Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sketch This #48

check out the latest sketch here & all the DT layouts & cards created for the sketch .
Using Core'dinations Black Magic CS which was distressed & sanded , a little masking with the star shape , Corrugated star inked & glimmer misted , MM Animal crackers die cut paper & epoxy stickers , DCWV glitter cs , Creative Imaginations ribbon , MM shimmer star & metal ribbon holder . Cuttlebug embossed mini HS ghost shapes .

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Papertake weekly - elegant embossing

This week's challenge is to use embossing - can be wet or dry . 

My supplies : Cuttlebug reverse embossing ( folder inked with eggplant ) , Colorbok's Sticky Stitches, Love, Elsie - Zoe pp

Monday, April 28, 2008

sketches by tamara #42

check out the sketch & DT's layouts here

Robin's Nest highly glittered range of pattern paper is a new brand for me to try out. 
Tamara's sketch was perfect for me to try out a layout with lots of flourishes especially without the mess of putting my own glitter . 

Supplies : Robin's Nest Awing pp , ATB CS , Mambi chipboard flower , Hambly Overlay , Love Elsie Roxie fabric paper, EK Success & MM alpha stickers

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Sketch World card sketch April #2

check out the fabulous DT card samples for this sketch ! Just amazing work from everyone !

Supplies : DCWV All Dressed UP cardstock & ribbon, Carla Craft butterfly punch, Cuttlebug Embossing

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Allison's watery challenge

Another Rubber Romance image from Jilli which I water colored & added stickles & glitter glue .

Friday, April 25, 2008

Triple the Sketch #4

Check out the latest sketch & layout , card & tag samples
My supplies : IOD design pp , Prima Essentials Urban 4 , Foo Fa La Buttons , Creative Imaginations Epoxy Stickers, Core'Dinations cardstock torn to reveal core colour , Distress Inks

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Di Hickman's Card Sketch Apr #4

The printed buttons on this Love, Elsie paper can fool anyone , isn't it ?

Supplies : Bazzill Scalloped CS, Love, Elsie -Claire Prom Dress , ribbon , Daisy D rub-on tape transfer, K&Co Die Cut Glitter Stickers

As always do check out the sketch & DT card samples galore for inspiration .

Cute card Thursday - Girls just wanna have fun

I received this Rubber Romance image via Jilli ( thanks so much, Jill ! ) & made the card based on a Page Plans sketch. My first stamping card ! lol image coloured in with water colour pencils & some glitter glue for highlight.

Hope it qualifies as a cute card ! lol

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

cps #61

Playing with more Core-dinations cardstock - as you can see I went to town distressing the edges & sanding the cardstock with sandpaper. Not usually my fave techniques but with these cardstocks it's a pity to not let the core colour come thru !

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sketch This #47

Check out the latest sketch which you can use for layouts & cards !
Lots of inspiration & eye candy !
My first DT layout for Sketch This :
Supplies : Bazzill Bling CS , KI Memories Lace Cardstock , AC Roller Rink Glitter Alpha Chipboard , MM chipboard jigsaw shapes & Shimmer sticker, Amy Butler cardstock Sticker, Kaiser Self adhesive Pearls , MM Noteworthy felt flower sticker, K&Co Love dimensional sticker , DCWV Scallop 8x8 cardstock,

Sheer Organza Ribbon just received from Debbie in Georgia !

& I had fun cuttlebug embossing the Heidi Swapp mini ghost butterflies & flower .

Monday, April 21, 2008

Blog Header Pif by Donna - Crafty Krafts !

Donna of Crafty Krafts so kindly created & customised my new blog header as a PIF !

I couldn't believe me eyes when I saw this posted on her blog & that I could be a lucky winner !
I just had to have a go ! lol

Besides I have been looking for ways to better customise my blog header for a while now so it couldn't have come at a better time !

Donna also runs a Magnolia stamps weekly challenge blog - Magnolia stamps are so popular her UK based online store is now awaiting the latest shipment to arrive ! They are sold out !

New Finding - Core'dinations - coloured core cardstock
Trying out the new Core'dinations black cardstock with a pink core .
I lightly sanded selected words of the Cuttlebug embossed words
to reveal the core colour which is a light sandy pink here .
Flowers are new Prima Obsessions. Also added some Diamond stickles.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Di HIckman's card sketch Apr #3

Check out the latest sketch & card samples
Supplies : Sassafrass Lass pps, KI Memories stickers,

The post was scheduled via .
Do give it a try - also check out the new gadgets feature under customising page layout while you're at it !

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sketch This Layout DT !

Janelle has merged her weekly layout & card sketch blog into one place.

So thrilled to be part of an awesome team !

Looking forward to seeing everyone's work !

Here's the layout I submitted based on the DT call sketch

Using a mix of old & new supplies.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Papertakeweekly - All that Glitters !

This weeks challenge 'All that glitters' is simply to use glitter on your projects!

DCWV Butterflies & Blossoms CS - glittered, Prima flowers & Doodlebug sticker, Di Hickman Card sketch

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sisterhood of Scrap - Day 7 Challenge

Do you like Follow the Leader? Well, I'm the leader today! Here is a layout I did last night.I would like for you to FOLLOW my page, use it as inspiration and create one of your own. You could follow my color scheme, use a similar title, follow the layout of it to create your own . If you are a card-maker, you can create a card following the layout of my page.


Taking the cardmaking route & using DCWV Butterflies & blossoms CS , Bazzill Bling , Happy Hammer tag

Sisterhood of Scrap : Day 6 Challenge

My challenge for you today is to use a bird on a layout or card, and include some stitching -- either faux or real.

My take using Urban Lily Sassy pp, MM trim , Daisy D tape transfer for faux stitching , CI spoxy sticker

Sisterhood of Scrap : Connect Four Challenge

For my challenge you need to Connect 4 circles somewhere on your layout!! Simple, easy and fun!!


I have a cluster of circle shapes at the bottom right of the layout .

supplies : Sketches by Tamara #40, Chatterbox Courtyard kit - pps , ribbons , stickers , flowers ; Daisy D tape rub ons , AC chiupboard shapes & alpha . Stickles - Copper

Thursday, April 10, 2008

"Sisterhood of Scrap" Blog Party Challenge Day 5

Hey Party Gamers all around the world !

Hope you're having a fun time with the variety of Games challenges so far !

& Congratulations Sisters on your first anniversary & may the next 12 months be even more exciting !

If you missed the daily BINGO game over at the Sisters' blog , you can join in on this one !

My challenge for you today is to to take inspiration from the game of Bingo- use a Bingo card or use numbers on your layout if you don't have one; or some sort of dab paint ( as you would on a Bingo card ) ...Using BINGO cards continue to be a hot trend in scrapbooking this year so if you haven't tried it why not now ?

Here are some links to download Bingo card art :

My sample below using a Jenni Bowlin bingo card.

You have until April 17th th to complete this challenge and be entered for one of the many wonderful prizes that Sisterhood of Scrap is giving away!!! Make sure to link your layout here in the comments when you're done!

Don't forget that the Fun & Games at Sisterhood of Scrap is going on all week, so head over to their blog for all the details!!

So on with more BINGO fun !

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Caardvarks - flight of fancy

Supplies : Cuttlebug embossing , MM trim , Urban Lily pp - Sassy , Di Hickman's Apr Card sketch #2

Triple the Sketch #1

Another new sketch blog to check out - with inspirations to use on cards, layouts , altered items or tags !

Still using up new DCWV Butterflies & Blossoms cs, K&Co sticker , Cuttlebug embossing , Doodlebug Looby stickers

Monday, April 07, 2008

sketches by Tamara #39- New MM Jack, DCWV Rickrack cardstock

I wanted to try out as many new findings from the new CHA Winter 2008 releases as I could.

Supplies : New MM Jack Rick Rack 12x12 , New DCWV RickRack CS , KI Lace CS , DCWV Butterflies & Blossoms , Memories Complete star sticker, Making Memories Mini alphas Pink Ledger, K&Co wild saffron dimensional stickers, AC thickers Roller Rink Glitter, Maya Road transparent ribbon , Sassafras Lass Dearly sticker, MM Felt shape , Fancy Pants Tough & Rough stick pin & felt shape

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Art award

Susan has very kindly awarded me the Art Award ! Awww ! You rawk , Susan ! You never fail to lift me up , much more than you know .What a blessing you are ! 

It is given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogging world.
Here are the rules:

1. You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

& I now get to pass it on to 5 amazing artistes  : 

1. Christine  of Creative Journey 
2. Debbie  of  Debbie's Die Cuts
3. Becca  of Amazing Paper Grace 
4. Kazan of Nunu Toolies 

We are only limited by our imaginations - as said on Debbie's blog ! 
Thank you very much everyone for visiting my blog ! 

Di Hickman's Card Sketch April #1

You've got to check out the myriad of DT  ideas this week with this latest sketch ! 
definitely a great all occassion sketch   ! 

Supplies : Doodlebug pps , CS ,Chipboard tag,Cuttlebug embossing folder & dies, May arts ribbon 

I got these Doodlebug papers a year ago todate & they still are as fresh to me as when I first saw them ! Trying out some Cuttlebug embossing on vellum as I couldn't bear to cover up much of the joyful colors. And I finally used the small embossing folder & postage stamp cutting die . No good reason why I never used them . I'm still probably using 5% of the capabilities of my Cuttlebug since I bought it  - I haven't moved on  to cutting out more scallops & circles & flower shapes. Simply paralysis with just too much stash on hand! It's just easier to use ready made embellishments than piecing them together myself. Tsk tsk !   

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sisterhood of Scrap - Challenge Monday Mar 31st

Use some sort of hidden element on a layout.

Complete this challenge by Sunday, April 6th, and email it to Your name will be placed into a draw at the end of April, to have a chance to win a prize from our monthly sponsor.
Of course, you will also have the chance to become a Sister of the Week!

Being the cardmaking scrapper that I am , I actually used a 6x6 leftover square card to have hidden journaling & another picture that continues the story ...
journaling reads : Only as much as I dream can I be. Only as deep as you look can you see, Only as far as I seek can I go.
Based on a Layout sketch by Elsie Flannigan & using mainly Love, Elsie products

Papertake Weekly - Making Waves

This weeks challenge is nice and easy! 'Making Waves' - the challenge is to use scallops or zig-zags (or both if your really keen lol!) on your project!

Trying out more of the DCWV RickRack cardstock & the new Butterflies & Blossoms patterned cardstock. I punched holes on the edges to soften the look & to add some funk hopely. Stickers are Doodlebug teeny tags Raspberry Sunrise.