Shades of Purple on the Path of Positivity

Can you believe it is already the middle of October? It is certainly feeling more Autumnal here in the UK, our long hot summer is receding into memory as the wind and the rain make their presence felt. I quite like the changing colours of Autumn, it’s just that it has been a bit sudden this year.

There is still a bit of colour left in the gardens, particularly a lot of purple flowers. Not sure if it is a general thing or just this year but most of the colour left does seem to be purple. We have visited quite a few National Trust gardens recently and they all had purple flowers in abundance.

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As you may know this month the optional theme for The Path of Positivity Challenge is Shades of purple and we are now half way throught the challenge month so here is my card for the midway reminder.

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Materials used:
A Day For Daisies – Christmas Shopping
X-Press It card
purple paper
white paper coloured with purple ink
flowers and leaves cut with Britannia dies (from stash)
fancy rectangle die set
5×7″ card blank
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
lady’s dress – V20, V22, V25, V28
girl’s dress – V0000, V000, V01, V12, V15
lady’s cloak and girl’s hat – V05, RV66, RV69, V09, V99
hair – E21M E25M E29
grass and hat leaves – G21, G94, G99
red box and flowers – R29, R39, R59, R89
yellow boxes – Y13, Y15, Y17, YR18, E15, E18
blue box – BV0, BV02, BV13, BV04
girl’s boots – C3, C5, C7, C9

The little flower I already had in my stash made and not used on a previous project, it was pure chance that the colour worked with the picture! I have not added a sentiment to the card because I am not sure yet how I will use it. It could be a Christmas card or even a winter birthday card so for now I am leaving it open.

I hope you will join us along the path. Remember the theme is optional although following it makes you eligible for another chance at the prizes on offer from our two sponsors this month. All the details and how to enter can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #78 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft #10 – October Anything Goes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #46 – Anything Goes/Gear Up for Winter
Your Scrapbook Place – October Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1841 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #91 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #228 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #255 – Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #486 – Christmas

 

 

 

 

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Path of Positivity Shades of Purple

Time for a new challenge at Path of Positivity and this time in our colour journey we are focusing on Purple.

Purple is my favourite colour which I think I may have mentioned before. I love the richness of the deep hues that make me think of the Magi at Christmas even though no one knows what they wore! Purple does get a mention in the Bible but in a different context suggesting it was a colour cloth for rich people. Of course purple is also associated with Easter, the soldiers mocking Jesus put a purple robe on him, again although they meant it as mockery, suggesting the royal connection.

The lighter tones of lilac are also beautiful, more delicate and make me think of Springtime with the purple crocus and even the odd puple looking bluebell.

So really purple is a colour for all seasons.

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Materials used:
Limited Runs – Snail Mail #1
X-Press It card
purple card
white card
scalloped edge rectangle die
Victorian edge cutter
Adirondak Wild Plum in pad
Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap
5″ x 7″ card blank
Copic pens:
shell – V05, RV66, RV69, V09, V99
body – YG21, YG03, YG17 YG67
grass – G21, G94, G99
sky – B000, B00

The image and sentiment are printed together on the X-Press It card and cut out with a rectangle die. The edges have been highlighted with the Frayed Burlap ink. The middle layer is cut from white card and coloured with the Wild Plum using a stencil brush.

We have two fantastic sponsors this month, Limited Runs and A Day For Daisies. To find out the prizes on offer and how to enter please go to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog where you will find all the details. While you are there please do take a look at the amazing work from the rest of the Design Team.

I hope to meet you along the Path. I’ll be the one wearing purple! Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #77 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #208 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #222 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #56 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1839 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes/Clean and Simple
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #90 – Anything Goes
HIMCR #372 – Freestyle 
FFC #253 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #74 – Anything Goes

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Skul for Kats!

This image of a cat ready for school is from Ike’s Art for the Progresive Challenge on her Facebook Page.

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Materials used:
Ike’s Art – Bak 2 Skul Kat (not in store yet)
Sonia De Hart Design – Back To School Digi Paper
X-Press It card
printer card
red card
5″ x 7″ card blank
oval die
rectangle die with faux stitched border
banner die
Copic pens:
fur – W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9
nose and inner ear – R00, R11, R02
eyes –  YGO6, YG25, YG17
jumper – R29, R39, R59, R89
cap and shoes – B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
bag – BG00, BG93, BG96, BG99
book – E07, E19, E18, C3

The paper from the Back To School set is printed on printer card and cut with a die.

Colouring the cat was a challenge, in the end I abandoned the idea of  detailed fur and went for a more blended look.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Ike’s Art Progressive Challenge #7
Addicted To Stamps And More #311 – Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #34
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration #207 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge #September – Anything Goes

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Peter Pan

LeAnn’s World 101 offered a lovely Peter Pan inspired image for their latest Progressive Challenge on Facebook.

