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A Woodsy Wagon and Valentine Tags

Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana

One quick reminder before the beautiful artwork by TWO Design Team Members: The 50% off Sale on Venice/Carnival Collage Sheets ENDS TUESDAY NIGHT February 7, 2016 (Fat Tuesday)!

(The Arlecchina Collage Sheet and Art Deco Valentine Collage Sheet from the sale section are shown at left. And another is included in the Giveaway below.)

As part of her countdown to Valentines Day, Design Team Member Laura Carson has two more beautiful, romantic themed pieces to share.

I started by covering a piece of chipboard with the Papillon Scrapbook Paper, adding an image from the Juliet Collage Sheet and one of the frames from my Elegant Frames Set Download. Oh, I also printed the frame twice and cut away part of the bottom of the frames (the back of the frame is covered with coordinating cardstock). I love using large frame images to give a piece structure.

Next came the smaller burgundy and white roses to the tag. At the bottom there is a Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourish painted gold, two Dresden white swans rubbed with Inca Gold Gilders Paste and black Swarovski crystals for eyes. The final touch is the red and gold glass heart bead.

Star Crossed Lovers Supply List

For the Queen of Hearts, I used the reverse side of the Papillon Scrapbook Paper, an image from the Juliette Collage Sheet as well as the same frame that I used for the Star Crossed Lovers.

[Psst: the Black & Ivory Harlequin Diamond Scrapbook Paper is a good substitute for the black & white diamond patterned paper used as the background.]

I added half of a chipboard gate (painted gold) to give the piece even more of an architectural feel. Once the gate was on, I glued the image on top of it then started building her heart crown. For the base of the crown, I used one of the crowns from the Natures Crowns Collage Sheet.

Using Heart Stick Pins I added small heart beads and glued the stickpins behind the crown. In the center is a glass heart bead to the stickpin in addition to the small heart bead. The final touch is the Sugared Mini Blooms with acrylic leaves.

Queen of Hearts Supply List

For more detailed instructions and for more photos please visit Artfully Musing.

How amazing is this Gypsy Wagon that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is so crazy about? Oh the possibilities with this!

This Gypsy Wagon. It was love at first sight. I swooned. I ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhhed’. Finally, I could resist no longer and had my way with it!

The 4 Panel Windows are a good fit for the side openings and these Victorian Scroll Corners look amazing as decorative elements on the wagon. I’ve placed a Faux Metal Number Plate on the back… just because I’m smitten with them and use them at every opportunity.

Now for my full-on gushing. There are plenty of opportunities for embellishment with this piece. You could go absolutely bonkers with filigrees, frills and decorations. You could lose yourself in colour and trims. Really, this is one of those projects to pull out that ‘something special’ that you’ve been saving for just the right time. It’s a crafty splurge! AND… don’t forget the insides! Even with the roof fixed into place it’s fun to peek through the windows and see what the little people have been up to.

Gypsy Wagon Supply List

Visit Pixie Hill to see more pictures, as well as TWO videos; one for the wagon assembly and one to walk you through how Nichola decorated her wagon.


Hooray for the Gypsy Lover Giveaway!

Wow! This is a great little Giveaway, with a few bits from all 3 projects shown today:
Gypsy Wagon Kit
Gypsy Fortune Teller #1 Collage Sheet
10mm Clear Glass Marbles
2 Sets of Chipboard Gates
Colorful Heart Stick Pins
Natures Crowns Collage Sheet
Juliet Collage Sheet
Large Red/Gold Glass Heart Bead
Tick Tock Collage Sheet

PLUS (not shown in the photos at right) I’m including:
Clown Valentines Collage Sheet (shown below — one of the collage sheets on sale!)

To enter the Gypsy Lover 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, February 8, 2016).

AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What would you make by mixing up all of the items in this Giveaway? (Can’t wait to hear your ideas!)

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 Regency Traveling Theatre Giveaway? That would be Brenda Moehlig!

And she replied to my query ‘What kind of travelling theatre would you make?”

Wow, I see Magicians Studio and Traveling trunk show written all over this. What mysteries would lie in wait to be unpacked in such a magical playground. Wishing you all Queen of Hearts Luck.

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, February 7th, 2016

79 responses to “A Woodsy Wagon and Valentine Tags”

  1. Parisa Javidi says:

    This can be a peddler too! It is a beautiful way to use many of my miniatures in one lovely project!

  2. Ina M Good says:

    Wow this gypsy wagon is fabulous! Love it!

  3. Alma Casiano says:

    Oh the excitement is over whelming! I love the idea of the gypsy wagon the fortune teller, mysteries of what will come… putting all of this together would be fabulous ! I’d combine all of these wonderful bit’s for the show of a life time !

  4. Bettina says:

    A dream wagon😉

  5. Amy says:

    a Gypsy Valentine wagon! got to have it. love it.

  6. Leanna Alverson says:

    This falls right in with my love of tiny spaces! Think I’d make a wagon for Robin Hood to be a “gypsy” when traveling out of Sherwin Forest! 🙂

  7. I’ve always thought it would be neat to live in a gypsy wagon! It’s beautiful!

  8. Margaret D says:

    I love this Vardo! I would definitely do a magical gypsy wagon at least this time. I can see a whole caravan in my future. There is so much scope for the imagination here everything from gypsies to goblins and Halloween. I love those little hearts and the butterfly paper and the idea of a bark covered roof. I would use birch bark I think and whatever little bits I can forage out of the woods here. I am wondering just how much of the furniture I can fit inside. And I would like to find a way for the roof to be removable. This is one of the best give-a-ways I have seen!!! I would just love to win this!!!!!

  9. Brenda Moehlig says:

    I just love how you have designed and decorated this gypsy wagon. If I were to think differently I would make a rolling fresh goodies shop. It would have breads, sweets, fruits and vegetables. Fresh flowers maybe. I honestly would keep it gypsy themed but do it my way….but my idea to be different would be traveling fresh goods market.

  10. Kat Cashwell says:

    This gypsy wagon is great! U think I would have to make a love match maker gypsy wagon!

  11. Kim Zuc says:

    I think it would be great as a travel in medicine show!! All the apothecaries and a table set up in front with all the potions and elixirs….the traveling salesman of things that cure everything from gout to things you didn’t even know you had!!!!

  12. carmen g says:

    I’m going with painting it glossy black and making it a transport for a vampire..even the glass heart would fit in with this motif! LOVE IT!

  13. marykay chisum says:

    Oh how fabulous!! The possibilities are endless! I see Halloween. (But then, I almost always see Halloween!! I WANT THIS!

  14. I would create a Gypsy wagon to give my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary next month as he is Roma (what the Gypsies call themselves….the word Gypsy is frought with serous historical inaccuracies). He is a renowned dancer from Russia so there would be a dance theme as well.

  15. Jen R says:

    A gypsy wagon it would be. A little travelling fortune telling wagon.

  16. Helen P says:

    My heart just swooned! I would make a hippie wagon. It would be brightly colored and super awesome! Or maybe a fantastic traveling coffee house staffed with little fairies. I hope I win!

  17. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m running away from home and joining up with the Gypsies. I can’t wait to ride in that wagon, then sing and dance around a fire. I love this Giveaway!

  18. Jo says:

    i would love to may a gypsy wagon for little mice!

  19. MaggieM says:

    Fantastic giveaway!! Although I love the Gypsy Wagon, I think I’d make something a bit “Marie” and really fancy-decorate the wagon. It’s just fabulous!

  20. Elaine Kewin says:

    Would love to win. I am already planning how to use my small dolls with the gypsy cart. Gypsies and fairies oh my!

  21. Emily Dale says:

    I’d make a gypsy fortune teller wagon with the lady inside at her table with a crystal ball.

  22. Barbara Anderson says:

    Would make a perfect woodsy home for a family of bunnies.

  23. Mary Korst says:

    I love all ideas and especially the gypsy wagon would be a great addition for my fairy garden

  24. Jenni B. says:

    Awesome!!! A gypsies, tramps, and thieves wagon I would make complete with musicians gathered around.

  25. jean marmo says:

    So fun! Love all of your creative projects! The chipboard is wonderful!!

