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Bits & Bobs… and Fish

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Sale, Victorian Ephemera Kit

Yes, it is nowhere near April Fool’s Day… but just look at that cute artwork (below) by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel using the Strange Fish Collage Sheet! So today we have: fish!

Plus I’ve put the entire Men Collage Sheet section on sale at 50% off! The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, January 7th.

And today and tomorrow only (same end date of midnight, January 7th) I’m giving away a digital download of that Strange Fish Collage Sheet that Kristin used (and shown at right)! Here’s how it works: buy ANY of the sale collage sheets in the Men Collage Sheet section and if you also put the Digital version of the Strange Fish Collage Sheet in your cart, when you check out it will be FREE! See the screenshot from my cart at left for an example of how it works… no coupons to enter… easy as pie.

Happy (crazy) New Year by Kristin Batsel

From Kristin’s blog post:

I had a bit of a whirlwind holiday this year, with tons of company, and some unexpected travel. When designing this Arched Tent Card Frame, I felt compelled to make it a little nuts. The outside is normal enough. Nothing odd here.

Construction hint: to make the buttons work as a closure, I first put a dot of white glue where I wanted each button to be, and let it dry. Once that raised surface had hardened, I attached the buttons with hot glue. Now they’re raised up enough to wrap the string around them comfortably.

Open it up, and you find the portrait of a young girl. I loved the look on this young girls face: she seemed a bit daft. So I gifted her with some interesting eyeglasses and popped a giant flower on her head, which evidently attracted a large butterfly. She’s holding a lovely bouquet of… fish? Her sky is filled with floating pies. Mmmm. After all, being crazy is part of her charm.

The outside has one of my favorite collage sheet images of a man holding a couple of fish. So this is where she got that interesting bouquet! I set her gentleman caller in a bed of giant flowers. He’s such a romantic.

Beside these highlights (above and below in the Giveaway section), here’s the full supply list. And be sure to visit Kristin’s blog for more photos and info!

New Goodies (the bits & bobs)

For the first 2 items below, I originally bought them for myself, but they’ve become indispensable so I thought you might want a set, too.

3-In-1 Die-Cut Weeding Tool

Super Sharp Tweezers Set

Red Sealing Wax

Sealing Wax Melting Spoon

Highlights from the Men Collage Sheets Sale

Hooray for the Crazy is Part of my Charm Giveaway!

Ah… there’s the whole image with the true meaning!

EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a few of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
– First off, the Victorian Ephemera Kit (note: as the Roses Scrapbook Paper and the Tent Card Frame are included in the kit, I’ll just be sending one of each, but they are also listed separately in the supply list)
Pink & Yellow Roses Dresden Scraps
Fashionable Victorian Children Collage Sheet
Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Pink
Bitchy Words Collage Sheet

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

Bonus: I’m also including all FOUR of the collage sheets in the sale highlight row above!

To enter the Crazy is Part of my Charm 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, January 7, 2019).

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 Pretty Papers with a Butterfly Connection Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kim Lucak! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, January 6th, 2019

49 responses to “Bits & Bobs… and Fish”

  1. Pauline Martin says:

    It’s different but whimsical. Cute.

  2. Nadine says:

    Thank You for more great giveaways. Happy New Year!

  3. Nancy E says:

    Very quirky designs!

  4. Erin Gardner says:

    This kit looks like a lot of fun.

  5. LeAnn Aagard says:

    These look like they would be fun to make.

  6. Catharine McCammon says:

    Been thinking about sealing up my thoughts to the grandbabies! Love the sealing was and little spoon deal-ie!

  7. Kathy S says:

    Bitchy Words Collage Sheet… so many uses.

  8. Jean Marmo says:

    The new goodies would offer much needed help. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love the Victorian Ephemera kit….it inspires so many ideas.

  10. Traci says:

    Great giveaway-lots of ideas.

  11. KIM says:

    Kristine what a fun card idea,
    perfect for that BFF.

  12. Kathy S says:

    lovin’ the daft part……..One of my favorite traits.

    thank you

    Kathy S…..

  13. Jo says:

    I love these collages – so inspiring!!

  14. Kat Cashwell says:

    So whimsical!!! Love them!

  15. Debora L. says:

    Love the roses!

  16. Ann F. says:

    It’s fun to go a little crazy!!!

  17. Jenn McCann says:

    Love the card and the fish!!

  18. Jen R says:

    Nothing fishy here LOL!

  19. Beautiful Victorian Ephemera Love it

  20. Kathe Deck says:

    another fun giveaway, and a great sample!

  21. June says:

    I would just LOVE to give this to a family member who loves the wacky but is also in the fight of her life (stage iv colon cancer) – She is young with 3 young kids. This would definitely brighten her day and give her support as a warrior!

  22. Nancy AT says:

    Awesome! I love those kooky fish with men.

  23. Karen Mallory says:

    Such a fun a kooky project to relieve the stress after the holidays!!

  24. Lorna E. says:

    Fun project. Lots to play with here!

  25. Janet Turner says:

    Adorable! I love the idea of pretty pictures with smart alec quotes.

  26. Jaimi B says:

    I love this! Each detail is nuttier than the last!

  27. Dona says:

    Fun overload – hope to win!

  28. Lynn Fox says:

    Who doesn’t love bits and bobs? And do I have ideas!

  29. Lea Cook says:

    Quirky is my middle name!

  30. Lana says:

    Oh what fun whimsy!

  31. Peggy Manning says:

    Love the very different fish collage sheet with the men.Should really be able to create some very different items with it. Happy New Year to the staff Peginokc

  32. Carla says:

    Love the fish!

  33. Laurie B says:

    “Crazy is part of my charm”. Lol love it

  34. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    Adore the quote – definitely true of some of my family!

  35. Love crazy! I would like to play with this give away.

  36. Marilyn Ray says:

    What a cute little project. I could find plenty of uses for the bitchy words collage sheet

  37. Kathy Toews says:

    Now this is my kind of collage.

  38. Roe says:

    Looks like it would be a fun little project.And the fish? What more could you ask for

  39. Anne S. says:

    Love the crazy girl!

  40. Love her glasses!!!😍

  41. This fish make this perfect!

  42. Christi Ashcraft says:

    Love it!! Thank you!°

  43. Victoria Light says:

    Cute little project, and love the sentiment!

  44. BarbMac Vt says:

    Love the flower asa hat! This would be a fun project to create! TFS!

  45. jackie says:

    love the fish bouquet

  46. Iris Pistor says:

    As always…great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity

  47. Anne W says:

    Love the glasses!

  48. Heather Cook says:

    LOL…I definitely identify with this one!