Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Card Design: From the Heart Stamps October Challenge
It is time to post my project for the October, 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:
  • This card was put together digitally and then printed out, so that I could colour the image mostly by hand and then assemble it.  It is physically a one layer card even though there are four digital layers.
  • Here is the sketch I used from Sketch Saturday.  I really love this sketch as you can see since it was also used on the card I posted this morning. Once again I just flipped the location of the pennant shape.
Digital Image Details:
  • The image on the front, Apple Market, 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 with a combination of Copic Markers and digital colouring. Digital credits include:
    • Barrel wood created with a pattern courtesy of Free PSD Files 
    • Clouds created with a pattern courtesy of Webtreats, Etc.
    • Grass was created with a default brush.

    Digital Sentiment Details:
    Paper Products:

    • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    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.  I've got one more progressive post to get done so if I can finish the card tonight the I will see you again tomorrow!

    Until then,

    p.s. I'm not exactly sure what is up with the spacing and the size of the bullets.  I've removed the formatting and tried again but it isn't changing.  Hopefully it is just a fluke in this post and not the new Blogger norm.

    Card Design: 5 Days of Christmas at Fresh Brewed Designs

    Good morning all.  While the end of October may be two days away, Christmas is fast approaching.  So, why not be sure to grab some images now to work on your Christmas and/or other holiday related cards.  For some of you, it will be already adding to a stockpile you've been working on.  For others, it may be your first card.  Whichever category you fall into, now is the perfect time to do a little image shopping and Heather has been releasing some brand new Christmas themed images all week to help you out.

    Here is the image I got to work with for this special release...
    I'm such a fan of the Cutie Bugs so it was an honour to be able to create a Christmas card with one of them.  If you click on the watermark, it will take you to the Christmas section of the store where you can find this image, along with all the other ones that have been released so far this week. 

    Before I show you my card, it is important to note the following... 

    It clearly states in the Fresh Brewed Designs, terms of use, that images must be hand coloured.  Therefore, please note that I sought out and received permission from the owner, to create a hybrid project that is partially coloured in digitally and partially coloured in by hand.  If you decide that you want to use Fresh Brewed Designs images in this way (partially digitally manipulated), you must seek out permission from Heather before doing so EACH TIME and indicate that you have, when posting.  

    General Information:
    • While I missed the deadline for the challenge itself, I did use a sketch from Sketch Saturday.  I really love this sketch and you're actually going to see it again in the next couple days when I post one of my progressive challenge cards.  I just flipped the location of the small pennant.
    • YaY, another card added to the Christmas card pot which reminds me, I'm rather behind in getting the winner announcement out for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  Hopefully by next week, I'll get the chance to pull it off.
      Christmas Card Count to date: 24

    Digital Image Details:
    • Cutie Bug Christmas:  This image is currently available in the FBD store in the Christmas section.  You can find it by clicking on the image watermark above.
    • This image has been coloured using a combination of techniques.  Parts were coloured digitally (see disclaimer above) and then the image was printed out and the remaining parts were coloured by hand using Copic markers. Digital credits include:

    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • I am so very pleased to finally have the opportunity to use one of the many stamps I have from Limited Runs.  Nikki has such awesome images and I am lucky enough to own several of them.  Unfortunately, I haven't had much of a chance to actually use them so I am pleased to be able to do so now.  This fabulous image and sentiment combined is one I picked up in a win over at Limited Runs.  I've used the pre-coloured version to save some time.  Clicking on the watermark will take you to the Christmas section of the store where you can find this wonderful image.
    Paper Products: 
    • Card, image and sentiment base:  Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    Digital Paper Products: 
    • I've used one of my own digital papers for this card.  It is from my Holiday Hoopla Kit.
    Challenges I hope to enter...

    Before you go...
    This coming Monday, Heather has several more new images coming out.  Please be sure to pop by on November 3rd to check them all out.  The badge below might just give you a hint as to what the theme will be for the new release...
    Be sure to head over to Fresh Brewed Designs to check out all the images that have been released so far this week and then be sure to pop in tomorrow and Friday to check out the remaining ones.  You definitely won't be disappointed!

