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Mini Valentine Displays & Forest Spinner: Art, Sale & Free GIFT!

Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper, Valentine's Day

It’s almost February (and Valentine’s Day)… I was inspired by TWO art projects by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper (both with lots of pink and red roses). Plus 3 minis are back in stock that are related to both projects, so I’ve created TWO sale collections (including lots of extras beside Shannon’s 2 supply lists).

PLUS a new Red, White & Pink Blossoms FREE Gift!

So starting with those 3 back-in-stock items (all 3 are in today’s sales, too)!

 
Mini Valentine Displays

Shannon has made 2 tiny (adorable) little Valentine displays! Here’s an intro and some details from Shannon’s blog post:

All of the cakes on the little wire stand? Yep, they are pre-made, they are all available at Alpha Stamps. [Psst… quite a few shown are new today and are on sale — more info below!]

I placed the cakes on a few plates (and cut out a white foam heart “plate” for the top one), and turned one plate into a cake stand by gluing on a white pony bead. After that, all I really did was glue red Dresden trim to the edges of the stand, and poof! A Valentine’s cake display that is 3-3/4″ tall!

And since that project took three minutes, I had time to squeak in another little thing. This one took a tad longer to finish, but only because I painted a microscopic metal jewelry box and made a teensy string of pearls to go inside.

While waiting for the jewelry box to dry, I painted hearts on a white metal bowl, and while that was drying, I dipped the strawberries in chocolate paint. With nothing left to paint, I constructed a heart shaped box and gift bag from the Tiny Little Valentine’s Collage Sheet. The vase is a metal bit that holds a lampshade in place. Why don’t I own miniature vases??

Why indeed! I will get some vases to Shannon ASAP! Here’s Shannon’s supply list for both little displays.
 

 
Sale #1: Mini Valentine Displays Collection

This sale started with the supply list from Shannon’s Mini Valentine Displays artwork. That includes the White Lace-Edged Plate and Miniature White Wire Corner Stand shown above, too!

Note: I’ve added the Unfinished Wood Fern Stand to this sale collection as the white wooden stand has sold out.

Use coupon SPINNY when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Plus this coupon will also work with the second sale collection below! (And that 2nd sale will explain the odd coupon!)

The sale ends WEDNESDAY NIGHT, February 1st at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

 
FREE Gift with Orders

A Red, White & Pink Blossoms Gift Kit is FREE with all orders placed today through Wednesday (ends at midnight February 1, 2023)!

This little set includes one each of these FIVE paper flowers:
Small White Mulberry Blossoms
Tiny Mulberry Blossoms – Red
Tiny Mulberry Blossoms – Bright Pink
Small Mulberry Blossoms – Pink Mix
(and all 4 are in the sale, so remember that coupon if you want to buy more)!
Bonus: a Small Red Mulberry Blossom (not sold separately)
 

 
Alice All Around, A Weird and Wonderful Spinny Thing

My, oh my! This project is so delightful! Not only a tiny room box with 4 rooms (!) but Shannon made Alice scenes in all the rooms! (Scroll down a bit to see 2 wide photos showing some of the scenes.)

I am very excited to tell you about a Quarter Scale Four Scene Room Box – Forest from Alpha Stamps! This tiny thing with its long name is simply awesome! It is two flat chipboard pieces that you can paint (or paper, decoupage, whatever!), assemble, and then affix to the round base. That means there are four little areas to decorate until your heart is content. The whole piece is 6″ wide, so each room is 3″ x 3″, with a bit less space as the floor is round.

And what better way to decorate it than with Alice! And miniatures! And miniature Alice paper dolls! And let’s also make it spin!!! (insert flailing Kermit arms)

Okay, I am getting a little carried away… ahem. But this four scene room box does deserve all of those exclamations.

Ha! Shannon’s project and lively text are much appreciated! Note: Shannon added the Lazy Susan so that the tree can spin (not included by default, but a fun idea).

Plus, what is that little book at left? Shannon also includes an extra Alice project at the bottom of her post!

Here’s a link to all the supplies Shannon used for the Spinny Thing. Be sure to visit her blog post for lots more info & photos (and a video of it spinning)! AND see the 2nd wide photo below (the one with the Queen of Hearts) showing how you can take the characters OUT of the scenes! (Shannon made little cardboard stands for some of her Alice characters, so they can stand up and be taken out of the scenes; perfect for playing paper dolls with a small human.)


 

 

 
Sale #2: Alice Forest Spinner Collection

This group started with the supply list from Shannon’s Alice All Around, A Weird and Wonderful Spinny Thing. That includes the back-in-stock Mini Blossoms Mix – Fuchsia Pink, too!

Then I added a couple more pink flowers (those scenes above with the Caterpillar & the Tweedles show some pink flowers):
Tiny Paper Roses – Medium Pink
Tiny Mulberry Blossoms – Light Pink
(The Tiny Mulberry Blossoms – Bright Pink that are in the gift kit would be a good option, too… note that the red and white roses shown in the scene with The Red Queen are already in the sale group.)

Use coupon SPINNY when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Plus this coupon will also work with the first sale collection above!

The sale ends WEDNESDAY NIGHT, February 1st at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Mini Valentine Displays & Forest Spinner: Art, Sale & Free GIFT! Posted by Leslie, January 28th, 2023

Gnomes & Mushrooms & Grimm: Art, Sale & Free GIFT!

Filed under Shannon Cooper, Woodland Window Box Kit

I was inspired by TWO art projects by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper (both with a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales theme — specifically Snow White). One thing led to another and I’ve created TWO sale collections (including lots of extras beside Shannon’s 2 supply lists).

PLUS a new Tiny Little Mushrooms FREE Gift!

Oh, first thing before I forget: the 3 items directly below are FINALLY back in stock!

 
The Unexpected Guest

Shannon has made a beautiful and clever) lighted shadowbox with the Woodland Window Box Kit. I’ll let Shannon explain a bit about her project:

Life has been a bit crazy lately, but I managed a little art project for Alpha Stamps using the pretty Woodland Window Box Kit. I’ve been ready to make art for awhile now but found the days ending before my To Do list was completed. This kit made it possible to squeeze in some creativity which is exactly what I had been missing for so many weeks!

I really love the new facade with an inset niche: it adds extra space around the opening of the Even Smaller Paper Theatre Box for decorating and the Window with Flower Box is icing on the cake! The finished project is small enough that, when not mounted to a platform base like my example, can be hung on a wall or displayed on an easel. How cute would that be?

I decided to glue a bunch of bushy plants and mushrooms to mine, so went with the 5×2 Platform Base. An arch of twigs (with white roses) was glued to the base and, as a bonus, I got to use more of the scrummy Woodland 6×6 Paper Pad. It’s beautiful paper.

The back is fairly simple with more greenery. The window from the Decorative Windows Set 1:12 holds a surprise: Ooooh, a light!

The Even Smaller Paper Theatre Boxes are 3/4″ deep, so the wireless Single LED Light I used worked out nicely. It gave the lanterns on the collage image a warm light to shine on Snow White.

Note: Shannon didn’t have to cut away any of the collage sheet image for the light to shine through (she just placed it close to the back of the image and right at the level of the lantern). See a preview of Shannon’s tutorial in the wide photo below (using a piece of a matchbox to create a little pocket for the light).

Beautiful work, Shannon! A few more supplies are shown below; see everything Shannon used to make The Unexpected Guest in the Supply List. And see more photos and a tutorial on Shannon’s blog post.


 

 
Sale #1: The Unexpected Guest Collection

This sale started with the supply list from Shannon’s The Unexpected Guest artwork. I also added a few more items that would fit into that tiny greenery/mushroom garden Shannon built on the platform. Plus I added the larger Woodland 12×12 Paper Pad!

Use coupon GRIMM when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Plus this coupon will also work with the second sale collection below!

The sale ends WEDNESDAY NIGHT, January 25th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

 
FREE Gift with Orders

A Tiny Little Mushrooms Gift Kit is FREE with all orders placed today through Wednesday (ends at midnight January 25, 2023)!

This little set includes:
– A Bronze Mushroom & Caterpillar Charm
– One of the Tiny 3D Ladybugs
– One of the Tiny Red Mushrooms (one wire has 2 mushrooms, so the amount shown)
– One of the Tiny Green Rose Leaves
(and all 4 are in the sale, so remember that coupon if you want to buy more)!
 

 
The Dwarfs’ Cottage Altered Tin

Eek! Isn’t this the cutest little cottage you’ve ever seen? And made from an Altoids Tin! AND Shannon has provided a tutorial for that roof! (Note: since Shannon’s project, I added a pre-cut roof based on her design… it’s also included in the sale collection.)

The Dwarfs’ Cottage Altered Tin is just perfect: all tucked into the small size of an Altoids Tin, it has a scene inside (behind one of the insert frames), a little image behind a window at top to make you think there’re an attic, hand-made stones (complete with moss and tiny flowers), faux wood trim, and a shingled roof.

“I fell in love with the scalloped insert frames, and was excited to see the newer Fairy Tale Frames Inserts for Altoid Tins.

“I used an image from the Snow White with the Dwarves Collage Sheet and the blank tin to construct the Dwarfs’ wee cottage, which has to be a much more pleasant place than a prince’s boring old castle. Plus, tiny houses are the way to go.

“The entire cottage is made from just three things: the tin, cardboard, and clay. The stones and wood beams are sculpted from the paper clay and the roof pieces and tiles are cut from cardboard. Super easy!”

Nice work, Shannon! Read more (and see lots more photos and that tutorial) in Shannon’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.

 
Sale #2: Grimm Fairy Tales Collection

This group started with the supply list from Shannon’s The Dwarfs’ Cottage Altered Tin. Then it grew to include extra mushroom-themed items. AND ALL the Grimm Fairy Tales Collage Sheets!

The items I’m highlighting in the pics below are things not in Shannon’s supply list (they are all examples of the extras I added to the sale, but goodies in her supply list are also on sale)!

Use coupon GRIMM when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Over 90 items! Plus this coupon will also work with the first sale collection above!

The sale ends WEDNESDAY NIGHT, January 25th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Gnomes & Mushrooms & Grimm: Art, Sale & Free GIFT! Posted by Leslie, January 22nd, 2023

Mini Wooden Printer’s Type Tray Shadowbox Artwork & Sale!

Filed under Back in Stock, Halloween, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

A totally unexpected project for this time of year, but I love it! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s Voodoo Shadowbox is so creepy cool! AND I’ve created a whole “Voodoo Collection Sale” around the items in Shannon’s supply list (plus I added more potion labels and bottles to bring the sale up to 40 items, then added everything with “SKULL” in the title, too)!

