Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Week #2 Challenge Winner!

Hi bloggers!  I'm so sorry that I am so late in announcing the winner of the PPbN Week #2 Christmas Challenge :(  It's been a very wonderful, yet very busy, Christmas but I am here to tell you that Random.Org has picked a winner!! Congratulations to Kimberly Pate!!

Thank you to all of you for participating :)  I absolutely adore all of your projects and you all did a wonderful job!

Stay tuned for the next challenge coming very soon :)


Thursday, December 22, 2011


Someone has brought it to my attention that some of my followers think that the Michael's gift card and Copic markers giveaway is mine! THIS IS NOT MY GIVEAWAY!  I had reposted the giveaway on my blog as one of the requirements to be entered into this giveaway by  Again, this is not my giveaway and anyone who thinks they have entered it by following my blog is actually not entered unless you were aware that this was Melissa's giveaway and followed and posted on her blog (I hope that made sense..LOL)  I will try to contact each of the people that i think made this mistake because I would absolutely hate to have any of you thinking that you are in the running and then, come to find out, you weren't ever entered :(  I hope you all read this post so that you don't miss your chance for this prize!  I'm so sorry for the mix-up! I was only posting it because it was one of the requirements to spread the word of the giveaway and post it to my blog :(  Sorry :(


Friday, December 16, 2011

Week #2 of Paper Piecings by Nikki Christmas Challenge!!

Hi there everyone!  It's week 2 of my Paper Piecings by Nikki Christmas Challenge!! Congratulations to Linda Therrien...the winner of last week's challenge!  Linda won an adorable, brand new Close To My Heart "Christmas Cheer" stamp set, CTMH Christmas Paper Pack and the matching accessories kit to go with both of these!  What an amazing prize!! I hope Linda shares what she creates with her new Close To My Heart products!!

Now for the week 2 challenge :)  This week's challenge is to make a 12x12 layout OR an 8x8 layout OR a Christmas card OR a Christmas tag with either my "Very Beary Christmas" pattern set or my newest set "Baking Memories"!(You only need to make ONE of the above projects for this challenge).  Get a head start on your Christmas crafting and enter this challenge to win my awesome prize of the week!!

This week I am giving, one lucky winner (chosen by the following gifts for entering this challenge:

Brand New Karen Foster "Vintage Christmas" Scrapbooking Kit,

Brand New "Whimsical Christmas" Scrapbooking Kit,

WAIT!  That's not all!!

Brand New "Winter Frolic" Cricut Cartridge


"Christmas Cheer" Cricut Cartridge!!!

RIGHT!?!?! I know!  It's an awesome prize!! Think of all of the scrapbooking/crafting you can accomplish with these prizes!! As soon as Christmas is over, you will be all set and ready to to scrap it!

To qualify for this amazing gift you must do the following. (I will check after picks my winner)

1.  Create a Christmas 12x12 layout, 8x8 layout, card, tag or any other craft using, either, my "Very Beary Christmas" pattern set OR my "Baking Memories" Pattern set.

2. Post your finished project on your Facebook page or blog with a link to my store (

3. Leave a comment here on this post telling me what your favorite Christmas tradition is :)

4. Spread the word about my challenge!!! Leave a link to my giveaway on your blog or Facebook page. No blog or Facebook, let me know how you will spread the word!

5. Subscribe to my blog via email and become a follower (already do, then your halfway there!)

6. Leave your link with Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post so that I can check all 
entries to be fair :)
If you don't leave your link, I cannot track your entry :(

(and don't forget to come back for next's week Challenge/Giveaway!!)

This challenge will close Friday December 23! ! I will announce my winner by Monday December 26th!! Good luck to all of you and Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!!
I can't wait to see your projects!!



Christmas Challenge Week 1 Grand Prize Winner!!!

