Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays My Friends!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a happy and safe new year!  Hayden just received his letter from Santa today.  He was thrilled to see he made Santa's "good list".  He's been on the borderline quite a few times, but he made it!  Now Santa just needs to decide whether to wrap the gifts or be lazy and just put them under the tree.  Santa is tired.  I vote for just put them under the tree!

Anyway, here is an altered Christmas candle holder using Reminisce's cute Christmas papers that I made for the holidays.  My papers are starting to roll in for my CHA projects.  I will definitely be busy for the next few weeks!   However,  I have seen the "sneeks" of the papers for Graphic 45, Nikki Sivils and Pebbles, Inc.  You will not be disappointed.

Happy Holidays,


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nikki Sivils is have a Design Team Call!!

We are happy to announce that we are looking for TWO talented people to join our design team!!! If you think you could be one of them, then please show us what you can do! Is your forte' altered items, cards or layouts? We want to see them. Give us some examples of your best work. We would "love" for you to use Nikki's products, but we realize Nikki's still new to the industry - not every one is carrying her products yet. However, after CHA in January they will not be able to resist adding her products to their stores!

Ok, on with the show. Here is what we would like from you: a list of publications, design teams you are on or have been on and some examples of your work. Don't worry. We are looking for talent and for people we feel fit in with Nikki's products. You do not need to be published or on a design team.

We also realize this is the holiday season. Life can get a little hectic. Then there might be some of you hurrying to get projects done for CHA as well. Keeping that in mind, we are giving you until January 25th to get your submission to us. We will be announcing our two new design team members on January 31st. This will be a short term, as we are filling up two vacant spots. Your term will be from February to May, which is a four month term. This is when the current team's term ends as well. In May we will be posting a new call.

Send your submissions to nikkisivilsDTcall@yahoo.com with"Willie-Bee's DT Call" in the subject line!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Cute "Sunflower Seed Container"

When my friend Robbie was in town, I took her to one of my local scrap stores.  In Austin, they only have Archievers and that's it.  It was treat for her to get to go somewhere differnt.  When we were there, we saw some  really cute papers by Reminisce. 

I just fell in love with this adorable paper with the huge sunflower on it.  On the other side is a big happy squirrel.  Sadly enough, now that I am in Houston, they don't grace my yard like they did when I was up north.  I guess they don't like pine tree - no nuts.  They'd have to come inside my house to find the nuts, lol.  Therefore, alas, no squirrel lo's for me.  Anyway, I adored the sun-flower side!!

I decided to make this cute little "sunflower seed container".  I used an old Prima flower bucket as my container.  I love how it turned out.  Thank goodness I got a decent photo, because now I can eat the seeds!  Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gift Card & Christmas Card

I did these all for the the "Keeping it Simple" blog post this week at http://pebblesinc.blogspot.com/  I used a premade box that I just had to assemble from Creative Imaginations, and cover it with paper.  The card was also super easy.  I just strips of Pebbles, Inc. Ribbon and strips of pom pom fringe to make my tree.  I then added the chip star (also from Pebbles) on top.

For the Christmas tree above, I purchase a premade form from Hobby Lobby.  I tore strip of pattern paper and dipped the edges in gesso (you could us thick white paint as well).  I just continued to glue the strips on from the bottom up, so it looked like a tree covered in snow.  Next I added Pebble's Chips to act as ornaments for tree.  It took under 30 minutes to comple and was really simple to do!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Twisted Sketches Challenge Blog Sketch Number 28

This Wednesday's Sketch Challenge is to use "frames".  The challenge should be up later on this evening.  Here is a link to play along http://www.twistedsketches.com/  Below is what the sketch looks like.  Above is my take on it!  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


As you can see, I had Hayden use the ever sophisticated method of randomly picking a winner for Nikki Sivils mini Christmas album via drawing names out of a bowl.   Hayden picked Stephanie as the winner. 

Nikki travels a lot doing classes.  Next time she has some left overs, I am going to ask to do another drawing.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I say that, but I only have my tree up - not decorated.  It is funny how much smaller it looked at the grocery store.  I wanted a tall tree because we have super tall ceilings.  Well, after Brett helped me get it into the house the other night, I realized that  sucker is huge, and I don't mean "ordinary huge".  I mean "humongous"!  That tree has got to be about 5 feet in diameter.  I had to take a chair out of the room just so it would fit into the family room.  Now I have to add the lights to it.  Man, am I dreading it.  I am wondering if I even have "enough" lights to do it!  What the heck was I thinking.  I was wanting a real tree so I wouldn't have to put together my artificial tree - which I still have to put light on as well.  Regardless, I have to say the real tree does smell nice.  Well, once I get it decorated I'll post a photo of it, so you can see I'm not lying about the size of that thing!

So, today is my day to do the blog for Nikki Sivils https://www.nikkisivils.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=BLOG .  These are my Christmas items for it, but I posted work from another dt gal as well.

He,hee you can see I went a little "glitter happy" on all my stuff.  It is a good thing Yankee wasn't in his usual spot under my feet when I was making them.  If he had been, I would guess he'd be sporting a sparklier coat now.   I would definitely have the most festive cat around. 

Don't forget to leave a comment on my post from Sunday, to possibly win a "North Pole Nights" mini album kit by Nikki Sivils.  You can see the post under this one.  Good luck.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Nikki has a few kits left over after touring to various states giving classes. She had some kits left over. I asked if I could give away one on my blog. So, if you'd like the chance to win, just leave a comment here. On Wednesday, I'll pick a random winner, and Nikki will mail you a kit! Good luck!!

Here is what you get:

Here is what it looks like finished:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dreamgirls Challenge Blog Challenge 41 - We Are Family

This week's challenge is about family.  Well, my closest family is my boys.  They make my little world, and I love them to pieces.   Here is the challenge: 

Prompt: The word Happy needs to be some where on your layout.
Prompt: All about your family and what that means for you.
Product: Use Ric rac and journaling spots.
Technique: Trying using the ric rac in a circle or another shape!

Hope you enjoy my take on the challenge!!   Happy December everyone!!