Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Card Blog Hop for Kids with Cancer

Hi :)  Welcome to the Valentine's Day Card Blog Hop for Kids with Cancer <3
My name is Nikki Calmes, owner and designer/artist of ©Paper Piecings by Nikki :)  If you have just come from Lena's blog, you are on the right track :)

I am so honored to be a part of this blog hop <3  Knowing that all of these wonderful ladies have come together to create beautiful cards for these amazing kids just melts my heart :)  I wish I could be there when they open up there surprise Valentines <3

Today I have created a 5x7 card using all digital artwork designed my me :)  The cute little ladybug bears are from my digital paper piecings pattern set "Always Be My Little Lady".  I drew the hearts on the front of the card and on the inside of the card, using Photoshop (one of my most favorite programs on the face of the earth) You can do just about anything you can dream of with your crafting and photo editing using this amazing software!!  It's a little pricey, but you will never need another photo editing or digital scrapbooking software again!

I used Bazzill card stock paper on almost the entire card, except for the heart patterned paper that I used for the photo mat on the inside which I bought at Michael's.  I printed the inside message on Bazzill card stock right from my printer.  Instead of using white inkjet paper, I just cut a piece of 12x12 Bazzill down to 8.5x11 and put it in the printer tray :) Easy peasy :)

The also drew the heart that appears on the outside and added the message to the inside of the heart and printed it on Kodak professional photo paper :)

I added pop dots to the Ladybug bears and the photo mat messages to make them stand and give them a 3-dimensional look :)  I've seen a lot of stickles lately and I just LOVE how it looks so I added lots and lots!! I figured the little "love bug" who gets this card would like the sparkles <3

Sorry for the glare on the photos :(  I couldn't get a shot without a flash glare :(

I had so much fun making this card :)  I hope you enjoyed your stop here today :)  I am also giving away BLOG CANDY!!!  The winner of my blog candy will receive $25.00 worth of free patterns or digital elements from my store :) In order to be considered for my blog candy you MUST:
1. Follow my blog :)
2.  Subscribe via email :)
3. Head over to my Facebook Fanpage and become one of my newest fans so you can get updates on all my new designs and have chances to win free, FUN stuff from me :)  
4.  Leave a comment on this post :)
I will choose a winner via  Your number will be whatever number your comment is on this post :)

For those Hoppers who would like to participate and send Valentine Cards for the Children, please make sure they are for either sex boy/girl as we will not know how many of each will be in the unit towards V-day. Also, please send your cards to me...

                                                                             Ashley T.

                                                                        6 Sherin Drive 

Newark, DE 19702

Please make sure they are delivered before Jan. 31 as we need enough time to send them out to the Hospital for the children!!! 

Thank you so much for "hopping by" :)  Your next stop is Nicolette :)  Have fun on the rest of your hop today and may God Bless you every day <3

Lots of Hugs,

6. Nicolette  HOP HERE NEXT
8. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -


Doris P.

what an adorable awesome card you created!! a lucky girl will be so excited!! doris

Ellen S. Jarvis

Adorable paper piecings!! Love them.

It's a pleasure being in this hop with you!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey


Love your paper piecing! Great card!
modjjjash at yahoo dot com


Cute Card thanks for sharing


How adorable is this!!! Love it!! TFS!



Your card is totally adorable, I love all your designs...already a follower here and on facepage, and I getting your emails. I can't wait to see what new designs you come up with.


Loves to Scrap

Love your card!!!


Adorable card. Love that you did the inside too. I'm a new follower.

vwilson577 at

Pamela Pattison Lash

Great card and a super cause - and you're a great "boss"!
pam_lash at yahoo dot com


super cute cards!


thanks for caring! these kids will love all this


Super-duper pretty!!

Be Blessed, Beckie


Nikki, great job with the card!!! I love this and some child will love it also.


Crafty Lady

Am a new follower... Thanks for caring for kids so much... Cute card!


Your card is absolutely darling. I love all the stickles you use.


Nikki! OMG, this card is spectacular!!! All the sparkles are so lovely and the images are perfect! You are so talented, my friend. This is one of the cutest cards ever! I love how you dress up the inside just as much as the outside. It makes the card so much better. I have got to follow your lead with that. I'm so glad to be in this hop with you! I can't wait to catch up with you Honey. Hope you have been getting my emails. Would love to hear from you when you have a chance. I wish that I lived closer to you so I could learn Photoshop. That is one program I really want to learn and know nothing about. I do own it though, but haven't even tinkered with it. I would love some tips if you have any.:)

Glad to be in this hop with you, Darling!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com


Beautiful card Nikki! The little bear is too adorable! TFS!


I like all the glitter

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