Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Di Hickman Sketch Challenge

I was able to participate in a Sketch Challenge posted by Di Hickman and this is the card I came up with for it. This sketch challenge celebrates her 2nd anniversay for doing her card sketches. Di Hickman is the author of one of my favorite blogs for inspiration and simplicity. She does a combination of digital and stamped pages and cards and one of these days I will figure out more about the digi-part of paper arts. (Right now, I'm still working on blogging-eese.)

This card is great to use up all those little scraps - My snowman was from SU's retired "Tags and More" set, and I think 'Happy Holiday's was from "Frosty." I used blue and green glitter to bring it to life. Although I wasn't sure of it, I did have a few people see it and tell me they liked it...so this is the one I am putting up from the chalenge.

One of the perks of getting in on her sketch challenge was getting a free bottle of glue from UHU, a manufacturer of several types of glue. I was limited on choices and chose one I might not have normally chosen, but it was a good thing for me to try. I got the UHU "Twist & Glue", which came in a 3.21 ounch bright yellow plastic bottle, which makes it easier to find for its size and color on my very cluttered table. When I pulled the chunkier-looking top off, I was surprised to see that inside was a slim nozzle (much like sewing machine oil) sticking up to do the detail "spot-specific" (how do you like that term?) gluing I often need to do. Then, when I saw the arrow on the nozzle cap, I gave it a twist and the top raised itself up to make itself into a great glue spreader! It was a much thinner adhesive than I expected and flowed freely and quickly from the bottle and adhered all the pieces very quickly - so quickly and fast drying that I I had to start over again! ...oops! Knowing this though, I took heart that this isn't one of those products that you are going to squeeze and squeeze and wait and wait, so it is great for quick gluing. I did glue down the 5 area lightwieght pattern paper pieces onto my card and it did warp my card. I wouldn't use it for gluing lightweighted stuff to a card front, but I would use it on a heaver cardstock and get the strength one needs for good results. It would also work great for gluing things on your projects. Lastly, when I was to put the top back onto the bottle, I wondered if the nozzle would tend to get plugged and that's when I noticed that UHU designed the top to "put the needle in the nozzle" for you with a stem that goes in when the top goes on. This glue is great and the design of the bottle is terrific!

12 comments:

Di Hickman said...

Hi Cheryl!
Love your card! So festive! And agree with everything about the twist and glue, surprisingly good for cardmakers! Next time try and snag the glue roller, they work GREAT! Especially for ribbon strips!!!

happy crafting!

bigSIS said...

Hi. I saw that UHU glue on your desk when I was there. I thought it looked pretty nifty. I'd like to try it out. And of course, as you well know, I LOVE that card! I'm doing a very simple card for Christmas...You'll prolly get one so just you hold tight!

Love!

Jackie said...

Oh how pretty! love the sketch...awesome job!!!

Elizabeth said...

Very pretty!

Sara said...

Very cute, love the glitter-I'm a glitter fanatic!!! I'm Sara from your scs blog group #6, just stoppin by to say "HI"

Jacqueline said...

Great card Cheryl!! Nice to have you a part of SCS blogger group#6!!

Joanne Travis said...

What a delightful card!! I love the image and papers.
Welcome to the blogger group!

Jaspere said...

Great sketch. Love the bling.

*Sally* said...

Love this card, different colours to cards I make, and it works so well, consider me inspired!

CREATE=FUN said...

oh i love it. great card.
love all the colors. wow!

Tina said...

Cheryl, your card is delicious! love all the glitter!

geekyscrapping said...

Love the glitter!