Monday, March 2, 2015

Serendipity


I am very excited and honored to be the Guest Designer this month for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  I discovered this challenge blog a couple months ago and absolutely love their focus.  The tag line below their blog header says, "A unique 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!"  You can find out more about the how's and why's of the blog's origin by visiting this Introduction page.  There is a theme word each month and when linking up your project they like you to include how your project goes along with the theme.  It doesn't have to be a long explanation, just a sentence or so to help make the connection.


The theme word for this month is Serendipity.  Serendipity means "fortunate happenstance" or a "pleasant surprise" (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendipity) or luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. (source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serendipity).  As a Christian that does not believe in luck (I believe God is in sovereign control of even the minute details of our lives), I'm approaching this theme from the standpoint of "a pleasant surprise."  One of the most pleasant surprises I ever received was the night a college group from the college I was attending came to sing at the church my dad pastored as part of their summer tour.  At dinner, my best friend arranged it so that I sat across the table from this handsome bass from Kentucky.  By the end of the evening, I was asking the Lord to have the handsome singer ask me out when we got back to college and less than a year later I was engaged to him.  We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past December.  I didn't know when I went to church that night that it would be a night that changed the rest of my life.  Definitely a VERY pleasant surprise.


We have two great sponsors this month for the challenge:  Lunagirl and Sami Stamps.  You can find all the details on the prizes that can be won on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog.  Lunagirl generously provided a collage sheet for me to play with for today's card.   I used one of the eight images from the Vintage Romance #1 digital collage sheet.  The vintage style and I are still working out our relationship (ha!) but this image and these papers just seemed to go together and made it easy for me.    I added some pretty die cuts, pearls, ribbon, dry embossing and lots of layers and the front was done.


I kept the interior pretty simple and just printed a digi sentiment and matted it. 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections, Bazzill, Georgia Pacific (for image)
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Luna Girl, Sweet 'n Sassy digis (Love Sentiments, Valentine's Sentiments)
Tools/Embellishments:  Michael's ribbon, Queen & Co. pearls, Spellbinders dies (Classic Ovals Large and Small, Lacey Ovals, Floral Ovals), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Victoria)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #216 - Lots of Layers
Digi Choosday Week 8 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenbge #126 - Bingo (I used the bottom row - two pattern papers, glitter or bling (I chose bling-pearls), embossing)
Craft Your Passion Challenge #251 - Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #3 - Anything Goes (must use digital stamps)
Get Creative Challenge #9 - Embossing (I used dry embossing on both patterned paper panels)

Thanks for visiting today.  Please be sure to check out all the details on the challenge at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog and also visit our sponsors Lunagirl and Sami Stamps.

12 comments:

Debbie said...

Gorgeous card! I love the vintage image and colors!
And what a wonderful story of how the Lord brought you and your hubby together!!

Jennifer Bradley said...

Beautiful vintage card love thedesign and the backing paper. Lovely story about meeting your husband. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty and hope to see you again soon. Jennifer DT member xx

Ann said...

wow I really love this - so dramatic using just the black and white> Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Aud Sentiments.
Ann xxx

Jingle said...

This is very pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

NanaConnie said...

Steph, this is incredible! Love the vintage and that sheer bow is magnificent. Now, donning a DT hat, let me say -- Thanks so much for playing in our Bingo challenge at Aud Sentiments. We feel honored that you chose our challenge. Good luck and please come play again soon.
NanaConnie DT

Moni said...

Beautiful vintage card. Thank you for joining us a Digi Choosday Challenges. Moni (DT

Pat said...

Beautifully created, and beautifully explained, Stephanie. Love it-everyone has their own take on serendipity!

Pia S said...

A wonderful story and approach to the theme, and it resulted in a very beautiful vintage design:)

Susan Sieracki said...

Beautiful card Stephanie. All of the elements flow so nicely here. Thank you so much for joining our Ants in My Pants Digital Challenge #3 at Doodle Pantry. We hope you'll join us again!

auntbeespickles said...

Hi Stephanie, what a pretty card! Darling image and love the sentiment inside and out. Thanks so much for joining us over at the Doodle Pantry "any digi" challenge. Good luck and I hope you will join us again!
Hugs, Sarah T

Jane Savage said...

Gorgeous vintage make! Has a wonderfully elegant feel!
Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane xxx

Christine Harrop said...

I really love your vintage card and the papers and colours you have used. Thank you for sharing with us at Get Creative this time. Good luck. Christine DT xx

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