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Apothecary Book Tutorial by Laura Carson!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Bella's Corner, Featured Artwork, Halloween, Laura Carson, Tim Holtz

Miz Bella here. I’m taking over this newsletter!

Oooooooh lovies. The Mistress of Artistic Madness, Miz Laura Carson has created a most spectacular Hocus Pocus Inspired Book Apothecary.

Instead of a book of spells, as in the movie Hocus Pocus, Laura’s book when opened up is an apothecary! You all know by now that I just adore apothecaries. Especially since I have quite a collection of items and “special” potions to fill an apothecary up with but let’s not start digressing so quickly!

How awesome is the cover of the book? I love all of that texture, patina and of course, the eyeball looking out at you. Speaking of eyeballs, take a look a the side of the book. Laura used the Antique Bronze Pendant Setting with Claws and the 16mm Flat Back Eyeball Cabochons to keep the book closed. Don’t you think the book looks as if it was just found after a couple hundred of years lying in the attic of a centuries old house?

To make the actual “book” Laura used two Tim Holtz Mini Configuration Books and hinged them together with the Large Butterfly Hinges – Brass. The old writing on the outside of the book is actually Creative Paper Clay that Laura stamped with The Raven Background Cling Stamp!

Open up the book and wow. Specimens inside of Domed Apothecary Bottles, Antique Bronze 3D Skeleton Hand Charm, Pumpkin Pods, and oodles of Glass Bottles too numerous to name individually. So much fun to be had!

(And since most of those goodies are all Halloween-themed, they’re ALL On Sale! for the nearing-its-end Halloween Sale!)

I just know that you want your very own Hocus Pocus Inspired Book Apothecary. It’s a good thing that you do because Laura has created a video tutorial for you! You can find a list of supplies that Laura used and the video tutorial on Laura’s blog.

AND, check out today’s Giveaway (below) that includes a ton of goodies from Laura’s project plus a big bunch of items just added to the Clearance Sale!

Plus, don’t forget there’s still a FREE Gift kit available: Spider ATCs  — and don’t fret, I happen to know that if you ask sweetly (in a note on your order) Leslie will sub a Witch ATC Kit if you’re afraid of spiders. (But really, scared?… that spider trying to speak to Miss Muffet, at left, is waving a top hat!)


Hooray for the Potion & Poison Bottles Giveaway!

I started with some (!) items from Laura’s Hocus Pocus Inspired Book Apothecary (that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Little Potions Collage Sheet
– Skeleton Slides Collage Sheet
– Apothecary Labels #2 Collage Sheet
– Apothecary Labels #1 Collage Sheet
– Books Spines and Labels #1 Collage Sheet
– Book Spines and Labels #2 Collage Sheet
– Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
– Small Amber Bottles with Corks
– Squat Little Bottles
– Amber Even Tinier Bottles
– Even Tinier Bottles
– Mini Inkwell Bottles
– Tiny Round Bottles
– 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles
– 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
– 2 Inch Glass Bottles
– 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork
– Chunky Little Bottles
– 16mm Flat Back Eyeball Cabochons
– Antique Bronze Pendant Setting with Claws
– Pumpkin Pods

Then, a few New items that caught my eye:
Miniature Red Metal Pail
Miniature Tea Kettle Charm
Raw Brass Box Feet – Beehive

AND, I added all of these goodies that have just been added to the Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!):
– Small Hammered Ring
– Vintage Patina Filigree Teardrop – 27mm
3 Sapphire Cabs from the 10x8mm Deco Oval Settings & Cabs
– 10x8mm Oval Raw Brass Settings
– Skull Tattoos Ribbon

To enter the Potion & Poison Bottles 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, October 20, 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 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 Spiders and Goblins Giveaway? That would be Katrina Bittle! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by MizBella, October 19th, 2014

155 responses to “Apothecary Book Tutorial by Laura Carson!”

  1. Joan says:

    Hinging two Configurations books together is such a great idea. I adore apothecary cabinets and would love to win!

  2. Connie L. says:

    OMG, this has to be the best giveaway EVER!

  3. FANTASTIC!!!! Another great Giveaway!

  4. LoriSW says:

    Amazing art Laura!!! Love the give away items!

  5. I LOVE the mini apothecary collection! If I won I’d immediately get started on the tutorial — pick me! 😉

  6. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

    Oh please oh PLEASE…….this giveaway is awesome and I so want to win it!!! Laura’s apothecary is wonderful and that cover is just gloriously eerie! I so need to make this…..fingers toes eyes crossed!!!!

  7. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    Love all the spooktacular goodies!

  8. Nan says:

    Love it! Love it! Love it! Yet another great inspirational giveaway!

  9. Diane Boom says:

    Love this idea! And want the give away!

