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Summer Spectacular Challenge Winners

Posted: 19th June   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: Louise R

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It’s been a busy morning looking through all your lovely challenge entries from the Summer Spectacular Challenge week! Thank you all so much for taking part, it’s been loving getting to know you all a bit better through your scrap pages.

It’s been really hard picking the winners, but we finally have them (drumroll please!) …

Monday Summer Spectacular Challenge - Summer Adventure

Facebook (left): Yvette Harvey
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): 1westie

FB Monday winner DT Monday Winner


Tuesday Summer Spectacular Challenge - Summer Treats
Facebook (left): Alasandra Ruth Alawine
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): Brenda1007

FB Tuesday winner DT Tuesday Winner


Wednesday Summer Spectacular Challenge - Summer Blooms
Facebook (left): Karen McTiernan
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): spinefusion

FB Wednesday DT Wednesday Winner


Thursday Summer Spectacular Challenge - Happy Place
Facebook (left): Melissa Lawrence
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): anntaurus

FB Thursday winner DT Thursday Winner

Friday Summer Spectacular Challenge - Blue Skies

Facebook (left): Anita Hitchmough
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): Nanny Jean

FB Friday Challenge DT Friday Winner


Saturday Summer Spectacular Challenge - Simple Pleasures
Facebook (left): Elise Abrahams
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): bloggs

FB Saturday Winner DT Saturday Winner


Sunday Summer Spectacular Challenge - You Are My Sunshine
Facebook (left): Jenny Hamer
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): Querberus

FB Sunday Winner DT Sunday Winner


Overall Winners
Facebook (left): Yvette Harvey
DaisyTrail Challenges (right): teddio

FB Overall Winner DT Overall Winner

I’ll be messaging all the winners today to sort our prizes!


Tutorial: Cutout Text Effect using CraftArtist 2 Professional

Posted: 31st May   Category: How to's   By: Louise R


The absolutely gorgeous Mermaid Shimmer digikit has launched this week, and I absolutely adore it! I’m a bit of a mermaid fanatic anyway, and I really love how it puts a whole new spin on the current mermaid theme, approaching it with beautiful iridescent colours, and detailed tail elements.  I’ve not seen anything like it elsewhere! I’ll be using it a lot this summer!

Whilst I was having a play about with the kit I was drawn to the alphabet, and seeing what I could do with the lettering (besides my usual colour tweaks), and I decided to do a letter cutout.

To keep it simple I opted for a white surround, giving it a sticker-like effect, and I was really pleased with the results. I’ve put together a quick video showing how I achieved this effect – I hope you like it!





Jacket Card Tutorial

Posted: 10th May   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

Jacket Card Tutorial

This jacket card is really easy to make, especially since we’ve put together the craft file you, complete with guides to help you with your design and folding!

Step 1: Download the template, and open it in CraftArtist.

Jacket card step 1


Step 2: Add your digikit of choice, we used the brand new Free Spirit kit because we love the papers, and the embellishments are perfect for the design we want. 

Step 3: Add your background. I used a fairly plain grey background, and I’ll be adding and cutting materials in the next step to some colour and pattern.

Jacket card step 3  Jacket card step 3a


Step 4: Add your materials, using the folding guidelines for reference. I used the the crop and scissor tools to shape the materials.

crop  scissor

Jacket card step 4  Jacket card step 4a


Step 5: Add your embellishments. I added a bowtie and buttons to the inside centre, as well as jacket buttons to the front right, and a pocket-style embellishment to the front left.

Jacket card step 5  Jacket card step 5a


Step 6: The folding guides are a bit dark against the finished project, so I converted these to white so that I can still use the guides, but they’re less visible on the finished project. You might need to do this too, depending on your background colour. At this stage I also hide the Labels layer, so these aren’t printed on the final card!

Jacket card step 6  Jacket card step 6a 


Step 7: Copy any embellishments you want to blank page 3 of the CraftArtist file.

Jacket card toppers


Step 9: Print the finished card so that pages 1 and 2 are double sided, and page 3 is standalone.

Step 10. Score and fold the card, before cutting out the standalone embellishments and attaching using foam pads, to make these raised from the card.

Jacket card finishes


Meet the Designer: Becks Roberts

Posted: 3rd May   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: Louise R

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The regularly requested, and eagerly awaited, Ultimate Men Collection is now just a few days away! As we count down to the release I thought I’d help the time pass a little quicker, by talking to the DaisyTrail designer behind these fantastic kits!Becks

Hello Becks…



Let’s get straight to it! The DaisyTrail community have been asking for content with a more masculine feel, how did it feel to be tasked with the job of bringing that to life?

