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TWO New Kits with a Magic Potions Theme!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Magic Potions Kit, Newsletters, Teri Calia
Update! A newer post about Kristin’s artwork 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 list items from Kristin’s and Teri’s projects that are still available on the new site.

A few quick notes before getting to the beautiful artwork and new goodies:
– The Pretty Penny FREE Gift Kit announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! More info and photos.
– The Sale on the New Rare Oddities Paper (and Stamp) Collection and the ENTIRE Halloween Charms Section, both announced in last FRIDAY’s newsletter. is still going strong! (And don’t forget those Halloween Grab Bags!)
– AND… yes! It’s getting to be that time of year… Be sure to sign up for the Newsletters (if you’re reading this on the blog and not from the Newsletter itself) because on Sunday, July 19th we’ll be announcing a HALLOWEEN SWAP!

NEW Magic Potions Kit

This month’s kit is Magic Potions! And it should be subtitled “a study in size contrasts” because in addition to this teeny, tiny kit, there is another kit with a larger, chipboard book with a hidden drawer (Secret Spell Book Box Kit — more info and artwork below).

Starting with the tin in this kit: the Small Hinged Tins are smaller than the Altoids Tins. This one is 2-1/2″ x 2″ x 1/2″ tall. And I made a Covers for Apothecary Tins Collage Sheet with covers to fit this new small size tin (and the Altoids Tins) with lots of fortune teller image options (and a couple options for making your tin look like an old magic book or a vintage card deck box). The collage sheet is also included in the kit.

I had such fun finding tiny little bottles to fit inside (even in 2 rows… see the photo at left with me holding the tin). Also a tiny marble (and a little bead cap to sit it on) to make a crystal ball. And with these small sizes, the bottles and “crystal ball” are perfect for 1:12 scale dollhouses!

I’ve also included 2 more new collage sheets:
Tiny Divination Cards Collage Sheet
Not standard tarot cards but 19th century French fortune cards. Card are in 3 sizes; the largest are 1-3/4″ tall (still small). Note: the tiniest cards are approx 1/2″ tall and can be used for 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures.
Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
Beside the teeny tiny bottles in the Magic Potions Kit, this sheet has labels sized to fit bottles from the Even Tinier Bottles, up to the 2 Inch Glass Bottles (and lots of things in between, including the set of Corked Vials, Mini Inkwell Bottles, 12 Tiny Glass Bottles, 3cm Tall Bottle with Cork and 1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottles).

(And remember: all the collage sheets are on sale for 15% off (and the digital downloads are on sale for 40% off!), so those 3 new collage sheets are on sale, too!)

More info is on the Magic Potions Kit page.

That Kristin Batsel is so clever! She connected 3 of the new tins (well… actually 1-1/2 tins as she used 2 lids) to make a tiny triptych!

Before the Apoxie Sculpt Epoxy Clay had time to dry, I pushed the half round filigree into the top, and then added the metal pieces. I also draped the rosary chain where I wanted it to be, and pushed the corner beads into the clay so that when I glued that in with some E6000, those beads would have a nice indentation to sit in. I removed the chain for painting.

I also love the Eyeball Cab in Setting (also in the kit) and new Silver Skeleton Pendant Kristin used to embellish that center panel (and don’t forget the bottle with the 18x13mm Oval Filigree Setting behind it).

You can read more about Kristin’s project on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Kristin used in her supply list. AND more photos in the Gallery.

But don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway, below, as it includes supplies from Kristin’s artwork (plus BOTH of today’s new kits)!

NEW Secret Spell Book Box Kit

Ohh… a book that looks “normal” when sitting on a shelf, but pull out the spine and there’s a secret compartment inside!

This kit contains the Chipboard Secret Spell Book Box and 3 collage sheets used to make the sample artwork by Teri Calia shown at far right (all 4 items in the kit are also available to purchase separately). Teri used quite a few bottles, scrapbook papers, and other embellishments not in this kit, so check her supplies list for all the parts.

Note: the chipboard book arrives flat, but is completely cut and scored and ready to put together.

See Teri’s Snapguide tutorial with instructions and tips on how to put the box together.

