Thursday, September 19, 2019

Avast Me Hearties! Talk Like a Pirate Day 2019 Be Here!

 

Ahoy mateys! Will ye drop anchor 'n visit wit' me fer a wee bit o' time? Th' yearly celebration where ye flap yer jaws like a buccaneer be upon us! Arrr, indeed, today be Talk Like a Pirate Day. As it usually happens each year on 'tis date, thar be parrrrties, fund-raisers, pub crawls, 'n other special events takin' place all over th' world. Given th' many scallywags out thar, me imagine that they'll still be out parrrtyin' well 'til tomorrrrow!

Shiver me timbers! Fer thems o' ye who be unawares o' 'tis unique occasion, it starrrrted out as a fun concept in 1995, encourrrragin' people t' talk like a pirate. It be created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) 'n Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), hailin' from th' state o' Oregon in th' U.S. Accorrrrdin' t' Summers, th' day be invented as th' result o' a sports injury. While th' two mateys be playin' racquetball, one o' thems reacted t' th' pain with an outburst o' "Aaarrr!", 'n th' idea be born. Thems two scallywags sent a letter about thar invented holiday t' th' American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. 'Tis chap be likin' th' idea so much he promoted it. Th' media grabbed hold o' th' holiday after Barry's column 'n it now be an international event followed by many each year on September 19th.

Yo-ho-ho! T' help celebrate 'tis glorious day wit' a bit 'o swag, I be givin' ye fer free some loot. Sail ho! Whar thar be pirates, thar be rum…

 

https://app.box.com/s/hwfehhuliiaoepafetebgu6wdxthvvkb

T' be grabbin' 'tis treasure, click on th' button above t' be taken t' a download location. In th' zip folder ye will find a copy of th' booty, its preview sheet, th' credit information 'n me terms o' use which are standard t' all me folders. This loot be in png format 'n published at 300 dpi.

Now o' course I can't be sendn' ye along yer way wit'out a pirate joke or two:

Q: Why is pirating so addictive?
A: They say once ye lose yer first hand, ye get hooked!

Q: How do pirates know that they are pirates?
A: They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!

Oh, 'n if ye be interested in findin' out more fun facts about 'tis fun day, be sure t' check out th' official Talk Like a Pirate website available HERE.

Until I be sailin' these fair seas again,


Note about me pirate name...
Passion be a big part of me life, which makes sense fer a pirate. Even though I not always be th' traditional swaggerin' gallant, me steadiness and plannin' make me a fine, reliable pirate. Arrr!

If ye be wantn' yer own pirate name, be cerrrrtain t' click HERE.

References:
Baur, John and Mark Summers. (2002-2014). FAQ. Available: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/faq.html. Last accessed 18th September 2014.
Author Unknown. (N.D.). International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day. Last accessed 18th September 2014

Friday, September 06, 2019

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #162…Things that Fly

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Hello there everyone! I'm back here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #162, the theme is Things that Fly. When it comes to your choice of image, you can choose something that can realistically fly like birds, insects, airplanes, air balloons, etc, OR you could also approach it from a different angle choosing something that could theoretically fly like fairies, or other things with wings. That is the approach I have taken for this challenge looking at the fantasy end of things. While a cat doesn't normally fly, with wings it could theoretically. Whatever approach you take, whether realistic or fantastic, we'd love to see what you come up with.


General Project Info:
  • I've decided to make a pet sympathy card. That is definitely one category my card collection is currently missing.
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 


FRONT

Digital Images Details:
  • Kitty Angel can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop. This image was coloured in digitally using digital colouring and digital 'paper' piecing. Credits include:
  • The background in behind the image was created using a cloudy sky texture from Diza-74 via Deviant Art.
  • I also added some clouds for the kitty to sit on. They were obtained in a free sample from Inky Deals.


Digital Embellishment Details:
  • The banner shape in behind the sentiment was created using a template purchased from Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.



INSIDE


OVERALL
 Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • Both the sentiment on the front and the one on the inside were created by Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store. 


Digital Paper Products:
  • The paper used as a background on the front and inside is a freebie from Sweetly Scrapped.


Digital Embellishment Details:
  • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and sentiment (inside).
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.


