Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friends And Family At Christmas

Just a quick hello today, with another design team post on Technique Junkies HERE. 
Details about my card, techniques, stamps, etc. can be found HERE.

While you are checking out the TJ blog, be sure to hop over to the store.  There are lots of fun stamps, along with a sale going on now.  

Also, think about joining the TJ challenge.  You have until January 14th to enter to win a $25 Technique Junkies gift certificate!!  You can see details and enter the challenge HERE.

Use my code TJ10Lynda to get 10% off your order at Technique Junkies.  
I hope your are enjoying your holiday preparations.  I'm busy, like everyone, but trying hard to focus on each task, and enjoy the process.  I really am enjoying the holidays more this year by reminding myself to be present in each part of my day, in each of my chores, activities, and interactions.  I wish the same for you.

Now, it's off to bake more cookies!

Be blessed,

lynda joy

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Sparkles

Hello and greetings!  The snow machine is cranking outside, and I'm happily playing indoors where it's nice and warm.  Glad I don't have to go anywhere in this weather.  Another upside to being retired!
My card today features Technique Junkies stamps , specifically Christmas Ornament Trio set, and Gifts of Christmas verse set.

I created the background with Distress Oxide inks.  Embossed the stamps with Winter Wonderland embossing powder.  Some rhinestones add additional sparkle.

Hop on over to the Technique Junkies blog for lots of inspiration and ideas for your holiday and other cards and projects.  Then stop by the Technique Junkies site to do some shopping.  Enjoy 10% off your orders with my code:  

Hope you are enjoying your holiday preparations.  I'm procrastinating on making my Christmas cookies.  I figure if I put it off long enough, I can get them made and out the door as gifts before I have a chance to eat too many of them!  We'll see how that works out.  Wish me luck!

Thanks so much for visiting. 


lynda joy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Poinsettia Collage Card

Happy Saturday, peeps!   It's supposed to storm starting tomorrow, so I'm enjoying this lovely, sunny day here while we have it.  Took a nice brisk walk earlier, and chatted with neighbors over the fence after lunch.  Early December is usually pretty snowy here, but so far we've managed to escape too much of that.
I spent a little time in my studio this afternoon, playing with more Christmas stamps......
This poinsettia collage stamp is one of my very favorites.  It is from Magenta, one of my favorite stamp companies!  I don't know the item number, as it is a cling stamp, and I misplaced the packaging.  

I stamped and gold embossed the image onto red mulberry paper, then onto white card stock.  I watercolored with FineTec gold pigments.  For the red berries, I used a red Tim Holtz distress marker.  

I fussy-cut the flower and the left-side panel and attached them over the mulberry paper image.  I used foam tape to raise the flower.  I tore the mulberry paper to create an interesting, fibery edge, then layered it onto a square of gold paper.  

For my background, I used a piece of decorative textured paper from The Paper Company.  I use the Fine-Tec gold paints, and a distress foam applicator to apply gold highlights on the raised areas of the paper.  A couple of strips of red and gold along the left edge, then the prepared panel over all.  
Here is a close-up of the background highlighted paper....
 A lovely red satin bow finishes off this festive card.  Red and white with gold really says Christmas to me. 

I am adding my card to:

Make My Monday Challenge - Happy Holidays

Splitcoaststampers Free-For-All Challenge - Favorite December holiday

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 
I wish for you a blessed and very merry holiday season.



Friday, December 8, 2017

Wise Men Still Seek Him Card

Hello lovely peeps!

I'm back today with a CAS card.  That's right, I actually did keep it clean and easy task for me.  But I wanted to enter a couple of challenges, soooo.....Here's my card.
The embossing folder is Cuttlebug.  The verse stamp is from a clear set by Printworks.

I embossed the image into watercolor paper.  I used my FineTec gold watercolor pigments to paint the star and made a very light wash with the gold paint for the village and hillside.  I embossed the verse with Ranger gold embossing powder.  Layered onto a gold A2 card.  And that's all she wrote.  The only embellishment I added was a lovely studded gemstone in the center of the star.  I just couldn't leave it alone!

