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In Praise of Odd Birds (plus FREE kit and a Related Giveaway)!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, 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 Nichola’s project that are still available on the new site.

Wow! Lots of pretties to look at today. Projects by 2 more Design Team Members, and more new items arriving from the recent CHA show! (Plus some timely back in stock items, a FREE gift kit… and today’s Giveaway!)

Oh my… isn’t that Nichola Battilana a wonder! I’m swooning over her Odd Birds Book (and the poem she wrote that is scattered throughout the pages)! Using the simple (and back in stock and On Sale!) Small Paper Mache Book as the base, she collaged a sweet little book “In Praise of Odd Birds”:

Cherish the odd birds
With their hedgehog plumes
Who sing wild songs
In quiet little rooms

And one of the New and On Sale! Ornate Metal Label Holders is so perfect as the title card holder on the front cover. If you’re wondering what are all of those butterflies and birds and keys and trims woven into her narrative, here’s a link to her supply list. And more photos and inspiration on Nichola’s blog post (and in the Gallery). Plus, when you return, I’ve pulled together a little free gift based on the colors and themes in Nichola’s book.

Next up: Design Team Member Shannon Tuttle used the New and On Sale! 3D Birdhouse Die (that makes adorably tiny birdhouses with a scalloped edge along the roof) to make a Marie Antoinette weathervane?! Oh, excuse me: Petit Oiseau Chambre de Marie. Hee! (And that brave Shannon! Shooting photos in the snow in Alaska!)

Here’s a link to her supply list. Plus more info from Shannon on her blog post. (That a blog post and tutorial for how she made that embossed copper roof — gorgeous!)

But wait, there’s more! I’ve got two more enticing bits of news before the new items (and today’s Giveaway!)

First: today is the final day of the Birds Theme Sale AND the Lock, Key and Keyhole Charms Sale.

Second: After seeing Nichola’s richly colored Odd Birds Book (with it’s sweet ribbons and stamps and buttons that some birds stole away for their nests), I decided to make another little kit!

There are some On Sale! scrapbook papers in rustic hues with prints of sheet music, butterflies, foliage and bits of ephemera; and some buttons and beads (with some blue ones that could be tiny robin’s eggs); plus some ribbons and a fuzzy yarn that would be perfect for forming a little nest.

This mini kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info (and more photos) on the Odd Birds Book Gift Kit page.

 Back in Stock

Small Paper Mache Book
On Sale and in today’s Giveaway!

Black Die-Cut Tall Birdcage Silhouettes
Final Day on Sale!

Carriage Chipboard Album

Grave Stone Charms


Hooray! An Odd Birds Book Giveaway!

Wow! Miz Meghan pulled a ton of items from Nichola’s Odd Birds Book (click that link for a reminder of the supply list), plus these extra goodies:
Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet
Family Photos Collage Sheet
Miss Teagen Sue Collaged Alice Scrapbook Paper On Sale!
Marie Antoinette Perfumes Scrapbook Paper On Sale!
Curious Bird Seam Binding Set On Sale!
Tan/Black Music Notes Twill Tape On Sale!
Antique Brass Butterfly Charms
Vintage Brass Butterflies and Filigree Set On Sale!
– A slew of keys from the Key Charms Sale!
Large Brass Crown On Sale!
Limited Edition Vintage Ephemera Sets (On Sale! and so fabulous I included another photo with me holding the contents of just one of these sets below — in the center photo)

To enter the Odd Birds Book Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time, February 27, 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 Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the A Bird’s Eye View Giveaway? That would be Sharon Barbera! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, February 27th, 2014

144 responses to “In Praise of Odd Birds (plus FREE kit and a Related Giveaway)!”

  1. Caroline Lawson says:

    Another great giveaway. You can never have too many birds and butterflies.

  2. KIM says:


  3. LeAnn A says:

    Love love love the birdhouse.

  4. Virginia Smith says:

    Wow! What a terrific collection of goodies! I love the addition of bees and butterflies to the birds.

  5. Kathy McGee says:

    I need to retire soon just so I’ll have time to play with all the goodies I can’t help buying from Alpha Stamps!

  6. Deb Neerman says:

    What an amazing creations … so creative and both so beautifully done!

    LOVE the giveaway … thanks so much for the chance to win!

  7. Kathleen Jones says:

    Would love to have these bird papers et al.

  8. Nancy S says:

    What a wonderful package, my favorite collage subject is Birds!

