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New Artwork by Nichola Battilana, New Beachy Products & Related Sale!

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New Artwork: An Exploding Explore Box by Nichola Battilana!

So clever that Nichola! She made this pretty Double Explosion Box (which is also in the July kit, and Nichola used papers and charms from that kit, too)… but instead of the whole box “exploding” when the lid is removed, she has loosly tied together the inside box with twine, so there’s a second box inside the first!

From Nichola’s blog post:

I’ve used a bunch of pieces from the Wanderlust Printed Chipboard which I kinda love.

Quick tip: cut your paper just slightly smaller than the sides and you wont have to worry about bends and folds at the corners. I painted my box first, then applied squares of Wanderlust Souvenir Scrapbook Paper. It made things soooo much easier.

Open the box and inside there’s another, tied with twine and embellished with snips from the
Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet.

Remove that wee box and inside a compass so that you’ll never be lost on your wandering adventures.

Perfect! Beside these photos of Nichola’s project, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win lots of supplies from Nichola’s supply list! And be sure to visit Nichola’s blog for more photos and tips (and a surprise second exploding box)!

New Products!

Just a snippet from the new products are shown below (and they all have a beachy theme to them). PLUS see the next section about the related flash sale that includes ALL the new items announced today!!

NEW Sale! Everything in the July Kit Theme Section!

FLASH SALE! Wow! This is a nice group! This is a 25% off discount coupon: enter promo code MIDJULY when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

25% off EVERYTHING in the July Kit Theme Section (37 items, including a mix of items: from scrapbook paper (like the new ones shown above — and that printed chipboard set used to such good advantage in Nichola’s artwork, shown at left) to charms to the chipboard Double Explosion Box used in Nichola’s artwork today — the discount is on top of current sale prices! The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, July 18th.

Hooray for the Explore Box Giveaway!

I went back to the top of the lid to get a better view of the pretty charms and papers Nichola used… And everything I’m listing here is included in today’s Giveaway:

Double Explosion Box
Wanderlust Printed Chipboard
Wanderlust Souvenir Scrapbook Paper
8mm Gold Flat-Back Glass Shell Cabochon
Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet
20mm Resin Starfish CabsNew

Click here to see everything in Nichola’s supply list, though “only” the items linked in that last paragraph are in today’s Giveaway.

Bonus: 2 new things not in Nichola’s artwork, but would make great background papers for a similar project:
Sea-Maiden Weathered Wood Planks Scrapbook Paper
Sea-Maiden Broken Stained Glass Scrapbook Paper

To enter the Explore Box 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, July 16, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Nichola’s project? OR: How would you decorate your exploding box?

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

Who won the French Flower Shop Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Jeanine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

AND… don’t forget the Wooden Flower Pot with Flowers FREE Gift Kit — free with all orders through TOMORROW night, July 16th! See Thursday’s newsletter for more info!

Posted by Leslie, July 15th, 2018

48 responses to “New Artwork by Nichola Battilana, New Beachy Products & Related Sale!”

  1. kathleen codyrachel says:

    These are wonderful! Hard pressed to pick a favorite!❤

  2. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is perfect for summer ! I love the compass in the middle !

  3. Catharine McCammon says:

    Hooray! The compass is a must! I will take my grandbaby out for an exploration by the riverbed. We’ll EXPLORE and place our treasures in the box we have decorated!

  4. Congrats Jeanine! I Like the compass and the n,e,s,w. I would like to do a children by the seashore/beach/summer fun exploding box. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Ann Frischkorn says:

    I really love the compass and the maps. And their vintage look.

  6. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    The box design definitely and the travel theme in general.

  7. Carla says:

    Love the compass and maps! And the exploding box!

  8. Barb A says:

    Love the new starfish…the entire box is wonderful!

  9. Jackie says:

    My favourite part of this project is the compass. It gives a message and a ‘direction’.

  10. Blair says:

    I love when open something and it reveals more and more to see.

  11. Emily Ann N. says:

    I like the little buttons on each piece. It ties them all together.

