Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PTI April 2018 Blog Hop





I'm a little late to the party, with my card for this month's PTI Blog Hop.  I actually made my card days ago, but forgot to write up and schedule my post.

I was inspired by the stack of cups and the colors.  I decided to stack bowls instead of cups, and used darker and brighter versions of the colors in the photos, as I am not much for pastels.

Well, I'm off to enjoy the hop.






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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CASology Week #297...Active



Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is ACTIVE.  I think that sometimes, it is nice to encourage a friend to keep at their goals--stay active and move ahead.





Now it's your turn.  How does ACTIVE inspire you?  I hope you play along this week.  Please remember to keep it Clean and Simple.

Please head on over to the CASology blog and gather some inspiration from the design team.




Joyce (that's me)


Our Sponsor is Uniko Studios


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

My Crafty Weekend



Much of my crafty time this week has been spent cleaning, purging and organizing, but I do have a few cards to share.  I have started the process of entering all of my stamps into Evernote.  It's slow going, but also fun to go through my stash to see what I have forgotten all about.

I just had to play along with Muse #262 this week, as the inspiration is this adorable card by my friend Kim--and I was there when she created it with my stamps when we were at Tracey's house.  Such fun.
Kim's Inspiration Card

I was inspired by Kim's classic clean and simple design, her bird and her colors.  I pulled out an old set I had forgotten about--Tweet Talk--for my card.  I am also entering this card at Less is More #369: Bring Something Back.  I brought an old stamp set out of the shadows and onto my desk.






Make it Monday # 319 is all about graffiti street art, and had me getting a little messy (for me).  I sponged and stacked my die cut word, surrounded it by a couple of matching sentiments, and then colored the edge of the die cut stack with a black marker.  Then, I used some black water color ink to create splatters--wherever they fell.  No control.  I do like the final result, and it was good for me to move out of my comfort zone a bit.


I am also entering this card at Seize the Birthday, where the toppings option is Vibrant Colors.




Last up is a card for PTI Transformation Tuesday #5.  I realized that I bought a stamp and die combo a while back, Enclosed Star, and had only used it once.  I decided to redo that card, using the same stamps and die, but a totally different take.  I wanted something brighter and more feminine, and I based my new card on a card Laura Bassen made during the initial launch.  It also gave me a chance to play with some of my new Copic colors I recently got.

Original Card


New Card

That's it for me today.  


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time Out #107...Reminder...Birthday Wishes




There is still time to play along with our current challenge at Time Out.  Our challenge this time is a theme challenge.  The theme is Spring with the optional twist of making a one layer card.







I used stamps from our sponsor, Uniko called Originally Organic.  This is such a beautiful and delicate stamp set.  I used some of the floral image stamps and used a spotlight coloring technique and happy spring-like colors.

Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our Design Team and Guest Designer. Our Guest Designer this week is Kimberly, so please stop by her blog to see what she has created for this challenge.  Uniko is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run another week.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CASology Week #296...Parent



Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is PARENT.  I am getting ready for Mother's Day, so decided to make a Mother's Day card.   I used a busy patterned background stamp and then cut the center out to make a frame.  That is one way I made sure that there was enough white space to keep my card CAS.





Now it's your turn.  How does PARENT inspire you?  I hope you play along this week.  Please remember to keep it Clean and Simple.

Please head on over to the CASology blog and gather some inspiration from the design team.




Joyce (that's me)


We are sponsored this week by STAMPlorations.

Our Guest Designer is Rahmat.


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Crafty Friends are the Best (Joyce edition)



I just returned from the most wonderful get-away--spending 5 days in Canada visiting Tracey McNeely with Kim Heggins.  We have been plotting and planning this visit literally for years, and we were all pinching ourselves when it actually happened.


We all met through our blogs and challenges, and have had a FB chat open and going for 6 years.  I have been lucky enough to meet and hang out with Kim a number of times over the years, but this is the first time either of us met Tracey.

Tracey and her wonderful husband hosted us for 5 days, where we crafted, laughed, ate, and even managed to do a little sight seeing.  We pretty much took over her house...We are so lucky that her husband is such a good sport (and grill master, uber driver and host par excellance).



All the snow was very exciting for Kim and I, as we are California gals through and through.  We were lucky enough to see Ardyth twice--once when she drove up to Tracey's house and then again when she hosted us for lunch on our way to the airport.


It was an amazing week.  We are already planning our next Crafty Caper.  Take a look at Tracey's blog and Kim's blog for their write ups of our visit.

And, now, on to the cards.  I made several cards while at Tracey's and also stamped and cut loads of things to work on once I got home.  We each tried to use each other's stamps and dies to create as much as possible using things we didn't have at home.  It's going to take a long time to finish everything I started there, but I do have 2 cards I made for different challenges ending this week.


I made this challenge using some of Tracey's stamps, and I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #332, where Tracey is the Guest Designer.



I also made a card for CAS(E) this Sketch #267, using some PTI stamps and dies that Tracey has but I don't.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge to Add Some Texture.  I added Texture through different layers of die cuts.





Well, I still have a lot to unpack, so that's it for me today.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CASology Week #295...Believe




Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is BELIEVE.  I decided to get a jump on my 2018 holiday cards--can you believe a red nosed reindeer flying through the sky, right over the tops of the skyscrapers?





Now it's your turn.  How does BELIEVE inspire you?  I hope you play along this week.  Please remember to keep it Clean and Simple.

Please head on over to the CASology blog and gather some inspiration from the design team.




Joyce (that's me)



Our Guest Designer is Valliam.


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Friday, April 6, 2018

Birthday Wishes and Happy Mother's Day



I made a festive and fun birthday card, inspired by the challenge at PTI Make it Monday #317: Using Outline Images.  I really liked this technique, because sometimes (often) I am too lazy to color, and this is a good way to add color to a card without having to color.



I used solid images from Birthday Style to add color with balloons and confetti, and then used some outline images from Tremendous Treats Birthday.  I like the way this came out, and will try it again, I am sure.  I am also entering this at Simon Says Monday Challenge: A Trio of Something---I followed the rule of threes for my balloons, stamping 3 balloons in each color, and I also stamped three of  the birthday cakes and cupcakes.  I am also entering this at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday.





My next card uses fresh spring colors for a Mother's Day card, and I am entering this card at Addicted to Stamps and More #286: Anything Goes.





Things will be a bit quiet on the blog for the next week, as I will likely only be posting scheduled posts for CASology and Time Out.  But, that does not mean my life is quiet.  Actually, quite the opposite.  In 2 MORE SLEEPS, I will be flying to Toronto to spend a week with Tracey McNeely and Kim Heggins.  This has been in the works for years and years, and now it is almost here.  Expect lots of pictures when I return home.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Time Out #106...Reminder...Sending Prayers



There is still time to play along with our current challenge at Time Out.  Our challenge this time is to be inspired by this beautiful photo.




I was inspired by those beautiful yellow flowers on the long stem.  I used Altenew Oriental Orchid stamps for my flowers and a sentiment from PTI Penned Elegance.

Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our Design Team and Guest Designer. Our Guest Designer this week is Sarah, so please stop by her blog to see what she has created for this challenge.  Altenew is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.


This challenge will run another week.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.



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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Casology Week #294...Start





Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is START.  I decided to make a baby card.  I was thinking of a new life starting and also possibly a new family starting.  A joyous occasion.





Now it's your turn.  How does START inspire you?  I hope you play along this week.  Please remember to keep it Clean and Simple.

Please head on over to the CASology blog and gather some inspiration from the design team.




Joyce (that's me)


Our Guest Designer is 


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