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An Eerie Tale & Potter-ish Trunks by Nichola

Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

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

It is only the third of July and already we are off to a busy, busy start! Just look at these Paper Mache Treasure Chests that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has turned into something worthy of a trip to Hogwarts called Potter-ish Trunks.

Of course since Nichola made it, you know that it must be filled with mini-magical treasures! I would expect nothing less than bewitching with each trunk covered in the New and On Sale! An Eerie Tale Collection by Graphic 45. This is a gorgeous, somewhat-muted palette of orange, purple, cream, green and black perfect to start thinking about our favorite holiday around here… HALLOWEEN!!! Where’s my witch crown and magic wand because it’s time to get going on Halloween! But first I’ll finish up talking about the junque in Nichola’s trunk…

Anyways inside each trunk, amongst other things you’ll find Pumpkin Pods, a Small Ceramic Horned Owl Bead, a Key, Tiny Glass Bottles, New and On Sale! Tiny Round Bottles and the whole first year of required Hogwarts’ textbooks!

Being the Magic Maven of Fairyland and all the Wee Fey that she is, Nichola has created this New! Little Potions Collage Sheet for Alpha Stamps. This comes with a SLEW of miniature potion labels, mystical scrolls and parchments that you can use with your own magic to fill your own Potter-ish Trunk. Just remember my darlings, It’s LeviOsa, not LevioSA…

Check out the list of items that Nichola used before you magically appear over at the Pixie Hill Blog to check out more pictures of the Potter-ish Trunks.

And scroll down for the details of today’s SECOND Giveaway ’cause a Paper Mache Treasure Chest, Pumpkin Pods, those new Tiny Round Bottles AND Nichola’s new collage sheet are included in the Giveaway! Plus there’s a list of some new items put on Clearance Sale!

Moving on, we have another fabulous Paper Theatre: Marie Antoinette’s Palace by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! How clever is that? Rhonda stacked 6 of the Small Paper Theatre Boxes and created a whole palace of rooms for Marie!

Rhonda took advantage of the digital versions of the collage sheets she used (to print out multiple copies of images and stack them up for lots of depth in her scenes).

See more photos of Rhonda’s Marie Antoinette’s Palace on her blog.

And don’t forget to wander back and see YET ANOTHER paper theatre, plus enter the drawings (yes, 2 prizes)!

Ooh, what’s that? A new, FREE Sea & Shore Gift Kit? Four different scrapbook papers, an Antique Pewter Starfish Charm, and… TWO of SIX brand new, exclusive Mini Beach Collage Sheets (a mix of old and new images… retouched to coordinate with the papers in today’s kit)! I’ll randomly pick 2 of the 6 available mini collage sheets (but everyone will get the scrapbook papers and the charm)!

 Another (?!) Paper Theatre by Guest Designer Teri Steele!    

An added surprise! There is another theatre by Teri Steele that will make you want to plan a 4th of July picnic with fireworks and hot-air balloons! Read more in the blog

Hey, Teri has been very generous (again): See below for how to win Teri’s Fireworks for the Fourth of July Theatre!


Hooray! A Sea Treasures Giveaway!

In addition to these goodies from Nichola’s Potter-ish Trunks (that’s a link to the supply list):
– Paper Mache Treasure Chest
– Tiny Round Bottles
– Pumpkin Pods
– Little Potions Collage Sheet

AND FOUR of the new items from the Clearance Sale (that’s 80% off!!):
Fresh 6×6 Paper Pad
Admit One (Ticket) Rubber Stamp
Acrobats (S-shaped) Rubber Stamp
Punch with Tambourine Rubber Stamp (psst… appropriate to the current CIRCUS-themed kit, huh?)

AND a new Sea & Shore FREE Gift Kit, I included some random items I thought fit in with the theme:
– one of the Course Sand in Glass Bottles
– a Squat Little Bottle
Tiny Test Tube with Cork
Small Amber Bottles with Corks (Just Put On Sale!)
The Sea Fiber Set (Lower Sale Price!)
Small White Picket Fence (kinda like the fence around Teri’s theatre)

To enter BOTH the Sea Treasures Giveaway and Fireworks for the Fourth of July Theatre Giveaway drawings 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 4, 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 Sea & Cirque Giveaway? That would be Lana!

AND, who won the Seashore Theater Giveaway? That would be Jill Ongley!

Both of you, please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, July 3rd, 2014

138 responses to “An Eerie Tale & Potter-ish Trunks by Nichola”

  1. Linda Isbell says:

    Alas! Will I ever win? Maybe this time!

  2. Thalia Kottke says:

    Love the tiny books and round bottles. What could be better than treasure for the beach days of summer?

  3. Roxanne says:

    Ahhhh. Love the treasure chest! Oh dear Random dot org thingy…please pick me! Sure would love some of those Sea treasures so I can make a Sea-ful collection trunk! 🙂

  4. Mary Jochems says:

    I really love the box and all of it’s many treasures!

  5. Karen Moore says:

    Love the treasure chest and round bottles. We just came back from a family trip the Gulf and I could make a lovely remembrance for Mom!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Kathleen Johnson says:

    So much fun!!!!! Please, please, please!!!

  7. Lori Turner says:

    More awesomeness! Praying that this will be my time to win!! :o)

  8. Jennifer J says:

    How cool!

  9. Jennie says:

    Love the tiny trunks!

  10. Those round bottle look great and the mini potions labels – ooh 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win

  11. Laura says:

    Wow! So very gorgeous, I’d really love to win this, thank you so very much for the chance!

  12. Diane D. says:

    OMG Love anything Potter related and the paper theatres are awesome!!! Thanks for two great giveaways!!

    Hope all have a safe and happy Fourth of July

  13. Maryellen says:

    Sea treasures for sure! Another lovely collection.

  14. Jenn R. says:

    I love, love, love the Potter-ish trunks. Lots of lovely new items!

  15. Erica Holan says:

    Was so excited to see a post about the new G45 Eerie Tale collection! Thanks for the chance to win, as always 🙂

  16. Sand and sea with some magic thrown in. What could be better.

  17. Traci says:

    Love the new collage sheet with all the wonderful tags and book covers-gotta have it. What a cute treasure chest and I love both of the paper theaters.

  18. Lois says:

    Awesome teeny tiny thingies

  19. Patti Flasch says:

    Holy mackerel! This would be a great one to win! Have a safe & happy 4th!

  20. Diana Bittaker says:

    I will always want goodies that include little bottles, labels, and beach stuff!!! Ohhhh let me be the one! Plus I need a place for all those little shells I’ve picked up over the years and a place to keep my poison…… Just kidding!

  21. Florence says:

    Crossing my fingers!!

  22. Sue H. says:

    Awesome stuff!

  23. Ohhhh Halloween!! Love the ocean, too 🙂

  24. angelic says:

    I love the magical collection! I hope I’m the lucky winner.

  25. Diane Boom says:

    someday I will win so I shall keep trying! love them both the sea and Halloween

  26. lynn legge says:

    thank you thank you Alpha Stamps
    you always inspire me so much with your lovely blog, and the creations your designers share with us.. wow.. is all i can say. Happy Fourth everyone… 🙂
    i am crossing my fingers for a chance to win the seashore ocean collection..
    big ladybug hugs

  27. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love the trunks and Halloween is my favorite

  28. KIM says:

    Love the trunk idea.I need to make one .
    The Harry Potter-ish theme ?????

  29. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, what a great collection … and such a fabulous idea! Can’t wait to create my own!!

  30. DebR says:

    Wow, what a jam packed post! Wonderful creations and giveaways, who could ask for anything more?

  31. Mary-Ann says:

    The trunks are adorable!

  32. Oh to win such joy it would be!

  33. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Living in the desert we have plenty of beach…but no ocean. So, I love the seaside treasures. But, what fun the mystical stuff is too. You guys are great!

  34. Sandy says:

    What a banging good giveaway!

  35. Jill says:

    Those trunks are the bomb!!!

  36. Ann C. says:

    An exciting project , looks to be a blast to create!

  37. Lana says:

    100% glorious!!!!

  38. Virginia S. says:

    A terrific give-a-way, just as every one of them is! Love it!

  39. barbara macaskill says:

    Oh my! What a magical package on offer today! LOVE it! As a Harry Potter geek this is right up my alley!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. Lynn Stevens says:

    Oh count me in!

  41. Marcia says:

    You guys and Graphic 45 hit it out of the park! Every item is just completely darling

  42. Jo says:

    Yes! It is time for Halloween again! Would love to win this giveaway!!!

  43. Marilyn H says:

    Love the trunks!

  44. Nelda says:

    I absolutely adore those little books that Nichola made! And what a great new must have collage.

  45. Ginger Benedict says:

    I think I’m in love! Anything Harry Potterish is fantastic. Can’t do any better than what Nichola has created!

  46. Beverly M. says:

    Yes, yes, yes I want to win this one! It looks like so much fun!

  47. Mary Mac says:

    Just gorgeous giveaway, love the little bottles.

  48. Ritva says:

    Love that, oh, I’ll hope I’ll win!

  49. Shanna Shands says:

    I love love love every single thing in this kit. Amazing!

  50. Connie L. says:

    I LOVE Nichola’s work and this is your best. giveaway. ever!

  51. Beverly S says:

    Another gathering of fantastic goodies!

  52. Diana Kelly says:

    This looks like too much fun to not have. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  53. Emily N. says:

    Love anything Halloween and creepy!!

  54. teri steele says:

    I would like to win. I guess Im still not out of the beachy mood

  55. Marty P says:

    The Potter-ish trunk is magical! Thanks for another chance at winning a marvelous giveaway!

  56. Jo says:

    Totally Kewl!!!

  57. Mary Toriello says:

    Pick me please!

  58. Noreen says:

    I love all the delightful little things found in the chest!

  59. LeAnn says:

    Love the new Eerie Tale collection.

  60. SharonB says:

    OMGosh love the sea stuff and the trunks. Awesome sauce as always!!!!

  61. coco says:

    Wonderful giveaway, thanks a lot for the chance to win! And I love the potter-ish trunks!! 🙂

  62. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Luv that trunk!!

  63. Shannon C says:

    Accio Giveaway!

  64. Kim B says:

    what a great giveaway! Hope it’s my turn!

  65. Sara Tanner says:

    I’ve followed this blog for years and this collection has to be one of my fav’s, Great job! It’s packed full of wonderful goodies and is making me anxious for Halloween and all the projects that come a long with it. lol

  66. Lesline Williams says:

    I love the potter-ish project and I cannot wait to do this project.

  67. Bonnie Dhein says:

    I have so many projects I want to do, just made my order and cannot wait to get started! I am so happy I discovered this site via Laura’s You Tube Video….thank you designers for the inspiration!

  68. Angie says:

    Really really cuteeeeee!!

  69. Wow, I love both of these projects. I would love to win either. Thanks.

  70. What beautiful items, I would love to win
    Thank you

  71. Lori says:

    I would love to win your fabulous giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  72. Blair Lowery says:

    It all looks so wonderful. Can’t win if I don’t try.

  73. Kathy Bumb says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway. Love your store and all your altered art supplies.

  74. Karen Mallory says:

    More great projects from the Alpha Stamps designers!

  75. Janet Turner says:

    Perfect Summer kit!

  76. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I just love the little trunk and all of the little wonderful things that you can put in it.

  77. Jen R says:

    Love the Potter-ish box! Great giveaway too!

  78. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love the opportunity to win the sea treasures! Thank you so much for another great opportunity, and have a lovely 4th of July.

  79. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Oh, those tiny books. I have my fingers and toes crossed to be a winner of this great Giveaway.

  80. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

    Raising my hand and bouncing in my seat….”pick me….pick me” Please!!!!!

  81. Holly M. says:

    Beautiful! Fabulous! Fantasamglorius!

  82. Jen says:

    Amazing! I yearn for this!

  83. Loretta says:

    The box is wonderful. I love anything “Halloween”!

  84. Maggie H says:

    The minute I saw this I knew I had to make it For my son. He and his friends have been doing a marathon of all the Potter movies this week. He will be amazed and very happy! This is awesome!

  85. Carmen Willis says:

    Awesome Giveaway…would love to win!

  86. MaggieM says:

    I love Nichola’s potterish chests and those mini books! Too cute! All three projects are fabulous! Wonderful giveaway-enter me to win:)

  87. Cindy says:

    I love all your vintage “stuff!” Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. Charlene says:

    Happy Fourth of July

  89. Heidi says:

    Oh I love Halloween too! & this ‘treasure chest’ is awesome & inspiring

  90. Carla Velting says:

    Those potter chests are too adorable!

  91. Marcie says:

    LOVE Alpha Stamps!! Would love to win!

  92. Aja says:

    Lovely collection! Wonderful giveaway!

  93. Rose Lewis says:

    Would love to create with this one!

  94. Maria says:

    Punch and acrobat stamps – how cool!

  95. Gerri herbst says:

    Just adore that trunk!

  96. Bonnie Bee says:

    Love it all!

  97. Carol Slowik says:

    I absolutely LOVE this one! I am so hoping you pick me please.

  98. Kathy says:

    Never too early to think about Halloween!

  99. julie benge says:

    Happy 4th I’d love to celebrate with a win. Thanks for the opportunity

  100. SueEllen Hayler says:

    Dear “Random” please pick me! I love it all!

  101. Nancy S says:

    Love both designs. Happy 4th!

  102. Helen Potter says:

    Wow! This is awesome. I hope everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day!

  103. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Nichola is an awesome designer who brings each paper and embellie detail into focus on each project. Mahalo for the op to win.

  104. Emily C says:

    LOVE the Harry Potter inspired trunk!

  105. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Sea Treasures and Fireworks Giveaway!! Summer is here!!

  106. Tara Hoke says:

    Just found your site, I love it! I will be ordering…….

  107. Happy Independence Day!! Count me in!

  108. yvette leblanc says:

    Love it!!!

  109. Pam says:

    Love anything magical and artsy!

  110. Sue Pierson says:

    Pick me…pleaseeeeee.

  111. LoriSW says:

    Love these sample projects!

  112. Lisa M says:

    Oh, the wee little books! Love love love love love those trunks and everything in them!

  113. Holly Cramer says:

    A lot of great stuff as always.

  114. Sokat says:

    Love, love this. So darn cute

  115. Nancy Stone says:

    I would love to make this for a granddaughter.

  116. Nan says:

    It’s amazing to me the creativity that abounds at Alpha Stamps. I would love the chance to enrich my creativity!

  117. Pam knoch says:

    Love you guys! Just great creativity!

  118. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Great inspiration and creativity here!!!

  119. Lorna E says:

    Love Nicole’s trunk! And I’ve got 2 similar trunks I’ve been wanting to play with, now I’ve got something to think about here…

  120. Beth Williams says:

    They are both delightful-but AI am definitely ready for some Halloween inspiration. Time to celebrate the 4th by doing some happy shopping!

  121. Gail Gill says:

    Such fun projects. I love them both !

  122. Amanda Flores says:

    Diagon Alley at Universal was recently unveiled… coincidence or no? 😉

  123. Pam Weiler says:

    I love both of your giveaways. The tiny trunks are very cute.

  124. Evelyn Valencia says:

    AWWW! Would love to win these kits!

  125. Carrie Jacquin says:

    Tiny treasures!

  126. julie says:

    Another wonderful giveaway, thank-you!

  127. Joelle Platz says:

    This is my all time favorite. I would so love to win this.

  128. Lina T says:

    Another great one!

  129. Starqueen says:

    Hi Leslie,
    Amazing and oh-so-inspiring projects from the talented design team artistes! And your giveaways are always so generous! Thank you for sharing.

  130. Love the Beach theme, what a nice getaway ! Living in the mountains I long for a beach !!!! somewhere in time !

  131. Liz Russell says:

    LOVE the trunks! These are so awesome for Halloween! And the Marie theatre rocks!!!

  132. Carolyn says:

    Happy 4th and thanks fir the chance to win!

  133. sheilaAR says:

    Love this collection !!

  134. Chris says:

    Happy 4th everyone! Congratulations to Jill Ongley for winning the Seashore Theater Giveaway. Have fun playing, I’m sure you will! Thanks for having the 2 giveaways over the holiday, that’s so cool… The tiny HP trunks are awesome and are going to be so much fun to decorate for Halloween and for any time. I can’t wait to make a few for Halloween & some for my friends daughter for her Mermaid birthday party for favors. The sea and sand set is magical & will be so much fun to work with the beach scenes. I love to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves rolling in…