Birds of a Different Feather Layouts



Following a double page sketch layout on Splitcoaststampers I grouped these bird photos taken at our zoo.  Here I used some pretty patterned paper from Fun Stampers Journey, stamped the leaf stamps with Journey Gold ink and cut them out.  The title letters are cut with various Cricut cartridges and various papers, mostly from my scrap bin.


How To Use this Sketch

Wednesday is card sketch day on Splitcoaststampers. I am enamored by the one posted today.

The only way I could think to reproduce this was to trace the sections and cut them out individually.  A little time consuming, bordering on frustrating to get all the curves right so they fit together.

I developed a short cut eliminating half the curved cuts.

DSCN2870_edited-1 I prepared by placing my original templates on larger pieces allowing half of the cuts to overlap it’s next piece.  I have only 3 curved cuts now.

Piece 1 is curved and will lay on top of piece 2 that has no curved cuts and can be a rectangle only.  The curve of piece 3 will lay on top of piece 2, and the curve of piece 4 will lay on top of piece 3.

Normally a very frugal person, I admit I have some waste here, but worth it I’m sure you will agree – lol.J-2868_Merry

This is the first card I did with my individually cut pieces – 5 cut curves.  I cut only 3 pieces of paper and pasted them to the cream card, on which I had heat embossed the image.  The sentiment was also heat embossed, cut out, edges inked with Green Olive from Fun Stampers Journey and popped up with Journey foam squares.

The stamp set is from Fun Stampers Journey found here by Kristy.  They are a really cool new stamp and die company, worth checking out.

I am looking forward to making more cards from this sketch!

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.

Card Making Weekend

Since I didn’t plan to go anywhere for this Independence Day weekend, I got busy and put together some cards, mostly with the Card Ministry at church in mind, although some will be for my use.

First I’m sharing 3 made from the same basic idea and all from my stash bin.

Simple layout. Simple elements for easy mailing.  The idea was to pick a pattern paper, match with a solid band.  The card on the left was from a pack someone gave us, pre printed card bases.  I selected a brighter band, embossed it, and added the die cut sentiment. I really like the middle one. I’m sure part of it is because it is blue and has circles.  I used one of the super-doper shinny embellishments of Kristy’s which sets this card up so nicely.

Now for two made with a fun ATS Fun Stampers Journey set. Kristy gave me this stamp set because she knows how much I love everything sewing.  Just lying on the table still I had this purple piece that I had dry embossed but it didn’t get used. Started digging in the patterned scraps and found this floral. I cut the pp down to fit inside the embossed image, stamped all the pieces, cut out. After die cutting the tag I stamped the sentiment and ran it through the Chevron SU embossing folder, added a thin ribbon.  The right side card has gold embossed images, with the sentiment heat embossed in black.  For embellishments I used sequins on the left and pearls on the right.

Extra stamping on the inside shows off another ATS stamp from Fun Stampers Journey – Shabby Chic stamped with Oatmeal Cookie which is light enough for the inside sentiment to be stamped on top, as well as any handwritten message that may come later.

Hope you like my scrap bin cards. I thank you for stopping by. Please continue to have a safe, happy and crafty day!

Hello Sunshine Card

I followed the sketch challenge from the Creative Blooms blog Sketch #5 

and I used a brayer from my background from another challenge on Splitcoaststampers too.  The pecious seahorse is stamped on Whip Cream before cutting with a Spellbinders die. The strips are Cool Pool & Pretty Amethyst. I heat embossed the sentiment from April’s Kit of the Month and cut them up, mounted on more amethyst. I added pink twine and sequins from my sewing stash. Pretty simple but still interesting.

I sent this to my great grand daughter and her mom tells us she was so excited to see the card, she actually threw the envelope down in the street and screamed with enthusiasm to have gotten a card. She loves getting cards from her Gigi and grandma,and she loved playing with us when she was here last month.  She is quite the little crafter as well!

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!

FSJ Color Challenge #3

In between “this and that” I managed to complete a card for the color challenge at Creative Blooms Blog.  Pulling out the 4 sheets of card stock, and gathering some stamp sets for starters and inspiration allowed me to sit down an play. 

What did I know for starters, besides the colors?  First of all Kristy wanted me to use one of the latest stamp sets for sure.  That is the cute banner with two sets of sentiments that make it so easy to create something sweet.  Either “hugs” or “love”.  For whom the card be going to was my next concern.  Deciding that, it was perfect to use “hugs”.  Since I wanted the message to be inspirational I choose the “Keep Pedaling” set.  With the stamps decided, I stamped them with Black Licorice ink onto the Sweet Pear card stock and cut each out. I had to sleep on the arrangement since I was out of time yesterday afternoon.  This morning, being fresh, I went with using the River Rock as a mat for the Rich Coral and Pool Play.  It needed a little something, soJ-2522_hugs I stamped with River Rock ink the Background Basics stamp on the Rich Coral for texture and a bit of the outdoor feel.  On the Pool Play I spattered Bronze Silk and used embroidery floss to sew some random buttons down.

This card has a simple and carefree feel, with plenty of bright and cheery to brighten a friend’s day.  It is a reminder that someone is thinking of her and cares enough to send a hand-made greeting.

Who doesn’t benefit from receiving happy mail once in a while?!  I hope you feel inspired to make a simple greeting today.  If you do not already have a Journey Coach, I invite you to visit my daughter’s Fun Stampers Journey site and check out some beautiful card stock colors and pick up your stamps and supplies. (remember the 96)

Friends Meet at Rialto

To celebrate Patti’s birthday I took the 4 of us to a restaurant in the Hilton.  Of course I had to do a photo shoot.  Here is the scrapbook page.DSCN2398_edited-1

The base is an old Stampin’ Up! sheet that was an In Color in 2005 I think.  Worked well here to blend these photos.  I used a bit of FSJ’s Denim Days, backed the photos with Oatmeal Cookie to keep the blue in the photo separate.  The pattern is a scrap from Jenny Bolin I think.  The FSJ banner was cut then stamped with Versamark do I could emboss this little stamp from the FSJ set.  I heat embossed the FSJ flower in blue, wanted it a bit darker, added rhinestones.  The circle photo and mat was cut with FSJ self piercing dies – how cool is that!  I wrapped FSJ twine, made a tag for the journaling (Dylusion stamp), added a Recollections flourish and called it done.

If you want to check out Kristy’s store for some of these supplies, please go to  Don’t forget to use Kristina’s name when you sign in.

Scrapbook Expo Selfie

I knew Kris and Patti were going to work the Fun Stampers Journey booth aDSCN2385_edited-1t the March Scrapbook Expo in Orlando, but did not know if Richard was going to be there too.  When Kristy told me he was I knew I HAD to have a “Selfie” with him.  Really looking forward to this chance, Richard did not disappoint.  He is so gracious, generous, kind, talented, and you can figure out all the other great words used to describe this man.

The mini workshop at their booth was totally awesome, love the ideas and the stamp set I got.

On this two page layout are photos to remind me of the fun and feel of the event at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center.

Sewing Stitches 1 Joyce

Sewing Stitches 2 Joyce

I have used FSJ papers (so rich and yummy!) and inks in delicious colors.  Some stamp sets are featured in addition to the set I was given at the show.

The pages are designed with the Sewing Stitches stencil by Lea France.  Always a good choice, here I went quick and easy but the pages still have an interesting style.  If you haven’t discovered how fun and fabulous the French Photo Collage is, please check it out on Pinterest.

More Twinkle Toes

There’s this absolutely precious lady we know who will get this card.  She has endured some rough times, but, hopefully, this last surgery will do what she is looking forward to – she wants to be able to hold her head up.  It has become increasingly more difficult to walk with her walker.  And she never complains, just wants to be able to look up all the the people who greet her on Sunday mornings.  Her body seems so frail, but her spirit and smile are the strongest!J_0209_Front_edited-1

I stamped this adorable image from the Fun Stampers Journey “Twinkle Toes” set on a scrap of patterned paper by My Minds Eye with Pomegranate Splash ink.  I added Journey Sparkle Dust and some rhinestones to the tutu and a Copics marker to the shoes.  All basic layering.  The sentiment panel is on pop dots.J_0211_close_edited-1


I added a simple double punch (SU) of photo corners to enhance the inside.  I’m still not much for dressing up the inside of my cards, but I’m working on it.

This is such a fun stamp set – I want to go make another card!