Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Digital Design: The Beauty of Butterflies...Week 1

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!  I have something special planned for the next several weeks.  I have been very busy creating a special new mini kit 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.  Once done, there will be a total of 36 items in the kit.  Once a week, over the course of the next six weeks, I am going to present to you, one section of this 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 Patterned Papers...
Digital Image Details:
  • ColorfulspringButterflies1, ColorfulspringButterflies2 and ColorfulspringButterflies3 I've used at least one butterfly from each of these beautiful sets for the creation of these papers.  In the future I hope to be able to fussy cut some of these out and add them to some cards.  Butterflies are great for so many different types of cards.  Click on the names or the watermarks below to take you to their location in the store.


As promised, here is your freebie from this first set:
To grab this paper 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 paper, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders. As usual,the paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels (i.e. 12 inches) and published at 300 dpi.


How would you like to walk away with the whole set???

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".  Why not head to the Nicecrane Designs store now and do some shopping!

Next week I'll present the Textured Papers 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,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: Possibilities

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

Hello and a happy Monday to you all.  Thanks for popping over and sharing your precious time with me.  This evening, I'll be sharing this month's Motivational Monday passage 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 POSSIBILITIESOn with today's thoughts... 

The possibility of it all

Life is all about possibility.  Every single decision we make stems from an array of possibilities.  This or that?  These or those?  We are presented with endless possibilities each day.  Some are very simple in nature and others are more involved.  It is up to us to make a decision and choose a pathway.  Sometimes though, we may have difficulties getting our bearings.  Is there something stopping you from taking off in a new direction?  Whatever it is, if you want it badly enough, you can find a way.  I've included three steps to help get you started.

Eliminate Fear
One of the things that gets in the way of us opening up to new possibilities is fear.  We're afraid we'll fail, embarrass ourselves, make a wrong decision.  Fear robs us off so many things.  It is limiting and keeps us stagnated.  If it helps, know that you aren't the only one afraid.  Many of us are but we need to make a concentrated effort to shrug off those fears and allow ourselves the opportunity to grow.

Eliminate Negative Self Talk
Along with getting rid of fear we also need to extinguish the negative self talk that goes on in our mind:  "I won't be good enough"; "It's too expensive"; "It will take too much time"; "I never make the right choice".   Keep saying you "won't" or "can't" enough and that will become your reality.  Words have extreme power and we need to turn any negative self talk into positive talk.  If you find yourself going back into old habits and let a negative statement slip from between your lips, then be sure to counteract it right away with an opposite statement.  Turn, "I can't" into "I can".  Say it until you believe it!

  Try, Try and Try Again
Whatever you decide, starts with a first step.  You'll never make it outside if you don't first open the door.  In order to grow and turn a possibility into a reality, you are going to have to try new things.  The only thing holding you back is yourself.  You'll come up with a whole bunch of excuses to not try something if you allow yourself, so just don't go there in the first place.  Remember the old expression, 'where there is a will, there is a way'?  Well if you truly want to expand your mind and your world, you will find a way.  Want it enough and well...anything is possible!

So, where will your road lead you?  Do you have the strength to seek a new direction?  If you do, I wish you luck as you open up your world to the infinite realm of possibilities! 
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...

© 2014 
Font Information:
The next one is a two part sentiment to use on the front and inside of a card:

© 2014
 *Note:  While the writing appears to be different sizes it was all made with the same size font and published at 300 dpi.

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.
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.  We could all use a little inspiration to keep possibilities alive in our lives.  Why not create a card that helps to deliver some positivity to someone special in your life.

