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Wood Shrines & Blocks (Plus Giveaway and FREE Kit)

Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Springtime in Paris Kit

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

Wow! Another jam-packed-with-artwork newsletter! We have projects by TWO talented designers (both involving wooden items… shrines or blocks), plus new items, and two FREE offers! I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce a fun project by Kristin Batsel.

Aaahh, Springtime in Paris. Perfect time for the eager tourist to take relaxing strolls to see the sight, smell the flowers and… hmm. Hard as you try to keep your friend Clarence occupied (who, by the way, invited himself on this trip), he’s photobombing all of your pictures!

Design Team Member Kristin Batsel has created a delightful vignette of Parisian scenes using Wood Blocks with images on both sides (and the blocks can be rearranged).

This is a really easy and quick project to whip out. With all of the Alpha Stamps Collage Sheets, if you need a quick birthday present, hostess gift, baby shower gift, teacher’s gift or perhaps — dare I say… make a set for yourself — there’s A LOT to choose from. Don’t believe me about how easy it is? If you can glue a piece of paper onto a surface then you can be an art block-making machine. Even if you can’t: the Xyron 510 – Creative Station can apply adhesive for you, so no excuses!

On one side Kristin has adhered images from the Paris Postcards – Color Collage Sheet and our friendly photo-bomber comes from the Dapper Dudes Collage Sheet. Kristin posed Clarence every-which-way so that it appears he is trying his hardest to make sure he somehow is part of the picture. Hmm, now that I think about it, even at almost age 50 I still have friends like that… me, me, me! It’s all about me because I’m so pretty so take MY picture! But I digress!

On the reverse side Kristin used paper from the Chalk Studio 2 6×6 Paper Pad, Jolie Gold Floral Scrapbook Paper, and the Jolie Red Feuille Leaves Scrapbook Paper. Then she layered images from the Easter Bonnets, Paris Collage and Paris Pendants – Half Sheet Collage Sheets. That’s about it — told you it was easy! I just love being right.

Here’s the link to Kristin’s Supply List. And check out more images of Clarence and the art blocks on Kristin’s blog.

Psst… Leslie taking over again. Before I introduce Teri Calia’s project, I want to show off my own version of Kristin’s block “grid” (or her arrangement of blocks in different sizes… that can be rearranged as you like). The photo at left shows a mix of blocks, include 3 of the New and On Sale! 1-1/4″ Wooden Cube Blocks (2 of these cubes are the same width as an ATB Wood Block). And there are actually 4 New and On Sale! Wooden Cubes, so you can stack them up like baby blocks or use them as feet under a shadowbox… or who knows what you’ll come up with!

Next up, Teri Calia created that adorable Mouse House Shrine using the New and On Sale! Miniature Wooden Fire Place (with a New and On Sale! Wide Wooden Roof on top which turns the fireplace into a house)!

Teri used both the Miniature Wood Trim – Dotted and the Mitered Wooden Roof Trim (and that mitered trim fits the new wider roofs, too — sitting on the face of the roof, instead of sitting on top of the roof it was orignally designed for).

And I didn’t even recognize them at first, but the trim that looks like ornate ribbon (across the bottom of the triangular roof and inside the “fireplace” area) is a printed border from a book cover on the A Apple Pie Collage Sheet.

Teri added some sweet buttons (and tiny mice) and the Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks, Mushrooms – Red and Tiny Paper Roses – Red White Variegated to finish the tight palette. And those last two items (and tons of the wooden things from both of today’s projects) are included in today’s Giveaway!

Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Subtly French Mini Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info and a photo are below.

And… with all these wooden blocks and roof/trim pieces: ALL the Game Pieces AND Wood Feet/Knobs/Roofs are On Sale! Plus, don’t forget: in honor of the New Springtime in Paris Kit, the ENTIRE French Vintage Theme Section is On Sale (through May 22nd)!

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Plus New Additions to Clearance Sale

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
including artwork by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay

8 Gorgeous Embossing Folders

New and On Sale!

Subtly French Gift Kit

This is almost a red, white and blue palette… inspired by Caroline’s French Envelope Tag Book; FREE for all orders over $20!


