Tuesday 26 March 2024

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Nicci Battilana {March 2024}

A note from Leandra:
Nicci brings us some wonderful new products for her final release with PaperArtsy. Glitzy Galz, Kitties, fish bones, paw prints and text are all going t be so much fun to create with, Nicci is here to share her vibrant journal pages with you all one last time.

Nicci has decided to spread her wings and move away from team PaperArtsy to pursue her own vision for her unique creative style. As a long time crafter, creator and author, she has so much to offer as she continues her journey and product development online for you all. We are so pleased to have been part of her journey thus far - and I just know she will still be floating in and around all of our crafty circle of friends, so of course she will continue to contribute to your crafty adventures too!

As you are aware, Nicci's super-power lies in hand-drawing, painting and vibrantly colouring anything from journal pages to textiles. We are so excited to see what lies ahead for Nicci and her sparkling girls. She absolutely will continue to flourish as a designer in her quirky, colourful, carefree design style.

In today's post Nicci will be sharing her ideas with these new stamps, plus we will take a look back at her releases from her time with us.
Both Leandra and Nicci will be along to share with you LIVE these new products and take a look back at Niccis products she has brought to us over the last couple of years. We'll be over in our Facebook Group, 'PaperArtsy People' shortly after this post publishes, and ... don't forget
The new stamps are available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists. Please check the list at the foot of this post to find a retailer online or geographically near you, it makes sense to order within your country where possible. Our retailers also endeavour to join the designer's live to share their direct shopping links - this makes it super easy for you to find a store with product in stock immediately.

Hi everyone, Nicci Battilana here. This is my 8th release with PaperArtsy, and my last ….for now, who knows what the future holds? lol 😆 

I have learned a lot on this adventure with you all and therefore I am looking forward to spreading my creative wings even further. More details on that to be announced later today in our LIVE video release on Facebook, at the end of this post, as well as over on my personal blog at www.nicci.ca 
But first, Let me introduce you to the newest member of the crew ...my story telling Glitzy Gal Emojis and their ever loving fur-baby cat companions!

My idea behind these designs was to make them extremely versatile in how you can create with them. 
  • Use them individually in your planners, scrapbooks and diaries to write about your day/experiences. 
  • Adorn your cards: birthday 🎂, Thinking of you, friendship, etc.
  • Create tip ins and pop ups in your journals.
  • Stamp them on transparency film or tissue and other substrates to create layers in your paper crafts.
  • Experiment with your colour palette 🎨 and turn them all in to Alice and the Cheshire Cat 💙! (lol ….. you know that I will be doing exactly that at some point 😂)
  • Stamp them on fabric to create embroidery patches!
  • The list just keeps on going…..

Red Rubber Stamps (A5 set)
Price: RRP €23.00 +VAT    
Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam, with a laminated storage/index sheet.

Nicci Battilana - A5 stamp set 22 {ENB22}

Cats are such curious and mischievous creatures, which makes them fun to add into our work. As I type this, I begin to wonder…. maybe I was a cat in a previous life (if we have those). I have always been quiet, observant and stubborn 🤣. I tend to strive for what I would like to do (or how to look) especially when people tell me that I should conform.
This must be what pulls me towards drawing cats and, my other favourite, rabbits.

This year I have been pre-painting and decorating my art journal pages with space to actually journal in. My past art journals do not have much writing in them. They mostly consist of art.
I like the idea of our journals and creative process going through a metamorphosis just like a caterpillar 🐛 to a butterfly 🦋 . 
Every so often we all need to spread our wings and try something new, don’t we?

Here we see our curious kitty, wondering what I am about to write on this journal page. They look a little shocked, but are reminding me with stamped and stencilled text, that I am loved and free to write from my heart ♥️.

As you can see from these 3 photos (and others in this post) I tied in some of my past PaperArtsy releases for visual and tactile textures and in a way … storytelling. 
This whole page spread makes me think of a lost treasure on a tropical island 🏝️. The bright colours remind me of the flowers 🌺 and foliage. The cat & flamingo (ENB17) of the fabulous wildlife. The crossbones wax seal (ENB19) of a pirate map. The red and white stripes of a flag. X marks the spot! (PS380), follow the paw prints.

