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    Day of the Dead Shrines & Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey

    There are 5 beautiful new charms today with a Day of the Dead theme (actually big enough to be pendants), and they inspired me to put together a big group of related Sugar Skull items for a new sale! Three of the new charms are directly below… 2 more are shown down in the sale section. (Yes, these new items are in the new sale, too!)

    I also picked out TWO Day of the Dead Shrine projects from the talanted ladies on the Design Team: each using a different structure as the base. AND I’ve put the supplies for BOTH of them in a new collection with all the goodies I just mentioned — and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!

     
    A Sugar Skull House for Halloween by Lora Mahaffey

    Wow! I love this project! (And be still my heart: we’re getting closer to Halloween!) From those backlit eyes to the skull itself (and how it just fits in the house)… it makes me happy!

    Here’s a bit from Lora’s blog post:

    I know it’s only July, but I am all about Halloween lately, and most everybody knows how much I love doing houses, so here is a Sugar Skull in a house.

    With bats.

    And some scary tree bits.

    And with glowing eyes.

    I started out with the Mini House Room Box – 4×4 Open. I took away the attic floor to make room for the Sugar Skull #1.

    Good tip!

    I laid the skull on top of the large center piece and marked where I wanted to drill holes for my glowing eyes. [Note: see below for a photo of this step… and another good tip!]

    Beside the few photos shown here, visit Lora’s blog post for lots of tips & more photos (including adding wires to the chipboard bats so they can fly)!

    Here’s a link to the supply list. Note that Lora mixed up branches from both sizes of Creepy Trees (and remember all those items are on sale — see the bottom of this post for more info)

     
    Five Matchbox Shrines by Kristin Batsel

    Wow! ALL 5 shrines by Kristin Batsel are so beautiful and colorful! They all use the Matchbox Shrine Facade Set and 2 of them use the Loteria Matchbox Shrines Collage Sheet created for those facades.

    Here’s an intro from Kristin herself:

    I love the bright colors of Mexican folk art, and I love making little shrines, so these little matchbox shrine facades make me so happy. For the past week or two, I have been busy making shrines. All the bright colors! The fronts are chipboard, while the little niches are (actual) matchboxes. (I have so many extra matches now!)

    The first shrine I did was all about Cosmopolitan martinis [see the bright pink one in the wide photo below] so I painted the exterior a bright pink with a red border. It’s embellished with polymer clay limes and pink leaves, and the niche features a miniature Cosmo (a tutorial for making the tiny Cosmo can be found on that page). The small metal Madonna is painted in Cosmo colors, and she’s offering up a slice of lime! This shrine will be the perfect addition to the Cosmo shelf in my kitchen.

    Circling back to the large image above: this image of the Madonna is just so beautiful. It was the first thing I chose for this shrine. I then picked the paint colors to coordinate with the image. Gold Dresden trim works perfectly with this heavenly theme.

    Great job, Kristin! Read more (and see more photos — and tips/info on each of the 5 shrines) in Kristin’s blog post and here’s her Supply List. NOTE: that’s the supply list for everything in all 5 shrines; If you want to narrow down by shrine:
    Cosmo Time Shrine
    Madonna Shrine
    Bleeding Heart Shrine
    Don’t Mess With The Devil Shrine
    I See Corona Virus Shrine


     

     

     
    NEW Sale: Day of the Dead Shrines

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the TWO projects above! PLUS I added in TONS of extras: from all FIVE of the new metal pendants/charms to more collage sheets, more charms, and rubber stamps with a Day of the Dead theme! (Ha! As Kristin made that kitshy cosmo shrine, there’s even a retro housewives collage sheet in the mix, too!) Over 50 items!

    Use coupon SUGAR-SKULL when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, July 31st at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlight quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 6 more are shown below — including a couple more new things! See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon SUGAR-SKULL when checking out!

      
    Comments Off on Day of the Dead Shrines & Sale! Posted by Leslie, July 29th, 2021

    It’s time to build a haunted house!

