Thursday, June 30, 2011

Have Fun at the lake

Hello! For my card today I used the Camping Critters cartridge to make my card base and for my little fishy. To give my fishy texture I used the Extra Small Polka Dot set from  I used Emma's stamp set called Have Fun in the Sun to make my own patterned paper and for my sentiment. I stamped the words randomly and used my Tim Holtz distress inks in the colors broken china and shabby shutters. I ♥ these colors together! I then misted lightly with water in a mini mister while the ink was still wet to get a more watery effect. And to finish it off I sprayed a little bit of perfect pearls in a mini mister to give it a little sparkle.

♥ Nikki ♥

P.S. Who else is super bummed that Casey Anthony didn't testify??? BOO!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello! For my card today I used FOUR different stamp sets and 3 of them are background stamps! Can you spot em all??? Ok, I'll point them out. ;) Oh, and they're all from PinkByDesign. The main portion is the Newsprint background stamp. I stamped it on white and used Tim Holtz distress inks in Old Paper and Antique fact, those are the inks I used for this entire card. I then stamped the Canvas Backround stamp and inked it up. I punched the butterflies out of some of it, and used the rest to make the strip at the bottom...I stamped over that with the Distressed Music background stamp and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  
The perfectly shabby sentiment is from the Vintage Greetings set which I just LOVE and think is a total must have!!! Okie dokie, that's my card for today. Gotta get back in front of the t.v. court is back in session! I am OBSESSED with the Casey Anthony trial...I know I'm not alone there! HA

♥ Nikki ♥

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PeachyKeen Challenge 55

HI!!! It's PeachyKeen Challenge time again and this week we have the above sketch to follow. No twist this time. ;) For my card, I flipped the sketch on its side...
I stamped the cute kleenex box from the Ballin' Bunnies set and colored it with my prismacolor colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. I colored it to match the striped patterned paper which is from the 6x6 Confetti Paper Pack from PeachyKeen. Yep, they carry paper too! ;) Hint Hint there are TONS of awesome goodies in the "supply" section...just sayin'! ;)
I used the Extra Small Polka Dots stamp to create my own patterned paper strip. And I stamped my sentiment from Ballin' Bunnies over top of the dots. Ok, that's my card for this challenge. Head over to the Challenge Blog to see what the other ladies made and to PLAY ALONG!!! ;)

Have a Peachy day!
♥ Nikki ♥ 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy 4th of July...and THANK YOU FOLLOWERS!!! ;)

    Hello and happy Saturday! I am so excited because today I reached 1,500 followers!!! YEAH ;) Thanks to everyone who has clicked my "follow" button!!! Ok...onto my card for today...The 4th is right around the corner so I made this card using only stamps from PinkByDesign. NO CRICUT on this one. The flag is a two part stamp from the Independence Day set. The large solid star is also from that Independence Day set. The flag is on a wobble so it wiggles ;)
The smaller star and the sentiment are from the Red, White, & Blue set. I stamped the sentiment in the ticket from the Just The Ticket set from PinkByDesign. I stamped both with embossing ink and heat embossed with white powder. OH and the twine is called AirMail from PinkByDesign as well.

Again, THANK YOU to all who have ever clicked my "follow" button. :o)

♥ Nikki ♥

Friday, June 24, 2011

My Creative Time's June Stamp Release Blog Hop

Hello! If you arrived here from EMMA'S BLOG you're on the right track. ;) For my card I used the new stamp set called Encouraging Quotes for my sentiment. I LOVE this set!!! My sweet giraffe is from the Create a Critter cartridge. All the papers I used to make this card are from the Stella and Rose "Hattie Papers" collection by My Mind's Eye.
Her cute face is from the Critter Faces Small set from Ok that's my card...Now on to a super cool announcement in addition to the stamp release...

Yep, DIES!!!! Cool, huh?! sure to comment on ALL blogs along the hop for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice OR the new die. We will be choosing 11 winners in all, one from each blog along the hop.

Your next stop is the fabulous KATIE

♥ Nikki ♥

Here is a link list in case you get lost ;)

Birthday Wishes

Hello and happy Friday. Here is my last card for my guest designing with over at Everyday Cricut. I used my gypsy to weld the base together and create this card using the Lacy Labels cartridge. I LOVE that cartridge!!! Sorry the pics are so dark and horrible...
The birthday wishes sentiment from Emma's set called Polka Dot Surprise fit perfectly on the front and packs a big punch. ;)

A big THANK YOU to Melanie and Joy for allowing me to share my cricuty love on their awesome blog this week!!!

♥ Nikki ♥

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hello!!! This is my project for the Everyday Cricut Blog today. SUPER EASY LAYOUT!!! I will add the pics of my hubby's advancement to First Class Petty Officer as soon as I get them. Head over to for the details on this layout. SORRY blogger is being mean to me!!!!! I had this post made and explained!!!!

Throwback Thursday AND a SNEAKIE!!!

Hiya it's Throwback Thursday time again and this time we have the above sketch to follow. AND this is a CRICUT-LESS challenge. We're taking is waaaaayyyy back this week. ;) I even used some paper and embellies that I have had FOREVER!!! Here is my card...
The sentiment is from the So Grateful For You set by Emma. I used the double loops Martha Stewart punch around the page set to make my scalloped square. All the patterned paper and embellies are from the ancient collection called Sabrina from Making Memories. ;)
OH, and the butterflies are from the 3 in 1 butterfly punch also from Martha Stewart crafts. So pop over to Emma's BLOG to see what the other ladies made and to play along so you can WIN!!! ;)

This is just a simple little notepad that I love making with scraps. The fabulous Leah Fung had this idea and you can see her awesome video tutorial HERE. The "notes" stamp is from the soon to be released {tomorrow!!!} set called Honey Do List. Here is is open ...
Cruddy pic, sorry.

Make sure to comment here and on Emma's BLOG to WIN WIN WIN!!! ;)

♥ Nikki ♥

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Don't forget to SMILE...and a Sneakie Peekie!!!

Hello! For my card today, I'm just going to dive right into the pictures of it..and I swear it is ONE card...
See, same card with four faces because it is a SPINNER card!!! The adorable faces are from the stamp set called Cute and Cuddly Faces from The card is found on the Wild Card cartridge on page 51 and cut out at 5.5 inches on both the blackout key and the liner key {for the spinner circle. The flower is from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge on page 47 and is found on the clothes layer and cut out at 4 inches. I mixed up a drop of distress ink reinker and a tiny scoop of perfect pearls with water in a mini mister to give my flower some color and sparkle...
See it shimmer? OH and the sentiment is from Emma's {MyCreativeTime} set called Camera Shy. Head over to the Everyday Cricut Blog to see two more examples of this type of card. ;)

***Sneakie Peekie Time***

You are going to LOVE the new releases from Emma!!! Here I am showcasing 2 stamp sets that coordinate just beautifully together called... Inspiring Words and Inspiring Words Accents. These will be available on Friday. So PRETTY, right??!!! My sweet sleeping little girl is from the Playtime cartridge. Her precious face is from the Just Baby Faces set from
I get a lot of questions about what kind of white ink I use and the answer is I NEVER use white ink. In fact, every white ink pad I have ever tried has ended up in the trash! I stamp my images with Tim Holtz embossing ink {my favorite} and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Ok...I hope you found some inspiration here! NOW for chances to WIN some awesome stamps from Emma....Comment on this post and then head over to her BLOG and comment there as well!!!

PHEW...this was a LONG post! Hehehehe

Happy Crafting!!!
♥ Nikki ♥

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sneakie Peekie ;)

Hiya!!! I have a quick sneak of one of Emma's {My Creative Time} newest stamp sets that are being released on Friday. This sentiment is from the set called Encouraging Quotes. I don't know about you, but bubble baths are my FAVORITE thing in the world and definitely make me HAPPY! My girl in the tub is from the Playtime cricut cartridge. Her sweet face is from the Princess Face Assortment from The papers I used are from the Stella and Rose "Hattie Papers" from My Mind's Eye. OH and to make the tub legs and faucet metallic I used my silver Sakura pen.

