Friday, July 30, 2010

July Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone! Susan here! Wow, it has been a crazy month with tons of stuff going on for CHA. I hope you have been and will enjoy Nikki's new releases. This month the design team girls were given a challenge to do a layout or card based on this fabulous sketch by design team member Anna Bowkis.

Several of the girls participated this go around, and we have some really awesome takes on the sketch. Here is their interpretations:

by Mahlin Wiggur

by Julie Tucker-Wolek

by Michelle Bertuzzi

by Jennifer Yates

by Linda Beeson

by Jill Hildebrand

by Julie Howard

by Mimi Leinbach

by Carina Lindholm

by Larissa Albernaz

by Michele Beck

by Ria Mojica

by Jennifer Matott

by Susan Dupre

by Wendela Lam

by Lea Albers

There ya have it!! If you'd like to play along, just link your layout or card to this post. We will pick a winner and post the winner's work on August 30th. We will also send the winner a little bit of Nikki's products.

Happy Crafting!
Susan Dupre

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Berry Best Friends

Hi everyone! It's Ria Mojica here again. I so love the bright and happy colors of Blueberry Hill!

Here's my 1st LO using this line...I am so glad I waited for the right papers to come along before I scrapped these pics of my daughter and her best friend dressed as race car drivers for a school activity.

And here's an easy little card I made from Blueberry Hill.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these samples from Blueberry Hill as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Hello everyone.. Mahlin here from rainy Sweden. Oh how I wish I was at CHA right now.. BUT instead I am here making my first official post and that is not bad at all! =)

Blueberry Hill is just so cute.. and you can make your project look bright if you´d like or darker if you´d like that.. and I love that the circle papers are a little bit smaller so you can move them around. And I love cutting them up, like I did here..

I also love working with layers, and lots of them and this line is perfect for that, esp. A Sunny Day for Blueberries.. Take a closer look..

Just cut out a sun and layer it on top of another and it adds a little more dimension to your layout..

Or use the cute stuff from the die cut sheet and layer them..

I´ve fallen completley in love with My friend Birdie. It´s such a versatile collection. You can make it cute, messy, graphic, which ever way you like it..

As you can see I´m really into fuzzy cutting at the moment and I must say that ALL of Nikkis collections are perfect for this..

Thank you so much for looking!
Have a great week everyone!


Pre-show CHA & the winner of Sunday's Giveaway...

Hey all! Well I don't have much of an update for you all today... day 2 of set up is my favorite, its decorating and rearranging everything a thousand times!! I love it!! So I just have one picture for you and its on my iphone (I forgot my camera today) so the equality isn't that great but you can get the basic Idea. The booth is done but the crates haven't been carried away yet (they do that during the night) and the walkway carpet isn't down yet either (they do that during the night too) but I'll have better picks tomorrow! Here is today's picture...

I can't wait for tomorrow... visiting with all the retailers, designers and friends I've made! Speaking of friends I went to dinner with Susan Dupre (my domestic DT leader & can't image doing a CHA without her) Stephanie Hunt & the Bella Blvd team, we had a great dinner (thanks for dinner Stephanie) and a wonderful visit! Stephanie and her team are great people! I just love the friends I've made!!

Now for the winner of Sunday's giveaway is.... Kristie! Please email me your mailing address and I'll get this out just as soon as I get home! ;) Oh and you can thank Dan, my hubby, he picked the number tonight!
Kristie said...
"What a beautiful collection! I really love the blue/green color combo. Thanks for the chance to win! Enjoy CHA!!"

Well it's 11:30 pm here and I must get some much needed sleep for tomorrow!
Goodnight!! -Nikki

Monday, July 26, 2010

Birds of a feather

Hi there! It´s Monika here, making my first ever post for Nikki Sivils. It´s a bit scary but I hope I will be able to inspire you. Well… Actually, that shouldn´t be a problem, who doesn´t get inspired just by looking at these gorgeous patterns and colors. I´m for one totally in L O V E!

I´ve used the “My Friend Birdie” collection for these summery photos. They are taken on the day after Midsummer (a Swedish holiday), and it was one of the first really warm days of summer.

I love to use my sewing machine on my layouts. Not that I like sewing so much but I love the result it gives – it makes a layout look so much more worked on.

