Today’s new release is the first doodle pack created with my Custom Doodle Contest winners! The first theme out of the hat was “Colourful Cute Easter” and the brief was for lots of bright cheerful colours, spring flowers, bunnies, eggs and chicks! Hoppy Easter is the result and it’s packed with lots of colourful Easter goodies! Both the doodles and stamps are new in the shops today and are 20% off all weekend!
Here’s a quick update on the winners of my recent anniversary contests! The random number generator picked Olga and Michelle as the winners of my Scavenger Hunt this year, they both won $25 to spend in store! The winner of the Order Lotto prize was Trisha, who now has a whopping $100 to spend in the store over the next few months. I have also picked the first three random winners from the Custom Doodle Contest entries and have contacted everyone who suggested those themes (10 winners across the three themes). I am busy doodling the first pack at the moment! I will announce the winning themes as I release the new doodles, and will probably be pulling more random winners from the hat later on this year as there so many fun entries! Finally, I am still working through all the responses to the Customer Survey questionnaire and I hope to finish my replies to everyone who asked questions next week! Busy, busy, busy!
I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who entered any of the contests or filled in the survey, there was such a great response this year and so many great suggestions! I really appreciate you taking the time to participate in my celebrations and to help me make the next year the best ever!
As I have been reading through all the responses from the customer survey, one request kept popping up again and again: “please make stamps for all your doodle packs!” So in the next few months I am planning to make the stamps for some of my older packs, as well as draw lots of new doodles for you! I have a list of older doodles to create the stamps for that I am working through on a first-come, first-served basis, so if there is a set you’d love to have the stamp version of please get in touch and let me know so I can add your request to the list!
This week I have been busy making the stamps for two of my favourite spring themed packs: No Place Like Gnome and Springity Spring. Both the stamps and the doodle & stamp bundles are now available in the store.
If you’re a reader of Scrapbook Magazine you’ll be familiar with their Sketch Challenge feature where several scrapbookers use the same sketch to kickstart their layouts. I always enjoy seeing the different ways everyone uses the same design but still makes it their own! I was asked to contribute to this month’s sketch challenge so put I together a digital template so you can play along too! Here’s the sketch template:
and here’s the layout I made from it. As you can see I played around with the size and shape of the paper layers and sneaked in an extra photo to help tell my story!
DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE HERE: Scrapbook Magazine Sketch 88 (.psd, .png and .tiff versions included)
There are both PSD and TIFF versions of the layered template included in the download and you can share your layouts based on the sketch with the team over at Scrapbook Magazine for a chance to appear in a future issue!
Here are some other layouts from my Creative Team using the template:
Congratulations to the random winner of February’s Blog Challenge: jesse21 with this wonderful Beautiful Summer Flowers layout! Please check your PMs over at The Lilypad for details of how to claim your prize jesse21! And now onto this month’s challenge! Edeena has come up with a super template and a theme suggestion for you this month, I’ll let her tell you all about it:
“Kate’s new releases (We Go Together Like… and We Go Together Too) inspired this month’s challenge. The challenge itself is very simple: show us what two things go together in your life. From your favourite flavours to your favourite people, show us what you love together. They don’t have to be the common go-togethers that people would expect. You may have a flavour sensation that is unusual. Or maybe it’s you and your best friend – maybe the two of you go together like…”
Here’s the template Edeena created for the challenge:
and here’s how the team used it:
This week’s new releases were inspired both by a very sweet Valentine’s card and my love of delicious food! Whilst brainstorming perfect foodie pairings for my to doodle list, I came up with enough ideas for two different packs: We Go Together Like… is an international selection of perfect food combinations, whereas We Go Together Too has a more British flavour to it (fishfingers and custard anyone?!)! Both packs are 20% off all weekend, with stamp and bundle packs also available.
As I put together my schedule for the coming year I thought that it would be fun to ask you about what you would like to see from Kate Hadfield Designs in 2015! I’ve created a quick survey (just five questions!) that I hope you will complete to help me put together the best range of products for you. There’s also the opportunity within the survey to share more detailed suggestions with me, your answers will be kept anonymous (unless you would like to share your contact details with me!).
You can find the survey here, I hope you will take a moment or two to fill it in and help me make new products you’ll really enjoy using. Thank you in advance for your feedback!
I have a couple of new products in the store today! Joodle Strips 7 is the latest addition to my Joodle Strip collection, this time with a lovey-dovey twist and lots of girlie colours! Me & My Marker: Filler Cards is a set of hand drawn filler cards that I created to use in my own pocket album this year, I found myself needing some neutral black and white touches for my pages so I spent some time playing around in my sketchbook and came up with these! Both new packs are part of the February BYOC and are on sale at 20% off all weekend.
Today is my design anniversary: eight years ago today I opened up my shop at The Lilypad! It’s been an amazing ride – my designing has gone from a little spin-off from my digital scrapbooking obsession, to my full-time job and I will be forever grateful to everyone who spent their hard-earned pennies on my doodles! I love being able to draw for a living, being able to connect with my customers and see how they use those drawings in their own memory keeping and crafting projects means the world to me. Thank you to everyone who has supported my little business over the past eight years!
To celebrate my anniversary I’m holding a few contests and giveaways! Here’s a quick run down of what’s going on this month:
- February’s blog challenge: scrap with the free template for a chance to win $15 to spend in my store
- Custom doodle contest: simply let me know what doodles you’d like me to create next to be in with a chance to win your own customised set of doodles
- Scavenger Hunt: work out what doodles are featured in each of these little sneak peaks to be in with a chance to win $25 to spend in my store
- Order Lotto: go shopping in either my Lilypad or Kate Hadfield Designs store this week and you’ll automatically be entered in a draw to win a $100 coupon to spend in the store later in the year
There will also be lots of new products and SOSN deals through the month! You might like to sign up for the newsletter to get all the latest information in your inbox (and of course, those exclusive subscriber discount codes!) Thank you so much for all your support over the last eight years, I hope you enjoy this month of celebrations!
Along with this month’s blog challenge and the custom doodle contest, there’s also one other way to win some new doodles: I present to you the Kate Hadfield Designs Scavenger Hunt II! Simply browse through my doodles and see if you can name each of the packs included here:
Once you have all the answers email them to me, or PM them to me at The Lilypad by midnight EST on Friday 13th February. All the correct answers will go into a draw to win a $25 gift certificate to my store! The winners will be notified on Saturday 14th Feb. Good luck!!