Saturday, September 14, 2013

All About Babies Blog Hop!

Hope u like it!

Welcome to the “All About Babies” Blog Hop! So glad you can join us!

If you are coming from Dorothy, then you are in the right spot. If you just happened to stumble upon my site or your reading this via e-mail, please start at MIRANDA'S BLOG so you don’t miss anyone’s amazing projects!

We will be showcasing anything BABY projects! In addition to seeing some awesome projects, there is some blog candy available too! Miranda will be giving away a Michael's or Joann's gift card. Winner's choice! To be eligible to win the blog candy, you must leave a comment on each stop in the hop telling us what is your favorite summer time activity! Be sure to leave a comment on each stop because the winner can be chosen from any of the participants blogs!

For my project today, I created a layout for my great nephew, using images from

I used my silhouette studio to great the border of all the baby animals and then just print and cut it out.  The name of the file is "critter babies" and it comes with the alphabet blocks, so you can custom
make a card or a layout with any name!!  You can see this file HERE


Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Walk on the Wild Side Blog Hop

Welcome to another fun hop that is full of inspiration!!  If you have just come from
Lucy's Blog you are in the right place.  If you just happened to stop by and would like to start at the beginning, please start at Lisa's Blog.  We have a list of fabulous sponsors too!!
Royal Prize Pack from Theresa TheScrapbooking Queen

$15.00 Gift Certificate from KaDoodle Bug Designs

$10.00 Gift Certificate from Treasure Box Designs

Stamp Set of winners choice from Paper Sweeties

$15.00 Gift Certificate from Too Cute by Jessica
A gift valued at $10.00 from Lettering Delights
Please make sure you leave a comment and become a follower to be eligible for one of these fabulous prizes.
For my project I wanted to do a layout:
The images are all from Ppbn Designs  I also used Close to My Hearts "Artbooking" cricut cartridge for the background, the title and the photo mats.  Martha Stewarts border punch was used on the top of the layout.
Your Next stop is Connie
Here is the total lineup in case you get lost :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back to the 2nd day of this Bee-utiful Summer Blog hop!  I hope  you had time yesterday to go through the hop, there were some awesome projects and inspiration, everyone did an outstanding job.

Now if you came here from Angela's Blog you are in the right place.  If you just happened to stop by for a visit and would like to start at the beginning, please start at Lisa's Blog.  You will also see a list of our generous sponsors.

For my second project, I decided to make another scrapbook layout.  Every summer, there is always something to be done in the yard.  This year we are doing some landscaping.  I have a 13 year old Shitzu that loves my Finace to pieces, they are each others best friends.  Now this dog does not like loud noices, but he just had to help Mike run the tractor and insisted on sitting on his lap as Mike drove the tractor around the yard.  Even when Mike got off the tractor, Mickey had to be sitting on the seat waiting for him to return.

I cut everything out on my Silhouette.  Inside the sign you will notice a paw print, I printed Mike and Mickey inside of it.

On the words "work zone" and the white part of the pilons, I put stickels to make them shiney and I used some burlap behind the top picture for texture. 

I hope you like it.

Your next stop in the hop is Sarah

Here is the lineup in case you get lost along the way.

1. Lisa Pontious ~
2. Ashley -
3. Pam -
4. Haidee-
5. Sheila-
6. Lucy ~
7. Jessica ~
8. Angela -
9. Linda -
10. Sarah -
11. Teresa-
12. Diana -
13. Patti -
14. Tricia -
15. Robin -

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop

Here is the blog button for this hop!

Welcome to the first day of the Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop!!  If you just came from Angela's blog you are in the right place.  If you happened to just stop in and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Lisa's Blog.  You are going to find a lot of great inspiration on  your journey!  We also have a lot of sponsors, so please leave a comment on everyones blog for a chance to win.

For my project, I made a layout using my Cricut, Silhouette Cameo and my Close To My Heart Stamps.

The honeycomb border and hexagon photo mats was cut using my silhouette from a file from the silhouette store.
The bee hive and bees were cut from the Heritage cricut cartridge
Pooh was cut at 5 inches using cricut cartridge "Pooh and Friends"
Grass was cut with "Everyday Paper Dolls" cricut cartridge at 10 inches
"Uniquely You" was Close To My Heart "Flowering Bunch" stamp set
The two sentiments under the photo mats were from "Treasured Life" stamp set from Close To My Heart.
I hope you liked it :)    Your next stop is Sarah 
If you get lost along the way, here is the whole line up.
1. Lisa Pontious ~
2. Ashley -
3. Pam -
4. Haidee-
5. Sheila-
6. Lucy ~
7. Jessica ~
8. Angela -
9. Linda -
10. Sarah -
11. Teresa-
12. Diana -
13. Patti -
14. Tricia -
15. Robin -


Friday, March 15, 2013

Jungle Animals

Good Morning everyone.  Today I want to share with you a layout I made using the file "Jungle
Animals" from  I just fell in love with this set when I saw it. 
I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo so I was able to size the giraffe larger than the other two critters.  I wanted to use him more for a border.  Used Martha Stewart punches for the borders and littel burlap for texture.

I don't know if you have heard, but Nikki at has lowered her everyday prices to .99 for sets and .50 for singles.  She is also a Silhouette dealer, so you can buy all your supplies and accessories, along with the machines from her.  :)

Hope you enjoyed this layout, it was a lot of fun to do.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Anything Goes Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Piecings By Nikki March Blog Hop "Anything Goes". Our Design Team went crazy and did what ever they felt inspired to do.

If you arrived here from Patti's Blog then you are in the right spot. If you want to start at the beginning, please go to Here's our line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Nikki -
Patti -
Linda -
Amanda S -
Barb -
Amanda B-

For my project I made a super cute scrapbook layout.  It was inspired by the window card I made last week and one of Nikki's new files.
I wanted to make this layout look like the side of a house.  I took coordinations sandable stack and scored it at every 1 1/2 inches and then sanded the score lines to give it a weathered siding look.  I placed the window card in the upper left hand corner with Pookey bear peaking out the window at the
Rainy Day Bear, as if he is checking to see if it is ok to come out and play.  I used the trees for "shrubbery" from the Campin Crazy file.  What I did was combined them in my Silhouette studio software and then used the print and cut feature.  Then popped up the Rainy Day Bear on pop dots to give it some demension.

Using the card on the layout gives you plenty of room for pictures and/or hidden journaling.  This is a picture of one side of the tri-fold card open..

And here it is fully open - total photo mats are 5 - 4 with the tri fold card and one matted on the upper right hand side of the layout :)  I love using cards for this reason - you get a lot of real estate on a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

Now hop on over to Amanda and make sure you leave a comment on each stop along the way. When you're done hopping, check out the new items at our store, , and 'like' our facebook page for weekly challenges and fun giveaways!

Thanks for taking time to hop with us today!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Creative Cards #2

Hi Everyone.  I made another window card with the new Creative cards cartridge.  This one looks like the front window on your house.

The bee and little teddy bear came from , which I hand cut out.  If you have not shopped at Nikki's store, she has files to fit everyones needs.  If you have a Silhouette or other electronic cutter, she has the files for those, but if you don't - she has them so you can hand cut them out too - so if you you are looking for cute files that you can't get on a cartridge, check out Nikki's site. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cricut's New "Creative Cards"

Today, I used the new Cricut cartridge, "Creative Cards".  I made the first card on the cartridge which is the birdcage card.  I didn't realize it was a tri-fold card - what a great surprise!!

Here is the front of the card, cut at 5 1/4 inches or just press "fit to page" feature on your expression and it will automatically cut at 5 1/4 inches. 
here is the inside flap.  You can add a small sentiment below so it will not be seen when the card is closed.
and here is the card totally open for you to write.  You can cut two of the mats and mount it to the right side also if you wanted to :). 

I watched a youtube video on someone that made this into a swing card.  I believe she did this in the Cricut Craftroom or possibly with her gypsy.  She widened the opening and made the birdcage a little smaller and hung it with a brad so it swung through the opening.  Very cute version.   You could cut the birdcage out in black to make it look like a wrought iron cage also. 

All in all I think it came out cute.  The cartridge also has a coordinating envelope to cut for this card.

Hope you like it.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Create a Critter 2

Happy Sunday!!  I am so excited, I bought the Create a Critter 2 yesterday!  I have been looking at it for a while and wondered since I have the original Create a Critter (my all time favorite) if I really needed to get this one.  I am so glad I did.  Even though it has a lot of the same critters as the original one, they have different outfits for different occasions.  I found this chocolate Easter bunny on there and instantly thought of peeps.  I know peeps are usually chicks, but they do have bunny ones now so I made this card with that thought in mind.

I cut the bunnies at 3 3/4 inches along with the grass.  I thought it would be really cute to add the colorful googly eyes and added a little pearl accent to the middle of the bow ties.    It feels so good to make a card with Spring in mind!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Love is in the Air Blog Hop

Welcome to Paper Piecings By Nikki's February Blog Hop. "Love is in the Air" The Design Team has outdone themselves with all things "Love". We hope you will hop along with us and be inspired to create your own "love" filled projects.

Nikki has created her very own love creation - a FREE file for everyone who hops along with us today. You can get this file at the Paper Piecings By Nikki Store.  The link is:


If you arrived from Patti's Blog,    then you are in the right place. If you get lost along the way, here is our line-up:
Nikki -
Patti -
Linda -
Barb -
Debbie -
Amanda B-
Amanda S -
Pam and Kim -

You're next stop will be Barb

I made a cute scrapbook layout using the Hersey Kiss file which you can find in the .50 section of Nikki's store.

When I think Valentines Day and Love, I think Chocolate!!!  Nikki's files are truly for everyone and every talent level.  I print these little guys out and hand cut them using the jpeg file format.  You can also use the print and cut feature of the Silhouette or  whatever type of machine  you have, and if you like paper piecing you can use her other formats to do that. 

Make sure you check out all the stops on our hop today - and go to Paper Piecings By Nikki at   to get your freebie. Once you get the freebie and create your project, make sure you enter it in our Facebook Fan Page!/paperpiecingsbynikkidesigns

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Winner of the magazine holders from the "Lets Get Organized" blog hop is Tracy from Loves Buggin!!  Tracy I have emailed you, just get back to me with the colors you would like.  Thank you to everyone that left such sweet comments.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Let's Get Organized Blog Hop!

Welcome to the "Let's Get Organized Blog Hop". The Design Team at Paper Piecings By Nikki is hoping to inspire you with some organizational ideas. Please grab your favorite beverage and hop along with us. There will be some candy along the way - and lots of ideas.

Here's our line-up:

Nikki -
Patti -
Linda - www.lindascreativity.blogspot.comPam and Kimi
Pamela & Kimi -
Barb -
Amanda S -
Debbie -
Amanda B -

For My project I made a magazine holder from the Artiste cartridge.  You can only buy these from a Close to My Heart Consultant.  Please message me if you would like the link to my consultant's store, she is awesome!!

I cut the magazine holder out at 6 inches which will fit the standard A2 size cards with envelopes.  Then I decorated using So Junglicious for this cute pink elephant, then for the squirrel on the front, I used A Bunch of Nuts from Nikki's store.  You can decorate these with a birthday theme and put just birthday cards in it, baby cards, etc.  You are only limited by your imagination - you can use pretty patterned paper for the magazine holder and make Mothers Day, Fathers Day cards too :)

Now for my blog candy!!  I will give away 3 of these magazine holders.  I will cut them out and mail them to you to put together and decorate!!  If you want me to score them for you, just let me know and what color you would like - I will cut them out in solid cardstock.

Thanks for hopping by - your next stop along the way is (Pam and Kimi ). Made sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win a free file of your choice from

Make sure to 'like' Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook and to check her store each day for a fabulous freebie! Also, did you know that Nikki has lowered her prices??? Yes, she sure did. You will find everything in her store is just .99 everyday! If you haven't tried her files yet - now is the time. No matter what program or cutter you use, you will find a file extension to use in each and every pattern.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us...Do you have a organizational tip? Please let us know what it is!

Stampin Up! Year End Sale Event!

This is the time of year to save on your favorite stamp sets, framelits and bundles, with Stampin Up's year end sale event.  Here is a l...