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    New Blue Skies Paper, Fancy Chipboard, Polymer Clay Sale!

    Filed under Celestial Papers, Halloween, Sale

    I’m enjoying a brief break in the hot weather. This newsletter is written while I’m taking a brief break from all the (busy, busy) planning for July and August kits. (Intrigued?) The new and back-in-stock items this week are a whirlwind of seasons (Valentines Day (at least hearts… could be for Alice), blue skies with hot air balloons, miniature candy, and… Halloween)!

    AND as many of those new items are polymer clay slices, there’s a related SALE on Polymer Clay Embellishments!

    This sale includes all kinds of themes, from food (cookies to fruit slices to candy) to Christmas to Halloween! 25% off on over 50 items!

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

    The sale ends TUESDAY night, June 22nd at midnight PST. A few examples of the themes in the sale are below (the new items included are farther below in the “What’s New” section). See the entire sale collection here!

     

    What is NEW today?

    Oh, that new Passages 8×8 Paper Pack is so pretty! A beautiful mix of French images, blue skies and hot air balloons. 2 each of 10 double-sided, extra-heavy cardstock papers PLUS a bonus sheet printed on the inside cover sheet.

    Then there are 2 fancy chipboard sets (one of which I photographed using as a facade on a chunky matchbox… ideas!)

    And, of course, 3 sets of polymer clay slices that started inspired the new sale. (Check out those eyeballs!)

    Finally, the Mini Candy Jar w Red Candies shown at right is back is stock. Psst: cute artwork using that candy jar is shown on that page, too!

      
    Comments Off on New Blue Skies Paper, Fancy Chipboard, Polymer Clay Sale! Posted by Leslie, June 20th, 2021

    New Fairy Whispers Papers, 15% off Sitewide!

    Filed under Contests/Winners, Fairy Garden

    Um… we are not officially in “summer” yet. But it’s forecast to be 104 here today and I am not ready for the new normal.

    So: 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 or one of the beautiful papers below!

    Use Promo Code: IT’S-HOT 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) SATURDAY NIGHT, June 19, 2021!
     

    What is NEW today?

    Oh my. Sometimes the paper just speaks for itself. I adore this new line of Fairy Whispers Papers so I am just devoting the rest of this post to eye candy of this amazing, Art Nouveau-inspired collection!

    Note: these are printed on the super-thick cardstock as all other papers from Blue Fern Studios (like Lucky Star and Eclectic Charm).

    See them all here or click on the photos at right or below for the 8×8 pad or the individual 12×12 sheets.
     

    Announcement: The Animal Farm Theatre Giveaway winner from the last newsletter? Drum roll, please: The winner is Pam Johnson! Please check your email for more information.

    Now don’t forget: use Promo Code: IT’S-HOT when checking out for 15% off everything! Ends Saturday night!

      
    Comments Off on New Fairy Whispers Papers, 15% off Sitewide! Posted by Leslie, June 17th, 2021

    Stamperia Pads x2; Paper Theatres are back! Collage Sheet Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Paper Dolls/Theatres

    Lots of pretty papers (and artwork) today! First up: 2 paper pads are back in stock from Stamperia and I’ve tried to be good (timewise) so I’ve only grabbed one photo of sweet Design Team artwork for each. Next: there are some new miniatures and some fancy hinges (and some tiny box feet that would be cute for a tiny little paper theatre).

    THEN (oh my!) there is a BIG section of artwork in honor of the Small Paper Theatre Boxes being back! AND since this month’s theatre kit AND those Paper Theatre Boxes are related: a new Paper Theatre Collage Sheets Sale!
     

    The Cosmos 8×8 Paper Pad is so lovely, and perfect for star-gazing or mystical projects. 1 sheet each of 10 double-sided designs (each sheet is a different design). Plus the back sides of the front & back covers are 2 more designs! Kinda reminds me of all the Lucky Stars papers from the February Kit.

    And the art preview: Nichola Battilana made a Cosmos House Shrine. More info in the blog and/or see the supply list.

     

    The Time Is An Illusion Collection Pack is back! Ten 12″ x 12″ sheets of double-sided cardstock-weight scrapbook paper, each with a different design. Plus the back sides of the front & back covers are 2 more designs! Plus there are still a (very) few single sheets from the same collection.

    And the art preview: Susan Killam made Time is an Illusion: An Ode to Love. More info in the blog and/or see the supply list.

