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A Formal Garden by Laura Carson & Related New FREE Gift!

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Such a treat today! Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a lovely Formal Garden (and that it is! with marble columns and railings, wrought iron benches and trellis, and a babbling fountain). But wait! Those are all made of paper!

Lucky for us Laura has provided a video tutorial to show how to turn simple terracotta pots into fancy Victorian ones using paperclay and molds. And how to paint the new Garden Trellis with Round Window (and clever benches made from parts of the Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set) to look like aged green wrought iron.

AND that fountain! Look below for a top view, with the koi and waterlilies (and both of those images are provided free on Laura’s blog post, too!

Laura also created FOUR new collage sheets for the Formal Garden and as backgrounds for some coordinating ATCs (see the wide photo of the Formal Garden for a broader view, showing ladies and gents from the 1830s. And see a photo of one of the SIX (!) ATCs below in the Giveaway.

See everything Laura used to create her Formal Garden in her Supply List. And visit Laura’s blog for lots more tips, photos, and that tutorial! (Don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway, which is based around the pretty ATCs that Laura also made from her new collage sheets).

FREE GIFT! In honor of 6 ATCs by Laura, using all four of her new collage sheets, ALL ORDERS on Thursday and Friday, August 11th and 12th (2016) will receive a Rose Garden FREE Gift Kit including one of the new Rose Garden Collage Sheets, AND:
– a mix of 4 coordinating colors of seam binding
4 paper flowers!


Hooray for the Nature Background ATCs Giveaway!

This prize package includes all these goodies used in Laura’s SIX Nature Background ATCs:
Nature ATC Backgrounds Collage Sheet (new!)
1830s Gents & Ladies Fashion Collage Sheets: one and two (both new!)
Fern Garland
Mini Rose Buds – Red Yellow Variegated
Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set (see close-up at left for a bit of this set used on another of Laura’s ATCs… plus this is the set Laura used to create benches)

Bonus: One of the new Rose Garden FREE Gift Kits (which will give you another collage sheet and more mulberry paper flowers!)

To enter the Nature Background ATCs 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, FRIDAY, August 12, 2016)!

And tell me: What is your favorite technique from Laura’s tutorial? Bonus if you can explain combining that technique with the goodies in the prize package.

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 check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Halloween in Wonderland Giveaway? That would be Peggy! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, August 11th, 2016

29 responses to “A Formal Garden by Laura Carson & Related New FREE Gift!”

  1. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    Just love anything that Laura does…She is fantastic and the most creative creative I’ve seen.

  2. I would set up the columns and dance for joy in my patio fairy garden with my bitty pals.

  3. Margaret says:

    Laura Carson has the coolest ideas! I will have to check out her blog post because I always learn some neat way of doing something from her. And gardens always make me think of Faeries lol. So that is what I would do with this myself. I need koi in a fish pond so will be looking to see how Laura pulled that one together. Wonderful stuff as usual!

  4. Kat Cashwell says:

    Laura is amazing! I love her faux marbling technique!

  5. Nancy E says:

    Just love what Laura has created. I like the techniques to make something ordinary look amazing! I’d use the marbeling technique for multiple projects.

  6. Emily D says:

    Love the faux water!

  7. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow – another gorgeous and creative project! My sister has a garden that is to die for. This would be perfect for her!!

  8. Michelle says:

    I love her marbling teqnique. I would use it to make a marbled floor…like a garden balcony off a fabulous ballroom.

  9. Karen says:

    I’m not sure which technique I would pick because they are all absolutely wonderful. I looked at her blog and she is amazing. The details are incredible. I really like the faux painting for the marble and the verdigris finish on the planters. But, again, everything is beyond extraordinary!

  10. Kim Lucak says:

    I adore this, reminds me of the gardens of England and France in the 18th and 19th centuries!!!

  11. Pat Shaw says:

    I just love everything that Laura does. She is so amazing and I love all the creative new ideas she comes up with. I love how she does the marbling technique! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Jo says:

    Love Laura’s work! She is so awesome!

  13. I love everything that she did wow I love these items I would love to win I would make a diorama scene with them thanks!

  14. Lou Anne says:

    I love what Laura creates. My absolute favorite is the fountain and pond with faux water. It’s amazing! I’d like to make an overgrown formal secret garden.

  15. Nice details. Love the pond.

  16. Diana bittaker says:

    Lov all of the techniques she used here -would like to try marbling effect on columns in an Italian garden!

  17. Diana says:

    I would love working with her ladies making ATC’s.

  18. Maggie M says:

    Although Laura’s faux water technique impressed me the most, I could see using her marbleizing technique on the base of an ATC then adding images from her collage sheets. She is so amazing!

  19. Barb A says:

    Another fabulous project.

  20. Jen R says:

    Would love to try the faux marble. Laura is amazing.

  21. Carla says:

    Flowers are my favorite! Also love the paintings technique tutorial

  22. barb macaskill says:

    LOVELOVELOVE how Laura layered the colors on the”pond” and fountain~ I definitely want to give this a try using paper clay and mediums to make my own version of a pond using IOD moulds. I absolutely adore the Potted Ladies too! So unique and clever!! All gardens need a few potted ladies. Laura’s technique of wrapping the paper clay piece with a paper towel and rubber bands to keep it in place while it dries is a tip I will be using!
    Total awesomeness today with all of these fun creations!!
    macaskillbarbara at yahoo dot com

  23. Every time I are content that I have enough in my cart to satisfy a project you come up with another gem! This is gorgeous!

  24. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the faux water technique, so easy I must try it. Would love to make my own tiny fish pond with a fountain in the center.

  25. Jackie Barth says:

    I can see applying the urn techniques to other projects. Love it, want it, hope to win it!

  26. Karen Mallory says:

    Wow!! This is so fabulous. Love everything Laura Carson makes. I love her water falling from the lion fountain all the way to the pond!

  27. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love the faux marble painting she did and it would be great to win this kit.

  28. Denise Bryant says:

    Love this pretty garden scene! My favorite is her marbling technique!

  29. Carmen g says:

    Love the resin work!!! Love the idea about place card holders!! I’ll write more when I get my breath back!!!!!!