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What? 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through FRIDAY night (April 21, 2017) shipping will cost only $2.95 for orders over $50! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100! (Both prices for orders only in the USA.)

Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TOMORROW night: Retro Cocktails & Dingbats Chipboard Set! In honor of Design Team Member Shannon Cooper's Bitty Book of Booze I created this little set of icons sized for decorating ATCs.

ALL ORDERS through Monday, April 17th (2017) will receive one of these chipboard sets FREE!

Also continuing from Thursday: ALL Dollhouse Miniatures Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 60 sheets! The sale ends MONDAY (tomorrow) night, April 17th at midnight PST (April 17, 2017). View them all! See below for a few more highlights!

What a treat today! We have artwork (a flurry of artwork!) from Guest Designer Tristan Robin Blakeman AND we have a technique tutorial by Teri Calia!!

As you can see, Teri not only played with new products (thankfully, one of her favorite tasks) but the resulting frames are beautiful! Starting with the oval frame shown at right:

This weekend I was lucky enough to score several new products to try. First up was the new Finnabair Art Extravagance Patina Effect Paste Set. This set is magical! I was a little skeptical when I saw the color of the pastes as I pulled them from the box, but, as I worked with them I was quickly won over.

I applied the Brass paste, with a paint brush, to completely cover the frame. Next I opened up the jar of Blue paste and thought to myself, jeeze, that looks kinda fluorescent… but brushing it lightly over the Brass paste created an instant verdigris patina!

So when I opened up the jar of Mint-Green, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. The Mint-Green is the thickest paste in the kit and it really adds a sort of crusty-ness to the frame… the more layers you apply the more the piece seems to age right before your eyes!

Moving onto the rectangular frame:

I’ve been dying to try the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Black Ash so decided to cover the whole frame with it. OMG! This stuff is like soft butter! It goes on so smooth and covers like a dream.

To accent the details on my frame I used the new Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance – Red Amber and Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Aged Brass. These waxes are soft, creamy, smell good and are easily applied with a tiny brush for detail work. They cover very well too, as you can see, since I used them right over the Black Ash.

Learn more about both frame projects on Teri’s blog post and see below for more of the new Finnabair products (and a chance to win some in today’s Giveaway)!


Wow! What did I say about a flurry of artwork from Tristan?! He was obviously inspired by the colors and graphics in the Midnight Masquerade collection (and I love that paper line, too).

When Leslie contacted me about doing a special project for the new Graphic45 paper line Midnight Masquerade, I jumped at the chance — I love the colors in this paper collection, and the nostalgic 1930’s images appealed to my sense of nostalgia and romance. I also knew nothing could give me the permission to indulge my love of over-embellishment like a masquerade! I decided to make a series of photo/memory albums of different styles and sizes.

Note: jumping ahead here… but see beautiful photos of all of these albums in Tristan’s blog post.

My final album for this series is a book which was designed for the new Deep Rectangle Matchbook Box and Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album. I knew all the embellishment and decoration had to be on the outside of the rectangular box, and almost everything inside the box would have to be flat, as there was no extra “real estate” to allow expansion — if the album got much thicker than it already is, it simply wouldn’t fit back into its box. So, this was challenging — and a lot of fun!

I started the Matchbook Box by painting all the corners with Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint – True Gold — oh, I love this paint! I then covered the top with rhinestone mesh so that the entire surface was a sea of sparkle! Sweeper Fringe was then run around the window opening of the box. Check out the different color combinations available — gorgeous! I used some silver glitter on white feathers and filled a 2 Inch Glass Bottle with seed beads and specialty beads in the same colors as the paper collection. A lot of paper flowers were used and really help to give an extravagant vision. Finally, I used a mask from the Mask Set – ATC Size, outlined the basic areas and free-handed a few decorative spots with gold Cerne Relief, and painted with two colors of Fantasy and Moon paints.

