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Tunnel Book Love – and Giveaway!

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Here at Alpha Stamps we are falling head-over-heels for tunnel books. You may remember How To Make A Tunnel Book by Kira Nichols from last month and today we have Tunnel Book Love from Lora Mahaffey!

The first thing I want to do when I see these gorgeous tunnel books that Lora made is tear off my clothes and jump right into the ocean! However. The rumor is that people have either turned to stone, cried for their mommy or gone stark raving mad when they have seen me without my makeup on so I shudder to think of what would happen if anyone saw me running around stark naked on the beach. So I’ll settle for dressing up in gorgeous clothing from long ago with my parasol on the beach instead just like one of the beach babes on Lora’s book. Once again — I am digressing!

While these tunnel books may appear to be very time consuming and difficult to master — the reality is that they’re very easy to make. Lora shows you how to start out with the 4×4 Die-Cut Chipboard Frame Set, the New! Boardwalk Fashions and Bathing Costumes Collage Sheets, then with a cut here, a snip there and watch out! You have a tunnel book! (Psst! And since the entire Beach Theme section is still on sale — though July 20th — that means all the new beachy goodies in the newsletter are on sale, too!)

What I really love about Lora’s tunnel books are that you could actually make one book but then change out the inner frames to make a completely different book. You could create a neutral background with the New! Beach and Shore Backdrops Collage Sheet then create enough frames from other collage sheets to interchange within the book for a completely new look! For instance, creating images from the New! Children At The Beach Collage Sheet but when you tire of romping children then have frames ready to switch out with using the Mermaids #3 Collage Sheet.

Photos of all the variations of Lora’s 3 tunnel books are in the Gallery.

Just imagine what a great gift this could be for someone at the holidays with all of the Halloween, Christmas and Assorted Collage Sheets that Alpha Stamps carries! As always — we would love to see the tunnel books that you come up with so be sure to email me jpeg pictures of your creations so they can be showcased on the Alpha Stamps Blog and Facebook Page!

So here’s the link to Lora’s Tunnel Book Love Tutorial — and don’t forget to scroll down first, or come back, to leave a comment to enter the drawing for today’s Giveaway!


Are you ready? For the Beach Tunnel Book Giveaway!? I’ve pulled together pretty much every Lora used in all of her tunnel books, plus some extra goodies that I think work well with the theme and pallete:
ALL Four new collage sheets (see photos/links above)
BOTH sets of new Grand Adhesions (see photos/links above)
4×4 Die-Cut Chipboard Frame Set
Fresh Mini Paper Set
20mm White Spiral Shell Beads
– Four more collage sheets that Lora used: Ships and Waves Backdrops, Mermaids #3, Under the Sea, Greetings From the Beach
– And a little flurry of ribbons or twine: Pearl Aqua Seam Binding, Grey Blue Seam Binding, Soapstone Beige, Metal Green Seam Binding, Bakers Twine, Light Aqua Silk Ribbon, Khaki Tan Silk Ribbon, Red Crepe Ribbon

To enter the Beach Tunnel Book Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, July 12, 2013 (Friday night PST). (Don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winner; note, 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!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!


Posted by MizBella, July 11th, 2013

154 responses to “Tunnel Book Love – and Giveaway!”

  1. I would love to win this give-a-way. I have never seen anything like this let alone know how to make it. I am always up for learning something new. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Kris Gruben says:

    The seashore! How fun, reminds me of my childhood!

  3. Kathy Bumb says:

    Another great giveaway using so many of your fantastic supplies!!!!!

  4. Karen K says:

    oh my, what a wonderful collection of beach-er-mobilia, keep on an artist book challenge. Laura the book is awesome.

  5. Connie says:

    I love Lora’s tunnel books!

  6. Jill Sullivan says:

    I always love everything on your website but the tunnel books have to be among my favorites.

  7. Kim Reed says:

    Lora’s tunnel book is super cute, really must try my hand at this myself!

  8. Jill Sullivan says:

    Love your products!

  9. Debbie christy says:

    What a talented designer! Makes me happy just to look at the tunnel books. Well done

  10. francine perri says:

    What a wonderful giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Lorna says:

    I moved this year so am not taking a vacation. It would be super to take a virtual one though by creating this fun tunnel book!

  12. Manda says:

    This is fantastic!

  13. Phoebe Diamond says:

    What a great set of images to wake up and see. I would love to find this in my mailbox.

