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Potion Bottles Kit, New Miniatures (and artwork by Shanna Shands)

Filed under Art Projects, Cemetery Kit, Giveaways, Kits, Newsletters, Shanna Shands

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 Shanna’s project that are still available on the new site.

It’s a catch-up newsletter! That’s my favorite kind. I can wander around and see what treasures were overlooked (when trying to keep each newsletter to a single theme).

So I started with this little park bench (which could certainly be used in a cemetery scene like the fab art below by Shanna Shands).

Which then led to some other furniture: these adorable table kits (yes, 1:12 dollhouse scale).

Then, since the style of those tables are Victorian (or just because the details are so ornate) that led me to this miniature picture frame (of Marie Antoinette).

Then to these beautiful bronze bookmarks — with round and oval matching glass cabochons (perfect for making some Christmas gifts… maybe use an image from the 25×18 French Ovals Collage Sheet, just one of a whole section of collage sheets sized for pendants or ornaments).

Then an abrupt swing back toward Halloween: this set of 3-1/2″ skeletons! A bit small for those park benches, but they have lots of potential.

And finally, these pewter witch (or wizard) hat charms.

Photos of any of those lovelies that did not fit in this introduction are below (after Miz Bella’s introduction of Shanna’s Goblin Zombie Rise).

Oh, and how could I skip mentioning it: All of your comments from the Potion Bottles Giveaway inspired me to find more sizes of glass bottles with corks and to put together the (New and On Sale!) Potion Bottles Sampler Set!

And see the Potion Bottles Sampler Giveaway below for one of these new sets, along with SIX collage sheets with tiny labels sized to fit the bottles.


Coming in with one arm at the end of the month is Design Team Member Shanna Shands and her creation that she made with the Cemetery Kit and the Cemetery Add-On Kit.

Shanna created a Goblin Zombie Rise. where goblin grave robbers turn dead bodies into zombies!!!

Shanna started off by using the Extra Large Rectangular Kraft Shadowbox as the base for her cemetery and while she tells you step-by-step how she made it, some of the little details worth pointing out are the:
Acrylic Black Sitting Cat Cut-Out
Acrylic Black Bat Cut-Outs
Clump Foliage – Fall Mix
Gnarly Tree and Crows

Also in Shanna’s misfit cemetery are my most favorite little ghouls from the Skeleton Slide Mailers Collage Sheet. How can you not smile when you see them with their little mortar and pestle, sitting with crossed legs or reaching up for a bottle of poison off the shelf? They’re so awfully adorable.

Peppered with crooked tombstones and tiny little coffins all askew, those goblins sure are very messy workers!

Goblin Zombie Rise Supply List

Visit Shanna’s blog for a step-by-step tutorial on how she created the Goblin Zombie Rise!


Hooray for the Potion Bottles Sampler Giveaway!

Beside one of the new Potion Bottles Sampler Sets, I included SIX collage sheets with labels sized for the bottles:
– Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
– Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet
– Fairy Dust Collage Sheet
– Goblin Labels Collage Sheet
– Little Potions Collage Sheet
– Secret Spell Book Parts One Collage Sheet

(See the bottom of the Sampler Set Page for links to the 6 collage sheets — and more info on all 9 bottles in the set.)

AND, a new FREE gift! After the success of the Tiny Alice Gift Sheets announced in last Thursday’s newsletter, I’ve made a similar miniature gift sheet, but this time it’s a mix of labels taken from all 6 of the collage sheets shown at right (some reduced for tiny bottles… some were already pretty tiny) and mixed in a few more new labels. The Mini Labels Gift Sheet is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! AND if you spend $20 or more on an order, I’ll include a couple tiny bottles, too! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Mini Labels Gift Sheet as a pdf file.

To enter the Potion Bottles Sampler 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, August 28, 2015)! AND tell me which of the tiny labels on those collage sheets you plan on using on your bottles (and/or what other kinds of labels you’d like to see).

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 Zombie Cars Giveaway? That would be Roxanne! (She commented: “Well lately I’ve been into the western type of scenes, so the wheels reminded me of stagecoaches. I would make a scene of several ‘coffin stagecoaches’, all open with their sweet smiling zombies having a great ride heading to their Crypt before the sun rises…bats and creepy trees in the background… already have it all figured out! Hoping to win. 🙂“)

PLUS, there was a second prize for most creative comment… which goes to marla b (And she commented: “I’m thinking… a zombie circus wagon! The coffin and wheels (of course) as base and the fence on top to create the cage for a mixed media ghoul. The zombie puppet could pull the wagon with the spoons being the yoke. Fun! A Halloween table top beginning…“)

Posted by Leslie, August 27th, 2015

58 responses to “Potion Bottles Kit, New Miniatures (and artwork by Shanna Shands)”

  1. Joan says:

    Well, I would have to say the Fairy Dust potions labels. I have so many fairy gardens surrounding me that they would be right at home. Love the projects.

  2. Francine perri says:

    I love Halloween and all these miniatures I would use them in my collages

  3. Barb J says:

    It’s the potion bottle collection! I love anything Halloween, great projects for Halloween!

  4. Kari Gluski says:

    I LOVE the little bottles! And the choices of labels for them are so cool….

  5. LoriSW says:

    Great selection, it’s great that you find all of these to offer customers. I would like to start a mini apothecary and this would be a fab start!

  6. jean marmo says:

    Love the mini frame! Those bottles are rocking! I think the cemetery idea is awesome! Always so creative!

  7. Leanna says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE miniatures! I would use the Fairy Dust and others that would fit in with a Fairy theme (like Little Potions, Tiny Magic, etc.) to create a shelf of potions in my Fairy House! I hope I win this one!

  8. Beth Williams says:

    I would give it my best try to use them all-I love tiny bottles! In addition to all the spooktacular home deocr-they make delightful charms for Halloween jewelry!

  9. Kathleen says:

    I’m currently making two little cabinets – one is a “witch” cabinet for me, and the other is a “fairy” cabinet for my mother, who is very ill. So I would use the fairy labels for my mother’s tiny bottles, and either the witchy labels or the secret spells one for my bottles.

  10. Patti G says:

    Love the potion bottles.

  11. Debb H says:

    I would use the witchy little labels. I love doing the scarey, and apothecary stuff.

  12. Noreen says:

    I’m partial to the secret spell labels and the potion bottles. Shanna did a great, fun graveyard scene!

  13. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    It’s the tiny bottles for me.

  14. Carrie J says:

    I want to make some bookmarks with the tiny magic books sheet!

  15. Joelle Platz says:

    Love them all. I love the fairy dust and all the ones from the secret spell sheet with the black cats, bats, and raven potions.

  16. Traci says:

    I love the potion bottles they make such great halloween displays. I would love tiny book title collage sheets with halloween themed titles to use on my matchbox books. >^..^<

  17. Emily N. says:

    I really like the Secret Spell Book Parts One collage sheet. I love all the birds and cats and old look of them.

  18. Connie says:

    I’d love to see a sheet of zombie warnings!

  19. barbara macaskill says:

    Fairy Dust would be my choice!! Lots of fairies living in and around my house so they would be very useful!
    Would love to see a collage sheet dedicated to all things ALIEN! We all know that they are out there and watching us so let’s capture them and learn about their worlds! Get out the tinfoil to make hats to protect yourself! LOL

  20. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    I like the ones that look like REAL drug bottles — so vintagey & scary!

  21. Mary Helene says:

    My favorite is the Potion bottle collage sheet. It would be fun to upcycle different bottles with this sheet.

  22. Jen R says:

    I love the witchy labels. The one with the huge eye is my favorite but all if the labels are awesome.

  23. Roxanne says:

    I would definitely use the Witchy labels and make a cool lil’ haunted witchy lab with shelves for the bottles and a few Black witches pots brewing…and a few sweet witches! 🙂

  24. Sherrie DeWitt says:

    I love the secret spell book sheet! I could do my sorcerer’s study with those!

  25. Tammy Lemon says:

    I would love to win the tiny potions sheet

  26. Jo says:

    I would use the Magic Books & Potion Labels sheet to make an apothecary! Love the little bottles!!!

  27. angelic says:

    My favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus with all the witches, so I would used the witchy labels. Since Christmas is not to far, maybe some labels that say Christmas magic bottled up.

  28. Lana says:

    The Witchy Little Labels take my heart…I’m putting a spell on this giveaway, that I get chosen!

  29. CJ says:

    Since Halloween is my favorite I would have to opt for any of the Halloween themed labels. Love them all!!

  30. Mary S. says:

    I would use “Danger – do not touch” Leave ’em guessing what’s inside. Mwhaha! Mwhahaha!

  31. Megan Warren says:

    I’d use the Little Potions Collage Sheet on the bottles and I love all these labels for art journals, I know I’m a ghoul, but all things Halloween excite me and why not use a few of these labels to customize the cover?

  32. Karen S says:

    I like the labels from the Secret Spellbook and it would be nice to have more. If you ever make a new collage sheet, how about more Hoodoo labels — coon dong, coffin nails, railroad spikes, etc. A tiny rabbit’s foot would be cool.

  33. Christene says:

    I already have some of these labels and love them, yesterday I found a 4D Human Anatomy anatomy model (toy) at one of our stores here in Australia for falf price. I’ll be pulling all those pieces apart for my apothecary cabinet and jars so I’ll be using more labels next week.

  34. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful giveaway! I would use the Secret Spell Book ones first and then slowly use all the others!!

  35. Tanya says:

    Love the bottles and the Fairy Dust label is my favorite! Love Halloween!

  36. Lori D. says:

    I’d have to go with the Fairy Dust labels because I see those adorable little bottles filled with glitters. But I love it all. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  37. Sheila says:

    I would be using the Magic Books. What I would like to see are more items that could be used in 1/4″ Scale.

  38. Oh! I’d love to use all the labels! The Fairy Dust, the Halloween labels ~ Love them all!

  39. Love the bottles I got last year!

  40. Carol Slowik says:

    Love the fairy dust labels!

  41. I would definitely use the Fairy Dust label! I would make a bunch of bottles, and give them to my friends! Everyone could use a little Fairy Dust, right? As for what labels you could make…I have no idea. You have made soooo many. I just can’t see what you have missed.

  42. Linda Marie says:

    I am partial to the goblin labels. Goblins are whimsical like fairies, but with a twist!! 😜

  43. Teresea says:

    All are so cute…which ones to try??? Maybe all!

  44. teri steele says:

    I have been collecting labels for years and am always searching for the old medical ones with morphine…those types and especially the old quack doctors who tried to sell all the useless stuff! Those would be great, the crazier the better. Id like to do a real wacky traveling medicine show with a gypsy cart and all these old remedies and concoctions. I think the assortment of bottles you have is pretty awesome so far. The smaller the better. Im excited to use mason jars too.

  45. phoebe diamond says:

    Hmmm, the tiny magic books and potion labels sing to me. Maybe with some anatomy drawings in the back of a shadowbox.

  46. Lou Anne H. says:

    I like the apothecary labels best-I’d like to make tiny medicine bottles. I’d love to have some tiny perfume bottle labels.

  47. Ginette P. says:

    I like the witchy labels best.

  48. Nancy S says:

    I’d use the Fairy labels to put bits and bobs of broken jewelry and glass shards to create amulets to wear. I’d love to see ads from the Victorian Era so I could create some additional vintage inspired jewelry/keepsakes.

  49. Gabriel Ross says:

    Would love to use the bottles and the apothecary labels to make a gypsy wagon full of strange and interesting remedies.

  50. KIM says:

    Everyone should own a bottle of fairy dust.
    The fairy dust label is my favorite.

  51. Marilyn H says:

    I like the Witchy Little Labels and the Secret Spell Book Parts One collage sheets. They have the perfect labels for potion bottles.

  52. Diana Bittaker says:

    I am presently using your skeletons from your college kit in mini altoid apothecary dioramas- love using the bottles and labels to creat an early feel- and yes after all the bottles have been placed on the shelves I place a skeleton the scene like he is reach for either a bottle or a book!! Love it all! 💀👻🎃

  53. Jennie says:

    Ooohhh, I’m going to have to use the Liquid Luck label for a potions cupboard that I’m working on!

  54. Jackie Neal says:

    Loving the bottles and the sheets are all very cool. I guess it would be between Fairy dust and Secret Spell Book Part 1.
    How about some nature labels, moss,lichen,Robin feathers, acorn,ect.

  55. Susan Gunter says:

    Love love love Halloween!

  56. Sylvia L. says:

    I like the look of the Secret Spell labels the best but they’re all great!

  57. Karen says:

    I would love to used the labels that have “Fairy Dust” on them. Would be a great “accessory” for my fairies!

  58. Jolyn Stephens says:

    I need that label with the little mushrooms! So cute!