Thursday, December 18, 2014

Card Design: From the Heart Stamps December Challenge


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It is time to post my project for the December, 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: 
  • I do believe that this is one of my favourites for some reason.  I just love the BirdbrainTM character so much that he makes any card stand out!
  • I did an oopsies on this card.  I had originally wanted at least one graph line's worth of space between the accent strips with the presents on them but apparently I wasn't paying enough attention when I affixed the top one.  Too late by then so I just had to put them back to back.  It doesn't look awful but I think it would have looked better with just a little space between.
  • I do believe that I am almost done for this year.  If I have calculated correctly, there is just one more Christmas card I need to make--I think!!

Christmas Card Count to date: 31

FRONT
Digital Image Details:
  • The image on the front, Christmas Spirit Birdbrain, 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 Copic Markers, and I added some ground with fine markers. 
Stamp Preview by FromTheHeartStamps
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great circle sentiment is from Netty's Cards.  You can find it and more fabulous freebies by clicking HERE and clicking on the freebies tab at the top of the page.  If you grab any of them, be sure to leave Netty some love. 
Embellishment:
  • The little wooden gift box is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama. 

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This awesome sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. 
    While I picked it up recently as a freebie, you can purchase it in the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Vintage Image and Word Art Set.  I've linked the watermark below to go to its location in the store.  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.

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/CreateWithTLC/10787832/most_wonderful_time_of_the_year_vintage_image_and_word_art_set/design/digital_art_/cards
OVERALL
Paper Products:
 
  • Card base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The strips with the presents on them are from Recollection's Bright Christmas paper pad.
  • The green graph paper is from the Recollection's Signature Festivus paper pad.
  • The shimmery red paper used as matting is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.  
Challenges I am hoping to enter:
Others I might get it into...
Woop!  Woop!  My final progressive card is done for the month.  I do believe that just leaves three more physical cards to be made by the end of December.  Of course we won't talk about all the computer related, administrative or behind the scenes stuff I still have to do!

Thanks for popping by everyone!  I hope you enjoyed my card and post.  I'm hoping to still get that promo post done but now it is definitely going to have to wait until after supper. 
 
Until then,


Card Design: Countdown to Christmas with Nicecrane Designs, Day 5

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Greetings to you on this Thursday, exactly one week before Christmas.  My Christmas Panic is in full swing gaining momentum as each hour goes by.  I have no shopping done, have no decorations up, and no idea what we'll be having for dinner.  Oy vey!  It is going to be one BUSY week.  For right now, I'm back to share another creation showcasing an image from the beautiful vintage set called A Happy Xmas by Bowley, available over at Nicecrane Designs

Over the last two days you've seen the first two cards I created for my momma as part of her Christmas gift (if you missed them and would like to check them out, click HERE for the first and HERE for the second).  Today it is time to show you number three and then there are just two left to go over the next couple days.
  
FRONT
Digital Image Details:
  • A Happy Xmas by Bowley:  This card features the image on the bottom right hand side of the preview below.  Click on the watermark below to take you to its location in the store. 
http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=1172
Digital Sentiments:
  • This amazing sentiment is part of a set of Primitive Christmas blocks that I picked up over at Create with TLC.  I used the 'believe' one on my DS4J/Doodle Pantry card in November.  As I mentioned at that time, this set is still available for free.  Click HERE to go and grab them but make sure that you leave Paulette some love if you do.  For other great finds, be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.
Embossing Folder:
  • The blue panel on top was embossed using the one of the folders from the Cricut, Paper Lace II set.  
Embellishments:
  • The half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
INSIDE
Digital Sentiment: 
  • Another great sentiment from Mudmaven.  Don't forget to check out her blog for many awesome freebies. 
OVERALL
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The paper used for the embossed panel on the front and the matting on the inside are from the Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Cool Water collection.
Challenges I am hoping to enter...

Before I go...
Time to share another great Christmas themed set available at Nicecrane's Designs.  This lovely set focuses on vintage pictures of women ready for the holiday season. 
The Vintage Women's Christmas set contains three collage sheets containing a total of 24 images from original vintage Christmas cards.  Be sure to go and check it out while you are at the store (click on image below to head to its location).

Remember, 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.

Thanks for popping in and checking my latest creation.  I'll be back tomorrow with the fourth card in the set and if I am lucky, I'll be back a little later this evening with the last of my progressive posts and hopefully even a promo post since I didn't get it done last night.  Time to check one more thing off the list!

Until a bit later,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge...December

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It is time to post my creation for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge. Her images are just so cute and the image for this month is no exception! Check it out...
Angel with Lights is simply precious! Everyone who has played along in last month's challenge received this image or a similar one for free. We actually had a choice between two similar angel images and this is the one I chose.

If you decide to hop on and play along in the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge, then you can purchase this digital by clicking HERE (or on the watermark above to head to its location in the store). This way you'll receive next month's digital stamp for free.

