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!
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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...


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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.

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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,

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Freebie Alert: Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me! And, as you have learned by now, special occasions for me and my family members, mean presents for YOU!  So today I bring you this digital paper.


This digital paper is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Sheila Reid of Pixel Scrapper, Jerry Jones of Shadowhouse Creations, darkrose42-stock a contributor to DeviantArt and Rule by Art.  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. 

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day.  I certainly plan to!!!

Until next time,

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Card Design: Get Well Card with Nicecrane Designs

http://nicecranedesigns.com/
Hello all!  I'm about to embark on a week and a half of celebrations in our household (mind you I'll still be around, just not as much as usual).  However, before I do, I wanted to share my latest creation with you all.  This one uses a cute image from the La Journee de Roger collection from Nicecrane Designs.

Here are my card and the details...


General Information: 
  • It is time to add another 'get well' card to my stash. This sweet image was a great option for it.   I found some striped paper in my stash that almost matched the striped paper in the image so new that had to be my background.

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Digital Image Details: 
  • La Journee de Roger:  These cute little images can be used for a variety of designs.  For this card I used the image you see second down on the right hand side of the preview below.  Click on the name or the watermark below to take you to its location in the store.
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=1325
Embellishments: 
  • The half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
 
INSIDE
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.


OVERALL 
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment bases:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Matting from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.
  • The striped paper is from my stash and originally from the Recollection's Bold & Basic Paper Pad.  The darker blue dotted grungy paper is from the K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
Before I go...
Looking for more cute kids?  Well look no farther than the Little Workers collage sheet.  Be sure to go and check them out while you are at the store (c
lick on image below to head to its location).
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=129&products_id=1310

Don't forget, 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.

I am so happy that you had a chance to pop by and check out my latest creation.  I'll see you all again tomorrow with a special freebie.
 
Until next time,


Friday, April 17, 2015

Card Design: Imagine That...Mailbox Kitties

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/index.html
Hello everyone.  I'm here today to present my second Imagine That! Digis by Kris project for April.  However, before I get to it I just wanted to share some of what has been happening over at the Imagine That! blog these past few weeks. 

Free Stuff

  • Kris has hopped on board the Pixel Scrapper Blog Train for April and has some fabulous free stuff up for grabs.  This month it is all about the sea which is evident by the items in her Reflections set.  Not only do you get all the elements shown in this preview, but you also get six digital papers (6 in. x 6 in.).  The papers are a sampling of her new Nautical papers available in the store now (details below).
  •  Kris is also generously offering up her Water Alpha for free too!
  • To take advantage of either of these freebies, be sure to go to the main blog and check out the originating post that you can find HERE. I don't know how much longer these will be available, so be sure to go and grab them now while you can.  If you do, don't forget to leave Kris some love.
 

New Sets in the Store

  • Kris has been hard at work creating some great new sets for the store as well.  Respective links can be found below each preview.
  • First up is the set of 6x6 Nautical papers that I referenced above.  You can get all 16 papers for just $2.50 as they are currently on sale (original price $3.00).

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p374/Egg_Frog.htmlhttp://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p405/Egg_Frog_%28EU%29.html
  • Kris has created a set that fits well with the nautical theme of the PS BT and her new papers.  The set is called, "My Sailmate".  Now if you are part of the progressive challenge, then you were lucky enough to receive this set for free this month to play in the challenge.  If you'd like to jump on board and join in, you can purchase this set on sale for only $3.00 (original price $4.50).  If you use images from this set and enter into our progressive challenge, you will automatically earn the set for May.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p374/Egg_Frog.htmlhttp://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p405/Egg_Frog_%28EU%29.html
  • Finally, here is a set that is great for any upcoming Mother's Day card or it would even be suitable for a new baby card as well.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p374/Egg_Frog.htmlhttp://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p405/Egg_Frog_%28EU%29.html

Well that is what is new and exciting with Imagine That!  Of course we still have our April challenges going on and you can find the links you need at the bottom of this post.  Right now, it is time to check out my latest project...
 

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Digital Image Details: 
  • Mailbox Kitties: Hee, hee.  These kitties are just so sweet.  As usual, I've chosen to work with the coloured version for this project.  For great value be sure to check out the sets in the IT DbyK store.  With one image offered in a variety of styles both coloured and line drawing, plus a choice of sentiments to choose from, you get a significant return for the money you put out.  This set is currently on sale giving you even more value!  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).

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p374/Egg_Frog.htmlhttp://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p405/Egg_Frog_%28EU%29.html


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OVERALL
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Both of these sentiments were created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  The first one is from a new set that I acquired called, Sweet Sentiments, Birthday Digi Set.  You can find it in the store by clicking on the preview below.  The sentiment I used on the inside is a freebie that I picked up a while back.  For more great freebies, click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and to purchase other sets, click HERE to go to the store.
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/tlc4lo/4889757/sweet_sentiments_birthday_digi_set/design/digital_art_/other
Paper Products: 
  • Card base and matting: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, cream.
  • Image and sentiment bases: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Designer Papers are from my stash.  The floral paper is originally from the K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection.  The cream/yellowy coloured paper is from the Recollection's All Girl paper pad.  I don't remember where the third paper is from.  Two out of three 'aint bad considering the holes in my memory.
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 over two weeks left to enter the challenge.  
 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. Next week is extremely busy but I'll be popping in here and there.  On top of everything going on, my parents are coming up on Wednesday for a couple days so I'm very excited about that.

