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Warm & Cozy (& Toasty)

Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters

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.

Have a look at the Mini Cigar Box created by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel from the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit!

Using the Turquoise Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet to cover a Tiny Cigar Box, Kristin says:
“This little box would make a perfect gift box for a cigar aficionado. But I’d like to just display it, so I chose a few images from the Cigar Box Secrets Panatela Scrapbook Paper, cut them out, and mounted them on a little foam core base, cut just to fit inside the box. They stand up nicely, but are easy to remove should I decide to use the box to hold a gift card later.”

Personally, I love the idea of using the Tiny Cigar Box for a gift card holder. So much better to give than one that has been mass produced. Or use it to stash tiny bits of this-and-that I can’t bear to use…then I could open it up from time-to-time a la Gollum!

To enhance one of the female images that wasn’t too clear, Kristin used colored pencils and a Copic Sketch Marker – Lipstick Red. Since I have, in-hand a couple of sets of my own to hoard, I can let you know that the image on the inside cover is from the gorgeous Cigar Box Secrets 3D Stickers. (Psst! Those 3D Stickers are On Sale AND are also in today’s Giveaway!)

After you check out the components that Kristin used, puff on over to her blog to see more pictures!

Don’t forget to scroll down and see the related Giveaway that Leslie pulled together… and also the NEW Winter Games Ephemera FREE Gift Kit!


Hooray! A Warm & Cozy Giveaway!

In addition to these goodies from Kristin’s Mini Cigar Box (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
– Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet
– Cigar Box Secrets 3D Stickers*
– Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper

(Psst! And all of those items are On Sale! through November 16th, in honor of the Cigar Box Sweeties Kit!)

I also added:
Warm & Cozy Winter Hats Scrapbook Paper New and On Sale!
Santa Sans Sleigh Collage Sheet
Gnomes & Birds Collage Sheet
Kriss Kringles Collage Sheet
Santas Toys Collage Sheet
(I picked out those Christmas Collage Sheets for the colors, that complement the new Warm & Cozy Scrapbook Papers.)

And a Winter Games Ephemera Gift Kit! Plus, I included the Wine Labels Collage Sheet, that was the source for some of those mini images. (And I seem to have rambled on in a sleep-deprived yet entertaining manner in that Gift Kit description!)

To enter the Warm & Cozy 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, November 7, 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 check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Cigar Box Sweeties Giveaway? That would be Nancy S! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by MizBella, November 6th, 2014

120 responses to “Warm & Cozy (& Toasty)”

  1. Kim says:

    Oh, I’d love to be warm and cozy right now!

  2. barbara macaskill says:

    Warm and cozy sounds really good right now!! Winter weather advisory for our area! UGH! It is already starting!!

  3. Dena Cottrell says:

    Lots of Beautiful goodies! I would love to win!

  4. Jeri says:

    This looks yummy!

  5. Traci says:

    Love the cigar box by Kristin-love the vintage look.

  6. Holly Day says:

    Lovely collection!

  7. Roxanne says:

    Gosh Golly Gee…please pick me. I have a number of cigar boxes and would love to decorate with this great stash of cigar ephemera goodies. Wow such a wonderful mix. 🙂

  8. Noreen says:

    Do tiny cigar boxes hold tiny cigars?

  9. Jill Whalen says:

    Good morning,

    What a great collection!

  10. Jenny S. says:

    Love the Warm & Cozy giveaway. THANK YOU!!

  11. Lorna E. says:

    There’s something soothing about the warm & cosy giveaway, very welcome on a grey wet day.

  12. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Great ideas! Great giveaway:)

  13. Tanya says:

    What a wonderful and timely giveaway this would be to win!

  14. Amanda Miller says:

    Wow!! Great Christmas stuff.

  15. Cherie says:

    Wonderful warm and cozy giveaway

  16. KIM says:

    The cigar boxes what an awesome idea
    Great for Christmas gifts.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    What a great give away with Christmas almost upons us and the mini cigar box ideas as gift card holders. Hope everyone stays warm and cozy

  18. Juniper says:

    So exciting to think of the possibilities!

  19. Joan says:

    We need a little warm and cozy.

  20. Stefanie says:

    Fabulous cigar box!! 🙂

  21. Karen says:

    Looks wonderful – love the cigar box décor!

