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Christmas Artwork by Caroline & Nichola!

Filed under Advent Calendar Kit, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Nichola Battilana, Victorian Christmas Tags Kit

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 Caroline’s and Nichola’s projects that are still available on the new site. AND the Advent Calendar Shadowbox announced below IS still in stock!

A quick reminder: are you thinking about participating in the Christmas Tags Swap? If so, sign-ups are due by midnight TOMORROW (November 16th).

And as an added incentive: If you participated in the Haunted House Book Swap, one of the new Victorian Christmas Gift Tags Collage Sheets was sent to you as a gift with your swap art!

Everyone who completes the new swap will receive a (new) exclusive collage sheet from Alpha Stamps, too! Plus one lucky player will win $100 of Art Supplies! Read more.

Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created a lovely Angel Wings Advent Calendar Shadowbox complete with TWO tutorial videos. One on how to assemble the Advent Calendar Shadowbox and the other tutorial is on how she created the amazing hanging wings.

Scrumptious lace! I am in love with this stuff, so of course I had to use it. The laces are the same design just different colors; 1 3/4″ Fancy Venice Lace in Metallic Gold and Ivory.

“Check out how they lay like real feathers! There are also a few real feathers mixed in here and there and I created a video to see how I created the wings for you.

Wow, so gorgeous. I love how instead of having a box for the 25th, Caroline is using the wings as an ornament to hang on the tree on Christmas. Did you notice that the Victorian Coach Lamp actually lights up in the box? Pretty snazzy little set-up Caroline has going on in the box!

This project could not take a stark black lamp so I brushed on some brown paint and a bit of Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint – Metallic Gold. I used this paint all over the project. It is quite bold, to tone it down I applied a minuscule amount with my finger and rubbed it around.

“The back of the shadow box needed to be pretty when the wings were removed so there are a multitude of layers creating the look. Script stamps come in so handy, don’t know what I would do without them. This one is the Wendy Vecchi Cling Stamp – Script. I also used two Tim Holtz Stencils in Christmas Text and Festive.

“All of the greenery and flowers in the shadowbox has a sprinkling of Twinklets Diamond Dust. I prefer this product over glitter when trying to accomplish a snow dusting effect because it is semi-transparent.

Angel Wings Advent Shadow Box Supply List

Visit Caroline at her blog and see more pictures, and two video tutorials on how she made her Angel Wings Advent Shadow Box!

Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created an Pocket and Tag Christmas Countdown Organizer with a rustic twist using the Victorian Christmas Tags Kit. A simple design using a length of burlap with the Mini Red Pip Berry Garland wrapped around the Library Pocket Box and embellished with Laquered Holly and Berry Picks. Such an easy and cute way to display an alternative advent calendar!

Nichola filled the Library Pocket Box with tons of tags and pockets (ok… 24, but they look so festive with all the little ribbons and trims)! (Only about a third are shown below.) Plus Nichola provides a tutorial on creating that shabby chic crackle finish from her whitewashed box! See Nichola’s supply list and read more on her blog.



Hooray for the Gold, Green & Red Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Caroline Ouzts-Hay’s and Nichola Battilana’s supply lists to make this richly colored Giveaway (psst! those 2 links are to the supply lists):
– A Victorian Christmas 3×4 ATC Pad
– Gold Sweeper Fringe
– Mini Red Pip Berry Garland
– Winter Kids Collage Sheet
– Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
– Metallic Gold 1-3/4 Inch Fancy Venice Lace
– Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set

PLUS I’m including BOTH of the new collage sheets: Notes from the North Pole Collage Sheet Set (a wonderful new set by Nichola Battilana) and Victorian Christmas Gift Tags Collage Sheet!

To enter the Gold, Green & Red 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, MONDAY NIGHT, November 16, 2015).

AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What would you make with the items in the Giveaway? Are you inspired to make wings with the lace?

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 Advent Trims & Toys Giveaway? That would be Julie F!

And she replied to my query “If you win the drawing, will you make a tea cottage? Complete with all the foliage and tiny breads? Or what would you make from the Giveaway supplies?”

Yes, would love to make one for my two little grandkids. Both of these are beautiful!

Posted by Leslie, November 15th, 2015

62 responses to “Christmas Artwork by Caroline & Nichola!”

  1. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I would use the gold lace to make dresses for some scrap figures I gave and turn them into holiday decorations or cards.

  2. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I would love to make beautiful gift tags for friends and family. I want to attach the tags to gifts and suggest that the people receiving the gifts hang the tags on their Christmas tree! Love that lace and the tag set!

  3. Jo says:

    It’s time to start making Christmas cards so I would love to use this giveaway for that!

  4. Ina Good says:

    I would use it to make an angel for my daughters angel collection as a special Christmas gift from my heart and yours!

  5. Kari Gluski says:

    I like to dress dolls so I would use the lace and trims for that.

  6. Gail S says:

    I am in the process of making a card box. There are some great embellishments here .

  7. Sue Young says:

    I make my daughter an ornament every year: this year it would be wings! Beautiful!

  8. Barb J says:

    I think the tags would be a great addition to my Christmas!

  9. MaggieM says:

    I’m having a blast making altered Christmas-themed gift bags, so I’d probably use the giveaway items on those. I am also creating a Parisian-themed “house” for my grand daughter, using Alpha Stamps products, of course. So I may use some of the giveaway items on that. Keeping my fingers crossed:)

  10. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    This Giveaway is so sweet. I probably would need to get my hands on it before deciding how to use the items.

  11. Deanne says:

    I would make tag cards to hang on the tree or anywhere that could use a festive touch…car, bathroom, kitchen, office, front door….

  12. Terry McM says:

    I love the vintage feel! I would make a lovely mixed media canvas.

  13. jean marmo says:

    I am making mixed media canvases for an upcoming show. LOVE this angel!! I also make ornaments for friends and family.

  14. Dennis L. says:

    Lovely artwork! I would like to make Christmas countdown tags and tag cards for Christmas gifts.

  15. D Wright says:

    You share wonderful things to make that spark new and old memories. I love giving hand made cards to family and close friends this time of year. If I win, these items will go into making those special memories!

  16. Jen R says:

    The wings are lovely but that beautiful lace would make lovely swag curtains in my dollhouse!

  17. Karen says:

    Beautiful project using metallic gold lace. I have been working on a angel and have used extensive gold metallic lace – it’s beautiful and I would enjoy creating something else with the lace and all the other things in this giveaway.

  18. Russell says:

    To be perfectly honest, Christmas crafting is well underway here at my house. If I were to receive these lovelies I would display them with all my other goodies and wait for that moment when they become the perfect thing I needed. I love when that happens.

  19. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make mini gift boxes with the ages, and the berries to my mouse christmas, and share with my mini friends.

  20. Emily Ann says:

    I love the gold laces!

  21. Barbara A says:

    I woiuld love to make an advent calendar but not sure about the wings. All sorts of other Xmas decorations come to mind like candle wraps, swags, miniature Xmas scenes.

  22. Verna says:

    I think I these wings are lovely. I would make some small ones for cards. Thanks for the ideas!

  23. Noreen says:

    I think the lace would make beautiful ornaments. I’m enjoying all the different ways the designers are making the Advent Calendar.

  24. Andrew Francesconi says:

    Love these beautiful giveaways. My mother would love those angel wings for her tree, and I would attempt to make those!!

  25. Sokat says:

    Those wings are beautiful. Just the inspiration to get my holiday spirit going.

  26. Sara H. says:

    As usual, I want to make an altered tin or a shadow box scene with these. Still trying to learn how to do that! The wings are lovely but not sure I have the skills to attempt that yet!

  27. Denise Bryant says:

    wow… those wings are amazing!
    I usually use lace and trims as embellishments on cards I make!

  28. Lana says:

    love it…I probably would not make wings with the lace, as that is what is expected and I try to always do the exact opposite.

  29. Laural says:

    I adore shadow boxes and the idea of the wings being an ornament, brilliant. Yes, I would make this.

  30. Francine perri says:

    Love the gold love it all I would make a Christmas collage with these items and would definitely make angel wings with the lace

  31. STEPHANIE Hoffman says:

    A beautiful mixed media Angel.

  32. Julie F. says:

    The lace angel wings are stunning! I would like to make some elegant Victorian acts & these wings are perfect.

  33. Lou Anne says:

    I absolutely love the lace wings. If I win I would make an angel with lacey wings.

  34. Charlotte Deerborn says:

    I would use the lace to decorate a Christmas ball ornament, and some of the other items for decorating boxes.

  35. Karen Mallory says:

    Love Christmas! I would use some of the items for cards and others for my shadow boxes. Those wings are fabulous and would look really great on an angel doll!

