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Cigar Box Secrets, 2 New Kits, 8 New Collage Sheets

Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, 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 Nichola’s project that are still available on the new site.

The November theme is “Cigar Box Sweeties”, inspired by the “Cigar Box Secrets” line from Prima. I love the designs and colors. I’m avoiding the “autumn leaves” colors/theme this year (though with the turquoise and gold colors in the papers, it kind of looks like a crisp autumn day).

I’ve designed EIGHT New coordinating collage sheets, including two sheets with paper models to put together mini cigar boxes (two sizes on each collage sheet, including a cute little one sized to hold a gift card). Plus some trims and fetching babes from vintage cigar box labels. With so many options, there are TWO kits this month.

I’m including FOUR collage sheets in the main kit and FIVE collage sheets in the add-on kit (and all are On Sale! in case you’d like to buy them separately).

First, in the Main November Kit: Cigar Box Sweeties:

Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
Turquoise Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet
Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet
Cigar Box Label ATCs Collage Sheet
Cigar Box Secrets Panatela Scrapbook Paper
Cigar Box Secrets Corona Scrapbook Paper
Cigar Box Secrets Presidente Scrapbook Paper
Antique Bronze Fan Charm
Resin Senorita Cameo

(And more 12″ x 12″ papers from the Cigar Box Secrets Line are in the Cigar Box Sweeties Add-On Kit (plus related embellishments and a 6×6 Paper Pad are linked below).)

So what’s in that Add-On Kit?

Cigar Label Oddities Collage Sheet
Small Cigar Labels & Bands Collage Sheet
Las Rosas Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet
Roses Cigar Box Labels Collage Sheet
Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet
Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper
Cigar Box Secrets Robusto Scrapbook Paper
Cigar Box Secrets Perfecto Scrapbook Paper
Mixed Color Resin Rose Cabochons (not available separately and colors vary)
Resin Swan Cabochons (not available separately)
– A Tiny Cigar Box (A Masonite cigar box kit; Note: the larger box model is the same size as the Tiny Cigar Box, so you could cut apart my paper models and cover the Masonite box if you need a sturdier box in same scale.)

Today's Giveaway includes BOTH of the new kits! More info below.

And check out the adorable Cigar Box Mini Fairy Bed (at left) by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! So sweet! Beside using the papers (and fan and cameo) from the kit, she added some of the New 3mm Thin Gold Stripes Paper Tape and some Thin Fleur Dresden Borders. Read more on Nichola’s blog (and it sounds like Mz Battilana is going to gift that artwork to some lucky stranger). And here’s a link to Nichola’s Supply List.

And, in honor of this month's theme, I've put the ENTIRE Paper Dolls & Models Collage Sheets Section On Sale through November 16th! Bonus: as that section includes paper dolls, there are a big bunch of Alice in Wonderland sheets included in the sale!

And don’t forget: last Thursday we announced a Fall Fairy Food FREE Gift Kit (inspired by Nichola Battilana's sweet Goblin Party). FREE for all orders over $20 through Wednesday, November 5th.


Hooray for the Cigar Box Sweeties Giveaway!

Wow! I’ve put BOTH of the new kits in the Giveaway:
– A Cigar Box Sweeties Kit
– A Cigar Box Sweeties Add-On Kit

ALL EIGHT of the New Collage Sheets (a total of NINE including the Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet that’s included in the add-on kit
– A Tiny Cigar Box (a kit to put together a Masonite cigar box… the one is the photo is already put together but yours will arrive flat and is easy to assemble with just a bit of glue)
– All the resin and metal embellishments from both kits, including the Resin Senorita Cameo and Antique Bronze Fan Charm (and the flowers and swans that are only available in the add-on kit)

To enter the Cigar Box Sweeties 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, November 3, 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 winners (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 the Goblin Feast Giveaway? That would be Beth! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, November 2nd, 2014

142 responses to “Cigar Box Secrets, 2 New Kits, 8 New Collage Sheets”

  1. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    So much to do with cigar boxes!

  2. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    What a gorgeous kit!!

  3. I love cigar boxes, my dad and I spent many fun hours together making all sort of wonderful things like doll houses, trains etc.

  4. Lorna E. says:

    Nicole’s fairy bed is magical.

