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Happy Spring (and FREE Happy Spring Gift Kit)

Filed under Bella's Corner, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, French Corsets Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale

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 Bella’s project that are still available on the new site.

Happy Spring! In honor of Spring and the ongoing Sale on the ENTIRE Paper Flowers (and Leaves) Section (which ends this Sunday, March 23rd), we’ve created a new FREE Happy Spring Gift Kit! More info on that and today’s Giveaway are below. But first we have artwork from THREE talented ladies. And since one of them is Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) (and she can’t write the intro to her own artwork!), I’ll lead off (and then hand over the introductions to Bella, who has the gift of gab!).

That clever Miz Bella realized that the original size of the On Sale! Cabinet Card Frames fit perfectly as pocketed pages in one of the Tim Holtz Worn Book Covers and used them to make a French Corsets Book. Very nice! Bella used lots of the pieces from the French Corsets Kit, then added tons more trims (from metal filigree to carved cabochon flowers, paper doilies, lace and seam binding). Here’s a link to all of the many goodies Bella used in her book.

More photos are on Bella’s blog post.

Now handing this introduction off to Bella:

Teri Calia has created a fabulous little Corset Tag Book from 3 of my favorite things — seam binding, fancy trim and vintage ads of women in corsets. Couldn’t you just play all day making things with those three elements?

In fact, that clever cat of a girl Teri has also created not one but TWO new collage sheets for the book! Corset Advertisements and Corset Tags both provide great inspiration not only for the tag book, but couldn’t you see them being used on cards, postcards, ATCs, handmade book pages, or . . .?!

(And since the Victorian Collage Sheets section is On Sale! through this Sunday, March 23rd, those 2 new sheets are on sale, too!)

The Curious Bird Seam Binding Set sets off the images with the On Sale! Garment District 6×6 Paper Pad perfectly, don’t you think? To enhance the colors of some of the images, Teri used the Copic Sketch Markers – Bird Toy Set. Finish off the book with the Pink Sweeper Fringe and you have a gorgeous gift to give someone! (And most of those items are also included in today’s Giveaway!)

More info and photos are on Teri’s blog. And here is Teri’s supply list.

Next up, Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist-Thomas has come up with a sweet little hanging ornament made out of the On Sale! Die-Cut Chipboard Corset. It’s the perfect Spring ornament with it’s lovely Old Fashioned Roses and On Sale! Green Stitched Leaf Ribbon draped over the corset form.

Hey, speaking of the corset — to make it Rhonda hand wove Black, Pink and Cream Seam Binding! The corset is embellished with the Teardrop Fused Pearls – (Strands) and tied-off with Silk Ribbon. I think that in addition to being an ornament, it could also be a lovely card or gift tag. Just adhere decorative paper to the back to write on and pop it into an envelope!

I can’t tell you how she was able to make the woven seam binding fit the shape of the corset — but if you head on over to her blog you’ll be able to find out how she did it. It’s so easy! You can find the blog post here.

You can see more photos of all of these projects in the Gallery.


Hooray! A Spring Flower Sale Giveaway!

Nice! Not only bits and pieces of the supplies from all three of today’s artwork, but these new items, too:
Tiny Paper Roses – Red White Variegated
Tiny Paper Roses – Creamy Yellow
Mulberry Paper Cherry Blossoms
Tiny Half Round Crowns
Corset Tags Collage Sheet
Corset Advertisements Collage Sheet

Plus a couple random items I thought matched the set:
Nature Die-Cut Adhesive Borders
Manila Tags – Small (the size of the tags in Teri’s new collage sheet)
Antique Queen Mask Charm
Pink Paper Roses

And a Happy Spring Gift Kit!

To enter the Spring Flower Sale Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, March 20, 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 Wanton Corset Giveaway? That would be Laura! (Note: # 118 on the comments… more than one person named Laura entered.) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, March 20th, 2014

124 responses to “Happy Spring (and FREE Happy Spring Gift Kit)”

  1. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    What a great way to celebrate the beginning of spring. This is a really nice kit, I love all the spring colors.

  2. Conchi says:

    I only can say: Wow!

  3. Carolyn says:

    The kit is great and the corset tags are a hoot!

  4. Diane says:

    Loooooove this kit, it’s gorgeous! Hugs hugs

  5. FANTASTIC!!! Happy Spring 🙂

  6. Marilyn H says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  7. cindy coven says:

    Love the corset. I think it would be a fun welcome sign! cindy

  8. K says:

    These are adorable 🙂

  9. Miss Iowa says:

    Lovely giveaway!

  10. Diana Kelly says:

    Spring is here with the flowers to show for it! I love the tags Teri made. Thank you for a chance to win.

  11. Sublime collection and the most stunning display of samples from your DT.
    Thank you so much for another amazing giveaway.

  12. Cherie says:

    Beautiful for Spring!

  13. Emily N. says:

    Love this giveaway!

  14. Lynn Fox says:

    I love this one!!! It’s gorgeous! Teri, I love the tags..I love everything! Whoopee!

  15. Kathy M says:

    Can anything be better than corsets! That is as long as your not wearing them of course! Love this kit!

  16. Judy Ross says:

    Love to win…thanks, for the chance!

  17. judy golden says:

    What a great start to spring, such pretty colors and fun shapes. It would be an honor to win this giveaway.

  18. Traci says:

    Love all the projects today – especially the French Corset book-beautiful idea. Great giveaway-would LOVE all those flowers!

  19. Jennifer J says:

    these are so sweet and feminine!

  20. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    I only found your site recently, but I’ve already ordered twice. I can see this being very addictive. Love the spring goodies!

  21. Sara P. says:

    Love, Love, Love this kit!

  22. Roxanne says:

    Oh I just love the corset new pages! & All those pretty spring flowers! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win this great prize! Alpha Stamps Rocks!

  23. Lindy says:

    What a sweet giveaway! Those corsets are really neat and I love all the flowers!

  24. Regina Salvador says:

    Flowers for the First Day of Spring!

  25. Debbie Emmons says:

    I’m bound to win this prize! I can smell the sweet success of roses! Great giveaway.

  26. Mary-Ann says:

    I love corsets!

  27. Lou Anne says:

    I am always amazed at the beautiful projects and giveaways you offer! Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Diane Boom says:

    I just love this kit. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if I won this! Lol

  29. Ann C. says:

    Beautiful things! And I love Teris work . Such a lovely sample project!:)

  30. angelic says:

    Thank you Alpha Stamps for all the wonderful craft inspirations and great giveaways!

  31. Ash says:

    The corsets would be great for unique lingerie shower invites!

  32. Another pretty offering, I’m hoping to win!:)

  33. donna Kelly says:

    Here’s hoping spring starts with a surprise!

  34. Heather C. says:

    This is so pretty!

  35. Marcia says:

    What a colorful display! Those red and white little flowers are just charming.

  36. Janet Turner says:

    What a lovely giveaway. Thank you for the inspiration!

  37. coco says:

    This is fabulous, thank you for the chance to win and the gorgeous inspiration!!!

  38. Holly Day says:

    What a wonderful kit–so many possibilities!

  39. cheryl foster says:

    YAAAYYYYYYYYYYY !!!!!! spring 🙂

  40. April says:

    This is simply adorable. I wanna win this !!!!

  41. Darlene Propp says:

    Fabulous giveaway! Oh, what I couldn’t make with those lovelies!

  42. Kim B says:

    Looking out my window it still looks like winter! but I have hope!
    I also have hope I can win this beautiful kit.

  43. barbara macaskill says:

    My heart is racing and I feel all quivery inside!!! These are absolutely gorgeous!! I would be thrilled to see that I won these gorgeous goodies!!
    The little mask charm, the doilies and ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Those flowers have me breathless! So many incredible and luscious goodies in this giveaway! Hubby has put me on a spending freeze for craft goodies because he says we need to eat.
    Why? I can live on crafts so why can’t he? Between this darn Mr. Winter that does not want to let go and hubby spending freeze I am going bonkers.
    Mama called the doctor to let him know how these goodies made me feel) and the doctor said….BARB needs these goodies to get her out of bed!
    Seriously though, I am in love with all of these incredible goodies and would be honored to give them a home! They would be placed on projects with love and given to family and friends to brighten THEIR days too!
    Thanks for the chance to win them and I will be anxiously checking to see who is the incredibly lucky winner tomorrow morning!

  44. Sandy Holva says:

    We still have snow, but I can smell the beautiful flowers in this kit.

  45. Debbie Rollier says:


  46. Ann says:

    Fabulous projects and another fun giveaway!! Hope springs eternal 🙂 Thanks for all the colorful inspiration!

  47. Just received my March kit and can’t wait to play!!

  48. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Great giveaway for the first day of Spring.

  49. LeAnn A says:

    Very pretty – Looking forward to Spring flowers.

  50. Lorna says:

    So many pretty things to play with in this giveaway!

  51. April Dudko says:

    OH La La! Such goodies!

  52. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, what a wonderful Spring giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  53. Jackie N says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway- I’m throwing my bonnet in please

  54. Teresa Currie says:

    Love the Spring Flower Giveaway, especially all the beautiful paper flowers, the trims, the doilies and the metal charms!!

  55. Gail Klein says:

    Flowers for spring!!!!!!! Oh my goodness we certainly do need them! The corsets are so adorable too! Please pick me!!!

  56. Beth says:

    Happy Spring!! What a great way to celebrate!

  57. Laura says:

    I adore this! It’s absolutely beautiful and I love everything with it!

  58. Joe says:

    Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Diane Smith says:

    Awesome products!

  60. Samantha G. says:

    Awesome new kit! SO MANY PRETTY SHINIES!

  61. ratgirl says:

    Beautiful blooms! So springy!

  62. Rae Higgins says:

    Love the Corset Tag book!

  63. DebR says:

    Wonderful new corset creations and a great giveaway, I’d love to be entered!

  64. Sunny G says:

    Perfect for spring!

  65. Lori Wilczek says:

    More beautiful spring flowers! Love your great giveaways.

  66. Amanda Miller says:

    I love it! Fingers and toes crossed! 🙂

  67. Kathy Compton says:

    Spring is in the air…love this giveaway!

  68. Dana says:

    As Snow White sang “I’m wishing, I’m wishing”! Thank you Alpha Stamps for even a chance to win and happy spring to you all.

  69. Carol Geraci says:

    This giveaway is amazing.

  70. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Beautiful, beautiful giveaway! Goes perfect with the March kit.

  71. Carmen Willis says:

    What a beautiful girly girl inspiration…so spring. Loving the colors and what great art projects!

  72. pure heaven!! here in South Africa we are heading into autumn! wiuld love to be reminded of spring! Hettienne –

  73. Denise Humenik says:

    As always, generous & beeeeeutiful!!!

  74. Kathy Bumb says:

    This is a gorgeous giveaway – so colorful and springtime oriented. Love your store so much.

  75. MargieD says:

    Love those gorgeous corset projects and what a fab giveaway. Margie

  76. MaggieM says:

    I’m so ready for a Spring project! I’ve already purchased the corset die cut – I just need some lovely flowers!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  77. Virginia S. says:

    Spring flowers! How wonderful. I’m waiting for some real Spring flowers to pop up here!

  78. DianeD says:

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. What else can I say. Spring is truly here.

  79. Mary White says:

    These creative ladies do it again! Wonderful ideas.

  80. Linda Ellis says:

    Absolutely inspiring! Thank you for the opportunity!

  81. Sheila A. says:

    I love to see the amazing artwork of everyone. And I’d love to win this.

  82. LOVE IT! LOVE IT !! I think we all could use a breath of Spring ! I would love to have this !!thanks

  83. Debra Gibson says:

    This would be so lovely to play with! oh! I hope I win this time!!

  84. Jennie says:

    ::Crossing fingers::

  85. yvette leblanc says:


  86. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Wonderful! Hope I am the”Lucky One” !!!

  87. Carol Slowik says:

    We won’t be seeing spring in the UP of Michigan for quite some time. I would love to win this. I need some hope! Thanks for the chance.

  88. wanda Buxton says:

    This is great could really use it. TTFN

  89. Terry McM says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Oh, the things I could create with all these flowers!!

  90. Lori Turner says:

    Wow, another beautiful giveaway! Well done! Would love to win!! Blessings, Lori

  91. carol says:

    I have made some steampunk corsets, it would be so fun to do some victorian ones with frills and flowers.

  92. Audrey Bardy says:

    So glad I received this post. I especially like that you include a materials list. It gives me ideas on ways to use your products.

  93. gerri h says:

    Love all your blooming supplies! Would love to play in your garden of art!

  94. Michele biondolillo says:

    One more reason to love Alpha Stamps!

  95. Patricia Molnar (artjunkie2) says:

    What a better way to celerate the begining os spring than with flowers ( and a giveaway)!!! Thank you for the chance to win such a fantastic prize!! Love the corset tag ablbum, its beautiful!!!

  96. Blair Lowery says:

    More eye candy and a chance to win.

  97. The creativity to put these packages together is amazing they are always enticing. Who wouldn’t want to win this beautiful kit.

  98. Jo says:

    Love the Victorian patterns in this giveaway! Happy Spring!

  99. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  100. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Lovely, lovely flowers! I hope to be seeing some real ones soon in my backyard after the snow melts!

  101. Thalia Kottke says:

    Hooray! For Spring! For Corsets (that we don’t wear)! For a chance to win!

  102. Cindy Fitch says:

    Happy first day of Spring! What a great way to celebrate. Pretty flowers and spring colors! Thanks for another wonderful giveaway.

  103. Ronda Liebert says:

    I love it all. I hope I win.

  104. Nancy E says:

    I love how feminine these are….

  105. All I can say is oooh la la!

  106. kim says:

    HOW CUTE !!!!!
    thanks for a chance to win

  107. Bobbi Ann Cook says:

    Hi, I absolutely loveee everything! Thank you for this fabulous opportunity! Good luck to all. Happy Spring!
    Hugs and many blessings…
    Bobbi Ann

  108. Hannah Foss says:

    Awesome giveaway ! Hope to win!

  109. Me Pugh says:

    How much fun – the bead garland is just darling!

  110. I especially like the gold doilies

  111. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I really love these flowers. I would love to win them. If I would win, I would give them a good home. My nickname is “garden lady”. Thanks!!

  112. Karen Crowder says:

    Winning would put a “spring” in my step!!!!

  113. Maura says:

    Another truly amazing five-away. Thanks for doing this so often.

  114. Maura says:

    Another truly amazing give-away. Thanks for doing this so often.

  115. P boszko says:

    As always…generous, beautiful & wondrous to win!

  116. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Spring and flowers what more than you ask for !

  117. sheila AR says:

    Love the theme lately…flowers are always wonderful and corsets are a hoot, glad I don’t have to wear one 🙂 ! The projects made with both are so fun!!

  118. Shona says:

    The corsets are marvellous, and the spring goodies are gorgeous!

  119. what a spring time delight !

  120. Alice says:

    Spring is in the air! Thanks for the chance to win this fun give away!

  121. Jean Marshall says:

    All this fun stuff makes me want to do collage around the poem by Emily Dickinson
    Dear March – Come in –
    How glad I am –
    I hoped for you before –
    Put down your Hat –
    You must have walked –
    How out of Breath you are –
    Dear March, how are you, and the Rest –
    Did you leave Nature well –
    Oh March, Come right upstairs with me –
    I have so much to tell –

    I got your Letter, and the Birds –
    The Maples never knew that you were coming –
    I declare – how Red their Faces grew –
    But March, forgive me –
    And all those Hills you left for me to Hue –
    There was no Purple suitable –
    You took it all with you –

    Who knocks? That April –
    Lock the Door –
    I will not be pursued –
    He stayed away a Year to call
    When I am occupied –
    But trifles look so trivial
    As soon as you have come

    That blame is just as dear as Praise
    And Praise as mere as Blame –

    – See more at:

  122. Jen R says:

    Lovely Spring florals

  123. Alana says:

    I just LOVE paper flowers! Beautiful spring projects