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Nature Sketchbook, New FREE Snowman Kit & Miniature Pet Sale

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Layered Ornaments Kit, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

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 Rhonda’s project that are still available on the new site.

Ooo! Did you see the adorable ornaments that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made? (See below.) Super cute and super easy (and she used metallic pipe cleaners around the edges like tinsel). She inspired me to put together this Silly Snowmen Ornaments Mini Kit!

My kit has a brand new mini collage sheet with 5 round images sized to fit the Chipboard Ornament Layers (and one of those chipboard/plastic dome sets is included too)! I can’t resist these retro snowmen (and snowwomen)! It’s odd, now when I see snowmen I expect them to have dimples and blush.

The kit also includes
– A Metallic Gold Tassel (speaking of tassels, Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has made some beautiful ornaments with tassels and baubles — also see some of them below).
Winter Snow Glitter Mix (so you have some snow to shake around in your ornaments)
– A baggie of mixed red, green, silver & clear iridescent beads
– A 6″ x 6″ sheet of mittens scrapbook paper (with snowflakes on the flipside)
– And red, green and gold pipe cleaners.

FREE GIFT! All orders over $24 on Sunday and Monday, December 11-12 (2016) will receive one of these kits FREE! Please note: do NOT add this kit to your order or you will be charged for it (unless, you would like to purchase an additional kit). The FREE KIT will automatically be added to all qualifying orders so you do not need to do anything special. Note: All digital orders will receive a high-res pdf file of the new mini collage sheet! Thanks!

See more photos of the kit.

As promised! These are such sweet and nostalgic ornaments by Nichola. And pretty, did I say pretty? All the things Christmas should be!

“This month Alpha Stamps is offering Round Layered Ornaments Kits. They are pretty dang cute. I’ve actually done two* versions of these (you’ll see the second batch next week).

“*Maybe even three if I get my act together.

“Pretty cute, no?! If you had told me a few years ago I’d be all about the glittery pipe cleaners (and yes, they will forever be pipe cleaners to me) I would have told you, you were nuts… but here we are all glittery and pipecleanerish!

“Not only do these sweeties shake and make a lovely noise, are two sided to boot!

“I’m smitten!”

And here’s all the goodies to make your own:
Round Chipboard Ornament Layers Sets
Snowy Winter Day Ornaments Collage Sheet
Silver Snowflake Charm Set
Winter Snow Glitter Mix
Round Ornaments Ribbon Set

Read more (and see more photos) in Nichola’s blog post.

Next up: a flurry of ornaments by Rhonda!

“I absolutely adore the new Round Layered Ornaments Kit! Especially since I can give them some extra magic by using these silhouette layers inside. They look so beautiful with the glowing Christmas lights.

“The set comes with 2 heavy chipboard outer rings, 2 clear plastic domes, and a
die-cut (lighter weight chipboard) silhouetted insert to sandwich in the middle
of your ornament. You can also use seasonal papers for a two sided ornament, images from collage sheets (like I did using Snowy Winter Day Ornaments Collage Sheet) or even family photos. Imagine all the possibilities!

“The ornaments can also be little shakers full of snow and reindeer food, candies and magical gems.

Note: the mini candy canes and slices of peppermint polymer cane are creative items for adding to shake around! Good thing they’re not actually sugar (so won’t get caught in Santa’s beard!)

And making curly ribbons from the Glass Christmas Seed Bead Garland is another creative idea. Nice job, Rhonda!

Read more (and see lots more photos) in Rhonda’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.

Hooray for the Double Kits Giveaway!

For today’s Giveaway, I mainly chose kits (the new Silly Snowmen Ornaments Mini Kit AND the Round Layered Ornaments Kit). That’s a ton of collage sheets & trims to make ornaments!

I say “mainly” as you also get your choice of one of the 3 new miniature dogs as part of the prize! I added this extra goodie in honor of the 25% off SALE on ALL Miniature Pets/Animals, now through tomorrow night, MONDAY, December 12th! Beside the cute Pug at left, you can choose from the German Shepherd Puppy and Border Collie shown above.

To enter the Double Kits 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, December 12, 2016)! And tell me: How will you decorate your ornaments? AND which of those doggies do you like best?

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 A Holiday Feast Giveaway? That would be Aggie Stiefer! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, December 11th, 2016

53 responses to “Nature Sketchbook, New FREE Snowman Kit & Miniature Pet Sale”

  1. Sue Young says:

    I’d use the glittery pipe cleaners! Love them!
    And the pugs are so cute!

  2. Barb A says:

    Love these ornaments…..needed to get some before they sell out! Love the border collie.

  3. barb macaskill says:

    LOVELOVELOVE the shepard!! WOuld love to see a beautiful black lab doggie for 1:12 scale creations too!
    Today’s prize of the two ornament kits is pretty awesome!! I think I would try to make a thicker ornament and have some 3D snowmen inside them!
    Congratulations to Aggie on her win!! Enjoy!

  4. Kari Gluski says:

    I make favors for my doll collectors’ club holiday party evey year and I’d love to do these with antique doll pictures inside!

  5. Jen C says:

    Oh, so perfect! Got a German Shepherd puppy this fall and love him to pieces so that’s my pick! I’d love to stack a couple of the ornament clipboards to create depth and make a snow globe ornament!

  6. These are all so awesome I would love to win so I can make some ornaments! Thank you

  7. Karen says:

    I would really enjoy making the snowman ornaments. I wonder if a few loose snowflake sequins could be loose inside? I like the pugs but if you found Corgi miniatures they would be SOLD to me immediately!

  8. Jean Marmo says:

    THe snowmen ornaments are just perfect seeing as how we are getting 8 inches or so of snow today! Love the German Shepard – reminds me of my aunt and uncle’s dog, Yula. I helped train her when I was much younger. Such a sweet dog!

  9. Lou Conaway says:

    Nothing could be cuter than a border collie puppy! I’m over the moon for the silhouettes, they have such character. Speaking of characters, I love those goofy gnomes! They always look like they’re up to a little something and just can’t help but grin about it. I’d like to be able to make ornaments for everyone I love the most this Christmas. Even if a few are a little late. I might just have to blame that on the gnomes! I sooo want to win this one…

  10. love the 3-d ornaments & especially would like the border collie.
    But how do we order the kits listed on the blog?

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Love these pretty ornaments! I’d use glitter and ribbons on mine! And the pug is my favorite dog!

  12. Lou Anne says:

    I love the border collie! I’d have to decorate the ornaments with lots of glitter for sure!

  13. Nancy Olsen says:

    I have an oddball snowman collection that I would love to create and add the snowman ornaments to. And the other set would embellished with lots of glitter, tinsel, and ribbon as all Christmas ornaments should be.

  14. Deb Young says:

    Love the retro/vintage look of these beautiful ornaments. Love all three dogs-surprise me.

  15. Noreen says:

    Love the vintage pictures of snowmen and Santas! I think the ornaments would look good with old fashioned lace and perhaps glittery buttons around them. All the pups are cute – the border collies are especially appealing.

  16. Kim R says:

    Love the german shepard. I would make my ornaments with pics of my own 2 dogs, Lulu my yorkie and Spike, my shitzu/bichon

  17. Mary Mac says:

    Love the German Shepard dog. I would make an ornament with a picture of my kitty.

  18. Maura says:

    I would put two images together to make each ornament double-sided. I’d put mini beads inside, and maybe some greenery at top with ribbon. Then I would put glittery pipecleaner around edge as you did.

    My favorite little dog is the German Shepherd, because it reminds me of a sweet dog I used to “babysit” for.

  19. Susan Nelson says:

    Any doggie would be a great doggie! I would decorate my ornaments with lots of snow and glitter.

  20. Russell Stone says:

    Love the vintage snow person illustrations.. cute!
    I think the German Shepard is just as sweet.

  21. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    THE German Shepherd puppy is the cutest. I would do snowman and Madonna and Child ornaments. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Janet Gray says:

    The pug! We have a half pug rescued senior dog named Annabelle. Her soulful eyes get me every time! I love ornaments that are blingy and sparkle so the tinselly pipe cleaners are so me!! Merry Christmas!

  23. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway! I love sparkle so would use lots of glitter and shiny stuff! I love the Border Collie.

  24. Jen R says:

    I like kitschy so my ornaments will reflect that. I definately LOVE the border collie, but they are both sweet.

  25. Dennis L says:

    The border collie because it looks so silly-happy! Would trim ornaments with glitter, pipe cleaners, rhinestones, and “snow”. Or, if they came in time for Christmas, I would gift them to my wife for her to use for next year’s ornaments.

  26. Kim Lucak says:

    The ornaments are great, the layered look makes them more interesting with tinsel and glitter!!! Fun to makes 🙂

  27. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I love the border collies best. I need to get one for my son’s girlfriend. She loves them and has a new border collie puppy.

    I’d try making a shaker ornament and decorate it in blues and whites. Love the examples.

  28. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’m all about the glittery pipe cleaners and the tiny pugs!

  29. Allison Verboort says:

    Hello! I would glitter everything! It would be do shiny. I may even glitter the German Shepard puppy!

  30. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love these ornaments – I would use glitter tinsel or anything that sparkles ! Love all the dogs!! Although, I have a black lab – I would pick the German Shepard!

  31. barb j says:

    I would make those shaker ornaments but use them for gift tags.

  32. Vera Collier says:

    Lots of gliter and tinsel. Love the vintage look!

  33. Christie says:

    These ornaments are a stunning, romantic, traditional idea and could adorn any style tree for the holidays. The snowman/woman would defineltly stand out more being cut out of their backgrounds and would look good either without a background or with a new one. My fav is the German Shepard. Always loyal and protective. I have a number of your realistic pets to scale and think any one of them would be fun.

  34. Luanne shoup says:

    Oh boy. New ornament material!

  35. Peggy says:

    I love the three doggies and would be happy with any of them! I am partial to the shepherd I think. Why are there never any English Springer Spaniels??? I am always looking. I would have to make snowmen shaker ornaments I think. I love those snowmen too but I have a difficult time choosing. The only thing I can promise is lots of snow and glitter lol

  36. Jan K says:

    I love that pug dog the best. He’s so cute! I would make snowman ornaments with some texture snow and tinsel. 😚

  37. Janet T says:

    I love this kit. I have a friend who collects snowman ornaments. i would makeher one with lots of glittery snow. I love the pug dog!

  38. Randi Scholl says:

    A pug is always adorable. I love that old fashioned Santa with the old time ruffle around it.

  39. Ina Good says:

    Snowmwn for me in these lovely vintage ornaments with snow shakin in them…flurrying around!!! I am in Florida and miss snow

  40. Carla says:

    Love the Santa! Can see lots of glitter in my future!

  41. Michelle says:

    I would make the snowmen ornaments! And the pugs are adorable!

  42. Amy says:

    Cute ornaments but, where is the Saint Bernard?

  43. I would make a victorian looking ornaments. The border collie looks like my dog so I would have to choose the border collie.

  44. Nancy E says:

    I love all the ornaments. I’d focus on a Victorian Christmas theme. I love the mini pooches,can;t decide which is my favorite.

  45. Thalia Kottke says:

    The ornaments are so cute, love the snowmen. And, border collie is my favorite dog.

  46. Leah Fein says:

    I will decorate them with glitter, glitter and more glitter. Who doesn’t like pug dogs?

  47. Leah Fein says:

    Maybe I would decorate them with the Border Collies for my sister.

  48. Leah Fein says:

    Or, maybe I could find a way to use glitter and Shelties? love ornaments.

  49. Katherine Williams says:

    I think I would like to make gift tags out of the ornament kits. I really want the German Shepard pup. so adorable.

  50. Patti G says:

    Love the retro ornaments. Maybe some festive ribbons and charms. Definitely would need to border collie.

  51. angelic says:

    I do like glitter and will use the white glitter as snow. The snowmen are cute and love the border collie.

  52. Carol Slowik says:

    Mine would have to be victorian themed. Love Nichola’s ornament’s! I would love the border collie.

  53. Winnie says:

    Border collie. Love these ornaments not sure yet how I would decorate them. Must see to appreciate.