I am adding my card to these challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge - CAS Christmas

Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge - Favorite December Holiday

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out these challenges.  There are lots of amazing cards there.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Wonderland Technique Junkies Style

Hello Junkies fans!  I have a couple of cards today....
I couldn't help but sing 'Walking in a winter wonderland' when I was making these cards!  The scene reminds me of the snowy fields behind the house I grew up in, out in the country.  It was a chore just to walk a few steps in the kind of snow we used to get.

To create my scene, I used a piece of watercolor paper and my Distress ink minis.  I inked up my first tree from the Christmas Trees set of 6, then misted it lightly by holding it over my aromatherapy misting diffuser.  I keep this diffuser on my desk while I work for it's calming, soothing effects.  I thought, hmmmm, that's a pretty good dose of mist coming from that beats huffing on the stamp.  So I tried it, and it worked!!  Just the right amount of moisture for a good image. 
Holding my inked stamp over the mist from my aromatherapy oil diffuser
I then stamped it onto the watercolor paper,  using a water brush to manipulate and obscure the ink, to give it a watercolor look.  I let it dry a bit, then inked and repeated again, over the initial image.  

Now, you may notice that my trees are a little taller than the stamps.  I made them look that way by 'walking' the stamp downward as I stamped it, keeping pressure on the base of the stamp.  This created the impression of taller trees!  I used the wet brush again, and continued in this fashion until I achieved the look I wanted.  Repeated for the rest of the trees.

When dry, I punched a circle from a paper scrap, and used it as a template to ink my moon, using ColorBox silver pigment ink, and a sponge finger dauber.  I spread the silver around a bit, to give the feeling of moonglow over the trees.

Some quick watercolor strokes for hills, and some spatters for snow (I used white acrylic paint, then some white India ink).  I added some tiny stars from my stash, and a pretty silver ribbon.  Layered it onto silver paper, then onto a white card base.  I gave it a quick spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to give it a shimmery glimmer, which is so pretty in real life!
Closer view of moon in the trees
Stamps:  Technique Junkies Christmas Trees set of 6
               Technique Junkies Gifts of Christmas set of 5

I used the same stamps on this second card....
I kept this one a little simpler.  Same technique.  For the snow banks, I tore the paper and layered it on the bottom.

Stop by the Technique Junkies Stamps store.   There are some fabulous stamps there.  If you find some holiday stamps, or any, that you just have to have, please use my discount code (TJ10Lynda) and get 10% off your order!
I am adding my card to:
Make My Monday Challenge - Happy Christmas!
Mod Squad Challenge - What a Flake!
Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It Challenge - Try A Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration here!




Thursday, November 30, 2017

Portion Control

Hello again, lovely peeps.  I am on a roll today!  I think this will be my last post for today. 

Stamps:  Power Poppy digital stamps:
                Winter Pick-Me-Up Digital stamp set
                Acorn Ornaments Digital (verse)
I created the background strip by running an acrylic brayer through a Kaleidacolor Riviera stamp pad, and rolling it onto a piece of matte-coated card stock.  I repeated the rolling several times to achieve the intensity I wanted.  I dropped some gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water onto it, and rolled again to achieve the gold highlights.  I stamped a script stamp (unmounted from my stash - unknown) over it when it was dry.  
Close-up of detail on background strip
For the flowers, I chose cool colors for a winter palette.  I colored with Polychromos colored pencils.  For the soft haze around the bouquet, I used Faber Castel pastels with a cotton swab.  

I used my light box to trace one of the flowers under the verse, and colored that.  Cut both circles with the double stitched circles from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I added a bow I made with my Bow-Easy.  I added some sparkling crystals from Studio Katia to finish off the card.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Power Poppy Challenge - Portion control (use a portion of the stamp, having it go off the edge)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

The Paper Players - Sketch challenge
I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit today.  I am always happy to see you here.  I love your comments, as well.


The Gift Of Peace This Season

Greetings of the season to you, my friends!  

