Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy Independence Day!!!

***Click HERE to find the special Christmas in July with DDDoodles & Imagine That! DbKgiveaway going on during July.***

Talk about the 11th hour--literally--but thankfully it is still the Fourth of July and that means that all my wonderful American friends are celebrating Independence Day this weekend.  As promised on Wednesday, I have another treat.  This time in honour of the great old U.S. of A. 

Here is what I came up with...

This digital paper is one that will become part of the Spirit of America kit that I am working on.  It is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.  I've used resources from Pixel Scrapper and PixabayFull credits in the file.  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 full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

Well folks, that is it for this one.  It is time for me to head to bed.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Until next time,

Digital Design: Christmas in July with DDDoodles & Imagine That! DbK

Hello everyone!  For all of my American friends and readers, Happy Independence Day!  Be sure to come back a little bit later as I'm going to be posting a freebie in honour of this special day.

Right now, it is time for some Christmas in July fun to begin!  As promised at the end of May, I'm back with a special collaborative give-a-way between Imagine That! Digis by Kris and myself.

I have created a set of 50 digital brads, taking five different images from Kris' Gingerbread Scene set, along with some papers from the Gingerbread Digital Papers set, and a couple papers from the Christmas Snowflakes Digital Papers and putting each of them into five different shapes and then ten different metal casings (courtesy of Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper), to create a set of digital brads.  

Here are the previews and links to the fabulous IT! DbK sets I worked with.  Just click on any of the watermarks below to find the sets in the store...

Kris has given me permission to offer up these brads to three people!  Check them out...

Three lucky winners will have the chance to win a set of these brads and use them on their own holiday cards and layouts! Of course, you're going to have to do a little work to have your chance to earn them, but don't worry, it won't be anything too strenuous.  

There are three different tasks.  Complete a task and earn a chance to win the set of brads.  The more tasks you complete the more your chances increase.


  • Leave a comment on this post or the same one announcing the draw on the Imagine That! blog, letting me know the name of your favourite set from the Christmas & Winter section of Imagine That! Digis by Kris.



  • Head to the Christmas & Winter section of Imagine That! Digis by Kris.
  • Send an e-mail to decossesdynamitedoodles [at] yahoo [dot] ca with the following subject heading, "Christmas in July Brad Giveaway", with the following info:  List the names of all the sets that have at least one MOUSE in them. 



  • Create a card with ANY Christmas or Winter themed, Imagine That! Digis by Kris image.
  • Add it to the link up below between now and July 31st.  No backlinking please.  Also, please add a link to this challenge on your post.
  • If you don't own any digis, you can find a penguin image in the free section of Kris' store right now.
  • Also note that if you join in the Imagine That! Digis by Kris digi stamp of the month progressive challenge, you won't have any extra work to do as the card you create for July's digi stamp of the month, can be linked up here as well since the set this month is Christmas related. 
  • Then of course be sure to also add your Christmas card to The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up for your chance to earn a free digi paper if you link up two cards during the month of July, and also have a chance at our sponsor's prize if you follow the theme of adding an ornament somewhere on your card.  Click HERE for all the details you need!

If anything is unclear, be sure to ask!

For each task you complete, your name will be entered into the draw. Complete all three tasks, earn three chances to win! All tasks must be completed by July 31st, 2015, at 11:59 p.m

If you'd prefer, you can simply purchase two sets from anywhere in the Imagine That! Digis by Kris store and you'll receive the brad set for free.  Offer expires on Aug. 1, 2015. Proof of purchase must be sent to the email address listed above in Task #2 with the subject heading "Christmas in July IT Purchase".  Please be sure to cover up or delete any personal info that you do not want me to see--i.e. address, phone number, account info, credit card info, etc.

So, are you up for some Christmas in July fun?! 

Join in now for your chance to win!!!

Until next time,

Link Up Below:

Friday, July 03, 2015

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #112...Make a Splash--Water must be part of IMAGE
Welcome all!  I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design ChallengeThis time around for Challenge #112, the theme is Make a Splash.  For this project, water must be part of the IMAGE.  With the summer heat ahead, what better way to cool off than with a focus on water.

