Hi Everyone! So I am back with something special to share with you. As the title of this blog post says, I have joined the design team for Purple Onion Designs. I was asked by Michele about a month ago would I like to try out for the team and see whether it would be something I would be interested in. I created a few cards for her and she loved them, so hence came the decision, I made the decision to join only a couple of days ago and I must say that I am very excited and honoured to be on such a wonderful team with some truly talented ladies. So thank you Michele for giving me the opportunity to experience this.

So why not pop over to the blog and check it out, at present there is a sale going on over at the website for 50% of select stamps until Friday 14th May, all the stamps that are on sale are marked with red sale prices. So go check it all out and leave us some messages or why not even buy some wonderful stamps.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful friend Barb for posting a truly beautiful thread over at Flickr group and all the wonderful ladies who have left me sweet comments. Thank you to all of you.

I am looking forward in bringing you some creations with some wonderful stamps. For now here are a couple of cards that I created for Purple Onion Designs.



Have any questions about these cards, don’t forget that you can Formspring me which is in the sidebar of my blog or you can email me.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day!



  • BIG congrats to you Joy! Yay, how fun and exciting! Enjoy your new adventure my friend! Love both of your gorgeous cards, the trio of flowers is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy! So happy for you; I know you’ll be a real asset to Purple Onion. Love both these cards, such wonderful colors and design!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Joy! I knew you could do it!!! Your cards are as beautiful as always.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats to you Joy! I hope you enjoy being a Dt for them! I look forward to seeing your work! :>ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy!! Purple Onion is lucky to have you on board. Your cards are always great.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! You make such beautiful cards, I know you’ll do great!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Congrats on the design team!
    They are lucky to have you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats, Joy! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, I could not be happier for you!! This is going to be so fun! They are very lucky to have you on the team!! These two cards are so soft and pretty! I love the pink!! Hugs!:)ReplyCancel

  • congrats on your DT position…that’s so exciting! your cards are just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • well of course she loved your cards, joy!!
    congratulations. :)ReplyCancel

  • these are two awesome cards, not suprised your part of the dt, your work is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! So thrilled for you! Love your cards!ReplyCancel

  • So happy for you! Congrats, Joy, for this well-deserved DT spot!ReplyCancel

  • Welcome to the team Joy. I love these cards.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations, Joy! Michele and POD made a great choice!
    So very happy for you…enjoy the ride!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulation for the DT position!! your cards are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats, Joy! Can’t wait to see what you and Jill make for POD!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Well it is Wednesday here and when I finish work tonight I have 2 days off, so looking forward to that, hopefully some crafting will be done.

So I have another card to share that I made for the wonderful company Scrapbook Boutique last week for the Mothers Day lead up, but really you could use this card for birthdays etc.


I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and ran the front of the card through my Cuttlebug, embossing the front using the Sizzix, Hello Friend embossing folder, I set this aside. I then stamped the Hero Arts, Hydrangea onto some more white card stock, coloured the image in with my Copics and cut the image out. Next, I cut a piece of purple card stock and a slightly smaller piece of white card stock and created a tag, I stamped the Hero Arts, Valentine Sayings sentiment onto the tag and adhered the tag and the hydrangea image to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I had some pearls that were not quite the right colour to match the image, so I coloured over the top of them with my Copic to change the colour that I needed and attached them to the front of the card and tag.

Here are some more views of the card.



I really enjoyed making this card, very simple card to create, but turned out very effective.

Hoping to bring you some more exciting things on my blog tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day!



  • Gorgeous card, Joy! Love that shade of purple and how it pops against the white.ReplyCancel

  • This is just gorgeous, Joy! The embossing really adds an elegant touch!ReplyCancel

  • thats an awesome emboss folder, and I totally adore that hydrangea!!!


  • I absolutely LOVE this card. Very simple yet wonderfully done. Your coloring is amazing! I love the purple!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card. The pearls look really good with the embossed background.ReplyCancel

  • That is a lovely folder. I really love how you coloured in the hydrangea. I struggle with the cutting of it out… the stem is so fiddly. but you have done it perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely beautiful! Amazing colors and I love that diamond shaped background!ReplyCancel

  • really, really special, joy. :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so beautiful! I just love this card! I love how the background sets off the flower. Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely amazing!!! All is perfect!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Back with you today to share another card, but first I do hope that you all liked yesterday’s video, I am sure that most of you have seen a lot of the things that I had brought, but I just thought that I would share.

So today’s card I had created for Scrapbook Boutique, one for Mothers Day.


