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Clique Kits March Challenge & Designer in the Spotlight-Nicole Rixon

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Hello Clique Kits fans!  Erica here with you today to bring you this months challenge and a special Designer in the Spotlight post with our challenge sponsor!  But first I want to thank everyone who linked up with us for our February challenge!  I had so much fun going through all the link ups!  You all are so inspiring and we hope you will all join us again this month!  A big thanks to our February sponsor Lora Bailora.  We would like to say Congrats to our randomly chosen winner  Caroline Sanusi!  Please email me at to claim your prize.


This month our challenge is Anything Goes and our sponsor is one of my favorite stamp companies Sweet Stamp Shop!  If you are a subscriber then you will remember them from the December kit!  We included one of their stamp sets in the kit and it was a huge hit!  The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from the Sweet Stamp Shop.  This month we also have an optional sketch for some inspiration.  11039993_10205499368750849_731330094_n


Here are a few details to go along with this months challenge!
  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by March 31, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Sweet Stamp Shop products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • You are not required to use the sketch to link up
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

Here is a look at what the Clique Kits Design team created for this months challenge!



Not only do we have Sweet Stamp Shop as our March challenge sponsor but we also have Nicole Rixon the face behind Sweet Stamp Shop as one of our March Designer in the Spotlight!

NICOLEQ.   Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?

I’ve been illustrating for years now – and I’ve learned that the best illustrations were organic in their creation. The more I force something – typically – the less it’s really original and representative of my personal style. When inspiration hits – I write down a phrase – I take a picture of a cute t-shirt – or – whatever, and once I have a moment – I run with it. We’re re-designing our website and I really had to think of how to describe my style and my brand – I decided, it’s like Hello Kitty meets Kate Spade. We’re cute – but, we’re adult and classic. We’re witty and we’re immature – but, we’re also chic. Sounds like you can’t be all those things at once, right? But, I think we are – my business has a personality all it’s own, and I think if Hello Kitty and Kate Spade met – they’d be Sweet Stamp Shop.

Q.   Where and when are you most creative?

Like I mentioned, the more organic the inspiration – the better the illustrations. But, I’m a morning girl for sure – so, I’ve done some of my best work at 4am. People think I’m nuts, but – trust me – when you love what you do … I go to bed – excited to get up and work. So, often times I’m up before the sun – just because I’m so excited and passionate.

Q.   What are some of your must have supplies?

To illustrate – I need my computer and I often start with drawings that I scan in. I also love my iPad for my typography {creating alphas} … umm, I also love to look at pinterest – google – wherever! Art inspires art – so, I’m always looking at textiles and prints … even my Crate and Barrel catalog for inspiration to hit.

Q.   Who are some of your influences?

I love to quilt – and people don’t realize how modern and trendy sewing has become. Patchwork – quilting – making stuffed animals – even cloths … I LOVE that stuff. And, the people behind it inspire me. {mostly because I’m such a ‘beginner’ when it comes to sewing} Getting creative outside of paper crafting is essential to my creative process when I illustrate. So, that’s a huge influence.

I also LOVE business motivational books and people. As much as I enjoy creating and illustrating – it wouldn’t mean much if I wasn’t able to present it and market it – in a way that sold my work. So, I’m usually knee deep in several business books … some of my influences are, Jon Acuff {his books changed my life} … I also liked ‘The Best Yes’ and I’m reading ‘Make it Happen’ right now. Women building women in business – is really inspirational to me!

Q.  3 things people probably do not know about you.

  1. I’m a self taught illustrator and graphic designer {and finally at 30 with a successful business – I wear ‘College Drop Out’ as a badge of honor… chase those dreams ladies – YOU are in charge of the possibilities of your future!}
  2. I married my high school best friend – we didn’t date until I was 18 and were married at 23. I’ve been married 7 years and we’re still as immature as we were when we were 14. Oh, and he took my last name – so technically HE has a maiden name.
  3. When I was 27 I went to the doctor and without meaning to – I spotted my weight, 240+ … I went home – joined Weight Watchers – lost 100lbs and kept it off {we’re almost hitting our three year weight loss anniversary}. I’m a bit of a health nut now – and it changed my life. Weight Watcher girl for life!

Q.  Favorite

Book: Anything by Richelle Mead

Movie: Love and Basketball – Pride and Prejudice – Anything period piece BBC {seriously – I’ve seen them ALL}

Candy: I’m a chip kind of girl – but, I do love anything with peanut butter – so, Reeses – or Butterfingers…. anything like that – or Oreos YUM! Or what about ice cream – totally LOVE ice cream!

Drink: Probably some sort of diet soda {which is horrible – I try not to drink it very often} OR maybe you mean, adult beverage and my drink of choice is a Vodka Tonic

Music: Oh, this is hard. So, music was huge in my house growing up. My brother and I played instruments – he was in the symphony and we went often – so, I have a pretty good library of classical … but, my parents also let us listen to what we wanted. So, I can rap to most Tupac songs – I love everything from Enya to Drake – I’ve seen Ray LaMontagne a few times in concert… I love old school rock, seen Steve Miller band twice – Journey – Chicago …. I’m just a music NUT!

Color: Right now, Coral – Mint – Gold {anything soft and muted}

TV Show: Just one? Ok, I can’t do just one … Love dramas like Greys Anatomy {even if it’s cheesy} – I like Revenge and Elementary. We loved Sons of Anarchy – The Killing – The Fall – Arrow … I thought Parenthood was one of the best shows on TV {probably had a little to do with the music choices too} … what else… we have watched most HBO shows – actually – I like a lot – but, we don’t watch much anymore. My DVR is FULL.

Q.   Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump?

The go to for me is to walk away and do something else creative – like cooking or sewing – or even just cleaning up my room, I end up finding stuff that I didn’t realize I had and I’m inspired.

Q.   What inspired you to start designing stamps?

I went to college for teaching – and passed the art building longingly wishing I could be a part of it. I took art classes part time at the community college while I was at university…. so, that taught me a LOT. I stumbled into selling some illustrations – and sold ONE set – and thought, wait – I can do this myself…. and almost 4 years ago Sweet was born!

Q.   We love the name of your company SWEET STAMP SHOP!  Can you share how your company name came about?

Probably like a number of business that grow – we had no idea that we would create a business like this – and if we did, we might have thought a little harder about our name. The simple answer is – my blog was ‘One Sweet Romance’ and I knew I wanted to keep Sweet – and so, here we are. It was just a continuation of a tribute to my love and best friend – my hubby.

Q.  Can you share some of your favorite new products or companies that were released at CHA 2015?

I loved some of the new punches for WeRMemory Keepers… COOL stuff. They’re really going after the ‘party decor’ people – and it’s pretty tempting! I loved the new planner stuff popping up everywhere – which excites me – because planner consumers are NEW to paper crafting. So, we’re converting a whole new audience to paper crafting – and that’s exciting!

Nicole thank you so much for being one of our March Designer in the Spotlights!  Any girl who can rock out like a rock star but still rap with the best of them is always a good time!  We loved getting to know a little bit about you and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to share!  To find more information and to visit the Sweet Stamp Shop please click the links below.

Sweet Stamp Shop Website

Sweet Stamp Shop Facebook

Sweet Stamp Shop YouTube

Sweet Stamp Shop Twitter


Thanks so much for joining us today for this extra special post!  To link up to our challenge click the link below and enjoy the rest of your day!

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January Designer in the Spotlight – Nina Yang

Hey Clique fans!  We hope you have been enjoying the January 2015 kit Tailor Made featuring Amy Tangerine’s Stitched collection.  This month we included a super adorable heart die in the kit from Waffle Flower Crafts and also have a stamp set and star die as a January Add-on.  We are so in love with Waffle Flower Crafts we just had to have them as our January Designer in the Spotlight!


Nina Yang is the beautiful face behind  Waffle Flower Crafts and today she is sharing a little bit about her creative process, her everyday, and her company with us all today!


Q.  Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?
A.   I usually start a project by trying something new… It can be a new product, a new technique , a new type of crafts, or a new color combination. Sometimes I will have something very specific in mind but most of the times, I just play and see what I will get.
Q.  Where and when are you most creative?
A.   Alone at home in my little craft cave – a small closet attached to my office.
Q.  What are some of your must have supplies?
A.   A scoring board, a bone folder, scissors, stamps and inks!
Q.  Who are some of your influences?
A.  As for product designing, inspiration from my other hobbies, my everyday life and my past experience defines my design. I try not to take inspiration from other stamp designers. It is hard to tell whether you were inspired or you copied a design. I’m actually trying to avoid “trends” unless we are one of the first or we can make it different and unique.
Q.  3 things people probably do not know about you.
A. – I wasn’t big on pink until I started making cards. Now I cannot put my hot pink inkpad down!
– I am stuck at Candy Crush Level 254 for 2 months now. When can I get a free pass again?
– Neither my husband nor I cook, so all you can find in our fridge are diet coke, yogurt, milk, orange juice and baby carrots.
Book:  I like reading technical manuals… Does it count?
Movie:  Léon: The Professional by Luc Besson
Candy:  Dark Chocolate
Drink:  Diet Coke
Music:  Alternative (I don’t know what it means, it is what my iTunes says)
Color:  Emerald Green, Hot Pink and Sunshine Yellow
TV Show:  Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
Q.   How long have you been designing stamp sets and dies and what inspired you to get started?
A.  I’ve been playing with computer drawing programs for 15 years. I cannot draw by hand but I can make the lines work on a computer 🙂 I made a few box templates to share on my blog when I first started blogging. The templates got popular and it encouraged me to learn more. I was first offered the opportunity to design stamps and dies back in spring, 2013 after joining a manufacture design team.
Q.  Where did the name of your company Waffle Flower Crafts come from?
A. It was more than a decade ago, I took an Adobe Illustrator class at school. I combined a few tricks I learned and ended up with something similar to what we have in our logo now while attempting to draw a sunflower. LOL
Q.  We love your product packaging.  Can you share how you came up with the color and design of your packaging?
A.  Oh, the packaging?! Thank you for the compliment! I started by trying to follow what some of my favorite stamp companies were doing but I couldn’t find a supplier that carries the same clear bag… I had to choose a different bag size which led me to try to be totally different from all the others. It was a risky choice but I got nothing to lose. I’m glad that you like it! I think the packaging says something about me and why I am doing this. I just want it to be “fun” and “happy”.
Nina, Thank you so much for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself with our fans!  We are so excited to include your products in this months kit and we hope you enjoy the projects our team has created using your products!
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the face behind Waffle Flower Crafts.  Head on over to their website, Facebook Page and remember to follow them on Instagram!
Thanks so much for stopping today!  We have a great week of posts and sneaks for you this week so stay tuned to the blog and Facebook!


December Designer in the Spotlight – Danielle Young

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We are thrilled to bring you this month Designer in the Spotlight Danielle Young.  Danielle Young is the creative face behind Danielle Young Designs and also the designer of our December printables that are included with kit subscription.  We are excited to have her stop by today to connect and share with our readers!



Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?

A. When designing a kit, stamp set, or a set of printables, I usually begin by sketching out some ideas in my notebook: shapes, sayings, etc. It is messy and truly looks like a brainstorm! Then, I’ll head to the computer and refine those ideas in Adobe Illustrator. I love to use color, so the color palette really helps bring these ideas to life


Q. Where and when are you most creative?

A. When I have time to play ~ whether that’s playing with my two-year old son or playing with my scrapbook supplies. Probably like most people, I find that if I am relaxed and happy, I am the most inspired.


Q. What are some of your must have supplies?

A. Absolutely my notebook and pen plus Adobe Illustrator


Q. Who are some of your influences?

A. My family has quite an impact on what I design.  I have the privilege of spending my days with my son, so he naturally becomes a part of my content.  Also my husband runs his own graphic design business, and he’s pretty amazing at it.  I always bounce my ideas off of him!


Q. 3 things people probably do not know about you.

A. 1)I am a big Math nerd.  I tutor high school students in my spare time, and I love it!  2)I am a volunteer youth Group leader at my church.  3)I know every lyric to everyone of Taylor Swift’s songs!



  • Book – I don’t read much for myself anymore.  Most of the books I read are children’s books at bedtime!  The last books I read on my own and enjoyed were the The Hunger Games and Omnivore’s Dilemma.  Omnivore’s Dilemma changed my life!
  • Movie – I don’t have a favorite of all time, but its usually whatever good movie I saw last.  So for now, it’s Maleficent.  Loved that one!
  • Candy – I really love those white chocolate Lindt Lindor truffles especially this time of year
  • Drink – Coffee & Lattes. EVERY.DAY
  • Music – Taylor Swift, any song, any album
  • Color – anything blue or green and in between
  • TV Show – Nashville on ABC


Q. How long have you been designing stamp sets, and digitals and what inspired you to get started?

A. I started designing digital kits in 2007.  I had been a paper Scrapbooker for years before that, and then stumbled upon the digital scrapbooking community.  With a degree in Industrial Design, I already had Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills so it was natural to jump right into creating my own papers and embellishments.


Q. Can you share some tips and tricks you use when working in your pocket page albums?

A First, find the best pocket page layout for your album, and stick with it.  For me, it’s Project Life Design F.  Second, use the Collect app.  Even if you don’t export the cards from the app itself, it is incredibly helpful in keeping track of your days, notes and photos.  Load a photos into the app, record a quick thought about that moment and you’ll be able to refer to it when you’re ready to work on your pocket page.  Finally, limit your color palette.  pick a couple of colors that compliment your photos, and use those for your filler/journal cards and embellishments.  It helps the page or spread fell cohesive.

Q. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, Instagram, and website?

A. Facebook-
Instagram: @danielleyoungdesigns

Danielle also had some fun with our December 2014 kit “Enchanted Meadow” including the printables she designed just for Clique Kits!  Here is a look at Danielle’s pocket page spread!


“Enchanted Meadow is such a beautiful collection, and I was thrilled to have a chance to play with it! I knew exactly which photos I wanted to scrap with it as I had just recently returned from a long weekend spent at the beach – my favorite place to vacation. Since it was already late fall, our little family of three spent most of our days bundled up but still enjoying the outdoors.

So I pulled out my Becky Higgins Design F page protectors and began filling each pocket with little memories…

In addition to the physical kit, I printed out my exclusive pocket card set and incorporated pieces of those throughout my Project Life spread. A couple of those cards were transformed into embellishments, too. I used my circle punch to create the “moments like this” circle and the navy blue/lime green heart element. The remainder of that navy blue card was not wasted though! I used it to surround the “everyday awesome” speech bubble.
Finally, I added a couple of wood scalloped borders and stamps designed by me for Creative Retreat to complete the pages!”








Danielle thank you so much for being our December Designer in the Spotlight and also for designing our December printables!  To see more from Danielle make sure to head on over to her blog and check out her Etsy shop where you can enjoy 25% off all month with promo code DYclique25!


October Designer in the Spotlight: Kelly Purkey

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Clique Kits is so excited to share that today we have the one and only Kelly Purkey stopping by to connect with our friends and followers!  Kelly Purkey is the designer behind the amazing Basic Grey Second City Collection featured in the October kit Masquerade Ball. As soon as we saw this collection when it was released by Basic Grey, we knew it was going to find its way in to a Clique Kit! It has so many features that we fell in love with– the bold colors, the trendy patterns like cityscapes, Subway maps, and cool geometric patterns such as triangles we are loving these days! We also loved that it is not a ‘themed’ line for Halloween but can be used for fall and Halloween layouts among the many other possibilities!

Kelly Purkey has designed some amazing stamp sets for her own brand, Studio Calico, and Simon Says Stamp as well as paper and embellishments. She has been spotted teaching this class with last April’s Designer in the Spotlight Amy Tan on Big Picture Classes. We will be on the look out for more of her great products and collaborations in the future!

And now read on to learn a little more about this designer, traveler, and amazing woman!

Q: How did you get started as a designer for the scrapbooking industry? Have you worked for other companies besides Basic Grey?
A: My first job in the industry was working in the American Crafts offices. I was hired to be an in-house scrapbooker and transitioned to be a product designer. The first line I got to work on was Metropolitan, back in 2006. From there I did some freelance work and then was hired to be a product designer + education coordinator at Studio Calico. They were a small company back then and it was fun to see them grow. After two years there I decided to start my own brand and have been lucky to license products to BasicGrey, Simon Says Stamp, and an upcoming partnership with Hero Arts.

Q: Tell us a little about your process and where you find inspiration for your collections. How do you go from an idea to a finished paper and embellishment line? Are you involved every step of the way?
A: I love to travel and I think you can see that in my products. There’s been elements of travel in both of my BasicGrey lines and I get so much inspiration from going on new adventures. A lot of ideas start with things that stand out to me on Pinterest. I will send the graphic designers at BasicGrey pins that I think will be great elements in a collection and together we turn them into patterns or embellishments.

Q: Who would you say your influences are? Favorite scrapbooking designers? Graphic artists?
A: My favorite scrapbooker and good friend is Ali Edwards. I love her dedication to telling the different stories in her life, good and bad. She inspires me with how she uses products and although her pages are simple, they always have a twist of something fun using products in a cool way.

Q: Second City is a nickname for Chicago. Can you tell us the story behind the name for this collection?
A: Chicago is a city that I call home. I lived in Chicago for a few years after I graduated college and was living there when we started working on the line. I love that city.

Q: Where and when are you most creative? From your blog it’s clear that you love to travel. How do you manage to create on the go?
A: I am 100% a night owl. It’s really hard for me to get work done during the day so after dinner is when I really start to get to work and can be the most productive. When I’m traveling, I try to prepare a mini album to take along with me to work on. I take a lot of Instax photos when I travel and have also been taking my little Selphy printer to print photos from my phone while I’m traveling. It’s easy to bring just a few supplies like stamps, washi tape, and stickers to finish off an album.

Q: Three things people probably don’t know about you…
A: I am a horrible driver and haven’t had a car for the past seven years. My favorite city in the world is Barcelona. My middle name is MeeHyun, which is Korean for beautiful.

Q: Right now:
Wearing: sweaters, it’s turned fall here
Reading: Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl
Listening to: Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off (it’s so catchy!)
Eating: almonds, blue cheese, and spinach
Loving: Gilmore Girls on Netflix streaming

It has been a blast talking with Kelly Purkey! We are super grateful she took time out of her busy schedule designing and globe trotting to spend a few minutes with the Clique! Please leave some love here in the comments and don’t forget to follow the Clique Kits Blog so you won’t miss out on any of the inspiration or future features with your favorite designers and scrap-lebrities! You can connect with KP here:



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September Designer in the Spotlight: Lilith Eeckels

This month the Clique Kits girls asked Lilith Eeckels to be our Designer in the Spotlight because she inspired us to include chalkboard paint in the September Kit with her creative use of it on a scrapbook layout. We are very fortunate to have her  as an honorary member of the Clique! Read on to get to know Lilith a little better

Q: First of all, thank you so much for visiting with the Clique this month as our Designer in the Spotlight. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, you tube channel, instagram feed,etc ?

A: Thank you for asking me. You can find on my blog where I post regularly.

You can subscribe to my facebook page at:

My instagram account is: and I also tweet a little ( I also love making videos and have a youtube channel:

Q: How long have you been designing for the paper crafting industry and can you tell us about the companies you now design for? We LOVE your work for Glitz Designs and American Crafts. Are there also other companies in Europe or elsewhere who you design for? How did you get ‘discovered’?

A: At the moment I’m designing for Glitz Design and I have designed for American Crafts for three years. This year was my last year with them and I have loved every minute of it. I have been scrapbooking for a very long time but it became and major part of my life about 5 years ago. I really wanted to be on a design team. Not for the perks although they are nice but to be pushed out of my comfort zone. I LOVE to learn and to be creative and being on design teams has meant I have learnt so much about papercrafting but also about mixed media and I have also be able to grow. I have learnt more about myself by scrapbooking than even before. My first DT was a kit club and it gave me the confidence to try out for other teams. I then had the privilege to design for American Crafts and Crate Paper (my dream come true). Lately I have been working more and more on personal projects like online classes and my photography business. I am also designing for SCRAPBUTTONS a European company that creates flair and special paint papers.

Q: Have you always been creative? Who or what have been your influences artistically throughout your life?

A: I have always been creative. Before I started scrapbooking I loved to paint to do calligraphy. I grew up in a musical family and learnt how to play the piano, trumpet and guitar. I also took up singing and sang in several choirs. I believe that my love for music and art is very close as music inspires me every day. I remember as a teenager buying books about Monet, Manet, Renoir and Van Gogh. My love for art has always been very present in my life.

Q: Tell us a little about your work space. What are some of your ‘must have’ supplies and tools? When are you the most creative?

A: I am lucky to have an office as I am a teacher. I have created a little nook which holds all my scrapbooking supplies (video: ). My favourite tools are my silhouette Cameo and watercolours but I love all kinds of supplies. I have caught the scrapbooker’s bug and love anything related to papercrafting. My husband is always reminding me that have enough supplies for a life time. I am a teacher and usually don’t have a lot of time. Looking after my family also takes about a lot of time so I usually scrapbook in the evening. When I am on vacation I do scrapbook during the day but I am the most productive at night.

Q: This month’s kit is named Study Abroad and features a collection, One Way Ticket, from a Polish scrapbooking company called Studio Tekturek. Since you design for some American companies, can you compare and contrast ways that scrapbooking is alike and different in America and Europe?

A: I love seeing European companies entering the scrapbooking world. Like all companies they are creating products that helps us document memories and special moments. I do feel that they are orientated in an artsy direction. Their collections focus a lot more on modern design and usually there are less products but they are extremely well thought through and I enjoy working with them. I usually use the whole collection and have very little left over. Buying a whole collection from an American brand (especially the larger companies, where the collections are composed of a lot of products) wouldn’t be an option for me but I would buy an entire collection created by Studio Tekturek.

Q:  Many different trends come and go in scrapbooking. What are some trends you are loving right now? Are there any trends you predict are right around the bend we should watch out for?  Can you let us in on any lesser known sources of inspiration you have?

A: I am still loving all the gold and the watercolour look. I can see that rub ons are making a come back and can’t wait to see more of those. As for shapes I think diamonds might be on a rise. As for inspiration I usually use my pinterest boards. I do love looking at for graphic design pieces. They inspire me immensely.

Q: Right now, what are you…

Reading – The Siren by Kiera Cass (well just finished it and LOVED it.)
Listening to – I love supporting upcoming artists and my current favourites are Peter Hollens (the song Baba Yetu) and Chester See (love his song Where are you now?)
Loving to wear – dresses. I LOVE dresses but summer has been a bit chilly so I’ve gotten my leggings and warm sweaters out.
Trying for the first time – sketch pens on my Silhouette Cameo. LOVE LOVE my first tries.

Thanks so much for sharing! And thank you for inspiring us to include chalkboard paint in our September Kit! We can’t wait to see what everyone creates with it this month!

-xThe Clique Kits Girls