Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March Challenge "Are You Feeling Lucky?

Well some of design team divas sure are feeling lucky.  Seeing that we celebrated St. Patty's day this month, it just seemed appropriate to scrap about the things "lucky" in our lives.  We also have an extra twist this month by using a fabulous sketch by design team diva Anna Bowkis.

Before I share the projects by the girls, I think I should announce last month's "Do You Love Me?" challenge winner.  Our winner is Jodi aka Dancing in the Rain. I love the corrogated cardboard heat, the gesso (or painting) and that wonderful stitching.  Here is Jodi's creative card:

Jodi, please email me at to let me know your choice of Nikki Sivils papers along with your address.  Congrats Jodi!

Now, let's post the amazing sketch by Anna that the girls used for their projects.

Ok, let's see who's feeling lucky!


First up is a layout by Nikki herself using It's Raining It's Pouring. Who wouldn't feel lucky about having a little darling like that in their lives.  There is a hint on Nikki's layout about things to come as well.  Stay tuned because very soon we will be doing a cross promotion with Provo Craft.  See the sweet little playing block that Nikki made using her new Cricut.

by Mimi Leinbach using It's Raining It's Pouring.

by Deana Boston using It's Raining It's Pouring.

by Julie Tucker-Wolek using It's Raining It's Pouring.

by Leah Farquharson using We Are Family.

by Jen Matott using Summer.

by Hilde Janbroers using Beatrice.

by Julie Howard using Summer.

by Anna Bowkis using Summer.

by me (Susan Dupre) using Summer.


by Andrea Budjack using It's Raining It's Pouring.

If you would like to play along for your chance to win some of Nikki's fabulous papers, just do a layout or card about something you feel lucky about and using the above sketch.  Be sure to post your work to this thread.  Good luck!

Happy Crafting,
Susan Dupre

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Monday Morning!!

I had a great weekend... worked very little and played a lot! Which by the way is one of my goals for 2011, to play more! My dear sweet husband bought me an iPad 2 for my birthday, which is next Sunday, he couldn't wait to give it to me so I've been playing my heart out on it! I cooked several meals over the weekend, something I love to do but don't seem to have enough time to do. I made a horrible avocado basil pasta, did not like it, sausage gravy and biscuits, that were heavenly and last night I made Henry's favorite meal, mexican corn dip with enchiladas... yummy! My 3 brothers took me skeet shooting this weekend too and I LOVED IT! I got a new shotgun and wanted to play with it... I did pretty good for my first time skeet shooting, not exactly easy to shoot a flying disk in the air! This is a newer hobby and love it b/c I get to spend time with my three brothers! 
Here are some pictures of my 3 younger brothers...
DJ and I
(DJ's in the middle of the 3 boys)
This is Barron and I, he's the youngest of us!
(He's my baby, 13 years younger than me.)
I just put this picture in b/c for some reason I just love it! I think b/c I'm looking at him like an older adoring sister would... just full of love!
FYI... he's single and I'm actively looking for a wonderful girl for him. ;)
This is Ryan with my Henry. Ryan is the oldest of the boys but 6 years younger than me. He's the clown of the family... always has us in tears, especially me!
Okay so there are a few of the men in my life! I love and adore them all! Which brings me to the next little bit of information I wanted to share today...

I thought I'd share with you all why and how I designed "We Are Family"!  As you all know if you are a blog follower my families mean the world to me, I'm so lucky b/c I have a HUGE family. With parents that divorced when I was very young (under a year old) they both remarried pretty quickly so all I've ever known are my parents married to other people that have been in my life... well, basically all my life! So my step-parents are parents too as I don't know any different... they've always been there. 
That's why I created "We Are Family" because we are all family, all of us and there are a lot of us! Both of my families are very close and I'm an active member in both families. It's crazy because at my dads house its all girls, on that side I have only sisters, and on my moms side only brothers. Its always a ton of fun with both families!

Here is a sweet layout that Ria, one of my DT girls created...
I love Ria's work and this paper line was perfect for her family layout!
Here is the entire collection:

I'll leave you with this thought....
There is nothing more important than the people we share our lives with and consider family. Family means many different things to everyone, but one thing for sure is I don't know what I'd do without mine! So go call a brother, sister, mom, dad, grandparent or friend and tell them what they mean to you. Then go find a picture of them, old or new, scrapbook it and tell your "family" story. 
Have a great week! -Nikki

Saturday, March 26, 2011

*Showcase on You!* :)

Hi everyone!

Every month, I am HONORED to share layouts, cards and altered items that YOU have made using Nikki's products! Part of my favorite job I do for Nikki is go through online galleries and blogs looking for people that are using Nikki's products! So you NEVER know when you might see a comment from me asking you to send me your creations! And you never have to wait for me... if you make ANYTHING using at least 80% of Nikki's products, feel free to email it to me at! :) I would LOVE to showcase YOU! :)

Wait till you see all the GORGEOUS creations I have to share with you today! :)
First up is the "If It's Groovy" team! Nikki sponsored them and their design team was nice to share their creations with me! *love them!* :) They all used Sugar Cookie! (And speaking of "If It's Groovy," Nikki will be doing a blog hop with them the weekend of April 7th! Mark your calendars! :)

If It's Groovy team member Darlene Servolini! :)


If It's Groovy blog owner Deb! :)

If It's Groovy team member Heather Guy! :)

If It's Groovy team member Doreen Vasquez! :)

If It's Groovy team member Jennifer Taylor! :)

If It's Groovy team member Sarah Swann! :)

If It's Groovy team member Silvana Barreiro! :)

Next we have a BEAUTIFUL layout by Karen Garbacik! She used Max & Mollie on her layout! :)

Next, we have Theresa Gillman with this PRECIOUS layout! :) She used Summer on this one! :)

Next, we have Ashley Horton with this gorgeous layout she made using Happy Holly Days! :)

Next, we have Margie Cortina with two cards she made using Willow Bee! She always ROCKS the Willow Bee line! :)

And Margie made this beautiful card using Flaming Butterfly! :)

Next, we have an ADORABLE mini album and card made by Stacy Rodriguez! :) Stacy used Beatrice and It's Raining, It's Pouring on these beauties! :)

Next, we have Margie Cortina's sister... Sarabeth Burke! :) She made a mini-album using Something For Everyone! (*Can I just saw that I am all giddy that she used "For Julie" on this one...that one is named for ME!...really it is!) :)

Next, we have FOUR BEAUTIFUL cards by ! I was lucky to meet Ashley at Winter CHA 2011...and she is a sweetie! :) Ashely used Summer on these cards! :)

Scrapbook Sussies carried Nikki's We Are Family in their March kit, and some of the designers were nice enough to send me their Nikki creations! LOVE THESE! :)

Scrapbook Sussies team member Valerie Allen! :)

Scrapbook Sussies team member Tiffany Moyer! :)

Scrapbook Sussies team member Jennifer Halleck! :)

Scrapbook Sussies team member Lisa Wilkinson! :)

Next, we have Christi Burton with this ADORABLE card using Willow Bee! :)

Next, we have a CUTEEEE card from Alecia Harper! :) She used Max & Mollie on this card! :) 
Next, we have THREE BEAUTIFUL cards from Jamie Lane! Jamie used My Sweet Cherry Pie and Tree Love on these!  :)

Next, we have Michelle O'Driscoll! Michelle created a GORGEOUS 2 page layout and a 1 page layout using  Tree Love! *love that tree!* :)

Next, we have Nancy Jones who shared not only a layout with us, but also a mini-album using It's Raining, It's Pouring! *love these!* :)

Next, we have Karen Zabuska and THREE BEAUTIFUL cards she made! The first two were made using It's Your Day, and the last one was made using Sugar Cookie...and its a card she made FOR NIKKI when she took one of her classes in California! :) How cool is that?!? :)


And lastly today, we have a BEAUTIFUL layout from Chris Leach! Chris made this layout using It's Raining, It's Pouring! :)

WOW!! I just love all of these!! Thanks to all these lovely ladies for sharing their creations with us! And thanks for stopping by, we appreciate the support! :)
~~Julie TW~~
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