Hi Everyone! So how is your weekend going? Mine is slowly coming to an end, but are now feeling much better, so hopefully all bugs have disappeared.

So I have two things to share with you today, one being a card and the other a little story about a sweet little boy who needs our help, so please take the time to read the story and possibly help out. Hudson is his name and he happens to be my friends little boy, so it is a little close to home for me.

Firstly, I wanted to share a card that I created using the kite that I was in love with and purely brought the stamp set just so I could have that stamp, yes I know I hear you saying, it was a naughty thing to do, but really the more that I look at the stamp set the more that I will in the future be using the other stamps…LOL.


So I started with cream card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and set aside. Next, using some white card stock, I cut it slightly smaller then the card front and took the Hero Arts, Cloud background stamp, inking it up with some Hero Arts, Soft Pool ink and stamped over the entire white card stock. I also wanted to add a little extra to the cloud background so I decided to break out my sewing machine again and try my very hardest to sew in a straight line around the edges..don’t know if I succeeded with that one…..LOL, but I tried, and what do they say that the more you practice at something the more you become better at it. Well back to it, sorry I went off on another track. So once I sewed around the edges of the cloud background, I took some more white card stock and stamped three kites from the Hero Arts, Simple Things stamp set and coloured them in with my Copics, I cut the kites out, making sure to leave the tails behind. Using the same kite stamp I stamped onto the cloud background another three times so it was a mirrored effect, I coloured the tails in and added the tops of the kites with some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the same set to the bottom and attached it to the card front with more foam dimensionals.

Here is another view of the card.


A super quick and easy card to make that was fun in the process and well lets face it, that is what it is all about.

So if you can keep on reading this rather long post today, I would truly appreciate it.


We found out that Hudson’s brain hadn’t formed properly during an ultrasound at around 27 weeks into the pregnancy. We learned this is called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, which basically means the central part of his brain connecting the two halves is underdeveloped. We were shocked, as anyone would be, but were determined to give him the best life he could have.

At around 12 weeks of age, we discovered that Hudson was legally blind. He has a condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia with Nystagmus. This is a damaged optic nerve, which means his brain finds it difficult to interpret what he sees.

By 6 months it was apparent he was physically delayed. Hudson started Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy before his 1st birthday, to strengthen his muscles. At this point in time he was found to have muscle tone issues. It took over a year for Hudson to be able to sit up on his own, and he was 20 months old before he started crawling.

Hudson’s development progressed slowly but surely, until January 2010, when he had his first seizure. He had to be put on a ventilator to stop the seizure, and spent 3 days in hospital recovering. Hudson continues to have partial complex seizures, and is now considered to have epilepsy.

Hudson was recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This means that the part of his brain that controls movement and muscles is damaged. He will require ongoing extensive physiotherapy to manage his CP.

We are increasingly seeing his frustration, as Hudson is unable to make his body do what he wants it to do. We are hoping to raise the $5000 required to purchase a Kid Walker, a mobility aid designed to help him learn to walk and progress towards independence. We have seen firsthand children that have used a Kid Walker to begin to learn how to walk – the joy on their face when they realise what they’ve achieved. We would love to see that same look of joy on Hudson’s face. We thank you for your help to achieve this for Hudson.

Robert and Tina Gillespie

Thank you for showing interest in our Helping Hudson: A Wheely Great Cause fundraiser. I am writing to let you know that we officially kick off today.

So what can you expect from the fundraiser?

We have bundles of tutorials for sale. Each bundle has 10 tutorials and is priced at $10. If you buy 4 or more bundles you will also receive a bonus bundle of 10 more tutorials. I’m sure you’ll agree that they represent fantastic value!

We are also running a whole range of challenges over the 3 weeks the blog will be live. There are 3 major challenges a week that will include colour challenges, sketch challenges and technique challenges. The winners of these challenges will each receive a parcel of Stampin’ Up! products worth over $60 that may include punches, stamp sets, card stock, ribbon, inkpads and much, much more!

We will also be running a smaller daily giveaway for the 3 weeks. All you’ll need to do is answer a very simple question and you could win a small prize. These prizes include ribbon, ink pads and rub ons.

You will also be able to make a donation towards the fundraiser. We are hoping to raise the $5000 we need to buy Hudson his Kid Walker. You can read all about it on the blog.

So please come and check out the blog today, 1st August. It’s at HELPING HUDSON

We can’t wait to see you there to join in the fun. Please help us to reach our target by forwarding this email to anyone you know who may be interested.

Thanks again,
Tina Gillespie
On behalf of the Helping Hudson Team

Thank you for taking that little extra time to read this truly heart breaking story, I know that Tina and Robert will appreciate anything that you can do.

I hope that you all have a fabulous day and have plenty of time doing the things that you love to do.



  • Your kite card is awesome Joy – well worth getting the set!!! Hudson’s story is heart breaking…. I’ll be getting a set of tutorials and I hope they meet their target.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Thank you so much for supporting our fundraising efforts. We are off to a fantastic start. I can’t wait to share the news that Hudson has his Kid Walker!


  • Amazing card for an amazing cause thanks so much for sharing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • that is one adorable card, joy! how excited i was to see your name on my blog. you are such an inspiration to me. hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    cheers, hannahReplyCancel

  • So sad Joy…thanks for Sharing!! I LOVE LOVE LOVe your card!! Just Perfect in Every Way!!1 Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • FABULOUS card! Love those colorful kites! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Love todays card! So kind of you trying everything you can to help this little boy… Off to check out the website..ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this card, Joy! So fun and summery!ReplyCancel

  • I really love this card! Very cute!
    And I’m heading over to the Helping Hudson blog to check it out! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful and such a fun card Joy! Love it, glad to see you creating again after a hard work week!ReplyCancel

  • Love your card Joy! It’s so fun :) I’m off now to check out Hudson’s Blog :)ReplyCancel

  • This is so fun ! Really ‘summer – card ‘, love it ! Greetings, MartinaReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Popped across to see what a lovely blog you have after you were sweet enought to visit mine from Flickr!!! I love your creations and especially this one – you certainy sew straigher lines than me ;D!!
    Off to check out your link to Helping Hudson…ReplyCancel

  • simply wonderful! love this delightful card, Joy!!ReplyCancel

  • love the cheerful card, and you’re doing a most wonderful thing, joy. hugs to you.ReplyCancel

  • Great card! So charming! Sending lots of prayers to Hudson. Thanks for sharing this truly worthy cause!ReplyCancel

Hello Everyone! Sorry I wasn’t around yesterday, but due to catching a bug which caused me to vomit(sorry I know you did not need the graphics..LOL) I did not feel like doing too much. Still feeling a little flat today but much better then I was yesterday.

Anyway, I have a card for you today, but first I wanted to let you know that I have now managed to add a gadget to the side bar of my blog that will allow you to sign up to receive emails about my posts.


So today’s card I played with my new set of stamps and had fun creating this sweet card. I stated with white card stock, cut to size and folded in half to form a card, I set this aside. Taking more white card stock I stamped the measuring tape from the Hero Arts, Sew Stylish stamp set four times onto the card stock, I then took Ranger, Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet and inked over the top of the stamped tapes making it look vintage, I cut each tape out and adhered to one side of my card. Next, using the new paper pad from Basic Grey, Olivia I stamped the sewing machine from the Hero Arts, Sew Artsy stamp set directly onto the patterned paper, adding some highlights with my Copic marker and cut the image out. Using the same stamp, I stamped directly onto the card front so as to have a mirror image, I attached the patterned paper sewing machine over the top with some foam dimensionals and lastly, added a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Essential Messages stamp set at the bottom of the card to finish.

A cute little card that was super quick to make and kind cute.

So I hope you are all enjoying the start of your weekend and I look forward to bringing you another creation tomorrow.

Oh and also if any questions that need to be answered don’t forget that you can email me or drop me a quick question through formspring, both are on my sidebar, I have a couple of people asking me questions through the comments section and I cannot reply back, I would love to answer your questions but if you could use the other methods that would be fabulous.



  • Lovely card Joy. The Victorian Velvet ink looks great with the Basic Grey papers. Must get that sentiment set. Looks so classyReplyCancel

  • LOVE IT!!! So excited about the e-mail thing! You and coffee every morning…..YEEE HAW! :) Hope you are feeling better.ReplyCancel

  • So sorry to hear that you have been ill! No fun at all! Love this so much! Makes me want the set even more!ReplyCancel

  • Love the way this one turned out, Joy! I think I may need the Victorian Velvet…one color I don’t have, and it’s so pretty! Big hugs to you and glad to hear you’re feeling better!ReplyCancel

  • so simple and cute, Joy!! LOVE this!ReplyCancel

  • Sorry you were sick, feel better soon, love this card!!! awesome stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Great card, love it !
    Please visit also my new blog on http://martinaskaartjes.blogspot.com/ if you like to. Greetings,

  • ♥ So lovely !ReplyCancel

  • This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • This is SOOO pretty and awesome! I love the papers and just everything!ReplyCancel

  • Hi,

    Hope you feel better soon Joy, I had no idea you were sick:-( I have been out of twitter for a while so didn’t see any updates from you.. Love the card, it’s super cute, but you should really get some rest and fully recover:-)

    Hugs, and kisses!!!ReplyCancel

  • Super cute!ReplyCancel

  • Love your paper pieced sewing machine! I would love to have one like that! Hope you’re feeling better, too!ReplyCancel

  • This card is super adorable, Joy! I am sorry you were not feeling well! I have to stop by more often to not miss anything here! Hope you are feeling better!!! Hugs, Vanessa xReplyCancel

  • I really LOVE the paper pieced sewing machine, super cute!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful card Joy! I love how you used that set. I hope you feel much better soon :) hugsReplyCancel

  • Oh I just love this card! I have these so I see a casing in your future! Hello via the Inspiration Showcase!
    Helen — Firenze CardsReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Yes I know before you even say anything, I have been a very bad blogger this week, sorry. Life hectic, work, home life and really not much time spent in the craft room due to hours at work.

So as a peace offering I thought that I would share two things with you today, one being a card and the other being a video on the goodies that have arrived during the last couple of weeks.

So firstly the card.


I started with pink card stock, cut to size, folded in half to form a card and then taking the Hero Arts, Flourish background stamp I inked it up with some Hero Arts, Soft Blossom ink and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. Next, taking a piece of white card stock I stamped the Hero Arts, Little Stencil Flower stamp using some pink ink on the flower head and green ink on the leaves and stems I stamped onto the white card stock, I heat set the stamped image, once dry I took the Hero Arts, Friend Definition background stamp I inked it up using some Hero Arts, Soft Sand ink and stamped over the flower. Next, taking my Prismacolor Pencils I added more definition to the flower by adding contrasts of colours (a technique that the lovely and talented Lisa Spangler uses occasionally). I then cut another piece of white card stock to form a tag and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set and attached each piece to the card using Tombow Mono Applicator and foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added pink rhinestones to match the card.

Here is another view of the card:


A card that is super easy to make and one that allows different techniques, however, I do need a bit more practice at using the pencils, especially the leaf parts..LOL.

So I hope you have enjoyed the card and now for the little video on my goodies.

So that is it for me today, I am now off to get some tea and watch a little TV, possibly clean up the craft room (Hmmmm? maybe that is why I have not created this week..LOL) and maybe get some stamping done.

I am looking forward to bringing you some Digital stamped cards this week also.

Hugs for now.


  • gorgeous card!!! I LOVE your goodies, definitely want that so stylish stamp set now myself! lol.ReplyCancel

  • thanks for sharing your purchases and prizes with us! it’s always fun to see what others get…

    Joy, when you stamped the Friend definition, did you mask the flower? thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, girl, what a haul! So many fun goodies! And I love your card today, the shading on the flower is wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • Another fun video, Joy! And your card is so pretty! The definition you’ve given the flower is wonderful! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Great card! Wow! You sure do know how to place an order Joy! Love all the stuff you purchased/won.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card! Love this technique, should use it a bit more!ReplyCancel

  • wonderful card, Joy! Thanks for sharing your all your new loot…it’s so fun to see what everyone else gets, can’t wait to see all the new creations.

  • I am in love with this card! Great colours and colouring!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that’s a lot of stamps!! Wish I could afford to put on such a big order!ReplyCancel

  • I actually found one of those stamp presses on a clearance table for about 75% off. Unfortunately I didn’t really know how it was used and I passed it up. Now that I’ve seen Nichol’s video I understand it’s value. Went back to the store and it had been sold! :(ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE that flower, so pretty, you did a great job coloring! I have prisma’s too but don’t use them that much, yes, nice and smooth colors but for some reason the camera doesn’t like them! lol.ReplyCancel

  • Just love seeing all of your loot- great video! Your card is beautiful! Your colored pencil technique is sooo striking! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card Joy! Wow I loved seeing all your goodies – awesome video!!ReplyCancel

  • Love your card Joy… and I just adore listening to your accent on the video. What a lot of goodies,… I saw several things I NEED!!! so maybe I need to layby as well…. Enjoy your goodies.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous card and I just love your video!!!!ReplyCancel

  • simply gorgeous! love how you colored the flower! love this!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So work is over and done with for the day, and WOW! was it busy, so pleased I am now home to relax.

So I wanted to share with you a card that I designed for Scrapbook Boutique, I wanted to create a card using another one of the Pure Innocence stamps, are they not the sweetest stamps you have ever seen? I plan on adding more to my collection, mind you of a whole 2 stamps that I have so far, so good excuse to add more..LOL.


So I started with Kraft cards stock, cut to size, folded in half and using my Hero Arts, Cling Dot background stamp, I inked it up using some Colorbox Ink, Frost White and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. Next, I took a piece of white card stock, cut it to size and stamped the My Favourite things, Pure Innocence, Start the Day with a Whee stamp, I coloured the image in with my Copics and adhered it to a piece of red card stock cut slightly bigger then the white card stock that the image was stamped onto, I attached the card stocks to the front of the card using some foam dimensionals. I took another piece of white card stock and cut a tag, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and used my bone folder to make waves in the card stock, I adhered it to the bottom of the card and lastly, I added some rhinestones to finish the card.

Love these sweet little stamps, they are so fun to colour in and really just a quick and easy card to create.

So I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday night and your weekend so far.

Looking forward in returning here tomorrow to share another creation.

I am off to get a cuppa and relax a bit.




Hi All! so it is Friday and usually I would be saying YAY! But tonight I am saying NAY! As I have to go to work tomorrow and will be working for the next 5 days in a row, but once I reach the end I will officially only have 4 days left of work until I have my break of 6 days and my trip to the big Craft Show, I am so getting excited.

So first up tonight I wanted to share with you some news, thanks to my friend Sarah for pointing this out to me on Twitter, one of my cards was featured on the Silhouette Blog, you can check it out HERE, this was a fun card to make and it was the card that I made for Cards for Grace, for which I am hoping arrived.

Now, lets get on with the card for tonight’s blog post. I made this card for my wonderful friend, she needed a card made for her Aunty, who is mad on Owls, so hence another owl card and a great way of using up some of my patterned paper, seeing as I keep buying and never using it.


I started with white card stock, cut to size, folded in half and set aside. Next, taking some patterned paper from My Minds Eye, Quite Contrary collection I cut a piece to fit the entire front of the card and adhered. I then took a Label 8 die from Spellbinder and ran a piece of white card stock through my Cuttlebug, cutting a die cut. After cutting the die cut, I took the branch stamp from the Hero Arts, Kiss the Sun and stamped it onto the die cut, I coloured the branch in with my Copics. I stamped the owl from the Hero Arts, Owl Trio onto the die cut making sure the feet of the owl was sitting on the branch, I also stamped the owl onto some more patterned paper from the same collection and cut the body of the owl out, I adhered the body of the owl to the stamped owl on the die cut using some foam dimensionals. Next, taking a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Huge Hugs stamp set I stamped it onto the die cut, I attached the die cut to the card and lastly, I added some googly eyes to finish the card.

So a sweet and quick little card to make for someone.

Well I hope you all enjoy your Friday night, I am off to more computer work, watch some TV and maybe do some crafting.



  • This is darling Joy! Congratulations on your Silhouette shout out!
    :-) BarbaraReplyCancel

  • He He totally did not expect to see the owl with the googly eyes when I visited!! Love his large eyes:-) so whymsical!! Great card Joy..ReplyCancel

  • this is very cool!!1 love what you did! I’m seeing owls about quite a lot lately, they must be the in thing! ;)ReplyCancel

  • that is super duper cute!ReplyCancel

  • Such a fun owl, Joy! Love the big eyes and paper used! Cute card, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Such a cute owl card! Congrats on being featured on the Silhouette blog!ReplyCancel

  • That is seriously cute! LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • So cute Joy! Love that owl, I know what you mean about the pp! I have been getting better about not buying it and now I want to start using it more! Haha! Yay for the Silhouette blog, and an even bigger yay for the craft show!ReplyCancel

  • This card is so fun! I really love the bright colors and the paper you chose for the owl!ReplyCancel

  • Love this little owl… so cute. Well done on making the Silhouette blog – know you had a bit of trouble with your machine so great to see it has come rightReplyCancel

  • So CUTE Joy…I just adore this!!ReplyCancel

  • So delightful! LOVE that owl! that paper is so fitting for him!ReplyCancel

  • Oh so cute! Love the colour combination and the pp on the owl. :)ReplyCancel

  • awww… this is soooooo cute! love the clean look and those big googly eyes!! fabulous card, Joy! love it!ReplyCancel

  • Aww this is so cute Joy! I love the little paper pieced owl. So fun!ReplyCancel

Hi! So today was a complete day of rest for me, absolutely nothing done around the house, mostly computer work, watched a really funny DVD and made tonight’s card for the blog.

So I have tried my hand at a digital design, I was so inspired to make a card using the Ice Cream Sundae out of the Hero Arts Digi Kit, called A Sweet Birthday. I saw Lucy’s card that she created for Hero Arts and I fell in love with it so seeing as this months competition is Food, Travel and Bookmaking over at Hero Arts, I thought why not have a go at creating my very first Digi Card. So thank you Lucy for inspiring me to try digital designs.


I started with Kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp (sorry guys, I think I have a slight addiction to this stamp, may need help to ween me off this soon, LOL) so I inked the stamp up with some Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I set this aside to dry. Next, I loaded my Ice Cream Sundae Digital Image onto a document page and re-sized the image to fit onto my card, I then took patterned paper from the Basic Grey, Capella 6 x 6 paper pad and printed the image onto 3 sheets of patterned paper along with white card stock to form the base image. I cut the various pieces out and adhered them to the image that was on the white card stock. I added some shading with my Copics and coloured the cherry on top with my Copics also. Once I was happy with the paper piecing and the colouring I adhered it to some matching coloured card stock and mounted it onto the card with some foam dimensionals. I took more of the coloured card stock and created a banner, I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings, once the banner was completed I adhered it to the card using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added some Glossy Accents to the cherry to give it some gloss and some white dots to the ice cream for some added interest.

Here is a close up of the Digital Image.


So why not give a digital image a try, it is really fun and there are lots to choose from, just a little something to try in the world of stamping.

So I am off to do more computer work and work in the craft room.



  • this is so sweet! beautiful paper piecing and coloring! love it!ReplyCancel

  • Wow really nice, love how it turned out, I am still a bit worried to try proper digital stamping, only stamp I have used is the HA flutterbies stamp:-)ReplyCancel

  • this is awesome, love how you epices it, all the elements are fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Oh this is FAB – so so happy you took the plunge. :) Love the mix of stamping and digi – the kraft paper with those swirls looks gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Love how this turned out, Joy! And love that paper used for the cup! Such a cute card! Nicely done and so good for your first digi!ReplyCancel

  • That is adorable! It makes me was a sundae for breakfast. I have used a few digital stamps and I like them.ReplyCancel

  • I adore this card!
    So fun! :)ReplyCancel

  • love the patterned paper for the glass!ReplyCancel

  • Great first digital card, Joy! Love the colors you chose!ReplyCancel

  • Great digi card! I love the BG paper you used for the sundae glass! Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Love the pp you choose and the soft peach colors! Congrats on the HA tweet!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this, Joy! Such yummy colors!ReplyCancel

  • YUMMY! Love this Joy! So fun!! :) :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy- this is so gorgeous. I like the way the card base is made in this one. I tend to do side folds but like the way you to top folds in this size. That background is such a neat one… looks perfect for this card and your paper piecing is superb. great choice of papers.ReplyCancel

  • Awww…this is so beautiful , cool and refreshing JOY…love it :)ReplyCancel

  • This is soo yummy! Awesome first digicard Joy! I love that patterned paper you used! Also congrats on the HA tweet! :)ReplyCancel

  • So darling and super delicious at the same time, I love the peachy colors of the icecream!ReplyCancel

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