Love Her Smile

Going through a box of photos I spotted this. Her smile warms my heart. It’s hard to to resist the beach, too.

Here is the sketch from Sketches In Thyme that I used.


Hazy Celestial Moment

We were not in the “Totality” area but I was determined to document it nevertheless.

I didn’t have any special glasses, nor did I make a pin-hole box; I really didn’t care if I could actually look into the sun or not.  I was just basking in the excitement of the moment and I have Internet for live feeds of locations where the view was spectacular.


My set-up shot was the pre-eclipse of the sun brightly shining through the tree. Then a broad view of the sky.  The next two shots show a little bit of haze, that is all we got.

It was an odd realization, the slight haze, not sure if it really was from the eclipse or my tired, staring eyes, too hopeful for something to happen.  But, as time passed, it was clear again and I was convinced I had witnessed the haze left by the moon blocking some sun.  Pretty special, as minor as our area experienced, it was real!

As you can see from my backyard, we sure had the perfect weather for viewing, if only we had been directly in the path.  But, alas, I experienced an event closer than I ever will again.

Not to let a perfect day be wasted, we jumped into our swimsuits and drove to the beach.  The water was a bit choppy.  The shore was full of life.  Not many people, just a covering of tiny crabs who reacted to the waves that rushed over them.  There were birds.  Little ones who pecked in the sand and must have been feeding on whatever the tiny crabs were, but there were larger birds who were feeding on the crabs.  There is always a cycle of life going on.


It is pleasing when the temperatures come down at least a little.  I’m tired of the mid nineties.  In fact, the heat during the day does make me tired for real.  We are planning to hit the beach a couple times a week now.  At least for a while.  We can plan a longer stay than we did for “eclipse day”.

All this large scale event experience makes me feel insignificant on the grand scheme of creation.  But, then, I, too, am a creation of God!  This makes me feel very loved.

Thanks for checking in on me today, have a light filled day basking in God’s love everyone!


Joyce Ann

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!

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!

Let’s Go for a Swim Layout


I like the way this turned out to be so soft.  My challenge was to take an 8.5 sketch and make it a 12”. And, of the options to choose for the border I went with the paint.

This is the original sketch I chose.  I went into my file of 8.5 x 11 papers that I’ve had for many years and selected the beach scene. The 12×12 sheet is old too, covered with water related words, pasted together and the  border was painted with white acrylic paint.  I sponged the edges by rubbing it directly with the stamp pad.

For my embellishments I stamped images from two of my favorite water related sets: Tropical Party and By the Tide by Stampin’ Up!.  Inks are Lucky Limeade, Cool Caribbean, and Crisp Cantaloupe.  The title sticker is by K&Co.

Thanks for stopping by, please tell me what you think of this.

Whale of a Time Layout

I used some of the many beach photos I took over the two days the four of us played at the beach.  Here is my design team layout for this week using the Let’s Scrap sketch.

I used only the left side for my one-pager.funSun12x12

This started with a So Saffron background, then I rolled a Stampin’ Up! wheel on the Night of Navy with Versamark, once for the turquoise embossing powder and second for the white ep in a random pattern.  I created a sun by stamping the medallion stamp on vellum and cutting it out.  Tempting Turquoise was used to form the mat and border of waves.  Sahara Sand made the Tim Holts swirl die cut.  The whale and the title letters are cut from Cricut.  Once again I used the That’s the Ticket SU set for embellishment, as well as the punched out “love you” piece.  The hibiscus stamp from Stampendous was stamped twice – red and green –  and cut out.  I used another SU punch on the map paper, circled our location and used an arrow stamp to point to it.  Some spritzing with my SU spritz tool which reminds me of Claudia from my stamping group, SOS Stampers, because she was funny about struggling with it when our leader tried to get her to use it. (love ya’ Claudia!)  Although my photos are close together I stayed close to the original sketch.  To me that is the fun part of playing a challenge – trying to work it.  I had to cut the photos of Leia and Kris way down to fit, but it is still good because it accents the good time laughing with each other.  That baby girl sure loves her grandma!

Hope you like! Enjoy your time with your loved ones and remember every moment is precious and can never be replaced.  Once that moment is gone you never get another chance to give your love to them.  So, love like there’s no tomorrow!

6 Happy Summer Words


We spent two wonderful days at the beach with Kara and Leia.  I created this page from the inspiration in the challenge at CSI – Color, Story, Inspiration number 81.  The sketch is from Let’s Scrap.

One of the new details is the textured paste I made and used over a stencil.  I got the recipe from Val at Let’s Scrap.  Here’s the close up.DSCN8135_texture paste

Supplies from Stampin’ Up, Dylusions, Ranger. The words, woodgrain and note spots are from CSI81.  Various paint and burlap twine.

A Morning at the Beach

… with Leia and Kara!  DSCF1223_4x6-1

We are so delighted to have these two visiting.  You know I had to take lots of photos, and once the visit is over I’ll be doing lots of scrapping.  Right now I am just thrilled to be her Gigi!

She is so fast, it’s hard to get a good shot, but this one turned out cute.  She has the most beautiful smile.  She talks all the time and so clearly too, blows me away.