Kiki Halbert Designs

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Everyday gets a bit better!

So, now you know my long boring sob story about my ankle. Next time I promise to hurt myself in a more dramatic fashion for good reading. Hahah. Well, everyday the ankle gets a bit better. Things are getting better of course because the weekend is almost here. It's been a long week at work so far, but it's manageable. I think everyone who endured that winter storm yesterday understands what I'm talking about.

Here's another pick-me-up for you! Mara did some QPs that are absolutely wonderful. I know that you'll love this one.

You can pick up this gift from Miki, Mara and myself right here. Stay tuned this week for more!

If you like your gift, I'd love it if you could leave me a comment using the widget on the right, or leave a comment when you download. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Funny how timing works in life!

Well, it's been a ride, I'll tell ya. These last few weeks have given me more than my share of situations where I need perseverance. And I think I'm getting better at it. :)

Two weeks ago, I sprained my ankle, very badly. How? Oh, you know how they say that most accidents happen within one kilometre of your home? Mine happened in the doorway. Well nearly. I was putting on my boots, ready to go to work. You know how you balance on one foot while putting the other boot on? Well, apparently my ankle decided that it wasn't fully awake yet, and instead of wobbling and letting me know it was tired, decided to give out entirely. So all of my weight (which makes me think now due to the pain, that I really do want to lose about 40 lbs) came down on my ankle. And I tumbled to the floor, and cried like a baby. I cried because I felt stupid, because my ankle was killing me and swelling to match the contours of my boot, and because my husband was not in the apartment, and how was I going to tell him I'm on the floor?

Then it occured to me that I could call his cell phone. I got a hold of him, after the second call (what is it with my husband and not answering the cell?) and told him to get inside. No, wait...maybe blubbered is a better word. Yes, I blubbered "Get inside". So he came in to find that I had crawled to a chair, removed my now beyond-tight boot, and was looking at a grapefruit (or large Florida orange, depending on your grocery store) of an ankle. He insisted we go to the hospital, who had no wheelchairs (free health care and all its benefits here in Canada folks!), and got sent to Xray. It's not broken, but it definitely is the worst sprain I've ever had. In fact, the colours that it is producing have quite inspired me to design some new green and purple papers, maybe with touches of black and yellow.

Now prior to the event, I had been quite pleasantly anticipating Friday, because we were going to pick up a little addition to the family, our new Husky, Nanouk. This was going to be fun now. Doctor had ordered me to be on crutches for two weeks, with no weight-bearing on it at all. And I now have a puppy that needs to go to the backyard every three hours or so. He's a really good boy, and quite advanced for his age (look at me, the gushing mommy....). Still it's a trial nonetheless. And we have managed to get through the two weeks with an ankle still intact, a puppy who does not have a bladder the size of Manhattan, but manages to not have accidents, and a husband who is quite exhausted. It seems that this has taken its toll, not on me so much, but on my loving hubby who doesn't desire to see me in pain, but at the same time cannot fathom making dinner after coming home from work, while making sure the puppy does not chew his way through our dining room table legs. Ah, men.

Still, it has inspired me in designing again, and I've quite liked doing a collab with my friend and colleague Miki Ferkul. So I have put myself out there to do some other collaborative kits with friends. I'm looking forward to it indeed.

So hopefully the rest of this week will be uneventful, pain-free, and mojo-full. I fully expect to have this overflow of creativity I feel come out this week and weekend. So stay tuned for some more beautiful collabs to come!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Some goodies coming to you from my CT!

Carolyn has been at it again. She made a wonderful QP that is so gorgeous, you'll want to frame it and put it on your wall!

You can download this gift from Miki, myself and Carolyn, here. There will plenty more where that came from...and if you haven't seen the whole kit, well you don't know what you are missing.

Check out yesterday's post to see what it's all about. It's a huge, gorgeous, romantic, dark, sweet kit.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Are you Naughty or Nice? Check out Tryst!!

Tired of the sweet, pink Valentines kits? Or want something a little edgier, a little naughtier for your passionate pages? Something for those pages that commemorate love lost? Or maybe a kit that's perfect for your favorite vampire book or movie layouts?

Then we've got the kit for you! Introducing "Tryst" by Microferk Designs and Kiki Halbert Designs!

This kit calls upon deep shades of red, muted purples and midnight blues, with some burnished gold thrown in for good measure-making this a gorgeous set you can use for a wide variety of your scrapping pleasures.



Different Paper View and Alphas:

Included in "Tryst" by Microferk Designs and Kiki Halbert Designs are 16 lushly patterned, grunged textures- and maybe even slightly glittered- papers. You also get over 30 unique elements including: a bracket matte, 2 silver-rimmed charms, a silk flower, a gorgeous wreath frame with ribbon, large multi-colored ribbon, a stamped frame, an embellished swirl (with and without shadows), a glittered tag, a cutout tag, velvet ribbon, tied velvet ribbon, 2 pieces of word art, 4 word tags, 2 golden frames (square and rectangular), a street post with lamp and golden light glow, same street post without glow and with hardware to hang street signs, a set of 6 street signs including a blank one for your own customization, deep red rose, a chicken wire fence piece with ribbon tatters (12 inches wide), a row of heart and dot "bling", 2 embellished heart pieces, a golden curled ribbon (with and without shadows) a jewelled journal block, a large embellished swirl (with and without shadows), an ornate feathered, sequined and beribboned mask, and piece of crocheted lace.

Also included is an alpha set: a burnished gold with inlaid deep red glitter that included full upper and lower case letters, numbers and 7 extra characters.

We also inlcuded a set of 5 glitter styles (saved as ASLs for Adobe Photoshop) so you can customize your layouts with control.

Each element is in its own file - no need to 'cut' apart.

All elements and papers are created at 300ppi, with papers saved as high-resolution jpgs for stunning print clarity, and elements saved as png files to preserve transparency. Drop shadows are only applied in instances where layering of pieces within an element necessitate shadowing for realism.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

It's here!!! Flutterby, new and on sale!

It's finally here! Flutterby is here!

This enchanted kit has the glow and mystical feel of the hidden forest homes of fairies. Heliotrope, indigo, tangerine and lavender papers with woodland and graphic detailing provide so many options for the perfect background. This kit is unbelievable for so many varying layouts from the fairy tale to the fantastical. Kit includes 12 papers with patterns, textures and woodlands, 1 three image frame with jewels, 1 cut edge frame, 1 lace trim, 1 set of rain drop jewels, 1 raffia wrap, 1 string wrap, 1 knotted string, 2 curled strings, 1 lacy ribbon, 3 curled ribbons, 2 jeweled stars (also shadowed), 1 glitter Heart (also shadowed), 1 journaling tag, 1 double bow, 1 pair of wings, 1 ribbon dangle with holly, 1 flower, 1 glitter swirl, I glitter swirl sticker, 2 birch pieces, 2 butterflies, 1 fairy, 2 light beams and 1 journaling swatch.

You can get it starting today, on sale Sunday and Monday, at

And look what some very talented people did using this kit. Below you'll see just some examples of how to use the kit. Many thanks to my CT and the gals who replied to my one-kit call!

To see all of the layouts done using this kit, you can visit DST and search for kits using Flutterby.

In Preparation of My New Release

I can't help myself. I have to show you another sneak peek of my latest kit, Flutterby, that will be available tomorrow at! One of my CT members, Carolyn, did this beautiful layout with the kit, and she graciously offered to create a quick page for the blog readers. This is stunning, despite being a simple layout. Wait until you see the kit! You won't believe all the beautiful layouts that have been made using it. I'm going to show them all off tomorrow at DST in the thread announcing the sale of the kit. So be sure to go and check that out.

So without further ado, here's the page that Caroline turned into a Quick Page:

You can download this beautiful quick page here. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the final reveal of the full kit!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Time to show off something new at Plain Digital Wrapper:

The latest in my watercolour series, Through the Grape Vine is full of wonderful purples and tans. The canvas texture will really help create your artistic masterpiece. It's on sale right now too.

And I've re-released my Elegant Overlays. I know that you'll love the texture and elegance these will add to your digital backgrounds and papers. And on sale, you really can't resist these beauties.

And don't forget that Flutterby is going to be released at on January 4th. I'm so excited. You should just see the gorgeous layouts that my CT have created, and some wonderful scrapbooking gals who answered a one-kit call, and did just the most wonderful things with it. So come back Sunday and you'll see all these wonderful layouts, and then be able to pick up the kit while it's on sale!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Welcome to 2009!

Is it just me or does it seem like our dates are starting to sound like something out of a movie like Star Trek? Star Date one point one point two thousand and nine. It just amazes me how quickly time flies now.

I have a special treat for you to start the year off right...with digital scrapping!

Erika has created another beautiful Quick Page with the Amethyst Nights page kit I have at Scrapbook-Elements. You can download this gift here.

Hope you enjoy this year more than last!