Monday, June 18, 2012

Graphic 45 & May Arts Blog Hop Day 1 !

Welcome Hoppers to the first day of this amazing duo!!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and joining in all the excitement!!

Graphic 45 and May Arts have joined forces to bring you the best inspiration ALL WEEK LONG!!
PLUS
 Not only will you find some great ideas along your way, but there are tons of prizes to be won!!

Graphic 45 is holding 2 giveaways. 

So make sure to leave your comments along the way!!!
 Two winners will be chosen at random from their comment left on the designer's blogs.
Winners to be announced Monday, June 25th
Here is what you could win from Graphic 45 for leaving your comments....


12x12 Little Darlings Paper Pad, 1 Set of Little Darlings Stamps, 1 package of Chipboard Button Staples, and two spools of May Arts Ribbon. 


Here is a little info about both fabulous companies...

Graphic 45 Bio:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters. Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.


May Arts Bio:

May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler.
As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality,affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order.
May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.





Also in the celebration of this masterful duo, I have also decided to hold a little giveaway of my own!
To win, simply become a follower of my blog and leave a comment under this post.
If you are already a follower just let me know in your comment.
That simple...
The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, June 25th from their comment left here on my blog. 
Here is what I will be giving away!

8x8 Pad Little Darlings, 8x8 Pad Tropical Travelogue, Little Darlings Chipboard, Want 2 Scrap flourishes, a yard of May art Ribbon and a set of my handmade paper flowers


Whew, now that we have all the excitement out of the way, how bout a little inspiration?
Today I have a handful of fun birthday inspired projects to share with you,
including a few quick tutorials!

June is Birthday month in my family, with a total of 4  Bdays, including one of best friends'..
Mom!
So I decided to create some handmade goodies, special made just for her using yummy Graphic 45 papers and luscious May Arts ribbon.


First off, I created a fun baker's twine cupcake. This is an idea that I had previously seen, and decided to take it to the next step by turning it into a gift box.


Created using a 3" foam ball, cut into half and a chipboard base.
 The chipboard cupcake base was purchased at Michaels. 
However, it could easily be duplicated using a terra cotta pot, or for smaller cupcakes use a dixie cup instead.
These would make great party favors for the little ones, and they can even help make them!


The cherry used for the top, is a Graphic 45 Metal Button stained red with Alcohol Inks. 


Small beads and Want 2 Scrap pearls make the perfect sprinkles!


Add a bit of fancy May Arts beaded lace around the edge for a touch of elegance and the look of icing.


Here is how to make the cupcake top for a gift box.
 If creating just as a cupcake and not a lid, DO NOT cut your foam ball!
Supplies Needed:
3" foam ball, May Arts bakers twine(atleast 3 yards), paint brush, Mod Podge

Step 1: Carefully cut the 3" foam ball in half using a sharp knife.
Step 2: Start creating a spiral of twine within your fingers.  Coiling it into a flat circle around itself.
Step 3: Once your Coil is about the size of a quarter, paint a quarter sized thin layer of Mod Podge onto the center of your foam ball half and adhere coil to  the center.


Step 4: Continue painting on small amounts of Mod Podge, coiling the bakers twine as you go until fully covered.


Once complete decorate the top as desired using small beads and brads for sprinkles.
To make it look more like icing, lightly sprinkle with fine glitter.


When I went to decorate my cupcake, I found the only colors of bling I had were white.
To make them pop, I added a couple small drops of Alcohol inks, let them dry a second, and then wiped away the excess.




What other sweet treats can you create with Bakers Twine!?!
Well here are a few little accents that were super simple to make that almost look like decorative cookies.


Cupcake Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers:
A Ladies Diary- Focal Point
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Frads

May Arts: Bakers Twine, Beaded Lace Trim
Want 2 Scrap: Pearl Bling
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Alcohol Inks( Periwinkle, Seashel Pink, Cranberry, Lemonade)
Scor Tape

Other: Mod Podge, Foam Ball, Paint Brush, Beads, Chipboard Cupcake bottom




Second on the list Mom's presents is this cute Paper Mache Flying Pig Pull Toy!


This chipboard pig was something that I actually found at Meijers in their dollar bins. (Gotta love those dollar bins).  Starting out as a Kraft Colored pig, I decided to paint him soft pink and give him a nice distressed finish by dry brushing brown over top, and wiping away the excess.