  14. bobbie howder says:

    What wonderful images! Please sign me up for the great giveaway!
    Thanks ~

  15. Bonnie Moench says:

    More wonderful giveaways….oh to be so lucky to be picked.

  16. Bonnie says:

    I have never tried to make one, but the mermaid tunnel book is so cute and has me pretty inspired! Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Maggie M says:

    OMG! I love the collage sheets in this giveaway! I am really intrigued by the tunnel books! I’m off to read the tutorial now, but definitely wanted to toss my hat in the ring for this wonderful giveaway. You are always so generous with your giveaways (just wish I’d win one of these days, LOL!) Many thanks!

  18. Jo Ellen says:

    What a fun give-away!!!! I lived near the beach for over 50 yrs. I miss it!!!!!

  19. Nina Owens says:

    Since I don’t live close enough to visit the sea, it would be great to create a project to bring the sea to me! Love the tunnel book idea! Can’t wait to try it.

  20. I haven’t seen anything as exciting as these tunnel books in ages…they are most inspirational and to win the giveaway would bring such joy…all the beautiful items make me feel like a child again back on the cast of Maine…
    with my grandmother’s tales bringing similar images to mind… and

  21. Pat Schumacher says:

    Alpha Stamps has become one of the top places where I like to shop. You offer a great line of scrappin materials and then you offer a free gift. Now you know why I enjoy shopping there.

  22. Carrie says:

    Love everything used in these tunnel books! Just love it all. Can’t wait to play with all the new collage sheets.

  23. Heather C. says:

    All of the projects featured on the blog are so clever – I love seeing the different directions people’s talent will go with the same supplies!

  24. Stacy Blow says:

    Wow! What a great project — I can’t wait to give it try. The samples are beautiful and inspiring.

  25. This reminds me of little books when I was a child… what a wonderful idea. I would love to make one.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the supplies to do it!

  26. Elaine Allen says:

    What an absolutely stunning piece of art! Lora has created something that beckons you to explore more. Beautiful!

    Elaine Allen

  27. Rose Cavalli says:

    Love the tunnel book idea and this one in particular-Thanks!

  28. Nelda Johnson says:

    I love all these tunnel books, and this one is spectacular!

  29. Karen N says:

    Wow, what an amazing tunnel book! An ocean is so far away from New Mexico, but I can always dream!

  30. Amanda Miller says:

    The tunnel books are amazing!

  31. Mary Mac says:

    Love the tunnel book and the papers with this giveaway are just beautiful.

  32. Linda Knox says:

    LOVE tunnel books. Had not thought of just slipping in the panels instead of gluing in…DUH!!! Sure would be excited to win this 🙂

  33. Mary S says:

    Love the 3-d effect – hadn’t thought about that! Great inspiration!

  34. Marilyn H says:

    WOW, Love the tunnel books. They’re awesome!

  35. kim says:


  36. So pretty, keeping my fingers crossed!

  37. Chris J. says:

    I love it!!

  38. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    I am in awe of the creations that Alpha Stamps shows. Each one just gets better than the last. This one looks so summery, so nostalgic and so cool. I’d love to win this give-away.

  39. Kathleen Jones says:

    This looks like the perfect summer project!

  40. S. Patterson says:

    The projects I’ve been seeing on Alpha Stamps astound me. This tunnel book by Lora is another exceptional project. I’m off to look at the tutorial!

  41. angelic says:

    I love the 3D tunnel project! thanks for the great ideas!

  42. Marie says:

    Wow! This looks so fun. I would love to win.

  43. sheila AR says:

    Fun fun fun, lobsters and clamcakes and salty spray and beachy exhaustion for this New England girl, you ‘ve got it all! Would love to win, thanks! PS I also send children screaming for Mom when seen with no makeup, and the nude beach days are lonnng gone, HA, Leslie you are too funny!! :0

  44. Diane Douglas says:

    A definite inspiration for summer crafting. Love all the variations of these Tunnel Books.

    Thanks again for another great chance to win a fantastic Giveaway!!

    Take care,

  45. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I am in love! I’ve been making the Tunnel Cards almost every day and was wondering if they could be translated into book form. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  46. Judy Ross says:

    I would absolutely love to win this!

  47. Holly Day says:

    Those are fabulous! This looks like the perfect project for me to do with my daughter!

  48. Beth Arp says:

    This book is outragous. Summer fun in the sun. Just got my first kit of the month and cannot wait to start playing with it. Would love this book!

