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Star-Crossed Lovers by Nichola Battilana!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Star-Crossed Lovers Kit

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Nichola’s project that are still available on the new site.

Design Team Member Nichola Battilana doesn’t disappoint with her project using the January Kits.

“The theme over at Alpha Stamps this month is Star Crossed Lovers (which I love!) For my project I began by embellishing a Hinged Wood Chest with Clasp with Glitter, stars and adding wheels… then I altered a series of Blank Playing Cards with a romantic, lusty theme to fit inside.

“The cards themselves are distressed and then have fitting snippets from old books added.”

Romantic, lusty and snippets from old books! Tell me, does it get any better than that?

Nichola used a fabulous technique with candle wax to embed Tiny Star Sequins and Matte Acrylic Heart Beads onto the cards. After using the candle wax, Nichola decided that using Beeswax Pellets would be more flexible and less likely to crack like the candle wax did.

The (new!) hinged wooden chest is so cute on wheels. We don’t have the exact wheels that Nichola used but never fear! We have two different sizes of wooden wheels to choose from; the 3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels and the 1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheels. Either would work and look quite spectacular!

Gaze upon Nichola’s supply list, then roll yourself on over to her blog to see more pictures and advice in making your own cart of cards. (And don’t forget to come back (or just scroll down) to enter today’s Juliet Giveaway.)


Hooray for the Juliet Giveaway!

First, let’s start with all of these items I gathered from Nichola’s Lover’s Box (note: that’s a link to photos of all these supplies):
– Green Man Brass Stamping
– Hinged Wood Chest with Clasp
– Tiny Star Sequins
– Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Gold
– Vaguely Valentine Collage Sheet
– Juliet Collage Sheet
– The Balcony Collage Sheet
– Blank Playing Cards
– Matte Acrylic Heart Bead Mix
– 18mm Matte Puffy Heart Beads

And, in case you’d like to add wheels to your little wood chest (like Nichola did), I added both sets of wooden wheels:
3/4 Inch Wooden Wheels
1-1/4 Inch Wooden Wheels

Then I added all three of these New and On Sale! goodies (keeping with the Juliet theme):
Sonnet Scrapbook Paper
Juliet Sonnet Die-Cut Embellishments
Kraft with Pink Damask Scrapbook Paper

And, still sticking with the Shakespeare theme, I not only added a Shakespeare’s Heroines Collage Sheet and Isabella Rubber Stamp (and put both On Sale!), but I also put these other rubber stamps from the theatre section On Sale at 50% off!:
Anne of Bohemia Rubber Stamp
Thisbe Listening for Pyramis Rubber Stamp
Elizabeth of York Rubber Stamp

AND I also just put ALL Theatre Collage Sheets On Sale! (through this Wednesday, January 21st)!

To enter the Juliet 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 19, 2015).

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 make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

Hey, who won the Death & Roses Giveaway? That would be Emily N! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, January 18th, 2015

152 responses to “Star-Crossed Lovers by Nichola Battilana!”

  1. Jean Marmo says:

    I just love all the goodies that are put together for this! My daughter just got married and this would be perfect for her! Love the heart beads!

  2. What a beautiful box and cards – would make a terrific Valentines Day gift!

    Please throw my name in your cyber hat and I’ll keep my fingers star-crossed!

  3. Cherie says:

    Juliet Giveaway! Lovely goodies!

  4. Susan Gunter says:

    This is just lovely! Always a twist to look forward to on this blog!!

  5. Karen says:

    I really enjoy making fabric quilted and totally embellished cards and this collection would be wonderful for Valentine cards.

  6. Kimberly says:

    Then have my lips the sin that they have took.

  7. Maria says:

    What a terrific giveaway. Thank you.

  8. kim says:

    Such a romantic and beautiful collection! So fun! Thanks for a chance to win:)

  9. Natasha says:

    This is so beautiful, it would be so much fun to create using this collection of supplies. I hope I am the winner!

  10. Jo Ellen says:

    So Lovely!!!!

  11. Linda Hughes says:

    It’s wonderful!!!

  12. carol says:

    A delightful collection of goodies .

  13. Ann C. says:

    Beautiful elements here…very romantic. Would love to work with them!

  14. How beautiful I would LOVE to win

  15. OMG !!! I want this sooo bad, How creative she is ! This is a wonderful kit–but again they all are, I want this !!!

  16. Susan Orndorff says:

    Very Very romantic. So much stuff in the kit that it will keep you busy creating for weeks. I just love your embellishments.

  17. Jo says:

    love this theme! so romantic!!

  18. Donna says:

    I have some of those beautiful collage sheets, but since I am teaching R/J in a few weeks, this treasure trove would really help the kids make their Renaissance cards! I would love to win!

  19. Kim Lucak says:

    How sweet, just in time for Valentine’s Day crafts!

  20. Dena Cottrell says:

    Beautiful collection of goodies. Hope I win.

  21. Blair Lowery says:

    As always a lovely collection. What fun it would be to win.

  22. Lorna E. says:

    Really lovely cards and box by Nichola and what a fabulous giveaway she inspired.

  23. Connie Hindmarsh says:

    Perfect timing. My granddaughter is starting a unit on Shakespeare. Wont her teacher be delighted when she completes this? I may make one for a Valentines treat, as well. Thank you.

  24. Gail Klein says:

    Perfect romantic collection!

  25. Stefanie says:

    Oh my!! I always love Nichola’s projects – this is just gorgeous 🙂 popping over to her blog for a look now. Thanks for the opportunity to win too

  26. Beth says:

    This gorgeous collection is just the thing to warm up the cold midwinter!

  27. Jenny S. says:

    LOVE the Juliet Giveaway! Thank you!

  28. Yvette LeBlanc says:


  29. Jennifer J says:

    Love, love, love, this. Why didn’t I think of wheels on a little chest? so pretty

  30. Carmen says:

    Such a lovely giveaway, one of the nicest so far!

  31. Susan S says:

    Goodies! I’d love to have these!

  32. Karen N says:

    Loe this giveaway. It is just beautiful!

  33. Jennie says:

    Love, love, love!

  34. Darlene says:

    Romance is in the air!!!

  35. Mary Mac says:

    Gorgeous collage sheets.

  36. Ina Good says:

    soooo romantic and lovely kit!

  37. Melanie Curtis says:

    Love the Juliet giveaway. The kit is so inspiring to make Valentines cards and crafts with! Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Lu L. says:

    What a nice selection of items! I’d love to win this kit.
    You all always have the best collage sheets!

  39. Janet Turner says:

    Oh my, I love all the hearts and flowers!

  40. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    The box is spectacular.

  41. Kim says:

    So beautiful!!

  42. Jen C says:

    What a gorgeous collection! Love,love,love it!

  43. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful! And I would love to get my hands on that awesome giveaway!

  44. Holly Day says:

    This is just beautiful! That box and all those flowers would make a perfect gift for a little girl who loves crafting!

  45. Nicole Austin says:

    so wonderful! and with valentine’s day around the corner! 🙂

  46. Rose L says:

    I Love Romance!

  47. gloria stafford says:

    “… love all alike no season knows, nor clime, nor days, weeks, months which are the rags of time…” (John Donne)

  48. Lynn says:

    oh yeah … feeling all that Valentine’s stuff! This would be fun to work with!

  49. Rosemary Sharon says:

    loving this……love all boxes…..but this is so romantic and lovely.

  50. Betty Bead says:

    Wherefor art thou Juliette?

  51. Birgit says:

    What a lovely giveaway — thanks for the chance! 🙂

  52. Paulanne says:

    What a fun give away. I would love to win!

  53. Vickie Trancho says:

    So delicious! Always tempting xoxox

  54. Mary S says:

    Lovely! Juliette is beautiful!

  55. Regina Salvador says:

    Very romantic!

  56. Christi Conley says:


  57. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this beautiful collection. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

  58. Gabrielle says:

    This is so pretty!!

  59. Karen Mallory says:

    OH I love this box and giveaway!

  60. Debbie Peysen says:

    So lovely. I just love making Valentine projects.

  61. Lynn Fox says:

    Oh golly moses! How gorgeous! Love it all!

  62. Kristie says:

    What a great kit! Very inspiring.

  63. Kathleen Cole says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed…love the box and the mysterious-looking cards….

  64. Julie F. says:

    Another beautiful giveaway!

  65. Sandy says:

    A lovely kit, could do a lot with this one!

  66. Nancy Stone says:

    Love the star crossed lovers theme.

  67. SW says:

    The hinged chest is really cool. I made something like that a long time ago. I lined it with a piece of scrap velvet. It turned out pretty nice.

  68. Marcia says:

    the cards are exquisite!

  69. DebR says:

    Nichola’s projects is so lovely and a great giveaway, thank you!

  70. Daylan says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for another opportunity!

  71. teri steele says:

    This is a beautiful collection of goodies

  72. This is so pretty, such an awesome prize to win!

  73. barbara macaskill says:

    What lovely images in today’s giveaway! So very pretty! Love Nichola’s beautiful Star Crossed Lovers box! TFS!

  74. Diane Smith says:

    Wonderful products…..always!

  75. Shelley says:

    Oh yes, yes, yes!

  76. KIM says:

    This would be great to win.
    Spend a snowy night being creative.
    Thanks Alpha Stamps.

  77. Luanne Shoup says:

    roses are red, violets are blue…….

  78. Corinne Marie says:

    Lovely kit!! Alpha Stamps rules!! 🙂

  79. pat foulk says:

    This is so amazing, I’m aglow and agog with the possibilities

  80. Ginette says:

    a little tenderness

  81. Jeri says:

    This is a lovely grouping!

  82. Joan Harsha says:

    I want this.

  83. Laurie says:

    Sooooo clever again and at a great price!

  84. Bernadette Cardwell says:

    Love the giveaways always creative!!!

  85. Dawn says:

    Ooh, I love all things romantic. This is lovely. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful kit.

  86. Jen R says:

    What a great project and I love the giveaway!

  87. frances says:

    You ladies are truly incredible. Every designer is so talented. The star crossed lover theme is so inspiring. Thank you for the chance to get me some fabulous Alpha goodies.

  88. MaggieM says:

    Fabulous project! AND fab-fab-fabulous giveaway! I would LOVE to win all of these goodies so I can create my own “Love”ly altered art project. Woo hoo Alpha Stamps!

  89. Lou Anne says:

    I need a creative project! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  90. Jackie Barth says:

    Great giveaway – would love to win it!

  91. Barbara says:

    Great theme so close to Valentine’s Day. So many cool embellishments. Would love to play with this project!

  92. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    Stars, lovers and romance—Sheer poetry

  93. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    The giveaways just keep getting better and better.

  94. Gilda says:

    Love the beautiful project. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  95. Lana says:

    simply gorgeous!

  96. Denise says:

    This is the most beautiful set of Art Ephemera I have seen. I love it.

  97. JackieP Neal says:

    What a most fabulous giveaway!!!
    Nichola’s piece is out of this world absolutely gorgeous!! By far , my most favorite of hers yet! Bravo!!

  98. Colour me starry-eyed over this lovely kit!

  99. Christine V says:

    Lusty lovely starry lovers! I need a little love to make and give…

  100. Verna stapleton says:

    Breathtaking. This is just an incredible kit.

  101. Diane D. says:

    Amazing Give Away. Can’t believe all the great goodies in this package! Nichola’s artwork is fantastic. Really beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  102. Lori D. says:

    I adore all of your giveaways! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  103. Teresa Currie says:

    LOVE your Juliet Giveaway!!

  104. Brenda Henderson says:

    Incredibly Beautiful! What a lovely giveaway!

  105. orianna says:

    A romantic and deeply colorful giveaway. Lovely.

  106. Brenda Lubrant says:

    The gold stars and bloches of white paint is what really makes this little treaure box so romantic and beautiful.

  107. Lovely and romantic. A treasure to behold. Keep the eye candy coming.

  108. Joy says:

    Its beautiful and romantical..Pick Me, Please!

  109. crystal says:

    I think this is my favorite collection ever!!

  110. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Nichola’s creations are intricate and fine. I appreciate the detail and attention to each piece. Mahalo for sharing.

  111. Thalia Kottke says:

    What a fabulous project.

  112. Laural says:

    Perfect for anytime of the year

  113. Nancy S says:

    This such a romantic piece. Just love Nichola’s creations.

  114. Karen Cejka says:

    Awesome giveaway! Love the roses and baubles.

  115. Debra Gibson says:

    Oh! Please Let the Alpha Stamps gods smile upon me! I would so much love to win this giveaway! It’s simply wonderful!

  116. Debra Gibson says:

    This kit has do many wonderful things to make so many pretty projects !!!!I hope I win !
    Good luck to all !
    Thank you !!!

  117. Debra Gibson says:

    I want to do some Juliette cards!!Please pick me!!!!
    Please!Please! Pretty Please!!!

  118. Debra Gibson says:

    Oh! Please Let the Alpha Stamps gods smile upon me! I would so much love to win this giveaway! It’s simply wonderful!
    Good Luck to all !!

  119. jaci says:

    love the faces.. and the giveaway is yummy … thanks for the chance to win:)

  120. Alice H says:

    Ever so lovely, as always! I enjoy seeing how the designers pick among the products so that they always seem to belong together.

  121. Angelic says:

    Beautiful collection.

  122. Donna Day says:

    How beautiful and romantic!

  123. Missy says:

    What a lovely and sultry give away to craft with for Valentines Day!!!! I’d love to win this one!

  124. Starqueen says:

    Oh Juliet…where fore art thou? I hope her kit can make it’s way to me!
    Thanks for sharing!

  125. Miss Iowa says:

    What a lovely giveaway. I played Juliet’s nurse in a production of R&J. Love this twist on Valentine’s.

  126. Kay W says:

    So romantic!

  127. Ritva says:

    Romantic and exiting!

  128. Sweetpea Studio says:

    This is lovely.

  129. Sylvia L. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway.

  130. Angie says:

    Absolutely love this giveaway!

  131. Barb says:

    Love the Valentine kit! thanks for the chance at winning this gorgeous giveaway.

  132. Mary Pendergrass says:

    What a gorgeous idea and a beautiful kit to go with. I’d love to make the cards.

  133. Pat Shaw says:

    Oh, I just love this gorgeous romantic box. Thanks for the chance to win!

  134. susan higgins says:

    It would be so wonderful to win!!!!!!!!

  135. Carol Slowik says:

    I love romantic. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  136. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous things in this collection!

  137. lavinia says:


  138. Olivia HODOROWSKI says:

    Can’t resist romance. Would love to win.

  139. Cocoa says:

    What a fabulous giveaway this time! Great inspiration for Valentine Day!

  140. Carol Feiner says:

    What a beautiful collection! I love the pink-on-kraft color combo!

  141. Karen Flores says:

    Ah, sweet romance. Perfect prelude to Valentine’s Day!

  142. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    L’amour, l’amour — so delightful!

  143. I follow Nichola’s site and love everything she does. This set is so romantic with Valentine’s Day coming up it’s perfect for all my little craftie projects!I can think of a million uses for it all!

  144. Sokat says:

    I love these images.

  145. Marcie Aspras says:

    Would love to be entered for the giveaway!! Thanks!!

  146. LeAnn says:

    Beautiful collection!

  147. Victoria Harris says:

    This such a romantic and elegant kit!! Love it!!

  148. CG says:

    Oh WOW…what’s NOT to love??? How’d you guys get the best in the biz on your DT at the same time???? 🙂 Love the products and thanks for the inspiration.

  149. Carrie j says:

    Such a fun project!

  150. Cindy Fitch says:

    Romance is in the air. I love the idea of the A T C chest. Another gorgeous collection and giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win!

  151. Kathy Sorensen says:

    You have done it again! I love to see the giveaways. Fingers crossed!