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

Hi Everyone! So having the weekend off is fabulous, I felt like a truck had run me over this morning…LOL, so not much has been done around the old house, I have actually spent a bit of time surfing the net and just this afternoon went into the craft room and decided to create. I am hoping that I do more tonight. So how is your weekend going? Any major plans for you weekend ahead?

So I wanted to share a card today that I am entering into the Caardvarks challenge this month, I have not enter any other competitions apart from Hero Arts and I thought it was about time I did so. So I pulled out a new stamp set the other day from My Favourite Things and created.


I started with green card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Polka Dot Basics 2 stamp set from Papertrey Ink, I stamped medium sized polka dots using some Papertrey Ink, Spring Moss ink and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. Next, taking some white card stock I stamped one of my all time favourite stamps right now from My Favourite Things, Pure Innocence line, called Flower Girl, I coloured her in with my Copics and using some blue ink added some sky toning using sponging. I cut a small piece of purple card stock, just enough to show around the edge of the image and adhered each piece together. I mounted the image to the front of the card using some foam dimensionals and lastly, I added a Hero Arts sentiment from the Birthday Sayings stamp set at the bottom of the card.

A really fun and sweet image to colour and I cannot wait to purchase more of these sweet little stamps, it is funny to think that I so want the whole collection, Hmmmm? Is that wrong?? LOL.

If you are thinking about buying any of these cute little images, it is so worth the investment.

So I hope you enjoy the start of your weekend and I look forward to returning tomorrow to show you another creation.



  • this is adorable, Joy! Love the colors you chose and that stamp is darling. I just put several of these in my shopping cart the other day. I need to check out so I can play and colour too! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet card, Joy!ReplyCancel

  • They are totally cute!!!

    Love what you did here, awesome stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet, adorable card, Joy! She’s so cute in the colors you chose for her clothes! Love the large dotted background….perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Awwww so cute! I love the MFT Pure Innocence line, absolutely adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Love this sweet little card, Joy! I’m not so much into stamping the cute images, but you may just get me to try it. I’m so impressed with your design.
    It’s too hot here to do anything and the hubster is working all weekend….I guess that means I’ll have plenty of time to stamp!
    blessings sweet friend,

  • Such a lovely card Joy. I don’t have any Pure Innocence rubbers but have a few digital images. I really like them as I can resize them. However seeing this one makes me want to buy some more.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely “WOW” coloring! Love the polka dot background, too!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful card Joy! I have a couple of the Pure Innocence digis & I love them!ReplyCancel

  • This is so cute Joy! I love the colours :) Good luck with the challenge :)ReplyCancel

  • I am in love with this card! These colours are so perfect together and your colouring is wonderful!
    :-) BarbaraReplyCancel

  • this is so adorable! lovely colors! super sweet card!ReplyCancel

  • This is really sweet Joy! Love all of their images!ReplyCancel

  • this is darling! I just ordered several of these stamps because of YOU! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Love this image with the grass, It’s perfect Joy!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So as most of you know, I have been invited to be a Hero Hostess for the wonderful company Hero Arts, my term will last for 3 months and I could not be more excited and honoured to be taking on this position. I along with 5 other super, ultra, talented ladies, Barb, Kryssi, Nancy, Robin and Jenny will be the hostesses for this period.

I can honestly tell you that working for this wonderful company is going to be amazing and I cannot thank them enough for honouring me in this position, lets hope I do them proud.

So as most of you also know, we were announced (for me late last night) and we had to come up with a theme to introduce ourselves and the wonderful Kryssi came up with the theme HELLO, we all jumped on board and got to work making our cards and well without further ado, this is my creation.

Hello - First Hero Hostess Card!

I started with kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Hero Arts, Flourish background stamp, I stamped over the entire front of the card using Colorbox Ink, Frost White, I set this aside to dry. Next, using some white card stock, I stamped the main flower from the Hero Arts, Tall Flower and coloured the outer petals of the flower in with my Copics. Once I was happy with the blending of the colour, I cut each of the petals out and adhered them all to form another flower, I added white pearls to the centre of the flower and set aside. Next, using more white and aqua card stock I cut a small strip of the aqua and larger strip of white and adhered the aqua to the white card stock. I stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings stamp set and then adhered this to the front of the card. Lastly, I attached the flower to the other side of the sentiment with some foam dimensionals and some more white pearls to the aqua strip to finish the card.

Here is closer view of the flower.


So there you have it, my first hostess creation.

I also just wanted to say a big thank you to Nancy for changing the colours of our aprons, I am so delighted with mine, I will be wearing this very proudly.

To my fellow hosti sisters, I am so looking forward to the venture ahead with you all, your creations for our introduction are simply superb.

To Tami, thank you for you wonderful support and welcoming to this wonderful position, I look forward to the time ahead with you also.

Lastly, to Hero Arts, thank you so much for bestowing this wonderful position on me, I could not be more delighted and truly honoured to be working with you. Thank you for being the kind, generous and welcoming company that you are.

