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22 February 2018

Lovely Flowers Card

Remember the free printable that I shared recently?  Well. I just wanted to show an example of a finished card:

Isn't it lovely (see what I did there)?  I also decoupaged the flowers for a little bit of extra interest.

It would make a lovely Mother's Day card, but the universal sentiment would make it suitable for almost any occasion.

Redbubble Round-Up: Geometric

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So, it's time for another Redbubble round-up.  I'll be looking at GEOMETRIC designs on home decor products.

First up is my design "Octagonal".  There's something about this design that reminds me of a swimming pool and the acrylic block really helps to accentuate that effect.  I think that it would look doubly good on a windowsill or somewhere where it would catch the sun.

"Octagonal" Acrylic Blocks by Merry Makewell Designs

Next up, "Pink, Grey & Gold Geo" Throw Pillow by Blue Banana,  This style of design is very popular right now. I love the mixture of muted pinks and greys with gold.  It would definitely suit a clean, minimalist setting.

"Pink, Grey & Gold Geo" Throw Pillow by Blue Banana

This "Kilim In Summer Shades..." design is in my favourite colour combination of pink and aqua/teal and the design is visually striking.  It's gorgeous!  It looks great on a duvet cover and could easily be teamed with pink or teal pillowcases for a more cohesive look.
"Kilim In Summer Shades..." Duvet Cover by MagentaRose

I really like this style of geometric landscapes.  Despite being very simple, the colours and shapes and the interplay between the different layers give an interesting and playful result.  This "Native Lands" throw pillow would be great in a kid's room.

"Native Lands" Throw Pillow by Jenny Tiffany

Finally, another one of my designs.  I love, love, love the "Geo Wheels - Red" surface pattern.   Here it is looking great on the tall mug.  It also comes in mint, white, mustard, lilac and teal.

Check out these and many more designs over on Redbubble.

21 February 2018

Lovely Flowers - Free Printable

Over at Design Cuts the latest freebie of the week is Lovely Colors Flowers by Bloomart.


I used the free set to create an A6 card front, which would be perfect for Mother's Day which is right around the corner.  I created two versions - one with the sentiment "With Love" and one with no sentiment so that you can add your own touch with stamps, a die cut or whatever you fancy.  There is also an extra sheet of flowers with the bouquet separated into layers so that you could decoupage them if you wanted to.

To access the printables simply click on the images below.

A6 Lovely Flowers Printable - no sentiment

A6 Lovely Flowers Printable - with sentiment

A6 Lovely Flowers Printable - decoupage flowers

Download the free graphics over at Design Cuts - but hurry, the offer ends at midnight Thursday 22nd Feb (that's tomorrow!)

19 February 2018

Society Sunday

OK, so I know that it's Monday, but I was away over the weekend and wasn't organised enough to schedule a post.  So without further ado, here are my Society6 picks of the week and this time it's all about the abstracts:

Silver Rain Art Print by Tatiana Shatseva.  It was the colours that drew me to this piece.  It reminds me of a weathered, wooden door.  The sort that would open onto a magical landscape.
Silver Rain Art Print by Tania Shatseva

Abstract Marble 01 by Aloke Design.  This is like a magic eye picture or one of those psychological Rorschach tests.  I've seen a leaping fish, a lady's face, an imp's face, a child, a horse's head and even a stern-looking owl!  What can you see?
Abstract Marble 01 Metal Print by Aloke Design

Colorful Painted Stripes Art Print by Klara Acel.  This is a really interesting piece to look at  because the paint texture suggests and underlying sketch but when you look closer you can see that it's just an illusion.
Colorful Painted Stripes Art Print by Klara Acel

In The First Place Canvas Print by David Mark.  These colours are very me. I really like all the layers and the way the colours interact.
In The First Place Canvas Print by David Mark

La Tierra Dorada by Ada Diaz.  A bit of a departure from my usual colour palette - this pieces oozes warmth. The flashes of blue echo sky and sea with patches of green oases.
La Tierra Dorada Art Print by Ada Diaz

16 February 2018

Cocktails by Moonlight

When the Tattered Lace Art Deco Classics range came out I fell in love with the ladies in the Art Deco Cocktail Hour set.  I really like the seated lady and I had recently downloaded a set of space watercolour backgrounds from Creative Market (free download of the week at the time, currently 50% off) which made me think of having her sitting in the moon sipping her cocktail. A few gems and some small fabric stars completed the overall effect.  

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15 February 2018

Redbubble Round-up

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I joined Redbubble about two years ago because I really wanted to create art and share it.  As my house is slowly being overrun with craft and art supplies, creating art digitally was a great way to express my creativity without needing lots of space and bulky supplies to do it.

I tend to be quite reticent when it comes to my art (which isn't a great strategy), so I've decided to produce a weekly Redbubble Round-Up where I'll be sharing what's new in the world of Merry Makewell Designs as well as highlighting other works that have caught my eye.

As I just uploaded a new sticker design to my shop, this week I'm looking at STICKERS.  Stickers come in up to four sizes ranging from around 100mm (about A7 size) up to around 30mm (about A4 size) depending on the design.  Buy any 4 and get 25% off or any 10 for 50% off.

First up is my new design "Choose Love Floral Heart".  This would be great on the cover of  a journal.

Choose Love Floral Heart

I love this "Autumnal Floral Book Stack" by Emma Mildred Riggle.  It would work for a scrapbook page or in a bullet journal or planner.

Autumnal Floral Book Stack

Another good scrapbook or planner option is this cute combination of vintage camera and old maps - "Travel".


You get four stickers in one with this cute set of flower doodles.  I  like that they're black and white so could be coloured if you wanted.


And finally, "Lotus Birds".  It features two of my favourite things - flowers and birds - and the colours are perfect.

Lotus Birds

14 February 2018

Choose Love - Free Printable

Happy Valentine's Day!  In honour of all things love and romance I created this poster as a reminder to always choose love.  Download the A4 poster here.

If you'd like to create your own projects you can get free downloads of the floral digital elements from here and this and 99 other wood backgrounds from here.

11 February 2018

Society Sunday

Time for another round-up of work that has caught my eye on the Society 6 website*.  First up "Midsummer Fires"by Shorsh.  I immediately fell for the glorious colour combination of pink and aqua and as I'm also a sucker for a beautiful sky, this one was a must.

Midsummer Fires - Shorsh

"Gold Geometric Pattern III" by Avalon and Aiden.  This has an Art Deco feel - a style that I've recently discovered.  The combination of gold and white along with the diamond geometric pattern is simple and elegant.  I think it looks great on curtains.

Gold Geometric Pattern III - avalonandaiden

As I mentioned last week, I'm loving seahorses at the moment and with the end of winter just about in sight I'm thinking ahead to my summer holidays and the beach.  I can see myself stretching out on this beach towel by Juliana RW.

Sea & Ocean #5 - Juliana RW

Until I found one of these seeds on a walk through the park last year, I had no idea that they could be so beautiful.  "Maple" by Claudia Drossert captures the delicacy and gentle beauty of a maple seed.  I can see this print in a minimalist setting surrounded by cool tones.  I would have it in a space that I would be in when I wanted to feel peaceful and calm.

Maple - Claudia Drossert

And finally, "Wild Bouquet" by Rachel Cave.  This just makes me happy.  The folk style works beautifully with the fresh colours and captures the essence of Spring.

Wild Bouquet - Rachel Cave

Head over to Society 6 to take a closer look at these pieces or to find a treasured artwork of your own.

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09 February 2018

Patchwork Butterfly Birthday Card

My friend asked me to make her mum a 60th birthday card. I make a lot of cards.  I even send some of them to friends and family for various occasions, but I have never made a card for someone to give to someone else.  It was different, trying to make for someone whose tastes I didn't know that much about.  It didn't help that the only direction that I received from my friend was to "make it nice"! 😒
I ended up making a variation on a card that I'd made before that I thought was really pretty,

I made a patchwork base using 4 blocks consisting of 4 strips of patterned paper.  Each block was rotated through 90°.  I cut the Tattered Lace Red Admiral Butterfly from gold mirror card and then cut another from which I separated the butterfly and flowers.  I placed those elements on top of the first die cut, lifting the wings of the butterfly and using foam tape behind the flowers to add dimension.  I also used the mirror card to cut the sentiment.  The card was finished with gold flatback gems in each corner and a couple of pearls for the flower centres. 

I really love how it turned out, and it went down very well with my friend's mum too 😊