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It’s All About Shoes!

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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.

A reminder before getting to the beautiful artwork by Laura Carson (and Gilder’s Paste Sale), the Half Price Sale on Circus Rubber Stamps and Circus Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) announced in Sunday’s Newsletter continues through Friday, May 15th. And why an extra week… because of the May Kit Theme: Run Away and Join the Circus. Note: the Tim Holtz stamp sets are on sale for 20% off — still a great deal!


Design Team Member Laura Carson has a special treat for you today, and It’s All About Shoes!

What can I say, a girl has gotta have her shoes! And for those of you who also love shoes, I have some shoe themed projects to share with you.

Laura created mini-shoe picture stands that are simple to make with endless style and theme possibilities; using her her two new collage sheets, Elegant Shoes (which has also has a Download Set) and Portraiture.

Gorgeous embellishments abound from the twinkling Bronze Slider Beads, the Fern Fronds Die-Cut Chipboard Set, and the stunning Calla Lily Leaf Charms that Laura used throughout her frames.

Also used on assorted frames are the Silicone Molds Oval Mirror Frames and Royal Icons. So many different uses, and with a bunch of projects brewing I can’t wait to use the Oval Mirror Frames to make a Mirror Mirror on the Wall for a haunted house!

The inspiration for this shoe (at left) is the Die-Cut Black Wrought Iron Fence Wrap. It’s been sitting on my work desk for a couple of months waiting for inspiration to hit. At the same time I’ve been thinking about making some paper shoe patterns (I know some of you have been asking for me to do paper shoes). As I was working on a pattern I started thinking “why not make this really simple so that more people will want to give it a try”. By using the wrap it takes away some of the complexity of cutting and fitting together a pattern.

The Eiffel Tower Die-Cut Chipboard makes quite the fabulous heel don’t you think? As always Laura paid infinite attention to detail and stamped the Eiffel Tower with the French Floral Collage Rubber Stamp for a little extra French flair.

It’s All About Shoes Supply List for your review and then high step it on over to Laura’s blog for a ton of pictures and tutorials on how to make it all!



Hooray for the Pretty and Peach Giveaway!

I’ve included these goodies from Laura’s It’s All About Shoes (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this longish list):
– Elegant Shoes Collage Sheet (New!)
– Portraiture Collage Sheet (New!)
– Bouguereau #2 (Spinning) Collage Sheet
– Go Away, I’m Reading – Banner Collage Sheet
– 18th Century Chipboard Shoe
– Eiffel Tower Die-Cut Chipboard (New!)
– Almanac 6×6 Paper Pad — yes, a whole, fat pad! See below right for another photo of some of the yummy pages in this set (Back in Stock!)
– Antique Gold Square Filigree
– 20mm Leaf Sprigs (New!)
– Calla Lily Leaf Charms (New!)
– Bronze Tassel Charms
– Die-Cut Black Wrought Iron Fence Wraps (New!)
– 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
– Mulberry Paper Lily Mix
– Light Tan Wide Lace
– 1 Inch Natural Cotton Lace
– White Seam Binding

And a couple more things while I was in the ribbon room (yes, there is one!):
Grecian Pink Seam Binding
Printed Canvas Ribbon – Crowns

To enter the Pretty and Peach 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, May 8, 2015)! AND tell me which of the techniques in Laura’s tutorial (or supplies she used) you want to try out.

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 the Run Away and Join the Circus Giveaway ? That would be DebR! (And she commented: “That is so much fun, love Kristin’s amazing circus. Have to say my very favourite performers from her circus are the lions, can’t resist those critters!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 7th, 2015

81 responses to “It’s All About Shoes!”

  1. Tammy says:

    Shoes! What more needs to be said?!?! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! I can’t wait to make ‘shoe frames’ for myself & all my friends!!!

  2. Kim Lucak says:

    Every girl LOVES shoes – more please 🙂

  3. Noreen Johnson says:

    Love the shoes!

  4. I am going to make shoe easels until they’re coming out my ears! Each is more fantastic than the next – and the miniature ones are adorable. The Eiffel Tower heeled shoe looks like it would just hold a bottle of Aileen’s Tacky Glue. LOL I’d have the most swank glue holder on the block!

    I would love to win all this stuff – ooooh – the things I could to do! (and it ain’t just girls that love shoes! *dig dig*)

  5. Carmen Willis says:

    Indeed it’s all about the shoes! I love everything about these projects; however I would make the pretty paper shoe using the wrought iron fence wrap, so clever Laura!

  6. Love the Parisian looks; fond memories of visiting in 2003. Would love making a mixed media piece in this theme!

  7. l.b. sejourne says:

    I really want to try the die cut wrought iron shoe – it’s so elegant and I know just the person I’d want to give a project made with these materials to. I like shoes – but she’s mad about her collection 🙂

  8. Arlene Groepper says:

    Shoes, my other addiction!!!

  9. Kim R says:

    Awesome! Lovin the shoes!

  10. cathy says:

    I want to try the silicone molds. This is a cool kit. Hope I win!

  11. Ina Good says:

    Wow I would like to try those gorgeous sexy black shoes I love paris the eifel tower and that gorgeous diecut!!!

  12. KIM says:

    The chipboard shoes I would use.
    To hold a frame with Alice in Wonderland mini collage.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  13. Cindy F. says:

    Laura out did herself again! This is absolutely beautiful. I haven’t tried using the molds yet but would love to give it a try!

  14. Ann C. says:

    Using the wrought Iron paper as part of the sandal design…ingenious and gorgeous!

  15. Kristie says:

    All about shoes? Who can resist that. Great kit!

  16. Yolanda T says:

    I love EVERYTHING about this set. I’ve never seen anything like the shoe easel. Those are adorable. As for the Eiffel towel high heel, magnifique, Laura, magnifique!

  17. Barb says:

    Oh I love those wrought iron shoes…that is the best I have seen made ever!!! You have the best stuff Laura.

  18. Jamie says:


  19. Beth Jones says:

    How beautiful!!!

  20. Rise St Arno says:

    Using the guilders paste would be a new technique for me.

  21. Heather Mash says:

    Love these shoes! I would use the chipboard shoe and collage sheets to create something really unique!

  22. Shanna says:

    How fun. I love this shoe!

  23. Vintage girly! Just love how it all works together.

  24. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! My sister would love this! Have never used Guilders paste.

  25. Lorna E. says:

    Lovely giveaway. I think I’d like to try working with the silicone molds and Liquid Pearls – Laura’s bee looks wonderful.

  26. Karen Welch says:

    How perfect this is for the current “girlie” trend I am seeing in all mediums. Spot on!! I see many many hours of papercraft and these die cuts and paper sheets in my future! Many thanks!

  27. I love the shoe I am a shoe fanatic I want to learn how to make this shoe!!!

  28. barbara macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I think I just had a craftgasm or two!!! LOVELOVELOVE the shoe tutorials!!! I am definitely going to be making the shoe stands and the paper shoes. The gilder’s paste also has me salivating! I just love that stuff! It is almost magical! I am shivering with delight right about now!!! Thanks for sharing all of these fabulous shoe ideas!!! You are a shoe in for best blog this year!!

  29. Arminta says:

    I love shoes and crafting. I think the shoe easels for the dainty portraits would be fab to make.

  30. LeAnn says:

    I would like to try out the Gilders paste. The violet one is lovely.

  31. Char-D says:

    I have never worked with paper clay that was used to make the Oval Mirror. Would love to make this frame using the Frames Silicone Mold.

  32. Karen says:

    I love this collection – I am especially looking forward to the shoe chipboard to use to make the picture easels. Hope I am the lucky one.

  33. Pat Shaw says:

    Just love love the different shoes!
    Would love to win this fabulous prize.
    Thanks for the chance!

  34. Jen R says:

    I’d love to try out the shoe but I think my favorite idea is the cute shoe picture frame holders.

  35. Dawn says:

    Love the shoes and would love to make some of these adorable easels to hold miniature portraits!

  36. 2amscrapper says:

    The Eiffel Tower shoe is genius.

  37. Joy says:

    I love everything she did! The shoe is awesome with the black fence and Eiffel Tower. But the frames are so sweet and they remind me of a Marilyn Monroe or perhaps Bette Midler quote, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world”

  38. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Just perfect.

  39. Verna S says:

    I adore this shoe! I love the eiffel tower heel and would see what other goodies in this give away could work so cleverly. Thanks again form the inspiration.

  40. Pam W says:

    So creative!! I love the everything abut Laura’s shoe. I want to try to make a crown using the wrought iron fence. I keep hoping I will win one of your drawings someday, maybe this is the one.

  41. Roxanne says:

    Oh I just love Laura’s creations. The Eiffel tower shoe is something I definitely would like to try…its so sweet of her to come up with something we can all get figured out! Love her collage sheets…so inspiring! 🙂

  42. Winnie says:

    Absolutely love the shoe frames, and the colors are so pretty.

