Thursday, November 20, 2014

Card Design: From the Heart Stamps November Challenge

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It is time to post my project for the November, From the Heart Stamps (FTHS) progressive stamp of the month challenge.  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.

Here are my card and details.  I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

General Information:
 
  • When I was over at the blog looking for a possible layout, I happened to see a card in the store on the main page (where they scroll through a series of creations).  When I saw the background that was used in this particular card, I thought it was really cool.  Now I don't know if it is one of the FTHS Sketches or whether it is a paper that was designed that way, or one created by hand, but I took a stab at trying to recreate it on my one.  The original one was various shades of yellow, and was the backdrop to a birthday card using Birthday Candle Birdbrain.  Now, my recreation isn't exactly like the original but it is pretty close.  So, thanks a bunch to Calypso, one of the FTHS DT members, for providing me with the inspiration to create this card!
  • YaY, another card added to the Christmas card pot!
    Christmas Card Count to date: 26

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • The image on the front, Faithful Friends Angel Joy, is available for purchase over at From the Heart Stamps. Click HERE or on the watermarks below to go to its location in the store. It was coloured in mostly with Copic Markers, however, I did colour the ornaments in digitally.  I also layered the image onto the blue background before printing it out.  Originally I was going to fussy cut it but then figured there was no way I'd be able to cut out the inside of the halo, and thought it best to layer it before printing.

Stamp Preview by FromTheHeartStamps
Embellishments:
  • The little plastic shapes used are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.  While it is hard to tell from the picture they are nice and shiny with an iridescent quality.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details: 
OVERALL
Paper Products:
 
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • I created the blue gradiated background specifically for the dimensions of this card.
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
Others I might get it into...
Thanks for popping by everyone!  I hope you enjoyed my card and post.  Time to start working on the other three progressive cards for this month.  See you again soon.
 
Until next time,

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: Gratitude

 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.  This evening, I'll be sharing a reflection on gratitude 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 GRATITUDEOn with today's thoughts... 
 

 Give Thanks

The concept of giving thanks is a universal one.  We all have something in our lives which we can be grateful for.  The list differs for each of us because we all live in our own unique part of the world.  For some people when they get out of bed in the morning they can be thankful there is a roof over their heads.  For others not so fortunate, they can be thankful that no one came by and robbed them or worse, throughout a long cold night on the street.   And for many more, not hearing bombs go off during the night, can be what they wake up grateful for.  There are many people throughout the world that have lists and lists of things that they should be thankful for, but never are.  Then there are people who have so very little or are in pain or suffering great hardship, who make sure to say quiet 'thank yous' each and every day.

Regardless of your circumstances, I hope that there is still something, even if it is something very small, for which you are able to show your gratitude.  Being grateful is a mindset.  We can choose to show gratitude and take a more positive stance on things or we can choose to wallow and fixate on the negative. Being thankful, not just for the larger things but for the smaller ones too, allows us to fill our lives with love and appreciation.  It reminds us of all the good things that we have going for us. No, gratitude won't make the difficult things we are facing in our life go away, but it will help to provide us with a different perspective.  For example, I can complain about how painful and difficult it is for me to sit, stand and walk unassisted or I can choose to be grateful that I still have the capacity to do all three regardless of how long for the first two, or how far for the last.  Most days when I'm within my home, I can get by with the assistance of my canes.  While I have a wheelchair and scooter, I generally only need them when I leave my home or when I have a rather difficult day.  Under different circumstances I might be in that wheelchair permanently. For today I'm grateful that I'm not.

Whether the act of gratitude comes easy to you or not, it is definitely worth the effort.  Remember, everything in life that has any importance, takes hard work to achieve. There have been studies done that show the benefits of gratitude.  They indicate that people who demonstrate their appreciation on a daily basis, tend to be:
  • more full of life,
  • purposeful, 
  • healthier,
  • more creative,
  • have better exchanges with their peers,
  • more optimistic,
  • able to deal with stress and personal challenges more effectively.

Sounds to me, like reason enough, to practice gratitude on a daily basis.  During my research, I came across this quote which summarizes some of those reasons nicely:
"In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize.  In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal.  In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope."  (Emmons, 2013, para. 2)

So, why not try giving thanks today and everyday?  With so many advantages to gain, what do you have to lose?!

References 
Adamski, Carol . (N.D.). The Value of Practicing Gratitude. Available: http://gratitudehabitat.com/be-grateful/. Last accessed 16th November 2014.
Emmons, Robert. (2013). How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times. Available: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_can_help_you_through_hard_times. Last accessed 16th November 2014.
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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...
 

