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Run Away and Join the Circus

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Run Away & Join the Circus Kit, 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 Kristin’s project that are still available on the new site.

Just one announcement before getting to the eye candy (and TWO kits)! We have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Circus Collage Sheet with every order! Your free sheet will be Leslie’s choice from the Circus Collage Sheets. PLUS: in honor of the new circus-themed kits, that section AND the Circus Rubber Stamps are both ON SALE through Friday, May 15th (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale for 15% off). Note: if you order any of the Circus Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise).


That Kristin Batsel is a wonder! She’s created another little scene that all packs away in one of the Chipboard Steamer Trunks, this time a Tiny Peg Circus!

And Miz Kristin has designed her first collage sheet (yay!) with the tiny costumes for the Small Wooden Peg Dolls (and signage), so you can create your own version of her circus!

I can’t decide if the lion tamer with that tiny whip or the strong man (with tiny weights made from 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels) is my favorite… hmm, or maybe it’s that Miniature Rubber Chicken with her clowns?

You'll want to see all the tips Kristin shares on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Kristin used in Kristin’s supply list and more photos in the Gallery.

And don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway, below, as it includes lots of little props from Kristin’s circus (plus BOTH of today’s kits)!

NEW Run Away and Join the Circus Kit

The theme this month is Run Away and Join the Circus! It’s a bit of a continuation of last month’s Vintage Vagabond kit, but this time with a circus theme. I can’t wait to see what you’ll create from this kit: it could be a circus in any era. Your art could be more about the journey (and not ever making it to the circus) or could be a zany circus or who knows what else you’ll think of!

I’ve included 12 sheets from the Carnival 6×6 Paper Pads, 3 collage sheets (including 2 new ones… like the Reversible Clowns Collage Sheet at right), bronze charms and some vintage tickets in a tiny little envelope.

More info is on the Run Away and Join the Circus Kit page.


And a New Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit

As the Design Team often receives a wider group of products to play with around the monthly themes, I’ve gathered together some of what they received (beyond what’s in the regular Run Away and Join the Circus Kit) and I’ve put together this Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit.

So if you want more papers, collage sheets and trims with a circus theme (and with one click), here’s your chance.

This kit includes 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers, collage sheets (like the new Women Circus Performers Collage Sheet at right), elephant charms (!), and coordinating stickers.

More info is on the Run Away and Join the Circus Add-On Kit page.


 New Goodies (not included in either kit) – ALL On Sale!  View All (Yes, there’s more!)

Gypsy Moments 8x8 Paper Pad
Gypsy Moments 8×8 Paper Pad

Miniature Rubber Chickens
Miniature Rubber Chickens

Carnival 12x12 Collection Pack*
Carnival 12×12 Collection Pack*

Tiny Envelopes - Brown Bag Kraft*
Tiny Envelopes – Brown Bag Kraft*


Hooray for the Run Away and Join the Circus Giveaway!

I started with BOTH of today’s kits: Run Away and Join the Circus Kit and the Add-On Kit.

Then I added these goodies from Kristin’s Tiny Peg Circus (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
– Clowns #4 Collage Sheet
– Tiny Peg Circus Collage Sheet
– Acrylic Top Hats
– Small Wooden Peg Dolls
– Chipboard Steamer Trunk
– Round Wooden Hat Boxes
– Miniature Rubber Chickens
– 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels

To enter the Run Away and Join the Circus 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, May 4, 2015). AND tell me which tiny circus performer from Kristin’s Tiny Peg Circus you like best (and why).

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 Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Safari Hardware Giveaway? That would be Mary Helene! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 3rd, 2015

91 responses to “Run Away and Join the Circus”

  1. phoebe diamond says:

    The lioness, I like her gravitas and cuteness.

  2. Ina Good says:

    The ringmaster…what is a circus without the ringmaster!!! He brings the excitement on!!!

  3. Liane says:

    OMG….love the circus, the little figures are adorable……CLOWN is my favorite…what is a Circus without clowns and animals ????

  4. kim says:

    I adore the buff weight lifter, so cool! Love the minis, all of them actually! So clever.


  5. Gail Gill says:

    I love the circus and I love the Weightlifter the best. I adore his mustache and, after all, weightlifters are the gentle giants of the circus

  6. Savyon says:

    This is the best ever. Best. Ever!

  7. Jennifer J says:

    ikeep going back to the cotton candy girl. i love those sunglasses!

  8. barbara macaskill says:

    The Lion Tamer with his tiny whip is my favorite!! I always wanted to be a lion tamer when I was a little girl!! That way I could play with the big cats!

  9. KIM says:

    I can’t resist the STRONG MAN!.
    A man with great strength and a mustache.
    If only he wasn’t a peg man!……:)

  10. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m circus bound.

  11. yvette leblanc says:


  12. Vickie Trancho says:

    This is so adorable! Bless your crazy creative minds!

