First Stamp Attempt

So happy!  I know now that my stamping life will change dramatically with this new Stamp Platform.

One of the biggest reasons I wanted this tool from Tonic (thank you Tim Holtz!) was the design that allows for any – yes, ANY – size sheet for stamping.  I look forward to stamping on lots of 12 x 12 sheets soon.

First, I tried out the basic procedure to make a card.  The idea of repeat stamping, especially on watercolor paper is a plus.  Getting a good print is sometimes an issue.  Not any more!

Here is my first experience.

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Here is the finished card.  Of course, the Stamp Platform has no authority over my coloring technique – be nice, I’m still practicing.

For a challenge on Splitcoaststampers I made my own Plaid background. Very hard. I also followed their sketch.

Thanks for stopping in!  Have a happy, crafty day. And don’t forget to let the Light of Christ shine through you.


Two Tagged Cards

While rummaging through my scrap bin searching for patterns to make this sketch from the Retro Sketches Blog, I couldn’t decide which of the two sets of papers, so I made 2.

I kept with the same layout, changing up very little.  Mostly I changed how I did the floss and what bling I added.  I swear I spend most of my time looking for product when I should be working on the card.  I couldn’t find my bag of sequins, then I couldn’t find the orange.

The embossing folder is by Paper Studio, which I distressed with a light sanding to bring out the pattern.  The tag die cut is Tim Holtz, the bird and flower punches are Stampin’ Up!, and the sentiment is a Spellbinders Nestabilities.

The two stamp sets are from SU: Language of Friendship and Whimsical Words.

Here, I have used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and the jewels are from Queen & Co.

In addition to the sketch challenge I am submitting these cards in two more challenges:

1. Cut it up – use a die and embossing.

2. Tues. Throwdown – use facets.

Oh, Snap! It’s a Photo Op

I took advantage of an opportunity to take pictures of Kris posing by the fabric display. DSCN9455_ohsnapKris

She is wearing the pants I made from the Tim Holtz fabric, and her bag is visible near her feet in the photo.THpantsDSCF0420

The fabric has a nice feel, it’s quilt shop quality.  Unfortunately Joann’s has it priced too high, which is where I picked mine up, but one can use a coupon of course.  I’ve seen it on line with a wider selection.  Obviously it is for sale at Whim So Doodle shop in St. Petersburg.

My scrap page is 6 x 6 for the shop hop album.  The base paper is Pink Paislee. All the stamping is done with Unity stamps.  I started working on the bg with a stamp called “Splatter it”, heat embossed it with powder I bought on the hop, called “Aged Ivory” from Stampendous.  That fabulous swirl is from the “Now & Always” set, colored with markers.  I used some word stamps from various sets and the “oh, snap” set with the delightful camera.  The camera was colored with markers. I liked the bit of bling the sequined arrow from Heidi Swapp brought to the page.

I followed the scrapbook layout sketch from the Unity {be inspired} challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like my page and maybe you will feel inspired to play with this sketch too!


I am also linking this up for Unity’s Friends with Flair!

Small Wonder in Melbourne Beach

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I created this layout from a Let’s Scrap sketch for the Stash busters challenge by Cheryl.  See details here and here here is the sketch I followed:

I used only the right side.  Instead of the banner I made a hammock for the title.

The patterned papers, stamps and hardware are Stampin’ Up!  The swirl die cuts are from TH.  I embossed the letters and punched them out – I think it made a cool border.  The title, Small Wonder, a sentiment, is also embossed.

For the challenge I was to use 3 patterned papers, bookplate,fiber, and a die cut journaling tag – which I still haven’t filled out yet.  My fiber started out as the yo-yo I made with scrap gold lame fabric but then I got the idea for the hammock so I have burlap fiber also.

In case you have noticed I have scrapped the same photos, let me explain.  I am making a book for Leia and Kara and one to keep for Kristy and me.  This is the page I am keeping and the two pager below is for her album.

Hurray for me – I have to brag and share with you have happy I am to have been in the top three at Perfect Sentiments!  It is for my Thanksgiving card with the vintage Dover image.

