Friday, February 15, 2019

Cut It Up Blog Hop


Hello and Welcome!  If you have arrived here from Katie's blog, you are at the right place to continue on the Cut It Up Sponsor Thank You Blog Hop!

We are so excited to share some cards we recently sent to our sponsors!  We all chose 1 or 2 sponsors and we created cards for them!  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to share our appreciation with two sponsors:  A Day for Daisies and Kitten Scraps!  Both of these sponsors are such a joy and always inspire me to create something fun and exciting!




My first card was sent to Tammy at A Day for Daisies.  Tammy is such a talented designer and has a beautiful variety of digis!  Personally, I'm always delighted when I get to work with her images; there is so much grace and beauty in her designs which makes them perfect for cards, tags, canvases, journaling, etc.  Here are just a couple of projects I have done using her lovely images:  Old Film Stars and Bookmark.  

Finger Paint from A Day for Daisies is adorable and I thought it would make the perfect thank you combined with the cut Painting Palette and Brushes from the Cricut Cartridge Recess. I colored this delightful little artist with Copics and tied up the card with some embroidery floss and topped it with the palette die.  The inside has an easel or Art Stand from Cricut Family Album printed beneath the sentiment from Cricut Sweet Dreams, Phrases and Sentiments!   


My second card was sent out to Nathalie over at Kitten Scraps.  Nathalie has such a knack for designing incredible paper collections!  I have used her papers, ephemera, journal cards, etc for digital scrapbook pages and then turned around and used the same kits for gift bags, cards, journals, and tags.  There is a huge variety in her store from really cute holiday images/paper to fun learning images for school/teaching.  

The card below is made using paper, a journal card, and a tag from the Love U 2 Pieces Bundle.  My die cut is the heart tag from KittenScraps.  If you would like to see what I mean about variety, check out this post where I made other goodies from the same bundle: Pop KittenScraps.  I'm sure you'll agree, there's a lot of variety in that bundle!  

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Again, a huge thank you to all our sponsors this year!  We are excited to work with the amazing and talented people behind the beautiful papers, cuts, and digis!  It is truly our pleasure.

If you stopped here first, you may continue on the hop with Larelyn or go back to the beginning visiting Cut It Up. If you get lost along the way, please use the lineup below.
Blog hop lineup
You are HERE:  Katrina - http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.com


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Say it with Flowers!



It's time for new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Say it with Flowers! 

In this lovely image from Hetty ClareFlower Girl is carrying and wearing lots of beautiful flowers.  I printed (in Design Space) her onto a shape called Flourish from the cartridge French Manor.  I cut that and a 2nd shape in green to back her.  I Copic colored this beauty and added a few bits with glitter gel pens.  

I have backed this digi with a variety of floral papers from Polkadoodles.  I put them all together with a couple of eyelets.  I was inspired by the challenge over at The Outlawz Crash Your Stash!  

I inked around the edges with CTMH Distress Inks in Blossom and Pear and tied it all up with some pink embroidery floss from my stash!

Off to the following Challenges/Pages:  

Happy Little Stampers:  AG with Dies
ModSquad:  Spring Flowers
Shopping Our Stash:  Colored with Markers
TTCRD:  AG


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, February 12, 2019

Spring into Journaling!



The Digi Choosday Team is sharing their ideas on the theme:  Jump into Spring.  Of course, it's always Anything Goes for all of your entries; so come join us for a chance to win some Polkadoodles digis!  

The image of Winnie jumping Through the Looking Glass is just too perfect to convey my journal message of going from winter (the past) to spring (future)!  You can find this image and sentiment in the Winnie in Wonderland Collection.  

I started by printing the left side of the page with paper from Winnie Winterland Paper Heaven 1 and the right side with paper from Winnie in Wonderland Paper Heaven 6.  I then put my focal image on top of that and printed off the page.  

I went into Cricut Design Space to print/cut my sentiment and cut a mask of my focal image.  I placed the mask over the image and sponged ink over the the blue side and lightened the blues going into the floral side of the page.  

I then used Glass Bead Glitter Gel and a homemade snowflake stencil on the "winter" side of the page.  I removed the mask and Copic colored the image.  Next, I "colored over" all the shattered glass with a glue pen and let that dry.  Once the glue was dry, I placed a sheet of Deco Foil over it and rubbed it gently.  The foil sticks where the glue is!  

