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Key to My Heart + Tutorial & Giveaway

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Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply lists for Kristin’s projects on the new site: Bird Lady Paper Doll and Flying Birds Altoids Tin.

Today’s newsletter (and Giveaway!) were inspired by two projects by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel — both with birds flying/hovering about, suspended on wires.

Kristin started by creating the Bird Lady Paper Doll at left (with a lovely miss from the On Sale! The Lady In Blue Collage Sheet); and I loved the birds so much I asked her to write up a little tutorial.

Not only did she do that, but she also created the fun Flying Birds Altoids Tin using the New and On Sale! Bird Cage Collage Sheet!

The Bird Cage Collage Sheet has 9 cages, all sized to fit on Blank Altoids Tins. Plus quite a few birds to sit in or on the cages (most of the birds are perched… a few are flying).

Here’s info on the supplies Kristin used on the Bird Lady Paper Doll and Flying Birds Altoids Tin (and you’ll want to scope out all those goodies, ’cause they’re all included in today’s Giveaway!) And don’t forget Kristin’s tutorial.

But if you wander off to read the tutorial now, don’t forget to return to see the stunning Key To My Heart Valentine Collection and to enter the Giveaway!

Oh my. And before I forget: in honor of the ongoing Lovesick – A Sweetheart Book Swap (and befitting Kristin’s paper doll’s skirt), I’ve put ALL the ribbon sections On Sale! Crazy — that’s SIX sections. View them here:
Ribbons: Fringes/Fibers
Ribbons: Patterned
Ribbons: Sets
Ribbons: Silk
Ribbons: Solid
Ribbons: Twills
(And that set shown at left is the Valentine Kit Ribbon Set.)

And I’ve decided to keep 2 of the sale sections from the While the Cat’s Away Giveaways On Sale!, too: the Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets and the Cherubs/Hearts Rubber Stamps.

 January 6th Update:
 The Bird Valentines
 Giveaway Winner

Hooray! A Bird Valentines Giveaway! Beside all the supplies from both of Kristin’s projects, I’ve added a few more things; here’s a link to all 24 items!

Highlights of the additions (and all are On Sale!):
New! Bird Valentines Collage Sheet
Victorian Sentiment Collage Sheet
Winged Cupid Collage Sheet
Victorian Garden Collage Sheet
Blue Birds Collage Sheet
(those 5, added to the collage sheets that Kristin used, equal a total of NINE collage sheets!)
Valentines Bakers Twine
Narrow Red Diamond Stitched Ribbon
Pearl Aqua Seam Binding
Iridescent Plastic Pearls (Strands)

To enter the Bird Valentines Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post TODAY (January 5, 2014) by midnight (Pacific Standard Time).

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!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won!

Hey, who won the Florals Giveaway? That would be Debbie Peysen!

Posted by Leslie, January 5th, 2014

171 responses to “Key to My Heart + Tutorial & Giveaway”

  1. kathy cabble says:

    Wow! I’m first. Doing a sweetheart ATC some of this stuff would sure be nice to use.

  2. cher s says:

    please pick me!! help chase away the snowstorm blues!!!! gorgeous collection:)

  3. Bobbi Ann Cook says:

    Each Giveaway is more beautiful then the last, I would love to win this gorgeous array of Birds Valentine’s! I have a few swaps that I’m in for Valentine’s Day and to be able to use the beautiful pieces from this Giveaway would be such a joy! Have a wonderful day.
    Hugs and many blessings…
    Bobbi Ann

  4. Linda says:

    What a wonderful sweetheart giveaway!

  5. Michele biondolillo says:

    How delightfully lovely. So many possibilities!

  6. Sara Tann says:

    These projects are so wonderful. I really like the skirt on the Blue Lady,that is definitely something I MUST try. The image complements the ribbons perfectly and enhances the images beauty. Love this. 🙂

  7. RanaeBaker says:

    They are so beautiful and would put a creative spark in designing so many wonderful things to share with friends and family

  8. Karen Crowder says:

    Another day, another try.

