Theme Thursday - Christmas Cards!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

How is everyone doing on the Christmas in July Challenge? I think I am up to 20 Christmas cards now! I made a few at the weekend that I can't share yet, plus these two below. Been digging into the stash and using the DCWV Christmas stack from ages ago.

Supplies: Papers & Cardstock: DCWV; Sticker: Karen Foster; Scissors: Fiskars

Supplies: Papers & Cardstock: DCWV; Rub-on: JoAnns; Sticker: Target;

I have more cards to do and I am sure you all do too! So keep going!



Card Sketch July #5

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Wednesday! Another week, another card sketch! This one has room for a quote and small embellishment, but switch it up, remember you don't HAVE to stick to sketches! Use them as inspiration! The sketch girls changed things up, switched things around and I think gave us every option for this one! As usual the digital template is available free in my store for a LIMITED TIME, snag it while you can!

I had fun with this one. Thought I had lots of quote stamps and rub-ons but for the life of me cannot find a single one (typical!). This is what I get for trying to organize! Lol! As I mentioned on Saturdays I am dedicated to using my STASH! These are the scraps of the old Colorbok papers paired with a MM metal accent. I used Sakura pens to color the heart in the charm to match the color scheme. I've shared this technique before but repeating a sentiment stamp gives the look of a quote if like me you can't find them!

"Bundle of Joy" card by Di Hickman Supplies:Papers: Colorbok; Metal: MM; Stamps: Boxer Scrapbooks; Pen: Sakura; Ink: Clearsnap;


"Love" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Bling; Paper: Making Memories; Quote Rub: DCWV; Ghost Heart & Bling: Heidi Swapp; Flower Punch: EK Success; Tiny Flowers: Paper Valise

"someone special" card by Linda Flinders

"Dream" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card, DCWV paper, KI Memories paper, Heidi Grace quote stamp, Dauber Duos inks, HOTP blossom and button, paper lace ribbon (inked) from bargain shop.


"friend" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies : SEI Poppy pps & Dimensional sticker , DCWV clear quote sticker

"you go girl" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies: everything but the alphas came in a kit from

"Again and again" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned paper – Basic Grey Phoebe range, Flower and brad from stash, Rubber Stamp – Inque Boutique

"Happy Birthday" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: October Afternoon pp; Making Memories pp; 7 Gypsies stamp; Prima flowers; Boxer Scrapbook buttons; Creative Imaginations rub on; Kaiser Craft rub on

"Always & Forever" card by Kelli Smith
supplies: cloud 9 wedding collection, amercian crafts board paper, me&my big ideas embellishments.

"celebrate" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Papers: HOTP; Brads, Buttons, Die Cut Flower & Brackets: Making Memories; Ribbon: American Crafts; Fabric Flowers: Petaloo; Sentiment Stamp: Cloud 9 Design; Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk

Enjoy!! Happy CardMaking!!!



Tutorial - changing your computer desktop

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

As I've been offering these the past few months I figure better do a tutorial on them just incase anyone doesn't know how to use these babies.

Step 1 - determine your screen resolution. You may already know it. If you are unsure right click your computer screen > click properties and a pop-up box should appear. Select the "settings" header and you should see your screen resolution. *NOTE: my computer has dual monitors (yes I'm spoiled) so you will only have one screen here, not two as shown on the screenshot*

Step 2 - download a Desktop. I will have new ones available every month in my digital store :) Save this to your own files and then open in photoshop. Import your photo's and place them UNDER the desktop layer like you would a quickpage. Save as a new jpg file ready for use later.

Step 3 - Right click your computer screen > click properties and a pop-up box should appear. Select the "desktop" header. Click the "browse" icon to locate your saved jpg.

Step 4
- When you import the jpg, click apply and you'll change out the desktop background. Click OK to save and exit.

Simple as that!
If you notice my desktop icons are across my photo now, I'd spend a few minutes moving them to more suitable locations so they aren't distracting from the photo.

More soon!


** Some desktop blurred for privacy**


Movin' and a shakin'

We're fine! Big 5.4 quake here earlier today! Things been kinda crazy since with emails, IM's and phone calls, lol. First biggish quake for a while (I slept through the last one). Really felt the rolling effect of this one though!

Back later


Monday Musings, Freebie winner

Monday, July 28, 2008

Wow today is just FLYING by! Seems like 5 minutes ago I got out of bed and here it is at almost 3pm! One of those crazy days.

Anyway first things first, here is the Friday Freebie winner from last week"

Cindy: I would love some of these flowers!
Email me and I'll get those sent off to you!

I had a reminisce project I made over the weekend, but decided it would fit an upcoming article so I'm saving it, lol.

Um yeah, that's about it really. Come back tomorrow, I hope to have something to share then!



Saturday Stash Challenge

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This week I thought I'd mention about my obsession for all things Heidi Swapp. Now you might say "but Di, we don't see much Heidi Swapp stuff on your projects?" and that is because I hoard them. A year (or so) ago I bought those big HS embellishment packs at Costco and I have hardly touched it. So with my new challenge I am destined to use it.

This layout was done for the magazine for July. I wrote the Adhesives 101 article this month so go check it out if you want adhesive help, it's a great place to find inspiration, articles, and step by step instructions, including the instructions for this layout.

Adhesive: Mounting Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Adhesive Roller (Duck Adhesive), 3D adhesive Dots (EK Success); Brads: pink (one heart… one mind), Bling Brads Red Carpet (Bazzill Basics); Cardstock: Yellow & Green textured (DCWV); Chipboard: Flower (Heidi Swapp); Font:Arial; Patterned Paper: Cinnamon Joe Girl Collection; Floral & Stripes (Sandylion); Photo Corner: Pink Metal photo corner (one heart… one mind); Ribbon: pink grosgrain (Offray) Software: Corel Draw; Paint Shop Pro; Sticker: Label Maker (Around the Block)

One great way to use your stash is to combine new products with older products. Everything but the flower was new to me, but the chipboard fitted perfectly. Even though I had to force myself to use it!

More soon


Sunday is my offline day so this is a scheduled post


Friday Freebie - More big flowers

Friday, July 25, 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.

Yep this is a repeat of last months freebie! I have tons of these suckers!

Good luck



Theme Thursday - Christmas Cards!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Penultimate week of the Christmas in July theme! I am having so much fun with this theme, I may continue with this the rest of the year! I'm increasing my Christmas card stash (I think these two makes nine cards done) and using my supplies! Win win situation!

As you can see I am still using the Colorbok paper. I had 4 sheets, either with squares or circles printed on. I think, with using it for envelopes too, I have used almost all of it, so that's great news! Pink isn't my normal choice for Christmas cards but I do seem drawn to it this month!

Supplies: Paper: Colorbok; Brads: Making Memories; Rub-ons: JoAnns; Floss: Kreink;

Supplies: Paper: Colorbok; Brads: Making Memories; Rub-ons: JoAnns;

How is everyone doing with their holiday prep? Like I said with these two I am up to 9 cards done!

More soon



Card Sketch July #4

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

For some reason this month I am getting lots done but still falling behind! Not sure what's up with that? Anyway here is this weeks card sketch. Four panels with sentiment on one panel. Eyelets and ribbon are as always a suggestion. Remember you don't have to stick with the sketch exactly, see where it takes you! As usual the digital template is available free in my store for a limited time! Snag it while you can.

I struggled with this one initially. The sentiment was giving me issues, so I just went with what felt right with the card. The paper, I don't know who makes it. Found it in my stash pile of 'unknowns'. Gotta use that stuff up!

"Boy" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, DCWV; Eyelets: MM; Stickers: Miss Elizabeths; Other: Papers, ribbon;

"true beauty" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: October Afternoon pp; Dew drop ink; Scenic Route sticker; Prima flowers; Kasier Craft pearls

"time to party" card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: supplies: card, patterned paper, tag, ribbon: Cherries Jubilee; button: Foofala; DMC floss; white gel pen

"Happy Birthday" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: SEI; Brads: Making Memories; Rub: Crate

"wonderful world" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card. My Mind’s Eye papers, chipboard from local bargain shop, Versamagic chalk ink, paper lace ribbon from bargain shop, MM brads, organza ribbon.

"a-maz-ing" card by Pearl Liu
Supply List : Bazzill Scalloped CS, Sandylion Licorice Collection pp, WRMK White Out Layered Chipboard tag , Sakura Aqua Glaze Black pen .

"happy birthday to you" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Cardstock – Various Bazzill, Bazzill Cardstock Just the Edge, Buttons from stash, Twine from local craft shop, Clear Stamps – Heidi Grace, Ribbons from Angel Crafts

"Christmas" card by Linda Flinders

"Love" card by Kelli Smith
supplies: cloud 9 wedding collection, stickers with Glossy accents, Maya Road chipboard


Tutorial - rub-ons on a curve

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

One of the staples in my stash are rub-ons. Love them! So quick, simple, easy to use, and mess free. However sometime the standard 'greeting' doesn't fit with the design of the card and I want to change it. Don't think you have to put up with rub-ons just the way they are, just take some scissors to them and they take on a whole new life!

Step 1 - You've got your paper, and your rub-on sentiment, now go grab a pair of scissors! The reason I cut my rub-ons is that they have a coating joining words together, and you can end up rubbing on letters you don't mean to, cutting the letters apart eliminates that possibility.

Step 2 - Using scissors cut along each letter vertically, so that the word is no longer joined. For small words like this I leave a small border at the end so that I don't have teeny tiny little rub-on alpha's flying around the scrap table!

Step 3 - For this project I want the word curved around the circle, so I start with the middle letter "e" in the middle of the circle, then work my way outwards rotating the sheet slightly for each letter. Starting in the middle and working outward prevents having a big gap at either end.

Step 4 - Finish off applying the rub-on word, doing each letter separately.

Step 5 - finish your project.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Colorbok; Rub-on: EK Success; Flower: Prima; Brad: 7 Gypsies

Happy Scrapping!



Manufacturer Monday - Reminisce wk2

Monday, July 21, 2008

When I chose Reminisce for this months featured manufacturer I was sure I wanted to use up my Halloween products. I got their line in a DT kit a year ago and had lots left over. One thing with Halloween lines is they are always fun to work with.

Supplies: Paper & Stickers: Reminisce; Ribbon: one heart... one mind; Ink: Clearsnap; Eyelets: MM;

The bag is from a template, just fill it up and staple the top, just something different than the usual cellophane bags with toppers.

More soon



Friday Freebie - WINNER

The winners of the Friday Freebie, a $5 coupon to my digital store are:

Sandy: I love your digital store!!! Please consider me for the contest. Thank you!
Romaine: I love your website I finally bought PSE 6 and now I am getting great ideas from your site. I would love a chance to win. Thanks

Email me and I'll email the coupon codes to you!




you know you're a scrapbooker when...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

You go grocery shopping to 3 different stores, the bank, and the library and think you have a stone on the bottom of your shoe. You get to the car, check your shoes and find a medium sized pink rhinestone on the bottom!

just wanted to share

Di (offline today, so thank you blogger for scheduled posting!)


Saturday Stash Challenge

Saturday, July 19, 2008

After some thought I decided to change the Stamping Saturday to Stash. Usually when I start projects I start with a theme in mind, or sketch, or product. Now, once a week I will pick out one or two oldest things in my stash and create SOMETHING with it.

This is a quick card using OLD paper, I'd estimate 3 years old paper. The pale pink papers on the card are left overs from projects done recently. The flowers are brads, and approximately 18 months old.
Stamps are less than a year old, but the pens are 2 years old. Simple design, but quick and uses scraps and old stash :) Seeing the supplies go down, and card pile go up, makes me happy :) In hindsight I wish I'd scalloped the edge of the cardstock, but it's stuck down fast (ATG gun) and so I call it done!

Supplies: Paper: Colorbok; Cardstock: DCWV; Corner Rounder: EK Success; Brads: Provocraft; Stamp: Boxer; Other: Rhinestones, Stamp markers;

So dig out the oldest thing you got and go for it!



Friday Freebie - Digital Freebie!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Freebie ended

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.

Good Luck!



Theme Thursday - Christmas Cards!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Looks like a few of you are joining in on the Christmas in July theme and preparing for the Holiday Season! Good for you! I made a few cards for this week so I am on track for my cards needed by December 1st.

Often when I'm making stuff for myself I look around to see what's already out on the scrap table. When I sat down to make these cards I'd been tidying up and noticed the paper on top of a pile that had no 'home'. So I just used it rather than putting it away, lol. The paper is printed with the squares and stitching making these quick and easy cards!

Supplies: Paper: Colorbok; Snowflake Brads: Unknown; Rub-on: JoAnns

I will say that I have quite a collection of Christmas stash. Not really sure where it all came from but it seems to multiply when I'm not looking. I guess the biggest problem is in the past I seemed afraid to use stuff incase I'd find the perfect project for it later on (chipboard especially). My goal now is to USE it!

Supplies: Paper: Colorbok; Charms & Brads: Making Memories; Rub-on: JoAnns

I'm happy to say that the snowflakes are done, gone and used up. The tree charms I think I have one or two left. Unfortunately that hardly made a dent in my supplies, lol!

Supplies: Paper: Colorbok; Snowflake Brads: Unknown; Rub-on: JoAnns; Ink: Clearsnap;

For these I also used some old DCWV paper for envelopes. Gotta use that stash! Just pick a coordinating color and make some envelopes. Also I picked these rub-ons up at the post-holiday sales so I probably bought more than I needed, but I did buy them 2 years ago and still using them!

What's your Christmas Card count at?



Card Sketch July #3

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's Wednesday again! Doesn't seem minutes since the last card sketch yet here is another. This one is based on a card I made EONS ago. ok not quite but it's probably 2-3 years ago. It could be kept nice, clean and simple with cardstock, or you could make it more involved with lots of patterns. You know me, my preference is clean and simple :) As usual for the digital people the layered template is available free in my store for a limited time, snag it while you can.

As I said this is a card design I've used before so I went a little different with it. The weekend I made this card I was sorting through my stash and out popped this paper from way back when. It's all pre-printed and I figured it'd fit the sketch perfectly with very little real work needed from me :) My kinda cardmaking that! Added a rub-on, a sticker and a bit of ink and ta-da!

"Thinking of U" card by Di Hickman Supplies: Patterned paper: Colorbok; Ink: Clearsnap; Rub-on: Heidi Grace; Sticker: SEI;

Lots of inspiration below from the sketch girls, some of whom got inspired and jumped on the "Christmas in July" theme for this month, totally their choice, but I love em for it! From simple, stamping, rub-ons or complicated there is something for everyone from the sketch girls. They sketch girls totally need a name though don't you think? I was thinking Diagram Diva's but I think the whole Diva thing is a little played out. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!

"Over U" card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Prismatics Cardstock by Prism; Michael Miller Fabric Paper; Copic Ciao marker; flower, stamps unknown (gifted)

"Jingle Bells" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: DCWV cardstock, DCWV papers, Queen & Co felt, Dovecraft stamp, black Versafine ink, Marvy pens, American Crafts ribbon, Papermania brads.

"Merry Christmas" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper, Ribbon, Button & Chipboard Circle: Doodlebug;Felt: Stick-It-Felt; Stamp: Stampin' Up; Ink: Versa Mark; Embossing Powder: JoAnns Craft Essentials

"Friendship" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (Making The Grade set and Friendship Centers stamp set); Ink: Ranger; Card Stock: Core'dinations; Paper: DCWV; Glitter: Art Glitter; Chipboard: Maya Road; Crackle Paint: Ranger; Ribbon: Beaux Regards; Buttons: Autumn Leaves

"proud of you" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies- pp: Daisy Bucket; felt flower: Creative Cafe; rhinetones: Queen & Co.; Doodlebug frill; rub on: DejaViews; chipboard: Scenic Route; paint: Plaid; fabric; Tie One On

"smell the flowers" card by Chrys Rose
supplies: Boxer Scrapbook pattern paper; Around the Block chipboard; Kasier Craft rhinestones

"thank you" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Papers, Brad & Flower: HOTP. Sentiments Stamp: FREE with a magazine

"Thanks" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Patterned Paper - Daisy Bucket, Ribbons and gems – Angel Crafts, Button – Fancy Pants, Stamps – Technique Tuesday

"Friends Forever" card by Linda Flinders

"wishes" card by Kelli Smith
Supplies: basic grey, technique tuesday circle chipboard, ranger stickles, distressed inks

"make a wish" card by Pearl Liu
Supply List : DCWV Nana's Kids CS, 3 Bugs in A Rug Celebrate sticker