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Katrins Design – Hand in Hand, Through the Sand

Another amazing new designer that I was lucky to try out is Katrins Design. Katrin is german and fairly new to the designer world and sells at scrap-dreams.com. The shop is standard in german, but has a switch to english, which makes it easy to navigate for all. Her previews are surely worth looking at, and they look amazingly pretty.

Checkout and download in the shop went very smooth and fast, and heres the preview of Hand in Hand, Through the Sand

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The kit description in store:

With my new kit “Hand in Hand, through the sand”
comming beach-holiday feelings.

24 different Paper
– included 5 3D Paper
– 3600×3600
– all in jpg
– 300 dpi
128 elements
– 36 elements with shadow
– 92 elements without shadow
It´s S4F friendly

And then a list of the details of the elements.

This is my own thinking of the kit:

Well my first respons was, wow that preview looks amazing and I love the beach. I was caught by the fresh colors, and the amazing seagulls. The 3D papers are perfect for scenes and depth, and the elements are versatile and colorful. The photomasks are perfect for blend in photos or to use with the awesome frames inside the kit.  ome frames are pre-decorated but not over the top and surely very subtle and pretty. I love the green leaves and plants in this kit, and it is surely perfect for those beach and water pages.

Here’s my layout with the kit:

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My DS Jeroen at the beach in Spain 2 years ago.

Katrins Design really took lots of effort to create an outstanding beachkit and she succeeded very well. I can totally recommend this kit for anyone who has beach photos to scrap. A big 2 thumbs up for Katrin and her Hand in Hand, Through the Sand kit!

Till the next review, Carin

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Cali Designs – Lagoon

A 1 kit call from Cali Designs called Lagoon that I was chosen for. She had only parts of the preview up like a sneak peek, but I instantly knew I would have pictures for this kit. Since we have a waterrat in our household.

Download went through 4 shared, so I have no clue how the shop downloads work.  Here is a preview of the kit:

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There is no description of the kit, only the content is written down, but I do not find it intresting to copy that list. The kit consist of 15 papers and 82 elements.

My own thinking of the kit:  The preview does not do the kit justice, truly I’ve seen better previes for worse kits. The kit contains enough elements to make wonderful water and beach scenes allthough the papers suggest a more nature and outdoor look, theres no beach paper inside. The papers are versatile, some outdoor, pebbles and natural colors that look truly fantastic. The versatile realistic animals in this kit make it perfect for zoo layouts, outdoor layouts and watery scenes. There’s a great balance between flowers, frames, natural elements like leaves and animals but also a great staircase and a wonderful curtain. The line between fantasy and outdoors can easily be set in this kit. I wanted to show of the versatile elements in my layout and tried using some of the outdoor and some of the more whimsy elements. I especially adore the bottle in this kit!

Here’s my layout:

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Cali walked a fine line here between fantasy and realistic and if you want to try a fantasy layout but are to challenged by the real fantasy kits this truly is a treasure to have in yuor stash. You can easily build great outdoor pages and add that little twist, or leave the twist out and just make great outdoor pages!  Yeah Cali, you know I love your goodies and I cant wait to see what comes next…:)

Untill the next review, Carin

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My Secret Garden Creations, Kingdom by the sea

Another review today, this time I was head over heels in love with Kingdom by the Sea from My Secret Garden Creations. I loved the preview so I didnt even care to read the description and grabbed it on sale!

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Download went smooth, the kit has beeen split up in 4 zipfiles, and there is no unneeded or double junk added to the folders, way to go!