But before we delve into the sale, back to this fab project! Here’s some text from Shannon’s blog post:

I’ve had this awesome Mini Wooden Printer’s Type Tray Shadowbox on my craft table for some time, just waiting for a me to fill it with lots of little notions. (Note: the type trays are finally back in stock!) Next to the tray lay a handful of doodads, and while on hold with the USPS during the holidays, I rifled through the stuff and eventually began gluing things together while patiently waiting my turn. By the time a real-live person answered the call, I had several bottles filled with herbs and feathers, tiny jars, some rhinestones glued into a skull’s eye sockets, and quite a few Tarot cards snipped from the Tiny Divination Cards Collage Sheet (also in pic below). We won’t mention the wait time. :/

The printer’s tray was brown to begin with, and I had painted it a darker brown, only to discover that was not the answer for what I was going for. So all of its cubbies got a paint job and the front was covered with bronze metallic paint and then dry brushed with black. That’ll do.

I didn’t fret over what went where or making things just so. It was more of an “I’m going to glue this right here and all will be fine, moving on” kind of project. A few images from various collage sheets, like the Little Potions one, were glued to the backs of a few cubbies, and then the bottles, candles (psst, they are mostly real candles, minus the red one on the skull which is beeswax and embroidery floss!) were added, followed by some Spring Green Lichen Mix and other natural elements. All of the roses were cut from tissue paper and glued around a wire stem.

[Aside: I added the White Mini Rose Buds to the supply list so they’re part of the sale, too. They look the right size for that little white rose to the left of large-ish skull with the red candle — see close-up below. Oh, and that tall amber resin bottle to the right of the same skull is in the pic at right.]

Read more (and see more photos in Shannon’s blog post! Below are a few of the items from Shannon’s supply list (all on sale!)… and keep reading as there’s that related Voodoo Collection Sale, and a FREE Gift based on this Voodoo Shadowbox!

 
FREE Gift with Orders

A Voodoo Charms Gift Kit is FREE with all orders placed today through Tuesday (ends at midnight January 17, 2023)!

That Silver Pentagram Charm is similar to the bronze one in Shannon’s artwork, plus the Bronze Perfume Bottle and Eyeball Cabs in Settings – Silver are just bonus items I picked out (and all 3 are also in the sale collection)!

 
Lots of Miniatures are Back in Stock

Beside the Mini Wooden Printer’s Type Tray Shadowbox that started off this whole newsletter, all of the items below have finally made their way through customs.

 
NEW: Voodoo Collection SALE

This is a special sale! It started with the supply list from Shannon’s Voodoo Shadowbox. Then it grew to include extra potion labels and bottles… BONUS: The sale also includes ALL ITEMS with SKULL in the title!

The items I’m highlighting in the pics below are things not in Shannon’s supply list (they are all examples of the extras I added to the sale, but goodies in her supply list are also on sale)!

Use coupon VOODOO when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! That’s 20% off beyond current sale prices! Over 60 items!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, January 17th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Mini Wooden Printer’s Type Tray Shadowbox Artwork & Sale! Posted by Leslie, January 15th, 2023

New Victorian Writing Room Book Nook, Sale & Free GIFT!

Filed under Book Nooks, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Written Memories Kit

My Victorian Feminine Writing Room by Rhonda Thomas

Oh, what a way to start a new year! I love this book nook (from the pretty wallpaper — and many, many portraits — to the pretty (new!) swirly motif ceiling inserts and desk). And the inspired use of a vintage “Cray-Pas” oil pastels case to create a roof!

Here’s a bit of text from Rhonda’s blog post to get us started:

Welcome to my my little place to create and collect. Not only do I have this wonderful nook of a room on the top floor of my old home, I also have the attic space to store things and to use as a cozy reading area. You know what else I have? A sweet ghost who likes to make their presence known. 

Lucky for me, I’ve had a lot of experience with ghosts, so it just makes my little nook that much more welcoming. I feel like I have someone watching out for me. Maybe it is visiting, maybe it belongs to one of my antiques, or maybe they used to live here. 

All of the life-sized supplies featured came from my mom’s desk and my grandmother’s. My grandmother always used a fountain pen, and there are some of my mom’s powdered pigments and items from her “Suzuri Bako” Japanese brush set. 

More info and pics of some of the many items Rhonda mentions are below.

I’ve put ALL of Rhonda’s supply list in a new collection and created a discount code for 20% off those supplies! More info on the sale is below!

 
In the wide photos below, I’ve zoomed way in (to the painting on the easel and the new shallow stairs (2 sets of them) that are in the back of the book nook.

Those stairs were designed for this book nook. Just enough depth (1″) for a plant or a small stack of books… the idea of the edge of a stairway.
 

 
Next up in this little tour: the desk and all the pretties on the top of the desk.

Beside the 3 items shown in the row below the wide photo, I spy scissors and a magnifying glass (and a coffee label on the metal paint can makes a perfect spot for pens & brushes). That Jane Austen cover is from the Miniature Antique Book Covers Collage Sheet.

See Rhonda’s blog post for tons more photos and tips (like how to hide LED lights, and how to make a working lamp and lamp shade).
 

 
FREE Gift with Orders

A Small Painted Metal Rocking Horse is FREE with all orders placed today through Tuesday (ends at midnight January 10, 2023)!

It’s a bit smaller than the horse in Rhonda’s attic but similarly hand-painted cast metal (and darned cute)!

While we’re talkin’ attic, here’s a few more items in that photo:
– See that chest of drawers behind the rocking horse? It’s actually part of a 1:24 Gothic Dresser (and the mirror from that dresser is also in the attic, as a mirror)
– There are a couple flat images of dolls mixed in with Rhonda’s 3D doll heads (from the Creepy Dolls Collage Sheet)

 
NEW: Victorian Writing Room SALE

This is a coupon sale that includes all the supplies from Rhonda’s fab project above — over 50 items!