  22. Kristie says:

    Love the giveaway this time. I keep hoping to wi one of these days. 😉

  23. Mary Jochems says:

    Love this project sooooo much!

  24. angelic says:

    This is a beautiful collection. Warm and cozy makes me think of sitting by a fireplace, drinking hot chocolate and listening to smooth jazz.

  25. Dianne says:

    Wish it were cold enough in Florida to get warm and cozy! Love all your products…

  26. Luanne Shoup says:

    don’t know about the rest of you, but, I am not even close to being ready for Christmas. perhaps winning this would inspire me!

  27. Emily N. says:

    Love the new giveaway! Beautiful!

  28. Patti Flasch says:

    What a beautiful collection to give away! And, since I saw my first Christmas commercial on Halloween, I am inspired to start the holidays!

  29. Leah Fein says:

    Have I said thanks? Thank you for running these contests.

  30. Marcia says:

    The original of that Santa pc in the canoe has been listed for 85 $. A very collectible image.

  31. Peggy G says:

    I love to alter cigar boxes and these goodies would help me learn something new! FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

  32. Gail Gill says:

    What a fun reason to stay inside on a cold, blistery day.

  33. Jennifer Rose, says:

    Once again Alpha Stamps and the design team aka Kristen in this case have come up with a wonderful and fun giveaway. I love decorating cigar boxes and this would be awesome to receive . Thank you for the chance

  34. Susan Kluger says:

    Very nice. It would be fun to have this to work on. Thanks.

  35. Cocoa says:

    This would surely help with the Christmas season! How wonderful!

  36. Jo says:

    Love the new projects! Hello Christmas!

  37. Laura says:

    Cigar art. Love it.

  38. Jen R says:

    Love the vintage feel to this.

  39. Ann C. says:

    A treasure trove of vintage treats!

  40. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Oh, I want to be warm and cozy.

  41. Rise St Arno says:

    This makes my mind reel.

  42. Deb Neerman says:

    Be still my beating heart! Thanks for the chance to win these awesome goodies!!

  43. Darlene Kliewer says:

    What fun it would be to win this. Thx for the opportunity to try.

  44. kay pierce says:

    Would love to win all this wonderfulness!

  45. Melanie Curtis says:

    Wow – love the vintage Santas in the Warm & Cozy giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  46. Mary-Ann says:

    I love the old world Santa’s!

  47. Becky says:

    Getting in the spirit!

  48. I love vintage christmas!

  49. Jennifer J says:

    so sweet! Love the mini cigar box

  50. Linda Ellis says:

    Everything is always so beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity! Linda

  51. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Looks great, love old Christmas

  52. Beverly M. says:

    I LIKE warm & cozy!

  53. LeAnn says:

    Warm and Cozy – sounds nice

  54. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  55. maree natal says:

    Sweet Father Christmas!

  56. Liane Ceglar says:

    warm, cozy and vintage feeling !!!!!!!

  57. LoriSW says:

    What a cool idea,love it!

  58. Mary says:

    This is a great giveaway. The 3D stickers are fabulous!

  59. Sandy says:

    Another fantastic giveaway!

  60. Marilyn H says:

    Cool mini cigar box.

  61. Edith says:

    Christmas truly is the best time of the year and making and recieving handmade gifts priceless

  62. ratgirl says:

    Wow! Great stuff! I adore the mushroom cardinals. So cute! (why are they called “mushroom”?)

  63. DebR says:

    Kristin’s cigar box is lovely and wonderful warm and cozy giveaway, thank you!

  64. DianeD says:

    Yes, Christmas! Love this giveaway.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  65. Sandy says:

    Warm and cozy sounds wonderful.

  66. Nancy Stone says:

    Warm and Cozy Christmas how wonderful.

  67. Peggy Hatcher says:

    I love the cigar box sweeties!

  68. Carrie Jacquin says:

    Fun cigar box goodies!

  69. Maura says:

    What a beautiful assortment. Lots of inspiration for creative projects.

  70. Beverly S says:

    All so wonderful – another fabulous give-away!

  71. Terry McMullen says:

    I would definitely be warm and cozy creating with this giveaway!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  72. Cathy smith says:

    It’s suppose to snow here! I need warm and cozy!

  73. Cigar boxes were my first decoupage project when I was a teen! Enter me for this exciting giveaway!

  74. Lets get crafting with boxes and decopage ladies. Santa look nice on the boxes also! Can’t wait to receive them if I win! Last year I decopaged angels on mini canvesses to give to some of my friends for gifts! I have never won but will keep trying!

  75. coco says:

    A wonderful project and giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  76. Sarah says:

    Please count me in! I would love to have some fun new stuff to play with.

  77. Carol Slowik says:


  78. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love the “warm hats’ paper and the old santa vintage college sheet in today’s giveaway.

  79. JPN says:

    count me in on the coziness! “)

  80. Rosemary Sharon says:

    loving loving the cozy warm……..I could surely use this…..

  81. Diane Smith says:

    would love to win…am already seeing the possibilities!

  82. susan higgins says:

    love it………..

  83. Barbara says:

    Warm and cozy sounds really good to me!

  84. Russell says:

    Something like this MIGHT help me get over the fact that Halloween has come and gone.

  85. Karen Mallory says:

    I love Christmas!! LOL

  86. orianna says:

    glad to see holiday materials emerging

  87. Carmen says:

    This great giveaway is not only Warm, Cozy and Toasty, but it makes me feel Warm, Cozy and Fuzzy inside!

  88. Nothing is warmer than the feeling you get at Christmas. Merry Christmas Alpha Stamps.

  89. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Fabulous sharing! Mahalo

  90. Susan M.L. says:

    All my favorites: Wine labels, Christmas and cigar boxes.

  91. Lisa Pifalo says:

    Love it! Would love to win this one.

  92. MaggieM says:

    Super giveaway, so warm and cozy of you! After all of my recent purchases at Alpha Stamps, I’m ready for a freebie:)

  93. Sokat says:

    I am ready to get the Christmas spirit and handmade gifts.

  94. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Ok, I’m feeling the Christmas pressure all ready!

  95. Sandy A says:

    So many ideas with all those goodies!

  96. Jen says:

    I’m not really a Christmas person, but this is brilliant and beautiful! Great job again with the giveaway!

  97. Diana says:

    I love to decorate boxes! This giveaway is beautiful!

  98. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh yes, me some please.

  99. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    I’m not ready for the cold, but– cute stuff!

  100. Sher says:

    Gorgeous kit. Thanks for the chance to win!

  101. Nancy S says:

    I can’t believe I actually won the last cigar boxes. Not sure how to claim my prize but I’m so excited! These are just more goodness……

  102. Sylvia L. says:

    I especially like the Kris Kringles collage sheet.
    Little hats paper is adorable, too.

  103. Denise Bryant says:

    pretty Victorian look!

  104. Lu L. says:

    I look forward to Thursday and Sundays, and all of the wonderful projects…and products!…that I get to see.

  105. Liz Russell says:

    Love the cigar box!It turned out awesome!

  106. Diana Bittaker says:

    Lovely, cozy and wonderful!!!

  107. Dennis Lawrence says:

    More items to keep my wife creative while I watch sports! Score!!

  108. Kate Vansuch says:

    Such pretty vintage images!

  109. What a fabulous give-a-way. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  110. Helen Potter says:


  111. What a gorgeous set of goodies! So many possibilities. Thanks so much for the chance to win this wonderful kit! 🙂

  112. Sharron says:

    Life does not need to be perfect to be wonderful; however, it would be absolutely wonderful to win this fabulous give-away!

  113. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Such a great Christmas kit. Love the colors and the cute mini-cigar box. I love small boxes of all kinds, so I’d really love to win this. Thanks.

  114. Starqueen says:

    Oh-Oh-Oh! It’s the perfect time for some “warm & cozy”. What a great give-away…thank you!

  115. Sue S says:

    Perfect timing for a warm and cozy giveaway! Love all things alpha stamps!

  116. NITA GIDLEY says:

    Please enter me in your giveaway,thanks so much

  117. Tabitha Klucking says:


  118. Tee says:

    A lovely collection, and the cigar box is gorgeous too! Happy Holidays.

  119. Lori D. says:

    A festive giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!