Hi Everyone! So I have just finished work for the week and now I can spend the weekend having some fun! Yay! So tonight is freezing here again and my fingers and nose feel like they have frostbite on them…LOL. So this will be a quick post tonight.

This card I designed for Purple Onion Designs.

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I started with a light pink card stock, cut to size and folded in half to form a card, I set this aside. Next, I took some white card stock and using some Hero Arts, Shadow Ink, Blossom, I stamped the Vintage Damask Background stamp over the white card stock. I took some Ranger Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo and distressed the edges until I was satisfied with the end result, I set this aside to dry. Taking some cream card stock I ran it through the Cuttlebug, cutting a die cut using Spellbinder Die, Label 4, I applied Ranger Distress Ink, Vintage Photo to the edges and added the Happy Birthday sentiment to the centre of the die cut. I then adhered the damask card stock to the front of the card using some foam dimensionals, I also cut some pink ribbon to match and adhered this to each side of the die cut, once this was done I then adhered the die cut to the the middle of the damask card stock and lastly, I added some pink pearls top and bottom of the sentiment.

A very simple yet elegant card, the damask design could be so versatile for lots of projects.

So I am off to go and try and thaw out, I hope you all have a great night and I hopefully will be back tomorrow for some more sharing.

Hugs

JOY

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Hi Everyone! So another apology for my long absence away from my blog, no excuse really, this week has been a big week at work and have done a few nights so have just been too tired at the end to do any blogging or for that matter crafting, so I am sorry for that.

So I thought that I would share with you today a video on some purchases that I have made over the last few weeks.

I am now looking forward in breaking out my new stamps and having some fun with them, especially this weekend as I don’t have to work.

TIP: I was using my Tim Holtz scissors which by the way I am in love with…LOL and was mounting some rubber stamps onto Ez Mount and cutting them out and found that even though the non stick coating on the scissors works well they still get a little gunged up, so I found that I needed to clean them, so I tried the Hero Arts Ultra Clean took the gunge straight off, I was delighted, so if you are looking for something to clean your scissors up with, try it out.

Now for some Bits and Pieces:

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer McGuire’s blog, she is running a special little card drive for a little girl called Grace who just lost her twin to cancer, you can check out all the details HERE.

How about this beautiful card from Dawn.

These are gorgeous cards from Melissa Bickford, so sweet.

How cheerful is this card from Libby, makes you want to eat a cupcake.

What about the use of some October Afternoon paper from Vanessa, stunning!

Last but not least this absolute stunning card from Maile, makes me want to but this stamp set.

The last comment for the day is being sent to you Barb, thinking of you and you are in my thoughts sweet friend. Hugs.

So that is today’s posting, I hope to be back tomorrow with some more shares with you all.

Have a great rest of the day and enjoy the video.

Hugs.

JOY

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  • What a fun video! Yummy goodies and you got that sweet butterfly and the whimsical house that I might get! Love the white lace trims too!ReplyCancel

  • You are so sweet! Thanks for the shout-out! Yummy yummy new supplies! Drool! Hugs, Vanessa xReplyCancel

  • Love all your goodies and your craft table! And your accent! :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • What wonderful supplies Joy. Love everything… lucky you.ReplyCancel

  • You obviously had fun shopping! Can’t wait to see what you come up with using your new goodies. I love the house stamp – very cute!ReplyCancel

  • What a nice bunch of goodies!! And thank you so much for the shout out, you are very sweet!!ReplyCancel

  • Loved the video:-) so much fun seeing those new stamps! love them..
    Thanks for sharing the links too..
    Hug!ReplyCancel

  • You did good! Love all of your goodies. You picked out some REALLY great stamps- I just know you will make the most magnficent cards with them!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love all the goodies!!!! I Love Glimmer mist!!!!! I’m in love with the stamps you got!!!! Cant wait to see what you do with them!!!!ReplyCancel

  • awesome haul, love it!ReplyCancel

  • What fun goodies, looking forward to what you make with them! Thanks for sharing my card, so sweet!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! on this freezing cold night, I am sure that somewhere today it is snowing, it is so cold here that as I put this post together my fingers can hardly type as they are so, so cold…LOL.

So after a really busy day at work and having a rotten headache, almost migraine at work I am finally able to relax for the night and I look forward to my sleep in, in the morning, before having to go to work again in the afternoon.

So I made this card yesterday and I was so thrilled as my mojo finally came back, I so don’t like when it decides it is going to go and have a holiday, especially when you are eager to craft and everything you touch turns out horrible.

I know, I know, I can hear you saying it, “enough prattling on, get on with the card”, well here it is. I used a new set of Hero Arts stamps that arrived in a parcel to me on Friday.