Bonus items added to the sale:
– The TWO new toys in the first row below! That black train engine is pretty close to the one in Rhonda’s attic.
Mini Train Locomotive (more toys!)
Small Painted Metal Rocking Horse (the one in the FREE Gift!)

Use coupon SWIRLY 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, January 10th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on New Victorian Writing Room Book Nook, Sale & Free GIFT! Posted by Leslie, January 8th, 2023

Paper and Clearance Sales Extended! 40-50% off! Plus FREE Gift!

Filed under Cat's Away... 2022, Sale

Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

Happy New Year! Did you catch your breath from all the one-day sales, artwork and giveaways last week? I don’t know that I quite have myself.

I’ve EXTENDED both the Scrapbook Paper and Clearance sales through this WEDNESDAY night, January 4th, 2023! You can revisit some items still in stock from both sales below. Note: I’ve organized the highlights based on the art themes of the 5 days of last week’s newsletters. Plus there’s a new FREE GIFT with all orders.

Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 3rd. Shipping will BEGIN on January 3rd, so you’ll need to be patient if you’re ordering during this sale. More info on the sale and holiday schedule.

AND we have a winner to announce for the Field Notes Mini Folio Giveaway from Friday’s newsletter: Donna! Check your email (early this week) for more info.
 

ALL Clearance Items are on sale at 50% off!

EVERYTHING on Clearance is now on Sale at 50% off! This is HUGE (over 750 items from all themes)!

View all clearance items here! (If you’re brave! Or start your shopping with some suggestions by theme below — or with the Perforated Red Labels shown at right.)

 
ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off!

Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

Note that this group includes single sheets, paper sets, vellum and rice paper! Over 250 items!

View all the scrapbook papers here!

 
Highlights from the Valentine’s Day Theme

All the items shown below (in this and the other themes) are either in the scrapbook paper section or on clearance — so they’re all included in the sales! Plus these first 3 were also used in Shannon Cooper’s cute Hearts Aflutter Mini Valentine Hutch!

 
Highlights from the Halloween Theme

 
Highlights from the Chocolate Shop Theme

 
Highlights from the Christmas Theme

 
Highlights from the Birds & Bees (& Botanical) Theme

 
Be My Valentine FREE Gift!

Lucky you! I found a stash of parts from the (sold out) My Retro Valentine Kit — some used in the Valentine’s Day artwork by Shannon highlighted on Day 1 of the sale!

This set includes:
2 Etched Wooden Embellishments
3 Tiny Envelopes (1 of each color)
Red Heart in Circle Polymer Clay Slices (not from kit but perfect for this mix)

This set is FREE with all orders placed today through WEDNESDAY (ends at midnight January 4, 2022)!!

  
Comments Off on Paper and Clearance Sales Extended! 40-50% off! Plus FREE Gift! Posted by Leslie, January 1st, 2023

Field Notes Mini Folio One-Day Sale! ALL Clearance 50% off!

Filed under Botanical Journal Kit, Cat's Away... 2022, Giveaways, Sale, Shannon Cooper

Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

It’s Day FIVE of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! This is the FINAL newsletter for this week (but some of the new and old sales are through January 1st, so read on!)

Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 3rd, but for sale prices and/or freebies, I think you’ll be able to wait. Shipping will BEGIN on January 3rd, so you’ll need to be patient if you’re ordering during this sale. More info on the sale and holiday schedule.

On to today’s goodies: FOUR sales, a FREE GIFT with all orders, and a Giveaway!
 

3-DAY SALE: ALL Clearance Items are on sale at 50% off!

EVERYTHING on Clearance is now on Sale at 50% off! This is HUGE (over 750 items from all themes)!

The extra mark-downs end Sunday night, January 1st, 2023.
 

Highlights from the Clearance Sale!

 
TWO: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off!

Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

Note that this group includes single sheets, paper sets, vellum and rice paper! Over 250 items!

Those examples at left and right (and the row below) are related to today’s Birds & Bees Theme: Blue Flight Rice Paper and Scrap Studio Authentic Ephemera Scrapbook Paper.

The paper sale ends Sunday night, January 1st, 2023 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered.

View all the scrapbook papers here!

 
THREE: ONE-DAY SALE on ALL Supplies from Field Notes Mini Folio

Design Team Member Shannon Cooper created this lovely Field Notes Mini Folio (see the wide photos below) from the Journal Cover that’s included in the Botanical Journal Kit (and she also used bunches of related papers and collage sheets).

Shannon added 3 pockets across the inside of the Journal Cover (the pockets on far left and right with the angled tops are made from ATC-sized collage cards included in the Herbarium 12×12 Paper Set (one is also duplicated on the A4 size sheet included in the kit).
 


 
The little notebook below is “just” the center booklet from the photo above. It is FILLED with tons of cute images and pages with pockets & envelopes (and tags). PLUS Shannon includes tons of tutorial pics on her blog post for making your own!

Use coupon FIELD-GUIDE when checking out to get an additional 20% off beyond current sale prices on everything in Shannon’s Supply List!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 30th at midnight PST.


 

 
Highlights from the Field Notes Mini Folio Sale!

 
FOUR: ONE-DAY SALE on Birds & Bees!

This is a HUGE section (over 150 items)! From collage sheets (birds and bees/butterflies) to beads to charms (bees and birds) to rubber stamps.

Remember to use the coupon FIELD-GUIDE for an additional 20% off when checking out — it applies to this collection, too!

