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Mermaids Kit & Summer Beach SALE!

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Mermaids Kit, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Summer/Beach

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 lists for both projects on the new site: Dr. Kilkealy’s Bouvet Island Mermaid and Sea Maiden..

We have a NEW FREE collage sheet offer starting today: a FREE Beach-Themed Collage Sheet with every order! Pick your own from this large group or Leslie will pick one for you (just type your beach collage sheet choice into the comments section when you check out). That pretty one on the right is the Bathing Costumes Collage Sheet… just one of 47 to choose from!

PLUS: in honor of the new Mermaids Kit, the ENTIRE beach theme section is on sale; including collage sheets, rubber stamps, charms, ribbons, paints, stains (omg… see Shannon's artwork below for those new Lindys Mermaid Seashells sets sprayed over the new coral chipboard)… over 150 summer products! ON SALE through Thursday night, June 18th (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale, too). Note: if you order any of the Beach Collage Sheets, we’ll try to give you a free one that doesn’t duplicate your order (so you’ll have a surprise).

AND today is the final day of the Freak Show Cameo FREE Gift Kit offer! Free for all orders over $50. More info in last Thursday’s Newsletter.


Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has created TWO lovely mermaid-themed projects! The first (shown at left) is Dr. Kilkealy’s Bouvet Island Mermaid.

“Dr. Kilkealy is a peculiar man. He’s a recluse, has a brilliant mind, and is in love with a mermaid. For the past ten years he has lived on the remote Bouvet Island, where he has observed and befriended the mythological merpeople, and has devoted his life to mermatology. During his studies, his affections toward one mermaid in particular, Aina, has proven rewarding both monetarily and emotionally. Aina, knowing Dr. Kilkealy’s research needed funding to continue, agreed to be shipped off as a sideshow attraction in order to keep him on the isolated island. As distressed as he was, Kilkealy affirmed his love and wrote letters to Aina daily. And our lonely Aina sat on display, reading heartfelt letters from him, anticipating the day of her return and the embrace of the man she loves.”

So sweet! And not only that beautiful little shadowbox, but Shannon shares a second mermaid project with a step-by-step tutorial for using the new Lindys Stamp Gang Embossing Powder Set – Mermaid Seashells and Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays – Mermaid Seashells! (See the wide photo below.)

You can see both projects by Shannon on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Shannon used in her supply lists: Dr. Kilkealy’s Bouvet Island Mermaid and Sea Maiden. AND more photos in the Gallery.

But don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway, below, as it includes lots of supplies from Shannon’s artwork (plus today’s new kit)!


NEW Mermaids Kit

This month’s kit is all about Mermaids! From the color contrast of turquoise and orange to the silk ribbons and bronze charms, I’m sure you’ll find something to inspire a Summer art project.

Among all the gorgeous copper and turquoise colors in this kit are two new scrapbook papers:
Unearth Copper Patina Scrapbook Paper (swoon!)
True North Sky Map Scrapbook Paper

AND a new Summer Sea Silk Ribbon Set, chosen to coordinate with this kit.

PLUS, three bronze charms (ok… “charm” may be a bit too small a word) including a beautifully detailed mermaid (oh my, love this)!

More info is on the Mermaids Kit page.



Hooray for the Mermaids Island Giveaway!

I started with today’s Mermaids Kit.

Then I added these goodies from Shannon’s Dr. Kilkealy's Bouvet Island Mermaid (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
– The Deep Blue Sea Collage Sheet
– Have a Seat Collage Sheet
– Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Light Blue
– Wide Scalloped Dresden Border Set
– Small Paper Theatre Boxes
– Small Coral Die-Cut Chipboard
– Large Coral Die-Cut Chipboard
– Iridescent Glass Micro Beads in Bottle

To enter the Mermaids Island Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 1, 2015. AND tell me what you’d make from the items in this Giveaway.

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 Sideshow Giveaway? That would be Jean Marmo! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 31st, 2015

141 responses to “Mermaids Kit & Summer Beach SALE!”

  1. Heather Mash says:

    Love these mermaids and beach kit! I just returned from a cruise so I can see an awesome journal in my future using these bits! The octopus charm is precious!

  2. Barb says:

    Oh I could use some of these things in my current by the sea project and the rest would be a great addition to my stash!!!

  3. Lori Gesing says:

    Love love love this kit!

  4. Traci says:

    The mermaid theme is a fun theme. Would love to make a little mermaid shadow box. >^..^<

  5. Melanie says:

    I would make a mermaid shadowbox for my daughters BFF Rose who loves mermaids! And probably make one for my daughter too as they both are graduating from high school!

  6. Lori Gesing says:

    Oh I would make a wonderful mixed media art piece with this kit

  7. Connie says:

    I’m pretty sure I would replicate Shannon’s gorgeous piece!

  8. Brennielee says:

    How wonderful! I would make an art journal page! and some cards! and some tags!

  9. Just lovely. I would love to win these.

  10. Emily N. says:

    As usual, another great giveaway! I’d make an under-sea diorama with the background papers and the coral cutouts and the other pictures as figures in the setting.

  11. M.E. says:

    Rereading The Little Mermaid after creating a mermaid grotto from this fun kit would get summer off to a perfect start!

  12. Jo says:

    I would make a mermaid journal – with pirates and deep sea creatures!

  13. Suzanne Gray says:

    This is just beautiful. I have a new found fascination for mermaids. I think I would start by re-creating this same shadowbox but with every project I start once I get working , I come up with new ideas and just keep getting more excited as I go.

  14. kimberly says:

    I hope that Dr.Kilkealy and Aina are reunited soon and lice happily ever after. I might make a deserted island for them, item, where they can live in secluded bliss forever!

  15. phoebe diamond says:

    I’d use the True North Sky Map paper in a shadow box with lights. Probably some cutouts painted black with silver or ice blue glass glitter on the edges to catch and reflect the light.

  16. Cathy smith says:

    I have a whole mermaid theme going on I. One of my bathrooms – I love the idea of a shadow box full of these goodies!

  17. Sandy says:

    Oh..I have been waiting for someone to come up with something with mermaids. The paper is truly perfect. Thank you, thank you.

  18. Caehwren Warner says:

    I have a good friend who loves everything to do with Mermaids. I would make her a birthday gift that would knock her fins off.


  19. Francine perri says:

    Simply gorgeous

  20. Oh ! I have been waiting for summer 4-ever ! I would love this –just kick back and dream !!
    Love this!

  21. Francine perri says:

    I would make a beach collage

  22. Kim R says:

    Gorgeous! And all my fav colors too! Love mermaids!

  23. Lori D. says:

    I would make a underwater palace scene! Love this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  24. Dana Desmond says:

    I love all things ocean. I have been wanting to make an ocean fantasy mini album or shadow box. These would go perfect.

  25. Blair Lowery says:

    Wonderful start of summer give away. Would go with a nice circus side show mermaid theme shadow box.

  26. Virginia Smith says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I would love to make a mermaid shadowbox or a canvas “book” with these wonderful items!

  27. Jean Marmo says:

    Just loving this kit! THe papers and ribbons!

  28. Alice Wilkotz says:

    Perfectly summer-y. I’d make an altered page for “Full fathom five” and a picture frame for my mermaid granddaughter and her friends.

  29. Sara H. says:

    I would love to make an altered tin or an oceany shadow box with this!

  30. Mary Ann Smith says:

    This would be an amazing kit to win! I have a redhead who believes in mermaids 100%, still at the age of 25.

  31. Mary Ann Smith says:

    I would make a great shadowbox for her new NYC apartment.

  32. Jen R says:

    I would make a shadowbox but put a vacation photo in it. Love all these items!

  33. Debbie Kaste says:

    Oh, these are just gorgeous items. I’d make an adorable shadow box for my SIL’s birthday. She’d love it! How fun!!! Thanks for the chance to win them.

  34. Jen C says:

    I would combine reduced size family beach photos with these materials in a seashell framed shadow box! Love it!

  35. Rick Bromley says:

    This is a fantastic kit – so perfect as we enter Summer. I think I would start with a vintage Mason Jar and make a special grotto that depending on the way its viewed, would offer a different glimpse of a magical world.

  36. Beth says:

    I think I’d make a lovely mermaid-themed trinket box to store my gewgaws in!

  37. Lisa Mills says:

    I would love to make a shadow box using the fun giveaway and also for when my hubby and I went to the beach. Thank You.

  38. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    This will work perfectly in the altered book I’m working on.

  39. Dawn says:

    Love this kit. I would make a shadow box that resembles an underwater aquarium with mermaids.

  40. Sunny says:

    I really need a warm, sunny vacation by the ocean. This may be the closest I get, but I’d love it!

  41. Lorna Dufrane says:

    I have collecting items to make a seaside shadow box and this kit would complete all the items I need to make one.

  42. Cherie says:

    Love, love this giveaway! I would love to use the pieces to do a mixed media art canvas.

  43. Roxanne says:

    Oh My! Love all things with the sea and mermaids and sea horses, shells…
    I have a very old pickle jar and I would love to create a scene inside the jar…tipping the jar upside down and creating the scene from bottom up..its fat enough where I can even put a lil’ beach scene as well the sea….its all in my head…now if I could just win some sea goodies! 🙂

  44. Lorna E. says:

    Hmm, those 3 reclining mermaids on Laura’s collage sheet have me thinking mermaid slumber party, so I’d make a mermaid’s boudoir with this giveaway.

  45. Rise St Arno says:

    My granddaughter Lucy pretends she’s a mermaid all the time. She is 6 and has a very vivid imagination. So I would make a box with Lucy surrounded by other mermaids, her bottom half would be hidden with just a hint of fins…

  46. Holly Day says:

    I love this kit! And I would make a birthday card for my sister-in-law with it, in honor of our family trip to the beach last year!

  47. Kathy says:

    This collection would be perfect for a Florida journal I want to do.

  48. Karen says:

    I love love love mermaids and actually have three completely different sewn mermaids “swimming” (hanging) in my sewing room as I type! I just went on a tangent and had fun. The charms would be fantastic sewn into their needlelace “seaweed.” I would so love to be the lucky one!!!

  49. Jennie says:

    Ooohhh, I would totally make a steampunk inspired mermaid tank. OR, I’d flip the idea on it’s head and create a human tank for mermaids to display their pet humans in while living in their undersea towns.

  50. Luanne says:

    One can never have too many mermaids!

  51. Birgit says:

    Oh my gosh — what lovely mermaid goodies! I would definitely make a pendant with charms with these. 🙂 I might also make a mixed media canvas — so much inspiration here!

    Happy crafting,

  52. Wonderful Summer Giveaway! It is perfect for my collage series! I have my fingers crossed.

  53. Leah Fein says:

    I love that copper patina paper and the chipboard coral so I would make a framed water colored piece with those items as mixed media additions

  54. Diana Bittaker says:

    I would make a fabulous birthday card for my friend who loves all things ocean and mermaids!

  55. Lina says:

    These would be great embellishments to my mixed media canvas 🙂

  56. ginette says:

    I’d probably do a box to put all my seashells.

  57. Kim Lucak says:

    Very fun! I would use the kit for our daughter’s beach/sea themed birthday party!!!

  58. Sandy says:

    How lovely! I would make a mermaid scene for inside my bell cloche.

  59. OMG …An underwater sensation at the beach … You have so many lovely items to chose from….Love the coppery tones. I’d love to create an underwater light box for the mermaids to swim around in..Thank you for so generously sharing…Hugs

  60. Carmen Willis says:

    I love the ocean and mermaids. I would create and decorate a chipboard shadow box with all the lovely paper and charms. My scene would be a beautiful mermaid queen diving for treasures of pearls, jewels and beautiful sea shells. There might even be a sailor who fell overboard after spotted the mermaid queen swimming in and out of the water; The sailor fell in love with the mermaid who later became a merman and both swam happily ever after!

  61. Gerri herbst says:

    I always wanted to grown up and be a mermaid!

  62. Denise Humenik says:

    All things mermaid speak to my soul. I think I would do a shadow box & display them in my bathroom with her sisters!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  63. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful gathering and theme!I would fill my little shadow box with brightly coloured coral and mermaids, then front it with a transparency of some sort to give a true under the sea feel.

  64. fabulous! I would make an under the sea shadow box!

  65. Mariann says:

    Wow, a beautiful collection. I wish to make a hinged lid mermaid box for my daughter’s birthday!! It would be a box for her treasures!

  66. Mariann H. says:

    A perfect array of summer fun for a unique mermaid treasure box!

  67. Mariann H. says:

    Wow, a beautiful collection1 I wish to make a hinged lid mermaid box for my daughter’s birthday!! It would be a box for her treasures!

  68. As a big fan of the original and tragic Little Mermaid fairytale, I have always been fascinated by mermaids. I would use some of this in jewelry and some in an under-the-sea shadowbox to display in my teeny, tiny studio for inspiration.

  69. Janet Turner says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! They would be great for a collage keepsake box.

  70. Olivia HODOROWSKI says:

    octopus, coral, seahorse,oh my! What’s a mermaid to do? The possibilities wave thru my mind like a tsunami awash in seaweed green and blue, azure and orange and tiny treasures of the sea. Flipping my fins.

  71. Karen N says:

    I love the dresden borders in this kit, and the little bronze octopus charm is just too cute for words! I would make some matchbox beachy shrines with this kit…would love to win it! Thanks for always offering such generous giveaways!

  72. Lynn Fox says:

    I’ve been planning a mermaid project and when I saw this, I knew I’d have to make a canvas with it! Oh my, gorgeous stuff!!! And I’d make a little treasure box for my 11 year old granddaughter! She’d adore it!

