Love to Craft Midway Reminder

We are half way through this month’s Love To Craft Challenge, have you had a go yet? Remember it is always ‘Anything Goes’ so no need to think around a theme. My sample this time is a birthday card I made for my daughter’s step-daughter who loves giraffes.

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Materials used:
Scrappers Delights – Needs A Hug Giraffe Digi Stamp
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad
X-Press It card
yellow and brown card
white A5 card blank
Copic pens

The giraffe is printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics then trimmed, matted and layered on the coloured card and attached to the card blank.

The greeting is stamped in black at the bottom of the card.

CAS is my favourite style, fairly obvious from the past few cards. I think having taken all the effort to hand colour an image it seems a pity not to show it off by not making it too frilly. Having said that I do admire the ability to be able to embellish away and yet still keep the focus on the image, a skill I need to work on!

I hope you will be inspired to head on over to Love To Craft and take a look at the wonderful samples from my team mates and have a go yourself.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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A Bouquet of Flowers from Scribbles Designs

The great thing about being a GD with Scribbles Designs is being able to pick any of the wonderful images to work with. This time I have chosen one of the many floral ones to make up a spring bouquet. It could be for a birthday, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Get Well, Sympathy, Thank You, Thinking of You . . . any occassion really. I have gone with Thinking of You.

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Materials used:
Scribbles Designs – Flower Set 1
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad
X-Press It! card
Copic pens
doily die
silver tissue paper
white spotty tissue paper
silver ribbon

Because all the flowers, leaves and the sentiments are in one combined image I used the crop featuree in Word to issolate the elements I needed for my bouquet. Having arranged them on my page I printed them on X-Press It card and coloured them with Copics.

I fussy cut all the elements and then made up the individual flowers with the flower head, stalk and leaves, shaping the flower heads as I went. I then made my flowers into a bunch and wrapped them in a triangle of spotty tissue paper and tied them with the silver ribbon. I added a few extra leaves where I could see a gap so that there was not too much white background showing through.

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A closer view to show the flower stems and filler leaves.

 

 

 

 

 


I cut a doily from the silver tissue and attached it to the front of an A5 card blank then positioned and attached the bouquet on the top.

Finally I stamped the greeting on the front in black ink.

If my card has inspired you, why not head on over to the Scribbles Designs Store. They have some unusual designs and lots of freebies you can try.

Another place for inspiration is the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. There you will also find information on the current challenge.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and if you are in the UK, especially up north, keep warm!

Pippa

I would like to  enter my card into:
Jo’s Scrap Shack Funday Friday #175 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #51 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #145 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #334 – Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #33 – Anything Goes

 

 

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Jumping back in for a cookie

It’s been quite a while since I last entered the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie challenge, but with the snowman inspiration I could not resist it. We have had a really wet and windy time the last few days and I long for a bit of snow just for a change.

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Materials used:
From the Heart – I’d rather be skiing
snowflake backing card
green and orange card
X-Press It card
Copic pens
A5 card blank
black peel off greeting sticker

The snowman and sentiment are printed onto X-Press It card and coloured with Copics before trimming. The image is then matted and layered onto green and orange card.

The front of the card blank has been covered with a slightly smaller piece of snowflake card which has had the edges highlighted with a black pen. The matted and layered image is then attached to the card front.

Finally a small black peel off greeting has been added.

I have just got time to enter my card into the challenge before it closes tomorrow. Leaving it late again!

Thank you for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter my card into:
If you give a crafter a cookie challenge #61
A Snowflakes Promise #36 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #34 – Anything Goes

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Expressions of Love on the Path of Positivity

It’s time for a new challenge at the Path of Positivity and this month the optional theme is Expressions of Love. Of course Valentine’s Day is the first thought, especially as we are in February, but what about those who are alone. I sometimes feel it is hard enough being on your own without all the shops being full of Valentine paraphernalia as soon as the Christmas excess stock has been cleared off the shelves. That is why Expressions of Love is such a good theme, it encompasses every little thought, word and deed that send a message of love to someone.