    If you are looking for more fresh brewed inspiration, be sure to pop by again this coming Monday, when I'll be back to showcase a card made with an image from the latest new release.

    At Fresh Brewed Designs we always have a fresh pot of creativity brewing. So stop by and join us for a cuppa whenever you want!

    Until next time,

    Additional notes:  Just a reminder...
    Remember that terms of use or angel policies will differ with each and every company selling digital images.  While some companies do not take issue with their images being made into digital creations, others do, so make sure you seek permission from EACH COMPANY involved.  Also, keep in mind that if you do create a digital piece of work, even with permission, this does not alter the fact that the original image belongs to the original artist(s).  Creating a hybrid project DOES NOT allow you to claim the new creation as your own and do with it as you wish.  The fact that you'd be using an image for your own personal use does not automatically allow you to do what you want with another artist's work.  So, please be sure to get permission first before going ahead with your ideas.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Card Design: DS4J Progressive Christmas Card Challenge...October
    It is time to submit my card to this month's Progressive Christmas Challenge taking place over at DigiStamps4Joy.  One more card to add to the Christmas Card Pot to help me avoid the yearly Christmas Card Panic.  Ooh, ooh, ooh.  With the two cards I did early this month, this one and one I have coming out tomorrow, that will make it a total of four Christmas cards done for October.  YaY.  I have doubled my goal this month.
    Christmas Card Count to date: 23

    Here is the wonderful DS4J set we get to use this month:

     ...and here is my card, I hope that I haven't forgotten any important details: 

    Digital Sentiment Details: 
    • Christmas/Holiday sentiments:  If you aren't part of the progressive challenge and would like to purchase it so that you can join in, click HERE or on the watermark above to find it in the DS4J store.
    Digital Image Details: 
    • The fabulous animal nativity globe image is a precoloured image that I picked up over at Dearie Dolls quite a while ago.  If you are unfamiliar with Dearie Dolls then you are missing out on some incredible free images!  Go pay Mary Ellen a visit.  You won't be disappointed!!!!  Clicking HERE will take you to her blog.
    • The glittery stickers are Crafts brand purchased at Dollarama.

    Digital Sentiment:  
    • This wonderful banner is another fabulous sentiment created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.

    Paper Products:  
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    Digital Paper Products: 
    • The paper used on the front and inside is one of my own digital papers.  It is from my Holiday Hoopla Kit.
    Challenges I am entering...
    Other Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    If you are interested in joining the DS4J progressive Christmas card challenge you will need to contact Desíre (her details are at the bottom of the post). I've linked the badge at the top of the page to take you to that post. 

    Well, one more card is finally done. Don't forget, I have a holiday card link up called the 12 Months of Christmas that you can jump in at any time and add your own holiday cards to for the remaining months of this year. Click HERE for all the details. There are still a few days left to link up your two cards for October in order to get your free paper for the month. Oh and if you haven't heard yet, The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up will be heading to a new blog come January.  However, right now the blog has gone live and we have a DT call up.  Why not come and check it out?  Click HERE to head to the new blog and HERE to check out the DT Call.

    Phew, only two more cards to get done by Friday for my remaining progressive challenges and then one for a DT obligation coming up on Saturday.  Mix that with a thousand other things I'm doing right now and it is sure to be a packed evening.  Hopefully, I'll get one of those progressive cards posted tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

    Have a great evening/night/morning/day all!

    Until next time,

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Card Design: Imagine That...Progressive Challenge for October
    My goodness, I was really hoping to have created and posted some of my progressive challenge cards already this month but time just hasn't been on my side.  Of course, I lost quite a bit with the infection and fall but progressive challenges don't wait and it is time to upload at least one of them today.  

    Right now it is my creation for the Imagine That Progressive Challenge. This wonderful progressive challenge does not disappoint as we get the opportunity to earn a fabulous new set each month by linking up. Kris' is an amazing designer and I am thrilled to earn sets from her.

