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A Gilded Life (and New Giveaways)

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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: Rhea’s Winged Heart Shrine, Laura’s Bookmarks.

Psst… Miz Bella here; I’m taking over this newsletter!

Design Team Member Rhea Freitag is up this week with a fabulous little creation for you made with something new that Alpha Stamps is carrying!

First, I know you just can’t stand it so I’ll tell you what the new products are. I’m SO excited to announce that we now have the gorgeous Bezels and Pendants from A Gilded Life! Excuse me for a sec while I swooonn! There goes my paycheck — and you all know by now to hush so Slim Daddy doesn’t find out. I have him thinking that everything I order just appears from the magic art fairy.

Plus, those gorgeous new metal items AND the How-To-Booklet are all in their own section AND Leslie put them all On Sale!

A Gilded Life - Love Wings Pendant - GoldNow on to what Rhea created for you! It is so simple and quick! Think of who needs a present because you’ll want to make them, I just know it. Rhea made a Winged Heart Shrine using the ATC Hutch Shrine Kit and instead of painting it, she covered it with Tissue Tape – Symphony. According to Rhea, it made for a fast cover and the Gilders Paste – Silver that she used just glided right over it.

Rhea used the quite magnificent A Gilded Life – Love Wings Pendant – Gold as her focal point inside of the hutch. This is no tiny little pendant — but a solid, cast metal piece, that is approximately 2-1/4″ wide x 2-1/2″ tall. In fact all of the Gilded Life Bezels and Pendants are cast metal which makes for a very nice base to build upon, distress, embellish, UTEE or to make jewelry with. Don’t you love how the heart looks as if it’s floating? I’ll let Rhea tell you how she got the heart to have the illusion that it is floating in the box. I know! I’m such a tease.

Soprano White Paper Roses*Moving on, if you look closely at the background of the heart you can see that it is from the Tim Holtz Printed Tissue Roll – Music & Butterflies and then Rhea added images from the Gypsy Charms Mini Collage Sheet and Butterflies Collage Sheet. I love how the circular lines on the round collage sheet image give the illusion of a clear cabochon.

A few Tim Holtz Metal Corners here, Ornate Metal Keys there, add an Ornate Metal Label Holder and top it off with beautiful, New Soprano White Paper Roses, and there you have it. A lovely gift for giving or for yourself!

C’mon over here and sneak a peak at the components that Rhea used, then to find out what else is involved in creating the Winged Heart Shrine, glide yourself on over to Rhea’s blog and/or see more photos in the Gallery.

By the way, please note that the Evil Queen would not let me order (hoard) any of the Bezels or Pendants until after you all have seen them first. See how she is?!

Ok… “Evil Queen” here… trying to wrest the newsletter back from Bella! Before I show you a few of the new A Gilded Life pieces (plus tell you about the new FREE gift kit, new items added to the clearance section, AND today’s Giveaway!), there is more art to show!

Remember that lovely Altered Book by Laura Carson that we featured last Sunday? Well, staying with the book theme, Laura has also made a trio of bookmarks! (Don’t worry… I can still count; just ran out of room so you’ll have to view all three on Laura’s blog post!)

And with all the brass bees and fleur de lys in Laura’s bookmarks (and the crowns and way-French influence in A Gilded Life), I’ve gathered a Little Metal Bits FREE Gift Kit with wings, keys, crowns and fleurs! (And some of the charms and collage sheets from both of today’s artworks are included in the Giveaway below!)

Hey, don’t forget: The French Vintage Theme Sale ends on May 22nd — THAT IS TODAY!)

 Back In Stock Items  

Tiny Faux Ring Handles

Giant Brass Bee
(On Sale AND included in Today’s Giveaway!)

ATC Window

4 Inch Gold Doilies
On Sale!


Hooray! A Bees & Bookmarks Giveaway!

Beside the frenzy of EIGHT collage sheets shown at right (all used in either Laura or Rhea’s artwork — those links on their names are to their supply lists), I also included one of the New Little Metal Bits FREE Gift Kits (actually… more than 1, as I included all the color options available) AND these additional mostly-metal goodies:
A Gilded Life – Ribbon Wreath Pendant – Gold New and On Sale!
Giant Brass Bee On Sale!
Brass Fleur de Lys w/Loop (Set of 3)
Large Fleur de Lys with Loop On Sale!
4-Leaf-Top Key – Antique Pewter
Antique Metal Key
Tiny Glass Spheres in Bottles – Golden Yellow On Sale!
Egyptian Wings On Sale!
Large Brass Flying Bee On Sale!
Large Brass Key Charms (Set of 2)

See below for another photo.

To enter the Bees & Bookmarks 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, FRIDAY, May 23, 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 Paris & Butterflies Giveaway? That would be Marilyn Fishwick! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by MizBella, May 22nd, 2014

143 responses to “A Gilded Life (and New Giveaways)”

  1. Jamie says:

    Beautiful! I’d love to win this.

  2. Roxanne says:

    Ooooh! I make bookmarks all the time for my 3 adult kids….this would be great to have this great stash from Alpha Stamps to make some cool new ones! Thanks for the daily inspiration Alpha Stamps! Love them!

  3. LeAnn A says:

    This is so cool – I want it!

  4. Kathy h says:

    Love these new items!

  5. Wow! Such a lovely selection – would love to win 🙂

  6. Conchi says:

    I don´t want it. I NEED it.

  7. Kim Campbell says:

    So.pretty , Thank you for the chance to win!!!!

  8. Patti Flasch says:

    These are beautiful items!

  9. Jill-O says:

    Bees and butterflies – two of my favorite things!

  10. Marcia says:

    So darn beautiful!!!!!!

  11. Beverly M. says:

    Love this!

  12. ratgirl says:

    Love the winged heart reliquary! Beautiful!

  13. Robin Withrow says:

    beautiful, really. I love it!

  14. Lorna says:

    Pretty pretty! Hot summer days are coming, what will I do?
    Hope it’s playing with alpha stamp bees and butterflies 🙂

  15. Luanne Shoup says:

    you continue to surprise me with you new ideas!

  16. Kathy McGee says:

    YOu guys are driving me crazy. I want to do it all! I want to have it all! I love, love, love your website. So many ideas, so little time….

    Thank you for always inspiring me to greater heights!

  17. Evelyn Valencia says:

    Would love to win this kit! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  18. joann west says:

    Yes, yes, yes, there is nothing in this kit that I would not absolutely love. You guys are great….

  19. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    You never cease to amaze me!

  20. Kathy Compton says:

    Great Givaway…would live to win

  21. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    The best give-away yet–goodies from Alpha Stamps and art from Laura or Rhea. Winning this would make my week!

  22. Edith says:

    bee-tiful love it

  23. oh, wow!, what an uber-fab contest … what I couldn’t do with those crafting treasures!

  24. Caroline Lawson says:

    Love the bees and the butterflies. I’d love to win.

  25. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What says summer more than bees and butterflies. What gun!

  26. Holly Day says:

    So beautiful! Love all the bees and butterflies!

  27. Russell says:

    So many nice things here..

  28. Diana Kelly says:

    Another great giveaway. Thank you for giving. YOu’re the best.

  29. Lynn Fox says:

    Wahoo!!! What a gorgeous giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Erica Holan says:

    Love! Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate! 🙂

  31. Working on a butterfly garden, would love to work on this too! 🙂 Awesome giveaway!!

  32. Cherie says:

    Love this set!

  33. jo milano says:

    So beautiful as usual!

  34. lynn says:

    this is gorgeous… i really love these types of metal embellishments… and it would be a wonderful birthday present.. as today is my birthday..cant wait to win .. lol

  35. yvette leblanc says:


  36. judy golden says:

    This is a very pretty give away, lots of fun projects with it, good luck everyone~

  37. I would love this for my birthday too. It is on the 30th. Please Birthday angel!!!

  38. Arlene Wheeler says:


  39. Stacy Blow says:

    Safe to say there isn’t anything in this giveaway that I don’t want — I want it all!!!!

  40. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    This one is me, more than ever! I absolutely love it!

  41. marla b says:

    Maybe…maybe…Let it BEE me 🙂

  42. Liz Russell says:

    Gorgeous! Would love to win.

  43. Diane. D. says:

    WOW love all the new Gilded Life items they are absolutely beautiful. The Book Marks are so pretty, would love to make some of those. Thanks for another great giveaway and a chance to win it all.

