Friday, September 28, 2012

Scarecrow Fall Card

Good Morning!  Paper Piecings By Nikki is having a challenge on their facebook page.  It's to create a scarecrow project using more than one of her files!  Since I am part of this amazing design team - I had to try my hand at this challenge.  So without further explanation (or appologies)....

If you haven't checked out Nikki's amazing new fall files - please do.

Can you guess which two of her files I used to create this card?  If you want to play along with us, please head on over to her facebook page and play along!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pick o' the patch fall sign

I'm not much of a Halloween fan, but I do LOVE fall.  Harvest, apples, pumpkins...baking, spices, crisp fall air and the changing leaves....and don't even get me started on the comfort food - like fresh baked bread and savory stews...oh my!

Today I made a little sign to hang on our frig or bulletin board - even the door would be nice.  I used the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month set that won't be available 'til next fall!!!!  The piecings is a new file from Paper Piecings By Nikki.  This set is absolutely adorable and this is my favorite far. 

Here's a peek at the file.

Isn't it the cutest?   I feel more confident with my eyes...and with the piecings I've been doing.  I'm loving the look of these cute little guys. 

This is my little door/wall hanging.  I just love this little guy.  It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my project today.  Please leave a comment and let me know if you are familiar with Nikki's amazing files....and check them out at

I'm going to be entering this in a few challenges. 

First, The Crazy Challenge is asking for dots and stripes.  I added both to my wall hanging.

Second, My Craft Spot - to use a wild animal in your design - I used a bear!!!!

Third, Tuesday Teasers, is Anything Goes!!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thinking outside the box - fall card

I've been looking at ways to add some more texture or 'pop' to my cards and scrapbook pages.  Pop Dots are wonderful tools...but there are lots of other things out there.  Today I am using raffia.  Here's what I came up with.

I am using one of Paper Piecings By Nikki's new fall files.  Here's a peek at the whole file:

After piecing my image, I used a standard paper punch to punch two holes in the dark brown paper.  Then, I threaded the raffia through.  Raffia is a great can tear and manipulate it, in all manner of ways.  Then I used pop dots to place my piecing over it.  I really like the way this "pops".

On the sign, I ran it through my cuddlebug and then ran some ink over it to distress it a bit.  I'm really happy with the way this came out! 

I would love to hear some other ideas for making my designs "POP".  What do you use? 

Thanks for taking  a peek at my project today!  I'm entering this in some challenges. 

First is Cooking With Cricut - their challenge is to add texture!  You must use your cricut in some way - and I used it to cut out these files from Nikki!  The texture is my cool raffia!

Second in Shopping our Stash - their challenge is embossing.  I used my embossing folders on this one in two places!!!

Third is Tuesday Taggers - their challenge is anything goes. 

Fourth is Tuesday Throwdown - using cut corners, edges, etc...  I love my Martha Stewart edge punches!

Fifth challenge is by My Craft Spot - usinga wild animal in your project...lucky for me, crows are wild!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


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 Nikki'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 amazing cut and print files for this card.  It is so easy with the sillouette Cameo.  You print using your computers printer, it prints with registration marks that the machine reads, to cut out your image perfectly.  I just love this file!!! 
Next up is my amazing Design Team and real life sister, Linda
Here's the full line up, in case you get lost along the way:

Nikki -
Patti -
Amanda S


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!!!

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