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New Apothecary in a Split Front Box & FREE Gift Sheet by Laura Carson!

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Digital Images, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Newsletters

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

New FREE Collage Sheet! What? A new sheet by Design Team Member Laura Carson, with tons of cool, custom (spooky) labels for tiny bottles!

These Mini Apothecary Labels are from Laura's Pretty Potions and Poisons Apothecary sized small for tiny bottles!

ALL ORDERS on Thursday, Friday AND Saturday, September 15th through 17th (2016) will receive one of these new collage sheets FREE! More info

Chipboard Reliquaries Swap!
A reminder about our current swap… and swap sample artwork at right by Design Team Member (and our swap hostess) Caroline Ouzts-Hay! I love the ruffled edging Caroline made from seam binding (and the texture over the chipboard overlay made from Dimensional Snow! (Really… under that dark blue paint is snow.)

Sign up by Monday, September 19th. And you could win $100 of Art Supplies from Alpha Stamps! Learn more.

NEW Split Front Box – Large! Remember the Split Front Box from Kristin Batsel's Freak Show? This is a larger version! Approx. 9″ wide x 7″ tall x 3″ deep when closed.

And Laura Carson has made an amazing Mini Apothecary with this new box! (Ok… “mini” might be confusing. But Laura’s apothecary is mini compared to the large one she made a couple years ago.)

Laura designed a large group of new collage sheets and digital image sets with book covers and pages for making magical books to fill your apothecary.

“With a library filled with magical books, you’ll need a special bookstand with a mechanical gizmo that lets you decipher hidden text and tricky spells.

“In the video I’ll show you various bookmaking techniques, using my new collage sheet images and other materials.

“I’ve written a series of spells, enchantments, and potions to incorporate into small handmade books. Well except for the “Witches Brew” by Shakespeare. Some are dark and some are light, something for everyone.

“Of course you can’t have an apothecary without bottles. In the video I’ll the various types of spray paints I used to color and texture the bottles.

“Checkout the bowl held by two dragons (colored brown and shown in photo at left). Guess what, it’s half of a ping pong ball.”

I borrowed an image at right (from Laura’s video tutorial) to show a “before and after” shot of the chipboard dragons on the front doors/covers of the box. Such a cool idea to just use some chunky yarn to add veins to the wings, before adding color and texture.

See everything Laura used to create her Mini Apothecary in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Laura’s blog for lots more tips and photos and that video tutorial. (And check below as lots of items from Laura’s artwork are included in today’s Giveaway!)


Hooray for the Mini Apothecary Giveaway!

Ok… I had to focus on a little section so I didn’t lose my mind. I picked the inside of this door. I particularly like the little niche in the book sitting on top. And the clever use of pen niibs as the legs for the candle holder.

So even keeping to this small section, here’s the list of items from Laura’s Supply List included in the Giveaway:
– Split Front Box – Large – New
– Magical Books #1 Collage Sheet – New
– Magical Books #2 Collage Sheet – New
– Magical Book Pages Collage Sheet – New
– Large Bronze Oak Leaf Acorn Bead Cap
– Small Amber Bottles with Corks
– Halloween Green Texture Scrapbook Paper
– Sage Asian Floral- Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charms
Scrapbook Paper
– Apothecary Labels #2 Collage Sheet
– Dark Rusty Red Suede Paper
– Potion Bottles Sampler Set (!)

AND since I pointed them out above, 2 more things:
Ceramic Winged Dragon Bead
Halloween Fiber Set (used for the veins on the chipboard dragon’s wings)

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

Bonus: One of the Mini Apothecary Labels FREE Gift Sheets!

To enter the Mini Apothecary 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, September 16 2016)!

And tell me: What will you make with your Split Front Box? AND with all this swag?

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 Sweet Retro Christmas Cabinet Giveaway? That would be Catharine McCammon! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, September 15th, 2016

56 responses to “New Apothecary in a Split Front Box & FREE Gift Sheet by Laura Carson!”

  1. M. C. Sparks says:

    I wanna try something like shown. That is so cool!

  2. I love this. I think I would make this as is with very few changes maybe make it look a little more dirty and and used.

  3. Sue Young says:

    If my Laura Carson apothecary gets much bigger, I’ll have to buy a new house! Serious fun here!
    Fabulous, Laura, as always!

  4. Joelle Platz says:

    I think I would make a version of the bunker from Supernatural, with books of lore and relics. This is an awesome giveaway and project.

  5. Stacy Blow says:

    My Sad Sally could use an apothecary just like this for making tricks or treats!

  6. marykay chisum says:

    I would add some shelving and make an apothecary.

  7. Michelle Berry says:

    Hello – I’d be making the mini apothecary, what else? Love Laura’s work!

  8. What a fabulous mini apothecary. I’d follow Laura’s guidelines but perhaps grunge it up and add some spooky cobwebs and spiders.

  9. I have been working on a wizard room and this would be a great addition to the room.

  10. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love Laura’s stuff! this split front box is awesome and I would make a witches apothecary to make potions!

  11. Ina M Good says:

    I would do either a Halloween split book or split it with wizardry

  12. Barb A says:

    Would do either a Halloween or Christmas scene.

  13. Stefanie Ladley says:

    Love, love, love 🙂 I would use the split front box to make a witch’s spell room – so it would still have lots of bottles for potions, and a grimoire – I would add in a collection of gem/crystal chips and make a small wand & a staff.

  14. Peggy says:

    Oh somehow I see Christmas here. I also wonder if you could use quarter scale bits of furniture for a little home for tiny people. It reminds me of some of the doll houses I have seen that open in a similar fashion. It would make an awesome little gnome home actually that may be what I would do with a Christmas /Solstice theme

  15. Carla says:

    I would have to make a creepy apothecary of course, but I can also see a North Pole toy workshop!

  16. Emily D says:

    I love the apothecary. I’d make something for Barbie.

  17. Traci says:

    OMG!!! Love the mini apothecary. I especially like the hidden niche book-have to make one of those. I love making apothecary decor for halloween (although I leave them out year round). >^..^<

  18. Jen R says:

    I’d make my own mini apothecary, what else?

  19. I will try to make something like that….this is amazing!

  20. barb macaskill says:

    I think I would make a Ghostbusters themed “work bench” that holds all the tools needed to be a Ghostbuster! Lots of tools to choose from! It woud probably have some ectoplasma on it too!
    this would be tons of fun to make and display! Thanks for the chance to!
    macaskillbarbara @ yahoo . com

  21. Nancy E says:

    I would create an apothecary for the fairies of Christmas!

  22. Joan Chance says:

    For the neat split front box I would use it for an attic full of treasures long ago forgotten.

  23. Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous project! I would make a Halloween themed split front box! And with some of the other prize winnings I’d make cards and ATCs!

  24. Orlie Severson says:

    I am not sure what I would make with this give a way but I know that when I have it in hand I would figure it out. I am thinking about my Halloween Clock. Thank you for a great give a way again.

  25. Jennie Ingram says:

    Ooooh! I’d love to either try a potions cupboard, or maybe the room of an Astronomer! Globes and star charts and telescopes.

  26. This would be perfect for my collection of cryptids and curiosities!

  27. Karen says:

    The split front box would make a great spot for all the potion and magic spell books I’ve been making it’s time for the Witch to have room to begin “cooking”

  28. Karen S says:

    I’ve been collecting bits and pieces to make an item just like this. Thanks Laura for making it easy!

  29. Michelle says:

    I would make a wizards space. For his wands (which I have made but need a home) his potions, powders and odd things they may have. Oh and his hat, mustnt forget the hat.

  30. Kee Ostler says:

    I would add a witches snack booth to my Halloween village with all sorts of creepy snacks as well as some street vendor type objects like, witches hats and wands….so much fun!

  31. Shelly H says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday and something like this would look wonderful with all my decorations.

  32. Maggie M says:

    I would create a witche’s apothecary similar to Laura’s, Man that lady is so darn talented. Thanks AlphaStamps for another awesome giveaway:)

  33. Bonita Knepp says:

    A person just can’t have enough apothecary cabinets! Love this one Laura!

  34. Mary Mac says:

    I would make Frankenstein’s lab.

  35. Ray says:

    This is too cute. I can see it as a secret room or library

  36. cg says:

    Oh, Tristan STILL has me stuck on Marie Antoinette and ‘travel luggage’ for her! That’s what I’d make!!

  37. Melody Holland says:

    Oh,let me see there are so many idea’s going round and round in my head ! I am thinking a webby witches retreat ! it just goes on ! I hope I can win, ONCE !

  38. Karen Mallory says:

    Wow! Laura does it again. I love this apothecary! I think I would try and make it like Laura’s.

  39. Sandy A says:

    I would make an apothecary and try to make it looks that good!! Pick me!!

  40. Sharon Johns says:

    Oooh!! Laura Carson you are truly amazing, another brilliant piece! you always give me such inspiration… Hubble,bubble toil n trouble is the theme that springs to my mind.. fingers crossed!!

  41. Marlene Daniels says:

    I would love to make it just like Laura’s and display it “forever”!! This is sooooo awesome.

  42. manuel martin says:

    A lot of good Idea’s here!

  43. Megan Warren says:

    I want to make it like this. I love this one and it’s one of my favorites I’ve ever seen.

  44. Jean Marmo says:

    Just delightful! I would make something like this!

  45. Randi Scholl says:

    So fabulous. I really want to make the tiny books…and the jars….and everything else.

  46. Lorna E says:

    Laura’s just amazing. If I won this I’d make a display for Professor Mysterio’s Museum of the Macabre.

  47. Carol Slowik says:

    Love Laura’s art! I would want to attempt to make this apothecary with some of my own creations!

  48. Monica Gabehart says:

    I would love to make the apothecary, love the look of bottles and potions and books!

  49. Julianne says:

    A haunted museum.

  50. Lisa Marie says:

    As I have stated before, I’m making a small haunted village. But I also just finished a large apothecary cabinet! It was so awesome to of won last years Halloween giveaway ” pretty potions and spell book” especially being Wiccan AND plainly stated it would be mine… And it did! I know you use the random website, but thought it was wonderful! Would be awesome if I won this one this year!! Lol but.. Ya, I would try to re-create Laura’s cabinet!!! HUGE HUGE FAN OF THIS LADIES WORK!! It’s SPOOKTACKULAR!!!

  51. Noreen says:

    A witch’s kitchen would be fun to create!

  52. Jackie PN says:

    OMGosh! What a spectacular apothecary!!! Laura has done it again when putting together such ghoulish and fun Halloween treats!! And Caroline has rocked out her piece as well- such talent here at AS!!
    As for the book should I be the lucky winner, well, I do believe it would be a book of magic spells with all sorts of ingredients,used from Laura’s new mini label sheets!! Fingers crossed!

  53. Kieran Grey says:

    This is so fabulous. I’d have to make my own witches or wizards workroom.

  54. Carolyn says:

    It’s getting closer to Halloween, so I would try to cook up some special recipes for treats.

  55. Jo says:

    Would love to make a mad scientist lab to add to the apothecary shelves from the last giveaway! Thanks for offering this set!!

  56. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would put wheels on this and turn it into a Traveling Medicine show.