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My Inner Phoenix

Note: I have also posted a Breast Cancer Awareness card today too - be sure and check it out as well - it is very much related to the Inner Phoenix in many women).

The newest Can You Digi It? Challenge is a bit different. Instead of a picture collage to inspire us, Michelle has us looking deep within ourselves to find inspiration. You need to go to the CYDI? blog and see her beautiful Phoenix inspiration and read her story.

Luckily, I have risen up from several tragedies in my life. My first draft of this included ALL the gory details, but I realized this isn't about every one knowing the details - this is about successfully rising above the details. It is about getting up from the punches and moving on down the road of life - hopefully a bit stronger and wiser. I thought about all those punches when I was creating this card. They hurt, but I was still able to get back up and eventually continue down the road. Some days I just lay on that road and cry, some days I have to crawl on my hands and knees, some days I run and jump, and some days I get to meander down it like this butterfly. If it wasn't for my faith, my family, and my friends keeping that little ember burning, I would never have been able to rise up from the ashes.

Other than my card base and the glitter on the butterfly, my card is made entirely with items from the Can You Digi It? store: Green Godess Road Trippin' Paper Pack (has the coolest papers in it) and the Delightfully Distressing Butterfly from the Butterfly Bliss set. I layered the various papers digitally to save paper, time, and ink (I love doing that).

I hope you will join us in this challenge. There is a store gift certificate given away to each challenge winner and you don't have to use a CYDI? Image or Product even though we would be thrilled if you did.

Hugz to all!


  1. Lovely card with a very peaceful feel to it. I'm so glad to hear that you have come out of tragic situations with such a wonderful outlook. I believe that in order to live a fulfilled live we much try to look for the best part of something and not concentrate on the worse part.

  2. Love your card - such a calming feel to it.

  3. Beautiful card that must have brought back memories you may have not wanted to dwell on just now. But, it sounds as if you are a very strong person, Nancy. As always, wishing you the best and a life of bright, lovely days.

  4. OMGosh this is so beautiful and I love the colors and the great design. Life can be very trying, I'm not sure if it builds character or if it just makes us weary and tired, lol. Love this.

  5. sharp turns in the journey sometimes puzzles me, but what delights me, is this REAL inspiration...coming from the heart of a very brave, strong and wise person..your faith will always make you and all others fly like this butterfly...God bless all of them who stood by your side and kept the ember burning!!!
    - samir

  6. What an inspirational post, thank you for sharing this! Your card is gorgeous sweetie - just love the muted tones and layout!

  7. Thanks for sharing your battles over adversity, keep on going. The card is fantastic, love how you've layered the papers digitally. Hugs lin

  8. Life is certainly a journey, and each of us have our one to travel,twists and turns ups and downs, and no matter what comes, we must carry on if not for our self's then for those we love and who love us,inner strength and a strong will helps, Keep going my friend, this card is wonderful and thought provoking.
    Kevin xx

  9. This sentiment on this card is so powerful and for many reasons. We all have our own journey and each one is different. I love the simplicity of this card and yet it is so touching. Beautiful work. Love the card on the previous post as well.

  10. The butterfly image super imposed on the lonely stretch of road is perfect with your sentiment, Nancy. I know this will affect everyone differently. Fabulous inspiration piece!

  11. Such a powerful combination of images! We're all getting through life at different rates of speed, even though we sometimes feel we're going backwards! For me, it has always been about the journey and making the most of it as we go :)

  12. Aw, what a beautiful post, Nancy. Having those awful times makes us appreciate the good times sooooo much more! Hugs to you!

  13. Hi Nancy, love this post and your eye-catching card! Thank you for the kind remarks you posted on my blog (!! I added an option to follow my blog by email...thanks! Just didn't have it before as I didn't think anyone cared!!
    Have a wonderful evening!


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