Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chilly Treats 5 cents

I have to agree, yesterday was a hot day and all I could think of is getting cooler. How about an Ice Cream? . . . it's always time for Ice Cream!!!! This week I decided to do a winter door sign. I started with a 7" x 11" sheet of Chip Board. I used my Gypsy to weld an alphabet to create the work CHILLY, and gave it a little twist. I used a lot of Cottage Cutz Dies this week, including the Snowman Doll, The Doll Accessory Set #3 (Scarf/Hat). I also used the Spring Flourish #1 for the wind swirls behind the word chilly. The top and bottom edge of the sign I used the Cottage Cutz Rick-Rack Edger, yes the sign was longer than the die, but I pieced it behind the bow on top and the 5 cent disc at the bottom. Accented the wind, lettering (treats) and scallop edge of 5 cent sign with Crystal Stickle. Inked the edge of the sign in Lavender with a sponge.
Because I wanted my snowman to be a treat, I decided to use the Cottage Cutz Ice Cream Cone die from earlier this year. I have always loved the waffle cone. It make a great themed ice cream cone. O' and don't forget the cherry on top. Keep Cool!!!!!!
Colors may have been a little different, but White, Light Blue, Deep Turquoise, Lavender and Lime Green are a good color mix for Christmas. Cool and Bright!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Feeling Bubbly!

Good morning friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It has been hot, here!
Today's card was made using the Puppy in Bathtub die. I think I have a thing for bubble baths. I have several stamps that are bubble baths. Maybe because several years ago, I saw a card made with a shower curtain on the Score-pal website, and I just thought it was so cute! I wish I had thought of it myself.

I punched the die using white cardstock, then colored with copics. I put Krystal Effects on the bubbles. For the shower curtain, I used a 4" by 8" strip of SU vellum, scored at 1/2" intervals.
I folded along the score lines to make the pleats, punched a hole and used some white cord to hang the shower curtain. I placed a small eyelet at the top corners to thread the cord through. I tried to pick patterned paper to resemble wall paper and tiled floor. I am happy with the result. I hope you like it too!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

little one

Hi! I apologize for the simple card! It's not my best work, I know! My husband and I are out of town this weekend, so I had to make something quickly! I really do LOVE the kite dies, and I am NOT showing them in a very good light! So, please forgive me, and know that the dies are AMAZING!!!!

That having been said, I hope you have had a great weekend! I will see you next Sunday! Have a wonderful week!!!!

♥ Nikki ♥

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunny Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone! My project today is inspired by the adorable Cottage Cutz Summer Sun Shape from the Under the Sun August Release.

For this card, I took my inspiration from the bright colors of this Bo Bunny patterned paper to make a cheery hello card. These vibrant colors and happy sun just can't help but to brighten someone's day!

I inked the edges of the individual pieces of the sun to make them stand out a bit against each other and to add a little extra dimension.

I hope you have a great weekend and Happy Scrapping!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sweet Summer

Hello and happy Friday!!  I have a couple of things that I've been working on to share with you today.  First up, I have an 8x8 scrapbook page that I made of my son when he was seven.  I'll never forget when he his his first real home run.  He came running into the dugout from home plate, so excited, saying "Mom, did you see that monster of a home run I hit?"  It was the cutest thing, and I"m not sure who was more excited.  Tyler, or his dad.  When I received my dies from The Scrapping Cottage this month, and I saw the mini baseball die, I started to wonder how it would work to pair that die up with my Make A Monster Faces from Peachy Keen Stamps.  Well, here is the finished product, and I'm thrilled with the way this turned out.  I  simply cut the die cuts from white card stock, then stamped the monster faces.  I then proceeded to add details and shading with my Copic markers.  I took a white gel pen and added stitching to the edge of the black frame, and the sentiment is computer generated.  This page will spark the memory of that very first home run forever.

 Now on to my "cool" card.  I took three of the Cottage Cutz mini dies from the August release at The Scrapping Cottage, and put together this fast and fun "How Cool" card.  There's nothing more cool than ice cream, popcicles, and sunglasses for summer, and this card has it all.  Once again, the die cuts were cut with white card stock and colored with Copic markers.  This yummy K&Co. Citronella paper was perfect, and I can't tell you how lucky I am, because I always color my images/die cuts first, THEN go looking for paper to match.  So far, this has worked out for me, because I always manage to find the perfect paper.  I don't know how it works, but it does, so I'm not going to change the process!!  LOL!!!
I hope you've enjoyed my summer projects today.  The summer is quickly winding down, but I think I'll hold on to it as long as I can by making good use of all the fun summer themed dies that I have yet to play with.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I wish you a glorious day and of course happy crafting!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How about a few more cards....

As you can see, I was rather busy with the cards this week! I've had such fun with the Cottage Cutz dies. They just work so well for cards. This girly card was so much fun. I love pink {in case you didn't already know that!} and bling, and the adorable convertible had to be in pink! Isn't it the cutest. :)

I've combined three of the Summer #2 Release dies for this card. The summer sun is awesome. I've added ink and stickles for dimension and foam tape for extra pop. Love this. The adirondack chair is from the beach chairs die, and the sand is actually the water from the otter die. I love using shapes for pieces other than their intended use and the water is perfect for the sand!

I love stickles. :)

I have to admit I'm not a lover of teddy bears {I know, there must be something wrong with me :P} but this guy is super cute and he is sad my friend is in the hospital. I hope he'll cheer her up.