    Filed under Art Projects, Halloween, Haunted House Kit, Kristin Batsel, Nichola Battilana, Shannon Cooper

    I’m just thinking that it’s drawing near to that time of year… if you’re going to make a Halloween project that will take some planning or extra time to execute…

    So today I’m picked out THREE Haunted House projects from the talanted ladies on the Design Team: each using a different structure as the base. AND I’ve put the supplies for ALL three of them in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those suppiles! PLUS I added in ALL Single Sheets of Halloween Scrapbook Paper! More info on the sale is below (and remember that all of the supplies mentioned ‘tween here and there are included in the sale)!
     

    Ghoul Manor by Shannon Cooper

    Let’s start with this wonderfully creative haunted house by Shannon! See the lower right of the group of photos below: She just added a few strips of heavy cardstock (and some scalloped shingles) to create extra roof and dormer spaces on the Small Haunted House Shadowbox.

    “One of my favorite books as a kid was It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky. It is a collection of short Halloween poems that I read until it nearly fell apart. It went with me when I moved out and was eventually read countless times to all of my kids. The pages are yellowed and the cover is frightful, but we still pull it out every October to read at least eight times before Halloween. In the book there is a poem about a group of ghouls having a party in a haunted house. So, when I learned of the haunted house shadowbox from Alpha Stamps, I knew how it was to be decorated.”

    More info is in Shannon’s blog post and/or see the supply list (and remember all those items are on sale — see the bottom of this post for more info).
     
     


    Next up: A TWO Haunted Houses by Nichola Battilana!

    Both houses are made with shapes from the Haunted House Black Chipboard Set. And both seem haunted by little imps whispering dark words. (It’s a bit hard to read at that size, but the house in the bottom left says: Then slowly, slowly in a queer scary voice, “What’s your trouble?”)

    Nichola also added extra trims to look like windows and towers, but this time they’re images from the More Old Windows Collage Sheet (and/or you could use the images from the related Old Windows & Doors Set Download).

    The Black Dresden along the building tops as a widow’s walk is inspired! And the tiny cobweb over the Chipboard Gates are perfect for this creepy set of houses.

    More info is in the original blog post and/or see the supply list.
     
     

    Finally: a Halloween Tunnel Book by Kristin Batsel! Kristin made a traditionally-bound book using the 6×6 Arch Tunnel Book (and the Wrought Iron Window Grate, which was designed to fit in one of the book’s arches).

    From Kristin’s blog post:

    “When it’s closed (left side of wide photo below), you can see through all the layers to the back of the book. I added lots of fun Halloween things, from a jack o’lantern, an articulated skeleton, a curious rat, and a skull and crossbones. There’s even a ferocious lion door knocker! Once I had it all assembled, it looked like it needed more color, so I added an orange bunting. It’s so easy to make: just glue little triangles to a piece of thread, and hang.”

    Here’s Kristin’s supply list (yep… on sale, too… see below for info on the discount code).

     
    NEW Sale: Haunted Houses

    This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from the THREE projects above! PLUS I added in ALL Single Sheets of Halloween Scrapbook Paper!

    Use coupon HAUNTED when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, July 27th at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlight quite a few of the sale items above with each project, but 3 more are shown below. See the entire sale collection here! And remember to use the coupon HAUNTED when checking out!

      
    Comments Off on It’s time to build a haunted house! Posted by Leslie, July 25th, 2021

    Chasing the White Rabbit by Shannon Cooper! New Alice Paper!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    Such a cute (tiny) Alice in Wonderland shrine today by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! Plus a bonus: even smaller than the papers in Shannon’s project is the new Alice 6×6 Paper Pad shown at right: the same selection of TEN double-sided designs but in a new smaller size!
     

    Chasing the White Rabbit

    How sweet is this?! From the rabbit’s little 3D house in the center to tiny doors with Alice on both sides in the deep “doors”.

    You can see the size of the cabinet from the photo at left, showing just the center section (it’s just 3-1/2″ tall).

    I’ll borrow some text from Shannon’s blog post to explain more:

    I love little things. I also love Alice in Wonderland. But what I really love is little Alice things!

