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Hm… Is it Halloween or Christmas?

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Christmas, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper, Tristan Robin Blakeman

It’s a bit of a happy accident… I had no idea that Design Team Member Shannon Cooper was finishing her Mini Potions and Herbology Cabinet — and I have a number of bottles back in stock today!

But before we talk new (or back in stock) items: let’s looks at this amazing little cabinet!

Here’s some intro text from Shannon’s blog post:

Hallowe’en is creeping up, I can feel it in the air! Actually, it is still suffocatingly hot here so maybe it’s just wishful thinking. But that doesn’t mean Hallowe’en crafting has to wait! I made a potions cabinet from a 4″ x 4″ Storage Hutch, but left off the top scalloped portion and used it by itself vs. attaching it to a set of drawers. So maybe it is more like a potions cubby. Whatever it is, it held a whole bunch of stuff!

A whole bunch of stuff is right! Beside being filled to overflowing with tiny bottles & jars & magic books, Shannon did a wonderful job aging everything to look well-used (and frankly grungy).

Read more in Shannon’s blog post. And/or see her expansive supply list (all those tiny bottles)!

New & Back in Stock!

Yes, you knew I’d be getting around to new Christmas items… and new Halloween things have arrived this week, too!

Miniature Can & Bottle Blanks ON SALE!

FLASH SALE! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code POTIONS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

EVERYTHING in the Miniature Can & Bottle Blanks Section is on sale — over 30 products, including the 4 highlights below — and all are used in Shannon’s cabinet). And the discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 15th.

Hooray for the Tristan’s Prize-Winning Album Giveaway!

Hey, do you remember the Romantic Vintage Style Tag Album that Guest Designer Tristan Robin Blakeman made last month? (Click that photo at left for the post.)

Well… Tristan’s album (and his detailed tutorial) just won the overall design team favorite badge from the Mini Album Maker’s Blog! Congratulations, Tristan! That is a beautiful album!

So I’m including EVERYTHING in Tristan’s supply list in today’s Giveaway (20 items)! See the full supply list, or see the original newsletter announcing the project, or Tristan’s blog post with more photos and the tutorial! Whew!

To enter the Tristan’s Prize-Winning Album 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, August 13, 2018).

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

Hey, who won the Lots of Bees Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Marykay Chisum! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, August 12th, 2018

58 responses to “Hm… Is it Halloween or Christmas?”

  1. Kim R says:

    Wow! Beautiful album! Love all the flowers!

  2. Jean Marmo says:

    That little cabinet is amazing! Loving the floral too! Always such creative works!

  3. Nadine says:

    WOW, That Halloween cabinet is amazing!

  4. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love Tristan Robin Blakeman’s art work!

  5. BJ Nichol says:

    I love this little book. It is gorgeous and so different. Very clever idea.

  6. Judy R Roberts says:

    It’s a gorgeous tag album. I love Tristan’s work, he is an amazing artist..

  7. BarbMac Vt says:

    Love Shannon’s Mini Potions and Herbology creation! All those little bottles have me happy dancing!
    It would be absolutely amazing to win alll of the items needed to make Tristan ‘s breathtaking album. I know mine wouldn’t be quite as stunning as his but I would do my best to replicate it!
    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome amazing giveaway!

  8. Pauline says:

    I love it

  9. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Fabulous tags! I’d want to play with them all day (but I wouldn’t because, you know,housework. 😥

  10. Love the book and I love Tristan’s work

  11. I’m not entering the contest – but I had to thank you for the lovely acknowledgement of my little win!
    I hope whoever wins will make the album and send me a photo of how their’s turned out!
    Thanks, again!

  12. Ina Good says:

    Tristan’s Tags are simply gorgeous! Love all his creations!

  13. Blair says:

    I have the floral paper now ideas as to what to make. Other supplies would be wonderful.

  14. Donna Kottcamp says:

    Love the vintage patterns.

  15. Jackie says:

    Congratulations Tristan! It is a lovely album and you deserve the win.

  16. Margaret D says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous and awesome giveaway! Tristan’s creates some wonderful beautiful art. He is the frosting on the cake 🙂 That G45 floral paper is beautiful and I love Tristan’s tags. I have been miserable with the heat for more than a month so the thought of Halloween is a beautiful thought. I detest summer… all two months of it lol!! So I feel your pain.

