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Secret Garden Altoids Tin by Kristin Batsel!

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Cute artwork!

Cute new goodies!

Cute new sale!

And ya know what? It’s all about spring gardens!

Starting with new artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel
… it’s way beyond “cute” — it’s a beautiful, sophisticated (cute) Secret Garden Altoids Tin!

We’ve had so much going on this month, I feel like this month’s Secret Garden Kit kinda got buried: but not today! Here’s some of the intro from Kristin’s post:

We’re still sheltering at home and only going out for essentials; my great escape is working in my yard. Consequently, my yard is probably looking better than it has in years. Which leads me to my next project: A secret garden within an Altoids tin. For this project I used the new Oriental Garden 8×8 Paper Pad, plus some other fun supplies from Alpha Stamps. I am in love with this paper!

At the outside, only a door. Welcome to the garden.

I mounted the welcome sign and the stones around the door onto thin cardboard to give them a little depth. The door itself is attached to the surface of the tin. These papers mix and match so beautifully. I’m such a fan of turquoise and red.

When opened, you can see the beautiful garden scene. It’s spring, so buds are beginning to open and the leaves are starting to appear on the trees. The paper on the lid (left) was actually a cream color; I used a combination of Copic Markers, ink, and a white colored pencil to match the background color of the paper on the right. The butterflies wings were folded and only the bodies are glued down, which makes them 3D.

The Gothic Tree Insert fits just under the lip of the tin, so the tree and fence make a beautiful frame around the scene.

I am jumping ahead (and this is covered in Kristin’s tutorial on her blog post) but: isn’t that tiny wrought iron fence fantastic? (See close-up at right.) I love the dimensional look Kristin added with a white colored pencil.

Beautiful work, Kristin! Here’s Kristin’s supply list. And… there’s another photo in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the new goodies & new sale between here and there!)

What else is new today?

Beside that pretty new paper pad, there are tons of little birds (and a teeny tiny birdhouse), and garden tools… and a wishing well. More than the 6 shown below, so click here to see them all. And as there’s a Fairy Garden FLASH SALE, some of the new items are also on sale!

NEW Flash Sale: Gnomes & Fairies!

30% off on EVERYTHING in this BIG collection! 180 items (including some of the new items shown above)! (The Mini Silver Rake Charm and the 3D Wishing Well Charm are the new things also in the sale group.)

Note: Anything tagged clearance or clearance charm or rubber stamp in this group is marked down to 50% off!

The sale ends FRIDAY NIGHT, May 22nd at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

Here’s examples of clearance charms or general clearance or rubber stamps in the sale (50% off)!

Secret Garden Altoids Tin Giveaway!

Ohhh… Ahhh! The back of Kristin’s tin is beautiful, too!

I can’t decide… all the choices are so pretty. So: EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a couple of the ELEVEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
New Oriental Garden 8×8 Paper Pad
Secret Garden Kit (yes, the tin and 2 of the collage sheets listed separately in the supply list are already in this kit)
Mini Rose Buds – Ivory (as you might imagine, getting international packages is pretty much impossible these days, so I’m subbing this color)

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

To enter the Secret Garden Altoids Tin 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 22, 2020).

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 3D Halloween Mini Card Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Laurie S! Please check your email for more information.

Posted by Leslie, May 21st, 2020

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