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    While the Cat’s Away Day 1: Crowns & Fairies

    Filed under Art Projects, Cat's Away... 2017, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Winter Crowns Kit

    I hope you stayed warm and dry on Christmas and had lots of yummy food with loved ones (and it was peaceful). And in case Santa didn’t bring you your heart’s desire (or if you’re just looking for a good deal in prep for 2018 projects)… It’s the first day of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways!

    And to kick off this sale: Half Price Shipping on ALL orders (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday night, January 1st! Only $2.95! Plus FREE shipping on orders over $50! More info

    We have a bonus today: not only a FLASH sale and a Giveaway: but also artwork by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    I love this Gilded Crown! (See the wide photos below.) It’s so shiny and fancy yet sophisticated. And that paper cone medallion round the star on the center front is a great addition for dimension (and Shannon has a included a tutorial on how to make that medallion).

    Gold and glitter and pearls, oh my! All sorts of lux elements from Alpha Stamps went into making an ornate crown fit for a queen. It started with the Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem or Crown as the top portion, and is attached to heavyweight cardstock that is painted with metallic paint and then glittered. I added layer after layer of trims, like the gorgeous Large Zig Zag Gold Dresden Edging and Fancy Scalloped Gold Dresden Borders. The Large Zig Zag Dresden Edging has circular indentations that are perfect for adding Liquid Pearls; no need to worry about wonky dots! The Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem has circles along its edge too, so guess what? More Liquid Pearls!

    Read more in Shannon’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below, as you could win tons of her supplies!


    Back to today’s sale theme is… we have TWO! (I don’t know why but Shannon’s crown made me think of fairies… like it would be a fancy crown for Titania in A Midsummer’s Night Dream… ok, a really over-the-top, less-woodland-fairies-and-more-glitz production!)

    - ALL Fairies Collage Sheets are On Sale! (That’s a BIG group – over 30 choices! See below for highlights of a few I’ve picked out to be included in today’s Giveaway!)

    - AND ALL scrapbook paper is on sale at ! (And that includes some NEW papers, too!)
      - ALL Christmas Paper Section (pads and single sheets).
      - ALL Scrapbook Paper: Single Sheets . Over 100 items!
      - ALL Scrapbook Paper Sets.

    Note: I’m including one sheet each of the three NEW (fairy themed) 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers in today’s Giveaway! Those colors should be swell with the 4 collage sheets in the Giveaway. More info below.

    Speaking of Giveaways, we have the winner to announce from December 17th’s Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe Giveaway. (Do you remember that adorable project by Nichola?) The winner is Lorna E!

    Check your email for info about your prize package!

     Highlights of the Scrapbook Paper  Including some NEW Fairy-Themed Papers!

    Fairy Dust Magic Wishes Scrapbook Paper
    Fairy Dust Magic Wishes Scrapbook Paper New!

    Fairy Dust Tiny Toadstools Scrapbook Paper
    Fairy Dust Tiny Toadstools Scrapbook Paper New!

    Fairy Dust 8x8 Paper Pad
    Fairy Dust 8x8 Paper Pad New!

    Charmed Fairies 6x6 Paper Pad
    Charmed Fairies 6x6 Paper Pad New!

    Charmed Fairies Dance Scrapbook Paper
    Charmed Fairies Dance Scrapbook Paper New!

    Romantique 12x12 Paper Pack

    Soiree Striped Charm Scrapbook Paper

    Dark Hallow - All Hallow's Eve Scrapbook Paper

    Hooray! A Crowns & Fairies Giveaway! Beside ALL four of the collage sheets in that highlight row above and one each of the new (fairy themed) 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers:
    - Charmed Fairies Dance Scrapbook Paper
    - Fairy Dust Magic Wishes Scrapbook Paper
    - Fairy Dust Tiny Toadstools Scrapbook Paper
    I’ve also included these items from Shannon’s crown supply list:
    - Winter Crowns Kit (Oh! That’s a whole bunch of items right there! See the preview photo at right)
    - Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem or Crown
    - Large Zig Zag Gold Dresden Edging (the fancy border running around the base — and shown below)
    - Pear-Shaped Pearl Stick PinsGold and White
    - 2 Inch Gold Star Ornament (front and center on the crown)

    Reminder: Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways will work: I’ve gathered items around a theme and put together a Giveaway Kit that will be awarded to one lucky person.

