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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Things you can do with a white flannel (part 1)

In the words of Victor Meldrew ‘I don’t believe it!’ apologies to those of you who do not know about the British TV show ‘One Foot in the Grave’. What don’t I believe you ask, well I don’t believe it is almost two years since our youngest daughter got married. It only seems like yesterday that I was colouring in endless invitations, orders of service, place name cards, cutting out endless triangle boxes for the favours and scouring all the charity shops for boots for the table decorations.

A bit of research and I found out that the second wedding anniversary is cotton and that’s when I had one of my sillier creative ideas, cotton = cotton flannels and so this card was dreamed up.

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Materials used: 
white cotton flannel
silver mirri card
blue card
red card
clear heart gems
silver number stickers
A5 card blank
heart dies
Copic pens:
R29, R39, R59, R89

I used a medium sized heart die to cut the shapes out of the flannel. It did take a couple of passes through the Grand Calibur but I think it is more to do with the age of my machine, it is not cutting quite as well as it used to.

Having coloured the hearts with the pens, very carefully so as not to spoil the nibs, I used a smaller die to cut the centres out. I used the size inbetween to cut out silver card to fit behind the appurture I had created and then cut red hearts using an even smaller die.

I printed the sentiment onto the blue card before trimming it to fit the card front. It is the same blue card we used for the wedding invitations and there is still a lot left, I somewhat over catered!! I thought using it would be a reminder of the big day.

Having assembled all the elements and sticking them to the card the final job was putting on the gems and the numbers.

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The pieces left from all that die cutting did not go to waste, I used them inside the card. (Sorry about the quality of the photo, I had some lighting issues today).

 

 

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I even made use of the tag from the flannel on the back of the card. At this point it is possible that I had been exposed to too much glue!!

 

 

 

Finally a little reminder of all the crafty fun we had preparing for the wedding.

September LTCC Page - Wedding Bits and Pieces

It’s been fun taking a trip down memory lane. Thank you for accompanying me along the way. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
PIP Challenge #1833 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #74 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft August #08 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore August #54 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards August – Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #23 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #373 – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #394 – Anything Goes

 

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Rainbows and Wishes

Time to share another progressive challenge make using an image from LeAnne’s World 101.

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Materials used:
LeAnne’s World 101 – Princess On A Cloud
DDDoodles – Rainy Days Papers
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad
shimmer card
X-Press It card
pink gems
pink star gem
Dovecraft Dual Brush Marker – lilac
Gelli Roll – Clear Star
Posca pen – Silver
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – E42, E43, E47, E49
pillow – RV00, R81, R83, R85
leggins – G12, G02, G05
eyes – E33, E35, E37
wings – YG11, Y13, Y15, Y17, C1
hair bow – Y11, Y13, Y18, Y38
rainbow ring – V05, RV66, RV69, V09, V99
G02, G17, G29, G99
Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E15, E18
R29, R39, R59, R89
wand – R39, R59, R89
stars –  Y13
cloud shadows – V20

I printed out the image twice and cut out the wand and princess from the second image, using it to 3D decoupage ontop of the first image.

The crown has been coloured in with the Gelli Roll and Posca pens and small gems added to the tips of the point. The pink star is one I have had in my stash for more years than I care to remember! I think it came in a bulk buy when my girls were small for gluing and sticking sessions on wet holidays, the eldest is now 31 so we are talking decades ago! It just goes to show that even bright pink stars have their use eventually.

The backing paper is printed out on paper that has a very fine glimmer to it although the photograph has not picked it up very well.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
LeAnne’s World 101 #5 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #74 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #212 – Anything Goes/Optional Twist Magic/Fantasy
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #88 – Anything Goes 
PIP Challenge #1833 – Anything Goes

 

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A Very English Summer

There is something quintessentially British about cricket and crown green bowling. In my mind the later is the reserve of the more advanced in years, a gentle afternoon activity in the summer sunshine. Oh how wrong was I! There is a growing number of younger people taking up the sport including my niece’s fiance at the tender age of 30. This is the card I made for him.

