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Days Gone By (+ Giveaway & Flower Sale!)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Laura Carson, Regency Era, Tutorials

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 list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

So, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. But no new hearts on sale today.* Instead, how about flowers! We have some amazing new Wired Floral Garlands that just arrived. So I’ve put them and ALL of the Paper Flowers On Sale! (And that section includes other botanicals, too — like mushrooom and leaves.) But catch it quick — the sale ends on Wednesday, February 12th.

(*But the Valentine Collage Sheets and Rubber Stamps that are on sale in honor of the Lovesick — A Sweetheart Book Swap are still On Sale! through February 13th!)

Design Team Member Laura Carson has a Valentine for you, too! Look at that sweet Love Birds Cage Dress, cleverly using a bird cage for the skirt — and that bird cage is On Sale! as the ENTIRE Die-Cut Chipboard section is still on sale (through Wednesday) per the theme of last Thursday’s Newsletter.

And another sweet from Laura: her New! Days Gone By Collage Sheet (and BIG digital images set)! Such a useful sheet! With costumed characters plus birds, butterflies, fans, a parasol, flowers, and framed portraits. And even more coordinating people and props are on the related digital set.

Look at the adorable Forever Yours and Days Gone By ATCs Laura made with the new collage sheet! (And those are just two of three ATCs Laura created!) The colors work beautifully with the birds and papers in the current kit: An Odd Bird. More photos of all the ATCs and the Love Birds Cage Dress are in the Gallery.

Laura has graciously posted a tutorial (and her own Giveaway) for the Love Birds Cage Dress. I love the hinged inset door on the bird cage skirt — and the entire skirt is also hinged (with a scene underneath that you can see just a bit of through the inset door). Plus Laura shows how to make the parasol from 2 copies of the fan from the new collage sheet.

But before you become entranced by Laura’s tutorials (Yes, that’s plural! Click that photo at right for a separate “Design Your Own Stick Pin” tutorial), scroll down to see what’s new, what’s back in stock, and what’s in today’s Giveaway!


 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Shaped Shadowbox Shrines

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with a tutorial by Teri Calia!
Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
On Sale!
Birds of a Feather Cling Stamp Set
Birds of a Feather Cling Stamp Set New Tim Holtz Stamp Set — On Sale!

Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise

Back in Stock


Hooray! Days Gone By Love Birds Giveaway!

Miz Meghan gathered bits and (most of the) pieces Laura used in all of her artwork shown today! Tons of stuff, like:
– Days Gone By Collage Sheet
– Round 2-Part Die-Cut Chipboard Birdcage
– Looking Glass 6×6 Paper Pad
– Birds & Pink Blossoms Dresden Scraps
– Chipboard Leaf Flourishes
– Copper Dresden Border Sampler Set
– Curiosity – Intrigue Scrapbook Paper
– Parfumerie #2 Collage Sheet
– Vintage Brass Butterflies & Filigree Set

Here’s the full list (with photos and links) of all the goodies in the Giveaway.

To enter the Days Gone By Love Birds Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or Monday (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, February 10, 2014).

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 to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Build Your Own Shrine Giveaway? That would be Willow! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, February 9th, 2014

141 responses to “Days Gone By (+ Giveaway & Flower Sale!)”

  1. Lori Turner says:

    Fabulous giveaway! Would love to win!

  2. jackie says:

    Great giveaway- count me in for the win!
    and congrats to Willow!

  3. Gloria Stafford says:

    What an elegant & beautiful homage to days gone by!

  4. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Love it! Laura is so detailed in her tutorial that even I might be able to make this!

  5. judy says:

    I so love this gift pack, I am a avid bird watcher. Beautiful feathers and love the songs they chirp are so calming. Good luck all, judy

  6. marge says:

    The collection of vintage memorabilia is exquisite…would love it.

  7. Fantastic!!

    As always…inspiring!

  8. DebbieK says:

    Wow! Laura did it again. Just amazing artwork. Love it!

  9. Jill Noblitt says:

    Beautiful and inspiring ! Would love to win!

  10. Caroline Lawson says:

    I love everything in this giveaway. I’d love to win.

  11. Sheila says:

    Trying again….wishing everyone luck — including me! 🙂 Your give-aways are always fantastic!

  12. Kim B says:

    This is a beautiful giveaway! I would have tons of fun with it.

  13. Michele says:

    Love is in the air!

  14. Kathy Bumb says:

    What a beautiful giveaway!!!! Love the idea of the Caged Lady!

  15. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Okay. I’m in love (with this giveaway.

  16. Diane Dainis says:

    Love it. Just beautiful.

  17. Jen says:

    So many beautiful things! I would love to win.

  18. Susan K says:

    Love this set! Love is in the air and spring is just around the corner!

  19. Deb Neerman says:

    What a treasure-trove of gorgeous goodies! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!

  20. Ritva Karhunen says:

    I love vintage, would be great to win this.

  21. Jennifer says:

    looks great!

  22. beautiful little treasures – would love to win!

  23. KIM says:

    Another “GREAT” giveaway.
    Someone is going to be vary lucky to win

  24. Monica says:

    Wow what a Give-Away…… Please pick me as the lucky winner… Lol
    Love that birdcage idea. She is fabolous. Thank you for the tutorial and the great Give-Away…
    Hugs from SPAIN
    PS : by the way still cant sign in. When will the changes be effective ??

  25. Mary Toriello says:

    Love the birdcage dress! Please pick me mr. Random drawing,

  26. Lori Devoux says:

    I just adore this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  27. Jill says:

    Love the birdcage/skirt idea!

  28. Sandi Cotroneo says:

    Love the fashions in this giveaway!!

  29. joann west says:

    Adorable giveaway…Love the look of everything.

  30. Blair Lowery says:

    As always wonderful bits and pieces.

  31. Paulette Akagi says:

    I would LOVE to win this fabulous giveaway!

  32. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    memories of days past…how delightful….love it…

  33. Jo says:

    This piece is so pretty! I love the birdcage!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  34. Roxanne says:

    Absolutely LOVE the Days Gone By stash of goodies and art example! Yummy ephemera images! Thanks for this chance!
    We Love Alpha Stamps!

  35. Russell says:

    In the past I wasn’t was not who I am today.

  36. Rory says:

    Did a bird cage skirt a while back. The woman had a bird’s head, and inside the bird cage skirt were eggs! Love the cage door that opens!! Beautiful image!

  37. angelic says:

    I love it! Beautiful ephemera images and wonderful kit. Thank you for the chance to win, and I’m the lucky winner!

  38. Donna Meyers says:

    Days gone bu should not be days gone by but here forever they are so gorgeous.. Hope i win!

  39. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Looks yummy, would enjoy working with that mix.

  40. Pam S says:

    What a beautiful collection! The birdcage dress is so unique. And just in time for Valentines Day! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Maxine Allsup says:

    Beautiful, delightful, charming!

  42. Anneke says:

    Wow, thanks for the great tutorial Laura. I would love to win the prize pack and make my own version. Thanks for the opportunity Alpha Stamps!

  43. Emily N. says:

    Love this giveaway!

  44. Pam Weiler says:

    Another great tutorial and giveaway. Thank you again for your generosity. I would love to win.

  45. Jen R says:

    Such a sweet project!

  46. Ann C says:

    So many creative ideas! An excellent giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  47. kelly l says:

    gorgeousness abounds, as always, and would love to have the chance to win

  48. Willow says:

    Another great giveaway and more beautiful art work, thanx!

  49. Cindy Fitch says:

    Another great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. Carol milgram says:

    Just the theme I am working on…love it.
    I have my fingers crossed

  51. Virginia S. says:

    More birds! Love this kit! Great giveaway!

  52. Jeanne Kelly says:

    This reminds me of spring…please get here’d soon spring!!!! I can’t handle any more snow!!

  53. Lori Wilczek says:

    Love Birds! Great Giveaway! Thank You

  54. Mary says:

    Adore birds, especially blue birds which remind me of my Mom who I lost a year ago this past October. I could make something to put in her memory box that I keep. 🙂

  55. Julie F. says:

    Wow! Laura did such an amazing job, all the items are beautiful.

  56. Ronda Liebert says:

    I love the sweet old fashioned look of this collage set and giveaway. Well done.

  57. Jennie says:

    I love the Austen-esque vibe of this set. 🙂

  58. Carol Slowik says:

    Bird’s of a feather…

  59. Karen says:

    I always look forward to the next giveaway – so exciting at the possibility of receiving a beautiful collection of goodies to create something fun with. Hope I am selected.

  60. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What a pretty give away, although they are all great!

  61. Susan M says:

    Love what you did with the days gone by materials. I’d love to try something with the days gone by giveaway!

  62. Traci says:

    Great giveaway-love Alpha Stamps!

  63. Kathy h says:

    Lovely stuff!!

  64. LoriSW says:

    I love birds! This is a gorgeous give away!

  65. 2amscrapper says:

    Beautiful work by Laura and snother great giveaway!

  66. Angie A. says:

    Love this look so much imagination to express. Just my cup of tea. I love tea of all flavors.

  67. Diane D says:

    I love everything about this Give Away. The images in the Collage Sheet are fantastic and I love everything about that era.

    Thanks for a chance to win it all!!

    Take care,

  68. vivienne says:

    such a lovely giveaway!

  69. Mary Mac says:

    The chipboard bird cages are just amazing.

  70. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I love this birdcage dress…..birds, butterflies are my muses….this is so awesome…I love it….love it.

  71. Mary White says:

    Shades of Georgette Heyer. I love the png sheet.

  72. Nora John says:

    The colors and images make me yearn for Spring.

  73. teri steele says:

    These are beautiful she really knows how to bring things off the page. Id love to work with these. I have a birdcage girl I’m working on now out of Masonite and this gave me a wonderful idea.

  74. Laura says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love it all!

  75. marla b says:

    Bloomin’ Wonderful!

  76. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    Some very lovely items to work with. Here’s hoping

  77. Sandy Holva says:

    What a grand kit!

  78. Thalia Kottke says:

    Thank you for a chance at another beautiful giveaway package.

  79. Karen N says:

    Love, love, love those birdcages. Thanks Alpha Stamps for a chance to win this amazing giveaway!

  80. Roberta S. says:

    This is an awesome giveaway!! I just LOVE that birdcage dress by Laura Carson; it’s so rich in color and texture. I hope I win this great package 🙂

  81. Kyra Sands says:

    Laura Carson never fails to delight! And what a sweet prize.

  82. what a great theme! love it all!

  83. Carmen Willis says:

    Another amazing art project by Laura, and very inspiring. Love this giveaway…hope I win!

  84. Janet Turner says:

    What a fantastic giveaway. I would love to win this.

  85. Glad to see spring has sprung somewhere!

  86. Jayne Donnithorne says:

    So lovely!

  87. Awesome as always!! Thanks 🙂

  88. Ann says:

    Laura’s birdcage lady is amazing!! Love the valentine collage hidden under her skirt! : ) And thanks for an awesome collection of goodies in the Days Gone By giveaway. Would so LOVE to win!!

  89. Luanne Shoup says:

    Birds, birds and more birds!

  90. deb says:

    I LOVE vintage and your products are so sweet!

  91. Lorna says:

    Lots of goodies to be inspired by in the giveaway!

  92. Marge McInerny says:

    This giveaway is just to great for words. Hope I win!

  93. Hannah Foss says:

    Birds are my thing, love it!!!

  94. Deb says:

    Laura’s birdcage dress is wonderful and I’d love to be entered into the giveaway! Love the new wired floral garlands too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  95. Teresa Currie says:

    Your Days Gone By Lovebirds giveaway is intriguing. Sure would be fun to play with the beads and charms, the copper Dresden borders and the window flourishes!!

