November 25, 2014

Fancy holiday cards

Hi everyone. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Are you getting ready for the holidays? I'm almost ready. I think. But in the meantime, I've been playing with my Clique Kits Cards Holiday Kit. This kit is full of awesome stuff! Ah, I feel so happy sitting here with my box of pretties. I am really loving the vellum paper by Pretty Little Studios and the cute tags by Fancy Pants. The two together make one fabulous looking card. What do you think?

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Clique Kits really has an eye for combining gorgeous products to make a gorgeous kit. I am constantly amazed with their kits and you really can't beat the price! I am really loving the holiday stamps by Kaisercraft too. They added just the right touch to my cards. I can really go on and on about this lovely kit, but I'll stop right here. :)

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't bought this kit, check out the store to see if we have any available. I promise you, you won't regret it! Simply click here to see if we have any available. Enter NICOL10 at checkout for a 10% discount.

November 23, 2014

Photo addict

Happy Sunday friends! What's on your list to do today? I need to do laundry and run to the grocery store for a few things. But other than that, I'm going to enjoy the day with my four year old. Hopefully, he won't drive me nuts today... He hasn't gotten that Sundays are mommy's days to do NOTHING yet...

Anyway, before I go, I want to share this quick and easy layout with you. I love the design on this layout. I've used it two other times on separate layouts and love it so much. I used more products from Shimelle's collection. You can purchase yours here with a 10% discount in the Clique Store by using NICOL10 if you'd like! I love this collection so much. I think I need to buy another 6x6 paper pad because I've just about flown through my stash. Oh yes! And my "Photo addict" stamp came this week. HAHA, I'm so psyched. As soon as I saw the stamp in the store, I knew I had to have it.

What do you think. This layout is super easy. Just cut 3 squares down to 3 1/2"x3 1/2" and one photo. Place them on the cardstock and embellish! I stamped the "photo addict" image onto kraft cardstock and then cut it out using scissors. Then I used pop dots to make it pop off the page.

Supplies: Kraft paper: MME, White/Black cardstock: American Crafts: Patterned paper: Stickers: Die cuts: American Crafts, Rub ons: My Mind's Eye, "Photo addict" stamp: Kesi Art, Ink: Stazon.

November 19, 2014

November Clique Kits Blog Hop

Hi everyone. Welcome to the Pep Rally for Clique Kits! Here's a layout that I created using the November "Homecoming" kit. I love the colors in this kit and the variety of papers that came with it. I created seven gorgeous layouts with this kit! I practically used all of my scraps too. HAHA. Every now and then, I'll create a layout that I'm not sure if I love it or hate it. And this is one of them. After I finished scrapping this layout, I looked over at Edward and asked Edward what did he think. Did he like it? He looked at it and said, "boring". Jeez. LOL. So I slept on it and when I woke up and looked at it again, I decided that I didn't like it either. So I cut around my frame using scissors...

And then I matted the Gold Punchinella paper from Clique Kits "Homecoming" kit onto white cardstock. Then I put my original layout that I cut out onto the paper and this is the difference... I LOVE IT!

Cardstock: American Crafts, Vellum paper: Studio Calico, Patterned paper: Webster's Pages, Lemon Owl, Die cuts: Lemon Owl, Buttons: Studio Calico, Enamel dot: Doodlebug Design, Veneer leaf: Freckled Fawn, Glue: Helmar, November "Homecoming" kit by Clique Kits.
Here's another layout that I submitted to Paper Crafts for publication that never got picked up. They had a call out for stripes...
And if you're looking for more inspiration, just take a look at this awesome mood board! I know right?
Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it. Your next stop is Stephanie. Enjoy!

November 18, 2014

Shimelle rocks!

Hello everybody. I don't have much to share today. So far, the week is going ok. HAHA. It's still early though. Anyway, I have a simple layout to share with you. Last week I received my order from the Clique Kits. I've been eyeing up Shimelle's collection for some time now. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked the collection because of the pink, but I have to say, the more I look at it, I love it! I think if you can find a way to see pass all the pink, you will like it too. I must say, I love the pop of pink on this layout even though I hate pink. This collection is perfect for story telling. What do you think? The Clique Kit Store has a few left in stock and you can get yours with a 10% discount by using NICOLE10. Happy scrapping!

Supplies: Cardstock: My Mind's Eye, Patterned paper: Stickers: Die cuts: Rubons: American Crafts, Enamel dots: Basic Grey.
And here's another layout that I created using the same collection. I love this one so much. I am so lucky to work with some great people everyday and call them great friends of mine.

November 11, 2014


Hi everyone. What have you been reading lately? I've been reading the Outlander series. And I am hooked!! I just finished the third book "Voyager". I like where the 4th book is heading! Can't wait to start.

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.
While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.
I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape

I am going to take a break from the Outlander series and read Kim Harrison's last book in the Hollows series. Good stuff.

Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.