    The Half Scale Theatre Cabinet w Facade – Deep is a perfect size for miniature things whether they are Alice or not. The theatre is approximately 4-1/4″ wide and 2-1/2″ deep when the doors are closed. That’s pretty small! I could see a Halloween scene inside — tiny tombstones and creepy trees or maybe a pumpkin patch with a scarecrow?

    Halloween will have to wait a bit longer because this deep theatre is all about Alice.

    I started by painting the theatre edges black, then papering the entire thing using the Alice 8×8 Paper Pad. One of the sheets in the set has a collection of frames that happened to fit nicely inside the doors of the theatre. The rest of the paper is perfectly wonderful.

    On the left is Alice herself with a key in her hand, curious as to where the White Rabbit could be going! Something else that worked out with this project was the size of the doors from The Garden of Books Chipboard Set of Doors. After painting it with diluted ink, I added paper hinges to the back of the door and stuck it right in the center. The checkerboard flooring from the Tiny Alice Wallpaper Prints Collage Sheet was glued in at an upward angle to cover the gap between the door bottom and theatre floor. The same thing was done on the other side.


    Good job, Shannon!! Note that Shannon used the teeny tiny (new) Half Scale Doorknobs & Keys on those side doors (and there’s a few more new half scale hardware items below, too).

    Go visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos and tips (like how she made the grassy 3D hill the rabbit’s house is sitting on)! Plus here’s Shannon’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies (and an Alice SALE)!

     
    More New or Back in Stock Goodies!

    Such cute miniatures today! More new half-scale hardware, plus tiny teapots worthy of an Alice scene.

    The green bottles at right are new (and a fun color for Halloween — the similar cobalt blue ones just came back in stock, too).

    Oh, and the happy return of Tiny Grass Tufts (now in more colors) and 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs!

    See all today’s new items.

     
    ALL Alice Collage Sheets on Sale!

    ALL Alice Collage Sheets are on sale at 30% off! And that includes the 3 sheets from Shannon’s artwork shown below! (Psst! Shannon actually used tiny bits of FIVE collage sheets in her project.)

    This sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, July 24th.

    See the entire sale collection here! Over 60 options!

    Don’t forget to visit Shannon’s blog post for more photos and tips!

      
    Comments Off on Chasing the White Rabbit by Shannon Cooper! New Alice Paper! Posted by Leslie, July 22nd, 2021

    Alchemy, Cakes & Tiny Glass Bottles

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures

    Cakes are like alchemy (in my mind). And there are 2 new Halloween-decorated 1:12 scale cakes today!

    And truly alchemy: the Alchemy 12×12 Paper Pad is back (and I’m revisiting an amazing project Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey made with that paper; plus the Wide Bronze Filigree Wrap w Center Hole she bent into a tiny sconce shelf at the top of her shrine is back, too.

    Plus there are a bunch of new (and tiny) little glass bottles/vials: PLUS I just put ALL Glass Bottles on sale!
     

    The Alchemist’s Oracle

    Wow! This is so beautiful! And so much thought and time went into all the little details. I’ll let Lora start off this intro (and scroll down a bit to see the wide photo showing more angles):

    Oooh, this piece is kind of mysterious. In my mind the alchemist is using the oracle for calculating his transformational formulas. The planetary dials moving in sync with each other creating whispering harmonies, stopping at certain curvatures and creating patterns for the alchemist to study.

    Or maybe… The mouse is the oracle. Sitting on his stool, interpreting the rotations like a fortune teller or a Tarot reader.

    I drilled a hole in the back of the shadowbox (after gluing my chosen papers on the sides and back) to allow for the tea light flame to stick through.

    Right after I did that I realized that the doors would not fit properly, so I decided not to use them. Too bad, because I had a fun thing I was going to do. Ah, well. Save it for next time!

    After the final fussing was done in the interior and on the outside, the facade was glued on.

    The runes are just completely made up. If they say anything it was an accident! (Or maybe I was channeling the mouse!)

