Sunday, November 23, 2014

Card Design: Two Challenges -- One Card...DS4J & Doodle Pantry November

Once again I've decided to combine challenges with one creation.  I've used the stamp that I got in the DigiStamps4Joy progressive challenge and also a freebie from Doodle Pantry.

This card also makes another one for the Christmas card pot!  It is getting close to the true time of panic.  Hopefully, I will end up with enough to get me through!  

Christmas Card Count to date: 27

 I was a bit stumped on how to incorporate the tags into my card at first.  Then I did a Google image search for 'tags on cards' and found a great example that you can check out HERE if you'd like.  Unfortunately, there is no watermark on that card, and to be honest, I'm not exactly sure how the site where I found it works, so I don't know who the original artist is which means I wasn't able to thank them for the inspiration.  Just another important reason to make sure you add watermarks to all your projects. 

First up--DS4J...
Here is the great DS4J set we got to work with this month:
These tags are definitely versatile and could be used to add the perfect touch to a present you are handing out this coming holiday.

Digital Image Details: 
  • Christmas Tags:  If you aren't part of the progressive challenge and would like to purchase it so that you can join in, click HERE or on the watermark above to find it in the DS4J store.
  • I decided to triplicate the snowflake tag only as I wanted to keep the wintry-snow theme running throughout.  I used chalk to add some colour to the snowflakes. 
Don't forget that if you are interested in joining the DS4J progressive Christmas card challenge you will need to contact Desíre (her details are at the bottom of the DS4J link up post). I've linked the DS4J badge above, to take you to that post. 

Next up--Doodle Pantry...
It was high time for me to get back into the Doodle Pantry challenges and with the great set up for grabs this month, I definitely couldn't resist.  Remember, Doodle Pantry challenges are unique.  If you use a Doodle Pantry image (not just a sentiment) then not only will your name be entered for a final prize coupon BUT you will also get the featured product for free.  That is pretty darn incredible!!!  Now of course, you are welcome to submit cards following the rules and theme using an image from any digital company but you will only be entered into the draw for the final prize coupon.

Check out the amazing featured product up for grabs in this month's challenge, for those who do enter using a Doodle Pantry image... 

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!  Seriously, there is no way I could NOT enter and get this fabulous set.

Here is the great kit I worked with for this month.  Check it out...
Snowman Pile-up
Digital Image Details: 
  • Snowman Pile-UpI received this adorable set for taking part in a previous challenge.  I used the pre-coloured image. To purchase it, click HERE or on the watermark above to head its location in the store.

Digital Paper Details:
  •  The paper used on the front and inside is also from the Snowman Pile-Up set.

Other Details and Credit Information for the front...

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This amazing sentiment is part of a set of Primitive Christmas blocks that I picked up over at Create with TLC.  Amazingly, this set is still available for free.  Click HERE to go and grab them but make sure that you leave Paulette some love if you do.  For other great finds, be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.
  • The sheer dotted ribbon across the front and the cord used in the buttons are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama. 
  • The buttons were picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This wonderful sentiment that went perfectly with the front of my card is also from Create with TLC.  It is a freebie I picked up recently.
Paper Products:
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Challenges I am entering:
Other Challenges I am hoping to enter...

Well guys, that is it for this post.  Thank you so much for taking the time to come and visit me!  Now it is time to get started on my other two progressive cards plus some DT work.  Then of course there is also the paper I need to create for the US Thanksgiving freebie, plus some behind the scenes stuff to prepare for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up blog and then I also need to work on some new paper sets.  Man, it is going to be a busy week ahead!  I hope that you all have a great one! 

Until next time,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Card Design: From the Heart Stamps November Challenge
It is time to post my project for the November, From the Heart Stamps (FTHS) progressive stamp of the month challenge.  In order to enter the progressive challenge, you must either have received the latest image by having participated in the previous month or you can buy the stamp for the current month's challenge.  Everyone who enters and follows the rules is a winner because you automatically get the stamp for the next month's challenge.  Stop by the site and check out the rules for yourself.  While you are there, have a look around.  They have some really awesome images.

Here are my card and details.  I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

General Information:
  • When I was over at the blog looking for a possible layout, I happened to see a card in the store on the main page (where they scroll through a series of creations).  When I saw the background that was used in this particular card, I thought it was really cool.  Now I don't know if it is one of the FTHS Sketches or whether it is a paper that was designed that way, or one created by hand, but I took a stab at trying to recreate it on my one.  The original one was various shades of yellow, and was the backdrop to a birthday card using Birthday Candle Birdbrain.  Now, my recreation isn't exactly like the original but it is pretty close.  So, thanks a bunch to Calypso, one of the FTHS DT members, for providing me with the inspiration to create this card!
  • YaY, another card added to the Christmas card pot!
    Christmas Card Count to date: 26

Digital Image Details: 
  • The image on the front, Faithful Friends Angel Joy, is available for purchase over at From the Heart Stamps. Click HERE or on the watermarks below to go to its location in the store. It was coloured in mostly with Copic Markers, however, I did colour the ornaments in digitally.  I also layered the image onto the blue background before printing it out.  Originally I was going to fussy cut it but then figured there was no way I'd be able to cut out the inside of the halo, and thought it best to layer it before printing.

