Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana
As my Graphic 45 dt term wrapped up, I created this series of tags as a little memento for my fabulous fellow teamies. I wanted the tags to be a ‘set’ but I also wanted each one to be unique.

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

I began by covering ivory Artist Trading Tags with July Flourish from the Time to Flourish collection. Then I found a series of images depicting Marie Antoinette from the blog Magic Moonlight (

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

Using my stash of scraps and fussy cut bits and bobs, I began playing and layering elements. These ATCs use cut pieces from Time to Flourish, Botanical Tea, Home Sweet Home and Sweet Sentiments.

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

Finally, I added a nice chunky bow and just a smidge of glitter.

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

The Supply List:
July Flourish
Fussy cut flowers, leaves and butterflies from:
Various ribbon Charms

Marie Antoinette ATC Tags - Nichola Battilana

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Important Announcement: Fairy Tour 2015

This year I'm doing things a little differently for Pixie Hill's annual Fairy Tour. I'll be changing the sign out front and our little spot will become "Pixie Hill Fairy Sanctuary and Museum" for the duration of the summer.

All of the fairy specimens that I've been showing off will be on display.

And outside our resident wee folk will be setting up house once again.

They're already starting to slowly reveal themselves.

Hopefully they hurry so that all will be in place by July 4th, for our 'Opening Ceremony' celebrations.

Here's the what's what as it stands right now:

• Requests for fairy mail must be received no later than June 28th.
Email [email protected] with the name and age of the recipient.
Personalized fairy mail is $5 per letter.

Each letter is unique, and adorned with tiny stamps and sealed with wax.

• There will be a self guided scavenger hunt and other tasks/games to preform for 'awards'

• There is no charge to attend but a donation is appreciated.

• Cash or credit card payments are accepted for 'gift shop/studio' purchases
Interac is NOT available... though you could etransfer if in a pinch.

Monday, June 08, 2015

An Altered Trophy and Fond Farewell

My time with Graphic 45 has come to an end. It's been such great fun and I've enjoyed every minute of my two terms with them. Amazing products. Amazing people. Just an absolute pleasure all around. It's a sad but satisfying goodbye. I'll miss the camaraderie, the giant boxes of goodies, the assignments... but I've learned so much, made new friends, and have a boatload of nice memories. What more could a girl ask for?

The very last project I created for G45. My very favourite of all the altered awards I've created. She's just a bundle of magic and I am certain she will end up with someone very deserving.

Altered Trophy with G45 Staples - Nichola Battilana

I’ve always had a thing for awards. (Ribbons, sashes and crowns too.) Those things that symbolically represent being awesome. Maybe it’s because I didn’t play sports as a kid, that I never had a shelf full of trophies, that they appeal to me so much. 

Altered Trophy with G45 Staples - Nichola Battilana

When I saw the Tim Holtz trophy cups I knew I was going to change the fact that I did not have a trophy shelf. As luck would have it, I came across some trophy cups with the kids party favours in my local discount store. Score! 

Altered Trophy with G45 Staples - Nichola Battilana

Some wooden blocks and the additions of a fantastic Door Knocker, Antique Metal Door PullStamped Metal Brad, and those amazing Claw Feet…. and ta-da! I’ve cobbled together something pretty special.

Altered Trophy with G45 Staples - Nichola Battilana

Know someone who absolutely NEEDS this wee gal? She's listed HERE

Or you can have fun making your own version...
Supply List
I've got one or two additional Graphic 45 projects to show off over the next week or so, and you'll still see their products featured in my work. Can't wait to see what the new G45 team creates :)

Sunday, June 07, 2015

One Little Thing - Great Women

This weeks challenge is about recognizing and celebrating great women.

Think about a women (or women) that you admire and create one little thing in homage.

Girl power!

Friday, June 05, 2015

An Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-go-round

Being utterly nonsensical once in a while is good for the soul. 
So, I am pleased to present a completely ridiculous project this month. 

Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round - Nichola Battilana

I offer you a glittery 'Wishing-Go-Round'. This 15" slice of whimsy is created with Gina's Moon & Stars String Alongs, Celestial Shape SetSpool, a bit of scrapbook paper and a whole lot of glitter.

Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round - Nichola Battilana

I know some people aren't keen on glitter... but the stuff makes me positively giddy. It really adds a dash of magic to this piece.

Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round - Nichola Battilana

If you'd like to create your own twinkling thing-a-ma-bob I have a video tutorial for you HERE

If  you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to help.
I 100% encourage nonsense and whimsy after all :)

Utterly Nonsensical Wishing-Go-Round - Nichola Battilana

Supply List:

String Alongs - Moon & StarsCelestial Shape SetSpool LargeScrapbook Paper
White glue
Hot glue
Thin Fleur Dresden Borders - GoldStar Wired Garland
Celestial themed charms such as:
Man in the Moon - Raw Brass 

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Faerie Weaponry

Today I'll be exploring faerie weaponry. 

Faerie weapons are used for protection, to cause harm (in the case of malicious faeries like boggarts and goblins), for ceremony, and as tools. As with the other artifacts we have examined, they are made (mostly) of natural materials and difficult to uncover in the wild.

Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

1. Pixie Bow and Thorned Arrow: The Pixie Bow is a lightweight weapon used primarily for protection. The tiny thorn tipped projectile does not cause massive damage, its hit being likened to a bee sting.

Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

2. Feather Blow Dart with Sliver Points: Made from a hollowed feather shaft the blow dart is an excellent choice for faerie folk who wish to keep their distance and remain silent. Slivers of wood are often used as ammunition. Injury may not be immediately felt but may result in infection.

Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

3. Unknown Bone Staff: I readily admit that I am not absolutely certain of the origins of this object. It may, in fact, be a ceremonial artifact. That being said, it is quite possible (and rather more likely) that this claw tipped bone once belonged to a Dunter. This is a logical conclusion as the objects effectiveness as a weapon would being secondary to it's ability to intimidate.

Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

4. Faerie Pike and Pine Cone Shield: An unusual metal tipped specimen. Fair folk are usually reluctant to use steel, preferring shards of glass, stone or sharpened bone to tip their weapons. Whoever created this pike could not resist the allure of a discarded cutting blade. The shield, made from a pine cone has moss embedded between the 'cones'. The moss is likely included for it's healing properties, to pack any wounds incurred during a clash.

Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

5. Twiggy Slingshot with Dried Bean Shot: A very simple but effective weapon and tool. Commonly used to plant seeds by shooting them into the earth. A favourite weapon to protect against cats.

Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

6. Wishbone Slingshot: A stronger, larger version of the Twiggy Slingshot more likely to be used during a ruckus, rumble or rumpus than it's wooden counterpart.
Faerie Weaponry - Nichola Battilana

7. Wooden Tuck Sword: A simple point carved from wood with a woolen grip. A common accessory for many little people. It is especially useful for poking, prodding, pricking, piercing, and puncturing.

These artifacts will be on display at Pixie Hill throughout the summer. Open house dates can be found HERE

Note: Our first open house is this weekend, please be aware the garden/fairy tour is NOT yet set up. The tour will be revealed on July 4th. This Saturday is for studio snooping only.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Gina's Designs Birthday Hop Winner

Congratulations to the Winner of the Gina's Designs Birthday blog hop! JackieP Neal won the Steampunk Shape Set that I am giving away here on my blog. Congratulations!!! Please follow the steps below to claim your prize!

The Grand Prize winner has been announced over on the Gina's DesignsBlog which you can find here

1) Please email Gina at [email protected]

2) Place "Birthday Blog Hop Winner" in your email Subject line

3) Please state what blog you won on and the shape set you won

4) Please provide your mailing address

*****NOTE: Your email must be received by Friday June 5th at 5pm CST or a NEW Winner will be chosen****