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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Out with the Old, In with the New at Scribbles Challenge Blog

2016 is almost over! A new year will dawn in days! Looking back on 2016, I realized how fast time flies by. Next year, I plan on making the most of every moment. I have things to do and places to go. My time with my husband is limited and my mom is feeling her age. I want to spend quality time with each. My sister lives inn Germany with her new husband and I want to visit them at home, speaking and being comfortable in the German language. I have been very blessed and want to give back. In order to do all this and more (publish my book, learn to play the ukelele,..I need to make the time to take care of myself. Meditation, yoga, spin biking, eating healthy, etc.
These are all things I am penciling onto my calendar in 2017. And this thinking inspired me to create this mini poster for my DT project for Scribbles Challenge Blog new challenge theme: Out with the Old, In with the New. 
I used the digi image Mason Jar from Scribbles Design along with the following:
Papers: Patacake’s Pages’ Rainbow Spin
Elements: Janet Scott’s Tag Template, Reflections of Strength Heart Bunting
and Marisa Lerin’s Quilt Stripe border
Font:  Tall Marker
So, I guess the question is, "How will YOU fill the New Year?" And another one --- What will you create for this month's challenge?  Be sure to link it up for your chance to win free digis! Good luck and Happy New Year! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Blessing at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog

As the holidays loom nearer, it's always nice to look back on the past year and count your blessings big and small. That's the challenge theme at the Path of Positivity blog. There are two sponsors this month: Imagine That!

My craft room is still blocked with all the construction going on in my house, so today I created a digital card using an image from Imagine That! Jars of Cheer Set called Jar with Note cards. The note cards are blank, so I filled them in with some of the things I have been blessed with this year.
My digital card is created from the following:
Image: Imagine That! “Jars of Cheer” w/Blank Notes
Papers: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles “Heartland” Glitter Hearts Patterned Paper
Elements: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles “Heartland” Blue Brads & Tree 2; Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott’s Nutcracker Elements Snowflake 1.
Sentiment: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles Ornate Blessings 
This Christmas is a lean one for my family - that is, if you count wrapped presents under the tree. But considering that we have a house, cars, healthcare, heat, food, family and friends, then I can truly say that we are blessed with a bountiful holiday this year!!
So what blessings have you received this year? A baby, a new home, a pay raise? Create something with those blessings in mind and link up at the Path of Positivity before the end of the month for your chance to win some awesome prizes!
I hope you have a blessed holiday!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12 Months of Christmas Bids You Welcome to the North Pole

I wonder if those at the North Pole are as frantic with to-do lists and deadlines as I am. House is under construction, sleeping in the basement, and contractors say the work "should be" finished by Christmas weekend!! I have overnight guests coming this weekend, and 12 for dinner on Christmas Day. (sigh)
Meanwhile, crafting continues at the 12 Months of Christmas, where the last theme of 2016 is "Welcome to the North Pole." Everyone knows that's the home of the infamous Santa Claus, so anything to do with him and his staff and his grounds is perfect for the theme's challenge.
Since my craft room is blocked off, I created this 100% digital card using:
Image: Limited Runs Santa Head
Papers: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles’ “Welcome to the North Pole” This Way North Pole & Snowfall patterned pprs, Grungy Christmas Blue textured ppr & Glitterati Set Gold glittered ppr
Digital Elements: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles Text 1 Word art; Pixel Scrappers Melo Vrijhof’s Christmas Day Elements Gold Bow & Gold Deer & Pauline Thompson’s Gold Star Banner
 Our sponsors this month are Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and Limited Runs.

The theme of course is optional. If you do follow the optional theme,

Everyone earns a free paper 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 $10.00 gift certificate from Limited Runs. Don't forget to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prizes. Happy crafting, and Happy Holidays!!

"Scribbles Designs 3rd Birthday Bonanza Blog Hop"

It is time to break out the party hats and light up the candles on the birthday cake. Get ready to hang some streamers and blow up a few balloons too as Scribbles Designs has just turned three!!! In honour of this wonderful occasion, this challenge we are celebrating birthdays. Yours, mine, a family member's, a friend's, or even an acquaintance's. It doesn't matter who's birthday you are celebrating or how many candles are on the cake. Simply design a card commemorating someone's birthday.  Let the birthday bonanza begin!
This month's prizes...
Top Scribbler receives $10 worth of digital images, winner's choice 
Top 3 and Gold Star receives $3 worth of digital images
Additionally, a special birthday themed prize package will be given away to to three lucky winners. The images in the pack will include:
#F 66 Cupcake 2
#F 61 Happy Birthday
#F 69 Cupcake Tier
#F 68 Layered Cake
#F 17 Birthday Cake Slice
#B 11 Birthday Wishes Border
#909 Birthday Cake & Hat
#204 Brrr-thday Chef
#013 Eat Cake Quote
#123 Carrie Birthday Diva

Each participating DT members will be choosing one random person who comments on their blog to receive the main image they used on their card. So be sure to leave a comment on each stop along the way for your chance to win even more goodies (so the person who comments here will be randomly chosen to receive "   ".

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ike's World Challenge Blog Offers a Photo Inspiration

How is your month going? Besides the usual scurry to get gifts made and cards out, our house is still under construction. When I talked to the head contractor about a finish date, he said it "should be" finished by next week's end. Doesn't he realize that that is Christmas weekend? And I have a dinner for 12 to get ready and serve, as well as overnight guests?
We are already sleeping in the basement and have the one bathroom, so I can't even offer my son and his family (of six) that space to sleep in. So as you can read, my month is a little stressful! I sure hope yours is going more smoothly than mine.
Meanwhile, life goes on, especially in the crafting world. The challenge theme over at Ike's World Challenge Blog is a photo inspiration:
Choose a color, an element, or the general feel of the photo and create your holiday heart out (although it does NOT have to be a holiday project). I chose to be inspired by the colors, pulling the red, gold and green from it to create with Ike's Art images: My Teddy, The Cat-Mouse Tree, Jar with Holly & Peppermints & I Bopz U. I do like to use multiple images in my projects - do you think I overdid it?
Because of the house situation, my craft room is closed, so I created this 100% digital card which I have printed up on glossy cardstock and mailed to a few friends this month.
If you have time this week, be sure to link up your photo-inspired project to Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win digital images from Ike's Art Store!! And have a wonderful rest of the month, and a merry Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Count Your Blessings along the Path of Positivity

Welcome to the new challenge at the Path of Positivity. What a year it has been! It seems only fitting that this month's theme is BLESSINGS. I am feeling especially blessed this year. It has been a tough one, with health issues and loss of jobs. But from the ashes of despair come tiny miracles we call blessings, if we look carefully.
My blessings include free health care from the Veteran's Administration, a government grant to pay for rehabbing the house to make it handicap accessible and the free time to take hubby to doctor appointments and support group meetings.
Besides the newest blessings, I have a one year old grandson to add to my brood of five others, and a daughter who plans to stay at home "a little longer" to spend more time together as a family. My circle of friends may be smaller, but those who've stayed are supportive and caring (and I hope it's because I am too).
Most importantly, I am blessed to have been married to my husband of forty years, Bill. I fell in love with his smile and the rest was history!
This month, there are two sponsors - Imagine That!
and also Decosse's Dynamite Doodles (DDD)

I used Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and my print today includes the following:
Papers: DDD Toast to the New Year, Bring in the New Year Kit, Grungy Christmas Green Textured paper, Mommie Dearest Green Textured paper
Elements: DDD Mommie Dearest Doily 2 & Bow 2; The Grab Bag Kit 1 Flower 6 & Leaf Spray; Heartland Mini Kit Green Brad
Quote: Donna Hedges, found on
Font: Leathery Soft
I love the sentiment, and this will go up in my living room, once the house is mine again and the construction is finished. It's good to remember our blessings, but more important to acknowledge them, don't you think?
Now it's your turn to create with the theme of Blessings as your Muse. You have until January 1st to link up for your chance to win some awesome prizes from our sponsors:


  • EITHER the Holiday Hoopla Digital Scrapbooking Kit OR five different mini kits (of six papers each) from the Christmas and/or Winter section from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $10.00 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy Holidays at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Happy Holidays!! This is the merry theme over at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, and I have created a Christmas card for some crafty inspiration. I used Woodland Santa from Scribbles. These last couple of weeks have been difficult to do some hand-crafting. Our house is under construction and my craft room is impenetrable. Most of our and our daughter's bedroom items were thrown in there haphazardly and I can't even see my craft table!
So my card is digitally created using the following:
Scribbles Designs: Woodland Santa
Papers: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Colors of the Rainbow Red; 12 Months of Christmas Papers 2014 Tinsel Diagonals. Marta Van Eck's Winter Scenery Papers, #9
Elements: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Mommie Dearest Elements Bow 3 (red); PixelScrappers Janet Scott’s Nutcracker Gold Brooch Bow & Mandy’s Lovable Designs’ Classic Christmas Pine Branch
Word Art: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles "Believe"
Whether you are a paper-crafter or a digital artist, craft with all your heart. Then link up your card or project at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free Scribbles images.

Starting Dec. 20th, Scribbles Designs will begin a Five Day Countdown to Christmas. Readers will have a chance to join in to win some digi images, get a great discount and grab a limited time freebie.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Digital Freebie Today

I am continuing my adventures and explorations in digital paper creating, and thought I would share a patterned paper from a collection I call Satin Dreams. This one is called Nites in White Satin, and is   12 inches by 12 inches (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.Regarding TOU, please credit me if you use it. Since I don’t have a store, please use: Copyright 2016 Pat Martin,
Just click on the image to bring it up, then right click to save as.

Giving Thanks at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Here in Chicago, we are balanced on the precipice where Autumn's warm days and cool nights are about to shift to cold days and longer, colder nights. And as the seasons start their shifts, I like to pause, look around and really appreciate everything in my life.
There have been a lot of changes this year. My husband's health has deteriorated with the confirmation of his ALS diagnosis. We both lost our jobs and family health insurance. But...
I am thankful for these things which have produced so much good in our lives:
Because Bill was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he receives government disability as well as VA compensation for a 100% service-connected disability.
Because of the compensation, we get to keep our house.
Because of a federal Veteran's Grant, construction is underway to make our house handicapped- accessible.
As veterans with no earned income, we are entitled to free healthcare and equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, glasses and such.
Because I lost my job, I now have the time to take care of Bill, driving him to doctor appointments, running errands and sharing in his bucket list of things he would like to accomplish or do before he can't.
There are just so many blessings for which I am thankful. Family, friends, a car, our new rescue dog, Wilson; my five senses which gives me the ability to see the changes in the season, to hear with delight my newest grandson's first words (uh-oh seems to be popular right now), to taste and smell the food which is also a gift and to touch the comfort around me.
The list is endless, but what I am most thankful for is the gift of 40 years of marriage to my hubby, to be enjoyed more deeply as the rest of time goes by.
I created my card to show how much our rescue dog has changed our lives in a good way. He always seems to know when we need an extra snuggle, and is so excited when we come home from a shopping trip or the show. The Ike's Art image is called Pooch with Leaf.
What are you thankful for?
Whatever it is, you can be thankful that Ike's World Challenge Blog offers the theme of Thanksgiving, where you can link your creative project and get your chance to win some awesome digital images.
Finally, thank you for visiting my blog today! Happy crafting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Anything Goes at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

It's time for my favorite type of challenge theme - Anything Goes - and the Outlawz Monday Greetings offers an Anything Goes challenge theme on the last Monday of every month. So today my Anything Goes card uses images from one of two sponsors for the week, Melonheadz
Melonheadz offers sets of cute and family-friendly images, like the one I used, Christmas Carolers. After choosing a photo I had taken from Chicago's last Snowmageddon, I placed all my little carolers facing my own house, along with their puppy, a friendly cardinal and, although my frame by Brooke Gazarek of hides it, a holiday swag on my front tree. 
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I am in double-time, trying to get handmade gifts finished and my cards mailed out. I can't do anything with my house and decorations, as it is in demolition mode, but the contractors think it will be finished by Christmas. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Meanwhile, the second sponsor for this challenge is Robyn's Fetish,
whose lovely image, Cabin in the Woods, I used to create one more Christmas card. So, what will you create for the Anything Goes challenge at the Outlawz Greetings challenge? I'll be looking for your card or project this week, so don't forget to link it up, and say HI, Pat!! LOL
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ready for Some Christmas BINGO at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up