  96. trisha too says:

    SO many gorgeous goodies, what a wonderful giveaway!

  97. Christine Dahlin says:

    thank goodness for second chances!

  98. Carol Feiner says:

    Just discovered your site today. I’m in love! Love the birdcage dress!

  99. Melanie J. says:

    Would love to win the Days Gone By Lovebirds giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Terry McMullen says:

    Wonderful collection! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway!

  101. Marilyn H says:

    Laura’s work is always fantastic! Love the Love Birds Cage Dress!

  102. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I would love to have this kit to make my 2014 gardening journal.

  103. Sue Day says:

    Another giveaway for the birds! Great project ideas.

  104. LeAnn Aagard says:

    Love the birdcage dress!

  105. Natalie Laney says:

    Fabulous giveaway. What a wonderful, clever idea using the birdcage.

  106. Laura says:

    Fabulous giveaway ! Thanks for the chance.

  107. Tory Willson says:

    Adore this beauty, would love it

  108. Helen Potter says:

    Another great giveaway! Love the die cut bird cage!

  109. Judith Janes says:

    All of my favorite things! Please put my name in your contest! Thanks!

  110. Nancy Schlis says:

    I’m absolutely in love,love,love with the birdcage used as a dress.. What a fab piece.

  111. I love all your items, I would love to win Thanks for the opportunity!


    How beautiful . . . please pick me!!!!

  113. Lynn Fox says:

    Stunning giveaway! I’d love to win!

  114. Beverly s says:

    Fabulous selection & yet another fantastic giveaway!

  115. When I think I’ve seen the best, the next one seems better.

  116. Karen H says:

    A lovely giveaway jam-packed with goodies. Thanks for the chance.

  117. TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW – Laura’s card is AWESOME & EXCITING!!!

    I have never made anything as adventurous as this, so I’m sending a big THANK YOU for the inspiration, because I have a couple of creative friends who would LOVE it too 🙂

    THANK YOU for the chance to win!!!

  118. This site is my muse. Is it acceptable to have a muse that is a website! I would be so delighted to win just one of the contests on this site!

  119. As always another great kit, Would love to win !!!!! yay !

  120. Nellie Cotnam says:

    I hope I win

  121. Maxine Kincora says:

    I keep hoping.

  122. Marisa says:

    Beautiful and charming giveaway. Love it!Love it and… love it!

  123. coco says:

    Oh I’d love winning this giveaway with Laura’s collage sheet and all these beautiful things!!! The bird cage is wonderful, as well as all the elements… Love love it!! Thanks for the chance to win. Coco x

  124. Patricia says:

    Lots of inspiration in this giveaway, thank you for the opportunity!

  125. Amanda Miller says:

    This is so pretty.:-)

  126. Melanie says:

    You guys have the best collage supplies.

  127. Pat says:

    This would be fun to create with hope I win

  128. geri goer says:

    I don’t know how you do it… each giveaway is more inspiring than the last one. Just love it!!!

  129. sheila AR says:

    Beautiful collection of supplies to create with, love the new birdcage and Laura’s doll is AMAZING!! Thanks

  130. Marcia says:

    Wow….you are such a generous person!!!!

  131. Karen Mallory says:

    Great giveaway! I LOVE Laura’s creations!

  132. Barbara Nekic says:

    I love this collection. t would be fun to play with the pieces!

  133. Paula Rutledge says:

    The nicest thing about AlphaStamps giveaways…besides all the goodies they put in the giveaway box…is that they also put in Inspiration! It’s invisible. But it is in there!

  134. p boszko says:

    every give away is more wonderful than the last! thanks for the chance to win!

  135. Debra Gibson says:

    I love these projects with all the skirts! So many pretty things can be done with them !

  136. LoisC says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  137. Me Pugh says:

    Looks like a blast!

  138. trish says:

    wonderful giveaway – so cute!! would love, love, love to win!!