Friday Freebie winner - flowerful

Monday, March 31, 2008

Day 8 with flu here in the Hickman house. Bob so far has fought off the sickies (fingers crossed things continue that way!). I'm still battling though! Got some boxes of goodies today so that cheered me up no end :)

Ok the winner of the Friday Freebie flowers is:

JenMarie: Ooo, I LOOOVE primas!!!!

Wow this freebie was popular! Good job I set aside more packets for future Friday freebie huh? *wink* Yep more chances to win some flowers soon!!!

Ok back tomorrow with a layout sketch!!!




Manufacturer Monday - Arctic Frog wk 5

Here it is, the last Monday of March and the last week for Artic Frog on the blog. It was a card making FRENZY for me this Manufacturer Month... and that's ok. I mentioned on week 1 that masculine cards were my focus for these papers. The line I had was the 'by the sea' collection, and I had 4 papers, chipboard coasters and alphabet stickers (design team project leftovers). The colors just lend themselves to masculine layouts.

As I'd already made a few birthday cards for upcoming birthdays I decided to continue on using my older sketches and made a couple of cards. These ones will be ones I send to my Mum with my weekly letter. Just a little something to brighten her week :) This card is based on a card sketch from way back in December 2006!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers: Artic Frog; Stickers: Artic Frog; Die: Sizzix circle frames; Stamp: Fiskars; Ink: Ranger;

I have always loved this design, simple, classic and well it was based on the first card I got published, so more of a sentimental connection for me. The sketch was again back in December 2006!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers: Artic Frog; Ribbon: ki memories; Rub-on: DCWV;

I dug through some supplies and found this sticker (actually I had 3!), and I think it came from a card making set at Target, but not 100% sure on that. Even though it's more a bright turquoise, with some coordinating cardstock it works!

Supplies: cardstock: DCWV; papers: Arctic Frog; Sticker: Misc;

Pretty much by this time after making all these cards I was running down to the last few scraps. So I had to get creative with some of them. I'm not one for throwing good paper away just because it doesn't 'go' with anything else, afterall patterned paper ALWAYS goes with cardstock! So if you have just one strip of paper this old sketch of mine works great!

Supplies: cardstock: DCWV; paper: Arctic Frog; rub-on: Scrap-ease; flower: misc; button: misc; pen: sakura;

Seeing as we're talking about scraps, here is another sketch of mine that works well for just odd bits of patterned paper. This is one I go back to over and over, it's timeless, and works for so many kinds of cards!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: Arctic Frog; rub-on: DCWV;

New Manufacturer projects coming in April!



Sunday Sharing - little bit, baby card

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sharing this card today which is another I made with last weeks sketch. Love this design and it's a sketch I'll probably use a lot! I also am still loving this paper from Best Creations! Just stunning designs, and the glitter is so cool! The card Inside has a rub-on greeting of "little one".

Supplies: Cardstock: Worldwin, Bazzill; Paper: Best Creations; Flower: Heidi Swapp; Ribbon: Unknown; Rub-ons: EK Success; Epoxy: Unknown (if you know email me!)

Thanks for all the well wishes regarding the flu. Yep I am slowly getting a little better each day. Tomorrow will be a full week that I've had it :( I am starting to feel well enough to venture out of the house now though, usually for food :)

More creations tomorrow



Stamping Saturday - lookout!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

As always I'm trying to include more stamps into my projects hence the stamping Saturdays! This layout was done as part of a challenge for iscrap. One of those I kept adding and taking away bits to. The version I posted over at iscrap has an extra photo and the tag in a different place, plus no stitching on the green cardstock, and honestly even though I've changed it about... I'm still not 100% happy with it...

Supplies:- Patterned paper: spring explosion, Meredith Fenwick (Prima hybrid); Solid papers: Citrus punk, Gina Miller (prima hybrid); Stickers: Autumn Leaves & Creative Imagination; ink: ranger; stamps: HOTP & Inkadinkadoo; photoshop; acrylic paint pen - marvy urchida; font: sexsmith; tab: Misty Cato; Brads: Creative Impressions;

The layout is a scraplift of Mou Saha's Lucky layout. A scraplift was part of the challenge requirements and I just love her work. Perhaps that's why I'm not 100% happy with it? I don't scraplift well. I think in the time I've been scrapbooking I've done ONE scraplift I was truly happy with!

Oh and no my dogs didn't lost their spots! This is my sister-in-laws dog Flo. A Staffordshire bull terrier, and a little minx! More trouble than my two put together!

more soon



With a cherry on top!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Some great news to share today! For those that love my digital products you'll be happy hear I'm now selling my digital designs at A CHERRY ON TOP! My store is all set up and ready for purchase!!! So excited I could burst!!!

My own digital store will remain open and always will, just adding another store never hurt, and acot is a big step for me! Hope to see some of you over there, don't forget to pop in the digi forum and say hi!




Friday Freebie - feeling flowerful?

Thanks for all the well wishes, still sick but feeling slightly more human than I have all week. Still coughing and sneezing. Bob got us take-out last night which was awesome cos I napped for 4 hours in the afternoon!!! Sure sign I am NOT well!

One thing I noticed as I'm clearing out in my scraproom is the abundance of STUFF, especially FLOWERS! Now, I know, I know, I'm a PrimaHybrid flowergirl! But seriously how many flowers can one girl use? Plus I have to find room to put away my latest Prima Stuff!!! I gave some flowers away before once on the blog so here is another chance, and who knows maybe there will be more flower freebies in the future!!!

Sign into the comments for a chance to win! Winner will be drawn on Monday :)

Good luck!

Have a fun Weekend!!


p.s some happy news coming soon! Stay tuned!!!


Monthly Theme: Birthday Gift Set

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Another Theme Thursday this March, which is all about BIRTHDAYS! Whether you're doing cards, gift cards, gift bags, as long as it's birthday themed, that's what we're all about this month! This week, lets double the challenge with a Color Combo Challenge: Black, white and PINK! Whether its soft subtle pinks or the hot pinks like the ones I did below, lets get girly!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers, ribbon, Brads, rub-ons all by one heart... one mind; Sizzix flower die; Fun Foam; Ink: Clearsnap;

The flowers on this set were die cut from fun foam using a sizzix die, love foam for some extra texture and dimension. To adhere the foam I used the foam glue from UHU which I hope to get round to doing a full review with soon.

More projects soon!



Card Sketch March #4

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

If you've emailed me, bear with me. I got hit by this bug that's going round and it's slammed me good! The past 36 hours have been horrible, with sore throat, nasal congestion, chills, fever, and now the cough starts. Ran out to Walmart pharmacy last night for Medicine and Puffs tissues. Love Puffs tissues when you're wiping your nose alot. I did catch up on blog comments and now I'm behind again, hopefully catch up today, but if the comments don't make sense - blame it on the cold meds!

Anyway it's time for another card sketch here on the blog. I actually love this one, good for scraps of paper AND ribbon! Sentiment is left off on purpose, I do that occasionally to see what you all come with :) The digital card template is available free in my digital store for a limited time, snag it while you can!

I really enjoyed this one. The paper scraps I had leftover from the Scrapbook Sussies March kit worked really well for this sketch. I was torn about what to do for a sentiment then I remembered this stamp set by Kim. Stamped the tag, and sentiment and attached it to the ribbon with a jump ring.

Stamps: Cardstock: Bazzill; Paper: Best Creations; Ribbon: Unknown; Kim Hughes (cornish heritage farms); ink: clearsnap;

"Happy Birthday" card by Ruth Trice
Supplies: PP by Basic Grey, Stamp by Inkadinkado, ribbon by American Crafts.

"thanks" card by Linda Flinders

"hi" card by Natalie Dever
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill and Hobby Lobby;
Patterned paper, tag and letter stickers: Making Memories; Bling: Doodlebug; Ribbon: May Arts; Felt: Queen and Co.

"Daisies" card by Susie Blackwell
Supplies: CS, Papermill Shop BP; Rub-on & Blooms, Imaginisce “For Peeps Sake”
Ribbon, BG “Romany”; Brad, BG “ Two Scoops

"enjoy" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Patterned Paper – Fancy Pants, Stickles, Dew Drops – Robin’s Nest, Cardstock – Bazzill, Stamps – Studio G and Zina Wright, Velvet Ribbon – Fancy Pants

"Happy Birthday" card by Kelli Smith
supplies: SEI kakoom collection paper, Maya Road crown, Cricut George font birthday, Lettuce dabber paint, turquoise stickles

"Friends" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Bazzill CS; Pinecone Press Flower Garden pp & cardstock sticker; May Arts ribbons; Loopey Brads;

"celebrate" card by Jackie Wilkins
Supplies: K & co paper; Sizzix bookplates die; MM pewter flower brads; MM celebrate word rub on;

"eat cake" card by Jolene Johnston
Supplies: One Heart One Mind paper, American Crafts ribbon and rub on, Colorbox chalk ink

"Monkey" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Papers: Fancy Pants; Bow Template: HOTP; Ink: Colorbox; Micro Dot Gems: A Muse; Brad from stash

"Happy Birthday Pop" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card, Autumn Leaves MOD papers, Deja Views “Pop Princess” sticker, Creative Imaginations chipboard crown, Lakeland glitter, American Crafts greeting rub-on, black Versafine ink and various gemstones.

"with love" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies:- Kay & Co patterned papers, Magnolia Tilda in Pinafore stamp, water colour pencils, co-ordinating card stock, satin ribbon, prima flowers, brads, flourish corner die cut and Cuddly Buddly circle greeting.

"Congrats" Card by Jan Tatomir Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Ink: Ranger, Colorbox; Bingo Card: Jenni Bowlin; Paper Flower: Bazzill; Buttons: Dress It Up; Scallop: Bazzill "Just the Edge"; Word Concho: Rebecca Sower; Rub: Making Memories; Lace: unknown

"It's been while" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: CS; Prism, Patterned Paper; Making Memories, Die Cuts; Graphic 45, Stamp; Cornish Heritage Farms, Ink; Stazon, Brad; Creative Impressions, Waxy Flax; Scrapworks

"get well soon" card by Raechelle Bellus supplies: card: Halcraft; pp: Scenic Route; leather flower: Making Memories; felt flower with bling: Zany Zinnia kit; tag: Jenni Bowlin; rubon: Karen Foster; ink: VersaMagic; ribbon: Offray; machine stitching

As usual hook me up in the comments if you do the sketch, I love to come check them out!

More soon!



Tutorial Tues - Flower Frame

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Whilst doing my usual shopping trip one week I popped into the Dollartree and found this adorable alterable photo frame. Perfect for a hybrid project I thought! The wood pieces simply slot together with the photo going in the flower center!

Digital Supplies

  • Vintage Comfort” patterned papers by Weeds & Wildflowers (prima hybrid)
Physical Supplies
  • White Cardstock
  • Prima Ribbon – Elysee Ribbon
  • Prima say it with Crystals
  • Distressing ink by Ranger
  • Acrylic paint by Making Memories
  • Paper trimmer,
  • scissors,
  • Sanding paper
  • Decoupage Adhesive,

1. Lightly sand all the edges to ensure there are no rough edges. Paint the edges of the wood pieces, no need to do the larger areas as they will be covered with paper!

2. Print off the digital papers from the Weeds & Wildflower Vintage Comfort Collection. I printed off three different papers for the flower, stem and watering can. Lay the wood piece on the patterned paper, lightly trace around the shape and cut out. Repeat with all the paper pieces.

3. Attach the paper pieces to the wood with decoupage adhesive.

4. Using sand paper gently sand the edges of the paper/wood for a smooth finish. I used and emory board for the smaller areas.

5. Using brown distressing ink and a dauber I lightly applied ink to the sanded edges and on the papers for a grungy distressed look.

6. Assemble the wood pieces, add ribbon trim, and crystals then add photo!

Photo used in the project courtesy of Nancy Jones

More tutorials soon!



Friday Freebie winner - Paper Creations mag

Monday, March 24, 2008

The winner of the Paper Creations magazine "Spring" issue is:

Deb Neerman: I didn't even know that magazine existed!! It would very kewl to win it and check it out .. including your submisions, of course!

Congrats girl! I have your email from your comment, gonna email you now :)

Also for anyone wondering the 'scientific' way I pick the Friday Freebie winners. I simply do a random number generator online, inputting my total number of posts (or ask my friend Nancy for a number, as was todays case, so thank Nancy Deb, lol!).

More freebies every Friday, so stop by for a chance to win!



Manufacturer Monday - Arctic Frog wk 4

Week 4 of the Arctic Frog Manufacturer challenge here on the blog! So far I've done tons of cards with more to share next week! I have to say that the papers and colors have been great for all the guy birthdays coming up so I need to make a mental note of the color scheme.

One of the guy birthdays I have coming up later this month is for Bobs Dad. Now I always like to do something more personalized with these types of birthday so here we have a DAD birthday card, based on an old sketch.

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers: Arctic Frog; Coaster: Arctic Frog; Sticker: DCWV; Rub-on: DCWV; Brads: Creative Impressions;

I mentioned in my newsletter that the card sketch: March #1 would work well for masculine cards too, and here is the proof. Just take off the scallops, add a geometric shape instead of the flower and you have something that would be great for any 'guy' birthday.

Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: Arctic Frog; Rub-on: Misc; Die cut: Sizzix;

Remember as well to PUSH those supplies! These cards feature the same patterned paper and cardstock. I simply cut the diagonal from both sheets, and switched them out onto each card! I actually think they would work well for any age group too!

Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: Arctic Frog; Rub-on: Misc; Die cut: Sizzix;

I think the card below reflects that you don't need a ton of "stuff" for an effective card. 2 bits of paper, cardstock, a coaster (could easily be more cardstock), sticker (or stamp) and some ribbon. Easy peasy! I love easy!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers: Arctic Frog; Coaster: Arctic Frog; Sticker: DCWV; Ribbon: Offray;

More Arctic Frog projects next week, which will be the final week of this months manufacturer challenge!



Happy Easter

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Just wanted to share some Easter projects I've been working on recently. First up is a card I made for my March Article at, which is all about Easter and Passover.

Supplies: papers, stamps, flower: Hot off the Press; Button: Misc;

Loving the Hot off the Press Products they sent me! The team at send the BEST goodie boxes! Seriously, fun stuff! One of the reasons I'm having to reshuffle and reorganize my room, so I can blame them in a lighthearted sort of way right? Them and Prima! ROFL! Plus I just got 2 boxes of projects back from one heart... one mind (including the birdhouses I mentioned on Friday!). Fun to get all those projects back!

This layout below is one that was featured as CHA in the Boxer booth. Apologies for the camera flash on the alpha stickers but it was CHA crunch time and I only managed to snap a quick shot before I had to mail everything. These are the new calendar papers, each month gets it's own theme.

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers, ribbon, buttons, alpha sticker: Boxer Scrapbooks; Stamps: Karen Foster; Ink: Clearsnap; Pen: Zig; Photo by Nancy Jones;

Have to say I am LOVING the Boxer Buttons. So many varieties and colors, too fun! Nancy's daughter Bella is just so cute. Oh and the photo has been retouched. The purple egg was originally red/pink... but that would have distracted from the flow of the layout. So I changed it to purple! The wonders of photoshop!

more soon!



Stamping - Spring card

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thought I'd share this card from Scrapstreet March issue. Its a springtime card. The ghost shape has a little story to it too! I actually picked this up as a Heidi Swapp booth make & take at CHA in 2007!!! Some ribbon threaded through the cut out slots so you could wear it on your wrist. I figured why not re purpose it on a card? Waste not - want not! And I'm all about the recycling!

Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View, Paper, Ribbon: Boxer Scrapbooks, Buttons: Boxer Scrapbooks, Ghost shape: Heidi Swapp; Stamps: Hot off the Press; Ink: Clearsnap; Pens: Sakura; Wire: Impex.

I went around the edge of the ghost shape with a metallic marker, adhered some wire for antennae, and added buttons for the body. Not much in the way of stamping, just used some acrylic alpha's from Hot off the Press.

More soon



Friday freebie - Paper Creations

Friday, March 21, 2008

Have you seen the Spring issue of "Paper Creations" on the newstands? Did you pick up a copy? Did you SEE pages 64 & 65 *smile*. If you DID you'd see ME! Well not ME, but my birdhouses! And if you haven't gotten a chance to pick this copy up just sign in the comments to be in with a chance to win my spare copy!

Love this magazine! Oh and the cards on the front? My friend, CHA roomie and fellow ohom DT member Tami's!

Winner will be drawn on Monday and posted on the blog!
Good luck!



Theme Thursday - birthday card

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Theme Thursday again! Boy these weeks come round quick! This one came together super easy. Again used one of my sketches from January 2008, another favorite of mine. I am drawn to cards with lots of white space.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Stamp: Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms; Ink: Clearsnap; Ribbon: Bobbin;

Ribbon is just Bobbin ribbon. I also inked the edges with the red ink, but you can't really tell from the photo. I am using the heck out of this stamp right now huh? Love the stamp sets by Kim Hughes. How cool would that be to have your own stamp line? Lucky girl but she's uber talented so it's well deserved!

More soon!



Card Sketch March #3

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Wednesday! Few comments on Friday asking when I sleep, lol! Yep I sleep! But I don't spend time on message boards etc like I used to so I have more time to CREATE! Plus Bob went snowboarding at the weekend and I got a TON of stuff done (the digital kits finished off!). This sketch was totally inspired by the St Patricks day card I blogged about on Monday. I opted for a circle because it fit better in the card. As usual you can find the basic template available free in my store for a limited time. Plus I have other templates available too!

Already I can see this is going to be a favorite of mine as I've made 3 cards with this design already! As you can see I chose to cut my card font and add the circle overlapping the edge. I use 2 circles, one for the inside too. Loving this one...

"friendship" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Papers: Best Creations; Ribbon: unknown, offray; Flower: Heidi Swapp; Button: Making Memories; rub-on: Heidi Grace;

How cute is this? Totally loving the colors and the embellishment! Cindy rocks the digi, hybrid AND cards! So much talent!

"little one" card by Cindy Gilchrist
Supplies: Nancy Kubo's Dreamland Paper and Embellishment Kits from, Dani Mogstad's Ultimate Stitches.

"butterfly wishes" card by Susie Blackwell
Supplies: CS, Papermill Shop; BP and Embellishments, K&co “Wild Saffron.”; Lace Ribbon, D.I.Y Craft.

"happy trails" card by Kelli Smith
supplies: stickles (copper), Cloud 9 outdoor trail & outdoor plaid paper, Cricut (base camp font), cardstock

Love the use of the doily on this for the circle embellishment! I have a yarn one somewhere I need to use! May have to dig that out! Thanks for the inspiration Kristin!

"love" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: DCWV glitter cardstaock and sticker; Basic Grey patterned paper, unknown trim, Wilton doily

This card by Jan really caught my eye! The top right half of the card is a transparency! Love it, works so well with the papers and embellishments!

"love" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Transparencies: Hambly, Office Max; Paper: Crate; Bling: Heidi Swapp, Imaginisce; Scallop Punch: Marvy Uchida; Cardstock & Paper Flower: Bazzill; Ribbon & Ribbon Stiff: Strano; Rub: Basic Grey

"with love" card by Linda Flinders

I had to chuckle at Wendy this week! She sent 3 versions of this card. Each time taking something off the card. I think that goes to prove that even the sketch girls second guess themselves sometimes! (ps: Wendy, I liked it better with the blue strip! lol)

"birds" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies:- Kay & Co double sided patterned papers, Crafty Secrets Bird Notes stamp, Versafine Sepia ink pad, Lyra wax water color crayons, pink and blue pearlescent card, pink card base, blue satin ribbon, Copic Markers.

"birthday wishes" card by Jackie Price
Supplies: K & Company pp; Stickles;

Kelly gave a great option with her card, giving a positive and negative effect with the papers and cardstock. This could be a great design just in cardstock, with different colors, especially for a mens card! Ok gonna stop now before I have to go off and create! lol.

"for you" card by Kelly Nelson
Supplies: American Crafts double sided Patterned Paper, Stampin Up stamp and organza ribbon, brads, Kindy glitz, Versamark ink

"in my thoughts" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List – Patterned Paper – Cosmo Cricket Gretel, Blossoms – Bazzill/Imaginisce Gerberas, Scalloped Cardstock – Bazzill, Flower ribbon – Creative CafĂ©, Brad – Papermania, Metal flower centre was a RAK

“Mazel Tov” card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Papers by Shalom Scrapper; Rub-on sentiment by Be Blessed Scrapbooking (Scrapbook Shtick); Cardstock and ink by Close to my Heart; Permanent Bond glue Runner by AdTech;

"star is born" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Papers: HOTP; Stamp: Hampton Art; Ink: Ancient Page; Brush markers: SU!, Marvy Le Plume, Tombow; Chalks: Pebbles Inc.; Ribbon & cardstock from stash.

"cupcake" card by Natalie Dever
Supplies: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby; Patterned Paper: Junkitz; Stamps: Hero Arts; Ink: Versafine; Ribbon: one heart…one mind

"Hi" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies: pp, stamp and die cut: Fancy Pants Designs; chipboard: Heidi Swapp; ink: CTMH and Colorbox; DMC floss; flower and brad: unknown

"" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Pinecone Press Sunflower pp, Dreams; Designs large blossom , speckled brad

Jolene sent me this card and I had to post both images. Just too cute and perfect for Easter (this weekend in case you didn't know!).

"Happy Easter" card by Jolene Johngston
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, The Paper Studio papers, Studio G stamp, StazOn ink, Marvy le Plume II markers, Sizzix egg die, Sakura gel pen

"apple tree" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: CS; Bazzill, Rub-ons; Maya Road, Bling; MAMBI, Other; jute

Remember if you do the sketch link me up in the comments!

more soon!