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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Messy Bessy Falls In Love ~ My Besties ~

My January Blog Candy is located here
(You do not have to be a follower to become eligible)

Welcome new follower Natasha, and all my blogging buddies!

SNS Bingo is gobbling up all my time the past month, and I apologize for not visiting your delightful blogs since the game began. 

I did manage to create a Friendship card 
with this darling new 

from Sherri Blady's line of My Besties.

Here is the little darling in her uncolored format:
Messy Bessy Falls in Love
Sherri drew these wonderful little hearts on strings. I cropped a few and placed them on the bottom in the grass, because this love-struck little charmer sees love everywhere!

The little "stringed heart" was cropped from the main image and placed in my computer-generated sentiment, to carry the theme throughout the card.

Also in use is one of Sherri's newest dies called Romantic Hearts Frame. I cut the frame diagonally to produce a "messy" appearance to work with little Messy Bessy.

This month the theme at Path of Positivity Challenge is GENEROSITY. (In case you've not heard of PoP, it's a wonderful challenge blog comprised of "positive" thoughts - regardless of personal belief.)

In the past 2 years, I've learned a lot about Generosity from my blogging friends, in particular.

My take on Generosity is not sentimental, and not so much "material" as it is something which transforms us from within.

Generosity is something which comes from the Heart, 
      without any hidden agenda or motivation other than 
            to be all we can be, 
                and to share our being-ness with others 
                    in order to bring a Love In Action to the world, 

beginning in our own communities, 
      our own families, 
            our own dear little hearts.

Bursting with that UNsentimental Love, we become Generous of Heart --

                      efficient in what matters most.

Messy Bessy is dripping with heartfelt Generosity.
She hugs her new-found Love close at heart, and allows that love to overflow all around her!

Image is colored with Copics

One more photo of this sweetie:

Thanks for popping by today!

Products Used:

  1. Sherri Baldy's Image - Messy Bestie Falls in Love
  2. Sherri Baldy My-Besties Die - "Romantic Hearts Frame"
  3. Computer Generated Sentiment
  4. Copic Markers E25, E60, E53, E35, E43, R29, RV02, RV21, RV04, YG03
  5. Willow and Wild Plum Distress Inks
  6. Spellbinders: Labels Five, Wonky Rectangles, Grand Rectangles
  7. Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge, Twig Punch, 
  8. CB Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
  9. Flowers, Satin Lace from Lavish Laces
  10. DCWV designer papers

Awesome Challenges I've entered with this darling card:

  1. Path of Positivity #10 - Generosity (please see my comment inside my post) 2/4
  2. Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge #15 - Something New (new digi, new frame die cut, new Spellbinders Rectangle base, new flowers, new ribbon) 1/30
  3. My Besties Norge #10 - Anything Goes 2/1
  4. Challenges 4 Everybody - #37 Anything Goes 1/30
  5. The Squirrel and the Fox -  #62 Use Embellishments (lace, flowers, punches, sewing) 2/5
  6. Sentimental Sundays - #191 Lovey Dovey (this card is all about love) 2/1
  7. In The Pink Challenges - #36 - Die Cuts and Punches (listed in my products used) 

always a warm hug for you,


Shirley said...

She is adorable, the diecuts are wonderful, the way you painted her and the BG is just awesome, and the whole card really is lovely, Dee!!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Woow, Donna, what a great Bessy card!!I love these stamps a lot and this one is soo cute!!! You made such a beautiful card with it, a real Valentynes card!!! Great to give or receive, the small harts are so pretty !!! I love your colours and design!!!


Sue said...

This gorgeous Donna. I love the sweet image with the cute hearts added to the grass and how lovely to add the same hanging heart to your sentiment. The colours and details you have added are all so pretty.
hugs Sue xx

Brenda said...

Love those little girl images - awesome coloring job and love the combo of the brown with the pink.... another fabulous Ms Donner creation!!!

pam said...

stunning card Donna, what a beautifully coloured image, gorgeous die cuts,embellishments and beautiful colours.

Sharon said...

