Sunday, December 30, 2007

Woo-hoo for Prima!

After scrolling through Pub Calls earlier in the month, I decided to submit for the Prima Design Team. The competition is I am sure extremely tough, but hey, I love flowers and I love Prima, so what have I got to lose, right? I completed these two projects and am so pleased with the results! I have had this junky chalkboard kicking around my scraproom for months. A little paint, pretty paper and some stunning flowers and ta-da! I love this and it looks great in our kitchen. This little wall hanging is a picture my neighbor took a couple years ago of Ellie. I love this photo and wanted to showcase it. I used the embossed Prima 12x12 chipboard for the base and painted it using a mix of pearlizing medium and some pale yellow paint. I love the look of the distress ink on the raised part of the chipboard. Hope to have inspired you all - cheers for the New Year!

Monday, December 10, 2007

I Think I'm In Love!

With my first ever Jenni Bowlin Kit! After running errands today, I arrived home to find this awaiting for me on my doorstep. Look at all these yummy papers, sweet little Prima flowers, awesome chipboard labels and that fabulous glitter butterfly! I'll be crafting later tonight with all these goodies - just in time for some last minute gift creations!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Winter Layouts

Last weekend's snowstorm kept me inside and working at my scrap table. I mananged to kick out 6 layouts; here are a couple of Ellie. I love scrapping during this season! So many fun pictures to take and turn into mini pieces of art. Now, if I could just finish all my Christmas shopping and crafty gifts that I have started! Hope you are all enjoying winter so far and the beauty of the season!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas Crafting

I made it through the Craft Show at Christina Huddleston Elementary! What a great experience! So many wonderful vendors and lots of pretties to oooooo and ahhhhh over. I will for sure do this one again next year. I've been working hard on projects for the holidays and have had a blast getting creative. Here's a few pictures of some of my favorites. These paper trees were quite tedious but well worth the work; I love their whimsical appeal. I adore the new paper line from My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas Collection; total inspiration for this little bird gift box. And of course I made about 6 of these star ornaments; had to get my vintage Santa fix! I'll be getting the house ready for Christmas this week and can't wait to use my new decorations. Big Holiday Hugs!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Long time - no post!

Wow, does life ever get in the way! so many things happening in my world lately that I have completely neglected my blog. But, I won't bore you with all the details and rather just post some fun stuff happening in my scrappy world!
Come and check out the latest challenge at Gabi and Laura have cooked up a cool new "you pick two" challenge. Come join in the fun for your chance to win a fab scrappy package. Layout needs to be submitted to Scrapdragons by November 15th. My take on the challenge is pictured above.
Upcoming Cyber Crops!! Two fun crops coming up quickly at the end of the month; check out these sites for the details!
November 30th ~ Feeling Scrappy (
November 30th & December 1st ~ Scrappin' Mojo (
Join me and my cyber scrappy friends at one of these and complete challenges, get inspired, chat and oh yeah, earn super cool prizes! Hope to see ya online at one of these!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Journaling Class at Feeling Scrappy!

There's still time to sign up for an awesome journaling class, The Write Stuff, at Feeling Scrappy. This online class is packed full of fabulous and unique ideas for journaling on your pages or wherever else you choose. Class runs from October 1st through October 27th. Click the link below for complete details!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"Celebrate Family" Accordian Album

I had a ton of fun creating this accordian album for October's project class at Memory Creek. Really love these yummy papers from Paper Loft! This is the perfect little book to give someone special. Add your own photos and journaling and you're done. Can't wait to teach this next month!

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Feeling Scrappy - "Splish~Splash" contest winner!

This past month at Feeling Scrappy the contest was a to create a layout using a water theme. Congratulations to Lyn on her awesome layout! Check out all her detail and fantastic color choices. Way to go Lyn!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Creative Team Call at Feeling Scrappy!

Hey all you talented scrappers! My DT site, Feeling Scrappy, is beginning its search for the new Creative Team! If selected you would serve a 6 month term beginning November 1st. For complete details click the following link:
Good Luck to all who submit!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Memory Creek!

I am thrilled to be a part of Memory Creek, my favorite local scrapbook store in Farmington, MN. I have been selected to be one of the instructors and will be teaching classes on scrapbook techniques, layouts and altered projects. If you are a local blogger, stop in to see Ann and her staff at Memory Creek. They are fantastic and the product selection is top notch! My first class is this coming Saturday, September 15th. It's all about chipboard! Come and learn how to use this latest craze in the scrapbooking industry. For a class schedule, call the store at 651-463-9480. Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New Scrapdrogons Challenge - Mixing it Up!

Head over to Scrapdragons and check out the latest challenge that Gabi abd Laura have cooked up! You will be given 3 things to pull inspiration from; one is a layout, the second a picture, and the third a piece of fabric. Submit your creation for a chance to win a fabulous scrappy prize! Can't wait to see your entries!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Winner posted on Scrapdragons!

Congratulations to Lesley Langdon on having her layout chosen as the sketch challenge winner for Scrapdragons! This was a tough decision as there were so many awesome layouts for this 2nd challenge. Lesley's layout is so unique in the way that she incorporated so many different elements on her page. Check out the textured painting! Here is her winning layout:

Monday, August 13, 2007

Who's your inner Rock Chick??

I love Gwen! Not sure how I agree with everything but still cool! Who's yours?

You Are Gwen Stefani!

All guys dream about you
And all the girls want to be you
"Sappy pathetic little me
That was the girl I used to be"

Monday, August 6, 2007

I'm Rockin!

I'm so excited to be nominated by Jersey scrapper Laura Shreve into "Rockin' Girl Blogger" status! How cool is this?!?! Here's how it works: Now that I have been nominated, I get to tag 5 other bloggers that I think are rockin' and the group will keep growing. Check back later today to see who my 5 Rockin' Girl Bloggers are!

Monday, July 30, 2007

"All Mixed Up" Challenge at Scrapdragons!

Hey all! Come and check out the awesome challenge at Scrapdragons!
Challenge starts August 1st and all entries must be submitted by August 15th. You will be given two layouts and an object and your challenge is to take inspiration from each and create a layout. Oh, and did I mention there's a scrappy prize involved??!! I am excited to see your creations!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

New Basic Grey "Infuse"

Yesterday I headed to my LSS and picked up the new BG paper pack. I am in love!! Here's my first layout I created with it; the pictures are of Ellie a couple years ago at age 2. I am starting a portrait album for each of the girls and this is a layout for Ellie's. Thank you Suzanne at Feeling Scrappy for such a cool idea to create these albums of all the professional portraits!

Book of Me

I have been working on my Book of Me! I like how it is turning out so far, but have a lot more to add! All of these layouts were done from challenges that were presented on Scrappin' Mojo. Thanks girls for the inspiration!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Sketch Class at Feeling Scrappy!

Just wanted you all to know that Feeling Scrappy starts it's sketch class on August 6th - August 31st! This class is packed full of fun sketches, prizes and a scrappy hour that rocks! Did I mention the prizes???!! There is so much to get out of this class! Stop by to sign up - there's still time!

My very first post!!

I am so excited to finally get this blog up and running! Between all the summer activities, the kids and my crafting, this was put on the back burner. I am thrilled to start my new business "Petals to Polka Dots" and I thought what better way to get the word out than a blog?? I am pretty new to this so for you expert bloggers out there, you will probably have to cut me a little slack until I get really good at this!

My passion for scrapbooking and paper crafting is finally getting some recognition and I am so tickled about it! My mini albums and keepsake boxes are selling in a small boutique in Blue Earth, Minnesota run by a fantastic lady named Lisa Krosch. If you ever get this way, pop in to see her at Lisa's Custom Sewing and Crafts; you will love her!! I have been having a great time as a member of the design team for The girls on the board are fantastic and there is so much inspiration to be found in the gallery. Stop by and visit me and all my scrappy friends! The fall looks quite promising as far as craft shows. I have one booked in October and another in November. I am totally psyched about the upcoming holiday season and being able to participate this year in these local shows.

Below I have posted just a few of my recent projects & layouts. I love the creative process of paper crafting and the awesome outlet is gives me to release the everyday pressures I often feel as a stay-at-home-mom. I really hope to inspire others with there own projects and layouts; that's best thing about this hobby!

Hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy your visits. More to come soon!
Hugs, Niki