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Letters from the Sea

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Letters from the Sea Kit, Sale, Tutorials

This new kit took its time to jell, but I love how it turned out! It has a mix of subtle sea colors with vintage letters and some beautiful Edwardian ladies… you could make a beach-themed collage, or antique ATCs, or tiny letters tied with a bow as a vaguely Valentine’s Day project. Lots of options!

The prints on the backs of the 3 papers from the Seaside & Me group are really what caught my eye! Pretty trims that don’t scream “SUMMER BEACH”… they would be nice borders edging a card, or even a whole wall of wallpaper in a miniature room.

Then when I found the Correspondence and Telegrams papers (both with a bit of the same sage green palette), the die was cast.

In addition to the FIVE scrapbook papers, there is a new Small Symmetrical Flourish Set (a chipboard set of flourishes that could be “just” pretty trims but also look like ocean waves).

And even more:
New Edwardian Women Collage Sheet (I love these ladies! I specifically chose full figures, so you can use them in a collage looking out over a balcony or a railing.)
New Mini Folding Envelopes Collage Sheet (With all those Edwardian ladies looking a little wistful — and some holding letters — I thought it would be fun to have miniature envelopes that you could fold into working miniatures. The largest envelopes are approx. 2″ x 3″ when folded. Plus there are some interesting envelopes (just the fronts or backs) you could add to a stack of letters and tie up with a ribbon.)
– 1 sheet from the new Parchment for Mini Letters (perhaps to make some tiny letters for those envelopes)
– 2 sheets from the new Waves & Seaweed Solid-Color Paper Set

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

Mermaids Mini Book Box with a Mini Tutorial by Kristin Batsel!

How fun! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made a Mermaids Mini Book Box using two of the new papers to cover her tiny faux book (and a summery, mermaidy project would be a good escape right about now)!

From Kristin’s blog post:

I’m not sure why, but I really like to work small. So when I had my choice of projects this month from Alpha Stamps, I chose to work on a Matchbox Sized Faux Book Box (only 2-1/4″ tall)! It’s the perfect size for a tiny shrine. The papers in this month’s kit made me think “beach”, and “beach” made me think mermaids.

The outside of the box was wrapped in a lovely shell and seaweed paper, and then covered with a tiny beach poster advertising Mermaid Oysters. I used a couple of charms, a tiny pinch of sheet moss, and some flat back pearls to give the lid a bit of dimension.

For the inside of the box, I found a great image of mermaids that coordinates nicely with the new papers. I used three copies of that image to create dimension. Moss, tiny seashells, and a few more pearls were added to the bottom of the box.

Beside these highlights, here’s the full supply list! And be sure to visit Kristin’s blog for more photos and a tutorial! (And win supplies from Kristin’s project below!)

More New Products!

Just a snippet from 13 new products (!) are shown at left (and at right and below). From all FIVE new scrapbook papers to THREE new Collage Sheets to TWO new chipboard flourish sets.

More ways to search:

brand new items added this week are here


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


– here’s a repeat of Kristin’s supply list from her Mermaids Mini Book Box shown above!

Beach & Mermaid Collage Sheets ON SALE!

Yes, it’s the middle of winter, but I’m following Kristin’s lead! The ENTIRE Beach & Mermaids section of collage sheets is on SALE at 50% off!

60 options… and check out the 4 highlights below, too. (Psst: that first one includes the mermaids inside Kristin’s artwork!)

The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, February 4th.

Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

Letters from the Sea Kit Giveaway!

In addition to the TEN items already in the new kit (that includes 2 scrapbook papers Kristin used to cover her tiny book), this Giveaway includes these extras from Kristin’s supply list:
Matchbox Sized Faux Book Box
Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
– Both of the metal charms: Starfish and Scallop Shell
– Both of the collage sheets: Mermaids #3 and Mini Vintage Beach Posters (and those are on sale, too!)

To enter the Letters from the Sea 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, February 4, 2019).

And what are you going to make with big group of vintage & beachy items?

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 Tiny Boxes & Bottles Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Roe! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, February 3rd, 2019

75 responses to “Letters from the Sea”

  1. Sue says:

    What a beautiful collection!

  2. Barbara A says:

    Love tiny books with fun scenes in them. Best of two worlds…..books and minis!

  3. mindy says:

    awsome mermaids

  4. Nadine says:

    More neat stuff!

  5. Jen J says:

    I absolutely love this! I would adore making a little mermaid shrine. How cute. 🙂

  6. Jean Marmo says:

    What a fun project! Love the letters!

  7. Debora L. says:

    Love the new papers. Great project!

  8. Erin Gardner says:

    These giveaways are so inspiring.

  9. Alice says:

    Winter is a great time to think of the beach!

  10. Gail Shenberger says:

    Love the paper collection .

  11. Ann F. says:

    I love the idea of a stack of envelopes tied with a ribbon!

  12. Kathy S. says:

    I like to work small as well!

  13. Elaine says:

    What a sweet mermaid presentation box!

  14. DeniseHumenik says:

    I want to swim among the mermaids! 🙂

  15. Teddee Grace says:

    Oh, I’d love to win this one! Count me in and thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Marilyn Ray says:

    Love the mini book box. And mermaids? Bonus.

  17. Arlene says:

    So inspiring! I’d love to make a gift for my daughter at college to remind her that summer is around the corner.

  18. Maryanne Rumsey says:

    Always looking for new projects and these look super fun

  19. Sharon says:

    Lovely to dream on after all the cold winter weather we’ve endured!

  20. Mary Brown says:

    I’ve been saving mermaid pictures to add to a junk journal. These pictures would be perfect

  21. Jo says:

    love the mermaid boxes! i can see doing a lot of projects with the mini envelopes!

  22. Jen R says:

    I adore the colors in this mix. I would add them to a journal!

  23. Lorna E. says:

    Lovely project! I have some vintage nautical things in my stash from a couple of past kits maybe I’d make a castaway themed book.

  24. Traci says:

    Great mermaid project-love the mini envelopes.

  25. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love this art work it’s beautiful!

  26. Pamela L says:

    Absolutely love the mermaid mini! I would add all these items to my stash of nautical/mermaid/sea stash waiting to be used in a long-awaited project!

  27. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love mermaids…they always make me think of Hans Christian Anderson. The items in this set are just so pretty and at this point in the season I am really ready to think of summer and the sun. I love this!

  28. Bev Jones-Purvis says:

    This would be a wonderful project for my craft group! Great way to think about warmer weather…

  29. Dennis L says:

    Great giveaway! Love the mermaid mini book, and the entire ocean theme!

  30. I love this giveaway I love the mermaids and I love the sea

  31. Kathlene says:

    Mermaids, my favorite.

  32. Barbara Souza says:

    I would like to make cards and other fun stuff. Mermaids are the best.

  33. Beth says:

    I’ve been needing a beach fix lately!

  34. Jaimi B says:

    I am so taken by those tiny correspondence and the mermaids are so gorgeous! I want to recreate Kristin’s Mermaids Mini Book Box — it’s just perfect!

  35. Rebecca R. says:

    So pretty! I would defiantly have to make the little mermaid boxes! So super cute! Thank you!

  36. Catharine McCammon says:

    Hooray for mini boxes for my seashell collections. Grandbabies will sort the shells!

  37. Starqueen says:

    Oh, It’s February in New England and I’m dreaming of Summer at the sea. Since I’m “kinda pissed I’m not a Mermaid” I love to create with them. Gorgeous kit and an awesome giveaway! Sail away…🧜‍♀️🌊

  38. ricki walker says:

    What a pretty set!

  39. I live at the Beach and looking forward to creating the match box mermaids.

  40. Karen Mallory says:

    Mermaids are fun to create with! I love the tiny book!!

  41. Peg says:

    I am buried alive here in Maine. I would make myself a tiny beach getaway with this giveaway lol! Fun to look forward to warmer ( but not tooo warm) weather. I literally cannot see out of one window in my craft room. 🙁

  42. Linda K says:

    I would make a tiny beachy junk journal.

  43. Bill Goldschneider says:

    It all sounds fishy to me- but bring it on!!

  44. Nancy AT says:

    Lovely, lovely sandy scenes!

  45. Janet Turner says:

    I love this giveaway. I’ve been workingon several projects with mermaid themes. I think I would like to use an old cigar box and decorate it with mermaid pictures and shells I’ve collected. I love the little mini book, too!

  46. Susan ML says:

    I’ve had fun making Christmas mini-book scenes for gift giving, but now it’s time to hit the beach!! Kristin’s book is just delightful and I love the gold Dresden borders she added. I would have lots of fun making beach scenes and using the mini envelopes as backgrounds for beach-themed ATCs.

  47. Denise Bryant says:

    Pretty kit and projects! I love mermaids!

  48. CG says:


    YES, PLEASE!!!

  49. Carla says:

    Love the mini books!

  50. Carol Slowik says:

    The colors are gorgeous! I just Kristin’s Mermaid Box. So sweet!!

  51. Luanne Shoup says:

    My birthday is Tuesday! hint hint

  52. Kathy Udlinek says:

    I have lots of beach pictures from over the years, some family and some friends. Could use the beach scenes for mini albums.

  53. Andrea Pretlow says:

    By the beautiful sea!

  54. Valerie Johnson says:

    Mermaids are my FAVORITE!!! 🥰🥰🥰

  55. summertime is calling me

  56. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    I would love to make some beachy cards, ATCs & mini books with this wonderful collection.

  57. Lea Cook says:

    This would be great to add to the mermaid chipboard articulated doll in my stash!

  58. Peggy Manning says:

    I have mermaids a nd seashells and yours would work wonders with mine. We could do many great things together so just send them along please!!!! PeginOKC

  59. Lee Maynard says:

    The colors in this set are beautiful

  60. Melanie says:

    What a beautiful collection of seaside & mermaid embellishments!

  61. Rhonda S says:

    Yippee for Mermaids!

  62. Nancy E says:

    Love this seaside theme!

  63. Anne W says:

    I miss the ocean. I need to make this.

  64. Bonnie Moran says:

    Love the whole look of the project!!

  65. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    A good friend loves all things Mermaid and this would be perfect to make for her! xo

  66. LeAnn Aagard says:

    Beautiful! Mermaids are the best!

  67. Kathy Toews says:

    Awesome – it’s ‘back to mermaids’ time!

  68. Angie M says:

    I love the mermaid mini book box. I want to do something similar to that and put a gift in it for my mom

  69. Susan Sparke says:

    I can think of some really pretty things to do with this.

  70. Susan St. says:

    I would love to use some of these images in a shadowbox or other display along with some of my own “beachy” treasures.

  71. BarbMac Vt says:

    The Mermaid Mini book is adorable and I love the mini envelopes! This is a really fun prize bundle and I would love to create with these goodies! TFS!

  72. KIM says:

    I would be lucky to win such beautiful papers.

  73. Pauline Martin says:

    Love all kits to do.

  74. kathy sokol says:

    Oh yes, please : )