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Day 5 Theme & Giveaway: New Years Hourglass

Filed under Cat's Away... 2012, Design Team, Giveaways, Sale

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply lists for Laura’s projects on the new site: Pink & Gold Hourglass and Black & Silver Hourglass.

Hey, it’s Day 5 of the While the Cat’s Away… Giveaways! And today’s theme is New Years Hourglass.

There’s a special treat for you today. Not only is there a tutorial for a New Years Hourglass (actually, two hourglasses) by the amazing Laura Carson, the Giveaway today includes all the goodies needed to make your own hourglass! See below for a photo of one of her lovely hourglasses. Here’s a list of all the products used in that pink and gold hourglass (and that are in the Giveaway — plus I added a few goodies like extra New Years Collage Sheets… more on that in the next paragraph.)

As it’s almost New Year’s eve, I’ve put these 5 New Years Collage Sheets — and a rubber stamp — On Sale! (and all of them are in the Giveaway kit, too!): Here a quick link to see all 6.

(The New Years Collage Sheet in the photo at left is used by Laura on her pink and gold hourglass, is included in the Giveaway, and is on sale!)

And there’s even more! One more sale for today only: the ENTIRE Filigree section is On Sale!

Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways will work: I’ve gathered items around a theme (related to whatever’s on sale today) and put together a Giveaway Kit that will be awarded to one lucky person (click on the photo at top right to see even more of the New Years Hourglass Giveaway Kit).

To enter the New Years Hourglass 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). 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 previous day’s winner (via So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see what’s on offer for Day 6 7 of the Sales & Giveaways!

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

And please remember: Our offices are now closed. The whole “While the Cat’s Away” theme is ’cause I’m the only one here! For more info about shipping (which will start when the staff are all back on 1/2/13) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 5! overview page.

A final note: Even though our offices are closed, DIGITAL Collage Sheet orders are still fulfilled in real time!

Posted by Leslie, December 30th, 2012

167 responses to “Day 5 Theme & Giveaway: New Years Hourglass”

  1. Suzanne WW says:

    I can see all sorts of cool ways to use this batch, not just for New Year’s Eve. Awesome hour glass.

  2. Rose Cavalli says:

    Another total winner!

  3. Janet Ghio says:

    Looks like a great batch of goodies and I always love laura’s creations!

  4. Marcie says:

    Wonderful giveaways, I am inspired!

  5. Liane says:

    How exciting…beautiful Gift Package….thanks for the opportunity !!!!
    Happy New Year
    Liane 🙂

  6. Libby Jones says:

    Such beautiful work. Wonderful that you put tutorials up also! I am really liking this site! Thanks for the chance to win. I am crossing my fingers, standing on one foot and holding my mouth just right! 🙂

  7. Christina D says:

    Wow, I love the hourglass Laura made. These giveaways are great!

  8. new2this says:

    This “giveaway kit” is such a generous offer, and Laura is so talented … her tutorials really do make you feel as if you could make one …. that not leaving a comment seems churlish!! Thank you for the opportunity to make something wonderful.

  9. Wow, that is simply beautiful. I Love the batch of goodies your giving away, as well as all your collage sheets, stamps, & ephemera. You guys rock! And Thanks for a chance at your generous give~away. Happy New Year Everyone!

  10. Karen Buchanan says:

    Love Laura’s Hourglass!! Great items as always!

  11. Deb Ring says:

    how pretty!. love all the small details that make this so stunning

  12. Connie says:

    Love this one, thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Amanda Miller says:

    Love the hourglass!

  14. Theresa Goldman says:

    I love this one. Number 2, yes, number 2. maybe the front of the line is better than the end. Hah, hah. Such cool stuff and I promised no spending before the 1st of the new year. What a dummy I am…..

  15. Jackie P Neal says:

    WOW!! Great pics today! I want two of every filigree! I’m digging the hourglass too!

  16. Mary Wlter says:

    Very intricate, lovely. The feet on either end makes this piece functional, I’d like to try to recreate this.

  17. Marilyn B. Hughes says:

    Great giveaway pack. And Laura’s hourglass is just wonderful!

  18. Michele Kaplan says:

    Oh,please pick me. Love all this stuff!

  19. Marge McInerny says:

    I can’t wait to make the fabulous hourglass. I’m addicted to Alpha Stamps and all the great inspirations. Thanks. Marge McInerny.