Here is my card, I hope that I haven't forgotten any important details:

General Info:
  • This card has been created digitally, then printed.  The main image was then coloured by hand before assembling the card.

Digital Image Details: 
  • Bear Floating With Lemonade:  Isn't this a cool image.  I just love those sunglasses and that great parasol.  You can find it in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below. 
  • I used one of my free papers from 2013's August Kit of the month as the backdrop behind my image.  I just cropped down the image to the area that was most suitable.  The image itself has been coloured in with Copic Markers.
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This fun sentiment was picked up at Sentiments 4 You.  Unfortunately, Sentiments 4 You has become an invited readers only blog. :(
Digital Embellishment Details:
  • I created a set of digital brads using the sun element from the Sizzlin' Summer set of papers that I created for Scribbles Doodles Designs (details on this set below).
  • The smaller accent piece on the front is also the same paper used behind the image.  This time I cropped out a different section.
  • The larger accent piece is a basic shape, paper pieced with one of the sand texture papers, also available in the Sizzlin' Summer set.

Digital Image Details: 
  • Tropical Drink With Umbrellas:  I thought that this would be a great accent image for the inside of my card.  It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy shop.  Just click on the name or watermark linked below. 
  • This image was coloured digitally as I knew it would be too small to colour properly with markers.  However, it has dawned on me that I forgot to colour in part of the lemon slice.  Oops! A glass layer style was applied and then erased in parts.  It is neat because it actually provided a cool shadow for the entire image.
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Another great image that I've used before and will use again, created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  Click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and HERE to go to the store.

Close up of image and sentiment...

Paper Products:
  • Card base:  Michael's Recollection's cardstock, white. 
Digital Paper Products:
  • The sun paper is one I created originally for the Sizzlin' Summer set for Scribble Doodle Designs.  However, I redid it and applied a different coloured background so that it better suited the colouring of the beach scene on the front.  If you'd be interested in the original paper, you can find it in the Scribbles Designs store by clicking either watermark below.
  • You can also find the sand texture used above in the set below.
#DP 001 Sizzlin' Summer Paper Set ($3.99)
#DP 002 Sizzlin' Summer Patterned Papers Only ($2.99)
  • The orange matting piece are basic shapes created in Photoshop Elements. 
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give each element some depth.  This style is courtesy of Sheila Reid, a designer at Pixel Scrapper
Challenges I am hoping to enter... 

You have until August 6th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation that has a water as part of the image completed.  I really hope that you will be able to join us. Don't forget that along with all the typical rules that apply to the majority of challenges out there (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules), you MUST USE A DIGITAL OR STAMPED IMAGE to qualify for the drawing (unless stated otherwise). We would absolutely love to see you use a Pattie's Creations (PC) image on your card, but you are allowed to use other images. If you do use a PC image, you will gain an extra entry in the draw and will have a better chance to WIN! You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge. Easy Peasy right!

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulous teammates have offered up for inspiration.  Oh and don't forget...Pattie offers up a new freebie the first Friday of the month and it will remain up for approximately two weeks; so, be sure to pop over and check it out as well!

Until next time, 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Hello everyone and a very happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!  

As I mentioned last year, the Canadian population among the card making/scrapbooking/blogging community is relatively low in comparison with other countries.  However, those of us out here are very proud of the amazing country that we live in!  From coast to coast Canada offers up beauty, culture, a sense of community, and of course much, much more.  Good times can be had in which ever province you may be located in.

Now last year I busted five popular myths about Canada:
  • Myth #1:  It is Always Cold in Canada
  • Myth #2:  Toronto is the Capital of Canada
  • Myth #3 - All Canadians Speak French
  • Myth #4 - Mounties in Red Uniforms Atop Horses Police our Country 
  • Myth #5 - All Canadians Say "Eh."

You can find those myths busted HERE.  This year I'm going to tackle five more for those of you in other parts of the world that may not know too much about us...

Myth #6: Canadians Do Not Have Paved Roads

Oh brother.  This one is ridiculous.  I can ensure you that the Northern part of North America does indeed have paved roads.  We walk, ride bikes, drive cars, and use public transit to get around, just like most countries do.  Of course there are some rural areas were there are unpaved roads.  I would think this would hold true for the rural areas of most countries.  However, you can be rest assured that in most areas, the roads are covered by asphalt.

Myth #7: Canada is So Safe, We Don't Lock our Doors

In the documentary, Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore suggested that Canadians are so unafraid of crime that we don't lock our doors.  Now while I am sure that there are some people out there who still don't bother, I can guarantee you that most of us keep our doors locked.  Yes, Canada is a relatively safe country.  Our violent crime rates (i.e., homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.), are quite a bit lower than our American neighbours to the south.  However, when it comes to some crime categories such as car or property theft (according to Stats Canada), the numbers are actually higher than the U.S.  

The bigger the city, the bigger the chance of crime so if you happen to be up here visiting, always be sure to keep your wallet and keys in a safe place, keep your eyes open and of course lock your doors.  We certainly do.


Myth #8: You Will See Moose, Beavers and other Wildlife in Canada

Well, technically, yes.  We do have moose, beavers and other forms of wildlife.  However, if you are visiting one of our bigger cities or towns, you are likely to be disappointed.  In the more populated areas, I'm afraid your wildlife experience will most likely be limited to squirrels, birds, and possibly the odd raccoon as well. 

The animals that generally symbolize Canada, such as beavers, whales, deer, moose, and bear for example, are out there but you generally have to be in more rural areas or in the northern regions like where I live for example (except for the whales of course, then you'd have to be on one of our coasts).  Deer and moose are a serious night hazard on our roads outside of the city.  My husband and I came way too close to losing our lives to a noose that had parked itself in the middle of the road one dark night many years ago.  If we had hit it, I don't know how we'd have survived.  The thing towered over our vehicle.  I was also unfortunate to be in a car accident as a teenager when a deer came running out of nowhere and my mother hit it head on.  We were very lucky to receive no serious injuries.  Sadly the deer was not so lucky.  Bear are also often seen in the region I live in.  Some have been so bold as to come within the city borders.  Thankfully I've never had a close up experience with one.  I hope to God I never do.


Myth #9: Canadians Don't Own Guns

Well, actually there are quite a few Canadians who do.  And of course, just like in other countries, there is a segment of the population who own guns illegally.  However, as a whole, the right to bear arms in Canada isn't a big deal. Even so, under the Canada's Firearms Act of 1995, we do now have that right, and according to stats, at least 7 million of us do. Firearms owned by Canadians are mostly used for sporting and recreational purposes.  There are very few licenses issued to people who want to carry a gun for personal protection.


Myth #10: Canada is the 51st State

Now this one, is the one that gets our dander up.  Sure we are influenced by American culture, I'm sure there are many countries that are.  However, that influence is generally limited to things such as movies, fashion trends, television shows, etc.  We in Canada have different official languages, our own currency, and of course a completely different political system.  Additionally, we are more of a mosaic rather than a melting pot.  While for the most part, we are pretty peaceable group of people, denying we have our own unique national identity or worse, suggesting we are merely an extension of the United States, is certainly one way to get us riled up.

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McLean, Jane. (N.D.). Top 10 Myths & Misconceptions about Canada. Available: Last accessed 1st July 2015.
Zhu, On. (2010). 10 Myths About Canada 22. Available: Last accessed 1st July 2015.

So there you go!  It is possible that you've just learned a bit more about this beautiful country that I am lucky to call home.  Now it is time to give out a freebie to honour Canada Day...

This digital paper is one that will become part of the Oh Canada kit that I am working on.  It is 3600 x 3600 pixels, in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. I've used resources from Pixel Scrapper and PixabayFull credits in the file.  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 full credit information and my terms of use which are standard to all my folders.

Oh and don't worry, I wouldn't forget the celebration coming up this weekend in honour of my southern neighbours; so, be sure to come back on Saturday for an Independence Day freebie.

Stay tuned as I'll soon be posting about the special Christmas in July give-a-way that I'm doing in conjunction with Kris from Imagine That! Digis by Kris.  If I don't get it posted tonight, I hopefully will manage to get it out no later than Friday.

 Until then,

Card Design: 12MoC Ch. #7...Opt. Theme--Ornament Exchange
Hello!  It is time for the July challenge and link up to begin over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We had another great showing in May and Monica and I hope that you'll continue to spread the word about our Link Up so it can reach more people.  I find it interesting that we have fewer entries each month this year with sponsor's prizes than I did when I ran the link up over here.  Hmmmmm...... I will have to ponder that one!

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  It's Ornamental, based on the theme for this challenge. Check out the preview...

Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of July 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 paper 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 Holiday Traditions Ornament Exchange.  In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that there is a Christmas ornament featured prominently somewhere on your card. Whether it is part of your image, part of your paper or just an embellishment, it is up to you.  You can find more details over on the Challenge #7 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
Robyn’sFetish Digital Stamps...

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

 Click on the watermark above to find this image in the RFDS store.

This latest card makes...

Christmas Cards to date for 2015:  16
...and here it is...

General Info:
  • This card has been created digitally and then printed.  The embellishments were added and then it was assembled.

Digital Image Details: 
  • A Bell For ChristmasDetails and link above.  The image was coloured in with Copic Markers. 
  • The sticker is Crafts brand and was purchased at Dollarama.  
  • The ribbon is Celebrate It brand and was purchased at Michael's.
Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie a while back.  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, white.
Digital Paper Products:
  • I used one of the papers from the 12 Days of Christmas 2014 set along with one of the papers from the 12 Months of Christmas 2014 set.  If anyone is interested in purchasing either of these sets, just let me know and I'll add them to the store.

Digital Embellishments:
  • The circle shapes used for matting in behind the image, papers, and sentiment are simple shapes created in Photoshop Elements.
  • The shadows to give each element some depth were created with a layer style from Sheila Reid, also with Pixel Scrapper.
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 July.  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), July 1st - 11:55 p.m. (23:55 hrs), July 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 #30 Midway Point...Feathers, Fins or Frog Legs

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!!!  Be sure to come back later today as I will have a special freebie for you!

Since it is the start of a new month that also means that it is time for the midway for the latest Scribbles Designs Challenge to get started. 

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 #30, is Feathers, Fins or Frog Legs.  When we think of animals, generally our first thoughts often go to those that inhabit the lands around us--whether domestic or wild.  But what about the air above us and the waters below?  There is so much beauty out there, above and below land, that we often forget about.  Therefore, this month we want to see a project featuring avian or aquatic life.  So, what will it be--fins, feathers or frog legs?  However, in deference to our beloved SD character Carl, please be sure that if you chose frog legs, they remain attached to the rest of the frog. 

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 July 14th to come over and play with us.

Here are my card and all the details... 
General Information:

  • For my card at the start of the challenge I drew my inspiration from the sea.  This time I take it from the sky.
  • I thought this image would be perfect for a clean and simple card. I adore Sandy's Peek-a-boo images and it was fun to finally use one.
Digital Image Details: 
  • Hatch Peek-a-Boo:  This is such a cute image.  Click on the name or the watermarks below to head to their respective locations in the store. 
  • Hatch has been coloured in with Copic Markers.

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • This great sentiment was created by Paulette from Create with TLC.  I picked it up as a freebie a while back.  For more great freebies, click HERE to go to Paulette's blog and to purchase some wonderful sets, click HERE to go to the store.

    Paper Products: 
    • Card base and matting: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock.
    • Image and Sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    • Designer Paper used on the inside:  Recollection's Bright & Basic Paper Pad.
    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. 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,