Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cowgirl Journal ~ Life Story


Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I have more pictures of the inside of this book in the video below!  It is a short video, so you won't even get through a half cup of coffee...unless you're really quick!  ; )


Material list

Papers:  Bo Bunny, CTMH, others from stash
Inks and Paints:  Ranger, CTMH, Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Paint 
Embellishments:  Tim Holtz Quote Bands, Prima Flowers, Bo Bunny Gems, CTMH Gems and buttons, Offray Lace, Metal sign, thread, twine, burlap, paperclips, stickers, envelopes, old button, recycled tags from horse clothes, hair clip, brads, floss, duct tape, lots of old stash items, etc
Charms:  Pemberley
Embossing Folders:  Darice
Stencil:  Crafter's Workshop
Techniques

Embossing, Ripping, Inking, Sewing, Gluing, Distressing, Painting, Stenciling, etc!  

My thanks for the inspiration on this book style from Mike Deakin:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPNI3oe8zoU&t=399s

https://mikedeakinart.com/lapbooks-journal-making/creating-flip-out-pages-in-my-5x8-lapbook-journal/

My book is off to the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with Critter Horses
TTCRD:  AG
We Love to Create:  AG Mixed Media
My Time to Craft:  Inspired by a Film ~ The Horse Whisperer
Animal Friends Challenge:  On the Farm
Creative Artiste Mixed Media:  AG Mixed Media
Mini Album Makers Challenge:  Handmade complete book

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Ruby's Concert


Wow, Ruby has been everywhere this week!  She's been looking Boho and Chic and she's been out and around at the park, boardwalk and now a concert!  Have I mentioned this week, Ruby has something for everyone?  She is just so lovely and Ruby Frou Frou is no exception!  

I have teamed this Copic colored beauty with papers, a frame, and musical ephemera from the Feel the Music Work & Play 8.  I added a little ink, a gem, gold splatter on the background and a musical paperclip from my stash!  

Ruby is off to the following challenges...before the concert:

Lemon Shortbread:  AG
TTCRD:  AG
Crafting from the Heart:  AG

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Bugs or Critters!


The new theme over at 
 Cut It Up for this challenge is Bugs or Critters! 

I started with this delightful Candy Box Flat End from My Scrap Chic.  This is a very fun and easy put-together and can be enlarged very easily in Design Space!  The space in my box ended up measuring 2.75 inches by about 4.75 inches; overall height ended up about 7.75 inches.  This made a great size for a bottle of hand cream for Mother's Day!  This box would be great for socks, candy, scarf,,,, lots of fun things!  

The tags and bird are from Bird Takes Flight Card also available at My Scrap Chic!  I simply enlarged the tags and bird to fit the project!  I think they are wonderful together for a country themed project with a critter!

Papers, ribbon, and twine were all from my stash.


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 sweet critter is flying off to the following challenges: 
Crafter's Castle:  AG with option of Dimensional
Tic Tac Toe:  Dimension, Ink, Patterned Paper
Moving Along with the Times:  Springtime

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Summer Beauty



Time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the twist for our anything goes challenge is Handmade Flowers.  

This lovely image is Summer Beauty from Dragon's Lair!  I fell in love with this image the moment I saw it!  If you are enjoying the wonderful images this month, I invite you to also visit Dragon's Lair on FaceBook to request the image of the month and play along there!  

My page is all about a little health dilemma I am facing currently.  Hopefully, by the time this posts, I will have some long awaited answers.  It has been a long journey, and I must say art journaling has been great "therapy" along the way!  There are so many reasons we all craft, and I'm so happy I have this outlet.  

The page is part of my Wildwood Book from CTMH (retired) so I didn't have to do much to get that wonderful textured look!  I added some stamping and the title die from CAS-ual Fridays.  I also have some stamping from retired stamps in my stash.  

I added some papers from stash, Storybook Swirl Flourish heat embossed with some white powder and re-inked, Art Philosophy Flower die cuts with added beads and Liquid Glass, lace, ribbons, and a gesso'd clock button.  

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

My Journal page is off to:

Crafter's Castle:  AG with option of dimension
Ellibelle's Creative Moments:  Say it with Flowers
Paper Crew Challenges:  Rustic Florals
Words to Craft By:  Promise of April

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Ruby Dog Days meets Mission Inspiration!


I have really been enjoying art journaling and have recently discovered Mission Inspiration.  When I saw the colors and theme for this month's page, I turned directly to the new Ruby Dog Days image from Polkadoodles!  

I have combined her with a blush plaid paper, tree die, and butterfly dies from Winnie Special Moments and flowers from Horace and Boo Flower Foliage.  

I started by coloring Ruby with Copics, placing in some eyelets to the bags along with twine for the handles and adhering a gem to her bag.  

I washed over the blush plaid with a pistachio colored gesso and my texture comes from Glass Glitter Beads through an arrow stencil.  I added my paper cuts and focal images and added marks with a sponge to the tree.  My border is simple using yellow around the edges.  

This quote just seemed perfect as I was seeing Ruby walking home through a park from her busy day of errands and includes the "nature" word from the prompt.  I finished with Spun Sugar Splats that are a little difficult to see, but they are there!  ; )


Ruby is off to the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown:  Glimmer and Shine
Try It on Tuesday:  Nature's Beauty
Classic DT:  AG
Crafter's Cafe:  World Art Day
Creatalicious Challenge:  AG with Dies
Create and Inspire:  Use dies/stencils

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Masculine Cards...



It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing some masculine projects this week.  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  

This card highlights the masculine papers, sentiments, and embellishments in the Belle Papillon Collection!  There are some wonderful papers with maps, documents, scripts, very subtle stripes, etc perfect for masculine projects.  Of course, there are also some beautiful florals....

The black and gold strap was cut using an enlarged ticket from the Work and Play 9 Love & Kisses Sentiment Tags.  I cut it from black cardstock and sprayed it with glycerin and water.  I then crumpled it and let it dry.  I un-crumpled and smoothed it out and added some gold ink.  

Hey, have you ever wanted Guest Design with us over at Polkadoodles?  Check out the Digi Choosday page for the details!  



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 
Aud Sentiments:  AG
Artistic Inspirations:  AG
TTCRD:  AG

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden Pastels



As we continue down the path of  pastel shades of Colors on our journey at Path of Positivity, I want to visit the garden!  Such a "purr"fect time to see the beautiful colors bursting up from the ground!

This lovely image is Garden Silhouette Digital Stamp Set from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  This silhouette set is adorable and I am excited to show you how I created it for my tag series!  





Be sure to come on over to Path of Positivity and see what the team thinks about pastels!  You can also find more information about entering the challenge!  Thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month:
 Sparkle N Sprinkle

This adorable kitty is visiting the following challenges:   

Dare to be Artzy:  Pastel colors
Dragonfly Journeys:  April Showers bring May Flowers
Allsorts Challenge:  Showers or Flowers
Show Us Your Pussies:  Cats Only!
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  Include a critter

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Celebrating Ruby!


Ruby Celebrate is shaking it up on the Boardwalk ~most likely celebrating a birthday~ and isn't she looking stunning in her summer finery!  

Ruby is the newest cover girl in the Polkadoodles family!  She is full of surprises and will add a special touch to whatever girly project is in your dreams!  She is perfect for cards, journals, calendars, home decor,,,,well, anything you can imagine!  Check out all of her images HERE.

I have combined her with Distressed Wood Papers (one of my all time favs) and a sentiment from Li'l Miss Sugarpops.  I added a window cut with a cut balloon behind her to create a shaker.  



Ruby is off to celebrate at the following challenges:

Bitten by the Bug:  Be Creative ~ I used the Free Balloon Card in Design Space to make a shaker for my card
The Cutie Pies:  Delightful Digis
Always Happy Birthday:  Option Balloons
Addicted to Stamps:  Balloons/Buntings/Presents
Just Add Ink:  Add a Shaker

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Looking Pretty!


 Ruby Looking Pretty here and she'll have the key to your heart!  This beauty is one the newest members of the Polkadoodles family and she has something for all the fashionable ladies in your life!  Here she is decked out in Chocolates and Turquoise (inspired by the Winston paper) with a sentiment from Belle Papillon.

Be on the look out for lots of Ruby inspiration this week on our Polkadoodles Facebook Page!  You can view the Ruby Collection HERE

Ruby is off to the following challenges:
Southern Girls Challenge:  Fav Color Combo ~ Chocolate and Turquoise!
Fussy and Fancy:  Add a Sentiment
Crafting with Friends:  AG
Crafty Friends Challenge:  Fav Color~ Turquoise Blue with Chocolate Brown
Crafty Calendar:  Buttons/and or Bows
Worldwide DT:  AG
Classic Design Team:  AG

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ruby!


I am soooo excited to introduce you to Ruby!  She is the newest lovely in the Polkadoodles family!  I have chosen Ruby Boho Chic for a page in my art/junk journal.  I think you will find Ruby has many facets to her personality perfect for art journaling, cards, scrapbook pages, home decor, etc.  

Ruby is sporting her Boho Chic Style colored with Copics on a piece of lovely paper from L'il Miss Sugarpops and the Flower Tag is from Winston.  My sentiment is is from
You're so ~ Winnie Starfish Sandcastles; Beautiful ~ 
L'il Miss Sugarpops.

The tag is removable to write a note or add a picture.  












The button is adhered with a brad and swivels to let the front open and close.  I placed a gold flower over the brad and remaining hole in the button.


Inside there is a stitched in paper pocket (from Winnie Special Moments) ready to add mementos, quotes, photos and a book page for more pictures.  I added some lace and a frame cut from Winston paper.

Be on the look out for lots of Ruby inspiration this week on our Polkadoodles Facebook Page!  

Ruby is off to the following challenges:
Try It on a Tuesday:  Recycle (old book pages)
Crafting by Design:  Elegant Ladies
Creative Knockouts:  Lots of Layers
As You Like It Challenge:  Favourite Colouring Medium ~Copics because it's my Go To!  I guess at this point, I'm just most comfortable with them and there's always more to learn!  
Simply Create Too:  Use Die Cuts  Frame, Tags

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Blog Hop!




My card is made from the beautiful Simply Spring Mini Kit from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  I added a Van Gogh quote in a fun font designed by Lisa Decosse (available free, as well as MANY others, at Path of Positivity!) and a fun notebook floral called Flowerdoodle from Scribbles Designs!  

Springtime in the classroom....Ah, is there any bigger nightmare for teachers?  So hard to focus on the tasks at hand for all those students whether they be pre-schoolers or grad students!  All we want to do is be outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine, sounds, and color!  

These lovely greens, peaches, and yellows from the Simply Spring Mini Kit are so perfect for this!


This design was so fun since I was envisioning "days of old"  sitting in history class doodling and remembering very sketchy coloring without much thought, care, or direction ~~ Not that I ever did anything like that in real life!  ; )  

Going along with the school theme directed my cuts to the the notebook cover (Artiste) and floral clip (Art Philosophy).  Both of these cuts are from CTMH cartridges cut on Cricut.

So, here's the Springtime Lineup!  I'm sure you will enjoy each and every inspirational project!  Be sure to visit the Cut It Up Challenge Blog for all the details on prizes, sponsors, rules.    


Our wonderful sponsors for this hop are:  
and 

Cut it Up Challenge Bloghttp://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.com/

I'll be hopping over to these challenges:  

Crafter's Castle:  AG/ optional dimensional (some dimension here)
Everybody Art Challenge: Use a Die
Incy Wincy Designs:  Nature and all of its Beauty
The Crazy Challenge: Spring
TTCRD:  AG

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Watercolor Dragons!



Time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the twist for our anything goes challenge is Watercolor.  

Ok, heads up...I do NOT watercolor!  It's not that I don't find it fun, but it's just not one of my "fortes"!  I made a couple of struggling attempts and decided just to hang with it on the 3rd go and experiment with a Watercolored pencil piece.  Hey, that is what challenges are about, right?  They push us out of our comfort zone and inspire us to try something different!  

Now, I could have watercolored a background and pulled Copics for the main image....but I went all out and pushed beyond the discomfort and desire to do that!

This wonderful magical image is from Dragon's Lair!  He is so adorable sitting there with his butterfly friends!  If you are in love with this fellow, I invite you to also visit Dragon's Lair on FaceBook to request the image of the month and play along there!  

I'll see you next week, where believe it or not, I will watercolor AGAIN...
but a bit more in my zone!  hee hee  ; )

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

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Friday, April 6, 2018

You Are My Sunshine



You are my sunshine!  That's the theme over at 
 Cut It Up for this challenge! So, how do you interpret this?  Is it about sunshine, flowers, spring or maybe you are thinking about the song!  Possibly you are of the generation who watched "Taxi" and you are remembering the episode of Jim Ignatowsky and his father.  Well, share with us a project representing "You are my sunshine" and remember the die cut for a chance to win a prize to the Dreaming Tree!  

I'm thinking about my son who just officially passed his firefighter I and II tests!  When I found this wonderful Fireman Flip Card pattern over at the Dreaming Tree, I had to jump on it!  

The inside sentiment is a retired stamp from CTMH.

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. 

My card is off to the following challenges: 
Creative Knockouts:  AG
Crafty Creations:  AG
TTCRD:  AG

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A Look Ahead!!

We’re having a spring blog hop!


Come hop along with us on Friday, April 13th There are nine hop stops.  Some designers are from Cut it Up, and some surprise guests from Die Cuttin’ Divas are joining in the fun.  

We have three awesome sponsors for this hop, so you could be a * lucky * winner!  It all starts here Cut it Up See you then!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rainy Days!



Time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the twist for our anything goes challenge is Rain.  

I decided to go with a quote using the word rain rather than including a visual "picture" of rain.  I thought this lovely Teaset 1 from  Dragon's Lair would be perfect with the sentiment; the book is from my Cricut library.  I simply did a print and cut using very light colors and colored over the book with Copics.  

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

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pretty Winnie!






It's Tuesday and time for a Digi Choosday Challenge!  We are showing some pretty projects with ribbons, laces, flowers, etc.  However, our challenges are always Anything Goes! 


This bag uses with one of the incredible papers from Winnie in Wonderland!  It was all PRE-COLORED, so no Copics were harmed in the making!  hahaha  


Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


Winnie is off to the following challenges: 

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends:  AG
Always Fun Challenges:  Happy Birthday
World Wide Open Design Team:  AG


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Pastels



As we continue our series of Colors on our journey at Path of Positivity, we have come to pastel shades.  Spring is the perfect time to explore these lovely "washed shades of color" as we see the beautiful new speckled eggs in nests, furry animals scampering, and flowers bursting up from the ground.

Spring is also a rejuvenating time to make plans for great adventure outside! 

This spring packed image is Bicycles Digital Stamp Set from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  This image is so fresh and clean with the beautiful font/sentiment. 

Be sure to come on over to Path of Positivity and see what the team thinks about pastels!  You can also find more information about entering the challenge!  Thanks to our wonderful sponsor this month: Sparkle N Sprinkle

My bicycle is rolling off to the following challenges:  

Autism Awareness Bloghop
Dare to be Artzy:  Pastel Colors
Brown Sugar:  Spring/Easter

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