    Good work, Lora!! I particularly like the clever idea of drilling a hole and inserting the tea light so the sun lights up. Oh, one more thing: happy accident that those half scale bookcases fit on the sides to hold all of the bottles and whatnot!

    Go visit Lora’s blog post for more photos and tips! Plus here’s Lora’s full supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see the new goodies (more glass bottles — and on Sale)!
     

    More New or Back in Stock Goodies!

    I love all these tiny new bottles! From a round vial just made to be a potion bottle in a Halloween scene to a tiny set of 3 square bottles that could be a tiny set of dollhouse kitchen canisters.

    Plus, the 19mm Fancy Metal Drawer Pull or Box Feet at right are back (not exactly the finials Lora used on top of her shrine, but a good substitute).

    See all today’s new items.

     
    ALL Glass Bottles on Sale!

    Oh… I was inspired by all those tiny glass bottles in Lora’s artwork (and this sale includes today’s new bottles, too)! ALL Glass Bottles are on sale at 25% off!

    This sale ends at midnight PST, TUESDAY night, July 20th.

    Psst: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off including new mark-downs!

    See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off)!

      
    Comments Off on Alchemy, Cakes & Tiny Glass Bottles Posted by Leslie, July 18th, 2021

    New Carnival – Pierrot in Love Paper Set and a Tiny Circus Tin!

    Filed under Altered Tins, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Kristin Batsel, Pierrot/Harlequin/Carnival

    What a great combo! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made an adorably tiny circus tin using the 3/4″ size wheels shown at right (one of FOUR sizes of new metal wheels)! AND the new Carnival – Pierrot in Love A4 Paper Set is so full of color and patterns perfect for making a Commedia or circus project!

    You can see how tiny those wheels are (though they’re actually the 2nd LARGEST size of wheels in this series). I love that Kristin painted them gold to match all the fancy filigree around the edges of her tin. Read about her tin and see more photos on Kristin’s blog post. And see the supply list here.

    Oh! Back to this new paper: swoon! The set includes FIVE double-sided cardstock-weight sheets (each a different design) plus a single-sided sheet of masks to fussy cut (printed on the back of the front cover). And in honor of those fab designs, a related sale…

     
    ALL Circus Collage Sheets on Sale!

    Perfect for mixing with the new papers or creating your own tiny circus tin! ALL Circus Collage Sheets are on sale at 30% off!

    From vintage illustrations to photos of circus folks: Over 40 options!

    This sale (also) ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, July 17th.

    See the entire sale collection here!

     
    More New or Back in Stock Goodies!

    Beside that paper pad above (and the FOUR sizes of metal wheels): Here are my picks of the items that have been unavailable for ages! See all of today’s new and back-in-stock items.

      
    Comments Off on New Carnival – Pierrot in Love Paper Set and a Tiny Circus Tin! Posted by Leslie, July 14th, 2021

    Christmas (weather) in July would be lovely

    Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Filigree, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Teri Calia

    Who is ready for Christmas? Or snow? I would dearly love an icy breeze about now.

    Best I can offer is: cool blue Winter Tales Papers are back in stock and TWO Christmas-themed sales!

    Plus an old fave shrine kit is back in stock that was used for a rustic Christmas scene (and also for a mermaid shrine — no, not at the same time)! But obviously a versatile shrine.

    AND and few more Christmas items are new or back in stock (and the Pie Crust Table from the rustic shrine): so a mix of Christmas goodies!

     
    It’s a banner! It’s Tags! No wait, it’s Ornaments! by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey!

    Let’s start this art tour by revisiting the clever set of tags that Lora made with the Winter Tales Papers (that can be ornaments or gift box tags) that can also be displayed as a garland!

    Here’s a brief intro from Lora’s blog post:

    So, what is it? All of the above. I designed these tags so that they could be attached to garland or a stout ribbon and hug on anything that needs a bit of spiff. Hang the whole thing on your mantle or in a window, Christmas tree or door. Or divide them up and and hang them on your tree as ornaments, tags for a gift, anything you can think of. They are pretty enough to be the gift themselves. Hey, make a few pairs of really big earrings!

