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Vendor Spotlight: Kitschy Digitals

Reported by Sarah Moore

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

I am so NOT a digital person. It takes me ages to figure out how to resize stuff and print it. It just isn’t my thing. So I knew digital scrapbooking wasn’t going to be the first thing I would tackle with these kits. But that is what’s so neat-o about Kitschy Digitals. They aren’t just digi-scrap kits… you can use the kits to create totes, iron ons, softies, cupcake toppers, tags, cards, paper dolls… the list is endless!

Danielle Thompson’s Kitschy Digital designs are so EASY to work with! I actually created all of these projects in one day. First on my list was to play with the Woodland Book-Lover’s Printable Kit. Perfect for gift giving. In fact, if you are among my family/friends you should probably stop reading because you might be looking at your Christmas gifts.


I made myself some quick bookplates. I personalized them in Photoshop Elements. Danielle has all sorts of great tutorials to help you with this kind of stuff on her blog.

I didn’t have full sheets of adhesive paper, but look… these Avery labels worked even better! All I had to do was crop the edges, 4 cuts instead of six!


As you can see Danielle has put all the crop marks in for you… just cut on the lines. I didn’t have to resize these .jpgs. I just printed them as-is.


How’s this for an adorable gift… 4 bookmarks in a cello bag with a little topper! These would be terrific for teachers. Matching bag toppers are also included in this kit for the reading logs and bookplates.

Having a bake-sale? the DigiKit – Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini Kit is all you need to tag and display your items in the most adorable way possible.


I especially love the sheets of tags included in this kit, perfect for cards, fortune cookies or cupcake toppers!

Look… the cake is actually ASKING me to eat it! Tee-hee!

The DigiKit – Woodland Book-Lover’s *Add-On* Printable *Stuffie* Kit is a must have. In about 2 hours I was able to make a deer “stuffie”, a baby onesie for a new little friend, and….


… matching book-loving tote bags for my son and I!

Working with iron ons is a whole new world of craft to me… and probably a topic for a whole other review series. As you can see the iron on images are not super crisp, but that was no fault of the images themselves. They printed out wonderfully, and I was really happy with how they turned out on the cotton knit onesie. The canvas bags don’t look bad, just rustic! 🙂 Plus I was able to add my own sayings into the designs.

What’s not to love? As you can see these kits are not just for digital braniacs. Even if you are a tech-moron you can print the images onto nice cardstock and use them immediately. I am so in love with all her images. She really has such a unique style… totally my thing.

Pros:

  • Adorable and unique images that you can manipulate
  • Designed with non digi-types in mind
  • Versatile for multiple genre of crafting

Cons:

  • You will need a printer… a decent one too, or your images just won’t look great (I used an Epson Artisan 800, and it worked beautifully).
  • Printing great-looking images means printing on high quality paper with full ink.
  • Designs are for personal use only. You can not sell items you make with these kits.

Giveaway Time!!! Danielle has generously donated prizes for 2 winners. One winner will get digital kits and one will win print kits/embroidery patterns. All you have to do is leave your comments letting us know what you love about Kitschy Digitals on any of the Kitschy Digitals posts. You have until Friday at Midnight to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

Reported by Jo-Anne te Raa

It scares me! But I so want to try! What better way than with the most amazing set of digital kits. Kitschy digitals is designed by Danielle Thompson. Her vision inspires me and makes me want to create. Her blog is so much fun and its her fault I am addicted to Blythe dolls!!! I am lucky to have played with her kits before so I do have some knowledge of what elements are in what kit and I can tell you there are lots!

Ok, so these are multifunctional kits. I wanted to try my hand at all the possibilities (but I will apologise now to the digi scrappers out there for my “attempt” at my first digi layout!) from digi to embroidery. I started with a digi. Using the fresh feathers kit and Olivia, I used my very basic knowledge of Photoshop to create these.


I am actually quite pleased with them but I know its way from perfect, but I tried hey?!
For my second layout I went with a route I am quite familiar with and that’s hybrid. I printed out my elements, this time from the Kawaii fruit kit. I used cardstock, but also played with transparencies. I even printed my own rub ons, which I admit I am very proud of.

Using a paper punch and a green floral oasis I made a funky cake, which I plan to send to Danielle, adding a kitsch bird to the top! This was made with several different kits, including Skyler, all printed onto watercolour paper and then punched out and set in place with floral pins.

Then I moved on to sewing. For this I printed out elements from Woodland printable stuffie kit, but this time onto printable cotton fabric. This is washable and doesn’t have any “plasticy” feeling. I added wonderweb and ironed my elements in place on a fleece blanket. I then added french knots and blanket stitch, and voila, a cute blanket!

You could do this on a duvet cover or even a baby crib set.
Embroidery is a huge passion at the moment. Baby Amelie arrived in our lives 3 months ago and her mum allows me to create to my hearts content, so what better than a Kitschy inspired dress! Danielle’s patterns can be purchased in a PDF or a paper form via her store.
Using a pattern for a pillow case dress I made my basic dress and add an embroidered cup cake – Kawaii cute cupcake, from Danielle’s collection.


To transfer the image I traced over the pattern with a transfer pencil, turned face down onto the fabric and pressed with a hot iron. After embroidering I added Bonda web and cut the image out with a sharp pair of scissors and ironed in place.

Pros:
  • Cost effective, you get a lot of possibilities for your money
  • Funky fresh designs
  • Really pushes your creativity
  • Allows you to print off multiple copies, in the colours you desire on the medium you want to use
Cons:
  • I wish Danielle would bring a new kit EVERY week!
  • Cost involved with printing ink, but I think compared to traditional paper it would still work out cheaper.
I have to be honest and say I do love Danielle’s product. I never tire of it, and it has really encouraged me to look outside my crafting comfort zone. I plan to make some funky Blythe dresses this weekend, complete with a Kitschy Digitals gnome applique……

So go have a play and tell me what you think, you might even surprise yourself!


Giveaway Time!!! Danielle has generously donated prizes for 2 winners. One winner will get digital kits and one will win print kits/embroidery patterns. All you have to do is leave your comments letting us know what you love about Kitschy Digitals on any of the Kitschy Digitals posts. You have until Friday at Midnight to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday!
Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

Vendor Spotlight – Kitschy Digitals

Reported by Lexi Daly

When I heard that we would be doing a spotlight on Kitschy Digitals by Danielle Thompson, I was so excited. I fell in love her cheery images and bright colors and couldn’t wait to play with them–they definitely spoke to the “kitsch-lover” in me! I don’t really scrap much (read: ever), but I have dabbled in digital scrapping a bit, making a few gifts for friends that I could easily print more than one copy of. For that reason, and because I’m familiar with things I can do in Photoshop, I chose to get a few digi kits. Whenever I want to focus on creating with something new, I like to get organized. So right off the bat, I printed the preview sheets (above) and contact sheets (below) included with each kit.

While this might take up a lot of ink, I found that it was nice to have a quick reference of the various images that are included, and it saved me time while creating. The preview page is presented collage style and helps to see relative sizes and the overall look of a collection. The contact page has individual thumbnails of the images included. The kits downloaded into organized folders, split up into image types, like embellishments and papers, inside of each main kit folder. You can look at the thumbnails on the computer, but for me, it was a bit more cumbersome.

Since my specialty lies in stamping and card making, the next thing I did was to print several of the papers and images I wanted to use for cards. The great thing about having the digi kits is that it’s easy to change the sizes of what you’re printing and to be able to print as needed. Much like stamps, I can use a favorite image as many times as I want. And I’ll never run out of those adorable papers, like the yummy yellow polka dot and cute green word bubbles! And I can print on paper, card stock, water color paper, etc. The possibilities are endless! Aren’t the images and patterns so cute? I just love the dolls–Skyler, Matilda, and Olivia–each with their own color coordinated kit. My daughter had to have copies of those to play with right away. She’s requested that I make something with the blue Kawaii Cute Soft Serve soon, too. And how about that lollipop tag? There are two bonus pages of them in the Kawaii Cute Fruits Mini-Kit. So much sweet stuff!

Clean, simple, and super quick are what I do best, and these bright and colorful images and papers are perfect for that, so I got busy. I mostly stuck to Kitschy supplies, but it was easy to add a few favorite sentiments from A Muse, too…


Of course, I couldn’t review a digi kit without a little digi scrapping! It’s been a while and these pages are also super simple (not so quick since I don’t do it much!), but the .png and .jpg files were great to work with. Like I did for the cards above, I re-sized the papers and images for the digi pages with ease. I even remembered how to change the color of an image, like I did on the Thrift Store Chic Picture Frames, and cut shapes out of the papers, like the scenery for the lemonade stand.


I even printed one layout and added the “hybrid” touch of butterflies punched from one of the printed paper scraps left over from the cards. Twinkle stickers on their bodies add the perfect bling!


So here’s the run-down…

Pros:

  • Cute, cute, cute!
  • Great prices
  • High quality digital files
  • Can alter size and color
  • Unlimited printing on any paper type

Cons:

  • Best used with knowledge of Photoshop or similar program
  • Need a good printer
  • Uses a lot of ink if printing
  • Lots of cutting for paper projects

Overall, I had a blast with the Kitschy Digitals products. Both for card making and for the digi scrapping. And getting the digi kits gives me flexibility to do both. While it’s best to have a knowledge of Photoshop and a good printer to work with the digi kits, it’s important to note that Kitschy Digitals has alternatives that work for those who don’t have either. Also, there’s so much inspiration, including a few tutorials, on the Kitschy Digitals blog–I hope to be able to pull off some of those fabulous projects very soon! So, if you have an inner “kitsch-lover” like me, I say run out and get some of these cuties and have some kitschy fun!! But don’t forget to leave a comment here first and let us know what you think for your chance at free kitschy fun…

Giveaway Time!!! Danielle has generously donated prizes for 2 winners. One winner will get digital kits and one will win print kits/embroidery patterns. All you have to do is leave your comments letting us know what you love about Kitschy Digitals on any of the Kitschy Digitals posts. You have until Friday at Midnight to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!