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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Clever Packaging for Excess Embellishments Gifts

 I am on a mission to make my craft room usable, which means I need to sort, organize and clean out my "stuff". All my tiny embellishments are now sorted and lying in wait in drawers that I assume would usually be for nails, screws nuts, etc. And the excess, although it really doesn't free up a lot of room, had been put into a pile. The question was, do I donate it or do I gift it?
While skimming/surfing on Pinterest, I was reintroduced to crafting with match boxes. Perfect! Big enough to alter yet small enough to fit just the right amount of embellies into. So off to spend $2 at the dollar Store and a minute to empty all the boxes of the sticks. I had 24 little boxes that I decided to craft into tiny suitcases, as summers are usually when families go on vacation. Using a brown paper bag cut into the necessary pieces for my project, one sheet of brown cardstock was more than enough to create the straps, handle and corners of my bags. I printed some very cool, very tiny travel stickers also found on Pinterest to decorate my luggage.
So here are some of my matchbox-turned suitcase creations. Soon they were on their way to a local Card Club meeting where members create 18 cards (or other projects, all according to a schedule) to swap with each other. My tiny suitcases were a hit, and the projects I brought home were amazing little bits of inspiration.
Challenges I am Entering:
Altered Eclectics - Anything mixed media/altered art Goes
ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY - We're All Going...
(We're all having fun, on holiday, in the pink, feeling blue, blooming,crazy, to the beach, park, etc)
Fabrika Fantasy - Summer
Bleeding Art - Anything mixed media/altered art/collage Goes

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer is Sizzlin' at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog


My DT make today highlights friendship and summer fun. The Scribbles images that I used are slightly transparent and are behind and to the side of the words.Those images are called  #54 To the Beach#848 Flip Flops. The designer paper is also from Scribbles Design, part of the collaborated effort of Scribbles and Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The paper is from the set called DDD SD Sizzlin' Summer, Burt patterned paper. Aren't those rubber duckie flotation rings quirky?

What could be better than drifting in the cooling water than with a friend? Sizzlin' Summer happens to be the Scribbles Designs' challenge theme. In order to win any prizes, your project must feature some summer lovin' in some way. I'd love to see you at the main blog, so don't forget to link your project for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Designs Store.
Challenges I am Entering:








Sunday, July 14, 2019

Paper Shelter Sponsors Your Scrapbook Place

It's that time of the month to get crafting at Your Scrapbook Place, This month's Anything Goes challenge is at its mid-point, and I thought you might like a little inspiration. My card features a digi image from Paper Shelter, the guest sponsor.
The image, called Hippie Chick, was colored with Copics and gel pens. I used to have a guitar case just like that one, stickers included. This digi sure brings back some good memories! I dug deep into my stash and pulled out a piece of leftover paper with the iconic peace symbol.
You have until the end of the month to create ANYTHING and link it up to Your Scrapbook Place challenge blog. Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
The Cutie Pie - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes w/pp
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It's All about the Gingham at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Tie again for a new challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog, where the optional theme this month is Gingham! I found a sweet piece of gingham patterned paper that inspired me to create a new baby girl card. My daughter is at that age where many of her friends are getting married or having babies, so I know this card won't last long in my house.
I used New Baby digi image from Ike's Art Store, coloring it with Copics. I dug into my folder of baby stickers and found this adorable clothesline sticker that frames my image perfectly. I went over the top on the theme by adding a gingham bow to my card!
Whatever you create, be sure to link it to Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from the store like the one with which I created!
Challenges I am Entering:
A Place to Start - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Beginning with B (Baby)
Creations in Pink - Anything with mostly pink Goes

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Plaid Christmas at the 12 Months of Christmas blog

Hello, crafters! My DT make today is for the 12 Months of Christmas. Their challenge twist this month (which is optional) is Christmas Plaids. I used some lovely papers from Decosse's Dynamite doodles for my card, and an paw-some, I mean awesome, digi image from this month's sponsor, Ike's Art. It's called Waiting for Santa, which I thought made the perfect sentiment for my card.
I printed the uncolored image onto a Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' paper from the set below to create an outdoor scene for my cats to look out on.
Once it was printed, I colored the image with Copics and gel pens. How do you think my carpet turned out? I used 4 different markers for that! Once I was finished coloring, I framed it with red cardstock (not really-I'm out of red! so I colored white cardstock with my red Copic marker) and popped it onto my Christmas plaid paper, also from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. This is from the set below. 
I hand lettered my sentiment since my printer decided to run out of ink, and wouldn't you know it, I bought the wrong cartridge series, so I got to practice my calligraphy. A little bit of lace, some jewels and a bow complete my card.

