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Monday, September 18, 2017

Surround Yourself with ART on the Path of Positivity


SURROUND YOURSELF...with ART
This is the optional theme offered at the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month. ART has the power to pull you into its colors, its patterns and its moods. It can certainly make you cry or smile. It moves you emotionally.
One of the best things about having computers is the access to works of artistic masters and modern day artists at your fingertips! From acrylics to water colors, ceramics to wood, glass work to quilting, the world of art comes to your home.
I am an eclectic art lover. I like so many different styles of art that it's hard to pin me down when asked what my favorite is. My house is filled with a jumble of styles, colors and themes, almost like I imagine the basement of a small art museum would have collected over the years (without the dust and cobwebs).
Since I can't (won't) make up my mind and choose just one style, I chose to create a set of note cards in different styles. Of course, I had to put a Pat Martin-21st century spin on them, so be sure to read each sentiment on the cards.

I created my cards using images from Luna Girl. They are part of the collage sheet called Day Dream and can be found at their store HERE.

This month's challenge is to be inspired in a positive way by the art in which you surround yourself. Look around your house. What's hanging on your walls? What style does each room have? Often what we choose to hang on our walls or place on our shelves not only makes us feel happy and positive, it tells us something about our artistic tastes.
Use your own artistic preferences to create something for your chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation. We can’t wait to see what you create and learn about yourself on this journey!
Keep in mind, you are thinking about how different kinds of art affect us as individuals.  It’s not really about doing something “visually" art-related. For example, any positive image that reminds us of any piece of art work or use the style of a famous artist on any image.

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. Also. please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of art and what you learned about yourself along the way, if it isn't clearly written somewhere else in your post. 

You don't need to follow this optional theme; if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $12 gift certificate from Bugaboo Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month, make sure to create something positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. 
You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's Most Inspirational sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.
Whatever you choose to create, have fun!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Time to Emboss at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

It's that time of month for a new challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. For the ext 30 days, you are challenged to let your embossing powers rule the craft table. Wet embossed, dry embossed, hand embossed, machine embossed - whatever your Muse tells you to create, Scribbles Designs wants to see it! 

I used a leftover piece of embossed cardstock to frame my paper-pieced image from the Scribbles Store. I love this image- it's called 952 Tea Cup Stack. I printed my image out on a few digital patterned papers, then fussy-cut each cup with a different paper. I think the stack turned out well, don't you?

After centering it onto my embossed "frame" I added the sequins, metal sentiment and silk ribbon flower to embellish. I have a new neighbor who I wave to when I walk our dog, Wilson. She loves to drink tea, so this card will be going to her this weekend. Although she might want to switch to iced tea. The temps in Chicago will be in the upper 80s!! Unseasonably high for this time of year, but at least my tomatoes have more time to ripen.

I hope to see your card or project at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog! Good luck and happy crafting!

Digital image: Scribbles’ 952 Tea Cup Stack 

Pixel Scrapper Digital papers (printed, hand cut and paper pieced) from: ”Good Vibes” Blog Train (Merritt Bayes, Sunny Rush Ranch Designs, R Martin, Bits o’ Scrap, Little Monkey Shine Designs.

Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Welcome to the challenge midway point at Ike's World Challenge Blog! The theme is Anything Goes, with an optional theme of Mythical, Mystical or folklore. Ike came out with a set of images covering some of the Greek gods, and I fell in love with this one. She is Athena 2 and you can find her HERE. There are 2 versions - one with a background, and one without. I chose the one without because I wanted to use another image called Greece 3 for my background. It's part of a set of 4 images called Greek Views 2 World Tour Series.
I created a hybrid card,mixing my Copic-colored image of Athena with my digitally created background. I used Photoshop Elements to make the lines of my Greek View background more transparent, popping it onto cloudy patterned paper and embellishing it digitally (well, except for the jewels I sprinkled on the card).
Digitals from PixelScrapper.com
Janet Scott’s Back to Nature Clouds Patterned paper
 PS Pauline Thompson’s Eroded Hues Glitter
 PS A Janner Gold Border 001
You have one more week to enter this challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from Ike's Art. My personal goal is to own every image she has. It's difficult, because she's always drawing new ones every month! But she is also generous with her images, so make sure you stop by for a new freebie. You never know when they will pop up!
See you there!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafty Catz - AG or Ladies Day
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Fabrika Fantasy - Add pearls or Gems
House of Cards - Add Text and/or Colors

Monday, September 4, 2017

New Series of Challenges at the Path of Positivity

Today I offer a card inspired by one of the greatest sculptors in the world, Michelangelo. You may think it strange to pair the famous statue of David with the infamous character from Bugaboo Stamps, an image of Stella. But this fall at the Path of Positivity we are asked to "Surround Yourself with Positivity" in the form of the ARTS! Each month for the next three months we're asked to explore the positive influence of three different artistic concepts: Art, Literature and Music!

September will kick off this new series of challenges with Art! One of the best parts of having computers is having access to the works of the artistic masters at our fingertips! Anyone can Google famous artists from 'sandro Botticelli and Claude Monet to Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo, and see their works! Open the newspaper and check out political cartoons and comic strips. Ride the subway and discover artistic graffiti. The world is full of sand painting, wood carving, sculptures, pottery, glass work, metalwork, quilts, etc,

Michelangelo's statues are very realistic and very detailed. It is a measure of his talent to discover each fine detail on each part of his statues. My image's character, Stella, is a feisty broad who tells it like it is. She enjoys going to the Art Museum (we have a great one in Chicago). I thought she would be the perfect match between David and my sentiment. I know a few women who have felt something similar when strolling through the museum. Not judging!! I think ALL art should move a person, but each person should be moved uniquely. My card details are further down this post.


While this challenge is Anything Goes, if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, use ART as your inspiration and share your project with "how ART inspired you to create it" by linking it up at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. 
Keep in mind, you are thinking about how different kinds of art affects us as individuals.  It’s not really about doing something “visually" art-related. For example, any positive image that reminds us of any piece of art, or creating in the style of a famous artist on your project.

If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so you will be included in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational. Also please leave a comment describing how your creation relates to the concept of art and what you learned about yourself along the way, if it isn't clearly written somewhere in your post.

In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $12 gift certificate from Bugaboo Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month.
 You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.

Card Details:
Core-dinations Teal Cardstock
Core-dinations  (Lavender) Cardstock
DCWV Abstract Paper Stack, teal mix
Neenah Teal cardstock
Various leftover embellishmets
Digital details:
Bugaboo Image- Stella Still Hot
Michelangelo's David photo from Google free clipart
Pixel Scrapper Jan Clark's ITP Paper 23
Pixel Scrapper Sharon Dewi Stolp's Paint Spray Stars
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Button 04
Yellow-Gold Metallic Gel Pen

Challenges I am Entering:
Bugaboo - Anything Goes
Fabrika Fantasy - Add Pearls or Gems
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
World-Wide Open Design Team - Anything Goes (must be a DT make)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Photo Inspiration for Christmas Cards This Month

Hello there crafters! Welcome to another challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. It is the first day of September and that means there are only four months left to add to the Holiday Card Pile, so let's continue with that goal in mind!
This month it's a holiday-photo inspiration challenge. The great thing about pictures is that one person can be moved by one aspect while another may see something totally different. So, whether you are inspired by the colors, the shapes or the objects themselves, it doesn't matter. 
For my card, I chose to pull the colors teal and red from the photo, along with the package's striped wrapping. They inspired me to create a non-traditionally colored but very modern greeting with Peace as the central theme. The image is from Sparkle n Sprinkle and it's called "70's Peace Sign." SNS is the guest sponsor this month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up Blog. I also used papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles"
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 In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that your Christmas card is inspired somehow by the above picture. The inspiration can be showcased in your image or your papers but they must be used prominently.  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. You will also need to let us know what inspiration you took from the picture. You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge if it would be easier.

Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate to the Sparkle N Sprinkle store.

Happy crafting!

Challenges I am Entering:
A Snowflakes Promise- Anything Goes

Midway at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Just a reminder that the "Power of Words" challenge at Scribbles Designs is at its halfway point. This challenge is easy. Use a sentiment as your focal point on your card or project. I used a Scribbles Digi image called Gem, found at the Scribbles Store, to create ATC-sized thank you cards.
With my husband's disability, we are constantly going to doctor appointments and meeting with therapists and social workers. So many people are taking care of our needs in a caring and kind manner. I want to be able to show how much we appreciate their help and support with a little card to show how much we care about them.
I'll keep these cards and their envelopes in my purse, so that by the time our appointment is over, I can hand out an already personalized card. It's one thing to be grateful; it's another thing to actually show it.
How will you "wield your power" with a sentiment or some wordart?  Whatever you create, have fun (and don't forget to link up with Scribbles Designs for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Store).

Just for fun, here's a little trivia to show you how powerful words are. Some of these phrases, used every day around the world, have their beginnings a long, long time ago:
(photo from theberry.com)
Challenges I am Entering:
 Aud Sentiments - Thinking of You/Sympathy Sentiment
Mod Squad Challenges - For a Friend
City Crafter - Monotone


Monday, August 28, 2017

Rainy days and Mondays Always Get Me Painting...

Keeping my hand in watercolors is easier than mixed media, due to time constraints, and my time is definitely constrained. So here's a pretty 5x7 piece I created and matted.
I've seen so many projects with "birds on a wire" that I had to try it myself. I like the colors I used, and the sentiment is perfect. But I think I should have waited for the paint to dry before doing my birds, as they are no longer black. What do you think?
No digi images, no DT project today, just my simple water color. I'm still in the crafting game, as time allows! Hope you get some too!

Challenges I am Entering:
Connie Can Crop - Water colors
Make My Monday - Lazy Days of Summer
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Fur or Feathers? (feathers)
I chose feathers because every day as I drive from place to place, I see the black birds sitting on wires, exactly like countless projects I see online. I had to try it once, so I created this water color)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trying to Keep Cool

Hello, crafters! Now that we have reached the dog days of summer, I thought to create a cooling card for you. I used two digital images from Scribbles Designs: Snow Kisses and Melting for You. The papers are from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. My collection of winter and holiday cards is almost complete. I feel so good about that! And I love creating 100% digital cards, because they are completely flat and mail out with just one regular stamp! LOL
Here are the details of this card:
Digital card using:
Scribbles Designs Snow Kisses Image & Melting For sentiment
DDD Momie Dearest Textured Papers Texture 7 & August Pools Paper
DDD Tag Grab Bag 1, Staple 2

Meanwhile, don't forget to link up your card or project for this month's challenge at Scribbles Designs. The theme is the Power of Words, as in use a sentiment as your focal point on your project. Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I  am Entering:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Greetings from the Abyss

One of my hobbies is water colors. I've used YouTube and Pinterest to go from blobs to backgrounds  to actual scenes. My newest endeavor is to merge water colors with digital crafting to create a hybrid canvas like the one above.
I painted the underwater scene and then added images from a digital set called Sea Life from Ike's Art. 
The end result reminds me of the song The Beautiful Briny from the Disney movie Bedknobs & Broomsticks. The characters floating along the bottom of the sea, passing and meeting all manner of sea creatures, some of which are featured in my hybrid canvas above.
My DT project fits perfectly with this fortnight's optional theme of "The Abyss" that's offered by Ike's World Challenge Blog. The theme encompasses anything under the sea or in the ocean, like my jelly fish, sea turtle, crab, sea horse, star fish and, of course, fish! Since our planet is covered by more water than land, that's a lot of inspiration for your chance to win free digis from Ike's store, so why not take the plunge and link your project today!
Challenge I am Entering:
Crafty Cardmakers - Under the Sea or On the Beach
Connie Can Crop - Challenge #61 Water Colours

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Show Off Your Embossing at Ike's World Challenge Blog