    This is a pretty straight forward, easy project that I had a lot of fun with.

    I had numerous sized tags from which to pick and I chose these large tags (6×3 inch) and the 4.5×3 inch tags because I liked the amount of space they had for the images I wanted to use. And by the way, I love the papers I had to play with. It is Stamperia’s Winter Tales and it is gorgeous, so go over to Alpha Stamps and get some! I think i may have used elements from just a bout every page in the pad. Love it!

    You can see more photos (and a tutorial) on Lora’s blog post. And here’s her supply list.

    SPEAKING OF THAT SUPPLY LIST: Sale #1 is based on Lora’s Winter Tales Tag Ornaments.

    This is a coupon sale that includes all 24 items in Lora’s supply list!

    Use coupon WINTER-TALES when checking out to get an additional 15% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 15% off beyond current sale prices!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, July 13th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Sale #2 ALL Christmas Collage Sheets

    Yes, I promised TWO sales! ALL Christmas Collage Sheets are on sale at 30% off!

    Over 130 options!

    This sale (also) ends at midnight PST, TUESDAY night, July 13th.

    See the entire sale collection here!

     
    More New or Back in Stock Goodies!

    Beside that paper pad above (and the shrine and table — more info and art below): Here are a bunch of items from filigree to Christmas props!

     
    More Artwork!

    Both of the projects below were based on the Curio Cabinet Shrine Kit. (The finished cabinet is approx. 8″ wide x 8-1/2″ tall x 4-1/2″ deep.)

    Although the shrine has 1 shelf, both Teri and Nichola put their cabinets together without the shelf to have more space to use inside (see the 2 art photos below).

    Also back in stock is that Mahogany Pie Crust Table in the far right corner of Teri’s Rustic Christmas Curio Cabinet (in front of the tree and behind that tiny teddy bear). You can see more photos and read more in the original blog post and/or see Teri’s supply list.

    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made a Mermaid Shrine (below) with the same curio shrine (not only did she omit the middle shelf, she cut out the center vertical support so the shrine is even more like a room box). More info is in the original blog post and/or see Nichola’s supply list (not tons still available after so many years, but that sweet bronze mermaid pendant on the top is still here; and, of course, all the mermaids inside).


     

    Wow! So there you are: Christmas or mermaids? And don’t forget to cool down with Winter goodies: 2 sales both end Tuesday night!

      
    Comments Off on Christmas (weather) in July would be lovely Posted by Leslie, July 11th, 2021

    NEW Halloween Papers & Halloween Charm SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Twilight Kit

    What? New Halloween Paper?! Yes!

    It’s past the 4th of July. It’s getting toward that bestest time of year. And I found bunches of new Halloween scrapbook papers: from moody/spooky night scenes to bright fun patterns (like Black, Ivory & Orange Halloween Diamonds and Eerie Night Cemetery Secrets shown at left and right, and tons more new paper below)!

    And colorful Halloween paper got me thinking about… Design Team Member Kristin Batsel! So I’m revising a fab
    Haunted Duplex she made a couple of years ago.

    Plus there’s a couple more new Halloween items (not paper) and a related Halloween sale!

     
    Haunted Duplex by Kristin Batsel!

    Wee! I just had to start with that close-up at right (how cute is that ghost?!) but scroll down just a bit to see the entire glorious duplex!

    I love all those orange and black mixed-up patterns! Kristin used the papers in the Twilight Pads plus papers from the September 2019 Kit, too. But some of today’s new Halloween papers (or patterns from the Masquerade Pads) would mix in with the pattern play nicely!

    Here’s some text from Kristin’s blog post to start a tour of her action-packed houses:

    Double your fun! I took two large chipboard haunted houses and put them together to create a haunted duplex. These houses were identical, so I cut out one of the towers on the house on the left to create a different roof line. Then, I had a great time mixing and matching Halloween papers and adding spooky accessories. Chipboard gates, doors, and window frames, along with Dresden trim and flying bats, give the duplex dimension. The houses are attached at the back with a strip of washi tape.

