Happy 4th of July

Did I get it right? Is that how you greet people on the 4th of July? Or should it be something else? I’m not sure so I’ll just go with “Yay America” and hope that covers all bases.

To celebrate, I’ve given my older 4th of July pack a facelift, chunked it up and it’s now available in my Etsy store. New packaging, an extra 8 papers but still my core colours, making the papers extra versatile in those non-4th-of-July layouts.

I’ve also been at work on two other paper packs. They are “baby-ish” in theme, meant for layouts of baby showers and those 3819 newborn photographs we all have. However, they aren’t full of cutesy baby bottles, handprints or baby chickens. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not really my own personal style – even when decorating my daughters bedroom, I went with neutral colours (partly because we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl) but also because I found a lot of baby decorations a bit gaudy – the pinks for girls were too “bubblegum”, the blues for boys too pastel and don’t get me started on some of the greens we saw – very kitchen-countertop 1973. So we chose to go with greys and a splash of red. But did you know that red baby stuff (like cot mobiles, baby blankets, etc) were really difficult to track down? We got there in the end but hooley-dooley it was a lot of work!

I’ve noticed that a lot of digital scrapbooking trends follow “real life” trends – so there’s heaps of cute paper packs and kits with bubblegum pinks, pastel blues and 1973 green. But I wanted a “baby” pack with modern neutral greys and a splash of red. So allow me to introduce Baby Love.

Polka dots, checked chevron, arrows, love hearts, tiny dinosaurs and my favourite owl paper toned down into greys – I just loved this paper pack so much, I decided to do it in a second colour – fabulous funky yellow – and called it Sunshine Baby

All three of these new paper packs are in my Etsy store now – I hope you love them as much as I do.

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DSD Is Open Again!

First things first!

At 3:09pm on the 20th of December, our little girl was born weighing 7lb 2oz at Joondalup Private Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

The delivery was brutal (stitches – ouchies!!!) but everything went as well as can be expected. She arrived 3 weeks early and needed a little time in the Special Care Nursery due to jaundice but we were discharged from hospital on Christmas Day so we got to spend a very special Boxing Day with family. Since she was born she has thrived and even though I often feel like I don’t know what I’m doing (and sometimes I cry from sheer frustration and sleep deprivation) my partner and I are so in love with her.

Now, onto business – the store is OPEN!!! I have re-branded with a gorgeous image of a dachshund flinging itself forward (as they have a tendency to do) and you can see him on all my paper packs.

To celebrate the store being open again, I’m giving away a HUGE 20-sheet paper pack. It’s a brand new one called Fresh As A Daisy and it’s one of my absolute favourites.

Download Fresh As A Daisy (DropBox – 55.75mb)

Be quick as this paper pack is only going to be available until the 31st May 2017.

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If you love my papers, don’t forget that I have 12×12″ paper packs, A4 (8.5×11″) paper packs and a range of vintage/grunge paper packs in my Etsy store.

The Monday Special – 5th September

It’s Monday and my week started out pretty well (apart from the ever present nausea of course.) We went to our building site to meet with the Site Supervisor and discuss how our new home is coming along. It’s all looking beautiful and we’ve been told that it should be finished a few weeks earlier than originally scheduled which is FANTASTIC!! Our kitchen cabinetry is in and the tiling for the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen start this week.

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You’ll have to forgive the glare – it was VERY early!

I can’t wait to move in, but I especially can’t wait to get the move over and done with – I’m 22 weeks pregnant and have felt myself slowing down a little over the past two or three weeks so I know it’ll just get worse the further along I get. (As an aside, I’m getting very good at napping.)

Of course, being Monday, it’s time for the Monday Special. This week I’ve decided to offer one of my older but very popular paper packs – Gingham in Green Shades. The 10 papers are all 12×12″ and, as always, 300ppi.

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It’s normally priced at $5.00* but is now $2.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 12th of September.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.

The Monday Special – 22nd August

Hi there! You may have noticed that I forgot to do last weeks Friday Freebie. Well, I didn’t actually forgot, I simply ran out of time. Oops.

That would be because last Friday EVERYTHING happened!

Firstly, an offer was made on our house which is currently for sale. It was a little less than we’d hoped for, but we’ve accepted it as we were able to negotiate a long settlement time – this means our new home, which is currently being built, will (fingers crossed!) be finished a week or two before we have to move out of here. We’re grateful to the buyers as they could easily have forced our hand and made us move out sooner (thus, making us have to move house twice in the space of a month or two – not ideal for someone pregnant.)

