Friday, February 01, 2019

Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop

Hello Blogging Friends!!

Welcome to my project for the "It's A Girl Thing" Turner Syndrome Awareness Inaugural Blog Hop!  

I feel so honoured to be one of the sponsors for this wonderful hop and to do my little part in helping raise awareness for Turner Syndrome.  

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

Nineteen caring Sponsors and eleven DT Members have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see Lori's TS home page.   The Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop starts on Friday, February 1st at 6:00 am EST and will run through February 7th.  The winners will be announced on February 15th on the Turner Syndrome Blog.

Thanks for learning About Turner Syndrome

My TS related project uses a few colors from the TS official color board:

Here is my card :)

I used a digital sentimental stamp graciously provided by the amazing Donna Ellis!  The background and elements were watercoloured and embellished with copious amounts of stardust glitter and stickles and highlighted using a bleed proof white ink.  The flowers and leaves are from my Distressed Butterfly & Blossoms Digi Set and the butterfly is from my Monarch Digi & Cutting File Set.

Please be sure to visit the "It's A Girl Thing" Turner Syndrome Awareness Inaugural Blog Hop page to become eligible for prizes!

Monday, June 25, 2018

STORE UPDATE: Motorbikes & Colourful Ornaments and 20% continues!

Hey All! Happy Monday!

More things are now in the store :)

FYI - I also threw in a LAVENDER ONE!  I plan to make a card and will post this week :)

OH those pre-coloured Christmas Ornaments? Yup, they are FINALLY in the store!  A WHOLE WHACK of them.

oh and before I forget...

Get 20% OFF entire order is back until JULY 2nd!  Use code JUNE20 at checkout.

... and, just in case you didn't know... there are more things FRED at my




Have a great day!


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Store UPDATE - African Violets

Hi all!

Wow, almost a year has passed! What?!  Don't ask... sigh.  But slow and steady wins the race.  Actually I am practicing the art of getting stuck in... show up and do something even if it doesn't feel like you are ever going to get there.  Every little bit leads somewhere even if it looks like a failure you have gold because you have learned something from it.  When you are rusty... everything seems to take 4ever!  Like you have to relearn what came easy before.  But I have faith, it will all come back and become more efficient.  Anyway before I wax philosophical too much more LOL....

Here is a long overdue store update!  And a SALE!  Use JUNE20 code to get 20% your entire order.

Click below to go to the store:

African Violets! See below for some cards made with the pre-coloured set.  I will post later this week with my fun watercolouring with the DIGI set!

African Violets COL SET:

-includes bonus papers!

African Violets DIGI Set:

Both sets include ready-to-print sheets with all the elements ready to color and cut out.

Here are some cards made with the African Violets COL Set with Bonus Papers :)

 I have rediscovered Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium... it adds a lovely glimmer to the flowers and I also sponged some medium through my Blossoms Stencil onto the printed paper... You can't see it in the photo but WOW! Sentiment is from Sparkle N Sprinkle - my Bearded Iris Set.

This one I sponge gold acrylic paint onto the paper with the same stencil.

You can even assemble \"wreaths" with the single violets.  When I created the images I could only use my imagination on how they were going to work out as a border or wreath.  I was so happy with the result when I could finally print, cut and assemble.  :D  Sentiment is from Sparkle N Sprinkle - my Happy Flowers Set.

I have more items in the works.  I will be uploading my version of the pre-coloured Christmas Ornaments in a set, and some NEW THINGS!

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Butterfly Dreams Sentiment Set - by Donna Ellis

Hey all!

I have teamed with Donna Ellis to bring you some of her fabulous sentiments sets!  She is the one who is behind all the wonderful sentiments on Sparkle N Sprinkle's own rubber stamp sets.

Here is Butterfly Dreams Sentiments Set:

Please check out Donna's blog post!  

She has some wonderful projects using the Butterfly Dreams Sentiments Set and various butterfly and background images from Fred She Said Designs!

Here is a card I made with the sentiments set as well  :)

Other products used are  the Blossoms and Leaves from Distressed Butterfly & Blossoms Digi Set and Blossom Borders & DFT Butterfly CUTFILE SET.   The background was a very loose watercolour with a big mop brush.  The blossoms and leaves were watercoloured as well.  The butterfly and floral were given the stardust glitter treatment :)

Friday, June 02, 2017

Butterfly Bonanza Extended! - CUTFILE New Butterfly & Border Set

Hi all!

I wanted to get this done for the early part of this week BUT I ran into snags with my new computer setup and software.  I am also very rusty!  I almost have to relearn all my tricks! LOL

Because of thisButterfly Bonanza is still in effect!  Use code BUTTERFLY  ( through STORE cart or via email order ) to get 20% OFF your order :)   CODE EXPIRES TUESDAY JUNE 6!

Anyhoo... I made another cutting file set! ... and a mini tutorial!

Blossom Borders & DFT Butterfly CUTFILE SET:

I re-envisioned the Blossom & Three Leave Springs cutfiles into a border.  The set includes all the cards, fronts and borders you see in the preview.    The butterfly is derived from the Doodle Flower Trio sets:
Doodled Flower Trio with Butterfly/Flowers
Here is a card made using the diagonal border cardfront and the butterfly. 

 I added Ranger Diamond glitter to the butterfly and cut the base of the butterfly out of pink vellum.  I experimented with watercolour dabs on the border front and then added diamond Stickles glue dabs.  oooh GLITTER!...

Here is another card using the Blossom Border:

Here is a mini tutorial on how to make and use a butterfly embossing plate :)


First this is the embossing plate.  It is made out of 2-4 butterflies cut out of 110 lb cardstock.  The cutting file is the SwallowTail CUTFILE.   I glued each butterfly down onto a rectangle of cereal box board cut to fit in my cuttlebug.  You brush matte or gel medium onto the board and glue the cardstock butterflies with brushed on matte medium... even layers of matte medium between each layer and on the very top.  Let dry... a day or two!  You want it to completely harden. The embossing plate shown above has seen many butterflies and just gets better and more distressed with age.  When I make another one I will stick to only 2  layers of butterflies.  A bit shallower emboss would probably be better.

Cut a base solid butterfly same size as the cut butterflies on your embossing plate.  Colour with any medium.  I love watercolors.  This example I tried gouache.

Once dry, align the butterfly to the embossing plate.  

RUN the plate and butterfly through your embossing/cutting machine.  Use a sandwich of base plate/C plate + B plate/embossing plate + butterfly plate and butterfly face up + silicon embossing mat + another B plate/embossing plate.  You might need a card stock shim.  I did not.  Also before I forget ( like I did with this example) ... lightly spray the backside of your butterfly with water to soften the paper a bit to avoid cracking.  I got cracks but didn't care LOL!

This part is the most satisfying!   Swipe a black inkpad over the butterfly.  The raised areas will get inked.  The look is very pretty and distressed.  To get the look on my card, I had best striking results with Versafine and Ranger Archival Inks.

 I have also had fun with distress inks... a nice subtle effect with that.  I am going to try flowers and leaves next... this embossed inked look on  watercoloured flowers and leaves... so pretty!

The sentiments on the 2 cards shown are from a new rubber stamp set coming out June 15 from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  ;)

Have a great weekend!

:)*  Fred

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Butterfly Bonanza - More cards to share :)

Hi All!

Butterfly Bonanza is still in effect!  Use code BUTTERFLY  ( through STORE cart or via email order ) to get 20% OFF your order :)   CODE EXPIRES FRIDAY JUNE 2nd!

Over the next few days I will be posting various cards I have made using new products in the store.

Today I have some cards with a similar theme... I added butterflies to some hand watercoloured backgrounds.

I splooshed various watercolors to make a colourful background.  I used the Rainbow Butterfly from Distressed Butterfly & Blossoms COL SET

 I have a ton of inked and painted backgrounds from various playtimes LOL  I have no certainty as to how I did the purple background but i think it was homemade distress ink & Mica sprays on glossy cardstock.  The ACEO is a simple watercolour of purple flowers and sky.  I added yellow Stickle glitter glue to the centers of the flowers.   The Monarch Butterfly is from the outline version that I handcoloured and added a clear shimmer to the wings with Twinkling H2Os.  The orange Monarch from the Monarch Butterfly COL SET will give the same look.

Next post I will show a neat technique using digitally cut butterflies!  Have a great day!

:)*  Fred

Friday, May 26, 2017

Butterfly Bonanza - Butterflies on Transparency Film

Hi All!

Another day of butterflies!

Butterfly Bonanza is still in effect!  Use code BUTTERFLY  ( through STORE cart or via email order ) to get 20% OFF your order :)   CODE EXPIRES FRIDAY JUNE 2nd!

Over the next few days I will be posting various cards I have made using new products in the store.

Today I want to share a neat technique.  I laser printed the Distressed Butterfly onto transparency film :)

Tip:  To aid in cutting out the butterflies, back the film with white copy paper, secure with masking or washi tape to help keep them together while you cut.

I dotted Diamond Stickles glitter glue and let dry.  This first example, I dabbed on ( using a ranger distress tool and felt squares)  red, yellow and blue alcohol inks.  Then with a piece of felt wet with alcohol blending solution, I gently daubed to blend the colours.  The ink concentrated around the  glitter dots.  I like the look. 

 For a smoother look, apply your alcohol inks THEN add the glitter.  Either side of your print can be coloured or glue added with a laser print.   Printed side up and coloured/glittered underneath will give a matte look to the outlines.

Here is another example with a laser printed butterfly, same techniques BUT using Bic Markit Markers, Sharpies or Alcohol Markers.


You can use an inkjet printer if you have transparency film MADE FOR INKJET PRINTERS as this film has a special coating that grabs and holds the ink.  If you do use inkjet, you would do your glitter and colouring on the opposite side of your printing to avoid smearing your print.   oh.... and make sure you make the most out of your print out, I crammed as many butterflies as I could on this sheet before printing ;)

 Here are examples using INKJET Transparency Film.

I used Distressed Butterfly & Blossoms COL SET:

This one uses Monarch Butterfly COL SET:

The cutout border above is a work in progress.  I plan on adding a border CUTFILE set for this next week :)  

Have a great weekend!  I plan to be back tomorrow for more butterflies!

:)*  Fred