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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