His base is created out of two wooden blocks, glued together then covered with Graphic 45's New Ladies Diary paper. I then sanded the edges down, and inked to an aged perfection.  Followed by a layer of Mod Podge for protection, then the final step of hamming it up with some distress stickles.
One of Graphic 45's Metal Tags made the perfect backdrop for the word When, along with flowers cut from A Steampunk Debutante line and finished of with a pearl flourish from Want 2 Scrap.


Once the blocks were dry I was able to add one of Graphic 45's Metal Buttons to create the perfect pull string connector.  Using May Arts Bakers twine of course!



The wheels were then inked and added to the cart, topped off with Graphic 45's Chipboard Buttons for decoration. 
And the best part of all, this toy really rolls!


The wings were created by stamping out the image twice. 
One image was glued to heavy cardboard then hand cut out.  The other was fussy cut first, then added to the other side of the pre cut chipboard wing.  Bent slightly, then adhered using Glossy Accents for a quick strong hold.  I then back it with a dab of Glossy accents and allowed them to dry. 
Once they were dry I sealed both sides with with a few layers of Mod Podge for protection.


Top the whole thing off with a handmade paper top hat, and your pig is ready to take flight!

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers:
A Ladies Diary- A Garden Stroll
Olde Curiosity Shoppe-When Pigs Fly
Steampunk Debutante- Fantasy Floral

Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Tags, Metal Buttons, Chipboard Buttons
Coredinations: Sanding Block

May Arts: Ribbon and Bakers Twine
Want 2 Scrap: Pearl Flourish
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Distress Stickles (Tumbled Glass, Rock Candy) , Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
7 Gypsies: Metal Gears
Stampers Anonymous: Angel Wings
VersaFine: Black

Other: 2" Wooden blocks, Mod Podge, E6000, Wooden wheels, Chipboard, black cardstock, pink and brown paint,



And last of all, what gift is complete without a handmade card to go with it!?!
And what perfect papers to use but Olde Curiosity Shoppe that just happens to feature a flying pig.



Supplies Needed to create Center Step Card:
One 5 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock for card base
Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
Paper trimmer
Adhesive


Step 1
Line cardstock up in the paper trimmer so that the edge of the card is at the 1" mark. Position the cutting blade at 1" and cut from 1" to 6.5", creating a slit



Flip card over and do the same on the other side.

Step 2
Place the card onto the scoring tool horizontally and score along the long side of the card from the edge to the cut line at 1", 2" and 6.5".



Step 3
Repeat step 3 on opposite edge of card.

Step 4
Score between the cut lines at 5 1/2".
Once ALL lines have been scored and cut, it should look like this



Step 5
Fold at the score lines. The first, third and center score lines are mountain folds. The second score line is a valley fold. Reinforce score lines to make folds crisp.





Step 6:
Cut front of card to 5 1/2" x  5 1/2".  Cut 1" off each side, leaving a 1"tab at the bottom. 


Step 7: Flip over patterned paper to reveal black and floral paper.
Adhere ribbon along bottom strip, lining up along top edge
Adhere to front of card.


Step 8:
Adhere 1" pink strips along the sides of card


Step 9:
Cut a 3" x 3 1/2" rectangle from Little Darlings Baby Borders and adhere to the center of the black floral paper.


Step 10:
Cut out from paper, or remove Sticker moon from Graphic 45's Happy Haunting line and lightly adhere in right corner of blue paper.


Step 11:
Cut out frame from Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Parlor Wall, and remove center image using scissors or kraft knife.
Flip over and place pop dots


Step 12:
Adhere to card framing the blue background.  Adjust moon if necessary and firmly adhere


Step 13:
Cut out pig from When Pigs Fly Paper. Flip over and adhere pop dots only to the top area of pig
Use adhesive to glue the bottom half of the pig to the card.  This will help to create more depth to your card.  Adhere flying over moon!