I hope that you enjoy the card today and I will be back tomorrow with another creation for you.



  • Congratulations to you Joy :D – way to go!!!!ReplyCancel

  • OMG Joy! That’s so exciting! I’m so happy for you. I love your card too. The white swirls look great on the kraft card stock.ReplyCancel

  • A huge CONGRATULATIONS Joy.. you so deserve this honour and you will do it proud!!!! Love the card you did today and am so looking forward to seeing more of your work highlighted on the HA Blog. Go Girl!!!!ReplyCancel

  • yay!! congratulations, Joy!! so well deserved Hostess spot!! very happy for you! =)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy!ReplyCancel

  • big congrats to you joy!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy!!!
    You are worth it…ReplyCancel

  • SO pretty, love the background stamp!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Joy! Well Deserved! Can’t wait to see what you and your sisters get into. :) Whoo Hoo!ReplyCancel

  • Yay, congratulations Joy!!! Love your welcome card, it is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Big congrats, Joy! So well-deserved! Beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats firstly, I am so happy for you!! Cant wait to see the week when you will be hosting the blog!

    Love todays card, trying to figure out how i missed this pretty little flower stamp from the catelog:-)ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Such a happy feeling, isn’t it?! I’m so excited to be sharing this experience with you, Joy! LOVE your card. . . amazing flower! Big hugs my sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • Huge congrats!!! Well deserved! :)ReplyCancel

  • Congrats to you Joy! You just know I love your card, right? A beauty!!ReplyCancel

  • WAy to go, Joy! I knew your name would be on the list! Love your creations and sweet comments! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Joy, your card is gorgeous!! Congrats on receiving that hostess apron!!
    Janice – Now in Florida , originally from Scotland.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE your super elegant card, Joy! And it is such a ‘joy’ *wink wink* to don the apron with you!!ReplyCancel

  • A big congratulations to you Joy! Yay that is so exciting! You so deserve the Hero apron – your cards are always fabulous and sooo inspiring! Can’t wait to see more of your HA creations :) Congrats again!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! So it is nearly the end of the week, thank goodness, for me it has been a long week and I am so looking forward to a break at the weekend.

Today, I have been in the craft room creating with some of the new goodies that arrived from Papertrey Ink yesterday. One of the creations which I am going to share with you today was inspired by the wonderful, sweet and talented Dawn McVey, she made a card a little while ago and it was such a beautiful creation that drew me straight in, and I knew then that I wanted to create a card that was inspired by THIS beauty.


So I started with Kraft card stock, cut to size, folded in half and using the Papertrey Ink, Tin Type background stamp I stamped with some Colorbox Ink, Frost White and covered the entire front of the card, I set this aside to dry. I then took the Papertrey Ink, Beautiful Blooms 2 #1 Die Collection and cut some flowers out of some yellow card stock using my Cuttlebug. Once the dies were cut I used the matching Beautiful Blooms 2 stamps and stamped using some Colorbox Ink, Banana Custard, I also stamped some leaves onto some white card stock using some Hero Arts, Soft Leaf ink and cut them out. I adhered each flower with some foam dimensionals and also adhered the leaves using my tape runner, I added a red button to the centre of the flower and set aside. Next, using my Cuttlebug once again, I ran a piece of red card stock through the machine cutting it with a Spellbinder, Label 4 die. I adhered the red die cut to the top of the card with some foam dimensionals and also adhered the flower with more foam dimensionals to the die cut. Lastly, I added a sentiment from the Papertrey Ink, Signature Greetings stamp set.

So there you have it, my card inspired by a very talented and creative Dawn McVey, I know that my card is nothing to her wonderful standard, but I could not resist having a go.

Hope you all like the card that I made today and that you find that someone special out there to be inspired by as well and take the time to have a go.

Hugs to you all and hope that you have a fantastic rest of the day.


  • simply fabulous! love the pretty bright colors against kraft!ReplyCancel

  • Joy this is one very bright & pretty card. I love your take on Dawn’s creation :D xoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • This is beautiful Joy! I see your putting those goodies you got to excellent use! Way to Go!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card, Joy! LOVE these colors together and what a gorgeous flower!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful take on Dawn’s card! Love your gorgeous flower! Hugs to you, my friend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Very Pretty! Love your summery flower! And congrats to you on being a Hero Hostess, so fitting, enjoy your time!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous! Love the bright colors against the kraft! COngrats again on becoming a hostess!!!! WAHOO!ReplyCancel

  • Joy, your card is really beautiful! Don’t ever say your card is “nothing compared to…”. You made it and it’s as gorgeous as Dawn’s ones :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card! I just love the flower! I love all of Dawn’s cards too.ReplyCancel

  • Love this! Soo pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Love those colors against kraft! And I can see you’re playing with your new PTI goodies! Hope you’re having fun!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card Joy! I love the flower!! And a HUGE congrats on being a HA Hostess! Yay that is so exciting and you deserve it – your cards are always gorgeous :)ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this card! Love the colors and the stamping on the kraft! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Just letting you know that I love love love this Joy!ReplyCancel