     

    What else is new today? Bits and Bobs!

    Beside all the cute new minis, those Fancy Filigree Hinges are back! I love them as they are AND I love them recolored antique silver (as Design Team Member Laura Carson did in her Spells & Potions Book project shown at right)! Here’s more info on that artwork.

     
    Back in Stock: Small Paper Theatre Boxes

    Do you remember these Small Paper Theatre Boxes? Practical chipboard boxes with a curved front window. They ship flat but easy to put together as the fold lines are scored. The inner dimensions are 5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″.

    I designed SIX collage sheets that fit these boxes! THREE are shown below (and all 6 are shown at the bottom of the Small Paper Theatre Boxes page — and all are on sale as part of the Paper Theatre Collage Sheets Sale!

    AND after that collage sheet preview row, there are 2 projects shown below using these Paper Theatre Boxes (including the photo down in the Giveaway section)! Plus the photo at left of the fab Venetian Paper Theatre by Nichola Battilana — see what I mean about practical boxes?! Here’s the supply list for Nichola’s little theatre.


    Lora Mahaffey’s The Great Escape is so fun! I love the depth (and all those contrasting orangy-yellows and royal blue).

    Lora used colored pens to make that bright sun from the vintage image in the Alchemical Spheres Collage Sheet. And also I love the cute wooden feet she added, painting them blue and adding gold stars!

    Here’s a link to Lora’s supply list.

     
    NEW Sale: Paper Theatre Collage Sheets

    I do love paper theatres! Quite a selection here (beside the 3 highlighted above and 3 more below). All on sale at 30% off! Over 90 items!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, June 15th at midnight PST.

    See the entire sale collection here!

     

    Animal Farm Theatre Giveaway!

    Here’s that 2nd (3rd?) project using the Paper Theatre Boxes! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made this bright and fun Animal Farm Theatre (from animal singers to the clever use of wooden matches as the medallion at the top).

    You can see more pics & read more on Kristin’s post or use this supply list link to see all the supplies still available… AND all of those supplies are included in this prize!

    Plus I’m adding 2 more things:
    Square Shadowbox Curtains – Red Collage Sheet (a substitute for the ribbon banner at the top of the theatre (the original ws from a rubber stamp)
    Antique 3D Metal Star Studs Set (not as bright as that star at the top but you can add paint if desired)

    To enter the Animal Farm Theatre 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, June 14, 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!

    Announcement: The Under the Sea Giveaway winner from the last newsletter? Drum roll, please: The winner is Laural! Please check your email for more information.

    Now don’t forget the Paper Theatre Collage Sheets Sale ends Tuesday night!

      
    22 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 13th, 2021

    Voyage Beneath the Sea with Art x3, New Minis, Giveaway & Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Nichola Battilana, Rhea Freitag, Summer/Beach

    It’s back! The Voyage Beneath the Sea 8×8 Paper Pad has beautiful bright Caribbean colors with seahorses and mermaids (and some steampunk elements, too).

    Oh, and a treat! When we last had this pad (5 years ago — yikes!) the Design Team made some amazing artwork so I’ve picked out 3 to highlight (2 immediately below, both using the 3D Treasure Chest that was new at that time, and the 3rd project down in today’s Giveaway)!

    That Steampunk Mermaid Box (above left) was created by Guest Designer Rhea Freitag. Isn’t it amazing! I love all the texture (and the mix of metal and chipboard… and mermaids and gears). Here’s the original post with more info, and the supplies still available.

    The Sea of Wonders Treasure Chest (above right) was made by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel
    So bright and colorful — and so clever!. Here’s a bit of text from Kristin’s blog post:

    “When you open the lid: treasure! This chest is the perfect size to hold three matchboxes side by side. In fact, they fit so perfectly that instead of covering the outsides of the matchbox with paper, I used the paper itself as the outside cover, which allows them to all fit without being too tight.

    “The drawers of each matchbox have a patina conch shell charm on the front. Pull on that to view the contents of the drawers.”

    Note: this project was before we moved the site in 2018, so you can see more pics & read more on Kristin’s post but use THIS supply list link.

     
    What else is new today? More Miniatures!

    I gotta say: all of these new items coordinate so well color-wise with the beachy art & papers shown above! Plus I’m outta space so one back-in-stock beachy charm is shown below in the Giveaway!

     
    NEW Sale: Beachy Collage Supplies

    Sweet! These supplies include lots of chipboard shapes but also a few oddballs like molds and resin starfish cabs. (“Oddballs” as all these items are from the “collage supplies” section: not other sections like the seashell charms.) All on sale at least 25% off! Over 30 items!

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

     
    Under the Sea Giveaway!

    Hey, I promised you more artwork, and this tiny project does not disappoint! Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made a beautiful shrine (and smaller than you might think) with the Tiny Matchbox Theatre, mixed with papers from the Voyage Beneath the Sea Paper Pad.

    I love these little theatres! Tiny chipboard shadowboxes with a wrap-around cover like a matchbox. Now I’ll let Nichola talk, as she speaks so eloquently (that girl must be part fairy… or sea nymph):

    Some people have sea water in their blood. They love the sea like I love the moon. While those waters may not run quite so deeply for me, I appreciate the beauty of the barnacled.

    The base of this piece is a Tiny Matchbox Theatre. I do love theatres (and an underwater one would be amazing!) but instead chose to make mine into a sort of underwater pocket shrine.

    Note (again): this project was before we moved the site in 2018, so you can see more pics & read more on Nichola’s post but use THIS supply list link to see all the supplies still available… AND all of those supplies are included in this prize!

    Plus I’m adding THREE more items shown below:
    Patina Scallop Shell Charms (back in stock)
    Patina Sea Horse Charm (a substitute charm for the seahorse in the bottom left of the cover of Nichola’s artwork)
    Pink Mermaid Sequin Mix (another substitute for the sequins used all over the place — and they’re part of the new sale)

    To enter the Under the Sea 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, June 11, 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!

    The Moldy Morty’s Market Giveaway winner from the last newsletter? Drum roll, please: The winner is Joanne Scott! Please check your email for more information.

    Now don’t forget the Beachy Collage Supplies Sale ends Saturday night!

      
    41 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 10th, 2021

    Moldy Morty’s Market – a return to Grimsley Village!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Giveaways, Grimsley Village, Halloween, Laura Carson, Tutorials


    This is a long one… filled with tons of fun artwork by that wizard Design Team Member Laura Carson! So if I were you, I’d go grab a fresh cuppa before proceeding.

    Note: This is a new entry in the long-running Grimsley Village… um, village. (A pic/link to the Ghostmore Manor from the village is at right.)

    Also note: the supply list for this project is expansive, so I’ve also broken it down into sections:
    Paper (including new collage sheets and a new digital image set)
    Structure
    Containers/Dishes
    Embellishments
    Food/Drink
    Bottles/Jars

    So on to the first photo: an overview of Moldy Morty’s Market (with a close-up of one of the bay windows that on the sides of the market). Luckly, I’m going to zoom in and show details in the photos below!

     
    NEW Mini Halloween Market Labels Collage Sheet

    With all of the many, many products (cans, bottles, etc) sold in a market, I thought it best to start with the labels. Note: there are 2 more new collage sheets today and they will be mentioned in more detail below.

    Laura must have had a blast thinking up all these names (they include: Blood Coffee, Rancid Fruit Juice, Pickled Eyeballs, Severed Fingers, Sour Milk (shown on quart bottles painted green below), Harpy Nails, and many, many more).

    The display layout on the left of the photo below is what’s inside one of the bay windows (with featured products from a new cookbook, screaming eggs and sour milk).

    Psst: a preview of today’s new sale: with all of the bottles needed to fill a market, that White Resin Quart Bottle I just mentioned is on sale, as part of the Can & Bottle Blanks Sale!

     
    Inside the Market

    Yikes! Check out all that display space on the back wall of the market (below, with a close-up of the middle column showing a flour sack and the cans/boxes to the right of that column)! You might want to scroll up where you can see the same wall way in the back of the store (through the door and large window).

    See that grid at right? Luckily Laura gives lots of tips in her blog post: that grid is showing the layout of Bagatelle Box – 1-1/2 x 4 Inches (six of them), Bagatelle Box – 1-1/2 x 3 Inches (three of them) and Storage Hutch (two of them — without the top scalloped piece) that perfectly fill the back wall of the Deep Storefront Room Box (she must have fiddled around with all the boxes for awhile to find this combo).

    There are larger versions of some of the labels on the new Halloween Food & Drink Labels Collage Sheet (shown as posters/signage in the store).

