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2 Shrines with Hidden Compartments (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)

Filed under Art Projects, Bella's Corner, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters

Leslie here with a quick note: Miz Bella’s going to lead off this newsletter with an introduction to two new projects, both using the On Sale! ATC Book Box.

Aaaahhh May Day! Flowers, Spring festivals, the maypole, Queen of the May and Beltane. It’s time to get your Spring on, people — regardless of the fact that Mother Nature is off her meds with the crazy, stormy weather we’ve been having! To help you get in the Spring mood, Design Team Members Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey have each created two cheery creations with the On Sale! ATC Book Box.

Kristin created her ATC Book Box as a Bee Shrine for a friend of hers. On the cover Kristin has a floral bouquet with a background of papers from the New and On Sale! Chalk Studio 2 6×6 Paper Pad and a cute Brass Baby Bee Charm that seems as if it’s ready to come in for a landing on the flowers. Do you like how Kristin’s box looks like it has “pages” on the side? She achieved that effect by using the striped side of the Botanical Tea Fields of Flowers Scrapbook Paper.

(Psst! Sadly, the paper with the bouquet the Kristin used on the front cover is sold out, BUT see below for a new collage sheet full of bouquets that Leslie designed to fit the ATC Book Box cover. And that New Bouquets Collage Sheet is also included in today’s Giveaway and in the FREE May Day Gift Kit!)

Open up the box, and, oh wow — what do I see… a honeycomb! Kristin used the Tim Holtz Stencil – Honeycomb along with some ink for that effect. On the right side of the box Kristin added a faux front for the inside niche, then a large Victorian Bee Charm within the niche and Word Band – Observations that were both given a copper patina. A faux front! A fabulous place to hide things like secrets written on little bits of paper! Or perhaps a little vial of cremains of someone or something that you really liked (or maybe didn’t like so much!)

Annnnyways, behind that faux front Kristin painted the interior a metallic copper color for reflectivity, and added a LED Tea Light that give a great effect when lit up. For the finishing touches, Kristin embellished the tags that come with the ATC Book Box with the New and On Sale! Darjeeling Mini Pearl Daisies and the On Sale! Woodcut Beehive Stamp. You’ll need to buzz on over to Kristin’s blog to see these tags. Then, check out Kristin’s supplies list.

There once was a girl who wanted an adventure… she sailed away with her maps and her charts and her name was Bella. Wait! I am daydreaming! This is the adorable Travel Album that Lora created with the same ATC Book Box, and it is just dreamy.

Lora used the Vintage Voyage Kit to cover and embellish her box, and you’ll find that Lora’s creation has a little story to tell.

There are a couple of really cute things that I just love about this book box. The first is the cover with the sailor girl image from The Fourth of July Collage Sheet extending her arm off the box and holding a rolled up map. Second, I love the inside compartment that houses the embellished tags. Lora covered the tags with Maritime Paper Collection and enhancing them with cut-outs.

Wait… what is that ribbon at the top, behind the tags? Pull on that ribbon and you’ll find another faux front! Hmmm. Could it be that Kristin and Lora schemed to both create faux panels? You’re right, not those two. They’re way too sweet to scheme. *snork*

Lora created a full partition out of paper-covered chipboard with a ribbon loop to remove it. Tug on the pull and what do you know?! There behind the partition is an empty bottle of rum (one can not cackle properly without a bottle of booze you know!) and rolled up secret treasure maps made from the Maritime Paper Collection! Trust me, you’ll want to see all the details I’m babbling about at Lora’s blog (and you’ll also be wanting Lora’s supplies list).


Hooray! A May Day Floral Giveaway!

Nice! Starting with all 3 (full size) collage sheets from the FREE May Day Gift Kit:
Bouquets Collage Sheet
Flora ATCs Collage Sheet
Seed Catalog ATCs Collage Sheet

Then, lots of the goodies Kristin used in her Bee Shrine:
– ATC Book Box
– Chalk Studio 2 6×6 Paper Pad
– Woodcut Beehive Rubber Stamp
– Medium Bee Charms
– White Plastic Pearls (Strands)
(Here’s the full supplies list so you can get the individual links.)

Plus, a set of the adorable (and back in stock) Turquoise Mushrooms (and a set of the brand new Mini Rose Buds – Cream-Pink-Brown!)

AND, not in Kristin’s artwork (but related and ALL On Sale!):
Foliage Bees Epoxy Stickers
Tiny Glass Spheres in Bottles – Turquoise
19mm Daisies (in Orange, Red and Yellow)
Printed Canvas Ribbon – Bees
3/8 Inch Velvet Ribbon – Light Aqua

To enter the May Day Floral Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, May 1, 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 Coloring Giveaway? That would be LoriSW! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 1st, 2014

115 responses to “2 Shrines with Hidden Compartments (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)”

  1. Mary-Ann says:

    Happy May Day – another beautiful giveaway!

  2. Holly Day says:

    Now if only I could have as many flowers _outside_ my house as you have on this page!

  3. Arlene Wheeler says:


  4. Such a great giveaway Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  5. Susanne says:

    The idea of travel-sized shrines is fantastic, and what better creature to honor than the honeybee?

    Your buckets of seed packet collage sheets and paper flowers are inspiring!

  6. Gloria Stafford says:

    What a fabulous collection of goodies!!!

  7. judy golden says:

    This giveaway, this giveaway is beautiful, puts that spring feeling in the air~

  8. marla b says:

    I would bee very excited if I was chosen for this wonderful give away. Thanks for the chance!

  9. Jamie says:

    Pick me!

  10. LeAnn A says:

    Boxes with hidden compartments – how exciting!

  11. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    This one is extra special to me! Love it!

  12. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your May Day Floral Giveaway, especially the mini rose buds!!

  13. Patti Flasch says:

    What a great way to celebrate the sun! Thank you for continuing to offer such fantastic giveaways!

  14. Lorna says:

    I’m loving the spring theme, keep it coming!

  15. I LOVE everything on Alpha Stamps. I am not a scrapbooker but I make little houses and graphics. I am so glad I found this. The little paper flowers are wonderful. I plan to use the graphics that I purchased and the little flowers on my next house. A Fairy Castle with a stone turret. The tiny flowers will be attached to the little leaf vines and crawl up the stone of the turret. My next order!!! All the designs are great.
    Barbara Del Duco

  16. Debbie Emmons says:

    You could plant a lot of happiness my way, if you picked me. Mother MAY I win?

  17. Amanda Miller says:

    This is amazing! Wonderful giveaway.

  18. Karen says:

    It’s spring! Yeah! Go flowers and let’s get started gardening.

  19. shelley cordier says:

    Rabbit Rabbit!

  20. Cherie says:

    Beautiful giveaway!

  21. Juanita M says:

    With is kit I could have SPRING year around.

  22. Willow says:

    The best thing about altered art is SHRINES! Love it alpha stamps you rock!

  23. Tory Willson says:

    May Day is a sweet day that I have celebrated with my daughter since she was a little girl ! This would be such a great project for us to share !!!

  24. Diane. D. says:

    Only if Mother Nature would realize it is Spring! Thanks for another great giveaway.

    Take care,

  25. Erica Holan says:

    Oh goodness! This floral collection is simply gorgeous! I love the look!

  26. Mary Weland says:

    Very unique and pretty color scheme!

  27. Diane Boom says:

    Just love the seed packs.

  28. Blair Lowery says:

    I adore old seed packet images. Keep fingers and toes crossed.

  29. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Happy May Day!

  30. Connie L. says:

    That bee box actually belongs to me and it’s just perfect!!!!

  31. Traci says:

    I love the chalk studio papers and would love to win the giveaway-darn just placed an order – wish I’d of waited so I could order the stuff to make a shrine box too! Lots of inspiration in this newsletter. Thanks!!

  32. Muriel says:

    What a wonderful gift this would bee. . .smile

  33. Carol Feiner says:

    I love that little box!

  34. SanZ says:

    vintage flowers!! Love it!

  35. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this giveaway – so colorful and fresh. Just what is needed for Spring!!!

  36. Virginia S. says:

    Wonderful give-away! I love the book box!

  37. Chris says:

    Oh pretty pretties. Come to me!!

  38. April says:

    Love this set!

  39. Kim B says:

    Beautiful, again!

  40. Tara says:

    Bee Happy – would sure love to play with this kit 🙂

  41. Regina Salvador says:

    What a great way to start the merry month of May!

  42. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Just lovely!

  43. Linda Isbell says:

    I love secret compartments!
    Linda Isbell

  44. CL Steiner says:

    Love the secret compartment.

  45. Carmen Willis says:

    What a better way to bring in May, with all these lovely flowers. I could really make some beautiful projects with this giveaway kit! Also great book box!

  46. Terry McMullen says:

    Love all the flowers! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  47. barbara macaskill says:

    What a beautiful floral giveaway! I am a floral addict and love all of the seed packets in this giveaway!
    Makes me think that maybe Spring will actually show her face and if she doesn’t then at least I would be able to bring some Spring into my world with all of the lovely collage sheets and florals!
    Thank you for the chance to win such wonderful products!

  48. Lou Anne says:

    This is a lovely giveaway! Thank you for offering it and happy May Day!

  49. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Flowers,flowers, flowers!! Love them!

  50. Marilyn H says:

    Lovely shrine and another awesome giveaway.

  51. Mary Mac says:

    The collage sheets are my favorite in this fantastic giveaway.

  52. Laurie Yoder says:

    Love the flowers can almost smell them now !

  53. Karen N says:

    I know the calendar says spring, but it was 25 degrees last night. This kit will surely make me feel like it is spring…at least somewhere!

  54. Conchi says:

    Mushrooms are so sweet! I bought them in red, but these are really adorable!

  55. Kate says:

    Love the bee idea!!! and yes, Spring! what a long wait!

  56. Lindy says:

    Love all the flowers! How the heck is it already May??

  57. Love, love the travel album!

  58. Caroline Lawson says:

    Great collection of goodies.

  59. Alice says:

    What a great selection of good things to try. I’d love to make a box with hidden treasures.

  60. Gilda says:

    Thanks for another beautiful give away. Love the projects.

  61. Debbie Kay says:

    I am crazy about the bee shrine – my company’s name is ‘Busy D’Bee’ and this would be wonderful to have at my shows! I have my fingers crossed 🙂

  62. Jen R says:

    Makes me want to plant a bee-u-tiful garden

  63. Jo says:

    Love the florals!!! Love the new box!!!

  64. joann west says:

    The shrines are such a cool idea…love em, and love love love any kind of flowers.

  65. I am all about the flowers- would love to win!

  66. Christine Dahlin says:

    oh May I please have some luck with the beautiful florals!

  67. lynn says:

    wow what a wonderful collection to get us into spring and all the blooming trees and flowers.. i love the shrines and colors..
    cant wait till my name is drawn lol

  68. Kathy M says:

    Such an amazing, beautiful kit. Flowers are my favorite medium to use in a variety of projects. Just love you guys!

  69. Maureen says:

    So lovely, I just ordered some supplies to make my own ATC box/book. I am excited for them to arrive.

  70. Janet Turner says:

    Fantastic kit for May Day. Thanks for all your terrific ideas. You provide great inspiration.

  71. Olga says:

    I’ve always loved flowers! They are beautiful!

  72. Lina T says:

    Great giveaway!

  73. Laura Pruitt says:

    Love love love flowers. I could BEE so happy this sunny day with more in my life.
    Thanks for the chance

  74. Another lovely give away I wish I could win!

  75. Rae Higgins says:

    Love the box shrine, and the seed catalog collage sheet is awesome!

  76. Jackie Barth says:

    Beautiful collection; hope I win!

  77. Jackie Barth says:

    Beautiful collection; I hope I win!

  78. Amy says:

    what a great idea!

  79. Michelle B. says:

    There once was a girl named Leslie … who Tells
    great stories … and Sells great products! What
    a fun adventure for May,

  80. Amy Sellers says:

    Very nice – love all the unique ideas on this site.

  81. Marie Gunther says:

    Happy May Day/ Beltane! Fingers crossed to win this one!

  82. Miss Iowa says:

    Happy May Day! This is my birthday month and I love everything about spring–just wish it would hurry up and get here. I love your description of Mother Nature being off her meds.

  83. Ronda Liebert says:

    Love the May Flowers – They are beautiful!!!

  84. Nancy S says:

    What a great kit. I have a friend who just loves bees.

  85. Lori Wilczek says:

    Beautiful Giveaway! May flowers, spring is here.

  86. Anneke says:

    Hooray, it’s May! Love the ATC book box ideas, thanks.

  87. Roberta S says:

    I would love to win this giveaway–those floral items are right up my alley. And I just love those ATC card boxes. Thank you for the inspiration and fun chance to win such cool stuff!

  88. Brenda Lubrant says:

    They call me “the flower lady” in my town because I have hundreds of flowers everywhere in all of my gardens. I would love to make some garden journals out of this giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  89. Patricia Davis says:

    I would love to win the May Day fabulous prize. Thank you so much for the chance and happy May Day to you!

  90. Noreen says:

    I love things with secret compartments – it’s so fun to hide things away! Thanks for the chance to win goodies!

  91. It’s almost like magic! Thank you for offering these great items.

  92. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    What fun!

  93. Rose Lewis says:

    I love May flowers!

  94. Ginette says:

    Love to see flowers, here we have a cold 42°

  95. Cher says:

    Love it! What a gorgeous collection!

  96. Karen Cejka says:

    Simply gorgeous!

  97. Jen says:

    Is it really May? It’s still 40 degrees where I live…I need a springtime pick-me-up!

  98. Karen Mallory says:

    What fun Spring/summer stuff!

  99. Jennifer J says:

    Love the bee shrine!

  100. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Such beautiful inspiration in this post – thank you!!

  101. Diana Kelly says:

    A great Beltane gift. Flowers are my favorite. Thank you for a touch of springtime.

  102. Lori Devoux says:

    Fun giveaway for May Day! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  103. KIM says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    What great giveaway

  104. Lynn Fox says:

    Lovely, lovely giveaway!

  105. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would love to win this vibrant selection of goodies!

  106. Helen Potter says:

    Beautiful giveaway!

  107. Maria says:

    The bees are my favorite part.

  108. Carol Slowik says:


  109. Thalia Kottke says:

    Would love to win.

  110. Angelic says:

    I love all the beautiful flowers! This is a great giveaway.

  111. Denise Bryant says:

    Delightful project!

  112. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Cool stuff!

  113. LissaLissa says:

    MayDay! MayDay!!! Bella’s got us all inspired to do new artwork! Let’s get going with vintage florals!

  114. Karen says:

    Oh I so love the beautiful flowers! So wonderful