Thursday, 1 August 2013

Who has heard of ICADs?

Well, I certainly hadn't, until a few days ago that is... ICAD stand for Index Card A Day. But before I go on, I first want to say: " lovely to see you here today and a warm welcome to all my visitors"!

Alright, back to ICADs. A few days ago I found out about these little cards, and I immediately liked the idea of them. They are cards, 3 x 5 inches, the size of an index card, and you can make them in what ever style you want.
I started by making 4 of them. Regular visitors will see that the wild flower theme from my nature journal. is still very much in evidence. Now 5 x 3s are really nothing terribly new, we used to call them Skinnies and I for one always loved the format (just that bit bigger than ATCs) and have swapped many in the past. The idea of calling them ICADs I think originated with this lady. She started a project to create one every day between June 1 and July 31, so in fact the official project ends today. Trust me to find out about it right at the end, but, - who cares really, I would not want to make them every day anyway, but I certainly will return to them, but more about that in a minute....
I decided I would make my first badge like little tags and then I made a holder for them. Here it is:
Done in the same style as the cards, lots of inking, spritzing a bit of stenciling and stamping. On the inside is a double pocket card to hold the ICADs
The two pockets to hold two of them comfortably


I know the back one sticks up, I just wanted to show it for the photo, but it can easily be pushed down.
Here are a few quick close ups of the actual little cards still:



Stamps are mostly Kaisercraft and Chocolate Baroque.

Alright, now back to the concept of the ICADs, though as I am not planning to do them every day, it's a bit of a misnomer, but..... I do want to make more and I would love to swap some of them, so, if you are interested in a swap, please be in touch!!!

This is what I propose: Make as many cards as you want, but a minimum of two. You can put them in a little holder if you want, but you don't have to. You can make them in any style you want, the only rule is that they should be 3 x 5 inches. This swap will start today and run until September 11 (I specially chose this special date, to counteract what happened on that day) so you will have 6 weeks to make your cards. The idea is that it is a group swap, you make two you get two in return from any of the players. So be in touch by either saying so in a comment or by emailing me if you want to play, and I will give you more detail on how it will all work.
Here's to friendship and having  some creative fun.
Have a joyful day and thank you for visiting

43 comments:

  1. Love your skinnies, so very beautiful. Yes please I would love to join in with you Astrid, won't be able to start till after my holiday but it still gives me plenty of time.
    Take care.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  2. There and I thought CAD meant computer aided design!!! Never heard of ICAD but it seems like a good idea and a good size to work with. Love the nature ones you've made and that super wallet too. Please count me in, should be fun.

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  3. Love them and yes please to joining in Astrid. Hugs, Jenny x

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  4. WOUW they´re just gorgeous Astrid, and I agree with the rest here, it´s a really good size, and please count me in too, I would love to give it a try, and as I have to sit on my behind for a few weeks here anyway, I can as well do something like this while I´m there he he. But I´m afraid, I can´t make anything as gorgeous as yours thoug, even I wish, I could LOL.

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  5. I love your ICADs, Astrid. As always they are beautiful! I had heard of them because Diana Taylor was creating them for some of the Summer of Color projects. I would love to join in your swap. Thank you for doing something positive to commemorate that terrible day.

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  6. Never heard of ICAD before Astrid but sounds like a lovely idea...your natures artwork is fabulouus...

    Anne

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  7. You know I have never participated in a swap and maybe it is time! I have never heard of these, but what you shared is beautiful! Love your mix of mediums and stamps! So gorgeous! So when you say you make two and can go into a folder, will the two go to two different people? Count me in! Hugs!

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  8. These are lovely Astrid and it is a wonderful idea but I don't feel confident enough to produce something that A, someone would like in return at the moment and B, I just don't have the time unless something changes as I have a lot on my plate besides crafting at the moment if things change then I will get back to you!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

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  9. I have heard of ICAD before. I always say I want to join but it seems that when I see it, I'm always busy! I know it is a little card, but I'm doing Claudine's class (as you know) and I am having trouble keeping up with a technique every day!! 25 techniques in 5 weeks! But you have outdone yourself when it comes to ICAD!! No one, that I've seen, makes such gorgeous cards! Yours are so beautiful!! You make amazing things my friend!!
    xxDaniella

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  10. These are lovely!!! What a great idea to use index cards!!

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  11. Your cards are stunning as always. I know ATC's and ACEO's, but never heard about ICAD's. I really like your swap - idea and there are no excuses to not join this fun so please count me in, too (:o)

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  12. Sign me up!

    I love your samples...I have no idea what direction mine will take but I definitely want to play along!

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  13. Gorgeous stamping and colouring - and no I haven't heard of ICAD's either....new one on me BUT I'd love to take part in your swap Astrid x

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  14. these are beautiful Astrid, mini works of art they maybe but gorgeous none the less! Really beautiful x hugs x Trace x

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  15. Hi Astrid, I have heard of ICAD but never the word Skinnies - love the gorgeous ones you have made and yes please, I would love to join in too. Hugs, Anne x

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  16. Your ICADs are beautiful, I 'd love to join in

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  17. Wow this is real pretty. Love your stamping and your colors. I have to think about joining the swap.
    Anneke Voskuijl.
    www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  18. Oh yes please Astrid, I'd love to join in your swap - your examples look great. Sounds like fun. Thanks so much. Margie x

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  19. I had seen the ICAD blog but am hopeless at sticking to things like that so never started. Yours are truly beautiful, Astrid (those birds! heavenly.

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  20. Love your nature ICADs... beautiful glowing colours and wonderful stamping. So, yes, please, count me in. It's probably rash, but there's got to be time to make two of these, right?!
    Alison xx

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  21. Beautiful, beautiful creations.
    I really am struck by your use of colour and how they have a wonderful vintage appearance yet still retain a freshness - what is your secret?!!!
    Astrid, any other time and I would have been waving my hand in the air shouting "count me in" but I need to pass this one by.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  22. Wow I really love this small and beautiful little cards, they are gorgeous!!!Great ART!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  23. Astrid these are beautiful ! I've never done a swap before, but there's always a first time, right ? Count me in !
    Sue C x

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  24. Hello, I've never heard of ICADs before or done any kind of swap but I guess there always have to be a first time for everything!! Please can I join in the swap too? Thanks for taking the time to organise this, love Claire x

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  25. Hello Astrid
    What beautiful samples you have given us to drool over, they are very inspiring and your holder is a wonderful idea to keep them in, going to make one up now.
    I would love to participate, so please count me in also.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  26. These are beautiful and yes, please, I would love to play.

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  27. I would love to participate. What better than to give Sept 11th an artistic meaning.

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  28. Gorgeous ICADs Astrid, your artwork is superb as always. Love the idea of the swap but am not confident enough to join in. Wish you all the best with this project though. ox

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  29. What a cool idea! I've never heard of these before either...cool idea! Yours are gorgeous!

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  30. Just had to tell you how beautiful they are, but afraid I am in over my head at the moment. Your work is so incredible! Love them!

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  31. WOW! What a stunning collection!

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  32. these are so stunning, love it all :)

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  33. These are very beautiful and the holder with them in looks fantastic.

    Chrissie x

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  34. How very beautiful these are ... each one is stunning ...

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  35. Not heard if ICADs yours all look gorgeous and the holder a great way to keep them together.
    Yvonne x

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  36. I just learned about these last month.... what a wonderful size to play with! Love your creations and your special holder, too.

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  37. Hi Astrid, I have never heard of these before...But it sounds a lot of fun... your creations are Gorgeous.. I can't pick a fav as they all are Beautiful...I see the names taking part and they are all out of my league... But if you will have me I would love to join in... I am on Hols from the 9th Sept but I can post them early if that's ok... Hugs May x x x

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  38. stunning work Astrid, I would love to join in but cant this time ... will there be another time in the future xoxo

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  39. I would LOVE to join in!! Sounds like tons of fun!!!

    ICAD sounds like an app "Apple" came came up with for design....lol

    Happy Crafting
    Tracie

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  40. Such lovely ICADs, Astrid.
    And, yes, please include me in your swap.

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  41. Love this idea, will get my thinking cap on
    Rosie x

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  42. Wow Astrid, love these, the bird one is my favourite .. though I love the ones with flowers and bee's too!!!

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