Monday, August 2, 2021

Enjoy Nature!

 


As we meander a Path of Positivity, we are challenging you to get out there and  "Enjoy Nature!"  

Nothing quite takes your mind off stress and worries like a walk in a park or nature preserve seeing all the beauty  ....or maybe your preference is a ride in a boat listening to the oars hit the water  ....or maybe you are like me and you enjoy jumping on a horse and listening to his feet hit the earth in a rhythmic beat to the song of birds  ...or maybe you would enjoy just laying in a hammock smelling the fresh cut lawn and listening to crickets!  

Nature can be a rejuvenating time whether your desire is to relax/meditate or get your heartbeat up with some hiking/running!   

So get out there and Enjoy Nature, then come in to the craft room and share with us through any type of art medium you choose!!

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About my card:  I started in Cricut Design Space where I placed/printed my digi and sentiment.  I then cut an oval for my stencil.  After all was printed and cut, I placed the stencil over the digi and applied three colors of ink with a sponge.  Keeping the stencil in place, I splattered with paint.  Easy as that!  

All that was left was finding some stash paper that matched my color theme and assembling my card.

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   We'd like to hear your ideas at Path of Positivity!  Come share them with us!  

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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Material List
Digi:  Tree Scapes from Beccy's Place
Black Cardstock
Colored Graph type paper retired from CTMH
Blick Pearl White Acrylic Paint mixed with water for splatter
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Maker to cut oval stencil

 Sharing with these challenges:  
WWODT:  AG
Watercooler Wednesday:  All Things Masculine
Beccy's Place:  AG using Beccy's Place Image
Moving Along with the Times:  Summertime or Summer colors/orange & yellow
Beyond the Blue:  Ink Blending


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

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:


and


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Sunday, August 1, 2021

One More Christmas for July...well, Aug 1st!


 One last Christmas in July  ~~ well into August 1st!  Hee hee    

 
Conie Fong has so many adorable digi bundles for Christmas/holiday projects and Molly's Winter Friends is just perfect for some winter/holiday crafting:  Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, or just saying hello!  

These two just seemed the perfect friends!  I've combined Reindeer Lights and Christmas Lights Gnome  from Conie Fong to pair up this 'enlightening' duo for a fun Christmas card.  I used my Cricut Design Space to set up this card and actually did a Print and Cut for the tree behind them.  I printed it in a very light green and then put the texture in over with various Green Copics!  

I colored up the lights with gel pens and embellished the tree.  

Be sure to visit the the Conie Fong FB Page for challenges and images:  Conie Fong FaceBook Challenge.  There are different challenges: one for coloring and one for completed projects! 

 Material List:  
Digi and Sentiment: Reindeer Lights from Conie Fong
Copic Markers
Gel Pens
 White Paper from stash colored with inks
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems
Twine
Burlap
Inks Ranger Vintage Photo and CTMH New England Ivy
Cricut Access:  Christmas Light Border #MC76B255 from Christmas Elements; Christmas Tree added with Print and Cut #M8EEE94F from Very Merry Tags
 
I'm sending this off to the following challenges:

Double Trouble:  Thing 1~Cute Baby Animal; Double Dare enter at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas card
Crafty Gals Corner:  Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland:  Christmas Music/Song ~ Rudolph  
Fab 'n' Funky:  Anything Christmas
Little Red Wagon:  Something with a Face
Dream Valley:  Christmas in July

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Friday, July 30, 2021

What's in the Background?

Create Your Own Background is the inspiration for our Challenge over at Cut It Up! I have created the paper pattern for this gift box.  All of the stamps and stencil are listed below.  

So, how are you inspired by this challenge?  Come share your ideas with us at Cut It Up!

