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New Cabinet with Witty Artwork and TWO Garden Albums!

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Sale, The Garden Kit, Tristan Robin Blakeman

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

Wow! This is a colorful and jam-packed little newsletter! Not only are there projects by TWO Design Team Members (using cute new papers and a new chipboard cabinet), but there are also TEN new Ceramic Beads — and the ENTIRE Ceramic Beads Section is on sale for 20% off now through Monday night, April 4th!

Inspired by the new Arch Top Cabinet with Doors, Design Team Member Kristin Batsel has come up with the adorable Margaret Hogs the Stage.

How cute is Margaret? Margaret comes from the Little Darlings Collage Sheet and is colored in Copic markers before adding ribbons to all the waistlines. Blue Tulle has also been added to Margaret’s dress.

The header for the cabinet is from the new 4 Inch Shrine Facades Collage Sheet and it flows perfect with the overall palette. The cabinet looks so whimsical with the doors closed, but really comes to life when the doors are opened! I put new Narrow Window panes on the inside of the door, because I’ll most likely leave these doors open, but they’d look great on the outside, too. Perfect fit!

I really like the way the stark black and white striped paper contrasts with the soft pastels.(By the way, I mitered the corners on the insides of the doors for a fun look.)

Margaret Hogs the Stage Supply List

Visit Kristin’s blog for more details and pictures. (And see below for a Giveaway with pretty much everything Kristin used in her artwork!)

Design Team Member Tristan Robin Blakeman has been inspired by The Garden Kit to create two lovely mini-albums for you to enjoy.

The cover of the Faerie Garden Mini Album (see the wide photo below) uses the front piece of the Album with Arched Door (also in the Door Album Add-On Kit), which is covered in Black Diamond Stickles. I hinged the doors with three micro-mini hinges and used a metal leaf for a door knob. It opens onto a fussy-cut fountain from the Garden Urns Collage Sheet, which I lightly outlined with Waterfall Stickles to look like water. Gold mica stucco ‘bricks’ on the album front came from the Brick Wall Chipboard Texture Sheet and I used the Twiggy Leaf Garland to frame the cover.

One of the many spreads in the album has a garden image on the left (framed with the Cobblestone Scrapbook Paper), which is the perfect spot for a large photograph to be showcased. This page is surrounded by more Twiggy Leaf Garland with Pale Pink and Bright Pink Roses. On the right, the page base is the Provincial Hedge Scrapbook Paper, and the large open page area provides a good space for a journal note.

Faerie Garden Mini Album Supply List

With all those winged faeries in my head, I couldn’t get the idea of butterflies to go away, so I had to create a Butterfly Garden Mini Album. I used the glamorous Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon on the cover (down the left side and around the picture frame) and some of the Twiggy Leaf Garland on the frame. The floral papers on the cover and inside the book are from the new Soiree Scrapbook Papers. The closure on the cover is a vintage piece of jewelry.

Throughout the book you will find many gorgeous elements that I’ve used. Strips of Trailing Ivy Border, light pink rosettes (on sale), and hot pink blossoms. You will swoon with delight over the Frolic and (new!) Soiree Scrapbook Papers that are used; I can think of nothing more beautiful to lay Spring photos against. Seam binding in Spring Colors adds a bit of whimsy, even more vines and of course, lots of butterflies throughout.”

Butterfly Mini Garden Supply List

Not only has Tristan come up with two beautiful albums, but he also has a video walk through of each album! Visit Tristan’s blog for more photos and to see the videos.



Hooray for the Arch Top Cabinet Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Kristin’s Margaret Hogs the Stage supply list to make this sweet Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies Kristin used):
New Arch Top Cabinet with Doors
New Narrow Windows – Set of 2
– Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders
– Flat-Back Gold Star Studs – 12mm
– Tiny Curved Hinges
– Tiny Faux Ring Handles
– Blush Charmed Scrapbook Paper
New 4 Inch Shrine Facades Collage Sheet
– Little Darlings Collage Sheet

To enter the Arch Top Cabinet 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 1, 2016)! April Fool’s Day?! And tell me: What will you make with the Arch Top Cabinet with Doors and Narrow Windows – Set of 2? Will you use the windows inside or outside of doors?

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 Flower Fairies & Planter Box Giveaway? That would be Leanne S! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, March 31st, 2016

52 responses to “New Cabinet with Witty Artwork and TWO Garden Albums!”

  1. Brenda Moehlig says:

    I would make a vintage travel trunck with mini album tucked inside. I would add small wheels a handle to the side and top, I would make pull out tabletop and shelves…all folding up so that the mini could also ft in. Oh so many ideas. So cute.

  2. M. C. Sparks says:

    I’m torn…a Lion Witch and Wardrobe theme, or something inspired by Tristan’s designs!

  3. Nadine says:

    More Great Stuff! I would make a castle roombox.

  4. Jen R says:

    Not sure what I would make but for some reason a divas closet full of glittery clothes and fancy shoes comes to mind. The Windows would be inside with awesome views to her fabulous life.

  5. Lyn Gill says:

    Such an adorable project! I think I would do a vintage ladies wardrobe with a touch of lace & the window would go on the inside I think.

  6. Barbara A. says:

    Love Kristin’s cabinet–windows on the inside!!

  7. cathy smith says:

    I like that Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe idea…something where there is a portal to somewhere else – behind the fabulous clothes. Or…I may do a Marie Antoinette closet – I’ve got a lot of stuff for that – even hangers!

  8. linda lee says:

    How much fun is that!

  9. Leanna Alverson says:

    I would make a wardrobe (i.e. Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe) with a secret door into Fairyland!

  10. Susan Devillier says:

    Would love to win, making a miniature shop for my mother in law and that would be perfect

  11. SandyA says:

    Headed to Narnia with this! Windows in the back beyond the hanging coats for a glimpse into that fantastic world.

  12. Traci says:

    love todays projects and especially love the cabinet. I would love to make a mini apothecary cabinet out of it. >^..^<

  13. JillO says:

    It’s obvious to me that we all live rich, imaginative lives…I was thinking Narnia as well.

  14. Emily Ann Dale says:

    I would make the stage exactly like Kirstin’s.

  15. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I would probably try to duplicate the featured design with one exception, using my daughter’s photo as the star of the show. She always was one to hog the stage.

  16. Lou Anne says:

    I would use the windows inside the doors and make a cabinet that opens to a secret garden

  17. Jean Marshall says:

    I think this is one of the most fun collections and already have ideas for my own version!

  18. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the idea of looking into a ballroom or a garden!!

  19. Lou Conaway says:

    The 1st thing I thought was that I wanted that cabinet with it’s beautiful facade, full size not tiny. It would sit in my bedroom locked with a hidden key. There would have to be shelves inside with beautiful lace at their edges. The bottom shelf would be a little taller than the others. The back of the cabinet would be a double door with the narrow windows and the most beautiful garden through the doors, a few fairies peeking out to see who opened the door. The only entrance would be through the bottom shelf, just big enough to crawl through. Door knobs would have to be very low to open them while crawling trough the bottom shelf. That’s my full size dream so the tiny one would be the same. Someday I’ll make them both! Fingers crossed to start the dream.

  20. Jackie P Neal says:

    Tristan’s piece is magnificent!! I adore his artwork- so glad he is on your team!
    I think I would make a wardrobe for Marie if I were to win!

  21. Nancy E says:

    I’m in love with piece. I’d fill it with fairy dresses for all occasions!

  22. jean marmo says:

    Love that cabinet – looks like real furniture! I think it would be fun to decorate it for my mom with photos of the grandkids inside.

  23. Laural says:

    Narnia, The wardrobe ..I can see lots of snow and the children entering

  24. love love love this I would try to make a shrine as well!! Thank you

  25. Maggie M says:

    So many great ideas for using the cabinet and narrow doors! I would create a doll size wardrobe with a surprise inside:) Keeping my fingers crossed on this giveaway:)

  26. barb macaskill says:

    I think I would make a Trolls and Gnomes scene so the fairies can go watch a show! I would use the windows on the doors but am pretty sure that I would cut a space in them so the windows give a sneak peek of what is happening inside! My Village NEEDS a theatre so this would be a darling one to add to the village!! Thanks for the chance to!!
    I absolutely ADORE Tristan’s Butterfly and Fairie Mini Garden Albums!! They are delightful!!

  27. Alma Casiano says:

    For the windows .. I think I’d use them on the outside of the cabinet, so you could see into it at all the wonderful secrets it would hold and for the over-all project would be a vintage style apothecary type cabinet, with tiny jars & bottles of who knows what on every shelf.

  28. Carla says:

    I see a lady’s wardrobe with gowns and glitz

  29. debra says:

    Love the adorable cabinet. It reminds me of a doll wardrobe that my father made for me when I was a child. I still cherish it. I think I would fill this one with lovely little clothes.

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway!! I would use it for a magical scene on the inside and make it look normal on the outside. Maybe an Alice in Wonderland scene!

  31. I’d like to win something for once…..

  32. Karen Wood says:

    I would love to make the cabinet almost just like Kristin did. It would be perfect for in my fairy house. I would put fairy stuff on the inside though.

  33. Jo says:

    So pretty!! I love it!

  34. Barb Striethorst says:

    Narnia .. Narnia .. Narnia!!

  35. Leah Fein says:

    I would use those windows for an inside to-the-kitchen view

  36. Jen C says:

    I’m thinking to use the windows inside the doors and use the cabinet to showcase bakery goodies!!

  37. Eve Watters says:

    I’d like to make a place
    All garden-y, with lace.
    Where imaginations travel,
    And cares and woes unravel!

  38. Michelle B. says:

    I would use the narrow windows on the outside with children’s
    images behind them, as if the kidz are looking out the windows.
    Probably would add a dog looking out, too!

  39. Margaret Dolan says:

    At first thought I was all about a garden scene with a tiny Dancer but now I am thinking it would make a wonderful Christmas scene with tree and tiny presents. One of the Barbs above said Narnia! And that is a great idea! I can just see a tiny lamppost and a snowy scene. The doors I would use outside not sure whether I would make them ‘see through’ or not. If I did I would use some vellum and wire a mini light in for some extra magic. Oh that is a marvelous idea lol! That is probably what I would do. I love those little gnomes! And Tristan’ s mini albums are just yummy just like Tristan’s little artworks always are.

  40. Lana says:

    I’d add a shelf to the closet.

  41. carmen g says:

    Inside and I’d paint white, distress and use to frame pics or pressed flowers (made with flower soft) and lots of other fun stuff!

  42. Mary Helene says:

    Would be a window into a forgotten garden.

  43. Phoebe Diamond says:

    A cozy cupboard that opens to a winter night scene inside. I think that some small lights would add just the right touch of bling and sparkle.

  44. marykay chisum says:

    An alchemists cabinet with all sort of wonders and magic! What an amazing kit!

  45. Beth says:

    My first thought was a Narnia wardrobe with a mini-lamp post inside… but I think a fairy dress closet would be lovely also! All the dresses would be made of pieces of (silk) flowers… 🙂

  46. Tammy Lemon says:

    Love the wardrobe kit & the little gnomes Hope to win soon

  47. KIM says:

    Great give away, with endless
    I immediately thought of Alice in Wonderland.

  48. Kat Cashwell says:

    I see a wizard/witch wardrobe and would use the windows on the outside!

  49. Luanne Shoup says:

    I have some great ideas on using the windows for my greeting cards!

  50. Karen says:

    I think a closet full of fairy clothes and “accessories” would be fun to do.

  51. Ginette says:

    A reel opening in the doors for windows

  52. Debra Gibson says:

    I would make a closet for Marie Antoinette’s pretty gowns!! Yes indeed!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!