Nicci Battilana - A5 stamp set 23 {ENB23}

This stamp set seems like the best set to ‘exit stage left’ with. I am giving you all a piece of me. Drawing girls, has been my trade mark since I was a young teenager. They heal me. Sometimes they speak for me. My best form of expression has always been visual, be it in how I look or what I draw/paint.

These girls, my ‘Glitzy Galz’ are a gift to you. Adapt them to you, to tell your own story. Stamp them lightly to change their eyes, hairstyle and even their clothes. By doing this, you can create your very own emojis or even new characters to fill your journals/scrapbooks and adorn your cards. 
Imagine using these stamps to showcase your friends on an outing together.
  *Don’t forget, that you can easily adapt them to the stamp sets featuring my 4 articulated dolls! (ENB7, ENB08, ENB09, ENB19. Heck, even with ENB14, The Winged Victory of Samothrace).

You may have also noticed that I added a row of 5 little stars ⭐️. These can be used as bullets, extended to use as framework, or just as an anchoring image underneath one of your girls.

Perfectly Imperfect” this page embraces where I am right now. 
As a PaperArtsy Designer, I lost myself a bit. I was personally creating way less than I had in the past. I felt like everything that I was to create and possibly post on social media needed to be PERFECT, must be perfect & must showcase my PaperArtsy products in the best light possible.  
By realizing this and deciding to step away from PaperArtsy back in January…. I have started to find myself artistically again and I feel so much better. I have learned a lot about the industry and even more about myself in working with them.
I now know that I am not perfect. None of us are. I am perfectly imperfect. ☺️

With my quirky ‘tongue in cheek’ image, I embrace a collage of my latest and past PaperArtsy designs.
We began with a cute cat and a funky dead fish (ENB01), we explored baroque, punk, & the holidays, designed some fabulous art supplies, had a few drinks and brought in a few more cute cats and a dead fish to round it out 😂🤣. It’s funny how things can come full circle without us even expecting it.
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong” ~ Joseph Chilton Pierce

With 4 'galz' on this plate, you have got plenty of options. This one is framed in my gothic arch stencil PS287, my second stencil with PaperArtsy. These galz are going to be perfect popping up out of pockets or on tags too.

PaperArtsy Stencils {Large}
Price: RRP €6.58 +VAT
Large Size: 6.25" x 9.5" (16 x 24cm) 
Robust mylar designed to offer longevity, deep texture and easy clean up

Stencils are one of the most versatile craft supplies out there. We can trace through them as a template, push paste through them for texture, spray through them with inks, blend through them with paint, emboss with them, and they can be used on all kinds of surfaces too: paper, card, transparencies, gel plates, walls, even kitchen cupboards (like I did with PS335) 🥰.

PaperArtsy Stencil 424 by Nicci Battilana {PS424}

What goes better with cats than paw prints and fish tails?

This journal spread begins our tropical vacation before we realize that there is a treasure hunt in our future. This is where we are relaxing on a chaise lounge by the waters edge with a fruity beverage in our hand, feeling the warm breeze taking our daily stresses away.

Also featuring ENB17, ENB15 (rose wax seal), PS405, PS380, PS290.

Our full bellied flamingo princess has just devoured a buffet of fish and is now heading to the night club to dance the night away.

I stencilled the fish skeletons with alternating blue inks, dried them with the heat gun, stencilled them again with a clear medium and then sprinkled them with rock candy glitter.

I love how this fish-stencilled, flamingo-stamped tip-in relates with both pages. The relaxing vacation page and the adventurous treasure hunt page.

PaperArtsy Stencil 425 by Nicci Battilana {PS425}

Words are powerful. Words can heal, hurt, reveal, and empower.

I love to add words and quotes to my art journal pages. They remind me of moments or maybe even what I need to hear. They can bring back some wisdom. Such as being perfectly imperfect. To take the moments to smell the flowers 💐, chase the rainbows 🌈, dance 💃🏻 in puddles and never give up.

