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Dreamers of Dreams, FREE Gift & 50% off Sale

Filed under Art Projects, Beauty & the Beast Kit, Bella Ayers, Paper Dolls/Theatres, 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 lists for both projects on the new site: Rhonda’s Music Makers Masquerade and Bella’s Cinderella’s Room.

NEW Mini Paper Doll FREE Gift Kit! In honor of Miz Bella’s adorable Cinderella’s Room (see below — and the related new sale) I put together a mini chipboard paper doll (with stand) AND a collage sheet with costumes to fit her!

ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Sunday, March 30th through April 2nd (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets and the mini chipboard paper doll set FREE!
More info

A BIG NEW SALE: I don’t think this section has ever been on sale (!): ALL Paper Dolls & Models (& Mechanical Toys) Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 60 sheets! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 3rd at midnight PST (April 3, 2017). See below for a few more highlights!

Wow! I love the rich colors and patterns in Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’s Music Makers Masquerade!

My favorite quote is, “We are the Music Makers & We are the Dreamers of Dreams”. And of course I give credit to Willie Wonka even though the true poet is Arthur O’Shaughnessy. It’s magical and can take the imagination to so many wonderful places. This is true with this month’s Beauty and the Beast Kit as well.

Imagine being the little boy from the movie, that gets shrunk down inside of a television. His poor mother dropping him into her purse. Now imagine being shrunk down into my Shadowbox, a magical theater of vivid colors, music, dancing, and magical wonder.

The Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header fits perfectly across the shadowbox horizontally (see the small photo above), but I decided to use it vertically, with a curve that fit nicely within the box, which before attaching, I created with the wonderful new papers from the Midnight Masquerade 12×12 Patterns & Solids Pad.

My own 2 cents: Rhonda also used the fan and quote stamps from the Midnight Masquerade Cling Stamp Sets beautifully. More info (and more beautiful photos!) in Rhonda’s blog and/or see her supply list.


On to more artwork! Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has created a tiny Cinderella theatre inside a Half Scale Window Room Box!

The metal border at the top of the room box is actually molten solder that has been rubber stamped. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube to show you how to rubber stamp onto solder (which is how I learned) and once you get the hang of it, it is really fun to do! The tips that I can offer are to:
– Do a section at a time.
– Pool your solder in each section. That means to use a lot of solder because if you don’t you will not get a good impression and you will say a lot of naughty words.
– Only use RED rubber stamps. If you use the clear silicone stamps they will melt.
– Have fun with it!

The “cobbled” floor is actually just painted bubble wrap! Paint the bubble wrap white, then while it’s still wet add some black to it to get some gray (but still leave some white as is). After it’s dry you can then just touch it up with some black spots here and there, and more white if needed. The best part is after it’s completely dry, then pop the bubbles.

(See the photo below in the Giveaway section for a better view of her cobbled floor.) Here’s a link to Bella’s Supply List. Plus check below for a chance to win lots of goodies from her project in the Giveaway!

Next up: not another art project, but I love this new section of Architextures! Most of these are dimensional, adhesive-backed embellishments with a realistic appearance (they are flexible stickers that are slightly raised and have a paintable surface).

This Parlour set at left is includes 8 different textured, dimensional designs, including wallpaper, wicker and wood textures, 3 ornate frames and a whitewashed vintage door.

More highlights are below, or see them all now (19 new items… so many more than shown here).

Hooray for the Cinderella’s Room Giveaway!

All of these items from Bella’s artwork are in the Giveaway package:

– Half Scale Window Room Box
– 1:24 Round Table & 2 Chairs
– Sheet Moss
– Small Cinderella Paper Dolls Collage Sheet
– Small Once Upon a Time Book Charm
– Gold Mini Rosette Dresden Borders
– Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Pink
– Serendipity Anticipation Scrapbook Paper
– Attic Charm Foyer Scrapbook Paper
– 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses

Here is Bella’s Cinderella’s Room supply list (Psst! That link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of the goodies used, including the subset in this Giveaway.)

AND one of the Mini Paper Doll FREE Gift Kits!

To enter the Cinderella’s Room 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, March 31, 2017)!

And tell me: What inspires you most today? Rich colors? Architextures? Paper dolls? New shadowbox with Wrought Iron facade?

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.

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 A Sweet Shabby Chic Giveaway? That would be Lorna E! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, March 30th, 2017

41 responses to “Dreamers of Dreams, FREE Gift & 50% off Sale”

  1. Barb macaskill says:

    ❤️ the Architectures and can’t wait to try them out! Awesome giveaway! Lots of awesomeness to play with! TFS!

  2. Barb macaskill says:

    ❤️ the Architectures and can’t wait to try them out! Awesome giveaway! Lots of awesomeness to play with! TFS!

  3. I have always loved paper dolls. what a fun idea!

  4. Stefanie Ladley says:

    Oh me oh my!! Such beauty I spy! I love the Architextures and the Wrought Iron facade – just gorgeous inspiration 😀

  5. Kim Lucak says:

    I love this, as the design is with Cinderella, music room, etc….Beautiful!!

  6. Karen says:

    What a wonderful room. The detail is incredible and the creation of the cobbled floor was interesting to say the least!

  7. Peg D says:

    Those Architextures are cool!!! scope for the imagination lol! I love both the box rooms. Particularly love the wrought iron header in the Dreamer box and the Cinderella box is just sweet. Would love the chance to do one of your room boxes! I would probably do a garden room because Spring is still far away from where I live. A little garden room is just the thing!

  8. K Toews says:

    That beautiful pink paper on the back wall is very inspiring for a scene in a richly textured Parisian room.

  9. Jo says:

    I love the shadow box – it would be a good way to try out new miniature details before putting it in the miniature house I want to make.

  10. Oh I love this I love the shadow boxes and that carriage is to die for. Thank you

  11. Jean marmo says:

    So very much fun. Love the garden stakes. Reminds me of my sister’s garden.

  12. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love the new Architextures and the Taj Mahal Triptych pieces!! I can’t wait to order some!

  13. Deb Young says:

    So much inspiration in today’s newsletter. I’ve always loved paper dolls, so the Cinderellas Room is especially inviting. Several new items I want to try.

  14. Michelle says:

    Such lovely art! What inspires me most is the architextures and the new shadow box with the wrought iron. Love it!

  15. Lana says:

    Love the Dresden type gold trim, but the paper dolls stole my heart.

  16. Kee Ostler says:

    All of the possibilities to create little worlds with so much dimension is so inspiring!

  17. Jennie Ingram says:

    Hands down the rich colors!

  18. Barb A says:

    Your talented artists never fail to inspire me. Love the paper dolls, but the Music Makers Masquerade blew me away!

  19. Lou Anne says:

    I love the new shadow box with the Wrought Iron facade. It’s amazing to me that you can use solder with rubber stamps.

  20. Denise Bryant says:

    A new shadowbox inspires me! I love this pretty Cinderella Room!

  21. Louise Kush says:

    I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!! I love the colors, the details of the paper dolls and the perfect little furniture-and my favorite collectible-CINDERELLA-I want to make everything right now!

  22. Marcia says:

    oh my goodness, that music maker piece made me smile today. thank you!

  23. Abbee says:

    The Rich colors makes my Heart sing!

  24. I love the architextures! Especially the garden stakes, the mason jar, tin ceiling tile, just everything!

  25. Marilyn Hughes says:

    All the projects are beautiful. The rich colors inspire me.

  26. Nadine says:

    Love the new Architextures!

  27. Jen R says:

    I love the colors and textures! Great job

  28. Janet says:

    I love the new Architextures, just what I have been looking for. Love the paperdolls as well. It’s just wonderful to look at.

  29. Mary Mac says:

    I love the architectures. Especially the baby carriage.

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun give away! I like the Architectures but the Music Maker’s Masquerade box is to die for!!

  31. Kim R says:

    Ooohhh….lovin all the Architextures! So divine!

  32. Cinderelly! Cinderelly!

  33. Nancy E says:

    Just love both of these designs!

  34. Wilhelmina Margalis says:

    Dolls always inspire me! And your tiny paper dollys are a mini inspiration!

  35. Cheryl Lee says:

    Congrats to Lorna! I love the Architextures! They are awesome! Also love the shadowbox with the wrought iron facade, could do a lot with that. And the jewel colors in the Music box are beautiful. Great ideas and would love to get my hands on the Architextures!!

  36. orianna a says:

    The rich , varied , colors inspire me.

  37. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I am a music maker and a dreamer, so of course that made my little heart flutter. I am always amazed at the talent of your designers.

  38. Lisa R. says:

    So it’s been about 2 years since I was a lucky winner… Halloween of 2015!! I am a die hard Graphic 45 fan, when they made the 2 new collections ” Midnight Masquerade “and ” Portrait of a Lady” I was just amazed and inspired with many, many ideas for these collections!! This giveaway with the theater in mind or a masquerade ball, the beautiful rich colors( most of my favs), rich turquoise, purple, oranges!!! Lady Luck….. It’s my turn for this one!!!! LOL THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN THIS WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY ALPHA STAMPS!!!!!!

  39. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love the paper dolls! The new shadow box is great.

  40. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I love all the Spring colors. The theatre box is wonderful. So posh with all the gold trim.

  41. Jennifer Bumb says:

    I love this giveaway. what inspires me the most is the shadowbox and the addition of the paper doll. I have always loved paper dolls since I was a a child, and this combination of setting up a little house with the dolls would be heaven.