Friday, December 16, 2011

Graphic 45 and May Arts Blog Hop - Day 5


Hello and Welcome on this wonderful Friday!!!
Thanks for joining in on this incredible journey put together by Graphic 45 and May Arts!

Graphic 45 and May Arts have teamed up for a super fun blog hop December 12-16th! With tons of inspiration, fabulous prizes, incredible crafts and so much more! Behold the magic that happens when Graphic 45 vintage-inspired papers and embellishments join forces with gorgeous May Arts ribbons! Our design teams have gone all out to bring you the most enchanting crafts! Along the way you'll discover lots of fabulous new ideas to inspire your holiday season! So have fun and get inspired every day of this fantastic blog hop with Graphic 45 and May Arts!

And don't forget to leave your comments on each designer's blog to be entered for your chance to win some outstanding prize packs. One random comment will be chosen from one of our design team member's blogs and announced on Monday, December 19th!

There's also an exclusive Facebook prize! Check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win!
May Arts is also offering gorgeous prizes on their blog and Facebook page! So you'll definitely want to check it out! Just tell them that Graphic 45 sent you! So much inspiration! So many chances to win prizes! This is going to be a great week!

Here is what you could win from Graphic 45!!!!

The Gorgeous, and Brand NEW  Tropical Travelogue 12x12 paper pad, coordinating chipboard die-cuts 1 & 2, and some gorgeous May Arts ribbons!


Want to learn more about Graphic 45 and May Arts? Here's some fun information about these two fantastic crafting companies!


Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters. Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album, altered art project, or home decor DIY project.
May Arts is a ribbon wholesaler, based in Riverside, Connecticut, serving over 16,000 customers worldwide. We offer an exceptional selection of ribbons, including sheer, satin, grosgrain, silk and a variety of patterns and prints. We also maintain a steady stock of inventory so that orders can be fulfilled immediately. As one of the country’s leading wholesalers of decorative ribbons, May Arts has been providing superior products and the highest level of customer service for over 25 years.

And Incase you are just jumping in today, here is a complete schedule of the entire week so you don't have to miss anything!!  Plus you still have till Sunday night to get your comments in for a chance a chance to win those prize packs...So what are you waiting for!!!
Monday, December 12th
Lynette Carroll - http://www.lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza - www.janetregenza.blogspot.com
JackandCat Curio - jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com
Candy Rosenberg - http://candyscraps.typepad.com/scraps/
Latrice Murphy - http://www.latricemurphy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 13th
Ellen Sosnoski - http://closeyourears.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison - www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com
Charlene Driggs - http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/
Melaine Forbes - www.melanie-forbes.blogspot.com
Jen Shears - http://jenshearsdesigns.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 14thRobin Shakoor - http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com
Yuka Hino - http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/
Jenifer Cowles - http://scrapbooking-n-more.com/default.aspx
Gloria Stengel - www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
Jingle - http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 15th
Jinky Kowalski - http://jinkyscrafts.blogspot.com/
Sherry Cheever - http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Britta Swiderski - http://brittaswiderski.com/
Hilde Janbroers - http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Karen Baker - http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 16th

Tara Orr - http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com
Kimberly Jones - http://serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com/
Nancy Wethington -  http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com
Peggy Cain - http://www.createwithbubbe.blogspot.com/
 Nicole Eccles - www.NicoleEccles.blogspot.com  <----YOU ARE HERE
Vera Yates - http://www.lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/
Now enough sneaky peaky teasers, onto the real deal!
For my project I decided to alter a Bell Shaped Glass Ornament.  Found at most local craft stores, including Michaels and Hobby Lobby, also available at some Scrapbook Stores released by Melissa Frances. 
The glass ornament comes with a precut Chipboard base that can be decorated with any materials, and turned into an ornament, or a wonderful piece of altered art with a scene underneath!
For mine, I decided it was a woman's skirt!! 
Created by layering strips of May Arts yummy white lace side by side and on top of itself, then hand stitching them along the top, binding them all together. 
For easy placement upon the Bell Shaped Ornament, simply sew a small key ring to the top of the presewn skirt.
Now it will sit perfectly atop your ornament, and keep the perfect "skirt" shape, and now may be adhered into place using a high tack glue.

Trim ends of lace to desired length of skirt once adhered to ornament.
The woman was hand cut from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante Line, wings were stamped separately onto dictionary paper, cut out and adhered. 

