Showing posts with label Nikki Sivils. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nikki Sivils. Show all posts

December 31, 2011

2011 Favorite Projects- Happy New Years Eve

I love the idea of sharing your favorite projects from the year passing. There have been so many precious moments this year and I have been blessed with them. With precious moments comes a fair share of hardships as well and I'm looking forward to a new year, a fresh beginning and a road not traveled.

So here are my projects to share today, showcasing some of my favorite products as well.A new way for me to ring in the new year creatively. Thanks to all my friends that do this already. You have giving me a new tradition...

This was one of my first canvases of the year and now that I've tried it, I'm in love with canvas!!!
Using my Favorite Tattered Angels colors to date...

In February, I tried my hand at making a braided headband for our little monkey Morgan. I used some wonderful ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Just a little shout out to Bonnie for having me be a part of your design team for the time I was on. I so enjoyed being a part of RRR.

March was a tough month for me and I did what I could to keep afloat. So having to create a project about your favorite feature for TAAFOMFT challenge blog was a perfect little pick me up. (Thank you Julie for being a friend and for having me be a part of your baby)

April finally brought my husband to us. Being apart was really hard for so many reasons. I thank God every day for having my husband, even on those days that were so so difficult. April also was my husbands birthday month and I created a card for him using one of my favorite paper collections to date from Paper Trunk.

May...So nice to be close to my mom for Mothers Day. So to honor my Mommy, I created this layout using Bo Bunny papers. I think it is my favorite layout of the YEAR!!!

June is when I finally got diagnosed with depression and I'm so so grateful that I'm on medication and can now see the forest through the trees. What a difference a few changes can make in ones life.So for June I couldn't help but pick this card. The message is clear and Nikki Sivils always makes me smile with her collections, her smile and her kindness.

July brought a guest designer spot with Donna Salazar and talk about excited!!! I love Donnas Girlie Grunge collections and had a tonne of fun with this one. My favorite was this card with a butterfly. I love butterflies!!!

But wait!!!! I also got to be a guest designer with Darkroom Door and LLLLLLOOOOVVVVEEEEE their stamps so July is a two-fer. Ain't this one purdy!!!

August brought a little accident to the family. My wonderful Mom broke her hip and although that was horrible, something wonderful came out of it. I started spending more time with mom and our relationship changed. She is one of my best friends now and I Love her to pieces. This project was my favorite for August. A beautiful stamp from I Brake for Stamps. I paired it with some great papers from Lily Bee Designs.

September was back to school month and both our monkeys were excited about it. They are growing up a little more every day ~sigh~. I started to think about doing a Life List Journal thanks to a great friend Tracy. This is the front cover of the journal and my favorite project for September. All put together with my love an Helmar love too!

October brings Halloween hehehe. I love Halloween and created a neat little tag using some Glimmer Mist and some Fancy Pants. I think every time I say the word Fancy Pants, I grin ear to ear. Love this company.

November already??? Christmas is right around the corner but I'm still stuck on Halloween.I love autumn colors and decided to create a large canvas piece using some of my favorite pieces from Basically Bare. This piece is proudly displayed on the main level of our home for everyone to see.

The end of the year is here and with that brings December, snow and family. Christmas was simply perfect and I'm so blessed to have my health, my loving family, and a new appreciation for my husband.

December brings out the kid in me and I so enjoyed this 1st little piece using purdy glitter and Helmar. The second little ornament is made from those super sweet little Dew Drops from The Robins Nest. Man am I excited to be a part of this team now.

Well there ya have it, My ode to 2011. I truly am blessed to have each of you in my life and along for the journey. We have many things in common even though we may not think so. Thank you for being there, for giving me a reason to get up and go some mornings and for sharing your lives with me. Until next year...


November 15, 2011

Merry Indeed

Tis the season for Christmas cards, songs of Merriment at the mall and Santa. The weather has turned here in Alberta from Fall to Winter and I'm starting to think of all that wonderful Scandinavian faire we'll have in a short 6 weeks. YUMMO!!!

Hey there everyone,I'm here today with my first post as a design team member for Creative Charms. I've been using these wonderful embellishments for a while and I'm so blessed to be a part of this team.(thanks True for the push)

Today I'm sharing with you a card I created using some scrumptious goodies from the November Deal of the Month. This deal is filled with 138 pieces of Holiday Cheer, and for this self acclaimed magpie, it is simply perfect. First off, I created the card using Graphic 45 papers, Helmar adhesive(450 Quick Dry, Liquid Scrapdots, Zapdots),  and some great ribbon from the kit.

To get it to match perfectly to the papers, I inked the ribbon a smidge with Tea Dye distress ink and a spritz of Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist. Perfect indeed. Then I finished the merry little card off with a few of the red Vintage brads and a great sentiment from the Christmas Twinkle Stickers

What a perfect match those Vintage Brads are to Graphic 45 papers. Now I also wanted to show you a creation I did a while back, a little Christmas Tree decked out in Nikki Sivils papers, buttons and Vintage Poppies. Just a little extra something for you today...

Well, that is all for me today. Here at least... I also have posts up on the Tattered Angels Blog and the Helmar blog too. Busy busy busy. If you stop by both and leave me a comment, 1 lucky person will get a Christmas treat of goodies from me.

Now off to dream of toyland...


September 7, 2011

Get Well Soon

I love the new Get Well Soon collection from Nikki Sivils. Perfect for those projects that are sometimes difficult to create. With the little germs, band-aids and medicine jars, this collection is super sweet and will cheer anyone up for sure.

Today I'm sharing with you a few cards I created using the Get Well Soon collection. First off a really layered card filled with sweet images. I added a good "healthy" helping of Stickles to the card and the images really popped. These Punch Outs are new for Nikki Sivils, and I love love love them!!! I added a few of the punch outs with some fussy cut images and this is what I came up with.

Next, a very simple card using the same Get Well Soon collection. I don't do simple often, but sometime it works for me. I absolutely adore the striped paper in this collection. So darn versatile and colorful. The perfect medicine for those Mojolostitis moments. Again, I added a little dollop of Stickles to the Lollipop for texture.

All of the elements of both cards were put together using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Helmar Premium Craft Glue and Helmar Zapdots. I love using the 450 Quick Dry on ribbons, metals and buttons. YUMMO!!!!

Well that is all for me today. I'll be back real soon with some projects to share. Hope you are all having a great week. Until next time


September 3, 2011

Fall is in the Air

I love Maple Leaves! Maybe it is the Canadian in me, but those colors as fall comes into play, are truly breathtaking. Every autumn color can be found on that one special leaf. I'm here today to share with you a fall card I created using the beautiful Bold Maple Leaf stamp from I Brake for Stamps.

This image is absolutely stunning and perfect for both feature images and backgrounds on projects. The card has both of those and I hope that you can truly appreciate the beautiful image this stamp creates. I paired this beauty up with some sweet Nikki Sivils papers and my favorite Helmar Adhesives.

First off I used Versamark and a little glitter to create the background. Then I stamped the Bold Maple Leaf 3 times on different paper and used some wonderful embossing powder  from Sparkle N Sprinkle to create these autumn leaves. After they were heat embossed, I fussy cut them and using Helmar Liquid Scrapdots, created a wonderful dimensional pile of leaves.

I think this stamp is my favorite so far. The versatility is simply AMAZING!!!! Here is a close up shot of the leaves themselves. I hope you can see the amazing detail the Bold Maple Leaf stamp creates when you emboss it.

Try you hand at some of the amazing bold images at I Brake for Stamps. There are so many to choose from and with Autumn right around the corner, make sure you look at the Fall and Halloween stamps too.

Don't forget to use my code to get yourself a 10% discount. Who doesn't want to save a bit of money right??? The code is SAVE10ERIKA

Until next time

August 22, 2011

Helmar August Challenge

What a fantastic weekend. Today is our little girls 4th birthday and we had her party yesterday. Then spent the entire afternoon at the beach. Perfect day indeed. Our little girl is growing up. I remember like it was just yesterday when she was wrapped up on the hospital bassinette.

And now our little girl isn't quite so little anymore...

So Happy Birthday sweet princess. We love you to the moon and all the way back!!!

Now onto the August Challenge over on the Helmar blog. This month we have another sketch and I had to play along. Using some wonderful Nikki Sivils papers and my favorite Helmar adhesives, this is what I came up with.

Take a few minutes and play along in the challenge. You could win some wonderful Helmar products.

