Hi Everyone! Hope your day was great! Darryl and I had a great day out together, shopping and lunching together it was just what I needed, and as a surprise to me he gave me some money to go and spend at one of my favourite shops, so all in all it was a great day.

So today is kinda sad as it is the conclusion on Robin, Vera and myself Pairing Up Challenge, it has been really fun and challenging to create something inspired by and I hope to be able to run this challenge again, maybe next year when all the festivities are all over with.

To conclude our last day, it was my day to choose a card from Vera’s amazing photostream and I have to say it was really hard, as all of her work is just so darn beautiful, but this is the card that I chose:

Kind Words

The use of all the different stamps together was just so beautiful, I found it really hard to come up with something to tell you the truth, all the soft tones that Vera managed to create in her card were so stunning. Even though I was not able to create the subtle hues, but the stamps were so eye catching that I went with that technique.


Using watercolour paper and the Hero Arts, Wildflower Garden I inked it up using Ranger, Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet, spritzed with water and stamped directly onto the paper, then taking Ranger, Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and following the same steps again to create two distinct colours. Next, taking more watercolour paper and the Hero Arts, Graph Background stamp, I inked it with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and using the exact same technique again, stamped it onto the paper, once this was dry, I took the Hero Arts, Anytime Messages and stamped a sentiment onto the graph paper. Taking the main image, I used Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and blended the ink over the entire images to soften, then distressing the edges of the paper I took more of the same ink along with Ranger, Distress Ink, Vintage Photo I applied ink to the distressed edges. I adhered the strip of graph paper to the image and then attached to the card using foam dimensionals, lastly, I added some pearls and punched butterflies to the image to finish the card.

Here is what I used to create the card:

I hope you enjoy viewing the card and don’t forget to check out Vera and Robin’s take on the card.

So I just wanted to send a very big thank you to both Robin and Vera for joining me in this challenge, these girls are amazing and talented ladies, who I have been honoured to participate in this challenge with them.

The next thing that I need to say is a great big thank you to all the wonderful girls that put their names down to participate in this challenge and who have participated, you have all been so amazing and even though I may have not had the time to view all of your creations, blogs or comment, I really have tried to view them all and I apologise if I have missed you beautiful creations. I just wanted to share my thank you with you all from the bottom of my heart for participating. I hope you have all had fun creating and challenging yourselves. Thank You!

Well I am off to view the other girls cards, have a great night!


  • Gorgeous card! I love the color combination.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful cards and I just bought the wildflower garden stamp. Thanks for some great inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is so gorgeous! I love your take on my card. You’re so talented! Thank you for this fun challenge. You totally ROCK!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, this is so gorgeous!! I love your take on Vera’s card. FAB!ReplyCancel

  • Drooling over this marvelous creation, Joy! Utterly fantastic! Love the beautiful colors!ReplyCancel

  • Great cards Joy – love the colors!!ReplyCancel

  • That is one gorgeous design, Joy! Beautiful colors and the grid pattern on the sentiment is so creative. I’ve really enjoyed your pairing with Robin and Vera, truly amazing inspiration from the 3 of you!
    sweet blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, as always! Sounds like that Darryl is a real keeper.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Love the twin colour stamping, exciting colour combo, dont think I’ve seen it before, Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning! Love the use of the two colors.ReplyCancel

  • Love your take on Vera’s card, Joy! Such beautiful, soft colors!ReplyCancel

  • Gosh Joy……your card is stunning!! I love that sentiment!! The colours are divine – you never cease to amaze with your talent. Vera’s card is quite beautiful too. xxxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful mix of gentle colors on both cards, love it Joy! I can tell you guys had a lot of fun with your challenge!ReplyCancel

  • so pretty! wonderful take on Vera’s card. love the colors you used.ReplyCancel

  • Great card! I really like your color combination and how you distressed the edges.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this card Joy!! The colours are stunning – you are sooo talented! :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! How was everyone’s day today, mine was so relaxing, unfortunately, the countdown is on for me heading back to work, which is sad. But it is still my holidays I intend to make the most of it :)

So today I have had fun playing with something new in the craft room, which I will share with you very soon..I can tell you I am absolutely delighted with the way it turned out.

I hope you all enjoyed viewing yesterday’s post, viewing the video share of my craft room, and to let you all on a little secret, Darryl, spent the day in the shed building me another piece of wonderful furniture..all it needs now is a coat of paint and it will be in my room as well for me to share with you. I also wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful, sweet comments, both Darryl and I truly appreciate it.