     
    NEW Moldy Morty’s Market Collage Sheet

    I’ve gotta say: both Morty and his butcher are pretty disgusting. 🙂

    Check out that butcher (who is a hog?) standing on a step ladder in the left side of the photo below. A bit hidden behind that brain (?!) is the new Mini Meat Grinder, plus he’s got a scale, cutting boards and other tools on his table. The right side of the photo shows more of his tools hanging under another display shelf.

    Note that the images in all 3 new collages are included in the new Moldy Morty’s Market Digital Set. In addition, there are more signs, characters and other items that work well with the spooky market.

     
    What else is new today?

    Oh, things that would be perfect for a vintage general store (or retro office — like that pencil sharpener) and TWO more new things that Laura used!

    And see that photo at right (that’s a preview from Laura’s tutorial video) — it’s showing a work-in-progress photo of the front of the Deep Storefront Room Box using the back-in-stock 12×12 Clear Plastic for Windows!

    More of today’s new items are scattered throughout this newsletter, so you can click here to see them all at once.

     
    NEW Sale: Can & Bottle Blanks

    Wow! In addition to ALL the miniature Can & Bottle Blanks, I’ve added the 4 glass bottles that Laura used in her Moldy Morty’s Market! Plus Laura used tons of the resin minis in this sale, too!

    25% off! Over 50 items! Plus see the pics at right and below for some choices in the sale from Laura’s supply list!

    The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, June 8th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

     
    Moldy Morty’s Market Giveaway!

    Ooo, a Giveaway, too?! There was so much eye candy in Laura’s photos, I couldn’t resist showing off a couple more! Note: everything I’m highlighting below is included in the Giveaway! That includes my text description AND the 3 product photos below the eye candy!

    Starting with that Small Hexagon Lantern shown at right (and over the door in the photo at left below — with a head inside)!

    Next up: the Deep Storefront Room Box itself! That will give you the main structure including the door and big window. (And scroll down cuz I’m including that skull wallpaper, too!)

    And for signage and tiny labels, these 2 new collage sheets:
    Mini Halloween Market Labels Collage Sheet
    Halloween Food & Drink Labels Collage Sheet

    To enter the Moldy Morty’s Market 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, June 7, 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!

    And don’t forget the sale on bottle blanks — and to visit Laura’s blog post for her tutorial and more photos!

      
    57 Comments » Posted by Leslie, June 6th, 2021

    New Celestial Papers + Related Celestial & Alchemy Sale!

    Filed under Celestial Papers, Sale

    To start off today’s new papers: the Luna 12×12 Paper Pad is a nice, fat stack of papers with a celestial theme! 2 each of 18 different double-sided cardstock sheets. (And since this paper has inspired today’s sale, it’s on sale, too! More info below.)

     
    What else is new today?

    A related group of paper (one with a beautiful Celestial Map print — so it’s included in today’s sale, too)! Two A4-size double-sided sheets plus a mini block of die-cut ephemera.

     
    NEW Sale: Celestial & Alchemy

    This is a big, mixed-item group — all on sale at least 25% off! Over 140 items! And this group includes the new Luna 12×12 Paper Pad and Celestial Map and Moroccan Textures Paper!

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

    The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, June 6th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

    Here’s examples of 25 clearance items in the sale (50% off)! And includes new markdowns!

    Update: The Matchbox Theatre Kit Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Sue O! Please check your email for more information.

      
    Comments Off on New Celestial Papers + Related Celestial & Alchemy Sale! Posted by Leslie, June 3rd, 2021

    New Matchbox Theatre Kit, Collage Sheets, Trims, Sale & Giveaway!

    Filed under Collage Sheets, Dresden, Matchbox Theatre Kit, Paper Dolls/Theatres

    Before the new kit: FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75.00! Applies to orders shipped to USA addresses only.

    The free shipping offers ends at midnight (PST) TOMORROW NIGHT, May 31, 2021! (Yes, it’s a 3-day weekend here in the states… and our traditional start of the summer season.) And read on as there’s another new sale starting today!
     

    Matchbox Theatre Kit

    I had such fun designing this kit! I was inspired by the late Victorian theatre (and early film) style of painted sets with “real” actors.

    Starting with the new Matchbox Theatre Box: A sturdy chipboard box designed to be the structure for a paper theatre. Note the top cubby (the “stage”) can also fit 1:48 scale furniture.

    See the wide photo below (showing one of the facades and a background image inside the “stage”) from the new Art Nouveau Matchbox Theatre Facades Collage Sheet (also in the kit — as well as 2 more new collage sheets with characters)!