Hooray! A Wood Shrines Giveaway!

I started with the scrapbook papers and collage sheets (and many of the wooden trims and blocks) mentioned above in the introduction, then added these items not used by Teri or Kristin:
1-1/2″ Wooden Cube Block (sitting on an ATB Wood Block, under the Red Mushrooms)
Tiny Embossed Gold Dresden Borders
Tiny Test Tube with Cork
Mixed Pink Roses

And a tiny bouquet that Teri made (!), which includes:
Iridescent Glass Spheres – 4mm
Small Square Bottle with Corks
Mini Rose Buds – Cream-Pink-Brown

To enter the Wood Shrines Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, May 12, 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 Fairly French Giveaway? That would be Mary Mac! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 11th, 2014

124 responses to “Wood Shrines & Blocks (Plus Giveaway and FREE Kit)”

  1. Karen says:

    Another giveaway – another try – hope I’m selected for this one. Looks like I could have a great time with this selection of goodies.

  2. marla b says:

    I’d love to make a shine – maybe to my next chapter!

  3. Carolyn Summers says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to create a project using real wood elements. What a great prize this week. Could it be me?

  4. IKE says:

    Absolutely FANTASTIC kit and that teeny tiny little Bird stamp is so cute.
    Thank you for a chance to win 😀
    IKE xx

  5. Cherie says:

    Love this giveaway!

  6. Lori SW says:

    Love the wood blocks and the mouse house!!!

  7. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love to make a shrine dedicated to my Mother-thank you for the opportunity to win this!

  8. Pamela Jones says:

    A very nice collection of elements for a fun project!

  9. Helen Potter says:

    Thank you for a chance to win this fantastic kit!

  10. Arlene Wheeler says:


  11. Mary C. says:

    Oh, so pretty. I’m in love with the little mouse shrine – it’s adorable. You guys come up with the most amazing projects and giveaways. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  12. another great giveaway! houses and Paris…no brainer! love it

  13. Erica Holan says:

    Lovely lot! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  14. Shannon C. says:

    Clarence, you’re a hoot.

  15. Nelda Johnson says:

    What a great giveaway. Love everything in it!

  16. Heather Sanders says:

    I am always amazed by the beauty and ingenuity of the products and projects!!! Thank you for sharing these fabulous ideas!!!

  17. Jen R says:

    I would love to win this one, thank you for the opportunity

  18. Nikki says:

    What a wonderful kit!

  19. Tres Bien!!! Great giveaway!

  20. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Wonderful stuff! I got a good laugh out of the photobomb series.

  21. barbara macaskill says:

    I am in love!! Those mushrooms are adorable and the iridescent glass spheres are calling my name! What a great addition this would be to my Fairy Garden. So many great items to create an adorable miniature Gnome Home or a Troll Hole. I love getting your newsletter because there are always such great creations and extremely generous giveaways! Thank you for your generosity and the chance to win these awesome goodies! Anxiously awaiting Thursday’s newsletter!
    Barb Mac

  22. marge says:

    Most of my work is about Paris- would love to win this….

  23. Traci says:

    Great giveaway and ideas from the designers.

  24. Sokat says:

    Now this is speaking to me. This is great.

  25. Willow says:

    Great collection, I have worked with wood blocks and possibilities are endless. Perfect collection to let your imagination soar. Thanks alpha stamps

  26. Regina Salvador says:

    The wood shrine is wonderful!

  27. Emily N. says:

    Oooo… love this!

  28. Love everything on here just wonderful

  29. DianeD says:

    Wood shrines are always great, so many options on how to embellish them!

  30. Stefanie says:

    Wow! Another fab giveaway – I’m really loving how the fireplace transforms to the Mouse House :o)

  31. Sandy says:

    Greatttttttttttt!! Love this

  32. Beverly S says:

    Oh how I love little wooden anything! Awesome work by Teri. Thanks for a chance to win 😀

  33. Conchi says:

    My little mushrooms again! I love them!

  34. Kathy h says:

    So cute!!