On this page I used my palette knife and yellow stencil butter to push all of these fabulous words onto my coloured transparency. I wanted to see how they would all look together. I ❤️ it!
On some of my other pages in this post, you will notice where I have stencilled selective words. Like ‘create’ and ‘perfectly imperfect’.

Above, in the words ‘dishes’ and ‘process’ you can see the lovely raised texture.

Sometimes we think we know what we want … until we achieve it. Only to realize that being in this moment is just another great learning STEP within your journey. 
For well over 15 years, I have dreamt of creating art stamps and then feeling the joy of seeing other creative souls create with them.
This adventure with you and PaperArtsy has been amazing!

Perhaps my journal pages might look messy or overdone to you, but I have accepted myself to be a ‘maximalist’. Filling SPACE with all that I 💙, brings me joy! It fills my bucket, it warms my heart. This is me, being me, and I love it.

Thank you for seeing me for who I am and for letting me be perfectly imperfect. Please keep on creating with my PaperArtsy releases and tagging me in your social media posts, as I love seeing what you come up with.

A HUGE thank you to the PaperArtsy crew for making these stamps and stencils, which makes all this creativity possible! 

I hope that I have inspired you and cannot wait to see your finished projects!  🤩 Please feel free to share them in the PaperArtsy People facebook group as well as in my facebook group, Nicci's un-tethered Artsy Unicorns!

I look forward to a new journey of creativity with you with my first independent release of printed collage tissue and an Alice in Wonderland emoji washi tape, with a follow up release in June 2024. 
Please JOIN ME on my website and in my Facebook group for further details.

Thank you ☺️.

Keep smiling & creating,

My self published ART books, Art Adventures with AliceCreate Your Own Wonderland, and Goth Girl Planner (undated), are available from British Columbia, Canada retailers, as well as in my ETSY SHOP. If you do not have a retailer close to you, you can also order from Amazon. Please note that the ones sold on Amazon are a bit larger than an A5 and the paper is a little thinner. If you are located in a country not listed and want to purchase from Amazon, just search 'Nicci Battilana' when signed in to your local country. Retailers, I am happy to talk with you about wholesale orders 😊 for my Alice themed books.

The Nicci Collection

Leandra back with you to take a look at all the Nicci releases of the past 2 1/2 years. It is such an achievement, and I am sure this design journey is one from which Nicci has learned many new skills. It is quite a feat to imagine how you can turn what you love into products that others will hopefully enjoy too.

I often say to new designers, the first few releases are generally pretty straightforward, you are bursting with ideas and it's hard to choose what to do first. The tricky part is maintaining consistency over years, and yet still continuing to grow and develop and evolve as an artist in your own unique style. Nicci has risen to the challenge, and also managed to create ideas that link with what she want to use for other purposes herself too, for example the Alice series works beautifully with her self published books. And when you look at the entire body, you can see her unique creative self shines through with lashings of whimsy.

If there is one word to describe Nicci and her style it would have to be 'whimsy'. It is the driving force behind her designs. You can also see there is a healthy does of Gothic elements for some spookalicious fun, quirky characters and of course cobwebs and skulls! She will sneak a skull, heart, little bats or eyes in to almost every set somewhere.

Her articulated girls added some interactive play into her designs, and the Rococo funk - with the damask stencils brought some elegance, but there were still whimsical and gothic details within the 2022 offering.

We ended 2022 with arty tools to enjoy, vintage inspired from a bygone era, with that inimitable Nicci twist of flourishes, flower girls, feathers and swatching tags.

If you know Nicci, you will be aware how much she adores all things Alice in Wonderland. Her books she has authored offer creative sessions, be it her Goth Girl planner, or Arty Alice Adventures, and these same elements were reflected in her stamps of the same period from early 2023. From the Mad Hatter and the Tweedles, these designs are  such good fun to explore, the whimsy throughout makes you smile.

We ask you to join us in wishing Nicci all the best for a truly enjoyable creative journey as she embarks on a new leg of her arty adventures. 