Although the Twist is Christmas Plaids, 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 gift certificate from Ike's Art. You do, however, have to remember to link your card up with the 12 Months of Christmas blog to get your chance of winning prizes. Challenge ends the end of the month, so good luck and have fun!

Challenges I am Entering:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Critter Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Animal Goes
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Double Trouble - Christmas in July & Make It Square
Sheepski Designs - Early Christmas

It's Cool to be Square at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Today marks the halfway point of the challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. The theme is to Make It Square. Since America's Independence Day is literally a few days away, I created this card to celebrate the holiday.
I used #a87 Peek-a-boo digi image from the Scribbles Store. After selectively coloring my kitty with gold glitter pen, I used my Copic marker to draw the red stripes on a piece of white cardstock to frame him. The sentiment is from a Stampin Up rubber stamp set I've had for almost 20 years!
Scribbles Designs has a lot of adorable images, and when you link up your card or project to the main blog, you'll have a chance at winning free digis from the store. Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering
Always Fun - Patriotic
Classic Design Team - Anything DT Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Anything Goes w/optional Spots or Stripes
Worldwide Open Design Team - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge- Anything Goes

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Everything is Peachy Keen at Oddball Art Challenges

 Today's card was inspired by this month's challenge at Oddball Art Stamps. The theme is called "Powdered Peach Scones" and is a photo inspiration.
I decided to pull the color peach and the sweetness of a huggable hedgehog for my card. After coloring the hedgehog with my trusty Copics, I photographed him and popped him onto a photo of ripe delicious peaches. I framed him using Oddball Art Stamps Torn Paper Frames set.
I printed this arrangement 3 times, cutting sections out of 2 of them to give the card some dimension. I thought my sentiment perfect for my friends in Georgia (USA). Aren't peaches the state fruit (or is there even such a thing??)? LOL
Card created with:
Oddball Art images: Creepy Cute Chronicles #36 & Ripped Paper Frame 3
Ink: Copics
Papers: Pixel Scrappers' Jan Clark's ITP paper 16 & Marisa Lerin's patterned paper 303
Font used: Petunia
Challenges I am Entering:
Oddball Art June Challenge - Photo Inspiration (above)
Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp - Pets
Happy Craft - Anything Goes


Saturday, June 15, 2019

You Can Smell the Gingerbread at the 12 Months of Christmas

There's another challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas. The optional TWIST is to feature gingerbread on your card, Everyone who enters 2 or more cards wins a free digital paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. This month's guest sponsor is Beccys Place. I've used 2 of her Christmas freebies to create my card.
The GINGERBREAD TWIST is optional. Prize Info For This Challenge is:

a $10.00AU gift voucher to the Beccy's Place store to one random winner.

One free digital paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge. Cards can be anything goes for this prize. 
The set of six digital papers called Gingerbread Cookies, will also be offered up as a prize to one individual who has followed the twist. 

Images: Beccy's Place Joy Gingerbread & Jolly Gingerbread (FREEBIES)
Papers: DDD SC1-C patterned paper, YBnP Pepermint pp & CCF Strawberry pp
Elements: PS Sheila Reid's Peppermint Flair 
PS Mandy's Lovable Designs' Classic Christmas Red Bow
PS Jessica D's Winter Day Mug
PS  Janet Scott's Christmas Day Glitter Teal Ribbon
PS Pauline Thompson's Brad 1
PS Melo Vrijhof's Art Journal Tag Shape 27
Font: AR Decode

