Dawn’s Name ATC

Last month, I decided to join an ATC Names swap.  For the next 10 months, I’ll be making two ATCs a month for each member in the swap.  Although I’m not normally a fan of long-term swaps, I thought this would be a fun way to get to know each group member better, as well as a chance to […]

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Thanks For An Amazing Week!

Since November is a time for counting blessings, I’d like to start my day by thanking you all for the most amazing of weeks! Launching a public blog is a scary endeavor.  You have no idea if anyone will visit and if they do, if they will care enough to return and follow.  It’s where […]

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When Inspiration Doesn’t Come Easily

Creativity is a fascinating thing.  Sometimes we’re on fire – our creative spark ignites easily, our creative juices overflow, and idea after idea bursts out of nowhere.  Other times, the flame flickers – the gush trickles and sputters – and we make one false start after another – assuming we make it off the starting block at all.  It […]

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I Thought Of You

I love it when people create different projects using the same design – seeing the huge impact subtle differences make always helps me to think outside the box – so today, I’d like to share two cards that demonstrate the flexibiliity of the Embellish Me Beautiful Challenge card! My I Thought Of You card is similar in many ways to the original card […]

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Embellish Me Beautiful Challenge

Embellish Me Beautiful

I thought I’d issue my first blog challenge to get your creative juices flowing this weekend! How many embellishments can you incorporate into one card? Please share your completed projects by posting a link to your blog or photo album under Comments so that we can all enjoy your creations! Today’s card features a variety of papers from Cosmo Cricket, […]

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House of Dreams, House of Hope

I have always loved house-shaped ATCs, so I recently jumped at the chance to join a Shaped ATC swap just to explore this concept! My first card, “House of Dreams, House of Hope”, features a beautiful image from the Altered Pages Mini Images Collage Sheet, as well as a few Just Rite Pre-Inked Stamps.  These stamps are […]

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Tim Holtz – Dreams

I don’t consider myself a technique junkie, but I recently jumped at the chance to try something new when ATCs Are Us sponsored a Tim Holtz swap. I went to Tim Holtz’s website, browsed through his video demos, and decided to learn more about Distress Inks since I have a lot of those in my stash. The lesson […]

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Cherish

I made this card for Anne in Australia for a black and red ATC swap sponsored by Card Workshop.  Black and red is one of my favorite color combos – it’s so dramatic and sophisticated!  I knew from the start that I wanted to use this vintage rose image for the card – I distressed […]

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Stuffed Acorn Squash – Scrapbook Recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash - Scrapbook Recipe Layout at Create With Joy

Happy November! To start the month off, I thought I’d share my November entree from the Seasonal Recipe Swap – Stuffed Acorn Squash.  This dish makes an amazingly filling, economical, and healthy meal and has an extremely tasty stuffing!  Give it a try – yum! More Scrapbook Recipe Ideas Green Beans With Garlic And Basil Seasoned Pork Chops […]

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Falling Leaves

I once had a Keeshond named Dutch who loved to bark at the falling leaves.  Every time the wind blew the leaves off the trees, he would happily chase them around the yard, barking with glee. This card is in memory of Dutch and the simple joys in life!

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Turn A New Leaf

As students, the beginning of each school year brings the gift of possibilities – it is a time for new growth, new friendships, new opportunities.  As adults, Autumn is a season of introspection, a time to look within, a time to set a new course in those areas of our lives that need transforming before the new year begins. Autumn is […]

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Fall Foliage

When I lived on the East Coast, Autumn was always my favorite season.  I looked forward to spending long weekends hiking and horseback riding in the woods, inhaling the cool crisp air, crunching the colorful leaves beneath my feet.  Even my daily commute became bearable as I basked in the beauty of Fall’s Foliage on the wooded back roads that […]

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