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Land of the Butterfly Queen – Tutorial by Laura Carson

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, 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 lists for Laura’s glass books on the new site: Tiny Accordion Fold Glass Book and Large Glass Book.

A couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces THREE Land of the Butterfly Queen projects by Laura Carson!
The 25% off Sale on ALL of the Gilded Life Pendants, Embossing Folders & Dies ends TODAY! See last Thursday’s Newsletter for the new pendants that inspired this sale, AND for the Valentine Chocolate Box by Caroline Ouzts-Hay that inspired the Mini Chocolate Box FREE Gift Kit.

No time for sentiments today, my darlings! She who never sleeps, Design Team Member Laura Carson, has been burning the midnight creative oil again. You already know how fab she is, so I’m just going to jump right into things.

Starting off: Laura designed 5 new collage sheets and a digital download set that goes along beautifully with the Sanctuary Scrapbook Papers. Land of the Butterfly Queen Collage Sheets #1 and #2, Butterflies & Moths Collage Sheet, Floral Panels Collage Sheet, AND the Butterflies & Moths Digital Download Set. Get ready because your Springtime Muse is going to wake up and want to play once you see these! AND, all 6 of the Sanctuary Papers AND the 5 NEW collage sheets are On Sale!

Next: Laura made 2 tiny glass books. (Yes, I said GLASS!) A Tiny Square Glass Book (photos below) made with 1-1/2 Inch Square Glass Slides and a Tiny Glass Accordion Fold Glass Book made with 1×2 Inch Rectangular Slide Glass. Can you believe that these books are hinged?! Should I make an accordion book with floral panels or the square book with butterflies and adorable 15mm Bronze Bow Connector Charms? Decisions, decisions!

Finally: the Large Glass Book (photos at left and right). Goooorjuhhss!!! Seriously — what’s not to love about this book? Laura said:

“The centerpiece of the cover of the book is a piece of glass that is stamped, embossed and painted. The cover of the book is made from three pieces of chipboard and the center piece holds the glass, while the front and back pieces keep the glass in place by creating a sandwich.”

My favorite part of the cover, aside from everything? The Creative Paperclay ornament on the front cover from new Silicone Mold – Ornaments & Settings. Another favorite element that I can’t wait to get my hands on is the Springtime Robin Unmounted Rubber Stamp. This is such a pretty stamp! Like an embroidered lace panel with butterflies, eggs, daisies and a robin.

There is a supply list for each of these projects! Tiny Square Glass Book, Tiny Accordion Fold Glass Book and the Large Glass Book. Once you get over to Laura’s blog, you won’t be able to peel your eyeballs off the screen there are so many gorgeous pictures (and tutorials)!

And come back after you’ve recovered from you swoon: Leslie pulled together a very pretty Sanctuary Giveaway based on Laura’s projects, and there are lots of yummy new items, most of which Laura used in her books!


Hooray for the Sanctuary Giveaway!

Starting off this purdy Giveaway with ALL 6 of the Sanctuary Papers AND ALL 5 of Laura’s NEW collage sheets! (Yes, and that link includes the Into the Woods Collage Sheet that Laura also used in her artwork, so I’m including that one, too!)

Next, all of these items I gathered from one or another of Laura’s Land of the Butterfly Queen projects:
Bronze Branch Connectors
15mm Bronze Bow Connector Charms
Gold Metallic Mini Braid
25mm Round Antique Bronze Setting
White Foam Stamen
Old Fashioned Roses (in White)
12mm Acrylic Rose Beads – Mixed Colors
3/8 Inch Looped Ivory Lace
7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
White Curly Petal Paper Flower Sprays
1×2 Inch Rectangular Slide Glass (hard to see but they’re in the left of the photo… with the two bronze metal connectors on the glass)

Then I added all three of these goodies (they just looked good with the palette):
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Ivory
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
1/4 Inch Sheer Iridescent Ribbon (Celery with Pink Edge color)

To enter the Sanctuary 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, January 26, 2015).

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 Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

Hey, who won the Chocolate Box Giveaway? That would be Dawn! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, January 25th, 2015

163 responses to “Land of the Butterfly Queen – Tutorial by Laura Carson”

  1. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    Lovely butterflies.

  2. Dena Cottrell says:

    Butterflies are my favorite! Such wonderful goodies. I would love to win.

  3. Fly me into Spring. Another beautiful giveaway.

  4. Jean Marmo says:

    Such beautiful papers! At the rate it is going here we might never see butterflies! Seems so cold! Such gorgeous ribbons and trims! Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. marybeth i says:

    Lovely Papillon inspiration!

  6. Ann C. says:

    I love butterflies! What an gorgeous kit!

  7. Patti Flasch says:

    I love the colors of this giveaway; just in time for Spring!

  8. Jen R says:

    Beautiful butterflies

  9. Holly Day says:

    Oh, I _love_ butterflies!

  10. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    Such a beautiful giveaway!!

  11. Sue says:

    Spring is coming and this just makes the celebration sooner. I love butterflies… thank you…

  12. Kim says:

    Oh how lovely! I’m dreaming of spring!

  13. gloria stafford says:

    How totally charming!

  14. Noreen says:

    The Butterfly Queen is definitely bringing Spring! Thanks for the chance to win fun goodies.

  15. Nancy S says:

    Such a lovely project. I’ve got a friend that’ll just swoon over the butterflies. She’ absolutely obsessed with them!

  16. Shelley says:

    Sweet Butterfly Spring!

  17. KIM says:

    Wonderfully beautiful giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win

  18. Kristi says:

    Beautiful project.

  19. Betty Ann says:

    This would be a great addition to my butterfly collection of items to college with.

  20. Melanie Curtis says:

    Love the glass books and butterflies! Thanks for the chance to win the Sanctuary giveaway.
    It is very inspiring to see as we are looking forward to spring!

  21. Lana says:

    Oh I hope this flies right on over to me…so pretty.

  22. Diane D. says:

    I am speechless and wordless! These are all so amazing. Laura’s talent is endless. Thanks for a great Giveaway and the chance to win it.

  23. Stefanie says:

    Oh – wonderful Laura – I can’t believe those glass books!!! :D. Who doesn’t love a flutterby?

  24. Sharon K says:

    This is my favorite to date. I have a butterfly garden…they are so beautiful. Love the butterfly queen!

  25. Karen says:

    Oh how I could fly away with this beautiful butterfly collection! Lovely!

  26. Olivia HODOROWSKI says:

    Thanks for another chance and who doesn’t love butterflies and spring.

  27. barbara macaskill says:

    What a GENIUS idea!! I have a bunch of glass slides and pieces and am going to be stamping and embossing them and then creating books out of them!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Just the thing to get my mind off the impending blizzard….

  29. Luanne Shoup says:

    I do love the trimmings in this kit!

  30. Laural says:

    You constantly amaze me!

  31. Emily N says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway!8

  32. Cathy Judd says:

    Just lovely! Thank you for another great project.

  33. Ana Wanek says:

    Beautiful butterflies! Fun ideas!

  34. Denise Bryant says:

    beautiful giveaway! LOVE those glass books… amazing!

  35. Karen says:

    This site always has such wonderful project ideas now I could fly away with those Butterflies.

  36. kim says:

    So awesomely romantic! LOVE the butterflies and all the wonderful details. Thanks so much for a chance to win!~kim

  37. Susan M. L. says:

    Very pretty! great for a Spring garden journal!

  38. Jeri says:

    What a lovely kit!

  39. Dawn says:

    Spring is in the air! What a beautiful theme. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this beautiful kit.

  40. Beautiful projects and simply gorgeous prize. Hope to win this one (as usual).

  41. Pat Shaw says:

    What a gorgeous Sanctuary spring collection kit!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Arminta says:

    Beautiful ribbons, lace, and flowers!

  43. Jennie says:

    So sweet!

  44. Lorna E. says:

    Laura’s done it again with another stunning project, and the giveaway if drool worthy. Really brightened up my drizzly Sunday morning.

  45. Joan Harsha says:

    Too pretty, my turn to win.

  46. Traci says:

    Laura has such a diverse imagination-Love all her creations.

  47. Carmen says:

    Oh, what a lovely giveaway! Laura’s Land of the Butterfly Queen, glass book. is beautiful. The collage sheets are so pretty and love the charms; as well as the Springtime Robin rubber stamp. I hope I win this one!

  48. Margery McInerny says:

    Spring is not around the corner but this collection helps me think it is.

  49. Kay W says:

    This is so beautiful!

  50. Brenda Lubran says:

    I really would love to use all of these precious butterflies and flowers for my new 2015 summer garden journal.

  51. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Send this fluttery giveaway right on to me.

  52. Lina says:

    Wow – Love the colors!

  53. Krista Belle says:

    The combination of these beautiful papers with Laura’s collage sheets make this a real treasure!

  54. Jackie T says:


  55. Nancy S says:

    Wow, great ideas,wonderful inspiration!

  56. Vicki says:

    Beautiful project!

  57. DebR says:

    One word for Laura’a amazing creations, WOW! Glass books, what an inspired idea. Beautiful giveaway, thank you!

  58. Kat says:

    Wow, gorgeous!!

  59. bobbie says:

    What a fantastic package of goodies ~ please count me in!!!

  60. Gabrielle says:

    So pretty!

  61. Willow says:

    Beautiful! Makes me anxious for spring

  62. Sue Young says:


  63. Lynne W. says:

    Very pretty!

  64. Shanna says:

    Stunning I love the creations that were made. The acetate is a wonderful trick for the illusion of the eye.

  65. Oh, I would love to play with all these goodies – what a little treasure this is!

    Thanks for throwing my name in the cyber hat!

  66. Cindy Uhrich says:

    Bet the Glass Books are even more lovely “in person”, so to speak! What a wonderful creative collection.

  67. Kristie says:

    This is the most gorgeous set of papers, collage sheets and embellishments I’ve ever seen. I’d love to win, but you can bet I’ll be putting in my order for these goodies ASAP!

  68. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    oh, wow….I am wowed…terrific

  69. Rabbit says:

    Holy Cow! Fantastic projects again from the assemblage queen, Laura Carson, and a wow-wow set of giveaway goodies!

  70. Rhonda Gillette says:

    Oh My! This is the most gorgeous set I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.

  71. Lorrie Koenig says:

    The Sanctuary papers are just lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. Pam says:

    Making a memory box of my mother, her name was Faerie, she loved butterflies. Beautiful ideas!

  73. Beautiful pieces I love everything thanks for the opportunity

  74. SW says:

    I’ve never really worked with butterflies before. I do like the symbolism associated with them.

  75. Kim Lucak says:

    Beautiful!!! Would love to win 🙂

  76. Christine Hendry says:

    What a beautiful collection of goodies!

  77. Debra Gibson says:

    Oh ! This is so pretty I would love to win this one so much !! Please !!!!

  78. Graciela Sandel says:

    Lovely giveaway!!!!
    Thank you for the chance!!

  79. Debra Gibson says:

    Laura Carson rock’s ! I love going to her blog and seeing her do her thing !

  80. Christi Conley says:

    Beautifully romantic 🙂

  81. wanda says:

    love it…. want it … need it…

  82. Gotta have this one too ! It is like a breath of fresh air ! just lovely, Spring here is still winter in Colorado Mountains, I can’t wait. this would surely lift anyone’s spirits !
    Thanks so much , love all of your creativity !

  83. Ginette says:

    Vol, vol papillon vol.

  84. Looks as if many of us are dreaming of spring, what a treat this gift would be!

  85. Jo says:

    This butterfly theme is so beautiful!
    Love this!!

  86. Sweetpea Studio says:


  87. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Just when I think your products can’t get any better you prove me wrong. This absolutely made my day.

  88. Lorna Dufrane says:

    So pretty, spring is in the air!

  89. Pat Houck says:

    I think this kit is just what I need right now. I am so ready for spring!

  90. Megan Warren says:

    Love the glass book idea, so many things to do with it.

  91. Edith says:


  92. Regina Salvador says:

    Birds and butterflies – beautiful!

  93. Mary Mac says:

    Just love those beautiful papers.

  94. What delightful images! Can hardly wait to get them and create my own boxes from these starting points.

  95. Peggy Hatcher says:

    These are beautiful. I love anything with butterflies!

  96. Karen Mallory says:

    Laura has done it again! She sure comes up with some amazing art work! Love, love this giveaway!!!

  97. Gail Gill says:

    Love it Love it Love it !!!

  98. Kathleen Cole says:

    So beautiful and “Springy”! Just the thing for those drab winter days!

  99. Marilyn H says:

    I LOVE the accordion glass-fold book. It’s gorgeous!

  100. Virginia Smith says:

    What a beautiful giveaway! Such nice spring-like colors.

  101. Gilda says:

    What a great springy kit. Love it.

  102. Verna stapleton says:

    These collage sheets and ribbons are lovely. Thanks for bringing on some spring.

  103. vivienne friendly says:

    how i would love to win this!

  104. Caroline Lawson says:

    I love everything in this giveaway. Butterflies and Spring.

  105. Sokat says:

    Just beautiful. I am ready for spring and the wonders of nature.

  106. Renee Tripp says:

    Beautiful and inspiring!!!

  107. MaggieM says:

    That Laura is something else! How does she come up with all of these beautiful projects?! I love the Butterfly Queen theme:) And, I am loving those beautiful Sanctuary papers! OMGosh, enter me to win!!

  108. Barbara says:

    Beautiful butterflies … a sure sign of spring. The new collage sheets are so pretty and delicate – would love to win!!

  109. Leah Fein says:

    Gorgeous. Would love to win this set

  110. Jeanne Kelly says:

    How’s a! Fantastic project. I’d love to get into Laura’s head! The butterflies and Queen are amazing!

  111. Roberta S says:

    These projects are absolutely AMAZING; what a great way to brighten up our winter days! I would love to win this giveaway, and thank you for the chance.

  112. Sharon McDonagh says:

    Wonderful details!

  113. Kathy P says:

    Beautiful elements to this giveaway! Hope I win it.

  114. Nicole Austin says:

    i love all the butterflies and birds! so ready for spring! 🙂

  115. phoebe diamond says:

    Pretty pretty butterflies!

  116. Lou Anne says:

    Even the title is beautiful!

  117. Janet Turner says:

    Beautiful butterflies! Looks like Spring.

  118. orianna says:

    fly away artwork

  119. Carolyn Summers says:

    We all would like to claim as the winner for this lovely collection of goodies. Thanks for the inspiration, guidelines and samples to bring spring a little closer.

  120. Roxanne says:

    Oh how I love the sweet collage sheets here! I shall hope against hope that I will someday win one of these fabulous giveaways….oh thank you for the chance….

  121. Donna Meyers says:

    Is there not anything a butterfly can go on. I think not!!

  122. Evleta Gruber says:

    Looks like it is right up my alley, Butterfly’s!

  123. Rose L says:

    Birds and butterflies. How pretty!

  124. Lori D. says:

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

  125. Cathy smith says:

    Spring!, yes!

  126. Lu L. says:

    Laura’s blog is amazing…go and look if you haven’t already. I’d love to win all of these wonderful goodies!

  127. Carol Slowik says:

    This giveaway is most beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win it! Love Laura’s ART !!!

  128. Starqueen says:

    Beautiful books and a beautiful kit! Thanks for sharing amazing inspiration!!!

  129. Butterflies are free, at least I hope so!

  130. Angie says:


  131. Gail Klein says:

    Butterflies are so important to me! They represent my late Mother who adored them! This is a beautiful giveaway!

  132. Helen says:

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful. I would love to win!

  133. Debra Gibson says:

    I am still hoping the Alpha Stamp god’s are smiling on me !! I love those paper’s in the kit and have checked out the glass book Laura Carson designed it is beautiful !!!! I want to make my own !

  134. Jocelyn Knight says:

    Wow, so pretty and whimsical. Lots if the details are delicate and all so very pretty. I’m ready for a lush and fragrant Spring. When I see all the lovely things shown here, I can almost smell the flowers!

    Jocelyn Knight

  135. Judy Goodwin says:

    Ohhh so beautiful. I would love to have all this. The projects are so fantstic.

  136. Lisa Mills says:

    Such lovely papers! count me in please

  137. Trish says:

    great projects !!!!!! love the butterflies

  138. Lana Vassallo says:

    Wow Laura has done it again! Never ceases to amaze me! This is such a beautiful collection of goodies! Thanks for an opportunity to win this amazing prize pack!

  139. Mary Ann Smith says:

    Oh, everyone wants to win this one. That’s because it is gorgeous.

  140. Tammy says:

    I’m new here and I am just stunned with all this beauty and fun. My creative juices are starting to flow!

  141. Honey says:

    LOVE the new paper!!! And the new collage sheets!!!

  142. Janeen Leach says:

    Absolutely lovely. My dreaming of spring continues. So very creative.

  143. CG says:

    Oh wow. Just wow. I have officially run out of adjectives for Laura’s work. I’m pretty sure that the Laura and Alphastamps partnership could be the basis for some type of mixed media superhero series. AMAZING!

  144. LeAnn says:

    The glass book is so cool! Would love to add this kit to my butterfly collection.

  145. Jackie Barth says:

    So beautiful! Would love to win it.

  146. Kim Rayko says:


  147. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    How charming and lifelike in a fantasy sort of way. Just love the ensemble.

  148. kathy says:

    oh how fabulous! Pick me.

  149. Carrie Jacquin says:

    Birds and butterflies, oh my!

  150. Christine V says:

    What a delightful palate to play with!

  151. Sandy Steele says:

    These papers are so gorgeous! The title fits this kit so well because you look at the gorgeous papers and immediately do a big “sigh” and fills you with peaceful feelings. Absolutely breathtaking!

  152. Jill O says:

    I wasn’t going to enter but after visiting Laura’s Blog, I couldn’t help myself. Beautiful work and lovely collage papers.

  153. Ramona says:

    Fairy-licious! Send to me on fairy wings :-).

  154. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    So nice to see spring themes on this dreary winter day. Such lovely work and the glass book is so clever. Please add me to the give-away. Thanks.

  155. Nan says:

    Beautiful collection in this give away. The butterflies are the icing on the cake!

  156. Eve Watters says:

    Everything here is so absolutely gorgeous- can’t wait to get back to the studio with all this new inspiration. I’m jumping into the giveaway with high hopes! Thanks!

  157. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    Oh what beautiful supplies!! So SPRINGLIKE! And here we are in the Northeast facing a blizzard. ugh. LOVE it all…and that tiny lace edging…yummy! Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  158. Sheila says:

    So pretty and delicate – just love the springy colors!

  159. Carol Feiner says:

    So beautiful! I’d love to make the glass books.

  160. Lynn says:

    Looks like a great start on spring/summer projects! (I’m sick of winter!!! 🙂

  161. JackieP Neal says:

    What a wonderfully inspiring kit for spring!!

  162. julie m says:

    butterflies, flowers, lace… just what makes me happy.

  163. Thalia Kottke says:

    So pretty.