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A Nostalgic Christmas Kit

Filed under Art Projects, Christmas Nostalgia Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

New Kit!

A sweet kit with a good mix of tiny prints (for tiny projects), vintage Santas, and LOTS of animals (puppies, cats, fawns… all ready for Christmas with bows and stockings).

Pivoting from the aqua and red colors in last month’s kit, this new Christmas Nostalgia Kit has deeper colors: a darker red, olive green, black and chamois tan. But both kits share a love of retro, mid-century images!

This kit includes 1 each of all 6 double-sided paper designs from the Nostalgia 6×6 Paper Pad (you can see all 12 prints in the extra photos on the kit page or on the paper pad page). Beside many tiny prints, there are also images of Santa holding puppies & kittens.

Next up, a new collage sheet: Holiday Animals, with puppy dogs (lots of Scotties), a few kitties, and a couple reindeer (plus Santa).

(And see below for 2 more new collage sheets with more images to match this kit’s color palette, featuring Kitty Cats and Snowmen!)

There are 4 new Mini Shadowbox Lids (to fit the 4 sizes of Mini Shadowboxes) and the smallest new lid AND the smallest shadowbox are both in this kit! (And check out Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas’s artwork below: that Santa shadowbox with candy canes on top was made with this small box/lid combo.)

Go see the new kit for more info and more photos.

New Artwork #1: A Nostalgic Christmas Display by Rhonda Thomas!

How fun! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas made A Nostalgic Christmas Display using all FOUR of the new Mini Shadowbox Lids! (And see below for another wide photo, with close-ups of 2 of the boxes.)

From Rhonda’s blog post:

There is something about vintage images that make my Holiday so much more nostalgic. Those innocent children’s faces with cute little hats and dresses, Saint Nick going about his holidays, just makes me feel all warm inside.

These simple shadow boxes and lids were so easy to put together for a nice tabletop display. With each box, I wanted to keep things simple, but it doesn’t look that way with the many, many layers that I used. I simply gathered my favorite images and let the creativity flow.

See that green paper on the box below on left? That’s the backside of the Nostalgia Scrapbook Paper – Pet Postage Stamps and the holly berries are paw prints!

Beside these highlights, here’s the full supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog for more photos and tips!

More New Products!

Just a snippet from 16 new products (!) are shown at left (and below). From all the new Nostalgia papers (2 pads and 3 12x12s) to all the new Collage Sheets.

More ways to search:

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


– here’s a group of items related to the new kit (that’s all the new mini shadowbox lids)


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


– here’s a repeat of Rhonda’s supply list from her Nostalgic Christmas Display shown above!

Hooray for the Christmas Nostalgia Kit Giveaway!

AND… Art project #2, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel: Snowy Day!

Aw… this is so sweet (and vintage). Kristin used the same small shadowbox and lid combo as the Santa/candy canes box above, but they look completely different.

Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post, then I’ll explain what’s in the Giveaway prize:

The Alpha Stamps December kit is titled “Christmas Nostalgia”, and oh boy, do I have some nostalgic artwork for you today: using the 2″ by 3″ Mini Shadowbox and lid, I made the sweetest little winter scene. It reminds me of a vintage Christmas card. A swag of tiny holly leaves frame the inside of the opening, some Stickles (glitter in a tube) frame the outside, and glittery snowflakes finish off the top.

I used two copies of the same image to achieve a 3D look inside. I glittered up the background of the full image, and then cut out the girl and her dog and glittered only the snow. I attached the figures on top with foam tape so they stand out from the cold and snowy background. Aren’t they the sweetest?

Yep, very sweet (and so romantically nostalgic for Ms Batsel!)

First off for this Giveaway: I’m including the Christmas Nostalgia Kit (well, of course!) so you’ll get the shadowbox and lid in both of today’s projects (plus the 6×6 papers, etc.).

Next up: The holly garland trim, snowflakes, and the collage sheet with the little girl from Kristin’s artwork.

And finally: the 2 other new collage sheets (“other” as not in the kit): Christmas Kitty Cats Collage Sheet and Happy Snowmen Collage Sheet!

To enter the Christmas Nostalgia 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, December 3, 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 Time for Tins for Christmas Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jeanie Panagakos! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, December 2nd, 2018

71 responses to “A Nostalgic Christmas Kit”

  1. Marcie Van Deren says:

    Looks like when I was a child!

  2. Emily Dale says:

    Love the Christmas boxes!

  3. trudy a widner says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! Love all of them!

  4. Kathe Deck says:

    so much wonderful nostalgia!

  5. brian hughes says:

    love love love all these ideas…love Alphastamps.

  6. Dewanna Raite says:

    I love everything Christmas!

  7. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Just what I like! Merry Christmas!

  8. I love nostalgia and I love these boxes the santas are adorable

  9. Cheryl Lee says:

    Love the nostalgic theme of all these projects! So very cute!!

  10. Gail Shenberger says:

    Got to get me some of those mini shadow boxes . How cute are they !

  11. Marilyn Ray says:

    I love vintage. And I love Christmas. I really want to make this project.

  12. KIM says:

    Every giveaway is better then the last ,if that’s possible.
    Thank you Alpha Stamps, for giving so many of us the inspiration to create beautiful thing.

  13. Mary says:

    Love the vintage look.

  14. Noreen says:

    I love all the nostalgic Christmas displays! And they wouldn’t need a lot of room to display them.

