Monday, November 3, 2014

Path of Positivity Challenge #20 - Gratitude

What, this is Monday, and I am posting? I know, right? Well, this is for a really wonderful reason. Lisa Decosse asked me to become a DT member of this cool challenge group, Path of Positivity, and I am so tickled! (She might not be after she has to deal with me for a few weeks, but don't tell her, OK? Mum's the word, right?)

The theme for this challenge is gratitude. And I think gratitude is an attitude. The best attitude. I try to be grateful for the many blessings this lifetime has brought my way. In fact, my prayers are always from a grateful viewpoint. No matter what or whom I am praying for, I always preface that with a "thank-you". Hence, my quotation for my card this week, by Eckhart Tolle. Like Eckhart, I believe that a grateful heart draws more good.

Challenge #20 begins today and lasts through November 30th. Our guest sponsor is DigiStamps4Joy, providing a prize package of $10 worth of images for the post or project that the DT deems the most inspiring of the entries.

Ike's Art will provide 3 digital images for a randomly-selected participant. Creative Bug Digital Stamps will provide one digital image for each person chosen as a DT delight.

There will also be one digital designer paper, (made to order in a few different ways), from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment. And there will be one digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

As you can see, there are lots of incentives to enter this challenge, so please do. We would love to see what makes you grateful. Be sure to mention how your project relates to the theme of gratitude. This month of Thanksgiving should provide a perfect platform for you to do that.

I want to mention that Gary is feeling quite a bit better, so we think that the stone has moved to a less-painful spot. He had a CT scan on Friday, so we should see results from that shortly. But, I am very grateful that he feels better--he is much happier, and no longer doing his imitation of Oscar the Grouch!

I also have to say that I am very grateful that our Arizona Cardinals won again yesterday, in Dallas of all places! Woohoo! That gives us a 7-1 record at the midpoint of the season, best in the NFC, and even the best percentage of wins in the entire NFL. I want to savor the moment. It may not last, but I am so happy to have experienced the silly high that comes with your team making its mark! We have St. Louis coming in this next Sunday, and they have beaten both the Seahawks and the 49ers, so that will not be an easy game for us. I'll have to put my earplugs in and scream my heart out, hey?

We spent most of Friday and Saturday picking out plants for our new landscaping around the pool. Oh, my, I think it is going to look FAB.U.LOUS out there! For trees we chose: 7 queen palms, 2 mule palms, 2 Mediterranean fan palms, 2 Mexican blue palms, and one Bismarck palm. We added several penstemon shrubs for color and to attract the hummingbirds back to our yard. Haven't seen any since we cut down all of our plants, and I really miss them. The Bismarck should get planted on Wednesday, and the rest of the plants on Friday. Then the irrigation specialist comes out on Saturday to put in the PVC system. And then we can added the pretty gravel that we have picked out.

I believe that the pool will get the interior finished at some point this week. Just as soon as the north-facing wall has finished curing. Then they have to acid wash the pebble finish before the pool gets filled. So we should have a really beautiful backyard in about two weeks. Again, I say woohoo!

Ok, it's time to tell you about my card for this challenge. I was given the sweet Lillies for You image to use. I printed her on X-Press It BC, colored her with my Copics, and distressed her, (and my Bazzill Basics Vintage Marketplace DP), with my Zutter.

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Sweater: R32, R35, R37, R39
Vest: YR30, YR31, R30, R32, YG21, YG23, YG25
Pants: R30, R32, R35
Shoes: YR30, YR31, R39
Flowers: YG21, YG23, YG25, YR30, YR31, R30, R32, R35

I added die cuts made with Stampin' Up CS and Memory Box Bella Bouquet and Whimsy Corner dies. Then I adhered some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and pins, as well as cheesecloth, lace, Stampin' Up ribbon, safety pins, and little trinkets. A busy card for sure. I would have added the kitchen sink, but it wouldn't fit. (Believe me, I tried.)

Do check out all the wonderful creations by my new teammates: Desire, Suze, Vicky, Sandy, Lynda, Pat, and Monica. And then please join us this month! 

Have a terrific week! 


  1. Wow, Penny this card is gorgeous! Sweet image, beautiful sentiment and such lovely design details. Many congrats on your new DT post, they're lucky to have you! Glad Gary is feeling better (and less grumpy:) definitely something to feel grateful for!

  2. Beautiful colors on your project! Love your coloring!

  3. Congrats on your new DT place Penny. I love the sweet image, stunning colouring and such a beautiful sentiment too.
    I am pleased that Gary is feeling much better now.
    hugs Sue xx

  4. Hi Penny,
    your card has become beautiful again! I am so excited about your coloration - everything looks so alive! Fantastic!

  5. Woohoo!! Congratulations on your new DT, Penny! Lisa will soon learn what a treasure you are...if she doesn't already know!
    Your card is gorgeous! I love the colours, the embellishments, the die-cuts, and your incredible colouring! :o)

  6. Hi sweetie, this is gorgeous, I love your creations so much hugs Pops x x x

  7. this is stunning again Penny!! I love this image, I think I have to go shopping again, LOL!!
    Beaitufl colring and that die is gorgeous!!

  8. really pretty card, love the colors and dies

  9. Welcome aboard my dear. I'm truly blessed that you have agreed to become part of this team and I'll make you a deal: I can easily put up with you if you can put up with me! ;) To be honest, I think you're getting the short end of the stick here but I digress...which you'll notice I tend to do a LOT.

    Your first official creation for the team is simply gorgeous. Maybe when I grow up I'll be able to colour as well as you do. Boy, woman--you got skills and I'm sure I'll be using your cards as a model for some of my own work. Did I mention, I'm coming out the better in this relationship?

    I also love your quote about gratitude. I have lived by that philosophy for a number of years--the more you express your gratitude the more abundance you'll see in your life. So, thanks for sharing such a fabulous creation and post.

    Once again, I am so happy that you have joined our Path. May you always have a long list of things to show gratitude for in your life.


    p.s. I hope that Gary is feeling more himself and of course much better, very soon!

    1. OK, so I saw Lisa's beautiful comments on my tablet and pushed "Publish". Except that I didn't push it--my fat finger pushed "delete" instead. Sigh....
      So I have copied the comments from my email account and published them here anyway as myself. And if you understand this, you are better humans than I. OMG. So sorry, Lisa. But at least it is here. And now you know why you are in for trouble with me on the team, lol!

  10. Loving your Gratitude is an attitude- awesome! Oh0 and your card is lovely as well- as always- your coloring is spot on and loving your embellishments. So fun to be doing all of that shopping for plants, etc and two weeks will go by so quickly! Congrats on your DT.

  11. I'm so happy for you congratulations on you new DT spot, this is awesome I never heard of them. Your first card is gorgeous and all those wonderful die cuts. I love your image she is just adorable and I love the way you colored her and your color choice is beautiful oh and not to forget the stunning flowers they are amazing.
    Hugs, Pat

  12. So adorable -- love all the pretty embellies that are so artfully placed.

  13. Many congratulations on your new DT post Penny. So well deserved and your creation is fabulous. I love your coloring style.

  14. Congratulations on your new dt gig! They are lucky to have you!

    Your card is wonderful. I love that image and how you've colored it. I also love the card's design and embellishments.

    BTW, I had no idea that there were so many different species/types/whatever of palm tree.

    BTW2, I think palm trees are funny for some reason unknown to myself and mankind.


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