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Into the Woods & Nesting Boxes Tutorial

Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Collage Sheets, Laura Carson, Teri Calia, Tutorials

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 Caroline’s and Teri’s projects that are still available on the new site.

Before I hand off the first bit of this intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I have to say the variety and colorfulness (?) of all the artwork today is amazing. And for those of you blanketed by early snow, I hope it will warm you up a bit.
Reminder: This Sunday, November 16th is the final day of the Paper Dolls & Models Collage Sheets Sale! (On sale in honor of the mini cigar box paper models in the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit.)

Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a very clever Cigar Box Book with Nesting Boxes with components from the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit and Add-On Kit.

Tiny Cigar Boxes within a cigar box within a book. How fabulous! You all know how much I love secrets, places to hide secrets and this creation would be most perfect. Caroline said:

“I used a ton of different papers on this project from the Cigar Box Secrets Paper Collection. The papers are so rich and coordinate so well. To hold the tiny cigar boxes I built up two openings. You can take the tiny cigar boxes out to use or just keep them inside this book.”

Beautiful Red Roses Dresden Scraps and rich Gold Dresden add a Victorian touch to the boxes. I really like how Caroline used the Gypsy Coin Mix on her piece as well, giving it an even more 3D effect. Here’s Caroline’s full Supply List.

You’ll want to make your own, you know you will! Caroline has created a tutorial for you, so now you must let your creative muse out to play. This project would be great if you are giving out gift cards at the holidays instead of just putting them into a boring card. Or! How about making one and putting bits of ephemera inside each box for a friend who shares the same madness as we all do for creating? Valentines Day is coming up — what sort of sweet nothings could be housed inside?

While the wheels are spinning, grab your glitter and head on over to Caroline’s blog to see more pictures and the tutorial.

Into the Woods Collage SheetBefore we move on to the new items (and the Giveaway!) just peruse the lovely artwork by Laura Carson and Teri Calia — both using the New Into the Woods Collage Sheet, designed by Laura! Such varied artwork inspired by the same source!

So clever of Laura to coat the Dead Tree Cut-Outs with Diamond Dust. And I love the Woodland Storage Tower Teri made from the New and On Sale! Paper Mache Box Mini Tower! The new Forever Green – and Autumn FREE Gift Kit is also inspired by Teri’s artwork (one is included in today’s Giveaway, too).

Note: click on either photo below to go to Laura and Teri’s blog posts to learn more and see more photos.



Hooray! A Forever Green Tower Giveaway!

In addition to these goodies from Teri’s Woodland Storage Tower (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Forever Green Scrapbook Paper – Botanical Garden
– Forever Green Scrapbook Paper – Orchard Fresh
– Forever Green Scrapbook Paper – Spread Your Wings
– Into the Woods Collage Sheet
– Paper Mache Box Mini Tower

(Psst! All of those Forever Green Scrapbook Papers are On Sale!!)

I also added:
Falling Leaves Collage Sheet (That Laura used in her artwork above — and that coordinates beautifully with this fall palette)
Kraft House-Shaped Gift Tags
– And TWO Squirrel Collage Sheets that I just put On Sale!!:
  – S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet
  – More Squirrels Collage Sheet
(see the wide photo below for all of the collage sheets)

And a Forever Green – and Autumn Gift Kit! Plus, I included all 6 of the paper options from the Forever Green 6×6 Paper Pad (that’s part of that gift kit — and the Mini Oak Leaves in Bag that are scattered about in my photo are in the gift kit, too)

To enter the Forever Green Tower 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 14, 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 Christmas Swap Giveaway? That would be Marty P! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, November 13th, 2014

159 responses to “Into the Woods & Nesting Boxes Tutorial”

  1. Robin Withrow says:

    versatile and beautiful, what great ideas. thanks.

  2. shannon linde says:

    What a beautiful page you have! I would love to be entered in the drawing. What a generous gift you are giving. Shannon 🙂

  3. Russell says:

    I heart OWLS

  4. Holly Day says:

    Wow–this is fantastic! Perfect fall theme collection!

  5. Ramona says:

    So cool! Mushrooms AND owls = yay!

  6. Laura Bayless says:

    What a fun set!

  7. Pam Ashenmacher says:

    Like entering a beautiful, mysterious forest! Enchanting!

  8. Kim S. says:

    OMG – my favorite so far.

  9. Nancy Serwinski says:

    I LOVE your giveaways! You have such wonderful products.

  10. M White says:

    Love this paper line! So many cool things to do with it.

  11. Laura says:

    Owls – woods! What could be better.

