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While the Cat’s Away Day 2: French Vintage

Filed under Cat's Away... 2013, French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Newsletters

 December 28th Update:
 The French Vintage
 Giveaway Winner is Carol DuBois!

Hey, it’s Day 2 of the While the Cat’s Away Giveaways! And today’s theme is French Vintage.

Remember this lovely hinged canvas book that Design Team Member Laura Carson created last year? Well, Miz Meghan decided to revisit Laura’s theme and build a Giveaway around it (with some new resin embellishments and clear stamps that fit with the theme beautifully)!

And I added the Back in Stock and On Sale! Lyric 6×6 Paper Pad into the mix, too!

Before I get carried away pointing out things in the Giveaway, let me get to today’s Sale items:

ALL Whitewashed Resin Embellishments are On Sale! (Sweet! that includes the two new ones shown below, plus a nice group of frames, corners, birds…)


– The ENTIRE French Vintage Theme Section is On Sale! (Lots of goodies from Laura’s project plus collage sheets with beautiful belles from the Belle Epoque.)

Starting the new sale items off with one of my faves: Resin Ceiling Ornaments (And in today’s Giveaway)! Cast resin with a white-washed look. Leave them white or dye/paint. Flat on the back. Set of 5 pieces (that center piece shown at right, plus 4 corners).

 More New Goodies – All on Sale!  View All New Items

Resin Gables
Resin Gables
In today’s Giveaway!

Harlequin Diamonds Clear Stamp
Harlequin Diamonds Clear Stamp

Honeycomb Clear Stamp
Honeycomb Clear Stamp

Music Notes Clear Stamp
Music Notes Clear Stamp
In today’s Giveaway!

Hooray! A French Vintage Giveaway! Beside many of the items Laura used in her shrine, Meghan picked out some newer items like the Vintage Brass Butterflies and Filigree and Vintage Brass Frames Sets. Here’s a full list of 25 items in the Giveaway.

Here’s how these While the Cat’s Away DAILY Sales and Giveaways will work: I’ve gathered items around a theme and put together a Giveaway Kit that will be awarded to one lucky person.

To enter the French Vintage Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on THIS blog post TODAY (December 27, 2013) by midnight (PST… that’s West Coast so you Easterners have extra time).

After midnight I’ll randomly pick the previous day’s winner. So make sure to check back tomorrow to see who won and to see what’s on offer for Day 3 of the Sales & Giveaways!

Hey, who won yesterday’s Giveaway? That would be Kimberly Barcello!

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 1/2/14) and the sale in general, please see the While the Cat’s Away…” Daily Giveaways: Year 6! overview page.

A final note: Even though our offices are closed, orders for DIGITAL Collage Sheets and Digital Images are still fulfilled in real time!

Posted by Leslie, December 27th, 2013

188 responses to “While the Cat’s Away Day 2: French Vintage”

  1. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this newest giveaway and your fantastic store. You have the best selection of altered art supplies on the internet!!!

  2. Amanda Miller says:

    Oooooo La La……LOVE!

  3. Jill Noblitt says:

    These are lovely!!! I’d love to win 🙂

  4. Chris Steller says:

    Beautiful vintage and antique inspired fun!
    I know that I can always count on Alphastamps to have unique items and inspiration for all of my projects!

  5. Diane says:

    such a great selection!

  6. Jo says:

    So beautiful and mysterious! I love it!

  7. Judy W says:

    I remember this project when first posted. Would love to win this giveaway!

  8. Nancy Jo Brown says:

    I love the intricacy of this piece. So many interesting places to discover. Good Job!!!!

  9. kim says:

    Another great giveaway.

  10. laurence magne says:

    Wow, that is a perfectly wonderful giveaway. I loved Laura’s French inspired diptych. It was just so beautiful and romantic. It’s a great idea to put a kit together to construct it. Happy holidays to the whole team.

  11. Kris Gruben says:

    Absolutely inspiring! Gets the creative spirit movi

  12. Gail Klein says:

    I love the elegance of French Vintage! Oh how exciting it would be to play with all your wonderful products!

