Stash Saturday

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I mentioned last week that my reasoning for Stash Saturday is using scraps, using old products and basically it's a con so that instead of tidying up my table I just use the stuff rather than put it away, lol. As I've been using 3 Bugs in a Rug a lot this month I had one half sheet of patterned paper left of their Christmas line and didn't want to put it back alone. So I punched the circles from the sheet, and used coordinating papers to make a few cards.

Supplies: Papers: 3 Bugs in Rug, DCWV; Sticker: JoAnns; Ink: Clearsnap; Brads: Making Memories; Punch: Fiskars;

Supplies: Papers: 3 Bugs in Rug, DCWV; Rub-on: JoAnns; Ink: Clearsnap; Brads: Making Memories; Punch: Fiskars;

Supplies: Papers: 3 Bugs in Rug, DCWV; Rub-On: 3 Bugs in Rug; Ink: Clearsnap; Brads: Making Memories; Punch: Fiskars;

As you can see all of them have the same design, if something works just go with it! I am really building up a Christmas card stash now! How about making some Christmas cards this weekend? Get prepared! The holiday season will soon be here!

Enjoy the weekend...



Updated template pack in store!

Busy trying to repackage everything and get all my products conformed to one preview model, which is a long and tedious job but I am getting there. Part of this process is repackaging the templates, adding sizes together and offering them in bundles and as singles. I know I sometimes only like one or two out of a bundle and prefer having the option to buy them individually so I figured I'd repack them into singles.

Also remember that the August promo code runs out today!!! Get 25% off your order by entering the code: 25OFFDH at checkout!

Bundle #2 was previously called Sampler set 2, which were once templates offered on the blog for limited time. So if you missed any now is you're chance to snap them up! The bundle costs just $4.50 for 6 layouts, but each layout has THREE versions! That's 18 templates in one pack!

Like I said though, the single packs are available also. Three versions in each pack, use one or use them all! Priced at $1.25 per pack.

ALL the templates will soon be available as singles and bundles, I just have to get around to redoing the landscape size for the newer layouts. I also have plans to offer all the old card templates, brag books etc. If you have any suggestions for digital products just drop me an email (link to the left).

More soon!



Photo Friday

Friday, August 29, 2008

Decided it was time to implement some changes around here. Waaaaay back did a photography challenge each month and thought I should try and implement that again. I had this brand spanking new camera in December and I hardly know how to use it, so I figure a monthly challenge is in order! This challenge is again like most challenge on here, for me, if you wanna join in feel free, if not then just put up with my ramblings :)

Confession: My camera is an SLR. I don't know how to use it properly.

Oh I've played with it, tinkered with the settings even though I don't know what I'm doing and I even read the manual... half way. So that is my first challenge: READ YOUR MANUAL! Seriously we need to know the stuff they include in there! Make sure you have your manual AND camera in front of you. Don't try and understand ALL the knobs, buttons, switches etc just know that they are there and have a vague understanding of what each section of your manual relates to! on the camera so it's not like a foreign body. Plus at least if someone says "Didn't you read the manual?" you can honestly say "YES!" Even if half of the information flew over your head... lol

'Course I have to FIND my manual first! I think it's in my camera bag....


Theme Thursday - thank you

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Theme Thursday this month is Thank You cards, and it's the last week! Wow time goes fast huh? I guess this fits Thursday and Saturdays posts as its all stash too! I got this DCWV card making pack 2+ years ago and hardly touched it. Found it again during my clean up and figured it's time to use that sucker! So I whipped up this card. You can't really tell in the pic but the brad on the flower is the same pink as the paper, it's one of those shimmer ones from Bazzill and doesn't photograph well.

Supplies: Card base, paper, sticker: DCWV; Scissors: EK Success; Brads: JoAnns, Bazzill; Flower: Prima;

More soon



Card Sketch August #4

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Well sorry about not posting yesterday, but I the headache from hell. I did have a post lined up but forgot to schedule it. I have wisdom teeth cutting through and the heatwave we're having isn't helping matters either. Trying to stay hydrated. So yeah all in all a bad start to the week. But on the bright side I guess I'm a week ahead now on Tuesday posts! lol.

Anyway here is this weeks card sketch. As always the digital template is available for a limited time in my store. Grab it while you can.

This sketch is actually based on an older card of mine from 2006. Just a fun design and I wanted to see what the sketch girls would do with it, and they rocked it! As usual! Here is my version: Just using scraps and stash still. Gotta get the pile down!

"Cherish" card by Di Hickman Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Rub-ons: Basic Grey; Flowers: Prima; Papers: Target; Ink: Clearsnap; Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts;

"" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies- cs: DCWV and Bazzill; digital kit: SMJ designs Birthday Wishes (Shabby Miss Jenn Designs)

"Boo" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: Making Memories (inside), Heidi Grace Designs (outside); Transparency: Hambly; Mini Pom Trim: Paper Valise; Bling: MAMBI; Felt: Queen & Co. Stickers: Making Memories; Other: machine stitching;

"hello" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Cardstock – Bazzill, Blossoms – Petaloo, RicRac – Angel Crafts ribbon kit, Letters – local craft shop, Bling – Kaiser, Stamps: Unknown

"enjoy" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card, burlap, various Prima flowers, Papermania and DCWV brads, Kaiser rhinestones, various beads, Stickles, buttons, Heidi Swapp chipboard alpha, Bic Mark-it pen, Heidi Grace flourish stamp, Colorbox chalk ink, Marvy pen.

"make a wish" card by Kelli Smith
supply list: Basic Grey paper from the cupcake collection, Ceative imaginations Make a wish paper. Heidi swapp bling flourish

"Seasons Greetings" card by Linda Flinders

"Peace" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies : Anna Griffin Maime Christmas Kit , Autumn Leaves Be Jolly Ribbon , AMM Jelly Stickers, EK Success Sticker, Sakura Aquaglaze Pens

"I adore you" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Quick Quotes and Basic Grey; Felt and Flowers: Prima; Jewels: Hillary Duff; Colorbox chalk ink in Charcoal and Lime; Unknown Rubons

As always link me up in the comments if you do a card with the sketch, I love to come check them out!


Freebie Winner

Monday, August 25, 2008

The winner of the stickers from the Friday Freebie is:
Stampinc: Love the colors of these stickers. Thanks for a chance.

Email me and I'll mail them out to you!



Manufacturer Monday - 3 Bugs in a Rug

I said I'd get around to doing a layout and I did! I know, no-one faint!!! Wow it's been a while since I did a paper layout, and I can honestly say I REALLY enjoyed it! This one came together pretty quickly which doesn't happen that often for me. I decided to use the diamond paper and already had the photo printed as a reject from another project, then everything just came together. Nice when that happens. The journaling is a little blurred but I'm living with it... I tried a new technique and still ironing out the kinks.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Papers: 3 Bugs in a Rug; Stickers: 3 Bugs in a Rug; Photo corners: one heart... one mind; Rub-ons: Around the block; font: Times;

All in all I have to say I do have a soft spot for 3 Bugs in a Rug products. Their designs tend to be colorful and geometric which is my preference for papers. The only thing I'm not really sure about of theirs is the monogram letters. I'd prefer a smaller font to use for titles, like their sticker alpha's. Definitely looking to do more projects with 3 Bugs in the future!

Back later with the Friday Freebie winner!



Christmas Card Frenzy!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I said I'd been busy lately and I really wasn't joking! Just to prove that here are some Christmas cards with step by step tutorials I did for
Button Embellishments card
Candy Circle card
Chalked Christmas Tree Card
Circle stickers Card
Embellished Circles Card
Reflective Vinyl Card
Sentiment Panel Card
Ribbon sentiments Card
Silver Foil Card
Snowflake Design Card
I did 12 cards for them in total all of which are available for viewing on their site. Plus that's 12 more cards into my Christmas card stash! Also notice how I used the 3 Bugs in a Rug products from my manufacturer spotlight this month? AND lots of my stash! I am using it up!!! Heck I even used CHALKS! They haven't seen the light of day for a long while!

How is everyone doing using their stash?

Have a great weekend!



Friday Freebie - Stickers

Friday, August 22, 2008

Another Friday Freebie! This week up for grabs is a sticker set. Not sure who makes them as they are out of the packaging (like most things in my scrap room). Approx 1" circles in fun colors with Thank You sentiments.

To enter the freebie giveaway just sign into the comments and I will draw a winner on Monday so make sure to check back!

Good Luck!



Theme Thursday - Thanks!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thought I'd share a card this week I made a while ago and was published in the July issue of Scrapstreet Magazine. This one was easy to do as it's from one of my sketches (in the sketch archives somewhere, which I am working on collating).

As you can see I am still LOVING the Boxer stamps, and the am starting a love affair with their transparencies. Pretty much everything on this one is Boxer!

Supplies: Paper: Boxer Scrapbooks; Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View; Stamps: Boxer Scrapbooks; Ink: Clearsnap; Transparency: Boxer Scrapbooks; Buttons: Boxer Scrapbooks; Rub-on: One heart… One mind; Pen: Sharpie;

Also in the July was this layout I did for the sponsor spotlight. Have to say that I wasn't really pleased with it 100%. I like it but don't LOVE it. Probably cos it has my handwriting on it, and I was going through a "get it done" phase.

Supplies - Templates: The Crafter's Workshop; Cardstock: Bazzill' Paper: My Mind's Eye; Brads: Bazzill, Making Memories; Ribbon: Maya Road; Pens: Sakura; Photo editing: Photoshop;

That's it for today! Don't forget that Scrapstreet is currently accepting submissions for the October issue so get submitting!




Card Sketch August #3

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wow let me just start off by saying you are in for a TREAT today! The girls totally ROCKED this weeks sketch! You can see the sketch below, followed by all the sample cards. As always the digital template download is available free in my store but for a limited time, grab it while you can.

I love this sketch, definitely going down in my 'favorites file' as one I'll use again and again. Yep couldn't be bothered to change the thread in my sewing machine so I faked the stitching with some white penwork.

"Best Wishes" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Papers: Target; Cardstock: DCWV; Stamp: Fiskars; Ink: Versamark; Pen: Ranger

"Merry Christmas" card by Linda Flinders

"Smile" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies- pp: Sassafrass Lass; rubon: 3Bugs in a Rug

"just a note" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies : Daisy Bucket Designs Perfect Harmony pps, Core'Dinations Vintage CS , American Crafts Slick Writer, Prima Whispered Words Flocked Alphas

"celebrate" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Scalloped Cardstock – Bazzill cardstock with an edge, Patterned Papers – My Mind’s Eye Signature collection, Crate paper Kaitlin, Bling – Paperchase, Stamp – Inque Boutique, Blossom – Bazzill

"Happy Birthday" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Flowers: Bazzill Wings; Rub: Making Memories; Flower Center: stash

"Fun" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: DCWV cardstock, Fancy Pants patterned paper, Little Yellow Bicycle chipboard, Daisy Hill and Cosmo Cricket rub-ons

"I always thank God" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Kaiser Craft pp; Boxer Scrapbook pp; May Arts ribbon; My Sentiments Exactly rub on

As always link me up in the comments if you use the sketch, I love to come check them out!




Photo Corners

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Just a heads up that my latest article is up at, this month it's all about photo corners. Y'all know I go through phases of using a particular color, technique or embellishment and lately it's photo corners. Love those things. You can view the article here.

Supplies: Adhesive: Mounting Squares, 3D foam squares, E-Z runner (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L); Art Pens: Sepia Pigma Brush Pen, Sepia Pigma Graphic pen #1 (Sakura); Cardstock: Orange & brown textured cardstock (DCWV); Patterned Paper: Zoo Fun stripe, Zoo Fun wave (Pebbles Inc); Photo Corner: Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L), Brown Metal photo corner (one heart… one mind); Sticker: Zoo Fun Stickers (Pebbles Inc)

Supplies: Adhesive: Mounting Squares, 3D foam squares, E-Z runner (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L); Cardstock: White (DCWV); Patterned Paper: Raspberry Swirl pattern, Raspberry Swirl stripe (Art Blanche, EK Success); Photo Corner: Kraft Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L); Ribbon: Raspberry Swirl pattern (Art Blanche, EK Success); Stamp: Thank You (EK Success), Butterfly (Close to my Heart); Tools: Scor-it board (Hammonds)

It really is a great mag for getting idea's & inspiration, plus they have great contests and surveys each month, so check it out!

More soon!



Freebie - WINNER

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hi again,
just popping in to announce the winner of the $5 coupon to my digital store.

ScrappinShelly: Hello! I am totally new to digi scrapbooking. I need $5.00 free. Pick me!!

Email me Shelley and I'll get the coupon code out to you




Manufacturer Monday - 3 Bugs in a Rug (wk 3)

Monday again and here is week 3 spotlighting 3 Bugs in a Rug. I decided that before I move on to a new line I should finish up using the Christmas papers I had, so I made a TON of cards. I'd estimate I am up to 40 Christmas cards at least. Unfortunately I can't share most of them yet as they are for upcoming articles, but here are two I made over the weekend.

