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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Another Halloween Freebie!

Usually when Halloween rolls around, the weather goes from wonderful to cold and rainy. So I was surprised to hear that those of us Trick-or-Treating around Chicagoland will enjoy temps near 70 degrees and (dare I say it) no rain!!
So enjoying this outlook, I created one more Halloween paper to offer my crafty followers for Halloween. This free paper is 12 inches by 12 inches (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) in jpg format and published at 300 dpi. Credits include resources from Pixel Scrapper Sheila Reed. Regarding TOU, please credit me if you use my paper. Since I don’t have a store, please use: Copyright 2016 Pat Martin, Thank you!
As always, leaving a little love is much appreciated.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Animal Antics at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge and a Halloween Freebie From Me to You

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Monday Greetings is all about Animals, and has not one but TWO sponsors from whom participants can win prizes, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Crafty Sentiments
My card above uses some goodies from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles: Kitty Curiosity Brown Patterned Paper, Grungy Christmas Red Textured Paper, Colors of the Rainbow Wine Textured Paper, Taste of Summer Floral 1, Mommie Dearest Button 1. I decided to let the sweet kitty on the paper take the stage, using a sentiment to bring it to life on my card. By the way, I am severely allergic to cats, so I can only enjoy them when they're on paper (yes, pity me). On a good note, I am less allergic to dogs, and a happy owner of a Silkie Terrier (no fur, just hair) named Wilson.
The card below uses an image from Crafty Sentiments called Couples.
I created an anniversary card for our neighbors. Like hubby and myself, they have a Fall anniversary.
You have a week to create a project using animals prominently. Don't forget to use a sentient or greeting. After all, that's the name of the challenge! LOL Whatever you create, have fun!

Here is another Halloween Paper I created. Resources include Pixel Scrappers: Janet Scott’s Plastic Spider Toy & Toolbox Calendar Template #182; Elif Sahin’s Bootiful Googly Eyes Up & Left; Brooke Gazarek’s Skeleton; Melo Vrijhof’s Jane Torn Paper Lace Stacked Frame (

Challenges I am Entering:
(Anything Goes)

The Crazy Challenge - Cozy (I am always cozy snuggling with my husband)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Girl Power at Ike's World Challenge Blog

What an empowering month this is for women everywhere. To celebrate, the challenge this fortnight at Ike's World Challenge blog is Girl Power. Whether you are or know someone who fought breast cancer; whether you own your own business or work alongside others; whether you're married, single or in a relationship; we are women, hear us ROAR!
Empowering women, however, needs to start when girls are young. Now our daughters and granddaughters face cyber-bullying and body-shaming that, when done through the internet, reaches well past the school she attends or the community in which she lives. This issue was the inspiration for my mixed media canvas today. Each and every one of us is unique. We each have value in this world, and should not be judged by how we look.
I used an Ike's Art image called "Do Your Thing." Using patterned papers, acrylic pint and ink to build my background, I colored my image with Copics and chose the sentiment to make my point that everyone has faults. Nobody is perfect, and you know what they say, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
The challenge has one more week to it, so let's get crafty. And don't forget to link up your project at Ike's World Challenge blog for your chance to win free digis! See you there!
Challenges I am Entering:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp - Sketch and/or color inspiration

Fussy & Fancy - Bingo Grid

Finding Friends on the Path of Positivity

This month at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog, we are centering on Friendship. Have you visited the Path of Positivity yet? It is "... a different sort of challenge blog designed to inspire, nurture and provide support for the soul by creating a positive path to follow, one project or post at a time! ALL kinds of projects are welcome, as long as it is positive. We hope you will follow each month's theme, which is general enough to fit most projects. For instance, using this month's theme of Friendship, you can create a get well or thinking of you card; a sympathy card for a friend; even a handmade gift for your BFF.
I created a card this time around to remind you that not all friends walk on two legs. I have several friends whose lives are pretty solitary, except for that BFF who always knows when they're in need of a snuggle or a brisk walk. By the way, BFF here means Best Furry Friend!
My card uses an image from Sparkle N Sprinkle, this month's sponsor. The image is called Paw Prints. My card is for one of the friends I mentioned above. As a special bonus, there is a detachable bookmark with that fun-loving dog on it. My friend not only loves her dog, but also loves to read, so I think she'll love it, don't you?
Let's get to the details of the challenge:

Sparkle N Sprinkle is the sole sponsor for the main prizes of this challenge. They are offering up two prizes for this challenge, which will be:
  • $15.00 worth of digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • $15.00 worth of digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time-frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Challenges I am Entering:
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Critters & Creatures - Anything animal goes

Layer It Up at the Outlawz Greetings Challenge Blog

This week the team at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenges wants to see layers on your card - at least 2+ layers. Angie's Cards & Digis. My image is called Fairy Sitting and I colored my fairy "garden camouflage" with my trusty Copics (after all, fairies are not easily detected).
I used cardstock, patterned paper and handmade paper for my layers, and embellished simply with a few sequins and jewels. If you can't read it, my sentiment says:
Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers and then they're gone.
So what are you going to create this week?  I hope I've inspired you to create with some extra layers, and I hope YOU don't forget to link up your card or project with the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenges for your chance to win 5 digital images from our sponsor, Angie's Cards & Digis.
Challenges I am Entering:
Cards in Envy - Purple & Green (I made these pastels)
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional Green & Gold)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fifteen Days until Halloween

Halloween is getting closer - are you ready to trick-or-treat til you drop?! To get you in the mood, here's Wilson, our Silkie Terrier, in his Halloween costume:
I have another freebie paper for you to celebrate the season. Just click on the photo and then right click to save it to your computer. Please leave a little love before you go...
If you use the paper, please give credit where credit is due (Copyright 2016 Pat Martin,
Challenges I am Entering:
Lasting Memories - Favorite Fall Activity

Anything Goes at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up Blog

Christmas is coming, the days are getting shorter! How is your stash of Christmas cards coming along? I have quite a healthy one myself, and am glad I've kept up all year creating them. This month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up, there will be no optional theme--it is a completely Anything Goes challenge. So, as long as your card is Christmas-related, the sky is the limit! That means that EVERYONE who enters this month will have the chance to win this month's sponsored prize of three (3) images from the Crafty Sentiments Designs store!
Crafty Sentiments Designs started back in 2009 by myself Suzette the owner, Myself and my artists brings you cute whimsical and fun characters. We also carry our own brand of exclusive Rubber stamps, Digital stamps, Sentiments and cutting dies, perfect for all your scrapbooking and card making needs. There is always something new each month as we release new images. Crafty Sentiments Designs is now having live shows on Hochanda.TV a UK based craft channel. Visit the website at for lots of products.

My card this month uses a digital  image called Harriet - Cold Christmas from Crafty Sentiments and Snowy Scene patterned paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Nature of Christmas Paper Kit.

  • Additional Sponsor: Décosse's Dynamite Doodles
  • Prize being offered: One free digital paper to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge.  Cards can be anything goes for this prize, they only have to follow the theme if they want a chance at the sponsor's prize.  The mini set of six digital papers called An Eclectic Christmas 2, will also be offered up as a prize to one random winner.