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    Secret Garden Altoids Tin by Kristin Batsel!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Sale, Secret Garden Kit, Tutorials

    Cute artwork!

    Cute new goodies!

    Cute new sale!

    And ya know what? It’s all about spring gardens!

    Starting with new artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel
    … it’s way beyond “cute” — it’s a beautiful, sophisticated (cute) Secret Garden Altoids Tin!

    We’ve had so much going on this month, I feel like this month’s Secret Garden Kit kinda got buried: but not today! Here’s some of the intro from Kristin’s post:

    We’re still sheltering at home and only going out for essentials; my great escape is working in my yard. Consequently, my yard is probably looking better than it has in years. Which leads me to my next project: A secret garden within an Altoids tin. For this project I used the new Oriental Garden 8×8 Paper Pad, plus some other fun supplies from Alpha Stamps. I am in love with this paper!

    At the outside, only a door. Welcome to the garden.

    I mounted the welcome sign and the stones around the door onto thin cardboard to give them a little depth. The door itself is attached to the surface of the tin. These papers mix and match so beautifully. I’m such a fan of turquoise and red.

    When opened, you can see the beautiful garden scene. It’s spring, so buds are beginning to open and the leaves are starting to appear on the trees. The paper on the lid (left) was actually a cream color; I used a combination of Copic Markers, ink, and a white colored pencil to match the background color of the paper on the right. The butterflies wings were folded and only the bodies are glued down, which makes them 3D.

    The Gothic Tree Insert fits just under the lip of the tin, so the tree and fence make a beautiful frame around the scene.

    I am jumping ahead (and this is covered in Kristin’s tutorial on her blog post) but: isn’t that tiny wrought iron fence fantastic? (See close-up at right.) I love the dimensional look Kristin added with a white colored pencil.

    Beautiful work, Kristin! Here’s Kristin’s supply list. And… there’s another photo in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the new goodies & new sale between here and there!)

    What else is new today?

    Beside that pretty new paper pad, there are tons of little birds (and a teeny tiny birdhouse), and garden tools… and a wishing well. More than the 6 shown below, so click here to see them all. And as there’s a Fairy Garden FLASH SALE, some of the new items are also on sale!

    NEW Flash Sale: Gnomes & Fairies!

    30% off on EVERYTHING in this BIG collection! 180 items (including some of the new items shown above)! (The Mini Silver Rake Charm and the 3D Wishing Well Charm are the new things also in the sale group.)

    Note: Anything tagged clearance or clearance charm or rubber stamp in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, May 22nd at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance charms or general clearance or rubber stamps in the sale (50% off)!

    Secret Garden Altoids Tin Giveaway!

    Ohhh… Ahhh! The back of Kristin’s tin is beautiful, too!

    I can’t decide… all the choices are so pretty. So: EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the ELEVEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    - New Oriental Garden 8×8 Paper Pad
    Secret Garden Kit (yes, the tin and 2 of the collage sheets listed separately in the supply list are already in this kit)
    Mini Rose Buds – Ivory (as you might imagine, getting international packages is pretty much impossible these days, so I’m subbing this color)

    Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

    To enter the Secret Garden Altoids Tin 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 Night, May 22, 2020).

    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 donít 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).

    Oh! The 3D Halloween Mini Card Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Laurie S! Please check your email for more information.

    Posted by Leslie, May 21st, 2020

    54 Responses to “Secret Garden Altoids Tin by Kristin Batsel!”

    1. Diana Kitsmiller Says:

      You never fail to impress me with new projects and kits. I enjoy working with tins (not great at it but I find them enjoyable), and who doesn’t love the Secret Garden!

    2. Kat Cashwell Says:

      I love the secret garden tin and the oriental paper!!

    3. Denise H. Says:

      Just looking at this brought a wave of serenity. Beautiful.

    4. Ann F. Says:

      I recently purchases several tins and this blog has really given me some great ideas on how to decorate them. So pretty!! Love the doors!

    5. Traci Says:

      Gorgeous papers and beautiful tin-

    6. Nancy E Says:

      These are just so pretty!

    7. LeAnn Aagard Says:


    8. jo Says:

      This is so pretty – gives me so many ideas for other projects, too!

    9. Dorris Cochran Says:

      This is so charming!

    10. jackie Says:

      so pretty

    11. Dolores Martz Says:

      The tin is beautiful and truly inspires the imagination. The story of “The Secret Garden” was my favorite book as a child so this kit will always bring back a happy memory.

    12. Chris K. Says:

      Lovely work, Kristin.

    13. Pauline Martini Says:

      I love all the tin kits. So pretty.

    14. Rhonda Says:

      Now anyone can have secret garden! I think they just released another version of the movie The Secret Garden.

    15. Marlene Vodola Says:

      So pretty, I think my Mom will love this.

    16. Denise Bryant Says:

      Love this pretty project!

    17. Kathy S. Says:

      The Garden Paper Pad —excellent choice.

    18. Justine Says:

      This secret garden is lovely. I pulls one in to look deeper.

    19. Carol Feiner Says:

      I love making things with tins!

    20. Nancy AT Says:

      Egan’s but I love miniature worlds!

    21. Janet Says:

      The Secret Garden was my favorite book when I was little and still a favorite theme for projects. I love this!

    22. Kimberly Says:

      I have a secret garden. It’s so overgrown no one knows where it is. Including me! 😛

    23. Sue O Says:

      It says so much in a tiny space.

    24. Lorrene Baum-Davis Says:

      Lovely work.

    25. Bobbie S Says:

      Oh my, this Altoid Tin might just be the one that gets me going on making tins, She is absolutely lovely!

    26. Kathy Toews Says:

      What an adorable little pocket of cuteness!

    27. Judy Adamcyk Says:

      wonderful secret garden!

    28. rosalie lunger Says:

      Oh now that is so sweet..

    29. Jen Says:

      Oh, that paper!! I love this

    30. Laural Says:

      Fantastic and beautiful idea, thanks Kristen

    31. Jean Marmo Says:

      Love those tiny birdhouses!! Another darling project!

    32. Kim R Says:

      Love this cute tin, plus all the new miniatures!

    33. Karen Mallory Says:

      I love altered tins!! So cute!

    34. Barbara Griggs Says:

      I’ve always meant to do a Secret Garden miniature. This kit might just get me to DO it! Lovely!

    35. Arminta Says:

      Love Stamperia paper and this is a beautiful addition to the secret garden.

    36. orianna A Says:

      I would love to send this treasure to my elderly pen pal.

    37. francine perri Says:

      I love stamperia and I love making altoid tins

    38. Donna Kottcamp Says:

      Our school auction theme was A Secret Garden this year. We didn’t get to use the decorations we made since it had to go virtual, but I just love the theme of this project.

    39. Susan ML Says:

      This is so something I would love to make! Altered tins and secret gardens are a perfect mix! Love the back as much as the front, Kristin!

    40. Kim Lucak Says:

      Oooh! Secret Garden, one of my favorite books and I enjoy gardening :) Sweeeet!

    41. Debi Wind Says:

      Beautiful tin. After viewing you post, seeing how wonderful the tin turned out, and it has such a great theme. It has spark my creative juices to create a tin to. Thanks for sharing!

    42. Dorothy Peterson Says:

      I’ve been playing in my own secret garden, but would like to make something as fun as this one.

    43. Gail S. Says:

      Would love to spend some time in that secret garden !

    44. Randi Davis Says:

      Very cute!

    45. KIM Says:

      What a great idea for an altered tin

    46. lynn legge Says:

      i love this tiny work of art…so pretty and delicate. who doesent love the idea of a secret garden place we can dream in.

    47. Donna Weinstein Says:

      Such a delicate, sweet piece. Would love to share this with others!

    48. Deb Revier Says:

      Love altered tins and love gardens. Two for the price of one!!

    49. Dee Neff Says:

      Really lovely. I’d love to make this for my daughter.

    50. Bridget Haig Says:

      What a darling little giveaway, I have been gifted a huge box of Altoid tins, now another idea what to do with them . thanks

    51. Jaimi B Says:

      Super giveaway! I am in love with that oriental paper collection!

    52. Veronica Risko Says:

      Can’t decide between “Garden” or “Halloween”. Might have to do both!

    53. Helen Says:

      What a beautiful Secret Garden! I love it. The new Oriental paper is gorgeous!

    54. Heather Says:

      I love the colors in this piece! I’d never think to mix teal and red but it looks so good!