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Welcome Tristan Robin Blakeman, New Tim Holtz Goodies

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Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, if you’re interested in the Potion Bottles Giveaway, see the bottom of this page or go here.

Before Miz Bella announces our latest Design Team Member(!) a quick note to point out that our new FREE Gift with Order is highlighted down in the Potion Bottles Giveaway section. Thanks!

We are super excited to announce that Tristan Robin Blakeman, the Glitterazzi King himself has finally agreed to become a member of the Alpha Stamps Design Team! You may remember Tristan’s delightful bio from when he was a Guest Designer last year:

I am the world’s oldest child, still getting the same thrill I got as a boy playing with colors, shapes and textures. I loves to create miniature stages, merry-go-rounds, dancers, faeries, storybook characters and tributes to old movie stars. Long believing more is more when it comes to color and dazzle, I think I would be happy if I were a wedding cake! Often I prefer working with my dog, Brando, snuggled at my feet. When it comes to collecting, favorites are “Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland” memorabilia, as well as water ballet portraits of Esther Williams. Lastly, I live life according to my credo to the fullest: “Sparkle! Shimmer! Glimmer! Gleam!”

Tristan’s has jumped in this month creating two projects. The first project was created with the Magic Potions Kit and is a cute little Magic Spell Chest that houses a tiny little Rare Oddities Book (only 1-1/2″ tall). Hmm. Sounds like Tristan has been poking around Mockingbird Manor…

Used on and in the Small Tin is the Rare Oddities 6×6 Paper Pad, a Mini Whisky Bottle (that Tristan “filled up” with Alcohol Ink) and the tin is resting on glittered Round Wooden Balls. Easy, quick and did I mention how precioussss it was sitting upon on those little glittered balls?

Tristan’s second project (photos at right and below), the Secret Box Book came from the Secret Spell Book Box Kit and he decided to take a different route with this one:

I decided that since there was so much time before Hallowe’en, I’d have plenty of opportunity for spiders and things that are creepy crawly and go “boo” in the night. So, I decided to make a white Magic Potions book and concentrate on doing white magic — like finding my neighbor’s dog — or helping Cinderella get that shoe back on. I covered the book with ivory/white paper and trim and added the Pentagram Charm and a face from the Relics and Artifacts Figureheads set at Alpha Stamps along with a few metal embellishments from my own stash.

When you pull the secret drawer out from the side of the box, there’s a Book of Shadows and Spells inside (a book inside a book) made from the Secret Spell Book Parts Two Collage Sheet (and every page is a pocket with a spell slipped in). On the top shelf of the secret drawer are Tiny Glass Bottles, a Ghoulish Green Jar, a Gargoyle, a Raven and other little hidden bits and bobs.

Check out Tristan’s supply list, then kick those brooms into high gear and welcome Tristin to the Design Team over at his blog. But(!): Be forewarned — you will find yourself spending quite a bit of time there scrolling through all of his other fabulous posts! (Psst! Tristan also provided a list of his favorite Product Picks.)


Hooray for the Potion Bottles Giveaway!

In my rush to show off the kits in last Sunday’s newsletter, I neglected this photo showing the labels from the new Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet on different size bottles! So… here’s your chance to win all the bottles (and tiny books and tinier fortune telling cards) in the photo (and the 2 collage sheets):

Tiny Divination Cards Collage Sheet
Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
Ghoulish Green Mini Resin Jar
Amber Resin Potions Bottle
Green Resin Perfume Bottle
Mini Clear Resin Whiskey Bottle
Amber Even Tinier Bottle
Mini Inkwell Bottle
– One of the 12 Tiny Glass Bottles
Small Square Amber Bottle with Cork
3cm Tall Bottle with Cork
1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottle
2 Inch Glass Bottle
Tiny Round Bottle
– and a Set of Miniature Books!
– And a Dealer’s Choice Gift Kit!

What’s this? Dealer’s Choice? We’ve been cleaning out the closets and getting ready for Halloween products (!) and we found a tiny treasure trove of past mini kits. So I’m going to pick out a mystery gift kit for all orders over $20! There’s nothing you need to do (no coupon to enter). Beginning today (July 9th), and until the kits are gone (or the next free gift offer begins), we’ll include a free kit in all qualifying orders! Beside the examples shown below, here’s photos of tons of options!

