Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nikki here with Elmer's Craft Challenge & a bit more...

Hi everyone! I've been invited by Elmer's Adhesive & X-ACTO to participate in a fun challenge! The challenge is... they send me this wonderful container of product and all I have to do is make a craft using all this fun product! No problem here!! ;)

 Look at all these goodies...  Thanks Elmer's & X-Acto!!
To win the challenge I have to create a project using Elmer's & X-ACTO products, but my craft has to fit my blog "type"sooo, we all pretty much know that it's going to be about my fur-babies since my late  Willie-B is my logo and company mascot! The winner will get to pick a charity of their choice to receive a $1,000 donation! WOW... A THOUSAND DOLLARS!! My charity of choice will of course be along the same lines as my blog and craft, Angel's Gate! This group is "Hospice" for sick & abused animals to live out the rest of their lives safely, as healthy, comfortably and happy as the organization can make them!  Dan and I have donated to this group several times and I've read her book and given it as a gift many times.  If you ever have any spare money to give to a charity this one really needs it, the care that these animals need is hugely time consuming and costly. (They also need volunteers too.)  
Okay so now for my craft...
I created a mini album using my chipboard "Tag" album and my newest paper collection "My Friend Birdie" to make a brag book about my 4 fur-babies! 
 Love love love X-ACTO's self healing cutting mat! And its PINK!! Gotta love that!
 Also love the Elmer's tape runner and Craft Bond! So easy to use!


 Elmer's new Gel Pens ROCK too! They dry pretty quickly, which is a plus!
I use a craft knife all the time, in fact I'm not sure I can scrap with out one, and this new one by X-Acto is awesome & retractable too! No more cutting my finger tips!
 Here is the finished product:
"Our Gang"
Each pup got his or hers own page with a list of their best qualities.




























I loved that I "had" to crate something for this challenge, I love playing with new products and these are great!! So not only do I have a chance to win $$ for my favorite charity but I get to give away some Elmer's & X-Acto product too! Actually I get to giveaway 3 prizes!! Leave a comment on this post to win all this:
X-ACTO:
4-pack Decorative Edge Scissors 
Self Healing Mat
Retractable Craft Knife
Craft Swivel Knife

CraftBond:
Scrapbooking Tape: Repositionable
Extra Strength Glue Stick
Wet & Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen
Permanent Tape Runner


Wish me luck and Good Luck to all of you!!

Here is my "a bit more"....

Our Henry turned 15!! Holy Cow 15!!

I'm desperately trying to find a WONDERFUL FOREVER HOME for this Newfoundland, he's under a  year old or right at a year old. Dan found him while running one morning and we REALLY want to find him a home where he can be apart of the family! He's the sweetest dog... possibly that I've ever been around! If you are interested email me. (You'll have to answer questions and have a home evaluation from a rescue group from your town or city that I'd set up for you.)  


I attended and taught 3 mini classes, along with my local DT lead, Katrina Hunt and local DT gal Laura Parks, at Scrap-a-palooza here in Springfield! The Scrapbook Generation ladies (my LSS) host this huge crop 3 times a year, the next one will be in January! Go to their website to get the details!

I'm an AUNT again.... this is baby J (Jacob)! My brother DJ and his wife, Tonya, had a very healthy baby boy!! I just love him so much and love being his Aunt Nikki!

My new big boy, Nico, has settled in and become apart of our family! We love him so much!  Look at that intense face! Love it!

 Jill Yegerlehner, Stephanie Hunt and I (oh and Alfred too) all went to a scrapbook retreat, Let's Get Croppin, for a weekend in September for some relaxing and a bit of business talk on the side! Loved getting to know these girls even better and to be able to call them my friends!

Jill took this pic of Alfred and I. Just love that snaggle-tooth of his! Alfred will be 11-12 or 13 this year, not sure b/c's he's a rescue. Love love love him!

My sweet sweet Savannah, she's getting gray around her muzzle. Poor Savannah is the best dog we have and gets the least amount of attention b/c she is ALWAYS SO GOOD! Its the ornery ones that get the most attention. Sadly.  However she now gets "alone frisbee" time with me everyday!!

And this would be one of the ornery ones.... Miss Bella Blue! But she's sure cute!
Thanks for reading this super long blog post today!! I may have  over done it! :) Oh well!
Have a great week! -Nikki
Oh and keep your fingers crossed that I'll win the Elmer's Challenge, so that my charity of choice, Angels Gate, will get $1,000!!  Thanks!

80 comments:

Aphra said...

LOVE your Elmer's Challenge project! And what a lovely charity you've chosen. Crossing my fingers that you'll win!!!

~Christina~ said...