  9. Mindy says:

    the giveaways keep getting better!! thanks for a chance to win these beauties!

  10. This is an exquisite collection. Oh my goodies, the products are amazing.
    How I would love the opportunity to win this.

  11. Blair Lowery says:

    Great spring time collection.

  12. Luanne Shoup says:

    Most interesting selection!

  13. Carolyn Summers says:

    Oh my gosh, another incredible and generous giveaway. Your vintage papers and elements for new projects are vast and I’d love to win this package and create a beautiful book.

  14. Noreen says:

    There’s something silly about a bird house with a lock and key!

  15. Lori Turner says:

    Another great giveaway! Would love to win!!

  16. Amy says:

    How Wonderful!

  17. Regina Salvador says:

    Can’t resist anything ‘birds’!

  18. Deborah Emmons says:

    Nothing says springs like birds and butterflies!

  19. Jo says:

    Look at all the pretty flowers!!!!

  20. Cynthia says:

    Love that book! This is a really sweet giveaway; thanks for the opportunity to win. I’d love to get my hands on those papers. . .

  21. Kate says:

    Just found this site! Exciting! Love birds, love embellishing!

  22. Terry McM says:

    Love the odd bird book. I appreciate the wonderful ideas you give us!

  23. Emily N. says:

    This is my favorite giveaway so far!

  24. DebbieK says:

    Love the projects and the terrific supplies. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

  25. Judy Ross says:

    Would love to win…this is a great collection!

  26. Margarita Jramillo says:

    I Love this book is AMAZING. Thank You for the iportunity.

  27. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow what a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  28. Lynn Fox says:

    Spectacular giveaway! Amazing creations…what a great design team!! Thanks, AlphaStamps!

  29. Darlen Mariano says:

    How wonderful…birds…makes me want spring all the sooner…but sure would love to “play” with this kit while cabin bound. TY!

  30. Holly A Cramer says:

    As always, beautiful unusual carefully chosen merchandise with a great tutorial.

  31. Juliana says:

    This is such a beautiful little book. The theme really resonates with me – I’m such an odd bird myself!

  32. Diana Kelly says:

    Oh how I would love this. My heart flutters. Thank you for the beautiful giveaway.

  33. Love all the goodies and I am putting that birdhouse die on my Wishlist!

  34. Carol Feiner says:

    So beautiful and yummy! Hope it comes to my house!

  35. Dewanna Raite says:

    This would be so much fun to make adorable bird gifts for my friends. Thank you for the chance to win!

  36. LoisC says:

    Very pretty little book! Would love to get this one!

  37. Samantha says:

    So beautiful!

  38. Jo says:

    So many pretty pieces to this giveaway!
    Hope I can win this one!

  39. Darlene Propp says:

    Being a bit of an odd bird myself, I really adore these projects. Actually odd birds run all through my family. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Mary Mac says:

    Love all the collage sheet with this wonderful giveaway.

  41. My fave after butterflies!! Birds.
    I’d love to get this give-away.

  42. Nellie Cotnam says:

    Love these projects – thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Rosemary H. says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Us odd birds appreciate the recognition.

  44. Gloria Stafford says:

    How lovely! Makes me long for Spring all the more!

  45. geri goer says:

    Feeling so inspired with all the projects – love the book!! Thanks for all the giveaways and chances to win
    Happy Sprint

  46. Jennifer says:

    This month has been so awesome! I can’t wait to place an order on payday. Thanks also for a chance to win. 🙂

  47. DebR says:

    Nichola’s book is beautiful! I’d love to be entered into your generous giveaway, thank you!

  48. Teresa Currie says:

    How fun to make an Odd Birds Book project!! What an exciting collection of interesting products!!

  49. Nelda Johnson says:

    Oh my, this is another fabulous giveaway. I’m so enchanted with the Odd Bird book and poem that I must make something similar for myself. I would absolutely love to win this giveaway!

  50. Mary-Ann says:

    So beautiful!

  51. Stacia says:

    You’ve outdone yourself!

  52. Amanda Miller says:

    I love this book idea.The colors are amazing!

  53. The limited edition ephemera set is what won me over for this one.

  54. sheila AR says:

    Gorgeous! Count me in. Love the poem and sentiment, Nichola….xo from one odd bird to another

  55. Loretta Brady says:

    What a wonderful piece of art. Love the colors!

