summer vacation


Hi again!! I have to say my Summer of Creativity with Tim Holtz is making me nostalgic.  I really enjoyed summer vacation as a child, late summer nights outside, ridding bikes till it was dark, coloring outside on a blanket, if I would have had to take summer classes I would have been heartbroken.  Fast forward to today… If someone told me I could take the summer off from being an adult but I had to take some type of summer class, Creative Chemistry would be the class. I really find this experience so enjoyable, I just wish I had more time to dedicate to it. I’m a little behind on my lessons but I’ll catch up.  Here’s what I have been up to for weeks 4-6.  For more details head on over to or check out Tim Holtz at


Remember, breathe create relax! mj


short note

Trying to find a balance between work and home life.  My way to unwind after the 9-5 grind is to color.  Love these crazy birds. Will catch up with you all soon.  Sometimes I need to remind myself to breathe create relax.  mj


spring has sprung

spring fling

Hello Everyone!

I’m a little bit at a loss for words.  It’s been really hard to find the time to blog lately and that is a real bummer.  I think about you all everyday as I sit at my regular 9-5 job and miss being creative.  But Friday and I have finally found our way to each other and I just want to share what I’ve been up to.

Spring is on it’s way and seeing the sun, hearing the birds and enjoying some warmer temps inspired me with my Easter cards.  In the past I have done individual cards, each one unique.  But this time around I decided on replicating the same shape and idea but changing up the colors and making small changes.  I used a “production line” way of assembling and it made it much easier to do multiple cards in a shorter time frame.  I did start by working one card all the way through from start to finish just so that I had my basic ideas down and then I went in and “mass produced” all my pieces.  Below are some pictures of the process as well as the steps.


Cut card stock and soften corners with corner rounder.

1. Cut card stock and soften corners with corner rounder.

2. Stamp Bristol with desired images.

3. Color images with assorted Distress Inks/Markers.

4. Punch holes in corner of Bristol for brads (optional).


Stamp designs on Bristol





5. Add embossed detail to color card stock.

6. Assemble cards.

7. Create custom embellishments and assemble.

8. Put together cards and add embellishments.

ready to color

It was fun to create in this way.  I love to do individual cards, each unique to the person who is receiving it, but that can sometimes take longer.  My work week can often be hectic and by the time the weekend rolls around my mind is mush. So to keep things simple I opted for easier cards.  It was also a nice way to work in my new space.  I found myself standing and sitting and moving around comfortably.  It can take me some time in a new space to get acquainted with my work area and creating a routine helped me to work efficiently without having to remember where I had put everything.  I think this new space is going to work out perfectly.

I had time on Easter to set up a Christmas present from my husband, my desktop studio.  Now I can have photo shoots with my creations and show them in a more professional manner.  Scroll through to see the final results and the products used.  Thank you for allowing me to take the time to breathe create relax. – mj

desktop studio

hello spring

welcome spring

bunny hop

butterfly blue

easter cards

spring wish

hop into spring

products used 



learning another great technique

Another new technique

Once again I’ve opened up A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol I, by Tim Holtz and found a new skill to learn.  As I browsed through the book I came back to a technique that has caught my eye several times, check out Blended Batik on page 36. My mom and I had played around with rubber stamps a long time ago but it was visiting this idea of Tim’s that made me realize how far rubber stamping has come.  Back then, embossing powders were used for embossing and not something you would think about removing.  This technique will really open up another area of versatility within your stamping skills.  You could easily choose a favorite stamp and use this technique to create a background and then use the same stamp to create a coordinating piece, or create a custom paper design.  Learning is another way to draw the mind away from the everyday stresses and allow it to focus on something new, something positive. A mind will only grow stronger by feeding it knowledge, and it may also help to feed the creative soul.  Ahhh! breathe create relax.  mj

products used

Love this look


shimmer snowman update

Happy weekend everyone!  It’s been a good weekend.  I had the opportunity to be creative this weekend and that is always good.  There was a little inspiration in the air too in the way of snowflakes.  Not sure if I am ready for it, but when you are working on Christmas cards it does help.  I am revisiting my shimmer snowman.  I wasn’t really happy with the way it first turned out, so I went back and took another look at it.  It was simple to fix, I only had to remove the embossed piece and replace it with a simple embellishment.  It just goes to show you, sometimes you just need to edit your work to find balance with your piece. mj

*please see previous post entitled “shimmer snowman” for a complete product list

*embellishment added was “Joy” sticker from We R Memory Keepers, Layered Chipboard “Yuletide” collection.

shimmer snowman revised