    To enter the Crowns & Fairies Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (December 26, 2017) by midnight (PST).

    After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see what’s on offer for Day 2 of the Sales & Giveaways!

    More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules.

    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 1/2/18) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 10! 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!

    Posted by Leslie, December 26th, 2017

    63 Responses to “While the Cat’s Away Day 1: Crowns & Fairies”

    1. Debbie S. Says:

      I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Love the crowns! I don’t see any posts yet I hope I’m on the right blog post. Congrats to Lorna. I’m excited about the week of fun sales. I have a few questions. I’m hoping the overview page answers them. PS Hope you are feeling better. Thanks, Debbie S.

    2. Debbie S. Says:

      Hi it is Debbie S. I didn’t find the answers on the overview page is there some way I can email you? Thanks.

    3. Nadine Says:

      Thank You for more wonderful ideas and prizes!

    4. Sheila AR Says:

      What a great day after Christmas treat…lovely crowns and fairies! The new papers are magical.

    5. Nancy E Says:

      Love crowns and fairies, what a perfect pairing. So many lovely things to create with!

    6. Emily Dale Says:

      Ooooo… GOLD!

    7. Jen R Says:

      While that cat is away, I love this time of year! Happy Holidays everyone! Oh yea, hope I win!

    8. Carolyn Says:

      Wow time really flies – it hard to believe it has been 10 years!
      Merry Christmas Leslie and thank you for all the years of wonderful giveaways and beautiful inspiration.

    9. Jacqualine Says:

      Love the crowns! Would look great on the outside of a keepsake box I’m working on.

    10. Kim R Says:

      Just wanted to wish you a…….OH Look! sparkly things!!! (Squirrel !)

    11. Nancy Wethington Says:

      OMG the crown! Love the giveaway too ;) Happy new year.

    12. LeAnn Says:

      Love the crown. Thanks for the many giveaways.

    13. KIM Says:

      Love the crown giveaway.
      Thanks Alpha Stamps.
      Good luck everyone.

    14. Rhonda Sihocky Says:

      I love the crown. So pretty.

    15. Winnie Says:

      Oh this looks fun! I look forward to this week every year!

    16. Ann F. Says:

      I love anything shiny! This looks like it would make for some really fun projects!!

    17. Kathlene Ford-Walters Says:

      The crown truly is awesome. Love the paper wreath behind the star. Such a smart look.

    18. Anne Says:

      Simply delightful

    19. Kim Huffman Says:

      Happy Holidays, thanks for the chance! My daughter and I are interested in crowns, have not had any experience with them!

    20. Suzanne Sears Says:

      What a delightful offering. I need a new crown. Mine has tarnished over the years Happy New Years All …..

    21. Teddee Grace Says:

      This crown is just lovely. I’m really wanting to try it!

    22. Dana Sue Desmond Says:

      These crowns are beautiful. I love them.

    23. Barb A Says:

      Fantastic new papers, love them! The crown is awesome…..great for New Year’s Eve.

    24. Lana Says:

      This Dresden foil makes me weak in the knees. I can think of 100 ideas. I want to decorate old cigar boxes and make them into fancy Victorian dollhouses. They would be perfect!

    25. Nancy O Says:

      Thank you for keeping the spirit of giving going into the new year.

    26. Laural Says:

      I could wear this for Mother’s Day!!!

    27. Jackie P Neal Says:


    28. Jennifer J Says:

      What a gorgeous crown! I ordered a package after Thanksgiving and we got it before Christmas. My sister and I squealed at all the minature goodness. Thank you!

    29. Shannan Says:

      Merry Christmas from Baraboo, Wisconsin. Love your products and ideas

    30. Paula R Says:

      Fairies and Crowns…sounds like a good theme for my New Year!