  12. Toews, Kathy says:

    I really like the compass and the flaps on each side.

  13. Celia says:

    The compass and the starfish are my favorites

  14. Barb macaskill says:

    So hard to believe that there are only 163 days till Christmas!
    I am loving the resin starfish, glass shell cabochons and conch charms! I also adore the Authentique papers in the “new” section!
    I have never made an explosion box but will definitely be giving it a try after seeing this post! TFS!

  15. The compass is awesome I would love to try to recreate this

  16. Nancy E says:

    Love the by the sea theme.

  17. Rebecca R. says:

    I just adore the mini seahorses, shells and starfish! So cute!

  18. Lorna E. says:

    Lovely project, my favourite detail is the compass in the middle and the way the little triangular pennants make the n,e,w,s stamped letters pop.

  19. Chris K. says:

    My favorite detail is the little n-s-e-w buttons.

  20. Bonnie C. says:

    I just love this.. and I just did a book with an ‘adventure’ theme and am busy making tags, cards and other things with this theme to go with my adventures with others over the summer.

  21. Sandie says:

    I love the sea shells, starfish and the compass. In fact, I love anything that has to do with the ocean. I am a nautical person.

  22. Janice says:

    I love the collage and scrapbook papers, especially the mini watercolor papers.
    I would do a very similar box for my niece who is visiting me in NY from California. We are having a great time at the shore and I would make this as a reminder of our wonderful time together.

  23. Dennis Lawrence says:

    My two favorites are the Wanderlust chipboard and the Wanderlust scrapbook papers. I don’t even have to leave the house to go on an exploration!! LOL!

  24. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love the Explore on the top. I got hooked on travel many years ago with a short theater tour of London and still love exploring, but have become a little more adventurous.

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fabulous project! I love the rustic feel of the whole box and the compass in the center is a great detail!

  26. Kim R says:

    Love the compass! I would make a pirate box

  27. Pamela L. says:

    I love this project! My favorite part is the secret compass inside. I know a special explorer who would love this!

  28. Laural says:

    I love Fairies and all the tales and poems about them, that is what I would make with the flash box

  29. rosalie e lunger says:

    Just love this on, I love vintage travel..

  30. Peggy D says:

    It has a compass!!!!! Nichola you are too cool… I love this box!! Absolutely love it!

  31. Luanne Shoup says:

    The box ix so cleaver.

  32. LeAnn Aagard says:

    Very cool project. My favorite detail is the compass.

  33. Jeanine says:

    I just love the whole idea of the “exploding” box. What a great keepsake. I bought the kit and many of the pieces. Love the vintage feel and how this small box can hold so many memories! Fabulous idea, can’t wait to make my own!

  34. Janet Turner says:

    What a beautiful project. I love the starfish!

  35. Randi says:

    The box idea is great. You can do anything with this, the possibilities are endless!

  36. Traci says:

    The compass although I like it all.

  37. kathleen codyrachel says:

    I love these boxes ! Ta Da is a favorite expression of mine and love traveling! Both so well done!

  38. Megan Warren says:

    My favorite detail is the compass

  39. Lee Maynard says:

    I’ve no idea how I’ll decorate the box but I love the idea

  40. Kim Lucak says:

    Love this project! Thinking something beachy 🙂

  41. Mary Mac says:

    Love this project. Would try a love letter box.

  42. Michelle says:

    I love the whole box!!! Nicely decorated! I would love to try a box card!

  43. Arminta says:

    I really like the twine tied bundle, more to explore.

  44. Rhonda S says:

    I think maybe make the box with a few changes like a treasure map for kids would be cute.

  45. Shannon M. says:

    I love this box, but my favorite part is the compass hidden away in the middle as a surprise.

  46. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think my favorite details are the N, S, E, W, charms on the inner box, and the starfish on the top. Beautiful!

  47. Jean Marmo says:

    This is just delightful! Love the starfish and compass!

  48. Susan M L says:

    I would use scenes from vintage postcards along with the wanderlust papers to create travels to an uncharted land.