Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scrappin' with a buddy

How awesome is this use of IKEA Alex drawers!

Thanks Tiffany Leigh.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Selecting colours for your scrapbook pages

Try using Adobe Kuler and 
check out this post 
on selecting colors to use on your scrapbook layouts

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fancy princess crowns

Like most great creations nowadays, this idea started with something on Pinterest. I'm a crazy mad pinner because there are so many fantastic ideas out there, and truthfully, night feedings with the baby are the perfect time to browse Pinterest.

So next month I'm hosting a Fancy Soirée for my daughters 5th birthday party. It's a fancy, princess, tea party and birthday theme all rolled into a fun few hours. The "fancy" being the key word since my daughter thinks Fancy Nancy is too cool!

So along with such a party theme, are of course boas and fancy sun spectacles, and the list goes on... But what's a fancy lady without a crown right?

Okay.... So here's my crowning glory project:

My plan however is to remove the pins once it's stiff enough. Then I'll paint on a layer of modge podge and let it dry. Then I'll spray paint each one with the silver spray paint I have left over from a mirror project I did :)

I'll post the finished product in a few weeks.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Inking Tricks

Now this is a really exceptional technique!

Maile Belles, thank you!

Friday, February 22, 2013

12x12 Sheet Flap Box

Have a wonnnnderful day!

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¸.·´ .·´¨¨)) Live with integrity.... -:¦:-
((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* -:¦:-    NikkiNix

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gift Wrap Corral - yee haw!

What an ingenious use of wire shelving!

Thanks Elisa for this idea :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A little something for me :)

Something pretty for your special Valentines silkies ;)

Designed by Carol Paget, she used paper and decoupaged wooden coat hangers with three coats of varnish.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Embossed Ribbon

I used "Stiffen Stuff" (found at your local craft/fabric store) and it worked beautifully. You simply spray the ribbon, pop it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and you'll have nice crisp ribbon. Then you're ready to run it through your Big Shot/Cuttlebug using the embossing folder of your choice.  How cool is that!

I'm working on buying ribbon in bulk from Creative Bag right nearby in the east end.  They have good quality ribbon (wire edged) in wholesale(ish) quantities.  I'll start with different widths of white and colour them using my Copic Markers. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sticky Stuff... Adhesives

So, I've gotten the question numerous times, why did you sell off all your adhesives?? Well, I found the most economical, great sticking scrapbook-safe adhesive that works on paper, chipboard, cardboard, ribbons, and buttons too!!!

Don't be intimidated by it's size, not only is is comfortable to use, it's accurate, and lasts pretty long before a refill is needed and can't get list on your table! Other than foam squares to raise things on cards, this satisfies ALL my adhesive needs!

It's the Scotch ATG 714!

I buy my refill rolls in Markham, in bulk, at NHS Media, click here, Don't worry, they ship all over!! If you're a scrapbooker though, I'd recommend the acid free Gold version which I use click here.

But you've seen this before in pink, right?! 

... at Michaels!!! ... And you've got a 40% off coupon... 

Exactly! Back in scrappy history, some crafty gal met a photo framer and saw their endless adhesive gliding out of the ATG gun and said hey! I want one! One thing led to another, and 3M developed the acid free adhesive (gold) for scrapbookers!  But the demand was great! I bought the original red ATG 714 before the pink version and I changed the colour and blinged it up... See pics below :)

But back to the pink... Did you know that the 3M Corp is offering its support to breast cancer research through donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation from the sale of its pink ATG gun? For each gun sold, the company will donate $1.20 to the foundation, with a minimum donation of $25,000.  That's a great reason to save money on adhesives, save plastic in landfills, and support a great cause!

Here's my pre-pink altering adventures in pictures :)


And take a look at the astronomical cost of adhesives!!


And ta daaa!!!  My blinged out ATG gun!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Yayy... it's been loonie !

I'd never have thought this but I'm clean out of paper, stamps, albums and adhesives and it's only noon!!  I have two auction pickups and very little left.  Thanks to all of you who came this morning, I know quite a few ladies went home quite happy!!

Have fun!!

Have a wonnnnderful day!

· ´¨¨)) -:¦:- -:¦:-
¸.·´ .·´¨¨)) Live with integrity.... -:¦:-
((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* -:¦:-    NikkiNix

Valentine Bags

hOWLing with this idea!
What a HOOT!

(The hot chocolate spoons and the pineapple are my faves!)

Did you know paper bags can go through the printer?
Design your bag and set the page to print upside down.  
Insert the straight edge of the bag into the printer feed 
positioned so the smooth surface will get the printout.  
(Hey!  You're on your own if you try this, 
I'm sure its not recommended in your printer manual lol)

Here's also a great way to paint a heart on a card or on a bag like illustrated here:

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Which Ink to Use

These are excellent resources on figuring out which ink to use for what project!

Sneak Peek #10 - Copic Love

I'm torn, but I know for a fact there are many colours I've never used.  I'll hem and haw on these, but some will be for sale.  I'll replace them afterwards with new colours that I'll use more frequently. If you go to the Copic Website, under instructors, and search for the city of Ajax, you'll see my name as a certified Copic Designer ;)

Here's the status of the items going for a few dollars.... Remember, if it's more than a buck, it's in the auctions!  And yes, I know I'm loonie ;)  The current highest bidder is listed, the auctions will close and go to the highest bidder at 11:59 and 59 seconds tonight - I'm so glad for email time stamps!!
  1. Ten Shelf Acrylic Paper Stacker - Hazel
  2.  8x8 Grey/silver album filled with Tim Holtz paper stack – started at  $10
  3. Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities– started at  $5
  4. Scor Tape– started at $3
  5. Embellishment Station- Hazel
  6. Martha Punch Around the Page– started at  $5
  7. Wall Ribbon Holder- Sue
  8. Ranger InksSentials Non Stick Craft Sheet- Hazel
  9. Cruise album– started at  $5

Please email me for my address.  
I've had 599 visits to my Kijiji ad.  I've also had 
150 page views on this blog in the last two days!  
I'm not really interested 
in making my address that public ;)

See you tomorrow!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pretty Little Tags

I love Dawn McVey! I adore her simple sweet style and bold colour choices. Here's a fabulous idea, make up a bunch if tags while the tools and paper scraps are out and go wild!

Valentine Envelopes

Ooohhh today is a snow day and what a great day to make Valentines for school next week. Here's a sweet, inexpensive and simple way to make val-en-velopes and to colour hearts using Copic Markers :)


Sneak Peek #9 - Just stuff

Random finds... more to come... 
I've officially got nine 6x6 paper stacks, and about ten 12x12 paper stacks.  I've got Time Holtz and Creative Memories and Stampin' Up and Close to My Heart, Memento, Copic, Spellbinders, Martha Stewart, PaperTrey Ink, GinaK and oh, the list goes on forever!!! Each going for $1 ...yup!  A whole paper pack for $1.  No joke!!!  I've also got loose papers in 12x12 and 8.5x11 going 20 for $1.  So have you figured out that I'm totally loonie and that I waaannnt you to walk away with lots and lots of goodies for just a few loonies!!

Creative Memories, brand new 4x6 photo holder/organizers

Creative Memories digital scrapbooking starter set.  Never activated!

Embossing plates.  There's an embossing light box somewhere as well, I'll find it soon :)

Creative Memories circle and oval cutter set.  
Creative Memories 4x6 photo guillotine.
Creative Memories cutting blades (about 8, some brand new!)

Liquid embossing set, brand new!

Remember everything is a dollar 
unless multiple items are grouped for $1 
or the item is being auctioned.

Auction alert:
Bids start at $2, email your bids directly to me
with the subject line:
Ranger InksSentials Non Stick Craft Sheet
The highest bidder wins!
(Updates will be occasionally posted 
in the comments below this post.)

See more info on it's million uses here.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sneak Peek #8 - Pretties

OOOhhh embellies!!  So exciting and so so sooooo many!!!  
Here are just some of the things I'll have available.

They're going 10 for $1 so make sure to come early for the best of the best!!!

ribbons, lots!!

cute containers,

cool stuff,

envelope maker,

more ribbons,

pretty things...

Remember everything is a dollar 
unless multiple items are grouped for $1 
or the item is being auctioned.

Auction alert:
Bids start at $5, email your bids directly to me
with the subject line:
Wall Ribbon Holder
The highest bidder wins!
(Updates will be occasionally posted 
in the comments below this post.)

Details and a better picture here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sneak Peek #7 - Tools

QuicKutz, Spellbinders, Alphabet dies, and more!!

The next group of punches I'm still hemming and hawing about... some will be sold, not all :)

Remember everything is a dollar 
unless multiple items are grouped for $1 
or the item is being auctioned.

Auction alert:
Bids start at $5, email your bids directly to me
with the subject line:
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Set,
The highest bidder wins!
(Updates will be occasionally posted 
in the comments below this post.)

Not the same one, but you get the idea on it's value here.

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