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New Art x2, Sale Ends Tomorrow plus NEW FREE Gift!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tiny Dress Shop Kit

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: Bella’s Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz, Shannon’s Embroidered Matchbook Journal.

Ohh! We have two fun projects today. And a special treat: A new FREE gift item, too (more info on that below).

But let’s start with this fancy project by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)! That’s not just “fancy”, that’s Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz!

I love this project — and all the items Bella fit into her Hidden Drawer Book Box! The half scale items she used fit just right (wallpaper, tiny hat boxes and the Bookshelf with Drawers) and mixing in a few 1:12 scale things look fine too (like the Tiny Thread Spools).

Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz is so very, very happy all the time. This morning he has been dancing and has twirled himself around to his cabinet of frippery. Currently he is deciding if he’ll be using silks or velvets today; before he digs through his messy drawer of patterns.

I had a lot of fun with this project using the Tiny Dress Shop Kit. Here are a few tips on how I made things.

– The bolts of fabrics are made by cutting small rectangles from chipboard and then wrapping silk and velvet ribbons around each rectangle. Voilà! You now have bolts of fabric.

– The books on the shelf are covered with images from the Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet, because books with plain covers just wouldn’t fly with Mr. Fahnze Pahntz.

Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section (a close-up of those mini bolts of fabric) — where you can enter to win lots of Bella’s supply list! Here’s a link to her blog post (with even more photos and more info about Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz).

Next up (and a new treat for you!): Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has used the new Mini Matchbook Journal to make an Embroidered Matchbook Journal!

I love all the needlecraft things Shannon makes (have you seen the hats she knits for her cat?!) This project is a tiny, pocket-sized beauty!

As Shannon notes in her blog post: “The base is (as you may have guessed) the same size as a regular matchbook and has a separate accordion folded insert with five pages for decorating. I considered gluing the pages so they would unfold sideways, or perhaps cutting out shapes with punches, and maybe painting or spraying or coloring the entire thing in bright rainbow colors.

There were just too many ideas! My last thought was to doodle a tree along one side of the pages and add a short poem. In the end though, the ladies on the Gothics Collage Sheet caught my eye, and the rest of the journal drew from that.”

Well done! See more photos in Shannon’s blog post, and see her short supply list.

The Mini Matchbook Journal is a set of scored chipboard to make a miniature book that closes like a book of matches. As you can see in the photos, it’s your choice if the “pages” are attached so they open horizontally or vertically (or attached to the top of the cover or down by the base). And a gift for all of you: ALL orders, now through TOMORROW night, May 28th (2018) will receive ONE of the new Mini Matchbook Journals FREE! There’s nothing special you need to do; a set will be added to all orders dated today or tomorrow (if you add one to your order today or tomorrow, I’ll assume that’s ’cause you want an additional one).

Ending TOMORROW: Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) Sale!

EVERYTHING in the Glitter, Tinsel, Rhinestones (& Misc Shiny Things) Section is 40% off!

Over 100 options! From glitter to tinsel to rhinestone chain, like the Twinklets Diamond Dust and Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon at left and right.

The sale ends MONDAY night, May 28th.

Go shopping for bling!

Hooray for the Cabinet of Frippery Giveaway!

Oh, where to start? I picked out quite a few items from Bella’s Supply List to include in today’s Giveaway:

– The Bookshelf with Drawers – 1:24 so you have a (tiny) place to put everything else!
Half Scale Books & Things Collage Sheet (that portrait of Marie on the wall, and the tiny paintings on top of the cabinet)
1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
Tiny Thread Spools – Set of 5
Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet (Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz!)
Half Scale Striped Dollhouse Wallpaper with Garlands
Half Scale Fashion Boxes Mini Sheet (I spy a tiny hat box on top of the cabinet)
Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet (cleverly used as book covers)

Bonus: One of the new Mini Matchbook Journals!

To enter the Cabinet of Frippery 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, May 28, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Bella’s (or Shannon’s) project?

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 Mini Bejeweled Dress Shop Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barb A! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, May 27th, 2018

48 responses to “New Art x2, Sale Ends Tomorrow plus NEW FREE Gift!”

  1. Laura callies says:

    My favorite is the car picture atop the cabinet and i also love the worn drawers spilling over.

  2. Monica Dase says:

    This piece looks so amazing!!!

  3. Catharine McCammon says:

    Why of course I’ll be making gossimar fairy wings with my grand babies

  4. Sandra says:

    I love the French flair of this hidden draw shop the bolts of fabric soooooo cute!

  5. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! LOVE the bolts of fabrics! My mom and sisters downstairs used to look like this and they had a sticker “she who dies with the most fabric wins!” or something like that. THis would be perfect for them!

  6. Debra Gibson says:

    Wow! What pretty projects! I love them both!! The mini matchbook journal would be filled with fairy’s!! Thank you for the chance to win!

  7. Love these ideas the fabric is adorable

  8. Barb A says:

    Thank you for drawing my name for the mini bejeweled dress shop giveaway, can’t wait to start playing with all the goodies! Love both of the projects today…so much talent being shared with us. My favorite details are the books, so lovely.

  9. Denise Bryant says:

    In Bella’s project, I love those spools of thread! So many fun details! And from Shannon’s project I love the stitched detail!

  10. Nadine says:

    Love the bookshelf with fabric and spools!

  11. Cynthia P says:

    I absolutely fell in love with the all the frou-frou. Thanks for another great project !

  12. Deb says:

    Love, love love it. Especially the book covers

  13. Jennie Ingram says:

    My favorite part has to be the bits of torn tulle & mica that Shannon included in her matchbox.

  14. Winnie says:

    That little book case is wonderful with all the little boy spools and fabric! So much fun!

  15. Chris K. says:

    My favorite is the two pictures on top of the bookcase.

  16. Jo says:

    i love the little shelf with the ribbons and spools of thread!

  17. Cathy J says:

    My favorite is the shelf with all the fabric bolts, thread spools and images on the top.

  18. Mary Allen says:

    I especially like the books. The idea of using perfume labels as book covers is inspired, looks lovely and fits beautifully in the scene.

  19. Marykay chisum says:

    Those adorable little fabric bolts

  20. Rebecca R. says:

    I honestly love the whole thing! The little dress and the shelves of spools are perfect! So adorable!

  21. kathleen doyle says:

    Just how realistic this project looks.Feel like iam in a dress shop.

  22. Sally Lonn says:

    I love fabric and lace and tis feels so Shabby Chic, and I love that it is small, 1:24 doesn’t take up much room. Delightful project, thank you for sharing.

  23. Sandie says:

    Amazing. So real, I love everything about it. Would not change a thing.

  24. Nancy E says:

    I’m in love with both the cabinet of notions and the lovely embroidery on the matchbook. Hard to chose which I like better!

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    I love Kimberly’s project. I just finished a hidden book shelf myself. My favorite part is the mini bolts of laces, fabrics and trims. A lady after my own heart!

  26. Barb macaskill says:

    I absolutely adore the mini bolts of fabrics and the beautiful half scale books on the shelf under the fabric bolts. The entire scenescape is stunning!

  27. Jen R says:

    I adore the shelves of frippery!!!

  28. Kim Lucak says:

    I love the French theme and the ballerina!!

  29. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the trims & ribbons ! So cute !

  30. Celia says:

    The small bols of fabric..then the spools of thread

  31. Jaimi B says:

    I love the bolts of fabric on the shelves and the overflowing bottom drawers!

  32. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love all the great things on the shelves and, also, the embroidery on the mini journal.

  33. Patty Bigler says:

    I love both projects! But covering the books with labels was very clever!

  34. Susan says:

    Oh my heaven!!! Love this! I have a sewing room and this would be perfect for the shelf.

  35. Arminta says:

    My favorite is the Gothic lady with roses on the tiny matchbook. All are fabulous.

  36. Traci says:

    Really cute-love the shelves with all the sewing items and of course the cat picture.

  37. Kay W says:

    I love the the spools of thread and bolts of fabric

  38. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats to Barb! Love the kitty picture, the shelf and the fact that it is a hidden book base. The small journal size is sweet, along with the flowers, torn tulle and embroidery. Both are nice and have details. Thinks for sharing.

  39. Janet Turner says:

    I love the tiny bolts of fabric!

  40. Peg says:

    You always ask such difficult questions! I do love that little book! The stitching and the illusion? I will have to look at her blog post after work today. Little books always win with me. I love that cabinet stuffed with trims and notions too.

  41. Kay monto says:

    Love everything here, especially the pictures. Hard to single out any one item. Love love love!

  42. Mary Mac says:

    Love the bolts of fabric, very realistic.

  43. Michelle G. says:

    I love the whole thing, but my favorite is the shelf itself, how it is arranged with the bolts of fabric, the spools of thread, and the patterns poking out of the drawers!

  44. Ann F. says:

    The mini matchbox journal would be perfect for my altered matchboxes.

  45. Lana says:

    How French, how darling, how sweet!!! Favorite item, hands down the little mannequin in the corner with the tulle.

  46. Debbie Stine says:

    The tiny spools of thread and labels used for book covers. Also from Shannon…accordion insert. Thank you

  47. Angela C says:

    In Bella’s project I love the whole bookcase especially the tiny books. Beautiful!

  48. Andrea Pretlow says:

    I love the little bolts of fabric. The whole project is so sweet and happy!