Monday, November 10, 2014

Paper Poppies

Have you seen the stunning display of poppies at the Tower of London? It's brilliant. The display features 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one representing a British military fatality during the war. Absolutely astounding.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Canada. I wanted to reflect on the occasion in my own small way, and so I created these two ATC sized tags. The small poppies were created using pieces from Sizzix 658866. The large poppy was made by modifying pieces from  Sizzix poinsettia dies 658865.  

I've used public domain images from the World War II Database which is a great resource and often includes specific details about the image provided. The photograph used above depicts Canadian troops overlooking the main highway in Iceland, 10 Feb 1941.

The solider depicted here is from the Edmonton Regiment.

I'm planning on abandoning these at the local Legion next time I visit.

Lest we forget.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

An altered canvas

Altered canvas by Nichola Battilana for Tresors de Luxe

I created this piece on an inexpensive 8" x 10" stretched canvas. Using paper fromAuthentique's "Faith" collection I covered the canvas and began layering lace from Tresors de Luxe.

Altered canvas by Nichola Battilana for Tresors de Luxe detail

A few bits of die cut paper and chipboard were added for interest and balance and then a wash of white acrylic paint was applied.

Altered canvas by Nichola Battilana for Tresors de Luxe detail

 Once the base was dry coordinating flowers from Petaloo's Darjeeling collection were added.

Altered canvas by Nichola Battilana for Tresors de Luxe

Finally, vintage buttons and a copy of a vintage photo in my collection finish off the piece.

Supply list: 
Ivory Lace Trim GL194
Set of Ivory Beaded Lace Appliques AP055
Lace Trim Venice Lace LA102
Other Guipure and Venice Laces from Tresors de Luxe
Vintage image
Vintage buttons
White acrylic paint
Paper from Authentique's "Faith" collection
Paper flowers from Petaloo's Darjeeling collection
Chipboard flourishes from Gina's Design

Friday, November 07, 2014

Crowns for no reason at all

I've been making for design teams, making for swaps, making for the holidays and not doing very much making for me. I've really got to cut that out, because making for me, for the sake that something popped in my head and I like playing with paper and paint, well, that's a big part of the joy of creating.

So I snapped myself out of it and took just a snippet of time to make some paper crowns. Crowns ALWAYS make me feel better. Here are my 'for no reason at all' paper crowns.

To create the crowns I used Double Dot Vintage papers in various colours. I really like this paper. It has a lovely, sort of sort cotton feel.

I used the A Gilded Life - Petite Monarch Crown Long Die to cut out the shape for the crown. For an adult sized crown, I joined three crown segements together. The negative space left by the die was used for the middle pattern/portion of the crown.

Glitter and flower were added as a final touch. The above crown has a White Chiffon Flower from Tresors de Luxe. Below I've used flowers from Petaloo's Botanica collection. I especially like these Botanica Blooms.

Supply list:

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Raining Cats and Dogs Gift Set with Graphic 45

Graphic 45 is kicking off a series of Gift Bag and Card Tutorials over the next week. You should defo check follow along on their blog or with the #G45GiftHowTos on social media. 

Here's my contribution to the fun, a little gift set created with Raining Cats & Dogs.

 Although the bag is cute as a button, it turned out nothing like what I had planned. Sometimes when things aren’t going as planned it’s best to just see where your project takes you :)


The card is small and simple but the flower adds enough dimension to make a standard flat envelope a pain. So I thought ‘why not make a special chunky envelope to go with my chunky card?’ and the problem is solved! Graphic45_NBattilana_RainingCatsandDogs_gift_set_1of5


Want to make your own? Here's how

The bag...

And here's the card and envelope...

Supply List

A Lace Scarf for Tresors de Luxe

Truthfully, I didn't realize I loved lace until I joined the Tresors de Luxe design team. 
Now I want to wrap myself in it!
And I will! I've made myself a scarf of that gorgeous stuff!
I started with a length of satin, and then applied all sorts of lace of various lengths and widths in layers. I've used a Raspberry Rose Shabby Chic Flower to join the ends. The flower already has a clasp so you could easily replace with another colour for coordination.

I've used LOADS of different Tresors de Luxe lace here so I won't list every one and just suggest that you check out their selection of Guipure and Venice Laces

Lace Fabric Trim, White GL-008 Lace Trim in Ivory LA-017
White Venice Lace LA-078
Ivory Lace Trim LA-003

Friday, October 31, 2014

A mini cigar box bed for Alpha Stamps

I am smitten.


It's a new month and the kit theme over at Alpha Stamps is 'Cigar Boxes'.
Everything is absolutely lush!


The Tiny Cigar Boxes* are darling, just the right size to fit in your hand, and the papers are delish. And that super thin, striped washi tape? Adorable!

I did debate on including a sort of sentimental treasure inside. I thought of filling it with trinkets and charms... but instead placed a small mattress, sheets and tiny pillow. Someone gifted me a lovely little faerie bed in a box last year and I've been wanting to create one ever since.

I think this one may be 'abandoned', with a tiny stack of bedtime stories and a note, perhaps in a library snuggled between the stacks of books :)

Want to create your own? Excellent! Here's the list of bits and bobs you'll need.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Goblin Party for Alpha Stamps

There has been a goblin extravaganza over at Alpha Stamps this month. I was excited by this month's theme as I have been wanting to do a project inspired by the poem "The Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti.

I ended up creating a feast rather than a market... but here it is...

I know... it's busy... but hang in there with me...

The piece is loaded with lovely little details... like these tiny little fairy house charms that sit atop the  Black and White Chevron Striped 'pillars' that mark the entry to the feast.

And cheeky goblins lurking here and there.

A tables packed with finery and ready for feasting! Look at that Miniature Silverware Set! The table itself is made from wide tongue depressors and twigs. Speaking of twigs....

Look at those goblins bandying about!

This piece was soooo much fun to create. If you'd like to make your own little goblin or faerie feast, (or just see something that caught your eye and you immediately need to have!) here's a list of the goodies I used from my friends at Alpha Stamps...

Pewter Dollhouse Tea Service 
Pewter Dollhouse Dishes 
Holly Berry Garland* 
Embossed Paper Elm Leaves* 
Mushrooms - Cream Mushrooms - Pink 
Red Glittered Holly Berries* 
Purple Iris Paper Flowers* 
White Roses with Heart Shaped Petals 
Mini Bird Eggs 
Miniature Glass Domes 
Miniature Silverware Set 
Miniature Table & Chairs Set
Medium Gold Filigree Bead Caps 
Amber Even Tinier Bottles*
12 Tiny Glass Bottles 
Miniature Tea Kettle Charm* Silver Pinecone Charms
Silver Cup Box Feet
Antique Bronze 3D Gnome House Charms 
Brimstone Bulletin Scrapbook Paper
Double Dot Chevron Scrapbook Paper - Charcoal
Sheet Moss (I used a different moss, but this would work very well)