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Pirate Ships and China Dolls (+ Related Giveaway & FREE Kit)

Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Vintage Voyage Kit

We have lovely projects by TWO Design Team Members today! I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce Nichola Battilana’s Sky Pirate Paper Boat, then I’ll take over and share Miz Bella’s Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren (!) Doll Shrine.

I’m not even going to try to think up something to say about the Vintage Voyage contribution that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana created. I think you can see for yourself that it is quite spectacular!

Nichola has designed a Sky Pirate Paper Boat that any one would want to hitch a ride on for a great adventure. Imagine flying on it to foreign lands, or maybe a deserted island where you find hidden treasure or perhaps it would take you back in time to magical places! There is so much to take in and to amaze over with the ship that looks as if it’s ready to take off at any moment.

1/8 Inch Wooden Dowels provide an excellent mast for hoisting paper sails that are made out of gorgeous, curved paper. Did you notice on the inside of the boat the twine wrapped around Wood Mini Spools and the Brass Ship Wheel? It’s the little details that always make creations even better don’t you think? Check out the fibers from the Vintage Voyage Kit that Nichola used on the bottom of the boat — can’t you visualize the boat coming out of the water with moss or seaweed hanging off of it?

I really like the “wings” that come out of the side as they get ready to lift the boat into the air. The papers Nichola used are from the Maritime Collection, which is full of inspiration in itself!

Here’s a link to Nichola’s Supply List. And you can see more pictures of the magical Sky Pirate Paper Boat on Nichola’s blog.

Next, by Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), is Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren, made with the New and On Sale! Antique China Doll ATC Shrine Kit. (Note: that shrine kit is On Sale TODAY only.)

The Antique China Doll ATC Shrine Kit is a flat kit to make a sturdy, little box perfectly sized to hold an ATC. Laser cut from 1/8″ Masonite. Instructions included (as is that cute but optional gingerbread trim I’m holding in the photo at right). Including the doll head, the shrine stand 7-3/4″ tall. AND the kit includes the paper cut-out with the doll’s face/head (note: Bella dry-brushed some off-white paint onto the doll head as she wanted a less stark, white / porcelain look).

I love the little backstories Bella creates for her dolls:

Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren loves to collect all sorts of items, but alas! Many times she forgets to pay for these treasures and then once she gets home and realizes that she has taken something… she just decides that the items were gifted to her by unsuspecting shop owners. One day though, I suspect she will get caught!

Today’s Giveaway is inspired by Bella’s creation. Included in the Giveaway is one of the Antique China Doll ATC Shrine Kits, 3 yards (3 different colors) of the New 4mm Fused Pearls, a New and On Sale! Nest with Eggs and Leaves, the 1 Inch Pink and Brown Birds that Bella nested (pun intended) inside the shrine, and a substitute for the mulberry flowers Bella used (which, by the way, are on order and being hand-made… probably as you read this): Small Mulberry Paper Blossoms – Mixed Pink.

Here’s a link to Bella’s Supply List. And you can see more pictures of Miz Cordelia on Bella’s blog.

Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Tags and Pockets Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info (and a photo) plus info on a related sale ENDING TODAY are below.

 New Fused Pearl Strands –   View All the NEW Colors

4mm Fused Pearls

4mm plastic pearls in lovely new colors! Molded onto the strand so they’re easy to cut to a length without fear of the beads falling off. AND 3 of these new colors are in Today’s Giveaway!

4mm Fused Pearls - Rose Pink
4mm Fused Pearls – Rose Pink

4mm Fused Pearls - Turquoise
4mm Fused Pearls – Turquoise

View All the NEW Colors


 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Summer Vacation Memory Book

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with artwork by Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay

Remnant Rub-Ons – Botanical

New and On Sale!
Plus more new Tim Holtz items were announced on Thursday!

Tags and Pockets Gift Kit

if you’d like to try your hand at a little book like Caroline’s, there’s an exclusive Alpha Stamps’ FREE mini kit. PLUS the Greeting Cards/Postcards/Envelopes Section is On Sale through TODAY, April 20th!


Hooray! A Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway!

Since Bella included a bird inside her doll, I kind of went on a tangent and pulled a lot of birds. Beside the items I listed above (including the shrine kit itself) here are a few more items included in the Giveaway:
New and On Sale! Bird Cage Twill Tape – Taupe
On Sale! Beige & Pink Seam Binding Set
On Sale! Antique Brass Birdcage Charm
Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
Victorian Paper Doll Parts Collage Sheet

AND one each of THREE rubber stamps just added to the Clearance Section:
Girl with Doll
Medium Cat & Fiddle
Ribbon Medallion
(Note: those are on sale for crazy prices… less than $1 each)

To enter the Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 20, 2014).

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 So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Thursday’s Travel Album Giveaway? That would be Tristan Robin Blakeman! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 20th, 2014

112 responses to “Pirate Ships and China Dolls (+ Related Giveaway & FREE Kit)”

  1. Jennifer J says:

    OMG!!! tha sky boat. Amazing. 🙂

  2. Conchi says:

    The China doll seems to be soooo sad! Come home, pretty doll! I am waiting for you!!!!

  3. Rae Higgins says:

    I wouldn’t go shopping with Miz Cordelia Cleptocoldren!!! :o)

  4. Jen R says:

    SO much fun!!

  5. marge says:

    Such fun….looks like a great assortment.

  6. Debbie Rollier says:

    Love all the goodies!

  7. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow pirate ships and china dolls. What a
    combination lol. A great giveway.

  8. MargieD says:

    Oh the china doll shrine is amazing and I love those fused pearls – such pretty colours. Fabulous giveaway again.

  9. Ronda Liebert says:

    What a great selection for the giveaway and I love the Pirate ship and the China Doll. Very beautiful! The ship could be hung by filament so it would appear to be flying!

  10. Jamie says:

    Looks great!

  11. Dewanna Raite says:

    The sky boat is amazing!

  12. Cherie says:

    Sky Boat!!!!! Fabulous!

  13. Marilyn H says:

    I like the doll shrine, but the pirate ship is awesome!

  14. Avast ye maties! I love the sky pirate!! The china doll makes me squeel. 🙂

  15. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Amazing and fun! Even if I don’t win, I gain enjoyment and inspiration by looking.

  16. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this gorgeous boat. Always look forward to your great designer, and your informative tutorials. Your store is outstanding.

  17. Carolyn S says:

    All things oriental catch my eye. What a fun prize this would be.

  18. angelic says:

    I love the china doll! The ship is amazing! I always look forward to the DT projects. Thanks.

  19. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Cool shrine. Could be the inspiration needed to put down the grade book and start making art again.

  20. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway, especially the little pink and brown birds and the miniature rose pitcher set. Fun, fun, fun!!

  21. Mary Toriello says:

    Beautiful giveaway. Love the birds and doll head

  22. Janna Shwaiko says:

    Your shrines are wonderful!

  23. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Wonderful, once again!

  24. Diane Smith says:

    Love your beautiful products

  25. Maria says:

    So glad you included rubber stamps in the giveaway.

  26. Helen Potter says:

    I love this little shrine kit, and I would love to win it even more!

  27. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    An amazing creation from Pixie Hill!

  28. Victoria K says:

    Totally adorable! Good luck everyone!

  29. Holly Day says:

    So many cool possibilities for projects!

  30. barbara macaskill says:

    I am so in love with the flying Pirate Ship! What an ingenious creation! Let the dreaming begin!! Great giveaway and someone is going to have a smile that “shrines” for a long time when they find out they have won!!

  31. Rose Lewis says:

    This would be so wonderful to create with!

  32. Virginia S. says:

    Love this kit!

  33. This is so me! I love it!

  34. susan salyer says:

    I love love love and want want want and need need need pleeze 🙂
    susan s

  35. OMG what gorgeous projects, would love to win Thanks

  36. Mary Jochems says:

    Wow these are both awesome projects. I can’t wait to win!

  37. April Dudko says:

    The doll shrine is right up my alley! Love the sky boat as well, so many great nautical things you’ve been posting lately. Hope I win!

  38. Erica Holan says:

    Lovely…booty…of supplies here! Happy Easter!

  39. Karen says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection – hope I’m the one to be selected.

  40. Marge McInerny says:

    Love this kit!!!

  41. Leslie Hanson says:

    Miz Cordelia is lovely!

  42. Deb Neerman says:

    Birds and dolls and shrines, oh my! What a fabulous giveaway .. thanks so much for the chance to win!

    LOVE the flying pirate ship … so creative and fun! WoW!!

  43. April says:

    Love the combination you have going here! Simply adorable!:)

  44. The creations your design team comes up with amaze and delight me – I would love to have a tiny bit of their creativity 🙂

  45. Sieglinde Nix says:

    I am so excited about the newest projects. The ship is really cute, but I love the doll kit more. Reminds me of the one my Great Aunt had.

  46. Lori Wilczek says:

    OMG! I think this is the best give away ever! I love it.

  47. Jen says:

    What a great giveaway! So fun!

  48. Ritva says:

    Beautiful stuff, love the new fused bead colours.

  49. Roxanne says:

    Oh Gosh! What a Great Giveaway! I Love Dolls! I’ve loved and collected old dolls all my life! Rare to see such great papers and embellishments with dolls that look this good! Thanks so much Alpha Stamps for a chance to win this great prize!

  50. LoriSW says:

    Fabulous ship and Fabulous doll shrine!!!

  51. Juanita M says:

    Once again, fabulous giveaway. Already thinking of ways to create with it if I win.

  52. Rebecca Harvey says:

    That China Doll kit is “dorable” as my Grand child says. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  53. Jo says:

    love frozen charlottes.

  54. Michele biondolillo says:

    Bon Voyage

  55. JoAnn says:

    Oh I adore that doll! Such a sweet give away 😉

  56. Laurie Yoder says:

    The sky boat is dreamy, and I want to invite the pretty doll for tea!!

  57. Carmen Willis says:

    OMGosh, Nicola and Kim, you both did a great job on your projects. I just love them. Hope I win this giveaway so I can make these projects.

  58. Hilde Patterson says:

    The sky boat is fantastic, ready for adventure.

  59. Thalia Kottke says:

    Dolls AND birds, how cool is that?

  60. Luanne Shoup says:

    perhaps this time……

  61. Diane. D. says:

    Both of these projects are amazing and would love to win the goodies to make them for myself. Thanks for another great Give Away.

    Take care,

  62. Gilda says:

    Fantastic pirate ship. Thanks for the give away.

  63. joann west says:

    Amazing works of art today.

  64. Judy Ross says:

    Would love to win…very neat!

  65. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the ship and the doll shrine. Fabulous projects!

  66. Emily N. says:

    Lovely doll shrine and I love the boat!

  67. Gerri herbst says:

    Oh what a darling giveaway to play with! I adore that pirate ship!

  68. sheila AR says:

    Happy Easter, bunnies! Love the sky boat and Cordelia makes me laugh and laugh…yikes! The backstory is so great!

  69. vivienne says:

    just enjoy everything I see on this website: love to look even if don’t win!

  70. nellie cotnam says:

    awesome! I hope I win.

  71. Jean Marshall says:

    Having worked in a wonderful little doll museum for 20 years, I love creating with dolls and doll parts. I would have a wonderful time.

  72. Janet Turner says:

    I would love to win this. Hope you all have a great Easter!

  73. kate says:

    Gorgeous doll shrine and pirate ship. Love it!!

  74. coco says:

    Wow, fabulous project and giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Karen says:

    Love the shrine and the ship they are so well done! Happy Easter

  76. Lori Devoux says:

    Love this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  77. uh, this really takes me back, my wonderful sweet grama was a doll maker, I have many china dolls, that she has hand made all their dresses and underskirts,I would love to win this, here’s one for my grama ! she has been gone 28 years in june, I truly, truly would love to win this, it gives me chills !!!!
    thank you for letting me reminece’

  78. Nancy Stone says:

    What a delightful giveaway.

  79. Lynn Fox says:

    Incredible giveaway! Thanks for the chance and Happy Easter!

  80. Mary Mac says:

    Love the birdcage ribbon with this giveaway and those pearls are just fantastic.

  81. Kimberly BArcello says:

    I’d love to take a trip on this ship. Oh the places we would go!

  82. DebR says:

    Love both projects and what a great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

  83. Pam Weiler says:

    China dolls, pirate ship, love these projects. Thank you.

  84. Argh! I’d walk the plank for this giveaway.Thanks as always for giving us the chance.

  85. LeAnn says:

    Sky pirates – how exciting!

  86. Rosemary Sharon says:

    yahoo…I already have a china doll shrine but would love a second for a gift….I love the tea set inside…and I have one of those……yeah!!!!! please…I love this one….

  87. Heather C. says:

    How clever is this project?

  88. Jackie Barth says:

    I love these projects and would love to be the winner!

  89. Sokat says:

    These are lovely. Such talent

  90. janis stephens says:

    very clever use of the product

  91. Traci says:

    love the pirate boat and the doll shrine-great giveaway too!

  92. Lou Anne says:

    I love the doll box and the pirate ship is fantastic! My fingers are crossed!

  93. Dena Cottrell says:

    As always a beautiful giveaway with awesome work done by your designers! Would love to win!

  94. Nancy S says:

    Absolutely love, love these two projects….

  95. Lina T says:

    These kits are always great!

  96. Carol Slowik says:

    I have always wanted to make dolls! What a jumping off start this would be! Thank you for the chance to win it!

  97. Congratulations Tristan!
    Miss Nicola is out of this world with her designs!!! Love her boat and the giveaway!

  98. Shannon C. says:

    Holy smokes, NB, that is FANTASTIC!

  99. DEBORAH EMMONS says:

    Love the idea of frozen Charlotte shrine. I would make it and give to my sister Charlotte.

  100. Michelle B. says:

    Funny, I’ve always wanted to create something
    with a china doll. Now an opportunity! Alpha
    thinks of everything!!! Oh, creative joy! TY

  101. Roberta S says:

    This is a very cool shrine! I would love a chance to win this giveaway and try my hand at making one. Thank you for the fun, and Happy Easter, Happy Spring.

  102. Sheila A says:

    Love the boat! Love the doll shrine!!

  103. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I cannot imagine how someone could come up with the idea like your designer has for putting this boat together.

  104. KIM says:

    A new idea doll shrine.
    ME LIKE!!!

  105. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I need a boat ride in my life.

  106. marybeth i says:

    Love the pirate ship!

  107. Jennifer Busselle-Dunn says:

    So cool! I love making shrines!!

  108. IKE says:

    Such beautiful things and I really LUV those pearls 🙂
    IKE xx