Hello happy Monday

Currently sitting her typing up this post, with a rather angry storm happening outside, what with a really hot day today it was bound to happen, lots of lightening which is not what we need, meaning lots of fires can start, my fingers are crossed that it does not happen…

So it is the season of making a lot of Christmas cards (I have failed) but tonight for our La-La Land Crafts post, we are stepping away from the Christmas creating and sharing Anything But Christmas..


I chose to do a little paper piecing with Paper Doll – Princess Marci, using some Simple Stories, Hello Baby pattern paper, adding a sweet little banner behind her using Heart Banner and a sentiment using Cosmo Cricket sentiment stickers..

Simple and quick, but so soft and pretty I feel with the pattern papers..

Be sure to check out the blog all this week for loads of inspiration…

I am off to wind down for the night and just before I do, I apologise for no links at the base of this post, I cannot gain access to the Simon Says Stamp site to link, not sure if it is just me or there is something amis…

Have a great night..


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  • December 19, 2014 - 7:11 AM

    Leni - Love the banner and the music background, and what a sweet dress!ReplyCancel

Hi peeps..

Thanks for being so patient with me whilst I work and of course now deal with Tonsillitis…Christmas time is always busy for us all, so I am sure you can understand and know that after Christmas things will return to normal..

It is time that I share my December cards with you all that I created for Gossamer Blue, I have been meaning to for the last week, but with Tonsillitis kicking the butt, I just did not have the energy to sit and share…


I also apologise too, for the creating that you will see below, I feel that it is not my best, but it was where I was at my worst with no mojo and of course my kits arrived a little late, so I did not have a lot of time to sit and focus..

So first up are two cards I created with the main kit…



I loved the Life Pages Themed Add On Kit, so much so I created a couple of cards from that kit…so yummy!!



The last card I created for a feminine twist and a combination of products from Life Pages Add On 3 along with Bits and Pieces…


Here is also a look at the card that I created for a blog post that you can read about HERE, a start to finish stepped out tutorial..

Front View of Card

I hope you have all enjoyed these cards, as I said sadly they are not my best work, but sharing anyways :)

Hope you are all enjoying the lead up to Christmas and maybe some of these Christmas cards will give you some ideas for last minute cards, I however have not manage to get one card in the mail this year and if I do they will be late..I tell myself each year that I will be doing them early and each year I fail…am I alone in this?

Have a great night, I am off to iron clothes, my pet hate LOL..


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Well hello!!

Yep been MIA, I cannot believe it has been like 2 weeks since I last posted…life in the retail sector is getting rather busy as is home life and so time is limited, hence sad as it is for me, crafting takes the back seat…

I am back with a second post for Penny Black and another video for you all..

I chose to do another water colour Christmas card, I had a lot of questions on You Tube asking me how I ended up with the pearl shine on the card, the water colour set you see below has some fun colours to this set, including the pearl and a nice gold, the pearl is so beautiful in real life when used and it may be a slightly expensive set, but it is so worth the price, this will last you a long time and it will owe you nothing..


I hope you enjoy the video and as always I will have links below as to what I used to create this card..

Here is a look at the card..

Holly Jolly

Holly Jolly close up

Hoping to be back with one last Penny Black post, lets see how I go, may need a cheering squad to get me there :)

Have a great day and I will be back later with another post..


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  • December 1, 2014 - 1:17 PM

    Sarah Moerman - Stunning card, Joy! I’m impatiently waiting for those watercolors to be restocked…ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2014 - 1:49 PM

    Heather P. - Absolutely gorgeous, Joy! ♥ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2014 - 1:59 AM

    Lin - Beautiful, Joy! Just love the subtle sparkle the silver glitter paper gives this!ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2014 - 8:37 AM

    Tracy Ercole - This is stunning Joy, the watercolour set is at the top of my wish list now!ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2014 - 10:52 AM

    Ange Kelly - Aww! Noice! hehehe!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2014 - 12:06 AM

    Maureen Chandler - Joy, your card is beautiful! I have those watercolors on my wish list and every time that I look, they are out of stock! Oh well, my birthday is in January – maybe by then!! Thanks so much for sharing your artwork!!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2014 - 1:53 AM

    Donna Ellis - Joy, what a fabulous tutorial, and great technique! Thank you so much for showing how to make a pretty background!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2014 - 6:06 PM

    Jamie Vanskiver - This card is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 2:48 AM

    Deirdre - So beautiful Joy – LOVE what you created.ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 8:50 AM

    Jenny Martin (My Paper Epiphany) - Beautiful card and a great video!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 10:03 AM

    Trish - Joy,

    Your card is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent. Happy Holidays.

  • December 15, 2014 - 10:55 AM

    Pat - Beautiful card Joy! Do you lay down a wash of water before you drop in the color?ReplyCancel

Hello peeps!

How was your weekend?  We had a relatively quiet weekend, which was nice, seeing as I am trying to establish if I have a virus of some description or something else, so rest was just the best…feeling a little better today, so hoping it was just a virus that has taken it’s time to depart the body..

So tonight I am sharing a card for La-La Land Crafts and this week the team are sharing their favourite stamp..


For me I have always loved Mad Hatter Luka, so it was an easy choice for me, I coloured him up and added him to some pattern paper, adding a die cut Steampunk Clock in the background, a sentiment and some enamel dots to complete..

I am hoping that my mojo is starting to return as this card came together relatively quickly, but I will knock on some wood somewhere just in case..

Be sure to check out the BLOG this week as there will be loads of inspiration..

For now, I am having an early night and heading for bed..


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  • November 20, 2014 - 9:30 AM

    conil - Glad to hear things are beginning to look up…of course, looking at all your wonderful cards, I couldn’t tell that they were down. This little guy is especially magical. Fabulously coloured and layered.ReplyCancel

Hi there

Been a few days since I last popped my head in here, I have not been feeling all that well and with work leading into our busiest time of the year, well sometimes things get put to the side..

I am headed to work shortly, but wanted to just relax and craft before heading off, so I took out one of the latest collections from Gossamer Blue called Gramercy Road, the name itself is fabulous and so is this collection..


I chose to do a little stamping and then went about adding layers of different products from the collection, of course I had to add a little bit of sewing thread as well to the card..

I adore the colour combo, it really is so pretty…

Here is a closer look at the card..


Leaving this post pretty short today, but all the links are provided below as to what was used on the card..

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for popping in here today..


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  • November 14, 2014 - 3:29 AM

    julie - Beautiful card–love those soft grays.ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2014 - 10:45 PM

    Michele Kovack - This is lovely as always! I hope you are feeling better soon!ReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2014 - 8:41 PM

    Lizzy Hill - I love how a bit of crafting can make one feel a little better! LOOOVE this card – the colours are gorg & the chevron stamp down the side….nice touch:):)ReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2014 - 10:09 PM

    Joan B - i love cards made with bits and pieces of things. when I try I make a big mess, but you are able to pull together these elements and make them work beautifully! hope you feel better soon.ReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2014 - 11:24 PM

    Linda E - This is gorgeous, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 1:38 AM

    Jamie Vanskiver - This is so pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 1:46 AM

    janet - Beautiful and very elegantly done, Joy – Take care :-)ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 2:31 AM

    Lin - Hi sweet Joy! Sorry to hear you’re a bit under the weather; hope that goes away really soon.
    I LOVE your card, such wonderful elements! What a gorgeous mix! Must look into this Gossamer Blue – the name sounds like something I’d love :)ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 2:59 AM

    conil - The color scheme is so soft and lovely…the collage effect is absolutely gorgeous. Hope you feel better soon.ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 7:05 AM

    Marlene B. - Your card is so wondeful! Shapes, colors, details – just perfect!
    Best wishes, MarleneReplyCancel

  • November 25, 2014 - 4:11 AM

    Leni - Love this card, Joy! It is always great to see how you put all different elements together! Wish I could learn that!ReplyCancel

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