Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Digital Design: The Beauty of Butterflies...Week 5

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Hello everyone!  Welcome to the fifth week of The Beauty of Butterflies give-a-way.  If you missed any of the previous entries, you can click HERE for week 1, HERE for week 2, HERE for week 3, and HERE for week 4. Just one more week left!

To refresh your memory, once a week, over the course of six weeks (starting August 19th) I will be presenting one section of a special new mini kit I have created called The Beauty of Butterflies.  This kit will contain six items in each of the following categories:
  • Patterned Papers
  • Textured Papers
  • Brads
  • Buttons
  • Journal Cards 
  • Tags
There are a total of 36 items in the kit.  Each week you'll also get a freebie from that section.   

This kit was inspired by the beautiful vintage butterflies available from Nicecrane Designs.  One of the wonderful things about the sets available through Nicecrane Designs is that quite a few of the images can be used for commercial use.  This of course is perfect for people like me, who enjoy doing design work. 

This week I'll be showcasing the Journal Cards...

As promised, here is your freebie from this next set:
https://app.box.com/s/ri5ee010u32p5ub0umr4

To grab this matching journal card, click HERE or on the preview above to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the card, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders. This journal card is 900 x 1200 pixels, in png format and published at 300 dpi. 

EDIT:  While trying to zip up this bundle I came to realize that when viewing my papers in an alternate program, they are stating that they are published at 72 dpi and not 300 dpi.  Now when I start a paper I always state 300 dpi in the set up so I don't understand what it going on.  The other items in the kit all saved at their proper dpi.  When I view the paper information in Photoshop Elements, it also states that it is 300 dpi.  So, just in case there is an issue, I've re-uploaded the links on the original posts for the free patterned paper and the free textured paper from this set for anyone who is just finding out about these freebies.  However, if you have already downloaded the two papers, then it might be a good idea to download them again and replace the originals just in case there is discrepancy.  

For the link to the patterned paper in this set click HERE.
For the link to the textured paper in this set click HERE.

Don't forget, you can earn the full set for free...

As a special gift, I've decided to give away the entire Beauty of Butterflies Mini Kit to anyone who can show me proof of purchase of ANYTHING from the Nicecrane Designs store from August 19th until September 30th, 2014 (freebies obtained through the store do not count).  Just email me a copy of a dated Nicecrane Designs receipt with your name on it (PLEASE delete or cover up any other personal identifying information that you want to keep private, ie. address, tel. no. credit card or paypal information, etc.).  I just need something from the store with your name and date on it, a description of what you bought, and the price, in order to confirm your purchase.  It is as simple as that.  Kits will be mailed out as soon as the final section of tags is complete.   If you do make a purchase from the ND store and want this mini kit, just send an email with your proof of purchase attached, to decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca, or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject heading, "Beauty of Butterflies Kit Request".  You can find all of Ignacio's wonderful designs in the Nicecrane Designs store.  Click HERE to head there now.

Next week I'll present the last section in the set, the tags which thankfully, I have now finished.  Of course you'll also get a freebie and one final reminder for how to get the full set; so, I'll hope you'll stop by to see the end of the set.

Don't forget, to stay current on ALL the latest releases and to check out the fabulous inspiration from my fellow DT members, be sure to head over to the Nicecrane Designs blog.

Until next time,



Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: Determination

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

I am running a bit late getting this post finished and published.  The laptop, which is less than a year old died on me and so I am even more limited in terms of the time I have been able to spend on the computer these last few days.  I normally spend the evenings working on the laptop downstairs (unless I am putting a card together) so I can spend some time with my hubs.  At least I managed to get out the Path of Positivity midway on time.  Thank goodness for small miracles.  Of course my own project wasn't finished yet so I had to upload it a bit later.  Since I just finished doing that, I can finally get this post done.

This will be another packed post as I'll be sharing this month's Motivational Monday passage along with the creation mentioned above.  Additionally, you'll also find a couple freebies at the bottom of the post.  The reflection, my project and one of the freebies can also be found over on the midway post, also mentioned above.  This month the theme is DETERMINATION.  On with today's thoughts...  

