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Fairies & Flowers

Filed under Bella Ayers, Easter Egg Shadowbox Kit, Fairy Garden, Flowers, Nichola Battilana, Tutorials
Update! A newer post about Nichola’s artwork is here.

Who says it’s too late for Easter artwork?! Actually, these fairy and gnome projects by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana
are so sweet and Spring-y that I don’t think you’d even notice there’s an Easter-egg-and-chocolate-bunny theme to the cut-out lids used in them.

Starting with the new 2 Inch Gnome that Nichola used at left (isn’t he adorable?) inside a Mini Shadowbox – 2×3, with a Mini Shadowbox Lid – Easter Egg (and a star and green paper). So cute, and quick to make.

Moving on to a trio of fairy-themed pieces (see the wide photo below)… I just love these! They are not as deep as the gnome shadowbox (Nichola used the flat Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes over chipboard, adding some foam to provide a bit of depth).

The main images of fairies are from the Pink Children’s Theatre Collage Sheet, from the February kit.

Sheet Moss and paper flowers and leaves are tucked into the edges.

And finally fussy cut paper butterflies from the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet are added! So cute!

Read more (and see more photos) in Nichola’s blog post. You can also see the full supply list. And don’t forget to scroll down in this newsletter for a close-up in the Giveaway!


Next up: We’re finishing up our series of Easter shadowboxes, with 2 by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)!

I picked out the shadowbox Mr. Chick Adeez Morning Walk in the photo at left:
A super-duper easy box to put together: cover box and lid with paper (or paint it if you’d rather), choose your background image. Before gluing it in, be sure to double check that when you look through the egg opening, you see the part of the image that you want to show through.

Bella used the same Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes as in Nichola’s fairies above, but used over a mini shadowbox instead of flat chipboard.

Read more (and see the other shadowbox, too) in Bella’s blog post. You can also see the supply list for the little box at left.

New Sale and New FREE Gift — All About Fairies!

Everything in the Fairies Collage Sheets section is on sale!

30 options, including the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet at right (also used in Nichola’s project above).
Go check it out!

And there’s a new Fairy Charm Mini Gift Kit!! You’ll receive ONE of the new Chipboard Fairy Door Charms (normally sold in sets of 2) AND a custom mini collage sheet (shown at left) with tiny fairies that could be used inside! Note: the images are 1″ x 1″ size, so could also work with 25mm diameter settings or cabs, too.

FREE with ALL orders, now through Monday night, April 9 (2018)!

Hooray for the Winged Fairy Giveaway!

I’m highlighting everything used in that lovely fairy at left, by Nichola. (And yes, everything I’m mentioning here is in today’s Giveaway.)

Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes – Set of 4
Pink Children’s Theatre Collage Sheet
English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet
Sheet Moss
Mini Rose Buds – Red Yellow Variegated (a substitute)
Gold & White Lace Clear Sticker Sheet
Romantique Symphony Scrapbook Paper (a substitute for the sheet music)
Chesterville Bretton Scrapbook Paper (a substitute for the mottly paper on the front)

Plus one of the Fairy Charm Mini Gift Kits! And a set of the new Small Felt Flowers – Multicolor!

To enter the Winged Fairy 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 Night, April 6, 2018).

AND tell me: What will you make with these goodies? There are lots of images of vintage children, fairies, mushrooms, butterflies in those collage sheets… and the “inchies” in the gift kit’s collage sheet… ? And you’d have 4 different shadowbox covers, so maybe another cut-out window shape?

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 Spring Flowers Kit Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Slowik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

NOTE: Last call for Carolyn Sullivan to reply re: her Giveaway prize! If you don’t reply to our emails, you won’t get your prize!

Posted by Leslie, April 5th, 2018

44 responses to “Fairies & Flowers”

  1. Tricia Patton says:

    I’d love to make a springtime fairy garden scene. It’s still snowing here, so I’m in need of artificial spring!

  2. Jennifer J says:

    I love this! So sweet

  3. Nancy O says:

    Nichola Battilana is truly Queen of the fairies and I love using her creations for inspiration.

  4. Rhonda Sihocky says:

    I have some really old gnomes like yours. I put them with my Christmas scene under my tree. So excited to see that I can get more! That little naked fairy is so cute.

  5. K Toews says:

    Now these are cute! I would make something darker, no doubt.

  6. Margaret D says:

    Love Nichola’s work! That little gnome is just right lol! The wings on the fairy that she used are gorgeous and I would be cutting that out immediately. But before I did anything I would be making that little fairy door into something wearable 🙂

  7. Ina Good says:

    I would make a fairy garden

  8. Nadine says:

    I’ve been collecting things for a fairy garden scene for quite awhile. This gives me some more ideas to get one done!

