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New Shiny Things & Boxes. And Summer Beach Sale ENDS TONIGHT

Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Mermaids Kit, Newsletters, Sale, Summer/Beach

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

A Summer/beachy sale reminder before jumping to the new things: because of this month’s Mermaids Kit, the ENTIRE beach theme section is on sale; including collage sheets, rubber stamps, charms, ribbons, paints, stains… over 150 summer products! ON SALE through TONIGHT, June 18th (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale, too). FREE Beach-Themed Collage Sheet with every order! Pick your own from this large group or Leslie will pick one for you (just type your beach collage sheet choice into the comments section when you check out). That sheet at right is the Beachy Postage & Words Collage Sheet… just one of 47 to choose from! (And one used by Caroline in her artwork today!)


Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay used the Mermaids Kit to create an ethereal Mermaid Faux Stained Glass Window.

This piece was inspired by the absolutely amazing Sea Glass Sets now available at Alpha Stamps. I used a bit from each color set; Blue and White, Green and Yellow, and Red and Brown.

Chipboard bits are one of my favorite things to work with and these were sea-themed (as you know anything ocean related is one of my favorite things to create with). The gold piece is the Large Coral Die-Cut Chipboard. The green bit is the Seaweed Stem Die-Cut Chipboard, and the blue pieces are from the Small Coral Die-Cut Chipboard Set. I painted them using Lumiere PaintsMetallic Gold, Pearl Blue and Halo Blue Gold.

The finishing touch, that I just couldn’t resist, is the Large Bronze Mermaid Pendant Charm.

If you haven’t ever used the Lumiere Paints, you really should give them a try. Gorgeous metallic paint that spreads smoothly and stays flexible. Lumiere’s are a perfect choice for fabric and leather, but also stunning on surfaces like paper, photos, wood, shrink plastic and even Styrofoam. The high pigmentation provides excellent coverage, even on dark backgrounds. Can’t decide on a color to try out? Then try out the Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint – Exciter Pack — it has NINE tubes to try out! Including my most favorite of all Lumiere Paints ever – Halo Pink Gold!

For your consideration is the Mermaid Faux Stained Glass Window supply list. Plan on visiting Caroline’s blog to learn about the techniques she used to create the rest of the Mermaid Faux Stained Glass Window.


Hooray for the Sand, Shells & Sea Giveaway!

I started with these goodies from Caroline’s Mermaid Faux Stained Glass Window (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this list):
– Sea Glass – Red & Brown (a whole bag… not just the few shown!)
– Large Bronze Mermaid Pendant Charms
– 1/2 Inch Bronze Starfish Charms
– Antique Brass Conch Shell Charm
– Bronze Octopus Charms
– Vintage Mermaids Collage Sheet
– Caribbean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet
– Cheetah Shell Mix (a whole bag… not just the few shown!)
– Summer Sea Silk Ribbon Set

Then these NEW items:
DIY Kraft Mini Envelopes Set
Wood ATC Box with Slide Lid

And a couple more beachy things:
Coarse Sand in Glass Bottles
Iridescent Rainbow Spheres in Tube

And finally, ALL of the items just put on Clearance:
Dimensional Mini Seashells (this one is shown in the main photo… the others shown at right)
30mm Black Sewing Buttons
Lightweight Gold Box Clasp Set
Gift Box Charm – Corner Loop
Baby Rattle Charm
Bird Nest Charm – Antique Silver
Ornate Curved Floral Brass Filigree

To enter the Sand, Shells & Sea 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, June 19, 2015)! AND tell me what you’d make with this group of items!

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 Starry Giveaway? That would be Helen! (And she commented: “I love the clown valentine collage sheet. Many clown items have an ‘ick’ factor to me, but these are so adorable!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, June 18th, 2015

56 responses to “New Shiny Things & Boxes. And Summer Beach Sale ENDS TONIGHT”

  1. Lisa R. says:

    Huh… Beautiful giveaway! 😊

  2. these items are awesome I would made a 3d collage with them

  3. Roxanne says:

    I would use the items to decorate the edge all around an old mirror I have…would make a great re-purposed gift…I like to mold in sand from our beaches here, which makes the edge fun like the beach.

  4. KIM says:

    I used to enjoy finding beach glass on the beaches of Puget Sound.
    I would make a shadow box to remind me of those times.
    Add a mermaid ,I think I might have seen one once 🙂

  5. Helen says:

    I will decorate a shadowbox that I already have just waiting for some love, and this is it! I will also decorate the ATC box and use it to hold the mini envelopes and other little things. Thank you for the chance to win!

  6. Birgit says:

    What lovely goodies! I would either make a mermaid-themed canvas or shadowbox! 🙂

    Happy crafting,

  7. Dana Desmond says:

    It would definitely be something for my bathroom. I’m moving my craft space and it has an attached bathroom. I plan to do the room in an ocean fantasy theme. This would be perfect for that.

  8. Ina Good says:

    I would make a diorama of sealife as a mermaid with them

  9. Daylan says:

    Mermaids forever! Thank you for another opportunity!

  10. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love the beach theme, so much fun!

  11. Lana says:

    This giveaway is swimmingly delightful!

  12. Kim R says:

    I would make an underwater sea fantasy.

  13. Marilyn H says:

    I’d make an “under the sea” shadowbox.

  14. Lori D. says:

    I would love to make a shrine to mermaids!