Challenges I am hoping to enter...

You have until October 3rd to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Things that Fly. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter three times per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules).

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration. Oh and don't forget…Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

Well guys, that is it for this one. Have a wonderful September and I'll see you again soon.

Until next time,

Friday, August 02, 2019

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #161…Beach/Under the Sea

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Hello there everyone! I'm back here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #161, the theme is Beach/Under the Sea. For those of us in North America, summer is in full swing so it is a great time to make a card that reflects the season.


General Project Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 


FRONT

Digital Images Details:
  • William Whale can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop. This image was coloured in digitally using digital colouring and then the sky and water were created using other elements. Credits include:
    • the sky was created using a watercolour background that I previously created with my Rebelle program. 
    • I have applied a water layer style to the water coming out of Will's spout. This style was purchased from Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.
    • the waves were created with elements from the General Elements section of my A Taste of Summer Kit (details below).



INSIDE

Digital Images Details:


    OVERALL
     Digital Sentiment Details: 
    • Both the sentiment on the front and the one on the inside were created by Paulette from Create with TLC. They are from her Wishes & Kisses bundle. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store. It has been coloured digitally to match my project colours.


    Digital Paper Products:
    • All three papers used are from sections of my A Taste of Summer kit. The various paper sets are available separately or everything can be purchased in the bundle. It can be purchased in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it HERE
      • The background on the front and inside, along with the sand textured paper on the front can be found in the Natural Textures section and the Shell paper can be found with the Patterned Papers.



    Digital Embellishment Details:
    • The brads on the front were created using the Water Splash from the General Elements section of my A Taste of Summer kit along with a template purchased from Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.
    • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and sentiment.
    • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.


    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    You have until September 5th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Beach/Under the Sea. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules).

    Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration. Oh and don't forget…Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

    Well guys, that is it for this one. Have a wonderful August and I'll see you again soon.

    Until next time,

    Friday, July 05, 2019

    Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #160…Food/Drink

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    Hello there everyone! I'm back here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #160, the theme is Food and/or Drink. We all need to eat and drink and there are so many incredible images out there to use for these categories. Whether you go hot or cold, show us what you can come up with using food and/or beverages in your project.


    General Project Info:
    • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 


    FRONT

    Digital Images Details:
    • Flowered Teapot can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop. This image was coloured in digitally using digital colouring and paper piecing. Credits include:
      • the lace paper used to digitally 'paper piece' the teapot is from the Tea n' Lace Digi Papers set designed by Kris from Imagine That Digistamp.  The opacity was altered to change the effect.
      • I also used a textured paper under the lace paper. This paper is from the Baking with Mom Ethereal Textures set available on The CoffeeShop Blog.
      • the petals and middle of the flowers were created with gradients.



    INSIDE


    Digital Images Details:
    • Tea Cups can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop. This image was coloured in digitally using digital colouring and paper piecing. Credits include:
      • the lace paper used to digitally 'paper piece' the middle teacup is also from the Tea n' Lace Digi Papers set.
      • I have used a textured paper to digitally 'paper piece' the top and bottom cups and top and bottom saucers. This paper is also from the Baking with Mom Ethereal Textures set. 
      • Then I used the same textured paper used in behind the lace paper on the teapot, for the middle tea cup and also for the middle saucer.


    OVERALL
     Digital Sentiment Details: 


    Digital Paper Products:


    Digital Embellishment Details:
    • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and sentiment.
    • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.


    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    You have until August 1st to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Food and/or Drink. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules).

    Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration. Oh and don't forget…Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

    Well guys, that is it for this one. Have a wonderful July and I'll see you again soon.

    Until next time,

    Thursday, July 04, 2019

    Happy Independence Day!!!

    It is still the Fourth of July for a few hours yet and that means that all my wonderful American friends, followers and readers are celebrating Independence Day today. As promised on Monday, here is another freebie--this time in honour of the good 'ole U.S. of A.

    Since I used a hat with a maple leaf and a heart for the Canada Day paper, I decided to stick with the same type of theme as today's paper also features a hat and heart only this time with stars and stripes, which of course, can be found on the American flag. Check it out...

    https://app.box.com/s/2tkosb9kt15ryzzwk664zebq5tg9gtaq

    This digital paper is one that will become part of the Spirit of America kit that I am working on. It is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Digitalartsi (The Hungry JPEG) and The CoffeeShop Blog. Full credits in the file. To grab it, click the download button to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the paper, its preview sheet, the full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

    Well folks, that is it for this one. I will be back in a few hours to announce the newest challenge over at Pattie's Creations!

    Until next time,

    Monday, July 01, 2019

    Happy Canada Day!

    I've been away from home for several days and I know that today will soon be over but I didn't want to let this day go by without saying…

    H A P P Y   C A N A D A   D A Y!

    To all my fellow Canadians out there!!!

    In between catching up on everything I've missed this past week, I took the time to create a freebie in honour of the birthday of this amazing country that I am blessed to call home…

    https://app.box.com/s/2tkosb9kt15ryzzwk664zebq5tg9gtaq

    This digital paper is one that will become part of the Oh Canada kit that I am working on. It is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Digitalartsi (The Hungry JPEG) and The CoffeeShop Blog. Full credits in the file. To grab it, click the download button to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the paper, its preview sheet, the full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

    Oh and don't worry, I wouldn't forget the celebration coming up on Thursday in honour of my neighbours to the south (oh and north in Alaska and also west in Hawaii); so, be sure to come back then for an Independence Day freebie.

    Wherever you may happen to reside, enjoy the remainder of your day everyone!

    Until next time,

    Friday, June 07, 2019

    Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #159…Weddings

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    Hello there everyone! I'm back here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #159, the theme is Weddings. June is a popular month for weddings; so, if you have any wedding cards to create, here is an opportunity to enter our challenge. However, if you don't have a wedding to attend in the near future BUT you know of a wedding anniversary coming up, then you can go that route instead. That is what I have decided. At the end of April, my hubby and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and I wanted to make him a special card to honour this special occasion in our lives.

    General Project Info:
    • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). It was printed out already but I never had the chance to take a photo of it. 
    • Our wedding colours were peach and ivory so I'm happy I was able to incorporate some peach into my card.


    FRONT
     

    Digital Images Details:
    • Heart Wreath With Bow can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop. This image was coloured in digitally using digital colouring, layer styles and 'paper piecing'. Credits include:
      • I used an actual heart shape to digitally 'paper piece' the hearts. These shapes are courtesy of DesignerCandies 
      • I used a layer style on the bow courtesy of HG Designs 


    Digital Embellishments:
    • The numbers are courtesy of Danyale Lewis, creator behind Etc. by Danyale. I have changed their colour to suit the purposes of this project.



    INSIDE

    Digital Sentiment Details: 



    OVERALL
    Digital Paper & Embellishments:
    • The papers, tag shape and border are all elements purchased from a set designed by Euonia Meraki purchased as part of a bundle via The Hungry JPEG.
    • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.


    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    You have until July 4th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Weddings. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter three times per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules).

    Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration. Oh and don't forget…Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

    Well guys, that is it for this one. Hopefully it won't be too long before I see you all again.

    Until next time,

    Friday, May 03, 2019

    Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #158…Birthdays

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    Hello everyone! I'm back here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #158, the theme is Birthdays. Spring is a busy time for birthdays in my household. My mom celebrated her 75th birthday at the start of March, my hubby and I celebrated our birthdays at the end of April, and my dad celebrates his 79th birthday just a few days from now! I have had lots of occasions to make a birthday card and so for this challenge I made one for my hubby.

    General Project Info:
    • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). It was printed, assembled and handed out on April 22nd.


    FRONT

    Digital Images Details:
    • Party Gnomes can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop. 
    • This image was coloured in digitally using digital colouring and paper piecing. Credits include:
      • The beards were paper pieced with an image from Robert Owen-Wahl
      • The hats were paper pieced with my Dots patterned paper from the future Birthday Bash Kit. Details below.
      • The overalls were paper pieced with a paper from the textured papers section from my A Taste of Summer Kit. Details below. 
      • The shoes were paper pieced with a leather texture from Textures 4 Photoshop
      • The grass is a couple of different images also courtesy of Textures 4 Photoshop
      • The sky and cloud background is one I created with my Rebelle program
      • The rest of the elements were digitally painted in Photoshop.


