Saturday, May 23, 2015

Promotional Post: Blogiversaries Abound!

Well howdy ho everyone!  Sorry for my recent absence.  Between being away for four days two weeks ago and then being under the weather the majority of last week, well let's just say that it has taken a bit of toll on me.  I have so many cards and posts that need doing by the end of next week, that I'll be lucky if I get to sleep much at all!  So, get ready for an onslaught of posts.

Today, I'm starting with an announcement regarding some blog candy that you might be interested in.

Two of my buddies are celebrating their second year in the blog business and I am proud to be one of the sponsors of each of their blog draws.

First up we have Kitty from KT Designs...

Be sure to go and check out Kitty's blogpost to find out all the prizes up for grabs.  You can find out all the details by clicking HEREFor my portion of Kitty's candy, I'm offering up the following...

  • one person will win the full kit
  • one person will win the patterned and textured papers
  • one person will win all three elements sets (brads, frames, stickers)
  • one person will win the word art kit

Next up is Monica from TaylorMade Cards 4u...
Monica is celebrating her own birthday along with her blogiversary.  Be sure to go and check out Monica's blogpost to find out all the prizes she has up for grabs.  You can find out all the details by clicking HERE.  For my portion of Monica's candy, I'm offering up the following...

  • one person will win the full kit
  • one person will win the patterned and textured papers
  • one person will win the tags and journal cards portions
  • one person will win the brads and buttons portions

Additionally, every person who signs up according to Monica's instructions, will earn the following paper...

So what are you waiting for?!!  Be sure to head over to each of these blogs and find out all the details you need to know.

Now just before I go, I wanted to apologize to those of you who are waiting for the results of the National Scrapbooking Day Draw that I had earlier this month.  Things have just been so crazy, I haven't had the chance to post the results.  I am hoping to get to that tomorrow, so hang tight.

Okay, it's almost midnight where I live so it is time for me to be heading off to get a bit of sleep before I tackle some more stuff from my list.

See you all then!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Card Design: Imagine That...Koalas

Good evening all!  It is high time that I show you my first Imagine That! Digis by Kris project for May.  It has been completed for over a week but I haven't had time to create a post until now!  As my spaghetti sauce simmered I got this post started and then after supper finished it.  Every minute counts these days!

Before I get started, I have some important information about the store to share with you.  Kris has found a way to to sell everything from the same platform.  So regardless of whether you live in the European Union or not, after some serious revamping, the sets can now be found in the same location. now on to my card and the details.  Check it out...

General Info:

  • I created this card for my mom for Mother's Day.  In Canada, the US and 84 other countries, Mother's Day was celebrated last Sunday (May 10th). However, did you know that Mother's Day is celebrated this year in one country or another, every single month of the year except for September?  So, it is always a great time to share your special cards honouring mothers.
  • Unfortunately, I just don't seem to be happy with how this card turned out.  The lace is too close to the colour of the background and I feel like it is missing something but when I tried to add different embellishments, it just looked lopsided.  At least my momma still liked it which is all that counts in the end.

Digital Image Details: 
  • Koalas: This set is just so sweet and versatile too.  All Kris' sets are very versatile.  As a consumer, that is one feature I really value!  As usual, I've chosen to work with the coloured version for this project.  I added faux stitching with a pen around the edges before fussy cutting the image out.  Please click on the watermark below to find the set in the store.
Cricut Cartridge:
  • The shape used on front and its background is available on the Paper Lace II cartridge.
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This great circle sentiment is from Netty's Cards.  You can find it and more fabulous freebies by clicking HERE and clicking on the freebies tab at the top of the page.  If you grab any of them, be sure to leave Netty some love.
  • The lace is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama. 
    Digital Sentiment:
    • This fabulous sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie.  Check out Paulette's wonderful blog by clicking HERE or click HERE to go to the store.
    Paper Products: 
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Pink Buttons Collection.
    • Designer Paper: Floral paper on the inside is from K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection. 
    Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

    Don't Forget to Check out the IT Challenges...
    Don't forget that there are two different ways you can link up over on the Imagine That blog.

    D.O.T.M. Challenge Click on the image on the left for the current Stamp of the Month Challenge! Their are still two weeks left so you have lots of time to enter.

    Click on the right image for the current use ANY IT! digi challenge!  This challenge is now simply a link up for any creation made with an IT image.  A draw will be made after every 10 submissions.
    Well folks, that is it for today.  If you frequent the IT blog, you'll actually see parts of this post over there as the DT are now posting there too. 

    Stay tuned for more Imagine That! Digis by Kris creations coming your way soon. along with all my regular features and design team posts. 

    Until next time,

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #29--B is for...

    Hey Peeps!  It has been a while hasn't it.  The hubs and I slipped away on an impromptu trip to London, Ontario, last week to visit my folks.  It is roughly a seven to eight hour drive from our home.  My dad celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday and it was Mother's Day here in Canada and many other countries on Sunday.  We're back now but it is truly amazing how far behind one can get not getting any work done for four days straight!  It is also my mom's surgery tomorrow to remove the skin cancer from her scalp so I've been a bit preoccupied with thoughts of that as well.  Anyway, it is time to get back to business.
    There is lots coming up in the second half of may including today's post.  It is time for our new challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. 

