Saturday, December 15, 2012

Merry Christmas Blog Hop!

The Paper Piecing By Nikki Design Team welcomes you to our "Merry Christmas Blog Hop". Today we want to inspire you with everything Christmas. You'll see lots of ideas for layouts, cards, tags, bags, boxes, gifts.....and much more! Please take a minute out of your very busy schedule and join us.

If you'd like to start at the beginning, then hop on over to Nikki's Blog ( If you've come in from Patti' Blog  then you are in the right spot. If you get lost along the way, here's a complete list of our Design Team line up:

Nikki -
Patti -
Linda -
Kimi and Pam -
Amanda -
Barb -
Amanda S -
Debbie -

For my project I made a tea bag holder.  I took the Pequin from Santa and Friends into my silhouette studio software, duplicated the image, flipped it and welded him at the top of the hat.

then I just used a little ATG to hold the tea bag in place.  The saying on the front came from a stamp set from Close To My Heart. 

Thank you so much for hopping with us today. We hope you've been inspired to try some of these ideas. Please leave us a comment, we love hearing from all our fans. We will be picking one fan from all the comments to win some PPBN files. Tell us what you will be making for Christmas this year!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all....

Friday, December 14, 2012

Be Good for Goodness Sake!

Happy Friday everyone.  How is everyone doing on their Christmas shopping?  My shopping is almost done, but not my Christmas cards!  I can't believe I am this far behind in my cards, I mean, isn't that we all love to do??  Augh - next year I am starting in July.

This is a card I made last night using Nikki's file called Santa and Friends.  This is a great file, there is a penquin, these two little elves, Santa, Rudolph and Frosty - so you can make a lot of projects with this one file. 

I decided to combine a few of the files together in my Silhouette Studio software and just print and cut them out.  I added stickles to the penquins hat.  When you need a quick and easy card, print and cut is the way I go :)

Hope you like it and please take a minute to pop over to Niiki's store - she has some adorable files, perfect for your Christmas layouts and cards. 

We will be having a Blog Hop tomorrow, Saturday the 15th, you won't want to miss it, there are so many great last minute gift ideas.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sketch Challenge!

Hello everyone.  Today I made a layout for a sketch challenge that is being held on the fanpage of
Paper Piecings by Nikki.  Here is the link if you would like to play along with us.  Wednesday they will be drawing a winner and the winner will win $25 in Nikki's store.  Here is the sketch:
Photo: Challege Repost: We just wanted to clear up any confusion with the challenges so the DT has decided to create the sketches more traditionally. Create a layout using this sketch as an inspiration. Your entry does not have to be exact and does not have to have these piecings on it, just create what this sketch inspires you to create. Challenge runs through Wednesday, December 12th and the random winner will recieve $25 in free PPbN patterns :)

I used Adorable New Bears and Adorable Monkey file for my layout. 
I hope you like my take on the sketch and will come over and join us HERE - YOU COULD WIN $25 IN FREE FILES!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

A little Christmas puppy!!!

Happy Happy Monday everyone!!  If you are anything like me, you are busy making your Christmas cards.  I found this cute image on a few weeks back.  Every Friday she is offering 3 limited images.  When I say limited I mean you can grab them only from 12 noon til 8 pm on Friday.  Once they are gone they are gone.    A few weeks ago I grabbed this little guy.

Isn't he just adorable??  The Santa hat came from the "Merry Christmas Gingerbread Train" file found HERE
Make sure you check often because she is always coming out with new files and don't forget to check back on Fridays for a one time offer!!!  You won't be sorry!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CTMH Inspirational Wednesday #3

Welcome back everyone my third project for Inspirational Wednesday with Close To My Heart.  I love this series!!!  I am doing it with two other awesome consultants, Patti who is also my sister :) and Diana two of the most talented people I know!

Today I decided to make gift card holders using the Artiste cartridge.  They are cut out at 5 inches which is perfect to hold a standard size gift card.

You can make two out of one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock. 
I used the stamp set "Family Love" D1506 for the sentiments.
The lables on all the gift card holders were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. 

