Monday, March 02, 2015

Card Design: Path of Positivity #24--Serendiptiy



Hello everyone.  It is not very often that I have the time to create for the start of The Path of Positivity Challenge.  However, as busy as I was, I did find some time to squeeze in another card.  This month the theme is a bit more challenging as we want to see a creation that showcases the concept of serendipity.

As I mention over on the challenge blog, Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise"(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendipity).  Or another way to look at it is, "luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for" (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serendipity).  I thought that creating a wedding card would illustrate the idea.  I found a really great quote online and then made it into a sentiment that you can pick up for free over on the challenge blog, "Sweet Serendipity...The unexpected meeting that changes your life." (Alexia).  I really like this quote because it could apply to any kind of meeting.  You might come across a person who becomes a really great friend.  You might meet someone that changes your career for the better.  There are so many interpretations, including meeting the love of your life.  Since I only have a couple wedding cards on hand, I figured that now would be a good opportunity to add to the pile.

This month our sponsors are...
http://www.lunagirl.com/


For the start of the challenge, I'm working with an image from Sami Stamps.  

Both Sami and Karen had lots of wonderful images to choose from that worked well for this challenge.  You can see the images the rest of the team chose to work with over on the challenge blog.

For now, here is the one I chose to work with...

On Your Arm
 http://samistampsshop.blogspot.ca/p/new-release.html
 You can find it in the "Valentine's Day and love category" over in the Sami Stamps store.  Clicking on the watermark above, will take you to that section in the store.

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

FRONT
Digital Images Details: 
  • On Your Arm: Details above.  I've coloured it in with Copic markers.  Unfortunately, my main grey marker started running out halfway through the process, so I'm not exactly happy with the final result.  I suppose it doesn't look awful but it could do with a little more blending.  Maybe I could just say the fabric is a wool tweed blend.  Or better yet, they're saving up money for a home and couldn't really afford an expensive suit.  Do you think I could get away with it?! ;)
  • I have used an image from Imagine That! Digis by Kris, featured in the Impossible Hearts Set.  Since I used a paper from this set as well, you can find the watermark and details below. 
  • The floral frame that the the hearts are in, is in the Doily Frames set created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  Paulette recently had a special on where if you bought something in the store, you received the frames as a special thank you.  I was lucky enough to acquire them.  They are just so pretty and versatile!  For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for more awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • The beautiful sentiment on the front was also created by Paulette from Create with TLC. I picked it up a while back as a freebie.
Embellishments:
  • The glittery silver ribbon is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.
  • The gemstones and the puffy hearts are also Crafts brand.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One I created.  You can find it over on The Path of Positivity blog by clicking HERE and scrolling three quarters of the way down.  I've offered it up in two separate pieces.  Originally I was going to put the 'sweet serendipity' part on the front and then the rest of the sentiment on the inside followed by 'happy wedding day' but then figured maybe it would be better done the other way.

OVERALL
Paper Products: 
  • Card base:  Recollections card set in white, lg.
  • Image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The shimmery grey piece used as an accent, along with the dark grey cardstock used for matting, are from Michael's openstock scrapbook paper.
Digital Paper Products:
  • As mentioned above, I made use out of the Impossible Hearts Set from Imagine That! Digis by Kris, using both one of the images in the set, along with one of the papers.  This is another really great set that is versatile and I'm sure I'll be using it over and over.  You can find the set for sale in the store. Right now is only $1.95 reduced from $3.00!  Click on the watermark below to head there now.
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p334/Impossible_Hearts.html
Challenges I am hoping to enter...


For Challenge #24, the prizes will be the following:
  • A $12 gift certificate from Sami Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to serendipity, provide an explanation of how your project and/or post relates to the theme somewhere in your post or  leave a comment on the challenge post with the explanation.  Easy, peasy!

To find out all the details you need along with the link up, click HERE.  The team and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!!

Until next time!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Card Design: 12MoC Ch. #3...Opt. Theme--Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

http://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.ca/

Hello!  It is time for the March challenge and link up to begin over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We had another great showing in February and Monica and I hope that you'll continue to spread the word about our Link Up. 

