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    Artwork by Nichola Battilana, Free Gift & Garden Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Dapper Gents Kit, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

    A NEW SALE: Inspired by a couple new garden miniatures — and just because it should be getting on Spring already: ALL Fairy Garden Miniatures are 25% off! Over 100 items! And that sale includes the 2 new items, like the Wrought Iron Patio Table shown at left! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 10th at midnight PST (April 10, 2017). See below for a few highlights or go check ‘em out now!

    Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night: Mini Button Cards FREE Gift Collage Sheet! In honor of Shannon Cooper's fabulously detailed Mini Quilter's Nook I created this mini set of vintage button cards.

    ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, April 6th through 10th (2017) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE!
    More info

     
    Also continuing from Thursday: It’s been ages since this section was on sale (!): ALL Vintage Sewing & Cooking Collage Sheets are 50% off! Over 40 sheets plus some of those ladies would be a great combo with the men in this month’s kit! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 10th at midnight PST (April 10, 2017). View them all!

    Yes, all three of these promos end tomorrow night.

     
    Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made some fun, embellished ATCs with images and papers from the Dapper Gents Kit (plus some extras… more info below).

    I like the dimensional additions (pearls, ribbons, buttons — and sticky foam tape to give the captions a little shadow). Plus the non-dimensional ones, like washi tape and Dresden borders.

    I really didn’t fancy at all with these guys. Just Men Collage Sheet and Satisfying Text Collage Sheet images, paper from the Dapper Paper Pad, and mounted on a Chipboard ATC base.

    Any other additions are just tiny scraps of dresden, washi tape and other little bobs.

    They’re really just very cute and super fast crafty something. Nothing too fussy going on here and they’re swell nonetheless.

    I’ve used these same collage sheets for some rather saucy versions which can be found HERE if you’re not faint of heart.

    I’m going to chime in here: the X-rated ones are great! But you are warned!

    More photos of Nichola’s PG-rated ATCs (the ones shown here) are on her blog post.

    Nichola also made a beautiful silk-covered version (oooh… fancy!) of the Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size as a Dirty Little Secrets Box (see that really wide photo below). More photos of it on this blog post.


     



    Hooray for the April Showers Giveaway!

    April showers?! I think we’ve gone back to Winter ’cause it has been storming here!

    So I’ve picked out a mix of things (from Nichola’s supplies or from the new items, or the Fairy Garden Miniatures Sale) that will let you make art with a Spring or Summer feel.

    Let’s start with Dapper Gents Kit! That includes 2 new collage sheets, 10 sheets of paper, and chipboard shapes!

    Next, a Fancy Bronze Metal Drawer Pulls – Large (I think that is the pull on the spine of Nichola’s silk-covered box).

    New Sexy Vintage Men Collage Sheet. Nice! More retro men… and some backyard barbeques.

    How about a Rusted Wheelbarrow? That would look grand with some tiny potted plants sitting in it.

    AND finally: a 3 Inch Garden Gnome… Those certainly say “Fairy Garden”! (Plus, a set of Mini Gardening Hand Tools… photo above.)

    To enter the April Showers 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, April 10, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What plans do you have for the goodies in this Giveaway package?

    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 Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won The Mini Quilter’s Nook Giveaway from last Thursday’s newsletter? That would be LizD! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    Posted by Leslie, April 9th, 2017


    35 Responses to “Artwork by Nichola Battilana, Free Gift & Garden Sale!”

    1. Barb macaskill Says:

      What a handsome prize package! I can se a hidden book box project with the cute gnomes and dapper papers! TFS!

    2. Verna Says:

      Thanks for the giveaway! I see gnome tending a garden of handsome men! What fun!

    3. Phoebe Diamond Says:

      Oh, I have a friend who has strong feelings about garden gnomes. I think a set of small boxes for her with an Easter / springtime theme is in order.

    4. Peggy Dolan Says:

      Love the box Nichols made! I am definitely making some of those cards! And I think I see a Honey Do kind of shadow box with rusty wheelbarrow and assorted garden tools. Do you have a BBQ grill in miniatures??? I have to go look!

    5. Barb J Says:

      I just love all of these things. ephemra is my cup of tea. I would like to use some of the items to create a fairy garden.

    6. Jo Says:

      love the dapper gents – they would make great father’s day cards!

    7. Nancy Olsen Says:

      I see a sneaky gnome pushing a wheelbarrow full of beer away from a backyard bbq.

    8. Emily N. Says:

      I would make a miniature garden.

    9. Nadine Says:

      Oh, I really want to make a little fairy garden!

    10. Birgit Says:

      Oh, these men will surely bring me back to creating ATCs. :) And the sweet garden items and dwarfs would look lovely in a 3D frame from IKEA.

    11. Sara H. Says:

      I’d like to make an altered tin with the garden stuff! I think it could
      Be super cute.

    12. Lou Anne Says:

      I’d use the little garden goodies to make a fairy garden and the dapper gents might be fun to use with an Altoids tin

    13. Kat Cashwell Says:

      Love that table! I would make a spot for tea !

    14. Kathlene Ford-Walters Says:

      Definitely a garden, spotlighting the gnomes. What fun.

    15. Marilyn B Hughes Says:

      Man cave!

    16. Karen Mallory Says:

      I would love to make a father’s day gift for hubby! Some fun men’s stuff!

    17. Carolyn Bowlby Says:

      Oh, that hidden book. I am speechless.

    18. Mary Mac Says:

      Just love the little gnomes ad would love to work on a small fairy garden with them.

    19. Laural Says:

      I’m working on a gnome garden would love to win these!

    20. Francine perri Says:

      Oh I love these I love the box I would love to make one like that. Thanks

    21. Nancy E Says:

      I love the hidden book. So many possibilities!

    22. Jean marmo Says:

      Such fun items in the giveaway. Loving the hidden book.

    23. Denise Bryant Says:

      I have a garden window with a few fairy garden pieces that I’d love to add to!

    24. cg Says:

      I have a large pear shaped glass globe that is waiting to be filled…I think I just found what to fill it with here! Love it!

    25. Diane Petersmarck Says:

      We recently cut down a huge old tree in our courtyard and I’m going to build a fairy house and garden in it. This prize package would make everything more wonderful!

    26. ruth Miller Says:

      My almost two grand daughter has begun to talk to the two little rabbits living in my newly developing garden…(ceramic ones, of course) and I would like to develop a few fairy friends (gnomes and the like) to play there too!

    27. Terri Burton Says:

      Such a lovely group of goodies!!! Love the new gold paper!

    28. Wilhelmina Margalis Says:

      My dollhouse conservatory could use some tools and a wheelbarrow…the gardener has been looking everywhere for just these! And maybe a father’s day card for the another father!

    29. Karen Wood Says:

      My fairly loves to garden and would love to have these garden side.

    30. Rhonda Sihocky Says:

      I have been planning a fairy garden for awhile now. collecting pieces here and there. This could be the year I make if I win.

    31. Michelle Says:

      I would love to start a container fairy garden and these would be terrific to add.

    32. K Toews Says:

      I would create a ‘what’s buried in the backyard’ scene.

    33. Margot Says:

      I may have to build/find a doll house. I love miniatures. I’ve been trying to resist buying everything. Maybe winning some, would be the way to go!!

    34. Carla Says:

      Love the fairy garden pieces!

    35. Carol Slowik Says:

      Lots of fun to work with! No ideas just yet though.