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A Goth Mermaid to a Steampunk Cat… & New Free Gift

Filed under Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Steamtown House

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Wow! What an action-packed newsletter today!

There is artwork in 3 (very) different styles, plus new goodies from silly to … well, they’re pretty much all silly today.

And there’s a FLASH sale AND a new FREE gift with all orders!

Time to get started!

More mermaids! Yes, it is the theme this month, and Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has created 2 mermaid sisters!

I have been enjoying the Articulated Mermaid Paper Dolls lately, especially when I am feeling creative but am too busy for any quality crafting time. The first doll is Ariel during her Goth stage. She was such a rebel in her youth!

Very unlike her sister, of course. [See wide photo below.]

The placement of the arms can change the appearance of the dolls. Ariel’s arms are almost guarding whereas her sister’s seem to be open and loving.

I’ve another hour before we head to the beach. Maybe there’s time for one last mermaid doll…

I’m going to jump in here and explain a few things Shannon used AND everything I’m listing is also included in today’s Giveaway!

Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll (both dolls)
Saucy Witches Collage Sheet (Ariel face)
Mermaid Tails & Tentacles Collage Sheet (Ariel’s sister’s face)
Victorian Bats Collage Sheet (Ariel’s skirt)
Tulle Netting – 6 Inch Wide – Black (Ariel’s skirt, too)
Heavy Double-Sided Crepe Paper – Fuchsia Maroon Red (Ariel’s sister’s skirt)
Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet (Ariel’s ouija board)
Small Rose Buds – Pink-Red-Purple (Ariel’s sister is holding them)
Micro Rounds Brads – Antique Gold, Copper & Pewter (both dolls)

See more photos in Shannon’s blog post. And don’t forget to scroll down to enter the Giveaway, with everything listed above from Shannon’s supplies!


Aw… what a sweet little play set, hidden away in what looks to be a book, by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. Great for a gift (or surprising a small child when you pull it down from a bookshelf).

I enjoyed using the (ATC size) Hidden Drawer Book Box in my The Little Book of Men project so much that I asked Leslie (Queen of AS) if I could have another one just for fun.  I got a brightly colored paper pack and was inspired to do a Spring Garden theme. An image from the Women and Flowers collage sheet was the perfect size and had all the right colors for the cover of the book.

I used some Leafy Green Underbrush for a grassy lawn, and a stick from my yard for a tree. Some tiny leaves from some Miniature Coiled Leaf Stems were glued onto the branch with a little dab of hot glue. The bunting and the birdhouse were cut from the paper that was featured on the sides of the secret drawer, and the pennants in the bunting were attached to the back with dimensional glue dots to give them some depth.

I thought this would be a great playset, so the rabbit and the peg doll are removable.

Now you can take a little garden with you wherever you go!

See more photos in Kristin’s blog post. And check out Kristin’s supply list).

Oh! I was inspired by Kristin’s artwork and I’ve put ALL 5 sizes/styles of Hidden Drawer Book Boxes on sale at 25% off! Sale ends TOMORROW night, Friday, June 16th!

I promised a steampunk cat… and there she is (over at far left)! Plus a loverly cello, too! (And a music stand hiding over there at top left… all made from bits and bobs and included in Laura’s tutorial!)

Yes! It’s finally here! Laura has released the first of many posts (this summer will be filled with steampunk fun!): Steamtown: Steampunk Miniatures. BONUS: Laura is offering a FREE Watch Parts Collage Sheet, too!

Hooray for the Goth Mermaid Giveaway!

Yep, I’ve already spilled the beans on what is in the Giveaway (see the info on all NINE items up by Ariel’s pic).

BUT… I haven’t told you yet what is the New FREE GIFT (free with All Orders through Monday, June 19th)!

Voyage Beneath the Sea FREE Gift Kit!
All summery in blues and greens, and with a striking orange contrast. Yes, the kit these papers were in last summer has sold out (just this week) but I have a few sheets of some of the papers left (and some coordinating ribbons, AND a charm, too).

It includes a 4×6″ snip of the 4 remaining papers from the collection PLUS the pretty Voyage Beneath the Sea – Steampunk Splash Paper shown at right (sorry, I just took all the remaining sheets!) That size cut is an ample size for a background of an ATC (or 2) from each of those 5 mini sheets.

And it includes a custom mix of silky ribbons & furry fibers (my choice) from the backstock for the Summer Sea Silk Ribbon and The Sea Fiber Sets. (Note: both of those sets are also on sale!)

And an Antique Pewter Starfish Charm!

FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 19th! (And one is included in the Giveaway, too!)

To enter the Goth Mermaid 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 16, 2017)!

And tell me: Goth mermaid? Sweet sister mermaid? Some other variety of sister or mermaid? What will you make?

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 Master Detective with Extras Giveaway? That would be Jennifer Bumb! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, June 15th, 2017

41 responses to “A Goth Mermaid to a Steampunk Cat… & New Free Gift”

  1. Well since I love goth and steampunk so much that is what I would make with these mermaids. Thanks

  2. Jessica says:

    I’d make a magical mermaid for my best friend.

  3. Sandi says:

    I would totally make a circus mermaid!

  4. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Gosh, this is the best. I love mermaids and steampunk. The combination is so awesome.

  5. Jo says:

    I love all of this! The mermaid is awesome- did not expect the tail till I scrolled down – what a cool idea! Love the hidden drawer boxes! The steampunk cat is so cool!! So many great ideas!!

  6. Very good idea. Not sure what kind of mermaid I will make.

  7. Traci says:

    Not a mermaid fan but a huge cat lover- I love the steampunk cat-too cool. >^..^<

  8. Jamie says:

    Love love love this! My best friend is a mermaid and I’d love to make something for her with this!

  9. Barb macaskill says:

    I think I would go with a 60’s sister and an 80’s sister! 60’s would be poodle skirts and bobby socks while the 80’s sister would have big and colorful hair and dressed like ONJ in Grease! TFS!

  10. Barb macaskill says:

    I think I would have a 60’s sister with poodle skirt and cardigan sweater while the other sister would be an 80’s fan with big, colorful hair and dressed like ONJ after her makeover in Grease! TFS!

  11. Abbee says:

    I would make one of the Goth mermaids..What an inspiration!

  12. Jennie Ingram says:

    Steampunk mermaid!

  13. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Maybe a Summer of Love mermaid… I’m in the Bay Area so that makes sense.

  14. Kat Cashwell says:

    I would do a steampunk mermaid! I really love the steampunk cat!!!

  15. Kim R says:

    I love combining goth and steampunk…perfect mix! So I would make an evil steampunk queen of the sea mermaid!

  16. Jan K says:

    I would love to make a steampunk cat mermaid! This is an awesome giveaway!!

  17. Michelle says:

    Love it. I love the cat.

  18. Lou Anne says:

    I love the goth mermaid and the steampunk cat is fabulous!

  19. Randi says:

    My mermaids would be the evil kind that lure unwary sailors to their watery graves.

  20. June Vaughan says:

    I want to make a mermaid for my summer party for each one of my guests!!

  21. Barb A says:

    Not normally a mermaid person but these are fabulous!! Love steampunk, the cat is absolutely wonderful, can’t imagine how long he took to make!

  22. Marcia Kaiser says:

    I would love to make this Mermaid with my 8 year old Granddaughter! She would love to help me!

  23. Jean Marmo says:

    Another creative project! I think a sweet sister mermaid would be fun!

  24. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Mermaid and Steampunk together. What could be more perfect.

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    Definitely Steampunk mermaid!!!

  26. Mary Mac says:

    The two best combinations so I would have to make a steampunk mermaid.

  27. Nadine says:

    I think I’ll try a steampunk scene!

  28. Jen R says:

    Goth mermaid all the way!

  29. Carla says:

    Love the mermaids!

  30. Kimberly says:

    Goth mermaid Definitely!

  31. Barbj says:

    gothic mermaid absolutely!!!!!!

  32. Heather Cook says:

    I think a combination of the steampunk cat and got mermaid would be fun. Maybe a steampunk mermaid, or a goth cat mermaid? LOL

  33. Kitty T says:

    Goth mermaid. Absolutely!

  34. Margaret D says:

    These are so much fun! Love all the offerings and especially the Goth mermaid. And the little ATC book idea is great. I am seeing Christmas scenes or Halloween. It is sweet. Great giveaway!

  35. Joan Allard says:

    Goth mermaid. Definitely.

  36. Carol Slowik says:

    Although I love Ariel, I believe I would have to create her sister. I love the bright colors for summer!

  37. Sharon Bolmey says:

    I’d like to make a mermaid with sparkly golden hair who collects sea shells and has a pet lobster. Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. Roxanne says:

    so sweet! I would make a Bride mermaid. My daughter is getting married, so I’d probably make the whole bridal party! I wonder…are there male mermaids out there-I know there’s a digi sheet at Alpha for them…yes, that would work! TFS! and the chance to win! 🙂

  39. Toews, Kathy says:

    How about a 1950’s merMAN?

  40. Diana bittaker says:

    Oh I so do love mermaids! I would do a circus themed mermaid!