MEOW'S IT GOING, CRAFTERS? Today I created a card with that phrase as my sentiment. It's the purr-fect fit for my digi image from Ike's Art. It's called Kat Woman, and I think it's become one of my favorites from Ike.
So, today marks the midway point of the Embossing challenge at Ike's World Challenge blog. As you can see, I framed my Copic-colored image with an embossed paper before adhering it to my card base. I was in a frivolous mood, so I sifted through my leftovers drawer and piled on whatever I could find - a ticket to frame out my sentiment, some black jewels, half a flower, pearls, even a feather!
Challenges I am Entering:
Show Us Your Pussies - Furry-thing Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
the Outlawz Color Challenge - 
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Use Your Noodle to Doodle Challenge is On

Okay, crafters, this is your midway reminder that the Scribbles "Use your Noodle to Doodle" challenge has reached its midway point. I created my DT make using a digi image called Sunflowers 1, which you can buy at the Scribbles Store if you like it.
I tried to "watercolor" with my Copics today. I like the way the leaves turned out, but the flower's petals are so-so. LOL My background is leftover patterned paper from my stash. I think it fits perfectly with my card design, don't you? The sentiment is an old rubber stamp I've had for ages - well-inked and well-loved. I doodled the border of my sentiment with gold gel pen, too.
I love sunflowers, but they always remind me of an old black and white sci-fi movie called "Day of the Triffids," where meteors cause alien, human-eating plants to roam Earth while rendering everyone who watched the meteor shower blind!! Honestly, this is a real movie, I swear.
Anyway, why don't you use your noodle to doodle and then link it up for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles store? Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kindness Shared at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Today marks the midway point of the Bunch of Kindness Challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog. A very simple way I show kindness to my friends is to surprise them with a coffee (or tea or Diet Coke) and a visit when they're least expecting one. It's like a hug in a cup!
I also extend this kindness to strangers when I'm in a drive-through. If I have some spare change, I pay the bill for the car behind me. It makes my day to be able to share this random act of kindness. It brings a smile to my face, as well as the cashier and the driver behind me. What a great way to start the day, huh?
Today I had no time to craft, except on my computer. So I created this digital card for my new neighbor. She's a coffee drinker, and loves when I bring our dog Wilson for a visit.
I colored a digi image called Paper Coffee Cup from Ike's new store. This month Ike is having a Summer Blowout Sale. You won't want to miss it - lots of images at 50% off!!
Here's what went into my digital card:
Pixel Scrappers: Pauline Thompson’s Eroded Hues Glitter, Brishti Pearls 1 & 2, SLSB Brad 2, Curly Ribbons 2 & 6;  Marisa Lerin’s Stars in your Eyes Printed Edge.
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles: A Grungy Christmas Purple Textured paper
Patacake’sPages: Rainbow Paper from Pixel Scrapper Blog Train Free Mini Kit

How do you show kindness to others? A bunch of flowers, a phone call, a "Thinking of You" card - create something that shows a "Bunch of Kindness" and link it to Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from Ike's Store.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Midway at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog

Today I created a card using an image from Ike's Art called Husky. This month Ike's Art is sponsoring the anything goes challenge at Your Scrapbook place. Today is the midpoint of the challenge. 
Once I colored my Husky with my trusty Copics, I fussy-cut it and placed it onto my dry embossed cardstock. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder around the edges before adhering it all to my card base. Using a black marker to ink the edge of that base, I made an "oops" at the top - a nasty black "oops". So I cut out and added a few hearts, the topmost one covering my mistake.
Where will your Muse take you this month? Wherever you go, whatever you create, don't forget to link your project with your Scrapbook Place challenge Blog. And don't forget the double bonus at SBP: you get twice the chances of winning the random draw of prizes, AND you can also visit Ike's World Challenge Blog and enter there for a chance to win free digis. You can find Ike's Art Freebies HERE and on Facebook HERE.
Challenges I am Entering:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Use Your Noodle to Doodle at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Last year when my husband was diagnosed with ALS, we joined an ALS support group. We became very close to one of the couples, and the wife and I started emailing, texting and phoning each other with our worries, fears, discoveries and experiences. We could vent to each other about our feelings at being our husbands caretakers, knowing that each would understand that we while we may complain, whine and begrudge the time and effort, we are at ease in knowing that we won't be judged by the other. She knows how much I love my husband and would go to the ends of the earth for his comfort, just as much as I know she would do the same.
This month Bill and I go to her husband's funeral. I created this sympathy card with the love and understanding I feel for my friend who bravely fought by her husband's side, battling this incurable disease.
I have been lucky to have witnessed several shooting stars in my life. I thought this digi image from the Scribbles Store was the perfect image to show my friend that her crushing grief will pass, just as a shooting star passes across the sky. I printed and then embossed the image, called Shooting Star, then doodled a border around the edge. This fulfills the challenge theme this month to "Doodle with your Noodle" at Scribbles Designs challenge blog.
I also printed out a Gold Glitterati textured paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles before adding some lace, pearls and flower.
Are you fingers constantly doodling? This is the perfect challenge for you! You have a month to use your noodle and doodle up a project - don't forget to link it up at Scribbles Designs challenge blog for your chance to win free digis from the store!! Good luck and happy crafting!