Today is my first post on the Technique Junkies blog as a new Technique Junkies Design Team member.  Please check it out here Technique Junkies Blog, Lynda's post. 
All of my techniques and stamp details for this card are on that post.'s a nice little 10% discount for you for any of the TJ stamps!  Just use this code to get your discount - TJ10Lynda.
Here's my card....
Please stop over at the TJ blog and leave some love HERE.

Enjoy your day, and be sure to take time for yourself to do those things that bring you joy.

Blessings and joy,



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

His Love Is A Gift Christmas Card

I love the combination of gray, red, and white for Christmas.  It is a little variance from the typical green and red.
I have had this stamp set for a while, and had been stumped as to what I would do with it.  So I took a different approach.  Instead of planning the card out in my head first, I decided to choose a color scheme, thinking that might prompt some ideas.  With the red and gray, I immediately thought of white embossing, so went ahead and embossed the largest star onto a piece of the dark gray card stock.  Then I embossed the other two onto a lighter gray panel, slightly smaller than an A2 card.  So far, I liked it.

I chose the verse, and then it hit me.  I would make the card look like a wrapped package with ribbon wrapped around it!  Hence, the red ribbon.  I sponged the edges with distress ink, and mounted it onto a red A2 card.  A little craft foam to elevate the largest star, and some punched silver foil stars finish off the card.  

The stamps are a cling set from Our Daily Bread Designs, His Birth G600 , and the die is Sparkling Stars CSBD79, also from ODBD.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Star light, star bright

Make My Monday Challenge - Happy holidays

Splitcoaster Stampers - Inspiration challenge

I'm just getting over a severe sinus infection, so just starting to get back into my studio to play.  I've missed it.  

Tomorrow morning is my first post as a new design team member of Technique Junkies.  I would love for you to hop on over to check out the TJ blog.  Lots of fun stuff going on there.  Please leave me a comment there if you stop so I know you were there. 

AND...if you like some of the Technique Junkies stamps, you can use my code on my blog post to get 10% off your order! to bed I go now.  Gotta get my rest, so I can get better.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings and joy,


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sweet Thankful Snowman

I just adore this precious little snowman from Penny Black!  He makes me smile!
I used Penny Black stamps:
Sweet snowman 40-006 (main image)
Salutations 30-014 (Thank you)
Winter whites & greens 30-057 (tree and embossed snowflakes)
Inside of card:  Jolly friends 30-058 (hat and snowflake)

I stamped the snowman onto an A2 card and used watercolor and Tombow markers to paint him.  I masked him and stamped the tree behind him, and added some Faber Castell pastel with a cotton ball.  I made some 'hills' by cutting a paper scrap into curved shapes, then rubbed the pastels over the paper onto the card.

The snowflakes are embossed with Judi-Kins agean silver embossing powder.  In real life these snowflakes twinkle with lots of sparkly, colors.

Inside I stamped the thank you, and fussy-cut the hat from the snowman in the jolly friends set, along with some snowflakes.  
 I am adding my card to these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Thank you

Make My Monday - Snow fun

Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge - Anything goes

Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper challenge - case featured stamper card

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Thank you for visiting.  Check out the challenges above if you have a moment.  Lots of fun and great cards there.  

Tomorrow I will be making my pies for Thanksgiving, and getting the house ready for the 'kids.'  I love family gatherings, especially at the holidays.  We are blessed, indeed, to have our family, and I cherish every moment with them. 

Blessings, and happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Believe Poinsettia Card

I am finally getting around to posting my card for the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge this month.  
The theme is Flower Power, so I went with this beautiful stamp from one of my PB oldies but goodies (Winter Glow 2808L).  

I inked the stamp with Tim Holtz distress inks, placed a piece of Strathmore vellum bristol in my Misti, and stamped the flower.  I started with a light shade, and gradually added darker shades to build up the color.  The Misti is great for this technique. 

When the image was dry ( I hurried it along with a heat tool), I used a VersaMark embossing pen to add some gold embossing to areas of the image, then embossed it.  I also embossed the 'believe' (from a Fiskars small Christmas set).  

I am also adding my card to:  Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge and Addicted To Stamps Challenge (Make your mark).

I added some extra shading and details to the poinsettia petals and leaves with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  With my Clarity brush, I added a light purple haze around the flower, then stamped some Penny Black background stamps (Letter Background, swirl, and swirl border) for interest.  Some spatters, a few crystals, and some gold cording finish it off.

My design team duties have been keeping me busy, so I haven't been as active here on my blog.  I was honored to be asked by SCS moderator, Lydia, to join the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers last month.  Can't believe I'm in my second month as a 'Dirty Girl!'  I love the community there, and have been enjoying getting to know everyone.  If you haven't been to the SCS site, do pop in and say hello.  Check out the amazing galleries, and the fun forums.  There are also lots of challenges available to join.  If you are not a SCS member, it only takes a minute to join.  It's a wonderful resource for inspiration and ideas.  And there are tons of free tutorials on the site!  Here is a link to my gallery.  The cards I've been making for the Dirty Dozen Design Team are in the Fan Club section.  You can find information about the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club HERE.  The rest of my cards are in my gallery.  My SCS identification is JustCallMeNana.  The 'my gallery' link above will take you there.

I also received an invitation to join the Technique Junkies design team a couple of weeks ago.  I have been busy, busy, busy getting my cards ready for my first post on that site in late November.  I hope you will stop by to check out the TJ blog and say hello!  You will love the stamp designs.  You can see a card I made a while ago, using TJ's stamps on my blog HERE.  And another one HERE.

Now that I have worked out all the techie stuff (I hope), I will be around here more often.  I miss my little Cafe!  I will be back to my normal posting schedule very soon. 

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  If you feel inclined, let me know in the comments if you prefer traditional Christmas colors or tend to go for the non-traditional, as in this poinsettia.  I love both, just depends on my mood!



Monday, October 30, 2017

In My Thoughts Anemones Card

I just received my order with my stamps from The Ton, and couldn't wait to use them.  I've been drooling over this anemones set for a while now, and finally have it.  So, today's card....
 Stamps:  Fresh Cut Anemones - The Ton
                Verse - Thoughtful Poppies - The Ton
                Various background stamps- unknown
Stencil:  Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi - dots & stripes borders
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks
Tools:  Misti, Clarity stencil brushes, distress applicators

I started with a pale pink A2 card.  On a panel slightly smaller, I created a row of stripes along the left side, using my Clarity brushes and distress ink.  

On a light pink card stock panel cut slightly smaller than the card front, I stamped the vase from the Fresh Cut Anemones set.  I did not ink up the bottom portion of the vase.  I used the same distress marker color to draw the bottom for the mug, and added a hand-drawn handle, then colored the mug.  I sponged a background, and added some background stamping with a script and flourish stamp.  These are stamps that I have had in my stash forever, unmounted, so I do not know who they are.

On watercolor paper, I stamped and water colored the anemones and leaves.  Then I fussy-cut them, and arranged them in the mug.  I added the verse, and some pearls from Want 2 Scrap.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Ton Challenge  - Mood board inspiration

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge -
Anything goes

Less Is More Challenge - Stamp layering

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge - Case one of this week's featured stamper's cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Happy National Pumpkin Day Card

Happy National Pumpkin Day!  To celebrate, I made a card with, well, pumpkins!  Lots and lots of pumpkins.
 I used watercolor paper, and inked the pumpkins with Tim Holtz distress inks and just stamped randomly all over the paper for the background.  I added some sponging to fill in the white.  

For the verse, I stamped it with India Ink black, distressed it a little, then cut with a double stitched die.  I added another double stitched die under it, which I colored with my green distress ink.  I used foam tape to give this dimension.

The leaves were punched from some direct-to-paper card stock, and added with glue dots and foam tape, along with the pumpkin charm with the twine.  All was layered onto a gold panel, then adhered to a white A2 card.

