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

Hi Everyone! So today is hump day, and after working today, I have 2 days off before having to work the weekend.

So I wanted to share a card with you today that I created for Scrapbook Boutique and for a dear friend, (and when she reads this post she will know who she is, I hope that this made you smile and know that you are a really true friend, thank you).


I started with purple card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp I stamped the entire front of the card using some Hero Arts, Shadow Ink, Soft Lilac. Next, I took some white card stock and cut a Label 8 die cut using my Spellbinder and running it through my Cuttlebug, I took the die cut and using the Hero Arts, Friend Definition stamp I inked it up with some Hero Arts, Shadow Ink, Soft Sand and covered the entire die cut. Taking more white card stock, I stamped a daisy from the Just Rite, My Garden stamp set two times and coloured the images in with my Copics, I cut each image out, making sure that I cut one smaller then the other, I attached each flower together with some foam dimensionals and set aside. Taking the stamped die cut, I stamped the stem from the Hero Arts, Big and Small Flower stamp set onto the die cut and coloured this in with my Copics, once coloured in I attached the flower to the top of the stem using more foam dimensionals. I added a sentiment to the bottom of the die cut from the Hero Arts, Thoughtful Messages stamp set and a dragonfly above the sentiment from the Hero Arts, Good Fortune stamp set. I adhered the die cut to the front of the card using foam dimensionals and lastly, I added some purple rhinestones to the die cut for more interest.

Here is another view of the card.


I hope you enjoy your day today and that you have a little time for yourself.

So I am off to get some breakfast and start my day!




Hi Everyone! So firstly I want to wish My Man very big Birthday Wishes, even though we both had to work today I know that he enjoyed his day. We have just finished tea and I made his favourite meal and now we are relaxing in front of the TV.

So the card that I wish to share with you tonight is the birthday card that I made for him. Darryl is an avid fisherman so this card was very fitting for him. :)


I started with blue card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Flourish Background stamp, I stamped the front of the card using some Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I set this aside to dry. Next, I took some paper from the October Afternoon, Fly a Kite 8 x 8 paper pad and using my Spellbinder, Circle Die, I cut a circle using my Cuttlebug. I then took some white card stock and stamped a fish from the Hero Arts, Oceans of Joy and coloured the fish in with my Copics, once the image was coloured, I cut it out and set aside. I took the circle and adhered this to the front of the card and using the stamp again I stamped onto the circle, I adhered the coloured image to the image that was stamped onto the circle with some foam dimensionals. I added some some bubbles from the same stamp set to the circle, coloured them in and added some Glossy Accents to them. Whilst the Glossy Accents was drying I took more white card stock, making a tag and stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set also, I then adhered this tag to the card using some foam dimensionals. Lastly, I added some rhinestones to the card and a boggly eye to the fish to finish the card.

Here is a closer view of the fish.


For this card I drew inspiration from the lovely, talented and inspiring Nichol Magouirk, she created cards using the circle that you can check out HERE.

I thought that this card turned out really cute and Darryl was happy with his card too.

Hope you all enjoyed your day, I will be back tomorrow with another creation.



  • Happy Birthday Darryl! How lucky you are to have a lovely partner who can make you fantastic cards like this!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this, Joy! Happy Birthday to Darryl; he’s got a compadre here in Ohio (my DH).ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous card, Joy! Happy Birthday to your man. :)ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday, Darryl!! I’ll bet he loved this card, Joy! Your coloring is fabulous! Love it! Big hugs (and I’ll be sending you a message after work today…) Love ya!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday, Darryl! I love your card, Joy! Your coloring is impeccable and the overall design is perfect! Love the googley eye on the fish, too! Great touch!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday Darryl!!! Love this card!!! :) :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday to your man! This fishy card is adorable..love your coloring & layout! I just ordered this stamp set & I can’t wait to receive it! Thanks for all your inspiration!!
    Take careReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday Darryl! Joy, this card is adorable! Love everything about it!ReplyCancel

  • What a fabulous card Joy- so fitting for your man!! Wishing Darryl a very Happy birthday!ReplyCancel

  • PERFECT card for your DH!! Love the shading and details! Congrats on the HA Tweet!ReplyCancel

  • soooooo cute!!! love that colorful fish!! fabulous card, Joy!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh super cute, love the circle… it balances the card really well:-) Great design!ReplyCancel

  • This is so adorable, what a great card for your guy!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday Darryl! Such an adorable card Joy! I love the fish and the colouring!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cool Fish!!!

