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Toys & Sweets for Christmas!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Shannon Cooper

What’s new today? 2 new shrines, 2 art projects, and a FLASH SALE on mini toys!

And see Santa’s note at right about receiving packages before Christmas? That deadline is Wednesday night.

Though if you’re like me, receiving a package of goodies to use for crafting after December 24th will be like Christmas morning all over again!

New Artwork #1: Deliciousness by Rhonda Thomas!

Wow! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas was surely inspired! Her Deliciousness is such a flurry of pink Christmas goodies!

Rhonda started this project with the new Larger Square Shrine Shadowbox – Deep (the deeper one shown at left). And good thing she planned on using that deeper version, as she fit the 1:12 scale Gothic Trestle Table inside!

Everything looks so inviting: from the frosted cakes & cookies (and frosted sleigh… and even the ceramic beads in the sleigh are frosted) to the decorated pink trees, and a sleeping cat wrapped in tinsel under the table. Oh, and the Leaf Gingerbread Trim Strips and Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips are perfect for the front of the table and the top of the shrine.

From Rhonda’s blog post:

The Joy of the Season, the rich, yummy goodies that go to my hips. Creating this delicious little beauty only made my cravings worse! But it’s for your eyes only, not your tummy.

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

Highlights from Rhonda’s Supplies

Carousel Christmas Peppermint Wishes Scrapbook Paper

Filled Candy Cane Jar

Iridescent Crystal Iris AB Confetti Mix

Christmas Candy Box

New & Back in Stock Products!

Hooray for the Toys & Sweets Giveaway!

AND… Art project #2, by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper: A Hutch of Vintage Toys!

Oh my… this is just the sweetest group of toys! I love the mix of collage sheet images, pre-made dollhouse toys, and hand-painted (cast metal) toys that Shannon mixed together (and painted)!

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

I’ve been hoarding a small collection of cast metal toys from Alpha Stamps for quite some time but hadn’t gotten around to doing anything with them. Truthfully, I liked them because they are tiny and cute (and just flat out wanted them for no reason whatsoever). Then Leslie sent me a really sweet hutch where all my precious-es could be displayed, so I got to work painting them. There was plenty of room on the deep shelves to add tons of other wee toys, too.

I covered the shelves with holly paper from the Jingle 6×6 Paper pad, which is quickly becoming my favorite holiday paper. All of the prints work for miniatures and small projects. The vintage games, book cover, and other images (toys and vintage cards) are from collage sheets; the box of marbles on the bottom shelf is a miniature cigar box!

Painting the cast metal was fairly easy. I washed all of the pieces in dish soap and scrubbed them with a toothbrush then toweled them dry. It was nice to discover regular acrylic craft paint (in several layers) covered the metal. I only had one instance where the paint chipped off. It involved a snooping cat that, of all the toys on the table, sent Mother Goose to her demise after pawing her a bit too far. Mother Goose’s tail feathers took the brunt of the fall, so all was well, and the cat looked pleased.

First off for this Giveaway: I’m including these goodies from Shannon’s supply list:
– All FOUR of the collage sheets with toys & game/book covers!
– The teddy bear, rabbit and gnome from the top shelf of the hutch (note that the rabbit is actually part of a set of 3; also note that the gnome is unfinished cast metal so you’ll get a chance to try your hand at painting).

Next up: this flurry of miniature cakes from Rhonda’s project! (That’s a link to THIRTEEN slices of cake! Not “just” that set of 8 shown at left, though they’re included, too!)

Finally, you’ll get BOTH of the new shrines! That is: if you don’t mind the 2 I taped together for taking photos.

To enter the Toys & Sweets 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 10, 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 Wine for Christmas Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathe Deck! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Miniature Toys ON SALE!

Yes, yes… I finally got to this section! This is a FLASH SALE that ends at midnight on MONDAY night, December 10th.

30% off on ALL Miniature Toys! 30 options… including the 4 highlights below (and quite a few in Shannon’s artwork).

Want even More Toys or Metal Minis? There are a few left on the Clearance site (50% to 80% off)! Like the 2 at right: Tiny Train Set and Santa Head Mug (hey, that one’s in Shannon’s art, too — see the painted mug on the top shelf of the hutch). Here are the links to the Miniature Toys Section and Cast Metal Miniatures on the Clearance site!

Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

Posted by Leslie, December 9th, 2018

42 responses to “Toys & Sweets for Christmas!”

  1. I love everything especially the red trees

  2. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love all the yummy looking treats and of course h sleeping cat!!

  3. Jean Marmo says:

    Simply darling! Those treats look good enough to eat!

  4. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I love, love, love the pink trees. Simply wonderful.

  5. Nadine says:

    Love all the tiny toys and treats!

  6. Catharine McCammon says:

    OOOOOOO will make tiny shop and eat lots o’ sweets with my sweet baby grand babies!

  7. Katie says:

    Wow, there is nothing not to love here!

  8. Nancy E says:

    What could be better than toys and sweets. My two favorite things!

  9. Debora L. says:

    The perfect combo for the season!

  10. Kathy S says:

    Sweets. Yes!

  11. Allyson Schmidt says:

    My favorite things—miniature food and pink! I could make something fantastic with this.

  12. Victoria M. Simpson says:

    I’d love to try the Sweet shrine!! It always amazes me how creative people are!

  13. Jo says:

    Love the miniatures! Perfect for Christmas shadow boxes!!

  14. Emily Dale says:

    Everything is so cute!!!

  15. Dona says:

    I love it all – sure hope I win!

  16. Barb Macaskill says:

    Rhonda and Shannon have both created such darling scenes! I absolutely adore them! I would love to make a toy scene with the fabulous mini toys! Maybe I would put it in my 1:12 scale dentist ‘s office for the play area! TFS!

  17. Barb Macaskill says:

    Forgot to say that I watched Krampus the movie last night! Totally awesome!

  18. Ann F. says:

    The toy shelf is amazing. I love it.

  19. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome creations! A real Wonderland!

  20. Laural says:

    Bringing back many sweet memories of my childhood!

  21. Brian Hughes says:

    love the trees and the miniature toys. Love Alphastamps.

  22. Lea Cook says:

    Just so amazing what can be done with these tiny treasures

  23. Kathy Harris says:

    OMG! Everything I ever see on this site is soooo wonderful. I really love this Christmas scene! Love you Alpha Stamps.

  24. Gretchen says:

    These small toys will make a birthday party scene I have really

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    I love both of the projects but the toy shelves are my fav!

  26. Rebecca R. says:

    Omg! This is So Awesome! I adore the Santa, the sleeping kitty and the little toys! So Great! Thank you so much!

  27. Kathe Deck says:

    I know, I don’t need to win another drawing since I just won an awesome giveaway, (THANK YOUR!) but I just have to say how AWESOME these both are!

  28. MaryKay says:

    I must have this in my life!

  29. Sandie says:

    I love the toys. Another awesome giveaway.

  30. Celia says:

    Toys! Yeah…

  31. Toys and sweets perfect for my Christmas project!!!

  32. Traci says:

    such cute projects-love the miniature toys so cute.

  33. Mary says:

    Love the miniature toys. Oh so many ideas.

  34. Laurie B says:

    Both projects are so cute! Thank you to all the artists at alpha stamps for sharing your work 🙂

  35. Susan S says:

    Oh my gosh these are adorable!!!

  36. Janet Turner says:

    I love these projects. The little treats are adorable.

  37. Jaimi Bailey says:

    So much wonderfulness in this post! I’m gaga for the toy shelf!

  38. Dianna says:

    Wow! Love Shannon‘s painted metal toys. I liked how Shannon decorated her toy shelf. Her sweet cart is so cute and festive.

  39. Kathy Toews says:

    The toys are so cute!

  40. Anne W says:

    It’s just too cute. Love it ALL.

  41. Mary Mac says:

    Love aLL the gorgeous vintage toy miniatures.