A Trio Of Boxes

Recently I have made many birthday cards and decorated a few hybrid projects. Most people who know me well, will know I have a HUGE love of decorating boxes and wooden items with digital papers. A few weeks ago whilst purchasing a few items on a well known craft shopping channel (getting my craft fix) I did a bit of scouting on the internet and found a set of boxes that I could not resist!  I love it when I find boxes that I don’t already have in my stash! These little boxes are only 8cm squared, but they sit in a dinky little tray… well how could I resist that… so I bought 3!

These came from a website called Crafty Computer Paper and are extremely good value for money.


So far I have decorated two of these boxes, here is a show and tell using Valentina’s Creations Tra Sogno e Terra (Collection) which is beautifully vintage.

After removing the hinges, I painted all the edges of the boxes and tray with green acrylic paint, but the green was not quite what I was looking for, I wanted the box to look Shabby chic/vintage and decided to try and give the green that verdigris look so added Tim Holts vintage photo ink to it and then a bit of bronze metallic ink to give it that special patina look. I sealed the boxes and paint work with watered down pva glue.


Whilst I left the boxes and tray to dry, I printed off my papers on high quality matte photo paper, cut them out and inked all the edges.


I used a high quality pva glue to adhere to the boxes and tray!


The finished project is awesome!


My second box was decorated using Digital Scrapbook kit Babushka by LouCee Creations

The edges were painted black on this box set, I wanted that traditional barge painting look that you see on many narrow boats on the canals and waterways in the UK.


Decorating boxes is relatively easy if you have simple shapes to begin with, and the finished project is always outstanding what ever scrapbook kit you decide to work with! Both of these boxes have new homes to go to. They will be filled with all things crafty from gems, to charms to brads!

The third box will be mine! Smile

Have a good day!

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Old Post Cards, Golden Days and Freebie

I love old postcards, we have many local antique shops where I live and it is always nice to scout through them. I even buy a few from time to time..


An old postcard can become more than just a postcard if it has a special meaning to you personally, you may know a person in the photograph, it may be a holiday resort you used to go to with your parents, it may be a landmark you recognise or maybe the town you live in.

My husband, Pete, likes to collect old items that are from Codnor Park, the village we live in, we often get Ebay packages through the post and I often wonder “oh my lordy, what he has bought now”.  A few weeks ago he bought a 100 year old £1 Co-op coin/token that had the village name minted on it, He went to collect this personally from the chap he bought it from as he was reasonably local.

He sat and had an interesting chat with this guy, who had a huge collection of memorabilia from our surrounding area. He brought out a postcard book for Pete to view, this book was large and heavy and marked with the letter C. Imagine Pete’s surprise when he saw our very own home on one of these 110 year old postcards! Unfortunately this was part of the guys collection and not for sale, but he was happy enough to scan it for us.

We are now a proud owner of an old photo of our home in 1904! (just after it was built) how exciting.

This is our house here..


Here is the old postcard side by side to a photograph I took yesterday, there are a lot of changes now, like more trees, a tarmac road and houses all around us, but the original houses still look relatively the same!


Aaah, Golden Memories!

Which smoothly brings me on to my latest kit which is now in store at Pickleberrypop and The Studio.

Golden Days, is an Autumnal kit, but I also found it perfect for old photo’s and made a time line with the old postcard of our home! This kit has the cutest foxes and owl and gorgeous paper flowers which I handmade for the kit. It has mosaic tiles which were crunching underneath my husbands feet, whilst on a local walk, he bought a few home with him, and I instantly scanned them, I like it when Pete finds unusual things!



Golden Days has 18 papers and 55 elements. It’s on sale for $7.00, but this week you get 40% off and can purchase the kit for just $4.20.

Here are some pretty layouts for inspiration.


by Stellamarie (PBP CT)


by me.


by Tammy


by me.


by Vick


by Lisa


by Jenni


by me

I have a freebie for you today, an alpha to co ordinate with the kit.. enjoy


Have a wonderful weekend all..

Lou x

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Summer Breeze Dollar Deals!

