Surround Yourself With Music

We are now half way through the current Path of Positivity Challenge with the optional theme of music. Last time I told you about my dancing daughters, this time I am focusing on a time of year I love and the music associated with it.

I love winter, it is my favourite season, especially if it is crisp and sunny but even more so if it snows. Of course the favourite part of winter is Christmas, the trees, decorations, lights and fun of family gatherings. I enjoy all of that but even more I absolutely love the church services and singing Advent and Christmas carols. I prefer celebrating the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. If you take Christ out of Christmas, as the world seems so intent on doing, it just leaves ‘mas’ which is a meaningless non word. My hope is that those people who only come to church or even think about God at Christmas might join in with the lovely carols and really take to heart the lyrics and be led to continue to celebrate God’s wonderful gift of Jesus all year round.

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Materials used:  
Limited Runs – Christmas Door Set 

Limited Runs – Christmas Carolers 

Craft Creations – A4 Creative Card Red/Green Christmas Carols Cream 

X-Press It card
Copic pens
A5 white card blank

The two Limited Runs images were printed seperately and the Christmas Carolers coloured then fussy cut. I have  used silicone glue to attach them to the Christmas Door image which has given it a bit of dimension.

I hope you will come and join us at Path of Positivity, remember we are now anything goes with the optional theme of music but it would be lovely to hear about your musical inspirations, likes or even dislikes. We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge, both offering great prizes. Limited Runs are offering a $10 gift certificate for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring, this has to follow the theme. While Imagine That Digistamp is also offering a $10 gift certificate this time for the random draw winner from all the entries. All details of how to enter and how to qualify for the different prizes can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

Thank you for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps #157 – Use More Than One Stamp
A Snowflakes Promise #46 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Baby It’s Cold Outside
Crafty Girlz Challenges November – Anything Goes/Christmas
Penny’s Challenges #355 – Anything Goes
Crafting-With-Friends #55 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #141 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1747 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #184 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #190 – Anything Goes
My Creative Scoop Colour Inspiration #28 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #138 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra #November – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #56 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #70 – Anything Goes

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New Kid On The Block

Last month a new digi stamp company started, Mari Ko Creations Digital Stamps and to celebrate the launch she offered Mama Fox and Baby as a freebie if you joined her Facebook group or reduced in the store. She also has two challenges going, one on her blog and the other on Facebook. I will put in the links at the bottom of this post.

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Materials used:   
Mari Ko Creations – Mama Fox and Baby
DDDoodles – Fall Into Fall Leaves Patterned Paper
A Bit More Time To Craft – Leaves  (I could not find a link for purchasing so you may have to message Lozzy)
A5 white card blank
Make ‘It’ Colour Blending Card 
printer card
buttons
scalloped edge oval die
Copic pens
Distress Ink – stormy sky and mowed lawn

The image is coloured with Copics but the grass and sky are distress ink added while the image was still inside the die so leave the white edge. I have also embossed it.

I hope you will visit Mari Ko Creations and take a look at her other images, new ones are being added regularly as she gets established. I promised to put in the links so here they are:

Mari Ko Creations Digital Stamps Blog  (The store and challenge blog are accessible from here)
Mari Ko Creations Digital Stamps Store  (Just in case you want to go directly to the store)
Mari Ko Creations Digital Stamps Facebook Page

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Mari Ko Creations #1 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1746 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #190 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #138 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #56 – Anything Goes 
Crafty Girlz November – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #131 – Anything Goes/Thanksgiving
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #355 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #354 – Anything Goes
Crafting Circle Crafty Awsomeness Challenge November and December – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #33 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft #11 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #46 – Anything Goes
Create And Inspire #68 – Anything Goes 
Creative Ladybirds Creations #31 – Anything Goes
Crafting – With – Friends #55 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #141 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #207 – Buttons and/or Ribbon
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 – Anything Goes  

 

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Freebie Friday at Bugaboo

Every Friday Bugaboo offer a free digi stamp, not strings attached. Today the image on offer is this fun one of Ruby enjoying a relaxing bath.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Ruby Bubble Trouble (look in the Freebies and Sales tab)
We Are 3 – Watercolour Batik
printer card
X-Press It card
Copic pens
A5 white card blank

The Watercolour Batik used for layering and matting has been printed twice, the second one used to mat the image is slightly lighter in colour.