    31. Bonnie H. Says:

      Oh my more crowns and they are wonderful! My worktable is waiting for more crowns to be made and the fairies and Santos dolls will love them. Thank you for offering the give aways.

    32. Margaret D Says:

      Merry Christmas! I am so glad you are still doing crowns! Fairies are always a plus. Yay! For a fun giveaway!

    33. robin dudley howes Says:

      I love crowns and these are gorgeous creations!

    34. Jean marmo Says:

      Live the crowns. Such fabulous details.

    35. Collette Vincent Says:

      I’m so happy I found your site! Love all of the possibilities!!

    36. Kathi Rerek Says:

      Beautiful crowns.

      I hope your Christmas was magical!

      Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

    37. Evelyn Says:

      Please, oh please – I want a crown!!!!!

    38. Linda Blakesley Says:

      I have always loved Christmas and Dresden trims and scraps. They seem to go together so well. Thank you for this new idea for their use.

    39. Sally McNeal Says:

      So excited about your giveaways. It will be a fun week for all. Crowns are gorgeous.

    40. Ginette Says:

      I know a young lady who’ll declare herself the queen of the household.

    41. Kathy Hou Says:

      Looks amazing! I love this store!!

    42. Karen Mallory Says:

      Love the fairy giveaway! So magical!

    43. Bernadette Ho Says:

      These elegant pieces are inspiring to go further into the realm of fairies. Beautiful!

    44. Catherine Hanson Says:

      Love the fairy theme!

    45. Francine perri Says:

      I love crowns and fairies I hope to win thanks for the chance

    46. Bonnie Says:

      Love crowns and fairy and all sorts of whimsical stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    47. Kat Cashwell Says:

      Love it when the cat is away !!!! Lucky us !!!! 😸😸😸

    48. Kee Ostler Says:

      Merry Christmas! What a brilliant crown… Thank you for the chance to win :)

    49. Judy Goodwin Says:

      Crowns AND fairies. What a great giveaway. Thank you.

    50. Nancy Peterson Says:

      The new fairy papers are so pretty. Nice giveaway! 😻😻😻

    51. Kathy Sokol Says:

      Yes, please! I love the crown kit!

    52. marge luttrell Says:

      lots of Dresden…my fav!!!!

    53. Gloria B. Says:

      Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

    54. DianeD Says:

      Love my Dresden! Would make Marie Antoinette’s dressing room using all the beautiful gold.
      Also a fairy getaway.

    55. Lisa C Says:

      I’m so excited over the sales and giveaways and all the new craft projects we’ll all be making in the new year! Thank You!!

    56. Daphne Says:

      Love the crown, especially the focal point stars! Thanks for the inspiration.

    57. Sue Pierson Says:

      I love anything that to do with fantasy. What a cool give away!

    58. Janet Turner Says:

      Wow! This is a great giveaway. I have bought several of your fairy collage sheets and I love your excellent selection.

    59. Barb macaskill Says:

      Oh my! What little girl (or little girl in a big girl’s body) doesn’t dream of wearing a crown? I would love a chance to get my hands on this Crowns and Faeries prize package! I could create so many beautiful things with the Collage sheets and making a crown would be a true labor.of love! I have a vision of a crown that I have wanted to make for years and just haven’t had the funds to get the goodies to make it! Between little bits that I have been buying over the years and this kit, I am pretty sure that I would be able to make a crown that is very much like the one in my head!
      2018 is going to be the year that I treat myself as a queen 👸 and am going to put myself first instead of everyone else! I think every female should do this the year they will turn half a century old! Fingers crossed 🤞!

    60. Rena Says:

      The fairies are so sweet! And what little girl wouldn’t love that crown!

    61. michele s Says:

      hooray! i love the cat’s away week at alpha stamps! thanks for more chances to play. i hope you had a lovely christmas and a happy new year. xo

    62. Verna S Says:

      I’m so happy to see crowns! Everyone needs to be queen once in a while. Thanks for the lovely give away and the great sales.

    63. Laura Says:

      Beautiful crown! The perfect pearls add a wonderful detail.