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Birds & Cages and Tales of Roses

Filed under Art Projects, Birds & Cages Kit, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Nichola Battilana

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, Nichola’s and Lora’s projects that are still available on the new site.

A quick reminder before getting to today’s newsletter: The 20% off Sale on the ENTIRE Ceramic Beads Section ENDS TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday, April 4th)! (And a bonus: the TEN New Ceramic Beads are also included in the Sale! See last Thursday’s newsletter for more info.)

Pretty, shabby chic papers were the inspiration for this Birds & Cages Kit. With a mix of vintage handwritten letters, roses, lace and sheet music, they have subtle textures perfect for the base of a romantic collage (and two collage sheets will provide lots of options for a focal point). Plus the kit includes new metal charms and a petite chipboard bird cage set.

There is also a related Tales of Roses Add-On Kit with a similar romantic theme, but with more saturated colors… more info below.

Back to what is in this kit, there are THREE 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers; two from the House of Roses line (a related 6×6 pad is also available, though not included in the kit) and one sheet from the Serendipity line (again, there is another sheet available). Note: I’m showing the fronts & backs of the 3 sheets in the photo at right.

This kit also includes TWO collage sheets:
New! Victorian Ephemera – Birds Collage Sheet (A variety of bits and bobs… recolored and amended to work with the palette of the Birds & Cages Kit — and with birds sized to fit the new 2″, 3″ and 4″ chipboard cages… more on those cages is below.)
Blue Birds Collage Sheet (Beautiful images from the vintage postcard collection of Wendy Anderson. More collage sheets by Wendy are under the Polliwog & Dragonfly name.)

Two new charms:
Fancy Silver Birdhouse Charm (So cute! And I love how Kristin cut a little window to fit this charm into one of her tags — see artwork below.)
Silver Bird Connector Charm (With 2 loops so you can hang it as a charm, with an extra loop at the bottom for a little dangly bead — or using it as a connector between 2 lengths of chain.)

And finally, the 2 Inch Cage with Solid Back! A sweet little 2-part chipboard birdcage, laser cut from lightweight chipboard. See the artwork below (or at right) for this bird cage in a set of mixed tags, and also used as a hat! More info on Lora’s clever card.

(There are also related 3″ and 4″ bird cages, and a fancier 2-part cage is in the add-on kit.)

More info, photos and artwork are on the Birds & Cages Kit page.

Next up, the Tales of Roses Add-On Kit!

Ooo… pretty! I love the Tales of You & Me collection, in shades of mauve, tan & pink (that inspired this kit).

This kit contains:

New! THREE 12×12 Scrapbook Papers from the Tales of You & Me collection. Note: I’m showing the fronts & backs of the 3 sheets in the photo.

New! Doodled Cage with Solid Back (A sweet little 2-part chipboard birdcage… half of the set is in my hand in the photo at left. It could also be used as a gazebo. Approx. 3-1/2″ wide x 3-3/4″ tall.)

New! Mini Birds & Nests Shape Set (A nice mix of shapes, including 4 eggs, a 2-part nest, 2 bird houses, and 2 each of 3 styles of birds. 14 pieces)

Two new charms:
Bronze Swallow Charm
Bronze Bird on Branch Charm

AND 3 collage sheets:
New! The Caged Bird Collage Sheet (Hm… is it the bird or the mistress who is the caged one? Still, pretty Victorian images, chosen for their dusty pink, tan and mauve colors to coordinate with this kit.)
Over the Garden Wall Collage Sheet (Beautiful images from the vintage postcard collection of Wendy Anderson. More collage sheets by Wendy are under the Polliwog & Dragonfly name.)
Women & Flowers Collage Sheet (Women with roses (and carnations) and a floral border from covers of vintage seed catalogs.)

More info, photos and artwork are on the Tales of Roses Add-On Kit page. And beside the lovely photos of the Floral Box with Hinged Lid (with tags, at left, by Kristin Batsel) and The Bird House by Nichola Battilana, there’s a whole Gallery of artwork by the Design Team using both of these kits! (To be updated throughout the month.) And/or read about each piece on Nichola’s or Kristin’s blogs.


Hooray for the April Kits Giveaway!

No surprise here! Today’s Giveaway is… BOTH NEW KITS!
Birds & Cages Kit
Tales of Roses Add-On Kit

But this will be a surprise: There will be a runner-up prize chosen, too! The prize for the runner-up will be both of the 6×6 pads announced today:
House of Roses 6×6 Paper Pad
Tales of You & Me 6×6 Collection Kit

To enter April Kits Giveaway drawing (both drawings) 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, April 4, 2016). AND tell me: What would you make with the chipboard cages 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 Arch Top Cabinet Giveaway? That would be Pattie Walters!

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, April 3rd, 2016

60 responses to “Birds & Cages and Tales of Roses”

  1. barb macaskill says:

    I think I would make it a 3D birdcage and have little gnomes or Trolls inside it! Lots of vinery on the outside to keep them from being able to escape and a watchdog outside the cage just in case they DO escape!!! Great kits!!

  2. Denise Bryant says:

    Oh, these are so sweet! I would make some special Christmas ornaments with them!

  3. I love this theme I would love to make a collage with these pieces Thanks

  4. Maggie M says:

    A fairy garden of course! That Doodle Cage would become an arbor:)

  5. Barbara A. says:

    Love the papers, would make artist trading
    cards with them.

  6. Karen says:

    I would somehow incorporate it into a fairy garden theme. I love all the fairy garden stuff available now.

  7. Holly says:

    My mom loves birds–I’d love to make a birdcage card for her for Mother’s Day!

  8. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I love the idea of making a bird cage, but it surely would also have some space for a fairy or two to come and go at will. Afterall, someone would need to keep an eye on the birds.

  9. robin howes says:

    This is a beautiful set and I can see using it on antique scrap book pages.

  10. Lou Conaway says:

    The larger cage looks like it would make a beautiful rose covered gazebo with appropriate sized paper gardens and roses, a small table and chairs inside to take in the view. I’d put the smaller birdcage and tiny bird in the lower branches of a tree with outdoor furniture or a retaining wall just low enough to frustrate an adventurous cat.
    I love this one and everything that goes with it. Perfect choice for Spring.

  11. Jen R says:

    I’m thinking a great shadow box with an aviary scene.

  12. Traci says:

    Love the new items. I would make a rose garden collage. >^..^<

  13. winnie says:

    I would make some cards and a nice spring/summer shadow box.

  14. marykay chisum says:

    Oh the possibilities! Fairy lights, captured mythical beasts, tortured souls for Halloween…

  15. Laural says:

    I would have to go with ideas shown..both artists have a magnificent creative process!

  16. Leah Fein says:

    We have a Wishing tree at work where I work with children I would make a little birdcages to hang on it

  17. Lana says:

    stamp them, glitter them and emboss them…they would look awesome!

  18. Emily Ann Dale says:

    I’d make something with canaries. Love them!

  19. LeAnn says:

    I would use the birdcages and paper
    to make beautiful cards.

  20. Karen Mallory says:

    Love! The big cage I would use as a Marie Antoinette skirt and use a smaller one as part of an elaborate hair up do!!

  21. Mary Helene says:

    Would make a beautiful Photo Journal.

  22. Michelle says:

    I have been doing a lot of work with winged creatures lately. First it was birds and I’ve now switched to moths and butterflies. The cages would fit in with my themes of freedom vs. Entrapment and sometimes the confusing world in between.

  23. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the birds and birdcages!!! We enjoy caring for the wild birds at our home and now have chickens – so fun!!!

  24. Carla says:

    Ove the birds….and every garden needs birds!

  25. Verna says:

    Wow! This is a beautiful blog post. I would make a mixed media wall art piece. I love birds and birdhouses. Thank you!

  26. Michelle Beck says:

    I would make a shadowbox for my witch and the cage would be a perfect place for her raven to rest!

  27. Ritva says:

    I would probably make some kind of Fairy Garden Entry….

  28. DianeD says:

    I am addicted to birds and bird cages. This is a gorgeous kit. I would probably do a Bird Land vignette.

  29. I know I just won, but this is so exciting and addicting!!!! I just want everything on your site!

  30. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    Love all the colors in the papers that come with these kits. I got really excited about houses in last month’s swap so I will play with some caged images on a house form like Nichola did in her beautiful samples.

  31. Ginette says:

    I think the Doodled cage would make a nice garden refuge for lovers

  32. Cheryl Lee says:

    I love all the soft colors in these kits! So very pretty. I would use most of the items in little miniature vignettes.

  33. Margaret says:

    Oh my! I am so in love with this kit and add-on kit and give-away. I just love birds and roses and those cages!I am thinking cards but I also have a small album and it would make a beautiful little gift album for someone. (maybe even me! The little charms are sweet.I love the tags. I think I would definitely make an garden album with all these things.

  34. Janet T says:

    I love this giveaway. I would make a flowery birdhouse to hang in my indoor porch.

  35. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make a birdhouse and use the cages to cover the windows, just like Kristen’s!!! LOVE!

  36. Alison says:

    What beautiful images perfect for springtime! I would make a simple flower vine covered birdcage to go with my little gnome’s house.

  37. Carmeng says:

    The doodled cage could be a mausoleum or a shrine front and that’s what I’d use them

  38. Lou Anne says:

    Those cages would make darling displays for a garden shop shadowbox!

  39. Evelyn Reyes says:

    With such beautiful items I would make something to celebrate spring!

  40. Glennis F says:

    I would include the birdcage in a mixed media on canvas that I would like to make. Thanks for the chance

  41. Rose says:

    I’m thinking they would be really beautiful on some fancy tags with lots of ribbons and lace. Love them both. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Kat Cashwell says:

    these are perfect for ATC’s!! love them!

  43. Ina M Good says:

    I would add them to my fairy garden wouldnt they look lovely with birds and roses?

  44. Nancy E says:

    I’m in love with these bird cages. With the smaller version I would definitely make an altered necklace. I so enjoy wearing unique art work.

  45. Jackie P Neal says:

    What a yummy giveaway! Please throw my name in!

  46. Eve Watters says:

    I’d like to put a secret uplifting message inside the cage, all decked in birds and flowers.

  47. Sharon Kaczorowski says:

    What a stunning kit! And very generous on products, as always.

  48. Marilyn Hughes says:

    They would be great on a greeting card or alternatively, on a small canvas.

  49. Leanna Alverson says:

    I would make a beautiful page in my journal!

  50. Shannon Martinson says:

    The whole kit is gorgeous! I’ve been fascinated by fairy gardens lately, so I’d probably find a way to use the bird cages in one.

  51. angelic says:

    I would make a mini garden! Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Ann Pierce says:

    I would use it as a entry way to an exotic world seen in the distance!

  53. Carol Feiner says:

    I love the idea of using a cage as a hat. And of course, I would have to put a bird on it!

  54. Carolyn says:

    I would use this little birdcage as cage for little fish in a mermaid scene

  55. Alma Casiano says:

    What I’d like to do with the little cages is to add them to a windowed card and place a bird or 2 in them also I’d have to add lots of flowers and lace for curtains in the windows ….and on & on… to build a whole room inside & out

  56. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love to win this, how could anyone go wrong with birds and birdcages? I think I would put a little fairy inside

  57. Alice Wilkotz says:

    I would make a piece in which the lovely Victorian ladies/birds were making their escapes from their gilded cages.

  58. Denise says:

    I would use these for my ATC’s, They would be perfect for all my bird ephemera!

  59. Barb Striethorst says:

    I would make cards.