Still plugging away here at the farm with Mum, she is doing okay, we have bumps in the road every now and then but we are managing to get through them, last night we hit one of those bumps, so just as well it is a cold, wet, windy and really quite miserable day today for resting…her wrist of course is a slow progress as well, we do see the doctor again this next week and see how the wrist is doing then..

I haven’t had a lot of time to craft although each time I go into town I seem to bring more of my craft room back with me on the off chance that I can sneak away for a couple of hours of crafting, hmmmm! Maybe today will be one of those days..

I did manage however to create with the July Kits from Gossamer Blue, which I might add are up for purchase right now, so be quick as they absolutely ROCK! this month..here is a snippet of just some of the items in the kits..

july15sneaksNow for my shares, I created 3 cards this month, all travel themed feel, which I might add also that I love, so it was easy for me to pull together my creations..

I also will say when I got my kits I was like squealing with delight over this little cutie stamp set…it will be one of my all time favourite stamp sets that I venture too..if you are wondering which kit this is from, it is from the Life Pages Kit..

11215702_721237194689441_7421453675082605024_nThe first card you see I created with the Main Scrapbook Kit and Bits and Pieces..


Using embellishments and pattern paper, along with a wee bit of stamping to pull together my first travel themed card for this month..

The next one I created using the Main Scrapbook Kit..


Going with lots of pattern paper on this card along with a collage of different embellishments to create another travel card..

My last card of course I had to use that sweet stamp set I mentioned from Life Pages Kit to create a little scene, colouring in the little camper, setting it out on a hill of pattern paper inside a die cut circle, adding some cloud embellishments, along with some wood veneer and finish with some stamping..


I hope you have some time to swing past the Store to see what you are able to get from these beautiful kits and maybe if you have a chance swing past the Gallery also for uber inspiring creations..

Have a great day!


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  • July 3, 2015 - 2:27 AM

    conil - This kit looks to be right up your alley. Lovely collages you’ve created with the diverse elements. Kind of makes you want to take a trip, doesn’t it?ReplyCancel


The little things tend to make you excited right?? Well my silly little thing tonight, I was able to pick up internet access inside my Mum’s house, now I am not game enough to move incase I loose it again LOL, I told you the little things tend to get me excited and yet the most mundane to others, but I am a happy camper as I am able to finally share a card with you all that I created and shared sneak peek of ages ago..


I took out loads of Mama Elephant stamps and dies and went to town creating a shaker card, bright and cheerful one at that, with lots of yellow.. I have to say the Bear Hugs stamp and die set is just the cutest and I cannot wait to play with it more when I get the chance..

With this card, I also, finally got around to using Fun Foam as the backing to give more stability, I tend to sit on the sidelines at times about new product and this was one I was not sure about, but I have to say that I was quite suprised..

I just received a new stash of Mama Elephant products and I am itching to create with them and share with you all, so be on the watch :)

Okay, I am off to head to bed shortly, need to go help Mum get into hers first..

Oh and before I leave you, if by chance you follow me via email subscription, please excuse the last few months of possibly double emails sent to you and odd looking ones at that, I have been trying to tweak Mailchimp and seeing as I am a novice I find it quite hard, so hence I left feedburner set up just in case..hoping to have it back on track soon…


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  • June 21, 2015 - 9:25 PM

    Teresa - Arggh! Totally way too cuuuuute! Loving this shaker Joy!!! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2015 - 1:47 AM

    conil - Aaaw, this is a fun shaker with those adorable (and, by the way, expertly colored) bears. Such a happy one and my favortied color, too. Hope your Mum is doing better and on the mend.ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2015 - 8:24 AM

    Therese - Gorgeous card Joy, glad to see you ‘online’ (Australia’s internet leaves just a little boost doncha think)ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2015 - 8:46 AM

    lizzy hill - What a gorgeous card! Totally cute & those bears…..I really admire your shading work:) And GO internet….hope it works inside lots for you. Fingers crossed!!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2015 - 12:22 PM

    Jamie Vanskiver - This card is so cute! I love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2015 - 5:54 AM

    Petra - Oh, aren’t those bears just soooo adorable, Joy!!!! I love their cute little tails!!! And you have really coloured them perfectly!!!! I love your shaker with the subtle yellow colouring and the little hearts are so much fun!!!! The stripes at the bottom with the sentiment stamped over it look great!!! This is such a cute card, Joy!!!!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

Hello everyone!

To all my blog readers that pop in here regularly and maybe don’t follow me on social media, I have been away from this neck of the woods for awhile, my poor Mum had a nasty fall due to her Parkinson’s and sadly broke her wrist, so I have taken leave from work to be with her and look after her until we are past this wrist, then we can jump more hurdles then…

She is doing okay, but is annoyed with herself for doing such a thing and also for now not being able to do much at all, but I am here and trying my best to keep her spirits up and try to get her independence back again, all be it very hard at times..

Thankfully work has been exceptionally good and patient, I work with a great team of people that always put family first in situations like this, I am grateful..

You may see me around from time to time, but maybe not quite as much as before, due to the fact of where my Mum lives, there is limited internet access, today I am sitting on the front verandah, in the nice sun after some much needed rain the last 2 days, seems to be the only place I can access internet service, so I am happy that it is nice and sunny..

So with that being said and letting you know why my absence, how about some sharing…

First up, I am honoured to be apart of this amazing group of women chosen to work with Gossamer Blue for another term, some of them you may recognise from last year and some are newbies that I am looking forward to working with..


Speaking of Gossamer Blue, I am up over there today sharing how I was inspired to create a card from a layout, so if you get a chance to check it out, head on over HERE..

Whilst sitting here, I have taken the opportunity to do some surfing around some blogs and thought I would share some of my favs I have encountered, go check them out, super inspiring..

  • Melania, sweet…
  • Always love Laura’s colourful cards, HERE..
  • THIS canvas from Shari blew my mind, video to watch..
  • Debby’s talent always makes my jaw drop, love these blocked leaves cards, HERE
  • Kay’s work is always a WOW! I loved this Panda card..
  • Older post, but I loved THIS card from Kimberly….
  • Um, WOW! HERE..
  • If you love Mixed Media, I am sure you will love THIS as much as me…

Okay, hope this post see’s you all well and that you are having a nice day, I am off to catch up on some crafting whilst Mum has a nap..

Have a great day!


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  • June 19, 2015 - 2:28 PM

    Lizzy Hill - Oh, Joy! That is no good..I don’t follow you on FB, so I didn’t know. I hope you and your Mum get through this ‘set back’ well & stuff can be put in place for your Mum so this doesn’t happen again….bummer about the internet, too….take care xoReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2015 - 10:00 PM

    Betty - hi joy – your mother is so blessed to have a wonderful daughter like you – my daughter is just like you and came and helped me last summer after some serious surgery and i know she’ll be there for me again if i need her. i hope she recuperates quickly – hugs.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2015 - 3:32 AM

    conil - Sorry to hear about your Mum…but happy to hear she’s doing a bit better. Nice that your job is being so good about your leave. Popped over to see your take on that spectacular layout and was pleased to note you used my favorite color combo. The card is perfect. Also, not surprised that your favorites on the internet are mine, as well. Go figure.ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2015 - 5:47 AM

    Petra - Oh, you’ve made the most beautiful card with the lo as inspiration, Joy!!! Love how you have combined all the little elements to create a lovely looking card!!! Beautiful!!!
    Hope that by this time your mum is much better!!!!!

Hi There

Popping in today on this cold freezing day to share my June Gossamer Blue cards with you all…

Have you had a chance to check out the kits, talk about LOVE! I know that there are still some up for sale so head on over if you get the chance, here is a sneak of what is available..


Now lets jump in and I will share with you my cards, these first two were created using the Main Scrapbook kit and can I just say that I love gold and blue together, plus who can go wrong with pineapples and flamingo’s…



This next card was created using the Main Scrapbook kit and Bits and Pieces, I just love the fresh summery feel to this card and of course that gold flamingo..


The last card, I opted to go for a more masculine feeling card, plus those gold letters were a must, I think I want to hoard the rest they are just that yummy in real life..


Okay so June shares are up for viewing, I hope this inspires you all and that you pop on over frequently to check out the Blog or even just peruse Gossamer Blue and see what it is all about..

I will be back again soon, with more card shares..

Have a great rest of the day!


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  • June 3, 2015 - 9:37 PM

    Karen - I hopped over to Gossamer Blue and can’t find those fabulous alpha stickers in any of the kit descriptions. Which kit were they from? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2015 - 2:42 AM

    conil - Once again, the Queen of collage does her magic and I’m gob smacked. Each one is a work of art and I love those letters.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2015 - 7:28 PM

    Dawn T - Gorgeous cards Joy. Looks like you have had fun with the kit this month.ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2015 - 6:44 AM

    Leigh Penner - These are fabulous! I especially love that gold flamingo!ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2015 - 5:39 AM

    Petra - WOW, these are all sooooo beautiful, Joy!!!!! I love the soft blue to go with all the white and the gold on the first card and the gold and pink flamingo’s on the other two cards are so pretty!!! Your masculine card is so lovely – those gold letters are fabulous and I love the fun glasses!!!!
    Lovely cards, Joy!!!

