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New Art Blocks and Wooden Trims (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)

Filed under Art Projects, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Tutorials, Vintage Voyage Kit
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 list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

Leslie here with a quick note: Miz Bella’s going to lead off this newsletter with an introduction to two beautiful new projects by Laura Carson. Then I’ll take the reins for even more art (by Guest Designer Susan Killam), a big group of new Wooden Art Blocks (and trims), a new FREE Gift Kit, and today’s Giveaway!

If your sails weren’t blown away by Design Team Member Laura Carson’s first two creations using the Vintage Voyage Kit, On The Boardwalk by The Sea and Ships Ahoy, this week’s offerings might put some steam into them!

First up is the Travel Journal with A Twist (with a Tutorial!) and it has me all bent out of shape over how incredibly beautiful it is! Moving from Laura’s hand-made books, this piece is actually a display piece that would look lovely anytime of the year.

Laura’s book starts with the Wooden Album Covers that are stained with Distress Inks, and for extra color on the cover she has used Gilders Paste – Patina. Inside of the book Laura shows you how to layer the pages for an open book effect using the beautiful Maritime Collection of papers. To finish off the inside of the book, Laura uses assorted images from the following collage sheets: The Sea Calls to Me, Titanic Telegrams & Ephemera, The Teens, Paris Postcards and Letters from the Past.

To see how Laura created the book base and attached her book to it, (and to see more pictures!) visit her blog.

Next is Laura’s stunning paper sailboat, The Sea Calls to Me. Seriously, I think that Laura is a compendium of craftiness with her art designs. As you all know, Laura’s attention to detail is legendary and she does not disappoint with her sailboat (don’t miss that link to Laura’s blog… time is fleeting and we must move on).

Third in today’s tsunami of eye candy is a Botanical Tea Art Block by Guest Designer Susan Killam (and there’s so much to tell, there’s a whole ‘nuther blog post about Susan’s artwork!)

Plus scroll down for info on today’s Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway that includes pretty much everything Susan used in her Botanical Tea Art Block!

We’ve had the Botanical Tea Collection for a couple of months, but seeing Susan’s Art Block made me remember what a pretty group it is.

So, I’ve put together a little FREE Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit containing a mix of all of the 12×12 Scrapbook Papers in the Botanical Tea Collection! (Sorry, you won’t receive every sheet — it’s a big group with 12 sheets! — but I’m mixing up all the papers so you’ll receive a random set of 4 prints).

The mini kit is FREE for all orders over $20! Sale items are eligible, too (toward meeting the $20 requirement, but shipping and taxes are not).

There’s nothing you need to do (no coupon to enter). Beginning today (April 24th), and until the kits are gone, we’ll include a free kit in all qualifying orders!


Hooray! A Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway!

Nice! In addition to a Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit, almost everything Susan used in her Botanical Tea Art Block is in today’s Giveaway! Plus, some of the adorable (and back in stock) Cherry Blossom Garland (and some of the Pink Rose Garland, too!)

AND, not in Susan’s artwork (but new today (see photos and links above) and included in the Giveaway):
– Square Wood Block
– Mitered Wooden Roof Trim
– Miniature Wood Trim – Dotted

To enter the Botanical Tea Art Block 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 24, 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 Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Doll Shrine & Birds Giveaway? That would be Melody Holland! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 24th, 2014

123 responses to “New Art Blocks and Wooden Trims (+ FREE Gift Kit & Giveaway!)”

  1. Karen says:

    Wow! Beautiful botanical collection – looks like lots of ways to create with this giveaway.

  2. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow what a wonderful new giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  3. Conchi says:

    Oooohhh lovely birds!!!!

  4. MaggieM says:

    OMG! The new wood blocks and trims are fabulous! So many projects, so little time! Please let me win this giveaway! I’m dying to use the wonderful papers and crafty supplies in this giveaway:)

    Who doesn’t LOVE Alpha Stamps?!!

  5. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love it all.

  6. Jill-O says:

    Love the botanical collection! and since I’m crazy about assemblage I’m loving the wood bits as well!

  7. Vickie Trancho says:

    Botanical Tea is one of my faves! The mini wood trim is delightful! Thank you, my darlings xoxo

  8. Amanda Miller says:

    Love this project!

  9. Marlon Reinmann says:

    I love the miniature wooden details but I really LOVE that display book. what a great idea!

  10. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    This project is the best yet. The papers look like spring and the wood trims are so gteat.

  11. Kim B says:

    One of the best ones yet! Love it!

  12. Barb J says:

    Love Graphic 45 papers espesially the Botannical Tea…
    Thanks for the chance!

