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Adeyeo – Chirpy little bird

Another change to work with a new to me designer at DST. I applied to Adeyeo’s 1 kit call for the kit called Chirpy Little Bird. Since I received the links through 4shared, I have no idea how fast or slow store downloads are. I assume they are allright.

The kit description in store:

Chirpy-chirpy Cheep-cheep… Hoot-hoots… the Chirpy Little Bird is here! This is a fun kit… with lots of birdie in it! Your layouts ought to be fun and cute when you put those little birds and that cool looking owl on it! Chirpy Little Bird kit comes with 110 elements and 9 papers. Enjoy and Happy Scrapping!!!
Personal Use!
S4H ok!

My own thinking of the kit:

Well the description sure is worth reading, after unzipping I was amazed of the amount of elements, some put together clustered, and others seperated leaves to create your own tree, wood, or forest. The birds are surely fun and all doodles are amazingly wonderful. The size of all elements are huge as well, so no tiny elements, but big and handy. you can downsize them easily,and you do not need to enlarge. I had a lot of fun making something out of my comfort zone. My page turned out pretty nice and allthough there are pictures of my boy in there, it does not feel as a girly girl page to me.

My son and his best friend Zorra our dog,

Adeyeo might be a new designer but she sure knows how to work a kit. 2 Thumbs up for Adeyeo, and if you like it enough go check out her Chirpy little bird kit at Scrapping Whispers or at Cool Scraps Digital, Adeyeo thank you for letting me play, I found your kit very refreshing and challenging!


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Magical Reality Designs – By The Lily Pond

This review is a request from a reader *cool we actually have some readers*.  This reader pointed me to these kits and asked if I had any of them and give my review on them. We are talking about the work of MagicalReality Designs, her kit previews look whimsy and wonderful and perfect for fantasy layouts and scenery. It fits my taste and I allready had some on my wihslist so with NSD I took 2 kits to try, in hope that it was money well spend. I like a good bargain and to try new things so this was perfect.

For this review I used By The Lily Pond


Download in the store went fast, even though I downloaded it during NSD, so that went totally smooth.

The Description of the kit in store:

Enter the world of MagicalReality, where every childs imagination becomes a magical creation! This lovely kit has 28 backgrounds -some scenery -some recolored. and 54 unique elements. Kit contians bird cages, bridge, bubbles, butterflies, dragonflies, cluster frames, frames, doodle, overlays, drops, falling rain drops, falling flowers, leafs, flowers, plants, ribbons, fountain, rainbow, rainbow rays, boat paddle, peacock, wings and best of all 3 ready made LILY PONDS! 1 day_pond, 1 night_pond both decorated with water lilies, and 1 plain pond just with rocks and grass. Not all shown in preview.

This is my own thinking of the kit:

The preview is very sweet and subtle, the colors are soft and the preview looks almost magical. The variety of papers is good, different colors, other sceneries and details it sure doesnt look like a standard paper recolored 10 times and that makes me happy! The 3 ready made lily ponds are fun for sure, allthough I havent used them yet. The glitter overlays, dragonflies and tiny butterflies are very pretty and of good quality, as are the leaves, frames and flowers inside this kit. The colorscheme is perfect for girly outdoor layouts, fantasy and non fantasy related actually.  The only downside is that I missed some frogs.

Here’s my layout with this kit:


it’s my oldest DD Esmee in her mermaid suite grandma took home from Scotland in 2002.

Katherine of MagicalReality Designs truly puts efford in her extractions and the ideas of her kits. This kit is very well color coördinated and theres not a single stray pixel to find. I give at least 2 thumbs up for MagicalReality Designs, a great designer to try if your looking for something new with good quality!

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Mandi Nickell – Chris Greiser collab, all who wander

I replied to the one kit call from Mandi Nickell and I ended up with this great collab kit all who wander from Mandi Nickell (AE designs) and Chris Greiser. The kit is sold at Divine Digital, Sunshine studios and Faith Sisters. But I got it through Mediafire, so can’t tell anything about paying and uploading through a store.


The description in the store

This is the first Sunflower collaboration by AE Designs and Chris Greiser. Full kit includes over 25 bohemian inspired elements, some in various colors, a full uppercase glittered alpha, and 15 individually textured papers! All elements created at 300dpi and are provided without drop shadows. Select elements and clusters are provided with additional shadowed versions!