The sentiment is printed on the computer.

If you are a fan of Bugaboo Digi Stamps hop on over to the store and pick up this one for your stash for free, you might even find some more ‘must have’ images while you are there.

Thanks for coming by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
PIP Challenge #1746 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #190 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #138 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #56 – Anything Goes 
Crafty Girlz November – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #131 – Anything Goes/Thanksgiving
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #355 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #354 – Anything Goes
Crafting Circle Crafty Awsomeness Challenge November and December – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #33 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft #11 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #46 – Anything Goes
Create And Inspire #68 – Anything Goes 
Creative Ladybirds Creations #31 – Anything Goes
Crafting – With – Friends #55 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #141 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 – Anything Goes

 

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A Tree-mendous Time of Year!

I’m not going to mention that word just yet but it is getting closer so a lot of the challenges are working their themes around it, not least of all Scribbles Designs. Their challenge starts today and the theme is ‘A Tree-mendous Time of Year!’ The remit of the challenge is that you can use any design as long as there is a tree in it somewhere. I have made a general card!

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Materials used:
Scribbles Designs – #904 Tree Truck
Polkadoodles – Rose Budd Collection
printer paper
X-Press It card
Copic pens
A5 white card blank

The backing paper has been taken from the Polkadoodles Rose Budd CD and printed on ordianary printer paper. The same image has been used as the background for the truck but printed out together as one image on X-Press It card. The truck is coloured with Copics.

The new challenge runs until 14th December so you have plenty of time to join us. The rules and details of prizes can be found on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #214 – Anything Goes
Crafting –  With – Friends #54 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #140 – Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #52 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1746 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #183 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #190 – Anything Goes
Create and Makes #16 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #138 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #56 – Anything Goes

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Bugaboo Meets Kit and Clowder Freebie

Kit and Clowder have come together with Bugaboo Digi Stamps to offer a free image for it’s members.  For those that do not know, Kit and Clowder offer online colouring classes in a variety of mediums all headed up by the lovely and very talented Alyce Keegan. The Kit and Clowder Facebook Page is a great place to share not just crafting but anything. It is a safe environment with a very positive and encouraging membership.

I have used the image to make a complete gift set, gift bag, tag and matching card.

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Card

Materials used: 
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Snowmen Block  or free from the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group
designer paper from Silent Night pack by First Edition
X-Cut Gift Bag die
X-Press It card
Copic pens
15 cm square white card blank
cotton wool
white mini pompoms
white narrow ribbon

I used sheets of card from the Silent Night pad to cut the gift bag and bow using the dies and to cut mats for the greeting card image and the gift tag image.

The white ribbon has been coloured grey with a Copic pen.

The white pompoms and cotton wool have been used on the red hat of the snowman on the gift bag and the greeting card.

All images printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics.

I hope you will take the opportunity to visit Kit and Clowder and Bugaboo Digi Stamps and don’t forget to pick up the freebie image while you can.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Friends #70 – Christmas
Get Creative #64 – Holidays
Ike’s World #101 – Anything Goes/Let It Snow
CASology #274 – Tiny (the gift tag)
Inspiration Destination #137 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #55 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #189 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 – Anything Goes

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New Release at Bugaboo

Bugaboo Digi Stamps release a new image in the shop today of a smiley scarecrow guarding his pumpkins!

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Digistamp – AVK Scarecrow (New Release)
mid and light brown card
light green card
X-Press It card
designer paper
leaf swirl die
word dies
Copic pens
A5 white card blank

The die cut sentiment is cut in mid and light brown and then off set slightly.

On a couple of the falling leaves I have tried the tip to tip colouring method in an attempt to get a variation of colours in them. 

