April Desktop freebie & new digital scrapbooking kit!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's April 1st tomorrow, which means of course it's desktop freebie time! If you want to download April's desktop check out my digital stores at: Di Hickman Designs, Scrapwow or A Cherry On Top

I made the desktop with my new digital kit Chick-a-dee. I don't know about you but I am so loving Spring! And to celebrate I made this kit with Springy colors and a little Chicky :) I love the colors, and the papers in this kit.

Remember these are available in all my digital stores: Di Hickman Designs, Scrapwow or A Cherry On Top!!! Check 'em out!



Scrapwow Sunday

Monday, March 30, 2009

Yesterday saw the kick off at Rakscraps blog of a new weekly feature called Scrapwow Sunday. The designers from Scrapwow get to take over the blog one day a week :) First day was yesterday and we kicked off with a bang! A few of us designers got together to offer this freebie

Pop by the Rakscraps blog to check it out, and snag the freebie!



project 101 and tagged

Friday, March 27, 2009

Completely craft free post for today, kinda. I mentioned the project 101 in 1001 last week and I have to mention that I achieved one of my goals :) Last Friday I ran for 3 miles on the treadmill, technically this was the second time as I ran the 3 miles the week before but according to my training schedule it should be last week! I just got carried away with the ipod tunes! I got a pic of the treadmill display but the display was on incline reading not mileage, doh! Didn't even think to check that, I was just so excited! Anyway that's one item off my list! Naturally I needed a photo for my self portrait a month part of the project so here I am after running the 3 miles (and walking for a cool down). Ignore the sweaty hair and red face, I just ran 3 miles remember!

Today I upped the program and ran for 3 1/2 miles, wow so much harder to do that extra half mile! I really really want to stick with this but know that I am gonna have to change the routine soon. It's already getting warm in the day and running at 11am in the Summer is NOT gonna happen. Pondering the decision to make there.

Also I was tagged this week by Renee. Haven't done one of these for a while so here it is: Open your photo folder on your computer • Open the 6th folder of photos • Select the 6th picture • Post the picture on your blog with a description

Well I have folders in folders in folders, so my 6th folder was my: Photo's Oly" folder, 6th folder in their was "March" and 6th Photo was this one. Not very exciting I'm afraid...

This is a photo of some lettuce flowers. The weather warmed up here and my winter crops are going to seed including the lettuce. So I harvested what I could and let the rest flower. Good photo opportunities :) Plus looks pretty too!

The next part of the meme is to tag 6 friends and get them to do it, but I hate that part, I never know who to tag without excluding people. So if you want to join in go ahead :) and post on your blog.

Happy Friday! The weekend is one day away!!!


UHU sketch challenge!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Are you ready for a challenge? I think I've mentioned that I'm a "UHU gluer" before but the site/blog has moved, and us gluers, well we're getting busy with the UHU and crafting up a storm! I figured I'd lead the way this month with a little challenge and a prize package sponsored by UHU and Saunders Manufacturing! The prize package has a retail value of $30!

For my challenge I had to do a sketch right? So here is the challenge, create a layout using this sketch, link me up in the comments, then on 9th April I'll draw a random winner :) That gives you two weeks to get creating!!! *no digital entries, paper or hybrid only sorry!*

Here is my sample layout using the sketch! Just my DH messing about in the pool. This is a hybrid layout using one of my digital kits. I just printed the parts, cut them out them adhered it all together with some traditional embellishments!

Supplies: Glue roller, twist & glue: UHU; Summer Fun kit by Di Hickman; Flowers: Prima; Misc brad & buttons;

Good luck!



Card Sketch March #4

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Final card sketch for March this week! Wow the weeks go fast don't they? That means the year is 1/4 through already!!! Sheesh! This weeks sketch is inspired by a couple of older sketches that I did in 2007/8. Two sketches smushed together to create a new one :)

Because I had been procrastinating I didn't make this weeks card till late, and then of course I realized that I had no room to create as I'm reorganizing my supplies (moved my BIG desk in!), so I went hybrid. Turned out to be a good move as I love this card :) Must be into hybrid lately as I made this card and a layout recently, then went on to write an article. In a creative groove apparently.

"Little Baby" hybrid card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Little Dreamer digital kit by Nancy Kubo ; Ribbon: Offray; Brads: one heart... one mind

"Get Well Soon" hybrid card by Andrea Gourley
Supplies: Sunshiny Day by Corina Nielsen at Funky Playground Designs; Flower - Prima; Font - SP You've Got Mail; Pen - Zig Millenium; Card - Stampin Up

"Happy Birthday to you" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: The Paper Company paper; American Crafts rub ons; Boxer Scrapbook buttons; Making Memories stickers; Fancy Pants rub ons

"Happy Birthday" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers & Brads – Imaginisce; Ric rac – from stash

"Congratulations" card by Linda Flinders

"Happy Birthday" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Bazzill Swiss Dot CS , Bo Bunny It's My Party patterned paper and cardstock sticker, Spotlight Spiral Clips , Q&Co Birthday Brads

"Mothers Day" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: DCWV paper, Making Memories paper, Lakeland stamps, Versamagic ink, Prima ribbon, Prima flower, vintage button, CraftWork brad.

"love" card by Lizzy Davidson
Supplies: All the supplies in this card are really old ones from my stash, patterned paper, unidentified. The cream lace is from lakeland, love stamp (unknown) The pink lace is from some reels of sellotape which were a gift from QVC , no idea who makes them. Little bit of stickles glitter!!

"The power of cute!" card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: pp: SEI; ribbon; flowers: Petaloo; tag: Heidi Swapp

"Mum" card by Ruth Trice
Supplies: Paper - Melissa Frances, Stamps by Hobby Art and Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Punches by Xcut, Carl Craft, Martha Stewart and The Punch Bunch. Gems from staash.

Remember I love to come check out your cards so leave me a comment with a link to your blog!



Prima Hybrid - altered

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Going hybrid today! This week I'm using a kit from Valerie Foster which is meant for cardmaking but I used it for a calendar cover, so I guess technically this is digital recycling and I could have used it for Thursdays 'green' post :)

I have to say I ADORE the papers in this kit by Valerie! The designs are just beautiful, I've just been waiting for the right project to use them on. This project is one of those pocket/purse size calendars, I've simply added a new cover and a little of "me" to the look.

Digital Products:
Stone Rose Hybrid card kit (digital) by Valerie Foster @ Prima Hybrid; Prima Fancies #1 by Valerie Foster @ Prima Hybrid;

Physical Products:
Chipmates Inkjet diecut stickers; Chipmates chipboard shapes; Fancie flower from "the bitty bag" #506988; center kisses round 9mm #520717;

  1. Unfold the calendar and pop the full length cover (back and front) onto your scanner, and scan @ 300dpi (this saves measuring!)
  2. Using the marquee tool drag a box 1/4" larger than the cover, open a new layer and fill with white.
  3. Open stoneose_card04 from digital kit, drag onto document and resize to fit a front cover. Use a clipping mask to form to the box in step 2.
  4. Make a copy of stonerose_card04 layer, flip horizontally and use for the back cover.
  5. Add MixedFancies_02 from digital files, adding a blending mode: color (turquoise color-picked from stonerose_card-4), place in upper right corner
  6. Print onto cardstock and let dry & cut to size. Assemble cover of calendar
  7. Open stonerose_chipmates, using marquee tool drag a box around the item you want to use, then invert selection and delete. This will avoid printing the rest of the sheet when you only want to print ONE chipmate item.
  8. Add text to tag, print onto chipmate sticker. Let dry then adhere to chipboard chipmate
  9. Adhere chipboard to front of calendar, add prima fancie and center kisses!
  • I adhered the chipboard to the front of the calendar ontop of the plastic cover otherwise it'd be too lumpy to get into the plastic cover.
  • The top of the flower was hanging off the edge of the chipboard so I secured it with some pop-dots cut in half giving some support to the flower.
  • Print your chipmate onto paper first, then check the color/text/placement etc is correct before printing onto the sticker sheets.
Hope you like!!!



on a roll

Monday, March 23, 2009

a creative one...

new desk is in...

room is a mess...

busy making projects...

articles are writing themselves...

like I said.... roll...

back later...


