Saturday, September 19, 2020

Shiver Me Timbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day 2020 Be Here!

Sail ho, me hearties! Will ye drop anchor 'n visit wit' me fer a wee bit o' time? Th' yearly celebration where ye flap yer jaws like a buccaneer be upon us! Arrr, indeed, today be Talk Like a Pirate Day. Shiver me timbers! Even th' scourge that be out thar in th' world plaguin' mankind, won't be stoppin' me fellow buckos from drinkin' some grog 'tis day. However, me thinks that 'tis year, things be a might different. In past years, each September 19th, thar be parrrrties, fund-raisers, pub crawls, 'n other special events takin' place all over th' world. Sadly, 'tis year, festival after festival be cancelled. As Ol’ Chumbucket says (more about that seadog below), it’s as if all 'th pirates be marooned. We be 'Pandemic Pirates' 'tis year wit just our pirate families, unable t' be wit our larger pirate family abroad! No need t' hang th' jib though as me sure thar be many scallywags out thar who be findin' ways t' still be parrrtyin', even if just wit a much smaller group o' mateys virtually!

Fer thems o' ye who be me followers these past few years, ye be knowin' 'th history o' 'tis day's beginnins. Fer thems o' ye who be unawares o' 'tis unique occasion, it starrrrted out as a fun concept in 1995, encourrrragin' people t' talk like a pirate. It be created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) 'n Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), hailin' from th' state o' Oregon in th' U.S. Accorrrrdin' t' Summers, th' day be invented as th' result o' a sports injury. While th' two mateys be playin' racquetball, one o' thems reacted t' th' pain with an outburst o' "Aaarrr!", 'n th' idea be born. Thems two scallywags sent a letter about thar invented holiday t' th' American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. 'Tis chap be likin' th' idea so much he promoted it. Th' media grabbed hold o' th' holiday after Barry's column 'n it now be an international event followed by many each year on September 19th.

If ye be on Facebook, ye can log in 'n see Ol’ Chumbucket share some news 'n Cap’n Slappy himself be plannin' t' go live from his special seat at th' Calapooia Brew Pub t' wish ye th' best of th' day as well (link t' find yer way below).

Fer all ye seadogs 'n scallywags alike, just like in past years, t' help celebrate 'tis glorrrious day wit' a bit 'o swag, me be givin' ye fer free some booty from th' coffer. Ahoy! Every old salt knows th' boat can't leave port wit'out a good anchor on th' ship…

T' be grabbin' 'tis treasure, click on th' button above t' be taken t' a download location. In th' zip folder ye will find a copy of th' loot, its preview sheet, th' credit information 'n me terms o' use which are standard t' all me folders. 'Tis loot be in jpg format 'n published at 300 dpi.

Now o' course me can't be sendin' ye along yer way wit'out a pirate joke or two:
Q: What's a pirate's favourite movie?
A: Booty and the Beast.

Q: Why couldn't the 10 year old go to the pirate movie?
A: Because it was rated ARRRR.

Oh, 'n if ye be interested in findin' out more fun facts about 'tis fun day, be sure t' check out th' official Talk Like a Pirate website available HERE (FB link in sidebar).

Well me hearties, 'tis time t' weigh anchor 'n hoist th' mizzen! Until me be sailin' these fair seas again,

Note about me pirate name...
Passion be a big part of me life, which makes sense fer a pirate. Even though me not always be th' traditional swaggerin' gallant, me steadiness 'n plannin' make me a fine, reliable pirate. Arrr!

If ye be wantn' yer own pirate name, be cerrrrtain t' click HERE.

Baur, John and Mark Summers. (2002-2014). FAQ. Available: Last accessed 18th September 2014.
Author Unknown. (N.D.). International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Available: Last accessed 18th September 2014

Friday, September 04, 2020

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #174…Anything Goes

Hello there folks! It is hard to believe that at the end of the summer we are still having so many difficulties with the pandemic. Too many people's lives have been disrupted by this awful virus and far too many people have lost there lives! I hope that each of you is continuing to stay healthy in your own little corner of this world.

I'm popping in today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #174, the theme is Anything Goes. Once again you can upload your projects with any kind of theme. 

In the last month I've heard of three deaths. One of my friends lost her brother due to covid-19, another friend lost her mother due to a heart attack and the third was the accidental death of a young boy only 13 years old who happened to be my best friend's nephew. More lives gone too soon. As such, I'm in need of a few sympathy cards.

General Project Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). It will be printed out and assembled prior to dissemination.


 Digital Image Details: 
  • Three Daisies: This trio of daisies was the perfect lead in for my sentiment. This image can be found in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name.
  • These daisies were digitally coloured in Photoshop just to give them an open silhouette look.
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • The sentiment used on the front was one I created way back in 2013. I offered it up for FREE as part of my 100 Followers Celebration. You can find it HERE along with some other word art freebies.

  Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • The sentiment used on the inside was also created back in 2013 for a card but never offered up for free. Maybe one of these days, I'll get around to getting it added to the blog.

Digital Paper Products:
  • The paper used as a base on the front and inside is a FREEBIE offered up during a Wonderful Wednesday event. Click HERE to find it along with some other free digital papers and a word art creation. Please note that this paper was added before I started adding zip folders so you can find the credit info for it at the bottom of the post. Also, if you grab any of the freebies previously mentioned, be sure to click on them to bring them up in the lightbox in their proper size before saving.
Digital Embellishments:
  • The base behind the sentiment and the scalloped circle were created from a template designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

Challenges I am hoping to enter...

You have until October 1st to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Anything Goes. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter three times per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules).

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration. Oh and don't forget…Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

Well guys, that is it for this one. Have the best September you can!!!
Until next time,