Saturday, October 03, 2015

World Card Making Day Celebration 2015!

Well the day may be almost over (I have about two minutes to spare before midnight) but the World Card Making Day Celebration will continue.  It has been a long week and and a rather long day but I couldn't let it go by without some sort of acknowledgement.

How wonderful to have a day that honours the creativity behind making handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between us and the people we send them to.  I really love this idea!!!!  So without further ado, let's kick of my particular World Card Making Day event, Décosse's Dynamite Doodles style and you know what that means...PRESENTS!

According to the official website for World Card Making Day, this occasion was first observed on October 7, 2006.  It was founded by Paper Crafts magazine and started out being celebrated simply as National Card Making Day in the United States.  The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, there was such an incredible response from patrons worldwide that from that point on, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day . While it began as a way to bring card makers together to get a head start on the Christmas card making rush, it has developed into a day for anyone involved in the card making community to "unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making." ("Holiday History," n.d., para 2)   Sounds like a worthwhile day to celebrate in my books!  So, let's bring on the presents, shall we?!

First off I have FIVE sentiments that I am offering as straight up freebies for everyone:

© 2015
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  • Bigelow Rules font created by Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute

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      © 2015

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      • Merkin font created by Apostrophic Lab
      All of these free fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time these creations were made.

      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.  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 this digital creation.

      These word art creations are in png format and published at 300 ppi. They are quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with.   If you are a card maker you can always resize them smaller without distorting the quality.   

      Credit Notes For These Creations:
      © 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.

      How is that for a start?!  Now just like last year, I do have a little something extra planned, but this time you need to do some work yourself.  Since this celebration is all about our cards, I thought it would be nice to see one of your favourite cards that you created and posted about, during this past year from Oct. 2014 - Oct. 2015.  I was going to ask you to share your favourite, but when I thought about it, I could never come up with an absolute favourite myself.  I have a range of cards that are my favourite and I am guessing that you do as well.  So, start scrolling through your old posts and find a card that you really, really like.  Come over here and link it up BUT you also have to leave me a comment on this post telling me WHY it is one of your favourites.  That isn't too difficult now is it?  You'll have the chance to win one of my scrapbooking kits--your choice!

      Now hmm...which card should I post as one of my favourites?  While I don't have as many this year, there are still quite a few I am proud of.  I guess the one I will go with is a wedding card that I created.  To refresh you on what it looked like, I have included it below (featuring an image from Nicecrane Designs)...

      Okay, now it is your turn, I want to see one of your favourite cards.  You must link up your choice below in order to have a chance at winning the prize.  Remember, you don't need to create anything new, just link up a post from sometime during the past year.  You do however, need to come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you chose this card as being one of your fondest

      This link up below will be open until 11:55 p.m. on October 17th and winners will chosen shortly thereafter.  This is one of those rare times where backlinking is allowed.  You can link up a maximum of three of your favourite cards.  However, if you do not provide a comment telling me why you linked your choice(s) you will NOT be eligible to win a prize.  It doesn't have to be too long but it does have to explain your reasoning for choosing.  You do not have to be a follower but it would be nice for you to become one, if you decided you like it over here.

      So what are you waiting for?!  Get choosing and I hope to see you back here soon.

      Until next time,

      Collaborative Giveaway: In Honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

      Hello again everyone.  This is my second post of the day.  To learn about a special World Card Making Day celebration going on over at TLC Creations, be sure to scroll down and check out my previous post for your chance to earn not only one freebie but two, PLUS the chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to the TLC Creations store.  Also be sure to pop back later when I'll be hosting my own WCMD celebration!

      Right now though I have something special to share with you.  If you have already been by the Imagine That! Digis by Kris blog today then you'll already be aware of this special giveaway.  If you haven't, then now is the perfect time to read up on it!

      As many of you may be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). BCAM is an annual health campaign organized internationally by major breast cancer charities each year in October in order to both increase awareness of the devastating disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Additionally, the campaign also offers information and support to those individuals affected by breast cancer. 

      I'm sure that you probably know someone who's life has forever been altered by the calamitous effects of this ravaging disease. It is stated that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012.

      Other staggering statistics include:
      • Belgium had the highest rate of breast cancer, followed by Denmark and France. However, Belgium also had the highest proportion of breast cancer survivors still alive five years after their diagnosis, followed by Denmark and France.
      • The highest incidence of breast cancer was in Northern America and Oceania; and the lowest incidence in Asia and Africa.
      • The highest proportion of breast cancer survivors still alive five years after their diagnosis was in Northern America and Europe; and the lowest incidence in Africa and Asia.

      This year in Canada, it is estimated that 25,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer (26% of all new cancer cases in women) and that 5,000 women will die from it (14% of all cancer deaths in women). When you break that down it means that on average, each and every day there will be 68 Canadian women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and that we will lose 14 to the effects of this disease. While breast cancer in men is rarer, it still happens. It is also estimated that 220 Canadian men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 60 will die from it.

      When it comes to the United States the stats are just as bleak. This year, it is estimated that among women in the United States, that there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and that 40,290 will succumb to the disease. Among men in the US, it is estimated that there will be 2,350 new cases and that 440 men will die from the disease.

      Even though the statistics are alarming and we may currently know someone fighting to survive we still have one very important thing that we can keep with us each day--HOPE. We need to keep hope alive in our hearts that those we love will survive and that one day there will be a cure.

      For there to be a cure, more research needs to be done and for more research to be done, more funds need to raised. To help provide some incentive, Kris from
      Imagine That! Digis by Kris and I have created some designs that we will give for FREE to anyone of you who can provide us with proof that you have donated funds (a minimum of $5.00) to your local cancer charity or organization. Simply send an email to me at decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca (don't forget to replace the 'at' and 'dot' with the appropriate symbols), with the subject heading, "Cancer Donation", including a copy of any donation receipt you have made from September 1st, 2015 to October 31st, 2015 (just be sure to erase or black out any private info you don't want us to see--ie. account info, address, tel. number, etc). This opportunity will remain open until October 31st. For each person who does so, you will receive for FREE as our way of saying thank you for donating to the cause...

      From Kris...
      The absolutely adorable set called Angel Bear with Ribbon. Not only do you get two different versions of the image, plus several sentiments, but you also get three bonus papers...

      The great thing about this set is that it just doesn't have to be used solely for Breast Cancer. With the black and white image you can colour the ribbon whichever colour you want. If you are interested in finding out all the different ribbon colours and their meanings, click HERE.  Be sure to check out the wonderful creations made by members of the IT! DbK Design Team using elements from this set by clicking HERE and scrolling down until just after you see the promo of the set (shown above).

      From Me...
      For my portion, I have created a set of 12 digi papers including six patterned and six textured...

      Giveaway Time!!

      Not only will we be giving BOTH these sets for free to those who meet the criteria listed above but we are also giving away the sets to some random winners who leave a comment over on the Imagine That! Digis by Kris blog.

      One person will win the Angel Bear with Ribbon set AND the Fight Like a Girl digital paper set, one person will win the Angel Bear with Ribbon set and one person will win the Fight Like a Girl digital paper set.  

      You have until 6:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 13th, to get your answers submitted and winners will be announced on the Imagine That! Digis by Kris blog on Thursday, Oct. 15th!  Click HERE and scroll down until you see 'Giveaway Time' and then follow the directions for your chance to win!

      I'm also presenting my own readers with an additional opportunity to win one of the  Fight Like a Girl digital paper sets.

      Even if you don't have the funds to donate you can always do your part by reaching out to encourage or support someone dealing with cancer in their life.  In order to have an extra chance to win a set of the Fight Like a Girl papers, I would like you to link up a creation PAST or PRESENT with the theme of CANCER awareness or support, to the link up below.  The number of sets being given out will depend on the number of people who link up.  Your creation doesn't have to specifically be breast cancer related, it can be any type of project as long as it is a creation that was or is meant to bring awareness to the cancer cause, support or encouragement to someone currently going through cancer, or even a project letting a survivor know you haven't forgotten the struggle they went through and how proud you are that they never gave up their fight.  There are so many true heroes around us surviving the daily battles that life throws at them.  Why not let them know how much you care.  

      This special link up will remain until October 31st at 11:55 p.m.  Remember you can link up something from the PAST or the PRESENT.  Simply follow the additional rules, found under the 'Link Up' found at the bottom of the page.

      If you do decide to make a new creation, I've provided a freebie as some inspiration...

      This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Pixel Scrapper and VecteezyFull credits in the file.  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 full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

      Please help to spread the word of this fundraising event and giveaway by adding a copy of the badge that you can find at the very top of this post to your sidebar and linking it to the original post over on the Imagine That! Digis by Kris blog:  With your help we can let more people know and hopefully raise more awareness and funds to help.

      Well that is it for this one!  I'll be back later this evening after I have fed my poor neglected husband, with my own Card Making Day celebration!

      Until then,

      Link Up Below:

      Card Design: Celebrate World Card Making Day with TLC Creations

      Hello everyone and happy 'World Card Making Day' (WCMD) for 2015.  I'm afraid that this week has been even more busy than usual so I'm getting a rather late start to a few posts today: one in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and two in honour of this special day.  

      The first post that I want to share with you is regarding the card I created for the WCMD event taking place on the TLC Creations blog.  To help celebrate, Paulette is offering up for free, the beautiful vintage owl image you see on my card below.  Not only is she generously sharing this free image on her blog, but if you create a project using the owl image, she'll send you another one for free as a gift AND everyone who submits a card will also be entered into a drawing for a $10.00 gift certificate to the TLC Store.

      Check out what I created...

      General Info:
      • This card was created 100% digitally and then layered in a poster mockup.  
      • My layout was inspired by an old sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges.

      Digital Image Details: 
      • As mentioned above, the beautiful vintage owl image is available for free over on Paulette's blog. You can click HERE to find it.
      • When I originally saw the image I decided that I wanted to keep it in black and white and give my whole card a classic kind of feel to it.

      Digital Embellishment Details: 
      • The paper accordion which I doubled (using a black one in behind and the white in front), along with the duplicated buttons and the flower, are all elements that I created based on templates from Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

       Digital Sentiment Details: 
      • As many of you know, I love a play on words so I knew just the sentiment I wanted to pair with this great image.  Of course it is also one 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 Embellishments:
      • The shapes used for matting in behind the image and sentiment are simple shapes created in Photoshop Elements.
      • The shadows to give each element some depth were created with a layer style, also from Sheila Reid.
      Digital Paper Products: 
      • The background paper is from Imagine That! Digis by Kris.  I just love this set of black and white papers.  I thought the one I chose complimented the feathers of my owls even though it is a leaf pattern.  Funny how things work like that!  You can find this awesome set of papers over in the Imagine That! Digis by Kris store by clicking HERE or on the watermark below.

      • The accent piece I used on the front is one of the bonus grunge papers from my Ghostie Delights set of papers. 
       Other Notes: 
      • The poster mockup that I used to display the card is from Design Bolts.
      Challenges I am hoping to enter...
      ***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button**
      So what are you waiting for!??  Create your card using the fabulous free image being offered up over on the TLC Creations blog and then either email or link up your card to win.  Of course you need to hurry as the link up is only active until approximately 9:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow evening (Sunday, Oct. 4th).

      The effort is worth it, as not only do you get another free image but remember you also get a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate.  

      Good luck everyone and have fun!

      I have a special Giveaway in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month that I am doing in collaboration with Imagine That! Digis by Kris to share with you next and then, I'll be having a World Card Making Day celebration of my own; so, I hope that you'll come back and see me later on this afternoon and evening!

      Until then,

      Friday, October 02, 2015

      Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #115...Fall or Hallowe'en IMAGE
      Welcome all!  I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design ChallengeThis time around for Challenge #115, the theme is Fall or Hallowe'en IMAGE.  It is your choice whether you choose to make something fall related or something for Hallowe'en.  Just remember the actual IMAGE must reflect the occasion, not just the papers or embellies you choose.

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

      General Info:
      • I have decided to go the Hallowe'en route for this particular card.  I was going to make a fall card but then I just loved Pattie's pumpkins so much that I had to use them for this creation.
      Digital Image Details:
      • Three Pumpkins:  I just love the expressions on their faces.  You can find the image in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.
      • This image was coloured and grounded with Copic markers.  The ground was added with pencil crayons.

      Embellishment Details:
      • The pennant shape was added using a scrap of Halloween paper from the Recollection's All Seasons Paper Pad.
      • The button is from a stash picked up at the Dollar Tree. 

        Digital Image Details:  
        • Tree Owl Moon Silhouette:  I thought that this would be a fun image to showcase on the left hand side of the inside.  It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.

        Digital Image Details:  
        • Pumpkin Patch:  I thought that this would be a perfect compliment to the sentiment I had chosen.  It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below. 
        • This image was coloured and grounded with Copic markers.

        Digital Sentiment Details:
        • This awesome 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 base:  Michael's Recollection's cardstock, South Beach collection.
        • Image and sentiment bases:  Michael's Recollection's cardstock, white.
        • Matting:  Michael's Recollection's cardstock, black.

        Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

        You have until November 5th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done.  Remember the theme is Fall or Hallowe'en 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, October 01, 2015

        Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #33 Midway Point...Good Luck!

        Happy October 1st!!!  Since it is the start of a new month that also means that it is time for the midway for the latest Scribbles Designs Challenge to get started.  

        There are two whole weeks left for you to come on over and enter.   In case you've missed it, the theme this time around for Challenge #33, is Good Luck!  For many, September and October are a time of new beginnings.  Many families have children headed back to grade school or high school.  Others have grown children en-route to college or university.  Then there are those who may be starting their first full time job or just moving into their very first apartment.  These are all great reasons for wishing someone good luck.  You may have another reason to share words of good fortune with another.  Whatever the occasion, this month we want to see projects wishing someone you know good luck.  Everyone could use wishes for a little good fortune now and then!  Even our challenge number with its double threes is a sign of good luck according to some!

        Entering is super simple!  You do not need to use a Scribbles Designs image; however, if you do, your name gets entered into the draw twice.  You can purchase your Scribbles Designs images HERE or you can also find one for a limited time on the challenge blog HEREAlso, be sure to check out our special Freebie Friday posts as it is another great way to build your Scribbles Designs collection.  You can find the rest of the rules and information regarding winners in the sidebar on the challenge blog.  You have until 9pm PST on
        October 14th to come over and play with us.

        Here are my card and all the details... 
        General Information:

        • I had seen a card designed by Joanna Munster over on the Inspired By Stamping blog that was pretty clean and simple.  As it turns out, my teammate Sam did something very similar as well, when she showcased the image I used in a past Freebie Friday post.  I just liked the look so much that I decided to case it. 

        Digital Image Details: 
        • Butterfly Freebie: This great image is currently a freebie, as such I don't have a watermark for it so just click on the name to head to its location in the store.
        • I coloured the image digitally and then layered it right on to the paper before I printed it. 

        Digital Sentiment Details: 
        • One I created and also added to the front before printing. 

        Digital Sentiment Details: 
        • This versatile sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie a while ago.  For more great freebies, click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and to purchase some wonderful sets, click HERE to go to the store.

        Paper Products: 
        • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Cool Water collection.
        • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
        • Designer Paper:  Damask paper (front border & inside)--K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection. 

        Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
        ***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button** 
        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 two whole weeks left 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,