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Day 5 Theme & Giveaway: The Circus

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Hey, it’s Day 5 of the “While the Cat’s Away…” Giveaways! And today’s theme is The Circus — a perennial favorite! (I bet you’d never guess by the amount of circus ephemera I collect!)

Beside clicking on the photo at right to see even more details of today’s kit, check out the cute altoids-tin circus car (below) by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel that helped me tailor the kit (almost everything Kristin used in her tin is included in today’s Giveaway). Click the photo for a larger view or here for more details.

Here’s how these themed days will work: I’ve gathered new (and current) items around a theme. All of them are on sale for everyone. And I’ve pulled together a lovely Giveaway Kit made from those goodies that will be awarded to one lucky person.

To enter The Circus Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post (don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winner; note, your email address does not need to be made public).

After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner.

More info on the Holiday Closure & Giveaway Rules (including how you can get entered twice in each day’s drawing).

Note: all the indented items below are included in the Giveaway Kit. There are some additional (related) things just(!) put on sale that are not in the Giveaway Kit (down at the bottom of this page).

Not New to the Site, But Newly On Sale!
(and included in the Giveaway Kit)

Five Circus Collage Sheets
A colorful group including the Tiny Circus sheet that I happen to know if Kristin’s fave.

(And the entire Circus/Clowns section of collage sheets (really big section!) are on sale and are now available as digital downloads!)

Die-Cut Tags and Two Scrapbook Papers from the Le Cirque Collection! (Yes, those are little elephants riding bicycles on the near photo!)

And the entire Le Cirque Collection is on sale (that includes the cling-mounted stamp set, too)!

Two More Scrapbook Papers:

Orange Foil Ledger Scrapbook Paper
12″ x 12″ single-sided scrapbook paper with metallic copper foiling.

Circa 1934: Garbo Scrapbook Paper
12 x 12″, double-sided cardstock printed with a fun alphabet print against a pretty green background (with subtly distressed edges).

Two Exclusive Alpha Stamps Rubber Stamps (both unmounted):

Circus Alphabet Rubber Stamp Set
The entire sheet is approx. 8″ x 3″; the individual letters are 1/2″ tall. Snippet of a circus book page at left is also by Kristin.

Scary Clown Rubber Stamp
Sized to bleed off an ATC (to run off the left, top & bottom edges). Also large enough for the side of a standard envelope.

Approx. 1-1/2″ x 4″ (cropped in this scary photo)

And five circus stamps are now on sale!
PLUS five (different) circus stamps are on 99 cent sale!

Four items specifically chosen for this kit (via Kristin’s tin… and remember, these are all on sale!):

Wood Flourish Frames
Ornate frames laser-cut from 1/6″ thick masonite.

3 per package.

Blank Altoids Tin
Approx. 3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ (x 7/8″ deep).

Bakers Twine
Simple and sweet. Twisted red and natural, 4-ply twine.

Alphabet Baby Beads
A large bag of mixed letters (200 pieces).

Sold out but included in the Giveaway Kit

Artsy Banner Clear Stamp Set
A large set (21 stamps) with some great borders, text texture, music, faux postage and banners (awning fringe?) with lots of possibilities.

Related Sale Items
(not included in the Giveaway)

The entire Afternoon Muse Collection is on sale (that includes the Chipboard Album shown at left, and the Clear Stickers shown at right, too)!

Mardi Gras Beads
Acrylic, 7mm faceted-look rounds on 33-inch continuous loop (not separate beads… beads were formed around the string though you can cut them apart to use them separately).

Here’s the recap of the Giveaway Rules. And check yesterday’s post for the “Blue Birds/Paris” items that are still on sale.

So leave me a comment and tell your friends.

Posted by Leslie, December 30th, 2011

121 responses to “Day 5 Theme & Giveaway: The Circus”

  1. Suzanne W says:

    This set is very cool and I love all the nostalgic colors. FUN!

  2. elizabeth duke says:

    awesome! so vivid yet vintagey!
    love this too!
    elizabeth duke

  3. I love it! Fun for an album with pics of the grands!

  4. 2amscrapper says:

    what a clever idea for a circus car! another great give-away kit!

  5. Caroline Lawson says:

    So much fun! When i was little I wanted to join the circus.