    Note: there’s another wide photo down in the Giveaway section, showing 1 of the new coordinating Fancy Facade Headers (that 1 from the set is also in the kit, and I’m also including the full set of 3 headers in today’s prize)!

    Back to the kit: 2 colors of Dresden border strips, 3 different raw brass flourishes, and 6 colors of textured aqua scrapbook paper! There is so much here to get your creative juices flowing!

    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 (12 items)!

     
    New Sale: Art Nouveau Collage Sheets!

    25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Includes ALL 3 of the new Kit Collage Sheet, too!

    Such a varied group: from tiny labels to faux stained glass to angels to beautiful actresses of the age.

    The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, May 31st at midnight PST.

    Over 50 collage sheets! See the sale collection here!

     
    Matchbox Theatre Kit Giveaway!

    Starting with the new Matchbox Theatre Kit — that’s 11 items already! I’m highlighting that new chipboard header that’s in the kit AND I’m also including the full set of 3 new headers in the Giveaway)!

    To enter the Matchbox Theatre 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 31, 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!

    Oh! The Bird Watcher Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Janet Turner! Please check your email for more information.

    Now don’t forget the Art Nouveau Collage Sheets Sale ends tomorrow night!
    And FREE shipping on all orders over $75.00 ends Monday night, too!

      
    36 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 30th, 2021

    Holiday Weekend Sale, New Miniatures, New Artwork & Giveaway!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bird Watcher Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel

    Oooh! New artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel plus new collage sheets AND new miniatures (like those Aqua Ceramic Jugs at right)! But first:

    FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75.00! Applies to orders shipped to USA addresses only.

    The free shipping offers ends at midnight (PST) MONDAY NIGHT, May 31, 2021! (Yes, it’s a 3-day weekend here in the states… and our traditional start of the summer season.) Hm.. summer… that leads me to the SECOND sale:
     

    Beach & Mermaid Collage Sheets on SALE!

    40% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Tons of options: Over 60 items!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, May 29th.

    See the sale collection here!

     
    What is NEW today?

    Even more than the cute minis shown here (and the ceramic jugs above)… see the Giveaway below for TWO new collage sheets inspired by Kristin’s artwork!

     
    Some eye candy, too!
    And a Giveaway!

    This Bird Watcher shrine (ornament? both?) by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel is so sweet!

    Kristin actually shows the bird house made 2 ways (you’ll need to read her blog post to see the other version) but this version with a little chap inspired me to make TWO new collage sheets with sepia vintage postcard tykes sized to fit in the birdhouse shrines at about the same size as the boy Kristin used. See below for preview photos (and both are included in today’s Giveaway prize)!

    PLUS everything from Kristin’s supply list (for the version of the shrine at right) is also included in today’s Giveaway!

    Here’s a preview from Kristin’s post:
    This month’s kit inspired me to make a little hanging ornament. It looks like a little birdhouse, so it’s perfect for housing an avid bird watcher. This guy’s really into it; he’s got his shiny new binoculars and has evidently been talking lots of notes on his findings. He’s even found a nest of bright blue robin’s eggs. Luckily, he knows enough to leave it alone; soon he’ll be able to view baby birds.

    “The house is covered with beautiful papers from Bird Watcher 8×8 Paper Pad. I covered the inside and outside of the house with a sweet floral print, and then used parts of a couple of the other papers to embellish the outsides. Both the sides of the house feature bird stamps found on paper from the collection.”

    You can read more about the project in Kristin’s blog post. (Good tips are there, too; see the wide photo below for a preview on Kristin’s tutorial for papering a 3D shrine.)

    To enter the Bird Watcher Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY Night, May 28, 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!

    Note: if an item is duplicated in the Bird Watcher Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

    Now don’t forget the Beach & Mermaid Collage Sheets Sale ends Saturday night!
    And FREE shipping on all orders over $75.00 ends Monday night!

      
    32 Comments » Posted by Leslie, May 27th, 2021

    Spooky Artwork, New Creepy Trees & Gothic Frames, Halloween Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Bird Watcher Kit, Halloween, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

    It’s never too early for Halloween. Really. And I’m so pleased that Design Team Member Shannon Cooper managed to take one of the new Loopy Chipboard Scroll Corners and incorporate it into the Mini Birdhouse Shrine from this month’s kit… and magically turn it into The Dark Shrine!

