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    Mostly Minis + Altoids Tins & Related Trims on Sale!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana

    What is new today?

    So cute! Lots of tiny containers (baskets, trays, jars) — and the return of wooden pediments! AND there’s a related Giveaway (revisiting an adorable Alice Altoid’s Tin Book using 2 Pediments by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana) — hence the theme of today’s new sale!

    So back to the new items: beside the items highlighted below, see all new items!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Altoids Tins & Related Trims!

    25% off on EVERYTHING Altoids Tin Themed! All kinds of items, from Chipboard Inserts to the TINS themselves!

    Psst: ALL collage sheets in this collection are marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY night, August 14th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Alice’s Altoid Manor House Giveaway!

    As I mentioned, we’re revisiting Alice’s Altoid Manor House by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! I thought of it when I saw the wooden pediments were available again.

    Beside the whole look and feel of the classic house, I love that Nichola turned one of the pediments upside down to use as the base.

    Here’s some background about the artwork from the original blog post:

    I simply applied the Altoids Tin Book Covers to the front and back of the tin. I didn’t even bother with the book spine (though I’m sure it’ll come in handy for something). Then a new Window Pediment – Federal was added to the front top edge and the new Window Pediment – Yorktown to the bottom front edge (upside down). A snip of Thin Fleur Dresden Border is applied under the top pediment, then whole shebang is painted grey.

    The windows are just little paper frames I cut out. I placed some Alice charaters from the Wonderland Rabbits and Hares Collage Sheet in the squares and added a layer of Diamond Glaze to make the ‘windows’ glossy. The door is framed with some snippets of wood and topped with little bit of filigree that broke off something-or-other that I kept for just such an occasion. Finally I finished the exterior with a Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm.

    I promise, this was a practically painless project! Sure the sides aren’t covered… but the tin opens and I didn’t have a meltdown attempting to apply hinges. (I often have hinge related meltdowns.)

    Beautiful work, Nichola! You can see more photos (and get info about the images inside the tin) in Nichola’s blog post. Plus here’s her supply list. (Remember, we moved to a new web site since then so see the items on that link above.)

    AND EVERYTHING in that list is included in today’s Giveaway drawing!

    To enter the Alice’s Altoid Manor House 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, August 14, 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!

    Who won the Forever Nanny Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Sue O! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    48 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 13th, 2020

    Flaming Heart Artwork, New Lanterns & Building Materials on SALE!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Halloween, Miniatures

    There are FOUR new miniature lanterns today! Two have a hexagon shape (like the one shown at left: believe it or not, that’s the larger of the two). Two are square with an “X” in the panes, like the petite one at right (shown with the facade from the Mushroom Niche Shrine for scale… and an idea for a tiny lantern to adorn your gnome or fairy house)!

    And in honor of these new lanterns (and more new minis shown below): ALL Miniature Building Materials are on sale through tomorrow night (Monday night, August 10th)! (So the new lanterns are included, too!) More info on the sale is below!

     
    Forever Nanny by Bella Ayers!

    Wow! I love this! Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) created this Forever Nanny shrine by mixing up a couple different sizes of niche shrines. And I have to agree with her: A little cool, a little creepy, eh?

    That’s actually a niche sitting in a niche (the shadowbox niche that’s cut into the heart shrine is taller (it goes almost to the top of the heart shape). Bella used one of the facades from the Matchbox Shrine Facade Set
    (that’s sized to fit a standard matchbox from kitchen matches) that’s sitting inside.

    Here’s some of the intro text from Bella’s blog post:

    I had a lot of fun playing with the Little Niche Shrine – Simple Heart. Leslie asked me to put something together using the fabulous Chipboard Wings Assortment and the Heart Shrine so I was all ready to do something with them!

    At least I thought I was. Every time I sat down to work on it I drew a blank and it got pushed off to the side. The other day I was going through one of the many piles I have everywhere in my studio and found the Articulated Skeleton – 4 Inch Tall along with an image from the Dolls in the Attic Collage Sheet laying together. Who knows how long they had been in this pile, I’m just glad they showed up when they did. (Added bonus – the image was already cut out!)

    I love this project, Bella! Everything fits together perfectly (and the colors are beautiful)! And, of course: funny and a bit macabre.

    Here’s Bella’s supply list and you can read more in her blog post. There’s another photo in the Giveaway section below, too.

