Monday, May 25, 2015

Card Design: Deedee's Digi of the Month Challenge...May

Progressive Freebie Challenge!
Hey there and a happy Monday night to you all!  It is high time I post my project for the Digi of the Month Challenge taking place over at Deedee's Digis.

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.  Be sure to check out the store while you are there too.  Currently there are a few sets available for free and of course there are some wonderful ones available for purchase in the store.  Due to the new EU VAT tax, Deedee's store has been split into two sections so make sure you head to the right section of the store if you plan on making a purchase.

Right now it is time to check out the wonderful set participants got to work with this month...

"Dad's Day Off" is a fun set filled with great images.  Of course, each set comes with both outline and coloured versions to provide you with some variety.  If you did not participate in last month's challenge, you can still purchase this set for just $1.25 during the month of May at the store. You can find it HERE if you are a resident of the European Union, or find it HERE if you are NOT a resident of the EU.

Here are my card and details...

General Information:
  • I didn't want to make a father's day card so I decided to use the dog with slippers image.  I thought a comfort card would be a good idea so I did a search in my files for a sentiment with the word comfort in it.  When I found a sentiment both with the idea of comfort and also related to dogs, I knew it was the perfect match.
  • Once again, I've kept this card clean and simple. 
Digital Image Details: 
  • Dad's Day Off:  You can find this set in the store.  Details above.  I used the coloured version from the set to once again help save me some time. 
Digital Sentiment Details:

 Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This particular sentiment was one I picked up as part of a prize I won when Scribble and Scrap offered up digis.  It was actually part of a Christmas set but I thought it went well for this card.  While the store no longer exists at all, you can still play in their challenge blog which can be found HERE.

Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment bases:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Neutral collection.
  • The matting is Crafts brand cardstock available at Dollarama.
  • The Designer Paper used on the inside is from my stash but originally from the Michael's Recollection's Mosaic Memories paper pad.
Challenges I am entering: 
Other challenges I hope to enter...
***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button***  
Well guys, I've managed to finally finish my first progressive card of the month.  Just two more progressives to go in the next 5 days plus several DT creations. Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Motivational Monday & PoP Reminder: PERSEVERANCE

 If you are new to my blog and would like to know why I started Motivational Monday, please go HERE.

Hello and happy Monday to those of you stopping by today.  I appreciate you taking the time to come over and read what I have to say.

This evening, I'll be sharing this month's Motivational Monday passage, along with a card I created and couple freebies at the bottom of the post.  

This post should technically have been published last week at the same time as the midway post on Path of Positivity challenge blog.  Unfortunately, even though the card was finished, I didn't have it photographed and edited and I just didn't have it in me to get it done.  So instead, I figured I would wait and post it this Monday.

The reflection, and one of the freebies were originally posted last week over on PoP; so, if you've been there already then you can just bypass most of this post.  I'm just getting the card posted today and will add it to the midway post once I am done.  

The theme this month is PERSEVERANCE. 

On with today's thoughts...

 Don't Give Up Hope

So many people around me are dealing with very difficult issues in their lives right now.  Some are battling depression, some are battling pain and other illnesses, some have family members they are extremely worried about.  When living with these stressors, day in and day out, one can start to feel the world crashing in on all sides.  Hope seems elusive at best.

I've been there.  I know just how dark things can get.

We are quick with words of encouragement like, 'don't give up hope' and 'hang in there friend'.  We certainly mean the best when we say them and while the person on the other end of these phrases may need to hear them, don't fret if the immediate response isn't an encouraging one.  It is easy for us to spout these aphorisms but we have to be ready to acknowledge that the individual on the receiving end may not be in the best place to accept them.  It is easy to say 'everything is going to be fine', but when a person feels like they are hanging on by their fingernails, in no way do they believe everything will be fine.

Just as it is important that our friends and loved ones experiencing anguish don't give up, it is even more crucial that we don't give up on them.  Keep reaching out.  Keep trying to connect with them.  Sometime it feels like they are pushing us away but that is when we must dig our heels in and fight all the more.  True friends stick around through the really bad times just as they stick around through the really good ones.

Whether you are the person facing the difficulty or trying to help someone dealing with one...

As much as you may want to give up the fight...
Keep Going
Keep Trying

Don't let anything or anyone sway you from your goal...
Be Determined
Be Stubborn

When you feel like giving in...
Stand Firm
Stay Resolved

When you are your most afraid...
Hang In There
Hang On

When everything is at its darkest...
Reach Out
Hold Fast

Stick With It
Stay the Course
There really is light at the end of the tunnel.  You just have to hold on long enough to see it again.
This month our sponsors are...

Next up, is the card I made using an image from Ike's Art..

Digital Image Details: 
  • My New ShoesAs stated above, this sweet image is from Ike's Art.  If you are interested in purchasing this image, click on the watermark to head over to the section it can be found on in the store. I am so lucky that my card fits into Ike's current challenge.  Well, I think it fits the theme, I guess I have to wait and see if they agree. ;) 
 My New Shoes (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)
Digital Embellishments: 
  • I added buttons that I created using a template from Marisa Lerin, a designer with Pixel Scrapper
  • The doily was created using a template from Sheila Reid, also with Pixel Scrapper

Digital Sentiment: 
  • This fabulous sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie.  Check out Paulette's wonderful blog by clicking HERE or click HERE to go to the store.