To enter the Potion 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, FRIDAY, July 10, 2015)! AND tell me if there are other sizes of bottles you’d like me to source.

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 Magic Potions & Spells 2 Kit Giveaway? That would be Lisa R! (And she commented: “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!“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, July 9th, 2015

107 responses to “Welcome Tristan Robin Blakeman, New Tim Holtz Goodies”

  1. Kim Lucak says:

    Love bottles of all sizes, shapes and colors!!! So much fun for using as perfume bottles, putting glitter in, or using as mini vases 🙂 More please…..

  2. Patti G says:

    Love the little potion bottles. Great for a witch cabinet or spell book.

    Thank you,

  3. Gina Allen says:

    The bottles are so cool. I can use these in my mini halloween shadow boxes. Halloween is my favorite holiday to work on. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win.

  4. Deanne D'Aloia says:

    I love bottles of all sizes but I tend to work small…the smaller the better.

  5. cathy smith says:

    These would be so fun to play with!!! I would like big bottles – that are potion-like for Halloween decorations.

  6. gbrame says:

    Please count me in! Can you really ever ave enough bottles? The more the merrier. Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Nancy S says:

    I love both projects. Any type of mini bottle is heavenly for me. I’m a HUGE fan of the little. LOL

  8. Lynn Fox says:

    Oh terrific bottles…I love them, the little round bottomed bottles especially! I love these projects! Wohooo!!!

  9. These bottles are perfect. I love to do minis, so the smaller the bottles, the better.

  10. Noreen says:

    Oh my – the Secret Book Box! I love boxes with little drawers and nooks and crannies!
    I don’t have any ideas for other bottles – but these sure are cute.

  11. Gail Gill says:

    I love the little square amber bottles. I tend to just base my projects on whatever bottle sizes I currently have, so a variety of sizes would always be handy.

  12. Leslie Hanson says:

    This is my favorite giveaway of all time! I am obsessed with little bottles. I would love if you could find some tiny red bottles.

  13. barbara macaskill says:

    Any size bottle makes me happy! I just love using bottles and jars of all sizes on my projects! The smaller the better in my opinion!! I would love to see some tiny beer mugs, mini mason jars in greens and blues or even brown. There is something about a little bottle that makes my heart skip a beat and gets the creative juices flowing!! Thanks for sharing all of these fabulous projects with us!

  14. Stefanie says:

    Oh my!! What a brilliant collection of bottles!! They are lovely – some I’ve never seen before like the green perfume bottle, and you can never have enough bottles if you like doing shadow boxes! I think that I would like to see some more square/oblong bottles and some display domes (I know not bottles but they are similar!)

  15. Diane D. says:

    Love the Secret Book Box. What a great idea. Bottles of any size are great to work with. Would love to see other shaped bottles if possible. The smaller the bottle the better, but I am happy with any size LOL!!! Thanks for another great giveaway.

  16. Paula Miller says:

    Teeny tiny bottles are one of my favorite things! Love this giveaway!

  17. Barb S says:

    I love tiny bottles.Some bottles that are on the medium size would be nice.Unusual shapes would also be nice.

  18. Karen says:

    Love the potion labels – the bottles are wonderful especially because of the labels. I made a cloth doll witch, and her earrings were small “poison” bottles! I will definitely be getting some of these.

  19. Andrew Francesconi says:

    Love all these bottles, but also would love to see more of the tiny cloche bottles.

  20. Gail says:

    Halloween is our families’ favorite holiday. We each make crafts for it and I love miniatures. I would love to win those bottles for a witch’s cabinet. Thank you for all the great ideas you teach us.

  21. Laurie says:

    Love the mini bottles, smaller the better for my miniature projects.


  23. Birgit says:

    I am excited to see that Tristan now designs for you, too! 🙂

    The mini bottles are just precious. If you ever find red glass bottles, I would be thrilled!

