Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Freebie Alert: Another Celebration

Today marks another very special day in the Décosse household.  Exactly 26 years ago, the hubs and I were married.  As you've learned by now, our celebrations means presents for all of you.

Now my inspiration for this paper is a bit odd and deserves an explanation.  I know that I have told you how incredible the man I love is.  Well, here is another reason why.

When we were all out at dinner last Wednesday celebrating the hubs' birthday, the discussion of cheesecake came up during dessert.  New York Cheesecake is my absolute favourite dessert.  Unfortunately, we haven't been able to purchase cheesecake in over five years (at least) because everything these days has allergy warnings on it to protect the companies, even if there are no actual allergens in the product.  So I sadly lamented that evening that I would probably never get to eat cheesecake again unless of course I learned how to cook one myself.  Well, somebody was apparently listening very close to that.

On Monday evening while I was preparing dinner, I opened the fridge and started babbling like a lunatic: "huba, huba, bubababa, huba..." and it went on for about two minutes straight!  There sitting on the shelf was a home-made cherry cheesecake.  He must have snuck it upstairs and put it in the fridge when my back was turned.  Anyway, I went to the living room and smothered the man in kisses.  Apparently, he mentioned the fact that he really wanted to get a cheesecake made for me at work on Friday and one of his co-workers offered herself for hire.  He brought it home on Saturday after work and snuck it into the fridge in the basement.  Of course, he then forgot it until Monday but at least remembered to bring it up before it had gone bad.

Now unfortunately, I can't actually share the cheesecake with you but I can share a picture of it...

Yum!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

So, in honour of the amazing man who arranged for me to receive this amazing gift, I have created a cherries themed digital paper which I am sharing with you all in honour of our wedding anniversary.  The cherries in the paper are a little bit heart shaped so it is actually fitting!

This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from The Coffee Shop, Jennifer Scraps, Pixabay, and HG Graphic DesignsFull 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. 
Unfortunately we won't be able to go out to supper tonight as planned as the hubs had to work later than expected but we're hoping to go out and celebrate on Saturday instead.  I don't know what we'll be having for dinner but I do know what I'll be having for dessert when we come home!

Until next time,

Wonderful Wednesdays--Offerings for April

If you are new to my blog and want to know how this concept got started, you can find the original post by clicking HERE

Hello peeps.  Once again this month I'm skating thin on getting my Wonderful Wednesdays offering out in time.  It is incredible that we have already reached the final Wednesday in April. 

If you are new to my blog in the past year, you can find other items for the April kit by clicking on the respective links below: 

  • The word April done up in a bunch of different styles:  Click HERE.
  • Blue Polka dot paper and red polka dot paper:  Click HERE.
  • "Good Times" wordart creations available in a number of colours; plus some balloons--digi images and coloured; + bonus circular stamp:  Click HERE.
The April kit never had a name so since it is focused on the theme of celebration, I'm just going to call it Happy Celebrations!

I decided to add a wordart paper this month that says 'celebrate'. Some of you may have a similar one as I made one for Monica Taylor to hand out to everyone during one of her blog celebrations.  However this one has different colouring and the wording is larger.

This paper, part of the Happy Celebrations kit (the multi-year kit for the month of April), is 3600 x 3600 in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I have used resources from: Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper, and Heather Green, HG Graphic Designs.  Full credit info is in the file.  To grab this paper, 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.

Here is your bonus stamp for April.  You can just left click on this one to bring it up in the lightbox and then right click to save it in its original size which is 3600 x 192 pixels (12 inches x .64 inches).  
Stay tuned for a new Wonderful Wednesday post coming next month!  

Additionally, I have another freebie coming out later this evening in honour of our wedding anniversary; so, stay tuned!

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Card Design: Imagine That...Christmas Horseshoe #2
Today I have my final Imagine That! Digis by Kris project for April. 

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

General Details:
  • Today I'm showing you the second of two very similar cards I made just using different colours and sentiments.  I showed you the first one last month.
  • Thankfully, this also marks my second Christmas card for the month as well to add to the pot to help me avoid my yearly Christmas Card Panic.
Christmas Cards to date for 2015:  11

Digital Image Details: 
  • Christmas Horseshoe: As usual, I've opted to use one of the coloured versions for this project.  Always the great choice if you are a time weary person like myself.  Click on the SHOP link if you are a non-EU customer or the EU SHOP link if you reside in the European Union, in order to find this image in the section of the store that you should be shopping in (links are under the set preview).
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment is one available in the Christmas Horseshoe set.  Of course I had to choose the one with a play on words.  Always groan worthy!
Digital Embellishment Details: 
  • The metallic looking flowers are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This time I used a different sentiment although it was still created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up a while back as a freebie. For more 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.

