Apples just for you

This is my card for the Art By Barb progressive challenge on the Facebook page.

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Materials used:
Art By Barb – Apple (available free from the Facebook page if entering the challenge for the first time)
Imagine That Digistamp – Maggie’s Apples
X-Press It card
printer card
white flat-backed adhesive gems
circle die
oval die
scalloped oval die
acrylic greeting stamp
red ink pad
A5 white card blank
Copic pens

Apple has been printed on X-Press It card, coloured with Copics and cut out with an oval die.

Three papers from the Maggie’s Apples set have been printed onto printer card. The red check is used to cover the front of the card blank, the yellow one is cut with a scalloped oval die to make a mat for the image and the patterned one is used to cut decorative ribbons.

The greeting is stamped onto white card and cut with a circle die.

The matted image, paper ribbons and greeting are arranged on the card front. The gems are coloured with a Copic pen and stuck on as shown.

The progressive challenge at Art by Barb is open until the 29th of this month so if you hurry you still have time to pick up the image and enter. All the details are on the Facebook Page.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Art By Barb Facebook Progressive Challenge – June
Sweet Stampin’ – Creations for Children
Crafty Friends #60 – Friendship 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #60 – Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore #42 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #198 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1725 – Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart #164 – Anything Goes

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Growing Old Disgracefully!

Time for a new release at Bugaboo Digi Stamps. This fun image called ‘Stella belly button’ is in the store today.

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Stella Belly Button (new release today)
X-Press It card
white card
purple card
black card
Copic pens
white DL card blank

Stella is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics before being trimmed back to the frame. The sentiment is printed on white card and trimmed to size.

A length of purple card matted on black is attached across the middle of a DL card blank then the image and sentiment added.

There is always something happening on the Catch the Bug Blog so why not go and take a look. You will find links to the new releases and more inspiration from the DT as well as links to the current challenges and the store.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa


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Faith, Hope and Love

This month the optional theme at Path of Positivity is Faith, Hope and Love. As it is June and the start of the most popular time for weddings we are looking especially for wedding/engagement/anniversary makes reflecting the Faith, Hope and Love theme.

I love finding songs that have thought provoking or inspiring lyrics. I have used quite a few ‘unusual’ ones in my All Age Worship Services over the years. Jim Croce’s ‘Time in a bottle’ has always been a favourite, the melody is lovely and the words are wonderful. In fact they work so well with the theme for the challenge that I decided to  make them the focal of my make.

Just in case you cannot make out the words from my photo here they are, including the part that did not fit on the front.

“Time In A Bottle”

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with youIf I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with youBut there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time withIf I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty, except for the memory of how
They were answered by youBut there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with
Time In A Bottle(watermarked)

Materials used:
– As Time Goes By Clockwork papers
Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles – A Matter of Time Watch Patterned Paper
Dragons Lair Designs – Summer Sunset Couple Digi Stamp
Serif Craft Artist 2 programme or similar graphics software. (Link to free compact version)

This is a different project for me because I have made the whole thing digitally, not a piece of paper or pen in sight. The papers are layered up, the text and digi stamp added and the shadows put in using Craft Artist software.

If I wanted to make a physical card I have two choices. I could print out all the different element and then assemble them or I could print out the whole project as a card leaving the shadows to give some depth to it. It would also work really well as a scrapbook page, again either printing out the different elements and assembling them or printing off as one page.

While it was fun playing around with the software if I am being totally honest nothing quite beats the more hands on approach with paper, pens and glue!

The optional theme at Path of Positivity is Faith, Hope and Love. As this is the start of the wedding season we would particularly like to see Wedding, Engagement and Anniversary makes.

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, we want to see you create a wedding card, an engagement card or even a wedding anniversary card that reflects the concepts of faith, hope and/or love.  It is time to put on those rose coloured glasses and get a little mushy.

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 wedding or engagement card relates to the concept of faith, hope and/or 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 your creation ties into the theme, 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 three images from Pattie’s Creations, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month’s sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.

So what are you waiting for, come along and join us, please.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Path_of_Positivity_Pippa

 

I would like to enter the following challenge:
Digitally Made Challenges #2 – Quote
A Bit More Time To Craft #46 – Anything Goes

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Eyes Down at Bugaboo

It’s time for a Bingo challenge at Catch the Bug.

 

 

 

 

I have used the right hand side column for my sample.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Beautiful Blocks Thoughts and Prayers
X-Press It card
silver mirri card
black card
white organza ribbon
purple button
Copic pens
white 15cm square card

The image is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. It is trimmed back to the black frame then matted and layered onto silver and black card before attaching to the front of the card blank.

The white ribbon is coloured with one of the purple pens used to colour the lilies. When dry it is threaded through the button and tied in a bow at the back before being glued to the card front.

I hope you will come and join us this week. You can find more inspiration from the DT and full instructions on the Catch the Bug Blog.  There are also links to the other Bugaboo challenges and the shop.

Thank you for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter #298 – Tie A Bow
Crafty Creations #343 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #130 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place #June – Anything Goes
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #6 – Anything Goes (must use a Bugaboo stamp)
Crafting With An Attitude #28 – Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #37 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrapshack FFC#194 – Anything Goes (optional sketch twist)

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Keeping Time

Scrapper’s Delights have a progressive challenge running on their Facebook and this month have a great steampunk/vintage image to work with.

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Materials used:
Scrapper’s Delights – Lady Constance
DDDoodles – A Matter of Time Patterned Papers
DDDoodles – As Time Goes By
X-Press It card
printer card and paper
vintage photo distress ink and applicator
A5 white card blank
Copic pens

Lady Constance is printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. The coloured image is than fussy cut.

Three of the papers are printed out on paper. The clock face paper is used to cover the front of the card blank leaving a white border. Two of the Matter of Time papers are cut to make a layered matt for the image. All the papers have been edged with vintage photo distress ink.

The time quote is printed on printer paper, trimmed to size and coloured with the vintage photo ink.

The coloured image is attached to the card using gel glue to give some dimension to the card.

The progressive challenge at Scrapper’s Delights is a great one to have a go at. The images are wonderful to work with. So why not have a look at the Facebook Page for all the details and join in the fun.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Scrapper’s Delights Facebook Progressive Challenge – June
Scrapper’s Delights Challenge #67 – June
Open Minded Crafting Challenges #18 – Just About Time In June
PIP Challenge #1724 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #43 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #130 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #120 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner #127 – Vintage
Addicted To Stamps And More #246 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #46 – Anything Goes 

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Summer Is A Comin’

It’s that time of the year when all teachers start counting down to the end of term and the summer break. Hopefully this year we will see the sun more than the rain! At Scribbles Designs a new challenge starts today with the theme ‘Holiday Hoopla’. So we would love to see your holiday related cards. It can be for any of the many holidays celebrated around the world, from New Year until Christmas there are so many to choose from! Being a sea loving girl I went with the summer for my sample.

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Materials used: 
Scribbles Designs – Sand Bucket (freebie)
Scribbles Designs – Sizzling Summer Papers
acrylic sentiment stamp (free with Creative Stamping Magazine)
black archival ink
X-Press It card
Copic pens
blank A5 card base

I printed out two of the papers then ripped strips and glued to the front of the card base to make the background. The idea is that the sandcastles are the ‘beach’ and the duck rings the ‘sea’. I left the white edge on the ‘sea’ strips to make it look a little like the tops of waves.

The Sand Bucket image has been printed out on X-Press It card three times, coloured and then used to make the 3d image.

The sentiment is stamped on white card, trimmed and edged with a pen then the same pen used to edge the card.

I hope you will come and join us at Scribbles Designs. You have until the 14th July to get your entry in. You will find more inspiration from the DT on the blog as well as a link to the store where there are plenty of images to inspire your creations.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Scrapper’s Delights June #67 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge #45 Summer – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #59 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1724 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #163 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #181 – Anything Goes
Ike’sworld Challenges #90 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Summer
Give a Crafter A Cookie #71 
Paper Craft Happy #1 – Anything Goes With Option of Summer

 

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Love To Craft Challenge Midway Inspiration

We are now half way through the Love To Craft June Challenge. As always the theme is Anything Goes.

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Materials used:
Sweet Escape Digis – Make Up ( a free image from Facebook Competition but there are lots of wonderful images in the shop)
X-Press It card
pale blue and mid blue textured card

white adhesive gems
white A5 card blank
Copic pens

The image is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. It is trimmed and edged with one of the pens used to colour the dress.

The card blank is edged with a blue Copic and the same pen used to to colour the gems. Two strips of blue card are added as show.

Finally the topper and gems are added to the card front.

Not quite sure what happened to her eyes in the photo, it may be a strange shadow as it does not look like that in the original.

There are still a couple of weeks left to join in the fun at the Love to Craft Challenge so why not come on in. All details can be found on the blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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Fast and Furious At Bugaboo

It’s time for the start of a new weekly challenge at Catch the Bug and this week the theme is: Fast and Furious.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Digi Stamps – Guy Bike
X-Press It card
black card
brown card
white A5 card blank
photograph
Copic pens

Three identical copies of the image are printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. The images are fussy cut to make up layers for 3d decoupage and stuck together with gel glue.

The sentiment is printed out on white card and cut to shape before being edged with a black pen.

The photograph background is one I took at a recent visit to Lytes Cary Manor a local National Trust Property. It has been trimmed then matted and layered on black and brown card before being attached to the card blank.

The challenge at Catch the Bug is open for a week and all the details can be found on the Catch the Bug blog. It would be lovely to see you there.

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

Challenges I am entering:
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie #70 – (I’ve chosen the colours and the idea of an outside activity)
Lemon Shortbread #43 – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #28 – Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #37 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #45 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack Fun-day Friday #192 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #132 – Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #47 – Anything Goes

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Ultimate Dr Who Fan?

The Progressive Freebie Challenge is in full swing at the Limited Runs Facebook Page and there is just under one week left to enter. This month the image is a deadly looking bug!

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Materials used: Limited Runs – Steampunk Bug
X-Press It card
gold mirri card
alchol ink coloured acetate from snippits box
white gems
A5 white card blank
Copic Pens

The image is printed on X-Press It card, coloured with Copics then trimmed to size. It is matted onto gold mirri card.

The front of the card blank is covered with a slightly smaller piece of the coloured acetate. Four white gems are coloured with a green Copic pen then stuck in the corners.

The sentiment is printe on white card, trimmed and edged with a black pen.

The matted image and the sentiment are attached to the front of the card.

It was a happy chance that the piece of acetate I found left over from a previous project worked so well with the colours I had used on the bug.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

I am entering the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive Challenge (Facebook)
Love To Scrap #98 – Boyz Rule!
Your Scrapbook Place June – Anything Goes
Fun-Day Friday #191 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin – For Dads or Special Men
A Gem Of A Challenge #195 – For The Boys/Men (any male image)
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #59 – Anything Goes 
Come And Get It Challenges – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1723 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #162 – Anything Goes 

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Going to the Heart of the Matter

I am writing this post the day after the terror attack in Manchester and I hope that, even though by the time this goes live it will be two weeks after the event, you will let me digress a little with some thoughts of my own.

When faced with the complete senseless nature of a cowardly attack like this, made even more poignant by the young age of the victims, it is hard not to sink into a knee jerk reaction of hate for the perpetrator. In the shock and bewilderment of the immediate aftermath of the attack Manchester showed it’s true colours of love and compassion. The tales of taxi’s providing free rides to those caught up in the chaos, hotels opening up rooms for free and people offering rooms in their own homes, the one thing evil cannot conquer is love.  So Manchester has restored faith in human beings, given hope that good will overcome and has shown love even for the stranger.

It is purely by chance that my card for the start of the new challenge at Path of Positivity fits so well.

1John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:18 . . .  But perfect love drives out fear . . .
1 Corinthians 13:13  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

(Since writing this there has been another terror attack in London and the spirit of Manchester has been shown there as well with selfless acts of bravery and support. Love conquers all.)

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Materials used:
Pattie’s Creations – Hearts With Bow

X-Press It card
red card
black card
A5 card blank
Copic pens

The image is printed on X-Press It card, coloured with Copics and trimmed. (The words were added before printing.)

The card blank is edged with blue ink using foam. The image is matted and layered on red and black card then attached to the front of the card.

The optional theme at Path of Positivity is Faith, Hope and Love. As this is the start of the wedding season we would particularly like to see Wedding, Engagement and Anniversary makes.

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, we want to see you create a wedding card, an engagement card or even a wedding anniversary card that reflects the concepts of faith, hope and/or love.  It is time to put on those rose coloured glasses and get a little mushy.

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 wedding or engagement card relates to the concept of faith, hope and/or 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 your creation ties into the theme, 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 three images from Pattie’s Creations, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month’s sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.

So what are you waiting for, come along and join us, please.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Path_of_Positivity_Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #342 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner #125 – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #28 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #45 –  Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore June – Anything Goes

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