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New ATC Book Box & Blue Bird Book Box Artwork

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Teri Calia

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey is going to show you how she used the same product to make two different projects with.

Lora used the new ATC Sized Faux Book for her creations. This is a beyond adorable faux book to put together with a wrap-around cover and a box area inside for housing ATCs or for building a little shrine. (Are you already thinking of the many possibilities with this?!)

We are having a lot of fun over at Alpha Stamps with our bird-themed April! I came up with a couple of fun and fairly uncomplicated projects noodling around with ATC Sized Faux Books. What I came up with are two very different styles, but both with lots of blue. Same theme, same boxes, but so very different from each other!

The Blue Bird Book Box was constructed using all the pieces that come with the kit, including the spine hinge that enables the book to open and the top to lie flat. The front of the box is covered with a gorgeous vintage book cover from the new Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet that Leslie designed to fit the new book boxes; and the back and side of the box is covered in Double Dot Vintage Orange Citrus Scrapbook Paper. The blue and orange contrast is stunning! Instead of a title for the side of the book, I attached the Fancy Bronze Mirror Frame Setting. Inside you’ll find a sweet set of bird ATC’s to browse through…

“For the Trellis Book Box (see photo below), I omitted the spine hinge and attached the cover directly to the box. (I love having options!) Inside the Trellis Book Box is a (surprise!) trellis that I painted white and use as a mid-ground piece between the nest of eggs in the background and the bird sitting in the front. You’ll also find Tiny Roses, Mini Rosebuds, and bits of fern.

I really enjoyed using the same platform for two very different pieces!

I also love how Lora used portions of the Doodled Cage with Solid Back on her ATCs, to give the idea of a bird cage around the birds, without enclosing them completely in a cage (and finishing off the designs with little dots of Liquid Pearls). The same dotted decoration (in Platinum) is so pretty against the light blue Frolic Petits Moments Scrapbook Paper on the Trellis Book Box.

Speaking of that pretty paper, Leslie had just put ALL of the Scrapbook Paper (single sheets) on sale! Over 100 designs! Grab ’em quick cuz a lot of these will be gone once the current stock sells out! Note: the sale ends Monday night, April 25th (2016).

Blue Bird Book Box Supply List

Trellis Book Box Supply List

For more pictures and to find out how Lora hinged the front and back covers to the book spine, please visit Cackle and Hoot.

Wrapping up today’s newsletter is a quick project from Design Team Emeritus Teri Calia, Sweet Peas Floral ATC Pocket.

Teri designed two new Collage Sheets, the nostalgic Vintage Flower Seed Packets and the absolutely adorable Flower Faces. She made ATCs using the Flower Faces Collage Sheet and then put them into pockets that were cut out and glued together from the Vintage Flower Seed Packets Collage Sheet.

What a fast and easy project; they’d make super cute gift tags or or you could write a note on the back of the ATC for Mother’s Day!

Sweet Peas Floral ATC Pocket Supply List



Hooray for the Birds, Book Box & Frames Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items that are new or used in today’s featured artwork (or both) to make this Giveaway:
ATC Sized Faux Book Box
Vintage Flower Seed Packets Collage Sheet
Victorian Garden Collage Sheet
Flower Faces Collage Sheet
Bird Book Covers Collage Sheet
Fancy Bronze Mirror Frame Setting
The 3 Graces Celadon 25x18mm Cabochon
Ivy ATC Frame
Doodled Cage with Solid Back

To enter the Birds, Book Box & Frames 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 22, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with all these pretties?

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 Dry Sink for a French Kitchen Giveaway? That would be Rosemarie Grant! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, April 21st, 2016

72 responses to “New ATC Book Box & Blue Bird Book Box Artwork”

  1. barb macaskill says:

    WOW!! LOVE Lora’s Trellis Book Box! I would make a miniature Fairy scene if I was to win these pretties!!! I would add Fairy lights and a small tree with Fairies flitting about and dropping Fairy Dust everywhere!!!
    Congratulations to Rosemarie for winning the last giveaway and to Kim on winning the Swap prize package!!! Have a Fairy nice day!

  2. Liane Ceglar says:

    what a perfect way to keep all your ATC’s and it beeing Birds is an extra Bonus (I love Birds)
    Thank you for the Opportunity to win !!
    Liane 🙂

  3. Ina M Good says:

    I love the bird Box and would love to mke one with all those scrumptious goodies!!!Thank you for a chance!I love Alpha Stamps and all the creations also!!!

  4. Thalia Kottke says:

    I definitely need a place to keep my ATCs, would love to make this cute little book.

  5. Diana bittaker says:

    Definitely want to make an Alice in wonderland book theme- would wand a different scene with different characters from the story on all sides or pages of book! So delightful!

  6. Kathy Valent says:

    I would make a garden scene in the Trellis Book Box. Thank you for the chance to win this great prize!

  7. Slavena Konstantinova says:

    I’m also in love with the Trellis book box- the inside is like a little secret garden! I’d love to make it and give it as a mother’s day gift in lieu of a card!

  8. Victoria says:

    I would love to make a collage piece with all these beautiful birds- with a tropical reference. The ones pictured are just lovely!!

  9. marykay chisum says:

    I love the bird box! Simply beautiful!

  10. Kat Cashwell says:

    OMG! this is a perfect size book for my ATC cards. I will have to make mine Halloween themed!

  11. I just adore these I would try to make a collage out of them Thank you

  12. I would make something for my mom with all those great products.

  13. Cynthia Xavier says:

    The designs are absolutely gorgeous. And all the designs fit perfectly together. You have made everything so simple that I could this. What a great gift for Mother’s Day.

  14. Michelle says:

    I would be torn between using the birdcage as a mask/stencil or using it as presented. I think it would integrate very well overtop of a painting of a caged anything. Recently I’ve been working with a lot of winged things: birds, lightning bugs, now butterflies.

    The book could go any number of directions, one of which is a place to hold the letters my husband has written me. A valentine theme is the most immediate thing that comes to mind but I think I’d want something more personally meaningful to the two of us. (But not a scrapbook; that sort of thing happens elsewhere.)

    The ivy is just lovely. I would have to think about that.
    I also love to make love/care packages for far-off friends, particularly artists. I have someone in mind who would just light up at some of those papers.

  15. Denise Bryant says:

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as an ATC box! I need one! I just signed up for an ATC swap and am making 10 for the swap. I’d decorate it for the theme of this month’s swap, April Showers.

  16. Maggie M says:

    I would make the bird (ATC) book box for my nature inspired ATCs. I also love the trellis box idea…decisions, decisions, lol. Great giveaway!

  17. Michelle says:

    PS: that blue bird box really is remarkable. The craftsmanship is flawless.

  18. Verna says:

    Wow, this box is a stunner! I would make a bird pin with the little frame. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Ritva says:

    A book with Secrets (and Magic) inside…

  20. Sunny says:

    Birds and books?? What a combination! I’m not sure I can wait to see who wins the giveaway. I might need to go shopping NOW!

  21. Karen says:

    I love the little book box. I think it is perfect for a “Fairy Tales” theme book with a little fairy doll perched on top! So many other ideas for all the wonderful items in this giveaway are spinning around in my head!

  22. Lori D. says:

    I adore this giveaway! I would make cards to fit in the book and give it to one of my penpals! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  23. Laural says:

    I would like to make the little book box with each one of the most celebrated fairy tales on an ATC card.

  24. jean marmo says:

    Absolutely adore this!! Perfect for the ATCs I collect! So very creative!!

  25. KIM says:

    Perfect give away for spring time .
    The collage sheets I would use on tags and cards,for May Day.
    Pretty addiction to the flowers bouquets, I’m surprising friends with .

  26. Barb Striethorst says:

    What a perfect medium for a nature scene!

  27. Jenni B. says:

    The cat on the bird book covers collage sheet is so adorable! I think I would have to incorporate that with the birdcage. I would probably make a really sweet Mother’s Day card with the other collage sheets and items. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  28. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Love the book box! I’d make one with flowers on it to hold my seeds for my garden.

  29. Carla says:

    Love the book boxes! A great way to store and display!

  30. Nancy E says:

    I just love the book boxes. I have a wedding to go to and the trellis book box would be a lovely gift of remembrance of the day! Pick me!

  31. Traci says:

    I LOVE these projects I have to make the book box with the cat on the cover plus I am ordering another as I am sure I will come up with another great idea to use the cute ATC book box for. I am thinking maybe the seed packet collage sheet would make a great something o put in the box. >^..^<

  32. Jen R says:

    So many different ideas for these goodies. I do have a use for the book box. I took a class using a deck of cards, decorated them for a weekly journal and this box is the perfect size to put the deck in. The rest of the items would go to making many other projects.

  33. Carol Feiner says:

    My motto: when in doubt, put a bird book cover on it!

  34. Brenda Moehlig says:

    I am seeing the trellis idea but more gothic tones. I like creepy scary over delicate birds etc. I would play off crows and maybe even throw in some bats, and graves.

  35. Joanne Root says:

    Oh, they are pretty! I’d make a book box and create a scene using my 1″ scale birdhouses!

  36. Winnie says:

    I love all your book boxes, they are so much fun to work with. I really like the blue bird box!

  37. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Just a wonderful Giveaway. I love the idea of hiding some “secrets” to discover inside such a box. Love all the possibilities.

  38. angelic says:

    I love the book boxes to create a 3D collage. I would create a fairy garden!

  39. Sue Young says:

    I LOVE ATCS and birds!!! I’d make a little book for each person in my art group!

  40. Lana says:

    what a perfect spring time give-away!

  41. Holly says:

    I love the idea of making a book that opens up to reveal a secret little garden.

  42. Janet T says:

    Birds and flowers, two of my favorite things. I wold love to make a bird book for my mother-in-lae for mother’s day.

  43. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make a box box using the bird cage idea with a small doll on a swing. This would the idea of ” I’m only a bird on a golden swing” song that was popular in the late 1800’s. Lots of gold nd flowers.

  44. Teddee Grace says:

    Love the two bird book boxes!

  45. I love birds and I love books, I hand bind books of all sizes and would use these beautiful goodies to further enhance my creations.

  46. Margaret D says:

    Love both of them! The blue and orange is gorgeous! I can see so many small dioramas that you could do with the box. Tea partys and gardens Halloween graveyards and Christmas scenes. If I had these items I would make the bird box first ( I love those colors) but I think I would do a garden scene inside with birds of course. I love love the idea of Crows too as someone mentioned above. I would certainly have fun!

  47. Tina C. says:

    I would make a beautiful vintage box to hold old photographs of my mother as a gift to her for Mother’s Day.

  48. Angie says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I absolutely love the book box 🙂

  49. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the bird things! I would save the box for a Christmas scene and use the the other items to make a spring card set!

  50. Leah Fein says:

    Love this one! I would make a box for my Tarot cards

  51. carmen g says:

    I would make my FIRST book box! Love this! The blue bird is gorgeous!!

  52. Ginette says:

    Probably a mini album to celebrate spring with space for photo of my garden.

  53. Barb A says:

    I would love to make a box for my ATCs. Or maybe make a miniature scene in the book.

  54. As always, I want everything you have…..

  55. Eve Watters says:

    I’ll make a little garden sanctuary wall shrine, so a viewer can hang it on the wall and take a mini-vacation every time they walk by it!

  56. Phoebe Diamond says:

    A book box for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. She’s been a botanical wizard as long as I’ve known her, and that’s been a long time.

  57. Kristie says:

    Love this project! I’d make a small album to put inside the box.

  58. Carol Slowik says:

    Oh my, this is my favorite giveaway so far. I am so in love with the birds book box that that is just what I would make if I win. Thank you for the chance.

  59. krystal long says:

    “”WOW”” I have a strong love of garden birds I would make a bird garden where in my mind I could sit & recoup after having my latest cancer operation, this page gives me the inspiration to try. Thank you. xXx

  60. Made me smile! I would be able to make a beautiful box out of all those little lovelies! I have been collecting and making ATC’s for about 5 years and they need a home🌸

  61. ruth says:

    Although I am new to crafting, I really find this blog inspiring…it would be wonderful to win a little gift.

  62. Evelyn Reyes says:

    I just received the Mcgregor Garden giveaway. Thank you sooo much it is beautiful. I intend to incorporate into my dollhouse that I am doing !! As for this beautiful little book I would fill it with paper clay small dolls!

  63. Leanna Alverson says:

    Love books and love miniatures so this is perfect! I’d probably make a Victorian book on gardening with lots of garden miniatures inside.

  64. Mary Helene says:

    I think the bird box is just gorgeous and would try to make one

  65. Mary Lucas says:


  66. Gina Goodling says:

    I feel a group project coming on! My local ATC artists would each take the ATC boxes and design and then surprise their partner.With all the lovely papers and ephemera we would have a ball!

  67. Luanne Shoup says:

    The new birds are a must have!

  68. Marilyn Hughes says:

    The projects are lovely. I’d make ATCs.

  69. I love it !!! I have to be honest, I wouldn’t know until it was right in front of me, But..I know I would definitely do some ATC tags, love those flower faces !!! I want it all !

  70. LeAnn says:

    I would make an ATC box to hold all of my swap ATC’s.

  71. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Although it would be obvious to follow the wonderful examples here and make ATC boxes, I think a small jewelery box would be fun and I could really go wild with embellishments like pearls and gems, ribbons and sequins (love the sparkle).

  72. MaryAnne H says:

    I would do around the world book of birds.I love birds.