Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2008

No theme Thursday today as it's HALLOWEEN! I love this holiday, though this year seems oddly quiet without my parents but hey ho. That means I am on candy duty tonight...

First up today is a card from the October Edition of Scrapstreet Magazine. Felt good being on the submitting side of things. As much as I love Scrapstreet and the crew it was a a weight off my shoulders not having that article, plus this means I get chance to HANG OUT at Scrapstreet rather work work work!!

Supplies: cardstock: DCWV; Papers, brad, ribbon: Boxer; Die Cut: Sizzix; Fabric Label: Miss Elizabeths; Pen: Sakura;

Also to share today is this card published in the October/November edition of Ready Set Create. Just loving the Halloween Papers from Boxer Scrapbooks!

supplies: Cardstock: DCWV, Papers: Boxer Scrapbooks, Ribbon: Boxer Scrapbooks, Fabric label: Miss Elizabeths, eyes: Westrim Crafts

Also from the Oct/Nov issue of Ready Set Create is this treat bag, afterall what are cards without some candy at this time of year?

supplies: Cardstock: DCWV, Papers: Boxer Scrapbooks, Ribbon: Boxer Scrapbooks, Button: Boxer Scrapbooks, Sticker: Unknown

Next up is a party invite. The invitation text is printed on the computer, added the rub-ons and bat after. Also made a matching envelope for it, with a smaller bat embellishment. This is featured in the Oct/Nov edition of Ready Set Create along with a few other Halloween projects I made using one heart... one mind products.

The invite was part of a party set I made, which had this little placecard, a cupcake topper, placemat and party favor bag. Can't share the party favor bag yet (soon) but here is the placecard. Too fun!

If you need last minute Halloween inspiration go check out Scrapstreet or Ready Set Create, both are loaded with projects for a spooky Halloween!

Have a great evening everyone!!!



November Desktop!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's Halloween tomorrow which means that November starts on Saturday! Lots happening Saturday so check back (it's Digital Scrapbooking Day!!!). As I have things planned tomorrow and Saturday I figured I'd put the desktop freebie for November up today!

This is available in all my stores: Di Hickman Designs, A cherry on top and Scrapwow. Download features both sizes of desktop. It's made with my latest kit: Fall Frolic, which I LOVE! Love the colors, and papers, and the embellishments were so fun to make! Thoroughly enjoyed working on this kit.

Again it's available in all my stores so check it out! Di Hickman Designs, A cherry on top & Scrapwow.



Card Sketch October #5

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Is everyone ready for Halloween? I thought this week I'd go a little bit themed with the sketch and I added a basic spider shape, but it could be any kind of embellishment! This sketch is based on a card I made for halloween, which I will share tomorrow :) As usual if you make a card with the sketch be sure to link me up in the comments as I love to come check them out!

Like I mentioned, the sketch is based on a card I made, and the sketch is VERY similar to the card so I thought I'd go awol on this weeks and change it up a bit. This is a hybrid card, the center sentiment panel is made in photoshop using wordart I created. I chose colors from the frame and I am quite happy with the results. Seem to be very into making my own sentiments lately. This is the third such card in two weeks!

"Friends are Flowers" card by Di Hickman Supplies: Paper: DCWV; frame: Best Creations; Flower: Prima; Digital Sentiment: Di Hickman; Ribbon: Unknown: Cardstock: DCWV

"Baby Girl" card by Kelli Smith
Supplies: DCWV baby paper, Hambly bird rubon, Maya Road chipboard painted with Staz-on yellow, chipboard letters from American Crafts, Adornit mini letters

"Happy Halloween" card by Celeste Brodnik
Supplies: 2 Croppin' Cousinz Kit (Pattern Paper: Pink Paislee; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Spider: AliciaBarryDesigns.etsy.com; Ribbon; Rubons: Imaginisce)

"Spider Halloween" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card, KI Memories paper, funky foam, pipe cleaners, buttons, googly eyes, vintage Letraset rub-on letters, stickles and sewing machine.

"Happy Birthday" card by Linda Flinders

"Spider" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies- pp: Scenic Route; stickers: Heid Grace Designs (Fiskars); ribbon unknown; scalloped punch: Fiaskar's Threading water; Stickles: Ranger

"Boo" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: Reminisce; Scallop Cardstock: Bazzill; Ribbon: Making Memories; Felt: Michaels; Letters: American Crafts

"Fall" card by Kristin Schulz
Supplies: DCWV Cardstock, $1 spot stamp, Joanns and Colorbox ink, RAK'd fall leaves and pumpkin, Autumn Leaves transparency

"Batty" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, patterned Paper and ribbon – Making Memories Spellbound, Bat – cut for me by my sis on Sizzix, Bazzill – Just The Edge and Stickles

"Scary" card by Lizzy Davidson
Supplies: Orange 'Bats' ribbon by Offray, black card , sakura pen in gold, stickers are leftover from a pack from poundland !!!

"Owl Love" card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Paper patterns and ric rac by Dee’s Delightful Designs (Tapestry paper pack and Caden’s Dream); vintage postcard by Barb Speck; owl template by scrapdesafios; stitches by Helena Monteiro; PSE 6 and Scrapbook Max software

"We're not scared" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Glitz design Halloween pps, Around the Block paper tagger , foam dots

"Bright Flower" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers – Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine; Flowers – Prima; Brad & ric rac – from stash

"Boo" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Card blank, black flowers, ribbon, floral papers, pinwheel & brad: HOTP; Black paper & chipboard skull: Creative Imaginations; Gems: A Muse; Red flower: Petaloo; Alpha stickers: Cloud 9 Design

"True Love" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; SEI pattern paper; Boxer Scrapbook stamp; Staz On ink; ribbon; Deja Views rub on

Happy Creating!



Scrapbooking & Beyond, Fall Issue

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

If you see the current issue of Scrapbooking & Beyond on the newsstands, pick it up and take a peek at pages 70 & 71 :) Yep I'm in this issue, with a layout about my little spotty monsters.

If you want a peek, here is the two page spread :) My little cutie River in her Monster outfit. In the blurb on page 70 they call River a boy, but she's a girl, she just looks kinda like a male dog. Almost everyone makes that mistake. Anyway if you get the mag, there is a full step by step tutorial for the layout, along with instructions for every project in the magazine! Great mag!

That's about all for today! More projects soon!



Manufacturer Monday - Dreamstreet

Monday, October 27, 2008

Final week of the Dreamstreet Manufacturer Mondays. I kinda saved one of my favorite papers till last. Even though this is from the Bella Donna line, it seems it would fit in nicely to the Daisy Days line too. Fun and feminine yet with a little bit of whimsy! To add to that I decided to go hybrid this week, the sentiment panel on each of the cards is made in photoshop using the Glitz "create-a-card" CD. Have to say I am LOVING this CD! How perfect is this dress with the Dreamstreet paper?

Supplies: Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, DCWV; Paper: Dreamstreet; Ribbon: Making Memories; Tape: Heidi Swapp; Bling: Heidi Swapp; Ink: Around the Block; Digital CD: Glitz

Of course to show the versatility I had to go a little doodly just like the swirls in the paper. This cake design is included on the CD, along with the sentiment. Pretty cool for cardmakers, I haven't used this CD much but you can bet I'll be using it more in the future!

Supplies: Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, DCWV; Paper: Dreamstreet; Ribbon: Making Memories; Brads: Making Memories; Ink: Around the Block; Digital CD: Glitz

New manufacturer next week!



New CU Templates in store!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Just popping in with a scheduled post (love this blogger feature!). A quick reminder that ALL my digital products are Scrap 4 Hire OK! But if you're a designer and wanted to use my templates for quickpages then Commercial Use templates are now available in my digital store! These are available as bundles or singles. These are for designer use, for creating quick pages etc. If you are interested in the CU products then I have a coupon for 30% off just enter the following code on checkout: newCU *only valid against CU products*





Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yay it's the weekend! Love the weekends! This weeks stash challenge is to use FOAM STAMPS! If you're like me, you bought them and shoved them on a shelve after using them once or twice. This Halloween set was published in Scrapstreets August magazine.

