Monday, March 17, 2014

Motivational Monday & PoP Midway Reminder: Thoughtfulness

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Wow today's post is a packed one.  I've got my latest Motivational Monday feature to share with you, a card I made for the midway for the Path of Positivity Challenge and a couple freebies.  As usual I am running late, so I better get to it!

First up I am going to share with you the reflection that I have included as part of the midway post over on my Path of Positivity challenge blog where the theme this month is THOUGHTFULNESS.  So, if you are in the habit of checking in over there as well, you'll be able to skip the top half of that post.  On with today's thoughts... 

 THOUGHTFULNESS

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead
Isn't it amazing when people come together and connect and when the love, compassion and humanity that is a part of all of us, somehow opens up and allows great things to happen? Well, it begins with the actions of being thoughtful, kind, considerate, caring and respectful of others.  When we allow ourselves to open up and reflect these actions in our everyday life, the effects can be amazing.

Being thoughtful doesn't take a lot of effort or even money.  A simple thank you when someone does something special for you, saying a few kinds words to lift someone's spirits or simply assisting someone out of the goodness of your heart, are all ways you can be thoughtful.  As Pat mentioned in her Pondering for this month, "How many times have you commented on a person’s hair style, clothing, artwork or project and seen them stand up taller or beam with delight?".  Wouldn't it be wonderful to see more of the people in your world standing a little straighter or lighting up the room with their smile because of simply taking a moment to make a difference in that person's life by doing something thoughtful?  The great thing is that not only does your kindness affect that person, but they are more likely to keep spreading the joy to others they meet up with throughout their day.  Additionally, being thoughtful on an on-going basis also helps to form and change your own attitude, moulding you into a better version of yourself.

The bottom line is try to be thoughtful wherever, whenever and however you can.  You'll be amazed at the difference you see not only in those around you but also within yourself. 

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Next up I want to show you the card I made for the midway...

FRONT
Digital Image Details:
  • This beautiful image is from our guest sponsor over at the Path of Positivity Challenge this month, Pickled Potpourri Designs.  Each member on the team got two sets to work with.  The flowers I used on the front of my card are the beautiful Dahlia image.  Clicking on the image below will take you to its location in the store.
    http://www.pickled-potpourri.com/dahlia-digital-stamps
  • The image was coloured with Copic markers.  Petals: RV10, RV14, RV15.  Leaves and stems:  G000, G00, G02.  Grounded with BG10 and the colourless blender.
Embellishments:
  • Half pearls are Crafts brand and were purchased at Dollarama.

INSIDE
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • The sentiment is from the pretty set called, Today. I framed it with a floral frame in Publisher before printing it out.
    http://www.pickled-potpourri.com/today-digital-stamps
OVERALL
Paper Products:
 
  • Card base, Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, Soda Pop collection.
  • The strip of floral paper is from K & C Company Designer Paper--Best of...florals collection. 
Embossing Folder:
  • The card base was embossed using my Cricut, Paper Lace II embossing folder. 
Cricut Cartridge:
  •  The card base was cut using the Birthday Bash cartridge.
Challenges I am hoping to enter... 
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Finally that brings me to a couple of freebies.  The first was offered up at the challenge start and the second was just offered up today for the midway...


Font Information:



 Font and Image Information: 
Click on the font names to take you to a download location.  All of these fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time these creations were made.and as such, it is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use this font in my creations and offer them to others.  Please refer to my full terms of service for what you can and cannot do with this digital creation.

Credit Notes For These Creations: 
© 2014, Lisa L. Décosse.  PUO.  However, you are allowed to use the sentiments on handmade projects that you intend to sell on a small scale basis provided credit is given. You also need to include a credit note and a link to this blog should you use any of my images in your creations and post them on your blog. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with my full terms of use found in the 'Download Instructions & T.O.U.' tab at the top of this page.  Of important note:  Please do not share my images with family, friends, etc. Additionally, do not post any images to file sharing services like Box®, 4-Shared®, etc. Instead, please direct people to my blog so they can grab the image for themselves. If you would like to post a watermarked version of the image, please contact me to obtain one. 

These word art creations are in png format and published at 300 ppi. They are quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with.   If you are a card maker you can always resize it smaller without distorting the quality.

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I invite you to go and check out, not only, the wonderful creations some members of my Design Team had the opportunity to create over on the Path of Positivity (click HERE for the midway) but also some of the great entries into this month's challenge (click HERE for the challenge).  I also invite you to come over and enter a project yourself, if you haven't already.
Well, I believe that finally covers it all.  Have a great week everyone!
Until then,

20 comments:

Clare D. said...

I always forget to emboss my projects. I love that you used the Cricut and embossing.

Pat said...

Love your words regarding thoughtfulness, and your card is amazing. I love the shape of it and the way you "grounded" the image by outlining it in that pale Copic color. Well done, you busy lady!

Diane said...

What an interesting card! I didn't even realize that card shape was on that cartridge. I love the flower stamp as well. Dalias are one of my favorites. Nice coloring and embossing, too!

Missy said...

OH wow this is a wonderful card! I love the shape of the card base, the pearls are so pretty, and that image, your coloring, is stunning! Thanks for joining FCCB this week!!

Susan Hogan said...

Lisa, a lovey card with a beautiful image. Thanks for sharing this with us at Crating with Dragonflies.

Desire Fourie said...

Lisa another beautiful design. Love the colouring of the flowers. Thank you so much for the versatile word art. Thoughtfulness definitely can make the world a much better place.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

ike said...

Beautiful :-) xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

I can only agree to everything you said here about thoughtfulness. It is sooo true and can mean everything to someone on that day, if just one person shows a little love, and it really is sooo little it takes to do that, so everybody should begin to think just a little about it.
We´ve always had a say here in our family which is: Alway treat everybody else, how you would like them to treat you, then we´ll always be only see happy faces around us wount we?

Maryann Laursen said...

Ups forgot to say I loved your card, it would brighten anybodys day for sure. have a great day.

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Lisa,
You have warmed my heart with your very touching post. The shaped embossed card is lovely. Pearls are a classic accent. Thank you for posting this with us at WAW. Blessings Carole
Sweet freebies

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is fabulous Lisa, thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Totally Papercrafts.
Hugs
Cathy
Xxxx

CG said...

Wow, such a sweet and lovely card. Love your embossing & coloring. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies! Best, CG

Wendy said...

Beautiful card...Thanks for playing along with us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Wendy xx

Karon said...

Fabulous card Lisa, love the flowers! TFS

Edwina said...

Wow! This is a gorgeous card! I love it! Love the flowers and the shape of the card. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

JoNeita said...

Beautiful card, I love the shape. Thank you for joining us at FCCB!

mixamatoasties said...

Great card. Love the shape.

Thanks for sharing at Hobbycutz this week.

Susan

Arlene said...

The flowers are wonderful. Love your colors.
So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Kim's Kreations said...

Beautiful card. Love all your details. Thanks for linking to our challenge this week at FCCB. Kim

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

what a great card! Totally adore the shape you have done and the embossing is really awesome