March issue of DAM now available!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Quick weekend post to let you know that the March issue of Digital Artist Magazine is now available just go to the DAM website to order :) Digital Artist Magazine is a top-quality publication for the digital and hybrid scrapbooking community. Our staff members and creative team are dedicated to the concept of providing our readership with inspiring layout designs, informative articles, and innovative techniques. Published monthly, each issue also includes several free scrapbooking products created by our featured and exclusive designers as well as a number of product and service reviews. The result is a magazine that truly aims to show our readers how to “create art out of memories.”

The March edition of Digital Artist Magazine is overflowing with beautiful layouts and some fabulous freebies! This month we were honored to showcase Catherine Designs as our featured designer. Catherine has created a stunning kit Pêle Mêle, Memory Keeper - Spring Variation exclusively for Digital Artist Magazine readers and there's also plenty of inspirational layouts to see using the kit! Are you a fan of clean pages and templates? Len Escobar takes us back to the true meaning of scrapbooking and how best to use templates to suit your needs. From a site feature with Maya, Lorie and Natali of Scrapbook Graphics and themed layout showcases such as Brushwork and Springtime, plus a Spring pack of Press Lines by Paislee Press and another exclusive kit from Megan Fisher, this issue will spark your creativity with latest trends, creative ideas and much more!

In this issue:
  • Featured Designer - Catherine Paturet
  • Brushwork Inspiration
  • Latest Trends with Laura Kannady & Beth Santos-Gugol
  • Digital Artist Award - March 2009
  • Site Feature - Scrapbook Graphics
  • Spring & Easter Inspiration
  • Product Review - Must-Have Products
  • Clean Templates with Len Escobar
  • Saint Patrick's Day Inspiration
  • Hybrid Spring Album with Michelle Filo
  • Photoshop Technique Tutorial with Sandra Edwards
  • Photoshop Layout Walkthrough with Amanda Wall
  • Pêle Mêle, Memory Keeper - Spring Variation by Catherine Designs
  • Press Lines - Spring by Paislee Press
  • Spring is in the Air by Megan Fisher
  • Brushes by Fruitloop Sally
  • Clean Templates by Len Escobar
I downloaded my copy Friday and WOW amazing issue, each one gets better and better! The DAM team just knock my socks off each time. Plus at $4.50 an issue, amazing value with the freebies you get! The Spring kit by Catherine is GORGEOUS! Trust me you'll want it! lol!

Also having seen a sneak peak at the stuff they are working for April, well hold on to your hats!


Spring cleaning!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It was the first day of Spring on the 20th, so happy Spring :) Newsletter subscribers will know that we scored a free desk off craigslist Tuesday and this weekend we'll be busy reshuffling the offices around for optimum productivity. I'll hopefully be reorganizing, and purging supplies(I keep trying anyway!).

All supplies by Boxer Scrapbooks

Scheduling this post, and as I write I'm blogging, listening to tunes on the computer and clearing out the room ready to get the desk in here! So much room in here without all the scrapbook stuff! lol!

have a great weekend!



Project 101 in 1001

Friday, March 20, 2009

I was starting some projects earlier this year, and non felt right, I just wasn't 100% on board with it. I wanted something different but wasn't sure what. I did some research online and decided to join in on the 101 in 1001 challenge! I like this challenge as I can choose whatever I want, document it how I wish, and start whenever I want, the only goal is to achieve your 101 things in 1001 days. Sounds simple right?

As any scrapbooker would, I made an mini album to document the whole thing and will be updating as I achieve the 101 'things' on my list. The list isn't completed yet but it's getting there! This is the album.

Being used for assignment Scrapbooking.com

The album is repurposed for this project. It is in fact a MM catalogue from CHA 2007/8 (not sure which). My vision for this was small (it's 8x8) and colorful, BUT I want it freeflowing. No rules! This album will be something I come back to again and again throughout the next 1001 days.

Supplies: paper, chipboard, rub-ons and stickers: Pink Paislee; Chipboard Alpha: Heidi Swapp; Rub-on alpha & Ribbon: one heart... one mind.

Being used for assignment Scrapbooking.com

Everything just seemed to mesh with the challenge and my needs. The reason I waited till today to start is because of the end date. Starting today my end date in 1001 days will be 16th December 2011, the celebration of my 40th birthday!!! Like I said it all seemed to fit :) This is my intro page, using DCWV 8x8 Whimsy stack, some old TT&T transparencies, ohom rub-ons and Heidi Swapp chipboard alpha's.

Being used for assignment Scrapbooking.com

Although it's not complete I thought I'd share the list so far of the 101 things for my 1001 days. Some are pretty specific, some are monthly/yearly projects and others involve nothing more than my time and energy. I feel I have a pretty good mix of projects. I've not decided 100% if this is my final list, but will update when I finalize it, which will hopefully be in the next

  1. get down to 130lbs - not far to go now, couple of lbs
  2. do 50/100 push ups
  3. do 50/100 sit ups
  4. eat at least 1 thing I grew everyday for a week (besides oranges) (0/7)
  5. run 3m/5k - I actually achieved this last week but wasn't supposed to till this week, so I'm leaving it in.
  6. run 4m
  7. run 5m
  8. run 6m
  9. get abs again :) - I've done this before I CAN do it again! I had a 4 pack, almost got the 6 pack!
  10. yoga once a week for year (0/52)
  11. meditate every day for a month (0/31)
  12. write sketch book
  13. learn to quill & make something using quilling
  14. knit something
  15. sew something
  16. card a day for a month (0/31)
  17. l/o a day for a month (0/31)
  18. buy and work through - the artists way
  19. buy and work through - living out loud book
  20. offline days once a week/month
  21. get rid of chemical cleaners for 'green' products
  22. learn to use my camera!
  23. photography day once a month ((0/33))
  24. photo a day for a month - (August 2009?) (0/31)
  25. photo a day for a year- 16th Dec 2010 – 2011
  26. Document a day in my life through photographs - perhaps a bit boring?
  27. monthly self portrait throughout the project (made album will share soon)
  28. sign up for photo sites and sell a photo
  29. do camcorder updates Weekly!
  30. send DVD of above to parents once every quarter
  31. do found art - leave bookmarks in the library
  32. write letters to people who matter and label them "in case of death"
  33. learn a new language - spanish
  34. participate in http://www.nanowrimo.org/ in Nov 2009 or 2010
  35. write a book - fiction
  36. Take a day off from everything once a month - do nothing but what I want to do day (16th?) This is so I can add in extra gardening, thrift store shopping etc
  37. take up drawing/painting again
  38. sell a piece of art - etsy?
  39. donate - give away 101 things - freecycle/found art/etc
  40. make good vegan cupcakes/cakes
  41. cook 1 new recipe a month (0/33)
  42. try solar cooking
  43. vegan for a month (0/31)
  44. pick my own Fruit & veg at Underwood instead of supermarket
  45. read at least 1 book a month (0/33) - pretty much doing 2-3 a month but I want to keep this up!
  46. visit a waterfall
  47. make my own piece of jewelry
  48. write one thing that makes me happy everyday for year - happiness journal 16th Dec 2009 - 2010
  49. journal everyday for month (0/31)
  50. journal everyday for year - 16th Dec 2010 - 2011
  51. bike license?
  52. learn to juggle
  53. ride a skateboard
  54. save $1 a day for 1001 days - set aside and buy something big when I am 40
  55. flylady for a month have a house that is simple, clean and tidy
  56. host pool party in summer
  57. paint my office
  58. go geocaching
  59. For three months I will put a dime in the jar for each time I curse
  60. raise $101 for charity
  61. visit the Dervaes homestead :)
  62. Make plans for ****** SECRET SORRY *****
  63. do a bookcrossing or similar
  64. eat a meal with my fingers that usually requires utensils
  65. make my own beer/wine!
  66. make something with clay
  67. play mini/crazy golf
  68. buy nothing new for a year - 16th Dec 2010 - 2011
  69. fire a gun at shooting range
  70. eat a PB&J sandwich
  71. create a timecaspsule on 16th Dec 2011 to open on 16 Dec 2021 (50th)
  72. go snorkling
  73. fix my push bike myself
  74. crochet something
  75. fast for 24 hours
  76. don't speak for 24 hours
  77. ride on a jetski
  78. fly in a helicopter
  79. scan all old photo's into computer & back up onto dvd
  80. get tarot/psychic reading
  81. have a proper picnic, for no other reason than having a picnic, even if it's in my backyard
  82. new word every day for a month (0/31)
  83. complete garden plans for front garden & complete it
  84. design a t-shirt and buy it/wear it
  85. take a self defense class like judo/karate
  86. go horseriding again
  87. scrapbook our wedding - it was 10 years ago, I need to do it!
  88. ….
  89. ….
  90. ….
  91. ….
  92. ….
  93. ….
  94. ...
  95. ...
  96. ...
  97. Make another list!!!

