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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ike's World Challenges Celebrates Easter and Spring

It looks like Mother Nature has finally settled down into a new season, Spring. Nature is always a great inspiration for art in any form, so it makes sense for Ike's World Challenge Blog to offer an optional twist of Spring or Easter to its Anything Goes theme.
Everyone in my family knows I am a comic, so I created an easel card featuring flowers and bunnies, but...I had to twist it into a punny card. I think easel cards make the best riddle cards to deliver that punchline, don't you? So, do you know how many rabbits it takes to change a light bulb? 
One! If it hops right to it! (If you groaned, then my pun was successful) I used two images from Ike's Art, Bunny on Shelf and Smashing Idea. Instead of trying to color in the light bulb, I decided to keep the image uncolored but print it on white copy paper.
You have until Sunday to link up your card or project at Ike's World Challenge Blog. The theme is optional and you may use any images you like to play along, but if you use an IKEsART image, you will be entered twice into the voting for a gift certificate to the store. Happy crafting!  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Celebrate the Beauty of Nature along the Path of Positivity

Welcome, crafters, to the midway point of the challenge at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. The theme is Always Anything Goes, with this month's optional twist of the Beauty of Nature. The guest sponsor is Sparkle n Sprinkle
and I got to play with this cute digital image called Rainy Days. I'm always looking for rainbows when it rains here in Chicago. My family doesn't get alarmed when I leap out of my seat and run outside to catch the colors in the sky after a rainfall.
To capture my excitement and contentment with rainy days and rainbows, I used a scenic paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles called Chasing Rainbows.
The image is perfect for reflection on God's promise of blessings coming from stormy events in our own lives. To continue with the rainbow theme, I printed my sentiment (LD Handwritten Greetings) and water-colored a mini rainbow on it. There is so much color going on that I embellished simply with a bow and a butterfly sticker.
I hope you find your rainbow during the Spring season! And if you create and add your project to the Path of Positivity challenge blog, you can win big:
SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:
A $15.00 gift certificate from Sparkle n Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
 A $15.00 gift certificate from Sparkle n Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor 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.

in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some manner. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $15 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle. If you do follow the Beauty of Nature theme, please add the letters FT after your name so you'll be in the draw for the prize for the Most Inspiring as voted on by the DT members.
Happy crafting!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Ghost of Christmas Past Visits the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog

The best part of Christmas is the memories of Christmases past. Charles Dickens hit it spot-on when he wrote A Christmas Carol, pulling Ebenezer Scrooge and his readers into the heart of Christmas with his spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Around my dinner table at Christmas, we a single place setting  for all those who can no longer celebrate with us. Memories of their laughter and love keep them alive every year.
This spirit of Christmas Past inspires April’s Optional theme of The Ghost of Christmas Past (a Vintage Theme) at the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog. The guest sponsor is Luna Girl, a perfect match for this theme as you will see from the offerings of our DT.
I used an image from Luna Girl's Pink Christmas 2 Collage Sheet, along with the following papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles': Vintage Damask 1: Rich Colors Paper Kit in Green, Pink Glitterati Textured Paper and Brown Paper from A Grungy Christmas Paper Kit
The rest of the embellishments are from Carolyn's Scrap Creations and various crafters at Pixel Scrapper. 
The challenges are always ANYTHING GOES but there's always an optional theme. You don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month and have your name thrown into the year-end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15.00 gift certificate from Lunagirl. Please add the letters FT after your name when you link your cards so that we know you're interested in that $15 Luna Girl prize and let the spirits inspire you to create a vintage Christmas card this month!


See the Shades of Spring at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Can it be that Spring has finally arrived? Yes! although it has been known to snow in April and even May in Chicago (I never put up my mittens and boots until Memorial Day). Taking advantage of some very nice weather lately, I created a card for my DT make at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Their challenge asks crafters to create in Shades of Spring. Here's a little photo inspiration for you:
As you can see, my colors show up more vividly than the photo, but my lilacs and greens are there, along with the butter yellow. Anyway, I photographed and then printed out one of my water colors for the card's background. I fussy-cut the Scribbles image, called Hatch in Egg, then used dimensional dots to adhere to my background. I finished off my card with a few jeweled butterflies as well as a 3D one.
Scribbles Designs has a huge variety of whimsical images plus quite a few freebies for you to play with. So color up a Scribbles image (or any image) and come join in the challenge for your chance to win free digis from the store!
Challenges I am Entering:
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - Photo inspiration
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/optional Easter
Stampavie and More - Watercolor background
Chocolate Baroque - Color Inspiration

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Anything Goes w/Optional Twist "In the Garden" at Ike's World Challenges

Welcome to the midway point of this fortnight's Ike's World Challenges Anything Goes challenge. The OPTIONAL twist this time is In the Garden. While Ike has some lovely flower images in her store, I am not a big fan of flowers. I love to look at them...from afar. I have allergies to most flowers, and I believe I might just have subconscious allergies to faux flowers.
So when I think Garden, I think lovely lettuce, rosy radishes, juicy tomatoes and plump pumpkins. I found the perfect sentiment to go with my Copic-colored image. It reads:
"One of the most delightful things a bout a garden
is the anticipation it provides."
My card paints a picture of the anticipation I feel when planting and taking care of my vegetable garden. This year I am expanding mine and can't wait to turn the earth to make ready for my dreams. But enough daydreaming! You have until Sunday evening to link up your creation, which can be ANYTHING, for your chance to win free digis from the Store!
Challenges I am Entering:
Allsorts - Food
Crafty Friends - B is for...(I chose Bounty, which is what I hope my garden will yield this year)


Monday, April 3, 2017

Explore the Beauty of Nature on the Path of Positivity

A new month means a new challenge at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. While all challenges are now Anything positive or uplifting Goes, the optional twist is "the Beauty of Nature". And Bunnies are definitely a part of nature (just look in my backyard). So with the Easter holiday around the corner, I decided to create an Easter card.
My image comes from Sparkle n Sprinkle, the guest sponsor for the Path of Positivity this month. It's called Spring Bunny and can be found at the SNS Store.
The challenge runs from today through April 30th, so take a walk outside and let nature inspire your next crafty project!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Birds of a Feather Stick Together at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

I'm feeling Spring today, which is a little dangerous in Chicago. You never know when Mother Nature might throw another curve ball and stick up with a foot of snow on top of our tulips and daffodils!
But at least my Spring card won't get snowed upon. I created my double Z-fold card for this month's Birds of a Feather challenge over at Scribbles Designs. We're at the midway point of the challenge, so you have another two weeks to create and link up your projects for your chance to win free digis from the store. While you're there, check out the FREEBIES, as well as FAB FRIENDS QUOTE and SPRING BIRD FREEBIE, which are the two Scribbles digis I used on my card.
Here's another look at the card I created-
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Just Add Ink - Just Add Critters
Moving Along with the Times - Into the Woods
Through the Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes

It's FREEBIE Time Again at Pixel Scrapper

Time again to show off how much I've learned at Pixel Scrapper with another FREEBIE Blog Train offering. Pixel Scrapper is a free website where you can snag digital papers, elements, templates and so much more. If you join, you can grab up ALL the offerings in this bog train, and it is amazing! It's called RAINDROPS and RAINBOWS. Here's a preview of mine:
 I'm just a beginner and my kit is small. You should see some of the kits, and they're all free! Meanwhile, click on the button below to download my Mini Kit of papers. Don't forget to leave a little love to cheer me on my way down the digital path...