*Before you start reading, grab a coffee and check out all the lovely pages created with this collection*

Gosh, I cannot believe it’s the $1 Pickle Barrel time already! This months colours are so bright and fun, I have enjoyed creating with them. What’s more I couldn’t stop scrapping pages with the collection I designed too! The collection was perfect for some album pages I needed to do for my daughter.
Summer Breeze is the name of my collection, I got the inspiration from my garden, although it is sort of ‘over grown’ it’s a perfect haven for butterflies and bees.

So of course this collection has buddleia, lots of greenery, butterflies, birds and bees inside. It is vibrant and is a great all rounder summer time kit.
Summer Breeze : all parts are $1.00.

And if you buy all SIX….
You get these Word Strips FREE!

Here are the pages I created with this collection.

Here is lot’s more eye candy from the PBP CT and my personal CT too!


by Traumelfe


by Scrapdolly


by Zanthia


by Mother Bear


by Bright Eyes


By Robyn


by Tammy


by Vick


by Jenni

Here’s a little freebie for you today.


and if you get my newsletter, you would have picked up this pretty frame cluster!


and just a little reminder haha! *yes, my daughter rolled her eyes when she saw this* Smile


but hurry, the offer ends on Monday!

Happy weekend all. Lou x

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It’s PBP Birthday, New $5 Lolly Bags and a Freebie






Happy 9th Birthday to Pickleberrypop, you are more than welcome to come join in our party celebrations! We have new challenges, and birthday surprises happening in the forum right now!
NEW in store is our annual $5.00 Lolly Bag Deals. We have a huge collection of both Personal Use Digital Scrapbook items and Commercial Use products too.
This year, I have created two Lolly Bags and both boast unique hand drawn styles, which were inspired by my son and his wife Leyla for different reasons.
Matthew and Leyla moved in to their first ‘proper’ home 2 weeks ago, After many years living together as students and then newly weds in rented accommodation, they are now proud home owners!
The house is a new build and all it needs is a lick of colour and wallpaper on the walls as they are all magnolia at the moment.
Lolly Bag 1 is perfect for everyone who loves their everyday home life.
The second Lolly Bag is one for little boys who’s wonderful imagination can lead them to training dragons!
My inspiration for this was because Matthew and Leyla are expecting their first child in October, and I’m going to be a grandma ( I’m over excited and cannot wait) and… drum roll please, it’s a baby BOY!
They are in the middle of designing the nursery and going for more of a denim blue colour instead of pastels. Anyway, I digress, if you notice in my shop, girl kits come easily to me, my boy themed kits are few and far between, so I’m pushing myself to design more boy style kits and this is where Lolly Bag 2 comes in!
It is a tradition at Pickleberrypop not to show the full kit previews of the Lolly Bags, but the pretty clusters on the front of the bags and the layouts created with these bags are more than enough to show you these bags are awesome!

Lolly Bag 1 has a full sized page kit inside with 18 papers and 49 elements. it also has a pack of Alphas, Journal Cards, Patterned Papers and Word Art. The full value of this bag is $19.00.

This page is of my son Matthew when he was 21/2, we are waiting for the ice cream van, we moved into this house the previous summer and have been here ever since. I love my home.

This card, I made for Matthew and Leyla, when they moved in to their new home.

Here are some lovely pages from my CT


by Lisa


by Tammy


by Robyn


by Vick

Lolly Bag 2 holds a full sized page kit with 15 papers and 50 elements.
and also include, Patterned Papers, Journal Cards, Word Bits and an Alpha Pack.

This is my son Matthew and daughter Catherine having a sword fight with swords they made from driftwood found on the beach.

Here are some super pages from my CT


by Lisa


by Robyn


by Vick

and a page from Stellamarie, who is a member of PBP’s CT team.


Today, I made a birthday card using a paper from Lolly Bag 1 and all the Alpha’s from Lolly Bag 1 and 2. I have the birthday word art and card printable as a freebie for you.

Enjoy your free gift and hope you all have a wonderful weekend! bye for now..

Lou x
Lou x

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SHCo Birthday Hop

Hi everyone, it’s SHCo’s 5th birthday bash and we have a fabulous 60% off storewide sale for you, NEW products and lots of CU goodness for free Smile


Enjoy the sale in my shop this week.

I also have a new pack of ribbons in store, also 60% off.

Are you ready to add some fab CU freebies to your designer stash!


Have a great weekend!

Lou x

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$1 Deals, Grab Bags, Freebies & Sales

I have LOTS to show and tell today.. Grab a cuppa, I’ll provide the cake!

Firstly, it’s the Christmas in July event at The Studio!

All Christmas goodies are 50% off this month!

We are hosting lots of fun challenges in the forum, so please come along and play!

I’m hosting a ‘Gift Tag Challenge’ come and join me and decorate some tags, digitally or hybrid style!

I’ve even got some templates for you.


Add the preview pages to our gallery and you will receive these pretty tags from me.


I’ve added 3 delicious CU Grab Bags to my SugarHillCo store today. These are all a bargain at only $6 each and available until Thursday 23rd July.

Romantique Grab Bag, created by Vero and myself is full of beautiful soft elements that will not only make the perfect designer tool but will also make for a great PU stash too!


Birthday Grab Bag is wrapped up with lots of fun birthday goodies is created by Wendy P designs and myself..


Grab Bag 6 x 6 by Laitha Designs and myself, has just a hint of vintage!


Here’s a CU Freebie for you, a delicate, layered paper template. Please read my TOU to check it’s restrictions


Now… did someone say CAKE! oh yes, me.. earlier, I did say I’ll provide the cake.

Candles and Cake in fact! and this is my Pickleberrypop Pickle Barrel $1 deal this month.

This colorful birthday collection is perfect for everyone from baby to grandpa. There are plenty of hand drawn doodles from cakes to candles to balloons and stars. Beautiful Birthday ribbons, gift bows, flowers and so much more to help you decorate your birthday photo’s.

The $1 deal closes on the eve of Monday 20th July.







Buy ALL 6 and You can get Element Pack 2 absolutely FREE : included in the download!

PickleBarrelTemp 6-Pack

***FREE** with purchase


Here’s a little CT inspiration for you..



by Lisa (1)


by Lisa (2)


by Vick


By Robyn (1)


by Robyn (2)


By Tammy


By Jenni



and by me…

and I’ve also made a frame cluster freebie for you!


Enjoy your weekend everyone

Lou x

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CU Grab Bag Bonanza








Once a year at Digital Scrapbooking studio they have a CU Grab Bag Gala, I get to collab with some of my friends and fellow designers on this deal!
*Please Note* these grab bags will be on sale in my SugarHillCo store from Weds 15th July :0)
I have three grab bags to show you!
The first is with Vero.  Romantique Grab Bag

The bags full value is $35.46 and it’s yours for $6.00. It’s beautiful and so delicate.
Here are all the main previews.


The second bag for you is themed around birthdays, and I have joined Wendy P Designs for this bag. 
CU Grab Bag : Birthday

6 full sized new products and a pack of birthday doodles for free! The total value of this bag is $35.00, you can have this bag for only $6 for a limited time.

The third and last bag I have to show off is between myself and Laitha Designs. This bag has 6 very versatile products with a full value of xxxx and again it’s only $6.00!
CU Grab Bag 6×6

Here’s a little CU freebie for you :)

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

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*NEW* $1 Mini Kit

Occasionally, you get the most amazing bargain ever!! and today is no exception. Surf, Sand and the 4th is the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s  $1 coordinated collection, I have only made one pack, but it is most definitely worth having.
My (not so) Mini Kit : Surf, Sand and the 4th has 8 beautiful papers and 39 unique elements.
I was inspired by my recent holiday to Mykonos, the island is filled with beautiful white houses with blue windows and doors. The sea is clear, the sky is blue and of course the pelican roams around the town!














These are the papers.


Here are some pages created with this kit.

A page of my Sister in Law Caroline and Me.


A page by Lisa.


A page by Tammy.


Another page by me.


A page by Robyn.

This page is by Jenni.

A page by Vick.

A kite surfer.

I’ve made an exclusive alpha for my newsletter readers, it co ordinates beautifully with my mini kit.














And I also have this little cluster for you!


Happy Wednesday all!
Lou x

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