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New Site! New Kit! New Summery Products!

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New Site!

Oh my, oh my, oh my… there is so much new news today!

Starting with: A NEW SITE! This has been such a long time coming, I cannot even tell you…

There are so many new features I made a “New Site Features” page to explain some highlights.

Note: the blog is still in its same location.

And don’t dismay! If you can’t find a product on the new site (that was on the old site), most likely it will be part of the store clearance happening later in July.

Go explore the new site!

New Kit!

July already?! How did that happen? So we’re halfway to Christmas? (Sorry for mentioning.)

Ok: JULY! Vacation Memories is the name of this kit. Beside some nice, cool colors to help with the heat (and it is hot here today!) the papers and trims in this kit should be versatile for creating a gift or memento box with a theme from nostalgic to personal photos/memories.

Box? Yes! There’s a new Double Explosion Box that’s part of this kit: a set of laser-cut pieces (complete with score marks) for putting together a 3″ x 3″ gift box… with a surprise! The lid holds the pieces in place. When you remove the lid the box “explodes.” Maybe it’s a box to hold a gift inside? Maybe you’ll build a little scene in the center spot inside? (And check out Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas’ artwork below for a pretty sample using a mix of real seashells, shell charms, and illustrations of shells.)

Lots more goodies are included, too. Go see the new kit for more info.

New Artwork: Vintage Seaside Memory Box by Rhonda Secrist Thomas!

I love what Rhonda has created from this wee little chipboard box!

From Rhonda’s blog post:

There are two separate “boxes” that each flatten out to show lots of spaces to add art or happy memories. If you use both sides of the box and the bottom, that is 18 miniature canvases to work with, not to mention the included lid.

And check out that close-up of the little seashell scene in the center of the box (shown at left)! Love it! Rhonda used so many things: real shells, shell charms, and even molded clay shells using the new 7 Seashells Mold! (And a couple seahorses from the Seahorse Mold are on the box lid.)

Beside these 2 photos of Rhonda’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win EVERYTHING from Rhonda’s supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and tips.

New Products!

Just a snippet from the new products are shown at left (for example: there are lots of new shell charms not shown in that preview pic). Plus this new site has a couple ways to search:

brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)


– here are all of the items actually in the new kit

Hooray for the Vacation Memories Kit Giveaway!

There, that’s better! That photo shows the whole explosion box… exploded!

Yes, it’s true: EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (21 items!) Here are a few more highlights from that multitude:
Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet (vintage images of children happily playing at the beach)
Beach Beauties Seashell Buttons Mix (a mix of sea shells, starfish and seahorse shaped buttons… Rhonda used them around the sides of the closed box)
Wanderlust Printed Chipboard (includes that compass image on the box lid)
8mm Gold Flat-Back Glass Shell Cabochon (one of my faves from the new shell embellishments)

Note: if an item is duplicated in the Vacation Memories Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

Click here to see everything in Rhonda’s supply list, which is also what’s in today’s Giveaway! Lots more goodies to see!

To enter the Vacation Memories Kit 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, July 1, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Rhonda’s project? OR: What’s your favorite new product announced today?

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 Hinged Tins Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Verna! Congrats! Check your email for info.

AND… don’t forget the Bronze Embellishments for an Altoids Tin FREE Gift Kit — free with all orders through TOMORROW night, July 2nd! See Thursday’s newsletter for more info!

Posted by Leslie, July 1st, 2018

54 responses to “New Site! New Kit! New Summery Products!”

  1. Cynthia Penney says:

    I love the exploding box. The ocean theme is so nice for the hot hot weather. It allows us to mentally escape to a cool place. I would The the box just like the sample. Great fun !

  2. Sandie says:

    I love anything that has to do with the ocean. I would do it just like Rhonda. Great job as usual.

  3. Rebecca R. says:

    I love the little sea inspired charms! So adorable!

  4. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! What an amazing kit! I love the twine around the box. Such fabulous details through and through!

  5. Kim R says:

    I loveeee the rose compass with the rusty seahorse!

  6. Jen says:

    I love the shells, theseahorses and the whole idea! Good luck with the new site. It looks good to me

  7. Nadine says:

    Love the seahorses!

  8. Jo says:

    this is so adorable! it has sooooo many applications – i love the boxes in boxes!!!

  9. KIM says:

    I always wanted to try to make an exploding box.
    I especial like how Rhonda embellished the outside of the closed box.

  10. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Loving the seahorses mold!

  11. Lorin S. says:

    I am currently making a seashore themed shadow box that this would be a perfect addition to!

  12. Catharine McCammon says:

    I live by the sea and have scads of tiny shells and polished glass to add to your embellishments! I’ll collect more with my grand baby and then…we’ll create a tiny box to hide our secrets in!

  13. Jen R says:

    I love the sea shell mould!!

  14. I love the way she organized the sea shells

  15. Barb A says:

    Love all the fabulous shells and charms. Wonderful giveaway.

  16. Ronda Liebert says:

    Just beautiful. I love the seahorse center piece.

  17. Laura callies says:

    The colours are beautiful and the centerpiece is stunning. I love the way everything is spilling oot over each other. There are a perfect mixture of colours, texture and interest that make it amazing!

  18. Jackie says:

    I love all the canvases. How wonderful to have 18 of them to embellish.

  19. Celia says:

    Love the seahorse…… beautiful project

  20. Marykay chisum says:

    The shells! The shells! The glorious shells!!!

  21. kathleen doyle says:

    The best giveaway yet. Summer is here!!!!

  22. Debora says:

    I like the kit and would love to win one. The seahorse mold and vintage papers are really nice.

  23. Carla says:

    Love the “exploding” boxes! So many possibilities!

  24. Randi says:

    The vacation memories kit is so neat. Love the seaside theme!

  25. Dennis L says:

    What a great giveaway! I like how Rhonda decorated the outside of the box, and the collage of shells in the center of the box. Really like the NEW WEBSITE!

  26. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    We go to the beach twice a year and I always collect things to bring back so this would be a great project. Thanks.

  27. Starqueen says:

    Oh my! Rhonda can really bring it…this box is amazing!!! I love every detail, but the top embellishment is my fave. Congrats on the new site!👏🏻

  28. Susan says:

    Rhonda is very creative. I love the entire concept, but the medallion on the top is just heavenly! Thanks for sharing her wonderful art.

  29. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous creation! What I love the most is the sea scene in the middle of the box. Such talent

  30. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the center arrangement ! What a perfect memory keeper!

  31. Susan M L says:

    I like the seahorse medallion on the box top, and the wrapped jute twine. The center shell collection is an eye-catcher, and looks like a little island of sea shells! Having been a beach comber since I could walk, I would like to make a box with memories of childhood days of summers spent on Long Island, NY! I also like the website upgrade! Thanks for a chance to win this fun giveaway!

  32. Marilyn says:

    Love, love, love the whole theme of this box! Especially the under-sea scene! I shall have to make one or three.

  33. Lisa C. says:

    I LOVE the seahorses!!! Hands down my absolute favorite sea creature!

  34. Kimberly says:

    Oh Boy! How sweet is that little pile of beach “debris”. Love it! I’m a piscean…love the ocean!

  35. Megan Warren says:

    The shells oh the shells.

  36. cindy rice says:

    Such a pretty box! I love the jute around the edges and the vintage children at the beach scenes. Such a fun display.

  37. Ina Good says:

    My favorite is the middle of the explosion box with all the details and shells and starfish etc!

  38. Traci says:

    Great explosion box-love the theme. Great to have a new site too. I have been shopping Alpha Stamps for a heck of a lot of years and welcome the change-it will be like shopping a whole new store.

  39. Kathy Toews says:

    The girl with the shell is my favorite.

  40. Janet Turner says:

    I love beach themed crafts. The sea horses are adorable.

  41. Kee Ostler says:

    What a lovely project! Perfect for the summer memories. I’m currently making a miniature house with a beach theme for one of my friends… These products would be perfect in it. I’m very excited about the new on your site.

  42. Congrats Verna! Love this Explosive Vintage Seaside Memory Box by Rhonda. It was a nice tip to use the twine so the box lid would expand a bit to go over the filled boxes. Congrats on the new site. This is a generous give away, thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Jackie PN says:

    I would have to say my favorite detail is the centerpiece-this is absolutely stunning!
    The whole creation is stunning and it truly evokes the feeling of being at the seashore! Great work Rhonda!
    Jackie xx

  44. Rhonda S says:

    I have a jar with some white sand and small shells I collected from Clearwater Florida. I could turn them into a keepsake with this kit. Clearwater has a retro vibe to it. I could maybe incorporate that into my keepsake.

  45. Winnie says:

    Love the box! I would make a great birthday gift with the box.

  46. Ann F. says:

    I love the top of the box with the shell and the seahorse. Spectacular!

  47. Mary Mac says:

    – 8mm Gold Flat-Back Glass Shell Cabochon is my favorite

  48. Angie M says:

    I love the whole project! It’s amazing! My fave new product is the shell mold

  49. Nancy E says:

    Love this little gem of a box! I love the center display!

  50. Chris K. says:

    My favorite detail is the girl listening to a seashell.

  51. Angela C says:

    My favorate new item is the new sea horse molds. Beautiful box! Just love it!

  52. Anne S says:

    I love the new exploding box! the new website looks great!

  53. Luanne Shoup says:

    flamingos!!! I love flamingos!!! And oh the possibilities with the little rubber mold.

  54. Jaimi B says:

    This whole project just takes my breath away! I love the sea bottom on the inside.