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Monday, September 16, 2019

Curiouser and Curiouser at the Path of Positivity

Hello, crafters! Curious as to what I've created today? Well, funny you should ask, as Curiosity is the optional twist this month at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. When we are very young, we have an insatiable curiosity of what things are, how they work, if they taste good, how they feel, what they're for, etc. Too bad most of us grow up losing that endless curiosity.
You'll find the same attitude in pets, like puppies and kittens. Everything is new to them. There is a saying that "Curiosity killed the cat." Lucky we aren't cats, isn't it?
My card today features a Scribbles Designs digi image called Dog with Bone. Puppies are especially fearless, being more interested in satisfying their curiosity than worrying about things like effort, fear or judgment. He's just happy to have discovered a bone in his exploration, and if he hadn't found the bone, he would have been almost as happy finding something else to occupy his attention. I think I've used the perfect sentiment, printed in Nubian Shadow font and colored, as is my image, with Copics.

The challenge at the Path of Positivity blog runs through the end of the month. The twist is optional, meant to inspire you to create. Here are the prizes offered from our sponsors:

A $12 gift certificate to the Bugaboo Store to a random winner
One free image from the Scribbles Store for the post or project 
that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch 

 One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots 
for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

Challenges I am Entering:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything w/a Critter Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything w/an Animal Goes
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything w/patterned paper Goes

Two Weddings and a Shower

Today I made a wedding card for my sister's son-in-law and his bride-to-be. The digital image is from A Day for Daisies called "I Do". After coloring the happy couple with Copics, I cut it in an oval and attached lacy trim for a border. After adhering this to my card front, there was very little room for embellishments other than a few jewels in the corners.
The family lives in Germany so I used my two semesters of German language classes (and a little help from Pinterest) for the greeting on the front of my card... 
...a "loose" translation of a quote from Maya Angelou for the upper inside
(A successful marriage requires one to fall in love many times,
always with the same person)...
...and a congratulatory wedding sentiment on the bottom inside. I think the couple will understand what I've written. Well, if not, at least they will know who it's from!

I'll post the shower and wedding card I made for one of my "all grown up" Girl Scouts at a later date. This card was needed for my trip to Germany,and the others for my return.
Challenges I am Entering:
 Classic Design Team Open Challenges - Anything DT Goes
Leann's World 101 - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place -Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything DT Goes

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Getting Kraft-y at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Welcome to a new challenge at Scribbles Designs! This month the theme is to us KRAFT PAPER. I'm not a fan of Kraft paper, but I dug deep in my paper stash and found a piece of Kraft paper with a wood-grain design. I felt more at ease. Besides, themes are meant to challenge a person...
Anyway, I used 2 images from the Scribbles Store. They are called F#08  Acorn (a Freebie) and F#93 Nut and Bolt (another freebie). I only used the nut, because, well, read the sentiment on  my card! LOL
This is a fun friendship card (or anniversary card) for any couple. It's for a friend who needs some cheering up. I'm seeing her this week, so I won't have to mail it. After coloring the 2 nuts, I popped them onto a piece of Kraft paper, framing them first with a black paper doily. I drew on faces myself, as well as their hands holding. And yes, the sentiment is supposed to be tilted, just like our friendship!
I embellished simply with a couple banner stickers and my card is finished. Are you inspired to create something with Kraft paper? Whether you make something with the theme or not, Scribbles Designs challenge blog would love to see your projects. Link up at the main blog for your chance to win awesome images at the Scribbles Store!
Challenges I am Entering:
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Autumn Colors

Monday, September 2, 2019

Curious to Discover the new Challenge Theme at the Path of Positivity?

Have you ever been curious as to what your dog named you? How many floors to the top of the Empire State Building? Where the next World Cup is being hosted? When the best time to go whale watching? Sure, you can just Google these  questions, but wouldn't it be more fun to experience them?!
My dad used to tell me the beginning of a story, packed with humor, action, mystery...when I asked him to continue, he would tell me that he just read the story, and I'd never know how the story continued unless I opened the book and read it.
I've always been curious (and thanks to my dad, a good reader). Both my children have that same curiosity. What does this taste like, who invented that, where can I do this, etc. I've tried, and I think succeeded, in satisfying their curiosity whenever they can. They've traveled outside the country, overcome fears, tried sushi, Thai and other foods, And I'm sure since becoming adults, they've had many more adventures.
Curiosity is the optional Twist during this month's challenge at the Path of Positivity blog. I love making and keeping journals: self-discovery, travel, gratitude, etc. I've created a new journal, a reading journal. My pages are and will be filled with books I've read, the story line, what I liked about them, who wrote them, etc. Think of it as a collection of book reports. I've just decorated its cover and it features a digi image from Bugaboo Stamps, one of the guest designers this month. The digi is called Book Stack and can be found in the Bugaboo Store.
Of course, the Twist is just a method to inspire you. As long as your project is positive, encouraging or motivating, it will qualify for all the prizes this month:

  • $12.00 gift certificate to the Bugaboo store 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.
Just remember to link up your creation to the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month! Happy crafting!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Getting Sentimental at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Today's card is my DT make for Scribbles Designs. When I saw this digi image from the Scribbles Designs Store, called #146 Moon & Stars, I knew I wanted to try creating a scene like I've seen online. I took my Copics and a square of white cardstock and started coloring the night sky. When I was happy with it, I flicked white paint onto it for the smaller stars.
I wanted to make the "land" part enough of a different color but still keep the moonlight effect. Once I accomplished that, I drew in the tree silhouettes and added white gel pen for the moonlit branches. Then I could go on to making the sentiment and adding a few embossed stars and a line of pearls for embellishment. And my card is finished!
The optional theme at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog is to feature a sentiment on your card. That's easy for me, as I almost always add a sentiment or greeting to all my cards. One lucky participant in the challenge will win a gift certificate to the Scribbles Store. What a treat! I love the digis from the Scribbles Store! You will too.