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Materials used:
LeAnn’s World 101 – Pete
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad
X-Press It card
printer card
blue card
yellow card
5″ x 7″ card blank
star die
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – E35, E08, R59
tunic – YG21, YG25, YG95, YG97
hat and trousers – YG61, YG63, YG67, YG99
eyes – E23, E25, E27
shoes – E21, E13, YR27, E08
feather – R24, R29, R37, R59

I made the backing paper on the computer using a quote from the film of Peter Pan. Pete is coloured in then cut out with a small border around him. I have attached him to the card front with some gel glue to give a bit of dimension so he is standing proud of the star.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
LeAnn’s World 101 Progressive Challenge #14 (Facebook)
LeAnn’s World 101 Challenge #6 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #311 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrapshack FFC #252 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #207 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1838 – Anything Goes

 

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I Don’t Do Halloween

The image for the Progressive Challenge at Limited Runs is Dracula, all be it a cheerful one! However I am not into Halloween at all so have done a bit of alterations to him to make him less vampirish, if that is a word!

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Materials used:
Limited Runs – Progressive Challenge #19 Image
X-Press It card
red card
rectangle die with faux stitched edge
5″ x 7″ card blank
small black button
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
teeth – E000, E41, E42
cloak – C3, C5, C7, C9, 100
B23, B24, B26, B18
jacket – R29, R39, R59, R89
pocket – C0, C1, C3, C5
shoes – C3, C5, C7, C9

To alter the image I have just drawn in some teeth with a black fine liner and covered his skull broach up with the button. I was really fortunate to come across the quote online as it fitted the image so well.

Just a word of caution, if you decide to alter any images please check with the TOU of the company, some artists do not agree to any changes in the overall look of their art work. I checked with Nikki at Limited Runs before messing about with his teeth!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive Challenge #19 (Facebook)
Addicted To Stamps And More #311 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #375 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #153 – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #399 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #207 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #221 -Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1838 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes / Clean and Simple
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes

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A Bit Further Along The Orange Path

It’s the half way point of the challenge at Path of Positivity with the optional theme of Shades of Orange. For my card this time I have actually got around to trying out a stepper card die I had for Christmas!

Orange is a very popular colour at the moment as Autumn comes creeping into the Northern Hemisphere. Pumpkins are starting to appear in our shops and the leaves are just starting to turn on some of our trees in the woods. After the unusually long and very hot British summer it is something of a shock to discover that the temperature has plummeted over the past few days. We have been having some of our windows replaced and with no glass in for much of the day the house has gone really cold. It is quite a relief to be slaving over a hot laptop!!

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Materials used:
Imagine That Digistamp – Bambi and Max
Imagine That Digistamp – Volcano and Trees
Whimsy Stamps – Animal Print Papers (mine where a freebie from the Facebook group some time ago. The link will take you to the nearest equivalent in their store.)
acrylic greeting stamp from stash
various shades of orange card
X-Press It card
Crafts Too Presscut Stepper Card #6 die set
square orange gems
black archival inkpad
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – YR14, YR16, E08, E18
outfit – E31, E33, E35, E47, E59
YR14, YR16, YR18, E08 (and cat)
club – E31, E33, E35, E39
stone – E41, E42, E43, E44
bones and buttons – E50, E51, E55
tree – E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
grass and leaves – G21, G24, G94, G99
coconuts – E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
sky – B0000, B000, B00

I used up quite a few snippits making the embellishment mats and layers for the side parts of card. Needless to say the snippit box is still overflowing!

There is still time to join in with us this month either with the optional orange theme or without. Just be sure that if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, over half of the colours in your project must be made up of shades of orange. The shades can be in the colours you choose to fill your images with, and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the varying shades of orange. Also make sure you add FT after your name when you link up your project, it makes it a bit easier for the DT to see which entries qualify as having followed the theme.

We’d also love to find out how this month’s colour makes you feel, if you’d like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings does the colour orange evoke in you? You can write a sentence or two in the body of your post, write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, or simply leave a comment on this post if you’d like.

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 guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #207 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #220 – Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #218 – Autumn Colours
PIP Challenge #1837 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #90 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys #129 – Fall/Fall Colours
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore #55 – Anything Goes
Pixie’s Snippets Playground #335 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies #113 – Anything Goes (card only)
Imagine That Digistamp Creative Playground

 

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Happily Ever After

The current progressive challenge at LeAnn’s World 101 Facebook Page features a lovely image entitled Cindy, for obvious reasons.

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Materials used:
LeAnn’s World 101 – Cindy (digital stamp)
Clarity Stamp – Word Chain 05 Dream
brown card blank (DL size)
craft card
X-Press It card
Adirondak Archival ink pad – Sepia
black card candi
circle die
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – E11, E13, E15, E18
dress – BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
E84, E87, E89
shoes – C1, C3, C5, C7
broom handle and bucket – E33, E35, E37, E39
W00, W0, W1, W3, W5
broom head – E07, E08, E09, E18
floor – E70, E71, E74, E77
wall – E41, E42, E43, E44
star – Y02, Y06, Y19, E15

I shall be picking up a mop and bucket tomorrow instead of pens! We have just had some of our windows replaced including the kitchen and bathroom so there is dust everywhere. Tomorrow will be wash down day.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
LeAnn’s World 101 Progressive Facebook Challenge #13
LeAnn’s World 101 Blog Challenge #6 – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #397 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #152 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #374 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #75 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft September – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place September – Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise #54 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #219 – Anything Goes
Create And Inspire #77 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1836 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes/Optional Twist Clean And Simple
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #89 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #152 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #250 – Anything Goes 
Pattie’s Creations #150 – Fairytale/Fantasy
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie #104 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #206 – Anything Goes

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Just hanging!