Paper Products: 
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, black.
Digital Paper Products: 
  • The shoe paper is from my Mommy Dearest Kit.
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
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 during last week's midway...

© 2015
Font Information:

© 2015 
Font Information:
  • Odalisque font created by Nick's Fonts
  • Forum font created by Denis Masharov
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 three fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time this project was made.  The last one, Butterscotch, is one I have purchased as part of a bundle and the licence states that it may be used for commercial purposes.  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.  There are so many kinds of cards that would work for this theme, including encouragement, and even graduation cards.  There is still one week left to enter and I'm sure there is someone in your life who could be reminded just how important it is to keep fighting and hang on.

Well, that is it for this one!  If I can pull it off I am going to try and get one of my progressive posts published tonight. 


Until then,

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Card Design: Birthday Card with Nicecrane Designs

Hello on this late Sunday evening.   There should be just enough time left tonight to share my latest creation with you all.  This one uses a great vintage vehicle from the Old Cars Vol. 1 collection from Nicecrane Designs.

Here are my card and the details...

General Information:
  • My dad celebrated his 75th birthday on May the 8th and I wanted to make a card that was a bit more special.  My dad loves old vehicles so this is what I came up with...


Digital Image Details: 
  • Old Cars Vol. 1:  This great set features a variety of old vintage vehicles.  For this card I used the image you see in the top left hand corner of the preview below.  Click on the name or the watermark below to take you to its location in the store.  I cropped out the image to showcase the car.
  • The half pearls and the beige ribbon are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
  • The red sparkly ribbon is Celebrations brand and was purchased at Michael's.


Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One I created for this card. 
Paper Products:  
  • Card base:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, lg. kit.
  • Image and sentiment bases:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • Matting from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.
  • The designer papers are from my stash and originally from Recollection's Paper Pads. 
 Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

Before I go...
With summer around the corner I thought I would show you these Summer Stamps.  Be sure to go and check them out while you are at the store (c
lick on image below to head to its location).

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. 
And look at that, there is still 40 minutes left in this day!  Hopefully, I'll see you all again tomorrow with another creation.

Until next time,

National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Results

Hello and happy Sunday to you.  As promised last night, I'm here with the results of the National Scrapbooking Day Challenge that I had open on my blog during the first two weeks of May.

At that time I challenged you to make a creation with ANY of my goodies for the opportunity to win one of the following sets...


Congratulations to...
 (chosen by

Pat, please send an email to decossesdynamitedoodles [at] yahoo [dot] ca (or by clicking HERE to bring it up in your email program), with the subject heading, "NSD Winner" and let me know the name of one of the above collections offered, that you would like as your prize.

I also offered up a freebie (which is still available, you can find it by clicking HERE), and further challenged that if anyone created something using that particular paper, that they would automatically qualify for another free paper as a bonus.

Five people entered the challenge and three of those individual's used the scissors paper, so that means that the following people need to send an email to decossesdynamitedoodles [at] yahoo [dot] ca (or by clicking HERE to bring it up in your email program), with the subject heading, "NSD Bonus Paper":
  • Monica
  • Edwina
  • Margaret
These individuals will receive the next paper in the Crafty Creations patterned paper set.  I've included a preview of it below... 

Well folks, that is it for this one.  If I can pull it off, I want to get out one of my DT posts later this evening but first it is time to make some din-din.

If I don't see you later on tonight, I'll definitely check in tomorrow (barring any disasters or technical difficulties that is).

Have a great evening!

Until next time,

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Promotional Post: Blogiversaries Abound!

Well howdy ho everyone!  Sorry for my recent absence.  Between being away for four days two weeks ago and then being under the weather the majority of last week, well let's just say that it has taken a bit of toll on me.  I have so many cards and posts that need doing by the end of next week, that I'll be lucky if I get to sleep much at all!  So, get ready for an onslaught of posts.

Today, I'm starting with an announcement regarding some blog candy that you might be interested in.

Two of my buddies are celebrating their second year in the blog business and I am proud to be one of the sponsors of each of their blog draws.

First up we have Kitty from KT Designs...

Be sure to go and check out Kitty's blogpost to find out all the prizes up for grabs.  You can find out all the details by clicking HEREFor my portion of Kitty's candy, I'm offering up the following...

  • one person will win the full kit
  • one person will win the patterned and textured papers
  • one person will win all three elements sets (brads, frames, stickers)
  • one person will win the word art kit

Next up is Monica from TaylorMade Cards 4u...
Monica is celebrating her own birthday along with her blogiversary.  Be sure to go and check out Monica's blogpost to find out all the prizes she has up for grabs.  You can find out all the details by clicking HERE.  For my portion of Monica's candy, I'm offering up the following...

  • one person will win the full kit
  • one person will win the patterned and textured papers
  • one person will win the tags and journal cards portions
  • one person will win the brads and buttons portions

Additionally, every person who signs up according to Monica's instructions, will earn the following paper...

So what are you waiting for?!!  Be sure to head over to each of these blogs and find out all the details you need to know.

Now just before I go, I wanted to apologize to those of you who are waiting for the results of the National Scrapbooking Day Draw that I had earlier this month.  Things have just been so crazy, I haven't had the chance to post the results.  I am hoping to get to that tomorrow, so hang tight.

Okay, it's almost midnight where I live so it is time for me to be heading off to get a bit of sleep before I tackle some more stuff from my list.

See you all then!