Be sure to leave a comment here and over on Emma's BLOG because she is giving away some stamp sets!!! COOL! ;)

and since Emma said this better than I could....
"AND I  am giving you ANOTHER opportunity to win.... ALL you have to do is "SPREAD THE WORD" about My Creative Time's "7th Edition Stamp Release" happening this Friday @ 8am PST! You can post it to your Facebook page & you can even "Tweet" about it! My DT & I will be checking out Facebook this week & we will randomly choose a winner from there to win ONE stamp set of your choice from My Creative Time! I will be announcing the winners on Friday morning in my video during the release!"

♥ Nikki ♥

Here comes the bride

Hiya! Here is my project for day 2 of my guest designing week over at Everyday Cricut. I know this project is BEYOND simple, but when you have to mass produce that's a good thing! I cut the bag at 7.75 inches from the Wrap it Up cricut cartridge. The sentiment is from the Here Comes The Bride set from PinkByDesign. Be sure to comment on yesterday's post for your chance to WIN the adorable Wide Eyed Kids Assortment face stamps from

♥ Nikki ♥

Monday, June 20, 2011

My guest designing week for Everyday Cricut *GIVEAWAY*

Hiya my bloggy peeps!!! I am SUPER STOKED that Joy and Melanie asked me to be a guest designer on their blog this week!!! Everyday Cricut is AWESOME!!! I sure hope I can live up to their amazing crafty standards! ;o) Here is the info on this card...The sun is from the Doodlecharms cartridge and with the addition of a face from the Wide Eyed Kids Assortment from PeachyKeen it turned Caaaute! Do you just LOVE this face or what??!!! I know I sure do!!! {hint hint}
The super cute sentiment is from Emma's set called Have Fun in the Sun.


Leave one comment on this post for your chance to win the Wide Eyed Kids Assortment stamp set from!!!!

♥ Nikki ♥


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kind Birthday Wishes

Hello! Here is a redonkulously simple card I made using the Paisley background stamp from PinkByDesign. I used red ink and kraft cardstock to give it a more manly/western feel. 
The sentiment is from the Vintage Greetings set from PinkByDesign which in my opinion is a must have set! Seriously, if you need a greeting, it has it! ;o)

Ok...see ya later alligators!!!

♥ Nikki ♥

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PeachyKeen Challenge 54

Hello my Peachy Pals!!! It's challenge time again, and this time we have the above sketch for you to follow. No "twists" this time. I admit that my card is beyond simple, but I kept getting tripped up trying to add the element in the middle...oh is my creation
I used the ADORABLE kitty from the Mitsy Sue and Colby Cheer Up set. I changed her face by masking the stamp with regular scotch tape and stamping a smiley face from the Sampler Package of Faces which are all just super adorable too! Kathy {Peachy Queen}  shows you a different masking technique HERE.  As usual, I colored with my prismacolor colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. I gave her collar some bling with the sakura stardust pen.
She looks just like my Jinxy girl! Right down to the white tip of her tail! ;o) The sentiments {inside and out} are from the Spring Bouquet set. Here is the inside...
Okie dokie! Pop over to the Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the awesome DT ladies made and to play along!!!! I look forward to seeing YOUR creations! Happy stamping!

♥ Nikki ♥

Monday, June 13, 2011


Hello and happy Monday! Here is the card I made for my "baby" nephew that graduated from the 8th grade. Sniff sniff...all growed up! Anyhoo...I used Emma's set called Follow Your Dreams for both the grad hats and the sentiments {inside and out}...Sorry the photos are so terrible...looks better in real life I swear. I stamped the hats directly onto the card and stamped some extra to cut out and pop dot up.
I heat embossed the front sentiment with white embossing powder...and here is the inside
SUPER easy card, but he's a boy and I tend to girl things up WAY too much! HA

Have a craftastic day!

♥ Nikki ♥

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sewing mends the soul

Hello and happy Saturday! I'm posting this real quick while the Casey Anthony trial is on a short recess. ;) Yep, I'm obsessed with the trial coverage! HA Anyhoo...For my simple card I used the Sewing Background stamp from PinkByDesign.  I LOVE this stamp! The sewing machine is from the Heritage cricut cartridge. The cute sentiment is from the Material Girl set also from PinkByDesign.

Ok, back to the trial! ;o) Hope you have a great day!

♥ Nikki ♥

Friday, June 10, 2011

I {Heart} you!

Hello and happy Friday peeps! Here is a super simple card I made using Tanner's {Mr.Cricut Crazy} stamp set called Simply Everything Vol. 1. I just stamped a few rows of hearts and cut them into strips. Then I added scalloped borders to the strips...
The sentiment is also from the Simply Everything Vol. 1 stamp set.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

♥ Nikki ♥

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Throwback Thursday *I love my Mom*

It's Throwback Thursday time again! The challenge this time is to use any Lite cartridge AND to bling your project up!!! For my card I used the Sugar and Spice cartridge for my WHOLE card. I used Cher {my gypsy} to weld together the base shape to make my card. I used my FAV Martha Stewart glitter to bling up my flowers.
My sentiment is from Emma's Happy Homecoming set. See, doesn't just have to be for military use! ;) The adorable face on the one flower comes from the Wide Eyed Kids set from Okie dokie! Pop over to Emma's BLOG to see what she and the rest of the awesome DT made for this Throwback Thursday!!! I can't wait to see what YOU make!

Happy Crafting!
♥ Nikki ♥

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

OOPS!!! Forgot to pick a it YOU???

Hey all! I totally spaced and forgot to pick a winner of the 25$ gift code to!!!

Drumroll..........AND THE WINNER IS....... Wendy AKA Roo!!!! She said:
OMG, lol, that chicken is sooo cute!!!! Love that you made him with googley eyes!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!
Puppy Hugs,
Wendy aka Roo

Congrats!!! I just shot the PeachyQueen an should get your code soon! Happy Shopping!!!

Cheeky Card ;)

Hiya peeps! Here is a very VERY easy card I made using the newest Cricut Circle cartridge called Pop Up Neighborhood. I know I may be the only one that "gets" the humor in this card, but oh well! HA...hehe...Get it??? Ya know how they always used to joke that someones kid was the milk man's and not the hubby's??!!! HAHAHAH oh well, I crack me up! My "cheeky" sentiment comes from the set called Flirty Girl from PinkByDesign.
His face comes from the Retro Faces set from Ok...just trying slowly, but surely to get my missing mojo back! I hope it arrives soon!

Have a GREAT day! I'm back off to watch the Casey Anthony trial...I'm sure this is how I would have been during the OJ trial {glued to coverage} but during that trial I was a wee lass in school! ;)

♥ Nikki ♥

Friday, June 3, 2011

PeachyKeen Blog Hop

Hello and Happy Hoppin'!!! You should have arrived from Emma's Blog, but if you didn't, go back to the beginning HERE. You sure don't want to miss anything! ;o) I am showin' off the adorable new set called  SY-905 Hillbilly Holler Set 5. It sure provides for lots of possibilities! For my first project I made a card {I know, shocking!} using the adorable little farmer bee riding a snail.
I stamped it inside the neat frame that comes in this set and colored with my prismacolor colored pencils...and then, as usual, blended with odorless mineral spirits. OH and that sweet sentiment is also is this ADORABLE set!!! Cool, huh?!
See! Told ya, SUPER versatile set! You can even make invites with it! ;o) Isn't that chicken hysterical?! LOL I just LOVE him!!! OK...that's it for my projects this time.

Make sure to comment on this post for your chance to win a $25 gift code to!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!

AND make sure you have done the hop the whole way through for TONS of chances to WIN!!!

Again, if you didn't start at the beginning...what are you waiting for??? Go HERE and comment away!

Your next stop is JANICE

♥ Nikki ♥

In case you're lost...

winner from yesterday is will get an email soon

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Peachy Sneakie Peekie!!! and GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello!!! It's new release time again! This time I am showing you a sneakie from a new set called SY-905 Hillbilly Holler Set 5. AND I'm also giving this set away!!! WOOT! Just comment on this post for your chance to WIN it!!! It's SUPER CUTE!!! ;o)

Now get your caboose over to the Peachy BLOG to go and comment there AND on the other designers blogs for more chances to WIN WIN WIN!!!

See you back here tomorrow with a winner AND the Blog Hop!!!

♥ Nikki ♥