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Materials used:
Polka Doodles – Work And Play #4
Imagine That Digistamp – Bella’s Beauties Satin Fabrics
silver greeting  and number stickers
printer paper
parchment paper
X-Press It card
silver number sticker
Copic pens:
skin – E00, E11, E13, E15, R20
hair – E42, E43, E47, E49
shirt – B000, B21, B23, B26 CO, C1
trousers – C1, C3, C5
ball – C3, C5, C7, C9  R29, R39, R59, R89
shoes – C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
mat – Y13, Y15, Y17, Y38

The image and the backing papers are all from the Work and Play #4 collection. The green mat for the image is a piece of  parchment paper printed with a green paper from the Satins collection that I had left over from an old project. The bowler image has been fussy cut and mounted on this piece.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Polkadoodles Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
Pixie’s Snippets Playground #333 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #88 – Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Week 480/1 – From Boys To Men
Sweet Stampin’ – Sports
A Bit More Time To Craft #74 – Anything Goes

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy

I fell in love with this month’s image from Scrapper’s Delights for the Progressive Challenge. However I was a little worried for her modesty if she should bend over to collect shells so I have added the shorts to her outfit.

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Materials used: 
Scrapper’s Delights – Sailor Dress Honey
Dragons Lair Designs – Seaside Retreat
7×5 card blank
printer card
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – E57, E47, E49
eyes – E35, E39, E59
tunic and shorts – B21, B23, B26, B18
outfit trim,stripes and bracelet – R29, R39, R59, R89
shoes – C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, 100

The frame she is in is from a Dragons Lair set of papers and embellishments called Seaside Retreat. I have been unable to locate it in the new store but if you go to the Dragons Lair fan page on Facebook I am sure you can drop them a message and they should be able to tell you if it is available anywhere.

We have certainly had a beautiful summer in the UK, great for those on holiday but a nightmare for our farmers. They had already started feeding the winter supply earlier in the year when we had all the snow and now they are having to feed again because there is no grass left. The crops are not doing much better either. We need rain, and not just a little. Ideally a good few nights of steady rain would be good for the parched earth and the flora and fauna. It’s not often we have the problem of the summer being too hot and dry!

Thank you for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Scrapper’s Delights Facebook Challenge – July
Ike’s World Challenge #111 – Anything Goes / All At Sea
Lemon Shortbread #73 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #205 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The heart #217 – Anything Goes
Avenue 613 Create #211 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #86 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #72 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #150 – Anything Goes
Create and Makes #23 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC#244 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1830 – Sunny Days!
A Gem Of A Challenge #224 – Summertime / Holidays

 

 

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Double the fun at LeAnn’s World

The progressive challenge on LeAnn’s World 101 Facebook Page is in full swing using the girl and stocking image. However LeAnne also had a weekend challenge this past weekend with the little boy image. Being short of time and not sure if I could make cards for both challenges I decided to combine the images.

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Materials used: 
LeAnn’s World 101 – Fun With Stockings
LeAnn’s World 101 – Santa’s Helper Sam
Imagine That Digistamp – Elegant Ornaments
Christmas designer papers
Britannia Dies Poinsettia set
red and green card
gold liquid pearls
X-Press It card
white pearl
red ribbon
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
girl’s hair – Y21, YR23, E15, E18
boy’s hair – E42, E43, E47, E49
beard and fur trim – C0, C1, C3
clothes – R29, R39, R59, R89
belt and boots – C5, C7, C9
stocking – G02, G17, G29, G99
holly leaves – G21, G94, G99
sack – E21, E23, E25, E29

Both LeAnn’s images and the sentiment from Imagine That were aranged on the page and printed out together before colouring with Copic pens.

The poinsettia is made up from 2 layers cut from red card and one from green card. The stamen are made from small drops of gold liquid pearls.

The ribbon is from my friends wedding last year, she used ribbon to decorate the stems of the wine glasses so after the reception I ‘rescued’ some!

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread #73 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #205 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The heart #217 – Anything Goes
Avenue 613 Create #211 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #86 – Anything Goes
Crafty Friends #89 – Lace/Ribbon
Hiding In My Craft Room #363 – Any Holiday! (Christmas In July)
Crafting With Friends #72 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #150 – Anything Goes
Create and Makes #23 – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge – Use Stash Items
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC#244 – Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T #477 – Christmas
Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Snippits Playground #331 – Must Include A Snippet (the poinsettia was made from snippets, and the ribbon is a snippet).
LeAnn’s World 101 #4 – Anything Goes 

 

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