The “My Friend Birdie” line has a round die cut paper with scalloped edges, it is so beautiful, but I just couldn’t fit it in on this layout, so instead, I used the “scallops” by cutting them two by two and make the borders for the photo.

This is a card I made for my nice, she loves purple and the “Boo-tiful” line was perfect for this. My daughter was a bit worried that she might notice that the card is made of Halloween papers, but as Halloween isn´t all that big here in Sweden, I don´t think it will be a problem.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

CHA and the Winner...

We or rather I worked all day on the booth while Dan played on his iPhone!! I should confess though that I don't want ANY help at all... I just want to put my earphones in, listen to some good music and play!! This is my favorite part the decorating and show the beautiful layout and cards that my design team girls have created!! I'd say I have another 5 hours of work and I'll be done tomorrow, maybe less (but I know I'll start moving things around as soon as I think I'm done)!! Pre-show set up:
I guess you all would like a winner of the 3 new collections... well... first you have to view my 4th collection: "Something For Everyone" my first "all" pattern collection, named after some of my design team ladies, the ladies that work for me and my momma!
Something for Everyone...

For Trish:
For Lanie:
For Ria:
For Hilde:
For Deana:
For Susan:
For Julie:
For Mimi:
For Heather:
Something for Everyone 12x12 cardstock stickers:
Something for Everyone 6x6 mini pad of papers:
I guess you know what's next... leave a comment here on my blog tell me your favorite paper and I'll pick a winner tomorrow night! The winner will get this entire collection along with the last three brand new releases... 4 entire collections for one lucky gal!! Good luck!!

The winner of the last giveaway with Tree Love is Sherry "Country in Phoenix"!! Congrats Sherry!! Email me your address and when I get back home we'll get this shipped to you!!

Oh and my hubby took this picture and told me to tell you all this is what he has to live with day in and day out... a snuggie that travels!! Goodnight!! -Nikki


Howdy! Michelle Bertuzzi here. Hope you all are enjoying this great day! Who's getting ready to go to CHA? There will be lots of new Nikki Sivils products to drool from.

I'm sharing 3 projects with ya' all today using the super cute irresistible Willow Bee collection.
First project is a layout about myself. Yes, I'm a dreamer. It's free so why not take it. :)

My second project is this little bird house. Perfect to use for those scraps that you have hanging around. I painted the wooden bird house with white paint (perfect cover up for those teeny tiny mistakes you'll make with measuring the papers) and brown paint for the fence. I then covered it with this beautiful A Good Place to B and Bee Strips. I pierced the sunflower from the same Bee Strips paper to create dimensions in front of the bird house as well as the clouds. Embellish it however you like. This bird house is available at any Michaels' store.

This 3rd project is a layout of my youngest son. He's happy as a bee so the Willow Bee is so perfect for him and these silly photos.

So glad you popped over!
Have a wonderful time for all of you attending the CHA and give Nikki a big kiss from muah!
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful week!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wanna see & win some of my new CHA releases...

Dan and I arrived in Chicago early this afternoon, I'm so excited! Tomorrow starts the hard work of putting my booth together and decorating it... but I love this part!! Its so fun to see all the crates and guts of the huge booths and the progress of them coming together. Okay so you are probably more interested in what I'm showing below rather than my day tomorrow!! ;)

So you've seen "Blueberry Hill"...
and "My Friend Birdie"...

But you haven't seen.... "TREE LOVE"...

Bucky the Beaver...

Bucky's Heaven...

The Forest...

Bucky Bits...

Bucky's Border Strips...

Tree Bark...

Bucky's Cut-Ups...

Be Green...

12x12 Tree Love cardstock stickers:

6x6 Tree Love mini pad of papers:

Isn't my little fat beaver adorable!! I love him! I drew this collection on the beach in Florida! Bucky the Beaver was a bear but then I thought of a beaver and trees and thought "of course" I have to have a cute beaver with my tree collection!! Hope you like Bucky as much as I do!!

Soooo for the giveaway... leave a comment here on my blog and tell me which paper is your favorite from my Tree Love collection and I'll pick a winner Sunday night!! The giveaway will include all 3 of these brand new collections!!
Have a great night!! -Nikki

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