Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Tiny Tarot Box

First and foremost... 

Ok, so, one of the most popular items in my etsy shop are these Tiny Tarot decks. They're the cutest.

They come in a clear cello bag that makes shipping them a dream because they can be popped in an envelope and shipped via lettermail. BUT... I've often been asked about boxes for the little things, whether for gift-giving or just for safe keeping. 

I've FINALLY gotten off my duff, sorted my scatterbrain, and put together a template for a perfectly sized box for those Tiny Tarot decks. Just look how snug they are!

While I don't think I'll be offering the boxes for sale, you are absolutely welcome to make your own wee box for free!

If you're using Cricut, use this SVG FILE.
OR in Cricut's Design Space you can look me up (Pixie Hill) or search for Pixie Hill Tiny Tarot Deck Box and you should find the project file for the box.

Silhouette users can use this Studio3 FILE
I'm brand new to Silhouette so I hope that the file works for you. Remember to assign "score" to the yellow lines when you send your file.

Here is a PNG Sticker Image that makes a nice finishing touch to the top of your box. If you don't have sticker paper, don't worry. Just print and cut on printer paper and use a glue stick to adhere it to the top of your box. There are three various tarot cards on the graphic to chose from.

A few tips/notes:

• Download the image, then print. When a graphic is printed directly from a browser it is often a low res preview that you are printing and not the best quality image.

• Your score lines might need to be adjusted ever so slightly depending on the thickness of your cardstock. Do a trial run to make sure everything is scoring/folding nicely.

• Print at 100% You may get an error message about print size if you're using the Basic Template Graphic above, but don't worry, I've taken the margins into account and the printed file should have no issues.

• WHAT?!?! You don't have a Tiny Tarot deck for your little box? Pop over to my etsy shop and use code "TINYTAROTTEN" for 10% off any Tiny Tarot purchase.

P.S. For reals, I hope you're doing well xoxo

Friday, March 25, 2022

Fast and Fancy Fairy Earrings

Hey ho! Guess who actually made something today? ME! 

I've been messing around with resin and made a bunch of cabochons. They weren't perfect, containing plenty of bubbles, but I thought they were pretty nonetheless. Plus they fit perfectly into some brassy frame bezels in my stash.

I cut out some Fae Wings, poked a little hole in them and attached them with brass jump rings. A tiny Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Adornments Key was the final little touch.

I affixed earring posts to the back of the brass frames and voila!

They are imperfect but delightful.

Hope you're well, my lovely friends.


Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Art Walk Alchemy 2022 Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Art Walk Giveaway, I wish I could give you all a place! Alas, I can only give one spot. Congrats Kandy Carma! I hope you have so much creative fun this year!

If you'd like to join the fun, you can sign up for a fun-filled year of creativity HERE.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Art Walk Alchemy Giveaway 2022

Even though the winter holiday is almost over, I have one gift left to give! I am giving away one seat to Art Walk Alchemy 2022.

Art Walk Alchemy is a year full of great art workshopping with international instructors. Come join me! To enter, EMAIL YOUR ANSWER to the question below no later than January 4th at midnight. My email address is: [email protected]

I’ll draw the winner on the 5th and post it here.
The question: What is the animal totem for Mystic Spring Studios? Find the answer by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/3Jw3rcF

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween with Bonus Pocket Cryptid Content

How long has it been since I shared a tutorial or download? For-flipping-ever, that's how long!

I wanted to make a little something for Halloween and came up with these little cryptid matchboxes.

I kinda love them. I hope you do too because I've got everything you'll need to make your own!

The worksheet! You'll need to download the full-size image, not the smaller preview. Print this on cardstock rather than regular printer paper for best results.

If you have a Cricut HERE is the project link which has both the print-and-cut image file and match-box cut and score file. (Note: You CAN fit four match-boxes on one 12" sheet. That project file can be found HERE.)

NOTE: If, for some reason the project files are refusing to link (shakes fist angrily), just search for "Nichola Battilana" on the Cricut Workspace, click on my profile, and you should find them. FOR WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT, CRICUT??!!!

Once you've got your file of choice sorted, pop over to the youtube tutorial for how to put all that stuff together to make your own little pocket cryptids.


That's it spooky friends. Now go make something creepy and make me proud!

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Miniature Candle Eye Candy


How are you? You doing ok? Holding up? I've missed you!

Yeah, I know. I've been absent. Don't worry, I've been ok. Just haven't felt much like making or interacting with the world very much. Know what I mean?

However, the past couple of weeks I've been smacked upside the head with the productivity fairy (totally real thing) and have been making a literal shit ton of miniature spell and saintly candles.

I spent wayyyy too long designing packaging for these but it felt pretty darn good to put my Cricut to use and I totally think the time/effort was worth it.

The saintly candles have coordinating laminated prayer cards. How flipping cute, right?!

I've also made a whack of spell candles.

Instead of prayer cards they'll come with tiny magical books. They don't open, which is sort of a bummer, but I figured for a nice little added bonus they're just fine.

There's something seriously satisfying about seeing the a whole bunch of these all gathered up together.

There are sets of 9 Saint and 9 Spell candles listed on etsy right now. They're really, really flipping cool. if I do say so myself. The individual candles will be listed next week after I give my eyes a break... and holy cow, do they need the rest.

Take good care of yourself, you lovely weirdo.

P.S. I'm going to try really hard to get you a project and tutorial for Halloween. It's been far too long. xo

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Palmistry Hand

I've been an instructor with Mystic Spring Studio's, Art Walk Alchemy, for a couple of years now (and will again in 2022! Yay!). If you're unfamiliar, it's a pretty sweet deal: 24 in-depth projects offered over the course of a year. There's always such a great array of projects. The latest to be released is an amazing palmistry/altered hand-model project, taught by Zera Derrig. I did the class and I'm so happy with my results.

I mean come on... how cool??!!!

As soon as I saw this project I kind of wanted to make 100's of palmisty hands, but I restrained myself (shock of shocks) and only bought a pair to paint. This is the first one I finished and I can't wait to add it to my collection of palmistry hands and phrenology heads.

Note: I bought the unfinished hands from amazon, but the specific listing I purchased is currently sold out.

If you'd like to join in this years fun you can follow THIS LINK to sign up. You'll have access to all of the projects already released this year and all of those yet to come.

Or you could just BASK IN THE GLORY OF MY SUPER COOL HAND!!!!!!!

Hope you're well and taking good care of yourself. Please be kind to you. Have an extra cookie if you want.