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Monday, December 5, 2016

Count Your Blessings along the Path of Positivity

Welcome to the new challenge at the Path of Positivity. What a year it has been! It seems only fitting that this month's theme is BLESSINGS. I am feeling especially blessed this year. It has been a tough one, with health issues and loss of jobs. But from the ashes of despair come tiny miracles we call blessings, if we look carefully.
My blessings include free health care from the Veteran's Administration, a government grant to pay for rehabbing the house to make it handicap accessible and the free time to take hubby to doctor appointments and support group meetings.
Besides the newest blessings, I have a one year old grandson to add to my brood of five others, and a daughter who plans to stay at home "a little longer" to spend more time together as a family. My circle of friends may be smaller, but those who've stayed are supportive and caring (and I hope it's because I am too).
Most importantly, I am blessed to have been married to my husband of forty years, Bill. I fell in love with his smile and the rest was history!
This month, there are two sponsors - Imagine That!
and also Decosse's Dynamite Doodles (DDD)

I used Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and my print today includes the following:
Papers: DDD Toast to the New Year, Bring in the New Year Kit, Grungy Christmas Green Textured paper, Mommie Dearest Green Textured paper
Elements: DDD Mommie Dearest Doily 2 & Bow 2; The Grab Bag Kit 1 Flower 6 & Leaf Spray; Heartland Mini Kit Green Brad
Quote: Donna Hedges, found on
Font: Leathery Soft
I love the sentiment, and this will go up in my living room, once the house is mine again and the construction is finished. It's good to remember our blessings, but more important to acknowledge them, don't you think?
Now it's your turn to create with the theme of Blessings as your Muse. You have until January 1st to link up for your chance to win some awesome prizes from our sponsors:


  • EITHER the Holiday Hoopla Digital Scrapbooking Kit OR five different mini kits (of six papers each) from the Christmas and/or Winter section from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $10.00 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, 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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy Holidays at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Happy Holidays!! This is the merry theme over at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, and I have created a Christmas card for some crafty inspiration. I used Woodland Santa from Scribbles. These last couple of weeks have been difficult to do some hand-crafting. Our house is under construction and my craft room is impenetrable. Most of our and our daughter's bedroom items were thrown in there haphazardly and I can't even see my craft table!
So my card is digitally created using the following:
Scribbles Designs: Woodland Santa
Papers: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Colors of the Rainbow Red; 12 Months of Christmas Papers 2014 Tinsel Diagonals. Marta Van Eck's Winter Scenery Papers, #9
Elements: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Mommie Dearest Elements Bow 3 (red); PixelScrappers Janet Scott’s Nutcracker Gold Brooch Bow & Mandy’s Lovable Designs’ Classic Christmas Pine Branch
Word Art: Decosse's Dynamite Doodles "Believe"
Whether you are a paper-crafter or a digital artist, craft with all your heart. Then link up your card or project at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog for your chance to win free Scribbles images.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Digital Freebie Today

I am continuing my adventures and explorations in digital paper creating, and thought I would share a patterned paper from a collection I call Satin Dreams. This one is called Nites in White Satin, and is   12 inches by 12 inches (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) in jpg format and published at 300 dpi.Regarding TOU, please credit me if you use it. Since I don’t have a store, please use: Copyright 2016 Pat Martin,
Just click on the image to bring it up, then right click to save as.

Giving Thanks at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Here in Chicago, we are balanced on the precipice where Autumn's warm days and cool nights are about to shift to cold days and longer, colder nights. And as the seasons start their shifts, I like to pause, look around and really appreciate everything in my life.
There have been a lot of changes this year. My husband's health has deteriorated with the confirmation of his ALS diagnosis. We both lost our jobs and family health insurance. But...
I am thankful for these things which have produced so much good in our lives:
Because Bill was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he receives government disability as well as VA compensation for a 100% service-connected disability.
Because of the compensation, we get to keep our house.
Because of a federal Veteran's Grant, construction is underway to make our house handicapped- accessible.
As veterans with no earned income, we are entitled to free healthcare and equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, glasses and such.
Because I lost my job, I now have the time to take care of Bill, driving him to doctor appointments, running errands and sharing in his bucket list of things he would like to accomplish or do before he can't.
There are just so many blessings for which I am thankful. Family, friends, a car, our new rescue dog, Wilson; my five senses which gives me the ability to see the changes in the season, to hear with delight my newest grandson's first words (uh-oh seems to be popular right now), to taste and smell the food which is also a gift and to touch the comfort around me.
The list is endless, but what I am most thankful for is the gift of 40 years of marriage to my hubby, to be enjoyed more deeply as the rest of time goes by.
I created my card to show how much our rescue dog has changed our lives in a good way. He always seems to know when we need an extra snuggle, and is so excited when we come home from a shopping trip or the show. The Ike's Art image is called Pooch with Leaf.
What are you thankful for?
Whatever it is, you can be thankful that Ike's World Challenge Blog offers the theme of Thanksgiving, where you can link your creative project and get your chance to win some awesome digital images.
Finally, thank you for visiting my blog today! Happy crafting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Anything Goes at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

It's time for my favorite type of challenge theme - Anything Goes - and the Outlawz Monday Greetings offers an Anything Goes challenge theme on the last Monday of every month. So today my Anything Goes card uses images from one of two sponsors for the week, Melonheadz
Melonheadz offers sets of cute and family-friendly images, like the one I used, Christmas Carolers. After choosing a photo I had taken from Chicago's last Snowmageddon, I placed all my little carolers facing my own house, along with their puppy, a friendly cardinal and, although my frame by Brooke Gazarek of hides it, a holiday swag on my front tree. 
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I am in double-time, trying to get handmade gifts finished and my cards mailed out. I can't do anything with my house and decorations, as it is in demolition mode, but the contractors think it will be finished by Christmas. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Meanwhile, the second sponsor for this challenge is Robyn's Fetish,
whose lovely image, Cabin in the Woods, I used to create one more Christmas card. So, what will you create for the Anything Goes challenge at the Outlawz Greetings challenge? I'll be looking for your card or project this week, so don't forget to link it up, and say HI, Pat!! LOL
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ready for Some Christmas BINGO at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up

We're playing BINGO at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up this month!
Take a look at your BINGO card below and choose a line (up, down, across or diagonal). Then create with the elements in that line. Too much for you? This is an optional challenge, and it's always Anything Christmas Goes. BUT...
...if you want a chance at winning some awesome digital kits from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, you must create with the BINGO theme. That's right, crafty peeps, Lisa Decosse is sponsoring this month's challenge.
Here are the details of how and what you can win:

My card uses background paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Bokeh Multicolor Patterned Paper Set1 Mini Set, framed by A Grungy Christmas Purple Textured Paper. My sentiment is also from Lisa, her Holiday Hoopla Word Art Collection, framed with Frame 1 from the same set.
The image is from DeeDee's Digis' Happy Owlidays.
Do you believe? I believe you have until the last day of November to create following the BINGO theme for your chance to win prizes!

Happy Holidays from Scribbles Challenge Blog!

It's that time of the year, crafters! Time to get going (or finishing) that stash of Christmas cards. With that in mind, the new theme at Scribbles Challenge Blog is "Happy Holidays." Whether you celebrate St Nick's Day, St Lucy, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas or any other winter holiday, link up your card or project for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Store!
For my card, I used a FREEBIE from the store called Ornaments. Of course, all my papers and embellishments came out of my stash. I colored my ornaments in non-traditional colors and adhered them to my card with dimensional tape.
Do you put up a Christmas tree? How do you decorate it if you do have one? Not only do I have the store-bought globes, but some very precious handmade ornaments, created by my mom, my grandma, me (as a kid and an adult) and the kids and grandkids. They give my tree history and character. Of course, I also pile on the lights and garlands to finish it off, with an angel on the very top to watch over us.
However you celebrate the holidays, have fun! And don't forget to link up your Holiday project at Scribbles Challenge Blog!