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Toiny
09-22-2011, 05:10 AM
A big congratulations to the winners of our NDC Round 3: The Evening News. The No CU round is always the toughest, and all of you did amazing.

All of you will be receiving a PM in your inbox today receiving our NDC C
U Gift Bag free:

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anita_d - 1940s - Defined by War
bettylynnsdesign - Top Story
donkat - Eventide
ktanker - Vintage Tube
ladyofthethorns - Times to Remember
littlespooky - Vintage News
Marie - Vintage Heppenings
prettyingreen - Audrey Published
SnickerdoodleDesigns - Letters from Home
Vickylyn - He Said, She Said
Look for the Round 4 Final Challenge Post coming soon.

kakleidesigns
09-22-2011, 05:14 AM
congratulations to the winners, I am a bit sad but very happy for all of you who made it through!
Best of lucks for next round!!!

Ambowife Designs
09-22-2011, 05:14 AM
Congratulations ladies, and wow what a difficult round. You all did an amazing job this round, every single one of you, what a talented contest it is this year!! I hope you are all very proud of your cu free kits. They were all fabulous.
I can't wait to see what the fourth round brings!!

sparkysgirl
09-22-2011, 05:16 AM
Congrats to all!

tailz61
09-22-2011, 05:18 AM
congratulations everyone...you all did an amazing job....good luck for the next round :)

2girlsandadog
09-22-2011, 05:27 AM
Congratulations! This was a tough round and the kits were amazing. I'm so glad I didn't have to judge!!

donakat
09-22-2011, 05:28 AM
Wow, I am stunned, and happy! Thanks so much, and congratulations to the rest of the designers making it to the fourth round! The kits in this last challenge were all so amazing and the talent pool so great, I'm honored to be included.

Marie
09-22-2011, 06:06 AM
I'm so surprised I made it! Was convinced to be out.... Thank you so much to allow me to be in the final round.
Congratulations to all of you Ladies, your kits were awesome and showed a lot of talent.

Paper Capers Designs
09-22-2011, 06:07 AM
I was sooo nervous to look!!! Thanks to the judges and congrats to all the other ladies headed into Round 4!! I am sooooooo excited now!!

prettyingreen
09-22-2011, 06:17 AM
oh my! so excited but now im really nervous! congratz to the other girls that made it through! and the girls that didn't keep going, you should be really proud you made a whole kit with out any CU!

ladyofthethorns
09-22-2011, 06:17 AM
Oh my! :(( Doing a happy dance this morning (well, in my head that is... :(().

To the judges: Thank you so much! :love: I did not envy your jobs in having to choose who continues, tough decision for sure! So, now, my only question is... to where should I send your fresh baked cookies, hmm? :l

To all the contestants: Whether you're continuing in the contest or moving on to other ventures, I wish you all the best of luck and I give you all a cheer for all your good work and efforts. :))

digitalscrapfun
09-22-2011, 06:45 AM
Congratulation to those of you that went through, it was a pleasure designing with you!

bettylynnsdesign
09-22-2011, 07:18 AM
Oh my goodness can you belive it,I feel asleep at 15 minutes before 6...lol
YEA!!!! I made it.lol

redplaid3
09-22-2011, 07:26 AM
cONGRATS TO YOU ALL!

MyTreasuredMoments
09-22-2011, 07:50 AM
Congrats to all the winners!!!! I'm sad I didn't make it but it was great to participate.

Sugar Moon
09-22-2011, 08:07 AM
Congratulations to all the winners! This was a tough round and I think everyone's kits were fantastic! Good luck to all of you and thank you for a great competition!

kimberkatt
09-22-2011, 08:17 AM
and the girls that didn't keep going, you should be really proud you made a whole kit with out any CU!

Exactly right! You definitely should all feel proud of that accomplishment! I, personally, could never have done it! This round impressed me so much, you guys are one talented bunch!! :))

Congrats to those moving on to Round 4 - this is it, the final round, are you ready for it??? :DD

ADBDesign {anita_d}
09-22-2011, 08:21 AM
A big thank you to all of the designers in this year's contest....the quality and the spirit of kindness and sharing has been wonderful and has challenged me to do my best. I am so very pleased to be going on to the final round and I am sad that not everyone could do so. ALL the kits were so wonderful in this round, though it has been said before, it must have been seriously hard to pick the winners.

