Wednesday, June 30

BLOG HOP for a Promocode!

Hi there!  It's another Whimsie Wednesday Challenge!  BUT, not only that!  This Wednesday is EXTRA SPECIAL because today is the last Wednesday for our current team to post together as a 'TEAM'!  The NEW DIVAS will be announced tomorrow on the Whimsie Doodles BLOG HERE, so don't miss it!  But, before we say good-bye, we thought we would have ONE last blog hop together!

But first.... This week's Whimsie Wednesday Challenge theme is 'MISS YOU'; we'd love to see your cards, layouts or altered items at our PaperCraftPlanet forum HERE using a Whimsie Doodles image along with the theme!  When you play along please tag your challenge item with WWC38 when you upload to any gallery or forum so we can find it easily!

NOW, on to the BLOG HOP! 

Here's the deal.... You need to do is HOP around and pick up a 'featured letter' at ALL 11 designer's blogs to then unscramble into a PROMOCODE!  This will give you 50% OFF the newly JUST-RELEASED-TODAY digi set called Sentiment-Edibles?

Nicole (That's Me!)


Here's HOW I FEEL, uh... my 'Miss You' challenge card using the 'Hang In There' digi stamp!  I am really sad to have to leave my Whimsie Doodles team.  I found the most wonderful ladies on this team a year ago and it will be so hard to not hear from them every day!  So, I will POUT WITH PRIDE as I gracefully bow from of my Doodlelicious role at Whimsie Doodles!  But never fear!  I KNOW how to stalk blogs, so I am sure I will not be a stranger to my fellow original WD team!  Blessings to you all in whatever your future holds!
Keep Hopping
Kelli's Blog

My card is using the Picture Perfect Creations color combo #19! 

Tuesday, June 29

Blog Hop Winner!

Here's my winner of FOUR DIGIS from Meljen's Designs............

CONGRATS, Leanne!  Email me your four digi-picks from the MD store HERE and WHIMSY STAMPS STORE HERE!  Melissa is currently switching over the sale of her digis from her MD Store to Whimsy Stamps!  So check both stores to see all of her digis!  My email is in my sidebar or just comment on this post Leanne and include your email and I will zap them to you!  Hugs!

Be sure you share your Meljen's Designs creations in our weekly challenge to win more digis!!  Check the MD main BLOG HERE to see the current challenge!

Sunday, June 27


This is staying up at top! 
Please SCROLL DOWN for current posts!!!

Welcome to the Summer Kick-Off Blog HOP!!!!!!!  There are creations to be seen, prizes to be won and best yet, FRIENDS TO BE MADE!!  You should have come here from MELISSA'S blog!  If not, then start at the beginning HERE at Allison's blog, don't worry, you will find your way back!

Let's get down to the details! 

1. Become a follower of the Picture Perfect Creations challenge blog HERE!

2.Create a card, scrapbook page, altered art, etc using our featured Blog Hop Color Combo, below.

3.Directly post the link of your creation to the inlinkz on the PPC challenge blog.

4. Hop on throught the list of the Design Team Members Blogs and leave everyone some love!

5. Head back to PPC Blog and leave a final comment on our Blog Hop Post telling us what you like about Summer.

All winners from each blog will be chosen at random!

There will be 4 winners from PPC-Crafty Challenges Blog and a winner from each designers blog, too!

Here's the color combo you will be using to be eligible for the HONKIN' PRIZES!  As you can see, I used some crazy Lime Rickey Papers by Basic Grey for my bookmark.  OK, I need to admit that I used Melon Mambo and not Rich Razzleberry (you need to pretend that PINKY FLAMINGO {from Meljen's Designs}is purple and not pink, OK!? LOL!)  There is actually a dark pinky purple in the patterned paper, but I used a piece of the paper that didn't have any! UGH!  OH WELL! 
So, do you want to know what I AM GIVING AWAY ON MY BLOG???  Well, how about my random winner getting to choose four of their favorite digi images from the MELJEN'S DESIGNS STORE??? YEP, that is right, 4 Freebie-digis coming up!

 Ok, so keep hopping down the list and continue to leave some love and be inspired!  Here's the list!

Nicole (That's ME!)

 So.... GO HERE: Paula

Drawings will be on Sunday 10am Eastern, JUNE 28th, SO CHECK BACK THEN!

More Freebies??

Wanna win more freebie digis from Meljen's Designs??? Then why don't you play along at the Challenge Blogs we are sponsoring right now???  YEP!  You can face the challenges and you just may win some free digis of your choice from the Meljen's Designs Store HERE!!

CLICK HERE to see Friday's post that has a list of the AWESOME BLOGS that Meljen's Designs is sponsoring and to also see some fabulous work by the Meljen's Designs DESIGN TEAM, including our June Guest Designer, Callie!  Everyone is just SO TALENTED!!!!


Saturday, June 26

Sentiment Only Card and a SAD Good-bye!

Happy Anniversary to ME!  I know that is a bit self-serving (sorry!!), but I wanted to draw your attention to these beautiful sentiments in the Wedding Sentiments digi set HERE!  This is the anniversary card (could be a wedding card, too!) that I made my hubby for our 9th Anniversary coming up on July 4th.  I plan to give it to him early on our first 'vacation ever together ALONE' this week!  We are vacationing in Chicago, taking in all of the museums and sites!  I looooove Chicago about as much as I loooooove this digi set that is just full of beautiful 'love' sentiments perfect for wedding and anniversary occasions!  So, be sure to check it out!

On a sad note, this is my last post as a designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I have decided to bow out gracefully to focus my attention on re-prioritizing my daily routine to have more time to include homemade meals, making fresh bread, taking better care of the house and enjoying my youngest child's last year at home before being in school fulltime in the fall of 2011.  They grow up so fast, so after giving it much thought, I have decided to slow down and really SEE and appreciate each and every moment I have left with my kiddos!

I want to thank Korin for this wonderful opportunity of being on the SNSS Design Team for the past 10 months beginning with my Guest Designing last September; it seems just like yesterday!  I will miss the entire SNSS team and the closeness we share every day.  Be sure to put Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps in your favorites and visit their BLOG every day for beautiful creations and lovely inspiration by the uber talented designers!!

See you Monday!

Friday, June 25

New Digis AND a New Release!

Did ya hear?? Did ya see??  CLICK HERE!  Meljen's Designs released some cutie patootie images on Thursday, along with a new challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!  Check out the sweet teddy bear with a cast!  That was inspired by MY daughter, KayLee, who broke her arm just before Mother's Day! AW!!  OH!  And if you play along in the challenge, you could just win some freebie digis of your choice from the store HERE!!

Go check it out and play along if you can!  We'd love to see your creations using Meljen's Designs images especially! 

Thursday, June 24

Pink & Orange, MY FAVORITE!

HIDY HO!  How are you doing today??  Can you believe it is already THURSDAY???  Well, you know what that means!  YEPPERS, another DIGI DAY challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps forums!  If you are a member or Paper Craft Planet, go HERE!  If you prefer SNR, go HERE!  The same challenge is at both forums to we are sure to find and invite as many people to play along as we can!  This week it is a color challenge of my favorite SUMMER color combo of Pink and Orange! SO FUN!

OH, and YES, of course there are prizes, too!  So click on the links above to get the details about this week's exciting goodies! 

As for my card, I used a new digi called 'Birds and Roses' that you can see HERE in the store!  My papers are from the Bloom and Grow collection by MME and the honkin dew drops are from Martha Stewart/WalMart!  This sketch was inspired from a challenge blog from a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't write it down, so if you know who it is, please leave a comment for me so that the appropriate person gets their credit!  (sorry about that!!)

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, June 23

It's a Whimsie Wednesday!


Well, I have been busy (been MIA, will tell you about it soon!!!) and haven't been able to make a card for this week's challenge at Whimsie Doodles, but I hope you take time to play along!  CLICK HERE to the Whimsie Doodles Paper Craft Planet forum to get all the details on how to play along with the HOT SUMMER DAYS/NIGHTS challenge!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 22


Happy Tuesday TO YA!!!! 

With all of the blog hop excitement yesterday, I forgot to remind you about the new
image that is up at the Meljen's Designs 
BLOG HERE!!!!!!!! 

You may need to scroll down to find it,
but it's there and what a sweet one it is!!


Monday, June 21


Happy Magnificent MONDAY to you! 

AH, a fresh beginning to a new week, gotta love that!  AND what you will love even MORE is the fact that there are TWO posts for Picture Perfect Creations this week!  This post is for our regular reveal this Monday featuring the color challenge below!  I used a Meljen's Designs SUNFLOWER BUGGIES digi for my card and some Lime Rickey papers by Basic Grey.  The sentiment is by Stampin' UP!

OH, and don't forget that you have some time to play to win the sponsor prize, too!  To see what that is, CLICK HERE, and it will take you to the PPC blog where you can see all of the designers creations using this color combo!


How about a summer-kick-off BLOG HOP!? 

Tons of prizes to win and even MORE creations to inspire!

Check back in a bit or scroll UP!

Saturday, June 19



Ok, seriously, is it almost the end of JUNE???? What is happening!??  These days just go by faster and faster as you get older, don't they!? 

I finally was able to color up this beautiful digi that has been sitting on my desk since forever!  I just love this WhimsieDoodles' Geisha Miyako Tea {see it HERE in the store} girl, she's lovely.  I love oriental anything, from decor to digis, the Asian influence is just beautiful!  I used Basic Grey papers, some chunky cherry blossom embellishments that I found at Walmart along with a new stamp sentiment from Stampin' Up! for this Thank You note. 

My daughter is going to send it to her BFF to say thanks for her birthday presents (a jewelry box and stuffed doggie she now sleeps with every night!)!!  KayLee loved this card, maybe she will appreciate asian influenced decor, too!  I have a busy busy busy week ahead, so I BETTER GIT GOIN'!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 18


Do you LOVE the digi company,
but WISH they were in RUBBER?


to get all of the info about
and to find some freebies, too!!


Thursday, June 17

A manly MAN challenge!

WOW, the week is just streeeeeeaking by, isn't it!???? Summer will be over before you know it! HA!

Here's my 2nd Father's Day card in a row!  This one is for my father-in-law and is a bit more subtle than yesterday's card! (HAHAHAA! Not sure what my father-in-law would think of me if I gave him a monkey cheerleader card for Father's Day, but I know my dad will get a kick out of it!)

Today over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps forums at PaperCraftPlanet and Scrapbook News and Review, they are challenging us to make a masculine card! Sooooooooo of course I knew another Father's Day card would be perfect!  I used this happy HOT AIR BALLOON on my card that also uses the sketch from the Sweet Stop Sketch Blog HERE!  Maybe I will win this week's prize there, now that I am no longer on their team!

OH, and if you face the challenge by midnight tonight in the forums, you will get a special early bird prize!!  Check it out at PCP HERE and SNR HERE!  Hope you play along!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 16

Father's Day Challenge

Happy Hump Day!

It's half-way through the week and I am running through challenge after challenge!  The new challenge at Whimsie Doodles' PaperCraftPlanet group begins today!  AND of course with Father's Day around the corner, it is all about DAD!

I used the CHEERMONKEY to make this cute card for my dad.  Inside it reads, "WHO'S YOUR BIGGEST FAN?  ME!!"  I hope he likes it!

Be sure to play along and share your Whimsie Doodles Father's Day cards at the forum HERE! And tag it with 'whimsiedoodles' and 'WWC36' when you upload it to your galleries!

Back tomorrow with another challenge!

Tuesday, June 15

Hunny Bunny

Happy Tuesday!  Cardabilities revealed their Sketch #5 today!  What a fun sketch this time, AS ALWAYS!  I used a Meljen's Designs image called HUNNY BUNNY for my card along with a sentiment in clear stamp form from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps that you can find HERE.

I also faced this week's SPARKLE/GLITTER/BLING challenge at Meljen's Designs with my card by adding some rhinestones in my flowers!  Papers are by My Mind's Eye, copics for coloring, flowers from Prima and ribbon from Hobby Lobby!

I hope to see you play at Cardabilities Sketch Challenge HERE and at Meljen's Designs blingy Challenge HERE

See you tomorrow!

Monday, June 14

PPC17 and a FREEBIE & BLOG HOP coming up!


Above, my card is using today's freebie sentiment along from MELJEN'S DESIGNS along with this cute TWO LITTLE YORKIES image you can see in the store HERE!  My color choices are inspired by the latest PICTURE PERFECT CREATIONS challenge, using Early Espresso, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler and Elegant Eggplant!  Such rich colors, love them all! 

This week's PPC17 sponsor is none other than MELJEN'S DESIGNS!!  If you play, you could just win FOUR freebies of your choosing from the store!  AND my card also incorporates this week's SPARKLE/GLITTER/BLING Challenge HERE at Meljen's Designs, too, where you could win THREE MORE freebie digis!  We hope you play along!

You can also find a collection of past Meljen's Designs FREEBIES HERE in a convenient zip file! 

Please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions HERE using these freebies and any purchases of Melissa's images!  We surely do not want to abuse the use of these wonderful digis!!!

I nearly forgot to tell you all about an AWESOME blog hop coming up next MONDAY!  TONS of prizes shall be had if you HOP ALONG with the Picture Perfect Creations BLOG HOP!  Mark next Monday on your calendar NOW!  To see more details of the blog hop, CLICK HERE!
See you tomorrow!

Saturday, June 12

Pocket Card Challenge!


This week's Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturday's Challenge Blog is to make a pocket card!  I used this Whimsie Doodles BEE WELL IMAGE for this 'Get Well' creation!  Well, wouldn't you like to have this sent to you, if you were sick??  It is so bright and cheery with those Die Cuts with a View papers and that image is suh-weeeeet, am I right??  HA, a little bee that is sick with a thermometer and hot water-bottle on his head, so funny!  You can see THIS IMAGE and a bunch of other uber cute images HERE at the Whimsie Doodles store! 

Be sure to POP on over to the SSDS blog to see all of the POCKET CARDS the DT made!  AND check out this week's sponsor's PRIZE, TOO!!


Thursday, June 10

Ever feel like you are playing a game of CAT and MOUSE??

Melissa of MELJEN'S DESIGNS grouped some of her all-time favorite digis together in today's release!  Kitty cats and mice! HOW adorable can ya get!??  POP on over to the MD BLOG HERE to see some really adorable cards using these digis AND to see the latest challenge where you can win some freebie digis of your own choosing!! 

AND did I mention that you can purchase these individually HERE for $3.00 each, or purchase the whole set HERE for just $12.00!  Now, THAT is a deal for ya!  Hope to see you play along with this week's Challenge! 


Monday, June 7

June's Rose

Since I have misplaced my camera and couldn't share my Picture Perfect Creations card today, I thought I would fill the gap with this card that I made last week for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Blog Hop Release Night!  I used the June Rose CLEAR STAMP HERE to make this card for my friend's daughter, Jordan, who was in an ATV accident.  The sentiment comes from the Poppies and Greetings CLEAR STAMP SET HERE.

I used copics for coloring and some Kaiser pearls to add a delicate touch around the sentiment.  Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with another creation, gotta pick up a new camera!


Saturday, June 5


It's my LAST debut day at Whimsie Doodles!  Yes, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and it has, well almost!  I will be on the Whimsie Doodles team till the end of June, and although I will be showing you creations using Whimsie Doodles images, it still means that today's release is my last to promote for WD!  AW, so sad!!

Above you will see my card using Missy's THERAPY image from Whimsie Doodles. com along with some awesome handmade stars that I whipped up for this week's challenge at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays!  Yep, this week, we had to MAKE our own embellies!  Well, mine isn't necessarily home-made exactly.... they are recycled, I guess.  I found these starts in one of my daughter's coloring/design books HERE and thought they would be perfect to color and fold and put into place with this image!  I simply colored them in and popdotted the center of the stars for dimension! EASY PEASY!  The papers are by GLITZ Design, who is as this week's sponsor at SSDS!  They are offering up a prize this week if you play along!

You can see the detail pic of the glitter that I added to the card, below!

Be sure to check out the Whimsie Doodles BLOG to see more inspiration AND check out the Whimsie Doodles STORE HERE to see more about the new release images! 

See you all on Monday!!!!!

Thursday, June 3


AND in a Wedding/Love theme!  AAW!

Melissa, sole creator and designer extraordinaire of Meljen's Designs released a new batch of images today!  These can be purchased individually for $2 to $3 each, OR you can purchase the entire set at a discount for just $14.50!!!!!  That's a deal! 

Go see the awesome creations by the Meljen's Designs DT at the MAIN BLOG HERE!  Another release brings a NEW CHALLENGE!  This one is DRY EMBOSSING!  If you create a card with dry embossing, then link it up and you could just win 3 FREE Images of your choice!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 1



Can I hear a WOOT WOOT for clear stamps?? 

AND a HOLLAA, too??! (HA!) 

Can you hear the applause?? HAHAHA!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE digital stamps, but there are some awesome techniques you can do with inked images!  And I nearly forgot what that INK smelled like!  yummmmmm!

Here's my creation using the newly release CLEAR STAMP SET WOOF YOU!!!!!!!!  Isn't this doggie just the cutest in his little ol' bandana!? AWWW!  I used Brilliance Coffee Bean Brown to stamp the doggie and sentiment and then colored them using Copics!  I made up this sketch as I went along!  I do like how it turned out!!  Papers are by My Mind's Eye.

Oh, and here's some info you may have been searching for...
I am giving away the WOOF YOU SET!!!!!!!! 
Be sure to remember that it is me, NICOLE, giving it away!! TEEHEE!!
In order to be considered for this stamp set {{and the ONE OTHER STAMP SET being given away that you need to go locate!!}} you need to make a comment on each blog as you HOP and then tune in tonight at SNR to see if you won!

And don't forget to join us at the grand finale FUN-tastic release party, tonight in our SNR forum at 8pm EST! Find out who won our fabulous blog hop prizes, chat with the Design Team and play along in our games and challenges for a chance at MORE prizes, make new friends and be inspired! Plus, we have a few special surprises for ALL release party attendees, so you won't want to miss the fun :). We'll see you tonight {HERE} at SNR, put it in your favorites so you don't forget!!!

Here's a complete list of the BLOG HOP,
in NO particular order, mind you! 


Tricia Traxler

See you tonight at SNR!