  56. Julie Benge says:

    So many lovely items and so many great ideas in my head. Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. Cherie says:

    Another great giveaway!

  58. Sami Bretherton says:

    Love this one!

  59. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love your giveaways as well as your great store!!!

  60. Denise Humenik says:

    Sooooo Beautiful! thanks for the opportunity!

  61. Lou Anne says:

    This is a wonderful giveaway, as always. Thank you for the chance to win!

  62. Marilyn H says:

    Love the book and the birdhouse. So many talented artists at Alpha Stamps.

  63. joann west says:

    Today’s giveaway is awesome. Love everything about it.

  64. Sandy Holva says:

    Pick this odd bird to win this kit, it is so me!

  65. marla b says:

    oh yes- would love to add these to my current project
    thanks for your generosity and inspiration

  66. Lori Wilczek says:

    Great Giveaway! Birds, I love them. Thanks for the opportunity!

  67. Linda Ellis says:

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  68. Barb says:

    This giveaway fits me perfectly!!

  69. Michelle B. says:

    If Marie had chosen a petit oiseau chambre surely it would
    have been one of Nichola’s designs! TRES MAGNIFIQUE!
    A delightful collection!

  70. Kim says:

    Love the book. I’m actually working on some garden themed configuration boxes at the moment and this box gave me some inspiration!!!

  71. Marcia says:

    This old bird would LOVE some odd birds!

  72. Willow says:

    LOVE IT! Thank you alpha stamps, your giveaways are great! Thanks

  73. Very vintage!!! Love the colors!

  74. Helen Potter says:

    I have really enjoyed the Odd Bird goodness! Thanks for all the inspiration you give.

  75. Kathie Morgan says:

    Love the Odd Birds…hope this flies into my craft room!!

  76. DianeDainis says:

    Love the Odd Bird giveaway! Just beautiful and perfect for Spring.

  77. Judith Janes says:

    Wonderful giveaway, put my name in the hopper, please! Thanks you.

  78. Connie L. says:

    I love Nichola’s work, and would love to win this beautiful giveaway!

  79. Pat Healey says:

    The odd birds are wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win some flying beauties!

  80. Gina Growe says:

    This is an excellent way to welcome Spring! Love all the bits and pieces. Also looking forward to doing some work with the carriage chipboard book you show – I know a little princess who will love to play with that once I tart it up!

    Thank you for the chance to win this lovely Odd Bird kit. gg

  81. Carmen Willis says:

    I’m loving the great goodies in this giveaway, love the scrapbook paper sheets, the beautiful birdhouse. I love the chipboard carriage album and the door pulls. Hope I win this giveaway!

  82. coco says:

    I love this giveaway, fingers crossed to win!!! All is beautiful, and the samples from DT are really gorgeous!

  83. Ritva Karhunen says:

    Great giveaway, spring is coming.

  84. well, I placed an order to receive the free mini-kit – now I would L.O.V.E. the prize to complete a big ol’ project!

    thanks for throwing my name in the hat!

  85. Mary Lawler says:

    OOH Love Birds! Love It All! Sure hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity

  86. Laura says:

    Gorgeous as always, I would love to win this! Thank you for the chance!

  87. Jackie says:

    I just Adore! Nikki’s new journal! Another great giveaway- please add me to the list! “)

  88. Traci says:

    Oh how I would love to win such a perfect giveaway!

  89. Terri Daniels says:

    Great giveaway and a beautiful project. Thanks for the generous offer…

  90. SrPetra says:

    i always find great ideas and unique products at your website. Thanks for all the cool stuff.

  91. lynn legge says:

    What a beautiful giveaway, I would love to have a chance to win this . Thanks so much for the chance.
    Happy crafting and hope you are having a great week

  92. Tara says:

    Lovely! Beautiful colors and wildlife. Thank you for the chance to create with that wonderful collection. 🙂

  93. gail says:

    such a beautiful give away, love the birds and know exactly what i would do with it

  94. Pat says:

    Nice looking package

  95. PurpleFigment says:

    You can never go wrong, or have enough, birds, butterfly or vintage ephemera and papers! Actually you can never have enough of any kind of arts and / or craft supplies:) Thanks for the chance to win.

  96. MaggieM says:

    Fabulous giveaway! And I love all of the items now on sale…unfortunately, I don’t receive my benefit check until March 12th, or I’d be buying up these items! I hope to maybe win this giveaway:)

  97. Maxine says:

    These bird giveaways are amazing. I just know I’ll win this one.

  98. AmyS says:

    Great gift idea for bird lovers of which I have several in my family. Keep the ideas coming.

  99. carol says:

    Birds, Bees and Butterflies how fun

  100. Yvonne Cornelius says:

    Great giveaway with lots of super ideas.

  101. Susan Gunter says:

    Great giveaway once again!

  102. Kathleen Johnson says:

    Love all the goodies! Please, please, please?

  103. Mary Toriello says:

    I love birds! Even the odd ones.

  104. Jen R says:

    Lovely collection of goodies!

  105. Gigi Jordan says:

    Oh what fun! Please pick me!! Gigi

  106. Sandi Cotroneo says:

    Your giveaway collections are always an inspiration 🙂

  107. Linda Isbell says:

    Being a bit of an “odd bird” myself, I would love to win this kit!
    Linda Isbell

  108. melody says:

    ^ love Linda’s comment above me!! lol! Me too 🙂

  109. joy says:

    So very lovely! Love all of these fab products. Thanks for the chance to win!

  110. Laura says:

    A wonderful giveaway!

  111. Debbie Rollier says:

    A great give away. I love it.

  112. marge says:

    dang…surly one of these days…love this selection.

  113. Nancy Schlis says:

    Love the book. Super idea.

  114. Beth Jones says:

    Lovely items!!

  115. Jennie says:

    Love the odd birds!

  116. Rabbit says:

    I’m an odd bird! This belongs at my house!

  117. Pat says:

    Just in time for Spring, so bring it on!! Thanks for such a great giveaway opportunity. Love the birdhouse die!!

  118. Kathy says:

    Wonderful giveaway.

  119. Roberta S says:

    The great giveaways just keep coming! Thank you for all the fun and chances to win cool stuff!

  120. Anneke says:

    Nichola always comes up with such pretty things! I would love to win this kit so i could give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity Alpha Stamps!,

  121. LoriSW says:

    Fantastic book!!! Sure would be great to win all of the goodies to make it.

  122. Heidi says:

    Awesome book! I love Nichola designs!

  123. okay, I just love it all !!! I want to win just once !!! hee ! hee ! keeping my fingers crossed !
    thank you for all the ideas too !

  124. Miss Iowa says:

    The book is adorable and the use of poetry is creative genius. Love the colors, too! It’s all very inspiring.

  125. Ronda Liebert says:

    Wowza!!! Gorgeous!!! I hope the fickle finger of fate picks me.

  126. Pam Weiler says:

    I absolutely love this giveaway!! I hope I am the lucky winner.

  127. I could use some spring time birdies odd or not.

  128. Deborah says:

    Fabulous Giveaway. Love the project idea. Please throw my name into the hat for this giveaway.

  129. Brenda Lubrant says:

    Another huge snow storm heading my way this weeke-end. I am going to start making my 2014 gardening journal this week-end, so I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  130. Karen Crowder says:

    Oddly enough, I haven’ t won yet!

  131. Gerri herbst says:

    Such a stunning giveaway. Would love to play with these goodies. Thanks for offering.

  132. Jen says:

    I LOVE the vintage ephemera! Beautiful, giveaway…

  133. Cindy Fitch says:

    What an inspiring collection for Spring. Thank you for the chance to win.

  134. Lori says:

    How much fun it would be to win this! Thank you for the opportunity. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  135. Gail Klein says:

    I was lucky enough to win lately and I love this new give away too! You guys have the best selections of amazing products!

  136. Jeanne Kelly says:

    This odd birds giveaway is really great – love all the elements included in this kit!!

  137. taradid says:

    I would love to win this amazing giveaway! Thanks for this opportunity to do so.

  138. Michele says:

    Spring is calling to those of us who are buried under several feet of snow!

  139. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    There are some odd birds in my yard, as the weather can’t decide to be winter or Spring. I’m voting for Spring! Would love to win this amazing giveaway.

  140. Lorna says:

    Really cheerful and kind of playful things in this giveaway, well done!

  141. Karen says:

    Another wonderful giveaway and chance to be selected – would love to have a day to “play” with this assortment.

  142. Jackie T says:

    I just love this giveaway. There are so many things that can be made using them.

  143. Lesley Sutton says:

    Beautiful giveaway … thanks so much for the chance to win!

  144. Linda Tagg says:

    I love these odd birds…so cute!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!