Step 14:
Cut clock borders from Bazaar of Wonders Paper and adhere along inside edges of pink border, trim if necessary


Step 15:
Cut out leaves and foliage from Tropical Travelogue line, adhere to card


Step 16:
Cut the letter B from An ABC Primer. Adhere to card and finish off greeting using A Ladies Diary Alphabet stickers


Step 17:
Create a small bow out of the black satin ribbon.  Last adhere to the right side of card


Center Step Card Supplies Used:

Graphic 45 Papers:
A Ladies Diary- Focal Point
Olde Curiosity Shoppe-Bazaar of Wonders, Parlor Wall, When Pigs Fly
Tropical Travelogue- Island Jewel, Rainforest

Graphic 45 Staples: Ladies Diary Alphabet Stickers
Happy Haunting Stickers

May Arts: Black Satin Ribbon, Bakers Twine
Colorbox: Aqua Cats Eye
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Ranger: Glossy Accents
Tombow: Glue Stick
Martha Stewart: Scor Board
Fiskars: Rotary Paper Trimmer


Many thanks for your visit today and taking your time to join in the Hop!!! 
 Lot's more inspiration to come all week long!
See below for a schedule of where to go next, and what to look forward to all week.
And don't forget to leave your comments along the way for a chance to win a great prize pack from Graphic 45 Papers!!!
Plus leave your comment here on my blog for a chance to win my prizepack!
Happy Hopping!

Nicki Chicky

XOXO


Schedule:
Monday, June 18th:

Tuesday, June 19th:

Wednesday, June 20th:

Thursday, June 21st:

Friday, June 22nd:

231 comments:

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Charlene said...

Delightfully whimsical projects..love the all!!

Lourdes said...

What a lovely projects!!!!

I love the way that you used the twine for make the muffing!....great idea!....

Thnaks for sharing step-by-step of you last work with G45 papers!...

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

Wow, so cute! Love it!

Christy said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

Lovely ideas!!! I am going to try making the second one!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!! Your projects are AMAZING!! I absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee your little pig and the cupcake!!!! I'm a new follower too!!!

Jingle said...

These are absolutely fabulous! I am so in love with that pig!!! Wonderful!

Tarnished Rose said...

Wonderful! Love all your projects....you are so creative.

Smiles~
Marilyn

PS. I'm now a blog follower.

Cathy L. said...

Love the pig and cart with card. Great job.

ScrappyRae10 said...

WOW I mean simply WOW - amazing

Sol said...

Wow! Beautiful projects and great tutorials! Love the papermache pig!And how generous of you to do your own giveaway. I will definitely follow your blog. :)

Sara Nell Langland said...

Cool beans! Love these projects and I love the detailed directions and your clever use of the altered embellishments. I am fixin' to subscribe to your blog!

tracy said...

I love your cupcake box so cute and the card is adorable. You are very creative. Thanks for sharing

Monica Edwards said...

WHOA someone has been beyond busy - AMAZING!!!! You did an banging job!

Monica
scraps2treasure.blogspot.com

Jess said...

I See you have been a busy little bee. great projects.... i love the pig pull toy.

Tarracoscrap said...

What a lovely projects!!!!

Thanks for the toturials!


Charo

Leslie said...

Wonderful useful creative ideas!!! Thank you!

Lynne said...

Such great projects thanks so much for sharing!

lori said...

Very cute! I love that pig!

My Creative Chateau said...

What Fun Fun Birthday Gift Both the Graphic 45 Curosity Shop paper and the May Arts ribbon really gave this project a fun punch of personality

KimCreate said...

Such a cute cupcake box and piggy toy! Very creative!
Kim

Anonymous said...

Love the pig!! SO very quirky!!!

-tmaxxan

happyscrappy007 said...

What a fun project!

Jocelyn said...

Cute projetcs.. love the cupcake container and the card is beautiful. Glad to start following your blog.

Scrapycandy said...

So much inspiration! Love this blog! Thank you. I am now a follower.

artjunkie2 said...

Your projects are awesome! Love the cupcake! Thanks for showing how you made your projects! I'm a follower of your blog now also, can't wait to see what's next! :o)

Orlie said...

Wow I can't believe all your talent. Glad i am following so I can see more Great things to come!!!!! brians@tds.net

Miriam Prantner said...

Wow! What a fantastic ensemble. The card and the little box are fabulous, but you had me at the pig! LOVE it and LOVE that ribbon on his hat!!!

Fabric Works said...

Great techniques. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl Walker said...

Darling projects and of course I LOVE LOVE LOVE the graphic45 dp you used!! Also I am a new follower of your blog! thank you for sharing your work!!
Hugs,
Cheryl

webgranny19 said...

Such a sweet project and I love thos pigs

Mohawk Crafter said...

Cute little piggie! And the Cupcake...awesome.

CatMyers said...

