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June 21, 2013

Fun With Fussy Cutting By Nichola Battilana


Hello G45ers,

It's Friday and the first day of summer! Lets celebrate this fabulous day with some breathtaking ideas that are sure to inspire you! Do you love fussy cutting? Isn't it wonderful to sit down with some gorgeous Graphic 45 paper and delicately cut out pretty designs and characters for your craft projects? Fussy cutting can be so relaxing and rewarding! We've got three gorgeous crafts to share with you today that highlight the beauty of fussy cutting! We will be introducing the amazing work of Nichola Battilana, one of our brand new 2013 Design Team members! You are going to love her work! Plus we have a new winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...

-Elizabeth Etheridge: "Great blog, great blog prize. Can't wait until Friday."

Congratulations, Elizabeth! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the wonderful Bohemian Bazaar prize that Elizabeth won today! We have a new blog contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog so stay tuned for more opportunities to win!

Graphic 45 prize contest winner Bohemian Bazaar


Before we get to today's crafts we wanted to wish a very Happy Birthday to Dustin Sims, the Graphic 45 Office Manager! Dustin keeps the Graphic 45 office running smoothly and efficiently. Some of you may have even met Dustin at CHA Winter in Anaheim! Dustin is such a valued member of our team and we hope his birthday is the best ever! Happy Birthday, Dustin!



We are so happy to introduce another stupendously talented papercrafter to the new Graphic 45 2013 Design Team, the amazing Nichola Battilana. She lives in beautiful Canada and her crafts are larger than life! She brings superb technique, boundless artistic vision and a great sense of humor to all of her creations. Her dazzling blog called Pixie Hill is an endless source of inspiration! Nichola definitely incorporates a lot of natural elements into her crafts. Flowers, butterflies and greenery are paramount elements in many of her crafts. This is what helps give her work such a fresh and joyful look! Fussy cutting is also a major part of Nichola's unique style. It adds wonderful depth and personality to everything she makes! We are so excited to welcome her to our brand new Design Team! Please join us in welcoming the amazing Nichola!


About Nichola:

I am a professional graphic designer and formally trained artist who is absolutely passionate about making stuff. Whether it’s upcycling, painting, mixed media, sculpture, assemblage, I jump in and create with positive, joyful abandon. My work is heavily influenced by make-believe, magic, folklore, faeries, nonsense and nature. My creative goal is to capture the little bits of magic I see in the world and convince other people to see them too. Setting imaginations alight and inspiring other makers are some of my most important achievements.


Nichola's Blog:




First up in today's joyful journey through Nichola's crafts is this incredible greenhouse featuring Bird Song and French Country. Fussy cutting definitely plays a major role in this clever work of art! Fairies, butterflies, mushrooms and flowers create a harmonious scene in this fabulous creation. This is the perfect creation for summertime! The vibrant colors and lavish setting make this greenhouse a craft classic! 


Greenhouse Bird Song French Country fussy cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45


Greenhouse Bird Song French Country fussy cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45

Greenhouse Bird Song French Country fussy cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45


Greenhouse Bird Song French Country fussy cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45


Greenhouse Bird Song French Country fussy cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45




French Country - Bonjour

French Country - Provance

French Country - Abundance

• On The Boardwalk - Bathing Beauties

• Kraft Reflections - Bits and Pieces

Bird Song - Joy Luck

• Botanicabella - Botanicabella

• Botanicabella - Garden Suite

• Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Butterfly Specifics3 CD Jewel Cases

Sheet Moss

Super Glue

Tacky Glue

Gold Dresden Trim


Dimentional Mushroom Stickers


Here we have another enchanting fussy cut creation by Nichola. This amazing paper tree sits on top of three stacked altered boxes. Bird Song and Olde Curiosity Shoppe take center stage in this delightful work of art. Just look at all of those gorgeous fussy cut butterflies! You can definitely see Nichola's affinity for nature in this amazing piece! It looks like that tree is growing right out of those brilliant altered boxes! This craft is a true celebration of life and creativity!


Paper Tree Fussy Cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45 Bird Song Olde Curiosity Shoppe


Paper Tree Fussy Cut Nichola Battilana Graphic 45 Bird Song Olde Curiosity Shoppe





Olde Curiostity Shop - Butterfly Specifics

Bird Song - Joy Luck

Bird Song - Cherry Blossom

Brown paper bags

Layer Cake Paper Mache Box Set

1/2” Dowling

Assorted Dresden Trims


Vintage Measuring Tape

Sheet and Reindeer Moss

Handmade toadstools

Handmade paper

Assorted Paper Flowers

                                                Vintage image of ladies in white and black

Next we have this enchanting French Country memory bundle book by Nichola. This is such a fun and whimsical creation that definitely has the classic Graphic 45 vintage-inspired look. Here is what Nichola had to say about this magnificent work of art!

"Inspired by the French Country Collection, I've created a bundle of memories. This particular collection stirs my imagination and turn my mind to clean crisp bed linens, table cloths and colourful curtains in a little French cottage. So, I thought to myself; "Imagine visiting a cottage in Provance and finding a bundle of memories tucked into an old dresser drawer! The bundle is tied together with a bit of matching blue ribbon, it is not bound. I wanted this piece to appear to gathered over time rather than formed. It is meant to be untied and explored. Spread out on a table the viewer can examine the contents of old photographs, French stamps, vintage postcards and even a love note. Each of the 'pages' is an ATC representing a different memory or experience. A beautiful night time adventure. An evening with friends. Special people met along the way... When finished, the viewer can collect all the bits, bundle it back up, and tuck it away for someone else to discover." -Nichola


Letter Book Memories Graphic 45 French Country Nichola Battilana






















French Country - Bonjour

French Country - Provance

French Country - Abundance

French Country - Rendezvous

• On The Boardwalk - Bathing Beauties

• Kraft Reflections - Bits and Pieces

• Botanicabella - Botanicabella

• Botanicabella - Garden Suite

• Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Butterfly Specifics


Vintage Photos/Postcards


Dresden Trims

Faux Flowers

Vintage paper scraps

Jute Twine


Fleur De Lis sticker

Nail head stickers


We want to thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today! We hope you had a lot of fun exploring the amazing work of Nichola! We are thrilled to have her on our new team! We hope her beautiful creations helped inspire you to do some fun weekend papercrafting! Big thanks to Nichola for all of her stunning work today. We hope all of you G45ers will all stop by and see us very soon for more marvelous ideas and fun from all of your friends at Graphic 45! We wish you all a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!


Your Pals in Paper,


Team Graphic 45


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Happy Birthday Dustin!! Wonderful projects!!

WOW!!! I am speachless, love the paper tree and butterflies. AMAZING!!!

I guess you could say "I'm late for the party", but I did make it here. These designs are truly amazing (and I don't use that word often). I've heard the name a lot but didn't go looking for the product...until now. I was actually looking in my area for a retired pattern for a mb member and fell in love when I found it. I bought several packs for myself and just stare at it. LOL I see I will get a lot of inspiration here. I will start small...with the tags.

Happy Birthday Dustin!! LOVING these projects! They are gorgeous!!

Happy Birthday to Dustin! Great projects today!


I LOVE Nichola's style -- it is soo unique and soo very artsy! The Design Team has been pretty blessed and spoiled to see Nichola's projects before anyone else. ;) The G45 community is in for a real treat!!

fabulous designs

Very cool projects.

Additional projects for inspiration and a chance to win a prize today. It can't get much better..

Wonderful projects! .. Happy Birthday Dustin .. and congratulations Elizabeth!

Wow!!! LOVE Nicola's aesthetic! Her projects are gorgeous - very "thinking outside the box."

TGIF and Happy Birthday Dustin!! Nichola's projects are very inspiring. With wonderful G45 products and an awesome artist, the sky's the limit!!!

AMAZING projects!

Nichola is truly a creative genius. What a joy and inspiration just looking at her creations.

Nichola you are the best!

The paper tree is amazing! What incredible pieces of art these all are! TFS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUSTIN! Have a great day!

I think Nichola has such a whimsical style. I adore her work.

Love the little bit of magic in your work!

Amazing! There are layers upon layers of fussy cut images! It must have taken Nichola so many hours!

Oh my, your projects are all truly amazing! I just love the way you do your fussy cutting!

Happy 1st day of summer! Happy Birthday Dustin. Nichola's work is wonderful and inspiring. The tree is amazing. What a wonderful team you have assembled G45!

Another designer to steal my hart-these creations are all outstanding.It's going to be a really good year!

Lovely projects. Makes me want to get out my scissors.

Just love your work Miss Nichola! You have more than a wee bit of magic up your sleeve! What a wonderful introduction. Cheers!


How fabulous! I have never seen projects like these. Thank you for sharing your Art!

I have been a fan of PixieHill for sometime. So excited for Nichola. Graphics45 is lucky to have her on their team.

Oh My Goodness, I am so glad I came to look even though very late....
These creations are really like nothing I have seen; can't get over the fussy cutting, clean lines, use of papers & imagination (look at that tree??). It must make such a difference being professional graphic designer & artist!!
Congrats to this weeks winner & happy birthday to Dustin :))

Happy Birthday, Dustin (you have the same name as my youngest Son, a great name). Welcome Nichola, your projects are amazing !!

Wow Thank you Graphic 45 for the great prize today. I'm so excited. Nichola's projects will be just the inspiration I need to make several exciting things from the Bohemia Memories package. I'll dream about that butterfly tree for a long time.

Thanks so much for the nice words and warm welcome :) I'm sooooo excited to be part of the Graphic 45 team.

Absolutely fantastic creations Nichola. Graphic 45 has the most detailed, colorful & beautiful papers. What a team!

Wonderful eclectic designs! Thank You

Fantswtic projects!! I love all of the little details and such imagination!! Happy Birthday Dustin!

Where are you finding these amazingly talented people? Gorgeous work!

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