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Monday, May 2, 2016

New Challenge at the Path of Positivity Tackles EMPATHY

Welcome to a new challenge at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. This month we explore EMPATHY. Instead of trying to wrap my words 'round that theme, I discovered the most beautiful and simple explanation:
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. 
~Henri Nouwen
Our challenge this month is sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle, and today's card uses a digital image called Disco Girlfriends:

After coloring my image with Copics, I used some metallic gel pens to give a little shimmer here and there. I had a piece of tie-dye-patterned napkin that I used to set the scene, then I pulled out a few shaped buttons to embellish. My girlfriend's birthday is coming up and this is the perfect card for her. We met in college and at times have been hundreds of miles apart, yet here we are now, still the best of friends, kids finishing off college, sharing our joys and our sorrows, talking each other through loss and celebrating memories.
What is your take on the theme of Empathy? It could be a sympathy card for a good friend, a journal page or a canvas. Just remember to link up your creation for a chance to win this month's offering of prizes:

Sparkle N Sprinkle is the sole sponsor for the main prizes of this challenge.  They are offering up two prizes for this challenge, which will be:
  • $15.00 worth of digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • $15.00 worth of digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
There will also be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time-frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Challenges I am Entering:
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Freestyle

New Challenge at the Outlawz Greetings This Week

Today brings a new challenge from the Outlawz Monday Greetings. We are mirroring the seasonal changes with a theme of April Showers and May Flowers. Lacy Sunshine is this week's generous sponsor, and I colored up this awesome image called "Floralia" with my trusty Copics, adding a tiny bit of shimmer with a couple glitter gel pens.
My flowers come in the form of a dry-embossed background which I colored with white gel pens for that contrasting pop of colors. I heat-embossed my greeting (it is, after all, the Monday greetings challenge).
Whether you choose showers or flowers, come play at the Outlawz Monday Greetings this week for your chance to win!
Challenges I am Entering:
Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Favorite Color Combo & Why (Again, I have to choose Teal & Pink-that white embossing really shows up well on the teal background, doesn't it?)
Alphabet challenges - E is for Embossing

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Scribbles Challenge Blog Asks "What BUGS You"

Hello, crafters! We are midway into the Scribbles "A Little Note to BUG You" May Challenge, as well as firmly into Spring, and with the season comes lovely things like flowers and sweet-smelling grass and warmer weather. Spring also brings out all those tiny bugs, the crawling and flying ones. My favorite (practically my only) flying bug is the butterfly, so I created for my DT make this step card featuring a butterfly image from Scribbles Designs. It is called Butterfly 1 and is a Friday Freebie from Scribbles Designs.
I created a Step Card so that I had multiple surfaces on which to place my Copic-colored and Stickle-brushed Butterfly and lots of flowers and flourishes. A butterfly is, after all, a flying flower, don't you think? My sentiment is one I've thought about often, especially on stressful days. I think a nice go-round on the back of a butterfly would be peaceful and fun.
But, back to the challenge...you have until the end of the month to create and link up your card or project at Scribbles Designs Challenge blog for your chance to win prizes (use a Scribbles Designs image and you'll double your chances).
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting When We Can - Add Flowers
Dragonfly Dreams - Summertime
Pile It On - Garden Creatures
Sunny Day Crafting - Photo Inspiration
Just Us Girls - Favorite Shaped or Folded card (I love making step cards-so many card faces on which to showcase images, words & embellishments)

Let's Quirky Create with Flowers


Good morning, crafters! Today finds us surrounded by flowers, not only out our windows but in our projects. It's time for another Quirky challenge and flowers are blooming all over it. There are three generous sponsors this month, which gives participants incentive enough to link their blooming projects with us this month.
My card today uses a digi image from Ike's Art called Holland. I would love to visit Holland! Now that my  sister lives in Germany, maybe I can hop around Europe if I even get to visit her.
Here is what I used to create my project today:
Papers: my original water color, framed by Paper #5 from the Curiosity Scene Paper Kit by Marta van Eck, MischiefCircus.com; Purple Glitter Paper from the Glitterati Paper Kit by Lisa Decosse, DecossesDynamiteDoodles.blogspot.com
Embellishments include: Eroded Glitter and Shell Hues Glitter Splatter elements from Pauline Thompson, PixelScrapper.com; Rope2 from Thankful Harvest Elements Kit by Melo Vrijhof, PixelScrapper.com; Button 02, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles; Princess Bunting by Marisa Lerin, PixelScrapper.com
Our Quirky sponsors this month include Ike's Art
Bloobel Stamps
and Delicious Doodles


Ppinky Dolls at the Outlawz


Hello, crafters! A new challenge brings us this cute digi image from Ppinky Dolls, May's sponsor for the Outlawz Progressive Freebie challenge. The image is called Fifi-isn't she darling?
After taking a freebie coloring workshop over at Kit & Clowder, I have been experimenting with different media on the same scene. I created this background with oil pastels, something I've never used before. My hybrid card is a mix of Copic-colored image, oil-pastel painted canvas background, and digital paper from Lozzy's Square Time paper pack called Square 30. I printed my sentiment in Photoshop, then printed out my card on glossy cardstock. Then I added a few paper brad-centered paper flowers.
If you have been playing in the Outlawz Progressive Freebie challenges, you are lucky as this is your next free digital image with which to play!If you want to come along and play, sign in or register with the Outlaw Challenges. They offer a different challenge for every day of the week.
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Simply Create Too - Ladies Only
Aud Sentiments - Animals & a Sentiment
Little Red Wagon - Sunshiny Days
Double D Challenges - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Friday, April 29, 2016

Goodbye, Baby Teeth

Started to sort through my photos on my laptop, and decided I had better start to at least digitally scrapbook them. Today's page is all about my granddaughter, who this year lost her first 2 teeth. She is growing up faster than I can blink!
Here is what went into my page:
Papers & Elements:
PS Sharon Dewi Stolp, Good Day Paper Paint Ombre
PS Violet Irisovna, Bright Days Extra Papers Solid Pink
PS Ania Archer, Art of Everyday Heart Scatter
PS Janet Scott, Christmas Day Pink Twine, Circles Border
PS Melo Vrijhof, Thankful Harvest Elements Rope 2; All the Princesses Elements Flower 1
PS Pauline Thompson Shell Hues 1 Paint Swirl
PS Elif Sahin, Flowers #8 Flower 05
Something New by Sugary Fancy, Arrow
Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles, Button 01
Fonts: Speedball No. 3 NF, Graphis

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Precious Baby Girl

I got my second commission this month--I'm really on a roll. I just need to get one a day and I can retire when I reach 75. LOL I was asked to create a card for a granddaughter's christening. She liked a card on my desk that was framed with a line of pearls and had a vintage feel to it. She also wanted me to keep it simple (not too chunky) so I created this 6x6 card in pink with mostly flat embellishments.
Above is the top part of the card's inside, and below the "meat" of my card.
The sentiment reads:
"Lord, Wrap your loving arms around (name) and let your grace shine freely into her precious life in all the days ahead" I love that sentiment! I hope my client will be happy with her requested card.
And I just realized that I better get crafting! I'm going to a baby Shower on Sunday and everyone there knows I make my own cards!
Wherever you are, happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Craft Rocket challenges - Pink & Pearly
In the Pink challenges - for a child/baby
Time OUT challenges - Celebrations w/optional twist die- or fussy-cutting
Word Art Wednesday challenges - Family-friendly/Anything Goes