Friday, October 31, 2008

So Sketchy Oct card sketch

I had a go at the sketch here
Using Core'Dinations Vintage CS , Prima peaches journaling tags , Colorbok RipeBerry Vellum flocked punch outs , Cuttlebug border folder

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Di Hickman's card sketch Oct #5

This was my first ever Halloween card made . lol.

Supplies: Glitz design Halloween pps, Around the Block paper tagger , foam dots

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

sketch this #73

Exploring several trends here :

use of small pics for a more artsy feel ,

use of gray ( neutrals ) with pops of brights

use of circular elements -

I haven't used much in the past &

now am trying to add circles into every new project ! lol

Using Heidi Swapp's Dream Dining Room pp collection ,

MM rouge paperie shimmer stickers

( just love the size & the effortless shimmer ! )

stitched satin trim , ruffled spangled tulle

Journaling taken in parts from the post below here

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Card-a-licious Challenge #3

this weeks challenge is to make a SHAPED card.

think outside of the box----any shape will do EXCEPT for squares and rectangles.

I meant to try out this artisan shaped card but keep forgetting so here goes one -

using a Teresa Collins Halloween themed 8x8 pp.

Glitz Design Halloween pps - used some scraps

& tried some some layered masking tape with crackle paint over them

Monday, October 27, 2008

Yikes !

These Glitz Design Halloween pps are my very first ones -
& I've only just realised I have these photos from 2006
so just had to have a go at a Halloween type layout for a change ! ;-)

Other supplies : CI die cut CS , Prima Felt frame & journaling spot ,
MR chipboard scrolls , painted & aged with ageing medium
Fancy That Decorative Tape
Glimmer Mist

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Fall y'all !

I haven't yet experienced Fall but it shouldn't stop me from having some fun exploring a Fall layout , rite ? lol
Photos by Alexander Flash
Using some BG Ambrosia , Rose Moka , Crate Paper Prudence die cut
Some brown inking
Corduroy b crackle paint here & there , Titanium Stickles !
Happy Fall to all my friends
who are living in the right place right time for the season !

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Five Faves

Inspired by Lori Renn's - such a talent she is too !

1. Rose Moka papers - love the Appel de la Nature series !

2. Crate paper

Love them all but my fave is the Mia collection - I'm thinking it's the most versatile .

Lemon Grass is obviously Fall themed & Prudence is sophisticated - reminds me of touches of SEI as well - SEI Windsor is very nice too but I'm not going there ! lol

3. Heidi Swapp's Dream Dining Room collection

I never thought of using gray much until now .

4 . Webster's Pages - Hello, Beautiful !

A collection that lives up to its name too !

Coming soon or already landed for some lucky ones ! lol
I'm still waiting .

5. Prima's Hokkien Noodles - has replaced Pasta for now as our fave one dish meal around here .
The texture's better than the fresh noodles- which can easily turn mushy or be too oily - amazing !

I was so tickled to find a recipe too for it on Heidi Swapp's blog !

Friday, October 24, 2008

new finding - Rose Moka

Rose Moka - Appel de la Nature - oh my !
I had no idea what I'd use them for
was totally pleased with how this one turned out ! lol
I've always wanted to scrap this pic of our littlest cousin in the family
( carried by his mommy ! )
so it all came together easily using :
Sketch #1 from Inspired Blueprints
( another new sketch blog to inspire you ! fabulous start they are off to ! )
Crate Paper Mia Collection Notes Die Cut CS
Various pps frm Rose Moka
Colorbok Foil Stamped Chipboard
Prima Pebbles & chipboard deco
7 Gypsies Chelsea brads
AL buttons
Heidi Swapp velvet leaves
Doodlebug Design Shin Dig Glittered CS stickers

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Di Hickman's card sketch Oct #4

supply list : Core'dinations Vintage CS , October Afternoon Hometown pps , ATB paper tagger ands epoxy tag , AC vinyl thickers , May Arts trim, bling,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

7 random facts about myself .... again ...

The rules….link your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I've been tagged by the very sweet Audrey
& so will have another go at this
ok , bring it on ! lol
1. I first earned money at the age of 13 - teaching a younger relative -
4 years younger than me I believe .
2. My kids' favourite pet was a hamster called Rinky !
& they've gone thru' fishes too - all quickly died - ditto with the hamsters !
3. I love watching Lipstick Jungle & Celebrity Apprentice in recent times .
& have found out very quickly all the latest via the'net or you-tube .
Yes , I believe in spoilers !
4. I have worked with a German photographer once -
& I helped him book all kinds of fabulous gigs -
including taking pics of Placido Domingo , Bolshoi Ballet when they performed here .
5. I took my first plane ride - to Hong Kong for business ,
travelling business class,
at the ripe old age of 24 !
6. If I didn't have the faith that I have ,
I can see how easily it is to lose one's sanity on a day-to-day basis .
7. The older I live , the easier it is to be kindest to strangers '
than family & friends .
ok I now tag Lisa, Tina , Carol , Chris , Terrie , Mariska & Charlotte !
sorry girls ! lol !

