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Haunted House Shadowbox by Nichola Battilana

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Update! A newer post about Nichola’s Haunted House is here. And/or you can see the supply list on the new site.

First a reminder: MONDAY, October 23rd is the deadline for artwork to be postmarked for the Little Ghouls ATC Swap! (Where has the time gone?!) And if you need some last minute spooky images to finish your project (though at this late date I’d suggest a digital file): a new sale!

EVERYTHING in the Halloween Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off! BIG section to peruse: over 160 collage sheets!

The sale ends Monday night, October 23rd! Go check ’em out.

FREE GIFT through Monday Night: Haunted House Kraft 12×12 Paper Set!
Harlequin diamonds; cat, hats & bats (!); and faux vintage ads (all printed single-sided on heavy kraft cardstock). I love the tight palette plus (of course) the images!

All orders over $24 placed Thursday through TOMORROW, October 19-23 (2017) will receive one of these paper sets FREE! More info in Thursday’s newsletter.

Haunted House Shadow Box by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

Wow! This is such a great haunted house! Nice, sharp contrasts with all the orange and black (and a few extras like purple).

A little haunted house shadow box today. Inside a collection of spooky ooky bits…

I’ve kept the little spaces pretty simple and haven’t cluttered them up too much since they’ll be covered by the house exterior most of the time.

The papers I used for the background are the Tim Holtz 8×8 Kraft Paper Stash. I like them a whole bunch! The simple black and orange patterns are nice and functional and easy to coordinate.

If you know me at all, you know I’m a bit lazy when it comes to hinges. I’ve opted to not have hinges in this piece at all and simply use a length of ribbon that is tied around the back and hold the front of the front facade in place.

Read more in Nichola’s blog post (and see the Giveaway below for some suggestions by Nichola on other haunted house variations).

Be sure to come back and enter the Giveaway, to win lots of supplies from Nichola’s project! And check out the new glittery floral picks (and miniatures) below the photos of the creepy girl!


Hooray for the Haunted House Shadowbox Giveaway!

See the wide photo below with a close-up of another section of Nichola’s shadowbox? I love the simplicity and the colors!

So to start off this Giveaway, all of these fab supplies from Nichola’s project:
Small Haunted House Add-On Kit (that includes not only the shadowbox and the window trims, but also the Halloween Labels Collage Sheet that Nichola used in the photo below (the purple label) — and the black & white number “31” that’s at the top of the outside of her haunted house).
Little Darlings Collage Sheet (creepy girl!)
Tim Holtz 8×8 Kraft Paper Stash – Halloween
Red Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
Baroque Dresden Borders – Black
Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
Acrylic Black Standing Cat Cut-Out

AND a set of the Haunted House Kraft 12×12 Paper Set mentioned above! (You can never have too many black and orange diamond patterns!)


To enter the Haunted House Shadowbox 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, October 23, 2017).

AND tell me: What will you make? Will you follow any of Nichola’s suggestions? (“Mine is filled with just a mish-mash of halloween images, but it would be a load of fun to create a themed house. A vampire abode. A monster mansion. Or maybe even include pics of your own family members in their Halloween regalia.”)

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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Grow Where You are Planted Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Debi H! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, October 22nd, 2017

70 responses to “Haunted House Shadowbox by Nichola Battilana”

  1. I love Halloween I would make a really scary house

  2. Patricia Worth says:

    I love “The Originals” TV Show about Vampires, Werewolves and Witches living in New Orleans. My shadow box will be a tribute to the characters of the show. Perfect for this season of Halloween!

  3. Jen R says:

    Definitely going all out Halloween on this one!

  4. Viktoriya says:

    Great ideas from Nichola! I would like to make a Halloween shadowbox!

  5. Pamela C says:

    I love the clean and simple design of Nichola’s Haunted House and would love to make something similar.

