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Clique Kits April Challenge-Anything Goes

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Hello Clique Kits fans!  Erica back with you for this months challenge but first lets give a big thanks to everyone who linked up to the March challenge and of coarse our March sponsor Sweet Stamp Shop!  This month our randomly chosen winner is Ester Herrera!  Please email me at to claim your prize

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This month we have Fancy Pants Designs as our challenge sponsor and they are providing our randomly chosen winner with a fabulous Me-ology prize pack!

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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 April 30, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • 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!

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We look forward to seeing what you create this month and a big thank you to everyone who linked up last month!  Please click the blue link up below to link up your project!


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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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Sparkle and Shine – Using the stamp set




Hello Clique Kits friends! It’s Marcia here today. I have some cards to share that I created with the Sweet Stamp Shop Sparkle and Shine stamp set that was included in the kit. Since this kit is full of diamond stamps, diamond paper, acrylic diamonds, and even a clique kit exclusive diamond digital cut file, I wanted to brainstorm card ideas (other than wedding which was the first thing that popped into my head). Here are some sentiments I came up with …

“You’re a Gem”

“Congrats on the Shiny New Bling”

“I Think You’re Brilliant”

“You Sparkle & Shine”

“You Rock”

“Rock On”

and my cards using some of these sentiments and the stamps…


On this card I printed the sentiment using my computer and  Microsoft Word software. The font is Lavanderia (one of my favorites) which you can download for free. You can find it here … is another great source for fonts and explains how to install your new font for different operating systems.


and one more…


Can you think of other diamond sentiments? I would love to hear them!



Study Hall: Creating Clusters






Hello everyone! Sophie here today to share this layout I created using this month’s absolutely gorgeous kit.

The husband and I just celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary and I thought the papers in this month’s kit are a perfect fit for scrapping one of my favorite photos from our wedding.

Happily Ever After, @Colortypes Sophie @ Cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKenchantedmeadow


I started this layout with the intention of creating an entire cluster of tassels in the shape of a heart. These tassels were made from embroidery floss and glassine bags (don’t you just love the fact that each kit comes with a few of these?). Once these were secured to the page with washi tape, I added the title “happily ever after” in the form of a banner.

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I love all the  blooms that can be colored in this kit by Heidi Swapp. These were colored using paints and mists to achieve a softer feel. When clustering them, I added some black and white blooms that I fussy cut from the patterned paper as well. These help to lighten the overall effect.

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Finally, I anchored the entire cluster to the background by having a huge arrow shoot through the heart diagonally. Added some embellishments in the corner of the layout and some stamped sequins from the wonderful stamp set found in the kit and tadah! All done!

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you will have some fun with all the amazing embellishments in the kit!




Multiple sized photos


Hi everyone! I’m back again today with a quick and easy tutorial on how to print multiple sized photos for your layouts. Personally, I do not have a printing program to do this so I use Ipiccy. Ipiccy is a free photo software and I use it often to edit my photos. I also use this program to create a collage using my favorite photos so that I can cut the different sized photos out to use on my layout! This programs saves me a great deal of time, ink, money and photo paper! It’s awesome.

Simply go to and click on create collage. Then upload your photos and move them around to your liking, print it and cut the photos out!


Before printing the photo, be sure to select “fit picture to frame” so that your photo collage does not get chopped off at the edges.


And here is my layout. I love the papers in the Enchanted Meadows kit. I can’t get enough of it. There’s so many possibilities with all the patterned paper in this fabulous kit!
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Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Documenting those memories


Hi scrappers! This month is a hard month for me and my family. When people say, “time flies”, it’s true. I can’t believe that it’s been almost 10 years since my grand-father passed away from Prostate cancer. It seems like my heart is finally healing a little bit more over the years. A few years ago, I started documenting things on a word document that I didn’t want to forget. As I was typing, I found myself writing things from the past and merging memories from the present. Once I was finished, I saved the document and never looked at it again until just recently. And the only reason why I looked at it was because of Poppy’s anniversary coming up on December the 9th.

Since my grand-father loved his “flairs” (flowers), I decided to use the beautiful patterned paper from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies collection. So far this year, the “Enchanted Meadow” kit is my favorite by Clique Kits! Wow, I seriously could look at this collection all day. It is simply beautiful! Once I adhered the little die cut cards and photo to the layout, I added the gorgeous die cuts at the bottom. I stamped “Shine” and a little diamond below the cluster of embellishments to pull the layout together. I love this layout! Simple, but yet striking, leaving the main focus on the journaling.

shine, @nmartel,#cliquekits, @cliquehits, #heidi_swapp, @heidi_swapp, #scrapbooking #journaling #stamps #scrapbookinglayout , #sweetstampshop, @sweetstampshop, Enchanted Meadow Kit

I often wondered how designers were able to get their journaling lined up on the page the way they do… And I have discovered an easy way to solve the problem. Simply print out your journaling on white cardstock and scrap “around” the journaling. Problem solved.

And here’s a little close up. I love my little cluster of embellishments here. Normally, I fuss about where to place my embellishments, but this layout practically scrapped itself. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by today and reading my story. I hope I’ve inspired you to document your beautiful memories soon!