  9. Kathy Bumb says:

    What a beautiful giveaway for the first of the year!!! Love the colors!

  10. Amanda Miller says:

    So pretty! I love all the flowers.

  11. Mary Mac says:

    The scrapbook paper is the most beautiful I have seen and would make wonderful projects.

  12. So pretty and reminds us that Spring isn’t so far around the corner.
    Would be a delight to create with those images.

  13. Jen R says:

    Oh what fun this would be!

  14. Maggie M says:

    What a lovely giveaway…perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts.

  15. Virginia Smith says:

    What a beautiful giveaway! Birds are so perfect for Valentine’s Day, Spring and Easter!

  16. Marie says:

    I love anything that has a hint of Valentines – especially vintage. So sweet.

  17. marge says:

    fantastic giveaway…thanks guys

  18. Stacia says:

    The birds and ribbons are flying!

  19. trish tokar says:

    lovely giveaway! pick me! pick me!!

  20. Sieglinde Nix says:

    LOVE IT!!! It’s so sweet and delicate looking!

  21. Joan Burdorff says:

    Looking forward to spring and warmer weather. A new project for time cooped up, sounds like a great way to use my time.

  22. susan harkness williamsSusan Harkness Williams says:

    Never one of these yet..but hope springs eternal.

  23. susan harkness williamsSusan Harkness Williams says:


  24. Emily N. says:

    Birds and valentines… 2 of my favorite things!

  25. Margaret Kuenkler says:

    I would love to win this romantic give-a-way. My heart is all a flutter!

  26. Kimberly says:

    Oh! birds! 😍birds!

  27. Silvia says:

    A fantastic post with great inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful give away 🙂

  28. Edith says:

    love the flying bird tin, I would be happy as a lark to win this great giveaway

  29. KIM says:


  30. Holly Day says:

    Nothing says spring (which I wish was here!) like birds and valentines! Beautiful collection!

  31. This is a generous,romantic,& beautiful give~away. I simply love it, thanks for the chance.

  32. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Love this giveaway and it’s perfect for my Valentine making party! I get together with the other crafty chicks in my life and make fabulous Valentines. Can’t wait to share some of the goodies and ideas with them.

  33. Denise says:

    Lovely collection, I hope I win!

  34. Barbara Grandon says:

    What a generous, lovely give away. I’d love to win!

  35. Linda Ellis says:

    Did you know that today is National Bird Day! This giveaway would be a dream for my bird collage projects! Linda

  36. Blair lowery says:

    Hope springs eternal. So many pretty items in the collection.

  37. Theresa Grdina says:

    Beautiful giveaway!! Wow.

  38. Sharon Bolmey says:

    This is such a perfect giveaway, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I look forward to each new project that the Alpha Stamps team shares with us! Many thanks!

  39. Leslie Dean says:

    I love making Valentines and using your products…so to win would be amazing!

  40. Darlene Propp says:

    I’m all set for Valentine’s Day and would love to use these items on projects.

  41. Your giveaway prizes just keep getting better and better – what a terrific array this one has!

    Love the birds-on-wires art pieces – really marvelous – may have to steal a few ideas!

  42. p boszko says:

    how lovely! as usual, a great giveaway and thanks for doing it!

  43. Marge McInerny says:

    I love this!!!

  44. Mary White says:

    Wonderful inspiration. And a lovely giveaway!

  45. Karen says:

    Here I am again – hope to win the beautiful assortment of Valentine goodies.

  46. Mary White says:

    Wonderful inspiration! And a lovely giveaway.

  47. Kathy Hou says:


  48. Kristen’s projects are so lovely! And put me in the mood to spoil my Valentine! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. 🙂

  49. Bonnie says:

    Love all of this. Great idea, birds on wires.. awesome. 🙂

  50. Cindy Fitch says:

    Love is in the air! I love wall the new collage sheets. Thank you for the chance to win.