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

 Until next time,

I'm Sponsoring...The Outlawz Challenge Blog


Whoop!  Whoop!  I'm so happy to let you all know that I am sponsoring the latest challenge over at the Outlawz Challenge Blog.  This is my third challenge sponsorship this year.  While you do have to sign in, it is free to be a member of Outlawz and there is a different challenge every day of the week to keep you busy.  Every Monday it is the Greeting Cards Challenge.  That is the one that I am sponsoring this week.  The rules of the challenge are that your project must have a greeting/sentiment on the outside.  The theme this week is Sentiment to the LeftThe weekly winner is announced at the beginning of the following week and the prizes are awarded monthly.
Since this challenge was kind of wide open, I allowed DT members to choose from any of my goodies for their projects and I'm anxious to see what they came up with.  

Here are the prizes I decided on for the winners...

Three Sentiment Kits of the person's choice

The papers were offered up as prizes during a treasure hunt on my blog last year so a handful of you already have at least some of them.  The papers and frames have also been offered up as prizes during a giveaway on a friend's blog to help her celebrate a milestone.  The tags are a brand new addition to this collection. 
  • One person will receive all the prizes listed above (the three sentiment kits will be chosen from existing designs listed on my design previews page which you can find HERE.)
  • One person will receive the paper set.
  • One person will receive the frames set.
  • One person will receive the tags set.
  • One person will receive their choice of three sentiment kits (location listed above).
That is a total of five different prizes!  I hope that you'll consider playing along in their challenge.  To help provide some incentive, I am offering up one of the frames from this kit as a freebie.


To grab this frame 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 frame, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.  This frame is in png format and published at 300 dpi.  If you are interested, the matching paper is still on my blog as a freebie.  You can grab it HERE.  

You can find out all the details you need to enter the challenge over at the Outlawz Challenge Blog.  To head there now, click HERE but don't forget you need sign in to play.  I hope to see some of you there!

Until next time,


Friday, August 15, 2014

Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #20--Animal Planet

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

This month for Challenge #20, the theme is
Animal Planet.  
Rabbits, cats and foxes, oh my! Our world wouldn't be the same without all the wonderful species of animals in it and many of our lives wouldn't be the same without our pets keeping us company. This month we want to see an animal on your creation. Whether wild or domestic it doesn't matter; as long as it has fur, feathers, or fins, it qualifies. So, take a walk on the wild side and show us what you've got.

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 September 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 Sam's special Freebie Friday posts as it is another great way to build your Scribbles Designs collection.
To help inspire you, I've created a thank you card using one of Sandy's adorable Mr. Wool images.  Here are my card and details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

General Information: 

  • Okay, so on hindsight, maaaayyyyybbbbeeee the image could have been a bit bigger.  It is always a tricky thing measuring them out on the computer hoping that they'll fit the spacing properly.  When I did my mock up, the sizing looked fine but when it was printed, it seemed a tad small.  Oh well, hopefully it still looks okay.
  • In my effort to use more clean and simple layouts, I decided to use a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Melissa designs some fabulous ones and I really liked the CAS look to this one.  Clicking on the sketch will bring you to the blog.

Digital Image Details: 
  • Mr. Wool Daisy (close-up):  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.  You never know the antics, he and his buddies are going to get up to.  I thought this close up of him would be great for this layout.  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to its location within the store.
    • Mr Wool was coloured with Copic markers.  Mr Wool: N0, C1, C3.  Flower:  R24, R27, Y11.  Sky: BG10 and colourless blender.
  • Fancy Butterfly:  I managed to sneak a cute little butterfly from MelJen's Designs onto my project.  I really love Melissa's work and try to add her images to my projects whenever I can. Clicking on the watermark below will take you to its location within the store.
    • This image was also coloured with Copics: R22, R24, R27, Y11. Y13.
  • The little fabric flowers are 'Forever in Time' brand, purchased at the Dollar Tree.

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

Paper Products:
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Designer Paper:  Funky paper (front & inside)--K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection. 
  • Green cardstock used for matting is from Recollection's Cardstock, Soda Pop collection.
 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,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Promotional Post...What's New over at Imagine That

If you haven't been over to the Imagine That blog or store recently, then boy, are you missing out on some awesome new creations.  Here are some of the additions to hit the store in the last couple months.  Man, do I wish I had a budget for shopping here alone!  I want one of...well...everything!

