Friday, January 30, 2015

Imagine That! Digis by Kris Blog Train REMINDER

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Hey Peeps!  Just a reminder that the Imagine That! Digis by Kris Blog Train is still going strong.  If you haven't taken part yet, you will definitely want to check out this spectacular blog train as Kris is generously giving away an ENTIRE KIT for FREE!  You will find one section of the kit at each spot along the blog train (due to technical difficulties, a couple DT were unable to participate so you can find their sets over on the main IT blog).  The sections of the kit will be available for download from January 23rd to January 29th.

For my original post containing all the details along with the download link for one of the sets, click HERE.  To head to the main blog click HERE.

Don't miss it!  Grab your goodies before they're gone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Card Design: Final Posting for Fresh Brewed Designs


Hello and happy Friday to you all!  Can you believe we're almost done January?  I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.  Right now, I'm here to bring you my final official DT creation as part of the Fresh Brewed Designs team.  As I mentioned back in January, Heather has decided to cut the team in half so today will mark my last official post.  I say official because I'm sure I'll be sharing some unofficial posts with you throughout the year.  Heather is still one of my favourite designers, and not being on the team anymore is not going to change that.

There are just a few days left to enter into the latest challenge going on over at Fresh Brewed Designs.  This month is is a Favourites Challenge. Use your favorite papers, embellies, or colours.  Or, you can use your favorite FBD challenge from 2014.  Instead, you may want to CASE one of the many FBD Designers cards.  This challenge is limitless!  The interpretation is up to you!!

YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL THE RULES TO WIN!
  1. This challenge ends Saturday, January 31st.
  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.
For all the challenge details including the link up, please click HERE.


Now it is time to check out my card and all the details...
  
General Information:
  • While one might think that a 'Favourites' challenge might be deceptively easy, in my case, it certainly was not.  I just have too many favourites of EVERYTHING--images, colours, etc.  I finally settled on these:
    • Pink and black are one of my favourite colour combinations.
    • The two designer papers I used are among some of my favourites.
    • The image I used is definitely one of my favourite FBD images.
    • I used my favourite FBD sketch.
  •  Now for an important bulletin...
Hubs

if you have 
happened by today

BACK AWAY FROM
THE COMPUTER SCREEN

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Honey Bunny:  Hee, hee.  I just love this image.  She is even rotund like me!  You can find this adorable digi stamp in the FBD store.  You can find it by clicking on the image watermark below.
http://www.freshbreweddesigns.com/item_886/Honey-Bunny.htm
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This great circular sentiment is courtesy of MM Designs.
Embellishments:
  • The half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • I created the sentiment specifically for this card.  I thought it went well with the image and sentiment used on the front. 

OVERALL 
Paper Products: 
  • Card base:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, black.
  • Image and sentiment base:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Designer Papers:   Recollection's All Girl Paper pad.
Challenges I hope to enter...
So, that's it!  That's all!  It has been a pleasure and an honour to be part of this team these last almost two years.  I hope that you will continue to go and check out all the latest happenings over at the Fresh Brewed Designs blog and check out the store for all the fabulous images available for purchase.  You definitely won't be disappointed!


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,

Wonderful Wednesdays---Let's Try This Again....

Hey gang.  I'm going to do my best to reprieve Wonderful Wednesdays again this year.  In 2013 I managed to get items done each and every month.  Unfortunately in 2014, I just got so crazy busy that there was no way I was able to keep it up.  I think the problem was that I wanted to make sure that I was getting things out each and every Wednesday of the month and that simply was not realistic.  I think I was also trying to create too many things at a time as well.  Then it just became overwhelming and when I become overwhelmed, I don't deal very well so it just got dropped completely.

However, I've been thinking that maybe I can try again as long as I pare back and just do it once a month with maybe the occasional bonus if I have the time.  After all, I'm sure you'd rather have one new thing a month going into your kit as opposed to nothing at all, right?  So, going with this idea, it is time to revive Wonderful Wednesdays.

Now if you are new to my blog and do not understand what I am referring to, you can check out the very first post I did on this concept back in January 2013 by clicking HERE.  It briefly explains the details of what I had wanted to do accomplish with this concept.  You can also find some free word art in that post.  Other items for the January kit can be found by clicking on the respective links below:

2013
  • Blue snowflake paper:  Click HERE.
  • Blue snowflake edging:  Click HERE.
  • 'wish for snow' word overlays + a circle date stamp in blue:  Click HERE.
Please note that the quality of my creations offered up in the beginning months of 2013 may not be up to standard as I was just starting out in design.

