Monday, February 25, 2013

This week's Challenge: Breast Cancer Awareness



Hosting this weeks Inspiration Avenue's prompts
are ShellyDiane.




Think breast cancer awareness!
Think of the "girls"!
Think pink!


by Venabead


by Judith Bell




by Diane Bronstein


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, we open this challenge to you, as we all know of someone who has dealt with it.
The challenge is to create art using pink and white as the main colors.  They do not have to be the only colors.

 
If you need to, please schedule your mammogram!!   
 







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Monday, February 18, 2013

Art Challenge February 18


Which Road?
Many of us are familiar with Robert Frost's poem,
The Road Not Taken,
if not to recite it word for word, then we are
familiar with the idea behind it.

Did you ever reach a point in your life when you 
had to choose between two "roads"?


Which one did you take?

Was it the same decision you would make now?
 
How would things have been different if you'd
chosen the "other" road?
 
 
Maybe it wasn't a clear cut decision, but
a choice was made by not choosing,
and going along the path of least resistance.
 Every situation is unique!


Your challenge this week is to create some art
that illustrates the dilemma of choosing between two paths.

 OR

If you would rather just create a piece of art
that illustrates roads or pathways, that's fine too!


Robert Frost's poem:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost





Bumper sticker spotted on Etsy:


Any medium is welcome!
Just have fun, and link your entry here using Mr. Linky
by Sunday, February 24. 

As always, click the images to be taken to the sources.

Have a creative week!

~Maggie

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekly Challenge-February Holidays

Happy Monday!  Yes, it's Lou Anne from Inspiration Avenue, hoping to inspire you this week. There are bunches of holidays in February so I focused on the ones that fall between February 11-17.

 Today, if you didn't know it, is "Clean Out Your Computer Day."  If you're anything like me, you've madly downloaded all kinds of digital images and today would be a perfect time to sort through them.  Do I really need 27 pictures of a pink bow?  Sure, all of them were freebies, but they're almost identical.

This one is a keeper for sure.  It came from Cajoline.  And I do think it has a real diamond in the middle.

It's also "Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day," "White T-Shirt Day," and "Make a Friend Day."   Please don't get confused.  It is not "Wet T-Shirt Day."  That's an entirely different thing.  I really think all three of these are self-explanatory.  If you do have a question, please don't hesitate to ask.

Tuesday, Februay 12,  is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.  He was our 16th president and is one of our best loved leaders.  We celebrate his birthday on a Monday each year so we can have a three day weekend.


On Wednesday, you might want to celebrate "Get a Different Name Day."  It's crucial that you choose a name that suits you and you must inform your friends and family if you intend to officially change your name.  But just for the day, I think I'll go with something both colorful and flowery.  Maybe Laurel Mazukabelle Montgomery.  (Mazukabelle was my personal word for Magenta when I was a little girl.  I still love the sound of it.)  I'm not sure about the first and last names.  I'll have to ponder it.
Marta Van Eck from Deviant Scrap created this mazukabelle tape.

On Thursday, February 14, there are several fun reasons to celebrate.  First, there's "Ferris Wheel Day", which commemorates the birthday of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., the creator of the first Ferris Wheel.
This carousel is from Altered Artifacts.

"National Organ Donor Day" also falls on February 14.  It doesn't actually suggest that anyone give up their organs just to celebrate the holiday but it does strive to bring awareness to the issue and encourages people to give serious thought to signing up to donate their organs.

Graphics Fairy donated this organ.
February 14 is Valentine's Day.  That's the one I love. When I was a child, I couldn't wait to decorate my Valentine shoebox.  At our Valentine exchange party, I'd receive a Valentine from everyone in the class.  That was the rule.  You didn't have to give any out, but if you did they had to be for everyone.  Some of the kids gave candy in theirs.  Once I learned to cut a heart from a folded piece of paper, I was ready. 

The 15th of February is National Gumdrop Day.  Spiced gumdrops are my favorite so I'll probably have to eat some on Friday, just to honor the day.   It's also "Singles Awareness Day," where everyone who is single can honor other single friends who felt left out on Valentine's Day.


On Saturday, the 16th, you can celebrate "Do a Grouch a Favor Day."  I am not sure whether I'll be doing my husband a favor or he'll be doing one for me.  If neither of us wake up grouchy that day, I'm sure we can find someone else to practice on.  There are plenty of grouchy people out there to do favors for.
These fruity folks came from Wacky Stuff on Flicker.  The background was from Pewter 7.

Finally, if none of those holidays suit you, why not celebrate "Random Acts of Kindness Day" on Sunday?  The sky is the limit there.  You might bake chocolate chip cookies and leave them on my doorstep.  (I mean, leave them on someone's doorstep.)  You might send an anonymous greeting card.  A random act of kindness is anything that is meaningful to the recipient.
Cajoline made these cookies. 
For this challenge, I hope you'll consider the holidays I mentioned.  Choose the one that appeals to you and make an image related to it.  I hope I've given you food for thought.  I'm really leaning toward Valentine's Day myself, but I understand that some people may not want to focus on that one.  Post your link by noon on Sunday, February 17.  Be sure to link back to us so visitors can see all of the entries.  Have a good time!

If you visit the source of my holiday information, keep in mind that some of the holidays mentioned are official holidays and some have unknown or mysterious sources. 

Click here to learn more about these holidays.  


So, I hope everyone has a happy "Clean Out Your Computer Day."  I've already begun deleting excess bows.  I'll try to report back later.

Credits for Valentine collage image components:
Cajoline Scraps, Scrappin' Cop, Craftyscraps, Jessica Fors Photography, Raspberry Road Designs, K. Joss, Kimeric Scraps, Far Far Hill, Granny Enchanted, Coffeeshop, Graphics Fairy, Pixelberry Pie, and Piccolina Designs.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Bridges

This week our ART PROMPT is
"BRIDGE"

Bridges have always intrigued me. 
 How they are made 
Stone, wood, bricks and Metal
Really is a work of art when you sit back and take a look

So here are some ideas for your creativity 
to start out the week 
of February 4th 2013
I them came to these sweet little pics too
 So you see, Many different promts!

Sources: GOOGLE
Also a wee little reminder, that addresses came out over a week ago after the deadline was met for getting in on the 
                          SWAP

Please get them shipped so we can all come together and do a POST! 


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