Saturday, April 19, 2014

Card Design: Easter Weekend with Nicecrane Designs...Day 2

http://nicecranedesigns.com/

Happy Saturday afternoon everyone!  It is time to showcase my second Easter card using an image from  Nicecrane Designs.  Yesterday I presented the first one and there are still two more to go after today.  If you, yourself need to make any last minute Easter cards then Nicecrane Designs is definitely the place to head to.  With such a wonderful selection of images to choose from, you'll be sure to find the perfect image to suit your needs.  Without further delay, on to card number two...

FRONT

Digital Image Details:  
  • Easter Calling Card 2:  Another adorable chick image from this collection.  Once again, this digi is versatile enough to work on a variety of card types.  Consider a Mother's Day card if you will; or, perhaps a birthday card as well.  Your options are only as limited as your imagination.
  • Just like the image I showcased yesterday, this one has also been cropped so that I could just use the image.  Click on the image below to head to its location in the store.
Embellishments: 
  • The little fabric flowers were purchased at Dollarama.
  • The ribbon is from a stash I got from my momma. 
Embossing Folder:
  • Cricut, Paper Lace II embossing folder, was used to create the panel in behind the image. 

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Another Easter freebie I created last year.  You can find it on the same post as the one from yesterday, plus a bunch more by clicking HERE.

OVERALL
Paper Products:
 
  • Card base and embossed panel: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, cream.
  • Image & inside sentiment dropback:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The light green cardstock that I used as matting (front & inside) is  Crafts Brand pastels, purchased at Dollarama.
 Challenges I am hoping to enter...
Before I go...
There are even more great Easter images to be found over at Nicecrane Designs.  Be sure to go and check out these goreous Vintage Easter Bunnies while you are at the store (c
lick on image below to head to its location).
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=117&products_id=875

Don't forget to also check out the Nicecrane Designs blog to stay current on ALL the latest releases along with fabulous inspiration from my fellow DT members. 

Well, another Easter card under my belt.  Be sure to check in tomorrow for card number three plus other posts I have planned.  

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Until next time,

12 Months of Christmas Link Up February & March Winners

 

Mucho apologies for taking so long to get this posted but with the help of my wonderful friend Desíre, I am finally able to do so.

FEBRUARY
Thirty-four people linked up a total of 83 creations to the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up during the month of February.  If everything has been added correctly, twenty-one of those individuals linked up a minimum of two cards each qualifying them to receive the second paper of the season, which I've included the watermark of, below.

So, the following people need to send an email to decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca, or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject heading, "Christmas Link Up--February":
  • Hazel 
  • Taylormade4U
  • Borqna
  • Edwina Brown
  • Diane
  • Lady Anne
  • Margaret A (Granmargaret)
  • Suze
  • Crafting Vicky
  • My crafty outlook
  • Pam Knowles (Pumpy)
  • Kathleen
  • EMA-gination
  • Play as U Go
  • Made by Mandy
  • Amy A
  • Susan Renshaw
  • KT Fit Kitty
  • Helen/Made by Helen
  • Ursula Uphof
  • D~DesignsByDragonfly

MARCH
March saw twenty-three people link up a total of 89 creations.  If everything has been added correctly, eighteen of those individuals linked up a minimum of two cards each qualifying them to receive the third paper of the season, which you can see a preview of, below.

So, the following people need to send an email to decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca, or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject heading, "Christmas Link Up--February":
  • Helen
  • 1CardCreator/Diane 
  • Kelly L 
  • Hazel 
  • TaylorMade4U
  • Pumpy 
  • Edwina Brown 
  • Margaret A 
  • Suze 
  • Crafting Vicky 
  • Ellis 
  • Susan Kennedy 
  • KT Designs 
  • Borqna 
  • Tiggerscraps 
  • Susan Renshaw
  • Made by Mandy 
  • Ursula Uphof 
  • Play as U Go 

Summary
Now if you thought you had linked up two cards but don't find your name in the list above, just let me know.  I made mistakes counting in January so it is very possible someone may get missed again.  So, if it happens, sorry about that but a quick email will help sort things out.

Also, if your name is on both lists, you just need to send me one email.  Simply title it, "Christmas Link Up--Feb & Mar". 

Please note that it may take me several days to get back to you considering everything going on right now, so thank you for your patience.  Later in the week, I will also include the names on the link up page as well, for anyone who doesn't see this post.
 
Don't forget, each month you have an opportunity to earn a new Christmas themed paper.  Then at the end of the year there will be an opportunity to potentially earn even more goodies in a special draw.  You can jump in at any time.  All you need to do is link up two cards in any one month, to my 12 Months of Christmas Link Up which can be found by clicking the same titled page above or HERE.  You'll find all the details you need on that post.  Hope to see your cards linked up there!

Okay, so one more post to come out later today so I'll see you again soon.

Until then,

Freebie Alert: Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me! And, as you have learned by now, special occasions for me and my family members, mean presents for YOU!  So today I bring you three birthday related freebies.

First up a paper...
As usual, the paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels (i.e. 12 inches) and published at 300 dpi.

Next, a banner...

This banner is 1845 pixels wide by 549 pixels high and published at 300 dpi.   

Finally, a simple word art creation in three different colours...
 These word art creations are 2600 pixels wide by 300 pixels high. 

So I hope that you enjoy these birthday related goodies.  As always you can find the credit information in the credit notes below.  

I've still got a couple more posts coming out today so I hope that you'll be back later.

Until then,



Credit Notes For This Creation:© 2014, Lisa L. Décosse.  PUO.  However, you are allowed to use any of the above goodies 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.  If you would ever like to post a copy of these goodies on your own blog or another location you MUST USE A WATERMARKED VERSION that I would be happy to supply you with.  Just drop me an email using the link in the right sidebar to request one.  Please be sure to familiarize yourself with my full terms of use found in the copyright tab at the top of this page.  I have included a quick summary below.   
 
Additional Credits:
Image Credit:
I adapted a picture of birthday balloons for my paper.  The original picture is from Petr Kratochvil and is available over at PublicDomainPictures.net.

Template
The template I used to create the banner is from Sheila Reid, a designer with www.pixelscrapper.com.  This template was purchased with a commercial use license.  Under this commercial use license, it is my understanding, that I am within my rights to give away and or sell any elements I personally create using said template, according to the terms of use I have set forth (please see full terms of use for what you can and can't do with this digital creation).


Layer Styles
  • I used two layer styles on the banner.  The first is one from Desiner Folio and you can grab the file HERE.  I also used a layer style from Shelby Kate Schmitz of graphicssoft.about.com.
  • I also used a layer style on the wordart creations.  This layer style is from Marisa Lerin, also a designer with www.pixelscrapper.com.

Font Information: 
Click on the font name to take you to a download location. This font was listed as free for commercial use at the time of this creation.

If you are not sure how to copy the image, check out the download instructions page. Please be sure to read the Angel policy found under the copyright info tab above for the full terms.  Below is a quick summary of those Terms of Use. Along with the Credit Note above...
 
  • Do not claim the image as your own.
  • Credit 'Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' or 'Lisa L. Décosse' somewhere on your creation
  • Credit and provide a link if you post a creation on your blog using any of my work in your creations.
  • 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 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.
  • If I have signed an image, do not delete my signature.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Card Design: Easter Weekend with Nicecrane Designs

For all of my Jewish friends and readers, Good Pesach!  Here in Canada, today is Good Friday and it is considered a national holiday, although it isn't observed officially in Quebec; however, people living in Quebec have Easter Monday off.  Good Friday is also observed in eleven different states in the US and also in several countries including Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. So hopefully, even if you don't celebrate Passover or Easter, you'll be in a country or state where you at least get today off of work.

http://nicecranedesigns.com/

Since it is Easter weekend, it is the ideal time to show you four cards I created using images from Nicecrane Designs.  So each day for the next four days, plan on being cutified!  If you, yourself need to make any last minute Easter cards then Nicecrane Designs is definitely the place to head to.  With such a wonderful selection of images to choose from, you'll be sure to find the perfect image to suit your needs.  Now, without further adieu, here is the first of my cards!