Anyone else done this? Any suggestions for things to do? 1001 days to go! Whoooooot!



Theme Thursday - Green

Thursday, March 19, 2009

As the theme is 'green' this month and I know what you're thinking "Di, that card is NOT green!", well Miss Doubting Thomas it is! And I don't just mean the leaves! I made this card in December and I was working through some Boxer projects and just used up some scraps to make a quick card (see green!). Anyway whilst making it I decided to just stamp a generic greeting (stamps are green!).

Supplies: Papers, stickers & Stamps: Boxer Scrapbooks; Die cut: Sizzix

However when it came to it in January I needed a birthday card, and at short notice! So I recycled! Does anyone else do this? All I did was cut a new strip of white cardstock adhered it to the card and trimmed it to size. Naturally as it was a small strip I used a scrap from my scrap stash. Then all I did was stamp a new greeting!

Supplies: Papers, stickers & Stamps: Boxer Scrapbooks; Die cut: Sizzix

I don't recycle cards like this often as I usually have a back up stash, but this design was perfect for the recipient and all that needed changing was the sentiment. Of course I could have simply made the card with no sentiment originally and saved some time, but where would be the fun in that? I just struggle to do cards with no sentiment, I'd rather recycle later :)

So have you got a card in your stash that needs a little green touch? Recycle it into something new!



Card Sketch March #3

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Did everyone enjoy St Patrick's Day? I just got SO MUCH accomplished yesterday I amazed myself! Love days like that, need more of those for sure! Today of course is Wednesday which means CARD SKETCH! Love Wednesdays! Here is this weeks sketch

I didn't have to reach far for this weeks papers! I'd gotten an 8x8 stack of DCWV papers recently and true to form had just left them on my scrap table. So I just reached for them for this card. I think it's the DCWV Whimsy stack, which is beautiful!

"Hi" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Cardstock & Paper: DCWV; Brads: HOTP; Alpha: ki memories; Ribbon: unknown

"Birthday" card by Andrea Gourley
Supplies: Ice Cream Party by Shabby Miss Jenn; Stamped computer font; May Arts ribbon; Wooden Heart - Hobbycraft; card - Stampin' Up

"Love" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: DCWV cardstock, DCWV Spring Stack papers, Fancy Pants chipboard, Stazon ink, white Sign pen, K&Co Que Sera Sera die-cut, Elusive Images butterfly stamps, beaded string and pearls from stash.

"Happy Birthday" card by Linda Flinders

"Smile" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Graphic 45 Fashionista patterned papers and die cut,Bazzill Swiss Dots cardstocks, Robin's Nest Primary Dew Drops , May Arts ribbon

"Cute Owl!" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers – Sassafras My Dearest, Pocketful of Rosies & Robotics; Owl – packaging tag from Paperchase; Lace – from stash

"Birthday Girl" card by Lizzy Davidson
Supplies: Magnolia happy birthday stamp, patterned paper junkitz salsa. ribbon from hobby craft, pink chalk ink, pink charms from paperchase.

"Get Well" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Pink Paislee paper; Bazzill cardstock; Boxer Scrapbook buttons and ribbon; Prima flower; Kaiser Craft rub ons

"Falling for You" card by Celeste Brodnik
Supplies: Pattern Paper, Trim: Webster's Pages; Letter Stickers: Scrapworks, American Crafts; Flower: Making Memories; Button: Bazzill Basics; Twine: Craft Supply

"Happy Birthday" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Basics Swiss Dots, Patterned Paper – My Mind’s Eye, Brads – Papermania, Ribbon from Stash, Rubons

Just a reminder to link me up in the comments if you make a card with the sketch, I love to come check them out!