It was a bit of an honour actually, I always keep up to date with the forums and can see what the community are asking for, so I knew this was a pretty big deal for everyone. As far as creating a whole collection, we usually split them up between the 3 designers, so we might do one kit each, but this time I was asked to do the whole collection myself. It’s a large task and it’s time consuming work. I’m not going to lie, it was a bit daunting knowing I had so much work and such an important collection ahead of me, but I had some really good ideas and was excited to bring them to life!


Tell us about your design process. How did you go from the brief, to the four finished kits?

Firstly, I split the ideas I had into different catagories, I wanted to make 4 separate kits but intended them to all sit together well so that they can be compatible. So, I brainstormed what I thought would be a refreshing take on modern male design. I knew we had covered vintage themes for men, so it was important to me to create something fresh and new for the customers!


What materials did you use for the kits, and which is your favourite to work with?

All the illustrations were painted with watercolours but I added a few more graphic elements to the kits with fine liners and ink to add a modern touch. I love to work with watercolour the most because they are so fast to paint with and really versatile, you can get so many different effects by using a variety of techniques.


Where did you get your inspiration for the kits from?

Well, I really focused on the feedback that we gained from the DaisyTrail community and wanted to deliver a really modern set of kits, a little bit different to what we have made before. I researched modern greeting card trends and blogs and made moodboards for each of the planned kits.


I know it must be hard to pick, but which of the kits was the most fun to create?

It is really hard to choose, but I think that Budding Explorer was the most fun to create! I painted dinosaurs and rocket ships and had loads of fun with the bright colour palette.


And following on the from previous question, what was the biggest challenge?

I think the scale of the project was the biggest thing to overcome, I time managed myself and set deadlines for each kit. I have such a huge pile of illustrations on my desk from all of the artwork that was produced, I am really proud of myself for getting it all done in time. I was so conscious that I wanted to get these kits to everyone in time for Father’s day and I am really happy with the outcome. I just hope that I have delivered kits that have something in them for everyone!


Final question, to help out anyone that’s not seen the sneak peeks over on Facebook, can you sum up the kits in just 3 words (I know this is a tough one – sorry!)?

Modern, bold and fun!

The Ultimate Men Collection will be launching later this week, keep your eyes peeled for the big announcement that the kits are now available!


Spinner Card Tutorial

Posted: 10th April   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

Spinner cards are so much fun to make, and really very simple too! All you need is your normal card crafting supplies, and a couple of pennies! This tutorial uses the brand new DaisyTrail April Showers digikit.

What you’ll need
•    CraftArtist
•    April Showers digikit
•    2 sheets of A3 card
•    Cutting board and craft knife
•    Foam pads
•    Double-sided sticky tape
•    Scissors
•    2 pennies

Step-by-step tutorial

Step 1.
Open CraftArtist and start a blank project, using the Tent Card A5 folded option. Add the April Showers digikit

Step 2.
Start a second CraftArtist project, following the same steps.

Step 3.
On Project 1, add the front and rear backgrounds, as well as backgrounds and the message for the inside of the card. That’s the project 1 file complete, everything else will be done in project 2.

Spinner card step 3

Step 4.
On Project 2, add the landscape material, and position it so there’s a white border to the top and sides, and then crop the bottom to match.

Spinner card step 4

Step 5. Use the Shapes tool to add a rectangle, rounding the edges using the slider on the left-hand side. Alter the rectangle size to 0.75” high, and 8” wide.

Spinner card step 5

Step 6. Design the rest of the card, I added clouds, a rainbow, and balloons, and a message. Order the embellishments so that the rounded corner rectangle is the topmost layer. It doesn’t matter if any of the embellishments leak into the white border, because this will be cut off after printing.

Spinner card step 6

Step 7. Add the topper balloon, size it, and then copy and paste it to page 4, before deleting the original from page 1. That’s the design complete!

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Step 8. Next you need to print the project. Project 1 needs printing double sided onto A3 card, and project 2 needs printing single sided.

Spinner card step 8

Step 9. Cut out the card, including the slot, and also the balloon topper.

Spinner card step 9

Step 10. Place a foam pad in the middle of one of the pennies, and stick the two coins together.

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Step 11. Slot the coin into the cut out rectangle, and then attach the balloon to the coins using double sided sticky tape.

Spinner card step 11

Step 12. Attach foam pads to the back of the card front (I used 8)

Spinner card step 12

Step 13. Your card is finished!

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