Cards Published

What a thrill to receive my advanced copy of Stampington’s Take Ten in the mail and find I have had 3 cards published in this quarter’s issue. Copies are at the newsstands now, as of June 1st.

To see my cards flip to pages 14, 57, and 81.

Stamps used were from Fun Stampers Journey.  Details are in the magazine.

Hope you enjoy your copy as much as I do.  I always love looking through these gorgeous magazines time and time again.


Diverse Activities Energize Me

Switching between craft activities keeps the energy level up for continuing when I feel stale. There can be a risk, though, of leaving projects unfinished which would be counterproductive. When I get to a point where a craft project seems routine and the creative juices stop flowing that’s the time I start craving a different project. That old saying about “once it’s begun, finish it” echoes in my head, seems to be the motivation to complete whatever I’m doing, already feeling happy anticipation because of the prospects of the new project, so I switch gears and work through the current task.

My usual “switch” is between cards and scrapbook layouts with the occasional sewing something thrown in the mix. Crochet has reentered. The ladies of the church have started talk about the Christmas Cottage sale coming up early November. Ideas were being thrown out and I was encouraged to join the crocheting and knitting group that I have only visited a couple of times over the years. With the success of the “Brain GrainWheat Belly” program I have felt like being social again so I showed up this past Wednesday. How nice it was to sit and join in the conversations without that feeling of imploding from depression. I had grabbed a skein of my cotton yarn before going so I could at least work on something, even a wash cloth. Well, someone suggested that yarn would be great for the heart monitor bags they give for the old folks. After being advised of the dimensions I got started.

This week my activities have included finishing up a stack of cards to submit to Take Ten , a few scrapbook pages, a heart monitor bag, and two toppers to kitchen towels for hanging. Not to mention that my ability to socialize has taken a turn.

Since hearing of the group meetings at the camera shop I had wanted to go to them. Last night I actually went to the Nikon Users group hoping to begin to learn more about my camera. It’s a good 30 minute drive. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw a few cars but not many. I began to wonder what I should do to find them, I was picturing in my head a group standing outside because I knew the store was closed so I figured we would be told where to go once 6:30 arrived. I saw a man get out of his car and start to check doors, so I got out too. Another man approached the first. As I was walking up the man told us there was a sign saying this group was canceled because of the weather. How disappointing! And the nasty weather had passed. Oh well, that’s a step in the right direction for me even if I didn’t get to actually join the group. Next month.


A New Month

June is here.  Life takes a turn with new happenings in my life.

First and foremost, I have another great-grand child.  A baby brother for Tiny Tot!

Apr30_1610_edited-1 The month of April and part of May was spent with my granddaughter.  She had asked me to stay until their apartment was packed up so I could drive back here in her vehicle.  Here we are, until mid June, when hubby finishes his school before heading to his new assignment.Fan-tasy 1 Joyce I certainly have lots and lots of new photographs for scrapbooking.  I managed to get a few pages completed once I got back home.  This one is using a new Lea France stencil.  I also came home to the latest Take Ten Magazine.  It is my advance copy since I have 3 cards published in it.

So, here is a card I made today using a sketch I found on a blog.  I liked that it gave lots of room to do coloring. I stamped the roses using a mask to give them depth.J_1685_Roses

I am entering this in Lemon Shortbread challenge and Melonheadz Friends challenge.  I invite you to check out these blogs and play along.

The stamps used are from Fun Stampers Journey: The flowers – Glass Blooms; The girl – Birthday Girls; Happy birthday – Sentimental Prints.  I used pencils to color, Red ribbon is FSJ.

Thanks for stopping in,  I trust you have yourself a crafty day and please leave me a message.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Happy About My New Take Ten

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Check out pages 43 and 46!

I had sent in 4 cards and they published 2, so I’m pretty happy.

If you are not a subscriber I hope you will pick one up and look me up.  They have some fun cards I can’t wait to CASE out of this one.

Speaking of CASEing, I made a card using the card in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It’s a different stamp set, but I was in the mood to make some Christmas cards.  Kris has challenged herself to make a Christmas card a day for the month of November.  I keep wavering between Fall and Christmas cards for now.  I did get some Thanksgiving cards in the mail yesterday thankfully.  I’ve really been working on scrapbook pages mostly.  Here’s the card I CASEd from page 43. j-8759_holiday

The SU card is a lot better, but I felt inspired by the design and this is how it came out.  It’s a quick and simple one.  That’s one of the nice things about using the SU catalog, the ideas are so inspiring.

Well, off to stamp something!  Have fun!

I’m Published in the Autumn Issue

It was exciting to get my “artist complementary” copy of the magazine a few days ago!

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This is the Autumn 2013 issue of Take Ten from Stampington and Company.  I LOVE their mags and am so happy to have had a card of mine accepted.

In spite of numerous things going wrong around the house – washer had a bad bearing in the tub, the septic system had to have the air pump rebuilt, Kristy’s shelf came tumbling down from the wall, waited 2 hours at Best Buy to have my laptop looked at, and one of the ports on my desktop PC broke – life is good!

A Card in Curry and Pear


“Crushed Curry” and “Pear Pizzaz” card stock from Stampin’ Up that is!  DSCN3571

This close-up shows the details of how I stamped the three circles.

1. DSP stamped in black

2. Pear stamped in Cajun Craze

3. white stamped Always Artichoke

I stamped the flowers under the big circle and the embellishment flowers, as well as the background flower for the three panels in Summer Sun.  The cycle is stamped in Sahara Sand.  I used markers to stamped the flowers on the 3 panels and to accent the three flowers.  The rest of the details should be visible for you.

I actually followed a challenge sketch in Take Ten magazine, although I will not be submitting this card to them.  It’s not exactly a 10 minute card.  I got carried away and really like the results.