You can find this and many other great images at Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

Thanks for coming by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Pattie’s Creations #140 – Birthdays
Creative Fingers #140 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #213 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #203 – Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart #182 – Anything Goes
My Creative Scoop Colour Inspiration Link Up #28 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #189 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1743 – Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #51 – Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise #45 – Anything Goes
Create and Make #16 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #55 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #137 – Anything Goes 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 – Anything Goes

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Path of Positivity #53 – Surround Yourself With Music

A new challenge starts today at Path of Positivity and this month the theme is Music. I have two daughters who love to dance, the eldest has fairly recently resumed lessons in tap and has just started Irish dance lessons as well. She has also taken a couple of grades and done very well. The youngest dances for fun and exercise, usually at home. When they were little they both went to ballet lessons but neither have kept this going. Our house was always full of dance music of all sorts especially when they had exams or shows coming up. Now they both fill the house with music when they visit, Becky to show off her latest routine and Rachel exercising. So when it came to picking an image from Imagine That Digistamp, one of our sponsors this month, I could not resist this little tap dancer.

I should point out that Becky, our tapping queen is also a veterinarian nurse, hence the quote!

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Materials used:
Imagine That Digistamp – Tap Dancer
acrylic music stamp
black archival ink pad
gold embossed paper
A4 printer card
X-Press It card
Copic pens

I have tried to colour in the image as if the dancer is in the spotlight. The mat is an embossed gold paper.

The quote is printed on the A4 card which has then been folded to make an A5 card blank. The music is stamped on using black ink than the matted topper added.

In a couple of weeks time Becky is taking part in a Tapathon on Sunday 19th November, a national event to attempt to break the record for the most people doing the same tap routine at the same time and to raise money for Children in Need. There are places hosting it up and down the country, her dance school is one of them. However we will all be away at a wedding celebration that day so she has booked in at a venue near to where the celebration is so she can still take part. That’s dedication!

If you are interested to see this is this year’s routine click Here.

So why not be inspired by the music you enjoy, make a project and share it with us at Path of Positivity, we would love to see your creations. Or you can just enter as an Anything Goes and leave out the optional theme.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:

  • A $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $10 gift certificate from Imagine That Digistamp, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.For details of how to enter check out the Path of Positivity Blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Imagine That Creative Playground November – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #46 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place November – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #33 – Anything Goes
Crafting-With-Friends #54 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #140 – Anything Goes
My Creative Scoop Colour Inspiration #28 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #213 – Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #52 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #203 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1745 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #189 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #182 – Anything Goes
Ikesworld Challenges #101 – Anything Goes/(optional) Let It Snow
Through The Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #54 – Anything Goes

 

 

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Anything Goes at Bugaboo

It’s the Anything Goes Challenge at Catch the Bug this week.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Digi Stamp – Friend Blocks Duo
X-Press It card
red and pink card
12.5cm white square card blank
white adhesive gems
Copic pens

I love this image from Bugaboo it can be used for so many different occassions with or without the accompanying sentiment. The image makes a great ATC card on its own.

The gems in the corner have been coloured with the same dark red used on the ladybird. I don’t bother buying coloured gems anymore especially as the colours are never exactly right for the card, this way I can be certain the red will go.

It would be great to see you at Catch the Bug.

The rules are simple: Create a project and post a link to it on Bugaboo Stamps  challenge blog, Catch the Bug,  by  11/11/17  at  6:00 AM EST to be entered a random drawing for three digi prize packs –ten ( 10) (using Bugaboo only) seven (7) or four (4), using any image!

New projects only no backlinking please!  Limit 3 projects per follower!

You may use any image on your project to win the Seven or Four-image prizes, but if you have Bugaboo images, we would LOVE to see them! 🙂

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #189 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs November – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #137 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra November – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #55 – Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter #316 – Digital Delight
Creative Moments #130 – Anything Goes
Love To Scrap #103 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #266 – Anything Goes
Crafting – With – Friends #54 – Anything Goes

 

 

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Scribbles Designs Midway Inspiration

We are half way through the photo inspiration challenge at Scribbles Designs. So far there aren’t many entries so more opportunity for winning a prize. So come on and give it a shot. Remember you do not have to use a Scribbles Designs image to enter and you can take any element of the photo as your inspiration. All the rules and details of prizes are on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

This is the photo to inspire you.

courtesy Jill Wellington, Pixabay

I chose again to go with the sunflowers, they are such cheerful flowers to have around at this time of the year.

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Materials used:
Scribbles Designs – #603 Sunflowers 3
X-Press It card
Copic pens

The image and quote from Helen Keller are arranged on the card and printed off together.