© 2014 
Font Information: 

© 2014
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.
 
You will notice that the sentiments may appear huge depending on what software program you download them into.  You can always reduce the size without distorting the overall look.
 
 
Credit Notes For These Creations:
©2014. 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 wonderful 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.  I'm sure that there are many people in your life, whom you could share a little gratitude with.  Why not create a card that helps to deliver some thanks to someone special in your life?!
 
Well, that is it for today!  Have a great week ahead everyone! 
 
Until next time,


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Hop: Off to Gramma's for the Holidays with Create with TLC

Well hello there everyone.  Today is a special one as I am participating in my very first blog hop with Create with TLC.  The theme of this hop is Off to Gramma's for the Holidays; so, climb on board and let's take a trip!

You should have arrived here from the talented Ileana's blog.  If you are just starting, you can find a full list of all the hop stops at the bottom of this post.

For this card I got to use the very cool vintage image called, "Grammas or Bust Balloon".  Paulette is generously offering it up as a freebie to everyone who participates in the hop; so, be sure to head on over to her BLOG and leave her some love!
To save the image, left click to bring it up in the lightbox in its full size and then right click and scroll down to 'save image as'.

Here is the card I created.  I've gone rather non-traditional with my colour scheme, opting for an antiqued black and white combo.  Check it out...

FRONT 
Digital Image Details: 
  • Grammas or Bust Balloon:  As mentioned previously, the image used on the front is the freebie you can find above.  For more wonderful freebies, click HERE to head to Paulette's blog.  You can find tons of awesome options for sale in the store as well.  Click HERE to head there now.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiments: 
  • The first sentiment is the freebie that Paulette is offering up on her blog during the hop.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog where you'll be able to grab the freebie.  The 'Happy Holidays' sentiment I used is from the "Happy Holiday Season" Vintage Image Transfer and Word Art Set.  Click HERE or on the watermark below to head to its location in the store.
OVERALL
Embellishments: 
  • The black ribbon on the front and inside is Offray brand purchased at Michael's.
 Paper Products: 
  • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, black.
  • Black shimmery cardstock used for matting is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

Next stop on the route is the last one over at the Create With TLC blog.  Click HERE to head on over!

If you missed any of the stops along the way, here is the complete list.  You are definitely going to want to check out what all my fellow team members have in store for you:
Lisa D--that's me!

http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.ca/

Well that is it for this third Sunday in November, I'll see you again tomorrow for my Motivational Monday post.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Card Design: Scribbles Designs Challenge #23--Penguin Paradise

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

This month for Challenge #23, the theme is Penguin Paradise In many parts of North America right now the weather has significantly cooled and some places have even seen snow.  I certainly have where I live!  That makes this month the perfect time to honour Scribbles Designs' much beloved character, Brr and his family--wife Brrneice and baby Brr.  Did you know that Brr was the first main character that Sandy created?  He's had a lot of adventures during the years and he has earned his time in the spotlight.  So, this month we want to see any kind of penguin on your creation.  It is high time, Brr and the family meet some of the other penguins out there in digital land.  We can't wait to see your cool creations!
 


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 December 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've created a get well card using Speedy Brrr.  This particular image was introduced in the store, in its very first month in business!  A friend of mine recently
had a fall where she injured herself quite badly and I thought Speedy Brrr might cheer her up.

Here are my card and details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything important...

General Info...
  • Ummm...apparently I forgot to wear my glasses when colouring this image.  It was only when I was getting the picture ready to post that I realized that I went over in a couple spots.  Ooops. 
  • Apparently, I forgot to wear my brain as well since I've left Brrr hanging there with no ground to run on.  Double Ooops!  Hmmm...maybe he is running so fast he is flying?

FRONT
Digital Image Details: 
  • Speedy Brrr:  Hee, hee.  Someone's getting his exercise on!  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to its location within the store.  This image was coloured in with Copic markers.
http://buyscribblesdesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/09/205-speedy-brr-250.html
Digital Sentiment: 
  • One I created specifically for this card.
Punch:
  • I used a Recollection's punch to achieve the edging on the accent piece on the front of the card.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment: 
  • This wonderful sentiment is from my Create with TLC stash.  I've used it before and am sure I will use it again.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.  You can purchase this image as part of the "Get Well, Hang in There" set, available in the Get Well section of the store.  Clicking on the watermark below will take you to that section of the store.
OVERALL
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Designer paper is from Recollection's Bright and Basic paper pad.
  • The shimmery yellow piece used as an accent on the front and as matting on the inside is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
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,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

12 Months of Christmas Link Up September + October Winners

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Sorry I am so behind again but hopefully I'll make up for it by announcing the winners for both September and October in this one post, thereby catching up.  

