Thursday, March 29, 2018

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge…March

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Hello there! It is time to get my progressive card for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge uploaded. Before I start I just want to give an apology to my followers and friends as I have not had the time to create a St. Patrick's Day freebie. Sadly, nor will I have the time to do an Easter one. My life has sort of imploded and I'm dealing with a chaotic mess in my personal life. As such my time on the computer has been cut back considerably each day. I hope that you guys understand. As it is, I'm desperate just to try and fulfil all my challenge commitments and of course getting my progressive challenge cards done too. Thankfully, I managed to get this month's project for Gerda completed on time.

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

Cat in Bookshelf Digital Stamp

Everyone who played along in last month's challenge received Cat in Bookshelf 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 is my project and related details...

General Info:
  • This bookmark 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.
  • This is the perfect image to make a bookmark. My current one has almost fallen apart and it will also make a great Mother's Day gift as well, if I could only get it printed and sent on time...sigh...

FRONT

 Digital Image Details:

  • Cat in Bookshelf : You can find this image in the store. Details above. 
  • This image was coloured with a combo of techniques including digital and paper-piecing. Other credits include: 

INSIDE
 
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • One of my own.

OVERALL

 View of what the front and back combined look like...



View of what the inside combined looks like...


 Both will be folded in the middle and then glued back to front with magnets added on lower bottom corners.

Digital Paper Products:
  • The paw prints in the heart shapes digi paper is one that I created that will be part of an upcoming mini kit for The 12 Months of Christmas if I can ever manage to get it finished!!!

 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. Take care all and for those of you who celebrate, I wish you a wonderful Easter weekend!

Until next time,

Friday, March 02, 2018

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #144…Lots of Green

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Hello to all my friends, followers and readers out there in blogland! I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #144, the theme is Lots of Green. Spring will soon be here and with it, we'll start to see a plateau of greens all around us again as nature starts to bloom. Additionally, with St. Patrick's Day coming up, green will be making another big splash. The great thing is that it doesn't really matter what theme you take your project in, as long as the colour green is prolific, you are good to go! 

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. 
  • I just love Panda Bears and thought that this image would be perfect for a birthday card! As you can see, I've made use of the colour green in my choice of papers.
  • You may also note that I'm using the same layout I used for a recent card. I've fallen in love with this layout so I'm sure you'll be seeing me use it again and again!


FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • Playful Panda: A cuddly image suitable for a variety of creations. You can find it in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the image name or watermark linked below.


INSIDE

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The 'cheers' plaque is from 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.
  • The sentiment below the 'cheers plaque' is from the Pandas set by Imagine That Digistamp (see details below).


OVERALL
Digital Paper Products:
  • All three of the papers used are from the Pandas set by Imagine That Digistamp. You can click on the watermark below to find the set in the ITD store.
https://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p376/Pandas.html


Digital Embellishment Details:
  •  I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and 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 April 5th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Lots of Green. 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!

Well guys, that is it for this one. Hopefully it won't be too long before I  see you all again.

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge…February

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Hello there! It is time to get my progressive card for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge uploaded. Is anyone else having a difficult time with this month having two to three less days?! Sheesh! Apparently I need every last minute of every day each month! I'm lucky I got it done in time since the challenge ends in roughly 12 hours! I have had to stay up past midnight just to make sure I got it uploaded!

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

https://www.gsd-stamps.com/products/spring-bunny-friends

Everyone who played along in last month's challenge received Spring Bunny Friends 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:
  • Spring Bunny Friends: You can find this image in the store. Details above. 
  • This image was coloured with a combo of techniques including digital and paper-piecing. Other credits include: 

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is from Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome vintage graphic items for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.

Digital Embellishment Details:
  • The green accent piece on the front was created using a layer style from Heather Green of HG Graphic Designs.


INSIDE

OVERALL
Digital Paper Products & Inside Sentiment:
  • All papers used and the inside sentiment are from the Egg Lamb from Imagine That Digistamp. Click on the name or preview below to find it in the ITD store.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p375/Egg_Lamb.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 hope you join me again on Friday when I announce the latest challenge over at Pattie's Creations!

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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: The CoffeeShop Blog; Textures 4 Photoshop and Sheila Reid (Pixel Scrapper). 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 a cute little Party Favour (#F 156). You can find the freebie over on the challenge blog 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,

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Card Design: Limited Runs Progressive Challenge ... Jan./Feb

Limited Runs Badge

Hey folks! I'm here today to post my card for this month's Progressive Challenge over at Limited Runs!

The Progressive Challenge is actually on Facebook (FB) in the Limited Runs Group and can be found HERE. You will need to join the group in order to access the information. Now thankfully, Nikki is willing to accept mailed in entries for those people like me who don't have FB accounts. You can find her email addy in the side bar of the store (click on the image above to head there). In fact, if you don't have a blog, that is okay too. Simply send a photo and she'll add you in.

Check out the fun image that we got to work with this past challenge...



If you'd like to purchase the Sweetheart Flowerpot image you can now find it at the reduced price of $1.00, until the challenge is over. Then, it will go back up to its regular price. You can find the image for sale over in the Limited Runs Store on a special page that showcases all the Progressive Challenge images. Click HERE to head there now.

Each round of Progressive Challenges will last for three months and there will be a grand prize winner at the end of each round.

Each  Round Lasts 1 Month:
Starts on the 15th and ends on the 13th with a winner

1st Round: 
Free Digi until the 29th of the month. Then you can buy into the challenge for $1.00

2nd Round: 
Free Digi (if you played Round 1 & entered) or you can buy into the challenge for $1.00 

3rd Round: 
Free Digi ( if you played Round 2 & entered) or you can buy into the challenge for $1.00


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 & Sentiment Details:
  • Sweetheart Flowerpot & Love Grows: You can find this image and sentiment in the store. Details above. 
  • This image was coloured digitally using my Photoshop Elements program.


INSIDE

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment on the 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.

OVERALL
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..

Be sure to pop over to the Facebook Group to find out all the details you need or visit the details page over at the store by clicking HERE.

Take care my friends and I hope to see you all again soon!

Until next time,

Friday, February 02, 2018

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #143…Love is in the Air

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Hello to all my friends, followers and readers out there in blogland! I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #143, the theme is Love is in the Air. February is the month of love and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, this is the perfect month to create a card for someone special in your life. So, it is time to get in the mood and sing that old song from the 70's written by John Paul Young and sung by Tom Jones. Here, I'll even start off the first couple of lines for you. It is certain to get those feelings of love stirred and get you in the mood to create a card for someone near and dear to your heart!

  ♩ ♫  ♪  ♪ ♫ ♩♩ ♫  ♪  ♪ ♫ ♩
 Love is in the air...everywhere I look around
Love is in the air...every sight and every sound
  ♩ ♫  ♪  ♪ ♫ ♩♩ ♫  ♪  ♪ ♫ ♩

Now, while you are either humming along or cursing me for the earworm I just stuck you with, check out the my card and details.  I hope that I haven't forgotten anything important:

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:
  • You Moove Me: Such an adorable image perfect for any love related card. You can find it in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the image name or watermark linked below.
  • This image has been coloured combining a couple of different techniques. Additional Credits include:
    • sky cloud background created in my Rebelle Program
    • grass is an image courtesy of Textures 4 Photoshop
    • the cows themselves have been paper pieced with cow fur textures courtesy of My Free Textures 


Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is one I created for the purposes of this card.


Digital Embellishments:
  • The hearts used as accents are from Point and Poem. They were obtained in a limited time bundle from Design Cuts.
  • The ric rac ribbon is from the Winter Romance kit designed by Correen Silke and is available at ComputerScrapbook.
  • The banner shape in behind the sentiment was designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.

INSIDE

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is from Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome vintage graphic items for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.

OVERALL
Digital Paper Products:
  • The papers used for the background are from Imagine That Digistamp. The cow patterned paper is from the Cow Patterns Digi Paper Pack and the red textured paper is from the Ticket to Bliss Digi Paper Pack. Click on the respective preview below to find each set in the store.
https://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p956/Cow_Pattern_digi_papers.html

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p147/Ticket_to_Bliss_Digi_Papers.html

Digital Embellishment Details:
  • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and 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 1st to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Love is in the Air. 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!

Well guys, that is it for this one. Hopefully I will see you all very soon.

Until next time,

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge…January

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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/panda-in-love-digital-stamp

Everyone who played along in last month's challenge received Panda in Love 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:
  • Panda in Love: You can find this image in the store. Details above. 
  • This image was coloured with a combo of techniques including digital, layer styles and paper-piecing. Other credits include: 



INSIDE

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is from Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome vintage graphic items for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.


OVERALL
Digital Paper Products:
  • All papers used are from the Ticket to Bliss Digi Paper Kit from Imagine That Digistamp. Click on the preview below to find them in the ITD 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'll see you again on Friday when I'll be back with details regarding the newest challenge at Pattie's Creations!

Until then,

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time is Running Out to Complete The 12 Days of Christmas Quest!


Hello there folks. I hope that you are all doing well on this eleventh day of the first month of the year! I am just popping in to remind you that you still have until the end of day tomorrow (Jan. 12th) to get your Wish Lists submitted for this year's 12 Days of Christmas which officially ran from Dec. 25th to Jan. 5th. As that 12 day period was a busy time for people I extended the deadline date by a week.

Only five people participated this year, which was about half the number who joined in last year. Papers have now been sent out to those individuals who played along.

If you want a chance to earn up to 12 digi papers, be sure to get your Wish Lists submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST, Jan 12, 2018.

Here is a preview of the full set of papers:


Remember, you don't have to participate every day. If there is just one or two particular papers that you'd like, you only need to complete the tasks for those days. To see the specific digi paper up for grabs each of the 12 Days, and find out the other details you need to join the quest, you can click on the links below:

Day one: click HERE 
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
Day twelve: click HERE

Don't miss out on your chance to earn this full set of Christmas papers!

I am super busy right now getting things ready for Scribbles Designs 5th Birthday Party coming up on Monday along with other administrative stuff behind the scenes for both the Path of Positivity and The 12 Months of Christmas. So, hopefully I will be back to see you all again soon!

Until then, stay safe and happy crafting!

Friday, January 05, 2018

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 those of you who decided to play along! I plan to start sending out the papers to the handful of people who played this year, some time in the next week. Your patience, as always, is appreciated. And of course you still have a full week to get your Wish Lists completed and added so there is still lots of time to play.

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 visit the stores or blogs of designers that I love in order to create specific Wish Lists that I want you to share with me. You will be able to leave your daily Wish List in a comment on the post for each respective day. If you follow the instructions for each day, 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. AS LONG AS ALL your Wish Lists are submitted, no later than January 12th, 2018, then you will qualify to receive the paper(s) for whichever day(s) you participate.

To make it fair for everyone, I will have comment moderation on and won't be publishing any comments for The 12 Days of Christmas until Jan. 12, the week after the end of the quest.

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: Marisa Lerin (Pixel Scrapper). 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". That way I can keep the lists for future reference.

Thank you again to those who joined 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!


Thursday, January 04, 2018

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Eleven



Hello everyone! It is the eleventh day of Christmas and it is time to continue the quest. Can you believe there are just two days to go?!

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

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 visit the stores or blogs of designers that I love in order to create specific Wish Lists that I want you to share with me. You will be able to leave your daily Wish List in a comment on the post for each respective day. If you follow the instructions for each day, you'll earn a free digital paper.

To make it fair for everyone, I will have comment moderation on and won't be publishing any comments for The 12 Days of Christmas until the quest is over.

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 you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise). AS LONG AS ALL your Wish Lists are submitted, no later than January 12th, 2018, then you will qualify to receive the paper(s) for whichever day(s) you participate.

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:  Pixaroma (purchased through Deal Jumbo) and Sheila Reid (Pixel Scrapper). 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 eleventh day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number eleven.
It is a very well know fact that, all good designers

 and card makers go to heaven!!!

Task:
Head on over to the Sami Stamps store and let me know the names of THREE images in the Christmas and Gifts section that have a GIFT BOX (or also referred to as a PRESENT) in them that you want to add to your Wish List. Hint: In the left hand sidebar, you'll see the CATEGORIES listed. Click on the Christmas and Gifts section to narrow down your search!

Click HERE to head there now!

 When you come up with a response for today's task, simply leave your Wish List in a comment on THIS POST. Now for many of you, especially those who have played in previous years, the odds are that I should have your e-mail address in order to send out the free paper you earn. If you are new to the quest or are not sure whether I might have your email address, please be sure to also leave your email address in your comment. Now if you are afraid of being spammed, you can write your address by adding {at} and {dot} in their respective spots (see sample below) so that robot spammers won't grab it from the comments when they are published. If you would prefer that no one else see your email address, then you can send it to me in 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 DoC 2017: Email Addy for DP Mail Out".

May the happiness you experienced during the holidays, last the whole year through! See you all tomorrow for day number twelve, the final day!!!

Cheers!