Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Challenge "Back to School"!

Come join us for our September challenge.  Now that school is back in session, it just seemed appropriate to do a challenge around school.  Most of us either have children in school or have friends or family members with children in school.  LOL, it doesn't have to be about a child either.  Katrina, one of our designers, did a layout about doggie school!  The challenge is to do anything you wish using Nikki's papers that revolve around school.

Last month our challenge was using "My Friend Birdie".  You could do anything you wanted as long as it was using this collection.  This month's winner Antonia Krajicek aka Green Horned Unicorn not only did one project but two!!  Thank you Antonia for playing along.  Please email Nikki at and let her know what collection of papers you would like.   Both of Antonia's  projects absolutely rock, and here they are.... 

Now here is what our fabulous design team girls did with this months challenge.


by Julie Tucker-Wolek

by Jill Hildebrand

by Deana Boston

by Katrina Hunt

by Leah Farquharson

by Susan Dupre

The above card was done by our wonder design team member Linda Beeson.  She found the the cute little template for her apple card on the website for Better Homes and Gardens.  If you would like to try this yourself you can check out the link HERE.

by Katrina Hunt

by Rae Barthel

by Sarah Eclavea

Ok, WOW, the talent that the girls have continually blows me away.  They are such an inspiration!  If you would like to play along, just link your work to this post for a chance to win your choice of Nikki Sivils products.  We can't wait to see what you do!

Happy Crafting, 
Susan Dupre

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

*Showcase on YOU!* :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Julie Tucker-Wolek here with you today, and every month on Nikki's blog, I am BEYOND honored to be able to share with you cards and lo's that I have found while searching blogs and online galleries!!! I get literally soooooooooo EXCITED when I come across someone that has used Nikki's products...and I even get MORE EXCITED when I ask someone to send me their work for my posts on Nikki's blog...and they SAY YES!!!!! YAY!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee to showcase your work using Nikki's products!!! So, if you have ever made anything using at least 80% of Nikki's products, please feel free to send to me at! I can not wait to showcase YOU! :):):):):):):):):):)
I also want to take a moment to thank the friends and fellow DT members that see Nikki's products being used out there in the world wide web...and they are sweet enough to send me an email and let me know!! Thanks girls! :):):):):):):):):):)
But....before I share what projects me and the girls have found for this month... DID YOU KNOW that Nikki Sivils products are FEATURED in the current ISSUE of "Scrap N' Art" Magazine!! WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! There are many lo's created by their designers using Nikki's lines!! You NEED to check this out...soooooooooooooo inspiring! :):):):):):) Thanks Scrap N' Art for doing a feature on Nikki Sivils! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sooooooooo now let's see what the girls and I have found this month! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
First I want to start with Bryn Boston, the NINE (Yes, 9!) year old daughter of Nikki Sivils DT member Deana Boston!!! She loves to scrap with her MOM (YAY!) and she made this GORGEOUS LO using "Boo-tiful line"!!!! HOW ADORABLE is Bryn in her costume?!?!?! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, I have two cards from Margie Cortina!!!!! The first ONE....OMYGOSH! I am IN LOVE with!!! I am A HUGE TWILIGHT YES! I loveeeeeeee this!! Margie used "My Flaming Butterfly" on this card! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And Margie's next card uses "Willow Bee"!!!!! Isn't this JUST ADORABLE!?!??! That girl has a way with stamps!! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, I want to share a lo from Liz Chidester!!!! She is AMAZING!! I loveeeeeeeeeee everything she creates and this lo is NO EXCEPTION! :):):):):):):) She made this using "My Sweet Cherry Pie!" LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) That little BABY FACE is soooooooo PRECIOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And next, I have a LO and a card from Antonia Krajicek!!!!! LOVE this girl! :):):):):):):):) And I love love love love love what she did with "My Friend Birdie"!!!!! She ROCKED this LINE!!! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)
 *loving those little hearts on the banner!* :):):):):):):):)

Next I have an ADORABLE card from Alecia Harper!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this!!!! She TOTALLY ROCKED the "Boo-tiful" line!!! She made this for a friend that has a Halloween birthday!! Soooooooooo SWEET! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, I have TWO lo's from Melissa (Isay) Zordilla!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee both of these!!! She is WONDERFUL!!! WOW WOW WOW!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all the YUMMY layers on both of these!!!! Just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) On the first one she used "Willow Bee" :):):):):):):):):):)

And on this next one Melissa used, "Will He B the 1?" LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE this :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, I have two lo's featuring "Willow Bee" made by Yolanda Hong!!! OMYGOODINESS!! I am IN LOVE with these!!!! I loveeeeeeeeee all the fussy cutting and those ADORABLE photos!! JUST GORGEOUS Yolanda! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And GENIUS is this NO CALORIE Halloween treat MADE by the AMAZING Jenn Koss!!??!!?? WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!  She took a "Dot to Dot" game pad and covered it with "Boo-tiful" and a stamp from "The Wildflower Patch!" Soooooooooooo IN LOVE with this!! WOW!! What a FAB-O idea!! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, I have a SUPER CUTEEEEEEEEE card made by Rhonda Van Ginkel!!! OMYGOSH! I loveeeeeeeeeeee the little eyes on the bumble bee!! Rhonda made this using "Willow Bee" and used a sketch from " Cardabilities!" :):):):):):):):):):) This is ADORABLE Rhonda! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

And next...I am honored to say that Croppin' Paradise is carrying Nikki Sivils products and their DT made  lo's and cards showing their WOW talent using these products! WOW WOW WOW!! Did their DT ROCK Nikki's lines!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! AMAZING WORK LADIES! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Using "My Friend Birdie" :):):):):):):):)

Second....Nubia Posey :):):):):):):):):):):):)
Using "Tree Love" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Third....Mara Campbell :):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Using "My Friend Birdie" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Fourth...Lisa Spiegel :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Using..."Tree Love" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Fifth....Joan Borgelt! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Using "Happy Holly-Days!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And last but not least from the "Croppin' Paradise" crew.... Andrea Tuttle!! :):):):):):):):):):):)
Using "Happy Holly-Days!" :):):):):):)):):):):):)

Thanks to EVERYONE for sharing your creations with US!! We REALLY LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE to see your creations using Nikki Sivils! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And before I head out the door today... I wanted to share a LO I have made using the EVER YUMMY "Tree Love" and Nikki's EVER POPULAR and EVER WOW "Burlap Buttons!" 

Thanks for stopping by...we really appreciate it!! And remember to become a follower on Nikki's blog....there is SOMETHING NEW here EVERYDAY! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Making history with Nikki Sivils...

Yep. That's what I'm doing. I'm gonna make history with Nikki Sivils by posting my blog entry today... September 28th. Throughout history, big things have happened on September 28th. For example:

September 28, 1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie becomes king of Scotland

September 28, 1928 - 1st recording session in Nashville

September 28, 1932 - New York Yankees win World Series

September 28, 1956 - RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records

September 28, 1968 - Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1

September 28, 1970 - Anwar Sadat replaces Egyptian President Nassar

September 28, 1994 - "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance

And now today...

September 28, 2010 - Julie Howard posts two totally random layouts on Nikki Sivils' blog

It's truly a day for the history books. I believe this post calls for paid time off work, cookouts and, dare I say it? Fireworks.

Yes. I *am* one strange bird. I make no excuses for it. In order to survive the craziness of day to day life, I attempt to find the humor in everything. If I can't laugh at the absurdity of some situations, I could just as easily find myself in tears. So in my life, I've learned to keep a light heart and to laugh!

Oh... and if it wasn't obvious, I used the My Friend Birdie
collection for this layout. The letters are from some other manufacturers which I will not mention here. Bwah!

Now for the next layout, you'll be very surprised at the two collections I mixed. I decided to use:

Boo-tiful and Blueberry Hill

See... I told you I was a strange bird. But seriously! Don't they look fabulous together?!

This is my niece, Chelsea. Clearly, she has a flair for the dramatic. Nooooo idea where she gets that from. Whenever she visits her Grandma's house she always leaves behind a new message on the chalkboard in the kitchen. This "I will be discovered" note was left for her Grandma this past May. Years from now we'll all be able to look back on this and say, 'We knew her when.'

Just as years from now you'll be able to look back on this date in history and say, 'Hey! September 28, 2010 is the date that Julie Howard posted two completely random layouts to Nikki Sivils' blog!'

Monday, September 27, 2010

I have a "treat" for you!

Hey everyone, it's Katrina here!!!  Nikki and few of the local design team went to Scrap-a-Palooza put on by Scrapbook Generation here in town.  We had a blast! Here are a couple of pics!
Nikki and Laura Parks shopping for some paper!

Chocolate Foutain...yeah, we visited it...TWICE!

And for my project...well, I got a little "misty" over it!  hee hee. I took half of one of the Blueberry Party die cut circles and used it as a mask for my misting!!  I used the back side while misting, so I could still used the front...that way I still have half of it to use on another project!   I got a little more "mist" on the cardstock than I had planned, but I think it all worked out ok!

And I tied some bakers twine thru the "how sweet it is" sticker from the Cardstock Sticker sheet.  I attached it to make it look like it is hanging off the letter.  I love this sheet of stickers, so fun and SO MANY stickers to do fun things with!!!!!

And then, my title was just going to be "Cool Treat" but then I got to playing around and really, really really wanted to use those small letter stickers in the layout somewhere.  That is how the "Enjoying a Cool Treat" title came about.  To accent the A, I just placed it on top of one of the Cute as a Button Burlap Buttons that I used.  And then I just used the letter stickers to spell "cool" but place them on the ribbon to make them stand out!

Just remember...stickers are not just "stickers", you can do things to accent them and make them stand out.  Just like the bow above on the tag and like the "ribbon" word strip!  Play around and see what you come up with!!

Get out there and create, you never know what you will end up with!!!! 

Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina

Sunday, September 26, 2010

All mixed up

Hey everyone,

It seems like I've been waiting for my post FOR-EVER!!!!  My last post was way back in August, and I won't be posting in October, so.............I thought I better give it to you with both barrels this month.  I decided to create several different layouts for this post, showcasing as many Product Lines/Collections that I possibly could & mixing things up a bit.

Here goes....................

12:  Boo-tiful & Pocket of Treats {title tag}.

Backyard Lessons:  Tree Love, Willow Bee, My Sweet Cherry Pie, Victoria's StreetBurlap Buttons & packaging (title tag), Cardstock Stickers (title).
fall glow:  Blueberry Hill, Ellie's Day Out, Tree Love, My Sweet Cherry Pie, Victoria's Street, Cardstock Stickers & Pocket of Treats.
Touch football:  Tree Love, My Friend Birdie, Cardstock Stickers & Burlap Buttons.
 Wide Open Spaces: Tree Love, Boo-tiful, My Sweet Cherry Pie, U R My Favorite & Pocket of Treats.
Hopefully I have inspired you to dip into ALL the Nikki Sivils Scrapbookers product lines that you own and begin to use them altogether in your layouts, cards & projects. 

Have fun trying to find these layouts in the gallery -- I'm not quite sure WHICH COLLECTION I will be showcasing them in {??!?}. 

Now.......get out that fabulous NS paper you've been saving for a fun day of scrappin'.........and don't forget to mix it up a bit!!!!!!

Have fun.
- jill
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