Filed under Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Christmas, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Jeanne Draachreider, Lora Mahaffey, Swaps, Teri Calia
What a colorful, artwork-packed newsletter in store today! I’m going to hand this off to Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), to introduce two lovely projects using the November kit, then I’ll take back the reins to announce our Annual Christmas Ornament Swap (yay!) including some artwork by Miz Bella herself! To get you ready for the swap, all the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale! Though there’s no room for a recap of Thursday’s newsletter, don’t forget the FREE Winter Games Ephemera Kit is still available. AND there’s a Giveaway today, too, with some new Christmas goodies used in the swap samples!
Lora’s 3 lovely, Cigar Box Beauties Plaques are inspired by the gorgeous women who graced old-time cigar boxes. Lora used some scrap wood cut into ATC-sized blocks. They’re about 1/2 an inch thick, but you could also use a couple of the Masonite ATCs glued together with the ribbon sandwiched between them, or use an ATB Wood Block and make them stand alone pieces.
Don’t you think that the trim from the Back in Stock Gold Ric Rac Dresden Border Trim Set looks like it could have come off of a real cigar box or cigar band? Lora used White Adhesive Foam on Roll on the back of the beauties to make them stand out a bit, glued ribbon on the sides of the plaques and added some pretty Paper Roses to dress up the ends of the ribbon and add some extra ornament. I think that they’d look fabulous hanging off of a Christmas tree (yes! I said the C word and not “holiday”), off of a door handle for just an extra special decor touch, or even off of a drawer knob.
Jeanne has created a mahhvelous Trinket Chest with a full, step-by-step tutorial so that you can make your very own. Love, love, love how Jeanne used the Tiny Cigar Boxes as “drawers” and set them off center from one another. Jeanne said:
“Let’s get a little non-traditional with this trinket chest, shall we? As many of you know Laura Carson already makes the most beautiful Matchbox Chest and Writing Desk tutorials, and who can follow that act? I knew I wanted to build a chest, but how could I make it different than the traditional stacked drawers? Well, what if I made it a-symmetrical? Offset the boxes with and drawers in a non-traditional stack. AND… what if I then stair-stepped to recede back as they went up? Well, that’s what I did. It really wasn’t any more challenging than the traditional stacking boxes or drawers… well, almost. I sketched it out on graph paper first to be sure it could be done so now you have the benefit of a visual guide to go help you with your own build.”
The chest is covered and adorned with paper from the Cigar Box Secrets 6×6 Pad, extras from the Cigar Box Sweeties Add On Kit, images from the Cigar Box Secrets Ephemera Set and luscious Gold Leaf. Take a look at the top of the box, how cute are those Darjeeling Paper Flowers – Printed Kraft with the 1 Inch Pink and Brown Bird nestled on top of them? Sweet! Speaking of sweet, Jeanne also used New and On Sale! Viva Decor Inka Gold – Gold on the Trinket Chest and guess what? Alpha Stamps is carrying it now!
We're hosting a Home for the Holidays Swap! It’s time for our annual Christmas ornaments swap!
The Home for the Holidays Swap requires that you create 3 festive houses using our New, Exclusive and On Sale! Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows and at least one image from any Alpha Stamps Collage Sheet or Rubber Stamp.
This swap will be 3 for 3: create 3 houses and receive 3 in return, each from a different artist! Please do not send in more than ONE set (aka: maximum of three houses).
Artwork should be postmarked no later than December 10th.
For more information (or to sign up), visit the Yahoo Group.
Merry House, at right, is by our swap hostess Caroline Ouzts-Hay (and more info about everything Caroline used to create her colorful sample is on the Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows page). And the samples below (in that long, horizontal row) are by Miz Bella.
And a bit more about the new chipboard: though not exactly desireable in a swap (because they might get damaged in transit) but fabulous as tiny shadowboxes or 3D ornaments: the new chipboard is designed to fit two of the small paper mache boxes we already carry: Small Paper Mache House and Tiny Paper Mache Boxes (and both the box and the lid can be used, so you could get 2 shadowbox ornaments from one box).
And look at that wonderful Christmas Cat Ornament by Teri Calia at left! Teri makes good use of (just!) the lid of a Tiny Paper Mache Box to make an ornament with a bit of depth. See a list of Teri’s Supplies then scoot over to her blog for more photos!
(Just a few of the) NEW Christmas Goodies - ALL On Sale! View all New Items
Hooray for the Christmas Swap Giveaway!
Wow… where to begin? It’s nice to have such an array of choices; let’s start with these items from Teri’s Cat Ornaments:
- Meowy Christmas Collage Sheet (scroll down to see all 5 collage sheets in the Giveaway)
- Small Paper Mache House
- Tiny Paper Mache Box Set (actually just one stray box)
And, of course, a set of the New and On Sale! Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows.
Next, I added all of these goodies from Caroline’s Houses:
- Christmas Reflections Scrapbook Paper – Christmas Games
- Christmas Reflections Scrapbook Paper – Joy to the World
- Square Santas Collage Sheet
- Snug in their Beds Collage Sheet
- Gold Wreath Dresden
- Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet
- Holiday Disguises Collage Sheet
Then, I added all of these supplies from Miz Bella’s Houses:
- Flat-Back Gold Star Studs – 12mm
- Holly Berry Garland
- Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Red
- 1/8 Inch Red Railroad Stripe Ribbon
- Bronze Deer Charm
- Antique Silver Lacy Snowflakes
- Tinsel (Silver and Red)
Finally, I added these items (and the top 3 are newly added to the Clearance Sale):
- Gnome on Rabbit Rubber Stamp
- Old King Cole Rubber Stamp
- Cocoa Seam Binding (psst… the Medium Pink Seam Binding is not in the Giveaway but has also just been put on clearance)
- Candy Cane Red Christmas Ribbon Set New and On Sale!
- Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Paper – Sugar New and On Sale!
To enter the Christmas Swap Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, November 10, 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 Warm & Cozy Giveaway? That would be Tabitha Klucking! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.