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2 Projects by Nichola Battilana & a NEW Free Gift!

Filed under Art Projects, Fairy Garden, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale
Update! A newer post about Nichola’s artwork is here.

Ok.. a bit distracted here as the Hayward Fault just gave a wake-up call. At least the cats had the good sense to run away. When that fault really goes, I don’t know that I’ll be emaiing y’all.

Before we get to artwork and new supplies, a new sale!

ALL Tallulah’s Collage Sheets are on Sale at 50% Off! Lots of different themes in this section, including one featured in the first project by Nichola…

The sale runs through Monday night, January 8th!

Two Chippy Shadowboxes by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana

Wow! Nichola made TWO projects today and they are both sooo beautiful! The first one is fairy-themed (adding wings to a bathing beauty… lovely and happily unexpected in January)!

I made two projects using the same chipboard 4×6 Shadowbox as the base.

The first box is a garden fairy theme… because that’s what my supplies demand I create. I’ve used the Shadowbox Lid – Double Pane Window for this piece. You can just peek beyond the pane to see the winged fairy and butterflies inside.

I really prefer these two piece lidded boxes btw. They are soooo much easier to work with than a hinged top boxes.

Read more (and see many more photos) in Nichola’s blog post and explore her supply list (for both of her shadowboxes). Note: another beautiful little shadowbox by Nichola is shown down in the Giveaway section! And read on for a FREE gift inspired by Nichola’s artwork


NEW Stars & Shells FREE Gift Kit!

As I mentioned above, we have a new free gift with all orders starting today (and inspired by Nichola’s artwork)! Yes, seashells maybe be an odd choice for this time of year. But Nichola’s bathing-beauty-as-a-fairy is so perfect (and a welcome splash of color when so many of you are facing a snowstorm).

ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, January 4 ‒ 8 (2018) will receive one of these Stars & Shells Gift Kits FREE! I made a custom mix of gold stars (in numerous sizes), 5mm Clear Iridescent Star Sequins, a few other clear iridescent beads, and 1 each of the 3 colors of the new 22mm Scallop Shell Sequin Mix!


Hooray for the Angels & Stars & Dresden (oh my) Giveaway!

From Nichola: Although different thematically, the exterior of both boxes is bordered with Gold Dresden. Let’s face it… that stuff is just magic. I’m not one for resolutions but I think I need more lushness and opulence in my life and I’m sure upping my gold Dresden usage would make my world prettier.

Soooo many pretty options from Nichola’s supply list. These are my choices from that list I am including in the Giveaway (with a lot of Dresden!):

– 4×6 Shadowbox (in both projects)
– Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal (at right)
– Fairy Wings Collage Sheet
– Angel Wings Collage Sheet (at right)
– Bathing Beauties #1 (Tallulahs) Collage Sheet
– Bouguereau #4 (Angels) Collage Sheet (at right)
– Brass Starburst Charm (at right)
– Double Dot Vintage Dark Denim Blue Scrapbook Paper (at right)
– Gold Dresden Halos (at right)
– Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes (in both projects)
– Fancy Scalloped Gold Dresden Borders
– Mixed Size Ivory Flat-Back Pearls (in both projects)
– Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Antique Gold (at right)

Psst! Just click on this supply list link to see photos and links to all of those items.

Plus a bonus: one of the Stars & Shells Gift Kits.

AND these 2 items that would be close alternates for items in Nichola’s projects:
Teal Glitter
Frosted Berry Picks – Single Stems (see the inside of the garden fairy box above for some berries).

To enter the Angels & Stars & Dresden (oh my) 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, January 5, 2018). Happy New Year!

AND tell me: Garden Fairy? Psyche and Cupid? (Which project by Nichola inspires you? What will you make from these supplies?)

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

Posted by Leslie, January 4th, 2018

37 responses to “2 Projects by Nichola Battilana & a NEW Free Gift!”

  1. Maria B says:

    Definitely Psyche and Cupid. I’m a mythology fan.

  2. michele s says:

    I love both of these projects. the Eros and Psyche one takes my breath away. but I think if I won I’d try a variation on the garden fairy design which is so fun and adorable. anyway thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win. stay safe in the fault zone! xo

  3. Verna says:

    Wow! Really! I have to make this sort of choice so early in the new year! Hahahha. Both are lovely. But the blue on the Psyche box and just how dramatic….that would be the one!