  20. Stacia says:

    The hourglasses are awesome!

  21. robin parker says:

    Wow…I would love to win this kit…laura carson is amazing with her art work…thank you for sharing her work and the great giveaways…robin

  22. Holly M says:

    Laura’s hourglass tutorial is wonderful. These sales are great, so keep them coming! Thanks for everything.

  23. Pam says:

    This post shows it all that “time IS on our side.” Thanks for sharing Laura’s work – upcycling and embellishments

  24. Sam says:

    This is so unique! What a wonderful idea and I LOVE the collage elements!

  25. Lynn G. says:

    Wow. Love the hourglass. Laura’s work is special.

  26. kat says:

    It’s hard to find New Years stuff. But these can be used in a lot of applications.

  27. Vee says:

    New customer here. Fantastic talent and artwork shown. Hope to be among them soon. Thanks for sharing! Vee

  28. What a terrific prize! New Year’s Eve is my absolute favorite holiday to decorate for – so magical and glamorous – and fun!

    Thanks for the chance to win … c’mon Random Generator – pick me!

  29. Happy New Year…another great give-away!
    Cheers!! 🙂

  30. angelic says:

    I love this collection! thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Diane Douglas says:

    I have been patiently waiting (did I say patiently…that’s a lie, LOL) for Laura’s Tutorial on how to make an Hourglass since her Halloween Hourglass Post. What a fantastic Giveaway this is. Actually all the Giveaway’s are great!!

    Thanks for another chance to win.

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    Take care,

  32. cathyn says:

    This hour glass looks fun to make. What a great idea.

  33. Karen S says:

    Love the hourglasses. Laura is not only very talented but also very generous with her tutorials. Thank you for the opportunity to win this package. Happy New Year everyone … here’s to a fun and exciting year to come!

  34. I adore Laura’s work. I made an apothecary and chest of drawers this year and have won some of her ATCs. To make the hot glass would be wonderful but I can’t get the items for it in the UK.

  35. Raeven says:

    Wow, these daily prizes are awesome but A.S. would do nothing less.
    Thanks so much for sharing all your great products with us

  36. Terry says:

    Lovely collection of prizes! Most of the time, I can’t find the comment section, but I did this time! Thank you for a chance to win!

  37. Tracy Duncan says:

    Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! This hourglass is soooo awesome!

  38. Kathy Wilson says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Please pick me! I love Alpha Stamps!

  39. lou anne colodny says:

    I love these hourglasses….so fantastic…will create creatively…

  40. Virginia says:

    Love, love, love your give aways! Every package has been deliciously gorgeous!

  41. Leisanne says:

    Happy New Year!

  42. Theresa Grdina says:

    Fabulous giveaway!! This one is my favorite – so far!

  43. Carolyn says:

    What a wonder hourglass and a wonderful chance to win all the supplies!

  44. Lesleyl says:

    I am fairly new to your site. I love it and will check it regularly! Love the hourglass. Just beautiful! Happy and Profitable New Year. Thanks for all you do. Lesley

  45. Ginger Benedict says:

    I have to say that Laura Carson’s tutorials are absolutely the best! She is so clever, not only with her projects but teaming up with Alpha Stamps is so convienient! Providing not only the inpiration but the list of products! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, can’t wait to do my own hour glass!

  46. Jennifer says:

    Wow! What a grand assortment of beautiful items to create with! Thank you for the inspiration.

  47. Karen Nein says:

    The hourglass is amazingly creative…wow! And the giveaway kit looks fabulous, darling! Thanks as always for all the creative juices you always share.

  48. Jen R says:

    So beautiful! I would love the opportunity to make something like it!

    Happy New Year!

  49. Kim Rayko says:

    OMG! Thats gorgeous!! So many ways to use!

  50. OHHHHHH i love this wonderful Hourglasses…my favorite is the Witching Hour Glass…but they are all great.

  51. marge says:

    This has some great stuff- love the filigree.Leave lots to the imagination.

  52. Noreen says:

    I love the Victorian look of the projects! How fun!

  53. Jo says:

    what beautiful pieces! Happy New Year, Everyone!

  54. Lynn Fox says:

    Laura’s work is gorgeous! Wouldn’t I love to win this package and give it a try! Oh please, fingers crossed!

