Saturday, December 08, 2012

Saturday Showcase: December 8, 2012

It is that time of week where I showcase other artists' work (whether it be stamps, cards or otherwise), a blog post offering a great technique, or I might even just pick a whole blog to showcase. If you are new to my blog you can find out why I created the showcase HERE.




My top picks for this week include...
Card Choice

This wonderful card was designed by
  SUZE
Her blog is called
craftysuze 
 
Suze has been one of my dedicated followers since week one.  She has already made and shared four cards using my designs.  So, I have had the opportunity to check out many of Suze's cards.  I definitely like what I see.  Once of my favourite cards is the one she created using one of my fall background papers.  It is found in her post, "Foxy Thanks" from November 14th.  Now this isn't the reason I chose to showcase this card.  REALLY!  I just love how all the colours worked together.  I haven't had the opportunity to print out any of the papers from my premiere paper pack so it was really cool to see how well it came out.  I applaude Suze's ambitions because she downloaded the papers, created and posted her card all on the same day I released them!  Her fox is just so cute and all the elements come together to make a design that catches your eye.  Now to prove that this choice isn't about stroking my own ego, I'm showcasing a second of Suze's designs.  


This card is from her post, "Punch It Out", dated November 3rd. I just love the overall feel of this card.  The contrast of the gold pearlized paper with the white is very striking.  The results of using both the diecut and punch are fantastic.  The image is just delightful and those embellishments are beautiful.  You can find out the details to both these card by following the associated links. To view Suze's other designs, please visit her blog (clicking on the blog name will take you straight to her blog).  
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  Free Digital Stamp Artist Choice
This cute stamp was designed by
  ANJI PEARSON
Her blog is called

Anji's Antics was one of the first places I found on the internet offering free stamps.  Anji offers up freebies and music lyrics almost every single day.  The image of the Christmas moose is from her November 20th post entitled, "My Daughter Came To See Me".  I just fell in love with this adorable moose.  From the expression on his face to the Christmas lights hanging from his antlers, he is just too cute for his own good.  I have big plans for this sweetie pie.  If you haven't already found her, Anji's blog is definitely worth a visit (clicking on the blog name will take you straight to her blog).  
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  Next that  brings me to the...
 This is a special category highlighting 
a stamp for sale by another artist.
  This week that honour goes to...
 
 This neat paper pack was created by
DIANE NOBLE
Her blog is called
Her store is located HERE
This stamp set is available for sale HERE

I share something in common with Diane--we are both triple D's; and, no I'm not talking about our bra sizes.  I have enjoyed visiting Diane's blog for some time now.  She always has great card designs which I have taken some inspiration from.  She also offers a freebie on occasion and I have been fortunate enough to grab most of them before she puts them into the store.

While window shopping one day, I came across this lovable family of snowpeople.  I got a chuckle out of their name and of course loved the expression.  Memories of growing up in a snow belt came to mind.  There were many opportunites to build snowmen during the winters and I'd often create snow families on our front lawn.  Of course, in my snow family, just as in my own, there was only one snowchild.  Diane has lots to see so please go and take a peek at all the wonderful things she offers (clicking on the above links will bring you to their respective locations).  
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Normally, this would be the end of the showcase.  Today however, 
I am once again asking for your help in my special segment called... 
However, instead of asking for your financial support, this time I'm asking you to share some of your talents.  

 A couple of week's ago I featured Ginger's House in the Showcase.  For those of you who still don't know her, Ginger is a teacher in Florida.  In her class there is a special little boy named Sebastian who has a condition called Arthrogryposis. To learn a little bit more on what this is and how it affects him, you can read her post called, "Cards For Sebastian".  As far as Ginger is concerned, she has learned as much from Sebastian as she has taught him--maybe even more.  In the time that she has known him he has taught her valuable lessons in patience, perseverance, courage, perspective and more.  You can learn more on how this little boy has impacted her life in the same post mentioned above.  According to an update on Sebastion featured in the post, "Another Surgery For Sebastian", on December 19th he will be going in for another surgery.  Christmas will be very different for him this year.  While he will still experience the joy and wonder that only a six year old can experience at this time of year, he will also have to deal with "doctors and casts and pain and medication and sleepless nights for him as well as his parents".  It is Ginger's wish that Sebastian's hospital room be filled once again with love and hope.  The cards that he received during his first surgery, many of which came from strangers, meant the world to him.  Ginger is hoping for a repeat of those feelings of love, and care and kindness. 

 I realize it is a crazy, busy time of year but if there are any of you who might be able to find the time in your busy schedule and the generosity of heart to make a card and send it to Sebastian, it would mean so much to a little boy in need.  You can visit Ginger's House and read the post mentioned above to see the complete story on Sebastian and find the address where you can send your card.  To get you started here is a special freebie that you can use for the inside of the card if you want to.  I've provided it in a number of different varieties.  Since there are so many configurations, (sentiment with image, sentiment alone, image alone in different ways, different colours) I needed to create a zip file. Now, I've learned that I can link it straight to the zip file and eliminate a step for you so I hope it works okay. However, if anyone has a problem with downloading this file, please let me know.  This is just a sample of one of the elements.  Click the word 'here' in the caption under the image to download the zip file.
Please click HERE to get download

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Well, that is it for this week's edition of the Saturday Showcase.  Thanks to all these wonderful artists for agreeing to allow me to showcase their work on my blog.  I'm sure I'll be coming back to them time and again.  Though you never know, I may be contacting YOU next to showcase something incredible you've created.

If you are interested in the information used to create this sentiment, I have included it below along with my other usual caveats. 
 
Until next time,
Notes:  
*The hands used in creating the 'helping out one of our own' banner are from Antique Images.
 *Thanks to Nikki from Limited Runs Stamps for creating my Saturday Showcase badge.

Fonts Used: 
Click the font name to take you to a download location.  This font is considered free for commercial use.  The quote's author is unknown.

If you haven't already, please become familiar with my terms of use found in the copyright tab at the top of this page.  I have included a quick summary below.   If you are not sure how to copy the image, check out the download instructions page.  
  
Quick summary of Terms of Use:

  • Do not claim the image as your own.
  • Credit 'Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' somewhere on your creation
  • Do not share my images with family, friends, etc.  Additionally, do not post any images to file sharing services like Pinterest®, 4-Shared®, etc.  Instead, please direct people to my blog so they can grab the image for themselves.
  • If I have signed an image, do not delete my signature.
  • Leave a comment on my blog.  It is currently the only way for me to know if any of my freebies are being nabbed.  Additionally, it will help to inspire me to continue to create and offer future freebies.

9 comments:

Diane said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Lisa! What a sweet gesture to showcase others' creative efforts here. I appreciate so much what you are doing as well as picking my Meet the Flakers digi stamp set to highlight. Awesome blog!

Naomi Edwards said...

Hi Lisa, As you probably know I haven't been on blogger much to post or comment but let me tell you I miss you and all of my friends so much..I had to come and touch base ... I really enjoyed your post and got so many laughs, you are such a great writer.. I believe you weren't stroking your own ego, hahahaha , too funny.. I never even knew you designed digitals!! (Shame on me!) I am totally in love with that Moose. Have a great day my friend and I hope Sabastian receives a huge pile of cards.

Ginger said...

Oh Lisa, thank you so much! Just reading your post brought tears to my eyes. You are the best and I can't thank you enough for helping to spread the word about Sebastian and the card drive. I absolutely love the digi you created for him too!

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Another wonderful showcase Saturday! Thank you so much for letting us discover new talent!

Linda W. said...

Wonderful post today Lisa. Our scrapbook/card maker group has been keep abreast of Sebastian and surprising him with cards and fun stuff. So good to see you doing the same (encouraging more readers)!

Anonymous said...

WOW I love this wordart, it's so pretty. you are amazing,Thank you so much for sharing,that it so generous of you!!
I'll definately make with these pretty wordart cards for OWH
http://operationwritehome.org(cards for the Soldiers ,to write home to the love ones)
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Looking forward to seeing more of your awesome work
I hope you are having a fabulous day!.take care of yourself and stay warm.sending hugs across the miles.Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Holyday
snowbird

MaryH said...

Hi Lisa, enjoyed your post, and will check out the posting about Sebastian, see if I can get a card out to this little fella. Thanks for being a caring person to spread the word about this and I hope it gets him lots of cards.Loved Suze's cards...fantastic use of the digi papers. (I'm new to digi). Loved her punched card too, the gold paper really set it off. I'll try to get round to check out both these sites, and thanks for the heads up.The silly moose was adorable. Have a great evening, and thanks for all these great links.

Donna said...

Thank you for the lovely sentiment. It will be wonderful on a card!

Suze said...

Thank you for showcasing my cards Lisa. I really appreciate being a part of your showcase. It gave me such a buzz to see my cards there. I will try to get a card to Sebastian on time too but with postal services at this time of the year it might not make it by surgery time.