  12. barbara macaskill says:

    How fantastically fun!!! LOVE the Cigar book Boxes! A true treasure trove of treats!!! I am seriously in love with the mushrooms and will have to get some to add to my stash!! I know I will find a way to use them one day!! Fingers crossed yet again!

  13. Karen says:

    Oh how I love all the woodland critters – with squirrels one of my favorites!!! I hope to hear from you soon!!!

  14. Rosie says:

    You gals are TOO creative. Love Fall and your yummy creations. Keep up the wonderful projects!!! Thanks.

  15. coco says:

    What a fabulous collection of wonderful sheets, collage sheets and falls goodies, that would be wonderful to win this!.. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Love the Fall theme and the owls.

  17. Mary-Ann says:

    The Tower would be so much fun to decorate!

  18. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love your store and all your fabulous supplies.

  19. sheila AR says:

    The new Tower is incredible–so many possibilities! I love Laura’s new collage sheet, something magical and mysterious about all those forest creatures and flora. Would be giddy to win this one. xo

  20. 2amscrapper says:

    as always, an amazing give away! you have an amazing collection of product.

  21. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I love the little box tower!

  22. DebR says:

    Amazing projects as always from your DT, loving the new collage sheets!

  23. lmc1109 says:

    Love all your giveaways but especially the nature-themed! This is lovely!

  24. Carey says:

    The box tower is very clever

  25. Dena Cottrell says:

    Wow! I really love this set of goodies! I really hope I win this time.

  26. Sheila says:

    Whoooo wants to win this more than I? Nobody!

  27. Traci says:

    Love the tower box idea and the papers are so pretty. I already have the boxes and papers so have to try out this project myself.

  28. Liane Ceglar says:

    This Give-a-way is perfect for FALL Projects….keeping my fingers crossed !!!

    Liane 🙂

  29. Sher says:

    Wow! Such gorgeous paper! Thanks for the chance.

  30. Stefanie says:

    Loving all these makes and that tower!! 🙂

  31. Gloria Stafford says:

    What a lovely collection of leave and critters!

  32. Diana Bittaker says:

    I love it all!!! Thank you for your creativity!!!!!

  33. judy golden says:

    Oh this is right up my tree, lol these beautiful owls and winged creatures are of my favorite. Would be very proud to win this giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving to you all~

  34. LeAnn says:

    I love this collection!

  35. Jill Ongley says:

    Just call Nature Girl like all my friends do. Love the fall theme, and I am vrazy about owls. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  36. Lori Wilczek says:

    I am in awe with all your creativity! Love the giveaway.

  37. Kim says:

    Looks like a another good one. I wonder WHOO will win!

  38. crystal says:

    Adorable! Perfect for every season 🙂

  39. Stacy Blow says:

    Fabulous project!! Fabulous giveaway!!

  40. Corinne Marie says:

    Wow fun kit, thanks for doing so many great giveaways!

  41. Regina Salvador says:

    Love the owls!

  42. Rose says:

    I love the owls! My creative ideas are starting to flow!

  43. Lou Anne says:

    Each of your giveaways is sweeter than the one before! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  44. Carol Feiner says:

    Whooo loves owls? Me, that’s whooo! Love to have this collection!

  45. Florence Hosler says:

    Hope springs eternal!

  46. Patti Flasch says:

    The images are beautiful and very versatile. I love the colors of Autumn!

  47. Kate Vansuch says:

    so pretty!

  48. Joan Harsha says:

    Such a talented group, you make me eager to create. I want all you have to offer.

  49. I saw this tower on Teri’s blog and thought it came out just beautiful! I love, love, love the papers. I really like the way she used the wood pieces for feet and the wildlife collage sheet where she cut out animals to add in. A really nice project and I’d love to give it a try myself.

  50. angelic says:

    l love all the cute animals. This is a cute collection, thanks for the chance to win this collection.

  51. Willow says:

    A beautiful selection of owls! A very nice peice. Thank alpha stamps

  52. Shannon C says:

    Such beautiful collage sheets!

  53. Emily N says:

    Love the tower and all the nature elements!

  54. Luanne Shoup says:

    I love boxes! I collect them!

  55. Michelle B. says:

    Absolutely LOVE the Paper Mache Box Mini Tower!!!! I have
    a saying about myself: “I have never met a box that I didn’t like
    (or couldn’t find a use for). This Tower of Boxes from Alpha is
    sooooooo likeable! TY for making my day. 🙂

  56. Missy Faught says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Love love love it!

  57. Paulanne says:

    Looks so pretty and fun.

  58. ratgirl says:

    I am in love with Laura’s sparkling winter design. It’s so beautiful!

  59. Laura K says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway, and the projects by Laura Carson and Teri Calia are fantastic! Owls, acorns, oak leaves, mushrooms, and rabbits are some of my favorite motifs. The images are absolutely lovely – hope I win!!!

  60. Alice Eads says:

    Yet again, another wonderful giveaway! Love this one. Thanks Alpha Stamps!

  61. Karen Crowder says:

    Another winning giveaway! Love the owls!

  62. Mary Mac says:

    Just love the wonderful owl collage sheets with this giveaway.

  63. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    The owls are great:)

  64. Lana says:

    I would have a blast creating with this delightful little giveaway..pick me, pick me.

  65. Beth says:

    Another beautiful collection! I love all of the pieces, would be so much fun to work with!

  66. Jenni Brockob says:

    I love all the cute squirrels and owls. Too bad squirrels and owls are not friends, but who says you can’t make it so with this awesome kit!

  67. Sandy says:

    This is a awesome kit!

  68. Barbara in Fla says:

    Love the owls! And the Forever Green is one of my favorites from Prima. Would love to win this!

  69. Laura says:

    So beautiful! I love the owls!

  70. Lu L. says:

    I love the nature-themed giveaway! Wonderful, wonderful items!

  71. Rise St Arno says:

    Owls and squirrels and bunnies
    Oh my……..

  72. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Oh, I want to go into the woods!

  73. Jennie says:

    In awe of the beautiful owl art!

  74. Ann says:

    I love owls (being a night owl myself! When else am I going to create? : ) Adore Laura’s new collage sheet and all the fabulous creative inspiration!

  75. Kathleen Cole says:

    I live in a place called “Hoot Owl” because of all the owls we have, so what a perfect collection this would be to have!

  76. Dawn Petherick says:

    The collage sheets are so adorable! I love all the little mushrooms and owls! I would love to be entered in the draw. The inspiration you provide is invaluable!

  77. Sylvia L. says:

    I love all the woodland treasures-acorns, moss, mushrooms. And the creatures, too.

  78. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    The chill in the air and the beautiful foliage make me long for a romp in the woods. Or even better an art romp in the woods with the great stuff in this give away.

  79. Lina says:

    Love the owls!

  80. Deb Neerman says:

    Butterflies and squirrels and birds, oh my! What a fabulous giveaway … thanks so much for the chance to win!

  81. Leah Fein says:

    Wow. This is adorable. I hope I win. Thank you.

  82. Susanne Westh says:

    I would love to work with this giveaway!

  83. Virginia Smith says:

    What a great idea. I love the tower. It would be so much fun to make.

  84. Love it all, hoping to win!

  85. Roxanne says:

    Ah….love the owls and collage sheets are great. thanks for todays inspiration and a chance to win this great stash of goodies.

  86. Ginny Over says:

    The woodland stuff looks like such fun!

  87. Karen Mallory says:

    The woodland collage sheets are so fun! love this giveaway!

  88. Ritva says:

    great giveaway, owls and more owls, they are such fun!

  89. Leslie Hanson says:


  90. LoriSW says:

    Beautiful woodlands!!!!

  91. Karen says:

    This paper is fantastic the colors are gorgeous.

  92. Susan Gunter says:

    Another wonderful scene! Thanks so much!!!

  93. Noreen says:

    I love the tower of boxes! A little handle on each and they would be neat little pull out drawers!

  94. Barbara says:

    Love the storage tower – that would be so much fun.Owls are great!

  95. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I truly love this……would love to win this… it….

  96. Jackie says:

    WOW What gorgeous projects and what a fantastic prize!! Love Laura’s owls!!

  97. Mary C. says:

    Beautiful project ideas for fall! Alpha Stamps always has such great inspiration and cool products you can’t find in the big box stores. Thank you!

  98. Karen N. says:

    Whooooo wouldn’t love to win this owlsome giveaway…thanks for the chance to win!

  99. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    who? who? wants this? I do, I do must I wait…

  100. Cathy smith says:

    I know exactly what I want to do with this! Hope I win?

  101. Christine V says:

    I’d like to play with the stacked boxes! You’re having too much fun at Alpha Stamps; love all the goodies!

  102. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Wow, I just love owls! Alpha Stamps has by far the coolest toys. I’m crossing my finger. Thanks for sharing.

  103. Jennifer J says:

    Just love your blog!! I am blown away time after time by great art and products. 🙂

  104. Helen Potter says:

    I would love to win!

  105. Gerri herbst says:

    What gorgeous boxes.

