Sunday 18 February 2024

Keep Slaying Those Dragons Valentine


At Kate Hadfield Designs there are so many fabulous sets it is really easy to get inspired to use them. There are digital stamps which you can colour, coloured versions you can scrapbook or make into digital layouts. Papers, patterned overlays and doodles galore. No matter what your skill level there are so many goodies to play with.

Kate is celebrating 17 Years of designing digital doodles and has a 25% off in the store for this weekend only. This is the perfect time to buy those sets you have had on your Wishlist so take advantage of it while you can.

My valentine card for my hubby has been made using this month's free scrapbook template as the layout. This comes in several formats so can be used with a variety of digital programs.

My theme of my card is my hubby is my Knight in Shining Armour and has been for nearly 35 years. He has had many bouts of anxiety and depression over the last 3 years and has a lots of dragons to slay. Unfortunately the latest being in hospital for 8 days with a life threatening infection in his gallbladder. He is now on a waiting list to have it removed. He is not the best patient and is quite often in varying levels of pain and discomfort. The last month has been hard for us both :( and so very, very tiring.

One of the most fabulous things about being in this Creative Team is that we have free rein to make anything we want to using the sets in the shop. This is amazing for inspiring creativity as there are so many amazing packs to play with. I feel very, very lucky to be able to have this opportunity.

The background of my card is the blue and green paper from Paper Pretties. This is my favourite and most used paper as you can use specific sections from the papers and the colour gradients and whitewashed effect create a soft look.

Over the top I added the small heart overlay. You can make this bold like in the preview image below. I opted for a soft effect by reducing the opacity to 25%

In the centre of the circle I added a knight on horseback and one of the dragons from When Knights Were Bold. My wonderful husband has been my protector since 1989 and I have always described him as my Knight in Shining Armour hence the text on the ribbon on top of the card. He is facing a number of battles as the moment and I will be by his side through it all (I am sure I can be a bit of a dragon at times too LOL)

To strengthen the Valentine's theme I added various elements from the following Kits

Once I had created my layout this was then printed and adhered to an 8" card blank. These scrapbook templates are often a perfect layout to create a large square card and I am having fun experimenting with them. Never in a million years did I think I would be able to create digital layouts and these templates make it so easy.

Over at Kate Hadfield Designs there is lots going on. Kate is really generous with her freebies which are readily available. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to an extra subscriber area the Doodle Den where there are loads more freebies. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafters and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Card Details -

Size - 8” x 8”

Digital Images - When Knights Were Bold, Love and Romance, Lovey Dovey Doodads - Kate Hadfield Designs

Digital Papers - Painted Pretties, Everyday Overlays - Kate Hadfield Designs

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