  5. Tanya says:

    Another amazing giveaway! Love these!

  6. Emily N. says:

    I love making decorated boxes!

  7. Cathie Stone says:

    Enjoying this month’s kit as a new kit member! Thank you!

  8. Our book store started selling cigar boxes cheap, bought several and can now use new ideas. Thanks

  9. Love making cigar boxes!

  10. Roxanne says:

    Oh My! What great collage sheets for cigar box decorating…What a treat to see these. Cool selection Alpha…thanks for the chance to win a fun set.

  11. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love the Cigar Box giveaway. Have altered quite a few cigar boxes, and would love to win.

  12. I was already in love with the Prima Cigar set – now you have taken it over the top.

  13. Jenny S. says:

    This is an AWESOME giveaway!! Thank you so much!

  14. Sara says:

    I love giveaways!!!!

  15. ratgirl says:

    I never tire of seeing the new amazing projects on the Alpha Stamps blog. You have the BEST design team ever!

  16. manuel martin says:

    This is a box my mom would love!

  17. Jen R says:

    what a fun giveaway!

  18. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I love working on any kind of box….boxes are my “thing”……love it.

  19. Janet Turner says:

    I love cigar boxes. This would be a great giveaway to win!

  20. Krista says:

    What a beautiful set of kits! I’ve not worked with Masonite before but would sure like to!

  21. Linda L in Tennessee says:

    Awesome way to upcycle cigar boxes into something gift-worthy!

  22. Karen says:

    This looks fun too – hope to hear from you!

  23. Stefanie says:

    Amazing kit!! Thanks for a chance!

  24. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Sweet is definitely the word for this kit.

  25. Julie F. says:

    What a beautiful & generous giveaway!

  26. Susan Kluger says:

    Very nice kit. Love cigar boxes.

  27. barbara macaskill says:

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Cigar Boxes! They are an organizers wet dream and they also make wonderful presents (or wrapping for presents) and I am making many for the Holidays!! Great giveaway! TFS!

  28. Barbara Leonard says:

    I absolutely love cigar boxes. Sure hope I win this great prize. Thanks so much for offering it. I will use it for Christmas gifts (can’t wait to make some beautiful cigar box gifts).

  29. Blair Lowery says:

    Oh the things that could be made .

  30. Kay W says:

    This is a beautiful giveaway.

  31. 2amscrapper says:

    This would be a fabulous win!

  32. Cocoa says:

    Fabulous! You just keep making the best giveaways!

  33. Mary Tiriello says:

    Happiness is altering cigar boxes!!!

  34. susan higgins says:

    Cigar boxes are so much fun to create with

  35. Shari Welch says:

    You do have the best giveaways! Hope I get this one 🙂

  36. Kate Jones says:

    My cigar boxes have been waiting !!!

  37. Juniper says:

    So looking forward to making art with your delightful offerings! 🙂

  38. Lee Schostak says:

    As a vintage fanatic, I was thrilled to find this website. Cigar boxes…oh yeah…LOVE THEM!

  39. Sandy says:

    Makes me want to light up a stogie!

  40. Margaret says:

    I love cigar boxes. You have such marvelous stuff here!

  41. DianeD says:

    Beautiful giveaway and very different. Love it.

  42. Noreen says:

    Love all the vintage cigar box goodies – and the cute fairy bed! I wish they still made wooden cigar boxes!

  43. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I just love all the nostalgia

  44. DebR says:

    Loving the cigar boxes, what a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity.

  45. Gigi Jordan says:

    What a great kit! The fairy bed is just charming.

  46. donna Kelly says:

    Would love to win this set – have been giving cigar boxes makeovers for a long time!

  47. Kristie says:

    This absolutely one of my favorites kits you have ever done. I just have one question, where can I get the plain boxes to cover?

  48. Nancy S says:

    Great inspiration!

  49. Karen Mallory says:

    Such beautiful looking papers! I could have fun with those!

  50. Beverly M. says:

    It all looks like fun! I love the little swans.

  51. Barbara says:

    This is so exciting I have a stack of old cigar boxes waiting for inspiration! Love to win!

  52. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  53. Lana says:

    Right when i thought your giveaways couldn’t get better, you post this!!!! DEVINE!!!!!

  54. Holly Day says:

    Amazing–you’ve really outdone yourself with this giveaway!

  55. Carmen says:

    I once made a cigar box purse and I would love to make another one. The Cigar Box Sweeties Giveaway is inspiring and so sweet!

  56. Diana Bittaker says:

    I have the boxes- now all I need is your inspiration!! And I got it!

  57. Arminta says:

    Yes, I would love this kit!
    Thank you.

  58. Laura says:

    Gorgeous, I love it!

  59. Sharon says:

    Cigar boxes are my one of my favourites!! Would love to win this kit!

  60. Diane Boom says:

    Would love this. Have some great ideas.

  61. Mariann Hoover says:

    Beautiful collection so exciting to see! Hope to win!

  62. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love cigar boxes, would love to win this kit.

  63. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful collage sheets.

  64. Leah Fein says:

    Ooooh. Love this new set.

  65. Sokat says:

    Cigar boxes are so versatile and exciting with holiday surprises that can be tucked away.

  66. Nita says:

    Beautiful Images,Would Love to create with them….Thank You

  67. Dennis Lawrence says:

    My wife would LOVE having this collection so that she could use it to decorate even MORE cigar boxes!

  68. coco says:

    Gorgeous set, love the cigar boxes and everything with it, thank you for this new chance to win!

  69. orianna says:

    love the glorious colors

  70. LOVE the cigar labels!so many cute things to do with them…:O)

  71. Luanne Shoup says:

    perhaps a fancy cigar box for my hubby!

  72. Another brilliant contest starts one that will surely ignite a creative spark!

  73. Traci says:

    love the little cigar boxes and the papers are beautiful

  74. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    Oh Oh Oh I LOOOOOOOVE this giveaway!!

  75. MaggieM says:

    Aren’t you the Cigar Box Sweetie! Great giveaway! I’d love to win and play along:)

  76. Gail Klein says:

    Wow! Cigar box stuff! I have been collecting cigar boxes for a long time! Just love the look of them! Now there will be items I can use to decorate them! Hope, hope, hope I win!

  77. Kitty M says:

    what a great collection, only thing I can think is missing is glue!!

  78. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love the idea of decorating a vintage looking cigar box. I would love to make one and keep many secrets in it.

  79. Maura says:

    Oh, I would love to win this. I’ve already made the two mini cigar boxes from this month’s kit. So much fun.

  80. Jill Noblitt says:

    What a great kit! I’d love to win !

  81. Lisa Pifalo says:

    This is awesome! I love altering cigar boxes with a theme. This is a great give away. Pick me, pick me:-)

  82. Kim says:

    I love my November kit! I would love to have more to play with.

  83. Gilda says:

    Love this giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  84. Corinne Marie says:

    Wow lovely vintage feel to this kit!

  85. OH ! I love cigar boxes, And I was so hoping to see some new Collage sheets !! yay ! I just love anything that has that old vintage look, love the new sheets, I want this !!thanks

  86. Christine CV says:

    WOW! Great new papers, cigar boxes – remember the days… – I’ve already gotten a project done in my head! Thank you for the great giveaways.

  87. Lou Anne says:

    Cigar boxes are one of my favorites when I’m creating! I hope I win this one!

  88. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh, I could decorate some of the cigar boxes I already have with these whimseys.

  89. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Love love love Nichola’s box! I am inspired to tackle at least 1 of the dozen cigar boxes I’ve hoarded.

  90. JPN says:

    Love cigar boxes and love Nichola’s art!

  91. Lynn fox says:

    What a super giveaway!

  92. Miss Iowa says:

    So many possibilities with these goodies. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  93. Michelle B. says:

    I am amazed that just as I’ve been rummaging through
    my craft items to dig up “stuff” for cigar boxes, Alpha comes
    out with this wonderful give away! Wooohoo! Thank you
    for coming to my rescue. I now have new inspiration!

  94. Gail Gill says:

    Oooh, I love cigar boxes.. they are so much fun to work with.

  95. Arlene Groepper says:

    Love the prima paper!!!

  96. lorisw says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win!

  97. Beverly S says:

    Fairies and wee cigar boxes – how adorable!

  98. taradid says:

    What a smokin’ hot giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  99. teri steele says:

    This might just be the thing to get me out of Halloween mode and ease me back to reality. I hate to admit but I have a whole closet full of every size cigar box made. My man brings as many home as I do. I just keep hoarding them faster than I can create with them! Maybe this will help. I need to win to help eliminate some of the stock over here. LOL.

  100. Shelley says:

    This is the greatest one EVER! Thank you!

  101. Gerri herbst says:

    Simply amazing projects

  102. jenny brewer says:

    making projects more fun buy reducing fussing time.

  103. LeAnn says:

    Finally – A use for all of the cigar boxes I’ve been hoarding.

  104. Verna Stapleton says:

    This is a stunning giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  105. KIM says:

    As always another great giveaway .
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  106. Carol Slowik says:

    Please pic me, I love this one!

  107. Susan M.L. says:

    I would love to get my hands on this giveaway and get even MORE creative with my cigar boxes! “I smoke old stogies I have found; short, but not too big around”

  108. Joan E. says:

    Thanks for another wonderful giveaway!

  109. Kim Z says:

    I’ve been waiting for inspiration for my dozens of cigar boxes….now I have plenty!!!

  110. Jan says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  111. Tammy says:

    Love it!!

  112. lynn legge says:

    i adore vintage and cigar boxes
    thank you so much for such great inspiration

  113. Pam Weiler says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win another great giveaway.

  114. Nancy says:

    Oh, my word! This box is absolutely delightful…..

  115. Mary-Ann says:

    Cigar boxes are so much fun to convert!

  116. Tammara says:

    Cigar Boxes are the best!

  117. Jennie says:

    Oooohhhh! Love the cigar box goodies!

  118. Theresa G. says:

    OHHHHHHH!!! I have a “thing” for cigar boxes!! This is a fabulous giveaway!!

  119. Sylvia L. says:

    I have some beautiful cigar boxes that were given to me; now I have some ideas for decorations!

  120. I’ve been intrigued by cigar box art for years, and would love to create with these beautiful pieces!

  121. Lu L. says:

    That fairy bed is so sweet! I’d love to make one of my own. Great collage sheets!

  122. Dena Cottrell says:

    I love cigar boxes! Another great giveaway

  123. Barbara in FLA says:

    One of my favorite collections from Prima and all the add-ons make it that much better! Thanks for the chance to win!

  124. Mary Jochems says:

    Would love to win this!

  125. jennifer j says:

    Omg such a big giveaway this time!

  126. Rosalia Mota says:

    Cigars, cigarettes, sin sin……

  127. Pat Shaw says:

    Just love cigar boxes and all the possibilities to create. Thanks for the chance to win!

  128. angelic says:

    Love the cigar box labels. I can make my own cigar boxes.

  129. Patti Flasch says:

    I love these vintage images! Thank you for the opportunity to enter for this giveaway.

  130. Barbara A Johnston says:

    Wow, what a collection. It gave me a lot of ideas -going off in a totally different direction from my usual vintage and shabby chic looks. Would love to win the giveaway.

  131. Jackie Barth says:

    Both are great – would love to win!

  132. Sandy Steele says:

    Love this kit! So gorgeous! Thank you for this giveaway!

  133. Nancy Stone says:

    Another great giveaway.

  134. Carol Feiner says:

    I love the idea of making my own custom cigar box. Love this collection!

  135. Pam Furry says:

    Wow…just found your blog/website & am all inspired…thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  136. Liz Russell says:

    Cool giveaway! love altering cigar boxes!

  137. Debra Reed says:

    wow your website is the bomb dignity I love it. With or without the giveaway I’m here to stay.

  138. Marcia says:

    new life for the cigar boxes piled in the closet! thanks for always being so imaginative.

  139. Lori D. says:

    I’m living for this giveaway and would live to win it. Thank you for the opportunity. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  140. Me Pugh says:

    What a great project idea – the ladies are lovely.

  141. Mary says:

    I’ve always loved the graphics on cigar boxes. Such wonderful colors!

  142. Mickey Kendall says:

    I just inherited a BIG stack of very old cigar boxes. Your beautiful new papers and other embellishments will help me make many works of art! Thanks!