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Books, Boxes and Shrines FLASH Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Rhea Freitag, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Swaps

Just a quick intro before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) waxes poetic about artwork from TWO Design Team Members.
First: a Books, Boxes & Shrines FLASH Sale! Tons of options for items to decorate as holiday gifts. (And the sale includes some of the new shadowboxes shown below!) The sale ends TOMORROW night, Friday, November 21st!
Second: there’s a new FREE Gift Kit: Reindeer Tags! Perfect for making little tags for those gifts you’ll be making. One is also included in today’s Giveaway.

Continuing with the November 2014 – Cigar Box Sweeties Kit and Add-On Kit are offerings from Design Team Members Rhonda Secrist Thomas and Rhea Freitag.

Using two of the Tiny Cigar Boxes, Rhonda created a masculine and a feminine cigar box; each filled with cigar-themed ATCs. I am obsessed with the Resin Senorita Cameo that is on the frilly box, all of the luscious Wide Lace and Mini Rose Buds that are nestled on top of the box. Such an adorable little box would make for such a pretty display on a vanity or in a vintage vignette, don’t you think?

For the inside of both boxes, Rhonda used Distress Paints, Liquid Pearls, Alcohol Inks and Metal Patinas to create a marble type look.

I love the technique Rhonda used to get her “marble” effect. Seeing that (plus Rhea’s lovely, Cigar Box Inspiration Kit, using a vintage cigar box that Rhea filled full of goodies for an art partner) got me thinking. What else could the marbling effect be used on to give out as unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season?

How gorgeous do you think the Cigar Box Secrets Scrapbook Papers, with the marbling effect and Vintage Lace Tape would look on the New and On Sale! Paper Mache Jewelry Box, the Unfinished Cigar Box or the Unfinished Purse Box? I think the Paper Mache Purse Box would be really cute this way, and it could be used (as with the above boxes) as a writing box to fill up with items to use for keeping in touch with friends and loved ones: Envelopes, Rubber Stamps, Stamping Stuff, and Blank Postcards. What was that called… it’s an old-fashioned thing… oh, yes: Correspondence! If you wanted to give something on a smaller scale, the Paper Mache Treasure Chest would also work quite nicely. (And with that Books, Boxes & Shrines FLASH Sale, now’s the time to grab these boxes!)

Rhonda created a tutorial on how she made her boxes AND how to achieve the marbling effect! Yay! You can find more pictures and the tutorial in Rhonda’s blog.

To see more pictures of Rhea’s Cigar Box Inspiration Kit head on over to Starrgazer Creates and/or here’s Rhea’s Supply List.



Hooray! A Books, Boxes & Shrines Giveaway!

Ooo! Lots of things to decorate. And I bet you could make many Christmas gifts from the items in this group.

In honor of the Books, Boxes & Shrines FLASH Sale, I’ve picked out a bunch of items that are On Sale!
2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes
Chipboard Birdhouse Book
Paper Mache Cones – 4 Inch
Wooden Vintage Photo Crate – Black
Square Tea Tin
Large Square Tin (Back in Stock!)
Small Square Tin (Back in Stock!)
Small Paper Mache House
Jewelers Tins – Tiny
– Afternoon Muse Chipboard Album (the last one)

Plus the related Christmas House Trims Collage Sheet (On Sale because all the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale!) and a set of the Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows (useful for Christmas ornaments — and/or the Home for the Holidays Ornament Swap).

And a Reindeer Tags Gift Kit!

To enter the Books, Boxes & Shrines Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, November 21, 2014)! And please tell me at least one thing you’d make with this haul!

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 check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Cigar Box Beads & Filigree Giveaway? That would be Kathy McGee! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, November 20th, 2014

118 responses to “Books, Boxes and Shrines FLASH Sale!”

  1. Francine perri says:

    What a great giveaway thanks liked and shared

  2. gerri h says:

    Such sweet ideas!

  3. Kay W says:

    Your giveaways are so fantastic.

  4. Laural says:

    I would love to make a shrine with my daughters childhood pictures.

  5. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Great ideas and great giveaways!

  6. Jenny S. says:

    LOVE this giveaway!! Thank you so much!!

  7. Rise St Arno says:

    A wreath for all seasons.

  8. I will be making ore of my collages, and the theme will be happy homes. Pick me!

  9. Gail Gill says:

    OOOhhh, I would love to make a Santa’s Sleigh Repair Shop with the little house and an Ice Skating Rink with the trees and plaque. Thanks so much for the fun giveaways.

  10. Holly Day says:

    Wow! Just…wow!

  11. Noreen says:

    Wow that’s a “dolled up” cigar box! I would craft the crate to look like Christmas and use it to hold my Christmas cards as they arrive.

  12. Amanda Miller says:

    So excited about this giveaway! Best one yet!

  13. Sheila says:

    Phenomenal, as always!

  14. Lou Anne says:

    Fabulous giveaway! I would use the little tin for an undersea mermaid Christmas scene. I think the house would be beautiful as a mixed media Christmas cottage front.

  15. Lorna E. says:

    Lots of great things to tinker with in this giveaway.

  16. Virginia Smith says:

    I love boxes and houses! So much to create with.

  17. Barbara says:

    What s great collection. I could really have fun making Cristmas decorations and cards
    Love this website

  18. Barbara Nekic says:

    I love this collection! I would use everything and enjoy it all. BB

  19. Lana says:

    WOW, just when i thought it couldn’t get any better, you just went and outdid yourself…this giveaway is TOPS!!!!!

  20. barbara macaskill says:

    I am really hoping that this giveaway has my name on it!!! LOVE all the yummy goodies in it!!! Great creations by the designers too!

  21. KIM says:

    Wonderful give away
    Thanks Alpha Stamps

  22. Cocoa says:

    Again you have made everyone is excited to win! Oh my! One thing I would make with the cones is Christmas cones all decorated on the outside and filled with goodies for young and old!

  23. Kristie says:

    This is such an awesome giveaway. Lots and lots of possibilities. I love the little house box. I’d make a tiny dollhouse with it.

  24. Jen R says:

    Would love to make a fold out book with houses OR a village using houses and cones as trees.. so many possibilities.

  25. Love, love, love all of it!

  26. What a great giveaway! I’d make adorable tree topper angels with the cones for sure and little dioramas with the houses!

  27. Russell says:

    The forecast calls for flurries of Christmas crafting! 🙂

  28. Jamie says:

    Looks like another GREAT one!

  29. Donna says:

    Love it! I would definitely make Laura Carson’s advent tree with the 2″ boxes. It’s gorgeous!!!

  30. Patti Flasch says:

    Whoo Hoo! What wonderful items in this giveaway…lots of holiday fun! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enter.

  31. Verna Stapleton says:

    Boxes. So much fun. Really lets the imagination run wild. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Very cool! I’d love to do a teeny Christmas diorama in that paper mache house!

  33. Gigi Jordan says:

    Another great give away. I would love to make beautiful Christmas cones to hang on the tree. Gigi

  34. Regina Salvador says:

    Love the reindeer! Mini Christmas and winter dioramas!

  35. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    The newsletter is always so inspiring!!

  36. Evelyn Valencia says:

    Beautiful giveaway. Would love to alter those houses and place some tea lights behind them to create a Christmas themed village. Very pretty giveaway.

  37. Jennifer Rose, says:

    Alpha Stamps has outdone itself this time. I can see all sorts of goodies from a Christmas morning photo book,a centerpiece for the Christmas table with the crate box,tree decorations with cones and on and on. So much joy in one give away

  38. Ronda Liebert says:

    Lots of good collage stuff here!

  39. Lori Wilczek says:

    OMG! The mother load! Alpha stamps you are awesome. So many opportunities to be creative. So my first ideas are the chipboard windows, I would make looking in the windows of Santa’s workshop, the square tins some fun pendants with holiday themes inside, maybe some victorian christmas cones with the paper mache cones.

  40. Kate Jones says:

    Would love to win one, thanking you, Kate.

  41. Tanya says:

    These would be so great for Christmas projects!

  42. Paulanne says:

    Wonderful give away.
    I would make a miniature setting with my granddaughter. She loves crafting with me.

  43. Kate says:

    what a neat giveaway….would love to make a glittered house.

  44. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    A little house all my own. I need this!

  45. Ritva says:

    Love the die-cut houses are great, though other things would be lovely to have as well.

  46. angelic says:

    This is an awesome giveaway! So many craft ideas and especially for the holidays.

  47. Jennifer J says:

    I would love the make house ornaments but I am sure i would decorate them all!

  48. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  49. Lorna Dufrane says:

    How delightful!

  50. The first thing that comes to mind is to create a mantel display with the house fronts, painted to match my Jim Shore Christmas Stockings. The tree forms, might be covered with glittered sequins to mimic the snow that is also pictured on the stockings. I think it would look great!

  51. Juniper Mainelis says:

    I’d do Art therapy! Make gifts, and have creative fun!

  52. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Books, Boxes and Shrines Giveaway, especially the Die-Cut Chipboard Houses with Windows and the small paper mache houses!!

  53. Mary Mac says:

    So many wonderful items in this giveaway. Love the crate.

  54. Nora Jensen says:

    What a give away! Thanks! I have a few ideas:
    The little tins – turn them into Christmas collage Christmas ornaments that also serves as gift boxes for jewelry I’m making as gifts
    The birdhouse book – turn into a collage nature board book, maybe counting, for my grandson

  55. melody says:

    Who else is now humming “Up on the Housetop (Reindeer pause)” with me? ?Feeling Jolly 🙂

  56. Joan Harsha says:

    I think I would embellish a wreath to welcome family and friends, so many pretties.

  57. Lina says:

    So n

  58. Carmen says:

    Love this giveaway, there’s so many ideas for making Christmas ornaments. I would put together a Victorian Christmas theme and other themes and make cards to match. The ideas are endless.

  59. Lori D. says:

    I would definitely make Christmas ornaments and a December book. Love the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  60. Traci says:

    I so want the crate box to store my mini files and such. I would also love the chipboard house so I can make the meowy Christmas scene featured in the last email. I am not much for Christmas crafting but I love cats and the Christmas cat scene is so cute.

  61. Terry McM says:

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway! Oh, the things we could create!! Thanks for the opportunity, T

  62. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful giveaway! I would make some Tussie Mussies with cones and ornaments with the house stuff and Christmas card holder with the crate!!!

  63. Martha says:

    I’d so love to make Xmas gifts and ornaments!

  64. Jackie Barth says:

    I love it – hope to win it!

  65. Edith says:

    I would decorate the large box and store my mini altered books in it I also enjoy making assemblage boxes in diffrent themes
    the cones would make great gift ornaments filled with goodies

  66. Patricia Worth says:

    Fabulous giveaway! I would create three distinct xmas trees out of the cones! Thanks for all your creativity 🙂

  67. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    With this giveaway, I would make things to fill my library glass case display for the New Year with favors and more…to give patrons ideas and to get them ready for 2015.

  68. Christine V says:

    There are so many options! Right off the top of my head though I would really like to utilize the cones to make elaborate Victorian Cone ornaments. Forget Santa, I’ll be making mine with a deer theme; decorated with some of my Alpha Stamps dresden trims + either the ribbon that’s included in the giveaway or other ribbons scrap that I’ve previously ordered to make the handles…or wait! I could make a beaded handle from some of the pink ones Alpha Stamps sent me last Valentine’s day, &, &…

  69. Gilda says:

    Wow! What beautiful stuff today.

  70. Wendy Whalen says:

    I love all the stuff in this giveaway but I love the cones. They will become Christmas trees for my Christmas Village.

  71. Emily N says:

    Love all this stuff! I would make Christmas trees out of the cones and gingerbread houses out of the houses.

  72. Gail Klein says:

    What a great giveaway! I love decorating little boxes to store some of my small ephemera and the crate would be wonderful to help me organize my studio! The book would make a great addition to my collection of small books that I have altered!

  73. Tammy says:

    Love it

  74. Stefanie says:

    I love getting your newsletters – each one makes me gasp with delight :oD xx

  75. marge says:

    perfect assortment…….

  76. Roxanne says:

    Love the decorated boxes. Nice ideas and inspiration heading into the weekend. Thanks and hopefully I’ll win this wonderful stash of goodies.

  77. Cathy smith says:

    I would make ornaments!!! I have been in love with house ornaments and want all my siblings to get one!

  78. susan higgins says:

    I love making vintage Christmas cones…hoping to win this great giveaway

  79. orianna says:

    wonderful assortment

  80. Maura Flood says:

    What wonderful items you’ve collected for this.

  81. Cathy Skrehot says:

    I’d make very glittery christmas ornaments! Lots of Christmas glitter and possibilities.

  82. Maura Flood says:

    P.S. – I’d make Christmas decorations with the tiny round tin and the small square tin.

  83. Beth Williams says:

    I would use the cones to make Tussie Mussies and decorate them with the other wonderful goodies!

  84. Janet Turner says:

    So cute! I love it.

  85. cindy Olson says:

    I love your products. I would make some
    Christmas cones with the paper mache cones and Put birds and other goodies inside.
    I can see several options for ornaments also, but decorating those cones would be fun.

  86. Joan E. says:

    Look at all the amazing goodies to alter! Thanks for the chance to win!