Stamps:  Pumpkins - Printworks Q019 Thanksgiving Blessings; Verse - Printworks (don't have name or item #)
Dies:  Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangles
Punch:  McGill oak leaf
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks

I hope you are enjoying some pumpkin things today.  Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cookies, pumplin pie, pumpkin bread.  Yummy.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge - Anything goes optional gold (border)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Fall Splendor challengel - Use fall colors

Thanks for visiting. 




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Let Us Give Thanks Card

Following along with fall card making, I couldn't resist making a card with this stamp from Art Impressions.
I am adding my card to the Art Impressions challenge, 
which is stamp a scene.  This fall scene takes me back many, many falls ago, when I was a child, growing up next door to my grandma's farm. 
I am thankful for a childhood full of loving and joyful memories.  We worked hard, and played hard, and there was an abundance of love and joy in our days.

I embossed the image onto watercolor paper, and watercolored it with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I love the vibrancy of these pencils.  The image stamp is Art Impressions #fUMM3180, and the verse is from Art Impressions Sentiments Set # 4903-WC.

I am also adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge - Fall splendor

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge - Anything goes optional gold
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Let me know in the comments what you are thankful for this fall!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge Card

When I saw the Technique Junkies challenge I knew what I was going to use for my stamp.  These giraffes were the perfect thing for October, breast cancer awareness month. The challenge at Technique Junkies is to create a card using the 'build a background technique.  

I used the Technique Junkies stamp 'Stand Tall' #SD601.  I cut the verse from the stamp, and used my Misti to do the background building technique.  I stamp and embossed the giraffes over the background, and sponged lightly around the edges.  I used Spellbinder's oval dies for the layering, and for the card.  A little ribbon and bow finish off my card.  Here is the inside:
I am adding my card to these challenges:

Technique Junkies Challenge - build a background technique

AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by a film (Lion King) 

Little Red Wagon  - Shape up - Make a shaped card

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Hope your have a wonderful evening.



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daisy Blessings Card

It was another glorious day here today.  The sun was shining, and it was warm, but just warm enough to be comfortable in long sleeves, no sweater.  I love fall days like this, when it smells like fall, sounds like fall, looks like fall, yet it is a wee bit warmer than the crisp fall days.  I love those, also, though.

So, my card today was inspired by the last three daisies in my garden, that just refuse to give up.  They are hanging in there, standing proud and tall, and giving their very last bit of life to add some cheer to my decaying garden.  I love daisies; they are my favorite flower.  They are cheerful, unpretentious, and always make me smile.  They look so pretty on a window sill in a little vase, and add so much life and cheer to a garden patch.  Their bloom is long, and they look like dancers when they sway in the wind.
I started with a Darice embossing folder - the one with the daisies, and put it through my Cuttlebug with white bristol paper in it.  I fussy-cut the daisies from the paper and set it aside.

For the background panel, I used a piece of bristol paper, and dragged fossilized amber, peeled paint, and broken china distress oxide inks from top to bottom of the paper.  I dried that with my heat tool, then dragged the same colors horizontally across the paper, and dried that.  

I made a frame from amber card stock with an Our Daily Bread double stitched die, and attached the background piece to it, wrapped some yellow, blue and green string around it, then attached it to a white A2 card.  

I used the distress inks as watercolor, and added color to the daisies with a paint brush, then attached it to the card with glue dots and foam tape.  The Blessings die is from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings SSSD111380.  I cut it several times, sponged the oxided on the last die cut, and layered them, then attached it to the card.  I was going to add some sequins or clear crystals, but thought it had enough going on, so didn't.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge - Abundant Blessings
There is still time to join any of the Falliday Fest challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  The deadline is October 31st.  You can learn more about the challenges HERE.  Stop in and check out all the galleries and different challenge opportunities.  And the amazing tutorials.

The Flower Challenge - Favorite flower

I am going for prize # 4 - The Ton gift certificate

Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge - Anything goes with dies

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  May you have a blessed week ahead.

