Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Seven

Hello and happy New Year's Eve everyone!  Just one more sleep until a brand new year!

First I must apologize.  I'm rather later than I expected to be getting out today's post.  When I went downstairs so that I could be with the hubs while I worked, I couldn't access any Blogger websites.  Not my own, nor anyone else's. I kept getting a 403 forbidden notice from our security suite saying it was blocking the download of some sort of virus.  Huh?!  I was only opening a web page, I wasn't downloading anything.  Anyway, we thought it was the laptop since I had opened pages upstairs all afternoon up until 30 minutes earlier.  So while the hubs tried to check things out on the laptop, he told me to head upstairs and work on this post.  Only problem was, same thing starting happening upstairs.  Suffice it to say, it took over an hour and a half to figure out what was going on.  In the end we simply updated the security software one more time and that seems to have resolved the issue for now at least.  Due to losing all that time, I also haven't had the chance to email yesterday's paper out to those who played along.  Given that I still have two more, maybe three more posts to get ready tonight and that it is New Year's Eve, more than likely I will not get a chance to mail them until tomorrow now.  If yoy are waiting, I appreciate your patience.  Now onto today's part of the quest.

It is the seventh day of Christmas and it is time to continue 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:    click HERE 
Day five:    click HERE
Day six:    click HERE

As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 4th), you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then, it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and 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.  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...
This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  Today's paper was created using elements from two great designers.

These funky trees are courtesy of DBS DigiScraps.   This artist offers up free commercial use and personal use overlays, papers, quick-pages, kits, etc., using items she has either created totally on her own or with the assistance of other free commercial use items.  Once again the  background was created with an overlay from Marisa Lerin with Pixel Scrapper.  As you've noticed I rely on this wonderful designer a lot.  

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 seventh day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number seven.
Keep up the good work and before you know it,
you'll soon work your way up to number eleven!!!

Task:
Head on over to the Limited Run Stamps store and let me know the names of THREE CUPCAKE images that have a snowman on itHint:  Click on the Christmas section which you can find on the homepage or in the right hand sidebar under the label categories, to narrow down your search!  There are at least six cupcakes to choose from.

Click HERE to head there now!

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 Seven".

Hope this New Year's Eve is a safe and pleasant one as you reflect on the events of the past year!  See you all tomorrow for day number eight!!!

Cheers!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Six

Hello and happy Tuesday to you!  Just two more sleeps until a brand new year!

It is the sixth day of Christmas and it is time to continue 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:    click HERE 
Day five:     click HERE

As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 4th), you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then, it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and 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.  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...

This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  Today's paper was created using elements from three great designers.

The adorable bear is courtesy of Trina Clark.  Trina offers up a number of sweet graphics.  I was lucky enough to get this one as a freebie.  You can find her work at Digi Scrap Kits.  The holly and berries image is based on an element created by Sheila Reid, a designer with Pixel Scrapper whom I introduced earlier this week.  The background was created with an overlay from Brooke Gazarek, also a designer with Pixel Scrapper. I have a number of great resources from this designer as well.

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 sixth day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number six.
Play along today and you'll get to add
another free digital paper to the mix!!!

Task:
Head on over to the Pattie's Creations Etsy shop and let me know the name of ONE image that has a reindeer in it.  Hint:  Click on the Holidays and Seasons section in the Shop Sections menu at the top left, to narrow down your search!  There are a total of three images to choose from with reindeer.

Click HERE to head there now!

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 Six".

Hope this Tuesday is a beary special one!  See you all tomorrow for day number seven!!!

Cheers!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Five

Hello and happy Monday to you!  Just three more sleeps until a brand new year!

It is the fifth day of Christmas and it is time to continue the quest.  If you missed day one click HERE to start from the beginning and read all the details.  Then for day two click HERE, day three click HERE, and for day four click HERE.  I apologize to anyone who tried to click through to day two yesterday and couldn't find it.  The link has now been repaired.

As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 4th), you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then, it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and 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.  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...


This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  Today's paper was created using elements from two great designers.

The cute cookies are courtesy of Brainleaf Communication via the wonderful Icon Archive which as the name suggests, carries tons of great icons!   The background was created with an overlay from Marisa Lerin with Pixel Scrapper.  Marisa offers incredible resources that can be used for commercial purposes and she is also one of my favourite resource designers. 