FRONT
Digital Image Details:  
  • Easter Calling Card:  Such a cute image right?  What is wonderful is that not only is it suitable for an Easter card but it would be fabulous on a spring card as well.  I can also see this image on a small candle.  Now if I was only brave enough to try and print it out on tissue paper.  As you may recall, the last time I tried, I ended up breaking the printer.  Given that the newest printer was well over $200, I don't think I'm going to risk that again.  But for those of you out there who have done this before and made it work, these images would be adorable on candles.
  • For the purposes of my project, I cropped the calling card so that I could just use the image.  However, these calling cards would be also be perfect for a set of dining room table place settings and so many other ideas as well.  I just love all the varied uses for digital images, don't you?!  Click on the image below to head to its location in the store.
Embellishments: 
  • The little fabric flowers were purchased at Dollarama.
  • The ribbon is from a stash I got from my momma. 
Embossing Folder:
  • Cricut, Paper Lace II embossing folder, was used to create the panel in behind the image. 

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • A freebie I created last year.  You can find it, plus a bunch more by clicking HERE.

OVERALL
Paper Products:
 
  • Card base and embossed panel:  Crafts Brand pastels, purchased at Dollarama.
  • Image & inside sentiment dropback:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The darker green cardstock that I used as matting (front & inside) is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.
 Challenges I am hoping to enter...
Before I go...
If you are looking for more great images for any of your Easter or spring cards, then be sure to go and check out this adorable collection of Chicks & Ducklings as well (c
lick on image below to head to its location in the store).
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=117&products_id=1247

Don't forget to also check out the Nicecrane Designs blog to stay current on ALL the latest releases along with fabulous inspiration from my fellow DT members. 

Well, that is it for this post.  Be sure to check in tomorrow for card number two plus other posts I have planned.  There is definitely one in particular, you won't want to miss.

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Until next time,

Heartbleed Bug Security Caution: Time to Update Your Passwords

It isn't bad enough that every time we turn around, a new virus is out there lurking, trying to work its way into our system.  Now, there is also something else going on out there to potentially cause a security risk.  Have you guys heard of the Heartbleed bug?  Like I needed something else this past week to worry about!  Sheesh!  Anyway, according to the Heartbleed website, the Heartbleed bug is a:
"serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs). The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users." (http://heartbleed.com, paragraphs 1 & 2).
In short, the bug means that attackers can ‘listen in’ on communications between those websites and the browsers visiting them.”
Read more at http://macdailynews.com/2014/04/09/what-to-do-about-heartbleed-a-gaping-security-hole-affecting-66-percent-of-the-internet-at-least/#7X1fL3WoUoKYsffL.99
Basically, what this means is that the bad guys, aka hackers, can ‘listen in’ on the communications taking place between websites using Open SSL and the browsers visiting them.  This means that if you log in with a password on any of these vulnerable sites, your information may be compromised.  This is all we need!  If you think that it doesn't affect you because you don't have any open source software on your system, think again.  If you have a blog on either Wordpress or Blogger then you have been affected.  Have a G-mail or a Yahoo email account?  Then you've been affected.  Have accounts with Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler, Pinterest, Etsy, Go Daddy, Flickr, Box, DropBox or YouTube?  Then you've been affected.   The list doesn't end there.  To find out what other sites have been affected, be sure to click HERE.  I would also imagine that many of the stores that you have accounts with may also be affected.  So YaY, that leaves me with about 100+ passwords that might need changing.  How about you?

According to MacDailyNews:
“Sites that use OpenSSL will display a small ‘lock’ icon in the top left-hand corner of your Web browser’s address bar (though not all sites showing this lock use OpenSSL); the technology is used on more than two-thirds of websites across the Internet.” (http://macdailynews.com/2014/04/10/apple-on-heartbleed-bug-iphone-ipad-mac-and-icloud-unaffected/#Gz7KKeeQyQ1JbDhL.99, para. 2)
That is a lot of sites that may have been affected.  Now note that I say, 'affected' not 'infected'.  This isn't actually a virus.  It is simply a vulnerability that may leave your system open to hackers.  This vulnerability has apparently been around for two years.  We can only hope that our systems have been secure enough to keep the bad guys out.

So take some time this week and start resetting passwords for any affected sites you may have an account with.  Best to do it know before Heartbleed becomes Heartache!

Until next time,

Adventures in LA LA Land: Post Microsoft Woes and Plans for the Weekend and Week Ahead

Hellooooooooooooo to all my wonderful friends, followers and readers!  I'm baaaaacccccckkkkkk! Well, mostly.  I still have a bunch of things to do yet, to bring my system back up to where it was before I was forced on hiatus, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely.   If you are here reading this, thanks for sticking by me during my absence.  I've missed you guys!

As far as my system itself goes, the hard drive was installed and partitioned, and Windows 7 was successfully installed by my brilliantly talented hubs.  The one thing we still haven't been able to figure out is why I no longer have sound.  That one is a conundrum that we are still working on.  Oh and my flash player isn't working but since I don't have sound right now, I wouldn't get the benefit out of it anyway.  However, we still have to figure out why neither are working.

Most of my programs have been reinstalled and so far, they all seem compatible with the new operating software.  There are still some older programs to add and I've yet to install the open source office suite that I downloaded for free.  That will definitely chew some more time up getting to understand how all those programs work but it needs to be done and soon.   I also have a bunch of organizing to do and have yet to install all my brushes, layer styles and fonts.  While I am on the subject, does anyone know the pathway for installing layer styles in Windows 7?  I read somewhere that it was supposed to be:  Program Data/Adobe/PhotoshopElements/12.0/PhotoCreations/LayerStyles.  However, that didn't work for me and I am having to load them one by one through the manager.  Thank goodness, 12.0 allows you to load layer styles unlike 5.0 or I wouldn't be able to access them at all.   However, I'd prefer to be able to load them all at the same time by copying them to the appropriate folder.  I know in XP, you had to load them through the Documents and Settings folder but I can't seem to locate anything like that on Windows 7.  I also haven't found much info in on-line searches either, so I am appealing to any of you who may be able to help me out with this. 

So, in the end Microsoft didn't win, although it certainly took a chunk out of both the pocketbook and my time.

Thank you so much to my team leaders--Heather, Ike and Sandy--who graciously allowed me to take this past week off!!!  I could never have pulled off all my various team duties AND get my system upgraded at the same time.  You ladies have no idea the pressure that took off my shoulders so thank you so very much.

Additionally, thanks to all of you who offered me support and aid to accomplish some of my tasks this week.  Monica and Lynda have been troupers helping me with the Path of Positivity and Desíre was a doll as well, helping me out getting everything tabulated for the 12 Months of Christmas, so that I can bring you the results for Feb and March, sooner rather than later.

So now it is time that I start getting back on track.  Get ready for an onslaught of posts coming at you over the next several days.  In a short while, I'll be posting about an Internet Security threat that if you are not aware of it, you really need to be.  Then later this afternoon, I'll be showcasing the first of four Easter cards that I will be posting about this weekend.  Tomorrow, I'll be bringing you the 'winners' list for the 12 Months of Christmas, a special treat for all of you, and a second Easter card.  Sunday brings with it, the third Easter card plus another special treat.  I'm also going to do a quick post to let you know about the new challenges over at Ike's World and Scribbles Designs Challenges and about the new releases that took place at Fresh Brewed Designs, that I missed posting about earlier in the week.  Monday, I hope to have a Motivational Monday post along with my fourth Easter card.  Tuesday will bring another treat and Wednesday I get back on track with some more Design Team duties.  I also have to fit in another post filled with some Easter tags I created and I'm sure something else will pop up along the way.  As you can see, it is going to be a VERY busy few days ahead.  I hope that you will continue to pop by and see what I'm up to as I get back on track.  And, on that note, I better get going!

Until an hour from now,


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Promotional Post: Check Out What's Going On Over At Fresh Brewed Designs in April

Hey guys, I am just popping in quickly to remind you about what's happening this month over at Fresh Brewed Designs

First up, don't forget that each month we have a Blog Candy Giveaway Challenge going on.  You have until the end of April to link up so there is plenty of time to enter and win.  Remember that this particular challenge is ANYTHING GOES using an FBD image.  For all the rules and details, please click HERE or on the badge below.

http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.ca/2014/04/april-blog-candy-challenge.html
 
But Wait...there is more!
Stop by and play along in our Month Long Challenge for a chance to win DIGIS or BE FEATURED AS A GUEST DESIGNER in our Choose Your Challenge.  Please click HERE or on the badge below to find out more and see all the rules to enter.

http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.ca/2014/04/april-month-long-choose-your-challenge.html

Oh and one last thing before you go...
Be sure to stop by on Monday, April 14th, as we are having a Digi  Release Blog Hop starting at 7:00 EST.
So get your mojo on and join us!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!!!


