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Cigar Box Book Purses by Laura Carson, Flash Sale & Giveaway!

Filed under Art Projects, Beads, Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Sale, 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 Laura’s projects that are still available on the new site.

A bit of news regarding sale items, then on to some beautiful artwork! First, the sale on all Paper Dolls & Models Collage Sheets , announced with the Cigar Box Sweeties Kit, ENDS TONIGHT.

And the 2 Squirrel Collage Sheets put On Sale last Thursday (in honor of Laura Carson’s New Into the Woods Collage Sheet) are also coming off sale at midnight tonight:
  – S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet
  – More Squirrels Collage Sheet

And, don’t forget the Annual Christmas Ornament Swap! All the Christmas Collage Sheets and Christmas Rubber Stamps are On Sale!

Oh! Oh, that Laura Carson is so clever! Not only are her two purses lovely (and hand-contructed WITH a step-by-step tutorial!) but they are extra-functional, too. As you can see in that small photo with a side view, these purses are actually the covers for accordion books! And with such a pretty purse/container to house the books, I think they’d make perfect holiday gifts! (And/or maybe a way to save Christmas cards for giving/viewing in the future?)

One has a beaded handle (hand-beaded by Laura) and the other has a ribbon handle. And I sourced a Brass Purse Handle Frame with ends that unscrew to help speed up the process (if you’d like to make a beaded handle, too). Plus, check below for some other new goodies to make a cigar box purse from (including some hinges and an unfinished wooden box in the “Back in Stock” section).

AND since Laura added beads to her handle (and to the cute, dangly “fob” hanging from the ribbon handle), I decided to put the ENTIRE Beads Section on Sale at 40% off! (That’s over 100 items!) But catch ’em quick! The sale ends Monday night, TOMORROW, November 17th! (Note: any beads that were already on Clearance Sale are still on sale at 80% off!) Plus, check today’s Giveaway, below, as I just added some new things to the Clearance Sale and included them in the Giveaway!

Check out Laura’s Supply List, head on over to her blog for all the instructions and more photos, then come back and enter the Giveaway or shop at the Bead Sale.

 New Cigar Box Purse Supplies – ALL On Sale!  View all New Items

Paper-Mache Purse Box*
Paper-Mache Purse Box*

Unfinished Purse Box*
Unfinished Purse Box*

10mm Purse or Box Feet*
10mm Purse or Box Feet*

Amber Plastic Purse Handles
Amber Plastic Purse Handles

Brass Purse Handle Frame
Brass Purse Handle Frame

Paper Mache Purse Book*
Paper Mache Purse Book*

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter

with a trio of art projects by the Design Team! Cigar Box Book with Nesting Boxes is by Caroline Ouzts-Hay.


Hooray for the Cigar Box Beads & Filigree Giveaway!

Wow… there are so many pretty little bits in the Giveaway that it’s spread out over all 3 photos! (See the 2 large-ish photos below for more eye-candy!)

First, let’s start with all of these items from Laura’s Cigar Box Book Purses (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet
– Cigar Box Label ATCs Collage Sheet
– Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
– Small Cigar Labels & Bands Collage Sheet
– Cigar Box Secrets Corona Scrapbook Paper
– Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper
– Cigar Box Secrets Panatela Scrapbook Paper
– Cigar Box Secrets Perfecto Scrapbook Paper
– Cigar Box Secrets Presidente Scrapbook Paper
– Cigar Box Secrets Robusto Scrapbook Paper
– Red Faceted, Fire-Polished Glass Beads
– Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles
– 4mm Beaded Chain – Opaque Blue
– 4mm Beaded Chain – Transparent Turquoise
– Antique Bronze Fan Charm
– Gypsy Coin Mix
– Mixed Gold Filigrees
– Large Fancy Oval Beads – Gold

Next, I added all of these goodies that caught my eye:
Red Glass Beads – Clear Ruby Red 8mm
Antique Gold Square Filigree
Sparrows Compass Brass Link
4-Leaf-Top Keys – Brass Oxide
Antique Brass Skeleton Key

Finally, I added these items that are also in the Clearance Sale):
Antique Heirloom Buttons
Antique Metal Keys
Faceted, Fire-Polished Glass Beads – 10mm Topaz

To enter the Cigar Box Beads & Filigree 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, November 17, 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 winners (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Forever Green Tower Giveaway? That would be Karen! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, November 16th, 2014

115 responses to “Cigar Box Book Purses by Laura Carson, Flash Sale & Giveaway!”

  1. barbara macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOO! How cool is this?? LOVELOVELOVE! Now I just need to win the lottery so I can buy my wish list of goodies!!

  2. Carolyn Summers says:

    This prize would be wonderful to win with the holidays approaching. Making the purse would make a terrific gift for someone special.

  3. Lori D. says:

    What a fun giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  4. barbara macaskill says:

    Forgot to add that I am in love with the unfinished cigar box and the 10mm purse or box feet!! My wish list has grown exponentially thanks to all the wonderful projects you ladies create!