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Material List:  
Tag Buddies Fri-Dies (retired) from CAS-ual Fridays
Ranger Vintage Photo Ink
Stencil TCW Mini Sheet Music
CTMH Stamps (retired): Background, Paper Garden, Key Moments, Love So Sweet 
String and Jewelry ring
Lace colored with ink
Adhesives
Cricut Maker
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
 
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: 

Sweet Stampin':  Create Your Own Background
TTCRD:  AG
Addicted to Stamps and More:  Die Cuts and/or Stencils ~ Both!


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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Die Cuts or punches at TT


 It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Dies and/or Punches!

I'm still into Christmas in July mode, so here's another card for you!  I've joined up Ultimate Christmas Collage Sheet from Oddball Art with festive Cricut Cuts and backed it all with some candy striped paper from Holiday Hoopla collection Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  

    Material List 

Digital papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Holiday Hoopla
Gel Pens
Cricut Access:  Lights #M3C9D2 from Create a Critter; Santa's Hat #M8488955 from Season to Sparkle

This card is off to these challenges:  
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas Card
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday:  Christmas in July
Simply Create Too:  Sentiment as Main Focus
A Place to Start:  Craft Your Favorite Holiday/Celebration

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!

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.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Summer Photo Fun!


   So excited to be a Guest Designer over at C.R.A.F.T Challenge all month!  


The challenge is Summer!  

I encourage you to visit C.R.A.F.T Challenge, check out the inspiration from their talented team and prize info, and then share your take on this fun challenge!


This challenge is generously sponsored by The Cutting Cafe and Crafty Sentiments.  

Come on over to C.R.A.F.T Challenge for challenges full of fun, inspiration and the opportunity to win prizes from wonderful sponsors!  


 Material List

 Cardstocks and papers:  Stash...old stash...dug out DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies
DCWV Glitter Cardstock
iDeco foil for camera lens and flash (also been in the stash for awhile!)
 Sharing with these challenges:  
Everybody Art:  Summer
TTCRD:  AG
Shopping Our Stash:  Quit Bugging Me
Always Fun:  Anything but a Card
Creative Knockouts:  Die Cuts/Punches ~ My book is a Die Cut!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Some Peppermint Christmas!


I'm enjoying some Christmas in July this month!  Great way to mentally cool down and get ahead for the holidays!    

 
Conie Fong has so many adorable digi bundles for Christmas/holiday projects and Molly's Winter Friends is just perfect for some winter/holiday crafting:  Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, or just saying hello!  

I've teamed up this lovely duo with a background from Conie Fong called Fairytale Cottage Background Scene.  I enlarged the scene and then cropped to fit my card.  This made it perfect for a winter scene turning the stones into clumps of snow and such.  I made the bushes/brush into holly bushes and added white gel snow.  I also used a white gel pen to cover the black lines, so the snow was consistent.

Be sure to visit the the Conie Fong FB Page for challenges and images:  Conie Fong FaceBook Challenge.  There are different challenges: one for coloring and one for completed projects! 

 Material List:  
 Paper from stash
Copic Markers
White Gel Pen
 
I'm sending this off to the following challenges:

12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas card
Crafty Gals Corner:  Christmas in July
Water Cooler:  Occasions
Colour Crazy:  AG Hand Coloured
Jingle Belles:  Inspired by a Christmas Story ~ Frosty the Snowman!  I watched it every year as a kid!  Now the hilarious part is, my sister and I always talk about the Norelco razor commercial that sponsored the show!  Now, if you remember this too and want to relive that commercial, here it is on YouTube!  Norelco Ad!
CD Sunday Plus:  AG using a CD, USB or Digi download
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends:  Christmas in July

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Seen Any Good Movies?

 

 Seen Any Good Movies? is the inspiration for our Challenge over at Cut It Up!  I thought it would be fun to make a gift card holder for movie gift cards!  This would be a great gift anytime of year...of course, if it's safe to go out where you are.  If not, maybe a gift card for a movie online or the like!  

I used Print and Cut on my Cricut and added the Polkadoodles 3-D Reel Die cut and the die of the clapboard on the inside to hold the card in place!  