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,

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I'm Sponsoring...The Outlawz Challenge Blog

http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings
Oh goodness me.  I forgot to post about my latest sponsorship that started on Monday April 13th.  At least I remembered before it was too late! 

Once again I am honoured to be sponsoring the latest challenge over at the Outlawz Challenge Blog.  It has been a busy few weeks of sponsorship but this will be the last one until late in the summer which will allow me time to create some new sets. 

While you do have to sign in over at Outlawz, it is free to be a member and there is a different challenge every day of the week to keep you busy.  Every Monday it is the Greeting Cards Challenge.  That is the one that I am sponsoring this week.  The rules of the challenge are that your project must have a greeting/sentiment on the outside.  The theme this week is April Showers and/or RainbowsThe weekly winner is announced at the beginning of the following week and the prizes are awarded monthly.
 
This particular challenge had me a bit stumped simply because I didn't know which direction to take my designs in.  I didn't know if team members would like a set geared solely to rainy days with a few rainbow items thrown in or if they would want to stick with the theme of rainbows.  Then I wasn't sure if they would want literal rainbows or just the colours of the rainbow.  My goodness it was a difficult decision for me.  Finally I decided to go in all three directions but given the time frame just put together the paper sets.  Hopefully, in the future I'll be able to expand on each of the sets and add other elements.  


First up I created 12 patterned Papers for my Rainy Days kit...


Then I worked on a set that had some realistic rainbows in them and called it Chasing Rainbows.  This set has six patterned papers with scenes of rainbows on them...


...and then six textured papers.  These particular textured papers have all the colours of the rainbow in them but each paper has a different texture.  Unfortunately, it is a bit difficult to see in the preview but I laid it out horizontally instead of the usual vertical so that you can see the colours of each paper.  There are three in the top half of the preview and three in the bottom.  I've used a shadow to help distinguish between papers...


Finally I put together a set soley based on the colours of the rainbow.  This set is aptly called Colours of the Rainbow.  There are 12 patterned papers and 12 textured in this set.  The patterned papers have different geometrical designs--everything from chevrons and stripes to argyle and stars and lots in between.  Once again, each of these papers have all the colours of the rainbow in them.  As I did in the above set, I also laid these ones out horizontally.  This way you can see the colours of each paper along with a snippet of the design.  In this set, there are six in the top half of the preview and six in the bottom with a shadow added to help distinguish between papers...


The coordinating set of textured papers are all solids, each a different colour of the rainbow...


All of these sets will be offered up as prizes for the winner.  If anyone is interested in purchasing one of these sets, please let me know and I'll get it uploaded to the store. 

I hope that you'll consider playing along in their challenge.  To help provide some incentive, I am offering up one of the patterned papers from the Colours of the Rainbow kit as a freebie. 


https://app.box.com/s/rnhbt2clnjcul4kl91bq

This digital paper is in 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include:  Free PSD Files and Heather Green of HG Graphic Designs.  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. 

You can find out all the details you need to enter the challenge over at the Outlawz Challenge Blog.  To head there now, click HERE but don't forget you need sign in to play.  I hope to see some of you there! 

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #28--Spring Has Sprung

 It is time for our new challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. 

This time around, for Challenge #28, the theme is Spring Has Sprung! 
 
"Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring." ~Terri Guillemets
The snow is now mostly all gone, here in North America. The grass is turning from shades of brown to green and the trees and flowers are starting to form buds. Yes, spring has finally sprung on this side of the world and not a minute too soon as far as we're concerned! It is high time to break out all your stamps depicting the beauty of the season. Whether you go with a creation featuring botanical elements in full bloom, or simply want to focus on a particular event associated with this time of the year, it is up to you. Just keep in mind that this month, we want to see a project that reflects the true nature of spring. 

In order to participate in our challenges you DO NOT NEED TO USE A SCRIBBLES DESIGNS IMAGE on your project but you must follow the monthly theme and the other rules that have been established for our particular challenge blog.  You can find them, along with the prize information, listed in the right hand sidebar of the challenge blog.  This challenge will end at 9pm PST on May 14th.
 
You can purchase your Scribbles Designs images HERE and there is a free image over on the challenge blog as well to help get you started.  Also, be sure to check out the special Freebie Friday posts as it is another great way to build your Scribbles Designs collection.
 
To help inspire you, I have created a simple 'thinking of you' card for a special friend.  This particular card features one of Sandy's great floral images.


Here are my card and all the details...
 

General Information:
  • This challenge afforded me the opportunity to whip out another of the tapes from my washi collection.  I just thought they would make a nice frame for Sandy's beautiful image.

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Digital Image Details: 
  • Flower Pot 2: This image definitely screams spring to me.  Click on the name or the watermark below, to head to its location in the store. I've coloured it in mostly with coloured pencils and then used Copic markers for the pot and for grounding around the image.  

INSIDE 
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  It is perfect for a simple 'thinking of you' card.  I've used it before and I'll use it again!  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.

OVERALL
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment bases: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Embellishments:
  • The Washi tape is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.
Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button** 
http://scribblesdesignschallenge.blogspot.ca/
So put on those thinking caps and design a project that fits our theme. If you need some images to help you out you can check out all wonderful ones that are in the Scribbles store. You have an entire month to enter at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, so I hope to see you there. If you have some time I invite you to go and check out the wonderful inspiration offered up from my colleagues on the DT. We always look forward to seeing what you come up with for each month's theme!   

Until next time,