Words of Wisdom

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.  These words of wisdom encourage us to be leaders, not followers. They encourage us to live the life we want to live, and to not be afraid to take chances.  What wonderful words of encouragement to share with anyone starting a new adventure! It’s time to play at Festive Friday – Home of the Inspo List!

Words of Wisdom

For this week’s challenge, we are inspired by International Owl Awareness Day. Remember, at Festive Friday you do not need to actually celebrate or make a card for the occasion featured. Your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project. I used owl, inspirational quote, texture and brown to create my card. I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans

Joanne James

Nueve’s Notes

Hi, everyone!  I’ve been having lots of fun these past few days.  My mom got me a puppy to play with  for a few days. His name is Zilla.  He’s a lot of fun.  We play bitey-face and chase me.   When we get tired, he snuggles right up next to me to nap.  He got to stay for seven days while his mom and dad went on a trip on a big boat.

words of wisdomI’ve also been playing lots with Sixx, too.  But, it has been pretty hot outside, and Mom makes us come in. When it gets too hot, it is hard for us to breathe.  Our noses are too short.

words of wisdomMom also makes Sixx come inside when she barks at the neighbor’s dog, or the neighbor, or squirrels, or motorcycles, or cars, or people walking by, or people riding bikes, or the UPS man, or the FedEx man, or the mail person, or anything. She barks a lot. She’s a bad girl. She is Bad Girl Sixxy!  But, I work really hard at being good.  It’s what I do. I’m a working dog! I am Good Boy Nueve!



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  1. Ann, I love that sentiment and how you made it a focus for your card. Wonderful use of that fabulous paper, too. Sending hugs

  2. I just love this card Ann – your sentiment is so perfect for the little scene you created (or is it the other way around?!) It made me give that stamp set a second look too (darn it!) Fabulous!

  3. Another darling card, Ann! Proud of you Nueve for being such a good boy and winning at your shows. 🙂

  4. Great quote for such a lovely card. That owl is a hoot.
    Hugs to your 4 legged babies

  5. Wonderful card Ann. Love the papers, colors, the quote… all perfect for our challenge!

  6. Sharon Broussard

    Love your card. The deckled frames are fun! Looks like you enjoyed your visitor Nueve! You will have to teach Sixxy to be a good girl!!

  7. Love your card Ann!

  8. Wonderful message on that fun scene you created. As always I love the stories from “Good boy, Nueve”!

  9. I especially like this card-the colors, the design, the message. A pleasing combo.

  10. Wonderful card Ann! The quote made me chuckle because even though I get the inspirational meaning, in my case it seems to fit the fact that I have a terrible sense of direction and often end up getting lost!

  11. Ann, another amazing card and colours that you chose work so well together. I love the quote….. how wonderful and inspirational

  12. Bonnielee McGuire

    Love that card. Something about the owl, that sweet tree, and the setting sun just does it for me. As does Nueve : ) Thinking of you.

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