Manufacturer Monday - ohom

Monday, June 30, 2008

Another Monday and another manufacturer spotlight! One heart... one mind is the manufacturer this month, that this is the final week for them. This layout is loosely based on a Becky Higgins sketch.

Supplies: Chipboard alpha: Heidi Swapp; Transparency: Hammermill; Ink: Clearsnap; All other supplies: one heart... one mind;

The papers here are actually from the "merry merry" Christmas line. I loved that the colors in the papers mimic the colors in the photos. The background paper especially makes me think of the Elmo T-shirt!

New manufacturer next week!




New layout template set!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

If you love digital templates (like me) you'll love this new template set!
With room for 1-8 photo's it sure to have something for everyone!
Layered PSD and PNG files included
Available at Di Hickman Designs or ACOT
Introductory price: $3.00

8.5 x 11 version coming soon!

You can find these, and more of my designs at my stores:
Di Hickman Designs
My store @ A Cherry On Top

S4O Friendly - My TOU can be seen here


Friday Freebie - big flowers

Friday, June 27, 2008

Little/Big freebie this week. Small amount of BIG flowers. I'd say the flowers were around 4" across. If you'd like to win this freebie, simply sign in the comments. I'll pick a winner Sunday.

Good luck



Theme: BABY

Thursday, June 26, 2008

This week I decided to go all boy. I've done mostly girly projects this month so thought I should represent the little bundles of boy! lol! This card uses an OLD OLD sketch of mine from back in 2006, but I do love it so!

*EDIT* Back soon, out for publication: Ready Set Create August/Sept

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers: Boxer Scrapbooks; Stamp: Boxer Scrapbooks; Ribbon: Boxer Scrapbooks; Charm: JoAnns; Ink: Clearsnap; Pen: Sakura stardust glitter pen;

New theme next week!




Card Sketch June #4

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thankfully the weather here in Southern California has cooled somewhat! I cannot express how happy I am about that! Sheesh!!! Here is this weeks card sketch.

I am on a 'use my stash' binge again. I guess as addictions go this is as good as any to have. Use it up, wear it out, make space, clear it out! Plus CHA Summer is just around the corner so all the new stuff will be out! Though honestly I need more product like I need a hole in the head, lol! I am very drawn to the orange/blue color combo though so maybe that is what keeps drawing me back to these papers also? Everything is from my stash, the newest thing is the bling brads, loving those!

"Birthday" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Papers: Target; Rub-ons: MM, DCWV; Flower: Prima; Brad: Bazzill Bling Brad; Corner punch: EK Success;

"Sunshine" card by Chrys Rose
supplies: We R Memory Keepers pattern paper , Bazzill cardstock, Fontwerks rub on, Boxer Scrapbook photo turns and brads

"Thinking of You" card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Paper and images from Mary Mata collage card kit; Cardstock by Prism; patterned Paper by Zsiage; Adhesive Tech Permanent Glue Runner; Ranger Distress Ink; TLC Rub-on sentiment

"Family" card by Jackie Price
Supplies: All Scraps from Jackies stash!

"Sunshine" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Patterned Cardstock, Ribbon, Journal Card: all Cosmo Cricket

"Hi" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Velvet Paper: SEI; Pattern Paper: SEI; Buttons (scallop edge): Dress It UpLetters: American Crafts

"Happy Birthday" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies: Papermania Patterned papers, gold Krylon pen, gold Happy Birthday peel-off, white card base, Prima flower and Flora Doodle flower.

"Bridal Shower" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: Paper: Bo Bunny and Fancy Pants; Rub-ons: American Crafts, Imaginisce and Fancy Pants; Cardstock: Making Memories; Corner Rounder: EK Success; Waxy Flax; Scrapworks

"Father" card by Ruth Trice
Supplies: PP by Basic GRey, lettering cut with Craft Robo, Prima flower.

"Cherish" card by Kristin Shulz
Materials Used: DCWV Cardstock, Making Memories transparency, Basic Grey Rubs, Queen & Co. brads, Rusty Pickle chip, Mustard Moon Patterned Paper, Embossing Pen, Slick Writer, Black Zig, Ranger Glossy Accents

"Hi" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Flowers and brad were a RAK, Lace from market stall, Patterned paper: Crate Paper Katlin range, Ric-Rac Maya Road, Chipboard letters: American Crafts, Rubber Stamps: Studio G; craft robo;

"Happy Birthday Friend" card by Linda Flinders

"Happy Birthday" card by Jackie Western

"Thanks" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers – Sassafras Sunshine Lollipops; Alphabet stamps – Penny Black; Velvet brads – Making Memories

"Happy Anniversary" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, DCWV paper (from Spring Stack), Quickutz Blossom mini die-cut alphabet, Making Memories Heidi rub-ons, Heidi Grace plastic flower, Kaiser rhinestone, black Impress ink, Heidi Grace flourish stamp, large eyelets and unknown ribbon.

"It's your day!" card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: cs: DCWV; pp: MME and Sassafras Lass; felt: Queen & Co.; flowers: MM; bling: craft store; butterlies: Kurio; DMF floss; rubon: DeJaViews

"Beautiful" card by Pearl Liu
Supply List : Hambly Transparency Houndstooth, Around the Block Large Brad

As always link me up in the comments and I'll come check out your card! Love to see the sketches being used! Di


Theme: Baby Boom

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Whenever I think of Spring I think of babies. Spring is after all the celebration of new life. The whole world seems to change so much during this time of year, and it seems my friends are no exception! It always seems to go in cycles that a bunch of women I know get pregnant around the same time (something in the water they say). It’s not often that I scrapbook baby photo’s, having no children myself, although I do occasionally scrapbook baby layouts for family and friends. Most of my scrapbooking friends are traditional scrapbookers, so I like to show them what they can do with digital and hybrid. There are many reasons I love digital and hybrid scrapbooking, but the main reason for me is convenience. I can prepare these cards ahead of time and simply print them out again and again. I’ll never run out of cards as long as I have cardstock/photo paper and ink.

One of my favorite things for hybrid is using digital templates. You have so many options: from sending the pure digital version (great for baby announcements!); printing the flattened jpg; or separating the elements, printing and layering and assembling the card traditionally.

  1. For this “welcome little one” card I used a digital template with text on a path, and a large embellishment area.
  2. Use clipping masks to link the digital papers to the template layers. I changed the card template slightly by adding a scallop frame element over the circle
  3. Add drop shadows on the frame for realism and flattened the image before printing.
  4. I printed the card as a flattened image, printing the card as one image onto white cardstock.
  5. Once printed, score and fold.
  6. Add traditional elements. For this card I chose a flower. I added a rhinestone center for that extra girly touch!
“Welcome little one” hybrid card by Di Hickman Supplies: “Oh Baby Girl” Digital Papers by Di Hickman Designs; Card Template by Di Hickman Designs; Scallop frame by Di Hickman Designs; Prima flower & gemstone, Photoshop

It seems that since all my friends discovered I scrapbook, I’ve become the ‘go to girl’ for cards, layouts and all manner of crafty things. Whether they just want a greeting card, a whole album making or in this case baby announcements. I will say that I really don’t mind because I love sharing my creativity with others. For this invitation I wanted a simple design, with all the relevant information

  • Design the invitation in your digital software program. I created this invitation the standard size of 4.25” wide x 5.5” high.
  • Create a layered look with different solid papers
  • For the scallop edge I used a digital template, simply resize as needed.
  • Add text to the image, using a variety of font sizes.

  • Once satisfied with the design, decide which elements will be layered for printing and add drop shadows. I decided that the pink and white panel would print layered together so I added a drop shadow to the white paper. I layered the scallop papers together and added drop shadows to the polka dot layer.
  • Arrange the items on the document as you wish them to print, and print onto cardstock or photo paper.
  • Trim out all the pieces paying attention to the scallop edges. Layer the pieces together and adhere.
  • Punch 2 holes in the top, thread ribbon through and tie into a bow.

“Baby Announcement” by Di Hickman
Supplies: “Oh Baby Girl” Digital Papers by Di Hickman Designs; sheer ribbon by one heart… one mind, Photoshop

One of the great things about making your own hybrid projects is being able to personalize the gifts whether that be a card, invite, gift bag or album. Being able to add little details like this make any project much more personal. This gift bag is small at only 4” high (not including handles) x 3” wide x 2” deep but it’s a perfect little bag for a pair of booties, a gift card set, or other small baby gift.

  1. Open the bag template and paper you want to use. Using a clipping mask link the layers together.
  2. Add elements to personalize your gift bag. Here I added a green paper, dotted paper, scallop frame and some text.
  3. Add drop shadows where appropriate.
  4. Print bag onto cardstock, or photo paper of your choice.
  5. Once dry, trim the bag along the solid edges, pay attention when cutting around the curved edges, you want a nice smooth edge.
  6. Score along the fold lines.
  7. Assemble the bag. Use adhesive to adhere the flap, then fold in the bottom.
  8. To add a hybrid element to the bag I added a flower and gemstone.

“Baby Announcement” by Di Hickman Supplies: “Oh Baby Girl” Digital Papers by Di Hickman Designs; Bag template by Di Hickman Designs; Scallop frame by Di Hickman Designs; Prima flower & gemstone, Photoshop

So next time you need invitations, a quick gift bag or any occasion card, think of popping onto your computer, using your digital supplies and simply printing off your own one of a kind creation!

This article was published in BellaScraps magazine, March 2008

Projects in this article were made with my "Oh Baby Girl" digital kit, and templates. All designs are available in my digital store


Freebie - WINNER

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sorry for not posting this yesterday, trying to get into a schedule in this heat is UNBELIEVABLY difficult! The good news is that the heatwave is lessening, yesterday was only 100 degrees, ROFL!

Anyway the stamp winner is:

  • Bunny B - How cute!! Thank you for the chance to win!

I have your email so I'll be contacting you today :)




Manufacturer Monday - ohom

This layout was done back in 2007, again features Nancy's daughter Bella. Isn't she just precious? Good job we don't live closer cos I'd be snapping pics of her ALL DAY LONG! I just thought the title "sassy lil diva" was SO Bella! And my favorite ohom paper, the dots, ah the dots!

Everything on the layout is by one heart... one mind, except the chipboard letters which are Heidi Swapp. I altered the pic and did the hybrid part (journaling and black lines) in photoshop. I LOVE the ohom sheer ribbon.

More layouts soon!



Can someone let me out of the oven?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Yes you are reading that right! The temperature high yesterday was a whopping 109 degrees!!! If you are ANYWHERE near Southern California this week you'll know that it's been getting hotter and hotter ALL WEEK, triple digitals since Monday, but 109? What the? If anyone is reading from the north pole, alaska or ANYWHERE remotely cool could you please ship in some colder weather this way! It's JUNE for heavens sake! Summer officially started with a BANG didn't it? Now if it's going to be this hot all Summer I am gonna melt!

The very serious downside of this hot weather is I find it hard to craft, who wants to do ANYTHING in this heat? At least we have a pool, and I think I will be living in there this summer if this contin

Edit: I'm writing this at around 9am and the temperature so far: Already 91 degrees! It's 9 o'clock for heavens sakes!!!!!!


Get Well Soon Mom!

Friday, June 20, 2008

I don't do personal posts on the blog very often but I wanted to take time today to say "Get Well Soon" to my Mom. She had a little surgery today to create a cimino fistula in her left arm. This is in preparation for her going on dialysis. I guess I should say that she has Polycystic Kidney Disease, which is a hereditary condition. My grandfather had it, 3 of his 5 children have it, 2 of my cousins have it (3 more yet to be tested), and I have it.

My Mums kidney function dropped a lot recently and so the doctors are preparing her for end stage renal failure, and dialysis. She had the fistula done today, and
was also placed on the transplant list. The fistula just has to heal, then we wait till she loses 4 more percentage points of kidney function (she at 14% right now) before they place her on dialysis. From her recent track record, she's been losing approximately 1% every 4 - 6 weeks so we guesstimate around November time she'll be switched on. But even if its earlier she'll be ready :)

Get Well Soon, Luv ya!




Friday Freebie - Stampalicious!

Here we go with the Friday Freebie for this week! One set of slightly used Baby stamps. I have used the "baby" blocks, but the others are completely new. If you want to win these, leave me a comment and I'll draw a winner on Sunday.

Good luck!



Theme: Baby

Thursday, June 19, 2008

June's Theme Thursday is Baby projects. No card stash is complete without some baby cards. Along with Pink and Blue I make sure I have some gender neutral cards when the outcome is going to be a surprise. Usually I make these in yellows, or greens.

Supplies: Paper: DCWV; Cardstock: Bazzill; Ric Rac: Unknown; Fabric tag: Colorbok; Pen: Ranger

There are lots of baby products out in the scrapbooking stores. You just need one or two things to make some great pages or cards. I picked up a set of fabric tags with baby sentiments on them that I knew would be ideal for cards (they were on sale at Walmart AGES ago).

Design Tip: Repetition is a key point in design. On this card I have 3 repetitions. The wavy line of the ric rac is repeated in the dotted pen. The penwork repeats the dots on the paper, and the white pen, also repeats the colors in the paper and the fabric tag. Repetition is key in good design.

More soon!



Card Sketch June #3

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Happy Wednesday! Another card sketch. This weeks has a few little touches to put this one in my favorites file! As usual the digital template is available free in my digital store for a limited time, snag it while you can.

This weeks sketch is based on this card I made back in April, published in Scrapstreet May issue. Nice, simple, and effective. Gussy it up with more flowers, bling and ribbon or leave it nice and simple, your choice!

"Mom" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Paper: Boxer Scrapbooks, Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View, Ribbon: Boxer Scrapbooks, Offray, Brad, Button, Stickers: Boxer Scrapbooks, Flowers: Prima.

"Happy Birthday" card by Jackie Western
Supplies: Stamp: clevercut; Paper is K & Co and Under The Boardwalk by Daisy Bucket; Brad and charm were from ebay

"Grandpa" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: Fancy Pants patterned paper, Cuttlebug star die, EK sticker, Making Memories brad, Rusty Pickle chipboard, Bazzill scalloped cardstock (on the inside)

"Happy Birthday" card by Linda Flinders

"color my world" card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: pp: MME and Scenic Route; sheer journaling spot: Maya Road; flowers (leaves too) Craft Store and MM; button: Foofala; fabric; DMC Floss; ink

"with love" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: K&Co Amy Butler papers, Technique Tuesday heart stamp, black Versafine ink, Heidi Grace “Love” stamp, Making memories alphabet rub-ons, Queen & Co felt fusion, HOTP button, Kaiser rhinestones and unknown make of ribbon.

"wonderful" card by Pearl Liu
Supply List : Core'Dinations Cardstock, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Floral Fantasty, Sandylion Candy Stick pp Licorice Collection sticker, Cloud 9 Design Sunrise Smoothie Dimensional Sticker, Karen Foster Garden Fancy Brads, Maya Road Sheer Ribbon

"Wishes 4 you" card by Natalie Dever
Supplies: Cardstock: Unknown; Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee; Stamps: Unity Stamp; Ink: Ranger; Buttons: Basic Grey

"Love You" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies list: Bazzill Cardstock, Prima Patterned Paper, Doodlebug paper frills and Bazzill Just the edge, Impression Obsession stamp, Brilliance inks, K&Co Heart puffy stickers

"Friendship" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Patterned Paper, Ribbon & Greeting: Cosmo Cricket; Brad:
Bazzill Bling; Buttons: Making Memories

"Thank You" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: Paper: Basic Grey; Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms;Ink:Tsukineko; Brad: Imaginisce (corduroy) Queen & Co (mini); Flower: Prima;

"Happy Birthday" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: Making Memories, Creative Imaginations; Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin' Up; Stamp: Print Works; Ink: Staz On; Punches: Martha Stewart, Stampin" Up; Buttons: Basic Grey, Dress It Up; Ribbon: Strano Designs

"Happy Birthday" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies: Cream Card stock, K & Co double sided patterned papers, mustard snaps, Borwn Flora Doodle Flower, Gold Krylon Pen and Katie & Co Greeting Stamp,

"Thinking of You" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers and sentiment tag – HOTP; Flowers – Prima;Ric rac and brads from stash

As always link me up in the comments if you make a card with the sketch, and I will come check them out.