    Digital Embellishments:
    • The button and string are created with templates designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.
    • The tag shape template I used for the pennant was designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.




    INSIDE

    Digital Images Details:
    • 3 Balloons is also a Pattie's Creations image. It was a freebie offered up on the challenge blog.


    Digital Sentiment Details: 
    • The sentiment was a freebie created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome vintage items for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.



    OVERALL
    Digital Paper Products:
    • The paper used to paper piece the gnome's hats and also for the little pennant shape accent on the front is my Dots patterned paper from my future Birthday Bash kit. It is available as a FREEBIE and you can find it HERE.

    • I also used another of my FREEBIES on the front of my card. You can find this one by clicking HERE.
    http://decossesdynamitedoodles.blogspot.ca/2017/04/freebie-alert-card-linky-party-happy.html


    • Finally, the blue textured paper that I used to paper piece the gnomes' overalls plus for the background of the front and inside of the card and the yellow textured paper used as matting are from the Textured Papers portion of my A Taste of Summer Kit. You can purchase these papers or the entire kit over in the Scribbles Designs store by clicking HERE.
     


    Digital Embellishment Details:
    • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and sentiment.
    • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.


    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    You have until June 6th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Birthdays. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules).

    Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration. Oh and don't forget…Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

    Well guys, that is it for this one. Hopefully it won't be too long before I see you all again.

    Until next time,

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    Freebie Alert: A Special Anniversary Celebration

    Today marks another very special day in the Décosse household. Exactly 30 years ago today, I walked down the aisle and met the love of my life at the alter. There, we exchanged vows and pledged to love each other for always. Our life together hasn't always been easy. In fact, it seems that there have been more downs than ups some years. However, through it all, we haven't wavered in our commitment to each other.

    Unfortunately, it is the end of tax season up here in Canada and since my hubby is a Tax Professional he is hard at work until around 9:00 p.m. tonight. Thus, we are not going to get to spend too much time together today. Hopefully though, we'll be able to go out and celebrate this coming weekend instead.

    So given that I won't be able to spend time with my hubs until later this evening, I spent this afternoon creating a digital paper to share with you all in honour of this special occasion! Of course, now I am behind in six other important things on my 'to do' list but I neglected you all so bad last year, I'm trying hard to make it up this year!

    Below is a preview of what the paper looks like…


    I thought this symbol of two intertwined hearts was the perfect symbol for a paper honouring our anniversary! This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Vectorious (purchased through Inky Deals) and Marisa Lerin (Pixel Scrapper). To grab it, click the download button to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the paper, its preview sheet, the full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

    That is it for today but I'll be back on Friday with my post for the latest challenge over at Pattie's Creations.

    Until that time,

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    Double Freebie Alert: Happy Birthday to Me & My Hubs!

    Hey folks! I'm guessing you didn't think I'd be back with another freebie so quickly, did you?! Not only was it Easter weekend, it was also my birthday on Good Friday AND is my hubby's birthday today, Easter Monday.

    As you have learned by now, special occasions for me and my family members, mean presents for YOU too! It was a packed weekend so I wasn't able to get out the first freebie on my own birthday like I normally try and do. Instead, today you'll be getting both freebies--one in honour of my birthday and the other in honour of my hubby's special day. Without this man by my side I'd be lost. He is my entire world and I love him dearly. Thus, I want to take this opportunity to wish my amazing hubby a very happy birthday!!!!

    I really liked the foil paper I made for the 12 Days of Christmas and got some good feedback on it. I've seen it printed out on a card and it looks pretty realistic. That is why I decided to make a matching set of foil papers for today's double freebie--one in purple and the other in green.

    Check them out...


    These digital papers are 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. To grab them, click the download button to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the two papers, their preview sheet, the full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

    One or the other of these textured papers will go really well with the following free birthday papers offered up in the past. If you don't have them yet, just click on any of the previews below to be taken to the original page on my blog where each can still be downloaded for free!




    Well that is it for today! I hope to see you all again soon.

    Until next time,