  6. Lynn Fox says:

    Why are clowns so scary? Well, that’s ok, it’s such fun to do circus-themed art…and what a spectacular giveaway this one is. Imagine the art you can make! Thanks again, AlphaStamps, for the chance to win!

  7. Patricia says:

    I adore the circus theme! It brings back fond memories and yet I find something a little spooky about the clowns and the circus lifestyle!! Love this giveaway!

  8. Linda Polaretzki says:

    I just love the circus and always have. This is great stuff. Thanks for the chance

  9. Lynn Brown says:

    Love the Circus theme – Great ideas as always.

  10. Debbie Peysen says:

    This looks so fun. Thanks

    Debbie P

  11. Bonnie Cooper says:

    What cool stuff! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  12. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh yes, that’s one I could make some magic with. I hope I get picked for this one.

  13. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Oh, the circus is one of my real favorites. I love it and am always looking for more circus stuff – especially clowns.

  14. Stacia says:

    Okay, I’m scared of clowns. But the circus theme (minus clowns) really works for me.

  15. jingle says:

    Oh, this is all such rich and beautiful imagery! I love it!

  16. wanda buxton says:

    love this theme. thanks for the give away.TTFN

  17. Diane Cook says:

    I wasn’t googling for vintage, but I stumbled upon this site. It’s perfect! That’s all I have to say now. I want to get back to shopping.

  18. Shona P. says:

    Yet another amazing kit ! Every one has been really wonderful and I’m sure a lot of thought must go into putting them together. This circus one is fun, thanks for doing this giveaway !

  19. Cathy P says:

    Another great kit. I love the Le Circue collection.

  20. jeanne fitzgerald says:

    Great theme!! Love it!

  21. JeanFB says:

    OH wow, what a fun collection of goodies! I adore the stamps included in this one, and those fabulous frames, plus all of the great images. Thanks again for a chance to win!

  22. OH this is nice! I would love to try one of the Alpha Stamps Kits! Thank you for the chance!

  23. Jackie Paninski Neal says:

    Wow! I Love the circus! Please include me in your giveaway!

  24. I shared on my wall. I couldn’t figure out how to add a link. Hope this counts! This circus kit seems awesome!

    Barbara Staradumsky
    This kit is so so cool!
    Day 5 Theme & Giveaway: The Circus
    Hey, it’s Day 5 of the “While the Cat’s Away…” Giveaways! And today’s theme is The Circus — a perennial favorite! (I bet you’d never guess by the amount of circus ephemera I collect!) Beside clicking on the photo at right to see even more details of today’s kit, check out the cut
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  25. Jean Marshall says:

    I have been fascinated with Calder’s circus stuff for many years. In fact my son gave me a video of him working his little figures. So I that would inspire me IF I win the circus pkg.

  26. Camille Schaeffer says:

    I love the Circus and this is an awesome kit. Thanks for sharing.

  27. jennifer says:

    love the circus! I always want to have wonderful things like this for a circus themed assemblage.

  28. Rose Cavalli says:

    I really think that this is my favorite.

  29. Sheila says:

    I first fell in love with circus stuff after seeing what your team had done with it. Would love to win!

  30. Diana Kelly says:

    You’ve done it again. The circus is so much fun. Thank you for the chance to win.

  31. Susie says:

    I have some of these collage sheets, and I can attest to the fact that they are fabulous. Great collection, and I loke the polls too!

  32. liora says:

    just took my daughter to the circus, so I have a lot of ideas!

  33. K. Batsel says:

    Woot! My all time favorite theme! One can never have enough circus in their life.

  34. Judith Kernoff says:

    My heart’s going pitterpat! What a great collection!

  35. Barbara M says:

    Another fabulous giveaway. I hope I win this one.

  36. Sandie Reid says:

    I’ve never done Circus before because I don’t see much ephemera for the subject. But this kits blows me away with the amount of stuff and the vitage look to it.

  37. Robin Parker says:

    How cute!

  38. Stephanie says:

    *slaps desk* Love it! Gotta have it! Great collection ~ one of my favorite themes.

  39. Cynthia Zdanzukas says:

    Yikes! The Scary Clown is indeed scary, but, it would still be fun to work with these circus-themed art bits!

    I know everyone is hoping to win – this is such a fun thing to do – Good luck all and thank you so much for your generosity!