    Thanks for the chance to win these goodies. 🙂

    Happy crafting,

  24. Betsy Skagen says:

    Congratulations Tristan! It could not have happened to a better person!!!

  25. Catharine says:

    Perhaps wee bottles with an iridescent glow?

  26. Jennifer says:

    I adore the tiny bottles! More is always merrier.

  27. Traci says:

    Great to have another talented designer on the team. Love his great projects. I would love tiny bottles in any color. >^..^<

  28. Olivia Bressler says:

    Love it. The more bottles the better, so many things to do with them.

  29. Rae Wycoff says:

    LOVE TRB’s work!! Great giveaway, too!

  30. Jill Michaels says:

    Love those tiny bottles. Perfect assortment for an apothecary!

  31. Jen R says:

    I think that there should just be more teeny bottles, different shapes and colors. Bring em on!

  32. yvette leblanc says:

    Lovely!! love them

  33. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    I love the very tiny green bottles…why is green so bewitching? I do love them so.

  34. Georgina E says:

    Ooooh can see witches using fabulous bottles,love them.

  35. Jenn R says:

    I love all the different bottles. Any others with different shapes in the super mini size would be amazing.

  36. Connie says:

    What a great giveaway! I can’t think of any new sizes for you to carry, you kind of have them all!

  37. Jean Marmo says:

    Such cool bottles! You always have such unique items! Love the inspiration!

  38. Lou Anne H. says:

    The mini bottles are fabulous. I’d like any others you can find.

  39. Sharon McDonagh says:

    Thank you for the chance to win the bottles, cards & books…wonderful!

  40. lynn says:

    I love ll the bottles, the mini ones are great for altered projects. maybe tiny bottles in cobalt blue and purple
    thanks for the best crafting supplies.

  41. I love the tiny green and amber.

  42. Tanya says:

    How much fun! Anything that even hints at Halloween makes me happy!

  43. Rusty Davis says:

    What another great give-away, I like it.

  44. Mary Helene says:

    Those miniature bottles are my favorite.

  45. Deema Tackett says:

    This kit is fabulous! I love creating treasures for Halloween.

  46. Barb says:

    Frankly, I think you have all the sizes I would like to have. I don’t think you need to add any.
    Nice Giveaway!!!

  47. Lori D. says:

    I love all these bottles! I think you have it covered. Amazing giveaway as usual. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  48. MaggieM says:

    I love the small bottles…I don’t think you need to add more sizes..the ones shown are perfect! So many neat things can be added to these bottles…I could make a pharmacy display!

  49. Melissa Davis-Bourque says:

    I love the variety of tiny bottles you offer already! The shapes, colors, and sizes are so awesome and inspiring. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Also, love the new designer!

  50. Helen P says:

    I would love to win this kit! I love bottles of all sizes, but I tend to collect the smaller ones. Thank you for another great kit that I would really love to own. I am making apothecary cabinets for friends (and myself too) for Halloween.

  51. Beth Williams says:

    Hard question-I think I have all the small bottles I need & than you show me some more. Way I see it-you get I’ll love it. Thanks for the post about the new collage sheet-getting the download today,I really need it.

  52. Helen P says:

    Also, A Big welcome to Tristan! I’m off to look at your blog!

  53. Emily N says:

    Love all the bottles!! Purple and blue little bottles would be awesome.

  54. Ritva says:

    Oh, just love these, again a wonderful giveaway!!!!

  55. Mary Allen says:

    I love small bottles, the smaller the better. And I like a variety of styles. The new bottles you have just added illustrates this perfectly. More please.

    I also love your new Secret Spell Book, exactly what I like. And, yes, I’ve already ordered both. 🙂


  56. Lana says:

    simply divine!!!!

  57. Mindy says:

    You guys keep coming up with cooler & cooler stuff! LOVING the colored bottles…tiny and tinier is always good!

  58. Dawn says:

    Another great giveaway. The bottles are toooooo cute! Thanks again for the opportunity to win!

  59. Roxanne says:

    I think the sampling size bottles you show right here is perfect! I have several of your collage sheets and stamps of labels that would fit all nicely! Now if I could just win a lil stash….. 🙂

  60. Megan Warren says:

    I think your bottle selection is perfect, maybe a few more colored bottles in different shapes. I love him!!! A man after my own heart, I’m pagan and this just screams my name.

