggs:
    - Elegant Eggs Collage Sheet
    - Elegant Eggs Set Download
    - Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheet

    (Psst… ALL 3 of those files AND the earlier Bejeweled Collage Sheet are On Sale! But those collage sheets are only on sale through Thursday, July 10th!)

    Here’s a bit from Laura’s introduction:
    About 5 years ago I was looking for different ways to add moving parts to ATCs. One of the ideas I came up with was to create an ATC that mimicked a Faberge Egg. The idea was to have an elegant front presentation that would open and reveal a treasure inside. In this tutorial I’ll cover how to make Faberge like eggs that open in various ways.

    Laura also made a (truly) 3D egg (using a Paper Mache 4 Inch Easter Egg as the base) and shows it being used as a fancy container/gift package for a perfume bottle (it’s shown at the back of the group photo at left and also at right). And it also uses one of the (gorgeous!) New and On Sale! 20mm Rhinestone Flat-Back Setting as a fancy decoration/button. Those settings (and the New 25mm Clear Cabochon with Faceted Edges) are perfect for creating brooches, too.

    Check out the Supply Lists (yes, that’s plural) before you head over to Laura’s blog for the full tutorial (and I’d grab a cup of coffee and plan for a relaxing few minutes)! Here are the separate lists for the supplies for each egg (moving clockwise in the group photo):
    - Red British Queen Egg
    - Blue Marie Antoinette Egg
    - Black & Gold Art Nouveau Egg
    - Regency “Hummingbird” Egg
    - Regency “Double Portrait” Egg
    - 3D Paper Mache Egg

    (Maybe that would make more sense in reverse… check out all the pretty eggs then pick out which one you’d like to buy supplies for.)

    Changing gears: Oooh! Artwork from the Red White & Blue Ginormous Tags Swap is in the Gallery! Read more about the tag at right (by Laurie Davis) in the blog.

    Hey, don’t forget to scroll down for today’s Giveaway! It includes elements from Laura’s British Queen Egg plus some related items (and some contrasting items just put On Clearance Sale)! (And the announcement of who won the last Giveaway!)

    Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Sea & Shore Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info and a photo are below.
     



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    Brass Feathery Scroll Filigree
    On Sale! And also in Today's Giveaway!
     


    Miniature Set of Reindeer
    On Sale!
     


    Media Mixage - Ephemera Papers One 6x6 Pad
    On Sale!
     


    Brass Oak Leaves
    (also in Laura's British Queen Egg)
     


     Thursday Newsletter Recap: An Eerie Tale & Potter-ish Trunks by Nichola!   


    Don't Forget Thursday's Newsletter
    with the New Little Potions Collage Sheet by Nichola Battilana!


    Tiny Round Bottles

    New and On Sale!


    Sea & Shore FREE Gift Kit

    Four different scrapbook papers, an Antique Pewter Starfish Charm, and... TWO of SIX brand new, exclusive Mini Beach Collage Sheets (a mix of old and new images... retouched to coordinate with the papers in this kit)!

     

    Hooray! A Elegant Eggs & Halloween Giveaway!

    Ok… this one is a study in contrasts. In addition to all those calm, cool elements at right (from Laura’s British Queen Egg — the one in her video), I also picked out some of the Halloween-themed items just added to the Clearance Sale (see the photo below at right).

    This Giveaway also includes more related items:
    - Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheet New and On Sale!
    - Brass Shell Scroll (used on Laura’s Paper Mache Egg)
    - Brass Feathery Scroll Filigree Back in Stock and On Sale!

    To enter the Elegant Eggs & Halloween 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, July 7, 2014).

    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 winners (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Sea Treasures Giveaway? That would be Holly M!

    AND, who won Teri Steele’s Fireworks Theatre? That would be Mary Toriello!

    Both of you, please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.
     

    117 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 6th, 2014

    Back in Stock… July 5, 2014

    Filed under Back in Stock

    Brass Feathery Scroll Filigree On Sale!

    Mini Pine & Berry Garland

    2 Inch Gold Star Ornaments

    Miniature Set of Reindeer On Sale!

    Camilla 6×6 Paper Pad On Sale!

    Brass Oak Leaves

    Media Mixage – Ephemera Papers One 6×6 Pad On Sale!

    Media Mixage – Ephemera Papers Two 6×6 Pad On Sale!

    Comments Off Posted by Leslie, July 5th, 2014

    Red, White and Blue Ginormous Tag Swap

    Filed under Bella's Corner, Featured Artwork, Swaps


    Design Team Member Miz Caroline Ouzts Hay hosts fabulous Swaps for Alpha Stamps over at the Yahoo Group. Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the Red, White and Blue Ginormous Tags have been posted in the Gallery!

    Using the must-have-for-just-about-anything-you-can-think-of Ginormous Manila Tags, the swap players used an assortment of Collage Sheet images keeping in with the patriotic-colored theme (and with the kit that was out when the swap was announced, those colors could be for French or American flags).

