Friday, May 27, 2011

Graphic 45 Featured Circus Tent Tryptich

Happy Friday all!!  Thanks so much for stopping by on this wonderful day!  Today my second G45 design team project is being featured on their blog and I have been super excited to share it with you!
Also in celebration of hitting over 500 sales in my etsy store, Sunny Skye Creations, I have decided to have a little giveaway too!
So on with the show...

I like to call this creation a Bendy Fold Triptych card.  It has all the possibilities of folding flat just like a regular Bendy Fold Card, just with a little more pizazz added by using G45's hinges and the left over tags they use for their packaging. 

This was actually something I created for my Mom on Mother's Day.  She just loves all the vintage circus images and not to mention Graphic 45!!  Needless to say she LOVED it!  And the greatest thing of all about this card is with a few little changes this card could be for Dad, or Grandma!  Also with so many different large surfaces to cove,r this could easily be turned into a mini book.

I just love this little elephant drinking tea with a clown!!  He is a piece of vintage clip art I already had that just worked perfectly into the whole theme of things!

This flower was created using Graphic 45's flower staples.  I just love the versatility they offer!!
You really can do so many different things with them.

Now onto the backside!

For the backside I wanted to create a feel of circus posters and maybe a view as if looking into a tent in the distance. With dancing horses and a dazzling array of "lights" emanating from the tent.

Also I created knobs to open the tent by using G45's Metal Brads.  These are just wonderful.  So heavy duty and extremely decorative/vintage looking.  They would add the perfect touch to any project!

Once opened up you get the feeling that you are on the outside of the circus tent.  Experiencing all the mayhem and excitement of the action between the shows.  With brilliant advertisements and banners that seem to be blowing in the wind. 

To create the circus poster with the greeting I used a piece of clip art and just opened it into any photo editing program.  Typed my greeting, did a little font matching and text warping and now I have a perfect greeting that matches just the occasion! 
Also remember when I said it all folds flat, well here are all the flaps and how it folds down!

For step by step directions on creating the original Bendy Fold Card click here.
If you are interested in having me teach this class in your LSS
email inquiries to
If you are local in the Ohio area and are interested in learning how to make this Circus Tent, classes are available at Simply Scrapbooks on Saturday, June 25th. 
For information or to sign up please contact Simply Scrapbooks @ 937-299-6288
Kits coming soon!

Supplies used:

Papers:  G45 La Cirque( Under the big top, le cirque, Greatest Show On Earth, Extravaganza, Dazzle and Delight, Magnifique, Bohemian Floral, Circus Parade, Tags and Borders)
G45 Christmas Past Collection ( The Holly and The Ivy)
Dies: Spellbinders Inverted Square, Tim Holtz on the edge dies ( Plaque and Postage, File Tabs)
Inks: Tsukineko Staz on Black, Ranger Adironack Red Pepper ( for Tooth Picks/flag poles)
Embellishments: Metal Button Staples & tag, Metal Hinge Staples & tag, Flower Staples, Basic Grey Half Pearls
Clipart: Elephant drinking tea & Hot Air Balloon sign
Font: Copper Black
Adhesive: 3M Pop dots, Ranger Glossy Accents, Tombow mono glue stick
Other: Tooth Picks, hand drawn paper flags

Now onto the giveaway!  Again in celebration of all my wonderfully supportive customers and followers, I wanted to give back to you! 
 All you need to do is sign up to either Follow this blog, Subscribe to this blog, or Follow this blog on Facebook. Then leave a comment on this post. I will draw names from all comments posted. (If you are already a Follower, just leave a comment to be included.)  It's that simple! 
  One winner will be chosen at random from the comments and will be announced Friday, June 3rd
So you have a whole week!  Anyone can enter, International and here in the US. 
 So get those comments in now!!
And onto the goodies!!!
Included in the giveaway is:
1 Cosmo Cricket Upcycle Mini Deck
1 set of 7 gypsies gears- 14 gears in total
3 Fabric flowers by Pink Paislee
My very own fabric covered brads covered in Moda Fabric
3 of my very own handmade paper tea roses
  1 Yard Pink Dotted Swiss Ribbon from American Crafts
My very own handmade metal business card holder
On that note, I would like to wish everyone a safe and crafty holiday weekend!!  Thanks for stopping by, and Thank you so much for all your wonderful support!!
Nicki Chicky

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Graphic 45 Projects And Playing Catch Up

It's been so long since I have had a chance to blog!  I have been missing everyone, and just missing the writing.  Today I will try and catch you up with everything that his been going on here, classes, Florida etc. 
But to kick things off, today is my first Graphic 45 Design Team Project Post for the Month!
I am very excited!
If you came over from Graphic 45 thanks for finding me!  If you haven't made it over there yet please make sure to stop by and check out all the other wonderful creations by the other amazing designers today and see how this card is done.
So let's get things started! 
This card is something that came to me after hours of messing with another card.  One of my favorite techniques to use is paper piecing, and I knew I wanted it to be my first technique to share.  Starting out using a mix of blues and oranges the plan was to create a Father's Day Card.  Stamping out hot air balloons, cutting and taking pictures along the way, I was just having a hard time getting into it. 
So I decided to pull out the Once Upon A Springtime line and work with softer colors instead. 
And boy am I glad I did, this little card came together so smoothly.  I guess sometimes it is just better to start fresh, instead of trying to force things to work.  Sure can't use this one for Father's Day though! 
For step by step instructions on how to create this card make sure to stop by G45 

Supplies Used:
Paper: G45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection
Enchanted Forest, Once Upon A Springtime, Primrose Cottage

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black

Stamp: CC Designs Mushroom

Adhesives: Tombow Mono Glue Stick, Scrapbook Adhesives 3d Foam Squares

As well as completing my projects for Graphic 45 I have been hard at work getting together classes for the summer.  Here is a set of 5 cards that I will be teaching at Simply Scrapbooks in Kettering on June 7th using the adorable Emma's Shop line by Crate Paper. 
For info on signing up please contact Simply Scrapbooks @ 937-299-6288
Kits will be coming very soon to the blog!
Also look forward to lots more Graphic 45 inspired classes and kits to be announced next week!

If you keep up with the blog, you know that I have been buried by flower orders lately, and have only been slowly digging myself out.  Well I am happy to say that my order of 1140 paper flowers is complete!!!  Even took a quick trip to Florida for a little RR before diving back in to finish a few other small orders.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am absolutely looking forward to being creative and not mass producing for a little while!!  WOOHOO!!
Here are some cute pics of  Skyler hanging at the beach. 
Can't wait to scrap these!  Just need to add a dog to the pic and she is the Coppertone kid!

Well that is all that's been going on here! 
Make sure to stop by Friday for another one of my Graphic 45 Projects to be posted, and a chance to win a giveaway in celebration of hitting over 500 sales in my Etsy store!
 Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Scrapping!!!
Nicki Chicky