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Monday, November 18, 2019

Thankful for Good Friends on the Path of Positivity

When my son got married, her parents and my husband and I started a friendship that, just like marriage, became stronger as time went by. We even took a cruise together before hubby became too sick to travel. He's gone now, but I'm so thankful that we have and continue to get along so well together.
I'm also thankful for being able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month. I created this card for them using a digi image from Scribbles Designs, one of the guest sponsors for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The image is called Champagne Glasses, and it's a FREEBIE! I used Copics to color the image and pulled out all the gold papers and embellishments I could find from my stash to create the rest of the card..
 I decorated both faces on the inside of the card as well as the front. I found the perfect quote (top) and an awesome poem to congratulate them. The font I used is called Violetta.
I am sure they will like the card, as Toni (the other MIL) is a frequent customer when it comes to cards. In fact, she was over the moon last Christmas when she opened her gift from me - a dozen handmade cards. 
You have until the end of the month to create and link your project to the Path of Positivity challenge blog for your chance to win the following prizes:

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Friday, November 15, 2019

It's a Guy Thing at Scribbles Designs

Today's DT project is inspired by the theme at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Crafters are asked to create something "FOR THE BOYS." I've had this piece of metal forever, it seems, and was inspired to create a sign for the backyard grill. We have a natural gas grill, so we've been known to grill throughout the winter (except when it's buried under a foot of snow). LOL
My sign is a little bit bigger than a US car license plate. I colored a cute digi image from the Scribbles Store called #920 BBQ Apron. The words are made from black glitter letters and I used Washi tape to make a border on each side. I dug deep to find some BBQ-themed buttons, using tiny gears from Tim Holtz. The rope came from my garage and adhered with a glue gun.

Whatever you are inspired to create, don't forget to link it up with Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win digis from the Scribbles Store.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Thankful on the Path of Positivity

When we are children, most of us take our moms for granted. She takes care of us, cleans the house, goes shopping, cooks for us - of course she does, she's MOM. As teenagers, we often pull away from our mothers; how can she possibly know the heartbreak when your boyfriend breaks up with you? Why does she have to embarrass you in front of your friends? Why can't you have the car tonight? As  young adults, we can be so busy with relationships, friends, work, and children that mom is put on the back burner, except as a babysitter. And as mom ages, we suddenly become the caregiver, the chauffeur, the banker, the emergency contact, while still juggling job, family, home and our own health.
Don't get me wrong, I love my mom and have been lucky enough to have a close relationship with her. But as the years fly past, I am constantly reminded of how much I have to thank my mom for:
  The money she saved from using coupons, keeping those small savings
until there was enough money for a movie or a trip to Kiddie Land,
   The years she chose a family vacation over having her 
1930's kitchen upgraded,
The money she would "loan" me to make ends meet 
(and I never paid back),
Her patience while teaching me to cook, to clean, to plan a party,
to take care of my first baby, to sew, to crochet, to drive,
(and a million other things)

Since my dad's death 25 years ago, I started to make sure that the people I know and love, KNOW how much they mean to me, especially my mom. As the roles are slowly reversing for us, I remind her of the things she did that I am so thankful for. I also remind myself of the patience, perseverance and positivity she had for me, and taught to me. She is my role model I strive to mimic.

Just saying the words I love  you and thank you go a long way to comforting and reminding someone how blessed you are that they are a part of your life. Frequent contact and little trips to treat her to breakfast; sending or giving homemade cards for no reason at all, except to let her know she is in your thoughts.
Spending time and talking with her is the most important way to show you love her. I like to drop off her favorite treat, a York Peppermint Patty, sometimes in between errands when my time is short. What do you do to tell your mom (or someone you love that she is appreciated?

This month, the Path of Positivity challenge blog focuses on Thankfulness. While it is an OPTIONAL twist, I always look for ways to share gratitude whenever I can. So my card is for my mom, 86 years old and still close to my heart. She is at the top of my daily list in my gratitude journal.

I used a digi image from A Day for Daisies called Mother's Day to create my card. I love the whimsical and gorgeous digis that A Day for Daisies offers. After coloring her with my Copics, I popped her onto a piece of digital paper I had printed up in my stash. I love that watercolor look, don't you?

Both my image and my sentiment are adhered with dimensional tape. I printed my sentiment using LD Handwriting font. And my embellishments are simple lines of adhesive jewels. I know she'll love it, after I write her a personal note inside. I'll give it to her the next time we're out together. Why wait until a holiday to tell someone thank you for being you?!


Friday, November 1, 2019

Kill Them with Kindness at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Today I have two projects to inspire you to always stretch your comfort zone. I've used the lovely digi, Spanish Dancer, from Ike's Art. It's one of my favorite images; maybe because my cousin dances and teaches Flamenco. I admire her for that.
Anyway, I was trolling YouTube videos and came across an artist who used all manner of items, food and supplies in his project, so I thought I'd have a go at it. First, I colored the top half of my image with Copics. Then I emptied my supply of flowers and chose these white ones with the colored jewel centers.
I then played with each flower like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, slowly putting them together to form my dancer's flowing skirt. I love how it came out. So I tried another medium.
This time I used red lace. This was more difficult as I had to fold it over and back for the different layers of the image's dress. It was also harder to get the lace to sit right at my dancer's waist. I love the dimension of this one more, but I'll need to iron the lace next time so it lies on the canvas more accurately.

So which one do you like better? I'm definitely revisiting this type of mixed media canvas. The challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog this month runs to the end of November, so you should have plenty of time to experiment and try new techniques or materials. Just remember, treat yourself with kindness as you stretch out of your comfort zone. Whether you succeed with your attempts, or it ends up in the trash, you are trying to grow in your art and that makes you a winner!

Don't forget you could also be a winner of free digis from Ike's Art Store, so make sure you link your project to the main blog!

Monday, October 21, 2019

It Takes Courage to Walk the Path

When was the last  time you tried something new? I mean, really stepped out of your comfort zone? It takes courage to take risks. Then again, if you never challenge yourself, you may miss the thrill, the empowerment, the satisfaction of trying something new. It could be a new crafting technique, travel, a new relationship, or going back to school.
Courage is the optional Twist at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. I created this card using an image from one of this month's guest sponsors, Beccy's Place. It's called Nell on a Bicycle. And like Nell, I've started riding my bike again around the neighborhood (minus the bare feet and pearls). It feels great - fresh air, exercise and talking with neighbors.
I also tried a new (to me) fun fold while creating my card. I cut my cardstock into a triangle and then measured out the card size, folding one point down and the other point in.
I added patterned paper to each "half". After coloring Nell with Copics (shown below), I adhered her to the top half of my card so that it would swing up easily. I also added a couple fun phrases and some adhesive-backed pearls. I wrapped a piece of cardstock around the card to keep it closed.
The sentiment inside describes Nell to a "T".
My girlfriend's birthday is coming up soon. Nell could be her twin in spirit, because that girl is Sassy, classy and still kickin' assie. She is always ready for adventure outside of her comfort zone.
The Twist this month at the Path of Positivity is for inspiration and fun. As  long as projects are encouraging, inspiring or positive, they all qualify for this month's prizes:

  • A $10.00AU gift certificate to Beccy's Place for the person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

    Good luck and happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Santa is Sensational at the 12 Months of Christmas

Christmas is getting awfully close now, crafters! Do you have enough handmade cards for this year? There's still time at the 12 Months of Christmas to create your holiday cards AND have a chance to win prizes.
This month the guest sponsor is Limited Runs, and I chose to create this spin card using a digi image called Santa Cup. I printed my image twice, coloring one cup empty and the other cup with coffee. So when the card comes out of its envelope, the recipient will see it as it is above - empty.
When the card is opened, you'll see the cup has coffee - lucky for you because it puts you back on the NICE list. As the front of the card says, "NO COFFEE = CRANKY SANTA".
After creating the spin card base, I covered it with patterned paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Have I inspired you to create a couple more holiday cards? The theme is Anything Goes, with an optional twist of "Sensational Santa". Prizes for this newest challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas are:

Monday, October 7, 2019

Be Brave on the Path of Positivity

 Thinking about my experience of caring for my husband throughout his run with ALS, I realize how many emotions and challenges I went through -  fear, strength, humility, patience, hope, faith, loss. But in the end, I discovered a reserve of Courage that helped me stay beside him until his passing away. Being a caretaker for a dying loved one is extremely heart-breaking and difficult. Because this post is for the Path of Positivity, you can click on my personal blog, "Living with ALS", for a closer look at the everyday saints who take care of their spouses, siblings, parents, children, until the very end.
You may not know that the Sunflower is the national symbol for ALS Awareness: 

"The Sunflower," (Shirley Hoffman Schmezle) explained
“stands tall and strong, ever hopeful and ever reaching higher.
Sunflowers grow in clusters and support each other
as they grow, just as family, friends and
community offer support to those who live with ALS"

My card today is for all those courageous caretakers who choose to love those with ALS until the very end, forced to watch them slowly leave their lives. I used a free digi image from Beccy's Place, one of the guest sponsors at the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month along with Scribbles Designs.
After coloring it with Copics, I framed it with a paper doily, then used a piece of leftover patterned paper that lets the colors of my image pop. I embellished simply with a sticker sentiment, a dir-cut butterfly and 2 tiny flower jewels. Inside the card, it reads: Be gentle with yourself. You're doing the best you can.
This month's optional Twist is Courage. The challenge runs until the end of the month. Crafters don't have to use the Twist, but I hope I have inspired you to create something that will help others' find their own courage. Here are the prize details:

  • A $10.00AU gift certificate to Beccy's Place for the person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
Happy crafting!