  61. cheryl foster says:

    I love the teeny tiny bottles !

  62. Sandy says:

    There is always something to do with all the bottles, any size is wonderful!

  63. M. C. Sparks says:

    I still want to make an apothecary book!

  64. melody says:

    ARE there any other sizes of little bottles?? Lol! I like a previous poster’s suggestion for more colors/shapes- maybe some sort of RAINBOW project! Seriously though, I have a question for everyone? What do you do with finished projects, when you’re done displaying them and on to the next? Gift them, keep them, sell them?…

  65. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the potion bottle giveaway. You have so many bottles already. Maybe a weird shaped bottle like a lady torso.

  66. Jennie says:

    I love tiny bottles of every size, so really, you can never have too many options… Collect all the bottles!

  67. ratgirl says:

    It would be neat to see little bottles with glass stoppers instead of cork, if they make them. 🙂

  68. phoebe diamond says:

    Whiskey bottles, lots and lots in different sizes. Then I can make a shrine for my favorite drink.

  69. Carol DuBois says:

    I am making an apothecary cabinet for a doctor and would love to have any size bottle an inch and below.

    Does anyone know of a source for a miniature mortar and pestle that is at least 1″? I can only find the really, really teeny ones.

  70. Marilyn H says:

    First, congrats to Tristan. I know him and in fact, he is on another team that I coordinate. Awesome artist!

    I think you’ve pretty much got bottle sized covered. I’ve saved this newsletter so when I have some money, I can order a few.

  71. Ginette says:

    Tiny bubble

  72. marla b says:

    OK! This gets me goin’- so many options. I like the glass bottles best and I love a variety of shapes and colors. Love the idea of a variety of stoppers also.

  73. Tammy says:

    I love these bottles and love that they come in different colors. I would also like to see a tiny, small and medium set of test tubes. It would also be great to see miniature specimen jars with &/or without specimens.

  74. Gretchen S says:

    First. Comment! I have been subscribing for a while and have enjoyed both your posts,links and products! I like to make 1:12 scale doll miniatures and hope to make a Lady’s shop with a perfume counter.
    Bottles of tiny size in a variety of shapes and colors are the best.
    As are beads, bead caps and other findings to create perfume displays. Thank you very much for the constant delight and fun.

  75. I love this assortment of potion bottles! We are always in search of bottles for our Alice in Wonderland Collection and our Captured Faery collection, so would love to wind this give-away!

  76. Diana Bittaker says:

    I seem to be in the hunt foe some of the
    Same things mentioned by others – I’m looking for chemistry-like items- tiny mortar and pestle, test tubes, – I have purchased a lot from you but still need more chemistry lab items.

  77. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Gotta have the tiny bottles.

  78. Lori Taniguchi says:

    Love your products. And love this set.

  79. orianna says:

    tiny thin bottles perhaps with colored glass

  80. Pam W says:

    You have so manly bottles, I can be happy for a long while. But there are always more types. The chemistry ones sound fun. My son-in-law is a science teacher. I could make him shadow box using the periodical table with the bottles you come up with.

  81. Jackie Neal says:

    I love Robin’s art! he is one talented creative! Thank you so much for guesting him!!

  82. Sokat says:

    With those cute little labels, I want to put on a chain and wear those bottles on a necklace or earrings. There are so cute

  83. Luanne says:

    spring flowers, autumn leaves and Christmas all in in package!

  84. Laura West says:

    I love working with tiny bottles! You have such an awesome variety of sizes, and it’s really hard to find some of them!

  85. Winnie says:

    I love the tiny bottles. Ive ordered a bunch! Fun, Fun!

  86. kim says:

    adore these bottles, so fun!
    Love them all at 1-2 inches tall. More fun shapes, hearts, oval, more squares, awesome!

  87. Mary Gryger says:

    Tiny bottles are the best! I hoard and treasure every one that comes my way. I especially love the green resin perfume bottles that look like Chanel No. 5 bottles. It would be so cool if they also came in clear and blue for my dollhouse vanities.