  5. Leah Fein says:

    This a really lovely one. Thank you.

  6. Cherie says:

    This may be my favorite giveaway ! Love everything!

  7. Gail Gill says:

    Another Laura masterpiece! I would love to make these. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  8. Regina Salvador says:

    So pretty!

  9. Excited, love all of it!

  10. Kristie says:

    Wonderful project and giveaway. Keep the cigar box ideas coming!

  11. Gerri herbst says:

    I do so love this cigar box idea.

  12. Noreen says:

    I love cigar boxes! A great memory from the past and fun to create with. Fun projects! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Pam Weiler says:

    Beautiful cigar box. I would love to win your giveaway.

  14. Linda Ellis says:

    I’d love to make this cigar box idea for my Mum’s 90th birthday next month!

  15. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Gotta have it, please.

  16. Just love how this turned out. Such unique items in the process. Would love to win. Thanks for the fun.

  17. Loving these designs. Great giveaway.

  18. Denise Bryant says:

    Laura’s purses are so beautiful! And, thanks for a chance at an awesome prize!

  19. marcia says:

    Perfectly pretty!

  20. KIM says:

    I am CRAZY about boxes!!!!
    This giveaway is prefect for my
    Thanks Alpha Stamps.

  21. Sharon says:

    What a FUN giveaway! I can see it on my bookshelf already…

  22. Jennifer Rose, says:

    Your giveaways are always wonderful but this one is inspired, so gorgeous and just what I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity xoxo jen

  23. Evelyn Valencia says:

    Soooo pretty!

  24. Love the cigar box bag would love to win!

  25. Stefanie says:

    Wow! These are so clever – really cool :o)

  26. angelic says:

    Wow! I love all those beads and filigree, lots of different ways these can be incorporated to different craft project. Thanks for all great ideas that the Alpha Stamp DT provides.

  27. jennifer j says:

    Oh I want this one soooo bad!

  28. Susan McMenamin says:

    These are awesome parts and would be a great addition to my kit!!

  29. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    my favorite designer…it would please me to have some of her preferred items”’

  30. Marilyn says:

    First time watching a Laura Carson tutorial and she mentioned Alpha Stamps. Went to the website and joined right away. Great products & ideas that will help me create better designs. Thanks!

  31. Pat Shaw says:

    Once again Laura comes out with an amazing new project. Thanks for the chance win!

  32. jo milano says:

    How do you keep coming up with such unusual & fun projects?! The giveaway is more like a treasure trove!

  33. Virginia Smith says:

    I love Laura Carson’s designs. And what a fabulous group of findings to offer! Fingers crossed that I win!

  34. Sarah says:

    Cigar boxes and metal!!!! Count me in.

  35. Jen R says:

    Oh wow.. This is an awesome giveaway!

  36. Birgit says:

    Lovely items — thanks for the chance!

  37. 2amscrapper says:

    We all know how amazing Laura is! What a stunning project! I love this idea! Thanks for another great give-away! I have a daughter who would love this purse–so I hope I win! Helene

  38. Me Pugh says:

    The cigar box is a wonderful item to decorate.

  39. Mary Mac says:

    So stylish! Love these purses.

  40. Lori Wilczek says:

    Love the giveaway! So many ideas!

  41. Traci says:

    Love the cigar theme and Laura’s tutorial is on my to do list. She has the most amazing ideas.

  42. Susan Schultheis says:

    Wow WoW WoW, fantabulastic giveaway for such a unique and fun project. Thanks!!

  43. Lori Gesing says:

    Wishful for this one!

  44. Emily N. says:

    Love the cigar box purses!!

  45. Lorna E. says:

    Oooh, shiny!

  46. Sandy says:

    Smoking all those cigars!

  47. Sokat says:

    These are so luscious . Need to get a smoking jacket instead of an apron to make these.

  48. Rosemary Sharon says:

    ok….sure… it… cigar boxes

  49. Laura is creating beautiful art again I see! Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity.

  50. Sharron says:

    Lots of great project materials to create, customize and to enhance something new!

  51. Dawn Petherick says:

    So many pretties, so much shiny! Would love a chance at playing with all of that awesomeness. 🙂

  52. Kathy McGee says:

    To win this bee-yo-tee-ful giveaway would be like an early visit from Santa. I could be extra crafty with all these nice doo-dads,

    Love, love, love Alpha Stamps and their creative designers!

  53. Paula Miller says:

    oooh, just what I need! (please please please)

  54. Susan Kluger says:

    Wonderful items in this giveaway. Love the cigar labels and boxes.

  55. Barbara Leonard says:

    Wow! What a giveaway. Love the cigar box books.

  56. Beth Davis says:

    Great giveaway! I hope I win!

  57. Gay CORMIER says:

    Winning these georgeous items would make me so happy! Beautiful project! Good luck everyone!

  58. Laura says:

    Wow! So very gorgeous, love it all!

  59. Miss Iowa says:

    Your cigar boxes are fab! Really loving this theme.

  60. Vickie says:

    I lust for filigree! xoxxoxo

  61. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Wow, so much stuff! Once it was decorated, I could use the cigar box for organizing!

  62. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Fabulous project and fabulous giveaway!

  63. Karen Mallory says:

    Laura’s stuff is so fantastic! Love this giveaway!

  64. Holly Day says:

    Wonderful collection–so many possibilities for boxes!

  65. Lina says:

    So clever!

  66. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I really love today’s project of making a cigar box purse. I would love to make one for my best friend who has done so much for me.

  67. Luanne Shoup says:

    Wow! so much fun stuff!!!

  68. Diane D. says:

    Love the purses, such a great idea and everything in the giveaway is just fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. Beverly M. says:

    This project looks like fun!

  70. Carol Feiner says:

    Love the cigar box purse as a book holder. Love this one!

  71. Lynn fox says:

    Lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. fingers and eyes crossed!

  72. Susan M.L. says:

    To win this giveaway would add to all of the cigar box items I just ordered! Keep up the fabulous creativity!

  73. Joan E. says:

    Another amazing giveaway!

  74. Kay W says:

    What a wonderful giveaway!

  75. Janet Turner says:

    I love these ideas. I always look for old cigar boxes at thrift shops.

  76. Susanne says:

    Beautiful artwork — the cigar box purses have a very luxurious appearance.

    Thank you for sharing these creations!

  77. Ellen Lai says:

    Great work and giveaway! Keeping my fingers cross!

  78. Verna Stapleton says:

    The new cigar paper are lovely. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  79. Nancy S says:

    What a great giveaway.

  80. Lana says:

    if I don’t win, I think i’ll just have to buy this giveaway, so regal and beautiful!

  81. Jill Whalen says:

    Would love to win the giveaway and make this purse for someone special as a Christmas gift. Cool stuff!

  82. Gilda says:

    Love these projects. What a great giveaway.

  83. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

    Another great giveaway…hope it’s my turn!!!!!!

  84. Would be so fun with old family photos! Thanks for the idea and a chance to win.

  85. Terry says:

    What an amazing collection. I am getting dizzy from all the ideas spinning round in my head!

  86. Dennis Lawrence says:

    Another chance for some beautiful possibilities! Thank You!

  87. orianna says:

    the colors and details of these images are a delight

  88. Oh My I f my Grama was alive to day she would just have a hay day with this, I do get my craftiness from her, we would do stuff all day long, I miss her so much,she would love this, I mean she used to dip snuff !! what a gal she was, I was so fortunate to have a wonderful grama !

  89. Carey says:

    very cool ideas. This is a great giveaway for the mixed media projects I’ve been working on lately. Count me in 🙂

  90. Arlene Groepper says:

    Luv the project!!!!

  91. Kathy Sorensen says:

    How exciting to be able to save a cigar box for yet another project! What a great present this will make.

  92. katalin says:

    Wow what an awesome giveaway.I love all the goodies with the cigar box purse.Thank you for letting me enter..

  93. Arminta says:

    I love the pretty little bits! This would be so great to win.

  94. Lou Anne says:

    I love all kinds of boxes and cigar boxes are my favorites! Your projects are always so intriguing.

  95. Oh I can recall when these where all the rage – I tried making one then & it was ok, not nearly as beautiful as Laura’s 🙂

  96. Carmen says:

    I made my cigar box purse about 10 years ago and I still get compliments on it. Love the cigar box purse book …great job Laura! What a terrific giveaway!

  97. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this project. Have made several cigar box decorations. Your store is fantastic with all of its altered art supplies.

  98. Marilyn H says:

    Great cigar purse and I am drooling over the giveaway.

  99. Jenny S. says:

    Love this giveaway!! Thank you!!!

  100. Barbara says:

    Great give away! I have a few cigar boxes that I have been meaning to use. Looks like fun.

  101. Carol Slowik says:

    Very beautiful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  102. LeAnn says:

    Best use of a cigar box yet. Thanks for the awesome idea Laura.

  103. judy burris says:

    Oh my goodness what a superb giveaway! So much eye-candy!!!

  104. Patti Flasch says:

    Wow! This is beautiful. Laura never fails to inspire me!

  105. Joan says:

    Great cigar box purse, what a great idea!

  106. Jackie Barth says:

    Pretty and looks like fun to make!

  107. Laura says:

    Don’t like cigars but love the boxes.

  108. Dena Cottrell says:

    Another awesome giveaway. Would love to win.

  109. Carrie Jacquin says:

    Love cigar box stuff!

  110. Debra Gibson says:

    Please just let it be me this time !!!!!!

  111. Rabbit says:

    Love cigar box stuff! They’re so much fun!

  112. Diana Bittaker says:

    Lov it!