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Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Marie in Wonderland, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

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

Before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces artwork by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas, I have a few notes:
I apologize for some items being so late lately (yes, a bit redundant); the port strike untanglement (?) is continuing but it will probably be late Spring before shipments from China are running smoothly again. Sorry! I cannot do much about it and I’m pretty frustrated by the situation. But some items have started arriving in a more expected timeframe so there is progress.
On to more fun subjects: we are again having TWO Giveaway drawings! More info below (and info on who won Thursday’s Giveaways). And there’s a new FREE Gift with Order offer: Leslie’s Choice (and this week is all about Chocolate and Raspberry in honor of Rhonda’s artwork)! AND… the Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer is still going strong! More info is in Thursday’s Newsletter. And if you missed that Newsletter, you can still view the sweet Tea Time Theatre by Shanna Shands (and some vintage air mail themed papers)!

Rhonda Secrist Thomas has outdone herself this month, creating an altered clock with the Marie in Wonderland Kit.

Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party is a fabulous, former, plain, old thing that was just laying around in Rhonda’s closet waiting (for YEARS) to be made over. Several of the images of excess-loving Marie are from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet, made to fit perfectly onto the new Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress, which also, happened to fit perfectly into each niche.

If you look closely you can see tons of 1mm Micro Beads in assorted colors that Rhonda has in different places in each niche. (I had to have them in every color, they’re so much fun to work with!) They look so cute on the cupcakes made from the 3D Tea Party Silicone Mold (which is so cool cuz the images are repeated in a mirror-image so you can glue the 2 parts together if you’d like a fully 3D prop) with the sweet Flower Stamen mixed into the “frosting” (along with the mix of flowers and leaves available exclusively in the Marie in Wonderland Kit). Rhonda also used the 1mm Micro Beads on the Die Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress after she painted them with colors from the Liquid Pearls – Neutral Colors Set. Pretty cool effect, don’t you think?

How about the amazing top part of the clock? All intricate and detailed, and the color combination of the pink against the Vintage Photo Distress Ink & Stain colors reminds me of a warm toasty pastry that has sweet cherry icing… yum!

“I love the new Lacy Triangular Pennant Banner Flags and the Mini Lacy Banner Flags. They remind me of a vintage, European treat, perfect for a tea party, or for a cuckoo-type clock made into a yummy chocolate. I use Distress Stains and Paints. Easy to use, easy clean up and nice, rich color. Then I used a brush with some good ole’ Elmer’s glue to make sure every last bit was attached.”

Other little elements you might miss, that I almost did (and will be ordering for myself!) are the 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm and the Sweet Tooth Resin Embellishments that are actually buttons – but who cares?! Cut off the shank and use them as little tiny props! I have been making teeny-tiny felt mice for my niece and those little embellishments will be perfect accessories to add to their travelling suitcase.

Before time runs out check out Rhonda’s supply list, then visit Rhonda’s blog to see the tutorial Rhonda put together, of course hurry, hurry before Marie… loses her head!



Hooray for the Marie Always Loved a Good Party Giveaway!

I started with all of these goodies from Rhonda’s Marie Always Loved a Good Party Altered Clock (note: that’s a link to photos of all the supplies):
– March 2015 Kit – Marie in Wonderland (yep, a whole kit)
– Mini Heart Tart Cake
– Mini Strawberry Cake
– Tiny Paper Mache Box Set
– Flower Stamen – Lilac
– Flower Stamen – Pink
– Flower Stamen – Turquoise
– Lacy Triangular Pennant Banner Flags
– Mini Lacy Banner Flags
– Sweet Tooth Resin Embellishments
– 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm
– 1 Inch Bronze Keys
– Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Pink
– 1mm Micro Beads – Pink Pearl

And, out of all that riot of pink frosting, the only item not specifically in Rhonda’s artwork is the set of three 1 Inch Mauve and Brown Birds.