Latest Two Scrapbook Pages to Share

With the newly formed partnership with my daughter’s decision to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I have been busy thinking and planning the workshops to come.  I love setting this all up, the designing and figuring out what to demo, etc.  Kristy is the social guru and is totally awesome at talking to people and getting them involved and excited about the craft.  So, next Sunday we have an open house to announce the start of a card ministry we plan to create for our church.  I hope to reveal some good and compelling reasons for folks to want to learn to personally make cards that they will want to attend future workshops and hopefully some of them will also become hooked, as we did, when were were first introduced at our church in Virginia Beach way back when.

With all this going on I have managed to create some scrapbook layouts.  My time as a Design Team member with Let’s Scrap has come to an end so I am not under the gun to get pages completed.  JasmineBush

I actually used a Let’s Scrap sketch and a challenge from the site for this page.  The challenge was to use 1 pp, 1 solid cs, spritz, 6 eyelets, letters. The background is Graphic 45. Solid is unknown-way old and poor quality, but it suited the purpose here. Here is the LS sketch:

I used a sewing machine to make the circle on the square so I could use a 4 x 6 photo.  I used the 2 1/2 inch punch for the 3 circle photos.  Oh, forgot, had to use rub-ons. They were all the rage at one time, I never became a fan, so I still had some I could use for this challenge.  The centers of the white flowers have a stamped and punched little bitty flower and it is all put together with an eyelet.  I’m still a fan of eyelets.  There are a few scattered littles as well.  I added one die cut stem and the stamped (Stampibilites) journaling spot. The sprays are a Tattered Angels Leather something and a spray from Glimmer Mist in gold. The Tattered Angels never did spray right so I had to put some in another little mister bottle in order to use it.  It is so much easier to just use a little SU reinker in a bottle when I need a spray but I wanted to try to use up some of the bad stuff too.  The title is stamped with the Morning Post set, I got the letters I little too light, but it still matches the color of the G45 paper. Just some cute picks of when the feathered girls were still quite young.


Now this was a fun page to do.  The photos were taken when we went to meet Kara in Kissimmee the end of July.  We had a stroll around the little tourist area of Old Town and came across this spook house, but it wasn’t open.  Still, it was fun to take some fun photos of Kris fooling around.  She isn’t lying down in the bottom photo, btw.  The patterned sheet is an old piece from a retired SU Halloween pack.  I used the SU distress tool for the first time and love it, so much easier than anything I’ve been using.  The house is heat embossed with black powder on vellum and is from the new Best of 25 Set.  The shoes and the hat I popped up on Kris’ photo are from the Wicked Cool set.  I didn’t think of adding the shoes and hat until after the photos were glued down or I would have moved the vertical photo a bit further down.  Oh well, must make do and make a mental note to plan better before pasting down next time.  The skull, white embossed on vellum, is from a Smeared Ink stamp set Quoth the Raven.  The washi tape is SU’s new holiday tape too.  The swirles are double cut in gray and black from a Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die.  I overlapped them slightly and the dimension works better irl, not so much in the photo here.  Kristy suggested the white dots with the Signo pen – yep, that adds just the right amount of interest to make the flourishes noticeable.

I invite you all to visit our website and look for some “wicked cool” deals!  Check out our blog posts, and keep coming back as I make more of them to share ideas.  When you are on the right website it will have my daughter’s name KristyLee Deyette up top.  If it doesn’t, just search for her as a demonstrator in Florida.  You should be able to find her ok.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a sweet and crafty day, hugs Joyce

Surprise at StampFest Orlando

The crowd was tight.  I could not see over anyone’s head.  These women were not budging an inch.  Waiting for someone to kindly move out to allow someone else a chance to see wasn’t on any of these women’s agenda.  All I could do was hold my camera up high and over as much as my little short arms could reach and snap.

Here is the layout from some of those pictures.   Oh, and yes, the bag Kristy is holding was signed by Tim!


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I had a fun time creating as much little extras as I could for these pages.  First I used a

Let’s Scrap sketch,  and worked out the DT Challenge from Michelle to make my own music sheet paper, which I printed off the computer, placed in a pan, and poured strong tea over it.  I then stamped it with a background stamp or two. The golden flowers I made by twisting a strip of taffeta and pasting it down on a circle of cs.

Supplies:  Paper – Glitz, Authentique, G45, Recollections, DCWV, solid cs by SU, matted with Fox River confetti sand.