Supplies: Stamps: Scrapworks, Paper: Die Cuts With a View, Brads: Creative Impressions, Bag Template: Di Hickman, Other: ink.

The Scrapworks stamps are small, and it makes them useful for many things, including cards, small projects, or layouts. Foam stamps are so versatile with lots of uses. On my projects I used black ink, but you could use ink, paint, glitter glue, and more, the sky is the limit!

So dig out those foam stamps this weekend!



Photo Friday

Friday, October 24, 2008

Last months challenge was to use the scene settings on your camera. I have to say that the scene settings that get used most on my camera are the macro and sport modes. I LOVE taking close up shots of objects, and sport mode is pretty much the only way I can get clear (non blurry) photo's of the dogs (works for kids too). Two macro photo's from me this week :) Told you I love macro shots! The one below is of a Mantis, and I have another of a spider , remote linked so don't look if you are squeamish!

Mantis - Di Hickman October 2008

Challenge for November: APERTURE!
We've explored the manual, we've used the scene settings now it's time to get into the buttons and switches! On my SLR there are the settings P (program/automatic), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter Priority) and M (manual). Obviously we've done P - automatic mode a lot already, that's the problem! So we'll skip P, and move onto Aperture (dig out those manuals again!). Aperture is basically depth of field, when we decrease the aperture value to focus on an object close to us we get a photo with a blurred background. Increasing the aperture value gives you a longer focus range.

So the challenge is a two-fer to find the Aperture setting and USE it. I suggest getting some objects (toys, cups, pencils) and lining them up and practice focusing on the nearest and furthest objects. Then a take two shots from each aperture setting and compare.

Happy snapping!



Theme Thursday: Celebrate

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Final week of the Theme Thursday for October. This months theme was "Celebrate". As you all know one of my favorite things to use up scraps. Well I've been making lots of Dreamstreet projects this month as they are my Manufacturer spotlight this month, and the papers I've been using were black and pink. Naturally I had lots of pink cardstock scraps left over so I came up with ways to use those strips of cardstock. I also found this celebrate ribbon in my stash, I think it was from Target dollar spot ages ago. AND hey notice the VELLUM! I think I covered about all my weekly challenges with these cards!!!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: Dreamstreet; Flower: Prima; Brad: American Crafts; Pen: Sakura; Other: Vellum

I loved the design so much I rotated it, and altered it slightly, I think it takes on a whole new look with this card! And I much prefer this one!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Paper: Dreamstreet; Flower: Prima; Brad: American Crafts; Other: Vellum

More projects soon!



Card Sketch October #4

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A fun sketch this week, something different is always good to get those creative juices flowing! This one is one of those love/hate sketches. You'll either find it super easy or struggle with it. I have to say that I found this one easy than last weeks! Go figure! As always the digital template will be available free in my store for a limited time! Snag it while you can.

One of the benefits of doing it all (ie: paper, digital and hybrid) is that things never get stagnant. I mentioned last week I was having a little creative rut and this card bumped me out of it. Whenever I get in a slump my first reaction is to try using sketches, and my second reaction is to something new, because sometimes I'm just bored and need a change of direction. So I set about making this weeks card and went hybrid. The kit is an old mini kit I made last year for Trevors fund raising. Even now I still love this color pallette. Anyway once I'd decided on the kit the whole card came together REALLY easy! The front panel is all printed out, and the button is real. I have to say I really love it!

"Friends Forever" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Trevors Treasures Digital Kit by Di Hickman, Button: EK Success,

"Believe" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: Making Memories; Lace: carolace; Ribbon: Strano, Michaels and Old Navy; Metal Sign: Making Memories; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink; Star Button: Dress It Up, Other: machine stitching

"Peace" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: DCWV and Coredinations cardstock, Bazzill ruffled ribbon, Making Memories alphabet rub-ons, Fancy Pants stamp, white Brilliance ink and white Signo pen, EK Success button-up, black gel pen and rhinestones.

"Happy Flowers" card by Ruth Trice
Supplies: Paper by K and Co, rub on by TLC, ribbon, and flower from stash.

"Hi, Happy Birthday" card by Pearl Liu
supply list : Core'dinations Vintage CS , October Afternoon Hometown pps , ATB paper tagger ands epoxy tag , AC vinyl thickers , May Arts trim, bling,

"Inspire" card by Kristin Schulz
Supplies: Tinkering Ink patterned paper, $1 spot leather strip, We R Memory Keepers rubs, Martha Stewart sticker, Colorbox ink

"Mom" card by Celeste Brodnik
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Pattern Paper, Die Cut Stickers, Button: Basic Grey; Flower: Kaiser Craft; Ink: Brilliance by Tsuneko; Rubon: Creative Cafe; Machine Stitching

"Thinking of You" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers – SEI Penelope’s Potpourri; Felt Fusion – Queen & Co; Rub on – Pebbles inc; Button & Ribbon – from stash

"You're the best" card by Liz Davidson
supply list - Junkitz shabby chic blue flowers paper, brown paper mill paper. wooden flower from hobby craft. Blue and brown spotty ribbon hobbycraft, beige spotty ribbon from east of india company. Sticker - from QVC.

"Happy Anniversary" card by Linda Flinders

"Boo" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Inked and Cuttlebugged Cardstock from PaperMill, American Crafts Thickers, patterned Paper – Making Memories Spellbound, Button from stash, Zig pen

"Happy Halloween" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies- pp: K&Co. and Fancy Pants Designs; ribbon; epoxy button: Making Memories; stamp: Inkadoo

"Boo" card by Kelli Smith
supply list: Rusty Pickle halloween paper, American Traditions embellishments

"Tropical Congrats" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Bazzill cs; Teresa Collins pattern paper; Prima flowers; Boxer Scrapbook brads; Kaiser Craft rub on

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



Tutorial - scrapbooking.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Halloween is upon us and I thought today I'd share projects I made for the October edition of Scrapbooking.com magazine. The article is full of titbits, information and advice on making party favors and halloween treat bags. Plus as always with this mag ALL the step by step instructions for each project are available online!

Supplies: Adhesive: E-Z Runner (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L), Cardstock: Black cardstock (Die Cuts With a View),Die Cuts: Charms, Halloween Set (Sizzix), Eyelets: Black (Making Memories), Patterned Paper: Halloween Costumes (Karen Foster), Ribbon: (Maya Road), Scor-it: Scor-it Board (Hammond)

Supplies: Adhesive: E-Z Runner, adhesive sheets, 3D foam squares (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L), Art Pen: Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura), Box: Take out Box (Hot off the Press), Cardstock: Black (Die Cuts with a View), Die Cuts: Charms, Halloween Set (Sizzix), Ink: Black (Clearsnap), Patterned Paper: Magic Night (Karen Foster), Sanding block: Sanding block (PM Designs), Scor-it: Scor-it Board (Hammond)

Supplies: Adhesive: E-Z Runner (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L); Create-a-sticker 150 (Xyron), Box: Swirl Box (Hot off the Press), Cardstock: Black, Orange (Bazzill), Die Cuts: Charms, Halloween Set (Sizzix), Ink: Black (Clearsnap), Patterned Paper: Magic Pumpkins (Karen Foster), Stickers: Halloween Treats (Karen Foster)

Supplies: Adhesive: E-Z Runner (Scrapbook Adhesives 3L), Cellophane Bags: Party Supply store, Patterned Paper: Halloween Costumes (Karen Foster), Staples: Office supply, Sticker: Chills & Thrills (Karen Foster)

More projects and tutorials soon