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Circus Orphans & Fairy Godmothers, plus Sale & Free Gift

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials

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

Orphanage Rd. In Winter by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel

Ha! Kristin has made a whole different project from the same shadowbox lid that Nichola used last Thursday. And, in Kristin style, it involves the circus…

Nothing says “holiday season” like some morose orphans looking sadly out at the snow, amIrite? When I found that the next Alpha Stamps monthly kit contained a window shadowbox, for some reason, I immediately thought of circus kids. Leslie was kind enough to design a collage sheet full of vintage circus kid images for me. I chose a large image of four solemn looking waifs, gave them all bright red clown noses, and built “Orphanage Rd.” to house them.

I used two collage sheets so I could cut out the girls in front and stack them for more dimension. The upper trim is a Fleur Border, painted black and then coated with glaze.

Read more in Kristin’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list. And check out the Giveaway below (for another photo showing part of her tutorial), as you could win EVERYTHING in her supplies!


Reminder: ALL Tallulah’s Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! Lots of different themes in this section, most from beautiful vintage postcards.

The sale runs through Monday night, January 8th! TOMORROW night!

Bonus: Remember Nichola Battilana’s Fairy Godmother’s Wardrobe? Nichola has finished her part 2 of the post: a tutorial video!

You can learn all about making books, magazines, tiny stockings, letters & postcards… all things on Nichola’s Fairy Godmother’s Cupboard Collage Sheet!

Go check it out; it’s beautiful!


Reminder: FREE Gift Kit with all orders ends Tomorrow Night: Stars & Shells

Yes, seashells maybe be an odd choice for this time of year. But Nichola’s bathing-beauty-as-a-fairy from Thursday’s newsletter was a welcome splash of color when so many of you are facing a snowstorm.

ALL ORDERS through Monday night, January 8 (2018) will receive one of these Stars & Shells Gift Kits FREE!

I made a custom mix of gold stars (in numerous sizes), 5mm Clear Iridescent Star Sequins, a few other clear iridescent beads, and 1 each of the 3 colors of the new 22mm Scallop Shell Sequin Mix!

Hooray for the Orphanage Road Giveaway!

Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Orphanage Rd. In Winter Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a couple of the NINE items in the supply list/Giveaway:
New Vintage Circus Children Collage Sheet
4×6 Shadowbox
Chipboard Fleur Border

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which is also all of the Giveaway items!

No, you’re not going blind! The little girl in the “before” photo below didn’t end up in the final project:
Before I covered the outside of the box, I used a Sharpie to color the inside window panes black. The outside windows were colored with a silver Sharpie. The little girl and her dog were originally considered for this piece, but they just looked too happy.

To enter the Orphanage Road 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, January 8, 2018).

AND tell me: What will you make? Obviously, the shadowbox with the window box lid can become many things…

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

Hey, who won the Angels & Stars & Dresden (oh my) Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Anne Squire! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, January 7th, 2018

39 responses to “Circus Orphans & Fairy Godmothers, plus Sale & Free Gift”

  1. Jennifer J says:

    A candy store front window would be fun to make

  2. Jen R says:

    Would love to use this on a shadow box of my mini oddities shop

  3. Nancy O says:

    Would love to use the window on a modified ‘real’ cigar box to hold atc cards.

  4. Vera Collier says:

    When I see the shape of the window I am reminded of an old fashioned toy store all decorated for Christmas. Or perhaps a bakery or book store. The possibilities are endless.

  5. Ann F. says:

    It would be perfect for an altered box. Love it.

  6. Kim R says:

    I see a window in time 🕰

  7. LeAnn says:

    It would make a cool closet for a witch to store her things.

  8. Ann Pierce says:

    Since we have had 2 snows (omg this is unheard of in Austin Texas!) this winter, i think i would make a magical night-time snow scene to immortalize it. Love it!

  9. Kat Cashwell says:

    Would have to make Alice in wonderland garden pic!

  10. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d love to make a spooky Halloween scene for the shadowbox!

  11. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats to Anne S. I’m thinking some kind of store as well. Lots of nice goodies to help it along. Enjoyed the Orphanage and Part 2 tutorial; they make it look so easy! TFS

  12. Lisa says:

    Omg love this!! I have a room
    Done in circus themed stuff .. would do clown elephants!!

  13. Rebecca Russell says:

    I would make a little orphan shadow box and add some magical fairy godmothers to the mix!

  14. Peggy D says:

    This reminds me of Miss Peregrin and her Peculiar Children. I love those books! I would make something along this line I believe. (Pssst you really need some Peculiar collage sheets… or do you have them and I have missed them?) this is a fun giveaway thanks for the chance to win

  15. Barb macaskill says:

    I think I would make a teddy bear shop with a twist! The teddy bears have been abandoned by their owners and are in pretty bad shape so they all need repairs and lots of love before they can go to their furever homes!
    macaskillbarbara at yahoo dot com
    Congratulations Anne on scoring the Angels and Stars and Dresden giveaway! Enjoy!

  16. Nadine says:

    I have so many ideas for the window box. I think I would also go with a store idea.

  17. Emily Dale says:

    I’d make the shadow box with pictures of my relatives.

  18. Jean Marmo says:

    Loving this shadowbox! I might make one using old photos of my sisters and I.

  19. Barb A. says:

    With all the great things on Kristin’s supply list my mind immediately went to a window from a Christmas shop, maybe with a tree and lots of tiny Christmas related goodies displayed…, gifts, decorations.
    Oh the possibilities are endless,

  20. Laural says:

    What an “out of the box” idea for the circus kids! ha I Love it

  21. Traci says:

    I love circus themed projects. My all time favorite was the peg people traveling circus also by Kristin. I love her circus ideas. >^..^<

  22. Carla says:

    I would have to make a window looking into Santas workshop

  23. Janet Turner says:

    I would use the circus theme for sure. Those kid’s pictures are adorable.

  24. Ideas are endless, perhaps a North Pole workshop!

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful giveaway! I would make some kind of store front to go with my houses!

  26. Anne W says:

    I think I would make something with pretty ladies staring wistfully out the windows.

  27. Ina Good says:

    I love the children so I would make a shadow box too

  28. Karen Wood says:

    Very Nice supplies. I might like to make a pretty winter scene. The circus children are so cute. I might like to decoupage them onto a paper mache box or two.

  29. Jo says:

    Love the window frame – I might make a trick or treat scene!

  30. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    It’s close to Valentine’s so I’d made a small romantic café scene with a couple courting.

  31. Kim Lucak says:

    A bakery, candy shop, hat shop? Very FUN!

  32. Anne Squire says:

    I love making shrines, altering boxes. So what would be better than a Circus wagon – with some of the wooden wheels I ordered last time. And thank you for the Psyche & Cupid win 🙂

  33. Lana says:

    Love those little envelopes and letters…as a matter of fact, I just ordered them. :~D

  34. Mary Mac says:

    Window display for Chocolates.

  35. Kee Ostler says:

    Such creativity! It would be so cute to make a circus shadowbox…

  36. Nancy E says:

    I would make a treasure box. A place to keep very special memories!

  37. K Toews says:

    I would like to make a bakery shop window. The little orphans could be looking in at the goodies.

  38. I would like to make something for Valentines day.

  39. Kimberly says:

    So many ideas…what to choose, what to choose!