  26. Kim Rayko says:

    I would make a steapunk gypsy wagon, with a steampunk gypsy reading steampunk tarot cards.

  27. Karen S says:

    It’s a LOVE Valentine theme going on with Heart stick pins and the Heart Beads included a MUST

  28. Leah Fein says:

    Oh! I love this one. I would make a traveling medicine man wagon filled with tons and tons of little bottles of medicines and “snake oil”.

  29. Kitty says:

    A Victorian Pedlars wagon embellished with all the traditional items from the days of yore

  30. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh I’d love to make a traveling love vendor’s wagon. I think that the hearts on pins could become plants in small flower pots just waiting to be picked by anyone visiting the vendor. How fun!

  31. Peg says:

    I would love to made the wagon and if there is left overs,I would use them on a journal cover! I would love all the great embellishments!

  32. LoisC says:

    This is too cute! Would love to see this as a vendor wagon!

  33. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I’m into a Cristmas wagon for the forester.who feeds he raindeer.

  34. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d make a Valentine gypsy wagon! Love all the heart embellishments!

  35. Stefanie says:

    Love live love Gypsy wagons! Would love to create a Romany van for a tea leaf reader!

  36. Gretchen says:

    I often listen to Wind and the Willows when I can’t sleep
    And this most certainly is Mr Toads caravan!

  37. Nancy Lorenz says:

    An intimate Star cross lovers garden complete with a gypsy wagon garden shed. Just loving that gate and wagon. Lots of ideas for this wonderful collection!

  38. kathy sokol says:

    This is perfect! All week I’ve been listening to music from Hungary which is evocative of the old movie gypsies I grew up loving. AND Valentine’s Day is my 28th anniversary–we married two months after meeting and he’s shown me the world

  39. Holly says:

    I’d make a Valentine wagon centerpiece for my daughter! It’d go beautifully with the cupcakes and cookies we’ll be making together that day!

  40. Laura callies says:

    I would turn this into a traveling fortune and custom potion vendor!

  41. Mary Helene says:

    Love the traveling gypsy wagon idea.

  42. sheila AR says:

    This is Mrs. Toddle’s Traveling Tea Party. She travels town to town and everyone loves to see her, for she is a lovable eccentric old soul who tells fortunes, solves an occasional mystery, and sometimes travels with a guest or two, like a mischievous fairy or Alice or the March Hare. But lest you take her for granted, she is expert with her shotgun and pearl handled pistol. Exotic and amazing teas, black licorice (her favorite), home baked goodies and fine stories by her campfire can always be counted upon when Mrs. Toddle comes to town!

  43. Karen Wood says:

    I love the Gypsy Wagon. I would make it into a table top night light. I would find or make gypsy dolls/family to go with it. I would treat it with UV resistant, water resistant spray to keep it nice. It would go very well with my Bohemian decor.

  44. Lana says:

    I am a gypsy. so this is a no brainer!

  45. Amanda Miller says:

    Love the gypsy theme.Wagon is super cute.

  46. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I would make the fortune teller a fortune teller of the Heart, traveling everywhere spreading love.

  47. Sharon House says:

    the coolest gypsy wagon EVER complete with a little sculpted gypsy, fortune telling doll!

  48. Karen Mallory says:

    I would make a garden wagon painted with flowers and flower covered!

  49. Megan Warren says:

    I am in love with this wagon, for some reason I see it sparkling in seed beads and sequins to make it flashy like a carnival performers caravan. It would be beautiful.

  50. Donna Antonucci says:

    OH mY! I have always wanted a real Gypsy wagon ! I am so happy you have these ! So many ideas!! I would like to make one into a fantasy gypsy wagon and add fabrics and pillows to the inside even..I would also make a Halloween one with a witch to go in with her Such magical ideas I have! I need a few !

  51. Marilyn H says:

    I’d use the Natures Crowns collage sheet to set the nature theme on my wagon. Bright, fun colors, and that collage sheet, and maybe moss for the top. I would fill it with miniature plants! (I hope I can remember how to make them!).