    This month the images that everyone who is part of the progressive challenge gets to play with are in the wonderful set,
    Let's Squash Cancer in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month...

    The great thing about this image is that it could be used for all types of cancer.  It isn't just limited to breast cancer.

    As always, you can work with either the coloured image, or the line art one. This particular set also comes with four great sentiments to help you out!  If you missed out, you can still play along by purchasing this set in the store for a discount during the month of October (click on the image name or watermark above to go to the image's location in the store).

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

    General Details:

    • This is one of those cards that I hope and pray I never have to mail.

    Digital Image Details: 
    • Let's Squash Cancer: Details for how to get a hold of it are included underneath the set preview in the above section.  I've used the pre-coloured version of the image for my card.
    • The ribbon is Crafts brand, purchased at Dollarama.
    • The buttons were purchased at the Dollar Tree.

    Digital Sentiment Details: 

    Paper Products:
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • Both patterned papers used are from the Recollection's All Girl paper pad.  I thought the polka dot one went well with her bow.
    • The paper I used as matting is from Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.

    Challenge I am entering...  
    Others I am hoping to enter...
    I encourage you to go and check out the digis that Kris offers along with the Progressive Free Digi Challenge.  It is another fun place to shop and play.  She also has a beautiful image up over on their Facebook page (link to their FB page can be found on the blog).  So, grab it while you can. 


    Just five more cards to get done by the end of the month!  Yikes!

    Until next time,

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Blog Has Launched

    Well, the day has finally arrived.  We are pleased to announce that the new Blog for the "12 Months of Christmas Link Up" has just launched.   Monica and I  have been busy behind the scenes, setting up the blog and getting sponsors, but we still have one more major task to accomplish...and that is to put together our design team. 

    So we are officially putting out a Design Team Call and would love for you to be a part of our team!  We're looking for a group of enthusiastic, dedicated, dependable, team -oriented, designers to join us. For more information and all the details on how to apply, please pop over to our new blog by clicking here: The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up  

    If any of you, would like to advertise the DT call for us on your own individual blog by creating a special post, we would sincerely appreciate the shout out and there might just be a free digital paper up for grabs if you do.  You can find our special DT Call badge on the post linked above, including the instructions and address to link it to.

    Now, if you feel that it may not be just the right time to join a Design Team, we would still Love for you to pop on over and take a look around. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know you stopped by.  Of course, we would LOVE for you to become a follower as well so that you don't miss out on all of the pre challenge posts. You just never know what surprises we may have up our sleeves between  now until when our link up begins!

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Promotional Post: The Scribbles Designs Masquerade

    Many people, both big and small, are out there getting into the spirit of Hallowe'en.  A great many of them are spending time and money to come up with ideas for their costumes.  Well, the beloved characters of Scribbles Designs are no different.  Check out what each of them is planning to wear to tonight's Scribbles Designs Masquerade--a party specifically for all the Scribbles Designs characters.

    #402 Catman
    First up, meet Porthos.  You've seen him as Nimble Puss and tonight he is pretending to be Catman.  He can't wait for the party to get started.  He has been practicing superhero moves all week.  He tends to run a bit to the fluffy side but I think he looks rather svelte in that outfit, don't you?  In fact, he looks paw-sitively purr-fect to me.
    #130 Lori Halloween Diva
    Next up is Lori.  She has decided to don a pumpkin costume.  While she thought it was a good idea to begin with--she thought it would a good way for showing off those great legs of hers--it isn't exactly easy to manoeuvre around in.  She keeps hitting one side of the pumpkin in particular as she goes through doorways.  If she keeps this up, she is going to require a pumpkin patch to repair her poor jack-'o-lantern!

    #411 Scaredy Cat
    Next up it is time to take a look at what Athos is planning on wearing.  Athos is Scribbles Designs resident Alley Cat and if he looks fur-miliar that is because you've met him on a few occasion before.  Athos tends to think of himself as a bit of a ladies' cat so he has decided to dress up as a ghost.  He figures that if he can scare the ladies attending the party bad enough, they'll just fall faint into his arms.  I'm afraid he is going to be a bit disappointed at the results.  That outfit isn't exactly scare-worthy but we won't tell him and burst his bubble. He might get a bit hiss-terical.
    #133 Jane Witch Diva
    Jane has decided that she will be going as a sexy witch.  I'd say she has a good chance of pulling it off.  Let's hope that nobody annoys her too much at the party this evening.  It won't be a pretty sight if she gets angry and flies off the handle--the broom handle that is.

    #222 Grim Reap-Brrr
    Brrr has decided that he is going to dress up as the Grim Reaper.  Since black is his colour, this outfit suits him perfectly.  Brrnice will be going out with him but she hasn't settled on a costume yet.  Brrr and Brrrnice have been arguing about what she should wear.  Brrr doesn't want her to wear anything too revealing or there might just be some grim reaper-cussions for anyone caught staring at her during the night.

    #309 Count DraCarl
    Carl is going as the Count.  He is well aware of the incredible appeal of vampires these days.  He figures by going as one, it will give him an edge with all the single ladies at the party.  Hopefully, he doesn't become too much of a pain in the neck for everyone.  However, who knows, he might just find the right lady and it will be love at first bite!

    #230 Halloween Hedgie
    Hedgie is going as a masked crusader.  Not THE Masked Crusader of course, just a generic one.  He's looking pretty sharp don't you think?  Hedgie is really hoping that they will have his favourite snack at the party tonight--Prickled Onions.  He is also hoping that they'll play one of his favourite games--Hide and Squeak.  Regardless of what happens, you know this hedgehog is going to have fun!

    #719 Woolley Pumpkin
    Finally, that leaves Mr. Wool.  Mr. Wool has also decided to dress up as pumpkin.  However he didn't really think the logistics of this costume out very well.  Once he gets to the party he won't be able to do much moving around.  It is too baaaaaad really, he is quite the dancer.  Hopefully no one will ram into him throughout the night and tip him over.  Oh and if he is really lucky, someone will be kind and bring him over some Baaaa-khlava as a snack later in the evening!

    Well there you go.  That is everyone who had their costume picked out already this morning in time for this post to go out.  I'm sure they are all going to have a fabulous time tonight.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to get any pictures from the bash as it is invite only and you have to be two dimensional to attend--just kidding, but you do have to be a Scribbles Designs character.  Hmmm....maybe Sandy can make me into a drawing so I can sneak into one of their parties down the line.  I'll put it on my Christmas wish list...

    Clicking on any of the images should bring you to their location in the Scribbles Designs store.

    So many digitals, so many possibilities!
    If you still need to get a Hallowe'en card, tag, decoration or other item created by next Friday in time for the big day itself, then consider purchasing one or more of these fabulous images!  Why not head to the store and purchase a couple for yourself and then be sure to send us a link to your project once posted.  We love seeing what people are up to with Scribbles Designs images!

    Remember, there are still a couple of Hallowe'en freebies available in the store.  If you haven't picked them up already you can still get two great Hallowe'en images for free. There is Batty (F 06) which you can find HERE and there is also JuJubes (F 07) which you can find HERE. Of course there are a lot more freebies available in the store as well. Don't forget that each Friday, my fellow teammie Sam hosts her own special post where she shares a free image with you all.  And, as always, there is another freebie up for grabs over in our current challenge which we'd love for you to enter, if you haven't already. This month the theme is Fall Impressions and you have until 9:00 p.m. PST on November 14th to enter. You can find out all the details you need for participating and for grabbing the special freebie, by clicking HERE. 

    There is lots going on over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge blog so if you are not yet a follower, now is the perfect time to become one.  

    Well guys, that is it for today unless I manage to get a progressive post done this afternoon. If I don't see you later today, then hopefully, I will again tomorrow.  Enjoy your Saturday!

    Until next time!