3 Tasks for Your Creative Slump

Task: Focus on my creative goals so I can appreciate my personal creative activities.

When I feel burn-out I will do something else and not stop being creative. If I’m not feeling another scrapbook page, perhaps I will make a card. Tired of paper, go sew something.

Task: Express my creative energy every day to find the joy in making art.

Sitting and wishing for something amazing to inspire me is futile. I make amazing happen! Not liking a result? Quickly survey the project and come up with one thing I could have done differently and jump back on the next project. Remember that practice changes everything; just don’t strive for perfection in art, doing art is the goal.

Task: Analyze why I am feeling this way about my particular art by looking below the surface and identify the reason.

Is it because my page doesn’t look like other peoples pages? The obvious answer is that mine doesn’t look like another person’s page is because every creative person is different. My page shouldn’t look like another page or it is just a copy and not mine. I have struggled with that, finding my style. It is fine to admire the work of another. I will keep ding that. Now, though, I will analyze the parts to see what I want to incorporate in my own work. I want to do more layers and clusters, so I will look at what others do to accomplish that to my liking.

We scrapbookers are coming off a major event and I wonder if this has contributed to my slump. Since iNSD I have made 17 layout pages. Those were done in one week. I’ve made only two pages since.

One is for Sketches in Thyme blog, as a DT, and that page I will show when it goes live.

The other is for a challenge at A Cherry On Top to use certain cuts, and only those cuts, of patterned papers. Unfortunately, I was not feeling embellishments, but I may add some before putting the page into the album.

Yesterday I started working in a book by Dana Fox. “Watercolor With Me In The Ocean”. I forced myself to start it and once I did I was so happy! I have so wanted to work with watercoloring. I’ve only dabbled it and would like to get better. This has been a delightful step to sparking my joy of art again.

Thanks for stopping in, hope you enjoy my little task list. Won’t you share with me and the rest of the viewers your ideas on this subject of not letting our love of art fall into a clump?



Let’s Play Scrapbook Page

First off I played with watercolors for the background. I used a good quality paper, but it isn’t watercolor paper, and it held up to the water well. It is Tin Pail, a very light gray, from Fun Stampers Journey. There is more creative ‘play’ I did on this page for the Sketches in Thyme challenge sketch.


It was fun to find shapes using my various dies for the embellishments. The flowers and leaves are rubber stamps by Stampin’ Up!. I used Lumiere acrylic paint. With the stamp on my Stamping Platform I brushed the paint on the stamps and got this interesting result. When dry I used dies to cut them out. I feel it added to the lively and happy times that are reflected in these photos.

The sketch challenge is still going on, so hop on over and join us at Sketches in Thyme blog.

May God bless you all!

Hugs, JoyceAnn

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

Hello Sanrio Puroland

Documenting our visit to Sanrio Puroland in Japan. Awesome place. Shots of this family of mine walking in. Leia is holding up her ticket for me to photograph.

Sketch #414 at Sketches in Thyme Blog

This is a great sketch. Really liked working with it for my March DT layout. Having all the prompts for placing my embellishments was fun, especially since I really enjoy arrows and chevrons. The Hello Kitty embellishments were cut on my Cricut from the Hello Kitty cartridge. Although it didn’t turn out like I had hoped, I applied light texture paste over a stencil. Really not noticeable, need to work on my texture pasting and make sure it will show up as planned. The kangi stamp is an old one from Stampin’ Up!. I used 3 chipboard arrows, a chevron die, and the black arrow I cut when I cut the title letters on Cricut. Added some punched stars to the cluster, added some sequins here and there, and called it done.

Thanks for popping in. Hope you are getting some inspiration to go make your own memory pages sometime. Do pop in at Sketches in Thyme and play along with one of the sketches yourself.

Stay safe! Stay crafty!

Hugs, JoyceAnn

Showing Love on a Scrapbook Page

These are photos of my DD when she visited the kids last February. She had cut vinyl for this t-shirt for our precious Leia.

