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Hooray for Altered Tins

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Before fun new artwork, new items (and a new sale section!) here’s some sales and a FREE gift that started on Thursday.

New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, May 22nd!

Wizard Potions FREE Mini Kit! I was inspired by all the fabulous little potion bottles in Teri Calia’s Wizard’s Potion Making Table artwork, and put together this little set of beads (with tinier beads to use as stoppers), bronze charms, a mini resin jar, and a miniature book! Plus I included a miniature wooden block that you could decorate to appear like the parcels under Teri’s table. Some items are custom, some are available to purchase separately — and the Tiny Bronze Shield Connectors and Antique Bronze Owl Charms were just put on clearance sale!

Related Sale! The Halloween Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off!

Yes, it is getting to be THAT time! And with all the wonderful items in Teri’s artwork (that could be used as sweet perfume bottles or as spookier poison bottles) it seemed a good match to put the Halloween Collage Sheets on sale!

The collage sheet sale is also ending MONDAY night!
148 sheets to choose from! Go check out the sale

NEW sale: ALL Scrapbook Paper Pads and Sets are 50% off! Perfect timing for papers to use with the new Quote Bubbles for Altoids Tins Collage Sheet Set, to make a Pocket Affirmation Altered Tin like Kristin’s altered tin below! And it even includes the 3 new pads being announced today!

The paper sale ends Wednesday night, May 24th! See them all now!

Design Team Member
Kristin Batsel
made an adorable little giftie: a Pocket Affirmation Altered Tin. Soooo clever: she made a cover with a tab that hides a pocket for cards with different phrases (affirmations). It was made with a tiny tin (smaller than the Blank Altoids Tins) but I’ve gone crazy and created a 2-collage-sheet set so you can make your own altered tin (with changeable quotes in a pocket), too.

My version (Quote Bubbles for Altoids Tins Collage Sheet Set) includes a template so you can cut the papers on the left (pocket side) from scrapbook paper, TWELVE different quotes (and mine are not all as sweet as in Kristin’s project… though she suggested some of my snippier quotes…), AND my version includes 8 silly vintage photos of guys and gals who could be giving the encouragement.

Some of the nice (and not so nice) quotes:
You’re so darn creative!
Gosh, you look swell.
What would I do without you?
I love you like I’ve been drinking all day.
Whatever you say, darling.

I added directions (via photos with captions) on the collage sheet page. But I think after seeing Kristin’s tin at right, you’ll be able to imagine how to put one of these together with ease.

Psst! Another great altered tin by Kristin (see the wide photo below with the sweet kids and puppy dog)! And perfect timing as the long-out-of-stock Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls that she used are back in stock! More info on Kristin blog post.


Highlights of the Scrapbook Paper Pads and Sets
50% off Sale!

I like how Kristin used a small (busy) pattern in the background of her tin (I think it kind of hides the “seam” where the overlay tucks into the pocket). So while I was checking stock before the sale, I took some photos of some pads with small prints I think would be perfect for an altered tin (using the template for the tin to show scale). Just click on any of the photos to jump to that sale paper.

Hooray for the Pocket Affirmation Tin Giveaway!

A little this and a little that… you should be able to make a couple gift altered tins (or maybe one to gift and one to keep) from the goodies included in today’s Giveaway:

Quote Bubbles for Altoids Tins Collage Sheet Setnew
TWO Blank Altoids Tins
Tim Holtz Sepia Vintage Paper Dolls
Scrap Yard 6×6 Paper Padnew and half price!
Dapper 6×6 Paper Pad (the teal blue prints should make good backgrounds for the images in the new collage sheets)
Small Bright Pink Mulberry Blossoms (there seems to be a lot of pink in the photos in the new collage sheet set, so these should be useful)

And I’m also including one of the Wizard Potions Mini Kits! See Thursday’s newsletter for what this is all about (and to see Teri’s art that inspired it).

To enter the Pocket Affirmation Tin 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, May 22, 2017)!

AND tell me: What quotes will you use in your altered tins?

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 Wizard’s Table Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Lynne! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, May 21st, 2017

42 responses to “Hooray for Altered Tins”

  1. Marcia says:

    my honey’s bd is coming up, i can think of a lot of nice things to say to him with this tin!

  2. Barb macaskill says:

    I would use, “whatever you say darling!, You are always right!” Love this one! TFS!

  3. Emily N. says:

    “Keep a Green Tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come”

  4. Jo says:

    I’m not sure what quote i would use, though I love the “gosh you look swell!” This is a great mixed media project!

  5. Jean Marmo says:

    Isn’t this so cute! I would have to put a quote about granddaughters!

  6. Janet T says:

    I would use the “I like the sound of you not talking.” Too funny.

  7. Kat Cashwell says:

    “You’re so darn creative” fits all the talented people at Alphastamps!!!

  8. Diana says:

    Tins are so fun. “What ever you say darling” and ” Did you say something “. Thank you.

  9. Denise Bryant says:

    Love these fun altered tins! I’d use “You’re right, as always.”… my hubby always says that to me! 🙂

  10. I love altering tins. I would make a steampunk one and say steampunk rocks!!!

  11. Karen Mallory says:

    What fun!! I love to alter tins! I think I would use ‘what would I do without you’. My hubby’s birthday is coming up in June and I could make a tin reflecting how much I appreciate him!

  12. Barb A says:

    I love you like I’ve been drinking all day….what a great quote!!

  13. Catharine says:

    “To thine own self be true.” William Shakespeare

    Thank you

  14. Kathy Sokol says:

    OMG!!! I am thrilled with the paper dolls! I have spent HOURS searching for old photos, sizing them to fit my art, and cutting, cutting, endlessly cutting the wee tiny people to go with MY quotations. Example: “It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.”

  15. Jen R says:

    I love working on altered tins.. I might make a little pin-up book to put in a kitschy altered tin… Hmmm

  16. Jennie Ingram says:

    Would have to be “I love you like I’ve been drinking all day.”

  17. Nancy E says:

    I’d love to make a tin that was beautiful as well as practical. Perhaps an emergency kit for a new mom?

  18. Lynn Fox says:

    I’d use “Gosh, you look swell” cause sometimes I need a pep me up talk!

  19. Marilyn B Hughes says:

    I’d use “your right as always” and “what would I do without you”. LOL

  20. LeAnn says:

    I like the quote “I don’t know about you, but I’ve thought about running away more as an adult than I ever did as a child.” Love the altoid tin ideas. Thank you!

  21. Libby JONES says:

    I’d use…gosh you look swell and put little paper dolls in it for my mom. She loves paper dolls

  22. Traci says:

    Such cute tins. I would use “You’re so darn creative”. I think that a lot when I am searching websites as I always find such great creative ideas. >^..^<

  23. Lou Anne says:

    I like “Gosh, you look swell” and “You’re so darn creative.” Those would be fun to use.

  24. Randi says:

    Gosh you look swell and you’re right as always. Best tiny gift ever.

  25. Jo says:

    “I love you like I’ve been drinking all day” is my kinda quote. Jo Johnson

  26. LizD says:

    I would use what would you do without me and you’re so darn creative. These tins are super cute.

  27. Katherine says:

    What a great idea! I would probably go a different route since my friends and family are all rather…off. lol Quotes like “I’m not insane – my mother had me tested” by Shelden Cooper (Big Bang Theory), or “I would agree with you but then we’d both be wrong!” would get us giggling. I wish I could be as sweet at Kristin is! 🙂 Thank you for the great giveaway – enjoy your week! xx

  28. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would use “I love you like I’ve been drinking all day”. That makes me laugh!

  29. susan says:

    I totally love, “whatever you say, darling.” since it ends the discussion…how can one argue with being called, darling?

  30. Mary Mac says:

    The secret to staying young is live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. Lucille Ball

  31. Louise Kush says:

    You are reading my mind with project ideas! I have been collecting small tins and flat boxes forever along with paper bits-I am known as the “B” who says whatever she is thinking-for amusement, not meanness- and this could become a new obsession – I think I would start with my favorite “don’t make me call out my flying monkeys” from The Wizard of Oz”! I can use some of the amazing stuff I got from the Collector’s group!

  32. Vera Collier says:

    I love “gosh you look swell”!

  33. Cherry Koontz says:

    Birds of a feather…
    I scream for ice cream….

  34. Carol Slowik says:

    Love the one that says “it’s comforting to know we are equally maladjusted.” Ha!

  35. K Toews says:

    I would use backhanded complements!

  36. Margaret D says:

    Snarky quotes for my daughter! I love the paper on the first tin and Tim Holtz is the best!!!

  37. Laural says:

    I can’t make up my mind, all of them hit the spot!

  38. Karen says:

    My favorite quote is “everything in moderation” but not sure how I would use it but will give it some thought. Like the tins though!

  39. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    What neat ideas to make wonderful and unique gifts.

  40. Carol Feiner says:

    Altered tins are my most favorite thing to make! However, my quotes would tend towards the sarcastic side…

  41. Maryellen says:

    Well I don’t think you can beat using “swell” and “gosh” in a caption – those words are in a time capsule!

  42. Donna Meyers says:

    Have been collecting tins for quite a while and this box of treats has truly inspired me. Love the vintage paper dolls.