(UPDATED LINK)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Somewhere Over the Rainbow at Ike's World Challenge Blog

One more week before the challenge over at Ike's World Challenge Blog ends. It's always Anything Goes with an Optional Twist. This month the Twist is Over the Rainbow. I used an image from Ike's Art called Shhh! on one of my watercolors that I printed out on glossy cardstock.
My sentiment is difficult to read. It is:
"I can only eat Glitter and Rainbows. Darn my sensitive stomach."
Her hair is colored with a mi of Copics, pencils and metallic gel pens. and yes, the bird is part of the card. LOL I snagged 4 of these cute tiny bluebirds from an antique store for a quarter each. Great deal!
You have until Sunday night to link up your project (anything goes) for your chance to win free digis from Ike's Art store. Good luck and happy crafting!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Birth of New Beginnings at the Path of Positivity

Welcome to the midway point of March's challenge at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The challenges have changed to Anything Goes, but an optional theme is also offered. The optional theme this month is the Birth of New Beginnings. 
Graduation is the birth of new beginnings for students on their way to careers for which they've studied for the last four to eight years. It's also the beginning of a different kind of parenting as their child matures, moves away, marries and has kids of his or her own. Or chooses one of many other paths. Graduation isn't the end of anything, especially learning. 
I created this scrapbook page for my best friend, whom I coincidentally met while in college myself. Our kids grew up together, our families went on road trips together, and I even have a video somewhere of the two of them dressing up and saying they were getting married. She doesn't scrapbook, so when he graduated with honors from one of the most prestigious universities in Chicagoland, I had to preserve that memory for him and for her!
So, the challenge has two sponsors, Limited Runs
and Kitten Scraps
I used several papers and elements from Kitten Scraps:
Graduation Day Clipart #4,5,7,8,9
 Winter's Playground Paper Add-On Patterned Paper 67
November Thank You Boy Paper 2
Sunny Fish Fun Raffia 13
Now on to the good stuff! 
SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION: 
  • A $20.00 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch. In order to have a chance to win this prize, be sure to explore this idea of the Birth of New Beginnings.*
  • A $10.00 gift certificate from Limited Runs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants. You need only create a project that is positive or uplifting.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
*If you do follow the optional theme: be sure to add FT after your name and leave a comment to let us know how your project relates to the theme if it's not easily apparent. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An Angelic Celebration of Christmas

My card today is my DT make for the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up Blog. I decided to go with non-traditional colors, and the pink goes so well with A Day for Daisies'  Lucky Wishes image.
Can you believe how fast this year is passing? It's already the middle of March, and the start of Spring officially starts in less than a week. Although I think Mother Nature has been skipping her meds with the goofy weather we've been having in Chicago this winter (not that I'm complaining). 
What she needs is an angel looking over her shoulder to help her sort seasons out. Which is quite a coincidence, considering that the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up Challenge Blog is offering an optional theme this month:
Christmas Angels
Angels are an important part of Christmas. Many Christmas trees feature angels. attired in flowing gowns. Traditionally, it is the last ornament placed at the very top of the tree. The Christmas story is filled with angels bringing messages. So, the angel deserves a special place of honor during the holiday season, and we would love to see some of those beautiful angels on your cards. Of course, every month's challenge is ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES, but in order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that your card has an angel featured prominently on it in some form or other. And if you do, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize!
This month's sponsor is A Day for Daisies 

http://decossesdynamitedoodles.blogspot.ca/
  • Prize being offered: One free digital paper to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge.  Cards can be anything goes for this prize, they only have to follow the theme if they want a chance at the sponsor's prize.  
  • The entire mini set of six digital papers called An Angelic Nature, will also be offered up as a prize to one random winner.