  51. Carolyn Summers says:

    Valentines with love; I would so like to win this prize.

  52. Lori Belmont says:

    I love the tutorial. I am so glad I found Alpha Stamps. I am having so much fun with all the collage pages I ordered. I have so many ideas now I just need more time!

  53. Patricia says:

    I need some help getting back into making art so please pick me thank you

  54. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Would love to win!

  55. Nancy Stone says:

    Wonderful giveaway. Love the blue colors and the birds.

  56. S. Patterson says:

    Oh WOW ! That Altoids tin is adorable and your giveaway is amazing! Love the birds!

  57. 2amscrapper says:

    stunning collection–this would be a fabulous win! great inspiration from Kristin!

  58. Please enter me in your AWESOME giveaway! I love anything Valentine since I’m a February baby and my granddaughter was born ON Valentines Day!! Best present ever!
    Blessings, Sherry (EdieMariesAttic Etsy)

  59. Karen says:

    What a “birdiful” giveaway! I would love to win this one!

  60. Rae Higgins says:

    Birds are my fave!!!

  61. Kim B says:

    Nice giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  62. Rise St Arno says:

    Once again you tempt me…

  63. Lesley Sutton says:

    So glad the world is getting ready for spring – it’s a gorgeous west coast day here on Vancouver Island – I wish I had this lovely give-away to play with while I enjoyed the sun.

  64. Pam P says:

    Go #63!!!

  65. Sandi Cotroneo says:

    So pretty with colors of spring!!

  66. Lori Devoux says:

    I’m livin for this! Thank you for the opportunity to win, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  67. Debra Gibson says:

    Very nice giveaway! Would love the chance to play with these birds!

  68. Well, One out of 66 isn’t too bad! Better than the lottery. I love this give away.

  69. Jo says:

    I love the girl – what a great idea to use ribbons as her skirt!
    Thanks for the giveaway – I hope I win!

  70. Jackie says:

    love everything with Birds! Great giveaway- count me in!

    Love the new look of the page! The sidebar with the blocks of information is great~ as well as much easier! Nice Job! “)

  71. Susan Gunter says:

    I love this site!!!!

  72. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Fun fun fun. Would love to win this.

  73. I looooove this, I would so love to win !


    Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Kathi Schafffer says:

    Again!!!!! Gorgeous treats in your giveaway! Thanks so much for a chance to win.

  76. Sylvia L. says:

    Birds are a favorite theme for me. I’d love to have some of the items for valentines and treat cones.

  77. lynn legge says:

    the projects are adorabe, i love the birdcages and the flowers..
    im ready for spring… here in the north..
    please sign me up for a chance to win
    big ladybug hugs

  78. Luanne Shoup says:

    wow! just got an idea as to what to do with some small tins my husband gave from your giveaway!

  79. Laura says:

    Love this, always so gorgeous!

  80. Traci says:

    So pretty-love it all!!

  81. Jackie T says:

    As always, fun gorgeous and creative!

  82. Marcia says:

    a great way to warm my heart on this 6 degree day in Colorado

  83. Lori Wilczek says:

    Oh! I so Love this Giveaway!!! Pick Me!

  84. Kris Martinez says:

    An incredible collection of beautiful ephemera and papers! Would love to work with it all.

  85. Kathie says:

    Sure I’ll be your Valentine if thats what your sending 🙂 Beats candy any day. No calories.
    Fingers crossed…

  86. Florence says:

    Ooh, birds and flowers, could use some spring about now!

  87. MargieD says:

    I love what Kristen has done with the Altoid tin. Great idea and great giveaway too – thanks so much for the chance to win. Margie

  88. Rosemary Sharon says:

    Birds, Butterflies, and Angels are my muse….and romantic is my style……would love this… right5 for my work…..hint hint!

