Monday, December 15, 2014

Have Faith in Your Dreams while on the Path of Positivity

'tis the month for making Christmas gifts, and I created this mixed media canvas for a friend's daughter who has always dreamed of being a musician. Not a music teacher, but a member of an orchestra. She is in her senior year of college, and has been working hard, playing violin and flute, entering contests, winning scholarships, and just this year sending out her portfolio all over the country.
But times, they are difficult, and there isn't a lot of call for violinists or flautists just out of college. She is, of course, taking education courses so that she'll be able to teach, but she still has faith in her dreams.
I do, too. I have watched her grow from a spirited child struggling with the bow to a mature and caring young woman, pouring her heart and soul into her music. I have faith that wherever her path will lead her in life, music will be the biggest part of her journey.
Today's canvas showcases the theme of FAITH, an important part of my life, and the theme for this month's Path of Positivity challenge blog. I used a digital image from Fresh Brewed Designs called Daydreaming. I also used a sentiment from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, my go-to place for sentiments!
The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:
  • A prize package of a $7 gift certificate to the Pickled Potpourri Designs store (good for any digital product) for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images from Fresh Brewed Designs for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

So, what's your creative take on the theme of Faith? Come show us at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. Everyone can use a boost during this holiday season. Whether you come to share some positivity or to find some, all are welcome!

Happy Holidays to You from Squigglefly

Squigglefly offers this December new release digi image from artist Sandra Caldwell, and I am one lucky duck for getting to play with it!!
He's called "Santa and His Birdie." He is so stinkin' cute.
I colored him with Copics and framed him with a window card. Patterned paper is a piece of leftover from my stash files, along with that sentiment and flower. ut with the old, and in with the new!
Making holiday cards this week? Use a Squigglefly image and enter it in their challenge for your chance to win free digis! Get a freebie HERE.

Sing Along with the Outlawz Greetings challenge This week

Here's my card for this week's newest challenge from the Outlawz Greetings.
The challenge is to use music on your project. I used musical patterned paper to frame my image. It's called Emma the Caroler by this week's sponsor, Fred She Said.
After coloring her with Copics, I fussy-cut her before popping her on my musical patterned paper. I added beautifully-foiled reindeer stickers to my card, along with die-cut snowflakes. I stamped my sentiment, which is required on the Greetings challenges.
There's a lot of inspiration over at the Outlawz-come check us out!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Christmas
The Corrosive Challenge blog - Anything Goes
I Love to Create Challenge blog - Create a Scene
Come & Get It Challenges - Merry Christmas
That Craft Place Challenge blog - Christmas
Imagination Crafts Challenge blog - Anything Goes

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Here's Another Card for Bugaboo!

I am in my glory, relaxing and crafting in my favorite room of the house, where all my papers and embellishments are at my fingertips. So I decided to make another card featuring a Bugaboo digi image. This one is called "Reindeer Silhouette Snow Globe."
I colored the image very minimally and fussy-cut the image out, framing it with a homemade red shimmer spray. Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Challenge blog offers another challenge called Stella Says Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch for this one:
 As you can see, I took a little poetic license with the sketch, but the framed image, framed patterned strip, and sentiment are all there, just skewed a bit. LOL
So, crafters, get your Bugaboo images colored, make a card and join me in the Stella Says Stamp Sketch Challenge #221.

Challenges I am Entering
Come & Get It Challenge - Merry Christmas

Bugaboo Wants to Know if You've Been Naughty or Nice

My card today is for a fabulous friend with a fiendish sense of humor. The image is a digi from Bugaboo called "JJ Christmas Box." I fussy-cut her out after coloring her with Copics, then popped her onto my embellished card. She comes with the sentiment, "I asked Santa for the Sexiest person EVER for Christmas...I woke up in a box!"
I'm almost finished with my Christmas card-making. How about you? If you need to make a few more, head over to the Bugaboo Store for some great images. Then enter your card into their Naughty or Nice Themed Challenge!

Other Challenges I am Entering:
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Open-Minded Crafting - Unusual Christmas
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Naughty Christmas
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Christmas

Monday, December 8, 2014

Emboss or Diecut Your Way toward the new Squigglefly Challenge

Deck the halls with dry embossing, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la!
You can use any of your diecuts,
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la!
Squigglefly is offering prizes,
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la, la, la!
Post a card and use their digi,
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la!
Today I made a card using both embossing and diecuts, although the new challenge only asks you to use one or the other. I also used a Squigglefly image from Cheryl Grant Alger called "Punkin Pick-up." I colored it up with Copics and fussy-cut it. I made my "scene" using an embossed card front of snowflakes, then added a diecut border of pine trees.
I added a Santa hat to the little girl, and finished off my card with a small sentiment sticker. 
Time to play in this week's Squigglefly challenge. Just use a Squigglefly image and embossing or diecuts for your chance to win!

Patterns and Bling Are the Thing at Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Another Monday, another fun challenge at the Outlawz Greetings Challenge! This week crafters are asked to "USE THREE PATTERNED PAPERS AND SOME BLING." My three patterned papers are the background/base layer, the (roller coaster) border of Christmas lights, and the strip of fun colored dots. I blinged my image with a pink Sakura gel pen.
After adding the sentiment, I had this somewhat large "pink space" that begged for embellishments, but not too much or the card would tip into the gaudy awards section. So I used a small pink feather. I have a box of them in all colors that I love finding ways to incorporate on cards.
My image is from this month's Outlawz Greetings sponsor, Lacy Sunshine. The image is called "Coco's Holiday Ornament." I rummaged in my stash of stamped sentiments and found just the right one, I think.
If your patterned paper stash is overflowing, take it down a notch by using three pieces on a card with some bling. Then you can play in the Outlawz Greetings challenge this week!
Challenges I am entering:
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion blog - Non-Traditional Christmas
The 12 Months of Christmas Card Link Up - Christmas cards