Dare to be Square at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

It's time to dare to be SQUARE at Scribbles Designs with a project that is SQUARE. I created a square summer card featuring words to live by:
It's not just an accessory,
It's a way of life.
I'm talking flip flops! Some people (my daughter) practically lives in them all year 'round (until the first snowfall). What better place to wear them at is the beach? Sigh! Chicago may have beaches along its Lake Michigan shore, but nothing beats the ocean.
Anyway, one of my favorite techniques to use on a card is torn paper, but I haven't used it in quite a while. I'm glad to say it's back in the forefront of my creativity. Don't the papers look like water lapping at the shore? 
I used #848 FlipFlops from the Scribbles Designs Store to create this card, along with the torn paper, the paper sun I punched out from patterned paper, as well as the sentiment I created and framed. With the busy patterned paper as a background,I kept my embellishments simple, using a strip of jewels to depict the sparkling water just beyond the edge of my card. What do you say, ready to take a dip? Of do you want a little more time to bake in the sun? LOL
 Whether you follow the optional theme, or "do your own thing", remember to link your project up at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis of your choice at the Store
Good luck and happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Most Unusual Friendships are often the Strongest

One of my best friends is a woman with whom I worked. Our personalities were complete opposites. I felt we had nothing in common until each of our oldest children developed behavioral issues that sent them to temporary live-in care and us into a vortex of worry, doubt and fear.
I am proud to call this woman one of my very best friends. Through our shared experiences with mental health (ours and our kids) we bonded so strongly that almost 20 years later, we are still tight.

My card today reflects this friendship, and how I feel about our relationship. She feels that I have supported, cared for and loved her so much, and I feel the same. She's going through a rough patch right now, dealing with issues of loss recently. Besides the phone calls and the emojis added to my texts, I want to send her this card. We both have dogs, and both are allergic to cats, so my creation is very much in tune to us.

I featured a Sandra Caldwell image from her Babycakes DND Etsy Store. My cardstock haf a perfect circle in which to frame my Copic-colored image, but I made an error in cutting out my image. Men will use Duct tape; crafters will use Washi tape!! I love the geometric feel of this card.Just a little (okay, a lot) of jeweled bling to make it shine and I finished off my card with my sentiment.

How do you fix something that wasn't supposed to end up the way it did? Washi tape? Ink? Do you change your card to fit the error, or start all over again? Let me know!! and as always, happy crafting!

Challenges I am Entering:
Through the Craft Room Door -  Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussycats - Furrything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes w/a Critter
Fabrika Fantasy - For the Boys/Men
Sheepski Designs - For Someone Special


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Everything is Peachy Keen at Oddball Art Stamps

This month the optional theme at Oddball Art is Powdered Peach Scones.
I colored up an oldie but goodie from the Oddball Art Stamp Store. It's called Penelope Image #3. After using my Copics, I fussy-cut her off the page and onto my card base. I tried to incorporate as much peach as possible, although the challenge is Anything Goes. I found the very last of my small peach bows to add onto my border, and "highlighted" my doodles top and bottom with a light peach.
I love the sentiment I created using Flaemische Kansieschrift font.
I decided to give my sentiment a bit of a border with leftover trim, and my card is finished. This is just the beginning of the monthly challenge at Oddball Art Stamps by Lizzie Love. Did you know that if you sign up by email for her weekly newsletter, you'll get a free digi every Friday?! Everyone likes FREE, especially when it comes to Oddball Art images!
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Oddball Art June - AG w/optional Powdered Peach Scones pallette
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Time Out - Photo Inspiration

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

More Than One Fold at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Today I decided to try my hand at a swing card. I haven't made one in forever, and while I was cleaning out my craft area (again) I found a template for this kind of card, so I took a swing at it. Since the theme over at Ike's World Challenge blog is "more than 1 Fold, this was the perfect time to try it out.
I used a digi image of an elephant silhouette, from the African Animal Silhouettes Set. I changed the black silhouette to a rusty dark orange, then used Photoshop to print the first part of my sentiment onto the image itself.
I cut and folded my card base according to the template, then cut the patterned paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles to fit. My elephant image was adhered to the front piece, and I printed, cut out and adhered the second part of the sentiment to the back.
Then I added the bling around the image and sentiment as well as the front of the card. And it works! It swings! Yay me! LOL

When you create something this month, don't forget to  link up with Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Store. Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafty Cardmakers - Masculine
Make My Monday - Kinetic
613 Avenue Create - More than one Fold
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes
Classic Design Team - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
Fabrika Fantasy - For the Men/Boys
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything Goes



Saturday, June 1, 2019

Finding Flowers at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

This month the optional theme over at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog is FLOWERS!
My DT card today features both image and paper from the Scribbles Designs. store. The image is called F21 Daisy, and pssst it's a FREEBIE. The digital paper is also from Scribbles Designs and it's called Flower 3 Patterned Paper. After printing out the paper and framed sentiment twice, I popped the second sentiment onto the first with dimensional tape. I decided to highlight the sentiment on my card today, using the Daisy image to embellish around the framed sentiment. A few jewels make the center of my daisies sparkle.