Wow! The things you can do with a little creativity and G45 and some pretty ribbon! Love the flying pig!!!

eyes2theocean said...

These are wonderful projects! Love the cupcake and piggy's so cute. :)

Thank you for sharing,
Sar Tann

Martuska said...

Interesting projects! The pig is really cute) Thanks for sharing!

Mohawk Crafter said...

Just became a follower of your blog, too.

Sandi said...

Fabulous post and projects! Happy to be a new follower :)

Aline said...

Beatiful and amazing project

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Naomi said...

This is crazy...thanks for sharing!

Gloria L. said...

Lots of great ideas in this post, and for that, I'd follow you anywhere!

Tracy Heaton said...

Really fab projects - great!

Dee said...

I follow your blog trough google and I made a link on my own blog to follow you.
I am in love with Graphic 45!! All their papers are so beautifull and there is always so much to look at!! Your special project for you mom is wonderfull!!I lvoe it!

JLB said...

Love the projects! love them!!!!

pitje said...

thanx for the tutorial!

Jeyatha said...

Part of your follower list.. :) Love your work..

achairnadream said...

All I can say is WOW!!!!!

Gerry said...

This is one of the best tutorials I've seen. Very easy to follow and looks really intricate. I'm off to make muffins...

Anonymous said...

These are just so cute. Especially love the cupkake and pull toy pig!

Lisa T.

Kristie Maynard said...

Wow! What more can I say? I will definately have to pin this post and come back and try some of these fabulous ideas. TFS!

Christina Ketelsen said...

OMG...fantastic project!! I love everything about it and love how you shared how to make the frame card. Don't you just love Graphic and May Arts?!?! I so looking forward to future work done by you. TFS...Christina~New Follower!!

kim said...

I love the cupcake and how you used the twine. And your pig is toooo cute. Thank you for sharing with us.

Kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

sleigh said...

WOW... Whimsical indeed!!! I love your cupcake and thank you for sharing the step-by-step process of your creativity :)

Boni said...

wow how clever you are ! Awesome the cupcake box ,everything is amazing . Im definitely a follower now! Abd thanks so much for the how to's mamadragon6@msn.com

nicemouse said...

Very Creative and different from the albums, and altered boxes we see. I thought it was really special.

Drifty Wright said...

OMGosh!! I want them ALL!! I LOVE the way you create 'Out of the Box'!! I know that Graphic 45 and May Arts are so inspiring--and I so have to make All of these! I have a dear friend that loves pigs!! And her name just happens to be Nicole! And she bakes!! Guess what she will be getting this year? Thank You so Much!!

Kimberly said...

TFS! Cute piggie projects....

maryjane said...

Such wonderful projects! Love those piggies!!

v said...

Great projects! I love the twine top of the cupcake! That was cool..clear tutorial! Thanks! And I learned something I didn't know before and that was how to color white pearls with alcohol inks! :D Thank You!

~Vanessa W

Debbie said...

Wow, so many ways to win...and what gorgeous things to win!

Danielle Copley said...

Love the cupcake and card, too cute!

Angie said...

Oh, My! What incredible projects! I loved the tip on changing the color of the pearls!!!!! I can't wait to try it. I just became a follower and I added your blog into my blog reader so I can keep up with your posts!

SmokieBlueRose said...

I thought the frame was a wood frame, that is so cool. I think I will have to follow your blog, you are very good.

shari said...

Awesome projects! My favorite is the pull toy, too cute. I'm a follower and would love to be included in your giveaway. shari (cricutrookie)

Sheri said...

Love the cake stand! very cute projects!

to_csh said...

I am always loving your designs! You are amazing and I follow you already!

Margie said...

I love your projects-so unique!

Marilou said...

Super beau travail avec cette magnifique collection !

gabie said...

This is amazing! Everything is great but my fav is the flying pig!
Amazing. Thank you for the tuts. and for sharing.
hugs,
Gabie Pina

gabie said...

I loved every piece. My fav is the piggie! Thanks for the rurs.
Hugs,
gabie Pina

Nat Laney said...

Love the cupcake!!! Thank you for the tutorial for the card.

butterfly said...

Delicious - so creative and elegant, but with such a lovely twist of humour with the pigs who might fly. Cupcake is so inventive. Thanks for the inspiration and great tutorials.

Kaatje said...

fantastic. love the cupcake. And thanks for your tutprials of the item, they help me a lot. thank you

Wanda said...

so much to spark inspiration! love it all :-)

happybooker said...

