Friday, December 7, 2018

Stockings Were Hung Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the 
Stockings were Hung Blog Hop!

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there!
This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by Christmas Stockings! Each of our projects will have at least one stocking on it.

You should have arrived from Wendy but if you just so happened to stumble across our hop and need to start at the very start,
Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this Special holiday hop! 
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 12/12/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Hi Everyone,
I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far.  I am sharing some tags I have made for those special gifts this season.  I used  2 digital downloads from RGStudio360, Boho Critters  and Stocking Stuffer.


The first 2 tags I did are non traditional colors.  I did blue and brown with my little bear and purple and pink with my little fox.  I like to make fun tags for my special gifts.  I started with stamping the background with white ink using my Dot Dot Stamp  I then colored the images with my copic markers.
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I added washi tape to the background of the tag and then layered the images, popping up the flowers.  I then added some fun ribbons to the top and finished it off with bells and a snowflake button.  

The last tag is using traditional colors.  I just loved the cute reindeer and had to go with the traditional red and green on this one.  I liked the flowers on the reindeer's head as well.  I again added some washi to the background and layered the images on the tag.  I then added ribbons and this time used some red and green star buttons along with bells.  These will add a little something special for the gifts I will be giving this year.


I hope you enjoyed my share for the Stocking Were Hung Blog Hop. You have now completed the blog hop.  If you missed any of the stops they are all listed below. 

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Be sure to join us next month for our
This Magic Moment Disney Themed Blog hop!

Thank you for letting us inspire you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone,
Today I want to share the cards I made for my color pencil class this month. I started with the Winter Wonderland digital download from RGSTUDIO360.

 I wanted to use blues so I colored the base of the flowers with a deep blue pencil and pulled the color out with a blending stump and odorless mineral spirits. 

As you can see it gives a lighter blue tint to the flowers. Once I had the deep blue done I went with a very pale blue pencil to color in the tips of the petals. I love the light colors on the kraft paper. I did the same thing with each color. I was able to lay down the color where I wanted the shadows to be and pulled the colors out to give it a softer look.


 I then went back with a white pencils to blend in the highlights. You can really see this on the leaves.  After I had the cards all assembled I added some stickles to the flowers and berries. A few splatters of some sparkle silk and you have a nicely finished card.


I really like the added touch of the stickles on this last card on the berries and the poinsettia.  I am having fun doing classes for groups of friends that decide to get together and have me come teach some specific techniques.  If you would like to have a class let me know.  We can work on finding a date that works for you and your friends.  All these images can be found on my website at  This image comes in both stamps and digital images.  When you purchase the stamp set you get the digital images also.  This is my favorite part because I can play with the digital images while I wait for my stamps to arrive.  Thanks for checking out my blog today.  I hope you have a great week.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Joyful Noise

Today I wanted to share 2 cards I made with this digital download from RGSTUDIO360. 


I used my Distress Ink to watercolor each angel. Using our 100lb powdered sugar cardstock made the watercoloring easier. The extra weight of the paper held up to the water very well. It’s not watercolor paper so you still have to be careful not to add a lot of water but I was able to take a few passes to add a little bit of shadows in some areas.   The hair is actually 2 colors. I did a light wash of antique linen and then went over it with squeezed lemonade to get the bright yellow for the hair. Once it dried and I assembled my card I went over the angels hair, dress and wings with clear wink of Stella to get a little shimmer and then added silver sticklers to the halo and horn. 
For this card I wanted to have a burst of light in the background so I used a dauber to create the yellow burst concentrating on the center and fading outward. I water colored my angel with the Distress inks and assembled the card. I again added the wink of spell to the hair and dress for a little shimmer and then used the gold Wink of Luna to color the harp and halo. I added some gold ribbon and then assembled the card. My final step was to add my gold stickles for some fun rays coming from behind the angel. 

What’s fun with these digital images is that you can use them to resize and make multiples of the images if you need to make several of the same card. Now the hard part is to figure out who gets these cards for Christmas this year. You can find these and many other images online at Use code rgcraftfriday for a 25% discount on the entire store for Black Friday sales through Cyber Monday. If you ever want a class with you and your friends let me know. I would love to come teach anywhere I can. Happy Creating. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nostalgic Boho card

Today I want to share some cards I made with the Nostalgic Boho stamp set from RG Studio 360. 

I liked the way this set repurposed the nostalgic items from my childhood.  For the first card I colored the typewriter.  I used my prisma color pencils and some oderless mineral spirits to help blend part of it.

Once I colored my image I used the oderless mineral spirits to blend the black area around the typing keys.  I think it added enough depth to make the keys pop and look like they were elevated from the base.  For the ground shadow I used my cool grey pencils to get the blend and then took my white pencil to burnish the colors and really get them to blend and have the smooth transition between the colors.

On the phone I just used my pencils to blend between the colors.  On the grounding shadow I again used my white pencil. I like using a light colored pencil to soften my colors and help smooth the blend.

For the record player I used my oderless mineral spirits to blend the inside cover and the outer edge of the case.  I like to build up my colors with my pencils.  I find I can get so many ranges of colors with my pencils.  Just by adding more layers and additional pressure you can achieve a wide range of values with one pencil. You can purchase this stamp set and many more from my shop at

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Certified Studio Designer

I'm so excited to announce that I have become a Certified Studio Designer for RG Studio 360.
The process only took about 30 minutes and now I have my own shopping link to share and right away can start earning 25% commissions on all my sales. No quarterly minimums, I only have to have $300.00 in sales within the year.  You are free to sell any other products as well because there are no restrictions.  I'm fee to sell any other products I want. I also have the ability to increase my commissions to over 40%.   The fee was $25.00 and the videos were fun to watch while you learn about all that we have to offer.  To become a CSD (Certified Studio Designer) you start here:

Select CSD Program at the top. You will see some information about the program.  At the bottom you will see a place to click here to complete the certification program, and welcome to the RG Studio Community.  Watch each video and when you finish the last one you will get a certificate that shows you are now a CSD.  Here is what they look like.

After you get your certificate you should see a place to click to Join a Team.  This will take you to the final steps to get your special link to shop at RGStudio360.  Fill in all the information and then when you get to Personalized ID enter the name for your website with no spaces.  The  next box to complete is who you want to sign up under.  Here you will list StampinNikki to join my team.  If you have any questions you can email be at  I would love to describe in detail all the program has to offer.  We have lauched our Polymer Stamps and when you order those you get the related Digital Images to also create with.  So many possibilities because you get several versions of the file to use with your Scan N Cut, Cricut and Silhouette machines because you get a PDF, SVG, JPEG and and outlined version.  The only limitation is your imagination.  Our Sugar Cubes (ink pads) and Sugar Drops (refills and more) are available for preorder to begin shipping out the end of the month.  Our Sugar stock is also on preorder to be shipped the end of November.  Here is the color pallet, isn't it beautiful? 


If this sounds like something you would like to learn more about email me at  I would love to answer any questions you have.  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Happy World Card Making Day

Hi everyone,

I hope your having a great Card Making Day. I am crafting away today to celebrate and wanted to share some fun cards I’ve made lately. 
I’ve been enjoying my color pencils and the Skeleton Leaf download from RG Studio 360. Here are some fun cards I’ve made.
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I love fall and all the fall colors. I also had fun with this download and my copics. I used the leaves to make a wreath for my desk at work. 

Don’t miss the World Card Making Day celebration on the RG STUDIO 360 Community Facebook page.  We have challenges all day long and you don’t want to miss all the inspiration everyone is sharing. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

RG Studio 360 Create and Capture Blog Hop

Today is so exciting with the new website launch of RGStudio360. You should have started off on the RG Shares Page and it will end on the RGStudio 360 page. I hope you have been enjoying the Blog Hop so far with all the great designers on the team.  We are all using the new download Foxy Fall.

As you know I love to color. When I saw this cute download  I knew I wanted to use my prisma color pencils on kraft paper.  I love how the colors pop on the kraft paper.

I also used both the mini and outline version for this card.  I love all the images but wanted to use the foxes for this card.  I started coloring with reddish browns for the fur.  I made sure to not blend to much so you would get the feeling of fur and see the texture.  I used a cream for the tail tips and face.  I love Fall colors so I stuck with red, orange and yellows to go along with the Fox fur.  I love how these downloads come in so many options so you can cut them out yourself or use a die cutting machine such as a Brother Scan and Cut, Cricut, or Silhouette.

For this card I fussy cut all my images because I didn't want any border.  I also used the mini version to give it the feeling like I had a family of foxes.  That's why I like the versatility of the versions you get with each download.  I finished off the images with some glaze and glitter to give them some pop.  I then layered them on the card with some twine and a few rhinestones as well as adding some of the feathers from the download.  You can get your download today on the website.

Don't forget to visit all the stops for your chance to win a prize from each designer.  To enter my drawing for the Hello Lovely Download by RG Studio 360 leave a comment on this post.  I will have a drawing on August 31st for the winner from all the comments.
Hello Lovely - Exclusive Digital Download

Here is the list of links for everyone that is part of the RG Studio Blog Hop celebrating the launch of the brand spanking new website.., if you get lost please return to

RG Shares 

Tenia Nelson

Victoria Calvin

Nikki Turnour

Eva Bussom

Rose Curtis

Misty Knott

please note this is a youtube link, check the comments to go to the next link!
Michelle Saddler Arrue

Linda Gorman
Melinda Beltran

RG Studio 360

Thanks so much for hopping along with us and celebrating the new website!!! Subscribe to the newsletter to keep up with RG & the Teamand remember to comment on each blog for the possibility of winning a free download from each designer, if you get lost please return to the

Monday, April 9, 2018

Distress Ink watercolor

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a great weekend. I was playing all weekend at the Scrapbook expo in Pomona. 4 fundays of crafting with friends. Today I want to share the cards we will coloring Tuesday April 10th in class. 

The images are from Unity Stamps and are colored using the Distress mini ink pads and a waterbrush. Distress inks are easy to control and easy to build layers of color. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy birthday balloons

Happy birthday!!!  Today I’m sharing a couple more of the birthday cards I made using my cricut. It’s fun to have some generic birthday cards on hand. We have all had a birthday sneak up on us so it’s great to be prepared. 

The images were done in layers. I love that my explore separates the various layers for me. I don’t really have to think to much about it while designing. I can set a canvas the size of my card and the just design. It calculates and separates everything on to different mats for me. I can choose which colors I want for each layer and then load my mats.


I just added a few enamel dots to the card and the assembled my cuts. It’s nice because you can also save the layout. Now you can change your paper and make several in different color schemes if you wanted to. Have you been making cards with your machine?  It’s fun to mix it up every so often. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Masculine birthday cards

Today I’m sharing some cards I made using my cricut. I wanted some cards I could have handy for birthdays but would work for anyone. I could give to my brother or nieces. So many times we do very feminine type cards and don’t have a good stash of masculine cards available. 

So this first card is good for anyone’s birthday. You could even change the sentiment and make it a congratulatory card or good job. Lots of potential for this layout. 

The next card is a birthday card but could also be changed to Father’s Day. It’s very masculine with the ties. 


Both cards are done with cuts from the cricut. What have you used for masculine cards?  I like shapes as well as traditionally masculine topics like sports, tools, cars. I hope you liked these cards.  It's always fun to play with diecuts. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lucky you planner layout

Today I'm sharing me adventures with the PixScan mat and my Silhouette Cameo 3.  First I colored my Lucky You download by RG Studio 360 with my copics.  I love it because you get 3 pages with each download.  One with the image alone, one with the image and a cut line around the outer edge to use with your Brother Scan n Cut or like I did here with my Silhouette Cameo 3 and my Pixscan mat.  The last version you get is a mini version that you can use on ATC's or like I did today in my planner and it comes with the cutline added also.  I loaded my image into the software and then needed to Trace the images.  Because they already have an outline it went pretty smooth.  I then loaded it into the machine and had it cut the outline on each image.
Here is the picture of how well each item was cut out.  This was so much better then fussy cutting.  I removed them from the mat and decorated my planner for this week. 
  I used the die cuts to spread out the fun for the entire week.  I still have plenty of room to write in my appointments as they come up during the week.
Here is a collage of the images close up so you can see the coloring a little better.  Once you have the download you can print it on whatever paper you want depending on what you wanted to do with the images.  Since I wanted to use my copics I printed them on my X-Press It Blending cardstock.  
Go to to find this Lucky You download as well as lots of others and start creating. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

When You Smile Stamp Set

Today I’m sharing the cards we will make in this months class.  All these images are from the stamp set When You Smile by Unity Stamps.  The first card we are working on is dragonflies.  I colored in the dragonflies first and then heat set them to make sure they were dry and the color wouldn't move. 

The next step is to brush water on the background to lay down some yellow and have it really flow and fill in the background.  I wanted it to be subtle so I made sure the color was watered down.  I then splattered ripe persimmon and shaded lilac. Since we did the splatters while the background was still wet the color was able to spread slightly.

The second card is a fun image by Unity Stamps.  I love the sneakers with the Roses.  I started with shoes so they would be done and I could dry them so the roses wouldn't bleed into them.  I next colored the roses and then the leaves.  The last thing I wanted to do was the ground under the image.  I did the background is Pumice stone and then added some faded jeans and spun sugar.
The last image I thought would be nice for Easter.  This cute bunny is also from Unity Stamps.  I wanted a light brown bunny and I thought pink ears would stand out nicely with the brown and help highlight the roses.
I colored in the ground with bundled sage first and then flicked in mowed lawn to mimic blades of grass.  I hope you enjoy these and can join us in class on Tuesday March 13th.  

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Llama fun

Hi everyone,
Today I wanted to share a couple of cards we did in my last color pencil class. We worked on fur for our fun Llamma to color. The first one we did in greys and only used 3 colors.  BloggerImage

It was so fun to color and then add his scarf and beenie. He’s all ready for winter. 
The second card we did in browns. For this one we used about 5 various shades to get lots of texture and highlights on his fur. We also made him a hipster with the cute hat. 

We had fun in class working on flicking our colors to get the fur texture. Slowly building up our layers of colors and watching it come together as you go. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coffee Themed Cards

Today I'm sharing cards made with the Heartfelt Creations Coffee collection. we will be making these cards on Tuesday February 20th at Creative Haven.  The first card I want to share is using the Coffee Mug stamp set and matching die.
This is a large stamp and I know we all love a large coffee mug.  I also stamped on a scrap of paper so I could cut it out and layer it on my mug.  I sponged ink on the edge of the cup to add some color and vellum across the card for a sentiment.  I added some glaze on the dots on the center of the cup to help add dimension tot he cup.  I also added some to the top of the mug. 
The second card is using the Coffee Talk stamp set and matching die. It's a pretty cup with little flowers that I water colored in with my zig clean color real brush marker and a water brush.  I again sponged the edge of the cup to add some color.  I then used the steam heart sentiment on vellum and embossed then die cut out to add a little sparkle to the card.

I used the same stamp set and die to make this card.  I cut the spoon out of silver paper and added the sentiment from Latte Art stamp set.  This is a great way to use up some scraps of pattern papers you have as well.  Layer a few pieces for the background and then add your stamped images. 

The last card is make with the stamp All Stacked Up and the matching die. 
I water colored the cups again with the zig clean color real brush markers and a water brush.  I added a tag with the sentiment to the top and attached my stack of tea cups at an angle.  These are a fun set of cards for your coffee loving friends.  You can find out more information or sign up for this class on my facebook page Nikki's Creative Nook.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February Alcohol marker class at Hearts and Crafts

Today I want to share what we will be coloring on Thursday at Hearts and Crafts in Covina.  The class is a technique class to learn how your markers work and to get comfortable using them. We are coloring more images from the Rainforest collection. Bring what ever brand of alcohol markers you have and we will find colors that work together and color these image.  You will learn how to blend and find colors that work together. The techniques will be the same no matter which brand you have.  Last time people had Copic, Spectrum Noir and Nuvo Pens.  This time we're working with the ladybug, butterfly, gecko, and chameleon.


 The great thing is you can color these images any color you want.  I used my reds, black and grey for the ladybug.  I used various pinks for my butterfly but you can use any colors you wish.  I used greens for my gecko and chameleon.  I used a brighter color on the top gecko and a more muted color on the second one. I matched the chameleon with the leaves on the branch but since they change colors you can also have fun with this one.  Make it any color you want. As you can see you have 2 of each image Here are some samples of what I made with the colored images.  I added my newly colored images to cards that I embossed with various embossing folders.


We will have card kits available if you wish to take your finished colored images and make the same cards.  I hope you can join us Thursday February 15th to practice our coloring. The class is $20.00 and you can call Heart N Crafts to sign up at (626) 967-9036.