Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Magnolia Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone, just dropping in to tell you about the November challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  This months theme is "Thanksgiving".  My project represents the harvest for Thanksgiving.  There are 2 pull outs to attach a gift card to or to send a picture.  You can even attach some lighter coloured plain cardstock for a sentiment.

This is a double pocket card I did a while ago.

Scarecrow Magnolia
Copic Markers
Paper from my stash
Stampin' UP! Expresso Satin Ribbon
Petaloo Sunflower stem
Spellbinders Labels

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll join us this month!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Carnival

Hello Everyone and welcome back!  It is Fall and I am lovin’ it!   The Eclectic Ellapu theme for October is “FALL”.  So let’s see all those beautifully created fall projects. Your project does not have to be a card; it can be anything related to fall as long as it is wonderfully created by you!!!   For my design team project I did some Fall Carnival Treat Bags with the help of my awesome Cricut Maker!  I am also participating in the Sweet Treats Collaboration on YT hosted by Tonya aka Memory Lane Keepsakes on YT.  Thank you again to Tonya and the Sweet Treats Teamers for allowing me to join in this month.  If you would like to check out projects from the Sweet Treat team members see the links below.  Well, enough of my jibber-jabber; I’ll let you check out some  photos of my finished project.   Til’ next time…

Sweet Treats Collaboration Team Members:

Neshia: Inspiring beautiful creations:  

Lisa: happycrafter Lisa Goss:    

Latasha: Sassy Crafty Taz 101 King: 

Loretta: Creativity at a glance 777:

Thelma:  Thelma's Creations and More: 

Robin: Craftsiheart: 

Joyce: Joyce O


Friday, August 31, 2018

Easy Gift Card Holder

Good Day to my Crafting Friends,
Just popping in to tell you all it's time for the next challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month's (September) theme is "ANYTHING GOES"!!!  I decided since the most "wonderful time of the year" is fast approaching; I would give you all a little motivational idea...Gift card holders!!!  This adorable little gem can be used for gift cards or money.  I found the tutorial on YouTube, check out Ginger from My Sister Scrappers tutorial here.  Hope to see your fabulous "Anything Goes" creation in the challenge.  Here are a few photos of my gift card holders.

Here are the supplies I used to make these little cuties:
Title/Theme:  Graphic 45 Gift Card Holder
Tutorial/Video:  Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Easy Gift CardHolder  
Category:  Gift Card Holder
Finished Size: approximately 4” wide x 3 ¾ “ (to the crown)
CS: N/A    
Patterned Paper/CS:   Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea, A Proper Gentlemen, and Couture paper collections
Flowers/Greenery:  Green rose (my stash)
Ink (s):   Tim Holtz Vintage Photo (the A Proper Gentlemen only)
Marker (s):   None                         
Embellishments:   Very Vanilla Silk 5/8th ribbon, Lime Green ¼ “ribbon, and Teal Seam Binding ½” , chipboard pieces and tags from the paper collections.
Stamp/ Set(s):  None
Adhesives:  Mono Adhesive, ATG, and Hot Glue
Punches:   None
Die(s):  Graphic 45 Large Tag die

Happy Crafting, Joyce

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Our Daily Bread Designs-Armor of God

Hello crafty friends!

Here is a quick post to let you know about the August challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  The August challenge is geared toward friends.  We want to you show us something you made for a friend within the last 12 months; it doesn’t have to be a card.   It just so happened that I had a friend who was going through a very difficult time, so I sent her this card of encouragement.  I wanted to remind her to keep her faith as our Lord and Savior ALWAYS has her back…praise HIM all the time even in the mist of our trials.   Praise HIM for what HE going to do in your life even when you can’t see it… 
See you in the challenge…



Supplies used to create this card:

Title/Theme:  Armor of God

Date: 6/2018
Tutorial/Video:  N/A

Category:  Encouragement Card
Finished Size:  American A2  4 ¼ x 5 ½

CS:  Recollections 110# White CS, Stampin’ UP! Real Red CS, JoAnn’s Charcoal Gray #65 CS
Patterned Paper/CS:  N/A

Flowers/Greenery:  N/A
Ink (s):  Ranger Archival Ink-Watering Can

Marker (s): Copic Markers                               
Embellishments:   N/A

Stamp/ Set(s):  Our Daily Bread Designs-Armor of God image and sentiment, background stamp- 2014 Stampendous- R223 Leather Flowers
Adhesives:  ATG, Tombo Mono Adhesive 

Punches:   N/A
Die(s): Our Daily Bread Designs-Suit of Armor Die (CBD207)

Misc.: Clear Wink-of-Stella Pen

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Patriotic Banner

Alrighty Folks, it is July and time for you-know-what…  Another craf-tac-ular challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu!  July’s theme is one of my favorites… Red, White, and Blue (love me some U-S-to-the-A baby!!!).  I have been wanting to do a banner for a while and what a splendid time to make it happen.  This was another fun project that did not take a long time.  I hope you will join us this month for the Red, White and Blue bragging rights challenge.  Looking forward to seeing your inspiring creations.  Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Supplies for this project:

Title/Theme:  Red, White and Blue
Tutorial/Video:  N/A

Category:  Dimensional Project, Banner
Finished Size: Each bunting is 3 ½ x 5 ½

CS:  Navy Blue, White, and DCWV “Glitzy” Glitter Cardstock Stack   
Patterned Paper/CS:   Our Daily Bread Designs “Stars and Stripes “and “Old Glory” 6x6 Paper Pads, DCWV Glitzy Glitter Cardstock Stack

Flowers/Greenery:  N/A
Ink (s):  N/A 

Marker (s):  N/A                             
Embellishments:   N/A

Stamp/ Set(s):  Our Daily Bread Designs “American Hero”
Adhesives:  Tombo Mono Adhesive

Punches:  1 ¾ “circle punch 
Die(s):  Spellbinders A Gilded Life “Baby Buntings”, Tim Holtz “Mini Rosettes”, and Die’sire’s “Bunting Trio”

Tools (other): Tim Holtz Ruler, Craft Knife, Tim Holtz Craft Pick, Crop-A-Dile, Heating Tool, Hot Glue Gun, scissors

Die Cutting Machines: Cricut A2, Sizzix Big Shot
Misc.: low tack adhesive, mini eyelets, Jute, Versa Mark, Judikins “Egyptian Gold” embossing powder, “Storybook Cartridge”

Joyce Ann

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Graphic 45 Father's Day

Hello All,
I am hoping this will be a quick post today.  I say that and then my story goes on and on.  I decided to try a different approach to blogging about the posts.   I am just going to post the card recipe and the photos to see if this will cut down on the wordiness; we’ll see how it goes.  Today, I am sharing my June Eclectic Ellapu (EE) design team inspiration card.  The theme for the June EE challenge is “Anything Goes”.  Last month for the challenge I did a Mother’s Day card.  So for this month it’s time to celebrate all those incredible papas and papas to be!    Happy Father's Day to all those amazing men who allow us to do what we love to!!!
Card recipe:

Title/Theme:  Happy Father’s Day, “You’re a classic”
Tutorial/Video:  N/A

Category:  Masculine card, Father’s Day
Finished size: A6 (4 ½” x 6 ¼”)

CS: Michaels #110-Cream    

Patterned Paper/CS:   Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Collection; The Sophisticate #4500181
Flowers/Greenery:  N/A

Ink (s):  Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo.    
Marker (s):  Cricut pen-Black 0.4, Copic Mark E13                         

Embellishments:   Tim Holtz Alterations Findings-Pen Nibs
Stamp/ Set(s):  Hampton Arts, (#DF2610), “French Post”, JustRite Cling Crackle Background Stamp (#CL02127)

Adhesives:  ATG runner, Glossy Accents
Punches:   N/A

Die(s): N/A
Tools (other):  Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Martha Stewart Score Board, Polar Block (sanding block), Tim Holtz Ruler, pencil, blending tool, craft mat
Misc.: Cricut Air 2





Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hero Arts Magnolia Flowering Stamp Sympathy Card

Howdy everyone,
Today I am sharing this quick sympathy card I made for a friend who’s life partner passed away.  This stamp serves as a constant reminder to all of us that nothing, not even the next minute is promised to us and that we should enjoy our love ones and the beauty that surrounds us daily.  Too often we focus on the tragedies that befall someone instead of praising God for today’s journey, his love, his mercy, his blessing…

To make this 4 ¼ “x 5 ½ “card I used some light gray and white cardstock from Michaels.  I made the patterned paper using some white cardstock, Memento “Gray Flannel” ink, and a Wendy Vecchi Gingham Background Stamp. The Magnolia stamp is from Hero Arts “Flowering Magnolia”.  I adhered the Magnolia image to the patterned piece and mounted that on some 2mm white fun foam.  I coloured the Magnolia stamp using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and touches of Copic Markers.  I used Kooh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth multi-media paper for my water coloured image and paint bushes #0,2, and 6.  I stamped a faint image of a postage stamp in the top right corner using JustRite Cling stamp set “Greetings From Paris”. I cut the Magnolia image out using a Memory Box “Postage Square Layers” die.  The patterned paper is cut out using Spellbinders Card Creator 6”x6” Matting Basics B dies.  The sentiment and greeting are from a Stampin’ UP! Stamp set called “Thoughts & Prayers”.  I stamped it in Versa Mark and heat embossed it using Silver fine detail embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to enjoy every moment…