My blog shows photos of each of the pages in the tag album. They are all constructed the same way (the album is already constructed). Every other page has a pocket and in one pocket there is a white tag. I chose not to add any paper to the tag, so that any additional depth would be made with photos installed in the album. I chose to use a black tag on the opposite side of the page, which had been left empty by the company. I have used some flowers for decoration, but all very flat, and not adding depth.

Hooray for the Best of This & That Giveaway!

My favorite kind of Giveaway… just wandering around picking out what looks good together from the supplies in today’s projects…

Starting with the new Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album: A sturdy and well-made album with 18 ivory cardstock pages (12 cardstock pages plus 6 double-sided peek-a-boo pocket pages (the pages with pockets (shown with tags) are double-sided so can also hold ephemera or photos). Also includes 6 ivory cardstock tags with metal grommets.

Next, Relics & Artifacts Rhinestone Chains – Amethyst (Did you notice that both Teri and Tristan used these rhinestone sets?)

New Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Rich Copper. Nice! Some warm color to offset the purple and blue in the rhinestones and ephemera cards.

How about a set of Midnight Masquerade Ephemera Cards? That will give you a headstart to decorate the tag album (with 32 cards)

AND finally: a Mask Set – ATC Size… I love how dimensional they look with the outlining and painting by Tristan.

To enter the Best of This & That 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, April 17, 2017)!

AND tell me: What plans do you have for the goodies in this Giveaway package?

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 Drinks for Hot Romance Giveaway from last Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nancy Olsen! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, April 16th, 2017

45 responses to “New Finnabair, Free Gift & Shipping Sale!”

  1. NGB48 says:

    I am always inspired by this page…..I want EVERYTHING!! 🙂

  2. Kim R says:

    Oooh! Beautiful inspiring kit! I would make a magical glitzy steampunk book!

  3. Deanne says:

    I’d make a bright and shiny celebration of spring. Love everything here.

  4. Gail says:

    I have been waiting for this kind of product. My head is spinning with great ideas for new projects.Finnabair is incredible!

  5. Gilda McCain says:

    Your album is awesome. What a fantastic prize. I would love to make an album – not sure of the theme. Thanks for a chance to win.

  6. Nadine says:

    Definitely would like to give some things the metallique touch!

  7. Peggy Dolan says:

    Wow to those albums! Tristan always inspires me:) I would love to try those pastes too. I have some frames that would work well with Teri’s technique. I am not sure what I would do but I have wanted to do an album for quite awhile. Love the one in the giveaway and would love to win this neat stuff!

  8. Amelia Verlin says:

    How inspiring. Will make with my elderly residents. I’m a program Director at The Atrium an assisted living in Boca Raton

  9. Jean Marmo says:

    Loving the Best of This and That!! What fun. A gorgeous album – perfect for the photos of my new granddaughter!

  10. barbj says:

    there are so many awesome things… but especially changing a frame of a picture with the different colors or antiquing them would be good too!!

  11. Maria B says:

    I would like to try the copper wax to decorate some of the chipboard images. I’d also like to try painting with it.

  12. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the album and the fun mask set! Not sure of a specific project yet, but I know I’d use the masks on ATCs!

  13. Barb macaskill says:

    This all white Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album is screaming to be covered with lots of beautiful Prima/Finnabair waxes and jewels! Then it wants to have some beautiful stenciling added to give it depth and texture!
    After that, lots of fussy cut images from a variety of G45 collections to be layered with some of Prima’s stunning flowers! Some beeswax would be melted over the top of some of the fussy cut images and flowers to give additional shine. On some of the petal edges would be some Ebony Ice and Diamond Ice glitter to put some sparkle into the mix!
    As we all know, as we are creating, sometimes we have to steer of course because a great idea pops into our minds and we have to answer that call. Due to that, the finished project will probably have lots of other things added to the list.
    The inside is a whole other project that is going to be fun to hear what it wants to look like if I am the lucky winner of this fabulous giveaway!
    My email is: just in case you want to send me the coveted winner’s email! 🤞 🤞 Happy Easter! Hope you have an eggs-Ellen day with family and friends!