  6. Cheryl Lee says:

    I haven’t a clue what I would make!! lol But I do love the window trim and the shadowbox ideas. And also the Halloween papers. Hard to find in my area. Congrats to Debi H!

  7. Margaret Cairns says:

    Think this is so cool would love to win it.x

  8. Dolores adic says:

    I love the contrasting colors of Halloween. I made a Halloween tall box that opens up into 3 sections. Then on the little shelves there are all kinds of spooky things!

  9. Kathryn Asbahr says:

    I have started decorating with all sorts of Halloween houses. This would fit right in. Love the window trims. Well done.

  10. Rebecca Russell says:

    I would make a fairy-inspired spooky haunted house!

  11. Rosanne Anderson says:

    I love Halloween and would make it as “Halloweenie” as possible.

  12. Rise St Arno says:

    My daughters birthday is in October, when she was little we always had Halloween birthdays. Now she is 36 and I would make it for her birthday!

  13. M. C. Sparks says:

    Her’s is cute but mine needs to be more grungy

  14. Carol Slowik says:

    Love the idea of using family or even BFF pics! I would keep mine pretty simple as well but maybe creep up the outside of the house a bit more.

  15. Laura says:

    Oh, pretty! If I one I would buy a second set and put them together for even more goodness. I love it.

  16. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love this!! I would make frankstein house with all his favorite things!

  17. Jo says:

    i would love to make a Halloween shadowbox! Such great ideas!

  18. Peg says:

    I love Nichola’s stuff!!!! And I always love her suggestions but I think I am leaning toward Christmas now. It would make a sweet Christmas house with gnomes and Santa, angels and other Yuletide images. Lately I want to use everything as a book cover or an album cover. So it would make a sweet first Christmas album cover for somebody special

  19. Barbara Johnson says:

    I love that haunted house and I love Nichola’s
    style, great ideas!

  20. Barb macaskill says:

    Love ALL of Nichola’s creations but I think I would try something different. Maybe a New Year Celebration 🍾🎉✨ for the Faeries or a Christmas morning at the Faerie house! I can see the little Faeries flitting around in excitement and Paper flyong everywhere!
    Maybe the Faerie Gramma will show up with a batch of her special egg nog and a fruitcake or two! TFS
    macaskillbarbara(@)Yahoo dot com

  21. Emily Ann D. says:

    Love it!! I’d make an Addams Family house.

  22. Denise Bryant says:

    Great project! I’d use a mish-mash of Halloween goodies! Looks like fun!

  23. Heather says:

    I love Nichola’s shadowbox house. I think I would try an great something inspired by Edward Gorey…spooky but can be left up all year

  24. Amy Sellers says:

    love the haunted house shadow box idea very creative excellent job

  25. Debrah Hensley-The says:

    I have 3 black cats so I would make a Black Cattery House!

  26. Dianna says:

    I love Halloween! I would do a haunted house using Nichola’s design she did on front of her haunted house. Nichola’s color of the bricks and black trim for the windows and door are great! I have several tricks to make my own front of my haunted house and with battery lights inside of the house to give it a spooky glow. I’ll be delighted if I’m so lucky to win this fabulous package!

  27. Laura says:

    I would love to do a shadowbox version of my ancestor altar. Maybe one for the cats I have lost with each of them in Halloween regalia.

  28. teri Steele says:

    I hope to finish up my other projects in time to do a shadow box. I just love all the ideas Ive seen. I think Id like to use the Antik skellie collage guys in all the windows. They are perfect for this project.

  29. Claire says:

    A haunted house shadow box is the perfect use for this kit!

  30. Traci says:

    Love Nichola’s shadowbox. I have seen lots of shadowboxes this season and would love to make one too. >^..^<

  31. I love the idea of a shadow box I’d have to give one a try

  32. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I absolutely love Halloween. And I really like the mushrooms in the glass dome. The shadow box is just wonderful.

  33. Tana Underwood says:

    A haunted house of opulent decay!

  34. Carla says:

    Love this haunted house and all the possibilities for finishing it…..Halloween, Christmas, toy store…!

  35. Sandy says:

    This is wonderful! I want to make one for each season.

  36. Kathryn says:

    This would be a fun addition to all the haunted houses I have. Love working with minis. The ornate window frames are so well done.

  37. Jean marmo says:

    Such a fun and creative project. My granddaughter’s first Halloween so we will be going all out.

  38. CJ says:

    Another great and spooky Halloween project. Love it!

  39. Debbie S. says:

    Nichola did a great job. I enjoyed everyone’s ideas. Lots of options not sure. I received my order and have been making little Halloween themed boxes, love the vibrant colors of the half sheet. Congrats Debi H.

  40. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the haunted house! I would get two and make one Halloween and one for Christmas. I love shadow boxes!

  41. Kim R says:

    I would make a spooky witches house Muhaahahaha!

  42. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love this shadowbox so I think I would do something similar.

  43. Mary Mac says:

    Love the shadow box and I would add Dracula-Mummy-Frankenstein in the windows.

  44. Leah Fein says:

    I might make exactly this!

  45. Marykay chisum says:

    Perfect the way it is but I may want to incorporate a
    Mini album…

  46. Me and Halloween – best friends!

  47. Gwen K says:

    The Halloween shadowbox is so amazing! It sort of looks like the haunted house my sister and I are working on

  48. Gloria B. says:

    Perfect for HH Holmes’ murder castle!

  49. CG says:

    I would TOTALLY do a ghost mansion! Using images printed on transparencies, I’d make a room in every box! I LOVE these projects!

  50. karine kersh says:

    I am working right now decorating our house for our bi- annual Halloween party.I am thinking about doing an area in miniature (next time) and this would be perfect to get me started.
    Such wonderful inspiration always comes from the Alpha Stamps crew.Thank you.

  51. Gail S. says:

    I would have to do a Halloween shadowbox, and I think a Christmas theme one would make-up great, especially using some of the glittery floral picks!

  52. Janet Turner says:

    I would love to make a scary fairy Halloween shadow box. Thanks so much for the great ideas

  53. Barb A says:

    What a great idea, I would use it to house my Halloween minis that are waiting for a permanent home.

  54. Maxine Kincora says:

    I would make a haunted school

  55. Dennis L says:

    Would make a haunted house with spooky little ghost children.

  56. Barbara Milton says:

    I would love to make a Halloween Masquerade Ball. All the monsters have to dress up as who they see as monsters. Perhaps have a cake walk and other such games. Possibilities!!!

  57. Nancy E says:

    I love this offering from Nichola! She has such a wonderful imagination….

  58. Stacy Blow says:

    Love love love the house front of the box. Definitely would follow Nichola’s blog to get that just right!

  59. LeAnn says:

    The Monster Mansion suggestion sounds like a ton of fun.

  60. Michelle says:

    I love the front of the house box!

  61. Birgit says:

    Hello there!

    I guess I would go for a witchy theme, so Nichola’s suggestions would work for me like a charm! 😉

    Thanks for the great chance to win these goodies.

    Happy creating and happy haunting,

  62. patti Gwyn says:

    That is so cute. I would love to make a haunted house witch style.

  63. Ellen E says:

    Love this shadow box & all things October.

  64. K Toews says:

    I would create a surprising witches house, a place they go to relax

  65. Jan K says:

    I would make an old, abandoned orphanage haunted by ghosts of children and the creepy staff who ran it.

  66. I would love to make a witch haunted house

  67. Constance S. says:

    I’d make a sweet little haunted mansion.

  68. Thalia Kottke says:

    What an adorable haunted house. I’d like to make a similiar house for Christmas or maybe just like this one and display all year?

  69. Susan M L says:

    Great haunted house, Nichola! I would use the creepy kids, but put the heads of some family members on the bodies!!

  70. Randi says:

    I would love to make a haunted house.