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French-Themed Altered Bottles by Laura Carson

Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Tutorials

Wow! Laura has created an amazing array of altered bottles (with lots of different techiniques for coloring the glass and also tips for Applying Vellum & Transparency Film)… and she’s provided a video tutorial! And also in this newsletter: new items (tons of filigree, all used by Laura on her bottles), new goodies added to the clearance section, and two FREE offers! First, I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce Laura’s project (well… at least one of them)!

Look at all of these gorgeous perfume bottles that Laura Carson has designed! With me being a magpie and easily distracted by pretty, shiny things I do believe I must only focus on one bottle or alas! I will be all over the place darting from bottle to bottle.

I pick… the Clear Bottle with Vellum Collage Image! (That’s the bottle on the top left of the large photo at right.) Laura has taken a triangle shaped bottle and covered it in French Floral Overlays Collage Sheet that has been printed on vellum. Applying vellum — we all hate doing it but love the outcome. Laura will explain in a video tutorial how she applies the vellum!

Next! Laura used On Sale! Foundations Box Feet to stand her bottle on. You can get an idea from the box feet that the bottle Laura used is a good sized bottle as the box feet are pretty large and hefty. Adorned with Back in Stock Rosary Chain – Silver and Jet (one of my favorites!) there is an On Sale! Plaquette hanging with a faceted teardrop.

Add a piece from the New and On Sale! Filigree Embellishment Set – Old Silver at the top center enhanced with a “rhinestone” button (that you just know Laura created herself with some Clear Adhesive Acrylic Jewels over one of the filigree pieces from the New and On Sale! Mixed Silver Filigrees!)

Tie a bow with some of the On Sale! Black Crepe Ribbon and you have just made yourself a lovely bottle. (And, did you know? ALL of the ribbons are On Sale?!)

Wait. Almost forgot about the bottle stopper. Looking at the bottle stopper it looks as if… you know what? This is just ridiculous. The woman made a bottle stopper out of an On Sale! Wooden Egg Cup! I just can’t look at this one bottle anymore. I’m off to check out the other FOURTEEN bottle samples that Laura has created and I’m going to watch her video again for more secret techniques. Seriously, fifteen samples of drop-dead-gorgeousness and one of them has an egg cup as a stopper. It’s just not normal — I wonder what other crazy things are on her blog post?!

Psst… Leslie taking over again. I just have to say something about the other bottle in that large photo above (the top right bottle, plus a close-up at right)!

(Behind that loverly pendant (large charm?) Laura made from a recolored Brass Baby Bee Charm in a Jeweled Oval Pendant Frame) Laura applied the French Floral Overlays Collage Sheet (transparency version, so that frosted glass shows through) AND the 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace by running them throught the Xyron 510 – Creative Station to apply an even (and dry) layer of adhesive. Clever.

Hey, don’t forget to scroll down for today’s Giveaway! It includes elements from both of these highlighted bottles, plus 4 of the items just added to the Clearance Section. (And it includes the announcement of who won the last Giveaway!)

Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Pearly Blue FREE Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info and a photo are below.

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Just LOOK at their Hair! Paper Theatre

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
including Miz Bella’s Just LOOK at their Hair! Paper Theatre

3D Chipboard Crown

New and On Sale!

Pearly Blue FREE Gift Kit

I was inspired by all the colors in Bella's artwork, and by some new and newly on sale items in the June 5th newsletter… which led to this new FREE kit!


Hooray! A Silver & Pearls Giveaway!

I started with many of Laura’s altered bottles supplies:
– French Floral Overlays Collage Sheet (both transparency AND clear stickers)
– 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
– Slope Shoulder Glass Bottles – Large
– Jeweled Oval Pendant Frame
– Antique Silver Key & Keyhole Set
– Egg Cup
– Mixed Silver Filigrees
– Clear Adhesive Acrylic Round Jewels
– Clear Adhesive Acrylic Teardrop Jewels
– Mixed Flat Back Pearls (about a zillion!)
– Crepe Ribbon – Black
(Here’s a repeat of both of Laura’s Supply Lists: Clear Bottle with Vellum Collage Image and Frosted Bottle (that one above with the bee pendant/charm) so you can get links/photos of all of those things)

And then I added 4 things I thought just worked well with the group:
1/2 Inch Scalloped Black Lace
Glass Teardrops with Loops – 15mm Black
Black Round Beads with Brass Loops
Large Fancy Oval Bead – Silver

AND 4 items just added to the Clearance Section (that’s 80% off!!):
Dazzles Snowflake Stickers (that page also shows them used on an earlier altered bottle project by Laura)
Silver Picture Trays (and though they’re not in the Giveaway, the Antique Brass version is on clearance, too)
Victorian Square Glass Jar (hey, go try out one of Laura’s altered bottle techniques!)
Tiny Pewter Bee Beads

To enter the Silver & Pearls 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 (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, June 9, 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 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 Thursday’s Look at that Hair Giveaway? That would be Bobbie Kangas! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, June 8th, 2014

134 responses to “French-Themed Altered Bottles by Laura Carson”

  1. Conchi says:

    Only black and white but soooo beautiful!!
    I love antique key.

