Would You Like a Cup of Tea?

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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

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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.

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Sweet Baby Girl

This layout was fun to put together. Always great when I have a lovely sketch to start with, too.

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I played with watercolor paint, added a stamped image with some heat embossing, and die cut the title with Cricut Explore Air. I also used some metal bits for the stamped words, punched hearts and a die cut filmstrip.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a marvelous time filled with some happy moments you want to scrapbook about!

Birthday Gifts

I’d like to share a layout I did with some shots from my daughter’s birthday morning.

When I found the “Sketches in Thyme Blog post” with their latest sketch offering I had just printed the perfect photos!

Here is the sketch:


I used Craft Smith paper and not sure what else as it came from my scrap bin.  I used punches, dies and heat embossing powders. The title was cut with Cricut Explore Air.

Instead of the faux stitching around the outside border I did some heat embossing. The banner is heat embossed with a rubber stamp and white embossing powder then punched out and adhered to the twine.  I even used some of the ribbon from her gift.

Birthdays are always special.  Doing something special for someone  is nice any time of the year, but it’s also nice on that one special day that celebrates the day they were born.  I remember the day she was born very well!  Being her mother that statement isn’t hard to understand.  As I get older, I find my long term memory is still intact but the short term, not so much.  It is important to me to document these events with photos and layouts, not just because I love this hobby of mine, but, what a beautiful way to recall the days gone by.

A little story behind these shots I will tell you.  I think she is hard to buy for.  If she wants something, she goes and gets it!  When I mentioned that thought of mine to her she said, “Not true!”

“Okay”, I said, “tell me three things you want that you haven’t already gotten!”

The pure gold earrings were one.

As soon as I bought them, I went to Starbucks.  To buy a mug.  True, I bought myself a caramel macchiato with almond milk, too.

One of our fondest gift memories was from the year I had disguised a gift to her in an empty plastic bottle.  I had cut the bottom out, tucked in the tissue wrapped gift, and wrapped up the bottle.  She was totally perplexed and her opening it made for the best facial expression photos ever.

And, so, I decided to tuck the jewelry box inside the mug.  Sure enough, she thought she had just gotten the Starbucks mug, which she loves collecting.  Surprise!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous rest of this year!  Make beautiful memories!


Joyce Ann


The Best Place to Be

Here are pics of Jovy on his grandmother’s shoulder. Perfectly content. Grandma is content also, to hold her new baby boy.

This is another page for an album I am working on for him.  I’m using photos of him, but trying to do the earlier ones for him to flip through in his own 8 x 8 album.

For the stamping challenge at “Lasting Memories” layout challenge blog I chose to stamp a tiny Polaroid stamp randomly on the base, with a few embossed with white powder.  The camera is stamped on white, cut out and popped up on the red tag that I lined with gel pens and stapled a ribbon onto.


A Cherry on Top site has a challenge to use a Polaroid on a layout.  There are always such inspiring challenges over there – please check out their community.

The patterned paper is from Crate Paper.  The little rubber stamp is from Hampton Arts.  The red Polaroid die is from Stampin’ Up!.   The strip of washi tape is from Park Lane.  The small letters are stickers from Lilybee Designs. The clear hearts are from Queen & Co., and blue heart is from Fun Stampers Journey.

All supplies are quite old stash.  So old, in fact, this is the last year (2018) that I will be able to date my pages.  I will have use for it as there are still lots of older photos for me yet to scrap.

Thanks for popping in, hope your day is blessed with love and happy moments to cherish.

Children at the Wedding


I used a sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers for this page.  I rotated it so I could use these portrait shots of the ring bearer and flower girl.  The piece of tulle was saved from the bride’s underskirt when it was hemmed.  I gathered a strip, then sewed it down to the black card stock.  The roses was heat embossed on gray card stock using the Fun Stampers Journey Sentiments Prints stamp set.  I used one of the FSJ heart dies under the corner rounded strips.  Although I did not add a title, I think the pages speaks for itself.

It is a fairly clean and simple page and the embossed roses are a nice embellishment

4 with Sentimental Prints FSJ

I put together a collection of 4 thinking of you cards.  Each different and pretty much individually inspired by a piece of patterned paper from my scrap bin.  I used each of the 4 images with a different color of heat embossing powder.  The Fun Stampers Journey set is “Sentimental Prints SS0072”.

This is the first one I made.  The white embossing powder looked so soft and sweet on the blue background I decided it would work nicely as a white on white style card.  I mounted the main image on white, cut and dry embossed a panel slightly smaller than the card. Each panel is on Stampin’ Up! pop dots, allowing some elevation but staying relatively flat for mailing. The sentiment is embossed before running through the folder.  I actually had to mix the blue powder.  The one blue I had was a tad bit too pale so I sprinkled some on my paper, added a smidge of a darker blue and voila! perfect shade.

My black, white, and red sort of developed as I went along.  This wasn’t the idea I started with.  I really didn’t start with a completed idea except for the red embossing powder on white card stock.  Looking in my stack of red/black scraps I came up with this combo of pattern papers.  It needed the thick border of black, on which I used a Fiskars border punch.  Then came the beautiful FSJ black satin ribbon, topped with a thin SU grosgrain knotted ribbon.  The sentiment is an already stamped and punched one with a SU set.  I backed it with the striped and solid paper punches to match the card.

This piece of green and yellow patterned paper with circles seemed right for this next image, that I used with yellow embossing powder on white.  The sentiment is stamped on the same white strip.  The piece of green polka dot scrap was just right for a mat.  Yellow embroidery floss finishes the soft, whimsical feel to this cheery card.  The card base is SU’s Gumball Green.

Totally different, sized almost square, it is inspired by the pattern of the paper.  I used green embossing powder to stamp 4 images to form a square.  When cut, it fit perfectly within the design.  I used a corner punch on the panels before mounting to the card base.  The embossed sentiment is cut like a flag and stapled to the top panel before pasting.   This card is especially nice as a masculine card since it lacks any flourish or girly touches.

Now that this stamp is broken in, I am sure to gets lots more use from it!  Love it!