Friday, February 29, 2008

Heck of a day!

No Friday freebie today

Normal blogging will resume tomorrow!


signs of spring OHOM

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Signs of Spring are all around! Do you send Springtime cards? Really any reason to send a card is good enough for me! I've been sending a lot cards to my Mum, gives her something to open in the mail other than bills, and keeps her spirits up. Anyway here is a Spring card I made...

Papers, Rub-ons, brad: one heart... one mind; Flowers: Queen & Company;

This Sassy line is one of my favorite lines from one heart... one mind, and the Queen & Co flowers just went perfectly. I'm really hoping that Spring is on it's way very soon...




Card Sketch February #4

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wow, it's almost March! Feeling a little like the months are getting away from me already in 2008! Doesn't seem long since the last card sketch does it (or is it just me?). Anyway here is this weeks design, something a little different from me, but I like it! As always the digital template is available for free for a short while in my digital store.

My card this week is a little fancy for me, but I am loving it! Definitely submitting this one! But then I love it so it won't get picked up (that seems to be the way)! This is a little sneak peak at the March kit from Scrapbook Sussies, I'm their guest designer for March so I'll be sharing some creations throughout March using their kit!

"Wish" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Scallop Cardstock: Bazzill; *Patterned Paper by Best Creations; *Flower: Heidi Swapp; *Rub-ons: Heidi Grace; *Button: Making Memories; Ribbon: Offray; Stickles (*all from Scrapbook Sussies March kit)

Have you noticed how each week a majority of the girls seem drawn to certain colors? It's very evident this week that most of us were in a blues and greens mood. I swear I had NO hand in that, none whatsoever. The only direction I give the girls is the sketch... anyone would think they were psychic!

"You're in my thoughts" card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: pp and chipboard: K&Co; rubon: DeJa Views; Embroidery Floss; machine stitching; scalloped paper circle unknown; Colorbox ink

"thank you" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Creative Imaginations pattern paper and stickers; Making Memories rub on; Prima flowers; Foofala button; ribbon

"thank you" card by Natalie Dever
Supplies: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby; Patterned Papers: Collage Press; Letter Stickers: Collage Press; Other: Doodlebug frills, Versafine ink, ribbon, buttons, machine stitching. Queen and Co felt.

"for you" card by Jolene Johnston
Supplies: WorldWin cardstock, Making Memories 5th Ave. Sophia paper, ribbon and chipboard shape, Doodlebug paper frills, American Crafts Thickers, Ranger Stickles, Inkadinkado stamp, StazOn and Colorbox chalk inks, Marvy le Plume II markers, Marvy Uchida scalloped circle punch

"together" card by Kelli Smith
Supplies: DCWV all dress up paper, chipboard circle, various flowers, brads, twill ribbon cut in half lengthwise, buttons, Luxe rubon

"cherish" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: All Supplies by Making Memories

"escape" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Supply list : Bazzill Vanilla CS, Scenic Route Sumner pps & Chipboard , Jenni Bowlin ticket, Q&Co brads , Versa Magic chalk inks

"hello" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: My Minds Eye (Wild Asparagus) papers, 7Gypsies chipboard, Ranger crackle paint, Nestabilities dies, Maya Road chipboard bird, Magic motifs flock, Creative Imaginations ribbon, MoBe Beatnik alphabet stamps, black Versafine ink, black and white gel pens

"thinking of you" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; Flowers: Die cut felt, Maya Road and Prima; Hambly transparency; $1 bin stamps and Staz On ink; K & Co pearl; Queen & Co sequin

"Hello" card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Tinkering Ink papers (Beloved); Stampin’ Up! Stickers; Copic Ciao Marker; AdTech Permanent Bond Glue Runner

"Congratulations" card by Liz Davidson
Supplies:- The pink is from Junkitz Salsa pad. The beige cut out lace is by Lakeland Ltd. Pink Heart Ribbon by Offray. Stamp by Clever Cuts (online stamp store) Gem, by paperchase, scrap of pink ribbon made into a bow. Sentiment written by hand with a Sakura glaze pen in black. The image was painted with standard water colours.

"Mother" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Papers: We R Memory Keepers; Punches: MarvyMega Scalloped Circle & 2";
Circle; Flower: Die cut from Friendly Felt (Ellison Thick Cuts Daisy #1); Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink, Real Red; Alpha Stamps: Hero Arts; Gems: A Muse Micro Dot Twinkle Stickers; Ribbon, button & card blank from stash.

"Sweet" card by Cindy Gilchrist
Supplies: Digital Papers and Embellishment from the Story Time Kit by Katie Pertiet, Ribbon by Basic Basic, Rub-On by Cosmo Cricket and Colorbox Chalk Ink.

"Always" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies:- Letters: EK Success; Card Base: Archiver's; Handmade Flower: "Dahlia" instructions by Judy Headrick; Cardstock: Stampin' Up; PP: My Mind's Eye; Brad & Velvet ribbon: Making Memories; Lace: JoAnns; Ink: EZ Walnut Ink by Fiber Scraps, Ranger Distress Ink; Paper Trim: K&Company Adhesive Paper Ribbon

"For You" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Scalloped circle and die-cut – Scrapagogo, Stamp – Clear Expressions, Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Sassafrass Lass, Dew drops and Stickles

"Happy Easter" card by Krista Pearl
Credits: Felt Bird and Speech Bubble - Candice Wong, Felty Friends; Backgrounds - Candice Wong, Spring time Solids and Spring time pattern papers; Font - Candice Wong, Childs Play; All from digigirlsdesigns.com

"fun" card by Rosemary Guthrie
Supplies:- Printed paper - SEI Hippie Chick. Green paper - Rhonna Farrer. Flowers - Sizzix. Chipboard word - Bubbly Funk. Ribbon - Ribbon Mad.

"birthday driveby" card by Kelly Nelson
Supplies: Stampin Up Loads of Love stamp set, Stampin Up cardstock, Stampin Up inks, Pebbles Inc chalks, unknown handmade paper, brads, twine

"Best Wishes" card by Linda Flinders

"4 U" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies:- DCWV Patterned Paper, Cream and White card stock, Copic Pens in various colours, Satin Ribbon, die cut flowers and letters, Magnolia Cupcakes Stamps.

As usual hook me up the comments if you do the sketch, and I'll come by and check it out!

more soon!



Tutorial Tuesday - hybrid card

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This card is one I shared a few weeks ago and suddenly realized I never put the tutorial on the blog. The tutorial was featured in the Prima Hybrid newsletter and is also in the Prima Hybrid forums. February has been a real brain frenzy for me, my train of though is totally fried, with all these new idea's and plans rolling around in my head. Hoping to get things somewhat organized by March!

Cherish Always Hybrid Card by Di Hickman

Digital Supplies
One sweet day” paper pack by Corinna Nielsen (prima hybrid)
One sweet day” embellishment pack by Corinna Nielsen (prima hybrid)

Physical Supplies
White Cardstock
Prima Patterned paper – Steel Toe Mary Jane
Prima Ribbon – Elysee Ribbon
Black ink by Around the Block
Chipboard Heart by Heidi Swapp
Paper trimmer, scissors
Adhesive, Dimensional adhesive, Glue dots

1. Using a graphics program of your choice, open a blank 8.5x11 inch document @ 300 dpi. Open striped paper from “one sweet day” kit, and drag onto open document. Resize paper using the move tool, till the paper is 8.5” wide and 5.5” high. This will form your card base once printed.

2. Open the word art images from the digital kit and drag onto the open document. Arrange the words so that none overlap.

3. Print out document using borderless option, onto white high quality cardstock, and allow sufficient time to dry. [I printed with my Epson RX680, onto white cardstock].

4. Trim the printed elements from the sheet. Scored the striped cardstock and fold in half to form a card base. Ink all the edges using black ink. Trim the blue patterned paper to 5.5” wide x 1.5” high, again ink all edges, and then adhere to the bottom of the card base.

5. Using strong adhesive [I used glue dots], adhere ribbon across the paper join. Trim edges with scissors. Using dimensional adhesive, attach chipboard heart to card. Ink edges of word art strips, and adhere to card.

Tutorial by Di Hickman
published in Prima Hybrid newsletter February 2008

Card sketch tomorrow!!!



Monday Musings

Monday, February 25, 2008

Late updating the blog today, just feeling a case of the Monday blahs. My friend Nancy called me this morning to tell me her Lupus is in a HUGE flare up right now, and she's having so many health issues so if you could all keep her in your thoughts I'd appreciate it!

Blog Candy winner from Friday: Cathy M, who said:
Your card is just so pretty. Wow count me in on this sweet candy. The page clips are awesome and they would be so cute on cards or a scrapbook page. Thanks for a chance

Cathy email me your address so I can mail the goodies to you!

Don't forget to check back each Friday for more blog candy. With that I'm gonna go do the dishes and maybe scrap some this afternoon. Lots to do and the day is half over already!




special delivery ...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Just been browsing through my computer files lately and came across this card that I don't think I've shared...

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Rub-ons: Unknown (I'll look later and update); Paper & sticker strips: Imagination Project; Flower: Prima; Gem: Misc;

Renee tagged me last week (slowly going through emails, working backwards) with this blog meme:

You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter. If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name. After you've been tagged, you need to up-date your blog with your middle name and answers. At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and need to read your blog for details).

So here goes:

A - Angela is my middle name (kinda cheating but I have 2 A's to do!).
N - Never caught up on deadlines, accepting that now. It's a continuous cycle.
G - Guitar Goddess on Rock Band! Ok not really, but we just stepped up to 'hard' mode and I've not thrown the thing out the house yet!
E - Energetic. Once I'm awake then I'm on the go. I'd rather be DOING stuff than sitting down doing nothing. I find it tough to just sit and relax, I'd rather do yoga.
L - Laughter is so important to me. One the reasons I love Bob is because he makes me laugh my butt off!
A - Artistic. I love doing artistic stuff. Whether that's scrapbooking, cardmaking, beading, painting or cooking. Just something about creating makes me happy.

I'm supposed to tag people so if you're reading this consider yourself TAGGED. I know I'm supposed to do the "I tag you, and you, and you" but right now I'm busy working on deadlines (see N) and every second counts!

More soon!



Stamping Saturday

Saturday, February 23, 2008

When I was asked to do projects for the Boxer booth at CHA Angie sent me this wedding stamp set, which I absolutely adore! Can't show you the set yet, or link you up as it's not on the site yet, but rest assured you'll be seeing more with this stamp set in the future!

Love the bride and groom, and the "just married" sentiment. In fact I'm loving the whole new range of Boxer sentiment stamps (don't worry I'll link you all up as soon as they go live on the website). Naturally bride and groom, goes so well with the classic black and white, in this first card

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Ink: Clearsnap; All other supplies by Boxer Scapbooks

For some reason I am loving the lilacs and purples lately. But mostly it's all about the stamping, can't seem to get enough. Hence I called today stamping Saturday, thinking it may be a regular feature on the blog... who knows?

Supplies: Cardsotck: DCWV; All other supplies by Boxer scrapbooks;

Naturally the problem with getting more stamps is that I'm finding I use certain sets more than others. Like my "Studio G" sets from Michaels don't hardly get a look in now. Like I keep saying I need to have a good complete clear out in my scraproom as soon as I've finished my current deadline projects. *sigh*

more soon



Friday Freebie - K-ology

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another friday, another freebie! I'm quite enjoying these little giveaways, I know they aren't much but I'd rather spread the little freebies out than offer one HUGE one. Anyway this weeks FF is a set of K-ology Page Clips from K & Company (below). Simply comment to this thread and I'll pick a random winner on Monday, so make sure to check back Monday!

Oh and just a reminder that my February article is up at Scrapbooking.com website. It's all about heritage scrapbooking. Here is a card from the article, and full how-to instructions can be found here.

Supplies: Cardstock (Die Cuts With a View); Patterned paper (the paper company); Ink (Around the Block); Brads (Boxer Scrapbooks); Flowers (Prima); Stamp (Fiskars)

Ok lots to do, more creations coming soon!



thoughts on Thursday

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Having one of "those" days today. A morning full of bad drivers out to run me off the road, and stores not opening when they are supposed to. Stuff that throws my routine right out the window. Supposed to pick up things for dinner party tonight and the store which is supposed to open at 10am... isn't. So quick message to Bob to tell him to pick stuff up. Seriously, I'm on a schedule world, can you keep up!

Anyway, here is a card I made a few months back and haven't shared yet (I forget what I share on here and what I don't! *sigh*). I think this was in the height of my bling and scallop phase, oh and the matching envelopes! But that's pretty much standard now.

All supplies are by one heart... one mind, except the bling flower which is from my stash, think that's by Westrim Crafts

I love the sassy line by one heart... one mind. Such fun colors, and I know I've probably said this before but if you haven't tried the one heart... one mind rub-ons you MUST! They go on like BUTTAH! Hands down the best I've used, and I'm not just saying that cos I'm on their DT. Seriously I wish they'd do LOTS more!

More creations soon



Card Sketch February #3

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Sketch day! Yep another Wednesday whipping itself around fast! Amazing how quickly the weeks are flying by huh? This one is based on a card I did back in March last year. I think I went through a phase of the half flower, or partial flower on a page or card. This is a great card to use up those big flowers you have laying around, just fold em and put em on a card. Of course it doesn't HAVE to be a flower though, remember to use your own creative interpretation! As always the digital template is available for free download in my store, along with other templates I have for sale.

Tip: If you do use a flower as the main accent and want to stretch you're cardmaking budget a little further, simply cut the flower in 2 rather than fold it. That way you'll have flowers for 2 cards rather than one!

Have to say this is one design I love, so expect to see it again and again! Recently I got the chance to work with some fun product from Hot off the Press, and had a total blast with it. I hope to do a full review of the line later in the month but I will say right here and now that I LOVE this citrus line. These papers just POP right off a card!

"Happy Mom's Day" by Di Hickman
Supplies:- Papers: Hot off the Press; Flower: Hot off the Press; rub-on: Royal; Frame embellishment: Provocraft;

I have to say I'm loving the little frame things from Rob & Bob (provocraft) as flower centers. I used them on some cards last month and I admit I went back to Big Lots this weekend and got 2 more packets, this time in hot pink and the above yellow. They are just so fun!.

As always the sketch girls blew me away with their cards this week! Just so much variety from one sketch. Most opted for the flower, but there are a few alternatives in mix too! I often get asked I thought I'd address the order in which the sketch girls cards get featured, and it's simply color order. Starting with mine, I go through the cards deciding which card flows better after another according to color. I just think it's easier on the eyes when things flow.

"Get Well" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: DCWV cardstock, Creative Impressions ink, Heidi Swapp flower, Bazzill Big Brad, EK sticker, Tinkering Ink Patterned Paper

"Thank You" card by Liz Davidson
Supplies: papers by Junkitz, ribbon by Portfolio,(sold in Costco) The oval scalloped cut out done on my craft robo, two stamps, Thank you by Penny Black and the flowers by Hampton Art. Coloured in by twinkling H2O’s and finished with an orange acrylic gem from paperchase.

"Hi" card by Natlie Dever
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Ribbon: Michaels; Letter Stickers: Basic Grey; Bling: MAMBI; Ink: Ranger Distress ink; Sewing machine

"Enjoy" card by Samm Livett
Supplies: Printed paper, bloom, bazzill bling from the French Twist kit at the Scrummy Stash Cafe, crown from Tim Holtz Grungeboard elements, rub on from Rhonna Farrer, lace from Rusty Pickle and brushed corduroy distress ink from Tim Holtz.

"Birthday" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Sei Kitty's Place pp, DCWV CS, Prima flower & chipboard

"I heart you" card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: pp: Scenic Route; chipboard: lil Davis and Scenic Route; ribbon: Offray
ink: Colorbox; glitter: Martha Stewart

"Mothers Day" card by Rosemary Guthrie
Supplies: DCWV white core. Bloom - Dunelm. Stamp (watercoloured) - unknown as free with magazine. Button and thread from stash.

"For You" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card, Making Memories paper, KI Memories ribbon,flower from fabric bouquet, Papermania button, Sue Dreamer alphabet stickers, white Signo pen, pink Marvy pen.

"Happy Birthday" Card by Jackie Price Supplies: Scrap pp; Stickles; Silk Flower

"Happy Birthday" Card by Ruth Trice Supplies: PP by Basic Grey, Stamps by Rubber Stampede and Anna Griffin, flower and ribbon from stash.

"Gift Card holder" by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paint Chip: Lowe's; PP: Paper Salon; Flower: Making Memories; Button: stash; Quote Rub: DCWV; Ribbon: Strano Designs; Other: machine stitching

"Happy Birthday" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Creative CafĂ© velvet scalloped ribbon, Crate Paper ‘Cowboy’ Paper, Heidi Swapp chipboard star, Robin’s Nest dew drops, Inque Boutique stamps, Brilliance inks

"Birthday" card by Krista Pearl
Credits: Papers - Mira Designs, Sophisticated Blues Add-On; Red Flower - Shabby Miss Jenn, Love Shack; Wire Flower - Gina Marie Huff of Weeds & Wildflowers Design, Shabby Fall Garden Collaboration Kit with Gina Miller; Button - Gina Miller, Shabby Fall Garden Collaboration Kit with Gina Marie Huff of Weeds & Wildflowers; Stitches - Bren Boone, Messy 'Lil Stitches; Fonts - Colour Me Purple by Kimberly Geswein and 2Peas GG Mix

"Congratulations" Card by Kim Hughes Supplies: Patterned Paper; Autumn Leaves, Brad; Making Memories, Crocheted Flower; Bazzill, Rub-on; Scenic Route, Flower; Hot Off The Press, Card Stock; Prism

"Happy mothers day" card by Jolene Johnston
Supplies: WorldWin cardstock, Basic Grey Periphery paper, Colorbox chalk ink, Making Memories rub on, Maya Road sheer swirls, K & Co. and Daisy D's flowers, Ranger Stickles, Creative Impressions felt leaves

card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies: Papermania patterned paper, silk bloom, satin ribbon, Paper Nation Toddler Windmill stamp, Copic Pens, Tapestry Rubber stamp from Starflower set and white card.

"Happy" card by Kelli Smith
Supplies: stampin up stamps, cardstock, and ranger stickles

"Dino" card by Bevelery Todd
Supplies: Supplies: Papers, cardstock: scraps from stash; Card blank: free with a
magazine; Die cuts: Provo Craft Cuttlekid; Stamps: A Muse; Glitter: Papaya Powderz; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink (Aged Mahogany); Markers: SU!

"Best Wishes" Card by Linda Flinders

As always hook me up in the comments if you do the sketch and I'll come check them out. I'm WAY behind on comments right now but hope to get chance to catch up soon!