So, how are you inspired by this challenge?  Come share your ideas with us at Cut It Up!

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Material List:  
 Polkadoodles Winnie Fruit Punch Bundle:  Movie Clapboard, Film Reel, and Movie Lights
Movie Night sentiment from Cricut Access: When I Was a Kid #M7EF8FF8
Film Border from Cricut Access: CTMH Artistry #M418CDA
3-D Adhesive Tape for Reel
Adhesives
Cricut Maker
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
 
Inside view with a Gift Card tucked in!

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: 
CD Sunday Plus:  AG using a CD, USB or Digital Download

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Sassy, I'd Say!


  So excited to be a Guest Designer over at C.R.A.F.T Challenge all month!  


The challenge is Humorous Christmas!  

I encourage you to visit C.R.A.F.T Challenge, check out the inspiration from their talented team and prize info, and then share your take on this fun challenge!

My focal image was chosen for me from one of our sponsors this challenge, Bugaboo.  Bugaboo has a wide variety of digital stamps!  This stamp is Sassy JJ Christmas Box...and sassy she is!  I chose to color her up in a snazzy red suit with furry cuffs.  Those furry cuffs were made with Pearl Paint.  Her boots have bows and bells and I've highlighted the package ribbon with some silver, red, and green gel pens.  

This challenge is generously sponsored by Bugaboo and Star Stampz.  

Come on over to C.R.A.F.T Challenge for four challenges this month full of fun, inspiration and the opportunity to win prizes from wonderful sponsors!  

 Material List

Digital Image and Sentiment:  Sassy JJ Christmas Box from Bugaboo
Copic Markers
 Cardstocks and papers:  Stash...old stash...dug deep for candy cane paper!  hahaha
Gel Pens
Pearl Paint from Blick Arts
Sequins from Stash
Ribbon from CTMH (long retired) Stash
Embossing Folder CTMH (long Retired) Stash

 Sharing with these challenges:  
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas
Shopping Our Stash:  Christmas in July
TTCRD:  AG

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

More Christmas in July at Twisted Thursday!

 It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Christmas in July!

I love making bags for the holidays!  What a great opportunity to highlight all the fun paper designs...both physical and digital in our stash!  This bag is so easy to make and with 3 12x12 sheets you can make the large bag foundation.  Then you can add coordinating papers for your top.  

This bag is not small; I made it at approximately 11.5 inches wide X 8.75 inches tall X 4 inches deep.  This is large enough for a variety of gifts!  Yes, this is definitely one of my favorite bag cuts; I use it every year!  

Now as for the paper, this collection is just so festive and is also one of my holiday 'go tos' for cards and bags!  

    Material List 

Digital papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Holiday Hoopla
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems Rd
Ribbon, Jingle Bells, Tulle, and cord from stash
Cricut Access:  Tag: CTMH Artistry #M418137 and Christmas Tree Swirl #M110FB7E0:


This bag is off to the
se challenges:  
Through the Purple Haze:  AG opt Christmas in July (for fun)
Creative Craft Cottage:  Christmas in July
Happy Little Stampers Christmas:  AG opt Jingle Bells
The Male Room:  Christmas in July

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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Sunday, July 11, 2021

A Little Snowy for Christmas in July!


I'm enjoying some Christmas in July this month!  So if you live in the warm weather zones right now, crank that AC and grab some hot coffee/cocoa/tea and fantasize penguins/snow/Santa along with me!  

 
Conie Fong has adorable digi bundles for Christmas/holiday projects and Snowy Delivering Presents is just perfect for some winter/holiday crafting:  Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, or just saying hello!  

I've teamed up this sweet fellow with a sentiment from Hello Little Friend and some blue variegated digi paper from my stash.  

Be sure to visit the the Conie Fong FB Page for challenges and images:  Conie Fong FaceBook Challenge.  There are different challenges: one for coloring and one for completed projects! 

 Material List:  
Repeated sentiment for background from Hello Little Friend from Conie Fong
Digital Paper from stash
Copic Markers
Silver and White Gel Pens
 Digital paper from my stash (retired)
Sequins
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access
Cricut Maker

I'm sending this off to the following challenges:

Holly and Ivy:  AG Christmas
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas
Christmas with the Cuties:  Must be Cute Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs:  Enchanted Garden and /or Christmas in July
Dare t B Artzy:  Christmas in July
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas in July
Bastel-traum:  Animals
Christmas Cards all Year Round:  Something that starts with M and/or N ~ M for mail
Krafty Chicks:  Christmas
Little Red Wagon:  AG Christmas
Colour Crazy:  AG Hand coloured 

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Celebrate that Shining Grad!


 So excited to be a Guest Designer over at C.R.A.F.T Challenge all month!  


The challenge is Graduation!  I encourage you to visit C.R.A.F.T Challenge, check out the inspiration from their talented team and prize info, and then share your take on this fun challenge!

This challenge is generously sponsored by SheepSki Designs and QKR Stampede.

My focal image is from one of our sponsors, SheepSki DesignsCamouflage - image no 152 makes a perfect little image for that standout grad who doesn't blend in with the class!  And I've added some serious shine to this fellow!

I decided to Copic color with some bright colors and then go over the stripes with some Zig 2 Way Glue and then rub him over i-Deco foil for that serious shine!  


Come on over to C.R.A.F.T Challenge for four challenges this month full of fun, inspiration and the opportunity to win prizes from wonderful sponsors!  

 Material List

Copic Markers
i-Deco Foil Shattered Gold
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
 Cardstock:  Shimmer stack DCWV
CTMH Shimmer Trim Bright Blue 
Cricut Access:  Print and Cut
Cricut Font for Sentiments:  Cricut Sans and Congrats (#M359F5) from Spring Holiday
Cricut Cuts:  Graduation Cap (#M458A2) from Recess 
 Sharing with these challenges:  

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
TTCRD:  AG
Sheepski:  Celebration
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Friday, July 2, 2021

Water


Water is our new theme over at our Challenge over at Cut It Up!  I was inspired to go with something a little different for my piece this time.  I wanted to write a Haiku inspired by this wonderful stamp from DRS Designs

Now, in case it's been a couple of years since you thought about this form of poetry, let me refresh your memory a bit.  

 Haiku poems often feature juxtaposition of two images.

  1. Nature and the seasons. Describing the season was the original purpose of haiku, and to this day poets often focus on the natural world and how it changes throughout the year.
  2. On. A Japanese haiku contains 17 on, or sounds. On are counted differently than syllables in English, which leads to translators’ lack of consensus on whether 17 English syllables truly captures the spirit of haiku.
  3. Kigo. Traditional haiku contains a kigo, a word or phrase that places it in a particular season. Signaling a season with only one word lends haiku its economy of expression. Some of the most classic kigo are sakura (cherry blossoms) for spring; fuji (Wisteria) for summer; tsuki (moon) for fall; and samushi (cold) for winter.
  4. Kireji. Known in English as the “cutting word,” kireji creates a pause or a break in the rhythm of the poem. The kireji is often deployed to juxtapose two images. Contemporary haiku may not always use a kireji, but juxtaposition remains a common feature of haiku.

Staying with the water theme, I watercolored my focal image using watercolor pencils and watercolors since July is Watercolor Month!  

So, how are you inspired by this challenge?  Come share your ideas with us at Cut It Up!

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Material List:  
Broken Flower Fence Stamp from DRS Designs
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Prima Watercolor Pencils
Black and Brown Gel Pens
Sequin Mix (retired) from CAS-ual Fridays
Cardstock
Adhesives
Cricut Cut:  CTMH Art Philosophy #M3F3BE Removed the trees with contour feature  
Cricut Maker:  Print and Cut
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
 
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: 
Happy Little Stampers:  Watercolour
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations:  The Season of Spring!

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