The image I have to work with is one of Beethoven so a music and love quote was needed. I avoided the obvious one from Shakespeare and went for one that is lesser know, at least to me. I love the sentiment because a song on its own is not much, it’s the music that gives the words their life, just as a life without love is hard and dead without love to soften it.

So I challenge us all, myself included, to show expressions of love as often as we can. That smile you give a stranger maybe the only one they get that day, that visit to a neighbour maybe the only company they get that day. Expressions of love do not need to be big and showy to make a difference to someone, the value is in the love not the size of the gift.

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Materials used:
Mari Digis – Beethoven
Vintage music backing paper – (free from the internet)
Distress ink – Tea Dye and applicator
A5 card blank
X-Press It card
Copic pens

Beethoven has been printed on X-Press It card, coloured with Copics and cut out with a small white border. The border is then coloured with a Copic as close to the colour of the background paper as I could get.

The sentiment has been added to the background paper before printing out, trimming and sticking onto the front of the card blank. The white edges of the card have been blended into the backing paper using the Tea Dye ink.

The coloured image has been mounted onto the card using foam pads for some depth.

I hope that you will join in with the challenge this month, remember we are now an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with the optional theme which carries an extra prize.

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, be sure to explore this idea of An Expression of Love.   If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational.  We also ask that you please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of love if it isn’t readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how the concept of love relates to your creation, it may not be as apparent to me or the DT members. That is why we ask that you clarify it somewhere, whether here or in your blogpost. You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, if it would be easier. We just need to know how your project ties into the theme. Letting us know, clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month’s prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don’t need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $10 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month’s sponsored prize of the same three digis used by team members, provided by Mari Digis.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:

  • $10 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch. To be eligible for this prize, you must follow the optional theme (details above).
  • The same three digis used by team members, provided by Mari Digis, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.  To be eligible for this prize, entry must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

You have a whole month to come up with something and I am sure many of you will be making Valentine’s cards or birthday cards this month why not enter your creations in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting. Take care.

Path_of_Positivity_Pippa

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Hearts a Flutter at Dragons Lair Designs

It’s the first Friday of the month so it must be time for a new challenge at Dragons Lair Designs. This month the theme is very relevant for the time of year, Hearts a Flutter. All the details you need for the challenge are at the end of this post.

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Materials used: 
Dragons Lair Designs – Summer Sunset Couple Digi Stamp
Dragons Lair Designs – Summer Sunset Decorated Paper
Dragons Lair Designs – Summer Sunset Digital Elements
printer card
Aged Mahogany Distress Ink
black sparkly ribbon
heart gift bag template (Craft Artist 2 software)

I recently treated myself to a laptop as my old desk top is starting to fail. The disadvantage of a new computer is getting used to a new system, from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is quite a leap, and having to load up my most used software. One of the programmes I installed is CraftArtist 2. Having installed it I checked it worked properly and discovered the pre installed templates, one of which was this little heart shaped gift bag, perfect for my sample for the challenge.

I do not often make something that is completely digital but this time decided to give it a go. I have taken a couple of the papers from the paper pack and used them to cover the two sides of the bag. On the front, as in the picture above, I added the digi stamp couple in the circle on the paper. On the back, as in the the picture below, I added a leafy swirl from the elements pack. Both of the added pictures have been given a drop shadow to try and give some dimension.

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Finally I printed out the bag, cut it out and assembled it, running a length of black ribbon up one side, loosely over the top and then down the other side to make a little carry handle.

I am not sure yet what will go into the bag, I have lots of idea, but I expect I will decide by February 14th!

Now, as promised, here are the details of how to join in with the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge for this month.

We are an all levels crafters’ challenge blog – all winners are picked by Random to keep it fair for all levels. The prize for winning will be shown clearly on the challenge.

Winners will get a badge for their blog and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month.