  49. Pat Shaw says:

    Can’t wait to try out the tutorial to make these amazing tunnel books. Thanks for the chance to win the Beach kit giveaway?

  50. Ingrid says:

    I am so excited about this tunnel book idea. Thanks for the hours and hours of inspirations!

  51. Ronda says:

    🙂 the paper line looks yummy. ty for a chance to win. Smilz.

  52. Debi says:

    Your giveaways get better and better! Lora continues to impress.

  53. Sandi Mueller says:

    Fun, fun, fun! We even made this a group challenge! Thanks for the inspirational tutorials!

  54. Pam Yee says:

    Let’s go to the water’s edge; let’s not!! How about we make a tunnel book instead. If the giveaway comes my way, I will!!

  55. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, this is so cool! Can’t wait to make one … thanks so much for the chance to win!

  56. What an amazing collection! Love each and every one. Love the idea of the interchangeable scenes, too. Can’t wait to make one.

  57. Laure Janus says:

    This is one awesome give away that could keep me busy all summer; thanks for the chance to win, my fingers are crossed!

  58. Sheila Lundquist says:

    I love these tunnel books! They can hang out at my house for a holiday or a season, then be changed for another and reused season after season. Thanks for the super ideas.

  59. Diana Kelly says:

    I would love to join the fun and win this wonderful giveaway. I live in the middle of the country and don’t get seaside very often. This would satisfy my yearnings. Thank you.

  60. Susan says:

    This is fab-u-lous! Your store/website/blog never cease to amaze me with your lovely, original works and products! Thank you so much!

  61. Linda Polaretzki says:

    Very cool. Haven’t seen this before. Winning this will make me seem like I will be vacationing. Thanks for the chance

  62. Brenda Lubrant says:

    Your blog always has the most interesting project to share with everyone. I love these tunnel books.

  63. I love how the Lora’s tunnel books whisks us back into other worlds and times. Like Alice, you just can’t resist following the rabbit into the hole. I will have to order everything as I am sure my granddaughters will be enchanted by these.

  64. Shanna says:

    I love the tunnel books. Very creative and fun!

  65. Pam Weiler says:

    I love this tunnel book. You have so many amazing tutorials. Thank you for all of the inspiration.

  66. Lindy says:

    These are so awesome! Even if I don’t win I want to make my own! Maybe a Halloween themed one

  67. Pat says:

    Wow! This tunnel book makes me want to dip my tootsies! Thanks for the tutorial!

  68. Ann says:

    These tunnel book ideas are so inspiring! The seas are calling me!

  69. toy jalanugraha says:

    Great Looking kit. Love to have it.

  70. Jo says:

    Another beautiful project! I love everything you guys create!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. April Dudko says:

    Another generous giveaway! So fabulous of you gals! Loving the new sheets AND the tunnel books. Going to be making some!

  72. Karen says:

    These are gorgeous! Going to try an ATC-sized version.

  73. Mary Toriello says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for offering another great giveaway!

  74. Jennifer says:

    the perfect summertime theme and what gorgeous elements! Do count me in!

  75. Lou Anne says:

    The tunnel book is fabulous! I really hope I win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Kathi R says:

    Wow. I’m completely amazed by that gorgeous tunnel book! Off to go read (and pin) the tutorial.

    You sure have a lot of fabulous beach-themed goodies!

    Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

  77. Anne D says:

    What a beautiful little tunnel book just in time for summer fun!

  78. Lorna Dufrane says:

    I’ve never seem a tunnel book, looks like a lot of fun to make. I hope my name is chosen

  79. marla b says:

    Shores and sand and waves= summer of tunnel love!

  80. Jennifer McCann says:

    Wonderful mermaid sea enchantresses. I want to try to make this book.

  81. Jill Noblitt says:

    Wow! I am so inspired by these! What a wonderful prize too!

  82. Kathy Udlinek says:

    Can’t decide what theme to use, but know I will have to try a tunnel book!

  83. Beverly S says:

    That tunnel book is completely awesome! Such a generous give-away – please pick me to win 😀

  84. Sue Young says:

    Fabulous giveaway!!!!! Thanks for the chance !

  85. Ritva says:

    So summer, love this!

  86. Debbie Kaste says:

    Love the tunnel book! The artists for Alpha Stamps are incredibly talented. LOVE your site and your products. Thanks for a chance to win your give-away. Have a great weekend!
    – DebbieK

  87. Kim R says:

    OMG! I love this so much! Im working on a steampunk mermaid line right now + this card is so inspiring!

  88. Michelle says:

    Great giveaway, love everything!!! Amazing tunnel books… Heading over to see how this was done.. New to paper crafting, so very excited to learn…

  89. Theresa Goldman says:

    Love the look of these tunnel books. Wow. And the new sheets are amazing.

  90. Kathy M says:

    This is such an amazing project! My head is spinning with all the possibilities of things I could make. Thanks for the great ideas!

  91. Cindy says:

    First time I have seen a tunnel book. What a lever idea. I would love to win to get myself started on this fun and new creation.

  92. Nancilyn says:

    Tunnel books are awesome!

  93. Gigi Jordan says:

    What a fun tunnel book. My favorite childhood story was about mermaids–the give away supplies reminds me of that. Thank you for the opportunity. Gigi

  94. Sheila says:

    Here in the desert southwest we have lots of beach…just no ocean. So this project would be very soothing — a great escape! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  95. Rima St.John says:

    Wonderful, colorful tunnel books from Lora, great tutorial as well. I’ve thrown my hat in the ring for the fabulous give-a-way…..possibly this time I’ll win!!

  96. Jackie Tuttle says:

    My life long dream has been to live by the sea, but alas, now in my 60’s, it will forever remain just a dream. I would love to win the next best thing, tho, and make my own tunnel of love-by-the-sea book. Thank you for the chance to win and for showing the beautiful examples.

  97. I definitely want to make one of these. Wish I was at the beach right now instead of in 100 degrees of scorching heat. That is why I like to stay in AC comfort and create. Thanks for the inspiration!

  98. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Fabulous tunnel book! It’s so intricate. I’ve just learned how to make a tunnel and can’t wait to try more. Mahalo for the op to win.

  99. Kristen H says:

    Love your products and tutorials!

  100. Lisa Mills says:

    What a great and fun looking tunnel card! I just love all of the goodies! Now I have to go check out her tutorial.

  101. Lucy Seiler says:

    I look forward to receiving your newsletters. Each one is so chock full of creative ideas. I love Lora’s tunnel book. I hope I win!!

  102. What wonderful tunnel books! I want to make one!!!!
    hugs Karen

  103. Ruth Ann Garand says:

    I’m so anxious to try a tunnel book!!! Living in Fla, the beach is my second home and this projects suits me to a T!

  104. Rise St Arno says:

    This is such a great idea.


  105. Malin says:

    Is that not the coolest book ever? I can hardly wait to make one.

  106. Lori says:

    Love this! Commented on Lora’s blog earlier that I can’t wait to receive my Alpha Stamps order in the mail, I have so many ideas ant tutorials to play with.:-)

  107. Janet Turner says:

    I love mermaids. This is a beautiful group of supplies!

  108. Thalia Kottke says:

    I’ve just returned from a visit to the beach. This give-away would be so great to win and remember it with.

  109. Patricia League says:

    WOW, love the tunnel book! I really want to make one.

  110. Lori says:

    Would love to win and make this! Thanks for the opportunity. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  111. Sharon Bolmey says:

    Awwwm I love this book!! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  112. Missy says:

    So very cool! Pick me pick me pick me!!!!!!please!

  113. Brenda Henderson says:

    This reminds me of the many times we went to the coast in the summer!!! My husband our two daughters, our Parents and brother’s and sister. It was wonderful. We lost three of our parents in 2011. Thanks for the chance to remember what a beautiful time we shared at the beach.

  114. Evelyn says:

    I just ordered a lot of the last featured beach items and now you come up with others!!!!! I want them all!

    I hope that random thing picks me because I can hardly wait to do the tunnel book with all the goodies!!!!!

  115. Lorna says:

    Another gorgeous project! I’m gonna have to put a lobster bib on when I come here, I spend so much time drooling over the pretties…

  116. WOW! Such a yummy giveaway. I would love to be the one who gets it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  117. Kate says:

    I love this book! Gorgeous. I would love to win some awesome stuff to make a book like this!

  118. cathyn says:

    This looks like a fun give-a-way. thanks for a chance.

  119. Jen R says:

    Beautiful art as always. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  120. Sharon Olivas says:

    Love the beautiful mermaids and shells. I definitely want to try making a tunnel book.

  121. Catherine Riggs says:

    What a great idea. I would love these for my granddaughters. I hope I win!

  122. Carol H says:

    Oh, my goodness! I just love this! Can’t wait to create one myself. Thanks much!

  123. Jayne Donnithorne says:

    Oh, what fun! Such an interesting and attractive project. I love it! I would love to win it!

  124. Judy says:

    Love everything at Alpha Stamps…the tunnel books are another fun project I’m looking forward to doing.

  125. Ruth Hunt says:

    Beautiful. It stirs the imagination. Thanks.

  126. julie m says:

    Not usually a mermaid fan, but like this book a lot. So elegant.

  127. Debra says:

    There is so much to see…endless possiblities!

  128. Melody B says:

    I really, really LOVE those vintage ‘beach babes’!! And the mermaids. And the dimensional waves in this tunnel book. And….

  129. Lynn says:

    Wonderful subtle colors!

  130. Holly M says:

    The Alpha Stamps Design Team is the best there is! These tunnel books are fabulous. I am keeping my fingers crossed and wishing on stars to win this one.

  131. I live near Pensacola Florida beach! Would love to win the craft prizes.I could make some cards and send them to my relatives up North.They dont get to see the beach but could look at their beach card! Good luck everyone!

  132. angi eharis says:

    count me in for your giveaway! your collage sheets are so gorgeous as all your artwork also, love the tunnels! tx sooo much for sharing and inspiring! aloha, angi in hana

  133. karenladd says:

    Wow, I am so impressed with this gorgeous tunnel book! Love all the vintage images and would love to win your giveaway!

  134. Ann says:

    What a beautiful seaside tunnel book by Lora! I’m loving all these wonderful little books the DT has created. (Your posts always make me laugh, MizBella! You’re quite funny!). Thanks for the tutorial and the awesome giveaway. Would love to win!!!

  135. Wendy says:

    What an amazing book! Count me in for the giveaway, too…would love to have it to use as an example to make one! Your team is sooo talented.

  136. Debi W says:

    I love all things beach related. What a wonderful collection of items used and offered as a gift! I would love an opportunity to win.

  137. Jackie says:

    WOW! simply fabulous tunnel books! I want in! I am loving the beach theme! So summer!Awesome books Lora! and Kira, thanks for the tut!

  138. Moona says:

    These are truly amazing and inspiring!!

  139. Leslie Hanson says:

    The tunnel books are fantastic!!

  140. Julia Wong says:

    Your tunnel book is so delightful. I love it! Mermaids are special to me. Please let me be the lucky one who wins this prize! Thank you.

  141. Sam says:

    Whats not to love here? Bathing beauties AND a giveaway! Awesomeness!

  142. Debra Gibson says:

    I have been waiting for over 2 years to win one of these giveaways ! I so would love to win this one because of the mermaid beach theme which is one of my favorite themes to work with! This has to be my lucky day !! Please pick me !!

  143. … I was speechless when I looked at the page. I have been working on beaches since last summer – miniature to large canvas and creating card sets and magnets and jewelry and … I can’t wait to begin work on the new card set – use these images on my bookmark design – create some tunnel books – YES, this IS the COOLEST HOT summer idea and I can’t wait to dive in deep!

  144. mary beth says:

    I think Lake Michigan qualifies as a “sea.” These would be fun to make. Thanks for all the awesome ideas and supplies uou offer. NEVER boring.

  145. Betty Ann Dabrowski says:

    I make a couple of tunnel books and I really love the process and results. This collection would be a great addition and fun to make.

  146. carol says:

    Love this theme – spent childhood enjoying time on Cape Cod. What fun to use this give a way.

  147. Kyra Sands says:

    Love the way the waves look like old theater scenery!

  148. Phyllis Beare says:

    I love all the summer-themed ideas. Summer is my favorite time to create.

  149. All of your products inspire me – and just when I think I’ve “seen it all” Alpha Stamps pops out some new goodies and surprises me 🙂

  150. Daylan says:

    Thank you for this great opportunity! Yeah, Alpha Stamps!

  151. Laura Kloth says:

    I would love to win this summer give away, it would top off my birthday week, good luck to all!

  152. p boszko says:

    WOW have to make one of these! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  153. Maxine says:

    I want to be at the beach!

  154. J L Dee says:

    This kit would be perfect to create a seaside art piece to go in my seaside themed living room. I am getting so many ideas for how to create different scenes my brain is a whirlpool!!