  17. Jeanine says:

    The papers are splendid! Tristan is a true artist. I am a sucker for all things floral and this giveaway doesn’t disappoint, breathtaking!

  18. Marilyn says:

    WOW! Just Magical! Love it!

  19. Linda E says:

    Wow! Love all the detail. Great job

  20. Mary Ann Fry says:

    It’s so beautiful…no wonder he won! I don’t have this collection and would be ever so grateful if I won. Thanks for the chance.

  21. Toews, Kathy says:

    What a pretty set of tags. Lovely!

  22. Jennie Ingram says:

    These florals are so stunning!

  23. Chris K. says:

    You have such great stuff.

  24. Cat Insley says:

    Amazing Journal, Tristan!!!! I am definitely making one of them. I went to the tutorial on Tristan’s site, and just fell in “LUST”. Fabulous eye candy – all of it! And thank you so much Alpha Stamps!

  25. Sandie says:

    One of my favorite G45 paper. This is really awesome and I wouldn’t change a thing. Great job Tristan!!

  26. Nancy E says:

    Just love Tristan’s Victorian tag album. So unique!

  27. Karen Wood says:

    That is a magnificent display. I love it so much! I would really enjoy making one.

  28. Celia says:

    Congrats to Tristan! Beautiful job!

  29. Noreen says:

    Congratulations, Tristan! You made a beautiful album!

  30. Rebecca R. says:

    You honestly have such awesome creative stuff! Thank You all so much for doing these amazing give-aways and also for just inspiring all of us!

  31. Karen Mallory says:

    Wow! Tristan’s tag album is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your win!

  32. Carla says:

    Looks ve the potion cabinet!

  33. Pat says:

    I love tags and Tristan’s tags are beautiful. What fun that would be to play with. The mini cabinet is adorable!

  34. LeAnn Aagard says:

    Love all of those tiny bottles.

  35. Gigi Jordan says:

    Tristan’s album is just gorgeous! What beautiful paper to create with!

  36. Amanda Morris says:

    The album is breathtaking! I just love all of the wonderful creations. The colors and combination are so very beautiful!

  37. Kat Cashwell says:

    Yay Halloween!!! Love the cabinet !

  38. Jen R says:

    I love Tristan’s style!!

  39. Lana says:

    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I win this fabulous giveaway!

  40. Marykay chisum says:

    It’s always Halloween. I love the idea of an ancient apothecary located in a

    Dark back room….

  41. Traci says:

    Beautiful album. Love Shannon’s apothecary cabinet-fantastic.

  42. Judy Goodwin says:

    Tristans album is so beautiful. Would love to win all the beautiful items to make one even if it won’t hold a candle to his.

  43. kathleen codyrachel says:

    This album is pretty amazing! Congratulations Tristan

  44. Ann F. says:

    The Herbology Cabinet is beyond awesome!!

  45. Janet Turner says:

    Congratulations, Tristan! Beautiful!

  46. Sheila AR says:

    Congratulations, Tristan, on your spectacular album! You deserve the win and recognition for your artistry. And Shannon, your cabinet is amazing!

  47. KIM says:

    What a fun giveaway .
    Good luck everyone.

  48. Congrats Marykay! Love Shannon’s cabinet and Congratulations to Tristan for his win. It is so nice to be given inspiration by such talented artists. Thank you for another fabulous give away.

  49. Nita Gidley says:

    This album is absolutely enchanting,a prize to cherish.

  50. Sharon Phillips says:

    Amazing! I so want to make this album! Love it!

  51. Mary Mac says:

    Love the vintage look of the mini album

  52. Rhonda S says:

    I really like the cabinet. I would make that.

  53. Susan Sparke says:

    I love this! So much I can think of to do with this!

  54. Barb A says:

    Congrats to Tristan, the album and cards are breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  55. KAREN YOUNG says:

    Love the potions and bottles in the little cupboard.

  56. Kimberly says:

    Congrats Tristen. Beautiful album. 😍

  57. Carol Feiner says:

    What a huge giveaway! So many wonderful things!

  58. Lori D. says:

    I love this! What a beautiful album. Thank you for the opportunity to win this generous giveaway.I’m keeping my fingers crossed!