Janet-B
09-22-2011, 09:43 AM
Congratulations, Ladies -- whether you are moving on or not! The voting was sooooo hard, the talent and creativity was impressive!

ktanker
09-22-2011, 10:48 AM
Thank you for picking me!
And congrats to the others who made it.
If you didn't make it, congrats on doing the hardest round with success! Keep going!

Now on to the pressures of the new challenge. Who wants that top three spot?! lol...

Maurine Stettler
09-22-2011, 11:10 AM
I'm so proud of everyone who participated -- especially in this round with no CU resources except your own! Really fantastic work...and good luck to those moving on to the final stretch! : )

msbrad
09-22-2011, 12:35 PM
Congratulations to all who participated. What a challenge and no CU----and y'all shined with your creativity and talents.
Looking forward to your lovely creations in round 4.
Best of luck.
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littlespooky
09-22-2011, 03:20 PM
I was scared to look too..weeee!! now for a palette and a theme and an alpha!!! ugh!! alpha..waaahhhhh!heehee!!

Enchanted
09-22-2011, 07:56 PM
so many fantastic kits and designs! Congrats to all who finished!
Good Luck to all whom have moved on to the final round!

btmo-Pat
09-22-2011, 10:52 PM
Congrats Round 3 girls! Way to go.
Awesome work by all!

tailz61
09-23-2011, 02:44 AM
May I ask but will those who didn't get thru to Round 4 be given any feed back as to why they didn't. I'd be interested and I know earlier in the contest I believe it was stated that in future rounds there would be feed back...good or bad I don't mind but I would like to know what was the deciding factors in those that made and those that didn't :)

Ambowife Designs
09-23-2011, 04:47 AM
I can't speak for the other judges but I went firstly on whether the kit looked good quality, then preview appeal, scrapability, wow elements and papers etc.

Quality is always my first priority but I know with a lot of people it is the preview that makes all the difference. This round was very difficult to judge too.

things that I found in quality checking all the kits. NO I didn't do a quality report on them all. but I did make notes by my side. Quality checking was not part of the judging for the other designers, and I didn't tell them what I found, I'm just picky I guess LOL :)

stray pixels, - you can find them by applying a stroke in your styles palette to the layer, then delete them with the style turned on, once you've deleted all the strays turn off the stroke style and save the element

jaggies - to get rid of elements I use a soft brush set to 0 spacing to erase the edge and smooth it a little

blurry images - to sharpen an image multiply the layer and change the blend mode to soft light, zoom in to 100% to see if it's still blurry, if it is try running sharpening on the duplicate layer.

rough extractions - When I extract I use a soft small brush set to 0 spacing, sometimes I use a mask to erase the background, that way I can paint back stuff if I overdo it.

wrong resolution, but it was higher than 300 so I guess that's okay. - if you uncheck resample image you can change the resolution to 300 without effecting the size of the element or paper.

Other things I check for with quality ( but didn't necessarily find in any of the kits this week)

tou and preview in all folders
preview is 600pixels or less and 72ppi,
overlays that don't reach the edge leaving a solid line,
Zip files not RAR files
contents in a folder, then zipped up,
file names consistent with designername_kitname_description
correct file format, png, jpg where appropriate,
patterns used on elements and papers are not blurry or jaggie
size on page is realistic, a button should be the size a button would be if you laid it on a piece of cardstock 12"
elements and alphas should be on separate files (an extra full page alpha is acceptable but only as an extra)
trimming, elements should be trimmed of unnecessary excess space,
No shadows outside elements unless it's appropriate, like on a lifted element or something with glow, or punches like stitching, staples etc.
Recoloring - I look to see if they missed any spots when coloring over an overlay or grey element, or coloring in doodles
Styles, if a style is used I check to see if it's showing seams on any pattern in the style.


I hope that is helpful to some of you as you move forward with your designing :)

Chrismar
09-23-2011, 05:24 AM
First of all, congratulations to the 10 ladies who made it to the last round! You deserve it!. To the ones who fell out after each round, we will all try again next year, no doubt about that! This experience meant so much to me and I'm not giving up so easily.

Then, thanks to Tracy for clarifying her judging process! This really means a lot to me as I am determined to make it in the digital design world. It's the little things that makes the difference in the end.

tailz61
09-23-2011, 05:28 AM
Thanks Tracy that's very helpful indeed :)

Ambowife Designs
09-23-2011, 06:24 AM
I'm glad hun, we all started with nothing knowledge-wise in this business and if you are a sponge and soak up all the things you learn along the way I just know you will get there girls :) keep honing your skills and growing your design style ;)

vickyday
09-23-2011, 09:55 AM
CONGRATS to all the winners!