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Marie Antoinette Shadow Box Book Tutorial + A Giveaway!

Filed under Art Projects, Christmas, Design Team, Giveaways, Marie Antoinette, Newsletters, Tutorials

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Kristin’s and Laura’s projects that are still available on the new site.

 November 10th Update:
 The Marie Christmas Giveaway Winner is…

Before Miz Bella waxes poetic about Laura Carson’s beautiful Marie Antoinette/Christmas project, just a quick note to announce that Carmen Willis is the Coffin Tags Swap Prize Winner! (See this blog post for all the info). And now handing this off to Bella!

Well folks. It looks like Miz Laura Carson has been nipping at the Alien Art Pod juice again. Seriously — when does this crazy woman sleep?!

Check out this amazing Shadow Box Book that Laura made! Laura very casually mentions that this masterpiece was inspired by the New! Room With A View and Have A Seat Collage Sheets created by that other fabulous crazy woman, Teri Calia. (Actually we’re all crazy here at Alpha Stamps. Some of us quite a bit more than others; but you hush now! You certainly didn’t hear that from me.)

I have been going back and forth looking at the pictures from Laura’s amazing tutorial and am just amazed at how much detail there is to this project! Which really doesn’t surprise me since it IS Laura Carson we’re talking about, but wow! Every time I think that there’s no possible way Laura can top what she’s most recently done, she goes and proves me wrong.

There is so much to take in that I can’t possibly go over everything that I am enamored of in this post. However, I will let you know what a few of my favorite things are within Laura’s creation: first, the non-traditional, royal holiday colors that Laura used; then, how she created the wreath (it’s SO simple and so cute!), and how she created and enhanced the dress for Marie Antoinette. Then there are the hat boxes, items spilling out of the book and gorgeous background papers from the New and On Sale! St. Nicholas 6×6 Paper Pad. I am not going to elaborate any further on any of my favorites — you will have to see it for yourself to believe it all!

In the tutorial Laura says:

Since all things Marie are over the top… now it’s time to go crazy with embellishments.

My darlings, I must take a few seconds to cackle and compose myself. “Over the top” and “going crazy with embellishments” are truly SO Laura, are they not? Merely 2 of the many, many reasons we love her and her amazing creativity!

Before you go off and lose your head wanting to see the tutorial (of course the pun is intended) you can check out the elements that Laura used here. And additional photos are in the gallery.

Are you ready now to view Laura’s step-by-step tutorial?! You can see it here!

Don’t forget to look below for the Giveaway Miz Meghan chose, based on Laura’s artwork!

AND, that Marie Antoinette Gift Kit shown at left (a FREE gift kit inspired by Laura’s artwork — free for all orders over $20 till we run out!) is also included in today’s Giveaway. And, all the scrapbook papers included in the kit are On Sale too!

 Back in Stock (More French or Shadow Box Themes!) – All on Sale!

Shabby French Cling-Mounted Stamp Set


Configurations Box – 6.75 x 8.75

8×8 Wooden Shadowbox


Yay! A Marie Christmas Giveaway! Beside the items that Laura used in her artwork above, Meghan pulled a few extra items she thinks would be fun to mix into your own (ahem) rococo excess! And remember: you can click on the Giveaway photos on the blog post to see more details.

See the FULL List of items in the Giveaway! (I’m going to have to have a contest at some point to find all the items in a Giveaway photo…)

To enter the Marie Christmas Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post by midnight, November 8, 2013 (Friday night PST).

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!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

Posted by MizBella, November 7th, 2013

117 responses to “Marie Antoinette Shadow Box Book Tutorial + A Giveaway!”

  1. Lori Turner says:

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! Have a happy and blessed Christmas season! Lori

  2. Rose Cavalli says:

    Viva la France!

  3. Kim Rayko says:

    Let them eat Fruitcake? lol Gorgeous giveaway!

  4. Oh Marie, So wonderful and lush. You make me swoon. Damiana

  5. Holly Day says:

    Wow, that’s just beautiful! Fantastic giveaway!

  6. Mary Mac says:

    The details of the project are just amazing. Gorgeous.

  7. Marilyn H says:

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  8. Karen S says:

    Love Marie stuff – I made the beautiful shoes a while back and would love to be selected for this giveaway. Hope to hear soon!

  9. Jo says:

    What fabulous goodies!!!!

  10. Darlene Propp says:

    What a great giveaway and wonderful project! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. JoAnne says:

    What a fabulous giveaway!!!!! Fingers crossed…

  12. Shari Czerwinski says:

    Very nice indeed! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  13. Lindy says:

    WOW! What an amazing project!

  14. Heather Maxwell says:


  15. bobbie fleishell says:

    wow!!!!!! what a creative piece, I for one love shadow boxes, and this one tops the best of them…thanks for the chance to win…

  16. bobbie fleishell says:

    wow! what a creative piece, I for one love shadow boxes, and this one tops the best of them…thanks so much for a chance to win..

  17. Ann C says:

    Ooh la la, what an exquisite kit!

  18. Ayla says:

    So many things that can be done with this gorgeous kit!

  19. Kris Martinez says:

    Beautiful kit! Would love to work my magic on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Durelle Brown says:

    This is lovely and one of my favorite eras.. the 18th century!!

  21. Karen says:

    I hope I have “bonne chance” and win this “giveaway”

  22. Cynthia says:

    Gorgeous! I admire all of Laura’s beautiful creations, but this one really does me in!

  23. Traci says:

    WOW!! Laura is amazing as always I would love to have her talent and creativity!!

  24. angelic says:

    I love the art work by Laura, its amazing.
    Beautiful kit! Thank you for the chance to win it.

  25. Another TO DIE FOR project (yep another pun)! Love all the elements in the giveaway. Hope I win! Thanks for the chance.

  26. Vic says:

    Wow! Love the curtain, and all the detail! Crazy Awesome!

  27. Karen Crowder says:

    C’est bon!

  28. c harker says:

    Wow! what an amazing piece of work – loved Marie Antoinette since i was old enough to read about her. There is something exquisite about her and this giveaway!!

  29. Pat Shaw says:

    Absolutely love this Marie giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win this prize!!

  30. Victoria Donchi says:

    Beautiful! I love all things Marie. Would really like to win this giveawaym.

  31. Marie, so sassy and care free. Lush and decadent. Total wonder, Damiana Seabrook

  32. kim says:

    Why aren’t I that talented ?
    Maybe if I win, I’ll kinda come close.
    No way.

  33. Luanne Shoup says:

    I can never have too much!

  34. Mary White says:

    This is truly inspiring! And a lovely giveaway, too. I love to see what will you ladies think of next!

  35. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this gorgeous creation by Laura Carson and her fantastic tutorial. Just received more goodies from your great shop. Love your store so much.

  36. Pat Tillery says:

    This is crazy good. Just when I thought I’d seen enough Marie Antoinette: BAM! Laura Carson creates this stunner. Wow!

  37. gloria stafford says:

    What a gorgeous bunch of fun! Best wishes for the Holiday Season to ALL!

  38. Nikki Pitcher says:

    What a beautiful collection.

  39. What a great give away. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I have just the perfect place for this shadow box.

  40. Jen R says:

    Laura is at it again! Gorgeous as always, this Marie theme giveaway is AWESOME!

  41. Kathleen Johnson says:

    Never enough Marie! Beautiful project and execution. (Never enough Marie puns either!)

  42. Theresa Goldman says:

    So many wonders to behold. Yeah, how great. Pick me, pick me, pick me……

  43. Susan Leach says:

    What an awesome giveaway!!!

  44. o.m.g.
    my absolutely all-time #1 positively absolutely favorite theme! – and this is the most wondrous array of treasures!
    please enter me into your contest – I might win and be the happiest boy in the world!

    thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Florence says:

    getting ready for the holidays!!!

  46. Stephanie Winters says:

    ~Fabulously French~ !! Will use the products to produce a french theater scene!


  47. Absolutely stunning. I am truely enamored with the mystique of Marie Antoinette. You have presented a mixed media art assemblage worthy of her court grandure. Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win this gorgeous piece. Valerie

  48. Thalia Kottke says:

    Marie AND Christmas what a great combination, I would sooo love to win this one.

  49. Pamela Palmarini says:

    Go #47!!!

  50. Debbi Clayton says:

    Wow, French and Christmas… so beautiful!!!! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

  51. Pam Weiler says:

    I love Marie Antoinette!! I would be so happy to win this beautiful giveaway. Thank you for your wonderful generosity.

  52. LeAnn A says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  53. Lesline Williams says:

    Love your papers. Beautiful project by Laura.

  54. Nancy Piper says:

    Wow – Laura has done it again. Amazing!

  55. Sylvia L. says:

    What a beautifully done project-all the lush, decadent details are to die for. The giveaway items are also to die for!

  56. Laura Kloth says:

    I love this! I would love to win this!!!! good luck to all!

  57. Jennie Carr says:

    Gorgeous! I absolutely adore this!

  58. Janet Turner says:

    What a beautiful collection. I love the sparkle!

  59. Holly Cramer says:

    Beautiful giveaway would love to win it.

  60. Mandy says:

    So pretty!

  61. Kathy Cabble says:

    ohhhh. pick me. pick me. this is awesome. i just happen to be laura’s no.#1 fan.

  62. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    I loved your stuff Daine showed mr your website !! BEAUTIFUL !!

  63. Sandy Holva says:

    I am anxious to see what I could do with all the amazing stuff in this giveaway.

  64. Sandy says:

    Yea, for the crazy ladies. Thanks so much.

  65. Kathy Cooksey says:

    Pick me, please!

  66. Sherrie Conant says:

    Hope the holidays are full of sparkle and creative projects. Thanks Alpha Stamps for sharing all the wonderful projects by very creative artists.

  67. Barbara Nekic says:

    Wow! What a great collection of things to play with! I would love to have it to add to my cache of materials!

  68. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Alpha Stamp artists are amazing. Each project is more lovely than the last. As a lover of all things glitter, Marie Antoinette is right up my alley and I’d be so happy to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  69. Holly M. says:

    This shadow box is stunning. I love the items in your new giveaway. So many possibilities.

  70. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love anything French and Marie Antoinette. I love making French tags and this kit would provide me with a lot of inspiration to create some great tags.

  71. Lynn Fox says:

    A giveaway to sigh over…

  72. fran says:

    My kingdom for a giveaway, oh wait, no, this needs to be french, so, i wonder what everyone else will do when I win this.

  73. Heather Reed says:

    Amazing! I will eat cake and make fabulousness <3

  74. Debi says:

    I never get tired of Marie and this kit is all things her: over the top, lavish, and beautiful! Who needs cake with a kit like this?

  75. mamakeegs says:

    As I am heading over to Switzerland next week to teach, this selection will feed my lust for everything LeRoi. Hope I win!

  76. teri steele says:

    Oh Goodie its been awhile since we’ve had Marie loot. Always fun. Looks like a great batch of goodies

  77. Ruth Hunt says:

    How fun and sumptuous!Will be such fun to put together.

  78. Phyllis B. says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  79. Linda K says:

    Wow, what a great giveaway. Whoo Hoo.

  80. Kathryn says:

    Breathtaking!!! Love all the royal blue!

  81. Debbie Rollier says:

    Oh my Marie, come home to Mama!

  82. Beth says:

    would love a chance to win!! Thanks!!

  83. Jo says:

    This piece is soooo detailed! I love it!
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway – it is an awesome collection!

  84. Cathy Hanson says:

    I love your Holiday goodies! I’m hoping to use a lot of them in my Christmas configuration this year.

  85. karine says:

    Another great project! Would love to make this with my little French mother!

  86. Diane D. says:

    Another amazing Giveaway from Alpha Stamps along with another amazing creation from Laura Carson!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    Take care,

  87. Marla B says:

    Lost my head over this one- ooh la la!!

  88. Lori says:

    I absolutely adore this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  89. LynneZ says:

    This is awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  90. Debbie Painter says:

    Such an Incredible Giveaway!! Thanks so much for a chance!!!

  91. jackie says:

    Wow! This has to be my most favorite giveaway!! Pick me!Pick me! oh random generator!

  92. Sybil says:

    Cannot believe the awesome giveaway and all your new goodies!!!

  93. Christine N says:

    Such a beautiful Marie project! Thanks for the chance to make one of my own!

  94. Renee G says:

    What a fabulous giveaway. This is fantastic.

  95. Paulanne says:

    What can I say, I want to win!

  96. Lou Anne says:

    This shadow box is another beautiful creation! I love this giveaway.

  97. Edith says:

    beautiful artwork and generous giveaway
    wishing I could win

  98. Karen Dabney says:

    Simply beautiful and a wonderful give away. Thaks for sharing.

  99. Kris H says:

    So beautiful , such detail, looks like Marie herself is sitting there

  100. Michelle says:

    Love this one! So regal! Thanks for giving me a chance.

  101. Debra Gibson says:

    I really love Marie! Please pick me this time!! Love all the goodies! Fantastic! Thanks for the chance !!

  102. Marcia says:

    Woo hoo…..beautiful. Excited for such a coolio giveaway.

  103. Willow lighthall says:

    What an exciting giveaway. So much great stuff.

  104. April says:

    Wow! Beautiful and inspiring!

  105. Alice says:

    Love this Marie project!! Thanks Alpha Stamps for the chance to win 🙂

  106. nancy erdman says:

    You and Laura. What more could anyone want?
    Your incredible items and her imagination.
    What a pair.

  107. Laura says:

    Gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win such amazingly wonderful stuff!

  108. lisa mills says:

    Oh what fun… a Marie giveaway. Laura is such an artist! Count me in!

  109. Judy says:

    Wow! Incredibly beautiful project by Laura Carson. Just love all of the layers and depth. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to participate in the giveaway. Good luck to everyone! 🙂

  110. Kathy says:

    Wonderful giveaway.

  111. Cindy Fitch says:

    Beautiful job Laura! The colors in this give away are gorgeous and I would love to play with all the goodies.

  112. Ronda Liebert says:

    Be still my beating heart! Such a beautiful project and wonderful giveaway. Yummy!

  113. taradid says:

    Wow! That is an amazing piece of art and the giveaway is not too shabby either. Thanks for sharing.