Paper Products:
  • Card base and matting on inside: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, South Beach collection.
  • Image and sentiment bases: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The designer paper is from my scrap pile but it is originally from the Recollection's Bright Christmas paper pad.
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! There are still a couple days to get your creations entered.
 Customer Link-Up 

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. I'll be back tomorrow hopefully with this month's Wonderful Wednesday offering!

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,

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bookmark Design: From the Heart Stamps April Challenge
It is time to post my project for the April, From the Heart Stamps (FTHS) progressive stamp of the month challenge. Woop, woop!  I even got it done with five days to spare!

In order to enter the progressive challenge, you must either have received the latest image by having participated in the previous month or you can buy the stamp for the current month's challenge.  Everyone who enters and follows the rules is a winner because you automatically get the stamp for the next month's challenge.  Stop by the site and check out the rules for yourself.  While you are there, have a look around.  They have some really awesome images.

This time around I decided to make a birthday tag.  Here is my project and the details.  I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

General Information:
  • For this project I actually got to use one of my own tags (made with elements from Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper & Art of Nadia).  Details below.


 Digital Image Details: 
  • The image on the front, Hamlet PigWit Being Shy, is available for purchase over at From the Heart Stamps. Click HERE or on the watermark below to go to its location in the store. 
  • I brought the image into Photoshop Elements and then layered it right on top of the tag.  I also added a shadow (courtesy of Megan Tundridge).  Next, I printed it, fussy cut it out and then coloured it in with Copic Markers.  
  • If you missed out, you can still play along with the challenge by purchasing the image. Then you can enter the challenge and receive next month’s digi free. Alternatively, if you spend $10 in the From The Heart Stamps store this month, you'll receive the image for free.  To find the special code you need, be sure to check out the original post by clicking HERE.
Stamp Preview by FromTheHeartStamps
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • I wanted to come up with something 'pig' related and looked online to see what there was.  Sadly, nothing really fit. Then I went traipsing through my old FTHS files and found one that said "Hope your Hallowe'en is filled with squeals of delights".  It was perfect except for having the wrong occasion so I just whipped this one up myself.  Thanks for the inspiration Faith!
  • I layered the sentiment right onto the tag, along with the image before printing it out.
  • The flowers, lace and half pearls are all Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
Paper Products: 
  • Bookmark base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Digital Products: 
  • As mentioned earlier, the tag is one of my own.  It is available in the Patterned Tags set of the Tag Grab Bag 1:  Cotton Candy Collection.  If you'd like to purchase this set, please let me know so I can upload it to the store.
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
Others I might get it into...
My final progressive challenge is done for the month.  However I still have lots more to accomplish over the next five days.  Wish me luck!  I'm off and running to the next task on the list right now!
Until next time,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge...April
Before I get on with today's post I just wanted to say a big thanks for all the birthday wishes for my husband yesterday.  I know that he will greatly appreciate them!

I had a little bit of time this afternoon before we head out and see my folks so I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to post my creation for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge. So many adorable images to choose from, and as usual, this month's image for the progressive challenge is no exception.  Check it out...

Everyone who played along in last month's challenge received Coffee Girl 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:
  • When leaving comments as part of my Scribbles Designs duties I found a card layout that really inspired me.  The original card was designed by maikreations and you can find the card that inspired me HERE.    

Digital Image Details: 
  • Coffee Girl:  You can find this image in the store.  Details above.  This image was coloured in and grounded with Copic Markers.  I used coloured pencils to add the actual ground.  Sadly the underlying black ink smudged a bit when colouring her face and boy do I really need to learn how to colour hair properly.
  • I created a tag shape in Libre Office Draw and then added some digital stitching around the edges.  I layered the image onto the tag before printing it.
  • Both the ribbon and the fabric hearts are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie a while back.  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 and matting:  Crafts Brand Cardstock, purchased at Dollarama.
  • Image and sentiment bases: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Designer paper is from the K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection.
Challenges I am entering: 
Other challenges I hope to enter... 
***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button*** 

Well guys, that is it for this one.  It is another night out of the house visiting with my parents at their hotel.  I'll try and post again in the next day or two as I still have lots to accomplish before the end of the month.  

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freebie Alert: Happy Birthday to My Hubs!

Today is another very special day in the Décosse household this week, and as such, it deserves a very special shout out.  Today my hubs celebrates his 

 65th birthday!!!

As I've mentioned before, without this man, working hard in order to put food on the table, pay the mortgage, and keep me in crafting supplies, there would be no way I could do what I do everyday.  Additionally, it is his love and support that allows me to create and also spend so much time with all of you.   I am so very lucky and I know it.  He is such an incredible man and my world would not be the same without him in it.

So, I want to wish my amazing hubby a very happy birthday and in honour of this special day, I've got a present for all of you.  Everyone should get to celebrate today!!!

Now this paper isn't a traditional birthday paper but I made it especially for the hubs' card (which I'll be showing you all in June).  He absolutely LOVES frogs, and so this is in honour of his four legged green friends.

This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Heather Green of HG Graphic Designs, and Jerry Jones of Shadowhouse Creations.  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. 

My parents are coming up this evening and we'll be going out for supper to celebrate.  I hope that the hubs has a good day and that all of you will as well!!!

Until next time,

Monday, April 20, 2015

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: GROWTH

 If you are new to my blog and would like to know why I started Motivational Monday, please go HERE.

Hello and a warm welcome to those of you stopping by this Monday.  I appreciate you taking the time to come over and read what I have to say.  I also appreciate the birthday wishes that you left me.  Thanks so much for helping to make my day yesterday, a special one.
This evening, I'll be sharing a reflection on growth along with a couple freebies at the bottom of the post.  The reflection, and one of the freebies can also be found over on my Path of Positivity challenge blog as part of the midway post where the theme this month is GROWTH.  
On with today's thoughts...

Keep on Growing

It doesn't matter whether you are 25, 50 or even 75!  You are never too old to grow and develop.  We may get stuck and mired down at times during our life that makes us think we'll never reach our objectives but it doesn't matter.  We can always pick up and start again.

My husband is one example of this.  He had a difficult time as a child in school and was told by many that he would never amount to anything.  His own mother and many of his siblings would often call him 'stupid' and 'a retard'.  Both terms that shouldn't be part of anyone's vocabulary!  He dropped out of high school but later went on to complete his GED (which is a general equivalence of a high school diploma), and then put himself through night school to become a Bookkeeper all while working at the same time.  Years later, not satisfied with where he was at, he decided to go back to school--at the age of 36.  Again, amidst ridicule such as, "you're too old" and "what are you thinking".  He ended up graduating from a two year program and went on to have a very satisfying career in that field for over 10 years.

He knew what he wanted and he never gave up.  He didn't stay complacent with where his life was at.  He didn't give up and get stuck on what someone else's ideas of success meant.  Even when he struggled with reading and writing, he never gave up wanting to learn and grow.   Of course, today we know that he has both learning disabilities (visual, auditory AND kinaesthetic) and Attention Deficit Disorder having undergone testing.  Had he been properly diagnosed as a child, he may not have had as many educational struggles as he did.  However, even facing those difficulties he never gave up and continued wanting to learn and grow.

Even today, after having retired from his career at the local college, he has gone on to learn a new career as a tax professional.  This is his fifth year with the organization and each year he must learn more in order to improve his skills.  At the age of 65 (well, he will be on Wednesday),  he show no signs of ever wanting to stop the process of learning.

This is just one example.  There are many places in our lives for us to grow and develop.  It doesn't matter whether it is growth related to our career or business, our personal life or our spiritual one.  It is important that each of us continues to develop and grow throughout life.  It can be the little things we work on or it can be the bigger ones too.  The key is that you keep trying to improve yourself and work towards the person you were always meant to be!
Here are the promised freebies.  The first was offered up at the challenge start and the second was just offered up today for the midway...

© 2015

Font Information:

© 2015

Font Information:
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.  All these fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time each of these project were made, and as such, 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 these digital creations.

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.

I invite you to go and check out, not only, the fabulous creations some members of my Design Team had the opportunity to create over on the Path of Positivity (click HERE for the midway) but also some of the great entries into this month's challenge (click HERE for the challenge).  I also invite you to come over and enter a project yourself, if you haven't already.  

This month our sponsor is Sparkle N Sprinkle...

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With spring here for many of us, this is the perfect month to be exploring the concept of growth.  
Well, that is it for today!  Have a great week ahead everyone!

Until next time,