The collage sheets include covers, spine, faux “pages” (for the top, bottom and sides of the closed book), and a wood-look drawer (if you choose to put a drawer in the bottom of your box, like Teri did) along with some specimen tags, boxes and a big bunch of miniature labels & book covers. See the individual collage sheet pages for more information.

More info is on the Secret Spell Book Box Kit page.


Hooray for the Magic Potions & Spells 2 Kit Giveaway!

I started with BOTH of today’s kits: Magic Potions Kit and the Secret Spell Book Box Kit.

Then I added these goodies from Kristin’s Love Potion #9 (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies):
– 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
– Silver Skeleton Pendant
– Rosary Chain – Garnet
– 18x13mm Oval Filigree Setting
– 7mm Flower Washers
– An extra Small Hinged Tin (beside the one in the kit) in case you want to make a triptych lke Kristin did!

To enter the Magic Potions & Spells 2 Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, July 6, 2015. AND tell me either (or both): which of the tiny kit bottles you like the best (and why); or what do would you make with the prize.

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 the Pretty Penny Emporium Giveaway? That would be Rise St Arno! (And she commented: “Victorian like its namesake Queen Victoria are timeless, more please.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, July 5th, 2015

97 responses to “TWO New Kits with a Magic Potions Theme!”

  1. Barb says:

    I love those green bottles the best but all are a great addition to my stash. I would like to make the secret spell box book.

  2. debbi g says:

    Would love to win the Magic Potions and Spells Giveaway! Ghoulish green is my fav.

  3. Lana says:

    What a fun giveaway, I’d love to create a scene using those teeny tiny bottles.

  4. I love both these kits, since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I would make a magical display centered on witches of course. The bottles would be mixed with her secret potions!

  5. Gail Gill says:

    I love the potion bottles. They have such a wonderful shape to them.

  6. barbara macaskill says:

    The Cobalt Blue bottles are my favorite because I love the color blue AND I love bottles too!!
    I would make a secret house for the fairies to live in. My grandson would be totally enthralled to look inside this book and see a fairy land!
    OOOO!! This secret book really makes my heart go BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Thanks for the chance to win BOTH kits!!!
    I would use lots and lots of tiny bottles and some small boxes that I have to create a whole household for the fairies to frolic in!! Fingers crossed!

  7. KIM says:

    Love Potion #9 by Kristen is amazing.
    My pick is the little clear bottles.
    There are endless ideas what to do with them.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  8. Birgit says:

    These Halloween goodies are just fantastic! I really like the cobalt blue bottles with corks. 🙂

    Happy crafting,

  9. Jean Marmo says:

    SUch fun! LOVE that eye and those blue bottles are just amazing!

  10. Kim R says:

    I love the mini potion bottles! I would make a mad scientist shrine…hehe

  11. Ivy Laine says:

    The ghoulish green jars are absolutely adorable!! I’m working on a Witchy dollhouse and I think these items would go perfectly in a number of the rooms!

  12. kim says:

    These are all fabulous! I soooo neeeed the mini skulls for my Halloween play and the mini potions for my daughter’s Harry Potter obsession, she can make her own “potions”! Fabulous and thanks so much for a chance!


  13. Jennie says:

    Ooohhh, I love all the tiny bottles, but if I *HAVE* to choose a favorite, it would be the tiny brown bottle. It just looks like something noxious should be in it. 😀

  14. Patti Flasch says:

    I love the little green square bottles; I haven’t seen anything like them before. I actually have a doll case that I have been using to create a demon’s apothecary. I have been working on it for a couple of years now, and these supplies would be incorporated into it. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  15. Karen says:

    With Halloween my most favorite holiday for all the creative possibilities, I would have so much fun “accessorizing” a witch. I create cloth doll witches and all the other “characters” associated with Halloween and it’s so much fun to have such a wonderful selection of goodies. I also love the “book” with hideaway shelves.

  16. Cindy says:

    I love it all! I love halloween! If I had to choose I would pick the cobalt blue bottle. I would definitely make the Witches Book of Spells which would go nicely with My Potions Apothecary.Thank you!

  17. Holly Day says:

    That’s an amazing kit! I love the little green bottles–green glass is so pretty, and you almost never see it anymore!

  18. Cathy says:

    Great Halloween goodies! The Witches Book of Spells is wonderful! I think both the green and blue bottles lend themselves nicely to these projects but my favorite are the blue bottles. It would be great fun to make the Book of Spells.

  19. Ritva says:

    The book box is the best, I’ll make a potion box/book!

  20. Joelle Platz says:

    I love tiny bottles. all of these are fantastic but my favorites are the green square one and the one that looks like bronze metal. I would make apothecaries out of both the projects. One traditional witch one and one with a Harry Potter theme- I’m just not sure which each one would be yet. Amazing kits!!!

  21. Jackie S. says:

    I absolutely love the cobalt bottle set! I would love to make a mini replica of the Formula 86 bottle from the movie The Witches to add to the apothecary section of my yearly Halloween Haunt!

  22. Maura Flood says:

    I like the green bottles best because they would make a nice addition to the clear and brown bottles I’ve already gotten from you. I would try my hand at making a gypsy fortune teller’s book and kit.

  23. Janna Shwaiko says:

    This is awesome! I love Halloween. Green is my favorite color, and adds creepiness to the project! I would love to make the book of spells!

  24. madamNatalia says:

    This is the coolest giveaway yet! Luv the Evil Eyes! Great work!

  25. LoriSW says:

    I love the tiny bottles! The amber are my favorite, because they look so medicinal. Combining the kits is a great way to make a witches’ apothecary!!!

  26. Patti G says:

    Love this, so cute with all the different bottles and the spell book.

  27. Pam W says:

    I love all of the mini bottles, but my two favorites are the perfume and liquor bottles. The perfume leaning a little more towards my favorite.

    I am with LoriSW, a witches’ apothecary would be amazing to create.

  28. Mary Anderson says:

    Ghoulish and wonderful kits.

  29. Russell Stone says:

    Oh YES! Let the Halloween fun begin. 🙂

  30. teri steele says:

    These are great. I am SO ready for Halloween, Ive been thinking and plotting since Easter ended. I cant wait to mske tiny displays with all the new little potions bottles you got in.

  31. Luanne says:

    I like the small hinged tin, just because I like little boxes.

  32. Sara H. says:

    These are fantastic! I love the green bottles as I collect interesting green jars (of larger size). 🙂 I would love to get my Halloween crafting started with one of these kits!

  33. Dawn says:

    The tiny glass bottles are all favorites, no matter the color.

  34. M. C. Sparks says:

    An apothecary shop book!

  35. Ina Good says:

    I love magic potion bottles and that spell book is to die for i would use it in that

  36. Pam P says:

    This one is MINE… Come on #36… 🙂

  37. Love these two giveaways…Hard to decide which I like the best, but I think the spell book wins for me. And now the opinion you asked for!
    I would have to buy both the amber and
    cobalt bottles. If all one color they blend together and some of the impact disappears. I love the little tin with the eye, it’s just so intriguing…Imagine having your business cards in the tin and pulling that out to interest the recipient. On the Spell book, that is really something I have been waiting for. I might put my little figures, fences and accessories from around my Halloween house in there for storage. It would be an easy way to find them for the next year. If I were to give it away to someone as a gift, I would create “Secret” scrolls to fit inside.

  38. Stephanie Hoffman says:

    Green Resin Perfume Bottle, is my favorite. They have perfect detail in such a teeny form. I can see using all the amazing things in the give a way to create a intricate Halloween village. Fingers crossed, that I could get so lucky.

  39. Angie G says:

    I love everything. I guess I like the amber and green tiny resin bottles the best. I really like the light color of the green, really goes well with anything hallweeny. Halloween is my love so I would make the spell book box or anything halloween themed!

  40. Sokat says:

    Those little bottles are fun and ever so cute, love potion shrine is the only thing that comes to mind. I will have to ponder.

  41. Lou Anne H. says:

    I can’t choose between the bottles-I love them all! I would make a shadow box with all of the tiny bottles-maybe an apothecary shop theme with some scary potions.

  42. What a great idea!!! The bottle are so cute!

  43. Emily N. says:

    Love all the potion ideas! I especially like the little green bottles. They almost look radioactive!

  44. ginette says:

    The spell book is definitely a winner. I can see a million things in it.

  45. Blair Lowery says:

    The green bottles are nice and creepy, but the blue are great also. So hard to choose just one favorite. This group would make a wonderfully creepy collection.

