Hello Sunshine Card

I followed the sketch challenge from the Creative Blooms blog Sketch #5 

and I used a brayer from my background from another challenge on Splitcoaststampers too.  The pecious seahorse is stamped on Whip Cream before cutting with a Spellbinders die. The strips are Cool Pool & Pretty Amethyst. I heat embossed the sentiment from April’s Kit of the Month and cut them up, mounted on more amethyst. I added pink twine and sequins from my sewing stash. Pretty simple but still interesting.

I sent this to my great grand daughter and her mom tells us she was so excited to see the card, she actually threw the envelope down in the street and screamed with enthusiasm to have gotten a card. She loves getting cards from her Gigi and grandma,and she loved playing with us when she was here last month.  She is quite the little crafter as well!

A is for Attitude Layout

I’ve had a fun time gathering goodies to make this layout today.  I’ve followed 3 different challenges for my inspiration.J_0634_Attitude

Challenge #1 – Scrap Our Stash  This challenge is to create a layout and include an item from your stash for each letter in the word B.R.A.D.S.  My items are Buttons, Resin flower, Airplane paper clip, Die cuts, Stamp (not just a rubber stamp but the image is a stamp too.

Challenge #2 – Picture This  Our challenge for June is to use 2 pictures + banners + flags.  I have used dies from Fun Stampers Journey to create my flags and cut a little banner over the top corner.  I tied some twine on one over the flags. There are some old papers used, mixed with some not so old.

Challenge #3 – Rochelle Spears June Tic Tac Toe  This was fun to choose which three panels of the challenge board I would use.  I selected the bottom row: Summer Theme, Mixed Alphas, Buttons.  I selected this photos of Leia in the green grass and a tank top playing and posing for the camera as she twirled and had a sweet time. I used one Alpha stamp, then wrote the rest of the letters by hand using cursive and print – mixed, right?!

Big Z for the Day

On a Splitcoast challenge we were encouraged to do a scrap-lift of something we had “pinned” from Pinterest.  Here is the page I chose for my inspiration:

I chose to do my photo collage with the Lea France stencil “Seventeen”.  Any stencil would work, except for the curved line ones I think.  I used the Fun Stampers Journey circle piercing dies for the letter “O”.  I added the center circles back in, reversing them for fun.    I hand beaded the strips, my only embellishment.  I kept the photo assortment for this page of my family, rather than the animals we were viewing.

Do Your Feet Cramp?

I felt like testing my willpower this evening so I drove over to Michaels.  I also had a hot-off-the-printer coupon for 40% off.  I actually did quite well with my willpower test and only Michaels060615bought what I went for in the first place.  We needed more Xyron sticker tape – 40 % off.  With a 40% off on beads I wanted to pick up some to go with the page I’m starting to work on tonight.  I looked over the Jolees stickers but non appealed to me, would rather use stamps and make my own anyway.

So, I really didn’t stay in there long, but by the time I was ready for the check-out line my feet were starting to cramp.  Once in the car the cramps were in full force.

It seems over the last years this was happening to my feet, especially when I walk and stand too much, like shopping in Michaels.

My daughter did some research and found a formula that was supposed to help.  She mixed the Essential oils in a base of coconut oil and gave the jar to me.  For the past several months I was rubbing my feet after bath and before bed.  All the time.  Then, the past several days I slacked off to the tune of nothing in the past 3 or 4 days at all.

I am a believer all over again.  This stuff works!  As soon as I got home, let the doggies out, I put on the oil (and socks, since I’m not ready for bed yet).  The stuff isn’t a magic potion, so it takes time.  I’m not standing on my feet so I’m not getting the strong cramps right now anyway.  I do know now from experience that the herbs and extracts work.  In fact everything she has told me about has made a big difference.

If you have other remedies, I’d love to hear them.  If you want to learn more about my oil, just ask.

Off to work on a scrapbook layout now!  Thanks for stopping by.

A Good Day in June

It’s been a good day.

Fortunately it dawned on me that I had a meeting, this being Thursday.  I really wanted to go to the beach when I woke up this morning.  My phone said no chance of rain.

I was called on at my Toastmaster’s meeting to respond to a “Table Topics” prompt.  By default.  The fourth and final person was to be the woman sitting to my left but she declined so I was on the spot.  Since the theme for today’s meeting was Chicken and Eggs my topic was to give a one to two minute speech on why one should not vandalize with eggs.  No planning of course, I was just to respond.  I wish I had not been so nervous and remembered to just breathe, but I got through it, unfortunately I missed my goal of at least 1 minute.  The amazing thing is, I was voted as the best speech of the four table topics speeches and won a ribbon. Can I get a “Yeah”?

First thing this morning, with the beautiful day ahead of me, I wanted to go to the beach.  So I packed my swimsuit and headed over to the ocean after my TM meeting.  Now it was lunch and I spotted my new favorite lunch place on the way – Dunkin Donut!  I have been loving the grilled cheese with bacon.  No donut though, another “yeah” for me!

