Monday, November 16, 2015

Card Design: Path of Positivity #32 Midway--Gratefulness

Hello!  I realize it has been a while since I've been able to participate in this challenge but I had a chance to create for this month's midway for The Path of Positivity Challenge; so, I'm here to share my card along with the freebies from this month's challenge as well, which you can find at the bottom of this post.  Don't forget, even if I don't show them here, you can always find two new free sentiments each month, always on the first and third Mondays of the month over on
The Path of Positivity Challenge; so, be sure to check in over there.  I'd love for you to join in our challenges as well.  While the themes are different from your average challenge themes, just giving them a little bit of thought can often help you to figure out how a particular project you have, may apply to the theme.

The theme this month is Gratefulness.  There is so much to be grateful for in our lives.  Even when things are difficult and you are not feeling all that thankful, there is always something, even if it is
something small, that you can be grateful for.  Is there someone that you should be saying thanks to or maybe you could simply share the general sentiment of gratitude.  It is the perfect season to be expressing gratitude especially for those of you living in the US with Thanksgiving approaching at the end of the month.

This month our sponsors are...

and Kitten Scraps...

Since I'm on the Scribbles Designs Design Team, I opted to work with an image from a designer I've never worked with before. Kitten Scraps is a company that is new to the Path of Positivity family.  Nathalie, the owner specializes in Digital Scrapbooking kits.  In fact, it turns out that Nathalie lives less than 2 hours away from where I do in Sudbury, residing in North Bay, Ontario.  Small world eh?!

Anyway, with the theme this month being one of gratitude I thought it was the perfect time to create my hubs' Christmas card.  I am truly grateful for this amazing man in my life.  He is always supportive and there for me no matter what.  I need to start thanking him more often for being the incredible man that he is.  

The Kitten Scraps store had the perfect set for me to work with.  The hubs' (and I as well) just love penguins.  In fact, our small bathroom on the main floor is decorated in penguins.  So, when I saw this set, I knew it was perfect for his Christmas card.  The cute little character I used certainly puts a big smile on my face and I hope it will for him as well.

Here is a link to the kit that I worked with called: Winter's Playground Bundle...
Winter's Playground Bundle

This bundle is filled with lots of fabulous goodies.  To find this bundle in the Kitten Scraps store, please click on the watermark or name above. To find out more about which specific items I used, see below.

General info:
  • This card was created 100% digitally and then layered in a poster mockup.  I will print it out and assemble it a later date.
  • Other than the sentiments, the cloud pattern and a couple layer styles, everything I used is exclusively from the Winter's Playground Bundle.
  • This card has been inspired by a sketch from I saw over at All Dressed Up Challenges

Digital Image and Elements Details:
  • As mentioned above, the main image (skating penguin) and elements (snowflakes, snowballs, buttons, button thread, heart gem, frame), are all included in the Winter's Playground Bundle, available from Kitten Scraps.  I believe that each of these items is available in the smaller Winter's Playground Kit, if you don't want the full bundle. Click on the watermark below to find its location in the store.
Winter's Playground Kit
  • I took one of the snowballs, cut it in half and enlarged it in order to serve as an ice pond for the penguin to skate on.  I then added a snowy background using a layer style courtesy of Designercow, Photoshop Layer Style. Then I added the snowball trio image and then added three other snowballs making them different sizes.
  • Clouds pattern used in behind penguin courtesy of Webtreats, Etc.

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One I created for the start of the challenge.  You can find it below.  I simply recoloured it for the purposes of this card so it would match.

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One I created for the inside of the card, made to match the one used on the front.

Digital Paper Products: 
  • I have used two patterned digital papers and two solid ones, all from the Winter's Playground BundleYou can purchase these paper kits separately if you would like by clicking on the watermarks below.
Winter's Playground Paper Pack-Patterns

Winter's Playground Paper Pack-Solids

Digital Embellishment Details: 
  • The shapes used for matting in behind the sentiments are simple shapes created in Photoshop Elements and paper pieced with solid papers from the Winter's Playground kit.
  • The shadows to give each element some depth were created with a layer style from Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper

Other Notes: 
  • The poster mockup that I used to display the card in is from Design Bolts.
Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button**  
Finally, that brings me to a couple of freebies.  The first was offered up at the challenge start and the second was just offered up today during this week's midway...

© 2015

Font Information:
© 2015

I have used a few existing design elements from Lisa Glanz (, in the creation of this sentiment.  These elements were purchased with a commercial use licence as part of a bundle through Design Cuts (

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.  The first font in the list was purchased as part of a bundle with extended licensing and as such may be used for commercial purposes.  While the bundle is no longer available, the font can be purchased through the original designer.  The next three fonts were free and listed for commercial use at the time of these creations.  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 this digital creation.

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.  With so many reasons to be grateful, what is stopping you from entering?  Spread the gratitude and thanksgiving wishes around.

Well, that is it for this one!  See you soon!!!  

Until then,


Unknown said...

eautiful!! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Craft Your Passion DT
makememories4life {My Blog}

ScrappyHorses said...

This card is so cute! I love the patterns together and that penguin is adorable skating around with his darling scarf! I love your sentiment; need to grab that for use on some Thanksgiving cards!

Desire Fourie said...

Such a fun and festive card Lisa. Thanks so much for the wonderful sentiments xxx
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Bunny said...

This is a cute card. I like the layers.

Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

wannabcre8tive said...

Your card is so adorable. I love the penguin all decked out in his winter gear. Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge. I hope you will join us again next week.

Cara said...

This is so stinkin cute! Love - love - love
(Hugs) Cara

reclaimed dining table said...

I love your card! It's cute and festive at the same time!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Such a pretty Christmas card... cute image and great sentiment inside and out!

Thank you for participating in the OSAAT "Anything Goes with Thanks/Thanksgiving" Challenge!

Jane said...

Fab paper collection, love the colours. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Marsha Reed said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ SCCC

Dana said...

Adorable!!! Thanks for playing with us at the Art Impressions Challenge!!

Diana Nguyen said...

This is such an adorable card! Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge.

JoAnn said...

Love your fun and cute image on your pretty card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges.

LesLee said...

I love that little penguin.. so adorable.. and that he is skating on a snowball, genius. Thanks for joining us a Simply Create Too. LesLee xx

Zw@@n said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous. I love that penguin, it's so cute. Thank you for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

flossbite said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at CHNC.
Fiona DT x