I love this image from Limited Runs, it reminds me of my youngest daughter, any excuss to be up a tree or hanging from a pole in the park! Usually there is a progressive challenge on the Limited Runs Facebook page but this month they have a second sponsor so have made it an open challenge using any Limited Runs image. How could I not do this one?!

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Materials used: 
Limited Runs Digital Stamps – Jazz
X-Press It card
blue card
white card made into trifold card blank
Spellbinders  Cut, Mat, Create die sets 1A and 1B
Britannia Dies leaves strip
paper flowers from stash
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04  R20
hair – E42, E43, E47, E49
dress – RV63, RV66, RV69, RV99
Y13, Y15, Y17, E15, E18
eyes – E35, E37, E39  Blender
pole – R29, R39, R59, R89

The apperture in the card blank and the blue liner are cut with the Spellbinders dies. Jazz I have stuck by just the ends of the pole so that she is free swinging a bit. The flowers and the leaves were already in my stash.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #89 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #75 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #206 – Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks #418 – Crazy Egg Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes
Limited Runs Stamps Facebook Challenge

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Path of Positivity Goes Orange

It’s the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity after our summer break. This  month the optional theme is Shades of Orange. With all the heat over the summer in the UK it has been a fairly dominant colour with the sun’s heat in the day and the wonderful sunsets at night. However orange is associated in most crafter’s minds with Autumn, the changing colours in the trees, the harvesting of the pumpkins, even making chutney’s and marmalades ready to mature for Christmas presents or the Christmas table.

I have chosen to do something a bit different this time and have made a candle to share with you. It is really easy, especially as I used a pre-coloured image, and there are plenty of videos on YouTube to show you how it is done should you wish to give it a go yourself.

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Materials used: 
Lunagirl – Summer Garden Digital Collage Sheet
white pillar candle
tissue paper

All I have done is to print the image out on tissue paper then very gently melt it into the candle. You can also print out a line image and colour it carefully first, that works well too.

I hope you will join in with us this month either with the optional orange theme or without. Just be sure that if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, over half of the colours in your project must be made up of shades of orange. The shades can be in the colours you choose to fill your images with, and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the varying shades of orange. Also make sure you add FT after your name when you link up your project, it makes it a bit easier for the DT to see which entries qualify as having followed the theme.

We’d also love to find out how this month’s colour makes you feel, if you’d like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings does the colour orange evoke in you? You can write a sentence or two in the body of your post, write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, or simply leave a comment on this post if you’d like.

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 guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Hope to see you on the path. Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #75 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #206 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #218 – Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #50 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes/Clean and Simple
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #89 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #151 – Anything Goes

 

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Horsing Around

I love horses, but not as much as I love penguins but don’t tell any passing horses that! When I was young I did not go in for imaginary friends but I did have a stable full of imaginary horses.  I can even remember that my favourite was called Chestnut but I have no idea what the names of the others were. When Ike had this horse image for her Progressive Challenge I had to make it into a chestnut, it seemed only right. I found a great quote to go with it as well.

Materials used:
Ike’s Art – Spain – World Tour Series
brown card
5×7 tri fold card blank
printer paper
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
fur – E50, E31, E33, E35, E39, E59, E49
hat – E97, YR27, E99, E37
         R29, R39, R59, R89
        G02, G05, G07, G29
eye – E13, E15, E37
stable door – B91, B93, B95, B97, B99

I was feeling really brave for this one and had a go at drawing and colouring the stable door. The dark blue blobs are supposed to be knots in the wood.

I have cut the aperture from the front section of the card and behind it, on the middle part, I have mounted a piece of dark brown card that has been scored to look like the wood inside the stable.

I coloured an off cut of X-Press It card to look like a blue stable door, cut it to size and attached it below the aperture.

Having coloured the horse image I fussy cut him and then attached him behind the aperture using foam pads so that he looks as if he is looking out of the door.

I love the quote I found  so rather than hid it away inside the card I decided to put it on the front.

Did you have any imaginary friends or animals when you were young? I wonder if the children of today enjoy as much imaginary play outside of school or if they get their ‘entertainment’ from electronic devices.  I hope not, while technology can be very useful there is still a need to let the imagination run wild. It makes me smile when I see children making up stories and acting them out in games of ‘Let’s Pretend’. It’s easier to engage with them when they are not glued to a phone or tablet. If ever the power runs out I hope our children still know how to make their own amusement.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Ike’s Art Facebook Progressive Challenge #6
Addicted To Stamps And More #306 – Anything Goes
Back To Basics And Beyond #10 – An Aperture Card
Crafting By Designs #August – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #88 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #74 – Anything Goes

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