Joyce Ann

Monday, April 30, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose Mother's Day Card

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by,
This year feels like it’s just rolling away.  I can’t believe it’s May already and time for another super fantastic bragging rights challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month’s challenge is near dear to us all because we celebrate our amazing Mothers.  Whether your mom is still here or gone on and hopefully at peace, it’s always a great opportunity to show how much our moms are appreciated and thought of often.  For my design team project, I wanted to keep it very traditional, soft and simple.   I made a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ tent-fold card using the Altenew stamp and die set Build-A-Flower:Rose.  This set is just amazing!  You can make some of the most beautifully detailed roses and leaves.   To make this card, I started with some #110 white card stock for the base and the front panel.   I used some regular old #65 cardstock to stamp the layered rose.   I think from now on I’m going to start using Neenah Classic again.  Although my roses came out beautiful, I think using a better quality paper will make them even better.  I suggest you use whatever is cost effective for you.  As you can see, using the #65 card stock worked just fine.  The sentiment is an old JustRite Clear stamp set-“All in The Family Large Sentiments”.  The sentiment is stamped on Spellbinders “Savory Labels” die.  I used Versa-Fine ink to do all the stamping.  I added a small touch of clear Wink-of-Stella to some areas of the rose and the leaves.  I finished the outside of the card with some very old clear drops. For the inside again, I wanted the card to be very simple, so I stamped Happy Mother’s Day and added a piece of vellum (adhered with Vellum Tape) over the top of the sentiment.  I popped the flower up on foam tape as well as the sentiment.  I made a coordinating pink envelope to go along with the card. I love how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy it and give it a try. My card was inspired by Amanda at Lolli Lulu Crafts; you can watch her YouTube video here.  This is one of the best videos I’ve seen for using Altenew’s layered stamps.  Amanda makes it look so effortlessly!  I used all the colours of Altenew inks in the video (the littlecubes).  The only colour I did not have was the “Evergreen”, so instead I used Tim Holtz’s Forest Moss and it was perfect. Well, until next time…Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom’s to be…
Joyce Ann,
Sorry for the crazy glare but this was the best photo to capture the sparkle from the Wink-of-Stella.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Gorjuss in Water Colours

Hello Everyone,
I am back with a simple tent fold card.  I was trying my hand at water colour painting.  It’s something that I’ve really wanted to get into but it just seemed so messy or disorganized. Over the years I’ve tried water colouring with Stampin’ UP! Ink pads, Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I have to say, not a big fan of the water colouring using water colour paints at all!  And the use of water in an open container in my craft space is not a good thing for my mind.  More than likely, the water will get spilled and everything in the vicinity will be ruined!  If it’s not due to my tremors, it will be because I’m as graceful as a bull in a China Shop…lol.  I see a lot crafters and artist using the water colour paints and they make it look so easy.  I purchased some Michaels (Artist Loft) inexpensive water colour paints to give it one more try.  They were on sale for $5, so I bought the regular water colour paints as well as the shimmer (never even used the shimmer, I am sooooo over the paints period).  I thought if I don’t like them (and I did not), I haven’t loss that much and I could always donate them.   I like to blend colours and even with the 18 colours that come in the paint set, it just was not working in my mind.  It could be that I had already shut it out before I got started.  I think I was more focused on the messiness, spilling water, over saturating the paper, getting those paper fibers, etc.  I used some paper from the Bee Paper Company.  The package says Heavyweight Vellum Drawing, 90lbs (g/m2).  I saw a YouTube video and someone used this paper to do their water colouring.  For my project the paper held up pretty well.  I forgot to weight the paper down to get rid of the buckling after it dried, so I had a little difficulty getting it down on the patterned paper and you can feel a little of the buckling on the finished card.   I used one of the Gorjuss Girl stamps, #9-You Have My Heart.  It turned out okay but the water paints are just is not for me.  I did however, finish the image and the back ground and did not want to waste the effort so I turned it into a card.  The greeting and the sentiment are from the Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday stamp set.  The card base is some old DCWV textured card stock, the patterned paper is also extremely old paper from ColorBok (8x8 paper pack) called Antique Paperie, and I used a piece of white card stock for the inside sentiment panel, and I used a Copic Liner Pen to ground the image. The finished card size is 5 ½ x 5 ¾ inches.   Again, not a fan of the water coloured paints but I thought I would share my experience and the end product of my feeble attempt at water colouring using paints.   You can purchase Mama Elephant at Simon SaysStamp or on the Mama Elephant website You canjust about purchase a Gorjuss Girl stamp anywhere now but here is the official site for Santoro London (makers of Gorjuss Girl).