It's time to announce the winner of my Week 1 Christmas Challenge!!  Congratulation Linda!! Your number (#2 because you entered your project in the 2nd spot) was generated using random number generator!!! Yay!!! Thank you to all of you who participated :)  All of your projects were absolutely adorable and I loved every one of them!!! Make sure to read my next post for Week #2 of my Christmas Challenge so you can be sure to enter for that prize AND the GRAND PRIZE which I will show you in the next post :)  Congratulations again Linda and thank you to all who participated!!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Newest Pattern Set :)

If you love Christmas cookies then you'll love my newest pattern set!  Inspired by my weekend of Gingerbread Trains and frosted Christmas cookies, I've put created a set that will look perfect on your Christmas Cookie Scrapbook page <3 Maybe add one of these cuties to a special Christmas gift tag and show someone that you love them that much more with your handmade-from-the-heart tag or card :)
Hope you have as much fun making these little guys as I did creating them :) 
I LOVE to see what you create with my patterns so PLEASE always feel free to post a photo of your projects on my Facebook Page!
As always, LOTS of hugs from me to you!
Until next time.....

Nikki ;)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Challenge Week 1 Follow Up

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to make sure that everyone who is hoping for a chance to win my prize for this week, is completing all the requirements in my last post :)  For a chance to win this prize you must complete ALL the requirements :)  I'm worried that some are only following a few of the requirements and are thinking that they will be entered to win :(  I don't want anyone to be disappointed because of misinformation :(  If you aren't sure about the requirements, PLEASE refer to my last post to make sure that you are definitely in the running for this awesome prize!  So far, I only have two links posted below the Challenge blog post and many people thinking that they are entered already :(  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that you have fulfilled all of the requirements or you will not be entered in the drawing for the prize :( I can't wait to see all of your projects!! Remember, you have until Wednesday at midnight to complete the requirements and be entered to win!!  Good luck!!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Challenge Week 1!

         **Christmas Challenge Week 1**

It's Christmas time once again which means lots of memories, lots of pictures and lots of scrapping, crafting and cards!  This is week 1 of my "3 Weeks of Christmas Challenges/Giveaways"!!
This challenge comes with the prize of this adorable Close To My Heart stamp set, paper pack and sticker assortment!! A value of over $40 in CTMH products!!

To qualify for this amazing gift you must do the following. (I will check after picks my winner)

1.  Create a Christmas layout, card, tag or any other craft using one of my Christmas pattern sets or digi's of $4.00 or more.

2. Post your finished project on your Facebook page or blog with a link to my store (

3. Leave a comment here on this post telling me your favorite way to use paper piecings :)

4. Spread the word about my challenge!!! Leave a link to my giveaway on your blog or Facebook page. No blog or Facebook, let me know how you will spread the word!
(if you spread the word 10x or more (on 10 different blogs or Facebook pages), I will enter you twice for the gift.  Make sure to let me know what pages or blogs you posted on ;)

5. Subscribe to my blog via email and become a follower (already do, then your halfway there!)

6. Leave your link with Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post so that I can check all entries to be fair :)

(and don't forget to come back for next's week Challenge/Giveaway!!)

This challenge will close Wednesday December 14! ! I will announce my winner by Friday the 16th!! Good luck to all of you and Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!!
I can't wait to see your projects!!



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Check out this AMAZING Giveaway!!!!!

♥ My Annual End of the Year/ Christmas Giveaway!!! ♥

Well, it's that time of the year again! Time to make someone's Christmas extra special!! (i love doing that!) And start the new year off right!!  Let's just get to it....

What do I have to giveaway this time? Well, how about this!!

~ A $150.00 Gift Card to Michael's Craft Stores

I could of just stopped right there, but did I?? Of course not!!

How about this too??!

~ 1 Copic Air-Brushing Starter Set System

~ 1 Copic Color Swatch Book
and finally....

~ 36 Copic CIAO Marker Set!

To qualify for the giveaway you must do the following. (I will check after picks my winner)

1. Leave a comment here on this post
2. Spread the word about my giveaway. Leave a link to my giveaway on your blog. No blog, let me know how you will spread the word!