However, before I start, I wanted to remind you all to go and check out the new blog for The 12 Months of Christmas Link UpWhile the link up and challenges won't start until Jan, you can still go over and check out our new digs.  Plus, we have a DT call going on right now and are looking for a group of great people to join us.  We're also going to have some candy up for grabs soon, and we'll be introducing the DT once they've been decided and our sponsors too!  So, make sure you mosey on over and have yourself a gander!  There will be lots going on as we lead up into January!

Click on the badge below to head to the new blog:
http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.ca/

Click on the badge below if you want to head straight to the DT call:

Remember, the premise behind the link up is staying the same:  each month that you link up a minimum of two cards, you'll still earn a free digital paper; and there will still be a bonus gift for a random winner at the end of the year.  You'll still get the chance to link up as many cards as you want and any of the cards you link up in general can continue to be 'Anything Goes'.  The difference is that we're adding some extra incentive that will hopefully provide motivation for even more people to play along.   We are expanding the link up to include an optional theme each month and now have sponsors booked for the entire year.  Anyone who submits a card adhering to the optional monthly theme, will have the chance to win a prize from that month's guest sponsor.  We'll also be bringing on a team, offering up tutorials and bringing you facts each month on holiday traditions and customs from around the world.  

It will be the same great link up that you are used to, just with some added flavour!

Okay so now it is time to get on with announcing the stats for Spetember and October.  

SEPTEMBER
YaY.  I'm on a roll.  That is now three months in a row, I have managed to get all the numbers to add up. Interestingly, there was quite a decrease in numbers from August to September with 31 LESS cards being linked up.  Fourteen people linked up a total of 57 cards to the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up during the month of August.  Twelve of those individuals linked up a minimum of two cards each qualifying them to receive the ninth paper of the season, which I've included the watermark of, below. 


OCTOBER
October's numbers (that balanced again) jumped back up with twenty people linking up a total of 81 cards during the month of August.  Fourteen of those individuals linked up a minimum of two cards each qualifying them to receive the tenth paper of the season, which I've included the watermark of, below.


As there was one person who was only eligible for September, three who were only eligible for October and then eleven eligible for both months, I have divided up the lists so that each is sent with the proper subject heading.  All individuals listed below should send and an email to decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca, or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject heading indicated above the column with your name.

The following individual needs to send an email with the subject heading, "Christmas Link Up -- September only":
  •  EMA-gination

The following people need to send an email with the subject heading, "Christmas Link Up -- September and October":
  • Helen/Made by Helen
  • Crafting Vicky
  • Margaret A
  • Hazel
  • Suze
  • centralnyscrapper
  • Pumpy 
  • Julie O 
  • Marji--Tiggerscraps
  • KT Fit Kitty
  • Ellis
Welcome to Julie O., linking up two cards for the very first time!

The following people need to send an email with the subject heading, "Christmas Link Up -- October only":
  • Borqna
  • Desíre Fourie
  • Edwina Brown
Welcome to Desíre, linking up two cards for the very first time!


Now, as always, if you thought you had linked up two cards but don't find your name in the list above, just let me know and we'll sort things out.

I ask that you continue to be patient with waiting for me to send out your paper(s).  I promise that I'll get to it as quick as I can.  I will also add these names to the link up page as soon as I can, for anyone who doesn't see this post. 

There are still over two weeks left to link up a minimum of two cards and earn your paper for November and then we've just one more month to go over here on my blog before the link up goes to its new home in January.  Remember that at the end of the year there will be an opportunity to potentially earn even more goodies in a special draw.  You can find out all the details you need for linking up to my 12 Months of Christmas Link Up by clicking the same titled page above or HERE.  Hope to see your cards linked up there!

Well folks, that is it for today.  Right now I've got to get some stuff printed to make a few Christmas cards of my own!

Until next time,



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Time to Remember...

Good evening on this very special day.  I'm sorry I'm so late in posting.  I was hoping to get this done yesterday and posted early this morning but a trip to the dentist made it impossible.  Thankfully at least, it is still November 11th.

Exactly 96 years ago today, at 11:00 am, hostilities came to a close on the battlefields overseas, bringing an end to World War I.  Each of us living in Commonwealth countries around the world, should take a moment today to remember and honour those who have bravely fought in ALL wars to help keep the peace and keep us safe. 

In my own small way of bringing honour to this day, I have created a digital paper for anyone interested.

 

This digital paper is in 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 ppi. 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.

MAY WE NEVER FORGET!