    Love your colouring!ReplyCancel

  • this is FAB -love the colourful fishy. Beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Your fishy just comes to life, love it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Super cute card, Joy! And happy birthday to your man. :)ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So how did your weekend end up? Mine was over in a flash and I wished it could have been longer. Feeling rather tired today with lots of late nights so tonight will be early tea and early to bed.

So first up today I needed to make a correction on the Layout that I created yesterday, it was not until a little while after posting it on my blog did I realise the boo, boo that I had done, although sort of. You see the title says Fox Spires, it was suppose to read Foxglove Spires, this is the name of the garden that I visit. Although, I have this habit of calling it Fox Spires so in some sort of way it is correct for the layout, anyways, I thought that if anyone picked this up I should go back and correct it, so I used the same paper that I had journaled onto and placed it in between both words so that it was not to look out of place,but still go with the theme of how I say it, hope that makes sense…LOL. So enough babble, I thought that I would show you another photo of the layout.


Now onto the card that I have created for you today, I started with some Stampin Up card stock and I think that it is called Sage Shadow, I cut it to size, folded in half and using Papertrey Ink, Polka Dot Basics 2 stamp set I stamped the entire front of the card using some Versamark Ink, I set this aside to dry. Next, using some vellum I took the Papertrey Ink, Beautiful Blooms Die 2, #3 Collection and I cut 2 of the largest flower and 1 each of the smaller flowers from the die collection through my Cuttlebug. I placed all of the flowers together and placed a My Minds Eye, Lush Collection Pearl Brad through the centre of the flowers to hold them together. Also using more vellum I cut a strip and stamped a sentiment from the Papertrey Ink, Signature Greetings stamp set onto the vellum, I adhered the vellum to the card, making sure that I had enough over hang on the sides to wrap and glue to the inside of the card, seemingly making the vellum float on the card. Lastly, I adhered the flower to the top of the vellum strip using a foam dimensional.


A simple, yet elegant card that makes a statement using vellum.

So enjoy the card today, I will be back tomorrow with more.

Before I shoot off today, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for you wonderful, sweet comments either on my blog, twitter or over at Flickr about my very first layout that I created, I cannot thank you enough, these wonderful comments has made me feel more confident to go ahead and produce more layouts in the future, so thanks everyone!

Okay so I am off to put out a load of washing and get some tea organised so that I can sit and relax, watch a small amount of TV and bed (I lead a fabulous, exciting life don’t I…LOL)



  • Had a giggle about your shortening the name of the gardens. I’ve done the same sort of thing in the past… and your card – well where to begin… I adore the vellum flower – it’s a stunner. love the way the strip of vellum seems to float. Perfect Joy.ReplyCancel

  • Joy – do you know that you have word verification and comment moderation on together? Cheers, DeirdreReplyCancel

  • gorgeous layout! love the soft flower border at the button, such perfect touch! your vellum flower is so pretty, too! wonderful card!ReplyCancel

  • WOW Joy! This card is fantastic! I love love love the vellum flower! Do you buy all of your Papertrey Ink stuff from the US or is there an Australian supplier now? I’m in love with that flower die…ReplyCancel

  • LOVE the vellum flower on your card, Joy and great ‘fix’ on your layout! I run into those kinds of issues scrapping ALL THE TIME. :)ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE your vellum card and flower Joy! Wow, stunning! Your LO is great too!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! It has such elegance with that gorgeous vellum flower! I’m glad you showed the layout again, I had time to read your journaling today and I love what you wrote about how this peaceful place makes you feel. Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Love the layered flower, so pretty with that pearl brad!ReplyCancel

  • Wow love the flower, great for a wedding card:-) so so dreamy and soft!ReplyCancel

  • Great save with the LO title, very clever! Love your card….You make me smile too!

  • hey joy! love that pti goodness of a card!!ReplyCancel

  • Great card Joy! That vellum flower is so simple, but also very beautiful.