Here are my card and details...

General Information:
  • I found a great card some time recently.  Just can't remember exactly when or even where for that matter.  I normally note these things but I can't seem to find my notes either.  Thank goodness for watermarks because I was able to do some detective work.  The designer of this card is Karren Johnson and it was made for Freshly Made Sketches.  Karren's blog is Karren J-Stamping Stuff.  It took me about 15 minutes but I was finally  able to find the card I used as inspiration on Karren's blog.  You can find it HERE.
  • One more card to add to the Christmas Card Pot.  We're getting down to the wire here, so every single one helps.
     
    Christmas Card Count to date: 30
FRONT
Digital Image Details:
  • Angel with Lights:  You can find this image in the store.  Details above.  This image was coloured in with Copic Markers.  I used a white marker to add highlights to the lights.  I used iridescent glitter glue for the cuffs of her dress and her wings.
  • I created faux stitches digitally around the white panel before printing it out.
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One I created to match with the one I wanted to use on the inside.
Embellishments:
  • The gems are Crafts brand, purchased at Dollarama.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • One I created back in 2013. You can still find it available for free by clicking HERE.  Please note that since this sentiment was created using an element from another artist who is strictly PUO (although I did receive permission to incorporate her images in my own work and offer them as freebies), you would be unable to use it on a card that you intend to sell. 

OVERALL
Paper Products: 
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
  • The patterned paper is from the Recollection's All Seasons Paper Pad. There are some sheets in the pad that are made up of strips of different papers.  I never know what to do with those papers so it turned out a great use for one of those strips.
  • The paper I used as matting on the inside is from Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, red.
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, that is it for this one and for today since it is now just past 11:00 p.m.  I'll definitely see you again tomorrow.  Until then, have a good one!


    Card Design: Countdown to Christmas with Nicecrane Designs, Day 4

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    Happy Wednesday to you all!  I'm back today with another creation showcasing an image from the beautiful vintage set called A Happy Xmas by Bowley, available over at Nicecrane Designs

    Yesterday, I showed you the first of five cards created for my momma as part of her Christmas gift (click HERE if you missed it, and would like to check it out).  Today it is number two and then each day for the next three days, I'll show you the remaining ones in the set.  I think this one is my favourite, there is just something so rich about that red colour.
      
    FRONT
    Digital Image Details:
    • A Happy Xmas by Bowley:  This card features the image in the middle of the preview below.  Click on the watermark below to take you to its location in the store. 
    http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=1172
    Embossing Folder:
    • The red panel on top was embossed using one of four folders available in the Cricut, Paper Lace II set.  
    Embellishments:
    • The half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
    INSIDE

    OVERALL
    Digital Sentiments:
    • These fabulous sentiments were created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  While I picked each up a while back as a freebie, you can purchase them from the store.  You can find the sentiment from the front of my card in the Miscellaneous Christmas Goodies set.  The sentiment on the inside of my card is available in the Christmas Peace 2 Vintage Images and Word Art set.  I've linked the two watermarks below to go to their respective location in the store.  For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and to see more awesome sets available for sale, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.
    http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/tlc4lo/8117548/miscellaneous_christmas_goodies/design/digital_art_/cardshttp://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/tlc4lo/8060564/christmas_peace_2_vintage_images_and_word_art_/design/digital_art_/cards
     Paper Products:
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • The paper used for the embossed panel on the front and the matting on the inside are from the Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Shades of Red collection.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    Before I go...
    Time to share another great Christmas themed set available at Nicecrane's Designs.  If you are into kittens and puppies, then this is the set for you.
    The Kittens and Puppies on Xmas set contains two collage sheets containing a total of 10 adorable images.  Be sure to go and check it out while you are at the store (click on image below to head to its location).
    http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=778
    Remember, 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.

    Thanks for popping in and checking my latest creation.  I'll be back tomorrow with the third card in the set and if I am lucky, I'll be back a little later this evening with one of my progressive posts and possible even a promo post.  Man, there is still SOOOO much I have to get done before I can take a much needed break.  Here's hoping I can pull it all off.

    Until a bit later,

    12 Months of Christmas Link Up November Winners + Special DT Team Preview

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    Hello everyone!  I've got a special treat for you today.  Not only am I listing the November winners for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up, I'm also going to be sharing creations from our new DT, showcasing the paper that is up for grabs this month. 

    Since December is officially the last month that the Link Up will be over here on my blog, I thought it would be nice to give you a glimpse of what will be in store for you on the new blog starting in January. This way you get to know a little bit about their style before they officially start.  I was very lucky and grateful that so many of the DT had the time to create a card for this special post.  

    For this particular project, team members created a card using this month's paper and images from any artist they wanted.  Starting next month, their cards will feature images from all the fabulous sponsors Monica and I have managed to bring on board.