  35. M White says:

    Another great giveaway. I love the shrine and blocks. What a great idea.

  36. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Wonderful ideas! Another fantastic giveaway:)

  37. Marilyn H says:

    Wonderful projects, awesome giveaway.

  38. Lorna says:

    Now this is more my style for playing with blocks!

  39. Holly Day says:

    _Love_ this giveaway!

  40. Orlie Severson says:

    I would love to win the Wood Shrine. Love all your products.

  41. LOVE that photo bomber!! LOL

  42. Lorna Dufrane says:

    So cute!

  43. Sharon Kaczorowski says:

    I have always wanted to make a shrine!

  44. Happy Mothers Day to all out there ! This again is absolutley wonderful, I would love to win this as well, you all are great !
    thank you

  45. Happy Mothers Day to all out there ! This again is absolutley wonderful, I would love to win this as well, you all are great !
    thank you

  46. Christine Dahlin says:

    what an awesome mother’s day give away! I love making shrines!

  47. Carmen Willis says:

    Love the photo bombs and the mouse house. Great inspirations for this giveaway!

  48. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I’m loving all this Paris stuff!

  49. Liz Russell says:

    Wow! Fabulous giveaway! love the altered blocks. It really does look easy and does make for a great gift. I think I’ll give them a go.

  50. Jennifer Bumb says:

    Love this giveaway. I really like the wooden blocks, and the many ways that they can be altered. You have a great site and shop!!!

  51. Lou Anne says:

    I love your giveaways! Thank you for creating such a fabulous one on Mother’s Day!

  52. Kathy Bumb says:

    Wonderful giveaway! Gorgeous papers and great wooden blocks!!!!!

  53. Shelley says:

    I’ll keep trying! Hope to win this one. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

  54. Paula Sorensen says:

    I would live, love to win. Happy another’s Day.

  55. DebR says:

    Love the wood blocks (and I have friends like Clarence too!) and so smart to use the fireplace as a shrine, love the house mouse! Thanks for the opportunity to win your great giveaway and Happy Mother’s Day!

  56. April Dudko says:

    Oh that naughty Clarence! (My Great Grandfathers name was Clarence!) If I win, I’ll put an image of MY Clarence on one of the blocks! Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize!

  57. Linda Isbell says:

    I still play with blocks! And plan to continue using new ideas.

  58. Ginger Benedict says:

    I HAVE to make some of these blocks. They are the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time! Alpha Stamps designers come up with the most awesome ideas!

  59. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Please send me to Paris via this neat giveaway.

  60. Gerri herbst says:

    Love that little shrine! Would like to try my hand with this great giveaway too.

  61. Diane. D. says:

    How adorable everything is. I love how the fireplace was turned into a house. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

  62. Diane Smith says:

    so nostalgic…love them

  63. Deb Neerman says:

    Such a cool giveaway .. thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Jill Noblitt says:

    What a fun selection of goodies! Great inspiration!

  65. Amy Sellers says:

    my favorite kit yet!

  66. Karen Mallory says:

    This giveaway looks so fun! I love putting papers on wood!

  67. Ann says:

    My sister is on a romantic spring trip to Paris as we speak… lucky girl! Wouldn’t it be fun to create a little shrine as a keepsake for her? Would love to win this fabulous giveaway! And thanks to Kristin and Teri for some awesome inspiration!!

  68. Laura says:

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  69. Ronda Liebert says:

    This would be a fun collection to work with.

  70. MaggieM says:

    Awesome projects! I love Clarence (I’ll have to purchase the Dapper Dudes collage sheet) and how he is photo-bombing the French postcards. I think it’s great that Alpha Stamps now offers the versatile wood blocks-endless ideas! Great inspiration-many thanks:)

  71. Me Pugh says:

    The wood shrines look like a lot of fun and much potential!

  72. Cathy smith says:

    I want this!!!!!! These are so cool. And there is so much to fool around with

  73. Nancy S says:

    Really fantastic giveaway!

  74. Lori Turner says:

    Another awesome prize package! I love shrine art! Blessings, Lori

  75. Leslie Hanson says:

    I adore anything with mini and tiny in it!

  76. Mary Toriello says:

    I’m in an art slump and need some inspiration . Fingers are crossed

  77. Patricia League says:

    Love this giveaway, would be a fun to try a shrine.

  78. joann west… says:

    I love Parisin the springtime, I love Paris in the fall, I love Paris and wood blocks best of all….

  79. Maura says:

    What wonderful goodies you’ve gathered for this give-away. I think they look tres inspiring.

  80. I WOOD love to win these shrine kits!!! heehee

  81. Laura Pruitt says:

    It just keeps on being wonderful! Thank you for weekly inspiration.

  82. Roxanne says:

    Wow! I Love the Mouse House Shrine project! How cool! Sure would love to try to make this! thanks for the Chance to win Alpha Stamps! How sweet it is!

  83. Blair Lowery says:

    Would love to win this fine collection

  84. Susanne says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to the Alpha Stamps crew!

    And, thank you for sharing yet more amazing and fun art.

  85. Sunny G says:

    I like the shrine a lot, but I’d be tempted to use the fireplace for Christmas, with Santa’s leg hanging down.

  86. Janet Turner says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to win this.

  87. orianna says:

    a creative push to get one started

  88. Rosemary Sharon says:

    this is spectacular……I love it…I want it…..this is mine…..k?

  89. Ann says:

    Happy Mom’s Day. Great giveaway

  90. Deborah Emmons says:

    Love it!

  91. Kristie says:

    This kit is so unique.

  92. Michele Biondolillo says:

    Wow- think of all the cool things you can do with this collection!

  93. Kim B says:

    Lots of very neat things.

  94. Michelle B. says:

    Who “WOOD” not love THIS giveaway?!?
    The Dapper Dude is TOO funny! You
    continue to amaze and enthrall. TY!

  95. KIM says:


  96. Miss Iowa says:

    Clarence the photo bomber. I laughed out loud. Super clever and adorable project. I love your dapper dudes collage sheets; might be time to get some new ones!

  97. Maryjo says:

    This giveaway rocks!

  98. P boszko says:

    oooh la la…what a wonderful giveaway!

  99. Holly M. says:

    wonderful! fabulous! one of your best giveaways yet.

  100. Rae Higgins says:

    The Mouse House Shrine is awesome!

  101. julie m says:

    like the decorated blocks. great gift idea.

  102. Denise Bryant says:

    great projects and a fabulous kit!

  103. Lori Devoux says:

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  104. LeAnn says:

    Amazing shrines. Thanks for the inspiration!

  105. Loretta says:

    Looks like a fun project. Hope I win!

  106. Edith says:

    love all your creative giveaways always inspiring new ideas

  107. teri steele says:

    I’m a bit intrigued by these blocks. Would love to try them out. Thanks for another well thought out giveaway.

  108. Stacy Blow says:

    That fireplace is adorable!!! All the elements look awesome and intriguing. Another great one from you and your team!

  109. Pauline says:

    LOVE these blocks, they bring back so many memories of when my boys were little. . . .and they could be used for so many holidays! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

  110. Margie Speerbrecher says:

    I’ve been to these places and would love to win this 🙂

  111. Patti Flasch says:

    WOW! These elements are incredible and very inspirational!

  112. Carolyn says:

    Wonderful blocks, shrines and goodies! You and the design team rock!

  113. Karen N says:

    I LOVE Paris in the springtime…and I LOVE this kit. I’ve used the Dapper Dudes collage sheet before on Valentine’s cards. Such handsome gentlemen…

  114. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Could be lots of fun to turn wood into art.

  115. donna Kelly says:

    I’ve never made a shrine, so this would be amazing!

  116. Chris says:

    I hope I win this one! It would be so fun to make! Thanks

  117. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love the blocks.

  118. melody says:

    Thank you for giving us TWO days to enter, since Sun was kinda busy 🙂

  119. Robin Withrow says:

    love it!

  120. sheila AR says:

    Would love to win! thanks for the great ideas

  121. Lina T says:

    Love it!

  122. Another fantabulous idea! Thanks