Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Freebie: Spreading the Love

Hello to you out there in cyberland.  I hope that you are having a good week.  Today I want to share a freebie with you in honour of the 27th anniversary of the day that the hubs and me officially became a couple way back in 1987--not a married couple, that didn't happen until one and a half years later.  Just two innocent people (one much more innocent than the other I'll add since I was only 20) starting off on a path of love.  Okay, mushiness done.

Anyway, yesterday, October 21st, was that day for us.  Normally I'd have created and posted this then, but I felt it more important to actually spend a bit of extra time with the man that I am still in love with so you aren't getting the freebie until today.  However, given that you didn't know you were getting one at all, it really isn't that big of a deal that it is a day late and now I am just rambling...

This word art creation is in png format and published at 300 ppi. To grab it, 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 sentiment, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders. 

I hope that you all enjoy the remainder of the week.  It is a busy one for me as usual but I am sure I will be seeing you again very soon.

Until next time,

Card Design: FBD Pumpkin Patch Challenge Reminder

Hello and happy Wednesday my friends!  It is time to bring you all some freshly brewed inspiration to perk up the middle of your week.  Today starts the second week of our latest challenge going on over at Fresh Brewed Designs.  Right now we are halfway through our Pumpkin Patch Challenge which means you have one more week to get your entries in.  It is the perfect time to be creating for this challenge.  With the fall season in full bloom in most parts of North America and Hallowe'en and the American Thanksgiving coming up at the end of November, there are lots of opportunities to be making cards with pumpkins on them.  So get those pumpkin projects done during the next week and then make sure that you enter our challenge with one for a chance to win!!!

  1. This challenge ends Tuesday, October 28th.
  2. You can enter up to 5 times with your NEW creations (no back linking please).
  3. If you use an FBD image, please add FBD to the end of your name.
We will be awarding one overall monthly lucky winner a future guest designer spot as well as awarding one winner in each challenge, 3 Digital Stamps.  Plus a US resident will be chosen to win a small blog candy.  For all the challenge details including the link up, please click HERE.  

Here is a card that I have created to help inspire you... 

Digital Image Details:
  • The Great Pumpkin:  This image is currently available in the FBD store.  You can find it by clicking on the image watermark below.  It was coloured with Copic markers.
  • The buttons are from a selection purchased at the Dollar Tree.
  • The ribbon is Crafts brand purchased at Dollarama.
  • The pennant shapes were made from some fall papers I created.  Link below.

Digital Sentiment:
  • Once again I have found the perfect sentiment from my fabulous selection of sentiments 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.

Digital Paper Products:  
  • I've used three of my own digital papers for this card.  Two in the pennants mentioned above and the third is the leaf paper used on the front and inside.  It is one of my favourites because it almost looks like an oil painting.  You can find each of these papers still available as freebies, plus two others in the same post, by clicking HERE.
Challenges I hope to enter...
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  I hope you have the chance to go and check out The Great Pumkin image I used, along with all the other great images available in the store.

Oh and please note that we are having a special 5 Days of Christmas release starting next Monday.
If you are looking for more fresh brewed inspiration, be sure to pop by again next Wednesday when I'll be back to showcase a card made with a fabulous new Christmas image.

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, October 20, 2014

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: Courage

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

Hello and a very happy Monday to you all.  As always, I'm so glad that you have taken the time to come over and share your precious time with me.  This evening, I'll be sharing a reflection on courage 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 COURAGEOn with today's thoughts... 

Characteristics of Courage

According to Google, courage is defined as:
  1. the ability to do something that frightens one.
  2. strength in the face of pain or grief.
Now, I could get into a whole exposition of what true courage entails but really that would be how I see courage being put into action.

The real question is how do you see courage as it applies to your own life?  Is it:
  • Being afraid of something, yet choosing to act anyway?
  • Taking a stand when you know a cause is just?
  • Taking a risk and following the desires of your own heart?
  • Remaining steadfast in the face of adversity?
  • Listening to the guiding voice inside of you?
  • Facing difficulties in your life such as health problems and/or pain, with dignity, faith and strength?
You are the best person to determine how to be courageous in your own life.  Whether it is putting into action one or more of the above points or coming up with one of your own.

When I wrote this, I was at the Doctor's office waiting to be seen.  In my case it was just a routine appointment.  However, as I sat there I wondered about the people in the surrounding rooms.  Did they need courage to come out for their appointment today.  Were some afraid of what they might hear?  Were some already facing a battle?  It truly made me think about all the ways that we face courage in our lives.  Especially those who are facing illness.  