The lable on the blue holders were from page 47 cut at 4 1/2 inches
the lable on the lower left was cut at 3 inches and coordinates with the stamped image
and the lable on the lower right was cut out at 2 inches on page 66.
here is a picture of the inside of the holder.

Isn't that perfect for a gift card?  These are super easy and quick to make.  If you would like to order the Artiste or Art Philosopy cartridge, go to .  These two cartridges are made to work with one another and the possibilities are literally endless.

Thank you for stopping by. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Decoration Bears

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.

I am on the Design Team for and today is my day to post using one of her newest files, called "Christmas Decoration Bears". 

I also used "Merry Christmas Gingerbread Train" file for the Christmas tree.  In my Silhouette Studio I grouped the little teddy sitting on the ground to the Christmas tree and cut them out as one piece.  Then I cut out the larger teddy holding the light bulb by himself.  I used stickles on their Christmas hats and along the top of the snow mounds and liquid glass on the light bulb, their eyes and noses and on the star on top of the tree.  The stamp came from CTMH stamp set called "Holiday Wishes".

Hope you enjoyed my card and will hop over to and see what she has new in the store.  She is always adding new files.  Don't forget to stop in on Friday - at 12 noon, she offers one of kind file that is only available from 12-8pm.  After that you will never see them again.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CTMH Inspirational Wednesday!

Welcome back for week 2 of our Close to My Heart Inspirational Wednesdays.    I am having so much fun playing with my stamps.  These stamps are awesome, they are clear so you can position the image in just the right place.

This week, I used "Snowflakes" it is a set of 11 stamps.  The order number if you want to order it yourself is, D1480 and retails for 17.95.

The cardbase is Recollections pack of 24 cards from last Christmas. 
I cut white cardstock 3 x 5 and cut strips approx 1 1/8th x 5"
Then you put the pieces back together, stamp and then reposition them with just a small space in between each strip. 
I wanted my card to be more dimensional so I used the Art Philosophy cartridge and cut out the coordinating shape of each snowflake and popped it up.
I love how the Art Philosophy cartridge has coordinating stamps - really makes the possibilities endless.
If you are interested in the Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy or the Artiste cartridge or you just want a
great quality stamp set, visit .  Don't forget while you are there to check out the "while it last" section, they have some great deals going on right now.
Unfortunately, I do not have a winner of the petite perks stamps set, so I will offer it again this week along with a Close to My Heart catalog.  The catalog is a great inspirational resource!!
Please leave a comment and you might be the winner.  I will announce the winner next Wednesday.
For some more CTMH Inspiration visit:

Friday, November 16, 2012


Welcome to the Paper Piecings By Nikki Design Team's November Blog Hop, "Thankful Hearts and Warm Winter Wishes". We are so very thankful for all our fans. You are truly an inspiration to all of us. So grab a cup of hot cocoa and hop along with us. We are hoping to inspire all of you with some Paper Piecing Fun!

If you've arrived here from my sisters Patti's  blog, then you are in the right spot. If you'd like to start at the very beginning, you can start at Nikki's blog.

Today, I made a popcorn slider!  These are a lot of fun to make and there are so many ways of decorating them.

Cut the wrapper at 6 x 9, punched a hole at the top and threaded about 13 inches of ribbon through the holes.  Then you push the ribbon down as you slide the popcorn in, when the popcorn is all the way in, tie a knot and then a bow - you now have your slider :)
I used Nikki's "sitting reindeer" file along with my Martha Stewart snowflake punch.  To dress it up a little more, I added some liquid glass to the reindeers nose and crystal stickles to the rim of his santa hat and pom pom. 

Next stop will be Kimi and Pam . If you get lost along the way, here is the whole line up:

Nikki -
Patti -
Linda -
Kimi and Pam -

If you would like to be considered for a guest designer spot in our next hop, make sure you link up a project at - use any PPBN file and let your creativity run wild! Thank you for hopping with us!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New CTMH Inspirational Wednesday - Winter

Welcome to the first CTMH Inspirational Wednesday.  This weeks theme is Winter.

For my project I chose to work with the stamp set called "To You and Yours" . 

I used my spellbinders dies for the circles and cut them out using glitter paper.  I stamped,  colored and hand cut the cardinal out and popped it up on some foam squares.  The sentiment is also from that same stamp set which reads "Love and Joy to you and yours".  I just love this stamp set!  If you would like to order this stamp set, please visit the order number is B1403.

Special for the Month. If you order $50 or more, you can get the stamp of the month set for only $5. This month the stamp set is called "Save The Date". Here's a peek:

If you purchase this stamp set, you can also get a stamp set of your choice for 50% off!!!! Also, CTMH will be donating $1 of every sale to the Hurricane relief effort, to help those affected by Sandy.

Please visit to shop for all of your Close to My Heart supplies.

I have the pleasure of being on a fantastic team, with my sister Patti who I have so much fun with.  Whenever I need some inspiration, she is just a phone call away. And a very talanted woman, Diana Lynn Martin.  Please visit there blogs and see what they have made for this weeks inspiration.

Patti -
Diana -

Please leave a comment and become a follower.  I am giving away a petite perk stamp set to a lucky winner!!!  I will annouce the winner next Wednesday for our next CTMH inspirational Wednesday.

Monday, November 12, 2012

What a cute MONKEY!!!

Happy Monday everyone.  Today is my turn to post a project for  She has so many adorable files, and this one is only .99!  I fell in love with this little monkey the second I saw him.

I used the png file and hand cut this money out (but you could use the silhouette and print and cut ) the monkey measures 3 1/2 inches.  Then I went to the silhouette studio and found this cut file.  It is actually called bookends, the other side of it says baby, but I just wanted the cute, and then wrote the baby's name and info on it to make it personal.  This monkey just makes me smile!!!

If you have not had the pleasure of shopping over at I suggest you do, she has the cutest files!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Snow is Coming - lets celebrate!

There is something special and exciting about the first snow of the season.  I live in Maine and tonight we are expecting the first "Nor Easter".  Not your typical Maine Nor Easter because they are only calling for 1-3 inches of snow.  A typical Nor Easter for Maine is 10-14 + inches of snow.  But the first snow is coming so I made my first winter/Christmas card.

My image came from it is her freebie snowman file.  I didn't want to make a typical standing snowman so I made him  looking up at the sky - as if he was watching the snowflakes falling to the ground.

Red cardstock - Pebbles "Welcome Christmas" paper stack (really nice weight paper)
White cardstock - from my stash, embossed with the cuttlebug embossing folder
glitter - Crystal snow, from Stampendous!
Crystal stickles were used on the hats rim
Liquid Glass, from CTMH were used on the eyes

I am entering this card in 10 challenges!!! - anything goes - anything goes - anything goes - card - anything goes - use the color red - no flowers - Lets get Cute - use the color red - anything goes - anything goes - anything goes

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Winner of Fall Celebrations Blog hop!

Thank you to everyone that played along with us on the Fall Celebrations Blog hop last week.  I had 3 people that went to and told me what their favorite files were.  The winner of the Martha Stewart circle cutter is...

SILVIA from  Congratulations Silvia, I sent you an email, as soon as I get your mailing address, I will mail you this great circle cutter.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall Celebrations Blog Hop - Link Up Party!

Welcome to our FALL CELEBRATIONS BLOG HOP. The design team is thinking outside the box this fall to bring you some new crafty inspiration. Whether you are celebrating a fall birthday or anniversary - birth of a new baby or a Halloween celebration...and let's not forget those of us in the US celebrating our Thanksgiving...there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the fall. Please hop along with us as we show you ways to celebrate those special fall occasions.
If you arrived here from Patti's blog then you are in the right spot. If you'd like to start at the beginning, please start at In case you get lost along the way, here is our complete lineup.
I love Fall, it is one of my most favorite seasons.  As Halloween gets closer, I like to make luminaries to line the walk way to the front door.  Where I live now, we don't get any little trick or treaters :( - but I can still enjoy luminaries on my table.
The luminary base came from the Silhouette Studio, in the software I was able to take an image from Nikki's  "Beary Scary" file and cut a hole in his belly for the tea light to shine through.  The smaller luminary, I used Nikki's "print and cut" feature and cut the shape of the Frankenstein bear and then placed two colored ones on each side.  Nikki's files are so versatile with all the different file types, the possibilities are truly endless.
Here is a picture of them lit up with battery tea lights.
I placed a little sheet of vellum behind the openings.  I love how they came out and you can do this with any of Nikki's files - like I said, the possibilities are endless.  Hope I inspired you to think outside the box.
I am offering BLOG CANDY!!  All you have to do is go to and tell me what your favorite file is.  You can win a Martha Stewart's CIRCLE CUTTER.
Now for some fun!!! After you've hopped through our design teams amazing projects, come back to and link up your own fall celebrations project. The rules are simple.
1) Make a fall celebrations project using a file from Paper Piecings By Nikki
2) Become a follower of the
3) Like "Paper Piecings By Nikki" on facebook and join in all the fun challenges and giveaways we have every week!
You may enter more than one project - but no more than three.
We will be picking one lucky person to be a guest designer in our November Blog Hop. The person we pick will be able to pick the file of their choice - FREE and use it to create a project in our hop. We can't wait to see what you all create. You will have one week to link up your project (s). Happy Paper Crafting and Piecing!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nuts For Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to the Nuts 4 Fall Blog Hop. Today we are celebrating all things fall. We have an amazing lineup for this hop.

For my project today, I made an A2 size card.  I used "Happy Fall Crow" file from

I inked the edges with walnut ink and rubbed it over the face of the card to tone down the yellow.  The title was cut with the silhouette cameo.

For blog candy, I am offering as a grand prize I am offering a free fall file of choice to each hopper from my store at What a great deal. To get this file, all you need to do is choose which file you would like and then email me at with your file choice and I will send it right over. If you request to join my fanpage at, you can also request 2 more bonus files. So join the fanpage and you can pick 3 files of your choice. If you are already a fan on the fanpage, you can let me know and I will still grant you the two bonus files. Now aren't you glad you stopped by. Everyone is a winner for this hop, you get a free file and get to see the awesome projects that were made.
Now onto the next crafter for their great project. Here is the lineup:

Lisa - 
Lucy ~
Mickie ~
Audrey ~
Linda -

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Fun Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Fall Fun Blog Hop. Nikki has created some amazing fall files and our design team has gotten together to offer you some crafty inspiration. Grab a warm cup of spiced cider and a fluffy cinnamon bun or slice of apple pie, and hop along with us today.

If you came from Patti's Blog then you are in the right spot. If you want to start at the beginning, you can start with Nikki.

I used Nikki's Print and Cut files to make these really cute and fun cards.  They were so quick to put together!
For the background, I used Martha Stewarts "Punch all over the page" Crow and Branch pattern.  I love it!!!    The little candy corn bear is from Nikki's "Beary Scary" file.  I used crystal stickles on the headband and the middle of the candy corn to jazz it up a little.  To make the eyes and nose shine, I used liquid glass.

This card was easy also.  I just punched two crows out on the side of the card and placed the little ghost bear, again from Nikki's "Beary Scary" file, on the side.

Next up is Mary

Blog Candy....Blog Candy....Blog Candy...

For a chance to win $10 in paper piecing files from Nikki, all you have to do is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook -
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog -

WINNER from the September 4th, blog hop is: Deanna Lynn!!

Please contact Mandy or Nikki with your choice of files. The winnder of this hop will be announced on October 2nd.

Thanks so much for joining us today - we hope you have been inspired - visit Paper Piecings By Nikki for a look at all her new patterns and stamps!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Boys and their Toys

Happy Monday!!  Nikki has done it again and has come up with an another awesome file to play with.

If you have boys, you can think of so many things to make with this file.  I decided to make a scrapbook page.

I chose to use my silhouette cameo for the title, the vertical boarder and the doily.  I used Nikki's print and cut feature - makes for a quick page when you don't have a whole lot of time. 
If you would like to see all of Nikki's files, please visit her at  She will be coming out with two more sets today or tomorrow for fall and they are ADORABLE!!! 
Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to School blog hop

Welcome to the Back To School Blog Hop with Paper Piecings By Nikki Design Team. Nikki has created some great back to school files and we are here to give you some ideas on what you can do with them!

If you arrived here from  Amanda then you are in the right spot. If you want to start at the beginning, then you can start at Nikki's Blog -

Here is my Back to School project:

My son is turning 23 this weekend (1st day of hunting season and he is sooo excited) and this is the 2nd scrapbook layout I have done for his elementary years.  Yes, I am very very behind!!!

I used Nikki's file "Back to School" for the School bus and little bears, the "Fall Character Boarders" for the cute border on the top.  The title I cut from the Silhouette Cameo. 

This little kindergarten picture of my son brings back so many memories.  This little boy did not want to go to school.  I did everything to get him excited about going to school, I took him to the school's playground and showed him how much fun it would be, we looked at the school buses...but nope, he made up his mind he was not going to school.  So I wanted to make sure there was journaling he could look back on and hopefully his children.  So I used Martha Stewarts scalloped boarder punch and wrote Christopher of my memories of his first day of school and slid it under the layout.

Your next stop on the hop is with Barb Thank you so much for joining us today.

If you get lost along the way, you can find you're way here.

  1. Nikki -
  2. Mandy-
  3. Kimberly ~
  4. Pamela/Kimi -
  5. Amanda B
  6. Linda -
  7. Barb -

I am also entering this in,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Stair Step Card

Happy Monday!!  Today is my day to show you a project for   I am still working with the "Beary Scary" set she made a few weeks ago.  It has so much to play with, I am getting a LOT of use out of it.

I love stair step cards, you actually can create a little scene. - So cute!

I used the print and cut file that is one of the options that Nikki has with her files.  So even if you don't paper piece, you can print these cute little guys out and cut them out by hand or with a machine.

The trees in the background were cut from the Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge, everything else is from "Beary Scary".

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Halloween Layout

Happy Friday everyone!  I have been on vacation this week and it feels so good to take a few days and just play and be creative.

Yesterday Nikki, from came out with a huge adorable halloween set, so I just had to make a layout using those cute little bears.

I used my Silhouette Studio program and combined the bottom images together and then print and cut them out.  This new file comes with a lot of titles, but chose "2 cute 2 scare" for my layout.  Used Martha Stewarts cobweb punch for the sides of the background page and photo mats.

Hope you will check out this newest file from Nikki and enter to win a Silhouette Cameo!!!  The Silhouette Cameo is such a great machine - Good luck!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Beary Scary...

This is the newest file from - isn't it the cutest???  There are sooo many possibilities with this one - it is HUGE!!. 

Here is a little box I made using just one of these cute little characters.

I used the print and cut feature for my Silhouette Cameo so I was able to make this project in less than 15 minutes.  These would be great to put a few little pieces of candy for those special trick or treaters that come to your door.

To make the box, I used Close to My Heart's Artiste cartridge.  If you have not seen this cartridge or heard about this cartridge, you have to check it out.  This cartridge has over 700 images, and many many 3D projects.  Lots of different boxes, cards, cupcake holders, cupcake wrappers and 3D flowers.  They also have coordinating stamp sets that go along with their images.

If you would like to order this cartridge or any supplies from Close to My Heart, please stop by my website at and place an order.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at and I will be more than happy to help you.

Thank you for stopping by, I have a lot more projects planned using Close to My heart stamps and the Artiste cartridge, so I hope you will come back again.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Chance to Win a Silhouette Cameo!!

 You have a chance to win this awesome machine.  All you have to do is visit and like her page.  The more people you refer, the more chances to win :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Gobble Gobble...

Today is my design team post for  It has been so HOT this summer that my mind has turned to cooler weather.  I chose Nikki's "Happy Thanksgiving" file.  I love fall and all the smells that go with the season.  I used the turkey in that file to make this card.
The card base is 5 x 5 by Studio G
Embossing folder is from Darice called "flower" it is the 5 x 7 size
a little faux stitching and it is done. :).

Hope you like it.  Please visit Nikki's store and see all the wonderful files she has, you won't be disappointed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Outdoor layout

A few weekends back, my son and his girlfriend hiked up Tumbledown Mountain in Maine.  I have never been there myself but it looks beautiful and looking at their pictures, looks like they all had a great time.  I wanted to make a scrapbook layout for them to put their picture on and remember what a great summer they had together.
I used two files from .  "Untamed Heart" and "Campin Crazy". In my silhouette studio software, I arranged the rocks and trees from Campin Crazy and then popped dotted the cute bears on top of the rocks from "Untamed Heart".

I am entering this layout in 5 challenges. - The Great Outdoors - Anything goes - Anything goes - Anything goes - Anything goes

I hope you like the layout and visit Nikki's store to see her amazing files.  You don't need a cutting machine or fancy software, she has them in all files - including ones so you can cut them by hand if you wish.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Back to School layout

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here in Maine the weather was warm and beautiful.  Yesterday I made this Back to school layout using the "Back to School" file from Paper Piecings by Nikki.
For the photo mats, side boarder, and the scalloped circle, I used my cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from Close To My Heart. This cartridge offers so many fun shapes!!  Did you know when you order this cartridge it comes with 3 sets of stamps that coordinate with this cartridge??  You will also receive a set of cardboard shapes that coordinate with the cartridge.  So many ideas and possibilities.

Did you also know that Close to My Heart just came out with another fun and exciting cartridge? It's called the Artiste cartridge. This new cartridge has a LOT of 3-D items.  It is so big it has two handbooks!

If you would like to know more about these cartridges, please leave a comment on how to get a hold of  you, I will be happy to tell you more.  Right now until July 31st I am offering you a special deal on either one of these cartridges. These cartridge bundles retail at 99.00 - and they are well worth the price.  Until July 31st, you have your choice of either the Art Philosophy bundle, or the
Artiste cricut bundle for only 80.00 plus shipping and handling. 

What you will get is the Cricut cartridge bundle of your choice, (which includes 3 stamp sets, a set of cardboard shapes that coordinate), a free Close To My Heart Idea book, and a petite perks stamp set.  You can also add for 5.00 more the stamp of the month set (reg price is 17.95).

You can email me at if you would like more information or to order.  Please put CTMH in the subject line.  You have until July 31st to order at this price.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Piecings By Nikki 'Summer Celebrations' blog hop! The design team has been asked to create some summer fun with Nikki's designs. CELEBRATE is the theme and what don't we celebrate in the summer. Weddings, births, picnics, family reunions and the list goes on. We hope you'll take a minute out of your day to hop along with us! Not only will try to inspire you - you have a chance of winning $10 in Paper Piecings By Nikki files! Just follow the rules at the end of the blog!

If you arrived here from Patti's blog, then you are in the right spot. If you just happend by and want to start at the beginning, you can do so by going to:

For my project I made a scrapbook layout of my nephews wedding.

I used Nikki's file "Happily Ever After" for the silhouette, which I thought was perfect for the picture it is next to.  The Name, photo corners were cut with my silhouette.  The Established date frame was cut using my Art Philosophy cartridge.

I love how it came out - these two were truly meant to be together, you can see the love they have for one another in everything they do. 

Next in the line up is Liz

Here is the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Nikki -
Patti -
Linda -
Liz -

Blog Candy....Blog Candy....Blog Candy

For a chance to win $10 in paper piecing files from Nikki, all you have to do is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook -
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog -

WINNER from the July 3, blog hop is:

Rhonda M Bewley-Ratliff - congratulations!

Please contact Mandy or Nikki with your choice of files. The winnder of this hop will be announced on August 7th.

Thanks so much for joining us today - we hope you have been inspired - visit Paper Piecings By Nikki for a look at all her new patterns and stamps!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Great Deal on the new Cricut Cartridge!!


Close To My Heart just announced a new cricut cartridge package is being released! If you loved the art philosophy cartridge and all the stamps and products that go along with it - you will ADORE this new cartridge. It is called "Cricut Artiste Collection"! Here's a look at what you get with this cartridge:

You get the cartridge, which has over 700 images, 3 size D stamp sets and three chipboard pages which all coordinate with the cartridge. This package sells for $99.

I am offering this package (or the art philosophy package) for a limited time only for $80 plus shipping. If you are among the first three people to message me with your order, I will include a 'petite perk" stamp set. Anyone ordering either of these cartridges will be eligible to order the stamp of the month set for $5.00. Here's a look at July's stamp of the month:

In case you don't have the art philosophy package, here's what it looks like -

For a limited time, I will sell this package for $80.

If you are interested in either of these cartridge/packages, leave me a message with your email address and I will get back to you - or contact me at and put CTMH Offer in the subject line.

I'm so excited and will be ordering my own cartridge right away. Happy crafting to you all!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

It's time for the Beach!

Happy Monday everyone.  Today is my day to post for Paper Piecings by Nikki Design Team.  It has been so hot here in Maine, we are in the process of putting up our pool, but in the meantime, we have been going to the beach to cool off.  So I wanted to make a scrapbook layout I can use for our summer pictures.
I used Nikki's digital stamp called "Beach Bums" for the bear and "Under the Sea" for the Orca and dolphins.  The title and photo corners came from the Silhouette Store.  Hope you like it, it was fun putting it together.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Surprise Blog Hop !

Thank you for joining us for a very special blog hop today. Today we celebrate
the birthday of our "head nut" Nikki. Nikki is the owner and designer of
Paper Piecings by Nikki where you will find wonderful paper piecing patterns.
This hop is dedicated to our fearless leader from her design team
Each of the DT member's has created a special card for Nikki including a
special message on the back side of the card. The cards have all been placed
in a book and sent to Nikki for a memento of her first Design Team members.
Please take the time to stop in and visit each of
our DT sisters blog and make sure you leave some comments for the DT. We all
depend on those comments to help us improve our work.
If you have arrived here from my sisters blog Patti, you are in the right place, if not you may
want to start from the beginning:
And here is my card to Nikki:
I remember when Nikki first showed up in one of the challenge blog groups on facebook.  She wanted to start a design team but didn't know how or if she should do it.  We all encouraged her to go for it.  She gave us a free digi and we were to make a project with it.  From there she would choose her design team.  This is the digi she gave us to work with.  I fell in love with it right away!!! 
This is the card I made for her design team call.
I am so glad to be part of her design team.  I have loved getting to know Nikki and watch her talents blossom.  Happy Birthday Nikki, you are an inspiration to me!!
Thank you for helping to celebrate the birthday of a wonderful designer,
but more importantly our friend!
Happy Birthday Nikki!
Now hop on over to Mindy to see their card for Nikki!!
Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Paper Piecings by Nikki bi- Monthly blog hop!

Welcome to Paper Piecings By Nikki's Bi-Monthly Blog Hop! This time our Design Team Members are using Nikki's Campin' Crazy File. This file is so much fun!

If you arrived here from Patti's blog   you've come in from the right place. If you'd like to start at the beginning, you can start at Nikki's blog. (

I used Nikki's digi file for this card and colored him in with my Spectrum Noir markers. Nikki has her amazing files in digi and cut files so you have a variety of choices to choose from.  There are just some days I want to color LOL.   I used my computer for the sentiment and punched it out with the Stampin Up scallop oval punch.

Next up on the hop is  Liz

If you get lost along the way, here is the whole lineup.

Nikki -
Patti -
Linda -
Liz -
Ashley -

Blog Candy....Blog Candy....Blog Candy...

For a chance to win $10 in paper piecing files from Nikki, all you have to do is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog -

The winner will be announced at our next hop on July 3rd.

