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French Dancers Cigar Box Clock Tutorial (+ New Sale Goodies & Giveaway)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Contests/Winners, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

Wow! Design Team Member Laura Carson
has created a decorative and functional clock from a cigar box (and using the beautiful Being French images from two new collage sheets by Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider)!

I’ll borrow a bit from Laura’s blog post by way of introduction:

After the great response I got on the cigar box chest project, I thought you might enjoy another
cigar box project that is both decorative and functional. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to
transform a cigar box into a working clock.

In the project example I decide to make the lid of the box the clock and the inside a scene.
There are so many options and possible themes with this project. Instead of having the clock
on the front you could have it inside the box. Instead of creating a scene inside the box you
could add matchboxes as drawers and use it to store your treasures. Last year I posted a
tutorial on how to make an ATC Armoire out of a cigar box. You could combine that project
and this so that the lid is the clock and the inside is the ATC storage area.

I love the “girl on a swing” (shown in the photo above — it’s on the inside of the cigar box). And see below for the (gorgeous) new Madame Payraud 6×6 Paper Pack Laura used as background papers.

Here is Laura’s Supply List; and visit her blog to see more pictures (and a full tutorial)!

Next up today, Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) has created a flock of little birdhouses with the 3D Birdhouse Die!

Those birdhouses are really tiny (approx. 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ x 2-3/8″) and have a sweet little scalloped edge to the roof.

And that little birdhouse at right uses one of the escutcheons from the New and On Sale! Tim Holtz Locket Keys as a fancy doorway for some lucky (and tiny!) bird.


Hooray! A French Dancers Giveaway!

Nice! Lots of the supplies from Laura’s artwork, including:
Clock Movement with Ornate Hands New and On Sale!
Being French #1 Collage Sheet
Being French #2 Collage Sheet
Madame Payraud 6×6 Paper Pack New and On Sale!
Tick Tock Collage Sheet
Masonite Eiffel Tower Set
Clock Face Buttons (tiny size)
Chipboard Embellishments – Fancy Foliage

Plus some random items I thought matched the set:
Mixed Gold Filigrees On Sale!
Clock Face With Hole On Sale!
Tiny Dancers Collage Sheet On Sale!
– AND some vintage clock parts from my own stash!

To enter the French Dancers Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 3, 2014).

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!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the April Vintage Voyage Kit Giveaway? That would be Linda Ellis! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 3rd, 2014

132 responses to “French Dancers Cigar Box Clock Tutorial (+ New Sale Goodies & Giveaway)”

  1. Erica says:

    Hi Leslie!
    I LOVE all things French antique shabby chic and this collection is right up my alley! I have TONS of ideas for this set of goodies! Fingers crossed for a winning entry 😉

  2. Robin Withrow says:

    Lovely, would love to win this one!

  3. Jenny S. says:

    LOVE the French Dancers!! Thank you so beautiful.

  4. Kim B says:

    Love this one! Please please let me win!

  5. Debbie Emmons says:

    So naughty, so much fun…the dancers are great!

  6. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Oh, I see French postcards in my future. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks.

  7. Pamela Palmarini says:

    What a great kit!!!

  8. Shanna says:

    Such a fun put together. I love the dancer cigar box. Really fun images. I love the vintage ladies!

  9. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I have a french heritage so that makes this even more wonderful!

  10. Heather C. says:

    I love the blue and green together! Very pretty!

  11. Kathleen Bumb says:

    What a beautiful project by Laura Caron. Love her creations combined with your supplies. What a great giveaway.

  12. Michelle says:

    Posting comment. Looks like a great giveaway.

  13. This has to be one of my all time favorites! I adore Jeanne’s collage sheets! Laura’s clock is stunning!!

  14. LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for another GREAT Giveaway!!!

  15. Holly Day says:

    So beautiful–hope I win!

  16. Diane Douglas says:

    More fantastic Artwork from Laura and Kim. The Clock is beautiful and I love the tiny Birdhouses they are so adorable. Thanks for the chance to win another great Giveaway.

    Take care,
    Diane D.

  17. sheila AR says:

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful!! xo

  18. Jamie says:

    I would really LOVE this one!

  19. Linda Isbell says:

    Love the dancing girls! Hope I win!
    Linda Isbell

  20. Ooh – lovely work as always.would love to win – thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  21. Maura says:

    Ooh la la! J’adore this give-away.

  22. Emily N. says:

    Love the clock!

  23. Traci says:

    Love the papers I will have to buy those. Great clock Laura and the bird houses are adorable.

  24. Karen says:

    I’ve always loved “time related” goodies – would love this collection.
    Hope I’m the lucky one this time!!!

  25. Amanda Miller says:

    Magical! Love this project

  26. Kathy Anderson says:

    One word: AWESOME!!!!

  27. Vickie says:

    Well, it’s time to get moving on some glorious art. Wonderful, as usual, ladies!

  28. Cherie says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  29. Kathy Compton says:

    I think I want to be a French fun!

  30. Nancy S says:

    I love these images,the project is awesome!

  31. Karen N says:

    Really beautiful giveaway…a “timeless” collection for Alpha Stamps!

  32. barbara macaskill says:

    What a yummy collection of goodies!! All of those clock faces and the gorgeous butterflies have my heart all a flutter! I can hear it going tick-tock, tick-tock hoping to see my name on Sunday as the lucky winner! Thanks so much for sharing all these great projects with me and the generous giveaways! See you Sunday!

  33. Julie Loeschke says:

    What a wonderful project!

  34. Sharon B says:

    Yummy!! Always love your giveaways!!

  35. Please throw my number in the pot of random pickers. Fun project. xox

  36. Lorna Dufrane says:

    So much fun!!

  37. Virginia S. says:

    I could certainly have a lot of fun with this kit!

  38. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Another fantastic project!

  39. Mary Jochems says:

    Great items! I have lots of ideas on how to use. Hope I win!

  40. Beth says:

    So pretty, I love it, Springtime in Paris!

  41. K says:

    Those are great!

  42. Lou Anne says:

    This is stunning! I really want to win this one.

  43. Linda Benjamin says:

    I have to say that is the greatest project
    would love to be able to make my own.

  44. LeAnn A says:

    Another fabulous giveaway. Thank you!

  45. Lana says:

    oh I want this, pretty, pretty, pretty…pick me, pick me

  46. Janet Turner says:

    OOOH LA LA, beautiful giveaway!

  47. Clocks!! Who doesn’t LOVE clocks?? Please throw my name in the hat 🙂

  48. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m almost speechless over this giveaway, but I can still type and hope I will be the lucky winner.

  49. joann west says:

    this one is crazy cool…..

  50. Can never have too much filigree

  51. Marilyn H says:

    Awesome clock!

  52. Paula Sorensen says:

    Oh la la so tre chic and wonderful. I hope Random picks me!

  53. CL Steiner says:

    Terrific project and give away!

  54. Carol Feiner says:

    Oooh la la! Another beauty!

  55. MargieD says:

    Gorgeous cigar box clock and sweet little birdie houses! Thank you for the chance to win another great collection. Margie

  56. D. S. says:

    Unbelievably creative and beautiful!

  57. Pat Shaw says:

    Just love love this latest giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Once again
    Laura creates an amazing piece of art.

  58. Ann says:

    French Dancers… Oooh la la!! Love the vintage AS themes! And that Laura Carson’s cigar box clock is yet another amazing creation!

  59. Karen Crowder says:

    French–mais oui!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Jen R says:

    Ooolalaaa! Another great giveaway

  61. angelic says:

    AMAZING alter cigar box! Thank you for the giveaway.

  62. Patricia Davis says:

    wow… I love it and I so love altering cigar boxes…

  63. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Alice says:

    Oh my! French! OooLaLa!
    Clocks! Watch parts! Tick Tock!
    Love Laura’s creation!

  65. Diana Kelly says:

    I love everything about this kit. The cigar box is so clever as are all of Laura’s projects.

  66. Ritva says:

    Butterflies and clocks, exciting.

  67. Such beautiful work I love it
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  68. Helen Potter says:

    Laura Carson is an amazing artist. She always makes such beautiful things! I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks Alpha Stamps, and thanks to Laura as well.

  69. I don’t know why I get my e-mail so late, But anyway here it goes !!! Love this , you all are so very talented !!! wish me luck !!

  70. Nancy Stone says:

    such a beautiful giveaway.

  71. Barbara Nekic says:

    I love this project. What fun to have a cool clock like this.

  72. Laurie Davis says:

    this is the best give away yet! beautiful and would love to win it!!

  73. Lina T says:

    Another great set!

  74. Sandy Holva says:

    Need need this so bad!

  75. Gilda (McStamper) says:

    So many neat things and a wonderful give away. Thanks for the chance to win.

  76. Marge McInerny says:

    This is a great collection and I would love to win!

  77. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    tic tock///i want the clock

  78. wow wow! i just love Laura’s creations and this one is awesome! i would love to be the lucky winner!

  79. Miss Iowa says:

    I was a French dancer in a previous life. True story. And I have several cigar boxes waiting to be altered. Even truer.

  80. Rosie Virok says:

    How perfect!!! I have an old cigar box just waiting for these goodies! Great job, Laura, but they always are:)

  81. Luanne Shoup says:

    so much fun stuff!!!

  82. Alana says:

    I would love to win! I love this collection 🙂

  83. Pauline says:

    Your design team members are so talented! I look forward to seeing their work and the innovative ways they use your wonderful products! Hope to be the lucky winner 🙂

  84. melody says:

    Je t’aime tout les chose Francaise! <3

  85. Kathy says:

    Yet another awesome collection of papers and tidbits inspiring us to keep creating! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  86. PurpleFigment says:

    I don’t think there’s a single thing in today’s newsletter that I don’t like – it’s all great… and vintage clock parts, is there anything better? 🙂 The new Tim Holtz pulley wheels really got my creative heels turning! Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. Kate says:

    ooooooooh! i would love to create with this collection! thanks for keeping us informed with what is new and fun!

  88. DebR says:

    Another wonderful project from Laura and a great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity.

  89. Rae Higgins says:

    The clock is amazing!!

  90. Angie Applewhite says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity. The french photos and clocks are absolutely beautiful! I would be so grateful to have it.

  91. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Fascinating work and materials, as always!

  92. Tory Willson says:

    This looks fun, would love to play wih it

  93. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love it!

  94. Conchi says:

    Thanks for another beautiful giveaway!!!

  95. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  96. Michele Biondolillo says:

    Timess ticking to start crafting!

  97. Penny Shukan says:

    I absolutely love all the tidbits in this giveaway and would be wildly excited to have it!

  98. Nora Virrey says:

    Beautiful vintage pieces I would love to have-Thank You!

  99. Roberta S says:

    I love clocks, and Laura has outdone herself with this project. I am continually amazed by all the detail in her work. I would be super happy to win all the cool stuff in this giveaway, and thanks for the chance to do so.

  100. Juanita M says:

    Absolutely wonderful kit. The winner could do so much with it.

  101. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Luv anything French!

  102. Melanie J. says:

    I love the French Dancers giveaway – thanks for the chance to win such a fun kit!

  103. Maria says:

    I’ll go for anything with dancers. Thank you.

  104. Pat says:

    wow, love that intricate cigar box! Amazing, thanks so much for all your giveaways!

  105. Gail Goodrick says:

    I really enjoy your website. Love these ladies!

  106. dance away with creativity

  107. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I have always loved anything French because I always think it looks so romantic. I would love to make some mini albums from this giveaway.

  108. Pretty, it’s time to win!

  109. Jen says:

    Wow…I love the colors and the clock motif!

  110. Pam Weiler says:

    Very cool giveaway. I would love to win it.

  111. Stacia says:

    So nice…

  112. Maxine Kincora says:


  113. Kris Martinez says:

    Great giveaway!. Love all the beautiful ephemera!

  114. KIM says:

    Another great giveaway

  115. Jennifer J says:

    Love it!

  116. Arminta says:

    This is a great collection and would be a joy to win.

  117. Nancy E says:

    I absolutely Laura’s idea of making a
    functional art piece. Just fab!

  118. Hannah Foss says:

    Awesome!!! I would love to win this!

  119. yvette leblanc says:

    love it !!!

  120. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would love to win! This is a beautiful collection of goodies!

  121. Gigi Jordan says:

    You have done it again–another fun, fun give away!

  122. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Fantastic project! Amazing, I love it!

  123. Marcia says:

    I don’t where you keep coming up with this but we love it!

  124. Lori smith says:

    Lovely! My daughter would just love these goodies!

  125. Karen H says:

    C’est merveilleux!

  126. Me Pugh says:

    What fun – just lovely!

  127. Jill Ongley says:

    I usually see these giveaways after the deadline has passed….I’m so happy that I made it this time because the clock theme and french dancers are so wonderful. I love them.

  128. HawaiianLibrarian says:


  129. Lori Devoux says:

    Love this!!! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!