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I started out using a Hero Arts, Cream Card, one of the very few that I have, as I cannot seem to find anywhere in Australia to buy these and would really love to, so if anyone has any knowledge of where I can purchase these, send me a quick message through formspring or email me to let me know, I would be ever so grateful.

Anyway, getting on, I took my Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp and stamped over the front of the cream card using some Hero Arts, Soft Sand Shadow Ink. Next, I took my white gel pen and having been inspired by the wonderful and ultra talented Kathy Racosin with her technique of using wonderful white dots I added some dots to parts of the flourishes on the card, I set this aside to dry. Whilst the dots where drying I took some white card stock and stamped three butterflies from the Hero Arts, Designer Butterflies stamp set and coloured them in with my Copics, once happy with the colouring, I added more white dots to the butterflies for a little added interest and a matching theme to the card front. I cut each image out and taking the same stamps again I stamped the butterflies directly onto the card front. I adhered each of the coloured butterflies to the corresponding butterflies on the card front using some Glossy Accents. I left this to dry and whilst the butterflies were drying I cut a strip on white card stock and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Bee Happy stamp set. I adhered the sentiment strip to the bottom of the card and lastly, I added some rhinestones to the card and corner rounded the corners.

Here are some other views of the card, I tried to have a couple of close ups so you could see the white dots.

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So I hope that you all have a wonderful night and are staying nice and warm, or for others that may be in other countries reading my blog that are in Summer are staying nice and cool.

Hugs to you all!

JOY

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  • Beautiful card, Joy! SO cheerful! So glad your mojo is back. Mine has being missing in action for about a week.ReplyCancel

  • awesome card I love your stamping so much, you do great work!ReplyCancel

  • joy this is absolutely adorable. I LOVE all those little white dots! They just pull it all together. I love the little details if you haven’t noticed ;) lol

    I haven’t been to your blog in so long (yearbook…ugh) but I plan on devouring every little thing here very soon. I love your work, my friend; it makes me smile! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love your beautiful butterflies with all the white dots! Hope you warm up soon – our weather’s just the opposite so we are quite toasty up her in the USA! Linda W.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! Love the added dots and soft, delicate colors!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! I thought the Flickr photo looked great, but I can really see all the amazing detail here and am LOVIN’ it!ReplyCancel

  • This is the first time I’ve seen these butterflies on a card and they are so lovely! They have such a nice whimsical feel to them!ReplyCancel

  • JOY, this is sooooo pretty! I love the white accents you’ve given to the flourish background! And the colors are so cheery, too! And your butterflies- perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Your card is absolutely wonderful Joy- really love all the white dots!! Hope you warm up soon there…..I forget that it must be winter in your part of the world!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card Joy! Love the white dots and the stunning butterflies. It’s 90 degrees and HOT here in the midwest USA. Sorry about the cold for you. I’m sure not looking forward to winter.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely details on your background Joy – great card!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning Joy. Love the cream background. That is such a pretty cream card. Your butterflies are wonderful. Hope the weather improves for you Joy,ReplyCancel

  • Those butterflies are gorgeous! The little white dots really add a little somethin’ to the card.ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely card! All the white dot shows all the love you put into it! Hope you don’t get any more migraines for a while, it’s no fun I used to have headaches daily so I know how you feel!ReplyCancel

  • Love how beautifully light and airy this background is, so very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy, hope you are feeling better, (I get nasty head aches too, they are not fun). Your card is so so beautiful! The white dots are awesome and your details just flow so nicely together. Wonderful card!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow what a pleasant surprise to come back and see!! Love the cream cardstock that sets off these gorgeous butterflies so well.. Amazing compilation of the butterflies, your blog is always such a delight to visit!!ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous!! I love your beautiful card, Joy! I hope you are feeling better soon!ReplyCancel

  • A beautiful card – really want to try my hand at the dots technique.

    It’s so hard to imagine you being so cold when we’ve got temps over 100 (with heat index) on a daily basis! I hope you can get your fingers and toes thawed out soon!ReplyCancel

  • these butterflies are sooooooo cute!! love the beautiful colors and the details you added to them!ReplyCancel

  • So cute love this!! :) :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • fantastic work joy.

    how do you cut out such intricate shapes?

    keep up the good work?ReplyCancel

  • I so love this card Joy! Love the colours and all the gorgeous details – it’s soo pretty :)ReplyCancel

  • So pretty!
    I love this card!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Hope your Thursday is going well. I have currently 2 days off work before I work the weekend, so after having a much needed haircut today, I am now at home ready to get started on some housework. So I thought that I would write a quick post and then I will get started on the dreaded.

So here is another card that I designed for the wonderful company Purple Onion Designs.

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I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. Next, I took some water colour paper and using Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy, I inked the stamp Late 1800’s Script Background, with some ink, I spritzed with some water using my Mini Mister then stamped directly onto the water colour paper, heat set with the heat gun. Next, using some Ranger, Distress Ink, Barn Door along with Peeled Paint and shabby Shutters I inked up the Single Flower stamp, then using my Mini Mister I spritzed the stamp with some water and stamped the image straight over the top of the background stamp. Using more Ranger, Brushed Corduroy, I blended the edges of the water colour paper, I added a sentiment to the top of the water colour paper using a sentiment from the Mini Sentiment set. Lastly, I added some red pearls and adhered to the card using some foam dimensionals. I felt that the card needed to have an extra something to it, so I added some drawn lines and dots around the water colour paper using my black pen.

So as my blog banner says, Less is More, this card really reflects this. This card is very easy to make and uses some techniques which is always good.

I thought that I would share a couple of photos with you, on the busy working bee that I had in my garden the other day, it was that time of the year for me to get all of my pots potted up ready for Spring, so this will be the before shot and when they are in full bloom I will share another set of photos.

Here is just a couple of pots that are potted up with pansy’s and primulas.

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My Jonquils are out at present and the smell is so beautiful, so I took some photos to share the beauty with you.

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Enjoy your day and I hope that the rest of the week is a good one.

Hugs

JOY

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  • Wowzers! Love that hint of powerful red on the flower! So gorgeous and love that chocolate shading! Thanks for sharing your lovely garden photos!ReplyCancel

  • I love this card, Joy! It may be simple, but it is really beautiful! Gorgeous water color effect! Love the red! Can’t wait to see your pots in full bloom! Especially the Primrose (Primula)…one of my very favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful card Joy. Love all the distress colours on it. And your garden looks lovely. Love your wee jonquils. So cuteReplyCancel

  • This is soo beautiful Joy! I love the distressing and that gorgeous bright flower!! So simple but soo striking! Your Jonquils look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them :)ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous! You do amazing work with your stamping techniques!

    Awesome daffodils and love pansys too!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! Love the pop of red! Beautiful flowers too. :)ReplyCancel

  • If your intent is to inspire others, you’ve succeeded. I love this card, and I’m so anxious to sit and craft a few cards today. Thanks for sharing, and for the creative “boost”! Hope you have a fantastic day!

    P.S. I love your flower pictures. Living in South Florida, it’s too hot for most spring flowers. We do have a lot of flowers, just not the more typical ones you think of when you thing ‘spring’. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card and I love the “doodling” around the edges!ReplyCancel

  • What A beautiful card!!! I love the clean white with the bright colors!!! Stunning!! And Love the beautiful pictures!!!!ReplyCancel

  • yum. look at all that gorgeous toasty brown edging!! love it. :)ReplyCancel

  • gorgeous card, Joy!! LOVE the watercolor look and the black outline! your Jonquils are so beautiful! thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful showcase of that flower stamp, Joy! Love the watercolor effect and the bright red!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, love the flower stamp!! And your real flowers! :)ReplyCancel

  • Stunning!!! Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy, adore what you have been creating for Purple Onion – they are all simply stunning. Love them. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • I love all the gardening you have been doing!! The daffodills caught my eye while I was surfing through your blog:-) So pretty, we dont have daffodils over here..
    Your flower beds look so pretty too.. Love the white box! so ‘country living’!!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So tonight’s post will be a quick post as I am just about asleep at the computer…LOL, after a late night last night working on a project that I will be sharing on my blog in the coming weeks and then having an early and I mean early morning start I am feeling rather weiry tonight. I came home from work today and did some gardening and I am quite sure that I will be feeling some muscles hurting tomorrow that I never thought that I had…LOL.

So tonight’s card I wanted to share a card that I made for Purple Onion Designs.

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I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Cuttlebug Machine I ran the front of the card through the machine, embossing the front using the Sizzix, Dots and Flowers embossing folder. Next, I cut another piece of white card stock and using the large butterfly from the Vintage Butterfly set I stamped it in the centre of the white card stock using some Hero Arts, Soft Pool ink, once this had a little time to dry I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment using some Colorbox Ink, Antique Pewter. I added some Ranger, Distress Ink, Vintage Photo, once happy with the distressed edge I adhered to the card front using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added some blue pearls to match.

A quick and fast card to make with some beautiful stamps.

Enjoy tonight’s card and I hope you all have a wonderful evening.

Hugs.

JOY

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  • Such a pretty card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • beautiful & delicate design! Another wonderful card!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Perfect! Love it, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Very pretty! Sounds like you’ve been busy!ReplyCancel

  • FABULOUS! Love the butterfly with the embossed frame!ReplyCancel

  • Wow love the huge butterfly, I cant get over the size:-) so so pretty and love how you added the sentiment in the middle, such a clever way to do it.. must try it sometime:-)ReplyCancel

  • Saw this over on the POD website and LOVED IT! I knew right away it was your awesome design! The butterfly looks beautiful in that color and I adore how you stamped the sentiment right over the butterfly. Seriously, Joy, you are such an amazing designer!!ReplyCancel

  • I really like the sentiment over-stamped on the butterfly…it’s such a great feature. Lovely card, Joy! Hope you get a good night’s rest, you deserve it!
    bless you,
    nancyReplyCancel

  • what a beauty! love this, Joy!!ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous Joy! I love the embossed background and the stamped sentiment over the picture is a stunning effect! So cant wait to see your project, sounds like you have been really busy! Hope you have a good rest :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful, simple, card Joy, I love it! I love your new watermark signature too!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous! Love it, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Love this card, Joy! So pretty with the soft blue butterfly! The sentiment stamped directly over it looks perfect! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous! Love that huge butterfly and the hovering of the sentiment over it, great effect!ReplyCancel

  • Love the big butterfly!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So I have had a weekend of doing nothing much, in fact one could say down right lazy…LOL. But as they say that it does not hurt us sometimes. I have even struggled to craft this weekend, it seems as though the Mojo left the building. I even struggled to pull this card together, I was unhappy with one stamping section on this but hey, we cannot be perfect and as I always say they are handmade from the heart..LOL.

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So today’s card I started with kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and with the Hero Arts, Cling Dots background stamp I stamped over the entire front of the card using some Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I set this aside to dry. Next, using my Cuttlebug I cut a die cut of white card stock using a Spellbinders, Label 8, then using the Hero Arts, Clouds background stamp I stamped over the top of the die cut using some Hero Arts, Soft Pool ink. I adhered the cloud die cut onto the kraft card stock using some foam dimensionals and set aside. I took some more white card stock and stamped a butterfly from the Hero Arts, Three Butterflies stamp set two times and then coloured each stamped image in with my Copics, I cut each image out and added some Ranger, Liquid Pearls, Opal to the outer wings of the butterflies. Taking the card once again, I stamped the butterflies over the cloud section and adhered the coloured butterflies to each of the stamped images using some Glossy Accents. I added trails from each of the butterflies using Hero Arts, Bee Happy stamp set. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings stamp set to the bottom of the card and some rhinestones to finish the card.

Quite a fun card that has a summery appeal to it.

Also tonight I wanted to share with you some beautiful creations that have caught my eye:

WOW! this card by Jill is truly beautiful.

How pretty are these poppies.

Lastly, a shout out for the lovely Sarah, who’s card made it onto the Silhouette Blog, congrats Sarah.

Have a great night everyone! I am off to get some tea and get ready to watch Underbelly.

Hugs

JOY

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  • so pretty love what you did!ReplyCancel

  • Love those butterflies! The card reminds me so much of summer, especially as it’s so cold here!ReplyCancel

  • so pretty and sweet!! love the pretty butterflies!!ReplyCancel

  • I love this, Joy! The curved sentiment is perfect to go along with the butterflies! I love everything you did, and I don’t think your mojo has gone anywhere…..ReplyCancel

  • Great card, Joy! Love the use of the Liquid Pearls! Hope you are well! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so pretty! I love the colors of the butterflies! So fresh! Thanks for the shout out, too! You always have a special way of making me smile!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so pretty Joy- love the bright butterflies! Enjoy your weekend of relaxing and being lazy- we all need some of that time now and then!ReplyCancel

  • Love this summery card, Joy! So sweet of you give a shout out for me. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheesh honey……if this is what you can still pull off even when your MoJo is AWOL….then I don’t think you have any probs. Sometimes we are our own worst critics when it comes to our creations, we have an idea in our head and if it doesn’t happen to turn out just right then we think it’s all over, red rover. Great use of the pearls on those flutterby wings.
    Hugs, Michey xxxReplyCancel

  • This card is soo fun and cute Joy! I love those butterflies! Haha don’t worry I often have weekends like that where I just cant motivate myself to do anything! How good was Underbelly last night?! Only one week left! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love your beautiful card, Joy! This sentiment looks great!ReplyCancel

  • This is so beautiful! Love your summery clouds and the butterflies! You do everything flawlessly!ReplyCancel

  • wonderful card Joy! Love all the pretty details!!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous! Those butterflies are so appealing and your card design is just perfect. I love the curving sentiment!
    blessings,
    nancyReplyCancel

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