Never Surrender 

For every difficulty we encounter in life, we have two choices: to give up or to push through to the other side. I believe that many people don't have the strength or determination and give up all too easily. I also believe that there are even more people out there who struggle but are determined to make it. Which category do you fall into?

I think that I was born with the word 'DETERMINATION' scribbled into my DNA. I, like many of you out there, have faced numerous challenges in my life. Mine started in infancy. At the age of 8 months I was finally diagnosed with severe asthma. It took them so long to come up with a diagnosis because it was rare back in the late 60s for a child to develop such a bad case of asthma so young.

For the first few years of my life, my parents never knew whether I'd still be alive come morning. I can't even imagine what they went through. I spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals during those early years. Additionally, to complicate things even further, at the age of two I had to have my tonsils removed. I was just so sick, there was no waiting until I was older. Unfortunately, I haemorrhaged on the operating table during surgery and almost bled out. Another very scary time for my poor parents.

During my childhood and teenage years, I dealt with more challenges and struggles; health and otherwise. Then when I was 18 years old, I lived through an experience that still haunts me to this day. Just a few weeks shy of the end of twelfth grade, a Tornado ripped through the town I was living in at the time and destroyed two thirds of the homes, as it made a swath from west to east, leaving only destruction in its path. Three people died that day. Several lay trapped for hours beneath crumpled buildings and many more were left homeless.

After all this time, tears still well up and over when I think about that day. It is certainly one I will never forget. How do you escape the memories of people's screams as they lay buried for hours under rubble; or, dismiss from memory the thoughts of blank faces in complete and utter shock? No, those memories will forever lay trapped inside my head. Thankfully, my family was one of the lucky ones, just on the edge of the worst damage.

After returning to school later that week, we received our year book. One of my teachers wrote down two little words in it that impacted me greatly and those words have remained with me these many years. In fact it has become my mantra:


NEVER SURRENDER 

I have faced many more obstacles and hardships since my days of youth; but, I fought through those events, and God willing, will continue to battle anything else that may come my way. I am determined to make it through and those two words--Never Surrender--help me to remember that I must never give up. My choice is obviously clear--as long as I have strength, I will always push to the other side. Will you join me?
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Next up, is the scrapbooking page I made using an image from this month's guest sponsor Pickled Potpourri Designs...

General Notes:
  • Ummmm...I'm not sure what happened.  I distinctly remember deleting all the white that was left over around the hair when I made the background transparent, and when I just went to resize it for this post, I noticed that the white was all back again.  Oh goodness, there better not be gremlins in this system as well.  Seriously, I haven't got a clue why it reverted.  Oops!
Digital Image Details: 
  • Just Dance:  This lovely image is from our guest sponsor for this month over on the PoP challenge, Pickled Potpourri Designs.  If you are interested in purchasing this beautiful image, click on the watermark to head over to its spot in the store.
Digital Sentiment: 
  • I used one of the free sentiments being offered up below.
Digital Embellishments: 
  • I wanted to keep things simple and I wanted to enter my creation over at Digitally Sweet Challenges as it has been a while, so I just put together a charm and then added a ribbon.  Both items were created from templates that I picked up from Janet Scott over at Pixel Scrapper.
  • I also created a frame for around the sentiment using a brush courtesy of Lileya, an artist whose work is showcased over on Deviant Art.
 Digital Paper:
  • The digital paper is from my Flower Power Collection which I am hoping to have up for sale soon.
Challenges I am hoping to enter: 
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Finally, that brings me to a couple of freebies.  The first was offered up at the challenge start and the second was just offered up today for the midway...

© 2014 
Font Information: 
  • PaulMaul font created by !Exclamachine Type
  • Quasi font created by Harold's Fonts


© 2014
Font Information: 
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.

These word art creations are in png format and published at 300 ppi. They are quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with.   If you are a card maker you can always resize them smaller without distorting the quality.
 

Credit Notes For These Creations:
© 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.
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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.  It is important to never give up so why not send a card to someone who might be struggling.

Well, that is it for today!  Have a great week ahead everyone!