    Happy Sunday!

  2. Traci says:

    Love Laura’ss bottles she is amazing with all her creative ideas.

  3. Nellie Cotnam says:

    please pick me – what another great idea.

  4. Blair Lowery says:

    Pretties. Nice collection

  5. Amanda Miller says:

    WOW! These are amazing!!!!

  6. Pam knoch says:

    Love these bottles. Can’t wait to create my own!

  7. Carol DuBois says:

    Gorgeous bottles, no, no, pick me!!!!

  8. She is so talented. I would love to give this a try.

  9. Francie T says:

    how gorgeous are those ! dang, now I have to get up and try to make an altered bottle. sigh

  10. Great project and great supplies!! I made my first altered bottle this yearand now think I’m addicted!!

  11. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Fun stuff.

  12. M White says:

    Best giveaway ever! I can’t wait to try a bottle.

  13. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Those bottles are amazing!!

  14. What wonderful pieces! Great to add to my repertoire for the november craft show I’ll be in.

  15. Wow!!! These are beautiful! And I would love to win this prize package!!!!

  16. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Cool. Very cool!

  17. Beverly M. says:

    Beautiful pieces!

  18. Mary Jochems says:

    Thiese items were put together just for me! Can’t wait to win!

  19. Lynn Fox says:

    The law of averages says I have to win…eventually…LOL!!! This is a lovely giveaway! Laura Carson has outdone herself…wow….I stand in awe!

  20. Leanne S says:

    you’re knocking it out of the park with these giveaways lately! Pressing all my buttons! In a good way, of course 🙂

  21. willow says:

    BOTTLES!! i LOVE bottles, i have made many bottle. this is a great collection to make spirit bottles with.thanks alpha stamp you rock!

  22. Jen R says:

    What lovely bottles these are! I am inspired.

  23. Arlene Wheeler says:


  24. Pat Shaw says:

    Love, love these bottles by Laura. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Lori Wilczek says:

    Beautiful Bottles!! Great inspiration! Thanks

  26. SHEILA says:

    OH HOW AWESOME…………LOVE the kit!!!
    You come up with wonderful kits.

  27. Liz Russell says:

    Wow! The bottles are absolutely gorgeous! Would love to get my hands on this kit!

  28. Kristie says:

    This kit is the ultimate. I love all the sparkle and pearl!

  29. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, what incredible works-of-art! Thanks for the chance to make my own, Alpha Stamps!!

  30. Holly Day says:

    So much fun! Hope I win!

  31. Arminta says:

    The bottles are gorgeous! What a treat it would be to win this!

  32. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Ohmygoodness! Ohmygoodness! I have a weakness for decorated bottles– love these!

  33. MargieD says:

    What an absolutely scrummy collection of goodies for this giveaway and I just love Laura’s bottles!

  34. KIM says:

    WOW! Never would have thought of that.
    Collage sheets printed on vellum.
    Great idea for decorating bottles.
    Thanks Laura & Alpha Stamps

  35. Cherie says:

    LOVE the bottles!

  36. beautiful bottles, I would love to win been trying and trying!!

  37. Diane D. says:

    Absolutely love altered bottles. Laura outdid herself again when decorating these gorgeous bottles. Thanks so much for chance to win some of the goodies to create my own altered bottles.

  38. Jennifer J says:

    So pretty

  39. At last something to do with all those bottles That I ‘ve been collecting!

  40. barbara macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! What gorgeous bottles!!! These are magical creations and I am speechless! The black/white/silver with just a touch of gold color palette is enchanting!
    I have just ordered at least one of almost every bottle you have in stock so I can do this! Ran out of money before I could get many of the accoutrements for decorating them so winning this would be divine!
    Laura is such an amazing designer and I want to be her when I grow up!
    If ever there was a time that I was glad to have come into some unexpected money this is definitely one of the top 3 times! So glad I could order FINALLY!
    The only thing that would make this a better day would be winning this beautiful collection of goodies!
    Thank you for the chance to win them and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
    See you on Thursday for what I know will be even more awesome inspiration!

