Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's Thursday and Laurel is in the house today!

Hi everyone! We have some amazing projects to share from Laurel today! This girl is just AWESOME! I always love her creations!

"Hi everyone, Laurel here.  I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  I sure have it has been a busy one with one vacation after another!  I am looking forward to a couple of quiet days at home though!
 For my first 2 projects I used the new Summer collection to make a couple of summer themed cards. 
 This first one is a super simple card that could be used for any summer occasion.  The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.
 Flip flops are definitely a sign of summer and when I saw the pink and yellow papers in the collection, I thought of flip flops.  I used a template from The Cutting Cafe.  I adhered the pieces using my Zip Dry from Beacon before sewing and finally, embellished with some rhinestones from Want2Scrap.
 Next up I have some Exit Here projects.
 Our first vacation was a trip to Alberta, of course I took a lot of photos and am happy to say that I have now scrapped some of them!  I did a 2 page layout, the sketch is an older Sketch Support sketch, as this is for my daughter's album and she likes 2 pagers with lots of photos.
 Finally, another summer staple is lemonade so I used the Exit Here collection to make this fun lemonade shaped card.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches." ~~Laurel

How stinkin' cute cute cute are Laurel's shaped cards!!??!!??!!??

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Showcase on YOU!!

Hi everyone!!!

Today is another installment of my monthly feature on Nikki's blog -- Showcase on YOU!!! 

I absolutely LOVE to share YOUR creations on Nikki's blog!!

Today we have four projects from two very talented ladies!!!

First is Yvonne Yam and she has the CUTEST mini album in a tin to share with us -- and the cover of a second mini album all using You're a Hoot!!! I just love these!!!

And next we have Angi Barrs with an ADORABLE gift bag and water bottle set PERFECT for a road trip!! I just love these!! Angi used Exit Here for her projects!!

Thanks to Yvonne and Angi for sharing your amazing creations with us!!! If you ever want to be showcased on Nikki's blog -- just send me (Julie) an email to!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Welcome (back) Delaina Burns, July's Guest Diva!

Our guest Diva this month is not a stranger to us and we miss her a great deal!  Delaina Burns was a previous Diva and we just had to have her back to work with the Exit Here collection.

I am Delaina Burns and it's such a thrill to be designing with Nikki's adorable products once again. I have been blessed with many design opportunities over the past 5 or so years, from Magazine pubs to DT positions.  Thanks to Nikki for this awesome Guest gig...she just happens to be one of the sweetest people in the great industry.  

Delaina's blog is Embellished Memories

Delaina's signature, as I like to call it, she loves circles and it makes this layout so fun!

And she also loves to stitch on her pages.  I love this double rounded corner square she did on this page, plus all the fun layers! 

Delaina, thank you so much for being our guest today.  We were so excited to see what you would create with the Exit Here collection.  We miss you bunches!

Would you like to win the collection that Delaina worked with, Exit Here?  If so, just leave a comment letting us know what you love about Delaina's pages and we will pick a winner and announce them on Friday, July 27th.  You have until Thursday, July 26th 11:59 PM to leave a comment.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Projects from Katrina and a Sneak!

Katrina here today, with a card and layout using the Summer collection.  One of my goals for my projects was to NOT use that pink paper in the Summer collection as the main part of the projects!  I LOVE that paper and when I looked back at prior projects, well, let's just say it shows up a LOT! You will see bits of it on each project, I will admit.  Or...maybe it is that I am hoarding that particular paper?!  

First up I have a card for you.  I border punched a strip of the yellow paper and then tucked it behind the blue cloud paper.  I used some designer/washi tap at the bottom and then tied some jute from May Arts close to the bottom.  I made the banner shape, added a small touch of the pink paper, some stickers that I popped up with the U-Cut It Foam from Glue Arts and then added a Cute as a Button burlap button to the top of my bow. 

And then the layout. This is a very basic page with no journaling, but I thought the photos told the story pretty well and I really wanted the focus to be on the pictures. Bonus is that I wanted to make a quick page and with the scalloped paper it makes it easy to do.  

I love banners and I decided not to cut this one apart and just have it hang like a canopy over my picture. I knew the banner from the 6x6 mini paper would be my go to banner, because of the size of the photo.  You can also see how I cut the border strip of words up from the 6x6 mini paper and accented my photos with them.

The fun chipboard sun from Basically Bare.  Perfect accent for the Summer collection.  I covered with pattern paper, using my Fabri-tac liquid adhesive (LOVE THIS STUFF!) and then every other ray I then covered with some designer/washi tape.

And finally, a little peek of something that I have been working on with Nikki.  Watch for additional peeks this week on the blog.  The full reveal will be in August and you will be able to get in on the fun!!

