Monday, August 29, 2011

Graphic 45 Magic Of Oz Wall Decor

Happy Monday!! Hope you all had an outstanding weekend full of joy!  Today is officially the first bus ride and full day of Kindergarten for my daughter Skyler!!  Sitting here a little teary eyed, excited and scared for her all at the same time.  Hoping she has better school experiences than I did, and just sad she has grown up so fast.  Where does the time go??? 

Well if I have anything to do with it, it goes to creating, creating, creating after spending as much time possible with family.  And today I have a one of a kind creation to share with you!
Lately I have been really hooked on creating dimensional wall art.  Dabbling a little here and there since last year, I have found that truly, Graphic 45 makes the best papers for this occasion.  With images that are so unique, romantic, playful and just great for telling a story. 
And what better story to tell than the Magic of Oz!

Created using dimensional letters, set on a classic black textured Coordinations/Graphic 45 Cardstock, making the colors really pop.  All set inside of a 12x12 frame.  But what makes this so fun, are all the little cut Graphic 45 images and the yummy Imaginarium chipboard!

Instead of spraying my chipboard pieces with a glimmer mist, I used Smooch to paint right over top giving it a great solid, bright shimmer that doesn't look washy! 
*TIP* when placing dimensional objects in hands of pop dotted images, stick the object directly into the pop dot foam.  This will help give it support!

These fun little Ruby Slippers can be found at

Love the little banner that says "The Great, The Terrible, The Wizard", cut out of Goblin Gazette. 
Just fit so perfect on his hot air balloon.  And the way he is speaking and pointing he looks like such a tyrant!

And what Oz Collage would be complete without Flying Monkeys????
Flying over a bright moon ascending over blackened clouds. 

There is definately No Place Like Home to hang these fun wall hangings!!

Make sure to drop by Graphic 45 to see what you can win this week, and check out the other amazing Wall  projects by the Lovely Gloria Stengel and Lynnette Caroll!

Thanks so much for stopping by on this Beautiful Monday!!
Look forward to a few more creepy aging techniques on Wednesday, and maybe a few more tricks along the way!  Love this time of year!
Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Winner Is.....

Thanks so much for stopping by for today's announcement of the BIG Blog Giveaway!!  WOHOO!!
  Today's winner was chosen at random, and the number chosen was lucky number 42!
Which means today's winner is Pandora..Here is what Pandora had to say

"I just love the coffin, I am definitely using that technique! I've never used any programs to scrapbook but i do need one to do a slide show for my photos. I am going to have to check out this program. Thanks! "   

Congratulations Pandora!!!!!
If you could please email me at  with your mailing address and preferred email address for sent download and instructions, I would love to get your prizes heading your way!!

Thanks so much to everyone who left their comments, and participated in the giveaway!! 
 You are all Amazing! 
Have an outstanding weekend, and stop back Monday for some more fun Graphic 45 Inspiration!
Nicki Chicky

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Giveaway Reminder

Don't forget I have a giveaway going on all week!  Click here to leave your comments for a chance to win a prize pack valued at over $80.00!!  WOOHOO!!

Graphic 45 featured ABC Primer Projects

Hiya All!  Happy Tuesday!!    Thanks so much for dropping by today!  O Where did this summer go???
It's back to school time already, and my baby is growing up too fast!!!  Friday Skyler will start her first day of Kindergarten.  I am Having very mixed emotions about all this, but she is very excited!!  
So hard letting them grow up... So in celebration of Back 2 School, Graphic 45 is featuring ABC Primer Projects from myself and the wonderful Laura Denison.  Make sure to stop by G45 and leave your comments for the giveaway and check out Laura's awesome piece..  So onto the inspiration..

This first project is something I created using an old hand chalboard from an antique store. 

This would just be sooo cute in Skyler's room!   Perfect for leaving little love notes, or even chores etc.  To create this effect with the metal brads.  Paint white, allow to dry then ink raised surfaces with Staz on Black. 