Stamp Preview by FromTheHeartStamps
  • The little plastic shapes used are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.  While it is hard to tell from the picture they are nice and shiny with an iridescent quality.

Digital Sentiment Details: 
Paper Products:
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • I created the blue gradiated background specifically for the dimensions of this card.
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
Others I might get it into...
Thanks for popping by everyone!  I hope you enjoyed my card and post.  Time to start working on the other three progressive cards for this month.  See you again soon.
Until next time,


Monday, November 17, 2014

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: Gratitude

 If you are new to my blog and would like to know why I started Motivational Monday, please go HERE.

Hello and a warm welcome to those of you stopping by this Monday.  I appreciate you taking the time to come over and read what I have to say.  This evening, I'll be sharing a reflection on gratitude along with a couple freebies at the bottom of the post.  The reflection, and one of the freebies can also be found over on my Path of Positivity challenge blog as part of the midway post where the theme this month is GRATITUDEOn with today's thoughts... 

 Give Thanks

The concept of giving thanks is a universal one.  We all have something in our lives which we can be grateful for.  The list differs for each of us because we all live in our own unique part of the world.  For some people when they get out of bed in the morning they can be thankful there is a roof over their heads.  For others not so fortunate, they can be thankful that no one came by and robbed them or worse, throughout a long cold night on the street.   And for many more, not hearing bombs go off during the night, can be what they wake up grateful for.  There are many people throughout the world that have lists and lists of things that they should be thankful for, but never are.  Then there are people who have so very little or are in pain or suffering great hardship, who make sure to say quiet 'thank yous' each and every day.

Regardless of your circumstances, I hope that there is still something, even if it is something very small, for which you are able to show your gratitude.  Being grateful is a mindset.  We can choose to show gratitude and take a more positive stance on things or we can choose to wallow and fixate on the negative. Being thankful, not just for the larger things but for the smaller ones too, allows us to fill our lives with love and appreciation.  It reminds us of all the good things that we have going for us. No, gratitude won't make the difficult things we are facing in our life go away, but it will help to provide us with a different perspective.  For example, I can complain about how painful and difficult it is for me to sit, stand and walk unassisted or I can choose to be grateful that I still have the capacity to do all three regardless of how long for the first two, or how far for the last.  Most days when I'm within my home, I can get by with the assistance of my canes.  While I have a wheelchair and scooter, I generally only need them when I leave my home or when I have a rather difficult day.  Under different circumstances I might be in that wheelchair permanently. For today I'm grateful that I'm not.

Whether the act of gratitude comes easy to you or not, it is definitely worth the effort.  Remember, everything in life that has any importance, takes hard work to achieve. There have been studies done that show the benefits of gratitude.  They indicate that people who demonstrate their appreciation on a daily basis, tend to be:
  • more full of life,
  • purposeful, 
  • healthier,
  • more creative,
  • have better exchanges with their peers,
  • more optimistic,
  • able to deal with stress and personal challenges more effectively.

Sounds to me, like reason enough, to practice gratitude on a daily basis.  During my research, I came across this quote which summarizes some of those reasons nicely:
"In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize.  In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal.  In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope."  (Emmons, 2013, para. 2)

So, why not try giving thanks today and everyday?  With so many advantages to gain, what do you have to lose?!

Adamski, Carol . (N.D.). The Value of Practicing Gratitude. Available: Last accessed 16th November 2014.
Emmons, Robert. (2013). How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times. Available: Last accessed 16th November 2014.
Here are the promised freebies.  The first was offered up at the challenge start and the second was just offered up today for the midway...

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Please be sure to click on the images to bring them up into the lightbox in their proper size before saving them.  Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  All these fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time each of these project were made, and as such, it is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my creations and offer them to others.  Please refer to my full terms of service for what you can and cannot do with these digital creations.
You will notice that the sentiments may appear huge depending on what software program you download them into.  You can always reduce the size without distorting the overall look.
Credit Notes For These Creations:
©2014. Lisa L. Décosse. PUO. However, you are allowed to use the sentiments on handmade projects that you intend to sell on a small scale basis provided credit is given. You also need to include a credit note and a link to this blog should you use any of my images in your creations and post them on your blog. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with my full terms of use found in the 'Download Instructions & T.O.U.' tab at the top of this page. Of important note:  Please do not share my images with family, friends, etc. Additionally, do not post any images to file sharing services like Box®, 4-Shared®, etc. Instead, please direct people to my blog(s) so they can grab the image for themselves. If you would like to post a watermarked version of the image, please contact me to obtain one.