For a second chance...
3. Either become a friend (follower) of my blog or subscribe to it (already do, then your halfway there!)
4. Keep your fingers crossed!! ;)

This is open worldwide and will stay open until January 1st, 2012! I will announce my winner a day or two after that!! Good luck everyone and Have a wonderful Holiday and may this coming year bring you all lots of happiness, great health and peace and love!

Hugs to you all...

Don't miss out on this awesome giveaway!! Hop over to Melissa's blog to enter to win these amazing gifts!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Paper Piecings by Nikki DT Call Blog Hop

Welcome to "Paper Piecings by Nikki" Design Team Call Blog Hop!  I'm so glad that you have stopped by to visit :)  The purpose of this blog hop is for me to see prospective design team members' work so that I can gather up a team for my new paper piecing pattern business :)  We are so happy to share some adorable artwork and paper piecing ideas with you :) I will be giving blog candy away to one lucky winner!  In order to be in the running for the blog candy, you must leave a comment on each of the blogs on the hop, follow each of our blogs and head over to my Facebook page and become one of my new followers (if you don't have a Facebook account, just let me know and I won't require it of you in order to be considered).  I will choose a winner for my blog candy on December 4th and post it here and on my Facebook page :)  I bet you are wondering what my CANDY is?!?!? One lucky winner will win $25.00 worth of patterns from my store! So be sure to complete the hop and leave your comments and head over to my Facebook page so that you earn your chance at my blog candy :)
  This hop has been a long time coming and each of these wonderful ladies have worked hard to display their talents and crafts :)  

Have fun and thanks again for joining us :)  For the next stop in the Paper Piecings by Nikki DT Call Blog Hop, please hop to: LIZ!! 

Here's a list of the entire hop :) Be sure to follow along from here so you don't miss anyone!! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You're Gonna Be cover by Nikki Calmes

You're Gonna Be cover by Nikki Calmes

Here is another for you :) This one is for my babies :)

How Great Thou Art cover by Nikki Calmes

How Great Thou Art cover by Nikki Calmes

My other passion ;) I hope you enjoy it :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Contest!

Hi again :)  I am having a contest.  Use this Digi Stamp to make a Christmas card and leave a comment with a link to your card for a chance to win $10 worth of patterns from me :)

Have fun!  I can't wait to see your cards :)

Happy Wednesday :)

Good morning :)  I've got some new stuff posted in my store and available now :) I hope you like them :)

You get all 6 Spud Pals and all their cute accessories :)

Does anyone have any requests or ideas for more Christmas Patterns?  I love to create custom patterns :)  Leave a comment with your ideas :) 

Busy day today. As always, I've got a bazillion pattern ideas flying around in my head, I want to start making some of my piecings to list on eBay and I've got a house to clean (my, absolute, least favorite part of the day...yuck!)

Have a fantastic day!! TTFN ;)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Need some feedback :) is the Jacob pattern that I've created for my new "Vampin' Movie Night" set.  I need some feedback on what everyone thinks before I permanently add him to the file :)  How does he look? Should I add anything?  Should I change anything?  LOL!  I ask because I'm not quite sure how I feel about his "pecks"...LOL!

Thanks for your feedback :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Little, Tiny Obsession...LOL!

Hi everyone :)  I'm posting a new set that I have just finished this morning in honor of the big premiere coming up next week :)  I hope you enjoy it :)

This set is not available for download yet but I hope to have it ready either by tonight or by sometime tomorrow :)  I can't believe it's finally here!!!! After waiting a whole year for part 1 of Breaking Dawn, it's finally here!!! YAY!!!! LOL!  It is just a tiny, little obsession of mine :) Yes....I am totally a 32 year old, grown woman, TwiMom, obsessed with these gorgeous vampires and werewolves and their silly dramas...LOL!

