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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Free Digital Paper - Me-oww!

A freebie that's New,
From Me to YOU!
This paper is called Sleeping Kitty:
This free paper is 12 inches by 12 inches (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include Pixel Scrappers Sheila Reid and Cully B.
Regarding TOU, please credit me if you use my paper. Since I don’t have a store, please use: Copyright 2016 Pat Martin, http://patacakespages.blogspot.com Thank you!
Do you like Cats?! There's a challenge out there called Show Us Your Pussies, all about cats and created by Sue of Ike's Art and Ike's World Challenge blog. Hope you like my paper, and hope to see it out in blogland!
p.s. A little love is always appreciated.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Out with the Old, In with the New at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-up Blog

Looking for the Scribbles Designs Birthday Bonanza Blog Hop? 
Please click HERE or scroll down to find it. 

What a year 2016 has been! Changes in my personal life, my work life, my family life...political drama and economic upheaval...
I am certainly glad to close the curtain on the last 12 months and focus on the new year. If you are, too, then the best place to start your year off is at the 12 Months of Christmas Blog. You can keep that fuzzy warm holiday feeling while starting on your Christmas cards for Christmas, 2017.
This month the optional theme is "Out with the Old, In with the New." I say optional, but IF you choose to create a holiday card with the theme in mind, don't forget to put the letters FT by your name and you'll have a chance to win a gift certificate to our January sponsor's Store, Ike's Art.
My craft room is still being held captive by the contractors, so I created this digital card using an image from Ike's Art called "  ".
My OLD in this card were all the papers & elements from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles & Pixel Scrappers.
My NEW in this card is the digital image from Ike's Art.


A lot of digital goodies went into my card.
Papers: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles- A Touch of Summer Sunburst & Waves; Grungy Christmas Burgundy Textured paper; Glitterati Gold Glitter paper; An Eclectic Christmas-Gold & Silver Diagonals patterned paper.
Elements: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles A Touch of Summer Bucket; Pixel Scrappers Sheila Reid's Santa Hat, Pauline Thompson's Wire Doodle 7, Sharon Dewi Stolp's Winter Wonderland Red Poinsettia, Brooke Gazarek's Blank Green Tag.
Font: Catfisch Script Pro.

Are you going to start the New Year with some creativity? I hope it's a Christmas card, and I hope you link it up at the 12 Months of Christmas blog for your chance to win prizes!



Scribbles Designs 4th Birthday Bonanza Blog Hop


Scribbles Designs is celebrating its 4th birthday this month 
and we're kicking off our celebration with a combined Challenge AND Blog Hop!

 If you are arriving here from Bernie's blog, then you are right on track!
If you are just starting, you can find a full list of all the stops at the bottom of this post.
So blow up some birthday balloons and hang some streamers,
it is time for the Birthday Bonanza to begin!!!

Throughout the hop you will see projects created by all the
Scribbles Designs Team Members AND our two current Guest Scribblers.
Comment at each stop along the hop for your chance to win 
one of the images used in that particular Scribbler's project.
You'll have until Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., to submit your comments.

Also, as this is our regular monthly challenge be sure to add your birthday cards to the
 Challenge #49-Birthday Bonanza link up on the Scribbles Designs Challenge blog.
Along with all of our regular prizes, we have some extra special ones in honour
of our birthday this month. Be sure to click HERE for all the info and details you need!

For my stop along the hop, I am excited to share
a project I created using the following images... 

 

Don't forget, one lucky person leaving a comment on my blog
will have the opportunity to win Birthday Wishes Border for free!!!

Check out what I made:

My celebration card above uses 2 digital images from Scribbles Designs. I am STILL creating 100% digital cards, but the clock is ticking down 'til my craft room is back in business. I can't wait! Here's what has gone into this card:
Images: Scribbles Designs Birthday Wishes & Birthday Cake Slice
Papers: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Happy Celebrations Word Art patterned paper
Elements: Danish Designs' Pool Party Balloons 1,4&5; Pixel Scrapper M Lerin's Ribbon Template 4, Sahin Designs Sugar & Sweet Sweet Tag

Don't forget, one lucky person leaving a comment on my blog
will have the opportunity to win Birthday Wishes Border for free!!!

There is just one stop to go on our birthday train and
that is Lisa's blog. Click HERE to head on over!

If you miss any of the stops along the way, here is the complete list. You are definitely going to want to check out what my fellow team members have in store for you:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vintage or Modern at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Welcome to 2017! The newest challenge over at Ike's World Challenge Blog is Anything Goes with a Twist. The twist is to create in a vintage or modern style. I chose to play with Vintage and since my craft room is still being held captive by the contractors, I colored (a little too brightly) my image digitally. Ooh, my fingers are itching to get to my craft supplies and color my heart out. Soon, very soon...
Meanwhile, I colored Ooh La La image and popped her onto some scenery paper from Marta Van Eck at Mischief Circus, and then had my way with all the lovely digital elements in my library. Image:  Ike's Art Ooh La La
Papers: Marta van Eck Cabinet of Curiosity #7, PixelScrapper Marisa Lerin Yesteryear Paper1.
Elements: Pixel Scrappers Melo Vrijhof Our Special Day Pearls 4, Christmas Day Gold Sequin Ribbon. All the Princesses Porcelain Rose 1; Janet Scott A Mother’s Love Cream Lace & Life in Full Bloom Painted Branch; Karry Dempsey Cracks Booms & Dots Flower 3 & Dirty McFilthy Vine 1; Pauline Thompson SLSB Ribbon 1 & Eroded Hues Glitter; Sharon Grant Fall Beach Vacation embellishment 4; Sheila Reid Little Green Leaf 
Font: El Capitan
My sentiment reads:  "The most beautiful makeup of a woman is Passion, but Cosmetics are easier to buy," a quote from Ives St. Laurant.
What's your style this week? Vintage or Modern? Whatever you create, please share it with us at Ike's World Challenges for your chance to win free digis. Ike offers free images with every new challenge post!! If you use one of them, your card or project counts for two entries in the drawing for a gift certificate to Ike's Store!
See you there!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Looking Ahead on the Path of Positivity


