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Pretty Pink Christmas Things by Nichola Battilana!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Retro Ornaments Matchbox Kit, Sale

A quick note before diving into the new goodies & new artwork: I just put the Early 20th Century Fashions Collage Sheets on sale at 40% off (note: cardstock & digital versions only). Whyever for (is that a word?): as today is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI (or Armistice Day, which is a lovely word and I wish we still used it here). There are lots of options in that section (as it’s for an era rather than a theme, there’s everything from Titanic ephemera to bathing beauties… and some of my favorite fashions of all time: the 1910s)! Note: the sale ends Wednesday night, November 14th.

Oh my… I do believe Nichola was feeling the Christmas spirit! Not only the THREE wonderful little projects I’m showing here, but there’s a 4th (just as beautiful!) that I didn’t even have room for! Let’s start with this little treat made with the Peaked Roof Matchbox:

And I do mean tiny, as the little matchbox is just 1-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ (x 3/4″ deep). But Nichola fills it with so many layers (of fussy cut) papers from the NEW Christmas Vintage 12×12 Paper Pad and Pink Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad (and a fair bit of glitter… it is Nichola, after all). Those little birds (with the sweet poem) are such a lovely gift (or ornament? or ornament on a gift box?) in their little bird house.

Scroll down just a bit to see the next mini matchbox project, which will help make this bit from Nichola’s blog post make sense:

A few years ago I would have laughed if you told me I’d be all about pink Christmas. This year I’m all about the pink Christmas.

I’ve used two paper collections: Pink Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad and Christmas Vintage 12×12 Paper Pad for all the projects and I’m loving the way they work together.

Add some faux snow and a (new) Gold Dresden Christmas Tree… swoon!

That pink “Joy” box at left is made from the 2×3 Chunky Matchbox, so a tiny bit larger than the matchbox above (and again with layers of fussy cut papers to give dimension on the box top).

I love the 1 Inch Clear Acrylic Snowflake Mix, I think you can just make out 2 of them on the box top (left with their matte protective cover on for a more frosted/less shiny look). And the simplicity of the Gold Dresden Christmas Tree inside is just perfect.

See more photos (and see that 4th project — the 3rd, by the way, is below in the Giveaway section) on Nichola’s blog post.

Here’s Nichola’s Supply List for all of today’s projects.

Christmas ON SALE!

Hey, these are all part of the clearance sale and are either used in Nichola’s artwork or would be cute little charms hanging from similar matchboxes!! See the clearance site for 70% off Christmas Paper, Christmas Charms & Christmas Rubber Stamps. Note: These are on the clearance site so are at a different URL than the main site.

Hooray for the Sweet Retro Gift Boxes Giveaway!

I know… they’re not pink (and they use the goofy retro images from this month’s kit), but Nichola still manages to make these little matchboxes so romantic!

This Giveaway includes tons of goodies; first these from her supply list (the list for all of today’s artworks, not just the cuties at left):
– Retro Ornaments Matchbox Kit – November 2018 (ooh… that will give you 2 matchboxes, a set of the 1 Inch Clear Acrylic Snowflake Mix and the Jingle paper shown at left)
– Peaked Roof Matchbox
– Gold Dresden Christmas Trees
– Mini Candy Canes
– Santa Sleigh Silver Charm Set (2 are hanging from the bird house)
– Twinklets Diamond Dust – 3oz Jar

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Nichola’s artwork (though “just” those listed above are included in the Giveaway).

Then these new things not shown in the artwork:
Silver Double Candy Cane Charms
Silver Cup of Cocoa with Heart
Christmas Vintage Patisserie Scrapbook Paper (note: it’s one of the sheets in the new Christmas Vintage 12×12 Paper Pad)

Those new charms would be cute hanging from a matchbox, similar to the charms Nichola used in the top matchbox above.

Finally, a couple things Nichola did use, that are on sale on the clearance site:
Fluffy Winter Snow
Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix

To enter the Sweet Retro Gift Boxes 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 12, 2018).

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

Hey, who won the Santa’s Matchbox Cottage Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Daphne! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, November 11th, 2018

55 responses to “Pretty Pink Christmas Things by Nichola Battilana!”

  1. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Yay for Christmas!

  2. Kim R says:

    Lovin the retro!

  3. Terri Scalise Hamm says:

    I love these projects…just finishing up fall ideas and very ready for Christmas!

  4. Debora L. says:

    I love these ideas!

  5. Nancy O says:

    Retro ornaments are fantastic.

  6. Dianna says:

    Fun idea!

  7. Bonnie Schulte says:

    What great ideas.Love those little match boxes…

  8. Jen R says:

    what a great idea! Very pretty

  9. Laural says:

    Loving the colors, Stamperia has beautiful paper

  10. Denise Bryant says:

    These retro gift boxes are just adorable! What a fun project!

  11. Nadine says:

    Cute project!

  12. Nancy Sherman says:

    Love these matchboxes!!

  13. Amy says:


  14. Karen Mallory says:

    These are so cute! Always love Christmas giveaways!!

  15. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! Simply delightful!! Those matchboxes are such fuN!

  16. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love the retro feel to all of the matchboxes this week. I particularly love the birdhouse with the chickadees. We have so many around and they are quite calm around people.

  17. Jennie Ingram says:

    What adorable boxes!

  18. Janet Turner says:

    I really love the retro Christmas theme It reminds me of my childhood long, long ago!

  19. Carla says:

    Love the pink Christmas! And all things Christmas too!

  20. Kathe Deck says:

    I’m kind of new here, and can’t remember how I found you, but I certainly am happy that I did find you, all the projects I’ve seen are totally adorable! (These are no exception)

  21. Pauline P. says:

    I want to do all of your neat boxes!

  22. Ina Good says:

    Sooo cute and lovely boxes!

  23. As a historian, I have a particular affinity for WWI, so I love the whole concept of this time period! My mother recently passed away, so I am at a loss on who to make things for, and then I remembered I still have a couple of elderly aunts who would love things like this!

  24. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love retro Christmas brings back great memories!

  25. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    These are gorgeous. Love the whole box idea.

  26. Rebecca R. says:

    This is so cute! Love the old-school holiday look! Thank you!

  27. jackie says:

    I love a pink christmas.

  28. Love the matchboxes and the “Retro” designs!!

  29. Celia says:

    Lol…I couldn’t tell that the charm was 2 candy canes crossed…looked like a doll with skirt…time for new glasses. Project reminds me of shopping in the 50’s

  30. Marilyn Ray says:

    Love the matchbox ornaments. Want to make them

  31. Luanne Shoup says:

    Like the pink Christmas, willing to give it a go!

  32. Barb A says:

    I’m so amazed at all the great things the artists create. I’d love to do them all, but not enough time in an already busy life!

  33. Catharine McCammon says:

    Of course I’m making tiny surprise boxes for Santa to put in Grandbaby’s stockings! FUN

  34. Kay W says:

    I love the retro boxes!

  35. Deanne says:

    I love mint andpink for Christmas.

  36. Diane says:

    Aww so cute would mail these out instead of cards!

  37. Jaimi Bailey says:

    The retro pink and mint colors are so pretty! I love these matchboxes!

  38. Nancy AT says:

    L-O-V-E these. I am especially enamoured with the Dresden tree.

  39. BarbMac Vt says:

    These are all absolutely darling and I would love to play around with them! These would eke incredible stocking stuffers or even placecards! TFS!

  40. Karen Wood says:

    They’re beautiful. I would like to see them on one of those old time feather trees.

  41. Lea Cook says:

    Such sweet projects. I’ve already used some of my goodies from November’s kit. Those snowflakes are darling!

  42. Congrats Daphne! Love the retro Christmas matchboxes! So many great ideas. Would love to win and try my hand at it.

  43. Elizabeth H. says:

    Such cute ideas!

  44. Mary Mac says:

    Just love the Pink Joy match box . Love the simplicity of just the gold tree inside.

  45. Nancy E says:

    I just love these little retro matchboxes. Remind me of my mom!

  46. Sue Pierson says:

    I make and love little houses. This giveaway is great!

  47. Kathy Toews says:

    Adorable!! I love her style.

  48. Rhonda S says:

    I love pink and gold for Christmas and Retro ornaments. So pretty.

  49. Anne W says:

    I need to make these. Love the retro!

  50. Jo says:

    Time for Christmas! Love the little shadowboxes!!!

  51. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    My Christmas is made up of vintage pink Christmas items I’ve collected over the years – this project will be a perfect fit! Thank you 🙂

  52. Roslind Sherman says:

    Retro Shadowboxes are just too darn cute…
    Perfect for Christmas !!!

  53. Angie M says:

    So cute!