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,

Monday, April 07, 2014

Adventures in LA, LA, Land: Microsoft Woes

Oh dear. As much as I try to stay positive, I'm not doing too well at the moment.  It is time for another episode of Adventures in LA, LA, Land.  For those of you new to this feature, it is basically where I unload about my latest life adventures! 

March was a tough month with two deaths on my hubs side of the family.  Not to mention that I was already behind on certain things card wise, blog wise and with the admin stuff that takes up a minimum of about five to six hours each and every day.  The weather hasn't helped either.  It has been so grey and gloomy.  Now normally I don't let the weather conditions affect me but this winter has just been so darn long.  In fact, just a couple days ago we had three more inches of snow.  I'm afraid I may never seen the ground again!

If it was only those things, I might be able to deal but unfortunately there is more.  Microsoft that <<<insert curse words of choice>>> company may just be the end of me for a while.  Seriously, I am almost in tears over here!

Microsoft has decided to yank all support from Windows XP users, and I just found out today, also from Microsoft Office 2003, as of April 8th.  What does that mean if you, like me, are an XP and an earlier Office user?  Well, it means we are screwed, blued and tattooed.  It also means that if we continue to work with these programs, we will run serious security risks.  Of course all of this also means doling out oodles and oodles of money for not only new operating software, but also for a a new hard drive (because the current one is apparently too small).  On Friday, the hubs researched some prices and boy it is going to be a rather expensive month considering we also have Easter, our birthdays and our 25th wedding anniversary coming up later in the month.  

Computer wise, first there is $80 for a new hard drive.  Then there is the $250 to purchase a copy of Windows 7.  Since my computer is just a year old, we've gone this route.  For the hubs machine we are actually going to buy a new computer, because as ridiculous as it is, he can get one for $250 and it includes a copy of Windows 7.  Of course I don't know what I am going to do about Office.  We sure as heck can't afford to pay for the updated versions of Office.  Office 2010 is not a viable option because soon it will no longer be supported.  Then there is this ridiculous thing called Office 365 which is subscription based and costs $99 a year and that is probably in US prices.  That leaves me with the option of using some open source software like Apache Open Office or Libre Office that appear to allow you to read Word and Excel files.  However, one of the programs that I work with a lot is called Publisher.  While I should be able to learn the open source software equivalents easy enough, there is nothing out there that will convert or read .pub files before 2003.  Every time I create a card, I create a publisher file to do all of my arranging and printing in.  As, I am sure you can figure out, that adds up to a lot of files I will be unable to access.  As far as conversion goes, I just checked and my version is 2002.  There is an online conversion tool at Zamzar but you can only upload smaller files and of course everything I have is way to big to convert.  Oy Vey!  I am in sooooooo much trouble that I am afraid the anxiety I am feeling right this minute is going to progress to a full blown anxiety attack very soon!!!!!!!

The downside, other than the money we don't have for this right now and the sheer inconvenience of it all, is that many of the old graphic programs and possibly some of the other programs I work with, may not be compatible with version 7.  That is one of the main reasons we didn't upgrade a long time ago.  Additionally, it means that I have to hope to God that I have everything backed up properly, and then reinstall everything once the hubs has the new system set to go.  It also means a serious learning curve.  Windows 7 is apparently a lot like Windows 8 (which is on our laptop) and one of the main issues I have with 8 is I can never seem to find anything.  I can't set my folders up the way I want, I can't access areas that I was easily able to on XP either.  Also, the pathways to install, presets for programs like Photoshop Elements, are completely different.

Then of course there is the time that this is going to take up.  I have already had to spend so much time these last four days, doing research and trying to figure things out, that I am now even farther behind in everything.   Never mind the fact that I am going to experience considerable down time as the hubs has to install the new hard drive, upload the software and then I need to reinstall all 5000+ fonts, all my brushes, textures, shapes and layer styles, and of course every single program that I need on my system.  At last count there was 26 on the list.