Challenges I am Entered:
Scrappers Delight - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time to Relax at Ike's World Challenge Blog

 What do you do to relax? Besides, craft, that is?! I like to lose myself in a book. I like to read science fiction/fantasy, as well as themed mysteries like Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson mysteries.

One of my favorite authors is Charlaine Harris, whose Sookie Stackhouse series spawned the TV show True Blood. Her new series, about the people in the town of Midnight, will be a summer TV show in the States, premiering later this month.

Relaxation is the theme for this fortnight's challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog, and I ran with my love of reading to create the book bag above using a digi image called Book of Dreams. Ike's Store is celebrating a summer blowout sale and you can get this image for just $1.50 US! The sale lasts through July and there are LOADS of images for 50% off.
Here's a close-up of my colored image on my book bag. I used colored pencils, gel pens and Copics, as well as Stickles for a little sparkle.
You have one more week to create something that shows how you relax and link it up to the IWC challenge post for your chance to win free digis from the new store. While I Keep Calm and Read, you  Keep Calm and Craft On!
Challenges I am Entering:
Allsorts - Magical & Mythical
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Holiday Hoopla at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog


It's the midway point of the challenge at Scribbles Designs, and their Holiday Hoopla challenge is over the top!
Today I chose to create a Valentine's Day card. I love to change up images, as in using an image for let's say Halloween, and using it on a Valentine's Day card, like mine here.
I used three digi images from Scribbles Designs:
F105- Heart Arrow, Mason Jar and Batty. While the textured paper in the foreground is mine, the background bordering my card is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Glitterati Paper Kit. The font is called Crazy Killer.
I am a caregiver for my husband now, so my craft time is very limited. My laptop is always at hand, so I can still create digitally, at least until I find some free time (or take it and run with it).
Back to the challenge at Scribbles Designs - crafters have until the 14th of July to link their holiday (any holiday) cards or projects for their chance to win free digis from
After creating my digital Valentine's Day card, I surfed the Web, looking for different holidays.
WOW! There are tons of "unofficial" holidays all over the world. Check below for  a list of International holidays starting from today midway point through the end of 2017. (I will be skipping July 16- NO THANK YOU) LOL
Jul 11, 2017
World Population Day
Jul 16, 2017
World Snake Day
Aug 06, 2017
International Friendship Day
Aug 08, 2017
Universal & International Infinity Day
Aug 09, 2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous People
Aug 10, 2017
International Biodiesel Day
Aug 12, 2017
International Youth Day
Aug 13, 2017
International Lefthanders Day
Aug 14, 2017
World Lizard Day
Aug 23, 2017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
Sep 08, 2017
International Literacy Day
Sep 13, 2017
International Chocolate Day
Sep 15, 2017
Software Freedom Day
Sep 16, 2017
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Sep 19, 2017
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Thursday
Sep 21, 2017
World Gratitude Day
Friday
Sep 22, 2017
World Car-Free Day
Friday
Sep 29, 2017
Inventors Day
Sunday
Oct 01, 2017
International Music Day
Monday
Oct 02, 2017
World Farm Animals Day
Tuesday
Oct 03, 2017
World Temperance Day
Wednesday
Oct 04, 2017
World Animal Day
Thursday
Oct 05, 2017
World Teacher's Day
Tuesday
Oct 10, 2017
World Mental Health Day
Monday
Oct 16, 2017
World Food Day
Tuesday
Oct 17, 2017
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Tuesday
Oct 24, 2017
United Nations Day
Sunday
Oct 29, 2017
International Internet Day
Wednesday
Nov 08, 2017
World Town Planning Day
Thursday
Nov 16, 2017
International Day for Tolerance
Tuesday
Nov 21, 2017
World Television Day
Saturday
Nov 25, 2017
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Thursday
Nov 30, 2017
International Computer Security Day
Friday
Dec 01, 2017
World Aids Day
Saturday
Dec 02, 2017
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Tuesday
Dec 05, 2017
International Volunteers Day
Thursday
Dec 07, 2017
International Civil Aviation Day
Sunday
Dec 10, 2017
Human Rights Day

