Every year the end of the US school year seems to catch me unawares (my children don’t finish for the summer until the end of July!) but this year I managed to create a new Graduation themed collection, almost on time for those first US graduates! I have two new doodle packs out today, with coordinating stamp packs and some big bundle offers to help your pennies go further! Graduation is a new set of fun and colourful graduation themed doodles, whereas the coordinating Little Graduates is a multi-cultural collection of happy little graduates (and was created for one of my Custom Doodle Contest winners)! The doodle packs and stamps are all 20% off over the weekend!
Two new doodle packs and matching stamp packs are coming soon!
If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you might remember me telling you about my friends Beth and Tracey a few years ago:
“I hope you will forgive me for this next post, it’s not about a new product, or a layout or a hybrid project. It’s not about photography or P365 (although there are embarrassing personal photographs!) It’s about something that means a great deal to me and I hope you will forgive me hijacking my design blog to talk about it.
You might remember just over a year ago I posted a freebie here on my blog that I had created for one of my customers, a lovely lady by the name of Beth. Beth had asked for some cancer themed doodles for the cards and journal she was working on while she underwent various anti-cancer treatments, we chatted and emailed and PM’d and these doodles were the final result:
Click here to download: Beth’s Belief
(The original blog post, including a couple of Beth’s cards can be found here).
Tragically, less than 6 months later Beth lost her fight with cancer. We had kept in touch, exchanging emails and layouts, PM’s and memories and we had a lovely cyber friendship that I hold very dear. I had never met her, never even spoken to her on the phone but she touched my heart very deeply and I miss her very much.
A few months after Beth passed away, our next-door neighbour also lost her battle with cancer. Tracey was a fun and bubbly character, the same age as me and her youngest son is in the same class at school as my daughter. Every day (weather permitting!) my kids play with hers, playing dodgeball over the fence.
Since then, this dreadful disease has touched more amazing women in my life, both in my own family and in the Lilypad family (you can read about Pollywog Melissa’s story and marvel at her utterly beautiful photography on her blog Life as a Lewis).”
Since writing that post one of my closest friends (a mother of four, two of her children are in the same school classes as my kids) has also been diagnosed with cancer. It has been a real shock to everyone who knows her and we’re all still reeling from the diagnosis. In the last year my mother-in-law has been through chemotherapy and surgery and has come through it all with a smile on her face, as she always does! She is a shining example of how early detection and treatment saves lives and we are all so proud of her.
In honour of all these women I know and love, and in the hope that with enough fundraising and research I’ll never have to add another name to my back-sign again, my daughter and I took part in Cancer Research UK’s fundraising Race For Life again this year and – for the first time ever! – the sun was shining! Continue reading
Hi everyone, I’m stepping in for Nicole this month to bring you the monthly blog challenge! Thank you to everyone who has entered any of the previous challenges, it’s always so exciting for me to see all the different interpretations of the templates and the super pages you create with them pop up in my gallery! And now – on to last month’s winner: the random generator picked lorryfach as April’s winner, with her fun “Two Menus” page! Congratulations Lorry, please check your PMs over at TLP for details of how to claim your prize!
When I am stuck for ideas for my layouts, I sometimes go back through older pages and see if I can scraplift my own work to create a new layout. This month’s template is based on one of my layouts of my son whizzing around LegoLand in these little lego cars:
Here’s the template I made from this page:
Happy (almost!) National Scrapbook Day! I hope you enjoy a great weekend full of fun, games, shopping and scrapping! As usual, I am celebrating with a storewide sale, some new releases and some fun freebies! Everything in the store (with the exception of the licenses) is on sale at 30% off through Monday May 5th. All the usual fun and games are going on over in the TLP forums too:
I have a couple of new products for you this weekend too! These new goodies are included in the storewide sale and as such are 30% off through Monday.
It’s time for another Lilypad Facebook Hop! My contribution to the Hop is this pack of Bits and Pieces doodles (handy for adding a little doodled fun to your pages and projects!). The Lilypad Hop sets are only available as free downloads for a limited time: April 21 – 27, 2014 so be sure to collect them all before they’re gone! Visit my Facebook fanpage and click on FB Hop tab to download my contribution. Or you can start the hop over at The Lilypad’s Facebook page and visit all the contributing designers to collect all the pieces of this fun free kit!
Today’s new releases were created for some of the winners of my recent Custom Doodle Contest! I had a handful of entries requesting an Easter pack to compliment my Nativity pack and He Is Risen! is the result! He Is Risen! doodles and stamps are both on sale at 50% off TODAY ONLY as part of our SOSN promotion! No coupon necessary, just add them to your cart (promotion ends at midnight EST Wednesday 16th April).
I have really enjoyed being more artsy and painterly with my new releases lately and so when I saw April’s BYOC palette I knew straightaway that I wanted to get my paints and vintage book pages out again to make something “joodly”!! I have two new products for this month’s BYOC: Joodle Strips and Joodle Journalers, as usual both are 20% off all weekend!
Here’s What’s On My Workdesk this week:
- lots of pens (part of my search for the perfect white pen! The Posca paint marker is still my favourite so far in case you were wondering)
- sheet of brush stroke exercises, I haven’t painted for a long time so I’m brushing up (ha ha! geddit?!) on my painting skills!
- new book page border doodles (a sneak peak of the upcoming BYOC godies)
- big pile of as yet unread magazines, I am going to treat myself to a lazy evening in front of the TV and read them all tonight hopefully!
- current edition of Simply Cards and Papercraft along with a sheet of the drawings I made for the magazine
Here’s a different photo of the magazine and sketches including my preliminary pencil sketches, my final coloured versions and the how they appeared in the magazine. You can see where I changed my mind about the lion’s face and redrew him with a more rounded face (bottom left corner of the pencil sketch). I dug out my coloured versions to compare mine with those in the magazine, one of the things I enjoy the most about making digital stamps is seeing how everyone uses them differently and how they take on their own personality with all the different choices of colour and pattern!
Happy WOYWW everyone! I am looking forward to noseying around everyone’s desks again this week.
Congratulations to the random winner of March’s blog challenge: jennmccabe with her fabulous “Favorite Things” layout! Congratulations Jenn, please check your inbox over at The Lilypad for details of how to claim your prize!
Are you ready for April’s challenge? This month I have something a little geometric-y for you. (Is that a word?) Anyway, I received this email from Old Navy and loved the vertical shapes and thought it would make an interesting template. You know how this works, download the template and complete a page by April 30, 2014 for a chance to win a $15.00 gift card to Kate Hadfield’s shop!
Inbox Inspiration from Old Navy:
Here is my page:
Here’s a bit of creative inspiration from Kate’s team. They really outdid themselves this time around, don’t you think? Take a look at these beauties: Continue reading