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From Grimm to Valentine’s Day — and TWO New Sales!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Betsy Skagen, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Valentine's Day

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What’s New Today? Metal Minis and Valentine’s Day!

We aren’t terribly pink and frilly over here, but there are some new things that work beautifully for Valentine’s Day (and also for projects year round): like… A new Valentine Packages Collage Sheet by Betsy Skagen that she used in an adorable Sorting Valentines at the Postal Station project (using a Millinery Cabinet for the sorting table). Check out her blog post for more info.

AND… there are lots of new cast metal miniatures today, and an idea for painting one pink is shown below (it may be hard to see but there are 2 tiny overlapping hearts on the front of that box). Easy peasy to spray paint them before decorating! More info below on all the new minis and: I just put that entire section on sale at 25% off! The cast metal minis sale ends Monday night, January 16th.


Another New Sale: Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets

ALL Valentines & Romance Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! The sale ends Wednesday night, January 25th! Extra time in case you’re a bit late getting starting on Valentine’s Day projects!

Hey, that includes the new Valentine Packages Collage Sheet! Plus those cute Valentines on Betsy’s sorting table (photo above) are from the Tiny Little Valentines Collage Sheet — part of the sale! Go see ’em allover 40 to choose from!

The Mirror Cracked… Or Something Like That

Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has made a dark (yet fun) project about the Evil Queen’s Mirror (using a few bits and bobs from the Snow White Kit… see the Giveaway below for a more complete list of supplies AND and chance to win them). Check the Giveaway, too, as there’s another pretty picture of the inside of the tin.

As Bella says in her blog post:

The Evil Queen is getting along in years, and with it brings her paranoia that she’s losing her looks. Constantly nagging the Mirror day after day to tell her who is the fairest in the land really started to grate on the Mirror’s last nerve.

It was just too much, and to buy itself some peace, the mirror told the old bat that it was Snow White, and then burst itself into a million different pieces to get some long deserved relief.

I love all the dark, brooding colors (offset by the mica flakes). A little alcohol ink goes a long way and gives the Round Frame with Dragons a mysterious (and definitely not simple chipboard) appearance. And the red apples mixed into the bouquet are a nice “poison apple” touch. See below for more details on supplies and/or check out Bella’s blog for more photos.


Hooray for The Mirror Cracked Giveaway!

Yay! ALL of these items from Bella’s Supply List:
– Evil Queens Collage Sheet
Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet
Blank Altoids Tin
Round Frame with Dragons
Altoids Dragons Insert
Red Apples – 1:12 Scale
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
Alcohol Inks – Pitch Black

To enter The Mirror Cracked 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, MONDAY, January 16, 2017)! And tell me: What will you make with all of the prize items? A similar dark and moody tin like Bella’s?

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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Pretty Trims for Fierce Snow White Giveaway? That would be Elizabeth H! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, January 15th, 2017

37 responses to “From Grimm to Valentine’s Day — and TWO New Sales!”

  1. Barb A says:

    Love the Mirror Cracked…would be a fun project, think I would use some of the giveaway to make some ATCS in addition to this project.

  2. Nadine says:

    Love the Cracked Mirror theme, I’ll make it mine!

  3. jo says:

    i would love to play around with this kit and make something snow white themed!

  4. Kim R says:

    Love the cracked mirror with the poisoned apple.Muhahaha!

  5. Jen R says:

    I think I would make a haunted mirror.

  6. Debra Gibson says:

    This is going to be a fun project! I think some dark fairy’s would compliment this very nicely! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  7. Jennie Ingram says:

    Oooh, I’d love to do something like a Lady of Shalott theme!

  8. JAN says:

    I would make something wicked.

  9. Nancy Olsen says:

    I want to make a series of dragon lairs using the round frame dragon inserts.

  10. Kat Cashwell says:

    I would make a Halloween theme grim box!!

  11. Traci says:

    Really cute postal station. For the giveaway I would do a evil queen tin also. Disney queen are my favorite villains. >^..^<

  12. barb macaskill says:

    I am still stuck on Krampus and think that the Evil Queen would be a good match for him! I would go with the cracked mirror theme but when the Evil Queen looks into the mirror she sees Krampus and he is beckoning to her. Maybe all she needs to come to the other side is some love! Highly unlikely but possible I guess!
    macaskillbarbara @ yahoo .com

  13. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I’m still hung up on the dragon so I think I might do a damsel in distress.

  14. i love this I would love to alter an Altoid tin with these items thanks for the chance!

  15. Jean Marshall says:

    “The Mirror Cracked” combo would be fun as an accordian book I think.

  16. Lou Anne says:

    This is another fun giveaway! I’d like to make a moody altoids tin like Bella’s but I’m sure there would be other projects that would come to mind.

  17. Mary Mac says:

    I would like to do something along Hocus Pocus movie with Bette Midler

  18. Jennifer J says:

    Such a cool project. Not sure what I would make but probably a little lighter feel

  19. Daylan says:

    Some of it would be a tin, but a lot would go into a fairy tale tree and stationary. Love fairy tales! Please keep them comin’!

  20. Blake Maria says:

    I think it would be fun to make a tin.

  21. Deanne says:

    I’d do something dark and evil:
    Cracked mirrors=bad luck

  22. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make the wicked queens poison and spell Box. The cracked mirror would have the princess in it to how the queens evil intentions.

  23. Janet T says:

    I’ve just started using altoid tins in projects. I love the dark fairy tale theme.

  24. Marilyn lLynsk y says:

    Make a “let it go” box

  25. Nancy E says:

    I think I’d channel my inner Snow White!

  26. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway! I like the dark side so I would make something evil!

  27. Carla says:

    I think I would do a Halloween theme with some steampunk

  28. Those apples are to die for.. lol What a wickedly fun pack of goodies.. I’d love to cast a spell over an Altoids tin with this.

  29. Kay W says:

    I love the idea of a cracked mirror theme.

  30. Jean Marmo says:

    So very cool! Love these tin projects!!

  31. Jessica says:

    Yes, I’d want to do the dark mirror project.

  32. Liz T says:

    I’ll do a Lady of Shalott themed one.

  33. Ina Good says:

    I have a faairytale pocket letter to do and a tin fora gift w fairytale shet would be perfect

  34. Randi scholl says:

    Best give away ever. Definitely a Lady of Shalott theme.
    “She looked down to Camelot
    Out flew the web and opened wide
    The mirror cracked from side to side
    The curse has come up in me cried
    The Lady of Shalott”
    Anyone for Tennyson?
    Sorry. Always an English major

  35. Margaret D says:

    I love this Snow White theme! I have a BIG Mason jar FULL of Mica and when I saw how Bella had used it I had to happy dance a little lol! Love those little apples too. I would do something like this I think but it would be a lot of fun to put this all in a little theater too. I think inhave a basic theater somewhere in my stash but would love to have one with more scope for the imagination. I am really leaning toward Snow White and theater right now.

  36. Lisa R. says:

    So talented Bella! This is wonderful, and yes, I would try to replicate Bella’s masterpiece but with my own flair. Thanks again AS for another awesome giveaway! Happy paper crafting!!

  37. Lou Conaway says:

    So many places to go with The Cracked Mirror and the fantastic giveaway. I think with the lovely dark collage sheets and the rest of the giveaway seems to beg for a dark and atmospheric piece. Fine choice of art for the blog.