  87. Carol Slowik says:


  88. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome projects and products!

  89. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Love the mix of objects to decorate. Could be fun to create with these.

  90. Carole Carlson says:

    I’d make some sort of Christmas tree scene with the cones.

  91. Kathy Bumb says:

    This is one of your most awesome giveaways. Would love to win.

  92. Sokat says:

    Flip the cones and cover with a Victorian print , add lace and bead trims and hang by ribbon and make a hanging display of Christmas goodies . Christmas ornaments with the windows and use all of them in garland decorate my fireplace. Love , love, love this

  93. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I would decorate the crate to hold Christmas cards that I receive.

  94. Sharon Kaczorowski says:

    I would make a shrine tomChristmas with my sons when they were little boys. They are now grown men on their 30s! Great give away, per usual!

  95. Dena Cottrell says:

    Love transforming blank boxes into fun new treasures! Would love to win. Thanks again for another fab giveaway!

  96. lynn legge says:

    i absolutely love everything
    i would make decorated cones for special family
    those little houses put me to mind of shadow boxes.. so could use old christmas cards for the inside and decorate like the outside of a window..
    little books are always a must.. i love making them and receiving them.. gosh everything in your giveaway is great and i would be overjoyed to win this .
    happy crafting all … enjoy the upcoming holiday
    sending big hugs to all

  97. Diana says:

    Ooh I would love to alter all these goodies for the holidays!

  98. Alice Eads says:

    What a fun give-away, so many different things to do! …love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  99. Lynn says:

    Oh, fabulous collection! I have some of my photos that I have wanted to use in a 3-D “collage” and these “frames” and boxes look ideal. The cones would also be destined to become colorful trees via a scrap paper idea I have!

  100. Karen says:

    Looks like a wonderful giveaway. I would make something that is painted and then with lots of glitter – especially the cones – they could have ribbons attached and hang from the tree with candy or small gifts inside. I especially love glittery things on a Christmas tree!

  101. Rabbit says:

    I’d make a card holder from the crate and decorate it with the chipboard houses done up to look like an old fashioned village at Christmas. It would mean repainting the crate and adding fake snow and using lots of bits and bobs to decorate the houses and shops but it would be fun!

  102. Jo says:

    I would make a Christmas diorama! Thanks for the giveaway!

  103. Jackie says:

    Oh my! What a fab giveaway!! There are soooo many things to be made here!!

  104. Arminta says:

    This giveaway is wonderful! I could use the cones as bases for some beautiful little Christmas trees.

  105. Lu L. says:

    Great giveaway! I’d fill that little wooden crate with pine, holly and berries and add some kind of light. Quick and easy Christmas décor!!

  106. I would make heaven from the wooden doll house-a place for all the little angel dolls I’ve made.

  107. Starqueen says:

    Ooooh, so many possibilities! I like making house cards, with little peeks in the windows, or the cones would make wonderful Victorian hangers (or sweet trees). Just a treasure trove of fun! Thanks for sharing.

  108. Me Pugh says:

    Yeah, I am glad to hear that the tins are back in stock – lovely collection.

  109. Nice cache of goodies! I think I’d combine the cube boxes and the house front to make nice gift house village. They can decorate the mantel while waiting to be opened!


  110. Luanne Shoup says:

    Love the cone shapes! They would be fun to decorate and fill with goodies!

  111. Diana Bittaker says:

    Very cute- I would make a Xmas house and place a lite in- maybe a little village – then use the cones as Xmas trees next to house- definitely glue a reindeer on top of house! Sant’s coming!

  112. DebR says:

    So many possibilities with this great giveaway! I think I’d first make some Christmas tussie-mussie’s with those great cones. Thanks for the opportunity.

  113. Marilyn H says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  114. LeAnn says:

    Beautiful! I would use the cones to make tree ornaments and the shrines to make personalized gifts for my sisters.

  115. Roberta S says:

    This kit looks like a lot of fun! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making a putz-type house and this would give me some shapes to work with. I also would like to use one of the cones to make an ornament for my daughter-in-law and the other 2 for making trees for my house. Lots of cool stuff here–thank you for the chance to win.

  116. Ivy Laine says:


  117. Susanne says:

    Awww! Those cones! Those cones need to become elaborately designed Kindercone! It’s not back to school, but maybe for back to school after holiday vacation?!

    Thank you for again showing such wonderful ideas and products!

  118. Leslie Hanson says:

    Fabulous giveaway! I would have a lot of fun making ornaments for my family with the windows.