A Triple Play of Emotion

Today has been one of those days that sets emotions all over the scale, quickly!  It was a morning that brought a much anticipated package and before it was over, two phone calls with sad news.

The good news is the mail lady brought my Stamp Platform!  Once opened I was overjoyed to see it and touch it and know it is everything I had hoped for.

Platform Arrived 07192017

I must tell you how happy I am with Oozak.com, the on-line store through whom I placed my order way back before production was interrupted.  It is really amazing that I got mine this early in July, and I’m thankful too.  I had a scrapbook page on my table nearly done, so needed to finish it up before I can pull anything else out to play stamping on.  I am looking forward to stamping directly on my 12 x 12 layouts now that I can place them perfectly without the horror of miss-stamping something.  I’ve pretty much only stamped background images that do not matter if they come out poorly, other images I stamp on another piece of card stock and cut it out before pasting to the page. 2017Summertimesong

Here is the just finished layout.

The papers are from a pack I recently picked up at Michaels for $7.  It’s all about Arizona, to me, for which I have a big reason to scrap such photos.

My challenge was to use a summer song.  I chose this old song.  According to Wikipedia “Summertime” is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based.  I did not know this!  Definitely before my time for real.  For this layout I let the paper do all the work, I just cut and placed.  The title letters were cut with Cricut cartridge, the “sun” stamp is from a set by Stampin’ Up!, the “dream catcher” is from a set by Fun Stampers Journey.

For the sad news number one, while waiting for daughter’s friend to come pick her up for their road trip she got a call from this friend that she had hurt her ankle.  We went over to her house to assess her situation.  With a wrapped ankle she insists on going to this event the girls have been looking forward to all year.  She may be seeking medical attention by the sound of it.  She missed the last step of her front stairs and actually heard a pop.  Oh my – that can’t be good.

After a couple errands I headed home.  I got a phone call from the Prayer Chain lady requesting prayers for the son of a couple we all know.  Brian took an overdose of his medication and is on a respirator.  Very scary.  I promised to pray as soon as I got home.  At my sacred spot, I am now calling this location my sacred spot for prayer and meditation.  It is where I can feel focused and concentrate on praying.  I felt I must read something from my Bible.  I opened it up to Psalms.  I used to sit by Joey’s bed and read to him, especially from Psalms, when he was dying at Hospice, and I sometimes do just that when I need comfort in my grief for him.  So, what I turned to I want to share with you now.

Psalm 5, Prayer for Divine Help

Hear my words, O Lord; listen to my sighing.

Hear my cry for help, my king, my God!

To you I pray, O Lord; at dawn you will hear my cry;

at dawn I will plead before you and wait.

This seemed right, as if the Holy Spirit led me here.  I shared here, not because I believe God will read blog posts on the Internet, but, in the hopes you will join me in this prayer to God for Brian’s well being and that of his family.  Also, why not pray for your loved ones too.


Sweet Dreams Layout

Created with the Fan-tasy Lea France stencil:

After selecting this stencil because of the ovals I was able to whip it out last night rather quickly.  Following lunch I spent a happy afternoon yesterday showing a friend how to use these Lea France stencils.  It wasn’t until the evening came that I couldn’t get the urge out of my system to make myself a page so I pulled this batch of photos out and played.

My granddaughter set up this photo shoot on her bed, mainly to get a photo to share with the ladies who gave the blanket to them.  The ladies who make and give baby blankets to the military families in their area request one thing in return – a photo of baby with the blanket if possible.  So, the photo session was staged with my two great grand babies.

Not needing the full shot of the blanket, I focused here on the precious baby boy by showcasing him in the ovals.  I think the two accent pics create a nice balance showing them together.  The title was cut with the Cricut, using “Cuttin Up” cartridge.  The sub-title came from a sticker sheet.  As soon as this title had come to me I know just the embellishment that I needed.  I stamped the cute sheep with the same ink color (Huckleberry Fusion) as the darker card stock.  Some glitter paper and hand doodling and I called it done.

The Moments that Matter Most

The other day Kara texted this photo to us.  It spoke to me immediately. I knew I wanted to do a scrapbook page right away.  A weird thing happened when I got the photo copy from Walgreens, I lost it.  Really couldn’t find it anywhere and I know I had left the store with it.  So I ordered another.  This morning, once the page was complete, I found the photo.  Isn’t that how it always is?  I opened the passenger door to my car and there it was, fallen between the seat and door, impossible to be seen without opening the door, which I obviously hadn’t done.  All is good in the end, I still think this is a precious photo and it will likely be used again in something, somewhere.

