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

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.

Would You Like a Cup of Tea?

See the Sketch N Scrap Blog for more cards and details!

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!

“The Wait” Scrapbook Layout

This is my first Guest Designer layout for Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenge. I was doubly excited. First to be offered this for the month of May and then when I learned it was all about stamping I was over the top with delight.

“Wait” created with white embossing powder using Stampin’ Up! alphabet stamps and hand cut out. I used to do this all the time until I got my first little Cricut. I had forgotten how fun it was to do this technique, and a lot less trouble than Cricut. Of course the variety is a lot less than with Cricut, but good to get the stamps in my hands again. The rest of the words are stamps as well as the gold embossed arrow. The butterfly was stamped and gold embossed before hand cutting out. The bottom right flowers are from the same paper pad as the floral print that I fussy cut and coated with some ivory pearl Nuvo drops, I think you can easily see what else happened here on my page.

This is my precious granddaughter ready to deliver child number three. I doubt the 2 and a half year old sweet boy had any idea what was in store, but after his baby sister arrived he fell in love with her.

Thanks for taking a look. Hope you have a chance to scrap your own memories. Making a scrapbook album with real paper is so much better than storing pics on a cell phone.

Have a wonderful rest of your day! I wish you love and happy memories.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

You’re Fabulous Greeting

Don’t you love when a project just comes together nice and easy?

Yesterday I decided to use it of pitch it – scraps of paper are taking over. I love pattern papers and I love all the colors I’ve collected. It’s so hard to throw away the pieces. But, alas, my bins are over stuffed and buying another bin is not the solution. So, I pulled out my scrap papers, picked a few stamp sets, and committed to making some greeting cards. My stash is getting low, well, maybe not! Now for inspiration I had this sketch in mind.

The patterned circle was in my “Circle” baggie. It made me happy with it’s cheery pattern. Finding this Fun Stampers Journey stamp – “Birdie Fest” worked. I stamped this happy bird with Rich Coral, fussy cut it out and used a pop dot over the circle die. how do you like what I did with the sentiment? It felt like a fun thing to do. And adding eyelets that I’ve had for many years was a plus for my stash reduction plan.

Do you ever use a color wheel? I was stuck with what color would look good for this bird stamp. Grabbing my very old Stampin’ Up color wheel I dialed in the color of the flower and it had green with it and this coral color was a close match. I like the combo. But, then, I really like colors that pop.

Hope you are having a colorful day! Thanks for popping in. Hugs, JA

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.

I’ve Gone Cat Crazy

On paper, that is.

What got me started was all the fun I’ve been having with paper piecing Julie Nutting’s Prima dolls.  That started the night of my birthday over at a friend’s house, Kristy led several of us in a class on the how-to with these stamps.  I have made several now.  Then I spotted a card on FB made with this cat stamp and I had to run to my DSP scraps and start making up some of my own.

Here is an actual card I made today with one of these – too adorable for words, right!  The design is inspired by the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge today.

Even though I was first going for a more solid image when stamping on the patterned paper I made a discovery.  See the blue checked paper bottom right?  The first cat I stamped was on that paper.  Flipped it over and I saw the idea of the cat stamped on the other side.  So I did.

Did you notice the cushion? I hand drew it in, masked it off, and used the Scrip stamp (SS-0069) to add a pattern.  The edge is created with pen and brown pencil.  I also penned the stitching on the zig-zag- strip.

If interested in any of the Fun Stampers Journey products, I’d love for you to order it with my daughter, Kristina. Just get in touch with her using email : kldeyette@yahoo.com, she isn’t doing the paid website any longer but still orders for us.

See This Duck?

Experimenting with the layering of the same shot in different size prints I wanted to see what I could come up with.  I kept this layout clean and simple so the emphases is on the story of this sweet puppy as told by her “mommy”.

The papers are by K & Co, Stampin’ Up!, and Fun Stampers Journey.  The name is stamped using a Fun Stampers Journey set called Artphabet on pink and cut out. “Enchanted” is cut with a Cricut Cartridge, Ashlyn’s Alphabet.  The journaling is computer generated.

Thanks for stopping by, have a day filled with happy thoughts!

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!