*To add strength to your angel, firmly adhere a popsicle stick to her back!
For smaller paper projects, use toothpicks!!


Under the skirt I wanted the appearance of a peaceful snowy scene.  Using miniatures found at my local craft store, I was able to create the feel I was looking for.
 
First I covered the chipboard base using Vintage Silver Flower soft.
Once dry, I adhered my tiny white Christmas Tree, and decorated it using vintage looking wooden beads found from my local craft store. 
And last a tiny plastic deer lazing about placed right in front of the tree.
Super simple for such an elegant effect!!


Last, I adhered the decorated chipboard base atop a rusty looking cast iron candlestick using E6000.
Allow plenty of time to dry
Finish the whole thing off with a Cream Satiny Sweet May Arts Ribbon tied around the center, and set into a worn ceramic dish.   For effect add a few glass ornaments and a Pine Cone, or even some fresh greens or Potpourri and you have an instant Elegant Christmas Buffet or Mantle Piece!!! 

Also, for easier storage, do not glue the glass ornament to it's base, instead treat it like a Cloche that can just be placed over top.  This way it can be wrapped safely away from the weight of the cast iron, and won't accidentally get broken!

Thank you so much for stopping by today on your amazing journey with Graphic 45 and May Arts!

Don't forget to visit all the other incredible designers that have been featured today, and not to mention all week long!! 
And leave those comments along the way for your chance to win some goodies!!!
Stay Warm this weekend, and take some time to Alter Your World!!!

Nicki Chicky

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Steampunk Debutante: Eclectic Emporium
Colorbox Decades Inks: Photogenic
May Arts:  White lace, Cream Satin Ribbon

Stampers Anonymous: Angel Wings
Flower Soft: Vintage Silver

Other: Bell Shaped Ornament w/Chipboard Base, Cast Iron Candlestick, Wooden Beads,
Miniature Xmas Tree and Deer, Dictionary Paper







Friday, December 9, 2011

Spring Cheer to Brighten Those Gloomy Winter Days Using Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime

Hello and Welcome on this Super Cold Thursday!! 
Today I have a fun project for you using Graphic 45's Once Upon A Springtime!  This is a great little project to brighten up those winter days, and even have a quick and fun technique to share!
So onto the inspirations...

This fun little fairy block was created using a 2" wooden block, 2 Maya Road Bottlecaps, 2" for the mushroom garden and a giant bottle cap for the block to sit into, and some wooden spools for feet! 
Notice the mushrooms created out of Graphic 45 Doorknobs and Metal Brads!!!!


The mushrooms are super easy to create with just a little copper refrigeration tubing, purchased at any local hardware store..
  To create the mushrooms, simply cut a length of tubing using a pipe cutter, add a little E600 to one end, and slide it over the back of the metal brads or door knob. 
 It's really just that simple...
Cut your tubing to different lengths and create a whole mushroom garden!
If you have trouble with the brads bottoms, simply snip the fasteners off using wire cutters  and you will be left with a blank stem to slide tubing over... 


For the cute wooden block I covered it in wonderful Once Upon a Springtime papers.  Simply accented by a few handcut images..LOVE the frog with his flower!!
To fill in the spaces around the block inside of the bottlecap I used
 some dry moss, adhered with hot glue. 
And for an added magical touch sprinkle a little mica for shine, like a light layer of snow melting into the spring!

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 papers:
Once Upon a Springtime: Woodland Fantasy, Primrose Cottage, Once Upon A Springtime, Tags
Le Cirque: Extravaganza
Graphic 45 Staples: Doorplates(knob), Metal Brads
Colorbox Decades Inks: Triumphant red
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Glossy Accents
Maya Road: Giant Bottle Caps
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Copper refrigeration tubing, moss, tinsel, mica snow, wooden spools, beads, E6000, Hot Glue Gun
 Thanks so much for stopping today for a little inspiration!
Wishing you a safe and warm weekend!
Nicki Chicky





Monday, December 5, 2011

A Wooeing We Go With Graphic 45 ABC Primer

Hello and Welcome on this, the first Monday of December!
It's hard to believe we are already counting down the days to Christmas, then OMG followed by the New Year..WOW..Honestly the years just seem to go by faster and faster these days...Always leaving me wondering, Where did the time truly go?!?
Well for me it has been busy, busy, busy!!!
And loving every minute of it. But sometimes in all my busy times running around getting ready for shows, teaching classes or just creating I forget about the people who mean the most to me.  It's good to just take a moment and let someone know you love them.  Expecially during those long, gloomy days of Winter.
This cute little card is perfect for the occasion.  Super quick to create and super sweet!