I started with cream card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. I took some white card stock and cut a sewing machine image out on my Silhouette Machine, once the image was cut I inked up the Hero Arts, Dots and Flowers background stamp with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Spun Sugar, spritzed with some water and stamped over the sewing machine image, once this was dry I distressed some more parts of the sewing machine with the same ink, set this aside to dry further. I then took 3 sheets of text paper and with the Fiskars, Scalloped Sentiment border punch I punched the 3 sheets of text paper, (I have seen this technique on Dawn McVey’s blog). I then took my Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and lightly dusted the sheets of text paper, I adhered each layer to the cream card with some foam dimensionals, I attached a pink ribbon above the text paper and adhered the sewing machine to the top of the card with foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added a sentiment just above the pink ribbon using Hero Arts, Valentine Sayings stamping it with some Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Antique Pewter, and some pearls to add another interest to the card.

Here is another view of the card.


I do hope that this card gives you some inspiration as to what you can achieve with your Silhouette Machine.

Looking forward to seeing you all back here tomorrow.

Have a great night.



  • Lovely stuff again!! great colours and was it cut by hand or your silhouette?, I eagerly wait for your postings! you never dissapoint:-)ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous Joy. I’m sitting here repeating to myself….”I do NOT need a silhouette machine, I do NOT need a silhouette machine…..” lol!!

    Love the distressing and the layered scalloped print pages. Comes together to make the perfect card. Michey xxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, adore it!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! You got your Silhouette up and running! Fantastic card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Wow what a fantastic card! I love that sewing machine great stamping and distressing on it! Love the colors of this card too!ReplyCancel

  • Sewing machine never look any more gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic card, Joy! Love that you are getting to finally use your Silhouette!! This turned out so cute! Love it! Need to do some catching up! Will send you a message soon! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Love this sewing machine Joy! Delightful in every way, and that shade of pink is so soft and lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this card! I hope you don’t mind, but I think I am going to case this card? I have that cutting file, but just haven’t used it yet! Just beautiful! I love coming to your blog, and also enjoy seeing your videos of stamping supplies!! I don’t video any of that, I don’t want my husband to see any evidence…lol…just kidding! I think it’s a great ida!

    Have a great evening!
    Kim P.ReplyCancel

Evening All! Well I have another video to share tonight, just a little haul that I received in the mail today. All the products are from Scrapbook Boutique. I just wanted to mention that please be aware that I don’t buy a lot of my goods out right………….LOL, this company offers a layby service which I find fabulous, because I can take the time to pay off my purchases.

So sit back and enjoy the video.

Have a wonderful night and I will catch you all tomorrow.



  • Enjoy your super fun goodies! Can’t wait to see what you do with the Slanted Tree!ReplyCancel

  • Fun video, Joy! Love all the products!! And I’m loving each video you create! Makes it feel like you’re a whole lot closer! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! That’s quite a haul, Joy! Feels like watching you at Christmas!
    Thanks for sharing…..I’m still drooling……..ReplyCancel

  • Super lot of goodies. I got some stuff from them ( thanks to seeing it on your blog) and as they don’t post overseas got them to send it to my parents who live on the Gold Coast and they are sending it to me….ReplyCancel

  • Great video! Enjoy your new toys!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome Haul!, I’ve yet to get an order from scrapbook boutique yet, but I plan to!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, lucky you. I just loved listening to your voice with the Australian accent!! Left my heart about 20 years ago in Australia, and every time I come back to your beautifull country I feel like coming home. So thank you for sharing your video with all the goodies. Made your day I guess.ReplyCancel

  • I ALWAYS get a kick out of viewing your videos and I smile each time when I hear your voice, too fun! Keep them coming, I keep saying I will try a video one day, someday….ReplyCancel

Afternoon Everyone! Firstly, just want to wish all the Mothers out there a very Happy Mothers Day, including my Mum and Darryl’s Mum. I do hope that you have all enjoyed your day.

Feeling rather weary today, I spent a long night in the craft room creating, and had a rotten sleep so today not much is getting done around here….LOL.

So whilst I was making the card yesterday I decided to also use another one of my new stamps and create with some more distress inks.


I started with white card stock, cut to size and folded in half. Next I took my Hero Arts, Friend Definition stamp and stamped over the front of the card with some Colorbox Ink, Muted Moods, Antique Pewter, I set this aside to dry. I then took some water coloured paper and stamped the Hero Arts, Starburst Lace with some Versamark Ink and embossed it with some American Crafts, Zing, White embossing powder. I took some Ranger, Distress Ink, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge and Tumbled Glass and blended over the top of the embossed image. I took some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl and spritzed over the top until the colours slightly blended together, and me being impatient I heat set the image. I cut around the Starburst Lace image and adhered to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals, adding a pearl to the centre as a added feature. Lastly, I added a sentiment to the top of the card using Hero Arts, Thoughtful Messages stamp set and some extra pearls to finish the card.

Here are some more views of the card.



I also wanted to add here a very big thank you to everyone that has taken the time to view my videos and make some sweet comments on my blog, I must say that Darryl is also excited about receiving lovely comments.

I have a couple of other photos to share with you today also. This morning I went for a walk around my garden and realised that the trees out the front of our house were in true Autumn colour, so could not resist in sharing this with you. The colours are amazing, just wished the photo reflected this.




Well enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you all back here tomorrow.



  • Joy, I love your card…that Starburst Lace with the distress inks is so gorgeous. Great tip to spritz with glimmer mist, love it! What a lovely design too with the Friend definition for the background. I’m loving your fall foliage too, such beautiful color on your trees…thanks for sharing these great photos!
    bless you,

  • Hi Joy, Wishing you a very Happy Mothers Day :D. I love the card that you have made, it is so pretty. As are the photos of the trees around your house xoxoxoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Happy Mothers Day!! :) :) Love this!!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Starburst Lace is beautiful. I love the multicolour effect of the lace. Your trees also look fabulous. I think adelaide has skipped autumn and gone straight to winter!ReplyCancel

  • Great card Joy… the colours are stunning on the Starburst. Your trees look awesome changing colours as well….ReplyCancel

  • Happy Fur-Mother’s Day to you! ;)

    A beautiful card – as usual. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card, Joy! Love how you’ve used the starburst stamp! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Great card! The Starburst Lace reminds me of a game that I used to play as a kid called “Spirograph”. Brings back nice memories!ReplyCancel

  • Love the colours on the Starburst!ReplyCancel

  • I have enjoyed so much my journey through your blog. Thank you for letting me visit.

  • Joy, this is such a gorgeous card!! Love the distressing on the lace stamp!! You do such amazing things with your cards! Thank you for sharing the photos of the trees!! They are filled with such beautiful colors!! Although I’m glad it’s you experiencing the fall season and not me! I’m loving spring here in Minnesota! Big hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! And your photos are great – I always forget that you have autumn over there right now, I am so happy about spring!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful Photos and I adore that card!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning array of colors on your starburst, so summery looking – makes me happy!ReplyCancel

Hello everyone! Well it is the weekend here and it is so nice to be able to take the time to do some relaxing and crafting.

This morning I have caught up on a little of house work and also watched a few Youtube videos, namely Jennifer McGuire’s that she did for Creating Keepsakes. After watching this wonderful video I was so inspired that I went into the craft room and decided to have a go at the technique that she used, with one of my new stamps that arrived yesterday. Although, with a slight twist.


I started with cream card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. I then took some water colour paper and measured a piece slightly smaller then the card front. I stamped the Hero Arts, Silhouette Grass with some Versamark Ink and embossed it with some American Crafts, Zing, White embossing powder. Next I took some Ranger, Distress Ink, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass and added the 3 colours heavily over the top of the stamped image. Now here comes the twist, Jennifer used Perfect Pearls in water, but I decided to use my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl, I sprayed quite a lot over the inked image so that the ink would start to run and that the paper was moist. I am impatient when it comes to drying (a bit like Jennifer is) so I heat set the paper with my heat gun. I then distressed the edges of the paper with my scissors and lightly inked the sides with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Tea Dye. I added a sentiment to the top of the stamped image, using Hero Arts, Essential Messages. Lastly, I added some pearls and added some foam dimensionals under the stamped image and attached to the front of the cream card.

Here are other photos of the card.


I tried to show here the glimmer on the card, I hope that I captured it.


I really had a lot of fun with this technique, so thanks Jennifer for sharing, this really made me smile today.

Well I do hope that you are all enjoying your weekend and I hope I will catch you all tomorrow.

Have a fun day everyone!



  • Wow great distressing job!! Love the card.. :-) I too caught Jennifers video:-)ReplyCancel

  • I think this is probably my favorite technique! Love your card and the gradation of colors….very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Joy – this is perfect. I got the stamp earlier this week and can see it is going to be so versatile. Love how you did you background. Jennifer’s video was so cool… I’m off to try it now.ReplyCancel

  • I love this cord and the technique used – I’m getting itchy to get in my craft area! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! I love the shimmery effect and those colors blended together are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Great card Joy! The distress inks blend together so well!ReplyCancel

  • Lovely shimmery effect with the Glimmer Mist!ReplyCancel

  • wowowowoowowow!ReplyCancel

  • Love that~ great stamp!!!

    Beautiful work1ReplyCancel

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