  10. Carol says:

    Winner, Winner. Potion Dinner.

  11. Jennie says:

    Absolutely stunning Apothecary book! (And I LOVE that ribbon!!!)

  12. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    What a great giveaway Laura’s apothecary are just wonderful.

  13. Stefanie says:

    Oh Wow wow wow!! Apothecaries are my most favourite thing!! I even went to the Pharmacist museum in New Orleans – love bottles, labels and jars etc. Would love to win bit extremely happy just to see this in all its glory 😀 x

  14. Monica Lore says:

    I really like the apothecary book – its so very clever! My favourite is the eyeball and claws setting!

  15. I’ve loved all the halloween stuff, but this is my favorite yet.

  16. Lu L. says:

    I have just discovered Alpha Stamps and received my first newsletter this morning. What wonderful Halloween projects! Love all the little details in Laura’s Apothecary Book. I’d like to make one of my own!

  17. Wow – it just keeps getting better and better. Love the book and the giveaway. Thank you.

  18. Ritva says:

    This is so cool, I’d love to win!

  19. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I would so love to be the recipient of this giveaway. Cool things…

  20. kim says:

    You saved the best for last.
    Of your Halloween giveaways.
    It’s awesome!

  21. Terry Webster says:

    This is awesome, would love to win this one!

  22. Jackie says:

    What a fabulous apothecary and great giveaway!

  23. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, another fabulous project from Laura!!! Really hope I win this one.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Pauline Rohrmann says:

    Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? Hope I win!

  25. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    love it…its laura carson…what could be bad….

  26. Sharon Clabaugh says:

    You guys have outdone yourselves! Love it all.

  27. Vicki says:

    Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!! This is the perfect craft project for Halloween! I love it!!

  28. What an awesome project!

  29. Holly Day says:

    Wow! What a coool collection of stuff!

  30. Russell says:

    This kit is so cool, it’s scary!

  31. Kim says:

    Love this kit!

  32. Katie says:

    Wow, this is amazing!

  33. Gail Gill says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! Love everything!

  34. Paulanne Sorensen says:

    Lovely products, would be thrilled to wi n.

  35. Blair Lowery says:

    Pick me oh please let it be me.

  36. Sara says:

    What a great prize!!!

  37. Patti Flasch says:

    Laura has inspired me again! I have an old doll case that I found at a thrift store, and I have been waiting for the right muse to come along…can’t wait to get started!

  38. Marcia says:

    Giddy with anticipation!!!!! The kits and giveaways are works of art in themselves.

  39. Kay H. says:

    I’ve always wanted to do one of these apothecary display boxes. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Maybe this will finally be the year. Amazing giveaway too!

  40. Donna Johnson says:

    I’m new to this site and it right up my alley. I love everything I see!

  41. Patricia says:

    Love this package

  42. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Artistic Madness, indeed. I am a member of this club.

  43. crescent says:

    You have such cool stuff! I’d love to win!

  44. Karen says:

    What an incredible giveaway – want want want !!!

  45. Oh yes, please add my name to this giveaway! I’d love to add these items to my stash. : )

  46. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love Laura Carson’s tutorials and her beautiful creations.

  47. Joelle Platz says:

    My absolute favorite. This is awesome. Thanks for the chance to win- but more importantly- the inspiration!

  48. Laural says:

    I am in total awe of what the design artists are capable of dreaming and completing. I want so much to win the giveaway so I can get started on my imagination! You are so blessed!

  49. Florence Hosler says:

    Love this, great possibilities.

  50. Lorna E. says:

    Laura’s projects are so fun and inspiring!

  51. Lori Wilczek says:

    I just love this giveaway!!

  52. Christy Fox says:

    I cannot believe I am just now subscribing to your newsletter! Amazing products and inspiration. Definitely need to make up for lost time.

  53. barbara macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOO! Bottle Heaven!! LOVE the apothecary book and the closure is GENIUS!!! I am in the process of making an apothecary and this has given me a few new ideas to use in it!! All of these bottles in this giveaway are making me groan in delight!! Maybe this will be my lucky week! I have been bottling up excitement for all of your fabulous giveaways that REALLY needs to get out! Winning this would let it all go!! Thanks for being so fabulous!

  54. Jen R says:

    I have so been wanting to make an apothecary cabinet, but this book is brilliant. Thanks for the tut and the opportunity to win.

  55. Laura Lomax says:

    Amazing. Gets better and better.

  56. Willow says:

    BOTTLES! I’ve been collecting bottles for years from old dumps and long forgotten hobo camps in the woods. This is a great pice one that I could add my vintage quack medicine containers too. Thanx alpha stamps you rock!

  57. Diana says:

    I love everything especially the little bottles! So glad I found your site!

  58. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    Love it!!

  59. Emily N. says:

    This is a great giveaway! I love potions!

  60. Lyonette Sejourne says:

    Cauldron burn and potion bubble! What a great giveaway! I’ve loved all the Halloween kits but this is my favourite – good job!

  61. Kathy h says:

    Gorgeous stuff!!

  62. Helen Potter says:

    This has to be the best giveaway! I love the claws pendant. I would LOVE to win this! Thank you all for such a great giveaway! And a shout out for Super talented Laura Carson; she is Awesome!!!

  63. mary walker says:

    Oh Happy Boo Day, would Love to win!!!!

  64. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I’m in!

  65. Dena Cottrell says:

    Omg I love Laura Carson! I’m still working on her last apothecary, constantly adding to it. I would love to win these goodies! I have to get that eyeball and hands set! Love that!

  66. Traci says:

    I would love to win. Laura’s project is perfect- I LOVE it!! I am definitely making it. She is the BEST!! I love her ideas-halloween is my favorite and she helps add to my huge halloween collection.

  67. Sandy says:

    Every thing looks wonderful!

  68. Beverly M. says:

    More Halloween! Yes!

  69. Vicki Romaine says:

    Wow! What a wonderfulul giveaway someone is going to win. Thanks for being so generous.

  70. Pam Weiler says:

    OMG!! I have never wanted to win one of your giveaways more than this one. It is amazing. Thank you for your generosity.

  71. Noreen says:

    The Apothecary book is a delight to the eye! I just love all the little details she included.

  72. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    I want to make an apothecary book! Great tute! and giveaway! Mahalo.

  73. Deb Ettinger says:

    This sure looks like fun!

  74. coco says:

    Wow!!!! Fabulous make by Laura, love all the vials and everything, and thanks so much for the chance to win once again this great giveaway. Coco x

  75. DebR says:

    Wow, another incredible creation by Laura! Wonderful giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

  76. Karen says:

    Halloween is my holiday! Make me even happier than I am now! Pick me! Love your items always, Karen

  77. Jo says:

    I love the apothecary! So cool in the book!
    love it!

  78. Michelle says:

    The ribbon alone is worth it. I haven’t won a contest yet. Could it be my turn?

  79. P Boszko says:

    OOOOH, BOOOOOO…thanks for a chance to win!

  80. Nancy S says:

    Just love, love all the goodness, and so easy to pack away!

  81. Jenny S. says:

    I LOVE the Potion and Poison giveaway!! Thank you!

  82. Deb Neerman says:

    Love Laura’s Apothecary … so spooky and fun!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  83. Mary Lewis says:

    I love the apothecary book! What a wonderful idea and so many variations, the possibilities are endless!

  84. Martha Garrett says:

    I can see so many possibilities with this kit. Love all the items. Thanks

  85. Dianne says:

    The ideas that you all come up with are fantastic!!!!!! Please count me in for this draw.

  86. Thalia Kottke says:

    I just love all those tiny little bottles!

  87. melody says:

    You keep bringing out more and more inspiration, will I ever finish my original apothecary? (Maybe I should just have multiples!)

  88. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    OMG..what a *great* giveaway!
    Crossed fingers…

  89. Ginger says:

    Great apothecary book!! Would love the goodies to play with.

  90. Lana says:

    simply put…this giveaway is SPOOKTACULAR!!!!!!

  91. Lori D. says:

    Love these goodies! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  92. Rae Jean Wycoff says:

    I passionately love the apothecary!! Great giveaway!

  93. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Laura Carson rocks! Trick or Treat…I would love to win this fab giveaway.

  94. susan higgins says:

    Great Halloween fun

  95. Sharon McDonagh says:

    Want. Want SO MUCH! If wishing makes it so, my name’s gonna get picked — whee!

  96. Jen says:

    Wow! You have outdone yourselves! I SO want this.

  97. Patti Swartz says:

    This is so cool! I love all of your kits and supplies for us crafters. You make Halloween fun all year long!

  98. Mary Jochems says:

    Awesome project!

  99. Mary Mac says:

    Just love all the miniatures with this fun giveaway.

  100. Diana says:

    Ihave enjoyed your site since I found you and all your designers are really awesome am in the process of making me some of those little bottles

  101. KimMJ says:

    I LOVE the Apothecary Book! Absolutely gorgeous, TFS and thanx for another great giveaway. 😉

  102. Great apothecary theme. Thanks.

  103. Karen Walker says:

    I love your site. Just so much yummyness and ides. I am in love with all the little bottles and charms. Thank you for giving us a chance to win 🙂

  104. Maura says:

    The apothecary book is awesome and inspiring. And the give-away is fantastic, as always. Thanks for all the tutorials and freebies you offer.

  105. Marge McInerny says:

    Wow! I want to win this!!!

  106. Susan says:

    I just ordered the talons. They will be here soon yay!! The book is sensational!

  107. Judy Goodwin says:

    This is what I want to do as a project. I just love the idea of an apothecary book in addition to a spell book.


  109. Sokat says:

    Love all the little goodies

  110. Diana Bittaker says:

    Who needs Christmas when there are poison bottles to be had!! Let me be the lucky one– please!!!

  111. Tanya says:

    Yet another amazing giveaway and great ideas!

  112. Carol Slowik says:

    This giveaway is so up my alley!! Please pick me this time! Thank you!

  113. Evleta Gruber says:

    I really enjoy the apothecary cabinets you have been posting. Another really awesome giveaway, sure hope I win!

  114. Barbara says:

    I think this one is a hit! Would love to win!!

  115. Kathy Hanley says:

    What a cool giveaway! Love it!

  116. MaggieM says:

    Laura’s apothecary book is fabulous! I’d love to win the giveaway!! Everything looks great!

  117. Tammy says:

    Would love to win so cute

  118. Karen Mallory says:

    Laura has done it again!! She is so inspiring. Love the giveaway!

  119. Starqueen says:

    Potions and Poisons, oh my!!! I’s getting spookier by the day….to 10-31! Thanks for sharing great information and inspiration!

  120. Birgit says:

    Oh my gosh — what wonderful goodies! Thanks for the chance to win them. 🙂

  121. Carolyn says:

    Once again Laura has created an amazing apothecary! Winning this give away would be a dream come true I mean what girl doesn’t love labels and bottles and pumpkins – oh my! Thanks for the chance.

  122. Sylvia L. says:

    The eyeball clasp is so unbelievably creative!
    It will be sad to see the Halloween giveaways end.

  123. Pat Houck says:

    I love this apothecary cabinet. Laura is so creative!

  124. Amanda Miller says:

    Love the new mason jar stuff!

  125. Joan says:

    I just love this apothecary cabinet. All the little goodies are so wonderful. Great, inspired creativity. Thank you for sharing!

  126. Marilyn H says:

    Love the apothecary book. It’s amazing!

  127. Alice Eads says:

    Yet again…another awesome give away!
    The creativity of Laura & the other design team members knows no bounds! So inspirational!

  128. Elisabeth says:

    OMG, I loooove Halloween, and this book is fabulous. Right up my alley. Must try to make. Notice: TRY!

  129. Kathleen Cole says:

    OMG! I SO want and need this! I LOVE little bottles, etc. It would be added to my permanent Halloween display…..

  130. Roxanne says:

    Oh Gosh….love all these sweet lil’bottles and collage sheets. sure would love to win some of these goodies this year. Thanks for the chance and the fun inspiration this fall. 🙂

  131. Patti G says:

    Love this. I need to make one.

  132. Lois says:

    I love this project! What a great giveaway to go with it, I love those little pumpkins.

  133. Kathy says:

    Love the give away!

  134. Roberta S says:

    Laura Carson does it again!! I would love to win this giveaway!!

  135. Roxanne says:

    haha….love those claw arms and collage sheets and oh so sweet N’ spooky lil’ bottles. love this stash of goodies…oh random org thingy please pick me.

  136. LeAnn says:

    Laura is Amazing! Love the apothecary book!

  137. Laura says:

    I love it all!! Thank you so very much for the chance to win!

  138. angelic says:

    I love the apothecary! Laura is amazing, thanks for all the great inspiration.

  139. Paula Miller says:

    wow! this is the best!

  140. Jolyn Stephens says:

    What a great idea to hinge the boxes together! I love that tea pot charm, it’s so adorable! THanks!

  141. Liz Russell says:

    Wow! What an awesome apothecary! Laura has done it again,another awesome creation!

  142. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Gives new meaning to “hitting the bottles”!!!

  143. Jennifer J says:


  144. Debra Gibson says:

    Would love to win this one !! love those little bottle’s !!

  145. Carmen Willis says:

    You’re killing me Laura! Each time I finish one of your amazing projects, you come up with even a more brilliant one. So talented you are! Love the Apothecary Book! Great giveaway!

  146. enrica p says:

    love everything about this!

  147. Cocoa says:

    OMG! Again the giveaway is the best! Would love for this to be mailed to me !

  148. Karen Schell says:

    Cool Apothecary Book and other wonderful items. Thank you again for all the items you give away.

  149. Jo says:

    Awesome book, I wanna make one!!!!

  150. Karen H says:

    I love this apothecary book. Thanks for sharing it. Great ideas and inspiration.

  151. Denise Bryant says:

    Fantastic details in this project! Awesome!!!! Looks like fun to make one!