I do hope that you will join us at Scribbles Designs, it would be lovely to see you there and you may even win a prize.

Our rules are pretty simple…

  • We have a challenge once a month beginning at 7am PST on the 15th of each month.
  • You do not need to use a Scribbles Designs image; however, if you do, you can enter as many cards/projects as you like!
  • If you use a Scribbles Designs image, please add SD after your name– example: Sandy SD–and your name will be entered twice into the drawing for the prize.
  • If you choose to enter the challenge using another artist’s image you are limited to three entries. If you submit more than three, the additional entries will not be counted in our winner’s draw.
  • You must follow the current monthly theme.
  • You are welcome to combine your entry with other challenges.
  • New projects/cards only – no back linking.
  • Please link your project post to the challenge blog, not your entire blog link. This way the Design Team members don’t have to try and find which project you are entering into our challenge.
  • Please include a link back to this blog in your entry post.
  • The challenge ends at 9pm PST on the 14th of each month.
  • Winners of the previous month’s challenge will be announced & will be posted on the 20th of each month.
  • Prizes awarded on the 20th of the month will be:
    • $10 value of digital images for the Top Scribbler.
    • $3 value of digital image for each of theTop 3, chosen by the Scribbles Designs Design Team.
    • Please note that SDD digital papers cannotbe chosen as prizes at this time.
    • If the challenge is sponsored, a separate draw will be held. The winner of the sponsored portion will receive the prize graciously donated by the sponsor.

Thank you for scribbling along!!!

Don’t forget Scribbles Designs is having a DT call so if you are interested in joining the team you can find the details here.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
That’s Crafty – Forever Floral
Polkadoodles #43 – Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #52 – Anything Goes
Crafting – With – Friends #53 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #139 – Anything Goes
Pattie’s Creations #139 – Shades of Autumn
Addicted to Stamps #156 – Autumn
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #68 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1744 – Thankful (for positive thinking, sunshine and sunflowers)
Artistic Inspirations #189 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #181 – Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #16 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #137 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra November – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #55 – Anything Goes

 

 

 

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Getting Ready for the Winter

It’s that time of year again, the temperature drops along with the leaves of the trees and the Christmas lights start appearing in the streets and the shops. So naturally thoughts turn to getting prepared for the winter. The chimney was swept on Monday, the log basket filled and some twigs ready for kindling.

You may remember that month’s ago I shared with you the log basket I had crocheted. Well it is now lined and finished off along with a matching little version for the kindling. The actual crocheting was completed months ago but the lining has only just been accomplished, sewing is not my forte!

Anyway I did say I would show you all the finished items and it just so happens that it coincides with the start of this month’s challenge at Love to Craft.

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Materials used: 
chunky wool
iron on heavy fabric stiffener
lining fabric
crochet hooks
pattern (came from a series I collected some years ago)
paper and pencil to work out all the adaptations (the log basket is larger than the original and the kindling basket is smaller!)

I was surprised at how many logs I was able to fit into the basket, should be plenty to keep the fire going all evening without having to visit the log store in the cold!

The new challenge at Love To Craft is, as always, Anything Goes and means anything so whatever your particular craft is this is the challenge for you.

HOW TO PLAY

Our challenges are monthly – they go live at 6:00 AM EST on the first day of every month and run until 6:00 PM on the last day of the month – and are always Anything Goes!
Winners and Top Picks are chosen by our Design Team and announced on the 5th of the month following the close of each challenge. We do not solicit sponsorship so there are no prizes. We play for *FUN* and for ‘Winner’ and ‘Top Pick’ badges. There may occasionally be a goody bag of craft supplies thrown in by the blog owner or some blog candy scattered for a lucky winner!
You may enter up to five (different) projects in our challenges and you may combine our challenges with as many others as you wish.
Link just your project – not your entire blog – to our challenge via the Linky Tool at the end of the challenge post. List our challenge in your blog post and link back to us.

We allow back-linking of projects that are no more than six months old. Absolutely no digitally-created projects – we want to see tangible handmade creations.

It would be lovely to see your creativity in our challenge so please do share with us.

Thank you for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:

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