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    French Country Paper, Petite Cabinets + Bee & Butterfly Charms Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Butterfly Garden Kit, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures

    Oh, I loved the French Country 12×12 Paper Pad when we originally had it and now it’s back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition with even more images!

    Such rich colors, beautiful vintage images, and those classic Graphic45 prints (like the fleur-de-lis pattern and the harlequin diamonds) are so versatile!

    This is a BIG pad: In addition to TWO EACH of all TWELVE double-sided cardstock sheets from the original collection (12″ x 12″) this set also includes:
    – one 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet (cardstock weight)
    AND
    – one 6″ x 12″ sheet of chipboard die-cuts.

     
    Do you remember the Bees Accordion Book by Lora Mahaffey? Lora used some snips from the French Country 12×12 Paper Pad (and the back in stock Wide Accordion Book Letter Folder) plus the black accordion book inside — and some collage sheet images to make this quick and pretty project (gift?)

    See the original blog post or the supply list.

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Beside that beautiful 12×12 pad (and the folder wrapping Lora’s project), these new (or back-in-stock) items are linked by bees (or French miniatures)!

     
    Bee & Butterfly Charms on SALE! (Dragonflies & Sunflowers, too)

    At least 25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

    Yes, Lora’s artwork was the inspiration. Note: this group includes some fairy garden charms beyond bees & butterflies.

    Psst: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, May 15th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 40 items!

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

     
    Who won the Humpty Dumpty’s Afternoon Giveaway from the last newsletter? That would be Barbara Griggs! Congrats! Check your email for info. (And a reminder of that colorful artwork is below.)

      
    Comments Off on French Country Paper, Petite Cabinets + Bee & Butterfly Charms Sale! Posted by Leslie, May 13th, 2021

    New Goodies, Humpty Dumpty Giveaway, 15% Off Sitewide!

    Filed under Altered Tins, Art Projects, Giveaways, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    Um… Mother’s Day? Maybe you need a quick giftie or a gift for yourself (even in you’re only in charge of a furbaby). 🙂

    In addition to the new items shown below, there’s a new sale: EXTRA 15% off EVERYTHING! That’s 15% above current sale prices on the ENTIRE SITE!! Even if the item is already marked down as a clearance item or a kit!

    Use Promo Code: MOTHERS-DAY when checking out.

    No minimum purchase required (excludes gift certificates/cards, shipping, taxes). May not be combined with another discount code.

    The coupon discount ends at midnight (PST) MONDAY NIGHT, May 10, 2021!

     
    What is NEW today?

    A nice mix of items: a chess set perfect for an Alice in Wonderland project, 2 half-scale flooring papers (one of those is in today’s Giveaway!), some antique copper 1:12 scale hardware, tiny laser-cut leaves, and a sweet nest with coodinating speckled eggs! Not all the new goodies are shown below, so click here to see all of them.

     
    Some eye candy, too!
    And a Giveaway!

    Humpty Dumpty’s Afternoon by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper is so sweet!

    When I saw the cute new Half Scale Antique Brick Flooring Paper (shown below  — and in this Giveaway!) I thought of that tiny wall for Humpty Dumpty that Shannon made inside this tin.

    Shannon actually used the brick pattern on the China Cabinet House Wallpapers Collage Sheet but don’t fret cuz I’m including everything from Shannon’s supply list in today’s Giveaway! 11 items! Plus that bonus new brick paper and the Tiny Paper Roses – Cream shown below (an option for the hand-made tissue paper roses that Shannon made)!

    You can read more about the project in the original blog post. (Good tips are there, too, like: “I added the Ivy Corner Insert to the outside of the tin (vs under the lip on the inside) and covered the seam with brownish embroidery floss. Oh, and if you are wondering, the curly brown “sticks” are just several lengths of covered florist wire coiled around the spool base, then wrapped up the side of the tin.”)

    To enter the Humpty Dumpty’s Afternoon 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, May 10, 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: use Promo Code: MOTHERS-DAY when checking out for 15% off everything! Ends Monday night!

