Hello there

Before I jump into tonight’s sketch challenge, I just wanted to let you all know that after today I will be taking a break from creating for a little while, I will still be around on social media and still very much apart of the MFT family, that will not change, but in the last few months we have received some not so nice medical challenges, so for now I need to focus my energies on our family, we really need all the prays and thoughts that are out there… I will of course be sharing some cards that I have done earlier in the year and have not shared with you all here, but being here daily or even weekly will be rather sporadic….thanks for understanding x

Okay so we are at Sketch Challenge 400, can you believe it, amazing to think that this number has rolled around so quickly..

I am sadly sick with the flu and feeling really under the weather so my card even though it follows the sketch, isn’t quite up to what I like in creating, but I sure do hope you gain just a little something from it..

I took Cement Gray card stock strips and white embossed onto each one with sentiments from the Fluttering Friends, From All of Us and From Me to You to form a sympathy card, more focused towards the male gender but could also be used for the female gender..

I added these strips to a white card base and heading back to restamp a butterfly and flowers from the Fluttering Friends set onto some Vellum, embossing with Silver Embossing Powder, adding this to the card front along with some Clear Sequins…

Don’t forget to swing past to check out the inspiration and the details on how you can enter this challenge to win..

Have a wonderful day or night and thank you for being patient with me as I take this much needed break..




  • Nancy R.

    Hi Joy. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful cards, and today’s is no exception. Wishing you well as you take a break, and looking forward to your return. I hope you better soon.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara M

    Your card is wonderful and so thoughtful. Take as much time as you need …a crafting table is always open some where. Sending the best to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • BygraceC

    I love your cards, you have a beautiful talent that inspires many of us, My prayers for you and my hope that God fills you with strength, hope in Him and lots of love!…God Bless you and your loved ones ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Pennie

    Prayers to you and your family. Your card is amazing, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Will be thinking of you Joy and hope for some more posivitve news on the family health-front very soon xxx thanks for your usual beautiful inspiration xxx Ali xReplyCancel


Back tonight here on the little old blog to share the latest Hits and Highlights for the month of August..

This month we are sharing everything about the West…

I chose to use several stamp sets to create my scene..

I took images from the Best in the West, Sweet Succulents and Saddle up and Celebrate sets, stamping these out and colouring with Copics, then die cutting..

I then took some Post-it tape and tearing in half to create a skyline, adding to a trimmed white card base and adding Abandon Coral, Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber Oxide inks to the masked section..

Once I was happy with the look, I then added my images along with a die cut fence from the Best in the West..

I finished off the card by adding a sentiment that I took from the Saddle up and Celebrate stamp set..

If you have a few spare minutes why not pass by the blog to check out what the amazing team have created..

Have a wonderful day!





EDIT:  I have woken this morning to realise after much needed sleep that silly me did a bit of a boo boo on this weeks sketch, so huge apologises for the confusion you might have seen, I have to say you should never try to create or even for that matter think when you are far beyond the bounds of tiredness…I of course looked at the wrong sketch and you may be wondering why mine looks a little different, yes, well I looked at last weeks sketch, but you will now see below I have the correct one…again so sorry!!


Hi Again

Tonight I am back with you all to share the latest creation for the Sketch Challenge this week…I hope you will find some time to play along this week, as they are so fun to join in, for more inspiration and details on how you can enter to win, click HERE

I chose to place the sweet little Tutu Trio onto this card, although I only used two out of the three, these I had coloured using the other day for Just Add Color, so it was perfect fit for this card..

I trimmed a piece of white card stock and added a Mini Cloud Stencil background using Grapesicle ink..

I then added took Inside and Out Stitched Circles and die cut two circles out…

I needed a strip of pattern paper at the base of the card, so I took a piece from the Party Patterns pad, added this to the base then added my circles to which my little images were placed..

Next, I added the sentiment at the base of the card to which I had embossed it with White Embossing Powder…

I look forward to seeing all your creations this week..

Have a great day and hopefully a crafty one..





Hello there

So sorry my post is rather late, my poor Mum took 3 falls in one day and ended up in hospital last night, thankfully there is nothing broken and she was released this morning, but have only just arrived home had some lunch and a much needed drink and now sitting writing a quick post to you all, so thanks for your patience..

I am back to share another guest post for Color Throwdown and we are now sitting at challenge 506, I have added the inspiration photo under here for you to have a go at creating for this weeks challenge…

For my card this week, I took yet another beautiful stamps set from Clearly Besotted along with my Migello Mission Gold paints that I have had in my crafty stash and finally had a chance to play..

So I took the Beautiful Friends from Clearly Besotted, stamping and embossing in white embossing powder onto some water colour paper..

I then went about adding a nice peach colour to the flowers, a nice blend of green to the leaves and some grey to make the flowers stand out..

I added some aqua enamel dots around the flower and finished off the card by adding a stamped and embossed sentiment to some Cement Gray card stock..

I added the sentiment to the base of the water colour panel and felt it needed a little more, so added a few more strips and the card was complete..

I hope you have some time to play along this week and once again I apologise for the late posting..




  • Lynda Bart

    Oh my stars! There’s no need to apologize. Mom comes first before any of us and before any posts. I pray that she is going to be alright. We will all still be here when you get everything back to normal.ReplyCancel

  • Your card is absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

Hello there

I hope you had fun shopping the latest release from MFT

I just know you are going to love playing with all your new goodies..

I have some inspiration to get you started with your colouring today, as today is Just Add Color feature from the DT

I stamped out all the images from the Tutu Trio…

This month I wanted to go soft with my colour look, so I went down the pastel line of colouring, choosing Copics that would match this..

Generally I will colour critters in the neutral and warm copics, so that is what I chose, I tend to add more white into the mix at times so I choose to use the colorless blender to push the colour back to give the look of more white..

You will notice that the flowers and dresses etc where more in the pink, peach, blue and yellow tones..

Be sure to see the links at the bottom of this post as to what Copics I used..

Have a wonderful day! Hope it is a crafty one :)





  • RHenry

    Your coloring is so inspirational! I keep at it but never quite achieve my goal. thank you for the suggestion to use the blender to push the color back.ReplyCancel

  • Joy! I don’t get to your blog as often as I like, but this is sooooo stinking’ cute!!! Hugs!ReplyCancel

Hello there

Back again this week with another Color Throwdown Challenge, today we share number 505 and what a fun colour scheme, I hope you will have time to play along this week, for more details on how you can do so click HERE..

Here is the inspiration photo for you to get you started..

I chose to colour in the little hippos from Clearly Besotted called Trouble in a Tutu…I firstly stamped them out and coloured with Copics then added more depth by using my Polychromos, I die cut these out and set these aside..

I then took a trimmed piece of white card stock and the Mini Cloud stencil from MFT, adding Tickled Pink ink to the background..

I added the banner to the centre of the card and my little hippos and finished off by adding a scattering of sequins…

I sure hope you will have some time to play along…

I will be back again next week with other CTD challenge..








  • Martha R

    Joy, the hippos bring a smile and a feeling of joy! The hint of pink in the clouds – so pretty. Nice job! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Those clouds are scrumptiousReplyCancel

  • Denise Ferguson

    What a great background! I just love the softness and contrast to the images. Thanks for sharing it.ReplyCancel

  • RHenry

    I really love the hint of pink in the clouds – now I want to try this!ReplyCancel

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