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TWO Theatres by Nichola Battilana and New Tim Holtz Tag & Sale

Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Paper Theatres Kit, Tim Holtz
Update! A newer post about Nichola’s Venetian Theatre is here.
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 lists for both projects on the new site: Nichola’s Venetian Theatre and Shadowbox.

Just for you! Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has two projects to feast your eyes upon!

Continuing the June Paper Theatre Kit theme, Nichola has created a stunning Venetian Theatre that is her ode to Venice. Covering the box in Double Dot Vintage Ocean Scrapbook Paper and then using images from the Ships and Waves Backdrops and The Canals Collage Sheets provides the base of her theatre (and I love all the depth with multiple layers of curtains and waves).

(Psst! And check below in the details of today’s Giveaway ’cause Leslie has just put all of these Venetian Collage Sheets On Sale — and included them in the Giveaway!)

Of course you know I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the Arlecchina jumping jack on either side of the theatre from the Pierrette Collage Sheet! The Pierrette Collage Sheet makes me want to create something out of that fabulous sheet of images and it also reminds me that I would like my own Arlecchina to boss around and take with me wherever I go. Applications are always being accepted, but I digress!

Back to Nichola’s theatre: the scrumptious Dresden abounds. Gold Fleur de Lys Dresden Borders on the top fan-folded middle piece; and (my new favorite) the Wide Scalloped Dresden Border Set across the top opening (and pieces of it cut to make the narrower gold borders outlining the other 3 sides of the stage).

The final touch: Small Wooden Finials placed on the bottom of the box to give it a little bit of height (and trimmed with Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise to pull all the colors together).

Find more picture of Nichola’s Venetian Theatre on her blog. And here’s a link to everything in her Supply List.

Next by Nichola is a lovely shadowbox made out of a Small Paper Theatre Box that she has dressed up with a gorgeous woman and flowers from the La Mode – Papillon Collage Sheet.

Layered on and within the box is the 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace and butterflies from the Mixed Size Butterflies Dresden Scraps are scattered throughout the Paris scene. I think it’s really cute how the 3/8 Inch Ivory Looped Lace looks like a little fence on the bottom of the box with the Fern Garland poking out from the side of it. It’s always the smallest of details that get me! Speaking of small details — did you notice the way-too-cute (and New and On Sale!) Masonite Wheels on the bottom of the box? I love how wheels can instantly turn ordinary objects into something whimsical and so cute!

Most of the items that Nichola used on this project came from the Springtime In Paris Kit. You can also see a list of what she used and additional photos on her blog.

Oh, but we’re not done yet! And that most clever Tim Holtz has made another in his series of monthly tags (with tutorial) and we’ve got all the new goodies he used (in stock and On Sale!) Most of the new items are below… check his supplies list for everything he used in this beautiful butterfly tag, with a clever use of stencils as rubber stamps (and I love that new French Flight Die AND Stamp Set!)


Hooray! A Venetian Theatre Giveaway!

In addition to a bunch of the supplies from Nichola’s Paris Shadowbox:
– Small Paper Theatre Boxes
– 7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
– 3/8 Inch Looped Ivory Lace
– La Mode – Papillon Collage Sheet
– 4mm Fused Pearls – Red

AND some things from Nichola’s Venetian Theatre:
– The Canals Collage Sheet
– Ships and Waves Backdrops Collage Sheet
– Toy Paper Theatres Collage Sheet
– Pierrette Collage Sheet
– Wide Scalloped Dresden Border Set
– Gold Fleur de Lys Dresden Borders
– Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Turquoise

AND the new Venetian Baubles FREE Gift Kit, I included some random items I thought fit in with the theme (and all are On Sale!):
Mixed Gold Filigrees
Gold Metallic Gimp
Narrow Gold Metallic Braid
Tiny Glass Spheres in Bottles – Turquoise
Small Wooden Finials
(And a coupla sold out things like that pink and chocolate brown Harlequin diamond ribbon!)

AND 2 items (well… 3 if you count 2 different colored stands) just added to the Clearance Section (that’s 80% off!!):
Deco Gold Sequins Mix
6mm Faceted Bead Mixes – Wheatberry and Lagoon
(See below right for a photo)

AND 4 Venice/Carnival Collage Sheets that I just put on sale:
Windows of Venice Collage Sheet
The Secret Collage Sheet
The Canals Collage Sheet
Pierrette Collage Sheet
(see below for a photo of all 6 collage sheets in the Giveaway… all are on sale… the 2 not mentioned earlier in this paragraph (Ships and Waves Backdrops and Toy Paper Theatres) are already on sale as they’re part of the Paper Theatres Collage Sheet Sale, WHICH ENDS TONIGHT, June 19th).

Note: the FOUR On Sale Venetian Collage Sheets are only on sale through next Wednesday, June 25th.

To enter the Venetian Theatre 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, June 20, 2014).

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 make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Alchemy Giveaway? That would be trisha too! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by MizBella, June 19th, 2014

128 responses to “TWO Theatres by Nichola Battilana and New Tim Holtz Tag & Sale”

  1. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Nichola continues to amaze and delight me with her creations!

  2. Jen R says:

    Beautiful work! Would love to make my own.

  3. Karen N says:

    This kit beautifully captures the magic of Venice…a city unlike any other in the world. Just like Alpha Stamps is unlike any other!

  4. Virginia S. says:

    This is a beautiful kit! I would love to win it.

  5. Suze says:

    I love theaters. These two are wonderful.

  6. marla b says:

    Wow-eyes wide open- Nichola’s theatre pops!

  7. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What fun!

  8. Luanne Shoup says:

    Another great prize!

  9. Linda Isbell says:

    What a nice way to spend a summer day working on your new kit!

  10. Lori Wilczek says:

    Beautiful Venetian Theatre Giveaway! Alpha stamps you are the best!!

  11. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, I just love Venice and this new kit is fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Pat Tillery says:

    Wow! What a grand theatre! I’d love to win the Venetian Theatre Giveaway and try my hand at making something as divine.

  13. barbara macaskill says:

    Lovely!! I am drooling over all of the wonderful Dresden, ribbons and collage sheets in this amazing new giveaway! Would love to make one of these Theatres!

  14. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your new Venetian Theater Giveaway, especially the small paper theater boxes, the collage sheets and your border trims!!

  15. Carol Feiner says:

    Oooh…way to feed my paper theater obsession!

  16. Jill-O says:

    Oh boy! More theater themes! I adore the Comedia del arte characters and would love to get them and the lovely trims!

  17. Karen says:

    I love paper goodies – I was just in my local shop and purchased some yesterday but this would be a wonderful collection to “play” with!!!

  18. Roxanne says:

    Ohh La la! This Venetian theatre giveaway is to die for! Such wonderful embellishments! You have the best ‘stuff’! Love it! thanks for the chance to win and the wonderful examples shown! Yummy!

  19. Carmen Willis says:

    What a fantastic and great job on these Venetian Theaters…great giveaway!

  20. Amy says:

    great give away

  21. Marilyn H says:

    Wonderful theaters!


  22. Another fun give-away, hope to win!

  23. Michele Vass says:

    Wow, wouldn’t the giveaway goodies be fun to play with!

  24. Michelle B. says:

    A day at the theatre! How perfectly DELICIOUS!!!

  25. Deb Ettinger says:

    So pretty! What fun!

  26. trisha too says:

    Well that totally made my day!!!

    I’ll watch for that e-mail, thank you so much!

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m shopping the clearance goodies . . .


  27. Sandy says:

    I love theatres, this is wonderful!

  28. WOW, each giveaway is special. I want this one.

  29. Edith says:

    theatre were magic happens, as always a great kit to play with,

  30. Beverly M. says:

    Great theaters! Love the new Venetian theme!

  31. Love that theatre!! 🙂

  32. Mary Jochems says:

    Great stuff!

  33. carol says:

    lots of bling to have fun with for new creations

  34. Vickie says:

    Ooooh! Sparkly things! Enjoying these little theaters!

  35. DebR says:

    A Venetian theater, Tim Holtz AND a giveaway?! Oh my, thank you for the opportunity!

  36. angelic says:

    This is a gorgeous collection, I love the Venetian theme. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Willow says:

    Another great collection with so many possibilities. Thank aha stamps!

  38. Diana Kelly says:

    I love Nicola’s theatres. The giveaway is awesome too. Thanks

  39. Beth Jones says:

    How beautiful!!! Would love this!

  40. Gilda says:

    Love these projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Jenny S. says:

    LOVE the Venetian giveaway! Thank you.

  42. Emily N. says:

    Love this theater!! I will make this one!

  43. Jo says:

    Love making theatre’s!!!!

  44. Rosemary Sharon Woodruff says:

    I love theatre…..and theatre peoples…..hats….costumes….and script. I would love to win this…..and have enjoyed seeing what has been done here. Carry on.

  45. Patti Flasch says:

    I love the Venetian Theater; you always provide great inspiration!

  46. Helen Potter says:

    I too love the Venetian Theater! What a generous giveaway. So many ideas!

  47. Diane D. says:

    Love these paper Theaters. They are so whimsical. Thanks so much for a chance to win some of the goodies.

  48. Rita says:

    What a beautiful kit, full of color and light!!

  49. Olivia says:

    Would love to indulge myself in this lovely Venetian theater — thanks for sharing inspiration.

  50. Diana Bittaker says:

    Ok , now this one is killing me! Love, love, love it!

  51. This beautiful paper theatre takes me right back to Venice – so fun!!!

  52. Noreen says:

    The Venetian Theater has a wonderful 3D effect! Thanks for the chance for goodies!

  53. Jennie says:

    Crossing fingers!

  54. Erica Holan says:

    Thanks again for the chance to win! 🙂

  55. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    I’m really into theaters…

  56. Kathy Cabble says:

    Beautiful stuff. Love these little stages.

  57. Sharon Bolmey says:

    These are beautiful!

  58. Lori Devoux says:

    I want to make this theatre! I love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  59. Ritva says:

    Theatre, oh, so cool!

  60. Love love love this kit! I love these minature theaters so much. This kit just gets my juices flowing.

  61. Sokat says:

    How fun. I am always amazed about the level of creativity.

  62. melody says:

    Oooohhhh… Dresden scrap– it’s my kryptonite!!

  63. Kathy Bumb says:

    I love these theaters. They are all so beautiful, as all are of your store supplies.

  64. Traci says:

    Love the projects today & the giveaway!

  65. Pam Weiler says:

    Amazing theater and giveaway! Thank you again for your generosity.

  66. Karen Mallory says:

    Another winning giveaway! Love the theaters!

  67. Jackie Barth says:

    Would love to win the Venetian Theater – it is fantastic.

  68. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Fantastic theatre projects; wow!

  69. Lina T says:


  70. Diane Smith says:

    Absolutely gorgeous kit!!

  71. I love all the color, How much fun that would be—wish me luck !!!

  72. Kim says:

    OK, it’s my turn. Love this giveaway.

  73. Debbie Kaste says:

    Love the theaters, love the papers. Would love to win the give-away too! Thanks for the chance.

  74. Thalia Kottke says:

    Love the theaters. What a great grouping.

  75. LoriSW says:

    Another gorgeous collection!

  76. Karen Crowder says:

    Theater giveaway is a winner!

  77. Charlene says:

    What fun!

  78. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Fantastic Giveaway.

  79. Me Pugh says:

    Venice here I come….it’s a lovely collection.

  80. Kristie says:

    This is wonderful. I have always had a fascination with paper theaters.

  81. KIM says:

    Wow!!!! Great blog.
    It’s given me all kind of ideas .

  82. Shannon C. says:

    Oooh, so many borders…

    Lovely work, Nichola!

  83. Mary Mac says:

    Gorgeous collage sheets with this great giveaway.

  84. Paula M. says:

    Nichola makes old cool again. I am so truly impressed and inspired.

  85. Nelda Johnson says:

    Those Dresden borders are to die for. I love all of these theater kits!!!

  86. Jennifer J says:

    I’m always so excited for these blog posts and contests. Thank you!

  87. Brenda Lubrant says:

    All of the lace and beautiful gold and silver foil is enough for anyone to just drool.

  88. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Looks like fun. I’d enjoy working with those bits and bobs.

  89. Carol Slowik says:

    Nice! Thanks for the chance to win.

  90. DianeD says:

    All I can say is love, love, love!!!

  91. Kay W says:

    Ciao bella!

  92. Lorna E. says:

    I love this Venice themed giveaway!

  93. Gail Gill says:

    A beautiful item and what a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  94. Dena Cottrell says:

    Such beautiful baubles and collage elements! I hope I win!

  95. Gini Cooling says:

    Just love Nichola’s work, always inspiring!

  96. Noreen says:

    Nichola’s art is stunning and unique. A beautiful inspiration. 🙂 The giveaway is simply mindblowing, so sumptous and plentyful.

  97. Angie says:

    This is adorable!

  98. coco says:

    Fabulous project and wonderful giveaway, love this!!!

  99. Marcia Kaiser says:

    I would love to win this kit! I could add it to my Venice Scrapbook!

  100. Penny-Sue Wolfe says:

    Oh my! I would adore this kit xxx

  101. Jo says:

    Love these theaters! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Happy Weekend!

  102. katalincurtas says:

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway Thank you..

  103. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    OMGosh Nichola’s designs are amazing! Mahalo for the op to win elements to mimic.

  104. Carolyn says:

    Nichola’s theaters are awesome! Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win some goodies!

  105. Wonderful!!!! Thanks for the Giveaway!!

  106. Debbie Rollier says:

    This is my favorite so far. I love it.

  107. I would love to win.

  108. Wendy says:

    Love the Venetian theater and all the lovely Dresden bits. Thanks for the drawing!

  109. Fern Strong says:

    Love the theaters! Great giveaway.

  110. Michele biondolillo says:

    Wow! There’s a story or two to tell with all of this good stuf

  111. Leslie Hanson says:

    All the world’s a stage and we are merely it’s crafters….

  112. Terry McMullen says:

    Wonderful giveaway! Love all the colors together!

  113. Debra Gibson says:

    Well I am going to give this a chance! Would love to win this ! Thank You !!

  114. Tabitha Klucking says:

    count me in!

  115. sheila AR says:

    Paper theatres are so amazing…yes!!! Beautiful choice of giveaway treats!

  116. bonnie bird says:

    There is always something new and exciting to see every time I come to Alpha Stamps!!
    I am constantly amazed at what the talented DT members come up with!! I wonder if they ever sleep?! Thanks again for another fabulous give away!!

  117. Nancy S says:

    I’m absolutely loving both of these. So unique and different.

  118. kay pierce says:

    Awesome work! Would love to win this…ive never tried something like this…looks!

  119. Sylvia L. says:

    The Venetian Theatre is just stunning, and the turquoise color is beautiful.

  120. Christine C says:

    OOOhh~would love to make a Venice shadow box for a friend who just returned from a trip there!

  121. Nichola is beyond talented! I love her creations!!!

  122. MaggieM says:

    Thanks to Nichola for creating and sharing her fabulous theater and shadow box projects! Amazing! I would LOVE to get my hands on this fantastic giveaway!

  123. LeAnn says:

    A fabulous day at the theater.