The description of the kit in store:

Full of fantasy and imagination, this kit includes 14, 12×12 papers, jpg format at 300dpi. Papers are a mixture of plain and textured, textured patterns and background images of water/ocean and old stone walls. Also, included are 36 elements in png format which contains the following: dragon mermaid tails stone doorway/frame vines jeweled swirls stones ship butterfly sea shell netting with fish hanging fish knights helmet knights sword rusty lock and key treasure chest, one with sand and jewels and one empty jewels twirled ribbon old, jeweled frame cluster frame with wiring flowers All elements are created and saved at 300dpi. This kit is ok for personal and scrap for hire use.
My own thinking of the kit:
This kit is surely full of fantasy and imagination, allthough that awesome wave paper would be excellent for a surfer page, and I can see a beach page in the page with the caves and water. The elements that are present in the kit are okay. The rusty lock and key are awesome and so is the fishing net. But I also think that there could have been so much more in this kit, with a little edge of sand, some bubbles to go with my mermaid tales, and some more fish and shells, a canon even maybe to protect the kingdom. It is truly a nice addition to the fantasy kits I have and I’m certain some items will be used more often.
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To let you see the possibilities I made 2 pages, 1 fantasy and 1 swimming, you got to love that underwater camera and an always smiling girl!
Allthough I do not think this kit will make it possible to fill an entire album, I do believe it has some awesome elements, the lock and key, and the treasurechest are my favorite, and well let’s not forget about that dragon. Another thing I like is that this kit is S4H friendly 🙂
I think if some more time and thinking went over this kit, it would have been better, cause I truly believe the designer has the skills to develope more, maybe an add-on *yes it’s a hint*!!!
All in all I got to say the quality is good and that is what we’re after so I can only tell My Secret Garden Creations that she did a great job, and thank you for making these awesome designs for us!
greets Carin

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Madame Mim, Fish in the sea

Hurray new designer welcome and a sale.

Heck I love sales everyone knows that, besides I’m a hoarding fool so let’s get over there.

Madame Mim seems to be the new designer and she has 2 pages of products. Allthough I’ve seen her name and designs over at DST I was a bit scared to be dissapointed in the products so I’ve not tried them before. However with a sale and my resolution, I just HAD to. I picked up a few goodies and amongst those goodies was this cute set Fish in the Sea.

So what does the description promise?

A really yummy krafty kit full of fun and color!
Contains 8 backgrounds and 5 frames, 6 fun clay fish, 2 crayon colored doodles, 1 doodle fish,
3 raffia wrappers, raffia waves, journaltag, seahorse, seashell, stitches seashell flowers,
3 different seaweeds in various colors, 1 stitched seaweed + empty stitching holes, 2 glitter waves,
2 paint waves 1 group of glitter bubbles. And 1 layered stack with custom drop shadows.

What is my own thinking on this kit?

The description is right, thats the first notice I make offcourse, and it’s sad she didnt add that the 8 papers that are included are all very versatile! There’s a sea bottom with sea, some brown, some bleu seeish liked backgrounds and they are truly pretty and different. Nothing recolored, just 8 different! backgrounds. The elements are gorgeous and the few that do contain a dropshadow aren’t THICK shadowed, but nice and subtle! The fishes are so cute love them and this kit isnt like others’it’s not a dozen in a store, it’s not the same old same old, it stands out for sure.

Did I miss anything? Well maybe an alpha that matched but on the other hand I think for the price it’s a fair filled kit so I’m not complaining at all!

Was it hard making a layout with it?

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actually no, I had a photo of Aranka in the swimming pool that didnt do justice on anything yet….and I think it did now, with my pictures from Ariel in Disneylands Parade.

journal: Aranka was born in a bath tub and her love for water is HUGE. When you ask her what she wants to be when she grown up she always replies a mermaid princes with a hippo as best friend. I think that ain’t gonna happen, it’s a good thing she can always swim!
credits: bubbles – Ztampf Liquid kit
alpha Ariel – Micheline Martin Scribbly Doo
font – Pea Beth
everything else – Madame Mim Fish in the Sea

Madame Mim 2 thumbs up to you, as a ‘new’ designer your doing great and I can’t wait to see more of your work! I know it’s all a matter of personal taste at the end, but if you like what you see in the preview, just go for it, a new designer is a fun adventure trip and you might actually discover you have a new designer to stalk 🙂

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