  41. Love bottles, hers’ s to making them pretty!

  42. Kim B says:

    This is the best giveaway yet! I love the bottles. Thank you for all the inspiration.

  43. Erica Holan says:

    Clearly I’m not the only one who would LOVE to have this kit!

    I’m obsessed with all things French shabby chic and I’ve been working on multiple altered art projects lately – with glass bottles!

    Once again, thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Erica 🙂

  44. Patti Flasch says:

    Black and white is the perfect color combo! This is a really beautiful packet for a giveaway.

  45. Karen says:

    What a different giveaway – I should like to try decorating these bottles – would look beautiful in a guest bath.

  46. Kathy Bumb says:

    What a beautiful giveaway – love all your fantastic products!!!!

  47. where is the video tutorial????????

  48. Terry McM says:

    Love the bottles!!Great post!

  49. Graciela says:

    Wow, I’m in love with the bottles, beautiful for a gift!!!

  50. DebR says:

    Ooh-la-la, tres chic! Wonderful bottles by Laura and love the silver and pearls giveaway, thank you for the opportunity!

  51. Emily N. says:

    Those are so cool!!!

  52. Lorna E. says:

    Oh mercy! Leaning way back from my keyboard so my drooling won’t short it out. Love this project and what a fantastic giveaway.

  53. Karen says:

    Beautiful. Black and white is timeless.

  54. Silver is one of my favorite colors to play with – beautiful collection!

  55. Jenny S. says:

    AWESOME giveaway! Love the colors and theme. Thank you!

  56. Sandy says:

    So so so French!

  57. angelic says:

    Beautiful bottles and pearls! Thanks you for all the inspirations and a chance to win.

  58. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful bottles!

  59. Jo says:

    Love the lace trims and the black and white theme!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Pat Houck says:

    I love these elegant bottles. Laura’s creations are always so amazing!

  61. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    ‘ve been altering bottles for a long time, but nothing like this. Must have this Giveaway!

  62. Liane Ceglar says:

    very elegant…a must have!! Love the lace and pearls !!!!!!

  63. Luanne Shoup says:

    this would be a nice addition to my perfume bottle collection!

  64. judy golden says:

    Wow this giveaway is fantastic, so many fun things to create so many fun projects. Good luck all~

  65. Me Pugh says:

    Charming collection.

  66. Carmen Willis says:

    Laura your bottle creations are beautiful and so vintage looking. I just love them. I also love the filigree and all the goodies in this giveaway. Keeping my eyes, fingers and toes crossed again to win this delightful giveaway!

  67. Linda Isbell says:

    I collect old bottles. I would love to have the kit, now that I know how to decorate them.

  68. Virginia S. says:

    This is a fabulous project! I love all of Laura Carson’s creations and would be so happy to win this kit,

  69. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Beautiful bottles, look like a lot of fun to create.

  70. Jackie Barth says:

    Love this bottle project – hope to win it!!!

  71. Noreen says:

    What fun bottles! They would be so neat to make.

  72. Rima St.John says:

    Laura you continue to amaze me, your talent is unprecedented. Give me bottles and then more bottles, just love them. What a fabulous give-a-way…..oooo I would love this one!!

  73. Rose Lewis says:

    How magnificent silver, pearls and glass look together! Would be awesome to design with! Thanks!

  74. Lori Devoux says:

    I love this! What a nice collection of goodies!

  75. Gail says:

    I love all of your creations. The bottles are so elegant. I will use the ideas for my miniature dollhouse. Thank you for allof your fabulous things.

  76. MaryBeth says:

    These are beautiful! I love that you carry so many unique products you carry.

  77. Pam Weiler says:

    Love this give away. The bottles are beautiful!

  78. Daylan says:

    Wow! These are gorgeous!

  79. Rosemary Sharon Woodruff says:

    I love pearls….always have. I wear many pearls….I use pearl pens….I adhere pearls….I like pearlized paint….lol….I love pearls. Pearls and silver….pearls and black…pearls! Would like to win this one!

  80. Diana Hargis says:

    Laura you rock! Would love to have this kit,I have sooo many bottles that need altering.

  81. LoriSW says:

    Gorgeous and fun bottles, Laura!!! What a perfect give away to get started.

  82. Miss Iowa says:

    Those bottles would look wonderful in my newly-remodeled “le petit spa” (bathroom). Great idea!

  83. Alice H says:

    Laura’s artistic touch is amazing! My friend who collects antique perfume bottles has nothing close to these. Wow!