I knew I wanted to use lavender and I actually had this piece of violet Bazzill paper in my stack on my work table from a previous page. I backed it with a piece of Heartfelt Creations soft lavender, liked it better against the busy script, The script is in gold foil. I used from a pad of DCWV for everything else. My clusters are kind of crazy, but they all use some very old stash of brads, ribbons and washi. Even some left over hearts that were cut and not used.

Yesterday my DD sorted all our little extra die cuts that we had made but didn’t end up using into little cases, that she labeled. So easy to just pull out the “hearts” case. I went on a treasure hunt and added a few little hearts, since it was a heart on the focal shirt it needed some hearts, not to overpower since I ended up with a rather busy page.

I used a Becky Fleck sketch, perhaps on Pagemaps, but I used it from a challenge on A Cherry on Top.

I made one more face mask yesterday, and one the day before. I’ve enjoyed good responses to my masks. I do have one more to make for a friend who works at an auto supply shop and is out and about a lot still for his job.

Still with pockets, Dragonfly is hand embroidered for a friend who loves dragonflies. My DD likes skulls and it is lined with red T-shirt material. Both have pockets and nose wires. I find this to be the most comfortable of the two styles I see offered as a pattern. Mine is very comfortable to me and I wear it when I go to the post office or the store – which is very rare.

I’m staying home for the most part. Trying to craft more. My daughter is a real gem, she gets into the organizational mode a lot lately. Tomorrow she wants to tackle the garage – oh my!

Keep safe, everyone. Stay crafty!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

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.

Imperial Palace in a Sketch

Using this week’s sketch from the blog Sketches in Thyme I have created a layout with a photo of the Palace in Tokyo. Love this sketch, it lends itself perfectly for a single photo while allowing an opportunity to play with whatever scrapbook style is to your liking. I am interested in getting more multi-media worked into mine. I’ve shied away from experimenting. That said, I have vowed to myself to “do it anyway”. I believe the only way I will get better is by trying and experimenting, if only just a little at a time.

Starting with a little watercolor as background for the lower right, I added some stamping. The floral swirl is heat embossed with SU gold embossing powder. Wanting the clouds to be softer I chose not to heat emboss but to stamp with Memento London Fog ink. I like the softness of these clouds. The circle was cut with Cricut Explore Air using the slice technique for the city name. I punched the backing from the reverse side of the main Graphic 45 patterned paper. The bird sticker is also from the G45 Bird Song collection.

May I invite you all who are looking for inspiration to work on or get back to, or even to start, creating your memory pages to visit Sketches in Thyme. You will be happy with what you find!

New Year Hand-Out Cards

So far I have made 16 of these little 3 x 3 inch cards to hand out while visiting Tokyo next week.

The front is stamped with a Stampin’ Up! set called “New Year Celebration”. It says “Happy New Year”, of course. For the Mt. Fuji stamp I used an old background stamp (Bamboo from SU) to lift off some of the ink before stamping. I used the Stamp Platform to make the job go better and faster.

Taking a sheet of 12 x 12 inch white cardstock I cut 3″ strips, then cut those in half at 6 inches before using my Score-Pal Buddy to score the fold to make 8 of these little cards. Each sheet made 8 cards. I have made 16 so far and would like to make more before I go, if I have the time.

The Kanji inside and on the back is from a CTMH sramp set. Inside – Much Happiness”, back – Thank You.

I got this idea from my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, who also showed me the flyer where I could order this stamp set as it isn’t in the USA catalogues.

I will be with my granddaughter in Japan for 7 weeks! Can’t wait to share their beautiful family time with them. especially the holidays. Yet it will be hard to leave my daughter, too, her birthday is Christmas Eve. And, no scrapbooking! But we will be shopping in Tokyo where some of my favorite supplies originate! How awesome is that?! And, their fabric is such a high quality I usually look for it when I visit my local quilt shops. I want to pick up some pretty purples to make for my daughter’s quilt.