A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Nichola Battilana
We have been so honored to have the incredible, imaginative Nichola Battilana on our team! Her incredible projects are one-of-a-kind, and we are going to miss her incomparable point of view on our team. Her unique talent makes this day on the blog extremely bittersweet! Nichola always brought whimsy, her eternal belief in fairies, and a sense of humor to her projects. Because Nichola believed in magic, magic would flow into every one of her projects. What comforts us is knowing you can always find her work at Pixie Hill Studio. We have been so grateful to have her artistry on the Design Team. Today, we will share never before seen projects, and a few of the many highlights of her time on our team.
"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. When I saw the Tim Holtz trophies 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! Some wooden blocks and the additions of a fantastic Door Knocker, Antique Metal Door Pull, Stamped Metal Brad, and those amazing Claw Feet…. and ta-da! I’ve cobbled together something pretty special." ~Nichola
Antique Metal Door Pulls
Stamped Metal Brads
Once Upon a Springtime Deluxe Collector's Edition
Small plastic trophy cups
Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars
Small brass wings
Petaloo Bontanica Petites
Just Wings Collage Sheet Transparency
Next she took a mere shell of a clock and turned it into a botanical masterpiece using Botanical Tea! Love what she has to say about this project:
"I have a thing with clocks…. even broken ones… apparently even ones that are just a bare shell. I spied a big wooden clock base at a thrift shop and picked it up for just a couple of dollars. Took it home, scrubbed, painted, and sanded that sucker for a bit of distressing and then embellished it with papers from Botanical Tea and Times Nouveau (which work beautifully together!). There’s no clock face, no numbers, but I don’t think that matters much. I love this piece and it hangs proudly in my living singing ‘tick, tick, tick’." ~Nichola
One of our many favorite things about Nichola is how generous she is with sharing amazing crafting tips! This is one of our favorite tips from Nichola - her video about fussy cutting! We have shared this one a lot because we love it so much, but if it's your first time coming across this video, make sure to give it a watch. Nichola makes fussy cutting a lot less intimidating, and a lot more fun with her tips in this video!
There are so many highlights to share from Nichola's time on the Team, but here are just a few that jumped out to us. We love this Couture caravan she created using G45 Staples and more! Isn't this just the most fabulous?
Nichola's 3D projects were always complete works of art. Nichola used Bird Song and butterflies from Olde Curiosity Shoppe to make this amazing design!
Nichola made this gorgeous piece using French Country and Petaloo flowers. What a perfect piece of Fall decor!
This is a gorgeous Time to Flourish calendar that Nichola made with a fabulous tutorial earlier this year. Make one yourself with her great Snapguide below!
This is a fantasticly detailed Typography printer's tray Nichola created. We love how she uses her fabulous found items in her projects to make such memorable pieces.
So many of us G45ers adore Harry Potter. Well, Nichola created one of our favorite projects with various collections - cards to represent the Hogwarts houses! Aren't these just magnificent? Perfect for all of us Potterheads.
These present toppers are just perfect for the holidays. We love this great holiday idea to spruce up your gifts!
This was a favorite project of Nichola's - her Typography postal box! It opens to reveal one of Nichola's classic miniature scenes. She was a master creator of miniatures and whimsical scenes on the tiniest scale. What a favorite!
You can always use a gift box and card! Nichola made hers with Raining Cats & Dogs, and she shares the templates to make your own below. So amazing!
We just love this By the Sea shadowbox from Nichola. Don't you love how she put this on wheels? The metal touches are just perfection.
Nichola, thank you for sharing your love for creating with us the last 2 years. Your projects are always memorable, beautiful, and full of wit and whimsy. We know you will keep creating absolutely fabulous things with Pixie Hill Studio and your artistry will continue to bring joy to so many. Thanks for sharing your crafting wisdom with us through the years, and letting us into your creative world. It has truly been an honor. All of our gratitude and best wishes!
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Thank you for joining us today, G45ers. These fond farewells are so bittersweet, but such wonderful celebrations of these Designers we just adore. Thank you so much, Nichola. Have a wonderful Sunday!
The G45 Family
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