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    The Dance of the Cicada, NEW Summer & Halloween, BIG Paper SALE!

    Filed under Halloween, Matchbox Theatre Kit, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

    It’s the beginning of a long holiday weekend here in the U.S. And in honor of that extra time (or extra time cuz you’re hiding from the heat inside?) there’s a big NEW SALE: ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 50% off including TONS of new markdowns!

    Note: Clearance Paper Pads/Sets are also on sale!

    Tons of themes from Spring to Christmas to Halloween… two sneak peeks are shown here and more info on the sale is below.

    Plus NEW ARTWORK and pretty new items (cool blue hues mixed with some Halloween charms/pendants).

    The Dance of The 17 Year Cicada

    Ha! Yes, those are gilded cicada husks! Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has made a delightful (I’m sticking with delightful) shrine to the recent visitation of cicadas. (Aside: we don’t have flocks of cicadas in California so I can admire them from afar… especially as they weren’t flying in my hair.)

    Rhonda used the shadowbox (and scrapbook papers, and a collage sheet) from the June kit to begin her creation. Plus the addition of the metal filigree (and metal box feet) — all united in color with a bit of copper ink — really ties them all together nicely).

    Before a preview of Rhonda’s blog post, a note that those scrapbook papers are included in the new sale!

    This was the year of the 17 year cicadas. Living in the south with my treasured woods behind my house, my family was witness to this odd occurrence. The last time this occurred, my oldest was just a baby and my youngest wasn’t even born yet. And now, it was time for these creatures to emerge that were the same age and older then my children. Just a really weird thought.

    I am the spirit of a seven year old, trapped in a grown up body. I love nature and exploring in the woods and taking photos of tiny things is a passion for me. The sound of the newly morphed cicadas was painful to the ears at times, and my dogs were eating them non stop as they would fly around us, into us, and plopping down beside of us. Thankfully they are harmless and their life cycle is so interesting. But for now, I will hush about that and share with you my dedication to the 17 year cicada.

    One of my favorite parts of this little display is the way I distressed the already textured Aqua Tones Canvas Texture Cardstock Paper and then used a copper (Pearlescent Rust) ink to “age” it. The two colors look so wonderful together. The ink adhered to the scored surface and edges as well which adds so much character.

    I used several shades of the “aqua tones” paper and different sizes of circle paper punches to make “scallops” of rolled paper as a decoration for the top of my cicada theatre. I rolled each circle tightly on a small paintbrush, then dabbed the edges with the same copper ink.

    Nice work, Rhonda! You can read more on Rhonda’s blog post and/or see all the supplies used. Plus there are some NEW items below that coordinate nicely with all these pretty colors. AND don’t forget to read more about the PAPER SALE below.

    What’s new today? Summer to Halloween!

    What a pretty group! Yes, I know, some of these are more Halloween-ish but the colors of the turquoise blue and brass look so nice together (and coordinate with the colors in Rhonda’s artwork, too)!

    NEW Sale: ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper

    It’s a holiday weekend sale! ALL Clearance Scrapbook Paper is on sale at 50% off including TONS of new markdowns!

    Note: the highlights below show single sheets of paper but the Clearance Paper Pads/Sets are also on sale! (Like that Halloween Market Pad shown at right.)

    Over 50 pads and 80 single sheets!

    The sale ends at midnight PST, MONDAY night, July 5th but grab ’em quick as some are in very limited quantities.

    See the entire sale collection here!

    Posted by Leslie, July 1st, 2021

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