Unicorn Birthday

My precious Great grand wanted her 8th birthday cake to be a unicorn. They were between homes at the time, so her celebration of her eighth birthday was celebrated at Abuela’s house in Nevada. Everyone was happy for the pool and the fun.

I’ve had these photos for a year. She just celebrated another birthday! I’m not one to get everything scrapped before starting something new. And, this unicorn embellishment was given to me last year as well. We were at a crop and someone announced she was giving away this unicorn. Lucky me!

This page came together quickly, once I went looking for birthday photos for the “Lasting Memories” challenge. I also used this old sheet of Stampin’ Up! paper and did some stamping for the challenge at “A Cherry on Top”.

The Queen of my Heart makes a Bubble

Here is my scrapbook page for the latest Sketches in Thyme Blogspot sketch.


I used lots of patterned papers. I dry embossed the brown card stock and added ink to enhance the raised part. Title cut with Cricut Explore. The little rosette I hand made.

Hope you come play with this sketch, too!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy and blessed day!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Baby Shark do do do do do do

If you are like most parents today a tune to this baby song will have come into your head. My great grandson loved that song, so his mommy sang it to him often. He had a liking for anything with a shark picture on it, too.

For a scrapbook challenge posted at A Cherry on Top I made this layout of the little guy from 3 years ago wearing his shark shirts. I also stamped and fussy cut a stamp for this page.

Other than the whole base sheet, my papers are scraps. Even the little bits I added in are from pretty old stash. I used a Micron pen to line and accent each layer. Added some brads. Wrote on the lined piece and kept it simple.

Hope you are well and staying put!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Brother and Sister Journey

This layout developed from a challenge blog, CSI Challenge Blog. We scrapbook enthusiasts are provided with a “Crime Scene” and details of “clues” that we are to “solve” by creating a layout. This approach is loads of fun. There is a picture of the “scene” to get us started. From those elements in the picture I selected a photo that I could work with to “solve this case”.

Here is the evidence that I gathered to solved the case.

The colors at the scene were light blue, yellow, and a medium pink. Shades of cream and a touch of gray were also present. The scene was laid out in a quadrant. I noticed a pattern of multicolored dots on a neutral background, happy little dots in the environment. There was a touch of distressing around the edges caused by Jane Davenport’s Sandy Toes ink. Only one flower, from Prima, was found in this wooded area, but several butterflies were present, some with stitching through the center. Additional evidence of glittered feathers and Nuvo Drops was found. This was all the evidence needed, along with the testimony presented in 4 sentences, to solve my case.

Ha ha! Hope you enjoyed my case study and come over to the blog to play!

Have a blessed day, I got to watch mass from my church in the safety of my home on YouTube. Hope you connect with God in your own way, too.

Hugs, JoyceAnn

Snap, Crackle and Pop to this!

Starting with a sketch that is pretty busy, I found photos that would work. Orientation and ability to manipulate the size with a little cropping dictates my choices. I also know what papers I wanted to use. There is a challenge on ACOT that asks us to pick a pack that needs to be finished off, I picked Magnolia from Fancy Pants Designs. This may not have been the most perfect choice, but I was determined to make it work.

This is the PageMaps sketch I used.

For me, the story is about this young mother getting the kids involved. She lets them have some hands-on fun, even though if you have ever tried to stir that marshmallow and cereal mixture, you will remember just how hard it actually is.

I stamped the word over the baby’s head – twice. When I first uploaded a photo of the completed layout and titled it “aproved” spell check changed it to “approved”! Oops!

This sketch is currently an on-going challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com. Hop on over and play along. Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a safe and happy day!


Joyce Ann

The Prehistoric Emu

My DT project for this week’s Sketches in Thyme Blog sketch is about one of my very favorite birds. Several years back when I first saw baby Emus at my Brevard Zoo I believed they looked like prehistoric dino-birds. I wasn’t wrong.


Lots of options for you with this sketch, hope you try it!

Come join the fun and your chance at a $10 GC from A Cherry on Top.

Hope this layout of mine gives you a bit of inspiration to create something today.

Blessings and hugs,

Joyce Ann

Labor of Layers

Do you ever come across an endearing shot that touches your heart, not even trying for anything really special? I’m not sure why I snapped this photo of my precious 2 1/2 year old little one, but when I see it I feel so close to her. I re-live my emotional attachment to her.

Creating this layout was easy. Because of the colors in her clothes and muted chair I used papers from a Fancy Pants Designs collection, Magnolia. Choosing this pack was also prompted by challenge at A Cherry on Top to pic some collection and “bust it”, use it up. Normally I would have gone with some beautiful little girl florals had it not been for this challenge. Personally I love this collection with this photo.

My challenge for the past several months, or more, has been to layer. Pages with layers make me drool. For a long time I felt like I could never achieve that layered style, but that is the style that I am drawn towards.

It is the same thing with loving water coloring, I’m drawn to it but don’t do it well at all. I am now understanding that I must keep working at it in order to get results I like. Apparently not all of us are born with perfection in our every attempt! My new motto is “Keep trying”!

Various bits and scraps were combined here. The gold flourishes were cut from a Crafter’s Companion die, doubled for depth, and gold embossing power applied.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my post. May you find peace with your crafty art projects. Keep going when you feel discouraged!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Experiencing 7-Eleven Coffee in Japan

I didn’t expect to find a 7-Eleven when I visited my family in Japan. I got excited to see them because I have always enjoyed my coffee from there, I truly like their coffee over other fast-food places. Shortly before having to return home my granddaughter had time to stop in so I could get coffee. Here is the layout I just made of this happy moment.

My title was a lucky find. I had this stamp, the Happiness in Kangi, up on the shelf over my table. Most of our stamps on wood have been removed from the block and new foam add, but there are still a few up there. I am so glad because it was perfect. I used white embossing powder so it would show up on the dark card stock. The patterned papers are from the Magnolia collection by Fancy Pants. More stamps were used, the small “Joy”, the journaling block, and the Bo Bunny stitching. This followed a Becky Fleck sketch.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful day where ever you are!


Joyce Ann

A Loving Card

Did you know that you can send a hug in the mail? Why, of course, you do! It is a well known fact among use greeting card makers that a card is just a hug with a fold in the middle – better for imagining someone’s arms giving you a hug.

Here is a card I made for a couple of challenges.

First of all, for a challenge on A Cherry on Top where we are to pick out a collection and try to work though using it up. I pulled out a Fancy Pants package, Magnolia line. Then, Splitcoaststampers.com offered me a couple more challenges. One is the sketch. Another is to use a stamp that I have never used.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you can find inspiration to make your own “hug with a fold in the middle” soon!


Joyce Ann

Sending Cards to Friends

Here are two recent cards completed.

Using a Unity stamp set I added watercolor. I’m enjoying playing with watercolor more and more. I tell myself I will get better if I keep practicing! The second card is design I copied from Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper today. I followed her idea with the open circle and cut mine with a circle and piercing die. Inside that is a couple of old Stampin’ Up! stamps, to which I added some watercolor pencils, but no water. This upper panel is adhered with pop dots then pasted to the card base. I added a few sequins for the sky.

I didn’t go out again today. I did, however, watch the mass from my church live on my laptop. I’m thankful for the distance measures my church is following. I still feel better watching from home.

So, hope you are having a blessed day where ever you may have wandered in from, do continue to be safe and may you get ‘crafty’ also!