Everyone had the same idea of making this a beach day, but it was still great.  I took a walk, much needed after all the calories, rather than sit in the sand.  Down the shore, away from the crowd, a fisherman had a bird ( I think it is a crane) keeping him company.WP_20150604_007_edited-1

(Fisherman not shown)  As I approached, he told me what a nuisance they are.  They pester him for his bait or try to steal his catch.  Later, I spotted an adorable crab at water’s edge.  My photos just didn’t turn out, he was shy and chose to bury himself when I got too close.  Still not wanting to sit in the sand, I went back up, found a table and read for awhile.  It was a bit windy for that and I really wanted to get back home to my latest scrapbook layout.WP_20150604_019

This is the view from my table.  Such a gorgeous day!  Once home, I’m not sure if my legs feel tight when I stretch them from the sun or the walk.  Either way, the sun and the exercise was wonderful.

Here is my finished scrapbook page.  The challenge was to use “2 different size pictures, at least 2 different size shapes and at least 2 different colors”.

This background paper has been in my drawer forever and since I was going with a “flower” theme it was time to pull it out and make the most of it.

I’d had the idea of using the Spellbinders die for the small photo.  Then I added two more cut from patterned paper, backed with the solid shape and all anchored with the ric-rac stems.  I put embroidery floss around the flowers for embellishment.  The two ribbons are from Fun Stampers Journey as are the stamped images.  The new Kit of the Month came in yesterday and last night I HAD to use then on this page.  To make them stand out I used black embossing powder on the FSJ Banana Cream card stock.  Speaking of that choice, it is part of the color scheme I chose – yellow, pink, and green.  So, not only do I have die cuts as a shape, but I punched some flowers in two different sizes as well.

I wish now I had printed the words I wrote and pasted them on instead of the handwriting.

Hope your day is as marvelous as mine!  Thanks for stopping by!

How Did it Know?

I’m standing in the dining room, getting ready to leave and my phone “dings” me.  It was like my wake up alarm only I had turned it off a good while back.  I look at my phone and it says “according to current traffic conditions it is time to leave for the airport”.  How did it know that?!  It calculated this from the info it had on me.  I had put the time and location in my Calendar.  It knew that I needed to be at the airport at a specific time and now the phone was reminding me how many minutes it would take me to arrive, so I better get going.  I was amazed.  Fortunately we made it to the airport, just like my phone wanted me to do.

Here is a tip if you are planning to travel by air: don’t wear a sparkly top.  It apparently will put the metal detector computers in overload and invite an unwanted pat-down!

Have a marvelous day and thanks for popping in!

National Scrapbook Offerings 2015

I’ve neglected to post on a frequent basis again.  A while back I vowed to post a few times a week.  Starting again, I thought I’d share the latest scrapbook pages done for challenges at Splitcoast Stampers for the Virtual Scrapbook Night during National Scrapbook month.  Now that it was last month (May), I have probably made all the pages I am going to do for those challenges.  Having my Tiny Tot here was a blessing but it was nearly impossible to get any crafting done.

The challenge for this page was to scrap-lift one of fellow scrappers Wendy who is a digital scrapper.  This is Wendy’s page…

With my photos being paper instead of digital, the size is quite off, but I tried to follow her layout idea and I even used close colors. The stamps I used are from Fun Stampers Journey, TH, and Stampin’ Up!  Notice that I used starfish for Wendy’s stars?

Sundial 3 Joyce

The challenge for this page of Tiny Tot’s mother in high school was to create using school colors.  I used a Lea France stencil and put this together quick and easy, so fun.  I had to use ric-rac, washi tape too.  The stamped cheerleader is in a set from Stampin’ Up!.  I heat embossed the “It’s a Cheer Thing”.  The colors are blue, green and white for the school. I have a serious problem seeing colors at night in my dining room, so the background card stock isn’t as blue as first thought.  Letters from Cricut.

Very fun to research for the challenge on the emotion of color, I found out Goethe did something of interest.  I printed out a part of his article on yellow paper, cut the letters from Cricut Hello Kitty cartridge, and told the story of how Leia thinks the DD is much better here.  Her grandma and I make it a celebration, that’s why!

Now that she has been swished away by her parents, I shall begin to scrap some of the many photos I took of her this past month!

FSJ Color Challenge #3

In between “this and that” I managed to complete a card for the color challenge at Creative Blooms Blog.  Pulling out the 4 sheets of card stock, and gathering some stamp sets for starters and inspiration allowed me to sit down an play. 

What did I know for starters, besides the colors?  First of all Kristy wanted me to use one of the latest stamp sets for sure.  That is the cute banner with two sets of sentiments that make it so easy to create something sweet.  Either “hugs” or “love”.  For whom the card be going to was my next concern.  Deciding that, it was perfect to use “hugs”.  Since I wanted the message to be inspirational I choose the “Keep Pedaling” set.  With the stamps decided, I stamped them with Black Licorice ink onto the Sweet Pear card stock and cut each out. I had to sleep on the arrangement since I was out of time yesterday afternoon.  This morning, being fresh, I went with using the River Rock as a mat for the Rich Coral and Pool Play.  It needed a little something, soJ-2522_hugs I stamped with River Rock ink the Background Basics stamp on the Rich Coral for texture and a bit of the outdoor feel.  On the Pool Play I spattered Bronze Silk and used embroidery floss to sew some random buttons down.

This card has a simple and carefree feel, with plenty of bright and cheery to brighten a friend’s day.  It is a reminder that someone is thinking of her and cares enough to send a hand-made greeting.

Who doesn’t benefit from receiving happy mail once in a while?!  I hope you feel inspired to make a simple greeting today.  If you do not already have a Journey Coach, I invite you to visit my daughter’s Fun Stampers Journey site and check out some beautiful card stock colors and pick up your stamps and supplies. (remember the 96)