    Here’s a bit from Shannon’s blog post (with a tutorial!) to get us started:

    The Bird Watcher Kit for this month from Alpha Stamps is such a delight! It has a Mini Birdhouse Shrine, pretty papers, the Petite Birds & Nests Half Sheet, mulberry paper flowers, and a bunch of other stuff to create something lovely! Maybe an ornament for a bird-loving friend? A tiny garden shed? Lots of possibilities!

    But I didn’t do any of that. I think I miss Hallowe’en.

    The Mini Birdhouse Shrine fit nicely on top of two Window Boxes with Gothic Facades with room left over for a perimeter of black and red roses.

    Most everything was painted black, but a collage sheet image was glued to the back to lighten things up a bit.

    Aside: I started laughing when I read that bit, as the collage sheet image that is “lightening things up” shows a woman with her head in her hands. weeping over a fallen knight.

    After painting everything black, I used a woodgrain patterned stamp for the walls of the shrine. The window boxes were also painted black but wrapped with Black Woodgrain Scrapbook Paper and Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing was added.

    Great job, Shannon! So clever to use 2 of the window boxes as a shrine base! Read more and see more photos on Shannon’s blog post or view the supply list.

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Beside those chipboard scroll corners so artfully merged into The Dark Shrine, there are lots of new (or back-in-stock) items this week, so check here to see everything. Oh, those fancy new metal picture frames… perfect for a vampire’s lair (and remember you can just spray paint them).

     
    Halloween Collage Sheets on SALE!

    40% off on EVERYTHING in this collection! Tons of options from miniatures to multi-sheet sets! Includes the Crows Collage Sheet in Shannon’s artwork, too!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, May 24th.

    See the sale collection here! Over 180 items!

      
    Comments Off on Spooky Artwork, New Creepy Trees & Gothic Frames, Halloween Sale! Posted by Leslie, May 23rd, 2021

    Nature Notebook Paper, New Birdhouse Art, Fairy Garden Foliage Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bird Watcher Kit, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    This new Nature Notebook 12×12 Paper Pad – Deluxe Collector’s Edition is just beautiful!

    Such rich colors, beautiful flora & fauna images: so pretty for spring!

    This is a BIG pad: In addition to TWO EACH of all TWELVE double-sided cardstock sheets (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.

     
    Enchanted Dreams by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas

    Ah, what a sweet little shrine Rhonda made with the Mini Birdhouse Shrine from this month’s kit!

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

    Time for a little escape to my back woods. I noticed a little girl there the other day, having a wonderful enchanted dream with some robins in a Mini Birdhouse Shrine. The moss has grown up all around it, making it very cozy. Warm on a rainy day and cool on a hot day. That is why I love my woods so much. A quiet escape, despite the thousands of 17 year cicadas that are taking over soon.

    Anyone who loves the woods, birds, nests and eggs is in for a surprise with this treat from Alpha Stamps this month, a nature filled Bird Watcher Kit. The new Bird Watcher Prints & Solids 12×12 Paper Pad is one of my new favorites. It’s enchanting, how the birds look like a vintage toile of sorts (covering my birdhouse).

    Using the Spring Green Lichen Mix made it super easy to cover all of the bird house edges and also helped to make an extra cozy nest. It can be found on the Alpha Stamps web site as well as other “ground” coverings like the Green Turf Grass I used and more. The extra bonus is that the moss growing at the bottom of my tree is almost a perfect match with the others that I used.

    Beautiful job, Rhonda. Aside: that lichen and the turf grass are both on sale (AND the Mini Rose Buds – Red Yellow Variegated, too — more sale info is below)!

    Read more and see more photos on Rhonda’s blog post or view the supply list.

     
    What else is NEW today?

    Beside that beautiful 12×12 pad above, there are lots of new (or back-in-stock) items this week, so check here to see everything.

    And check out that sweet Tiny Metal Bird Bath shown at right (with a Mini Birdhouse Shrine for size). There’s also a new Tiny Metal Sundial in the same 1:24 scale size.

     
    Fairy Garden Foliage on SALE!

    At least 25% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

    Note: though I picked these tags for the foliage, this group also includes some gnomes and fairies, and furniture for a fairy garden! (Beside ALL of the paper flowers!)

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

    The sale ends at midnight PST, SATURDAY night, May 22nd.

    See the sale collection here! Over 160 items!

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

      
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