  4. Jennie Ingram says:

    Ooohhh, I’d make myself a lovely Cupid & Psyche shadowbox to decorate for Valentines. 😀

  5. Lisa D says:

    While I find both boxes lovely, the Eros and Psyche draws my attention more (maybe it’s the glitter?). I might have to give this a go!

  6. Barb A says:

    Love angels, so this shadow box is right up my alley! It is so beautiful. Would have to attempt something similar.

  7. Ann F. says:

    Psyche and Cupid. I’m really into making altered matchboxes right now.

  8. Jennifer J says:

    It’s a tough choice but I would go with the garden fairy

  9. Margaret D says:

    I honestly don’t know which I love more! I know I love that shadow box. I really love the window top. I might have to go Angel this time lol. But I love the bathing beauty faery too. Decisions decisions.

  10. They are both really pretty but I love Psyche and Cupid for Valentines Day.

  11. Nancy O says:

    Fairies – the Taj Mahal Lid could be a cave opening, tree trunk entrance, parted floral vines… many options.

  12. Traci says:

    Love the fairies and the shadow box ideas. Since Graphic 45 just released the fairies paper line I would use it to make a fairy shadow box. >^..^<

  13. Emily Dale says:

    Definitely Psyche and Cupid!

  14. Laural says:

    Loving the window shadow box I would love to win!

  15. Nadine says:

    I,m a Garden Fairy girl!

  16. Anne says:

    Psyche and Cupid in time for Valentine’s Day!

  17. jo says:

    I would make garden fairies – ready for spring time ‘cuz it’s so cold out now!

  18. Cat Insley says:

    They are both gorgeous!!! I’m inspired by the Taj Mahal lid…seeing maybe a 1920s Arab sheikh falling for the English lady archaeologist. Love your posts, hugs, cat

  19. Bonnie says:

    Those are some beautiful things! I have been planning a fairy garden with my granddaughter, so there is some pretty cute things here to use. btw, your post says comment by ‘Monday’ jan 5th, 2018… no biggie, just letting you know:)

  20. Barb macaskill says:

    Congratulations Kimberly! I am DO jealous of your win! Enjoy your fabuliscious goodies!
    💖💖💖 both of these shadowboxes, especially the Fairy piece! Garden Faeries would be my choice because Faeries are what keeps the magic alive! Thank you for the chance to win this cool prize package! TFS!

  21. Jean Marmo says:

    These are so creative and fun! Love the Garden Faeries which would be perfect for my sister’s birthday next month!

  22. Kee Ostler says:

    Magical! I agree, we all need more Dresden in our lives 🙂 I think that it would be a fun fairy garden addition….Thanks for the chance.

  23. Laura says:

    Both boxes are lovely, but I think the garden fairy inspires me more. It would be fun to create what I imagine I’d see through that window.

  24. Sheila AR says:

    Psyche and Cupid…you can never spread too much love around. The colors in that box are gorgeous!

  25. K Toews says:

    Psyche and Cupid!

  26. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the fairy garden! Great for anytime of the year!

  27. Bernadette Ho says:

    I love the snow berries! I would use the garden fairy to make a shadow box for my dear cousin Linda.

  28. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to do a underwater theme shadow box.

  29. Anne W says:

    Ooh I just love shadowboxes. I love both but Psyche and Cupid win. Gorgeous.

  30. Sue Pierson says:

    Definitely the Garden Fairy. With all this snow, it’s just what I need!

  31. Judy Goodwin says:

    Oh, the Garden Fairy definitely. Just love fairies and Dresdens.

  32. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats Kimberly! I really like both. Maybe Angels first for Valentine’s Day, then the fairy garden for spring. Love the colors in both. Stay safe.

  33. Anne Squire says:

    Psyche and Cupid, by a long margin. So rich with those dresdens, and the gorgeous big wings

  34. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome projects! Love the Garden Fairy with the flowers and butterflies!

  35. Kat Cashwell says:

    I would have to go with Garden Fairy! I love all the sparkles!

  36. Debra Young says:

    Like both projects, may do one of them later, but really into winter theme now.

  37. Sylvia L says:

    Both are beautiful, but the Psyche & Cupid wins out. I would like to do a Garden Fairy shadowbox, but with a winter-themed garden. All the gold dresdens are so opulent-thank you for such a pretty giveaway.