We're playing BINGO at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up this month!
Take a look at your BINGO card below and choose a line (up, down, across or diagonal). Then create with the elements in that line. Too much for you? This is an optional challenge, and it's always Anything Christmas Goes. BUT...
...if you want a chance at winning some awesome digital kits from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, you must create with the BINGO theme. That's right, crafty peeps, Lisa Decosse is sponsoring this month's challenge.
Here are the details of how and what you can win:

My card uses background paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Bokeh Multicolor Patterned Paper Set1 Mini Set, framed by A Grungy Christmas Purple Textured Paper. My sentiment is also from Lisa, her Holiday Hoopla Word Art Collection, framed with Frame 1 from the same set.
The image is from DeeDee's Digis' Happy Owlidays.
Do you believe? I believe you have until the last day of November to create following the BINGO theme for your chance to win prizes!

Happy Holidays from Scribbles Challenge Blog!

It's that time of the year, crafters! Time to get going (or finishing) that stash of Christmas cards. With that in mind, the new theme at Scribbles Challenge Blog is "Happy Holidays." Whether you celebrate St Nick's Day, St Lucy, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas or any other winter holiday, link up your card or project for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Store!
For my card, I used a FREEBIE from the store called Ornaments. Of course, all my papers and embellishments came out of my stash. I colored my ornaments in non-traditional colors and adhered them to my card with dimensional tape.
Do you put up a Christmas tree? How do you decorate it if you do have one? Not only do I have the store-bought globes, but some very precious handmade ornaments, created by my mom, my grandma, me (as a kid and an adult) and the kids and grandkids. They give my tree history and character. Of course, I also pile on the lights and garlands to finish it off, with an angel on the very top to watch over us.
However you celebrate the holidays, have fun! And don't forget to link up your Holiday project at Scribbles Challenge Blog!

Lest We Forget...

The new challenge at Ike's World Challenge blog is Remembrance/Military Tribute. Did I ever mention I served in the US Army? It was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away (the mid-70's). I wanted to do something different, go places. learn skills I'd never learn at home, see the world. So, instead of heading off for college (which neither I nor my parents could afford) or finding a secretarial job, I up and joined the Army.
While serving my three year stint, I flew in an airplane for the first time, learned a trade, lived in California, and got to spend some time in Europe. I also met and married my husband of 40 years. While not involved in any wars or conflicts at that time, the government could choose to send me, my husband, and every other serviceman and woman anywhere they chose. We were ready to defend our country if needed.
Times have changed - while I may have been the first female mechanic to work on vehicles at my post, the VA hospital today has a whole wing for Women's Health. Nowadays both hubby and I rely on the Veteran's Administration for our medical needs. I see a lot of veterans from World War II through the most recent injuries in the Mideast. I feel very privileged to be among these true heroes of freedom.
So today I created a card to celebrate the differences made by women willing to put themselves out there as soldiers. Often people forget that there are female veterans as well as men. I just read a post on Facebook of a woman veteran who parked in a parking space reserved for veterans and got yelled at for parking there. Just like some disabilities are not obvious, not all veterans are male.
I am leaving my card in the lobby waiting room for any and all veterans. I want to show them how proud I am to be counted among them.
Image used: Ike's Art Army Female

Monday, November 7, 2016

Appreciation is the Theme at the Pth of Positivity Challenge Blog

November is a month in which Autumn is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, with cold winds briskly blowing the fallen leaves as if sweeping clean the sidewalks of summer's bounty. It is also the month to be aware of everything in your life, appreciating what you have, where it came from and how you can share your own bounty.
November is the month in which we delve deeply in thanksgiving, and what is appreciation without acknowledging it with gratitude and good deeds. In fact, William Arthur Ward said, "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
With that in mind, the Path of Positivity asks you to show us your cards and projects that follow the challenge theme of Appreciation. A simple thank you card, a holiday gift for a neighbor, something that shows you are aware of something or someone whom you appreciate.
I created a digital card to thank the many veterans who have served their country. I am a veteran myself, as is my husband, and our medical needs are met through the local VA Hospital. I will be printing up my card and leaving them everywhere for patients during November as a reminder that their time, their courage and their commitment is appreciated, no matter when or where or how they served.
I used two kits from Kitten Scraps, one of two sponsors this month. The kits are "Patriotic Kids" and "This Year Boy November Papers." 
Kitten Scraps (KS) 
My name is Nathalie and I design under the name of Kitten Scraps. Check out her blog and Facebook page which offer layout ideas and the occasionally freebie. While you're there, stop by her store to check out the latest kits, CU items and SVG Files.

Our second generous sponsor is A Day for Daisies:
A Day for Daisies (ADFD)
A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 3000 digital illustrations and a fast growing line of new clear polymer stamp sets, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!
FACEBOOK: Daisies/142905905744876?ref=ts 

How will you show your appreciation this month? The Path of Positivity would love to see and hear what you create!

Use a Christmas Sentiment at the Outlawz Greetings Challenge This Week

Welcome to another opportunity to add to your Christmas card stash. The Outlawz Monday Greetings has a new challenge, asking crafter to create a card with a Christmas Sentiment. My card is a Clean And Simple (CAS) one, showcasing a sentiment stamp from Eureka Stamps, one of two sponsors this week.
The image is called Peace on Earth. After coloring the sentiment with Copics, I used Photoshop to finish off my card, then printed it before popping it onto cardstock. Digital resources include (from) Pixel Janet Scott, Sheila Reid, Pauline Thompson & Dream4ever Designs.
The Outlawz Greetings is also being sponsored by The East Wind, whose image, Baby It's Cold Outside, is featured on my card below.

I created this card using the never-ending stash I seem to have built up over the years. I swear, I will continue to ruthlessly clean out my craft room and use up my stash! I have no business stepping into a craft store except for adhesives.
So, get ahead on your own Christmas card stash and get in line to win free digis from Eureka Stamps and the East Wind!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It's Furry-thing Goes Today!

There is a purr-fectly fun challenge blog called "Show Us Your Pussies," which allows cat lovers to create with their favorite feline craftiness. Any type of project is welcomed, so I created this fun sign to hang on my daughter's door. She is the real kitty lover in our house, as my allergies cannot take any kind of cat (poor thing).
I created the background paper with resources from Pixel Scrappers Janet Scott (Kitty Illustrations 02, Ball of Yarn) Sheila Reid (Furry Friends Silly Kitty), and Marisa Lerin (Pet Illustration 15, Small Paw Print).
The framed quote was created using Ike's Art digital image "Kitty Love." The borders are from Pixel Scrapper Sharon Grant (It's a Girl Thing Border 1) and Amanda Brown (Reflections Flower) There are awesome digital elements and papers to be had at, and it's free to join their community of scrapbookers.
Now for a treat, I am offering my visitors the Playful Kitty digital paper that I created. This free paper is 12 inches by 12 inches (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott’s Kitty Illustrations 02, Ball of Yarn; Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reid’s Furry Friends Silly Kitty; Pixel Scrapper Marisa Lerin’s Pet Illustration 15, Small Paw Print. TOU, please credit me if you use it. Since I don’t have a store, please use: Copyright 2016 Pat Martin,  As always, leaving a little love is always appreciated. Thank you! (Just right click on the image first to get the best resolution, then right click and save to your computer)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Is Fabulous at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

The Fabulous Fall challenge over at Scribbles Designs challenge blog is at its midway point. Hoping to inspire you, I've created a -fold card using three images from Scribbles Designs. Two of them are freebies: Acorn & Leaf. Maple Leaf Doodle is available for purchase HERE.
My card sports three cut-outs on the first fold, which is where I placed my Copic-colored images. I decorated a simple sentiment with a couple more leaves after using a strip of twine to break up the colors of my cardstock papers.
I decorated the side face with a quote on friendship, and made sure there was a place for me to write a short note on the inside. I like making cards like this one, as it makes an awesome presentation when it sits open.
I'd love to see your take on Fabulous Fall at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis. Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafty Catz - Use diecuts or punches

Spooky Love at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Time to remind you of the newest challenge over at Ike's World Challenge blog. The theme this week is "Spooky Love." I created my card using a digi image from Ike's Art called Beauty and the Beast, sticking with Fall colors to celebrate in the new season in the northern hemisphere.
 I have some music to inspire you as you get inspired and create your own project for this theme. Don't forget to link up at Ike's world Challenge blog for your chance to win free digis!
Challenges I am Entering:
Cards 4 Galz - Fairy Tale/Fantasy (Beauty & the Beast)
Alphabet challenges - R is for Recipe (pearls, digi stamp, lace)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Anything Goes at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

Happy Halloween, crafters! Today I have two cards for you, as the Outlawz Greetings challenge has two awesome sponsors from which you can win free digis. My first card comes from Bugaboo
I am loving her new digital images, but to celebrate the holiday today, I used JJ Broomstick and made a spookalicious card. I really need to create for Halloween all year round, I love it so!
Challenges I am Entering:
My Time to Craft - Autumnal Colors or Halloween
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

The Outlawz second sponsor is Di's Digis

I got to play with a cute image called Shopping with Ellie to finish off my first acrylic album. I've been trying to use my stash, and all the papers and embellishments are leftovers from previous projects. That sentiment is one of my favorites.
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafting-with-Friends - Anything Goes
 Aud Sentiments - Cute & a Sentiment (what's cuter than a pink elephant, unless you've been drinking)
So that's my inspiration for you today. Don't forget to link up your card or project with the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge! Have some safe fun today if you're celebrating!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Going Digital!

I have been playing in Photoshop and am slowly but surely getting my photos off the computer and onto layouts (yay, me). Here is my latest page, featuring my newest grandson, Jonathan.
For this layout, I used the Never Forget Kit from Studio Basic Designs, as well as elements from Pixel Scrappers Pauline Thompson and Janet Scott.
Challenges I am Entering:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Another Halloween Freebie!

Usually when Halloween rolls around, the weather goes from wonderful to cold and rainy. So I was surprised to hear that those of us Trick-or-Treating around Chicagoland will enjoy temps near 70 degrees and (dare I say it) no rain!!
So enjoying this outlook, I created one more Halloween paper to offer my crafty followers for Halloween. This free paper is 12 inches by 12 inches (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include resources from Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reed. Regarding TOU, please credit me if you use my paper. Since I don’t have a store, please use: Copyright 2016 Pat Martin, Thank you!
As always, leaving a little love is much appreciated.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Animal Antics at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge and a Halloween Freebie From Me to You

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Monday Greetings is all about Animals, and has not one but TWO sponsors from whom participants can win prizes, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Crafty Sentiments
My card above uses some goodies from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles: Kitty Curiosity Brown Patterned Paper, Grungy Christmas Red Textured Paper, Colors of the Rainbow Wine Textured Paper, Taste of Summer Floral 1, Mommie Dearest Button 1. I decided to let the sweet kitty on the paper take the stage, using a sentiment to bring it to life on my card. By the way, I am severely allergic to cats, so I can only enjoy them when they're on paper (yes, pity me). On a good note, I am less allergic to dogs, and a happy owner of a Silkie Terrier (no fur, just hair) named Wilson.
The card below uses an image from Crafty Sentiments called Couples.
I created an anniversary card for our neighbors. Like hubby and myself, they have a Fall anniversary.
You have a week to create a project using animals prominently. Don't forget to use a sentient or greeting. After all, that's the name of the challenge! LOL Whatever you create, have fun!

Here is another Halloween Paper I created. Resources include Pixel Scrappers: Janet Scott’s Plastic Spider Toy & Toolbox Calendar Template #182; Elif Sahin’s Bootiful Googly Eyes Up & Left; Brooke Gazarek’s Skeleton; Melo Vrijhof’s Jane Torn Paper Lace Stacked Frame (

Challenges I am Entering:
(Anything Goes)

The Crazy Challenge - Cozy (I am always cozy snuggling with my husband)