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Two Circus Projects by Laura Carson (+ a Related Giveaway!)

Filed under Art Projects, Cirque Paper Theatre Kit, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Rubber Stamps
Update! A newer post about Laura’s Sells Floto Circus is here.
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 projects on the new site: Sells Floto Circus and Circus Carousel.

I’m handing off the beginning of this newsletter to Miz Bella, to introduce Design Team Member Laura Carson’s TWO amazing Circus Projects! Then stayed tuned, ’cause there are some beautiful new Tim Holtz stamps, dies, and embossing folders!

Continuing on with the July Theme and the July Kit: Cirque Paper Theatres is Laura Carson and her cirqualicious creations!

Even if clowns are a creep factor for you, I think you’ll want to bring in the clowns with the Sells Floto Circus. Laura used the Small Paper Theatre Boxes as the base for each of her three linked theatres. Those are the same size chipboard boxes that come in the July Kit.

Personally, I can’t decide which theatre I like the best. There is the middle one with naughty Punch just waiting for the clowns from the Clowns #1 Collage Sheet to come up the ladder so he can bonk them on the head (such a sweet scene!) with my favorite clown from Clowns #2 Collage Sheet looking on. (See the close-up at bottom right of the photo at right.)

Then there is the theatre with the circus performers riding and doing tricks on horse and zebra back! Notice the New and On Sale! Circus Acrobat Cut-Outs atop the two outer theatres? I love the all of the sparkly glitter on them as they swoop this way and that. I also like how Laura placed the center theatre on a 3 Inch Tall Candlestick Holder to give it some height (and to allow room for that red ladder… so cute and just made from 2 wooden skewers and toothpicks)!

Laura used images from a zillion Circus Collage Sheets in her 3-ring circus, but lucky for you, ALL of them are in the Giveaway that Leslie pulled… see more info below (including the announcement of who won the last Giveaway… AND some circus rubber stamps included in the drawing AND just put on sale)!

But wait, I am leaving the best for last… ready?

LOOK at the Circus Carousel that Laura made using the New and On Sale! 3D Carousel Shrine Kit! Not only it quite fabulous with it’s fancy horses (that it comes with) but it also SPINS! (The spinning mechanism was added by Laura and is not included in the kit, but Laura explains it all on her blog post.)

Laura used the papers from the Anthem 6×6 Paper Pad to start the festivities. She also used the Circus Tent Collage Sheet (or Tents Digital Image Set), the Tiny Circus Collage Sheet and embellished the 3D Carousel Shrine with the Wide Scalloped Dresden Border Set.

Hey, that Tents Digital Image Set and BOTH of the circus collage sheets mentioned in the last paragraph are On Sale! Note: The ENTIRE Digital Images Section is On Sale! And this Thursday, July 17th, will be the final day of the Circus/Clowns Collage Sheets Sale (and that whole section is on sale in honor of the July Circus Kit)!

Already thinking ahead, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of the 3D Carousel Shrine Kits — don’t you think it would make for a great spooky or haunted carousel theme?! You see, the Evil Queen hides new things like this from me if I am working on another project for her and many times I don’t see them until they’re ready to be presented to you. A magpie I am, going from one shiny object to another on any given day or time so I’m trying to stay focused here!

Here are Laura’s Supply Lists: Sells Floto Circus and Circus Carousel, and you can see more pictures and details on how she created everything on her blog.

Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Trick or Treat FREE Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $15! More info and a photo are below.

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Cinderella, Tiny Books and Zombies?!   

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with some ridiculously cute Halloween Peg Dolls by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel!

Little Library Collage Sheet
New and Tiny Books to match!

Trick or Treat FREE Gift Kit

Three different scrapbook papers and a bit of sparkly sequins in orange, black, white, gold and purple (with bats, ghosts, stars & a jack-o-lantern).


Hooray! A Three-Ring Circus Giveaway!

EVERYTHING in Laura’s Sells Floto Circus Supplies List is included in this Giveaway! There are 16 collage sheets (!) so I took 3 photos to show them all (see below).

Plus, these items beyond Laura’s project:
Circus Performers #1 Collage Sheet (wow… there’s one she didn’t use?)
4 Inch Gold Doilies
Black & Gold Mini Cording
4mm Fused Pearls – Gold (now On Sale! at 50% off!)
– Four Masonite Horses (just like the ones in the Carousel Kit)

AND these 3 clown rubber stamps, just put 0n Sale at 50% off (only through THIS Thursday, July 17th — the same ending date as the Circus/Clowns Collage Sheets Sale):
Coin Bank Clown Rubber Stamp
Scary Clown Rubber Stamp
You Will Be Surprised Rubber Stamp

To enter the Three-Ring Circus 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, July 14, 2014). (Happy Bastille Day!)

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 winners (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 Skulls and Tiny Books Giveaway? That would be Linda Isbell! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, July 13th, 2014

121 responses to “Two Circus Projects by Laura Carson (+ a Related Giveaway!)”

  1. Kim Kormos says:

    Very fun, my kids would love it!!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  2. Sokat says:

    I love vintage circus and this no exception. Wonderful

  3. Carolyn says:

    Laura’s creations are amazing and so is this give away! Thanks for the inspiration and for the chanced to win!

  4. Sandra L. says:

    Wow! This project is just gorgeous. So much detail. Would love to win, of course. Thanks for the chance.

  5. 2amscrapper says:

    Laura does the most amazing art projects. This would be such a fantastic win!

  6. Kim Lucak says:

    Awesome, vintage circus – LOVE it!

  7. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, what an amazing work-of-art Laura has created! Love to try my hand ~ thanks so much for the chance to win!

  8. LoriSW says:

    Fabulous circus, Laura! Thanks for inspiring.

  9. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Wonderful fun! This would be a whole new area for me to try.

  10. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love this. It takes me back to my childhood going to the circus.

  11. Jen R says:

    More circus fun! Great giveaway

  12. Mary-Ann says:

    How fun!

  13. Liane Ceglar says:

    Lots of circus fun…awesome giveaway….thank you !!!!! 🙂

  14. Gloria Stafford says:

    Laura, your circus is so fabulous! I’d love to give it a whirl!

  15. Edith says:

    circus brings back happy memories, love to win thanks for the chance!

  16. Jeanne Kelly says:

    What happy colors and fun projects – love them!

  17. Jill O says:

    Love circus themes, and Laura’s carousel is absolutely fabulous. Love her work so much!

  18. Diana Bittaker says:

    Love, love, love the vintage circus art! Brings back memories of a local amusement park I used to go to growing up in canton. There was a carousel much like the one that was created by Laura, that carousel was hand carved and is now in a museum! Thanks for the memories and inspiration!

  19. Emily N. says:

    OOOO… I Love me some CIRCUS!

  20. Kim says:

    This looks like lots of fun!

  21. KIM says:

    Another great giveaway .
    Thanks for the chance to win

  22. Cherie says:

    Love the circus!

  23. Noreen says:

    The vintage circus art is so much nicer than modern circus posters and such. You have such great miniatures, too!

  24. Pat Shaw says:

    I just love love vintage circus. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!!

  25. These would go perfect with some G45 papers that I have!

  26. Andrea says:

    Laura is such a talented artist and these projects are so imaginative and beautiful!

  27. Rose Lewis says:

    Oh how I love the circus, especially when I can make a tiny one in a miniature stage set!

  28. Stefanie says:

    Wow – just wow!! I would love half an hour in your shop – though that would easily become a whole day I’m sure!! :o)

  29. Diane D. says:

    Laura did it again! What a fantastic circus. I can definitely see the Carousel in a spooky Halloween Theme. Thanks for another great give away.

  30. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m joining the circus!

  31. Lori says:

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

  32. Susan Gunter says:

    Oh this is fabulous!!!

  33. What a fun project I love the circus hope I win

  34. Gerri herbst says:

    I feel like flying thru the air. Great giveaway

  35. What a delightful happy give away. Wonderful fuel for the creative mind. Thank you for yet more eye candy.

  36. barbara macaskill says:

    How fun is this? Since I often feel like my life is a circus this would be an awesome prize to win! Thank you for the chance to!