    Every year the residents of the duplex try to outdo each other in decorating. They do love Halloween! The skeletons, who live on the left, enjoy a nice banquet on the big day. Looks like their youngest has been out trick-or-treating.

    Witches reside in the other half of this duplex. Most of them are probably out on their broomsticks, but someone has to stay home and watch for trick or treaters. I believe they’d rather be out riding. (That poor witch looks like she’s so bored.)

    Beautiful work, Kristin!! I love, love, love the banners Kristin added (the “BOO, YOU” on the left house if from the Mini Halloween Banners Collage Sheet and the “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” on the right is cut from one of the papers in the Happy Halloween Custom 12×12 Paper Set).

    Go visit Kristin’s blog post for more photos and tips! And a colorful, big supply list.


     

     
    New Halloween Goodies!

    Even more?! A couple more things don’t fit so check out everything new today here!

     
    NEW Sale: ALL Halloween Charms

    Halloween Charms and Charm Sets are on sale at 30% off! That even includes some recent new charms like that Resin Tarot Card Pendant Set at right!

    AND anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off including new mark-downs!

    Over 60 items!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, July 10th. (10th already?!)

    See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off)!

    Announcement: The Seashore Kit Giveaway winner from the last newsletter? Drum roll, please: The winner is Tara L. Didrence! Please check your email for more information.

      
    Comments Off on NEW Halloween Papers & Halloween Charm SALE! Posted by Leslie, July 8th, 2021

    New Seashore Kit, Collage Sheets, Artwork, Sale & Giveaway!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Seashore Kit, Shannon Cooper

    Before the new kit (and new art!): A BIG SALE: ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 50% off including TONS of new markdowns!

    Note: Clearance Paper Pads/Sets are also on sale! Over 50 pads and 80 single sheets!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, TOMORROW night, July 5th.

    See the entire sale collection here! And read on as there’s another new sale starting today!
     

    Seashore Kit

    A pretty mix of beachy items — in cool, calming colors to offset hot summer days.

    Starting with the TWO new collage sheets:
    Shells & Souvenir Postcards Collage Sheet (Tons of illustrated seashells (from Victorian scraps and postcards) and mini versions of souvenir postcards — including some tiny ones sized for 1:12 scale.)
    Aqua Mermaids & Ladies by the Sea Collage Sheet (These were sized to fit inside Altoids Tins (or behind tin inserts). Most of these are aqua green (to coordinate with the paper in the kit) but I added a couple gals in vintage red bathing suits to add some contrast.)

    Plus 4 double-sided sheets from the Vintage Artistry Shore 6×6 Paper Pad

    A set of the new chipboard Sea Scape Layered Corner

    Two vintage patina charms:
    New Medium Patina Starfish
    Brass Patina Conch Shell

    Three tiny raw brass seashell charms

    A yard of woven sea grass

    And finally: A bright and shiny set of new Mini Seashell Sequin Mix!

    Go see the new kit for more info and photos on all 9 kit items (plus related new items, a new sale and a Giveaway are below).

     
    Feeling Beachy: Two Altered Tins for Summer by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper!

    Hooray! New artwork and a new kit! I’m going to jump to the second tin mentioned in Shannon’s blog post (and leave the first tin as inspiration for today’s Giveaway)!

    Ooh, isn’t this a lovely gift?! Shannon made this beautiful bathing beauties tin as a gift for her mother-in-law (“She and all of her high school girlfriends make an annual trip to a beach and spend a week together, so I thought I’d make her a little gift that represents her friendships and love for the beach.”)

    See the wide photo below for the inside of the tin (and a preview of Shannon’s mini tutorial on making the artwork). And on that photo: see the little collage of items on the left side? That’s a vintage shell postcard image from the new Shells & Souvenir Postcards Collage Sheet (also in the kit) plus a Fern Frond and a couple pieces from the new Etched Chipboard Seashell Set (against some of the paper from the Vintage Artistry Shore 6×6 Paper Pad).

    Back to the tin cover (at right): I love what Shannon did with mixing up multiple pieces of metal charms & filigree! (She painted them all 1 color then highlighted bits with a white pen: covered in her blog post, too.) That large-ish starfish charm on top is also in the new kit.

    Here’s the supply list for just this first tin. And don’t forget to visit Shannon’s blog post for more info and pics!

     
    More New Items!

    Even more than the new things above and below so check here to see everything new today (12 items)!

     
    New Sale: Beach Charms!

    ALL Beach Charms & Filigree are on sale at least 25% off! Includes the 2 patina charms AND the Tiny Brass Seashell Mix in the kit, too!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, July 6th at midnight PST.

    Psst: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off including new mark-downs (like the anchor at right)!

    30 items! See the sale collection here!

     
    Seashore Kit Giveaway!

    There’s that second tin by Shannon! This time with a mermaid theme (and using the cute new Sea Scape Layered Corner — also in the kit!) I’m running out of space so you can read more about the tin on Shannon’s blog post (and here’s the mermaid tin supply list).

    So, I’m starting this prize package with the new Seashore Kit — that’s 9 items already!

    AND: I’m also adding a few more things from Shannon’s tin:
    New Sea Grass Chipboard Set (waving around behind the mermaid, and shown above in the “new” section)
    Vintage Mermaids Collage Sheet (there’s a photo below, too)
    New 5-piece Coral Set (there’s also a photo below)
    Patina Scallop Shell Charms (tied with a ribbon onto a wooden spool wrapped with the new woven sea grass (the sea grass is already in the kit; but I’m also including the spool)

    To enter the Seashore Kit 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, July 5, 2021).

    And tell me: what will you make with these supplies?

    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!

    Now don’t forget the Clearance Scrapbook Paper ends tomorrow night! And the Beach Charms Sale ends Tuesday night!

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 4th, 2021

    The Dance of the Cicada, NEW Summer & Halloween, BIG Paper SALE!

    Filed under Halloween, Matchbox Theatre Kit, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    It’s the beginning of a long holiday weekend here in the U.S. And in honor of that extra time (or extra time cuz you’re hiding from the heat inside?) there’s a big NEW SALE: ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 50% off including TONS of new markdowns!

    Note: Clearance Paper Pads/Sets are also on sale!

    Tons of themes from Spring to Christmas to Halloween… two sneak peeks are shown here and more info on the sale is below.

    Plus NEW ARTWORK and pretty new items (cool blue hues mixed with some Halloween charms/pendants).

     
    The Dance of The 17 Year Cicada

    Ha! Yes, those are gilded cicada husks! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has made a delightful (I’m sticking with delightful) shrine to the recent visitation of cicadas. (Aside: we don’t have flocks of cicadas in California so I can admire them from afar… especially as they weren’t flying in my hair.)

    Rhonda used the shadowbox (and scrapbook papers, and a collage sheet) from the June kit to begin her creation. Plus the addition of the metal filigree (and metal box feet) — all united in color with a bit of copper ink — really ties them all together nicely).

    Before a preview of Rhonda’s blog post, a note that those scrapbook papers are included in the new sale!

    This was the year of the 17 year cicadas. Living in the south with my treasured woods behind my house, my family was witness to this odd occurrence. The last time this occurred, my oldest was just a baby and my youngest wasn’t even born yet. And now, it was time for these creatures to emerge that were the same age and older then my children. Just a really weird thought.

    I am the spirit of a seven year old, trapped in a grown up body. I love nature and exploring in the woods and taking photos of tiny things is a passion for me. The sound of the newly morphed cicadas was painful to the ears at times, and my dogs were eating them non stop as they would fly around us, into us, and plopping down beside of us. Thankfully they are harmless and their life cycle is so interesting. But for now, I will hush about that and share with you my dedication to the 17 year cicada.

    One of my favorite parts of this little display is the way I distressed the already textured Aqua Tones Canvas Texture Cardstock Paper and then used a copper (Pearlescent Rust) ink to “age” it. The two colors look so wonderful together. The ink adhered to the scored surface and edges as well which adds so much character.

    I used several shades of the “aqua tones” paper and different sizes of circle paper punches to make “scallops” of rolled paper as a decoration for the top of my cicada theatre. I rolled each circle tightly on a small paintbrush, then dabbed the edges with the same copper ink.

    Nice work, Rhonda! You can read more on Rhonda’s blog post and/or see all the supplies used. Plus there are some NEW items below that coordinate nicely with all these pretty colors. AND don’t forget to read more about the PAPER SALE below.

     
    What’s new today? Summer to Halloween!

    What a pretty group! Yes, I know, some of these are more Halloween-ish but the colors of the turquoise blue and brass look so nice together (and coordinate with the colors in Rhonda’s artwork, too)!

     
    NEW Sale: ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper

    It’s a holiday weekend sale! ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 50% off including TONS of new markdowns!

    Note: the highlights below show single sheets of paper but the Clearance Paper Pads/Sets are also on sale! (Like that Halloween Market Pad shown at right.)

    Over 50 pads and 80 single sheets!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, July 5th but grab ’em quick as some are in very limited quantities.

    See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on The Dance of the Cicada, NEW Summer & Halloween, BIG Paper SALE! Posted by Leslie, July 1st, 2021

    Moroccan Masquerade

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Moroccan Doorways Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    Oh, what a treat! A few new things, a few things back-in-stock… all led to me remembering the beautiful Music Makers Masquerade artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas (below) and also led to creating a new Moroccan Masquerade Collection that’s on SALE! More on the sale below, but first this colorful artwork:

    Rhonda used the Taj Mahal Triptych inside of a Simple 7 Inch x 8.5 Inch Shadowbox (standing tall). And cleverly bent the Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header to form a canopy at the top. I love painting it gold (and the Stained Glass Border sitting above it) and adding some crepe paper snips to add color. Note that lacy-edged raw brass mask is back, too.

    Here’s a link to all the supplies still in stock from Rhonda’s project. And read on as there are more new items related to this theme AND included in the sale!

     
    New Half Scale Theatre Cabinets

    That shadowbox Rhonda used is the same size as the center shadowbox in the 7 Inch Tall Theatre Cabinet – 3 Inch Deep (shown at right; and that wrought iron header was made for that theatre cabinet, too). And now there are TWO new tiny versions of that cabinet/room box!

    The new mini versions include the facade with columns that is a coordinating item on the larger version! The closed cabinet is approx. 3-1/2″ tall x 4-1/4″ wide.

    There are 2 versions, the same except for the depth:
    – the shallow version is 1-1/2″ deep when closed (the central shadowbox is 3/4″ deep, and the 2 smaller shadowboxes that form the “doors” are also 3/4″ deep)
    – the deeper version is 2-1/2″ deep when closed (the central shadowbox is 1-3/4″ deep (more room for tiny furniture!); the 2 smaller shadowboxes that form the “doors” are the same in both versions)

    See the Large Theatre Curtains, Columns & Box Seats Set Download for a set of 5 large curtains (and other pieces), sized for the 7 inch Tall Cabinets that will also fit this cabinet (including a colorful facade image that fits that curved chipboard facade).
     

     
    Also new today: More themed items also in the sale!

    Yep, all 4 of these items are included in the sale, too!

    That Arabian Triptych at right is back in stock after a long while (another set that can be used with the overlay on the inside or the outside of the “doors” when folded closed).

    And those 3 new chipboard shape sets below! Such fancy, doodly designs (and would look grand painted metallic gold like Rhonda’s header). Or cut just a snip for an embellishment.

    Today’s new items are spread out all over the place in this missive, so here’s a link to see them all at once.

     
    NEW Sale: Moroccan Masquerade

    This was a fun group to pick out. I started with ALL the collage sheets in the Arabian Nights section. Then I added lots of chipboard shapes plus charms and filigree.

    All these items are on sale at 25% off!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, June 29th at midnight PST.

    I’ve already highlighted quite a few of the sale items above, but 7 more are shown below or at right. See the entire sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on Moroccan Masquerade Posted by Leslie, June 27th, 2021