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Glass Bottles ON SALE (+3 Art Projects with New Goodies!)

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Sale, 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 project that are still available on the new site.

A short intro before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces a sweet project by Caroline Ouzts-Hay AND one she made herself!

NEW SALE: Glass Bottles! From the cute little vial on Caroline’s artwork, to (take a breath…) preorders on the Tim Holtz Mini Mason JarsALL the glass bottles are on sale now through Sunday night (April 5th). See them all here!

And I’m continuing the FREE Gift with Order announced on Sunday: Miniatures Matchbox (in honor of TWO adorable miniatures projects by Teri Calia and Nichola Battilana).

AND keeping with the miniatures theme, a reminder: FINAL SALE DAY on Dollhouse Miniatures! The Sale ends TONIGHT (April 2nd at midnight PST)!

March is over and we’re not quite ready to release the April kit just yet so Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a dreamy little Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box for you.

Tart tins are so pretty. You can do practically anything with them and end up with a gorgeous piece. Because of this it is hard to think outside the box sometimes, to use the shabby chic tins in a new way.

For the base of her project, Caroline used two of the New Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frames. These are cream with rusty and antiqued look and are a very generous 3-1/4″ diameter, and already being distressed is an added plus (and time-saver!)

To create the main focal point, Caroline used a mermaid from the Caribbean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet, Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays – Asymmetrical, Cream Pearl Assortment and Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green.

To create the blue spray on the top cover I took 22 gauge wire and coated it with hot glue. While the glue was drying I mixed three different colors of 1mm Micro BeadsAqua, Clear and Turquoise Pearl, in a small container. I coated the dried (and bumpy) hot glue with a thick fast drying glue and rolled it in the micro bead mixture. Ever so gently I pressed the beads into the glue and set it aside to dry.

See the painted architectural flourishes on the side of the tin? Caroline cast them with the Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes and hot glue! Pretty clever, don’t you think? Then added a few Tiny Real Seashells and a brass charm finish off the opening.

Here’s the list of items used in the Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box, and you can visit Caroline’s blog to see more pictures and to find out how she created the inside of her treasure box. (And remember to come back and enter today’s Giveaway Drawing for most all the parts to make your own Mermaid Altered Tin!)

A quick aside for a beautiful little Paper Moon Shrine (and video tutorial!) by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana! (Using her own New Theatre Clouds Collage Sheet!) Yay! Short and very sweet… go check it out! OK… back to Bella, for an intro for her own project (including felt animals Bella made, too!)

The Little Dreadfuls’ Outing
(See photos below.)
On the first day that Spring finally came to the South, Little Olive Dreadful loaded up the youngest Dreadfuls from Mockingbird Manor and off they went, including the very, very naughty children. It seems that yesterday they ran off to the old cemetery (by themselves!) and were raising the dead; having tea parties with them and all without any adult supervision. Those silly children know they’re not supposed to raise the dead without an adult present, such naughtiness!

To make the car for Little Olive Dreadful, I used a Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frame and set it on 4 Vintage Ribbon Spools that I painted black. The wheels are the 20mm Rhinestone Flat-Back Setting; to get the gum drop look I used hot glue in the middle of the settings and then quickly poured 1mm Micro Beads in Turquoise Pearl and Pink Pearl over the glue. (Do it quickly and don’t go for perfection or you’ll end up ruining 3 of your settings like I did!)

The carts that the little mice sit in are made from the top of a Paper Mache Treasure Chest. The top of the chest was cut off, and then cut in half. Under each seat is a 1/8 Inch Wooden Dowel with a Wood Mini Spool at each end of it, then a ‘gum drop’ wheel attached to each end. Each seat also needed a Wood Mini Spool laid on its side, glued on the bottom behind the dowel so that the car was balanced and wouldn’t topple over. (The same for the birdcage, it required a 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheel laid on its side so that it wouldn’t tip over.)

Not wanting the little mice to fall out of their cars, I took one of the frames from the Sweet Paris Wooden Frame Set and snipped it in half, then cut it down to size (for handle bars). Those were covered in 1mm Micro Beads – Clear AB.

To get the naughty children to stand up (in the cage… see below) I cut the two reverse images out of the Little Darlings Collage Sheet and glued each set to a Mini Wooden Clothespin.

Here is The Little Dreadfuls’ Outing Supply List. (And I have to add a final note: Bella forgot to mention that the gearshift is a mushroom!)



Hooray for the Mermaid Altered Tin Giveaway!