  13. Kris Gruben says:

    Absolutely inspiring! Makes me want to create!

  14. Tres chic! I love this giveaway.

  15. Beth says:

    Oh, very pretty! I love these!

  16. Karen Douglass says:

    Love all these things, hope I win this. Makes me want to go back to Paris.

  17. Patricia League says:

    Love the women and wold love to win.Thanks for the opportunity for prizes!

  18. Renee Zarate says:

    So elegant! I’d love to win this.

  19. Dena Cottrell says:

    This is a beautiful combination of materials. I would love to win this. Thank you for your generosity.

  20. Kat Filby says:

    Awesome package – so inspiring – I love the French Vintage look.

  21. Theresa Goldman says:

    Great giveaway #2 oh, lady luck where art thou????

  22. Gloria Stafford says:

    Thanks for putting togeter such a yummy collection!

  23. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Love the white washed ceiling medallion! Great giveaway!

  24. Ginger Benedict says:

    This collection is stunning. Love the white and the idea of using the backside of the canvas is unique. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

  25. Awesome giveaway as usual!! 😉

  26. Anna says:

    Yummy goodness!!!

  27. Heather C. says:

    Ooh! More French themed goodies!

  28. Vickie fisher says:

    Loving all the new things!!!

  29. Sarah says:

    So much cute stuff!

  30. Arminta says:

    I love this and the giveaway is terrific.

  31. Blair Lowery says:

    Oh my, how pretty. Hope I am choosen

  32. CL Steiner says:

    Yay! my favorite stuff ever.

  33. Holly Day says:

    What a fantastic set! Looks like so much fun to play with!

  34. Sandi Cotroneo says:

    So beautiful! I’d love to be the lucky winner of this giveaway.

  35. Julie Byler says:

    What a great idea! Love it!

  36. Karen Cejka says:

    Oui! Oui! and Ooh lala!! Love all the french goodies.

  37. April Dudko says:

    Lovely! Everything is so beautiful and goes together so well! Thanks once again for the chance to win!

  38. Marianne says:

    Another great giveaway!

  39. Linda says:

    I absolutely love all your creative ideas…and generous give-aways!

  40. Deb Moon says:

    Awesome sauce!

  41. Brittany says:

    AMAZING selection!!!! This is one of my favorite themes so far. 🙂

  42. Barbara says:

    I always love your “cat’s away give-a-ways”. This kit is indeed tres chic!

  43. This prize has taken my breathaway – French vintage is a favoured theme of mine so I would be in crafting heaven if I had all those goodies at my disposal.
    A most gorgeous giveaway.

  44. Shari says:

    Love your site. So much incredible stuff and inspiring.

  45. Jenifer Talbott says:


  46. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Like that mix, very cool.

  47. Ginette says:

    Still to my liking

  48. Donna Kebel says:

    Love today’s give away!

  49. Pam Knoch says:

    Way cool!

  50. Diane Nichols says:

    I really want to go to Paris (and all of France, really) someday. I like having these images around me as a creative “vision board.” It gets me extremely excited and looks beautiful, too.

  51. geri goer says:

    So inspiring and would love to win it…
    Happy Holidays

  52. Sandra Lee says:

    Vintage French….I never done that, this would be a great starting place. Love all your creative kits.

  53. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Looks like a great bunch of fun!!!

  54. Margaret Kuenkler says:

    Wow, that would make a wonderful collection for my creative mind to get busy on.

  55. Wowee what a great giveaway! Would love to win!! Cindy

  56. Theresa Grdina says:

    WOW! This is a GREAT giveaway!! What a great way to start the new year!!!!

  57. Debbie Peysen says:

    I would be in heaven if I won this vintage French. I have been doing oriental and now am wanting to do some french. I love the giveaway. Thanks

  58. Maggi says:

    I would love to win this! What a gorgeous kit!

  59. Kathy Cabble says:

    It would be exciting to win this! Love this stuff!

  60. Wow what a great give away! Thanks for a chance to win all this yummy goodness!

  61. Karen says:

    Ooooo la la….what a great vintage French giveaway from an awesome online shop. Thanks Alpha Stamps for all your inspiration and wonderful, diversified products!

  62. Robin Parker says:

    What a wonderful giveaway…pick me!



  63. Awesome!!! Oh I would so LOVE to win this giveaway!!! Such beautiful artwork!!

  64. Michelle says:

    Wonderful way to follow the Marie Collection! Paris is ALWAYS a good idea.

  65. angelic says:

    I love the projects from Laura. Thank you for the chance to win.

  66. judy golden says:

    Oh I would so love to win this giveaway, such pretty pieces. Oh please please let it be me. Happy New Year!

  67. marge says:

    I am into everything French since I have been recently visiting Paris. To win this would be a dream come true.

  68. Virginia Smith says:

    Love, love, love the Vintage French style! Oh, the things I could do with this kit!

  69. This would be soooo amazing. I am going to Paris this coming summer (a life long wish coming true) to spend one week with a group of mixed media artists… Working a regular 45hr/week job and selling mine and others jewelry, to pay for it, but it will be well worth it. All I’m creating now and reading now is concentrated around Paris. This would make a fine addition to my passion. You guys rock!!!

  70. Sue Young says:

    Oh là là! Parce que je suis prof de français, je l’adore et j’en ai besoin!!!!! Choisissez- moi s’il vous plaît!!!!!

  71. Fabulous inspiration and a wonderful giveaway! 🙂

  72. sheila AR says:

    Thanks for your creativity in putting together another fun giveaway! Love the pinks thrown in with the neutrals!

  73. Traci says:

    Love French Vintage and this giveaway is great! Alpha Stamps is the BEST!!

  74. Connie L. says:

    French vintage is a fave!

  75. Lee Ann says:

    Love, love, love this! Would love to play with these lovelies! Thank you for offering the contest.

  76. Sheila A says:

    French Vintage — I love it! I would love to win this give-away.

  77. Leisanne says:

    So pretty!

  78. Willow lighthall says:

    Very ooo la laa! thanks for the great giveaway.
    Happy holidays

  79. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Oh, vintage French. What great stuff. I especially love the whitewashed resin.

  80. Terry McElroy says:

    Hi thanks for offering this – it would be awesome to win!

  81. Diane D says:

    Love French Vintage and the Era all of these items depict. Thanks for another great giveaway.

    Take care,

  82. Linda Ellis says:

    I loved this project the first time you published it, and now it’s ‘fantastique’!

  83. Lorna says:

    Fabulous giveaway and Laura’s creations are once again so inspiring. What a great way to see out the year!

  84. Helen Potter says:

    Love this giveaway! So many beautiful things.

  85. Sandy Holva says:

    I would love to get my fingers on this kit to start the year off.

  86. I am in love. This is such a beautiful set!

  87. Kathy Compton says:

    I love Alpha Stamps…the creativity and inspiration is endless and so much fun. Happy New Year

  88. Yes, it is beautiful stuff and judging by the number of comments many others think so too. Not good odds but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  89. Barbara Nekic says:

    I love this group of goodies. It would make lots of great and pretty projects and be fun to work with too!

  90. Beautiful free stamps… worth giving it a shot. 🙂

  91. (Um, I hope I’m doing this right: Here is where I posted.)

  92. Deb Neerman says:

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing give-away!!

  93. Ronda Liebert says:

    This is a beautiful collection of art goodies. I would love to make something with this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

  94. Melanie says:

    Love the Vintage French theme. Thanks for the chance to win. Posted this contest on my blog for a second chance!

  95. Karen Crowder says:

    I “France” y this giveaway!

  96. K Kormos says:

    Ooh la la!

  97. Kim Lucak says:

    Love all things from France!!!

  98. Pam Weiler says:

    Another fabulous giveaway. Thank you for your generosity. I would love to win this one.

  99. Terry McMullen says:

    Love, love, love the French Vintage! I love all vintage! Would love to win the giveaway!

  100. Maxine Kincora says:

    ooo, la la. All I want for Christmas is ALL the giveaways!

  101. Trish Werther says:

    Love the soft colors!

  102. Juanita M says:

    If I won…it would be a great present along with all the others I have recieved.

  103. Mary Mac says:

    The colors are my favorite with this giveaway.

  104. MargieD says:

    Well done Kimberley from yesterday! Another great giveaway today – wow, I would love to win this great selection. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Margie

  105. Marcia says:

    great choice.wish us all luck

  106. AliceH says:

    Just gorgeous! How exciting to have the chance to own all this! Thanks.

  107. Theda says:

    Love these vintage items.

  108. Kathi Schafffer says:

    MORE gorgeous goodies!!!!!!

  109. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  110. Karen W says:

    Be still my heart! This was made for me. Love love love your site! I have been out of the scrapping mode for a while and this site always makes me go back to the things I love,thanks for the inspiration!

  111. Mary S says:

    love those whitewashed items!

  112. Susan Gunter says:

    Oh please pick me! I love all your stuff. I am constantly ordering!!!

  113. What a fab prize – gorgeous papers – and many of my absolute favorite embellishments that I’ve been hoarding! I’d love to win and be able to use them instead of hoarding them!


  114. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I just love Laura Carson’s stuff!

  115. Peggy Oliver says:

    Great prizes! drooling here.. Thanks for the chance to win. Nice blog too!

  116. Denise Humenik says:

    simply marvelous! Thanks for the chance to win!

  117. Sherry Collier says:

    I used all the stuff in a kit I bought for a swap on Alpha Stamps,now I could use some more of this for Me,lol Pick me please?

  118. Kate says:

    Oooh, a stunning French shrine! Who can say no to the French theme? Not me… I love it!

  119. Jo Ann says:

    Love the French vintage!

  120. Sherry Collier says:

    Sherry Collier is at, sorry Thank You

  121. Lori Devoux says:

    What a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win. I love it and am keeping my fingers crossed!

  122. Kimberly Baier says:

    Love the giveaway hope I win!

  123. Cindy Carlson says:

    Love the diamond harlequin stamp!

  124. Sue Kaufman says:

    Thank you for offering this giveaway! 🙂

    Sue Kaufman
    Drums PA

  125. Pat Houck says:

    French vintage is one of my favorite styles and this giveaway is beautiful!

  126. Lou Anne says:

    Really lovely! My fingers are crossed!

  127. Laurie Baker says:

    Love the whitewash vintage look of the embellishments and the vintage photo of the lady. So sweet.

  128. Ritva says:

    Oh, beautiful things again.

  129. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Oooooo-la-la…so loverly !

  130. Wendy says:

    What a beautiful piece! It’s like a small curio – so much to explore and discover. A “wow” giveaway.

  131. Faith says:

    Oh such a charming collection!
    Fantastic giveaway , thanks AS.

  132. Brenda Lubrant says:

    If I would win this French collection, I would make a bunch of French bookmarkers for all of my girl friends.

  133. karine says:

    Would love to do this project with my little Parisian mother!

  134. Sylvia L. says:

    A beautiful collection of items, but the papers in the Giveaway are to die for!

  135. Debbie Rollier says:

    Oh la la..French, how romantic

  136. Thalia Kottke says:

    What a beautiful collection, would be so fun to win.

  137. Charlene says:


  138. Kathy says:

    Incredible collection. Would be lots of fun to play . Count me in

  139. Jeanne Draachreider says:

    Count me in for this one…I can totally use that give away! 🙂

  140. Karen Mallory says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway!!!

  141. Monster Alice says:

    French, how tasty!

  142. Janeen Leach says:

    Love it!!

  143. trish tokar says:

    wow! what great items!! love the shrine too. you do have the most wonderful craft supplies – wish i could buy more!!

  144. Jen R says:

    Beautiful! Would love to win this one..

  145. OMG!!! This is the most fabulous giveaway ever! Pick me, pick me please!

  146. Nancy Piper says:

    Stunning. LOVE the French theme!

  147. teri steele says:

    This bunch of goodies would be perfect for my current project. Oh I hope I win!!

  148. Alice Eads says:

    Love this Fabulous give away!
    Happy Holidays to everyone at AS!

  149. Carol DuBois says:

    Gorgeous as always. I loved this book when I first saw it.

    Happy New Year to all of you at Alpha Stamps.

  150. cathy norton says:

    I so like “when the cat’s away” time. Fun givaway

  151. Marla B says:

    Tres Jolie! Or something like that!! Love your French collection!!

  152. Michele Weninger says:

    Very French chic!

  153. Michele says:

    Oh how beautiful!
    And perfect as I hope to go to Paris this year.
    No idea how that will be possible but winning this giveaway could be my dream map!
    Even if I don’t actually make the trip having the opportunity to create this little treasure would be Oh La La!
    Thank you for the chance to win
    Bon Ani!

  154. Kathy says:

    Wonderful giveaway.

  155. Judy Ross says:

    Would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  156. Ann says:

    Oooooh la la……! Thanks for bringing back Laura’s awesome French Vintage shrine and this related giveaway! Wonderful goodies!! Wish
    I may, wish I might…!!

  157. Debi Williams says:

    How delightful!! This all looks like a fun package!!!

  158. carol says:

    What an inspiration for something new after the holidays

  159. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    FABULOUS kit full of goodies, goodies, goodies! Mahalo for the op to win!

  160. Lisa M says:

    So shabby, so chic, so French! I love every inch of it.

  161. Bonnie Bee says:

    Love your website, love your giveaways! ;p

  162. Debi W says:

    Beautiful kit! Love the French theme and all that comes with it. Would love to create with this kit! Thanks for giving us a chance to have this kit.

  163. susan schultheis says:

    Fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

  164. p boszko says:

    how wonderful! again thank s for the opportunity to win such a wonderful giveaway.

  165. Lynn F says:

    This would integrate so well with my current work – all French Vintage! I have my fingers a toes crossed that I win this one!

  166. Jackie W. says:

    That’s a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! Happy New Year!

  167. Your French Vintage blog is wonderful and starts the creative juices flowing. Thanks for such a great page!

  168. Carmen Willis says:

    Another amazing giveaway,my imagination is running away with these inspiring collage sheets! Vintage is my name, add a French flair and I make it my game! Great job putting together these giveaways. Looking forward for more chances to win! Thank you.

  169. Sarah Dixon says:

    Drool!! What a lovely distressing package of goodies!! Shabbylicious!

  170. karen morton says:

    What a wonderful selection…only thing more inspiring, a trip to Paris!

  171. Kris Martinez says:

    Love the hinged canvas – missed it last year. Beautiful giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

  172. I Loooooooove it, I don’t know how you come up with all these ideas, I would loooooove to win, but I wanna be like like all of you !!! so smaaaarttt ! hee, hee !

  173. Mary G says:

    Tres lovely! I would love to win. In the midst of winter, a French fantasy would be the antidote to a certain discontent. Thank you for assembling this! May the gods of beauty bless you!

  174. Jolyn Stephens says:

    Love all this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  175. Janet D says:

    I love the concept of the mini-shrine within the collage. 3D collage is one of my favorite mediums, and the little gable pieces are tres chic!

  176. Noreen says:

    I just recently received my first order from Alpha Stamps, and I love it! You carry things I haven’t seen elsewhere. Thanks.

  177. Monica says:

    GREAT give aways you’re offering…
    Please pick ME……….lol
    Hugs from Spain

  178. Cindy Fitch says:

    Vintage plus French together in one!?!? Absolutely beautiful. I would love to win. Thank you

  179. Lynn Stevens says:

    Now that’s my kind of giveaway!!!

  180. taradid says:

    Merci beaucoup!(And that is the end of my French.)

  181. Sandy Fisher says:

    Holy Cow! Three minutes left! I love this whole Vintage beautiful set. Really really inspiring. The woman’s photo is amazingly beautiful. She always stands out to me. Awesome giveaway!!!!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a beautiful kit.

  182. Sally Peters says:

    O la la, Would love this lovely kit.

  183. LOVE this collection and your store. Would be lots of fun to create with give away!!!!

  184. Kay Wilkinson says:

    Tres jolie!

  185. michele s says:

    are the giveaways just going to get better each day? love these goodies! thanks for the opportunity. xo