Parfait Delights offers up some yummy treats.  There are three different images to choose from and seven different sentiments.  Pair the images up with one of the tasty papers from the Tooty Fruity pack and you'll have lots of choices to make a delicious card for someone. 

Then there is this adorable set called A Flower For You.  While it is perfect for a mother's day card (did you know that Mother's Day is celebrated by one country or another around the world in all but one month this year?) but also perfect for other occasions as well.  How you could you resist that cute little face?!

Here is another adorable set, this one called Spring Kitty.  Look at those adorable meow-meows!  Perfect for saying hello, for a birthday card and so much more.  Check out the cute little birdies too!  Just so 'tweet'!
Li'l Tree House is perfect for congratulating someone on their new home or as you can see from one of the alternate sentiments in the set, encouraging someone, whether young or old, to make time for play.

To check out some awesome inspiration from the Imagine That design team featuring the above five sets, click HERE.

These next few sets feature images and papers perfect for making a congratulations card for a recent graduate.  While some schools have had their commencements already, there are some that hold their ceremonies in the fall.  If that is the case for a graduate you know, or perhaps you know of someone who'll be graduating next spring, then any of the following sets would be perfect for your needs.

To see creations featuring the above four sets, click HERE.

June saw the addition of some more wonderful sets...
Lighhouse is such an inspirational set.  Not only does it feature an image and some sentiments perfect for Father's Day, like all of Kris' sets, it offers up other items to make it more versatile.  Three of the sentiments are great for telling those closest to you, just what they mean to you.

Next up is the new Golf Set.  Not only is this one great for golf, but it would also be perfect for any masculine card and even great for birthdays (male or female).  Pair these images up with papers from one of these awesome sets:
(previously released) 

To see creations featuring the above four sets, click HERE. 

For all those dance moms, dance grandmas, and dance aunts and of course dance dads out there (I could go on but you get the picture), Kris has released two new sets perfect for wishing all your "Twinkle Toes" good luck or congratulations.  These sets are also perfect for scrapping the millions of photos you take each dance season as well! 

To see creations featuring the above two sets, including a fabulous shadow box card by Kris herself, click HERE. 

This next set is for all you lovers of Paris...
Ah!  Trés belle, n'est pas?  The culture, landmarks and fashion of Paris are all the rage these days.  In fact, one of the paper pads I own has quite a selection devoted to 'the land of love'.  If you too are into all things Paris, then this set is perfect for you!

To see creations featuring the above two sets, click HERE.  

Finally, I leave you with a set that is perfect to help you continue on with your Christmas cards...
Snow Mice is so stinkin' adorable.  In fact, anyone who purchases and uses the image and at least one of the sentiments from this set, and links it up to the 12 Months of Christmas link up during the month of August, will earn for free, the set of frames from the Holiday Hoopla set (preview below). ***Please see conditions below.
Now wasn't that an absolute feast for your eyes?!  So many new sets available for sale in the store.  So, make sure you head on over to the Imagine That blog or store to take a closer look and maybe take one or two home with you in your shopping cart!!!  Each preview is linked up to its location within the store.

Don't forget that Kris also has a special "Throwback Thursday" every week over on the Imagine That Facebook page where she will give away a free digi that's part of a previously released set.  It is a wonderful way to increase your collection of Imagine That Digis by Kris. 

I don't know about you, but that is a whole lot of incentive to jump aboard the Imagine That train!  Make sure you become a follower over there so you don't miss all the wonderful things happening over on this great blog and sign up for the newsletter to earn valuable coupons!  

I'll be back in a month to show you all the latest new releases over at Imagine That, so stay tuned.  I'll also be back on Friday with the latest details for the next challenge coming out over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. 

Until then,

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 ***Conditions to receive the free set of frames:  When you link up your card using the image and at least one of the sentiments from the Snow Mice set, you will need to email me at decossesdynamitedoodles [at] yahoo [dot] ca with the subject heading, Snow Mice Link Up, letting me know that your card features the image and sentiment, as well as providing me some sort of proof of purchase (please be sure to rem.  This offer is only valid until August 31st, 2014.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Promotional Post: Scribble Doodle Designs Launches Today!!!

It has been awhile in the making, but I am so very thrilled to finally announce that Scribble Designs and Décosse's Dynamite Doodles have paired up to bring you a collaborative new effort called....
 wait for it....

Listen to what our readers have been saying...
"Oh my goodness!  I can't wait to see what they come up with!"  --C.

"About bloody time these two got together!"  --J.

"I'm so excited!  I love the work of each of these ladies separately so I know that what they come up with as a duo will simply be brilliant!!!"  --P.

Okay, okay, so I made all these comments up but someone, somewhere could be thinking this, right?!  A girl's got to have dreams!!!!

Through this collaborative effort we plan on bringing you a variety of digital goodies to choose from as I, Lisa, will take Sandy's fabulous existing digital images and turn them into digital papers and other goodies for your scrapbooking pleasure.  We'll also be offering other digital designs as part of some Mini Mash-Ups.

Right now we are pleased to introduce our first set called 'Sizzlin' Summer'.  We've been teasing you with bits of it this past month but it is finally time to unveil the paper set.

For just $2.99 you get all six wonderful digital papers in the set...

#DP 002 Sizzlin' Summer Patterned Papers Only
And, for just $1.00 more you can have not only the six patterned papers but also the six matching textured ones (or you can pay $1.99 to just purchase the textured set separately)...

#DP 003 Sizzlin' Summer Textured Papers Only
So that is a total of $3.99 for all 12 papers!

#DP 001 Sizzlin' Summer Paper Set
Each paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels (i.e. 12 inches) and published at 300 dpi.  If you are a card maker you can always resize any of the papers smaller without distorting the quality.  The patterned papers were created using six different Scribble Designs Images.  Each watermark is linked to its location in the store:



As I mentioned above, we are also offering up what we are calling Mini Mash Ups where we will be putting together sets filled with a selection of digital papers and a selection of digital images.  Our first Mini Mash Up set consists of the six patterned papers from the Sizzlin' Summer set and the digital images that were used to create them...

#DP 004 Sizzlin' Summer Mash Up 1
Now individually the items in this package would be worth $14.00 but since we love our readers so much, we are offering it for a measly $10.00!  That is an overall savings of $4.00!!!

To purchase any of these items advertised today, simply click HERE to be taken to their location in the Scribbles Designs store.

How would you like the opportunity to win the Sizzlin' Summer Paper Set?
#DP 001 Sizzlin' Summer Paper Set
Well, all you need to do is click HERE to go and leave a comment over on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog post entitled, "Scribble Doodle Designs Launches Today!!!" between now and August 17th letting us know what you think of this new direction.  We'd also love to know if there are any Scribble Designs images in particular that you'd like to see made into a paper.  A random draw will be held and you might just walk away with a free copy of our very first set! 

But we're not done yet!!! 
Anyone who purchases a minimum of $12.00 of images (at one time) from the Scribbles Designs store between now and the end of August, will receive the Sizzlin' Summer Patterned Papers for free.
#DP 002 Sizzlin' Summer Patterned Papers Only
If you do spend $12.00 and would like the set of patterned papers, be sure to make a note of that at the time of purchase.  During the payment process, you'll have the opportunity to leave Sandy a note.  Just write, "Please send me a free copy of #DP 002 since I've spent $12.00." Then you'll be sent a copy of the paper set as well.  Easy Peasy!

We have so many exciting combinations planned but like all things, they will take time to come to fruition; so, we hope that you will all stick with us as we begin this new venture together!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by sending a message to scribbledoodledesigns [at] outlook [dot] com or by clicking HERE to bring up the address in your email program.

See you all again soon!

*Credit: Cherub image is courtesy Karen Arnold, PublicDomainPictures.net.