Joanne's Blog

Card Crafting, Coloring & Creativity Enthusiasts Wanted!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Do you remember when coloring first became popular? I do! Five years ago this week, my first three Zenspirations® coloring books, Flowers, Inspirations, and Abstract were at the printer– and I had NO clue that coloring was about to explode! Zenspirations ‘Create, Color, Pattern, Play.

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Calling All Card Crafters!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Although I’ve been designing greeting cards for almost three decades, it’s still a thrill to discover my work in retail stores. I was touched when my friend Judy Appleton found some of my greeting cards at a new store in Orlando, and shared them on my Facebook page.

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Easy Layout Techniques

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever wanted to create a design with text, but didn’t know where to start? Even experienced scribes can sometimes feel intimidated by the blank page. Let me give you some tips for planning an effective page layout. Let’s assume that you have basic information about the.

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You Are Not Alone

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hi Everyone,

More than a decade ago, when I was going through a difficult time, my mother said four simple words which made a huge difference: You are NOT alone!

I remember the comfort that her words brought me, and ever since I.

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#defy, #pray, #believe

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hi Everyone,

A friend reached out with a special request this week:

Can I commission you to do one of your beautiful Zenspirations® Care-Moji designs for a dear friend who was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer after 10 years in remission!!!!  I’m heartbroken for her.

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The Bible Journaling Jumpstart Challenge!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hi Everyone,

This year on February 14th, in addition to celebrating Valentine’s Day, I’ll be celebrating the first anniversary of my book, Complete Guide to Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith. Some of you know that six months after the book was published I launched a companion.

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Ribbons & Remembrance Rituals

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 

Hi Everyone,

In addition to being prime time for fall foliage, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everyone knows someone who’s life has been impacted by this disease. Breast Cancer is the diagnosis received by almost 250,000 of the 850,000 women who.

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Coping with Heartbreak

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Today was an incredibly sad day… not because anything bad happened to me personally, but because people I love are suffering, and there is little I can do to ease their pain. One of the most difficult lessons I’ve ever learned is that I am not in control.

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“There’s Just No Telling How Far I’ll Go!”

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I am so incredibly proud of my daughter, Samantha Trattner, who graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida this week, that I had to share a few photos from her graduation. Here is Sam right after her graduation, making the classic USF “Go Bulls!” hand.

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Doodles for My Daughter

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Hard as it is for me to believe, my daughter is graduating from college this week, and will be heading off to grad school in Colorado. She is super excited, both to be finishing college, and to be embarking on a new adventure. We took a lot of photos.

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Share the Love!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Valentine’s Day, a holiday which focuses on L*O*V*E, is fast approaching, and I invite you to join me on a quest to Share the Love… by sharing our creativity.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. There is a.

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It’s Always Something…

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hi Everyone,

What a week! My scan computer crashed, which sadly resulted in the loss of the scans for the Bible Journaling book I’m co-authoring with my friend Regina Yoder. Some of the designs I can just rescan… but many of the images were step-by-step tutorials, where I draw and scan.

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