Elements Include:
wooden peace sign
paisley stickers
clay butterflies
2 silk flowers
2 wrapped frames
beaded ring
2 strings in various colors
foiled journaling spot
paper matte
metal swirl
3 frames
ribbon flowers
4 buttons
2 bows
2 frayed fabris strips
crocheted flowers

My ideas on the kit

I really love the combination of the fuchsia, the purple and the blue colors. The papers are well chosen and combine very well. The element pack is big and there are lots of different elements, enough to use different things on one page. If you like cluster style, but suck at it, you can get help with the different ready made clusters in the kit! Lots of elements come in non shadowed and shadowed version. I prefere to make my own drop shadows, but the shadowing in this kit is well done. I especcially love the paisly’s and the crochet flowers. I was really in love with the alpha, but I didn’t use it, because the letters T and S (which I needed) were not finished as they should have been! So I hope they will fix this pretty soon.snapshotwv ***edit: the alpha was fixed already before going into the store***


This is the page I made with the kit! I wanted to take a picture from myself with my baby girl, so I ended up making these foolish but supercute snapshots!!! So I see you could make any page with it, but they would be more girly/female pages, because of the colors.

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SuzyQ, Gimme Chocolate!

I think SuzyQ needed to be rewarded, for making the first comment on this site! So I surfed to her shop at Enchanted Studio Scraps and checked it out. I was really attracted to her latest easter kit Gimme Chocolate! At first sight the chocolate alpha and the bright colors appealed to me. So I purchased it, payement went really smooth and no problems with the downloads.

sqscraps_gimmechocolate_pvwthe description of the kit in the store

I am a certified choco-holic! Milk, dark, white, caramel, nuts–whatever variety you’ve got, I want it! While I know that Easter is technically a religious holiday, I have to admit that my favorite commercialized part of this holiday is the CHOCOLATE! Particularly a certain brand of chocolate. You know the one–they wrap (most) of their chocolate in fabulous purple wrappers…sometimes it’s even purple foil! So while you peruse this LOADED kit (22 papers!), I’m going to go unwrap me another piece of yummy, delicious chocolate. And hope my supply lasts until the Easter bunny comes to visit me. 😉 Not all items shown in preview. Please see detailed images.

Contains: 1 chocolate alpha (uppercase only); 1 foil alpha (lowercase, numbers, and some punctuation); 1 chalk alpha in THREE colors (lowercase only); 14 patterned papers; 8 coordinating solids; 1 chocolate bunny; 1 chocolate egg; 1 chocolate heart; 2 chocolate splatters; 4 mini chalk eggs; 3 foil eggs; 2 foil swirls; 8 chalk swirls; 4 chalk frames; 2 chalk journaling boxes; 5 bows; 2 knots; 2 backwards brads; 1 staple; 8 buttons (3 stitched, 5 unstitched); 4 ribbons; 1 ricrac; 4 stitching; 1 stitched heart; 2 string; 2 wraps; 2 chocolate wordart pieces (chocolate, lover of chocolate); 21 foil wordart pieces (2009, british, bunny, caramel, chocolate, cream, creme, dark, delicious, easter, egg, eggs, european, favorite, favourite, gimme, milk, nuts, swiss, white, yummy

My impression of the kit

I loved the mix of colors in this kit. The papers are well-balanced between solids and patterned papers. I was instantly attracted to the chocolate like elements and word art!! I also really loved the purple foil eggs, tags and the alpha, this is a unique idea, that I haven’t seen before. I was surprised to see 3 different alpha’s (with the chalked alpha coming in 3 different colors makes it 5). Of course I should have checked the details in the shop, because SuzyQ really takes time to show with different previews what you can find in her kits. For the elements, I’m not really sure about all those different chalked swirls and frames. I would have loved to see a frame that matches the chocolate like elements and one for the purple foil elements. For the purple foil tags, there were too much words which I’m certain I’m never gonna use, but a blank one would have come in handy. Also, I’m a stitch lover, but here I was a bit dissapointed. The stitches’ holes were all different, and not really convincing. This could be a working point for SuzyQ.


This is my lay out , I made with this kit, I really loved this chocolate word art (as I said before 😉 ) I used some old pictures, but the kit really helped me to make the most of these not so great pictures. The event is searching chocolate eggs in the garden, so we agree with SuzyQ’s Chocoholic state of mind!! Off cours, I didn’t use lots of elements, (not my style I think) so I’m not really finished with this kit. I really want to make another lay out with these tin foil thingies! And for the chalked alpha, I think this one’s versatile enough to be using in other pages that are not easter related.