2014
  • Matching pink snowflake paper + four frosted papers:  Click HERE.
  • Snowflake brads (gold):  Click HERE.
  • Matching snowflake edging in five more colours + a linear date stamp in blue:: HERE.

Now back in 2014, I finally gave a name to the January Kit and called it 'Snow Much Fun'.  So, here are two new papers you can add to your January kit...
https://app.box.com/s/tkr2vout5flmijosk05mnqhru2fwaonq



These digital papers are 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 ppi.  Credits:  I have used resources from Delicious Scraps and Designercow.  To grab these papers, click the respective download buttons 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. 

Stay tuned for a new Wonderful Wednesday post coming your way soon!

Until next time,

Card Design: Imagine That...Cupcake Fairy

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/index.html

Hello everyone.  I'm here today to present my final January project for Imagine That! Digis by Kris

Here are my card and details.  Check it out...


General Details:

  • With Valentine's Day coming up, it was the perfect opportunity to create a card for each of my surrogate nieces.  This one is for JuJu.  I'll be presenting the one I did for her sister, sometime next week.  Given that JuJu will be 15 in May, I thought I'd do something a little bit more grown up for her.

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Cupcake Fairy: I've chosen to work with the coloured version for this project.  Once again, it makes investing in Kris' work well worth it as each full set in the store comes with a multiple of images and sentiments. Definitely a time saver for time weary people like myself. Clicking on the name or watermark below will take you to the set's location in the store.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p152/Cupcake_Fairy.html
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment is one available in the Cupcake Fairy set.
Digital Embellishment Details:
  • The accent pieces on the front (blue and pink) were created using papers from one of Kris' paper sets, Sending You Love.  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to the set's location in the store.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p150/Sending_You_Love_Digi_papers.html
  • I have used an edge from Marisa Lerin and a doily from Sheila Reid.  Both are designers with Pixel Scrapper.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment is one available in the Puppy Love set.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p174/Puppy_Love.html

OVERALL 
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Digital Paper Products:
  • The digital paper used on the front and inside is also from the Sending You Love set.  Details and link above.
Digital Embellishments:
  • The shapes used for matting in behind the image and sentiment are simple shapes created in Photoshop Elements.  They were coloured to match with the rest of the colour scheme.
  • The shadows to give each element some depth were created with a layer style, also from Sheila Reid.
Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

Don't Forget to Check out the IT Challenges...
You still have a few days to enter one or both of the challenges taking place on the Imagine That blog.

S.O.T.M. Challenge'Use Any' ChallengeClick on the left image for the current Stamp of the Month Challenge! 

 

Click on the right image for the current use ANY IT! digi challenge!

AND Don't Forget the blog train going on now...
If you haven't had the chance, make sure that you check out the Imagine That!  Digis by Kris blog train going on until tomorrow.  Don't miss your opportunity to collect an entire kit for FREE.  For my original post containing the link to one free download, and the links to everyone participating in the blog train, click HERE. 

Well folks, another day, another post.  Stay tuned for more Imagine That! Digis by Kris creations, coming your way soon along with all my regular features and design team posts. There is also another post coming out later today.  Get ready for the reprieve of Wonderful Wednesdays.

Until then,

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Card Design: From the Heart Stamps January Challenge

http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/blog/
It is time to post my project for the January, From the Heart Stamps (FTHS) progressive stamp of the month challenge.  In order to enter the progressive challenge, you must either have received the latest image by having participated in the previous month 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.

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


General Information:
  • The image this month worked perfectly with several of the elements from the Winter Arabesque kit from Imagine That!  Digis by Kris.  I just love this new kit of Kris'.  Don't forget that each of the ten sections from this particular kit are available for FREE.  Click HERE to find that original post now [but be sure to come back and finish this one ;) ].
  • Woop, woop!  I now have doubled my goal so far for January by adding another card to the pot to ensure that I don't go through the yearly Christmas Card Panic.
Christmas Cards to date for 2015:  4

FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • The image on the front, Little Snowman, is available for purchase over at From the Heart Stamps. Click HERE or on the watermarks below to go to its location in the store. It was coloured in with Copic Markers.
  • 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.
Stamp Preview by FromTheHeartStamps
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This awesome sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. I coloured it digitally and added a background so it would stand out better.  You can purchase it in the "Happy Holiday Season" Vintage Image Transfer and Word Art Set.  I've linked the watermark below to go to its location in the store.  For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for more awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/CreateWithTLC/10415648/_happy_holiday_season_vintage_image_transfer_and_word_art_set/design/digital_art_/cards
Digital Embellishments:
  • The glitter paper used on the front for the accent piece is from the Glitter Papers and Word Art set available for free during the the Imagine That! Digis by Kris' blog train going on from January 23rd to January 27th.  Link to my portion of the train can be found in the  'general information' section at the top of this post.  In that post you will find links to all the other sections of the train for a total of ten freebies.
  • The bow is from the Brads 'n Bows section of the kit. 
  • The bunting is from the Bunting, Lace & Borders set.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This awesome sentiment was also created by Paulette from Create with TLC. While I picked it up as a freebie a while back, you can purchase it in the Get Cozy, It's Snow Digi Set.  I've linked the watermark below to go to its location in the store.  
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/tlc4lo/5665196/get_cozy_it_s_snow_digi_set/design/digital_art_/other

OVERALL
Paper Products:
 

  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Digital Paper Products:
  • The sweater paper that I used on the front and inside is also from the Winter Arabesque kit.  This time I've used the Knit Sweater Papers section.
Digital Embellishments: 
  • Matting in behind image and sentiment are simple shapes, coloured to match the overall colour scheme.
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
Others I might get it into...

My final progressive card is done for the month.  Just a couple more projects and posts to go to fulfill DT duties.  Once again I appreciate all of the condolences that people have left over the loss of my husband's mother.  It is still a bit rough around here but time helps to heal all wounds. 

Hopefully, I will be back on track soon.
 
Until next time,


Monday, January 26, 2015

Card Design: Deedee's Digi of the Month Challenge...January Entry #2

Progressive Freebie Challenge!
Given the fabulous deal taking place over at Deedee's Digis, I decided to sneak another creation in to earn another $10 gift certificate and another chance at the $50 draw.  If you missed my first post, the current freebie is the image for January's Digi of the Month Challenge.  On top of that, anyone who participates in this month's challenge will receive a $10 gift code to the shop for EVERY unique entry plus be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift code to the shop.  Then, everyone who plays along with this month's challenge will also receive next month's featured set for free at the end of the challenge. I choose a simple layout and did most of the work digitally to come up with a second card to enter.

Check out the cute set available for free right now...

https://shop.deedeesdigis.com/store/p278/Ice_Fishing_%28January_2015_Digi_of_the_Month%29.html
Click on the watermark above to go to its location in the store.

Here are my card and details...


General Information:
  • This time I have decided to make a birthday card.  With several birthdays coming up in the next few months, I'm going to need a number of them!  I think this one will be for my cousin Blair's stepson, Alex, who has a birthday coming up in March.

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Ice Fishing:  You can find this set in the store.  Details above.  I used the coloured version from the set.
Digital Embellishments: 
  • The shapes I used as accent pieces were paper pieced with one of the papers available in the Ice Fishing set. 
  • The pennant shapes were created using a template from Marisa Lerin, a designer with Pixel Scrapper.
Digital Paper Products:
  • The paper used on the front was created using a template also from Marisa Lerin.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One of the reasons I decided to make another card with this image is because I knew I had the perfect sentiment to go with it.  It was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. While I picked it up as a freebie quite a while back, you can find it in the sweet Freeze A Jolly Good Fellow Digi Image Set I recoloured it digitally to match the colours in the image.  To find other great sets in the store, click HERE; and to check out Paulette's blog, click HERE.
Freeze A Jolly Good Fellow Digi Image Set

OVERALL
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
 Digital Embellishments: 
  • The shapes I used as as matting were created with basic shapes in Photoshop Elements and then coloured to match the overall colour scheme.
Challenges I am entering:
 Other challenges I hope to enter... 
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Thanks again to everyone who continues to leave wishes of condolences over the loss of my husband's mother.  It has been a difficult week but there is lots to take care of over these next several days as we say goodbye to January and hello to February.  I hope I can manage to get it all done.  

Until next time,