Sunday, February 26, 2017

Card Design: From the Heart Stamps February Challenge

http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/blog/

Hello everyone! I'm so pleased to say that Faith, the designer and owner of  From the Heart Stamps (FTHS) is feeling better and wanting to get the progressive stamp of the month challenge back up and running!

I'm so happy to be working with these amazing images again!

In order to enter the FTHS progressive challenge, you must either have received the latest image by having participated in the previous month (June 2016) or you can buy the stamp for the current month's challenge. Everyone who enters and follows the rules is a winner because you automatically get the stamp for the next month's challenge. Stop by the site and check out the rules for yourself. While you are there, have a look around. They have some really awesome images.

General Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date.
  • For the front of my card, I used a sketch from From the Heart Stamps. I just love their sketches!

FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • The image on the front,“Hogs and Kisses PigWit”, is available for purchase over at From the Heart Stamps. Click on the title or on the watermark below to go to its location in the store.
  • If you missed out, you can still play along with the challenge by purchasing the image. Then you can enter the challenge and receive next month’s digi free. Alternatively, if you spend $10 in the From The Heart Stamps store this month, you'll receive the image for free. To find the special code you need, be sure to check out the original post by clicking HERE.
  • This image was coloured digitally. Credits include:
FtHS_Hogs and Kisses PigWit Preview

Digital Embellishments:
  • The daisies on the front were created using a template from Kathryn Estry's Flower Factory kit obtained at Professional Scrap Designs.
  • The leaves were created using a template from Sheila Reid, a designer with Pixel Scrapper.

Digital Sentiment Details:

INSIDE

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

OVERALL
Digital Paper:
  • The dotted paper is from the Bloom kit designed by Rachel Dickson from ComputerScrapbook.com, and is still available as a freebie.

Digital Embellishments:
  • I created and layered two basic square shapes to serve as matting in behind the image on the front and the sentiment on the inside. I also created one to serve as matting for the sentiment on the front. All these shapes were adjusted simply with bevels.
  •  I also created three lines and then adjusted them using a layer style from Shelby Kate Schmitz of graphicssoft.about.com.
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

Challenges I am entering:
 
Other challenges I hope to enter...
***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button***

Well guys, that is it for this one. I've got tons of stuff to get done in the next couple days so I'll see you all later!

Until next time,

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge...February

http://gerdasteinerdesigns.com

Hello there! It is time to get my progressive card for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge uploaded.

Check out the adorable image that we got to work with this month...

https://www.gsd-stamps.com/products/i-love-you-more-than-chocolate-piggy-digital-stamp

Everyone who played along in last month's challenge received Love You More Than Chocolate for free. If you decide to hop on and play along in the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge, then you can purchase this digital by clicking HERE (or on the watermark above to head to its location in the store). This way you'll receive next month's digital stamp for free.

Here are my card and details...

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


FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • Love You More Than Chocolate: You can find this image in the store. Details above. 
  • This image was coloured digitally. Credits include:


INSIDE

OVERALL

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiments on the front & inside was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store. Both have been recoloured to suit the purposes of this project.

Digital Paper Products:
    • All the digi papers are from an Imagine That Digistamp set, Ticket to Bliss. Clicking on the watermark below will take you to the set's location in the store.
    http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p147/Ticket_to_Bliss_Digi_Papers.html

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

    Challenges I am entering:

    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    Well guys, that is it for this one. I've got another progressive card to post and will hopefully be back with it tomorrow.

    Until then,

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    It's Valentine's Day and you know what that means--a freebie in honour of the occasion!!!


    https://app.box.com/s/ejbp2iql6k3m14tr5jwg

    This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include: Paul Lloyd and Guerillacraft. To grab it, click the download button to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the paper, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

    Interested in another freebie?

    It is time for a Flash Friday over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. This time around we're offering up some luscious Lips (#F 131). You can find the freebie over in a special Happy Valentine's Day post by clicking HERE or this image can also be found in the store HERE.

    Hope you all have a wonderful day and get the opportunity to spend some quality time with someone special!

    Until next time,

    Friday, February 03, 2017

    Tag Design: Scribbles Designs Flash Freebie Inspiration...February 3rd--Lipstick


    Howdy folks! I'm popping in to let you know of a change over on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

    Freebie Friday is going to become Flash Freebie. Basically, that means that instead of a regularly planned freebie, you'll now have to keep your eye on the blog because you just never know when a freebie might be offered. You might see two Flash Freebies in a month or you might have to wait two months for the next one!

    For more details on this change, head over to the challenge blog. Today I've offered up two freebies--a lipstick image [#F 130 Lipstick (Free)] and its coloured counterpart [#F 133 Lipstick (Free)]. You can find the freebie over in today's post by clicking HERE or these images can also be found in the store [#F 130 can be found HERE and #F 133 can be found HERE].

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


    TAG
    Digital Image Details:
    • #F 133 Lipstick (Free): If you click on the name you can find this image in the store. You can also click HERE to find it in my Flash Freebie post.