Until next time!!!!


August 5, 2011

NIkki Sivils, You Make My Heart SING!!!!!!

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday to you. This weekend the children are going camping with the grandparents and they are so stinkin excited. Who wouldn't be when it comes to campfires and S'Mores though right?

Today I've got a card to share with you that I created using some of the sweetest papers around. Nikki Sivils has come out with a bunch of new collections and I'm completely smitten with the Gingerbread Land line. Talk about a versatile collection that cam be used for so much more than just Christmas!!!

I decided to use one of my new dies from Cottage Cutz called Carousel Horse to create this super sweet card. The dies are really easy to use and thanks to my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, they are easy to assemble too

Here it is for you. Remember to Just Believe!!!

I added a little lace and some wonderful Fairy Dust Glitter from Clearsnap to give it a teeny bit more Magic. Would you ever think this card was created using a Christmas Line??? I think not. Nikki Sivils, you so make my heart SUPER HAPPY!!!!

Tomorrow I will have two other cards that I created on the Nikki Sivils Blog, so be sure to stop by there and leave a comment

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend
Until next time


June 21, 2011


Happy First day of Summer everyone. The grass is green, flowers are blooming all over the place and our daughter had her last day of preschool today. This summer will be filled with visits to Gramma and lots of trips to the lake and the park.

Today I am sharing a few cards with you that I created using some wonderful Nikki Sivils papers, Basically Bare chipboard and Helmar Adhesives.

First off a pretty card that I created using the Something for Everyone collection and the Chipboard Hearts from Basically Bare. I love how Liquid Scrap Dots really gives you control of the amount of dimension you want in a project. Both the twine and the ruffle ribbon are available at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Next, a really summery card created using the Blueberry Hill collection from Nikki Sivils. I added a small piece of red gingham ribbon and a little Stickles to the letters and flower center for that lil extra something. Those flowers are one of my favorite images from Nikki Sivils to date

What are your plans for the summer this year? Camping? CHA? BBQ's? Would love to hear what you are doing with your children over the summer holidays.

Until next time

May 29, 2011

TAAFOMFT May30th Challenge-Favorite Childhood Toy

Hello everyone and Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of my US friends.

Today TAAFOMFT has a new challenge up. The design team members created layouts based on their "favorite childhood toy" and I decided to do a little spin on it. When I was growing up, there was one thing I always had by my side. I'd sleep with it, have it sit beside me at the dinner table and it would always be waiting for me at the bus stop. And yup that is a little Erika in the one photo hehe.

Deja was my German Shepard and I so loved him. I still think about him almost every day and he truly was my best friend for so many years. He let me dress him up in clothes, he'd crawl up the haystack and slide down with me (although a little reluctant) and he would snuggle with the best furry snuggles ever.

I created this layout using a cheery collection from Nikki Sivils called We Are Family, which I though was a perfect pairing to this project. The papers on the layout were adhered using Helmar Premium Craft Glue with a little help from Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive . I added the embellishments onto the layout using Liquid Scrap Dots (my favorite dimensional adhesive).

You can get the bakers twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon and it is available in a variety of colors for every project.

So how about you take a shot at creating a project about your "Favorite Childhood Toy" and enter the challenge for a chance to win a great little prize. If you enter the challenge and come back here to tell me, I will send out a little package of ribbon to 2 lucky people.

Hope you all have a fantastic day.


May 19, 2011

A little Summer Celebration

Don't ya just love bright and cheery colors? You know, the ones that take you to dreams of flower gardens, carnivals and rainbows? Yup I love COLOR and I have a few colorful projects to share with you today using Nikki Sivils products, Tattered Angels Goodness and some wonderful Basically Bare elements!!!

First off a card filled with flutterbies. I used the It's Your Day collection and some yummy Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock to create this one. A little run through one of my favorite Timmy folders and this card was ready for color...

Next, I've got an Art Journal page to share that is screaming with colors from Summer. I love how the Tattered Angels colors blend together on this one. I also used a few Dress My Up Dress Form pieces from Basically Bare to capture the "blackbird" in my mind. The felt pieces hold color so stinkin amazingly!!!

Edited to include colors for Tattered Angels Products:
I used Sun Sisters, Tuscan Sun, Rum Punch, Puerto Rico, Trunk Bay and Lavender Fields Glimmer Mists. The Chipboard dress form is sprayed with Bell Bottom Jeans and the Felt dress form is sprayed with a combination of Viva Pink and Bahama Blue finished off with a healthy serving of Chandelier Glimmer Glam. Finally I sprayed the Canvas wings with Charcoal Chalkboard Glimmer Mist and added a dash of Chandelier Glimmer Glam for that added sparkle.

Ain't that a Pip!!! Anyways, I'm off to take the munchkins to school for the day. Hope you all have a fantastic day and remember to create something every moment you can.


April 20, 2011

April Showers and Pretty Flowers

I love bright cheery colors. Things that make winter seem so far away. When I received the latest collections in my design team box from Nikki Sivils, I felt like Spring had arrived on my doorstep: All wrapped up in Nikki Love!!! I adore the whimsy that each collection has and thought I'd share my newest projects I've created using them

This first layout uses papers from the We Are Family Collection. The colors are fantastic!!! I also added a bunch of Burlap Buttons for a little extra texture. This was our sons first Sports Day (last year) and he so enjoyed it. 1st place in a beanbag toss WAHOO!!!!

Next a sweet card using the Max and Mollie Collection. I think this collection is my favorite with its brown, pink and green tones. Really Really PRETTY!!!

These next two cards are created using the very playful It's Raining It's Pouring Collection. I so adore the little umbrellas in these papers. Super sweet!!!!

If you haven't seen the Nikki Sivils paper in person, you have to grab a few the next time you are in your LSS. They truly are a joy to work with and so gosh darn versatile too.

I used Helmar Gemstone Glue on the Twine and molded it then let it dry. Love how it turned out. All those little umbrellas have a dollop of Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots as well.  If you have wanted to try Helmar products they are now available at Two Peas.

On a side note, we finally got a spot for our little girl to go to school and she starts tomorrow. She is so excited she can hardly stand it. They sure grow up fast. Hope you all have a fantastic day. See you soon


February 26, 2011

Ballpits are so STINKIN FUN!!!!

Hi everyone. Happy Weekend to all of you. Today is a real quick post to share my latest project created with Nikki Sivils goodness. I used quite a few different collections including Max and Mollie, Summer, It's Raining Its Pouring and Bella Blue and Oscar Too.

I so adore how this layout tuned out and I'm absolutely SMITTEN  with the big Grosgrain bow. A few weeks ago, my husband and the children and I went to a play center in the city and our daughter fell head over heels with the ball pit. I couldn't help but scrap these pictures.

The ribbon is available at Really Reasonable Ribbon and is called Circus Dot Bright Pink in 1 1/2"
I also tried a new product out called Pearl Pens, and now I need to get them in EVERY color. These things are so stinkin cool.

Here is a close up of the layout for you. It really shows the dimension that the Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots creates. If you haven't purchased this stuff yet, you just need to.

Well, that is all for today. Don't forget  to check out the Spring Theme challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog as well as the Design Team Call.

Also there will be a new challenge over on the TAAFOMFT blog in a few days, and my first project as a Design Team member will be up.

Until next time

February 19, 2011

Stinkers and Ice Cream!!!

Hi Everyone and welcome to the weekend. Only a few more days until we take possession of our new home and I couldn't be more excited. I'm already planning where everything will be placed, what colors will be here or there and what my first meal in the kitchen will be lol. A new adventure awaits!!!

Today I'm sharing with you a few new projects I've created for my design team spot with Nikki Sivils. Nikki creates the sweetest images ever and I'm super "stinkin" excited to share with you a few cards featuring some of her newest collections. Bright, bold and full of smiles.

This first one makes me yearn for summer. Hearing the little musical horn of the ice cream truck ahhhhhhh. Just a little bit of Rock Candy stickles and a smidge of  Ribbon from this months Ribbon Club assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon and TADA!!! The dimension is brought to you by Heaven in a Tube aka Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots.

Next a super stinkin sweet card featuring the Max and Mollie Collection from Nikki Sivils. The colors in this collection are simply perfect and I love this little furball!!! I added a little stickles to highlight the image and the extra sparkle is just perfect

Well that is all for today. I've got a few other projects to share with you soon. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. We'll see you soon


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