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A Secret English Garden by Rhonda Thomas!

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Ah… before showing off this lovely Secret English Garden tin by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas, I want to show off the new paper she used: English Garden 6×6 Paper Pad!

So pretty! It contains 40 pages printed on heavyweight cardstock (4 each of 10 double-sided sheets) with elegant pearlescent and spot-varnish effects.

Plus the inner front and back covers are printed with extra ephemera elements.

And I just have to say: with the current state of international cargo flights, getting more of the pads (from the UK) is going to be awhile!

A Secret English Garden by Rhonda Thomas!

So sweet! I love how the 2 tin inserts look “whitewashed” — and that couple look soooo English! Rhonda’s tin has a completely different look than Kristin’s (from the last newsletter), even though they both started with the same Secret Garden Kit!

Here’s some of the intro text from Rhonda’s blog post:

Welcome to my “Secret English Garden”. Before I even knew where I was going to go with this project, I fell in love with these gorgeous papers from the English Garden 6×6 Paper Pad. The soft colors just swept me away and I knew I needed to create something with them.

Do you notice all of the pretty ferns growing happily in the Secret Garden? I have always loved ferns so this Rock Fern Punch is perfect for me.

When I was sharpening my Rock Fern Punch using aluminum foil, I noticed how pretty the shiny pieces looked, so of course I wasn’t going to just throw them away. Sure enough, they came in handy for my mini water fountain. It’s like shimmering water sparkling in the sun.

[Note: There’s a close-up of that gent down in the Giveaway section, so you can see the foil “water”.]

Beautiful work, Rhonda! Here’s Rhonda’s supply list and her blog post. You can enter the drawing for ALL of Rhonda’s supplies in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the new goodies & new sale between here and there!)

What else is new today?

Except for a couple seaside items, everything new (or back in stock) today has an English garden theme, with a couple mushrooms included. More than the 6 shown below, so click here to see them all. And as there’s a Foliage & Garden FLASH SALE, some of the new items are also on sale!

NEW Flash Sale: Foliage & Garden!

25% off on EVERYTHING in this BIG collection! 270 items (including some of the new items shown above: the leaf punches to be specific)! Plus other leaf punches are included, too!

Note: this is a HUGE group and includes beads & charms, collage sheets and digital images (psst: these digital images are 50% off!), miniatures, and miscellaneous collage supplies (from leafy garlands to paper punches to chipboard shapes)! Oh! Of course: Paper Flowers themselves!

Anything on clearance or a digital images set in this group is marked down to 50% off!

The sale ends MONDAY NIGHT, May 25th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

Here’s examples of clearance charms or general clearance or digital images sets in the sale (50% off)!

Secret English Garden Giveaway!

There’s that guy! I love the little fountain Rhonda built from the bird bath shape (and putting a lantern on top — both from the Secret Garden Chipboard Set) plus those foil punchies from the fern punch. Plus all those fern punchies all over the place!

EVERYTHING in Rhonda’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a couple more of the TWELVE spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
New English Garden 6×6 Paper Pad
Gazebo Insert (looks great painted white!)

Note: if an item is duplicated in the Secret Garden Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

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

To enter the Secret English Garden 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, MONDAY Night, May 25, 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 Secret Garden Altoids Tin Giveaway winner from the last newsletter! Drum roll, please: The winner is Karen Mallory! Please check your email for more information.

Posted by Leslie, May 24th, 2020

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