Today my card features a digital image from Ike's Art called "Gene & Fred," after the famous dancers Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. I write digital because my craft room is still barred from entrance. Once the contractors are finished, I can finally get into my room and do some hand-crafting, and mixed media canvases, some water colors and altered art - ooh, I can't wait! LOL
I love this image because it can men so many different things. Because we are embarking on a brand new year, I got to thinking about how I will go down my path in 2017. So many choices to make, some shortcuts, and some just looking like shortcuts but aren't. Some people seize each day, learning, laughing, loving. Then there are those who are, 
"Dancing through life
Skimming the surface,
Gliding where turf is smooth..."
(-from the song Dancing through Life, Wicked Broadway play)

Hubby's time with me is limited, mom is getting older, daughter is saving her well-earned money for her own place, and the grandkids are growing like beanstalks! I don't want to miss any of that. So I will grab life by the horns, live in each moment, and appreciate where I'm going and all the stops along the way. 
My card is my DT make for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. 
The following went into creating this card:
Papers: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Sunburst from A Taste of Summer Patterned papers, Burgundy paper from A Grungy Christmas Textured papers; Pixel Scrapper B White's Back to Nature Paper 6 and patterned paper 2.
Elements: Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reid's Outdoor Adventure Compass Rose Stamp & Yellow Polka-dot Grunge Paint, Marisa Lerin's Doodle Set Brush 4, E Minkus' Back to Nature Element 7
Font: Kismet  

This year every month is ANYTHING Positive or Affirming GOES, sometimes with an Optional theme. To start the New Year off, the first challenge has the OPTIONAL theme of "The Road Ahead."
There are two sponsors in January - Scribbles Designs
AND

Prizes offered: 
In order to be considered eligible for this month's sponsor prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. 
If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational.
From Ike's Art, a $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art
From Scribbles Designs, a $10 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs
From Creative Bug Digital SnapShots, one digital image for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
I hope you'll choose the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog to create and link up a card or project this month. Anything positive or affirming is welcome!
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New at Scribbles Challenge Blog

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today at Scribbles Challenge blog, we are working at "Ringing OUT the Old and Ringing in the NEW." There is a great poem by Alfred Tennyson that reads,
“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
There are several key words in this poem that can help provide a starting point for your creation: ring, old, new, happy, bells, snow, year, false, true.  How you interpret them is up to you. For example, you might choose to use something old or something new in your project; or be literal and include bells or snow; maybe you'll focus on the word happy and take your creation in that direction; or maybe you will design a card that reflects something new like new year's or a new baby, a new home, etc.
My card is inspired by SNOW, so I used two images from Scribbles Designs: "Melting for You Sentiment" and "Snowflake." I made the sentiment the focal point of my card, placing it onto Pixel Scrapper Brooke Gazarek" Enchanted Dark Teal Patterned Paper decorated with a few Scribbles' Snowflakes.  I took a strip of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Snowfest patterned paper to create a ribbon effect and that finishes the card.
My husband's birthday is later this month, so I made this card for him. Every year I tease him that from his birthday until mine, April 15th, he is TWO years older than I. So I guess that uses the "OLD" part of this month's theme LOL (but don't tell him I said that!)
Come join us at Scribbles as we Ring out the Old Year and Ring in the New. If you use a Scribbles image your chances of winning free digis doubles!!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Out with the Old, In with the New at Scribbles Challenge Blog

2016 is almost over! A new year will dawn in days! Looking back on 2016, I realized how fast time flies by. Next year, I plan on making the most of every moment. I have things to do and places to go. My time with my husband is limited and my mom is feeling her age. I want to spend quality time with each. My sister lives inn Germany with her new husband and I want to visit them at home, speaking and being comfortable in the German language. I have been very blessed and want to give back. In order to do all this and more (publish my book, learn to play the ukelele,..I need to make the time to take care of myself. Meditation, yoga, spin biking, eating healthy, etc.
These are all things I am penciling onto my calendar in 2017. And this thinking inspired me to create this mini poster for my DT project for Scribbles Challenge Blog new challenge theme: Out with the Old, In with the New. 
I used the digi image Mason Jar from Scribbles Design along with the following:
Papers: Patacake’s Pages’ Rainbow Spin
Elements: PixelScrapper.com Janet Scott’s Tag Template, Reflections of Strength Heart Bunting
and Marisa Lerin’s Quilt Stripe border
Font:  Tall Marker
So, I guess the question is, "How will YOU fill the New Year?" And another one --- What will you create for this month's challenge?  Be sure to link it up for your chance to win free digis! Good luck and Happy New Year!