Supplies used: 

Papers: Graphic 45 An ABC Primer Collection
Building Blocks
Grammar School
Embellishments: Grraphic 45 Chipboard Buttons
Graphic 45 Metal Buttons
Graphic 45 An ABC Primer Chipboard Tags 1
Tim Holtz Grundgeboard
Punches: Martha Stewart Ornate Lace Border
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks( Frayed Burlap)
Staz On ( Jet Black)
Adhesives: Glossy Accents
Tombo Mono Glue Stick
Other: Silk Flowers, Pip Berries, Vintage Chalkboard, White Acrylic Paint

For the next project, I created a super cute layout uaing lots of fun images from the ABC Primer Collection.  The chipboard letters are imaginarium design, with a litte rock candy overtop for shine. 
Such a fun easy layout that could be great for so many things!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Bazzill Nathan Burlap
Papers: Graphic 45 An ABC Primer Line
The Three R’s
Grammar School
Building Blocks
Alphabet Soup
Calico Kids
Bedtime Stories
Embellishments: Graphic 45 Chipboard Buttons
Graphic 45 Trim
Dies: Spellbinders Blossoms 2
Punches: EK Success XL Scallop Border
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Stamps (Sweet Stuff)
Inks: Tsukineko Versafine ( Onyx Black)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks( Frayed Burlap)
Colorbox Cat’s Eye ( Dusty Rose)
Title: Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
Basic Grey Capella Letter Stickers
Adhesives: Tombow Mono Glue Stick
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares
Glossy Accents
Scor Tape
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Stickles( Rock Candy), Vintage Buttons, Chipboard, Salmon Colored Pencil
Thanks so much for stopping by on this fun day of inspiration! 
Don't forget I have a giveaway going on till Friday, so click here to leave your comments for a chance to win!
Have an amazing week!
Nicki Chicky

Friday, August 19, 2011

Huge Giveaway and Spooky Aging Technique

Happy Friday all!!  My apologies for the delay in post, always takes longer to do things than hoped!!Today I have a HUGE giveaway planned and some step by step photos sharing the "spooky aging technique" used for my Creepy Countdown Calendar..  So let's not waste any time!!
For this Huge Giveaway not only could you win what you see pictured here, but also included in the giveaway is a Free Copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Program!!!
This is an unbelievable prize package of over $80.00!!!

If you aren't familiar with My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software you have been missing out!  And so have I..  I recently had a chance to use this Amazon award winning program first hand, and found that it replaces 3 programs I have been currently using.. 
Sooo User friendly.  And not only is it great for making all those outstanding Scrapbooking templates, but it is perfect for image layering, making videos and tons more!! 
So if you have been wanting to try and Digital Scrapbooking Program, My Memories Suite is the one to try!

To be entered for your chance to win this awesome giveaway. Leave your comments here now through August 26th !  One winner will be chosen at random and announced next Friday, August 26th!  * US and Canada Residents Only Please!

For up to 3 more additional chances to win, follow My Memories on either their Facebook, Twitter or Blog and stop back to let me know by leaving your additional comments. 

Prize Package Includes:
1 Free Digital Copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Program
Graphic 45 12 x12 Halloween in Wonderland Paper Pack
3 Graphic 45 Metal Brads
3 Chipboard Diecut Gears
2 Graphic 45 Metal Tags
3 LG Handmade paper flowers created using G45's Halloween in Wonderland papers
1 Large stemmed playing Card flower
1 Hampton Arts Cling Stamp
6 Fun Halloween Cupcake picks

WOW!  Don't want to miss out on this one!! 

Now onto the Spooky Aging Technique
 To get started you will need:
Matte Black Acrylic Paint
  Thick Matte Gel Medium
Paint Brush
White Acrylic Gesso
Small Scrap Flexible cardboard
Heat Gun(optional)

Step 1 Too get started paint desired object black
Allow paint to dry then move onto step 2

Step 2: Using a small bent piece of flexible cardboard, gently fold in half to make a scoop
Scoop up small amounts of Gel Medium, and Scrape DIRECTLY onto project.

*Note, for more texture allow to dry in clumps or piles.  But allow ALOT more drying time, you may speed the process some with an Embossing gun.
Matte Medium will look clear when dry

Step 3: Paint over top of gel medium using your matte black paint.  Hiding any traces of Gel Medium
Allow paint to dry, will only take a few moments

Step 4:  Using a dry paint brush, pick up a small amount of White gesso and "drybrush" over top texture.  Making to sure move your brush strokes in different directions and never picking up much white..

Continue step 4 repeatedly till you reach desired effect

That's it for today!!  Thanks so much for stopping by on this special Friday! 
Have an amazing weekend, and don't forget to leave those comments to join in the giveaway!!!
Nicki Chicky

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Return of the Skele Ele - More pull toy ideas!

Happy Tuesday all!!  Today I would like to share with you some variations that I created of my Elephant pull toy first designed in early June for G45.  But first I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the G45 /Want 2 Scrap Blog hop a wonderful success!! 
 I can't thank everyone enough for all your amazing support and out of this world comments!! 
Truly humbles me to have so many wonderful people in my life!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

OK now I would like to answer some questions that came up from the blog hop.. 
First question I saw a lot of was, "Where do you get all your fun things"?.  Well I have to be honest and say that I just went shopping at my Mom's house, through all of her wonderful collections.  She has been a lover of Halloween for as long as I can remember and has always collected new and vintage! 
But I know you can't just go shopping at my Mom's, so here are a few good places to keep an eye out!
1.Look at dollar stores and craft stores during the season, they always have all kinds of little decorations. 
2.  Those specialty pop up Halloween shops that always open just for the fall
or year round ones like Cappels in the Ohio Area!
3.  Don't pass over Target of Walmart, they pull in alot of fun small items in for the seasons too!
4.  Antique shows and Craft shows.  Though vintage Halloween items can be extremely expensive sometimes you can find amazing deals!
5.  Doll house miniatures are great for this sorta thing too
6.  And last, there are TONS of suppliers on Etsy and Ebay selling new and old items, Halloween is super hot on BOTH sites!

The second question I saw lots of was " How did you create the "crusty"  look to you box"?
Well this is something probably easier shown then done.  Will have a tutorial posted with pics up Friday @ 11am EST with a BIG GIVEAWAY Announcement,  so make sure to stop back to find out how it is done and what you could win!

Now onto some circus fun...

Meet Ella, the tight rope walking elephant with style!!  Dressed to her best with her little pink tutu, and tiny handmade paper flower behind her ear.  Ready for the show, with classy umbrella in hand Ella takes to the stage high above!

There is just something adorable about that big pink elephant bum sticking out of a tutu!!

Available for purchase here: Can even be created with your custom colors!
Please Convo or email me with any ideas or questions!

This is The Skele Ele!    Dressed and ready for a night of haunting! With his spooky skeleton suit, and Skeleton mask he is sure to get a scare! Atop his head he is wearing a worn top hat, adorned with a tiny metal gear and feather. And along with him, he brings the gift of a pumpkin freshly chosen from the patch! 

Love his little worn top hat!
  Created out of cardstock..

Wanted him to look like he was wearing a skeleton suit, but the only way to do this was to paint it on. 
Being not much of a painter, I was really worried about having to paint small details. 
 All in all I think he turned out pretty darn good!
But my favorite part are his skull wheels that spin as he rolls, so delightfully wicked!!

He is also available for purchase at my etsy store:

Off to finish prepping for a class, take pictures and create, create, create!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to come back Friday for a little inspiration and a giveaway!! .
 Have an oustanding day!
Nicki Chicky

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 2 - Graphic 45 & Want 2 Scrap Blog Hop

Welcome all to an amazing Tuesday filled with tons of inspiration!! 
 If you haven't already heard, Graphic 45 and Want 2 Scrap have joined up for an "out of this world" blog hop. 
August 8th - August 12th, drop by 3-4 featured artists blogs a day for a daily dose of creativity and leave your comments for a a chance to win some yummy prizes!  So make sure to stop by both G45 and Want 2 Scrap to get complete schedules for the week, see what you may have missed and find out more info on what you could win!
And don't forget to visit BOTH their Facebook sites for even more prize giveaways this week!

So on that note, I would just like to say, buckle up and enjoy the ride!  I believe we are in for an outstanding week of artistry after seeing yesterdays stunning creations and can only dream of what is to come . Plus, combining Graphic 45 with Want 2 Scrap AND prize giveaways... things couldn't get any better!!
Now onto my creation...

Confession Time:  I have never been  much of a mini book maker, it takes me WAY too long to finish one..
So instantly when I saw these yummylicous chipboard doors from Want 2 Scrap, I knew they had to be doors leading to something!  But  Doors of what?  To where?  Being a HUGE Halloween junky along with my 5 year old daughter and a lover of all things altered, I decided they were doors to a crypt!!  Built into a shadowbox, making the perfect Creepy Count Down Calendar!  Complete with nesting crows, tiny books and potions, drawers for candy and even a hidden door!