  36. Tammy Lemon says:

    I would love to add to the paper ornament house kit i have not finished yet from your store

  37. I would love to win this kit. It takes a whole bedroom to store my Christmas decorations. I would use the kit to make more decorations with my 5 grandchildren Thanks for the chance to win

  38. Dianed says:

    The lace would make an awesome crown for my Santos doll.

  39. Susan M L says:

    Loving all the beautiful, different Calendars coming from the creative minds of the Design Team! Watching Caroline’s tutorials have taken the mystery out of “How was it done?”, and I would like to make wings for decorations. I would make gift tags and countdown tags with all the wonderful supplies in the giveaway. Notes from the North Pole are too cute!!

  40. Janet Turner says:

    I would love to win this giveaway. I would use the pictures and trims to collage wood boxes for Christmas gifts. Thank you for the great ideas!

  41. Michelle says:

    The lace is beautiful. It fits into a an idea for a fibers piece called “apron strings,” about what one generation leaves for the next.

    The leaf ribbon is really beautiful. I work a lot with trees/plants/branches/roots/viney things growing in my work, so it would find a happy home there. So too the red berry garland.

    I’m not really a Christmas crafter. I’m more likely to take the Christmas papers and find somebody who absolutely loves them than use them myself.

  42. Luanne Shoup says:

    Ha Ha Ha! I have been making Christmas gift tags all day, and just turned on my computer, only to find more tag ideas! I do love the angle wings and would like to give them a go!

  43. barbara macaskill says:

    I am definitely going to be making the Angel Wings!!! I love all things with wings and Angels are one of my favorite winged things!!! These wings are just divine and I am going to be making more than 1 set of them if I can actually comprehend the instructions!!! Sometimes my meds make things hard for me to understand but I keep trying till I finally do!!! Pretty collage sheets too!! TFS!

  44. Kimberly Barcello says:

    all these things can b used as embellishments for my art dolls, and the lace will make great crowns for them as well as for Father Christmas!

  45. Mary Helene says:

    Would make beautiful Christmas photo journals.

  46. Nancy S says:

    I just love the lace wings! Never occurred to me to use lace instead of feathers…. Just love them. I’d probably make lace crowns to go along with them….

  47. Linda Marie says:

    I would use them for embellished gift boxes!!

  48. Kate Jo says:

    I’ve got a wooden box waiting to be decorated, and this would be a perfect fit!

  49. Carmen says:

    I never thought about making wings!! I love that! I’d probably do a dress on one of my primary doll stamps on a tag. What I’m dying to get my hands on are those little coach lights!!!! Squeeeaaalll!

  50. Carol Slowik says:

    I would definitely make the angel wings for my 95 year old mother’s table top Christmas tree! Love the lace!

  51. Beverly S says:

    I would make an evergreen snow Angel (on a cardboard cone base)

  52. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Awesome use of the Venice lace on those wings…very creative! I would be inspired to make cards and tags with the lace, plus I want to try my hand at making some wings similar to put on an angel figure I am working on. What fun!

  53. Lori D. says:

    Great giveaway! I want to make all ton of tags and hang them all over the Christmas tree. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  54. marykay chisum says:

    Curtains for Putz houses? Ornaments? Cards? Tags? Too many choices!!

  55. Carol B. says:

    I would use the laces to dress Christmas Angels along with tags and ornaments. They are beautiful!

  56. Ann says:

    Love the Christmas projects from Caroline and Nichola! I adore angels (and tags!) so your colorful giveaway goodies would be fun for angel making, using the collage images of sweet child faces and the scrumptious lace for wings!

  57. Ginette says:

    Finally a old fashion gold christmas

  58. Oh, how I love to make boxes, But, I would you that gold lace for my angels, they are great for any time of the year ! love Christmas

  59. Jackie P Neal says:

    OMGosh That lace is just gorgeous!!
    I think I would use it to make a few special Christmas cards or on a Christmas art doll!

  60. Roxanne says:

    Lovely! I would definitely attempt making these sweet angel wings! I would like to do these tags and give to all our family and friends that stop by…I would have them correspond to a draw…and in the drawer would be a corresponding tag with an inspirational statement of the season. Joyeux Noel! 🙂

  61. Dena Cottrell says:

    Wow those wings are just beautiful!! I love those. I would use the pieces to finish my advent calendar.

  62. I would make a holiday shadow box and use the wings for an angel.