  15. Donna Kottcamp says:

    What a wonderful design! I love everything about it. I guess my favorite is the fawn…we have deer all around and the just look extra special in the snow.

  16. BarbMac Vt says:

    So adorable! Loving the Nostalgic scene and would love to get my inky fingers on the goodies to create my own! TFS!

  17. I love nostalgic Christmas decor. The shadow boxes are lovely!How fun to put together. They would look great on a mantle or bookcase

  18. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the mini shadowboxes! Really cute projects!

  19. Debora L. says:

    Love the retro look of these projects!

  20. Nadine says:

    Very Sweet!

  21. Catharine McCammon says:

    Making little surprise boxes for my grand babies! Surprise my picture in the center!

  22. Chris H says:

    Cool idea 4 ornaments 2.

  23. Laural says:

    Nostalgia is my middle name…I absolutely adore these creations

  24. Peggy D says:

    Another snowy Sunday here and feeling a little Christmas Spirit. I just love these matchbox vignettes!

  25. Carla says:

    Love the nostalgic Christmas! These are adorable!

  26. Jean Marmo says:

    Aren’t those just simply darling! Love the retro vibe!

  27. Deb Kaste says:

    I just LOVe the cute shadowboxes that Kristin and Rhonda made. They are so sweet. Shadowboxes can be used for so many different occasions and they bring joy to those who give AND receive them…. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

  28. Kay W says:

    Love everything about this!

  29. Joyce Chevarria says:

    Love your mini kits

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    So sweet! Love everything about this week’s projects. I am a sucker for nostalgia!

  31. Kat Cashwell says:

    These bring back such happy memories!!! Love them!

  32. Diane Sanchez says:

    Oh I love this. Kitties and Christmas Perfect!!!!

  33. Luanne Shoup says:

    Puppy’s and kitty’s! love them!

  34. Ina Good says:

    Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 Sounds like fun!I love shadow boxes!!!

  35. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love the mini shadow boxes and the scenes are super. Victorian Christmases are my favorite.

  36. Monica Gabehart says:

    Love the vintage feel!

  37. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas. Love the shadow boxes.

  38. Erin Gardner says:

    These are so cute and fun

  39. Jo says:

    I love, love, love the shadowboxes!! And these Christmas ones are adorable!!!

  40. Sandie says:

    Love the shadow boxes and all the scenes.

  41. Rebecca R. says:

    Super Cute! As Always!

  42. Kim Lucak says:

    Very cute, I love the shadow boxes!!!

  43. karen young says:

    Love the mini boxes. Reminds me of the small candy boxes we got as treat boxes at school, that had lids that when punch turned into mini shadow boxes,. Mine was a village scene and I used cotton for snow.

  44. karen young says:

    Love the mini boxes. Reminds me of the small candy boxes we got as treat boxes at school, that had lids that when punch turned into mini shadow boxes,. Mine was a village scene and I used cotton for snow.

  45. Marykay says:

    Very sweet project!

  46. Nancy E says:

    I just love mini vignettes! Reminds me of a slower time!

  47. Laurie staffaroi says:

    Love the vintage vignettes! Love the
    Nostalgic feel!

  48. Carole Neider says:

    Just got a batch of beads yesterday and will put together some ornaments for my poor foot tall Norfolk Island pine. Love these ideas. Off to find some mini shadow boxes.

  49. Barb A says:

    Thanks for stirring up some mini memories! Love them all.

  50. Susan Nelson says:

    WOW! Super cute!

  51. Debbie Stine says:

    Vintage has an innocents about it.

  52. Maggie M. says:

    Love this adorable little shadowbox. I just finished an altered tin and this would be a great follow!

  53. Celia says:

    Now this one I like – cats and Christmas!!!

  54. Traci says:

    Love the cats collage sheet-so cute. >^..^<

  55. Laurie B says:

    Always great inspiration for future projects. I’m loving all the retro looks:)

  56. Linda B says:

    Can’t you make Christmas kits all year long???? Never enough time to do baking and cards and gifts and decorating, etc in December. Love the Christmas shadow boxes.

  57. Janet Turner says:

    I love the retro Christmas idea and the animals are adorable.

  58. Janet S. says:

    This is such a cute gift idea. Love it.

  59. Peggy Manning says:

    I’m a sucker for the innocent chjildren’s faces and the puppy dog papers. Can only imagine what I could do if I had both to play with. PeginOKC

  60. Jill M says:

    These are so darling!!! What a great family project.

  61. lynn legge says:

    i love these shadowboxes..they are so vintage and those papers are so wonderful…reminds me of days past….love all the collections

  62. Lorin S. says:

    So sweet. I have time to make these before Christmas!

  63. Mary Mac says:

    Love the beautiful vintage look of all these projects.

  64. Rhonda S says:

    I love the one with the reindeer in it.

  65. Kathy Toews says:

    I want it!! I am ordering this one for myself.

  66. Bonnie Moran says:

    Takes me back to the good ol’ days

  67. Anne W says:

    These would make great gifts!

  68. Renee Lynn Cox says:

    Absolutely love the creativity in these little gem boxes! Each one is so cute it would be hard to pick a favorite!!

  69. Dennis L says:

    Too late for this year; but, will have a head start on next year! HO! Ho! Ho!

  70. Rosalie says:

    I love the vintage style images.

  71. Randi says:

    These are so adorable!!