Thanks so much for visiting.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happy Fall Sunflower Card

Sunflowers are a basic part of many fall floral arrangements and fall wreaths and decor.  It's no wonder, as they are one of the most glorious flowers you can find.  From the rich golden curly yellow petals, to the fabulous seeds inside the center, these flowers display magnificently!
I have several sunflower stamps.  This one from Penny Black (2669K 'Sunny') is one of my favorites.  It is a solid image, with an artsy, watercolor feel to it.  For my card today, I chose to stamp it on black card stock, using white ColorBox pigment ink.  I let the ink dry while I went about my chores, and came back and colored it with my Polychromos colored pencils.  I added some white lines here and there with a nib pen dipped in Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay white india ink.  I added the white spatters of the same ink with a fine paint brush which I tapped to spray the ink.

I die cut the panel with Our Daily Bread Designs double quilted dies, and mounted it to yellow/gold card stock panel, which I die cut, as well.  I used fun foam to mount it to a brown panel, then a black A2 card.  I hand lettered 'happy fall' along the bottom.  A strip of black and white dp along the edge for interest, and a bow and little sunflower charm I found in my stash, and that is it. 

I've had several people ask me about my bows.  I have had a Bow-Easy tool (by Posi-Bendr Company) for years, and use it all the time.  It is so easy to use, and makes perfect bows each time.  It takes all the guesswork out of bow-making.  I love it. 
I am submitting my card to the Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge (Fall Splendor).   Falliday Fest is an annual fall challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  You can read the details HERE and check out all the fabulous entries HERE. 
The challenge deadline is October 31st, so you still have time to enter.  Hope to see you there.

I am also entering my card in these challenges:

Penny Black At Allsorts Challenge - Close to nature

House of Cards Challenge - Halloween colors 


The Flower Challenge  - Favorite flower

I am going for prize # 4 ($25 Gift Code for The Ton)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I know how busy weekend days can be, so I really appreciate you visiting. 

What is your favorite thing about fall?   If you feel inclined, please leave a comment and let me know.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Love You More Than Candy Corn Halloween Card

Greetings!  I thought I would post a card I made for the Impression-Obsession Challenge . 
The challenge theme at IO is 'You're an animal.'  Owls are animals, yes?  And I just adore these cute little Impression-Obsession owl stamps (B7800 Owl on Hat and D7801 Owl on Head.  I stamped, colored them with Copics, then fussy-cut them and layered them onto a die cut heart (die unknown).  It is actually two stamps, which I stacked.  The verse is also Impression-Obsession (A14476) More Than Candy Corn.  

I added some Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine sequins, and layered the heart on an A2 card, layered with some candy corn designer paper and a strip of purple.  
I added some feathers and a pretty shimmery orange ribbon and bow for a whimsical touch.

This will be our halloween card for my six year old granddaughter.  Now I have to make one for her older sister.

I also added this card to the Falliday Fest Challenge at SplitCoastStampers HERE.

NOW for some news I've been waiting to tell you, which will explain why I haven't posted much here in the past four weeks.  (don't worry, I'm back)!   I am now on the Dirty Dozen Design Team for SplitCoastStampers!  I received an email about four weeks ago from Lydia, asking me if I would be interested in being on the design team.  It really took me by surprise!  I am honored and delighted to represent SCS.  I have been working furiously, making cards for the October theme challenge (Creepy Crawlies), and learning the 'behind the scenes' ropes.  Mine and the other 11 Dirty Dozen design team members six cards each will be posted in the October theme gallery.  The monthly theme challenge is available to be viewed and entered by SplitCoastStamper Fan Club members.  The other galleries are open to anyone.  Here is a link to the Splitcoaststampers site.  I hope you will stop by to see all the amazing cards.  
SCS is a fun community, with daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, tutorials, and hundreds of members' galleries.  

You can also join the site and add your own gallery.  I have been a member there since 2007.  Please stop by there and say hello.  There are tons of forums where you can ask questions, check out what's new, get tips and ideas.

I'm happy to be back in my blog, and will continue to regularly post here.  Now that I am familiar with the procedures and technical stuff over at SCS, I will have more time for my home sweet home here at Paper Arts Cafe!

I hope you are having a great week.  See you soon in the cafe!