I couldn't resist this adorable little face. The stamp and die sets are some of my favorites.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Just Flip Floppin' by to say Thank You

What would summer be without Flip flops? Then why not use these cute CottageCutz Flip flops on your cards and layouts. This die is so fun because you can make so many color combinations, flower choices etc.
For my flip flops I cut out a set in dark pink and a set in light pink so I could show some more dimension by overlapping them. I inked the edges and used a few white gel markings, Stickles on the flower centers and some Glossy Accents on the straps. For my sentiment I cut out another flower to tie it all together.

I also used the Flower edger and cut it out in white and slipped it under my green ribbon for a subtle touch.
I hope you enjoy your Wednesday!

Creepy Treats

What does every Halloween party need? Creepy Treats. . . . Cupcakes with gummy worms on top. This week for a Halloween card I decided to use the Cottage Cutz Cupcake #04 from the Valentine collection and Cottage Cutz Worm die from Spring. I used a traditional square 5" x 5" card and embossed ( Sizzie, large dot) and torn pieces of card stock. The chocolate cupcakes were trimmed in worms on a peach frosting with bugle beads (black/clear/white) and Stickle. Be sure to glue the bugle beads down with Glossy Accents. . .if you lob to much glue, it does not matter because the Stickle takes care of the cover up. I used the same pattern on the edge of the card by running the worms around the edge on the peach card stock and adding the beads and Stickle. I think the bugle beads take longer to fish out of the bag, choose the colors and glue onto the card than the rest of the card.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Something to Crow About ~ Just "B-caws"

Good morning! I have a fun fall card to show you today. I have a friend who loves primitive crows so I made this card for her. I received this adorable crow die in the mail Saturday, so I knew that was the die I would use for today's card. I have a lot of new dies just waiting to be put to good use.
I used 2 dies to make this card. Pumpkin Patch and Crows. Fall is my favorite season, so it is easy to see why I like these dies. Hope you like my card. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Hi, it's Nikki again! I have a simple 70's style card for you today, can you dig it? ☺ I used the Hippie Surfer Van and chose to omit the surfboard and the cute flowers too. I wanted my van to be more funky 70's rather than surfery. Ya dig? Oh no, I will try to keep the 70's lingo to a bare minimum! Anyhoo, I am happy with how groovy the van turned out. HAHAHAHAHA

I used silver glittered glazed brads to give the van far out hubcaps. The sentiment is from a pun set by My Pink Stamper. I realize that it should be "dynomite" with a y and not an i, but it's all that I had...so I just went with it.

I hope you're having a super groovy day!


p.s. Feel free to stop by My Blog and visit during the week!

Click here to see the fabulous new shapes from the latest Cottage Cutz Fall Release!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thinking of You

It is always nice to have a Thinking of You card on hand. I love this Cottage Cutz Stylized Tree Shape from the June Release because it is so versatile. As soon as I saw this new paper from My Little ShoeBox, I knew my Tree Shape would be perfect with it!

I also used the Cottage Cutz Loops Edger to add the details to the tree so it mimicked the trees from the patterned paper.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Yummy For Your Tummy

Good morning, and happy Friday!  I have a card to share with you today that I put together using the new Cottage Cutz  hot dog and soda pop dies from The Scrapping Cottage.  The minute I saw these, I thought they would be great little additions to of course picnic scrapbook pages, but in thinking a little more about it, I decided they would make a great focal point for a card that includes a gift card for eating out.  As my boys grew up and headed off to college, once in a while I would slip them a little gift card for eating at one of their favorite fast food places, and I would have loved to have these dies to create a card back then.  Oh well, I'm all set now, for the next round of college goers in the family.

I used the dies with white card stock, then colored the hot dog and soda pop with my Copic markers.  The paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety Mini Deck.  I thought it gave the card a very 50's retro feel, and I loved the look.  I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your Friday is amazing, and that you get to enjoy some happy crafting!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

We always have such fun with the grandgirls and this summer was no exception. Here Mila poses with the birdhouse grampa helped her make. It's her own design too. She even drew up the plans for it. ;)

I used the happy bird for this page because, after all, he's happy for the home tweet home Mila made for him!

Close up of the title treatment and sweet little birdie.

Grace enjoys fishing and she also likes tying flies. I don't think her creations have ever caught any fish, but she sure is creative when it comes to colors and materials for her 'special' flies!

I mimicked the red and yellow she used on this one and also used the fishing pole, complete with fishing line. The real "fly" in the title is handcut.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oink Oink and a bottle of Coke!

Several years ago I started a recipe book of my favorite recipes and scrapped them before adding them to my book. It seems I always have a few new recipes to add to my book.
After trying my friends Pork Barbacoa Enchiladas I knew I had to make them for my family.
They were a big hit so I added this recipe to my book.
The Pig Peeker and the Soda Pop bottle worked great for this recipe and of course the ever versatile Rick Rack Edger comes through for me again.

I altered the Soda Pop bottle just a bit to make it look like Coke and used some Distress Stickles on my brown layer and then added Glossy Accents to make it look shiney like glass.

Just an FYI if you decide to try this recipe, it works great to divide up the pork once it's done and freeze it in Ziploc bags to use later. For my enchiladas I simply take a flour tortilla, add some pork barbacoa and some Jack cheese, roll it up and put Green Chile Enchilada sauce over the top and some more Jack cheese. You can microwave a serving at a time or put them all in baking dish and heat through till hot and bubbly at about 350 degrees.
Once the pork is done these are very simple to make!