Monday, 4 May 2020

Furry or Feathery Friends on the Path of Positivity

The start of a new month and the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity. This month the optional theme is Fury or Feathery Friends. With Spring in the air there is a lot of activity among the birds and animals as nests, dens, drays and setts are spruced up ready for a new set of babies.

I expect, like me, many of you are in strict lockdown as the world struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. I could not imagine living with social distancing measures in a built up, urban area. We are so fortunate in having countryside all around us. We can walk out of our front door and be up on the hill in the wood and across the fields well away from anyone else in minutes. Our wood on the top of Herne Hill is full of bird song and if you look hard squirrels, mice and voles are busy gathering food and nesting material. In the evening if you are really patient you might see the badgers and foxes out and about. In the fields the ewes and their lambs are grazing on the fresh spring grass. 

The sheep always make me smile after they have been shorn, the babies look so much bigger than their mums!

Today I have a shaped and tactile card to share with you.

Materials used:
stamping card
cotton wool
Copic pens:
sheep: W1, W3, W5, W7

I have used the pens to colour the sheep's face, ears and legs using cotton wool for her fur. The image has buttons for eyes so I found buttons the same size and just stuck them over the top. 

I coloured and cut out the image first then attached to a tent fold card overlapping the top and cut around again. Finally I stuck on the cotton wool and the buttons.

We have two great sponsors this month, and 
This challenge, our optional twist is a focus on Furry or Feathery Friends. Animals can be such a comfort in our lives especially during this time when so many of us are isolated from our extended family and friends. This month create a project that honours the furry or feathery friends that surround you, whether in your home or in nature.

In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, remember that general types of  projects/posts will not qualify for the prizes unless they are also positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include:
  • A $10 gift certificate from  Oddball Art , 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 Designs for 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.

With such a huge range of bird and animal images around why  not give it a go and join in with our challenge. You can find all the details, the link for entries and more inspiration on the Path of Positivity Blog. Hope to see you there.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Sunday, 3 May 2020

Stampers Delights Anime New Release

Continuing this month's sea theme the new Anime images also feature mermaids and sea creatures. I have used a selection of images to make a pop-up box card.

Materials used:
printer card
X-Press It card
Spellbinders Pop-Up Box die set
Copic pens:
skin - E50, E51, E53, E55
hair - V05, RV66, V69     YG21, YG03, YG17
mermaid - BG13, BG15, BG49     Y17, Y38, YR68
crown - G17
stones - E31, E33, E35, E39
seahorses - YG11, YG06, G06, Y13     Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
sea weed - G02, G17, G29, G99

The box was cut from white card and then covered with papers from the Taste of Summer kit. All the elements are coloured then fussy cut. Having decided on positioning they are stuck onto the bars that go across the inside of the box. The box will fold flat for posting.

The mermaid, seahorses and weed come from the Let's Make Waves set and the sentiment from the Best of Fishes Set.

This is the final new release for the month and what a lot of images there are covering the three main styles that Stampers Delights focus on. So if you like all things watery do go and take a look . Here are all the links you need to find the images and further inspiration from the Design Teams.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Friday, 1 May 2020

Stampers Delights Chibi New Release

This month is all about the sea with a lovey set of mermaid images newly released. 

Materials used:
5" x 7" card blank
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11    E4, R20
hair #1 - YR20, YR24, YR27, E39, E59 
hair #2 - BV000, BV00, BV11
eyes - C0, C1, C3
shells - E93, YR61, YR02
stars - Y00, Y11, Y13
mermaid #1 - BG53, BG45, BG57, BG49
mermaid #2 - BV01, BV02, BV13, BV04
necklace - BG49, Y06
white Jelly Roll pen

I actually enjoyed colouring these beauties which is a good sign because for the past couple of weeks or so I really have been off my game. We have a major family issue going on and Covid - 19 restrictions are not helping. If you looked at my earlier post with the fish bowl you will understand, not one of my best I admit but as much as I could do at the time. Hopefully things will improve in time but my head may be all over the place for some time - you have been warned!

All you mermaid and sea image lovers are having a treat this month, there are plenty of images to delight and my fellow team members have come up with some fantastic inspirational creations for you. Please do go and have a look at everything on offer. All the links you need are below.

I hope you are all managing to keep sane in these most unusual of times. We have just observed a national minute of silence in memory of all who have lost their lives in the Covid-19 outbreak here in the UK but particularly all the key workers in the NHS and beyond. With such big numbers being bandied around you can lose sight of the human face of it all. The thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by this terrible virus and who cannot even gather to share grief and comfort each other.  If you have been touched by Covid my thoughts are with you. If you are recovering from it I wish you a speedy and lasting recovery and if you are protecting yourself or another vulnerable person I hope that you stay safe to the end of all this.

Meanwhile there is always crafting to keep us going so here are the links:

Thank you for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge

Here we are at the start of May, this year certainly is flying past even with all the uncertainty in the world at the moment. To cheer you up Stampers Delights has a lovely fish bowl set to create with as this months progressive challenge image. I have gone for a shaped card using some of the images to make up my scene and a sentiment inside.

