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TWO Tiny Projects by Nichola Battilana! (And BIG Collage Sheet Sale!)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Cute as a Button, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

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 Butterfly Vignette Box and Cute As Buttons Gazebo .

A quick announcement before Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO fabulous projects by Nichola Battilana:
There’s exciting news (just below Nichola’s artwork) about a Collage Sheet Sale and FREE Collage Sheet offer!

Coming in by the seat of her eensie, weensie, polka-dot fairy pants is Design Team Member Nichola Battilana with two projects for the Cute As A Button Kit and Add-On Kit!

First up — A fairy small enough to sit in a thimble is worthy of ee cumings in the Cute As Buttons Gazebo. The gazebo is made from a Rusty Metal Lantern and is transformed with just a bit of white acrylic paint, paper and Thin Looped Dresden. The gorgeous butterflies on the gazebo are from the Montage Mercantile Scrapbook Paper that comes in the Cute As A Button Kit . That particular sheet is so versatile (and incredibly thick and lush) that I ordered SIX sheets of it to keep on hand, it’s my new favorite paper! Nichola said:

“The gazebo is the perfect spot for faeries to sit in thimbles and darn socks, surrounded by Small Wooden Spools and those delightful 4mm and 6mm Doll Buttons.”

Nichola’s second project is a small Butterfly Vignette Box that thankfully (purely for my own selfish sake), it is not done up all sweet and sugary. Seeing too much of the sweet stuff can make me irritable and say or write horrible things! At least so I’ve been told. Anyways, this piece is nice and beat up, distressed to hell and back, sanded, then beat up again (and I’m quite sure Nichola probably had her crew of naughty fairies she keeps on hand for odd jobs kick the box a few times as well before she was satisfied with it). It is covered on the outside with Yesterday Papillon Scrapbook Paper, miniature trade card images from the Thread Trading Card Cuties and Sewing with Kitty Collage Sheets and topped off with an Ornate Metal Key – Antique Brass.

The box Nichola used is a (New!) Black Display Box With Wrap-Around Lid. It’s very much like the Mixed Media 5×5 Box, only without the window and it fits in the palm of your hand. About this project Nichola said:

“The papers on the interior are from the Sew Lovely 6×6 Paper Pad. They totally remind me of the inside of an antique steamer trunk I have. Amid all this grunge and distressing is a beautiful little vignette of butterflies and flowers. An intimate, quiet moment that reflects the sentiment “Oh, the world wasn’t so big… it was wonderful.” I like the surprise of something small and pretty beneath the dust and grime. It’s like hope, or star-shine through the dark.”

It is a gorgeous box, tattered and worn on the outside but within, such a sweet sentiment that it holds. We have two supply lists for you. The Cute As A Button Gazebo and the Butterfly Vignette Box. Nichola has two blog posts as well, with more eye candy and details: the Gazebo and the Butterfly Vignette Box.

But don’t forget to come back, and enter the Fairy Gazebo Giveaway drawing (info below) that includes many of the items from BOTH of Nichola’s artwork!

ALL Collage Sheets On Sale!

PLUS for every $20 you spend, you can pick out a FREE Collage Sheet! Spend $40, pick out 2; spend $60, pick out 3, etc. The “pick out a free collage sheet” offer has expired BUT check the current newsletter for a NEW FREE collage sheet promo!


Hooray! A Fairy Gazebo Giveaway!

I picked out quite a few of the items from Nichola’s Butterfly Vignette Box AND Cute As Buttons Gazebo (note: those are links to photos of all the supplies):
– Black Display Box with Wrap-Around Lid
– Yesterday Papillon Scrapbook Paper
– Thread Trading Card Cuties Collage Sheet
– Tiny Green Leaf Garland
– Bronze Branch Connectors
– Sewing with Kitty Collage Sheet
– Rusty Metal Lantern
– Montage Mercantile Scrapbook Paper
– Wood Mini Spools
– Doll Buttons – 6mm Mix

And some random bits of ribbons or fringe…

AND these NEW items — ALL On Sale!:
Mini Rabbit Figurine (look at that adorable bunny in the close-up at lower right of photo!)
30mm Black Sewing Buttons
18mm Wooden Stars

To enter the Fairy Gazebo 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, February 27, 2015)!

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 Red & White & Pink All Over Giveaway? That would be Jennifer Bumb! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, February 26th, 2015

132 responses to “TWO Tiny Projects by Nichola Battilana! (And BIG Collage Sheet Sale!)”

  1. Noreen johnson says:

    Fairy pretty!

  2. Corinne Marie says:

    Another charming kit!! Bravo!

  3. Hanneke Bloem says:

    Love the tiny stuff used in the projects. Wish P&S wasn’t that expensive, I would certainly buy all the supplies needed for this.

  4. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    bunnies, butterflies…ohh when is spring springing ?

  5. Holly Day says:

    That is amazing–I _love_ the tiny gazebo!!

  6. Tammy says:

    These little items make me feel spring in the air!

  7. Lu L. says:

    The little fairy gazebo is just lovely. I’d love to make my own!

  8. judy golden says:

    This giveaway is beautiful and just in time for spring days ahead. Thanks for the chance to win, good luck all~

  9. phoebe diamond says:

    Love the lantern used as a gazebo. Very clever.

  10. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Nichola can do no wrong whether shabby, chic, distressed or sweet. Totally love anything butterfly.

  11. Patricia Worth says:

    I adore this giveaway – just so sweet ” A Fairy Gazebo”! I get all fluttertated just thinking about it!

  12. Linda hughes says:

    So Cute!

  13. barbara macaskill says:

    OMG! This Gazebo creation is awesome!! I am all aflutter over this awesome package!

  14. Mary Tiriello says:

    Love this giveaway! Inspired me to want to create fairy gazebo!

  15. Liane says:

    This is adorable….inspires me for spring !!!!!
    Liane 🙂

  16. Oh yes, please enter me in this giveaway! What fun!

  17. Gail Gill says:

    Well that’s just downright adorable!

  18. Lisa M says:

    Oh my!! Love it all! So adorable and wanting of Spring even more! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  19. Dawn says:

    I love this one! A fairy gazebo, what a great idea!

  20. Jackie Barth says:

    So cute – would love to win it.

  21. Kristie says:

    Completely adorable. I love it all.

  22. Diane D. says:

    The Lantern is so adorable. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  23. Kathleen Cole says:

    I normally like grungy things, but these cute little things are working on my heart! Would love to win!

  24. Marty P says:

    The butterfly vignette box is wonderful as well as the charming little gazebo kit!

  25. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Fairy Gazebo Giveaway!! I am working on a fairy project right now!! What funny timing. 🙂

  26. Ann C. says:

    So much sweetness! It really puts Spring in mind

  27. Regina Salvador says:

    Ooooh, the bunny!

  28. Rosemary Sharon says:

    these are the best kits I have ever seen…….loving them…..they make me itch to start work again…….

  29. Karen S says:

    Living in the Northeast, we are in desperate need of signs of Spring. The lantern and butterfly box are just the ticket. Too cute. Thank you for the opportunity to win this kit.

  30. Rise St Arno says:

    Oh, the possibilities!

  31. Emily N. says:

    This project is so cute! Love it!

  32. Leslie Dean says:

    Love it all! Going on a crafting weekend, just might need to add these projects!

  33. Jen R says:

    These would be so much fun to make… thanks AS for the chance to win

  34. Cathy Juudd says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Right up my alley. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  35. Victoria W says:

    What a lovely set to be creative with!

  36. Kimberly Barcello says:

    Sweet, but not too sweet 😉

  37. Jo says:

    I love this gazebo idea! The bunny and buttons are so cute!

  38. Stefanie says:

    Always love Nichola’s work!! :o) That fairy gazebo is just divine!!

  39. Jennie says:

    Nichola’s work is always so inspiring!

  40. KIM says:

    The mini bunny is too cute .
    Prefect giveaway for Easter time.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps

  41. Lois C says:

    This is adorable and would be a GREAT birthday present for a friend this April!