  44. Jenny S. says:

    LOVE this giveaway!! Thank you so much!

  45. Lori Turner says:

    Another gorgeous giveaway!! Would love the chance to win! Blessings, Lori

  46. Veronica Rose Tucker says:

    Oh my goodness look at all the goodies, so hope I win.

  47. Brenda Cerny says:

    Really nice, A Gilded Life ls a real favorite of mine.

  48. Vic says:

    So many beautiful trinkets and treasure! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Laurie Yoder says:

    Especially love the ribbon wreath pendant and the key, it could be the key to my very own miniature secret garden!

  50. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Bees & Bookmarks Giveaway, especially the little metal bits and the exquisite collage sheets!!

  51. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Be still, my heart! Love this Giveaway.

  52. I love this project, great giveaway

  53. Dena Cottrell says:

    Another beautiful selection of goodies that I would love to win! Thank you for such generosity.

  54. Rosemary Woodruff says:

    I would love to win this.

  55. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    truly wonderful

  56. I want it, I want it, Iwantit! Beautiful assortment.

  57. My heart desires a win!

  58. Lou Anne says:

    You seem to outdo yourselves with each giveaway! Love this!

  59. Pat Shaw says:

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

  60. coco says:

    Oh, that’s a wonderful giveaway! I’d love to win this!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Denise Humenik says:

    My heart races everytime I see another opportunity to win such beauty! Thank you!

  62. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Ooh la la. The Queen Bee, that’s me. Thanks for sharing.

  63. This is the one I must win oh random generator! Absolutely gorgeous giveaway! thank you!

  64. Janet Turner says:

    I love any project with those beautiful butterfly wings.

  65. Lori Devoux says:

    Love this! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  66. This “beez” a great giveaway. I hope I win.

  67. M White says:

    I don’t know how you ladies do it – one fabulous giveaway after another. Thanks!

  68. Carolyn S says:

    Fantastic project with Gilded Life products. Would love to win the new prize, butterflies are a favorite.

  69. BJ Pressly says:

    Looks great!

  70. Sokat says:

    Fluttering butterflies need to find their way to my home where I willingly pay homage

  71. Tanya says:

    This is stunning!

  72. Kristie says:

    Just beautiful. I love it.

  73. Blair Lowery says:

    Another delight. Love the chance to win

  74. Swoon worthy alright! I would be over the moon to win these!

  75. Karen Mallory says:

    Oh! This is such a gorgeous giveaway!

  76. Noreen says:

    You always have such fun giveaways! Thanks for the chance to win goodies.

  77. angelic says:

    I love the charms! thanks for the opportunity to win.

  78. Jennifer Bumb says:

    What a fantastic giveaway!!! Love the colors and especially the collage sheets.

  79. Kathy Bumb says:

    I love your great tutorials and fantastic altered item supplies in your shop. Your giveaways are always so beautiful.

  80. Pauline says:

    Oh, so darling! I’d love to win 🙂

  81. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Oh, please pick me, I would love to win this!!

  82. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    I am so motivated by your shrine to make one. Mahalo for sharing and for the op to win.

  83. Mary Mac says:

    This is a beautiful collection, love bees.

  84. Carmen Willis says:

    Lovely and delightful giveaway!

  85. Miss Iowa says:

    The book marks are totally rockin’! I’d be inclined to display them rather than hide them away in a book. LOL. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  86. Claudia Lemmon says:

    I love bees they are a sign of workers working together. And make sweet stuff

  87. Stacia says:

    Interesting and different!

  88. Amanda Miller says:

    This is amazing!!! So pretty 🙂

  89. Myra Skidmore says:

    What stunning new ornaments these are! And I can’t wait to get my hands on some to make some fabulous jewelry pieces. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  90. Mary Toriello says:

    I’m buzzing with excitement! I really need to win this… Please

  91. Nancy S says:

    I’m in heaven! I just adore this piece….

  92. DEBORAH EMMONS says:

    Love the pendants. Love to win.

  93. Jen R says:

    Oh my goodness, love the bees and bookmarks!!

  94. Karen Crowder says:

    I would like to be a busy bee, working with these neat materials!

  95. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful shrine.

  96. Diane Smith says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  97. Marge McInerny says:

    Wow! I would love this collection.

  98. Sharon Bolmey says:

    Prettiest giveaway ever!

  99. Jen says:

    I love this, and I SO want it!

  100. Lorna E. says:

    Another great giveaway!

  101. Rima St.John says:

    Love, love, love ‘The Gilded Life’ line….so beautiful, classic and with a European flair. Beautiful artwork….love that atc shrine. Would love to win this giftie.

  102. I wouldn’t mind a golden buzz ;-). I’d BEE so happy!! Ok, I’ll go away now…

  103. Pam W says:

    I absolutely love this giveaway. I really hope I win.

  104. Rose Lewis says:

    Such a beautiful array of materials to create with!

  105. Again !!! you guy’s are killin me here !!! I love it,such wonderful goodies to play with, I want it, I want it !!!!!! love, Love, Love this one too !!!!!

  106. P boszko says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway…thanks!

  107. Lina T says:

    Love Love Love it!

  108. Another beautiful kit to win – those collage sheets are calling my name!

  109. Ellen Lai says:

    I just love collecting bees and butterflies. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  110. KIM says:

    It’s Bee-utiful.
    Honey of a giveaway
    Thanks for the change to win

  111. LoriSW says:

    Fantastic samples, just gorgeous images!!!

  112. deborah says:

    such a gorgeous project with the winged heart. Please enter me for a chance to win.

  113. barbara macaskill says:

    I just love the A Gilded Life’s products! They are just gorgeous and so fun to create with.
    Every week I think that the giveaways can’t get any better and then I see what the next one is and say it again! LOL
    Hope the “Evil Queen” let’s Bella
    (h)order some of these lovely bezels! I will put a Good Fairy wish out there for you! Bibbity-bobbity-oo! A Gilded Life Bezel or Two! LOL

  114. Gerri herbst says:

    Simply stunning art and supplies!

  115. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I am glad to see a bookmark project because I love making them and could use some new inspiration. These bookmarks featured in today’s blog are gorgeous.

  116. Tabitha Klucking says:

    count me in!

  117. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Spiffy & nifty. I am ready for a super creative summer.

  118. Alice Eads says:

    Bees & butterflies, Laura & Rhea to inspire….what’s not to love? Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  119. Lori Wilczek says:

    Wonderful! The constant stream of creativity from you! Thanks for your inspiration.

  120. Paulanne says:

    Wow, this is a super fun looking giveaway. Please feel free to pick me. This one is very elegant.

  121. Jackie Barth says:

    Love this – hope I win it!!

  122. Angela says:

    wow.. that gorgeous giveaway.. and I would love a chance to win it.. 😀
    count me in too. thank you.

  123. Karen says:

    What a great and beautiful package! Much can be done with this one! I hope I can win this one!!

  124. Traci says:

    Great giveaway

  125. bonnie bird says:

    oh, i just can’t wait to see what Alpha Stamp’s dream team creates every week.. they are simply the best creative minds ever! would so love to win this give-away!

  126. Karen says:

    Love this, so many lovely ideas.

  127. Angie A says:

    This the absolute CUTEST thing! I would love, love, love, love to have it ^_^

  128. Karen says:

    Wonderful collection – lots of ideas “buzzing” around in my head!!!

  129. Willow says:

    Keyes and wings who could ask for more!

  130. Jo says:

    Love the butterfly ephemera! Thank you for the Memorial Day Giveaway!

  131. Love it!!! Great giveaway! 🙂

  132. Debra Gibson says:

    What a beautiful giveaway! Would love to win this one ! Thanks for the chance!

  133. MaggieM says:

    Wonderful projects and products, as always! I’d love to win this giveaway – perfect for my French mini album!

  134. Sandy says:

    Bee still my heart!

  135. Birgit says:

    Lovely things! 🙂

  136. sheila AR says:

    The Gilded Life, and bees–gorgeous! Love the flying heart box!!! Thank you

  137. DianeD says:

    Beautiful as usual. Gorgeous embellishments. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  138. Diane Boom says:

    love this! pick me!

  139. Debbie Rollier says:

    I am in love!!!

  140. Carol Slowik says:

    Beeeezzz and Butterflieeeezzz!! Beauteous!!!

  141. Lana says:

    100% glorious!

  142. Karen H says:

    A giveaway fit for a Queen(Bee)! Thanks for the chance.