Friday, January 21, 2011

Winter workout, Paper Crafts and Other Ramblings

Well if you didn't already know I was chosen to be published in Paper Crafts Magazine on January 18th, in their special Stamp It! Mag.  This is super exciting!!!  This is my first card publication, and hopefully many more to come.   Still aiming for Somerset studio Holiday editions.... so keep your fingers crossed!
This card was created using a mix of Red Lead Stamps(girl, hat). And Character Construction(mask, wand).  Her dress is paper pieced using October Afternoon paper Thrift Shop collection.  Other patterned paper a mix of Sassafraslass and October Afternoon.  So fun!!
Already this month has been CrAzY!  Orders have been pouring in for weddings!!!  Since the New Year I have over 50 sales, and still one more week to go till February!  Just blown away by the response!
I have been working super hard to fill bulk orders in a timely manner, and try and put together kits and classes.  And it has been WONDERFUL! 
Here are some sneak peaks of some Valentine's cards created for Cincinnati/Dayton.

Just LOVE the Greeting Farm Cheeky Girls!  So cute, with a pin up girl twist.  The most perfect combination for Valentine's Day!!
Starting the last week of January, you can now find some of my items available for purchase in Columbus!
If you are familiar with the Columbus Ohio area, stop in a check out Sobo Style. 
Located in Downtown Cbus @ 3282 N. High Street
For info check out their site at:

As I had said before things are really starting to pick up.  And the opportunities along with it.  Yesterday I received an email from a photographer getting ready to shoot a new line for Dolly Pearl  in New York City.  He was wondering if I would be interested in creating Giant bouquets with my flowers for the shoot!!! 
Here is the link to his site, his photography is incredible!

After all the snow had melted this week after a quick warm up and rain, we now have 5 inches of snow.  Last night I decided to go out and be a good girlfriend and shovel the driveway so David could get in.  The snowplows ALWAYS bury us in..  But I always kinda look forward to a good winter workout!!

Well, time to get some work done.  Just wish it could involve making collages.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Nicki Chicky

Monday, January 10, 2011

A year in the making

It is sooo hard to believe it is 2011!!  A new beginning.  Time for resolutions, time for reevaluation, and positive changes.  The days are getting longer now, and we all look forward to the onset of spring.  For me it is the official one year anniversary of my Etsty store Sunny Skye Creations.  In the first year I have had over 300 sales, and sold over 2000 handmade paper flowers!!!  Since I left my job in August, I have had over 276 sales!  Unbelievable!  Looking back, last year was an awesome year for me.  My first submission to paper crafts magazine was chosen for publication (8 days till it is released!!)  I met an awesome group of artists here in the dayton area, and have done several shows with them.  I have been asked to join several design teams.  Had my name in the newspaper Twice now!! ( One that will be posted today!!) 
In March, and May I will be a featured designer for 2 different online scrapbooking sites.  It's been a busy year, and I think to myself, how will I ever top that this year?
This year my goals are get my stamp line going.  I have been scanning and collecting, cutting a snipping all kinds of awesome vintage images and can't wait to make them into stamps and play.  Tons more submissions to Magazines.  Tons more shows. 
With Valentines Day coming up in February, and the beginning of wedding season I am really trying to focus on Cards, Bouquets, garlands and banners, flowers flower flowers. 
Already orders are beginning to pour in, and I can't believe the response.  
Here are a few of the new flowers and creations I have been working on:

 I just love this little card!  It was created using Red Line Stamps.  I found them at the Stamping convention this past year and just fell in love with their designs!  Perfect for cutting out a paper piecing. My fav!

These compacts would make a really great gift for any occasion. Super easy to make using your favorite clip art!
If you are into steampunk his little gear necklace is so fun and easy to make!  Created using Tim Holtz Clock Faces, gears, and spinners mixed with a few 7 gypsies gears and a round embossed iodized  metal piece.  Something you can find at any craft store.  And the spinner really spins! 
Lots more to come !
Recently I was commissioned by a friend to make a New Years Hat!  She had asked me to create a cone hat, with black and white that would match a red dress.  So I put my creativity to the test, and came up with a steampunk style hat. Created out of a heavy chipboard cone.  Clock hands actually spin, silver glittered grundgeboard numbers make the perfect 2011 amongst gears and feathers.   At the top point there is a plume of red feathers. 

And here is my hat on the front page of Dayton Local Paper!!

I am sure you can imagine my surprise when there was no red dress!  I was shocked, in a good way!  The whole article is an interview with my friend Kidtee Hello, and her feelings on nudity in art.  Loved it!!!  It's an awesome article, and if you interested in checking it out click here.
Thanks so much for stopping by!! 
Remember only 8 more days till Paper Crafts Mag comes out, and the big unveil of my creation!! 
Have a great week everyone!
Nicki Chicky

Sunday, January 2, 2011

And The Winner Is....

Thanks to everyone who joined on for this wonderful giveaway!!!  A winner was chosen at random using and the number it chose was 12!  That means that Gocanucksgo is the winner!  Congratulations!!!!   Please contact me at to provide me with your shipping information, and I will get your goodies headed your way!  I hope everyone had a safe a wonderful New Years!  Lots of new creations to be posted this week!  
Thanks again to everone!!
Till Next Time,
Nicki Chicky