  42. Honey says:

    My favorite! I love the gazebo.

  43. Lorna E. says:

    Nichola’s projects are wonderful. Great giveaway too!

  44. Celia says:

    OmGee, LOVE the gazebo,sweet tiny fairy, great idea…..thank you.:)

  45. Melanie Curtis says:

    Love the Fairy Gazebo and the little bunny figurine. Thanks for the chance to win!

  46. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Now you’ve really done it. Gazebos are my very favorite thing. How neat it would be to win this special Giveaway.

  47. Lina says:

    So Cute!

  48. Beverly S says:

    How adorable is that little sewing fairy?! Need one at my house 😀

  49. Sandra R. says:

    It is a beautiful fairy land project!

  50. Debbie Kaste says:

    Just adorable. Nicola is so incredibly talented. Love her work!

  51. Jenni Brockob says:

    What a really cute idea! I love the little rabbits and would so love to make a fairy gazebo of my very own!

  52. Jen C says:

    What fun! Love this assortment.

  53. Karen says:

    Cute collection – lots of ideas swirling around with this giveaway.

  54. great collection would love to win thank you

  55. Patti Flasch says:

    OOOHHH! I love the lantern! What a fun warm weather (please let it come soon!) giveaway.

  56. Starqueen says:

    OMG! So sweet and fairy-licious! What a lovely collection and beautiful projects by Nichola. Thank you for sharing!

  57. Virginia Smith says:

    Oh, my goodness! What wonderful things are included in this giveaway! I love the little rabbit!

  58. cathy smith says:

    What a cute Easter idea! Love this!!!

  59. Laural says:

    Sew, Sew Beautiful

  60. Traci says:

    Just ordered 5 college sheets darn I always miss out on the sales-either too late or too early. Cute project today love the new lantern and the bunny.

  61. orianna says:

    faeries light the way

  62. Leah Fein says:


  63. cathrine bolin says:

    love it!

  64. Lynn Fox says:

    This giveaway takes my breath away!!! Love the projects, too!

  65. Veronica tucker says:

    this would be perfect in my girls room

  66. Karen adams says:

    Love it!

  67. Jill Noblitt says:

    how beautiful and cute! hello spring!

  68. Noreen says:

    Fairies and butterflies – how sweet!

  69. Sunny says:

    Just the touch of Spring I’ve been aching for. I can’t make the snow go away, but at least I can craft something spring.

  70. Mary Helene says:

    The fairy gazebo is just gorgeous.

  71. Jean Marmo says:

    I need a fairy gazebo! What fun this is!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  72. Pat Foulk says:

    I want to move into this gazebo. Butterflies, bunnies oh my

  73. Lynn says:

    Great gazebo … and love the “wrap-around lid” box! Would be a good week to win! 🙂

  74. Karen says:


  75. Deb Revier says:


  76. Sandy says:

    What fun it would be to win this kit! So springy!

  77. Janet Turner says:

    Beautiful giveaway! Thank you for all the great ideas.

  78. Michelle Salazar says:

    Oh, you had me at fairy in a gazebo and then the cute little bunny just melted my heart!

  79. Christine V says:

    oh! that bunny! I need a chance please.

  80. Gigi Jordan says:

    Such pretty, pretty things–please pick me!

  81. MaggieM says:

    Fabulous fairy giveaway! I so hope to win the fabulous goodies…I am so in to Spring and fairies right now, I could just fly!

  82. Laura West says:

    Love it all! Thank you for the chance to win!

  83. Sylvia L. says:

    So many sweet items in the giveaway; thanks for the chance to win them and for the inspiration.

  84. Carmen Willis says:

    Love anything to do with fairy projects; the “Cute As Buttons Gazebo”, would go perfect next to my Fairy School House! Would love to win this giveaway!

  85. Gloria says:

    The little gazebo would look great in my real fairy garden right next to my ‘in bloom’ mini daffodils. No kidding, Spring is here!!

  86. Karen Mallory says:

    What a cute giveaway! Love the projects!

  87. Nicole Austin says:

    love this kit! the little gazebo is adorable! so many possibilities!

  88. Lana says:

    oh, I hope this beautiful giveaway finds it’s way to me…simply beautiful!

  89. LAUREL Nielsen says:

    Just the cutest little gazebo, so well done I hope hope….. to me.

  90. What an exciting giveaway. I am “in training” this year so I’ll be able to apply to your design team next year. I love your selection of unique, sometimes qirky products.

  91. DianeD says:

    I’m likeing the black as a background. Makes all the colors pop!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  92. Heather says:

    This little project is precious! I would love this one!

  93. CG says:

    Of ALL the giveaways, I think I’m in LOVE with THIS one!! How sweet! Right up my alley! TY for the chance to win and TY for YOU, Alphastamps!

  94. Juniper Mainelis says:

    This would be so much fun!!!

  95. Roxanne says:

    Lovely lovely items…really makes ya get crafting some goodness! Please enter me in the next contest..thanks

  96. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    How clever–I would never have thought to use the lantern as a gazebo. What talented people you have. Please enter me in the drawing.

  97. Luna says:

    You guys have way to much fun, I want some

  98. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    The gazebo is precious!

  99. Sokat says:

    That gazebo is too cute and I love the vintage . Thank you for the spring reminders .

  100. Amanda Miller says:

    The tiny bunny is so cute.I can’t wait for spring!!

  101. Ginette says:

    Too cute to be left alone

  102. Jeanne Kelly says:

    The vignette boxes and fairy gazebo have me dreaming of Spring. It’s still so cold and snowy here in NY. I need some warmth!

  103. LeAnn says:

    Love everything tiny.

  104. angelic says:

    So cute, I love fairies.

  105. Cindy Fitch says:

    Spring is in the air and just around the corner! What a wonderful project to celebrate it’s coming.

  106. Gabrielle says:

    So cute!

  107. Carol Slowik says:

    This is my all time favorite of all the giveaways in the world!!! I so hope that lady luck is with me for this one! Thanks for all you do!

  108. Lori D. says:

    Cuteness! What a fun giveaway and thank you for the opportunity to win!

  109. Dewanna Raite says:

    I love miniatures of all kinds. These are adorable!

  110. Diana says:

    Oh so adorable! Love the bunnies!

  111. Nancy S says:

    Just love the projects that Nichola has created!!! Just love her miniature creations particularly when they remind me of spring…

  112. What a wonderful project ! I would so love to win this one ! I need a jump start, I feel as though winter will never end here , It makes me think—there is hope for Spring !
    Thank you

  113. cheryl foster says:

    I love this !

  114. Leslie Hanson says:

    Tiny = Happiness!

  115. Jackie says:

    Omgoodness!! I love that fairy gazebo!!

  116. Dawn Bracknell says:

    I love this, and would like to win! Am excited for this chance! Thank you!

  117. Charlene says:

    How cute!

  118. Bonnie Baity says:

    I love the fairy!!

  119. Kathy Cabble says:

    Oh please let me win. Fairies are one thing that I’m into big time. Right now I’m making two out of oven bake clay. They will be added to my books, ATC’s and jointed paper dolls.

  120. Cindy Svoboda says:

    So cute would love to have.

  121. Dena Cottrell says:

    I adore the gazebo! Hope I win!

  122. Luanne Shoup says:

    just when I think I have it all, I see more new stuff!

  123. Dennis Lawrence says:

    Great giveaway!

  124. Maryellen says:

    The gazebo is adorable….as well as the collection.

  125. April Dudko says:

    What an adorable project! Hope I win!

  126. Megan Warren says:

    The possibilities are endless with the lantern alone. I love what you’ve done with it here and endless possibilities with the fairy and the butterflies as well. I love the paper on the roof of the gazebo. You’ve given me so many ideas. The lantern and Halloween would go together very well I think.

  127. Linda K says:

    Oh man, I love this set. Crossing my fingers and toes.

  128. Arminta says:

    How stunning! Love this collection.

  129. teri steele says:

    These look like fun, Id like a chance to win

  130. Kim says:

    Wonderful giveaway!