Thursday, August 6, 2009

Block Swap

The amazing Elizabeth, of Creative Breathing, invited her readers to participate in a block swap. If we would each decorate a 5-inch cardstock block in our style, and send it to her, she would, in turn, decorate a block for each of us. What fun! She has been posting the blocks she has made and sent so far and they are so adorable. Mine came yesterday and I love it! I have borrowed this photo from Elizabeth because it is so much better than mine, but as nice as this picture is, it doesn't do the original justice. It is much prettier in person.....and the back is just as cute!It will be hanging in my studio soon as I reorganize in there. I've been working on it off and on all week and it's like rabbits...the stuff keeps multiplying. I'm sure I'm not the only person who buys too much (come on now, fess up!) but I've put myself on a diet from spending any more on art supplies (for a while...not forever). I have enough scrapbook paper to wallpaper a house!
Anyway...I've gotten off the track...I couldn't decide on my style at first. There are so many things I like to work with. I could do a vintagy, shabby kind of block using ephemera and sheet music and maybe a fairy image, or a block featuring one of my favorite dress form stamps...hmmmmm. I finally decided to do my block in a style to honor my original inspiration, Mary Engelbreit. I guess reading the magazine article in Where Women Create about her studio and her history made me want to create something simple in design, using primary colors.

This is my block.....I am so glad I participated in this swap and I thank you, Elizabeth, for your inspiration to all of us who read your blog. You certainly do create joy!


Mimi Sue said...

Both blocks are adorable. I love ME too. I met her when she was just starting out back in the early 80's. She was signing Christmas ornaments and such. Mimi

Pieceful Bits said...

Wasn't this such a fun swap?
How sweet these both are!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh My Goodness Joyce! That is beyond precious...and happy! I'm so glad you shared it with us. M.E. would be proud. I just love it!
Mary Lou

kana said...

You sure have been busy with swaps and I love seeing all of it. I really like the Christmas tags! Are you participating in the altered tin swap over at A Swap for all Seasons? It looks like fun.

creative breathing said...

Joyce, My husband saved aside your block to give me on our long car ride to the wedding. My heart truly skipped a beat because I knew it would be extra special coming from you. This swap was inspired by you. You have made me want to branch out and try my hand at paper crafting. I love the block you sent me! Perfectly both of us in every way! And you used my most favorite word, Joy. That truly is the way I feel about your lovely work and kind words. Thank you also for all the "extras". They will be showing up in my blocks, what fun to share! I also poured over my "Where Women Create" on the ride and thought of you with each page turned! Such a fun project, back to the party! Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

That is simply adorable, Joyce!!! I love the simplicity of it, but yet it is so cute! I want one!! Hint, hint!

Karens Hopes said...

I have just seen your block over at Elizabeths blog and it looks great, this is the first thing I have joined in being a new blogger
and its very exciting just hope I can live up to all you talented people.
I have added you to my sidebar so will pop in regularly.

Holly said...

Hi, Joy, I'm Holly! I finished my block yesterday and it wasn't easy to decide what my style was. I had a big pile of my favorite materials but I knew I couldn't fit them ALL on a 5x5 block! It was a fun challenge.

I'd love to have you come over some time! ♥

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

Your work is beautiful! Thank you for your visit, and I look forward to the next.

marie said...

Hi Joyce,
I love the block you sent to Elizabeth...perfect in its simplicity! The block she sent to you was beautiful too. I'm so glad I read about this block swap on your was just what I needed to get some creative juices flowing.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Joyce. I too, did this block exchange with Elizabeth. Oh' what fun it was. I don't want to stop. The blog you made was soooo cute!!! I don't know how Elizabeth came up with so many unique & cute ones but you guys are my new muses!...Tracy
BTW - I just was checking out the blogs of the girls in the xmas in July swap and wanted to say how cute your little extra, extra tag was. I love the vintage look. This has been alot of fun. Please visit me at my blog sometime @


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