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

    Digital Embellishment Details:
    •  I used a template to create this tag. This template was purchased from Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.
    • The shadow to give certain elements some depth were created with a layer style, from Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

    http://scribblesdesignschallenge.blogspot.ca/

    So, be sure to follow the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog so you don't miss any Flash Freebies. Don't forget, you can find the Lipsticks from February 3rd's post HERE. It is a great way to add to your SD digi stamp collection. Remember, when you use an SD image on a project that you enter into our monthly challenge, you get extra entries! That is a great incentive to use one of Sandy's images. Why not this one?

    Until next time,

    Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #131...Lots of RED

    http://pattiescreationschallenge.blogspot.ca

    Hey folks! I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. Before I start, I just wanted to say a big HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to ME--This month marks my THIRD year with Pattie's Creations!!! I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. Since I started back in February of 2014, there have been lots of team changes--in fact, I'm the only team member still around from three years ago, all the designers currently on the team have come on since that time. Though, there are two people that have been constant during my time and that is Pattie herself, the owner and designer of the wonderful images I get to use each month, and her sister Sandi, who is our Team Leader. Thanks so much to these two lovely ladies for all their hard work and also for believing in me and keeping me around! I look forward to my future as a designer on this team.

    Right now, it is time to get back to the details of this challenge. This time around for Challenge #131, the theme is Lots of RED. You can go the traditional route with hearts and/or flowers since Valentine's Day is fast approaching; or, you can take a non traditional road like I did and make something different. As long as you use lots of RED in your project, the form it takes is up to you!

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

    General Info:
    • If you have been with me for a while, you know my fondness for puns! I thought this would make a berry sweet card for my momma's upcoming birthday.
    • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date.

    FRONT

    Digital Image Details:
    • Strawberries In Basket: I love this beautiful basket of strawberries. You can find it in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the image name or watermark linked below.
    • This image has been coloured digitally.
    • Two Strawberries: This was the perfect image to add to the sentiment. It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy store.
     

    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • This pun sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. It is available in the Sweet Sentiments Birthday set. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.


    Digital Embellishments:
    • The buttons were created using a template and the button strings were an existing element that I recoloured to suit the purpose of this card. Both of these items were originally designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

    INSIDE

    Digital Image Details:
    • Strawberry Love Heart: How could I resist adding this fabulous strawberry heart frame to the inside of my card?! This image can also be found in Pattie's Etsy store. 
    • I decided to just colour the outline instead of all the berries to give it a sort of outline silhouette look.
     

    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • The sentiment used on the inside of my card was also created by Paulette from Create with TLC.


    OVERALL
    Digital Paper Products:
    • I have used two papers from the Tooty Fruity kit, along with a paper from the Satin Fabrics kit. All these papers are from Imagine That! Digistamp. Click on the wms below to find them in the store.
    http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p217/Tooty_Fruity_-_Digi_Papers.html
    http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p205/Satin_Fabrics_-_Digi_Papers.html

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

    Challenges I am hoping to enter..


    You have until March 2nd to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Lots of RED. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules). In addition to all the typical criterion, 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!  Easy Peasy right!

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

    Until next time,

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    I'm Sponsoring...The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog


    Hello there folks! I'm a bit late but I wanted to let you know that I'm sponsoring the latest challenge over at The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog.

    The current challenge started Sunday, January 15th, and will run until January 30th. The theme for this fortnight is Photo Inspiration. There is a picture of a dog standing in the snow with some leaves peeking through so inspiration could be:
    • Black and White + 1 colour (or two colours)
    • Winter/Snowy
    • Animal/Pet/Dog
    • Leaves/Orange Colours
    Where will your inspiration take you? Be sure to head on over and check out the photo and other details on the challenge blog.

    Team members had the opportunity to work with any of my designs. Winner will get to choose from the following:

    EITHER
    Beauty of Butterflies Kit + Floral Cats Kit + Christmas Critters Mini kit of Papers

    OR
     Choice of any six mini kits from the Christmas and/or Winter section of my preview page


    I hope that you'll consider playing along in their challenge. If you need some incentive to get you started, you can use this paper...

     
    https://app.box.com/s/ejbp2iql6k3m14tr5jwg
    This digital paper is in 3600 x 3600 pixels (i.e. 12 inches), in jpg format and published at 300 ppi. Credits include: Obsidian Dawn; and 1200219 (Pixabay). To grab it, click the download button to be taken to a download location. In the zip folder you will find a copy of the paper, its preview sheet, the credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

    You can find out all the details you need to enter the challenge over at The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog. To head to the main challenge blog, click HERE. I hope to see some of you there!

    Until next time,

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Scribbles Designs 4th Birthday Bonanza Challenge & Blog Hop


    Scribbles Designs is celebrating its 4th birthday this month 
    and we're kicking off our celebration with a combined Challenge AND Blog Hop!

     If you are arriving here from Pat's blog, then you are right on track!
    If you are just starting, you can find a full list
     of all the stops at the bottom of this post.
    So blow up some birthday balloons and hang some streamers,
    it is time for the Birthday Bonanza to begin!!!

    Throughout the hop you will see projects created by all the
    Scribbles Designs Team Members AND our two current Guest Scribblers.
    Comment at each stop along the hop for your chance to win 
    one of the images used in that particular Scribbler's project.
    You'll have until Sunday, January 22, 2017,
    at 11:59 p.m., to submit your comments.

    Also, as this is our regular monthly challenge
    be sure to add your birthday cards to the
     Challenge #49-Birthday Bonanza link up
    on the Scribbles Designs Challenge blog.
    Along with all of our regular prizes, we have some extra
     special ones in honour of our birthday this month.
    Be sure to click HERE for all the info and details you need!

    For my stop along the hop, I am excited to share
    a project I created using the following images...
    Don't forget, one lucky person leaving a comment on my blog
    will have the opportunity to win Brrr-thday Chef for free!!!

    Check out what I made:

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

    FRONT

    Digital Embellishments:
    • The pennant shapes were created from a template. This template was designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.

    INSIDE

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

    OVERALL
     
    Digital Paper Products:
    • I have used one of my digi papers for the background on the front and inside.

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

    Challenges I am hoping to enter..

    Well folks, that is it for this blog hop. We hope that you have enjoyed yourselves.
    Don't forget that you need to leave a comment at each stop in order to win the
     image being offered up on that member's blog and other prizes mentioned on the main blog.

    If you miss any of the stops along the way, here is the complete list.
    You are definitely going to want to check out what
    my fellow team members have in store for you:

    Enjoy the hop and don't forget to enter the challenge. There are some spectacular prizes up for grabs over the next month!!

    Until next time,


    Friday, January 06, 2017

    Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #130...Use an Animal Image

    http://pattiescreationschallenge.blogspot.ca

    Hello to you all! I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #130, the theme is Use an Animal Image. I didn't get many Christmas cards done last year so I am trying to get a head start on them right now. It is definitely never to early to begin the stash.

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

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

    FRONT

    Digital Image Details:
    • Pearl The Penguin: Pearl is such a cutie pie. You can find her in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the image name or watermark linked below.
    Pearl The Penguin
      • Coloured digitally. Credits include:
        • Earmuff muffs are paper pieced with a fur texture from My Free Textures
        • The background in behind the image is a digi paper from my Snow Much Fun mini kit.


    Digital Embellishments:
    • The pennant shape used in behind the sentiment was created from a template. This template was  designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.

    INSIDE

    OVERALL
    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • Both of these sentiments were created by Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.
     
    Digital Paper Products:
    • I have used one of my digi papers for the background on the front and inside from the mini kit called "Welcome to the North Pole".

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

    Challenges I am hoping to enter..

    You have until February 2nd to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Use an Animal Image. I really hope that you will be able to join us. 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!

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

    Until next time,

    Thursday, January 05, 2017

    The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Twelve


    Well folks, the final day of Christmas is here! I really hope that you have enjoyed the quest during these last 12 days. Thanks to each and every one of you who has decided to play along! I plan to start sending out the papers shortly. I'll be going through all the entries and for those of you who've played along during the entire quest, I'll send out the whole set of papers at once. It is going to take me several days to wade through all the email messages but I promise to get to each one in order of receipt as quickly as I possibly can. Your patience, as always, is appreciated.

    So, how about we get on with the twelfth day of Christmas and our final day of the quest. If you missed day one click HERE to start from the beginning and read all the details.

    Day two: click HERE
    Day three: click HERE
    Day four: clck HERE
    Day five: click HERE
    Day six: click HERE
    Day seven: click HERE
    Day eight: click HERE
    Day nine: click HERE
    Day ten: click HERE
    Day Eleven: click HERE

    As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 5th), you're going to be given a task to follow. I'll be sending you on a quest to find something or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love. Then, it will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and you'll earn a free digital paper.

    Since this is a busy time of year for most people, you will have plenty of time to complete the quest. It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2017.

    Here is the paper up for grabs today...


    This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include: Northern Whimsy Design (purchased through The Hungry JPEG). In the zip folder that will be emailed should you successfully complete the quest, 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.

    Play along each of the 12 days and you'll earn yourself the full set! So, how about we get started with today's clue!!!

    On the twelfth day of Christmas,
    it is time to earn your very last one.
    I hope that the quest was worth it,
    and if nothing else, you've had a little fun!!!

    Task:
    Today's task is a bit different. Today I want you to tell me the name of your favourite digital paper from those presented during the quest. You can click the links above to see each of the different papers offered if you need to refresh yourself as to what they look like. PLUS I would also like you to give me an idea or two for possible future 12 Days of Christmas papers that you might like to see.

    When you come up with a response, send an email to decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca (be sure to replace 'at' and 'dot' with the appropriate symbols) or by clicking HERE to bring up my address in your email program, with the subject heading, "12 Days of Christmas: Day Twelve".

    Thank you so much for joining in the quest these past twelve days. Please be sure to follow me so you don't miss any future freebies! You never know when the next one will be offered!

    Cheers and best wishes for the year ahead!