  46. Jen R says:

    Oh my, I love the ghoulish green jars..> I would use all of this in the 1:12 scale Halloween Haunted house that I am putting together. Hope I win… Thank you AS!

  47. Rosemary Woodruff says:

    this will be my first Halloween doing spooky things……en masse….it frightens me….no pun intended….lol….but I am determined to learn this great art form…..freaky!

  48. Kathy R says:

    I like the book – there’s something about magic books with hidden goodies inside. Also love the square amber and blue bottles!

  49. Karen Mallory says:

    I love Halloween!! I would make the spell book. It is so cool!

  50. Michelle says:

    That is a gorgeous image. It was already cool… then it became a book… then it became a really well-crafted book.

    My favorite tiny bottles are the transparent ones (as opposed to those made of metal or painted). They can be any color, capped or uncapped (are there red ones? Red glass bottles are ridiculously hard to find.).

    …not such a fan of the eye. If I win, someone (from this comm.) can have my eye… (the charm eye, not my real one).

  51. Jo says:

    Love love love! These themes, potion bottles and spell book cover!
    Love them!!

  52. Regina Salvador says:

    This is great, and I would use it to get in the mood nice and early for Halloween!

  53. Angela Ballou says:

    OMG! I adore this stuff! Those green bottles are super cool! I’ll be pulling out a small shadow box that I’ve been stumped on how to decorate…this is the answer. BTW: Love the EYES!

  54. Lori D. says:

    I absolutely adore all the little bottles, my favorite being the cobalt. Love the colour!

  55. Verna says:

    The blue bottles are my fave. I think they could look both sinister and lovely. Double duty, always good.

  56. marykay chisum says:

    Simply amazing!What fun. I can’t wait to get my hands on this kit!

  57. Joan Harsha says:

    I need to put a new spell on my love, this would surely help.

  58. Kathy says:

    Amber bottles are the best. Tinier the better. The secret book with many, many potions in it would be fabulous on my fireplace mantle.

  59. cathy smith says:

    I love the green bottle with the cork. You can imagine a cloud coming out of it when its open

  60. Kimberly Barcello says:

    If I have to pick them my top two would be the amber apothecary, and green perfume bottles, but I’d love a collection of all of them? Why you ask? Hmmm, I have a hard time answering why. I’ve always loved little tiny things, and love to collect them. I swoon every week when I see the new kits and products. My wish list is pages long!

  61. Helen says:

    This is awesome! I absolutely LOVE the secret book! Love both sets of bottles, and am hard pressed to pick a favorite. I would definitely make the secret book and fill it with potions of all kinds. I would love to make this one for myself, as I always end up giving my creations away to friends.

  62. Joan says:

    I love all the tiny bottles, and Halloween is my favorite holiday to create for.

  63. sANDRA says:


  64. Janet Turner says:

    Magic is in the air! I love the little skeletons!

  65. Pat covington says:

    Love the little cobalt bottles. And the kit..what fun that would be to play with! It would keep me busy for awhile. One of my favorites so far.

  66. Pat covington says:

    Love the little green bottles.. And the kit..what fun that would be to play with! It would keep me busy for awhile. One of my favorites so far.

  67. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    the little green bottles seem to be everyone else’s favorite and you know what??? They are mine too.

  68. Traci says:

    I love halloween and these projects are perfect -can’t wait to get started on halloween projects. I am going to have to order the book of spells love that!! I like the colored bottles best-amber and green-will go great with my halloween decor. >^..^<

  69. Mary Helene says:

    All the miniatures are fantastic, just love the tin.

  70. Deborah Haught says:

    Yay!! Halloween is starting! I love the little bottles!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win all these cool goodies.

  71. Lisa Mills says:

    I love the blue bottles the best since blue is my favorite color. Looks like a fun kit to make.

  72. julie m says:

    the little Green Resin Perfume Bottles are my favorite. it would be fun to fill the Secret Spell Book Box Kit with skulls, skeletons and lots of creepy crawly things.

  73. The Witch’s Book of Spells is my favorite. I am imagining all of the fabulous goodies that I could put inside the book.

  74. A Kastan says:

    I’m so psyched that Halloween is coming! Soon anyway. The bottles that I like best are the Goulish Green Mini Resin Bottles. It looks like some wonderful laboratory goo is residing within.

  75. Evelyn Tuck says:

    Ooh! I love all the tiny bottles. I’d like to fill them with tiny shells to put on a bookshelf in a dollhouse. (And I have the shells!)

  76. Love it all…but especially the Cobalt blue bottles! Combined with the Book of Spells…MAGIC! 🙂

  77. Leslie Hanson says:

    I love the Secret Spell Book. I have a tiny bottle obsession and would have a blast filling the book up with them!

  78. Lisa R. says:

    It might be because I’m Wiccan… But this is a FABULOUS give a way!!! I would make a book of spells like no other. This one shall be mine?!! Lol seriously thanks for the chance to win! 😊

  79. Beth Williams says:

    It’s hard to choose! I like the clear ones because I can color them however I want-but the amber ones are fantastic. I know I would use some of them for ghoulish jewelry for friends and definitely want to make one of those tiny tins!

  80. Nancy S says:

    I can’t decide which I like better. They are both fantastic additions to my treasure of minis. I think I’d make the tiny tin first.

  81. Sharron Barry says:

    I love the little green bottles. Can not wait to play with these.

  82. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    OMG, you’ve done it again. ALL these projects are so awesome! I think the mini green perfume bottles are my fav.

  83. Carol Slowik says:

    I couldn’t possibly pic a favorite bottle. I love them all and would love to win this giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

  84. Debbie Stine says:

    I’m having a Dollhouse build and these would be perfect in the kitchen for my infused oils and balsamic vinegar’s! Many other options. I love them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  85. Roxanne says:

    Cool! I would love the lil’ bottle, skull & eye giveaway…I’d love to make a little diorama of a spooky scientist lab with potions and concoctions and all things eeerie for a fun Halloween scene. 🙂 thanks for the chance.

  86. Lindy says:

    LOVE the spellbook! Awesome job!

  87. Leanna says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Spell Book! This is exactly the type of craft I enjoy. Of course, I like anything with hidden drawers, cubbies, compartments, etc. I also love miniatures so I think I’d fill it with all types of potion ingredients and accessories!

  88. Jackie Neal says:

    Oh my I love all of the tiny bottles the best!! heehee And the book of spells is magical!! I definitely would make something centered around fairies!

  89. Terry says:

    I love the tiny bottles (especially the cobalt blue one.) they remind me of my childhood; finding bottles in the gold country. We never knew what we might find. I’m currently intrigued by mixed media jewelry, and would make something special to wear.

  90. angelic says:

    This is a great kit and love the tiny bottles! I would love to make a necklace.

  91. Megan Warren says:

    I love the amber resin potion bottles best. My mother had a collection of old pharmaceutical bottles when I was a child and I’d love to recreate it in miniature.

  92. Brigitte B. says:

    I love the cobalt blue bottles best. I have a stash of essential oils and I’d be able to give small samples away to friends. The darker color of the glass helps to keep the sun from deteriorating the oils.

  93. Sylvia King says:

    this would be a first for me as I have never tried doing this type of craft, so what a way to start by winning a this!! I have saved altoid tins in hopes of one day making a Halloween tin, just have not had the funds to do so yet. I love this website, I have bought from here before in fact it is how I got started making Steampunk jewelry by buying the filigrees and little bottles and charms. I am rambling, so anyway it would be great to win!! thanks

  94. Linda K says:

    I love the mini bottles. If I HAVE to pick a favorite it would be the goolish green ones as green is my favorite color. I would make a shadowbox for Halloween with all the fun mini bottles and the labels to go with them. Just love this post.

  95. Jennifer J says:

    I want all of these tiny bottles!!! I love the green ones because of the old feel. I would love a mini tin filled with bottles

  96. Cindy Fitch says:

    This is a wonderful kit and giveaway with Halloween just around the corner! I love the Amber resin and the clear whiskey bottles but my favorites are the clear,square beads. They are so versatile. Wish I had thought of that!

  97. melody says:

    I’ve never been able to decide if I like green or blue best, so I have to pick both! I really love the ‘book box’, gonna give it a try. (I’ve been obsessed with tiny, portable apothecaries for three or four years now, and it’s all your fault! Thanks!)