  43. sheila j says:

    This is the best kit ever…………………love shoes!!!!

  44. KayH. says:

    Oh my goodness!!! What an amazing shoe! I love it!

  45. Lori D. says:

    I would love to make one of the framed portraits! Great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  46. Luanne says:

    Shoes shoes shoes! The little Eiffel tower would work nicely on my Paris themed cards!

  47. Gail Gill says:

    I love Laura’s tutorials. I appreciate how she always gives reasons why to do techniques in a certain way (thus saving me the frustrations of throwing away my first try).

  48. Holly Day says:

    _Definitely_ want to try making the shoe picture stands! Those are just beautiful!

  49. Sandy says:

    I love shoes, can’t have enough. The shoe picture stands are right down my alley!

  50. debi says:

    I love shoes! And these are gorgeous! I’d like to try the wrap to add dimension to this & other projects.

  51. Mary Helene says:

    Just love all the gorgeous ribbons with this fun giveaway.

  52. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    Love shoes! i want to try one or two of those shoe portrait stands. As always, Laura has knocked one out of the ballpark.

  53. Helen P. says:

    I love Laura’s Eiffel Tower heel shoe, but I really love the shoe picture holders, so I would like to try those first.

  54. Laura West says:

    Love this! Thank you for the chance to win!

  55. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fabulous tutorial. I want to make the shoe photo/art holder. Those are so elegant!

  56. Emily N says:

    I love all the collage sheets and I would use the great pictures to make my own collage.

  57. Marilyn H says:

    I want to try out the Die-Cut Black Wrought Iron Fence Wrap. Looks neat. I have to read through her tutorial though. Haven’t done that yet.

  58. MaggieM says:

    Such cute ideas, decorated shoes….I’ve been thinking about purchasing the oval frames mold and a few of the other items listed above – now maybe I’ll win them!

  59. Nancy S says:

    I just love the shoes. They just look so delicate. Would great for a bridal shower!

  60. Brenda lubrant says:

    This collection is very romantic and I would love to make some pretty stuff from this kit.

  61. Sokat says:

    I really like the picture frame molds and the idea of building from paperclay

  62. Janet Turner says:

    Beautiful giveaway, as usual. I love the colors.

  63. Lisa Mills says:

    I would love to try the silicon molds. That was on my list of things to try next. This would be perfect and at the right time. Plus what girl doesn’t want more shoes! I know I do!! Thank You for having these giveaway’s!

  64. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    I’ve been hankering to do something with paperclay and those molds are especially cute!

  65. Oh, I love shoes !!! Just shut my mouth right now, I want it, I love it, ! I have been in a slump, this just “pumped me up” !!
    Thank you !

  66. I would love to try the silicone molds or the shoe die cuts. Love everything.

  67. DebR says:

    First of all, thank you Alpha Stamps for my Join The Circus giveaway win, so excited and can’t wait to play with all those lovely goodies!
    Laura has done it again with her amazing shoe projects, her Paris shoe created with the Eiffel tower die cuts as the heel is truly inspired!

  68. Debbie Peysen says:

    I love all the shoes. Who does not like them. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

  69. Tammy says:

    love it

  70. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Oh, yes, it’s all about the shoes, no trouble, as long as they come in my size and in every color! Woot! Woot! Mahalo for the op to win and craft.

  71. Gilda says:

    What could be better than shoes?? Love this giveaway.

  72. Maryellen says:

    I think the portrait paper is what I would use first – they have many possibilities.

  73. Sylvia L. says:

    The shoe and shoe frames are so clever & beautifully done. I’d most like to try the gilder’s paste.

  74. Denise Bryant says:

    Love all the lace and trims!

  75. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would love to use the wrought iron wraps in a project. I love the look of them.

  76. lynn says:

    I love everything
    would love to try the shoe clever

  77. M.E. says:

    The Eiffel-Tower-heel shoe is ah-mazing! Would love to try making one, too. What woman doesn’t love shoes , especially French ones?
    Thanks for the chance to win the fabulous giveaway!

  78. Mary-Ann says:

    So pretty!

  79. Amanda Miller says:

    I just love all of it! The black heel is amazing!

  80. Rosemary Woodruff says:

    I love the picture stands……so clever…I must use this for sure……love it!

  81. The shoes are fabulous, and remind me of my mother. For years, she collected shoes of every kind, of course all are replicas, glass, ceramic, even socks with shoe images, etc. She has dementia, and in a nursing home, but has all of her shoes on shelves in her room. I would love to make a shoe for her collection !!
    Thank you for this special giveaway.