For the base I used a sheet of beautiful pattern paper from the “Vintage Paris” collection by Fun Stampers Journey.  It is a most dreamy collection of soft colors and delicate patterns.  This page is the product of an inspiration layout for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers site where we had to choose one from all the past uploads for the Virtual Scrapbook Night challenge.  There were lots and lots of pages to go through.  As soon as I spotted Sharon’s page here: I knew that I wanted to use the photo that I did.  For my background I added some rubber stamping.  I used pink SU embossing powder with the Fun Stampers Journey background Basics stamp.(SS-0008 from rep #96). Moments close up 1



Here is a close up of the background stamp, just soft and  subtle.  Not that this intricate design on the paper really needed it, I still think it adds a bit more charm with it’s texture and color.  You can also see the letters I made with the Cricut cartridge Hello Kitty Fonts.  For my flourish, Sharon has a large one, I cut two from the Tim Holts Elegant Flourishes die from some scraps of Pink SU solid cs.Moments Close up 2

Although Sharon did not do this, I added a smaller strip to the larger gray of pattern paper that I had dry embossed with a Cuddlebug script folder.   Added a bit of interest, I hope.  Each of the edges have been distressed, as well as the delicate floral print under the photo.  I had wrote the sub-title and the journaling.

Tiny Top is now in ballot and gymnastics, and her Gigi is certainly looking forward to more photos to play with in scrapbooking.

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!

Lantern Treats on Scrapbook Layout



My challenge was to follow a sketch from Splitcoast Stampers.

My choice of photos are these from last year’s JCPenney photo shoot.

My embellishments came from the Lantern Treats Fun Stampers Journey stamp set and the Cricut cartridge Art Nouveau.

I love how this stamp set was perfect in gold embossing for the Asian feel of the photos, even made a nifty little journaling block for the date.

This page didn’t need much of a title, so I cut out the one word.  The koi is a nice touch, simple and just a little something.

Work-it Tiny Tot


I simply adored these photos when my grand daughter sent them.  So cute, and they tell a story all by themselves.  You can tell the little guy has a hard time keeping up, and Tiny Tot doesn’t give it a second thought.

This page came from a scrap-lift challenge on Splitcoast stampers to find a layout in the gallery of the person ahead of you in the sign up thread to copy.  I picked this layout by Anavon when I had these photos in hand.  Perfect colors, and the happy style went well.

I stayed close in colors (pink and green) and some basic design (large font, strip, small words, and corner punch for arrows).  The words and the large letter is cut with a Cricut cartridge.  Patterned papers are from my stash and the solid green is Stampin’ Up!’s Lucky Limeade.  Those cute little wooden hearts and arrow I just recently found in the scrap bin at Jo-Ann’s the other night.  I am so happy with myself for actually using them so soon.  I’ve been known to buy something and put it away – for too long.

Mermaid Thank You

Remember my Gelli Print papers from a few months back?  Well, I used one to make a panel for this card tonight.

The main image, Serena Mermaid from Sparkle N Sprinkle is stamped with Momento London Fog and colored with Copics – quickly. I wasn’t in the mood to spend time doing all the pretty work, but she is nice anyway.

The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! an old set called “Whimsical Words”, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  The bits of coral are cut with Cricut cartridge Life’s a Beach on Tempting Turquoise card stock.  The dies are Stampin’ Up! too.


Leia loves bubbles.  Most of us do, so it was no surprise when we came across a Space Bubble Gun at Friday Fest in Downtown Melbourne that Leia would really enjoy this toy. Here is the scrapbook page I made with the photos.  Mind you, that it was dark and I was shooting as best as I could under those conditions.  DSCN8462_BubbleGun

I followed a sketch and a challenge from Let’s Scrap and the inspiration from Mary Pat’s layout on Splitcoast.  I had to use three layers under the main photo and hand make a flower.  DSCN8463_flowerI covered some gold ribbon with tulle and twisted it to form my flowers.  The papers I used are from the “This and That” Stampin’ Up! collection of DSP.  I punched hexagons and stitched them on the sewing machine before pasting on the layout.  The letters were cut with Cricut cartridges Cuttin’ Up and Hello Kitty.

In the photos you can see that Kris and Leia were quite hot, and that was before we got to the Latin music and they danced and really got heated up.  Friday, September 13th and still hot at night.

She Amazes Me

Here is a layout I just finished.  These are a couple of shots I took of Leia propped up on the couch with Grandma’s blanket and the iPad.  I swear her attention span sometimes is longer than some of the high schoolers I know.  She is so sharp, picks things up so quickly, remembers absolutely everything.  Carries on quite a conversation with you.  I am amazed she is only just turned two last month.DSCN8378_Amaze

I used this week’s sketch from Let’s Scrap here.

I had fun putting this page together with supplies from my stash and making the flowers with the Stampin’ Up Secret Garden stamps and dies.  I stamped on patterned paper and got a unique collection of flowers. Title font is cut with my Cricut, journaling is computer generated and then cut with Fiskars scissors I’ve had for years and never use any more.  I had just said to Donna the other day that I should get rid of all those scissors since I don’t use them, well, I used a pair – yeah.

Sketch Challenge for 7-24-13 is Up

Let’s Scrap sketch for this week is up.  Here is their sketch:

I found this to be very interesting to use such a contrast for the two papers on this double layout.  I chose papers from my stash and some K & Co pre made border strips I’ve had for quite some time. Lots of Cricut work is my main embellishment.  I typed up the words and then cut into strips.  This selection of photos are from various times, each with a mother and daughter, right down the line.Joyce072413b

On the left, I have embossed the Swallowtail butterfly from Stampin’ Up!  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I like what it does to the lightly patterned paper.DSCN7818_edited-1DSCN7819_edited-1The contrast of this sketch was a fine opportunity to scrap these random photos.