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New Tim Holtz & The Archivist (And TWO French Giveaway Drawings!)

Filed under Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Shanna Shands, Tim Holtz

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 Shanna’s project that are still available on the new site.

Ooh! Everything has a French vintage postal theme today! Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces artwork by new Design Team Member Shanna Shands, let me announce that we’re doing TWO Destination France Giveaway drawings! More info below.

AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! More info about how to get a free collage sheet is below, too.

Today’s art project has been created by Shanna Shands! Before I go into Shanna’s project, here’s a little bit about Shanna:

“I am a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, bake, and watch Disney movies with my kids. Anytime I am not cooking, cleaning, and in full blown mommy mode I get to craft.

‘I started out with scrapbooking but then I fell in love with card making using stamps and coloring them with Copics. (Hi I am Shanna and I am a Copic addict!) Then I heard of this thing called online art classes, FREE online classes, and I never turned back after my trip down the rabbit hole into a land of creative freedom! I love every style from dark to light, inky messes to clean and simple. I love to dabble in it all — scrapbooking, mini albums, jewelry, art-journaling, 3D creations, and cards.

Anything I create I love to share and inspire others with; no matter how new or old you are to creating I believe each and every one of us brings something special to the table to share.”

WHAT a coincidence! **I** also love to cook, bake, and watch Disney movies with my kids, but I have no idea what this cleaning thing is that Shanna speaks of. Well… no time to look into it now because it’s time to check out Shanna’s Tea Time Theatre!

Using the Marie in Wonderland Kit, Shanna created a Tea Time Theatre that even Miz Marie Antoinette would be sweet on. The “stage” of the theatre are actually the Tiny Paper Mache Boxes, sans lids, used to create a stand then painted with Metallic Distress Paints. Shanna said:

“I used some of the Acrylic Flower & Leaf Mix to create ultra mini pastries to mix up with Mini Strawberry Cake and Mini Heart Tart Cake (some of us don’t get to eat a lot of sweets)! Using ICE Resin, I made bows using the Mini Bows Silicone Mold to top off the ladies from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet. After the resin set I painted them with Distress Paints as well.”

Shanna put the lids of the Tiny Paper Mache Boxes back behind the dresses using other pieces cut out from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet to show a table top style setting — one for tea and one for cakes.

Check out Shanna’s supply list, then grab some sweets and head over to her blog to catch the Tea Time Theatre.

ALL Collage Sheets On Sale!

PLUS for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. The “pick out a free collage sheet” offer has expired BUT check the current newsletter for a NEW FREE collage sheet promo!


Hooray! A Destination France Giveaway!

I picked out quite a few of the items from Shanna’s Tea Time Theatre (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
– March 2015 Kit – Marie in Wonderland
– 18th Century Fans Collage Sheet
– Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress (an extra beside the one in the kit)
– Tiny Paper Mache Box Set
– Alice Pink Eat Me Cookies
– Mini Strawberry Cake
– Mini Heart Tart Cake

AND these New and On Sale Goodies:
Destination France Resin Embellishments (scattered about in the photo… and I think you can see that the resin in the green champagne bottle in lower right is transparent)
Black Wire Card Holders
Mini Airmail Envelope Set
Travel Faux Postage Clear Stickers (in upper right of photo… on a wire card holder and peeking out from behind one of the envelopes)

To enter the Destination France Giveaway Drawings (yes, plural, as I pulled two of these prize packages!):

1. you can leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW


2. you can place an order for $25 TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders for $25 or more before shipping or taxes will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY NIGHT, March 6, 2015)!

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 Marie in Wonderland Giveaway? That would be Amanda Miller! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, March 5th, 2015

137 responses to “New Tim Holtz & The Archivist (And TWO French Giveaway Drawings!)”

  1. beth byrd says:

    Love all these French goodies!! Wow!!

  2. barbara macaskill says:

    Going to France has always been a dream of mine but since I am housebound that isn’t going to happen! If I won this I would at least be able to make a part of France to look at and imagine all the fun things I would do there! Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

  3. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Welcome, Shanna. You are a great addition to the design team and the Tea Time Theater is wonderful. I’d love to win the give-away and try to do something equally as charming.

  4. Another charming kit!!

  5. Cherry Koontz says:

    I just joined the newsletter and made my first purchase. I can’t wait until it comes!

  6. Liane says:

    I love anything french, have been to the country several times while living in Germany. Paris in Spring….lovely !!!!!

  7. LAUREL Nielsen says:

    France! What a beautiful interpretation! I would love to give this one a try!!!!!!

  8. IKE says:

    Oh – this is a marvelous set. 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win 😀 xxxxxxxx

  9. Ohhhh WOW….this is a great price…love to win…

    Kerstin from Germany

  10. Jill Noblitt says:

    Love vintage postage items! beautiful!!

  11. Paris is always a good idea…..yup!

  12. OOOh la la! What an amazing kit! Thanks for the chance to win. xxD

  13. Miss Iowa says:

    I knew there was a good reason I’ve been hoarding authentic vintage French postage stamps. This is a marvelous prize!

  14. Kristi says:

    Marie in Wonderland is just amazing. I love it!

  15. Suzanne Kingry says:

    new to site – love all the creative ideas

  16. Kimberly Barcello says:


  17. phoebe diamond says:

    Oh yeah! Love those skirts.

  18. Margie Speerbrecher says:

    Hoping to visit Paris soon !

  19. kim says:

    LOVE all these wonderful French fun minis and stamps and papers, wow! Totally awesome.Thanks for the tip on using Distress Paint on resin, the bows are awesome. I neeeeeed new supplies!~kim

  20. Arlene Groepper says:


  21. Jeff says:

    French goodness indeed.

  22. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Destination France Giveaway!! Hoping…:)

  23. Sandy A says:

    No time to spend looking at all the wonderful things I’d like to place an order for and hope for another chance to win but I will leave this quick post and hope I get lucky! Love all the goodies!!

  24. Darlene says:

    wow another great giveaway – fantastic….

  25. Holly Day says:

    Really beautiful–woke up with travel on my mind on a chilly -11 degree morning!

  26. Jeanne says:

    This is awesome! Love it!

  27. Debra Gibson says:

    Beautiful !!! Thanks for the chance to win !!! LOve it !!!

  28. Sokat says:

    Awesome ideas. Tea time sounds good anytime

  29. Linda Ellis says:

    I like being able to buy from women-owned businesses!

  30. Daylan says:

    These are lovely! Thank you for another chance to win!

  31. Ritva says:

    France and travelling, so cool.

  32. DianeD says:

    Love anything French! Great giveaway.

  33. Jennie says:

    Welcome, Shanna! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

  34. Ginny Over says:

    Soo creative!

  35. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    Love the new The Archivist Laser-Cut Wood Icons In A Box!!!

  36. Stefanie says:

    Lovely make Shanna – nice to see your creation 🙂

  37. Lorna E. says:

    Lots of fun things in this giveaway. Hi Shanna!

  38. Gail Klein says:

    Wow! I love this giveaway! This one has to be mine!!!!

  39. Jackie Barth says:

    Love the French inspired theme – would love to win this!

  40. Luanne Shoup says:

    Love the new Tim Holtz stuff! I may have to do some Alpha Stamp shopping!

  41. Pam W says:

    Another one of your great giveaways! Thank you for the chance to win

  42. Karen says:

    More Marie – more is always better. Love all the possibilities!

  43. Circe says:

    Oh, what a fun set!! I wish I would win.

  44. Mary G says:

    How I would love to go to France, if only in my crafts or dreams. I least I can imagine a beautiful trip with these goodies!

  45. KIM says:

    Loving the airmail envelopes and black wire card holders.
    Thanks for a chance to win Alpha Stamps.

  46. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Here I am with my cup of tea, just waiting to win this Giveaway.

  47. Gail Gill says:

    I would like to travel, yes, please may I.

  48. Juniper says:

    Love you guys….so much great stuff and inspiration…Thank You!!!


  50. Noreen Johnson says:

    This one has my name on it.

  51. Melanie Curtis says:

    Wow – Destination France has always been my dream! Thanks for the chance to win a virtual trip!

  52. Karen N. says:

    oooh la la…what a wonderful giveaway!

  53. cathrine bolin says:

    Another wonderful give-a-way!

  54. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow what a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize!!

  55. Patti Flasch says:

    This is truly beautiful. I want to let you know that your giveaways are much better than other vendor’s “collections”! Thank you for continuing to inspire us!

  56. LeAnn says:

    Very Cool.

  57. Heather says:

    Two giveaways! Yea! Thanks for all the inspiration. 🙂

  58. Roxanne says:

    Oh My! Just love this dress cut out! Would love to win a lil stash from here. Thanks for sharing todays inspiration and chance to win. 🙂

  59. Lou Anne says:

    I love this giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.

  60. Traci says:

    Love alpha Stamps giveaways you are they BEST!!

  61. Lu L. says:

    I’ve had my eye on those black wire photo holders for a while now. I’d love to win this kit and all of the marvelous goodies it contains!

  62. Birgit says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  63. Mary Helene says:

    What isn’t to love with this great giveaway. Just love the theme.

  64. Kristie says:

    Awesome kit!

  65. Verna stapleton says:

    Wow, a double give away. You guys are the best on a cold winter day!

  66. Dawn says:

    Another beautiful kit to win.

  67. Carol Feiner says:

    Love the Maries with cutaway dresses! Too cute.

  68. CG says:

    FINE…I’ll go ahead and order, too. You’re twisting my arm and, as much as I’m going to HATE to place an order, I’ll do it. Only for you, Alphastamps. I’m a giver like that. 😉 Love it all…ty for the opportunity!

  69. Kim says:

    I love this kit. What fun!

  70. Jen R says:

    Ooooo lalaaaa. Luvvin all the Marie stuff!

  71. Emily N. says:

    I love the curly-q wires!

  72. Oooh! Yes, please! : )

    Beautiful project and beautiful goodies!

  73. Rick Bromley says:

    I recently discovered Alpha Stamps, and boy am I glad I did! So much creativity! I am enjoying all the posts, all the products, and all the fun! Thanks so much for keeping my creative juices flowing. Just Awesome!

  74. Tanya says:

    Anything “Marie” is mesmerizing!

  75. Sylvia L. says:

    Your new design team member is just as talented as the others. I look forward to seeing more of her designs.

  76. Nancy Sherman says:

    Love all the Marie items,great kit!

  77. trisha too says:

    Such a pretty lot of finery!

  78. Christine V says:

    Lovely packages! Enjoying all the creative Maries; the panniers are better than sliced bread.

  79. Arminta says:

    The mini airmail envelopes are so cute!

  80. Betsy Skagen says:

    I just love how the skirt becomes a stage!

  81. Alice H says:

    Very lovely and thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win.

  82. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    France here we come.

  83. Ginette says:

    Un p’tit tour à Paris avec Marie…

  84. yvette leblanc says:


  85. Gabrielle says:

    So much fun!

  86. Sheila says:

    Lovely. Marie in Wonderland is a terrific idea.

  87. Helen says:

    Count me in please.

  88. Julie Benge says:

    Been there. Seen this. Would love the goodies. Thanks for the chance to win.

  89. Gigi Jordan says:

    What fun!!

  90. Jen C says:

    I’ve got lots of ideas for this batch of goodies!!

  91. Rechercher says:

    Went to Paris last year for the first time, so would love to win these items.

  92. sheila says:

    Let’s take a trip to Paree with Marie….

  93. Daja says:

    Amazing goodies !!!

  94. Fabulous giveaway as always!! Love that new Archival series!

  95. Linda K says:

    Oui, oui, madame. What a fabulous giveaway. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

  96. Sheila says:

    Aren’t we glad we don’t have to wear all that underwear under our skirts! Great kit!

  97. Marilyn H says:

    Fabulous projects and giveaway.

  98. Carmen Willis says:

    Love the “Tea Time Theater”, very inspiring and sweet! Great giveaway!

  99. Thalia Kottke says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  100. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun, fun stuff and love the Marie theater!

  101. MaggieM says:

    Another fabulous giveaway! I love all things French…visited Paris 30 years ago and still remember it like it was yesterday-awesome place…would love to re-create some Parisian memories:)

  102. orianna says:

    It has French charm.

  103. Charlene says:

    Very lovely.

  104. Vive la France! Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with, and I sure hope I win this drawing!

  105. DebR says:

    Love Shanna’s tea time theater and what a great giveaway!

  106. Lori D. says:

    I just adore this giveaway! So many fun goodies, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  107. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I just love the French ladies and the little airmail envelopes.

  108. Very pretty – this would be fun to create with.

  109. angelic says:

    I love the cute French ladies. This is a beautiful collection.

  110. Lura Brown says:

    wishing and hoping. thank you for the chance

  111. Beth says:

    Lovely collection! I’m ready for Springtime in Paris!!

  112. Cindy Fitch says:

    VIVE LA FRANCE! This is the best give away yet! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  113. Ruth Anna says:

    Ah, Paris, je t’aime, je t’aime.

  114. Patricia says:

    This would be so fun to play with

  115. Janet Turner says:

    Adorable giveaway!

  116. Diana says:

    Oooh la la!!!! Count me in!

  117. Gilda says:

    Beautiful giveaway.

  118. Linda Chidster says:

    AWESOME Giveaway!!
    T H A N K S for the Chance to WIN!!!

  119. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Mahalo for sharing a fabulous project.

  120. Jo says:

    Love Marie Antoinette! Thanks for the giveaway!

  121. Nancy S says:

    What a terrific giveaway! Love the Marie theatre!

  122. wee, wee ! love the french themes!

  123. Joy says:

    Love all things “Marie”! Wow so many options for fun things to make in this package! Bonjour!

  124. Jennifer J says:

    so much yumminess!

  125. Laural says:


  126. April Dudko says:

    Oh yes please! Marie goodies to play with would be so wonderful!

  127. Lana says:

    OOOhhhh la la….simply dreamy!!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed that I win this lovely giveaway.

  128. Nicole Austin says:

    super fun collection!

  129. Megan Warren says:

    I love this idea and you’ve given me a new way to use those tiny boxes I love so much, endless possibilities.

  130. Jackie says:

    Absolutely delightful!! Pick me!!please!

  131. Olivia HODOROWSKI says:

    waiting is so tedious, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! ok, just wanting Marie goodies too.

  132. M.E. says:

    Oo la la! C’est tres chic, ma cherie! Merci beaucoup!

  133. Tammy says:

    Love to win

  134. Laura West says:

    Love it! Thank you very much for the chance to win!

  135. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  136. Lisa Mills says:

    Everyone of them is such a treat!!