Monday, August 31, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 28

A new week of sketch inspo over at

Here's my layout for the sketch
Using AC Blue Skies, MME Ooh La La pps , CC Earth Love Elements,
Maya Road trim, ribbon & pearl pin , Prima vine , Glimmer Mists

I used an old MM scalloped heart chipboard as a mask
here with Glimmer Mists and then traced around
the heart shape with black marker when dry.

These little square ideas are a great way to mix up several brands & patterns
& check out the shimmer from the GM
( click for a larger pic )

I love adding stickles to masked shapes sometimes.

If you try the sketch, email your LOs to
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 45

The latest weekly sketch is up over at the Little Shop of Sketches .
This sketch prompts the use of strips ,
not something I think about often
so it was fun to have a go at .

I layered in some Hambly transparency strips as well.

Gotta love those Foo Fa La glittered vintage buttons .

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sketchy Thursdays by Diana

Diana's latest sketch was great to try out
these Webster's Page's Nature's Poetry pps.

The color palette is just so different .

Couldn't resist doing another dreamy themed layout with these pps .

"I've got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I'm blue. "

Thursday, August 27, 2009

52sketches52weeks #34

Another quick one -
to try out the new Sassafras Lass Amplify papers
the alphabet border prompted me to use
the ABCs of Friendship as journaling .

ics #31

A quick card using
Webster's Pages Petite Papers- Holiday + Winter
May Arts ribbon
My first Christmas card made for the year .

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My first Waterfall album

I love making handmade albums -

my top fave so far is the Flip Flop or Flap album .

I just discovered this Waterfall album tutorial

( which you can find on Youtube )

and had to try it out since I can't even use half of this

DCWV Animal Crackers 12x12 stack.

I loved it so much I made 3 at one go ( shown here are 2 )

& that still didn't make a dent at all on that stack !

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Scrappiest DT reveal & Sketch 27

The Scrappiest has a new sketch layout DT !!!

& me !

Thrilled to be creating along with these awesome designers for the next 6 months.

We start off with Sketch 27 .
Come & play along
be entered in to the chance to win the gift certificate for Memorable Seasons.

Using a combination here of New Scribble Scrabble Birdland pps
with Lily Bee French Couture die cut & pp .

I also attempted a misting tutorial below .
My first ever ! lol
I did get several requests before so here goes !

I also tried out more faux stitching here - using markers & a paper piercer

Misting Tutorial with a paper doily

Here's how to have some fun
with a few bottles of Spray Ink, Glimmer Mists & a paper doily !

I'm always terrified of larger circular elements on a layout
so using a paper lace doily as a mask with Glimmer Mist
just eases me right into it ! ;-)

These colors were chosen to pick out the colors in my Lily Bee background pp & photos

This is the "backside " of a doily where I've used Candy Cane Red GM on other occasions.
You can definitely reuse a paper doily many times !

I start with my darkest color first and work my way up

We are using 3 shades of brown here today to get some depth & variation of the same color

Seafoam seems to match the leaves on this background paper

Khaki is very light so I had to give a few more sprays than the other colors .
But it really is all up to you !

I don't usually use a kitchen towel to blend colors or remove the little dots after misting
but you certainly can if you like

I needed at least 3 quarters of the lace doily pattern to show up
& this is the final result .
My spritzing was all quite random really .

Anything you have on hand can be a mask -
try geometric shapes - rectangles , squares ,strips of paper
chipboard shapes , punched paper strips etc
& you only need just one bottle of Mist to get going
& add some Masking oomph to any project !

Get Sketchy #2

The 2nd card sketch challenge over at Get Sketchy is up !
Background pp here is WRMK Tiffany 6x6 paper pad,
ATB paper lace , & other old stash - like the loopy brads .

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Di Hickman's Aug Card Sketch #3

This sketch prompted the use of 4 buttons -

The Nikki Sivils ' Sweet as Cherry Pie papers went well
with some of my August Such Sweet Tierney buttons in our DT kit .

Buttons are always great as flower centers too
especially these which have handrawn details.
I left them intentionally unadorned here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Celebrate the Little Stuff - Little Shop of Sketches #44

My first sketch DT layout for the Little Shop of Sketches .

A great sketch to pile on the layers .

Do Get your layout for this sketch into the gallery

and you could win some Tanya Leigh Designs products.

Supplies : Papers by K&CO , Prima Camelot roses, mulberry leaves & vine,

G45 alphas , 7 Gypsies stickers , Prima felt , lace : MM Metal embossed butterfly ,

Tim Holtz metal key , Kaiser pearls , May Arts organza ribbon

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Get Sketchy GS#1

Another new card sketch blog discovery - Get Sketchy !
This one is for their launch challenge.

Using new AC Blue Skies pp ,
Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Elements for the Sentiment
New Maya Road Stitched Velvet

And while I was at it , I couldn't resist making a few more cards
with the few papers I had of the Blue Skies line -
these were inspired by Dawn McVey -

love her color style & use of border punches

52sketches52weeks #33

Using up more Bo Bunny Flutter Butter- pps , stickers - with this sketch .
Tried misting with a rectangle shape as a mask here
so as not to cover up the pretty background .

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ICS #30

Supplies : CI pps & stickers , Coredinations white washed cs

cps 129 - Thank heaven for little girls

Using a few of my fave things :
Anna Griffin pps , Fiskars Effervescence Border punch ,
Crafty Little Secrets cardstock sticker

Monday, August 17, 2009

ICS #29

Wow have I missed making cards for a while now
it almost feels like I am card mojoless ! lol .
This week's sketch at ICS by Tricia
was a good one to use
to quickly make this simple baby card .

Papers are Party It Up by GCD Studio .

I think I will make a couple cards more in fact with this sketch

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketches - Aug #2

Supplies: Nikki Sivils' Sweet as cherry pie 8x8 paper pad, Core'dinations cardstock,
Making Memorie's kraft word stickers, stick pin & mini alphas ,
My Little Shoebox mini alphas. Foo Fa La button , May Arts ribbon

Friday, August 14, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches DT

Little Shop of sketches has added on to their DT team
& I'm joining them for the next 6 months !!!

The first DT sketch layout reveal will be next week
& there'll be weekly sketches from now on with
weekly prizes from Tanya Leigh Designs.

So do Get uploading to the gallery to be entered to win.

Life is a journey

I've just realised I tend to use Bo Bunny for boy layouts !

I usually love using Bo Bunny for cards
but this Flutter Butter line simply spoke to me
for layouts ( and maybe mini albums )

Only the Paper Salon owl & brads aren't Bo Bunny here .;-)
Sketch by Shanna Vineyard.
& o! a few spritzes of GM Chocolate De Creme too.

& this lil dude here is the youngest boy amongst the cousins .

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pink Ninjas Prompt #11 - Dudes

Another fun prompt from the Pink Ninjas -

we saw you and your chicks,,, now lets see some dudes!!!!

The perfect prompt to use up some new
Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend pps , rub ons , chipboard shapes .
I also used Twisted Sketch #10

Our littlest dude here is one of the youngest male cousins in the fam.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jenni Bowlin Town Square

Love this new color combination in the latest
Jenni Bowlin Town Square line.

as always , loving the new embellishments that come with the JB line -
mini square papers , cardstock stickers , chipboard buttons .
added some stamping in copper metallic with some HOTP stamps.

I also used the Aug #1 sketch by So Sketchy .

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


More MME Ooh La La goodness
on a Scenic Route background.
Sketch by Liz Qualman.
Tried out a bit of faux stitching
being too lazy to actually stitch.

Monday, August 10, 2009

52sketches52weeks #32

More Scribble Scrabble Lullaby of Birdland fun
with this latest sketch.

& at least 8 cousins together in this pic.

Scribble Scrabble Lullaby of Birdland ric rac border, diecuts & pps ;
October Afternoon road map stickers, tags ; Buzz & Bloom Acrylic shape


What a thrill to be chosen for LOTW over at AMM !

especially that it was Larissa's pick too

( one of my fave & highly admired Brazilian scrappers !!!)

Thanks heaps , Larissa !

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Di Hickman's Aug Card Sketch #1

I've used all Nikki Sivils' Sweet as Cherry Pie 6x6 paper pad
for this month's card sketches.
So this is the first of the series ...

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Nikki Sivils' Sweet as Cherry Pie 8x8 paper pad, Making Memories Shaped pin

Saturday, August 08, 2009

New Sketchy Thursday challenge

The latest sketch is up

I was a lucky winner of last week's sketch ! teehee !

who knows ! you could be one too , if you give it a go !

This week's sketch gives lots of room to tell a story .

Mine's about DS's recent first school camp - & that he survived it !
Some boys went home at 11 pm ! didnt even last sleeping overnite !
I am thankful DS did ! lol .
he's wearing the bandana momento from the camp here .

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Twisted Sketches #9

Check out the latest sketch here

This week's twist is to Doodle on your page - with pencils, pens, paint even crayons.


The colors of the latest Scribble Scrabble

Lullaby of Birdland collection

is just warm & appealing to me .

Very easy to use here with this sketch.

I only used the Green & Leafy sampler for my circles.

I've also used 3 different KI Lace cardstock from their latest Flourish pack.

The Background cardstock is MLYB's Compass Rose.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

MME Ooh La La for her & LOTD at CMK - 5 Aug 09

Thanks to Carrie at CMK for making it her pick ! lol


No reason being a frugal scrapper actually over here ,
with the amount of stash we have ,
yet we can't help it -;-)
I used a cardboard backing from somewhere -
thicker than normal cardstock too,
& recycled a strip of the various patterns of the Ooh La La collection -
it was easy to readily show the many patterns
of this sweet line at one go.

I also used up as many die cuts from the collection as I could here
& for the circle portion of the sketch
i used my handy dandy paper doily as a mask
with Glimmer Mist.

I am loving using Ali Edwards's stamp -
from the Favorite Memories set
in place of my usual handwritten journaling

August Pagemaps sketch by Becky Fleck was my design guide.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sketch Weds at G45

Yet another sketch inspo to consider -
G45 posts weekly sketches on Weds with a great DT example
Last week's sketch was by Patti Hutchison.
Definitely a fab way to cut into that G45 stash .

Still can't get enough of misting fun with a doily
& those Prima platinum roses ! ;-)

Monday, August 03, 2009

Such Sweet Tierney

Time for some new DT inspiration
with a diversity of projects.

I used some of the Such Sweet Tierney buttons as masks and
sprayed 2-3 colors of Glimmer Mist
unto the Webster's Pages Magical Wishes pp here,
and then I used Prima bling centers & stickles to decorate the circles.

Our buttons came wrapped in some very pretty tissue & ribbon
& the frugal scrapper in me just had to use them on a project .
So I went with an altered JB Bingo card idea .