    This time around, for Challenge #29, the theme is B is for...

    Brads, buttons and beads, oh my!  There are so many different kinds of embellishments or accessories that you can add to a card to give it just that perfect touch.  Mirror that with some beautiful images and papers, come up with the perfect palette and you have a creation on your hands worthy of showcasing.  This month we want to see your creativity in using as many elements and concepts as you can, that start with the letter 'B'.  Get those brilliant brains busy and brainstorm up a beautiful, beguiling, blueprint built, befitting the best of the 'Bs'!

    In order to participate in our challenges you DO NOT NEED TO USE A SCRIBBLES DESIGNS IMAGE on your project but you must follow the monthly theme and the other rules that have been established for our particular challenge blog.  You can find them, along with the prize information, listed in the right hand sidebar of the challenge blog.  This challenge will end at 9pm PST on June 14th.
    You can purchase your Scribbles Designs images HERE and there is a free image over on the challenge blog as well to help get you started.  Also, be sure to check out the special Freebie Friday posts as it is another great way to build your Scribbles Designs collection.
    To help inspire you, I have created a simple 'thinking of you' card for a special friend.  This particular card features one of Sandy's freebies that is still available.

    Here are my card and all the details...

    General Information:
    • Items I've used that begin with B include:  Brown; Beige; Bones; Buttons; Bows; and Background paper (okay I might be pushing it with the last one).
    • This card was created 100% digitally and then printed and assembled.


    Digital Image Details: 
    • Dog Bone Freebie: This fun image is currently a freebies, as such I don't have a watermark for it so just click on the name to head to its location in the store. It has been coloured digitally.
    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • I added the writing on top of the bone before saving it as a new image.  Then the whole thing was brought over into my card layout. 

    Digital Sentiment Details: 
    • This great sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  It is perfect for a simple 'thinking of you' card.  It is the first time I have used it but I am sure I'll use it again and again.  While I picked it up as a freebie not too long ago, you can purchase it as part of the You Make the World Better, Thank you set.  I've linked the set watermark below to take you to its location in the store.  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.

     You Make the World Better, Thank you

    Digital Embellishments:
    • I created the button and bow combo using a template from Marisa Lerin and an existing element from Sheila Reid (just recoloured it a bit).  Both of these designers are with Pixel Scrapper.
    • 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.
    Paper Products: 
    • Card, image and sentiment bases: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.

    Digital Paper Products:
    • I have used one of the patterned papers available in the Scribble Doodle Designs Puppy Powers set.  You can get it as part of the full set (including six patterned and six textured papers) or simply in the patterned papers set.  Clicking on either watermark below will take you to the page they are available on in the Scribbles Designs store.
    #DP 005 Puppy Power Paper Set ($3.99)

    #DP 006 Puppy Power Patterned Papers Only ($2.99)

    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 an entire month to enter at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, so I hope to see you there. If you have some time I invite you to go and check out the wonderful inspiration offered up from my colleagues on the DT. We always look forward to seeing what you come up with for each month's theme!   

    Until next time,

    Monday, May 04, 2015

    Card Design: Path of Positivity #26--Perseverance

    Hello everyone.  I've had the opportunity to create for the start of The Path of Positivity Challenge.  However, as busy as I have been I didn't get the opportunity to print out the pieces and assemble my actual card but I can show you the digital version of what it looks like.

    Perseverance is the theme this month.  To succeed in life you need perseverance.  Even when facing difficulties, one needs to stay slow and steady and stay on course.  Encouragement cards are a great way to show someone you care about the importance of never giving up and that is the focus of my creation tonight.  I have a dear friend going through a severe depression right now and I'm trying to encourage her in every way to hang in there and not give up.

    This month our sponsors are...

    and Ike's Art...

    For the start of the challenge, I'm working with an image from Deedee's Digs.  Both Deedee and Ike had so many awesome images to choose from that worked well for this challenge.  You can see the images the rest of the team chose to work with over on the challenge blog.  For now, here is the one I chose to work with...
    If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
    If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

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

    General Info:  
    • I have used a sketch from From the Heart Stamps for the front of my card.

    Digital Images Details: 
    • Chance of Showers: Details above.  I've used one of the COLOURED images from the set.  I recoloured it digitally to match more with the colours of my paper.  Thankfully, Deedee's terms allow one to do this.  Be sure to always check!
    Digital Embellishments & Paper Details: 
    • I paper pieced basic shapes using three different papers from my new Colours of the Rainbow Textured Papers set.  I'm working on getting it uploaded to the store.  I just need to find the time to do so!


    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • This wonderful sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie.   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.

    Digital Paper Products: 
    • I've also used my own paper on the front and inside.  It is also from a new set, this one called, Rainy Days.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    For Challenge #26, prizes will be the following:
    • A $10 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $25 gift certificate from Deedee's Digis, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
    There will also be: 
    • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment.
    • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
    So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to perseverance, provide an explanation of how your project and/or post relates to the theme somewhere in your post or  leave a comment on the challenge post with the explanation.  Easy, peasy!

    To find out all the details you need along with the link up, click HERE.  The team and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!!

    Until next time!

    Saturday, May 02, 2015

    It is National Scrapbooking Day!!!

    YaY!  It is National Scrapbooking Day here in Canada and in the States too.  It might even be in other locations as well.  Of course I just found out about it yesterday (I can't remember from last year apparently).

    So how about we celebrate with a freebie first of all...

    This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Pixel ScrapperFull 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. 

    Next up, how about we have a mini challenge for a give-a-way.  Submit a new card to the link up below using ANY of my creations--papers, sentiments, embellishments, etc. for your chance to win ONE of the following sets. You can find tons of samples to use by simply clicking on FREE or FREEBIE in the labels section located in the bottom of the right sidebar.


    Winner's Choice!!!

    If you link up a creation (card, digital layout or other digital design, tag, bookmark, etc.) using the free paper I'm giving out today, I'll send you another free paper as a bonus, plus you'll still get a chance to win the prize mentioned above.  I'll leave the linkup open for the next two weeks to give you time to enter.

    Simple Rules:
    • No back linking.  New creations only.
    • Please mention my blog in your link up list with a link back to it.  
    • You must link directly to your post with your entry NOT to your whole blog.
    • I reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the concept of the challenge or rules.
    Have fun and happy scrapbooking!

     Until next time,
    Link Up Below:

    Card Design: 12MoC Ch. #5...Opt. Theme--Christmas Critters

    Ah oops and then double oops.  Around 6:30 last night I realized I hadn't finished this post yet.  I had intentions to get to it right then and there but something came up (albeit I don't have a blinkin' idea what it was right now) and I completely forgot.  Oh goodness me.  At least I'm remembering now...

    Hello!  It is time for the May challenge and link up to begin over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We had another great showing in April and Monica and I hope that you'll continue to spread the word about our Link Up. 

    Don't forget that this link up is basically two-fold.  First of all, you are still going to have the opportunity to link up any number of Christmas and December holiday themed cards throughout the month with an anything goes theme. At the end of each month, every person who has linked up a MINIMUM of two (2) Christmas or holiday themed cards will be eligible to receive a specially designed Christmas themed digital paper created by moi. That means that if you submit two cards each month, by the time that the year is done, you will have received 12 free digital papers, all for the low cost of linking up cards you need to create anyway. You do not need to use the digital paper you receive each month in your cards in order to get the next paper. They are strictly meant as incentive to participate. 

    While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles papers, I did create a special set called Christmas Critters, based on the theme for this challenge. Check out the preview...

    Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of May will earn ONE of the digital papers from this set.  The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post.  If you would like to have a say in determining which colour will be offered, you can answer the poll we've set up in the sidebar on the top right hand side of The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up blog.

    The second part of the challenge provides even more incentive to play. Each month there will be an OPTIONAL theme to follow. This month the optional theme is Christmas Critters.  In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that your card showcases an animal suitable for a holiday card.  You can find more details over on the Challenge #5 post. You can find that post and the link up by clicking HERE. 

    Also, be sure to check out all the rules and details on the Challenge Details Page. We have provided examples of a few different scenarios to help explain things and make them a bit clearer, in case there is any confusion. 

    This month our wonderful guest sponsor is
    Deedee's Digis...

    Check out the fabulous image I got to work with this month for the start of the challenge...

    In order to accommodate the new EU VAT regulations, Deedee has had to divide her store into two sections.  Please be sure to click on the respective link for the area you live in. NON EU residents click HERE; EU residents click HERE

    This latest card makes...

    Christmas Cards to date for 2015:  12
    ...and here it is...

    Digital Image Details:
    • Deer FriendDetails and link above.  The image is a PRE COLOURED image from the set. 
    • The star shaped gems are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.  
    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • I have used one of the sentiments from the Deer Friend set. 

    Paper Products:
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    Digital Paper Products: 
    • I used one of the papers from the Christmas Critters set which is mentioned above.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this set, just let me know and I'll add it to the store.
    Digital Embellishments:
    • The shape on the front used as an accent piece is part of a tag shape template originally created by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper. I added a grunge texture from Heather Green,  HG Graphic Designs using a clipping mask.
    • 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 from Sheila Reid, also with Pixel Scrapper.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    So what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for May.  Whether you choose to link up two Anything Goes themed cards simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you!  Cards for this challenge will be accepted from 6:00 p.m. (18:00 hrs), May 1st - 11:55 p.m. (23:55 hrs), May 31st, 2015.  You can find out all the details for this challenge including the link up by heading HERE.  Monica, I and the design team hope to see you there! 

    Until next time!