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Gypsy Caravan Niche Shrine! New Charms and ALL Charms on SALE!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Moroccan Doorways Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper

I love this sweet little Gypsy Caravan Niche Shrine by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper! It’s just an idea of a gypsy caravan — but that’s all it needs. The wheels on the sides and the tiny curlicues of paper at the bottom of the front give the illusion of stairs, and more of a wagon beyond, but it’s just a wee 1/2″ deep!

Here’s some background about the artwork from Shannon’s blog post:

I used parts from the Moroccan Doorways Kit and a lovely Moonshine Frame to build a small gypsy caravan. It’s about 5″ tall and 3.5″ wide, and a cinch to make.

The spoked wheels give it more of a caravan feel. Actually, the wheels kinda make it what it is. And the sloped roof, of course. All I did was chop off the top of the House Shaped ATC Frame Set and add a scrap of cardboard along the top. [See the wide photo below for a preview from Shannon’s mini tutorial.]

All of the House Shaped ATC Frame edges were painted black (who am I kidding, I used a Sharpie) and each side of the frame was covered with the gorgeous paper from the Moroccan Doorways kit. On the front and back of the caravan is the decorative crimson side of the Grand Bazaar Folklore Paper. I flipped the paper over and covered the interior sides of the caravan. The Moonshine frame and new roof were painted with regular craft paint, and I went around the edges with a white gel pen to add some decoration. I did cut off the bottom of the Moonshine Frame and reconfigured it so the caravan could have “steps” and a place for two “handrails” (wood flooring scrapbook paper for the steps and the same paper curled into a fun shape for the handrails).

Beautiful work, Shannon! Tying the colors together by picking up the aqua from the curtains for the new arch-shaped roof is perfect!

You read more about the project and see more photos on her blog post. Plus here’s Shannon’s supply list. And… there’s another photo (of the back of the shrine) in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the super cute new charms — and charm sale — between here and there!)

What is new today?

Cute new charms! Many sized for 1:12 miniatures! PLUS these have inspired the new FLASH SALE, which means they are on sale, too!

NEW Flash Sale: ALL Charms!

Wow! 30% off on EVERYTHING in this HUGE collection! Over 330 items (including the new items shown above)!

Note: Anything on clearance in this group is marked down to 50% off!

The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, May 8th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

Here’s examples of clearance items in the sale (50% off):

Hooray for the Gypsy Caravan Niche Shrine Giveaway!

Wow! I bet you didn’t expect that big Gypsie Queen Moth Cling Stamp image on the back “door”!

I also love that red door under the moth image: made from the Triple Arch Frame with the 2 side arches trimmed off (and saved for a future project).

For this Giveaway, I’m including these goodies from Shannon’s supply list:
House Shaped ATC Frame Set
Spoked Wheel Set – 1-1/2 Inch
Moonshine Frame
Blushing Ladies Collage Sheet (for the lovely lass in the niche on the front of the shrine — and that niche is included, too!)
– The Triple Arch Frame mentioned above (for the red door shown at right)
Grand Bazaar Folklore Scrapbook Paper

BONUS: not from Shannon’s artwork, but a mini flurry of moon-themed charms (also on sale):
Double-Sided Silver Moon Face Charms
Gold Celestial Icons Charm Set
Large Man in the Moon – Raw Brass

To enter the Gypsy Caravan Niche Shrine 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, May 8, 2020).

And tell me: what will you make from this big group of items?

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 donít 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

Oh! The Secret Garden Kit Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Ann F! Please check your email for more information.

Posted by Leslie, May 7th, 2020

40 responses to “Gypsy Caravan Niche Shrine! New Charms and ALL Charms on SALE!”

  1. jo says:

    I love the moth shrine!! The charms are adorable!

  2. Barbara Griggs says:

    What a lovely and creative idea! “Gypsy” carts are so fantastic and beautiful! Love that this project does not require a whole cart–could be adapted to be a greeting card/gift.

  3. Kim R says:

    Omg LOVE this! Great idea, as it does look like a gypsy cart!

  4. Kathy Toews says:

    You could do a western theme with those wheels as well.

  5. Kathleen F says:

    I have fallen in love with Alpha Stamps assemblages. My 6-year-old niece looks through my orders and chooses the projects she’d like to make with me, so I’ll frequently order 2 of each item so we can craft together. So fun!

  6. Ann F. says:

    I love all the new charms! Cute!!

  7. Judy Adamcyk says:

    Great theme. Gypsies always a good choice.

  8. jackie says:

    love those charms

  9. Anne S. says:

    Love the charms! The wheels are a fun addition to the shrine

  10. Nancy O says:

    What a great niche shrine idea.

  11. Love the gypsy theme~!

  12. KathyS says:

    Yes, the red door is a brilliant idea.

  13. Deanne D'Aloia says:

    I love everything about this project. Recently became obsessed with moths.

  14. Laural says:

    Another splendid idea from Shannon! I adore the Gypsy themes.

  15. Nancy E says:

    Very unusual design.

  16. Sue O. says:

    The caravan construction is so imaginative and effective.

  17. Anne W says:

    This is very cool. I love the feel of it.

  18. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun project!! I need ideas as I am doing art everyday! (What else is there!)

  19. Lucy Seiler says:

    I love the gypsy caravan frame kit. I build and decorate 1/12th scale room boxes and dollhouses. I built a 1/12th scale gypsy caravan too. I use many of your papers and charms in these projects. I bought all of your components to make the horse drawn hearse. You have such a talented artists on your staff!

  20. Eugene Bellion says:

    Just keeps getting better and better. This quarantine is going to bankrupt me, but I’ll love every kit!

  21. Jaimi B says:

    I love the elegance of this piece. The gypsy moth is so pretty!

  22. Nancy Anderson says:

    Stupid auto correct. I meant A-mazing

  23. Jean Marmo says:

    Such darling charms!!

  24. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful shrine projects!
    I’d make a nice shrine to honor my brother. It would have to be decorated in an ocean theme, which was his favorite.

  25. marilyn fishwick says:

    I think I would do a circus wagon with a mysterious lady fortune teller inside. I love Shannon’s use of color and details in this piece. The stairs and handrail are genius.

  26. Jenn McCann says:

    Beautiful colors, textures with the paper, I can’t wait to create

  27. Jenn McCann says:

    Beautiful colors and textures I can’t wait to create

  28. Dorothy Peterson says:

    Wow, like the wagon wheels.

  29. orianna A says:

    This seems so in line with vintage photos or etiological illustrations.

  30. Roe says:

    Love the look. i just love using shrines and frames to highlight my perfect pooch. This one will be fab

  31. Kat Cashwell says:

    Theses colors are beautiful!!!

  32. Marilyn Ray says:

    Cool idea. Love the Gypsy theme. And those wheels. Awesome.

  33. Kitty Tatman says:

    Omg I love the celestial charm set!

  34. KIM says:

    Great idea for a shrine ,I been want to make one.

  35. lee Maynard says:

    love the colors and lay out.

  36. Rhonda says:

    looks great with vintage photos

  37. Patti Flasch says:

    So much inspiration! Can I make a witch caravan instead of gypsy? HA! Can you tell I love the movie “Stardust”?? As always, thank you to Alpha Stamps and their amazing design team.

  38. ricki walker says:

    The shrine is beautiful! The large moth is gorgeous. I LOVE the charms!

  39. Kee says:

    I’m in love with the Gypsy cart. What clever projects using it. I think I would love to make a Gypsy Moon gazing cart.

  40. kathleen codyrachel says:

    Yes please – love this!
    Be safe