  55. Judy Dominguez says:

    I love love the wonderful Hurglass and all the filigree on it. I already know what I will do with it.

  56. Vickie says:

    thank you for another year of gorgeous goodies and inspiring tutorials!

  57. Jan W in TX says:

    What a delightful collection! This would be lots of fun to create with!!

  58. susan says:

    Oh Laura is awesome awesome. I would love the goodies..they are sooo beautiful.
    susan s.

  59. Jennifer U. says:

    Thank you, Laura and AlphaStamps — this tutorial and prize package are simply over the top!

  60. Ivy says:

    What a lovely giveaway…would love to play with all those goodies!!!

  61. Renee Zarate says:

    The Hour Glasses are so fantastic! Love the give-away, it would be awesome to play with. Thanks for the opportunity.

  62. Anna Toppi says:

    This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. What a great idea!!!!!

  63. Jenifer T says:

    One day…I shall emerge a “WINNER” until then …Happy contest everyone!

  64. Anni says:

    Wow. Great use of beautiful materials. Fun and imaginative!

  65. CuddlyBunny says:

    A giveaway *and* a tutorial? Some of you are working too hard while the cat’s away!

    Thank you for another chance, and for the lovely, timely tutorial.

  66. Sheree says:

    The imagination it takes to come up with all these beautiful & awesome works of art is beyond me! I can sit and look at something…have it in my head…and that’s where it stays! But I keep trying!
    Keep up the wonderful work! The hourglass is amazing, it would be a terrific birthday gift! Good luck! 😀

  67. Jane T says:

    Although if I won this, it wouldn’t make it in time for New Year’s Day, but would certainly be fun to play with during the cold month of January.

  68. Beth Arp says:

    I was admiring those hour glasses just yesterday, this would be a great collection to have. Happy New Year!

  69. Lynn says:

    WOW, Someone will be having a Happy New Year! Great giveaway!

  70. Sandra C says:

    I’d love to win these gorgeous products!

  71. Beki says:

    This looks plenty cool. The filigree bits alone make it worth winning. the hourglass is bonus!

  72. Bonnie Cooper says:

    That is a boat load of fun!! Thanks for the chance to win it!!

  73. connie zollinger says:

    Absolutely exquisite…..New Year’s is one of the holiday’s that get passed by often in the scrapbook world….but certainly not in this case, and has now given me lots of ideas….thank you for sharing

  74. Lori Gesing says:

    Ooh! What wonderful goodies. Inspiration is flowing.

  75. tara says:

    so many great things! i would love to use them all.

  76. Thalia Kottke says:

    These kits just keep getting better and better!

  77. chark says:

    beautiful hourglass! Never even thought to create with an hourglass!

  78. Sieglinde Nix says:

    I love Laura’s work! I don’t know how she comes up with all these wonderful projects. The hour glass is amazing!

  79. sheilapie says:

    When I saw Laura’s hourglasses I almost jumped up and down–they are soooo amazing!!! I would LOVE to win this to try my hand at making my own version!!!! xo sheila

  80. that hour glass is too cute! love it.

  81. Lisa Haxmeier says:

    Another Great Giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance

  82. Lisa M says:

    Wow, that hourglass is quite a project! The stuff that goes with it is really unique; what fun that would be to play with!

    ::hoping the cat doesn’t come back soon, ’cause I am really enjoying the daily posts!::

  83. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Wow -those collage sheets are fun! Laura is always coming up with something fantastic -just wish I could peek in her brain for just a minute!

  84. Jo Ellen says:

    The hourglass tutorial intrigued me!!!! Would love to have this kit to make one!

  85. Pam Weiler says:

    Love the hourglass. thank you for another chance to win another one of your giveaway kits.

  86. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love this hourglass , would love to make it.

  87. Lizbeth says:

    Oh my, yes, please put me in for this giveaway!

  88. Traci says:

    I love this idea I had already downloaded the PDF file and can’t wait to make one in a Halloween theme. Thanks so much fior the inspiration.

  89. Carlene says:

    This looks like fun!

  90. I’m always overjoyed with the creations I see here. Creativity abounds. Gorgeous goodies, too. xxD

  91. Barb says:

    Wow! looks great, Laura!

  92. wendy says:

    I love the hour glass! I just ordered some filigree for myself….a x-mas gift for me!:O)

  93. marybeth i says:

    this is my favorite yet! I would use this for altered art projects

  94. Sharon B says:

    When looking at the hour glass I would have never guessed it was two bottle. Very nicely done. Thanks for the give away!

  95. Cindy Haas says:

    I am new to your site, and I don’t think I’ve seen a single project that I haven’t liked. I love the hourglass!

  96. Debi Wind says:

    Gorgeous piece. Incredible creating!

  97. Nancy Y in PA says:

    What a gorgeous project!! Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! Happy New Year!

  98. Paula Rutledge says:

    Time is running out to enter the Giveaways! (you know you were thinking the same thing)

  99. Rima St.John says:

    What a generous and gorgeous gift package…I’m crossing my fingers and toes. Laura’s artwork is unreal (as usual) what a darling hourglass. Would love to win this one. Happy New Year to all!!

  100. 2amscrapper says:

    Laura’s work is stunning and so inspirational! Today’s win would be extra special–love what you chose for the give-away.

  101. Kay says:

    What a beautiful hourglass. Alpha Stamps is the best for products and ideas! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  102. Beverly S says:

    I always love Laura’s art! This hour-glass is so clever and fun. Sure would love to win this giveaway – lots of fabulous goodies 😀

  103. Kathy Bumb says:

    This is by far your most beautiful giveaway – love it! Have a great New Year!!!

  104. CHARLOTTE says:

    Wow what A cool kit! Alphastamps and Laura Carson what an awesome combination! Youguy’s are like rock stars of the altered art world! Thank you so much for providing such great stuff.

  105. Maggie M says:

    WOW! I’d LOVE to win your giveaway (since I cannot afford to purchase anything right now)-I see all kinds of uses for these amazing products. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

  106. Kate says:

    Beautiful collection. Thanks for the chance to win! x

  107. Laura has outdone herself again with this creative hourglass…creative people, creative assortment of goodies = Happy and inspired customers!

  108. Marti Pounder says:

    Beautifully creative way to ring in the new year!

  109. Leslie Hanson says:

    Oh my, what sparkly fun!!

  110. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Those New Year’s hourglasses by Laura are gorgeous. It’s hard to decide if I like one or the other better but think not. I don’t usually think of making something special for New Year’s but all these beautiful things would do it.

  111. Sherry says:

    Please enter me in your incredible giveaway. Your prizes are so fun and get the “creative” going for the New Year!
    Blessings in 2013!

  112. Pat Moore says:

    This is so beautiful. I love this blog and all the talent.

  113. Linda says:

    Love your site. I always find the most unusal things to purchase here. Linda

  114. Chris says:

    Great ideas! How perfect for New Year’s!!!!!!!!!

  115. Rabbit says:

    Wish I had an hourglass, I wish I had an hourglass, I wish I had an hourglass. (maybe now I’ll win one!) Gorgeous work as usual, Laura!

  116. barbara walters says:

    OH!OH! Oh! Laura Carson I luv her work and tuts. I hope I’m Lucky this time!

  117. Christy Cates says:

    This is gorgeous. I’m constantly amazed by the talent of the artists featured here. The quality and selection of products here make it like an artist’s/crafters candy store 🙂 Happy New Year!

  118. Cathy Peper says:

    That’s a lovely hour glass. this would be a great giveaway package to win.

  119. Love the hour glasses! Always love the collage items!

  120. Debbi Clayton says:

    Another terrific giveaway!!! Awesome!

  121. Kate says:

    This looks like a package full of fun! I would love to win. These bottles are gorgeousz

  122. Willow says:

    I fell in Love with Laura’s hourglasses so I am thrilled at the chance to win all those goodies to make my own!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  123. marcia says:

    INCREDIBLE hour glass! I love the treatment!!!!!!

  124. Marla b says:

    Happy New Year- love the hour glass idea!

  125. Lou Anne says:

    This is lovely! Thank you for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize.

  126. Brenda Woodside says:

    What an awesome idea!

  127. Erin Kennedy says:

    Awesome project and giveaway! I would LOVE to get my hands on these amazing products!!

  128. Pam Forgerson says:

    what a great bunch of stuff in todays giveaway. Thanks

  129. Retta says:

    I love every project Laura shows. She has a wonderful talent for taking a pile of “stuff” and turning it into a masterpiece!