Anyhoo....have fun with this set once it's available and I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weekend :)  We are having a mini Indian Summer here in Buffalo :) It's going to be close to 70 this week here :)

TTFN! Lots of Hugs :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Thursday!!

Hi Y'all (Amy over at told me I was an honorary southerner and that I could say Y'all...LOL!)  Thanks Amy :)  I've been very busy the past few days and haven't had time to post so here goes!  Here are all of my new available downloads that I've listed this week :

All of these cuties are available now in my store!

I've got a paper piecing project coming up this weekend to help me gather my Design Team :)  If you haven't opened your invite on FB yet here is the link for it if you want to join :) All you need to do is create a paper piecing from one of my patterns and post it to my FB page here and I will be choosing the ones I like best for my Design Team :)  I hope to see your projects this weekend :)  I can't wait to get my team off and running :)  Come on over and join in :)

I have quite a busy day ahead of me as far as "stay-at-home-Mommy" is concerned and considering that I've been on the computer all morning, I guess it's time to start cleaning :( Boo.

I hope you all enjoy my new additions and if you haven't already, please follow me and grab my Blinkie to post on your blog :)  Leave a link to your blog for me so I can stop by and visit you and grab your Blinkies too :)

Have a very happy scrappy day <3

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hello my crafty friends :)  Hope you are having a happy Monday :)  Can't believe it's Halloween again!  Time seems to go by faster and faster every year!  Sheesh!

I've posted this weeks Freebie in my store so head on over and grab it so you don't miss it :)

I've also posted a photo of the set I worked on all weekend :)  I have to say that I absolutely love how it turned out!!  Have a look....

I am a Disney FREAK!!  You will see more and more Disney related stuff in the future because I can't stay away from it for too long :)  I hope you like it :)  I still need to make all the files for this set so it isn't available yet but I hope to have it done no later than Wednesday :)  It's called  "Happily Ever After", and actually as I am writing this, I realize that I have forgotten the most recent princess.....Rupunzel :(  Can't believe I forgot her!  Good thing I haven't posted it yet!  I'll run and add her to the group so she is there for the full set :)

That's all for now I guess :)  Getting very excited about this weekends FB Paper Piecing Challenge :)  I sent invites to everyone on my FB friends list so if you didn't get one because you are a new friend just let me know and I will send you an invite :)  It's a paper piecing challenge using one of my patterns or digi's running from this Friday until Sunday :)  Post your project on my FB page and I will choose the ones I like the best to be on my Design Team :)  Have fun!  I can't wait to see everyone's projects :)


Friday, October 28, 2011

Hi Blogger :)  These cuties are both available in my store :)  I feel like I've learned so much in just one week!  Look!  I even learned how to hyperlink words!!! WHAT??!! Who?? Me????  LOL!  I really want to thank everyone that helped me this week :)  I would not be this far without any of you <3

If anyone can see anything that I could improve on or knows any little Blog secrets to help me get my blog seen more and to help me get more followers, I would REALLY appreciate it!    

As you can see, I've added some of your blinkies to my blog :)  I love them and I think they are so fun!  If you would like (and I hope you do) and you haven't already, would you please add my Blinkie to your blog too?  If I don't have yours up yet, just leave me a link to your blog and I will absolutely run over and get it :)

I guess that's it for now.  Time to put my kids to bed and get ready to watch "Grimm".  I've been waiting for this show for awhile :)  Have a most wonderful night and a glorious weekend :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another Digi for You :)

Now available in my store in the Digi Stamp Category :)

Hope you like :)  Have fun!

Freebie of the Week Now Available! Yay!

I've just posted the Freebie of the Week in my store so head on over and see what it is and grab it now :)  My plan is to post a new "Freebie" pattern every Monday :)

If you haven't already shared me with everyone you can think of...LOL....I would be so grateful and willing to do anything for you in return :) I'm more than happy to share the love ;)

I've also just posted a Facebook button on the blog too.  If you could send people over to my FB page that would be great also :)  Because I moved my FB page, all of my "likers" are still on my other page and a lot of them haven't joined my new page so the more you can spread me around, the more I will be jumping for joy :)

Don't hesitate to contact me in any of my contact places if you need anything from me :)

Look for more digi stamps to be posted tonight maybe :)

TTFN my Lovies <3

Digi Stamps! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!

New digi stamp now available in my store!  I've also finally put the "Expecting A Miracle" set in the store today too :)  They, along with all the others, are available for download now :)

I've been very busy today!  I had hoped to work on a Christmas set today but I still haven't had time.  I will probably work on it tonight after my kids go to bed :)  It's easier to work that way when I'm not constantly getting interrupted with "Mom! Mom! Mom! Moooooommmmmm!"  Ugh! I swear I am changing my name very soon ;)

Hope you like the new digi stamp :)  I was so excited to learn how to make them and then I actually made it and stamped it, I almost screamed with excitement!

I've also place a link to my store in the right hand corner next to my newest posts so now it's a breeze to click on over :)  And there is also a Blog Hop button (Thanks to Sherry Brown) that I am working on getting a code for so you can have it to put on your Blog if you want :)

That's it for now :)  TTFN crafty ones ;) 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What a night :)

Hi everyone!  I have had such a great night!  I feel like the ball really started rolling tonight with my new PP company :)  I'm so excited!  I am having a blog hop on December 2nd and 3rd--Christmas Paper Piecings Blog Hop!  I'm using this blog hop as a Design Team call.  If you are interested in joining, post a comment and I will add you to the hop :)

This morning I was terrified of blog hops because I didn't know a thing about them and tonight I've got one scheduled.  I guess the only way to get in is to jump right...LOL!  I'm so excited!  Thank you to every single one of you that helped me today and joined my page and joined my blog :)  What an amazing group of women you are :)  I feel so blessed to have found all of you :)

I'm going to try to hit the sack but I'm feeling like I won't be very successful because I'm so excited and my head is full of ideas right now :)

I will be posting my "Expecting A Miracle" Pattern set in my store tomorrow for sure and hopefully getting another one out too :)  Now that I've got the Blog Hop scheduled, I want to make a Christmas set for anyone who wants to use it for the hop :)  I've got an adorable idea for the Christmas set that is burning a hole in my brain :)

Till tomorrow sweet bloggers :) Night night ;)

Monday, October 24, 2011

I've finally just put this pattern set in my store so it is now available :)  I am currently gathering up information about forming a design team so if anyone knows anyone who can help me out or who might like to be part of my design team, please let me know :)  I would be so grateful :)  TTFN <3

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Here's what I worked on this weekend.  They are available on eBay and will be available in my store by the end of tomorrow.  I hope you all enjoy them :)  I had so much fun (as always) making them :)

Still learning about blogging and have gotten some great tips from some really great ladies on how to get started :)  I think I will be visiting some blogs tomorrow and trying to learn as much as I can about all this :)  Thanks to the suggestion from Liz (, I've also decided to look into gathering up a design team to help me get my business going :)

I'm sure I won't be able to keep from drawing some more tomorrow as well, so I will keep you posted :)  Sweet dreams crafty bloggers ;)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Welcome :)

Hello bloggers!  I am finally going to try and tackle this whole blogging thing.  I'm going to be honest with you....I have absolutely no idea what I am doing with this or, quite frankly, what blogs are for...LOL!  So, I'm going into this blind as a bat.  I thought I would make my first post about how I don't know anything about blogging and see if all of you out there had any advise or tips for me :)  I sure would appreciate a little input as to how to use this tool to help my new business "Paper Piecings by Nikki".

That's about it.  All I know is that blogs are used to help drive traffic to the site but I don't have a clue where to begin, what to blog about, how to get followers, what a bloghop is or anything else so please HELP!  LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by and if you are here, please be sure to join my blog (cause I know that is important ;)
Have a fantastic night and I will catch you all on the flip side ;)