To enter the Marie Always Loved a Good Party 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 TODAY OR TOMORROW (all orders will be in the drawing for the 2nd prize package)

The deadline for both drawings is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, March 9, 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 winners (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 the TWO Destination France Giveaways? That would be Laura West AND Donna Luncford ! (Note: the second Giveaway was a random drawing from orders placed during the contest.)

Posted by Leslie, March 8th, 2015

137 responses to “Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party”

  1. Maryellen says:

    Oh Marie – she did love a party and those mini cakes are adorable.

  2. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    Love Marie Antoinette!!!

  3. Linda K says:

    Geez, love everything about this pkg. Sure would love to win some. Thanks so much.

  4. barbara macaskill says:

    Rhonda’s clock is AMAZING!!! I love every single little detail about it!! WOW!!!

  5. Noreen Johnson says:


  6. KIM says:

    I have never seen the lace banner flags.
    My mind is filled with ideas.
    Again another wonderful giveaway.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps.

  7. What a stupendous give-a-way. I would really love to win this and make something awesome.

  8. Emily N says:

    I love all the papers!

  9. Debbie Kaste says:

    What an adorable project! Love the Marie Antoinette theme and the products used are awesome. Thanks for the chance to win your give away:)

  10. Patricia League says:

    Everyone should love a party! Love the giveaway.
    Thanks for such lovely themed kits ! Always a treat to
    look at!

  11. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow- so very creative! Love this theme and all the details!


  13. Jennie says:

    Awesome giveaway! ::Fingers crossed::

  14. Kristie says:

    Love Marie!

  15. Holly Day says:

    What an amazing giveaway! So many possibilities with this kit!

  16. Olivia Hernandez says:

    Awesome giveaway keep my fingers across!

  17. jan korzenaskie says:

    Everything is beautiful!

  18. Jen R says:

    Yay more Marie! Weeeeee loving it!

  19. phoebe diamond says:

    I love those banners. They are awesome.

  20. Pat Shaw says:

    What a wonderful clock!! Thanks for the chanced to win.

  21. Gail Gill says:

    Wow… what a great giveaway. Thanks for letting me enter.

  22. Vickie Trancho says:

    You continue to inspire! Always loved poor Marie. 😉
    Thanks, ladies!

  23. Debra Gibson says:

    LOVE! Everything about Marie Antoinette! !

  24. April J says:

    Beautiful! Makes me want to put on my baroque dance shoes!

  25. Verna stapleton says:

    Yeah, more Marie! You guys are the best! Thank you for the chance to win.

  26. Kimberly Barcello says:

    I love a good party too!

  27. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Marie’s Party Giveaway!! All the little treasures would be fun to play with!!

  28. Jo says:

    The clock is so cute! I love it!

  29. Tick tock Marie, eat cake while you can!

  30. Margery McInerny says:

    What a fun giveaway. Marie is always fun.

  31. Lana says:

    Oui oui….please pick me!!!

  32. Pam W says:

    Love this giveaway.

  33. CJ says:

    “Time” for a “tea party”! Count me in!

  34. Could anything be more fantastic than tea with Marie?!

    Oh, please put my name in the cyber hat – random generator, be good to me – I’m a nice guy, :P.

    I don’t think I could make anything as clever as Rhonda’s fab clock – but I’d sure like to give it a try!

  35. Ruth Anna says:

    I would love to party with Marie!

  36. Maya says:

    Wow, they are really beautiful!

  37. Laural says:

    Marie, Marie I Love Pari’

  38. Michele J says:

    I can’t wait to make Marie ATCs! *clinky*

  39. Nancy Sherman says:

    I love all the Marie ideas,great inspiration for collage work!

  40. Natasha says:

    Love this giveaway & love Marie! Thanks for the chance.

  41. jenni brockob says:

    Marie Antoinette sure is popular these days. Gotta love the fashions of 18th century France!

  42. Trudy says:

    What gorgeous giveaways! Inspiring, as always. Have to go shop some of these items…

  43. Cocoa says:

    How lovely and how fun to play with all the little parts !

  44. Dawn says:

    I love the Marie Antoinette theme! Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  45. Kim B says:

    A very lovely giveaway! Merci!

  46. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Just Awesome!

  47. lynn says:

    I love anything that involves tea. what a wonderful project. the tea embellishments are darling. with this winter here in pa, tea surely sounds always thanks so much for the generous giveaways.

  48. Lou Anne says:

    Who doesn’t love a party? This is fabulous.

  49. Kris M says:

    This collection is full of amazing things – would love to win it!

  50. yvette leblanc says:


  51. Charlene says:

    Very nice.

  52. Lori D. says:

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

  53. Virginia Smith says:

    I love the Marie theme! Wonderful giveaway!

  54. Julie F. says:

    Wow! Lots of great ideas here and so fun.

  55. Melanie Curtis says:

    The Marie Antoinette party giveaway is fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. Diane D. says:

    I love everything about Marie Antoinette! Fantastic projects and another fantastic giveaway.

  57. DebR says:

    Love Rhonda’s altered clock and another wonderful giveaway, thanks!

  58. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    Lacy banners, tea treats and Marie. So much fun stuff in this one. I’m placing an order today but would love to win even more.

  59. Janet Turner says:

    What a sweet bunch of stuff. I would love to have this giveaway!

  60. LAUREL Nielsen says:

    This is a great giveaway. What a beautiful project. Would love to get this one.

  61. Ina Good says:

    Marie Antoinette loved a good party as much as I do too! I love a tea party and your clock with shadow box compartments fits the bill!

  62. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    Love the project and all the goodies.

  63. marla b says:

    Party? I’m there!

  64. Gabrielle says:


  65. Lisa Mills says:

    Oh lalala. I love it. Thanks for letting me play.

  66. Lorna E. says:

    Really fun giveaway, the treats are such grat “eye candy”

  67. Sweetpea Studio says:

    This is fabulous!! Love the spring colors.The silicone mold is really cool!

  68. Lu L. says:

    What a fun assortment of products! I especially like those beads and the little birds! Hope to win!

  69. Ginette says:

    Du gateau, who can resist

  70. Mary Ann Smith says:

    Let them eat cake. Love this giveaway.

  71. Ina Good says:

    I am with Marie and love a good party and tea time!Lve your clock and decorated compartments!

  72. DianeD says:

    Awesome giveaway! You can never get enough

  73. Donna Luncford says:

    Very nice! Thanks so much for choosing my name during the Destination France giveaway. Very excited!

  74. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    The lace banners are so intricate. Mahalo for the op to win.

  75. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    OMG what a darling project! I don’t think I’ve EVER used the word “darling”….but…there’s no other to describe this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  76. Stefanie says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely make again – fantastic clock!! Thanks also for great giveaway chance :o)

  77. Mary Helene says:

    Still loving this theme So many goodies.

  78. Jackie says:

    Oh My!! This is absolutely a treasure trove of Marie goodness!!! This is just the best giveaway!! thanks for the chance!

  79. Karen Mallory says:

    What a pretty, colorful giveaway! Love the Clock!

  80. Sunny says:

    As Marie Antoinette said, “Off with their heads!” Just kidding. I want to win this!

  81. Rosemary Sharon says:

    all things lace and lovely…..and Marie.

  82. This is very enticing, just like tea and cake! A giveaway that Marie herself would be excited about!!!

  83. Jackie Barth says:

    Ooooo – I need it! I want it! I love it!

  84. Arlene Groepper says:


  85. Traci says:

    Great items in the giveaway-love the new lace pennant flags.

  86. Sande R.L. says:

    Who doesn’t love a good party.

    Love everything about this project and I love Marie themed items.

    Fantastic giveaway that even Marie would be excited about. Love the lace banner…how sweet and can be used on so many projects.

  87. cindy coven says:

    I love this kit. And Rhonda’s clock was so inspiring I’m making one as soon as I post this. Thanks so much

  88. Marcia says:


  89. MaggieM says:

    Rhonda’s clock is awesome! I just love all of the miniatures, charms and collage sheets! I, too, am dying to create a tea party (or have one!). Thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration and the terrific giveaways:)

  90. cathrine bolin says:

    Love it all!

  91. Arminta says:

    What a pretty grouping!

  92. Daylan says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for another opportunity!

  93. orianna says:

    dresden trim is always a special touch.

  94. Circe says:

    Oooooohhhhh I love the clock. What a fantastical way of demonstrating Marie. Beautiful!

  95. Marilyn H says:

    Great clock! Love the giveaway.

  96. Michelle B. says:

    Tres Jolie Marie!!! She always rocks! Thank you for
    another great giveaway. 🙂

  97. Gail Klein says:

    Love how the pennants look like doilies! Love this collection!

  98. Sokat says:

    Initiation abounds. Thanks for the chance

  99. Stacia says:


  100. Lina says:


  101. Thalia Kottke says:

    What’s not to love?

  102. Gilda says:

    Love clocks. Thanks for a chance to win.

  103. Brenda lubrant says:

    This is an awesome project showed cased today and another great giveaway.

  104. Russell says:

    Very nice!

  105. Evleta Gruber says:

    Love the clocks and cakes. Looks like a fun project. Thank you for the chance to win!

  106. angelic says:

    I love this collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

  107. Helen says:

    Yes please

  108. Dena Cottrell says:

    I love Marie Antionette! Hope I win!

  109. Christine V says:

    And what an incredible party it is!

  110. Rhonda says:

    I am just so happy that so many of you have complemented my clock. Thank you so much! I am truly honored. xoxo Rhonda…

  111. Tammy says:

    I love to win it

  112. Nicole Austin says:

    great giveaway, as always! a lot of really cute stuff!

  113. Nelda Johnson says:

    Ooo LaLa. Another wonderful giveaway!

  114. Love it all! Vive la France! Let them eat cake!

  115. lavinia says:

    why this fascination with this hideous woman?

  116. A. Marie says:

    I just love the serendipity of working on something and then coming across something else of th he same theme. I’ve been working on a MA cake themed painting. Your stuff looks absolutely divine Though! Thank you for the chance to win.

  117. Betsy Skagen says:

    Sorry to hear about the shipping brouhaha. That stinks and unfair! On a more positive note one word sums up both the artwork and the giveaway: WOWWWWEEEE!

  118. Nancy S says:

    What an awesome giveaway. I’m just obsessed with micro beads, the perfect embellishment for everything!

  119. Michelle Berry says:


  120. Diana Kelly says:

    Thank goodness that Marie loved a great party. Now I have a chance to enjoy it with her. Thank you for the giveaway.

  121. Marcia kaiser says:

    if I come back, I want to be Marie Antoinette! She drives most of my artwork, I love her!

  122. Cindy F. says:

    I am in love with the theme. Thank you for the inspiration!

  123. Mary-Ann says:

    Love it

  124. Marian says:

    Ooh la la!

  125. April Dudko says:

    Oh,springtime colors! And Marie! What could be better?

  126. Darlene says:

    well marie and I could have a great party together !!!!

  127. Carol Feiner says:

    Let’s party like it’s 1789!

  128. LeAnn says:

    Very pretty – Love the miniatures

  129. Angela says:

    I love getting emails from you! Such talented people and these products are stupendous!!!

  130. Donna Kebel says:

    How fun can it get! I love it!

  131. Karen H says:

    The collage sheets are gorgeous. I love anything Marie. This is a fun one. Thanks for the chance!

  132. Tanya says:

    Another amazing giveaway! Love Marie!

  133. Gigi Jordan says:

    How do you keep coming up with these wonderful ideas?! What fun.

  134. sheilaAR says:

    Show stopping clock, love all those party Maries!! Sweet giveaway, a confectionery delight…perfect for my ongoing sweet tooth. Thanks Alpha!

  135. Diana says:

    More Marie? I just love her! And the lacey banner flags are lovely 🙂

  136. teri steele says:

    This give away is even more scrumptious than the last. Just love the project shown