  130. Dalia says:

    Nice giveaway! What an inspirational package.

  131. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh yum! I could do many creative things with that selection.

  132. Mary B says:

    Thank you for your amazing and inspiring tutorials at Alpha Stamps. Happy New Year!

  133. Molly Downing says:

    OMG I love this blog…I just made an order for some of your yummy goodies…now if I could win some too….my oh my….heaven…happy new year to all!

  134. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I think everyone agrees that the hour glass is beautiful as well as the rest of the kit. Thanks for giving all of us a chance to win.

  135. Lisa Trainor Montano says:

    Lovely!! U Ladies Rock the Give a ways!! Oh the Things that I could Create!! Rings my hands w/ wheels turning in my Mind!!

  136. p boszko says:

    wonderful giveaways…thanks so much!

  137. Janet says:

    What a beautiful set!

  138. becky jeffress says:

    Well, isn’t that just the very thing! So many goodies and so many pretty things, would love to see them at my house!

  139. Barbara says:

    Ooohhh! Too much fun – love the hourglasses! Thanks for another great giveaway.

  140. Kristen says:

    Delightful! What a way to start a new year.

  141. gloria says:

    The hourglasses are beautiful, so is the rest.

  142. Mary Mac says:

    Beautiful project, perfect way to start the New Year.

  143. Susie says:

    This is the best day yet. And that pink and gold hourglass is amazing!

  144. Kath says:

    what a beautiful project. hope to try it soon.

  145. Alice says:

    Laura’s hourglass is amazing. Incredible give aways by Alpha Stamps, just over the top. I so would love to win this!
    Happy New Year to all!!

  146. Pat says:

    I love this giveaway and I would love to make something for New Year’s.

  147. Gloria Brazell says:

    At this point in the holiday week, I can definitely relate to the upside down masked woman!

  148. MadeByTammy says:

    Laura’s New Year’s Hourglass is amazing. Fantastic giveaway.

  149. SueEllen Hayler says:

    I love this hourglass. I see several uses….kind of Victorian…kind of steam punk. Love it!

  150. Beautiful art goodies!! 🙂

  151. Kris Gruben says:

    Great giveaway! Thnk you for the tutorial to go along with the idea.

  152. bobbie fleishell says:

    What a beautiful array of treasures to create somehting gorgeous for the New Year, thanks for the chance to win!!!!!!

  153. Shawn says:

    What a UNIQUE and creative project…fun and whimsical! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy 2013~

  154. Lori says:

    I adore all these goodies! Thank you for the opportunity to win them. Happy New Year!

  155. nelda says:

    I love Laura’s creation and would love a chance to win these great items. Thank you!

  156. I’ve been racking my brain for a beautiful New Year project for my Art A Day Journal and this collage sheet is PERFECT!!!!!!
    Blessings for a prosperous New Year y’all!!!!

  157. Diane Douglas says:

    WOW!! Extended Sale, I love it!! Definitely posted this on my FaceBook page for another chance to win this great Giveaway!!

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    Take care,

  158. Mary Toriello says:

    Laura has done it again!! Beautiful work !!! Love,love,love her hourglass!

  159. Sara Tanner says:

    The sands of time have passed through another year. Here’s to a creative and joyous New year everyone!
    I shared on FB.
    Thank you. 🙂

  160. Sandi McLean says:

    What a super project! Happy New Year to all!

  161. Wow What a way to start the New Year with a blast! What fun it would be to have all these goodies to craft with.

  162. Denise Humenik says:

    Happy New Year to everyone at Alpha Stamps and many thanks for the never-ending inspiration we receive from you!!!! May the New Year be one of absolute abundance!!!!
    Best Wishes,

  163. Barbara Milton says:

    I want to make many many of these! What inspiration!

  164. I LOVE Laura’s hourglass! Thanks for the chance to win enough goodies to make one of my own. Anne, yourmainestamper

  165. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    Oh I’m sliding in just unter the wire! Thanks for the chance to win. It is a FABULOUS giveaway!

    Happy New Year to all!
    Doreen aka LuniLadi

  166. michele s says:

    these are stunning! please count me in! happy new year! xo

  167. Brenda Lubrant says:

    You are really good at putting great collections together. Happy New Year to everyone.