Created with a wonderful mix of Graphic 45's An ABC Primer and The Magic Of Oz.  I absolutely LOVE this image of,  A frog He Would A-wooeng go, cut from an An ABC Primer line.  Great for Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, or Just to show your love...  Trimmed with luscious May arts ribbon. 
And complimented by Graphic 45's Metal Tags displaying the tag 1 + 1...  



Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers:
An ABC Primer: Building Blocks, Bedtime Stories, One Two Buckle My Shoe
Magic Of Oz: Tenderhearted Tin Man
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Tags
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Edge Borger Punch
May Arts: Ribbon
Spellbinders: Classic Scallop Rectangle Small Nestabilities
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Platinum Stickles
Ideology: Grungeboard Flourish
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, repositionable adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Silk flower
So whether you are already thinking ahead to  Valentine's day.  Or just thinking about the one's you love, this would make the perfect little reminder! 
Thanks so much for stopping by Today!
Have an outstanding week getting ready for the Holidays!
Nicki Chicky






Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Getting Out the Christmas Decor with Graphic 45

Hiyaz and Happy Tuesday All!!!
Hope you all survived Thanksgiving with full bellies and lots of naps!  By now, most of you are starting to get out the Holiday Decor, if not fully decorated.   Taking a family trip to pick a tree, decorating your mantle, or just getting out while you can to hang all those lights on the house. 
Well today I have a fun quick little Holiday creation that would look great on the mantle, or would also make a beautiful little heartfelt gift!


This tussy mussy was created using a heavy duty chipboard cone found at any local craft store. 
Easily decorated into a one of a kind gift for a friend.  Fill it with handmade flowers, or stuff all kinds of little goodies inside and turn it into a gift cone! 


Decorated with stunning papers from G45's Christmas Emporium line. 
Just wrap cone with paper, glueing as you go.  Trim down excess paper and seal with a thin coat of mod podge or gel medium. 
Once seal coating has dried, just decorate using vintage looking crepe paper garland and a little bling with a crystal. 
And don't forget to add a pipe cleaner handle for hanging..


Fill with handmade flowers all created from G45's Christmas Emporium to match!
It's really that easy!!


Papers: G45 Christmas Emporium Line
All I want for Christmas  
Joyous Noel
Believe
A Chrismas Carol
Dies: Spellbinders Blossoms 2
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks( Frayed Burlap)
Adhesives: Tombow Mono Glue Stick
Hot Glue Gun
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Glossy Accents
Other: Heavy Chipboard Cone, Crepe paper garland, Vintage Metal Ribbon, Vintage Crystal, Pipe Cleaner,
Fabric Coated Wire Stems, Tim Holtz Distress Stickles( Rock Candy)
Thanks so much for stopping by on this Brisk Tuesday!!  Make sure to stop by Graphic 45 to see more inspiration from my wonderful Teamie Sherry Cheever!
Have an amazing week!
Nicki Chicky

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sending Christmas Joy- Graphic 45 Style

Hiyaz and Welcome on this Wonderful Wednesday! 
Life has been crazy here between shows, getting sick and just trying to get ready for the Holidays..
Tomorrow my little family and I will be celebrating at home this year, so today will be filled with lots of baking!!  Since we couldn't all get together for Thanksgiving, Skyler and I will be heading to Grandmas to bake pumpkin pies and breads with my nieces!! 
MMM...I can smell the goodies already!! 
But before heading out, I wanted to share a little Christmas Card making inspiration..Just incase you have a little time to sneak off tomorrow while the men are watching football...


This first card was created with a recessed window effect with a quarter inch inward depth. 
Tutorial available at SplitcoastStampers
For my card I re sized my window area to the size of the image I wanted to use. 
I absolutely love this picture from Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium. 
It really just captures the spirit of Christmas as home!
After cutting my window, I found that Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle was the exact size to create a decorative edge by using the negative.



I just adore that little elephant pull toy cut from Graphic 45 papers...So stinking cute!

For the inside I decided to create a pocket that would be great for a gift card.  Even stuck one in there for effect in my pictures and forgot to remove it before sending off to CHA.  A few months later, after my card has traveled to the Netherlands and Australia and now returned home, I was pleased to find it was still there!!!

This next card was also created for CHA Summer 2011 upon the release of Christmas Emporium. 
Created with a playful, yet elegant feel, this is one of my favs..
I absolutely love these little children dancing around the Christmas Tree...So Joyful!!


And last but not least, the most elegant of all, yet so simply made.  With a luscious mix of black and cream that Graphic 45 does so well....

The buckle used for the front was from my Grandmother's sewing collection.  I used it not only because it was hers, and well it matched but because I remember hearing stories about when she was young,  getting all dressed up to go window shopping.  This image definitely makes me think of those simpler times...

For the inside I wanted to continue the same elegant feel.  These little sheet music pages cut from Graphic 45 were simply the perfect thing too! 
Last I really wanted to tie the whole thing together, so I cut out and added the little girl playing with her pull toy from Santa!

That's it for Today!
Hope my ideas have inspired you to pull out all those wonderful Graphic 45 papers and play.
Wishing you and your Family a safe and memorable Thanksgiving!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Nicki Chicky











Thursday, November 10, 2011

Storybook Inspiration w/ Graphic 45

Hello and Welcome on this marvelous Thursday!! 
Hope that everyone has been having a fun filled week..  The week hasn't been lacking in excitement here.  On Tuesday my daughter Skyler turned 6 and we had an amazing fun filled day with presents and special dinners.  Wednesday there was no school, so we even got to stay up late. 
Followed by conferences Wednesday, then off to finish up some last minute projects before
Horror Hound Weekend. 

Today will be all about packing up, creating signs, pricing and any last minute craziness that involves making my house look more like it has been ransacked. 
Then Friday at noon I am off to set up my new home with my Bestie Lesley for the next 3 days.
Super excited and looking forward to the Interesting people I will meet at Horror Hound. 
From what I understand there are lots of freaky and bazaar costumes, so I will make sure to take TONS of pictures to share!!! 
Whew Tired already and it's only Thursday..
Time for a little pick me up inspiration to keep the creativity coming!


For this layout I wanted to create a surreal feel that takes you right into the storybook.
Created using a pleasant mix of Halloween in Wonderland and An ABC Primer with little touches of 
Once Upon A Springtime.  This layout captures a lot of the wonderful storybook characters that make Graphic 45 papers so amazing! 


Instead of going with traditional leaf colors I decided to mix it up a bit with blues and purples that just help to reinforce the storybook feel. 
Each tiny leaf was loosely hand cut then inked and slightly folded in half for more texture. 
Hidden amongst the leaves are mechanical gears, clocks and even a few surprises..

Here Alice is searching for her storybook ending.  As the Cheshire cat peeks from the branches above.  Did you ever think Alice In Wonderland would mix so well with Beatrix Potter Images?? 
Only Graphic 45 could create such Magic!!!


The image of the mother reading to her children inspired this whole layout!! 
I wanted it to feel like the children are envisioning these things as they hear the story.
 For the title, I wanted to create a storybook looking title that also partially blended into the scene. 
Like the sign post that is pointing 2 different directions. 
One says "Create", the other "Your".  Signifying the choices we all have to make in life. 

The image of my daughter are actually from her first day of school this year.  Sitting outside on the front step for pictures, this one couldn't have been more meant to be.
Adding the butterfly wings to her picture was the perfect thing to really make the title have so much more meaning! 

Well Crafters, that's all I have to share today! 
Off to pack up and make some messes..
Make sure to stop by Graphic 45 for lots more layout inspiration today with my amazing design team members Hilde and Gloria!!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to..
Create Your Storybook Ending!
Nicki Chicky



Monday, November 7, 2011

And the Winner Is!!!

It's that time already to announce the winner of the Holiday Blog Hop Prize Giveaway!!!
First I would like to thank everyone who stopped by and took part in the Hop! 
Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments and support left along the way!!
Ok drum roll please.....
And the winner chosen at random is...
Cindy Lou
Cindy if you could please conact me at Scrapaholicmania@aol.com with your mailing info I would Love to send the prizepack your way!!
Again, thanks to everyone for joining in the fun!
XOXO
Nicki Chicky



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop - Day 3

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Calling all crafters! We ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, we're offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you'll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!
 I am here representing Graphic 45, and here is the amazing prize pack they have to offer!
 Beautiful Christmas Emporium collection 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 paper pads along with the 5x8 Altered Art Box, Altered Art Metal Tin and a Metal Ornate Metal Door Plate. A $75 value!


There are lots more chances to win! Visit the blogs of these fabulous companies including Clearsnap and leave a comment saying that Graphic 45 sent you! Each company is offering a fabulous prize pack and your comment is all you need to enter to win their prize pack! The winners will be randomly drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs.  There a lots of chances to win with this fun Holiday Blog Hop! Have fun and soak up the craft joy!

Deadline: comments to be left on each blog by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST for your chances to win BIG!!!


I also wanted announce that I am holding a little giveaway of my own in the spirit of the Holidays!!!
For your chance to win my prizepack, available only right here, all you have to do is Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know! 
It's that easy!
If you are already a follower, just let me know in your comment and you will be entered!

One Winner will be chosen at random and announced right here Monday Nov. 7th @ 7pmEST. 

Here is what you could win from me...
Graphic 45 8 x 8 Christmas Emporium Paper pad, Graphic 45 Metal Brads, Envelope tags and Envelope album.  One Dozen of my stemmed handmade paper flowers created using Christmas Emporium Papers,  Clearsnaps Moonlight Smooch and Green Olive Smooch Spritz!!! 


Now onto my Handmade Gift Idea!


This is just a small wooden box with a door and 5 glass windows that you can pick up at any local craft store. 
It may look like something very detailed, but can be created in only a few easy steps!


To start out. I painted the trim on the windows white.  Then cut strips of paper to cover the small amounts of wood showing on the inside and ouside of the box.
For the inside I wanted the look of wallpaper, and for the outisde the look of a gingerbread house.

Here is what it looked like as a box covered with paper and just decorated on the front.
No Roof Added..
 After covering the walls with wallpaper you are ready to create the simple shadowbox scene inside. 
To get started right click the clip art provided and save it, size to box and print off.


Once image is printed onto heavy cardstock, cut out the fireplace including Santa. 
 For added depth, print image off twice and cut Santa out to pop dot over first image. 
Adhere to back "wall" of box using pop dots.
Should look like this...
Cut out and add Graphic 45 stocking from Believe paper, Christmas Emporium Collection.
Add some shimmer with Smooch Accent inks, and move onto to the next few quick steps:

Now add a pre decorated mini Christmas tree found at any craft store in front of the fire place.


In front of the Christmas tree, cut and add image of People from Happy Holidays Paper.


And Last of all for the inside, cut out the cute little rocking horse from Toyland paper and adhere on left, in front of tree. 


Now you have a gorgeous looking shadowbox with tons of depth that was created with very little cutting of images!
Now for the Roof...

To create this super easy roof all you need is some heavy chipboard a ruler and razor knife.


Measure the length of the top of your box and cut a piece of chipboard that is over half the size.
My roof was 4" long so I cut my chipboard to 8"long.
Once chipboard is to size, find the center width wise and lightly "score" the center by cutting only the top few layers of chipboard.
Fold in half creating a peak.
Paint Roof and glitter as desired, making sure to paint the underside that may show.


For strength create 2 triangles or "soffits" (in housing terms) out of heavy chipboard at the angle you would like you roof to be. 

Cover Triangles with paper on the outside, and adhere one triangle to premade roof to help keep shape.
Due to a slight roof overhang, and to make placement easier attach the second Triangle to the top of your box using heavy duty adhesive.
(I didn't decorate the top of my box since I knew it would be hidden by the roof)

  Add one more strip of heavy duty adhesive to the front of your box top where the other triangle that is attached to roof will rest. 
Make sure in placing your roof, to leave room for your door to open!


Last Attach your roof and add Santa in his Sleigh!


For the front cut out some Holly from G45's Christmas Emporium Papers. 
Use some matching Hampton Arts Stamps to create the wonderful stamped image inside a frame.
Add some G45 chipboard and a few little nick nacks, and don't forget adding a snowy look, or brightening up your berries using
Smooch Accent Inks!



Finish the whole thing off with 4,  G45 Metal Brads glued to the bottom as feet.  This will help your door to easily open and close rather than catching on the table. 



And that's how to make a simple box, into a simple fun Shadowbox Christmas House using yummy Graphic 45 products!! 
This piece is not only great as a gift, but would be the perfect centerpiece to your buffet set atop a cake plate with some fresh greens!  Or place it amongst some Greenery and strands of Christmas Lights on the mantle and watch the glass sparkle!

Please Scroll Below Supply List For Instructions On Where To Hop Next!!!

Supplies Used:
Finished project Measures Approx: 8 1/2" x 6"
Graphic45 Papers:
Christmas Emporium: Under the Mistletoe, Toyland, Happy Holidays, Tis the Season, Believe, Santa Express
Renaissance Faire: Awakening
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Brads, Christmas Emporium Chipboard Tags 1

Hampton Arts: Christmas Emporium Cling Stamps 1
Clearsnap Colorbox Decades Inks: Triumphant Red, Antique Moss, Photogenic
Smooch: Siren, Moonlight, Top Coat, Gold Lame, Frosted Aqua
Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink

Fiskars: Scalloped Border Punch, craft knife
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Ink Blending Tool
Melissa Francis: Mini Resin Frames
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Glue Stick
Scor Tape

Other: E6000, Hot Glue Gun, mini wreath, bell, wooden box, chipboard, white paint, glass glitter, vintage clipart, mini candy cane, printer, ruler



Today
Nov 6 - Day 3


Sabrina Alery Clearsnap http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison Graphic 45 http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Karen Taylor Donna Salazar Designs - http://creativeyearnings.blogspot.com/
Beverly Sizemore Hampton Art http://bevscreativepath.blogspot.com/
Kazan Clark Spellbinders http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/
Janeen Shember Authentique Paper http://suburbngypsy.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins Clearsnap http://suepup.blogspot.com/
Grace Hester The Twinery http://gracehester.typepad.com/
Nicole Eccles Graphic45 http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/ <--- YOU ARE HERE
Audrey Pettit Donna Salazar Designs - http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Nan Paturzo Zutter http://scrappynan.blogspot.com/
Jeannie DeGruccio Authentique Paper http://polkacabana.wordpress.com/
Tamara Tripodi - Glue Arts http://happylifecraftywife.com/

                            Thanks so much for joining in on this Outstanding Holiday Hop!
Don't forget to leave those comments for a chance to win what all these wonderful companies are giving away. 
Plus Follow my blog and leave me a comment for a chance to win my Holiday giveaway!!
Remember to buy and create handmade gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!
Enjoy The Journey!
Nicki Chicky





Tuesday, November 1, 2011

An Inspiring Duo...Graphic 45 and Coordinations Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome on this glorious Tuesday! 
I hope you have all overcome your candy hangovers and are ready for some Graphic 45 goodness! 
This week Graphic 45 and Coordinations have teamed up to bring you some amazing inspiration for a double dose of fun from both blogs, and some prizes too!
So make sure to hop to each companies blogs and Facebook pages
 and leave your comments along the way for your chance to win their yummy prize packs!
LOOK WHAT GRAPHIC 45 IS GIVING AWAY!!!
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Now onto the hop! 
For my project w/ Coordinations and Graphic 45 I really wanted to capture that vintage feel that is so great when using Coordinations papers. 
With just a little sanding, crumpling and tearing this amazing Core paper can turn any project from clean and fresh to old and grungy in seconds!! 
A must have for any scrapper, especially on all those handmade Christmas cards and gifts..

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This Christmas card is a fun mix of The Magic of Oz, Christmas Emporium and layers of luscious Coordinations Core Cardstock.  Finished Card measures 4 1/4” x 7 1/2”, also created with  Graphic 45's envelope tag on the front for a little gift card hideaway!!

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Supplies:
Finished Card: 4 1/4” x 7 1/2”
Graphic 45 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Buttons, Metal Tags, Envelope Tags
Colorbox Decades Inks: Bon Voyage
Coordinations: Signature Series(Blue), Vintage Collection( Grey Damask) , Core Sanding Block
Ranger: Platinum Distress Stickles, Glossy Accents
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
May Art: Black Lace
Sookwang: Scor Tape
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Small Snowflake Ornament, Pipe Cleaner Candy Cane

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Lots more inspiration from my wonderful teamies @ Graphic 45 and Coordinations so hop along and leave those comments for your chance to win!
Happy Scrapping!
Nicki Chicky