Monday, 20 May 2019

Path of Positivity Challenge Midway Post: Admiration

There are plenty of examples I could pick for the theme of Admiration but today just want to pick two groups of people, the first is anyone with the ability to paint! I love the paintings of the natural world and among my favourites are the floral ones of Van Gogh and Monet. I think it is the rich colours they both use and the beauty of the settings. I cannot draw yet alone paint which is one reason why I love stamping, someone else has done the lines and I just have to colour it in! In honour of all those wonderful painters I decided to dust off my neglected watercolours and paint this lovely image from A Day For Daisies.

Originally I would have used this card for my sister in law who has a birthday coming up at the beginning of June and loved poppies. She is a member of another group of people whom I admire, people who know what to do with needle and thread. As well as making clothes she was a great quilter and over the years we have been blessed to receive quite a few of her wonderful creations, from Advent Calendar Wall Hangings when the girls where little to Quillows. Sadly she passed away a few weeks ago after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

I am not sure that I will be an any hurry to get the paint out again but I have been inspired by a number of resent happenings to find a needle and thread and look again at my stash of material bits so watch this space!

Materials used: 
watercolour paper
watercolour paints
stitched frame die
gold line peel-offs
5" x 7" card blank

The image and the sentiment are printed onto the watercolour paper together, I altered the line art of the image to a grey colour before printing. 

The background is done by giving the card a very quick and light wash of blue then splatting it with the same blue with some more pigment in to make the colour deeper.

               (Vincent Van Gogh: Vase With Poppies)

Don't forget the Path of Positivity Challenge has another two weeks to run so there is still plenty of time to join in. The theme is optional but it would be lovely to hear about the people that you admire and to see your artwork. All the details of how to enter and the link up can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. If you need a bit more incentive then A Day For Daisies and Scribbles Designs are both sponsoring this challenge and offering prizes for winners.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.


I would walk 500 miles!

This is the birthday card I made for my husband. Next month he is going off for five days walking with a couple of friends. They are tackling the Cotswold Way starting at Bath. The background image on my card is the start marker stone in Bath.

Materials used:
X-Press It card
kraft card
dark brown card
5" x 7" card blank
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
trousers - BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
coat - E84, E87, E89
backpack - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
hat - W1, W3, W5, W7, W9   C5, C7, C9, 100
hair - E35, E37
shirt - B00, B01, B02
map - E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
torch and shoes -  C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9
water bottle - C0, C1, C3, C5   BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
compass - C0, C1, C3, C5  Blender
ground - E41, E43, E44, E47

The Cotswold Way marker stone is printed onto card, cut out and used as the background. The image has been coloured in then cut out with a narrow white border before attaching to the front of the card.

Tim and his friends are not actually walking 500 miles but they are planning to cover quite a lot of ground in the five days. Hopefully the weather will be as good as it has been in previous years when they have embarked on other long distance walks. As my walking days are over now I get almost a week to play without having to stop to cook meals or do housework. I am planning on getting quite a lot of projects off the ground. Fun time ahead for all!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Happy Birthday Rachel

Our youngest daughter celebrates her birthday at the end of January. Last year she ran her first half marathon and finished with a brilliant time, so when I saw this image from The Paper Shelter I just had to use it.

Materials used:
Presscut Stepper #6 die set
printer paper
white card
silver mirri card
green card
purple scrap
Copic pens:
skin -  E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair - Y21, Y26, YR24, E25
tee shirt - RV63, RV66, RV69, RV99
shorts - G02, G17, G29, G99
headphones - C3, C5, C7, C9, 100     R29, R39, R59, R89
shoes - C1, C3, C5     B91, B93, B95, B99
road - E40, E41, E43,     W0, W3, W5
grass - G40, G21, G94, G99
sky - B21

It seems so long ago now, I can't believe it has taken me over 3 months to actually get around to posting this!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


Entering the following challenges:

