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Tiki Bars & Cocktails + Chipboard Shapes Flash Sale! & FREE Gift!

Filed under Kristin Batsel, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Shadowbox/Room Box, Shannon Cooper, Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit
Update! A newer post about Shannon’s artwork is here.

We’ve been reorganizing!

These 3 sections have been rearranged a bit:
Blank Books & Boxes (including Paper Mache),
Die-Cut Shrines & 3D Items, and
Die-Cut (Mainly Chipboard) Silhouettes — AND this section is on 25% off sale today and tomorrow! Woohoo! Still 177 items, even in it’s new streamlined form! Note: there are a couple of chipboard clearance items in that section… and those are 50% off! See all the clearance items here.

Next up: a new FREE Gift Kit! You’ll be tickled by all the miniature cocktails and tiki bars below (by THREE Design Team Members!) so I thought you might also like some tiny beads to make cocktail garnishes… so a Cocktail Garnish FREE Gift Kit.

It’s a small packet, but filled with lots of tiny things! A bead mix of reds and greens, plus some tiny eye pins to turn those little beads into olive or cherry picks! And I also included a couple brass washers for drink coasters! (Note: the glasses in the photos are (sadly) not included.) These mini kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY NIGHT, July 18, 2016!

Oh my. Oh my, oh my, oh my… Design Team Member Shannon Cooper is a crazy person and that is a very good thing! You might not guess at first glance that that incredible tiki bar is in half inch scale. That means the bay window she used as the base of her bar is 5 inches tall!

I’ll let Shannon explain some details before I dive in…:

I converted the little Half Scale Bay Window that Alpha Stamps carries into a little bar by cutting off the front two supports and replacing them with bamboo poles. The bar top is a piece of heavyweight card that I cut to extend past the window. Holes were made to accommodate the bamboo poles, and the edges got covered with trimmed reeds. I guess they are reeds, I don’t really know. While thrifting one day, I happened on a set of eight “bamboo” placemats and bought them thinking they may come in handy, and they proved to be just that. (I reused the twine that held a mat together to make the glass boat float. Use everything!) The chipboard palms have crepe paper bark and silk leaf fronds, and I topped the hut with a raffia roof.

“Here’s the reason I built the bar in the first place… cute cocktails! [Aside: see the Giveaway below for a close up of the cocktails.] There is a great tutorial for making your own Cosmo, and I altered those instructions a teeny bit to make a Midori Sour with a seed bead cherry. The straw in the tumbler is masking tape rolled around a sewing needle.”

See? crazy girl! Now, I do need to point out a few of my favorite things:
– the direction sign that includes “inebriety”
– did I mention this whole scene is TINY? it’s built in a Corner Room Box (which means the entire depth is 4″)!
– the new ceramic tiki beads! (both sizes shown at left)
– the tiki heads (under the palm trees, to the left of the bar in that large photo above… again: see below in the Giveaway for another photo: with them lit up!) AND Shannon also shares how she made the tiki heads in her blog post!

See everything Shannon used to make her Tiny Tiki Bar in the Supply List. (And check below because many of these items are also featured in today’s Giveaway! But not before 2 more miniature bars!)

Beach Babes and Shots For All

Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has created a vintage beachside bar (Bertha’s Beach Bar) with some racy bartenders (wearing citrus slices)…

“And of course you HAVE to meet Bertha! She makes an award winning martini and will give you as many olives as you like! Mmmmmm Mmmmmm

“This chick behind the bar is Tequilla Tara and she can drink any man under the table… If tequila isn’t your thing, they also have an awesome selection of cold brew and you can even get it served in an ice cold mug, just the way I like it.”

See everything Rhonda used in her Supply List. And visit her blog post for more photos and lurid tales from Bertha’s Beach Bar.

I know… we already had 3 Beach Cabanas by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel earlier this month… and here she is again with another project!

Kristin did give us a preview of her Ticky Tacky Tiki with her tutorial on how to make a Cosmo. And now the (ahem… creepy) bartender to make the drinks!

You can see in that 3/4 view on the left side of the wide photo (below) that Kristin used one of the houses from the Cabana Row House Set and just propped up one side of the roof to make the awning for her tiki bar (clever)!

See everything Kristin used in her Supply List. And visit her blog post for more photos and a tutorial on the festive lei her bartender is wearing.


Hooray for the Tiny Tiki Bar Giveaway!

All of these items are from Shannon’s Tiny Tiki Bar Supply List (and I’m trying to constrain myself to only items shown in these 2 photos!):
– Half Scale Bay Window
New 1/4 Inch Bamboo Poles
– Amber Resin Beer Bottle
– Vintage Beer & Soda Labels Collage Sheet
– Mini Citrus Slices
– Mini Pineapple
– Miniature Clear Tumbler Glasses
New Miniature Plastic Bamboo Trees
– Woven Grass Scrapbook Paper
New Ceramic Tiki Bead – Large

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to all of the items in the Giveaway!

Bonus: One of Cocktail Garnish FREE Gift Kits.

To enter the Tiny Tiki Bar 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, MONDAY NIGHT, July 18, 2016). And tell me: Hmmm… favorite cocktail? Or a tip on how to repurpose a bead or other found object into dollhouse glasses or kitchenware?

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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won The Folding Fish House Giveaway? That would be Phoebe Diamond! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, July 17th, 2016

43 responses to “Tiki Bars & Cocktails + Chipboard Shapes Flash Sale! & FREE Gift!”

  1. Connie L. says:

    I love a French 75!

  2. barb macaskill says:

    Southern Sex On the Beach or a Long Island Ice Tea are my favorite cocktails!
    I am so in love with the awesome Tiki Bar and wold love too have these goodies headed my way!!! Especially the Bamboo Poles! As I read this an idea popped into my head and I can’t wait to get it out into the real world! Fingers crossed and thanks for the chance to win these goodies!
    Congratulations to Phoebe on winning Thursday’s prize package!! Enjoy!

  3. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my – how delightful!! Would love to sashay up to this Tiki Bar! So many wonderful cocktails! Love me a whiskey sour! My daughter in law has a parrot so those are catching my eye! What a fun kit!

  4. Pam S says:

    How clever is that! Thank you for all the brilliant ideas!

  5. Ann Pierce says:

    My favorite drink is a cucumber jalapeno margarita! Or a Mexican martini with a couple of giant olives delivered with the shaker.

  6. Nadine says:

    I will have a Strawberry daiquiri please!

  7. Carla says:

    Love beach beauties! And who doesn’t need their own private tiki bar

  8. Laurie Y says:

    I would have a seat at Shannon’s tiki bar with my Bahama Mama. although, anything with coconut rum is a great beverage in my mind.

  9. Denise Bryant says:

    Love that fun tiki bar! Puts me in the mood for a mai tai!

  10. Maggie M says:

    How cute are these tiki bars. Sex on the Beach for me please. (It’s a cocktail you pervs)LOL

  11. Jen R says:

    Ooh, I’ll have an apple-tini please… This is so cute, I can’t stand all these awesome projects, they make my head swim..

  12. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Love me a bloody Mary!

  13. Jennie says:

    A Gin Daisy. 🙂

  14. Susan Devillier says:

    Would love to have this

  15. Diana bittaker says:

    Love it – want it-gonna make one, love the whole idea- I think I’ll add lites!

  16. Karen says:

    I really enjoy a Margarita with chips and salsa! Cute giveaway!

  17. Arminta says:

    Favorite cocktail(s): All the miniatures shown in the Tiki Bar set.

  18. Dennis L. says:

    Let’s all “belly up” to the bar and have a whopping good time throwing back some Margaritas!

  19. Elaine Evans says:

    “The straw in the tumbler is masking tape rolled around a sewing needle” THX for the great tip!! I’ve been trying to come up with something I was happy with! Also found a Qtip with hollow “body” I’m going to give it a go as a straw. Cute cute project and the tiki tut is great! E

  20. Karen Mallory says:

    How cute!! My dad built a Tiki bar by the pool. It was a fun place. I like to make beads into bottle shapes by gluing together different shaped beads.

  21. Monica Gabehart says:

    Love the Tiki bar and the wonderful miniatures. Favorite drink – pina colada of course!

  22. Jo says:

    Would love to make a pirate tiki bar!

  23. Luanne Shoup says:

    White Russian is my favorite mixed drink. It is like coffee liquor desert!

  24. carmen g says:

    GREYHOUND!!! (Vodka and grapefruit juice) Healthy AND intoxicating! Man…I LOVE things that serve to make me feel as if I’m really doing good things to my body. In fact, I’ll have one now. Wait a sec..what were we talking about?? hee hee LOVE the tiki bar!!

  25. Carol Slowik says:

    I’ll have a Moscow Mule please!!! Love this giveaway!

  26. Lou Anne says:

    Mai Tais are one of my favorite cocktails and they’d fit right in with this adorable Tiki Bar.

  27. Gail Romero says:

    Tiki bar, how perfect. Great idea. Love the scale!!!!! Thank you.

  28. Mary Mac says:

    I would say Pina Colada.

  29. Sandra L. says:

    I love Shannon’s Tiki bar and all the tiny details.

    Sits herself down at the bar, greets the bartender then places her order. “I’ll have Southern Comfort on the Rocks”. Please go easy on the rocks.

  30. Alma Casiano says:

    favorite drink Rum & coke …not very adventurous ! but this tiki bar give a way is awesome

  31. Mary Carbone says:

    THANK GOD THE tiki bar is open
    Thank God. The tiki torch still shines
    Come on in and open your mind
    Well a drink ain’t no solution
    But it can calm your fears
    And if that tiki bar closes down tonight
    Well Jimmy and Bahama Mama might disappear.
    The Parrot

  32. Traci says:

    Love the Tiki bars so cute-lots of great ideas. I love Tom’s frozen black cherry-YUMMY!! >^..^<

  33. Michelle says:

    Love a good scorpion bowl!

  34. Kimberly Barcello says:

    I love Piña Coladas in the summer time!
    * a bead can be turned into a tiny vase for a few flowers

  35. marykay chisum says:

    Margaritas hands down. Frozen and big enough to bathe in. I like using small wooden spools as supports or furniture.

  36. Kat Cashwell says:

    So cute! you can make miniature tumblers out of different colored straws and use a sequin for the base!!

  37. Marilyn Hughes says:

    When I could still drink, I loved Cosmopolitans.

  38. Ina M Good says:

    Love thetikibars and I am a rum drinker so I love rum runners frozen and Bahama Mamas and Bahama breezes I also like a Midori green Alligator frozen…all perfect for tiki Bars which we have many of them in Ft, myers!!!!

  39. I love these I would love to make a beach scene with these items thank you

  40. Heather Cook says:

    I love getting the newsletter and seeing what the design team has come up with – you guys are all so talented!

    My favorite cocktail is a Midori sour – it’s bright green and tastes like honeydew melons. Yum!

  41. Patti G says:

    Love the Tiki Bar. My favorite tiki drink is a rum punch served in a zombie head.

  42. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Save me a stool at the Tiki Bar and have a Long Island Iced Tea waiting, please.

  43. Jan K says:

    I love our local wine! Thanks for the chance to win!