The cupcake and flying pig were awesome! And the center step card with the matching theme for the flying pig was just too much fun! I very much appreciated your very detailed tutorial in how you put it all together. Thanks very much!

Linda said...

Love your project and the hop :)

Sandydee said...

What a lucky Mom. These are just too cute. I'm also now a folloer of your blog.

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

What ingenuity and creativity! Sooo cute... I love the cupcake!

marylouh said...

The "ceramic" pig is so cute. I'll have to keep watch for something like him. Love the cupcake. That's also a project I'll have to try.
Thanks for the ideas.

Ruth G said...

It really looks like you know how to have some serious fun! TFS!

Gayna said...

Fabulous project. So much detail. Especially love the cup cake box. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)
Gayna

Lynn W. said...

Love that cupcake! The pig toy is adorable too!

Lynn Wild

Disco Queen said...

How fun! What an inspirational use of G45 products.

Mary G. said...

WOW! That cupcake is stunning!! I don't know if I would have the patience to do something like that, but the result is fabulous!!!

Dorina D said...

Your mother is going to love these gifts and that fun card. Love the tutorial on the card and the cupcake gift box. Great job.

lilabber said...

Nicole, thanks for sharing your talents once again. Your pig is so cute and loveable and the birthday card is amazing. The cupcake is too sweet. I love coming to look around your blog and am always excited to see your new posts in my blog reader. Now i have to go hunting for a paper mache pig to have fun with.

crazyoldsyd said...

I have always loved that saying "When Pigs Fly" It is the story of my life, cause nothing ever seems to turn out like I think it will, and it turns into "When Pigs Fly" it will happen. I love this. I also join you as a follower. Would love to win any G45 stuff. My fav!

Jackie H said...

Hi,
I am a new follower.
I wish I was getting your Mom's present. The flying pig is just too cute!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wow, wow, wow! Don't know which I love more....the darling cupcake (it's all about those sprinkles!) the pink pig pull toy (so whimsical) or the amazing card....I sooooo appreciate the tutorial on the card. Gonna try my hand at one of those tomorrow. I'm a follower, and you amaze me!

Rea' said...

Such creative gift ideas, flying pig toy is cute! Great card tutorial ... that flying pig paper is cute.

kay(texfolkart) said...

how much fun are these projects!!! love your creativity!!! thanks so much for sharing your ideas...they are fantastic!

Kate said...

Love the pigs! So creative and fun!

luv46kdz said...

Always outta the box : ) perfect!

Paula

Scrap4Therapy said...

So cute! I joined the fun and became a subscriber! Debbie

CandyHaz said...

I love the cupcake gift box, I have to try that one

Susan said...

Simply amazing. Your creativity is wonderful. I really like the cupcake gift box and appreciated your idea about using alcohol inks to change the colours of the beads.
The flying pig pull toy is so magical and whimsical. The card you created goes perfectly with it.
Thank you for your excellent instructions and pictures. Wonderful!

silvia said...

Great projects!! I absolutely LOVE your Flying Pig Toy!!!

Ava Gavloski said...

Nic, i really appreciate the share on the cup cake box. I am a follower.

love the coloring tip on the pearls
ava

Anonymous said...

Such cute ideas!! I will have to try a cupcake, thank you!

howo34 said...

I love the cupcake and the pig is soo cute! Great job!

Katina said...

Love the variety of all your creations!

Judy Webb said...

your sense of humor and G 45's sense of humor compliment each other. When pigs fly.....

Katina said...

I'm a follower now too!

Nan G said...

Absolutely fab! Great tutorials too! I am follower by both email and google. Thanks for adding to the prize possibilities!

Anonymous said...

very nice! Flying pigs...what will they think of next??

Jeannie said...

oooppps...I didn't mean to be anonymous..lol

Kimberly Kett said...

That cupcake is so cool! I LOVE IT!

Carol said...

Clever projects, the cup cake is so cute!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Mishe said...

OMG!! What a great idea - using alcohol ink on the white pearls - Totally doing that! Thanks!

DB said...

Love the flying pig and the card that you made with it! Thanks for sharing the instructions to make it.

Barb Turpin said...

Darling little projects!

texasbarb said...

LOVE THE PIG!!! It made me laugh out loud. I'm lovin' the way you used the bakers twine for the "frosting" on the cupcake...super idea. Great project!!

Bethany Becker said...

Amazing work. Thanks for the tutorial.

Linda R. said...

What an amazing post! iT took me a while to get through it all but you are so talented that I didn't want to miss a second of it. Thanks so much for so generously sharing how you made everything!

shanjamorjor said...

absolutely love it you cant help but smile at the piggy

Emily Keaton said...

Totally fun!!

Angela said...

Hehe.
I think the cupcake is great.
Will have to give this a go.
My daughter would love it.

Caraboo said...

Really adorable projects!

Melissa Hurdle said...

I now follow your blog, pins, facebook, etc... lol. Im so in love with the cupcake box and the pig! Thanks for sharing. Im on the hunt for these pigs now!

Carol E said...

What wonderful projects, thank you so much for sharing them.

snowbear said...

Great projects... I think I need to be careful about saying when pigs fly as it seems they have started!

Crafting Teacher said...

Lover your cupcake project and turtorial on the step card.
.gail

tila said...

I LOVE THE PIGS WITH THE WINGS, THEY ARE MY FAVORITE. YOU GOT SOME SKILLS THAT ARE AWESOME. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CREATIVITY WITH US.

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Yummy yummy projects! Just fabulous! Mahalo, thank you for sharing.

Emily H said...

Wow! Amazing! Amazing! Thanks for taking all those pictures!

Marion said...

WOW!!!! You are one imaginative and creative lady. Amazing!

Marion
UK

Suzanne said...

It's birthday month around here, too. What better way to celebrate than with your cute projects.

Vanessa Hayden said...

Nicole: your work is wonderful! I love the card tutorial and love your style!! :)

Karen L said...

Oh my goodness....your projects are all amazing but I have to say that I LOVE that pig pull toy!!! Yes, I admit I have a thing for flying pigs, what can I say?! The twine cupcake box is also the cutest thing! I am a new follower!!

SHartl said...

Ha ha!! That little pig toy just made me chuckle! You are so creative and any crafter who loves flying pigs is a friend of mine! Thank you for the great tutorial and for your giveaway! I am a new follower of your blog and looking forward to seeing what else you've been up to!

keysha said...

These are amazingly unique projects! You did a fabulous job!

Debbie said...

such wonderful projects. thanks for the tutorial and thanks for all the wonderful tips loved the one with the pearls and changing them to different colors
upnurse at aol dot com

Jackie in Alaska said...

I love all the projects, but especially the flying pig pull toy. Such innovative projects and made the paper and ribbon work so well for your creativity. Thank you for sharing.
Jackie in Alaska

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Beautiful cupcake and flying pig pull toy. Thank you for sharing.

Olive Koh said...

Simply love your work and your step by step tutorial! Thanks for you generous give away dearie :)

Pam said...

Love your projects! That flying pig is fabulous!

Cristiane Juliani said...

Wow...so creative.....
i loved the cupcupe......so cute.....

yellowroseofms said...

Love these projects! The cupcake and flying pig are wonderful!

elena said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Elena

Peggy said...

Great projects and I love the center step cards. I like the way you framed the center of it. The cupcake is also adorable. God bless, Peggy Allen

Kathy Ancheta said...

Your cupcake looks so delicious! I am a new fan and subscriber! So creative.

Denise said...

Adorable - can't decide which element is my favorite so I will have to say I love them all. The flying pig is so cute. Thanks for sharing your talents

berlykim37 said...

I love the pig he is adorable. thanks for showing your tallent.

Sandra Christie said...

Love your projects, adorable pig.

Konnie with a K said...

so creative! The top hat reminds me of Jim, The Gentleman crafter.

Angie`s Inky Fingers! said...

you`re so very clever! xx

Kathy said...

Whoo hoo....your mom is going to love her gift!!!! How creative...love the cupcake idea, and the way you changed your bling to the colors you wanted with the alcohol inks! I have become a follower!

lynneatw said...

I love all your projects.

izziesnana said...

What great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Christine Slak AKA Aunt Prissy said...

Thanks for the step by step instructions! I'm going to make each of these!!

Danielle Trippeda said...

I love your projects. They are different. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Gibson said...

Love the projects. The center step card is my favorite.

Jillisgram said...

Wow, your projects are amazing! Val from IL.

Carol Gibson said...

I'm now a follower. Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous prize pack.

Sister Brute said...

Wow - I absolutely love your Blog. So glad I discovered it!!!!

Tanya said...

Wow, such amazing projects! Love it all!!

Already a follower of yours :)
Tanya
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http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

Karen Wedding said...

Great projects. I love that you give us the step-by-step instructions. Thanks!

Joanna said...

What a treat! Thanks for the tutorials!

Chai Dackermann said...

Cool, love all that you did.

suzyb said...

I love the card! When pigs fly has always been a great saying! Good job and you gave such great instruction for everything. Thanks for sharing that. I am a new follower and glad I stopped by.

Marie said...

Wow! The flying pig is to die for. TFS,

Gvendalen said...

it everything is so magnificent and fantastic! Helena

Cindy Lou said...

Fantastic project! Love your "out of the box" ideas, great attention to details as well :)

Dawn said...

Wonderful, I love everything, I became a follower

Brenda said...

Super projects. You are so talented! I love blog hops because I can discover new talent. I'm now a follower; can't wait to see more of your projects.

NWFlamingo said...

Love the cupcake box, and you definitely got my interest with your flying pig. Signed up tp follow.

Jacquie Southas said...

love all the projects, but just might steal the cupcake gift box idea this week!

Scrappychick said...

Totally WOW!! LOVE the cupcake!!

karens crafty corner said...

Very clever, loving your work! x x

Rea said...

I am a new follower. Fun projects, cute cupcake and that pig is the bomb.

Sunshine said...

Great projects, love the cupcake idea for putting a gift inside!

Wende said...

This one made me smile. So cute and fun.

Christine said...

Thanks for great ideas and instructions!

Luv 2 Create said...

Adoable!!!! Thanks for including instructions. Cute projects & card.
Marcie

Unknown said...

Very creative!

Teena said...

I'm actually hopping on Tuesday. So glad that Monday's hop was still available to see after I finished Tuesday's hop! Such great stuff to see! Teena

Tanya said...

I'm a day behind but so glad to catch up -- your project is just cute as a button, whimsical and adorable! So lovin' that cupcake!

marilyn said...

AMAZING! Love that pig. Such a precious gift.

Kaye said...

What a fun project, just love it. Thanks for sharing

Two Crafty Catz said...

Very cute! Love your card and the cupcake!

Sheila said...

With my last name being Bacon and my love of food, you can understand why I so enjoyed the cupcake, the pig decoration, and the card...It's amazing that you offered so many ideas to us. Thank you!

Raven said...

Oh my...so many cute items. I will have to try the cupcake myself. We have 4 birthdays in June too. My Mom's was the 17th.

Am definately going to follow your blog.

Ratty Hugs said...

What a fun project, love the details & the flying pig, so cute. Thank you so much for creating and sharing it.
alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Nicki - you are just full of good ideas today :) Love all these projects! I am already a follower of your blog! Thanks for the extra chance to win these lovely goodies - love your flowers!

Diana said...

Wow, beautiful project, especially the cupcake. TFS!

Linda said...

Adorable projects, loved them all. thanks so much for sharing your amazing taletn with us.

orfanannie said...

When pigs fly! You did a great job bringing that to life! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and great project!

orfanannie said...

You certainly brought the old saw "when Pigs Fly!" to life. what wonderful projects for us to CASE! thank you

orfanannie said...

You certainly brought life to that old saying "when pigs fly!" Thanks for the tutorials so that we might "CASE" them. Thank you again

Naomi said...

very cute!

Elizabeth Parsons said...

your pull toy flying pig is adorable! how clever to make that.

Beth said...

Absolutely love the flying pig, it is adorable.

Pearl said...

Wow your work is very unique! Thankyou for sharing!
Love Pearl x

mtscrapgal said...

Your project is so interesting. Thanks for giving such detailed instructions. The card adds just the right touch.Great use of May arts products and the G45 papers.

Lydia Madara said...

Wonderful blog hop! So loving Graphic 45 and May Arts! I love your projects but the cupcake box, oh my. Can't wait to try it for my granddaughter! lmadara@ptd.net

Tash Daly said...

Super cute, but I just adore the pigs might fly pull toy!!! Am now a follower..thanks for the chance to win. :-)

Two Crafty Catz said...

Amazing!!

Sue D said...

Very fun and whimsical gifts--love the pig and the cute cupcake.
I am a follower.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Vail said...

Great projects, so creative. Love your card also.

Ree said...

just became a foloower of your blog....love how you share ....thanks

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