I invite you to go and check out, not only, the wonderful creations some members of my Design Team had the opportunity to create over on the Path of Positivity (click HERE for the midway) but also some of the great entries into this month's challenge (click HERE for the challenge).  I also invite you to come over and enter a project yourself, if you haven't already.  I'm sure that there are many people in your life, whom you could share a little gratitude with.  Why not create a card that helps to deliver some thanks to someone special in your life?!
Well, that is it for today!  Have a great week ahead everyone! 
Until next time,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Hop: Off to Gramma's for the Holidays with Create with TLC

Well hello there everyone.  Today is a special one as I am participating in my very first blog hop with Create with TLC.  The theme of this hop is Off to Gramma's for the Holidays; so, climb on board and let's take a trip!

You should have arrived here from the talented Ileana's blog.  If you are just starting, you can find a full list of all the hop stops at the bottom of this post.

For this card I got to use the very cool vintage image called, "Grammas or Bust Balloon".  Paulette is generously offering it up as a freebie to everyone who participates in the hop; so, be sure to head on over to her BLOG and leave her some love!
To save the image, left click to bring it up in the lightbox in its full size and then right click and scroll down to 'save image as'.

Here is the card I created.  I've gone rather non-traditional with my colour scheme, opting for an antiqued black and white combo.  Check it out...

Digital Image Details: 
  • Grammas or Bust Balloon:  As mentioned previously, the image used on the front is the freebie you can find above.  For more wonderful freebies, click HERE to head to Paulette's blog.  You can find tons of awesome options for sale in the store as well.  Click HERE to head there now.

Digital Sentiments: 
  • The first sentiment is the freebie that Paulette is offering up on her blog during the hop.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog where you'll be able to grab the freebie.  The 'Happy Holidays' sentiment I used is from the "Happy Holiday Season" Vintage Image Transfer and Word Art Set.  Click HERE or on the watermark below to head to its location in the store.
  • The black ribbon on the front and inside is Offray brand purchased at Michael's.
 Paper Products: 
  • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, black.
  • Black shimmery cardstock used for matting is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

Next stop on the route is the last one over at the Create With TLC blog.  Click HERE to head on over!

If you missed any of the stops along the way, here is the complete list.  You are definitely going to want to check out what all my fellow team members have in store for you:
Lisa D--that's me!

Well that is it for this third Sunday in November, I'll see you again tomorrow for my Motivational Monday post.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #23--Penguin Paradise

It is time for the next challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

This month for Challenge #23, the theme is Penguin Paradise In many parts of North America right now the weather has significantly cooled and some places have even seen snow.  I certainly have where I live!  That makes this month the perfect time to honour Scribbles Designs' much beloved character, Brr and his family--wife Brrneice and baby Brr.  Did you know that Brr was the first main character that Sandy created?  He's had a lot of adventures during the years and he has earned his time in the spotlight.  So, this month we want to see any kind of penguin on your creation.  It is high time, Brr and the family meet some of the other penguins out there in digital land.  We can't wait to see your cool creations!

In order to participate in our challenges you DO NOT NEED TO USE A SCRIBBLES DESIGNS IMAGE on your project but you must follow the monthly theme and the other rules that have been established for our particular challenge blog.  You can find them, along with the prize information, listed in the right hand sidebar of the challenge blog.  This challenge will end at 9pm PST on December 14th.
You can purchase your Scribbles Designs images HERE and there is a free image over on the challenge blog as well to help get you started.  Also, be sure to check out the special Freebie Friday posts as it is another great way to build your Scribbles Designs collection.
To help inspire you, I've created a get well card using Speedy Brrr.  This particular image was introduced in the store, in its very first month in business!  A friend of mine recently
had a fall where she injured herself quite badly and I thought Speedy Brrr might cheer her up.

Here are my card and details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

General Info...
  • Ummm...apparently I forgot to wear my glasses when colouring this image.  It was only when I was getting the picture ready to post that I realized that I went over in a couple spots.  Ooops. 
  • Apparently, I forgot to wear my brain as well since I've left Brrr hanging there with no ground to run on.  Double Ooops!  Hmmm...maybe he is running so fast he is flying?

Digital Image Details: 
  • Speedy Brrr:  Hee, hee.  Someone's getting his exercise on!  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to its location within the store.  This image was coloured in with Copic markers.
Digital Sentiment: 
  • One I created specifically for this card.
  • I used a Recollection's punch to achieve the edging on the accent piece on the front of the card.

Digital Sentiment: 
  • This wonderful sentiment is from my Create with TLC stash.  I've used it before and am sure I will use it again.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.  You can purchase this image as part of the "Get Well, Hang in There" set, available in the Get Well section of the store.  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to that section of the store.
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Designer paper is from Recollection's Bright and Basic paper pad.
  • The shimmery yellow piece used as an accent on the front and as matting on the inside is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
So put on those thinking caps and design a project that fits our theme. If you need some images to help you out you can check out all wonderful ones that are in the Scribbles store. You have an entire month to enter at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, so I hope to see you there. If you have some time I invite you to go and check out the wonderful inspiration offered up from my colleagues on the DT. We always look forward to seeing what you come up with for each month's theme!   

Until next time,