  40. Mary Mac says:

    Everyday is a circus in my household so this giveaway fits perfectly for me. Wonderful papers.

  41. Angie says:

    What am I doing wrong that my comments never show up? What do you want in the website blank?

  42. Rhea says:

    Amazing! What a fun collection. I have been looking forward to finding out what theme will come next!

  43. dawn says:

    I love the circus,this is a wonderful prize!

  44. Sandi says:

    Bold and bright! What fun this giveaway would be to work with!

  45. Connie Camp says:

    Oh yes I could do a lot with this kit! Thanks for the chance to win…

  46. Michele Quintero says:

    Takes me back to Ringling Bros Circus as a kid and we have one special “clown” in our house that turns up when you least expect it. A GREAT KIT!


    Another fun kit . . . thank you for giving us the opportunity to possibly win one!

  48. Leisanne says:

    Who wouldn’t want to run away with the circus? thanks.

  49. Babe O'Mara says:

    What a great giveaway. I love the circus.


  50. Christine Cuthbert says:

    Another great package that anyone would be sure to have fun with…thanks for another chance.

  51. Ann says:

    Circus is second to rodeo for me. Love it!

  52. Debbie says:

    So many possibilities here…the circus theme is awesome!

  53. Janet Ghio says:

    Oh boy would I love to win this one!! I have a circus swap coming up in the next few months!!

  54. Connie says:

    My stocking this year was full of Alpha Stamps stuff, I’d love to win this!

  55. Margherita says:

    Would love to win this one!

  56. Evelyn says:

    Makes me feel like a kid again! Let’s all runaway and find a circus to join!
    Now if only Alpha Stamps offered gift certificates to take with us!!!

  57. Eva Ochoa Phillips says:

    This is a fun kit! It definitely inspires me to be more creative.

  58. Lynda says:

    You’ve put together another stunning collection! I’d love to have it!

  59. Starqueen says:

    Hi Leslie,
    Just like a clown car…it’s never-ending fun!
    Thank you for sharing!

  60. Donna Kelly says:

    First ever ATC swap I did was circus! This would be fun to do again.

  61. domestic diva says:

    This looks great! What fun.

  62. VickiR in OH says:

    Oooh, I LOVE the Circus theme!
    Awesome Altoid tin train car/cages too.
    FUN giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity to Win some COOL stuff.

  63. Kate says:

    Lovely kit! I love the circus!!!

  64. mary walker says:

    How fun and out of the box, would love to win

  65. Gwen Windham says:

    FUN!!! Bringing back wonderful memories of the time my Mom & Dad took us to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Three Ring Circus!! SOOO much fun and SOOO exciting! 🙂

  66. Jennifer says:

    Okay, the birds were great but the circus! is!Fab!! I love your clip art. Oh, do count me in!

  67. Chel Marie says:

    Ok…. hands down, this is my favorite… OMG… I Love Love Love each and every items… I want… no I NEED them all!!!!!!!XOXOXO What a wonderful and loving gift/prize this would be!!!!

  68. Traci Adiego says:

    This is my favorite-I love the wagon with the circus animals idea it is sooo darn cute. I will have to buy the items needed to make it if I don’t win. Thanks again!!

  69. Michelle says:

    What a great idea! I have a circus page planned for my children…this would be just perfect! Thanks for the chance…

  70. Joyce Myers says:

    My favorite! The circus. Would love to win this.

  71. Retta says:

    Besides Halloween at Alpha Stamps…all of your circus items are my fave. The collage sheets you have are awesome! I’ve left word about the giveaway at my blog, and on my facebook page 🙂!/Retta519

  72. Maxine Kincora says:

    Ok, these just keep just keep getting better and better. I want absolutely everything in this giveaway!

  73. Holly says:

    Would you look at this! The Circus has come to town!

  74. Michele says:

    Brings back wonderful memories of the circus! Great times – this collection
    is fun!

  75. Jane T says:

    Clowns and circus reminds me of my childhood.

  76. Deb Neerman says:

    OMG, I’m just today starting a Circus album … how cool would it be to win this give-away?!? And it’s such a wonderful collection of goodies!!

    Thanks so much for the chance!!

  77. Selena says:

    I love Kristin’s work! What a fun kit!

  78. karen cejka says:

    Loving the circus theme. Great giveaway!

  79. Debi Wind says:

    Fantastic collection! It would be an amazing prize!

  80. Carol W. says:

    Ohh another fabulous giveaway! Love this collection of circus Gorgeous!

  81. Mrs. Kwitty says:

    Fun, fun, fun!!!
    Smiles, Karen

  82. LindaK says:

    Love that circus car! What a really fun,fun prize-thanks for the chance to win!

  83. Mina says:

    These are so wonderful and you are very generous to have these giveaways!

  84. p boszko says:

    Oh yes, the circus has come to town…what a happy collection!

  85. Lo Shelley says:

    Super awesome! Great kit!

  86. karenladd says:

    Oh my goodness…this collection is AWESOME! Love the vintage circus elements!

  87. Sue A says:

    That Altoids circus wagon is BRILLIANT!

  88. cathy n says:

    What fun. It’s always a suprise to see tbe next new giveaway.

  89. Amy baldwin says:

    I am a huge fan of circus/carnival themed stuff! What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance!!!

  90. Laura Barnes says:

    Love the circus! Happy New Year :o)

  91. Jennifer says:

    Wow — this kit is all that AND a back of elephant peanuts for Jumbo. I just had a circus party for my 5 year old — I NEED THIS KIT. Pretty please with cotton candy on top :)))

  92. dr.koolarama says:

    Why didn’t I run away with the circus when I had the chance…?
    Thanks for these generous and fun giveaways!

  93. Kristin Douglas says:

    Fantastic kit and my favorite theme so far! Tons of possibilities for this one. Thank you for the opportunity!

  94. Georgia Gunn says:

    Love this collection. Would like to win it of course!

  95. Electra says:

    You put together the most amazing packages! Thanks for the chance to win!

  96. Kathy Bumb says:

    I love the Le Cirque collection. I have several altered items and mini albums with the circus theme. Just love the prizes.

  97. Jeanne Kelly says:

    The greatest circus giveaway on Earth!

  98. Chris says:

    Gotta LOVE those clowns! How fun is this package!

  99. Barbara D says:

    Wonderful theme, the circus. I love it all, the elephants, the wood frames, even the scary clowns!

  100. Carolyn says:

    Oh no you did’t! Who can resist the circus? Thanks for another chance to win!

  101. Joy says:

    What fun! Would love to win this set.

  102. I just found your website and bought a stash. I would love a chance to win circus goodies..
    By the way,…love your selection of crafts!

  103. Maggie Thompson says:

    love the kit. Nice to think of the circus, summer, when it is winter.

  104. Norma B. says:

    You’re not clowning around when you put together these great giveaways!

  105. Love…love, love, love! The circus reminds me of being a kid and my grandparents taking me! I was just thinking of doing a neat little circus shrine for them and this would be so gorgeous! Hey, am I the only boy here? lol

  106. theresa says:

    A truly awesome kit!

  107. Victoria Harris says:

    I love ephemera and the fun of the circus always brings back memories from when I was young

  108. Renee Zarate says:

    LOVE the circus! I could really use this.

  109. Patti Swartz says:

    The circus theme is very clever. What a great way to use an empty tin!

  110. Wulf Higgins says:

    Wow, what a treasure-trove! I can imagine so many terrific things I could make with it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  111. Brenda Lubrant says:

    What a very fun kit. I love the artsy banner stamp. I also love the college sheets. Happy New Year to everyone.

  112. Maria says:

    Who can resist a circus?

  113. Gini Cooper says:

    Life is a circus, and what a great way to end the old year.

  114. Rebecca Disher says:

    I absolutely LOVE this collection. It so much fun and has so many possibility’s. The circus car is s amazing and fun. Wonderful collage sheets, Stamps etc. Simply WONDERFUL! 🙂

  115. Neen says:

    Clowns are scary but we still love the circus! Another great collection.

  116. Carola says:

    Love the vintage look of this set!

  117. Tara Didrence says:

    I hope the circus is coming to my town!

  118. sheilapie says:

    very very fun–young memories of circuses and P.T. Barnum museum in next town over, Bridgeport CT! Fabulous collection

  119. Shawn says:

    Fun embellies, nice collection~

  120. Linda Ritter says:

    Oh, that scary clown is sooooo… kewl! I must have him.