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

I invite you to go and check out, not only, the wonderful creations some members of my Design Team had the opportunity to create over on the Path of Positivity (click HERE for the midway) but also some of the great entries into this month's challenge (click HERE for the challenge).  I also invite you to come over and enter a project yourself, if you haven't already.  I'm sure you know of someone who could use a boost of courage to face what is going on in their life.  Why not create a card that helps to deliver some encouragement to someone special in your life. 
Well, that is it for today!  Have a great week ahead everyone! 
Until next time,

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Promotional Post--The Witching Hour is Near

The witching hour is fast approaching so I figured now was the perfect time to introduce some more images from the Scribbles Designs store.

Hallowe'en originated from two different avenues coming together: pagan and Christian traditions. Although today, it has mainly lost its religious connection and is now more of a fun night for children to dress up and have a little fun.  It is celebrated in several nations around the world, each having its own set of customs.  There are also numerous symbols that are associated with Halloween.

For those of you who do celebrate this unique custom, you are in for a treat as Sandy has a number of fabulous images perfect for any Hallowe'en card that you may need to create.  Here are a selection of images currently in the store...
#826 Witch's Boots 1
#828 Witch's Boots 3
#827 Witch's Boots 2

Aren't these witches' boots just soooo cool.  I absolutely love them.  They are just so funky and unique.  I'll take one of each please!
#823 Witches Brew
Then of course there is the 'Boo' Cauldron.  You could stir up some really interesting brews in this particular pot!
#829 Happy Halloween
#822 Spooky
#819 Scary

  Sandy also has three really neat framed images that would be perfect as the focal point on any Hallowe'en themed card.  Whether you want to go 'spooky' or 'scary' or just wish someone  'Happy Hallowe'en', you have lots of options to choose from.  

Next up we have quite a selection of hats.  Any witch would be proud to own and wear one of these wonderful hats.  My favourite comes complete with its own bat and webbing.  You'd definitely be in the running for best witches' costume with one of these beauties.
#831 Witch Hat 3
#832 Witch Hat 4

#510 Bat
Then of course there is this adorable bat image.  If you ever had to run into a vampire bat, you'd want it to be this one.  Just don't let him get too close with those teeth and you should be okay.
#633 Pumpkin Topiary
I am a big fan of topiary trees and this Pumpkin one does not disappoint!

#638 Jack-O-Lantern
Speaking of pumpkins, check out this awesome stacked Jack-O-Lantern.  He is sure to get a smile from passers-by!

#070 Halloween Subway Art
I don't know about you but I absolutely love subway art and Sandy has some fabulous pieces including this Hallowe'en themed one.  I have been lucky enough to use each of her subway art images on different cards and just recently played with this one.

Finally, Sandy has a number of sentiments that you could use either on the front of your card as a focal piece or on the inside of your card if you prefer...
#060 Skeleton

#061 Broom Parking

#066 Witch Is In

#064  Batty Licious
#062 Batty Over

#065  Batty-tude

#067 JuJu Vibes

#063 Shake Boo-ties!

#068 Falloween
Aren't they all just wonderful?!  Think of all the amazing Hallowe'en cards, tags, decorations and other items you could make using one or more of these fabulous images!  Why not head to the store and purchase a couple for yourself and then be sure to send us a link to your project once posted.  We love seeing what people are up to with Scribbles Designs images!

Clicking on any of the images should bring you to their location in the Scribbles Designs store

So many digitals, so many possibilities!
Psst...interested in a couple of Hallowe'en freebies?  If you haven't picked them up already you can still get two great Hallowe'en images for free.  There is Batty (F 06) which you can find HERE and there is also JuJubes (F 07) which you can find HERE.  Of course there are a lot more freebies available in the store as well.  Don't forget that each Friday, my fellow teammie Sam hosts her own special post where she shares a free image with you all.  You can check out the latest Freebie Friday by clicking HERE.  And, as always, there is another freebie up for grabs over in our current challenge which we'd love for you to enter, if you haven't already.  This month the theme is Fall Impressions and you have until 9:00 p.m. PST on November 14th to enter.  You can find out all the details you need for participating and for grabbing the special freebie, by clicking HERE.

There is lots going on over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge blog so if you are not yet a follower, now is the perfect time to become one. 

Well guys, that is it for this one.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Until next time!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Card Design: Adorable Fairies #1 from Nicecrane Designs
Hello everyone!

Remember all those thank you cards that I had to make for my sister and brother in laws for their generous gift of money that they gave to us for our 25th wedding anniversary?  Well, I am still working on it.  Here is another one that has already been added to the pot but I'm just getting around to the post now.  I've got another one from this image collection that I'll be showing next week as well.  

This time around I've used an adorable fairy from the aptly named Adorable Faires collage sheet from Nicecrane Designs.  The images in this set are beautiful and when I get a chance I'm going to make some journal cards with them as well since the images are okay to use for commercial use.

For now though they were perfect for this thank you card.  The images are so beautiful that I wanted to keep the layout really simple and keep the fairy the focus.   
Digital Image Details: 
  • Adorable Faires CS For this first card I used the image you see on the top right.  These little fairies are just so precious and would be great on a variety of cards.  I cropped off the writing that appears on the bottom of the image to make it suitable for this card.  Click on the name or the watermark below to take you to its location in the store.
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • I added the text layer directly onto the image before printing.

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Created by me.
Digital Paper Products:
  • The digital paper on the inside is one I created, matching the colour to compliment colours from the front of the card.
Paper Products:
  • Card base and matting behind sentiment: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Passion Fruit collection.
  • Image and digital paper base: white photocopy paper.
  • Sentiment bases:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
 Challenges I am hoping to enter...
Before I go...
There are always so many wonderful images available at Nicecrane's Designs that I can't leave without sharing some of the others with you.  If you happen to be a fan of fairies there is also this lovely collection called About Fairies and Angels.  This set contains six lovely images perfect for card and ATC design.  Be sure to go and check them out while you are at the store (c
lick on image below to head to its location).
Fairies and Angels - Click Image to Close

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.

Well, there is still lots to do this evening so I'll bid you all adieu for now!  I hope to be back to tomorrow showcasing some of the fabulous Hallowe'en images in the Scribbles Designs store so best wishes until that time!

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #22--Fall Impressions

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

This month for Challenge #22, the theme is Fall Impressions
In most of North America, we are firmly entrenched in the middle of fall. What is so wonderful about this time of year, is that there are many different things going on. Not only do you have the bright colours associated with the change of the season but there is also Hallowe'en coming up; and, while Thanksgiving has just passed for those of us in Canada, it has yet to hit in the US. This gives you lots of ideas to choose from. However, this month we have another double challenge for you. Not only do we want to see a fall themed creation, BUT we also want to see some embossing on your project. Now if you don't have any equipment to emboss, it is okay to use pre-embossed papers. As long as there is embossing of some nature on your project, and of course it is fit into the fall theme, it will qualify for this challenge. So how about you impress us with your creations!

In order to participate in our challenges you DO NOT NEED TO USE A SCRIBBLES DESIGNS IMAGE on your project but you must follow the monthly theme and the other rules that have been established for our particular challenge blog.  You can find them, along with the prize information, listed in the right hand sidebar of the challenge blog.  This challenge will end at 9pm PST on November 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
Hallowe'en card using five of Sandy's fabulous images.  If I include the sentiment and my frame, that makes it seven digital images on one card.  I do believe that is a new record.  Here are my card and details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

Digital Image Details:
  • Brooooom, Ghostly, and Halloween Subway Art:  While the subway art is from last year, Brooooom and Ghostly are new images recently added to the store.  I just love this new collection of mini characters.  Clicking on the watermarks below will take you to their location within the store.  
  • The subway art was framed before printing and then fussy cut.  The other two images were coloured using Copic markers and then also fussy cut.  I used pop dots to prop them up a bit on the card although you can't tell from the picture.
Digital Embellishments: 
  • The frame is from my recent Hallowe'en themed kit called Trick or Treat

Embossing Folder:
  • The card base was embossed using the one of the folders from the Cricut, Paper Lace II set.  

Digital Image Details:
  • Bownes, and Drac:  These two images are also recent additions to the store.  Once again, clicking on the watermarks below will take you to their location within the store.  
  • Bownes and Drac were coloured using Copic markers and coloured pencils.
  •  Here's a closer look at the two cuties.  I apologize that the image is a bit blurry...
Digital Sentiment: 
  • Another awesome 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: 
  • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Card base: Crafts Brand Cardstock, pastel purple, purchased at Dollarama.
  • Dark purple paper used for matting is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

So put on those thinking caps and design a project that fits our theme. If you need some images to help you out you can check out all wonderful ones that are in the Scribbles store. You have an entire month to enter at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, so I hope to see you there. If you have some time I invite you to go and check out the wonderful inspiration offered up from my colleagues on the DT. We always look forward to seeing what you come up with for each month's theme!   

Until next time,