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finding Faith, Hope & Love at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog

Welcome back, crafters! My girlfriend and her hubby are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this month. She loves vintage, so I thought this digital image from Luna Girl would be perfect for the digital papers and elements I chose from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, one of two sponsors this month at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. The optional theme is Faith, Hope and Love, and you certainly need all these to maintain a marriage!
My card uses the following:
 Luna Girl Vintage Romance 2 Image 1 
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Hearts & Swirls pp,
As Time Goes By Cranberry Plaid pp,
Glitterati Gold Glitter Paper,
Mommie Dearest Textured Paper #5,
and Pixel Scrapper A Janner Designs' Cluster Freebie

The challenge theme asks to see wedding, anniversary or engagement cards. Of course, the challenge theme is optional, but in order to have a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, you must incorporate some faith, hope and/or love in your card. Please remember to type in the letters FT after your name when you link your card up so we know you followed the theme. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of three images from Pattie's Creations, another of our guest sponsors this month. 

I have FAITH in your creativity. I would LOVE to see what you make, and HOPE to see you link it up for your chance to win this month's prizes. And as always, have fun!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Have a Furry, Fluffy, Feathery & Finny Christmas at 12 Months of Christmas Blog


What would Christmas be like without our furry, fluffy, feathery or finned companions in our lives?! Since Wilson, our rescue Silkie Terrier, came into our lives, I can't imagine Christmas morning without his sniffing around the packages, giving me those sad brown eyes over breakfast, and jumping in excitement from one person to another as presents are unwrapped. Wilson adds an extra helping of joy to our Christmases. That is why the 12 Months of Christmas wants to see Christmas cards that features an animal that one might have as a household pet. Dog lover, cat lover or somewhere in between, what will your focus be?

My digital Christmas card features a digi image from Imagine That! Digis from Kris called Happy Howl-i-days. The sentiment is also from Imagine That Digis. And I couldn't resist popping Wilson in there! I also used the following digital goodies:
 Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' It's Ornamental Paper Kit Green Balls PP and A Grungy Christmas Green & Burgundy Textured papers; Snow Much Fun Glitter Snowflakes Kit Red Snowflake

Sometimes I like to send Christmas cards via email to my international friends who live in Australia, Canada, Greece, Germany and elsewhere. Sometimes I like to print them up and send them to my neighbors, just to remind them that we are all part of a community.

So, In order to have a chance this month to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor, Imagine That! Digis by Kris, make sure that your Christmas card has an image of a household pet as the focal point (cat, dog, bird, mouse, rabbit, hedgehog, ferret, fish, turtle, etc.) If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that you are included in the draw for this month's sponsored prize prize of a $10 gift certificate to the Imagine That! Digistamp store.

As always, you don't need to follow the theme to earn a free paper each month from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and have your name thrown into the year-end draw for some extra digital goodies.

Whatever you choose, however you craft, just have fun knowing that when the Christmas season rolls around, your stash of cards will be ready to mail and give out!! No stress, no worry, no running to the store. Done and done!

Happy Crafting! 

Happy Holidays at Scribbles - Happy ANY Holiday!

