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New Art Doll; New Team Member; Bees & Hats; BIG Collage Sheet Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Spring Farmhouse Kit, Steampunk, Susan Killam

Wow! Another newsletter with a wide variety of projects! Let’s start with:

The Easter Bunny is Coming! by Design Team Member Susan Killam

As this is the first project by Susan, let’s start with a bit from her bio:

I was a late-blooming artist, finding creativity near 40. That was a loooong time ago. Since then I’ve dabbled in all kinds of media and still have more to explore. I make shadow boxes using found objects, paper whimsies with a vintage flair, and assemblage jewelry with vintage bits and pieces. I have a soft spot for overly embellished greeting cards.

I’m a vintage & antique costume jewelry dealer. I collect vintage rhinestone jewelry from the heyday of affordable bling and I’m probably wearing something old and sparkly right now!

Welcome aboard, Susan! (Psst! Susan was a guest designer for us ages ago… you can view that project, too.)

Here’s a bit of the intro from Susan’s blog post to get us started on her new project:

Hello crafty friends! The March Kit from Alpha Stamps is “Spring Farmhouse”-themed. How cute! It comes with this house-shape basket as well as pretty papers and Easter collage sheets.

I’ve added a white picket fence around the outside and hid a few eggs in the flowers.

The handle is three strands of braided jute that were carefully stuffed into the holes on the box. Ok, ok, I admit I made the holes bigger, but not before TRYING to fit all three strands through the existing hole. 🙂

I pulled the brad ends off the metal bunnies and glued them to the fence.

I used a Cathe Holden Stencil on the inside. Since the house is wee, I stenciled it in three stages, allowing each one to dry before adding the next. In the second photo you can see how I lined up the rooster, select, and eggs in a column to fit the small space.

Me breaking in: I included a couple photos from Susan’s mini-tutorial in the wide photo below. (And clever to align the stenciled elements closer together than they are placed on the stencil!)

There’s much more to see in Susan’s blog post and/or her supply list. And don’t forget to come back to see some new goodies and the FLASH SALE!

Trixie Likes Bees by Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey

Aw… Lora made a fun art doll with the new Art Doll Nicho (plus one of my fave papers from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition 12×12 Pack with a clock/bee pattern)!

The shadowbox in the art doll set has little flanges to glue to the back of the doll body (see my naked photo of the parts at right).

Lora includes lots of step-by-step photos for putting together the little doll in her blog post.

Note: I’m also showing a new bee at left in the window of the art doll for size.

Note x2: We don’t have quite the same collage sheet as Trixie, but we do have a bunch of options for funky paper doll parts by the same designer: Teri Calia (whose designs are under the name Catnip Designs). Here’s some I think would make a fun art doll:
Wings & Things Collage Sheet
Get Dressed Collage Sheet
Doll Parts Collage Sheet

AND in honor of Trixie…

ALL Catnip Designs Collage Sheets ON SALE – 50% off!

This is a HUGE group: over 200 items! And this group includes tons of styles, from Dollhouse Miniatures, to Christmas, to TONS of Halloween! Just a preview of 3 are shown below (plus my doll picks above; a couple shown at right).

The sale ends at midnight TOMORROW NIGHT, March 29th.

Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

More New & Back in Stock Goodies! (Lots of Hats!)

Ooh! Do you remember the fab Time Machine Shadowbox (shown at right) by Design Team Member Laura Carson? See that astrolabe/clock on top of the building? The outer circle is from the back in stock Steampunk Shapes Set – Hats (also shown directly above it — you can see the clock in the background, behind me holding a hat and a raven).

Believe it or not: that beautiful building facade is a digital image (on the outside of a cigar box)! The image (and tons more steampunk treasures) are on the Time Machine Set Download.

And some of the images from that set (and repeated on the coordinating Time Machine Collage Sheet) include that fine Victorian woman doing battle with a dinosaur trying to come through the time machine!

All this talk about revisiting the Time Machine Shadowbox leads me to the…

Time Machine Shadowbox Giveaway!

You’ll need to supply your own cigar box, but I’m including all 4 of the collage sheets from Laura’s project, plus the Steampunk Shapes Set – Hats.

AND the new Little Hats Chipboard Shape Set and Little Crowns Chipboard Shape Set (not in the artwork, but there is a hat theme going on in today’s new chipboard… both are shown above to the left of that photo of the Steampunk Shapes Set – Hats; and if you go look at those pages, I’ve photoed a hat or crown from each set on one of the Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheets for a size idea).

To enter the Time Machine Shadowbox 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, March 29, 2019).

And what are you going to 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

Hey, who won the Under the Sea Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Rosalie Lunger! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, March 28th, 2019

50 responses to “New Art Doll; New Team Member; Bees & Hats; BIG Collage Sheet Sale!”

  1. I love that pink house!! I would make a steampunk shadow box

  2. Pauline Martin says:

    That’s really cool. Something new for me.

  3. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    I love love love anything Laura Carson…and steampunk. Would definitely use this project….bring it on.

  4. This sounds like a lot of fun…I am in favor of everything steampunk!!!

  5. Kathy Toews says:

    Steampunk library.

  6. Nadine says:

    I can definitely use this in my steampunk project.

  7. Kee Ostler says:

    All of the projects featured today were fabulous!
    My heart always leans towards steampunk though, and those collage sets are amazing. I would love to do my take on a mad scientist room with a time travel machine. Thank you for the chance

  8. Ann F. says:

    The time-machine shadow box is awesome!

  9. Andrea Pretlow says:

    This is just great. Love the look of steampunk projects!

  10. Laural says:

    Oh my, I love me a bit of Steampunk!

  11. Michelle G says:

    Welcome Susan, look forward to seeing more of your designs. The doll by Trixie is awesome. Love Steampunk!

  12. Pat says:

    Love anything steampunk

  13. Rhonda S says:

    I like everything. the time machine is a cool idea.

  14. Kat Cashwell says:

    what an adorable Easter basket!! and I love the steampunk too!!

  15. Diane Smith says:

    This one of my very favorite styles….would love to win. Thanks.

  16. Carrie L says:

    The clock is a work of art!

  17. Helen says:

    I love this!

  18. Celia says:

    This is cool!

  19. Deb says:

    Pick me, pick me. I love this!!

  20. Amy says:

    love this.

  21. roxanne hill says:

    Steampunk is my absolute Favorite design. I would dearly love to win these items. I am desiring them….is that bad?

  22. Judy Adamcyk says:

    I would love a time machine!

  23. Jo says:

    love the steampunk piece with the dinosaur!

  24. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    Love these projects

  25. Kathy S. says:

    I have a cigar box! I’m all set to go.

  26. Bonnie Hayes says:

    I love the steampunk house and shadow box. Wow! What talent Laura has.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    I am going to make a steampunk box just like Laura!!

  28. Verna says:

    This is so much fun. I love this idea just like it is! Thanks for inspiration and the wonderful giveaway.

  29. Alician Pearce says:

    I absolutely LOVE the new pink house!! GOTTA HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Erin Gardner says:

    This time machine kits is the best. I love this.

  31. Carol Slowik says:

    I would turn it into an airship factory!!

  32. Catharine McCammon says:

    Well now…I like the idea of creating my own royal family to wait on me!

  33. Suellen says:

    This is destiny! A friend just gave me a cigar box! I was meant to win this giveaway! Please, please, please!

  34. Jenn McCann says:

    I love everything on this blog post!
    Jenn McCann

  35. Marykay chisum says:

    I’m a huge Laura fan! She’s amazing!
    I’m looking forward to beginning another of her beautiful projects!

  36. rosalie e lunger says:

    Steampunk, my all time fav..

  37. Judy Goodwin says:

    I’ve never tried Steampunk but I love the Time Machine.

  38. Jean marmo says:

    Another creative and inspiring project. Thanks for the fun ideas.

  39. Nancy E says:

    Very cool project!

  40. I so LOVE the Steampunk Vibe! This is an awesome project!

  41. karen young says:

    Steampunk Love it all!!

  42. My son and I love this! So creative. We want to make this, too.

  43. Carla M says:

    Love the pink house! And the funky doll parts!

  44. BarbMac Vt says:

    Oooooo! You’ve got me squealing with delight at the thought of winning this amazing prize package! I would do a shadowbox showing what I think life will be like in 10 years! It would make interesting art and be cool to look back in ten years to see how much I get right for predictions! TFS!

  45. ricki walker says:

    Love the steampunk! The digital building image looks AMAZING!

  46. Jeri Stewart says:

    Love me some steampunk. Would love to win this prize!!!!

  47. Jaimi B says:

    Love that clever AF shadowbox! It’s hilarious in the most delightful way!

  48. Cg says:

    Oh gosh! Nothing I would make would equal what Laura can do but I would make a Victorian gilded age mansion. Probably a Vanderbilt style mansion! So if I win, I’ll be ordering a ton of shiny things to go along with it!

  49. Kathe Deck says:

    I’ve been wondering what to do with the cigar box my daughter bought and left with me – a steampunk time machine shadowbox – perfect!

  50. Denise Bryant says:

    I love the steampunk look, although I have not made anything in that style yet! I’d make a shadowbox!