  73. barbara macaskill says:

    I am working on a mixed media mermaid canvas and these goodies would be a wonderful addition to it. The ribbon and paper colors are delicious and those little glass beads and the mermaid and octopus charms would definitely find their way onto the canvas!!
    Congratulations to my friend, Jean Marmo on winning the last giveaway!!

  74. Brigitte B. says:

    I think I would make a seapunk themed shadowbox. The bronze mermaid charm is my favorite!

  75. Marilyn H says:

    Maybe I would create a canvas. All the basic elements I would need are in the giveaway.

  76. Christy Minnis says:

    I would create a fantastical underwater mixed media 3-dimensional textured canvas that would showcase all the wonderful elements in the giveaway!

  77. Billie Swanson says:

    I would love this kit. I’d make a mermaid carousel with all kinds of shells I’ve collected from all over!

  78. Michelle Toops says:

    Oh I love mermaids. This is adorable.

  79. Nancy S says:

    I am obsessed with mermaids. I live on the seacoast so I’m always collecting shells, etc to put into my altered creations. I think I’d like to create an altered clock with those beautiful creatures.

  80. Jeanne says:

    Oops – just saw we’re supposed to leave a comment on what we would make with the kit. As I was going through the supplies a mermaid “tag” without the traditional back, but using the coral pieces to set her on, and decorating with beads and shells. Love my mermaids!

  81. Regina Salvador says:

    These are beautiful colors! Love the copper patina paper!

  82. Lou Anne H. says:

    Mermaids are my favorite thing to play with. I’d create a mermaid shadow box if I win!

  83. Kathie says:

    I love mermaids! These projects are gorgeous.

  84. joy meadows says:

    I would make journal pages – one for me and two more for friends with whom I exchange art pieces. LOVE these beautiful products!!

  85. The shadow box would be a perfect place to keep vacation memos after visiting the mermaids by the sea.

  86. Judith Janes says:

    I’d have to incorporate some fabric with your lovely findings, to create an art quilt wall piece.

  87. Rebecca Disher says:

    This is simply beautiful and one of my most favorite themes. I would make a mixed media canvas, a book cover and whatever else my imagination carries me to. Just beautiful.

  88. Carol Slowik says:

    This is my all time favorite giveaway! I have been wanting to create an underwater scene for my son and “daughter”. They are scuba diver’s and wouldn’t it be something if they were under the sea and my “daughter” turned into a mermaid! I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

  89. Sandy says:

    I would make an articulating paper mermaid doll. I love anything mermaid…thank you, thank you.

  90. Maria says:

    I’d make cards for people I love.

  91. DebR says:

    Love Shannon’s mermaid creations, they are both wonderful! And what a fabulous giveaway, that copper patina paper is amazing! I think I’d make an ‘Under The Sea’ journal page with all of these lovely bits and bobs, I’m seeing seahorses and angel fish and of course mermaids swimming about the pages!

  92. Madonna Pincus says:

    I have made a cloth doll mermaid and I would love to have these added decorations to add to the shadow box frame in which I mean to put her.

  93. Jan Ostridge says:

    I feel lucky…This a great kit for the onset of summer.

  94. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I would love to make my summer mini album with this kit.

  95. Lana says:

    I’m swimming with excitement…hope I win this gorgeous giveaway!!!

  96. Lisa says:

    I love going to the ocean and I have been waiting for the perfect project to use up some of my shells and sandollars. The mermaid kit would be perfect !

  97. Karen says:

    Ohh I love this theme ! I would make some mixed media Postcards to send and/or perhaps a journal for a friends Birthday ! Thanks !

  98. Jill Noblitt says:

    I love the sea creatures and corals- so I would make a book or a 3D shadow box .

  99. Sokat says:

    Shadowbox full of loveliness for a hall gust bathroom.

  100. Mary Helene says:

    Love the gorgeous collage papers and would make such lovely cards.

  101. Abby says:

    The items conjure a collage or shadowbox in the style of Joseph Cornell.

  102. trifles says:

    Oh, yum! I would make an objet d’art of some kind, something table-top. But first, I would have to wipe off all the drool….

  103. dari says:

    It’s pretty.


  104. orianna says:

    I’d make a blue washed mermaid shadowbox for my dear friend who loves mermaids.

  105. angelic says:

    Beautiful mermaids. I would make a shadow box under the sea scene.

  106. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Who doesn’t love mermaids? Those charms are great as are the dresdens – gorgeous!

  107. Nancy Lorenz says:

    Loving this kit!!! Love the colors and all the pieces in it! Just awesome! I think I would love to see if I could make a little wreath for one of my granddaughters with it!! Just awesome!

  108. Gigi Jordan says:

    This is a great kit. We live near the beach–would love to make summertime canvas collage for our guest room.

  109. Bonnie says:

    I am always about Cards and Tags, haha, so I see some unique items being made with this kit.. What cute tags this stuff would make hanging from a water blue paper wrapped gift!

  110. Tammy says:

    I love the coral in this kit, LOve to win mermaids are my favorite!!

  111. Marcia kaiser says:

    i love Mermaids & would love this kit to work on my Mermaid projects this summer.

  112. Lorie says:

    I would make an art journal page and maybe a larger piece for my studio! What a lovely way to start the summer!

  113. Starqueen says:

    Ooooh, what a delightful giveaway! I have an ocean-themed office/ workspace – it’s inspiring AND relaxing😉- and I would love to create art to add to that beautiful space. I also love doing seasonal themes for cards, so many of my summer birthday girlfriends get Mermaid cards for their special day!
    Thank you for sharing!

  114. lynn says:

    I love the images, and the colors of the sea, I would make a sea collage

  115. Melody says:

    My daughter loves the beach and each year she has a beach theme Christmas tree. I’m thinking maybe some handmade ornaments.

  116. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fun, fun giveaway! Of course I would make some mermaid beach scene. Maybe a tunnel one!

  117. Edith says:

    I just decorated my Bathroom window with a draped fishnet and real seashells would love to add the images and charms to give it the wow effect

  118. Ramona says:

    I’m working on something mermaid-y at the moment – I’m sure this kit would be just the inspiration to help finish it up! (love the coral!)

  119. A Kastan says:

    How can u go wrong with mermaids!
    I would make a companion piece to a piece of shark artwork that I want to make for my brother in-law. It would give me a good “excuse” to finally finish it.

  120. Pat May says:

    I’d alter a box to make a treasure box for my grand daughter who is in love with mermaids!

  121. Stacia says:

    More mermaid goodies, YAY!

  122. KIM says:

    I would make a mermaid shadow box .
    Not as talented as Shannon.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win this great giveaway.

  123. Lisa M says:

    Oh my indeed! I love mermaids and everything looks fabulous!! I love Shannon’s shadowbox so if I won, I will definitely make my own version of a shadowbox. And I LOVE how she did the frame on her second project! So inspiring!! Thanks for the chance!

  124. Charlene says:

    Seaside keepsake box for summer treasures.

  125. Sue S. says:

    What a beautiful kit! I would love to use this to make a scrapbook about a cruise I’ve been on. That patina paper is gorgeous!

  126. Winnie says:

    Ah, summer, how I missed thee!

  127. April Dudko says:

    First thing I’d make would be the shadowbox! I’d be using the papers, ribbons and dresden trim to make canvases with the rest of the images.

  128. Leanna says:

    I would make a scrapbook page from this kit for all the pictures I have from vacations at Lake Michigan the last few years. It would work great!

  129. I love mermaids! I would add this giveaway to my collection and use it to make trinket boxes and jewelry!

  130. Leela Grace Perea says:

    I’d love to have this mermaid set to use as a summer themed display in the children’s room public library where I work , it would be so lovely !

  131. Megan Warren says:

    Would love to make a beach themed shadowbox with a mermaid to send to a friend who recently moved from Florida to Minnesota and is in a rehab center after hip surgery that had complications.

  132. marykay chisum says:

    I love the beach and the ocean and tell my family that salt water runs in my veins! My love for the ocean is only equalled by my love for altered books. I would use your beautiful images to create a one of a kind reminder of the love I have for the ocean here in landlocked Tennessee.

  133. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would make a beautiful under water scene with the mermaid floating above the coral. I would use silks to paint the pieces in beautiful blues, torquoise, and sea green.

  134. Linda K says:

    Love this and would make a tunnel book or two.

  135. Angela Azzopardi says:

    My neice and I LOVE mermaids. I was working on a project with mermaids. Now I can do this one for me. Love all of your ideas.

  136. Ina Good says:

    I love mermaids and I would make a book box

  137. Wow! Love this collection! Would be so awesome to use with my Hawaii pictures! Love the colors!

  138. Helen P. says:

    I would use this kit for the cover of an art journal I am working on!

  139. Debra Gibson says:

    Love mermaids! I would make a mixed-media canvas !!!

  140. Lisa Mills says:

    I could really use these.. My hunny & I went on our long awaited honeymoon & these would really work out for our album. Thank you for the giveaway.