Challenges are Monthly, starting the first Friday of each Month.

You may enter our challenge using any material you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme.

You may enter only once each month and you must link up with your direct link to the blog post showing your entry, and have a back link to the challenge blog showing on the blog post with your entry.


Dragons Lair Designs February Challenge – Hearts a Flutter – starts on 3rd February.

We’d love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Thank you for dropping by. Take care.

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Love is in the air with Scribbles Designs

It only seems like yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas but now the shops are stocking up on romance in readiness for Valentine’s Day. But I wonder how many people celebrating Valentine’s Day are aware of the story of St Valentine and the irony of the modern celebration.

St Valentine was a priest in Roman times when Emperor Claudius was in power. Claudius persecuted the Christian community and had also issued an edict banning young people from marrying. Valentine continued to secretly marry couples who had come to faith. As a result he was arrested, tortured and imprisoned. As you would expect from the Romans their treatment of him was harsh and eventually in the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage.

Those of us who are Christians and still hold to the values of Christian marriage can see the irony in today’s Valentine’s Day. I would hazard a guess that a good percentage of those sending cards this year would not be seeing a Christian wedding in thier future and some may even be actively opposing Christian traditions and values. As with Christmas and Easter, St Valentine has become detached from his Chritian roots.

Now I am not judging people because of beliefs or lack of them, it is just another sign of the way the world is shifting. But wouldn’t it be good if the sentiments behind Valentine’s Day were not confined to just one day of the year and that love became a more lasting bond between people not just a brief interlude before changing partners again. Maybe that’s because I am an old romantic at heart! So if you are keeping Valentine’s Day this year I hope you have a happy one.

I guess I had better get to the reason for this sermon! This is my second post as a GD for Scribbles Designs and the image I chose to use this time fits well with February 14th.

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Materials used: 
Scribbles Designs – Heart Strings
X-Press It card
Copic pens
silver mirri card
Clarity Stamps Letterbox Set
A5 white card blank
silver and white gel pens
black archival ink

The image has been printed onto X-Press It card twice and coloured with copics, the background dots are coloured with a silver pen and the detail on the middle heart coloured with a white pen. The hearts on the second image have been fussy cut and stuck on top of the base image with gel glue. The image has been trimmed and matted onto silver mirri card then attached to the card blank.

The sentiment is stamped directly on to the card blank with black archival ink using the Letterbox set.

This was a quick card to do and the design would also work well for paper piecing and for a variety of different occassions.

The blog hop with challenge is still going on at Scribbles Designs so why not head on over for some inspiration from my fellow team members and have a go yourself. All the details can be found at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

Thanks for visiting and sticking with the preliminary rambling. Take care.

Pippa

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Path of Positivity: The Road Ahead (midway post)

We are half way through the challenge at Path of Positivity, our first of the New Year with a new set up. It is still anything goes but now the theme is optional. Further information on the requirements for the different prizes can be found further on in this post.

The road ahead affords so many different interpretations and approaches but this time I want to focus not so much on what the road ahead can offer us but more what we can offer others on their road. So often our plans for our lives are concentrated on our desires and wants rather than on those of other people, and yet so often the highlights of our lives are what we did for others. While it is right that we should think about our lives and the plans for them we should also devote the same time, if not more, to considering what we can do to benefit others. Sometimes it may be as simple as a hug for someone hurting, or it may mean helping out with time or with money. We never know what our acts of kindness may mean to the person receiving them. If you are interested in life stories there are plenty of examples on line. One that caught my eye in particular mirrors many experiences of people who work with the Samaritans, https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-stories/34-kindness-saves-a-high-school.

The strange thing about being generous to others is that is tends to result in benefits for ourselves, not that I am advocating that we only do good things for others in order to get rewards for ourselves. There are several verses in the Bible that highlight this just one being Proverbs 11:24  ‘One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.’ Another is Luke 6:38 and I have used it on my sample for today.

sam_3626watermarkedMaterials used:
Scribbles Designs – Coffee Press 
X-Press It card
Copic pens
black card

white A5 card blank

I arranged the image and the Bible verse on a word document before printing it out on X-Press It card and colouring it with Copics.