We wish her every success and happiness and look forward to our final live with Nicci shortly where she will showcase the full potential of these endearing and quirky characters. 

Come and check out her fabulous set of 4 'glitzy gals' and some kitties - because who doesn't love a kitty cat and a sassy girl!

All the best from team PaperArtsy

 PaperArtsy Stockist List
Our stockists are your go-to  source for all PaperArtsy products, and we suggest that you also use the PaperArtsy People Facebook group to source a retailer in your country. Many are members of our FB group and will happily share links to their online stores.

Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania https://www.bevscrosscrafts.com.au/
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria www.crafterscupboard.com.au
Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA  https://www.memoriesonthemurray.net/
Natalie May Scrapbooking, Dover Gardens, SA https://nataliemay.com.au/
Scrapbook Superstore & More, South Penrith, NSW https://www.scrapbooksuperstore.com.au/
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea, NSW https://thescrapbookersconfettibox.com/
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA http://thescrapbookstore.com.au/ 

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp, www.cartnscrapart.be
Créatelier Caracolle, Liège, www.createliercaracolle.be

Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta, www.paperartcreations.com/
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec www.scrapbookcentrale.ca
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta www.scrapaddicts.ca/
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta scrapandbean.com/ 
Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta www.scrapbookingfairies.com/
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta www.paperandinkboutique.com/
The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, www.thescrapyardcalgary.com/ 

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso www.hobbyboden.dk

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees, www.cartoscrap.com
Fée Du Scrap, Saint Sébastien-Sur-Loire, www.feeduscrap.fr/
Horizon Créatif, Ste Jalle www.horizon-creatif.fr
Instant Créatif, La Possession, La Réunion, www.icreatif.re
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller www.katzelkraft.fr/en/
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi www.kerudoccreation.com
Le Grenier des filles, Pierre Benite
Page de scrap, Saint Pavace, www.pagedescrap.fr/
Scrap Déco Home, Goutrens, www.scrapdecohome.fr/
Toutencolle, Dun sur Auron www.toutencolle.fr

Stempeloase Munich, Munich www.stempeloase.de
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden www.stempelfee-shop.de
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart, www.stempellaedle.de/shop

Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome, www.immaginelab.com
Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino, www.ilnegoziodellamammadicle.com
Marte Savona, Savona, www.martesavona.it
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, www.pezzeecolori.it/ 
Piccole Passioni, Siena, www.piccolepassioni.it

La Wadao, Odawara, Kanagawa, www.lawadao.com
Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba www.tinydots.shop-pro.jp

De Hobbystudio, Genemuiden, www.dehobbystudio.nl/
Doe@ding,Spijkenisse doeading.nl/
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden www.hobbycompleet.nl
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel www.stampingcorner.nl

Cien por Cien Manualidades, Barcelona,  www.100x100manualidades.es
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao ideas10manualidades.com/
Marakiscrap, Tarragona, www.marakiscrap.com
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona, www.scrappapersexperiences.com
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, www.theparadisecorner.com

Mandy's Cards, Taipei www.facebook.com/mandy.card.77

United Kingdom
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire  www.ameliascreativecrafts.co.uk
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire www.afth.co.uk
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex, www.themalthouse.co.uk/
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, www.loobicrafts.co.uk
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland www.stampersgrove.co.uk
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent www.theartisticstamper.com
The Forget me not Kraft KabinRochford, Essex, www.TheForgetMeNotKraftKabin.co.uk

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA www.artisticartifacts.com/
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia www.facebook.com/ASCbyCrystal
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA, www.craftinessonline.com/
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida https://everythingmixedmedia.com/
Frantic Stamper, Oregon www.franticstamper.com
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado, www.freeheartllc.com/
Joggles, Coventry, Rhode Island, www.joggles.com
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut, papercraftclubhouse.com/
Qingquing's Stamp Shop, Portland, Oregon
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon www.runawayart.com/
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www. simonsaysstamp.com
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina topflightstamps.com/

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