Finally, I’ve managed to put some cute new designs on Etsy – and there’s more exciting news, as they’re going to be featured in an upcoming issue of Papercraft Essentials! These Cool Kitty designs are going to be in the Cut Out and Keep section of issue 128, on sale on 17th December!
There will be a four page section devoted to the cards made with this collection of graphics, papers and digi stamps and I can’t wait to see it!
Meanwhile take a look over on Etsy in my shop and you’ll find all 3 new sets there. Or click on the images below to take you straight to them now.
I’ve finally finished my custom vintage style handbag using my cat print fabric! Thanks to Amanda at The Shiney Company, who does these amazing bag-making workshops and has given me the chance to transform my custom fabric into this gorgeous vintage style handbag. If you’ve got a little bit of sewing experience these bags are really not as difficult to make as you might think and there are lots of different bag making classes available.
Thanks to Amanda at Shiney Company for taking the photographs. You can see a whole range of the different bags we all made on the Shiney Facebook Page.
I’ve been doing a bit of sewing recently and trying to revive some of my old hand-making skills which I haven’t used for quite a few years. I thought it would be a nice idea to make some items in my own custom printed fabrics. I’ve made a couple of cosmetic bags and I’m now making a handbag and I’m quite impressed with the results. During one of the handbag-making workshops recently where I was using my own cat design fabric printed by Woven Monkey the other ladies were loving my fabric and they asked if it was for sale! The good news is that now – it is! I’ve just opened a shop on Woven Monkey. I’ve only just started and there are many other designs to add, but take a look. My first Cool Cats Patchwork fabric is now on sale in cotton, cotton poplin and cotton sateen. Perfect for making clothing, quilts and bags. The cosmetic bag sample here is made using the cotton sateen, made firmer with the addition of a medium weight iron-on interfacing. I’m planning to add some co-ordinating fabrics, polka dots, flower prints and other cat designs to this range, so bear with me and keep checking back as they will be added as soon as I can. I’ll be showing the vintage style handbag that I’m making as soon as it’s finished, but that won’t be for a few weeks. I’m really excited to see what it comes out like.
You can use this fabric to make hand-made items to sell, but be sure to share with anyone who asks where you purchased the fabric.
Here’s the sample cosmetic bag I’ve just finished, it’s lined with a peach/white polka dot print fabric that I purchased, but I’ll be adding some of my own co-ordinated fabrics soon. It also has a little shrink plastic cat tag to co-ordinate with the fabric print and I’m planning on getting some matching cosmetic mirrors which should be awesome!
Right now, the wonderful Tigerprint UK homepage has a rotating carousel header, and designers are being invited to submit their designs to be featured, so I thought I’d have a go and submit one of my designs.
To see it in action, pop over to the Tigerprint UK website and scroll through the fabulous assortment of designs submitted. Many of them are from fellow Module 2 ABSPD students – they are an extremely talented bunch! Thanks particularly to Jennie Whitham (whose design you can also see featured) for sharing the link to the carousel feature.
Here’s my featured design. What better way to illustrate Tigerprint than my own little tiger! I call this little guy Kevin, and he’s from from my Mish Mash Monsters range of popular character designs.
Here’s a chance to win a great prize. You could win all the Mish-Mash Dolls sets – the clipart, the stamps, the 1 inch circles collage sheet and the latest 1 1/2 inch circle cupcake toppers! They are up for grabs to the lucky winner.
To enter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a contact email and I will send you some FREE digital stamps and sentiments from the “Retro Robots” stamp set. Use them in any card, layout or altered item design and post a link to your picture/blog or gallery in the comments section before the closing date. The winner will be selected from the designs, by me, after the closing date and will win the entire Mish-Mash collection. Closing time and date is midnight (GMT), 7.00pm (EST) 8th April 2010. You can also keep the freebies for any and all future personal and commercial use as long as you also use them to submit an entry to the competition.
For some inspiration, take a look over on Lindsay’s BLOG and see her style swap using my Mish Mash Doll Stamps. What an amazing job she’s done. Thanks Lindsay. I love the colours and patterns, they are so vibrant and so much fun. Take another look. I just have to see them again they are so adorable.
Here’s another fun project from me using the coloured clipart. I made a card using one of the mish-mash guys from the coloured clipart set and a sentiment from the free monster sentiments layered over a simple background pattern on a lilac card base. I topped it off with an orange button trimmed with some purple fibres. I also made cupcake wrappers using the clipart on some simple polka dot backgrounds and cupcake toppers using the circles from the 1 1/2 inch circles collage sheet. These would make great party items for a kid’s party at any time of year but would also work great for halloween.
And here’s a reminder of all the new clipart, stamps and collage sheets now available to buy online:
Entrants must use the supplied image/stamp as part of their design but may also use any other elements of their choice in addition to this. You may enter as many different designs as you wish. Any submitted design entries may, from time to time be used by Sarah Paris Designs for marketing and promotional purposes and may be featured on the Sarah Paris Website. You will retain full copyright for your design and always be properly credited if your image is used, but copyright of the Sarah Paris images used will remain with Sarah Paris Designs. Prize winner will be chosen by me, for the best design, in my opinion, after the closing date of 8th April 2010. No entries will be accepted after the closing date. The winner will be notified as soon as possible after 8th April 2010. Please leave details of your blog with your entry so that I may contact you to notify you if you are the winner. My decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. By entering into the above competition you agree to the terms and conditions stated above.
These cute and whacky stamps have loads of uses for kids of all ages: cards, goodie/favour bags, cupcake wrappers, toppers and other party items. Kids can even use them as colouring sheets. The colour versions coming soon will be great for badges, tee shirts, bags and clothing or for embroidery. Available now HERE. I’ve got a few products in mind for this range of little guys, as this first stamp set has already been very well received and I love these wild and whacky little characters.
I almost forgot to mention it here, but there’s a last minute festive freebie available. Just click on the image below to download two whimsical 8×8 inch patterned papers featuring elements from my “Whimsical Christmas” set. Ideal if you’re in need of some last minute gift wrap, tags, gift bags or boxes. Print out as many times as you like. For personal use only. Enjoy. Merry Christmas!