I decided (of all the pretty artwork choices today) to choose these items from Caroline’s Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
– Shabby Chic Tart Tin Frame (TWO of them)
– Caribbean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet
– 1mm Micro Beads – White Pearl
– 1mm Micro Beads – Turquoise Pearl
– 1mm Micro Beads – Aqua Clear
– Tiny Real Seashells in Tin
– White Plastic Pearls (Strands)
– Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
– Medium Glass Trumpet Flowers – Sapphire Blue
– Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays – Asymmetrical
– The Sea Fiber Set
– Cream Pearl Assortment

To enter the Mermaid Altered Tin 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, April 3, 2015)!

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 Rococo Boxes Miniatures Giveaway? That would be Barb! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 2nd, 2015

99 responses to “Glass Bottles ON SALE (+3 Art Projects with New Goodies!)”

  1. Karen says:

    What a fun mermaid giveaway. I could have a “swimmingly” good time with this collection!

  2. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the miniatures!!!

  3. Karen says:

    I do love anything moon, sun and stars….and bunnies, hearts, smilie faces, shall I go on.

  4. Cathy Juudd says:

    This project is so cute and the colors are great.

  5. barbara macaskill says:

    Little Dreadfuls is delightful! LOVELOVELOVE their transportation! SO adorable!
    You are killing me with all of the glass bottles sale! I am a sucker for all glass bottles and will have to hope the ones I so adore are still available when I have the money to purchase them!!! Fingers crossed!
    So hoping that I am the Barb who won the giveaway! Off to check my email to see if I am!

  6. Jean Marmo says:

    Just so creative!! THe minis are so cute!

  7. Connie L. says:

    Yes please!

  8. Starqueen says:

    Ooh, what a lovely giveaway! Caroline’s artwork is dreamy! Thank you for sharing.

  9. carol says:

    always have loved mermaids and now i see i will have to get those tart tins.

  10. Stefanie says:

    Those tart tin frames are perfect! Love, love, love them :o) Going to check out the bottle sale now……….

  11. Kathy S. says:

    Love the Mermaid set you chose!!!

  12. kim says:

    So fun! Love the whimsy and just gorgeous! So fun, adore the mini tins! Thanks so much!~kim

  13. Emily N. says:

    Love the mermaids!

  14. Sweetpea Studio says:

    Super cute mermaid!!

  15. Patricia Worth says:

    I am enchanted with this giveaway!

  16. jennifer j says:

    I love minis. And mermaids and moons. Such great stuff today!

  17. Roxanne says:

    oh how completely adorable! I love the lil’ dreadfuls outing! so sweet and creative…made me smile! Sure would love to win some mermaid stash today…thanks for the chance. 🙂

  18. Dawn says:

    Mermaids are some of my favorite creatures. Thank you for the oppurtunity to win this giveaway.

  19. Jen R says:

    Love this little tin and those little dreadfuls are sweet!

  20. Lana says:

    I hope this giveaway floats on over to me.

  21. Lori D. says:

    Adorable! I love your giveaways. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  22. Lina says:

    The aqua pearls are lovely!

  23. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Away to the sea and mermaids.

  24. Patti Flasch says:

    Mermaids! Hooray! Just in time for warmer weather! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

  25. Charlene says:

    Such pretty things.

  26. cathrine bolin says:

    What a wonderful give-a-way!

  27. Andrew Francesconi says:

    Gorgeous creations!

  28. Mary Helene says:

    The collage sheets are just beautiful.

  29. Sandy says:

    Just simply gorgeous!

  30. Sandy says:

    Love our “sea sisters.”

  31. Papercraftgoddess says:

    I’m crazy about the mermaid!! But I gotta tell you…that little ‘train’ by Miz Ayers is the BOMB!!! OMG I love it so much!!!

  32. Juniper Mainelis says:

    This is SO up my alley! Happy spring!🌈

  33. Ina Good says:

    I love mermaids and would love to be artistic with this kit and fantastic giveaway!

  34. Vicki Stinson says:

    I love mermaids and this project is adorable!!

  35. KIM says:

    Another wonderful giveaway.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps
    for the chance to win .

  36. Carmen Willis says:

    Wow! Really creative! Love the miniatures. Wonderful giveaway!

  37. Denise Humenik says:

    have been a mermaid all my life! Thanks again for the opportunity!

  38. I want everything!! Love the projects 🙂

  39. Dennis Lawrence says:

    Great giveaway! All aboard the Easter Bunny train!

  40. Holly Day says:

    So cool–never thought of using a tart tin that way!

  41. Helen says:

    I absolutely love the Little Dreadfuls’ Outing train! So clever and beautiful! Great projects again as always. Thank you ladies!

  42. Jen C says:

    This newsletter is packed with wonderful ideas! Who doesn’t love mermaids?!? Thank you for another fun-filled kit!

  43. Shanna says:

    How fun. I am loving all these goodies!

  44. Ginette says:

    ready to go south

  45. ratgirl says:

    I can’t get over The Little Dreadfuls! Could they be any more wonderful? So cute in their little vehicle.

