Saturday, July 31

Clean and Simple with Amber Ink.!!

What'cha doing this Saturday?  UP for another SIMPLE challenge?? How about a Clean and Simple one??  YEP, this one is brought to you by Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays!! 

For my Clean and Simple (YET WAYYYYYY STYLISH) card, I used some images by Amber Ink.!!  The sentiment and gift with a bow are available in the set called 'Your the Perfect Package' that you can see HERE over at Amber Ink.!!  I used just two colors (not including the black outline of the gift itself) of royal blue and white to make this one as clean as possible!  At first I had a bow tied up at the top, but it was too fussy, so I took it off and added some rhinestones in the corner.  I think it looks just great, what'cha think??

And the sponsor is the one and only..........

CraftBrulee is offering up this awesome prize pack below to a lucky participant in the SSDS Clean and Simple challenge HERE!!  Be sure to play along and you just may win all of this.............

Enjoy your day with some crafting!!

Thursday, July 29

New Releases and a SKETCH CHALLENGE!!

HOWDY MY PEEPS!  Here's another 'NEW RELEASE THURSDAY' featuring FIVE newbie digis by Melissa, fabuloso owner of Meljen's Designs!!  My card above is using 'Sunflower's Friend', just released a week ago!  I just had to use it! 

Without further ado....... Here's the newbie digis below.....
AND.... NOW see the new SKETCH Challenge facing you this week below..........

CLICK HERE to find out how to play to be entered into the chance to win THREE freebie digis by Meljen's Designs!!  If you just can't wait, just go ahead and shop NOW at the store HERE!! 


Wednesday, July 28

CUTE Cuties for a Cause CARDS

Hi!! It's my last post as Guest Designer for Deedee's Digis, so as soon as I saw the CUTIES FOR A CURE digi set, I knew just exactly how to 'GO OUT' with a 'BANG'!!  YEP, I saw this set and immediately starting pairing these mini-digis into sets!  You only see 9 of the 12 digis here on this post, but if you CLICK HERE you will see the remaining three (the frog, dinosaur and doggy) on another card I made earlier this week!

Aren't these just so fun?  I used just black and white for base colors, matched my ribbon to my stamped sentiment and colored in the images using my Copic markers (of course!!).  SIMPLE and STYLISH, don't 'cha think?  AND if you know me, I am NOT about 'simple', although I would like to think I am somewhat 'stylish'! HA!!  And when you purchase this digi set, the proceeds go the the National Childhood Cancer Foundation!  Isn't that great?  I THINK SO!!

Many HUGE thanks to my GALPAL, DEEDEE!!!!!!!!!!!!  I feel so blessed to have been asked to guest-design for you and have enjoyed every minute!  I wish you all the best with your new digi-store and KNOW that you will be a HUGE success!! 

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, July 26

PPC23 with Deedee's Digis!

HAPPY MONDAY my peeps! 

WOW, another awesome color combo CHALLENGE is facing you at Picture Perfect Creations!  YEP, look at this striking combo!  Isn't is just so eye-catching!?  Be sure to see ALL of the cards by the PPC Creators on the BLOG HERE along with this week's challenge info!

For my card I used just THREE of TWELVE digis that are in a set by Deedee's Digis called Cuties for a Cure HERE!  When you purchase this set of digis you are also supporting the National Childhood Cancer Foundation!  I have plans for the other 9 digis, but for now, this is what you get!!  MAYBE if you are lucky I will show you more on Wednesday {hint, hint, hint!}..... Until then, be sure to play along with the color challenge at PPC and you could just win this week's prize!!


Sunday, July 25


Happy Late SUNDAY afternoon!  WOW, this summer's heat has surely slowed down not just me, but my MOJO too!  How can anyone feel creative when the humidity outside is making the INSIDE of the house so darn HOT??? UGH!!!!!!!  (ok, thanks for listening to me whine, now here's the funnnnnnnnn........)

This week at 'i {heart} 2stamp' Amber Ink. is sponsoring the SFYTT! (That's a 'sketch for you to try' for you newbies!)  YEP, just play along with this sketch and you may be drawn to be the winner of $25.00 gift certificate for Amber Ink.!!! OH MY GOSH!  How awesome is that?  I ALMOST (but not totally!) wish I wasn't on Amber's DT just so I could win! HA!  Not really though, I LOVE LOVE LOVE being on the 'TH(INK) TANK' team! Heehee!

SO above is my card that I made using the Amber Ink.'s Grow Green SET HERE!  I used one of the digi papers that coordinates with this set, too!  You can see the iPaper HERE!The small patterned paper is by Basic Grey...  AND of course I just had to color coordinate the gardening outfit to the papers, too! 

Get more details on the sketch challenge and how to play {Hopefully to win!!} HERE at Jen's blog!

OH HECK, did I mention PROMOCODES for Amber Ink.??? HA, yeppers!  So here's the details!

In CELEBRATION of the SUPAH GRAND OPENING of Amber Ink. (WHICH IS AWESOME, IMHO!) Amber is giving us some promocodes to get some freebies!!  CLICK HERE to see those details, it is better explained on Amber's blog and I don't want to mess up those codes, so I am sending you HERE to see them, okie dokie? 

Don't forget to play along with the sketch after you shop at AMBER INK.!!

See ya tomorrow!

Saturday, July 24

Use a DIGI-stamp! Or Two, Or Three....

Happy SATURDAY!  What's better than crafting with a digi-stamp?  Crafting with NUMEROUS digi-stamps!  This week over at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays your challenge is to USE a DIGI!! Easy peasy!  IF you have NEVER used a digi, then you are missing out!

For my card above, I used images by Meljen's Designs!!  I used 'Brooke at the Beach', 'Cutie Crab' and the new 'Sail Away' digi that can all be seen in the Meljen's STORE HERE!  What I LOVE LOVE LOVE about digis besides the fact that they don't take up room on my shelves in my craft-room (they stay on your computer!) is how you can manipulate them in size, shape and color and make little scenes like this one above!  I just inserted these images into Microsoft Word, did some shrinking, enlarging, overlapping and VIOLA!

I used papers by Stampin' UP! to mimic the sand, surf and sky in my scene.  Copics to color, a little dab of pearls for fun and nestibilities and oval punches for the sentiment, not too bad, EH?  GO HERE to upload your 'DIGI-challenge' to be entered for the chance to win FOUR digis of your choice from the Meljen's STORE!  That's right, Meljen's Designs is sponsoring Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays again, so you could just win freebie images from Melissa!


How about another CHANCE to win MORE freebie digis from MELJEN'S DESIGNS?!?  Just make your card into an EASEL CARD and upload it to the Meljen's Challenge of the Week HERE and you will be entered into our challenge, too, for free digis of your choice!

NOW...... IF YOU NEED some FREEBIE digis to use or play with (TRY before you BUY, so to speak) CLICK HERE!  Melissa gives us Freebie Images each and every Monday!  YEP, there's TONS of freebies out there for you to play with so you can be sure it is something you LOVE (LIKE I DO!!!!!!!) before you start investing money into them.  I always said I didn't like them, until I tried them, now I LOVE THEM and couldn't imagine crafting without them!

I hope you face the challenges and win some images, too!

Good Luck!

Thursday, July 22


Melissa has done it again!!! 

Another batch of gorgeous digis
are available in the store HERE !
I made a really cute card using two of these images, but you will need to come back on Saturday to see it!

And along with a new release comes a new weekly challenge!  This time it is an easel card!  Be sure to check out the challenge along with Meljen's Designs Design Team's EASEL CARDS HERE!  Hopefully they will get you inspired to play along to take a chance on winning some freebie images from Melissa!


Wednesday, July 21

Fish you were here!!

HEY THERE!!  Here's a card I made up for my Guest Designer gig over at Deedee's Digis!  Isn't this set cute?  I love angel fish and you know they are never alone!  So, of course I couldn't just have ONE angel fish on here to color!  NO!!! I had to design this one up with THREE angel fish!!

I am in total LOVE with Deedee's Best Fishes Set HERE!  It is so cute!  Just costs $3.00 AND includes FOUR sentiments!  How's that for a steal?  I did think of another sentiment, 'Aren't You an Angel?', that you could use with this set!  So, there ya go; tons of verstility with this set and that fish is really so fun to color!  I know angel fish are really silver and white, but I thought this would look neat in an orange color to mimic the little fish on my paper! 

AS FOR MY CARD: The paper is actually a DIGI PAPER!! YEP, just for $1.00 you have a limitless supply of this ADORABLE paper  You save it on your computer and can use it again and again and again and... *well, I think you get the idea!*!  This 'iPaper' is available HERE at Amber Ink.!  Go check out these papers, they are awesome, and print so crisp and clean and clear it will seriously amaze you!  Bling is by Basic Grey, paper flowers by Prima, circle diecuts are Nestibilities and the label punch is by Stampin' Up!

See you again next Wednesday for my final Guest Designer post for Deedee's Digis (SNIFF!)!! 

Enjoy your Wednesday!


(aka : gigikaycreations)

Random.isaac (my five year old) picked the number 12, so there ya go!

Laura is MY winner of the Amber Ink. FROLIC!  Go check out the other blogs and see who else won!

Congratulations, Laura!  You just won a gift certificate to Amber Ink.!  Someone will contact you with your prize soon!  Thanks for playing along, everyone!  Now go get your Amber on HERE!

Tuesday, July 20

Grand Opening!! Amber Ink. Blog Frolic!!

Welcome to the 'Amber Ink. Grand Opening Blog Frolic'!

Today the Amber Ink. store officially opens its doors, and you are invited to hang out with us! We've also invited some special friends to participate, in addition to our Brilliant th(Ink)Tank Girls, so get ready to drool!

{Here's my 4 x 7 creation using the new 'Can I keep Him MERMAID' that comes with a cute 'Seahorse' you can find HERE in the SHOP!  I also used one of the new iPapers  {in TINY Light Blue} that I am just IN LOVE with!  Check out all of the papers, they are just divine!!  I made the border using a fiskars punch, and used Martha Stewart glitter to make some sparkly under-water bubbles!  I also added the glitter to the Mermaid's body to give her some texture and fishy sparkle, too! {Color choices come from the color challenge at Picture Perfect Creations!}


Did you know there are some prizes along the Blog Frolic today? Make sure to leave some love so you get a chance to win the candy! Winners will be chosen from the comments on the blog posts.

Without further ado, here's the list of genius...go forth and comment!

Have a brilliant day, and HAPPY SHOPPING!!


Saturday, July 17

SSDS Animal Challenge!

Good Morning!  Today's challenge at STAMP, SCRAP and DOODLE SATURDAYS is brought to you by none other than:


This week you are to make something that involves animals!  Link your creation to the SSDS post HERE and you will be entered to win FOUR digis of your choice from the Meljen's Designs STORE!  My card is using Meljen's Designs Lots of Love OCTOPUS and a freebie CORAL IMAGE from this past Monday!  Papers are by Die Cuts with a View (Whimsy line)! 

I hope you enjoyed my card!  I love using digis and altering them to make a little 'scene'!  I rotated one of the coral freebies (which Melissa posts each Monday!) to have it facing the other direction and made it smaller, too!  FUN!

I hope you play along!

Friday, July 16

Design Team Call and Celebration Blog Candy!

One of my Designer galpals has started a new challenge blog called Lollipop Crafts!  AND I bet it sure is going to be a sweet place to face a challenge!  To celebrate the grand opening of the blog, they are giving away a honkin' batch of blog candy!  CLICK HERE to read all the details and see how you can get in on the blog candy!

They are also holding a Design Team call (which by the way, NO I am not applying!  I think I have enough on my plate!!) to help them get their challenge blog going, so be sure to apply!!

Good Luck, Kim & Kris!

Thursday, July 15


The FIRST EVAH Design Team for.....

Amber th(Ink) Tank
Design Team
July 2010

Nicole Anderson (Yep, ME!!!!)

I was more than shocked to have been asked by 'THE' Amber herself to be on her first EVAH design team for Amber Ink.!!  No joke, I almost passed out!  I couldn't pass up this fabulous opportunity, especially with the chance to work with such a sweetie as Amber!  PLUS her fabulously talented picks for this team and the chance to work with 'THE' Shannan Tuebner, as DT Coordinator, just makes me all tingly inside!!!!!!!!!!!

So, thank you so much, AMBER!  I really do feel blessed to have been asked to be on your team!  Being able to work alongside such talented ladies for the next month really leaves me speechless!  And if you knew how hard it is for THAT to happen, you would know exactly how much it means to me!  LOL!

Be sure to HOP around the designers blog and see all of their wonderful talent!  I am surely amazed by what I see each time I visit them, so I KNOW you will too!!!!!!!  Amber Ink.'s grand opening is next Tuesday, but until then be sure to get a boat-load of sneaky peeks beginning today; just hop around and see who has something new!  I am still working on mine, but will update as soon as the glue dries!

ETA:  Here's my just finished card using the Rainy Day set available for FREE HERE at the Amber Ink. Shop!  I just love this image and just love the fact that with digis you can tweek them just the way you like.  I altered the rain puddle to be the same width as the focal girly image and then also tweeked the sentiment to fit into an oval instead of in one long verse, which would have been more difficult to design with on this card layout!  Do ya love it??  ANDDDDDDD, if ya looked THIS good in a rain slicker and some awesome green rubber boots, wouldn't you WANT it to rain, too??? HAHA! 

My card was inspired by the Card Position Systems SKETCH #175!!  CPS has the most awesome sketches, so be sure to check them out if your mojo gets stuck!

Hope you take time to see all of the new designers' talent and take advantage of Amber's generosity and pick up some freebie digis in the store!

See ya tomorrow!


Melissa released FIVE new digis today!  See these supah cute ones at the Whimsy Store HERE!  I love the bear-couple one the best!  She designed that one after being inspired by the older couple in the Pixar movie "UP!".  I LOVE that movie, if you haven't seen it, it's awesome!  Even my youngest son who is 5 loves it as much as my oldest son, who is 20! 

Check out those digis in the new designs that our AWESOME Design Team created for you to see!  And, don't miss the NEW CHALLENGE at the Meljen's Designs Blog!  It's a 'LONG' challenge, you could say! LOL! Go check it out and play along!  You could just win three digis of your choice!

Enjoy Your Day!!

Wednesday, July 14

Home Tweet Home!

Happy HUMP Day!  We are yet again mid-week already, wow, isn't this summer just speeding by?  I know it feels like it to me!  I thought I would use this adorable Home Tweet Home set HERE to make a little house-warming card for someone who moved in just down the street!  I love this warm feeling digi of the birdhouses on a branch!  JUST SWEET!
I used papers by Die Cuts with a View (The Green Stack set) to pull this one together!  A little twine, a bit of bling and of course COPICS for coloring it in!  When I cut out the digi and placed it atop the patterned paper, the image got kind of lost amongst the branches!  So, I thought that backing it with some of the coordinating dotted paper from the bottom of the card would help make this image POP!  I thought it turned out nice!

Be sure to check out this sweet set that comes with FOUR sentiments and the main focal image for just $3.00!  It's a steal and so versatile! 

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, July 12

PPC 21 in a Scene

Good Monday Morning!

Today's card is brought to you by the newest color challenge at PICTURE PERFECT CREATIONS...
Be sure to check out all of the lovely color inspired cards and projects using the PPC21 color challenge above HERE!  AND there's a prize, too, so go check it out!

AND this card is also for another challenge!!

The latest challenge at STAMP, SCRAP and DOODLE SATURDAYS to make a scene!  This week's sponsor at SSDS is Sugar Creek Hollow, which my hot air balloon image comes from!  They are offering up a prize that you can read about HERE

Thanks for taking a peek!  I am a busy person these days, but hope to get back on track soon!  Summer is crazy with four kids at home and hot and humid weather that keeps them in the house OR coming back in the house often for re-hydration!!!  Hope your summer is going well!


Thursday, July 8


Meljen's Designs has a new release and another new challenge for you!  CLICK HERE to see the new challenge!  You could just win three digis of your choice just for playing along!!

I just love these new images!  They remind me of LOVE and CELEBRATION!  And that teapot reminds me that I need to call my mom!  She collects teapots!!  I bet she'd like this one!  I have a feeling we will be seeing that cake a lot, too, don't you agree?  It's just too adorable!!!!!

I hope you pop over to the main blog and play along this week!  The challenge is easy peasy!  So just do it!

Oh, and don't forget that all of Melissa's images have been moved to the Whimsy Stamps Store!  With Whimsy Stamps dealing with the purchases, Melissa can devote more time to her family, as well as her first passion after that, DRAWING!

See ya tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 7

Getting Ready for CHA SALE!

DIE CUTS R US is having a HUGE sale!  They want to empty out the old to help make room for all the new SCHTUFF they plan to pick up at CHA at the end of the month!  Tons of stuff are 40-50% off!  CLICK HERE to see the sales!

Tropical Relaxation!

There's just something about a tropical island drink that makes me want to relax, even without the alcohol! HAHA!!  Even just thinking about summery beaches, surf, palm trees and umbrella drinks make me want to sit-a-spell!

This month I am guest designing for my good friend Deedee who I used to be on a design team with at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  Well, she has branched out and begun her own digi line and she asked me to guest design for her during July!  So of course wanting to support her and her new business I jumped right on board!  Here's my first of four Wednesday posts of July!  I really enjoy Deedee's Digis!  They really are so fun and easy to color and work with when I make a card with them!  BUT WOW, she really out-did herself with these summer Luau images!  As soon as I saw this LIFE IS SWEET set, I fell in LOVE!  I immediately thought of a lime margarita being served in this coconut bowl! SO FUN!!!!!!

I used Basic Grey's Sultry line of papers, a Martha Stewart ribbon along with a sprinkling of Kaiser Scrapbook pearls up top to finish it off!  Sorry for the late posting, Early Risers!  I just couldn't keep moving last night and had to finish up this morning!  You know how summer is, it makes you lazy!  Well, it does ME anyways!

Be sure to mosey over to Deedee's forum HERE at the Crafter's Digital Art Center!  Deedee's holding a Luau Challenge until 11pm eastern tonight!  You get a FANTASTIC digi for playing along!  I hope to see you face the challenge and get into that tropical relaxing mood with me!


Friday, July 2

A million little things!

HELLO, my peeps!  Sorry this week has been bleak on my blog!  I am apparently needing a vacation to recover from my vacation last week in Chicago!!!!!!! HA!  Here's a combo card featuring digi images from two different stamp companies!

The rose is from Melissa Jenkins' Meljen's Designs!  You can see her entire line at Whimsy Stamps HERE!  AND the sentiment is by Deedee Anderson of DeeDee's Digis!  You can see her entire line HERE on her blog!

OH, and Melissa just released a cutie patootie patriotic collection just yesterday!  See them below and go to Whimsy Stamps HERE to purchase!  AND see the latest challenge info on the blog!  This week's challenge is a color challenge of Red, White and Blue OF COURSE!!  Click HERE for that!

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!