I finished it with a small bow at her waist, a gem on her flower, and the sentiment.  


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Hey, have you ever wanted to be a Guest Designer 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!

Winnie will be visiting the following challenges:  

A Place to Start:  Use an Inspirational Die, Stamp, or Sentiment
We Love 2 Create:  Anything creative/mixed media
Do-Al(l) Kreatives:  Mixed Media
The Outlawz Paper Ala Mode:  Girly Girl
The Fairy and the Unicorn:  AG
Crafting with an Attitude:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Pure Imagination



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my all time favorite movie!  I absolutely loved Gene Wilder's performance as Willy Wonka.  His wit and sarcasm were absolutely incredible.  

I had such a blast journaling this page.  The Wonka image I found on the internet and actually tried very hard to find the illustrator.  I contacted several people and no one claimed the image.  The Wonka Bar Wrappers were in my stash and I'm not sure where they came from either.  

Material List
The candy border die cuts are from CTMH Cricut Cartridge:  Artbooking
The golden ticket cut is fro CTMH Cricut Cartridge:  Art Philosophy
Gumball Machine is from Cricut Cartridge:  Wrap It Up
Copic Markers
Stencils from stash  
Inks: CTMH ~ Thistle, Dutch, Gypsy, Honey, Clover
Embellishments:  Gems, Ribbon, Liquid Glass, Glitter Glue
Paints: Folk Art Acrylic Metallic Gold

This journal layout is off to the following challenges:  
Dream Factory:  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Crafting from the Heart:  AG
TTCRD:  AG
Crafting with Friends:  AG

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Love Songs



The new theme for the Cut It Up challenge will have you singing and sentimental!  Create inspired by your favorite Love Song!  Don't forget your die cuts!!    

I have always been inspired by this love song so perfect for my relationship with Kelly:  What Are you Still Doin' Here?  This boy/guy/man has truly been my greatest blessing and I do wonder sometimes why in the world he has stayed with me!

We've known each other since we were 12 years old and it's been an adventure with lots of "turns in the road"~ well what would you call it when a computer geek and a classically trained oboist end up in the country with a bunch of horses~ that was a major turn!  

One blog post could never begin to explain what we have experienced in the past 43 years of knowing one another and 33 years of marriage.  We've pulled some real stunts (eloping was our best), created some great memories, and built a beautiful family!  As the song says, our lives have been full of mistakes and blessings!

Alright, enough reminiscing, onto this journal page!

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I started by printing the digi, Careful!, made into a silhouette digi cut in Design Space.  I then cut the silhouette out of black vinyl and masking tape.  

I masked off the image and sponge-inked over the page in the colors listed below.  I then stenciled and stamped using the same colors.  

Once that was done, I stenciled stars using paint.  Now, I could remove the mask.  After the paint dried, I stuck on the vinyl silhouette, printed sentiment (lyrics), and silver stars.  I glued a little denim and lace to the edge.

Materials used:
Die cuts:  Careful! from Polkadoodles
Font: Cricut Design Space Kickball
Homemade Stencil for stars cut from CTMH Artistry  
Stencils:  TCW Time Travel, TCW Mini Time for Love
Stamps:  Retired CTMH Backgrounds    
CTMH Inks:  Sapphire, Dutch, Thistle, Gypsy, Midnight Blue, Crystal
Paint:  Blick Acrylic Pearl White
Silver Stars:  Stash
Denim and Lace:  Old jeans and lace from all the years together!

My love song journal page is off to the following challenges/pages:  

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. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Lucky in Love!


As we continue down the Path of Positivity, we are pondering Love this month and the idea is to make a project to show someone love.  

Love is an interesting notion as there are so many kinds of love.  The greek language has at least 4 words for love: storge, philia, eros, and agape.  I understand how we can have that many if not more.  Think of how many times you use the word love in a day.

Here is an example of my day:

Feed horses, "Aww, Mommy loves you!!"
Feed dog, "Love you, Cutie!"
Husband leaves for work, "Love you, have a good day.  Be careful on the roads!"
Son calls, "Love you, Sweetie!"
Sit at the computer and type, 'Oooh, love that paper you used on that card!"
Have lunch, "Oh, man, I love this hamburger!"
Pick up grand girl from pre-school, "Hi Baby, Nana loves you!"
Sit down for some tv, "I've always loved that old movie."

You get the idea, we use the word all day never with the same meaning.  Even toward the same person, the word love can be said to convey different feelings in different situations.

So, no matter what sort of love you want to convey, share it with us in a project of any kind over at Path of Positivity!  We'd cherish the chance to share in your love!

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I chose to use this lovely image, Wedded Bliss, from Beccy's Place for a card suitable for any loving occasion!  

The paper is from Whimsy and has the stars printed on it! I put it into Cricut Design Space and printed the horseshoe directly on the paper. Then I added two straight lines to be the string holding the shoe. I printed all that off as one image, copic colored the horseshoe/flower image, and used a white gel pen for the baby's breath flowers. 

Next, I distressed the edges and adhered it to a black card base. Finally, I put a gem on the card when done to act as the nailhead. Of course, for the photo, I added a real horseshoe because everyone has an old shoe laying around their craft room, right? hahaha


Sharing some love at the following challenges:  

Classic Design Team:  AG
Creative Knockouts:  Flower Power
Beccy's Place:  AG with a Beccy's Place Image

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

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:



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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Courage in Bible Journaling


Today I worked on some Bible Journaling with this beautiful stamp from Duff's Designs (retired). 

  Now I've done some faith journaling in another book, but decided to get a bible just for art journaling.  I don't know why it was so hard for me to actually put medium to Bible page in the past, but it was!  I guess I had those fears of needing it to be perfect if it goes in a Bible, but then I started thinking about all the music I have studied.  The more I study and practice a piece, the more marks there are in the music.  

Ok, why shouldn't my Bible be the same way?  If I'm truly trying to study and understand, maybe there should be "marks" in my Bible!  If those marks are art, stamping, colors, written ideas, or any other creative medium, it must be fine if it's bringing meaning to me.  And guess what, God already knows it isn't going to be perfect.  So, I asked myself, "What's holding you back?  Get to it if this is what you want to do!"

Anyway,  about this page...
I love this stamp and thought the sentiment was perfect with this verse 
I Chronicles 28:20.  "Be strong and courageous, and do the work."  Yeah, that works for me!  The sentiment about strength seemed to sum it all up for me:

Strength
doesn't come
from what
you can do
It comes from 
overcoming 
the things
you once
thought
you couldn't  

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I started by page prepping with Liquitex Gel Medium.  I used 2 coats on the side I was coloring.  I stamped the image with CTMH Cocoa Pigment ink.  I used watercolors to fill in this image.  (I recently purchased a "card" of Daniel Smiths Water colors from Blicks to try out and they are wonderful!  This is a great way to try them out and see if you like them before investing a lot of money.  You also get to try a lot of colors!)   I stamped the sentiment with Memento Black and drew barbed wire around the corners and underneath with gel pens.  

The verse was highlighted with a CTMH Watercolor pencil.  

Nothing bled through and the wrinkling wasn't too bad either.  I did iron on very low heat after the prep and again when finished.  I would say the wrinkling was less than when I did not prep the page on my first entry.  

I'm sharing with the following challenges/pages: 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
Crafty Animals:  AG with an animal

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Simple Die Cuts

It's time for new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Die Cuts!  As you can see, I chose to use some very simple dies here for an effect.  So, even if you don't have many dies, you can still play along with the theme!

This adorable scene, At the Bottom of the Garden, is from Knitty Kitty Digis and is Copic colored.  I have been inspired by Laurel Burch lately when coloring cats, and more cats!  Not sure why, but I can't seem to quit!  hahaha  I added some very simple die cut frames to make these bright, sunny kitties focal points.  

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!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Nuts About You!


The Digi Choosday Team is sharing hearts this week.  Of course, it's always Anything Goes for all of your entries; so come join us for a chance to win some Polkadoodles digis!  

This adorable little guy and his sentiment are called Nuts About You; I think they make the perfect Valentine!  He would also make a great tag for a jar of nuts for your Sweetie!  Hmm....  I like that idea!  I might be giving this card with a jar of nuts as my Valentine's gift.  Ok, enough thinking out loud; here are the rest of the details. 

The heart die cut is from White Christmas and the background paper is from Love and Kisses.  Off to purchase some nuts.....

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Hey, have you ever wanted to be a Guest Designer 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!

This little guy is scampering off to the following challenges:  

City Crafter:  Floral Background
Die Cuttin' Divas:  AG
Paper Minutes:  Valentine's Day
Dragonfly Journeys:  I Heart You

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Puppy Love!


The new theme for the Cut It Up challenge will steal your heart since "Hearts" is the theme!  Don't forget your die cuts!!    

I thought it would be fun to scrap a page about my dog Khloe when she was a pup.  This page is to put in a DIY sort of book and once I have all the pages I want, I'll use my Cinch Binding Tool to put them all together.  I like making my own books since I can make them whatever size I choose.  Sometimes, I just don't want a 12 x 12 layout.

This page measures 8.25 x 5.75 inches.  The pages are all made using different papers depending on what I want to do with them.  For example, I can use watercolor paper, cardstock, re-cycled cereal box, graph paper, etc.  The layout above starts off with a piece of printed cardstock.  

Materials used:
Die cuts:  Valentines Day Puppy from Scrappy Dew

Papers:  Paw design~ digital print from Polkadoodles.  
Heart and Pup papers:  CTMH retired
 Gems and ribbon:  CTMH retired
Inks:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo


Khloe is off to the following challenges:  
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. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Inspiring a Purr-fect Day!



As we start the journey of a New Year at Path of Positivity, we are pondering Inspiration this month and the idea is to make a project with the purpose of uplifting or motivating someone.  What a great New Year's goal this would be:  Inspire or motivate those around us!

Inspiration comes in many forms: colors, nature, music, animals, philosophy, art, literature, religion/faith, etc.  As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose inspiration is in the heart of the recipient.  What one person will walk by without noticing, another will be affected and sparked to life.

What inspires you and your creativity?  What motivates you to action?  During this New Year may you find what inspires you and may you then inspire others!  

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This Peek-A Boo Image is sure to inspire someone to have a Purr-fect Day with this fun sentiment from Scribbles Designs!  

This kitty is off to inspire at the following challenges:

SUYP:  Furrything Goes: Meuw Year
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with Critter
Pile It On:  Land Animals

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

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:





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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Layer it Up!


It's time for new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Layering!  

This adorable scene, At the Bottom of the Garden, is from Knitty Kitty Digis and is Copic colored. I decided it would be fun to try to match the colors in my background paper!  I mostly used E30's and BG's.  I snuck in a few E50's and W's here and there!

I inked the edges of my layer with Ranger Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo. 

I have layered with papers from Polkadoodles and then layered flowers from my stash.  Gems and twine are also part of my "use it or lose it" stash pile!  hee hee
Off to the following Challenges:  

Use Your Stuff:  Furry Friends: Flowers, Gems, Twine all from Stash!
International Art & Soul:  Cats or Dogs
Daring Cardmakers: (Photo Below) Inspired by Colors, Cat, Butterfly

 

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!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mammoth Love


The Digi Choosday Team is sharing Lots of Love this week.  Of course, it's always Anything Goes for all of your entries; so come join us for a chance to win some Polkadoodles digis!  

 Wow, how can there be more love than Mammoth Love?  

I love the Polkadoodles collection Sticks and Bones.  This particular digi is called Mammoth Friends.  There are so many wonderful papers from the collection; however, I chose to go with the pink/brown floral from Horace & Boo.  The sentiment is a combination of "Mammoth" from Sticks and Bones and "Love" from Work & Play 9.  Those hearts are also from from Work & Play 9.

If you haven't checked out Sticks and Bones, I would!  It's so much fun and it is packed with papers, alphabet, digis, flowers, sentiments, cut files, etc.  It's a Mammoth collection and you'll Love it!  Hey, another use for the Mammoth Love!  ;)

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Hey, have you ever wanted to be a Guest Designer 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!

These cuties are riding off to the following challenges:  

TTCRD:  AG
Crafty Animals:  AG with an animal
A Perfect Time to Craft:  AG
A Bit More Time to Craft:  AG
Crafting with Friends:  AG
Outlawz Festive Fridays:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.