Now I did manage to get a post done and uploaded to come out on Wednesday on this blog, and I have one set for later in the week over on the Path of Positivity and two over on Creative Bug on the Loose, but other than that, I have nothing ready.  Next week I am supposed to have a minimum of four posts out and I don't know how I am going to pull it all off! I am seriously beyond worried at this point.  Then of course there is the fact that I STILL haven't done the winner announcement nor the papers for Feb. and March for the 12 Months of Christmas and that I am two months behind in Wonderful Wednesday items.  Oh and then there is the fact that I am so far behind on visiting all you wonderful people, I daily hang my head in shame.
 
So, what have I learned from this?
  • I seriously need to earn some money to pay for these computer issues.  Selling one card a year is not going to cut it.
  • I need to pay better attention to when program support is going to be yanked from the programs I work with.
  • I need to find a way to punish all the hackers out there.  It is there fault I even have to worry about upgrading.
  • I need to figure out how to take on less, so that when situations like this pop up, it doesn't cause such a panic.  However, given that I have been trying to figure out what to cut for over a year and nothing has been cut yet, I am not hopeful this will happen any time soon.
 
What am I thankful for? 
  • We found out in time to do something, well before things become a serious security threat.
  • That I have a husband who knows how to install hard drives and set up operating systems.
  • credit cards.
  • that there are possibly free open source software suites that may help me out.

So, if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know Microsoft won. 

...And that my friends is today's adventure in LA LA land.   

 Oh, and in case you are wondering where LA LA Land came from, my maiden name starts with an A so L.A. are my original initials.  So while LA LA Land may be a place that is a little out there for most people, it also happens to be where I take my day to day journey through life.  I'm glad you were able to join me and hope that you do so again in the future--that is of course if I ever manage to find my way back.

Until??????


Sunday, April 06, 2014

Card Design: Nicecrane Designs Birthday Card

http://nicecranedesigns.com/
Today I want to share with you all, the card I made for momma's birthday back at the beginning of March.  My momma loves vintage so I knew the perfect images would be found at Nicecrane Designs and I wasn't disappointed.  

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

Digital Image Details: 
  • Birds:  These two gorgeous birds were fussy cut from an image available in the Birds and Blossoms II collage sheet.  You can click on the watermark below to head to its location in the store.  Aren't they all just so pretty?!  If this doesn't help get your mind into the idea that spring will be here soon, nothing will!

http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=108&products_id=1232
Additional Notes:
  • I knew that I wanted to use birds somehow for my momma's card and when I paid a visit to Lisa Minkler, from You Make Me Ink, I knew just what to do.  You see Lisa had made a gorgeous creation (all Lisa's work is gorgeous for that matter) and she had fussy cut a number of birds out from this collection to use on her project.  I hadn't even thought about fussy cutting them until that point.  So next, I flipped through my Papercrafts Best of Card Creations book where I found a card that had a heart on it made from a music sheet and thankfully had enough mojo lurking around in my head to come up with the rest.
Digital Paper:
  • The music sheet paper that I used for the heart is a freebie designed by Lindsay Stamps and Stuff and picked up over at My Grafico quite a long time ago.  I created a heart shape and then created a mask with the music paper to come up with what you see above.  I fussy cut it out and then inked up the edges.
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is the freebie I offered up on my momma's birthday.  You can find it HERE if you are interested.  I figured out the size I wanted the card to be and then lined things up so that when I printed the sentiment, the paper would serve as my card base.  Then I just trimmed down the paper and folded.
    Embellishments:
    • I added a string of beads that came from a stash that my momma gave me.
    • I superimposed a brown ribbon on top of a coffee colour one.  The ribbons are Crafts brand purchased at Dollarama.

    INSIDE
    Digital Sentiment:
    • One I created.

    OVERALL
    Paper Products:

    • Card base & inside sentiment dropback:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • Designer Paper:  Front & inside--K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection.
    • The brown cardstock that I used as matting (inside) is from Dollarama.
     Challenges I am hoping to enter...
    Before I go...
    If you are looking for more beautiful bird images for any of your spring cards, then be sure to go and check out this additional Birds and Blossoms collection of images as well (c
    lick on the image to head to its location in the store).
    http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=108&products_id=1231

    Well, that is it for this post.  I'm off to work on setting up the latest post for the Path of Positivity's newest challenge which starts tomorrow.

    I hope that you are all having a lovely day wherever you may happen to be!

    Until next time,