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TWO projects by Nichola Battilana + NEW Tim Holtz Distress Color

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Mermaids Kit, Nichola Battilana, Tim Holtz
Update! A newer post about Nichola’s Mermaid Shrine 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: Mermaid Shrine and An Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round..

A Summer/beachy sale reminder before jumping to the new things: because of this month’s Mermaids Kit, the ENTIRE beach theme section is on sale; including collage sheets, rubber stamps, charms, ribbons, paints, stains… over 150 summer products! ON SALE through Thursday night, June 18th (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale, too). FREE Beach-Themed Collage Sheet with every order! Pick your own from this large group or Leslie will pick one for you (just type your beach collage sheet choice into the comments section when you check out). That sheet at right is the Beachy Postage & Words Collage Sheet… just one of 47 to choose from! (And one used by Nichola in her lovely shrine today!)


Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has two projects for you this week!

First up is the gorgeous Mermaid Shrine using the Curio Cabinet Shrine Kit. Let’s talk about this AMAZING cabinet! It is shipped as a flat kit, and is laser cut from heavy chipboard. Easy to assemble using any type of craft glue (and your choice of paper tape hinges or metal hinges to finish the doors). The finished size is approx 8″ wide x 8-1/2″ tall x 4-1/2″ deep.

As you can see, it is a nice big size to work with — you can take the shelf out as Nichola did and layer up a shrine or diorama inside of it, or leave the shelf in and display trinkets, baubles, or do what I’m going to do with it. Make a little doll house out of it!

Using images from the collage sheets in the Mermaids Kit, Nichola set them against Coral and Seaweed Stem Chipboard.

My mermaids that I fussy cut from Mermaids #3 Collage Sheet sit upon painted chipboard coral. Staggering the placement of these pieces helps with the depth perception. On the exterior I’ve draped Summer Sea Silk Ribbons as a sort of banner. It helps with the dreamy quality and is a bit like fantasy seaweed. A few stamped Brass Scrolls and Adhesive Pearls finish off the the piece with a bit of treasure trove flair.

Here is the Mermaid Shrine Supply List. Visit Pixie Hill to find out how Nichola painted the outside of the shrine to match the Unearth Copper Patina Scrapbook Paper that is available in the Mermaids Kit!

The second one, An Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round is simply, not for the faint of glittered-heart but sure to make you smile.

Using the Giant Display Spool ( the center column is 7″ tall!) along with the String Alongs – Moon & Stars and the Chipboard Celestial Shape Set Nichola put together a bit of magic and finished it off with just the right amount of glitter. Which of course in our book at Alpha Stamps is — it’s never enough. Add a little bit more!

An Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round Supply List.

Hooray for the Starry Giveaway! (And a few moons, too!)

I kinda went freeform with this one… starting with a couple of items Nichola used, but then just pulling things I like within the theme And ALL on Sale!
3D Star Spacer Beads (New!)
Bronze Slider Beads – Fancy Stars (New!)
1 Inch Brass Star No Loop (New!)
Star Tinsel
18mm Wooden Stars
2 Inch Gold Star Ornament
Rusty Star Ornament Set
Miniature Star Garland
Gold Dresden Stars
Moon & Stars Collage Sheet
Clown Valentines Collage Sheet
I’ve Been Mooned Collage Sheet
Theatre Clouds Collage Sheet
Man in the Moon – Raw Brass
Star Trellis Filigree – Raw Brass
Etched Star Charms
Comet Matchbox Label Rubber Stamp (hey, that stamp is On Sale for 25% off!)

To enter the Starry Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 15, 2015. AND tell me what you’d make with all of these starry items — or which of them you like best.

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 Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Voyages Extraordinaires Giveaway? That would be Maryellen! (And she commented: “Oh a lovely travel composite – I also like it with the folding folder from Tim Holtz from the last giveaway.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, June 14th, 2015

96 responses to “TWO projects by Nichola Battilana + NEW Tim Holtz Distress Color”

  1. Jo says:

    Love the stars and the mermaids. Would make an astrology shrine with them!

  2. Cathie Stone says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love the mooned collage sheet and the matchbox stamp.

  3. Just out of this world! Love all the retro moon faces. I would make a Solar altered book with them.

  4. Cherie says:

    Love this! A starry, starry night canvas is calling!

  5. Jen R says:

    I love it all but those Dresden stars are calling to me.

  6. Marjean says:

    Using the inspiration from song ‘Cat and the fiddle, and a silver spoon, little boy blue and the man in the moon’. I’m thinking of a project with a boxed album. The box having all the elements of the song and the album holding pics of me and Dad.

  7. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    A smile is on my face. Love everything about it and would love to try my hand at duplicating with a few twists of my own.

  8. Gail Gill says:

    That curio cabinet is just screaming to be made into a Day of the Dead shrine. If only I could recreate the color scheme Nicola did. She is an amazing artist and I love seeing all her creations.

  9. Maryellen says:

    I would introduce my cow to the moon along with a few stars and perhaps the cat and the fiddle will be included as well.

  10. Maria says:

    No question, El Cometa is my favorite item

  11. gloria stafford says:

    The Sun, Moon, & Stars became part of a secret language between me and my two adult daughters when they were very young & chose those symbols to mark their clothing. With this fabulous cache I’d make 3 ACT cards, one for each of us to carry with us wherever life takes us.

  12. Sue Young says:

    I would make a shrine tribute to Van Gogh’ Starry Night!!!!

  13. Lori D. says:

    I love the collage sheets. I would use them in my art journal!

  14. KIM says:

    I’d choose, Make A Wish.
    My wish would be to win this giveaway.
    Then share it with my daughter and best friend.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  15. I LOVE the Moons best! But all the other items would reflect beautifully in the glow of the Moon. I would make a few ATC for friends who are having a bit of a rough time at the moment. Nothing is more soothing than bathing in the caress of Moonlight.

  16. Jean Marmo says:

    This is so cool! Loving those stars and moon! This will make someones wishes come true!

  17. barbara macaskill says:

    I am seeing an amazing multilayer mobile with stars galore and a matching celestial curio house for the fairies to live in!! LOVELOVELOVE this one so much!

  18. Beth Williams says:

    This one was made just for me. Of late I am totally into stars-maybe just my age, but the night sky seems to speak to me. Beautiful inspiration and give away-thank you so much for a chance to win this.

  19. Karen says:

    Because of where I live, we are nearing 20 hours of sunlight, so stars have not really been visible lately! However, I do get to see them in winter, and love the night sky. Maybe a fairy flying withing a constellation of stars? Got to think about it.

  20. Rise St Arno says:

    The moons, the moons…
    I have a vintage photo of my grandmother, about 5 years old.

    It was a studio photo after she survived diptheria, she’s standing next to a giant moon face with her hand on it for support. I would love to make a cabinet out of this!


  21. Kim R says:

    I would make a shrine to my 2 grandkids. They are the STARS in my worls

  22. Lou Anne H. says:

    I’d make a Midnight Mermaid shrine with the sea below and the sky above.

  23. Ina Good says:

    I love the sun moon and stars perfume and have an empty bottle i would also use in a cabinet type decorated to match with all those over the moon goodies!!!

  24. Sandy says:

    I love celestial anything. My Great Granddaughters would look perfect sitting on a moon.

  25. KarenS says:

    I would make an wizard’s theater shrine workshop and the round-about would be the astrology turret of the shrine/workshop. The moons and stars are perfect for something like this.

  26. jenni brockob says:

    I would like to make something similar to the Wishing-Go-Round that Nichola did. It’s an awesome idea! My favorite item would probably have to be the I’ve Been Mooned collage sheet. It’s way cool vintage!

  27. MaggieM says:

    Yeah, another great giveaway! I would use the collage sheets and charms to create pages for a little boy mini album, like lullaby pages, etc.

  28. kimberly says:

    Oh! I just had a vision for a starry night themed shadow box for my little boy who’s afraid of the dark!

  29. Kathy Bumb says:

    I love the combination of the gol Dresden stars and the brass moons and tiny stars. I would make a glistening garland to hang on other altered art projects.

  30. Rose Martinez says:

    Great giveaway!! I would paint the stars silver and use the starry blues to create a commerative Disney 60th celebration momento! OMG perfect color combos!

  31. I love the one with the pretty lady sitting on the moon. I would make a picture or shadowbox with a words that say – “I’m over the moon for you, sweetheart”.

  32. Oh wow! That ‘Wishing go-round’ is fabulous!! I like ALL the stars,but if I had to choose, I really like to 12 pointed ones 🙂

  33. Linda K says:

    I really like the moon and stars collage sheet. I’m thinking a fairies in the dark diorama. I love all the alpha stamps products.

  34. Emily N says:

    Great projects!! I really like the star garland.

  35. Karen N. says:

    My stars, what a great giveaway. I love the moon collage sheets.

  36. kim says:

    Love the summery stars! I would love to make a Summer Nights Dream scene 🙂 Thanks for a chance!~kim

  37. Mary Jane Ciurla says:

    This wonderful package has so many items that could be used for projects from now until the end of the year. I love the moon and stars collage sheet for summer themes; some of the faces for Halloween; garland and stars for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win them.

  38. Sandy says:

    Oh my stars…I love the moons. I would use this in my Halloween cards.

  39. Janet Turner says:

    I love this giveaway! I bought the moon and stars collage sheet and I’ve used it in several projects. Thanks for the great ideas.

  40. Barb says:

    That curio cabinet rocks!!! and of course so do the moon and stars…great backdrop for a sprapbook page

  41. Starqueen says:

    Oh Leslie,
    You are making my heart go pitter-pat!! I am an astrologer, lover of stars and all things celestial, and…June 15th is my birthday! What a gift to see Nichola’s gorgeous projects…such amazing inspiration and creativity. I would love to make a celestial shrine with all that star power, and I love sharing stars in my card making, too!
    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful creativity and products to go with it!

  42. Lana says:

    what a wonderful, magical, giveaway.

  43. Deanne says:

    I love the Dresden stars…and anything with moons…and the comet stamp…ohh I love it all. Love doing night sky pieces.

  44. Helen says:

    I love the clown valentine collage sheet. Many clown items have an ‘ick’ factor to me, but these are so adorable!

  45. Lisa R. says:

    If ever I loved any of the giveaways….. ITS THIS ONE!!! Love love stars!!! My fav. Shape and these gold metal and Dresden stars are beautiful!! If I was to buy the curio… I would make a fairyland shadowbox with moon fae!!!! Just awesomeness lol luck to all! And thanks for the chance to win!!!

  46. Gabriel says:

    Celestial items – glittering stars and moons – I would use all this to make a shrine for the winter solstice, to celebrate with my women’s spirituality group. The longest night is the most magical of the year!

  47. ginette says:

    Love the Dresden stars. Don’t know what I could do with them but I’m sure I would used them.

  48. Wonderful new creations by Nichola, can’t decide which one I like best! I see a moonlit ballet inside a shadow box when I look at all the wonderful items in your latest giveaway, love them all!

  49. DianeD says:

    I love the shrine. I think I would make a “when you wish upon a star” shrine with the little girl swinging from the moon.

  50. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous giveaway! I love the filigree star. I would use it in a Christmas craft!

  51. Laura says:

    I’m not sure what I would make, but the stars are gorgeous!

  52. Tammy says:

    I love, love, love ALL the beautiful gold stars!

  53. Margery McInerny says:

    I have stars and the moon in my eyes! I would do a celestial shrine and oh what a fabulous cabinet. I will buy a few to make gifts.

  54. Gigi Jordan says:

    I love the whole giveaway but especially the cabinet. It has so much potential I’m just over the moon thinking about it!

  55. Luanne says:

    My daughter is a big stars and moon fan, would like to make a mix media picture for her.

  56. Jackie Neal says:

    OMGOSH!! I mean it for real-this is my absolute favorite(today at least) teeheehee
    I think I would have to create a Celestial shrine and those Dresden stars are just the bomb!!
    Nichola’s pieces are out of the world and sea deep gorgeous!!

  57. Brenda lubrant says:

    I love the Celestrial ttheme with all of the beautiful little star sun and moon charms. I would like to use this collection to make several small wish note books to sell at my church bazar.

  58. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would make a starry night canvas and I it’s a tie between the silver star ‘chain’ and the star Dresden.

  59. Verna S says:

    I adore the theatre clouds. I make books and using these beautiful images would be inspiring. Wonderful give away.

  60. Sokat says:

    I love the idea of a mobile hanging in the corner of a reading nook for a small child.

  61. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I t hint I would make a mobile! Starry, starry nights…paint your portrait blue and grey…

  62. Beth Jones says:

    van gogh is my favorite artist and his starry night is my all time favorite painting! would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!

  63. orianna says:

    I like the comet rubberstamp. I can imagine making postoids with it.

  64. Mary Helene says:

    Love all the fun collage sheets.

  65. I would love to make a collage with these awesome items

  66. Joan says:

    I love the entire kit, but think all the starry and moon images are great and would look wonderful in a shadow box.

  67. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the stars!!! A celestial theme collage would be fun!