WINNER....WINNER....WINNER of the $10 gift certificate from our last hop is:

Hollie Settlemoir Becker - Please contact Mandy or Nikki with your file choice(s). Congratulations!!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Welcome to the Paper Piecings By Nikki Bi-Monthly Blog Hop! All of the Paper Piecings By Nikki Design Team Members participating this month will be using the same file. "Easter Lamb"

If you have arrived here from Mandy's blog, then you are in the right place. If you want to start at the beginning, you can begin with Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog,

Here's my project:

This is one of my first attempts at true paper piecing.  I decided to make the lamb looking at me and think he came out so cute.  I embossed the white cardstock with the swirls cuttlebug folder to give it some texture.  The scalloped circle was cut out at 4 1/4 inches from the Birthday Bash cartridge.  Sentiment is from K Andrew's stamp set called "All About Animals"

BLOG CANDY - For a chance to win $10 in paper piecing files from Nikki, all you have to do is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog -
The winner will be announced at our next hop on June 19th.

WINNER....WINNER....WINNER of the $10 gift certificate from our last hop is:

LISA GAYLE -"Indymermaid" - Congratulations - please send Nikki or Mandy an email with the files you want! We can't wait to see what you create!

Your next stop on the hop is:  Kimberly

In case you get lost along the way, here is the lineup of our very talented Design Team Members:

Nikki's -
Linda -
Kimberly -
Kimi/Pamela -
Amanda -
Barb -
Charli -

Now that "Ewe've" reached the end of our hop (hasn't it been "ruff") and have been totally inspired by our amazing design team - You are cordially invited to attend:

Our very first

Our ladies have gone 'doggone crazy' to bring you another fun paper piecing showcase. Just go to the Paper Piecings By Nikki facebook fan page, , and see what our Design Team ladies have come up with. I'm sure they will "Paws - atively" inspire you.

Once you have seen their projects, hop on over to Paper Piecings By Nikki's store, , and get your own doggy file. Post your project here on the fan page for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to PPBN.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Summer Challenge

There is a summer challenge going on at the Pixie Dust Studio.  I used their Little Red Riding Hood digi file.
I colored her in with my new Spectrum Noir markers.  The tree layers are from the Silhouette Studio.
Hope you like it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Blog Hop

Welcome to Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Blog Hop and Pooh's happy little corner at the 100 Acre Woods. Who doesn't love the cuddly loveable bear that gets stuck in a honey jar???

How do you spell "Tigger" T-I-double"guh"-errrrr, that spells Tigger! that's how!!!! "The wonderful thing about tiggers. Is tiggers are wonderful things.Their tops are made out of rubber. heir bottoms are made out of springs.They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one. III'm the only one!"

Now, put these two buddies together and what adventures we shall have as will be demonstrated along the way in our hop today!!!

We have a fabulous list of friends today with their wonderful tumbly grumbles in the tummy line up for you today beginning with Lynne at If you have arrived from Lisa at then you haven't fallen out of the forest!!!

Oh, did I mention that there's blog candy???? HMMMMM, guess I didn't. There will be one lucky winner who stops at each stop along the way and leaves a remark of a Cricut Winnie the Pooh Cartridge!!!!! Yeee Hawwww --- I saw that smile!

I love Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and all his friends, but Eyor...he is one of my favorites.  I cut him out with my cricut at 4 1/2".  The sentiment stamps is from K Andrew's stamp set called Of Mice & Lil Men.

Here is another version of Eyor.  You can find him on  The file name is "You are never a bother to me".  Again the Stamp set is from K Andrew's "Of Mice & Lil Men".

You can either follow the empty honey jars along the path or you can follow our incredible line-up:

  1. Lynne ~
  2. Miriam -
  3. Kimberly ~
  4. Lisa ~
  5. Linda
  6. Lucy ~
  7. Jackie~
  8. Anita~
  9. Pamela ~ http//

Your next stop along the 100 Acre Woods whether traveling by balloon or bouncing is Lucy at

I not only want to thank you for stopping today to visit but in the admirable words of our hero, Winnie the Pooh, "A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside." and I know "We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see."

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