  15. Carolyn says:

    Summer is here and you have the perfect items to craft a fun project with an ocean sea theme. I’d make the box with the sliding lid if I am so fortunate to win the giveaway.

  16. Terry says:

    I am intrigued by combining objects that may seem to be unrelated into unique jewelry. I am sure I could make an interesting one-of-a-kind piece.

  17. Jackie Neal says:

    Oh How I love mermaids and everything beachy!! I would make a fine beach flavored shrine for a mermaid to relax upon!

  18. Jen R says:

    A cute beach themed shadow box.

  19. Jean Marmo says:

    Loving that seaweed die cut and the mermaid!

  20. Mariann H. says:

    Lovely collection! I would make an exotic travels diorama box!!

  21. ginette says:

    Don’t know what I could make of it. But it make me dream of the beach derriere in the sans and feet in the water. Ha…

  22. Mary Helene says:

    Just love all the beautiful miniatures with this collection

  23. Nancy Lorenz says:

    Oh my! I have to say I studied everything for a while before coming up with an answer! I usually try and fit as many pieces as can fit artistically into a project without making it over whelming!!! Then it hit! I have tons of chipboard boxes that are the right size for a decent collage/shadow box (10×10) and I’d take The wooden ATC box and paint and attach it somewhere in the bigger box. I’d tile the beautiful sea glass as the background with one of the vintage mermaid pictures. I would add in several of the other items coordinating them to look nice. I’d probably order the Lumiere paints and go to town covering what needed to be covered!!! That’s what’s thought, but I’ll either have to win the gift or try and purchase some to do it!!!!☺️☺️☺️

  24. MaggieM says:

    I would make a large mixed media canvas themed “under the sea” if I were to win. I love everything beach and sea! Great giveaway!!

  25. angelic says:

    I like the mermaids, so I would make a under the sea shadow box.

  26. Sharon McDonagh says:

    I would make a shadow box, to go with my already completed mermaid collages. And I have a HUGE collection of ATCs…would love to go through and house all the mermaid/sea related ones into their own special ATC box!

  27. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    I would make an altered altoid box! Wonderful giveaway!

  28. Laura says:

    I’m not sure what I would make, so many fun ideas come to mind when I look at this! I love it all!

  29. susan salyer says:

    Beautiful work Caroline. I love all the lovely mermaid goodies as you know and love your art. I would make a shadow box. yes.a shadow box.

  30. Megan Warren says:

    I’m in love with this project, I think I would have to try and recreate the project that Caroline created. If not I have several shells that have meaning for me and I’d love to include them in a similar display.

  31. Lou Anne H. says:

    I love the use of beach glass! I’d make a shadowbox full of mermaids and beautiful sea items.

  32. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    It’s off to the sea I go, looking for mermaids.

  33. orianna says:

    I’d use these supplies to make a mosaic design on a flower vase.

  34. barbara macaskill says:

    I think I would use these items to decorate a printer’s tray that I have had for a while waiting for just the right pieces to use! These would be perfect for it! TFS!

  35. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would make a mermaid theme mini shadow box

  36. Carrie J says:

    a mixed media fishbowl diorama!

  37. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Lots of beach where I live in New Mexico, but no ocean…and I miss it. Need a seaside fix if only with art supplies!

  38. Dawn says:

    What a fun giveaway. I would make a shadow box for mermaids and other sea life.

  39. Jennie says:

    I would be all over making a mermaid shrine. Or a mermaid themed altered paint stick…. So all over that!

  40. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make a faux stained glass window but change it up a bit from Caroline’s. I live on lake superior and find lot’s of lake glass. This is a perfect project.

  41. M.E. says:

    All the creations from the Mermaids theme you’ve chosen this time just keep getting better and better! If I were to win the giveaway, I’d use everything to make a mermaid-themed mini album for a fun summer project this year. I’m sighing just thinking about it!

  42. Sokat says:

    I need a summer themed wreath for my front door. Looks like this has the fixings…

  43. julie m says:

    sand, shells and sea bring back memories of my first real vacation. would have to make a canvas to remind me what fun i had.

  44. cathy smith says:

    Id make a necklace with the sea glass and add pendants of the mermaids. Kind of a seaweed looking thing with the ribbon woven in.

  45. Tammy says:

    I would add them to a beach curio box I have started. Love it!!

  46. Lisa Mills says:

    I would use that rattle on the baby book I am making for my Grandson. The rest of the stuff I would use in a scrapbook of our trips to Florida. Also I would make a beachy shrine.

  47. Emily N says:

    Great stuff!! I’d make a mermaid diorama.

  48. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love all the stuff. I would make a mermaid shadow box.

  49. Barb says:

    I am really into the collage boxes with separate windows or you can use them like a piece of the puzzle which would create quite a nice wallhanging.

  50. Luanne says:

    The baby charms I need for a baby shower.

  51. Beth Williams says:

    This actually makes me homesick. Born & raised in Miami. For way too many years,the ocean has been far,far away. thank you for a chance to win this delightful kit.

  52. Sara H. says:

    I would like to make an altered tin or a shadow box. I’ve never tried a shadow box, but these would be fun to try with!

  53. yvette leblanc says:

    A beach shadow box! Love it

  54. Jen says:

    A pretty reliquery for my bedroom.

  55. LeAnn says:

    I would use the ribbon and charms to make jewelry. The collage sheets would make beautiful cards.

  56. Karen Mallory says:

    Such a fun, sunny giveaway. I would probably decorate a cigar box!!