  14. Ronda Liebert says:

    Yowza! love to win this. I want to make a beautiful album if I win.

  15. Omg I love love love Finnabair and her products I would make a canvas with these item if I win thank you so much

  16. Jennifer Bumb says:

    I would create the album with the gorgeous Masquerade paper adorned with the beautiful Finnabair waxes. Love the combinations.

  17. Lou Anne says:

    The Finnabair waxes look like they’d be fun to work with. I’d make an album with a mermaid masquerade theme.

  18. Nancy Olsen says:

    Would use to create a display album for treasured ATCs.

  19. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    There are so many ideas spinning around in my head. I think I would lay everything out on my craft table and just study all the components for a while before deciding on a final project. I would so love to win this wonderful prize.

  20. Kat Cashwell says:

    Would love to try those waxes ! Would love to make Halloween project!!

  21. Luanne Shoup says:

    Have a party! do want to try the waxes, so many possibilities!

  22. Jo says:

    I would like to try the waxes too! They look like fun!

  23. Jan K says:

    It’s a really Beautiful set and will be so much fun making something amazing with it! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Jen R says:

    Well this would make a lovely little Night of Magic book with Marie Antoinette tones…. Hmmmm More possibilities are bouncing around…

  25. Janet Van says:

    I’m thinking a Mother’s Day card for my mom, to accompany a theater-based gift she’s getting.

  26. Nancy E says:

    Love the Finnabair waxes. Haven’t had the opportunity to try them.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! I love it all. If you win a cardstock album, of course you have to decorate it to the nines with all the things in the giveaway. I love making mini albums and always include lots of pockets so I can use them to store all sorts of pictures, bits of papers, memory things the grandies make. Fun, fun stuff!!

  28. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I might make an herbal with the book! Including botanical prints and bits of witchy herb lore.

  29. Megan Warren says:

    What a great giveaway. I could do so much with that copper paste, it’s my favorite metallic, and pair it with masks and a book. I have so many art scraps that need a home and that would be the perfect place. I have so many other pieces that need a little something and that wax is just the thing.

  30. Karen adams says:

    Would make a beautiful album for a gift and I love Finnabair products so that would be great to win!

  31. Mary Mac says:

    I just love the masquerade album

  32. Traci says:

    Happy Easter!! Would love to give the Metallique wax a try. I haven’t used it before but looks like something fun to work with. >^..^<

  33. KIM says:

    What a great giveaway .
    Took a break from crafting after Christmas .
    Ready to start up again.
    This would be fantastic to win.
    Thanks for the chance Alpha Stamps

  34. Kim Lucak says:

    The waxes look fun to use and love the masks!!

  35. Michelle says:

    I would love to try Metallic wax. Not sure what I would make until everything is in front of me, inspiration usually comes as I am working. Thank you for the chance to win.

  36. I love everything Marie Antoinette. I would do something with that.

  37. Rebecca says:

    Your giveaways are so awesome! Thank you so much for being so wonderful! I plan to make a fairy masquarade ball display! Thank you!

  38. Arminta says:

    I would love to create an extravagant ATC album.

  39. Carol Slowik says:

    Would love to try out the wax! Not sure what I would make yet with the giveaway but thank you for the chance to win!!!

  40. Lisa R. says:

    Hello Alpha Stampers!! I think I would take all these goodies and make an album ( of course), I have the 12×12 set of Midnight Masquerade so this would be wonderful to win!!

  41. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I just might have to make my own album.

  42. LeAnn says:

    I would like to try making a fantasy album or canvas. The wax looks fun!

  43. K Toews says:

    I would make a vintage photo album with a little something extra in the pockets and behind the photos.

  44. Kee Ostler says:

    So many ideas….I think that I would make a new vintagey, punky quote book. I have really wanted to try playing with the wax too…Thanks for the chance!

  45. Leah Fein says:

    I would use that metallic wax on EVERYTHING!