Thursday, February 2, 2012

~~~ Dream...Create...Inspire ~~~

Hi Y'all....I found some MoJo over the weekend and it lasted for several days! wooohooooo I am going to a Scrapbook Retreat on the 17th of this month and we have to decorate our bedroom door, as part of a challenge. I decided on a banner or should I say multiple banners. I think I had a weak moment, oh let me just say what it was , it was a Senior Moment, filled with aspirations of a younger woman!!
My thinking is, you dream about a project or you have an idea running through your brain ,then you create the dream and then you inspire with your art. I thought this would be very fitting for a scrapbook retreat!
I used the Art Philosophy Cart for the banner, (both pieces) the circles and the scalloped circles. The felt flowers were made using a Sizzix Die. Everything else was from my stash, including the beautiful yellow flowers ( Thanks T ) small lil paper flowers from the dollar bin at Michael's,laces, inks, pearls etc etc etc ! LOTS of inking and layers on this banner. Each banner was cut 2 times, the straight edges as well as the scalloped. I wanted them to be sturdy enough to hold up all the Shabby Chic goodness!! I even made tiny wire antennae for the butterflies, hand painted and distressed all the letters, adding small pearls to some. The Dream banner has Rock Candy added to each letter.I kept the circles/scallops for the letters, identical through out the banner to keep them symmetrical and they were the central theme to work from.As you can see I used lots of Tulle and I love the idea that I found on Youtube, to use old wooden spools to connect each letter. I think that is my favorite thing about the banner Create.
 I added charms to each letter on the Inspire banner and they represent what inspires me. The heart, is for for and from my family and friends. The Eiffel Tower represents shabby chic for me. The cross of course represents God. For without His love and Blessings, I would be nothing. The Birds, well they are part of the nature God created. I found the Hummingbird charm in my stash after I had already attached the other one, but I said the heck with it cause I really am inspired alot by Hummers, so I have 2 birds on the banner. The flower charm speaks for itself. All of you that know me, know that I LOVE flowers.The butterfly charm was added because I think we all love those dainty lil creatures ! This entire banner pretty much has lots of things that I love on it and things that inspire my art . I so wish you all could see this in person, these pictures just don't do it justice !! I think this Dream that I had to Create this banner , is my best creation to date ! I hope it will inspire me to stay on track and continue to create! Thank you all for reading this novel and for Inspiring me with your own talents !!! Much love to you all!


Tammy E.

OH.MY.GOODNESS. There is only one word that describes this - stunning!


Wow! Beautiful! Great embossing, beautiful flowers, darling little spools, fabulous tulle and ribbons! I love everything about it! You should definitely win the challenge!
Can you send some of that mojo my way!!


Well, I have seen it and it's "JAW DROPPING GORGEOUS"!!! We actually told her she is so talented and sooooo creative she sucks. I don't know how she gets such creative juices flowing. She is an AWESOME designer. We are voting you as first place winner for door decorations. Xoxoxo she's also a fantastic friend.


Very, very pretty! I love the vintage look and all the detail you put into these banners. GREAT job. Hugs, Dawn

Vivi Martínez

I have to come here to see your banner again... Actually I was looking for more pictures... It is really a wonderful creation Joy, I am sure you will win the challenge at the Scrapbook Retreat, but what I like the most is that you already won the challenge your mojo was playing to you since last december.
I love, love, love your creation, and more than that I love to read you so inspired and being the inspiration for many others(me included.)God bless you Joy Sikes.

Cricut Couple

OMG! Really?!? This is GOOOOOORRRRRGEOUS!!!!!!!


What can I say? I am speechless!! These are so breathtaking beautiful!!! WOWZERS!!!!! I love them!!! :)


Okay...I'm fine, I just had to put my eyes back in and pick up my jaw... after looking at all the beauty in these about the wow factor!!! I was wondering why you were MIA, but after seeing these, you were just busy, busy, busy.
Have a wonderful day,

Chasn Paper

OMG!!! These are beautiful! I can't wait to see them in person. I think your door is going to be the most gorgeous one there, and I think you've gotton your MOJO back ten fold!


Hi Joy. I am hosting an award on my blog and you have been chosen a the recipient of the first one. The award is called the "Beautiful Sentiments Award" and will be given out monthly to blogs who feature handmade greeting cards. Your artistry is totally over the top and very deserving of my first award. Please email me at and I will email you the award to place on your blog.

Diane Hodrick

I'm with your friend suck. ;) lol. I am so glad you have other friends as nice as me. Seriously amazing, Joy. The right words to describe this haven't been invented yet. Still drooling two days later...


Adorable! TFS!^_^


So all the pretty embellishments:)


OMG, Joy, is this ever gorgeous! WOWZERS on the details! This is shabby chic on steroids, girl! Totally love it!

Creative Mojo

This Banner is Simply Elegant! I am thrilled to have surfed into your site. I am looking for the link to the Card in your left-hand column that has 2 birdhouses in the Sunflowers~ Home Tweet Home. It has a July 6 date, but I can't find it. Would you please help? I've combed your site for hours and couldn't find it, but sure do love everything here!
Have a peaceful day!


Your cards are so amazing and creative.
Thanks so much for sharing.

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