Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tweetingly Pretty in Pink {Cardz4Galz}

I'm so glad you're here!
Wishing you a happy day, and hoping you are doing well!

It's time for the 43rd Cardz 4 Galz challenge!



Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #43 is chosen by teamie Helen -and the theme is:  Pretty in Pink.

Show us your cards using lots of pink in any way! 
Challenge ends on March 29.

My "flat" 6"x6" card is flat, suitable for less expensive mailing. 
I wanted to pile on the flowers, layers and pearls, but restrained myself! (giggle)

This adorable bird image has lain virginal for years.
3 years?
5 years?
more?

It's been a long time coming to use this pretty.

HOW LONG?
Much, MUCH MORE than (one year) to play in the Retro Rubber Challenge.

It's even extinct at Overstock.com.  (hanging head in shame)

Can you believe how neglectful a mom I am? I just had to have this darling image,
only to bring it home, display it, and leave it unused.
So many of my stamps remain uninked, crying out for attention.


The IO bird cage is cut from sage card stock,
heat embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder,
to give it a lustrous,
metallic,
pearly
appearance.

The Powder is semi-transparent
to allow the green tones of the cardstock
to show through the luster.

Silver Pearl embossing powder
can be used much like clear embossing powders
because it is nearly transparent,
but has a
pearly,
metallic
finish.

A little stitching for the pearly vellum semi-circle on the left side of the card can be seen through the bird cage.
Some pretty pearl daisies for the top and bottom of the tags on the card, gift from sweet friend Paula:








Finally, everyone deserves a little wine, right?

In this case, how about
Sangria Star embossing powder?

I personally like the entire SNS Tuscany line because they are detail powders that provide great coverage.

The glitteriness of these EPs is fantastic, and you would think it is straight glitter without any EP.

I wanted a little variance in the hues of the SW leaves, and the EP provides a little sparkle and darkness, keeping the color the same.

Below is my little story about

THIS

PINK

BIRD.




On A Personal Note:

and for the March Path of Positivity Challenge

The Story Goes...

 Once upon a time, there was an extremely talented song bird! Her music lulled all the forest creatures to sleep at night, and awakened them with happy, melodious, cheering tunes in the morning, so everyone could rise in good spirits, and go about their daily duties in gratitude.

Alas,

our little bird was not completely fulfilled at heart. 
Instead of being grateful for the love she gave and received, 
she suffered from a long-held disappointment. 

She has always wanted to be pink!

Imagine wanting to be pink, molting your feathers time and again, only to be found some OTHER seemingly drab color, without fully embracing and accepting her life as it was.

Nevertheless, our heroine persisted, and visited her local hair salon. She had the color works, including a body wave for her wings! Gotta love the stamina of this little lady.

She submitted to many unpleasant procedures trying to realize her dream. In the end, she was delighted with her appearance, which caused her to sing all the more beautifully, much to her friends' delight.

Our moral to the story is slightly different than usual. 

In this case, her friends helped her "keep her PINK ON!" They had always wanted to give a gift to her in return for what she had lavished upon her community, but she had never been completely honest and forthcoming about her true self.

In this case, everyone lived happily ever after, and learned to share openly their needs, desires and happinesses - all in the spirit of love, friendship and gratitude. The newly-pink bird and her friends learned that when we appreciate ourselves and one another, and become aware of who we truly are, that we can be fulfilled and follow our dreams more completely.

Speaking completely from a self-centered point of view:

Without going into any personal details, that is TRULY the way I feel about my internet friends. 
You are my strongest encouragers, sincerest cheerleaders, dearest heart-to-heart buddies and understanding comrades.

Without knowing it, you help me over many a hurdle, and appreciate me for who I am, despite my "disabilities" and flaws. Since I am a home-bound individual, your unexpected kindnesses have been a source of great awakening, and much of my personal growth! 

Thank you for helping me keep my pink on!

(I hope I do the same in return, singing a pretty song!)

Fellow Blogger Lis had more surgery on her injured leg. This has been an ongoing battle for her, and I admire her stamina and persistence in seeking healing and remaining active.

So here is a photo of my little Pink Bird of Cheer to Lis:


The sentiments are stamped in two colors of ink (gray and black).
But they are from the pansies same Pansies Set:


It is always a pleasure seeing your artful treasures,
so please come play with us at
Cardz 4 Galz

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to support:
  1. 613 Avenue Create - March "Anything Goes with Option: Use Rubber Stamp (used 4 rubber stamps) 4/8
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft - #40 Anything Goes 4/1
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #3 Anything Goes 4/1
  4. Come and Get It Challenge - (March 12) Things With Wings 3/19
  5. Get Creative Challenges #56 Use Favorite Color Combo (pink and green) 4/3
  6. Love to Scrap #95 Anything Goes 4/1
  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge #1711 Anything Goes 3/20
  8. Path of Positivity March - Inspirational Post / Optional theme: Birth of New Beginnings (my little bird story explains how "new beginnings" can be an awareness of who we already are, and following our dreams to become everything we want to be) 4/2
  9. Retro Rubber Challenges - "Anything Goes with Old Rubber" (blurb written above) 3/26
  10. Stamping Sensations (March) "Close To Nature" 4/2
Thanks for stopping by today!
hugs,

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Sunny Hello

Greetings, Sweet Blogging Friends!
If you are following me via e-mail, apologies for the duplicate post.

I clicked the wrong button (PUBLISH) prior to writing parts of my post.
So this could be called "Post of Blunders" but it's not (giggle)

Today's post could be called:

DISTRESSING with Glitter

(can there BE such a thing?)

This beautiful, glitter-full, sparkly copper frame provided lots of fantastic sparkly effects, but was not dark enough for the project, so I decided to distress the EP with two more colors of glitter:


Final Frame (try to ignore the yellow glitter in the middle - that's not what it really looks like LOL):


The frame is truly sparkly, and has fantastic texture - I just could not get it to sparkle the way it really is. (and of course, the transparent yellow in the sun looks like an unwanted opaque gold in the photo).
I can't win with cameras.

This is more how the transparent Sunny Daze glitter actually looks, only sparklier:


Cute Sentiment:



The Sun's Friendly Face was stamped twice on the watercolor background. The 2nd image was fussy cut around his crinkled eyes, colored with Zig's and distressed around the edges with Memento ink. It was then popped up for dimension and added depth.

The background for the sun was done with Color Burst watercolors.
The image is slightly highlighted using Zig Watercolor markers:


Should brighten someone's day!


Products Used:
Images: Stampendous Sun and Sunny sentiment stamped in black
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copper Dreams (glittery) Embossing Powder distressed with Midnight Gold Glitter and Black Ice Glitter
Sunny Daze Glitter around sun
Color Burst Watercolors, Zig Watercolor markers

Challenges:

  1. 613 Avenue Create "Anything Goes: twist - no digitals" 4/1
  2. Cards und More - MUST STAMP - #179 Friendship (my sentiment says "May Your Day be filled with Sunshine" stamped in black ink 3/16
  3. Craft Rocket Challenges #34 "No Patterned Paper" (used watercolor paper with Color Burst powders) 3/17
  4. Crafting With An Attitude #25 Anything Goes 3/26
  5. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge (March) Anything Goes 4/1


Thanks for stopping by today!
hugs,

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

TWO BLOGGER TIPS - ENABLING E-MAIL AND CHOOSING BLOGS TO SHOW

This is updated from the February 24, 2014, original post due to Blogger/Google + changes.
Since a few people each week still ask about this, the blog post is being republished.


BLOG TIPEnable email address

Why would you want to do this?

Do you have Email notification set for your Blogger Blog? If so, you know that each time someone leaves on comment on your blog, an email notification is sent to you.

Sometimes it is nice to “reply” via the email, like when someone asks a question. Unfortunately most people do not have their email address “enabled” so that an email can be sent. It might show up as DonnaEllis@no-reply.blogger.com

Not having that email address makes it difficult for anyone who owns a blog and wants to respond.

Sometimes, we don’t want people to have our email address. But mostly, it is a case of not knowing how to enable our email address.

To correct this, go to your dashboard.

IF YOU ARE USING BLOGGER WITH A GOOGLE + ID:

*NEW* Because some Blogger users (like me) have enabled a Google + ID, but NOT a Google+ Blog format, the Blogger User/ID information is no longer in the top right corner.

For Blogger Blogs using Google+ IDs in addition to Blogger ID, instead, do the following:

  1. Go to Dashboard
  2. Go to SETTINGS (left column)
  3. Go USER SETTINGS
  4. On the right side of the page are some options. 
  5. Under GENERAL, select USER PROFILE.
  6. Make sure that BLOGGER is selected and NOT Google+ :



Click on EDIT (directly under the BLOGGER selection):


A new window pops up:

NOTE:

  • if you are reading this on my blog, please click on the photo below so you can see the full size photo completely, and the writing on the right will not interfere with the photo. 
  • if you are reading this via email, I'm hoping it already is at full size for your viewing. If it is not, please click on the title of my blog post in the top of your email, and it will take you to my blog post so you can read it there.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOGGER ID, THE FOLLOWING SHOULD WORK:


In the top right (where your name and picture are), click on Blogger Profile.

On the right is a button to Edit User Profile. Click it.

The EDIT USER PROFILE page pops up.

Under the section for PRIVACY, click on SHOW MY EMAIL ADDRESS. Add the address you’d like to have people respond to. This does NOT “advertise” your email address. It merely shows up when people hit “reply to email” when you have left a comment on their blog.

Be sure to click on SAVE!

If it does NOT have a Blogger option in the top right corner of your dashboard, simply follow the directions above for Blogger users who have a Google + ID.

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BLOG TIPChoose which blogs to show in blogger

Why would you want to do this?


Do you contribute to several Blogger Blogs? The default setting is to show all the blogs you contribute to. This means when people visit your profile (as in returning a comment from their blog), they will see all the blogger blogs you are affiliated with, and have to choose which of the blogs they want to take the time to visit trying to locate your personal blog.

It's frustrating to want to return a comment, only to have 7 or more blogs pop up, forcing you to hit or miss which blog might be the author's personal blog.

To correct this, go to your dashboard. In the top right (where your name and picture are), click on Blogger Profile.

On the right is a button to Edit User Profile. Click it.

The EDIT USER PROFILE page pops up.

Under the section for PRIVACY, click on

SHOW MY BLOGS, select the blogs you want displayed, and UNCHECK any blogs you don’t want to show up. This helps visitors who look at your profile trying to locate your personal blog(s) in response to your comments left on their blogs. Be sure to click on SAVE.

For example: I contribute to NINE blogger blogs. I don’t want people to wonder which of those blogs are mine, so only 2 of my blogs are checked.

Be sure to click on SAVE!

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hope this helps someone today!
hugs,
de



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