Monday, August 19, 2013
A Pretty Girl and Some Flowers
My second Magnolia image/card ever! I am starting to be addicted! I colored this pretty girl with Prismas and some paint I was using to redo a lamp this weekend. I used the inspiration photo from the Magnolia Down Under Challenge:
Doesn't this picture inspire you? I had to play in the challenge after looking at the picture and then seeing all the wonderful DT creations! I also was inspired by the challenge at Pile It On (#33) which is to use NO Designer Paper (I used a piece of an old dictionary page I found on the floor of my craft room and piece of corrugated cardboard from a box I was about to throw out) and the Flower Power Bloggers Challenge at Splendiferous Creations by Lisa Somerville which is focusing on flowers (one of may favorite things to focus on). I am also entering this in the Challenges 4 Everybody which is Anything Goes (that is always inspiring).
Before I close, I want to tell you about a very cool challenge I found this week called Path of Positivity Challenge. The challenge is all about Positivity which the world needs more of for sure! This week the challenge theme is Optimism. You don't have to make a card - you can include a picture of anything you have made (even a group of pictures) that expresses the theme. I could write on and on about Optimism. It is one of my favorite things. I am not always Optimistic but I try to make sure that I am way more than I am not and I work on it constantly. Optimism drives creativity for me. The more optimism I have, the more joy I get out of my creations before, during and after I make them. I strive for Optimism in everything I do and everything I am involved in - work, my relationships, when I am learning, my relationship with God, when I am planning something - even when I am dreaming or driving. I really like this new challenge and recommend you check it out. They have a beautiful sentiment posted that you can get if you request it, and when you post your entry, you have to discuss the theme and how your creation reflects it in a little note with your post or in your blog post like I am doing now. Love it! This card fits the challenge in many ways but mostly in the sentiment which is a tribute to all of the inspiration I get from all the really talented bloggers out there that I visit, all the great challenges I enter, all the super design team members I work with, the companies and artists who make and offer the images I work with, and the sweet words of encouragement I get from people who take the time to visit me and leave words of encouragement or a sweet note to let me know they visited. Also, when I make cards I feel closer to my Mother (who lives next door and is already pretty close - LOL). Even though she doesn't feel very well, she tries to make cards and send them out to her friends and others she feels needs them. She think about the person she makes the card for, she prays for them, and then she sends them off with lots of hope and love. She is the most Optimistic person I know and has taught me so much about how to live a good life (just wish I would have listened to her more in my first 30 years - LOL).
Some great challenges - how could I not be inspired!
Hugz to all!