Looking for inspiration?

Feeling creative but you don’t want to follow the instructions? This is the place for you!

All the DbyD kits can be used to make something different – a different card design or just something completely different – like a box frame, a scrapbook page or even a reward chart.

Here are a few examples for you. I hope to be adding more to these soon – experimenting with the designs inbetween making orders and designing new kits for you.

There are more ideas in the Gallery, where I showcase all the beautiful cards my customers make. If you’d like your design to be featured, please email me a picture to or use the tag #madebyyouandme and I’ll find it.

Birthday: Rainbow Castle

Did you ever dream of living in a fairy tale castle? Did it have talking teacups or roaming tigers? With this birthday card kit, you can follow the instructions and make 4 beautiful castles in pink, yellow, green and blue. But if you were always dreaming a little bigger with added sparkle then how about some alternatives?

I mentioned that the kit comes with 4 colours, well you can mix them up and make your own multi-colour masterpiece. Experiment with different combinations of colours and find your perfect castle.


Add some colour – simple but effective. The advanced kit has each Castle stamped onto flat sheet, making it easy to colour in , doodle on or even paint. Once it’s dry, you can cut out the pieces and build your signature castle. I’ve also added Glossy Accents to the windows in this version – it’s a subtle effect but brings the castle to life.


Plant some roses and watch them grow into this stunning card. For this version, I used a small vine stamp (from Card-io) and 3 different green inks. To add the roses, well dots really, I used ‘Petal Pink’ liquid pearls and the ‘White Opal’ liquid pearls that is included in the kit.


Maybe the castle is not grand enough for you…did you dream of something bigger? If you combine your kit, you can make this stunning castle – it still fits on the card and you would guarantee that WOW factor! This will leave you with fewer castle pieces to make the other cards but the rainbow clouds and blue edges are so beautiful that I’m sure you could add your own design to make a fabulous card.



Bigger still? How about abandoning the card altogether and using the castle in a box frame instead? Build up the layers and the turrets as much as you want, add a photo, a name and some glittering crystals inside the frame. Wouldn’t it look great on a nursery wall?


How about adding some sparkle, of course a fairy tale princess needs plenty of glitter! There are lots of ways to do this – cover the castle walls with glue and sprinkle with glitter. Use a glue pen to add swirls or pretend brick work and sprinkle with a fine glitter (my favourite is DecoArt Glamour dust). For a more lasting finishing, consider using embossing powders – once heated they will sparkle without leaving a trail on your friend’s carpet. Some great glittery powders are Enchanted Gold, Chinese Red and Snowflake Tinsel by ‘Heat it up’. I opted to use normal glitter, but only added it to the accents – the top of the turrets and along the castle walls. I used a Quickie Glue pen to add the glue exactly where I wanted it (there’s still glitter on every surface in the craft room)



Where is your perfect castle? If you don’t want to be floating in the clouds then why not add some rolling hills to keep you grounded? Not just any hills though, for this version I raided my scrap box and found these beautiful patterned papers, cut them into these smooth hill shapes and edged them with matching pink ink.



You can have a lot of fun experimenting with this kit – there’s a lot to try even for the more experienced card makers. The Advanced kit is useful if you want to colour in or stamp on the castle walls (it get’s fiddly once they’re cut out) or the Beginner’s kit has all the cutting out done for you.

This kit will be launched on April 29th 2018 with a special Launch Party on Facebook but until then you can pre-order a card, a Beginner’s kit or an Advanced kit all at a discounted price.


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Valentines: Hexagon Love

Perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, custom photo card, card for husband

This Valentine’s Day kit (although…it doesn’t actually say ‘Valentine’ so it can be an anniversary card instead) is my first kit to include extra goodies! It comes with a black frame and a white frame as well a choice of embellishments – the heart, the tag and your initials.

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The original design is made up of white hexagon hoops, each one with a smoky black edge – but these hexagons can be piled up in so many ways. Here’s an alternative I made buy rotating each hexagon and topping wth the white frame. If you’d like to see how I made this one, it’s included in my live demo on facebook – watch the recording here.

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The hexagons were so much fun to play with that I used another kit to make this wedding scrapbook page. I used each one as it’s own frame and picked out some pretty monochrome papers. Can you spot that I’ve used the black and white frame together to make the frame for the main picture?

The letters are cut using a Cricut machine using the same cardstock so that the colours match perfectly. The Cricut cuts both the letters and the ‘shadow letter’ – this is the white surround – I then glue them together with a glue pen and some patience!

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I also recorded myself making this page – it’s been sped up so you can see it all come together in less than a minute!



Can you see when I ‘gut’ the flowery background paper? I’m then able to use the bit I saved to make a hexagon panel and I even cut out a flower to use as an embellishment. To find out more about gutting, I have a handy guide here.


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Christmas: Holly Wreath

The advanced kit for the Holly Wreath kit contains a red ‘Lady Bug’ ink pad and sponge dabber. In the instructions I explain how to use the dabber to make the big red spots and mount the image onto the large square background.

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But using that whole red square seems such a waste so instead I chopped it up into small squares and this left me with some thin strips…perfect for quilling with.  Here’s the alternative design I came up with.

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What’s next?

So which kit will you transform? I can’t wait to see, email me pictures or use the hashtag #madebyyouandme on social media and I’ll find it.