Note that the coupon will give you a double discount on Birds Scrapbook Papers AND Birds & Bees Clearance Items already on sale (like the swans at right)!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 30th at midnight PST.

 
Highlights from the Birds & Bees!

 
FREE Gift with Orders Placed TODAY!

One of the NEW Mini Botanical Ephemera Half Sheet plus ONE EACH of the THREE envelopes in the Botanical Journal Kit (and in Shannon’s artwork, so they’re also on sale)!

The envelopes are
Kraft Coin Envelopes
Glassine Envelopes – 2-5/16 x 3-5/8 Inches
ATC Size Glassine Envelopes

The new collage sheet has smaller ephemera and includes labels: Herbarium, Field Notes, Notes (plus a specimen number). And, of course, many images of beautiful flowers, mushrooms, fruit, butterflies and caterpillars. AND the coupon FIELD-GUIDE will give you 20% off if you’d like a second copy or to buy a digital version.
 

 
Hooray for the Field Notes Mini Folio Giveaway!

Easy as pie! I’ve picked out the shortest list of items from Shannon’s artwork that contain the MOST pieces!

Starting with Botanical Journal Kit (that contains NINE items including that Botanical Pockets & Tiny Books Collage Sheet at left)

Then the THREE items in the row below (also in Shannon’s art).

BONUS #1: I’m adding a Seaweed or Fern Fronds Set (shown at right) as the chipboard Shannon used on the front cover has sold out.

BONUS #2: I’m also adding one of the new Mini Botanical Ephemera Half Sheets mentioned in the FREE GIFT section above.

To enter the Field Notes Mini Folio Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY Night, December 30, 2022).

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.

The winner will be announced in SUNDAY’S newsletter.

Oooo! Who won yesterday’s Snowy Houses Giveaway? That would be Nadine! Check your email (early next week) for more info.
 

  
22 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 30th, 2022

Christmas Village One-Day Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

Filed under Cat's Away... 2022, Christmas, Giveaways, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Songbirds & Snowy Houses Kit

Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

It’s Day FOUR of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! (Can you believe it? This is the 15th Annual Cat’s Away Sale!)

Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 3rd, but for sale prices and/or freebies, I think you’ll be able to wait. Shipping will BEGIN on January 3rd, so you’ll need to be patient if you’re ordering during this sale. More info on the sale and holiday schedule.

On to today’s goodies: THREE sales, a FREE GIFT with all orders, and a Giveaway!
 

ONE: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off!

Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

Note that this group includes single sheets, paper sets, vellum and rice paper! Over 250 items!

Those examples at left and right are related to today’s Christmas Theme: White Christmas Snowy Trees Scrapbook Paper and Christmas Charm 6×6 Paper Pad!

The paper sale ends Sunday night, January 1st, 2023 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! I will merge orders if you order multiple times during the sale.

View all the scrapbook papers here!
 

TWO: ONE-DAY SALE on ALL Supplies from Christmas Village Wonderland

What a pretty set of snowy houses by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas! Rhonda mixed up the flat and 3D tall houses with lots of windows and roofs to make her little village.

Starting with some text from Rhonda’s blog post:

I’ll admit I went a little bit overboard with this Village Wonderland, but I couldn’t help myself. I felt like a child again, with my Mother’s vintage holiday decorations, all covered in gleaming sparkles and puffy snow that I was not to touch.

It all started with the Songbirds and Snowy Houses Kit, which includes one of the 3 houses from the Tall Flat Houses.

But I had some additional Tall 3D Houses that I included as well.

You can see the 3D houses in the back row (with the chimneys and smoke), and also in the photo below.
 

The Roof Trims were one of my favorite items, so much so I requested more for all of my houses both flat and 3D.

I brushed each trim with a white stamp pad, then covered the area with a Snow Writer, which is a moist white paste that looks like snow. Next, a sprinkle of Gold Glass Glitter, Winter Snow Glitter Mix, and Iridescent Mylar Flakes. Some were even decorated with candy & cookie slices. Those tiny gingerbread houses are so adorable!

BIG BONUS: I added the rest of the Glitter and Sequins to this collection (so it includes 20 additional options from the gold glitter and sparkly snow that Rhonda used)!

Use coupon GLITTER when checking out to get an additional 20% off beyond current sale prices on everything in Rhonda’s Supply List!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 29th at midnight PST.
 

Highlights from the Christmas Village Sale!

 
THREE: ONE-DAY SALE on Christmas Papers!

In addition to the papers in Rhonda’s artwork, this group includes ALL the Christmas Papers (over 50)! And since the tag “Christmas” in the paper section includes paper flowers and Dresden, those are on sale, too!

Note that the coupon will give you a double discount on Christmas Scrapbook Papers already on sale!

Remember to use the coupon GLITTER for an additional 20% off when checking out — it applies to this collection, too!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 29th at midnight PST.

 
Highlights from the Christmas Papers Sale!

 
FREE Gift with Orders Placed TODAY!

That chipboard house set shown at left and right (from the Songbirds & Snowy Houses Kit) will be added to all orders! Just the chipboard pieces, not the paper, flowers or candy canes (though those last 2 items are in today’s sale).

That’s the middle-height house from the set of Tall Houses in Rhonda’s project. And some chipboard house trims: a snowy icicle roof trim and 3 windows (a subset from the Windows for Tall Houses set).
 

Hooray for the Snowy Houses Giveaway!
 


Where to start? I picked out these photos from Rhonda’s project to focus on. Here goes:
Tall Houses Flat Set
Roof Trims for Tall Houses
Windows for Tall Houses
Noel Vintage French Postcards Rice Paper
2 Inch German Fir Trees
Winter Birds Collage Sheet
Small Red Mulberry Paper Christmas Poinsettias

To enter the Snowy Houses Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, THURSDAY Night, December 29, 2022).

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.

The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY FIVE Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New Sale)!

Oooo! Who won yesterday’s Chocolate Shop Window Giveaway? That would be Janet M Turner! Check your email (early next week) for more info.
 

  
32 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 29th, 2022

Chocolate Shop One-Day Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

Filed under Cat's Away... 2022, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Sale, Streets of Paris

Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

It’s Day THREE of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! (Can you believe it? This is the 15th Annual Cat’s Away Sale!)

Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 3rd, but for sale prices and/or freebies, I think you’ll be able to wait. Shipping will BEGIN on January 3rd, so you’ll need to be patient if you’re ordering during this sale. More info on the sale and holiday schedule.

On to today’s goodies: THREE sales, a FREE GIFT with all orders, and a Giveaway!
 

ONE: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off!

Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

Note that this group includes single sheets, paper sets, vellum and rice paper! Over 250 items!

Those examples at left and right are related to today’s Chocolate Shop Theme: Antique Roses 12×12 Paper Pack and Heartland Scrapbook Paper – Kiss Kiss!

The paper sale ends Sunday night, January 1st, 2023 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! I will merge orders if you order multiple times during the sale.

View all the scrapbook papers here!
 

TWO: ONE-DAY SALE on ALL Supplies from The Chocolate Shop by Laura Carson

This is a combo of both The Chocolate Shop itself (mainly showing the store windows, filled with sweets) AND also the separate post from Laura’s blog for “just” making the sweets. The store is from Laura’s multi-part The Streets of Paris. It was a series of post leading to building a group of miniature Parisian shops in 1:12 scale. You can see all the posts from the series.


 

Rectangular Bay Window - Large Center WindowWow! Isn’t that stunning?! The perfect additions to the sides of the shop (and even lit up to show the tasty treats)! Lucky for you: Laura shares all in her tutorial video!

There are 3 related 1:12 scale Rectangular Bay Windows, all sized to fit on the 2-Story Room Box French Quarter. Laura uses two of them as display windows for her Chocolatier.

(Note: the narrower window fits the width of the window on the Storefront Room Box.)

There’s also a Chocolate Shop Digital Set (and Collage Sheet) with items to decorate the inside and outside of a chocolate, patisserie or cake shop. And a Chocolate Shop Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet, with a big group of chocolate shop box and bag designs (you can see a couple of the shopping bags below in the photo of the display window included in today’s Giveaway).

From Laura’s blog post:
The bay windows, which I think are the star of the shop, are made using easy-to-assemble chipboard kits. I’ve used two of the three styles for the Chocolatier. The Chocolate Shop digital image set contains a series of awnings that are sized to fit the new windows.

Use coupon CHOCOLATE when checking out to get an additional 20% off beyond current sale prices on everything in BOTH of Laura’s supply lists: the sweets and the shop structure!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 28th at midnight PST.

 
Highlights from the Chocolate Shop Sale!

 
THREE: ONE-DAY SALE on Tiny Cakes!

A few of these are also in Laura’s supplies, but there are bunches more resin cakes (and baking things) in the miniatures section in this group! Over 30 items!

BONUS: a Mini Cake Set FREE Gift! That set of 3 cakes plus the round serving tray is FREE with all orders placed today (December 28, 2022)! Those chocolate cakes are: Miniature Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Rolled Cake with Cherries and Mini Sponge Cake with Chocolate Frosting (all 3 are in Laura’s supply list, so are included in the sale).

Remember to use the coupon CHOCOLATE for an additional 20% off when checking out — it applies to this collection, too!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 28th at midnight PST.

 
Highlights from the Tiny Cakes Sale!

 
Hooray for the Chocolate Shop Window Giveaway!

Oh my… there are so many pretties in this project, I didn’t know where to start. I decided on the Rectangular Bay Window – 2 Columns (and a bunch of the items displayed inside):
Rectangular Bay Window – 2 Columns (note that Laura turned the window around, so the side with windowpanes is papered over and is now her back wall)
Chocolate Shop Collage Sheet (poster on the back wall of the window)
Chocolate Shop Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet (pink shopping bags in the window display)
Mini Chocolate Labels Collage Sheet (labels on the candy boxes at right)

Moving on: some of the polymer clay canes Laura sliced up to make candies (I’m cheating a bit here, as the boxes of candies are shown inside the shop — preview at right from Laura’s “making sweets” post):
Polymer Clay Cane – Red Hearts
Polymer Clay Cane – Rolled Cake with Cherry
Polymer Clay Cane – Red & White Rolled Cake

Finally, back to the glass display shelves inside the window at left, these were used to make the glass display (or are substitutes — and are in the sale, too):
Fancy Square Bronze Fretwork Filigree
Antique Gold Large Rondelles
Sparrows Compass Brass Link
Raw Brass Box Feet – Cones

Note: you can check out the Glass Displays post for more info on how some of those Giveaway items were used to make the glass case shown inside the window (and shown at right).

I’m also including the Mini Cake Set FREE Gift set shown above in the Giveaway!

To enter the Chocolate Shop Window Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, WEDNESDAY Night, December 28, 2022).

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.

The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY FOUR Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New Sale)!

Oooo! Who won yesterday’s Tombstone Attic Set Giveaway? That would be Denise Bryant! Check your email (early next week) for more info.

  
28 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 28th, 2022

Spooky Poisons One-Day Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

Filed under Apothecary Bottles Kit, Cat's Away... 2022, Giveaways, Hocus Pocus Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

It’s Day TWO of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! (Can you believe it? This is the 15th Annual Cat’s Away Sale!)

Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 3rd, but for sale prices and/or freebies, I think you’ll be able to wait. Shipping will BEGIN on January 3rd, so you’ll need to be patient if you’re ordering during this sale. More info on the sale and holiday schedule.

On to today’s goodies: THREE sales, a FREE GIFT with all orders, and a Giveaway!
 

ONE: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off!

Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

Note that this group includes single sheets, paper sets, vellum and rice paper! Over 250 items!

Those examples at left and right are related to today’s Halloween Theme: Dark Hollow – The Raven Scrapbook Paper and Dark Halloween 6×6 Paper Pack!

The paper sale ends Sunday night, January 1st, 2023 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! I will merge orders if you order multiple times during the sale.

View all the scrapbook papers here!
 

TWO: ONE-DAY SALE on ALL Supplies from Spooky Poisons by Rhonda Thomas

Nice job, Rhonda! I love all the drippy, spooky, cobweb-covered details in this project! Note: Rhonda used the Matchbox Theatre Box with the Tombstone Attic Set to create the structure and shape of her shrine. That attic set is 2 laser-cut chipboard pieces, designed so that the top of the theatre box forms the floor of the attic.

Here’s a bit of intro text from Rhonda’s blog post:

If you are spooked by spiders, or things that go bump in the night, if you have a weak stomach or are scared of ghosts, I’d advice you not to continue any further. Because you will be exposed to those things and more, if you dare.

Have you ever seen an attic in the shape of a tombstone? Spooky things hide in the corners, like bottles full of eyeballs and hearts.

I used almost all of items from the Hocus Pocus Kit AND the Apothecary Bottles Kit (and both of those kits are included in the sale, too)!

See more tips and photos in Rhonda’s blog post (and see another photo below in the Giveaway section).

Use coupon TOMBSTONE when checking out to get an additional 20% off beyond current sale prices on everything in Rhonda’s Supply List!

BIG BONUS: I added the rest of the resin bottle blanks to this collection (so it includes about 40 additional bottles from the many that Rhonda used)!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 27th at midnight PST.

Highlights from the Spooky Poisons Sale!

 
THREE: ONE-DAY SALE on Halloween Papers!

In addition to the Hocus Pocus 6×6 Paper Pad in Rhonda’s artwork, this group includes ALL the Halloween Papers (over 70)! And since the tag “Halloween” in the paper section includes black paper flowers and Dresden, those are on sale, too!

Note that the coupon will give you a double discount on Halloween Scrapbook Papers already on sale!

Remember to use the coupon TOMBSTONE for an additional 20% off when checking out — it applies to this collection, too!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 27th at midnight PST.

 
Highlights from the Halloween Papers Sale!

Hooray for the Tombstone Attic Set Giveaway!

Here’s that second promised photo from Rhonda’s project. Isn’t that glowing tintype of a man Spooktacular! (See the far left of the photo below.) It was a very easy feature to create (hint: WAX with a single LED behind the portrait).

Although Rhonda used the original (deeper) Matchbox Theatre Box, there’s also a shallower version (so the Art Nouveau Matchbox Theatre Facades Collage Sheet images will still fit the front). AND the Tombstone Attic Set fits, too! And kinda goes without saying: the 1:48 scale furniture shown in the preview at right will fit either version of the Matchbox Theatre Box.

Before I list the items in the Giveaway, there’s a NEW Tombstone Attic Collage Sheet, related to that Shallow Matchbox Theatre Box (though most of the images will fit the deeper Matchbox Theatre Box, too).

I’m including the combo of a Shallow Matchbox Theatre Box and Tombstone Attic Set FREE with all orders placed today (December 27, 2022)!

Here’s the rest of the items from Rhonda’s Supply List in the Giveaway:
Hocus Pocus Kit (Wow! There’s 7 items right there, including all 12 papers from the Hocus Pocus 6×6 Pad)
– The 3 bottles (slathered in red wax) that are on the far right of that wide close-up pic above: Iced Coffee Bottle, Large Rectangular Resin Whisky Bottle and Green Soju Bottle)
2 more collage sheets (for the labels on those same 3 bottles: Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet and Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet — the heart label on the middle bottle is on the Halloween Cab Ovals Half Sheet already included from the Hocus Pocus Kit)
Matchbox Theatre Box (the deep version Rhonda used) and the Tombstone Attic Set

I’m also including the NEW Tombstone Attic Collage Sheet and the Shallow Matchbox Theatre Box in the Giveaway! The prize winner will have the option of either depth for their shrine — or they could make two!

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Rhonda’s artwork, although “just” the items listed above are included in the Giveaway.

To enter the Tombstone Attic Set Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, TUESDAY Night, December 27, 2022).

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.

The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY THREE Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New Sale)!

Oooo! Who won yesterday’s One Shelf, So Many Possibilities Giveaway? That would be Gretchen! Check your email (early next week) for more info.

  
23 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 27th, 2022

Mini Valentine Hutch One-Day Sale! ALL Paper 40-50% off!

Filed under Cat's Away... 2022, Giveaways, Retro Valentine Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Valentine's Day

Holiday Closure & After-Christmas Sale

I hope you stayed safe and warm on Christmas (a big feat this year!) and had lots of yummy food with loved ones. In case Santa didn’t bring you your heart’s desire (or if you’re just looking for a good deal in prep for 2023 projects)… It’s the first day of this week of While the Cat’s Away Sales & Giveaways! (Can you believe it? This is the 15th Annual Cat’s Away Sale!)

Remember, the shipping staff are on vacation till January 3rd, but for sale prices and/or freebies, I think you’ll be able to wait. Shipping will BEGIN on January 3rd, so you’ll need to be patient if you’re ordering during this sale. More info on the sale and holiday schedule.

On to today’s goodies: THREE sales, a FREE GIFT with all orders, and a Giveaway!
 

ONE: ALL Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 40% off! Plus clearance paper is on Sale at 50% off!

Note that this group includes single sheets, paper sets, vellum and rice paper! Over 250 items!

The paper sale ends Sunday night, January 1st, 2023 but first come, first served and most of the papers will not be reordered! I will merge orders (to save shipping) if you order multiple times during the sale.

Highlights from the Scrapbook Paper Sale!

 
TWO: ONE-DAY SALE on ALL Supplies from the Hearts Aflutter Mini Valentine Hutch!

Wow! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made (an amazing!) Hearts Aflutter Mini Valentine Hutch using a Wooden Hutch or Buffet, plus 80 bajillion items I will explain!

Beside the tall overview pic, there are 2 wide close-up photos below (showing 2 of those 3 jam-packed shelves), and there are more photos in Shannon’s blog post:

After the hutch was painted (including the Etched Wooden Banner I glued to the top), I lined the shelves with strips of polka dot paper. Tons of images from the Tiny Little Valentines Collage Sheet were cut out to fill the shelves. There are candy boxes, two valentines card boxes, two gift bags, and a (mini) handful of vintage valentine cards on the shelves and on the lacy border. Peeking out from behind a white heart cake on the top shelf is the cutest kitten you’ve ever seen. Thanks for making some extra tiny cat valentines, Leslie!

Whenever I am making a miniature hutch or shelf of some sort, I tend to crowd stuff in there, jamming as many tiny things as will fit. The project sort of turns into an “I Spy” game, which is kinda fun. Some of the things you’ll find are:
– a red jam jar
lemon cake with LOVE frosting
heart cookie cutter
polymer clay cake sprinkles in glass bottles
tiny resin cupcakes
pink strawberry cakes
candy jar pre-filled with red candies
tiny heart buttons
tiny heart-shaped chocolate cakes
– and an embossed gold Dresden heart
Whew!

Most of the minis in this project were altered just a tad, like the Red Canisters. (I just glued a heart from the Polymer Clay Valentine Hearts Slice Mix to the front!) Some of the jar lids were painted or colored with a red Sharpie before being filled with microbeads, or more polymer clay slice mix. The lid of the Frozen Yogurt Container on the top shelf was also colored with a red Sharpie, and I drew on a little heart.

The Tiny Lace Borders worked out perfectly for the shelves. The bottom lace was cut from a wider section and I added pink rhinestones along the top. The heart-shaped lace border was just trimmed and glued on. So quick!

Read more (and see more photos in Shannon’s blog post!

Use coupon VAL-HUTCH when checking out to get an additional 20% off beyond current sale prices on everything in Shannon’s Supply List!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 26th at midnight PST.

Highlights from the Mini Valentine Hutch Sale!

 
THREE: ONE-DAY SALE on Valentine Papers & Collage Sheets!

In addition to the collage sheets in Shannon’s artwork, this group includes ALL the Valentine-themed collage sheets (over 50)! And since the tag “Valentine Papers” in the paper section includes pink and red paper flowers and Dresden, those are on sale, too!

Note that the coupon will give you a double discount on Valentine’s Scrapbook Papers already on sale!

Remember to use the coupon VAL-HUTCH for an additional 20% off when checking out — it applies to this collection, too!

The sale ends TONIGHT, December 26th at midnight PST.

Highlights from the Valentine Papers & Collage Sheets Sale!

 
Hooray for the One Shelf, So Many Possibilities Giveaway!

Here’s that second promised photo from Shannon’s project, and it helped me focus on just one area of this fun project to choose products from for the Giveaway!

I’m including all of these things from Shannon’s Supply List in the Giveaway:
Wooden Hutch or Buffet
all FIVE of these cakes (I spy 3 in the photo, including the cake sprinkles in a jar)
Silly Pink Bunny Rabbits Set
Tiny Little Valentines Collage Sheet (retro valentines hanging on the lace scallops… more on those scallops below!)
Romantic Faux Postage Half Sheet (the tiny label on the red cookie tin)
– Valentine Hearts Collage Sheet (one is cut out and laying next to the tin)
– (Speaking of the tin) I’m substituting one of the Brass Button Covers or Mini Tins for the (sold out) metal cookie tin
6mm Heart Buttons
Even Tinier Bottles
Red Jam Mini Resin Jar

I’m including one more thing in this Giveaway AND also FREE with all orders placed today (December 26, 2022): the Back in Stock Tiny Lace Borders – Set of 3 shown at right! Tiny laser-cut cardstock borders (3 different designs — 4 if you split the middle one, like Shannon did).

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Shannon’s artwork, although “just” the items listed above are included in the Giveaway.

To enter the One Shelf, So Many Possibilities Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY Night, December 26, 2022).

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.

The winner will be announced TOMORROW in the DAY TWO Cat’s Away Newsletter (with a New Sale)!

  
23 Comments » Posted by Leslie, December 25th, 2022