The shadowbox used to create this is Kaiser Craft's Advent Calendar. It came complete with the drawers and dividers for 24 spaces. Which makes it extremely versatile in creating a mix of different sized display boxes. And it was almost the perfect size for the Want 2 Scrap chipboard doors. After a few adjustments.. building and installing some chipboard door frames...
Truly meant to be, even the Kaiser chipboard numbers fit perfect on the Want 2 Scrap Fleur De Le !

Displayed around the outside of the doors are tons of fun little Halloween goodies and found objects of new and old!

G45's doorplates make the perfect doors for shadowboxes too!!  Just attach your hinges directly to your door plate using E600 and glue wherever a door is needed! (If only life were that easy!)

And hidden inside.....

An Eyeball and bones, some fun found objects and a hungry vulture...

And now for my favorite part of all!  Behind those Haunted Want 2 Scrap Doors...

Love the "Proper Gentleman" with the skull over his face, soo creepy!! 
Graphic 45 really does create the best papers for so many occasions, and never forgetting Halloween!  So many lines that work, this project uses 6 different G45 lines in total!!  Mixed with their fun
co ordinations papers and metal staples, the possibilities are endless!! 

Supplies Used:
Papers: G45 Magic Of Oz
Parcel Post
Magic Of Oz
G45 Halloween In Wonderland
Uncommon Nonsense

G45 A Proper Gentleman
Dressed to the Nines
Timely Point of View
G45 Le Romantique
Well Groomed
G45 On The Boardwalk
Coney Island
Seaside Chic
On the Boardwalk
 G45 An ABC Primer
Bedtime stories

Coordinations/G45 Timeless Collection
G45 Doorplates
G45 metal hinges
G45 metal brads
Tim Holtz Metal Clocks, gears and spinners
7Gypsies Charms
Pink Paislee metal Birdcage
Chipboard: Want 2 Scrap “Crypt Doors” and Fleur De Le

Dies Quick Kutz Fence
Spellbinders Deckled Edge Classic Ovals Large
Quick Kutz House and tree ( tree only)
Stamps: Hampton Arts Botanical
Hero Arts Script
Stampers Anonymous Angel Wings
Bling: Want 2 Scrap Black gems
Stickles: Distress( Black Soot, Black Diamond, Starry Night, Lime Green, Platinum
Inks: G45 Decades Inks
Bon Voyage
Tim Holtz Distress ink (Frayed Burlap) 
Tsukineko Staz On Black
Adhesives: Ranger Glossy Accents, Hot Glue Gun, E6000, Tombo Mono Color Glue Stick, Scrapbook Adhesives 3d Foam Squares
Shadowbox: Kaiser Craft Advent Calendar

Other: Black Acrylic Paint, Grey Acrylic Paint, Matte Gel Medium, White Gesso
New and Old Found Objects/ Halloween D├ęcor
Dresden, Cheesecloth, Handmade Miniature books, Vintage Bingo Chips, Stamped Metal Embellishment, Mini Bottles (etsy)
Ceramic Mushrooms (
Pumkin pods
Thank you so much for stopping by and joining in the hop today!
Don't forget to make your stop to all  the other amazing featured artist's blogs, and leave your love along the way to enter in the giveaways! 

Today's other talented featured artists are:
                                        Mimi Leinbach -
                                       Jane Tregenza -

Enjoy the journey!
Nicki Chicky 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A little Birdie Told Me

Happy Thursday all! I Can't believe it is almost the weekend again.  Where does the time go? 
Just dropping in today for a quick post letting you know ALL next week Graphic 45 and Want to Scrap have joined up for an out of this world blog hop!

Starting Monday, make sure to stop by BOTH G45 & Want 2 Scrap each day to follow links to featured artists blogs! BOTH Want 2 Scrap and G45 will be holding 2 prize giveaways, one on each of their facebook pages. And another on each of their blogs!

 So a total of 4 chances to win, for quadruple the fun!

 For a chance to win the G45 blog giveaway, make sure to stop by ALL the featured artists blogs during the week and leave your comments
A winner will be chosen at random from those comments left on the artist's blogs. 
To enter the Facebook giveaway, leave your comments on G45's facebook.

Definitely something you don't want to miss!!  Loads of inspiration all week long, with tons of  Prizes!
What more could you ask for!
I will see you there!
Nicki Chicky