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 9th, 2021

    The Memory Keeper’s Room, New Mini Kitchen & Hardware + New Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Miniatures, Teri Calia

    Per your feedback on resin frames in a previous project by Teri Calia, I tracked down 3 sets of white resin frames, 2 of which are in this beautiful The Memory Keeper’s Room by Teri! I’ll start by revisiting that artwork, then explain what else is new this week — and a BIG related resin miniatures sale!


    I love this cozy room Teri has made, all starting with 7×7 Corner Room Box. Then moving on to the Petite Garden Shelves over on the right side (with the addition of Slender Cabriole Table Legs, and with all the shelves filled with treasures). The whole room grew around that shelf unit and the matching Park Bench. Here’s some text from Teri’s original post:

    This little shabby chic roombox is a tribute to all of you out there who collect vintage ephemera and photographs. I started collecting when I was a child because I spent a lot of time with my Great Grandmother, who was a collector. I still get a thrill when I find a particularly interesting old postcard or well worn love letter. The memories attached to these treasures may not be my own, but they still speak to me and inspire me to imagine a long past world so different from my own.

    As you can see, the focus of this room is the tray filled with old letters, postcards and photographs. There is even a magnifying glass for closer inspection. Below the tray is an open faux book box, with more photos and ephemera, waiting patiently for perusal. A couple more faux book boxes on the shelf await their turn as well.

    Oh, a couple suggestions for replacements since not all the supplies are still available:
    – this tray and stool would work well as the makeshift table to hold all the vintage postcards
    – either of these rustic stars could replace the ones on the wall above the bench
    – how about a white sleeping cat?
    – this flat basket could hold knitting or trinkets on the shelves
    – the wallpaper is a bit tougher, but the front of the Eclectic Charm Frills Scrapbook Paper would be a similar shabby chic style.

    More photos and info on the project is in Teri’s blog post. Note: we updated the site since the original project so make sure to use this link for Teri’s Supply List!

     
    What is NEW today?

    These new (or back-in-stock) items are perfect for miniature projects (including a couple sets of antique bronze hinges — and that third set of white frames I mentioned above). Plus most are in the new sale (more info below)!

     
    Resin & Lucite Miniatures on SALE!

    At least 25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

    Note: this is a BIG group and includes items from food (tons!) to bottle blanks to animals to furniture!

    Another idea for Teri’s project: some recent gold resin frames (like the Fancy Gold Oval Mirror Frame shown at right) could get splashed with some white paint and fit right into that shabby room!

    Psst: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, May 8th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 220 items!

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

     
    Who won the Bird Watcher Kit Giveaway from the last newsletter? That would be Lana! Congrats! Check your email for info. (And a reminder of that colorful artwork is below.)

      
    Comments Off on The Memory Keeper’s Room, New Mini Kitchen & Hardware + New Sale! Posted by Leslie, May 6th, 2021

    New Bird Watcher Kit! New Birds, Flowers, Nests, Sale & Giveaway!

    Filed under Bird Watcher Kit, Collage Sheets, Flowers, Giveaways

    Bird Watcher Kit

    What a sweet little kit! Starting with NINE different papers from the new Bird Watcher collection (so pretty with flowers and bird/feather images in colors for spring).

    Plus a new (exclusive) Birdhouse Shrine! It’s pretty tiny (2.5″ wide at the base) and can be used like a birdhouse or a little shrine (with the big open window side facing forward).

    And a custom Petite Birds & Nests Collage Sheet with vintage images sized for that mini shrine.

    Then a set of mulberry paper flowers and leaves to decorate your shrine (one each of 4 different color roses or rose buds plus a set of 10 leaves).

    Finally, a set of items for making a nest: an acorn cap and 3 tiny speckled eggs!

    Go see the new kit for more info and photos on all 11 kit items (plus related new items, a new sale and a Giveaway are below).

     
    More New Items!

    Even more than the new things above and below so check here to see everything new today (20 items)!

     
    New Sale: Birds & Flowers Collage Sheets!

    40% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Includes the new Petite Birds & Nests Collage Sheet, too!

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, May 3rd at midnight PST.

    Over 100 collage sheets! See the sale collection here!

     
    Bird Watcher Kit Giveaway!

    Starting with the new Bird Watcher Kit — shown again in the photos below! (That’s already 11 items!)

    Plus a bonus: see the examples of little bird nests at right? Beside the eggs & acorn cap already in the kit, I’m adding:
    – an extra set of Acorn Caps,
    – a set of the Spring Green Lichen Mix (that I only used the tiniest pinch of in one nest) and
    Dried Lavender Buds (that I used as sweet-smelling filler in the other nest)!

    To enter the Bird Watcher 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, May 3, 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!

      
    44 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 2nd, 2021

    Final Alice Book; New Candlesticks PLUS Accordion Book Sale!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Kit

    The end of Alice?! I’m talking rubbish — Alice is eternal! It’s just the last newsletter of this month of Alice projects!

    And we’re ending the month with a delightful hand-made book by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas! I’ll start by reviewing that artwork, then move on to what’s new this week, and an Albums & Accordion Books Sale inspired by the artwork!

    I love the mix of sizes of Mad Hatters (and there are other characters in there, too) from the Alice Matchbox Facade Set and Ticket Journal Alice Covers Set that Rhonda used for the pages of her book. Here’s a bit of text from Rhonda’s blog post to start the tour:

    Here’s an over-the-top project I did using many of the new goodies from the April Alpha Stamps
    Kit titled, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Loving Alice like I do, I took advantage of many of the other like-themed items that are available for this oh so cute book.

    One of my current obsessions is creating my own books. I dye vintage and new papers, gather cool items from long ago, and sew them all into a book. So of course, I had to give this a go using all of these fab chipboard “pages” of characters known to Alice.

    There are lots of great artist that share tutorials on different stitching techniques on line. I liked this one by Sea Lemon, DIY Kettle Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial (warning: video link). It was very easy to follow along and seeing the task being done up close really helps me to absorb and learn. It looks complicated when you see an example like the one above, but trust me. Once you get the jest of it, it is VERY easy to complete.

    You’ll need to visit Rhonda’s blog post to see more of how the pages fold out, but you can see a preview of the mix of sizes plus the stitching in the wide photo below. And here’s Rhonda’s Supply List with all those colorful parts!

     
    What is NEW or back-in-stock today?

    Ooo… lot’s of metal goodies this week! (Plus a new Pop-Up Mechanism is shown down in the sale section.) There are more new items than show in the preview pics below, so click here to see all the options.

     
    Albums & Accordion Books on SALE!

    At least 25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

    In honor of Rhonda’s new handmade book (and the new Pop-Up Mechanism): albums & books are on sale! Also includes folder-type things (tagged Holders & Pockets).

    Psst: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, May 1st.

    See the sale collection here! 35 items!

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

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, May 1st. See the sale collection here!

     
    Who won the Night Witch Altered Tin Giveaway from the last newsletter? That would be Helen Whaley! Congrats! Check your email for info. (And a reminder of that witchy artwork is below.)

      
    Comments Off on Final Alice Book; New Candlesticks PLUS Accordion Book Sale! Posted by Leslie, April 29th, 2021

    New Chipboard Gothic Borders + Related Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures

    Chunky Gothic Border
    Wow! What’s this? There’s a new Chunky Gothic Border. (The name kinda says it all! A short border based on a Victorian design. 6″ long and designed so multiple strips can be butt up against each other for a longer strip.) AND a related new Window Box with Gothic Facade. (A 1:12 scale flower box plus a gothic facade.) AND: Why didn’t I think of this before?! ALL Gothic & Wrought Iron items are on SALE! Beside the 2 new items shown at left and right, see below for more info on the sale!
    Window Box with Gothic Facade

     
    Gothic & Wrought Iron on SALE!

    25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Beside lots of chipboard embellishments (even some 3D 1:12 miniatures!), there are also some metal filigree pieces and collage sheets!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, April 26th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 50 items! And see below for some artwork inspired by this sale!

     
    What else is NEW today?

    A nice mix of items: 2 miniature frames, a wooden table, a potted plant, 2 clear stamps, and 2 silver-colored metal items (including an updated mix of bead caps chosen for mini vases)! Not all the new goodies are shown below, so click here to see all of them.

     
    Some eye candy, too! And a Giveaway!

    How sweet is that Night Witch Altered Tin by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

    This was a Halloween project from 2017, back when the Altoids Tin Insert Frames – Wrought Iron were first announced (psst… they’re also part of the flash sale).

    You can read more about the project in the original blog post. (Good tips are there, too, like: “to make the image more dimensional, I cut out the witch’s arms and the cat from a second, identical image.”)

    I’m including everything from Kristin’s supply list in today’s Giveaway! Three of the items are shown below, but there are 8 items still available (not bad for a project from 4 year’s ago).

    To enter the Night Witch Altered Tin Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY Night, April 26, 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!

      
    35 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 25th, 2021

    Pink Alice; Mini Florals, Cookies & Hardware PLUS Fairy Garden Sale!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper, The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Kit

    Such a cute little accordion book by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! I’ll start by reviewing that artwork (actually, letting Shannon introduce her project), then move on to what’s new this week — some of which inspired a HUGE fairy garden sale!

    I recently received my April The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Kit along with an amazing set of Ticket Journal Alice Covers from Alpha Stamps! YAY, ALICE! Originally, I had planned on making something with the super cute matchbox facade and matchbox niche (I love those things) but kept coming back to the ticket journal covers. I added a Matchbox Ticket Journal in between the covers and made a mini book. Mini books are nice, too.

    I dabbed pink, blue, white, and gold paint onto the Ticket Journal Covers, and when they were dry, stamped them on the fronts and backs with various stamps.

    Assembling the book is easy peasy.

    Choose the order of the characters for your book. The White Rabbit is my Front Cover, Red Queen is the Center, and The Mad Hatter is the Back Cover. Cut the matchbox ticket journal so you have two sections of four pages. Attach one end to the back of the Front Cover and the other end to the front of the Center.

    (See the wide photo below, with the book unfolded, to see how the queen is in the middle of 2 parts of the accordion book pages.)

    Use the leftover segment of the matchbox ticket journal as a template to cover the pages. This entire project was begun because I wanted to use the glorious Alice’s Tea Party 6×6 Paper, so I traced around my template onto the Alice paper, cut the pages out, and used a paper hole punch to cut out the corner notches.

    After that, all you need to do is decorate! Add a few pockets, cut out the tags from the Alice paper if you wish… (see the little tickets below, when out of their pocket).

    Use stickers, chipboard cutouts like the ones found on the Tiny Chipboard Alice Props Set, then glue a length of ribbon to the front cover, add an image, flowers, charms, whatever you want, and poof! You have a mini album.

    Poof!” Well, if you’re as talanted as Shannon, it’s easy as “poof!”

    Visit Shannon’s Blog and you’ll find more instructions and photos for constructing the Wonderland Mini Album. Plus here’s Shannon’s Supply List!

     
    What is NEW today?

    These new (or back-in-stock) items are kind of a mixed bag: there are some sweet miniature florals, some cookies (and molds for cookies), and lots of options for 1:12 scale door hardware. And the new Fairy Garden Tea Set plus the back-in-stock Bronze Mushroom & Caterpillar Charms inspired the new sale (so they’re on sale, too)! There are a few more new items than show in the preview pics below, so click here to see all the options.

     
    Gnomes & Fairies on SALE!

    At least 25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

    Note: this is a HUGE group and includes tons of collage sheets!

    Psst: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, April 24th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 180 items!

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

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, April 24th. See the sale collection here!

      
    Comments Off on Pink Alice; Mini Florals, Cookies & Hardware PLUS Fairy Garden Sale! Posted by Leslie, April 22nd, 2021

    Halloween Sale (!), New Alice Artwork & New Paper!

    Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Kit

    What’s this? EVERYTHING HALLOWEEN on SALE?! I know it’s an odd time of year but I also see all the Halloween orders from last week! Beside the 3 new or back-in-stock items shown below, see farther down for more info on the sale!

     
    Down The Rabbit Hole with the Red Queen by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel


    Aw… I love this tiny but feisty Red Queen by Kristin! And I love her story of how she came to be:

    I titled this latest Alpha Stamps project “Down The Rabbit Hole” because this little tyrant actually took me there. I had planned to use her as a book cover, in which I would use two of the cutouts to make the covers. Alas, though, this little queen would not let go of her heart shaped staff, nor would she not quit pointing in such a rude manner. I would have had to make a pretty thick book in order to assure that it could open correctly. I decided to just start painting Her Majesty and see what would become of her. Here’s the story of our journey together.

    I used an image from “The Red Queen” collage sheet as a reference for color, etc. and started painting just the shoulders and head of the queen. At this point, my plan was to use her as a back cover and make a tiny rectangular cover in front. Look how tiny she is! Once I got that top part painted, it felt weird not to have the rest painted, too, so I penciled it in and got to work. My solution: just keep painting and worry about construction later. Most times this works out for me. The queen, though, had a different plan.

    Once I got the entire queen painted, plus the front cover, so her the dress would still be complete with the cover closed, I glued a strip of card stock to the back of our queen, making sure there was room for the front cover to close under her right hand. Wow, great idea. Now, if you make a little book, it’s going to cover up all that work I did painting her dress. Plus, there’s no way the book will close, because the spine isn’t thick enough to allow it. Luckily, I had the foresight to leave the strip of card stock long. Perhaps I could use what used to be the front cover to finish out the back of her dress, and then make a book on the backside. Genius! (*note: I painted the card stock brown because I did not prime the cardboard figure before painting it. If I had painted on the lighter card stock, the colors wouldn’t match.) Alas, I had the same problem with the back of the “book” than I did with the front. It just would not close with pages in it. On to plan C.

    See the wide photo below for a preview of the front and back of Kristin’s ingenious solution! Visit Kristin’s blog post for more photos and more of Kristin’s tale of The Red Queen. Here’s a link to her petite Supply List!

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Oh! The 4 new Eclectic Charm Scrapbook Papers are so pretty! 12″ x 12″ double-sided, extra-heavy cardstock with beautiful images and color palette. And they include nice big areas of wallpaper prints suitable for miniatures. Plus the Mad as a Hatter Alice in Wonderland Charm is new today (so cute!) and the popular Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes is back in stock! (And don’t forget the Halloween items I already mentioned above.)

     
    ALL Halloween on SALE!

    At least 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

    Note: this is a HUGE group and includes beads & charms, paper including Dresden, collage sheets and digital images, miniatures, and miscellaneous collage supplies!

    Psst: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, April 19th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 500 items!

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

      
    Comments Off on Halloween Sale (!), New Alice Artwork & New Paper! Posted by Leslie, April 18th, 2021

    A Victorian Conservatory, New Miniatures, Spring Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Flowers, Laura Carson, Miniatures

    Lots of spring/garden inspired goodies arrived this week, which got me thinking about this beautiful Victorian Conservatory by Laura Carson! I’ll start by revisiting that artwork (including some back-in-stock items in it), then explain what else is new this week — and a HUGE garden sale!


    The Conservatory is a nice large space (10″ wide x 9″ deep) with double doors for the front and back. The roof can lift off to work inside (or see inside better) — plus there’s a ledge around the top of the “room” that you could hang plants from.

    The many windows on the side walls have an early 20th c Arts and Crafts feel. The solid wall areas under the windows (on all 4 sides) give a space for extra embellishments, too! (Like the Green Man masks around the sides of Laura’s Conservatory.)

    If you choose, there is also with a separate Platform with Steps that you can set the Conservatory on.

    Laura’s Victorian Conservatory is filled with lovely plants, a beautiful fountain and a nature-inspired chandelier; and she created a Conservatory Garden Decor Collage Sheet and a companion Digital Download Set. The Digital Set includes all the images in the collage sheet, plus 5 borders. (And both are on sale as part of the Foliage & Garden Sale!)

    You might be looking at this project and thinking “there is no way I could do this”, but you are wrong! The entire structure comes as an easy to assemble kit — yeah for kits! All that is required for assembly is that you glue the die-cut pieces together using the tongue and groves cut into the chipboard; then paint, use decorative paper and Collage Sheet or Digital Images to give the piece its architectural details.

    Visit Artfully Musing and you’ll find a instructions on how Laura assembled and decorated her Victorian Conservatory, a tutorial on how to cast your own mold from a found object (like the Green Man masks around the sides of her Conservatory). Note: we updated the site since the original project so make sure to use this link for Laura’s Supply List!

     
    What is NEW today?

    These new (or back-in-stock) items are ALL miniatures! And quite a few are things I have been awaiting for months! (Plus some are in the new sale — noted with each name below.)

     
    Foliage & Garden on SALE!

    At least 25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Bonus: the back-in-stock Mini Rose Buds shown at right are also in Laura’s artwork!

    Note: this is a HUGE group and includes beads & charms, scrapbook paper, collage sheets and digital images, miniatures, and miscellaneous collage supplies (from leafy garlands to paper punches to chipboard leaf shapes)! Oh! Of course: paper flowers themselves (and a few kits)!

    Psst: Anything on clearance in this collection is marked down to 50% off!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, April 17th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 300 items!

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

     
    Who won the Ethereal Brooch Giveaway from the last newsletter? That would be Jackie P Neal! Congrats! Check your email for info. (And a reminder of that colorful artwork is below.)

      
    Comments Off on A Victorian Conservatory, New Miniatures, Spring Sale! Posted by Leslie, April 15th, 2021

    Celestial Care Package by Nichola Battilana!

    Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Lucky Star Kit, Nichola Battilana

    Wow! Nichola Battilana has made multiple projects, all around the Lucky Star Kit theme and grouped them into a Celestial Care Package!

    I know… there’s a lot to take in in that photo. There is the box itself, plus 6 “Moon Maiden” cards, earrings, a brooch, and a paper crown. I’ve picked out a couple pieces to show off in detail below, but you can see more photos in Nichola’s blog post.

    Here’s a short bit from that post as a brief intro:

    When Alpha Stamps asked me if I’d like to play with some starry goods I immediately said “Yep!” I wanted to make something magic and mystical and toyed with a few ideas but nothing was gelling. Then I thought why just make one thing when I can create an entire package of items! And once I was done it felt like I’d been gifted magical care package directly from the stars.

    I started with an inexpensive wooden box and covered it with Lucky Star Scrapbook Papers. The lid has layers of snips from those papers as well as clips from the Mini Alchemy Half Sheet and The Celestial Spheres Collage Sheet. Wonky Stars have been painted gold and copper and layered with brass star charms.

    Again: wow! Great job, Nichola! All the colors and images look perfect together. Before I forget (as the next section is diving into that fab paper crown): here’s the supply list for everything!

    Ooo… I love this diadem/crown!

    The first thing I love is that Nichola rotated the chipboard corner from the Lucky Star Crowning Glory Chipboard Set to make the top of the crown (see the photo of that set under the crown).

    After a good dousing with Cobalt Blue Glitter, the base of the crown is trimmed with a Wide Scalloped Dresden Border which is dotted with cabochons from the Celestial Sequin Mix.

    Plus there are numerous painted stars from the Wonky Stars all over the crown. And Stardust Iridescent Gold & Purple Sequins plus more sequins from the Celestial Sequin Mix are scattered generously.

    I’ll ramble on about the beautiful sun brooch (in the bottom right corner of the photo) down in the Giveaway section (!) but first there’s info on some long-lost minis and a celestial sale!

     
    What is back in stock today?

    I have been waiting for these for months (as you probably know, international shipping has been a mess)! See all the new & back in stock items here. (Plus one more NEW thing is below in the sale section!)

     
    NEW Sale: Celestial & Alchemy

    Wow! This is a big, mixed-item group — all on sale at least 25% off! Over 140 items! And this group includes many things in Nichola’s supply list!

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

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, April 12th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

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

     
    Ethereal Brooch Giveaway!

    Isn’t that brooch beautiful! Here’s bit more from Nichola:

    I had toyed with using the Sunburst Bronze Filigree to embellish my box, but it demanded something more. “I want to be seen! I want to stand out!” and so it became the base of this ethereal brooch. I added a pin to the back and 3 brass stamped stars, moon and sun and a smattering of those Stardust Iridescent Gold & Purple Sequins to the front to complete the piece.

    So… where to start this list of the Giveaway prize parts?! I’ll begin with the 3 items in the photos below (the base, sun & sequins).

    Then the moon, and the 3 brass stars:
    Embossed Brass Star Charm
    Fancy Brass Star Charm
    Small Brass Starburst Charm

    Plus a bonus: the new Moon Maidens Collage Sheet (designed by Nichola!) shown in a couple of the cards in the background of this photo.

    To enter the Ethereal Brooch 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, April 12, 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!

      
    34 Comments » Posted by Leslie, April 11th, 2021