    First up, here is a watermark of the eleventh paper of the season:


     ...and here are some wonderful creations showcasing it:
     Please note that while each of the frames is linked to the person's individual blog, some team members may not be posting their project today.  They may have decided to post it later in the week.  If I know of the exact date of posting, it will be written underneath the specific frame.


    To be posted on Julie's blog on Dec. 21st.

    Being posted today.  You can find it HERE.


    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

    Even my awesome partner in crime Monica, had some time to create using this paper...
    Aren't they all just fabulous!  Monica and I are very lucky to have such an incredibly talented team!!!  You'll get to see more wonderful inspiration using my papers and sponsor's images each month in the coming year over on the new blog for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up, which can be found HERE.  

    Don't Forget...
    We have blog candy up for grabs for some digital goodies.  You can find out everything you need to know by clicking HERE.


    Now for the STATS for November...
    Well, I knew the adding streak was going to come to an end sooner or later.  For some reason I've added up that there are 133 cards but there should only be 132.  I added an extra one somewhere along the line. 

    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, "Christmas Link Up -- November":
    • Suze
    • Hazel
    • Crafting Vicky
    • Helen/Made by Helen
    • Margaret A
    • Sammibug
    • ScrappEllen 
    • KT Fit Kitty 
    • Edwina Brown
    • TaylorMade4U
    • Desire Fourie
    • D~DesignsByDragonfly
    • blossom cards:Rachel Taylor
    • Marji--Tiggerscraps
    • Julie O
    • centralnyscrapper
    • Susan Renshaw
    • Pumpy
    • Katherine C 
    • Charlotte C 
    • Borqna
    • Ellis
    Welcome to Sammibug, ScrappEllen, Katherine C and Charlotte C, 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).  While I'm normally rather busy, these days it is worse with a case of the Christmas Crazies.  I promise that I'll get to it as quick as I can. 
    However, if you haven't received your paper within a week, please write me again as your request may have been lost in the mail.  Unfortunately, cyberspace is apparently very fond of my mail both incoming and outgoing and sometimes doesn't want to let it go.  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 just under two weeks left to link up a minimum of two cards and earn your paper for December and then 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 this one.  I'll see you all again a bit later in the day!

    Until then,


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    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Card Design: Countdown to Christmas with Nicecrane Designs, Day 3

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    Happy Tuesday to you all!  With Christmas fast approaching (I can't believe there is just a little over a week left), it is time to get this show on the road!  Each day over the next five days, I will be showing you a card I made from the beautiful vintage set called A Happy Xmas by Bowley, available over at Nicecrane Designs

    This card, along with the four other ones I'll be showcasing over the rest of this week, are part of a set that I have created for my momma as part of her Christmas gift for THIS year.  My mother adores vintage images, so I am hoping that she'll like them.  Knowing her, she probably didn't send out the ones I made for her last year, wanting to keep them all for herself!
      
    FRONT
    Digital Image Details:
    • A Happy Xmas by Bowley:  This card features the image on the top right hand side of the preview below.  Click on the watermark below to take you to its location in the store. 
    http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=1172
    Digital Sentiment Details:
    • The sentiment used on the front of the card is one of my own.  You can still find it available for free by clicking HERE.  Please note that since this sentiment was created using an element from another artist who is strictly PUO (although I did receive permission to incorporate her images in my own work and offer them as freebies), you would be unable to use it on a card that you intend to sell.  
    Embossing Folder:
    • The pink panel on top was embossed using the one of the folders from the Cricut, Paper Lace II set.  
    Embellishments:
    • The half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.
    INSIDE
    Digital Sentiment:
    • This wonderful sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  While I picked it up a while back as a freebie, you can purchase it in the Happy Happy Joy Joy Word Art Set OR in the Joy, Joy, Joy Digi Image Set.  I've linked the two watermarks below to go to their location in the store.  For great freebies and inspiration be sure to click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and to see more awesome sets available for sale, click HERE to go to the home page of the store.
    http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/tlc4lo/5602707/joy_joy_joy_digi_image_set_/design/digital_art_/otherhttp://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/tlc4lo/5360065/happy_happy_joy_joy_word_art_set___/design/digital_art_/other
    OVERALL
    Paper Products
    :
    • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • The paper used for the embossed panel on the front and the matting on the inside are from the Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Pink Buttons collection.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...
    Before I go...
    Time to share another great Christmas themed set available at Nicecrane's Designs.  If you prefer to colour your images yourself but really like the images in the set I showcased above, then you'll want to check out the digital stamp version of
    A Happy Xmas by Bowley DSL.  This set has the same five images but allows you to colour them as you wish.  Be sure to go and check it out while you are at the store (click on image below to head to its location).
    http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=1171
    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 be back tomorrow with the second card in the set and at least one other post. 

     Until that time,