Friday, May 7, 2021

Mother's Day Western Style


Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is Mother's Day! Come check out the inspiration and join us with your creations!

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Material List:  
Different colors of cardstock scraps for hat and flowers
Distressed Wood from Polkadoodles
DDD Doodles Aqua Digital CS
Satin Ribbon Bow
Gems
Raffia Ribbon
Gems
Adhesives
Cricut Print and Cut:  Cricut Access:  Sentiment #M3D391 CTMH Artiste
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: 
Dream Valley:  Embellish It
Dragonfly Dreams:  Add Some Sparkle
Always Fun:  Combine Old and New Products
New~Digital Cut JS Spring Flower Cowgirl Hat with all old Stash

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Brown Birthday Bear with Balloons!



 It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Use something starting with the first letter or your mother's first name and tell us about it.  

Ok, here goes!  Brown Birthday Bear with Balloons; one is Blue!  

  Material List 

Digi:  Party Animal from SheepSki Designs
 Copic Markers
Red cardstock
Cricut Access:  Sentiment text font Cuttin' Up 

This card is off to these challenges:  
AAA Birthday:  Happy Birthday to AAA!!!  Birthday Card
Seize the Birthday:  Birthday with Topping:  Furry Friends
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, May 3, 2021

Change It Up!


  As we meander a Path of Positivity, we are challenging you to Change Your Environment!  Hmm....now that's a bit different!

I was so inspired by this cutie from All Dressed Up!  She is definitely changing her environment by painting up some colorful flowers!!  How fun is that!  

There are so many ways to change your environment to make it a happier place without spending a ton of money!  

Here are just a few ideas:

Paint a room
Plant some flowers
Rearrange furniture
Clean out/repurpose some old things
Paint an old chair
Hang a different picture 
Get a new scented candle
Hang grandma's old blanket over a chair
Make a new piece of art and enter it at Path of Positivity

So, are you inspired to shake it up a bit?  Try something a little different and change your environment?  Let us know what you are doing!

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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
Copic Markers
Plaid Paper from Kitten Scraps Luv U2 Pieces
Flower from stash
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems
Embossing Folder
Twine
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access:  Colour Pallete FREE #MD4C4879 
Paint Brush from Family Album #M8042C6D
Flower (Background dies) from Serenade #M30295
Cricut Maker

 Sharing with these challenges:  
All Dressed Up:  Use Embellies
Mod Squad:  Spring has Sprung
Creative Knockouts:  Tic, Tac, Toe
Crafty Catz:  AG opt twist~ For a Child
WWODT:  AG
Creations in Pink:  AG in Mainly Pink
Creative Sketchy girls: Bingo/Tic, tac, toe







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, May 2, 2021

Welcome Little Friend Sognandoscrap


So excited to be a Guest Designer over at Sognando Scrap this month!  The challenge is to create a project with "Flowers, colors and ribbons"...now that's easy enough!  I encourage you to visit Sognando Scrap, check out the inspiration from their talented team and prize info, and then share your take on this fun challenge!

I chose a whimsical image from Conie Fong.  Titled Hello Little Friend, it is the perfect image for a card to just simply say hello, thinking of you, missing you, etc!

 Material List

Digital Image:  Hello Little Friend from Conie Fong
Copic Markers
 Cardstock:  CTMH (Retired)
Ribbon:  CTMH
Flower Button from Stash
Raffia Ribbon for Bow

 Sharing with these challenges:  
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
Crafty Animals:  AG Must include an animal
Creatalicious:  AG with optional Wings
TTCRD:  AG
Creative Craft Cottage:  Include an Animal
Mix It Up:  AG + Layering
Crafting Challenge:  Flowers and/or Butterflies
As You Like It:  Spring or Summer....Spring~ I love watching all the animals come out to play, the trees blossom, and the new birds/return of humming birds!  I also love the idea of being outside without a coat!  
Paper Funday:  AG Optional Twist ~Spring has Sprung
Use our Stuff:  Inspired by a Book ~ Bunny's First Spring is a Children's book about a Bunny experiencing all the sights and sounds of spring for the first time!  Very sweet!  


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Little Christmas Fun


I was looking through some older classes from Kit and Clowder, and I found this one!  Did you know you can order older monthly classes?  Yes, to learn more about that and Kit and Clowder Coloring Classes, click HERE!  

Since the background came with the class, I could combine it with any focal image, so I chose Twinkle Brrr to use from Scribble Designs for the perfect Christmas scene...or maybe not so perfect!  haha

Material List:

Kit and Clowder Marker Class
Copic Markers
CTMH Papers
Twine
Gel pens, pencil, eraser

I'm sending this coloring off to the following challenges:

12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky:  Christmas
Holly and Ivy Christmas:  AG Christmas

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...the more I love my dog!

 

 Conie Fong has just released a couple of adorable new digi bundles for the pet lovers!  One for kitties and this one for the pups!  This is Sophie and Puppy!  I fell in love with this image knowing I had the perfect papers from Scribbles Designs.


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 Image/stamp: Sophie and Puppy from Conie Fong
Copic Markers
Embroidery Floss
Puppy Power Digital Papers Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 
Red paper from a recycled envelope
Ranger Distress InkVintage Photo 
Cricut Access:  Paw Print #MB346338 with Offset feature; Label from Winter Woodland #M89CE2CA
Print and cut for sentiment

Here are my little pups, Luther and Khloe!

I'm sending this coloring off to the following challenges:

Try It on Tuesday:  Inspired by a Song ~ The More Boys I Meet by Carrie Underwood  Funny I would happen across this song since I don't listen to much country and it's totally out of my genre, but this song makes me chuckle! 
 Cutie Pie:  Raining Cats and Dogs 
TTCRD:  AG
Colour Crazy:  AG hand colored
Sunday CD Plus:  AG using CD, USB or Digital download
Happy Little Stampers:  AG with Dies

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Art Journaling in my New Book!


My first entry in my new art journal; does it surprise anyone the theme is horses?  I love this stamp from Duff's Designs (now retired, I think).  It reminds me of an era long gone, but the feeling a woman has for her horse is the same now as it was 100 years ago!  I love the rustic elegance of this stamp!

I chose to start towards the middle of the book where there was a nice wood-board page perfect for my focal image and the opposing page was plain graph paper.  There's something about using ledger, notebook, and graph paper for art that really inspires me.  Probably says something about my rebellious side!  haha  I don't want to do what the paper has intended, so I do art on it!  ;)
 

I stamped and colored the image and then tore and distressed the edges.  I added lace and burlap behind the torn edge and topped with a bow.  I colored the lace and bow with dyes/inks to match the pages.  I stamped the page and found some scraps to add behind the image.  The metal stud just seemed right!  I love adding metals to laces and bows; that look really works for me!

I did some floral background stamping and color distressing to the opposing page with some horses running along the bottom of the page.  The quote is from the focal stamp set and the floral embellishment was made from some scraps on the table!  (Love it when that happens!)  Again, I dyed the scraps to match my colors.  

I can choose to write something on this page or adhere a picture of one of my guys!  Not sure which yet....maybe both!

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 Material List

CTMH Cardstock and graph paper for the pages in My Art Journal
Stamps: 
Focal Image is from Duff's Designs (retired)
Mixed Media stamp Julie Netting Prima
Letters from the Past from Kitchen Sink Stamps
Stay Wild from Visible Image

My Art Journal (Blog Here)
Copic Markers
CTMH Floral Embossing Folder (retired)
Fabri-Tac
Scraps off my desk:  Flower cuts, lace, ribbon
Scrap of Brown Star Fabric
Kraft paper
CTMH Metal Stud (retired)
CTMH Inks Chocolate, Cashmere, Twilight, Cocoa
Ranger Distress Oxide:  Vintage Photo, Peacock Feathers
Burlap
Flower cuts from Polkadoodles cut on Cricut Maker

 Sharing with these challenges:  

A Place to Start:  Make it Elegant (Some Rustic Elegance!)
Art Impressions:  Barn Dance
Through the Purple Haze:  Ribbons and Lace
Time Out:  Pets
We Love Chocolate Baroque:  Springtime (Spring is time to get back out with horses and ride in the fields of flowers!)  Stamping as focal point
We Love 2 Create:  AG Mixed Media
Art Journal Journey:  Inspired By...Great Horsewomen and their horses
Crafty Friends:  Ladies &/or girls
Crafty Catz:  AG with optional twist All Creatures Great and Small

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Book Binding Try


Well, sometimes you just have to do something you've not done before and this is the time!  ; )  I decided it would be fun to try a very simple book binding technique.  

I saw these wonderful digital paper patterns from WeAre3


and a video from Nik the Booksmith and got 'er dun! 
 
I included a variety of papers/cardstocks for different types of journaling: mixed media, notebook, graph, ledger, cardstock, etc.  




Material List

Digital Cardstocks:  Wild Flowers from WeAre3
Various papers and cardstock for pages
Heavy CardBoard (Recycled)
Scrap of Denim (Recycled from an oooold pair of jeans!)
Scrappy Tape 
Fabri-Tac
Liquitex Matte Gel
Heavy thread (actually reed making thread) and needle

 Sharing with these challenges:  
CRAFT:  Recycled
Stinkin' Inkers:  Recycle/Reuse
Fab 'n' Funky:  New ~  Made a NEW art journal using a NEW technique!
Mod Squad:  Flowers - Spring has Sprung
 
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Friday, April 23, 2021

Father's Day....oh my!

 

So many of us struggle with Father's Day or any other Masculine type card, so Cut It Up is helping out with some Masculine Card inspiration!  

My card...well if a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a video worth?  In the video below, I explain how this card was set up in Cricut Design Space.
Check it out below!

Now as for my lawnmower, I rubbed the pieces over a Versa Mark stamp pad and then covered them in Stampendous Embossing Powder.  I then heat embossed!  I did this 3 times to get the shiny look.  

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Material List:  
Cricut Access Mower: #MEFBBC Cricut Access Chevron: #M41EB7 Cricut Access Sentiment: #M387473 Embossing Powders and Ink
CTMH Ink Clover (retired) Cardstock CTMH Gems (retired)
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: 
Girlz Creative Crafts:  Men's Card
Paper Funday:  AG optional Spring has Sprung
Watercooler Wednesday:  All About Occasions ~Father's Day for my project
Creative Crafting Uncles:  Father's Day

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Spring for Boys


 It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Signs of Spring.  

There's no greater sign of spring in the country than children out with their animals!  Time to play hard for both!  

I was wanting to do some faith journaling in my book and found this verse in Matthew making for a perfect page.  It reminded me of all the times our son Keith gave a drink to thirsty horses and dogs.  Actually, this digi reminds me of him when he was a little guy!  


 Material List 

 Copic Markers
Waxed Embroidery Floss
Button
Colored Gems from CTMH
Burlap ribbon scrap
Brown Grosgrain ribbon
Lace Scrap
Left over flower cut

This journal page is off to these challenges:  
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
TTCRD:  AG
Cutie Pie:  Raining Cats and Dogs

 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.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Hmm...Really?


 As we meander a Path of Positivity, we are thinking about smiling and laughter in difficult times!  We are always AG, but this month our optional twist is 'Share a Smile/Laugh'!

I thought it would be fun to do another horse project since they keep me laughing...when I'm not crying, yelling, or just simply exasperated with them!  Hahaha

My guys are a handful sometimes and keep me on my toes!  They can be so gentle and kind and then turn into cartoon horses at the slightest provocation! 


 This is Thunder and he is wise beyond his years.  He has a way of communicating exactly what he is thinking/wanting.  He really is amazing with kids and he was a true star in my therapeutic horsemanship program for 5 years or more!  He took on some difficult kiddos!  

This digi from Hetty Clare really reminds me of Thunder.  He is a QH/Belgium cross and he truly thinks he looks like a Warmblood.  He was quite the jumper in his life before coming to our barn.  Now, he's not built to jump, but he does it and is good!  He'd jump a barn if you point him in that direction!  ;)  

But, back to his looks, he seems to have all the ..... well, let's say 'less desirable' traits of the breeds!  

I always said, "Don't take that horse into an arena with mirrors!  He might figure out the horse is him!"  He pictures himself as a 16 hand, muscular, sleek animal coveted by the grandest of riders.  In reality, he's about 15 hands, rough haired, has HUGE hooves, Roman nose, and a somewhat pointy butt!  


All of that said, he is probably the most loved, spoiled animal out there!  He's been ridden by a wonderful dressage trainer now training horses on the circuit and a top hunter/jumper rider from England.  He's carried children with Down's Syndrome and ASD.  Now at 25 years old or so, he enjoys some retirement and just takes our grand girls around for rides.  He's quite the guy!


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Hetty Clare knows horses!  She has the perfect images for so many situations I've encountered with my horses and they make me laugh every time!  This digi is Mirror Pony   

Hetty Clare has a great way of turning these scenarios into a smile!

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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
Copic Markers
DCWV Cardstock Belle Cafe
Lace, Ribbon, Burlap, Twine
CTMH Stamp:  Unicorn Dreams (retired from 2014)
Embossing Ink and Clear Powder for Stamped Sentiment
CTMH Stamp:  Universal Backgrounds (retired from 2013 or before)
CTMH Gems (retired)
Cricut Access:  Speech Bubbles #M959AC41 from Talk to Me and #M46AC7 from Word Bubbles;  Barn windows #M3DAFC from Old West
Print and cut for Speech inside the bubbles

 Sharing with these challenges:  
Dragonfly Dreams:  Feature a Creature
Unicorn:  Include an Animal
Through the Purple Haze:  AG with Optional Ribbon /Lace
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with Critter
CRAFT:  Inspired by a Book ~ Any of the Fergus Horse books!  hahaha
Crafting Happiness:  AG Optional theme Hanging Out
CD Sunday Plus:  AG with a CD, USB or digi

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

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.