Monday, 31 May 2010

25 years of.....

This card was made for a friend of mine who has now been married for 25 years.
Using little Doodlebug rub-ons is a great way to personalise your cards. It also just adds that little bit something extra.

Hopefully Fiona and John like the card.
Congratulations you two! Here's to the next 25 years!

Nikki x

Sunday, 30 May 2010


I just wanted to say a massive 'Hello!' to all the wonderful people who sat with me yesterday and in fact at all of my demos this year so far.
It really is nice to get feedback about the demos and I always find myself having a ball.

Thank you also for all of the gifts...... Sharon, I just love love love my purple hat - and to the wonderful Camila and Jean, thank you so much for the sweeties and goodies....
I have a box now filled with beautiful cards - you are all very talented!

You are all very inspiring!

What ever you are doing today.....................enjoy!

Love ya all!
Nikki x

Life is like a .....

These lovely felt butterflies can be found at Do Crafts stockists up and down the country.
The are so delicate looking but so strong to work with.
I have been looking for places to put them around the house! lol - so far, a blind, lampshade, unit and hat have them added to them.
As well as all my paper projects too!

I really love the summery colours....... very pretty.
Well the sun is shining here again. Long may it continue......

The question is..... 'what to make today?'.......... what are all of you up to in blog land?

Nikki x

Saturday, 29 May 2010

The mega pack

One of the goodies that I have been lucky to work with over this loop has been the ultimate decoupage and paper pack.
Soooo many goodies in it! There are 54 pages of decoupage, backgrounds and papers - and all in the lovely Hawthorn and Bramble collection.

These two little chaps have been so popular at the demos, and who can blame people for falling in love with them.
As soon as they hit the shelves they are flying right back off them again!

Grab them while you can!!!
Nikki x

Friday, 28 May 2010

Sweet like . . . . .


This was my idea for a little gift to give to someone, say a teacher at the end of term or a friend who needs cheered up.
I took a chocolate bar and removed the original wrapper.
Then I covered it with some of the new Henbury Lane paper from Do Crafts. (It really is stunning paper).
To finish off I made up on the the decoupage sheets and popped it on top.

Simple and quick to do, but special enough to let the person receiving it know that you made the effort just for them.

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are.
Nikki x

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Meet Bramble and Hawthorn

I really love these two little chaps, well let's be honest, who wouldn't.
For this card, I just used a standard C6 card blank that I folded to create the step effect.
Then I stamped out the image and coloured in with water pencils.
To give height to the trees, I used the new grape leaf punch (these punches are fab!! they emboss and deboss as well as punch).

He really is ouber cute!

Catch ya later,

Nikki x

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Purple flower

I am just lorrrvin the Henbury Lane collection from Do Crafts at the moment.
All my fav shades of purple (there really just can't be enough purple in the world as far as I am concerned!).
My other love at the mo is the nesting shapes and my big shot!

I really am a very lucky girl getting to play with such wonderful stuff.

Last weekend was just mad for me - the weather was sooooooooooooo hot and both of my demos where in garden centres, so I melted away!!! lol
I did get to meet some really nice crafters and as usual had a ball.
Thank you to everyone who came and kept me company.

More cards will follow later this week - hopefully if I have done the schedule thing properly then you will get to see a different project every day.
Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Twit a woo

Meet my new little friends - how cute are they?
I got them while I was at my demo on Sunday.

They go really well with the other things on the window and they always put a smile on my face.....

Back soon with some of my demo samples.....

Nikki x

Friday, 21 May 2010

If I knew you were coming......

I'd have baked a cake!
This was a carrot cake that I made - check out that chocolate fudge icing!!!! It was soooooo yummy!

Whatever you are doing today, have fun, laugh a lot & just enjoy.

Catch you later
Nikki x

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Time flies

when you are having fun!!!
I've been making lots of samples for up-coming demos, so I promise I will have some things to show you very soon.
I seem to have misplaced my lead for my camera - oopsie!
As soon as I find it, I'll pop some piccies on.
I might even try and get myself organised and schedule some posts for next week too......

What ever you are doing today, have fun!
Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Monday, 10 May 2010

My window

I often sit and stare out of the window when I am designing. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful view.
Here are a few pictures I have taken of my window.......
I love looking up onto the hills, even when it's raining it really is just beautiful to watch.
The butterflies and flowers are made from a jelly like stuff that just sticks to your window.
When you have had enough of it you just peel them off and store them until you want to use them again.

I love to sit and watch the trees dancing in the wind and the rain running down the window......
I must take some pictures to show you the inside of the room where I work......... where do you craft away? I'd love to see the pictures......... If I show you mine......... it's only fare that you show me yours! lol

Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

The last of this weeks children's crafts

This was just sooooo much fun to make. The whole thing is made from funky foam - with a little fuzzy stuff to decorate. I have even lined the inside with feathers......
These little chaps are a selection of finger puppets that I made. Finger puppets are great fun to make. Anything goes!

Decorating glass candle holders with stickers is a good way to get children started at making presents for people. They have to think up the ideas of how to create the picture or what stickers to use, so they are gifts that are easy to make for everyone.
Every little girls wants to have some bracelets like Mummy, so why not let her start out by making her own.
Pipecleaners and beads (all from the Craft Planet goody bag) are so easy to use for this.
And it's so cost effective that you don't mind what they use from the bag.......
If Mum is a crafter then the Craft Planet bags are the way to go! Your children will have something to keep them busy for hours - leaving you time to play with your own stash!
It also might make your stash that little bit safer! lol

Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Flower Power

A little flower to brighten up the day.
These are great to make with younger children and then fill a vase with them. A fabby little gift just to show that special lady that they care......

I have the flower lying down here, but they are very strong so really do look pretty in a little vase.

Here are some close ups of the flower head.

Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Friday, 7 May 2010

Caterpillar Friend

Pipe cleaners are great for making all kinds of things.
Meet my little friend (he doesn't have a name yet!)

Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Dotty card

A friendly little card that can be made by anyone and used for anything.....
This card is made using the Craft Planet activity pack, a blank white card, black paper and some pink coredinations cardstock.

1. Cut a rectangle from the pink card and sand the edges. Layer this onto black paper and trim, making sure you leave a little border all around the edge.
2. Fix this into position on the card.
3. Draw a frame around the whole of the card.
4. Add the foam circles, making sure that you go over the edges of the pink card.
5. Doodle details onto each of the cirlce.

Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Stay out door hanger

This is created using the Craft Planet activity bag and some glitter funky foam.

1. Cut a rectangle of funky foam, and at the top of this cut out a small circle.
2. From the ds green paper cut out some leaf shapes, peel off the backing and stick onto black paper.
3. Draw detail onto the leaves and then stick them into position on your door hanger.
4. Add a little foam snake sticker.
5. Finish the door hanger by adding a message with adhesive letters.

Happy craftin'

Nikki x

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Fun with the children

Sometimes, as a Designer we are challenged to do things out of our comfort zone.
And, often, when we do work outwith our normal comfort zone, we actually find out that we like it! lol

Just recently I have had to design some projects with Craft Planet items - these are designed with children in mind (but that is children of ALL ages!).

Here are some of the things I came up with......

I always enjoy working with children when they are creating. They have none of the fear that sometimes we have as adults.
Over the next few days I will show you some more of the projects I made.

Happy craftin'

Nikki x