  • Challenges I am Entering:
    Seasons Greetings - Anything Goes: Opt. Twist is Embossing
    A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes

Birds of a Feather Stick Together at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Welcome to a new challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!
This month's theme is Birds of a Feather. I used one of my favorite Scribbles images. It's called Farrah Flamingo. And since St. Paddy's Day is just two days away, I decided to create a card for the holiday. Farrah, ever fashion-forward, wishes everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day, even if green just isn't her color.
My sentiment was inspired by a recent St.Paddy's Day when I found myself without a Kelly green shirt to wear to work. I had to run to Walmart and buy one! I didn't have the self-confidence that Farrah has to brazen it out in pink instead of green that day.
Here's what went into my card:
Scribbles Designs' Images: Farrah Flamingo, Shamrock, Leprechaun Hat
Font:  Celtic Hand
Paper": Patacake's Pages (that's me). 

Now onto the challenge. Create with birds in mind, whether you choose them in your image, your paper or your embellishments. Then link up with Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from the store.
Now I have a freebie for you. I created Lucky Sunburst patterned paper from resources that include Scribbles' Designs' Shamrock & Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reid's Sunburst 3 Template. Just click on it to bring up the original size and then right-click to save. See you at Scribbles Challenge Blog!!


Challenges I am Entering:
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - G is for Green with Envy
Naughty or Nice challenges - Feature an Animal
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Another Card with Sandra Caldwell for Your Scrapbook Place

Just a creative reminder that Your Scrapbook Place has an Anything Goes challenge this month. Sandra Caldwell is the guest sponsor and I used this free image from her Facebook page. I love tearing paper, and it's a good way to use up leftover pieces of patterned papers. I covered my torn-paper background with my Copic-colored image, framing it twice with cardstock. A simple bow and a sentiment finish off my card.
You have until the end of the month to create and link ANYTHING at Your Scrapbook Place for your chance to win!
Challenges I am Entering:
Imagine That! - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenges - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Better Late than Never - Winners of Scribbles Designs Birthday Bash

Winners!!!
Challenge #49 Birthday Bonanza
at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

  One random person who commented on my blog receives a copy of the image used on the my DT card.
The winner is:

Chana

 who has won a copy of:


Congratulations! If you haven't already, claim your prize by sending a message to Lisa at decossesdynamitedoodles@yahoo.ca with the subject heading, "SD BH Image Winner". Be sure to let me know your name and the image that you have won.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Getting Sentimental at Ike's World Challenges


Ike's World Challenge blog has reached the midway point of their newest challenge. It's ANYTHING GOES, of course, with an optional twist to
Make a Sentiment your focal point.
Since there is quite a bit of Irish in my ancestry, I decided to make a St. Paddy's Day card. I created my project using a sentiment from Ike's Art called Shamrock Stamp. After printing it out, I popped it onto a patterned paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Bokeh Paper Kit. I added "a wee bit o' Irish lace" (okay, it's actually from a paper lace die-cut, poetic license) before placing my sentiment onto some glittery paper. A bow finishes off my card.
Do you have a favorite sentiment? Create something with it and share it at Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift certificate to Ike's Store!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafty Friends - All That Glitters
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - G is for Green with Envy
Craftaholics R Us - Shades of Green
Creatilicious Challenges - Anything Goes w/Optional Use LOTS of Green
Kreativeinkauf - Monochrome


Monday, March 6, 2017

Another Month, Another Trip Down the Path of Positivity



Good afternoon, crafters! Time for a new challenge at the Path of Positivity, where it's always ANYTHING GOES. This month's OPTIONAL theme is "the Birth of New Beginnings." Spring is right around the corner, which reminds us of the birth of flowers and baby animals. New beginnings can also mean creating a card for a new baby, a new home, a new job, even a new YOU.
When I think of New Beginnings, I think that every day is a new beginning. Now sometimes I wake up to a Bad Hair day. Sometimes it's a challenging day. Whatever I face as I get out of bed, shower and get dressed, I start each day with CHOCOLATE. 
"Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed.
Chocolate makes it worthwhile." 
~Author Unknown
I am not a coffee person (gasp) and I like my tea iced, so a mug of hot chocolate, especially in the winter, is a sweet way to begin a new day, which is what inspired me to create the card above. I used Mini Bird with Coffee Cups Set  (hot chocolate cup) from Limited Runs. 
Limited Runs is one of two sponsors this month, the other being Kitten Scraps.
 http://www.kittenscraps.com/store/
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 Limited Runs. 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.
Prizes Offered:
  • A $20.00 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $10.00 gift certificate from Limited Runs, one 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.