Don't forget that this link up is basically two-fold.  First of all, you are still going to have the opportunity to link up any number of Christmas and December holiday themed cards throughout the month with an anything goes theme. At the end of each month, every person who has linked up a MINIMUM of two (2) Christmas or holiday themed cards will be eligible to receive a specially designed Christmas themed digital paper created by moi. That means that if you submit two cards each month, by the time that the year is done, you will have received 12 free digital papers, all for the low cost of linking up cards you need to create anyway. You do not need to use the digital paper you receive each month in your cards in order to get the next paper. They are strictly meant as incentive to participate.


While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles papers, I did create a special set called Snowfest, based on the theme for this challenge.  Check out the preview...


Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of March will earn ONE of the digital papers from this set.  The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post.  If you would like to have a say in determining which colour will be offered, you can answer the poll we've set up in the sidebar on the top right hand side of The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up blog. 

The second part of the challenge provides even more incentive to play. Each month there will be an OPTIONAL theme to follow. This month the optional theme is Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow. In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month,  make sure that snow is represented in some form or manner on your card. You can find more details over on the Challenge #3 post. You can find that post and the link up by clicking HERE.

Also, be sure to check out all the rules and details on the Challenge Details Page. We have provided examples of a few different scenarios to help explain things and make them a bit clearer, in case there is any confusion. 


This month our wonderful guest sponsor is
Scribbles Designs...


Check out the fabulous image I got to work with this month for the start of the challenge...

#874 Snow Fun
 Clicking on the image watermark will take you to its spot in the Scribbles Designs store.

 This latest card makes...

Christmas Cards to date for 2015:  8

...and here it is...

FRONT
 Digital Image Details:
  • Snow Fun:  Details and link above.  The image was coloured in with Copic Markers. 
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Just one I came up with to lead into the inside sentiment.
Embellishments:
  • The cord is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama. 
    Digital Paper Products: 
    • I used one of the papers from the Snowfest set which is mentioned above.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this set, just let me know and I'll add it to the store.

    INSIDE
     Digital Sentiment Details:
    • 'Flurry of Fun' was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. I picked it up a while back as a freebie. For more great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.
    • I just added 'this holiday season' to make it more Christmas appropriate.

    OVERALL 
    Embellishments:
    • The snowflakes are also Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama. 
    Paper Products: 
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    So what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for March.  Whether you choose to link up two Anything Goes themed cards simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you!  Cards for this challenge will be accepted from 6:00 p.m. (18:00 hrs), March 1st - 11:55 p.m. (23:55 hrs), March 31st, 2015.  You can find out all the details for this challenge including the link up by heading HERE.  Monica, I and the design team hope to see you there! 

    Until next time!

    Scribbles Designs Challenge #26 Midway Point


    It is the start of a new month and that means that it is time for the midway for the latest Scribbles Designs Challenge.  

    There are two whole weeks left for you to come on over and enter. In case you've missed it, the theme this time around for Challenge #26, is 'Clean & Simple'.  There are many different kinds of card making styles and clean and simple is one of them.  However, not everyone sees clean and simple the same way.  For some it might mean an uncluttered design with lots of white space, for others it might be a very simple layout but with a few embellishments here and there.  For the purposes of our challenge this month, we'd like to see a very simple layout with either a minimum of embellishments or none at all, allowing the focus of your creation to be a well coloured image.  Bring on the white space and show us what you've got.


    Entering is super simple!  You do not need to use a Scribbles Designs image; however, if you do, your name gets entered into the draw twice.  You can purchase your Scribbles Designs images HERE or you can also find one for a limited time on the challenge blog HEREAlso, be sure to check out our special Freebie Friday posts as it is another great way to build your Scribbles Designs collection.  You can find the rest of the rules and information regarding winners in the sidebar on the challenge blog.  You have until 9pm PST on March 14th to come over and play with us.
     
    General Information:

    • I found a really great idea that inspired me over on the Case This Sketch blog some time in the last few months.  Donna (one of the DT) had created a neat card for Challenge 91 I believe, although she had changed it up a bit.  I really liked what she had done so did something very similar in mine.
    • I was inspired by the background she had which appeared to have splotches of some nature all in the same colour.  I'm guessing they were added on with some medium, I just don't know what.  However, it inspired me to use one of the Photoshop paint splatter brushes I have, that I've never used. This card also afforded me the opportunity to use some more washi tapes.  I ended up using the paint drip brush in varying sizes and matched the colours to the ones in the tape. It worked perfectly to create a really clean and simple background for our midway challenge.  

    FRONT
    Digital Image Details: 
    • Hoot:  This adorable little owl is currently a freebie over at Scribbles Designs.  You can find it by clicking on the name.  Be sure to leave Sandy some love if you grab it. 
    • I've coloured it in with Copic markers and fussy cut it out.  While you can't really tell, I used pop dots to give it a bit of dimension.


    INSIDE
    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • I love a play on words and thankfully I managed to pair up a great image with a great sentiment, courtesy of Paulette from Create with TLC. For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for more awesome sets for purchase, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.

    OVERALL
    Embellishments:
    • The washi tape is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.
    Paper Products:
    • Card base, image and sentiment bases:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • Matting is cardstock from Michael's openstock scrapbook paper.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
    ***Please note that if the word verification appears, ignore it and simply click the 'publish' button**

    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. There is still plenty of time 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,

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Card Design: Imagine That...Jars of Cheer

    http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/index.html
    Hello everyone.  I'm here today to present my final Imagine That! Digis by Kris project for February.  If you missed last week's IT DbK post, be sure to click HERE to catch up on all that is new and exciting this month over at the Imagine That! blog.

    Right now, it is time to check out my latest project...

    General Details:
      
    • I only managed to get two other Christmas cards done this month so I figured I better take the opportunity to get another one into the pot to help me avoid the yearly Christmas Card Panic that I seem to fall into.  With this card, I have surpassed my goal of two for February. 
    Christmas Cards to date for 2015:  7

    FRONT
    Digital Image Details: 
    • Jars of Cheer: Once again, I've chosen to work with the coloured version for this project.  You can't beat the coloured versions for helping to save quite a bit of time.  You'll always find great value over 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.  Especially right now when everything in the store has been reduced in price.  Right now you can get this set for only $2.25 reduced from $3.50!  Clicking on the name or watermark below will take you to the set's location in the store. 
    http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p287/Jars_of_Cheer.html
    Embellishment:
    • This glitter flourish is Recollection's brand and was purchased at Michael's.

    INSIDE
    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • I've been wanting to use this sentiment for quite a long while and I thought that even though I'm not actually using candy canes that the 'twist' still applied.  Only in this case it is a peppermint twist.  This wonderful sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up quite a long time ago as a freebie.  For more wonderful freebies, click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and for some awesome sets to purchase, click HERE to go to the store.

    OVERALL 
    Paper Products: 
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • All three designer papers are from Recollection's Bright Christmas paper pad.  They were all in my scrap file so it was nice to use up some bits and pieces.
    • The shimmery cardstock used as matting is from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. 
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...
    ***if word verification appears, simply ignore it and just publish the comment without filling the captcha***

    Don't Forget to Check out the IT Challenges...
    You still have a little over 24 hours to enter into either of our challenges this month over on the Imagine That blog.

    D.O.T.M. Challenge'Use Any' ChallengeClick on the left image for the current Stamp of the Month Challenge! 

     

    Click on the right image for the current use ANY IT! digi challenge!


    Well folks, it is time for me to get busy doing some behind the scenes work for the new challenges coming out Sunday for The 12 Months of Christmas and Monday for The Path of Positivity.  I've still got one more card to do by Sunday as well, so I'm in for a rather busy weekend.  Hope you at least get some time to relax and chill. Have some fun for me, would you!

    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,