Stamps – Tim Holtz, Inkadinkadoo, Stampin’ Up!.   Inks – TH, SU!

TH Iron Gate die cut. SU! cog, ticket, circle punches. Various craft tape. Fiskars circle  template & cutter.

Song title is by Herman’s Hermits and was cut with Cricut.

Report on My Mother’s Day 2013

It was a fabulous day!  Kristy started it for me with gifts.  We had a very nice church service.  Greg and Donna came too.  Afterwards we had potluck at my home with them.  Donna stayed for some crafty fun.  DSCN7371_edited-1

How can I express how excited I was with these two gifts from Kris?  On the left you think you see a camera lens but it is a coffee cup.  And how cool is this Android tablet?!  On the right you see a finished card I put together after doing a lot of playing with border punches we picked up at the Scrap Expo last week.

I’ve gotten hooked on a book, thanks to an app I found on my tablet.

From the Internet:  The Sea Wolf (1904) by Jack London is an adventure novel narrated by literary critic Humphrey van Weyden. After an ocean collision, van Weydon finds himself aboard the sealing schooner, Ghost, and at the mercy of her amoral captain Wolf Larsen.

Of course I’ve heard of Jack London, but haven’t actually read any of his books.  I passed over Call of the Wild and opened this one because I love the sea – anything water related really.  I am so impressed with the writing, the way he puts the reader right there!  The descriptions, the characters, the thrilling adventure.  I sat outside in the yard with our chicky girls for a while reading and enjoying the beautiful day.  Kris and Donna took a trip to Michael’s.  (Yes, I passed on the trip, I was that into this book!)  j-7372friend

How this card came about:  I had made a background on a 12 x 12 piece of card stock for a challenge at Let’s Scrap.  I used only a stencil – the chevron.  I painted or spritzed over it only, nothing else was allowed in making the layout.  Ipeace from pieces didn’t like the way it came out, too much stencil.  So I cut it into sections that I could use as bases for cards.  I have three started, only this one card finished so far.  For this card I added stamping from a Tim Holtz set, added the sentiment from a $1 stamp set up on some Spellbinder Nestabilities die cuts.  I hope to finish up the other two soon.

This was my Mother’s Day and I hope you had a happy day Sunday, however you spent it!

Smudgy Antics Alter Something Challenge

For this challenge I altered a bottle with the Smeared Ink’s Star Tree Fairy.



The digi is colored with watercolor pencils.  Around the top of the digi is some crumpled ribbon by Tim Holtz.  The arrangement consists of glass beads and leaves, with some vining ivy attached around.  I think it makes a pretty room décor, something I wouldn’t have made had it not  been for this challenge to alter something.

Final Two for July

Thanks to having the day off and a couple of challenges on Splitcoaststampers I made my last two Christmas cards for my July goal of 5.


All white and almost all Stampin’Up!  The only thing not SU is the organdy ribbon from JoAnns.  You can’t see it too well but the ornament was embossed with white powder and punched out.


For this challenge we were to make a masculine card.  I used a SU embossing folder on the card, added some striped paper (DCWV), a panel of music note paper and used my SU spritzing tool with a couple markers.  Some Crumb Cake Seam Binding was bound with a brad by BoBunny.  The stickers are from Tim Holtz.  The sentiment is stamped and colored with watercolor pencils and another piece cut out of the date was pasted over the tag.

Lost Without You Edgar


I got this stamp for playing in a challenge at Smeared and Smudged. This has been the most fun I’ve had making a card in a while.

The base is SU Close to Cocoa. The Tangerine Tango (SU) was randomly stamped with a set from Smeared Ink (Quoth the Raven) then run though my Big Shot with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, on top of which I sponged Distress ink Vintage Photo.  After the digital stamp of Edgar was colored with Copics I cut it with a Sizzix puzzle die, sponged the edges and mounted with two pieces a bit askew.  The sentiment is computer generated and punched with Stampin’ Up punches.  I added a piece of Trendy tape and jute filled buttons.

Challenges for this card:  Dream Valley Challenge 34 – For that special guy. Great Impressions #4 – Die Cuts or Punches (I have both and rubber stamps on the BG cs).  Delightful Sketches – For the boys.  Stamp and Create – Bold and Bright. ATC”s and cards with attitude #16 – Anything goes.  DYSU #76 – Men