  88. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the tiny bottles and the tiny labels, the sizes are great.

  89. Carol Slowik says:

    I love bottles of any size. Colored glass is my favorite! Thanks for the chance to win!

  90. Pat covington says:

    Obviously we all love little bottles! What is there not to love?

  91. teri steele says:

    I really feel in love with both artists take on the book box they were really beautiful. As for the different types of bottles, the smaller the better! Im definitely partial to unique shapes and sizes, I fell in love with the whiskey type bottles and the new amber ones that are round on top. Just love them.

  92. Lisa Mills says:

    I think I would like to see some big bottles. Maybe make some potion bottles for Halloween. Thanks for the giveaway. Even if I don’t win they are fun to play. Lisa

  93. Jo says:

    Love the tiny bottles and the potion spell book – I think the sizes are great though if we had some bigger ones that we could put things in, that would be cool too.

  94. Sylvia L. says:

    Tristan is as talented as the other designers.
    I think the tinier the bottles the better…

  95. Leanna says:

    Maybe some bottles that are a little different in shape and color? Although I love the ones you have and I think this book for good magic is one of my favorite things I’ve seen so far!

  96. KIM says:

    Any size bottles would be great.
    Especially blue.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  97. Joelle Platz says:

    You have so many bottles it is hard to think of something else to ask for! Like so many others, I have a love for little bottles- the little brass one from the last project was such a neat one- maybe some other little metal ones, some faceted ones, maybe some other colors- deep gray, black, the dark red of old medicine bottles. All I know is I just love everything about this kit!

  98. Patti Flasch says:

    I think you have one of the best selections of mini bottles; love the variety! One thing I am always trying to do is age the clear glass so they have a “milky” look. Maybe stock a bottle that already looks that way? Very exciting news about your Halloween stock coming in…my favorite time of year!!

  99. Christine Wei says:

    Hello Mini Bottles,
    I fell in love with the tiny square “ink bottle”, (with black bead cap) I saw in this month’s Magic Potions Kit. I looked on your site and didn’t see this bottle. I’m kind of obsessed with the tiny bottles! It would be really cool to be able to order this unique tiny gem. I was thinking of using a tapered crystal bead for a stopper or a resin or glass trumpet flower with a rhinestone center as a cap…oh the possibilities, let the creativity begin!
    While we’re talking “Even Tinier”, the Amber Even Tinier” bottle would be awesome in a few different colors or just clear and we could make our own colors. Also I love the new small square amber/blue bottles. Do they make “Even Tinier” of this bottle…yes please, I’ll take two. ☺
    Get Your Art On
    Christine Wei
    Petaluma, CA

  100. Michele S says:

    It would be great fun to receive the potion bottles. I’ve never worked with bottles and woukd like to try. So I don’t have ideas for other sizes but maybe I will after some experimenting! Congrats on adding Tristan, he’s pretty amazing. Xo

  101. Brigitte B. says:

    Larger bottles! I want to try adding a metal filigree overlay to give them an exotic feel.

  102. LeAnn says:

    Tiny purple bottles would be awesome- thanks!

  103. marcia says:

    You know those French perfume bottles that have a tiny neck and a billowed out body wide but narrow? In a craft size. Those would be cool.

  104. DebR says:

    How wonderful to see Tristan joining the amazing DT here at Alpha Stamps! And I’d love to see some slightly larger bottles at Alpha Stamps, tiny is fun but finding a size between the tiny bottles and say test tube size can be challenging. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great giveaway!

  105. Gay Cormier says:

    BOTTLES BOTTLES!!! ANY TINY BOTTLE, I CANT HELP BUT JUST STARE AT IT! They are so unique and just a tiny bottle is so much fun in a BIG WAY!!!

  106. Carol H says:

    What a wonderful selection of tiny bottles! Love the different shapes, sizes and colors, especially the cobalt ones I saw on your site. Would love more shapes and sizes of those. Thanks for stocking so many cool art goodies!

  107. Julie F. says:

    You have a good assortment of bottle sizes, and I would like to see tiny blue bottles, or any unusual shaped bottles.