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Candy Cane Wreath



this is a fun lil project almost ANY age can do!



All you do is take about 24 candy canes (I think, maybe its 20) and then you tape them back to back, and lay them in a circle so theones that are back to back touch the next to make what looks like a heart…



I cut out a snowflake and glued it to a circle piece of chipboard and used a hole punch to punch my bling from THe Buckle Boutique to accent the snowflake center. I added some bows with hot glue and used cardboard on the back side to help it all stay together for hanging






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“I Believe”

I just LOVE this simple project! I knew I was hanging onto all those paint stir sticks you get for free when you buy paint for some rainy day project! And here it is!


I had to use my FAVE bling from The Buckle Boutique to bring a lil sparkle to this holiday project! SO simple and yet… effective am I right?! I thru a lil Santa FLARE in by adding the Santa hat and the gloves from this SVG CUT file, that has SO much more to offer in the file, that I CAN NOT wait to use, from KADOODLE BUG DESIGNS called “Winter Friends

SO many projects, so little time! I’m off here to work on some more! Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you back real soon! Share with your friends and don’t forget to get your bling hook up from The Buckle Boutique!

~Niki, the paper cut princess

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Handmade Holiday Blog Hop – Zebra Door Wreath

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Who doesn’t love anything crochet?! I mean crochet has been around for ages and its STILL COOL! And getting cooler! Here’s proof!


I was given the opportunity to work with Red Heart Yarn, my FAVE yarn company, so I set off to find something EPIC! And when I saw this I jumped up, grabbed my Red Heart Yarn stash and was eeeekking my way back to my seat with excitement! I LOVE Red Heart, their yarn is so affordable, soft, and they have SO much to offer in colors and types!

I came across this idea originally on pintrest, and waited ever so patiently for the pattern to come out, well the night before it was set to come out actually, I had just crafted something cool and was all pumped and on a craft high, so I thought, I can make up a zebra print, for sure! So off  I went!I practiced what I had come up with, gave it to my 9yr old to test, hers came out great so I knew i was in business with atleast the start of the wreath pattern and could jump right to it! Get a jump start on the wreath pattern I just HAD to make for my daughters room! That night I had the zebra swatch done! I was SO excited!


Now when I woke up in the morning her pattern was up so I went with what she had, cause I did NOT want to mess this up and I have only been crocheting for like 7 months… plus I was so nervous about wrapping the wreath frame, but like she said in her pattern, it came together fine even tho it seemed like it wouldn’t!


I just loved the lil head so much I had to snap a pic!


I wanted to customize the wreath, so I used my Westcott scissors to cut thru some heavy chipboard paper, they just cut so great and easy and are the best fit scissors for my hands, I have fibromyalgya and they just fit great and feel great!

I also got the chance to work with some cork paper! OMG I LOVE THIS STUFF! I mean, its so easy to cut and looks great on EVERYTHING! Did you know you can stamp it?! I mean why am I not playing with that stuff right now, cause I’m writing this, but that’s the ONLY reason, for reals, go buy it, it rocks. Anyways, I used it on my lil pennants! I LOVE the look it gives! I used some rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique to add some sparkle to the pennants.   I poked two holes into the top of each pennant piece to feed some ribbon thru to hang the letter pennants, super easy, all these products are so easy to use…


I had some thicker letters, but they didn’t want to stick to the cork very well since I’ve been hoarding them for about 2 years now, and given this was going to be on my kids door, I wanted to be SURE they would STAY on.. so I used a little adhesive to make sure they stayed in place. I also used it to attach the ribbon holding up the pennants to the under arm of the zebra, I used the Fabri Tac, and anybody who works with yarn knows its not an easy thing to glue to, but it worked like magic!

To bring this project all the way home I used a rhinestone slide from The Buckle Boutique on the bow to the zebras lil hair accessory!


The pattern that inspired this was by Repeat Crafter Me, she is AWESOME, and can be seen HERE


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Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

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ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

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Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

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DIY Side Lamp Decor using Illusion Film & BLING and paper.. oh yes it can be done!

When I received the Rolux Illusion Film I was soooo excited to play with it, and I’ll admit it, a lil intimidated! But I knew from the first moment I HAD to make a lamp out of this stuff!

well…here’s what I made!


I bought this SVG file of 3D onjects that had a lamp in it, but I think the site shut down cause I can no longer find it (if you find it, pleas elet me know cause I searced all over to see if I could find!)! I’ve had it about a year, but I’m SURE you can find an SVG cut out for a lamp similar to this!

I set it all up to cut on my Cameo, made sure my mat was plenty new and sticky and put it to the deepest blade setting and cut away at the pieces I needed made out of the film! It did have to be sort of popped out by hand but the blade did a good enough job that it was really simple to pop it out, and my blade is a year old! I decided to do just TWO of the sides in the film and the rest of the lamp is cardstock!

Once everything was cut out I used hot glue gun to glue the pieces together so the film would stick to the cardstock pieces and so it would go together pretty fast. I also cut out a layered flower and…. are you ready for the exciting part?!

I USED MY EMBOSSING HEAT GUN to heat up the layers one by one and watches it shrivel up and take shape! SO COOL! I was on top of the world with the results! It was so fast and easy and PERFECT to make this flower take on a 3D look and make it PERFECT for this project, and many others, you will see me use this time and time again in future blog posts! STAY TUNED! Anyways, I tinkered with ribbon and bling and a lil metal pendant I had with “You are my sunshine” engraved on it and once it looked perfect for what I was going for.. I just hot glued everything onto it and ran thru the house to show everybody what I had made! My daughters OOO’ed and AHHH’ed!


Now keep in mind you will want to use a battery powered tea light with no actual flame on this lamp, for obvious safety reasons, but who wouldn’t love this?!

You totally NEED to check out the Rolux illusion film, the possibilities are ENDLESS! I can’t wait to show you what else I have in store for this stuff! I can’t wait to get my hands on more! And of course, you can’t forget the bling from The Buckle Boutique, no project is complete without it! Even the little bit I added to this, POW! Perfect!


I might later add in a step by step to show you the heating of the film, even tho its literally that easy, just to show you how it reacts and how easy it really is! And to show you what else Im doing with the heat applied flowers made of the Rolux Film! I hope you enjoyed my little project! Follow the blog for more to come! I hope you come back! You should also check out The Buckle Boutique Blog HERE, and never miss a design team project, these ladies are AMAZING!

Happy CRAFTING! ~Niki the scrap princess

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Craft Room Wall Art phase 1

We all see them… those blank letters at the craft store, and we pass by them thinking… I could do SO much with those, but then we wait, til the perfect idea, the perfect word, the perfect wall shows up. Well, I did that anyways. FINALLY I just picked some out. Like an omen, I was walking past them, and somebody had spelled out BUY ME with them, so I was like, surely this is a sign! (Or an excuse to finally buy them and make myself do something with them) I also got the GIANT wooden scissors to go on the wall with these, but I’m saving that project for phase 2 and a craft room make over organization wise. So HERE’S what I did with them using my favorite product EVER… BLING!


If you haven’t gotten yours from The Buckle Boutique… well what are you waiting for?! It’s amazing, life changing stuff I’m telling you!

I used various company’s paper, buttons, ribbons, jute string… you could do soo much with these, but the bling is pretty much a must!

I hope you enjoyed this simple lil bit of create-ivity! (see what I did there?!)

Stick around, follow the blog and check out my fellow design team, ladies over at The Buckle Boutique Blog <—– click here! to see even more GREAT ideas and projects and to never miss a sale! We might just inspire you!

~happy crafting!

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It’s A Horse… OF COURSE!

I would love for you to meet my daughter Azalea’s NEW best friend.. Heesia, she named her, shes two, and came up with this name on her own. Even if I forget the horses name, she will remind me. Which I think is ADORABLE!



I found this cute pattern for a horse, which you can find HERE

I taught myself to crochet after having spinal fusion surgery back in February of this year, so I really have only been crocheting for 7 months, but I decided to try my first stuffed animal and this was the outcome! I am pretty pleased with it, and the best part is my girls are IN LOVE with her! Now they all want like every animal known to man kind crocheted by mom!

You can’t really tell from the picture but she is about 17 inches from head to tail end and so shes a pretty decent size but still a good size for taking every where, which is the case now, she goes all over with us!

Now to get into details… I used my GO-TO, FAVORITE yarn… RED HEART YARNS! I love their yarn cause its super soft and not super expensive and their colors are just amazing… they have it all! I rarely buy anything but Red Heart! I decided to add some color to the mane and tail “hairs” to give a more girly punky look to suit our taste but this could so easily be done in any color and look great! On the saddle I used a lil embellishment from The Buckle Boutique that I have been hanging onto for the perfect project and boy.. was this IT! It really added the perfect last lil touch! I also used a bling slide from The Buckle Boutique which is just so elegant and beautiful!! I used safety eyes I purchased from Hobby Lobby for 99 cents for a two pair pack, but just to be REALLY sure the eyes weren’t going to pull out I used a lil BEACON ADHESIVE GEM TACK GLUE! I love their glues, they have it ALL! From scrapbook glue to fabric glue to decoupage! I have been seriously impressed with their glues integrity and quality thru many of my projects!

Don’t forget to check out The Buckle Boutique BLOG to never miss a project from all the design team members! They have big hearts and even bigger projects and will rock  your socks off! Also FOLLOW ME! Right on this blog! Check out The Buckle Boutique on FACEBOOK too!

I hope you enjoyed this project half as much as we did! We loved sharing it with you! Here’s some more pics to ohhhh and ahhh over 😉





Happy crafting!

~Niki the scrapping, blinging, blogging, crocheting princess!

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Clothes Pin Centerpiece

I saw this lil project with a tuna can and clothes pins on pintrest and knew I had to do my own version of it using my favorite bling from The Buckle Boutique! I used this plastic container I had cause it was a bit bigger as I plan on putting a larger glass candle in the center. Here’s my interpretation of it!

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I used some jute twine stuff to wrap around, a lil ribbon and of course my new love BLACK bling sheet scraps from The Buckle Boutique!

All you do is clip the clothes pins around and decorate as desired! These would be a GREAT idea for a wedding centerpiece for tables, or a party of any sorts for that matter! Or even just decor for the house! Or to hold makeup brushes on your vanity!

I hope you like this simple project! Look it up on pintrest for other great add on’s and design ideas! And look up The Buckle Boutique on PINTREST for more great projects and sales, and their WEBSITE, and BLOG so you never miss a thing from my lovely fellow design team members!


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