Wow Donna, this is stunning. I love Messy Bestie and you have coloured her beautifully. The new heart dies are gorgeous and you created a wonderful design. So much gorgeousness.
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Unknown said...

hermosa tarjeta... felicidades

Shona Erlenborn said...

Where did you find the time to come up with this stunner? You amaze me continuously with your inspiration, Donna. The colors, the coloring, fussy cutting of the hearts in the grass. Another amazing creation!

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - this is so great Donna. Fun details and soooo many of them. The really help to showcase this really fun image and your great coloring. Love the hearts and all your great shading. HugZ!

SD pooja said...

This is soo Pretty !! loved the yummy colors and beautifully embellished !

brenda said...

Well this is a delight Donna, the image coloured beautifully and then the punched border carrying the softer pink of the ruffled ribbon, just beautiful.

Hope you have a good week.

B x

Shirley said...

She is toooo cute Donna. Love the little curl of hair over her face. Such a darling of a sentiment which fits everything nicely.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a gorgeous card you have made Donna.
and so beautiful designed.
I have used this image also but my card is for next week monday.

gr karin

Julie Gleeson said...

Wow I love your card! Its fantastic what you have done with your sentiment! Hugs Julie xox

craftieodmae said...

Shut the front door!!!!! Gorgeous card with all the beautiful details and such an adorable image colored to perfection!!!!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Donna, this is absolutely beautiful! I love the thought behind the card as well on generosity. Your colouring of the image is spectacular! Your die cuts and borders are so pretty and I like how you added the hearts to the grass and to the sentiment - such wonderful creative touches. Bravo, Donna!


April said...

Wowsers! This is adorable. I love all the wonderful details!

Becky said...

Wonderful, as usual. I love all your work. It's so detail-oriented, which is not my strong-suit.

Donna Maligno said...

Such a cute image! She's all decked out with just the right touches and accents. Love it!

Desire Fourie said...

Donna this is just so beautiful. A real feast for the eyes. And the colouring is just so perfect.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Benzi said...

So good to see you post a card, De. Messy Bessy is a real cutie and I'm sure she has a generous heart. I love the pretty hearts frame and all your wonderful extras.
A fine card, indeed!!!!

Kat W said...

I agree completely with that sentiment and feel like this card has hugged my heart too with all it's cute pinkness!
As always there are so many little details to enjoy - the stitching and pretty flowers to mention just a few :-)
This card would fit with our challenge at In The Pink if you would like to join in!
Big hugs, Kat xx

cotnob said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Donna, such a beautifully coloured image and pretty embellishments. I love your lacy frill and wonderful die cut details.
Such a pretty card.

Stampsnob. said...

She is adorable Beautiful card.......Lis

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a beautiful card and love all those lovely elements you added to it. Just perfect coloring on that darling gal too. I can never make a more decorated card look good, but yours are fantastic. I guess I will stick to my clean and simple as it seems to work for me. But I enjoy viewing those who can pull it off. Keep inspiring me and perhaps one day I will achieve that level or close to it.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, your card is so beautiful with all the sweet details. The little hearts are pretty and the image is a cutie. Your sewing looks great! I hope you are doing well, take good care, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Mayras Designs said...

Donna , this is lovely ! I completely understand how busy you are , no worries you do so much ! And you created this beautiful card to share with us ! Thank you so much my friend !


Desire Fourie said...

Back with my DT hat on:
Donna you are so right, generosity definitely comes from the heart. Your card is so beautiful. Thank you for always promoting POP. This is so perfect for our GENEROSITY theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
{Path of Positivity DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Shelly Schmidt said...

She is so sweet- loving your fab coloring- WOW- your embellishments are wonderful- love the touch of lace and the heart border!

NanaConnie said...

This is really beautiful, Donna! Love your coloring and that lacy die cut mat with all the hearts. Gorgeous lace and perfect flowers. However, I had to go back and check a second time to make sure it was one of your cards since it isn't covered with glitter! lol Hugs

Abfabdesigns said...

