Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I'll Put a Spell on You! ... with Alpha Stamps!

Is it ever too early to think about Hallowe'en and goblins and witches and magic potions and spells? Not in my world!

And this is the perfect week to get in the mood and start working on your holiday decorations and gifts and treasures! Alpha Stamps has just released two new kits with a magic potion theme ... oh, the goodies and unusual items they have found to make your magic potion decorations a sure-fire hit with all!

First, there is the amazing tiny Altoids tins (only 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"!) - perfect for a magic potion cupboard, or, as I have done, a chest for a miniature Book of Shadows and Spells.
I used the terrific new Graphic 45 line of paper, "Rare Oddities." Because the tin is so tiny, I used the 6"x6" pad of papers - but there are various sizes available, as well as a large collection of ephemera, chipboard embellishments and decorations. The potion bottle is one of the terrific miniature bottles available here at Alpha Stamps, and the liquid is alcohol ink.

Inside the chest, I put a tiny (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") six page album. Each page is actually a pocket which holds another page, so there are really 12 pages in this tiny album! I used a combination of the "Rare Oddities" papers and various new Alpha Stamps collage sheets made up especially for the Magic Potion kits! The whole thing was topped off with a miniature silk tassel and teensy stone from my stash. Some glittered wooden balls as feet completed the little magic spell chest.

The second kit is really a knock-out...and lots of fun to put together. It's a faux book - with a special hidden drawer to hide your most mysterious and wondrous spells and potions! The Secret Box Book can be found at Alpha Stamps here.
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 line at Alpha Stamps along with a few metal embellishments from my own stash.
I used parchment paper to cut 1/4" strips of paper to glue onto the tops and sides of the book, to enhance the appearance of it being a book - then spray stained and inked it so that it looked good and used!
The spine is where the secret drawer is hidden. The kit comes with enough shelves to make the entire drawer a magic potion and herbal storage cupboard. But I decided to use just one shelf (to help with stability) and make a different style Book of Shadows and Spells for the bottom half of the drawer.

The amazingly tiny bottles and the marble which was made into a crystal ball are all from Alpha Stamps, as are the miniature gargoyle statue, the tiny raven figureine, and way back in the corner where the photo doesn't show, a little skull. The labels all come from the new Alpha Stamps collage sheets created for the Magic Potions line of goodies!
This book of spells is a bound album, covered with stained burlap and decorated with images from the Alpha Stamps collage sheets. I distressed the heck out of it and it really does look old and used and hidden behind bricks in a fireplace!
Inside the album, all the decorations, the pages, the inserts and the inserts that go in the pockets (each of the pages is a pocket in this album, too) are from the new collage sheets. They've been inked and distressed, but can still be read with the tiny magnifying glass that hangs from a ribbon down the back of the book (didn't take a photo, darn it!).
So head over to Alpha Stamps and load up on magical potion goodies and get a good head start on Hallowe'en. Don't be the last one on your block to get on the magic spell bandwagon!

Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Tristan! It's never too early to start to plot the brews and potions of creative FUN! I love trinkets and the boxes they come in because you never know what you can create! Wishing you a wonderful summer day!

Unknown said...

I'll have to start reading up on my spells.

Cindy R. said...

WOW! Your creativity just blows me away. I love both of these projects !

smokeysmom said...

Congratulations on joining the AlphaStamps design team! You will make a wonderful addition to their team:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on joining Alpha Stamps!

Christi Conley said...

AS one Halloween lover to another, I can't WAIT to see what you conjure up for the season using Alpha Stamp's goodies!!!

Julie Benge said...

Hi, Tristan, Great to see you here! Congrats on making the design team!

Michele said...

your tin and book are nothing short of artful genius. congrats on joining the alpha stamps team, you're a terrific addition. xo

Unknown said...

I can't love this enough!

Ntsisterz said...

Potions and goblins and spells, oh my! Congratulations on becoming the newest member of the Alpha Stamps Design Team.Love their kits! Can't wait to see what else you will create to inspire us. You are off to a fabulous start!!~Susan Mc

Rommy said...

Holy moley! This is just too darling!