Achievement along the Path of Positivity

Time for the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity and this time the theme is achievement. I am sure if we thought about it we all achieve things every day, some small day to day ones and some bigger ones. The single mother struggling to make ends meet reaching the end of the day with her children happy and contented, the injured person managing to stand for the first time since their illness or accident, the child understanding that the group of blobs on the page actually form words that can be read, all of these achievements happen around us daily.

My youngest daughter went to university to study Psychology and successfully completed the three years with a 2:1 in 2012. For the last 18 months and especially the last few month leading up to and including her finals, she struggled with confidence and developed an over emphasis on healthy living and exercise resulting in drastic weight loss. The fact that she actually managed to do her finals and get her dissertation done on time was a huge achievement and to get such a good degree at the end was amazing. We were so proud of her.

Happily she is now well on the road to recovery having found someone who gave her the right advice rather than her GP who gave her a leaflet designed for people trying to lose weight – the exact opposite of what she needed help with! She still h557306_10151267431655828_1139477743_nas peculiar eating habits but she is in control of it. This August she is getting married and her fiance is very supportive of her. They are going to be a fantastic team.

She now works as a church Youth Worker but eventually wants to look into youth counseling and her own experiences will be a big help for her in this.

It’s no surprise then that for my card I have gone with a graduation theme. With the summer approaching the next lot of students will be hard at work preparing for their exams and later on hopefully celebrating their own achievements.


Materials used: 
Kitten Scraps – Graduation Day Digi Stamp Set
Dragons Lair Designs – Definitions Happy Themed Mini Kit
X-Press It card
printer card
white 8inch square card blank
decorative edge square die
Copic pens
grey designer paper

The image has been printed on X-Press It card (the message added by computer before printing) and coloured with Copics.

The frame is cut from Dragons Lair Designs Definitions Smile paper and attached over the image.

The card front had a black pen run around the edges to give a black border before being  covered with the grey designer paper (source unknown). The designer paper was already cut to 8 inch square but I was concerned that the card base might be slightly larger which is why I edged it with the black pen.

If my card has inspired you then why not pop on over to the Path of Positivity and have a go yourself.  There are just a couple of things we request:

Don’t forget when you link up your project and/or post, to please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the theme 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 relates to the theme, it may not be as apparent to 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, the creation must be positive/inspirational/motivational AND adhere to the theme in order to be considered eligible for this month’s prizes.


  • 3 Digital Stamps from Robyn’s Fetish, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $20 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:

  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Pattie’s Creations #123 – Fathers Day or Graduation
Crafting With An Attitude #16
Crafty Girls Creations #20
2 Creative Chicks Showcase #11 
A Bit More Time To Craft #21
Crafts Galore Encore  – June
Crafting With Friends #22
Simply Papercraft #30
Where The HeART Is #10
Our Crafty Corner #10 






About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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8 Responses to Achievement along the Path of Positivity

  1. Rachael Evans says:

    I love your design, the image is so much fun and great use of the die cut papers behind! Thanks so much for entering our challenge at Crafting with Friends. Good luck and hope to see you again soon! x

  2. Florence says:

    Wonderful card Pippa. Congratulations to your daughter. I can see why you are very proud of her. Fabulous achievement.
    Take care, Flo xx

  3. dsmiles2 says:

    Fantastic use of the papers, Pippa! I especially like what you said about achievement – that some days the achievements seem very small – but I’ve learned that the achievements no one else notices and that no one else can really appreciate, are sometimes the greatest of my achievements! LOL Hope that makes sense. I can see why you are so proud of your daughter, and the card makes beautiful use of not only the challenge theme, papers, but also custom designed! Wonderful!

    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge “Anything Goes”. Please check back to see if you are a winner!
    crafty hugs,
    P.S. I’d love for you to visit my personal blog if you have a chance. Thanks!
    {Creative Smiles}

  4. Terri says:

    Very pretty graduation card. Love the frame and the image is adorable. Thanks for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

  5. A fabulous story about your daughter and a fabulous graduation card too! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pattie’s Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  6. jmhave44 says:

    Congratulations to your wonderful daughter on her special achievements. Lots of hard work in her degree, and alsothankful she’s gotten some good advice on the healthy eating. It’s too sad that tv, movies, always emphasize the ‘skinny’ people, as not everyone has the shape to be slender. It’s more important to be healthy with the body structure that you have. I’m glad she’s on the right track, as it’s not easy. It is good if she can translate her experiences into helping others, understanding their struggles. A perfect card to celebrate her milestones, love that image. Also looks very spiffy on the fancy diecut. I’m sure it helped to make her big day just even more special than it already was. You are justly very proud of her. TFS

  7. Thanks for playing in our “Father’s Day OR Graduation” Challenge #123!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie’s Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie’s shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  8. Pattie says:

    This is perfect for our current challenge “Father’s Day or Graduation” at Pattie’s Creations. What a nice image too! Thanks for joining us!
    Pattie ♥
    at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge!

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