Monday, March 2, 2015

You're My Serendipity

You never know who you're going to meet on the path of life. Sometimes that chance meeting changes your whole direction. And when it results in good fortune, then you recognize your experience as a brush with Serendipity.
This month the Path of Positivity challenges us to create a project with a serendipitous theme. My mixed media canvas represents my meeting with serendipity when my husband came home and told me in no uncertain terms that he needed to get away from work. With only a moment's notice, I was able to book us on a cruise that got him relaxed and me pregnant--ten years after my one and only pregnancy that gifted us with a son (ten years!).
That serendipitous experience led to my now 19 year old daughter, a crafter, a write, a college student and my best friend.
...and I am just so lucky.  
The Path of Positivity is sponsored this month by Sami Stamps:

and Luna Girl:

I got to play with an image from Sami Stamps called Two Smiles. As soon as I saw it, I knew just the serendipitous experience I would write about (I have been blessed with so many). 
I colored my image with Copics, cut it out, and adhered it to my canvas (already covered with streamers of tissue paper, paint and ModPodge). The hearts represent my love for my daughter. The butterfly is a symbol of her finding her own wings. The many jewels decorating the canvas is for the light she brings to my life.
I gave her this canvas tonight, and she loves it...and I am just so lucky.
Please come join us on our path. You'll see plenty of inspiration and a bit of positivity, and by participating in the challenge, have a chance to win some awesome prizes:
  • A $12 gift certificate from Sami Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment, and
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
The Path if Positivity challenge log is featuring Stephanie of Steph's Scrap Happenings, as their guest DT member this month. Be sure to stop by her blog and leave a little positivity!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
As You Like It challenges - Favorite Anything but a Card
Southern Girls challenges - Get Your Girly On
 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes not a card/ATC
Die Traumfabrik - Inspired by Love Films (Steel Magnolias)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes Mixed Media/Altered Art only

Gender Reveal Invitation for Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog

Today brings another Anything Goes challenge from Craft Your Passion. The sponsor this week is A Day for Daisies, and I used an image from their store called Blankie.
I printed my image twice, then colored one with a pink blankie and one with a blue blankie. I was asked to make an invitation for my daughter-in-law's Gender Reveal Party, which I am also hosting. We won't know until that party what gender the baby is! I'm so excited to be a grandma again, and my son is thrilled to add another child to his already large family (4 from her & 1 from his ex).
Anyway, After coloring my images with Copics, I popped the two onto my card front, embellishing with lace, ribbon bows and a couple baby-themed buttons.
The inside gives the details and directions for the party. There will be games with prizes, and a photo opp that will have everyone screaming with laughter, and of course the cake, whose inside has been food colored to match the gender of baby Martin: blue if a boy, or pink if a girl. The party is this month!
Meanwhile, get your crafting mojo on, and come play in Craft Your Passion's Anything Goes challenge this week!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
A Day for Daisies - Make it Art Journal-y
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles challenges - Ribbons and Lace
QKR Challenges - Circles 
Sister Act challenges - Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge - E is for Exceptionally Cute
The Crafting Cafe - Welcome Little One

Anything Goes with an Extra Fold

Today brings a new challenge to the Outlawz Greetings. This week you are asked to use an extra fold in your card or project. I made an easel card, so my card front folds down, resting on the card inside.
 One of this month's sponsors is Bugaboo, and as soon as I saw this funky chicken, I knew I had to play with it. The image is called Kitchen - Chicken Soup. While chicken soup may be the standard for making the sick feel better, I thought it a little odd that a chicken would be tasting, well, chicken soup!!  And so my sentiment was born..."Sick people should not self-medicate." Inspiration comes from the most unusual places, doesn't it?! LOL
SO, run, don't walk, to your craft area and make a card or project with a sentiment and an extra fold! Show us what you got!! Challenge runs until Sunday night--good luck, and have fun, crafters!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
 Sister Act challenges - Anything Goes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Challenge Starts Today at Your Scrapbook Place

Time for another Anything Goes challenge over at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog. This month's sponsor is Fred She Said. Have you checked out the STORE? Right now you can get 10% off of a $10 order; 20%  off an order of $20 or more!!
 I got to play with an image called Just Skipping By, which came with sentiments. I colored her with Copics, then popped her onto patterned paper. A ribbon, some die-cut flowers, a couple buttons, and some jeweled flowers decorate my card.
On the inside, I added more die-cut flowers to frame the second half of my sentiment.
Now it's your turn. Anything Goes for a whole month, and you can join in three times!! Let's get cracking, crafters! And as always, have fun!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes
Craft Catz - Use your dies/punches (flowers)
Fun with Shapes & More - Spring Flowers

the Outlawz Progressive Freebie March Challenge is Here

What's better than an Anything Goes challenge? An Anything Goes challenge where everyone is a winner! That's what the Outlawz Progressive  Freebie challenge is all about. When you sign up and create with an image received from them, the next month's image is FREE! Keep creating and you'll get a free image every month!
 I got to play with this little cutie from Gerda Steiner Designs. They are this month's guest sponsor. Isn't he cute?! His name is Cute Elephant with Balloon Bird. I decided this guy is too cute for grey, so I gave him a pale shade of teal with my Copics, while I colored his friend in bright cardinal red.
I had lots of fun with embellishments on my card, using diecuts, pearls and flourishes, jeweled flowers, fibers and gold glitter alpha stickers.
You can have fun with him too! Check out the Outlawz Progressive Freebie challenge for the rules. Don't forget to check out all the digis at Gerda Steiner Designs, too!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting by Designs - Thinking of You
Inspiration Destinations - Always Anything Goes 
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes #95
Sweet Stampin Challenges - All or Nothing (Lots of Layers)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This Card is Toad-ily CAS

At least, my idea of CAS. I like to embellish with whatever my fingers find while roaming my stash, so a card with a layer of patterned paper, an image and a sentiment is, to me, clean and simple.
I started with a blank card front I found in my stash. Sometimes , if I have the time, I'll use up whatever is left over from a sheet of patterned paper and adhere it to a card. The I put it somewhere (and I usually forget where) to use for a quick card.
The image I colored up is from Scribbles Design Store. He's my favorite character over there. This is Carl. Say HI to everyone, Carl! You can find all her frog images HERE. Anyway, I used the following Copics to give my toad some life: Y00; G99; YG03,05, 23. I added the flies for ambience. LOL
Scribbles Designs Challenge blog has a CAS challenge right now. While everyone's idea of CAS is different, they want us all to showcase our coloring. I think I did that!
That's all for now, crafters! Have fun!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Scrapbookers PhD - CAS (use a stamp-Scribbles by Sandy)
Crafting by Designs - Thinking of You
Double Click Skittles - Any Animal
Inspiration Destinations - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge - Anything Green
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion

Today brings some uber cold temps (I went to work at 0 degrees) and a challenge from Craft Your Passion to warm your creative spirit. This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and I got to play with Ava Deacon Friends.
I used colors I normally don't work with-purples, yellows and greens, but I really like the way it turned out. I embellished with several die-cuts, a few jeweled flowers and a pretty 3D butterfly, and colored my image with Copics.
A simple card, simply made, took ten minutes to put it all together because all I had to do was reach into my stash!
Come play in Craft Your Passion's newest challenge for your chance to win!!

Other Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting Muskateers - Cute
Shopping Our Stash - The Big Screen (movie inspiration is My Girl)
The ABC CHallenges - D is for Die-cuts I used 4!
Paper Creators - Love is in the Air
That Craft Place - Movie Inspired - My Girl