  89. Thalia Kottke says:

    I so love birds, would love to win this giveaway.

  90. Juliana Sessions says:

    Valentines and birds? What a fabulous combination! Birds seem to appear in my projects quite often – almost as if they “fly” in there on their own! Love the collage sheets too.

  91. DebbieK says:

    What an amazing give-away! Would be thrilled to win it and thanks for the chance.
    D Kaste at wi dot rr dot com

  92. Sandra Lee says:

    Sweet…as the cold moves in, eyes toward springtime, bluebirds…love to win

  93. Jill Ongley says:

    Such a beautiful collection of goodies. Love vintage, love valentines day.

  94. Greta says:

    Wow what an amazing assortment of goodees. Love the collage sheets!

  95. allison says:

    Love this collection!

  96. Noreen says:

    Lovely goodies! Thanks for the chance to win some.

  97. Grama jan says:

    Love the altoid tin! And the bird cage collage sheet. I am going to do birds for Valentines day! Hooray.!

  98. Lori Turner says:

    Lovely giveaway! Sure to chase away the winter blues! Would love to win!! :o)

  99. Lynn Fox says:

    Too good to be true! I love this giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Love these collage sheets! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  101. Sandy Holva says:

    This is perfect! Hope I win!

  102. Wowza, what a great giveaway! I would love to receive this.

  103. Barb says:

    Love your giveaways!!!! Count me in!

  104. Debi W says:

    What a beautiful set! Thanks for giving us a chance to win such a wonderful giveaway!!

  105. Ronda Liebert says:

    How lovely. I would be delighted to win.

  106. Janet Turner says:

    This giveaway is filled with gorgeous things. I love it.

  107. Linda H says:

    Awesome projects and even more awesome prize package! Thank you for the chance to win!

  108. Helen Potter says:

    Beautiful as always!

  109. sheila AR says:

    Beautiful, dreamy colors, and who doesn’t want to hear the birds sing this time of year? thanks again xo

  110. Lou Anne says:

    This is such a lovely giveaway! Thank you for offering it.

  111. Evelyn B says:

    This is a wonderful giveaway thank you so much! I absolutely love these designs – very eye catching.

  112. Daylan says:

    Wow! Yet another great opportunity! Thank you!

  113. Love Kristin’s projects and tutorial, thank you so much! And thank you for the opportunity to enter your very generous giveaway, good luck to everyone!

  114. Deb Neerman says:

    Oh my, this is my most favorite collection of goodness you’ve ever gifted! Love! Thanks for the chance to win!

  115. Jo says:

    Lovely give-away!!!!!

  116. Lana says:

    fingers crossed

  117. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Fabulous treats! Sweet!

  118. Jane Thomas says:

    Lots of yummy things in this giveaway!

  119. Kate says:

    Valentine’s already? That came quickly. I love vintage valentines. Looks like a fun kit to win!

  120. Barbara Thompson says:

    What a great way to start the new year!

  121. Jeanne Kelly says:

    That is a really fun collage sheet. Thanks for the tutorial too!

  122. Renee Zarate says:

    Wow this is an incredible giveaway! Thanks for the tut and the chance to win.

  123. Chris Lynch says:

    What a great collection. This would be awesome to win!

  124. cynthia nixon says:

    Great giveaway…and very pretty!

  125. Marilyn H says:

    Great giveaway. Of course, they are always great!

  126. Robin Parker says:

    This is my favorite giveaway…



  127. Dee Neff says:

    Love this giveaway and Alpha Stamps! You always have awesome materials!

  128. Laura says:

    Love the altoids tin!

  129. Sheila A says:

    Oh so many names…but I’m going to add mine and cross my little fingers!

  130. Nancy Penir says:

    This is the most AWESOME giveaway ever! All those goodies, oh my!

  131. Jennifer McCann says:

    Oh what a wonderful giveaway~!!

  132. Brenda Lubrant says:

    A very beautiful collection. I would love to save some of those blue birds for some spring cards.

  133. Marcie Aspras says:

    I would love to win. I am intrigued with the use of the Altoids box!!

  134. Mary Toriello says:

    Ok here goes . Maybe I’ll win this one

  135. Pam Knoch says:

    Gorgeous collection! thanks!

  136. I’m not usually into valentines stuff, but I love old fashioned stuff, birds, and cages!

  137. Diane Dainis says:

    Absolutely beautiful giveaway and what a gorgeous job Kristin did.
    Thanks for the chance.

  138. angi eharis says:

    everything looks pretty! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

  139. Willow says:

    What a great kit! They get better and better. I would love to win this kit!

  140. Willow says:

    What a great kit. So many possibilities . Would love to win this

  141. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love it…..

  142. Pam Weiler says:

    I love this giveaway! Would love to win it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  143. Barbara Souza says:

    What a great bunch of goodies in this giveaway. It sure would be nice to win!

  144. love the flying birds

  145. Lorna says:

    Very playful things in this giveaway.

  146. Beth says:

    I would love the goodies in this giveaway. Would help to keep me busy while the weather is so hot. Bethx

  147. LeAnn Aagard says:


  148. angelic says:

    I love all the wonderful projects that the design team creates. Love the birds.

  149. Kim B says:

    Fabulous giveaway!!! and what cool projects!

  150. Barbara says:

    What a great giveaway!! Such fun and pretty things. Thanks for the inspiration once again.

  151. Ann says:

    Oh my! You make my heart sing!! Thanks for the chance to win another fabulous giveaway!! (I keep hoping… : )! The tin and flying birds project is so fun–off to view the tutorial!

  152. Michelle B. says:

    Kristin’s Bird Lady Paper Doll REALLY ROCKS! And The Flying Birds Altoids Tin is equally wonderful! A collection to INSPIRE for sure!
    Funny thing, I was in great need of bird cages for collage, and there, you fulfilled my every wish. Go Alpha, Go Alpha !!!!!

  153. taradid says:

    I am so glad that I checked my email today! What a fantastic-looking project and giveaway! Thanks for the amazing inspiration.

  154. Missy says:

    These projects are so beautiful. So inspiring. I can’t wait to get started on my Valentines projects.

  155. joann west… says:

    The tutorial is so inspiring. This giveaway is stunning.

  156. Lisa M says:

    The birds, the hearts, the roses! So gorgeous; I love it all!

  157. Sue Chesley says:

    Now there’s a cup of inspiration, right there! Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  158. Terri Barnard says:

    What part of this giveaway do I not like? Nothing! Everything is Lovely!!

  159. Beverly S says:

    Your giveaways are always fabulous and this one is certainly no exception! Thanks for a chance to win.

  160. Carmen Willis says:

    Who doesn’t love birds!

  161. Debra Hegar says:

    Me Me Me Please!

  162. marla b says:

    beautiful flowers
    precious birds
    you make my heart sing – looking forward to Spring!

  163. Gilda says:

    Beautiful collecion. Thanks for your give away.

  164. Terry McMullen says:

    Love the projects with today’s giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  165. Margie says:

    What a sweet giveaway! Birds just happen to be my favorite!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  166. Catherine Warner says:

    This kit was designed with items I love. The Blue color theme, Victorian times, birds and paper dolls…all together, very gentle and beautiful.
    I would love to win this awesome kits. Thanks for the chance. Cathwren

  167. Laurie Baker says:

    Just love paper dolls and the doll with ribbons that was created. Want to do one myself.

  168. Pam says:

    What a beautifully curated giveaway! And these are my favorite themes! I love bird and Victoriana. Thanks so much for the chance to win and for your always inspiring blog.

  169. michele s says:

    those birds are gorgeous! count me in for this wonderful giveaway! xo