Until next time,

Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #21--Counting Sheep

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

This month for Challenge #21, the theme is Counting Sheep
Have you met Mr. Wool?  Well, over at Scribbles Designs, we have another beloved character and his name is Mr. Wool.  He also has some friends and they can get up to a lot of mischief.  We are dedicating this month to Mr. Wool and all the other cuddly sheep out there.  So, make sure to include a sheep on your project this month.  One sheep or two, it is completely up to you!


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 October 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 Christmas card using Sandy's cheeky Mr. Wool Baaaad image.  Here are my card and details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...
 

General Information:
  • Hee, hee.  With a cheeky image, I had to make a cheeky card.  I think this is one of my favourites.
  • Add a Christmas hat and a cheeky sentiment and I have another Christmas card to add to the pot.
Christmas Card Count to date: 19
  • For this card I decided to use a sketch from From the Heart Stamps.  I just love their sketches!  Clicking on the sketch will bring you to the blog.
http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  •  Mr. Wool Baaaad:  I truly love Mr. Wool.  He is just so cute and cuddly and I want to wrap my arms around him and snuggle.  He is quite the character as well as you can see from this particular image.  He seems to have a bit of an attitude and you just never know the antics, he and his buddies are going to get up to.  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to its location within the store.
    http://buyscribblesdesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/10/705-mr-wool-baaaad-250.html
    • Mr Wool Baaaad was coloured with Copic markers.  Mr Wool: N0, C1, C3.  Ground was added with coloured pencils.  Grounding around image:  BG000 and colourless blender. 
  • The Santa hat is courtesy the Octopode Factory which you can find by clicking HERE and checking out their freebies page.  This image was precoloured.
Embellishments: 
  • The button was purchased at the Dollar Tree.
  • The glittery stockings are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
  • The cross stitch thread is DMC from my stash. 

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This fabulous cheeky sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.

OVERALL
Paper Products:
  • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Preppy Beach collection.
  • Designer Paper:  Recollection's All Seasons Paper Pad.
  • Red paper used for matting is actually a recycled item.  I tore open an old red envelope that I had received with a card and used the envelope for my matting.  Another great way to use something you'd normally throw away.
 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,

Card Design: Fresh Brewed Fall Flashback


The Fresh Brewed Designs store is filled with so many awesome images that we thought it would be nice to take a stroll down memory lane.  With the Canadian Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en around the corner, it is a good time to reacquaint yourself with (or if you are new to FBD, come meet) the outstanding collection of fall themed images already available in the store.  Whether you are looking for something whimsical, joyful, reverent or just plain fun, Fresh Brewed Designs has it all! 

Today, for this Fresh Brewed Fall Flashback I bring you Gourd Birdhouse.  Such a unique image and perfect for the card I decided to create.  Our Canadian Thanksgiving is on October 13th so now is the perfect time for me to get the cards done that I need.  
Clicking on the watermark should bring you straight to its location in the FBD store.
http://www.freshbreweddesigns.com/item_79/Gourd-Birdhouse.htm

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

General Information:
  • Here is another attempt at clean and simple.  I really do want to make more CAS cards but I always seem to feel that they are underdone for some reason.  Hopefully, it is a feeling that I'll grow out of as I get more practice in.
  • This is also the first time I have ever used washi tape.  I have been purchasing some different ones over the last two years and finally I'm using it.  I really like it and just saw another card that used it in a unique way while doing some DT duties yesterday.  Hopefully, I'll start finding ways to incorporate more of it.  I actually just finished creating 12 digital washi tapes for a Hallowe'en kit for an upcoming challenge I'm sponsoring over at 613 Ave. Create.  I'll be revealing it on Oct. 5th.  It was as fun creating the tapes as it was to use them but now I'm digressing.  Back to the card...