I'm looking forward to seeing your art at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog this month.
Challenges I am Entering:
Craft Rocket Challenges - No Patterned paper
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It's Still Cold at Scribbles Challenge Blog

Today is the MIDPOINT of the BABY IT'S COLD OUT THERE challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. I created a card using Scribbles' Snow Kisses. I love the snowmen and penguin characters that Sandy has created for her store. 
I also love the color teal, which is featured on my card by the light teal glitter paper, ric rac paper and my Copic coloring. The patterned paper is from a new paper kit from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The set is called Angelic Nature.
I finished off my card with some glittery alphas to spell out Brrr (which happens to be the penguin's trade name if you go to Scribbles Designs). A spray of silver and a snowflake bow dipped in glitter and my card looks, well, like winter! ...which Chicago has returned to, after enjoying an unseasonable week of T-shirt weather.
This challenge runs through the 14th of March, so pull out your winter embellishments and come join the fun at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.
Challenges I am Entering:

A Purr-fectly Lovely Challenge at Your Scrapbook Place

Good morning, crafters! I had to "paws" in my very busy life to do some extra crafting for one of my favorite challenge blogs, Your Scrapbook Place. This month's challenge is sponsored by one of my favorite artists, Sandra Caldwell.
I created my card using Sandra's "Kitty Ride", coloring the little guys with Copics. I decided to craft an open card face.
It makes a "fur-bulous" presentation when open. Not only does the inner cardstock feature my sentiment, but it has room for some personal writing AND a cute kitty-themed sticker.
Now it's your turn to create and link up your ANYTHING GOES creation with Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog this month. And don't forget to check out Sandra Caldwell's Facebook Page, where she offers challenges and freebies.
See you there!
Challenges I am Entering:
Show Us Your Pussies - Kitty Love
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - We Love Animals

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pixel Scrapper's March Blog Train Freebie

This month Pixel Scrapper's Blog Train is called "In Your Pocket", offering everything imaginable for scrapping pocket pages. My Mini Kit consists of six 4" x 6" Filler Cards in a beach theme. And it's yours for FREE!
All I ask is that you abide by my Terms of Use which are included with the cards, AND to please leave a little love.
Just click on the button below to Download the Mini Kit. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mother Nature Visits Ike's World Challenge Blog


Today, I created my DT project for Ike's World Challenge Blog. While the challenges are ANYTHING GOES, there is (almost) always an OPTIONAL theme, and this fortnight the challenge is Nature.
I was stumped for inspiration on the optional theme of nature until I was browsing the store at Ike's Art and found these fun animal silhouettes. The set is called African Animal Silhouettes. I thought they would make perfect "pages" for a child's picture book.
Each letter represents an animal. Unfortunately, I can't finish my picture book for my newest grandson, Jonny. I have to wait until Ike draws more animals for me to use!
I did manage to use six of the eight animal silhouettes in the set. But that's okay, my grandson is only 18 months old, so I have time. His second birthday is in August.
After choosing my background papers, I printed and then laminated each image, making sure to round the corners so my little man won't cut himself on the sharp corners.
I then hole-punched the corner of each so that I can string them all on a large jump ring. I'll tie on colorful fibers and ribbons as I create more pages. It has to be large as there are 26 letters in the alphabet!! LOL

For now, my little Fox is guarding the pages I was able to finish. Until I get more images to play with, why don't you join the newest challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win free digis from the store?? I can't wait to see what you create!
Challenges I am Entering:
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday - Critters
Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes
AllSorts - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Less Is More - Alphabet
My Time to Craft - Anything BUT a Card
Alphabet Challenges - Y is for You Choose
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes