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An Impish Convoy and NEW Tim Holtz!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Little House Kit, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tim Holtz

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.

Children Collage Sheets?! Yes! Beside those cherubic faces for spring projects, that section includes the 2 collage sheets Nichola used in her Impish Convoy! (Both are also in today’s Giveaway.)

ALL Children Collage Sheets on sale for 50% off now through Monday night, February 22nd! (The Garden Collage Sheet and Flower Girls Collage Sheet from the sale section are shown at left.)

And don’t forget to check below for tons of new, fun supplies from Tim Holtz new spring line! New and On Sale!

Rolling in with her offering for this month of Little Houses is Design Team Member, Nichola Battilana. Nichola has created An Impish Convoy that, I think you’ll agree, is quite cheeky!

This month at Alpha Stamps is all about Little Houses. I had a couple of ideas bandying about… but they refused to cooperate and I ended up with this sort of Impish Convoy instead.

I don’t mind that they misbehaved and did their own thing. You can’t get mad when projects don’t turn out as expected… or don’t cooperate at all. Sometimes you just have to go with it. Sometimes THAT is the point ~ to play and enjoy the process of making. To get something… anything!… out and done on that work table. Wheeled house shaped shrines? Why not?!

If you have a pile of “to-do’s” in your work pile, maybe a little Impish Convoy is what you need too. A project to make for the sake of making, even if it doesn’t make too much sense, to keep you out of trouble, and to drive the rut goblins away.”

Nichola used Mini Houses numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 for the bases of her little caravan. The sweet children who wouldn’t dream of misbehaving are from the Little Imps and Little Darlings Collage Sheets. There are a lot of choices for your own caravan from those two collage sheets, (which happen to be on SALE!); and if you just can’t decide… the entire section of Children Collage Sheets is 50% off!

Once you have your houses put together, painted, papered and full of glitter; it’s time to start embellishing! Lovely pink roses, mushrooms, leaves and stars are quick additions that you can add to gussy up your caravan with. (And I’m not sure where those butterflies came from… Nichola has a pile of butterflies just waiting to alight… but here is a list of a ton of Butterfly Options.)

What would an Impish Convoy be without moss covered roofs? I really like how Nichola added in the tiny flowers on top of the roof, it makes me think of Spring.

Before you think you’re done with your caravan – don’t forget to add your 1 Inch Wheels (with 1/8 Inch Dowel) and the 2 Inch Wheels (with 1/4 Inch Dowel). Otherwise your Imps won’t be going very far! Speaking of the wheels, Nichola has a bit of advice when attaching them to your project:

Glue the wheel to the doweling, but make sure the doweling isn’t glued to the part that attaches to the project (that’s the “D” shaped tab — see the photo at left). If the doweling is too stiff you can sand it down slightly to allow the wheels to roll. Basically, you want the doweling to move with the wheels, not the wheels independently.”

An Impish Caravan Supply List

For more photos please visit Nichola at Pixie Hill.


Hooray for the An Impish Convoy Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Nichola’s An Impish Convoy supply list to make this Giveaway (psst! that link is to the supply list, with photos and links to all of these products):
– Mini House Shadowbox 2 – 3.25 Tall
– Spoked Wheel Set – 2 Inch
– 1/4 Inch Wooden Dowels
– Provincial Hydrangea Scrapbook Paper
– Little Darlings Collage Sheet
– Little Imps Collage Sheet
– 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
– Flat-Back Gold Star Studs – 12mm

And so you’ll have some butterfly choices: a Butterflies & Moths Collage Sheet.

To enter the An Impish Convoy 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, February 19, 2016)! And tell me: What other odd object would you put wheels on?

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 Lots of Little Houses Giveaway? That would be Alma Casiano! Congratulations! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, February 18th, 2016

66 responses to “An Impish Convoy and NEW Tim Holtz!”

  1. barb macaskill says:

    I am trying to figure out how I can add wheels to a glass bowl. I have an idea in my head but just need to figure out the technical details!!! LOVE the cute little imp houses!! TFS!

  2. Gina Goodling says:

    Id put them on men, to create steam punk high rollers! Very whimsical ideas that you have created, Nichola. Love these little people!

  3. Rose says:

    I adore the imps, although I like Gina’s idea for steampunk men. So Many possibilities! With spring on the way, I’m thinking that I might make an Alice in Wonderland rolling tea party caravan!

  4. Amy says:

    I would love to have wheels on little moon shrines.

  5. Carla M says:

    I think imps are adorable and see them in the garden with flowers and butterflies all around

  6. Jan K says:

    I would put them on a casket and create a Day of the Dead caravan! Love all the elements of this package. Thanks for the chance to win!


  7. How about an armoire to turn it into a rack full of pastries? Yum!

  8. Jennie says:

    On a teapot. Then I would use my magic wand to enchant it into following me around wherever I go. 😉

  9. Laural says:

    I want to make a pumpkin for a cinderella fairy

  10. love these maybe a baby carriage on wheels?

  11. Jennifer J says:

    This is a really cute project! Maybe wheels on a bathtub? I saw these inflatable bathtubs on amazon that really tickled my funny bone.

  12. Traci says:

    Love those little houses they make such a cute impish convoy. >^..^<

  13. Kat Cashwell says:

    these wheels are great! I would have to make a casket on wheels or a hearse out of the caskets!

  14. Lana says:

    Marie Antoinette, make it totally steampunk.

  15. Kate vansuch says:

    I love all
    The miniature items are adorable! I would put wheels on tin cans and make a little

  16. Leah Fein says:

    Wheels would go on a pumpkin for a Cinderella coach

  17. Laura pence says:

    I want to make rolling tins in a variety of sizes and turn them into a traveling carnival show.

  18. Brenda Moehlig says:

    A convoy of 13…as I see the 13 ghosts caravan trekking down through my Halloween village and cemetery. Oh what fun…hehe

  19. Verna S says:

    These are so sweet! I might put wheels on circus animals. There are a lot of fun possibilities!!

  20. Mary Helene says:

    Would love rusty garden tools.

  21. Alma Casiano says:

    Imps remind me of fairies, which is how I’d go about decorating these little caravan pieces, with lots of fairies & flowers I think they would be awesome !

  22. Eve Watters says:

    Ooh, I have a cute giant paper mache heart- it would be great with wheels on. Thanks for the idea!!

  23. Darlene says:

    First thing that came to mind was wheels on elephants….lol….not sure why….

  24. Jen R says:

    Birds with wheels, why not?

  25. Orlie Severson says:

    I would use them to make a wagon with to hold a Shamrock on, seeing St Pats isn’t to far off.

  26. Jen C says:

    A seashell, for a mermaid wheelbarrow!

  27. KIM says:

    I would make an Easter cart.
    The possibilities are needless.

  28. Linda Marie says:

    Smurfs would be adorable or fairies!

  29. Tami Roth says:

    Such beautiful little houses on wheels-love!

  30. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I can think of several things, but they aren’t really odd: carts, a coffin, a shadowbox shrine, etc.

  31. cathy smith says:

    I LOVE houses – these are great. I think I would put wheels on tea cups and make it be sort of like a ride – that was my favorite ride at Disney – the mad tea cup!

  32. Barbara Ferrell says:

    I love anything with vintage children, I would make a steampunk machine that was child oriented with the vintage children following along

  33. Barbara Anderson says:

    I’d stack the individual boxes from the Tim
    Holtz configuration box that I just got to form an altered miniature structure, finish
    each box and add the wheels to make a traveling museum.

  34. Kristie says:

    Love the little shrines. I would make one for spring with a nest and baby bird.

  35. Janet T says:

    I love this giveaway. I would put wheels on tins and make an Easter theme centerpiece.

  36. Rosemarie Grant says:

    The oddest thing I would put wheels on is a garden workbench hutch so it could be moved from place to place in the fairy garden by the elf workers.

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway! I would put wheels on wooden coffins and have a rolling coffin caravan for Halloween.

  38. I’ve always wanted a fish on a bicycle!

  39. angelic says:

    I would add wheels to a pumpkin or a bird house.

  40. Lou Anne H. says:

    I’d try to put wheels on a shadow box or a teacup with a saucer. Or maybe I’d create a rolling cigar box.

  41. Renee Zarate says:

    I would put them on a chunky ATC! Steampunk it up.

  42. Margaret says:

    I love the little acorn caps. As far as adding wheels to things small baskets, altoid tins, all the little candy type boxes I can’t seem to throw out.Someone mentioned coffins on wheels and that is a great idea! Those little wheels are so much fun to imagine with

  43. Denise Bryant says:

    Such a fun project! Love the wheels… I’d put them on a shadowbox. Or a fun chipboard cat that I’d alter!

  44. Janet Gray says:

    Love the Impish Convoy! I’d put wheels on mason jars – you have to take your pickles with you! I’d also like to put them on mushrooms for fairy houses.

  45. Jo says:

    I would make an elephant to put on wheels.

  46. Diana Bittaker says:

    Love the little houses- I would love to try a variety of children’s fairy tale houses- little red riding hood, Hanzel and grettle, and Snow White!

  47. Sokat says:

    It is gypsy caravan on wheel time.

  48. fran says:

    So many great ideas already suggested; shadowbox, tins, teacups, birds, animals – I’m thinking about a birdhouse.

  49. jean marmo says:

    Another wonderful creation! Love the wheels! Not sure what else I would use them for!

  50. Melissa says:

    These goodies are all Sooo cute! I’d put wheels on an iPhone box and and dress it up to be a spring scene full of bees because my name means honeybee in Greek and spring will be here soon!!!

  51. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Doll heads, bisque doll heads. Maybe a whole caravan of them along with other doll parts. Something a bit Monty Pythonesque.

  52. Love; Love, this I love everything vintage, I could see a medicine shop, or antiques, love it !1
    melody Holland

  53. Samantha Stevens says:

    Easter is coming up, wheels on Easter eggs to make a cute Easter Bunny train would be a cute idea for the smaller children.

  54. Ginette says:

    A few of my Christmas houses would looked nice on wheels.

  55. Debra Gibson says:

    I would love to make a carriage with a fairy theme !! But I love this idea so this would be so much fun to make

  56. joan says:

    Anything to do with my fairy collection would be great on wheels.

  57. Jackie P Neal says:

    I would make a fabulous little May Day Parade of imps!
    Fabulous makes by Nichola and what a grand prize to win! Thanks for the chance!

  58. Nancy S says:

    I could turn absolutely anything into a carriage by adding wheels! The possibilities become endless…..And of course I would cover the spokes with vintage clip earring for that added bling!

  59. Ina M Good says:

    I would put them on my American doll trunk

  60. Maryellen says:

    Well so many options…how about a wheeled salt and pepper holder.

  61. Bobbie Kangas says:

    I would put the wheels on the Tim Holtz alarm clock. Time marches or rolls on! Thanks for the chance to win.

  62. LeAnn says:

    I would put the wheels on matchboxes and turn them into wagons. Then I would fill the wagons with fairies.

  63. Winnie says:

    So cute! Love the houses on wheels! Not sure what I would do but, I’d do something.

  64. Jenny says:

    oh my gosh these are precious… I think I would put wheels on small paper mache books and create a book scene on wheels or add the wheels to a paper theater perhaps with a mermaid and waves.. a sort of traveling beach scene..

  65. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would make a butterfly house on wheels.