I have a neighbor who prides herself on her beautiful flower and herb garden. Every summer her front yard is blooming with color and smells wonderful. I swear she has ten green fingers instead of one green thumb! This card is for her, as she has helped me the last couple of years with my vegetable garden. She's the best kind of neighbor to have - a good friend!
So now it's your turn to creating and linking a project to Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from the store. Good luck and happy crafting! 

Sheepski Designs Sponsors Your Scrapbook Place

Here comes another Anything Goes challenge at Your Scrapbook Place. This month's guest sponsor is Sheepski Designs, and my DT make today uses a cute image from the store.
I made what I would call a CAS card. I have trouble with them, as I don't like to leave a lot of white space. So I covered half my card with patterned paper, and bordered each side with faux stitching in coordinating colors.
I cut out a plush rug for my kitty to sleep on, nice and cozy. I blinged up my card with a couple strips of adhesive jewels, and added a hand-lettered sentiment. AND managed to leave the rest of the card alone!! CAS cards will never be easy for me, but I'm taking it one step, or rather one card, at a time.
Meanwhile, Sheepski Designs is offering a gift certificate to the store to one random winner. In order to qualify for the prize, you must remember to link your cards to Your Scrapbook Place. You have the whole month, so good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
Happy Craft - 2nd Chance Anything Goes

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Coffee Addiction with Oddball Art Stamps

I love creating cards that can bring a smile (or if it's punny, a groan). When I saw this digi image from Oddball Arts Stamps by Lizzie Love, I knew exactly what I wanted for my sentiment! And I hope it brings even the tiniest smile to you.
The image is called #46 Creepy Cute Mummy and I got it FREE!! In fact, I get a free image every week. All I had to do is sign up for the Oddball Art weekly newsletter: Creepy Cute Chronicles.
Anyway, I've been playing around with hybrid cards for a while now. A hybrid card is one which mixes digital and handmade elements/supplies to create your art.
For today's card, I positioned my thirsty mummy image onto a digital paper and printed it twice. Then I colored the images, fussy cutting the Copic-colored mummy and popping it onto my card base with dimensional dots. All credits for the items I used to create my card are below.
Oddball Art #46 Creepy Cute Mummy
Marta van Eck Creepy Element 64
Marta van Eck Creepy Paper 3
Font: Crazy Killer
Ink: Copics
Meanwhile, I framed my scene with metallic washi tape, added a small moth/butterfly, and added a line of bling. I printed my sentiment onto the entire scene and it's complete. AND I know just the coffee junkie to gift it to!
Challenges I am Entering: 
Oddball Art - AG w/optional Dusty Diamonds/Twisted Circus
Get Creative - Anything Goes
Mod Squad - Tea or Coffee
Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - Get Your Drink On (coffee)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I'm a Little Odd Myself...

At one point in our lives, everyone goes through an awkward period. Whether true or not, one feels odd, different from "everyone else". Well, you should know by now that everyone is a little bit odd, because everyone is unique. And that's what makes one special, talented, free-thinking. Just think of the world if everyone came from the same old. Where would growth, authenticity, genius, creativity come from? Everyone and everything would be the same, and the human race would become stagnant!
Luckily, we are all odd in some way, and I decided to create a card using my uniquely odd creativity with an image from Oddball Art by Lizzie Love. I adore her uniquely cute and/or creepy images. This one is called Image 467 Mummy Mermaid & Octopus. I used Photoshop to position it onto another image called #470 Dead Sea Bed. Then I printed it twice!
I colored my mermaid, her tiny mummy friend and the sea bed with Copics on both images, then fussy-cut one to place on the other with dimensional dots. I used glitter gel pen for the bubbles. To create a more underwater feel to my card, I crunched up aqua-colored tissue paper and glued it all onto a card base, then framed my image before popping it on.
Besides the sentiment (my own), I added some trim at the bottom of my image and my card is finished. The font I used for the sentiment is called "Be Perky."
Challenges I am Entering:
Oddball Art - Anything Goes w/optional Dusty Diamonds/Twisted Circus
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

That's it for now, crafters! As always, happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

inspiration at the Path of Positivity

Hello, crafters! I created another card for this month's challenge at the Path of Positivity. My card features another image from A Day for Daisies called Knight in Shining Armor. This card is for a girlfriend whose anniversary is coming up and needed one for her hubby.
The Path of Positivity offers Anything Goes themes with Optional Twists for their challenges.. This month the optional twist is Admiration. In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, all projects must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include:

An $8 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, 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.

Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Animal Friends - Horse/Unicorn
Crafty Animals - Anything Animals Goes
Fabrika Fantasy - Animals 
Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Christmas Creatures Featured at the 12 Months of Christmas

Here's my holiday card for the 12 Months of Christmas blog. The optional twist is to create a card with a Christmas creature. I played with an image from Babycakes DND by Sandra Caldwell. It's called Snow Kitties and it is too cute, don't you think?! Babycakes DND is this month's guest sponsor, and one of my favorite stamp artists.
You don't need to follow the twist to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month nor for a chance to win a $9 gift certificate to the Babycakes Digis & Designs by Sandra Caldwell store. Every challenge runs from the 1st through the last day of the month.
Last month Chicago almost broke its record for latest Spring snowfall, the second snowfall in April. So creating Christmas cards in May is not exactly "out of season". Since I started creating this year's holiday cards in January for the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge blog, I'm building up quite a stash to send out!
Here's what went into my card:
Image: Babycakes DND Snow Kitties
Papers: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' December Delights Deck the Halls pp; 12 Months of Christmas Checkered pp & 12 Days of Christmas 2018 Green Foil Textured paper
Ink: Copics
Font: Chemin

                   

Flowers Abound at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

 Today starts a new challenge at  Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Since FLOWERS is the theme, and FLOWERS seem to be popping up all over the place, I decided to create a POP-UP card. I used a piece of leftover patterned paper that really emphasizes the theme (you think?) to start with.
I decided that the paper was so busy that the front would just have a simple sentiment, and here's a twist. I need new glasses, so when I chose the sentiment, I thought it said HAppy birthday. But it actually said HOppy birthday! Well, that wouldn't do on my card, so I drew a small line to change the "o" to an "a" and then added a very small bloom above the "i" in birthday. Since this card is a DT make for Sandy Sommerfield of Scribbles Designs, I emailed her with the situation and got her permission to do this.
 The most difficult part of the card was the inside. Not having a template, I had to create my own. Three pieces of paper later, I nailed it. I covered the top half with the same patterned paper, and the bottom half with white cardstock.
I also used another Scribbles Designs' image called Heart Tulips. This was the image I popped up on the inside of the card. I colored it with my trusty Copics and I had a pop-up  card!
Do you have flower images or papers or embellishments lying around, just waiting to be used for a project? Why not follow the theme and show Scribbles Designs your take on the it? While the theme is Anything Goes with the option of Flowers, crafters using Flowers get a chance to "hang their projects" in the "Standout Scribblers Hall of Fame."

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Emboss It at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Have you seen the movie TROLLS? I have, about 20 times (I have a young granddaughter). There's a song from this animated movie sung by Anna Kendricks and Justin Timberlake. It's called True Colors, a beautiful song. And the inspiration for my DT make for Ike's World Challenge Blog!
While the challenges are always Anything Goes, the optional theme this month is EMBOSSING. I embossed and inked my card face before popping my Ike's Art image onto the card. The image is called sitting Gnome from the Beach Gnomes Set at Ike's Art Store. I played around with it in Photoshop and ended up with this kaleidoscopic effect that went perfectly with my sentiment.
Crafters have all month to create a project and link it to the main challenge blog for their chance to win a gift certificate to Ike's Art Store. Good luck and happy crafting!

Monday, May 6, 2019

A Day for Daisies Sponsors the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

Life is short. Many people doubt their own worth (we are our worst critics). So if you are impressed by someone - her talent, his achievements, their generosity, her love - speak up! And since a picture is worth a thousand words, say it in a card like I did today.
Yes, the optional Twist for this month's Anything Goes challenge at the Path of Positivity is to create something to show your admiration for somebody. It can be a card, a scrapbook layout, a canvas - wherever your Muse takes you. 
I made a card for my daughter. Her strength, honesty and support have helped me through the process of grief. She is a ray of sunshine when my days are cloudy with loss, and is so very creative when it comes to showing me that grief is normal, but not to wallow in it. I hope she can say that I, in turn, am her rock of support and love when it comes to her days of grieving the loss of her dad.
I decided to print an image from A Day for Daisies, one of the guest sponsors this month for the challenge. The image is called "A Special Flower." I printed it directly onto my patterned  paper, a great piece from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles called "Poppy in Wheat Field" from the We Remember Set. I decided to also print the sentiment onto the paper as well.
Printing it twice gave me a second image to color and then pop onto the first using dimensional  tape. I framed it with a paper doily and blinged up a couple corners of the image itself. Since it's almost the end of the semester (and looking toward a killer Final soon), I used a ready-made card base from DCWV and attached a glittery butterfly. I used Stickles to leave a trail of butterfly magic behind it.
n order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, all projects must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include: 

  • An $8 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, 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 Designsfor 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

  • Remember what I said at the start of my post. This is an excellent opportunity to tell someone how much you admire them, while being creative and possible winning some prizes. Of course, the theme is optional. Either way, have fun and craft your heart out. Just don't forget to link your projects with the Path of Positivity blog!!

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    Pastels Are the Theme at Scribbles Designs

    As we enter the last half of Scribbles Designs Challenge for this month, I wanted to feature one of the many awesome doodles in the Scribbles Store. This one is called A30  Flower Doodle 7. While the flowers themselves I colored white and violet (with some shimmer in their centers, I wanted more color for its background. So this has become the image of many colors. I love the combination of blue and yellow, so I used both these colors on which to place my image,as well as to frame it  - first with patterned papers, and then to in its cardstock and stitched  panels. Embellished simply with a couple punched butterflies and a few pearls, the sentiment on my card reads:
    Earth laughs in flowers
    Scribbles Designs offers an optional theme every month along with its Anything Goes. This month is all about the Pastels. I hope my card inspires you in some way to join in the challenge for your chance to win free digis at the Scribbles Store. Happy crafting!

    Imagine That! Digis by Kris at Your Scrapbook Place

    This month Imagine That! Digis by Kris sponsors Your Scrapbook Place. I adore Kris' sets, especially this one,called Bambi and Max. The set comes with 2 colored images, 2 black line  images and 3 sentiments!
    I decided to use the colored image today for my DT make, putting the card together with the following elements:
    • Pixel Scrapper Amanda Brown's Cashmere Cocoa Red Patterned Paper
    • Pixel Scrapper Jan Clark's ITP Papers 18 & 27
    • Pixel Scrapper Marisa Lerin's Our Special Day Cluster 6
    • Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reed's Butterfly w/gems & Yellow Polka dot Grunge Paint
    • Pixel Scrapper Pauline Thompson's Brishti Pearl 5
    • Sentiment: Grasshopper
    • Imagine That! Digis by Kris' Bambi & Max Stamp Set 
    Don't forget to link up your project at Your Scrapbook Place for your chance to win free digis at the Imagine That! Store.



    Monday, April 15, 2019

    Fairy Magic at the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog

    Christmas is a magical time, so what says magic more than fairies? The optional twist for this month's challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas is Fairy Magic. The DT got to play with images from A Day for Daisies. There are the most gorgeous images at the store,including this one called "Talking to the Moon Fairy."
    I tried something new today. I placed my image onto my digital paper and printed it so that it was one single layer.I still got to color the image with Copics. I popped up my "scene" with dimensional tape, using some leftover lace for a border. Then I plundered my stash of jewels and pearls to hang off  my moon. Funny thing about my patterned paper: I used Decosse's Dynamite Doodle's Blue pp from "A Touch of Frost paper kit, but my printer chose that exact moment to run out of ink. It's supposed to be ALL blue, but you know what, I kind of like that "fade into purple" look, don't you? LOL
    As for the challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas blog, remember that you don't need to follow the twist to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month nor for a chance to win an $8 gift certificate to the A Day for Daisies store. 
    You simply need to follow the twist if you'd like a chance to win this month's featured digital paper pack, Frolicking Fairies: Winter Edition from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.
       All you have to win these awesome prizes is to remember to link up your card to the main blog!! So have fun and good luck!