So enough babbling from me, now onto today’s post. This is my second week of Guest Blogging for A2Z Scrapbooking and seeing as the silly season (that is what I call it) is nearly upon us, I have whipped up a Christmas card to share. So take a wander over to their blog and check out how I created this card.


Here is a close up of the card


Enjoy viewing the card, I am off to make tea and listen to more rain on our new roof.


  • Beautiful card Joy, love the glossy berries where’s the bling ;) I saw this stamp used somewhere else today , but can’t think where now, the leaves were crackle medium-ed and 3D’d on polka dot paper it was amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! Love your berries!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! So nice to hear you have a new roof! No more water leaks! Yay! Love your beautiful card! These two stamps look like they were made for each other! Gorgeous job coloring the holly! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Love the stamps you combined on this card!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous! Love the berries and the background too!ReplyCancel

  • This is so gorgeous Joy! Love the distressed background :) Wow you have to do another craft room video once Darryl has finished the new piece – you are soo lucky! Can we commission him for work?? :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh this is so clean and lovely and quite beautiful. Love the addition of the bling and your distressing with ink is simply perfect……as usual. :)ReplyCancel

  • another gorgeous card, Joy! LOVE the distressed look. i think i need that stamp! =)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Hope your day was good, we had some rain here today, which is always nice, my favourite day.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day cleaning out my craft room, as Darryl brought in 2 more pieces of craft furniture, so seeing as I am not painting it out yet, I decided to clean it all up and share a video tour, deciding it may be great if there was a before and then after shots.

So sit back and take a look and let me know what you think.

I hope you enjoy watching the two videos.

Enjoy your night, I am off to craft.


  • I love so many of your storage solutions! Now if only I had a room … oh and your handy husband to fit it out for me ; )Thanks for the tour.ReplyCancel

  • Loved looking at your craft room where you create your amazing masterpieces! Your partner is one clever man! Lucky you!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Fabulous space, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! I’m speechless – your space is fantastic! Can’t wait to see it in real life – hopefully when I’m in town at Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • It is so fun to finally see the whole space! Love so many things about your room, Joy! Wonderful, large window for light! Love the embellishment center with the hooks for your punches and holder for your ribbon! The new thread holder for your sewing items is fantastic and what a neat island with the side storage for all your cards! Can I borrow Darryl. . . .PLEASE?!! :)ReplyCancel

  • What a fabulous room you have and how lucky you are to have a “Darryl”.

    I loved the tour, it’s always fun to see other people’s craft spaces.

    I also keep a lot of my clear stamps in baskets – totally works for me too.ReplyCancel

  • WOW! You have an amazing, amazing space! Thank you so much for making these videos. Darryl has done an incredible job on your furniture- IMPRESSIVE!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, fantastic craft room Joy! Love all the custom pieces made by Darryl!ReplyCancel

  • You have a fantastic room! It’s awesome! You are so lucky to have a handy DH! I ADORE my DH, but he is not handy and I can’t cook! LOLReplyCancel

  • Love your craft room. I have a large space but not as well organized. Kudos to Darryl!!! He did a fabulous job. I’m going to show this to my son. Hopefully he make some of these storage pieces for me. Thanks for showing us your room.ReplyCancel

  • wow absolutley love your room, Darryl has done a wonderful job, I really think you need to loan him out occassionally. My room is long and skinny and is pretty well done out for me with some odd pieces but you have given me some good ideas, thanks again for sharing this and your lovely work

  • Gill

    What a super room. I love all the custom made furniture – that’s one very clever partner you’ve got.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Darryl is one clever guy- I really liked the way your shelves slide out on the desk cubby. Much better than having the reach way back there.
    Great room Joy, no wonder you love to spend time in there creating!ReplyCancel

  • These videos are awesome Joy! Your craft room is amazing and Darryl is one very talented guy – he has done an amazing job on the furniture! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy,
    found your blog when you did the cards with Jennifer Mcquire. Was wondering where you bought your silhouette machine. DId you have to get it from overseas and change the plug or buy it here in Australia?
    Nice craft room by the way. We have a lot of the same supplies. I am thinking you are a regular follower of Jennifer Mcquire. I know I am.

  • Wow Joy, this is heaven on earth. Just love your room. Thanks for showing.ReplyCancel

  • In a word: BLISS!! Love your area, and how Darryl has been able to customize every piece he’s made vs. finding a piece in a store that’s *almost* what you need and *making* it work.

    You are indeed a talented and fortunate lady! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful room Joy! I’m going to have my DH sit down and watch both videos. He is full of ideas, but unlike Darryl, he creates, but doesn’t go beyond bare wood. I love the slide out shelve and the way you stored your Fiskars squeeze punches. Thanks for all the little details.ReplyCancel

  • Can I please borrow Darryl for a few weeks to come customize my space???!!!… HAHA.. jk.
    Great Videos, Joy. I really enjoyed seeing your craft room. You’re so lucky to have someone to make all your fabulous furniture. Thanks so much for sharing your space with us!ReplyCancel

  • This is one of the BEST craft rooms I’ve ever seen. Darryl is one talented guy and you are sooo lucky to have someone to custom make all that great storage furniture. You and Darryl could have a business if you wanted, selling those pieces. I would be the first person to buy one of the desk cubbies!!! The pull out shelves on all the pieces are just so great. Consider possibly having an Etsy shop or something.ReplyCancel

  • WoW! I am in awe! Thanks for showing your space! I am going to go label my TimHoltz inks now! :DReplyCancel

  • OH MY!!! Love your space Joy! Darryl rocks!!ReplyCancel

  • your craft room is amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Your room is so well organized. And I think that I’m in love with Darryl. He is certainly one talented guy. Thank you so much for showing us your little slice of Heaven. MariaReplyCancel

  • Wow, can’t believe how much stuff you have! The Furniture Darryl has made is great, think he needs a round the world trip to sort everyone elses rooms out! Thanks for sharing your craft space with us! xReplyCancel

  • Kim D

    Wow! Such a great craft room! You are sooo lucky to have your Darryl!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, woman! Thanks so much for sharing your very wonderful craft room. LOVE how you and your partner have thought through how you use your craft tools to make storage/organization that supports your style best! woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • I love your room, Joy – so fabulous! I think my favourite features are your woodmount stamp storage, 12×12 paper storage (especially with the spots for scraps right beside) and your bling drawer! TFS!ReplyCancel

  • You have an awesome room! And you are so lucky to have him customize everything for you!!ReplyCancel

  • OMG – it’s just wonderful Joy – I can’t get over how much stuff you have!ReplyCancel

  • I wanna come to your house to play!! You have such a wonderful space! I love your furniture and how you arranged everything!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome room, Joy! Thanks for the grand tour. I have to admit that I’m jealous, not only of your room, but also having Daryl to build all those great pieces! Love the slide outs in the cubbies and the multiple of places to put your inks, papers and embellishments!I was so focused in on all the storage that I missed the wall color, so I wouldn’t be in a great hurry to paint!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Thanks for sharing. You have some great ideas here.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love you room. Darryl did a great job of building furniture to meet your needs.ReplyCancel

  • GREAT ROOM! I really wish I had a “Darrell”! You are a lucky lucky lady!ReplyCancel

  • WOW!!! Your Darryl must be real handy after making all this storage for you, do you think they sell duplicate Darryls and import them to South Africa, lol

  • Really sensational Joy, amazing work Darryl. Now I just need a room fitted out like that!ReplyCancel

  • Your room is fabulous ! Since you have the custom made furniture, made to store specific items, you have managed to pack a TON of goodies in your little room with NO wasted space!
    I have to say this is the most well thought out room I’ve seen.
    Now go give that partner of yours a big hug !
    Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful space! I can only imagine how much you love working in there.ReplyCancel

  • This is an amazing space! You have a very talented partner.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Clare xReplyCancel

  • OMG. It’s great. You have some much stuff and such a great system storing. Love it. As I’m new at this, my crafting stuff fit all in one big box ;-)ReplyCancel

  • What a super great lovely wonderful craft room you have there!!!! I have no craft room, and have to clean the table for every meal so you can understand thats not easy. I am always searching for something, because I don’t know were I saw it the last time. You are very previliged!!!! Enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • I have stumbled across your wonderful room and what an inspiration. You have a very talented partner creating wonderful storage solutions. It must be bliss walking into a room which is so organised. I am beginning to look into storage solutions for our landing which has a sloping ceiling. You are an inspiration. Muriel.ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful storage. You’re so well organized…it really makes you want to sit down and be creative, doesn’t it, when everything is in its place? Thanks so much for sharing this with your followers. If I lived in Australia instead of Canada, I’d be over there crafting on your mobile island with you!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So I am back today to share another DT card with you, that was designed for Jay Gee’s Nook.

This stamp set has a great stamp set in it that you can create your own backgrounds, which is always nice to be able to build your own for a different look to a card or for even a scrapbook page.

I created the card to be fairly simple but an eye catching card..I started with white card stock and the argyle stamps from the set and stamped a sheet using some green and over the top antique pewter ink, I then took a Spellbinders, Circle Die and cute a circle out of the stamped card stock, adding a sentiment to the top of the circle.  Using more white card stock I stamped the heart lock that was in the stamp set using some black ink and cut the heart out, adding it to the circle using foam dimensional, using more dimensionals to the circle and adhering it to a white card.  I then took my ScorPal and added some score lines to one side of the card, stamped another heart at the base of the card and lastly, added some rhinestones to finish.