    My favorite tag is by Swap Player Miz Laurie Davis! I love the little pocket she created on the front of the tag that holds the single, simple image of a bathing beauty. Her tag speaks of and captures the Red, White and Blue theme perfectly, don’t you think? (Psst! That smaller tag at left is also by Laurie!)

    You can view the rest of the tags from the swap in the Gallery.

    Comments Off Posted by MizBella, July 5th, 2014

    An Eerie Tale & Potter-ish Trunks by Nichola

    Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Design Team, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters


    It is only the third of July and already we are off to a busy, busy start! Just look at these Paper Mache Treasure Chests that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has turned into something worthy of a trip to Hogwarts called Potter-ish Trunks.

    Of course since Nichola made it, you know that it must be filled with mini-magical treasures! I would expect nothing less than bewitching with each trunk covered in the New and On Sale! An Eerie Tale Collection by Graphic 45. This is a gorgeous, somewhat-muted palette of orange, purple, cream, green and black perfect to start thinking about our favorite holiday around here… HALLOWEEN!!! Where’s my witch crown and magic wand because it’s time to get going on Halloween! But first I’ll finish up talking about the junque in Nichola’s trunk…

    Anyways inside each trunk, amongst other things you’ll find Pumpkin Pods, a Small Ceramic Horned Owl Bead, a Key, Tiny Glass Bottles, New and On Sale! Tiny Round Bottles and the whole first year of required Hogwarts’ textbooks!

    Being the Magic Maven of Fairyland and all the Wee Fey that she is, Nichola has created this New! Little Potions Collage Sheet for Alpha Stamps. This comes with a SLEW of miniature potion labels, mystical scrolls and parchments that you can use with your own magic to fill your own Potter-ish Trunk. Just remember my darlings, It’s LeviOsa, not LevioSA…


    Check out the list of items that Nichola used before you magically appear over at the Pixie Hill Blog to check out more pictures of the Potter-ish Trunks.

    And scroll down for the details of today’s SECOND Giveaway ’cause a Paper Mache Treasure Chest, Pumpkin Pods, those new Tiny Round Bottles AND Nichola’s new collage sheet are included in the Giveaway! Plus there’s a list of some new items put on Clearance Sale!

    Moving on, we have another fabulous Paper Theatre: Marie Antoinette’s Palace by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! How clever is that? Rhonda stacked 6 of the Small Paper Theatre Boxes and created a whole palace of rooms for Marie!

    Rhonda took advantage of the digital versions of the collage sheets she used (to print out multiple copies of images and stack them up for lots of depth in her scenes).

    See more photos of Rhonda’s Marie Antoinette’s Palace on her blog.

    And don’t forget to wander back and see YET ANOTHER paper theatre, plus enter the drawings (yes, 2 prizes)!

    Ooh, what’s that? A new, FREE Sea & Shore Gift Kit? Four different scrapbook papers, an Antique Pewter Starfish Charm, and… TWO of SIX brand new, exclusive Mini Beach Collage Sheets (a mix of old and new images… retouched to coordinate with the papers in today’s kit)! I’ll randomly pick 2 of the 6 available mini collage sheets (but everyone will get the scrapbook papers and the charm)!
     




     Another (?!) Paper Theatre by Guest Designer Teri Steele!    

    An added surprise! There is another theatre by Teri Steele that will make you want to plan a 4th of July picnic with fireworks and hot-air balloons! Read more in the blog

    Hey, Teri has been very generous (again): See below for how to win Teri’s Fireworks for the Fourth of July Theatre!

     

    Hooray! A Sea Treasures Giveaway!

    In addition to these goodies from Nichola’s Potter-ish Trunks (that’s a link to the supply list):
    - Paper Mache Treasure Chest
    - Tiny Round Bottles
    - Pumpkin Pods
    - Little Potions Collage Sheet

    AND FOUR of the new items from the Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!!):
    - Fresh 6×6 Paper Pad
    - Admit One (Ticket) Rubber Stamp
    - Acrobats (S-shaped) Rubber Stamp
    - Punch with Tambourine Rubber Stamp (psst… appropriate to the current CIRCUS-themed kit, huh?)

    AND a new Sea & Shore FREE Gift Kit, I included some random items I thought fit in with the theme:
    - one of the Course Sand in Glass Bottles
    - a Squat Little Bottle
    - Tiny Test Tube with Cork
    - Small Amber Bottles with Corks (Just Put On Sale!)
    - The Sea Fiber Set (Lower Sale Price!)
    - Small White Picket Fence (kinda like the fence around Teri’s theatre)

    To enter BOTH the Sea Treasures Giveaway and Fireworks for the Fourth of July Theatre Giveaway drawings all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, July 4, 2014).

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

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

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

    Hey, who won the Sea & Cirque Giveaway? That would be Lana!

    AND, who won the Seashore Theater Giveaway? That would be Jill Ongley!

    Both of you, please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

    138 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 3rd, 2014