  68. Rebecca Disher says:

    That box is just beautiful! I just love all the elements she included. Very well thought out.
    As for what I’d make… I would make a Once upon time book. I think the “Man in the moon”, stars and clouds are so magical. They would pair beautifully with the nursery rhyme stamps I have from here as well. I’ve been collecting little odds and end’s and these sheets would be perfect for it.:)

  69. Debbie Kaste says:

    I love the stars and would love to make a beautiful canvas with all those items. Thanks for the chance to win your great give away!

  70. Jennifer J says:

    I love the star garland. My son wants to help me make a starry night shadow box

  71. Nancy S says:

    Love the stars and moon. Perhaps something with a fairy tale theme?

  72. ratgirl says:

    The filigree star is totally my favorite. 🙂 So cool.

  73. lea says:

    I’d love to make a miniature shadow box. I really love all the stars and the moon collage sheets

  74. Retta says:

    What a wonderful group! I would make a celestial altered book featuring the “Man in the Moon”. I think my favorite, though, is the comet rubber stamp.

  75. Lisa Mills says:

    Ahhh…stars. I collect them. I have them all over my house. It is so hard to choose which I like best. Now hmmm… I think I would try to make a Make a wish thing. I would like to make a thing that would spin and every time you land on a star you win. Now to think of the prize. Thanks for the fun giveaway. Lisa

  76. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love the Gold Dresden Stars the best, it would be great to win this set.

  77. Lisa says:

    I love the I’ve been mooned collage sheet ! This would be fun with lots of glitter.

  78. cathy smith says:

    I would get the curio cabinet and make a straightened shrine. This is a great stash of goodies!

  79. Love, love, love the Dresden Stars! The tiny star garland is pretty nice too! Christmas ornaments, here we come!

  80. Kathleen says:

    I would add that curio cabinet and make an Astronomer’s Curio Cabinet…..

  81. Mary-Ann says:

    Great set!

  82. Roxanne says:

    Love all the stary items. I would like to make a diorama and have lil’ pics of all the members in our family watching fireworks and stars in the sky…they would be twinkling and glittered above along with ‘sparks’ of fireworks and stary night and my family …past and present would be on the ground…all together again,having a happy time. 🙂

  83. Sarah Lynch says:

    Wow all these stars make me so happy! There are lots of items to make a bunch of projects, love the collage sheets the best. I would love to make an altered altoid tin with these materials (If I won). Love everything you guys have~

  84. Ann says:

    Once again Nichola’s creations awe and inspire! I would love to make a moon shrine, using the moon collage sheets and the awesome stars in the giveaway along with incorporating some techniques from both of Nicola’s projects!

  85. angelic says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love the star buttons.

  86. Leah Fein says:

    Hello. I love all those big stars. I would make a candle with a smattering of stars, and use it for a Mood Goddess shrine

  87. lynn says:

    love the lady on the moon, doesent everyone wish upon a star? I would make a shrine I adore them

  88. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    My late husband used to call me his “golden star” so I couldn’t resist the Dresden stars. Too much fun!

  89. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    OMG, this is a real tough one to pick cause I love it all!! Ok, one….hmmmmm….one…well, it was tied for first place between the gold dresden stars (they ARE gorgeous!) and the brass star filigree. The filigree won since it can be used in jewelry, mixed media, assemblage. I would have to make a shrine…especially considering my nick!

  90. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    the merigorougnd is wonderful and would be my “first”

  91. Trish says:

    Hi there
    LOVE , LOVE , Love …the Starry Night graphics !!!!!!! I could see a cute shadow box using the girl sitting on the moon , with lots of glitter and gold stars !!!!!!!

  92. Sylvia L. says:

    I love the celestial theme; all the items are beautiful, but the Dresden stars are my favorite.

  93. Eve Watters says:

    Oooohhh…love to play with stars….love images of moon-sitters…and my name around the family is “Mermaid”! I’d find a way to combine them all, and am already visioning the beautiful night-sky-blues I will be adding + mica + pearl!

  94. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Oh moon and stars and mermaids, too. I would make an under-the-sea lined-with-pearls treasure box for my landlocked granddaughter in TN to hold her ocean treasures from this summer’s visit to Hawaii, home of her birth.

  95. LeAnn says:

    My favorite is the chipboard string along moon and stars set. They are just so whimsical. The Mermaid Shrine and Wishing Go-Round are so beautiful. Amazing work Nichola!

  96. Joan Harsha says:

    I’d make my vision of heaven.