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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nurture Every Dream...


...as if it were a precious flower.  I love this quote!!!  Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting (via Facebook) a wonderful lady named Michelle Perkett.  Not only is she a wonderful and inspirational person, but she is as nice as they come!!!  Through her FB posts, I have learned that she and I share a love for journaling and uplifting quotes that keep us focused and positive.  I have admired her beautiful artwork for quite some time, but stopped myself from purchasing anything because I have so very many stamps that have yet to get the slightest bit of attention.  I have been trying to stay the course by not over spending...and let me tell you, it is HARD!  Well, I finally saw the image that I simply could not pass up...I just had to have "Rosie"...and I knew exactly how I wanted to create with her:o)  So...I wasn't being wasteful;o)  As soon as I saw her, I thought she would be the perfect image for my next blessings journal.  Everyday, I write about the blessings in my life...it allows to me not take the small things for granted.  Truly...many things we consider "small" are huge to another, so these journals keeps me focused, thankful and grounded.  Seriously, everyday we wake up, are capable of getting out of bed and being surrounded by people we love (and who love us) is a beautifully blessed day!!!  How thankful I am for all the gifts that God has shared with me!!!!


I started this by digging through my stash and finding a pack of Martha Stewart journals I purchased at Big Lots about a year ago...maybe longer.  Once I found the journal I wanted to use, I chose the colors I would use for the image.  Rosie was colored with Prismacolor markers and Stickles for that extra pop of sparkle.  Once the Stickles dried, I cut out the image of Rosie and the little flowers...then printed out another image and adhered all the cutouts to it (I thought this would give it a touch of dimension).  I clipped the corners with a Fiskars corner punch and matted it to a piece of PTI sweet blush card stock and PTI kraft card stock.  I bordered the kraft cs with some vintage lace I found at a yard sale.  Before I attached the image to the journal, I added the ribbon bookmark to the back of it and attached it all to the journal with tacky tape.  To finish it off, I added some PTI ribbon, some pearl "sprigs" (don't know what they're officially called), a dainty Prima flower and some adhesive half pearls.  The heart attached to the ribbon bookmark was made with yarn and plastic canvas.

Thank you so much for dropping by today!!!  I very much appreciate it, especially since I do not have the time to return the favor as I would like.  I will try my best to stop by and visit those of you who are gracious enough to leave a comment.  Again, THANK YOU!!!!

Today, I am participating in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Putting On the Glitz (:hope all the Stickles counts:)
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge - Plastic (the heart on the ribbon bookmark was created using plastic canvas)
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Use Pink
Creative Belli Challenge Blog - Use Felt or Fabric (I used lace and yarn...hope this counts) 
Fab N' Funky Challenges - Make Your Own Embellishment(s)  (I made my heart embelly with yarn and plastic canvas...hope this counts)
Paper Sundaes Challenge Blog - Choose Your Sundae Toppings ~ Choose at least two of the following: Flowers, Lace, Distressing and/or the color Pink (I used flowers, lace and the color pink)

21 comments:

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous and your coloring is beautiful!! Thanks for joining us this week at MPS!
Tammy x

heidy said...

Oh this is gorgeous!!
Thanks for joining fab'n'funky this week.
Heidy

Marilyn Webb said...

Wow and Wow again, what a gorgeous journal, and the colors are amazing. I really love the heart you did with the plastic canvas, beautiful job!! Thanks for joining us this week at MPS.
hugs Marilyn

Ginny said...

gorgeous, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

Michelle said...

Carolyn, what can I say, you are an inspiration to me as well as many others! You are such a special and amazing lady and I so appreciate your lovely post, thank you:) What a stunning journal cover, perfect for your blessings! I love how you colored Rosie and love the glitter and your gorgeous embellishments! Thank you for joining us at MPS, Carolyn!

Hugs,

Michelle

Posh Cat Crafts said...

wonderful card I love the use of material for our challenge this fortnight over on Creative Belli
Hugs
Tamara

Auntie Em said...

Your journal is beautiful! I love the painting on the sweet image and all the dainty little roses. The bookmark is sooo precious. I love handmade touches on projects.
Good luck with your challenges. It was so nice of you to stop by my blog and leave the caring comments.
Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :o)

Peggy said...

Very pretty! I love all the elements on this. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow, what a beautiful journal cover you've made, love it! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio!

Lin said...

This is quite lovely. I love your heart charm! Did you make it yourself?

Thanks for joining in with our plastic spotlight at Crafty Cardmakers.

Lin - Lil Miss Chatterbox xx

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Beautiful design. Love the crocheted heart. :)

Donna Mosley said...

Very beautiful creation. Love the fab heart you've created. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Donna x

corinne said...

what a nice card !!!! thank you for joining us on craftyourpassion'challenge blog.
Good luck !

craftybunny said...

This is just beautiful.Look at your neat cutting and super colouring! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion :D
Lisa x

jdmommy said...

Lace and yarn works for me! Great coloring of this image! Thanks for playing in the Belli Challenge!

maryr917 said...

this is a great card-love your coloring on your image-thanks for sharing this with us on the creative belli fabric challenge-and yes your lace and yard work well

paperfun said...

Gorgeous card. I love the way you colored her and then gave her so much bling. Your bow is also beautiful.

Thanks for swimming with the Mermaids at Michelle Perkett Studio.

Mari

Carmen O. said...

Wow this is beautiful! I just love this image and you showcased it so beautifully. Lots of great shimmer and the sentiment is fabulous.

Judie aka Craftymess said...

This is a wonderful project, love the dimension on the fairy, its lovely

thanks for getting crafty with plastic at Crafty Cardmakers

Hugs
Judie xx

Pauline said...

Wow... this is so beautiful! You have such an eye for details! Thanks for playing at MPS!
hugs and blessings,
Pauline

Shana said...

This is beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again this week!