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New Twisted Citron Distress Color + Artwork by Laura Carson

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Run Away & Join the Circus Kit, Tim Holtz

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 project that are still available on the new site.

Before jumping into Miz Bella’s introduction of Laura Carson’s circus art (and FREE collage sheet!) a reminder and an announcement: ALL of the collage sheets are On Sale! AND we’ve extended the Half Price Sale on Circus Rubber Stamps! Note: the Tim Holtz Stamp Sets are on sale for 20% off — still a great deal!

Keeping in step with the Run Away and Join the Circus Kit Theme, Design Team Member Laura Carson presents The Circus Is Coming to Town and New Clowning Around Collage Sheet!

The inspiration for this fun filled piece is the Metal Bicycle Frame; it makes such a cool back drop for clown’s shenanigans. I could also see this piece being incorporated into other themed projects like Steampunk or a summer/children themed piece.

How amazing is that Metal Bicycle Frame? Not to mention that it is an impressive 9″ x 8-1/2″ x 3″. Laura has created my favorite type of circus, one where it’s the animals who are in charge and in this circus, it’s the dashing Mr. Elephant! Beside images from the kit (like the Reversible Clowns Collage Sheet), lots of the clowns in Laura’s circus are from her new Clowning Around Collage Sheet that has colorful clowns in some really useful positions (holding things, pointing at things, facing left and right…). And those round designs fit the Medium Spools and 2 Inch Wooden Spools (so you can use the spools as wheels).

The clown flying sideways, holding the end of the circus banner made from the Mini Lacy Banner Flags cracks me up! Grab your peanuts while you check out Laura’s supply list and then head on over to the big top of Laura’s blog where there is a tutorial and a FREE collage sheet waiting for you!

And note: for this week (through next Saturday night, May 23rd) we’ll be including a FREE cardstock version of that same The Circus is Coming to Town Collage Sheet in all orders! It includes fun stylized “CIRCUS” and “FUN” text and signage (and balloons).

 New Tim Holtz Distress Color: Twisted Citron! On Sale!  View All

And ALL Twisted Citron Distress Products are On Sale!

Distress Ink Pad – Twisted Citron

Distress Mini Ink Kit – Kit 13 – Spring 2015


Hooray for the Clowns & Tricycles Giveaway!

Wow… lots of collage sheets in this package!

I started with these goodies from Laura’s The Circus Is Coming to Town (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
– Run Away and Join the Circus Kit (includes Vintage Magician Posters, Circus Performers #1, and Reversible Clowns Collage Sheets)
– Clowning Around Collage Sheet
– The Circus is Coming to Town Collage Sheet (that’s the new FREE sheet)
– Clowns At the Beach Collage Sheet
– Elephants #1 Collage Sheet
– 3D Circus Tent Collage Sheet
– Beach Babes Collage Sheet

Then I added these NEW items:
Miniature Red Tricycle
Miniature Vintage Rusty Scooter
Metal Deco Strip with Tacks
Mini Wood Alphabet Tiles

To enter the Clowns & Tricycles 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, May 18, 2015). AND tell me which of the NINE collage sheets in the Giveaway you like best (and why).

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 Time Keeper Butterflies Giveaway? (With all those cool miniatures announced in Thursday’s Newsletter?!) That would be Winnie! (And she commented: “Love the butterflies! The mini lawn chair is adorable!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 16th, 2015

66 responses to “New Twisted Citron Distress Color + Artwork by Laura Carson”

  1. Stefanie says:

    Wow! Loving this :o) such cheery bright colours!!

  2. Kim Lucak says:

    Great giveaway again! I like the reversible clown collage sheet, every circus needs clowns 🙂

    “And where are the clowns?
    There ought to be clowns.
    Well, maybe next year.”

  3. Jean Marmo says:

    Love the mini wood letters! Oh and that bicycle frame! Very cooL!

  4. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love the circus theme, and especially the Clowning Around collage sheet. like it because the clowns are standing in different positions. Love your store.

  5. kim says:

    I love the mini tricycle and my favorite collage has to be Circus Tent collage because I adore the tents and fun of the Circus. So fun, thanks for a chance!~kim

  6. Tammy says:

    I have to say I like the ‘Clowns at the beach college sheet’. It’s not often you see clowns in their swim wear!

  7. chark says:

    amazing work! I think I like the Elephant sheet the best.

  8. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh! Love this circus theme! My favorite is the Circus is coming to town! Such a fun reminder of going to the circus as a child. I can see lots of fun projects with this kit!

  9. Lisa M says:

    I love it all!! The Vintage Magician Posters are the coolest, I think, because I’ve never seen that collection before. It’s unique. I love the look of all the images!

  10. Cathy smith says:

    I love circus stuff! I love the balloons!

  11. KIM says:

    My favorite is the carnival 6×6 pad.
    Wonderful papers to add to my paper stash.
    Thanks,Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  12. Noreen says:

    What a delightful circus scene! My Dad was a clown for several years. I loved the clown collage sheets, and especially the vintage look of all the circus items.

  13. Ann C. says:

    I like #2, not sure why just the colors and poses attract my eye.

  14. Barb says:

    My favorite the the clowning around sheet, each and every one is good. That is really the lcowns in action.

  15. Barb says:

    My favorite the clowning around sheet, each and every one is good. That is really the one that adds color and motion to the scene the most.

  16. Oma Linda says:

    I have always wanted to “run away and join the circus” and would love to be entered in the contest. What a joyful giveaway…..Yay

  17. Darlene says:

    I like the beach babes ! Looks like they are having fun !!!

  18. Maryellen says:

    I guess it would be the Beach Babies, clowns scare me.

  19. phoebe diamond says:

    Well, I like all of the circus themed sheets. But I do like the reversible clown collage sheet. All of it would look great in my circus themed altered book.

  20. Lori D. says:

    I love this fabulous giveaway! Hard to choose just one, I’d have to go with the Clowning Around collage sheet. I just adore the images and it inspires me to make a whole scene. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Jen R says:

    Ooo the vintage magician poster sheet is my favorite but they are all so fun!

  22. Linda K says:

    Wow, what a great giveaway. Who doesn’t love a circus. I had a hard time picking my favorite but I guess it would be the reversible clowns as I can see being able to do lots of different things with this sheet. My very close secod is the clowning around collage; just love how vintage-looking all the clowns are. Am I afraid of clowns??? Not on your circus life 🙂

  23. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m off to join the circus.

  24. Evelyn Valencia says:

    Amazing kit and all circus projects by your designers. I like the elephant sheet and the circus performers # 1 sheet. The large bicycle is so unique. That’s why I love you store. You carry different items for altering projects. Thanks. E. Valencia

  25. Emily N says:

    I love this project! My favorite collage sheet is the vintage magicians posters. They are all great!

  26. cathrine bolin says:

    Mr. Elephant sheet is my fav. Always loved elephants from the first time I seen Dumbo Fly!

  27. Gerri herbst says:

    I like the ticket sheet. Wonderful giveaway!

  28. yvette leblanc says:


  29. Sandy says:

    I love the elephant sheet, makes me want to hug them all. This is a wonderful, fun, giveaway!

  30. Traci says:

    I love all the collage sheets the colors are so bright and pretty. I would chose the Elephants collage sheet it is so cute. >^..^<

  31. Luanne says:

    The beach babes collage sheet. I have used up two of them already!

  32. Melody says:

    My brother thinks clowns are scary, I think they’re fun and truly the life of the circus. I’m liking the reverse clown collage sheet! This is an awesome kit!

  33. Jen says:

    I love all things circus!

  34. Dena Cottrell says:

    I love the Clowning Around collage sheet the best. It has such fun clown images and ephemera to use as backdrops in a circus.

  35. Janet Turner says:

    Wow! I want to run away and join that circus.

  36. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the piece Laura made. She is so talented!

  37. barbara macaskill says:

    How fun!! My life is a circus and I have been working on a circus/carnival village with carousels, ferris wheels, and other related pieces for over a year now. I am constantly adding new things to it and am planning on having hubby cut a board so I can mount all the pieces to it and keep it displayed year round. The grandchildren love seeing each new piece and keep asking when it will be done. I tell them that it will always be a work in progress because I can always add new things to it and make it even better!
    My favorite collage sheet is Clowning Around! Would love to use these collage sheets to add to my scenescape that I am creating! See you on Thursday!

  38. Nancy S says:

    My favorite is the beach Babes because living in a seacoast community I can envision some really wonderful projects with them!

  39. Lana says:

    no clowning around, this is totally adorable!

  40. Sokat says:

    My favorite is clowning around collage sheet. My parents lived the circus and made it an annual tradition with the grandchildren. The vintage clowns really harken to a day of simple entertainment.

  41. Susan Brewster says:

    Yea!Love it all!!

  42. Marilyn H says:

    I like the Clowning Around Collage Sheet. It’s just a fun sheet that shows lots of clowns.

  43. Laura West says:

    Love this!! I could have a lot of fun with some creations!

  44. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. I love the elephant collage sheet. They always remind me of the circus.

  46. Always loved the Circus! Peanuts, Popcorn, Crackerjacks! Always had a good time and still do. Love to build circus themed collages.

  47. Lisa Mills says:

    My fav is the clowning around sheet. They seem to be the cutest! Thank, Lisa

  48. Pam W says:

    I have two favorite collages. The Elephants and Clowning Around. I have always loved elephants and the clown collage has so many possibilities.

  49. Gilda says:

    I love Laura’s vintage circus. It is fantastic. As for collage sheets, my fav is Vintage Magician Posters.

  50. Mary Mac says:

    Just love all the minitures with this fun giveaway.

  51. angelic says:

    This is a fun giveaway, and my favorite collage sheet is the elephants #1 sheet. I loved going to the circus to watch the elephants.

  52. I like the clowning around because of the elephant. I love elephants.

  53. I love the whole idea of the circus! Must have the reversible clowns sheet – favorite!

  54. Tammy says:

    I love the elephants too!

  55. Elizabeth H. says:

    I like the elephants sheet it is so cute. I would love to win this set.

  56. LeAnn says:

    Clowns at the beach is my favorite because it is so unique.

  57. Margery McInerny says:

    I puzzled over what to do with the May kit but now I know. Laura you crack me up😃

  58. Jackie says:

    I absolutely love the Run Away and Join the Circus sheet- love vintage posters and vintage everything!!

  59. Rabbit says:

    Adore this circus! Not at all creepy like some of them, so I hope I win so I have something fun to do this summer!

  60. Brigitte B. says:

    I like the clowns at the beach sheet, and how it’s a comedy “down by the sea.” It makes me wonder how it plays out- does a crab bite a clown on the nose?

  61. DebR says:

    Brilliant as always Laura, love the tricycle! All the collage sheets are wonderful but I really love the Clowns At The Beach collage sheet, the best of summer all in one place!

  62. Ginette says:

    Love everything with clown, so I just cant choose one, I’ll take them all.

  63. Gay Cormier says:

    This is hard choice. I love them all! The circus animal #1 collage sheet is my first choice. I love the colors and can picture them running around the 3D circus tent. My grandsons can play a part in putting this together. They would love this also.
    Thanks for allowing to win this very nice giveaway!

  64. Carol Slowik says:

    My favorite collage sheet is “clowning around.” I absolutely love how real the clown faces look on this sheet. Also the wheel covers and stage are very useful. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway!

  65. Betsy Skagen says:

    Laura, this is such a fantabulous project! Way to rock the circus theme.

  66. Sara H. says:

    I love the vintage magicians paper. I’d love to do a circus theme with a focus on them!