     
    What else is new today?

    More lanterns (or glass sconce replacements to make a lantern — also included in the flash sale)! And it’s looking like we’re edging closer to Halloween! There are 9 new items today, so check them all out!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Building Materials!

    20% off! Lots of variety, too: from chipboard to metal hardware. Over 60 items!

    Note: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, August 10th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    Forever Nanny Giveaway!

    Ha! I’m really fond of that work-in-progress photo! The giant baby seems to be overwhelming the skeleton.

    EVERYTHING in Bella’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a couple of the EIGHT spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    Matchbox Shrine Facade Set (that’s a set of FIVE facades so you’ll have lots of extra toys to play with!)
    Little Niche Shrine – Simple Heart
    Articulated Skeleton – 4 Inch Tall

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

    To enter the Forever Nanny 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, August 10, 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)

    Who won the Autumn Harvest Buffet Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Sally Lonn! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    31 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 9th, 2020

    Fall Foliage! New Miniatures & New Markdowns!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    What is new today?

    Lots of tiny planters, tiny plants (in shades of yellow and orange) and bare trees… sounds like FALL! AND there’s a related Giveaway (revisiting an Autumn Harvest Buffet by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper)!

    So back to the new (and back in stock) items: The (finally) back-in-stock Forest 8×8 Paper Pad is perfect for the Mushroom House Kit announced last Sunday. And the new Ladybug and Mushroom Polymer Clay Slices would be cute as extras for such a gnome’s house. Beside the items highlighted below, see all 14 items!

     
    New Markdowns!

    These 3 new clearance items are all about the Autumn Harvest Buffet by Shannon Cooper (shown below). The cute cabinet that Shannon used is no longer available, but these 1:12 scale options would make good choices for a similar scene. AND I just put all 3 of them on clearance! 30% off!

    Bonus: Not on clearance, but one of today’s back-in-stock items would also be a good substitute: Wooden Hutch or Buffet.

     
    Autumn Harvest Buffet Giveaway!

    As I mentioned, we’re revisiting the Autumn Harvest Buffet by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper: Is that not the sweetest little fall display?! And all those squirrels (and I spy a hidden gnome amonst the mushrooms at bottom left) would be good choices for a Mushroom House, too!

    Here’s some background about the artwork from the original newsletter:

    Under the buffet hides a hedgehog and a gnome in an acorn cap bowl. There’s also a rustic metal bucket filled with golden apples, a couple pumpkins, and polymer clay squash in a wire basket. The squash were shaped and a hole was poked in the top so after baking I could add a tiny length of toothpick for the stem. They are odd squash but that’s what they look like in my head.

    That Shannon is soooo talented! Check out the cornucopia she made (woven from embroidery floss and wire; and also shown in a close-up below). From her blog: Even though it came out a little wonky, I was pleasantly surprised with the results.”

    Hm… I see no wonkiness, just a really cute, little cornucopia!

    Beautiful work, Shannon! You can see learn more and see more photos (and a tutorial on making tiny flowers, too!) in Shannon’s blog post. Plus here’s her supply list.

    AND EVERYTHING in that list is included in today’s Giveaway drawing! Even though some items have sold out since the original post, there’s still TWELVE items! See them all here.

    To enter the Autumn Harvest Buffet 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, August 7, 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)

    Who won the Mushroom House Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Michele Manzo! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 6th, 2020

    New Mushroom House Kit plus New Gnomes & Fairies!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Mushroom House Kit

    Mushroom House Kit

    Sooo cute! A little mushroom house with papers and collage sheets to start you on decorating! Plus some window and door trims and a bit of 3D foliage!

    There are FOUR 6″ x 6″ scrapbook papers in this kit. From a sweet mushroom print to distressed wood planks and tiny woodworking tools.

    Note: there are TWO full-size paper sets that are related to these kit papers (linked below). The papers in this kit are a mix of prints from both of those sets (but not all the sheets in either set).

    The Mushroom Niche Shrine with Arched Door (and the trim set for adding windows and a stone archway around the door) are for making a wee little gnome home (a bit under 6″ tall).

    Plus there are TWO new collage sheets! With tons of gnomes and tiny woodland creatures sized to fit either the front facade or the little niche. More info about the images is on each of those collage sheet pages.

    Lastly, there’s a special sample set of the ever-popular Clump Foliage – Fall Mix. Whew!

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

     
    What else is new today?

    First off: the Great Escape 12×12 Collection Kit! One of the papers from this set is in the August kit. This “collection kit” has TWELVE 12″ x 12″ double-sided cardstock papers (1 each of 12 sheets) and a coordinating 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet. Beside the items highlighted above and below, see all 12 new items!

     
    Mushroom House Kit Giveaway!

    For this Giveaway, I’m including:

    The new Mushroom House Kit — shown again in the photo at right!

    All the extras designed to fit the shrine!
    Small Stone Wall Stencil (and a photo is directly above)
    Tiny Stairs (Eek! So very tiny! The steps just scissor into slots in the 2 side pieces. Approx. 1-1/2″ wide. And the top of the top step is 7/16″ off the ground (so a bit less than 1/2″).)
    Grass Hedgerow Silhouettes (Two 5″ long strips of weedy grass.)
    The Caterpillar Collage Sheet (I know… ANOTHER new collage sheet! This sheet is related to A Large Blue Caterpillar ATCs Collage Sheet, but with the images resized (some larger, some smaller) to fit the Mushroom Niche Shrine with Arched Door. Some are small enough to be inside the “house” (the niche); one can fit the entire mushroom facade; some are sized so the Caterpillar can sit on top of the mushroom shrine.)

    To enter the Mushroom House 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, August 3, 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 Pretty in Red Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Starqueen! Please check your email for more information.

      
    51 Comments » Posted by Leslie, August 2nd, 2020

    New Christmas & Halloween + BIRDS Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Halloween, Laura Carson

    What is new today?

    It’s an odd group of goodies but I like it: A little Christmas, a little Halloween — and both themes include birds. Hence the theme of today’s new sale! AND there’s a related Giveaway (revisiting a bright cardinal-adorned Winter triptych by Design Team Member Laura Carson)!

    So back to the new (and back in stock) items: beside the items highlighted below, see all 10 items!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: BIRDS!

    25% off! All kinds of items, from collage sheets to paper to miniatures! AND the sale includes the back-in-stock feathered birds announced today!

    An even 100 items! AND: anything on clearance (or a clearance charm) in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, July 31st at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    Pretty in Red Giveaway!

    As I mentioned, we’re revisiting the Pretty in Red Triptych by Design Team Member Laura Carson! I thought of it when I saw that the adorably tiny (real) feathered cardinals were available again.

    Laura created a new collage sheet specifically for this triptych back in January 2017 (and though you can just see one of the colorful panels at right, there are 3… a preview is below).

    Here’s some background about the artwork from the original blog post:

    The inspiration for this triptych were the lovely ladies dressed for winter, which you will find on my new Pretty in Red Collage Sheet — the red is a nod to Valentine’s.

    To complement the color scheme of their coats, I’ve used silver, grey, red and white papers and embellishments.

    Beautiful work, Laura! You can see learn more and see more photos in Laura’s blog post. Plus here’s her supply list. (Remember, we moved to a new web site since then so see the items on that link above.)

    AND EVERYTHING in that list is included in today’s Giveaway drawing! From the triptych to the collage sheet and the silver trims (and of course, the red cardinal)!

    To enter the Pretty in Red 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, July 31, 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).

    Who won The Sea and The Sun Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carly! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    28 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 30th, 2020

    The Sea and The Sun, New Mini Barware & New Dresden!

    Filed under Art Projects, Beach Cabana Kit, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    The Sea and The Sun Bar & Grill by Rhonda Thomas!

    How fun! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas created this tiny bar scene from papers included in the July Kit (and it is tiny: that cabana house shrine is just 5-1/2″ tall)!

    Everything in her little patio is sitting on the top step of the Stairstep Shrine Base (with the Under The Sea Chipboard Border running around the edge — painted a nice bright coral). Attaching everything to that shrine base a great way of containing (and transporting) the project. Even the Palm Trees are attached to the back of the base so they can come along, too.

    Here’s some of the intro text from Rhonda’s blog post:

    Are you tired of the same old humdrum of each day? Need a break and a place where everybody knows your name? Well then come on down to The Sea and The Sun Bar & Grill!

    Did I mention we have a live mermaid tank behind the bar? You’ll see swimming performances throughout the day and have a chance to capture a photo with Betty or one of her mermaid sisters.

    Ok, ok, enough of my commercial chatter. But it was just too good of an opportunity to help showcase some of the darling items in my mini Bar & Grill.

    The Palm Tree Silhouettes just really pulled this project together for me. It gave the whole mini scene a warm, tropical feel and reminded me of one of my favorite islands. There are lots of angles that would require some time to trim, if I had covered them in paper. But then an easy idea floated into my mind.

    For the patio border, I used regular craft acrylic paint on both sides of a Under The Sea Chipboard Border, and after drying with a heat gun, attached with liquid glue.

    The table was simple. I used a round paper punch to get a perfect circle from the Coastal Summer Brights 12×12 Paper Set. After attaching the paper to my table top, I used a sharp blade to cut several slits all around the table. This allowed me to fold each slit down to form a table cloth.

    I weaved the same paper through the Half Scale White Lawn Chair, to create the look of matching chair cushions.

    I love this project, Rhonda! Everything is so bright and summery! I didn’t even get to the new miniature glasses and pitcher set (and polymer cane slices in those margaritas) but read on as they inspired the new Flash Sale!

    Here’s Rhonda’s supply list and blog post. There’s more info and another photo in the Giveaway section below, too.

     
    What else is new today?

    TONS of Dresden trims! Yay! Bright colors for summer or Halloween! Plus more miniature glasses & pitchers that Rhonda used. There are 15 new & back-in-stock items today, so more than the highlights below.

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Polymer Clay Canes & Slices!

    25% off! I was inspired by Rhonda’s colorful margaritas — and that new grapefruit slice mix she used is included in the sale, too!

    Note: anything on clearance is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, July 27th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    The Sea and The Sun Giveaway!

    There’s another photo of the whole scene! For this Giveaway prize, I’ve picked out things here and there that caught my eye, starting with the Palm Trees. (Note: Rhonda has tutorials on painting the trees and on making the round tablecloth on her blog post!)

    Working my way from back to front, the next item is the Cabana House Niche Shrine (plus the Tiny Scalloped Shingles: cute used as a border around the window and looking like waves).

    Keeping with the broad strokes, you’ll need a table and a chair — and and the platform to sit them on.

    Finishing up with the pitcher and margarita glass on the table. Plus the collage sheet with the mermaid entertainment behind the bar!

    Whew! That’s nine items!

    To enter The Sea and The Sun 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 27, 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).

    Who won the Squished Alice Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Slowik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 26th, 2020

    New Minis and ALICE Charms + Alice Sale!

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

    What is new today?

    Love this new Alice charm set! Plus all the charms in that set are available separately (and see that related chess set in the second row)! AND there’s a cool Giveaway (revisiting a sweet Alice mini shrine by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper) that’s related to the ALICE Flash Sale)!

    So back to the new (and back in stock) items: beside the items highlighted below, see all 13 items!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: EVERYTHING Alice in Wonderland!

    The ENTIRE Alice Collection is on sale at 25% off! All kinds of items, from charms to collage sheets to miniatures! AND the sale includes the new charms announced today!

    Over 180 items! AND: anything on clearance or a digital image set or a rubber stamp in this group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, July 24th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    Squished Alice Giveaway!

    As I mentioned, we’re revisiting the Wonderland is Better shrine by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! Shannon used the Little Niche Shrine – Potion Bottle and Drink Me Collage Sheet (and made a flower-covered tree with the Bellflower Mini Punch) to create a beautiful, petite shrine worthy of anyone’s bookshelf!

    Here’s some background about the artwork from Shannon’s blog post:

    I’ve expressed my love for all of the niche shrines from Alpha Stamps before, but I’m going to repeat myself. I love those things! I’ve gotten my hands on quite a few of them, and the newest one is just as enjoyable. Especially if it’s Alice or Hallowe’en themed! Both of those ideas would work well with the potion bottle shape of the new niche shrine. I went with Alice and am saving Hallowe’en for another project.

    The shrine was covered with Alice Herself Scrapbook Paper and the images are from the new Drink Me Collage Sheet. I love that collage sheet as much as all of the niche shrines; choosing an Alice for the inside was nearly impossible.

    I decided to squish Alice inside the niche and added the White Rabbit to the outside. Alice has stacked adhesive pop dots behind her to place her a bit closer, and there is also a small sliver of pop dot behind the Rabbit’s fan. On the uncut image of Alice and the Rabbit, the fan is drawn over Alice’s hair, so I used a duplicate of the same image to cut out the fan and put it where I wanted.

    Beautiful work, Shannon! You can see learn more in the the original blog post. Plus here’s Shannon’s supply list.

    Here are some of Shannon’s supplies included in today’s Giveaway:
    – the Little Niche Shrine – Potion Bottle (and the chipboard bottle blanks to make a standing shrine),
    – a sheet of the Alice Herself Scrapbook Paper,
    – the Drink Me Collage Sheet and
    Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Pink

    To enter the Squished Alice 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, July 24, 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).

    Who won the Retro Coffee Table Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Nancy Nelson! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    36 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 23rd, 2020

    A Mini Mod Room Box & Mid-Century Retro Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Retro TV Kit, Shannon Cooper

    Saturday Morning – a Mini Mod Delight by Shannon Cooper!

    Wow! I am amazed by the level of detail (and wit, and ingenuity) in this tiny Saturday Morning scene by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! It seems mom is away and dad is having beer and donuts? And the kids are obviously running riot as there are tiny Tiddly Winks pieces (and spilled breakfast cereal) on the floor!

    Here’s some of the intro text from Shannon’s blog post:

    When Leslie shared the Retro TV Kit, I was happier than a kid on Saturday morning. The atomic television, vintage images on the new collage sheets, and the retro mini stencil sheets (eeee!) had me swooning. We discussed Mid-Century Modern, and spindly legs, and of course televisions that teetered precariously on skinny metal carts… yikes.

    Well, one thing lead to another and after receiving some super rad new retro coffee tables, I had somehow created an entire miniature mid-century room. Mom must be out and Dad is taking care of the kids because there is no way she’d allow cereal to be eaten on the hassock in front of the TV.

    Eek! See that fab TV stand below? Shannon made it! I spy tiny metal casters on the bottom of those legs made from wooden skewers. And knobs on the TV from a recent collage sheet. Plus there’s the cereal box (from the same Saturday Morning Collage Sheet as the Western on the TV). Plus the game box… oh, GAME BOXES! There’s a new collage sheet that’s ALL Game Boxes! Quite silly stuff, like that “Tek-No-Krazy” game shown in the close-up bubble at left.

    Beautiful work, Shannon! Everything came out great! I love all the stenciling too, like the cats in the frame, the bookends, the throw pillows (trust me: on the blue couch you can just seen a corner of) and the curtains.

    Here’s the expansive supply list and Shannon’s blog post. You can enter the drawing for Shannon’s supplies for the coffee table scene in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the new goodies and details on the Flash Sale between here and there!)

     
    What else is new today?

    Beside that new Retro Games Collage Sheet I just mentioned, there are 2 styles of Retro Coffee Tables (both in Shannon’s artwork). Plus the 3mm Brass Studs are back in stock (used on the bottom of the legs of the coffee table shown in the close-up below (in the Giveaway). There are 10 new items today, so more than the highlights below.

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Mid-Century Retro!

    25% off on EVERYTHING with a retro, mid-20th-century vibe! From scrapbook paper to miniatures to collage sheets to misc supplies like laser-cut chipboard! 100 items! Psst: That includes lots of the new things announced today (and tons of supplies that Shannon used)!

    Note: anything on clearance in this big group is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends MONDAY night, July 20th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    Retro Coffee Table Giveaway!

    This is so cute! Shannon made the Retro Coffee Table with the Center Divider for her game storage. (Hey, she has tutorials on making this table — including the wooden skewer legs — AND how to make that TV stand shown above on her blog post!)

    I’m zooming in on this coffee table to help me focus on what items are in today’s Giveaway.

    Here are SIX items from Shannon’s Supply List that are in the drawing:
    – The Retro Coffee Table itself!
    – The new Retro Games Collage Sheet
    Mini Round White Doily Clear Stickers
    Mini Brandy Decanter with Glasses
    3mm Brass Studs
    – The last Bowl of Nuts w Nutcracker (Sorry all: I can’t get more for the foreseeable future with international shipping still hosed.)

    To enter the Retro Coffee Table 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 20, 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).

    Who won the Mini Garden Scene Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barbara Griggs! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    46 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 19th, 2020

    New Miniatures + Summer Garden Sale

    Filed under Featured Artwork, Flowers, Giveaways, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    What is new today?

    Lots of minis! AND a summer garden-themed sale! Plus there’s a cool Giveaway (revisiting a beautiful miniature garden scene by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper) that’s related to the back in stock Mini Gardening Hand Tools (also part of the new Flash Sale)!

    So back to the new items: beside the items highlighted below, see all 9 items!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: Summer Garden!

    All Leaves & Flowers Collage Sheets and Garden Miniatures and Floral Beads are on sale!

    25% off on EVERYTHING in this big group: Over 140 items!

    Psst: anything tagged clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends FRIDAY night, July 17th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    Mini Garden Scene Giveaway!

    As I mentioned, the back in stock Mini Gardening Hand Tools reminded me of the amazing garden scene by Shannon! (See that green watering can peeking out on the right side of the Kitchen Cabinet? (See farther below for a close-up.)

    I’m going to let the items shown in that close-up help me focus on a portion of this busy scene for what to include in this Giveaway:
    Mini Gardening Hand Tools (of course!)
    Plant w Burgundy & Mauve Flowers (my fave puffball mini plant!)
    Mini Round White Doily Clear Stickers (under some of the pots)
    – A set of Thimbles (so cute as tiny planters!)
    Miniature Garden Supplies Collage Sheet (those tiny seed packets!)
    Mini Floral Seed Catalog Covers Collage Sheet (the posters on the front of the cabinet in the overview photo — and on sale!)
    1 Inch Mini Grapevine Wreaths

    Beautiful work, Shannon! You can see learn more in the the original blog post. Plus here’s Shannon’s supply list.

    To enter the Mini Garden Scene 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, July 17, 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).

    Who won the Faux Florida Vacation Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Lynne Hoffman! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    43 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 16th, 2020

    A Faux Florida Vacation

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beach Cabana Kit, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Summer/Beach

    Such a sweet, vintage seaside house! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel
    has made a clever and cute project… beside the bathing beauties gazing out for the tiny window on the front of the house, read on as that whole front hinges down to display a Florida beach vacation inside!

    Here’s some of the intro text from Kristin’s blog post:

    Oh, coronavirus. We are still sheltering at home. As of today, it’s been 121 days since our lives were normal. Since we most likely won’t be traveling any time soon, I used this month’s kit to make a little faux Florida vacation home. It’s the next best thing to actually traveling somewhere other than my own backyard. And look, some of my friends are already there!

    The front is hinged at the bottom, using green paper. On the outside, it may look like there’s not much to this little house, but when you open it up, it’s a true tropical vacation. [Scroll down to see the party!] The beaches are crowded, people are splashing in the waves, and some lucky guy even caught some fish for dinner. Bonus: no social distancing required.

    Nothing like a comfy chair and a good book (plus a bucket full of cold beverages!) to make my faux vacation the perfect place to relax.

    Nice job, Kristin! So clever to hinge the house front/cover on the bottom edge! And to use the straight pin/flag pole to hole the cover in place when closed.

    Here’s the supply list and Kristin’s blog post. You can enter the drawing for ALL of Kristin’s supplies in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the new goodies and details on the Flash Sale between here and there!)

     
    What is new today?

    How cute is that beach chair? There are actually two new tiny chairs today — the other is shown down in the Giveaway section! And just in time: both the ice cubes (in Kristin’s artwork) and the Iridescent Water Bubble Microbead Mix are back in stock!

     
    NEW Flash Sale: ALL Beach & Mermaid Collage Sheets!

    40% off on EVERYTHING in this big group: Over 60 items! Psst: That includes the collage sheets in Kristin’s artwork, too (like that first sheet shown below)!

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

     
    Faux Florida Vacation Giveaway!

    Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    I’m only highlighting a few of the FIFTEEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
    Florida & Flamingo Postcards Collage Sheet (beside all the fun & colorful images Kristin picked out for her Cabana, she also cut out a couple flamingos that are on the front of the cabana (in the first photo above)
    Coastal Summer Brights 12×12 Paper Set (those big bold flowers!)
    Set of Miniature Books

    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!

    Note: As there is a July Kit included in the Giveaway, any items that are part of the kit (and also listed separately in the supply list) will only be included once.

    Bonus: I’m also including 2 items that you could substitute or add:
    New Half Scale White Lawn Chair
    Mini Beer Cans

    To enter the Faux Florida Vacation 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 13, 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).

    Who won the Fishnet Medley Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Sandra Locklin! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    50 Comments » Posted by Leslie, July 12th, 2020