I love holidays! Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and especially Christmas! Holidays bring out the best in people, it seems. So why not bring out that good feeling by creating a holiday card this month? Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog wants you to create a holiday card, for ANY holiday, from today through July 15th. It's a chance to build your stash of Halloween cards, or just have fun!
As you can see, I chose to build up my stash of Christmas cards. Here's what went into my digi card:
Scribbles Images: Elf Boots, Present & Snowflake
I also used papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' It's Ornamental Patterned Paper Kit, Tree Ornament paper and A Grungy Christmas Textured paper kit, Green & Burgundy

What's your favorite holiday? I love the way people spread kindness and generosity around like snowflakes during the Christmas season, but truth be told, I love to dress up and put my spook on. When I dress up, I am a different person. I feel like I can act and interact more freely than when I am just me. Does that make any sense?! LOL
So, what are YOU going to create during the HOLIDAY HOOPLA at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog? I can't wait to see...


Monday, June 5, 2017

Finding Faith, Hope & Love on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

The last twelve years have been rough. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to treasure every minute with those you love. Yesterday is history, and the future is not promised. We only have today, we only have this moment.
Taking this lesson to heart, I won't wait until September 21, my wedding anniversary, to celebrate my marriage to hubby Bill. I tell him I love him every day. And today I created a card for him, an early anniversary card, if you will. He will be getting quite a few of these throughout the year.
I found the perfect sentiment, too. It's one I used when I made my son's wedding invitations. Both he and his wife loved it. It goes perfectly with the digi image from Pattie's Creaations that I hand colored with a combination of Copics, colored pencils and glitter pens. Because my craft supplies are boxed up, I created a hybrid card. I photographed my hand-colored image and created my card using digital papers and elements:   
Hybrid card uses:
A hand-colored Pattie's Creations Seashell Border 1 with
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Chasing Rainbows Falls PP, Bokeh Multicolor 1 PP and A Grungy Christmas Blue
DDD A Tag Grab Bag Bow 2
PixelScrapper Janet Scott's A Mother's Love Heart Border Doodle 2

My card was created for this month's challenge theme over at the Path of Positivity. June's theme is all about FAITH, HOPE & LOVE. They especially want to see wedding, anniversary and engagement cards. Of course, the challenge theme is optional, but in order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, we want to see you create a wedding card, an engagement card or an anniversary card that reflects the concepts of faith, hope and/or love. Please remember to type in the letters FT after your name when you link your card up so we know you followed the theme. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of three images from Pattie's Creations, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month. One digital image is given from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wheels Keep Rolling Along at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Challenge Alert, crafters! The Big Wheels Keep Turning challenge at Scribbles Designs is at the halfway point. I'm hoping I can inspire you to join the challenge, as it ends on the 15th of the month.
I created a digital card using a digi image from Scribbles called Just Married. Using a personal photo I took on vacation, I colored and then popped my image into the scene (which is the view from our rented condo to the beach on Siesta Key, Florida).
I framed my image and sentiment with some glitter paper and framed the image by tossing around some digi flowers and greenery. Here are the deets:
Scribbles Designs' Just Married
Papers: DDD Grungy Christmas Purple, Glitterati Purple & Gold
Elements: DDD Leaf Spray and Flower 2 from Tag Grab Bag 1 Mini Kit
Background: Personal photo
Font: Sonoma Script
And now it's your turn! Anything with wheels from the first one made from stone to your teenager's skateboard, whether a card (dig or hand-crafter), canvas or any other mixed media project, just show us where your wheel inspiration takes you! Don't forget to link up with Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from the store! P.S. (There's a freebie on the blog that will disappear at the end of the challenge - grab it now!).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Riddle Me This...