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 fifth day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number five.
Just a few precious minutes of your time,
and you'll get to keep the quest alive!!!

Task:
Head on over to the Nicecrane Designs store and let me know the names of THREE sets with some version of Santa in themHint:  Click on the Christmas CS and Ornament section in the left hand menu to narrow down your search!

Click HERE to head there now!

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 Five".

Hope this Monday is a sweet one!  See you all tomorrow for day number six!!!

Cheers!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Four

Hello to you on this last day of the last weekend of 2014! 

It is the fourth day of Christmas and it is time to continue the quest.  If you missed day one click HERE to start from the beginning and read all the details.  Then for day two click HERE and for day three click HERE.

As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 4th), you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then, it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and 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.  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...

This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  Today's paper was created using elements from three great designers.

The bells overlay I used is from Heather Green of HG Graphic Designs.  I introduced her and told you a little bit of what she offers on day one of the quest.  To refresh yourself, you can click HERE and read more about HG Graphic Designs under the paper preview. The background was achieved with texture from Karen's Scraps and Graphics.  Karen has some wonderful freebies available.  Unfortunately, she had to close her own store, as so many people seem to have to do these days, but her stuff is still available for sale on other sites.  Freebies can be picked up on her blog which you can find by clicking HERE.  Finally, I have used a layer style from Michael better known as Designercow.  He offers up quite a few layer styles for free that can be used commercially on his site PHOTOSHOPlayerstyle.com.  If you are into design, please be sure to check out these amazing designers.

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 fourth day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number four.
Continue to follow the quest each day,
and you'll get to earn several more!!!

Task:
Head on over to the digital stamp section of the Fresh Brewed Designs store and find out how many of the images in the Christmas section, have Christmas trees as part of the image.   Hint:  Click on the Winter/Christmas/New Year category, then Christmas.  You'll have three pages to scroll through to find your answer (you'll be able to manoeuvre through the pages by clicking the numbers at the bottom).

Click HERE to head there now!

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 Four".

Hope this Sunday finds you jingling all the way!  See you all tomorrow for day number five!!!

Cheers!


Card Design: Imagine That...Sweet Deer

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

Hello everyone.  I hope that you are all doing well on this last Sunday of 2014.  Jeepers!  It seems like only a short while ago, that we started 2014.  Unfortunately, I think it is going to now be a trend that the years seem to zip by at zooming speeds.  Well, I better make the most of each of those quick days.  I hope that you will as well!

Right now I'm here to share my final Imagine That! Digis by Kris project for 2014!  In fact, this may just be my last card of the year period!  I still have my momma's Christmas card to create and show you but I think that will not happen until the end of the coming week at this point.  I'm trying to take some time off to spend with my poor neglected husband!

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

General Details: 
  • One can never have enough thank you cards and since my stash is now gone, I need to replenish it.

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Sweet Deer: I came to know Kris and her digis better almost about a year ago after having won a couple sets in a challenge I had entered on another challenge blog.  This was one of the sets I chose for my winnings.  It is just so darn sweet and very versatile as well!  Clicking on the name or the watermark below, will take you directly to its location in the store.  One of the great things about Kris' work is that the full sets in the store come with a coloured version.  Once again, I managed to get this card done in one evening simply due to the fact that I didn't have to colour it.  I simply added some ground using fine point markers and a coloured pencil, and then grounded the image with the colourless maker and Copic BG000.  While I love colouring, it can be rather time consuming so it always great to have the options that Kris presents.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p138/Sweet_Deer.html
Embellishments:
  • The little hearts are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.  There are four of them, one in each corner of the image background but the one on the top right got a bit washed out with the flash.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This great sentiment was one available in the Sweet Deer set.

OVERALL
Paper Products:
   

  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The paper I used as matting is from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.

Digital Paper Products:
  • I used a digital paper I created for The 12 Days of Christmas Quest for my card.  Those deer in the pattern were just perfect for this card so I couldn't resist.  You will have the opportunity to earn this paper if you play along in the quest, later in the week.  Don't know what I'm talking about but would like to find out?  Click HERE to find out all the details from that first post. 
Challenge I am entering... 

Don't Forget...
You still have a couple of days to enter the two 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!

Well folks, that is it for now. Stay tuned for more Imagine That! Digis by Kris creations, coming your way soon along with all my regular features and design team posts.  The next task in the 12 Days of Christmas Quest will be out in just a few minutes as well.

Until then,

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Three

Hello to you on this last Saturday of the year! 

It is the third day of Christmas and it is time to continue the quest.  If you missed day one click HERE to start from the beginning and read all the details.  Then for day two, click HERE.

As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 4th), you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then, it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and 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.  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...

This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  Today's paper was created using elements from three great designers whose work I've come to know this year.

The first element, the light string, is courtesy of Delicious Scraps.  This particular company has quite a number of resources that can be used commercially.  From overlays and frames to charms and stickers, there are lots of digital goodies to choose from.  They also have quite a few free actions that I'm hoping to make use of in the new year.  The red button with the word 'merry' is an element from Sheila Reid with Pixel Scrapper.  I'm a super fan of Sheila's work and use her commercial use resources quite often.  The background was created using an overlay from Eye Inspire, another wonderful designer, I came across this past year.  Along with a few textures, one of which I've used here, Rhonda often offers up layer styles for free.  In fact, I've used several of her layer styles in a paper coming up later in the week.  If you have money to spend, all these designers have great resources for sale as well!  

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 third day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number three.
Keep playing along and if you answer correctly,
you'll earn another paper for free!!!

Task:
Head on over to the digital stamp section of the Ike's Art store and submit the name of any image that would be suitable for a Christmas card, saucy or otherwise.   Hint:  If you scroll through the images in the 'My Latest Designs' section, you'll find at least seven with a holiday or winter theme.  

Click HERE to head there now!

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 Three".

Hope this Saturday finds you thinking merry thoughts!  See you all tomorrow for day number four!!!

Cheers!

Friday, December 26, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest: Day Two

Happy Boxing Day!!!

It is the second day of Christmas and it is time to continue the quest.  If you missed day one click HERE to start from the beginning and read all the details.

As a quick refresher, each day during the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25th to Jan. 4th), you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find something or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then, it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and 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.  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers (daily, all at once at the end, or otherwise) AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...

This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  Today's paper was created using a seamless background vector graphic from Web Design Hot. This particular company offers up access to some goodies right on site and also provides off site links to vectors, brushes, graphics and a whole host of other goodies for free.  While you do need to read the terms carefully, many can be picked up and used commercially.  Of course I've also used an overlay from Sheila Reid with Pixel Scrapper, another fabulous place for resources.   

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 second day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number two.
So, follow the steps, send me your answer,
and I'll get the next paper off to you!!!

Task:
Head on over to the Imagine That! Digis by Kris store and find out the name of a Christmas set that has a bear in it.   Hint:  Click on Digi Stamps, then Christmas, to narrow down your choices.

Click HERE to head there now!

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 Two".

Hope this Boxing Day finds you happy and healthy!  See you all tomorrow for day number three!!!

Cheers!
 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Quest Begins Today!

Merry Christmas one and all!!!

Today marks the official start of the 12 Days of Christmas for 2014.  I thought that I would commemorate this special time of year with something fun.

Over the past year, I've come across several designers (new to me) who generously share many of their resources for free and several of them are offered up for commercial use.  Thanks to the generosity of these special people, it provides me with an opportunity to bring new goodies to you.  As such, I've been able to create 12 new papers just for you.  However, you are going to have to earn them; but, don't worry, I'm not going to make it too hard on you.

Each day over the next 12 days, you're going to be given a task to follow.  I'll be sending you on a quest to find or provide me with certain facts from the stores or blogs of designers that I love.  Then it is will just be a matter of emailing me the answer to my query and you'll earn a free digital paper.

I know that this is a crazy busy time and hopefully the majority of you are off line and spending time with your family and friends; so, be rest assured, that you will have plenty of time to complete each task.  While you may submit an answer each day, you can also wait until the end and submit all your answers at the same time.  You may even want to split it in half!  It is completely up to you as to when and how you submit your answers AS LONG AS all your answers are sent in no later than January 12th, 2015.

Here is the paper up for grabs today...

This paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  It was created using an overlay from Heather Green of HG Graphic Designs.  Heather has an incredible selection of personal use items for designers and also a very large section of resources available for commercial use.  In fact, for the low fee of $15.00 (US), you can use any of her specified PUO items, commercially.  That is an incredible deal and one I am hoping to take advantage of in the new year.  A few of the papers I've designed for this special 12 Days of Christmas offer, will be using some of Heather's overlays and even some of her layer styles.  Complete credit information is provided within the file.  Be sure to go and visit Heather and check out her great selection of goodies by clicking HERE.

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 first day of Christmas,
it is time to earn paper number one,
So, I hope that you will all join in
and have yourself a little bit of fun!!!

Task:
Head on over to The Scribbles Designs store and find out the name and number of a Christmas image starring Sandy's famous penguin, BrrrHint:  Click on Christmas in the labels section to narrow down your choices.

Click HERE to head there now!

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 One".

Merry Christmas, my wonderful friends, followers and readers!  See you all tomorrow for day number two!!!

Cheers!

Merry Christmas!


 ...and you know me, I can't let a holiday go by without sharing a present so here you all go...

https://app.box.com/s/ejbp2iql6k3m14tr5jwg

This digital paper is in 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 ppi. 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. 

Stay tuned as later this evening I have something special planned for all of you who enjoy treasure hunts.

 Happy holidays all!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Card Design: Countdown to Christmas with Nicecrane Designs, Day 7

http://nicecranedesigns.com/
Greetings to you on this Saturday! Is your weekend going to be filled to the brim with doing last minute things to get ready for the big guy's arrival?  I know mine will.  First I'm going to start with sharing the final card featuring an image from the beautiful vintage set called A Happy Xmas by Bowley, available over at Nicecrane Designs

Over the last several days you've seen the first four cards I created for my momma as part of her Christmas gift (if you missed them and would like to check them out, click HERE for the first, HERE for the second, HERE for the third, and HERE for the fourth).  Today it is time to show you the fifth and final card in the set.

General Information:
  • When I chose the sentiment for the inside of this card, I hesitated but then thought, 'no it is 2014, it is fine'.  Of course, sitting back I have now realized why I hesitated.  It might be 2014 this year but it won't be next year when she actually sends this card to someone.  So, sometime in the next week, I need to get creative and find a way to add a new sentiment to the inside without it looking strange.  Wish me luck!

  
FRONT
Digital Image Details:
  • A Happy Xmas by Bowley:  This card features the image in the middle of the preview below.  Click on the watermark below to take you to its location in the store. 
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=1172
Embossing Folder:
  • The purple panel on top was embossed using the one of the folders from the Cricut, Paper Lace II set.  
Embellishments:
  • The half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.

INSIDE

OVERALL 
Digital Sentiments:
  • These beautiful sentiments were once again, both created by Paulette from Create with TLC and both picked up as freebies.  For more great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and to see some awesome sets available for sale, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.
 Paper Products:
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The paper used for the embossed panel on the front and the matting on the inside are from the Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Soda Pop collection.
Challenges I am hoping to enter...

Before I go...
Time to share one more great Christmas themed set available at Nicecrane's Designs.  This particular set includes ready to go ornaments that you just need to print, fold and glue.  I made one for my momma last year using a different image and I'd really like to work with images available in this set too.  Hopefully next year.
The Christmas Ornament Pack set contains three ornaments to provide you with a bit of variety.  Be sure to go and check it out while you are at the store (click on image below to head to its location).
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=686

Remember, to stay current on ALL the latest releases and to check out the fabulous inspiration from my fellow DT members, be sure to head over to the Nicecrane Designs blog.

Thanks for popping in and checking my latest creation.  I'm not exactly sure when I'll be back next, I do still have at least two cards that need to be made and I'm trying to get some decorations done as well.  Then I also have a special 12 Days of Christmas treasure hunt planned and I'm hoping that I can pull it off.  So, while I'm not exactly sure which day I'll be back, I'll definitely be back soon.

Until then, I hope that you are all getting some time to spend with family and friends.  That is one of the wonderful things about the holidays--being with the people we love, and those we don't get to see very often.

Take care until we meet up again,