  52. Melissa Chaple says:

    Oh, my. I see this as a magical Pixie Traveling van, pulled by field mice with garlands of tiny woodland flowers. Dancing, twirling pixies weave their magic to the strains of tiny violins played by dashed lay swarthy pixie troubadours. Romance blossoms in the jasmine scented air….

  53. Betty says:


  54. Karen Cejka says:

    I see a gypsy caravan in my future. One that I could travel in cross-country. Boho style. Love it!

  55. Cheryl L says:

    Being a miniaturist, I have always wanted one of these! I can see it as a little girly weekend hide-a-way for the lady of the house. Just a spot to get away and curl up with the kitties and read a good book!! This is super cute, and so are the gates! Would be an awesome item to win!

  56. I love these items I would try to make rest wagon thank you

  57. Carla says:

    I see a retired gypsy living in her caravan surrounded by gardens

  58. Janet T says:

    I love the wagon theme. It’s so unique. I have used the gypsy collage sheets to make collage boxes with cigar boxes. I gave one to my daughter’ mother in law with scratch off tickets and she won $100 so I think they’re good luck!

  59. Diana Bittaker says:

    I have been waiting for this one! I just love the gypsy theme and would embellish the whole cart with a fortune telling sign, zodiac charts, fortune telling cards and make sure one can wave to the gypsy sitting at the back window and look into the side windows to see her crystal ball! I can see it now!

  60. Chris Callies says:

    I want to make a gypsy palm reading business that travels as gypsies do!!

  61. Janet Gray says:

    This Gypsy Wagon really pushes my creative button! What a great Victorian “clown wagon” this would make – just think of all of the children they could entertain… brilliant !!!

  62. Debra Gibson says:

    What a perfect combination! Gypsies and Valentines! That’s what I would do I would make my wagon with that theme! Thanks for the chance to win this awasome giveaway!!

  63. Thalia says:

    OMG I love the gypsy wagon my fairies need one badly.

  64. Beth says:

    I’d make a gypsy’s honeymoon wagon… A colorful little love shack to travel the countryside!

  65. Jackie Barth says:

    I love this! I would make a honeymoon gypsy wagon.

  66. Jen C says:

    I think I’d go with the gypsy wagon just the way she made it! Love!!

  67. Lou Anne H. says:

    This would have to be a traveling gypsy wagon!

  68. joan says:

    I would center this lovely wagon in a fantasy garden. A perfect little studio getaway for the traveler.

  69. Nancy S says:

    I’d create the gypsy wagon just the way it is. It’s absolute perfection!

  70. Eve Watters says:

    So inspired by the woodsy look here– my wagon will be covered in moss and bark texture, with twigs and dried plants to decorate the finishing touches!

  71. LeAnn says:

    A gypsy wagon with a Valentine theme. Wow Nichola!

  72. Barb Striethorst says:

    I would make a gypsy wagon peddling the current season’s goods – for now valentines!

  73. barb macaskill says:

    A traveling Fairy General Store! The poor fairies who are unable to leave the treetops or woods can’t get the necessary supplies so a flying General Store would really make their lives a lot easier!!

  74. Oh cute, I see a Tiny House, with window boxes and flowers, some rusty buckets and I would shingle the sides ! so cute
    melody holland

  75. Nadine says:

    I would love to make this gypsy wagon, what fun!

  76. Jennie says:

    Oooh, I’d love to do a Matchmaker’s Caravan! Perhaps the home of a little old fortune teller who specializes in finding husbands and wives for lovelorn folk she meets in her travels. I’d decorate the wagon with pictures of happy lovers, from the Juliet sheet, winged hearts by using wings from the nature crowns sheet, and the red glass heart beads.

  77. Kieran Grey says:

    There are so many possibilities with this! Some sort of matchmaker/fortuneteller wagon springs to mind complete with a selection of love potions and charms. Would be a super fun project to do with my daughter.

  78. Lori D. says:

    I love this and want to make a gypsy caravan! Then again, I see a few of them together and making a miniature circus scene. I’d use the movie Freaks for inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  79. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make it a gypsy wagon of love. It would be a haven for all the broken hearted to heal.