Hope you enjoy viewing the card today and don’t forget to go and check out the website as Judith is always updating it with new and exciting products and the blog for all the other beautiful cards for you to feast your eyes on.

I am off to catch up on more computer work and have a relaxing Sunday afternoon.



Hi Everyone! So I decided to keep going with the Christmas cards, seeing as like everyone, I have so many to create.  What better way to create one is to create one for the first class of the Thinking Inking.


To create the card, I took some water colour paper and the Hero Arts, Decorative Ornament and using my craft sheet, I used the technique that Jennifer McGuire used in the first class of Thinking Inking, by adding Ranger, Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint ink onto the sheet, then taking the stamp I walked the stamp through the ink, making sure to cover the stamp.  Once inked up, I spritzed the stamp with some water and stamped directly onto the water colour paper, I repeated the same steps and stamped three times onto the paper.  When all three had been stamped and dry, I cut each of the ornaments out and added more ink to the edges using the same inks.  Next, taking the Basic Grey, Wassil paper I took the Hero Arts, Magical Background stamp that was inked with Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and stamped over the paper (another great technique that Jennifer used in one of the other cards created for the class) I added more ink to the edges along with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Vintage Photo.  I pierced three holes into the paper where I wished the ornaments to be placed and ran white string through and adhered them down to the paper, taking the ornaments next and adhering them over the string using foam dimensionals,  I added string bows to the tops of the ornaments, adhering each one with some Glossy Accents.  I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Sending Holiday Cheer stamp set and adhered the whole paper to a white card using more foam dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some rhinestones to finish the card.

Here are the products used to create the card:

I hope you enjoy viewing the card tonight and don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for the DT card that I will have to share with you.



Hi Everyone! So today I decided to to create my first Christmas card, I always say every year that I am going to be more organised and start early when it comes to buying presents and creating cards for Christmas, but as usual it never happens…LOL, I usually find myself in my craft room still creating cards for family members well into the wee hours of Christmas night. But seeing as I have still another week of holidays left, I thought why not attempt to make some cards to at least try and be a little organised..LOL. (Sorry about the photo not a great shot)


How I created the card was to cut some Kraft card stock for the card and using the Hero Arts, Magical Background stamp, inked with Colorbox Ink, Frost White I stamped the entire front of the card and set aside to dry. Next, taking white card stock, I stamped the Hero Arts, Circle Design several times and coloured the main petals of the images and cut each individual piece out, adhering each petal to a 1 3/4 inch circle punched circle of card stock and adding a brad through the centre to finish, I then attached this to the card using foam dimensionals. Taking a piece of red card stock I used the Martha Stewart Punch, Arch Lattice and punched along one edge of the card stock, adhering it to the card, adding a sentiment that was stamped onto white card stock and adhered to the top of the red card stock. Lastly, added some twine above the sentiment, red rhinestones either side of the sentiment and dusted more white ink along the edges of the card to soften.

Here are the Copics I used to colour the petals:


Here are the products used to create the card:

So I am off to watch some TV and surf the net.


  • Hi Joy this is totally awesome! mind if i scraplift this idea :)


  • yay to the first holiday card!! =) simply lovely! wonderful card.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Absolutely STUNNING, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! I adore your pretty poinsettia and the Magical Background looks perfect! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I like this – very non traditional, but it still works really well as a Christmas card. Great job Joy!ReplyCancel

  • This is so creative Joy, and to think this is your first Christmas card!!! wow, you really got me excited to see what else is in store.. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant technique for that amazing flower…such a beautifully constructed card! Thanks for this wonderful inspiration, Joy.

  • Beautiful Joy! Love this design!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, I love how you used the Circle Design stamp, gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • very creative way to use the stamp Joy, and it is a stunning cardReplyCancel

  • Soo stunning! Love how you used that stamp to create a poinsettia! Beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow Joy…. a great start. Love the flower… the brad really finishes it off perfectlyReplyCancel

  • Oh Joy! That card is gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful, love the classic reds against the kraft color!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous first card of the season…i feel inspired, although i am committed to cleaning ‘my space’…sighReplyCancel

  • Joy! I was so inspired when I saw this card that I went out an purchased the stamps…..This is such a beautiful card…..!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I seldom leave comments on blog, but I have been to this post which was recommend by my friend, lots of valuable details, thanks again.ReplyCancel

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