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.


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.




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



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



  • 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.


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.



  • 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,

  • 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.


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.



  • 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!

Hi Everyone! Well we have an extremely windy day here today, so it is a day to spend inside.

So I wanted to share a card with you that I made for my Aunty to give to her sister.


I started with pink card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set, I stamped the sentiment happy birthday over the entire card front using some Hero Arts, Shadow Ink, Soft Blossom, I set this aside to dry. Next, I stamped the Hero Arts, Dogwood stamp onto some white card stock twice and coloured one image totally and the other image just the flowers with my Copics and then cut each coloured image out. I adhered the single flowers onto the matching flowers on the dogwood with some foam dimensionals, I added some Glossy Accents to the centres of the flower and set aside to dry. I took some more white card stock and using a Spellbinders, Label 8 die I cut a die running it through my Cuttlebug. Once the die was cut I added some shading to the edges of the die cut using the same Soft Blossom ink, next, I adhered the dogwood image onto the die cut using some more foam dimensionals and then adhered the die cut to the card using more dimensionals. Lastly, I added some pink rhinestones to the card and corner rounded the corners to finish the card.

Here is another view of the card.


I hope everyone has a great day.



  • Just Drop Dead Gorgeous joy….So Very Pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, I want to come sit next to you and just watch you create! Seriously, I have never seen this dogwood look more beautiful! Amazing card!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, what a wonderful idea to give the flowers dimension! You are the stamping and copic queen!ReplyCancel

  • Nothing beats colouring with Copics!! This is so gorgeous:-) Love the stamped sentiment background.. Such a great way to add a sentiment without stealing the thunder from the fab flowers!

    Love it all:-)ReplyCancel

  • wonderful!! the flowers are eye-catching…ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad I follow your blog Joy……coz everything you do is flipping GORGEOUS!! Love these dagwoods….but holding off buying them now that the new stuff will be arriving very soon!! Hold on to ya hat lovely….don’t let the wind blow you away (I think we’re getting a mild version of it in ol’ Sydney town this arvo!!). xxxReplyCancel

  • I love this, and I am so jealous of your scissor-skilss!, theres no way I could cut-out those intricite details!!!ReplyCancel

  • Love it…. your cutting out is perfect. I’ve messed up a couple of this one not getting the stalk right. I am SO impressed Joy. Hoping the Aussie weather up on the Sunshine Coast is better!!!ReplyCancel

  • simply divine joyReplyCancel

  • Perfect composition, Joy! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this, Joy! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • This dogwood is GORGEOUS! So pretty Joy! Love the design of your card too.ReplyCancel

  • So pretty! I always thought I wasn’t a ‘flower stamp’ kind of girl, but I so am now ;)ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • wow, I love the look of the layered flowers. this is a beauty!ReplyCancel

  • absolutely gorgeous, Joy!! very sweet and lovely!! yum!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Wow Joy – this is beautiful – your flowers really pops!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous! Love the layers and colors on the Flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful dimension and texture, love this classic dogwood!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say thank you to the wonderful girls on Twitter that sent me thoughtful wishes yesterday, you ladies know who you are and thank you for your wonderful support.

So onto today’s card, I wanted to try out the Colour Layering idea, Hero Arts June competition is running currently.

I also just wanted to say sorry, had a little issue with today’s blogging, it went out last night by mistake, I had to make some more adjustments, so it is now correct and ready to read away.


I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half, I stamped a sentiment to the base of the card front using Hero Arts, Essential Messages, then using the Cuttlebug, I ran the front of the card through the machine embossing the front using the Sizzix, Dots and Flowers embossing folder, I set this aside. Next, I cut another piece of white card stock and using Hero Arts, Antique Engravings I stamped a butterfly from this stamp set using Hero Arts, Soft Pool ink, I stamped this butterfly all over the white card stock until totally covered, using the same soft pool ink I blended the edges of the card stock to soften the look. Onto some more white card stock I stamped another butterfly from the same stamp set and coloured the image in with my Copics, I cut the image out and adhered to the stamped card stock using some Glossy Accents, I set this aside to dry. Taking some coloured card stock to match the stamped butterflies I used my Ek Success, Scallop Diamond punch and punched a strip, I then adhered this to the base of the stamped card stock. Next, I cut a thin strip of black card stock and also adhered this to the stamped card stock. Once all the pieces were adhered I then adhered this to the card front. Lastly, I added some matching rhinestones to the card to finish the card.

Here are some more views of the card.




I also just wanted to share with you a fabulous link to the wonderful Jennifer McGuire’s blog, she is having a fantastic giveaway, so why not stop over there and take a peek.

I hope you enjoy today’s card and that your day is a fun day.



  • GORGEOUS card, Joy! Wow! I love when you create using blue! Goodness, that butterfly is pretty! Beautifully done, girl! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow this card is simply stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Love the monocromatic scheme:-) ad great Copic colouring as always, your cards are always worth waiting for! hugs!ReplyCancel

  • This is so lovely Joy that I just may have to CASE it some time soon. :) Love the colours, adore the butterflies and love, love, love that sizzix background!! Hope you are having a better day of it today lovely. xxxReplyCancel

  • This could not be more beautiful! I love the colors! Your layering of the butterfly image is awesome! Finally, the gems add a great touch of sparkle. I am alway so excited to check out your next blog post, my friend, you are soooo talented!ReplyCancel

  • What a striking card! I love that color combo! So pretty! :>ReplyCancel

  • This is so beautiful and calming! Love this card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • this is gorgeous joyReplyCancel

  • Your cards amaze me all the time!!!!! Great style!ReplyCancel

  • Such a perfect card, Joy! The colors, the layering, the gems….perfection!ReplyCancel

  • oh wow I really love that, I so would never think of doing a background like that, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! Gorgeous coloring and such a beautiful blue!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card Joy and love the soft blue!ReplyCancel

  • I love so much those hues you used on your card! And the butterfly is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful card. Those butterflies are spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • beautiful clean look! so so beautiful and elegant! love it!ReplyCancel

  • This is so pretty and elegant. Gorgeous blog you have!ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    This is really beautiful. How did you cut out the antenna?ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So today I return to work, but at least it will be an easy week as I only work 3 days this week, so hopefully more time for crafting and hopefully gardening.

So I wanted to share another card that I designed for Purple Onion Designs.


I started with bone card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using my Cuttlebug, I ran the front of the card through the machine embossing it with Swiss Dot embossing folder. I then took some white card stock and using the stamp set called What’s the Scoop? I cut the card stock to the size that I wanted and onto some more white card stock I stamped the ice creams again and cut the tops of the images out and adhered them to the other ice creams using some foam dimensionals. Next, I took some patterned paper and punched a strip of pink card stock using my Fiskars, Upper Crest border punch, I adhered each of these to the white card stock. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set to the punched pink card stock and some rhinestones either side of the sentiment. I corner rounded the top of the white card stock and added some stitching to the top of the white card stock using my Pink Copic Spica pen. Lastly, I adhered the card stock to the front of the card with some foam dimensionals.

Here are some more views of the card.



A really fun set to colour, check out Purple Onion Designs, such a wonderful company.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!



  • Janice

    you really do make the most lovely cards!ReplyCancel

  • THIS is too sweet! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • so cute!! makes me crave ice cream!! yummy card!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Its totally gorgeous Joy!! I love the clean and simple layout and those icecreams….YUMMO, though why either of us would be thinking about it on these cold, cold days is unbelievable, lol!! And I love, love, love the uppercrest punch – mine is gonna need to replaced soon it gets so much love. :)
    PS: Hope your first day back after a bit wasn’t as bad as you thought it’d be. xxxReplyCancel

  • oh yes thats a yummy card!!! well don!ReplyCancel

  • oh Sweet, love this stamp set!! Great Card Joy. :)ReplyCancel

  • This is sweet indeed! Beautiful summery colors, so yummy Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Love this, Joy! The dimension on the ice cream is so fun! Love the realistic colors and the way you colored the cones too! Hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • This card is SWEET! I love the dimension you gave the treats and your coloring— BRILLIANT!ReplyCancel

  • So adorable! Ok, now I have to find some ice cream!ReplyCancel

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