  37. MaggieM says:

    Life is a circus!! Isn’t Laura the most amazing designer? I LOVE her carousel and theaters! I’m dying to order the Little Library collage sheet and mini books-just waiting on my disability check, lol. Kudos to Alpha Stamps for carrying the most amazing craft products! XXOO

  38. Gina Goodling says:

    I get inspired with every creative posting! This circus rocks! Count me in for playing to win!! Big kudos for Laura whose imagination never rests. GG

  39. sheilaAR says:

    I’m dreaming of a Coney Island-esque Circus and Carousel by the shore, with hotdogs and salt air and a big moon at night with the rides all lit up like jewels in a Lite Brite box

  40. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh yes, what cool ideas are starting in my head.

  41. Patti Flasch says:

    Summer is the perfect season for the circus!

  42. Ann C. says:

    This kit is awesome and amazing!

  43. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies 🙂

  44. Lori Wilczek says:

    Love the Circus! Great Giveaway!

  45. Sandi says:

    I am dying of the cuteness. I need to make this for my sister who is scared to death of clowns. bwahahaha

  46. yvette leblanc says:

    love it

  47. Henry says:

    Gorgeous ….!!! for sure something I will try to make it..!! Thanks

  48. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    Love the circus theme!

  49. Ginger Benedict says:

    I love the way Alpha Stamps puts everything together, all coordinating items, digi collage sheets-everything you need to complete awesome projects. Laura Carson rocks!

  50. Gail Gill says:

    Laura Carson has the most wonderful imagination. I always look forward to her next projects, knowing that it will be fun and make me smile.

  51. Ritva says:

    Circus theme giveaway, such fun!

  52. Maria says:

    How do creative people think such things up?

  53. Nancy S says:

    Love the circus theme.

  54. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Wonderful and fun!!!

  55. Barbara Leonard says:

    The carousel is to die for! Thanks for the chance to win these supplies.

  56. Karen says:

    Love the carousel – looks like a fun collection to work with.

  57. Sandy says:

    My life is a 3 ring circus so this kit fits right in!

  58. Luanne Shoup says:

    something I have not done yet……

  59. Michelle B. says:

    We all need a little fun and a time ” to run off and join
    the circus”, if only in our imaginations! Thanks for
    the trip. It sparks the child like creativity in us all!

  60. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    Laura’s my favorite designer…

  61. DebR says:

    Another amazing project from Laura, I’d love to be entered into your giveaway, thank you!

  62. Pam Weiler says:

    There are times I feel as though I live in a three week circus:) It would be wonderful to win this project and actually have a circus.

  63. Bobbye Bissette says:

    Pee Wee isn’t the only one who’d love a “big top adventure.” I’d gladly run away and join *this* circus.

  64. Mark Renfro says:

    Life can be a three ring adventure!

  65. April Dudko says:

    So delightful! Soon I’ll more crafting time, and would love to do some of these!

  66. Angie says:


  67. Rhoda says:

    This is just fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. Carol says:

    This is really great.

  69. Jennifer J says:

    Love this blog so much. Even without the contests. 🙂

  70. Kathy Rose says:

    I would love to win this!

  71. Karen Mallory says:

    I love what Laura Carson has done! Her projects are always so unique!

  72. julie F. says:

    Beautiful Circus art. Love the collage sheets!

  73. Amanda Flores says:

    I’m in love! Beautiful project! I love the colors and the ornate details.

  74. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

    This is great!!! Laura has done it again!!! Woukd love to win this.

  75. Marilyn H says:

    Love the circus art. Laura is nine kinds of talented.

  76. Carmen Willis says:

    Laura you’re amazing and so talented. I’m so inspired. Love the cute air junkyard findings too. Hope I win!

  77. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    I personally love circus images and find the clowns to be more fun than creepy. This would be such a fun kit to play with on my hot summer days off. You guys really know how to make me salivate.

  78. coco says:

    Fab fab fab project by Laura, WOW!!!! And thanks for the giveaway, absolutely wonderful!!