Monday, 6 May 2019

Path of Positivity Challenge - Admiration

The first Monday of the month and a new challenge at Path of Positivity. This month the optional theme is Admiration. I have chosen to make a wedding themed card not because I have mixed up admiration and love but because whenever I have witnessed true love I find it admirable. So often these days we here the gloom and doom of broken families and the impact that has on all family members. Now I am not so naive to expect that every marriage will last until 'death do us part' after all we are all flawed human beings but when you find a marriage that has lasted through all the ups and the downs there is something very special. Like anything worth while a marriage needs constant attention and work to keep it going. The generations that are now celebrating golden and diamond anniversaries are the generations that did not give in at the first hint of trouble, they worked things through. These days it seems to me that it is all too easy to call it a day when a marriage does not live up to romantic expectations. I find it so sad that friends of my daughters are onto their second and even third marriages in their late 20's and early 30's. Even those that elect not to get married are swapping partners so often I get dizzy trying to work out who is with who at parties.

Those of you reading this who have had struggles with their marriages, please don't for one moment think I am dismissing you. I know that some marriages are fortunately beyond saving, when a marriage has broken down to the point that there is no life left then to my mind death has occurred. It is not ideal but we are all broken people living in a broken world and the best any of us can do is our best and when all else has failed mourn and move on.

So yes, I unashamedly admire the triers, the stayers the workers out that are willing to put in the time and effort to keep their love alive. I pray that my own daughters will be among those in 30, 40 and God willing 50 years time celebrating ruby, golden and diamond anniversaries with their lovely husbands.

This card is for my niece who is getting married in September and just starting on the adventure of a shared life. I will be sending it to her with prayers for a long and happy marriage.

Materials used: 
A Day For Daisies - I Do I Do 
Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle Card Die Set
circle die set
rose designer paper from scrap box
Britannia Dies - roses and leaf spray dies
red , gold mirri, green and pearlescent white card
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
bride hair - E53, E43, E57
groom hair - E42, E43, E47, E49
bride veil and dress - C0, C1, C3,  blender
groom jacket - W3, W5, W7, W9
bouquet - R22, R29, R59, C5  YG00, Y13, C0, C1  G21, G94, G99   white Prismacolour pencil
cravat - R29, R59

Card front

                                        First middle section

Second  middle section

                                     Box for card

The challenge starts today and runs until 2nd June with the optional twist a focus on Admiration. If you would like to challenge yourself, create a project to show someone your warm approval, respect, and genuine admiration for him or her.

In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, remember that regular types of projects such as birthday cards, or other general type projects/posts will not qualify for the prizes unless they are also positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include: 

  • An $8 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designsfor the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

  • I do hope that you are able to join us this month. All details and the link up can be found at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

    Thanks for dropping in.

    Monday, 15 April 2019

    Happiness is . . .

    It is the midway point of Path of Positivity's current challenge with the optional theme of Happiness. I have made a scrapbook page for the midway sample using a photo of Rufford Abbey Country Park that I am quite proud off. It was taken on the 28th of January this year and the red and yellow colours of the bushes are the bark not new leaves. They look so striking with the blue of the water. We were blessed with a cold but bright winter day so the sky is reflecting in the water to give that beautiful blue shade.

    I love a good walk out in the countryside enjoying the scenery and getting some fresh air. These days my walking exploits are more reliant on gentle flat walks, mountain climbing is a thing of the past, which is why Rufford Park was so good. The walk around the lake is fairly flat and where we stopped to take this photo there is a lovely little tea room. Needless to say we tried it out!

    That day was a very happy day spent in beautiful surroundings with our daughter Rachel, son-in-law Richard and his parents. Rachel and Richard were celebrating their birthdays, Richards on the previous day and Rachel's that day. Now that they have moved further up the country we do not see them as often as we used to so it was wonderful to spend some time with them. A very happy day.

    Materials Used:
    12" x 12" white card
    A3 printer paper
    X-Press It card
    Copic pens:
    shoes - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99   C1, C3, C5, C7, C9  100
    laces - R35, R37, R39, R56

    The challenge at Path of Positivity  finishes on 5th May. We have two sponsors, our guest sponsor Limited Runs and our ongoing sponsor Scribbles Designs both offering a prize. For full details and the link up visit the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. While you are there take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the team.

    I hope you can join in the fun this month and tell us a bit about what makes you happy.

    Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


    (I think the red bushes are Red Bark Dogwood, and the yellow ones Yellow Twig Dogwood.)  
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