The coloured image has been trimmed back and matted onto black card then attached to front of the card blank.

I have tried to make it look as if the coffee is spilling out over the lip of the coffee press to illustrate the point of the Bible verse.

As promised here are the details of the prizes on offer this time.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:

  • $10 worth of digital stamps from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch. To be eligible for this prize, you must follow the optional theme (details above).
  • A $15 gift certificate from Ike’s Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.  To be eligible for this prize, entry must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, be sure to explore this idea of the Road Ahead. You could create Journalling Cards for yourself and tell us what some of your personal goals are for the new year. Perhaps, there is someone that you can encourage to move forward and start (or continue) to work on any number of goals. Receiving an encouraging card or even one that gives them a swift kick in the butt might be just what they need. Whatever direction the road ahead takes you, we’d love to part of that journey.  If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize forMost Inspirational.  We also ask that you please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of the road ahead if it isn’t readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how the concept of the road ahead relates to your creation, it may not be as apparent to me or the DT members. That is why we ask that you clarify it somewhere, whether here or in your blogpost. You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, if it would be easier. We just need to know how your project ties into the theme. Letting us know, clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month’s prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don’t need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $15 gift certificate from Ike’s Art, one of our sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month’s sponsored prize of a  a $10.00 gift certificate provided by Scribbles Designs.

You have until February 5th to get an entry in so still time to come and play along.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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The one that got away!

Ok so this post started life as the final day of Bugaboo’s birthday bash but I ran out of time and was not able to finish in time for the deadline. But as I have finished now it seemed a shame not to post it although I have not followed the challenge requirements for it.

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Stamps – Ava Mermaid
X-Press It card
Copic pens
designer papers – two designs
A5 card blank – white

Ava Mermaid is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. After being trimmed she is matted and layered on the designer papers and attached to the front of the card blank. 

It would not take much to make my card fit the recipe for the challenge, it just needs a couple of bows which could go in Ava’s hair and 4 pearls which could go just about anywhere!

If you are a fan of Bugaboo Stamps then you should know that there is a fund raiser going on to raise funds to move the shop sight to a different host as there have been technical issues with it’s current site. If this is something you feel you would like to help with please visit Bugaboo Stamps shop where there is a link to the fund raiser, it also has some more information about Bugaboo Stamps and why they need to raise the money.

Thanks for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

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Bugaboo Birthday Bash Day 2

Today’s challenge is a sketch.

Here is my take on it. I think I may have created a new sea creature, a jellypus, part jelly fish and part octopus.

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Stamps – Mini Set AKV Under the Sea
dark and mid blue card
stripey designer paper
X-Press It card
Copic pens
white A5 card blank
gold peel off sentiment sticker
circle die
red cotton
glossy accents

I chose to use the jelly fish image, printed twice on X-Press It card, coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.

The octopus legs are crocheted with red cotton cord and attached to the back of one of the images. The second image is stuck over the top. The front is covered with glossy accents.

The card base is made using the coloured card and then a circle cut out of it. The designer paper is stuck inside the card behind the aperture.

The octopus is hung in the aperture using a strong filament thread.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter my card into:
Bugaboo’s Birthday Celebrations Day 2 – Sketch Challenge

 

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Bugaboo’s Birthday Bash Day 5

Today’s challenge is Make It Funny.
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Here is my take on the challenge.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Stamps: Mini Set – AKV Under the Sea
X-Press It card
Copic pens
blue card
white A5 card blank
chalks

I arranged the fish and the sentiment onto X-Press It card and coloured it with Copic pens using chalk for the sea and sand.

The image has been trimmed and matted onto blue card before being attached to the card blank.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter my card into:
Bugaboo’s Birthday Celebrations Day 5: Make It Funny

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