Til’ next time, Joyce

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Today I am sharing my April Eclectic Ellapu design team inspiration project.  The theme for April is to Create a Box and Fill it with Goodies!  This challenge is just perfect for the occasion.  I absolutely love, love, love Easter!!!  It is my favorite holiday and time of the year.  I couldn’t wait to get started on my project.   This year instead of doing the traditional baskets for Easter, I decided why not make it a box??  It just so happened that I had some orders for Easter goodies, so these boxes were right on point.   To create the project I started with decorative boxes from Tuesday Morning, one for a boy, a girl, and an adult female.   I filled each box with shredded paper in a coordinating colour (also from Tuesday Morning).  You can find the same supplies at your local big box craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnns.   I made sure to ask the ages and likes of the recipients including colours (you’ll want to cater the box to the recipient).  I try to get as close to the likes as I can.  Let me just say, I had a blast picking out things to add to the boxes.   But be careful not to overdo it, most of the boxes come with the magnet closure that is not very strong, so you may have to reinforce the closure if you overdo it. One of the recipients is a 2 year old, so I thought she should be starting to write or want to anyway.   At that age a standard crayon is actually too small to help fine-tune their dexterity, so I got the jumbo crayola crayons instead.  One of the recipients is 6 years old and probably starting to discover the icky adventures of picking up insects and other eeeky things.  For him I found this neat little magnifying container.  You put the insect in the container (it won’t hurt the insect) and you can view it up close; doesn’t that just scream “boy stuff”!  For the adult, the one thing I know is that she lovvvvvvvves candy (I think more than her grandkids).  She was also retiring so I got her things that she could do while retired.  There is a beautiful peacock mug, a peacock covered journal, and some peacock inspired note cards and envelopes.  She’ll have plenty of time to sit on her porch, drinking tea, while writing thank you cards and memories in her journal; oh yes and eating her candy.  For the two little people boxes, I finished the packages off by putting them in Michaels Celebrate-It clear cellophane gift bag, created a hand stamped tag using one of their dollar stamps (Happy Easter) , some colourful oval shaped tags, and balloon streamer ribbon.  Now talk about an easy and fun project, this is it!   Well, thanks for stopping by; I hope this inspires you to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a sweet way.  Until next time…



Of course I forgot to take a picture of the boxes all packaged up so I had my customer send me a snap shot.
Joyce Ann 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Bestie

Hello Everyone,

Finally, I am getting around to posting my St. Patty’s Day card. Better late than never!   I used one of Sherry Baldy’s  cutesy images  for St. Patrick’s Day.  I really love her images, those eyes are so precious they just draw you in. I coloured the image primarily using Prismacolor Pencils.   The layout (or card sketch) was inspired by a 2015 Bestie Card done by The Shabby Pink Stamper.  Unfortunately, I cannot find the card anymore, so I cannot link to it.  I believe her card was smaller than mine.  My finished card is a 5 ½” x 5 ½”.  I left the inside of the card blank.  I took a side view of the card to show the Wink-a-Stella shimmer on the clovers.   I really love how it turned out.
The card recipe is below:
Title/Theme:  Hello Gorgeous Bestie St. Patty

Date: 3/25/18
Tutorial/Video:  Inspired by the Shabby Pink Stampers Boy Bestie Card

Category:  Blank inside
CS:  #110 White CS (Michaels),  Green CS (open stock at JoAnn’s), Blue CS coredinations Foundations-Classic Blue (smooth texture), Black CS  #65 (Michael’s), Neenah Classic Solar White #110

Patterned Paper/CS:   Little Yellow Bicycle- Reverie Garden 12 x 12 (2012)
Flowers/Greenery:  N/A

Ink (s):  VersaFine Black
Marker (s):  Copic-Grey (out line and ground)                              

Embellishments:  N/A 
Stamp/ Set(s):  IMG675 St. Patrick day My Besties (digital download image); greeting- Mama Elephant‘s –Scripty Notes.

Adhesives:  Tape Runner, 3M Foam Tape
Punches:   N/A

Die(s):  N/A

Tools (other): Blending stumps
Misc.: Prismacolor Premier Pencil, Gamsol , Wink-a-Stella Clear Pen

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Angie's Digital Stamps: Challenge #18-Anything Goes/No Twist
Dragonfly Dreams: All That Glitters Challenge
the Corrosive Challenge Blog: Challenge #3-Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: Challenge #80-Anything Goes
Crafters Castle Challenge Blog: Challenge #3-Anything Goes
Hidding in My Craft Room: Challenge #345 Any Holiday

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