  79. Karen says:

    Oh how I love love these give away sooooooo very wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win this.

  80. Tina says:

    I adore the vintage, creepy vibe! These collage sheets give even me hope to make something delightful!

  81. Jen says:

    So freakin’ cool! Please, random gods & goddesses, smile upon me!

  82. Rosemary Sharon Woodruff says:

    loving all these….circus….theatre….just love them……

  83. Lynn Fox says:

    What an amazing giveaway!!

  84. It would be wonderful if I could win this giveway. It is awesome. I would love to add the contents to my stash. Thanks for the opportunity.

  85. Mary Mac says:

    Such fun collage sheets with this fun giveaway.

  86. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I just love the merry-go-round featured on today’s blog. I think your designers are the best and most creative.

  87. Lori Turner says:

    Blown away! Maybe this will be my time to win!!

  88. Lou Anne says:

    Your creations are always so magical I love the carousel!

  89. orianna says:

    I love the colors, shapes, and textures in these projects.

  90. Love to see more and more circus themed items available!

  91. Marcia Kaiser says:

    My GrandDaughter would love to help me make the 3 Ring Circus!

  92. Lana says:

    circus fun is the best fun of all, this giveaway is AWESOME!!!!!

  93. Debbie Kaste says:

    Love Laura’s circus projects. To be honest, everything Laura does is amazing!!!
    Funny I was just dreaming about creating some circus items myself so this really appealed to me:)

  94. Sweet giveaway! Joyeux Bastille!

  95. Carol Slowik says:

    I am the biggest carousel lover ever! Please pick me for this one. Love, love, love everything about it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  96. Loretta says:

    I really love the circus theme and these are the best I’ve seen!

  97. Beverly M. says:

    Looks like fun!

  98. Sue Day says:

    I have many ‘favorite’ themes but the circus is #2 on my list.

  99. SueEllen Hayler says:

    Who doesn’t love a circus? That carousel is beautiful!

  100. Everything under the big top is great!

  101. Love the circus theme and the carousel is the bomb!
    Leslie, Really liking the new look to the newsletter!
    throw my name in please-TY

  102. Sharon Williams says:

    Love it – have a couple really cute vintage circus figures that would be perfect in this three-ring circus.

  103. Linda hughes says:

    Wow! Love it!!! Want!!!!

  104. Gail Klein says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the Three Ring Circus give-away! It looks like so much fun!

  105. Roxanne says:

    Oh MY! I’m just working on a circus theme project Right now! I sure would love some of these beautiful collage papers and stamps to really Jazz up my work! thanks for the chance!

  106. Maryellen says:

    Another fun collection.

  107. angelic says:

    I love the circus collection.

  108. geri says:

    I don’t know how Laura does it but each time she simply amazes and inspires me. I would love to go to the circus!

  109. Traci says:

    Laura is so talented I love all her creative ideas. I love the circus theme the theaters are so darn cute and the carousel is beyond words-what a great display.

  110. Vic says:

    Laura, the paper engineer extraordinaire! I’m still loving my pie tin carousel, but I would also love to make one of these. I’ve been on a circus crafting theme lately! Found out my ancestor was a circus fat lady. Feeling some pride in my freak show heritage!

  111. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Loving circus time with Laura!

  112. LeAnn says:

    Coolest ever circus collection.

  113. juanita says:

    Can’t have enough of circus theme creating.

  114. Kathy M says:

    I’ve been in love with anything circus related since I got lost during a Ringley Brothers show when I was 8. Would love to win this kit!

  115. Thalia Kottke says:

    Love it.

  116. jo says:

    Love the circus and this tutorial! Laura’s artwork is AWESOME!

  117. teri steele says:

    I just finished making this carousel last month. It never occurred to me to add the lazy susan to the bottom of it. I guess I still could…hope to win these goodies!

  118. Carla Velting says:

    I love the circus pieces – might have to purchase the animal cut outs next!!!

  119. karenladd says:

    Oh my gosh, what a super giveaway! LOVE the circus theme!!

  120. shartl says:

    Wow, that Paper Theatre is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win this assortment of goodies…love the clown stamps!