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Controlled Mayhem; New Circus & Steampunk; Flowers & Leaves Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Coins Coasters & Holders Kit, Kristin Batsel, Pierrot/Harlequin/Carnival

Wow! Lots of new items, a 35% off sale (!) and the most adorable, vintage-y circus project you ever will see!

Controlled Mayhem by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel

Aw… so cute! Scroll down just a smidge for a wide photo showing Kristin’s Controlled Mayhem project, using the scrapbook papers, coins & pockets that are also in the May Coins, Coasters & Holders Kit! Here’s a bit of the intro from Kristin’s blog post:

Here’s some Controlled Mayhem to brighten your day: five coins and five pockets decorated in a circus theme. I used some metallic paint to brighten up the edge of each coin in shiny gold. Grommets were added to the upper left corner of each pocket, and they were all bound with a binder ring. A tassel made with fun and fuzzy fibers (and a sweet silver elephant) was added to the ring for maximum circus fun.

Plus Kristin includes a mini tutorial! See the photo at left as a teaser.

Here’s a link to all the supplies Kristin used. Be sure to visit her blog post for lots more info & photos! AND see below in the Giveaway section for another photo and a chance to win lots of the supplies!

New & Back in Stock Goodies!

So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 26 of them!

Love those new circus charms! They’d be perfect for a little booklet like Kristin made. Keep reading (too) as there’s a FLASH SALE, related to the New Floral/Leaf Charms!

ALL Floral/Leaf Charms & Beads ON SALE!

This is a 35% off sale on a big section: Over 30 options… including the highlights below (and the 3 new things noted above)!

The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, May 13th. Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

Controlled Mayhem Circus Coins Giveaway!

And that promised second photo of Kristin’s artwork!

In addition to the SEVEN items already in the May Kit (!), this Giveaway includes these extras from Kristin’s supply list:
ALL 3 Circus-Themed Collage Sheets!
– An extra set of Artist Trading Coins (so you’ll have 4 including the sample in the kit)
– An extra set of 3 Inch Simple Pockets, too
20mm Silver Elephant Charm

BONUS: I’m also adding the Vintage Circus or Carnival Tickets AND ALL 3 NEW circus charms mentioned above!

To enter the Controlled Mayhem Circus Coins 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, May 13, 2019).

And what are you going to make?

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 Witchy Memorabilia Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Robin W! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, May 12th, 2019

43 responses to “Controlled Mayhem; New Circus & Steampunk; Flowers & Leaves Sale!”

  1. Laura Callies says:

    The Devil’s Circus is exactly what the creative sould calls for. You have offered such an amazing variety of items to get started!

  2. Kathy S. says:

    Vintage circus + tassels + charms = the best ideas

  3. Vera Collier says:

    One of my fondest childhood memories is having ringside seats at Barnum and Bailey circus performance at Cobo Hall in Detroit in the early 1960’s.. It was such an awesome experience. Love all the circus themed items, brings back memories!

  4. Joyce Myers says:

    Everyone loves the circus ! And you offer a great selection of circus related items…

  5. jackie says:

    love the circus theme

  6. Ann F. says:

    The coins in the pockets are so awesome! I love this idea tremendously!!! The ideas are flowing!

  7. Barbara A. says:

    Love the circus theme. Would make something to add to my miniature circus.

  8. ricki walker says:

    I just finished a vintage circus journal. These would be so fun to add in!

  9. DeniseHumenik says:

    Me and dad at the circus…good times, good memories! Awesome give away!

  10. Luanne Shearer says:

    Love the circus theme. It reminds me of all the circuses I went to as a kid.

  11. Cherry nowell says:

    Oh what fun!

  12. Diane Alterman says:

    something really different and retro!

  13. Marilyn Ray says:

    At best, circuses are kind of creepy if you think about it. This project is perfect. I’d love to up the creep factor and make this truly memorable.

  14. Deanne says:

    I’d love to start making/trading coins.

  15. Debora L. says:

    I love the circus theme items. The artwork is so fun!

  16. Laural says:

    What a delightful idea..loving the Coin idea

  17. Anne says:

    How w fun! I’m about to start some circus projects. These would be perfect additions to my stash.

  18. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love the circus themed projects and would love to make a matchbox circus!!!

  19. Traci says:

    My favorite designer with such a fantastic project. Love her ideas. I am going to try out the coins and make one too. Love it! >^..^<

  20. Nadine says:

    Can make all kinds of great circus stuff!

  21. Mary K says:

    OH!!! What a great kit!!! I would LOVE to win this!!

  22. Jen Rothstein says:

    I am making a circus junk journal ads these would make great additions!

  23. jo says:

    I always love the circus themes and these coins are adorable!

  24. Denise Bryant says:

    Such fun coins! I love the circus theme!

  25. Daphne says:

    Love this circus theme and the creative way Kristin used it!

  26. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Creepy circus!!!!!! What fun.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    Circus fun! What a great project! It brings memories of by gone era. would certainly make a circus fun project!

  28. Jean marmo says:

    I am at my daughters with a 2 year old and a newborn. I know all about Controlled Mayhem.

  29. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love the Vintage Circus so would make coins and/or a vintage circus accordian book

  30. Carla M says:

    Love all the circus fun!

  31. net says:

    I LOVE these vintage circus papers. I already have some so now Im ready to start some projects, so thanks for sharing. The mayhem circus books looks great and yes i need one for sure

  32. BarbMac Vt says:

    How’fun! The circus theme rocks and I think I would make this into a unique book for my 7 year old granddaughter! She would LOVE this! I would.add some of micro animals to give It depth and make it even more interactive for her.
    Fingers crossed in hopes of winning these goodies for my granddaughter and I to play together! 🤞💫🤞✨🤞✨🤞💫🤞

  33. Marilyn says:

    Very cute!

  34. Kathy Toews says:

    Circus imagery is so much fun – there are many ways to go with it! My way would have to be the freak show side.

  35. Anne W says:

    I love the circus. Cool project.

  36. Ina Good says:

    I would make an arc coin circus book

  37. Angie M says:

    I just got my kit and I absolutely love the art coins

  38. Bridget Haig says:

    Circus’s how sweet I can almost smell the popcorn!!

  39. What a fun project. I am glad to see an emphasis on art coins.

  40. Amy H. says:

    This is one of the cutest circus projects I have ever seen. It’s just adorable. The size of it makes it even that much more fun.

    Thanks for the chance to win such fun circus themed goodies. 🙂

  41. Bonnie H. says:

    Nothing better than a reminder of the circuses of my youth. The big top, the animals, a lady on horses, trapeze artists, lion tamers. I could go on and on of the good memories of the circus. Bring on the clowns.

  42. Carol Slowik says:

    I just love this idea! I will duplicate for sure. Thanks Kristin!

  43. Peggy Manning says:

    Always love a circus. The clown coins look fabulous. PeginOKC