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Altered Tins & Dresden SALE

Filed under Altered Tins, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Featured Artwork, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Valentine's Day

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What? Altered tins?! And Dresden? (Yes, some even using both!)

When I think of altered tins (of course), I think of that fabulous and hard-working Design Team Member Kristin Batsel. She makes an amazing array of tins. Beside that cute new one (below at right), I thought these past ones (in styles from circus to Halloween to… randomly odd?) would be a good intro to her altered tin projects AND some encouragement to grab a tiny tin and make something creative.


The Small Madonna Shrine is beautiful and pretty simple: start with a Small Hinged Tin (Kristin probably recycle a “real” mints tin, but this size is pretty close), add some round filigree at the top (and bottom) of the tin, some rosary chain around the outside, and a focal image and you’re basically done. It also includes a Gold Dresden Halo… which is a good tie-in to today’s new sale: ALL Color Dresden!

We had the gold/metallic Dresden trims on sale a few weeks ago, but with the new white and pink wings being announced today (and who knows… Valentine’s Day and Easter projects coming) I just put all the color (and white) Dresden trims on sale at 25% off! The sale will continue through Monday night, January 29th, but some are in limited quantities so catch ’em quick!

Note: you can read more about Kristin’s shrine on her blog. And check the Giveaway below for lots of Dresden & tins you can win!

NEW Acrylic Heart Mix FREE Gift Kit!

Wow. We have a new free gift with all orders starting today that is sooo PINK (and red).

There are tiny heart charms (with a brass loop — and on sale), mixed color matte hearts (on sale), flat-back hearts in multiple shades of pink (and red) — some are faceted and some are flat. But everything is acrylic (and heart shaped).

ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 25 ‒ 29 (2018) will receive one of these Acrylic Heart Mix Gift Kits FREE! (A baggie with about the quantity as is shown in my hand.)

Hooray for the Very Pink Giveaway!

What? I didn’t even talk about the new papers! At right is a photo from the new Old World 8×8 Paper Stack — a HUGE stack, and I’m including half of one in today’s Giveaway! (That’s still 24 sheets!)

Take a deep breath: here are more goodies in the Giveaway:
Small Hinged Tin (from Kristin’s Madonna shrine)
– A larger Blank Altoids Tin (used in Kristin’s Halloween tin shown above)
All 3 of the new miniature cakes
Sheet of Pink Dresden Wings (new & part of the Dresden sale)
New 8mm Round Swirl Beads – Mixed Colors
Gold Dresden Halo (from Kristin’s Madonna shrine)
Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet (from Kristin’s Madonna shrine)
White Dresden Border Sampler Set (part of the Dresden sale)
Altoids Tin Insert Frames – Wrought Iron (in Kristin’s Halloween tin shown above, and fits the Altoids tin also in the Giveaway!)

Plus a bonus: one of the Acrylic Heart Mix Gift Kits.

And a Small Antique 3D Gold Crown, back in stock. Whew!

To enter the Very Pink 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 Night, January 26, 2018).

AND tell me: A Valentine’s Day tin? Halloween? Easter? What will you make from these supplies?

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!

Hey, who won the Winter Spool & Shadowbox Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Barbara Carter! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, January 25th, 2018

37 responses to “Altered Tins & Dresden SALE”

  1. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome samples! I’d have fun making a Halloween tin!

  2. Anne W. says:

    I am obsessed with the thought of making altered tins, especially shrines. I love the Madonna and Child one here. The circus tin is also charming. Once I get some free time I will be creating all sorts of tins. Fun!

  3. Jennifer J says:

    This looks like a great giveaway! I would love to make some sweet valentines for some little girls in my life.

  4. Nora Bradley says:

    I would love to make a Valentine tin.

  5. Debra Young says:

    Love the Dresden wings. Think I would make something love/romance. Lots to work with in this giveaway.

  6. I love these miniatures I would love to make a Valentine Steampunk shrine

  7. Sarah Lynch says:

    I love altering tins & have made many Halloween/creepy ones with images purchased here. Would love to make a Valentines one & those wings are divine!

  8. Kim Lucak says:

    Mini cakes, Valentines how divine! Love the pink angel wings….pink is my daughter’s favorite color 🙂

  9. Sylvia L says:

    The Madonna tin is beautiful. I think I’d try an Easter one.

  10. Lori D. says:

    Omg,those little cake and those pink wings! How could I make anything else but a special Valentine tin? Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  11. Emily D says:

    I love the circus tin!!

  12. Nadine says:

    I would make a little Valentine’s Day scene. I have been wanting to make one since I saw one from Joanne Swanson a few years ago.

  13. Karen Wood says:

    I would make some valentines and a cupid tin.

  14. Rhonda says:

    I love the tins. I would love a scene for every holiday.

  15. Kat Cashwell says:

    Would definitely make a Halloween one!! I really love the circus elephant and the Dresden wings!!

  16. Ann F. says:

    I would love to create an altered Halloween Tin. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  17. Jo says:

    I love the tin shrines! I would create Halloween shrines!!!

  18. geri says:

    Love the circus tin and could easily put the heart charms in a valentine’s tin
    Enjoy the day!

  19. Lana says:

    LOVE the idea of using the lid as a little “porch”. I’d make a curiosity shop.

  20. Daphne says:

    Gorgeous ideas! I’d do an angel shrine. Thanks.

  21. Susan says:

    I would create a tiny altoid tin Christmas scene with pink winter and Santa.

  22. Karen Mallory says:

    I think I would make a tin that is all about cakes! I just love minis so much!

  23. K Toews says:

    I would make a shrine to chocolate.

  24. Michelle Gajdacs says:

    I would make an angel tea party…how sweet!

  25. sheila AR says:

    Love the pink wings and all the spring colors. Would make a May Day Celebration tin, or perhaps Peter Rabbit in the Garden…something with lots of colors and flowers!

  26. Jaimi Bailey says:

    Oh, so much lovely goodness! Though I know I wouldn’t finish in time for this Valentine’s Day, I would make a Valentine’s Day tin.

  27. Kim R says:

    I would love to make a spooky tin!

  28. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love Dresdens and pink and white sound luscious. I think I’d make a
    valentine’s treat.

  29. Margaret D says:

    Honestly I love the Madonna shrine. I have had something like that on my mind since the Taj Mahal frame. I really think I would make a similar shrine. I have a house in need of food that I have been working on and V-Day is coming so all those hearts would come in very handy. The Old World papers are pretty! And who doesn’t need pink Dresden Wings!!

  30. I would make a valentine tin but I would make a spooky one to love spooky more to add to the tin like a little casket and little grave yard.

  31. Jean marmo says:

    These are so creative! I am not sure which is my fave or which I would make.

  32. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats to Barbara! A Valentine or Easter tin I think. So many goodies, so little time. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would make a Valentine tin.

  34. Dennis L says:

    I would pass the giveaway to my wife, who enjoys making shrines using tins, shadow boxes and pocket watches.

  35. Angela Bowling says:

    Halloween of course. After Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for and after that comes St. Patrick’s Day.

  36. Susan M L says:

    Loving the little mini cakes! The hearts would be so much fun to add as little “charms” to different gift projects. I would want to make something similar to Kristin’s lovely Madonna and Child shrine. And, those old world papers would be fabulous to win!

  37. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to make something for Valentine’s Day