Hello There

When I spotted this sketch at Sketch-N-Scrap blog I was off on a hunt for a background and found this one that my DD had pulled from a gelli print and didn’t want to use.

I do love flowers and hexagons. I used an Altenew image with Nuvo gold detail embossing powder.

This if also for the Simon Says Wednesday Blog challenge.

Let’s Send some Cards

A couple days ago I mailed out 4 and today my DD and I decided to spend our day making more cards to send.

I am particularly pleased with how my card turned out using this sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap

Although I moved my sentiment down a bit from the Sketch-N-Scrap original, I have kept the main idea. The bottom panel is done with a tutorial from Splitcoast Tissue Paper Watercolor Technique. Papers on top are from sheets of vellum I made myself quite a while back. Later wishing I had also die cut the top, but didn’t, I added dots to look like piercing with a gold gel pen. Main image I colored with watercolor pencils. After stamping the sentiment and cutting out the flag I edged it with Stampendous Fran-Tage powder.

Here are the other two I finished today.

You might notice the theme is flowers. Left is a Heartfelt Creations flower preciously made. I placed it on a Spellbinders die and added some sprigs die cut from some purple Bazzill cs. The one on the right is a product of white heat embossing with pearls in the center.

Hope you are finding creative activities as you stay in and wait this virus out. I appreciate you stopping by.

Stay safe. Stay crafty!

Hugs, JoyceAnn

Follow Your Dreams Card

Here is a sweet card that would be welcomed for multiple reasons. Sometimes just a lovely note to admire in their hand about how they are being thought of today, as well as for a celebration.

Simon Says has posted a challenge this week to “use some green”. There is some green all around this lovely Graphic 45 fairy, and the piece is popped up on a green banner. I used a Spellbinders die for the base of the G45 fairy. The tone on tone floral base is dry embossed. Even nicer for me is that all these papers are from my scraps. It always feels right when I can sit down and make something without cutting into any new sheet or supply.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look at my card post. I hope you can pop on over to the Simon Says challenge blog and play along with your own creation.

A Card for St. Patrick’s Day

Other than attending Mass, it is a quiet celebration for me this year.

This stamp has long been a favorite for the words and lovely font used. At the Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog I was encouraged to create this greeting card.

The base panel was in my collection of multi media pieces. I didn’t want to stamp right on it so instead I heat embossed a piece of vellum and attached it to the panel. The edges were torn and then ink was sponged around. Not wanting to over do this sentiment I added only a few extras like the stamped shamrock and the fussy cut flower image from a scrap of Graphic 45 paper.

Not yet sure who I’ll give it to yet. Thank you for stopping by to take a look. Here is a wish for your health and well being now and during your celebrations.

God’s Clear Command

This being the beginning of our Lenten season I’ve been giving some thought as to what I will do. The traditional thing to do in the past was to give up something, and that something was usually a favorite food, like chocolate. In the recent years I have leaned more toward “doing” something. Last year it was simply to do my daily Bible readings. This year I decided to step it up from just Daily Bible readings and add art to it. I can make entries in an art journal, or do something in my special Bible for art journaling, or I have a Heartfelt Creations journal where I sometimes write my ponderings about what I read. With that thought, today I started writing about the first reading for today and was inspired to make this blog post instead of writing in the HC journal.

This will be an encouraging and engaging way to prepare myself for the celebration of Easter.

So I am sharing what inspired me today about God’s command given to Moses in Deuteronomy.

God told us through Moses, “For this command which I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote. No. it is something very near to you, already in your mouths”: that you may readily talk about it, “and in your hearts”: that you may easily remember it, “you have only to carry it out.” [Deuteronomy 30:11,14]

All of us are called to obey God today. We are to love Him, walk in His ways and keep His commandments, statutes and decrees. [Dt. 30:16]

We are given a warning in Deuteronomy: 17, 18, about what will happen if we turn our hearts away and do not listen.

“you will certainly perish”

Let us all strive to not be led astray by anything that doesn’t bring us closer to our faith in our Lord and God.  It is easy to fall in the secular traps of our world that dominate our time in unhealthy ways.

To all my crafty friends today I challenge you to join me in creating a greeting card, or other activity of your choice, that you can give to share a loving smile with someone. We all know someone who needs an uplifting note just to say “hello”. Perhaps just a sweet reminder to a loved one that you thought of them today and wish them love and peace.

Please post a photo or a link to your project in my comments. It would be so lovely to see your work and hear about it, if you like.

And if you need more inspiration to get you making something, check out Simon Says Blog for this challenge. Love it, had to play!

I had fun working with various stamps to create this collage, an idea I found on Simon Says blog by one of their DTs. See Kath’s Blog post here. She did an amazing job and gave wonderful instructions with photos to get me going. Sorry Kath, mine isn’t anywhere as amazing as yours, but I am so grateful that you took the time to document your process.

I hope your Lenten season brings you closer to our Lord and Savior this coming Easter.

Would You Like a Cup of Tea?

See the Sketch N Scrap Blog for more cards and details!

This sketch is so useful for those fuller sentiments. This stamp was crying out for me to pick it. I tried to pass it by, but, here it is. There are a couple of sweet ladies who would enjoy receiving this in the mail, I’m thinking. May have to make another card and send to both of them. Anyway, I used white embossing powder with the SU doily on the card as a backdrop for this sentiment stamp by FSJ. I stamped the little swirls lightly and added some sequins. The clock is a wooden piece that I added Versamark to and then heat embossed it with the white powder. I thank you for stopping by, hope you hop over to the Sketch N Scrap blog to see all the lovely creations, bot cards and scrapbook layouts.

Peace be with you all!

Dream Big with this Soft Card

Visit Sketch N Scrap Blog for this creative sketch!

For this soft look I chose scraps: solid light pink which I dry embossed and lightly inked, a pale pink with fine glitter, and a pretty pattern. I wanted the pinks with the kraft I used for the main image and sentiment, both were create3d with white embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to see more of the cards created for this sketch, please pop on over to Sketch N Scrap Blog.

The Fun Of Homemade Vellum

A friend on ScrappinPeeps blog shared a video on how to make vellum from our own paper. I watched a few more and had to try it. After searching for some vintage-looking images I printed a few on regular computer paper, just the thin 20# weight.

Worked out pretty nice. I used cotton balls and rubbed the paper with baby oil on my glass mat, both sides. Then laid out a dish towel and rubbed both sides with a wash cloth to remove as much oil as possible. They dried over night.

Today I made a card with a cut from one. Using Stazon I stamped with a #RGstudio360.com background stamp. To be safe I heat set the ink. To adhere to the card base I pasted just the left and right edges, because I would add paper strips along there. The flower and sentiment are also from RGstudio360.

What do you think? I’m really liking the look of the soft look of the vellum.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed day.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Double the Projects

I made a greeting card with papers used to make a scrapbook layout. Efficient. With my supplies already out, why not?

For both I followed Sketch N Scrap sketches. Sketch are a great source of inspiration.

The scrapbook page was also made from an older sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Loved this one, well proportioned and just the right amount of layers to make a quick but pretty page.

The paper pad is by DCWV. The film strip stamp is by Crafty Individuals-Inky Boarders. The hearts were made with punches and the flower I fussy cut from the paper. Title was cut using Cricut Explore Air. I was further challenged at A Cherry on Top and hope you will check out their challenges for inspiration, too.