Beautiful Dee love the colouring ,layout and the verse just hugged my Heart .
Big Hugs xxxx

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, just look how you transformed that darling image! Donna, your coloring is amazing! And all those pretty, delicate hearts. My own heart is stolen and you, my friend, are the thief! Your words are beautiful and your positivity posts are always uplifting. Who doesn't need uplifting? Thanks, Donna!

Karen Petitt said...

Beautiful card De, and a wonderful way to speak of generosity and love. Am very grateful that you and I crossed blogging pasts a year or so ago. Keep well and don't worry about commenting until the Bingo stuff is all done xx

Monica taylor said...

Such a beautiful card. Your coloring is wonderful. I love your post on generosity. It is amazing how generous our blogging friends can be to complete strangers isn't it? Monica, Guest, DT

Rocio De Alba said...

You have done an amazing job with your coloring. I love all the embellishments. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Sentimental Sunday.

Rocio - DT

Zella said...

What a beautiful card and wonderful post too. WOW - your card has so many special details....LOVELY! Thank you for joining us for our Aloha Friday Challenge #15 - Something New at Kitty Bee Designs.
Kitty Bee DT

Dawn said...

Beautiful and totally adorable! How sweet is that little Bessy :) I love the stitching and gorgeous lace and your sentiment is really beautiful. A completely gorgeous card! Hugs, Dawn

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card love the image,embossing and the gorgeous dies and embellishments
carol x

Monica said...

Hi Donna,
The sentiment is huggable - such sweet words. And the image is delightfully cute.

Sindhu said...

SOOOO sweet! Adorable image!
Thanks for playing with us at Sentimental Sundays!

Erum Tasneem said...

This is such an adorable image! Love your colouring and your colour choice too!
Thank you for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays. Good luck!

Eret said...

I can't take my eyes off from your beautiful card. Hot pink and little bit of green are striking. Fabulous detailing, Donna. Your card is gorgeous!

Christine said...

Super sweet image love the vibrant colours which pop off the card grate dies/punches & pretty lace /embellies.

Thanks for sharing with us at In The Pink chall

smiles Christine C x

Unknown said...

Lovely card ,great image, thank you for joining us at The Squirrel and the Fox with our Embellishment challenge Hugs Tania (DT)xx

Path of Positivity said...

Amen Sister. You nailed it on the head. To truly be generous there can't be any agenda or expectations. It is simply as you stated, sharing our 'being-ness with others".

Your project itself is outstanding as always. I love that you added the hearts to the ground. There is just much love it can't be contained.

I am so happy that you were able to join us again this month on the Path of Positivity. It is always nice to have the opportunity to come over and see your creations and of course read your words of wisdom.


chanya13 said...

Your coloring is wonderful!!! Fantastic card :)

Planetsusie said...

Hi there De - hope you are feeling well! What a lovely card this is, those pinks are beautiful together and I lurve the frame die (I will be looking out for that one). I especially like the piece of lace and ribbon, it reminds me of those little curtains you see in Parisian cafe pictures. A wonderful card and worth voting for!!!

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Stampsnob. said...

You never disappoint this is beautiful....Lis

Belinda said...

Donna, beautiful card, your talent is amazing!! Your colors and all the details are gorgeous!!

Benzi said...

De,I went over to the POP challenge and voted. I must say you have a heart of gold and that is where your generosity dwells. You don't keep it but spread it all around. Thank you.

Karen Petitt said...

Just wanted to let you know that I voted over at POP for you huni, love this card and your take on positivity is fabulous xx

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,
deine Karte ist so wunderschön, voller Herzlichkeit gestaltet und ich kann nur sagen ich bin total begeistert.
Ich bin ein Fan der Bestie Motive von Sharri Baldy. Wir bekommen in Deutschland auch einen Bestie Blog, ist das nicht genial. Deine Herzenswärme spüre ich bei jedem deiner Kommentare die du mir schreibst. Obwohl uns viele tausende Kilometer trennen, verbindet uns die Freude sich austauschen zu können. Das ist Balsam für die Seele. Wir haben beide gesundheitliche Probleme und erfreuen uns trotzdem des Lebens. Warum, werden sich einige fragen, weil basteln einfach verbindet.
Ganz liebe Grüße Hugs Silvi