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sketch This #72 - MM Paperie


I'm still hoarding most of the die cut papers from the release of the MM Noteworthy 2 collection - not sure why -perhaps the colours stump me .

So I am determined to cut in ASAP with these Paperie ones !

which seem much easier to use for me.

Using : 12x12 Lattice Die Cut Poolside , 12x12 Artisan Smll Floral Rouge ,

dimensional stickers , labelfetti , clip ,

Heidi Swapp Ghost clocks , ribbon

7 Gypsies gaffer tape

Maya Road office sheer

Bazzill Swiss Dot CS

Photo of my DS playing a video arcade game !

One of his fave activities  !

Every woman should ...


... one old love she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her how far she has come...
... enough money to move out and rent a place of her own even if she never wants to and needs to...
... something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour
... a youth she's content to leave behind
... a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age
... the realization that she is actually going to have an old age and has the money set aside to fund it
... a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra
... one friend who always makes her laugh...and one who lets her cry
... a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family
... eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored
... a resume that is not even the slightest bit padded
... a feeling of control over her destiny...
... a skin care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don't get better after 30
... a solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30...


... how to fall in love without losing herself...
... how she feels about having kids...
... how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship...
... when to try harder...and when to walk away...
... how to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend...
... how to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she'll get it...
... that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents...
... that her childhood may not have been perfect but its over...
... what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...
... how to live alone even if she doesn't like it...
... whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...
... where to it to her best friend's kitchen table or a charming inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing...
... what she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month, and a year...

I finally managed these words   down here :

& I found this link via Gabrielle Pollaco's blog ! 

Monday, October 20, 2008

cardalicious 2

this week's challenge is to pull out your journaling spots and use them!-make a birthday card---but you must use at LEAST two journaling spots/cards/tag


My supplies :

What a great reason to use up my new booklet of MM rouge paperie journaling spots

MM Rouge shimmer alphas

( really made in a dent with this particular pack -

gotta love the size of those alphas - easy to fit in most places ! )

MM labelfetti
7 Gypsies velvet florals

( attached with the ATB paper tagger )

Uniball Signo Metallic gel pens

stitched satin trim

Bazzill Swiss Dot CS


Finally managed to catch up with this new card challenge blog unlike no other ! LOL!

( yay ! Renee & Janelle for starting this ! )

I love it that you wouldn't know what to expect each week !

Triple the Sketch 29 : win a RAK

You need to use this week's sketch (Sketch 29) to create a layout, card, tag, or altered item

& link back to them !

RAK is sponsored by Pink Persimmon !


My supplies : October Afternoon pp , MM Paperie Rouge journaling spot & dimensional sticker,

MM ribbons, Lil Davis Chipboard heart , Prima journaling spot

my own handmade newsprint flower

( inspired by Donna Salazar )

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Joy 2 u

Doodlebug flock on Rusty Pickle Candy alphas
( using the Kokuyo dotliner adhesive & then flock over it- try it with foil too ! )
MM rouge paperie shimmer stickers ,
Heid Swapp Winterfresh pp
Really love the CHA Summer 08 paper releases even more than the Winter '08 ones !

Friday, October 17, 2008


Trying out some BG Urban Prairie ,
Prima Glittered transparency , Say It in Studs ,
Maya Road chipboard scrolls which were glimmer misted then aged using ageing medium
MM Rouge Paperie Shimmer stickers & journaling spot
Heidi Swapp XL Photo corner
Based on Janelle's sketch for October over at Magistical Memories

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Di Hickman's card sketch Oct #3

Supply list : Core'dinations Vintage CS , Scenic Route Sonoma Scrap Strip , Around The Bock paper tagger , Prima flowers , Autumn Leaves Buttons

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

sketch this #71 - Heidi Swapp Winterfresh

One of my fave layouts I created last week !

