Monday, December 21, 2015

Card Design: Path of Positivity #33 Midway--Believe

Hello there my fine friends!  Are you ready for Christmas?  I haven't even started.  I don't even have the hubs' card ready yet nor do I have any of the Christmas cards mailed because I seem to have misplaced my address book.  Yie, yie, yie, yie.  Apparently it is going to be one of those years!

Anyway, I am here to share the card I created for this month's midway for The Path of Positivity Challenge along with the freebies from this month's challenge, 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 all about the idea of Believing in something.  It isn't important what you believe in, only that you believe in something outside of yourself.  The great thing about the concept of believing in something or someone, is that it can cover such a wide range.  You may simply believe in the immediate people around you.  Knowing that your family and friends are there for you and have your back no matter what.  Or, your beliefs could extend well beyond your inner circle to an acceptance of a higher power that takes care and watches over you and your loved ones.  Believe in the magic of Christmas or just believe in magic period!  Show us what you hold dear to you, what you trust as absolute in your life. 

This month our sponsors are...

I opted to work with an image from Pickled Potpourri designs for my card this month.  One of the images that the team chose was a beautiful image called Shine DownThe set comes with three separate elements-- an image of a young girl holding out her hands, a star and also a sentiment.  I found the sentiment so beautiful and perfect for this month's theme.  
Check out the preview below to read what the sentiment says...

Shine Down
Shine Down
Isn't that a beautiful thought?  It ties into the whole idea of believing in something outside of ourselves and hoping that life continues on in some capacity after death.  I thought it would make a beautiful sympathy card.

Here are my card and details...

General info:
  • This card was created mostly digitally and then printed out.  The image was coloured by hand and then the card was assembled.

Digital Image Details: 
  • As mentioned above, the image is available in the Shine Down set.  Click on the watermark above to find its location in the store.
  • This image was coloured in mainly with Copic Markers.  The ground was added using coloured pencils and the flowers, leaves and her eye were coloured using coloured pens.

  • The glittered 3 dimensional star shape is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.  
Digital Image and Sentiment Details: 
  • The sentiment can also be found in the Shine Down set. 

Paper Products:
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.

Digital Paper Products:
  • I used one of the papers from The 12 Days of Christmas 2014 set shown below.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this set, just let me know and I'll add it to the store.  Psst....look for the The 12 Days of Christmas for 2015 starting on Friday where you will get the chance to earn a different paper for a total of 12 papers each day during The 12 Days of Christmas!

Digital Embellishments:
  • The shapes used for matting in behind the image, paper, 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, with Pixel Scrapper.
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

Additional Credit and Font Information:
I have used an ornamental header in the creation of this sentiment.  These elements were an exclusive freebie that I received through Deal Jumbo.  The original design was created by CruzineDesign and can be purchased HERE.  Items obtained from Deal Jumbo may be used for commercial purposes.

Font used:
  • Beffle font created by David Rakowski

© 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 names to take you to a download location.  The first three fonts were free and listed for commercial use at the time of these creations.  The last font listed 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.  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.  This is the perfect season for believing.  What is stopping you from entering? 

Well, that is it for this one!  I am working on a DT post though I'm not sure if I will get it posted later today or tomorrow so I'll see you soon!!!  

Until then,


Katrina Brown said...

Such a pretty card, Lisa! The gold with blue is so soft with sparkle!
Merry Christmas,

Chana said...

Hi, Lisa, your project is so cute and I just love the sentiment! I am glad that your endeavors are bringing you success, creative growth, and spiritual fulfillment! May your blessings multiply and may שלום של אלוהים , The Peace of G-d be yours throughout 2016!

Chana Malkah, Owner
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

Lori m said...

Gorgeous….just gorgeous and so true, I believe in miracles and see them happening all the time, guess, I believe in the magic of Christmas too, I just love to see the smiles on everyone's face as they sit near the Christmas tree. Merry Christmas to all and Happy Holidays!
Hugs, Lori m

Billie A said...

Really really cute. I love the added star and the sentiment. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Destination.

Teresa Arsenault said...

Gorgeous card and I love your word art, Lisa. It has been a pleasure serving with your team over at PoP.
Christmas blessings to you and yours,
(3 more sleeps)

Karen Letchworth said...

This card is much like you, Lisa....beautiful from the inside out! Thanks so much for sharing your sweet card in our challenge. I hope your CHristmas was amazing. I miss chatting with you and hope all is well.
Word Art Wednesday

P.S. I'd also like to invite you to share your wonderful cards with us at CropStop challenge. You can find it here -

Helen said...

Beautiful, Lisa - great inspiration for the challenge.

Thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

Helen x