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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!


  1. Fabulous take on the insp. picture! Love the corrugated piece and the newsprint as well. Great card.

  2. Very sweet the torn page of the book...what a great idea!
    I don't have a magnolia stamp yet but eventually will! I think they are really sweet and you have done a lovley job with her colouring!

  3. Hi, Nancy! Such an enjoyable morning I have spent browsing your blog, smiling at your sweet creations, and ooh'ing and ahh'ing over the beautiful cards. Just wonderful. I especially enjoyed your Magnolia card (you have made more than I!), and your take on the Positivity Challenge this month. How blessed you are living next door to your Mom and to a person with such optimism. There is always a special hope, isn't there? Back to your card, I love all the different textures in your card - flowers doily lace - crimping - (I always forget about the crimpers!). Darling card. hugs, de

  4. Your card is amazing looking. Love the colors and your design. You inspire others, just like some inspire you - you're very talented and I love seeing what you come up with.

  5. Your card is so beautifully done! Great coloring, and layout...

    I really enjoyed your post. I need to check out that Positivity Challenge. I know how important it is to have a positive outlook. I have to keep working on it. I am someone who always looked at the glass as half
    You are so fortunate to live next door to your Mom and have that great relationship with her.
    For many years (over 30) I lived next door to my Mother-in-law. She was not just a "neighbor" and a "Mother" she was my best friend! We went everywhere together, church, shopping (at craft stores) We crafted together, vacations together. I miss her so much! Lost her to cancer I was so blessed to have had her in my life! (and my Mother!)

  6. Oh wow your coloring is amazing!! I told you that you would get addicted to these!! LOL!! You've done such an amazing job with it too!! TFS! HUGS :)

  7. So lovely! both card and posting :) Beautiful colouring of the Magnolia girl and I just love the text paper from the dictionary (I have a huge old dictionary in my craft room that I'm constantly tearing pages from!)

  8. Nancy, what a great post and love that sweet card. I really like the items you used to put it together, too. Your Mom sounds like the sweetest person ever.

  9. Nancy your coloring on this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the splatters of paint.

  10. so gorgeous nancy.really sweet tilda and i love your beautiful design and colours ;D

    xx coops xx

  11. Wonderfully cute and colored to perfection! I really like the corrugated background!

  12. Hello! What a beautiful card. I love the addition of the painted corrugated piece and the page. Really ads to the overall look of the card. Great stuff. You and your mother sound like such wonderful people, and the world needs more of you. Thank you so much for your welcome back comment. It meant a lot to me. Best, Curt

  13. A wonderful take on the colour inspiration. This is so perfect for our OPTIMISM theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    Optimistic Hugs
    {Path of Positivity DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. Very pretty card ! Love the image and the roses !! Thank you for joining us at Pile it on Challenges !

    Mayra DTM

  15. Aw what a beauty in a simple way! adorable card.
    Thank you so much for joining us at MDUC this week and Happy creating!
    Big Hugs, Yulis

  16. You are the queen of beautiful layering! This card is gorgeous with the cardboard and lace panels, not to mention that sweet image! Hugs to your mom for being such a positive force in your life! The next 30 years are going to make a difference :)

  17. Hello Nancy!
    Oh wow! This is such a perfect take on that inspirational picture :) Love the colors you chose and the amazing way you colored your pretty Tilda :) She looks stunning :) Love your layering and those pretty flower stems :)

    Thank yo so much for joining us at MDUC this week :)
    Welcome back!
    Hugs Louise

  18. Nancy is a truly fabulous card - love the composition of all the cool elements - love it.

  19. I had missed this one Nancy, she is adorable I love how you have coloured her hair and your design.
    Kevin xx

  20. What a beautiful post. Your Mother sounds like someone to embrace and cherish with a heart full of love. You Magnolia card is beautiful. Yes, they are addicting and I have more of those stamps that I may ever use in my They are so fun to color and help you improve on your copic skills.
    Bear Hugs,

  21. Oh I'm totally loving this card. Aren't magnolia totally addictive?!? ;o) Just love the layout as well.

    You are so right about optimism and inspiration! We need more optimism in the world!

    Thanks for joining our monthly challenge here at Path of Positivity challenge. Hope you will join us next time. DT Crafting Vicky

  22. love all the layers!! thanks for joining us at Pile it on for the no designer paper challenge - hope to see you back again this week!! Kimberly DT

  23. Nancy, your card is awesome, and your attitude towards life is wonderful to hear. I try to spread optimism as well, with a smile on my face whether I feel like it or not. I also discovered the Positivity Blog and love its mission of encouragement. Good luck in the challenge!

  24. What an absolutely incredible creation made with scraps and pieces that you had planned for the garbage. Isn't it amazing what we can come up with, with a little creativity? Believe it or not, I too struggle with staying optimistic. We are constantly tested and thrown curve balls and several years back I spent a few years in the darkness. Everyday I put on a smile and work towards staying optimistic. Sometimes I fail and retreat a bit backwards into thoughts of negativity when life becomes overwhelming but the key is that I try to remain optimistic as much as I can. I think that optimism, along with other positive attributes, needs to be worked out just like any muscle in our bodies. Additionally, in this day and age when we are bombarded with negativity it is as important as ever to rise above it all and continue to keep hope in our hearts. I am happy to hear that you have an incredible role model for optimism who lives right next door. I also think more of us wish we had listened to our mothers more!

    Thank you so much for joining this month on the Path of Positivity. I am thrilled that you found my challenge and I truly hope that I will see more of your beautiful creations in the future.

    May you always find a way to keep optimism alive in your heart!

    Lisa D., Owner

    p.s. just a note for clarification, the sentiments that are posted at the beginning of each challenge and sometimes throughout the month are there for the taking (however please become familiar with my terms if you use one of them), you don't have to request it. I do also offer up one at the end of the month for anyone who has entered the challenge, that one must be requested. Hope that clears any confusion up.

  25. What a darling card and beautiful colors and layers! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about optimism, and how your mom strives to always care for others in her card making as well. You both are so blessed to be that close to one another, not only physically, but emotionally. hugs, de

  26. Yep - Mum's the word! At least that's what they say. What a thoughtful right-up to go with your awesome card. Love it all!


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