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A Snowy Wonderland in an Upcycled Jar

Filed under 3D House Ornament Kit, Art Projects, Gifts/Decorations, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Tutorials

I know! It’s a week till Christmas! So, just a couple quick announcements before Miz Bella (Kim Ayers) introduces TWO projects from that talented Nichola Battilana.
First: a reminder that the Christmas Sale ends THIS Sunday, December 21st (and there’s time to download some digital images or collage sheets for making last-minute gifts).
Second: the January kits are mailing today! (For subscribers whose autopay dates have already hit.)
Third: yes, it’s that time again: While the Cat’s Away… More info

Sledding through at breakneck speed, with her offering from the 3D House Ornament Kit and House Add-On Kit is Design Team Member Nichola Battilana.

Last year I received a number of these jars filled with candy. The candy is long gone but the jars are still kicking about my kitchen. When Alpha Stamps announced their 3D House Ornament Kit for December I thought I’d create a fun little wonderland to re-gift the jar.

Absolutely adorable with its tiny little house covered in Christmas Collage Scrapbook Paper – Caroling,with the Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Green, and it all twinkling under the snow as St. Nicholas comes to deliver presents.

Now at Alpha Stamps, we love all things glittery and sparkly. According to Nichola, she has just discovered Stickles (which she used throughout the items in and on the jar.) Yes, yes…I know! Absolute insanity. Of course I’d sell my mother before I ever gave up my hoarded stash of Platinum Stickles!

Cut-outs added from Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet, embellished with Diamond Stickles and Star Tinsel tops off the re-gifted jar.

After you finish raiding your house for glass jars, check out Nichola’s supply list. Then put your mittens and scarf on before you head on over to Pixie Hill to visit with Nichola.

Wait! Before you tear your house apart — there’s one more project to show you that Nichola made. Take a look at this over-the-moon cute calendar that Nichola made using the Time to Flourish collection.

Time to Flourish is a gorgeous collection. You can make calendars, cards, decor for your home or whatever else your Muse dictates with it. Nichola says the project is “deceptively easy to create.” Well OK then! We love easy, especially at this time of year.

Nichola combined matching monthly elements from the Time to Flourish 8×8 Paper Pad, embellished with the coordinating Tags & Pockets, Stickers and Chipboard. Once everything was put together, the calendar cards are housed in a Mixed-Media 5×5 Box. A lovely creation, don’t you think?

And that sweetheart, Nichola, provided a tutorial!

 New Goodies – ALL On Sale!
 They won’t arrive by Christmas (but wouldn’t you like to look forward to a package in January?)

Shabby Chic Resin Clocks
Shabby Chic Resin Clocks

Shabby Chic Resin Garden Fountains
Shabby Chic Resin Garden Fountains

Shabby Chic Cast Iron Embellishments
Shabby Chic Cast Iron Embellishments

Shabby Chic Resin Old Church Windows
Shabby Chic Resin Old Church Windows


Hooray! A Mason Jar Shrine Starter Giveaway!

Aw… look how festive that group is, with all the red and white. And I included a set of the back in stock Red Tiny Paper Roses (’cause… you know… in addition to looking fab with this Christmas collection, they would work well for Valentine’s Day (yes, I said it!))

I started by picking out a few items from Nichola’s Christmas Jar (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos):
– Santa is Outside Collage Sheet
– Christmas Stocking Stripes Collage Sheet
– Glitter House Template Collage Sheet
– Christmas Collage Scrapbook Paper – Caroling
– Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry Scrapbook Paper
– Tinsel
– Star Tinsel
– Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Red

Then I added a couple more items (and those Red Tiny Paper Roses):
Mason Jar Toppers – Lid with Label Holder
Frosted White Sisal Trees
1 Inch Resin Santa & Snowman Ornaments (On Sale!)

To enter the Mason Jar Shrine Starter 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, FRIDAY, December 19, 2014)!

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

Hey, who won the Christmas with Tombstones Giveaway? That would be Jo! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, December 18th, 2014

116 responses to “A Snowy Wonderland in an Upcycled Jar”

  1. Jo says:

    So cute! I love this project!

  2. Karen says:

    What a nice collection of Christmas things. Could have a wonderfully creative afternoon with this!

  3. so adorable I would so love to win Thank you

  4. kay pierce says:

    Nichola.always comes up with something magical! Sure would love to win this and try my hand at it!!!

  5. Regina Salvador says:

    One week until Christmas, this collection is perfect!

  6. Karen N says:

    Love, love, love those little Santas and snowmen! And who wouldn’t love a little glittery jar of joy?

  7. Rae Wycoff says:

    LOVE Snowy Wonderland!!

  8. Sheila says:

    I love Alpha Stamps and have for years!! Everyone is incredibly creative and talented. You inspire me!! Merry Christmas to all!

  9. Lu L. says:

    This is such a fun giveaway! I really like the Mason jar and all of the goodies used to gussy it up!!

  10. Emily N. says:

    So pretty!!!

  11. Sheila says:

    Too, too cute!

  12. Mary Ann Smith says:

    Wishing for a white Christmas and the mason jar giveaway.

  13. Eve says:

    Nichola is quite amazing! Always glad to have new glass jar ideas, and her take is always wonderful.

  14. DebR says:

    Wonderful projects by Nichola and a lovely giveaway, thanks Alpha Stamps!

  15. Blair Lowery says:

    Nice holiday collection

  16. Cherie says:

    Outstanding giveaway!

  17. Lori Wilczek says:

    Another great giveaway! Snowy Wonderland.

  18. Linda K says:

    Yes, yes, yes. I love anything in a jar! I would be tickled all over to win this giveaway.

  19. pat foulk says:

    This is just too cute. Must have

  20. Lois says:

    Love anything Christmas!

  21. Kathy says:

    Love this! Alpha Stamps always has the most tempting, fun stuff!

  22. Jennie says:


  23. Jill O says:

    Red and white, my favorite christmas colors. Love the projects, really love them.

  24. Jackie Barth says:

    I love it! I want it!

  25. Jen R says:

    What a sweet idea! I love it!

  26. Lou Anne says:

    This is a beautiful project!

  27. Sandy says:

    Fun, fun, fun! Great way to start the new year.

  28. Amanda Miller says:

    Mason jar shrine! Awesome!

  29. Carmen says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Love the beautiful projects too!

  30. Alice Eads says:

    Love anything to do with Mason jars. Especially like Nichola’s take on it. Thanks for another great give away!

  31. Jo Ellen says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute!!!!!

  32. wendy williams says:

    Wow….I want to do this NOW !!!!!

  33. Such a great idea for those jars, even the pickle jars that might just go into the recycling. I’d love a chance to win!

  34. Lee Hynes says:

    OMg I would love to try making one of these!

  35. Mary Mac says:

    I love snow globes and this upcycle one is just gorgeous.

  36. Holly Day says:

    What a great idea! ESepcially since I can’t find a decent snow globe to save my life anymore.

  37. MaggieM says:

    Both are great Christmas projects. Such talented designers. And, what a terrific giveaway, count me in! I’m off to your store to buy more of the Time to Flourish collection by G45:)

  38. Patricia League says:

    WOW, I love the kit, sure wish I could win!!1
    Merry Christmas,

  39. Mary C. says:

    What an adorable project to do with your kids! Love it. Fantastic giveaway too. Thanks so much for the project ideas and fun giveaways.

  40. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    Love it!!!!

  41. cathy smith says:

    What fun!!!! I have a lot of those jars, too!!!

  42. Juniper says:

    So many fun projects to keep me busy!!!Love It!

  43. Deb Neerman says:

    Wow, what a stunning project! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  44. Beth Jones says:

    How sweet!!!

  45. Debra Gibson says:

    Would love to win this one !! Thanks for the chance !

  46. LoriSW says:

    Adorable! Would love to win this.

  47. Angie A says:

    Fantastic as always!

  48. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    too wonderful for words…

  49. Roxanne says:

    AWWWWW! Darn…I sure would love to win this adorable lil’ Jar project! Thanks for todays inspiration and chance to win! 🙂

  50. Brenda Lubrant says:

    Yes, I cannot believe that it is only one week until Christmas. The time is moving too quickly. I have really enjoyed all of the wonderful Christmas projects that you have shared with us.

  51. Thalia Kottke says:

    That is so cute.

  52. Barbara says:

    Love the mason jar shrine! Very cool!

  53. Kimberly says:

    Yay! I’m in. Love Mason jar decor!

  54. Julie F. says:


  55. Julie F. says:

    This is a bright and shiny give away!

  56. Marilyn H says:


  57. Verna stapleton says:

    Another great idea with your giveaway. Thank you again for the chance to win!

  58. Kristie says:

    Love the recycled jar project. As I’m cooking this Season, I’m going to keep my eyes out for cool jars!

  59. Barbara Bird says:

    Love the mason jar wonderland ….something I will work on for next years gifts.

  60. Diana says:

    I have so many jar ideas and winning this giveaway would be so helpful! !!

  61. angelic says:

    I love the mason jar Christmas project, thanks for the giveaway.

  62. Tanya says:

    More wonderful ideas! Fun giveaway!

  63. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    Oh this would be SO fun to do! Always loved snowglobes. Thanks for the chance to win

  64. Patti Flasch says:

    I have seen some mason jar projects posted online, but I haven’t tried to make one yet. Another great giveaway!!

  65. Joan Harsha says:

    Next year my tree will be full of little houses thanks to Alpha Stamps.

  66. Ina Good says:

    such a wonderful giveaway so merry cheerful and bright!Love your little houses too!

  67. orianna says:

    what fun!

  68. Willow says:

    Just adorable! I would love a chance to make a similar one.

  69. Mary Pendergrass says:

    How sweet. I want to make some so I’ll have to make my daughter give me back the jars I gave her for a project that she never did. Her loss, my gain.

  70. trisha too says:

    So reminiscent of a “real” vintage snow globe–absolutely beautiful!


  71. cathrine bolin says:

    This is such a sweet give-a-way

  72. Kim says:

    Awesome giveaway! Love all of it!

  73. Lana says:

    If you don’t pick me, I’m telling Santa…just kidding…this giveaway is AWESOME!!!!!

  74. barbara macaskill says:

    This is to die for!! LOVE snowglobe type creations and this is just darling!! TFS!

  75. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Love, love, love!

  76. susan higgins says:

    love this giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  77. Love the Christmas goodies. Always hope to win.

  78. Carol Slowik says:

    Sweetest giveaway ever! Hope it’s me!

  79. Russell says:

    I just picked up some awesome jars at the thrift store today.. so this would be perfect.

  80. Karen Adams says:

    Love it! Very cute!:)

  81. Christi Conley says:

    Can’t wait til the holiday is over because I get to sign up for the monthly kit!! Yippeee!

  82. Kim Rayko says:

    So sweet!! I love this!

  83. KIM says:

    I’ve been wanting to make something with the all the jars I have.
    Instead of them just collecting dust.
    Thanks for the great idea.

  84. Susan M.L. says:

    Merry Christmas! and Mele Kalikimaka to the Hawaiian Librarian! Don’t forget you can always make Christmas fairy or gnome jars out of your glass jar collections!

  85. Jill Whalen says:

    Awesome and darling!

  86. Susan Gunter says:

    How fun! I’d love to try this!!!

  87. Nancy S says:

    Just love this idea! What great last-minute Christmas gift!

  88. Kathy Sorensen says:

    Absolutely wonderful. Like big girl sugar plum dreams!

  89. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would love to win this festive kit of goodies!

  90. Gilda says:

    Love the projects. The calendar is fantastic. Thanks for a chance to win.

  91. Cocoa says:

    Can’t believe the giveaways are so wonderful! Thank you!!!

  92. Paulanne says:

    What a great give away. Would like to win…please!

  93. Karen Mallory says:

    Another great giveaway!

  94. Rabbit says:

    Adorable-I love snowglobes! I hope I win!

  95. IKE says:

    What delightful projects – the jar is a fabulous idea. Brilliant 😀
    I would love a chance to win please 😀

    IKE xxx

  96. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    Love the jar scene…really cute!

  97. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    Beautiful giveaway!

  98. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love these jars. So many projects you can create with these. Love all your supplies.

  99. Theresa G. says:

    This activity (?) is right up my alley!! SO ADORABLE!!!

  100. Me Pugh says:

    Looks like a ton of fun.

  101. Peg Dolan says:

    I love empty jars! Even more I love the idea of finally doing something with all the empty jars that live with me lol

  102. Heather says:

    What a nice collection! And I have tons of jars sitting around… hhhhmmm never too early to start for next year!

  103. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    This is so lovely. It would look great next to a candle on the mantle. Please add me to your drawing and Merry Christmas.

  104. Charlene says:

    So cute. What wonderful talent you have here.

  105. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome giveaway! I have been wanting to do a scene in a jar project… you carry all the perfect little things to go inside!

  106. LeAnn says:

    Very cute. Great jar idea!

  107. Sandy says:

    The glass jar idea is great… and the retro trees.

  108. Lorna E. says:

    Lovely project.

  109. Marcia says:

    Who needs a ship in a jar? We’ve got SANTA!

  110. Luanne N. says:

    So many fun ideas!

  111. Tammy says:

    I love this

  112. Sokat says:

    This is such a creative way to use jars. Love this.

  113. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your mason jar giveaway!!

  114. Sylvia L. says:

    I love the idea of recycling glassware-I hate throwing away pretty jars. A very sweet little project.