Freebie Winner - stamps

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Eek a day late posting this, but better late than never! Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Friday Freebie! The winner is

Thanks for the chance to win a freebie.
How you getting on clearing out your supplies, think I'll come over and bring a suitcase to help you :)

Well done on the 3 mile run, you are doing really well, hope you manage to keep it up xxx

Email me with your mailing address and I'll get those out to you asap!




Happy St Patricks Day!

Top o' the mornin' to ya! Hehehe, happy St Patrick's Day! Just popping in to remind ya that my St Patrick's Day kit is available in my digital stores! Nice little mini kit at just $1.95 makes it perfect for the odd page or two to celebrate green beer day! lol!

I made a couple of projects so far with this kit, which I've already shared but nice reminder as to what you can do with a mini kit! First up a hybrid card using last weeks sketch. I love hybrid, especially for cards, makes 'em super easy :)

Next up a layout of Bella Bug, Nancy's daughter. Love these glasses don't you? I seem to be in a layering phase right now. Not usually my style to titl the papers either but I thought the layout needed it :)

Have a great St Patrick's Day everyone!



Happy Birthday Mum!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Just want to say a BIG Happy birthday to my Mum who is another year older (and wiser?) today! Happy birthday Mum! For those not in the know, my Mum lives back in England and so we have an email/web/phone relationship right now. I made her this hybrid card, and the flocked alpha I grunged up just wouldn't come out right on the photo, one of those that looks better IRL. The beige paper is more a pinky beige IRL and the alpha more beige than pink! Lol!

Digital: Beautiful Day kit by Vera Lim; Steel Toe Mary Janes by Vera Lim @ Prima Hybrid; Card template set #3 by Di Hickman;
Prima Physical Product: Center kisses ; Loft 18 burgundy 520045 ; Whispered Words flocked alphabet

  • Reduce digital papers to 5"x5" and design digital portion of card, print and set aside to dry.
  • Make a 5"x5" from white cardstock, cut out digital card and adhere to card base.
  • Adhere flocked alphabet, flower, and center kisses.
  • For a unified look I added some chalk to 'dirty up' the white flocked alpha
Remember you can see more Prima Hybrid projects on the Prima blog every Wednesday!

Have a wonderful day Mum!




Digital Store Update - card templates!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Just popping in to mention that I have uploaded Card Template pack #5 to my stores! Everyone seems to like the 6x4 size so I followed along that theme. This pack has 6 cards portrait style, that's 4"x6" perfect for printing at home! Lots of great styles, something for everyone. Remember both the PSD and PNG files are included in the download!

You can find these and more card templates at my digital stores: Di Hickman Designs, Scrapwow or A Cherry On Top stores

Also remember we have card sketches every Wednesday! Make sure to pop by the blog!



Layout Sketch - March

Saturday, March 14, 2009

So it's surely time for the March layout sketch? I think so! This is DiAGRAM #62 and free for a limited time in my digital store, so go snag it while you can. The preview is new and something I am playing with, not 100% sure on it yet, but it's a work in progress. Let me know what you think :)

I'm enjoying getting creative with my digital kits lately. I think I've finally found a happy medium between paper, digital and hybrid! Took some time but I think I'm there! Just got to accept the times when you NEED to do a particular medium. Like this template just felt digi to me when I sat down to create, so I picked a photo and got going from there! Love this pic of Bella, Nancys daughter. That girl cracks me up!

"St Patrick's fun Day" layout by Di Hickman
Supplies: St Patrick's Day kit by Di Hickman Available at: Di Hickman Designs, Scrapwow or A Cherry On Top stores

"I love you" layout by Lisa Peppers

"She wants to be a Diva!" layout by Renee' Morris-Dezember
Supplies: Di Hickman's Diva Digital Kit and "stitches" by Sande Kreiger

"Playtime" layout by Christina Dean
Supplies: brown and white flowers, silver brads cream and brown cardstock,lettering

Enjoy the weekend!



Friday Freebie

Friday, March 13, 2009

Rather late with this post today but better late than never eh? Anyway it's time for a Friday Freebie! This week I have a little Studio G stamp set for ya, these have some random sentiments: Enjoy, {in my thoughts}, thanks and a floral image. Cute for cards for sure! Anyway to enter, just sign in the comments and I'll pick a winner Monday :)

Good luck! Make sure to pop back Saturday as it's layout sketch day!



Theme Thursday - Green

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Those that know me, know I love to reuse things, whether in scrapbooking, in the house or in the garden. Whenever something is headed for the trash or recycle I stop and think "what could I reuse this for"? I know this idea has been done before, heck I've posted it on my blog before, but the idea needs repeating: check your trash for embellishments!

One of my favorite things is the pop can tabs and garage 'oddments'. Now I don't know how long this has been in my 'little drawer of things to use' but I know I haven't bought soda in our house for a LONG time, so probably about a year old! As are the papers (by Imagination project who haven't been manufacturing paper for over a year!) and the ribbon is a scrap in my ribbon jar that was just long enough for the card :)

Supplies: Paper: Imagination Project; Stamp: EK Success; Ink: CTMH; Misc: Ribbon, Soda tab

In scrapbooking the 3 R's still apply.
  • Reduce the need for new product by using your stash!
  • Reuse products, use scraps, use stamps, and use products from non-scrapbooking sources
  • Recycle products you aren't going to use! Don't trash them! Give them away to friends/familyor freecycle

The newest thing on the card is the ink which I got earlier this year, and the stamp was mid 2008. All this means that YES I am diving into my stash again! After taking some time off from Manufacturer Monday and Stash Saturday I am feeling recharged and ready to tackle the challenges again! I know I need to for sure!



Card Sketch March #2

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yep scallops again this week! Really digging scallops lately on my cards. Just a little scallop here and there really adds a lot to a card doesn't it? This one has a themed sentiment but you can change that up remember! Sketches are just a jumping point for your creativity! Lots of sample cards from the sketch girls so remember to keep scrolling and check them out!

Hybrid card from me this week using my latest kit "St Patrick's Day". I printed this out in 3 parts, cut it out and assembled. Next time I don't know I'd print it separately as I had to cut around the shamrock which was rather fiddly! I like the end result though!

"Happy St Patrick's Day" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: St Patrick's Day digital kit by Di Hickman.

"Lucky Me" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Boxer Scrapbook paper; Daisy Bucket paper; 7Gypsies gaffer tape; Melissa Frances chipboard and rub ons; Making Memories stickers; Bazzill cardstock

"Good Luck" card by Andrea Gourley
Supplies: Papers and paper trim - Close to My Heart by Zoe Pearn, Sweet Shoppe Designs; Lucky clover element - Happy Go Lucky Doodles by Kate Hadfield at The LilyPad; Ribbon - American Crafts; SP You've Got Mail font; Zig Millenium black pen; Stampin' Up cardstock

"Endings and beginnings" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill and DCWV cardstock, DCWV Spring Stack paper, stamp by Unity Stamp Company, Colorbox chalk ink, CraftWork adhesive lace and butterfly, pearls from stash.

"A little bird told me" card by Liz Davidson
Supplies: background patterned paper by Junkitz Salsa pad. other patterned paper by junkitz. gem by paperchase, feather pinched from my daughters pen!!!! Gold pen by sakura, pink chalk ink.

"World's Greatest Mum" card by Louise Connell
Supplies: Papers & ribbon – Crate Paper Kaitlin; Flower – Imaginisce; Sentiment stamp – Stamps Away

"Happy Birthday" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies List: Cardstock – Bazzill Basics Swiss Dot, Patterned Paper - QVC but I can’t remember the manufacturer sorry, Frame – Making Memories Patterned Paper cut on a Slice, Stamp – Clever Cuts, Lace – John Lewis haberdashers

"Lucky Me" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Paper & Bingo card: Jenni Bowlin; Pom Trim: Papier Valise; Lace & Ribbon: JoAnns; Letters: Sticker king; Glitter Heart: Darice; Ink: (to make the lace look old) Distress Ink

"Thinking of you" card by Celeste Brodnik
Supplies: Pattern Paper, Journaling Card: Cosmo Cricket; Ribbon: Stampin' Up; Jewel: Darice; Stamp: Stampendous; Ink: Clearsnap, Autumn Leaves; Punch: Martha Stewart; Button: Craft Supply

"How old are you?" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock and Just the Edge , Queen and Co Birthday Brads, Bo Bunny It's My Party patterned papers and cardstock sticker .

"Love" card by Linda Flinders