  46. barb says:

    This looks like a real winner for any collage or shadowbox for the sea!!
    Beautiful, simply beautiful!!

  47. Marty P says:

    So nice to see the mermaids and colors of the sea after such a cold and snowy winter! Wonderful giveaway, thanks!

  48. Rosemary Sharon says:

    I was thinking mermaid all day today……how is that for goose bumps…

  49. Gigi Jordan says:

    So pretty and such fun goodies!

  50. Darlene says:

    I LUV Mermaids!!!!!

  51. Gail Gill says:

    What lovely things today. I love the Bunny Train, it’s so imaginative.

  52. Sokat says:

    The mermaid theme is so very cute . Thanks for the opportunity.

  53. Karen Mallory says:

    I love mermaids!!!

  54. Michelle Toops says:

    I love the little mermaid tin,so adorable.

  55. Miss Iowa says:

    Oooh ooh ooh! This is just the inspiration I need to complete some tins I have! A for Adorable!

  56. SuzyB says:

    Lots of cool stuff on this post!

  57. I love Love LOVE the Little Dreadfuls!!!!!!!
    Do NOT start getting me turned onto stuffed animals – I’ll put a hex on you…but these are just ADORABLE!!!

  58. yvette leblanc says:


  59. cheryl foster says:

    What a beautiful project !

  60. Shelly says:

    Beautiful!!! I discovered your site recently through a post on Pintrest and can’t get enough. Love the projects & blogs. The selection of supplies is amazing with unique items that I can’t wait to create with.

  61. Nancy Parker says:

    I love mermaids. I have them everywhere in my house. This is a beautiful project.

  62. beth jones says:

    What a wonderful treasure!

  63. Kristie says:

    Wonderful! I love the shabby chic tart tin frames.

  64. Regina Salvador says:

    I love the mermaid, the fibers, the beads!

  65. Christine V says:

    Adore Nichola’s Paper Moon Shrine!
    I’d love to get my fingers on this giveaway so that I could pass it on to a friend who’s a mermaid fiend.

  66. orianna says:

    mermaids in the beautiful sea

  67. Marilyn H says:

    You always have the most wonderful projects to share with us.

    PS. Are you ever going to get back into holding swaps? I miss them.


  68. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    You can lead a tart to water, especially a mermaid tart!!!

  69. Lou Anne H. says:

    I am so excited that there is a mermaid giveaway! I hope I win!

  70. Retta says:

    I love the mermaid projects! Fingers crossed!

  71. Tara Hoke says:

    Pick me please!

  72. Kim Kormos says:

    Mermaids, very fun!!!

  73. Jen says:

    How lovely! It makes me yearn for summer…

  74. Kathleen says:

    Lately I have really begun to like Mermaids, and I make mermaid dolls. This would be such fun to have and make!

  75. DebR says:

    Gorgeous projects from the DT and a fun giveaway, thank you!

  76. InkPattie Fulton says:

    love the dreadfuls and the mermaid!

  77. Brenda lubrant says:

    I love the mermaid in the tin. The way it is constructed is so clever

  78. Jeanne Kelly says:

    My favorite theme ever; I love mermaids!

  79. Maureen Lacey Hawks says:

    The Mermaid give-away makes my heart sing! My hope is to sink AND swim with her!!

  80. Lisa anMills says:

    I love
    those mermaid. Thanks for giving me chance to win.

  81. Carol Slowik says:

    I want to be a mermaid. Love the moon box tutorial! This is all good stuff. PLEASE pick me!!!

  82. Oh ! so uplifting, love all the colors !

  83. Elizabeth H. says:

    Love the great ideas.

  84. lavinia says:

    love mermaids!!!

  85. Joan says:

    Love mermaids, so magical.

  86. Kim S. says:

    Mermaids are right up my alley. Love this project.

  87. Kimberly Barcello says:

    Lovely little tarts!

  88. Debra Gibson says:

    Super giveaway !!!! Happy Easter to all!!

  89. Dena Cottrell says:

    Would love to win!

  90. Carrie J says:

    So cute!

  91. Megan Warren says:

    This week is great, I don’t know which of the three I like the best. The mermaid is beautiful, I absolutely love the paper moon shrine and those Dreadfuls are so fun. Love the kids in the cage and the animals in charge. So much fun.

  92. Lorna E. says:

    Love the Paper Moon Theatre.

  93. Gabrielle says:

    Fun Fun!!

  94. Joan Harsha says:

    Oh please take me back to the sea.

  95. Tammy says:

    All the things I love!

  96. Lisa R. says:


  97. LeAnn says:

    I love everything about this kit from the color to the mermaids.

  98. Lorie says:

    Too bad I didn’t find this until 12:03 on the 4th! I love all the miniatures and the mermaids!