  13. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Count me in! Love it 🙂

  14. barbara macaskill says:

    OMG! LOVE Botanical Tea!! If I never won another thing after winning this I would still be a happy girl!! LOVE the block art and would love to make the fixin’s to make it! Please Crafting Gods, let my name be on the winning side for this amazing prize package!! Off to do a little retail therapy! LOL

  15. Traci says:

    Great projects and I love G45 papers-would love to win!

  16. Roxanne says:

    Ahhhh! Such beautiful flower prints! Alpha Stamps you really have some nice image sheets! Would love to win this! Thank you for your inspiration today! 🙂

  17. Deborah Emmons says:

    Love the Botancial Tea, it’s such a romantic collection. Who doesn’t like romance?

  18. Gigi says:

    That Botanical Tea set has so many possibilities! I can just see Christmas gifts for granddaughters on my horizon! Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. jani says:

    Botanical Tea has so many possibilities for creativity.

  20. Mary Jochems says:

    Incredible….I want it all!

  21. Marilyn H says:

    Love seeing the new projects and what a fantastic giveaway!

  22. Julie F. says:

    This giveaway is just beautiful!

  23. Holly Day says:

    Beautiful kit–hope I win!

  24. Beverly S says:

    Must have these wooden bits! Thanks again for a chance to win 😀

  25. Mary Toriello says:

    Love this ! Hope I win… Fingers crossed, toes crossed, legs crossed and eyes crossed! Lol

  26. Leslie Hanson says:

    So charming!

  27. Juanita M says:

    Anything TEA is wonderful. What a fantastic way to display a creative piece.

  28. Virginia S. says:

    What a great kit! I love the art block idea and would love to experiment with it!

  29. Pam W says:

    Another great giveaway. I hope to win one someday. Thank you

  30. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    What a lovely kit:)

  31. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, such a fun kit … love! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win all these amazing goodies!

  32. Jackie Barth says:

    Beautiful kit – would love to win it.

  33. Veronica Rose Tucker says:

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful chance. All those awesome flowers.

  34. Linda N says:

    So spring-like, feminine and pretty. 🙂

  35. Emily N. says:

    Another great kit!

  36. Beautiful collection would love to win and use this in my art

  37. Sharon says:

    I love old seed packets! Pick me, please LOL

  38. Barbara says:

    Beautiful group of materials! Those garlands are fabulous. Thank you for the chance to win.

  39. joann west says:

    Lots of ideas for creativity with this new set.

  40. Mary-Ann says:

    Love the details!

  41. April says:

    Ohhh I sooo need this one!!!

  42. Mary says:

    I love the soft vintage feel of the florals. Beautiful. Would be lovely to create Mother’s Day or wedding items.

  43. Robin Withrow says:

    love it, want it all. thanks for all the great ideas and items!

  44. Wow! There’s some amazing work here 🙂 with some great pieces! Would love to be a winner.

  45. Karen N says:

    This Botanical Tea set is beautiful. It would be so wonderful to win…

  46. carol says:

    Still cold and grey here. Need some encouragement to think spring.

  47. Sokat says:


  48. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    It looks like springtime at Alpha Stamps! I wish it looked that way outside.

  49. Love seeing all the new projects and what a great giveaway!

  50. Lynn Fox says:

    Spring is here…wish I could dig in my garden, but I’ve got serious back pain. Maybe I can win and have fun! Fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance, Alpha Stamps!

  51. Diane. D. says:

    Love the Artwork from Laura and Susan. The colors in Botanical Tea are beautiful. Thanks for another great Give Away.

    Take care,

  52. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway, especially the pretty papers and trims.

  53. Susanne says:

    Now I want to go sailing to a beautiful English coast where Springtime wildflowers wave on the salty breeze …

  54. Noreen says:

    So many creative ideas! And so many wonderful items to craft with! Thanks for the opportunity to win a few.

  55. Jill Viator says:


  56. bobbie says:

    B. Tea is my all-time favorite ~ thanks for the great giveaway!!

  57. Jeanne Kelly says:

    So cool ! Love everything from Graphic45!

  58. Lou Anne says:

    I love the new wood blocks and trims! Your giveaways are the best!

  59. Laurie Yoder says:

    Lovely kit, thanks for the chance to win it!!

  60. ike says:

    These are lovely.thank you.for the chance to win this.
    Ike x x

  61. Sandi Larson says:

    You have wonderfull stuff!

  62. melody says:

    I would love a chance to win 🙂

  63. Jen R says:

    Great ideas in my head on what to do with all this cool stuff!

  64. Carmen Willis says:

    Love these delightful art projects. Such talented gals. What a lovely giveaway…hope I’m picked to win!

  65. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. LeAnn A says:

    Thank you for another amazing giveaway.

  67. Luanne Shoup says:

    Love those little roses!

  68. Thanks for another fabulous giveaway!

  69. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’ll come to tea. Thanks.

  70. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Since I work in a real estate office, anything house-related is welcomed. How charming this grouping is!

  71. coco says:

    All is just so gorgeous, I’d love being a lucky winner for once!! Thanks, I’m off to Laura’s blog!

  72. DianeD says:

    Beautiful as always. Thanks for the opportunity.

  73. angelic says:

    Wow! Great projects! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

  74. Heather C. says:

    I love looking at all of the projects on the blog – your designers are all so talented!

  75. Jennifer J says:

    ooohhhh the sea calls to me too!

  76. marla b says:

    Spring has sprung by the beautiful sea and also flowers are calling me!

  77. Sandi Larson says:

    You carry the best stuff! I love it all.

  78. Patti Flasch says:

    WOW! More great inspiration-time to create!

  79. Kathy h says:

    So pretty! Hope I win!

  80. Mary Mac says:

    Just love the wood blocks that come with this great giveaway

  81. Never anything less than inspirational, time after time. Gorgeous projects and what a fabulous Giveaway, so perfect for this time of the year.
    I would so love to play with this.

  82. Denise Bryant says:

    What a fantastic kit! I see hours of creative bliss in there! Thanks for the chance to win!

  83. LoriSW says:

    Another great give away! Love the new items!!!

  84. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    looking good

  85. Karen Mallory says:

    Love this giveaway! Such beautiful and fun stuff!

  86. Nancy S says:

    OMG! Just love this kit…

  87. I wood love this project!

  88. Jo says:

    Love the springtime florals!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  89. Judy Nash says:

    Botanical Tea is perfect for “Spring has sprung. The grass has rizz! I wonder where the petunias …is? Lovin’ this package.

  90. Diana Kelly says:

    So sweet and pretty. It is very fresh!

  91. Maryellen says:

    The colors are so well suited for spring and the wooden borders look very promising as a final finish to any project.

  92. M White says:

    Love Botanical Tea. And love the art work made with it. So inspirational!

  93. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Love love love the papers and embellies and all Botanical Tea goodies!

  94. trisha too says:

    So very pretty and pink!!!


  95. DebR says:

    Laura is at it again, wonderful projects! Thanks for the opportunity to win your generous giveaway.

  96. Stacia says:

    Very cool. It would be fun to play with blocks again!

  97. Janet Turner says:

    Great set. I would love to have these fun materials to work with.

  98. Chris says:

    So pretty!

  99. Katrina says:

    Wow! These projects are amazing! And I loooveeee the G45 papers!!

  100. Dena Cottrell says:

    Beautiful giveaway as always! I would love to win!

  101. Lorna says:

    Lovely projects and giveaway!

  102. Gerri herbst says:

    Such pretty projects! Lovely giveaway.

  103. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What fun!

  104. Roberta S says:

    Lovely projects, as always. It would be wonderful to win this giveaway. Thank you!

  105. Nellie Cotnam says:

    I love Tea and Roses! Please pick me to win 🙂

  106. Brenda Lubrant says:

    My other hobby besides crafting is gardening. I love anything botanical. This giveaway would give me an excuse to makes another gardening journal.

  107. P boszko says:

    What a great giveaway…thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  108. Lisa Pifalo says:

    This is an awesome give away! Thanks for the chance to enter:-)

  109. Arlene Wheeler says:


  110. KIM says:

    WHO KNEW!!!
    Wood Blocks!
    What will you think of next?
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  111. Maura says:

    What fantastic creativity these artists have. And this give-away kit is full of so many goodies that say “Spring.” You are so generous. I hope Random lands on my name!

  112. Ronda Liebert says:

    Yummy! Delicious looking prize!!!

  113. Savyon says:

    Pick me, pick me!!

  114. Yes, it’s lovely.

  115. Michelle B. says:

    Can’t begin to count the times I have wished for
    wooden blocks for roof pieces, and you have
    put them all together at my fingertips! TOTAL
    Wowness! Whew, all the creative juices just
    turned on like an Alpha brand faucet! Gotta get
    to my studio!!!!!

  116. Jo says:


  117. gilda (mcstamper) says:

    Beautiful as always. Love the journal and ship. Thanks for your give away.

  118. Lyn says:

    Lots of cool “stuff” – would love to win!

  119. Helen Potter says:

    Love to win!

  120. Lori Devoux says:

    Would love to dive into this! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  121. Sheila A says:

    These projects are stunning! I keep trying to “win” your generous treasures.