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Monday, January 20, 2020

A CHALLENGE WITH REAL CHARACTER

The tear 2020 will  be a challenging one for me - lots of changes related to family, health, time, finances, and other essentials. I'll be looking at the year with a new perspective, open to different paths, short cuts, adventures, challenges and determined to stay focused and flexible.
I'll also be on and offline due to life playing with my plans. But I did manage to create for the Path of Positivity's first challenge of 2020. It has a lot of character, at least the optional theme of the challenge is to somehow feature one of your character traits in your artwork.
Me, I may seem to be outgoing but I've always been a homebody, or as my cousins used to put it as I was growing up, a bookworm. Give me a book and some privacy and the sky could fall down and I wouldn't notice. What kind of books do I like to read? The question should be what kind don't I like to read? I like to go to library book sales the last day when they have bag sales, where you can fill up a bag for a set amount of money. It's like getting presents at someone else's birthday party!
Then again,I am an English Major, and I love the English language. I love words, and while in college, I had wanted to become a lexicologist, traveling the country, studying how people in different sections of the USA pronounced words or used words differently.
Nowadays I just get affronted when I read a book with several typos. I mean, don't publishers have proof readers any more? I want to write an article demanding to banish the apostrophe, so everyone can relax when they can't remember if the word is "its" or "it's".
But life is too full of adventures and inspiration and love and laughter and everything, to worry about punctuation, spelling, etc.  But I still like my cuppa and a good book...or an okay book...or a magazine...you know, something to read.

So, I don't have a Kindle (gasp), I just love holding a paper book, which means I use bookmarks, so I created one using 2 images from Bugaboo called AKVB SITTING DOG TOPPER (possibly retired) and BOOK STACK. I printed them onto a piece of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles paper from the Color of the Rainbow Chevrons Paper Kit before coloring them with Copic markers.I framed the bookmark with teal cardstock, added a tab and swag at the top, and couldn't resist a small strip of tiny jewels at the bottom. Don't you wish you read real books?? .LOL
Bugaboo Stamps is one of two guest sponsors this month,along with Scribbles Designs.


  • In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, remember that general types of  projects/posts will not qualify for the prizes UNLESS they are also positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include:
  • $12 gift certificate from Bugaboo Stamps, our guest sponsor for this month, for a 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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Vintage Christmas


Over at the 12 Months of Christmas, we don't wait until November or December to start making holiday cards. We make them every month. And if you make and post two cards a month, you will be entered to win sponsor prizes (and have a nice stash of cards to give out).
My card features an image from  Luna Girl, which specializes in vintage images. I chose a collage sheet of German Christmas card fronts. Now that my sister lives in Berlin, and I've met her in-laws, I will be sending cards to Europe this year. I pulled out lace, a paper doily, jewels - I hope it has a vintage look to it. I also used a paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' A Touch of Frost Paper Kit as a background.
The OPTIONAL theme at the 12 Months of Christmas blog is An Old-Fashioned Christmas. If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features VINTAGE items, like your image, papers, or embellishments.
Keep in mind that you don't need to follow the twist to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win a $10.00 gift voucher to the Lunagirl store. You simply need to follow the twist if you'd like a chance to win this month's featured digital paper pack, An Old Fashioned Christmas.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Scribbles Designs is Ready for the Holidays

Today I reached a milestone - I finished this year's Christmas card stash! This one and other cards I've made after December 1 are being hand-delivered. AS you may have guessed, the new challenge theme at Scribbles Designs is "Getting Ready for Christmas.
And what better way to get ready is to decorate the tree? My card features a lovely selection of Christmas balls, ready to hang. The Scribbles Designs' images I used are  #889 Mason Jar, and a Friday Freebie, Ornaments. I chose the Decosse's Dynamite Designs paper before I colored my images, so the paper set my monochromatic vision. Color-blocking seemed to fit the card nicely, with a few lines of adhesive jewels and some rub-on holiday greetings.
Create a Christmas project and link it to  the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win some awesome digis! Good luck and happy crafting!

One Last Card

This month is crazy busy,  but I still wanted to let you know that the 12 Months of Christmas has one last challenge for 2019.  The guest sponsor is Scribbles Designs, and I used a digi image from the store called #0133 Melting For to create my card.
Actually, the DT has this month off, but I wanted to feature a card using our sponsor's image. My card was originally posted in January of 2017. I printed my word art image onto colored cardstock, using papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.
Of course, to qualify for the store gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, you will have to create a new holiday card. Just link it to the 12 Months of Christmas blog, and good luck!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Getting Ready for Christmas at Ike's World Challenge Blog

OMG I can't believe 2019 flew by so fast! Here it is, 22 days before Christmas! I may still have a ton of things to do, but one thing I have finished is making my Christmas cards for the year. I mailed some out just after Thanksgiving, and the rest are for family and friends I'll be seeing throughout the next 3 weeks. Whew!!
This month Ike's World Challenge Blog asks crafters to create something on the lines of "Getting ready for Christmas." I  like a well-decorated home for this holiday, so I created a card featuring a previous year's Christmas freebie image from Ike's Art Store, which just happens to be a lovely table decoration (it doesn't go on the dinner table since that will be over-weighted by platters of holiday fare).
Since both my image and my patterned paper are design busy, I kept embellishments at a minimum. After coloring my image with Copics, I added a little Stickles for sparkle, a few tiny jewels for same, and some faux stitching that makes a nice homey border.
How did you do on your holiday cards? Did you make your goal? Are you short a bit? I may just have an excess this year! I'll either save them for next year, or find more people to give them to. That's using some Christmas spirit, isn't it? LOL
Don't forget to link up whatever you choose to create with the main blog for your last chance to win your choice of free digis from Ike's Art (last chance in 2019, that is!). Happy Holidays to all the lovely and talented ccrafters out there!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

For the Guys at Scribbles Designs

Today I created this card for the challenge at Scribbles Designs. The theme is For the Guys, and I just had to make mine humorous. I used a digi image from the Scribbles Designs Store called Snow Sign and placed it directly onto a scenic paper from the Nature of Christmas Paper Kit from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles before printing it up.
My image needed minimal coloring, but I did use Copics and gel pen on the image, sentiment and paper. I tossed a few glittery snowflakes and a row of pearls for embellishments and there you have it. Got to give it to "him" - it's a very clever way to get out of shoveling that white stuff, don't you think? LOL
You have until the 14th of the moth to link your own projects to the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Store. Good luck and have fun!

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:

Challenges I am Entering: