Friday, January 15, 2021

Back in Time


 Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is to Go Back in Time ~ It may be a new year, but we want you to take us to a decade before the year 2000!  You can transport us to your decade via a theme, icon, phrase, image, or stash item.  Be sure to tell us the decade!

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I've chosen to go back to the 1950's/1960's with this card!  The polka dots, yellow dress color, and Shirley Temple doll look scream out the 50's!  The bouffant hair and headband take us into 1960's fashion.  As for the background paper and large daisy flower, they are reminiscent of the 1960's.

Now, what you might not know is the American originated word 'nifty' is possibly short for magnificent and has been around since the mid-19th century (1860's).  

Now, the little 'jacks' are here representing the game that was very popular in the in 1950's/60's, although this game's origins go waaaay back!  ;)  I'll let you do the research on that one!

Ok, enough history today!  Come share your ideas with us featuring a former decade and don't forget the die cut!!  

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Material List:  
Pattern Paper:  Polkadoodles
CTMH papers on flower die (retired)
Copic Markers
Cricut Maker
Cricut Access:  Flower Cut ~  Nifty Fifties
Sentiment:  Cricut Access Nifty Fifties

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors.

This project is off to the following challenges: 
Die Cut Divas:  Frame It
Shopping our Stash:  My New item is the digi!  I hadn't colored her and just recently discovered this digi artist!  Everything else is from my Stash!
Simon Says:  Layer it Up!
Sisterhood of Crafters:  Die Cuts and /or Embossing Folders
Watercooler Wednesday:  All About Occasions


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Monday, January 11, 2021

Copic for Alle BG colors!


Today I have the fun of sharing over at Copic For Alle!  This fun challenge is monthly and held on their FaceBook Page Copic For Alle.  The color of the month is Blue Green!  I have used a combination of BG09, B05, BG05 and B00 for my Blue Green color.  Come join in the coloring fun and share your favorite blue/green combo!  Be sure to put your coloring in the proper folder; see information about challenge HERE

Material List:

Copic Markers
Embossing Folder
Adhesives:  Fabri Tac, ATG Tape Runner
CTMH Paper (retired) However you can find beautiful CTMH papers HERE
Digital paper pattern from Polkadoodles
Versa Mark Embossing Ink and Embossing Powder on Sentiment
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access for cuts:  CTMH Artfully Sent for Bloom Sentiment; Trio of small flowers from Wild Card; Large Flower from Cupcake Wrappers; Image flattened onto an oval from "Shapes" 
Cricut Maker

I'm sending my card off to the following challenges:
Krafty Chicks: Stamp Act
Colour Crazy:  AG hand Colored
Clever Dexter:  Kindness (Bloom in who you are and celebrating that in yourself and others would be a wonderful way to promote kindness!)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Pearls and /or Gems

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Planning Ahead!


 Happy New Year!

Yep, it's finally 2021!  This is a new year that has been long awaited by many!  At Path of Positivity we're ready to have a great year and we are Looking for the Positive! ...and that's our Optional Theme for January!   

Remember, you may share any sort of artistic medium over at PoP:  writing, cards, journals, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, baking, needle crafts, etc as long as it is Positive!  The theme is always optional.  

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Speaking of PoP..... 
Look for the Positive is our first optional theme.
How do we make this a positive year?  Well, here are some ideas you might enjoy trying:

Make some fun goals and put them in a journal
Create some motivational posters/wall hangings
Design a calendar with ideas for the year
Send some funny or encouraging cards to friends/relatives

There are many ways to make this a super year and we'd love to hear your ideas at Path of Positivity!  Come share theme with us!

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About this flute notebook.  I decided it would be fun to set my little grand girl up for great success this year in her music.  She has started band and plays the flute.  Now, you might not know this about me, but in my 'real life' I studied oboe, played professionally, and still teach lessons.  

I know it makes for an easier lesson if all your information is together in one place.  I also know I feel much more positive and excited about something if I'm improving.  Therefore, I wanted to make a book where Lucy could keep her lesson assignments, progress, and questions.  

This digi, Solo from SheepSki Designs
Copic Markers
Composition Notebook
Adhesives 
Gems from Stash
Papers from Polkadoodles
Music and classical Dies from Polkadoodles 
Cricut Standard Mat
 Sharing with these challenges:  
SheepSki:  Anything You Want

Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about Peace!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:



and

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Winter Scene

Happy New Year!

 Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is to Create A Winter Scene!

I chose to make a card using a cut from Create A Critter.  I used two of the solid igloo images and welded them together inserting a rectangle between the two.  This created my card base.  Next I flattened my digi penguin onto the top layer of the igloo cut.  It was just that easy!    

Come share your interpretation of this theme and don't forget the die cut!

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Material List:  
Digi: Snowy Delivering Presents Conie Fong
Copic Markers
Gel Pens
 Sparkle Cardstock from Recollections
Sequins
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access:  Igloo from Create a Critter; inside sentiment DJ Jer font
Cricut Maker

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors.

This project is off to the following challenges: 
TTCRD:  AG
Modsquad:  AG
Simon Says Stamp:  Sparkle and Shine
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: AG with a Critter
AAA Birthday:  Twinkle
Use Your Stuff:  Winter/Snow
Pearly Sparkles:  Something beginning with "P" ~ Penguin, presents
Animal Friends:  Must include a Penguin

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Sparkling up the New Year!


 
It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Glitter! How perfect is that challenge for the New Year!  

I thought this delightful image from FabrikaFantasy would make the cutest New Year's Card for my littlest grand-girl!  Glittery, sparkly baby dinosaurs are the perfect way to bring in a festive and hopefully happier time!  

Material List 

Copic Markers
 Sparkle Cardstock from Recollections
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access:  Balloons from USA Everyday; Sentiment from Sparkling New Year
Cricut Maker

This card is off to these challenges:  
Crafting Happiness:  New Year Projects
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas:  Christmas or New Year's
Colour Crazy:  AG Hand colored
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Card for December Holidays
Allsorts:  Sparkle and Shine
Always Fun:  New Year
Paperbabe:  AG
Inspired By...:  New year, balloons, purples and blues, sparkle
Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!


Here's a friendly reminder ~~ Just a few days 'til Christmas!  Are you ready?  Got your horse treats?  This guys is ready for Santa!

Material List: 

Digital Stamp:  Pony Christmas Stocking from Hetty Clare
Copic markers
Polkadoodles paper
Sentiment from Cricut Access
Sequins and Gems
Cricut Design Space Access Don Juan for Dotted Frame 
Scrap of iron on vinyl for shiny showing through holes

This holiday reminder is off to the following challenges: 
Crafting Challenge:  Christmas
Country View:  Anything Christmas
Scrapping for Fun:  Christmas/Winter

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Not a Creature was Stirring!


Having some fun with Christmas cards!  My son-in-law loves Dungeons and Dragons and such things; so having seen a card made by Andrea from SheepSki Designs, I was inspired to make this in Christmas colors and the popular sentiment!

Material List

Morpheus from SheepSki
Copic Markers
Gel Pens
Background papers:  CTMH
Adhesives:  Fabri Tac, ATG Tape Runner
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access: sentiment 

 Sharing with these challenges/pages: 

12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas Card
SheepSki:  Feature a Creature
52 Christmas Card Throwdown:  Pick a previous 2020 challenge ~  I chose November red and green
Simon Says Stamp:  Christmas Critters

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Santa ....one week from today!

This delightful image is from FabrikaFantasy.   I'll be the first to admit, I was not much into Fantasy coloring.  However, I've become somewhat addicted to these whimsical images.  I find them challenging my skills and creativity and that is great fun for me!  It's also fun because there really are no rules in fantasy; I can just do what strikes me at the moment! 

 Material List 

 Gel Pens

This Card is off to  these challenges:  

Day of the Month Card Club:  Santa's List Day and comment  
Let's Craft and Create:  Santa Clause is Coming to Town  
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas Card
Colour Crazy: AG Hand colored
Dream Valley:  Christmas
Make My Monday:  Christmas Theme Card
Crafty Gals Corner:  Tis the Season

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rounding the Corner(s) to a New Year!

 


 It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Rounded Corners.  Since we're rounding the corner to a new year, I couldn't resist the play on words here!  This is a great addition to my 2020 art journal...can't wait to start a new 2021 journal; 2020 has gone on long enough!  ;)

This delightful image is from FabrikaFantasy.   I'll be the first to admit, I was not much into Fantasy coloring.  However, I've become somewhat addicted to these whimsical images.  I find them challenging my skills and creativity and that is great fun for me!  It's also fun because there really are no rules in fantasy; I can just do what strikes me at the moment! 

Now, if you check out the material list below, you'll find Disposable Shop Towel.  Yes, well, let me explain that one!  A month or so ago, we ran out of paper towels and I went out to the garage to get some shop towels to clean up my crafting mat.  Well today, as I was putting together my journal page I saw a piece of a shop towel, grabbed it because it was the perfect color and texture, and then figured out it wasn't paper!  ;)  Well, I decided I liked it anyway!  I took it over to my paper cutter, rounded the corners and glued it onto the page!  Why not?!  Anything on my craft table is up for grabs!  

Material List 

Copic Markers
Burlap
Grosgrain Ribbon
Buckle
Button
Disposable Shop Towel
Glitter Glue
Gel Pens

This Journal Page is off to  these challenges:  
Stamping sensations:  Anything with Wings
The Library Challenge:  Anthology Pick a previous book ~ I choose Miniature Garden Grower and am influenced by the colors and fauna on the cover!
We Love 2 Create:  AG Mixed Media
Colour Crazy Challenge:  AG Hand Colored
Creative Artiste:  AG Mixed Media
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Rejoice Always



As we continue through the month at Path of Positivity, we are rejoicing! Grab a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa as I take you through my exploration of this word...REJOICE!

Rejoice...we hear it in the old Christmas carols, we read it in the Bible, and yet I seldom really think about what it means!  For me my first thought when I hear the word 'rejoice' is the carol I talked about in this post at the beginning of the month.  But what does the word rejoice really mean?  

I challenged myself to think about the origin of this French word.  Here is what I found:  Middle English (in the sense ‘cause joy to’): from Old French rejoiss-, lengthened stem of rejoir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + joir ‘experience joy’.

Interesting!  Now, my next thought is this:  What is the difference between joy and happiness?  Off to find an origin/definition for happy.  

Happy:  Middle English (in the sense ‘lucky’): from the noun hap1 + -y1.  
Definition:  feeling or showing pleasure or contentment *  fortunate and convenient * INFORMAL inclined to use a specified thing excessively or at random.

Now this is where it got interesting for me!  There really is a huge difference between feeling joy and happiness even though I often interchange these words quite freely!  

I found the comparison of these words on Diffen fascinating as I researched and pondered these feelings/words.  It seems the difference I see over and over is happiness is temporary and based on outward influences, whereas joy is lasting and comes from peace and inward circumstances.   

I saw this quote from J.D. Salinger, the author of Catcher in the Rye, "The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid." 
 
Now, how do I apply this to my life right now?  
How do I rejoice when life seems so difficult currently?  Maybe through prayer/meditation of acceptance and giving thanks for what I do have instead of spending time pondering what I am missing.  These difficult times will not last forever and in that I find comfort and joy!  

Wishing you all great joy during this holiday season!   

Come share your ideas on this theme at Path of Positivity!  Or you maybe you would rather enter our AG.  Either is great as long as your project/post is inspiring, positive, or uplifting in some way!  

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Material List
Copic Markers
Cardstock from CTMH
Adhesives:  Fabri Tac, ATG Tape Runner
Lace
Ribbon
CTMH Ink
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access 

 Sharing with these challenges/pages: 
Through the Purple Haze:  Holiday - Make It Blue
Moving Along with the Times:  Winter Holidays are usually spent with family and friends drinking hot coffee and cocoa by the fire!  Lots of smiles and family time!
Colour Crazy:  AG hand colored
Christmas Craft Creations:  Winter Blues (Nothing says winter like hot chocolate in a winter mug!)
Sisterhood of Crafters:  AG Christmas/Winter
International Art & Soul:  AG with a Bow

Be sure to come on over to 
and see 
what the team
thinks about our theme!
You can also find
more information
about entering
the challenge!

Thanks to our
wonderful sponsors this month:

and


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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Santa's Sack!


Are you ready for the holidays?  Here's a little inspiration for gifting a small present!  This little bag using the Santa Sack Gift Bundle is just the right size for that cute pair of socks, piece of lovely jewelry, or bit of luscious candy!   

Santa Sack Gift Bundle is so versatile and makes quick and festive cards, tags, and other holiday projects!  

Did you know Conie Fong has a FaceBook Challenge!  Anything Goes using a Conie Fong Image and there are free images on her page!  Come join us in some coloring fun!  Conie Fong Challenge  


Material List:

Copic Markers
CTMH Paper Retired
Gingham Ribbon fron Stash
Button from stash
Stitched Die Circle Cottage Cutz
Embossing Folder:  CTMH Wood Grain (retired) 
Cricut used in Print and Cut for Santa Sack Digi  
Ticket Cut: Gypsy Wanderings 
Merry Christmas Sentiment: Cricut Joys of the Season
Cricut Box Cut:  CTMH Art Philosophy 

Sending my bag/box off to the following Challenges:
Stinking Inkers:  All Boxed Up
Artsystamper:  Bags 'n Tags (entry 2)
Holly and Ivy Christmas:   AG Christmas
Krafty Chicks:  Christmas
ABC Christmas:  Y is for Your Fav Things (Buttons, Embossing, Ribbon, and Kraft paper!)
Fab 'n Funky:  Christmas but no cards!
Paper Funday:  AG opt twist~ Christmas/Holiday
Christmas Craft All Year 'Round:  Gifts or Something to put a Gift in!
Allsorts:  Got to be Christmas
Crafty Calendar:  Christmas Theme
Bitten by the Bug 2:  Die-lirious Holiday Season
Double Trouble:  Die-lirious Holiday Season (Things 1, 2 and Twist)

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