    I’d love to see you do a video tutorial on how you photograph your cards. Your photos are always fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • this is SO pretty….wow! Fabulous!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So how was your weekend? Mine has been good, still nothing done around the house, but at least I got lots of crafting done..LOL.

So as the post heading says, I did my very first layout today, I do tell a little fib, I had a go a long time ago and well it ended up in the bin, so I don’t consider that my first layout, today I say this is my very first..LOL.

So I have been wanting to scrap about my trip to the South Coast, I have visited this area quite a few times and love it each time I visit. There is a small town called Tilba, and within this town there is an amazing garden that has quite a few acres, I love it each time I visit, it is truly beautiful to walk around or sit in little hidden areas and sit and relax. If you know me, my mind and head are forever racing and never seems to settle, this place is the only place that I have found that makes me feel at peace and that my mind relaxes.

So I decided to take the plunge after some encouraging words from some of my friends over at twitter, thank you girls :)


The page is a blank white card stock 12 x 12 page, stamped with Hero Arts, Flourish background stamp, inked with Soft Sand ink. At the bottom of the page I have used Soft Pink ink and stamped along the entire bottom of the 12 x 12 page using the Hero Arts, Garden Bouquet stamp. I created a title for my page using some American Crafts Thickers, Gift Box, Black, around the title and my journaling spot I punched some patterned paper from the My Minds Eye, Quite Contrary Collection with some Martha Stewart butterfly punches and adhered them to my page.

Here are some more close up views of my page.



I was really happy with the outcome of the layout and that I was able to incorporate something I love to do which is stamping, I am now looking forward in trying my hand at more of them.

I also wanted to mention in my post tonight that Purple Onion Designs is having a big birthday sale, the company is turning 7 and Everything is 25% until Monday, 26th July, so why not go on over and take a little shopping spree!

Well I look forward to knowing what you all think of my layout and I cannot wait to return tomorrow with another creation.

Oh and nearly forgot to mention that the video that I was going to bring you of the project that I was working on, sorry at present it has fallen in a flop. I will try to bring you something very soon, I promise.

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



  • Awesome LO Joy. If that’s how good your first is… well I look forward to seeing more!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Joy! This is FABULOUS! You are a total natural! Can’t wait to see more layouts from you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy, this is absolutely lovely! I adore your pale stamping for background and the “garden” at the bottom. Well done!! You’re a natural!ReplyCancel

  • This is FABULOUS Joy!
    So beautiful! Can’t believe this is your “first” layout. I agree with Lin. You are a natural!
    My first layout(s) were total rubbish! ;)ReplyCancel

  • I love your lo!!! Really Beautiful I love the soft pink with black!!! Looks Amazing!!!! My first lo wasn’t anything like that!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great first layout, Joy! The stamps you used look so soft and pretty! Just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful page, Joy! See, I knew you could do it! :-)ReplyCancel

  • I love your layout and how you used stamping! The background is gorgeous!
    I love stamping and have a hard time incorporating it to my layout other than as a journaling block or small accent. Will have to try making my entire background!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Joy what a great LO!!! WTG its so pretty!! :) :) :) :) Have a wonderful day! HUGS!ReplyCancel

  • Kudos on your first layout! A fabulous one at that! I am so impressed that you started with a BLANK white sheet….such wonderful and amazing things you did with stamps and ink! Your journaling is so lovely, you made me want to visit this garden.
    bless you,

  • GREAT LO! WOW! I am so impressed! Your stamping looks divine- I love how you created your own pp!!ReplyCancel

  • Such a great layout! I almost don’t believe you with that being your first, it’s so great! :>ReplyCancel

  • Oh, Joy! That’s so beautiful. You photos are stunning and your stamping has enhanced their beauty. You really should scrap more often!ReplyCancel

  • I wouldn’t have believed this was your first layout! It’s wonderful!

    Careful though, it’s addictive!ReplyCancel

  • this is goregous, so totally not your first attempt!? perhaps in a nother life, you nailed it!!! rock on!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Joy! This is such a gorgeous first layout!! You are definitely a scrapbooking natural! I love how you created your own patterned paper :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! If this is your first layout, it won’t be your last! This is gorgeous, Joy! Love the layered stamping and great design!ReplyCancel

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