Materials used:
scalloped circle die
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
fish #1 - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E15     RV63, RV66, RV69, RV99     blender
fish #2 - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E15     V000, V01, V12, V15
weeds - G05, G07, G29
coral - YR00, YR02, YR07, E15
sand - E41, E42, E43
bowl base - C0, C1, C3, C5
water - BG0000, BG000, B00

I used the scallop circle die to make a card base and attached the fussy cut bowl to the front. Using a scalloped circle rather than a straight edged one means that the card does not roll over but settles on two of the scallops.

I hope you will check out the Progressive Challenge which you can find on the Stampers Delights Facebook Page. You can request the image from the Challenge post. All the links you need are below.

How are you all doing in lockdown? Maybe where you are restrictions are starting to be eased. I don't know about you but I seem to have developed a muddled brain, all my creative ideas have flown out the window. But then we have some family issues going on which are totally not related to Covid-19 but which are harder to handle because of it. 

Here are all the links you might need for Stampers Delights so you can request the image and check out what the rest of the team have come up with for inspiration. You might also like to look around the shop for more images to play with, especially as this weekend is new release weekend. If you like mermaids and under the sea images you will love what is coming up!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Monday, 20 April 2020

Going out in style?

We are certainly living in the most difficult of times this century with the world in chaos because of one invisible but deadly germ. Life in lockdown seems unreal almost dream like. I thought I would be able to get a lot of crafting done and be on top of my DT commitments but it is not working out that way. In fact I have no mojo for making cards, colouring, sharing. It's like all the creative energy has been seeping away.

Now not all of this is due to Covid-19, can't have it getting all the glory! A lot is going on for us as a family too and being separated is not at all easy. I know I am not the only one but when things are happening to you it certainly seems like it at the time. Does that make me a selfish person, I don't think so it just makes me human.

Anyway I did not set out to depress everyone, so moving swiftly on. Our theme at Path of Positivity this month is Style, something I know nothing about and certainly can't be accused of having. I envy people who can go out shopping and come back with clothes that make them look fabulous even if they have only been to the charity shop. My daughters are both like that, there wardrobes make them even if they do not have a lot of choice in them.
During Covid when no one is going out there have been great stories of people dressing up in ballgowns and wedding dresses just to put out the bins. A couple who live just up the road from us have been going on their daily walk around the area dressed as Micky and Minnie Mouse, they even post up their route on the town FB page beforehand so the children can look out for them. There is a postman in the county who has been wearing a different costume everyday on his rounds. Even in the midst of disaster we are a resilient people and create ways to keep our own spirits up and those of others. Part of me hopes that it does not all go once we are let out.

For the midway post I have made another page for my 'Inspirational Quotes' book.

Materials used:
Lunagirl - Mignon #2 Digital Collage Sheet  
silver mirri card
music themed clear stamps
Brushos in red, yellow and black
black archival ink pad
white printer card

I decided to use the gypsy with a tambourine image for this one and made a themed background with a set of clear music stamps from my stash. The quote I found on the internet and it seemed a great one to use. I think I might take it as a definition of my own style!

I have rediscovered my Brushos after some time of not using them. I love how just spraying a fine mist onto the powdered pigment produces all sorts of different colours. The black has blues in it and when it merges with the red you get a purple colour. Where the red and yellow meet oranges start to form. With it being a powder the sprinkling mixes up the scattered gains so different colours appear within other colours so looking at it now I can see blue spots in the yellow and red and red spots in the yellow. You never know how the powder will react with the water it is quite magical to watch it happen.

So why not join in the fun. Remember all entries need to be uplifting in some way to qualify for prizes and the theme is optional. It would be great to see what you come up with.

Our sponsors this month are Lunagirl Images who are offering a $10 gift voucher for the random draw winner and Scribbles Designs offering one image of $5 or less for the team pick as the most inspiring qualifying entry. For the link to enter and all the details visit the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog here.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.

Monday, 6 April 2020

It's All In The Style

Time for a new challenge at Path of Positivity and this month the optional theme is Style. Now I admit this is a hard one for me because I am not a style sort of person. I wear what I wear because it's comfortable. Looking at my wardrobe you would think I am very sombre with a lot of black and brown but my philosophy is that black and brown go with anything so stick to the most usable colours.

Having said that I have added some colour with crochet and knitting so I have a crocheted jumper in shades of purple and pink and a very bright orange knitted cable tunic. On the needles is another purple creation so colour is starting to creep into the wardrobe!

My fantasy style, in my dreams, I guess would be gypsy which is why I have chosen one of the Mignon sets from our sponsor this month. I have kept my card very simple to compliment the image. The CAS style does tend to be my default mode for cards so I guess it also counts towards the theme remit.

Materials used: 
clear sentiment stamp
little flowers embossing folder
3.5" x 5" card blank
printer photo card
black archival ink pad
gold mirri card

So what is your style? Are you a casual person, do you like dressing up? Do you have a particular crafting style? I hope you will share with us at Path of Positivity. The theme is optional but it would be great to see some different views on style so why not have a go and create a project that reflects your unique style or that connects to style in general.

Our sponsors this month are Lunagirl Images who are offering a $10 gift voucher for the random draw winner and Scribbles Designs offering one image of $5 or less for the team pick as the most inspiring qualifying entry. 

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.


Entering the following challenges: