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A Nature Study and New Botanicals

Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

I love the watercolors Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas used on her Nature Study booklet for her August kit project!

Here’s some text from Rhonda’s blog post:

If you’re anything like me, you love vintage images of nature and butterflies. Another favorite, library card catalog drawers, thread drawers, any and all drawers. This months Anthology ATC Kit over at Alpha Stamps brings plenty of variety for use on a multitude of projects, including my Nature Study. Let’s take a peek inside of my tiny specimen drawers.

I began with this cool ATC Envelope Folder that is easy to decorate, and has plenty of spots to add lots of detail.

Of course, there are lots of different routes to take with this theme, but I chose this fabulous Anthology 12×12 Scrapbook Paper called Apothecary Drawers to cover the entire outside of the ATC Folder…

Psst… there’s another photo showing how the booklet folds up in the envelope/mailer down in the Giveaway section.

Read more in Rhonda’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for a chance to win EVERYTHING in this list)!

New Goodies… Many Halloween Themed!

Paper Flowers Collection ON SALE!

FLASH SALE! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code FALLFLORAL when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

EVERYTHING in the Paper Flowers FLASH SALE Section is WAS on sale — over 60 products! AND it includes the 3 new paper leaves/botanicals announced above!

The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 29th.

More Paper Flowers & Leaves ON SALE!

I’ve picked out some florals from the clearance sale! See more clearance sale paper flowers. Note: These are on the clearance site so are at a different URL and are not part of the coupon sale, but they are already on sale at 50% off! PLUS: all 4 of the choices below are included in today’s Giveaway!

Hooray for the Nature Study Giveaway!

Here’s that promised photo showing how Rhonda’s Nature Study booklet folds up in the mailer. I’m particularly fond of the back side of the Anthology Scrapbook Paper – Antiquity Note Cards used to line the mailer (that dark red small floral pattern).

Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s Nature Study Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

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

And remember: my 4 picks from the Paper Flowers & Leaves on the clearance site are included, too! (Scroll up just a bit to see them.)

To enter the Nature Study 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, August 27, 2018).

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 Sepia ATC Mailer Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Catharine McCammon! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, August 26th, 2018

54 responses to “A Nature Study and New Botanicals”

  1. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    This is a really awesome kit. Love, love, love nature. Would really enjoy playing with it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  2. Debora says:

    These are lovely. What a great idea!

  3. Chris Hoffman says:

    Love the look of apothecary drawers & then find specimens inside.

  4. Megan says:

    I love the project! It’s a wonderful combination!

  5. Jo says:

    Love the illustrations! So pretty – would like to learn how to do the colorizing.

  6. Kim Lucak says:

    Love nature!!! His creation 🙂 Would be fun to create a nature journal? Butterfly flutter by!

  7. Nadine says:

    The butterfly paper is beautiful and I see lots of possibilities for the drawer papers.

  8. Marilyn Ray says:

    Who wouldn’t love all the beautiful nature images. I can think of at least a dozen projects

  9. Stefanie Smith says:

    Wow! That is awesome – I love that it looks like an little traveller’s explorer guide 🙂

  10. love the butterflies

  11. KIM says:

    The ATC envelope folders has endless possibilities.
    Hope I win but if I don’t ,I need to buy some for retro Halloween cards.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the idea.

  12. Robyn says:

    Anything nature-related and I’m all over it. Love this little booklet! Those papers are gorgeous, too.

  13. Kat Cashwell says:

    These are awesome! Live the nature theme!

  14. Elaine Adamek says:

    What gorgeous butterflies! Can’t wait to use in a Batik design. Very inspiring !

  15. Marilyn says:

    I shall have to make one of these folders. I especially love butterflies, dragonflies and all sorts of bugs. Nature images are so beautiful!

  16. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love the nature book!

  17. Acorngurl says:

    I love this use of the materials. I am constantly amazed and delighted with the variety of people’s creative visions.

  18. Jen R says:

    Great theme!

  19. Rebecca R. says:

    So Beautiful! I love the pumpkins and the butterflies!

  20. Donna Kottcamp says:

    Love the butterflies. I started seeing more of them in our garden just after my mother died so I think of them as little messengers from her.

  21. Lorna E. says:

    I love Rhonda’s mailer, especially the Anthology drawers she chose. Great giveaway, lots of inspiring goodies to work with!

  22. Karen Mallory says:

    I love those ATC mailers!! I have been working on a project with leaf and flower die cuts. Lots of fun doing nature projects.

  23. Karen Nein says:

    I absolutely love everything about this kit. I’ve always been drawn to vintage images of flora and fauna and incorporate them frequently in my projects. It would be such a pleasure to win this giveaway!

  24. Thank you. Beautiful work and creativity from Rhonda.I am going to try this idea.

  25. Celia says:

    Beautiful! Love the butterflies. …

  26. Laura N says:

    Love the nature study! Using the apothecary drawers on the outside looks fantastic.

  27. DianeD says:

    All my art is inspired by nature. So to me this is an amazing giveaway! Would love to win this.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  28. Maria B says:

    What a cool nature study book! Lovely watercoloring.

  29. Jean Marmo says:

    What a fun project! Love the butterflies!

  30. Chris K. says:

    I love the tiny paper roses.

  31. Janet Turner says:

    I love the butterflies. I’ve concentrated on making my garden butterfly friendly this year. It’s so worth it and I would love to be able to look at them indoors with these beautiful project.

  32. Would so love to use the Nature Study in an art journel. Beautiful.

  33. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love the idea of an nature journal. So many beautiful things in nature that are taken for granted.

  34. Barb A says:

    I am always amazed at the wonderful things your artists create. Once again, thank you for sharing them with us.

  35. Traci says:

    Love the drawers-great idea.

  36. BarbMac Vt says:

    Love this Nature Study notebook and would be so excited to win this awesome giveaway! I love trying something new and this looks totally amazing! TFS! 🤞✨🤩✨🤩✨🤞

  37. Kee Ostler says:

    Well lovely and clever project. Very inspiring.

  38. Nancy E says:

    Love this Nature inspired anthology. Really amazing!

  39. Kay W says:

    These are beautiful!

  40. Congrats Catharine! This is a nice project, I would have never thought to do anything like it. I like the apotho. drawers paper and the tiny paper flowers you are offering. Thanks for a generous give away.

  41. Roe says:

    Love the whole botanical theme. This would be a great project to do on a crisp fall afternoon

  42. Michelle G says:

    These are beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway

  43. Mary Mac says:

    Love the Anthology ATC mailer Kit, so many possibilities.

  44. Amy says:

    Absolutely beautiful, I would love to win this give-a-way.

  45. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful project! Love the butterflies!

  46. jackie says:

    I love the mailer. This project is so pretty.

  47. Carol Feiner says:

    I love vintage & winged things!

  48. Kathy Toews says:

    What a neat idea – the ATC folder.

  49. Arminta Miles says:

    Love ATCs and things that fold.

  50. Marykay chisum says:

    Very pretty!

  51. Laura Lomax says:

    Paper,bugs and folds. Love it.

  52. Mary G says:

    I adore the entire idea of botanical illustration. I am serious when I say that it is much easier to definitively identify plants with good illustrations, than it is with photographs, which often do not show sufficient fine detail.

  53. Ann says:

    I love this ATC grouping of nature watercolors by Rhonda! ATCs are especially fun due to their size, and their little mailer is perfect! Wonderful inspiration!!