Secondly, I had my 19 week anatomy scan. I must admit, I was really scared about it. I have a dodgy gene which meant baby has a higher than normal risk of developing a neural tube defect, so I spent most of Thursday and Friday in a highly strung state. But the scan came back perfect – everything looks very normal and the only comment the radiographer and supervising doctor had was baby looks like it might be quite tall (it clearly takes after its father!) We decided not to find out the gender – I feel like it’s a girl but when I talk about the baby, I often refer to “him” so my brain is clearly a tad confused.

Anyway, so Friday disappeared in a flurry of scans and paperwork at the real estate agents office and Freebie Friday just got shunted out of the way!

Nonetheless, it is time for the Monday Special. This week I’m offering another A4 pack (8.5″ x 11″) at 50% off.

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Coral Crush is a 10 page pack full of lovely coral and bold black with hints of grey and green. It’s normally priced at $5.00* but is now $2.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 29th of August.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.

The Monday Special – 15th August

It’s the start of another week, and it’s been a frustrating seven days if I’m honest. I’m still battling morning sickness (does that EVER go away?!) and things are frustrating on the “house-selling” front.

I told you that our current house is on the market, right? Well it is. We’ve had a couple of home opens now and it’s an immense task to get ready for them – it’s even harder when hearing feedback from people who don’t want to buy our gorgeous house – they don’t like it because the block can’t be subdivided easily, the sink in the kitchen is too small (it isn’t), they don’t like the oven or the colour of the carpet in the minor bedrooms. *insert massive sigh here* It’s really disheartening to hear people say that mostly minor things are stopping them putting in an offer to purchase.

Never mind, I’m sure things will work out eventually!

Time to get the week started on the right note – with my 50% off Monday Special. This week is a bulk pack – 30 of my favourite colours in a fabulous gingham pattern! The papers are all 12×12 inches and 300ppi.

DSD Bulk Gingham 30 Pack

This pack normally priced at $6.50*, is now $3.25* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 22nd of August.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.

The Monday Special – 1st August

Happy Monday!!

Or perhaps it’s only “Happy Monday” if you work from home like I do. (I will admit that in my previous life as an employee of the state government, Monday’s certainly weren’t “happy”.)

Over here the weather is desperately cold (for Perth, which means it’s about 3 degrees celcius outside), Mr Sparkles – my wild rabbit – is still happily living in my garden, and my morning sickness is still kicking my backside. (I’m almost 17 weeks now and convinced the baby hates me.)

This week’s Monday Special is an entirely BRAND NEW paper pack! It is one of three 20-page paper packs that is currently in store and more will be added over the next week or so.

DSD Funky Bunches

This pack is called Funky Bunches and even contains NEW colours! That’s right, I’ve added eight new colours to my 2016-2020 paper palette. As usual, all 50 of my colours co-ordinate so no matter what paper packs you buy from my 2016-2020 collection, they will co-ordinate and open up so many possibilities for creating your own page palettes. 

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Packed full of bright florals, this weeks Monday Special is normally priced at $7.00*, but is now $3.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 8th of August.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.

The Monday Special – 11th July

It’s been a pretty ordinary week if I’m honest and it included quite a lot of spewing that resulted in a short hospital stay for hyperemesis gravidarum – two large bags of fluid and some hard-core anti-nausea drugs injected directly into a vein helped immensely. I won’t go into the other highly glamorous pregnancy-related symptoms I’m “enjoying” (but if you’ve ever had a baby then I’m sure the memories are engraved onto your brain for the remainder of eternity).

So it’s been another week of spending too much time watching crappy tele on the sofa. (This week it was old episodes of “Supersziers Go…..” on Youtube that I’ve watched whilst cuddling an old bucket and sipping sparkling water.)

Now to business! This weeks Monday Special is my bright flowery and fun Floral Pop paper pack. I chose this pack simply because it has a very warm and summery vibe and Perth is very cold, very grey and very wet at the moment.

DSD Floral Pop

This pack is a 12 page pack full of all bright florals normally priced at $5.00*, now $2.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 18th of July.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.

A4 Has Arrived!

Yes, you read that correctly – my store is now stocked with US sized A4 digital scrapbooking paper!

There are currently 45 packs available (that’s 450 individual papers!) with more being added every week. Whether you want basic polka dots or stripes, chevron, florals, dinosaurs, owls or something a little more masculine then there’s a pack to suit your craft project – whether that’s digital scrapbooking or printing the papers for use in card-making (or something else equally messy and fun.)

I’ve been feeling experimental lately (perhaps the hot weather has finally addled my brain?) so I’ve experimented with different colours, different colour combinations and introduced some new patterns for my A4 collection.

(And speaking of experimental, my March Pixel Scrapper blog train – not yet released – is DEFINITELY experimental. So experimental I’m actually a little afraid of releasing it!)

Want to see some of my favourite brand new A4 packs? Here they are:

EtsyPreviewA4_SunshineRomance    EtsyPreviewA4_CoralCrush

EtsyPreviewA4_MyGuyValentine    EtsyPreviewA4_OwlCalledSunny

EtsyPreviewA4_ScandinavianWonder    EtsyPreviewA4_VintageBoudoir

I think Scandinavian Wonder is my current favourite (even though it’s wrong to have favourites when referring to children.) 😉

To celebrate my new collection, I’m giving away this gorgeous pack called Dreamland. This freebie will be available only until March 25th.

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Download Dreamland (Dropbox – 20mb)

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Please note that this freebie is available for a limited time only and the link will expire on March 25th.

So A4 paper lovers – I hope you enjoy my new collection plus the freebie. And if there’s any pattern or colour combo you’d love to see, then let me know!

Christmas Plaid and a Christmas Treat

I can’t believe it’s only ten days til Christmas! Yet I’m surprisingly organized for the big day itself (of course it helps that my aunty is hosting Christmas dinner whereas last year I cooked it all myself.)

Yesterday I spent all day making my annual Christmas chocolate box. It’s not as fancy as it sounds though – I make a large quantity of white Christmas and rocky road and send my partner into the office with an enormous six litre container to share with his colleagues.

I posted a few pictures to Instagram yesterday and an English friend who has only lived in Australia for a couple of years asked me what White Christmas is and how to make it. Traditionally it’s a white chocolate version of rocky road made with rice bubbles, dessicated coconut, slivered almonds, raisins, glace cherries, icing sugar and copha. My version is a bit simpler though and the “method” (if you can even call it that) barely requires any effort – simply melt chocolate and add “bits”, I don’t even measure anything out, just add as much or as little as I want then spoon into ice-cube trays and refrigerate until set. I like to use the ice-cube trays as it means you don’t have to cut anything, simply pop the chocolate out then attempt not to eat it all.

Recipes

White Christmas: 2 bags (450g) Cadbury white chocolate melts, rice bubbles, glace cherries (halved), slivered almonds, dessicated coconut.

Milk Chocolate Rocky Road: 2 bags (450g) Cadbury milk chocolate melts, peanuts, mini marshmallows, glace cherries (halved).

Dark Chocolate Extreme Rocky Road: 2 bags (450g) Cadbury dark chocolate melts, biscuit pieces (I broke up some plain milk arrowroot biscuits), peanuts, toffee caramel pieces, macadamias, pistachios, glace cherries (halved), berry jubes (lollies/candy), rice bubbles, mini marshmallows.

End result – six litres of chocolatey goodness and a large amount of compliments. 🙂

Rocky road

Now onto digiscrap goodness! I found a bit of time yesterday (mainly while chocolate was firming up in the fridge) to create a new paper pack to compliment my Northern Christmas pack. It’s Christmas Plaid, Tartan, Gingham and Check. You can find it here.

Christmas Plaid, Tartan, Gingham and Check.
Christmas Plaid, Tartan, Gingham and Check.

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Living in Australia there are two main indicators that the Christmas season is well and truly upon us – the cricket season begins and the supermarket runs out of glacé cherries when I try to buy all the ingredients for my rocky road. (EVERY year Woolworths! C’mon – get your act together!)

It’s this time of year I need to start soaking dried fruit in frighteningly large quantities of brandy for the Christmas cake, hoarding the super-sized jars of fruit mince for the mince pies and creating my rather famous Extreme Rocky Road (it’s pretty epic – I’ll try to remember to share the recipe soon.)

In paper crafting news I’ve got three Christmas-themed paper packs to share this year. One will be part of the Pixel Scrapper blog train (available soon) and two more will be available in my Etsy store in about a weeks time. I’ve called them A Northern Christmas and A Southern Christmas.

To me, I see the northern hemisphere as being a lot more traditional. I was brought up in an English family with English traditions – red, green and white decorations, a huge turkey dinner with plenty of cranberry sauce and roast veggies, fruit mince pies, a traditional fruitcake, memories of snow and cold weather, etc.

Yet as we live in Australia, newer Christmas Day traditions are making themselves known – there’s a definite preference among many for brightly coloured decorations, fresh prawns for Christmas dinner, plenty of swimming (in pools, rivers or at the beach), much more cricket and a lot less tobogganing.

So my Northern Christmas paper pack will be a lot more traditional and my Southern Christmas pack will be a bit brighter and a bit more modern.

You want a sneak peak?

DSD A Northern Christmas

In store very soon.

PS: If anybody sees any glacé cherries in the Perth metro area, let me know – if I don’t make rocky road there may be few (a lot) of complaints. A small riot isn’t out of the question…..