  106. Kay says:

    This looks like so much fun! My daughters and I would enjoy spending time together with this! Thanks!

  107. Janet Turner says:

    I love those boxes!

  108. Roberta S says:

    These two projects are both great! I would love to win the giveaway and have a go at doing something like this myself. Thank you for your generosity.

  109. Verna Stapleton says:

    Into the woods is a great giveaway. Love the owls and bunnies.

  110. Carla Velting says:

    The storage tower is beautiful.
    What good a imagination starter!!!

  111. Jen says:

    What a beautiful giveaway. Thanks for offering such lovely collage sheets.

  112. Linda Ellis says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  113. Jen R says:

    Wow, Great giveaway!

  114. orianna says:

    this is the best one yet

  115. Rae Higgins says:

    LOVE the tower of boxes!!!

  116. Miss Iowa says:

    Beautiful kit! Love the colors and all the critters.

  117. Sokat says:

    Whoooo loves the owls? I do. Great work ladies.

  118. Carol Slowik says:

    Can’t tell you how much I would love to win this give away!

  119. julie F. says:

    Wow, this is a beautiful and popular give away!. Love the botanical flavor…

  120. Caroline Lawson says:

    Love all the critters. Great giveaway.

  121. Jo says:

    Love the owls! Thanks for the giveaway!

  122. Jen C says:

    Beautiful set! I have lots of ideas for this! Thank you! 🙂

  123. Gilda says:

    Wonderful projects and products. Thanks.

  124. Rose Lewis says:

    Whooo doesn’t love owls? Who wants this? Me, that’s who.

  125. Maria says:

    The owls are my favorite. Barn owls are so beautiful.

  126. Pam S says:

    This would be so much fun to play with! Thanks for the chance to win!

  127. KIM says:

    Who wouldn’t want this giveaway?
    Everything is beautiful.
    Good luck everyone.
    Thanks… Alpha stamp for the chance to win.

  128. OMGosh! I can’t say it any better than Kim just before me… “who wouldn’t want to win this giveaway”? It’s totally awesome… sorry, drooling over Alpha Stamps products again! Good Luck to all!
    Hugs Leslie… you Rock girlfriend!

  129. Phoebe Diamond says:

    So yummy, love the owls. The make me want to hoot and screech.

  130. Brenda Lubrant says:

    These nesting boxes would be so much fun to make with all of the gorgeous collage sheets and embellishment for Christmas gifts. I would imagine some cookies, candy or gift card inside.

  131. Krista says:

    This giveaway kit speaks to the nature lover in me!

  132. Maxine Kincora says:

    How lovely

  133. Nancy S says:

    Just love the woodland theme.

  134. Theresa G. says:

    YIIPPEE!!! I placed an order yesterday and THEN saw this tower! IT IS SO COOL!!! I love the paper and the tower! What a great giveaway!! (*fingers crossed*)

  135. Birgit says:

    Great giveaway — thanks for the chance! 🙂

  136. Beth Williams says:

    These creations are unbelievable. So much talent here. I have a friend who loves owls and rescue bunnies-I have to recreate Laura’s tag for her as a Christmas present. Trust me-I will give Laura credit. Going to her blog now so I can learn how she did it!

  137. Charlene says:

    Owls and rabbits.. oh my!

  138. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful projects and wonderful giveaway.

  139. Jackie Barth says:

    Great giveaway. I would love to have it.

  140. Lorna E. says:

    Great giveaway, I really love Laura’s Into the Woods collage sheet.

  141. I love these I hope I win!!

  142. Lori D. says:

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

  143. April Dudko says:

    Such a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  144. I love this giveaway! Count me in.

  145. mary Toriello says:

    Hoooo will win? I hooope its me 😀

  146. Gina H. says:

    I’m new to Alpha Stamps and am loving your products and your blog! Would love to win this giveaway, especially since it’s my birthday today! 🙂

  147. Gigi Jordan says:

    The little box tower is especially wonderful! Another great give-away.

  148. Marcia says:

    Little box tower. Brilliant.

  149. Cocoa says:

    Love love the owl collage sheet! As usual the give away is amazing!

  150. Me Pugh says:

    Love autumn colors they always inspire me.

  151. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the owls and acorn charms! And the embossing folders! Awesome products!

  152. Debra Gibson says:

    So wish I could win this giveaway! It has everything I adore !!!

  153. Owls,robins, and squirrels..oh my this is great. Thanks for the chance to win!

  154. Tammy says:

    love it

  155. Evleta Gruber says:

    I love Owls and the fall theme is awesome. Thank you for the chance at this giveaway.