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Day 1 Theme & Giveaway: The Toy Shoppe

Filed under Art Projects, Black Friday Sale 2015, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Sale, Tutorials
Update! A newer post about Laura’s artwork is here.

Hey, it’s Friday of the 4-day “Black Friday” sale! Today’s theme is The Toy Shoppe.

Before I hand this post off to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) for a short tour of Laura Carson’s amazing Victorian Toy Shoppe, here’s a short recap on how these themed sale days work:

I’ve pulled TWO lovely Toy Shoppe Giveaway Kits. One will be for a random comment BELOW on this blog post and the other will be to one lucky shopper!. The kit includes ALL 9 collage sheets used in Laura’s Victorian Toy Shoppe artwork! (Actually 10 collage sheet as one is the new Toy Shoppe Collage Sheet Set!) Note: 7 of those are brand new today!

In addition, I have 2 of the new “Dollhouse for a Dollhouse” wooden dollhouses (one each of the two styles: hinged and unfinished) and one of those will be added to each Giveaway kit!

If you order on Friday you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing for the Friday Giveaway Kit. PLUS: everyone who places an order during the 4-day sale will be entered into a drawing for a $100 shopping spree! Click here for more info on all the gifts & freebies going on during the sale!

(And since we didn’t have a “normal” Thursday newsletter yesterday: who won Sunday’s Rustic Christmas Tree Giveaway? That would be Jacqualine! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.)181205

Today’s Theme: The Toy Shoppe

Design Team Member Laura Carson is kicking off the Christmas season with a Victorian Toy Shoppe! It is delightfully whimsical and makes you wish you could live in the wonderment of a 5 year old, just for a bit.

“It’s Christmas time in Victorian England and Mr. Brimble’s Toy Shoppe is filled with things to delight both young and old. The village children wait in anticipation to see what new toys will fill the windows.

“Things are looking so cheerful at the shoppe. Notice the lovely lighted lamps above the bay windows and so many wonderful toys that fill the windows. Looks like Mr. Brimble is pulling out all the stops for this holiday season!

“Now I will let you in a little secret and I think you’ll be surprised. The Victorian Toy Shoppe is constructed from pre-made chipboard kits which simplifies the construction process tremendously. If you can paper, paint and glue you can make a toy shop!

“The basic structure is one kit that fits together with tabs and groves. I also used three Bay Window Kits attached to the front and both sides. Then I went crazy with paper and paint.”

Those fabulous Bay Windows are a custom bay window extension that fits the width of the window on the Storefront Room Boxes (and can also be used to add more display areas to the sides of any of the Deep Room Boxes). Pretty cool, hmm?

Enter the toy store and the first thing I’m drawn to is the amazing triple bookcase full of toys and games and books. Then there is a furry teddy bear in the window, a puppet theatre and a doll house that opens (and is fully decorated on the inside!) My inner-magpie can’t stand it! I want to touch everything and ride the rocking horse like a little kid all hopped up on too much candy.

Also worth noting is the fancy schmancy chandelier that is inside the Toy Shoppe; it lights up! Don’t worry about not knowing how to wire it – because Laura will show you how easy it is on her tutorial. For now, just gaze at the wonder of it – I’m always so enamored of working lights inside of these miniature works.

Laura has created 5 new collage sheets for this project (that are on the supply list) and if you go to her blog post you can see many more pictures, a plethora of details AND an amazing tutorial!

Posted by Leslie, November 27th, 2015

35 responses to “Day 1 Theme & Giveaway: The Toy Shoppe”

  1. Jackie Barth says:

    I love this kit! Even if I don’t win will order most of it.

  2. Jen R says:

    I love this one! Laura is of course, one of my favorite artistic crafters. I hope I win this, I would love to try it! Thank you for the opportunity

  3. Amazing!! Laura is absolutely incredible! Love all the new miniatures and everything else, of course 🙂

  4. winnie says:

    so much fun. I remember as a kid going to the big city and seeing the department store windows with all the toys.

  5. MaggieM says:

    I am totally in love with the doll houses kits! Can’t wait to get my hands on the hinged one and all of the adorable toys, papers and more! I think you have outdone yourselves with this one! Keeping my fingers crossed:)

  6. Ann Pierce says:

    So cute! I do miniatures and mixed media – this is the best of both worlds!

  7. Ginny Over says:

    What a fun project.

  8. Kristie N says:

    What a cute little dollhouse, Love it.

  9. sheilaAR says:

    Such happy memories of childhood Christmas shopping and the Sears Wishbook. We used to drive downtown to see all the stores and avenues lit up festively. Thanks Laura and Leslie !!

  10. Abbee says:

    I Love the Victorian style.
    This is a project to work on all year.

  11. Leah Fein says:

    This sounds amazing

  12. Maggie Hantel says:

    This is a stunningly beautiful Christmas toy shop display. Laura has outdone herself yet again. Congratulations on this project!

  13. Noreen says:

    Love the sweet Toy Shoppe. It looks just like stores used to in vintage photos! Times seemed so much nicer then.

  14. Emily N. says:

    Very cute project! Love all the detail!

  15. Ginette says:

    I think Laura deserves a price for creativity. I’m always waiting to see what she’ll bring to the table for Christmas . What a pleasure it is to receive her projects. Thanks Laura

  16. Catherine says:

    Laura is such an amazing designer. I love all her work! Would love to win this kit!

  17. Traci says:

    Laura is so talented I am in awe of all her fantastic ideas. I love all the cute little miniatures especially the dollhouses and the cabinet. >^..^<

  18. Karen Mallory says:

    Wow! what a fabulous toy shop! I made a Santa’s workshop with leftover haunted village stuff!

  19. Mindy Winchester says:

    So cool! So cute! You guys rock!

  20. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful! On my wish list.

  21. Helen says:

    Laura is amazing! Her toy shop is spectacular. Thank you Laura!

  22. Jean marmo says:

    So delightful. Would love to create this.

  23. carmen g says:

    Oh, oh, OH!!! I want to make this so badly! The whole thing! I JUST LOVE THIS!!!

  24. Carol Slowik says:

    The Victorian Toy Shoppe just rock’s Laura Carson! Love it!!

  25. Nancy Carter says:

    Laura’s imagination has always blown me away – but this one is Over the top. I can only image how beautiful it is to see for real! I’d love to try this!

  26. Jackie P Neal says:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone at Alpha Stamps!

  27. michele s says:

    so much wonderfulness though! thanks for the chance to win. xo

  28. Rho Daniels says:

    Oh WOW! This is just wonderful-what imagination!

  29. marykay chisum says:

    I really want this amazing kit! It’s perfect!

  30. barb m,acaskill says:

    LOVE The Toy Shoppe! What an amazing giveaway for bnoth of them!! Would love to be a winner to add on to my Fairy Village!! I can see the Fairy children learning ot work their magic and playing in the Toy Shoppe! THanks for the chnace

  31. cheryl foster says:

    This is such a wonderful kit !

  32. Wonderful reminds you of the good ole days, when times were so good, so glad I grew up in the 50′, too bad things have changed so much, and not for the good, Life was so simple then, I miss those great times !

  33. Nelda says:

    Such a wonderful project by Laura. I can’t wait to make one of those bookcases….it’s my favorite part. Love all the new collages and the unique way to use the shadow box.

  34. Lori D. says:

    I just adore this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win! I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

  35. Charlotte Deerborn says:

    This toy store is so cute. Wish I had young children still to appreciate it. Maybe later when the grandchildren are older, heh?