This one uses one of my favorite card sketches I did, and the design works for so many occasions. Just saved all the scraps, cut them to 1" x 3" and layered them along the card. So simple and GREAT for using scraps!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: 3 Bugs in a Rug; Rub-on: JoAnns; Brads: Making Memories;

This one is soooo simple, just letting the paper do the work really on this one. Added a rub-on, brad and some stickles glitter. Oh and I have to say I am loving this card format lately.

Supplies: Paper: 3 Bugs in a rug; Brad: Little Black Dress Designs; Rub-on: JoAnns; Stickles: Ranger;

As I used up all my Christmas 3 Bugs stash I decided to move onto another line and one of my favorites from 3 Bugs is the Spicy line. Such fun colors. I needed a new journal so I decided to whip one up quick with these fun papers. This is just a spiral bound notebook.

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Papers, Stickers, Die Cut: 3 Bugs in a Rug; Ribbon: Maya Road; Adhesive: Scotch ATG

More 3 Bugs projects next week! Back later today with the Friday Freebie winners!




Stash Saturday

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ok I really scraped the bottom of the stash pile for this weeks project, not in a bad way just that EVERYTHING on this card is OLD, as in about 2 years old. The paper is from an old Scrapologie kit that I hoarded because it was one of those papers I liked but didn't think I could use on a layout, so it got filed away. Dragged it out and started with the paper, added cardstock scraps, been using vellum sentiment pack (found under a pile of rub-ons recently), and added the dotlets for some interest.

Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: mara-mi (floral), DCWV (dots) ; vellum: JoAnns; Dotlets: Making Memories

So what about all of you? Scrapping plans this weekend? Maybe try digging out a sheet of old paper and going from there? See where the creativity leads you!

Have a great weekend!



Friday Freebie - Digital Freebie!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Digital freebie time! If you'd like the chance to win a $5 coupon to my digital store, just sign in the comments! I'll pick a winner on Monday 18th August.

Good Luck!



Layout Sketch August

Thursday, August 14, 2008

No theme Thursday today as it's the 14th, midmonth and LAYOUT SKETCH DAY! Managed to get this done just under the wire! Crazy! As you noticed yesterday I am really digging scallops lately (or again!). Also working on more of the framed type clusters of photo's, really love the effect. As usual the template is available free for a limited time in my digital store, then it will be sold in the store. Snag it while you can!

FINALLY got around to making a layout with my newest kit Summer Fun! I swear sometimes I hardly get around to making actual layouts! Really need to work on that! Anyway this is just a quick and simple layout of Bob in the pool. Seems AGES since we had a pool day, just chillin' and relaxin'. Maybe we need to schedule a pool party!

"Summer Fun" Digital Layout by Di Hickman Supplies: Summer Fun kit by Di Hickman;

"Smile" Digital Layout by Renee' Morris-Dezember Supply List: Summer Fun Digital Kit by Di Hickman, Circle Stamp by Di Hickman, Cherry Bits Alpha by Di Hickman, Kraft digital paper by Renee' Morris-Dezember, Fonts Used: CK ALis Writing & Copperplate Gothic Bold

"U can do it" Layout by Christina Dean
Supplies: we r memory keepers paper (nettie cookies and nettie sweets); bella epoxy brads (cute pets); white heidi swapp chipboard lettering; bazil cardstock

"You are" Digital Layout by Egle Noel
Supplies: Polka Dot Bikini Kit by Victoria Greenlees (papers and flowers); Diva Approved Elements by Di Hickman (gem); Diva Approved Paper Pack by Di Hickman (black paper); Tutti Fruitti Kit by Victoria Greenlees (green alpha)

"Sakura" Layout by Lisette Madsen
Supplies: Papers from October Afternoonand Creative imagination, journaling spot from Scralet Lime, letters from Making Memories

"Rhythm of Life" Layout by Dawn Inskip
Supplies: All kits by Dawn Inskip – Hearts & Flowers, Balance is Beautiful, Evitangel, Expressions Life, Expressions Summer, In Stitches.

"Dancing with the stars" Layout by Kelli Smith Supplies: cherry arte poolside paper, bazzill cardstock, scenic route chipboard stars, American Crafts corner, Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, White gel pen, brads.

"H2O" Layout by Jolene Johnston
Supplies: My Little Yellow Bicycle paper, KI Memories lace cardstock, Bo Bunny chipboard title, Creating Keepsakes "Daydream" font, Suze Weinberg's Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, Tsukineko Versamark Watermark ink, Pearl Ex Pigment powders, Me and My Big Ideas bling, Making Memories chipboard fish, Colorbox fluid chalk ink, StazOn ink, Hampton Art Stamp

Enjoy!!! Di