Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ahoy Mateys! It Be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

 

Ahoy mateys, will ye drop anchor and stay with me fer a bit? 'Tis that time o' year where ye flap yer jaws like a buccaneer! Arrr, indeed, today be Talk Like a Pirate Day. Thar be parrrrties, fund-raisers, pub crawls, and other special events takin' place all over th' world today.

Fer thems o' ye who be unawares o' this unique occasion, it starrrrted out as a fun concept in 1995, encourrrragin' people t' talk like a pirate. It be created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), hailin' from th' state o' Oregon in th' U.S. Accorrrrdin' t' Summers, th' day be invented as th' result o' a sports injury. While th' two mateys be playin' racquetball, one o' thems reacted t' th' pain with an outburst o' "Aaarrr!", and th' idea be born. Thems two scallywags sent a letter about thar invented holiday t' th' American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. This chap be likin' th' idea so much he promoted it. Th' media grabbed hold o' th' holiday after Barry's column and it now be an international event followed by many each year on September 19th.

T' help celebrate this glorious day wit' a bit 'o swag, I be givin' ye fer free some treasure. This time 'round I thought some actual pirate words be fun…


https://app.box.com/s/hwfehhuliiaoepafetebgu6wdxthvvkb

T' be grabbin' 'tis treasure, click on th' button above t' be taken t' a download location. In th' zip folder ye will find a copy of th' treasure, its preview sheet, th' credit information and me terms o' use which are standard t' all me folders. This treasure be in png format and published at 300 dpi.

Now o' course I can't be sendn' ye along yer way wit'out a pirate joke or two:

Q: Why don’t pirates shower before they walk the plank?
A: Because they’ll just wash up on shore later.

Q: How much did the pirate pay for his piercings?
A: A buck-an-ear.

Oh, and if ye be interested in findin' out more fun facts about 'tis fun day, be sure t' check out th' official Talk Like a Pirate website available HERE.

Until I be sailin' these fair seas again,


Note about me pirate name...
Passion be a big part of me life, which makes sense fer a pirate. Even though I not always be th' traditional swaggerin' gallant, me steadiness and plannin' make me a fine, reliable pirate. Arrr!

If ye be wantn' yer own pirate name, be cerrrrtain t' click HERE.

References:
Baur, John and Mark Summers. (2002-2014). FAQ. Available: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/faq.html. Last accessed 18th September 2014.
Author Unknown. (N.D.). International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day. Last accessed 18th September 2014


Monday, September 11, 2017

Card Design: Limited Runs Progressive Challenge ... Aug./Sept.

Limited Runs Badge

Hey folks! I'm here today to post my card for this month's Progressive Challenge over at Limited Runs!

The Progressive Challenge is actually on Facebook (FB) in the Limited Runs Group and can be found HERE. You will need to join the group in order to access the information. Now thankfully, Nikki is willing to accept mailed in entries for those people like me who don't have FB accounts. You can find her email addy in the side bar of the store (click on the image above to head there). In fact, if you don't have a blog, that is okay too. Simply send a photo and she'll add you in.

Check out the fun image that we got to work with this month...


If you'd like to purchase this image you can find it over in the Limited Runs Store on a special page that will showcase all the Progressive Challenge images. Click HERE to head there now. The Christmas Tree Light Bulb image is available until September 13th at 12:00 a.m. for $1.00, then it will go up to its regular price.


Each round of Progressive Challenges will last for three months and there will be a grand prize winner at the end of each round.

Each  Round Lasts 1 Month:
Starts on the 15th and ends on the 13th with a winner

1st Round***right now: 
Free Digi (Lightbulb) until the 29th of the month. Then you can buy into the challenge for $1.00

2nd Round***starts Sept. 15th: 
Free Digi (if you played Round 1 & entered) or you can buy into the challenge for $1.00 

3rd Round***starts Oct 15th: 
Free Digi ( if you played Round 2 & entered) or you can buy into the challenge for $1.00


As you can see from the above, we are currently in the 1st round of this stage.


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

General Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 
  • I have cased a card from Tracy MacDonald that I saw over at Art Impressions Stamps a few years ago.

FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • Christmas Tree Light Bulb: You can find this image in the store. Details above.
  • This image was coloured digitally using my Photoshop Elements program. Additional Credits include:
    • I have used a layer style on the top of the bulb. This style is courtesy of Scaps Statchoo (blog no longer available).
    • I have also used a layer style on the ornaments. This style was designed by Heather of HG Designs
    • I have also used a layer style to give the bulb itself a bit of a glass look though it is very subtle. This style was designed by Lost in Thought (Deviantart).

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The word art creation was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. It is a freebie I picked up a while back. For 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. It has been recoloured for the purposes of this design.

Digital Embellishment Details: 
  • The banner was created using a brush designed by Heather of HG Designs. It is paper pieced with a paper from my Yuletide Textures Kit (details below).
  • The button is from the General Accessories section of my Tag Grab Bag 1: Cotton Candy Collection Kit available for purchase in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it HERE.
  • The bow is from the Brads, Buttons & Bows section of my A Taste of Summer Kit available for purchase in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it HERE.


INSIDE 

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is one of own that I created a long time ago as a 'Holiday Handout' (before I started the 12 Days of Christmas). You can find it on my blog for FREE by clicking HERE. I have altered the colours slightly to match the colours of my project.

OVERALL
Digital Paper Products:
  • The green paper used in the background, along with the grey-bluish colour used to paper piece the banner shape, are both from my Yuletide Textures Kit.
 
  • The bokeh paper on the front is from my Bokeh Multicolour Set 1 Kit.
  • The lightbulb paper is from my An Eclectic Christmas 2 Kit.

Digital Embellishments:
  • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the sentiment on the inside. 
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

Challenges I am entering...

Challenges I am hoping to enter..

Be sure to pop over to the Facebook Group to find out all the details you need or visit the details page over at the store by clicking HERE.

Take care my friends and I hope to see you all again soon!

Until next time,

Psst...
For those of you who follow my 12 Days of Christmas each year, you're going to want to pay attention to this image as it is going to possibly feature in one of the clues...

Friday, September 01, 2017

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #138…School Days

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Hey folks! I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #138, the theme is School Days. Do you know any students about to embark on another year of education? Whether grade school or high school, college or university, it doesn't matter. Now is the perfect time to create a card to encourage a student you know to have a great year ahead. It is time to show us some school spirit!

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

General Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 
  • I got this idea in my head that it would be fun to make a card that looked like a composition book with stickers all over it like I used to see when I was in high school. Of course MY books never had stickers on them, but many of my friends did so I thought that it would be something unique and different. I hope you like it!

FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • Mr Bookworm With Books: This is such a fun image for young or old. You can find the image in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.
  • This image was coloured completely digitally using Photoshop Elements. I have also added a layer style purchased from Elif Sahin, Pixel Scrapper, to make it to look like a sticker for the purposes of this project. 
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/128225255/mr-bookworm-with-books

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The 'Back to School' sentiment is from Paulette from Create with TLC. For 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. This sentiment was made to look like a sticker using the same layer style mentioned above. 
  •  The individual word art creation, 'English' is from my A Touch of Class kit. (see details below). 




 INSIDE


Digital Image Details:
  • Mr Bookworm With Apple: Another fun image. It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.
  • This image was also coloured completely digitally and made to look like a sticker using the same layer style mentioned above. 
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/128224910/mr-bookworm-with-apple

Digital Sentiment Details: 
  • One I created for the purposes of this card. I wanted to give it that handwritten feel.


OVERALL
 Background and Digital Embellishment Details:
  • I have used one of the general elements, the blue composition book, from my A Touch of Class kit as the background for this card.
  • I have also used a few general elements from my A Touch of Class kit and made them into stickers using the same layer style mentioned above for the front of my card.

  • I have also used some actual stickers from my A Touch of Class kit for the front and inside of my card.

  •  I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the sentiment on the inside.
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.


Like what you see from the A Touch of Class Kit?

The previews for the all the remaining sections of this kit can be seen on my Designs Preview page (link at top of blog in tab section). The bundle or just the paper sets alone can be purchased in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it for sale HERE.


 Challenges I am hoping to enter...

You have until Oct. 5th to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is School Days. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules). In addition to all the typical criterion, 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!  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!

Well guys, that is it for this one. Hopefully I will see you all very soon.

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Card Design: Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge…August

http://gerdasteinerdesigns.com

Hello there! It is time to get my progressive card for the Gerda Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge uploaded.

Check out the cute image that we got to work with this month...

I didn't eat it (yet)! - Birthday Monster Digital Stamp

Everyone who played along in last month's challenge received I didn't eat it {yet} for free. 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 Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date.
  • Looks like that monster paper I created last month has come in handy once again. It is a freebie and you can find the link below under Digi Paper Details.

FRONT
 

Digital Image Details:
  • I didn't eat it {yet}: You can find this image in the store. Details above. 
  • This image was painted digitally, this time using a 'marker' brush. Other credits include:
 
Digital Embellishments:
  • The edging used in the middle of the card was created using a template originally designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper. It was then altered using a layer style from HG Designs.
  • Brads are from the Brads & Buttons section of my A Touch of Class Kit. The bundle which includes this section (or just the paper sets alone) can be purchased in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it for sale HERE.


INSIDE

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • This sentiment, perfect for this card, was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. I picked it up as a freebie a while back. For 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.


OVERALL
Digital Paper Products:
  • The monster paper is a paper that I created recently. You can find it for FREE on my blog by clicking HERE.
  • The blue textured paper is from the Textured Papers portion of my A Taste of Summer Kit. I have tweaked the colour ever so slightly to match the blue monsters.
 

Digital Embellishments:
  • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and the sentiment. 
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

Challenges I am entering:

Challenges I am hoping to enter..

Well guys, that is it for this one. Happy Labour Day weekend.

Until next time,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Card Design: Limited Runs Progressive Challenge ... July/Aug

Limited Runs Badge

Hey folks! I'm here today to post my card for this month's Progressive Challenge over at Limited Runs! I am cutting it a wee bit close this month but thankfully I'm getting it uploaded now.

The Progressive Challenge is actually on Facebook (FB) in the Limited Runs Group and can be found HERE. You will need to join the group in order to access the information. Now thankfully, Nikki is willing to accept mailed in entries for those people like me who don't have FB accounts. You can find her email addy in the side bar of the store (click on the image above to head there). In fact, if you don't have a blog, that is okay too. Simply send a photo and she'll add you in.

Check out the fun image that we got to work with this month...


If you'd like to purchase this image you can find it over in the Limited Runs Store on a special page that will showcase all the Progressive Challenge images. Click HERE to head there now. The Mini Owl 1 image is available until August 13th at 12:00 a.m. for $1.00, then it will go up to its regular price.

Each round of Progressive Challenges will last for three months and there will be a grand prize winner at the end of each round.

Each  Round Lasts 1 Month:
Starts on the 15th and ends on the 13th with a winner

1st Round: 
Free Digi until the 29th of the month. Then you can buy into the challenge for $1.00

2nd Round: 
Free Digi (if you played Round 1 & entered) or you can buy into the challenge for $1.00 

3rd Round: 
Free Digi ( if you played Round 2 & entered) or you can buy into the challenge for $1.00

We are currently in the 3rd round of this stage.


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

General Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 
  • I have cased a card from one of my favourite designers Linda Anderson, a fellow DT member over at Imagine That Digistamp. There is just something so compelling about Linda's cards. You can find her blog HERE.

FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • Mini Owl 1: You can find this image in the store. Details above.
  • This image was coloured digitally using my Rebelle program.

Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The 'cheers' word art creation was created by Paulette from Create with TLC. It is available in the Another Birthday Digi and Word Art Set. For 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.

Digital Embellishment Details: 
  • The pennants were created using a template designed by Marisa Lerin, Pixel Scrapper.
  • I have altered these pennants with a layer style to give them a textured look. This layer style was designed by Heather of HG Designs
  • The brads are from the Brads & Buttons section of my A Touch of Class Kit available for purchase in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it HERE.


INSIDE 


Digital Sentiment Details:
  •  The sentiment used on the inside is from the Owl Always Love You set available from Imagine That Digistamp.




OVERALL
Digital Paper Products:
  • The owl paper is a FREEBIE that I previously created. It can be found on my blog HERE. I also created the matching chevron paper but haven't released it yet. It will probably be included in the same Birthday Bash kit once it is done.

Digital Embellishments:
  • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and the sentiments. 
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

Challenges I am entering...

Challenges I am hoping to enter..

Be sure to pop over to the Facebook Group to find out all the details you need or visit the details page over at the store by clicking HERE.

Take care my friends and I hope to see you all again soon!

Until next time,


Friday, August 04, 2017

Monster Themed Digital Paper Freebie: Just Because!

Hey folks! I feel like I've been neglecting you guys so here is a freebie just because…


https://app.box.com/s/2tkosb9kt15ryzzwk664zebq5tg9gtaq

This digital paper is one that will become part of a future Monsters Unite 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 Chris Spooner, Spoongraphics. Full 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.

Some of you may recognize the paper as I had made it specifically for a recent Limited Runs card:


Original Post containing all the details can be found HERE.


Well folks, that is it for this one. Enjoy your weekend everyone. For all my Canadian readers, followers and friends, I hope you enjoy your long weekend as Monday is a civic holiday in most provinces!

Until next time,

Card Design: Pattie's Creations Challenge #137…Anything Goes

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Hey folks! I'm here today to announce the next challenge over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. This time around for Challenge #137, the theme is Anything Goes. This is definitely a popular theme as the floor is wide open; so, I hope that you'll find time to join us! I've decided to work on replenishing my birthday card stash. What will you choose to make? Do you need to make some birthday cards of your own or are you behind in your Christmas stash? Is there someone who could use a little pick me up or is there someone you should be thanking? Whatever you choose, we'd love to see what you make!

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

General Info:
  • This card has been created 100% digitally and then layered in a Mock Up (courtesy of Frisk Shop). I will print it out and assemble it a later date. 
  • Go figure but I'm often inspired by the cards at Inspired By Stamping. 😉 The particular card I am casing was created by IBS team member Jo Herbert and is available in the July 7th newsletter. If you have the chance, pop by the site and sign up to receive the newsletter. There is tons of inspiration and generally a freebie available at least once a month if not more!

FRONT

Digital Image Details:
  • Butterfly 3: Such a pretty butterfly. I've used it before and I'm sure I'll use it again as it is so versatile. You can find the image in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below.
  • This image has been coloured in digitally in Photoshop Elements.
Butterfly 3

  • Butterfly 1: Another beautiful butterfly. It can also be found in Pattie's Etsy shop by clicking on the name or watermark linked below. 
  •  This image has also been coloured in digitally in Photoshop Elements.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/62936004/butterfly-1?ref=shop_home_active_5

Digital Embellishments:
  • The little butterflies are custom shapes from Photoshop Elements.
  • The stitches around the edge are freebies I picked up at HG Designs.
  • The pennant shape under the upper sentiment was created using a brush, also courtesy of HG Designs.

INSIDE

Digital Image Details:
  • Butterfly 1: I've repeated the image on the inside. Details on this image are above.

Digital Paper Products:
  • I've used a paper from my A Grungy Christmas set for the background on the inside of my card.
 


OVERALL
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The upper sentiment on the front, "There's no limit…", along with the sentiment on the inside, were both created by Paulette from Create with TLC. Each are freebies I picked up a while back. For 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. These sentiments have been recoloured to suit the purposes of this project.
  • 'Happy Birthday' was added as text to the front.

Digital Embellishments:
  • I have used basic shapes in Photoshop Elements to create matting in behind the image and the inside sentiment. 
  • I have applied shadow layer styles to give certain elements some depth. These styles were designed by Sheila Reid, Pixel Scrapper.

Challenges I am hoping to enter...

You have until Aug 31st to enter our challenge which should give you lots of time to get a creation done. Remember the theme is Anything Goes. I really hope that you will be able to join us. You can enter twice per challenge and of course MUST follow all the challenge requirements that are posted for each challenge (please click HERE to become familiar with all the rules). In addition to all the typical criterion, 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!  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!

Well guys, that is it for this one. Hopefully I will see you all very soon. I still have a card AND a freebie I need to post to my personal blog. Maybe I'll get around to it next week--fingers crossed anyway.

Until next time,