    Challenges I am Entering:
    Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas
    Fab & Funky - Fantasy
    ABC Christmas - H for Hang it up or I for Intricate 
    (I chose the Moon hanging in the night sky)
    Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes

    Happiness Has Four Legs on the Path of Positivity

    Welcome to another challenge at the Path of Positivity, where it's always Anything Goes with an Optional Twist. This month the Twist is Happiness. Make someone happy by creating something for them, then link it up to the main challenge blog.
    I created this card using an image and a paper from one of the guest sponsors, Scribbles Designs
    The digi image is called #F31 Dog Bone, and the digi paper is called SDD Woof 1 Patterned Paper. I printed my sentiment in Tall Marker font, adding the 2 dog bones before cutting and printing it twice. I printed out the digi paper as well as a cute digital wood frame from Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reid. Putting it together was like building a Jenga tower, starting with the background paper, the frame, the sentiment, then adding dimensional tape and adding another layer of sentiment and frame. I embellished simply with some square-shaped jewels in the corners of my frame and my card is finished.

    At the Path of Positivity challenge blog, all projects are required to be positive in nature. Anything encouraging, affirmative or inspiring qualifies for prizes from Scribbles Designs and the second guest sponsor, Limited Runs.


       

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Using Die-Cuts at Ike's World Challenge Blog

    Hallo, mein Lieblings! I don't know if you've noticed that lately I've been creating some cards in German. My sister lives in Berlin with her husband and I thought it would be nice if she had some handmade cards to give to her new friends and neighbors.
    That's why I created this children's birthday card using a digi image from Ike's Art Store called Teddy Bear from the Germany - World Tour Series Set. After coloring Sigmund (my name for him, nicknamed Ziggy) with Copics, I adhered him onto my card with dimensional tape, framing him with a die-cut circle of stars. In the corner I placed a die-cut tag on which I popped a flower. I also used a couple punches to get my heart and butterfly embellishments. Behind the watermark are the words  "Alles gute zum Geburtstag" which loosely translated mean Happy Birthday!!
    Since this is my DT make for Ike's Art World Challenge Blog, you've probably guessed that the optional theme this month is DIE-CUTS. I think I have enough of them, don't you? LOL
    I'm taking German classes at the local community college, and am now in German 102. We're spending almost the entire semester on present participle and simple past tense (both ways to say you did something). If you want a quick and easy language to learn, do NOT take German. LOL It is difficult and I have had to tell the professor when I enter the classroom that "Ich habe ein kopfschmerzen" many times (I have a headache!).
    Back to the challenge: It's Anything Goes with the option to create with Die-cuts. It doesn't have to be cards but any kind of project. So poke your Muse and get crafty. The winner gets a gift certificate to Ike's Art Store!! Just don't forget to link up your project there before the end of the month!
    Have fun and happy crafting!
    Challenges I am Entering:
    Tuesday Throwdown - Pastel Colors
    Use Your Stuff - Fuzzy Wuzzy
    Cupcake Inspirations - photo below
    (I chose the animal/birthday celebration feeling of the photo)
    Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes w/pp
    DigiDoodles Studios - Anything Goes
    Happy Craft - Anything Goes

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    Pave your Path with Happiness

    This month's challenge at the Path of Positivity has the optional Twist of Happiness. Make someone smile or laugh; create a card to remind them they are special; send your mom a handcrafted layout of the two of you enjoying life together. In other words, make someone HAPPY!
    My card asks for the best thing a person can give or receive that will spread happiness - a HUG. Of course, I had to put a Twist on my card by using a Cactus asking for a hug, but sometimes it can be difficult to hug a grumpy person. Give them two; they must need them!!
    Of course, the Twist is just for fun. As long as your project is positive, encouraging or inspirational, it will qualify for prizes (see below).
    I used a digi image from Limited Runs, one of the guest sponsors at the Path of Positivity this month.
    The image is aptly named "Cactus" and can be found in the Flower section of the STORE.  Limited Runs is also on Facebook with a Freebie for every 50 Followers, AND also a Monthly Progressive Challenge Blog.  
      Prizes this month include:



  • A $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs, 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 Designsfor 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.
  • Don't forget to link up your project!!

  • It's a well-documented fact that everyone needs at least five hugs a day to stay happy. So don't be surprised if, when we meet on the Path, I stop to give you a HUG. Everyone can stand to add a little happiness to their lives, and the lives of others. See you there!

    Challenges I am Entering:
    Make My Monday - Something Humorous
    Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
    Creative Crafters - Anything Goes