And that is it from me today here on the blog.  Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for our Guest Diva, Delaina Burns!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Marielle Inspiration on Friday

Marielle is here today with us on the blog.  She played with Audrey and the Summer collection this time around.  Marielle also used a lot of our cross promotional partners on her layouts.  Basically Bare, Want 2 Scrap, The Twinery, and Beacon Adhesives are all present on her projects today!  (Way to cross promo Marielle!)

Party Dress
I used the Audrey collection for this layout of my sweet little niece. She just loves to dress up and I thought this collection would be perfect for this photo of her in her Christmas party dress.


Playtime at the cottage
The Summer collection is just so fun to use on all of your summer photos. It has so many fun elements and I loved creating this layout of my niece at play at her grandparents cottage a few years ago.

Out hiking the Fundy Trails
I also used the Summer collection for this layout of my"boys" hiking last summer. I really wanted to bring out the orange colors of this collection ( one of my favorite colors to use on layouts) by adding a layer of orange cardstock and how cute is that little orange camera cut up !!!

Bonne Fete Card
I made this card for the little Miss on the layouts on this blog post ,she just turned 6 !! Summertime is the perfect time to get a Birthday card with ice cream cones on it !! Am I right? Yum ...I love ice cream!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today. Hope you'll be back soon for more inspirations.

And I would like to remind everyone to visit Marielle's blog for more amazing creativity from her!  


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ms. Sarah on Thursday

Sarah has a jammed packed project post today.  She worked with the School is Cool, Summer and Audrey collections for her projects.   

My Pre-Schooler
I know it's still summer, but school will be starting soon and it has inspired me to create this layout of my little pre-schooler. School is Cool is perfect for all the back to school layouts. I used the Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge to cut the little pencil and the word notes.


While the School is Cool paper was out I created a few back to school cards too. In the School is Cool collection there is one sheet of paper divided into 4 mini 6x6 sheets. I cut these sheets out and they are the perfect size for making cards. Now all my cards are ready for my girls' first days back at school. I used the cricut Simply Charmed cartridge to cut the box of crayons.


Snip, Snip
Of course Audrey is perfect for all things girl! My sweet girl kept asking me to take her to get her hair cut. I kept putting it off because really I didn't want her growing up any faster! But I finally gave in. I think I was more nervous than she was! On this layout I used a paper piercer to poke holes around the patterned paper and then hand stitched using the holes I poked as a guide with embroidery floss. A little scotch tape helps hold down the floss on the back of the page. I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge for the poodle and Simply Charmed cartridge for the little pair of scissors.

Summer at the Carnival
One of my favorite releases is Summer! I just love the little critters on here. I love it so much I have just about used all my papers. I created several layouts, cards, and a mini album all from just the collection pack. I still had a few sheets left for this layout and card. My favorite sheet in the collection is the scalloped notebook paper sheet. Love it! I trimmed it on one side and arranged my photos in a grid here.

For my card I punched a circle and handcut some rays for the sun.

Whew, I am worn out from all that creativity in those projects!  Be sure to visit Sarah's blog also!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stacy on Wednesday

Stacy here sharing some projects using Nikki's Summer line.  This line is so bright and fun, simply perfect for those summer photos.

My first project is a gift card holder and the inspiration came from my daughter.  She got her first job this summer at the best ice cream place here in the midwest. I thought this was a super cute way to give an ice cream gift card complete with an ice cream cone on the front!  By the way did you know that July 15th was National Ice Cream yes I had an oreo malt :) Embellishing this little hold is a burlap button, cord brad, and some twine from The Twinery.

Coolin' off is all part of summer fun, and this layout is showing just how much fun it is for the little ones to cool off.  I love those little camera's, super cute and fun to add to any layout.  I used some of the burlap buttons across the top along the banner.  The clouds on the top of the layout came from cutting out the cloud from one of the papers in the line, then I simply traced it onto the layout.

My last project I have to share with you is a little mini album. 

Now the inside of the album is not complete yet.  My daughter is going on vacation with her friend and friends parents to Cobin KY next week.  I'm a little nervous.....ok very nervous that she will be so far away but I know she will have a great time.  I wanted to create a little thank you for the parents so i'm just waiting on the photos they will give me after the trip.  For this album I mixed 3 of Nikki's chipboard albums.  The covers and one insert are from the scallop square album.  I painted the edges of this one with pink paint.  Inside you will find a couple of pages from the crown & house mini albums.  I placed them in the album sideways so i'm excited to see how it turns out.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you are all having a fabulous summer!

I am loving that idea of mixing the chipboard albums!  Be sure to visit Stacy's blog!  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer, Summer, Summer!

Hi everyone!

It's Julie with you today and I wanted to share two layouts and a card using the fabulous Summer collection!

Thanks for stopping by!

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