How does a person RELAX yet WORK UP A SWEAT while doing so?
Why, just go out and GARDEN!!
This year I finally got my garden. Earlier this week I dug out the grass up against the garage and dumped a huge (smelly) amount of compost on the area. Then I tried to border it with this white lattice that was left over from our home construction last year. As you can see, it is NOT working. The first big rain and my garden will be up against the neighbor's fence.
Today, I bought my tomato plants. I planted Sweet Cherry tomatoes, Beefsteaks, Romas, Salsa Hybrids, Early Girls, Best Boys and a couple mystery plants (they had no labels). Next year I will purchase according to which ones grow best this year. (Does this mean that if my favorites are the mystery tomatoes that I should buy those with no labels? Hmm...)
What is it about gardening that is so relaxing? Is it feeling the dirt in your hands? No, I wore rubberized gloves - I'm not touching that manure-laden compost). Maybe it's knowing that one is growing one's own food. It's certainly NOT saving money by doing so. I spent a ton on the compost, the plants, and now the wood that will replace the cheap lattice.
No, I think it's just the mindfulness of the work. The digging, the pulling, the weeding, the watering, the sweating, the harvesting, the being in the sunshine and counting the buds on each plant. If I weren't so allergic to most flowers, my whole yard would be a garden. But I will be very satisfied to grow my own tomatoes this year. If all goes well, I may branch out to strawberries next summer...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Being Present, Not Perfect, at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog


Good evening, crafters! Have you ever tried a new technique and didn't like the finished product? Have you ever passed up a challenge because the requirement was something you had very little luck in? Of course you have! We all have.
Art is not a destination but a journey, and every journey comes with its bumps and detours. Trying new things, taking a different artistic path, is how we grow in creativity. Last year I tried water colors for the first time. For every painting I revealed to the crafting world, there were four others that I threw away.
I should not have felt awkward sharing my learning experience. Everyone has to start somewhere. Nobody is perfect, but we all strive for perfection. I have finally learned to forget perfection and enjoy the ride. Whether my art is a masterpiece or it becomes a great way for starting the campfire, I enjoy every minute of learning something new and creating something handmade.

Which leads me to my latest DT projects for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. I have the honor of showing TWO projects today. I have created something with each of two guest sponsors this month. My first project is something I've never made before - a Theater Box, using a digital image from Imagine That! Digis by Kris.
Last week I had never even heard of a theater box. But I was flipping through a book I snagged at a rummage sale about book binding. I loved the dimensional presentation of it. Of course I had to put my own spin on it. I have a friend who is home-bound who lives in another state. We write back and forth a lot, and she loves my handmade cards. I decided I wanted to send her a theater box. However, they are made entirely from paper and I was wary of its safety on the journey from my house to hers. So I came up with this "mail-able" theater box by using an acrylic box.
My book has four distinct layers from back to front. My background layer is a scenic paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Chasing Rainbows Kit. The next layer is a scenic background paper from Krysty Scrap Designs' Boring Evening paper kit, care of The Doll House (MischiefCircus.com). Layer 3 is the digital image "Well Wishes" from Imagine That! And to finish off the scene, I printed a border of flowers that look very much like those at the base of the well, coloring in pond of sorts.

Next up is a card I created using a digi image from Pickled Potpourri called Well Wishes.
I bought a set of chalks a million years ago (okay, no quite that long ago) but after one use, it went into my closet. Being a hoarder of all things crafty or alterable, it was soon lost in the black hole of forgotten tools and supplies. In a fit of Spring craft room Cleaning, I recently dug into my closet and found those same chalks (in pristine condition).
I decided to give the chalks another go, using them to create the background of my card as well as color this cute little frog.
Pickled Potpourri is another sponsor this month at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.


My projects are perfect examples of this month's optional challenge theme of "Present, Not Perfect." Don't you think there is something to these words that is so positive and liberating? They allow us to relax and enjoy the process without worrying about the outcome.

in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $7 gift certificate from Pickled Potpourri. 
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 with a prize of a $10 gift certificate to Imagine That! store. 
In addition, each person chosen as Most Inspirational by the DT will receive one digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots.

So what creativity have you been hiding from the world? What are you ready to try for the first time or had bad luck with previously? Who is struggling to find their path and needs a little handmade encouragement? Live in the moment of creativity and enjoy the ride! And don't forget to share your project with us at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog!
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
 Time Flies when It Comes to Birthdays
Crafty Sentiments - Pastel Colors
Always Fun challenges - Dry Embossing
City Crafters - Photo Inspiration (I love the mix of greens and blues)


Challenges I am Entering:
Theater Box
Artistic Inspirations - Always Anything Goes
Craftaholics R Us - Spring Colors or Flowers
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes