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By the Sea Collection (+ Related Artwork, Giveaway & FREE Kit)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Rhea Freitag, Summer/Beach, 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 lists for both projects on the new site: Laura’s On the Boardwalk by the Sea, Caroline’s By the Sea Book Box.

We have lovely projects by TWO Design Team Members today (both using papers from the New and On Sale! By the Sea Collection! I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce 2 projects by Laura Carson, then I’ll take over and give a (very tiny) tour of all the (very many) goodies in a new project by Rhea Freitag.

Reminder: TODAY is the final day of the Beach Theme Sale (in honor of the beach theme of the April kit: Vintage Voyage!

Design Team Member Laura Carson has already gone full steam ahead into summer with two lovely summertime creations.

First up is the On the Boardwalk by the Sea diorama. Like Laura, you can get inspired with the By the Sea Collection, mixed with the lovely ladies from the Tinted Beachwear Collage Sheet!

The base for Laura’s diorama is the Layer Cake Paper Mache Box Set, which is quite versatile and can be used for a slew of different projects.

There is so much to take in On The Boardwalk by the Sea that I couldn’t possibly talk about each and every element Laura used and how it was used; at least not without my favorite bottle of Tequila in hand. But oh, how I digress! Laura used the New and On Sale! Gold Dresden Sail Boats at the top of the cabana and also glued on paper Die-Cut Sand Dollars from the Vintage Voyage Kit to give the sense of steps and a path up the box lids.

Laura walks you through how she creates her amazing boardwalk scene and she also has a tutorial on how to make the cabana, using the 3D Tent Set Download or Collage Sheets. How fabulous is that? I know you’re just wanting to hop into your full-length bathing suit to rush on over to Laura’s blog, but first check out Laura’s Supply List.

Next by Miz Laura is Ship Ahoy!, which has been created with the New and On Sale! The Sea Calls to Me Collage Sheet, which has also been designed by Laura. The collage sheet is nautical themed, and is packed with seafaring women and ephemera. Seriously, I have to ask… does this woman EVER eat, sleep or leave her house?

The overall size of this piece is 5” x 8-3/4” and the base of the piece is a frame from Laura’s Antique Frames Digital Image Set. And get this, my lovelies: it features a ship’s mast with rigging using the New! Antique Gold Lobster Claw Clasps. I kid you knot! (Pun intended.)

Also included with this creation is a tutorial! The mast is so clever — you will have to give it a try! You can find a list of the components Laura used, then you have to yell out AHOY MATEY! before you visit her blog for more pictures and the tutorial.

Wow! Design Team Member Rhea Freitag has filled the little cubbyholes in the On Sale! Tim Holtz Mini Configuration Book with so many treasures! From shells (real and metal charms) to tiny postage stamps and a corked bottle of sand as a memento of a vacation… you’ll want to spend a bit of time drinking it all in.

And I must say, Rhea’s Supply List is truly impressive! Good thing that many of those goodies are also included in today’s Giveaway! (And all those beachy goodies are On Sale as part of the Beach Theme Sale, including those New By the Sea Cardstock Stickers that she used as trim around the outer edges of the book’s cover.)

I love the (real) starfish (new and just announced in last Thursday’s newsletter) and the tiny little (real) sand dollars. View more photos in Rhea’s blog post and/or in the Gallery.

Speaking of last Thursday’s newsletter, we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Sand and Sea Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! Sale items are eligible, too!

There are some On Sale! scrapbook papers (including one with a varnish, perfect for tinting with stains or inks to use the varnish as a resist); and a little tin of real (tiny) seashells and beads. The colors were inspired by the beach-sand tan and ocean-waves blue hues in Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider’s Vacation Memory Box. A photo of the gift kit is below (along with pics of the new paper collection and today’s beachy Giveaway)!

 More New Goodies  View All New Items

Antique Gold Lobster Claw Clasps
Antique Gold Lobster Claw Clasps

Brass Seagull Charm
Brass Seagull Charm

Gold Dresden Sailboats*
Gold Dresden Sailboats*

Sea Border Rubber Stamp

Psst! The return of the $1 Rubber Stamp Sale!

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Vintage Vacation Memory Box

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with artwork & NEW Collage Sheets by Jeanne Draachreider


Titanic Era Ephemera Collage Sheet

New and On Sale!

An exclusive Alpha Stamps’ FREE mini kit

of shells, bead and papers, inspired by Jeanne Draachreider’s Vacation Memory Box.


Hooray! A By the Sea Giveaway!

I pulled a few things in both Laura and Rhea’s artwork:
By the Sea 8×8 Paper Pad
Brass Ship Wheel
Fancy Brass Compass
Antique Brass Starfish Charm

And a few things in one or another of today’s projects:
– SIX Collage Sheets (Beach Babes, Tinted Beachwear, The Sea Calls To Me, 3D Circus Tent, Seashore, Seaside Couples)
Tiny Real Seashells in Tin
Metallic Silver Fish
Seashell Sequin Mix

And here are a few more goodies not in any of today’s artwork:
Sea Border Rubber Stamp (Psst! That’s the one on sale TODAY only for $1)
Kraft Postcards

And a bunch of coordinating ribbons:
Grey Blue Seam Binding
Cocoa Seam Binding
1/8 Inch Drapey Ribbons – Light Blue and Yellow
Fancy Ric Rac Ribbon – Pale Blue
1/8 Inch Edge-Stitched Ribbons – Peach

To enter the By the Sea Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 13, 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 Thursday’s Beach Memory Album Giveaway? That would be Pat Shaw! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 13th, 2014

147 responses to “By the Sea Collection (+ Related Artwork, Giveaway & FREE Kit)”

  1. Vickie says:

    Lovely way to start the morning! I feel like I’m at the beach. Gorgeous work, ladies!

  2. Daylan says:

    Thank you for yet another beautiful opportunity!

  3. Ritva says:

    I love seaside, this is great!

  4. Roxanne says:

    Oh! I so Love ‘By the SEA” goodies! This is a great stash of Sea goodies! Oh Random . org thingy please pick me! Love the inspiration here! Thanks for the chance Alpha stamps!

  5. Diana Kelly says:

    Such a pretty collection! I love this.Thank you for the giveaway

  6. Susan Gunter says:

    More fabulous ideas!

  7. Maria says:

    And the sea border stamp too? A fine giveaway. Thank you.

  8. Liane Ceglar says:

    One of my most favorite themes….great giveaway!!!!!!
    Liane 🙂

  9. Ronda Liebert says:

    Lovely, what fun to work with.

  10. Jeri Aaron says:

    Great collection!!!

  11. Rosemary Sharon says:

    loving this… much fun!

  12. This is just awesome, but better. I love everything and anything by the sea. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    by the sea, by the sea, ny the beautiful sea!!!

  14. JenAndTheTiger says:

    This is an extraordinary set. So beautiful!

    Side note: As a TITANIC… historian, shall we say, I about died when I saw the date you drew for the gorgeous stuff design team member Jeanne put together. Maybe you guys did it on purpose or maybe it was happenstance but you did the drawing on the 102 anniversary of TITANIC’s sailing day. Gorgeous collection by the way. 🙂

  15. Donna Meyers says:

    Since i dont get to go to the sea maybe the beautiful sea colors will come to me. I will cross my fingers

  16. dolores says:

    Love “by the sea” I live by the sea. Sure would like this

  17. Gloria Stafford says:

    What a fabulous collection of seashore ephemera!

  18. Jill Ongley says:

    So many beautiful oceany things. I absolutely love this stuff!

  19. Pat Shaw says:

    Just love this By the Sea collection!!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Robin "Bird" Parker says:

    How lovely this giveaway is…thank you again Alpha Stamps for all the creativity you share.


  21. Bobbye Bissette says:

    Alpha Stamps always provides inspiration to me for the most unique projects! I’d love to be the winner of this contest! I’d put all those wonderful goodies to good use.

  22. Laurie Yoder says:

    Such beautiful artwork! These papers and other goodies remind me of going to the beach in Monterey with my daughter. If I win the collection, I will create something to remind her, as she lives far away from Califirnia now. Thank you for the opportunity!!

  23. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    This one just has to mine!

  24. Carmen Willis says:

    Love Laura’s on the Board Walk by the Sea, great job! Now, if only I can win, this giveaway!

  25. GREAT collection!!! Thanks for the Giveaway 🙂

  26. Amanda Miller says:

    I love this! My favorite place to be is on the beach 🙂

  27. April says:

    Reminds me of what Santa Monica would have been like!

  28. KIM says:

    After paying taxes this morning 🙁
    Thanks for the opportunity to escape to the sea.
    LUV Alpha Stamps!

  29. Jo says:

    Love all the recent trends in these mixed media pieces – hope to win this giveaway!
    Happy Spring!

  30. Gail Klein says:

    What an amazing collection! The sea is the the most soothing and happy place! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  31. Virginia S. says:

    I love this theme! Beautiful papers, ribbons and lots of gorgeous embellishments!

  32. lorna osborne says:

    I wil be visiting the sea on the East Coast in a few weeks! What fun it would be to put those memories together in this theme give away!

  33. Images of the seashore are so welcome,when I look at over three feet of snow. Love your stuff

  34. Lori Devoux says:

    I’m working on a memory box from a trip to an aquarium and day at the beach. I could totally use this! I love it and am keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you for the chance to win!

  35. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Looking fun, I have some mermaids and kelpies that could go with that mix.

  36. Marilyn H says:

    I’m blown away by all the new projects. All the design team members are so incredibly talented!

    Love the new giveaway also.

  37. DianeD says:

    Another Winner!!!
    Seashore memories are always an amazing theme.

  38. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this beautiful giveaway which includes Graphic 45’s newest collection. Love your store. The greatest one on the internet.

  39. Jen says:

    Beautiful…I so want this! Great papers and adorable textiles!

  40. Stefanie says:

    Great work!! :o)

  41. Amy says:

    By the sea, what’s not to love….

  42. Carol Geraci says:

    I love this giveaway.

  43. Holly Day says:

    Wonderful–love it!

  44. Traci says:

    Great projects and giveaway!

  45. Kris Martinez says:

    This is such a cool giveaway! I love the By The Sea projects!

  46. Andrea P says:

    This is a wonderful collection! Since I live on Cape Cod, it’s very

  47. Lorna says:

    I love these projects, especially the By-the-sea-book-box. Inspirational project snd a great giveaway!

  48. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Another exciting collection!

  49. Cindy Fitch says:

    The sea, it calls to me. I would love to win this beautiful collection. Thank you for the chance to win.

  50. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love to be By the Sea

  51. Gay B says:

    I love anything sea related. This is awesome work!!! Talented people!!!

  52. I am completely in awe of the outstanding team samples you have shared with us. I sit here absorbing the smallest of details – incredible!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  53. angelic says:

    I love this beautiful collection. I would love to be by the sea.

  54. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Great work! It takes me away from a gray, rainy day at home.

  55. Diane. D. says:

    Totally Awesome!! When does the Design Team sleep. Amazing talent and I love all of it. Thanks for another chance to win a fantastic Give Away.

    Take care,

  56. Gilda says:

    Beautiful collection and amazing projects.

  57. Diane Smith says:

    I have loads of beach pictures that need a home…can see the possibilities!

  58. M White says:

    Lovely giveaway. Makes me want to go dip my toes in the waves.

  59. Mary Weland says:

    I really like the beautiful color scheme and would love to win !

  60. Carolyn Summers says:

    Beautiful projects wishing warmer weather and fun by the sea for all of us. If not for real, through your embellishments and papers. I’d love to be a winner of this generous prize.

  61. Blair Lowery says:

    Ahoy matie, would love to win

  62. Nery Ortiz says:

    Beautiful papers! Awesome colors! Great projects!

  63. DEBORAH EMMONS says:

    On the boardwalk I’m falling in love with this giveaway.

  64. Karen says:

    Sail away on a ship called “Imagination” – I would love to be selected for this collection!

  65. Nan says:

    Love this collection….great job Laura and Rhea! Love your projects. They came out beautifully! Come on Random picker..pick me please 🙂

  66. Jo says:

    I grew up by
    the sea!!!!

  67. Sue says:

    This land-locked girl needs a beach! I would love to win this giveaway!

  68. Sheila A says:

    Ohhhh, I would love to win this fabulous giveaway!!

  69. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    I would love to receive this giveaway package. I am spending a month in Maine and would, be able to gather extras to add to the projects above and the ones I have in mind.

  70. Melanie Yakura says:

    Oh the many secrets the sea does keep…

  71. BevB says:

    What a great give away! I’m mermaid crazy so this is right up my alley!

  72. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    I spend half of the year at the ocean in Rhode Island. The collection is great!

  73. Emily N. says:

    Love the theme! Another great giveaway!

  74. sheila AR says:

    Oh my oh my!! Gorgeous art, and a wonderful collection of salty giveaways!! sign up this New England girl

  75. carol says:

    Seaside collection has so many inspiiring treasures

  76. Luanne Shoup says:

    luv the sequin shells!

  77. Mary-Ann says:

    How beautiful, and just in time for me to prepare the invitations for my annual Memorial Day New England Clambake!

  78. teri steele says:

    I am currently working on a Beach Babes book and so many of these items would work beautifully in finishing it up! I hope I win!!

  79. Cherie says:

    Love this!

  80. Miss Iowa says:

    I have a migraine and can’t think of anything cute to say. Would love to win sometime after being a customer for so many years.

  81. Jennie says:

    Such beautiful projects! ::Crossing my fingers::

  82. Noreen says:

    They’re all beautiful, and so creative! I love the By the Sea collection!

  83. Nora John says:

    One of the best and perfect Summer collection by G45!

  84. Erica Holan says:

    So many wonderful ideas brewing… Good luck to everyone! 🙂

  85. As I sit here, looking at all the lovely beachy creations, it is snowing outside 🙁 This collection would certainly warm me up!

  86. Rose Lewis says:

    How breathtaking the sea and surroundings are! I would love to create with this set!

  87. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your By The Sea Giveaway!! My family has always loved being by the water and we have fond memories of beach trips together!!

  88. Olivia says:

    Anything to do with the ocean, beach,sea, sand, yes!

  89. Marcia says:

    I’m going to be by the sea after Tuesday! Thanks for such a lovely set . . .

  90. Marge McInerny says:

    I love the By The Sea Giveaway and would love to use it for summer decor items. Thanks for the inspiration.

  91. MargieD says:

    I’m blown away by Laura’s diorama and love the colours in this new By the Sea collection. Fantastic. Margie

  92. What a great piece of work and a great giveaway, would love to win, Thanks

  93. Angie Applewhite says:

    This is the cutest; I love nautical vintage themes and especially this. I would be so happy to win this! Thanks for having the opportunity!!

  94. Darlene Propp says:

    Love the nautical themes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  95. Sandy says:

    Looks like “fun in the sun.”

  96. nancy erdman says:

    once again, you do it all

  97. Ann says:

    Looove the sea theme and awesome DT projects! Summer is coming–would love to play with these fun goodies while I’m waiting for beach weather–thanks AS!!

  98. Debbie Rollier says:

    Awesome! I love the ocean.

  99. Laurie Davis says:

    another great kit – your giveaways are the best!

  100. I would love to win this !!!!! pleeeeezeee !I have seen this paper, it is wonderful !

  101. Debbie Kaste says:

    Wow, what a great give-away. Would love to own this very generous prize. Thanks much for the chance:)

  102. Nancy E says:

    This so captures the area in which I live. Thanks for sharing such great projects.

  103. Karen Mallory says:

    I love Laura and Rhea’s projects. So imaginative and fun! love the chance to win prizes!
    hugs Karen

  104. barbara macaskill says:

    Gorgeous stuff today!! Love the goodies in the giveaway and Laura’s diorama is amazing!! Have a great week!

  105. Connie Minnich says:

    So many great ideas – and such a beautiful giveaway collection.
    Lucky, lucky winner.

  106. Jen R says:

    Love this fabulous giveaway!

  107. melody says:

    Thanks for another beautiful giveaway! ‘Vintage Beach’ is another of my favorite themes.

  108. what stunning and original projects! – and what a generous giveaway prize! I’d love to win and spend some time sailing with Alpha Stamps!

  109. Conchi says:

    Great collection! Thanks for another giveaway!

  110. DebR says:

    More wonderful creations by Laura and another great giveaway, thank you!

  111. shartl says:

    Oh wow, I love those beach themed goodies! That 8×8 paper pad alone is swoonworthy!

  112. karenladd says:

    Beautiful collection and loving the papers! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!! I have so many ideas on ways to use the stamp and embellishments already…and it’s perfect for summer

  113. Kim B says:

    Lovely again, thank you!

  114. Gerri herbst says:

    I would sail away with this beautiful prize! Thanks for offering.

  115. stampnk says:

    Just look at all the gorgeous beach themes! The trims and paper are my favorite but love it all!

  116. coco says:

    Fabulous giveaway, thanks a lot, I’d love to win!

  117. Debbie says:

    Love summertime and anything beach/sea themed. Thanks for the offer.

  118. Debbie says:

    Love anything beach/sea themed. Thanks for the offer

  119. Congrats Pat Shaw!! I loooove the beach!

  120. Nellie Cotnam says:

    thank you for the array of never ending ideas! Please pick me – I’d love to play in the sand.

  121. Karen Crowder says:

    I can “sea” myself winning this one!

  122. Carol Slowik says:

    Love this collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  123. summer time sea time

  124. trisha too says:

    What a beautiful, summery kit–gotta love the tiny shells!


  125. Pam Weiler says:

    By the Sea is a beautiful collection. Thank you for the chance to win.

  126. Elicia P says:

    This project is too fun to pass up! Thank you for a chance to be… “By the sea”!

  127. LoriSW says:

    I have never see a project here that I haven’t absolutely l o v ed. You are very talented artists. Thanks for putting together great give aways!

  128. Rima St.John says:

    Beautiful artwork and eye candy by Laura and Rhea, hey go girls!! By the sea, by the sea….makes me think of my beloved Hamptons….what a fun prize tp win.

  129. LeAnn says:

    Super cute – ♥ it

  130. jo milano says:

    Love this diorama!! I have to try to make one!

  131. P boszko says:

    Gorgeous work and a wonderful giveaway! Thank you.

  132. Christine Kurman says:

    This collection reminds me of my grandmother’s pics of her and her friends frolicking on Coney island ….I just love it

  133. Lynn Fox says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you!

  134. bonnie bird says:

    I love the beach scenes… sea shells, star fish… i remember when i was young, going to the beach with my cousins.. having wiener roast

  135. bonnie bird says:

    i love the beach scenes… star fish, sea shell… i remember when i was young, going to the beach with my cousins, having a wiener roast and toasting marshmallows… everything was generously sprinkled with sand!!

  136. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  137. Renee Zarate says:

    What incredible artwork is displayed here. So many lovely details! Wonderful giveaway, as always.

  138. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love anything that has to do with the sea or water because I am a Pices.

  139. Hannah Foss says:

    Your giveaways are amazing. Beautiful collection!

  140. Dena Cottrell says:

    Another beautiful collection! Would love to win!

  141. Catherine Warner says:

    Love the beautiful By the Sea art….and thanks for the opportunity to win this great gift…

  142. lynn says:

    i loved the little shadow box done in the beach theme.. these are such wonderful inspiration and i love the sea and anything to do with it… i would love making a few small books with this kit…
    hoping i will win.. 🙂
    thank you as always for being so generous..
    big ladybug hugs

  143. Kristy says:

    Just discovered your site today! Soooo excited!! I know how I’ll be spending my next hour 😉

  144. IKE says:

    Oh, that kit is absolutely gorgeous. Such amazing goodies. I would love a chance to win. Thank you.
    IKE xxxxxxxxx

  145. lisa mills says:

    I hope I’m not late. these look soooo yummy!

  146. Janet Turner says:

    I love it. I’ve gotten a lot of your beach products and had so much fun with them.

  147. Jen R says:

    Lovely giveaway!