  9. Deb Cox says:

    I love fairies and Nichola Battilana’s work! I would make neat little shadowboxes for my granddaughter.

  10. Michelle G says:

    I love fairies!! I would love to make a shadow fairy box and include the fairy door charm and the felt flowers!

  11. Willow says:

    I would make a shadow box for the most special person in my life, my mom. My mom taught me about Faries when I was very young. She always made sure that I never lost my wonder in the world. If I have the opportunity to winthis collection I would be honored to make it for her…love you mom…

  12. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! These are all darling! I would make a fairy box for my sister!

  13. Rebecca R. says:

    I absolutely adore fairies! I would make a magical fairy and gnome garden! Thank you so much!!

  14. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Wonderful project! I would make a spring themed fairy garden shadow box. Hmmmm. So many directions to go with this project

  15. Barb macaskill says:

    Love this giveaway package! Fairies are my all time favorite along with butterflies! I love what Nichola has done with her Shadowboxes and would create something similar using a different color palette!
    I can’t understand why someone would enter a giveaway and then not bother checking to see if they won! If you pull my name for this awesome giveaway I will reply immediately! TFS!

  16. wilczek lori says:

    I would love to make a spring fairy garden shadow box. We have gotten so much snow lately I am in need of spring.

  17. Anne W says:

    Nichola’s work is so inspirational. I would love to make some odes to Spring. Absolutely magical!

  18. Kee Ostler says:

    What a fabulous way to jump into spring :-)! I think it would be magical to do something with the fairies and mushrooms yes. Also that many fairy door is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  19. Starqueen says:

    Oh, yes…I’m feeling the Fairy love! My fairy garden is in need of a spring makeover, so I’d love to have these Goodies as part of the renovation! Happy Spring to all! (It’s coming…🌷)

  20. Debra Young says:

    Nice shadowboxes At least it’s spring in my craft room,if not outdoors. The tiny fairy door charm is adorable.

  21. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats Carol! Wow! Love all the shadow boxes! Love the little fairy door charms. I too have been gathering fairy garden items and have some ideas brewing. Thanks.

  22. Laural says:

    How about a display of Grimms Fairy Tales

  23. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the mushrooms and butterflies! I especially like the mini fairy door charms – what fun!!!

  24. Karen Mallory says:

    I would make some fairy boxes and books for my granddaughter. She loves fairies!

  25. Traci says:

    Love Nichola’s boxes. They are so pretty and great for Spring decor.

  26. Susan Nelson says:

    So cute! I would love to use these to make some spring ornaments to place around the house.

  27. LeAnn says:

    Some fairy decor would be fun to make.

  28. Nancy E says:

    I would want to create a fairy door that could perhaps be worn around the neck!

  29. Marcia kaiser says:

    Fairys are my favorite little friends! I am addicted to those
    Little winged creatures! My Granddaughter & I will make little
    Fairy boxes for Mother’s Day! We do all our scrapbooking
    Together! We have so much fun! Victory is 9 years old
    And loves fairy’s as much as I do!

  30. Judy Goodwin says:

    The mini shadow boxes are great. I would use them to make fairy ornaments for my Christmas tree (or my fairy tree).

  31. Kim R says:

    I love the English Flower Fairys! I would make them a special garden

  32. Ann F. says:

    I would love to make a fairy garden scene.

  33. Angela C says:

    I love fairies! I would make this box for my daughter. Just beautiful.

  34. Gabrielle L Schmidt says:

    Fairies, fairies, and more fairies, oh my!! Then you add butterflies…..I’m so excited!! I love both, won’t be able to control myself! Lots of sparkle and glitter and fun!

  35. Jo says:

    Love the shadow boxes! I would make a butterfly triptych!

  36. Mergurl says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything Nicola does. She is a human-sized pixie and I think Alpha stamps is her home!

  37. Gay says:

    These are so pretty. I love fairies and I love miniatures.
    I would love to build a fairy village for my granddaughter., then we will both love it together!

  38. Janet Turner says:

    I lov the boxes. I’ve been making a lot of things with a fairy theme using your grat collage sheets. A fairy or gnome box would be so fun to make.

  39. Carla says:

    Love these fairies and the gnome! And the boxes too!

  40. Nan N. says:

    So many cute things for spring projects!

  41. Laura callies says:

    I love all things fairies and gnomes with a dark twist, so many ideas to chose from!

  42. Elizabeth H. says:

    So cute!! I would make a fairy garden box.

  43. Janet M. says:

    I love these gorgeous shadowboxes and would love to make one. Plus, some magnets out of the inchies would be fun. Thanks!

  44. Mary Mac says:

    Would love to make the Mr Chick window box so cute for spring.