My first evah layout using Christmas pps I believe ! lol 
Just love the colors of this Heidi Swapp Winterfresh line !
Also the Prima Felt ( which I cut apart & repurposed here ), MM Rouge Paperie Shimmer Alphas & dimensional sticker , Heidi Swapp Ribbon , Prima Say it with crystals , Chelsea Brads by 7 gypsies , Creative Cafe, K&CO .

Monday, October 13, 2008

forever adore - New findings

Enjoying my fave new findings on here : 

7 Gypsies velvet florals & leaves , Bazzill Swiss Dots CS ( the cheapest CS available here for now !  - so of course I had to get it ! duh ! ) , Prima Felt ( they have totally pushed my Q&CO felt to a forgotten corner of my stash altho' I keep saying I have to dig them out ! ack ! ) , Making Memories' Rouge Paperie ( bought only one color of these shimmer alphas. yum !but used up quite a bit already on cards ! yay ! ) , Heidi Swapp ribbon ( these are the kinds of findings I ought to be sticking to ! hot off the press & at a decent discount!  ) 
Metallic & epoxy clip from dear Renee 
( thanks , hun ! I used up the pack of clips on a couple of cards at one go ! never seen the likes of these b4 ! ) 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

DI Hickman's card sketch Oct #2

Supply List : Scenic Route Sonoma Scrapstrip, Core'Dinations Vintage Cardstock, Liquid pearls , Stickle, May Arts ribbons , Cuttlebug Ebossing Folder - Texile . ATB Paper Tagger & Chipboard charm, Daisy D rub on tape  stitches 

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Award from Katie Anderson

Received this from sweet Katie Anderson  ! 
Thank you so much , Katie !!! 

Do check out her gorgeous work - especially her cards - 
love love her signature bow ! 
Katie is on the DT of Daisy Bucket as well as Sketch This. 

& as I have passed this award on earlier , here are some more fave links to check out - they aggregate the best of blogland for cards, scrapbooking , crafting in one convenient place : 

Thursday, October 09, 2008

A cyber cropping we will go - to Down Under !

Scrapping Outback is holding a 'cybercrop' this weekend to celebrate the graduation of us chipboard school students.

Theme for the weekend is 'BEACH". Come see the awesome sneaks already up on the forum !

There will be free projects, challenges, childrens projects, games, prizes and giveaways.
PLUS you will be able to grab a bargain with our Grab Some Chipboard Madness Sale.

There will be spot specials on chipboard products including the cybercrop new release chipboard designs by Rachelle Minett. The spot specials will only be available for up to one hour at a time.

If you submit more then one order over the weekend you will also receive free postage. Some products will be 50% OFF.
Everyone is welcome - Australia , Asia , North America , Europe - everywhere ! Do join in !

Huge prizes available all weekend from Rusty Pickle, Fiskars and HEAPS more
Anyone for a game of BINGO.???? join in the fun in the forum and play Bingo.
Here are Some of the prizes up for grabs this weekend.

sketch this #70

My Dear pal Chris created the digital wings for me & I had to do something with it pronto! lol !

A fave pic of mine from 15 years ago during my outdoor wedding photoshoot!
& dear Chris helped me restore it somewhat too !

Too much fun !

Loving the new Primas , Hambly , Maya Road Chipboard , Webster's Pages ,
Creative Imaginations Die Cut cardstock.
I have been a little embellishment challenged this year ! so much embellies I have & yet so little put out ! lol I am definitely influenced by some of my top fave scrappers no doubt - they dont use Hambly , Prima , Webster's , not vintage in any way , no overload of eye candy yet such elegant & beautiful layouts are created still ! '

2nd take of this week's sketch :

I just love the use of black lace recently .
& couldnt help buying that cute butterfly made of feathers !!!! & adding it here to see what difference it makes ! love its color !

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

When Heidi Swapp Street Smarts meets Glitz Design Gigi

Layout created for this week's Bad Girls' Top Designer Academy 2008 class on Color Psychology -
using colors from our photos with neutral colors .

I am appreciating neutral colors way more
after getting the latest Heidi Swapp Dream Dining & Street Smarts Collection .
Grey is the new white ! lol
& Pink is the new Black with Glitz Designs !
I am totally blown away by the rich bright colors & textures of the Glitz's Gigi collection
when combined with neutrals !
So easy to get creating from there !

Using Prima Pebbles , Glitz Frosting , Glitz Titanium stickles

All kinds of Prima white & green florals , all kinds of bling Glitz Metallic rub ons , Prima Felt , Prima Tropical Punch( i think ! ) flowers
Crackle Accent , Tim Holtz Crackle Paint Corduroy

Paper pricking , altered Prima flowers