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Gourd Birdhouse:  This image is currently available in the FBD store.  You can find it by clicking on the image watermark above.
  • I coloured it in with Copics and grounded it with chalk.  Bird:  R11, R14.  Beak: Y35, Y38. Leaves: YG61, YG63.  Sunflower: Y32, Y35, Y38.  Gourd:  YR21, YR23, YR24.  Okay so on hindsight, I should have used different colours for the gourd.  I didn't realize it would be so close to the sunflower.
Embellishments: 
  • Green and white checkered washi tape is Elmer brand and was purchased at Dollarama.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment:
  • This is another great sentiment created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.
Paper Products:
  • Dark green cardstock used as matting is from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.  
Digital Paper Products:
  • This paper is mine and still available for free.  It was given out for the September Kit last year.  You can find it, plus two of the same design in two other colours, along with a pumpkin paper and a leaves background paper by clicking HERE. 

OVERALL
Paper Products:
  • Card and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
  • http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.ca/ -- Fall or Autumn
  • http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.ca/2014/09/september-eplay-challenge-fall.html -- Fall
  • http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/ -- Anything Goes/Fall Colours
  • http://avenue613.blogspot.com/ -- Anything Goes
  • http://cagichallenge.blogspot.ca/ -- Use a Digi with an Autumn Theme
  • http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.ca/ -- Simple Times (clean and simple design)
  • http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.ca/ -- One Layer Challenge
Thanks for joining me today for our Fresh Brewed Flashback.  I love when we have a flashback as it is a wonderful excuse for showing you some more of my favourite FBD images.  I hope you have the chance to go and check out Gourd Birdhouse along with all the other great images in the store. I'll be back on September 24th with another FBD creation to show you. 


At Fresh Brewed Designs we always have a fresh pot of creativity brewing. So stop by and join us for a cuppa whenever you want!



Until next time,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Digital Design: The Beauty of Butterflies...Week 4

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Hello everyone!  Welcome to the fourth week of The Beauty of Butterflies give-a-way.  If you missed any of the previous entries, you can click HERE for week 1, HERE for week 2, and HERE for week 3. I can't believe we are halfway through already!

To refresh your memory, once a week, over the course of six weeks (starting August 19th) I will be presenting one section of a special new mini kit I have created called The Beauty of Butterflies.  This kit will contain six items in each of the following categories:
  • Patterned Papers
  • Textured Papers
  • Brads
  • Buttons
  • Journal Cards 
  • Tags
I've completed all but the tags so far and since there are only two weeks left, I need to get a move on it!  Once done, there will be a total of 36 items in the kit.  Each week you'll also get a freebie from that section.   

This kit was inspired by the beautiful vintage butterflies available from Nicecrane Designs.  One of the wonderful things about the sets available through Nicecrane Designs is that quite a few of the images can be used for commercial use.  This of course is perfect for people like me, who enjoy doing design work. 

This week I'll be showcasing the Buttons...

As promised, here is your freebie from this next set:
https://app.box.com/s/fplvvrv8w7a5hhm1zucs
To grab this matching button, click HERE or on the preview above to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the button, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders. This button is 687 x 609 pixels, in png format and published at 300 dpi.

 

Don't forget, you can earn the full set for free...

As a special gift, I've decided to give away the entire Beauty of Butterflies Mini Kit to anyone who can show me proof of purchase of ANYTHING from the Nicecrane Designs store from August 19th until September 30th, 2014 (freebies obtained through the store do not count).  Just email me a copy of a dated Nicecrane Designs receipt with your name on it (PLEASE delete or cover up any other personal identifying information that you want to keep private, ie. address, tel. no. credit card or paypal information, etc.).  I just need something from the store with your name and date on it, a description of what you bought, and the price, in order to confirm your purchase.  It is as simple as that.  Kits will be mailed out as soon as the final section of tags is complete.   If you do make a purchase from the ND store and want this mini kit, just send an email with your proof of purchase attached, to decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca, or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject heading, "Beauty of Butterflies Kit Request".  You can find all of Ignacio's wonderful designs in the Nicecrane Designs store.  Click HERE to head there now.

Next week I'll present the Journal Cards to you, including a freebie and a reminder for how to get the full set; so, I'll hope that you'll continue to drop by.  

Don't forget, to stay current on ALL the latest releases and to check out the fabulous inspiration from my fellow DT members, be sure to head over to the Nicecrane Designs blog.

Until next time,



Saturday, September 06, 2014

Promotional Post: Imagine That DBK Progressive Challenge Change Up This Month

 http://imaginethatdigistamp.blogspot.ca/2014/09/september-challenge-use-any-imagine.html
Hey peeps!  I'm just popping in to let you all know that there is a change to this month's progressive challenge over at the Imagine That Digis By Kris blog.  Normally the way it works is that people who enter the previous month receive the next month's image for free, simply for participating.  Then they use that image to enter the current month's challenge in order to receive the image for the following month...and so on, and so on.  If you don't have the image for any particular month, you can purchase it from the store during the specified month (generally at a discount).

Well this month, Kris is switching things up a little bit and allowing you to enter the progressive challenge using ANY IMAGINE THAT DIGI that you may own (must be an actual image and not just a sentiment).  If you don't own one, you can go over to their Facebook page by clicking HERE and grab a freebie or of course you can purchase any set you would like from the store and use it.  People already part of the progressive challenge can of course use an image from the set, Humphrey's Apples, which was mailed out last week (watermark below) or there is the option of using any Imagine That image.

Everyone who enters using any Imagine That Digis by Kris image during the month of Septemeber will receive October's challenge set FREE!  So why not hop on over and check the challenge out.  Clicking on either the banner at the top of this post or the badge below will take you there.

http://imaginethatdigistamp.blogspot.ca/
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  

Until next time,


Friday, September 05, 2014

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #99...Cats OR Dogs

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Happy Friday everyone!  It is time to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design ChallengeThis time around for Challenge #99, the theme for the next two weeks is Cats OR Dogs.  It is your choice as to which one you choose.  Maybe you'll choose both! 

Here is my card, I hope that I haven't forgotten any important details:


General Information: 
  • While I have to admit that I am definitely a 'CAT' person, these pups were rather cute and just begging to come out and play.
  • Since this theme is pretty open it allowed me to get an extra Christmas card created for this month.  One more card to add to the Christmas Card Pot to help me avoid the yearly Christmas Card Panic.  

    Christmas Card Count to date: 18
FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Merry Pups:  These guys are just so cute.  You can find the image in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.
    https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/108612872/merry-pups?ref=shop_home_active_21
    • It was coloured in with a combination of techniques.  The pups, their hats and the bow were all coloured with Copic markers.  I added some glitter to their hats.  The present was paper pieced using one of my papers (details below).  The ground and grounding around the image was done with coloured pencils.  I added faux stitching around the image digitally before printing.  
Embellishments:
  • The ribbon is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama. 
  • The pennants are made out of a shimmery red cardstock from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.  
Digital Paper Products:
  • Both the background holly and berries swirl paper and the dark green deck the halls paper are from my Holiday Hoopla collection.
  INSIDE 
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Merry Christmas With Bow:  This is a great combo with sentiment and image both in the same design.  It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/167644755/merry-christmas-with-bow?ref=shop_home_active_16
  • This image was coloured in with a couple different techniques.  The ribbon was done with coloured pencils and the rest was coloured digitally.  Additional credits:  The strings and metal ornament tops were created with a layer style from Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.
Embellishments:
  • The sticker on the left hand side is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.
Paper Products:
  • Matting behind sentiment is from Michael's Recollection's cardstock, red.
OVERALL
Paper Products:

  • Image, sentiment and card base: Michael's Recollection's cardstock, white.
Challenges I am hoping to enter...  
I really hope that you will join us sometime during the next two weeks.  Don't forget that along with all the typical rules that apply to the majority of challenges out there (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules), you MUST USE A DIGITAL OR STAMPED IMAGE to qualify for the drawing (unless stated otherwise).  We would absolutely love to see you use a Pattie's Creations (PC) image on your card, but you are allowed to use other images.  If you do use a PC image, you will gain an extra entry in the draw and will have a better chance to WIN!  You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge. Easy Peasy right! 

As always, I hope that you will also check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration and pop over in two weeks time for the next challenge brought to you by Team Pattieboop.  Oh and don't forget...Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month; so, be sure to pop over today and check it out!

Until next time,