Well Hello..

You may wonder where I have been, sadly the cold/flu caught up with me and I had to have some time off to recover, work also has been consuming, my computer also died and I had to rush to get a new one and lastly our latest addition to our family Bentley has been taking the other part of time and energy I have had left..more on Bentley at the end of this post if you care to read :)

So whilst I was away with some friends in April, I created a card using the Jane’s Doodles Wise Owl stamp set and never got around to sharing, thankfully I have some back up cards to share with you over the next few days..



I coloured the owl in pretty neutral colours, adding to a pretty simple layout on the card, with stamped branches in the background, some die cutting using the Wishing Die from Simon Says Stamp, stamping under the die cut, using a You stamp also from Simon Says Stamp and masking off the word sunshine from a Papertrey Ink stamp set, finishing off the card by adding a scattering of sequins..

Update on Bentley..


Growing like mad and I can hardly believe that our boy is now 13 weeks old, he is certainly coming into his own little personality and certainly makes our days fulfilling, he likes to bark when we ignore him and is learning the word NO slowly LOL, chews lots of things as puppies do and everytime I turn around there is something in his mouth he should not have..

The nights are so much better, some nights he puts himself to bed, we all are now getting a full nights sleep, for which I am thankful..

We have started again walking on the lead, had to wait until his last injections were fully kicked in, this is a learning curve for both of us..

I still have a little visitor when I go to the toilet and feel that will never change..

I get morning kisses and thumps on the head with his large feet, lots of cuddles and bites too..

He loves to visit the farm and go for big runs, to which we were there today, the photo above was one of many I took whilst we were there..

We love our little man and I look forward to sharing more updates and photos with you all..

Well, I am off to get dinner organised and settle in for the night..

Have a great rest of the day..


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  • May 30, 2015 - 6:55 PM

    Brandi Hall - Glad you’re feeling better. Your card is beautiful, what a great image!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2015 - 7:01 PM

    Lizzy Hill - What a really lovely card! The little touches are so perfect with just the right splatter of sequins:) Hope you are feeling better now & your Boy looks gorgeous! They are such a joy. I would NEVER be without our Wally!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2015 - 1:13 AM

    conil - So glad you didn’t fall off the edge of the earth but sorry you haven’t been feeling well. Glad you’re recovering because I’ve missed seeing your awesome creations, like this fantastically colored owl. Also, love hearing about your family’s newest addition, Bentley. What a darling but you’re right, you’ll never get to go to the toilet alone again…hope there’s room for you and a grown up him in there.ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2015 - 9:09 AM

    Ann - Hope you’re feeling a lot better Joy! Just had to say I love this card – the hint of the trees, and the beautiful soft colours! Also you are a whizz at layering – I am studying your work closely, to try to do a bit of layering myself lol! Love your inspiration! AnnReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2015 - 10:45 AM

    vicki dutcher - Sorry to hear you were under the weather — great card — FUN getting caught up on your adorable Bentley!! [great name BTW] He is SO CUTE!!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2015 - 12:05 PM

    Dawn T - adorable card Joy and Bentley is just the cutest. Was wondering if you were okay as I had seen you about. Glad you are recovering from your cold – I know I had over a week off work early in the year so the cold is quite viscous this year, Take care of yourself.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2015 - 7:39 PM

    Jennfer - Gorgeous card, I love owls. Bentley is growing so quickly, our baby is 15months old now and still chewing things constantly, but we wouldn’t have her any other way.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2015 - 11:41 PM

    Michelle Short - Stunning card Joy and what a beautiful photo of Bentley xxReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2015 - 5:33 AM

    Petra - Hi, Joy, hope you’re doing great at this stage!!!! I was wondering why it had been so quiet on your side and you haven’t been posting since I last visited. And now I got an e-mail and there’s a few posts in the single e-mail!!!! Don’t know why that has happened – just hope that in future I will get the e-mails as soon as you post!!!! Any way I’m here to enjoy your latest posts now!!!!
    Oh I love this fun owl card, Joy and the sentiment you choose to go with the owl is just great!!!! Love the tree, the beautifully coloured owl and how you have done the sentiment!!!! The tiny bits of yellow with the browns and greys look so lovely!!! This is such a great card!!!!
    And as for Bentley …isn’t he just the cutest little thing!!! Please share more of him in future!!!!!ReplyCancel

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