And since I was at SuzyQ’ s shop, I also picked up her dinosaur kit dino-Rarw!, which is really lovely and bright as well. But I’ll stick to reviewing one kit!

Some things to be improved for SuzyQ, but she really made a wonderful kit!

If you would love to be reviewed – leave a comment here, you’ll never know that YOU gonna be picked!

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Miss Tiina, Splendor Pop – The Whole Thing

I’m so happy to make my first kit review. When I saw the reviews from Carinpixels, I was really excited about it. I mailed her, we talked about my interest in doing some kit reviews too. And here I am, on this brand new Kit review blog, working as a team with Carin. And I think she did a great job, starting up this blog!

Why I want to review kits? I love to discover new designers. I have seen some very different kits passing by, doing some CT work. I have no particular style, and willing to try out very different things. Although I will leave the fantasy kits to Carin, she’s really great with them! I have seen kits from starting designers, that are so wonderful and so well worth the money, that I had to shout it out somewhere…. And I just found my shouting place!

To kick off, I want to review Splendor Pop – The Whole Thing, by Miss Tiina.  A while ago I started a thread at DST to find me some 1 dollar kits. This kit was one of the suggestions, and I’m really happy I discovered it. So I registred for the store, went real smooth, bought the kit, went even smoother and I got to download at least 9 different zip files, corresponding with the different things (alpha, paper, embellishments, word art, …) that are gathered into this whole package! Downloading and unzipping went just great!

47493a6016726623e91e26d20fe22519Description of the kit in the store:

The splendor of beauty; for yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness – unknown

Splendor Pop brings you sheer happiness with its bright and bold contrasts! This collection is perfect for every project! Black on white, white on black, colored cardstock paper packs and fun elements full of brilliance will leave you with an endless variety to mix and match for Wedding, Anniversary, Love, Friendship and much more!

Splendor Pop can be purchased in whole or in part, click the image above to see the details of this whole collection or visit my store listing for individual sets! Note: By purchasing The Whole Thing! for only $9.00 you will save $13.00!! Buying this collection individually would cost $22.00, so grab this up and save! (note: I got this as a bargain in a 1 dollar sale on 16/03/2009)

The entire collection is designed at 300dpi quality and either in .jpg (12x12in papers) or .png (individual files) format and it includes: 6 white on black patterned papers, 6 black on white patterned papers, 8 solid textured papers, 40 piece set of button funk (5 styles in 8 colors), 11 piece set of flower funk, 12 piece set of elements (including 3 tiny bows, 3 ribbons, 2 felt hearts, 1 felt flower, and 3 ribbon flowers), 172 piece alphaset (characters a-z 0-9 , . ? ! & { } in 4 colors – white, blue, green, red), 3 12x12in flower funk overlays with a bit of texture in .png format, 12 word stamps in .png and .abr format (words include: always, bride, celebrate, forever, friends, groom, imagine, kiss, life, love, together, wish).


My first impression of the kit

I can’t believe I got all those goodies for just 1 dollar! There are bargains out there! Also the different packages really tickles me to try all those things in a page or two or …! I love the idea of black and white combined with some strong colors. The cardstock is really beautiful and great for blending a picture. I did miss a plain white and a plain black cardstock in the set. I was really in love with those word art stamps and I think it’s great to get the alpha in 4 different colors! Making a page went really easy, I was inspired by all the different things in the kit and after making two pages, I still don’t feel I’m finished with this kit! I still want to make some pages with this really great Alpha and those very good extracted ribbon flowers. So, this is a very versatile kit and could be used for a whole photo album for sure!



You can see I have made two totally diffferent pages with this kit – One page about the love between a brother and a baby sister! The other one about our city trip in London, where my hubbie and I had a break from routine and did some sightseeing!

I really don’t know what I can add more than saying: CONGRATS for this supergreat kit! Thumbs up for Miss Tiina!

Edit : I got this message from Miss Tiina, she added the black and white solids to the kit! I also saw that she redid her preview, which is great also, and the kit is still available for 1 dollar!

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Teri’s Thing O-My-Jigs, Soccer’s a kick

Yup, Soccer’s a kick. My boy plays soccer, almost 8 years now and I still didnt discover the kick of it. When he was 6 we stood along the field at 8 in the morning on saturday, what a blessing. Everyone told me that when he would get older the times will be later during the day. Well he’s a C player now, and still not later, last week we had to  round up at 7.30 cause we needed to play out at another soccer club, oh the joy of parenting. But Jeroen loves soccer, Dh has been his coach and trainer for 6 years now, so DH has 13 kids amongst his wings. Anyways when I saw the announcement of Teri’s Thing O-My-Jigs Soccer’s a kick I just had to pick it up.


Checkout went great, but I missed download links in my order after payment. I did receive an email with the download links, but my downloads still are not displayed in my order history. Maybe a shop glitch. But well download went fast and rapid, and it was great to see that the TOU and previews are not divided in every zip file.

The Description of the kit in store:

Soccer’s A Kick!  And if you didn’t already know that, you will,  if you use this perfectly put together Sports Kit from Teri’s Thing-O-My-Jigs.  Created for her grandson, Teri made sure that each and every unique element would be just the thing for scrapping those priceless photos.  And talk about variety!   From the perfectly textured papers, with many of the overlays being designed just for this kit, to the always unique elements Teri seems to create, Soccer’s a Kick!  is one that you don’t want to pass up.  Be sure to look for her coordinating, custom made overlays of the same name.

Soccer’s a Kick! includes:
14 papers
   Punctuation &
47 elements including:

2 asst. chipboard elements
1 border
1 bow
3 buttons
2 chairs
3 signs
4 asst. flair
1 folder clip
2 frames
1 grass
1 jersey
2 journals
1 leaf
1 mesh net
3 ribbon
2 ricrac
1 rubberband
1 star
3 stickers
1 string
7 tag strips
1 paper tear
1 metal waterbottle
1 wrap binder

 My Own thinking of the kit:

Yes the papers are of great texture. The grass paper and the paper of the field are surely my favorites, There’s a lot of variety in colors and patterns and that is a big plus. The wordart strips that I did not use are wonderful I love the fact that there’s an empty 1. The old sign elements look perfect and I did use 1 of those in my layout. However most of the elements seem to have an epoxy sticker effect and the buttons seem a little fake to me. They have an outer bevel edge that does not attracked me personally. My favorite element in this kit is for sure the net and the field journal board, they are both amazing and I am certain they will be used more often for my soccer layouts. The shirt I used is from the kit, but I recolored it to fit my boys team colors, and that was a very easy job.


Here’s my layout with this kit, and I think it’s gonna be a 2 pager. I do not see myself making an entire album with this kit, but 4 different pages must be possible. And between the other soccer kits that are out there, this will make a great addition for variety and mixxing and matching.

journaling and credits page:

Playing soccer is your passions for a long time. You can play all positions and always do your best during matches.

photo mask – Phuong Ton Art Masks
font  – Darcy Baldwin Laura
everything else – Teri’s Thing o My Jigs Soccer’s a Kick

Keep up the good work Teri!

greets Carin

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Vavie Designs, Humanity

I love one kit calls, I recently discovered them and it is a great way to get to know a variety of designers, explore new designers and work with different goodies. Offcourse it is not always certain that you get selected but it is surely fun to do. I replied this week to Vavie. Vavie is a new comer and her preview looked gorgeous, so it was sure worth a try. Here is the preview of her kit called Humanity.


like every new designer she’s trying to get her work out on the market and this lovely kit is for sale on her blog for 1 euro. For 1 euro you get gorgeous papers, and lovely elements. Not all elements are sized as I would love them to be, but there’s always an option to resize. The elements are of good quality for sure, no stray pixels and overal this sure is a pretty kit. I especially loved the heart shaped vine in it. I know you do not see it in my layout cause I layered it below the picture.


block template – Emily Merrit paperblock templates v 2
overlay template- Lynn Marie tattered page overlays 2
alpha – Jessica Bolton teeny tiny torn tag alpha
font – Darcy Baldwin Chris
kit used Humanity from Vavie Designs

and my journaling says:

The favorite wii game from you 3 is without a doubt Rockband, with the drum, guitar and an extra guiter you rock all day long. Specially Eye of the tiger is played loads of times.

So for now, let’s rock on, I’m gonna enjoy playing rockband with the kids today, and they all like it when I drum, cause mom knows how to rock!

greets Carin

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