  13. Debbie Kaste says:

    I love Kristin’s peg people but the Lion Tamer is my favorite. It reminds me that I once dressed up as a Lion Tamer for a Halloween party and had so much fun. Easiest costume I ever came up with as I had all the elements I needed at home!

  14. Ruth Anna says:

    I like the ringmaster the best. I feel like one when I walk my three small dogs.

  15. Traci says:

    Love the peg dolls they are so cute. I like the lions the best- being a cat person. Too darn cute!! >^..^<

  16. Carmen Willis says:

    Oh, it’s so hard to choose, which circus character is my favorite…I love them all; but, if I had to choose it’s the Knife Thrower and his assistant, because it’s a nail biting, sitting at the edge circus event that is an amazing talent. I love the rubber chicken too! What an adorable project Kristen created. Very cute giveaway!

  17. I love the circus I love the papers too

  18. Jo says:

    love the circus theme! I’d make it into a spooky circus!

  19. Marilyn H says:

    I like the lion. He puts a smile on my face.

  20. Lou Anne H. says:

    The lion is my favorite peg doll. I love his friendly face and his mane. Cats are my favorite animal.

  21. Karen says:

    Love all the little peg dolls, but I would create the tattooed guy or gal. Would be fun to draw little tattoos all over!

  22. Lori D. says:

    Great giveaway as usual. I love all of the peg dolls, my favorite being the girl with the cotton candy. I love her hair and sunglasses. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  23. Rosemary Sharon says:

    my favorite is the strong man….lol…and then the lion….so cool…..would love to win this.

  24. Jean Marmo says:

    Ohmy goodness!! I would love to runaway with this circus!! LOVE the lion!

  25. Gerri herbst says:

    It’s the lions of course
    , just adore the mane! Lol

  26. Jennie says:

    My favorite is the Strongman, because of all his adorable chest hair detail!

  27. Pam W says:

    I like the clowns, the one with the stars is my favorite. What is a circus without clowns?

  28. Jen R says:

    I love them all but the lion is too cute!

  29. Birgit says:

    I really love the lions — so very cute.

    Thanks for the chance to win those goodies. 🙂

    Happy crafting,

  30. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love your circus collection. One of my favorite themes.

  31. Sandy says:

    I love this circus theme, my favorite is the ringmaster, I can hear him yelling “Welcome”!

  32. Juniper says:

    I like them all but The Ringmaster is my favorite cuz I always wanted to be a Ringmaster! This is one of my favorites!

  33. Barbara Souza says:

    This circus is adorable. I love the animals.

  34. Barb J says:

    Each and every giveaway is just great! I love the Ringmaster and the trunk…it all rocks!!!

  35. Lisa R. says:

    CLOWNS!! Love the circus!! Would love to win this giveaway awesome!!

  36. Ritva says:

    The fun LION!

  37. Kristin says:

    I LOVE the circus. I almost joined it the week before my h.s. graduation. I love the detail on the strongman. Looks super real 🙂

  38. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    Just love this …the lion and clowns are my fave,….

  39. DebR says:

    That is so much fun, love Kristin’s amazing circus. Have to say my very favourite performers from her circus are the lions, can’t resist those critters!

  40. Sara H. says:

    My favorite is the strong man. I love his mustache and chest hair. Haha

  41. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love the circus!

  42. Marla B says:

    Why do I love the strong man so? His barbells are sized perfectly and his chest hair makes me smile!

  43. Seriously, the cutest project ever! I love the characters and the lovely steamer trunk to pack it all in. I must make this! 🙂

  44. Noreen says:

    The tiny rubber chicken is hysterical! I like the Ringmaster – he looks so debonair.

  45. chark says:

    It’s probably the clowns, they’re pretty cute…but I love the cotton candy seller too, cuz cotton candy!

  46. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love the lion! I am a feline person! LOL That rubber chicken is so fun!

  47. Kathleen says:

    Like so many others, I adore the Lion (not so much the Lion-TAMER, but the lion). I also like the ticket taker. For some reason they remind me of the “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down” that I played with my youngest son. To see your small circus brought pleasant memories of when he was young…..

  48. lavinia says:

    the chicken. so yellow!!

  49. Lorrilee says:

    Love this project! My favorite is the ringmaster, and the lions he is taming, of course.

  50. Lana says:

    The rubber chicken steals the show!!!

  51. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love the little peg people. It would be fun to decide what kind of character you would like to give them.

  52. Dawn says:

    I love the big cats. They are some of my favorite animals.

  53. My favorite circus character, the ticket seller. Why, he gets to see everyone’s smiles as they get their tickets to enter the circus!!! Oh what fun!!!

  54. Emily N. says:

    Adorable!! I like the clown with the rubber ducky.

  55. J. Ferreira says:

    Its hard to choose a favorite as all are adorable, but I think I like the knife thrower and his brave assistant!

  56. Helen P. says:

    I like Red, the cotton candy guy. Brings back memories of a little county circus my daddy took me to when I was little.

  57. Retta Fox says:

    I’ve been hoarding my circus stash for awhile…winning this giveaway just may push me over the edge to create my big project! I’m having a hard time picking my fave….it’s a toss up of the brave lady who has knives thrown at her…and the clown with the rubber chicken. Good luck, everyone!

  58. Lisa M says:

    OMG! I love the circus and this whole set is fantastic! It’s so hard to pick a favorite peg performer! But I think I have it narrowed down to Red, the cotton candy seller, because I love the sunglasses and the cotton candy is genius and the knife thrower and his brave assistant because I can’t get over the cute lil knife and the revolving wheel and sign! Is it ok to have a few favorites?

  59. Karen says:

    Such a incredible set LOVE them all but I think that the lion tamer has to be my favorite his little hat, wipe and the cutest little mustache. Such a wonderful give away. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  60. Michelle C says:

    Oh, by far, the best is the cotton candy seller, Red. Cotton candy makes all memories sweeter, and this little circus set is complete with the addition of Red. :o)

  61. kimberly says:

    the circus vendor is really cute hawking his pink puffs of cotton candy, but they are all just so darned clever!

  62. Diane D says:

    Oh I just love the circus. It’s so hard to pick just one of her amazing little people but, of course it would have to be the Ticket Seller. Without him I wouldn’t be able to get in and visit all the amazing attractions.

  63. Arlene Groepper says:

    Luv your circus!!

  64. Mary Helene says:

    Would love to run away and join a circus right now. Great collage papers.

  65. Tammy says:

    I think its adorable!!

  66. Sokat says:

    I love the ringmaster because he is so central to the circus theme. Those miniature rubber chickens are a hoot and made me laugh out loud.

  67. Brigitte B. says:

    The lion tamer is adorable, I love the details!

  68. Melissa says:

    Love the red noses on the clowns! Fun stuff.

  69. Charlotte Deerborn says:

    I like the lion the best because she did such a great job on his mane. Cute.

  70. Cindy Fitch says:

    Oh what fun! It’s hard to pick just one as a favorite. They all made me giggle. I think the red white and blue clown has the cutest face of all!

  71. Penny Kuchta says:

    I’m loving the Strongman. So cute with his hairy little chest! Penny

  72. Suz Stockinger says:

    These are really cute and I love the clones with the chicken

  73. Lisa anMills says:

    I am so in love with the lion and the lion tammer. This kit is so amazing. Thanks Kristen for the collage sheet you made!

  74. Elizabeth H. says:

    I also love the lion, he is so cute and reminds me of my kitty.

  75. Janet Turner says:

    How fun. I love the circus!

  76. I adore the clowns! They are truly the glue that holds the performance together when necessary. These clowns are vintage and not evil looking. Thank you!

  77. Ginette says:

    I’m ready to join the circus

  78. Okay: I’m blown away by the entire scene. I have a great attraction to the Lion, but I’m also loving the Lion Tamer. The lion has that great halo of mane. But the Tamer has the sweet hat, and whip. Okay, it’s the lion!
    Hugs, please pick me!
    Tina in San Diego

  79. Tammy says:

    I have so many good memories of the circus from my childhood—how adorable! I love the clowns and especially the rubber chicken. This giveaway has lots of detail items!

  80. Kim Lucak says:

    The ringmaster and lion are so fun! I love the vintage look of the circus!!!

  81. Roxanne says:

    hahaha….so adorable…I’m just loving all this new ‘tiny’ peep stuff!
    I think my favorite is the sweet lil’ lion with his big mane..:) , although the lil’ cotton candy seller is so funny and adorable too…but yes, def. the lil’ lion. Thanks so much for the chance. Love all the lil’ traveler and circus items!

  82. Leanna says:

    I love the lion! Maybe because I’m a Leo or maybe just because it’s cute. lol I also love the man selling cotton candy – you gotta have cotton candy!

  83. Amanda Miller says:

    The Lion is my favorite! Just because it’s so cute! Big scary things are always cute when they are

  84. Patti Flasch says:

    Let’s admit it…we all want to run away and join the circus! Although I don’t usually like clowns, I do love the clown with the rubber chicken! Just looking at these little creatures will make anyone smile!

  85. LeAnn says:

    The cotton candy girl is my favorite because I love treats!

  86. sheila says:

    This was too hard to decide, the characters are all wonderful and the project is too cute!! I think it will have to be the Lioness though, she has such a soft beautiful look on her face.

  87. Maryellen says:

    I guess my favorite would be the lion and the stand – classic circus design.

  88. Marcia says:

    The lion is darling!!!!!!

  89. Sharon Bolmey says:

    Love the tiny circus! My favorite is the clown with the rubber chicken 🙂

  90. Beth Williams says:

    This is incredible.Kristin is pure genius. I adore the lions-so adorable. I;ve been wanting to do an altered book of Send in the Clowns-thinking I really need to get these kits!

  91. M.E. says:

    Love the ringmaster! What’s a circus without one? The peg characters are all wonderful!