  84. LeAnn says:

    Absolutely beautiful

  85. Lina T says:


  86. Karen Mallory says:

    Great giveaway! I love Laura’s artwork so much!

  87. coco says:

    Wow!!!! Fantastic give-away!!!! And I love the bottles project by Laura!! Another one fabulous.

  88. Kathy says:

    A great project.

  89. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  90. Karen Crowder says:

    Casting pearls before Swine-is there a sliver df a chance?

  91. Carol Slowik says:

    How did you know that I was getting ready to start decorating bottles? I love this one! Hope you pick me…and thanks again for the chance to win it!

  92. Janet Turner says:

    I love the pearls and silver. This giveaway is awesome. I would love to have all these products to play with!

  93. LynneZ says:

    The bottles are awesome. Love all of them. Hoping that you pick me to win!

  94. Dianne says:

    What a wonderful idea and give away. Laura’s imagination is so inspiring and creative. Finally something I feel I could do!!!!!!!

  95. Thalia Kottke says:

    Oh what beautiful fun.

  96. Debra Gibson says:

    I love these bottles ! Would love to win !!

  97. Carole Haberkorn says:

    I love these bottles! Are they functional? Can you actually store perfume in them? Thank for sharing all your talent with others.

  98. Gerri herbst says:

    Omg, I do adore those bottles!!!

  99. Lisa M says:

    That bee charm is pushing all my buttons! I’m picturing it hanging on a bottle of honey; wouldn’t that be so sweet? (Pun intended?) Beautiful stuff and always so inspiring!

  100. Laurie yoder says:

    Love, love love the pearls!

  101. DEBORAH EMMONS says:

    Altered bottles are so much fun, love to win your great giveaway.

  102. Pattie Fulton says:

    These bottles are AMAZING! I just watched a video about crystal clay–your filigree pieces would work so well with that stuff, along with all of the cool embellishments.

  103. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Awesome giveaway. I would love to attempt an altered bottle with all these supplies.

  104. Tanya says:

    Absolutely lovely! Can’t wait to make some of these!

  105. Laura says:

    Wow! So very gorgeous! I’d love to attempt a project like this, I’ve never done that but it looks so amazing!

  106. orianna says:

    love this use of bottles

  107. Kathy says:

    I so want to start making bottles!

  108. Sokat says:

    Awesome bottles.

  109. Brenda Lubrant says:

    Every Christmas I always make my 3 cousins a gift for Christmas. This year I know what I will be making them. I will be making them these gorgeous bottles. Thanks for the idea.

  110. Nancy S says:

    What lovely bottles. They would make yummy gifts!!! So clever!!!

  111. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    FABULOUS! Mahalo for the op to win.

  112. P boszko says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and a wonderful give away!

  113. Judy Ross says:

    Love the collection!

  114. Hannah Foss says:

    What a fabulous give away!! So creative!
    Please pick me!

  115. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    I have made some of Laura’s Halloween bottles and had a lot of fun.
    These look like a fun summer project. Thanks you for all of your beautiful ideas.

  116. Oh yes !! I had a sweet little Aunt, who loved all kinds of perfume bottles, when i was 8 , I made her one out of a Heinz ketchup bottle, so funny now, I am sure with these kinds of goodies I could have done wonders, But she loved it like it was a million dollars, oh it makes me sad, love you Aunt Daisy !!!

  117. Helen Potter says:

    I love altered bottles!

  118. Angela Cackler says:

    Those are so darling. 🙂

  119. Paulanne says:

    Please pick me.

  120. April Dudko says:

    Running out to pick up some bottles! Laura never fails to amaze!

  121. Stacy Blow says:

    Oh so beautiful! That pendant is to die for!!!

  122. Debbie Rollier says:

    I collect bottles so this would be awesome gift to win.

  123. Meredith says:

    Lovely! Thank you for all your hard work on the giveaways!!

  124. Sylvia L. says:

    I have lots of bottles & glassware; I never would have thought of all these great ideas for decorating them.

  125. Terry says:

    Just gorgeous!! I need a sampling of these for my bathroom greenhouse window.

  126. Lana says:

    simply lovely

  127. katalincurtas says:

    What a stunning giveaway.please enter me.Thank you…♥

  128. Sunita says:

    Zoot alors! A French theme? My favorite! The bottles look so elegant! C’est magnefique!

  129. Jackie N says:

    Laura’s art is always Outstanding!! count me in please for the giveaway!

  130. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Beautiful bottles and a fantastic giveaway! Love everything Laura does.

  131. Smokie says:

    Such talent, beautiful work!!

  132. Ann says:

    Bottles…LOVE them…so so pretty!!!