Wednesday 17 March 2021

Leah's Picture


You know how every now and again you have an idea and when you have made it it comes out better than you could have ever dreamed? Well this is one of those projects. I actually cannot believe I made this!

At Kate Hadfield Designs the Creative Team are given free reign on what we can create. Sometimes we have a prompt. This month Kate wants to highlight the overlays.

I have played with making digital cards before so I know the basics of how to layer but this has taken it to a whole new scale. 

A little neighbour over the road was 2 on the 15th. She is moving into her 'big girl bedroom' and her parents have been decorating her room. I know she is having greys and pinks and wanted to make a picture for her room. 

I use a digital program called Affinity Designer. I started with the background which is the blue and green paper from the Painted Pretties set.

I then added the cloudy sky overlay from the Springtime Overlays set. I wasn't sure if you could use just some of it but it is really easy to move it around on your page to cover only the section you want. I would imagine you can cut sections from it as well if you only wanted specific parts of the overlay. I will experiment with that in future projects. There are some lovely overlays in the store.

The main image I wanted to use was the castle from Happily Ever After. I made this quite a large size and then added the Fairy Godmother. The little Frog Prince looked cute and I really wanted to include the rainbow. Leah has been such a happy little soul over this year of strangeness and it has been lovely to see her blossom. She has been the colourful rainbow in even the dullest days.

Using Springity Spring I have I of course added the smiley sunshine. The cloud is the same shape as the over lay so it is easy to resize and 'colour' in some of the clouds in the sky. By only colouring some in this has added layers and dimension to the picture.

I have also added some of the grass tufts, daisies and some of the little creatures ladybird, snail, bee and a cheeky little worm peeking out of the doorway. 

The whole design was then printed out onto photo paper and the colours are really vibrant. I then framed it using a silver frame from my collection.

I hope it gives as much joy to Leah as it did to me to make it for her.

I really loved making this. Kate's designs are so much fun to work with and there are so many fabulous items in the store. I love making cards and colouring so the stamps are my faves. There are coloured images, papers, doodles and you are only limited by your creativity. 

There are oodles of freebies in the store too. Simply sign up to the Newsletter in the Doodle Den and your will be given access to so many resources. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafter and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Project Details -

Size - 8” x 10”

Digital Paper - Painted Pretties (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Overlay - Springtime Overlays (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Images - Happily Ever After set & Springity Spring (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Embellishments - Silver Frame

I would like to enter this into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Wonderful framed project! Thanks for including the links. I love the Spring art! Thanks for sharing your art at Crafting Happiness Challenges.
    :) Janis, Owner & Design Team

  2. This is such a fun project! I can just imagine how excited Leah was when she saw it. I'm going to have a look at the store right now. Thanks so much for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week!

  3. Adorably CUTE scene you have created! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  4. Fabulous creation Mandy, sure to be a treasure. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K xx

  5. This card is just so adorable Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Skies’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for Week 10 at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge!

  7. Awesome card. So creative and so much detail. Love it and so glad you shared over at Catch the bug.

  8. Stunning card, gorgeously designed. Thanks for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenges. Best of luck in the final draw.
    World Wide Open Design Team Challenges
    Cheers, aNNie DT Member{My Blog}

  9. This is such a fabulous design. I just love the colours
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles DigiChoosday Craft Challenge

    Claire DT
    Mrs H's Crafty Corner

  10. Lovely project!
    Thank you for joining Catch the Bug - Things with Wings
    Hugs from Africa!

  11. Well done Mandy, so creative!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  12. How fabulous! I love the colorful scene and the fact that it is personalized! Thanks for playing with us at Time Out Challenges!
    - Shauna

  13. Wow! This is amazing! Glad you were having fun with those digital images. That little girl will love it. Thanks for joining us at Time Out!

  14. this is so beautiful Mandy! It came out great. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
    Gale DT for

  15. What a gorgeous picture to hang in a little girls bedroom!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Gem of a Challenge! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  16. Gorgeous card and a pretty scene! Thank you for sharing with us at My Time to Craft, we hope you can join us again soon ~ Janice DT

  17. So glad to find your cute little frog with the crown. Thanks for sharing with us at 2 CraftyCritterCrazies, CarolG

  18. Thank you for sharing in our challenge at">Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in
    Monique DT its fab

  19. Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Ike’s world with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Ike’s world {My Blog}

  20. Pretty as a picture, love what you have created here.
    Thank you for joining us at More Mixed Media.

  21. Lovely card. Pretty colours. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Hope to see your great cards back here again soon. Judy DT

  22. Wow! This is superb. So pretty and so perfectly done. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenges.
    Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

  23. So pleased that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Through the Purple Haze.
    Stay safe and well.
    Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @ TTPH

  24. I definitely would not mind being a princess in this pretty and pink kingdom! Nicely crafted, Mandy. Thanks for sharing it with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer


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