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An ATC Bookcase & A Holiday Feast!

Filed under Betsy Skagen, Collage Sheets, Gifts/Decorations, Laura Carson, Regency Era, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

What’s New Today? ATC Bookcase!

Design Team Member Laura Carson has made a beautiful bookcase to house ATC books — and also shows it repurposed as a secretary for your stationery. Plus a sweet Christmas cake using the Chipboard House Ornament Kit and a nostalgic wall hanging!


Wow! This is such a lovely piece! Laura’s Regency Christmas Themed ATC Bookcase uses the new ATC Bookcase with the Vintage Christmas Scrapbook Papers (and her new collage sheets) to create a pretty desktop bookcase that you’ll want to keep for yourself (though it would also be a fabulous gift).

“Tis the season to be jolly and I’m kicking things off with a versatile bookcase project. I say versatile, because this has so many possibilities. Since we are in the height of the holiday season I decided to go with a regency period Christmas theme because the regency period is my favorite; it’s a Jane Austen thing. The generous side and back areas were perfect for creating scenes using my four new holiday collage sheets.

“This bookcase just happens to be perfect for storing and displaying ATCs. The books you see displayed in the cabinet are ATC sized and I’ve used them in a variety of ways. One book is a accordion folded book displaying ATCs, one contains a stack of ATCs and one is a shadow box book.”

Read more about all those different books, tips for assembling the bookcase (and see lots more photos) in Laura’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.

Next up: a sweet project featuring a new stamp, by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas: A Vintage Christmas Wall Hanging! (See the wide photo below.)

The new At The Window Cling Stamp is one large background image. I love the red embossed image Rhonda made with it!

“Here’s an idea for a detailed and beautiful large stamp. With a huge love of all things vintage, (buttons, lace, keys, etc), it can be easy to create a piece of art that can be hung on the wall to admire or give as a gift.

“With the holidays upon us, I included an open window to show Santa busy at work inside. But I can close him back up so I can enjoy this all year long, if my heart so desires.

“I love vintage Frozen Charlotte dolls. This one is real, as I have been collecting and hoarding them for many years, but luckily Alpha Stamps carries both a Resin Baby Doll Set and Tim Holtz Salvaged Dolls set.”

Be sure to check out Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.



Hooray for the A Holiday Feast Giveaway!

Just look at that flurry of Christmas cheer! That piece by Betsy Skagen is called A holiday feast for the eyes – and no impact on your thighs (!), and though lots of the goodies decorating it are vintage pieces from Betsy’s stash, there are still quite a few trims (and that house at the top) available. See more photos on Betsy’s blog post, too!

Check out Betsy’s supply list!

We’ve had lots of ideas from the Design Team of decorations to make using the House Ornament, from bright and festive to gingerbread to dreadful (even a second one by Betsy). How will you decorate yours?

Posted by Leslie, December 8th, 2016

40 responses to “An ATC Bookcase & A Holiday Feast!”

  1. Jen R says:

    I still am drawn toward the dreadful… Lol

  2. barb macaskill says:

    OMG!! So excited!! Thank you!!
    I think I would make a little forest scene where the house is surrounded by trees and lots of little woodland critters! Santa would be stuck in one of the trees waiting for a tow! LOL

  3. I love vintage looking glitter houses.

  4. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is adorable but I would have to make a haunted house/Halloween version!!

  5. Wendy says:

    I am absolutely fascinated by all that you offer, can’t wait to get going on making something in miniature

  6. Deb Young says:

    Christmas is just around the corner. This giveaway will make one more decoration and maybe more.

  7. Terry McM says:

    This is a great kit! Would love to create with it. Merry Christmas!

  8. Kim Lucak says:

    Cute and so festive!!! We love Christmas and this kit would be fun to work with 🙂

  9. Barb A says:

    Would have to make a glitter house…love them!

  10. I really LOVE everything in your website! I have been wanting to make a little Halloween ‘Putz” village out of those mini houses. Spray them black and then put on dark glitter. Put little black mini trees and miniature pumpkins and black cats. Display around Halloween on a cake plate.
    Maybe next year?

  11. Jen C says:

    Definitely have to go the gingerbread route, with lots of glittery sugar and candies. My sweet tooth is in high gear!

  12. Diana says:

    ATC’s my fab. It’s a toss up between steampunked and vintage!!!!
    Thanks for such wonderful ideas.

  13. Jo says:

    I would make a winter village house ornament for Christmas AND. A little horror house for Halloween.

  14. Jean Marmo says:

    Stunning kit! I would do bright and festive! Perfect for the holidays!

  15. Michelle says:

    I would go with either dreadful, distressed or sparkly bright and festive

  16. Susan Nelson says:

    I would make a vintage snowy cottage!

  17. Nancy E says:

    I absolutely love vintage and glitter, the more the better!

  18. Marcella says:

    I love the cottage ornament. Would make it snowy with lots of trees and glitter.

  19. Marilyn Ray says:

    I can’t seem to get Krampus out of my mind. I’d like to do a dark ,disheveled house, almost grinch like, with some kind of little Krampus guy hanging around.

  20. Laural says:

    I can not imagine the Christmas Holiday without Alpha Stamps!

  21. Joan Chance says:

    I adore gingerbread decor (& love to eat it as well 🙂 ) so I would decorate it gingerbreadie. And let my grandchildren help! Thanks for the opportunity to win! jc

  22. Katherine Williams says:

    I would make a snowy forest wonderland, with animals trees and lots of holiday greenery and lights.

  23. Kim R says:

    I would make a Nightmare before Christmas house.

  24. Kay W says:

    I would love to make a snowy, wonderland Christmas scene

  25. Peggy says:

    I am sticking with cozy and traditional this year 🙂 So little snow covered house for me. Would love to put it in something to make a whole winter scene too 🙂

  26. love this I would def make a Christmas house out of he items
    Thank you

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful giveaway! I think I might make a valentine’s house.

  28. What a Festive post this week. Makes me feel a bit more jovial as I just heard my mom was rushed to the hospital. I am going to share the post with her, There is nothing like the creative journey to pick a person up!

  29. Lou Anne says:

    I think I’d go bright and festive if I win!

  30. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Gorgeous bookcase by Laura. I love seeing her work.

    I would stay with traditional Christmas. It’s festive enough on its own.

  31. Aggie Stiefer says:

    I would stay vintage

  32. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to do the Gingerbread theme

  33. Susan McMenamin says:

    I would make my house into Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole.

  34. Terri Scalise Hamm says:

    What a Beauty! I love all of the Creativity!

  35. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I would have to do shabby chic festive.

  36. Roe says:

    I would go victorian, with pinks, mint green and baby blue as a color scheme

  37. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d decorate the House Ornament like a vintage Putz house!

  38. Diana bittaker says:

    I think an Alice in wonderland theme would be fun!

  39. Carol Slowik says:

    This is such a wonderful idea that I would love to make a similar one. Just lost my mom a month ago and while going through her Christmas ornaments I found some of the little wooden ones! I kept them thinking I would do something with them one day. Perfect! I put the rest of her and dad’s ornaments on a wreath that is now hanging over my fireplace mantle.

  40. Arminta Miles says:

    There are so many possibilities and such fun playing with it all.