What a CUTE mini album!!! I noticed those Elmer products last time I was out. They've taken over the crafty adhesives at Walmart...now I may give them a try :)

Jenn K said...

WOW!! I just LOVE your brag book. So cute! All the pictures are amazing and fun! Lot's of exciting news...Good luck with the contest too.

Patchi said...

What a great brag book for your furry ones! I'm loving this Elmer Challenge, so many products I had never heard of before! You did a great job showcasing all of them with tons of pictures! Good Luck!!!!!

Christa Allgood said...

What a great kit that you "had" to work with!! I love what you did with it!! Thanks for all the freebies and make and takes at Scrap-a-palooza!! We love palooza!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I soooooooooooooo love love love love that mini Nikki!! I am loving how you flipped the chipboard in different directions!!! And LOVING the charity! I hope you win!!! And LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE the photos!! CONGRATS on being an Aunt again and Happy Birthday to Henry! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

margie c said...

Oh my goodness! What a sweet lil brag book! Our Miley Rose looks a lot like your Bella Blue :) No matter how much trouble she gets into everyday, that lil face just melts it all away ;)
What an awesome Elmer Challenge! Your sure to win! I had no idea that they had branched out so much! Will have to keep a look out to try some! Good luck!
PS - I {Heart} your Henry's T-shirt!!!
Happy Tuesday!
hugs, margie

ShoppingTamii said...

love that mini album!

deana said...

CUTE mini,Nikki, & beautiful photos! Sounds like a lot of wonderful things going on in your world these days! So happy for you! :-)

Nikki Sivils said...

Nikki I love how you mixed and matched the mini album in a vertical and horizontal way. Love the clean crisp style.

tampatha said...

I love the album! As a mom of two rescued shelter dogs myself Tonka the Bijon and Pickles the Pug I highly applaud your choice of charity! Good luck! I hope you win!
-Tammy L

Pinky said...

what a great cause I hope you win *fingers crossed*
You know I just found Elmer's and scrapbooking products and I have them in my craft room right now...LOVE them! I need that mat though...I NEEEDDDD IT! LOL

Wendy said...

Nikki.....what an adorable blog and ALBUM!!!! Thank you for bringing your charity to my attention. I have never heard of it before! I would love to win all that great Elmers & Xacto product. Aww...the possibilities!!! Thanks you Nikki!!

Elle said...

My two dogs are my world! Thank you for choosing such a fabulous charity! ...I know all our animal friends would be proud! Great brag book! ...I will definitely have to make one for my Rex & Daisy! (although, they already have a full album dedicated to them, one more won't hurt hehe)

Kim said...

Your mini album is adorable!! I have the nonretractable exacto knife and LOVe it..Nice big handle that doesn't cramp my hand!
Good Luck with the contest!

KBu said...

Who would think Elmer's has all that good stuff? I see it used on Scrapbook Memories all the time. Just decided to try it myself. Thanks!

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Adorable mini album, and I love how you showcased all your 'babies'! Love Elmers, too!

Lisa H. said...

have been wanting to try some of the new Elmer's products but no one near me carries it. What a great way to try them with this great giveaway. The fur babies are adorable.
lhargis590@yahoo.com

Rebecca In MI said...

Your project with the goodies was just so doggone cute! I wish I knew someone that would take the Newfoundland. We have friends that rescued two of them and I know they found it rewarding along with getting two new friends...

Angela L. said...

my goodness sweetie, you've had alot going on... First of all, congrats on your new nephew! "Happy Birthday" wishes to your Henry, I can tell that he's a great kid... Also congrats on Nicco getting all settled in and being so loved by your family... I love how you're taking charge of seeking a good home for the Newfoundland.... he's a gorgeous dog! He reminds me alot of our Smokey who's Border Collie Mix. I always said that I wouldn't adopt but that changed almost 3 months ago and I'm very happy that we did because he was up next to be put down due to our local Humane Society being overcrowded. I have to admit that it hasn't been easy for me to get used to such a hyper dog but then again, it's the first dog that I've ever had. So the charity that you picked is pretty special and I just adore your project, you're SO talented.... fingers are crossed that you win... What a wonderful prize pack but if it had some of your adorable product, it would then be the ULTIMATE prize, lol!

**and you didn't overdo your blog post, I always enjoy reading about you and your family!

Ziggyeor said...

Adorable Brag Book! I love all your fur babies. I hope you find a good home for the dog! I live in a townhouse w/2 ferrets and my hubby isn't a dog person or I'd take him. He looks adorable.

The new Elmer's products are all at Walmart. I went looking for my old tape runner refil and they no longer carry the brand. It's all Elmer's so I'm glad to hear a good review of it. Maybe I'll buy a new tape runner. Everything I have is liquid except for the Repositionable Glue Arts and they mean Repositionable!

Kathy said...

Cute mini album. Hope you win some $$ for your charity. Thanks for the chance.

Jamie said...

Wow, I really hope you win!! Your mini album is wonderful.

Suz said...

adorable mini - I hope you win

Girly-Wheelz said...

I love your Challenge project and especially the charity you chose! What a great cause. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kelly Massman said...

Good luck Nikki! Love your project! Great photos, too!

alwayscharlie said...

Ithink your album of fur babies is adorable and I always love your projects and papers but I LOVED reading about your 'friends'.In my house dogsare considered people and family members. Wish I had room for your newfoundland.Keeping my fingers crossed for your charity!

Angie said...

Nikki your mini album is GORGEOUS! Great way to showcase your products! I'm hoping you win!

scrapylady said...

What a great challenge. I agree with you getting to try a bunch of new tools is more of a treat than a challenge. Your brag book is so cute. I have just two dogs that run our life, can't imagine 4...afraid I would not give them all enough "loving and cuddling" time. I have not seen any of the Elmer products here in Seattle area, not even at Wal-Mart, but I will start searching. I want a retractable blade knife!!

Hazel said...

Love your mini album!!! It is just super cute!! I like that you flipped some pages the opposite direction.
Excited to try the new Elmers products and good luck to you on winning the challenge!!

Christine said...

Love, love, love your album!!! I made a similar one for my mother when her precious yorkie passed away!!! We do love our fur babies!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the mini book. That gives me inspiration to do my own book for my two dogs and cat. : )
tamarasteen@cableone.net

TraceyT said...

What a sweet little mini. I love how the chipboard shapes look like a heart when it is all put together. Best of luck in the contest.

Mary B. said...

HapPy 15th Birthday, Henry (that has to be said first)!!! Good luck, Nikki. I love your album from start to finish...great concept, great product and great execution! I'd vote for you! (;

isay said...

Good luck and what big heart you have to have choosen a wonderful charity! love your mini album so inspiring. i haven't had the courage to make a mini, don't know why LOL! maybe i'll give it a try this time. thanks for the chance to win those Elmer's product are wonderful!

Linda Beeson said...

Wow, what a post! Great creative stuff and so many fun pics! LOVING all of those Elmer's supplies and the adorable project you created with them. What a cool deal.

Michelle said...

Nikki your album is so very beautiful!!
Love how you designed each page!!
Your pets are so adorable!!
I Hope you charity does win!!
What an awesome charity!
TFS!!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Henry!! That album is just the most precious as are each of those cute faces!!

Thanks for the chance to win.

mjmarmo@comcast.net

Tammy said...

I love the papers that you used. I love all the pictures of your dogs. Cute brag book! Hope you win, you are so talented. That is super cool that they wanted you to use their product!! That is a compliment all in it self and since you are the best they choose right!! Thanks for sharing with us!! Your awesome!!!!

Manhattan Mandie said...

Love that adorable album! I need to find that pink mat! Super pink-a-licious : ) I really wish I could adopt that adorable dog but I think my husband might object... :( Hope he finds a good forever home soon!

Lea said...

Love your mini-album. I hope you win!!
greetings Lea

Connie Layman said...

Hope you win...what a great charity!

Joni Parker said...

Love those tools & OMG...that dog mini rocks!!!! Ok..HB to Henry and Mexican food & Strawberry cake rock too!!! Love the baby & dog pics!!! Thanks for sharing! & Good luck!!

Scrapamum said...

I have seen some people doing this Elmers challenge! I think yours is awesome!!! I hope you win!

Brenda said...

Angel's Gate will be so excited to receive your donation because of course you're going to win the challenge. I always checkout the craft section in Wal-Mart. I love the new pink Elmer products. Pink is my fav color and they're priced at a very good value.

Bambi said...

Fantastic brag book. Look forward to seeing you win.

Keely Yowler said...

Love all your pics, Nikki! Your doggie book is just adorable. Good luck!

Sarah said...

I love that mini Nikki!!!!! I am going to have my fingers crossed for you!! What a great and worthy cause!

lesley said...

You are so talented. Good luck to you and all of us.

Denise said...

What an adorable mini album! I'm crossing my fingers for you :)

rstuck2003 said...

Happy Birthday Henry :) What a great post. Love the charity you have chosen. Thanks for the chance to win!

suey04 said...

Loved what you did with the challenge box!!!!!

Rebecca said...

What a super cute mini! And love all the fun pictures:) Good luck with the contest :)

Liz said...

Great project Nikki! Love the gift box of Elmer's goodies too.

serena said...

your mini album is so gorgeous. what a wonderful way to document your love for your fur babies!

jill said...

Good Luck, Nikki, on the challenge. You are picking such a worthy charity -- we LOVE our 2 y.o. Great Dane/St. Bernard (Kayna), so I can totally understand your love for all your "babies". It's amazing how attached we get to them and they become such a part of our families in such a short time. Love your mini......thank you for inspiring me with your stories, projects & products.....everyday.

Malina said...

I like your challenge design sucker for mini chip albums hand-cut upon request. Of course the whole crafters line is pink and I am a sucker! I too must have my crafting knife and find people who do not use it often are very intimidated by the process...maybe for the Pink Scrapers, Green Papers event a store could bring an x-acto knife wielder who is very comfortable accessing

Jennifer Friedley said...

Nikki - these are great - love the pages. You do amazing work. I loved these products, especially the knife. Kept cutting my fingers last weekend when I was getting things ready for the Memory Expo - my husband says the blades weren't lock.

You Rock!

Shannon said...

What a cute mini album, I love the theme of your doggies.

Hanneke said...

Love this post, love the mini you made!!! And I love all the pics of your dogs they are adorable!!!

Donna said...

Love the challenge and what a great prize :)

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I love your mini book!!! I am an animal lover and it seems that my most recent layouts are always of my dogs!

Ashleigh said...

What a beautiful mini album you've created!!
Happy (15th!) birthday to your son!
And best of luck to you in the contest!

Anonymous said...

Cute mini...hope you (and your charity) win the challenge.
Lisa

Jennifer Yates said...

Gorgeous Mini Nikki! LOVE all the photos! Congrats on becoming an aunt again!!! :)

The Mancilla Family said...

I love the album on your fur babies! My heart just melted at seeing your Nico (we lost our GS to cancer when he was 4 :(. We now have a feisty little Yorkie, a 5 lb version of your Bella! Thanks for the opportunity!

Penny Peck said...

HEY NIKKI - MY FINGERS ARE CROSSED! I saw you on the scrapbook memories TV segments - 2 days. Made me proud!

Rhonda V. said...

Awwwww!!! First of all, CONGRATS on becoming and Auntie, that is fantastic and he is just a doll!

I love your project and I hope that you win for your charity!!!

Thanks so much for sharing snippets of your life with us, it is really fun to read!

Spaznchick said...

I really like your mini album... I am trying to get into scrapbooking and love the chipboard products (but I'm a little intimidated by them). And I really hope that you win- I didn't know that they had "hospice" for animals... that's amazing. Good Luck!

TracyM #6773 said...

What a cool challenge!!!
Great mini album - good luck & hope you win :)

aikitig said...

Love, love, love your mini album! What a great opportunity to participate in the Elmer's Craft Challenge -- I hope you win. I hadn't seen a lot of these Elmer's Craft products before and now that they're on my radar, can't wait to see more!

Erica Marshall said...

What a fun project! I am a little biased because one of my favorite subjects to scrap are my pets too! That Newf mix is gorgeous by the way. What ever happened to him? =)

Brenda Satterfield said...

The mini album you have done is very cute. I loved participating in your make-n-takes at Scrap-a-palloza. The items we make are always so cute. Good Luck with the contest!

Holly Hudson said...

wow what an amazing lil album! so cute!!!

Scrappin' Mama said...

As always, your project turned out perfect, adorable, cute, ohh I could go on & on! :) So talented Nikki, keep it up girl!!

-Meggan

Monique said...

Good luck with your Elmer's project!! I sure love it!!! And oh, that Newfoundlander!! He looks so sweet!! Hope you'll find a great home for him!!
Huge congrats on being an aunt again!!

Julie said...

looks like the perfect project to showcase all the goodies with. Love the fur babies, I have no kids and scrap my fur babies also. I hope you find a great home for the sweet sweet found dog, all my babies are rescues and they are the best!

jo-ann said...

I'm so glad I found a fellow champion for the animals. I'm familiar with Angel's Gate having read the book " Getting Lucky " by Susan Marino. I created a layout based on the book and have since passed on the book to my sister who rescues dog and gives them a forever home. Scrolling down on my blog will lead you to the layout! Your mini-album has inspired me to do one for my sister to commemorate her past rescues. Good luck with Elmer's Craft challenge!

Keonte' S said...

Bella is just adorable. I also love that you named one of your Fur Babies "Alfred". Just too cute.

You made this project look simple (which I know it would not be for me, lol). The pictures were a wonderful addition to a visual learner like myself.

BenSpark said...

That is a wonderful project. I love it. Your dogs and family are beautiful.

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